Severe Storms SE Qld and NE NSW 18th November 2012

28 thoughts on “Severe Storms SE Qld and NE NSW 18th November 2012

  1. Jeff Brislane

    There is a left moving cell approaching Gayndah right now and another right mover north that just split in the last 30-40 minutes. Looks like some interesting weather for that region. Not so sure if Brisbane will cop it again.

    On another note storms are also firing on the south coast near the upper trough. I would think that there is a chance of severe storms if the atmosphere there is dynamic enough as there is not much cape.

  2. Jimmy Deguara Post author

    Given the rush to get back to Sydney and I guess the model’s forecast for storms to be over early, the split left and right mover that spun off the left moving monster was the only ones we could intercept. (18Z data though seemed to point towards perhaps a slightly later persistence in the lower level wind shear environment). I wished we did not have the constraint of getting back to Sydney as it was so easy for us to get down to Boonah for that particular storm. This was the target. In the end an improvement from the day prior but an additional insult haha.

    Earlier in the day, we watched some earlier development but the lack of heating was apparent and they weakened. Suddenly whilst in a back road, we heard thunder. We realised that we were near the right mover split. We quickly took off and from here – we did not stop! We ventured in from of the right mover as it neared Ipswich. On the freeway, I had limited opportunities in photographing the whole structure so unfortunately, the photographs do not do the storms justice. The photograph below show the classic split in progress ie a split from a right moving split! The left mover and other pics follow.

    Lesson learned I hope! We had no map and this contributed to the failures – I keep forgetting that Queensland is a larger state and so the scale differs.

  3. Jimmy Deguara

    One thing I have overlooked was our driver for the trip Colin Bryant. He got to experience the demands and intensity of a chase and he did well! Let alone the marathon trip home arriving from Brisbane at 3:15am to allow me to get to work that morning! Well done and welcome to long distance storm chasing. I felt I let you down but there will be other opportunities.

  4. Storm Optix

    Hi every one, jimmy there was no let downs I had the best weekend ,look at all the fun we had, I can't wait till the next chase ,would love to drive for you again

  5. Michael Thomas

    Got slammed by the right mover near Biggenden on Sunday. Had hail to around 4 cm at our location with a few branches coming down as well. Further up the road the hail was much larger; the largest hail stone being ~8.4 cm around an hour after it fell. The wind damge was impressive too with quite a few large trees down (including over the road).

    Later we intercepted another storm out towards Preston. Quite a photogenic storm, after the storm passed us we found small hail drafts with hail to ~3 cm. Topped off the day with lightning around sunset.

  6. colin bryant

    we looked at this one for abit ,but went for the cell that split to the right of this one we were hungry for some big stuff

  7. Michael Thomas

    Hi Jimmy, we approached the storm from the east on a tree-lined road. I barely even saw the storm. We did catch a glimpse of the base which looked great, after that we were in heavy rain then large hail. Could of been quite dangerous had we been further down the road.

    I do have photos of the left mover near Proston.

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