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High base storms to supercell and base ball size hailstones! 30th May 2018

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Just a few pics tonight - I made it ahead of the system all the way until the border with Oklahoma. Pretty intense for what we thought was boring early on! Let's just say I got ahead of the Perryton supercell only to find that the outflow pushed up some nasty storms near the border with Oklahoma! Yes Arnett with base balls clobbering my vehicle busting the windshield and damaging the body on one side!! That is - the side facing north, breaking a light and also almost losing a plastic cover near the mirror! All at night around 10-11pm!


Ahead of the storm in the Texas panhandle was this developing rapidly on outflow. It dropped several powerful bolts - I guess I got one of them - that means a developing powerful updraft I guess. Can you see the base surrounded by bolts! Yes that's the storm that would consume and batter my vehicle!

Storms Bredbo 17th December 2017

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Storms Bredbo 17th December 2017

Storms Bredbo

Storms Bredbo

It was a tough day - tough decision. Do we chase higher risk of failure stronger cap near Lithgow and surrounds or down south where indications were that if storms did go up thee was better shear environment - supercels perhaps? Canberra bound we were. All on time too. Except - the storms were not on time - they were virtually non-existent!

Storms Bredbo moving east

Storms Bredbo moving east

Second Bredbo storm base

Second Bredbo storm base

Our only option was to head towards Bredbo where a strong cell had organised. It was already entering no roads country by the time we got to it. We headed after the cell towards Cooma that showed inflow base features. The updrafts were eventually disorganising. But alas I noted a string of stratus racing under it! Undercut? I look behind and where we had passed several congestus towers had showed up!
 

Turn around Colin! South easterly winds were streaming and meeting the lighter northeasterly winds further north near Bredbo! The base consolidated quickly as it does in this part of the world with the addition of moisture advection. This did develop into a storm that once again intensified to the east of Bredbo. Some time-lapse of the base provided some rest and observational opportunities.  The storm produced a decent anvil and some interesting structure. Time-lapse did not show any clear or obvious rotation however from our perspective.

This was to be the end of our chase. As we proceeded beyond Lake George, radar indicated a nice storm had developed but alas it did not remain intact for too long.

Temora Storm Complex 27th November 2017

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Temora Storm Complex 27th November 2017

A few of the higher resolution pics of the Temora storm complex from SW of Temora today. A line of convergence occurred near Narrandera. These literally took off as we passed under them. The main core was further south so we took note of its structure. After some time I noted that the precipitation was persistent and we decided to check it out. This lead to the main chase. Consolidated base and inflow outflow interaction. Lightning caused a grass fire with thin plume rising under the updraft. Unfortunately we had to head back and leave a long lived storm complex go!

temora storm


Storm SW of Temora cranking up. Lightning started a fire - smoke plume below base

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