Storms hit Sydney 7th December 2014

Storm hits with strong winds and hail.

Storm hits with strong winds and hail.

Richmond NSW Storm chase.

Richmond NSW Storm chase.

 

Richmond NSW Storm chase.

Richmond NSW Storm chase.

 

Richmond Nsw Storm chase.

Richmond Nsw Storm chase.

Richmond NSW Storm chase.

Richmond NSW Storm chase.

Richmond NSW Storm chase.

Richmond NSW Storm chase.

Updrafts and Pileus

Updrafts and Pileus

Storm base coming into view

Storm base coming into view

Clear slot beginning to appear in what looks like a supercell

Clear slot beginning to appear in what looks like a supercell

What a day for Sydney! Some pretty impressive storms and structures to be had. I missed the Hornsby cell through shear laziness or simply being too tired chased 8 days straight and wanting to get into position view point.Intercepted first cell near Campbelltown and then ended up going to Rooty Hill and then intercepted the cells coming towards Liverpool finally just wanted to get to a view point. Got some impressive bolts from there but structure was nothing special. I could see the impressive structure to the north heading towards Hornsby when it was still compact but from a southern angle.

Storm hits with strong winds and hail.

Storm hits with strong winds and hail.

Northern Suburbs Supercell

Northern Suburbs Supercell

After leaving Campbelltown, I headed to Rooty Hill. Here storms were time-lapsed and it then became apparent that storms were developing over the Wollemi. One storm intensified and tracked over the Northern Suburbs. Once this supercell progressed further east, the southwest development increased and towers exploded. Billowing crisp updrafts were a feature with several towers aligned from Horsley Park to Hoxton Park region.

Northern Suburbs Supercell

Northern Suburbs Supercell

 

Late afternoon cell near St Marys

Late afternoon cell near St Marys

Exploding crisp updrafts on Liverpool cells

Exploding crisp updrafts on Liverpool cells

After returning from this and venturing to another cell that weakened pacing from Penrith, I gradually headed for the next storm. This time I wanted a vantage point and decided not to head to the Northern Suburbs.

Exploding crisp updrafts on Liverpool cells

Exploding crisp updrafts on Liverpool cells

Exploding crisp updrafts on Liverpool cells

Exploding crisp updrafts on Liverpool cells

The cell coming from north-west of Richmond was intense and very lightning active on approach. The most intense looking structure was on the northern end of the storm.

Last cells of the day approaches from the northwest

Last cells of the day approaches from the northwest

Last cells of the day approaches from the northwest

Last cells of the day approaches from the northwest

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On top of the Blacktown building car park, footage was recorded of intense lightning bolts and storm base structure for time-lapse. Harley coincidently came there as well filing lightning.

Here is a video time-lapse of the supercell

19 thoughts on “Storms hit Sydney 7th December 2014

  1. Nick Moir

    This shot is the 4pm Sunday storm which hammered St Ives and the northern beaches taken from annangrove , got 2-3 can hail there

  2. Nick Moir

    This is an early stage of the storm which went towards Campbelltown on Sunday when it was south of penrith

  3. Dave Nelson

    great pix Jimmy :) … ON Sunday 7th Dec, I got under the Campbelltown, 2 on The Northern Rd at Luddenham and then on to Orchard Hills. then finally the monster that came down from Kurrajong, I met it at Londonderry and followed it via The Northern Rd, Richmond Rd, M7, M2 and Carlingford to home. It was quite violent inside it, strong winds, heavy rain and intense lightning

  4. Dave Nelson

    Jimmy …. if you still have my mobile # in your phone, the one ending in 111 can you send a text or something … I lost your number when I upgraded to a new phone … thanks lots

  5. Harley Pearman

    Sunday, I elected not to chase as I had a number of chores to do following a week of storms and storm chasing.

    However I decided to bring my camera along with me just in case I needed it.

    While I did not specifically chase storms on Sunday, I still managed some great photos and I unexpectedly met Jimmy on the roof of the RSL car park while photographing the late afternoon storm passing over Blacktown.

  6. Harley Pearman

    I still managed to photograph the storm cell south of Penrith and I observed this cell for around 1 hour. This cell produced some impressive updrafts, pileaus caps and strong contrasts across the sky.

    Following some grocery shopping at Westpoint Blacktown, I was impressed by an approaching storm from the north west so I proceeded to the rooftop car park of the nearby club. This afforded great views of the storm.

    I unexpectedly met Jimmy video taping / photographing the storm. We finished up photographing the storm, filming it and observing it across the roof top car park.

    The photo shows the base of the storm over Blacktown.

  7. Harley Pearman

    I managed to get these photos of lightning strikes over Blacktown and it appears one is striking very close to the crane on the Blacktown Hospital construction site.

    I had problems of rain on my lens but I still managed some great photos as shown.

  8. Harley Pearman

    My favourite photo. This bolt pulsed a few times with one very bright flash.

    Overall, while I did not chase, I did not miss out on the action and I came away rather pleased with these lightning photos.

  9. Richard 'Richary' Jary

    I am now living at Waitara and while I was out on Sunday we had a fair amount of small hail around 3-3:30pm and lots of close lightning at home. We then copped it again a bit after 5 when their was torrential rain and high winds, brought down a lot of small branches and we had a river running down the side of the house. Much larger trees brought down nearby such as at Wahroonga I saw the next morning on the commute.

  10. Richard 'Richary' Jary

    I am now living at Waitara and while I was out on Sunday we had a fair amount of small hail around 3-3:30pm and lots of close lightning at home. We then copped it again a bit after 5 when their was torrential rain and high winds, brought down a lot of small branches and we had a river running down the side of the house. Much larger trees brought down nearby such as at Wahroonga I saw the next morning on the commute.

  11. Richard 'Richary' Jary

    I am now living at Waitara and while I was out on Sunday we had a fair amount of small hail around 3-3:30pm and lots of close lightning at home. We then copped it again a bit after 5 when their was torrential rain and high winds, brought down a lot of small branches and we had a river running down the side of the house. Much larger trees brought down nearby such as at Wahroonga I saw the next morning on the commute.

  12. Richard 'Richary' Jary

    I am now living at Waitara and while I was out on Sunday we had a fair amount of small hail around 3-3:30pm and lots of close lightning at home. We then copped it again a bit after 5 when their was torrential rain and high winds, brought down a lot of small branches and we had a river running down the side of the house. Much larger trees brought down nearby such as at Wahroonga I saw the next morning on the commute.

  13. Richard 'Richary' Jary

    I am now living at Waitara and while I was out on Sunday we had a fair amount of small hail around 3-3:30pm and lots of close lightning at home. We then copped it again a bit after 5 when their was torrential rain and high winds, brought down a lot of small branches and we had a river running down the side of the house. Much larger trees brought down nearby such as at Wahroonga I saw the next morning on the commute.

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