Storms Sydney 4th January 2015

Chased with Storm Optix and Harley Pearman. Pretty good day for explosive development. Chased the initial cell that came out near Warragamba then another cell devrloped near Luddenham devrloping explosively. Headed to Richmond/Windsor then Quakers Hill then back enroute to Cattai to chase the impressive storm that split left and right and all the way to Wiseman's Ferry then finally back to Richmond for storms building south along the boundary. This cell began to spark and at times produced frequent lightning! Finally we gave up and headed for a nice Pizza. Filled 40gig of video time lapse. Will post pictures at some point but here are a couple of Iphone specials0104jd0190104jd029 0104jd038 0104jd060 0104jd064 0104jd0670104jd076






See : 64km Radar Loop for Sydney (Terrey Hills), 00:00 04/01/2015 to 12:00 04/01/2015 UTC

See : 128km Radar Loop for Sydney (Terrey Hills), 00:00 04/01/2015 to 12:00 04/01/2015 UTC

See : 64km Radar Loop for Wollongong, 00:00 04/01/2015 to 12:00 04/01/2015 UTC



  • Harley Pearman

    This was a very enjoyable chase. This chase was limited more to outer Western Sydney as well as the Maroota / Wisemans Ferry region. I have never been up to Wisemans Ferry area until now.

    I just wish to thank Jimmy for the pizza for the evening.

    I have discovered that my DSLR camera is not manufactured to take video film of lightning flashes. Prior to this storm event, I did reset my DSLR camera to take video film and I found it takes very good quality video in general. However it is unable to handle quick / rapid pulses of bright light. As a result, I have no lightning strikes from the event. I do know in future not to try this again using that camera.

    Nevertheless, I did manage some great contrast still photos of the event. I now attach some photos of the chase that I took.

  • Harley Pearman

    Some great contrast for the day and storms were photogenic. I have noticed that it has been a good season for storms without low level cloud obscuring them.

  • Harley Pearman

    I found the base of this cell south of Penrith interesting.

  • Harley Pearman

    The storm around Ebenezer late in the day was a favourite. It was amazing to see this storm go from a cluster of cumulus mediocris clouds to this cell in such a short time.

  • Harley Pearman

    The final photo from the chase. By the time we reached Wisemans Ferry area, the storm was in decline and later on we returned to Richmond to enjoy the final storm to the west.

    I was aware although I did not record any rainfall that some areas received some big totals although most areas had little or no rain. Storms were hit and miss with isolated big totals occurring.