Brisbane Mon 20 Dec 2004
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within the weather community was high for storms today -
usually a guarantee they won't eventuate! But today they
did, and actually lasted well into the night.
afternoon brought a small but intense cell just inside
the NSW / Qld border and approaching Beaudesert from the
SW. It seemed to be maintaining it's intensity, so I took
off after it, despite a few new cells just starting to
form the NW of Brisbane around the Kilcoy area. This is
the edge of the Beaudesert cell from around Yatala.
actually stopped at Yatala because this Beaudesert storm
was weakening as it tracked over the coast and out to
sea, but a new cell was forming to my SW around Boonah
and apparently it was heading straight for me.
considered moving further N to avoid the brunt of the
rain, but the awesome cloud-to-ground lightning had me
compelled, though again it was difficult to photograph.
Here's the storm as it approached directly towards me
from the SW.
the inevitable rain arrived with some brief small hail
but soon passed.
took off N back up the highway towards another weak storm
which was heading towards Brisbane. I saw a few great
lightning bolts while I was driving and also a lovely
this moved out to sea (and being too far from the
apparently wild storms now occuring around the Sunshine
Coast from the Kilcoy cell) I decided to head home. I
then got a call saying more storms were approaching from
the SW! So I turned around and headed to a friends place
near Wacol. This is facing WSW towards the edge of the
new storm didn't seem to be developing too much, but
eventually it became lightning active so we headed up to
Mt Coot-tha for a great lightning show!
this cell passed another eventually came through from the
same direction and this happened a couple of times. They
seemed to be continually regenerating from the same
place, but eventually the system ran out of steam.