Darwin Day 5 Sat 17 Dec 2005
Travelled today: 42kms | Travelled so far: 882kms | Allowance: 1000kms
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A hit and
miss day today. Some moderate to
heavy falls tracked west through
Berry Springs early (around 6am)
setting up a lot of cloud which
became the main 'feature' of the
day. Though severals cells did
follow through later on dropping
some lightning and nice rumbles
visit to the Parap markets we got
some nice thunder so we headed up
to East Point for a better look.
The cell had moved on a bit, but
there were several cells about
the place dumping rain.
seemed to slow down so we went
back to our unit. During a nanna
nap (got up 'early' to get to the
markets) we heard thunder, so we
zipped back down to the wharves
for the view and found a
beautiful anvil to the WSW headlining a line
of smaller storms.
Saw a few
bolts and heard more thunder. These
storms then weakened and it was
back home to continue the nanna
later and we heard thunder yet again,
so it was back to the wharves.
This time we got a very nice
surprise... a developing gustfront!
A few nice
lightning flashes and wind gusts
of up to half a knot later ;) and
this system seemed to weaken just
like everything else this day. We
sat around and waited for things
to improve but they didn't, so we
while later we heard more
thunder, but this time it brought plenty of rain with it. The
thunder soon disappeared, and the
rain eased in intensity but persisted lightly for
Jeff - Marty's mate. In short, if
you want to come up to Darwin
before the wet sets in and see
some atmospheric electrical
activity, do one thing first.
Check if we've come up here. If
we have, avoid the place at all
costs - you'll see