Brisbane Fri 6 Jan 2006
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2:30am I woke for no apparent reason. I
thought I could hear very distant
rumbling, but it could've been
the airport nearby. I thought I
saw a flash outside. Some more
rumbling. A brighter flash
outside and I was finally sure
there was a storm somewhere. It seems my subconscious was working while I was asleep. I
decided to hang around a few
minutes and see if it was
actually coming towards me, as my
sleep is precious and I wasn't
getting dressed for sheet
lightning! The thunder did indeed
get louder so I scooted up to the
local lookout. I heard quite few good booms as it got closer, but I saw only three great
lightning bolts. The first was my
cue to start shooting, the third
was in the wrong direction... and
this is the second one (facing
pretty lucky to get such great,
if few, bolts. However, the show turned
out to be but a prelude for the
evening to follow.
I saw this on the radar:
expect the cell which was still in NSW to reach Brisbane. In
the southern suburbs around 7pm I
was seeing constant flashes of
sheet lightning to the south.
This is what the radar looked
like, though I didn't know it at
knowing how far it would go, I
decided to take the most direct
route to the coast, which
happened to be Redland Bay.
Lightning was incredibly
constant, with several flashes
per second. On the way to Redland
Bay we stopped and got a view of a
very nice gustfront that was
developing, lightning flashing
all the while.
were poking their heads out of
the anvil above and ahead of us.
We moved on to Redland Bay. A few
forks dropped ahead of the
rain and wind arrived...
massive cloud to ground lightning
bolts, blowing out power.
The wind was enough to knock the two wheelie bins over.
these forks fell within a few kms
and a good half a dozen were
within 1km. This was another of
the most incredible flang-fests
I'd ever seen! Unfortunately, the
majority of ground strikes
were obscured by rain, making them
tough to photograph.
in several places, including the
Gabba, cancelling a 20/20 match
that was being played. My partner
received some minor hail damage
while a second weaker cell came
through with a defined front (not
as defined as the first) and some
lightning, but nothing like the
first storm, which was now
tracking north towards the
We drove up
a short way towards Victoria
Point but most of the activity
had moved on further north.