Brisbane Tue 9 Oct 2007
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consecutive day of storms in SE
Qld, and with an early morning
'day job', the many photos of the
previous day's events, preparing
a web page, the actual storm
chasing, and trying to squeeze
some sleep in, I'm getting tired... but not too tired!
again lucky enough to have
several cells about the place.
The main area of forecast
instability was to the NW of
Brisbane, and by 2pm there was a
nice cell firing at Esk. By the
time I noticed it on radar it was
too late to chase, but new cells
were forming just to the SW of
Brisbane. After having a look
from Mt Gravatt, I decided
to head north.
two main cells at this point. One
around Ipswich heading for
Cleveland, the other over Marburg
and heading for Redcliffe. Here's
the view from the Gateway Bridge to the SW. Rain is visible, but no base features:
The SE cell
(heading for Cleveland) was
looking good and I didn't want to
go too far north of it, so I
stopped at the airport for a look
south. This storm was now dumping hail around Old Cleveland Rd. Lightning was infrequent
another cell was crossing
Caloundra and some pileus was
point the Marburg cell was really
hotting up. There was a substantial
black core to this storm on radar and it
was becoming something I didn't
want to get stuck under, but I
really wanted to be north of it
to get a good view of any shelf
cloud. Trouble is, a thousand
people are week are moving into
Queensland and the state govt
simply cannot keep up with
providing an adequate road
network to cope with the influx.
Sure, I might've been in a hurry,
but the 15 km drive from the
airport to the Deagon Deviation
took nearly an hour.
However... as I drove
down Airport Drive and heard
reports of hail and the black
core on the radar, I really
wondered whether continuing to
Redcliffe was wise. I was
considering a contingency plan
should I get close to hail, but also
wondering whether I should just
turn around and stay safe.
the time I got to Redcliffe I had
barely received moderate rainfall
and the core was out to sea. As
it turned out, hail had dropped
just N or Redcliffe so I didn't
even see any hail drifts.
was now getting dark so I managed
a few lightning shots as it
headed out to sea.
continued NE, another cell
tracked across Caboolture and
further north which gave off some
lightning of it's own. Most of it was a long way away, but then this gorgeous twin CG dropped a lot closer.
quite an impressive number of
cells flickering away from the NW
around to the E, but they
eventually became too distant to
following photo is a bit
overexposed because of sheet
lightning, but a large number of
CG strikes are just visible.
Thanks heaps to Michelle and Drew for their patience and putting up with my constant requests for radar updates! One day I'll get myself kitted up...
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