Brisbane Thu 20 Nov 2008
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night brought the rain and
tonight brought the lightning...
and another magnificent
problem on some days is when
multiple cells pop up all over
the place making it difficult to
choose which one to chase. That
problem didn't occur today with a
single distinct line doing it's
classic Brisbane thing of
approaching from the SW and
mowing over the city.
line not far from Beaudesert, I
headed towards there down the Mt
Lindsay Hwy with some lovely
at Greenbank for a look and
didn't need to go any further.
Firstly, an anviled cell to the
approaching from the SW was
developing a beautiful gustfront.
the point to get the hell outta
there is always tough as I want
to stay as long as possible but
don't want to get caught in it. I
was about 2 kms down a road off
the Mt Lindsay Hwy and before I
got back onto it, outflow winds
hit, with leaves and tiny
branches filling the air. Light
rain was beginning to fall as I
got back onto the highway and
Greenbank was a great spot to
view the guster as it was already
starting to look a little
scrappy, even though the storm
itself was far from weakening.
how far I should go when I
decided to hit a little spot
close to home around Rochedale to
watch it go over me and enjoy the
stopped as quickly as it started
when the line passed and the
lightning frequency rose
dramatically. For another good
hour at least, the line was
flickering constantly offering up
some great anvil crawlers.
some new cells had popped up to
in those storms was much less
frequent as I returned my
attention to the NE line which
was starting to head out to sea.
lightning display was one of the
best I'd seen!
weaker activity came through
about an hour later but didn't
yield anything interesting,
except of course, a massive CG
bolt which I missed. Still, I
couldn't really complain after
the super light show earlier!
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