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#1019820 - 14/10/2011 09:53 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: Noname]
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Excellent results Nitso. Bad luck Lee but at least you where out there chasing.

Still planning on being at the meet on sunday - I might be allowed to bring the new camera so i can get some pointers from Thomo.
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#1019862 - 14/10/2011 11:04 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: SBT]
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Great read Nitso can't wait to see the pics!
Awesome photos Homesick & Thomo.
Wanted to come out and meet everyone on Sunday but my parents are coming into town frown
Spoke to hubby this morning around 7.30am and a storm was moving in over Cannington Mine then. Hopefully we get some showers today or maybe (fingers and everything crossed) a small TS?


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#1019915 - 14/10/2011 13:23 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: Noname]
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Bugger all happening here today, humidity has dropped..

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#1019946 - 14/10/2011 14:21 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: boganation]
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Humidity dropped? Its DP is still above 21C :S

Its a beautiful day for the stormies!!!
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#1019952 - 14/10/2011 14:31 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: Noname]
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The first cells are popping up to the SE of Hughenden, and beginning their long trek towards the coast. Looks like one is developing to Hughenden's NE as well.
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#1019954 - 14/10/2011 14:35 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: Noname]
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Humdity is 39% and rising again.
32C
1014HPA
16.6C DP and rising.
last rain (5mm) - 91 friggen days ago.
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#1019960 - 14/10/2011 14:45 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: SBT]
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Loc: Bluewater Park,Nth of Townsvil...
Can anyone give me an idea how the best way to keep rainfall totals.
I got myself a rain gauge, albeit nothing flash, but is there any easy way to keep totals on the computer. Maybe a template that I could download. I am no good at spreadsheets etc.
Very warm out here today, just cranked up the Air Con.

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#1019965 - 14/10/2011 14:51 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: SBT]
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Ok can someone tell me why there is such a difference in individual observations...
Because according to WZ its 30.3C, 20.5 DP and 56% humidity.
I know that location may play a part, but seems just a bit odd to me thats all.
I dont actually have a weather station to record my own observations and how it all works, but have been looking around on ebay for some. Is this the best place to look?


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#1019970 - 14/10/2011 14:59 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: Maisie]
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Hmmmmmm, okay I still haven't got it sussed. Can someone let me know what I'm not doing (be kind) still getting use to mac, so different from windows.
This was going to be a photo of last nights storm building, just before it dropped on me. Not a great photo, but the others had a telegraph pole in a corner.
Help.......please!!!!!!


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Edit Reason: fixed image link
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#1019974 - 14/10/2011 15:04 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: Homesick FNQ]
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HSFNQ, right click on the image in Flickr and select 'Medium 640' or 'Large' then right click on the image and select 'Copy image URL' then paste that here. I fixed it up for you.
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#1019979 - 14/10/2011 15:11 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: Raindammit]
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Those few cells near Hughenden are developing into quite a nice line of storms now, if the boys are going out chasing I'd be heading to Charters Towers NOW.
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#1019984 - 14/10/2011 15:21 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: Raindammit]
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i am sitll giving it a %50 to %50 chance a we may run into our 1st Severe thunderstorms this evening or Tonight for Townsville.

It's is a hit or a miss.

If we don't see any things this evening or tonight There is all way Tomorrow.

I like to know what do you think?

(There is a Severe thunderstorms warning out at the moment for Queensland.)


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#1019995 - 14/10/2011 15:39 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: Mathew]
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I just hope Ingham gets something..... clouds to the west of us, lovely lot of weather round Warrego.
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#1019997 - 14/10/2011 15:41 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: Mathew]
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Thanks raindammit, I'm hopeing for a repeat performance and have made room on the camera for another 100 or so. No right click on the apple mac, safari is so different. Just learning as I go along.
Hope you guys get some more good storm activity up there today. Wind has dropped off here, 32 deg in the house, small clouds, nothing promising yet......
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#1020009 - 14/10/2011 15:52 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: nitso]
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Originally Posted By: nitso
Unfortunately our team was split up and due to other commitments Thomo and Trav couldn't make it far enough southwards. Anyway the hot spot last night was just north of Balyando Crossing (Balyando Crossing is 180kms south of Charters) We saw the most spectacular night of thunderstorms so far in my storm chasing life here in North Queensland.

Basically here's what happened in a nutshell. I will link a new chase page to it on our website hopefully later today, although I might be chasing again, haven't decided yet.

(1) We core punched 1 big line of cells on radar 10kms north of Balyando
(2) We hurried north to get some nice structure shots of that line and found that about 40kms north of Balyando we were under a new developing cell which spat out bolts pretty close to us/over us along with really big globs of rain.
(3) We hurried further north to take some structure shots and lo and behold about 50kms north of Balyando (130kms south of Towers) we had another cell developing right over the road to the north of us. We took some shots of cell 3 and then it hurried away to the east south east and joined the other earlier line of cells.
(4) We noticed a cell developing SW of Balyando that had potential so we started going back south, BUT just as we had gotten 10kms south (still 40kms north of Balyando) we noticed an amazing group of clustered deep cumulus clouds developing with three heads. So we quickly stopped at a clearing and watched this beautiful line of clouds gathering themselves into one brand new line of storms (we actually were streaming this on our live feed) That new line exploded just top our east and gave us the best light show I've seen for a number of years. You can see images of it from people east of it between Mackay and Ayr. It was insane, I will upload a video on our Youtube later of the amazing light show.
(5) Anyway after this diversion, our cell SW of Balyando was the next target and we had to get to balyando to intercept it. We got there and it passed just to our south but gave us some awesome images.
(6) In behind that came our rotating supershower - basically it was a shower with a low cloud base that was wrapping around itself. It didn't appear to be an inflow band, it was a feature in itself so it wasn't part of a storm complex. One of the strangest things I've seen and it definitely had striated banding resembling that of a rotating updraft. Quite an extraordinary sight.
(7) In behind that came the monster. Once the rotating supershower had passed us the anvil of the beast came over us. A huge amount of lightning was lighting up it's hail shaft and precip core. It was going to cross the road just north of Balyando so we couldn't resist a hail core punch and away we went. First we got torrential rain, then light hail with torrential rain, then the rain almost stopped but we copped awesome big hail coming out the northern edge of the cell 20kms north of Balyando. The hail was between 2-4 cems in size and we called it in to the BoM as soon as we got back in range.
(8) We travelled north again to about 50kms north of Balyando where one final cell was making its way to the tropopause. This was a beautiful little cell as it was the last one for the night and surrounded by clear air. It put out a few cg's and a a fair few intercloud lightning strikes. This one was weaker than the others, but hell after at least 8 storms and being about 10:30PM at night we forgave it. But when it comes to prettiest storms of the day, this one probably took the cake.

Anyway that was at least 8 storms yesterday we either got close to or core punched. All I can say is WOW. I hope to upload some photos and video on our chase pages. October 13th 2011 was certainly one hell of a special chase day.


Nice little writeup there Nitso! It was a great chase and I am glad you consider that one of your best. (This is Andy) I broke into Cam's apartment in Townsville, hacked his laptop to share some chase images with you guys from yesterday S of Charters and around the Central Highlands. I must say I was VERY surprised at a) Hail and b) The size of it! Anyways, perhaps Nitso can expand on the location of some of these shots from Cam, Nitso and myself's chase yesterday.

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#1020019 - 14/10/2011 16:09 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: Hinezy]
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Very nice photos mate- I particuarly like that first one.. " Everything has to start somewhere...."
Just a question- what sort of camera/ gear do u blokes use for the lightning shots? Just an "el cheapo" digital camera you can pick up from the Good Guys- or is it one of those more expensive SLR jobs?
keep up the reports!

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#1020052 - 14/10/2011 16:49 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: Occo.]
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so what was the time span of those utterly fabulous photos?
I am in love with all the lightning shots, and pic no. 7 was extraordinary, can you tell us about it?
Was that part of the rotating supershower???
THERE IS A LINE OF PROMISING WEATHER TO THE WEST OF INGHAM!!!!!!!

there is another line to the south, so far Townsville is in between the two, lol, some things never change!!!!
hope we all get something guys!
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#1020057 - 14/10/2011 16:53 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: Choklit Thunda]
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Seems this afternoon has turned around, DP and Humidity is up, winds NNE (probably too windy)... I think the new radar is broken, not much on there...

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#1020065 - 14/10/2011 17:03 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: boganation]
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Originally Posted By: Adamēc
Seems this afternoon has turned around, DP and Humidity is up, winds NNE (probably too windy)... I think the new radar is broken, not much on there...


I agreed Adam. Its currently 29.3/24.2C at the moment. That is good for the storms and rain as they approach from the west.

At The Towers its 29.7/18.7C, that is really good for that far inland!! No wonder that storms can survive this time with this good windshear and infeed.
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#1020066 - 14/10/2011 17:03 Re: North Qld Wet Season Buildup Cardwell to Bowen - Sept to Nov 2011 [Re: boganation]
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There is plenty on there! Half of that stuff would only be blue instead of yellow on the old radar. It clearly has no problems with showing activity from the west, the big test is activity to the east and northeast. Next week should provide this test with what should be a good scattering of offshore showers at times.

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