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#1260088 - 15/04/2014 23:07 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Orebound]
Jacci Offline
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Originally Posted By: Orebound

In the meantime, late this week looks good for some Kakadu bangers.


And chasin' with Jason. wink grin
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#1260794 - 23/04/2014 20:56 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Raindammit]
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Jabiru area firing up in true NT style tonight....

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#1260834 - 24/04/2014 10:15 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: MillnerNT]
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Originally Posted By: MillnerNT
Jabiru area firing up in true NT style tonight....


Yeah mate we were on that stuff last night and for a period there it was reeling off some seriously high flash rates, particularly around the SA floodplains. Put on a big time back-end crawler show that's for sure.

Similar tonight over the escarpment I would think so might be worth another run out Jabbers way this evening to see what pops.
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#1261179 - 27/04/2014 11:55 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Raindammit]
Jacci Offline
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If we are really lucky, there will be one more inland chase to get something decent before the shop shuts.
Not looking anymore promising for Darwin than a coastal shower or two. lol
Fingers crossed that Jason and I can squeeze in one more chase before the drought season takes a strong hold.
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#1261255 - 28/04/2014 01:17 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Jacci]
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Originally Posted By: Jacci
If we are really lucky, there will be one more inland chase to get something decent before the shop shuts.
Not looking anymore promising for Darwin than a coastal shower or two. lol
Fingers crossed that Jason and I can squeeze in one more chase before the drought season takes a strong hold.


Well you were kinda half right Straws, except for the fact that Darwin got smashed with rain LOL

As far as the chase thing goes this evening was always going to be marginal inland but at the same time it was worth a clutch and as you know it didn't disappoint. No shortage of lightning in cells attempting to punch the inversion although Strato Cu was the enemy when it came to clean shots.

Anyway, between the abundant crocodile population, snakes and annoying insects Fogg Dam still managed to live up to it's reputation as the go-to location for clear viewing of inland updrafts.

Here's one slightly over-exposed example of some late season Top End shenanigans....

Fogg Dam Dogleg by Orebound Images, on Flickr

Would have loved to have got that shot of the Croc on the road on the way in but he clearly wasn't interested in entertaining the paparazzi LOL

The pythons on the other hand were happy to smile for the camera grin

Fogg Dam Python by Orebound Images, on Flickr
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#1261256 - 28/04/2014 02:04 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Raindammit]
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I should probably add that I was quietly prepared to call the night a bust after seeing the results of earlier updrafts orphaning the structure under outflow dominance on the way out east but thankfully we stuck with the hunch and continued down the Arnhem Highway.

Here's an example of what you DON'T want to see when looking for aggressive updrafts....

Excuse the low quality mobile phone shot blush

Gusted out mess by Orebound Images, on Flickr


Edited by Orebound (28/04/2014 02:06)
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#1261270 - 28/04/2014 08:49 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Raindammit]
Jacci Offline
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Great Doggie shot Jason!
It was an awesome night considering we are only 3 days away from the official start of the dry season. Spewing I was pointing the wrong way for that one as it was the cleanest bolt of the lot. Well done! smile

Maybe I should make more pessimistic forecasts for Darwin, it worked a treat for storms. laugh
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#1261290 - 28/04/2014 10:46 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Jacci]
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Originally Posted By: Jacci

Maybe I should make more pessimistic forecasts for Darwin, it worked a treat for storms. laugh


Didn't hurt the rainfall figures neither, squeezed some reasonable numbers out of that coastal "shower or two" laugh

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#1263335 - 13/05/2014 03:24 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Raindammit]
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Suppose I better put my photos up from the season that was... Pretty happy with it. smile

17/9: In Kakadu on a looksie with Straws


16/10: Storm NE of Darwin


18/10: Severe storm ripped through areas 30km south of Darwin.


Berry Springs 25/10


19/11, Pine Creek


Timber Creek (360km S of Darwin) 28/11



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#1263336 - 13/05/2014 03:25 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Raindammit]
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Palmerston 30/11


15/12, Marrakai Track (90km SE of Darwin)


18/12, Darwin City


31/12, Noonamah flanking line. Storm not in photo was pummeling Palmerston at the time.


5/1 Adelaide River guster then Darwin City, storm over Mandorah


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#1263337 - 13/05/2014 03:26 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Raindammit]
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6/1 from Noonamah looking west at a storm over Channel Point. Soon the monsoon arrived. This day reached 36.0C at the AP, then the next 36.1C, smashing old Jan records of 35.6C in 1969.


8/1 Ubirr Rock in Kakadu. Wasn't long before this area was cut off from flood waters (it still is to this day with 60cm of water in Magela Creek.)


5/2 West MacDonnell Ranges vista. Recent showers and thunderstorms over Central Australia prior to this greening the landscape. (we were going to chase in the Kimberley but Vic highway was cut by a dumping tropical low.)

9/3 Isolated pulsey near Adelaide River township, from Fogg Dam.


13/3 South Alligator River, Kakadu NP


23/3 Fannie Bay, Darwin looking south



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#1263338 - 13/05/2014 03:27 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Raindammit]
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30/3 Pine Creek, crawlers from a complex of severe storms that smashed the region.


31/3 Noonamah, storm near Annaburro


1/4 Palmerston, very spectacular supercellular storm on dusk. People got better photos from Darwin city!


2/4 Channel Island Road, looking south towards Litchfield National Park


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#1263484 - 14/05/2014 07:20 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Raindammit]
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Some ripper shots in there Willoughby, thanks for sharing smile
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#1263493 - 14/05/2014 08:32 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Raindammit]
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OMG Willoughby those shots are INSANE!! Top job mate!
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#1263608 - 14/05/2014 20:12 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Raindammit]
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Geeze incredible shots Willoughby!
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#1263616 - 14/05/2014 22:00 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Raindammit]
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WOW!! Awesome pics!!!

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#1263622 - 15/05/2014 00:01 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Raindammit]
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Amazing beauty and well shot Willoughby ...
Love the colours and scenery ...the wet in the top end is certainly worth waiting for .. and putting up with all that humidity.. wink
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#1263734 - 15/05/2014 20:59 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Raindammit]
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Way to go Willo! Some great memories in that lot! Let's see if we can top 'em on the plains over the next few weeks hey!

In the meantime, a lovely contrast in colours over a ten minute period as the sun set tonight.



Mindil Sunset
by Orebound Images, on Flickr


Mindil Sunset
by Orebound Images, on Flickr

And a few snaps from the season past.....

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#1263763 - 15/05/2014 23:53 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Raindammit]
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Briliant lightning pics Orebound ..those images of bolts never cease to amaze me. haven't got the camera for that stuff unfortunately.... cry cry cry cry

But I've seen some top lightning up here thats for sure...to tell the truth I'm a bit frightened of those bolts in close proximity and sure as hell wouldn't be standing around when its going off all around ...too scarey frown
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#1263764 - 16/05/2014 00:35 Re: Top End Wet Season - April 2014 [Re: Raindammit]
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Thanks Desieboy but honestly I'm a bit of a pleb in comparison to some of the crew up here when it comes to photography (look above!)

I have to agree however on the Broome lightning, chasing on the plains is one of the things I look forward to most each year when we are back over there chasing the odd TC etc. Thunderstorms in the Kimberley are very reminiscent of the isolated Kakadu stuff the Top End is famous for.
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