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#1399238 - 29/12/2016 09:00 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: roves]
ThD Ht Offline
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Loc: Reynella, S.A.
Originally Posted By: roves
After watching the big line of storms die out last night I went to bed but got 13mm by the time I woke up so not all lost, sure hoping for a storm with some intensity before its all over if its not already.


stand outside, turn to the east, put your hand up to your
mouth and blow this one a kiss goodbye.
it's all over rover...i mean....roves.

maybe light at the end of the tunnel, EC and GFS have a
possible infeed of moisture with a retrograde trough and
some awesome angular shear, if that comes off it could
make for another interesting chase to say the least.

yesterday ended up being pretty damn good for me and i
managed to nail a pretty good final location considering i
was running blind having never been in that area before.
i havn't seen my pics yet and i'm already drooling over
them, i still cant believe some of the structure i saw.

TH
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#1399288 - 29/12/2016 13:54 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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Look forward to em TH, absolutely spewing to say the least that I couldn't chase that cell, sat near stationary backforming off its flank for over 6 hours. I would give up the majority of my chase days this year to have chased that, twas a bloody trophy storm. Hope you got onto it before the anvil came over and blanketed it, I could see the updraught and some of the motions in its inflow region, even from 60km away looked vigorous.
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#1399296 - 29/12/2016 14:07 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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yer defiantly trophy class all right, and i bagged the sucker.
more than happy, just got a couple of tweaks to do to my
chase post and it'll be up. been working on it since 10:00am,
it's big, almost done.

TH
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#1399297 - 29/12/2016 14:09 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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Loc: Reynella, S.A.
well after putting up with 7 days of BS from me you
can all put up with another one. poke
only joking, better put some pics where my mouth is
i 'spose.

to start with was this pic taken near the top of chandlers
hill, the fog started at around 1200', the there was tree
trash all over the road, the first thing i noticed when when
i got out of the vehicle was the overpowering aroma of
eucalyptus from all the trashed tree litter. the second
thing was @ 23 how stifling it was.


this is pretty typical of the line of cu that were
boiling away trying to punch the cap in a line all
the way from tailem bend to south of clare. they
eventually got there but as always when waiting for
something to happen it was like watching grass grow.
this pic looking northeast on the easten side of
murray bridge.


i wasnt happy with the stuff near murray bridge as it was
moving away and i dont like playing catchup, looking
north with envious eyes to a better looking cell up near
eudunda i spat it and headed up to sedan, by the time i got
there it looked like crap but TS said it was going into
orbit, it wasnt photogenic at all so i decided to corepunch
it for something to liven up what was so far looking to
be a bit of a fizzer. i got to just west of blanchtown and
parked on the road and waited for the core to sweep over me.
this pic is looking east and was the only thing worth
photographing. the main core is behind and to the left of me,
at about 8 o'clock or nw. huge drops reasonably heavy but
definatly not HP.


this one is looking south from close to the last pic, nice
little cell just looked good with a small core and a pilius
on top.


after that i saw the stuff going off in the iron triangle
and thought going by progged nnw steering winds would be
heading for pt. wakefield so set off for the mongeral trip
across hopefully to get there in time for some sunset/night
time lightning pics.
but TS had different ideas, don't go west, go north young
man. so i did, got to truro and headed for eudunda. all of
the stuff out east was interesting to watch while driving,
thinking about heading off the stuff coming across from the
gulf. well when i got out of eudunda things started to ramp
up very quckly, thats when the eye candy meter hit the
redline and pegged itself off the scale. as i drove it just
got better and better. this pic for starters.......
an albino core, how cool is that?


then this yummy little piece of eye candy, i thought your
kidding a wall cloud, then realised its an inflow shelfie.
other intersting thing to note is it's such a huge shelfie
compared to such a small cb.


as i drive along enjoying what i've seen so far and lulling
myself into a fase sense of security thinking i've pretty
much seen it all over 30 yrs or more of stormchasing i
drive over the hill and this comes thing along and bitch
slaps me in the face with a WTF factor of ten.


well i finally get to robertstown not far from sundown
now between a rock and a hard place, the rock is what's
coming from the iron triangle, the hard place is what's
going off in the east, i can just hear it, sounds like
the constant rumble of a jet taking off, no wonder at a
strike rate of 154 strikes per minute. i decide to try
and get closer to the eastern cell seeing as it's been
stationary since it's inception and wait for the nw
conglomerate to get to me. ended up about 10km directly
east of robertstown on a hill which was really good
visually, once sunset came the damn thing was flashing
it's nuts off and the roar of the jet engine was much
louder interjected with some nice loud stuff directly
overhead, i've heard constant rolling thunder heaps of
times but never like this, as soon as the nw conglomerate
started to collide with the easterm cell it started to
move off to the se. but what a way to finish off, as it got
darker, multiple flashes per second, like i said before an
awesome psychedelic light show....or should i say
'psycho'delic. no wind as well, just perfect.
this pic looking east at the back edge of the eastern cell
and has already started moving off.


so once it got dark enough to take longer exposures i set
up the tripod and tried for some lightning pics, the
problem was that 99 out of 100 were embedded in the cloud
with no visible bolts, and i use that as an arbitrary
figure prolly more like 1 in 1000, anyway there was bugger
all to be seen except flashing. and to complicate things
is every lightning photographers nightmare multiple cells
and areas of strikes. so i did my best and managed the
sum total of .........1
and here it is.........

i pushed for as long as i could until the rain took over
then just sat in the car and enjoyed the show for a
while until i decided it was time to go home.

in hindsight not knowing the area and looking at the map,
i would have headed to morgan and taken b64 to corepunch
it, god only knows what pics i would have got then as i
came out of the backside, but then i wouldn't have got what
i did. it's a double edged sword, and not knowing what i
might have got i have no regrets.

TH
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#1399304 - 29/12/2016 14:39 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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Registered: 10/05/2001
Posts: 14870
Loc: Seaford Meadows, SA
Bloody hell mate!!! some spankers there!! and glad you managed that one clean bolt lol. Definitely glad you didn't end up at Port Wakefield!!

Yest sure saw some classic Mid North/Riverlands/Murraylands beasts, the stuff from old times, early to mid 90's as a kid I remember many times at sunset a wall of big, bulky CB's flashing like mad into the night sliding SE whilst Adelaide is clear. The Mt Mary storm that TH was on was one of the best structured cells I have seen from a distance in Adelaide, continuous updrafts smashing up on the flanking line to 16-17km in height. Very frequent lightning. Big storms!

Evening elevated stuff really took a while to get going and whilst it finally did form as expected, just didn't have the bolt frequency to really do much unfort.

TS cool

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#1399335 - 29/12/2016 16:33 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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Registered: 19/12/2013
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Loc: Uleybury
*Drools* fantastic Shots there TH smile , love the Pileus on some of those Cbs. The 2nd and 4th are my Favs.

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#1399337 - 29/12/2016 16:46 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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Registered: 07/04/2010
Posts: 596
Loc: Magill, Adelaide
Great write up TH - sure seems weird your "slaps me in the face with a WTF factor of ten" photo! Such a cloud got a name? Confused anvil from the northern-hemisphere??

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#1399342 - 29/12/2016 17:30 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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Registered: 17/01/2007
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Loc: Kalangadoo,South Australia
Well after the usual hype of blackout causing,tree toppling,paddock drowning weather of which hit Adelaide and surrounds during much of Tuesday and into the evening failing to deliver the same amount of punishment down in the LSE, i got a bit let down seeing as how we missed out on the massive tornado producing event several months back

During the early to late evening last night just before 10pm the barometric pressure started dropping into the 993 range and the humidity started rising,whilst outside hoping for a respite from muggy conditions inside i noticed something flashing off towards Penola/Robe road way

Around 10:30/11pm there was intermittent flashes every few minutes with nothing coming up on the radar i simply brushed it off as a dying storm cell that had lost all of its grunt leaving behind distant sheet lightning then retired to bed

After i retired to bed hoping for the SW change to come in so things could cool down said distant sheet lightning from supposed dying storm cell suddenly hit with a vengeance it CC and sheet lightning flashing every few seconds before a brief heavy downpour of rain cooled down things

Currently its still pretty muggy outside with the baro pressure still in the 993 range but slowly going up






Edited by rstewart84 (29/12/2016 17:30)

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#1399353 - 29/12/2016 18:15 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: betsuin]
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Loc: Reynella, S.A.
thanks TS, it certainly turned out to be a memorable one.

SC, it was a pilius fest, just about every CB that went
up had a helmet on it.

Originally Posted By: betsuin
.........Such a cloud got a name?
Confused anvil from the northern-hemisphere??......


haha, yer thats a good one,
yer there would be but i don't know what it would be,
my take is it's an extreme abberation of the previous
pic that being a moisture in-feed of extremely high RH
low level moisture resulting in a very low LCL.
rapid mixing causes these not to hang around very long
so if you see it you need to take a pic immediatley or
it will have changed beyond recognition if not be
completley gone.

TH
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#1399358 - 29/12/2016 18:37 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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Great work TH!
BTW, good that you didnt go to Morgan & corepunch, you possibly wouldnt have got out....

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#1399370 - 29/12/2016 19:55 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
ThD Ht Offline
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Loc: Reynella, S.A.
Originally Posted By: teckert
Great work TH!
BTW, good that you didnt go to Morgan & corepunch, you possibly wouldnt have got out....


thanks Tek,
why is that?, it's a tarmac road, would have been a milk run.

TH
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#1399383 - 29/12/2016 20:48 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: ThD Ht]
betsuin Offline
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Registered: 07/04/2010
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Loc: Magill, Adelaide
Originally Posted By: ThD Ht

Originally Posted By: betsuin
.........Such a cloud got a name?
Confused anvil from the northern-hemisphere??......


my take
...snip... rapid mixing
...snip...
so if you see it you need to take a pic immediately or it will have changed beyond recognition..


Yeah copy that! How many times to have gone for the camera but then it was all past prime :-/


Edited by betsuin (29/12/2016 20:50)

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#1399390 - 29/12/2016 21:12 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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Registered: 07/04/2010
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Loc: Magill, Adelaide
Cycled to work today - a lot of big branches and even whole trees down long the line shown below, and that was just the streets I traveled, didn't go looking at surroundings.



Not so much in other areas I passed through from Magill to Kilburn. Lots of leaf litter though.

There is of course an incline of some 20~30 metres sort of running along Prospect Rd in that area.

Thus - what caused that much tree damage? Swirling eddies as the prevailing northerlies hit the uplift??

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#1399418 - 29/12/2016 23:45 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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Loc: Bridgewater
yay, power back on after 47hours

our CFS brigade has done just over 60 jobs in the last 45 hours.
time for a some sleep


ps, great photos guys!

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#1399419 - 29/12/2016 23:59 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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Can see flashes from those cells near Broken Hill, 250km away.

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#1399435 - 30/12/2016 08:50 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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My rainfall totals for this event here in Gulfview Heights.

Dec 23: 0 mm
Dec 24: 0 mm
Dec 25: 0 mm
Dec 26: 1.4 mm
Dec 27: 10.6 mm
Dec 28: 62.2 mm
Dec 29: 2.6 mm

Total: 76.8 mm
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#1399440 - 30/12/2016 09:03 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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Outstanding pics TH, thanks grin
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#1399442 - 30/12/2016 09:09 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: Meh]
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Originally Posted By: Galaxyman
Can see flashes from those cells near Broken Hill, 250km away.


Could see the tops of them from Adelaide Airport in the afternoon from cells just this side of Broken Hill, 396km away. Tall storms!

TS cool

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#1399446 - 30/12/2016 09:56 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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Loc: Bridgewater
drizzling for the last 2 hours at bridgewater yet radar shows nothing

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#1399457 - 30/12/2016 10:52 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: ThD Ht]
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Originally Posted By: ThD Ht
Originally Posted By: teckert
Great work TH!
BTW, good that you didnt go to Morgan & corepunch, you possibly wouldnt have got out....


thanks Tek,
why is that?, it's a tarmac road, would have been a milk run.

TH


all floodways were over... highway was blocked.

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