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#1399469 - 30/12/2016 11:46 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: ThD Ht]
Bolt Offline
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Registered: 26/01/2005
Posts: 363
Loc: Whyalla South Australia
Originally Posted By: ThD Ht
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



Loved the write up and awesome photos Thunda. Always enjoy your enthusiastic posting. Usually when youre in form here something big is happening out there. Look forward to much more of your posts in 2017.

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#1399517 - 30/12/2016 18:18 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
Skysthelimit Offline
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Registered: 08/11/2008
Posts: 1099
Loc: Gladstone Sth Aust
Hi everyone. Just a few pics taken around Happy Rock on wednesday. The sky was messy it seemed for a long time. We managed to finish the day with a thunderstorm before sundown but try and try as I did I just couldn't catch a lightning shot. Unlike TH who came up with a gem to finish what was an extraordinary chase. Glad you had a ball TH you deserved it. I too enjoyed your ample contribution to this thread in both word and picture! smile



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#1399519 - 30/12/2016 18:26 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: Skysthelimit]
Bolt Offline
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Registered: 26/01/2005
Posts: 363
Loc: Whyalla South Australia
Originally Posted By: Skysthelimit
Hi everyone. Just a few pics taken around Happy Rock on wednesday. The sky was messy it seemed for a long time. We managed to finish the day with a thunderstorm before sundown but try and try as I did I just couldn't catch a lightning shot. Unlike TH who came up with a gem to finish what was an extraordinary chase. Glad you had a ball TH you deserved it. I too enjoyed your ample contribution to this thread in both word and picture! smile



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Gorgeous pics Skys. That second to last one looks like it was taken from a plane window.

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#1399526 - 30/12/2016 19:04 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
Max Record Offline
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Registered: 18/04/2009
Posts: 1658
Loc: Adelaide
Good going TH, I've always wanted to have this period between Christmas and New Years to chase - once it happened, I was working for that one day only smile ; Nick, always love your photos with their colourful blues, whites and yellows.

I never thought that as far as December rain event would go, would ever beat that one day 6 years ago. But it did, and it turned out to be the best 9-9am tally over the entire 8 years of recording - 76.4mm. 81.8 over the past week, and 94 for the month.
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2009: 459.2mm
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#1399529 - 30/12/2016 19:10 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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Registered: 16/12/2015
Posts: 510
Loc: North Brighton, SA
Oh STL, I just want to jump on those fluffy clouds and bounce till my ears fall off, UNBELIEVABLE!!!

TH, I stood whilst starting to read your write up then got wobbly at the knees and decided to sit down to read the rest, and glad I did. What a wonderful in depth write up with quality photos to boot! Great stuff pal!
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#1399544 - 30/12/2016 20:13 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
ThD Ht Offline
Weatherzone ratbag

Registered: 02/03/2002
Posts: 3917
Loc: Reynella, S.A.
StL they are great pics, they just jump out at me and go snap,
crackle and pop.

Bolt, Je, StL and everyone else that's commented on my pics
thank you all for your kind thoughts and annotations, its been
a long hard road for me and there's till a long way to go,
there's been more than one occasion when i've gone chasing and
got half way to where i'm going and thought 'what the hell am
i doing' and turned around and come home. as much as i've
desperatly wanted to it's been so hard to reignite the spark
but your awesome feedback makes everything all worthwhile.
hopefully i can keep the flywheel spinning.

next thursday is looking possible for something good, GFS is
still hanging in there. light winds through all levels, huge
angular shear, pwats 20-35mm, capes up to 1000 for basically
everywhere east of ceduna-coober pedy, ooh i feel a thread
coming on.

TH
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#1399548 - 30/12/2016 20:28 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
ThD Ht Offline
Weatherzone ratbag

Registered: 02/03/2002
Posts: 3917
Loc: Reynella, S.A.
actually i need to say the capes are scattered bullseyes
not broad area 1000.
ran out of edit time.

TH
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#1399553 - 30/12/2016 21:31 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
Markus Offline
Weatherzone Moderator

Registered: 02/12/2010
Posts: 2092
Loc: Clare, SA
Damn some mighty fine stuff in here! Cheers for the pics everyone. That weird cloud formation you saw TH, I saw that from Clare and it was an outflow roll cloud from the main cell interacting with reasonably vigorous updraughts. Bloody cool to see. Looks like a good days chasing to me.

I managed to time my lunchbreak for a close, albeit weak storm, which cleared to a perfect view of the Mt Mary and northward cells, as well as the anvils coming down from the Port Augusta cells. Was quite spectacular with probably the most vigorous updraughts I have seen in SA.

Don't mind the compression from imgur. These are 3 that I've had a look at, will have a few more up eventually.

An anvil extending over 150km from its source near Port Augusta


Incredible boilage as a huge amount of energy is released, dramatically strengthening the storms echo on radar. Note the wall cloud and pileus.



Had to leave it at this point, but as I drove away this enormous bulging calvus just seemed to grow and grow and grow until it was enormous, check out the backshear on the bastard. I feel like this last image might explain your albino core TH.



What an incredible year of storms that was 2016, will be nearly impossible to beat I think.
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#1399556 - 30/12/2016 22:22 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
PeteM Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 02/05/2012
Posts: 69
Loc: Redwood Park SA
I spent a few days in Moonta, and thus missed what appears to be the chase of the decade!

However, these storms were so large, they were beautifully visible in the east, and I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours watching them drift south-east, with a cell near Port Broughton putting on a show, low to the north-eastern horizon.

The sunset it produced was simply superb!

Moonta Bay Jetty on sunset 28/12/16 by Peter Michalak, on Flickr

Moonta Bay Jetty Port Broughton cell 28-12-16_2 by Peter Michalak, on Flickr

Moonta Bay Jetty Supercell storm 28-12-16 by Peter Michalak, on Flickr

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#1399592 - 31/12/2016 09:30 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
Chris #3 Offline
Weatherzone Addict

Registered: 08/02/2009
Posts: 1884
Loc: Semaphore SA
Fwoarrr some cracking photos.

Awesome work with the composition and colours.
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#1399597 - 31/12/2016 10:01 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
red earth Offline
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Registered: 21/12/2007
Posts: 361
Loc: Lockleys, Adelaide
What an unbelievable range of quality photography. Brilliant shots from all over the place. Now to choose some screensavers. Decisions, decisions!!

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#1400181 - 02/01/2017 21:31 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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Registered: 13/07/2008
Posts: 1636
Loc: Munno Para , Northern Suburb o...
Finally got back from my trip down PORT ELLIOT
WIND, yes it blue hard most of the night, pulling out pegs and tent poles from my caravan. 50 + mm of rain and a noisy nights sleep that i won't forget in a hurry, Imagine 2 people either side of your caravan giving it a rocking and thats my night of near sleepless night.
Todays drive took me through STRATHALBYN, MOUNT BARKER, NAIRNE, WOODSIDE, BIRDWOOD, GAWLER ETC and the whole way, on and off, was downed tree limbs and occasional orange witch hats to highlight erosion damage on the side of the road. most if not all dams were full which is crazy for this time of year. South para reservoir is full or very close to it.
ANYHOW....
back hear at home...
Wheelbarrow was near full from just rainfall...
and 43.8 mm of rain to add to my yearly total.
making it 62.1 mm for December
making it 2016 year total of 571 mm, my second highest yearly rainfall for the 6 years I've been recording at this place.
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Feb 24.6 mm
Mar 3.6 mm
Apr 44.7 mm
May 39.6 mm
June 14.4 mm
July 73.5 mm
Aug 8.7 mm
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
2017 YTD 253.2 mm
2016 571
2015 369.5
2014 460.5
2013 504
2012 417
2011 598.5
2010 553

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#1400799 - 06/01/2017 09:15 Re: SA - Storms & Rain event - 23rd-29th Dec 2016 [Re: teckert]
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Registered: 10/05/2001
Posts: 14845
Loc: Seaford Meadows, SA
Finally got the chance to process some images from the Mt.Mary monster multicell complex and some other cells from 28/12/16. Some of the most impressive convection I've seen from Adelaide since the great beasts of 27/01/05. Last pic is of Cambrai cell that got up separately











TS cool

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