Author Archive: SEQ storms

2016 Snap shot

I don’t update this often maybe 2-3 times a year so here is some shots from the year.

December 3 2016 – Supercell Brisbane

There was super cell near rathdowney that day. This chase was a little frustrating as there was two very potent setups. We also got caught between the two dodging hail. We also went through some circulation (inflow outflow) which has insane winds and in the video as there was no upwards motion. We ended up in front of the non super cell system and ended up getting a good guster.


NOV 13th 2016 – Brisbane Supercell


Winds of up to 157km at the airport and 100 shipping containers blown over during Sunday’s storm about 5pm.I was not even going to chase this day due to other things I was doing on the weekend and this was fine as a couple friends were out there taking pictures. I asked him what it was like out there and they all said nothing with structure. About 5pm i noticed a cell on radar and asked my mate if he was still chasing as the cell looked like it had good potential on radar. He went home, so i asked shaun in brisbane to look out and he said it looked OK. Some low clouds. That’s all i needed to hear and i picked up my cam and left. After i left the storm ramped up to APESHIT levels Desimating the airport in the progress. I hooked up with the storm on the other said of the bay and got this awesome pic!

Here is some tech breakdown of the after noon

About 3:40pm i put out a facebook warning to my friends they should be on the lookout for dangerous cells The pic below was the cell before the super cell. I said from brisbane airport to north of the sunny coast. Friends at the airport were thankful i said they should cover their cars.

VIDEO of the radar loop

Weather chaser loop :


This is the radar Just after it past the airport heading out to sea.


I knew it was serious when i saw some radar refraction on the screen. I knew there was hail and winds for sure in it.  I sent out a video warning on facebook.

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^^  I was in the big orange box on the radar as it was heading out to sea.

And below is pics of the damage at the airport sent from mates.

2015-11-22 Cecils plains Storm

2015-Nov-22. One of the best structured super cell storms I have seen in Australia in a long long time. Thanks to Shaun Nolan for bugging me to come out. Initially I did not think the setup would happen. But once it kicked off we were on it very quickly. Precision driving and timing me on radar and movement and Shaun on the driving. We almost got blown away with the storm as we got right in gust front having to punch it out of there very quickly skirting the front of the storm. Then we stopped to take some lightning photos for a while then we got chased down by a very HP cell with low wall cloud. I saw my first transformer explosion today. It was so bright! Good day out. We initially positioned for a lone cell in inglewood which ended up being eaten by the HP super cell which followed it.

Here is a quick chase Track i forgot to turn on tracking..

Radar Loop –

See : 512km Radar Loop for Brisbane, 06:00 22/11/2015 to 12:00 22/11/2015 UTC




Summer 2015

There has been a few storms we have chased over the last 4 weeks. Storm season has picked up over last year and they have been more violent than the last few years as well! I haven’t been keeping a chase log as such but i have still been taking images. I hope to start rewriting chase logs soon but for now here is couple images you have missed.


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USA 2015

I had so much fun on this trip! Finally got to see some tornadoes. In fact, 8 in one after noon on a marginal setup. Colorado magic. I will write a huge report sometime when i get the time. This is a highlight video for this year and a couple shots from last year thrown in. I want to thank jason from terranmedia for coming along the ride with me over the years in the USA.

2015 March 21 – Darling downs


We Usually would not expect a setup like this in march. The season was pretty good but we didn’t have a classic severe setups for a long time. During the week shaun and myself were keeping an eye on the forecast on the BSCH. We decided this would be a pretty great chase day. We knew the super cells would be in moree and north NSW but we couldn’t really drive there in the time we had. So we decided to hang back a bit to see if any cells would pop up in SEQ. We decided the best place to park up was in millmerran which is near the green dot in the image below. It provided the best setup for us to see a classic meso or super cell activity. Rikki , Shaun and myself head off in the early morning. We get to the target about 2 hours later. The day started off with LOW LEVELS of fog in toowoomba. This worried us a little as we were not getting the heating required to get a huge storm but at least we had moisture RIGHT! We were expecting a cell or two to carry large hail but nothing like what this storm ended up producing. 12cm at one point.



Here is the chase route we took in the day (give or take a few errors in GPS). We clocked up ~817km. Shows the approximate main cores of the cells path in green.



We met the storm out near Inglewood as we thought it may track more east before going north but it decided to turn early which means we needed to catch up with it. It’s original path was NE. So we thought it would be a best if we track east then north to get in front of it instead of going through the cell. As we approach leyburn we can see the cell in the distance over incredible chase country of flat farms. As we got closer some incredible amounts of CG lightning breezed by us , over us and in front. We were trying to keep out of the hail core so we could keep getting pictures and video. Unfortunately it moved very quickly so photos and videos were basically hop out click click click and run. We witnessed some crazy inflow tails, rising scud on the the west side of the cell. I mentioned to Rikki there would be a crazy hail core soon enough and we noticed the cell starting to split left about 10 minutes from Dalby. We powered on trying to keep ahead to get more footage. It caught us as we passed into Dalby. We decide to leave the LEFT split as time was running out for us and chase the outflow dominate cell on the way home. The left split ended up producing the incredible 12cm hail in chinchilla. It powered on for a couple hours after dumping hail most of the way according to the radar. The right cell which we decided to try to keep ahead of, well we chose a couple of wrong road the the storm over took us our road. Rikki said to me “Hey is that dust under that cloud?”. Why, yes it is! Some RFD was kicking up a huge amount of dust in front of the gust. We had to get in front of a line of trees before it hit as we didn’t want branches in the car. This was Rikki’s first time in an RFD blast so I got him to drive into it. SO much dust, it smelt of fertiliser, bits of hay was flying past the van and a couple of tree branches. Constant Straight line winds over 100km/h no gusting. Pretty crazy intense. We continued to drive to take video and pics of the outflow. The wind and torrential rain increased which left us blind for a few minutes, flash flooding was quick. We passed a chaser convention just outside of bowenville(?).

We decided to press on to find a clear slot in the rain to take lightning photos. The rain did not let up. We headed right down a gravel road to see if we could get into the clear slot down the road. Well the road soon turned into dirt, then mud. CRAP! We had no choice but to turn around as the it was flooded and muddy. As we made a 3 point turn we got STUCK. The back wheels sunk into the soft mud. Rikki got myself and shaun to put weight on the back wheels and rock the van. Well i was in the vans SIDE door, Shaun in the hatch. Rikki FLOORS the van and as that happens, tonnes of mud begins to fly at me covering my legs, the inside of the car and seats. We all had a good laugh. We got out luckily just before we lost the sunlight. We continued home.

Even though we didn’t get the structure and video shots we wanted. What a great day.

HERE IS A VIDEO AND SOME PICS! (Make sure you watch in HD (click the gear).


2015 – Cyclone Marcia

Well as some of you know I wanted to resurrect my site. I wanted to set up my weather station again a start providing data once again. When i was in the middle of setting up the instrumentation, i ended up dropping my cluster shattering the instruments. I will resurrect the site when the new version of my weather station will be running on a Raspberry pi. This way i will not have a virtual machine running which was unstable to keep it running.

I wanted to add a few things about the recent cyclone so I will add as I go along.
Here is a video i made of the scans from the recent BOM scans from Mackay to the end in Brisbane.

We had around 205mm in this event in the Redlands.
Max Gust 72.0km/h

Scan of the eye. On Feb. 19, NASA-JAXA’s TRMM satellite saw thunderstorm tops over 15.2 km (9.4 miles) and heavy rainfall in Marcia’s eye wall. Credit: NASA/JAXA, Hal Pierce

Bring us back

We are bringing our chasing page back. It’s been a couple of years. We have been busy. We have been to the USA twice since then. I plan to update this when ever we chase again and also link to other chasers logs.
Here is some pictures from the SEQ area the last year or so.

USA Highlights