24 march 2013

It was one of those days where it was either going to be BIG or nothing. Keeping an eye on this forecast for a few days before. Every day the system looked like it was weakening. This being possibly the last chase of the season we decided to risk it anyways. We left a little late around 1pm and decided to go for the cells near the NSW border. There was talk of huge cells that were going to develop out west but in the end decided to go for something that was already established. The cell near urbenville was the target and we were happy when we saw the cell tighten up on radar. Location goal was around springbrook. As we approached spring brook the cell decided to change direction slightly.

Caught this early and moved to beechmont instead. We hit the cell head on. It had weakened by then but an INSANE rain band was on the way. Took a few pics just before that happened. This is where as i was taking a photo in the valley and Shaun and i was out of the car, a MASSIVE lightning bolt comes out of the sky and hits the field next to us about 50 meters away. We get in the car and haul ass but get caught so we hid at the servo at nerang for a little bit while we decide to chase the cell near beaudersert.

It would be a close call if we get dominated or not. We get into the cell and Shaun decided to track along side it. From then we could not get in front of the cell to get the images of the wall cloud that formed. For the next 40 minutes we drove in blinding rain and roads with power outages. We could barely even see the front of the car for most of the way home. Near home the power was out along the road and there were trees all over the road. Incredible lightning all the way home but out of the blue lightning hits a tree next to our car and moves the car sideways a bit and rocked the whole thing. Feeling it through the bottom of the seat.

Not a bad chase for something that only had a small chance of happening.

Approximate location on the chase (green dot)

See Full LOOP : 128km Radar Loop for Brisbane, 03:00 24/03/2013 to 18:00 24/03/2013 UTC

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Web cam Time lapse (click to open)




EXTC oswald report

I didn’t get a great chase in this weekend. Due to other commitments and our chase vehicle dying in the middle of the chase. I have some pictures nothing much but i am going to include the weather station data for something to do. My friend has provided a couple a few pics from near the city. So thanks to her :).

Click the chart to make it HUGE!


BrisbaneStormBoy on youtube put the video up for this in my area.

and the rain fall data is insane

Here are the five highest 7 day accumulations in the Southeast QLD district. Most of this rain actually fell within a 3 or 4 day period tho’ which is just unbelievable!

1) Upper Springbrook – 1478mm
2) Springbrook – 1085mm
3) Mt Castle Alert – 982mm
4) Little Nerang Dam – 817mm
5) Mt Glorious – 815mm



Dec 18th 2012 Storms – Gatton

Chase Path

Chase Path

Just a small Report.

18th seemed like a day with limited support for severe weather. Shaun took the day off work, even though the conditions were not in our favour we headed out. The forecast had a low forming over dalby. So we thought our best bet was near toowoomba. After meeting up with 2 other guys we head off at about 1pm. We get on the highway and making some good time.

When we get near marburg there is a massive traffic backup due to the road being destoryed. It took us 30 or so minutes to get pass it by diverting down a side road.

As we head to toowoomba i see a couple anvils heading up around gatton. I decide we need to head back east as the structure had broke the cap and started to form weak storms. The problem is we were caught on the highway with no way to turn around. Approximately 10-15km later we get to turn around. We stop in gatton. Get something to eat quickly and check the radar.  My call was for harrisville. We head to harrisville, but as we get to marburg area again. Another check of the radar brings up a decent cell heading towards whivenhoe. We stop for a little bit and keep an eye on the radar. We decide that is the best chance of seeing a storm so we headed up that way.

We now lose all our data connectivity so we are flying blind for a while until we get right next to the dam. We check the radar and we are looking in a good position. So we setup and wait with the cameras. We lose connectivity again. We we get some connection back we notice the storm decided to move south instead of it’s original path. So we step on it but we could not catch up to the fast moving storm. So we ended up calling it off soon after.

The storms had far from good structure this day. I would of not really chased if shaun didn’t take the day off. But it was still fun. Took a couple of OK pictures too. So lets hope the next chace is a winner :).


15 oct 2011 – storm waterford qld

edit: Make sure you visit the link at the bottom for more images.

This is the prediction from yesterday which made us excited. -10’s you don’t see that often! Very severe super cells? So a an excited sleep was on the cards!

1:30pm i message my mate Rikki, “GAME ON” the cells started to explode down near texas. When the BOM image popped up with the dangerous storm icon i knew this was the one to go for!

After watching for a little while on the radar i figured our best chance was to head south. Boy was that decision right! We originally though Logan and beenleigh. As we head down to beenligh we pull off the highway and start trekking through the back streets to see if we can see a cell. After losing connection again to the radar (thanks vodafail).We started driving south towards tambourine. We took a back road and i knew something was wrong we were heading NORTH EAST Luckily i got Google maps back up and made us turn down a different highway. This highway, i dub the the most awesome of highways. It led us straight into the storm. Traveling down the highway we saw some dark cloud and rain , it wasn’t impressive.We decided to keep pushing south even though we lost radar once again. So we are cruising on gut instinct.

We see an interesting cloud formation and what was it, we knew we had to go get it even though we couldn’t see what it was properly. As we approached it became clear we were on to something. We saw the cloud getting lower. I yelled at rikki to slow down and see if we can get a side road somewhere it’s coming right at us now. What we saw was a photographers dream, a side road. A dam and a perfect view out of the storm.

where we ended up

We lucked out on the radar and the location We got there an pulled our gear out of the car and started taking photos. The clouds just starting rolling towards us.


The cloud dragged across the mountain tops. Suddenly it goes still and silent for a second. The wall cloud passes over head and then a very cold wind slams into us. I start snapping like a mad man getting what i could.

It looked like a devil was opening his mouth and trying to swallow up the trees

We hauled ass out of there as we knew hail was in this cell, we wanted to beat the wall cloud to get some more shots from the front so we stomped on the gas and drove.

We lost our navigation again, we took some side road and go stuck in a reservation. In some side roads. We were in the storm for 30 minutes or so in the very front of the storm. CG’s hitting right near our car every few seconds. Our luck ran out and we hit a dead end. We turned back around and started to drive back but the rain was intense and it started to hail.

We returned home after that, the word on the way home is our homes had the cell too and it hailed for a few minutes.

Awesome day Heres a link to MORE and BIGGER pics.