Sunday, 26 February 2006
HUNTER STORM CHASE
Hunter, Written by: Grant Burgess
by Tim Grugeon
began warm & humid with storms developing in the early afternoon.
I rang Tim
at around 1410 with storms growing to the SW of Cessnock.
Met Tim at Hexham hungry Jacks at 1500 with an
ominous looking sky to the W accompanied with several nice cloud
to ground (CG) lightning strikes. We then headed S along the old Pacific Hwy (parallel to the F3 Fwy) where we ran into some light rain. The view S looked unimpressive
& a radar update from Timís cousin confirmed this Ė the solid black core to
the W of Cessnock died quickly & built to the N.
More black chores were located to the W of Buladehlah.
headed back to the N through Thornton to a much more photogenic &
contrasting sky. Tim spotted a possible wall-cloud off in the distance to our N.
Other chasers in the Dungog area also noted a
possible wall-cloud. CGs were
more frequent in this area (some reasonably close) & I was able to capture
several on video. Precipitation to the NNW looked much heavier & this was
confirmed with Paterson (Tocal) receiving over 25mm
from the storm. Shortly after the main activity headed further N over the hills
so we let it go. The odd flash of lightning remained widespread for about the
Not a bad
day for my first true storm chase.