I've compiled a video of the chase on Sunday which brought sustained 80-100km/h winds with gusts near 120km/h. It was pretty intense, especially about 3 minutes into it. Surprised there wasn't more damage!

Storms started developing over the Border Ranges ahead of a SE change mid-late morning. Strangely, despite the change surging well ahead, storms kept on developing, and once the surge eased, a very severe thunderstorm developed SW of Ipswich. I chased some fairly minor storm activity in the Kalbar and Boonah areas, and as I went north the major storm developed. North of Peak Crossing, I was enveloped in very intense winds which blew tree debris horizontally, and shook the car. The noise of the wind was incredible, which I estimated sustained 80-100km/h, with gusts near 120km/h. Luckily for my car, the damaging hail missing to the north (marble hail where I was), but this event turned into one of the more intense thunderstorm experiences I've had. There is a video coming, but for the moment, this is what the intensifying hailstorm looked like at Peak Crossing just before hell broke loose:

The ominously green thunderstorm approaching the Peak Crossing area - 18, 2016

A video capture of the scene north of Peak Crossing:

Video capture: the full force of the thunderstorm hammers the area north of Peak Crossing - 18, 2016

For the second morning in a row, thunderstorms tracked across SEQ in the early hours, waking everybody up :) I didn't mind!

.Noisy lightning active storms December 7, 2016

I took the chance and drove out to the Darling Downs in the hope of a good lightning show. When I arrived near Jondaryan, storm development was in a lull, but I knew something good was brewing. Sure enough, in the half hour before sunset, lightning started to become more frequent. Then... it just went off! Beautiful big pulsing bolts rained down within 3-4km every few seconds. Before the season, I had hoped to get one photo of a sunset CG, but in a period of about 20 minutes, I managed about 30 shots. All reflex shots, helped by the multiple pulsing of each strike. Sometimes up to about 8-10 pulses each. The show continued for another 2 hours after sunset and at about 9.20pm north of Dalby it was time to call it a day. Only managed about 4 hours of sleep before work but it was so worth it!

The incredible sunset light show photographed near Jondaryan, Darling Downs. December 4, 2016

The incredible sunset light show photographed near Jondaryan, Darling Downs. December 4, 2016

The great lightning continued for about 2 hours after sunset. Photo taken near Jondaryan, Darling Downs. December 4, 2016

A large HP supercell developed SW of Kyogle NSW and steadily tracked north over the Border Ranges. bringing large hail, strong winds, heavy rain and incredible lightning. Near Beaudesert, other thunderstorms joined into a large cluster, while many other thunderstorms formed over SE. A significant second line of storms moved over after the initial supercell. Biggest storm day in SEQ since the November 27 2014 storm.

As viewed from the Rosevale area in the Scenic Rim... a HP supercell tracking north, with incredible green banding on the left hand side. December 3, 2016

The second significant line of storms coming in from the west-southwest:

The second line of storms, with incredible 'greenage' and CG lightning. Photo taken at Willowbank. December 3, 2016

The storms cleared at sunset, and for about half an hour, the Brisbane and Ipswich area were in an amazing glow - something a lot of people remember from this day. Mammatus was showing in this scene as well:

The amazing glowing sunset with mammatus. December 3, 2016

Thunderstorms built up over northern NSW and Border Ranges and tracked generally north towards the Brisbane area near 3pm. Small to medium hail and severe winds were a feature, bringing down many trees but luckily without too much damage. It sure looked menacing...

Severe thunderstorms with ominous shelf structure approaching the Brisbane and Ipswich areas - November 30, 2016

Despite weak mid and upper winds, I gambled on a chase out towards the Freestone area, hoping to see some nice scenes late in the day. A photogenic thunderstorm developed over the Main Range and Cunninghams Gap, and locally where I was. The updrafts at sunset were brilliant, and the lightning followed soon after.

A great lightning strike over Cunninghams Gap and Main Range - October 28, 2016

A squall line moved right across SE Queensland today with gusty winds and heavy rain. A briliant sunset followed! I took this at Forest Lake:

An amazing sunset at Forest Lake with mamatus and rainbow - October 17, 2016

During the early hours of July 17, the biggest snowfalls since 1984 fell on the Granite Belt region of Queensland. Some snow even fell as far as Cunninghams Gap and east to Killarney.  In the Cunninghams Gap area, snow was said to have fallen as low as 350m ASL! Certainly a rare event, and I felt privileged to have been in Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt for it.  I've never seen so much snow!  The look on the locals' faces was priceless.  Just amazing.  I put a lot of my footage together, and have created the above youtube video - I hope you like it.  Below this, some snow photos. There are others, which I'm regularly putting in the Facebook Gallery.

The following are some of my favourite storm and lightning photos I've taken during the 2014/2015 season so far.  While there they aren't in any real order, I had to put this photo up at the top, as it will rank in the top 3 most damaging thunderstorms in Australia's history.

Destructive Brisbane Hailstorm - November 27, 2014 - also check my youtube video:

The very destructive Brisbane hailstorm of November 27, 2014

Purga Squall Line - December 18, 2014:

Nasty Purga Squall Line - December 18, 2014

Ulmarra (NE NSW) Thunderstorm - December 29, 2014:

Ulmarra (NE NSW) Thunderstorm - December 29, 2014

Peak Crossing Lightning - December 9, 2014:

Peak Crossing Lightning - December 9, 2014

Peak Crossing Lightning - December 9, 2014

There have been so many foggy mornings since the end of Summer - well above average. This week, winds will tend drier, limiting fogs to inland valleys - after tomorrow morning. Morning temperatures will decrease too. I've been out and about lately at sunrise to capture some of the beautiful scenes that come with fog:

A brilliant foggy sunrise at Warril View - June 22, 2014

A foggy sunrise out at Ripley - June 21, 2014

A murky morning at Wyaralong Dam - June 20, 2014

Remember these all appear on the Brisbane Storms Gallery by James Chambers Facebook page. Please like or share the images to keep the page alive!

Well in the last couple of weeks I had a feeling the storm season was over. As it turns out, it isn't, and today was the 3rd day in a row with storms in the area. Today was the biggest day, with many severe hailstorms lining the ranges during the afternoon. I was unable to chase until late today, thus I only saw the leftovers of the inland storms as they fell over coming off the ranges. The storms yesterday also preferred the ranges (and were much weaker than today) but I was able to get a bit closer - and I took the following shots. What a great lightshow!

Very close lightning at Lower Mt Walker

A crawler/CG combo looking west from Marburg January 21, 2014

Firstly... happy new year! Shocking heat on Saturday (44C in Ipswich, 45C Beaudesert) and very warm and humid conditions Sunday and Monday morning led to widespread thunderstorms with damage and flash flooding during Monday afternoon. It looks like worst damage occurred in the Grantham area as well as Tallebudgera. Once again lightning was incredibly frequent, with tens of thousands of lightning strikes across SE Qld. This shot was taken from Kingston, looking west. The super wide angle (10mm) makes it look further away than what it was! It was actually striking about 1-2km from my position! The second shot was taken a few minutes before as the menacing gust front approached.

Close lightning as nasty storms approach! January 6, 2014

A menacing gust front approaches. January 6, 2014

As temperatures soared above 40C in parts, patchy storms started developing. Sometimes in such situations (such as November 17, 2009) the high temps, relatively low humidity and instability can bring on weak to moderate storm activity with nice tall visible lightning. That's exactly what happened! Many storms (with not a lot of rain) developed across the area. Photographers such as myself were spoilt for choice, with thousands of lightning strikes to capture. Here are some of them:

Brilliant electrical display!

Brilliant electrical display!

Brilliant electrical display!

Here are a couple of images from the weekend. Another good one with high quality storms, although upper winds didn't help at times. The first is the supercell which developed near Boonah which tracked north to Ipswich while the second is taken looking SW from Kalbar at some nice lightning on the Sunday.

December 14 north of Boonah:

Boonah Supercell December 14, 2013.

December 15 Kalbar

Kalbar Lightning December 15, 2013.

This really has been a good storm season. Best since 2008 anyway. There's been many supercells days, and even a couple of LP (low precipitation) supercell days. The best of all of it, there really hasn't been much damage - touch wood. Here are some of my images of this season so far. There really are dozens more images I could have put up, but I didn't want to clog the homepage. Click for larger! More images on my facebook page! Below the images are some videos, including timelapse.

November 10, Maroon Dam Lightning

Maroon Dam Lightning November 10, 2013.

November 12: Harrisville Lightning

Harrisville Lightning November 12, 2013.

November 14: Ipswich Squall Line November 15: Coomera (LP) BEAST (My favourite!) See video

Coomera Beast November 15, 2013

November 16: Jimboomba Hailstorm - see video

Jimbooma Hailstorm November 16, 2013

November 24: LP Supercell

LP Supercell November 24, 2013




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