Monday December 19: Brisbane/Ipswich Microburst Video
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!
Sunday December 18: Destructive Ipswich-Brisbane Storm
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:
A video capture of the scene north of Peak Crossing:
Wednesday December 7: Early Wake up call
For the second morning in a row, thunderstorms tracked across SEQ in the early hours, waking everybody up :) I didn't mind!
Sunday December 4: Amazing Sunset Lightning on the Downs
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!
Saturday December 3: Big Day in SEQ
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.
The second significant line of storms coming in from the west-southwest:
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:
Wednesday November 30: Severe Thunderstorms
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...
Friday October 28: Cunninghams Gap Sunset & lightshow
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.
Monday, October 17, 2016: Storm Season Begins
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:
The Road to Nowhere July 3, 2016
Thursday, December 10: Storms are back
Monday, November 30: Amazing!
Friday November 27: The big storm season continues!
Saturday November 7: Supercell delivers giant hail
Friday November 6: Another lightshow!
Monday, October 12, 2015: Southern Lightshow!
Wednesday, September 16, 2015: Storm season is here!
Sunday, August 9, 2015: Something different...
Friday, July 17, 2015: Best snow in 31 years!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.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015: Winter is here
Saturday, May 2, 2015: The day after
Thursday, January 1, 2015: Sultry new year!
November/December 2014: Storm Season Highlights so far
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:
Purga Squall Line - December 18, 2014:
Ulmarra (NE NSW) Thunderstorm - December 29, 2014:
Peak Crossing Lightning - December 9, 2014:
Sunday, June 22: Foggy mornings
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:
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!
Wednesday, January 22: Storm season not over
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!
Monday, January 6: Heavy Storms
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.
Sunday, December 29: Brilliant Lightshow!
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:
Thursday, December 19: A big weekend
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:
December 15 Kalbar
Thursday, December 12: A good storm season!
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
November 12: Harrisville LightningSee video see video
November 24: LP Supercell