Field Notes – Storm Chase 7/2/19

First Photo of Storm Chase – B32 near Richmond
15:17 Feb 07 TAS Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Large Hail, Heavy Rain. Sheffield, Deloraine, Oatlands, Campbell Town, Swansea, Orford

Leaving work at 3.30, travelling home and looking east it was clear some big weather was developing with thunderheads going up and an anvil forming towards Orford. dBZ readings in the area were 40+.
Chase commenced at 4.40pm, Taking B32 North then heading East on C234, B31, C350 before joining Tasman Highway A3 To Orford.

Initial Photo taken at B31 at Richmond. Second Photo at Runnymede and 3rd at Buckland (Cnr Kent/Narn St). Another large panorama taken just east of Buckland shows the anvil dissipating but when heavy rain still falling and thunderheads building further to the west.

Storm as seen from East of Buckland on A3, Tasmania

Arrived in Orford around 6.15pm only watch storm head east out to sea just north of Triabunna. Travelled north to Triabunna to get a view for future cells, which did not appear promising.

Back to Orford around 6.50pm , bought a wood fired pizza for dinner, while reviewing weather conditions. It appeared that a cell was forming around the Little Swanport area, and looking out the window north, the situation looked promising.

Sunset over Storm, Little Swanport

Recommenced Chase around 7.20pm and arrived in the area of Little sSwanport around 8pm. A large cell with a shelf cloud forming showed great promise. It unfortunately dissipated and there was little more to do than to head home, taking photos of the clouds in the setting sun along the way.

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