Field Notes – Storm Chase 7/2/19

Anvil forming on Storm
Anvil Forming on Storm. Photo taken outside of 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.

Storm as seen from outside Buckland, 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 Swanport 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.

Severe Weather Australia

Lightning over Mt Direction
Lightning to the North of Hobart

I am extremely proud to announce that I have joined the staff of Severe Weather Australia (SWA) as their Tasmanian Chief of Staff.

I have been a enthusiastic supporter of SWA National News Director, Daniel Shaw, for a number of years, in awe of his annual USA Storm Chases. When he started SWA in 2016, Tasmania was the only state lacking any registered storm chasers and in 2018 I become the first registered SWA chaser in Tasmania.

Photo on Front Page of Newspaper

Fast forward to January 15 and Tasmania experienced a dry lightning event, with a fast moving storm passing over Hobart. I was lucky enough to capture the above photo from near my home as this storm was moving too fast to chase. Promptly submitting the photo to SWA and Daniel’s fast work, as the photo was successfully licensed to the Mercury as the front page picture the next day.

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