Kicking off the next storm season

So we’re getting towards the end of winter and the weather has definitely been warming up. But I didn’t quite expect the storm that we got today. It was a perfect combination of factors. A lagging southerly change, some decent surface heating (by August’s standards) and very cold air aloft. All of these combined to turn what initially looked like a very weak, wintery storm in a full-blown severe storm – possibly a supercell.

As it approached my location near Goonellabah it sure looked like it was pretty organised and it wasn’t long until you could hear the roar of the hail in the clouds. Sure enough, this storm went on to produce hail up to 5cm in diameter, which is pretty big for a winter storm. It was by far the most intense storm I’ve ever photographed in August and a nice surprise after a very quiet winter. Hopefully just the start of things to come!

 

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