28-06-12 Epic Storm
Posted 01 July 2012 - 22:22
Finally got round to sorting out photos from last thursday's epis storm that hit parts of the North East. Heres the story:-
I first went out at around 1pm in response to a possibility of some convective action. There was a wicked South Easterly with showers blowing in the wind but nothing to report except a alot of cloud cover inhibiting the convection and a mild soaking
I went home and checked the charts and could see the angryness moving North Eastwards but at that stage it didnt seem to making much progess Eastwards and thought it would be a bust but went back out at about 3pm. 30 minutes later things began to change. In the first photo i'm looking South East and the higher level convective cloud was moving slowly Westwards out to sea whilst the low level dark cloud in the foreground was really zooming Northwards. Then i heard a rumble behind me and turned round to look west to be faced with the second photo. Take cover!
After bailing to shelter and setting up some video the first wave came through with a bang with a big incease in windspeed. After the first wave passed there was a brief interlude of calm during which the sky was absolutely superb... i just didnt know where to point the camera! :-
Then the biggy came in from the west. There had been a few flashes and bangs so far but this was when it really kicked off. The next set of images shows the big wave coming in. Big CG's and huge thunder were followed by the onset of positively torrential rain which continued over the next 90 minutes or so. all the time punctuated by both IC's and CG's. It was then i managed to catch my first ever lightning bolt on still (image 10 is a still, the other strikes are unprocessed video grabs) :-
After the last image in the previous set was taken pretty much all definition in the storm disappeared - just darkness, ridiculous amounts of rain punctuated by what was now mostly IC lightning and thunder. The back edge of the storm seemed to be a bit disappointing structurally speaking. I was hoping for some mammatus or something but didnt see any did get a faint rainbow though:
All in all an epic storm, The highlight being the sky after the first wave and capturing my first CG still
Videos are available on you-tube:
More stills can be seen at:
Thanks for reading
Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:50
Posted 03 July 2012 - 00:07
hi col ,luckilly not flooded in the house but close first time ive ever seen the street like this, only pic I darred to take flooding really bad in surrounding streets and area as you will have seen on tv. storm had passed when I crawlled out to take this.