Perth’s Stormy Start To Summer

Perth usually is really starting to warm up at this time of year, with thunderstorms not uncommon to pop up in the forecast. The start of summer this year has been a relatively unusual stormy one. Not that I am complaining one little bit, the opportunities to get out and about to capture these storms has been fantastic.
The last week I have been working out of Perth Airport, so when I am not too busy, I have been able to get out and grab a few photos.
Here are a couple of shots I have managed over the last 3 days. With a few more still to be downloaded.

This shot was taken from the new viewing platform over the 03 threshold at Perth International.

Perth Airport Sunset

This is taken at 7am out the front, with our Helitacts parked up underneath the mammatus clouds above.

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Perth Storms 4 & 5-12-12

The day started with the forecast of possible thunderstorms to develop to the north of Perth in the early afternoon and later impact Perth when the sun dipped below the horizon. I went into work with my camera all ready to go, just incase I was out in the field and was able to get a couple of sneaky shots. As it turned out, I was called to a couple of fires and the chance of capturing the thunderstorms during the afternoon quickly diminished.

The storm started appearing on the radar at around 10pm as I was arriving home from work, and was slowly developing and looking to tracked straight down the coast. I was quickly in and out of the shower, had all my gear back into my car, and bolted down the beach to meet up with fellow storm photographer nut Cameron Fisher. The lightning started to really ramp up as it was getting closer to the coast, with the most activity happening just off the coast at around midnight. Storms were also developing further inland, but there was no way we were moving, as the coastal cells were really giving us a great show.

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Storms are again forecast for next Monday the 10th, so we are watching the charts and models to plan our next trip to capture this fantastic natural phenomenon.

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Lower Central West – Perth Metro Storms

It is not very often in Perth that we are in a position to be on the receiving end of border line severe storms on almost consecutive days. (3 days apart to be exact). The storms in the middle of the week were just awesome, but they were really just a precursor to what was to come 3 days later.
Watching the charts after coming home exhausted from the mid-week chase, a few of us noticed that the weekend, particularly Saturday was going to bring a very good chance of well set-up storms.
The charts said the best place to be and where they were going to be at their most impressive was up around the Moora sub-districts at around 3pm. But as is usually the case, the storms started firing a touch earlier then planned. So I headed off an hour or so earlier then I had initially intended to.

The first place to meet was Bindoon, a small to medium sized farming town on the outskirts of the Perth metropolitan area, and home to one of the best bakeries ever. This was also the location that I would meet up with fellow photographer Glenn Casey.

After meeting up, we looked at the weather radar and realised that the storms had really started to develop. So it was a case of get to Moora, and to get there fast. While driving north we paralleled a very mature thunderstorm to our east. It was huge, and it was with no question that we pulled over to take a few photos. But knowing that this wasn’t the only storm that was going to develop for the day we jumped back into the cars and headed further north towards a farm we knew would give us great views of the developing cells.

We arrived at a canola field about 35km south of Moora, and realised quickly that this was going to be a very interesting day. Storms were popping and exploding right in front of us.
I took this 48 image panorama from the location.

The storms were just firing up everywhere, one after the other.  Just to the north (left hand side of the above image) a quite severe storm was developing and we thought it would be a great opportunity to catch and jump in front of it to grab a few structure shots. So off we headed, a 25km drive to the south towards New Norcia.

We pulled up just off the side of the road, about 10km to the west of New Norcia. Looking north the storms were glowing green and billowing with inflow winds easily reaching 40-50km/h.  It was spurting cloud to cloud (CC) lightning and a few cloud to ground (CG) strikes, with the thunder incredibly loud. It surely was getting very close, and just as it looked like we were right in the path, the storm started tracking slightly to the SW. It was being pulled towards the coast by a developing low pressure system hanging just off the coast. It was good for us, it gave us a fantastic opportunity to get some great photos, but what it meant now, is that the northern suburbs of Perth were now it the direct line of these very intense, hail ridden thunderstorms. Hail the size of golf balls had now been recorded and all I could see now was the chance of a repeat of the devastating hail storm back in March 2010.

I shot this photo as the storm started to track SW.

After the storm passed to our west, it was now apparent that the storms were definitely under the influence of the low pressure off the coast, and they were heading SW towards Perth. To keep up with these storms we had to make a decision and make it quickly to what our next move was going to be. We decided to get moving as soon as possible to get towards the coast. We drove from New Norcia, through Mogumber, towards Regans Ford, and then on to the coast via north of Gingin, and finally at Two Rocks. We arrived just on sunset, and what a colourful sunset it was. With a system now to our north heading out to sea. I took this shot.


The winds were howling on the coast. Inflow winds to 50kmh would be a rough estimate, but I don’t think I would be far off. Sea spray was a bit of an issue trying to get a clear shot, but we still managed to get a few shots of lightning as the daylight disappeared.


In conclusion the day was quite the event. I haven’t chased a storm where it was forecast to head SE away from the metro area, to then change complete direction and put the metro area at great risk from very serious damage.

The storms were well covered by fellow chasers, all with different reports and encounters and kept live reports coming in.
I used multiple resources while chasing these storms, the official forecast and radar images from the Bureau of Meteorology Australia, Weatherzone.com.au, and Perth Weather Live ( PWL ) (  Perthweatherlive.com.au ). Perth Weather Live can also be found on Facebook. I am also apart of a fantastic group at WaWeathergroup.com. Both PWL and WaWeathergroup are a constant form of support and provide me with constant updates. So I thank them both.

The wild weather is certainly not over for the Perth area. With a very strong (very late in the year) low pressure system/ cold front due to impact the coast mid week.
I hope to be out and about during this coming system, so I hope to bring you photos, possible video and another report of my encounters during the day.

Thank you for reading and enjoying my photos. If you enjoy reading my post, feel free to leave an email at info@jordancantelo.com and feel free to comment below.

Until the next event……..

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First Severe storms of the season 2012/13

Well what a night, here are a few photos from our storm chase the other night following a couple of severe systems in the Central West district of Western Australia.

I will post a chase report tomorrow, but until then please enjoy a couple of photos from the night, plus a milky way shot, in between shooting lightning.





I turned to the south and saw the milky way in all its glory. Not one to miss an opportunity, I quickly turned to get a shot off.

 

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Surprise storms over Perth

Well a forecast of 35C today had me getting ready for a day down the beach with a friend of mine. After visiting the beach yesterday with Aggie, I thought it would be a great opportunity to head back down with the goPro and get some underwater wave footage. It wasn’t to happen.
As I checked the weather site to see how hot it was already, I noticed the radar was showing a developing system about 30-40km to my north.
No longer was I heading to the beach for a swim. With the storm to be overhead of me within 20mins, I got all my camera gear in the car. And headed to the Jindalee coast, I got out set up, and realised I had left my trigger at home…..DOH!
I managed to get a few shots off on the coast, but no lightning captured. Unfortunate because there were some incredible bolts and crawlers. So I headed home to grab my trigger, I set up outside my front yard and waited for the storm to pass over. This is a shot I managed to capture.

Storms are forecast this week, so I will be heading out to the Wheatbelt region to hopefully capture the start to our storm season. Enjoy! 🙂

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Approaching Storms

Well not much has been happening in the way of any significant weather in Perth for the past few months that I have been able to capture as I have been away with work. But I did miss a tornado in the northern suburbs, as well as a very severe storm that caused major havoc in the southern suburbs near Rockingham and Mandurah, all the way around the South-West of Western Australia.
So I was a little excited as I got home from work today and checked the radar on a local weather website, to see a fairly dense rain band  approaching.
The radar was showing very heavy rain with a slight chance of some thunderstorm activity.
With this in mind I quickly packed up my gear, bolted to the beach and tried to get a photo of some lightning or at least some type of structure in the system.
Unfortunately the lightning never eventuated and the system fell apart as it was approaching the coast. Needless to say I wasn’t going to head home without getting a panorama for my efforts.

 

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Storms in Kalgoorlie

Last week I was asked to come to Kalgoorlie for work and I took the opportunity as I have never visited the mining town, home to apparently the most valuable bit of land in the world ( the super-pit ).
Knowing also that Kalgoorlie has a reputation for getting a few good thunderstorms, I watched the weather pretty closely over the last week and a bit. A few days ago, the forecast changed for the better and the good ol’ thunderstorm sign started to appear on weather forecasts.

After passing just south of some storms on my way to Kal this afternoon, it certainly turned it on for a short while here. As soon as I landed, I headed to my accommodation, checked the radar and saw that I needed to get to a good vantage point fairly quickly. I am fortunate to have a mate of mine who lives here, take me to the major lookout over town. Being into photography himself, we both set up to watch a fairly impressive line of thunderstorms approach the mining town. It seemed to be a popular spot, as several groups of people rocked up not long after we arrived. I was also able to meet up with another WAweathergroup member, Matt. We were all stoked to get to such a great spot.
We both were able to fire off a nice amount of photos, and these are some of the better ones.
First night in Kal, and ive fallen in love with the place, a great storm.

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM
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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM
A: f5.6
T: 10s
ISO: 100

Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM
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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM
A: f5.0
T: 43s
ISO: 100

Storms over Moora


We had thunderstorms come through Perth last night, with the city ending up with 40.8mm which is our first significant rainfall event for the year. Maybe winter has finally arrived? Maybe not, we are expecting 28C towards the end of the week. Though showers are also forecast. You just never know at this time of the year.

I was unable to get out and try for lightning photos last night, but thought I would have a look through the archives on my computer. I found this photo from December last year of a system that developed near the town of Moora.
Now I thought I would try something that I have not tried before with my storm photos and that is process them in black & white.

As this is a first for me, I would like to know what everyone thinks of it.

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0 IS USM + CircPol
A: f9.0
T: 1/20
ISO: 50

Clouds over the Ocean

Yesterday as a trough was approaching the coast, some interesting cloud formations accompanied it. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms tonight, so the camera is charged and ready to go. If the storms do come, it will be the first time in a few months we have had some action.

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM + CircPol
A: f9.0
T: 1/80
ISO: 100

Lightning through Moore River National Park, October 2011

A storm that I tracked from its development north of Dandaregan to its weakening stage near the most northern part of the Perth metro area, brought with it strong winds, hail, and very heavy rain. I got stuck in a very heavy downpour just east of Dandaregan, and managed to record a bit of video in the process. From the colour of the cloud beforehand I am certain that larger hail fell towards the centre on the storm.

I will post a short video from the chase soon 🙂


Storm fronts moving over the Perth Coast

Still not a whole lot of activity has been happening on the western front in the last few months, so again I have been wondering through the storm archives on my hard drive and found this image of the leading edge of a storm that passed over the Perth coast in December last year. Little did I know at the time I took this photo, that later on that evening I would capture some of my best lightning photos to date.
The rest of my photos (including the lightning I captured) from the night can be found here:

Perth Thunderstorms 12th December 2011

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0 IS USM + CircPol + Lee Filters Soft Grad
A: f9.0
T: 1/5
ISO: 100

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Building storms over the Kennedy Ranges

Not much as been happening with the weather lately in Perth, well not much in the way of thunderstorms or interesting weather to be exact.
The final weekend of summer is quickly drawing to a close for yet another year and hopefully with the return of autumn and winter, a more photographic weather patten may develop.
Saying that, summer has brought with it some stunning sunsets and I have a few of those on my other photographic blogsite at
http://www.jordancantelo.com

In the meantime, I continue to look through the photographs I have taken in recent times and have found this one. I hope you like it.


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Canon 5d Mark II
24-70mm f2.8L USM IS + CircPol
A: f8
T: 1/500
ISO: 100

Remnants of Tropical Cyclone Iggy

Over the last week or so, Tropical Cyclone Iggy has been lingering off the West Australian coast, threatening to cross with potentially severe winds and rain. He didn’t.
Iggy was first classified as a cyclone in the early hours of Australia day (January 26th). He was situated roughly 820km NW of Exmouth and 970km WNW of Karratha. Ever so slowly moving towards the Pilbara coast.
The Pilbara was put on cyclone watch as Iggy slowly intensified. Initially Iggy was forecasted to reach Cat 3 or even Cat 4 by the time it hit the Pilbara, but this never eventuated.
Iggy played around in the Indian Ocean making a couple of small dashes towards the coast and then retreating. From what I was hearing from weather forecasters, this cyclone was one of the more difficult cyclones to future forecast track. All meteorological models for the area were showing all different scenarios.
Iggy eventually started to make his way south into ‘cooler’ waters and very slowly started to weaken, and eventually was declared an ex tropical cyclone in the morning on Feb 2nd.
In the late evening on Feb 2nd 2012 Ex-Tropical Cyclone Iggy made landfall near Jurien Bay, 250km north of Western Australia’s capital Perth.
Gale force winds and high tides with rough surf affected some coastal sites near the Gascoyne town of Geraltdon. Beach erosion was observed and strong winds battered the coastal town throughout the day.

Remnants of Iggy hit areas around Perth. The coastal town of Lancelin, 140km N of Perth received almost 98.8mm of rain from 3pm Feb 2nd – 12am the following day.
Perth received 20.2mm.

The photo was taken at about 3am as Ex tropical cyclone Iggy was dumping his last bit of rain onto Perth.

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0, No filters
A: f9
T: 45s
ISO: 50

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Pyrocumulonimbus

Thanks Wiki.
This pyrocumulonimbus cloud formed over a recent fire. The pyrocumulonimbus cloud (pyroCb) is a type of cumulus cloud formed above a source of heat such as a wildfire and may sometimes even extinguish the fire that formed it. It is the most extreme manifestation of pyrocumulus.

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5 Image stitch
Canon 5d Mark II
24-70mm f2.8L USM + CircPol
A:f9
T:1/160
ISO:50

Mature Cumulonimbus


Adding to the collection of photos that I have acquired over the last few days from the storms that have been developing over the Kennedy Range here in the Gascoyne, I haven’t  posted a photo of the structure from a distance.
This was taken after we landed back at Carnarvon, its shows the storm now showing the characteristics of a well matured and structured thunderstorm. This cell is the same one I captured in my previous post @ Rain Sheets over the Gascoyne 40 mins prior.

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-70mm f2.8L + CircPol
A:f8
T: 1/320
ISO: 100

Rain Sheets over the Gascoyne

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Another band of thunderstorms developed over the Kennedy Range. The second round of storms over the last 2 days. With the build up came with it rain and did it rain. From the air it looked like at least 20-40mm could have fallen in some places. Maybe a little more in others. As you can see in this photograph its pretty evident that it was heavy and widespread.

Also notice the slight red tinge to the base of the clouds. I think its due to the red dust in the air from the sand dunes below.

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-70mm f2.8L + CircPol
A: f9
S: 1/80
ISO: 100

Gascoyne Storms

With an ex tropical cyclone tracking SE of our position, storms started to develop in the early evening. I was quick to get the camera out as we were winding down for the day, and with the towering Cb clouds being highlighted while the sun was setting provided a magical backdrop to a hard day at work.

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3 Multiple exposure blended.
Canon 5d Mark II
EF24-70mm f2.8+ CircPol
A : f9
T: 1/5
ISO :100

Dandaragan Storms with a Hint of Hail

Now I should really post events in chronological order. But I was looking through some photos on my computer from previous chases, and I managed to find this one from a chase I done back in October last year(I have posted about this chase previously and that can be found at Lower Midwest / Wheatbelt / Northern Lower West Storm Event).

It was taken about 5km east of Dandaragan facing north.

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Time Taken : 1543 10/10/11
4 exposure blended image
Canon 5d Mark II
EF24-105mm F4.0L IS USM + Circ Pol
T: 1/8
A: f9
ISO: 50