– Good Mornings –

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Showers and the gentle rumble of distant thunder greet me outside my accommodation at one of my favourite places in the whole world, Karijini.

I remember waking up, making my west-bix and eating it on the porch, just watching this storm approaching over the brilliant red landscape.
The contrast of colours, on this particular morning was out of this world. The yellows/reds of the ground the rain being highlighted by the morning sun rays, all set on a dark and storm background.
One of those moments that never leave you mind. I am glad I had my first DSLR with me at the time. The trusty old Canon 30D.

Epic!

Lightning over the Pines

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Thunderstorms were forecast for Perth today, but were not forecast to develop until mid afternoon. That was not to be and as soon as I was awake at 630am, the rumbles were well and truly underway.
Daytime lightning photography is quite tricky, so I am stoked with this photo.

Plenty more to come, but they will have to be posted tomorrow and over the weekend.

 

Lightning over the Airport

Severe storms are continuing to lash parts of the south-west region of Western Australia today with a couple of towns recording daily rainfall readings of greater then 100mm.
This is all being caused by a low pressure system just hanging off the coast, that is dragging a lot of moisture into the south-west.
The last few days I have been working out of the airport, and while the storms passed over today I grabbed my camera to try my hand at capturing some daylight lightning. With the trigger all ready, I pointed the camera out in the middle of the airfield and managed to capture a couple of strikes.

Here is one, and ill post the others later tonight.

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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.

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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Photography website limitations.

Please Note: The best care has been taken to accurately represent the finished photograph in the online gallery, however due to web limitations and differences in individual user’s monitor settings, printed photograph colours may differ slightly from the photographs viewed on this website.

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.

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

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.


Details
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.

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

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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.

Details
3 Image stitch
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.

Details

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

Perth Thunderstorms 12th December 2011

Wowwee. What a crazy night out last night. I haven’t seen that kind of lightning action for a long time in Perth. I know other places around the country get this all the time, but for Perth it was a great start to hopefully a fairly active summer storm season. Perth had a total of 43.6mm in the gauge to 9am this morning (the 3rd wettest December day), while other places around the south west land division had record falls in and around 70mm. Williams, a town 150km SE of Perth, had the wettest December day ever and second wettest day of all time with 125.6mm.
It was all caused by a mid level disturbance that was situated off our west coast and was fed moisture by a decaying tropical cyclone that has been lingering around in the Indian Ocean the past week.

Now this rain is great for our dams, but take a thought for our farmers. After a better then average winter rain cycle that produced the best crops for a number of years, this rain is an unwanted friend, hampering harvesting efforts and in some cases completely destroying entire crops.

I was very fortunate to meet up with some other weathernuts from WA based forum WAweathergroup.com to watch and record this system approach and come over the coast.

If you are interested in the weather in any shape or form then this forum is the place to be.  A West Australian based group of very friendly, enthusiastic and open minded people with common interests who are willing to answer any weather related question. You don’t have to be from Western Australia  to join as they have forums that cover most topics from around the country and the parts of the world.   The forum has members throughout the state that provide regular observations of the current weather conditions affecting their area.
The group is heavily involved in a social media capacity as well with active Twitter and Facebook groups.

Twitter : @TheWAWG
Facebook : Wa WeatherGroup

So if this interests you I would highly recommend joining.

Here are a couple of photos from last night.

If you would like to know the settings for each of the separate photos then just PM me.

Till next time……

Lightning over Burns

I was very lucky to even get to this location as my mate and I had a very small window of opportunity to get the the beach and set up our camera gear before the severe cold front moved over the coast and through the Perth area.

But it was certainly well worth it in the end.

EOS 5d Mark II

24-105mm F4L with Lee Filters and CPol

T – 10/1 Secs

A- F22

ISO – 50

Bali Storms

Hi all,

This photo was taken on the southern end of Kuta Beach in Bali, Indonesia.

The idea came to me a day before when another thunderstorm hit the Kuta area, and the surf picked up while the tide was low. Knowing that thunderstorms frequent the area usually in the afternoons I made sure I had my gear ready to go the next afternoon. My fiance and I stayed back at the hotel and enjoyed having a few drinks in the pool bar waiting for the storms to develop and approach. And they did.

Canon 5d Mark II

T:    1/100 Seconds

A:    F7.1

FL:  28mm

ISO: 50