Perth’s first Summer Storms

Well they are here, Perth’s summers storms have finally arrived. The very photogenic, high based, branchy lightning that I love capturing started striking north of Perth just before midnight, so I made my way to Jindalee with fellow photographer and weather nut Cameron.
We saw the storms staring to spark a long way to our NW, so we held steady until they got a touch closer, and then made the decision to get off our hill, and down to the sand-dunes. A good move as the storms came right over the top of us, and our spot on the hill probably wasn’t the safest place to be.
I love to capture lightning, but I really like to place subjects in my shot, just to add a different dimension  and perspective to it. So I got Cameron to hold steady and composed a shot I hoped would come out, I just needed the lightning to co-operate.
It did, and I managed these shots of Cameron in his element.
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And this one,

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A majority of the storms were relatively short lived, but they produced some incredible lightning.

Off the coast, my favourite shot of the night.

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It just kept producing amazing bolts. The hardest part, anticipating where the big strike will strike.

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More amazing branchy cloud to ground lightning,

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The boats off the coast, were in the prime location to view the storms. Saying that, I don’t know if I wanted to be under this one.

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As the storms moved over us, we made the decision to move east of the Pinjar pine plantation to try and capture a cell now moving quickly down the Darling Scarp, but the storms were just a bit too fast and were moving to the SE very quickly. Checking the radar, they were hooking through at around 70-80kmh, too quick for us to catch them.

I fired one last shot off before calling it a night.

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Until the next time….

All official forecasts are from Bureau of Meteorology.
Check out PerthWeatherLive on Facebook for updates on the weather around Perth and Western Australia.

– 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.

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– Tropical Storms in Bali – 

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One of the best things about visiting the tropics are the amazing thunderstorms that tend to just pop up out of nowhere.
After watching a bit of cloud build up just to the north of Kuta, I raced up to my room grabbed my gear and then set up my camera to time-lapse the developing cells.

After not being able to get to Darwin last wet season, I might just make it this year. Here’s hoping 🙂

Sunset over Cooke Point, Port Hedland

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This week I am visiting my brother and my best mate in Port Hedland. It is the first time I have visited the port town. My first day here and I was able to capture this sunset over the road of my mates place.

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Another image I capture ( from my iPhone 5 ) from the plane as I was descending into Port Hedland. It shows a dust storm in the distance.

Lightning over Jandakot and Perth Hills

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On Wednesday (20th, Feb) I headed to Jandakot Airport for a bbq with fellow workmates. The night started as any other, something to eat, a couple of drinks. Then the clouds started rolling in. Lightning began flashing on the western horizon and it wasn’t long till it was over us. I headed to the lookout, and set up my camera. The lightning tracked just to the south and east of the airport, providing a great opportunity to capture a few shots.

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Lightning, I just cannot get enough of its beauty. No single strike is ever the same, and it truly is a genuine shot. No-one else will ever capture the same strike again.
Hope to capture more as I head north to Port Hedland next week.

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Lightning over Jandakot and the Perth Hills

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On Wednesday (20th, Feb) I headed to Jandakot Airport for a bbq with fellow workmates. The night started as any other, something to eat, a couple of drinks. Then the clouds started rolling in. Lightning began flashing on the western horizon and it wasn’t long till it was over us. I headed to the lookout, and set up my camera. The lightning tracked just to the south and east of the airport, providing a great opportunity to capture a few shots.

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Lightning, just cannot get enough of its beauty. No single strike is ever the same, and it truly is a genuine shot. No-one else will ever capture the same strike again.
Hope to capture more as I head north to Port Hedland next week.

– Approaching Storms –

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Last month I travelled north to capture storms that were forecast to develop around the Jurien/Coorow/Moora areas.
After a big night of lightning near Jurien, the storms started to develop further inland.
I was on my way to meet up with another storm photographer Marie and her parter Arek, when I saw this developing just to my north.
It turned out to be quite nasty when it hit, strong wind gusts, and isolated very heavy rain impacted the area, about 30km os so NNW of Moora.

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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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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.

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
A: f5.6
T: 37s
ISO: 100

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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
A: f5.6
T: 29s
ISO: 100

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


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.

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.

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

Wheatbelt Storms 30-12-11

Hi All,
Well after about a fortnight break we had another hint of potential storms that could potentially develop through the Wheatbelt region of WA. There was a touch of disagreement about whether the storms would develop and if they did they wouldn’t last for long. Though there was enough positive thinking (we were going to head out anyway) amongst a few of us to take the chance and head out.
I got chatting to a few other members of the WA weather group and we decided that we would meet in Brookton and assess from there what our plan of attack for the day would be.
It’s kind of cool really to have this group of people who have a common interest that you have, and to be able to live out this interest in the form of chasing storms with them is just awesome. It is always slightly nerve racking meeting new people because you just don’t know how they are going to be like, and meeting with Tom and Luke for the first time, I knew straight away we were going to have a great afternoon running around the SW part of the Wheatbelt.

The chase started as I said in Brookton about 1330 and we headed out to the west of Town to the local lookout and try and get a vantage point looking over the fields that stretch out forever. The lookout itself wasn’t the best in the world but gave us a small window to look through and see what was happening around the place. We sat there for about 30mins and then decided that a better point could be about 15km east of Brookton, so off we went.
Again after arriving at our next location (a farm 15km East of Brookton) at 1430, it became fairly obvious that if anything was going to happen it would be to the south of Brookton.


Looking at the radar this was confirmed with a nice developing cell SW of Brookton. So again off we went back into Brookton and headed south onto the Great Southern Highway towards Pingelly.
We stopped 5mins South of Brookton to grab a couple of photos and video of the system developing and then continued to Pingelly.


We travelled in convoy (2 cars) towards Pingelly and stopped about 2km north of the townsite. We had a great view of the now well developed cell towards the west. On the radar, we calculated it to be about 25km to the WNW of Pingelly.

It cell was throwing out a fair amount of lightning and it had a pretty decent hail sheet coming out of it as well. As far as we could tell from the radar, the cell was travelling through the Jarrah/Wandoo forests and luckily wasn’t posing a threat to anyone at that time.

I got in contact with another chaser who was chasing a little further north and explained to her what was happening down our end and she made her way with her parter towards our position.
We now had a strong convoy of 3 cars heading south parallel with this storm. We all decided that we needed to get in front of this storm and somewhat “intercept” it, if we were going to get any good footage. So we headed south through Pingelly along the highway trying to find a suitable road on the western side to travel down.
That road came about 15km south of Pingelly and you can see footage from that road in the first part of my video post.

When the cell was getting a little too close for comfort we all headed further south to Narrogin to the towns lookout to get a good vantage point. It was a great lookout. It faced west overlooking the large wheatbelt town and did we witness some close lightning! It was unreal. Some big thick bolts came down in town and around us. It was quite intense for a few minutes.

After Narrogin again we decided we needed to travel further south towards Wagin, but we only got to just outside of Highbury (15km South of Narrogin). My second part of my video.
The cell that we were chasing was now just starting to show small signs of weakening. From the radar it looked as if the storm was breaking into two separate cells. One moving towards the WSW (unusual for this part of WA) and the other E of our position at Highbury.

We all were pretty happy with the chase, and personally it was great to meet another 2 members of the WA weather group, and magic to again meet up with another 2 chasers who I have met before.

Enjoy the video.

Until the next storm……

The radar from the day can be found here if you copy and paste the link into your address bar. (I’m not tech savvy enough to get it on here, if you know how I could then please let me know)
http://www.oscilmet.com.au/?page=loops.main&radar=701&numberofImages=21&dateStart=1325215200&dateFinish=1325259600

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