Lick The Stars
Gear: Canon 5D Mk II | Canon 24-70 2.8 L
Settings: ISO 400| f/5.6 | 180.0 | 24mm
Well Brisbane was lashed by thunderstorms last week - Wed, Thurs and Fri - producing a long awaited kick start to the 2010 Storm Season.
Many super cells popped up delivering hail (tennis ball sized), micro bursts, huge amounts of lightning, superb cloud formations and even a water spout off the coast of Surfers Paradise. Amazing stuff.
This cell was the Beenleigh cell from Friday that produced some very heavy rain and hail (we "punched the core" near Yatala on the M1) and delivered an amazing lightning show on it's way out to sea. We missed the best as driving - maybe next time!
A storm is any disturbed state of an astronomical body's atmosphere, especially affecting its surface, and strongly implying severe weather. It may be marked by strong wind, thunder and lightning (a thunderstorm), heavy precipitation, such as ice (ice storm), or wind transporting some substance through the atmosphere (as in a dust storm, snowstorm, hailstorm, etc.).
Storms are created when a center of low pressure develops, with a system of high pressure surrounding it. This combination of opposing forces can create winds and result in the formation of storm clouds, such as the cumulonimbus. Small, localized areas of low pressure can form from hot air rising off hot ground, resulting in smaller disturbances such as dust devils and whirlwinds.
Thunderstorm - A thunderstorm is a type of storm that generates lightning and the attendant thunder. It is normally accompanied by heavy precipitation. Thunderstorms occur throughout the world, with the highest frequency in tropical rainforest regions where there are conditions of high humidity and temperature along with atmospheric instability. These storms occur when high levels of condensation form in a volume of unstable air that generates deep, rapid, upward motion in the atmosphere. The heat energy creates powerful rising air currents that swirl upwards to the tropopause. Cool descending air currents produce strong downdraughts below the storm. After the storm has spent its energy, the rising currents die away and downdraughts break up the cloud. Individual storm clouds can measure 2–10 km across.