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Re: Northern Wet Season 2012/2013

Postby brayden » Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:12 pm

Forgot to add, Mel got a pic of Yalgoo sign and windmill as we were coming into town

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Re: Northern Wet Season 2012/2013

Postby Paul Natale » Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:49 pm

brayden wrote:Some shots taken on the way to Gero and back to Meeka.

Things at Lake Austin 29th Dec (around 20k's south of Cue)

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Love these two, especially the first. Nice stuff :)

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Postby brayden » Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:37 pm

cheers Paul :)
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Re: Northern Wet Season 2012/2013

Postby SimonB » Tue Jan 01, 2013 5:50 pm

Agreed, very nice. Love Mel's too. I keep meaning to head out that way for a weekend (or longer, me thinks) nsometime...
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Re: Northern Wet Season 2012/2013

Postby mackerelmauler » Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:56 am

it looks like the monsoonal low off the Pilbarra could become a McDonalds Special Cyclone. For a short time only being TC Peta.
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Postby Fu Manchu » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:25 pm

Barely makes it as a cyclone.

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Postby Fu Manchu » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:23 pm

Video from last month via Candice Barnes.
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e6c_1359459726
Pretty close and the language used is justified.

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Postby Fu Manchu » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:41 pm

Candice wrote:
"@TheWAWG @KimTwister @HendoTweet @tweetperth Got a source on the vid, first posted 2 days ago. Strike was at a minesite near Pannawonica!"

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Postby Fu Manchu » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:48 pm

Via Candice
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=ISeeF_rL ... u.be&gl=GB
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Re: Northern Wet Season 2012/2013

Postby Rainbow Bright » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:15 am

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-05/lightning-bolts-strike-bar-forcing-evacuations/4502146?section=wa

Broome residents Robin Strauss, Theresa De Biasi and Nikki Albert have more in common than they probably realise - all have had extremely close encounters with lightning and lived to tell the tale.

Robin was sitting on his balcony with a cup of tea, Theresa was doing her grocery shopping, and Nikki was chatting on her mobile phone at a beach.

Robin Strauss works at the Divers Tavern, situated on the edge of the white sandy dunes of Broome's famous Cable Beach.

During the wet season, locals can be found escaping the heat there on a Sunday afternoon with some live music and an ice cold beer.

But, the past two large storms in Broome have hit various buildings and left Divers patrons filing out the door in a frenzied rush.

"They've been quite amazing lightning strikes," said Mr Strauss.

"We had to evacuate two Sundays in a row, [we were] just about to start our Sunday sessions."

It was from the balcony of his nearby home that Robin witnessed a bolt of lightning that nearly hit the pub for the second Sunday in a row.

"A beautiful pink flash that seemed to hang there for seconds, it seemed like it was probably only a quick flash but the [last] one was a ripper - a bit closer to Divers Tavern and again, just amazing to see the lightning strikes," he said.

Mr Strauss says it's lucky there was only minor damage.

"I know we've got a couple of tools which have wonky screens at the moment, but I think the surge protectors have protected most of our equipment in the venue;we haven't had any building damage," he said.

"And, we're thinking of re-naming our Sunday sessions to shocking Sunday sessions."

The Divers Tavern wasn't the only building evacuated during the storm.

At the nearby Boulevard Shopping Centre, shire worker Theresa De Biasi was preparing to pay for her groceries.

"It was the peak time, the shopping centre was quite full of people, and then boom, there was this huge clap of thunder and a strike you could see from outside, there was this flash of lightning and then the emergency alarms came on," she said.

"The shopping centre PA system came on with the standard message of 'please evacuate'. As I walked out I could smell a distinct plastic burning smell."

Ms De Biasi abandoned the groceries and made for her car.

"As I was leaving the fire truck was pulling in," she said.

"Everyone got the hint and people just basically sort of left.

There wasn't a physical sign of any damage or smoke but the carpark was just sheets of water everywhere, so that was quite a heavy rain as well."

Standing on end

Perhaps it's Nikki Albert's tale that will leave your hair standing on end.

Two years ago Nikki was walking along Gantheume Beach with some friends from Geraldton.

The group watched a black cloud roll in over the ocean, pass over their heads and pass the golf course hill behind them.

"It hit the golf club and we saw it pass," she said.

"This woman was standing there with her partner and she was laughing and pointing and then she pointed at me and said 'your hair'!

"All the loose parts were standing right up, everyone's hair was standing up and then we saw the lighthouse, it [was] crackling.

"The other woman I saw looked like she had a fan behind her and it was blowing it straight up."

When Nikki got home she realised she'd had a brush with death.

"Then we looked on the BOM website and were a little bit scared because we thought 'oh jeez we were pretty close to being hit'. The BOM advised there's a conductor on the lighthouse that probably took a hit."

"We were walking through puddles and we didn't crouch and I was on a phone! How dangerous was it?"

Perfect storm

The Bureau of Meteorology's Neil Bennet explains that the Kimberley's hot and humid conditions can make a perfect storm.

"For any thunderstorm to form you need to have three key things to have lightning.

"One, what we call a trigger to make the air rise; two, you need to have an abundance of moisture, which we obviously do have in the tropics; three, what meteorologists call instability.

"So, what you're looking for is where is that trigger going to occur and that's what makes tropical forecasting so difficult."

The most recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on causes of death is reassuring; no-one died from a lightning strike in Australia in 2010.

The previous years might serve as a warning - in 2009, three women were killed, in 2008 four men were killed, and in 2007 four men and four women were killed.

Timely escape

The BOM's Ray Hegarty adds that Nikki made a timely escape from the beach that day.

"She's a very very lucky woman - don't try this at home! Your hair standing on end is probably one of the very last warning signs before you get struck by lightning."

Mr Hegarty has some tips for surviving a lightning storm:

"Seek shelter straight away, preferably under something with a metal shell, not a tent," he said.

"Don't run for a tree because it'll probably be the highest point around.

"Take cover, preferably under something metal because the metal might attract the lightning but it also dissipates it around you, so as long as you're not touching the metal you're usually alright.

"That's why inside a car or inside a house with a steel roof is the safest place to be inside a storm."

If you can't find shelter, Mr Hegarty has other advice.

"Crouch down very low into the ground, curl up into a ball," he said.

"Don't lie on the ground, hold onto your feet, make yourself as small a target as possible and pray like hell that you don't get struck.

"Count the number of seconds between when you see the lightning flash and when you hear the thunder and for each three seconds the lightning is about one kilometre away."

The three Broome residents count themselves lucky to have avoided being struck.

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Re: Northern Wet Season 2012/2013

Postby Fu Manchu » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:03 pm

Some very serious looking cells approaching the coast at the moment.
http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR161.loop.shtml#skip

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Re: Northern Wet Season 2012/2013

Postby Fu Manchu » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:14 pm

Brayden, I think there was a guy in the Falcon ute on his way to fix the phone. He never made it. His ute is doing a cool impersonation of a submarine though.

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Postby Fu Manchu » Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:51 pm

Alana Jayne Moore wrote on twitter:

"Very distant #storm. Waiting for one to build closer! Pretty please, Thor? #Broome #Australia http://t.co/8GHSrM0p"
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Postby Fu Manchu » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:04 pm

JR the weather Ferret wrote:
"SATURDAY 9/2/2013 The highest rainfall registration in the 6 hours to 3pm
was recorded at Phillips Range (Kimberley) with 11.6 mm."

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Postby Fu Manchu » Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:33 pm

Alana Jayne Moore, once again sharing a lovely image of a Broome storm

"Nice big distant #storm, viewed from Gantheaume Point, #Broome. @SeeAustralia @WestAustralia @thewest_photos http://t.co/8vUUimsH"

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Postby Fu Manchu » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:45 am

Check the outflow from the remains of what starts as three or four big cells yesterday in the Gascoyne/Pilbara
http://www.oscilmet.com.au/?page=loops. ... 1360651200

The faint ring coming away from the big cell it becomes. Like a pressure wave.
All for want of better terms of course.

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Postby Lert » Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:55 am

Good description Fu.. I'm sure you meant 'faint' though, probably damn autocorrect :)

Just noticed some high lenticulars to the north, some significant wind shear at that level by the looks.
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Postby Fu Manchu » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:14 pm

Nope, my spel ing was rubbish.
All fixed :)

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Postby Fu Manchu » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:00 am

A little more on that faint outflow maybe to do with this.
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Re: Northern Wet Season 2012/2013

Postby silvercloud » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:57 am

That is an amazing photo!!!!

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