Thursday 1st October 2020
Whilst this day was lacking in quality moisture, an upper cold pool and sufficient wind shear was in place to produce a few low precipitation thunderstorms, with large hail possible. This eventuated across the Northern Rivers of NSW, with only a couple of small storms developing.
This cell, which moved through the Cabarita Beach - Kingscliff region produced large hail to golf ball size for some locations. Whilst not a high-end day, it was a fun chase with a bit of structure and hail.
Monday 21st September 2020
Monday 21st September 2020, I made the decision to do the long haul to Western NSW for an early season set-up that I just couldn't refuse.
A strong negative tilt trough would enter the state, with strong low-level wind shear and increasing moisture along a dryline. The drive was 12 hours from the Gold Coast, so I left on the Sunday afternoon to ease the trip. The major hurdle was having to be back for work by 8am Tuesday morning. My target was Nyngan in Western NSW. As I arrived into town just after midday, a cluster of high based storms were developing northwest of Cobar, moving southeast, and rapidly due to the strong windshear.
As these storms began to encounter a better moisture profile, they lowered, consolidated and become a beastly supercell with rapid motion in the wall cloud. Sadly, I had to leave at 4:30pm to make it home in time and with an all-night drive ahead of me.