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Lightning - What's it all about....

Lightning is an electric current within a thundercloud in the sky. Many small bits of ice bump into one another as they move around in the air and all of these collisions create an electrical charge, which then causes the clouds to fill up with these electrical charges, the positive charges form at the top of the cloud and the negative at the bottom, and seeing as opposites attract it causes a positive charge to build up on the ground beneath the cloud.

Magical South Coast NSW

Well as Chris mentioned last night I went storm chasing to the far South Coast last night.

I anticipated a lightning show with a vigorous southern ocean front approaching the region.

Here's a photo before I raced closer to the storm. The storm was so incredibly active with non stop flashing. I will also post a video up when I get the chance.

Michael Keene

CLOUDS! - What are they and how are they formed?

Clouds form when warm air rises and expands and cools forming tiny droplets of water or ice crystals that settle onto dust particles in the atmosphere, the dropletes are so small (a diameter of around 100th of a milimeter), so that means each cubic metre of air will contain 100 million droplets. Clouds will either be composed of either ice or water droplets, depending on the height of the clouds and the temperature of the atmosphere, because the droplets are so small they can remain in liquid form in temps as low as -30C.

Far South Coast Lightning Show

This evening the 18/12/14 storm chaser Michael Keene and fellow SSA Team Member was lucky enough to take up position south of Merimbula.

He was greeted with a rather mundane experience at first but as patience persisted he was lucky enough to experience an amazing CC (Cloud to Cloud) lightning show.

He would estimate 100 flashes / Min. Sadly after dark scud cloud moved in a destroyed most of the view.

He was able to capture a few CG's (Cloud to Ground)

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Tornadoes in Australia - 2015 Update

At present the data for 2015 is still being updated and of course the year isn't over yet but the Bureau of Meteorology has listed 2 Tornado events thus far for the year with both being in Victoria :-
2015-02-23 - In Sheppaton Victoria, several eye witnesses seen a tornado and damage was recorded. There also was evidence of strong meso-scale on radar.
2015-02-28 - Hepburn Courier in Victoria reports of tornado 150m wide by couple of km

The Bureau of Meteorology has updated their data and there were 6 recorded Tornadoes in 2014, They are:-