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  1. My daughter took these photos looking south from top of Blue bell hill ,she is a little more serious with her photography than me ..
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  2. Wow that was unexpected! Just had a small little potent beast went up just to my South about half hour ago. I was sat in my mates shed chatting away and we all froze as we suddenly heard a fairly loud rumble and then another 2 followed about 30 seconds each after but louder. I looked at the radar and noticed a really potent little cell very close to my side of the island. Went outside and noticed the base was really close and the anvil was right over head, within 10 seconds I saw this crazy CG with this long fork going nearly over my head as well to the top of the anvil with a loud boom of thunder. After that there was some other cool IC'S with good thunder every 30 seconds to a minute, before dying after rather quickly. Here's a screenshot grab that was captured of the CG from one of my mates webcams that we use from our local website
    34 points
  3. I have finally finished editing my storm video from Tuesday. It's a very long video but I have put timestamps of the good lightning strikes in the description. If you can't be bothered to watch it, then I don't blame you! I shall run through what happened. At around 2 PM a storm developed near Thrapston and I could hear some thunder from it. It was your typical pulse storm so it died out real quick. Three hours later, a storm popped up near Wellingborough and was more active than the storm earlier. I could hear some frequent thunder but it died out on approach: Clusters of storms began to develop at the back of the aforementioned decaying storm. I couldn't see much lightning because of how far away they were but the thunder was just about audible. The storms were taking their time so I was left wondering if they were actually going to arrive. But just before 7 PM a massive CB shot up around five miles to my north and started producing lightning. My detector was being triggered every five seconds so I could tell it was a biggie. From then, the storm was producing soft rumbles and some lightning. Most of the lightning was intracloud but a few CGs were thrown into the mix too. I headed inside after all of this because the lightning was getting a bit too close. The rainfall in this storm was biblical.. probably the heaviest I have seen in the UK. Once the rain calmed down, the sun made an appearance behind the anvil, and created a nice glow to the storm. The rainbow (a faint double rainbow, to be precise) and the lightning was probably the best moment of the storm. And lastly, a few IC flashes from a storm that developed over Tring as the sun set. OOPS just realised how long this post is. I apologise for the picture spam
    32 points
  4. Some shots/video of the supercell in Essex earlier today as it passed overhead... video.mp4
    31 points
  5. Looking forward to catching up with all the pages of posts I missed while out chasing for SEVEN hours last night! A mixed night - happy to get some photos and more than happy to see tonnes of incredible lightning at last, but the rain literally stopped me from getting so many great shots, especially at the end of the night as the lightning displays moved into the Solent, but the showers just kept back-building over my location. I missed two or three epic CGs by seconds having to dive back into the car!
    30 points
  6. Not the best shot but best I could get! Southampton early this morning
    28 points
  7. Another pretty quiet evening here in MK but did score an awesome Horseshoe Vortex spinning for about 8 minutes out to the west!
    27 points
  8. Greatings folks. Bit unsettled atm but if you look back on this thread tammara called a settled warm spell mid month ie August. I'm not quite sure how she does it but it's knocking on the door for sure. Hope you are all well ad healthy. I had a covid episode and then a stroke but looking forward to the rest of this year and the new one weather and personally wise.
    27 points
  9. Caught the lightning striking my next door neighbours scaffolding around 50 feet away from where I was watching the storm, I knew it was close as the flash and crack were instantaneous, my previous close call was a tad further away around half a mile, I think this is as close as I want to get! I was safely *Gulp* indoors! ️️ Closest strike I've had in around 35 years of photographing lightning! Gravesend, Kent.
    27 points
  10. Well, that storm was quite something, to say the least.
    27 points
  11. Well that was definitely the last storm of the day I think, absolute insane day. Gets a 9 out of 10 for me! Anyway my friend has kindly aloud me share some images and also todays top 5 highest rainfall totals from Todays beasts. He will also be uploading a load of footage an time lapse over the coming hours which he has also kindly aloud to share when its ready
    26 points
  12. Mammatus on the storm after it fizzled out near Stevenage last night
    26 points
  13. Some photos of the belter of a storm last night, was really like something out of the Plains. The timing with sunset made for some great colours.
    26 points
  14. Been out chasing all afternoon, what a fantastic day for storms, great to see so many have had their fix today! In Cambridgeshire I got caught in some torrential rain accompanied with pretty large hail which turned the roads to rivers, was a bit hairy for a time. Had loads of thunder and lightning and some lovely cloud structure as I drove back towards Northants with the cell near Thrapston going bonkers for a time. Did a quick time lapse of some rotation just to the south of Cambridge.
    26 points
  15. Annnd this was the storm when it reached Spurn Point...... Cheers Glenn
    26 points
  16. Went on a little night time lightning storm chase with the main chase man and friends last night. Managed to get lots of pics of lightning And here are a few looking south from Goodwood.
    25 points
  17. That Tring storm finished the evening off perfectly for me
    25 points
  18. How on earth can a conclusion be made on possibly writing off the next 5 weeks of Summer on the back of some output that shows more unsettled conditions next Weekend! Or who would really cancel a trip on the back of the GFS operational! I really do find some comments utterly bizarre at times in this place! Yes it looks grand for a few more days yet,and very warm even Hot at times! Things could become more unsettled next Weekend...but that's not a given! And it surely does not mean that an unsettled trend will see the rest of Summer out. If anything the 0z mean as the situation quickly improving from the South. Its not looking that bad to me.
    25 points
  19. Some stills from the vids i took yesterday,will upload the vids later,i have got some editing to do. Derby storm to my W/SW first Cg sequence:-second Cg developing storm to my east sequence 1:- sequence 2:- sequence 3:- sequence 4:- and a few single shots...
    25 points
  20. Best storm in a long time in St Evenage… IMG_5827.MOV IMG_5824.MOV
    24 points
  21. Posted a couple of weeks back: Its a difficult situation judging the further outlook but from the diagnostic point of value, momentum will need to take the GWO out of the Nina phases 1,2 and 3 into Phase 4 to meet the longer range NWP signal for NW European mid latitude high. This can certainly be achieved, but any shortfall or weak eastward propagating orbit, allied to the polar> mid latitude feedbacks mentioned could mean that a retrogressive correction happens subsequently. ---------------------------- The GWO has duly orbited into Phase 4 c/o eastward propagating tropical convection increasing westerly momentum within the atmospheric circulation courtesy of torque mechanisms adding inertia within the extra tropics. Hey presto the break from the retrogressed ridge/trough regime that had blighted a few weeks of the summer in NW Europe. Summer down here in SW Europe continuing very warm and sunny but in the absence of any heatwaves (by true definition, not the UK interpretation of a few days of 30C) The Pacific phase of the high frequency tropical cycle is completing over the coming few days and in turn that is the cue for angular momentum tendency falling right back towards the levels seen from middle of June to the first week or so of July. Again, much the same as happened towards the middle of June, dissolving the downstream NW European ridge and retracting the Azores High westwards and southwards and a trough to return to northern and western europe. Placed so close to its natural home, influence of the Azores High at the same time continues across much of southern and south western europe, Based on its reorientation, enough of an Atlantic flow influence to keep western and northern parts of Iberia relatively cooler - much the same as the summer so far. However, the jet stream still far enough north to maintain traditional summer drought conditions. While the sun and warmth is lovely, a shower or thunderstorm at least, before the sun soon returns once more, would be welcome to give the watering regime a short break and to give some extra weather interest, There has been no rain at all here for the last 4 to 5 weeks and mostly just blue skies and intense solar power from one day to the next. That is clearly unlikely to change any time soon and keeps a close fire risk watch across the parched land- though the opposite (terrible) extreme of rainfall such as seen recently in Belgium and Germany are wished for by absolutely nobody Numerical models at this time, a couple of days or so prior to a pattern change such as this are not likely to be able to see past the signal driving it - and extended ensembles are more than likely to extrapolate forward the same thing in the absence of any significant driver within a short enough time period to add sufficient noise to the mix. The noaa charts are upper air interpretations of the main numerical models and as such they are an especially useful guide to accurately deciphering the latest views of NWP. However, numerical models are prone to change the upper air pattern accordingly as and when signals are detected. Which might not be accurately detected or perceived.. Inherent biases and lack of skill from NWP at deciphering tropical and extra tropical evolution more than a week or so ahead can lead to error and over extrapolation of current trends, or, indeed simply jumping on a wrong trend altogether. In this sense the anomaly charts also need to be viewed with this in mind - they might most accurately reflect NWP perception of the weather pattern - but that does not mean that they are not subject to change themselves at any given time more especially within the latter 8 to 14 day period. On this particular occasion, a couple of days before this particular pattern change, it is very unlikely a return to summer proper will occur within the 10 day period and probably rather longer. The importance of all of the above though, is that it is overtly unnecessary to be mood driven in making assumptions weeks and weeks ahead but equally at this present same time realistic enough to know that the atmosphere remains defaulted to a falling angular momentum tendency regime, driven by trade wind increases within the tropics and especially Equatorial Pacific . In high summer this does not usually correspond to sustained warm dry patterns across northern and western europe. With the current 'mini ENSO cycle' aka MJO tropical convection wave waning, summer proper will await the next upturn in the cycle in northern and western europe. For this part of the NH, the shift to an e/QBO regime, within a falling momentum scenario, will also be encouraging some of the ridging towards Greenland as depicted in numerical modelling. The next window of opportunity most likely to come after the first 10 days of August. Eyes after that time on a possible (stronger) intra-seasonal response within the tropics to shale-up momentum once again through the middle and second half of the month and which might come on the heels of residual tropical activity in the Atlantic bred from an African wave upcoming as the MJO traverses the Western Hemisphere (and when lack of wind shear is conducive for storm and hurricane development). This could shake-up the Atlantic profile somewhat as often happens in the latter part of the summer. This, while highly credible, is of course somewhat speculative so far out in time - but something to look out for.
    23 points
  22. Better late than ever - but took this while chasing near Braintree yesterday. Got a load of other pics but not had time to offload.
    23 points
  23. Think a bit of poo just came out..... 20210724_012426.mp4
    22 points
  24. Looks like it was a decent width for a short time especially given these are relatively weak showers
    22 points
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  26. Currently sheltering from the rain in a small hut on the cliff top, activity is on the rise after a quiet spell. Also quite chilly in the wind brrrr Also a couple of shots I managed to get of the camera, cropped in though so quality is quite poor.
    21 points
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  28. A few of us have been hinting at this mate..fingers crossed. You have my Heart felt sympathy my lad. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery and a much better rest of the year
    20 points
  29. A few photos from yesterday's thunderstorms over Northamptonshire, UK.⛈⛈
    20 points
  30. This was Braintree earlier not too much local T&L but the rain was the worse we have had in 13 years...it just did not let up for 15 mins or so...apologies if the photos are a bit rubbish!
    20 points
  31. So today went for a little chase down towards Haywards Heath / Uckfield, and it was quite eventful! The storm was looking beautiful on approach, anvil pointing out into the deep blue sky, and clear backbuilding (sidebuilding?) to the western side. Seemed to take ages to get near it but suddenly there was a really dark sky behind the trees/houses to my left. Found a spot to park up, but no knowing the area it wasn’t perfect, got a few pictures with the tripod but once the winds picked up and the rain started it was pretty intense, so was confined to the car for the next 40 mins as the storm built overhead. Some really close CGs and thunderclaps followed but once I managed to drive out of the rain it began to dissipate, although there were still a number of very bright forks before it all stopped. Driving back westwards could see a lot of building clouds, but I think very strong capping stopped anything from sparking up again. Was a good chase in the end, particularly the clouds seen on the approach and between the heaviest rain
    20 points
  32. Too far away and at a crappy angle to get any beautiful shots but 100 percent a funnel. The end was moving up and down like a snake.
    20 points
  33. The models seem confused regarding the tropical setup and how it will unfold in the coming week. I thought GEFS/GFS had suddenly backed off today judging by the RMM plots, but the spatial view suggests not: That's a nice clear eastward propagation of the MJO, just what you need to see if a more prolonged spell of high pressure is what you're after. EPS are slightly more interested in it today but still widely scattered. Not sure what's behind the lack of clear direction. Possibly the simultaneous presence of tropical cyclones in both the West Pacific and Atlantic is having some effect but I sense there's more to it than that. It also seems bizarre just how many sliding lows keep crossing our shores despite only a weak polar jet which by the law of averages should really be dropping lows to our west or east sometimes. As of this evening we have both ECM and GFS moving yet another one across during the weekend and into the start of next week. UKMO initially drops it just to our southwest but then grazes the south coast with it. ...but I wonder if it's so strange after all. We have the unfortunate honour of living on a sort of 'peninsula of islands' that sticks out into the maritime side of a strong cool maritime / warm continental boundary that takes shape in the summer months. That means we're right within a natural boundary along which the thermal gradient tends to be steeper, making it more likely that the polar jet will run across us when there's nothing much forcing it to do otherwise. That, perhaps, is the underlying reason why the UK summer tends to feel like it has to be forcibly beaten into shape in order to be particularly dry and sunny.
    20 points
  34. Decent little storm finally. Seems I've captured an electrical stag!
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  36. Zilch here yesterday, unfortunately. Only a distant flash and that was it. Saw some great cloudscapes though. Things started pepping up in the evening to my north: King's Lynn cell Market Harborough cell Coventry cell From 6 PM the view to my north / northwest was a full-on CB fest. And lastly - some timelapses: 3julytimelapse.mp4
    19 points
  37. Glad to have you back mate,you've already cheered up the place.
    18 points
  38. I thought y'all might appreciate this funnel cloud in Cardigan Bay (Abersoch in front) yesterday afternoon.
    18 points
  39. Here is the highlights i managed to capture from my phone of the never ending 4 hour storm over Poole last night, got to my viewing point at 9pm and left at 3am with the storm still flashing and rumbling behind me. Best bit is about 50 seconds in 1931521739_PooleStorm23-7-21.mp4
    18 points
  40. Why do some have to be so Bitter and negative, so what if it isn't a storm of the century event, let people enjoy tonight for what it is, surely a distant light show is better than nothing??
    18 points
  41. Over the strict test I did on the anomaly charts sone 10-12 years ago there was little or no difference. For either winter or summer. Tere are, quite often, two periods when the anomalies are less consistent, into August and more especially early autumn. Partly due to the presence of Hurricanes and partly, as in early to mid spring the annual change-over in the northern hemisphere from summer to winter and at the other end winter into summer. But as knocker has suggested each to our own. use as many of the outputs as you feel comfortable with. Remember no one method is 100% correct all the time or even much of the time. Even the professionals will admit that. As an ex one myself, don;t make excuses, try to explain hoenstly what seems to have caused the incorrect forecast and move on. Don't mock other folk or complain they do things differently or like different weather to yourself. end jh sermon.
    18 points
  42. My current view in Gravesend looking to essex
    18 points
  43. sorry guys it took a while, was having all sorts of issues with merging, converting, quality and errors. I'm sorry the quality isn't the best but it's better than it was by a long shot, maybe it will improve later on as that seems to be the case after a video has been uploaded for some time. also the convection part is around 2:22 I believe. There is also 2 clips at the start that u might notice if u watch it all the way through that seem very similar, that's because of the issue i had earlier on with the clip i uploaded being a pic rather then a video, so i did another but before I did it again Alr1970 told me to do it on youtube so I left the second clip in with the first.
    18 points
  44. Yes, there's a few sferics appearing to the south and west of here. I have a suspicion that we could be in quite a prime location for thundery activity over the coming week. Meanwhile, here's my lightning captures from yesterday:
    18 points
  45. Why do you have to spread your negativity over so many consecutive posts? Why not summarise all your misery in one post?
    17 points
  46. Ended up staying till 2:30am, still rumbling away but work was looming. Only had time to half post process one photo will do the others at later on. Enjoyable evening, rain was biblical
    17 points
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