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Stonking day for storms. Had two cells with continuous thunder [but mostly no visible lightning again]. Here's some pictures of one storm that I tracked as it progressed up the M11 which produced some

Am enjoying a weekend away 60 miles S of Prague in the pretty town of Písek, the storm front that came in this evening was dramatic! 

Got some cool pictures of the London development on my evening walk. Stood and watched it grow for a while. Considering not much has come this way, it was great to watch, even if from afar! 

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Wow where did that come from.  Full on storm with biblical rainfall out of nowhere.  I actually took a pic of the sky when leaving my gym 30 mins ago as I though the clouds looked a bit moody, and that has turned into a huge storm right overhead.  Never seen anything like it before.  Crashing thunder, really lose lightening.  

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Blitzortung is performing abysmally. I’ve seen about a dozen flashes and blitzortung is indicating one. 

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6 minutes ago, Chloe said:

I can’t see the lightning! 

Look at the top of the primary updraft (furthest west). The secondary updraft looks for impressive actually but not seen any lightning from that yet 

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Visible (but slow) rotation going on in the cell over London, background cloud base is moving right to left, foreground is moving left to right!

 

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1 minute ago, Harry said:

Blitzortung is performing abysmally. I’ve seen about a dozen flashes and blitzortung is indicating one. 

It's been a worrying week for Blitz and LMs, consistently failing to pick up more than half of the lightning strikes. 

The cells that developed near me over Basingstoke on both Thursday and Friday were CONSTANTLY rumbling, yet the amount of sferics picked up was far too low considering the amount of IC lightning that would have been needed for that level of thunder.

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6 minutes ago, Harry said:

Look at the top of the primary updraft (furthest west). The secondary updraft looks for impressive actually but not seen any lightning from that yet 

Seen a couple of CG but the storms way over North West London so close but to far 

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8 minutes ago, Lance M said:

It's been a worrying week for Blitz and LMs, consistently failing to pick up more than half of the lightning strikes. 

The cells that developed near me over Basingstoke on both Thursday and Friday were CONSTANTLY rumbling, yet the amount of sferics picked up was far too low considering the amount of IC lightning that would have been needed for that level of thunder.

I’m pretty certain now that blitzortung doesn’t ‘get’ elevated strikes, but a lot of the other radars do. This is actually a boon for us chasers and remote observers, as you can combine these two sets of data to see how a storm is performing

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The electrified part is obscured from my angle by the next updraft which looks much more impressive than the initial one - but no sparks. This despite a robust inflow of turkey towers and the like - odd - maybe it’s still slightly too Far East if of the NSC (or “No Storms Club”) parallel. 

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