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Storm cell zeros in on Canberra

By Gungahlin Al 28 February 2007 84

[First filed: February 27, 2007 @ 23:06]


Well the storm pictures have been so wildly popular they’re wreaking havoc on our server and internet connection. A big hello to all the new readers.

If all you want to do is see pretty storm pictures then here’s a slideshow for you and youtube can cover the costs (now updated with our full set of pics and a sound track courtesy of The Lavans):

(incidentally version 1.0 of this video was so wildly successful that it picked up the following honours on YouTube:
#52 – Most Viewed (Today) – News & Politics – All
#58 – Top Favorites (Today) – News & Politics – All
#19 – Most Linked (Today) – News & Politics – All)

Details on the provenance of the pictures below:

[ED – FYI the SMH is now on the story apparently it was a “supercell thunderstorm”, and now here’s how the story involved from 11.06 pm 27-FEB-07]

I can’t find one of those fabled alerts anywhere logical like the SES, Canberra Connect, ACT Govt, ABC local or similar websites, but the BOM is warning this one could be bad, and from the look of the radar shot – a big black blotch right over Canberra – someone’s going to cop it.

The lighnting show is something else – bursts at least every second – never seen such rapid fire lightning…

Watching the radar over the last hour, this cell just appeared out of nowhere just south of Hall.

[ED – used a slightly more recent image than the one Al sent in. One hell of a storm and a caution against relying on the warning system for something as unreliable as storms in the mountains]

UPDATED: And pictures!

If you missed them, these ones are doing the email rounds, please don’t send them to me again, much as i appreciated the two dozen large sets of pictures I’ve had (if the photographer would like a credit, please get in touch):

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Bartron 3:34 pm 02 Mar 07

cool youtube clip….just watched it. Only prob is that my photos were marked as “yass – photographer unknown” and the photos from yass were marked “photos over duffy – bartron”…still…I got a bit of publicity

Rara 8:36 am 02 Mar 07

RA – Great work with the utube clip – I was lucky enough to be tucked in at home watching tele when the storm hit – and I dont work in the city – so would never have known the extent of the storm if it wasn’t for your great reporting. Great soundtrack too!
Keep up the great work.

I have to admit my flattie and I were amused when we watched the weather report on prime at about 10.30pm that night – which reported nothing about a storm (whilst we were being hailed on!) 🙂

Thumper 12:16 pm 01 Mar 07


if it’s anything like the ANU all the bloody ceilings will cave in…

seepi 10:41 am 01 Mar 07

Should we be worried about the new Canberra Centre bulding? I know they rushed it at the end, and now it is leaking like a sieve.


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