HP Monster…

November 26 2009 : I knew that there was a good chance of some severe storms in the region this particular day, it was just a matter of trying to get my work done earlier enough to allow me time to get into position for anything developing. Storm o’clock came and this HP beast (High Precipitation) was up and running causing some mayhem through Melbourne and the SE suburbs… I managed to get to this spot on Westernport bay as it was still going pretty strong. Here it is engulfing Koo Wee Rup and Lang Lang… A guage at Lang Lang recorded 31mm – most of which would have fallen within a 15minute timeframe as this bad boy cut loose above. There were also uncomfirmed reports of golfball hail somewhere along this storms journey. The teal colour in this image is true and is generally representative of either large hail or a large quantity of hail within the storm.

‘HP severe storm – Westernport bay, Vic. ’


~ by Tony Middleton on December 7, 2009.

9 Responses to “HP Monster…”

  1. Good work mate, impressive cloud formations. I was observing via the BOM website but unfortunately stuck at work. Thought that you would have got to it though as I noticed that two thunderstorm cells joined together near Kooweerup, late Nov turned up some good action for you storm chasers…

    • Thanks Andrew – yeah it did, I wish I could have got work finished half an hour earlier this day though.


  2. makes me want to go and chase some storms too. The last time Michael and I chased a storm all we got was wet. Michael didn’t even get the camera out of the bag.

    • I know what you are saying Christian.. My friends in much stormier parts of the country than Vic are always showing me images from their chases.. gives me very itchy feet !


  3. the teal colour is great – it’s like the colours you see looking into the side of a glacier

    • Yeah very true Cain – or in the icebergs at the poles… a real ICY colour that we generally don’t associate with ice but perhaps we should..


  4. wauvv…..what a cloud, that thing dwarfs the world! Great capture Tony!

    • hi Flem,
      yeah it was a beast !

      The thing with storm chasing… you very rarely get to choose the location yet alone the time/light… so you have to just make do and get the most out of things for compositions…


  5. the cloud formation to the far right is incredible, awesome photo

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