2nd January 2010 - Storm with beautiful structure, Illawarra, NSW
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Storm chasing this day was a gamble. I decided to fight the urge for a chase expedition and a target west of the escarpment. Dewpoints varied from dripping on the coast to desert like only 100 kms to the southwest. It was not a dryline, just thin coastal moisture.
Around mid afternoon storms developed on the eastern ranges just south of me. As expected they were weak and struggled in poor moisture. One storm however did make the transition to the coast near Nowra intensified.
It too my interest and I headed south (a mistake)
A video I took shows the chase and cloud structure much better.
The storm was not finished and may have even become severe. This cell phone video taken by a non-chaser shows a small tornado on the ground. I have since passed the location and there is tree damage.