Time: 16:27 BST
Reading, Berkshire UK
Type: Convectional Multicell squall-line (2 cells)
Documented by: Mark Seltzer
Equipment: Samsung VP-H65 Video Camera
Footage Quality: VHS
T0044 rumbled away this absolute monster
was born directly overhead, still in Reading. There was some rapid
development in the form of a convergence line, with dry thunder sounds (no
rain sounds) one after another as it rolled in. A call and response
discharge characteristic occurred between two parts of the storm cell next
to each other, as one popped off so did the other.
Trying my best to position the camera
sensibly on the balcony of my halls of residence, I was already impressed
with what the storm was doing.
The intensity just got greater and greater
as it rolled over giving continuous thunder for a time for up to 5 minutes
at one point. Discharge after discharge with only seconds between them. They
were low-amp C-Cs just behind the southward-advancing leading edge. There
were one or two large C-Cs with stronger thunders occurring as the hail-core
set in. 7-9mm pea sized hail started lashing down against the balcony I was
filming from. It was actually quite difficult to keep the camera dry at this
point. Luckily the balcony from the floor above was keeping the shelter.
The storm rolled south eastwards swiftly
revealing some long upper-anvil C-C streamers at the back end, before
finally disappearing into the distance and falling silent.
CELL 2 (1 shot of C-C)
There were a few trailing cells an hour or so later (which I have decided to
call Cell 2). I trained my camera on one cell for a shear pot-luck shot, and
I captured an enormous C-C with hundreds of branches. Just the one though!
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