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THUNDERSTORM 0066

 

Date: 11-10-2006
Time: Cell 1: 06:15, Cell 2: 08:15, Cell 3: 09:37 (BST)
Location:
Macclesfield, Cheshire UK
Type: Gust Front Multicells
Documented by: Mark Seltzer
Equipment: Canon XM2
Fujifilm FinePix A310 Digital Camera
Footage Quality:
DV, DIGI

Storm Statistics: T0066.doc
Event Timeline: T0066events.xls

A late warm spell in October was about to end with instability breaking out ahead of a western-approaching cold front producing some active cells along a line in the northwest of England. Much heat lightning (clouds lighting up from the distance) was observed on the western horizon from Macclesfield before the sun came up which looked like twilight on the still images.

However, the main cluster of storm cells largely pulsated northwards to the west of Macclesfield out of sight leaving a long line of hanging glaciated cloud with mixed altocumulus and altostratus with embedded castellanus (all high-based) which was producing moderate rain. As the activity trundled eastwards overhead I left the camera rolling on its own as it was still showing embedded activity. It paid off as a large mid/high-level C-C occurred in shot of the camera, which looked good in digital video. I called this spot of activity “Cell 2” as it was probably not part of the main line of storm cells but shared the same system. A further localised cell developed to the west again giving a few distant rumbles of thunder before it all went silent.

The main cluster of storm cells (originally showing heat-lightning to the western horizon) continued into the Merseyside and Manchester regions giving some spectacular lightning displays. Some photos were sent into the BBC including an impressive C-G shot by Tony from Wigan. I also sent in my shot of the C-C and both of our photos were used in a special report about the storms as damage was caused by the lightning striking houses and telephone lines.

Tony's Photo


BBC Still


VISIBLE EUMETSAT 11.10.2006 0900

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