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Spectacular lightning pictures and thunderstorm photos by Australian storm chaser and weather photographer Michael Bath. Like the Northern Rivers Severe Weather Group Facebook page for all the very latest storm chasing news and lightning photos.

October 2012: Since the previous update I had the opportunity to storm chase in Tornado Alley USA. During the three week trip with two of my local storm chase mates, there were several opportunities for lightning photography - with some really weird "smooth channel lightning" near a Kansas tornadic supercell. In 25 years of lightning photography this was the first time I've seen this type of lightning. Check Gallery 66 for the set.

Locally, spring is off to a slow start with only a few lightning opportunities. Hopefully the rest of the season will be active!


April 2012: The 2011-2012 storm season was patchy across Northeast NSW with very few big thunderstorm days (i.e. massive hail or destructive events), but still ended up quite a long season with photogenic storms from August through to April. I've added the rest of the photos from spring, summer and the one decent event so far from Autumn. The stand out event was 13 November so make sure you check out those.

October 2011: It's been a long time between updates yet again... Since the last time I posted new photos I've upgraded to a Nikon D90 camera, been chasing in Tornado Alley USA and endured an extended period of very little photogenic storm activity. 2011 has seen a turn around with fairly regular storm events through the cooler months and now into spring.

Here's a few samples but check out the new galleries and favourites.

January 2010: The whole of 2009 had very few opportunities for storm chasing, let alone lightning photography. January 2010 started poorly but a few decent events thankfully occurred. I really enjoy daytime, sunset or dusk colours with lightning. Even though there have not been many storms they have provided some great timing for backgrounds other than a night sky of black.

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Browse over 3,000 photographs of lightning sorted by date, or have a quick look through the favourites galleries.


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Some background information about storm chaser Michael Bath.


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