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

March 2016: A few more catch up photos added with five new galleries from page 86 to 90. The highlights include this channel branching, and then the bonnet relection bolt during the epic show on 21 March 2015.


February 2016: I'm finally on the road to catch up! Since I last updated the lightning photos I've had to learn Lightroom and rebuild an old program that generated all the gallery pages. Plus I've taken a lot of weather photos during the past couple of years including two more trips to Tornado Alley in the US.

This update includes photos to the end of 2014, and hopefully I can get 2015 up to date in coming months. Navigate to the main photos index for 18 new galleries and a stack of new pics in the favourites.


August 2015: Something a bit different before I get back to the lightning pictures: The Simla - Matheson Colorado tornadoes of 4 June 2015. I was fortunate to have another three week storm chase adventure in Tornado Alley USA with my friends from Australia. Check out the amazing structures!

July 2015: Time sure gets away! It's hard to keep the website up to date in recent years with all the latest pictures with work and other commitments. Instead I've added some slideshow videos which showcase some of the better weather and lightning photos from the past few years. Scroll down and click the links to enjoy.

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 4,000 photographs of lightning sorted by date, or have a quick look through the favourites galleries.


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