Storm fury inspires photographers

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser
Lightning over Albany last summer.
Camera IconLightning over Albany last summer. Credit: Dougal Topping

Storm chasers and weather photographers will be keeping their eyes on the sky as the temperature heats up for the summer storm season in the Great Southern.

Defined spectacular lightning and dense Cumulonimbus clouds, the unpredictable forces of nature, will be a highlight for avid photographer and self-proclaimed storm chaser Dougal Topping.

Mr Topping said his fascination with weather and storms began from a young age. “It all stems from surfing as a kid following swell and watching storm cells,” he said.

“It’s just Mother Nature. It makes you feel ... you know you are alive when you are amid one.

“You realise how small you are and pretty insignificant in the scheme of things.”

Lightning over King George Sound last summer.
Camera IconLightning over King George Sound last summer.

Bureau of Meteorology Albany meteorological information office duty observer Jenny Feast predicts few storms for the Great Southern this year.

“Thunderstorms are very difficult to predict as they are short- term climate systems,” she said.

“We do expect thunderstorms across the Great Southern throughout summer but we can’t define how many, or where.

“We generally see thunderstorms through the South West and Great Southern probably half dozen times per year.”

Ms Feast said thunderstorms were highly unpredictable and usually accompanied by hail, heavy rainfall and strong winds.

Ms Feast advised people to heed storm warnings, stay way from power poles and trees and seek shelter before the storm is above.

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