A trough system moved through NSW and QLD late in the week ending January 28. An area of showers and isolated low topped thunderstorms developedl behind this trough system on Friday, and it was possible that this area of activity could move into SE QLD on Saturay. It did, and Saturday morning showed a sky full of vertical develoment, with some beefy showers around. late in the morning a large area of vertical development and showers moved over my area - pitures below:
This general area of activity continued to move roughly NW, over Redcliffe and out into Deception Bay. It was then that quite a heavy shower developed, with a dark rain curtain and countless scud lowerings. I must have seen 1000 scud lowerings on days like this day, and they never seem to eventuate into anything, but there was something a bit different about this shower. I decided to travel to the N/NW side of Redcliffe to get a closer look at the shower and lowerings. On my way (10 minute drive) i noticed that the scud lowerings seemed to be very active - they were along way away, and i could easily see quite rapid movement in them. I eventually got to my lookout, and took this picture.
These prongs developed quite quikly. The prong on the right died soon after this picture was taken, but the one on the left persisted for quite some time. I drove further NNW to another lookout, and took the following pictures.
It was now moving around even more, and i could see tiny areas of scud being sucked up around this feature - i think this is now a funnel. Then this:
Notice the white water below the funnel? This is what made me think that this was a Waterspout. The white water only lasted 20 seconds max, then dissapeared - with the funnel dissipating 15-20 seconds after.
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Chase report by Ben Quinn