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This is the updraught for a storm that passed overhead on Sunday 15th March. The storm was VERY active and impressive to watch and seemed to come out of nowhere. This cloumn of cloud was visually bubbling and rotating as it moved away. This is one image of a 65 image set, 1 image every 10 seconds to show the clouds development and movement. From my location at the lookout above Killcare beach on the central coast I could watch 3 other storms develope during the course of about an hour. One further north and 2 south toward Sydney. They were amazing to watch. This storm was dramatic and the updraught was unlike any I had seen before. This photo was taken with the Nikon D300 using the 18-70mm lens

Featured in VOLCANOES, Earths Geology & Atmosphere


ocean, storm, cloud, sydney, coast, central


  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingover 5 years ago

    this is amazing

  • It certainly was. Thanks for stopping by

    – Andrew Murrell

  • jim270
    jim270over 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot!

  • Thanks James

    – Andrew Murrell

  • 2xfocus
    2xfocusover 5 years ago

    Very stunning, like it’s smoke rising.

  • It was Leanne. I have rarely seen a column so defined and active as this one.

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 5 years ago

    Stunning shot of this sinister cloud formation

  • Thanks Hawker, I am glad you like it

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Steve  Buffington
    Steve Buffingtonover 5 years ago

    I agree with the other comments. Amazing. Very dramatic. Nice job on the capture.

  • Thank you Steve. I had to slightly underexpose it in RAW to get a little more detail as it washed out slightly, but the result shows the power a good storm has.

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellover 5 years ago

    For everyone
    Its a shame I cannot put on a video as to watch the 65 images cycling thru at 3 images a shows the way the cloud built and rotated. Actually it was also quite scarey to know I was that close at one point to this beast.
    I may load it on youtube.

  • Phineous "Flash"   Cassidy
    Phineous "Flas...over 5 years ago

    thats incredible mate just a amazing looking cloud
    maybe upload the vid to youtube and link to it be interesting to watch and great idea to doing the 65 shot sequence

  • The storm it’s self was amazing. I will get it to youtube and make the link as you recommend. Thanks

    – Andrew Murrell

  • LocustFurnace
    LocustFurnaceover 5 years ago

    Very cool shot Andrew. Great contrast and detail captured here.

  • Thank you very much

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Tomas Abreu
    Tomas Abreuover 5 years ago

    Amazing capture!

  • Thank you Thomas

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroover 5 years ago

    wonderful capture

  • Thank you Heloisa

    – Andrew Murrell

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