June 25 2008:
The most interesting weather occured last Sunday when large parts of the eastern half of the Netherlands suffered from fast moving supercell storms. A true outbreak occured and many storms produced 2 inch hail and strong downburst winds. I tried to chase some of these storms with my girlfriend. Though we saw some suspicious lowerings, storms were too fast moving to keep up.
June 16 2008:
During the last week Dutch weather turned rather cold and unsettled. Many polar air-mass showers crossed the country of which some produced soft hail, thunder and even funnel clouds! Unfortunately I haven't spotted any funnels, but I did see some nice showers passing by. Even more striking was the NLC display I observed last night!
June 3 2008:
As mentioned by me yesterday we got another round of storms yesterday evening and last night. A large storm complex covered most of Belgium later in the afternoon and this system moved slowly to the north. In front of it several isolated storms formed, bringing local large hail. As I had to work there was no time for a chase, but I did manage to shoot some pictures of a photogenic cell to the NE of me. Later in the evening and overnight the earlier mentioned storm complex passed my hometown Utrecht. I arrived home just in time, hoping to shoot some lightning again. Well, there was plenty of lightning, but most of it was intracloud and I did not manage to shoot many succesful pictures. However, some turned out to be quite OK!
June 2 2008:
May 2008 was a real summer moth in the Netherlands. The mean temperature was record breaking warm, it was extremely sunny and rather dry. Especially the NE'ern part of the country was struck by drought.
Last Wednesday I performed my first storm chase of this season. Together with 2 colleagues I tried to chase convection over Western Germany. It became a difficult chase with split cells and us ending up with dying left movers.
During Saturday evening, early Sunday night, an aggressive line of thunderstorms formed over central parts of the Netherlands. Although rain and low clouds obscured most of the lightning, I did manage to shoot some succesful lightning pictures! A next round of storms may come later today and/or tonight.
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