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LATEST SKY EVENTS

May 23rd 2022

Huge Multicell Thunderstorm With 40 knots Shear Impacts The Sperrins - NEW REPORT

Sperrrins Multicell Report

May 16th brought ripe conditions for strong storms across N. Ireland with 1000j/kg of CAPE, LIs -4 and 40 knots deep layer shear. After a clearing front temps reached 20c which triggered the onset of rapid convection. By early afternoon a huge thunderstorm had developed over the Sperrins which impacted the Mid-Ulster area with flash flooding, prolific lightning knocking power out, it was the largest multicell storm in years. I intercepted the storm on the Omagh rd and chased it E, the storm exhibited dramatic storm clouds, a menacing gust front and the best whale's mouth I've ever seen. One page report with 21 images and 1 video clip. - REPORT.

Large Funnel Cloud/Possible Tornado Near Cookstown - NEW REPORT

Cookstown Tornado

On May 1st 2022 nothing exciting was expected in the skies. By late morning and quite by chance I had spotted dark storm clouds rotating over the fields east of Cookstown in Co. Tyrone. My Wife and I where driving through town and as we emerged through a curtain of rain we were shocked by the presence of a fully formed funnel cloud. The funnel was massive and at fairly close range in the form of a dark grey vertical cylinder spinning over the fields at the edge of town, we were in complete disbelief. I managed to snap a few images with my mobile phone before we lost it from view behind trees then the vortex vanished into thin air. Based on it's close proximity to the ground this may have been a tornado! One page report with 6 images and 1 video clip. - REPORT.

HP Sunsets, Lough Fea Funnel Cloud & Ballintoy Sea Stacks Aurora Borealis - NEW REPORT

Ballintoy Sea Stacks Aurora

March 2022 turned out to be a pleasant and active month for sky action and perfect Spring weather thanks to strong high pressure which brought fine sunny days and clear nights. HP haze and Saharan dust resulted in beautiful sunsets when the solar disk was visible to the naked eye. Large sunspots also appeared on the sun with M-class flares unfurling CMEs. I also captured a surprise funnel cloud from Lough Fea which lasted for over 20 min's making it the longest duration vortex I've ever seen. The climax of this month was the all-night aurora watch at Ballintoy with Paul Martin on the 31st when we got rewarded with a photogenic G1 aurora during the pre-dawn hours in perfect dark skies from the famous sea stacks. One page report with 16 images and 1 video clip. - REPORT.

New Nightskyhunter Website Galleries! - VIEW

Please check out the home page and scroll down. I've made a brand bew range of image galleries covering a broad range of sky and nature subjects using jalbum. Simply click on the thumbnail of the subject of your choice then browse the new galleries. They are compatible with PCs, lap tops and mobile phones. I have spent months working on these galleries and uploading my best and favourite images for viewing. I'm still fine tuning and editing older images to be included, however for the most part I'm delighted to have these new galleries on the site. Why not have a look and see for yourself, thanks.

N. Ireland Storm Chasing Image Reports - Archive

N. Ireland Storm Chasing Image Reports

Astronomy is not the only subject I'm interested in, check out my N. Ireland Storm Chasing section and view the chase reports and images which detail not only storms but other phenomena such as a moonbows, noctilucent clouds, aurora displays and exciting nature related photo shoots.

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