Australian Weather Calendar
Cover page: Just one more …
Patience is a photographic virtue. On 29 December, 2008, Ann Van Breemen, long an enthusiastic photographer, watched a storm sweep north towards Queensland's Gold Coast from Coolangatta around 8.30pm. She set her camera on a tripod. Shooting through the open bedroom window on the 33rd floor, she took 20-second exposures for around half an hour.
'It got too close, and rain started coming in the window,' she remembers. 'I was about to pack up when I missed three horizontal flashes that hit the Q1 building. I cursed and thought 'just one more'—and got the shot. Lightning often hits the spire.'
Ann is no storm chaser: 'My equipment is too expensive, I'm lazy and I'd like to live a little longer.' (See October for another of her photographs.)
Lightning (red icons) detected over southeast Queensland for an hour covering the period in which the photograph was taken. The GPATS/TOA (lightning detection data) is superimposed on this satellite image.