Australian Weather Calendar - January 2014

January Photograph by Robin Sharrock

Dad's all rolled up in a school day daze

One September morning in 2010, a relatively rare, tube-shaped roll cloud formed ahead of a storm in southwest Victoria. These low clouds usually form in the gust front ahead of a thunderstorm and may appear to be rolling around a horizontal axis. Just after 8.30 am, on a hill near Warrnambool, the Sharrock children were getting ready for school when their father Robin left the house. 'I was absolutely gobsmacked,' he says. Robin, a freelance photographer, had a camera handy. 'If I'd been a minute or two later I wouldn't have got the same effect because it moved across the sky reasonably quickly.' Timing really was of the essence-a pure snap.