With a hot summer, comes thunderstorms. When the day starts out humid, the temperature soars to 28 by 10am, and thunderstorms watches are issued, you know you could be in for a stormy day. Too soon the sky went dark with the first wave of thunderstorms, and the thunder begins to shake the clouds. A heavy downpour did little to drop the temperature, and even after the rumbles continued. All this before 1pm?
When the met-service changed their watch to a warning, I knew it was going to be an interesting day. The conditions looked very good. I had kept Les and Anneka in the loop, with the developing storms working their way into the Manawatu. The setup looked perfect. Soon we were off chasing, looking for that elusive image. Above is the first image from a three hour adventure, with a fallen tree, pelting rain, hail, wind and drama.