This severe electrical storm moved through the greater Sydney region during the early and mid evening of 4th February 1998. Earlier it had not looked promising as weaker cells dissipated during the afternoon. However, I observed distant lightning around 7pm and decided to take a better look from the roof of my home. I was amazed to see intense lightning occurring along a 50km front on the Blue Mountains. A shelf cloud was developing as well so I made a quick dash to my storm chasing friends house for a better location. By the time I got to his place at Schofields, severe CG's were striking about 10km to the W and NW. They were constant and spectacular for the next hour and a half as the front front moved through Sydney, fortunately holding off on the rain at Schofields until about 9.30pm. The media reported that over 20,000 CG strikes occurred 2 hours in Sydney as this storm system moved through! It is one of the most active electrical storms I have seen (and photographed) in Sydney.
After a fantastic day of storm chasing with several severe hail storms and microbursts through the Sydney area, the day was topped off nicely with another weaker storm at about 9.30pm. I took a few shots from the roof of my home and managed to capture some lightning. 15th February 1998. Exposures: all F5.6 for about 60 seconds with 50mm lens and 100 speed film.