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Storm chaser: Thunderbolts and lightning very frightening

STORM CHASER: Bundaberg man Jason Watt is the real deal. Chasing storms has been a passion of his since he was a child and although some storms scare the daylights out of him he keeps coming back for more. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
STORM CHASER: Bundaberg man Jason Watt is the real deal. Chasing storms has been a passion of his since he was a child and although some storms scare the daylights out of him he keeps coming back for more. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

THE storm season in Bundaberg has just begun and one storm chaser said it could be time to hide under the bed again.

Jason Watts, 47, has always had an interest in storms from a young age and after his house was hit by lightening he started to investigate the ins and outs which lead him to creating a number of weather Facebook pages including Bundaberg Storm Chasing.

Mr Watts said he would keep a keen eye on the radar and wait for the right time to strike in order to get the best photo.

"Predicting storms is very hard and I am constantly updating the pages I have," he said.

"They are serious things. I work alone and a few times I have done the bolt because they can be terrifying and are dangerous"

He said although Bundaberg didn't have many storms compared to other areas throughout Queensland the best place to capture any was from the Hummock.

"Bundy doesn't get too many storms because we are flat," he said.

"Storms always form over mountains where the air is rising. We don't get the super cells here.

Storms across the Bundaberg Region Photo: contributed Jason Watts
Storms across the Bundaberg Region Photo: contributed Jason Watts contributed

"They split with the airflow and change because of Fraser Island."

He said Bundaberg was one of the only places on the east coast which was flat and most storms were about 50km away.

Mr Watts said he moved to Bundaberg 12 years ago and although the storms weren't the best to chase his love for aviation had kept him in the region.

"I love everything to do with meteorology and aviation and I'm doing my aviation here in Bundy," he said.

"When I was in grade 7 I got involved with BOM (Beau of Meteorology) and now I have a daughter who I hope will follow in my footsteps."




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