Wild weather delights storm chasers, photos, video

THUNDER ROLL:  Bagging a good spot to watch as ominous clouds begin to gather over Newcastle and darkness descends yesterday evening.    Picture: Ryan Osland
THUNDER ROLL: Bagging a good spot to watch as ominous clouds begin to gather over Newcastle and darkness descends yesterday evening. Picture: Ryan Osland

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The storm approaching Newcastle Wednesday afternoon. Picture Darren Pateman

The storm approaching Newcastle Wednesday afternoon. Picture Darren Pateman

Picture by Naomi Frost

Picture by Naomi Frost

This shot was provided by Dave Rumbler in Islington.

This shot was provided by Dave Rumbler in Islington.

Picture by Grant Sproule

Picture by Grant Sproule

Jan Lowe sent us this picture from Stockton

Jan Lowe sent us this picture from Stockton

The storm approaching Newcastle this afternoon. Picture Darren Pateman

The storm approaching Newcastle this afternoon. Picture Darren Pateman

Reader Krystle Perrin sent us this shot via facebook of the storm over Cardiff.

Reader Krystle Perrin sent us this shot via facebook of the storm over Cardiff.

Christine Brown sent us this pic from Stockton.

Christine Brown sent us this pic from Stockton.

AS thunder rumbled around the Hunter last night,  several storm lovers rushed outdoors to catch a glimpse of the oncoming onslaught.

A second video of the storm front approaching. Video Darren Pateman

Like a scene from an armageddon film, ominous clouds surrounded onlookers as a blanket of darkness descended on the region.

Steven Forward, of Merewether, went straight up to Strzelecki Lookout for the best view of Mother Nature’s show of force.

‘‘I’m absolutely loving it,’’ he said last night.

‘‘I chase lightning just as a hobby.’’

Mr Forward and his mate Karen Wilesmith, of Argenton, are part of the Newcastle Sundance photography group.

‘‘Me and Karen have been [chasing storms] together for the last few months,’’ Mr Forward said.

‘‘We go pretty much anywhere from Sydney up to Scone.’’

Despite the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a severe thunderstorm warning for the Hunter and Central Coast, Newcastle missed out on any major rain falls.

Justin Guion took this photo from Fletcher Park.

Justin Guion took this photo from Fletcher Park.

Pic: Liam Robertson

Pic: Liam Robertson

Pic: Brendan Lawrie

Pic: Brendan Lawrie

Pic: Brendan Lawrie

Pic: Brendan Lawrie

Pic: Brendan Lawrie

Pic: Brendan Lawrie

Michelle Faithfull took this shot near Newcastle beach.

Michelle Faithfull took this shot near Newcastle beach.