June 28th 2012, Ballyronan Marina was my destination on this chase day however the skies looked so interesting to the E that I got distracted and missed the turn off so I pulled over outside Toome near the famous bridge to shoot the incredible convection which was covering the entire skyline from the SE to NE with big cells, anvils, and towers peaking at their finest during prime heating time. This is what you call truly explosive convection, just check out those massive updraughts miles away over Antrim with boiling towers like atomic bombs, this is what 1300 CAPE and a lifted index of -5 can do!. The entire scene looked awesome as we drove E with the cells looking like solid white mountains above the sunlit fields on the other side of the River Bann but we couldn't get pulled over anywhere for a decent shot, this image was taken during a very quick pit stop in an area where parking was not allowed so we had to be quick with the camera. That rain free updraught base to the R of centre looked very interesting with lots of lowerings including a feature which looks a little like a funnel cloud under the base although it was too far away to be sure, I found out later that a funnel cloud was observed and photographed over Antrim around this time so I'm quite certain that this cell was likely the culprit, read the report for more information. * All images are available for sale in the form of photo prints, canvas or digital files for licensing, if you are interested in a purchase simply drop me an email.