Welcome to the Northern Territory's premier thunderstorm information  and chasing resource site by internationally recognized Darwin storm chaser, Mike O'Neill.

You have used StormscapesDarwin.net to find me.  This is perfectly fine as I have a new domain name to coincide with StormscapesDarwin.com which requires repurchasing by me soon.

l images/videos from Tornadovideos.net used with exclusive permission.




 Requests for image and video licensing and use can be made to Walt.Lyons@WeatherVideoHD.TV


Commercial aircraft narrowly avoids being struck upon take-off Darwin Dec 30 2012



  Image above was taken soon after I was doing investigative work on a pine tree that had been destroyed by lightning not far from where this photo was taken.  Luckily for me I had heard the thunder and went after this monster!





Updated October 2013 - I have a new domain name STORMSCAPESDARWIN.NET  So please advise, tell, forward the new domain name to anyone you know is aware of my site.

UPDATES>: research page and international exposure page for starters








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Keep up to date on the hour, every hour with all the team from The Weather Channel in Australia. Breaking news on severe weather, outlooks and forecasts and much more.  I use the The Weather Channel to assist my chasing.  Together with Senior Meteorologist, Richard Whitaker and the entire team you can be assured of expert explanations for all severe weather scenarios at hand. 




Click here for everything weather related in Western Australia. a great site.


Peter Jarver

Master of Photography A.I.P.P


Peter Jarver


This site is dedicated to the late Peter Jarver who lived in the Northern Territory for many years photographing our wonderful storms and landscapes.  His inspiration and passion as a storm chaser encouraged me to pursue my own chasing and photography interests. I hope that my own photographs show the same passion, so please, enjoy .





I would appreciate it too if you checked

 out a friend's storm chasing page.  Andy Barber and Cam Smith do an awesome job with storm reports, stills and video . as well as accurate forecasting. They have some great shots and wonderful video.






shelf cloud on Darwin''s coast   Xmas eve lightning

Storm hovers over East Arm

(c) StormscapesDarwin.com

  What the professionals say.....

"Great site with lots of Awesome pictures. I guess my next stop on the "Angry Planet" world tour 2008 needs to be Darwin!!  I did love storm chasing in Australia and I seriously do plan on returning."

George Kourounis




"INCREDIBLE lightning photos!"

Reed Timmer  Tornadovideos.net


"Anyone who loves storm chasing or thunderstorms themselves needs to see these photos.  Want to see more?  Go check out Mikes website.  He does incredible work."

Cathy L Gregg, Rhino Concepts








Mike O'Neill - Internationally recognised Storm Chaser.

Photographing Darwin's lightning, thunderstorms &

tropical cyclones.


2009 Featured in French GEO Magazine, 2010 Maxima Europe Magazine, and August 2010 National Geographic Channel's Naked Science program titled Lightning Reloaded.  Documentary 2010 with Japan's NHK Broadcasting, Kyodo Television Japan 2012, and ABC Darwin documentaries.  BBC1 Oxford University Science Series 2013



   If you'd like to become a storm spotter go to...

Australia go to http://www.bom.gov.au/storm_spotters/index.shtml

multicells with infeed tail


(c) StormscapeDarwin.com


low level lightning

(c) StormscapesDarwin.com


t's great to read cmments from visitors to the site, so leave a message in the guest book as they are always welcome and other viewers like to read the comments.  Alternatively you can go to the contact form and leave comments.  I reply to all correspondence via the contact form within 24 hours and also add you to my mailing list for regular updates and specials prior to posting them on the site.

Storm front approaches Darwin

sunset storm
(c) StormscapesDarwin.com




streamer lightning

(c) StormscapesDarwin.com

A couple of photographers to visit please.

Hugh Brown spends many, many months abroad and within inland Western Australia totally alone and doing what he does best.  Photography.  An excerpt from his bio page:
Since 1998, I have been fortunate to have worked with many great clients. These have included Ausdrill Ltd, Australian Geographic, BHP Billiton, Bridgestone Earthmover Tyres, Coates, El Questro Wilderness Park, Kailis Australian Pearls, Nomad Modular Building plus many others. My work has taken me throughout Australia, and, more recently to Africa and Papua New Guinea.  My work is represented in Australia by the Wildlight Photo Agency and internationally by IPN Stock. - See more at:


Visit Hugh Brown's beautiful work here.





 clean air stirke Berrimah

(c) StormscapesDarwin.com


Immerse yourself in this beautiful lightning video with wonderful string accompaniment by Brian Williams & photographed by Cathy L Gregg. This footage has reached a staggering 900,000 hits - that's how spectacular it is.




Cathy Gregg is an award winning photographer from California and exhibits her work regularly and by invitation from other galleries! Visit Cathy's photography website here:



Sherrie Chavez Photography. 

An outstanding photographer also from California .  Sherrie's images are stunning and acclaimed by her peers!  Visit Sherrie's website here :





Links and local Darwin businesses that I recommend you




I recommend and use EPRINT DARWIN for all my photographic printing.  Stan is the business owner and he can create any media/advertising displays and props for you both corporate and personal.  My images are mounted on aluminium and the ink and paper used are of industrial quality assuring a lifetime of quality.  You can find Stan's business and EPRINT at 9/3 Downes St, Winnellie email at sales@eprintdarwin.net.au


Mark Hamilton,  A truly gifted photographer in Darwin with stunning portrait images.  I have no hesitation recommending Mark for wedding or commercial photography, event, model portfolio or glamor photography in Darwin.



Traveling through the Northern Territory would not be complete without a stop-over in Katherine, roughly 290km south from Darwin.  It's the gateway to Katherine Gorge and many other fantastic places to visit!  Go to this link for all the information on what's happening there:




ed of  professional, quality work.  s shop.

Australian government weather site for all info and if you'd like to participate as a storm spotter also:  http://www.bom.gov.au/



U.S. Meteorologist Jeff Haby's awesome information weather site:




Nick Moir is partnered with several other outstanding photographers on this Australian site below.  See Nick's 'Tropical Chaser' gallery featuring both of us chasing for European GEO Magazine in 2007.




Michael Bath's outstanding lightning and storm page with loads of info.



George Kourounis - Canadian storm chaser and world adventurer and host of the Weather Channel's new
Angry Planet




Canadian storm chaser Rob MacDonald in Manitoba, Canada has a new website featuring some fantastic lightning and supercell images.  Well worth a view!




Mike ONeill storm chaser

  WARNING!  All photographs on this website, unless otherwise credited to their authors, are my own even ones without watermarks and are automatically subject to Australian and International copyright laws. Should you wish to use my photos anywhere for non-profit you may do so but email me FIRST and you must link my site to any photo used.  If you don't I'll be pretty upset and hunt you down to pursue legal action. You can appreciate the time and money spent on chasing and related stuff,  so do the right thing!

Storm chasing is dangerous and you should always chase with someone who has meteorological experience and knows what to do when chasing storms.  Don't do it alone for your own safety.   The views expressed on this site are my own and I do not enforce  you do follow any of what I've said  I do strongly suggest you educate yourself in severe weather before attempting anything said on this site.  Use commonsense and take things one step at a time - be safe and mature about chasing.
* SPECIAL THANKS  TO...... My wife and daughter who put up with my constant hours away from home chasing storms and the bad moods when I get back after a bust!  Kirsty Reid, Emily Watkins, Mark Wilton and Julian Ricci from the Northern Territory News for having my photos in the newspaper regularly.  Alison Bevege, for the awesome feature she wrote for the GEO Magazine article on me. Emily Watkins for her enthusiasm in doing stories re storm chasing. Renate Wilke, Meteorologist from Germany who stayed in Darwin for two wet seasons and gave valuable information and friendship.  The staff of the Darwin Severe Weather Sectioni for their support and advice during the storm seasons.

Michael Bath  & Jimmy Deguara for the computer and chasing advice. 
George Korounous, Canadian storm chaser and adventurer for all the friendly emails and permission to show his exploits and links on the site.  Nolan Caldwell for his photography tips . Reed Timmer from TornadoVideos.net for the long  emails over the years and answering questions from day one without hesitation and allowing me to post his photos without requiring to continually ask for permission!

Local business around Darwin who have my photos on display or allow me to leave my business cards.  Anyone who kindly leaves comments on the site or via email and of course the visitors - thanks all!

multicells skirt Darwin harbour









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