Ray and I headed out to Lithgow and slightly west today. I must say despite the lack of upper level support, conditions were much healthier than I anticipated. The moisture was in the area and therefore supported storms with low bases given the high terrain. Second, there was a boundary that developed supporting rapid development of cells ans sustaining slightly longer lived cells - perhaps 1 to 2 hours within this complex. Collapse was rapid after this.
Here are some pictures Mt Lambie and Sunny Corner:
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This tree fell onto the power lines - you could see the smoking and flame as the power lines shorted on the tree branch
Now these were odd - there was wind in the area but the neither branches nor leaves were over the road in this thickly forrested area. We only found the odd tree that had been knocked over. Question I have for those on the forum: were they the result of lightning strikes? Lightning was very frequent within and ahead of the core.
The locals suggested there was over 50mm of rain recorded within this storm.