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RE: Northern NSW Storms 20 - 21 Dec 2006 - including the Armidale Hailstorm
« Reply #15 on: 23 December 2006, 04:10:53 AM »
Hi James - I gather from the lack of comment on WZ that no-one was chasing that area - and not surprising given the poor forecasting by GFS.

Looking forward to your photos - sounds like you had a great time with that storm :)   Next few days looks pretty marginal now and with Christmas stuff (ie family commitments) going on, hard to chase anyway (for me).

Newcastle 256km scale radar loop 0100 to 1000z:

http://australiasevereweather.com/storm_news/2006/radar/200612211000.gif

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RE: Northern NSW Storms 20 - 21 Dec 2006 - including the Armidale Hailstorm
« Reply #16 on: 23 December 2006, 04:30:21 AM »
Hi James,

Feel free to upload photographs onto this forum - we have much less restrictions on here!

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RE: Northern NSW Storms 20 - 21 Dec 2006 - including the Armidale Hailstorm
« Reply #17 on: 24 December 2006, 07:21:45 AM »
More photos here by 'Bravo Brad'

http://www.bravobrad.com/armhail.html

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« Reply #18 on: 28 December 2006, 04:31:42 AM »
Glad you liked them Michael.

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RE: Northern NSW Storms 20 - 21 Dec 2006 - including the Armidale Hailstorm
« Reply #19 on: 30 December 2006, 09:57:47 AM »
I live in the North of Armidale, and thought I would share some experiences. I was up a ladder cleaning leaves out of the gutters, when the storm came over the horizon from the south. I could hear a roar coming from town, to the south. We got very heavy rain, and the odd small hailstone, with fairly strong wind. The hail was very localised. We were only a couple of hundred metres away from the worst affected areas. After the storm, I needed to pass through the east side of town. All the open fields were completely white. If it had happened a couple of days later, it would have been a white Christmas. In some places, like at TAS, the golf-ball sized hail was about half a metre deep against the walls of buildings and I trudged through ice which came up to well above my ankles. About half the leaves off every tree were stripped, leaving a smell of Autumn for days. After the storm, there was an eerie low fog that hung over the creeklands. The article in the newspaper said it was because of the ice, which lay around for days, cooled the air. It was cold, quiet, and all the cars where slowly driving through the tracks made in the ice with their lights on like a European winter's evening. Windows were brocken and holes were made cladding on the eastern side of many houses on the eastern side of town. Hundreds of insurance claims have been lodged.
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RE: Northern NSW Storms 20 - 21 Dec 2006 - including the Armidale Hailstorm
« Reply #21 on: 03 January 2007, 03:09:40 AM »
Thanks for digging these up Michael - the first picture of the hail fog is one of the best examples I have seen

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Re: Northern NSW Storms 20 - 21 Dec 2006 - including the Armidale Hailstorm
« Reply #23 on: 13 February 2007, 05:33:22 AM »
I have some images of the Armidale hailstorm that I thought I would post, but could someone tell me how to post my images?

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Re: Northern NSW Storms 20 - 21 Dec 2006 - including the Armidale Hailstorm
« Reply #24 on: 14 February 2007, 12:09:26 PM »
Sorry these images of the Armidale hailstorm are a bit late, but I thought I'd post them anyway. For anyone who knows Amridale, three of these images were taken at the top of Erskine street, just east of the intersection with Crest Rd, looking east. The fourth was taken looking more south-east from one of the streets between Rockvale Rd and the Glenn Innes Rd.

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Re: Northern NSW Storms 20 - 21 Dec 2006 - including the Armidale Hailstorm
« Reply #25 on: 17 October 2009, 03:59:45 AM »
A couple more YouTube video clips of the Armidale hailstorm of 21 Dec 2006

Armidale Hailstorm Two

Armidale Hailstorm
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Re: Northern NSW Storms 20 - 21 Dec 2006 - including the Armidale Hailstorm
« Reply #26 on: 17 October 2009, 04:26:38 AM »
If I was a newbie and did not read the word thunderstorm I'd swear you guys were in the grips of winter.  The depth of the hail is just amazing.  You guys would probably not take that much notice and be accustomed to the hail frequency, but for me it's very interesting.  The hail looks to be marble sized no?  May I ask, what time span are we looking at to get coverage of hail at this depth?  20 minutes?  Great selection of photos and videos also by all.
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Re: Northern NSW Storms 20 - 21 Dec 2006 - including the Armidale Hailstorm
« Reply #27 on: 17 October 2009, 09:30:10 AM »
Hi Mike, most likely 10-15 minutes duration. Parts of the region would have had mostly smaller hail < 3cm but there were lots of reports of bigger than golf balls and smashed windows, damaged cars which does mean 5-6cm.

I witnessed a similar event south of Tenterfield on 10 Feb 2007 (similar elevation to Armidale at about 1000 metres)

http://australiasevereweather.com/photography/photos/2007/mb20070210.html

The only other comparable "hail cover" event I've seen where large hail was involved was at Kyogle on 20th Sep 2008 - but that hail was falling for 25-30 mins from a very slow moving system - unlike the Northern Tablelands events.

http://australiasevereweather.com/photography/photos/2008/mb20080920.html

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Re: Northern NSW Storms 20 - 21 Dec 2006 - including the Armidale Hailstorm
« Reply #28 on: 17 October 2009, 09:10:49 PM »
Thanks, Michael.   A couple of questions: (1) Are you able to say - whether by educated guess or other - how high these storms were.  (2) Were they garden variety 'severe' storms and not supercellular and (3) do you have a sounding for this particular hail storm?  Ta.
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Re: Northern NSW Storms 20 - 21 Dec 2006 - including the Armidale Hailstorm
« Reply #29 on: 20 October 2009, 03:48:56 AM »
Mike - there is a Newcastle sounding on page 1 of this thread. Storm tops were fairly average (about 10-11ks). I'm not sure if it was supercellular. Radar shows the cell lasted about 3 hours and was a left mover but it's a bit messy.

The Tenterfield event was similar and again not a lot of evidence that it was a supercell.

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