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Possible Storms SE QLD NE NSW: 17 August 2009
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Re: Possible Storms SE QLD NE NSW: 17 August 2009
« Reply #1 on: 16 August 2009, 07:43:15 AM »
Hi Stormboy,

Definitely looks like forecasts have something on the cards, though maybe only marginal for the moment?

I'm holding out a small hope for some minor storm cell development as the trough passes over my area on Sunday afternoon/evening.

See what eventuates..

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Re: Possible Storms SE QLD NE NSW: 17 August 2009
« Reply #2 on: 16 August 2009, 09:53:40 AM »
We shall see what happens because last week it was only a possibility but a few severe storm cells developed. By the way, in what region is Lightning Ridge?

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Re: Possible Storms SE QLD NE NSW: 17 August 2009
« Reply #3 on: 16 August 2009, 10:12:11 AM »
We are pretty easy to find. There aren't many towns out this way.

We sit pretty much at the top part of NSW right in the middle, around 40k's South of the QLD border. We are easy to find if you follow the Castlereagh Highway straight up North from Dubbo on a map. Or you can just look us up on google maps, that's easy to do also :)

We are in the general area where the good storms build, then head over towards the Northern Rivers via Moree, Mungindi and Inverell and become severe monsters! (MB, Jason(pato) and Rodney Wallbridge will be chuckling at that) ;) lol.

Take care and all the best with the weather on Monday!
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Re: Possible Storms SE QLD NE NSW: 17 August 2009
« Reply #4 on: 16 August 2009, 10:21:54 AM »
Where's all the CAPE in that sounding?  Looks very sparse guys?
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Re: Possible Storms SE QLD NE NSW: 17 August 2009
« Reply #5 on: 16 August 2009, 11:54:34 AM »
Yeah the outlook is not the best, hence my 'marginal' statement. Ahh well, I'd be happy to see a decent cloud formation at this point? :)

I still hold out on a late September season kick-off. Going back through our last 6years work seems to offer a more late Dec./Jan. start for our area but anything is possible?

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Re: Possible Storms SE QLD NE NSW: 17 August 2009
« Reply #6 on: 16 August 2009, 12:48:18 PM »
If you re-plot the sounding at 29/19 you get a more impressive outlook: -7 LIs and 2400 CAPE, which you know is pretty good actually.

BUT! As I have learnt over the years, don't take the storm cast as a single point of reference for storm forecasts. There is just so much more than what meets the eye.

A basic thunderstorm set up (well in NE NSW / SE QLD anyway) consists mainly of:

- Moisture
- Heat
- Upper level winds / wind shear
- Cold air aloft
- Trigger / trough

Right so lets take a look at the synoptic chart.



Great, we have a trough at our doorstep by 10am which means that the trigger is there. However my only concern I guess is that the trough might go through too quickly as the 10pm chart anticipates it to be around the Capricornia region.

Wind shear is actually really good, very strong in the upper levels.

Temperature, well once again it is forecast to be unusually warm, but just remember these temps are coming from the Westerly winds. You will need a NE'ly to feed moisture into the region or else it's bye bye storm chance. The upper levels are OK for cold air, although significantly warmer at the lower levels in SE QLD than anywhere else. But I don't think that's going to be much of a problem.

Again, moisture is my primary concern. Things could very well change by Monday, but all I can suggest is look at the observations to determine whether any moisture is coming into the region (the DPs in particular). The BoM is pretty sceptical and I think they are right to do so at this stage.

Hope I got it all right.

So yep, marginal to fizzer set up indeed. :P

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Re: Possible Storms SE QLD NE NSW: 17 August 2009
« Reply #7 on: 16 August 2009, 12:53:34 PM »
We have a forecast tomorrow of the chance of isolated thunderstorms developing and strong gusty winds throughout the day. Also a temp of 22 degrees so it might be interesting to see what comes up in the afternoon.

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Re: Possible Storms SE QLD NE NSW: 17 August 2009
« Reply #8 on: 16 August 2009, 01:02:39 PM »
The forecast for someone about 300kms to your SE is for gale force winds, rain developing with possible thunderstorms from mid morning.

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Re: Possible Storms SE QLD NE NSW: 17 August 2009
« Reply #9 on: 16 August 2009, 01:46:10 PM »
Victoria looks set for a wet, windy stormy day with most areas forecast with the chance of thunderstorms from early morning to evening.

There are already numerous warnings out for Vic:
A severe weather warning for damaging winds for almost all of Victoria and several current gale warnings and a strong wind warning.

There is also a severe weather waring for areas in NSW for widespread damaging wind and a sheep graziers warning.

Western and South Eastern NSW look set to get some light rain and possibly thunderstorms, gusty winds and above average daily temperatures, along with areas of raised dust.

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Re: Possible Storms SE QLD NE NSW: 17 August 2009
« Reply #10 on: 16 August 2009, 05:15:32 PM »
Rechecked the weather outlook just now.

"northern rivers - Monday showers and thunderstorms with a cooler southerly change.
SE QLD - Monday isolated shower and thunder developing later."

By the way Steven during the storm event a few days ago, my cousin was in Logan and they had some large hail.  (Edit JD: I have edited the concept of huge hail and changed to large hail. No exaggeration is allowed on the forum. Please confirm before posting.)

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Re: Possible Storms SE QLD NE NSW: 17 August 2009
« Reply #11 on: 17 August 2009, 02:14:41 AM »
Stormboy,

Can you confirm large measured hailstones in Logan? This means your cousin actually saw and perhaps even measured hailstone sizes.

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Re: Possible Storms SE QLD NE NSW: 17 August 2009
« Reply #12 on: 17 August 2009, 02:38:29 AM »
Whilst its encouraging to see a forecast for storms for this area, it does look rather marginal to say the least. Looking at the forecast CAPE chart for Monday, it would appear that the best instability will be off the coast by 4pm. Even the forecast sounding for Monday 4pm looks dodgy to me with a pretty strong CAP in place and moisture near the surface could be better. There also looks to be a strong Westerly component in the shear, so I'd imagine there isn't going to be a big injection of moisture that we need (ie from the NE). When I replotted with 29/14 the CAPE went up quite nicely to 1200j/kg but there is still a CAP in place so its going to be difficult for anything to get going. If something by chance does initiate it'll probably be quite high based given the LCL is at around 800mb (on the replotted forecast sounding).....mmmm long strobing bolts.
By the way Stormboy, I think that sounding you posted was for the 14th of August so that would explain the lack of instability.
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Re: Possible Storms SE QLD NE NSW: 17 August 2009
« Reply #13 on: 17 August 2009, 07:00:01 AM »
Those soundings are a little better and the lapse rates are a bit more enticing but you'd have to keep a check on the actual temps and DPs during the day to confirm the soundings accuracy unless you get them hourly from BoM (cough).  Still it's early days and a lot can happen.  will watch this thread with interest over the forecast period.
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Re: Possible Storms SE QLD NE NSW: 17 August 2009
« Reply #14 on: 17 August 2009, 08:31:33 AM »
Hi guys,

Boy it's a shame the atmospheric moisture is low (for the time being) as there's certainly no lacking in the driving heat/convection department today! It reached 30c by 11am here and now (2:25pm) it's sitting at 34.2c! I have another thermometre across town at my mums place and it too is sitting at 33.9c currently.

Russ and I will wait out the day and see if we can catch anything weather wise this arvo or tonight. The trough is almost upon us now, just waiting for frontal cloud development to push in from the W-SW with the change.

Is this our first heat trough? Surely feels like it.

I'll keep you guys posted on what happens throughout the arvo.
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Shauno  

EDIT: Just a quick adage here: There is a small isolated cell already firing off a few stikes between Tibooburra and Bourke as of 2:40pm. I really wish they had a decent radar install out that way.
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