Author Topic: Southeast Australia Storms: 26-28 May 2008  (Read 22593 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Michael Bath

  • storm chaser
  • Administrator
  • Wedge tornado F5
  • *
  • Posts: 1,602
  • Gender: Male
    • Australian Severe Weather
Southeast Australia Storms: 26-28 May 2008
« on: 28 May 2008, 02:26:11 AM »
The next couple of days should see showers and thunderstorms over wide areas of NSW and southern Queensland. Certainly nice to see some more interesting weather at this time of year.

Looks like there may have been a lightning show along and off the coast from Sydney and south this morning.

It follows some storms reaching severe criteria in SA and TAS yesterday afternoon.

-----

Seven homes damaged in Tas storm

Monday May 26, 2008 - 20:04 EST


Residents and businesses in Burnie in Tasmania's north-west have started cleaning up after being hit by flash flooding in the past two hours.

A thunderstorm raged in Burnie for about an hour, causing flooding across the entire city.

The main street along the waterfront is under about 20 centimetres of water and sections have been closed off.

The ABC studios have been flooded and two hotels have been inundated and parts of the university campus on higher ground are also flooded.

At least seven homes in nearby in Somerset were damaged and State Emergency Services were called.

The Weather Bureau says 23 millimetres of rain fell in half-an-hour at Wynyard west of Burnie.

The north-west SES co-ordinator, Bevis Dutton, says resources are stretched, but anyone else needing help should call immediately.

"We have had a severe storm pass over Somerset with torrential rain," he said.

"A number of people have called in with roofs collapsed and a lot of water through their premises, and we understand there's a lot of water on the Bass Highway itself in the Somerset area."

Mr Dutton says he hopes there will be no more damage tonight.

- ABC


Heavy showers and storms drench South Australia

Press Release, Monday May 26, 2008 - 17:14 EST


Coastal districts of South Australia have been drenched by heavy showers and storms today, and Adelaide is in the firing line this evening, according to weatherzone.com.au.

Parawa picked up 28mm in the six hours between 9am and 3pm, with most of that falling between midday and 3pm. This has made it their wettest day in five months and wettest May day since 2004.

Cummins, on Eyre Peninsula, received 18mm in the same time period, including 11mm in 10 minutes between 12:05pm and 12:15pm. This was also their heaviest rain in five months.

"A slow moving trough of low pressure is combining with high levels of moisture and an approaching wave of colder air in the upper atmosphere to trigger these heavy showers and storms," weatherzone.com.au meteorologist Matt Pearce said.

"The upper level winds that are steering these storms are quite light, so they have been fairly slow moving. This is allowing some pretty high rainfall totals to build up."

The main area of rain and thunderstorms will move over Adelaide over the next few hours, leading to widespread falls of 10 to 20 millimetres across the metropolitan area. Locally higher falls of up to 50mm are possible.

A Road Weather Alert has been issued for Adelaide warning of the potential for flash flooding from these storms.

"The trough will move away to the east tomorrow, so we are likely to see showers and storms easing through the morning and mostly clearing by the afternoon," Pearce said.


- Weatherzone

Location: Mcleans Ridges, NSW Northern Rivers
Australian Severe Weather:   http://australiasevereweather.com/
Lightning Photography:   http://www.lightningphotography.com/
Early Warning Network: http://www.ewn.com.au
Contact: Michael Bath

Offline TroyVR

  • Elephant Trunk F2
  • *
  • Posts: 113
  • Gender: Male
  • B.O.M Storm Spotter
RE: Southeast Australia Storms: 26-28 May 2008
« Reply #1 on: 28 May 2008, 02:34:45 AM »
Have a look at the Sydney 256Km radar, you can still see it there. Looks like certain parts of the storm were quitepowerful according to the radar.

Offline enak_12

  • Elephant Trunk F2
  • *
  • Posts: 153
  • Gender: Male
RE: Southeast Australia Storms: 26-28 May 2008
« Reply #2 on: 28 May 2008, 06:39:28 PM »
Just came home from an awesome show tonight 27th May 2008. Some amzing lightning and structure just off the coast and a water spout check the pics below. May has been nuts!









(big crop)



« Last Edit: 30 May 2008, 08:22:24 AM by Michael Bath »

Offline Jason(pato)

  • Elephant Trunk F2
  • *
  • Posts: 136
  • Gender: Male
RE: Southeast Australia Storms: 26-28 May 2008
« Reply #3 on: 28 May 2008, 10:54:03 PM »
Wow Kane spectacular images you got there. The waterspout must have been an exciting bonus on top of the awesome lightning display. Looks like the storm was quite close to the coast. At the time of writing that cell is still flashing away down near Yamba. Would I be right in saying that this is the same storm complex that was off Sydney early yesterday morning?. Anyway well done and heres hoping for some sparks up here this arvo.
South Lismore, Northern Rivers NSW.....Supercells are us!!

Offline Jimmy Deguara

  • Australian and Tornado Alley storm chaser
  • Administrator
  • Wedge tornado F5
  • *
  • Posts: 2,218
  • Gender: Male
  • Storm Chaser since 1993, Tornado Alley 2001
    • Australia Severe Weather
RE: Southeast Australia Storms: 26-28 May 2008
« Reply #4 on: 29 May 2008, 01:49:28 AM »
Hi guys,

Nice catch with the waterspout and lightning - absolutely awesome! The atmosphere always spins off surprises.

The lightning display was on again near Sydney last night and it was reasonably active in sporadic bursts. Always interesting than dealing with a flat atmosphere in May.

Regards,

Jimmy Deguara
-------------------------------------
Australian Severe Weather
www.australiasevereweather.com

Australian Thunderbolt Tours
www.thunderbolttours.com

Phone  0408 020468  (International :  61  2  408 020468)

Offline Michael Bath

  • storm chaser
  • Administrator
  • Wedge tornado F5
  • *
  • Posts: 1,602
  • Gender: Male
    • Australian Severe Weather
RE: Southeast Australia Storms: 26-28 May 2008
« Reply #5 on: 29 May 2008, 01:55:51 AM »
Wow Kane - you have been treated to some beautiful displays along the Coffs Coast over the past month. Thanks for posting those shots!

Jason - yes, the storms were a continuation of the activity which kicked off about 11pm Monday - so about 30 hours of constant offshore thunderstorms between the South Coast and Northern Rivers.

MB
Location: Mcleans Ridges, NSW Northern Rivers
Australian Severe Weather:   http://australiasevereweather.com/
Lightning Photography:   http://www.lightningphotography.com/
Early Warning Network: http://www.ewn.com.au
Contact: Michael Bath

Offline Michael Bath

  • storm chaser
  • Administrator
  • Wedge tornado F5
  • *
  • Posts: 1,602
  • Gender: Male
    • Australian Severe Weather
RE: Southeast Australia Storms: 26-28 May 2008
« Reply #6 on: 29 May 2008, 06:14:22 AM »
Had a very loud crack of thunder here at 11.30am as a small thunderstorm cell developed locally. The rain has barely made it here since though it looks like Alstonville would have copped several mm.

-----

Eurobodalla mops up after hail storm

Wednesday May 28, 2008 - 11:48 EST


A hail storm hit parts of the Eurobodalla last night, damaging houses and shops, cutting power supplies and causing localised flooding.

The storm hit about 8:30pm AEST, with the most severe impact around the Catalina and Deep Creek areas of Batemans Bay and near Mogo.

Roads were covered with hail but police say there were no reports of accidents.

The State Emergency Service (SES) says about 12 houses at Catalina were flooded after drains and downpipes became clogged with the heavy hail.

Some shops at Batehaven have also reported to have been damaged.

The storm also played havoc with communications, with phone lines cut and the SES having to re-route its emergency calls through the Wollongong headquarters.

However, it says it was able to attend to most call-outs.

Country Energy crews worked through the night on repairs to power equipment and had restored power to most areas by about midnight.

The SES's Eurobodalla controller, Peter Collins, says there was a lot of hail in gutters.

"All the ridges and valleys were filling up with hail and basically any water was just overflowing into houses," he said.

"We finally got through 10 houses that were damaged, but I suspect that other people will get up this morning and find some wet floors."

The SES is urging home owners in the Batemans Bay area to clear their roofs and gutters of hail today because it says the ice could remain there for some time and cause further water damage as it melts.

- ABC



Location: Mcleans Ridges, NSW Northern Rivers
Australian Severe Weather:   http://australiasevereweather.com/
Lightning Photography:   http://www.lightningphotography.com/
Early Warning Network: http://www.ewn.com.au
Contact: Michael Bath

Offline Shaun Galman

  • Stove pipe F3
  • *
  • Posts: 441
  • Gender: Male
    • ridgelightning.com
RE: Southeast Australia Storms: 26-28 May 2008
« Reply #7 on: 29 May 2008, 07:43:52 AM »
Hi guys,

Nice to see some interesting weather about the place, and some decent lightning/structure photos to boot! Well done enak_12!

We were just off the pace yesterday with a nice band of storms (on radar) between Dubbo and Bourke that didn't quite make it to us here at the Ridge?
We received 3.5mm overnight from light but constant showers. It still looks somewhat threatening at the moment but I think it's bark is worse than it's bite? We have only just missed out once again with a band of storms stretching across the Moree region (to our east) currently.

Kindest regards,
Shauno
Chasing Region: Lightning Ridge. N.S.W.
Website: www.ridgelightning.com

Offline Karina Roberts (slavegirl)

  • Multi-vortex F1
  • *
  • Posts: 84
  • Gender: Female
RE: Southeast Australia Storms: 26-28 May 2008
« Reply #8 on: 29 May 2008, 10:06:39 AM »
Was out walking my dog this afternoon and took these pictures of the storms just of the coastline near surfers paradise. Sorry if the pics seem poor quality but i had to use my mobile phone due to my camera being broken :(
The only difference between tattooed people and non-tattooed people is that tattooed people don't care that your not tattooed. - Wildfire tattoos

Offline TroyVR

  • Elephant Trunk F2
  • *
  • Posts: 113
  • Gender: Male
  • B.O.M Storm Spotter
RE: Southeast Australia Storms: 26-28 May 2008
« Reply #9 on: 29 May 2008, 11:13:07 AM »
My Vantage point on top of westfield Miranda got me a few good bolts, unfortunetly i cant afford a HD camera so you will have to live with 640X480 snapshots.

I'm open to donations for a HD camera also.
« Last Edit: 29 May 2008, 11:26:21 AM by Michael Bath »

Offline Michael Bath

  • storm chaser
  • Administrator
  • Wedge tornado F5
  • *
  • Posts: 1,602
  • Gender: Male
    • Australian Severe Weather
RE: Southeast Australia Storms: 26-28 May 2008
« Reply #10 on: 29 May 2008, 11:15:23 AM »
Similar sort of skies here today too Karina.  Although quite a nice shelf cloud structure formed along this line of showers a short while ago. No thunder heard but tracker showed a couple of bolts offshore.
Location: Mcleans Ridges, NSW Northern Rivers
Australian Severe Weather:   http://australiasevereweather.com/
Lightning Photography:   http://www.lightningphotography.com/
Early Warning Network: http://www.ewn.com.au
Contact: Michael Bath

Offline nmoir

  • Elephant Trunk F2
  • *
  • Posts: 200
  • Gender: Male
  • "busting chases since 1999"
    • Oculi.com.au
RE: Southeast Australia Storms: 26-28 May 2008
« Reply #11 on: 29 May 2008, 11:33:30 AM »
nice looking storm moved into western sydney about 4pm, this is taken from tempe (sydney airport)

and congrats kane on great pix of storm and waterspout at night , loved it

Nick Moir
Photographer
The Sydney Morning Herald
and www.oculi.com.au

Offline enak_12

  • Elephant Trunk F2
  • *
  • Posts: 153
  • Gender: Male
RE: Southeast Australia Storms: 26-28 May 2008
« Reply #12 on: 29 May 2008, 12:15:08 PM »
sorry just reposting this pic cause I accidentally resized the other pic in photobucket so deleted it, thanks for the comments some nice storms around down Sydney way as well.

Offline Dave Nelson

  • Elephant Trunk F2
  • *
  • Posts: 172
  • Gender: Male
    • Stormy Sydney
RE: Southeast Australia Storms: 26-28 May 2008
« Reply #13 on: 29 May 2008, 03:23:31 PM »
Sydney Storm  28 May '08

Hi gang,
              excellent storm came up through the Ryde to nthrn beaches area tonite.
  It started down around the Camden area. It moved NE across Campbelltown and across the
southwest suburbs, Hail was reported is several areas of the SW. The core of the cell passed
between Chatswood and my home in Ryde.  We got some very heavy showers of rain between
1730 and 1800 hrs.
  It was moderately active with lightning with a good mix of CG's and CC's.

 I photoed the cell from its early beginnings whilst out in the western suburbs. At times it showed
some really good structure and layering.  Pretty good for a mid-winter storm.

Several 1000 homes are still without power as of at least 2030hrs in the nthrn beaches area after lightning
hit a substation.

cheers
Dave N

Offline James

  • Elephant Trunk F2
  • *
  • Posts: 149
  • Gender: Male
    • Sydney Storm Chasers
RE: Southeast Australia Storms: 26-28 May 2008
« Reply #14 on: 29 May 2008, 04:45:36 PM »
Watched the complex over the southern suburbs of Sydney move slowly north towards the North Shore this afternoon. The clear sky around this way provided a nice view of the updrafts billowing into the sky.

   

For May, these would have to be the best looking storms I think I have ever seen (In Australia   ;)  )




The below shots are of the cell that went on to affect the North Shore and gave all the rain/hail over Sydney. You can just see an inflow band on the bottom left of the updraft. (Same cell as in Nicks photo - just looking south towards it)