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Late Season Severe Storm Development Through the Inland Northern Rivers: Thursday 10th March 2005
Report compiled by Dave Ellem and Michael Bath

On the chase: Dave Ellem, Michael Bath and Rodney Wallbridge

A weak surface trough in the region gained upper level support thanks to an upper trough, increasing instability and wind shear across NE NSW and leading to severe storm development in the inland parts of the Northern Rivers. A number of storms developed locally, but the highlight of the day was a cell which tracked N from SW of Grafton for several hours, eventually reaching our target area near Mallanganee before rapidly dying after interacting with other local development. Below are some pictures from the chase.


From Bureau of Meteorology

  • Grafton local scale loop 0130z to 0730z 10/03/2005 (12.30pm to 6.30pm local)

    Satellite Images

    From Weatherzone: 1pm to 6pm local

    10/03/2005 02z 10/03/2005 03z 10/03/2005 04z 10/03/2005 05z 10/03/2005 06z 10/03/2005 07z

    From MODIS: Land Rapid Response System:

    03.40z MODIS 500m resolution image 10/03/2005 (2.40pm local)

    Analysis Chart

    From Bureau of Meteorology

    10/03/2005 06z

    GFS Model Analysis

    From NOAA 10/03/2005 06z analysis run

  • Liftex Index
  • CAPE
  • Relative Humdity surface
  • Relative Humdity 850 hPa
  • Relative Humdity 700 hPa
  • Relative Humdity 600 hPa
  • Relative Humdity 500 hPa
  • Relative Humdity 300 hPa
  • Temperature (C) surface
  • Temperature (C) 850 hPa
  • Temperature (C) 700 hPa
  • Temperature (C) 500 hPa
  • Temperature (C) 300 hPa
  • Winds (knots) surface
  • Winds (knots) 925 hPa
  • Winds (knots) 850 hPa
  • Winds (knots) 700 hPa
  • Winds (knots) 500 hPa
  • Winds (knots) 300 hPa
  • Winds (knots) 200 hPa

    Document: 200503-01.htm
    Updated: 22nd April, 2005
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