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Effects of Storms

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Effects of Storms

Effects of Storms can be anything from the change in temperature to the damage in some cases - extreme destruction. Storms can impact people and property in many ways. Generally, the more severe the storms, the more the impact.

The media often report on stories such a Tropical Cyclone Yasi and Debbie and the impact of other storms such as trees through houses. Of course, a lot depends on the climate of the region.
In Europe and the North America, the effect of storms and weather can be from snow or ice! Snow can cause major disruptions to transports including roads and airport due to accidents or closures. Electricity supply failures can also occur

Approaching storms can also raise dust reducing visibility and eroding good top soil from agricultrual land.
Furthermore, Australia is a country prone to major bushfires which can destroy property, cause loss of livestock and also take lives..


Australia is a land of extremes and with droughts comes the floods. Major losses occur to property in terms of insurance values and loss of items runs into the tens of millions. This flood in Lismore certainly illustrates the impacts on the local community. Roads were also damaged in more recent floods: the dangers are certainly evident!

Some of the most intense efects of storms damage images come from tornadoes. Tornadoes can cause vehicles and even house to be relocated with even whole communities being destroyed. Greensburg suffered from its fate on the evening of the 4th May 2007. A 2.7km wide major tornado made a direct hit on the country township obliterating anything in its path!

Temora Storm Complex 27th November 2017

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Temora Storm Complex 27th November 2017

A few of the higher resolution pics of the Temora storm complex from SW of Temora today. A line of convergence occurred near Narrandera. These literally took off as we passed under them. The main core was further south so we took note of its structure. After some time I noted that the precipitation was persistent and we decided to check it out. This lead to the main chase. Consolidated base and inflow outflow interaction. Lightning caused a grass fire with thin plume rising under the updraft. Unfortunately we had to head back and leave a long lived storm complex go!

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Storm SW of Temora cranking up. Lightning started a fire - smoke plume below base

Bendigo Supercell 26th November 2017

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Bendigo Supercell 26th November 2017

Bendigo supercell

Bendigo supercell

Started the day from Sydney and ventured all the way until busy Bendigo. Storms already firing down near Ballarat, we headed south as a just in case scenario. We eventually ventured further north to west of Bendigo. Here we watched radar indicated splits further north. Fortunately, cells developed and exploded just to our west. These supercells formed great structure and hailed upon us! We made our way north to Kerang passing other cells and seeing some interesting structure albeit briefly before CIN increased and storms became elevated. We did get blasted by the cell with hail to gold ball size - branches were down.

West of Bendigo and then up to Kerang by sunset!

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