A downgraded forecast still allowed for some late break storms over the ranges just east of Guyra after 5pm. Atmospheric conditions were clean allowing for crisp updrafts. However, no roads were available to get to the storms.
Lightning Hits Tree in Howes Valley
Lightning hit this tree North of Putty. This is a prime example why people should not shelter under trees - ( we all do to avoid hail). However this tree splintered and a large piece was across the road. Spectacular with splintered bits on the floor around the tree and the top of the tree is ready to be taken off in the next storm hanging precariously.
Lightning anvil crawler from Riverstone #lightning #storm #photograqphy best viewed full screen! The lightning occurred as storms from the Central Tablelands drifted across the western part of the Sydney basin.
The storm warning for Sydney of heavy rain and wind was upgraded to rain and hail with strong winds. Some extremely heavy downpours occurred locally. Small hailstones were also recorded in some suburbs.The Facebook discussion and pictures indicate those of northern and northwestern Sydney. Some downpours in Castle Hill.