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Storms and Supercell Outbreak SE Queensland 28th October 2015

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Lightning near Billa Billa Qld
Lightning near Billa Billa Qld

Lightning near Billa Billa Qld

Storms and Supercell Outbreak

With a potentially good set up, storms have lashed the southeast Queensland Darling Downs region with hail drifts reported and also numerous cells including supercells across the region. The first round of storms developed rapidly and moved northeast. Some extremely heavy rainfalls reported from this system as well.

More storms developed from southwest and headed towards the NSW border region. Another set of storm splits occurred near the border with NSW which seemed to favour more right movers in NSW. I approached a well structured storm at night time but the storm collapsed near Moree. It had released one last spectacular anvil crawler barrage prior to its demise!

Lightning near Billa Billa Qld

Lightning near Billa Billa Qld

Lightning near Billa Billa Qld

Lightning near Billa Billa Qld

Lightning near Billa Billa Qld

Lightning near Billa Billa Qld

The region received numerous lightning strikes. Some of the lightning strikes were clear air strikes where lightning descends from the side of the anvil and literally out of the main part of the storm.

Lightning near Billa Billa Qld

Lightning near Billa Billa Qld

Although tornadoes were not out of the question, the main reasons for a low risk were the orientation of the cells to the northeast rather than southeast to east. To many storms took off as well and they became cluttered and therefore competing for moisture.

 

Dubbo Tornado and large to giant hailstones eastern NSW

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Hailstones Murrurundi Source Hunter Weather https://www.facebook.com/jimmydeguara/posts/10207747770002320?notif_t=like

Photos of Dubbo Tornado Courtesy Rachel Andrew Mills‎ DUBBO - NOTICE BOARD 11952984_10207721407183630_708884196450189320_n-2 11870907_10207721407663642_5603357352218052067_n 11666286_10207721406743619_1365096433746552607_n 11952984_10207721407183630_708884196450189320_n A tornado has been reported filmed and photographed near Dubbo NSW as a vigorous upper trough with mild air interacted with moist air in eastern NSW. Video of the tornado clearly is audible with debris clashing in mid-air and a constant hissing sound. The Dubbo tornado lasted more than 5 minutes and at times showed extreme upmotion and vapour vortex behaviour!

Snow and Cold NSW 11th to 12th July 2015

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Snow and Cold Outbreak

0712jd049 0712jd052 0712jd056Snow has fallen across NSW and Victoria with widespread snowfalls down to as low as 600 metres elevation. A particularly cold pool of air rapidly ejected over Central NSW and Victoria on the 6th July preceeded by thunderstorms. In fact, thunder snow was reported as snow fell almost within a few minutes of small hail falling at Hampton and across most of the Oberon region.

After an overnight stay at Hampton, Jimmy Deguara, Nick Moir and Colin Bryant headed over gradually towards Black Springs. The best cover of snow eventuated more at Black Springs which became the focus of most of the incredible photography! In fact, even two echidnas became famous after crossing the road in the township.0712jd084

 

 

 

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snow near church

Snow near church

Some spectacular scenery were observed throughout the afternoon. Although predictions of up to 30 to 40cm of snow were assumed by the models, it generally reached a cover of perhaps 10cm at most. Harley Pearman also has a snow chase in the same area and has fantastic photographs.0712jd1350712jd134 0712jd1330712jd161 0712jd2200712jd235

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