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  1. Remarkably, there was even heavier rain near the end of the month. There were persistent showers and an isolated storm along the coastal fringe which affected this area (as you can see in one of the images below, rainfall sharply decreased away from the fringe) and the Bureau's weather station at Smoky Cape about 5kms away from my house officially recorded its wettest September day on record with 89.0mm falling in the 24hrs to 9am Sep 26th (beating the record set in Sep 1998 by just 0.2mm), and this September was also officially the second wettest on record at that site. The wettest Septe
  2. Severe storms impacted the local region yesterday (Sept 17th) with hail up to almost 10cm in diameter being observed at the small coastal village of Red Rock around midday (not far north of Woolgoolga). Hail was reported from a number of other places, varying in size and ground coverage. Red Rock https://www.facebook.com/groups/ncscsocial/permalink/887171531319681/ (Video, need to be logged into Facebook to view it) (All photos above, Source: North Coast Storm Chasers Social - Facebook) Red Rock again (Source: South Brisbane Storms - Facebook) Corindi (Source: ABC Coffs Coast) (Sour
  3. Unseasonably severe storms hit areas of NSW and inland parts of far southern QLD yesterday (Monday). Isolated severe storms also affected inland parts of northern NSW on Sunday evening. Of particular note was a storm which produced a tornado near the inland NSW city of Dubbo - Most definitely a chance that other storms could have produced a tornado, but if it doesn't occur near a town then it'll usually go unheard of. The town of Murrurundi in the Upper Hunter Valley was hit by a supercell storm in the evening bringing hail up to and possibly larger than tennis ball size - (Sourc
  4. Decent snow fell across the northern ranges of NSW from the last cold front/pool of air that came through. The snow fell on 12th, (mainly) 13th and a little into the early hours of the 14th. Impressive amounts on the southern parts of the northern ranges. Here's a terrain map that shows most of northern NSW (excluding the far NE NSW corner) and adjacent parts of the Granite Belt in QLD (Stanthorpe area). It might help in visualising and locating places. The QLD border isn't shown on this map but just imagine a line and it more-or-less runs Mungindi, Goondiwindi, Texas and midway between Tente
  5. Such an impressive event for early May Styx. Would I be right in saying this would be a decent system for your area even in mid-winter? National summary for April. Out of 106 years, it was the 18th coldest nationwide for max temps (Western Australia 6th coldest, and South Australia 11th coldest), and 29th coldest for mean temps nationwide. http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/month/aus/archive/201504.summary.shtml
  6. A sixth person ended up dying during that East Coast Low. On the 2nd, a young child drowned in the surf on the far northern NSW coast at Ballina while he was walking with his father and brother along the beach. Strong surf from the low was still affecting that area. The Macleay River at Kempsey peaked at 4.9 metres, which is within the minor flood level range. Not much impact at that level of flooding, the 'largest' impact being that it cuts the upstream low-level bridges to the small farming communities/localities. Most of the flooding is contained within the river channel itself at this
  7. Very heavy downpours here last night with 132.8mm falling in the 24 hours to 9am this morning. The two heaviest showers brought 41.2mm in 35 minutes and the other brought 27mm in 20 minutes, pretty much raining cats, dogs and elephants as they came over. Severe Weather Warning update issued earlier this afternoon - Coffs Harbour is currently hosting the Touch Football World Cup. Today's matches have been cancelled: http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-9035-0-0-0&sID=248914&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=34450355 Football fields in Coffs Harbour today
  8. A flood watch has been issued for here on the northern coast of NSW (the Macleay River is the catchment I live in). The models are still undecided over where they will focus the heaviest rain and how much though. A localised thunderstorm yesterday brought falls of up to 122mm in Coffs Harbour, with 60mm falling in an hour at one of BOM's gauges there.
  9. Certainly quite a strong East Coast Low. Heavy rain, high winds, never pretty when it strikes a populated area of coastline like the Sydney-Newcastle-Hunter area. I probably don't need to post much in the way of info, videos or pics this time as there's plenty of media and social media covering it due to it hitting Sydney and neighbouring areas. There'd be heaps on YouTube too. Significant cold anomalies over much of the country during the past few days focussed mostly in WA, NSW and southern QLD. Some places have broken their April lowest maximum records, including Marble Bar which had it
  10. The past week and a half has been a transitional period from summer to autumn. The passage of a dry change late this afternoon heralding the true arrival of autumn - Last night, three storms moved through town during the period between 10:45pm-2:30am, so needless to say I didn't get alot of sleep. The storm around 2am was the strongest of the three, pretty sure it would've woken everyone up around town with the frequent lightning it contained - It reached into the high 20s here along the north coast of NSW today, but this was in contrast to the rest of the state. The first non-alpi
  11. It amazes me too, though I think bruisings and minor cuts/abrasions would be reasonably common in these types of storms (especially those occurring between about 3pm-6pm) but are severely under-reported due to home first aid being sufficient without that need to seek medical attention at the hospital. After yesterday's humid 30ºC day (dewpoints were firmly in the low 20s and getting up around 24ºC), a cold front moved through overnight bringing cooler conditions and drier air today. It is looking as though summer ended yesterday, with autumnal conditions now establishing themselves from
  12. Storm activity returned to the region after a fairly settled first week of March. On the 8th, storms were mostly isolated affecting areas nearer to the ranges and around Coffs Harbour. Heavy rainfall accompanied the storms with 50.2mm falling in an hour at Coffs Harbour and 50mm in 30 minutes at Woolgoolga. A storm warning wasn't issued until after the storms had affected these areas... More storms generally forming in the same area on the 9th brought more heavy rain falling at similar intensities to the day before and a wind gust of 113km/h occurring at Grafton Airport. Storms were more wides
  13. We were near the southern end of TC / Ex-TC Marcia effects. All up nearly 120mm of rain here associated with her, a little further north totals around the Coffs Harbour area were exceeding 200mm which was enough to cause minor riverine flooding in that area. Chicken feed compared to the totals in QLD around the Sunshine Coast and neighbouring Caboolture area where totals were in the 400s and Landsborough receiving 510mm associated with Marcia.
  14. Some hailstorms developed between here and Brisbane on the afternoon and evening of Jan 31st. The largest stones reported were up to around 5cm in diameter. Brunswick Heads (NSW North Coast) - (Source: North Coast Storm Chasers - Facebook) Sunnybank Hills (southern suburb of Brisbane) - Springfield Lakes (outer southwestern suburb of Brisbane) - (Source of both photos above: Higgins Storm Chasing - Facebook) Just thought this was a nice pic after the storms that day at Tregeagle (NSW North Coast) - (Source: Northern NSW Severe Weather - Facebook) Missed a likely hai
  15. Severe thunderstorms hit the local region once again during yesterday (Australia Day) bringing heavy to torrential downpours, not too dissimilar to the stormy day we had back on the 20th. 24 hour totals were as high as 190mm. At the coastal village of Wooli, an impressive 101mm fell in an hour during a thunderstorm. The city of Port Macquarie received 110mm in 2 hours. We missed the heaviest of the rain here but during a thunderstorm we still got a heavy fall of 36mm in 45 minutes (which I reported in, and made the storm warning once again, though they typed the town's name as 'Southwest Rock'
  16. Locally heavy downpours from thunderstorms brought falls of up to 228mm on Monday in the local region, with a number of other gauges picking up falls over 100mm. Thunderstorms with locally heavy downpours occurred once again yesterday with as much as 146mm falling and a few other gauges receiving over 100mm too. The localised nature of the storms meant that rainfall varied greatly over short distances. Collombatti about 25kms SW of here received 96mm in an hour yesterday evening. We had 87mm fall here at the house yesterday, with a thunderstorm bringing 42.4mm in 40 minutes during the mid-aft
  17. Isolated though severe storms affected parts of the northern coast between here and NSW/QLD Border in the early hours of this morning. The storms were pretty much stationary, so if one happened to form above it would basically just sit there and rain its guts out. Goonengerry recorded the highest total with 290mm falling (205mm of that falling in three hours) - Cars swept away by New Year's Eve flash flooding on NSW north coast By Elloise Farrow-Smith and Justine Frazier Flash flooding has swept about 10 cars into a local creek near Mullumbimby on the New South Wales north coast. Abou
  18. We had our wettest day of the year on Sunday, receiving 84.6mm at the house. On average, we get one daily fall above 100mm during the year. Obviously varies year to year, like last year we had 4 days with 100mm+, but there were none this year. Sunday was a beautiful rainy day, love it when the weather is like this - The day before there were very localised but heavy falls in parts of the Tweed Valley (far northeast corner of NSW) thanks to an area of convergence, bringing up to 299mm (the vast majority of this rain fell in a 12 hour period) - We had our 50th thunderday of the y
  19. I spent the weekend in Tamworth to celebrate Christmas at a relative's place, about a 4¼ hour drive away from here. Some photos during my trip are below. Tamworth (the entire city isn't quite photographed with parts of it stretching off out of view to the east and northwest). The city is on the western side of the Great Dividing Range, though isn't too far from the foothills of the range (the range in the distance is a spur of the Liverpool Range, the Great Divide is out of view further to the left (east). Around 650mm of rain a year is average for the city: Big Golden Guitar in T
  20. There's been fairly persistent instability during this month so far around the local area but also across much of the state in general, especially earlier this month in central and southern NSW where there were consecutive days of severe storms. Sydney recorded seven consecutive days of thunderstorms for the first time in recorded history: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/welcome-to-queensland-sydney-20141209-12385d.html While it doesn't happen every year in northern NSW or southern QLD, these long consecutive days of storms [5, 6, 7 days +] like the above are not unheard of as troughs have high
  21. And to add to the above post. Windows / doors breaking during storm: Window breaking: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=920705437948978&l=5436367470454061154
  22. Certainly was a powerful storm to hit Brisbane a couple of days ago on the 27th. No shortage of videos as it tracked straight through some of the most populated parts of city, including the CBD and other parts of the inner city, plenty to find on YouTube if you want to look for more. The storm nearing the Brisbane CBD (Source: South Brisbane Storms - Facebook) Archerfield's observations (suburb of Brisbane), where the 141km/h gust was recorded Video from Archerfield Airport at the time: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152949531574642 Bowling greens become whi
  23. As Styx has said, big heat across northern NSW and southern QLD at the moment. A conveniently-timed morning southerly change saved us from the worst of the heat today but it was still rather warm and humid, until late in the afternoon when the 'real' southerly air finally pushed through bringing low level cloudcover and cooling things down. Today was most likely the peak of the heat for northern New South Wales. Despite widespread temps of 40ºC+ away from the coastal fringe on the eastern side of the range today in far northern NSW, no fire ban was issued because of the generally light winds
  24. Also, the day before (Oct 13th) a line of storms passed over areas of NSW including Sydney forming along a trough, looking quite picturesque as it passed over the city region. Looking at it you'd expect that there would have been widespread severe weather from it, but it wasn't quite as strong as its appearance would suggest, reports of severe weather were somewhat patchy. (Video also contains a warning about the weather system to come that night in Sydney) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJyqjAJuoSo Bondi Beach: (Source: Higgins Storm Chasing - Facebook) View towards Sydney CBD:
  25. Yer a pretty intense system along the NSW central/south coast from about Newcastle southwards to Narooma. Being on the northern side of the ECL up here, we didn't get any rain from it. Impressive gust of 161km/h at Wattamolla, even if the anemometer does sit exposed at 44m ASL very near the cliffside From what I could see there appeared to be several small-scale lows come ashore around southern Sydney embedded in the troughline associated with the ECL. 128km Sydney Radar Loop between 2pm 14/10 to 2pm 15/10: http://www.theweatherchaser.com/radar-loop/IDR713-sydney-terrey-hills/2014-10-14-03
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