November 22, 2012

Did You Know: Anvil Clouds

Cumulonimbus incus ('incus' Latin for "anvil") is the upper portion of a cumulonimbus cloud that has reached a height in the atmosphere where the moisture condenses into ice crystals, and subsequently spreads into the characteristic flat, anvil-top shape as it straddles the lower stratosphere.

November 19, 2012

Severe storms sweep through SE Queensland - ABC News
Residents in south-east Queensland are mopping up after more wild weather on Sunday evening capped off a torrid weekend of severe weather.

Large hail the feature of storms in southeast - Brisbane Times
Meteorologists say the worst of the recent storm activity appears over, as the Bureau of Meteorology fended off criticism over its efforts in the lead-up to Saturday's ferocious storms.

Softball-sized hailstones hit Brisbane - ninemsn
Hailstones the size of a softballs rained down on Brisbane's south and southwest suburbs during the height of the thunderstorm that swept through the city on Sunday

Brisbane battered by another storm - Sky News
Brisbane has been battered by thunderstorms for a second day, with the airport being closed and large hailstones falling.

Another double dose of severe thunderstorms hit southeast Queensland on Sunday, as Bureau of Meteorology takes flak on storm alerts - The Courier Mail
AFTER another day of intense storm activity - where a Jimboomba man was hit by lightning and a direct strike set a Bulimba house on fire - the most dangerous weather warning on Monday should be for some early morning fog

November 18, 2012

Severe storms hit south-east Queensland - ABC News Online
Emergency services are frantically cleaning up after south-east Queensland was pummeled by a severe thunderstorm today.

Fierce storms lash southern Queensland - ABC News Online
A massive storm system has hammered southern Queensland with destructive winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall.

Severe thunderstorms building in QLD - WeatherZone News
A severe thunderstorm lashed Brisbane this morning with heavy rain and damaging wind, with further severe storms spreading across Queensland this afternoon.

Storms to crash Schoolies party - Gold Coast Bulletin
GOLD Coast's party precincts are bracing for a storm of pent-up Schoolies shenanigans with forecasters predicting up to a week of wet weather which is likely to send revellers stir-crazy as they remain confined to their rooms.

Second severe storm hits southeast Queensland - Brisbane Times
Southeast Queenslanders are assessing the damage after the region was hit by severe thunderstorms for the second time on Saturday.

Massive storm hits southeast Queensland -
THE Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled a severe thunderstorm warning for southeast Queensland tonight after 29,500 homes were left without power when more than 22,000 lightning strikes hit the southeast between 7pm and 11pm.

Storms create havoc across Qld -
A FIRE started, powerlines were ripped down, trees were uprooted and roofs collapsed as severe thunderstorms ripped across Queensland and caused mass electricity outages.

November 9, 2012

Much needed rain on the way

South-east Queensland should finally see some decent moderate falls of rain over the next 24 hours.

The current 128km Brisbane radar (pictured) has falls just west and north of the Gold Coast and is currently heading in a south-easterly direction.

The Bureau's south east coast forecast for the rest of Friday is "cloudy with scattered showers and thundery rain areas. Moderate falls, locally heavy with thunderstorms. Light to moderate N to NE winds, tending fresh at times about the coast. Fire Danger: Moderate to High."

Following into Saturday "Cloudy with rain areas and local thunder with moderate falls, locally heavy with thunderstorms. Light to moderate NE to NW winds, becoming fresh to strong and gusty S to SE about the coast during the day. Fire Danger: Moderate to High." (Source: