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‘Giant Hailstones’ Forecast for NSW — Further Adding to a Very Active Storm Season

NSW has endured a very active storm season thus far which looks set to continue this evening, Jan 02, as large swathes of the state — including the western Sydney metro region — once again face the threat of thundery weather.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for western parts of the metropolitan area, the Illawarra and a region stretching from Goulburn to Tibooburra in the state’s far north-west.

The alert said the storms were “likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, damaging winds and large, possibly giant hailstones over the next several hours”.

Mammatus clouds form ahead of a storm system tracking north

The most severe in the string of summer storms, to date, was the one that battered Sydney on Dec 20, prompting the Insurance Council of Australia to declare the event a “catastrophe”.

By the following day, residents had already lodged some 25,000 claims for losses particularly from hailstones of more than $125 million, with the final figure likely to be much higher.

For the full article from smh.com.au, click here.

GSM = atmospheric compression events

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