Extreme Weather 

Queensland Battered by Barrage of Hail and Damaging Winds

Severe storms have battered south-east Queensland, uprooting trees and downing power lines. The system hit suddenly, taking the Bureau of Meteorology by surprise.

Heavy rain accompanied the storms, with some areas recording more than 56mm in just 30 minutes.

Golf-ball-sized hail was reported in other regions, most notably north-east of Boonah, and Aspley where extensive damage has been witnessed.

Strong winds brought down over 50 power lines in several Toowoomba suburbs, leaving at least 5,000 homes without power.

Aspley Acres Caravan Park manager Bev Gall said of the storm: “The whole storm was vicious — we had people here trapped under the awnings that couldn’t move around because it was really pelting down with the rain and the hail.”

The storm took forecasters by surprise, forming suddenly and dramatically.

Some poor bloke just oiled his pool deck:

GSM = influx of Cosmic Rays = increased Cloud Nucleation

 

[Featured Image: Jackson McBride]

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