Brisbane Thu 19 May 2005
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storms had been forecast for Brisbane and surrounds for
most of this week. There was a little activity off-shore,
but today delivered a hailstorm that was incredible not
because of the size of the stones, but the volume of
them. Brisbane is located in the sub-tropics and while
hailstorms are not uncommon here, the more severe ones
usually occur during the summer months. The intensity of
this storm was mainly due to the unusually cold
temperatures in the mid-levels of the atmosphere.
was in Toombul on the north side as the cell approached
wasn't long before lightning became visible.
was a very slow moving storm, making it a pleasure to
photograph the lightning, but eventually it arrived and
dumped rain and hail. One and a half to two centimetres
was probably the largest of the stones I saw.
hearing about the incredible hail in the city, I was
amazed that hail was still falling when the storm arrived
here in Toombul. The lightning continued.
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