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Brisbane Thu 19 May 2005

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Isolated 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.

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I was in Toombul on the north side as the cell approached Brisbane.

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It wasn't long before lightning became visible.

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This 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.

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After 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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