Severe Weather 2011 / 2012 Season

With little hope for SE Qld and a strong need to it the open road, I took off for Toowoomba. Prospects looked reasonable for storms over the eastern Darling Downs, but I didn't get too excited for Brisbane.

Radar at 1:48pm

It was pretty hot and steamy this side of the Toowoomba but temps dropped as I crossed the range. I hit the storm near Oakey where it was looking quite hopeful.


From there it was back to Kingsthorpe and north onto Yalangur where it was fast become obvious that this was turning into a squall line.

Radar at 3:12pm


I needed to get back in front of the line so I darted east across to Helidon, bypassing Toowoomba. I continued east with an eye on the storm when the radar showed the southern end improving, so I headed south for Laidley then onto Mulgowie.


I'd cut things a little fine with rain fast approaching from the south, so I turned back around and then east to Rosewood trying to decided the best spot for a view if a nice shelf cloud developed. I considered Cleveland, then Mt Coot-tha, then Jacob's Well, then Cleveland again and finally settled on the Story Bridge to try and a get a good storm shot with the city.

I was happy to have arrived in time and although I didn't get my shelf cloud, I was pretty happy to get a crazy hole in the sky threatening to swallow Brisbane.


Full Brisbane radar loop 12pm-11pm

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