Thunderstorms strike again
Monday, 3 December 2001
image for Williamtown at 3:40pm.
convection due to the high temperatures, led to the development of multicell
thunderstorms across the region in early afternoon. The storms started
to strike some areas at 2:30pm. One storm, which developed over the
Wattagan's, traveled eastwards hitting the Wyong area with severe effects.
Winds blew at 100km/h and hailstones were as large as 4cm at Jilliby.
significant storm system that developed over Singleton formed into a
typical, but large multicell. It started to develop at around 4pm and
it eventually extended from Singleton to the north of Maitland and to
Gresford. This system traveled towards the ENE, hitting Dungog at approximately
6pm. Hailstones, heavy rain and
strong winds accompanied this storm, with Gresford and Dungog being
the worst hit places.
Some of the other storms hit
Kurri Kurri, southwestern suburbs of Newcastle, Maitland and Muswellbrook.
All these storms produced a number of lightning strikes, heavy rain
and hailtstones as large as marbles, but were not severe.