Golf ball size hail hammers Raymond Terrace
Thursday, 20 January 2005
This photo was taken from Tenambit looking east at 5:56pm and
shows the wall cloud formation.
Severe thunderstorms this afternoon were reported in
the Lower Hunter and parts of the Upper Hunter. The storms produced hailstones
4cm in diameter. The most notable thunderstorm hit the Raymond
Terrace/Williamtown area between 5 - 6pm with 3.5cm average hail reported
from Raymond Terrace and 4cm from Heatherbrae. A maximum wind gust of 93km/h was
recorded at Williamtown's Automatic Weather Station. Further more, this same
storm cell produced a wall cloud that could be noticed from as far away as Maitland. Wall clouds typically
form at the back end of the storm and are usually associated with the
development of tornadoes.