Widespread thunderstorm activity
Monday, 24 October 2005
Remaining hail at Bulahdelah. This photo was taken more then 45 minutes after the storm first hit. Photo taken at 3:44pm EST on the 24/10.
An outbreak of thunderstorms occurred over the weekend and
this afternoon across a widespread area of the Hunter Region. The thunderstorms
were multicellular and they produced brief heavy showers, squally winds and some
On Saturday, the thunderstorms developed mid to late morning
with many sperate storms cells hitting Maitland, Cessnock and the Singleton
area. A severe thunderstorm (hailstones greater then 2cm) occurred between
Dungog and Gloucester on Saturday (22/10) between 4 to 5pm. Hailstones as large
as 6cm were reported in this area.
This afternoon, another severe thunderstorm travelled from
the Dungog area to Stroud and Bulahdelah. Hailstones were reported as large as
5cm in Stroud and Bulahdelah. This thunderstorm developed over the Barrington
Tops and hit Stroud and Bulahdelah from the northwest. Other severe storm cells
were observed in the Gloucester district.
Radar image taken at 2:20pm EST on the 24/10/05. A 'black' rain
intensity can be noticed approaching Bulahdelah. The black indicates
possible large hail with heavy precipitation.