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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:43 pm

Mildura residents outraged as floodwaters return:

Homes and businesses are flooded after the north-west Victorian town of Mildura received twice its average monthly rainfall in two hours.

Storms brought nearly 60 millimetres of rain, causing extensive flash flooding.

The Mildura Council says several pipelines which could have prevented the flood damage will be ready as soon as next month.

But local residents are angry that they have been flooded again, in Victoria.

"It's pretty pathetic. It's been nine months now and people are still getting flooded," one resident said.

"It's happened constantly over the last 11 years. It's got to a point of being ridiculous."

"It's probably about the seventh time it's happened over the last 18 months," another resident said.

"We're sort of all getting sick of it here now. I was actually going to go fishing today but I may as well put the boat in here and just take it for a run."

Thousands of people across the state were forced from their homes in January by heavy rain.

An interim report into the flooding found the State Emergency Services was "overwhelmed" by the scale of the emergency and the CFA was forced to take on extra responsibilities.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:30 pm

'Amazing' rainfall totals from overnight storms:

Clean up operations are underway across Victoria following heavy rain and flash flooding late yesterday.

Very high rainfalls were recorded as a storm moved across the state's west and central districts.

Terry Ryan from the weather bureau says Halls Gap got 90 millimetres in just 20 minutes.

And Stawell received 74 millimetres in a short period.

"We are getting amazing rainfall rates out of our observations," he said.

Farmer Phil Hall lives at Joel Joel, east of Stawell and says his property recorded about 140 millimetres of rain since yesterday morning.

"The water was probably well over fence deep," he said.

He says his family had about 20 minutes to move sheep away from floodwaters.


There are a number of road closures across the state because of the heavy rain.

The Grampians Road is closed between Stawell and Halls Gap due to flooding and debris on the road. For all of the road closures visit the website.

Lachlan Quick of the State Emergency Service (SES) says they received about 300 calls for assistance across the state, including 60 from Stawell.

"Quite a few people had to be assisted out of their homes to go to friends and families for the night," he said.

The storm hit Melbourne's northern suburbs, with the Craigieburn Health Centre being severely flooded.

The weather bureau says storms are expected over the state's east during the morning.

Fed up

There was also flash flooding in Mildura where they had about 80 millimetres of rain in just a few hours.

Local residents may seek legal advice about the council's failure to fix drainage in parts of the town.

Resident Mel Levy says he and his neighbours have had enough.

"We're now nine months down the road and they (the council) are not doing anything, so the street is going to get together after Christmas and have a chat," he said.

"[We'll] look at what we will do from there, whether we seek legal advice or don't pay our rates or," he told .

He is full of praise for the local State Emergency Service (SES) workers.

"Pity the council doesn't do as much as our volunteers do."

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:31 pm

Far west soaks up downpour:

Heavy rainfall across far western New South Wales saw several roads and highways closed yesterday.

The Wilcannia Road was amongst those closed after reports of flooding in the area.

The Bureau of Meteorology says Wilcannia received 17 millimetres of rain during Saturday night's storm.

The bureau says Broken Hill received 25.4mm, while Tibooburra airport recorded 46mm.

White Cliffs received between seven and 16mm.

The Broken Hill State Emergency Service says the storm caused very little damage, with crews called to help with three minor jobs.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:32 pm

Storms spark call for help:

The State Emergency Service (SES) says it received a handful of calls for help as thunderstorms crossed central Victoria last night.

The weather bureau says 48 millimetres of rain has been recorded at Redesdale since yesterday morning, while Mt Macedon's had 42mm.

Bendigo has recorded 28mm, while there has been 16mm at Rochester.

The SES says it received a couple of calls from people in Woodend and Gisborne but most of the major damage was reported in Melbourne's north, at Mildura and around Stawell.

Flood watches remain in place on the Campaspe, Loddon and Avoca rivers.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:33 pm

Gwydir River flood warning remains:

A minor flood warning remains current for the Gwydir River downstream of the Yarraman Bridge.

Rural properties have been isolated as floodwaters extend into the Lower Gwydir Valley after a torrential downpour of 114 millimetres at Gravesend early on Friday morning.

The incident controller at the north-west State Emergency Service, Simon Gregg, says resupply flights are planned as the floodwaters start to move through the valley.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:34 pm

Rain worries for cereal, grape crops:

The South Australian Farmers Federation says there is damage to some wheat and other cereal crops from heavy rain.

Some properties in the mid-north of South Australia recorded up to 90 millimetres over the weekend and some had hail.

Peter White of the Federation says most of the cereal grain yet to be harvested will most likely be downgraded in quality.

He says farmers have been assessing their crops and contacting their insurers.

"This is the second major rainfall event we've had during harvest and you generally get away with the first one but this one was a real major one and so there'll be a lot of shot grain around now," he said.

"That could cost about $100 a tonne, so it's pretty significant."

There is concern grape crops also may have suffered damage from weekend rain.

In the Riverland, Chris Byrne from the region's Winegrape Growers Association says wet and humid conditions have been unfavourable to vines and there are reports of downy and powdery mildew.

"Over the next week or so we'll be very anxiously looking under the canopies and amongst the bunches to see whether or not there has been any sort of increase in the presence of the moulds and rots that do affect winegrape growers," he said.

"It's certainly a very significant concern."

Split cherries

A cherry grower in the Adelaide Hills says half of one of his crops is now worthless, because of splitting.

Kim Green says late-fruiting crops throughout the Hills have been extensively damaged.

"Probably say Uraidla through Lenswood, Forest Range out to Keyneton Valley and Gumeracha," he said.

"Some of the guys have early varieties, [they] concentrate on that, some of the guys have later varieties and concentrate on that and they'd all be affected to varying degrees.

"But, you know, I've got one variety that's 50 per cent split [skins]."

Heavy rain caused some flooding and property damage, including at Kadina on Yorke Peninsula where the roof of a retail store collapsed.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:35 pm

Adelaide on target for hottest Christmas in decades:

Adelaide will heat up to the low-to-mid-thirties later this week and on the weekend, potentially making it the hottest lead-up-to-Christmas since the 1980s, according to weatherzone.com.au.

"We'll get four-or-five days above 30 degrees, something which Adelaide hasn't experienced since last summer. And the last time this sort of heat occurred leading into Christmas Day was in 1989," Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said.

"Thirty-degree heat may arrive as early as this Wednesday as northeasterly winds develop. From then on, the heat will gradually build, most likely peaking on Christmas Day, when northerly winds increase," Dutschke said.

Christmas Day itself may be the hottest in 25 years with the temperature forecast to climb to the mid-thirties.

The last time Christmas Day was hotter than 34 was in 1986, when it got to 37.3 degrees. If it exceeds 37.3 this Sunday, it will be the hottest Christmas Day since 1945, when it hit 40.1 degrees.

Whilst Christmas is looking hotter than recent years, Adelaide is highly unlikely to break the record, which stands at 42.1 degrees, set in 1888. The average maximum at this time of year is 28 degrees.

"Heat has been building over the north of Western Australia with help from plenty of sunshine. The last few days have reached the mid-forties in the Pilbara. Developing northerly winds will drag some of this heat into South Australia later this week. Cloud should increase in Adelaide on Christmas Day, possibly bringing a late shower ahead of a cooler southwesterly change. Public holidays, Monday and Tuesday are looking significantly cooler with temperatures in the mid twenties."

"The early call for New Years Eve is for near-average temperatures," Dutschke said.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:37 pm

Melbourne's wettest year since 1993:

The thunderstorms that brought rain to Melbourne overnight have pushed the yearly rainfall total past the 800mm mark for the first time since 1995. In fact it is now the wettest year since 1993, when 844mm was recorded.

Melbourne recorded 7mm of rain with storms overnight, taking the yearly total to 804mm. There were even heavier downpours to the northeast of the city, with 28mm falling in the Yarra Valley at Coldstream. Falls over the Thompson catchment were generally only in the 5-10mm range, but Melbourne's storages are at 66.4% of capacity. Even the Thompson Dam has recovered to 54.3% of capacity this year, after dipping below 20% twice in the past five years.

The heaviest rainfall over the weekend was in the west of the state, with thunderstorms producing intense downpours and flash flooding. Mildura recorded 59mm of rain on Sunday morning, much of it falling in just a few hours. Heavy falls were widespread across the Wimmera-Mallee during Sunday, with Stawell being one of the hardest hit towns. 74mm of rain was recorded in Stawell during the day on Sunday, which is more than double the December average of 33mm.

The worst of the thunderstorm activity was contracting into the east of Victoria on Monday afternoon, with a Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for both Gippsland weather forecast districts. Cooler but more settled weather was pushing into western and central Victoria at this time.

The outlook for Victoria is for milder and generally dry weather through the middle part of the week, before temperatures and humidity levels both begin to rise into the weekend. Thunderstorm activity will become more prevalent from Friday onwards for most districts as humidity levels rise and a low pressure trough redevelops. Storms are most likely around Alpine regions on Friday and Saturday but should spread across most districts during Christmas night with the approach of a cold front from the west. Overall though, Christmas Day is looking like a very warm affair, with maximum temperatures in the low 30's through southern Victoria and the mid to high 30's in the north.

Cooler weather is likely for Boxing Day, with temperatures returning to the low 20's in the south. A few showers are expected, so there are likely to be some interruptions during the traditional Boxing Day cricket test at the MCG.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:38 am

Drenching clean-up continues:

The clean-up is continuing in Victoria's Wimmera after the weekend's heavy rain and flash flooding.

Stawell residents are continuing to mop up after about 100 millimetres of rain over the weekend.

Several properties were damaged in the deluge, including the Taylors Gully Children's Centre and North Park.

Halls Gap received 90 millimetres in less than 20 minutes on Sunday and there was damage to about five houses and the visitor information centre.

The Northern Grampians Shire has set up a relief centre to help residents with any applications for emergency grants.

Meanwhile, VicRoads says the weekend rain damaged several roads around Stawell and St Arnaud.

The authority's Ewan Nevitt says they will be closed this week as crews assess how much damaged was caused.

"We expect the Ararat-St Arnaud Road will closed until at least Wednesday and the Stawell Avoca Road will be closed until we can get a crew out there on Tuesday morning to access if there's been any damage once the water's receded," he said.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:39 am

Sydney's west soak in summers rain:

Thunderstorms Monday afternoon shook Sydney with lightning and heavy rain during the evening commute.

Strong storms developed over central NSW and moved across the Blue Mountains by late afternoon and into Sydney's west just as the evening traffic hits its peak. Thunderstorms were the heaviest across the west of Sydney, where in the Merrylands reported 62mm of rain falling in less than 2 hours of storms. Reports of flash flooding were seen across many low lying areas of the city's west.

There were other heavy falls nearby, with Badgerys Creek reporting 11mm in just 10 minutes and a one day total of 33mm. The heaviest were all around the West Paramatta to Blacktown area with 40-50mm widespread. These reports were nearly a months worth of rain in just one day for most of these locations.

The good news is the trough that has caused the heavier rains has moved offshore, which will allow breaks of sun during the mid week. A weak southerly change today is also helping clear skies at times but will help continue the below average summer temperatures Sydney has seen thus far this year.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:39 am

Heavy thunderstorm soaks Hobart:

Hobart copped its heaviest rain in six months as a heavy thunderstorm hit late on Monday.

The storm arrived late in the afternoon, bringing a brief heavy downpour. The city ended up with 22mm of rain, more than a third of the monthly average.

There were heavier falls nearby. Mt Wellington picked up 33mm and the airport gained 31mm, which is a six-month high. Grove and Campania also had their heaviest rain in six months with 15 to 20mm.

The downpour was accompanied by lightning and gusty winds, testing commuters on their way home from work.

Hobart has now drawn within 13mm of its monthly average of 57mm. With more showers in the coming days, a wetter-than-average December is likely.

Showers will occur over northern and central Tasmania in the next few days and arrive in Hobart on Christmas Eve, when they may become thundery again. Showers and possible storms will also occur on Christmas Day and Boxing Day ahead of a cooler, gusty change. There is potential for flash flooding again with 20 to 50mm likely. This will be enough to give Hobart a wetter-than-average December. It already has achieved a wetter-than-average year with 682mm so far, 68mm above the long-term average.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:25 pm

NSW becoming stormy but quietening down for Christmas:

Thunderstorms are redeveloping over western New South Wales and will become more intense on Thursday, particularly in the north of the state.

Residents are advised to keep an eye out for any warnings because some storms will be severe over the coming days.

During Wednesday, thunderstorms formed on and west of the ranges. Generally they have not been as intense as they can at this time of year but have been slow-moving enough to bring a fair bit of rain.

Early Wednesday morning, parts of the ACT and the Central West Slopes and Plains picked up 20 to 30mm from slow-moving storms. Tuggeranong's 27mm takes its December total so far to 121mm, double the monthly average. Coonabarabran has about 100mm so far this month with help from 34mm overnight, taking it above the monthly average.

Early Wednesday afternoon, storms intensified, cooling Parkes from 28 degrees to 20 degrees, including five degrees in 15 minutes.

Storms will continue to form over inland areas during Wednesday and on Thursday due to a developing low pressure trough and increased moisture. They will generally form along and west of the ranges, bringing the threat of flash flooding, damaging winds and large hail.

The most intense storms should be over the North West Slopes and Plains, where they have the best chance of bringing more than 30mm.

During Friday and on Christmas Eve, the trough should weaken a little, but still trigger showers and storms over a similar area, although with decreasing intensity.

Christmas Day, on the whole, is looking warm and dry across NSW, because any showers and storms will only develop late in the day and be focussed on southern parts of the state. Storms across southern NSW will be mainly in the afternoon and evening, possibly bringing 10 to 20mm to parts of the South West Slopes. A few lighter afternoon showers and storms are also possible further north along the ranges and on the north coast. Sydney should stay dry and warm all day but with a gusty sea breeze.

On Boxing Day and Tuesday, thunderstorms will become more widespread as warm, humid air meets colder, drier air. This colder, drier air will move in from the southwest with a front. Any storms forming near the front and colder change are a chance to bring heavy rain, flash flooding and damaging winds again.

From Tuesday, much of the state will be under the influence of cool southerly winds, which has been the norm for most of December so far.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:35 am

Flash flooding warning for Sydney and surrounds:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/flas ... unds/19718

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Sydney and surrounding districts including the Hunter, Illawarra and mid-north coast.

The weather system is expected to produce heavy rain and flash flooding over the next few hours.

The bureau says people in locations including Sydney, Penrith, Parramatta, Cessnock and Maitland should prepare for flooding.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:12 pm

Sydney's summer humiliation:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/sydn ... tion/19716

Sydney is not only shivering through its coldest December in over 50 years, but it's also facing the humiliation of being colder than both Melbourne and Launceston!

So far this December, Sydney's maximum temperature is running at just 22.2 degrees, which is three whole degrees below average. It's likely that the city will finish the month very close to the record low average for maxima of 22.5 degrees, set in 1924, even with some warmer days ahead for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

While Sydney has been shivering with an almost endless run of cloud cover and cooler southerly winds, those to the south have been blessed with some summer warmth. Adelaide has a forecast top in the mid 30's today, while Melbourne should also crack the 30 mark.

Melbourne's average maximum temperature so far this summer is running at 24.5 degrees, 0.3 above the December average and more than two degrees warmer than Sydney.

Even parts of Tasmania are seeing warmer weather than Sydney, which is rarely the case. Launceston has an average maximum temperature of 22.5 degrees so far this month, 0.3 above that of Sydney. Not only that but it has had multiple days in the mid twenties, with a
high of 28 degrees on the 9th December. Sydney has so far only managed a high of 25.6 degrees back on the 11th of the month. For a city which prides itself on its climate, it certainly has been humiliated by its southern cousins so far this summer.

Additionally, while Sydney-siders may be complaining about the cold, those in the Pilbara region of Western Australia have the opposite problem. Roebourne hit 49.4 degrees on Wednesday, the highest December maximum temperature on record for that state.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:25 pm

Thunderous swells slam southeast Queensland:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/thun ... land/19728

Alex Zadnik, Saturday December 24, 2011

Large and powerful ocean swells are thundering onto the shores of southeast Queensland today, as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Fina sends the Coral Sea into overdrive.

While Fina did lose its tropical cyclone status two days ago, it has actually become a more potent system for swell generation in the last 12-24 hours.

Fina has under gone a secondary intensification in its transition to a mid-latitude low pressure system in the last 24 hours, setting up a broad region of easterly gales as it presses up against a large high pressure system to the south.

The gale-force easterly winds between these two large weather systems are sending a stream of ever growing swell onto the Queensland coast, with the Sunshine and Gold Coasts both experiencing a notable swell increase today.

Average wave heights on the Sunshine Coat have been measured at 2.5 metres through Saturday, with maximum wave heights in the 4-5 metre range. The Gold Coast wave buoy has been recording average wave heights of 2 metres and maximum wave heights in the 3-4
metre range.

With Ex-TC Fina maintain a broad band of easterly gales off the southeast coast of Queensland through the remainder of Saturday and early Sunday morning, the surf is only going to get bigger and more powerful.

The swell should continue to build through Christmas Day, with a peak in size most likely during the afternoon hours. Wave heights in the surf zone at east facing beaches have the potential to reach 12-15ft, or 4-5 metres in metric terms. Offshore, maximum wave heights of over 6 metres are likely.

It goes without saying that swells of this size are treacherous for all marine activities. It will even be a challenging day for the most experienced surfers who will no doubt attempt to tackle these monstrous waves.

Beach erosion is also going to be a significant factor on Christmas morning along exposed parts of the southeast Queensland coast, with a large astronomical high tide occurring just before 9am. The added effects of strong winds blowing onto the coast and lower than usual air pressure will all boost the high tide mark well above the predicted astronomical value. The increased wave action on top of this abnormally high tide will be a major factor in creating erosion of beaches and dune systems.

The large surf will persist for southeast Queensland on Boxing Day, so extremely hazardous conditions will remain for holiday makers planning a day at the beach.

Even boating would not be sensible on a day like this. Swell conditions will only slowly abate in Queensland during the week.

It's also worth noting that this swell knows no borders, with large and dangerous waves spreading down the New South Wales coast during Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

The northern half of the NSW coast will see the brunt of the swell but even Sydney beaches can expect large and dangerous waves of over 6 feet (2 metres) on Boxing Day. There can be breaks of 10-20 minutes between the arrival of the largest 'set' waves, so this can catch rock fisherman and swimmers offguard. Given the forecast of warmer weather in Sydney on this day, it shapes as a treacherous day for the city's beaches and in fact the entire NSW coast.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby brayden » Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:40 pm

Getting a nice thundery downpour here in wodonga atm
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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby brayden » Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:47 pm

IDV65752
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Victoria Regional Office
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST


SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - MELBOURNE AREA

for DESTRUCTIVE WIND, FLASH FLOODING, LARGE HAILSTONES and TORNADOES

For people in the Inner, Eastern, Northern, Western and parts of the South East, Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula, Outer East and Port Phillip Local Warning Areas.
Issued at 5:19 pm Sunday, 25 December 2011.
THIS INCLUDES A TORNADO WARNING.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:10 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Bacchus Marsh, Greensborough, Hurstbridge, Lilydale, Yarra Glen and the area south of Bacchus Marsh. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Deer Park, Healesville, Melton, St Albans, Sydenham and the area south of Melton by 5:40 pm and Craigieburn, Essendon, Footscray, Melbourne Airport, Preston and Sunbury by 6:10 pm.
Other severe thunderstorms were located near the area north of Meredith and the area west of the Brisbane Ranges. They are forecast to affect Anakie East, Brisbane Ranges, Lara, the You Yangs, the area south of the Brisbane Ranges and the area west of Werribee by 5:40 pm and eastern parts of the Bellarine Peninsula, northern parts of the Bellarine Peninsula, Portarlington, waters off Portarlington, waters off St Leonards and the area east of Lara by 6:10 pm.
Destructive winds, very heavy rainfall, flash flooding, large hailstones and tornadoes are likely.
A tornado has been reported near Fiskville (15km west of Bacchus Marsh) associated with the thunderstorm currently south of Bacchus Marsh.
Very large hail has been reported with thunderstorms this afternoon.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* secure any loose objects in the vicinity of your home.
* keep away from creeks and drains.
* do not drive vehicles through flooded areas.
* stay indoors if possible.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* if you are outside, avoid sheltering under trees
* listen to the radio for storm updates
* switch off your computer and electrical appliances
The next warning is due to be issued by 6:20 pm.
A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Central, Northern Country, North Central, West and South Gippsland, Wimmera and parts of the East Gippsland, Mallee, South West and North East districts.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at http://www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 217. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.


TORNADO WARNING!

128km Radar Loop for Melbourne, 03:00 25/12/2011 to 07:00 25/12/2011 UTC
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Cell starts around Meredith and goes towards Melton

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:57 pm

Wild storms lash Melbourne:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/wild ... urne/19736

Sunday December 25, 2011

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast dangerous thunderstorms for Melbourne which will bring destructive winds and large hailstones.

Victoria's emergency services have already received 300 calls for help with reports of building damage and hailstones the size of lemons.

Duty forecaster Chris Godfred says there is also the risk of flash flooding.

"During the past hour or two we have had some severe thunderstorms affecting metropolitan Melbourne, mainly the western and northern suburb, however the warning is current for the eastern and bayside areas too," he said.

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Eastern Australian Weather

Postby Fu Manchu » Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:30 pm

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby Pete » Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:33 pm

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