Tag Archives: storms

Canberra wakes up to snow; storm damage

Snow on Mt Ainslie. Photo: John Lafferty

It’s snowing across Canberra! Mt Ainslie is looking more Snowy Mountains than CBR Inner North (thanks John Lafferty for the photo). There are snow pix like his from all over the city on the ACT Weather Chasers & Photographers Facebook page, mainly in Gungahlin and Tuggeranong suburbs, and just now it started snowing in our [...]

November’s mean rainfall in one Canberra day


In the last 24 hours, 64.6mm of rain has fallen in the ACT. That’s around the same as the mean rainfall for the entire month of November, the wettest month of the year on average.
While there are patches of blue in the distance this morning, showers continue and are forecast for every day this [...]

Be prepared for big wet

leaves in gutter

ACT State Emergency Service chief officer Conrad Barr is urging all Canberrans to be prepared for the big wet that is forecast to mark the start of winter this weekend.
“Following what has been recorded as the driest autumn on record, rain is now expected to fall across Canberra until at least Sunday,” Barr said.
“Those beautiful leaves [...]

Storms light up the capital, rain to continue

Storm shot

Canberra was lit up like a Christmas tree last night as a noisy thunderstorm swept in bringing nearly 20mm rain with it.
Pets hid inside and those of us who were stuck out in the storm alternated between being enthralled at the light show and frightened of being struck by lightning.
RiotACT contributor Gabrielle Kneipp was out [...]

Lights in the sky. Images of Canberra


Greg Nelson has sent this wonderful shot in:
The light show over Canberra on Friday night.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to .

Storm warning

By 27 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning for the ACT for heavy rain with thunderstorms which may lead to flash flooding during the early hours of tomorrow, Thursday 28 February, 2013.
The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) has Units on a higher level of readiness. Residents who require emergency storm or flood assistance [...]

The lights are back on

By 29 January 2013

ActewAGL are letting people know they think they’ve fixed the damage of the weekend’s storms:
Last night ActewAGL had responded to all electricity interruptions caused by storms on Saturday 26 January.
ActewAGL General Manager Networks Services Rob Atkin said, “Last night crews interrupted the electricity supply to 35 customers in Hawker and 20 customers in Curtin in [...]

Total power outage at Calvary Hospital, but Code Yellow not activated?

By 29 January 2013

On Saturday, the Canberra Times brought word that the Australia Day storm caused a total power outage at Calvary Hospital:
Calvary Hospital lost all power, both main and auxiliary, for about 30 minutes during the storm.
No patients were affected and no operations were being conducted during the storm.
But the hospital came close to declaring a “code [...]

Storm warning (and the triumphant return of phonetics)

By 26 January 2013

The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) is urging the community to consider the weather before heading out for Australia Day festivities in the coming hours.
The Bureau of Meteorology had issued a warn in for severe stirms in the ACT and surrounding region over the next several hours producing damaging winds and large hailstones.
ACTSES units [...]

Storm pictures in the distance

By 22 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Canberra’s storm watchers had a field day last night with distant clouds.
Photo by Richard Tuffin (@RichardTuffin) sent in the above shot, and Martyo the one below:

Peter sent in a set taken from Lake Tuggeranong looking towards Bonython.

Greg has managed some great gets of the lightning:

Here’s the full slideshow and we’ll add more as we get [...]

Severe thunderstorm warning

By 5 January 2013

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for parts of Canberra.
The specific warning warns that by 6.40pm in the Weston Creek and the Woden Valley area damaging winds are likely.
The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) has units ready to respond for any reports of damage.
For emergency storm and flood assistance you can [...]

The wrath of god strikes Oxley gas lines

By 24 December 2012

Four houses have been evacuated tonight in Oxley by ACT Fire & Rescue as a precaution because of two gas leaks.
The leaks are located close to each other on Newman Morris Circuit and are believed to have started after lightning struck a light pole.
Firefighters have a 50 to 100 metre exclusion zone around the leaks [...]

The heart of the storm

By 28 February 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Here’s the forecast rainfall for Australia for the next few days.
See that insane purple patch? That’s us.
If you get any good flooding related photos send them in to .

18 Feb storm pix. Image of Canberra

By 19 February 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Something very close to a supercell thunderstorm rolled right over Canberra yesterday afternoon.
Nick took the pic above but we’ve had more from other readers of the magnificent skies this tight weather system produced.
Send yours in to
Here’s the slideshow:

Severe Thunderstorm warning out

By 19 January 2012

The Bureau has given notice of wild weather:
For people in the South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and parts of the Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains and Riverina Forecast Districts.
Issued at 3:09 pm Thursday, 19 January 2012.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and [...]

Severe thunderstorm warning

By 22 December 2011

The Bureau is warning the bad stuff is inbound.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones over the next several hours in the Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and parts of the Riverina districts. Locations which may be affected include Canberra, Goulburn, Cooma, [...]

11 December storms

By 11 December 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

It’s been a day of foul weather with the possibility of worse later tonight.
Along the way readers have started sending in photos of the stormwaters. The above remarkable panorama came in from Limp Jimmy along with others of flooding in the Inner North.
And caf sent in this one of the newly formed Lake Ijong in [...]

November Hail and Lightning!

By 29 November 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

FluttersBy has sent in this shot of hail found in todays downpour.
Have you got a picture of the storm? If so send it in to .

Harold sent in this one:

Kaypezz sent in this lightning shot with this note:
I’ve been trying to perfect my lightning photography for over a year, and tonight I thought (well, [...]

Simon brings the beige to warn of the storm!

By 15 September 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has announced the launch of the Stormsafe campaign.
“The campaign delivers a very important message for all Canberra households; ‘You don’t have to wear orange to be storm safe’, which encourages all residents of the ACT to think about what they can do to minimise the damage their home could sustain during the coming [...]

NCA dumps lakewater out before the storm

By 4 February 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

p1 noticed this afternoon at 2pm that Scrivener dam was ditching out at quite a rate.
Obviously they were expecting this downpour.
Nice work.

Storm photos [With slideshow]

By 4 February 2011

The Bureau certainly got this one right. Enjoy the slideshow below and send through any shots you’ve got to .

Severe Thunderstorm warning

By 4 February 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a sever thunderstorm warning:
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Nowra, Canberra, Goulburn, Yass, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Deniliquin, Hay and Wentworth.
The State Emergency Service advises that people [...]

Leaking roof recommendations

By 3 February 2011

With last night’s deluge in the Tuggeranong area, we’ve become the lucky owners of a leaking roof and I was hoping that the clever and knowing folk here might have some recommendations for assessment and repair. 
It’s likely to be gutter related, due to the flat-roofed sunroom attached so I’ll be out cutting a release soon, [...]

CT says “Storms Spare Canberra”. Ooops.

By 3 February 2011

The CT is reporting that the forecast storms have spared Canberra.
I guess they assume the Belco area isn’t part of Canberra, because the ESA has a little different to say.
That said, was a night for clearing trees from on top of cars – they don’t normally have as good aim as we saw tonight – [...]

More flooding foreseen for the Canberra region

By 15 January 2011

As if the SES deployment to Wollongong didn’t offer enough hints, the Canberra Times today carries warnings that late January and February will see the floodwaters rise around Canberra.
Mr Crosweller said a long-range briefing provided by the Bureau of Meteorology in November had so far proven eerily accurate and the same forecast predicted that [...]

Severe Thunderstorm warning

By 2 December 2010

The Bureau of Meteorology is heralding the end of the world or at least a really serious storm.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:10 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Belconnen, Weston Creek, Coppins Crossing and Casuarina Sands.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast.
They are forecast to affect Canberra Civic, [...]

Storms inbound

By 8 November 2010

After last night’s deluge it looks like another band is headed in this afternoon on the radar.
Clearing in the evening though.
As always, if you have an interesting photo of the weather shoot it through to

Things to do for storm season

By 23 September 2010

The powers that be are unusually concerned about the forecast for storms over the next couple of months.
Today Simon Corbell is announcing a campaign enouraging you to be safe:
The campaign will feature advice on things Canberra householders can do to prepare their homes including:
– Clear your gutters;
– Secure loose roof tiles;
– Trim overhanging tree branches;
– [...]

Thunder boiling out of nowhere

By 20 April 2010

Well this heavy rain hasn’t come from anywhere in particular, the weather radar shows is coming up out of nowhere right above us.
The Bureau has cunningly updated a prediction of thunderstorms after they had begun!

Hard work cleaning up after the storm

By 23 January 2009

Good blow last night eh?
Sky turning weird colours, clouds straight out of a Spielberg movie, continuous rolling thunder, sheets of rain roping in from all angles. Who could ask for more?
But there’s a downside to such entertainment. The ACT Emergency Services Agency has pushed out a note on the work going into the cleanup:
The ACT [...]

Where are our Ant Gods now? Severe weather warning issued

By 20 January 2009

Severe warning out now and angry angry clouds in the sky.
Please send your storm photos to
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Canberra, Cooma, Yass, Wagga Wagga, Albury and Narrandera.
The State Emergency Service advises [...]

Fyshwick warehouse loses its roof

By 28 February 2008

Nothing online that I can find, but yesterday a large section (probably 50m by 10m) of steel roof was blown clean off a warehouse in Fyshwick by a very localised wind storm.
The building concerned was on Collie street.
SES volunteers from Belconnen, Woden, and Tuggeranong units, working with harnesses and safety lines due to the height [...]

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