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Nimmitabel Tornado

By Kramer - 24 December 2008 18

The CT has a front page story today (with a cracker of a photo) on the wild weather that lashed the highland hamlet of Nimmitabel last night, including a tornado! Anyone down in the southern reaches of capital country (people in Banks 🙂 see the twister?

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Nimmitabel Tornado
ant 10:33 pm 24 Dec 08

@ Beemeer11, there’s a lot of big trees out back of Rossi. Those ranges get a lot of weather, mostly damp from what I can observe, so it’s very interesting to hear they got a proper destructive tornado.

lion 7:54 pm 24 Dec 08

On their way to Canberra at the time, Mrs Leckie, an artist, said she looked out of the car window, and said, ”Gosh, look at that.”

”I’ve never seen anything like that in my life before,” she said.

Grade-A journalism there.

Beemeerr11 7:44 pm 24 Dec 08

Hi,
I was trail bike riding back in the 90’s when we came across an area of natural eucalypt and pine plantation that was totaly flattened at a certain hight, it was about as wide as three football fields, and everything was snapped off at the same hight, which indicated a tornato, I’m talking tree’s that you couldn’t wrap your arms around, snaped like match sticks. I metioned it to an SES member from Bungendore, and at the time there was a fellow from the states here proving that tornatoes do exsist here in Auz. The area was around the back of Rossi near Tallagander state forest. Never seen anything so destructive ever since.

There you go.

harvyk1 3:42 pm 24 Dec 08

miz said :

I heard a freak tornado knocked down the Caroline Chisholm High tennis wall some years ago!

There was excellent rain last night. no hail, no crazy winds . . . fantastic! (I’ve been smiling all month!)

Yeap, that was the one that also took out the church which they where building next to the high school

ant 3:26 pm 24 Dec 08

Just look at the temperatures for the coming week, we’re in for a heatwave, in the very week when one can’t access the air-con at work. Yuck.

peterh 2:56 pm 24 Dec 08

GottaLoveCanberra said :

Can anyone link me to a higher res photo of that beauty please?

and here is the original:

http://members.iinet.net.au/~atkinson3/public_html/weather/n-tornado24-sized.jpg

GottaLoveCanberra 2:51 pm 24 Dec 08

Can anyone link me to a higher res photo of that beauty please?

peterh 2:42 pm 24 Dec 08

Deckard said :

There was a tornado in Kambah during the fires in 03. It travelled from Chapman and across the side of Mt Taylor skimming the houses along Coulqhoun and the other side of Sulwood Drive. I remember seeing someone’s bike stuck in the powerlines and heard that someone had a shed roof end up in their pool and didn’t no where it had come from.

red hot sheets of iron flying overhead was a bit of a surprise, one of my mates abandoned his saving of his antennas when one shot over him. the tornado started further out, there were trees flat in one direction in stromlo. kambah got the winds, but it was far too hot for me to pay attention.

miz 2:40 pm 24 Dec 08

I heard a freak tornado knocked down the Caroline Chisholm High tennis wall some years ago!

There was excellent rain last night. no hail, no crazy winds . . . fantastic! (I’ve been smiling all month!)

Pommy bastard 2:13 pm 24 Dec 08

peterh said :

Pommy bastard said :

Almost like proper Xmas weather here, is it not?

let it snow, you mean?

My apologies, I was feeling somewhat homesick. I meant “proper’ as in what I am used to, miserable rain and damp, which starts in August and finishes in April.

Then the bad weather starts,.

Deckard 1:36 pm 24 Dec 08

There was a tornado in Kambah during the fires in 03. It travelled from Chapman and across the side of Mt Taylor skimming the houses along Coulqhoun and the other side of Sulwood Drive. I remember seeing someone’s bike stuck in the powerlines and heard that someone had a shed roof end up in their pool and didn’t no where it had come from.

harvyk1 12:55 pm 24 Dec 08

There was a Tornadoe which hit Canberra in the late 80’s early 90’s. The really funny thing with it (except for the houses minus roofs) was the one structure which was deemed unrepairable was a local church which was under construction between Chisholm High and Richardson.

I’m in Banks, no sign of a tornado here, infact not a lot of wind at all, which was surprising, just a lot of rain in a very short time.

peterh 12:32 pm 24 Dec 08

Pommy bastard said :

Almost like proper Xmas weather here, is it not?

let it snow, you mean?

Pommy bastard 12:28 pm 24 Dec 08

Almost like proper Xmas weather here, is it not?

peterh 12:10 pm 24 Dec 08

I am very surprised to see that it isn’t ant posting this story, but the photo is stunning. got a copy from another forum, it is my desktop image now. as per comments in the other forum, though:

quote:
Originally posted by bogong:
Have extracted some of the above article in the following post but would make two comments (I am a bit cranky leading into Christmas!!):

1) Saying that a tornado in Canberra is “improbable” is being somewhat complacent – there was a tornado in Tharwa (just to the south of Canberra) in 1966 according to the SES database.

2) Tornadoes don’t necessarily need a low cloud base – there are plenty of great shots from the US plains of high based LP storms producing twisters.

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