Severe Thunderstorm warning

johnboy 3 December 2010 41

storm plot

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, Queanbeyan, Tuggeranong, Canberra Airport, South Canberra and Woden Valley by 4:40 pm and Tharwa, Williamsdale, Royalla and Googong Dam by 5:10 pm.

Large hailstones, very heavy rainfall and flash flooding are likely.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover.

* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don’t walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5:10 pm.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Southern Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Riverina, Australian Capital Territory and parts of the Central Tablelands, Lower Western, Upper Western and Snowy Mountains districts.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

And if you get any interesting photos don’t forget to send them in to images@the-riotact.com

UPDATE: James has sent in this picture of the clouds building up over Civic. Keep them coming!

storm clouds

FURTHER UPDATE: It’s a rare and violent day that has black in the loop:

storm radar

ANOTHER UPDATE: Storm warning now cancelled. Just regular storm activity now.

Sullivans Creen bursts its banks!:

sullivans creek bursting it's banks

Weston Hailstorm: This in from Ayrton…

(slideshow below, keep the pics coming)


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Digga Digga 8:19 am 05 Dec 10

motleychick said :

OzChick said :

Need a pic of Lake George. It is full.

+1 for pics!!!

Drove by yesterday, nowhere near full. Here’s a pic that the Crimes have put up in their (not so awesome) gallery of pics and looks pretty much like how it was yesterday afternoon:
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/multimedia/18578/156241/

sepi sepi 2:01 pm 03 Dec 10

The storm at 3AM was amazing – it seemed like it was directly overhead. And for once the airport rain gauge is actually registering some rain – I was starting to think it was under a tree or something – we always get about twice as much as they claim to. (inner north.)

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 1:20 pm 03 Dec 10

Well Flemington was blocked this morning. Bus took one hour to get in. And we had 60mm overnight. Bloody lightnight and thunder ensured almost zero sleep…

littlevixen littlevixen 12:44 pm 03 Dec 10

a work colleague who drives in from Goulburn each day says that it’s not full. he estimated about half full but certainly rising.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 12:39 pm 03 Dec 10

Holden Caulfield said :

Driving past LBG this morning (near Bowen Park) it was amazing to see how much driftwood and gunk was visible on the lake surface. Similarly, just before Mully’s final resting place the creek which runs under Canberra Ave was up very, very high.

Just went for a run past the lake and there is HEAPS of stuff floating around. Huge trees, branches, all sort of stuff. Well worth a look.

EvanJames EvanJames 12:23 pm 03 Dec 10

Queanbeyan was at a standstill this morning. The radio stations who usually tell you of traffic problems were too busy playing music to tell people what was going on. It took hours to get through (literally).

The high mesh fence around the airport runway has been pushed over by the force of the water coming off the runway, near the last roundabout.

motleychick motleychick 11:58 am 03 Dec 10

OzChick said :

Need a pic of Lake George. It is full.

+1 for pics!!!

OzChick OzChick 11:50 am 03 Dec 10

cmdwedge said :

OzChick said :

Need a pic of Lake George. It is full.

You’re guessing, or it really is? I’d love to see some pics, too.

From a friend’s FB message. He just drove past it this morning.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 11:37 am 03 Dec 10

Keijidosha said :

OzChick said :

Need a pic of Lake George. It is full.

For serious? Source?

please.

Keijidosha Keijidosha 11:15 am 03 Dec 10

OzChick said :

Need a pic of Lake George. It is full.

For serious? Source?

cmdwedge cmdwedge 11:12 am 03 Dec 10

OzChick said :

Need a pic of Lake George. It is full.

You’re guessing, or it really is? I’d love to see some pics, too.

Rollersk8r Rollersk8r 11:08 am 03 Dec 10

Jivrashia said :

Took a while to guess where James took the snapshot.

It’s the SAP building at the corner of Akuna and Bunda st. overlooking the city walk.
The Xmas tree was the give away.

Am I right??

Correct!

OzChick OzChick 10:43 am 03 Dec 10

Need a pic of Lake George. It is full.

welkin31 welkin31 10:42 am 03 Dec 10

I have kept daily rain readings this year (on the Hall side of Nicholls) and the total as I write is 993mm to 9am 3 Dec -(884 to end Nov). Perhaps readers in ACT or nearby NSW who have kept reliable daily totals through 2010 could share their data here with an approx location.
The two open BoM stations relevant to Canberra long term rain history are Queanbeyan Bowling Club 70072 and Canberra Airport Comparison 70014 – you can download data here.
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/data/weather-data.shtml
The Airport has had 663.8 to end Nov and Queanbeyan 762.2 – both way lower than our yard – but then we know rain is very variable. Looking on the net for other ACT data there are a few private weather stations online.
Gungahlin
http://www.gungahlinweather.com/index.htm
and Monash which is up with my total.
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~mshaynes/Weather/Current_Monitor.htm
My monthly totals to end Nov are, 13.5, 153, 85, 27.5, 77, 34.5, 83, 89, 85, 94.5, 142.
It would be interesting if a map of 2010 rain isohyets could be produced for the ACT region after what is a notably wet year.

The Frots The Frots 10:36 am 03 Dec 10

georgesgenitals said :

Well, it’s fairly pouring down again outside now. The scared dog has woken me up, but I think morning is going to bring with it some interesting sights. The Queanbeyan river was well up last night at about 9pm.

I heard it was bad in the early hours George. My wife (as well as two soaked dogs and a now feral cat) were awakened by it all.

Just looking at the BOM (and for the life of me I don’t know why I bother) but looks like more nasties are on the way. Looking outside my window into what used to be a nice, landscaped backyard, I can see some hard labour coming my way when things dry out.

As Jethro says, “Just a bit of heavy rain” coming……………….and are we really paying these morons at the BOM? Really?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 9:56 am 03 Dec 10

Driving past LBG this morning (near Bowen Park) it was amazing to see how much driftwood and gunk was visible on the lake surface. Similarly, just before Mully’s final resting place the creek which runs under Canberra Ave was up very, very high.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 9:20 am 03 Dec 10

Just looked at the radar again, and I’d say we’ll be getting very wet again within the next hour.

Jethro Jethro 8:26 am 03 Dec 10

erv said :

threepaws said :

I would like to let loose with a string of expletives (insert foul words here) to all of those drivers who think it’s ok to take MY life in THEIR hands while they drive like absolute d1ckheads.

+1 I’ve heard so many cars drift around the street its sickening.

+ 10… why you would tailgate in wet weather is beyond me.

Oh btw… that wasn’t a storm… it was a bit of heavy rain.

Fiona Fiona 7:35 am 03 Dec 10

I think there may be a brief pause.

so heavy for so long last night out in Weston creek

toriness toriness 7:08 am 03 Dec 10

from BOM this morning….

Latest Weather °C Rain since 9 am
Sydney 20° 0.2 mm
Melbourne 18° 7.8 mm
Brisbane 21° 1.2 mm
Perth 14° 0.0 mm
Adelaide 16° 0.2 mm
Hobart 17° 0.8 mm
Canberra 15° 86.8 mm
Darwin 25° 0.2 mm

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