Storms ring in the new year

Storms ring in the new year across Queensland


Forget the fireworks...Mother Nature put on her own light show for many parts of Queensland to ring in 2018.

New Year's Eve hail at Carpendale, about 25 kilometres east of Toowoomba. Photo: Sharon Blums - Facebook

New Year's Eve hail at Carpendale, about 25 kilometres east of Toowoomba. Photo: Sharon Blums - Facebook

Destructive storms cells with a low pressure trough brought heavy rain, hail and gusty winds across several Queensland districts on the final day of the year. 

One of the worst affected regions was Wide Bay and Burnett, with Hervey Bay picking up 55mm in the 24 hours to 9am Monday (today).

Bundaberg also saw heavy falls, recording 51mm, of which 12mm fell in 10 minutes.

Both Gayndah and Maryborough reported over 20mm of rain as well. 

There were some wild storms on the Darling Downs and in the Lockyer Valley. 

A total of 71mm of rain fell in the hour to 2.10pm at Camp Hill Road, about 50 kilometres south-west of Laidley, and four-centimetre hail was reported near Grantham, about 28 kilometres east of Toowoomba. 

Three-centimetre hailstones were also reported at Allora, about 60km south of Toowoomba.

Parts of Capricornia also saw heavy rain. Gladstone picked up 45mm which represents nearly a third of their average January rainfall.

Thangool saw 43mm of which nearly all of that fell in an hour. Bec Franklin reported that 133mm fell 15km north of Biloela.

For the Southeast Coast, falls were heaviest at Beaudesert (32mm) and Double Island Point (29mm). 

Some good totals were also recorded across the Central West and Central Queensland.

Patrice Elliott posted to the Who got the Rain? Facebook group that 40mm fell in a storm at Karoola Station, 86km north west of Winton, yesterday afternoon.

“Been waiting a long time for this one..,” she wrote. 

Peter Magoffin recorded 38mm at Melrose Station, Longreach while Tom Terry had 31mm at Mundjuro Station, 230km north of Julia Creek. 

Weatherzone says a low pressure trough will linger across eastern Queensland for several days, with several towns likely to start off 2018 with a good drink.

The story Storms ring in the new year first appeared on Queensland Country Life.


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