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#1399386 - 29/12/2016 20:53 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
logansi Offline
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Melbourne Airport closed again.
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#1399387 - 29/12/2016 21:01 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
Ruckle Offline
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Light showers,windy again and fog/very low ceiling. Still 22 degrees though.
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#1399388 - 29/12/2016 21:04 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
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Loc: Melbourne (Belgrave); Corryong...
Hey gang! What a day it's been, even wilder than I anticipated!! My report for the rest of the day... smile

Reached a scorching, oppressive top of 37.5C here in Belgrave today, but the humidity made it feel like 38C. Maddening conditions. poke

The whole day it was full of uncertainty, and after watching impressive storms flaring away down south above the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas and northwest over the Macedon Ranges around lunchtime (from near my workplace in Boronia), I was nearly about to write the event as a fizzer when the trough moved in around 1:30pm, which I initially mistook for either a seabreeze or a change that would kill off any prospect of storm development, but my instincts kept telling me to be patient. Good thing I "kept my cool" (pardon the pun) in spite of the almost-unbearable heat lol. smile

Clouds were flying by in different directions and convection was erupting like crazy from lunchtime until I knocked off work around 3pm, with the northwest skies looking ominous from storms that were erupting from Sunbury north to Seymour and beyond around 2pm. The northerly winds provided little relief from the sweltering conditions (it felt like Fiji in mid-winter). poke

By the time I knocked off work, I knew it was finally "game-on", and the fun was about to begin! The western horizon from Macedon down to Scoresby was a dark, angry wall of towering cumulonimbus, with light spitting rain falling from the leading edges of the looming storm front!

I went to Ringwood to join my fiancee, and by the time I had parked the car at Eastland Shopping Centre I dashed out to the south-facing entrance (near Maroondah Highway) and could see the base of the squall line (around 3:20pm), which appeared to have broken up into somewhat smaller groups or lines at this point; the activity to the south stretched from about Williamstown to Narre Warren. It was dark, with a bit of a shelf cloud forming to the southwest, but I only saw one or two lightning flashes.

Roughly 5-10 minutes later, a new cell developed roughly over the Doncaster/Heidelberg area and began approaching Ringwood. I didn't see much lightning initially as it approached, but it developed a scudding shelfie with ominous lowerings at its base ahead of the core (as if a tornado was getting ready to form), with an impressive anvil hanging overhead! The cell appeared to slow down and eventually stall just before Ringwood (according to the Laverton radar), but became part of a rapidly building, exploding storm system that struck Ringwood just after 4pm! It got very dark and quite windy as the main storm cloud and associated shelfie (and an annoying scud layer) swept in, with rain starting to fall, and thunder and lightning increased dramatically. Most of the lightning was infrequent and faint, only once or twice a minute, and only lasted around 20 minutes or so, but we had around 2-3 of dangerously close CGs, including one of the closest lightning strikes I've ever had - followed by loud, INSTANTANEOUS thunder that startled me and other shoppers at Eastland!! =D

Then within 20 minutes, the heaviest downpours commenced, making conditions crazy during the drive home through Croydon, Kilsyth, Bayswater and Boronia! Serious flooding (including blocked gutters and drains, stranded cars, traffic chaos, loose gravel/twigs/leaves/etc, roads down to only one lanes in spots, emergency service personnel, and so on) along Mount Dandenong Road, Dorset Road, and Colchester Road! Brought back memories of the flooding we had in February 2005 and February 2011. Also a bit more lightning while in Croydon. No hail or damaging winds to worry about though. Didn't reach home until 6pm. poke

First time I've ever had to deal with driving along flooded roads; good thing my fiancee was able to guide me and encourage me. She is used to dealing with these sorts of conditions back home in Fiji, but although she knows we do often get heavy rainfall she still found it very hard to believe that Melbourne can on occasion get hit hard by flooding! crazy

Monbulk Creek is also in flood, but couldn't tell how much flooding was taking place along Dandenong Creek.

Plenty of low cloud about the Dandenong Ranges during the storm, and earlier this morning over the Yarra Ranges.

The rain stopped and the storm cleared soon after 6pm, with a nice double rainbow when the sun came out! smile

Collected a staggering 56mm of rain during the storm event, which lasted for about 2.5 hours here in Belgrave. This pushes the December 2016 total from 36.9mm to 92.9mm! The peak rainfall rate was around 150-160mm/hr according to my dad, even though the peak rate that was displayed on my weather station when I got home at 6pm was 16.8mm/hr. Although the ground is dry and is soaking much of the rain very quickly, it should be enough to hold back the fire threat for at least a few weeks! Very happy about that. smile

Currently a calm but very sticky 23C outside. Only a brief sunset this evening due to the extensive cloudcover, but just when I thought it was All Over Red Rover, it seems a new line of showers and thunderstorms is initiating along a line from Melbourne Airport to Castlemaine as I type! Another dose of action and some more heavy rain perhaps? Only need just over another 7mm to hit the magic 100mm mark! smile

Pics to come later, including some my fiancee took of the flooding while I was driving.

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#1399391 - 29/12/2016 21:22 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
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Forgot to mention that my family had only a few thunder rumbles, but otherwise windy conditions and one or two lightning strikes, and of course intense rainfall from today's insane storm! The gutters overflowed, and the driveway was a river. crazy

I also should've mentioned that it was wonderful to have seen some dark, angry cumulonimbus while driving between Boronia and Ringwood around 3pm! The storm drought I've had to suffer through has broken! grin

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#1399393 - 29/12/2016 21:42 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
Ruckle Offline
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Heavy shower atm, happy days
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#1399396 - 29/12/2016 21:50 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
balmz Offline
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Loc: Knox, Melbourne, VIC
More development over the peninsula's too. One last hurrah from this trough hopefully.

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#1399404 - 29/12/2016 22:32 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
Ruckle Offline
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Up to an even 45mm now, another 6mm with that lot. A bit robbed as first metro round of storms produced nothing here. Certainly done well trying to catch up though.
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#1399413 - 29/12/2016 23:24 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
Moz Offline
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Had a brief 30 second period of rain from this Melbourne cell that sounded as if it had a rain-rate higher than that of Round 1 earlier today, though the rainfall has calmed to a gentle pitter-patter.

Just had a cc flash and faint rumble of thunder too, beautiful night.

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#1399417 - 29/12/2016 23:39 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
Moz Offline
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getting very heavy again...

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#1399420 - 30/12/2016 00:02 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
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Loc: Torquay and Geelong
not a drop boo hoo, so pissed

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#1399421 - 30/12/2016 00:09 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
balmz Offline
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Loc: Knox, Melbourne, VIC
Had another nice heavy downpour for 10 mins or so which would have probably added another 10mm or so going on how heavy it was.

Looks like that's all she wrote for this one. Took it's time but today was probably worth the wait. Hopefully don't have to wait too long for more.

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#1399427 - 30/12/2016 08:03 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
logansi Offline
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Loc: Portland, Southwest - Victoria
Mt Hotham, 158mm - wow
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#1399434 - 30/12/2016 08:49 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
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Registered: 16/11/2014
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Good douser for any fire remnants in the heavy rain areas logansi, the Dargo River will start rising today also, with the N/E rivers going crazy with a fall like that and so much run off.

Melbourne sure copped it, nice wash down for the smoggy noisy place grin

Yesterday here was only round 32C Max but the humidity was bldy horrible, ended with 11mm taking us to about 780mm for the year, way above average which is round 620mm.
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J-173mm F-5mm M-66mm A-32.5mm M-24mm J-88mm J-143mm A-17.5mm S-89.5mm O-53.5mm Nov-61.5mm Dec - 26mm TOTAL 2016 - 779.5MM
Rain 2017. Jan-9.5mm Feb-23mm March-49mm April-40mm May-12mm June-12mm July-15mm Aug 13.5mm to 0900 16th.

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#1399444 - 30/12/2016 09:39 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
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The storms came out of the hills around 6.30pm last night. But Maffra staged a Fishman, and managed to get missed on both flanks. Still we got a handy 2mm and a slightly cooler 20.5C night.

Last chance of rain/storm for this thread for us is over the next 2-3 hours I reckon.

The thread eventually delivered! smile

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#1399445 - 30/12/2016 09:51 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
aussiestormfreak Offline
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Overnight low of 19.7C, currently around 21C. Humid, damp, calm and overcast.

Had one final torrential downpour just before midnight, very sudden but also very quick, only lasting 1 minute at most. smile

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#1399447 - 30/12/2016 10:00 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: Petros]
samboz Offline
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Originally Posted By: Petros
The storms came out of the hills around 6.30pm last night. But Maffra staged a Fishman, and managed to get missed on both flanks. Still we got a handy 2mm and a slightly cooler 20.5C night.
Last chance of rain/storm for this thread for us is over the next 2-3 hours I reckon.
The thread eventually delivered! smile


Any mention of a Maffra Force Field will not be taken lightly Mr. P.....




lol grin
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Rain 2016 - 753.5mm.
J-173mm F-5mm M-66mm A-32.5mm M-24mm J-88mm J-143mm A-17.5mm S-89.5mm O-53.5mm Nov-61.5mm Dec - 26mm TOTAL 2016 - 779.5MM
Rain 2017. Jan-9.5mm Feb-23mm March-49mm April-40mm May-12mm June-12mm July-15mm Aug 13.5mm to 0900 16th.

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#1399452 - 30/12/2016 10:31 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
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A beauty of a storm rolled through Last night giving us 36mm in about 15min😃
The place looked like niagra falls there for a while water over flowing and running in all directions lol

My water tank absolutley loved it

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#1399461 - 30/12/2016 11:07 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
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Wonderful the humid had droped to 47% fell better open windows fresh air.

My grandmother had very heavy rain of 47mm in hour in Tatura SW of Shepparton yesterday.

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#1399471 - 30/12/2016 12:23 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: chasers addict]
Hunter1890 Offline
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Loc: Ivanhoe/Waratah Bay VIC
Copped 71mm here in Ivanhoe. Darebin Creek is a sight to behold, as are many of Melbourne's waterways. Haven't seen sheets of water of the roads like that for many years.

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#1399477 - 30/12/2016 13:40 Re: VIC- Potential Christmas Heat Wave - Christmas Eve Storms? 21-30 December 2016 [Re: logansi]
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Warming up nicely today, at the last check it was around 30C here in Belgrave. Partly cloudy with a gentle cool breeze, hot sunshine, and far less intense humidity than yesterday! smile

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