Hi all! Reached a hot, sweaty 31.5°C here in Belgrave today. It felt like a steam bath while I was at work in Boronia, but thank goodness for air conditioning, despite those insane dew points!
We had a couple of hours of rain this morning, at times heavy. Collected 1.1mm here at home as the rainband swept through.
The skies began clearing towards midday, with convective towers flaring as the afternoon progressed. The first storms I saw were off to the west when I knocked off around 3:45pm, over the Melton/Baccus Marsh region. But a few more cells were towering over the Yarra Ranges; the tops of these cells were just visible over the ridge of Mount Dandenong from my workplace!
During the 45 minute drive home, the storm cells over Melbourne's west matured and then eventually died. Meanwhile, three cells were in various stages of their life cycle to the northeast: one in the middle was developing, one to the right was decaying, and one to the left was hitting maturity.
Around 5:30pm, my focused turned to the line of storms approaching from the north. Lots of huge cumulonimbus erupting all along the northern horizon as it moved towards Melbourne. The anvil looked gorgeous at sunset, around 7:30pm, by which time the cells within the storm front that were to my due north were over Kinglake, and looking intense on radar!
By nightfall we had lightning flashes to our north, starting at 8pm! Our first distant rumble of thunder followed at 8:22pm!!
Then we had nothing but darkness and silence that lasted for what felt an eternity. I felt the show was over already.
But around 10 minutes later, the thunder and lightning started up again, lasting for a good 45 minutes as the storm edged southwards! At the peak of the display, the lightning was occurring on average about once or twice a minute. It was mostly sheet flashes, and generally very faint, but at 8:57pm I saw two potentially dangerous CG lightning strikes (most likely in the direction of Mount Dandenong), and I caught them on camera! Yeah baby!! =D
The thunder sounded like distant earthquake tremors btw.
We had a little bit of rain at about 9:30pm as the storm's leading edge moved in, but the storm quickly dissolved and soon vanished completely.
A calm, humid night outside, currently around 22°C. Next wave of heavy rain and storms brewing over the Northern Plains and should hopefully
reach us overnight. Really need a thorough soaking, or else we risk ending March with barely 5-10mm of rain.