Af­ter­noon storm a spec­tac­u­lar Satur­day sight

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - Adam Hourigan

IT HAS been the place of many spec­tac­u­lar sun­sets over the past week, but an af­ter­noon storm changed the out­look over the Wi­tonga St boat ramp on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Vicki James from Vicki James Cre­ative Im­agery saw the storm ap­proach­ing from the south, and cap­tured this stun­ning panorama of the storm­front, com­ment­ing on how still the wa­ter was in the mo­ments be­fore it started rain­ing.

Ms James said the rain had not hit when she took the photo, with one-cen­time­tre hail hit­ting her Yamba house just a minute af­ter she got in – the hail shower last­ing five min­utes dur­ing the en­su­ing rain.

The storm was the first sig­nif­i­cant rain of the month, built slowly from the south around 4.30pm on Satur­day af­ter­noon, de­liv­er­ing only 5mm of rain in the Grafton area, be­fore dump­ing 21mm in half an hour on Yamba.

Re­ports came in from across the Lower Clarence of small hail in the storm.

The duty fore­caster for the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy said the storm was due to a cold front and as­so­ci­ated up­per dis­tur­bance that cre­ated sev­eral storm fronts start­ing in north­ern NSW reach­ing into cen­tral Queens­land.

There were sev­eral show­ers scat­tered through­out the area yes­ter­day morning, with the bureau fore­cast­ing a dry week com­ing up with only a slight pos­si­bil­ity of show­ers on Fri­day.


RAIN COM­ING: A stun­ning view of Satur­day’s storm from the Wi­tonga St boat ramp in Yamba.

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