Storms pro­vide light show

Con­di­tions per­fect for a rum­ble in the Clarence Val­ley this week

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - Jar­rard Pot­ter jar­rard.pot­ter@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

THE CLARENCE Val­ley has been treated to some spec­tac­u­lar light shows re­cently, and as temperatures con­tinue to warm up, the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy has said there’s more storm ac­tiv­ity to come.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Jor­dan No­tara said thun­der­storms were preva­lent across the north-east coast­line of NSW yes­ter­day, with con­di­tions be­com­ing per­fect for the dis­tinc­tive rum­bling of thun­der.

“The storms are gen­er­ally as­so­ci­ated with con­ver­gence act­ing within that area which trig­gers thun­der­storms,” he said.

“When there’s rel­a­tively high hu­mid­ity and warmer temperatures which are as­so­ci­ated with the sum­mer cli­mate it’s a key player for why there’s more storm ac­tiv­ity.”

While re­cent storms have had a high num­ber of light­ning strikes, Mr No­tara said that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean the storm is more se­vere.

“The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy does keep a close eye on po­ten­tially se­vere storms that could pro­duce dam­ag­ing winds and hail,” he said.

“There’s the po­ten­tial for con­tin­ued storm ac­tiv­ity this morn­ing, while on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day there’s the po­ten­tial for show­ers.

“Look­ing at the long-term fore­cast for the Clarence Val­ley we ex­pect to see in­creased shower ac­tiv­ity on Fri­day and into the week­end.”

The lat­est fore­cast from the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy pre­dicts a 90 per cent chance of rain­fall in Grafton on Satur­day and Sun­day and in Yamba on Sun­day.

For the North­ern Rivers to­mor­row the BoM pre­dicts a partly cloudy day with a chance of a shower in the early morn­ing be­fore be­com­ing mostly sunny in the af­ter­noon.

Winds north to north­west­erly 15 to 20 km/h shift­ing south to south­east­erly 15 to 25 km/h early in the morn­ing then be­com­ing east to south­east­erly and light in the evening.

Overnight temperatures are ex­pected to fall to around 18 with day­time temperatures reach­ing the mid to high 20s.

PHOTO: LIGHTNINGMAPS.ORG

HIGH FRE­QUENCY: The map shows the lo­ca­tion of all light­ning strikes recorded in the Lower Clarence re­gion in the 24 hours up to 1pm yes­ter­day.

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