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Thunderstorms expected but Brisbane's severe storm warning cancelled

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Marissa Calligeros

Weatherzone: Brisbane storm tracker

 

UPDATED

3.06pm The weather bureau says thunderstorms will rumble over Brisbane this afternoon, but a severe storm warning has been cancelled.

The Bureau of Meteorology has withdrawn its severe thunderstorm warning for Brisbane, however areas to the north of the city are still on alert.

The Bureau of Meteorology has withdrawn its severe thunderstorm warning for Brisbane, however areas to the north of the city are still on alert. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology

‘‘The storm activity will continue, but the severity has weakened,’’ BOM forecaster Michelle Berry said

She said storm cells that were headed for Brisbane had weakened, but not completely dissipated.

‘‘We have cancelled the metro warning for southeast Queensland, because those cells that were heading towards Caboolture have weakened in the last half hour,’’ she said.

‘‘We do have some more development currently occurring out towards Roma, so we can’t rule out if this is the last of the storm activity for today.’’

Ms Berry said it was unlikely the storms would bring heavy rainfall to the city.

‘‘The heaviest rainfall we have seen was around Esk ... which received 22 millimetres in one hour earlier this afternoon,’’ she said.

‘‘Remaining parts of the southeast have generally had five millimetres or less.’’ 

EARLIER

The Bureau of Meteorology has withdrawn its severe thunderstorm warning for Brisbane, however areas to the north of the city are still on alert.

Forecasters issued a warning for severe storms at 1.30pm, saying damaging winds and large hailstones were likely to hit Brisbane.

But storms cells which developed over the inland ranges tracked further north and the warning for Brisbane was withdawn at 2.18pm.

A warning remains in place for parts of Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast.

The storms were expected hit the town of Esk, northwest of Brisbane, about 2.05pm and Lake Wivenhoe by 2.35pm.

Wind gusts of up to 87km/h were recorded at Oakey on the Darling Downs, shortly before the Bureau of Meteorology issued its first storm warning, at 1.30pm.

The mercury in Brisbane was expected to hit 31 degrees by mid-afternoon, but an unexpected sea breeze saw the temperature reach just 25.5 degrees at midday and then drop to 23.5 degrees by 2pm.

Earlier today, BOM forecaster Michelle Berry said there was at least a 50 per cent chance of thunderstorms affecting Brisbane.

‘‘The storms will be moving quite rapidly, so we  might see some intense, short-lived rainfall,’’ Ms Berry said.

But she said no more than 30 millimetres of rain was expected across Brisbane.

‘‘Under a severe storm some areas might get 20 or 30 millimetres or so, but we’re more likely to see about 10 millimetres through most other areas,’’ she said.

8 comments

  • Has everyone checked their home insurance policies. There have been changes since the floods; get your policy health check now as we enter storm seaon.

    Commenter
    The Voter
    Location
    Brisbane
    Date and time
    September 21, 2012, 1:39PM
    • Well another 24hr temperature forecast busted ... 31C ? BS ! Got to 25.5C and is now trending down currently 23.5C at 14:00. How many is that this week ... oh yeah, all of them.

      Time for the BoM to reconsider its faulty algorithm or just stop over estimating temperature forecasts by up to 2C every day.

      Commenter
      Streetcred
      Date and time
      September 21, 2012, 2:03PM
      • yeah, Stupid BoM... Cause weather forecasting is like so easy...

        Maybe you should get a job there! You could use super human powers of hindsight to give us todays forecasts tomorrow, that way we'd have it right, like, 1000% of the time!

        Commenter
        davej
        Date and time
        September 21, 2012, 2:30PM
      • @ Streetcred... ummm, what? It's meteorology, there is no one plus one going on, it's best guesses. I'd rather know there might be a storm than not. Grow up.

        Commenter
        JoBlo
        Location
        Here
        Date and time
        September 21, 2012, 9:32PM
    • "She said the mercury was predicted to top 31 degrees about 2pm."

      So I check BOM website. 23.5C at 2pm. Was the above a joke? So far off it's not even funny.

      Commenter
      Michael
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      September 21, 2012, 2:14PM
      • I'm not sure all those storms are moving north of us. Listening to the thunder now :)

        Commenter
        Trowzers
        Location
        Brisbane
        Date and time
        September 21, 2012, 2:48PM
        • Not even funny? You think storms just tell us every little thing its going to do? Storms are so unpredictable anything could happen and the weather forcasters get us ready for what could potentially happen with as much accuracy as they can using the data available. In this case high temperatures like we have had lately so yes that could be expected to happen again today then followed by storms. So what the storm decided to bring in an early sea breeze sparing us the heat so lets attack the weather forcaster, its their fault. It could also be Can-Do's fault for there being less staff to predict the weather better. Try forcasting the weather yourself before having a go, its not easy and its not always right but most of the time they get it spot on

          Commenter
          Ken
          Date and time
          September 21, 2012, 3:17PM
          • Kent: So, professor, would you say it's time for everyone to panic?
            Professor: Yes I would, Kent.

            Commenter
            Thiso
            Location
            Brisbane
            Date and time
            September 21, 2012, 4:32PM
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