Hailstorm at Halls Gap VIC: Monday 27th January 1997
by Paul Yole
The storm hit a one kilometre stretch five kilometres northeast of Halls Gap at 2pm, forcing about 12 cars on the road to a stand still.
The storm cost Halls Gap Nursery thousands of dollars. The hail damaged one section of fibreglass roof beyond repair, cracked many roof tiles, stripped fruit trees and caused structural damage to the nursery shade-house.
The temperature on the day was about 32 and the winds were from the north at approximately 20 knots, while upper winds were from the west at about 15 to 20 knots. Humidity was low, but increased later on. The picture below was taken at about 2.30pm looking south, but the storm was seen building from mid morning to the southwest. The structure indicates the storm may have been a supercell.
These images obtained from the Bureau of Meteorology
Updated: 5th May, 2005
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