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An Evening of Lightning on the NSW North Coast: Thursday 17th February 2005
Report compiled by Dave Ellem and Michael Bath

Humid onshore winds feeding into an upper trough over the Northern Rivers, along with an amplifying trough over Northern NSW, provided enough instability for weak storms in the Northern Rivers district and severe storms on the Northern Tablelands. Weak storm cells developed off the coast between Ballina and Evans Head during the evening, giving lightning, thunder and torrential rain to the coastal fringe right through the night. Evans Head recorded 102mm in the 24hrs to 9am on the 18th. Below is a collection of photos of the activity taken during the afternoon and evening from Wollongbar.

These photos from McLeans Ridges looking towards the east and northeast.


From Bureau of Meteorology

  • Grafton local scale loop 0220z to 1300z 17/02/2005 (1.20pm to midnight local)
  • Brisbane medium scale loop 0310z to 1150z 17/02/2005 (2.10pm to 10.50pm local)

    Satellite Images

    From Weatherzone: 4pm and 5pm local

    17/02/2005 05z 17/02/2005 06z

    Analysis Chart

    From Bureau of Meteorology

    17/02/2005 06z

    Document: 200502-03.htm
    Updated: 22nd April, 2005
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