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Funnel cloud observed and lightning explodes a tree in the Lismore area: Sunday 12th February 2006
Report compiled by Michael Bath

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A large funnel cloud was observed to the south of Lismore shortly after noon. Sue Nelson watched the event from Lismore Heights for about 20 minutes. She says it almost touched the ground at one stage, bent into curved shapes and other smaller funnels appeared from time to time. Overall, the movement of the circulation was toward the northwest. These photos were taken towards the end of the funnel's life and are looking towards the south:

The funnel appears to be in the Wyrallah area between Lismore and Coraki. It is a land spout variety, induced by a low level circulation rather than from a thunderstorm with mesocyclone.

Graeme from McKees Hill also took some photos of the funnel with his camera phone:

Later in the afternoon lightning from a weak thunderstorm struck a tree at a Richmond Hill residence on the NE outskirts of Lismore. So, what? - lightning hits trees all the time. This bolt managed to completely explode a mature tree !


The Northern Star newspaper reports: [page 01][page 06]


From Bureau of Meteorology

  • Grafton local scale loop 2200z to 1000z 12/02/2006 (9am to 9pm NSW time)

    Satellite Images

    From Weatherzone

    23z 00z 01z 02z 03z 04z 05z 06z 07z 10am to 6pm local

    Analysis Charts

    From Bureau of Meteorology

    Brisbane sounding at 11am 12/02 local

    12/02/2006 06z

    GFS Model Analysis

    From NOAA 12/02/2006 06z analysis

  • Liftex Index
  • CAPE
  • Relative Humidity surface
  • Relative Humidity 850 hPa
  • Relative Humidity 700 hPa
  • Relative Humidity 600 hPa
  • Relative Humidity 500 hPa
  • Relative Humidity 300 hPa
  • Temperature (C) surface
  • Temperature (C) 850 hPa
  • Temperature (C) 700 hPa
  • Temperature (C) 500 hPa
  • Temperature (C) 300 hPa
  • Winds (knots) surface
  • Winds (knots) 925 hPa
  • Winds (knots) 850 hPa
  • Winds (knots) 700 hPa
  • Winds (knots) 600 hPa
  • Winds (knots) 500 hPa
  • Winds (knots) 300 hPa
  • Winds (knots) 200 hPa

    Document: 200602-04.htm
    Updated: 28th February 2006
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