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Severe Storms with Large Hail - Goulburn and Bathurst: Friday 6th January 2006
Report compiled by Jimmy Deguara and Michael Bath

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It may have been a 2 hour wait but it was worth it - very nice structured severe storm this afternoon near Goulburn! And a nice dumping of hail as well in the Goulbourn and nearby vicinity - hail to 3cm based on the thumps (not measured though). Definitely evidence of microbursts in certain areas of Goulburn west and north towards Taralga. The storm in my opinion did not have the intensity to produce anything more than even 4cm. We were able to park away form danger and experience the hail size and then still head north. Unfortunately it took 5 minutes to get to the road north and this in itself kept the storm at bay for about 20 minutes. As suggested, we did catch up but as one would expect in this situation the undercutting nature limited the life of the storms. The storm weakened in the vicinity of Taralga.

We headed to Oberon via Goulburn only to find ourselves heading toward Bathurst. It produced strong winds and hail to about 2cm though mostly 1 to 1.5cm. It did not last as long as the other storm further south. We ceased chasing near Sofala and headed back home. Lightning was observed as weaker storms passed north of Lithgow.


From Bureau of Meteorology

  • Sydney local scale loop 0200z to 1030z 06/01/2006 (1pm to 9.30pm NSW time)
  • Sydney medium scale loop 0200z to 1130z 06/01/2006 (1pm to 10.30pm NSW time)

    Satellite Images

    From Weatherzone

    02z 03z 04z 05z 06z 07z 08z 1pm to 7pm local

    Analysis Charts

    From Bureau of Meteorology

    06/01/2006 06z

    GFS Model Analysis

    From NOAA 06/01/2006 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) 500 hPa
  • Winds (knots) 300 hPa
  • Winds (knots) 200 hPa

    Document: 200601-03.htm
    Updated: 17th January 2006
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