This winter of storms has produced yet another great day with a squall line forming in the Lockyer Valley and passing over the coast in the late afternoon of Saturday 26th of July 2014. At times it displayed an impressive gust front for this time of year. It was fairly weak however and there was little lightning. There were a few impressive shots taken though of which some of the best are here:
Both the Bureau of Meteorology and Weatherzone are forecasting possible showers for the next two days and afternoon thunderstorms for the Brisbane area on Saturday! It’s definitely proving to be an unusual winter for us. I can’t recall a year where we had so many thunder days in Brisbane during the winter. It is likely the storms on Saturday will be isolated, so just because there is a forecast storm, it doesn’t mean it will necessarily be near you. I’d definitely keep any eye out and camera ready though because these winter storms can often produce interesting looking features.
NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center has released it’s State of the Climate Report for the year 2013. Some key points from this report:
Arctic ice melt peak with 18% less ice coverage than 1981-2010 average.
Surface temperatures warmer than average across most of the world.
Net loss of mass for glaciers worldwide.
Carbon Dioxide levels at Mauna Loa Observatory reach 400ppm for the first time ever.
Ocean heat content continues upward trend.
Average ocean surface temperatures among top ten years on record.
A full breakdown of the highlights of the State of the Climate Report can be found in here. It makes a much easier read than the full report to get the main points. Australian Popular Science has also written an article about the report here.
This year’s report just goes to add more weight of evidence to support the fact that man made climate change is reaching dangerous levels. As mentioned in previous articles we are heading towards an unstoppable climate change emergency. It is now inevitable that we will face major sea level rises during this century. Urgent action will be required to reduce the impact of these rises. It’s not a matter of preventing them, just reducing them. We can only hope that technology will improve quickly enough to make the current political arguments less relevant.
There are reports of small hail in areas of Brisbane this afternoon after week storm cells developed in the early part of the afternoon. These cells have since moved to the north east, with most areas receiving bit of a downpour. There has been some lightning and thunder reported as well.
These storms are not severe, but are producing heavy rain and small hail in some areas. Looking to the west from my train journey home it looks like there’s going to be quite a nice sunset this afternoon! It’s already looking like a very golden sky out there.