Heavy thunderstorms drench QLD's CoalfieldsBen McBurney, Wednesday November 6, 2013 - 13:55 EDT
Thunderstorms dumped torrential rain over parts of Queensland's Central Highlands and Coalfields last night, with some places seeing their heaviest falls in more than a year.
Lochington copped a deluge around 10pm yesterday as a slow-moving and moisture packed thunderstorm rolled over, receiving a rapid-fire 22mm in 10 minutes. The town eventually ended up with 79mm to 9am, its heaviest fall since June last year.
Emerald Airport was pummelled by its second torrential downpour in a just under a week, receiving 39mm to 9am with 14mm falling in 10 minutes. The town is now sitting just shy of 100mm for the month already, almost twice the November average.
Other parts of the region received widespread falls of 20-30mm, with isolated falls of 60-70mm.
The thunderstorms were also associated with intense lightning, with over 50,000 lightning strikes recorded in a 300km radius of Lochington from early yesterday afternoon through until this morning.
The wild weather was triggered by a low pressure trough over inland parts of the state which combined with a humid onshore flow from the Coral Sea.
A ridge of high pressure will prevent thunderstorm development over the next two days, however another trough will cause storms to re-develop over the weekend and into early next week where further heavy falls are possible.
© Weatherzone 2013
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