Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Rain and storms soak eastern Australia

Ben Domensino, Saturday November 10, 2012 - 14:26 EDT

Rain and storms continue to affect QLD and NSW today after some of the heaviest November rain in more than a decade fell last night.

A slow moving trough over eastern Australia is being fed by winds drawing moisture off the Coral Sea, causing widespread rain and thunderstorms.

Heavy rain produced by this trough soaked northeast NSW and southeast QLD last night, bringing more than 100mm of rain to some places.

The heaviest falls were recorded at Dunollie and Mundubbera in QLD, where 118mm fell in the rain gauge. Further inland, Isisford collected 52mm, which is one and a half times their monthly average. Kingaroy Airport saw 67mm, making it the heaviest rain during November for 11 years.

Northeast NSW also saw heavy rain, with falls of up to 76mm at Lismore. Casino managed 72mm including 61mm in one hour, making it the heaviest November rain in at least 18 years.

The trough continued to creep across the nation's east today, causing rain to persist and reigniting thunderstorms. Lightning was affecting QLD's Central West and the Northern Tablelands of NSW just after lunch time.

By 9am on Sunday morning, parts of southeast QLD and far northeast NSW are likely to see up to 50mm of rain, with localised falls of 50-100mm.

The trough will move into the Coral Sea on Sunday, allowing the heaviest falls to contract to the QLD coast before clearing. Monday is looking significantly drier across eastern Australia.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2012

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Turbulent Thursday in Vic, Tas, SA

15:52 EDT

Parts of Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia could be lashed by storms and damaging winds on Thursday as a cold front sweeps across Australia's southeast.

How to protect yourself from lightning strikes

15:38 EDT

It is storm season in Australia and, while being struck by lightning is considered a rare occurrence, there are several steps people can take to keep safe.

Storms plaguing NSW, Qld

10:52 EDT

Storm-weary parts of southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales are preparing for another bout of wild weather today.