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Stormy and Stunning Skies across southeast QLD

Joel Pippard, Sunday July 16, 2017 - 11:56 EST

Summer-like storms have flashed across the skies of Queensland, leaving a rare fogbow in its wake.

Since 12am on Saturday morning, over 20,000 lightning strikes flurried across the skies from Charleville to Brisbane with 2,200 making it to ground.

As the storms reached the coast early yesterday evening, Archerfield recorded 7.8mm in just 10 minutes and Redland picked up 6.6mm in 10 minutes at 6pm and 7pm respectively. Overall, Redland recorded 28.0mm in the gauge with Brisbane registering 23.4mm.

Some inland areas have also had their largest daily rainfall totals since Cyclone Debbie, with Roma picking 14.8mm and Mitchell recording 18.2mm.

This morning, widespread fog is blanketing southern QLD with visibility as low as 100m at Charleville and 150m at St George.

Morning fog at Torquay near Hervey Bay also produced a rare and beautiful fogbow. These are very similar to a rainbow except they must be formed in fog. Since the water droplets in fog are much smaller than raindrops, the colors of the rainbow blur together and deliver a ‘white rainbow’.

The trough responsible for the widespread storms has since moved offshore, bringing a clear and sunny day. Fog patches are still lingering over some inland parts but will dissipate in the early afternoon.

- Weatherzone

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