Heavy thunderstorms developed about the Darwin region yesterday, with some places seeing their heaviest October rain in almost a decade.
Port Keats saw 60mm in the rain gauge to 9am today, 20mm more than the average October rainfall, and the heaviest October rain in eight years. The rain was intense, falling in only a few hours with 8mm being recorded in just 10 minutes.
Other notable rainfall totals included 52mm at Lambells Lagoon, its heaviest October fall in eight years, and 26mm at Cape Fourcroy, the heaviest rain since May.
Thunderstorms are likely again throughout the Top End over the next few days as a broad region of low pressure lingers ahead of the long awaited monsoon season.
© Weatherzone 2013
16:28 EDT Hail is caused when raindrops are lifted up into the atmosphere during a thunderstorm and then supercooled by temperatures below freezing, turning them into ice balls.