Last week I did the best I could to explain humidity and I also showed you where humidity goes when it gets a full. I appreciate I may not be using the correct meteorological terms here, but the end result is the same.
Stage one: become hot and sweaty. Stage two: buckets of rain.
If you missed it, you can read it again and see the video of those buckets of rain by checking out my post humidity explained.
It’s interesting that on the very same day, further north in Queensland, a corn farmer was having a spot of bother with the weather himself. Check this out……
I mentioned a while back that we were now entering cyclone season and so far I think we have had a couple of serious contenders forming off of the northern coasts, but as yet no really serious damage has been caused. But it seems it isn’t just cyclone season, we are also in tornado season.
Australia isn’t really noted for its tornadoes, that dubious honour goes to the United States. But as you can see from the above video, we certainly do get them here. And it is very interesting that the tornado in the cornfield happened last Tuesday, 16 February.
A year ago on exactly the same day, The Gap, a suburb about 20 minutes from where I live, was hit with some serious winds. There has been heated discussion over whether it was a cyclone, a tornado or just very strong winds. You can check out the video, which is extraordinary, over at my post about our worst storm in 10 years.
So I decided to do a little research on Australian tornadoes. So much for my tornado season theory! Turns out Australia have had tornadoes in February, March, April, August, September, October, November and December. They’ve probably had some on the other months too, I just haven’t found them. Oh, correction, just found some for the other four months of the year.
So tornado season is all the time. And they are everywhere! Western Australia and Queensland seem to get the most, but they have also hit Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Northern Territory.
Australia’s most “damaging” tornado formed in a place called Brookfield, in the western suburbs of Brisbane on November 4, 1973. From there it journeyed through Kenmore Hills, Mount Coot-tha, Taringa, across to Eight Mile Plains and finished off its 51 km run at Moreton Bay, which is where you’ll find Nudgee Beach.
Almost 1400 houses were damaged or destroyed causing around $13 million worth of damage. Fortunately, nobody was killed, but around 20 people were injured.
Hold on! Western suburbs, Brisbane? Isn’t that where I live?