Several areas across South-Eastern and Central QLD have awoken to cut roads, drenched backyards and liquid falling from the sky for the first time in a long time! Above image via Weatherzone
The combination of an upper low/trough over Southern parts of QLD, a localised surface trough and and wind convergence line both on the surface trough CQLD and in the mid levels across SEQLD has generated several thunderstorm clusters overnight.
It started yesterday (Tuesday, March 14th) evening when a line of storms tracked through the Darling Downs and Central Highlands before losing its structure across the Wide Bay and Capricornia. This line of storms ended up producing 76mm at Toowoomba (with localised higher totals being sent in) along with falls of 80mm+ over the Burnett. This (now) cluster of storms converged with onshore winds to produce rain areas across the Wide Bay and Capricornia throughout the night. Ampthill picked up 191mm, Mt Joseph (near Gayndah) 167mm, Mt Walsh 145mm, Mimdale 131mm, with scattered to almost widespread falls of 50-130mm elsewhere. Gladstone scored 72mm, Gayndah 88mm, Gympie 82mm, Tiaro 62mm, Ghost Hill near Hervey Bay 57mm, Hervey Bay a respectable 23mm.
During the early hours of the morning, the Sunshine Coast region was smashed with torrential rain as thunderstorms and rain areas converged over the region. Intense downpours of more than 50mm/hr were being detected across the region, along with falls of more than 100mm/2hrs. Tewantin has awoken to 198mm, Noosa Heads 175mm, Doonan Creek 166mm, Coolum 135mm, Maroochydore 127mm, Coorooy 122m, Eumundi 111mm, Sunshine Coast 109mm with widespread falls of 50mm+.
Then it was the Gold Coast’s turn as rain areas converged just before sunrise. While the totals weren’t as heavy due to the activity not hanging around as long, falls of 82mm at Pacific Pines, 53mm and still raining at Coolangatta and widespread falls of 30-60mm across the Gold Coast were enough to give the garden a drink.