Weather | October's flashy finale

STORMY SEND-OFF: The end of October was marked by some large thunderstorms with heavy rain and hail. Some areas experienced their wettest October in almost two decades, while in the Kimberley temperatures soared.
STORMY SEND-OFF: The end of October was marked by some large thunderstorms with heavy rain and hail. Some areas experienced their wettest October in almost two decades, while in the Kimberley temperatures soared.

The past week has seen more thunderstorm activity in the Albury-Wodonga region. However, rainfalls were very patchy.

Hay recorded 22mm in a severe storm with large hail last Wednesday afternoon.

There were isolated thunderstorms in NE Victoria during the afternoon of Thursday October 26, and the individual storm cells moved from the SSW direction which was unusual.

A low pressure trough with a cold front passed over our region on Saturday morning with a thundershower and SW wind change. However, this system began returning westwards a few hours later with an increase in humidity and temperature as North winds set in again.

More thunderstorms formed on Saturday afternoon with magnificent cumulonimbus clouds with cirriform anvil tops, and a particularly violent thunderstorm hit the Benalla and Warrenbayne area at just after midnight early Sunday morning. 

It moved later over Falls Creek with 34mm of rainfall, resulting in the wettest October there since 2001.

Hot conditions are affecting the Kimberley and Daly Waters with temperatures reaching 43 last weekend.

This excessive heat is not expected to gradually advance into our region, mainly due the the approaching active low pressure trough bringing a lengthy burst of below-normal temperatures and some showery periods. It will be a cool start to November. 

On Monday October 30 Broome recorded its highest-ever temperature for October with a reading of 43.4 beating the previous October record of 42.8 on October 30, 1953.

There was very heavy rain in Eastern Queensland in October 1953 which also happened two weeks ago.

It does appear that the coming weeks will resemble November and early December 1953; unsettled conditions, thunderstorms and few hot days until the third week of November.

There was little rain in December 1953, but after mid-January 1954 there was a lot of rain in our region.

October rainfall

Deniliquin 17.8mm 

Yarrawonga 76.2mm 

Wangaratta 47.4mm

Albury 67.8mm

Wagga 64.8mm

Corryong 49.4mm