OK, so it started to pour this evening – then, there was like, a 10-minute hail storm! Of course, I then googled “does it hail in Queensland” and found the following geek-tails from Australian Government, Geoscience Australia website:

Hail is most common in mid latitudes between 30 and 50 degrees south during late spring and early summer when surface temperatures are sufficiently warm to promote the instability associated with strong thunderstorms, but the upper atmosphere is still cool enough to support ice. Hail is less common in tropical latitudes despite a much higher frequency of thunderstorms. This is because the atmosphere over the tropics tends to remain warm at higher altitudes, reducing the possibility for ice to form.

Hail is much more common along mountain ranges because mountains force horizontal winds upwards in what is known as orographic lifting. This phenomenon intensifies the updrafts within thunderstorms, making hail more likely. The Great Dividing Range in eastern Australia is the most hail prone region of the continent with south east Queensland particularly susceptible to severe thunderstorms, especially during the summer months.”

For more geek-tails on the weather Down Under, check here.

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