Severe Storms Archive - Tornado

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Tornado IDDate/TimeLatitudeLongitudeNearest townStateFujita scale
12712014-11-22 06:00:00-34.1721142.2486GOL GOL NORTH CREEKNSW0
CommentsSunraysia Daily reports tornado and associated extensive crop damage in a band extending from Yelta (Victoria) through to Gol Gol North (SW NSW). Trees uprooted/snapped, vineyards damaged, roofs off houses/sheds. Large hail also reported. Seems likely supercell-related based on observations of a BWER recorded in logbook. Estimates that damage and crop losses are likely to run into tens of millions of dollars. Details of path length, direction and width are estimated form the media article. Media reports of tornado and hail damage reported at Gol Gol North (NE of Mildura, in SW NSW) with thunderstorms.
12722014-11-05 06:35:00-30.9484150.2511GUNNEDAH AERODROMENSW0
CommentsABC Emergency Twitter/Gunnedah SES: anecdotal reports of a small tornado. Thunderstorms in area at the time. A thunderstorm cell produced a 57 knot gust at Gunnedah, and a 59 knot gust at Tamworth. Synoptic: low pressure trough moving across the state produced multiple severe thunderstorm cells (events) across central and NE NSW.
12732014-12-04 09:05:00-34.6556150.2996BUNDANOONNSW0
CommentsVideo footage supports 'gustnado'. Questionable tornado at Bundanoon. 'Gustnado' more likely (according to Harald Richter).
12742014-07-14 00:00:000.00000.0000WA0
CommentsThe cold front which passed over the southwest generating this event also produced isolated severe weather over other locations. Tornadoes in Perth
12752014-09-07 00:00:00-31.9800115.9936FORRESTFIELDWA0
CommentsThe passage of two strong cold fronts produced widespread, mainly minor damage, over southern WA. The first front moved through southern WA from late Sunday into Monday and produced the most damage. Given the damage path, it is likely that a tornado moved through Forrestfield (suburb, southeast of Perth). The second front moved through southwest WA from Monday afternoon to early Tuesday. There were very few reports of damage with the passage of the second front. Two strong cold fronts
12762014-11-22 00:00:00-34.1828142.2154GOL GOL BENDVIC0
CommentsDestructive storms, localised hail and intense rain reported, though not with any specific detail. AWS no report of severity. NULL
12772015-02-23 04:00:00-36.3846145.4045SHEPPARTONVIC0
Commentsseveral eye witnesses. damage reported in area. evidence of strong meso-scale on radar. NULL
12782015-02-28 08:00:00-37.3415144.1440DAYLESFORDVIC0
CommentsHepburn Courier reports of mini tornado 150m wide by couple of km. NULL
12812015-02-13 06:35:00-37.4264143.8863CRESWICKVIC0
CommentsPhotos show rotating cloud reaching ground. NULL
12822015-08-24 06:00:00-32.2484148.6012DUBBONSW0
CommentsJonny from SES called with report of a tornado at Dubbo around 5-5:15 PM. Police got some more calls with reports of partial roofs off houses and very strong winds. Jonny relayed this info through. Possible footage too. No GPATS over Dubbo at this time but there were a couple near Gilgandra. Tornado
12832015-10-22 00:00:00-31.5651149.9845BUNDELLANSW0
CommentsReports (via Graham Creed's Twitter) of tornado at Bundlla. SES had first heard reports around middle of the day. Timing sometime around late morning. NULL
12852015-10-27 00:00:00-29.6817148.8012MERRYWINEBONENSW0
CommentsImage of tornado by local (Barry Newman) is on record. The event has been legitamised and has had a case study written about it for further investigations. NULL
12862015-10-31 06:20:00-36.1401144.5581EchucaVIC0
CommentsJane O'Neill reported (and supplied photo) of a funnel cloud associated with storm just west of Echuca. Multiple reports of severe phenomena associated with left-moving storm in northern Victoria.
12872015-11-01 03:30:00-36.0527145.2059NATHALIAVIC0
CommentsSocial media (YouTube) shows multiple vortices at Nathalia. Corresponds to the inflexion point of the squall line on RADAR. https://youtu.be/Cpppj8hgov4 Storms developed into a squall line over northern Victoria/Southern NSW which moved into the NE during the afternoon with multiple reports of wind damage. Doppler RADAR showed winds up to 130km/h at 3500ft along back edge of squall line.
12882015-11-05 02:30:00-37.6023144.9428CRAIGIEBURNVIC0
CommentsMultiple reports between 1:30 and 2:00pm EDT of funnel cloud. A storm spotter reported seeing two separate funnels touch down. Reports from Campbellfield, Craigieburn and Melbourne Airport. NULL
12892015-08-29 05:00:00-33.3403115.6419BUNBURYWA0
CommentsNULL The passage of a cold front during the day produced several waterspouts around the Perth area and a likely tornado in Bunbury. A narrow swathe of damage around 700 m long was reported from the Bunbury suburb of Usher around 1 pm WST. DFES reported about 10 call outs for damage to trees, fences, patio, tiles and ridge capping. The Serpentine radar image at 0450 UTC showed an enhanced cell approaching the coast to the south of the city with an unusual velocity signal at an elevation of approximately 10 000 feet. The environment was more unstable than the usual winter time front. The cell formed over the ocean to the west of Bunbury where CAPE values in ACCESS R fields were between 200 and 500 J/Kg. The storm cell formed in the warm air mass ahead of the front on a northerly to northwest convergence line. ACCESS R fields indicated some areas of overlap of shear, instability and up motion.
12902015-09-10 03:00:00-34.2967117.5542CRANBROOKWA0
CommentsNULL The passage of a cold front produced showery and windy conditions over southwest WA. Damage consistent with the passage of a tornado was reported at Cranbrook on the leading edge of the front. Cape Leeuwin recorded a gust of 49 knots (at 4:00am) in the pre-frontal air stream and 51 knots (94 km/h) at 2:33pm in the post-frontal air stream.
12912015-12-03 19:30:00-30.7492121.4656KALGOORLIEWA0
CommentsA severe thunderstorm near Kalgoorlie caused some injuries and significant damage at KCGM (Super Pit). Below is an extract from their damage report: The extent of the damage caused by a severe thunderstorm at KCGM on Friday is still being assessed. Around 3.30pm on 4th December, tornado-like conditions swept through parts of the operation, causing significant damage. The mobile fleet maintenance workshops were the worst hit; with major structural damage, power, communication and water services being cut. The Open Pit administration office was also damaged, with the entrance doors being blown in and internal ceiling panels collapsing. A number of large trees were also uprooted and power lines brought down. KCGM General Manager Ian Butler said the storm was so intense it was lucky there weren't more serious injuries. "One person received a fracture in his foot, and three others were treated for minor first aid injuries," he said.%D %D Kalgoorlie Doppler Radar image at 0725 UTC (1525 WST) showed a pixel which had an inbound velocity of around 110 km/h at a height of ~487 metres above the ground (aliased: 22.5 m/s outbound). A severe thunderstorm near Kalgoorlie caused some injuries and significant damage at KCGM (Super Pit). Below is an extract from their damage report: The extent of the damage caused by a severe thunderstorm at KCGM on Friday is still being assessed. Around 3.30pm on 4th December, tornado-like conditions swept through parts of the operation, causing significant damage. The mobile fleet maintenance workshops were the worst hit; with major structural damage, power, communication and water services being cut. The Open Pit administration office was also damaged, with the entrance doors being blown in and internal ceiling panels collapsing. A number of large trees were also uprooted and power lines brought down. KCGM General Manager Ian Butler said the storm was so intense it was lucky there weren't more serious injuries. "One person received a fracture in his foot, and three others were treated for minor first aid injuries," he said.%D %D Kalgoorlie Doppler Radar image at 0725 UTC (1525 WST) showed a pixel which had an inbound velocity of around 110 km/h at a height of ~487 metres above the ground (aliased: 22.5 m/s outbound).
12922015-05-01 00:00:00-20.7306116.8447KARRATHAWA0
CommentsNULL A tornado was filmed near Karratha, associated with the rainbands of TC Quang. A video was supplied to the BOM.
12932015-12-04 07:30:00-30.7492121.4656KALGOORLIEWA0
CommentsNULL A severe thunderstorm near Kalgoorlie caused some injuries and significant damage at KCGM (Super Pit). Below is an extract from their damage report: The extent of the damage caused by a severe thunderstorm at KCGM on Friday is still being assessed. Around 3.30pm on 4th December, tornado-like conditions swept through parts of the operation, causing significant damage. The mobile fleet maintenance workshops were the worst hit; with major structural damage, power, communication and water services being cut. The Open Pit administration office was also damaged, with the entrance doors being blown in and internal ceiling panels collapsing. A number of large trees were also uprooted and power lines brought down. KCGM General Manager Ian Butler said the storm was so intense it was lucky there weren't more serious injuries. "One person received a fracture in his foot, and three others were treated for minor first aid injuries," he said.%D %D Kalgoorlie Doppler Radar image at 0725 UTC (1525 WST) showed a pixel which had an inbound velocity of around 110 km/h at a height of ~487 metres above the ground (aliased: 22.5 m/s outbound).
12972015-07-11 05:15:00-35.8318146.8013BURRUMBUTTOCKNSW0
CommentsTornado caused trees to be knocked down. Police called, people sighted it. Squall line thunderstorms passing through at the time. No other property damage other than trees. NULL
12982015-12-15 23:30:00-34.0151151.2012KurnellNSW2
CommentsA clear and narrow damage path was noted during this event which is supported by the radar signatures at the time. The strongest evidence to support tornadic activity is a gust of 213km/h at Kurnell AWS at 10.33am, with SES reports confirming the removal of rooves from houses and uprooting of mature trees in the area. A range of images from online social and news media also show damage to a number of properties in Kurnell, an over turned truck, and the partial removal of the roof of the desalination plant. The strength of the observed wind gust and onsite visual evidence of the damage place this tornado in the F2 category. Later reports emerged (~11.40am) from head office media stating a number of callers from Bondi Beach sighting a tornado. Based on radar data at this time and no specific damage reports it was most likely offshore. LGA: Sutherland Shire. NULL
12992016-01-22 05:00:00-32.4817150.9011JERRYS PLAINSNSW0
CommentsA highly organised supercell thunderstorm was evident on radar west of Jerrys Plains around 3pm. This cell tracked slowly east towards Singleton by 4.30pm, then northeast towards Nabiac by 6.30pm. Doppler radar showed a clearly defined low level velocity couplet lasting for over an hour with this storm, weakening once the cell tracked past Singleton. The SES reported significant damage at Doyles Creek and Singleton, including some roofs partially or fully lifted off, trees down on roads, and some trees crushing cars. Secondhand reports (friend of a storm spotter) were received of tornado damage at the Darley and Coolmore Horse Studs and mines including trees ripped out of the ground. The location of this report is consistent with the position of the low level velocity couplet. One photo on social media shows a mature tree with large branches broken off and a wire fence bent over at Jerrys Plains, with all debris aligned in the same direction. Tornadic activity seems likely but difficult to estimate path lengths or EF scales without more detailed investigation. NULL
13002016-01-30 12:30:00-35.4294149.5011FORBES CREEKNSW2
CommentsA strong line of fast moving thunderstorms, possibly supercells, moved through the Forbes Creek/Hoskinstown area late on Saturday night (approximately 11.30pm), spawning at least one tornado. A damage survey conducted onsite showed numerous Eucalypts had been snapped and Pines uprooted, a kit home damaged, shearing shed demolished, and front wall of a double brick structure destroyed. The estimated width of the damage swathe was 150m, with the SES reporting damage along a 3km path. Other reports from the SES include major structural damage to 6 properties in the Forbes Creek/Hoskinstown area, with a number of trees down on access roads. Numerous media articles (SMH, ABC, Canberra Times) were written for this event, and photos posted on the Queanbeyan Facebook page showing significant damage to structures and properties. Estimated strength: EF2. NULL
13012016-01-30 07:20:00-29.4187153.2849PALMERS ISLANDNSW1
CommentsA fast moving thunderstorm (possibly a right moving supercell) moved through Palmers Island (west of Yamba) shortly after 6pm, bringing signficant and very localised damage to the area. Media articles and SES reports describe the narrow path of damage "2 or 3 streets wide" which includes: some building collapses, trees and wires down, lots of strewn debris, some rooves ripped off and walls pushed over. The main damage occured along Gordon Street. The narrow damage path and the scale of the damage seem consistent with a tornado, possibly at the high end of the EF1 scale. Path length difficult to estimate without any further onsite evidence. NULL