Australian Weather Calendar: March 2018

March Photograph by Grant Szabadics

Grant Szabadics was born in Mount Isa and has worked at the mines there for 34 years. He loves the city's lookout for its 360o view of storms in the area.

Conditions were perfect for thunderstorm development in northwest Queensland on 25 February 2015: warm, humid and unstable, with a trough of low pressure causing surface winds to converge and push air upwards. While spectacular to look at, thunderstorms can cause damage, including power outages due to lightning strikes or strong winds bringing down trees and branches onto power lines. That afternoon the Bureau issued a warning for damaging winds in Mount Isa, and thousands of premises lost power due to the storms.

Diagram of how lighting works with yellow lighting and grey cloud showing how positive and negative ions travel