Australian Weather Calendar: May 2018

May photograph by Nitin Saksena

Nitin Saksena was driving home from work on 5 March 2014 when his car was suddenly pounded by torrential rain and lit up by a 'fierce lightning storm'. The one-in-five-years storm dumped 27 mm of rain in just 30 minutes at nearby Sans Souci.

Thunderstorms were observed at Sydney Airport on eight days in March 2014–the highest number of days on record for the month of March. Many of these thunderstorms, including the one that caught Nitin, were fast-moving and delivered heavy rain over short periods of time.