Use the Storm Confirmation tool to get immediate reports confirming the presence of thunderstorms or strong winds. These free reports are based on observations received by the Bureau within a 50 km radius of the selected location. This tool can only confirm that thunderstorms and/or strong winds were observed and reported to the Bureau of Meteorology and is not able to prove their absence.
A Registered User service is available for more detailed storm confirmations, which allows access to larger date ranges and bulk data outputs. For more information about this service, including charges and output samples, please send a request.
The storm confirmation tool does not currently provide information about the occurrence of hail. However, a Hail Assessment Service is offered in areas with sufficient radar coverage and investigates the Bureau's data for the possibility of hail. The charge for this service is based on one day of assessment at one location, with extra days or locations incurring additional costs. Please send us a request if you require information about hail. Note that the assessment may return inconclusive results.
Alternatively, we can supply Bureau data (primarily radar and ground based observations) for you to undertake your own assessment. Check if radar is available for your area: radar area coverage map
Some information on reported significant or damaging hail may be found in the weather and climate reports listed below.
Severe storms archive
The Bureau of Meteorology maintains a Severe Storms Archive. This is a database of all recorded local storm events which are associated with severe phenomena. Severe phenomena include severe wind gusts (>90 km/h), damaging hail (> 2 cm), tornadoes, heavy rainfall conducive to flash flooding, and lightning resulting in serious injury or death. Severe storms make up only a very small proportion of all storm events. Please note that many storms are not recorded, and that this database is not updated in real-time.
Weather and climate reports
The Bureau produces a number of different climate and weather reports which contain information on some Severe Weather events:
If information is required as part of court proceedings you may need to request a Certified Copy of the data that you require. Certified Copies are documents certified as a true copy of an original document or record held in our archives. These documents are certified by an authorised officer of the Bureau to whom custody of the original document is entrusted. See a Certified Copy example.
Please send a request outlining your requirements and your contact details if a Certified Copy is required (charges apply.)
Please contact us if you are considering issuing a subpoena.
The Bureau expects that a Certified Copy of Bureau information will be admissible in all Australian courts without the need for a Bureau officer to attend court. Please note that a Bureau officer attending court will only verify the information contained in the Certified Copy and will not be able to provide expert opinion or any interpretation of the information contained in the Certified Copy. If you require an expert witness to interpret meteorological information, please contact a private provider. If you believe you need to issue a subpoena for a Bureau officer to attend court please contact us so we can provide the most appropriate Bureau officer who will be available at the time and place required.
Please note that the above is not legal advice and you should seek legal advice if you deem this is appropriate.