Local weather photographer and storm chaser Chris McFerran snapped this shot of yesterday afternoon’s storm cell from Junabee Rd. More storms and heavier rain are forecast from today.
Local weather photographer and storm chaser Chris McFerran snapped this shot of yesterday afternoon’s storm cell from Junabee Rd. More storms and heavier rain are forecast from today. Chris Mcferran

Severe storms on the horizon for Darling Downs

SEVERE storms and widespread heavy rainfall are expected to begin to sweep across the Southern Downs today, bringing the promise of some of the heaviest falls of 2014.

The latest forecast is pointing towards widespread falls of more than 50mm in the coming days, according to Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Brett Harrison.

Mr Harrison said heavy rain and strong wind gusts would be a key feature of the weekend, as very high moisture levels and a series of upper troughs create ideal storm conditions.

"At this stage there is a good chance of seeing severe storms into the weekend, with instability continuing well into mid-next week," he said.

"It looks as though these storms won't be quite as severe as the storm which hit Brisbane last Thursday.

"We can expect pretty strong wind gusts, however we won't see hail as big as last week's storm in Brisbane."

The promise of storms has local storm chaser and photographer Chris McFerran excitedly watching the skies.

"It's been quite an active start to the storm season," he said.

"We've been very fortunate in Warwick the past couple of afternoons - we've gone back to having a thunderstorm every afternoon."

Speaking to the Daily News from the field yesterday afternoon, Mr McFerran said the next three or four days were looking really promising.

"There are embedded thunderstorms in this system - slow-moving storms dumping a lot of rain in one spot," he said.

"These sorts of storms can miss you by 100m - one farm could get some and the neighbouring farm could get none."

With his storm chasing equipment and camera in hand, the keen photographer is watching where the storms build up.

"Sadly most storms will be around the Range," he said.

"The ranges tend to steal a lot of our storms."

Don't forget to share your storm photos to the Warwick Daily News Facebook page.

Rainfall totals

(24 hours to 9am yesterday)

  •  Killarney: 1mm
  •  Warwick: 4mm
  •  Ballandean: 7mm
  •  Stanthorpe: 11mm
  •  Amiens Knob: 19mm
  •  Wallangarra: 20mm
  •  Dalveen: 2mm


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