Thousands of lightning strikes recorded during spate of storms

A radar image of the thunderstorm predicted for Tuesday started in the north west of the state and made its way to Young.
A radar image of the thunderstorm predicted for Tuesday started in the north west of the state and made its way to Young.

Don’t be alarmed, the stuff falling from the sky is in fact precipitation, yep, rain and the good news for locals is that there is more expected to be on the way.

However, it’s mostly been from storms, and in the 24 hours up till 9am on Tuesday Young and the surrounding areas were estimated by blitzortung.org and lightningmaps.org to have recorded around 25,018 lightning events.

According to the data on both websites there was a stroke rate of 10 lightning strikes per minute during the events, with the majority occurring during the storm on Monday night between 10.30pm and 12.30am.

Further storms were predicted for Young on Tuesday with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a severe thunderstorm warning on Tuesday morning that would remain current into Wednesday when they predicted storms that would bring strong winds, heavy rain and large hailstones, however Young ended up only catching the edge of the storm which hammered Cootamundra, Wagga and Griffith before heading towards Yass.

Though there were blackouts reported and residents concerned for their vehicles, the edge of the storm only hovered over the area for around 15 minutes to half an hour before moving on.

Storms have once again been predicted for Friday according to The Weather Channel with Young expected to receive more rain, the Bureau of Meteorology similarly believe Young would receive rain on Friday and possible thunderstorms.

Temperatures are expected to be as unpredictable as the weather with lows of 14 or 16 degrees Celsius depending on where you get your weather and tops of between 36 and 38 degrees Celsius predicted and above 40 early next week.

One thing is for certain, with the predicted rainfall and a few overcast days expected over the next week, it will be humid and hot.

Local farmers can rejoice, with farmonlineweather.com.au forecasting rain for 14 out of the 21 days remaining in January. The website’s meteorologists say there’s 25 to 50 percent chance of Young receiving rain on January 11, 18 to 24 and 26. There’s 50 to 75 percent chance on January 27, 28, 30 and 31 and a 75 to 100 percent chance of rain on January 29.