Hundreds of lightning strikes light up night's sky

There were 989 lightning strikes, 155 which actually hit the ground, within a 50km radius of Young on Wednesday night. Photo: Weatherzone
There were 989 lightning strikes, 155 which actually hit the ground, within a 50km radius of Young on Wednesday night. Photo: Weatherzone

There were close to 1000 lightning strikes light up the night sky on Wednesday night with heavy rain falling as well.

Overnight on Wednesday, 989 lightnings strikes were recorded within a 50km radius of Young, with 155 of them hitting the ground.

A Weatherzone spokesperson said a lot of the lightning activity was south of Young near Wombat and Wallendbeen.

A huge number of lightning events were also detected near Bribbaree.

The Weatherzone spokesperson said it wasn't uncommon for storms to roll through during August.

And while the number of lightning strikes recorded may seem like a lot, severe storms result in a much greater amount of lightning detected.

"South of Young near Wombat and Wallendbeen there was a lot of lightning activity. It's not unusual [for this time of year]. The amount of strikes is not a huge amount compared to some storms," a Weatherzone spokesperson and meteorologist Esteban Abellan said.

Tightening the radius to within 30km of Young, 215 lighting strikes were recorded, with 41 hitting the ground.

There was also heavy rain in Young with 6mm recorded during 30 minutes between 10pm and 10.30pm on Wednesday night at the gauge at Young Airport.

Near Bathurst looking west. Photo: Christine Dean Smith

Near Bathurst looking west. Photo: Christine Dean Smith

Looking elsewhere, on Wednesday night, 488 lightning strikes were recorded within a 30 kilometre radius of Orange, with 85 of those hitting the ground.

In Bathurst 79 were recorded in the 30km radius with 18 hitting the ground, Parkes had 34 strikes (six hit the ground), while there were none recorded in Dubbo by the Bureau of Meteorology. Rainfall was concentrated across the eastern parts of the region with Bathurst recording the most at 13.4 millimetres by 7.30am on Thursday.

However, a property owner at Mount Rankin, north-west of Bathurst, reported receiving 55mm of rain from 11.30pm until 4am.

Lithgow received 11.2mm of rain, while many other towns received much less.

Orange had 6.2mm by 7.30am on Thursday, Cowra had 3.2mm and a little rain was also recorded in Parkes (2.6mm), Forbes (1.2mm), Dubbo (0.8mm) and Mudgee (0.6mm).