Threatening city storm just ?fizzes out

By MIKARLA THURECHT

HAIL ranging in size from marbles to golf balls fell at Stanwell and Westwood yesterday afternoon.

Rockhampton Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mike Griffin said reports of hail had been received just after 4pm.

The storm that threatened to lash South Rockhampton and Gracemere ? and had many people rushing to get their cars undercover ? ended up being a fizzer, Mr Griffin said.

After dropping hail and the threat that it may spawn a second storm, Mr Griffin said the storm just "died off'' about 4.30pm.

He said while he was keeping an eye on several large storms, he expected they would all pass Rockhampton overnight, leaving only a display of lightning.

Mr Griffin said there was a line of storms near Dysart, Middlemount and Blackwater; another line near Duaringa, Baralaba and north of Moura; and a severe storm cell south-west of Rockhampton yesterday evening.

He said residents could expect afternoon showers and storms to continue over the next few days.

Mr Griffin said humidity had been unusually high, with a sticky 100% recorded in Yeppoon, 74% in Gladstone and 53% in Blackwater. At about 3pm yesterday, Rockhampton was sitting on 51% humidity and 28 degrees.

On the upside, Mr Griffin said minimums had been a few degrees below average, although he expected our luck would soon run out as the minimums began climbing from today.



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