It bucketed down in Warrnambool, but officially we had no rain

IT’S some strange weather we’ve been having, but yesterday morning’s storm is one of the strangest.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the weather station at Warrnambool Airport recorded no rain — there was definitely a brief downpour in the wee hours of yesterday in Warrnambool that was estimated to be less than a millimetre. 

Meanwhile, one dairy farm near Camperdown reported to The Standard they had tipped 60mm out of their rain gauge after a three-and-a-half-hour deluge that also featured lightning and heavy hail. The bureau’s Camperdown station registered 35mm.

Strangely, Mortlake recorded no rain. Gauges in Ballangeich yielded less than one millimetre. Port Fairy bore a brief brunt of the storm, copping nine millimetres in less than half an hour.

It gets stranger. Portland’s weather station recorded no rain, yet nearby Cape Nelson had 13.2 millimetres in half an hour. Cape Otway and Mt Gellibrand near Colac also recorded no precipitation.

The storm appears to have swept up from the coast through Nullawarre (32mm in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday) but missed Port Campbell.

The weather was also responsible for knocking out electricity supplies in the Koroit and Port Fairy districts. A Powercor spokesman said 265 customers in the Port Fairy area were without power between 7.37pm Thursday and 2.10am yesterday.

Koroit district residents also had a dark start to the day with 2300 customers being without electricity from 6.04am yesterday before power supplies resumed just after 9am.


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