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Flashes of lightning but no rain for Kalgoorlie and Goldfields

Jacobus Cronje, Saturday April 28, 2018 - 15:28 AEST

An impressive display of lightning between thunder clouds and a couple of ground strikes greeted the Goldfields from midday on Friday.

A low pressure trough extending from the northwest of the state, together with a weak cold front to the south transporting cooler air over the state's southern interior, helped to create the perfect environment for thunderstorms to develop.

Lightning sensors recorded 819 strikes between midday and 8pm within a 50km radius of the airport on Friday, which included 136 cloud-to-ground strikes. However, the bulk of the thunderstorm activity occurred to the immediate east of the city itself.

Impressive lightning display aside, the system produced so little rain that any that may have fallen either didn't reach the ground, or wasn't enough to even be recorded over the region.

Although it's not uncommon for many parts of Australia to experience 'dry' thunderstorms, any rain for Kalgoorlie would have been very welcome, given it hasn't rained at all since the first week of April. It's also unlikely that the Goldfields will have more rain before the end of the month.

The passage of the front did bring a few showers to the Southern Coastal District, with Albany and Jacup picking up just over one millimetre, while falls of 2-3 millimetres were recorded at Ravensthorpe, Manlinup West and Ongerup.

- Weatherzone

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