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A tornado in Adelaide I forgot to post about! [
January 11th, 2010 @ 6:45pm

Hey everyone, haven't posted in here for a while?

I meant to post about this tornado when it touched down in July last year, but I got lazy haha. Anyhow, here I am now, 6 months late, posting about it :P

And there we go, with the freakin' "mini-tornado" monniker AGAIN! *kicks journalists*

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I also just found out that a tornado struck the small wheatbelt down of Trayning in Western Australia (235km north-east of Perth) at around 5pm on the 9th of January 2010.

It damaged houses, shops and power poles. At least 10 residences were affected by the storm. Annoyingly, the journalist (AND the residences of the actual town!) referred to it as a "mini-tornado" *sigh*

Source: PerthNow

Hope I get to post in this more often :P Must keep my eyes peeled.
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Finally, some more action on the Australian tornado front! :D [
March 12th, 2009 @ 8:20pm


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Definitely something a little exciting, and a bit scary for the townspeople of Cummins :D Certainly exciting for tornado-lovers like myself ;)
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Bureau of Meteorology and Perth tornado! [
June 9th, 2008 @ 5:57pm

Hi guys, I know this community is very quiet and hasn't really kicked off, but that's basically because we just don't hear about tornadoes in Australia as much as the U.S. does XD

There are two things I'd like to say in this post:

1) I went to the Adelaide office of the Bureau of Meteorology a few weeks ago for an excursion through my University. It was really interesting :) The man who gave us the tour showed us a PowerPoint presentation and he mentioned tornadoes under severe weather, and typically, I got really excited lol. Most of the information he said about them I'd already heard before - I just sat there nodding my head vigorously XD

But anyway, it came for question time. And I thought, "Jess, here's your chance!" LOL. I put up my hand and asked him, "How many tornado reports do you get in South Australia each year?" And he replied, "About three". And he said that that's no real indication of how many there are, and I said, "Yes, because we're so unpopulated". So there you go. And that's only South Australia. There'd be far more tornado reports in the eastern states because of the bigger population there.

2) A tornado has hit Perth's southern suburbs!

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says a tornado is responsible for damaging more than 130 homes in Perth's southern suburbs today.

Joe Courtney from the Weather Bureau says the storm has left a trail of destruction.

"The damage has all the hallmarks of being a tornado," he said.

"Just after 7:30 a [cold] front went through the area, and it seems like a very narrow swathe of destructive winds caused the damage we've seen this morning."

The State Emergency Service has received calls for help from residents in suburbs including Rockingham, Safety Bay, Waikiki and Cooloongup.

I am kinda ashamed to say I was excited about this lol. I'm very sorry that people's homes were at stake :( At least nobody was hurt.

So yes, that's the news for today XD
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Chaser Exchange [
November 21st, 2007 @ 5:46pm

So ...

I would like to go to Australia and storm chase some day in the future. I've been thinking about a way where it might be financially feasible to accomplish such a feat and came up with the idea of a storm chaser exchange. Basically, those involved would maybe allow someone to stay at their house for a couple of weeks and chase together during the prime seasons. Therefore, the initial travel would be the major expense and not the stay and/or transportation while in country.

I'd be willing to let people stay at my place in Colorado(USA) and usually spend quite a lot of May and June out on the plains chasing ... and I have many friends that do as well.

I'm just sort of seeing if anyone is remotely interested in this, I'm certainly not making definite plans.

Any thoughts / comments??
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Tornado at Dunoon, near Lismore, NSW - 26th October, 2007 [
October 30th, 2007 @ 10:44pm


It gives me great pleasure to announce that tornadic activity has been observed in Australia, more precisely at a small community called Dunoon (near Lismore) in New South Wales.

The tornado (possibly an EF-1) was filmed by various residents in the area and storm-chased by Jimmy Deguara of australiasevereweather.com.

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And still, the media continues to call it a "mini-tornado". I wanted to throttle the woman on The Today Show who said so. A weak tornado, yes, mini-tornado, ABSOLUTELY NOT.

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So... dead much? [
July 12th, 2007 @ 1:52pm

So, this community hasn't really kicked off. I was surprised to see someone from the States watching this community, though! Hello to you, cieldumort =)

The unfortunate thing is, when we DO get tornadoes they are rarely documented and reported. Plus, they occur in VERY sparsely populated areas. And, if they ARE by chance sighted and reported, the media lovingly calls them "mini-tornadoes" which makes this girl VERY angry about XD!

In fact, the last tornado that seems to have been documented was one that struck near Port Kembla, NSW on the 11th of Feb, 2007. And it wasn't even a tornado - it was a waterspout.

The photos under the cut were taken by Neil Cox from this link.
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I'm rather fond of the picture under the next cut, since it was a tornado that touched down in South Australia, which is the state I live in. It touched down near Tarlee, SA on the 21st of July, 1995.
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So there you have it. My update for the month! We could quite POSSIBLY get some tornadoes this coming Spring. I watched something on A Current Affair recently about some avid Australian storm-chasers who LOVE tornadoes possibly more than I do (haha) who return to the U.S each year to chase tornadoes. They predict we're going to see some intense severe storms in the Spring/Summer.


P.S. I need a tornado icon.
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A bit of info [
June 7th, 2007 @ 12:48pm

[ mood | accomplished ]

I hope you don't mind that I did a bit of homework done. Damn! I better go back to school; I think I miss doing this things. :)

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Welcome! [
May 29th, 2007 @ 12:26am

Welcome to aussietornadoes, a community for Australian tornado enthusiasts and also those who live outside Australia to share storm-chasing experiences, pictures and videos of these magnificent storms.

Please join here and feel free to watch for updates. Participation is encouraged, so don't be afraid to post! =) Just be aware of the guidelines.

A short list of tornadoes that are well-known in Australia can be found HERE.

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Famous Australian Tornadoes [
May 25th, 2007 @ 12:58pm

Here is a comprehensive list of tornadoes that have left their prominent mark in Australia.

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