News

Bureau hits back over weekend storm alert

Do you think the Bureau of Meteorology does a good job?

This poll ended on 27 November 2012.

Yes - 92%

No - 7%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

THE Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has hit back at criticism from Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully that it didn't issue timely storm warnings over the weekend.

BoM regional director Rob Webb said a storm that hit Ipswich Saturday morning didn't reach the right criteria to warrant a warning, despite the storm cutting power to thousands and lightning igniting a crane and house.

Nonetheless, Mr Webb announced on ABC breakfast radio yesterday that he would review the weekend's forecast decisions.

"BoM doesn't aim to issue warnings for every thunderstorm, but uses thresholds to ensure there isn't complacency in the community due to over-warning," Mr Webb said.

"Thresholds include expected winds of 90kmh or more, hailstones of greater than 2cm in diameter, very heavy rainfall - heavy enough to cause flash flooding - or tornado to issue a warning. Early observations indicate Saturday's storms reached the lower end of these thresholds, with winds of 90kmh reported in some parts."

Cr Tully said an unfulfilled warning was better than no warning at all.

"People could see the storms in the sky, but there was no specific warning of potential of flashing flooding or for people to put their cars under cover," Cr Tully said.

Cr Tully said general warnings issued Friday didn't specify when people should seek shelter or prepare for particular conditions.

"All they (BoM) need to do is say they stuffed up Saturday... they need to reassure people they'll be on the ball next time," he said.

Mr Webb said Saturday's storm intensified as it neared Brisbane.

"It started to show signs of severe storm characteristics and forecasters issued warnings," he said.

Mr Webb said BoM did detect the "underlying meteorological conditions to indicate severe storms could develop over the weekend" Thursday morning and passed the warning on to media.

Topics:  bom bureau of meteorology paul tully storm warning



Passenger dead, driver hurt as car hits power pole

The scene of the crash. Picture from Channel 7

Woman dies in crash south of Brisbane

Wherefore art thou, winter?

You won't want to be caught out in the sun too long this week.

It's been really nice thanks summer, but off you go now.

Win sets up first for Barty at Australian Open

Ash Barty

The 21-year-old Ipswich star secured her place with a victory over Annika Beck

Local Partners

Gatton family claims game show success

A GATTON family walked away with more than $11,000 after an exciting three-night run on game show Family Feud.


Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

9 things to do this weekend

IT'S ON: Help raise funds for cancer research this weekend at the Ipswich Turf Club. The Shearer Tackles Cancer pig races will still be conducted in the Beer Garden from 12pm.

From music and markets to hiking and swimming, Ipswich has it all

Six things to do this weekend

Enjoy a visit with Thomas and Friends at The Workshops Railway

Check out what's on in and around Ipswich.

New doco argues ‘OJ Simpson is innocent, and I can prove it’

O.J. Simpson

NEW documentary series claims to have found “missing evidence".

REVIEW: Undressed is more than titilating entertainment

Nathan and Tahlia meet for the first time on the TV series Undressed.

'DIVERSE' dating show goes more than skin deep.

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

Will there be a Game of Thrones spin-off?

Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage in a scene from season six episode 10 of Game of Thrones.

HBO’S original programming president has teased fans.

Ed Sheeran's intimate gigs down under

Singer Ed Sheeran

CHART-topper playing invite-only shows in Australia next month.

Eddie McGuire's scandal-free focus and new-look Hot Seat

Eddie McGuire hosts the new Millionaire Hot Seat Super Game.

HOST wants out of the hot seat himself to focus on game show revamp.

WARNING: Builders, clean up "unsightly sites"

Councillor Ireland at a messy building site.

Failure to do so could see builders slapped with fines.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

What a year 2016 proved to be

Entrance Island, Birtinya

Get the inside info from the agents themselves

REVEALED: What Coast wants in an international airport

Sunshine Coast business people share their views on what's needed

Time for a cool change

43 Eckersley Ave, Buderim.

Family home goes to the auction floor

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!