Where Do You Get Your Weather From?

Nature, to be controlled, must be obeyed

Sir Francis Bacon

Tweed Valey SkyscapeWeather is a good example of ‘Bacon’s Law’, and what better place to experience such weather than right here in New South Wales’ far north coast’s Tweed Valley, where the weather is superb most of the time.

When excessive rain does loom, getting an accurate forecast of where it will fall  seems practically impossible, and that fact helps make Murbah.com.au’s weather page a  popular one. Today, we are happy to add two resources to the page, but first,

Fans of the Bureau of Meteorology will know about the BOM’s great homepage redesign, making it easier to get straight to your nearest rain radar. The site is frankly incredible – there are emergency warnings, latest rainfall and river heights, forecasts and more. All the weather information you’d need, right?

Not… quite…. These days more and more people go straight to the guys on the ground…… on the internet – storm chasers. Storm Chasers aren’t hunkering down in that storm – they’re chasing it! Voluntarily! Storm chasers provide local weather observation info with a local eye and their local experience – a major asset for farmers and anyone else who needs to take the weather into account any time. .

So basically, as a bonus – as if living here wasn’t bonus enough already – residents of the Tweed have two* excellent local storm chasing teams providing a very high standard of timely, relevant weather coverage. Another bonus – they’re based north and south of here …..

Higgins Storm Chasing

https://www.facebook.com/HigginsStormChasinghttp://higginsstormchasing.com/ – @HigginsStormCh

Higgins Storm Chasing currently reports on Weather, Forecasts, Tsunamis, Bush Fires, and Earthquakes. We focus daily on Queensland and Northern NSW, Severe Weather Australia Wide and occasionally World Wide Disasters.

North Coast Storm Chasers
https://www.facebook.com/ncstormchasershttp://www.ncstormchasers.com/

North Coast Storm Chasers provides up to date weather related information with the latest wind charts, temperature and rainfall charts and the latest current forecasts.

The Tweed
Knowing when ‘weather’ is coming is one thing, but what happens around the valley when it gets here is anybody’s guess most of the time.

Many if not all parts of the Tweed display microclimate-like characteristics, but one larger-scale rain-related flood-factor to look out for is that heavy rain over the NW corner can flood the Rous River (North Arm) and the showgrounds and northern cane fields, etc, while downpours over the Uki SW area can flood the Tweed (Main Arm) and the north & south of town, etc., etc. The Tweed Shire Council Flood Reports draw a comprehensive picture of what a lot of rain can do, and should really be part of High School geog/math/PE studies.

Murwillumbah has escaped being flooded ‘above major’ many times over the last 12 years – it is important to not be complacent.

Here is a video of a dramatic cloud  cell passing over Murwillumbah from a few years ago.

Anyone interested in forming a little Tweed Valley chasers group for photographing and observations, leave a comment below, otherwise remember to visit and support the teams at Higgins Storms Chasing and North Coast Storm Chasers.

And let us know if it will rain here this evening?

 

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'Mur-bah.com - site for a town with dash' kicked off in 2003. Now Murbah.com.au is an info and blogging site about the Tweed Valley and Murwillumbah by Scott C. PO Box 291 Murwillumbah.

Scott Collingwood
http://www.murbah.com.au
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