Research maps thunderstorm ‘hotspots’

20 Dec 2016
Dr Joshua Soderholm undertook a two-year field campaign to help develop his thunderstorm map.

A University of Queensland study has identified Springfield, Ipswich, Boonah, Beaudesert, Esk and Jimboomba as some of south-east Queensland’s most intense areas of thunderstorm activity.

Dr Joshua Soderholm of UQ’s Climate Research Group used historical data from Bureau of Meteorology radars over 19 years, combined with a two-year field campaign and observations from weather stations to develop a thunderstorm map highlighting the most and least affected areas. 

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