When was the worst tornado in Australia?

1 January 1970
The Bulahdelah Tornado was an intense tornado which occurred near the town of Bulahdelah (100 kilometres (62.1 mi) north-northeast of Newcastle), New South Wales on 1 January 1970, and is thought to be the most destructive tornado ever documented in Australia.

Was there ever a tornado in Australia?

We certainly do get tornadoes in Australia. They are more common than you might think, with dozens of sightings per year. Many more may occur in remote areas and hence are unreported. Many of the stronger tornadoes in Australia are associated with a type of thunderstorm known as a supercell.

What was the tornado on July 15 2013?


Date/Time F Scale Injury*
Jul. 15, 2013 15:45 PM MDT 0 (0)
A well built, newer Morton Building had part of the roof peeled off by rear-flank downdraft winds from a tornadic supercell. The EF-2 tornado was two miles south of this location.
Jul. 15, 2013 15:55 PM MDT 0 (0)
Trained spotter reported quarter-sized hail.

Where did cyclone Oswald hit?

Tropical Cyclone Oswald formed in the Gulf of Carpentaria on 21 January 2013. It made landfall at night between Kowanyama,and Pormpuraaw on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula, as a weak category one system with winds up to 100 km per hour.

Where do tornadoes mostly occur in Australia?

Most Australian tornadoes move from northwest to southeast and, because of Australia’s location in the Southern Hemisphere, tend to spin clockwise, opposite the predominant circulation of U.S. tornadoes. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology tries to issue tornado warnings 30 minutes before these storms strike.

Why do tornadoes not occur in Australia?

There is a long-standing myth that Australia doesn’t get tornadoes. This simply isn’t true. However they are probably under-reported in Australia due to our relatively low population density in the regions where tropical cyclones make landfall – particularly over Western Australia.

How many tornadoes were in 2013?

There were at least 903 tornadoes confirmed in the United States in 2013. 115 fatalities have been confirmed worldwide in 2013: 55 in the United States, 31 in Bangladesh, 24 in China, three in Turkey and two in Brazil. One of these tornadoes was the largest ever at 2.6 miles wide.

How fast is an F5 tornado?

261-318 mph
The Fujita Scale

The Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity
F-Scale Number Intensity Phrase Wind Speed
F3 Severe tornado 158-206 mph
F4 Devastating tornado 207-260 mph
F5 Incredible tornado 261-318 mph

Has the Gold Coast ever had a cyclone?

Over its brief history, the Gold Coast has seen its fair share of cyclones, severe floods, storms, bushfires and heat waves. In February 1954, the Great Gold Coast Cyclone is said to have killed up to 30 people when it crossed the coast as a Category Two system at Coolangatta.

What caused the 2013 floods in Bundaberg?

In January 2013, ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald produced extreme rainfall and flooding across Queensland in tandem with damaging winds including mini-tornados. The topography (contours) of the Burnett River catchment is varied and so too is the flood level.

Where did the tornado hit on January 26 2013?

The first tornado struck the coastal town of Bargara, east of the city of Bundaberg, at 1 pm on January 26, injuring 17 people and damaging 150 properties. The second tornado struck the town of Burnett Heads at 3:30 pm, and then a third at Coonarr.

What was the strongest tornado in the United States in 2013?

In late-January, an unusually strong upper-level trough combined with atmospheric instability produced a widespread tornado outbreak over the Southern United States. The strongest of these tornadoes was an EF3, the first intense tornado confirmed in the U.S. in 2013.

Where did tornado hit in Yarrawonga in 2013?

Orchards and vineyards across Mulwala, Yarrawonga, Bundalong, Koonoomoo and Rutherglen were also impacted by the tornado. One peach grower in Koonoomoo had 2,000 fruit trees flattened by the winds, causing damage in excess of $100,000.

Where did the tornado hit in Murray River, Victoria?

Roofs were lifted off houses, caravans were overturned and some commercial buildings were severely damaged, including the Cobram Barooga Golf Club, several historic buildings in the main street of Rutherglen, two caravan parks, a car dealership and a winery.