Rollercoaster ride of la nina begins
THIS year's storm season, as predicted, has arrived early and with a gusty intensity after the slow start to spring and sluggish departure of winter.
Temperatures soared in the Gympie Region and on the Cooloola Coast on Sunday after two severe thunderstorms struck the district, and many communities in the south-east, just over 12 hours apart on Saturday.
And the Weather Bureau says we can expect more of the same rollercoaster ride as we move through spring and the la nina weather pattern.
Above-average cyclone activity is predicted in Queensland's north this year and above average storm activity in the south-east.
On Saturday, Energex recorded about 24,000 lightning strikes throughout the south-east.
It was the flashing lightning and loud claps of thunder that many Gympie residents awoke to about 4.20am on Saturday.
High winds hit particularly hard near Jones Hill, Pie Creek, Mary's Creek, Kilkivan and Tin Can Bay, bringing down some trees and ripping the tops out of many others.
The Bureau of Meteorology then issued a second severe storm warning for the Gympie Region about 5.20pm and the skies opened up soon after, bringing torrential rain to some areas and more strong wind to others.
The Tin Can Bay Golf Course recorded 58mm in that storm.
At Chatsworth, wind cut a path of destruction that ripped trees out by the roots and caused some roads to be blocked by debris, but only minor damage to property.
Chatsworth and Imbil residents reported a small amount of hail.
Roads were blocked along the timbered stretches of North Deep Creek, and Wolvi also received a lashing from the wind.
The Bureau has predicted a mostly fine week for Gympie.
Cedar Pocket 20mm
Tin Can Bay 58mm