Aug 022010
 

Monday, 2 August 2010
 

A tornado hit Penola, Australia Saturday evening…

Map of Australia. The "A" indicates the location of the tornado on July 31

Map of Australia. The "A" indicates the location of the tornado on July 31

 

According to ABC South East SA, a tornado hit Penola, Australia Saturday evening (July 31) at 6 p.m. ACST. There was so much damage the South Australian Government is providing $250,000 in aid to help the clean-up effort.

This tornado is somewhat unusual, as it occurred during Australia’s meteorological winter. But it’s not the first time Australia has seen a damaging August tornado. Back on August 25, 1999, a tornado went through Perth in Western Australia. That tornado left a 100 meter wide damage path and trapped several people in an apartment complex.

Australia averages about 20 tornadoes per year, most of which occur in New South Wales. From 1795 to June 2003, New South Wales reported 364 tornadoes. Compare this to the United States, which averages over 1,000 tornadoes per year.

- Jim