Stanthorpe spared from severe storms

WILD storms battered areas of south-east Queensland at the weekend but the Granite Belt managed to avoid the most severe weather.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Ben Annells said areas around Boonah and Pittsworth had damaging storms pass over but he had not received reports of damage from the Granite Belt.

"There was a surface trough over the south-east combined with an upper level trough which enhances atmospheric instability," he said.

"Severe storms this time of year are not unusual and some of the weekend's storms were particularly dangerous with some areas receiving hail 9cm in diameter.

"The Granite Belt did not seem to get as many storms and there are no reports of any damage."

Mr Annells said with Queensland receiving most rain during warmer months, spring and early summer were the peak times for unstable weather.

"We usually see the onset of severe storms in spring," he said.

With his cherry crop days away from picking and prone to splitting caused by excess water Cherry Park's Graham Minifie was hoping for dry weather.

"The front block was the field with the advanced cherries," he said.

"They were susceptible to damage from the rain but because we put covers on they were protected."

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