TIMELAPSE: 20mm downpour hits Gladstone

IN a 10 minute phone call to the Bureau of Meteorology the rain gage kept heading north, rising from just over 10mm to crack the 15mm mark.

Rain clouds have dumped a whopping 19.6mm on Gladstone between 9.24am and around 10am, according to BoM's latest data, which updates by the minute. 

BoM meteorologist Annabelle Ford said while weather experts were expecting heavier rain this afternoon, this morning's downpour defied predictions.

"It is a bit heavier than expected," Ms Ford said. "There's a big heavy shower just over Gladstone at the moment."

But she said while the "fast moving" rain clouds are expected to head to sea shortly, it's not the last of the rain for today.

Ms Ford said once it "clears up", the ground will heat and send hot air skyward, which will form rains clouds.

>>LISTEN: Storms expected to hit Gladstone region this afternoon

And "some instability" in the upper atmosphere -- what fellow BoM meteorologist Lauren Pattie called an "upper system" this morning -- could bring storms and more rain.

"There's an upper trough behind that cloud which is helping to kick things off," she said, referring to the possibility of rain and storms later today.



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