Revealed: The Sydney Suburbs Worst Hit By Thunderstorms
It's that time of the year where Sydneysiders start to gear up for the warmer weather, which also brings with it plenty of storm warnings that last from now through until around March.
So, which areas cop more than their fair share of extreme weather when it comes to thunder, flash flooding, and the occasional damaging hail storm?
The Bureau of Meteorology has been archiving Sydney's severe storm activity since the 18th century, and says on average suburbs in the north and north-west of the city top the list of Sydney areas worst affected by storms,
According to NRMA Insurance, Kellyville is top of the list, followed by St Ives, Rouse Hill, Wahroonga, Turramurra, Beaumont Hills, Castle Hill, Pymble, Glenhaven, and Hornsby.
Weatherzone senior meteorologist Brett Dutschke said northern suburbs are hit by more storms because they are elevated.
"That extra elevation increases the instability a little bit, so when winds blow towards a hill or a mountain, the wind is forced to rise and that rising air will cool and condense"
"The higher the mountain ... the more chance of getting heavy showers and thunderstorms there is."
State wide the most storm-related claims were from northern Sydney, Illawarra, the northern beaches, north-west Sydney, and the Hunter region.
And with plenty of storm activity predicted this summer we can expect the SES to be kept very busy over the next few months.