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Wednesday 16 February 2000

Today's weather extremes

Monsoonal activity continues in WA, NT and Qld

Highest rainfall, 24 hours to 9am

147.6 Westmoreland Station Burketown Qld
108.0 Giles MO WA
99.4 Lawn Hill Gorge NP Burketown Qld
83.0 Weipa AP Qld

Scattered areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms forming on convergence lines within the broad monsoonal trough over northern Australia produced some heavy gaugings again today. An area of storms which developed overnight in the largely uninhabited Great Sandy Desert area of NE WA gave Giles Meteorological Office a remarkable 108mm in the 24 hours to 9am. This is the average rainfall for the whole of summer at Giles. In the NT, Darwin experienced local flooding when 95mm fell in a succession of storms between 9am and 6pm. In the Qld Channel Country, Winton, after a day without rain, recorded 54mm between 3 and 9pm, bringing the town's 4-day total to 9am Thursday to 275mm, only 75mm short of the station's monthly record for February. And further evidence of yesterday's heavy rain around 9am in the Burketown area came in today's 9am 24-hour reports, with Westmoreland Station, 150km WNW of the town reporting 147.6 and Lawn Hill Gorge National Park, 150km SW reporting 99.4.

The Stuart Highway, closed for a week by flooding on the Finke, Palmer and Hugh Rivers south of Alice Springs, reopened today. $1.5m has been allocated by the NT Government for emergency repairs to flood damaged roads in the Centre, mostly to the west of the Stuart Highway.

Highest & Lowest Temps

Maximum Minimum
41.0 Learmonth AP WA 28.5 King Bay WA
18.0 Maatsuyker Is Tas 2.5 Liawenee Tas

Greatest variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
37.1 Price SA
22.6 Snowtown SA
25.5 Isisford Qld
4.5 Taralga NSW
Other extreme readings
Dum-In-Mirrie NT: 60mm in 6hrs to 3pm
Cape Don NT: 27mm in 1hr to 5pm
Oodnadatta AP SA: 18mm in 2hrs to 5pm
Ingham Qld: 116mm in 24hrs to 9pm
Proserpine 56mm in 3hrs to midnight
Records set this day

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