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Thursday 13 April 2000

Isolated heavy rain in SA, western NSW and Vic
Rainfall for the 24 hours to 9am
Moist lower-level air combined with cooler air aloft and an advancing front to give sporadic heavy rain and some severe thunderstorms across SA and into western NSW and Victoria overnight. Some thunderstorms in outback SA were severe: Coober Pedy airfield's automatic weather station reported several wind gusts of 93km/h and 5.4mm of rain in 5 minutes to 4.59pm, while local flooding in the small town of Gladstone, 35km ESE of Port Pirie, threatened houses and the local hotel. In southwestern NSW, Maude, 50km west of Hay, recorded 42.6 in the 24 hours to 9am, and other heavy falls in the area are given in the rainfall boxes below.

Today's highest rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am

165.0 McCluer Is NT
56.4 Thargomindah PO Qld
56.0 Kilcowera Qld
54.5 Baden Park Ivanhoe NSW

Other heavy falls in western NSW and Vic:
42.6 Maude PO NSW
32.0 Benington Euston NSW
30.0 Balranald RSL NSW
28.0 Wilcannia NSW
24.6 Patchewollock Vic

Today's highest & lowest temps

Other extremes

SE Waterbank Broome WA: 36mm in 3h to 6pm
McCluer Is NT: 12.0mm in 10m to 1.57am, 61mm in 4h to 9am
Cape Wessel NT: 29mm in 1h to 9am
Port Augusta SA: 26mm in 2h to 5pm, 8.0mm falling in 10m to 4.30pm
Kuitpo SA: 18mm in 1h to midnight
Double Island Point Qld: 38mm in 6h to 3pm

Records set this day


Maximum Minimum
37.4 Onslow WA 28.0 Barrow Is AP WA
8.0 Crackenback NSW -0.5 Charlotte Pass NSW
-0.5 Lake St Clair Tas

Greatest variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
30.8 Whyalla AP SA
21.0 Kulgera NT
20.8 Cunnamulla Qld
10.2 Mullewa WA

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