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Tuesday 25 April 2000

Heavy rain in northern Queensland
Rain and wind as cold front sweeps WA
A ridge up the Queensland coast from a 1036hPa high near Tasmania strengthened moist trade winds onto the coast north of Townsville today, giving heavy overnight rain and strong onshore winds. Cardwell recorded 139mm in 12 hours to 3am, while winds gusted to 83km/h at Green Island, just offshore from Cairns. The Tully River rose to minor flood level during the day. An area of storms which developed in the Gulf of Carpentaria during the day gave Alyangula on Groote Eylandt 154mm between 6am and 6pm.

An active trough ahead of a cold front moved into southern WA this morning giving some heavy rain to the state's southwest. Busselton recorded 45mm between 3am and noon.

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

170.0 Tully Qld
142.1 Cardwell Qld
124.0 South Johnstone Qld
118.8 Innisfail Qld

Today's highest & lowest temps

Other extremes

Busselton AP WA: 45mm in 9h to noon
Maningrida NT: 34mm in 3h to 9pm
Groote Eylandt NT: 154mm in 12h to 6pm
Cooktown Qld: 45mm in 6h to 9pm
Innisfail Qld: 100mm in 15h to 6am
Cardwell Qld: 139mm in 12h to 3am
South Johnstone Qld: 85mm in 9h to 9am

Wind gusts:
Green Is Qld: 83km/h at 11pm
Mackay MO Qld: 69km/h at 4.19am

Records set this day


Maximum Minimum
33.0 Mardie WA
33.0 Kowanyama AP Qld
27.0 Coconut Is Qld
10.0 Crackenback NSW -8.2 Charlotte Pass NSW

Greatest variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
28.0 Esperance AP WA
19.0 Albany AP WA
21.2 Brunette Downs NT
19.0 Longreach AP Qld
18.0 Barcaldine PO Qld
-1.2 Nhill Vic
-0.2 Padthaway SA

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