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Sunday 09 July 2000

Local heavy rain in SA, Tas
Heavy thunderstorm in NE NSW
A pair of small low pressure centres caused locally heavy rain on South Australia's west coast and in Tasmania's southeast overnight. The low centres were embedded in a broader area of low pressure lying from the Great Australian Bight to east of Tasmania. Elliston on the west coast of SA's Eyre Peninsula recorded 30mm between 9 last night and 3 this morning as a small low that has been ambling across the Bight for the past two days came ashore and weakened. A stronger low centre just east of Hobart produced a valuable 30 to 60mm on the Tasman Peninsula and farther north along Tasmania's east coast. Much of SE Tasmania has been in the grip of a drought for nearly 4 years, and the falls today were the heaviest since early January this year. Palmers Lookout, just south of Port Arthur, recorded 41.8mm in the 24 hours to 9am; Copping, 40km north, received 38mm; and Rosemount Flat, 35km north of Swansea, had 41.4mm. Twilight Valley, north of Copping, recorded 64mm for the 48 hours to 9am Monday.

Storms developed in NE NSW and SE Queensland this afternoon, rather unusually for this time of year. One large cell moved across the Lismore area in NE NSW late afternoon dropping 40mm in a short time near Casino and giving the Lismore official gauge 27.6mm for the 24 hours to 9am Monday. 

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

41.8 Palmers Lookout Port Arthur Tas
41.4 Rosemount Flat Tas
38.0 Mt Wellington summit Tas
38.0 Copping Tas

Today's highest & lowest temps

Other extremes

Elliston SA: 30mm in 6h to 3am

Records set this day


Maximum Minimum
33.0 Timber Creek NT
33.0 Kimberley Res Stn Kununurra WA
24.0 Coconut Is Qld
-2.0 Crackenback NSW -4.0 Crackenback NSW
-4.0 Mt Hotham Vic

Greatest variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
26.5 Miles Qld
11.3 Bollon Qld
11.5 Hawker SA
-2.0 Warburton AF WA