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Thursday 10 August 2000

Damaging gales, snow in Tasmania
Cold, galeforce southwesterlies swept across Tasmania and Bass Strait today, damaging houses in the state's north and bringing heavy, widespread snow across the highlands and upland areas. The wind was at its strongest around dawn and again during the evening as two troughs in the southwesterly stream crossed the island. Ten houses and several outbuildings around Barrington, 20km SSW of Devonport, suffered roof damage during the evening or overnight into Friday. Snow settled down to the 500m level during the morning, with hail and ice pellets falling to sea level and overnight snow reported from Maydena. Liawenee, on the western shore of Great Lake on the state's Central Plateau, reported 30cm of snow on the ground at 9am, while heavy snow was also reported from Lake St Clair and Tarraleah, blocking the Lyell and Lake Highways.

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

40.0 Perisher Valley NSW
38.0 Lake St Clair Tas
33.6 Rosebery Tas
32.0 Derwent Bridge Tas

High falls for other periods:


Today's highest & lowest temps

Other extremes

Wind gusts:
Cape Grim Tas:
113km/h at 6am
Keogh's Pimple, Hartz Mtns Tas: 107km/h at 9.33pm

Flood peaks:
King River at Docker Road, Vic:
3.6m around 3am, 10cm below minor flood level

Records set this day


Maximum Minimum
34.0 Jabiru AP NT
34.0 Victoria River Downs NT
34.0 Timber Creek NT
34.0 Elliott NT
23.0 Black Point NT
23.0 McCluer Is NT
-3.0 Crackenback NSW -6.0 Crackenback NSW

Greatest variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
28.0 Amberley AP Qld
29.0 Gympie Qld
10.0 Nulkaba Cessnock NSW
3.0 Tarraleah Tas
3.0 Kalbarri WA