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Wednesday 06 September 2000

Heavy snow isolates Tasmanian highlands
Bushfires, heat and dry continue in Queensland
Early season heat in The Centre
Galeforce winds continued and heavy snow fell on Tasmania's central plateaux overnight. At 9am, the depth of level snow at Liawenee on the western shore of Great Lake was 40cm, the greatest depth for many years. Gales and showers of hail were reported across the island and through Bass Straight until a gradual easing took place from mid afternoon as a ridge of high pressure slowly moved in behind the deep low that caused the prolonged wintry spell.

At the other end of the scale, southern Queensland experienced a return to strong, dry northwesterlies late today, pushing a escaped burnoff fire through 4000 hectares of bushland near St George this evening. Two large fires were burning in the Main Range National Park near Cunningham's Gap, southwest of Brisbane, closing the park to the public. Farther south in NSW, fires flared up around Kempsey and north of Coffs Harbour where a fire at Glenugie closed the main Pacific Highway. Another blaze in the Bom Bom and Divine State Forests northwest of Coffs Harbour burnt out 700ha. From the Burnett district northwest of Brisbane comes news that around 95% of the areas crops are failing due to the dry winter weather. In the Kingaroy area, dry weather resulted in only 80% of normal crop planting, with most of that only suitable for feed, bailing or being ploughed in.

Alice Springs experienced its warmest recorded day for so early in Spring today, with a top of 35. In a record going back to 1940, the highest temperature recorded by this date was 34.1.

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

62.0 Cape Naturaliste WA
51.0 Busselton WA
49.8 Chapman Hill Busselton WA
46.6 Glenmore Busselton WA

Other heavy falls in SW WA:
45.6 Rosa Brook Margaret River
41.8 Donnybrook
41.8 Jarrahdale
40.0 Busselton AP
40.0 Bunbury
38.0 Wexham

High falls for other periods:

Western Australia:
Red Rocks Point:
18mm in 1h to 3pm

Today's highest & lowest temps

Other extremes

Wind gusts:
Rottnest Is WA:
91km/h at 4.47am
Oodnadatta AP SA: 10m average of 94km/h at 10.42pm
Cape Grim Tas:
104km/h at 1am

10-minute average winds:
Forrest AP WA:
81km/h at 3.49pm
Oodnadatta AP SA: 94km/h at 10.42pm

Records set this day


Maximum Minimum
39.6 Wave Hill New Station NT 26.9 Timber Creek NT
-4.0 Crackenback NSW -9.3 Charlotte Pass NSW

Greatest variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
35.7 Kulgera NT
20.0 Giles MO WA
-4.0 Crackenback NSW
-0.8 Benalla Vic