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Tuesday, 06 MAR 2001

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Desert floods cause evacuations in remotest WA as rain continues
Temperature extremes in WA
Bushfire and heat in SE SA, W Vic
Rain and wind in NE NSW, SE Qld
Arguably the remotest settlement in Australia began evacuating today as flooding and continuing rain from ex-Tropical Cyclone Abigail made living conditions impossible. The settlement or Kiwirrkurra is located in the Gibson Desert of WA, 450km NW of Uluru, and in an area devoid of rain gauges. Areas to the north and northeast have recorded more than 200mm in the past week as the remarkably robust remnants of Abigail have slowly arced through western NT and central eastern WA. Warburton, several hundred kilometres south of Kiwirrkurra, recorded 108mm in the 24 hours to 9pm today, while Giles Met Station reported 72mm in the 24 hours to 9am today.

The town has been receiving food airdrops as tracks in the area have turned to quagmires and flooding has forced the community to take shelter in the settlement's school, described as the most remote school in Australia. Limited fresh water and failure of the septic system resulted in an emergency evacuation decision yesterday, and half of the settlement's population of 160 were evacuated by 4 helicopters to Kintore in NT today en route to Alice Springs tomorrow.

Maximum temperature variation from normal today  BoM

The ex-cyclone's central pressure continued below 995hPa today, and up to yesterday morning spiral cloud patterns continued to circulate around the system. Continuing heavy cloud cover kept maximum temperatures 10 to 12 below normal near the NT/SA/WA border junction today, but drying northeasterly winds moving out of the system into a trough down the WA coast gave Perth its fifth day of over 37 heat. Top temperatures in southwest WA were up to 14 above average.

Maximum temperatures 10 to 14 above normal also afflicted SA and western Vic coastal areas today. A bushfire near Colac, west of Melbourne, burnt through at least 2 hectares.

Another slow-moving low has been bringing rain and strong winds to the SE Qld and NE NSW coasts. A low, which developed early Sunday morning halfway between Brisbane and Auckland, has been moving slowly WNW towards SE Qld. Coffs Harbour Airport recorded 77mm to 9 this morning, and a further 91mm to 9pm as heavy showers and storms blew in on strengthening southeasterlies. Nabiac, between Port Macquarie and Newcastle, recorded 73.5mm in 3 hours to 4.15pm, a once in six years intensity. A rogue shower crossing the Sydney metropolitan area in the early hours brought 31mm in 1 hour to Homebush.

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 19:56 EDST on 11/03/01

Quality control note: Data is complete, and has been visually checked by AWN for gross errors. Less obvious errors may remain. See Explanation of Extremes Pages for more information
Records set this day (none known)

Todays highest rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am. It includes the top 5 totals received, and/or all reported falls of 50mm or more.

157.8 CAPE TRIBULATION STORE N Coast--Barron QLD
77.0 COFFS HARBOUR MO MidNorth Coast N NSW
72.0 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
69.0 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
62.0 ROSELLA PLAINS STATION Upper Carpentaria QLD

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Interior
72.0 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE
69.0 WARBURTON AIRFIELD

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Alice Springs
57.4 DOCKER RIVER
56.4 MOUNT ALLAN

QUEENSLAND
    Upper Carpentaria
62.0 ROSELLA PLAINS STATION
    N Coast--Barron
157.8 CAPE TRIBULATION STORE
58.8 SOUTH MOSSMAN ALCHERA DVE

NEW SOUTH WALES
    MidNorth Coast N
77.0 COFFS HARBOUR MO
60.0 NAMBUCCA HEADS BOWLING CLUB
51.0 LOWANNA (CAVANAGHS ROAD)

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
WEIPA AERO
8.8mm in 20 min to 17:00 26.4mm/h
    Brisbane/SE Coast
NAMBOUR DPI
13.6mm in 20 min to 17:20 40.8mm/h
20.6mm in 1 hr to 18:00 20.6mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    MidNorth Coast N
KEMPSEY AIRPORT AWS
42.0mm in 1 hr to 13:00 42.0mm/h
59.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 19.7mm/h
75.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 12.5mm/h
SOUTH WEST ROCKS (SMOKY CAPE LIGHTHOUSE)
30.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 10.0mm/h
COFFS HARBOUR MO
15.0mm in 21 min to 12:00 42.9mm/h
23.2mm in 1 hr to 12:30 23.2mm/h
9.0mm in 20 min to 13:30 27.0mm/h
31.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 10.3mm/h
    MidNorth Coast S
TAREE AIRPORT AWS
32.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 10.7mm/h
    Sydney--east
HOMEBUSH (OLYMPIC STADIUM) AWS
12.6mm in 30 min to 03:00 25.2mm/h
18.4mm in 30 min to 03:30 36.8mm/h
31.0mm in 1 hr to 03:30 31.0mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
41.4 ENEABBA Central West WA
39.5 KYANCUTTA W Agricultural SA
39.4 PERTH AIRPORT Lower West WA
39.3 MEDINA RESEARCH CENTRE Lower West WA
39.0 GERALDTON AIRPORT Central West WA
39.0 BADGINGARRA RESEARCH STN Lower West WA
39.0 PEARCE RAAF Lower West WA
39.0 GOSNELLS CITY Lower West WA
39.0 WUDINNA AERO W Agricultural SA
29.0 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
28.4 BLACK POINT Darwin-Daly NT
28.0 BROOME AIRPORT W Kimberley WA
28.0 NARAWILLI Arnhem NT
28.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR
28.0 ELCHO ISLAND Arnhem NT
14.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
14.8 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
15.6 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
15.9 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
16.8 GUYRA HOSPITAL N Tablelands W NSW
2.1 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
2.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
3.4 LIAWENEE AWS Central Plateau TAS
3.9 MT HOTHAM AIRPORT Upper NE VIC
4.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+14.6   38.6 ALBANY AIRPORT SW & S Coast WA
+14.1   36.2 GOOLWA (HINDMARSH ISLAND MARINA) Mt Lofty Ranges SA
+13.6   37.8 PEMBERTON SW & S Coast WA
+12.9   36.9 MOUNT BARKER SW & S Coast WA
+12.5   37.0 MANJIMUP SW & S Coast WA
+12.5   33.0 CAPE WILLOUGHBY Kangaroo Is SA
+10.8   25.6 PARAFIELD AIRPORT Adelaide Plains SA
+9.6   25.0 NORTHAM Cent Wheatbelt WA
+8.8   24.0 ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) Adelaide Plains SA
+8.6   24.5 CUNDERDIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
+8.5   22.7 CORRIGIN Gt Southern WA
+8.5   23.0 EDINBURGH RAAF Adelaide Plains SA
-12.2   22.0 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
-9.9   24.5 CARNEGIE Interior WA
-8.9   25.0 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
-8.2   25.6 CURTIN SPRINGS Alice Springs NT
-7.7   24.9 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT Alice Springs NT
-4.7   16.0 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
-4.2   16.6 BARCALDINE POST OFFICE Central West QLD
-3.7   20.1 HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
-3.4   11.5 PINDARI DAM NW Slopes N NSW
-3.3   17.0 ISISFORD POST OFFICE Central West QLD
-3.3   11.7 WELLINGTON RESEARCH CENTRE CW Slopes S NSW

Highest wind gusts above 89km/h or mean wind above 62km/h (gale force). Wind direction and mean windspeed shown in brackets.

CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD: 93 (140/ 80 ) at 14:46

Other extremes

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