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Friday, 08 JUN 2001

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Patchy heavy rain in Qld, NSW, Vic breaks June records
Warm nights continue in the east
Moist northerlies ahead of a slow-moving trough system continued to produce warm, sultry weather across the eastern states today, with thunderstorms and showers giving general falls of 20 to over 60mm in a band from SE NSW to SW Queensland. Both the southwestern Queensland towns of Windorah and Thargomindah broke century-old June rainfall records after a night of continuous storms left around 60mm in each gauge. At Windorah, 41mm fell between 3am and 9am. Other heavy 24-hour totals in the area included 66 at Hungerford Qld and 53 at Enngonia NSW. As the storms moved east, St George in the Maranoa recorded 50mm between 9am and 9pm. 
Minimum temperature variation for normal this morning. BoM

The heaviest rain fell in the NSW and Victorian Alps. Mt Buffalo Chalet Vic recorded 89.4 in the 24 hours to 9am, while Australia's highest automatic weather station, on the Crackenback Range at Thredbo NSW, received 70mm, its heaviest one-day June fall since it began operating 16 years ago. Heavy showers behind the trough gave some respectable totals in South Australia, too. Kingscote on Kangaroo Island recorded 33.4mm between 9am and noon.

Exceptionally warm conditions continued across much of Queensland, NSW and Victoria. While daytime temperatures were from a little to 6 or 8 up on normal, they were restrained by substantial cloud cover over much of the eastern half of the continent ahead of the trough. However, the same cloud cover coupled with warm air of tropical origin kept overnight temperatures between 8 and 12 above normal across central NSW and central southern Queensland. Tambo, on the Queensland Central Highlands, where the normal minimum for June is 4.7, recorded a minimum of 18, while Bombala on the NSW Southern Tablelands recorded 11.5 compared to a normal of -0.1. 

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 18:50 EDST on 08/06/01

Quality control note: Data is not yet complete. It is as received in real time, and may contain errors. See Explanation of Extremes Pages for more information
Records set this day (previous record and years of computerised record shown in brackets):
Highest daily rainfall for June:
Windorah PO Qld: 60.7 (52.1, 113)
Thargomindah PO Qld: 60.0 (43.7, 115)
Thredbo Crackenback NSW: 70.0 (56.9, 16)

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.

89.4 MOUNT BUFFALO CHALET Upper NE VIC
72.0 DALRYMPLE HEIGHTS Central Coast E QLD
70.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
67.0 HUNTERS HILL Lower NE VIC
66.0 HUNGERFORD Warrego QLD

QUEENSLAND
    Central Coast E
72.0 DALRYMPLE HEIGHTS
    Channel Country
60.7 WINDORAH POST OFFICE
    Warrego
66.0 HUNGERFORD
    Far SW
61.0 THARGOMINDAH AIRPORT
60.0 THARGOMINDAH POST OFFICE COMPARISON

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Upper Darling
53.0 ENNGONIA (SHEARER STREET)
    Snowy Mtns
70.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS
52.5 THREDBO VILLAGE
    SW Slopes S
50.0 KHANCOBAN AWS

VICTORIA
    Lower NE
67.0 HUNTERS HILL
63.2 NARIEL CREEK (SIMPSON)
55.6 KOETONG
    Upper NE
89.4 MOUNT BUFFALO CHALET
58.0 MT HOTHAM
51.0 FALLS CREEK

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Kangaroo Is
KINGSCOTE
33.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 11.0mm/h
    Mt Lofty Ranges
WILLIAMSTOWN (MOUNT CRAWFORD)
16.8mm in 17 min to 00:25 59.3mm/h
18.6mm in 21 min to 02:30 53.1mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    Warrego
CHARLEVILLE AERO
6.0mm in 11 min to 14:18 32.7mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
34.0 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
34.0 KALUMBURU N Kimberley WA
34.0 JABIRU AIRPORT Darwin-Daly NT
34.0 DALY WATERS AWS Roper-McArthur NT
34.0 BRADSHAW Darwin-Daly NT
34.0 CROYDON TOWNSHIP Gulf Country QLD
34.0 KOWANYAMA AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
27.0 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
25.8 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
25.0 MCCLUER ISLAND Darwin-Daly NT
24.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands
23.9 LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT S Peninsula QLD
3.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
5.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
5.8 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
6.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
7.0 CABRAMURRA SMHEA AWS SW Slopes S NSW
-1.8 YEELIRRIE Goldfields WA
-1.5 ULURU RANGERS Alice Springs NT
-1.0 PAYNES FIND Murchison WA
-0.9 SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFIELD Goldfields WA
-0.1 WATARRKA Alice Springs NT

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+7.9   33.1 MORNINGTON ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
+7.5   18.8 BOMBALA POST OFFICE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
+6.9   31.5 WINTON POST OFFICE Northwest QLD
+6.8   33.5 JULIA CREEK POST OFFICE Gulf Country QLD
+6.8   21.9 ORBOST E Gippsland VIC
+13.3   18.0 TAMBO POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
+11.6   17.0 CHARLEVILLE AERO Warrego QLD
+11.6   11.5 BOMBALA POST OFFICE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
+11.2   17.7 SPRINGSURE DAME ST Central Highlands QLD
+10.9   16.4 SURAT POST OFFICE Maranoa QLD
-5.7   11.0 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
-5.6   13.5 MEDINA RESEARCH CENTRE Lower West WA
-5.6   11.0 ALBANY AIRPORT SW & S Coast WA
-5.5   11.4 HYDEN Gt Southern WA
-5.5   11.7 NAREMBEEN Gt Southern WA
-8.6   4.4 WITTENOOM W Pilbara WA
-7.7   -1.0 PAYNES FIND Murchison WA
-7.6   4.8 CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
-6.9   1.0 YUENDUMU Alice Springs NT
-6.8   -1.8 YEELIRRIE Goldfields WA
-6.8   0.0 WILUNA Interior WA

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

THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW: 104 (320/ 83 ) at 14:37
MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC: 91 (350/ 65 ) at 10:51

Other extremes

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