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Sunday, 08 JUL 2001

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Heavy rain, gales in far SE NSW and Victoria
Widespread rain in SW WA
Continuing cold in NSW, Qld
A small low, which moved slowly up the NSW South Coast yesterday before drifting eastwards, brought 50 to 100mm of rain to far southeastern NSW the Snowy Mountains over the 3 day period to 9am Monday. The marginally drought-stricken Monaro area has seen big stock sales recently as declining stock water supplies resulted in graziers putting sheep on the market rather than keeping them through winter. Some of the heavier 3 day totals are Eden 106, Cathcart 108.8, Bombala PO 82.4 and Nimmitabel 113. The heaviest falls were overnight into this morning. In the Snowy Mountains resorts, jubilation turned to despair as the first moderate snowfalls of the season on Friday and Saturday turned to wet snow and sleet last night as warmer Tasman Sea air, circulating around the south of the low, arrived in the mountains. Despite recording 150mm of melted precipitation at Perisher Valley and 97.2 at Charlotte Pass for the 3 days to 9am Monday, the resorts were only reporting 20 to 30cm snow depth. 

The tight pressure gradient to the west of the low brought strong to gale force winds to the Victorian coast and high country. Gusts reached 106km/h at Falls Creek and 102km/h on the summit of Mt Hotham, while in the Otways west of Melbourne Cape Otway recorded 76 and Mt Gellibrand 83km/h. 

Meanwhile, several days of moderate and widespread rain has given some hope to farmers in drought-ravaged southwest WA. Most of the southwest, from about 200km north of Perth to about 200km east of Esperance, has had record low rainfall over the past 9 months, with parts of the southern wheat belt recording less than 200mm in the past 12 months. Rain has fallen generally over the southwestern third of the state in the 3 days to 9am Monday, with 25 to 60mm around the west and south coasts, and 10 to 25mm inland. The heaviest falls were today, as a wave developed on an active cold front just west of Perth mid morning, then unusually tracked due east across land to regain the Southern Ocean near Esperance around midnight tonight. 34.4mm fell in one hour to 7.30am at Jandakot Airport, 20km south of the Perth CBD, while Rottnest Island, offshore from Perth, recorded 28mm in the hour to 5.30am. North Island in the Abrolhos Group, 120km NW of Geraldton, recorded a wind gust of 89km/h at 7.40am as the front passed through.

Cold days continued in central and northeastern NSW as a stagnant cold pool dominated the area's weather. Light snow was reported during the day at Oberon on the Central Tablelands and Guyra on the Northern Tablelands. Southeast Queensland and much of the state's north again experienced a very cold night, with minima 4 to 10 below normal. Amberley Airport in Brisbane's west recorded -2.0, 7.5 below the average, while Georgetown, 250km WSW of Cairns, was 10 below with a minimum of 2. 

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 18:07 EDST on 09/07/01

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.

80.8 NIMMITABEL (COTTESLOE) Goulburn/Monaro NSW
80.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
76.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
72.2 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
58.6 CATHCART (MOUNT DARRAGH) South Coast NSW

NEW SOUTH WALES
    South Coast
58.6 CATHCART (MOUNT DARRAGH)
    Goulburn/Monaro
80.8 NIMMITABEL (COTTESLOE)
54.0 BOMBALA AWS
    Snowy Mtns
80.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE
72.2 THREDBO VILLAGE

VICTORIA
    E Gippsland
56.0 COMBIENBAR
    W Gippsland
76.0 MT BAW BAW

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Lower West
JANDAKOT AERO
14.0mm in 30 min to 07:00 28.0mm/h
17.0mm in 1 hr to 07:00 17.0mm/h
20.4mm in 30 min to 07:30 40.8mm/h
34.4mm in 1 hr to 07:30 34.4mm/h
23.2mm in 1 hr to 08:00 23.2mm/h
41.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 13.7mm/h
ROTTNEST ISLAND
11.6mm in 1 hr to 05:00 11.6mm/h
18.6mm in 30 min to 05:30 37.2mm/h
28.0mm in 1 hr to 05:30 28.0mm/h
19.0mm in 1 hr to 06:00 19.0mm/h
33.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 11.0mm/h
SWANBOURNE
10.8mm in 1 hr to 07:00 10.8mm/h
12.0mm in 30 min to 07:30 24.0mm/h
17.0mm in 1 hr to 07:30 17.0mm/h
14.4mm in 1 hr to 08:00 14.4mm/h
25.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 8.3mm/h
    SW & S Coast
CAPE LEEUWIN
10.2mm in 1 hr to 08:00 10.2mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.3mm/h
ALBANY AIRPORT
12.2mm in 1 hr to 21:00 12.2mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.7mm/h
WITCHCLIFFE
12.8mm in 1 hr to 09:00 12.8mm/h
HOPETOUN NORTH
16.8mm in 1 hr 39 min to 23:39 10.2mm/h
BUNBURY
17.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.7mm/h
    Gt Southern
WANDERING
12.8mm in 1 hr to 09:00 12.8mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.7mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Goulburn/Monaro
CANBERRA AIRPORT
12.8mm in 30 min to 23:00 25.6mm/h
12.8mm in 1 hr to 23:00 12.8mm/h
BOMBALA AWS
8.0mm in 36 min to 00:56 13.3mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h
    Snowy Mtns
PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE
30.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 5.0mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
33.5 BIDYADANGA W Kimberley WA
33.3 WEST ROEBUCK W Kimberley WA
33.2 CURTIN AERO W Kimberley WA
33.0 JABIRU AIRPORT Darwin-Daly NT
33.0 BRADSHAW Darwin-Daly NT
26.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands
24.4 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
24.0 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
23.6 KURI BAY N Kimberley WA
23.0 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
23.0 MCCLUER ISLAND Darwin-Daly NT
-1.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
0.9 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
1.3 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
1.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
2.3 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
-4.0 OAKEY AERO Darling Downs E QLD
-3.9 WARWICK Darling Downs E QLD
-2.5 BOMBALA POST OFFICE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-2.0 AMBERLEY AMO Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-2.0 JIMNA FORESTRY Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-2.0 KINGAROY AIRPORT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-2.0 MILES CONSTANCE STREET Darling Downs W QLD
-2.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.0 WARATAH (WILLIAM STREET) W Coast TAS

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+6.1   22.8 GOOMALLING Cent Wheatbelt WA
+5.7   26.0 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
+5.3   21.6 ELLISTON W Agricultural SA
+4.9   30.0 TELFER AERO Interior WA
+4.8   12.0 WARATAH (WILLIAM STREET) W Coast TAS
+8.3   20.8 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
+8.2   12.4 SCAMANDER E Coast TAS
+8.0   22.0 KALUMBURU MISSION N Kimberley WA
+8.0   11.5 SWANSEA POST OFFICE E Coast TAS
+7.8   11.0 EAST SALE AIRPORT W Gippsland VIC
-8.2   20.1 ELLIOTT Barkly NT
-6.9   10.1 COONAMBLE COMPARISON CW Plains N NSW
-6.7   8.1 COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET) CW Slopes N NSW
-6.6   10.7 JERRYS PLAINS POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
-6.2   8.9 PEAK HILL POST OFFICE CW Plains S NSW
-6.2   9.0 TRANGIE RESEARCH STATION AWS CW Plains N NSW
-6.2   6.0 GLEN INNES AG RESEARCH STN N Tablelands W NSW
-6.2   8.9 WELLINGTON (ZOUCH ST) CW Slopes S NSW
-10.1   2.0 GEORGETOWN POST OFFICE Upper Carpentaria QLD
-8.1   10.1 COOKTOWN MISSION STRIP N Coast--Barron QLD
-7.5   -2.0 AMBERLEY AMO Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-7.1   10.1 COEN AIRPORT N Peninsula QLD
-7.1   2.2 COLLINSVILLE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD

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

NORTH ISLAND Central West WA : 89 (260/ 74 ) at 07:40
GREEN CAPE AWS South Coast NSW: 93 (110/ 59 ) at 00:41
MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC: 93 (140/ 58 ) at 09:00
FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC: 106 (120/ 61 ) at 09:30
MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC: 102 (150/ 76 ) at 09:00
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE W Gippsland VIC: 82 (100/ 63 ) at 10:03
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 W Gippsland VIC: 93 (124/ 74 ) at 08:40
CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE W Coast VIC: 76 (110/ 63 ) at 07:00
COLAC (MT GELLIBRAND) W Coast VIC: 83 (120/ 65 ) at 11:30

Other extremes

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