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Friday, 21 SEP 2001

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Storms bring heavy falls to NE Victoria
A marked middle atmosphere trough lying above the tail of a weak surface front brought thunderstorms and several hours of heavy rain to Victoria's northeast this morning. Falls Creek recorded 50mm between midnight and 6am, with many centres in or just west of the Alps recording 40mm or more in the 24 hours to 9am. The modest surface cool change swept across Victoria's Gippsland yesterday afternoon and evening, leaving a nearly stationary surface trough stranded to the north of the Great Divide. Instability was not particularly great, but the thermal difference across the trough was, with overnight minima across southern NSW around 8 above normal while those in southern Victoria and Tasmania were 4 to 6 below. A very sharp trough at 500hPa (around 18,000 feet) was evident over NE Victoria on the upper charts for 10pm Thursday, and heavy rain appears to have resulted from strong convergence into the trough.

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 16:41 EDST on 23/09/01

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.

54.0 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
52.6 OVENS RIVER (HARRIETVILLE) Upper NE VIC
50.4 WHITLANDS (BURDER'S LANE) Upper NE VIC
47.2 MOUNT BUFFALO CHALET Upper NE VIC
37.8 HARRIETVILLE Upper NE VIC

VICTORIA
    Upper NE
54.0 FALLS CREEK
52.6 OVENS RIVER (HARRIETVILLE)
50.4 WHITLANDS (BURDER'S LANE)
47.2 MOUNT BUFFALO CHALET
37.8 HARRIETVILLE

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


VICTORIA
    Upper NE
FALLS CREEK
31.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 10.3mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 6.3mm/h
MT HOTHAM
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h
    W Gippsland
YARRAM (YARRAM CFA)
10.0mm in 10 min to 15:57 60.0mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
39.0 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
39.0 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
38.2 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
38.2 CURTIN AERO W Kimberley WA
38.2 KIMBERLEY RES.STATION E Kimberley WA
26.0 MCCLUER ISLAND Darwin-Daly NT
26.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR
26.0 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
25.8 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
25.0 WYNDHAM POST OFFICE N Kimberley WA
7.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
7.1 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
8.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
8.0 HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
8.3 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-4.5 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
-3.6 LIAWENEE AWS Central Plateau TAS
-3.0 WARATAH (WILLIAM STREET) W Coast TAS
-2.5 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS
-2.0 BUSHY PARK (BUSHY PARK ESTATES) Derwent Valley TAS

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+10.3   31.3 BROKEN HILL (PATTON STREET) Lower Darling NSW
+10.1   35.5 MARREE NE Pastoral SA
+9.6   34.0 TIBOOBURRA POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW
+9.4   30.0 HAY (MILLER STREET) Riverina W NSW
+9.2   33.5 ANDAMOOKA NW Pastoral SA
+10.4   21.6 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
+9.9   21.8 CARNEGIE Interior WA
+9.9   17.8 MENINDEE POST OFFICE Lower Darling NSW
+9.7   19.2 LEIGH CREEK AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
+9.7   14.0 RUTHERGLEN RESEARCH Lower NE VIC
-7.3   20.0 CURTIN SPRINGS Alice Springs NT
-6.3   26.0 MARDIE W Pilbara WA
-5.7   24.1 WATARRKA Alice Springs NT
-3.3   25.8 ONSLOW W Pilbara WA
-3.2   30.5 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
-6.7   10.9 ELLIOTT Barkly NT
-6.4   1.0 FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT Flinders Is/Bass St TAS
-5.9   -2.0 BUSHY PARK (BUSHY PARK ESTATES) Derwent Valley TAS
-5.4   3.2 PHILLIP ISLAND PENGUIN RESERVE E Central VIC
-5.2   4.9 JURIEN Lower West WA

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

HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS: 93 (270/ 67 ) at 07:00

Other extremes

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