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Thursday, 22 NOV 2001

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Hot day in northern WA
Cold morning in western Qld, NSW Snowy Mountains
Isolated downpour at Cardwell, Qld
Summer heat has arrived in Western Australia's far north, with the first maximum temperatures over 45 recorded today. Marble Bar, which reached 45 yesterday, got to 45.3 today, while most centres in the Pilbara, southern Kimberley and far northeast had tops between 43 and 45.

It was a different story in western Queensland, where clear skies and dry southeasterly winds following a surge of colder southern air dropped overnight minima to wintry levels. Mount Isa AP's low of 11 was 10.5 below the November average. In the NSW Snowy Mountains, the overnight minimum at Kosciusko Chalet, Charlotte Pass, sank to -8.5, just two degrees shy of their record November low of -10.6, set last Monday. Nearby Perisher Valley only got down to -4.0.

In a remarkably localised downpour, Cardwell Qld recorded 158mm in the 6 hours to 9 this morning. The observer reported 125mm in 3 hours with moderate rain reducing visibility to 1km at 6am, and a further 33mm with a thunderstorm to 9am. The nearest other raingauges, Bilyana, 15km to the NW and Gowrie Creek, about 25km to the SW, reported only 5 and 6mm respectively. A tiny isolated cloud is evident in the Cardwell area on satellite images at the time.

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 19:40 EDST on 23/11/01

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.

158.0 CARDWELL EDEN ST N Coast--Herbert QLD
53.6 NORFOLK ISLAND AERO
49.0 NERADA ALERT
N Coast--Herbert QLD
29.5 BULAHDELAH POST OFFICE MidNorth Coast S NSW
28.0 CRAWFORDS LOOKOUT ALERT N Coast--Herbert QLD

QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Herbert
158.0 CARDWELL EDEN ST
49.0 NERADA ALERT
28.0 CRAWFORDS LOOKOUT ALERT

NEW SOUTH WALES
    MidNorth Coast S
29.5 BULAHDELAH POST OFFICE

ISLANDS
    Islands
53.6 NORFOLK ISLAND AERO

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Herbert
CARDWELL EDEN ST
125.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 41.7mm/h
33.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 11.0mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
45.3 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
45.3 TELFER AERO Interior WA
45.0 ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA
45.0 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA
44.8 PORT HEDLAND AIRPORT E Pilbara WA
30.0 WITTENOOM W Pilbara WA
28.3 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
28.2 CHANNEL POINT Darwin-Daly NT
28.0 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA
28.0 MCCLUER ISLAND Darwin-Daly NT
5.7 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
10.2 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
11.4 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
11.8 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS
11.8 HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
-8.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-3.2 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.9 MT HOTHAM AIRPORT Upper NE VIC
-0.5 GOULBURN AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+10.4   31.6 GOOLWA (HINDMARSH ISLAND MARINA) Mt Lofty Ranges SA
+9.5   31.3 VICTOR HARBOR COMPARISON Mt Lofty Ranges SA
+9.0   31.6 MENINGIE Lower Murray SA
+8.7   44.8 PORT HEDLAND AIRPORT E Pilbara WA
+8.7   34.7 WHYALLA AERO W Agricultural SA
+9.0   21.0 CLEVE W Agricultural SA
+8.8   21.4 PARAFIELD AIRPORT Adelaide Plains SA
+8.5   20.2 KIMBA W Agricultural SA
+7.8   22.0 PORT PIRIE BHAS Lower North SA
+7.4   20.0 EDINBURGH RAAF Adelaide Plains SA
-7.0   18.2 NELSON BAY (NELSON HEAD) Hunter Valley NSW
-5.5   25.8 PAYNES FIND Murchison WA
-5.3   24.3 SOUTHERN CROSS Goldfields WA
-5.2   20.1 INVERELL RESEARCH CENTRE N Tablelands W NSW
-5.1   20.5 MEDINA RESEARCH CENTRE Lower West WA
-5.1   21.3 LAKE GRACE POST OFFICE Gt Southern WA
-5.1   19.6 RAVENSTHORPE Gt Southern WA
-10.5   11.0 MOUNT ISA AERO Gulf Country QLD
-10.2   -8.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-8.3   12.2 URANDANGIE Northwest QLD
-8.2   14.9 BRUNETTE DOWNS Barkly NT
-8.2   14.0 CAMOOWEAL TOWNSHIP Northwest QLD

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

ERNABELLA (PUKATJA) NW Pastoral SA : 83 (290/ 63 ) at 19:41

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