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Monday, 10 DEC 2001

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Continuing cold in the Centre as rain clears
Coldest start to December for 32 years in Adelaide
Blustery in the southeast
While rain cleared from much of Central Australia today, continuing cloud cover kept daytime temperatures remarkably low for mid December. Maximum temperatures were in the low 20s, with much of southern NT, northern SA and central eastern WA maxima between 10 and 17 below average, in most cases for the second or third day in a row. Thunderstorms that developed on the northern edge of the cold airmass gave Tennant Creek Airport a wind gust of 102km/h this afternoon.

Adelaide has had its coldest start to December (and summer) since 1969, the Bureau of Meteorology reported today. The average temperature for the first 10 days of December this year was 21.9 degrees Celsius, 4.2 degrees below the normal temperature of 26.1 degrees for this period in Adelaide. The previous record was set in 1969 when the average temperature for the first 10 days of December was 21.8 degrees. In addition, Adelaide has just experienced four consecutive December days with a maximum temperature below 20 degrees, an event which last occurred in December 1970. 

Strong gusty winds accompanied a series of troughs ahead of a much colder southwesterly change as they swept around the Tasmanian and Victorian coasts. Wilsons Promontory recorded a top gust of 113km/h, while the Kingfish A oil rig of the Victorian coast near Sale, reported a gust of 100km/h over open water. Other strong gusts are listed below.

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 23:24 EDST on 12/12/01

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.

114.0 SPRING CREEK E Kimberley WA
71.0 AMMAROO Alice Springs NT
56.0 VAUGHAN SPRINGS Alice Springs NT
53.8 KUNUNURRA CHECKPOINT E Kimberley WA
48.8 WYNDHAM POST OFFICE N Kimberley WA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    N Kimberley
48.8 WYNDHAM POST OFFICE
    E Kimberley
114.0 SPRING CREEK
53.8 KUNUNURRA CHECKPOINT

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Alice Springs
71.0 AMMAROO
56.0 VAUGHAN SPRINGS

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Arnhem
NARAWILLI
17.0mm in 3 hr to 05:30 5.7mm/h
    Victoria
VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS
10.8mm in 1 hr to 14:30 10.8mm/h
LAJAMANU
18.0mm in 3 hr to 23:30 6.0mm/h
    Darwin-Daly
DARWIN AIRPORT
14.4mm in 30 min to 00:00 28.8mm/h
14.4mm in 1 hr to 00:30 14.4mm/h
14.0mm in 30 min to 23:30 28.0mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 23:30 14.0mm/h
DELAMERE WEAPONS RANGE
12.6mm in 1 hr to 20:30 12.6mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 20:30 7.7mm/h
    Barkly
TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT
16.6mm in 1 hr to 16:00 16.6mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 17:30 5.7mm/h
    Alice Springs
YULARA AERO
10.0mm in 1 hr to 00:00 10.0mm/h
KINTORE (WULUNGURRU)
9.6mm in 26 min to 00:52 22.2mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    Central Coast E
ST LAWRENCE POST OFFICE
17.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.7mm/h
YEPPOON THE ESPLANADE
12.2mm in 21 min to 17:30 34.9mm/h
12.4mm in 1 hr to 17:30 12.4mm/h
    Northwest
PHOSPHATE HILL AIRPORT
13.2mm in 21 min to 02:58 37.7mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h
11.2mm in 1 hr 2 min to 04:00 10.8mm/h
    Wide Bay/Burnett
HERON ISLAND RES STN
29.2mm in 37 min to 18:44 47.4mm/h
32.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 10.7mm/h
GLADSTONE RADAR
13.2mm in 30 min to 02:00 26.4mm/h
21.0mm in 1 hr to 02:00 21.0mm/h
13.2mm in 1 hr to 02:30 13.2mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 7.7mm/h
TOWN OF 1770
17.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.7mm/h

TASMANIA
    W Coast
MOUNT READ
20.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.7mm/h

ISLANDS
    Islands
CAPE FOURCROY
5.4mm in 13 min to 08:30 24.9mm/h
LORD HOWE ISLAND AERO
17.6mm in 1 hr to 09:00 17.6mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
40.2 WOLLOGORANG Roper-McArthur NT
40.0 JULIA CREEK AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
40.0 CAMOOWEAL TOWNSHIP Northwest QLD
39.6 BRUNETTE DOWNS Barkly NT
39.5 COLLINSVILLE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD
29.5 CENTRE ISLAND Roper-McArthur NT
28.5 ALYANGULA POLICE Arnhem NT
28.5 GREEN ISLAND N Coast--Barron QLD
28.4 SWEERS ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
28.0 GROOTE EYLANDT AIRPORT AWS Arnhem NT
28.0 LOW ISLES LIGHTHOUSE N Coast--Barron QLD
28.0 ALVA BEACH Central Coast E QLD
3.9 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
5.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
5.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
6.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
6.2 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
-1.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-0.1 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
0.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
0.5 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
0.6 LIAWENEE AWS Central Plateau TAS

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+8.1   37.0 DENHAM W Gascoyne WA
+7.8   37.0 CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
+6.0   39.5 COLLINSVILLE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD
+6.0   39.4 MORANBAH WATER TREATMENT PLANT Central Coast W QLD
+5.7   37.7 ROCKHAMPTON AERO Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
+5.5   26.6 COLLINSVILLE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD
+5.3   27.0 ST LAWRENCE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD
+5.2   27.0 AYR DPI RESEARCH STN Central Coast E QLD
+5.1   25.9 CLERMONT POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
+5.1   24.8 SPRINGSURE DAME ST Central Highlands QLD
-16.8   21.0 JERVOIS Alice Springs NT
-15.3   14.7 MILDURA AIRPORT Mallee N VIC
-15.0   20.0 MARLA POLICE STATION NW Pastoral SA
-14.5   22.0 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
-14.0   21.4 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT Alice Springs NT
-7.8   4.0 MANGALORE AIRPORT N Central VIC
-7.1   7.6 MILDURA AIRPORT Mallee N VIC
-7.0   4.5 YONGALA Upper North SA
-7.0   8.2 RENMARK Upper Murray SA
-6.7   6.7 WALPEUP RESEARCH Mallee N VIC

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

TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT Barkly NT : 102 (360/ 67 ) at 15:25
LUCINDA POINT N Coast--Herbert QLD: 96 (270/ 26 ) at 03:56
GREEN CAPE AWS South Coast NSW: 74 (230/ 63 ) at 12:47
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE W Gippsland VIC: 113 (250/ 91 ) at 23:38
KINGFISH A SHIP LOG 206 W Gippsland VIC: 100 (271/ 80 ) at 18:40
LAVERTON RAAF W Central VIC: 85 (260/ 63 ) at 18:25
CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE W Coast VIC: 76 (270/ 63 ) at 16:22
COLAC (MT GELLIBRAND) W Coast VIC: 87 (260/ 74 ) at 16:10
CAPE NELSON LIGHTHOUSE W Coast VIC: 78 (260/ 63 ) at 16:22
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. N Coast TAS: 102 (260/ 85 ) at 16:00
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS: 98 (300/ 80 ) at 14:08
MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS: 98 (230/ 76 ) at 17:44
FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT Flinders Is/Bass St TAS: 91 (270/ 76 ) at 17:16

Other extremes

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