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Tuesday, 11 DEC 2001

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Wintry overnight with snow in Tasmania
Cold in southern NT
Heavy storm hits Mackay Qld ahead of a warm day
Snow closed the road up Mount Wellington behind Hobart Tasmania, and fell as low as 200m above sea level at Port Arthur overnight as a blast of wintry weather hit Tasmania. Hobart City Council had to call out the graders to clear 5 to 10cm of snow and ice from the mountain road, which remained closed most of the morning with the 9am temperature at the summit only -2.2. A cold front which crossed the state yesterday afternoon ushered in a cold, deep SSW airstream, with the observer at Palmers Lookout, 190m above sea level behind Port Arthur, reporting snow flurries during the early evening. It also gave the Lookout its coldest December night in 20 years of record. Snow fell on the Central Plateau overnight, and Mt Owen behind Queenstown was white with hail and snow down to around 1000m this morning. Temperatures and precipitation measurements from the automatic station on Mt Read behind Zeehan suggest that heavy snow fell at higher levels on the western mountains. Storm force winds were reported from Bass Strait, with Wilsons Promontory Vic recording a top wind gust of 122km/h with an average windspeed of 111km/h shortly before 4am. The cold conditions led a Hobart Bureau of Meteorology spokesman to say that the first 10 days of December this year have been the coldest on record, with temperatures between two and four degrees colder than average.

The cold airmass that has persisted under cloud cover in Central Australia for the past 3 days moved north into southern and western NT today, with most centres reporting maximum temperatures 10 to 17 below average.

A thunderstorm in the early hours of this morning produced a wind gust of 113km/h at Mackay Airport Qld. The storm dropped 18.0mm in 10 minutes at the met office as the gust front swept through about 1.30am. The storms cleared to an unusually warm day along the central and southeast coasts with temperatures up to 7 in an area where daytime temperatures are fairly consistent. Lady Elliot Island, off the coast NE of Bundaberg, recorded its warmest December day in 45 years of record.

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 23:26 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 (previous record and years of computerised record shown in brackets):
Lowest daily minimum temperature for December:
Port Arthur (Palmers Lookout) Tas: 3.0 (4.0, 20)
Highest daily maximum temperature for December:
Lady Elliot Island Qld: 33.0 (32.3, 45)

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.

93.0 LISSADELL E Kimberley WA
75.0 LAJAMANU Victoria NT
70.0 RIVEREN Victoria NT
55.6 TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT Barkly NT
50.0 INVERWAY Victoria NT

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    E Kimberley
93.0 LISSADELL

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Victoria
75.0 LAJAMANU
70.0 RIVEREN
50.0 INVERWAY
    Barkly
55.6 TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    N Kimberley
KALUMBURU
24.2mm in 42 min to 14:00 34.6mm/h
24.4mm in 1 hr to 14:00 24.4mm/h
26.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 8.7mm/h

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Victoria
LAJAMANU
33.2mm in 1 hr to 08:30 33.2mm/h
46.0mm in 3 hr to 08:30 15.3mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 23:30 7.3mm/h
    Darwin-Daly
BLACK POINT
21.0mm in 3 hr to 08:30 7.0mm/h
CAPE DON
17.0mm in 3 hr to 16:30 5.7mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 17:30 6.3mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:30 5.0mm/h
DUM IN MIRRIE
16.0mm in 3 hr to 20:30 5.3mm/h
MANGO FARM
15.0mm in 3 hr to 14:30 5.0mm/h
DELAMERE WEAPONS RANGE
12.6mm in 9 min to 15:33 84.0mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 17:30 5.7mm/h
    Barkly
TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT
13.4mm in 30 min to 01:00 26.8mm/h
20.8mm in 1 hr to 01:00 20.8mm/h
11.0mm in 30 min to 01:30 22.0mm/h
24.4mm in 1 hr to 01:30 24.4mm/h
13.4mm in 1 hr to 02:00 13.4mm/h
36.0mm in 3 hr to 02:30 12.0mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    Gulf Country
MORNINGTON ISLAND
15.0mm in 21 min to 11:30 42.9mm/h
20.6mm in 1 hr to 11:30 20.6mm/h
21.6mm in 1 hr to 12:00 21.6mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 7.3mm/h
    Central Coast E
MACKAY AERO
12.2mm in 10 min to 01:22 73.2mm/h
5.8mm in 3 min to 01:25 116.0mm/h
23.6mm in 1 hr to 01:30 23.6mm/h
33.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 11.0mm/h
MACKAY MO
11.2mm in 23 min to 01:23 29.2mm/h
2.2mm in 1 min to 01:24 132.0mm/h
15.8mm in 9 min to 01:33 105.3mm/h
31.4mm in 1 hr to 02:00 31.4mm/h
32.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 10.7mm/h
BOWEN AIRPORT
21.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 7.0mm/h
YEPPOON THE ESPLANADE
16.4mm in 1 hr 30 min to 16:00 10.9mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
41.0 ELLIOTT Barkly NT
39.9 MORANBAH WATER TREATMENT PLANT Central Coast W QLD
39.0 HUGHENDEN AIRPORT Upper Carpentaria QLD
39.0 RICHMOND AIRPORT Upper Carpentaria QLD
39.0 CLERMONT POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
39.0 EMERALD AIRPORT Central Highlands QLD
30.0 MORNINGTON ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
29.2 CENTRE ISLAND Roper-McArthur NT
29.2 SWEERS ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
28.5 ALYANGULA POLICE Arnhem NT
28.3 GREEN ISLAND N Coast--Barron QLD
3.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
3.5 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
5.5 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
6.4 HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
7.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.5 LIAWENEE AWS Central Plateau TAS
-1.4 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
-1.1 HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
-1.1 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+6.9   36.0 BUNDABERG AERO Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
+6.5   39.9 MORANBAH WATER TREATMENT PLANT Central Coast W QLD
+5.9   33.8 REDCLIFFE COUNCIL Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+5.5   34.4 SANDY CAPE LIGHTHOUSE Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
+5.0   32.2 LANCELIN Lower West WA
+5.0   32.0 DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+5.4   26.5 COLLINSVILLE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD
+5.2   27.0 AYR DPI RESEARCH STN Central Coast E QLD
+5.1   21.7 MORAWA POST OFFICE Central West WA
+4.9   25.8 MORANBAH WATER TREATMENT PLANT Central Coast W QLD
+4.4   27.0 PALMERVILLE S Peninsula QLD
+4.4   26.5 CARDWELL EDEN ST N Coast--Herbert QLD
-16.6   20.2 WILUNA Interior WA
-15.7   20.4 YEELIRRIE Goldfields WA
-12.8   25.0 JERVOIS Alice Springs NT
-11.5   24.5 YUENDUMU Alice Springs NT
-11.3   13.4 STRATHBOGIE Lower NE VIC
-7.8   11.1 LEIGH CREEK AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
-7.5   13.1 KULGERA Alice Springs NT
-7.5   6.2 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
-7.5   9.0 BARADINE FORESTRY NW Plains E NSW

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

MACKAY AERO Central Coast E QLD: 113 (270/ 82 ) at 01:25
GREEN CAPE AWS South Coast NSW: 85 (240/ 65 ) at 08:18
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE W Gippsland VIC: 122 (230/111 ) at 03:42
KINGFISH A SHIP LOG 206 W Gippsland VIC: 89 (247/ 67 ) at 02:10
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. N Coast TAS: 96 (230/ 76 ) at 01:00
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS: 85 (190/ 70 ) at 02:08
MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS: 76 (220/ 65 ) at 22:00

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