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Sunday, 16 DEC 2001

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Useful rainfall through central eastern Queensland
Unusually cold night in W Victoria, SE SA
The trough that brought falls of 50 to 80mm across central Queensland yesterday continued to move slowly northeast today and into Monday morning, with areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms bringing delight to farmers. The heaviest rain over the three day period to 9am Monday was recorded in the Central West, where Glencoe recorded 153, Lochnagar 137.2, Isisford 133.4, Barcaldine PO 122.2 and Aramac 96.8mm. The rain brought minor flooding along the Thomson and Diamantina Rivers and moderate flooding along the Barcoo over the next couple of weeks. 

Clear skies and low humidity following a weak change appear to be the cause of an unusually cool night across western Victoria and southeastern SA. Naracoorte SA recorded a minimum temperature of 1.0, while Longerenong, 20km east of Horsham Vic recorded 2.0, its coldest December temperature in 37 years of record and 9.3 below average. Echuca, Castlemaine and Nhill in Victoria and Coonawarra in SA all recorded temperatures close to frost level and 7 or 8 below average.

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 19:50 EDST on 22/12/01

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:
Longerenong Vic: 2.0 (2.2, 37)

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.

100.0 BOGEWONG Central West QLD
87.0 GLENCOE Central Highlands QLD
82.0 RAVENSHOE ALERT N Coast--Barron QLD
81.0 MUNGALLALA Warrego QLD
78.4 BARCALDINE POST OFFICE Central West QLD

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Arnhem
64.6 ALYANGULA POLICE

QUEENSLAND
    Gulf Country
73.8 MOUNT CUTHBERT STATION
70.0 JULIA CREEK AIRPORT
51.6 CROYDON TOWNSHIP
50.0 WONDOOLA STATION
    N Coast--Barron
82.0 RAVENSHOE ALERT
    Central Highlands
87.0 GLENCOE
50.3 RIVINGTON
    Central West
100.0 BOGEWONG
78.4 BARCALDINE POST OFFICE
64.4 ISISFORD POST OFFICE
    Northwest
57.0 WINTON POST OFFICE
    Darling Downs E
50.0 TARTHA
    Darling Downs W
65.8 LILYVIEW
    Maranoa
63.6 NAMARAH
51.6 SPRINGFIELD
    Warrego
81.0 MUNGALLALA
69.6 CHARLEVILLE AERO
58.0 THE 27 MILE GARDEN TM
54.4 CHARLEVILLE TM
53.4 RACEVIEW TM

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Arnhem
GROOTE EYLANDT AIRPORT AWS
19.0mm in 3 hr to 02:30 6.3mm/h
    Roper-McArthur
CENTRE ISLAND
4.2mm in 12 min to 19:05 21.0mm/h
    Darwin-Daly
DELAMERE WEAPONS RANGE
27.8mm in 16 min to 16:21 104.2mm/h
4.0mm in 3 min to 16:24 80.0mm/h
35.0mm in 3 hr to 17:30 11.7mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
WEIPA AERO
11.8mm in 1 hr to 13:00 11.8mm/h
    Gulf Country
JULIA CREEK AIRPORT
12.0mm in 27 min to 01:27 26.7mm/h
25.6mm in 33 min to 02:00 46.5mm/h
37.6mm in 1 hr to 02:00 37.6mm/h
17.4mm in 1 hr to 03:00 17.4mm/h
55.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 18.3mm/h
    N Coast--Barron
COOKTOWN MISSION STRIP
25.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 8.3mm/h
LOW ISLES LIGHTHOUSE
13.8mm in 12 min to 17:08 69.0mm/h
4.2mm in 12 min to 17:20 21.0mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.3mm/h
COOKTOWN AIRPORT
22.2mm in 1 hr to 18:00 22.2mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.7mm/h
MAREEBA AIRPORT AWS
18.8mm in 1 hr to 17:00 18.8mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.3mm/h
    N Coast--Herbert
SOUTH JOHNSTONE EXP STN
6.6mm in 16 min to 15:16 24.8mm/h
20.4mm in 44 min to 16:00 27.8mm/h
27.0mm in 1 hr to 16:00 27.0mm/h
27.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 9.0mm/h
    Central Coast E
ST LAWRENCE POST OFFICE
18.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.0mm/h
YEPPOON THE ESPLANADE
17.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.7mm/h
20.6mm in 11 min to 15:04 112.4mm/h
24.8mm in 1 hr to 15:30 24.8mm/h
    Central West
BARCALDINE POST OFFICE
21.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 7.0mm/h
    Northwest
CANNINGTON MINE
15.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.0mm/h
WINTON POST OFFICE
21.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 7.0mm/h
    Wide Bay/Burnett
SANDY CAPE LIGHTHOUSE
36.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 12.0mm/h
TOWN OF 1770
31.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 10.3mm/h
    Darling Downs E
OAKEY AERO
15.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.0mm/h

ISLANDS
    Islands
NORTH EAST ISLAND
31.0mm in 3 hr to 01:30 10.3mm/h
37.0mm in 3 hr to 02:30 12.3mm/h
39.0mm in 3 hr to 03:30 13.0mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
40.8 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA
40.1 PARABURDOO AERO E Gascoyne WA
39.3 LEARMONTH AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
39.1 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
29.4 MORNINGTON ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands
28.0 BLACK POINT Darwin-Daly NT
28.0 MCCLUER ISLAND Darwin-Daly NT
28.0 DUM IN MIRRIE Darwin-Daly NT
28.0 NARAWILLI Arnhem NT
28.0 CAPE FOURCROY Islands
9.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
12.1 WEEAPROINAH W Coast VIC
12.5 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS
12.7 MOUNT LOFTY Mt Lofty Ranges SA
13.0 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
0.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
1.0 NARACOORTE AERODROME Lower SE SA
1.0 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
1.3 LIAWENEE AWS Central Plateau TAS
2.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
2.0 LONGERENONG Wimmera S VIC

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+6.0   35.2 CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
+5.9   33.2 ONGERUP Gt Southern WA
+5.8   33.2 RAVENSTHORPE Gt Southern WA
+5.7   35.4 PEARCE RAAF Lower West WA
+5.7   34.1 KATANNING COMPARISON Gt Southern WA
+4.8   19.4 NAREMBEEN Gt Southern WA
+4.7   25.0 BUNDABERG AERO Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
+4.6   24.2 MARYBOROUGH Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+4.2   25.0 CLERMONT POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
+4.0   20.5 NELSON BAY (NELSON HEAD) Hunter Valley NSW
-11.2   23.9 KULGERA Alice Springs NT
-10.9   26.4 CROYDON TOWNSHIP Gulf Country QLD
-10.8   23.4 SPRINGSURE DAME ST Central Highlands QLD
-10.4   26.0 CURTIN SPRINGS Alice Springs NT
-10.4   25.0 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT Alice Springs NT
-9.3   2.0 LONGERENONG Wimmera S VIC
-8.7   4.8 ECHUCA AERODROME Lower North VIC
-8.2   3.3 NHILL Wimmera N VIC
-7.3   3.5 CASTLEMAINE PRISON N Central VIC
-7.2   3.0 COONAWARRA Lower SE SA

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

None reported

Other extremes

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