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Sunday, 30 DEC 2001

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NSW bushfires continue
Wild storms again damage SE Qld
Hot in Qld, NSW; cold in WA
Brisbane radar at 4.10pm shows the widespread but patchy nature of the storms. BoM
See special report on the NSW bushfires.

A 1,000km line of convection that developed along the Great Divide from north of Newcastle NSW to west of Rockhampton Qld moved northeast during the afternoon and evening bringing widespread thunderstorms. In SE Qld, wild winds, heavy rain and lightning strikes caused further damage and cut power supplies to more than 50,000 customers in Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and Toowoomba. Wind brought down power lines in 150 locations. Trees were uprooted, including one which crashed into a house in Landsborough. A Beerwah SES spokesman said many houses in the area had lost roofs or suffered tree damage, while power was cut for up to 17 hours. At Boonah, tarpaulins were ripped from houses unroofed in the 22 December storms. Lightning damaged a house near Caboolture and two on the Gold Coast

As the radar image at right shows, the storms were intense but well scattered and gave torrential rain as they moved NE at about 50km/h, slowing somewhat as they neared the coast. Some of the heavier short duration recordings are given below, and include 32.8mm in 19 minutes at Archerfield and 38.2mm in 20 minutes at Maroochydore. With further storms early on Monday morning, many locations recorded between 50 and 100mm for the 24 hours to 9am Monday, with top falls of 105.6 at Sunnybank in Brisbane's south and 94.0 at Archerfield to the north.

Heatwave conditions, which have covered large parts of Queensland for the past 11 days, gave high overnight minima in the state's west, north and east, including 30.6 at Boulia, before widespread maxima today in the low to mid 40s. Northwesterly winds blew out seabreezes along the NSW Central Coast giving temperatures up to 14 above normal. In southeastern WA, however, overnight minima were well below normal. Salmon Gums, 100km north of Esperance, recorded a near frost-level 4, while Leonora, 200km N of Kalgoorlie, set a December record, with its minimum of 9.3 the lowest in 44 years of computerised observations. 

 

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 16:36 EDST on 31/12/01

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:
Leonora WA: 9.3 (9.5, 44)

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.

73.0 TOOLARA (KELLY) Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
70.0 PINE CREEK COUNCIL Darwin-Daly NT
68.8 YULMBU E Kimberley WA
65.0 KIMBERLEY RES.STATION E Kimberley WA
54.4 THANGOOL AIRPORT Wide Bay/Burnett QLD

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    E Kimberley
68.8 YULMBU
65.0 KIMBERLEY RES.STATION
51.0 KUNUNURRA AERO

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Darwin-Daly
70.0 PINE CREEK COUNCIL
51.0 CAPE DON

QUEENSLAND
    Wide Bay/Burnett
54.4 THANGOOL AIRPORT
    Brisbane/SE Coast
73.0 TOOLARA (KELLY)

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Victoria
VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS
12.2mm in 53 min to 01:30 13.8mm/h
12.4mm in 1 hr to 01:30 12.4mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 02:30 7.7mm/h
    Darwin-Daly
CAPE DON
45.0mm in 3 hr to 02:30 15.0mm/h
47.0mm in 3 hr to 03:30 15.7mm/h
50.0mm in 3 hr to 04:30 16.7mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    S Peninsula
PALMERVILLE
9.4mm in 22 min to 18:00 25.6mm/h
    Gulf Country
NORMANTON AIRPORT
4.6mm in 3 min to 16:01 92.0mm/h
8.6mm in 4 min to 16:05 129.0mm/h
25.0mm in 9 min to 16:14 166.7mm/h
10.6mm in 9 min to 16:23 70.7mm/h
    Wide Bay/Burnett
THANGOOL AIRPORT
54.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 18.0mm/h
GLADSTONE AIRPORT
12.0mm in 1 hr to 23:00 12.0mm/h
    Brisbane/SE Coast
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE
13.2mm in 49 min to 19:00 16.2mm/h
DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE
19.4mm in 40 min to 21:53 29.1mm/h
5.6mm in 11 min to 22:04 30.5mm/h
ARCHERFIELD AIRPORT
1.8mm in 1 min to 16:18 108.0mm/h
4.0mm in 3 min to 16:21 80.0mm/h
7.2mm in 5 min to 16:26 86.4mm/h
16.2mm in 8 min to 16:34 121.5mm/h
3.6mm in 2 min to 16:36 108.0mm/h
39.6mm in 1 hr to 17:00 39.6mm/h
45.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 15.0mm/h
NAMBOUR DPI
20.8mm in 47 min to 20:00 26.6mm/h
22.4mm in 1 hr to 20:00 22.4mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 7.7mm/h
MAROOCHYDORE AERO
2.0mm in 1 min to 19:22 120.0mm/h
24.6mm in 9 min to 19:31 164.0mm/h
3.8mm in 1 min to 19:32 228.0mm/h
7.8mm in 9 min to 19:41 52.0mm/h
40.6mm in 1 hr to 20:00 40.6mm/h
41.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 13.7mm/h
TEWANTIN RSL PARK
8.2mm in 13 min to 20:00 37.8mm/h
11.6mm in 1 hr to 20:00 11.6mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 21:00 10.8mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 7.3mm/h
BRISBANE
4.6mm in 3 min to 16:44 92.0mm/h
1.6mm in 1 min to 16:45 96.0mm/h
17.8mm in 15 min to 17:00 71.2mm/h
27.6mm in 1 hr to 17:00 27.6mm/h
31.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 10.3mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
CASINO AIRPORT AWS
8.0mm in 33 min to 18:33 14.5mm/h
15.0mm in 27 min to 19:00 33.3mm/h
23.0mm in 1 hr to 19:00 23.0mm/h
28.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 9.3mm/h

ISLANDS
    Islands
CAPE WESSEL
25.0mm in 3 hr to 13:30 8.3mm/h
27.0mm in 3 hr to 14:30 9.0mm/h
27.0mm in 3 hr to 15:30 9.0mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
45.0 BOULIA AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
44.5 URANDANGIE Northwest QLD
44.0 CLONCURRY AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
44.0 CAMOOWEAL TOWNSHIP Northwest QLD
43.2 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
31.6 MORNINGTON ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
30.6 BOULIA AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
30.0 CAMOOWEAL TOWNSHIP Northwest QLD
30.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands
29.8 SWEERS ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
6.9 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
11.7 HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
11.8 MOUNT LOFTY Mt Lofty Ranges SA
12.4 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS
13.2 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS
1.7 LIAWENEE AWS Central Plateau TAS
2.3 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
4.0 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
4.1 HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
4.3 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+14.5   39.2 NORAH HEAD LIGHTHOUSE Hunter Valley NSW
+12.1   37.0 NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION Hunter Valley NSW
+11.7   38.5 GOSFORD (NARARA RESEARCH STATION) AWS Hunter Valley NSW
+11.5   38.7 WILLIAMTOWN RAAF Hunter Valley NSW
+11.3   37.1 PEATS RIDGE (WARATAH ROAD) Hunter Valley NSW
+8.4   22.8 GRENFELL (QUONDONG RD) SW Slopes N NSW
+7.5   25.4 INJUNE POST OFFICE Maranoa QLD
+7.3   30.6 BOULIA AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
+7.0   29.7 URANDANGIE Northwest QLD
+6.6   26.1 ROLLESTON METEOR ST Central Highlands QLD
-9.5   25.5 MARLA POLICE STATION NW Pastoral SA
-7.1   29.2 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
-6.4   31.5 HALLS CREEK AIRPORT E Kimberley WA
-6.4   17.0 BAIRNSDALE AIRPORT W Gippsland VIC
-6.2   21.0 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
-6.2   21.3 KEITH Upper SE SA
-10.7   9.3 LEONORA Goldfields WA
-8.3   4.0 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
-7.0   7.1 NORSEMAN Goldfields WA
-7.0   11.9 COLLARENEBRI (VIEWPOINT) Upper Darling NSW
-5.4   7.8 BALLADONIA Eucla WA

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

BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD: 72 (210/ 67 ) at 17:02
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD: 72 ( 50/ 63 ) at 22:00
ARCHERFIELD AIRPORT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD: 83 (130/ 67 ) at 16:26
TAMWORTH AIRPORT AWS NW Slopes S NSW: 89 (310/ 69 ) at 16:54
SCONE AIRPORT AWS Hunter Valley NSW: 82 (310/ 65 ) at 16:57
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE W Gippsland VIC: 78 (250/ 69 ) at 01:15
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS: 109 (310/ 96 ) at 03:25
MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS: 95 (260/ 70 ) at 01:21

Other extremes

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