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Friday, 04 JAN 2002

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NSW bushfires continue
Tropical Cyclone Bernie comes to a quiet but unusual end
Cold night in NSW
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TC Bernie was upgraded to a category 2 cyclone as it moved slowly towards the southern shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria Qld with a central pressure of about 985hPa early this morning. The cyclone moved south at about 12km/h during the day and was centred, at the surface, about 40km NW of Mornington Island at 7pm. Bernie developed a pronounced shear with height towards the southwest during the day, disorganising its structure and leading to lower wind strengths and lighter rainfall than might have been expected. The highest gust reported at Mornington Island was only 76km/h at 2pm. The cyclone crossed the coast SW of Mornington Island late today or early Saturday and weakened over virtually unpopulated country. Rain which fell yesterday isolated Doomadgee and Burketown by flooded roads, but to the disappointment of pastoralists little rain was reported in Gulf cattle country.

One unusual feature of the cyclone was the cold temperature experienced in the SW winds on its western side. Centre Island and Borroloola, both about 300km WNW of Mornington Island, reported temperatures within a degree or two of 20 for about 24 hours from early this morning. Centre Island's normal January daily temperature range is 26.8 to 33.7 and Borroloola's is 24.4 to 35.5, reflecting Borroloola's location about 40km inland. The unusual result was for Centre Island to record its lowest January minimum temperature on record today, with a minimum of 20.1, then repeat the performance with a minimum of 19.0 for Saturday 5 January. The previous January low in 25 years of record was 21.0.

An unusually dry atmosphere coupled with the arrival of a cooler southern airmass allowed overnight temperatures to drop to record levels for January in parts of NSW. Barraba, Murrurundi and Coonabarabran all registered their lowest January minima in over 30 years of computerised record, with Coonabarabran shaving a remarkable 2.0 off their previous record in 44 years when the temperature dropped to 3.6. A broad band extending from central northern NSW through the Riverina and northwestern Victoria to the west coast of SA recorded minima between 6 and 11 below average with Goulburn Airport reporting a frosty 1.4.

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 19:39 EDST on 05/01/02

Quality control note: Data is final. It includes late-received rainfall data and has been subject to BoM and AWN quality control checks. 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 January:
Centre Island NT: 20.1 (21.0, 25)
Barraba PO NSW: 6.5 (6.6, 31)
Murrurundi PO NSW: 4.5 (6.0, 35)
Coonabarabran Town NSW: 3.6 (5.6, 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.

335.0 MORNINGTON ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
200.0 METEOR DOWNS Central Highlands QLD
145.0 REDBANK MINE Roper-McArthur NT
125.0 WYNTOON Central Highlands QLD
120.0 SWEERS ISLAND Gulf Country QLD

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    E Kimberley
55.2 MOUNT AMHURST

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Arnhem
55.0 BICKERTON ISLAND
    Roper-McArthur
145.0 REDBANK MINE
101.0 CENTRE ISLAND
76.6 WOLLOGORANG
55.4 KING ASH BAY
    Darwin-Daly
76.6 HUMPTY DOO COLLARD ROAD

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
61.1 BAMAGA
    Gulf Country
335.0 MORNINGTON ISLAND
120.0 SWEERS ISLAND
67.0 WESTMORELAND STATION
    Upper Carpentaria
56.0 GILBERTON
    Central Coast W
76.0 LLANARTH
67.0 TAEMAS
    Central Highlands
200.0 METEOR DOWNS
125.0 WYNTOON
101.0 ALLAMBEE
54.0 GHINGHINDA
    Central West
68.2 MANNINGHAM
    Wide Bay/Burnett
75.0 FIG TREE
73.6 BENARABY
55.0 LONE PINE

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    N Kimberley
WYNDHAM AERO
15.0mm in 32 min to 16:43 28.1mm/h
8.8mm in 17 min to 17:00 31.1mm/h
23.8mm in 1 hr to 17:00 23.8mm/h
26.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 8.7mm/h
KALUMBURU
13.6mm in 1 hr to 15:00 13.6mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 7.7mm/h

NORTHERN TERRITORY
   
MIDDLE POINT AWS
10.2mm in 1 hr to 74:00 10.2mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 74:00 6.3mm/h
    Roper-McArthur
CENTRE ISLAND
19.0mm in 3 hr to 02:30 6.3mm/h
12.0mm in 1 hr to 03:00 12.0mm/h
13.0mm in 1 hr to 03:30 13.0mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 05:30 6.7mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 08:30 5.7mm/h
WOLLOGORANG
17.0mm in 3 hr to 05:30 5.7mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 08:30 7.0mm/h
    Darwin-Daly
PIRLANGIMPI
15.0mm in 3 hr to 14:30 5.0mm/h
DUM IN MIRRIE
16.0mm in 3 hr to 20:30 5.3mm/h
PORT KEATS AERO
10.8mm in 7 min to 13:56 92.6mm/h
15.4mm in 17 min to 14:13 54.4mm/h
31.4mm in 1 hr to 14:30 31.4mm/h
31.0mm in 3 hr to 14:30 10.3mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    Gulf Country
MORNINGTON ISLAND
10.8mm in 1 hr to 00:00 10.8mm/h
9.0mm in 22 min to 02:30 24.5mm/h
12.8mm in 1 hr to 02:30 12.8mm/h
13.0mm in 1 hr to 03:00 13.0mm/h
26.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 8.7mm/h
6.0mm in 18 min to 03:51 20.0mm/h
8.6mm in 39 min to 04:30 13.2mm/h
14.6mm in 1 hr to 04:30 14.6mm/h
35.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 11.7mm/h
10.8mm in 33 min to 06:30 19.6mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 06:30 14.0mm/h
12.4mm in 1 hr to 07:30 12.4mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.7mm/h
BURKETOWN AIRSTRIP
13.2mm in 1 hr to 13:00 13.2mm/h
    Upper Carpentaria
HUGHENDEN AIRPORT
45.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 15.0mm/h
    N Coast--Barron
CAIRNS AERO
4.2mm in 12 min to 22:00 21.0mm/h
10.2mm in 1 hr to 22:00 10.2mm/h
    Central Coast E
MACKAY AERO
15.4mm in 30 min to 20:30 30.8mm/h
15.4mm in 1 hr to 20:30 15.4mm/h
20.0mm in 1 hr to 21:00 20.0mm/h
MACKAY MO
11.8mm in 1 hr to 20:00 11.8mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.3mm/h
    Wide Bay/Burnett
BUNDABERG AERO
10.6mm in 1 hr to 15:00 10.6mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.0mm/h
TOWN OF 1770
42.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 14.0mm/h

ISLANDS
    Islands
CAPE WESSEL
19.0mm in 3 hr to 10:30 6.3mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 11:30 6.7mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
42.1 GASCOYNE JUNCTION W Gascoyne WA
42.0 PARABURDOO AERO E Gascoyne WA
41.1 MOUNT AUGUSTUS E Gascoyne WA
41.0 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA
40.2 TELFER AERO Interior WA
40.2 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
29.0 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands
28.4 TOWNSVILLE AERO N Coast--Herbert QLD
28.2 ST LAWRENCE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD
28.1 MOUNT ISA AERO Gulf Country QLD
5.2 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
7.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
9.0 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS
10.3 HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
10.7 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
0.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
1.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
1.4 GOULBURN AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
1.5 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
1.8 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+8.5   34.8 ESPERANCE SW & S Coast WA
+5.5   36.0 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
+5.4   34.1 YARRAS (MOUNT SEAVIEW) MidNorth Coast S NSW
+4.5   38.2 KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT Goldfields WA
+4.4   36.6 INGHAM COMPOSITE N Coast--Herbert QLD
+9.1   26.8 MOORA Central West WA
+5.9   19.8 RAVENSTHORPE Gt Southern WA
+5.8   28.2 ST LAWRENCE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD
+5.1   20.6 PINGELLY Gt Southern WA
+4.9   24.8 GAYNDAH POST OFFICE Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
-9.1   26.2 WOLLOGORANG Roper-McArthur NT
-9.0   24.7 CENTRE ISLAND Roper-McArthur NT
-7.9   11.5 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
-7.8   20.1 ADELAIDE AIRPORT Adelaide Plains SA
-7.5   11.9 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS
-11.4   3.6 COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET) CW Slopes N NSW
-10.7   4.5 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
-10.7   3.7 WANGARATTA AERO Lower NE VIC
-10.3   5.1 EYRE Eucla WA
-10.2   4.1 KYANCUTTA W Agricultural SA

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

WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA : 76 (320/ 63 ) at 16:11
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS: 87 (310/ 63 ) at 11:42
MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS: 91 (260/ 70 ) at 19:27

Other extremes

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