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Friday, 11 JAN 2002

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Major flooding disrupts transport in SW Qld
Record cold January morning in southern WA
Flood peaks are making their way down most of the river systems in southwestern Queensland after last Sunday night's intense thunderstorms. Quilpie in the state's far southwest is isolated, with a major flood peak passing the town this afternoon, the second peak from prolific storms in the past few weeks. Both the railway line and the road between Charleville and Quilpie are cut by the Ward River just west of Charleville, and the Bulloo at Quilpie, stranding mail, supplies and travellers to the town in Charleville. Roads north and south of Quilpie are also flooded.

An unusually intense burst of cool southern air for mid-summer swept over southern WA overnight bringing record low minimum temperatures for January to places as far apart as Manjimup, Albany, Windy Harbour and Salmon Gums. At Albany Airport, where computerised records exist for 37 years, the minimum of 4.8 this morning knocked nearly 1 off the old record of 5.6. Bridgetown in the southwest recorded the lowest temperature overnight at 2.0

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 19:35 EDST on 13/01/02

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 January:
Manjimup WA: 6.0 (6.1, 42)
Albany AP WA: 4.8 (5.6, 37)
Windy Harbour WA: 6.5 (6.8, 13)
Salmon Gums Res Stn WA: 4.0 (4.6, 31)

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.

78.0 MT GARNET ALERT N Coast--Barron QLD
77.0 BLACKBULL SIDING Gulf Country QLD
72.4 WYNDHAM POST OFFICE N Kimberley WA
66.3 LAURA POST OFFICE S Peninsula QLD
63.0 MILLAA MILLAA ALERT N Coast--Barron QLD

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    N Kimberley
72.4 WYNDHAM POST OFFICE

QUEENSLAND
    S Peninsula
66.3 LAURA POST OFFICE
    Gulf Country
77.0 BLACKBULL SIDING
    N Coast--Barron
78.0 MT GARNET ALERT
63.0 MILLAA MILLAA ALERT
51.2 GREENHAVEN

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    N Kimberley
WYNDHAM AERO
22.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 7.3mm/h
WYNDHAM POST OFFICE
62.0mm in 6 hr to 00:00 10.3mm/h
KALUMBURU
37.2mm in 1 hr to 16:00 37.2mm/h
37.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 12.3mm/h
    E Kimberley
ARGYLE AERODROME
9.8mm in 41 min to 19:00 14.3mm/h

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Victoria
VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS
12.4mm in 1 hr to 00:30 12.4mm/h
LAJAMANU
20.0mm in 3 hr to 08:30 6.7mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 11:30 7.0mm/h
    Darwin-Daly
JABIRU AIRPORT
11.6mm in 1 hr 7 min to 13:30 10.4mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 14:30 5.0mm/h
    Barkly
TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT
8.4mm in 4 min to 17:07 126.0mm/h
9.4mm in 11 min to 17:18 51.3mm/h
46.8mm in 1 hr to 17:30 46.8mm/h
57.0mm in 3 hr to 17:30 19.0mm/h
10.0mm in 30 min to 18:00 20.0mm/h
10.2mm in 1 hr to 18:30 10.2mm/h
61.0mm in 6 hr to 20:30 10.2mm/h
    Alice Springs
RABBIT FLAT
37.0mm in 3 hr to 14:30 12.3mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
COEN AIRPORT
36.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 12.0mm/h
HORN ISLAND
11.2mm in 20 min to 11:00 33.6mm/h
17.4mm in 1 hr to 11:00 17.4mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 6.0mm/h
7.0mm in 34 min to 12:34 12.4mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 7.0mm/h
    S Peninsula
PALMERVILLE
22.4mm in 1 hr to 21:00 22.4mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 8.0mm/h
14.4mm in 1 hr to 22:00 14.4mm/h
    Gulf Country
NORMANTON AIRPORT
22.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 7.3mm/h
14.6mm in 1 hr to 13:00 14.6mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.3mm/h
    Upper Carpentaria
GEORGETOWN POST OFFICE
25.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 8.3mm/h
    N Coast--Barron
MAREEBA AIRPORT AWS
7.2mm in 43 min to 14:00 10.0mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
47.0 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA
46.7 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
46.0 ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA
45.8 TELFER AERO Interior WA
45.7 TIBOOBURRA POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW
29.6 WITTENOOM W Pilbara WA
29.0 NARAWILLI Arnhem NT
29.0 BEDOURIE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
28.5 ELCHO ISLAND Arnhem NT
28.5 TOWNSVILLE AERO N Coast--Herbert QLD
11.6 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS
14.0 WARATAH (WILLIAM STREET) W Coast TAS
14.9 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
15.0 TASMAN ISLAND Southeast TAS
15.1 LUNCHEON HILL FORESTRY N Coast TAS
15.1 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
1.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
2.0 BRIDGETOWN SW & S Coast WA
2.3 BOMBALA AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
3.5 BRIDGETOWN POST OFFICE SW & S Coast WA
3.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+9.9   39.0 MANGALORE AIRPORT N Central VIC
+9.8   44.3 IVANHOE POST OFFICE Southwest Plains NSW
+9.7   45.7 TIBOOBURRA POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW
+9.5   45.1 WHITE CLIFFS POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW
+9.5   44.7 WILCANNIA (REID ST) Far Northwest NSW
+8.4   26.8 BROKEN HILL (PATTON STREET) Lower Darling NSW
+7.9   23.1 WALPEUP RESEARCH Mallee N VIC
+7.7   20.5 NHILL Wimmera N VIC
+6.6   23.0 LAKE VICTORIA STORAGE Lower Darling NSW
+6.4   21.7 OUYEN (POST OFFICE) Mallee N VIC
-6.9   25.0 PORT PIRIE BHAS Lower North SA
-6.8   29.4 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT Alice Springs NT
-6.8   21.1 ADELAIDE AIRPORT Adelaide Plains SA
-6.7   22.5 STREAKY BAY W Agricultural SA
-6.5   22.0 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
-6.5   24.8 KIMBA W Agricultural SA
-6.5   23.3 KEITH Upper SE SA
-10.0   4.0 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
-8.8   4.8 ALBANY AIRPORT SW & S Coast WA
-8.7   5.1 DONNYBROOK SW & S Coast WA
-8.6   3.5 BRIDGETOWN POST OFFICE SW & S Coast WA

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

RICHMOND AIRPORT Upper Carpentaria QLD: 95 (130/ 52 ) at 18:40
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE W Gippsland VIC: 121 (250/108 ) at 21:03
KINGFISH A SHIP LOG 206 W Gippsland VIC: 72 (258/ 63 ) at 23:30
SOUTH CHANNEL ISLAND E Central VIC: 83 (240/ 69 ) at 15:30
POINT WILSON W Central VIC: 70 (210/ 63 ) at 18:30
KILMORE GAP N Central VIC: 83 (180/ 67 ) at 21:11
EILDON FIRE TOWER N Central VIC: 91 (280/ 69 ) at 19:13
COLAC (MT GELLIBRAND) W Coast VIC: 76 (240/ 63 ) at 15:00
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. N Coast TAS: 95 ( 90/ 72 ) at 12:00
SWAN ISLAND AWS E Coast TAS: 83 ( 20/ 63 ) at 14:00
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS: 76 (310/ 69 ) at 18:37

Other extremes

Flood peaks:
Warrego at Wyandra Qld:
7.20m early this morning with minor flooding
Bulloo at Quilpie Qld: 5.59m at 3pm with major flooding (second peak)