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Tuesday, 12 FEB 2002

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Heavy monsoon rain brings flooding south of Darwin NT
Torrential storm falls in northern Qld
A shallow low pressure system which had been almost stationery southwest of Darwin for two days began moving east along the monsoon trough yesterday. The monsoon trough, which this morning extended from near Carnarvon in WA through the Kimberley to south of Darwin, then ESE to Townsville and Tropical Cyclone Claudia, has been unusually inactive so far this wet season. However, the additional inflow to the low pressure centre gave Pine Creek, 190km SE of Darwin, 214mm between 9pm yesterday and 9 this morning. The Pines, 30km to the NW of Pine Creek, recorded 238.6 for the 24 hours to 9am. 

Cullen River, 30km south of Pine Creek, was reported to be 1.6m over the main Stuart Highway bridge at 8am and rising fast, blocking all traffic between Darwin and the southern states. The highway reopened later in the day, but was closed again overnight into Wednesday as water levels rose once more. The area of heaviest rain moved northeast today, giving the Mary River Rangers Station, 60km NE of Pine Creek, an isolated heavy fall of 244mm for the 24 hours to 9am Wednesday. Falls of more than 50mm were widespread across the northwestern Top End for both 24 hour periods. See the rain lists below and for Wednesday for details.

The eastern extension of the monsoon trough across the Queensland Gulf Country has led to a heavy buildup of cloud in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. Heavy rain and some embedded thunderstorms gave falls of more than 200mm along the lower west coast of Cape York Peninsula overnight. Kowanyama, 330km south of Weipa, recorded 102mm in 6 hours to 9am for a 24 hour total of 131mm, while Pormpuraaw, 80km north of Kowanyama, recorded 257.2mm for the 24 hours.

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 22:29 EDST on 13/02/02

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 (not checked or entered yet)

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.

257.2 PORMPURAAW TOWNSHIP Gulf Country QLD
238.6 THE PINES Darwin-Daly NT
219.6 PINE CREEK COUNCIL Darwin-Daly NT
158.0 DOUGLAS RIVER Darwin-Daly NT
150.0 BATCHELOR AERO Darwin-Daly NT

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
76.0 MIDDLE POINT AWS
    Roper-McArthur
68.0 MATARANKA HOMESTEAD RESORT
61.6 WATERHOUSE
61.6 TANDANGLE HILL
    Darwin-Daly
238.6 THE PINES
219.6 PINE CREEK COUNCIL
158.0 DOUGLAS RIVER
150.0 BATCHELOR AERO
136.0 TIPPERARY
123.0 ADELAIDE RIVER POST OFFICE
112.2 WALKER CREEK
111.2 NITMILUK
103.2 MANGO FARM
83.0 TERRITORY WILDLIFE PARK
82.0 FLORINA
78.0 ELIZABETH VALLEY
74.0 MIDDLE POINT NAVY
73.4 HUMPTY DOO COLLARD ROAD
72.2 MCMINNS LAGOON
67.6 KATHERINE COUNCIL
67.6 DARWIN RIVER DAM
60.4 KATHERINE AVIATION MUSEUM
58.0 LAMBELL'S LAGOON
57.0 TINDAL RAAF
56.0 CHANNEL POINT
55.0 HOWARD SPRINGS

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
149.4 STRATHMAY STATION
114.8 SOUTHWELL STATION
54.4 HIGHBURY STATION
    Gulf Country
257.2 PORMPURAAW TOWNSHIP
131.0 KOWANYAMA AIRPORT

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    E Gascoyne
NEWMAN AERO
8.4mm in 34 min to 16:00 14.8mm/h

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
MIDDLE POINT AWS
19.0mm in 3 hr to 83:00 6.3mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 86:00 6.7mm/h
10.2mm in 1 hr to 92:00 10.2mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 92:00 6.3mm/h
    Darwin-Daly
DARWIN AIRPORT
18.2mm in 18 min to 09:18 60.7mm/h
7.4mm in 6 min to 09:24 74.0mm/h
28.2mm in 1 hr to 10:00 28.2mm/h
7.2mm in 12 min to 10:30 36.0mm/h
10.0mm in 1 hr to 11:00 10.0mm/h
39.0mm in 3 hr to 11:30 13.0mm/h
20.4mm in 30 min to 23:30 40.8mm/h
20.4mm in 1 hr to 23:30 20.4mm/h
BATCHELOR AERO
20.0mm in 3 hr to 02:30 6.7mm/h
29.4mm in 1 hr to 07:30 29.4mm/h
38.0mm in 3 hr to 08:30 12.7mm/h
35.8mm in 1 hr to 23:30 35.8mm/h
44.0mm in 3 hr to 23:30 14.7mm/h
DOUGLAS RIVER
14.8mm in 1 hr to 04:30 14.8mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 05:30 8.0mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 20:30 5.7mm/h
16.6mm in 1 hr to 21:30 16.6mm/h
34.8mm in 1 hr to 23:30 34.8mm/h
40.0mm in 3 hr to 23:30 13.3mm/h
TINDAL RAAF
13.8mm in 1 hr to 01:00 13.8mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 20:30 6.7mm/h
10.6mm in 1 hr to 21:00 10.6mm/h
MANGO FARM
24.0mm in 3 hr to 08:30 8.0mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
HORN ISLAND
5.6mm in 11 min to 05:11 30.5mm/h
    S Peninsula
LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT
10.4mm in 50 min to 11:50 12.5mm/h
13.4mm in 1 hr to 12:00 13.4mm/h
64.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 21.3mm/h
    Gulf Country
KOWANYAMA AIRPORT
64.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 21.3mm/h
33.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 11.0mm/h
31.0mm in 1 hr to 14:00 31.0mm/h
38.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 12.7mm/h
12.8mm in 30 min to 16:00 25.6mm/h
13.8mm in 1 hr to 16:00 13.8mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.7mm/h
BURKETOWN AIRSTRIP
8.6mm in 42 min to 18:00 12.3mm/h
10.4mm in 1 hr to 18:00 10.4mm/h
    N Coast--Barron
MAREEBA AIRPORT AWS
14.4mm in 1 hr to 23:00 14.4mm/h
    Central Coast E
PROSERPINE AIRPORT
12.4mm in 46 min to 15:00 16.2mm/h
12.4mm in 1 hr to 15:00 12.4mm/h

VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
YARRAM (YARRAM CFA)
18.6mm in 20 min to 11:46 55.8mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
42.5 CLONCURRY AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
42.0 CAMOOWEAL TOWNSHIP Northwest QLD
42.0 WINTON POST OFFICE Northwest QLD
41.7 LONGREACH AERO Central West QLD
41.0 JULIA CREEK AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
41.0 CANNINGTON MINE Northwest QLD
29.0 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
29.0 ALVA BEACH Central Coast E QLD
28.7 HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
28.4 MORNINGTON ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
28.3 GREEN ISLAND N Coast--Barron QLD
28.3 TOWNSVILLE AERO N Coast--Herbert QLD
8.8 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
13.1 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
13.6 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
14.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
14.1 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
-1.9 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-0.3 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
0.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
0.8 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+8.5   38.0 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
+6.9   33.1 ESPERANCE SW & S Coast WA
+6.4   40.8 BARCALDINE POST OFFICE Central West QLD
+6.2   37.6 CORRIGIN Gt Southern WA
+6.1   41.7 LONGREACH AERO Central West QLD
+6.2   27.2 CLERMONT POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
+4.8   16.8 BRIDGETOWN POST OFFICE SW & S Coast WA
+4.8   22.0 GOOMALLING Cent Wheatbelt WA
+4.6   26.9 ST LAWRENCE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD
+4.4   21.5 NORTHAM Cent Wheatbelt WA
+4.4   28.3 TOWNSVILLE AERO N Coast--Herbert QLD
-7.0   25.6 OENPELLI Darwin-Daly NT
-6.3   26.0 KOWANYAMA AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
-6.2   19.6 OMEO Upper NE VIC
-6.0   13.1 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
-5.3   20.2 ORBOST (COMPARISON) E Gippsland VIC
-34.1   -10.0 KOWANYAMA AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
-19.7   2.8 CHRISTMAS ISLAND AERO Islands
-18.1   7.5 BLACK POINT Darwin-Daly NT
-9.7   6.4 EYRE Eucla WA
-9.2   16.0 ELCHO ISLAND Arnhem NT

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

NARAWILLI Arnhem NT : 74 (330/ 63 ) at 03:43
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD: 82 (150/ 70 ) at 00:00
DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD: 72 (160/ 65 ) at 04:00

Other extremes

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