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Saturday, 21 SEP 2002

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NEWSBITS: Bushfire worsens behind Cairns Qld; More overnight snow in Tas

NEWSBITS: A major fire west of Mareeba, 40km west of Cairns Qld, was reported burning on an 18km front this morning and endangering the rodeo grounds and communications tower near the town. The fire expanded today after an attempted overnight backburn had to be abandonned when wind direction changed. A second fire farther to the west is giving local firefighters additional worry. On the Tasmanian Central Plateau, light snow fell again overnight for the fifth night in a row.

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 17:04 EST on 22/09/02

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 (none known)

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.

49.0 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
37.0 HINZE DAM ALERT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
36.8 ZEEHAN MEMORIAL MUSEUM W Coast TAS
35.0 CLEARVIEW TM Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
35.0 HINZE DAM Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
37.0 HINZE DAM ALERT
35.0 CLEARVIEW TM
35.0 HINZE DAM

TASMANIA
    W Coast
49.0 MOUNT READ
36.8 ZEEHAN MEMORIAL MUSEUM

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
COOLANGATTA AIRPORT
11.2mm in 1 hr to 05:00 11.2mm/h
10.4mm in 1 hr to 05:30 10.4mm/h

TASMANIA
    W Coast
MOUNT READ
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 6.7mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
39.0 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
38.0 KALUMBURU N Kimberley WA
38.0 KUNUNURRA AERO E Kimberley WA
38.0 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
38.0 BRADSHAW Darwin-Daly NT
27.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands
26.0 DUM IN MIRRIE Darwin-Daly NT
25.3 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
24.0 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
24.0 CAPE FOURCROY Islands
3.8 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
4.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
4.6 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
4.7 HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
5.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.0 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-1.9 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.5 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
-1.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+9.4   30.4 BROKEN HILL (PATTON STREET) Lower Darling NSW
+8.9   29.1 MILDURA AIRPORT Mallee N VIC
+8.7   26.5 YONGALA Upper North SA
+8.6   33.0 TIBOOBURRA POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW
+8.3   27.6 WALPEUP RESEARCH Mallee N VIC
+8.2   17.0 BROKEN HILL (PATTON STREET) Lower Darling NSW
+6.2   14.0 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
+5.2   22.0 WITTENOOM W Pilbara WA
+5.2   15.0 STREAKY BAY W Agricultural SA
+5.1   14.5 ELLISTON W Agricultural SA
+5.1   11.8 POLDA (GUM VIEW) W Agricultural SA
-4.8   16.4 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
-4.3   28.0 MARDIE W Pilbara WA
-3.9   29.8 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
-3.5   29.2 BIDYADANGA W Kimberley WA
-2.8   28.5 ALYANGULA POLICE Arnhem NT
-7.3   10.5 WAVE HILL Victoria NT
-7.2   10.0 DALY WATERS AWS Roper-McArthur NT
-7.0   6.5 WATARRKA Alice Springs NT
-6.9   9.0 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
-6.6   14.2 TIMBER CREEK Victoria NT

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

WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE W Gippsland VIC: 93 (290/ 59 ) at 06:38
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. N Coast TAS: 89 (280/ 67 ) at 05:00
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS: 117 (310/100 ) at 03:23
MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS: 108 (300/ 89 ) at 04:00

Other extremes

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