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Monday, 23 SEP 2002

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NEWSBITS: Storms on NSW/Qld border 03/12/02; Hot in SA, NT, NSW; Unusual fog on Sydney's northern beaches; Alice Springs dust devil carries roof a block

NEWSBITS: A line of thunderstorms that developed from Dorrigo NSW to Dalby Qld around 1pm moved east over the next four hours giving some moderate falls of rain. Hail was reported from Maryborough and Point Lookout on Stradbroke Island, and Yamba and Dorrigo on the NSW North Coast. At Cooroy and Pomona, 120km north of Brisbane, 20c-sized hail caused some roof and tree damage.

Maximum temperatures today were 8 to 11 above average in Central Australia and southward to the SA west coast, and on the NSW slopes and plains.

A rare sea fog rolled into Sydney's Pittwater suburbs this morning. Mona Vale resident Judy Mayo said it was very dense and finally blew away about 9am. "We have lived in this house since 1976," she said, "and have never seen anything like it in all of those years. A neighbour down the street who has lived here for over 40 years was also surprised. We went up to Palm Beach and found that the National Parks Heliocopter had landed on the grass area because of lack of visibility." While radiation fog is not uncommon in the Cumberland Basin in which most of Sydney is situated, it is a rarity along the northern beaches which are backed by the tall ridges on the northern side of the basin.

In Alice Springs, NT, a strong dust devil tore roofing off a furniture store, depositing it on a car a block away.

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 18:25 EST on 25/09/02

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.

17.2 ALBANY SW & S Coast WA
13.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
12.6 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
12.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
11.4 BARRETT MEADOWS SW & S Coast WA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    SW & S Coast
17.2 ALBANY
11.4 BARRETT MEADOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Snowy Mtns
12.6 THREDBO VILLAGE
13.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS
12.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
POINT LOOKOUT
17.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.7mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
YAMBA PILOT STATION
18.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.0mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
39.0 RABBIT FLAT Alice Springs NT
39.0 JULIA CREEK AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
38.7 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
38.7 NORMANTON AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
38.5 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
38.5 WOLLOGORANG Roper-McArthur NT
38.5 KIDMAN SPRINGS Victoria NT
27.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands
26.3 ELCHO ISLAND Arnhem NT
26.0 MCCLUER ISLAND Darwin-Daly NT
24.7 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
24.0 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
4.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
6.9 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
8.4 HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
9.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
9.0 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-3.9 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-3.5 LIAWENEE AWS Central Plateau TAS
-2.9 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
-1.3 ROSS (THE BOULEVARDS) Midlands TAS
-1.2 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
-1.2 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+11.1   37.7 KULGERA Alice Springs NT
+10.9   29.8 ELLISTON W Agricultural SA
+10.6   36.9 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
+10.4   37.1 MARLA POLICE STATION NW Pastoral SA
+10.1   30.3 POLDA (GUM VIEW) W Agricultural SA
+10.1   30.5 DUNEDOO POST OFFICE CW Slopes N NSW
+11.2   19.1 PEAK HILL POST OFFICE CW Plains S NSW
+8.6   14.4 COROWA AIRPORT Riverina E NSW
+8.3   14.0 GRIFFITH AIRPORT AWS Riverina W NSW
+8.1   13.7 CONDOBOLIN AG RESEARCH STN CW Plains S NSW
+8.0   14.0 WYALONG POST OFFICE SW Slopes N NSW
-4.5   16.4 BENCUBBIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-4.1   28.6 BIDYADANGA W Kimberley WA
-4.1   13.6 ONGERUP Gt Southern WA
-4.1   12.7 MOUNT BARKER SW & S Coast WA
-4.0   17.8 SOUTHERN CROSS Goldfields WA
-5.3   13.8 CROYDON TOWNSHIP Gulf Country QLD
-5.0   1.8 GAWLER RANGES (NONNING) NW Pastoral SA
-5.0   0.0 WYNYARD AIRPORT N Coast TAS
-4.8   -2.9 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
-4.4   -1.0 FINGAL (FORESTRY LEGGE STREET) E Coast TAS

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

CAPE LEEUWIN SW & S Coast WA : 76 (260/ 65 ) at 07:35

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