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Friday, 27 SEP 2002

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Thunderstorms bring end to Qld, NSW heatwave 3/12/02
NEWSBITS: Two storms whiz through Melbourne

The hot airmass that had become entrenched through central and southern Queensland and NE NSW over the past 7 days was finally shifted seawards late today by cooler, moister air spilling in from the south behind a trough. Scattered clusters of thunderstorms developed along the airmass boundary, extending from the Queensland/NT border to the NSW Hunter coast. In southwestern Queensland, the trough was slow moving, and a succession of storms, moving southeast down the trough, gave Quilpie nearly continuous thunder or thunderstorms from 6am to midnight. Some strong wind gusts were recorded in storms in NSW, including 106km/h at Narrabri, 93 at Coonabarabran, and 89 at Glen Innes. Hail to 5cm diameter was reported at Guyra and 2cm at Wooli on the coast ESE of Grafton, and at Umina on the NSW Central Coast..

NEWSBITS: Two isolated and very fast-moving thunderstorms swept across Melbourne, about 30 minutes apart, between 7 and 8pm. Hail to 1.5cm diameter was reported from Dandenong, while in North Fitzroy large hail was mixed in with cascades of pea-sized hail, sufficient to turn the streets white. In each case, the storms were past in 5 minutes.

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 18:20 EST on 28/09/02

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 (previous record and years of computerised record shown in brackets):
Highest daily maximum temperature for September:
Lord Howe Is AP NSW: 23.0 (23.0, 14) Equalling record set 3 days ago. Note, however, that the reported temperature may be rounded, so this may not be a record.

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.

39.2 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS
33.0 SHEFFIELD SCHOOL FARM N Coast TAS
30.6 CRADLE VALLEY (WALDHEIM) Central Plateau TAS
21.0 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
18.6 PARNDANA Kangaroo Is SA

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Kangaroo Is
18.6 PARNDANA

TASMANIA
    N Coast
33.0 SHEFFIELD SCHOOL FARM
    Central Plateau
30.6 CRADLE VALLEY (WALDHEIM)
    W Coast
39.2 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE
21.0 MOUNT READ

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


TASMANIA
    N Coast
SHEFFIELD SCHOOL FARM
16.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.3mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.3mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
41.0 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
41.0 KALUMBURU N Kimberley WA
41.0 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
40.0 KALUMBURU MISSION N Kimberley WA
40.0 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
27.3 KIDMAN SPRINGS Victoria NT
27.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands
26.0 VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS Victoria NT
26.0 BRADSHAW Darwin-Daly NT
25.7 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
25.7 BOULIA AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
4.5 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
5.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
5.0 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
6.1 HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
6.7 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
6.7 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-2.5 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-2.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-1.3 COOMA AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-1.3 BOMBALA AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-1.2 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+10.6   29.0 STANTHORPE (GRANITE BELT HRS) Darling Downs E QLD
+10.5   36.4 THARGOMINDAH POST OFFICE Far SW QLD
+10.5   34.9 TIBOOBURRA POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW
+10.4   29.8 INVERELL RESEARCH CENTRE N Tablelands W NSW
+10.3   35.0 BREWARRINA HOSPITAL Upper Darling NSW
+12.4   25.7 BOULIA AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
+10.7   22.5 WINDORAH POST OFFICE Channel Country QLD
+10.5   22.0 QUILPIE AIRPORT Far SW QLD
+9.9   19.0 BOLLON MARY ST Warrego QLD
+9.8   19.5 CHARLEVILLE AERO Warrego QLD
-4.4   18.0 NULLARBOR ROADHOUSE W Agricultural SA
-4.0   20.2 BALGAIR Eucla WA
-3.2   17.9 EUCLA Eucla WA
-3.1   16.2 ESPERANCE SW & S Coast WA
-3.0   19.2 KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT Goldfields WA
-3.0   26.4 YUENDUMU Alice Springs NT
-6.7   13.8 MORNINGTON ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
-5.4   0.5 HYDEN Gt Southern WA
-5.4   0.6 LATROBE VALLEY AIRPORT W Gippsland VIC
-5.3   3.3 PHILLIP ISLAND PENGUIN RESERVE E Central VIC
-4.9   0.5 BROOKTON Gt Southern WA
-4.9   0.3 WANGARATTA AERO Lower NE VIC

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

NARRABRI AIRPORT AWS NW Slopes N NSW: 106 (330/ 72 ) at 18:29
GLEN INNES AIRPORT AWS N Tablelands W NSW: 89 (250/ 63 ) at 15:08
COONABARABRAN AIRPORT CW Slopes N NSW: 93 (310/ 76 ) at 18:18
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE W Gippsland VIC: 87 (250/ 72 ) at 16:00
KILMORE GAP N Central VIC: 83 (320/ 65 ) at 14:14
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS: 85 (320/ 63 ) at 08:29
MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS: 89 (310/ 67 ) at 05:32

Other extremes

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