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Wild temperature variations, storms in southern WA
Ex-TC Beni brings rain, gales to NE NSW, SE QLD
NEWSBITS: Victorian Alpine fires continue to burn

Wild temperature variations, storms in southern WA

Significantly colder air moved into southern WA today, accompanied by a broad area of thunderstorms. The change moved through Perth around 9am preceded by a night of thunder and lightning which only produced brief heavy rain just ahead of the front. Perth Airport recorded 18mm to 9am, 14mm of it between 6 and 9am. Rottnest Island had 18.4mm in just 30 minutes to 7.30am.

The area of storms moved leisurely eastwards during the day, producing little more than a few millimetres across most of the southern half of the state. However, daytime heating and the addition of more moisture dragged down from the north produced some heavy falls mid-evening across the Goldfields. The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport recorded 39mm in the 3 hours to midnight for a 24 hour to 9am Monday total of 45.6, the station's fourth-highest February total on record. Yeelirrie station, about 400km NNW of Kalgoorlie reported 53mm in the 48 hours to 9am Monday, but most or all is likely to have fallen during a thunderstorm late today. This is nearly twice the stations average monthy rainfall for February. Earlier in the day, there had been some heavy falls in the Pilbara, with Yarrie Mine, 150km east of Port Hedland reporting 51mm to 9am.

The colder airmass behind the front coupled with the timing of its passage produced dramatic temperature contrasts across the south of the state. Esperance today had the most above-normal maximum in the country, with its 39.6° coming in at 13.4 above average. Five hundred kilometres to the west, Karnet recorded the most below-normal maximum at 20.5, 10.1 below.

Ex-TC Beni brings rain, gales to NE NSW, SE QLD

Former Tropical Cyclone Beni continued to drift between NW and WNW towards the central Queensland coast today. Maintaining a central pressure of around 1000hPa, it was located about 600km ENE of Rockhampton late this evening. The Low, in partnership with a 1030 High off the southeast of the continent, continues to produce a strong pressure gradient along the NSW and S QLD coast, building up a heavy swell and bringing gales to coastal parts. Cape Moreton Lighthouse recorded a gust of 102km/h about 8 this evening.

Good rain fell overnight along the NSW North Coast and hinterland, with the area around Nimbin doing best. Nimbin recorded 55mm to 9am and Doon Doon, 13km NE, recording 65mm.

NEWSBITS

The Victorian Alpine fires continue to burn strongly even after 3 days of milder, moister weather. Mountain drizzle has been a mixed blessing, with conditions in many areas too damp to allow fire crews to carry out backburns.

The main focus of activity today has been on the southern and southeastern flanks of the huge fire complex. Overnight reconnaisance showed that the fire had jumped the Snowy River between McKillops Bridge and the NSW border, and was burning strongly southeastwards towards the Tubbut/Bonang area. A major containment line is being constructed between Victoria and NSW in an effort to limit the SE spread of this fire.

Farther southwest, fires around Bindi and Tongio, south of Omeo, are causing concern. Reports have been received of substantial damage to houses and other buildings in the Wulgulmerang/Seldom Seen area north of Buchan as a result of intense fire activity late Friday afternoon.

The fire complex has now burnt through just under 700,000 hectares of Victorian parks and forests. Figures released by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment today showed that 675 fires have occurred across Victoria so far this fire season, burning 939,290ha. The 20-year average for this time of year is 357 fires, having burnt over 49,000 hectares.

National weather extremes for today

Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology

Records set this day: none known

Quality control note: Data is final. It includes late-received rainfall data and has been subject to BoM quality control checks.
Data is as received at 13:38EST, 03/03/2004.

Weather observations for today
Noteworthy  Weather         Capital  Cities         Regional  Cities       Alpine  Stations
Bureau of Meteorology Rainfall Bulletins and Weather Notes

Hottest
Highest maximum temperature>Greatest variation above normal maximum Highest minimum temperatureGreatest variation above normal minimum

43.3 TOORAK RESEARCH STATION Gulf Country QLD
43.0 JULIA CREEK AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
42.0 WINTON AIRPORT Northwest QLD
42.0 THARGOMINDAH POST OFFICE Far SW QLD
41.8 WINDORAH POST OFFICE Channel Country QLD

+13.4   39.6 ESPERANCE Lower West WA
+10.8   37.2 EYRE Eucla WA
+10.5   36.1 EUCLA Eucla WA
+9.6   38.0 RAVENSTHORPE Cent Wheatbelt WA
+9.6   40.1 BALLADONIA Eucla WA

29.0 JULIA CREEK AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
28.1 KARRATHA AERO E Pilbara WA
28.1 SWEERS ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
28.0 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
28.0 CENTRE ISLAND N Rivers NT
28.0 BRADSHAW N Rivers NT
28.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL

+10.6   25.7 LAKE GRACE COMPARISON Cent Wheatbelt WA
+10.5   25.0 RAVENSTHORPE Cent Wheatbelt WA
+9.7   26.1 NAREMBEEN Cent Wheatbelt WA
+9.3   26.2 KELLERBERRIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
+8.9   23.2 ONGERUP Cent Wheatbelt WA

Coldest
Lowest maximum temperatureGreatest variation below normal maximum Lowest minimum temperatureGreatest variation below normal minimum

16.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
16.1 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
17.0 TASMAN ISLAND Southeast TAS
17.2 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
17.4 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS

-10.0   20.5 KARNET Lower West WA
-9.7   23.7 PEARCE RAAF Lower West WA
-9.7   23.1 GOSNELLS CITY Lower West WA
-9.6   25.0 BADGINGARRA RESEARCH STN Lower West WA
-9.4   26.6 ENEABBA Central West WA
-9.4   20.0 DWELLINGUP Lower West WA

0.9 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
1.0 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
2.6 MAYDENA POST OFFICE Derwent Valley TAS
2.8 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
3.0 OUSE FIRE STATION Derwent Valley TAS

-7.6   13.8 KULGERA N Plateau NT
-7.0   14.2 MARLA POLICE STATION NW Pastoral SA
-6.8   6.2 NHILL Wimmera N VIC
-6.7   6.7 HORSHAM (POLKEMMET) Wimmera S VIC
-6.7   6.9 FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT Flinders Is/Bass St TAS

Wettest Major City Extremes
Todays highest rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am. It includes the top 5 totals nationally followed by all reported falls of 50mm or more.

70.0 BENTLEY North Coast NSW
68.0 GAMBOOLA STATION S Peninsula QLD
67.2 TALLEBUDGERA GUINEAS CK RD Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
64.5 DOON DOON (MCCABES ROAD) North Coast NSW
61.0 GREEN PIGEON (MORNING VIEW) North Coast NSW

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    W Kimberley
56.2 THANGOO
    E Pilbara
51.0 YARRIE

QUEENSLAND
    S Peninsula
68.0 GAMBOOLA STATION
    Central Highlands
52.0 MORAMANA
    Brisbane/SE Coast
67.2 TALLEBUDGERA GUINEAS CK RD
    Maranoa
53.8 AMOOLEE FOREST R 238

NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
70.0 BENTLEY
64.5 DOON DOON (MCCABES ROAD)
61.0 GREEN PIGEON (MORNING VIEW)
55.8 LILLIAN ROCK (WILLIAMS ROAD)
55.0 NIMBIN (GOOLMANGAR CREEK)
54.0 WOODBURN POST OFFICE
53.0 EVANS HEAD RAAF BOMBING RANGE AWS
52.0 THE CHANNON
50.0 BENTLEY (BACK CREEK)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 34.6 +1.7 25.0 -0.9 8.2
PERTH AIRPORT 22.7 -9.1 19.0 +1.6 16.8
ALBANY AIRPORT 24.5 -0.5 18.7 +4.4 2.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 40.8 +8.9 22.2 +4.5 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.9 +1.5 26.7 +2.0 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 34.2 -0.7 16.6 -4.1 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 28.7 -0.6 14.8 -2.3 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 27.4 +2.3 8.7 -2.9 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 31.8 +0.7 24.5 +0.8 0.8
TOWNSVILLE AERO 33.4 +2.4 26.3 +2.3 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 33.7 +2.5 23.7 +1.7 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 29.3 -1.0 19.9 +0.4 4.6
BRISBANE AERO 28.2 19.4 4.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 18.9 12.6 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 26.7 0.0 18.3 -1.1 6.6
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 24.0 -1.4 21.0 +1.7 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 26.3 +0.6 20.2 +1.5 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 25.6 -2.1 16.5 -1.2 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 25.1 -0.5 17.8 -0.5 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 25.9 -1.1 16.0 +3.0 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 31.1 +0.3 19.0 +2.7 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 33.0 +1.5 13.0 -3.4 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 23.6 -1.7 12.9 -0.2 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 26.5 +0.7 14.2 -0.3 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 25.0 -0.5 15.0 +0.9 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 29.0 +4.0 11.0 -0.4 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 24.1 +1.0 9.0 -1.3 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 21.6 0.0 10.0 -2.0 0.0

Downpours Gales& Gusts
High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less. Highest wind gusts above 89km/h or mean wind above 62km/h (gale force). Wind direction and mean windspeed shown in brackets.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    W Kimberley
BROOME AIRPORT
12.0mm in 18 min to 15:13 40.0mm/h
11.8mm in 8 min to 15:21 88.5mm/h
26.6mm in 1 hr to 15:30 26.6mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 8.0mm/h
CYGNET BAY
33.0mm in 6 hr to 00:00 5.5mm/h
WEST ROEBUCK
17.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.7mm/h
    E Gascoyne
NEWMAN AERO
7.6mm in 44 min to 11:00 10.4mm/h
PARABURDOO AERO
12.6mm in 1 hr to 15:00 12.6mm/h
25.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 8.3mm/h
    Lower West
ROTTNEST ISLAND
18.4mm in 30 min to 07:30 36.8mm/h
18.4mm in 1 hr to 07:30 18.4mm/h
18.4mm in 1 hr to 08:00 18.4mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.0mm/h
    Goldfields
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT
10.0mm in 30 min to 22:30 20.0mm/h
19.2mm in 1 hr to 22:30 19.2mm/h
10.0mm in 1 hr to 23:00 10.0mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
MIDDLE POINT AWS
25.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 8.3mm/h
7.8mm in 8 min to 18:02 58.5mm/h
13.4mm in 55 min to 19:00 14.6mm/h
    Darwin-Daly
POINT STUART AWS
28.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 9.3mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 17:00 7.3mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 7.0mm/h
29.0mm in 3 hr to 22:00 9.7mm/h
31.0mm in 3 hr to 23:00 10.3mm/h
PORT KEATS AERO
25.0mm in 1 hr to 15:00 25.0mm/h
27.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 9.0mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    S Peninsula
LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT
13.4mm in 1 hr to 06:00 13.4mm/h
    Brisbane/SE Coast
COOLANGATTA AIRPORT
18.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 6.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
CASINO AIRPORT AWS
11.2mm in 1 hr to 07:30 11.2mm/h
EVANS HEAD RAAF BOMBING RANGE
11.2mm in 39 min to 03:39 17.2mm/h
14.2mm in 21 min to 04:00 40.6mm/h
25.4mm in 1 hr to 04:00 25.4mm/h
30.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 10.0mm/h
LISMORE AIRPORT AWS
19.0mm in 1 hr to 06:00 19.0mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 8.0mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    SW & S Coast
CAPE LEEUWIN : 74(280/ 67 ) at 06:43
    Goldfields
CHEADANUP : 91(250/ 59 ) at 14:46
QUEENSLAND
    Upper Carpentaria
RICHMOND AIRPORT : 43(270/365 ) at 20:00
    Brisbane/SE Coast
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE : 102(140/ 76 ) at 20:03
INNER RECIPROCAL MARKER : 74(160/ 63 ) at 18:00
NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
BYRON BAY (CAPE BYRON AWS) : 80(130/ 63 ) at 08:00