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Torrential rain in SE QLD
NEWSBITS: Cobar cools, but at a cost; SA heat, WA cold; Vic and NSW fires

Torrential rain in SE QLD

The surface situation at 10am EST today. Ex-TC Beni, though heading NW, had moved more westerly during the early morning, closing the coast and tightening pressure gradients on its southern flank. BoM

Torrential rain fell between the NSW border and the Sunshine Coast today as ex-Tropical Cyclone Beni curved briefly towards the QLD central coast. Between 50 and 200mm fell across Brisbane and the southeast coast in the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday, with many places recording over 100mm (see full listing for Tuesday).

Above: Precipitable water (mm) and tot-tots index
Above: 850hPa wind, humidity and temperature
Above: 700hPa vertical velocity. All at 10am EST. COLA

An area of heavy rain crossed the southeast QLD coastline around 8am, and lodged over the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and the Brisbane area for the rest of the day, clearing slowly around midnight. Though the rain area remained virtually stationary, it was fed by a moist, strong ESE inflow tightened by the temporary movement of ex-TC Beni towards the coast during the morning. The depression resumed its NW movement by late morning, and the heaviest falls, between around 9am and early afternoon, coincided with its temporary excursion towards the coast.

The 10am charts show why the heavy rain occurred. The broad surface situation shows a strong onshore stream between ex-TC Beni, still maintaining its central pressure of 1000hPa, and the 1028hPa High near Tasmania. The gradient is strongest over the SE QLD coast between the 1016 isobar and the 1000 centre of the Low.

However, the intensification or rain over the SE coast came from a narrow area of colder upper air, shown clearly on the 850hPa (about 1.5km) chart at right. This in turn enhanced upmotion in the lower atmosphere which is evident in the marked bullseye of ascending air at 700hPa, or about 3km. It shows up, too, in the buff area of high totals totals, an instability index. All this coincided with abundant moisture, as shown both on the 850hPa chart as deep green (more than 90% humidity), and in the precipitable water analysis. Precipitable water is the total depth of liquid water that would result if all water vapor contained in a vertical column of air could be "wrung out", leaving the air completely dry.

The heaviest falls (see the map below) were on and east of the Blackall Range, in the Maleny/Nambour area, where orographic ascent wrung even more moisture out of the saturated airstream. Tewantin topscored with 194mm, closely followed by Maleny with 188, Beerburrum Forestry with 186 and Landsborough PO with 174.6. Orography also played a part in the 167.2 recorded at Springbrook, high on its ridge behind the Gold Coast.

There were some remarkably heavy falls between about 9am and mid afternoon (see Downpours box below for full details). Tewantin recorded 100.4mm in the 2 hours to 2pm. There was extensive flash flooding, and some creeks in the northern Maroochy basin were in minor to moderate flood by late evening.

Galeforce winds gusted to 95km/h at Cape Moreton, producing 3 metre swells that closed most Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches for the day. A Voluntary Marine Rescue boat rescued 12 people in two outriggers when they got into difficulties in heavy seas near Hornibrook Bridge.

Rainfall distribution for the 24 hours to 9am. BoM Hydro

On the 3rd a long-lived evening squall line produced wind gusts to 96 km/h at Koolpinya, 30 kilometres east of Darwin and 94 km/h at Lee Point, in Darwin's northern suburbs. Lightning also caused a 2 hour power failure at Nightcliff.

NEWSBITS

Constant hot nights and daytime temperatures reaching into the 40s are worsening the water shortage in Cobar NSW in an unexpected way. The shire's General Manager, Chris Blanch, told ABC News the town's 2,000 air conditioners are using a million litres of water a day. Even though the town's water supply is expected to run out by June unless rain falls, Mr Blanch says the air conditioning is essential because the heat and dust storms have been unbearable.

Temperatures were around 10° above average around the South Australian coastline today, reaching 36.3 in normally cool Mt Gambier. By contrast, it was an unusually cool February morning in SW WA where Northam recorded its lowest February minimum in 35 years of computerised records.

Victorian firefighters, whose backburning efforts have been hampered by drizzly weather, faced a new adversity today. Thick smoke from the fires accumulated across much of the state in calm conditions under a High, severely restricting aircraft reconnaisance. The southern front of the fire in the Mitta Mitta/Mt Beauty area was reported to be burning strongly last night, while four major fires continue to burn in the northern Snowy River National Park. Some 3,600 people and 30 aircraft are currently fighting the fires, which extend broadly from Mt Buffalo to near Deddick in the middle Snowy River valleys, a straight-line distance of around 150km.

Over the border in NSW, the fires that have decimated the Kosciuszko National Park are most active in the south and southeast around the Barry Way south of Jindabyne eastwards to Delegate. Fires are also burning actively near Perisher Valley and Guthega in the Snowy Mountains.

National weather extremes for today

Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology

Records set this day (previous record and years of computerised record shown in brackets):
Lowest daily minimum temperature for February:
Northam WA: 7.9 (8.5, 35)

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

42.2 WAVE HILL N Rivers NT
42.2 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
42.1 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
42.0 MARREE NE Pastoral SA
41.8 BEDOURIE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD

+12.1   40.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
+11.2   36.3 MOUNT GAMBIER AERO Lower SE SA
+10.5   36.1 EUCLA Eucla WA
+10.3   36.9 MOUNT BARKER Adelaide/Lofty SA
+9.4   39.2 KEITH Mallee/Upper SE SA
+9.4   34.1 HEYWOOD FORESTRY W Coast VIC

29.0 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
29.0 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
29.0 NGAYAWILI N Rivers NT
29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
28.5 ALYANGULA POLICE N Rivers NT

+7.6   21.9 CAPE BORDA Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA
+5.4   27.0 CUNNAMULLA POST OFFICE Warrego QLD
+5.4   23.3 IVANHOE POST OFFICE Southwest Plains NSW
+5.0   21.4 HAY (MILLER STREET) Riverina W NSW
+4.6   20.7 EYRE Eucla WA
+4.6   10.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS

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

14.5 NULLO MOUNTAIN AWS C Tablelands N NSW
15.9 KATOOMBA (NARROW NECK RD) C Tablelands S NSW
16.1 MOUNT BOYCE AWS C Tablelands S NSW
16.6 LITHGOW (BIRDWOOD ST) C Tablelands S NSW
17.1 DORRIGO (OLD CORAMBA RD) MidNorth Coast N NSW

-8.6   26.0 BADGINGARRA RESEARCH STN Lower West WA
-8.4   23.5 KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT Goldfields WA
-8.0   16.6 LITHGOW (BIRDWOOD ST) C Tablelands S NSW
-7.9   25.5 PEARCE RAAF Lower West WA
-7.5   23.9 JANDAKOT AERO Lower West WA

-1.9 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
3.0 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
3.5 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
4.5 WANDERING Cent Wheatbelt WA

-10.3   6.5 JANDAKOT AERO Lower West WA
-10.0   7.8 PEARCE RAAF Lower West WA
-9.6   6.5 BROOKTON Cent Wheatbelt WA
-9.5   8.0 BADGINGARRA RESEARCH STN Lower West WA
-9.2   7.9 NORTHAM Cent Wheatbelt WA

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.

131.0 NUMINBAH GATE North Coast NSW
118.6 EERWAH VALE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
88.4 DUNWICH Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
79.2 MT MEE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
75.0 TEEWAH Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    W Pilbara
56.8 COOLAWANYAH

QUEENSLAND
    Gulf Country
64.0 VANROOK STATION
55.8 DUNBAR STATION
    Central Highlands
52.0 MORAMANA
    Brisbane/SE Coast
118.6 EERWAH VALE
88.4 DUNWICH
79.2 MT MEE
75.0 TEEWAH
74.0 KARRAGARRA ISLAND
66.2 GUNALDA POST OFFICE
62.0 COOLANGATTA AIRPORT
58.0 RUSSELL ISLAND
55.5 LAMB ISLAND PINE AVE
54.8 MIAMI BARDON AVE
50.0 TOOLARA (KELLY)

NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
131.0 NUMINBAH GATE
70.2 POTTSVILLE BOWLS CLUB
67.0 KINGSCLIFF (MARINE PARADE)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 34.9 +2.0 23.8 -2.1 29.8
PERTH AIRPORT 24.4 -7.4 9.2 -8.2 0.2
ALBANY AIRPORT 24.3 -0.7 9.6 -4.7 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 23.5 -8.4 16.5 -1.2 45.6
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.3 +1.9 23.1 -1.6 20.8
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 36.4 +1.5 15.5 -5.2 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 35.6 +6.3 14.8 -2.3 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 36.3 +11.2 12.5 +0.9 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 33.7 +2.6 25.0 +1.3 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 34.3 +3.3 23.9 -0.1 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 33.4 +2.2 24.4 +2.4 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 22.7 20.7 2.8
AMBERLEY AMO 25.3 -5.0 19.8 +0.3 1.4
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 23.5 12.2 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 25.9 -0.8 19.1 -0.3 3.4
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 23.0 -2.4 18.0 -1.3 1.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 26.3 +0.6 18.7 0.0 1.6
PROSPECT DAM 25.6 -2.1 16.8 -0.9 0.1
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 24.7 -0.9 16.5 -1.8 2.6
CANBERRA AIRPORT 28.3 +1.3 12.2 -0.8 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 31.5 +0.7 17.6 +1.3 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 38.6 +7.1 17.0 +0.6 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 23.2 -2.1 12.0 -1.1 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 34.3 +8.5 14.9 +0.4 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 33.0 +7.5 13.0 -1.1 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 31.0 +6.0 13.0 +1.6 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 27.5 +4.4 9.1 -1.2 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 21.7 +0.1 13.9 +1.9 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
    Goldfields
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT
15.2mm in 30 min to 00:00 30.4mm/h
20.0mm in 1 hr to 00:00 20.0mm/h
39.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 13.0mm/h
15.4mm in 1 hr to 00:30 15.4mm/h
LAVERTON AERO
1.4mm in 1 min to 21:10 84.0mm/h
7.4mm in 5 min to 21:15 88.8mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
DARWIN AIRPORT COMPARISON
23.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 7.7mm/h
MIDDLE POINT AWS
11.6mm in 55 min to 22:00 12.7mm/h
11.6mm in 1 hr to 22:00 11.6mm/h
    Arnhem
MILINGIMBI
22.4mm in 1 hr to 19:00 22.4mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.3mm/h
    Darwin-Daly
DARWIN AIRPORT
15.4mm in 20 min to 00:00 46.2mm/h
16.2mm in 1 hr to 00:00 16.2mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 6.7mm/h
20.2mm in 1 hr to 00:30 20.2mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Gulf Country
KOWANYAMA AIRPORT
15.2mm in 1 hr to 03:00 15.2mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h
18.2mm in 1 hr to 04:00 18.2mm/h
29.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 9.7mm/h
JULIA CREEK AIRPORT
4.8mm in 12 min to 21:15 24.0mm/h
NORMANTON AIRPORT
21.4mm in 1 hr to 04:00 21.4mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 7.3mm/h
CLONCURRY AIRPORT
6.4mm in 11 min to 18:00 34.9mm/h
    Wide Bay/Burnett
BUNDABERG AERO
14.2mm in 1 hr to 13:00 14.2mm/h
49.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 16.3mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.3mm/h
    Brisbane/SE Coast
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE
16.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.3mm/h
GYMPIE
37.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 12.3mm/h
MALENY TAMARIND ST
113.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 18.8mm/h
MARYBOROUGH
24.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 8.0mm/h
35.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 11.7mm/h
POINT LOOKOUT
38.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 12.7mm/h
ARCHERFIELD AIRPORT
16.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.3mm/h
10.4mm in 30 min to 19:00 20.8mm/h
13.0mm in 1 hr to 19:00 13.0mm/h
15.0mm in 1 hr to 19:30 15.0mm/h
12.8mm in 1 hr to 20:00 12.8mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 20:30 14.0mm/h
10.0mm in 1 hr to 21:00 10.0mm/h
36.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 12.0mm/h
10.2mm in 1 hr to 21:30 10.2mm/h
NAMBOUR DPI
10.0mm in 1 hr to 10:00 10.0mm/h
29.2mm in 1 hr to 11:00 29.2mm/h
23.6mm in 1 hr to 12:00 23.6mm/h
63.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 21.0mm/h
28.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 9.3mm/h
90.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 15.0mm/h
BEERBURRUM FOREST STN
36.4mm in 1 hr to 11:00 36.4mm/h
11.0mm in 1 hr to 12:00 11.0mm/h
68.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 22.7mm/h
23.8mm in 1 hr to 13:00 23.8mm/h
37.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 12.3mm/h
105.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 17.5mm/h
31.8mm in 1 hr to 21:00 31.8mm/h
39.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 13.0mm/h
HERVEY BAY AIRPORT
10.8mm in 1 hr to 18:00 10.8mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.0mm/h
12.2mm in 1 hr to 20:00 12.2mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.7mm/h
TOOLARA (KELLY)
20.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.7mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.7mm/h
COOLANGATTA AIRPORT
6.2mm in 1 min to 07:06 372.0mm/h
14.2mm in 24 min to 07:30 35.5mm/h
20.4mm in 1 hr to 07:30 20.4mm/h
26.2mm in 1 hr to 08:00 26.2mm/h
36.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 12.0mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 6.0mm/h
10.2mm in 1 hr to 13:30 10.2mm/h
25.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 8.3mm/h
GOLD COAST SEAWAY
11.8mm in 1 hr to 06:30 11.8mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 07:00 10.8mm/h
11.0mm in 30 min to 07:30 22.0mm/h
12.2mm in 1 hr to 07:30 12.2mm/h
14.2mm in 1 hr to 08:00 14.2mm/h
32.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 10.7mm/h
7.0mm in 13 min to 09:46 32.3mm/h
10.4mm in 11 min to 09:57 56.7mm/h
12.4mm in 33 min to 10:30 22.5mm/h
31.2mm in 1 hr to 10:30 31.2mm/h
43.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 14.3mm/h
14.0mm in 23 min to 15:23 36.5mm/h
13.6mm in 30 min to 17:00 27.2mm/h
15.4mm in 1 hr to 17:00 15.4mm/h
20.6mm in 1 hr to 17:30 20.6mm/h
8.6mm in 24 min to 17:54 21.5mm/h
47.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 15.7mm/h
BAROON POCKET DAM
90.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 15.0mm/h
MAROOCHYDORE AERO
13.0mm in 1 hr to 08:30 13.0mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.0mm/h
10.4mm in 1 hr to 11:30 10.4mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.0mm/h
13.4mm in 1 hr to 13:00 13.4mm/h
16.8mm in 30 min to 14:30 33.6mm/h
27.6mm in 1 hr to 14:30 27.6mm/h
54.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 18.0mm/h
69.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 11.5mm/h
5.4mm in 15 min to 15:15 21.6mm/h
17.8mm in 1 hr to 15:30 17.8mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.3mm/h
TEWANTIN RSL PARK
25.2mm in 1 hr to 12:00 25.2mm/h
29.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 9.7mm/h
41.2mm in 1 hr to 13:00 41.2mm/h
116.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 38.7mm/h
145.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 24.2mm/h
28.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 9.3mm/h
BRISBANE
18.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 6.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
BALLINA AIRPORT AWS
15.4mm in 1 hr to 08:00 15.4mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 09:00 10.8mm/h
28.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 9.3mm/h
10.6mm in 1 hr to 11:00 10.6mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 6.0mm/h
BYRON BAY (CAPE BYRON AWS)
6.8mm in 41 min to 08:41 10.0mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 7.3mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
CAPE FOURCROY
17.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.7mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Goldfields
LAVERTON AERO : 82(280/ 67 ) at 21:10
QUEENSLAND
    Wide Bay/Burnett
RUNDLE ISLAND : 80(160/ 67 ) at 18:00
    Brisbane/SE Coast
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE : 95(150/ 72 ) at 02:16
DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE : 76(160/ 63 ) at 19:00