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Major flood area expands in QLD 12/02/03
NEWSBITS: VIC fires still active

Major flood area expands in QLD

The band of torrential rain that initiated major flooding in the Rockhampton/Baralaba area yesterday morning moved to the east then south yesterday afternoon and evening (see chart below). It nearly gave Gladstone its second daily rainfall record in three days, and created major flooding in the upper Burnett River west of Bundaberg. Gladstone Radar Station recorded 229mm for the 24 hours to 9am today, just 0.4mm shy of its previous record which was broken two days ago.

Between 90 and 125mm of rain fell yesterday and overnight in the upper Burnett and Kolan Rivers to the south and east of Monto. These rivers rose rapidly from below minor to above major flood levels in the 12 hours to mid-morning this morning. The Burnett peaked at Eidsvold Bridge at 14.05m at 6am Saturday with major flooding. Meanwhile, the flood crest in the Dawson north of Baralaba moved past Newlands about 9 this evening with a major flood level peak of 17.45m.

Along the coast, the small settlement of Baffle Creek, 60km NW of Bundaberg, was isolated with 15m of floodwater reported over the only access road. Supplies were being brought in by emergency services floodboat. The resort towns of Agnes Waters and Town of 1770 remained isolated today, with a boat being called in to transfer tourists to Gladstone. Many homes from the south to the west of Rockhampton have been flooded by up to a metre of muddy water, and authorities were issuing health warnings about polluted floodwater today. Power continued to be out in widely scattered areas, with electricity supplier Ergon Energy saying access problems due to the flooding were delaying repairs.

Ironically, six of the nine shires that were declared flood disaster zones yesterday are also drought listed, meaning that hundreds of primary producers will be eligible this weekend for both drought and flood relief. Kroombit Dam, east of Biloela and close to the area of heaviest rain, went from 0.5 per cent of capacity to 81 per cent in five days to today. There has also been a rise of up to 35% at cattle yardings since the rain. However, while many would consider record rain to be a drought-breaker, farmers in the area today were reporting that subsoils 20cm down were still as dry as dust after the surface water had run off.

Rainfall in SE QLD for the 24 hours to 9am. BoM

From the 5th to the 13th a tropical low developed east of Christmas Island being named tropical cyclone Fiona on the 5th. The system reached category 3 strength with wind gusts estimated to be 150 km/h on the 7th as it moved westwards passing to the south of Christmas Island. The system turned sharply to the south southeast on the 11th, before weakening below cyclone intensity on the 13th.

Heavy rainfall during the beginning of February caused river rises and flooding in the upstream reaches of the Burnett River and its tributaries. Rainfall totals of up to 382 mm were recorded for the 72 hours to 6am on the 7th February. Major flooding extended downstream from Abercorn to Eidsvold Bridge, with moderate flooding continuing downstream to Walla. The first flood warning was issued on 7th February and warnings were finalized on the 11th February when the main floodwaters reached Bundaberg, but remained below the minor flood level.

NEWSBITS

Expected milder conditions did not eventuate for firefighters tackling parts of the Gippsland fires yesterday. Due to erratic fire behaviour in the afternoon, crews were pulled off a number of containment lines on the western and southern edges of the fire. Winds gusting to 60km/h pushed firefronts toward several settlements including Swifts Creek, Bindi and Brooksville. Two major spot fires occurred north of Dargo yesterday and are being monitored. Two other new fires were reported, one north of Tolmie, near Mansfield, which is was contained, and another 40km north of Bairnsdale.


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):
Highest daily rainfall for February:
Abercorn QLD: 107.2 (97.0, 53)

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

45.4 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA
44.9 MARDIE W Pilbara WA
44.5 PANNAWONICA W Pilbara WA
44.1 ONSLOW AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
43.8 GASCOYNE JUNCTION W Gascoyne WA

+10.1   33.8 POINT HICKS (LIGHTHOUSE) E Gippsland VIC
+8.1   33.9 OMEO Upper NE VIC
+8.0   37.0 EDI UPPER Upper NE VIC
+8.0   41.5 MENINDEE POST OFFICE Lower Darling NSW
+7.9   38.7 WANGARATTA AERO Lower NE VIC
+7.9   44.1 ONSLOW AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
+7.9   38.6 ALBURY AIRPORT SW Slopes S NSW

31.0 WULUNGURRU N Plateau NT
30.4 ROEBOURNE E Pilbara WA
29.4 WITTENOOM W Pilbara WA
29.2 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
29.0 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
29.0 PARDOO STATION E Pilbara WA
29.0 PORT HEDLAND AIRPORT E Pilbara WA
29.0 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA
29.0 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
29.0 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
29.0 NGAYAWILI N Rivers NT

+7.4   21.3 RUTHERGLEN RESEARCH Lower NE VIC
+7.2   29.0 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
+7.2   18.5 WYNYARD AIRPORT N Coast TAS
+7.0   26.0 NYNGAN AIRPORT CW Plains N NSW
+6.9   22.6 COROWA AIRPORT Riverina E NSW
+6.9   20.5 FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT Flinders Is/Bass St TAS

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

15.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
15.1 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
16.9 WEEAPROINAH W Coast VIC
17.4 CAPE BRUNY LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
17.4 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS

-8.0   27.5 THARGOMINDAH POST OFFICE Far SW QLD
-7.8   26.4 BOLLON MARY ST Warrego QLD
-7.3   24.4 INJUNE POST OFFICE Maranoa QLD
-7.3   27.0 COLLARENEBRI (ALBERT ST) Upper Darling NSW
-6.8   27.1 ROLLESTON METEOR ST Central Highlands QLD

7.4 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
8.0 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
9.0 NARACOORTE AERODROME Lower SE SA
9.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
9.5 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS

-5.2   10.4 ROSEDALE (TURRETFIELD RESEARCH CENTRE) Adelaide/Lofty SA
-5.1   11.0 KADINA Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA
-3.9   22.0 BROOME AIRPORT W Kimberley WA
-3.8   12.3 EYRE Eucla WA
-3.5   13.0 EDINBURGH RAAF Adelaide/Lofty SA
-3.5   18.8 GLADSTONE RADAR Wide Bay/Burnett QLD

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.

229.0 GLADSTONE RADAR Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
214.0 GLADSTONE AIRPORT Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
157.2 CHRISTMAS ISLAND AERO Islands ISL
147.0 BRAMPTON ISLAND RESORT Central Coast E QLD
135.4 HAZELDEAN Wide Bay/Burnett QLD

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    W Pilbara
65.0 HAMERSLEY

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
50.2 NT UNIVERSITY

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
59.0 STRATH HAVEN STATION
    Gulf Country
64.2 DUNBAR STATION
    Central Coast E
147.0 BRAMPTON ISLAND RESORT
135.0 SAMUEL HILL AERO
133.0 BYFIELD CHILDS ROAD
84.5 BRAMPTON VALE
83.0 SHOALWATER-THE GLEN
78.0 ETON STATE WATER DEPOT
75.6 KEPPEL ISLAND SOUTH
68.0 PACIFIC HEIGHTS
62.0 HEDLOW AIRFIELD TM
59.0 PLEYSTOWE SUGAR MILL
51.0 TE KOWAI EXP STN
50.0 BALMORAL STATION
    Central Coast W
100.8 BROADLEIGH DOWNS
65.0 TRAFALGAR STATION
    Central Highlands
76.6 MARAMA
56.4 KURRAJONG
    Wide Bay/Burnett
229.0 GLADSTONE RADAR
214.0 GLADSTONE AIRPORT
135.4 HAZELDEAN
135.4 GOONDICUM
132.6 KALPOWAR FORESTRY
130.2 CHARNWOOD
129.0 HILLVIEW
128.0 CALLIOPE STATION
127.0 MOUNT LARCOM POST OFFICE
118.0 ROCKY SPRINGS
110.0 KOLONGA
109.0 GEIJERA
107.2 ABERCORN
106.0 ABERCORN TM
106.0 DARTS CREEK
105.0 CALLEMONDAH STATION
104.0 EIDSVOLD BRIDGE
101.4 BANCROFT
101.4 SPRINGFIELD
100.0 RAGLAN
97.0 GOOMINGLAH
95.2 LURNEA
95.0 LYNWOOD
94.0 ROWANLEA
92.2 EULEILAH CREEK
92.0 TABLE TOPS
90.4 DEEPBANK
90.2 LOVANDEE
90.0 EIDSVOLD TM
90.0 EIDSVOLD POST OFFICE
89.8 CANIA GORGE PARK
85.6 WURUMA DAM
85.2 FERNDALE
78.0 TECOMA
77.0 COLODAN
74.5 CALLIDE OPEN CUT
73.4 WINGFIELD
73.0 MALANDA
72.6 ROSEDALE POST OFFICE
72.4 BROADMEADOWS
71.8 BUILYAN GUM STREET
71.6 KROOMBIT
70.0 MOUNT KROOMBIT
69.6 WOODBINE
69.2 MIRIAM VALE
69.0 ROCKLEY
68.2 WINFIELD
67.0 BARWOOD
66.0 ROCKYBAR
65.2 GLENLANDS
61.6 DINGLE DELL
58.4 DINGLE DELL TM
57.6 MT PERRY THE PINES
57.6 GLENHAVEN
57.0 FERNFIELD
56.6 MUNDUBBERA
55.6 MAKOWATA
55.5 THANGOOL AIRPORT
55.0 KAGEON
54.0 WOODLEIGH
53.6 GONYELINKA
52.4 WALTERHALL
52.4 BILOELA - VALBONA
50.2 ROCKHAMPTON AERO

ISLANDS
    Islands
157.2 CHRISTMAS ISLAND AERO

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 33.2 +0.3 22.0 -3.9 13.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 21.0 -4.0 15.7 +1.4 0.6
PERTH AIRPORT 36.7 +4.9 18.2 +0.8 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 36.2 +4.3 18.8 +1.1 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.5 +1.1 24.1 -0.6 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 38.0 +3.1 21.0 +0.3 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 28.9 -0.4 14.8 -2.3 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 20.8 -4.3 15.0 +3.4 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 31.8 +0.7 24.7 +1.0 7.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 32.0 +1.0 25.1 +1.1 5.4
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 28.1 -3.1 20.2 -1.8 50.2
BRISBANE AERO 28.1 20.4 0.6
AMBERLEY AMO 29.1 -1.2 20.1 +0.6 0.4
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 24.9 13.2 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 25.7 -1.0 19.0 -0.4 4.2
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 24.0 -1.4 20.0 +0.7 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 27.1 +1.4 21.4 +2.7 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 30.2 +2.5 17.2 -0.5 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 26.7 +1.1 19.3 +1.0 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 33.5 +6.5 14.5 +1.5 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 37.7 +6.9 21.9 +5.6 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 35.9 +4.4 17.5 +1.1 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 31.2 +5.9 16.6 +3.5 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 27.1 +1.3 18.0 +3.5 0.6
LAVERTON RAAF 27.0 +1.5 18.0 +3.9 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 27.0 +2.0 13.0 +1.6 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 28.2 +5.1 14.4 +4.1 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 24.7 +3.1 16.1 +4.1 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
10.4mm in 1 hr to 00:30 10.4mm/h
DERBY AERO
18.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 6.0mm/h
WEST ROEBUCK
11.2mm in 42 min to 00:30 16.0mm/h
11.2mm in 1 hr to 00:30 11.2mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Darwin-Daly
JABIRU AIRPORT
19.2mm in 1 hr to 19:00 19.2mm/h
BATCHELOR AERO
17.2mm in 25 min to 18:53 41.3mm/h
27.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 9.0mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Gulf Country
MORNINGTON ISLAND
7.4mm in 16 min to 13:16 27.8mm/h
2.2mm in 1 min to 13:17 132.0mm/h
15.0mm in 13 min to 13:30 69.2mm/h
27.6mm in 1 hr to 13:30 27.6mm/h
31.6mm in 1 hr to 14:00 31.6mm/h
35.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 11.7mm/h
    Central Coast E
AYR DPI RESEARCH STN
32.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 10.7mm/h
MACKAY AERO
14.2mm in 30 min to 05:30 28.4mm/h
14.2mm in 1 hr to 05:30 14.2mm/h
21.2mm in 1 hr to 06:00 21.2mm/h
25.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 8.3mm/h
10.6mm in 1 hr to 06:30 10.6mm/h
10.4mm in 1 hr to 21:00 10.4mm/h
MACKAY MO
8.4mm in 17 min to 22:00 29.6mm/h
14.2mm in 1 hr to 22:00 14.2mm/h
27.4mm in 57 min to 23:00 28.8mm/h
29.0mm in 1 hr to 23:00 29.0mm/h
PROSERPINE AIRPORT
24.6mm in 1 hr to 14:00 24.6mm/h
35.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 5.8mm/h
HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT
11.4mm in 18 min to 23:28 38.0mm/h
    Channel Country
WINDORAH POST OFFICE
15.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.0mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    E Pilbara
MARBLE BAR : 80( 50/ 67 ) at 19:15
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 76(200/ 63 ) at 16:00