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Steady, heavy rain relieves drought in central southern QLD
Active storms sweep across Sydney
25Aug03
NEWSBITS: WA heat moves slowly east; Fires spare historic Kosciuszko huts; Lightning starts fires in VIC Gippsland

Steady, heavy rain relieves drought in central southern QLD

Rainfall for the week ended 9am Tuesday 11 February. BoM

Widespread heavy rainfall was recorded in the upper Warrego River and its tributaries between the 8th and 11th. Minor to moderate flood levels were reported downstream to Charleville, with a flood peak of 5.0 metres recorded at Charleville on the 11th. Major flooding also occurred in the Ward and Langlo Rivers. Moderate to major flooding extended downstream from Charleville on the Warrego River, with the major flood peak of 9.26 metres reaching Cunnamulla Bridge on the 16th. Moderate to major flooding continued downstream to the New South Wales border during the remainder of the month. The initial flood warning was issued on the 9th and finalized on the 21st when the flood peak had passed Rockhampton and river levels fallen below the minor flood level.

The headwaters of the Murray-Darling River system have begun to flow significantly for the first time in around two years at Augathella in southwestern QLD. Augathella, in the southwestern blue splodge in the map above, receives around 50mm of rain in a normal February. In the week to 9am on Tuesday 11 February, it received 272.3mm. Flooding, some major, is now developing in many of the Darling River's QLD tributaries.

There has been rejoicing through much of central southern QLD over the past three days as an area of rain brought in by dying Tropical Cyclone Beni kept moving inland, and just kept raining. The kind of conditions that produce such widespread and long duration rainfall -- very moist northeasterlies in the lower atmosphere, a surface trough to help with convergence and upper cooler air to assist widespread uplift -- have not been seen since November 2000 when the last rain of note fell from the Warrego to the Central Highlands, and westward into the Central West. Only in two or three months since then have there been patchy areas of above average rainfall across the region.

Minor flooding developed in the upper Warrego, and the Paroo, Alice and Barcoo Rivers on Sunday, and developed further today. The Paroo at Humeburn peaked at 4.7m this morning and major flooding was expected downsteam towards Eulo. Moderate flooding was occurring this morning in the Warrego at Augathella, and minor flooding at Charleville. The Barcoo River at Gillespie peaked at 5.30 metres at 6pm Sunday, with minor flooding expected downstream at Blackall. In the Alice River system, the main flood waters were approaching Jericho this
afternoon with moderate flooding.

Among the heaviest falls for the week to 9am Tuesday 11 February, almost all of which fell during this rain event, were:

In the Central Highlands:

248.1 CLERMONT POST OFFICE
240.4 BAUHINIA DOWNS STORE
224.6 DUARINGA POST OFFICE
224.4 DYSART POST OFFICE
218.0 GLENCOE
215.8 BRIGALOW RESEARCH STN
185.0 NEWLANDS
183.5 TAMBO POST OFFICE
183.4 DRENSMAINE
170.4 WESTGROVE TM

168.2 ANAKIE RICHARDSON ST
157.0 WINVIC
155.4 WYSEBY
150.6 ALPHA POST OFFICE
149.8 REWAN STATION
144.0 TOLINESS STATION
139.0 THE SANDSTONE
125.0 RIVINGTON
109.6 ALPHA
106.9 CURRAJONG
104.2 BUNGABAN TM

In the Central West:

248.0 BERESFORD STATION
128.6 EASTMERE

124.5 ULCANBAH

In the Warrego:

272.3 AUGATHELLA POST OFFICE
239.8 WANSEY DOWNS
180.1 WARILDA
167.5 WETLANDS

159.4 BAYSWATER
148.0 LOCHINVAR
145.0 BOGARELLA
125.4 NIVE DOWNS
104.4 RACEVIEW TM

Some of the higher totals for the same period along the coast were:

On the Central Coast:

519.0 BYFIELD CHILDS ROAD
373.0 SAMUEL HILL AERO
275.4 YAAMBA

271.2 PACIFIC HEIGHTS
259.6 GIRU POST OFFICE
203.6 FOLEYVALE STATION

On the South Coast Curtis:

633.4 MAKOWATA
570.2 GLADSTONE AIRPORT
566.4 GLADSTONE RADAR
508.0 MOUNT WALLABY
488.8 MIRIAM VALE
450.6 HAZELDEAN
397.2 MOUNT LARCOM POST OFFICE
389.0 BUILYAN GUM STREET
373.8 FERNFIELD
356.6 WALTERHALL
323.8 WOWAN POST OFFICE

315.8 JAMBIN POST OFFICE
315.0 ROCKLEY
312.2 MONTO AIRPORT
309.4 ROSEDALE POST OFFICE
289.9 BARALABA POST OFFICE
263.8 BANANA POST OFFICE
260.0 MOURA POST OFFICE
258.3 THANGOOL AIRPORT
255.0 ABERCORN TM
254.2 TOWN OF 1770
251.4 ABERCORN
250.5 GLENLANDS

On the South Coast Moreton:

267.5 RAINBOW BEACH

257.0 TOOLARA (KELLY)

Active storms sweep across Sydney

A weak trough that moved slowly up the NSW South Coast today spawned a broad area of thunderstorms ahead of it. By late afternoon, the lightning tracker was ablaze from the South Coast to Sydney, northwest to Bourke and north to Tamworth and Newcastle. Patchy heavy rain was reported from across this area (see Downpours below), with flash flooding at Bankstown in Sydney's west after 21.6mm fell in 14 minutes to 4.04pm for a storm total of 35mm. There were press reports of general minor flash flooding and small hail damage, and 11,000 homes mostly in the city's southwest lost power for several hours after the storm. Bargo and Wombeyan Caves, southwest of Sydney, reported 2cm diameter hail.

NEWSBITS

A trough that began the day sitting on the WA west coast near Perth moved only very slowly east today, concentrating hot northeastlies in a band from the Albany area northwards through the wheat belt. Albany Airport's top of 36.3 was 11.3 above the average. A bushfire that was started by lightning yesterday in the Waychinicup National Park, about 100km ENE of Albany, was dampened down by overnight rain after burning through about 1,500 hectares.

Good news received today was that the Cascades and Tin Mine huts in the south of the Kosciuszko National Park have survived the fires intact. The fires in this area were particularly severe, and the huts, which have a deep association with the areas mining history, were not expected to have come through.

Lightning strikes caused fresh fire outbreaks north of Cann River and on the Errinundra Plateau north of Club Terrace today. Near Omeo, a fire is approaching grazing land on Cobungra Station, one of the high country's biggest grazing properties. Spotter planes, which were due to search for fires started by lightning, were grounded today by thick smoke and low cloud.

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

44.0 TELFER AERO Interior WA
44.0 PANNAWONICA W Pilbara WA
44.0 GASCOYNE JUNCTION W Gascoyne WA
43.7 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA
43.0 MURCHISON W Gascoyne WA
43.0 MORAWA AIRPORT Central West WA
43.0 MULLEWA Central West WA

+12.7   38.6 MOUNT BARKER Lower West WA
+12.4   37.4 ALBANY AIRPORT Lower West WA
+11.2   39.0 ONGERUP Cent Wheatbelt WA
+9.7   36.0 PEMBERTON Lower West WA
+9.6   38.0 RAVENSTHORPE Cent Wheatbelt WA

30.6 TELFER AERO Interior WA
29.7 KARRATHA AERO E Pilbara WA
29.5 MOUNT AUGUSTUS E Gascoyne WA
29.0 WULUNGURRU N Plateau NT
29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL

+8.4   22.9 RAVENSTHORPE Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.9   25.0 SOUTHERN CROSS Goldfields WA
+7.7   21.0 MANJIMUP Lower West WA
+7.6   25.4 MERREDIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.4   23.8 NAREMBEEN Cent Wheatbelt WA

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

9.2 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
9.2 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
12.9 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS
13.7 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
14.0 SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS

-8.9   24.8 CHARLEVILLE AERO Warrego QLD
-8.2   26.0 BOLLON MARY ST Warrego QLD
-7.2   25.5 MITCHELL POST OFFICE Maranoa QLD
-7.2   26.0 SURAT Maranoa QLD
-6.2   26.8 CLERMONT POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD

0.1 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
3.1 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
4.3 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
4.8 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
5.4 SMITHTON AERODROME N Coast TAS

-8.3   7.8 EYRE Eucla WA
-5.7   9.9 ROSEDALE (TURRETFIELD RESEARCH CENTRE) Adelaide/Lofty SA
-5.5   11.0 EDINBURGH RAAF Adelaide/Lofty SA
-5.4   11.5 KELLERBERRIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-5.2   7.4 PORTLAND (CASHMORE AIRPORT) W Coast VIC

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.

151.5 AVIEMORE Central Highlands QLD
140.8 ALMADEN N Coast--Barron QLD
135.0 SAPPHIRE POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
112.0 MENAVALE ALERT N Coast--Herbert QLD
111.0 GREENMANTLE STATION Central Coast W QLD

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
52.9 LARRAKEYAH

QUEENSLAND
    Gulf Country
65.0 LANDS END STATION
54.0 WERRINA STATION
50.4 COTSWOLD STATION
    Upper Carpentaria
100.0 CARPENTARIA DOWNS STATION
99.0 ROBIN HOOD STATION
79.6 ELLENVALE STATION
73.4 SPRING CREEK STATION
71.0 FORSAYTH CARAVAN PARK
71.0 THE LYND STATION
66.4 LOW HOLM STATION
60.0 RICHMOND AIRPORT
59.5 WANDO VALE STATION
58.0 PRESTWOOD STATION
58.0 BAGSTOWE STATION
52.4 BOLWARRA STATION
52.0 WELCOME DOWNS STATION
51.6 RICHMOND POST OFFICE
51.6 TOOMBA STUD
    N Coast--Barron
140.8 ALMADEN
81.6 UPPER BARRON
63.0 SUTTIES CREEK ALERT
53.0 IRVINEBANK
50.6 YUNGABURRA POST OFFICE
50.0 PETFORD
    N Coast--Herbert
112.0 MENAVALE ALERT
107.8 NEW MOON STATION
88.0 CHRISTMAS CREEK STATION
83.0 CAMEL CREEK STATION
75.0 MICHAEL CREEK ALERT
72.6 BAMBAROO
    Central Coast E
77.0 BURDEKIN SHIRE COUNCIL
60.0 TE KOWAI EXP STN
59.0 LINDEMAN ISLAND RESORT
55.0 WOOLSHED
55.0 MOUNT JUKES
54.8 GIRU POST OFFICE
52.0 HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT
    Central Coast W
111.0 GREENMANTLE STATION
    Central Highlands
151.5 AVIEMORE
135.0 SAPPHIRE POST OFFICE
100.0 ANAKIE RICHARDSON ST
100.0 ALPHA
97.6 PEAKVALE STATION
97.0 CAIRO
76.4 CLERMONT POST OFFICE
71.2 ARCTURUS DOWNS
70.0 KURRAJONG
68.0 GLENCOE
65.0 HILLSIDE
64.8 CAPELLA POST OFFICE
63.5 VALERIA
61.6 KARMOO
59.0 LORRAINE
58.0 YACKADOO
56.4 JUANITA
55.6 ARALEUN
55.4 FAIRBAIRN DAM
54.0 WINVIC
54.0 WEIMBY DOWNS
53.0 MOUNT WILKIN
52.0 RIVINGTON
51.0 DYSART POST OFFICE
    Central West
86.0 BANCHORY
75.0 THORNLEIGH
70.0 BERESFORD STATION
55.4 WILLESLEY
55.0 FRANKFIELD STATION
50.0 MORAY DOWNS

NEW SOUTH WALES
    CW Plains N
51.0 QUAMBONE STATION

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 34.6 +1.7 25.7 -0.2 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 37.4 +12.4 17.6 +3.3 7.8
PERTH AIRPORT 34.6 +2.8 22.6 +5.2 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 31.1 -0.8 20.6 +2.9 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.5 +1.1 24.7 0.0 6.6
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 38.1 +3.2 20.2 -0.5 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 29.0 -0.3 14.1 -3.0 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 22.5 -2.6 8.2 -3.4 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 30.4 -0.7 24.6 +0.9 2.2
TOWNSVILLE AERO 30.6 -0.4 24.1 +0.1 19.8
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 26.7 -4.5 22.9 +0.9 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 29.8 -0.5 18.9 -0.6 0.2
BRISBANE AERO 28.1 20.1 0.2
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 24.9 12.1 8.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 26.8 +0.1 18.6 -0.8 4.4
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 28.0 +2.6 20.0 +0.7 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 27.3 +1.6 20.5 +1.8 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 33.0 +5.3 17.5 -0.2 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 27.4 +1.8 18.8 +0.5 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 33.1 +6.1 14.7 +1.7 0.6
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 35.4 +4.6 19.9 +3.6 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 32.9 +1.4 15.9 -0.5 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 23.8 -1.5 17.4 +4.3 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 22.7 -3.1 18.1 +3.6 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 22.0 -3.5 17.0 +2.9 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 24.0 -1.0 13.0 +1.6 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 24.8 +1.7 7.5 -2.8 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 20.3 -1.3 12.6 +0.6 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
    E Pilbara
MARBLE BAR
1.4mm in 1 min to 15:18 84.0mm/h
2.2mm in 1 min to 15:19 132.0mm/h
1.4mm in 1 min to 15:21 84.0mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.0mm/h
    Murchison
MOUNT MAGNET AERO
8.0mm in 7 min to 21:04 68.6mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
DARWIN AIRPORT COMPARISON
30.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 10.0mm/h
    Arnhem
MANINGRIDA
19.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.3mm/h
GOVE AIRPORT
17.0mm in 16 min to 13:30 63.8mm/h
18.8mm in 1 hr to 13:30 18.8mm/h
19.2mm in 1 hr to 14:00 19.2mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.7mm/h
GROOTE EYLANDT AIRPORT AWS
45.8mm in 1 hr to 14:00 45.8mm/h
53.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 17.7mm/h
    Darwin-Daly
DARWIN AIRPORT
6.0mm in 15 min to 14:25 24.0mm/h
5.0mm in 7 min to 20:00 42.9mm/h
5.6mm in 13 min to 20:13 25.8mm/h
14.2mm in 30 min to 21:00 28.4mm/h
23.6mm in 1 hr to 21:00 23.6mm/h
30.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 10.0mm/h
JABIRU AIRPORT
27.8mm in 41 min to 19:00 40.7mm/h
28.6mm in 1 hr to 19:00 28.6mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.3mm/h
DUM IN MIRRIE
27.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 9.0mm/h
PORT KEATS AERO
10.0mm in 1 hr to 16:00 10.0mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
WEIPA AERO
4.4mm in 6 min to 14:36 44.0mm/h
11.8mm in 24 min to 15:00 29.5mm/h
16.6mm in 1 hr to 15:00 16.6mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.7mm/h
19.0mm in 1 hr to 15:30 19.0mm/h
    S Peninsula
LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT
13.2mm in 1 hr to 11:00 13.2mm/h
    Central Coast E
AYR DPI RESEARCH STN
19.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 6.3mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.3mm/h
MACKAY AERO
24.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 8.0mm/h
MACKAY MO
13.0mm in 34 min to 07:40 22.9mm/h
16.8mm in 1 hr to 08:00 16.8mm/h
25.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 8.3mm/h
PROSERPINE AIRPORT
21.6mm in 1 hr to 11:00 21.6mm/h
HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT
21.8mm in 1 hr to 07:00 21.8mm/h
21.4mm in 1 hr to 08:00 21.4mm/h
BOWEN AIRPORT
18.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.0mm/h
WOOLSHED
31.2mm in 1 hr to 01:00 31.2mm/h
40.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 13.3mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    NW Slopes S
TAMWORTH AIRPORT AWS
7.4mm in 34 min to 20:30 13.1mm/h
    Hunter Valley
MANGROVE MOUNTAIN AWS
8.6mm in 31 min to 17:00 16.6mm/h
13.4mm in 1 hr to 17:00 13.4mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.3mm/h
    C Tablelands N
NULLO MOUNTAIN AWS
5.4mm in 8 min to 15:38 40.5mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.0mm/h
MUDGEE AIRPORT AWS
12.6mm in 39 min to 18:30 19.4mm/h
17.8mm in 1 hr to 18:30 17.8mm/h
    CW Slopes S
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS
8.8mm in 16 min to 19:30 33.0mm/h
    Sydney--east
BANKSTOWN AIRPORT AWS
13.4mm in 10 min to 16:00 80.4mm/h
14.2mm in 1 hr to 16:00 14.2mm/h
6.4mm in 3 min to 16:03 128.0mm/h
1.8mm in 1 min to 16:04 108.0mm/h
10.8mm in 26 min to 16:30 24.9mm/h
19.8mm in 1 hr to 17:00 19.8mm/h
35.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 11.7mm/h
HOMEBUSH (OLYMPIC STADIUM) AWS
13.4mm in 30 min to 16:30 26.8mm/h
13.4mm in 1 hr to 16:30 13.4mm/h
15.2mm in 1 hr to 17:00 15.2mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.3mm/h
    Sydney--west
HOLSWORTHY CONTROL RANGE
17.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.7mm/h
HORSLEY PARK EQUESTRIAN CENTRE AWS
11.4mm in 1 hr to 17:00 11.4mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
LORD HOWE ISLAND AERO
11.0mm in 1 hr to 08:00 11.0mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 08:30 10.8mm/h
27.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 9.0mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    E Pilbara
MARBLE BAR : 111(250/ 76 ) at 15:19
    Murchison
MOUNT MAGNET AERO : 80(200/ 63 ) at 21:04
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 69(310/ 63 ) at 00:00