Thursday 13 FEB 2003

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Torrential rain on Bathurst Is as monsoon strengthens across northern Australia
Flood peaks move down inland QLD rivers
NEWSBITS: VIC fires continue to cause concern

Torrential rain on Bathurst Is as monsoon strengthens across northern Australia

A Low that developed overnight in the monsoon trough north of Darwin has given torrential rain today to Bathurst Island, about 100km north of Darwin. The automatic weather station at Cape Fourcroy on the island's west coast recorded 210mm for the 24 hours to 9am Friday, of which 189mm fell in the 9 hours between 3pm and midnight today. With the monsoon trough gaining strength right across the top of Australia, there were some heavy falls farther afield as well. Oenpelli, 240km E of Darwin, reported 58mm between 9am and 3pm, while Victoria River Downs, 450km S of Darwin, reported 49mm between 6 and 9pm. Horn Island, which lies next to Thursday Island off the tip of Cape York Peninsula QLD, recorded 53.8mm in just 2 hours to 3pm. The 24-hour rainfall registrations to 9am Friday show many reports of 50 to 100mm from the Gulf and Peninsula in QLD, across the NT Top End to the WA North Kimberley as the monsoon winds up.

Flood peaks move down inland QLD rivers

Flood crests from last weekend's rain continue to move down six inland river systems in Queensland.

  • The lower Warrego peaked at Bakers Bend, about 25km SW of Charleville, at 8.42m at 2pm yesterday, and remained at this level until 3 this morning. The crest reached Wyandra, about 75km farther downstream as the crow flies, on Friday morning with a peak of 8.01m and moderate flooding. Flood levels are varying between moderate and major, depending on the area. Rapid river rises and moderate to major flooding are forecast for Cunnamulla at the weekend.

  • On the Paroo, the river peaked at Eulo at 3.70m last night with moderate flooding which is now extending downstream to Hungerford.

  • The Barcoo is still causing minor flooding around Blackall though this is easing. Moderate to major flooding is extending downstream.

  • Minor flooding continues to move down the Alice and Bulloo rivers, and minor to moderate flooding down the Belyando

Heavy rainfall occurred in the Capricornia and Southern Highlands during the beginning of the month, resulting in flooding in the Don River of the Fitzroy River system and also the upper reaches of the Burnett River. Rain gradually became more widespread throughout Queensland and flooding occurred in a number of the western rivers. The floods are thought to have caused $10 million worth of damage to public infrastructure.

Flooding occurred in the Paroo River from Humeburn downstream to Hungerford during the middle of February. A major flood peak of 4.7 metres was recorded at Humeburn on the 10th with the floodwaters peaking downstream at Hungerford on the 20th just below the moderate flood level.

Cooper Creek:

Very heavy isolated rainfall was reported in the upper reaches of the Alice and Barcoo Rivers on the 9th and 10th, there was moderate flooding in the Alice River at Jericho.

NEWSBITS

 

The major fire burning in Victoria's east continues to cause concern along its southern flank. The fire front extends from south of Mt Buffalo in northeastern VIC to near Tubbut in East

Gippsland, a distance of some 650km, and most of this firefront remains uncontained. There was significant spotting ahead of the main front south of Mt Buffalo yesterday afternoon.

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

43.9 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
43.6 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
43.4 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
43.2 MARLA POLICE STATION NW Pastoral SA
42.9 BALLERA GAS FIELD Far SW QLD

+11.1   39.3 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
+9.0   38.0 STREAKY BAY W Agricultural SA
+8.8   36.5 PROSPECT DAM Sydney--west NSW
+8.6   37.0 CAMDEN AIRPORT AWS Illawarra NSW
+8.0   33.7 TABULAM (MUIRNE) N Tablelands E NSW

29.1 RABBIT FLAT N Plateau NT
28.5 BALLERA GAS FIELD Far SW QLD
28.4 WINDORAH POST OFFICE Channel Country QLD
28.1 MOOMBA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
28.0 WULUNGURRU N Plateau NT
28.0 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
28.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL

+8.8   26.7 IVANHOE POST OFFICE Southwest Plains NSW
+8.2   24.6 HAY (MILLER STREET) Riverina W NSW
+6.9   26.2 WILCANNIA (REID ST) Far Northwest NSW
+6.3   22.0 COROWA AIRPORT Riverina E NSW
+5.8   19.7 RUTHERGLEN RESEARCH Lower NE VIC

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

8.2 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
8.7 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
8.8 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
10.9 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS
12.1 TARRALEAH VILLAGE Derwent Valley TAS

-7.8   28.0 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
-7.7   12.1 TARRALEAH VILLAGE Derwent Valley TAS
-6.8   12.6 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
-5.9   16.9 MAYDENA POST OFFICE Derwent Valley TAS
-5.8   13.8 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS

2.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
2.2 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
3.4 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
4.8 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
5.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW

-6.0   17.2 THREE RIVERS E Gascoyne WA
-5.7   8.2 CAPE NORTHUMBERLAND Lower SE SA
-4.2   20.7 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA
-4.2   18.8 MURCHISON W Gascoyne WA
-3.8   19.8 MEEKATHARRA AIRPORT E Gascoyne WA
-3.8   16.0 WALGETT AIRPORT AWS NW Plains W NSW

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.

116.0 RUTLAND PLAINS STATION Gulf Country QLD
88.6 DUNBAR STATION Gulf Country QLD
83.2 PORMPURAAW TOWNSHIP Gulf Country QLD
72.2 NITMILUK RIDGE N Rivers NT
71.0 ACACIA HILLS N Rivers NT

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
72.2 NITMILUK RIDGE
71.0 ACACIA HILLS
58.0 WILDMAN RANGERS
54.2 UPPER ADELAIDE RIVER

QUEENSLAND
    Gulf Country
116.0 RUTLAND PLAINS STATION
88.6 DUNBAR STATION
83.2 PORMPURAAW TOWNSHIP
68.6 CROYDON TOWNSHIP
    N Coast--Barron
66.4 LOW ISLES LIGHTHOUSE

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 34.4 +1.5 25.2 -0.7 0.2
ALBANY AIRPORT 24.0 -1.0 16.3 +2.0 1.8
PERTH AIRPORT 33.2 +1.4 20.0 +2.6 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 35.5 +3.6 17.4 -0.3 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 30.4 -1.0 24.2 -0.5 5.2
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 40.8 +5.9 22.0 +1.3 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 33.4 +4.1 18.3 +1.2 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 23.2 -1.9 11.7 +0.1 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 32.2 +1.1 24.4 +0.7 14.6
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.8 +0.8 25.7 +1.7 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 34.2 +3.0 23.5 +1.5 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 34.8 +4.5 19.5 0.0 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 30.6 19.9 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 30.5 14.8 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 28.0 +1.3 18.6 -0.8 1.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 25.0 -0.4 21.0 +1.7 0.6
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 31.6 +5.9 21.8 +3.1 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 36.5 +8.8 20.5 +2.8 2.8
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 28.3 +2.7 20.3 +2.0 0.4
CANBERRA AIRPORT 31.4 +4.4 17.0 +4.0 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 33.9 +3.1 20.6 +4.3 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 34.8 +3.3 18.2 +1.8 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 27.3 +2.0 10.8 -2.3 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 24.1 -1.7 16.6 +2.1 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 22.0 -3.5 11.0 -3.1 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 25.0 0.0 10.0 -1.4 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 23.4 +0.3 9.1 -1.2 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 19.6 -2.0 13.0 +1.0 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
WEST ROEBUCK
13.8mm in 30 min to 05:30 27.6mm/h
13.8mm in 1 hr to 05:30 13.8mm/h
14.4mm in 1 hr to 06:00 14.4mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
MIDDLE POINT AWS
21.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.0mm/h
11.2mm in 1 hr to 19:00 11.2mm/h
    Darwin-Daly
OENPELLI
58.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 9.7mm/h
TINDAL RAAF
13.6mm in 1 hr to 19:30 13.6mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
HORN ISLAND
11.0mm in 1 hr to 14:00 11.0mm/h
42.8mm in 1 hr to 15:00 42.8mm/h
54.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 18.0mm/h
    Upper Carpentaria
GEORGETOWN POST OFFICE
18.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.0mm/h
    N Coast--Barron
LOW ISLES LIGHTHOUSE
13.4mm in 1 hr to 04:00 13.4mm/h
24.0mm in 1 hr to 05:00 24.0mm/h
39.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 13.0mm/h
    Northwest
CAMOOWEAL TOWNSHIP
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
CAPE FOURCROY
45.2mm in 1 hr to 18:00 45.2mm/h
60.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 20.0mm/h

TASMANIA
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 87(290/ 78 ) at 04:49
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 78(250/ 65 ) at 07:33