Monday 17 FEB 2003

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Notes on significant weather not yet written

Significant rainfall, strong winds, strong wind gusts and abnormally high and low temperatures for this day are given below. Descriptions of significant weather events are added here when time permits and reliable information is available. This is sometimes well after the event!

A severe storm that travelled from around Gunning NSW to the southwestern edge of the Sydney metro area today has been well documented by Andrew Miskelly here. A severe downburst funnelled down a valley caused massive tree damage to the north of Taralga.

On the 17th at Bathurst (Central Tablelands) strong winds caused damage to structures. At Kempsey (Mid North Coast) very heavy rain fell.

On the 16th and 17th a combination of unusually high surface moisture, a surface trough and mid-level trough produced many severe thunderstorms resulting in mainly heavy rain and localised flooding in many parts of southern Western Australia. There were reports of some unofficial sites recording well over 100 mm.

Some significant daily totals included Cuttening 95 mm, Bridgetown 91 mm, Gairdner 85 mm and Corrigin 76 mm. Although many farmers welcomed the rains, flooding caused considerable damage mainly to roads and fences.

At Gin Gin power lines were brought down, large redgums uprooted and other trees snapped off 3 metres from the base on the 16th. A service station sustained considerable damage.

From Mt Barker to Jerramungup (17th) hail to golf-ball size smashed windows and dented vehicles. At Leonora a hailstorm lasting just five minutes caused considerable damage to the Tarmoola Gold Mine, 30 kilometres northwest of Leonora on the 17th. Many windows and car windscreens were smashed and some temporary buildings moved off their bases by winds estimated at over 150 km/h. Trees were stripped of foliage. One woman was injured when a hailstone, described as the size of a cricket ball, smashed through the rear windscreen of her vehicle. Two mine workers were injured, one being taken to hospital.

On the 17th heavy rainfall from an afternoon monsoonal squall line produced flash flooding around Darwin city. At Delissaville, 30 kilometres southwest of Darwin, 47 mm fell in 30 minutes in this squall line, contributing to a 24 hour rainfall total of 106 mm.

During the night and early morning hours of the 17th, exceptionally strong east to southeast gully winds, associated with a surging high pressure system, caused scattered tree damage and power outages across Adelaide's eastern and southern suburbs

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 any month:
Tennant Creek AP NT: 153.6 (138.4, 33)
Highest daily rainfall for February:
Bridgetown Comparison Station WA: 77.4 (52.1, 116)
Manjimup WA: 45.0 (43.7, 87)
Wilgarrup WA: 86.0 (61.0, 103)
Wellstead WA: 59.6 (47.2, 30)
Cuttening WA: 94.8 (87.6, 109)
Chillinup WA: 54.0 (46.5, 45)
Gairdner WA: 85.0 (43.2, 40)

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

41.2 MARREE NE Pastoral SA
41.0 TELFER AERO Interior WA
41.0 PANNAWONICA W Pilbara WA
40.5 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
40.1 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD

+6.6   35.8 GRAFTON OLYMPIC POOL North Coast NSW
+5.8   31.5 TABULAM (MUIRNE) N Tablelands E NSW
+5.5   32.2 COFFS HARBOUR MO MidNorth Coast N NSW
+5.4   34.0 TAREE (RADIO STATION 2RE) MidNorth Coast S NSW
+5.3   33.2 YARRAS (MOUNT SEAVIEW) MidNorth Coast S NSW

30.0 ANDAMOOKA NW Pastoral SA
30.0 ROXBY DOWNS (OLYMPIC DAM AERODROME) NW Pastoral SA
30.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
29.2 BROOME AIRPORT W Kimberley WA
28.9 CADJEBUT W Kimberley WA

+8.8   30.0 ANDAMOOKA NW Pastoral SA
+6.8   24.8 MENINDEE POST OFFICE Lower Darling NSW
+6.7   27.7 MARREE NE Pastoral SA
+6.5   18.6 BRIDGETOWN COMPARISON Lower West WA
+6.5   28.8 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA

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

6.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
6.5 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
8.5 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
10.4 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS
11.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
11.0 SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS

-10.3   21.2 BALGAIR Eucla WA
-8.7   27.9 ALI CURUNG N Plateau NT
-8.4   27.3 TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT N Plateau NT
-8.4   11.2 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS
-7.9   11.9 TARRALEAH VILLAGE Derwent Valley TAS

-1.5 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-0.3 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
0.1 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
1.1 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
1.8 GEEVESTON (CEMETERY ROAD) Southeast TAS

-8.2   1.8 GEEVESTON (CEMETERY ROAD) Southeast TAS
-6.9   -1.5 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-6.7   2.0 MOOGARA (UXBRIDGE BACK ROAD) Derwent Valley TAS
-6.1   14.5 KALBARRI Central West WA
-6.1   3.9 BUSHY PARK (BUSHY PARK ESTATES) Derwent Valley 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.

202.6 NT UNIVERSITY N Rivers NT
153.6 TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT N Plateau NT
142.0 SINGLETON N Plateau NT
121.4 ELIZABETH VALLEY N Rivers NT
101.1 WYCLIFFE WELL N Plateau NT

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Lower West
94.0 YORNUP
90.6 BRIDGETOWN
86.0 WILGARRUP
83.4 ALDERVALE
81.0 GLENGARREN
80.5 CAPERCUP
77.4 BRIDGETOWN COMPARISON
69.4 CAPE RICHE
59.6 WELLSTEAD
56.0 BOYANUP
56.0 SAFETY BAY
    Cent Wheatbelt
94.8 CUTTENING
85.0 GAIRDNER
81.0 MYOORA
75.8 CORRIGIN
65.0 JERRAMUNGUP
62.0 BUNGULLA
61.0 NYERILUP
58.0 JACUP
56.8 QUAIRADING
56.0 ALEPPO
54.0 CHILLINUP
53.4 GLAMOFF
52.0 KELLERBERRIN SOUTH
51.6 BAANDEE NORTH
    Goldfields
54.0 MINARA

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
202.6 NT UNIVERSITY
121.4 ELIZABETH VALLEY
89.0 BERRY SPRINGS RANGERS
88.0 PORT KEATS AERO
81.0 BATCHELOR AERO
77.8 TERRITORY WILDLIFE PARK
76.0 CHANNEL POINT
76.0 RANKIN POINT
75.2 KOOLPINYAH
69.4 LARRAKEYAH
69.4 CHANNEL ISLAND
68.0 ACACIA HILLS
65.2 FORT HILL WHARF
64.8 GERIATRIC PARK
64.8 HUMPTY DOO EVAN ROAD
64.0 LEADERS CREEK
63.0 BRADSHAW
62.0 POINT STUART AWS
61.8 HUMPTY DOO COLLARD ROAD
61.0 VICTORIA RIVER ROADHOUSE
60.4 WOODCUTTER'S MINE
60.0 MCMINNS LAGOON
60.0 BEATRICE HILL
59.0 MONGREL DOWNS
56.0 ADELAIDE RIVER POST OFFICE
55.0 DARWIN BOWLS CLUB
54.0 SHOAL BAY
52.4 DARWIN RIVER DAM
52.0 MIDDLE POINT AWS
51.0 LAMBELL'S LAGOON
50.6 WALKER CREEK
50.4 DOUGLAS RIVER
50.2 BERRIMAH SIL
    N Plateau
153.6 TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT
142.0 SINGLETON
101.1 WYCLIFFE WELL
98.0 BRUNCHILLY
96.4 WARRAMUNGA
70.0 NEWCASTLE WATERS
65.6 ALI CURUNG
65.0 HELEN SPRINGS
63.0 RENNER SPRINGS

QUEENSLAND
    Central Coast E
58.5 HAYMAN ISLAND RESORT

NEW SOUTH WALES
    MidNorth Coast S
84.0 STRATHCEDAR (MOORAL CREEK RD)
52.4 LANSDOWNE POST OFFICE

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 33.8 +0.9 29.2 +3.3 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 28.0 +3.0 18.7 +4.4 10.4
PERTH AIRPORT 30.2 -1.6 16.9 -0.5 2.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 25.5 -6.4 21.2 +3.5 0.8
DARWIN AIRPORT 28.8 -2.6 23.8 -0.9 41.6
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 31.7 -3.2 24.4 +3.7 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 26.7 -2.6 16.6 -0.5 1.6
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 20.6 -4.5 9.8 -1.8 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 31.4 +0.3 24.1 +0.4 4.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.1 +0.1 23.8 -0.2 3.2
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 31.6 +0.4 22.2 +0.2 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 33.9 +3.6 18.8 -0.7 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 30.5 21.2 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 26.5 15.7 6.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 32.2 +5.5 21.5 +2.1 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 24.0 -1.4 22.0 +2.7 1.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 25.8 +0.1 22.3 +3.6 0.4
PROSPECT DAM 25.6 -2.1 21.5 +3.8 3.8
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 22.8 -2.8 20.4 +2.1 0.2
CANBERRA AIRPORT 28.3 +1.3 19.3 +6.3 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 33.3 +2.5 20.7 +4.4 0.4
MILDURA AIRPORT 30.6 -0.9 18.1 +1.7 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 22.8 -2.5 11.7 -1.4 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 21.3 -4.5 15.8 +1.3 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 20.0 -5.5 14.0 -0.1 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 19.0 -6.0 8.0 -3.4 0.2
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 19.5 -3.6 7.7 -2.6 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 16.6 -5.0 9.4 -2.6 0.6

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
    SW & S Coast
ESPERANCE AERO
12.0mm in 1 hr to 19:00 12.0mm/h
MANJIMUP
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 04:00 14.0mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 7.0mm/h
BRIDGETOWN
43.2mm in 1 hr to 03:00 43.2mm/h
49.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 16.3mm/h
23.0mm in 1 hr to 05:00 23.0mm/h
34.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 11.3mm/h
HOPETOUN NORTH
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h
    Gt Southern
CORRIGIN
71.0mm in 6 hr to 00:00 11.8mm/h
NEWDEGATE RES.STATION
24.0mm in 47 min to 20:47 30.6mm/h
JACUP
14.8mm in 1 hr to 03:00 14.8mm/h
50.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 16.7mm/h
LAKE GRACE
21.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 7.0mm/h
    Goldfields
NORSEMAN AERO
9.2mm in 27 min to 19:00 20.4mm/h
15.0mm in 1 hr to 19:00 15.0mm/h
CASHMERE DOWNS
18.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.0mm/h
LEONORA
22.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 7.3mm/h
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFIELD
22.0mm in 1 hr to 00:00 22.0mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 8.0mm/h
    Interior
WARBURTON AIRFIELD
6.6mm in 9 min to 22:56 44.0mm/h
16.0mm in 20 min to 23:16 48.0mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Arnhem
MANINGRIDA
43.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 7.2mm/h
MILINGIMBI
10.4mm in 1 hr to 17:00 10.4mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.7mm/h
ELCHO ISLAND
54.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 9.0mm/h
GOVE AIRPORT
8.6mm in 11 min to 07:41 46.9mm/h
12.8mm in 1 hr to 08:00 12.8mm/h
10.6mm in 1 hr to 08:30 10.6mm/h
NARAWILLI
10.4mm in 15 min to 22:34 41.6mm/h
    Darwin-Daly
DARWIN AIRPORT
4.8mm in 7 min to 13:30 41.1mm/h
11.4mm in 16 min to 13:46 42.8mm/h
16.4mm in 1 hr to 14:00 16.4mm/h
12.0mm in 1 hr to 14:30 12.0mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 7.7mm/h
DARWIN AIRPORT COMPARISON
24.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 8.0mm/h
MIDDLE POINT AWS
16.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.3mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 6.3mm/h
14.2mm in 1 hr to 13:00 14.2mm/h
JABIRU AIRPORT
17.2mm in 1 hr 1 min to 18:00 16.9mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.0mm/h
CAPE DON
25.0mm in 3 hr to 14:00 8.3mm/h
27.0mm in 3 hr to 16:00 9.0mm/h
POINT STUART AWS
33.0mm in 3 hr to 10:00 11.0mm/h
34.0mm in 3 hr to 11:00 11.3mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 7.0mm/h
BATCHELOR AERO
20.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 6.7mm/h
17.4mm in 1 hr to 03:00 17.4mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 7.7mm/h
DUM IN MIRRIE
27.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 9.0mm/h
DOUGLAS RIVER
27.0mm in 1 hr to 01:30 27.0mm/h
39.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 13.0mm/h
PORT KEATS AERO
47.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 15.7mm/h
49.4mm in 2 hr to 07:00 24.7mm/h
28.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 9.3mm/h
12.6mm in 1 hr to 12:00 12.6mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.0mm/h
29.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 9.7mm/h
DELAMERE WEAPONS RANGE
21.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 7.0mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.0mm/h
19.4mm in 1 hr to 22:00 19.4mm/h
20.0mm in 2 hr to 22:00 10.0mm/h
    Barkly
TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT
43.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 14.3mm/h
29.6mm in 1 hr to 00:30 29.6mm/h
15.4mm in 1 hr to 01:00 15.4mm/h
11.0mm in 1 hr to 01:30 11.0mm/h
17.8mm in 30 min to 02:00 35.6mm/h
22.4mm in 1 hr to 02:00 22.4mm/h
11.0mm in 30 min to 02:30 22.0mm/h
28.8mm in 1 hr to 02:30 28.8mm/h
12.8mm in 30 min to 03:00 25.6mm/h
23.8mm in 1 hr to 03:00 23.8mm/h
58.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 19.3mm/h
100.0mm in 6 hr to 03:00 16.7mm/h
17.8mm in 1 hr to 03:30 17.8mm/h
14.4mm in 1 hr to 04:30 14.4mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 6.0mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.3mm/h
14.6mm in 1 hr to 16:30 14.6mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.0mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
WEIPA AERO
5.8mm in 17 min to 15:28 20.5mm/h
COCONUT ISLAND
28.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 9.3mm/h
    S Peninsula
LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT
11.4mm in 1 hr to 22:00 11.4mm/h
    N Coast--Herbert
SOUTH JOHNSTONE EXP STN
10.6mm in 1 hr to 19:00 10.6mm/h
INGHAM COMPOSITE
64.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 10.7mm/h
LUCINDA POINT
10.2mm in 46 min to 12:46 13.3mm/h
    Central Coast E
ALVA BEACH
10.4mm in 1 hr to 11:00 10.4mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.7mm/h
DOTSWOOD
5.6mm in 13 min to 15:00 25.8mm/h
10.2mm in 1 hr to 15:00 10.2mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    MidNorth Coast N
KEMPSEY AIRPORT AWS
4.4mm in 12 min to 14:42 22.0mm/h
8.0mm in 7 min to 14:50 68.6mm/h
1.8mm in 1 min to 14:51 108.0mm/h
5.6mm in 3 min to 14:54 112.0mm/h
10.0mm in 6 min to 15:00 100.0mm/h
30.6mm in 1 hr to 15:00 30.6mm/h
31.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 10.3mm/h
32.6mm in 1 hr to 15:30 32.6mm/h
    MidNorth Coast S
TAREE AIRPORT AWS
16.6mm in 30 min to 19:00 33.2mm/h
18.6mm in 1 hr to 19:00 18.6mm/h
13.2mm in 30 min to 19:30 26.4mm/h
29.8mm in 1 hr to 19:30 29.8mm/h
14.4mm in 1 hr to 20:00 14.4mm/h
35.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 11.7mm/h
    Sydney--west
RICHMOND RAAF
11.4mm in 1 hr to 16:00 11.4mm/h
PENRITH LAKES AWS
13.6mm in 30 min to 15:30 27.2mm/h
13.6mm in 1 hr to 15:30 13.6mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 16:00 14.0mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.0mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
CAPE FOURCROY
16.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.3mm/h
20.4mm in 54 min to 15:00 22.7mm/h
23.4mm in 1 hr to 15:00 23.4mm/h
31.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 10.3mm/h
12.2mm in 1 hr to 17:00 12.2mm/h
12.0mm in 1 hr to 18:00 12.0mm/h
31.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 10.3mm/h

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Kangaroo Is
CAPE WILLOUGHBY : 78(140/ 67 ) at 23:00
    Mt Lofty Ranges
NOARLUNGA : 83(120/ 65 ) at 09:41
VICTORIA
    Upper NE
FALLS CREEK : 106(310/ 35 ) at 03:00
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 78(240/ 67 ) at 02:00