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Duststorms cross NSW
Widespread rain in TAS, gales in Bass Strait
NEWSBITS: Dam's speedy fill in SE QLD

Duststorms cross NSW

Duststorms, dropping visibility to 100m in some areas, were reported today in the NSW Central West. The dust was whipped up by strong winds accompanying the same cold change that brought a major duststorm event to Victoria yesterday. Coonamble, Coonabarabran, Dunedoo and Wellington all reported duststorms reducing visibility below 500m during the day, with Dunedoo reporting severe duststorms with 100m visibility at both its 9am and 3pm observations. The area of dust raised in the Central West then drifted ESE over the Central and Southern Tablelands to drop visibility in the Sydney, Illawarra and South Coast areas, with Batemans Bay reporting visibility down to just 1km at 3pm.

Widespread rain in TAS, gales in Bass Strait

Heavy rain fell in northern and western TAS overnight and moved over the rest of the state today. The low pressure system that brought duststorms and heavy rain to SE SA and VIC yesterday moved ESE across Bass Strait overnight to be off Eddystone Point in Tasmania's northeast late this morning. There it hovered through the day, before moving due south overnight into Friday (see story for Friday). Conditions in the Strait as the 996hPa low moved through were wild, with the Kingfish A oil platform, about 100km SE of Sale VIC, reporting a wind gust of 128km/h soon after midnight, Wilsons Promontory 115km/h at 10.31am and Cape Grim 130km/h with a 10-minute average speed of 96km/h at midnight.

The heaviest rain to 9am was on the Central Plateau, where Cradle Mountain in the north, Mt Read in the west and Lake St Clair and Derwent Bridge in the south all recorded around 60mm in the 24 hours to 9am. The east coast also recorded good falls, mostly in the last few hours to 9am as the low approached, with Cullenswood near St Mary's recording 45.0mm, Eddystone Point 34.0 (20mm between 6am and 9am), and Swansea and Scamander 26.8mm. However, west of a line from Devonport to Orford, virtually all locations recorded between 25 and 40mm to 9am, with Burnie receiving 41.8mm, Ulverstone 39.8, Smithton Aero 35.8, Orford 26.4, Tunbridge 25.2, Hobart City 22.8, Dover 28.4 and Bothwell 29.0 being representative falls. As the low tracked south down the east coast, the rain contracted to the state's east and southeast this afternoon, bringing falls in excess of 25mm to that part of the state. Gales were reported south of the low, with the summit of Mt Wellington recording a top gust of 115km/h and a 10-minute average wind of 95km/h at 4.04pm.

NEWSBITS

 

Good rainfall in SE QLD has lifted the level of Baroon Pocket Dam from 50 to 100% in just 6 weeks. The dam, which supplies water to Caloundra City and Maroochy Shire north of Brisbane reached the lowest level last month since it was built in 1988. 840mm has fallen in the catchment in the past six weeks, bringing the dam to top water level today and removing the threat of water restrictions that was facing the area just a month ago.

 

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:
Casterton Showgrounds VIC: 83.2 (81.2, 46)
Highest daily rainfall for March:
Robe SA: 67.6 (56.1, 138)
Coonawarra SA: 49.0 (44.8, 17)
Casterton Showgrounds VIC: 83.2 (54.6, 46)

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

42.4 ROEBOURNE E Pilbara WA
41.7 PANNAWONICA W Pilbara WA
41.6 GASCOYNE JUNCTION W Gascoyne WA
41.6 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA
41.4 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA

+8.4   36.6 LANCELIN Lower West WA
+6.5   37.4 GERALDTON AIRPORT Central West WA
+6.4   35.5 JURIEN BAY Lower West WA
+6.3   31.5 SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO Sydney--east NSW
+5.9   32.0 WILLIAMTOWN RAAF Hunter Valley NSW

29.4 PARABURDOO AERO E Gascoyne WA
29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
28.2 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
27.8 BROOME AIRPORT W Kimberley WA
27.0 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
27.0 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
27.0 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
27.0 MOUNT AUGUSTUS E Gascoyne WA
27.0 VARANUS ISLAND Islands ISL

+6.5   15.0 BOMBALA (THERRY STREET) Goulburn/Monaro NSW
+5.8   19.2 QUIRINDI POST OFFICE NW Slopes S NSW
+5.1   20.5 BARADINE FORESTRY NW Plains E NSW
+5.0   25.6 TOORAK RESEARCH STATION Gulf Country QLD
+4.9   17.6 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW

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

2.3 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
3.1 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
4.9 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
5.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
5.6 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS

-11.4   3.1 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-11.1   2.3 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-9.8   15.0 TUMBARUMBA POST OFFICE SW Slopes S NSW
-9.6   5.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-9.5   15.9 BENDIGO AIRPORT Upper North VIC
-9.5   15.1 CASTLEMAINE PRISON N Central VIC

-0.4 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
0.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
0.9 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
1.1 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
1.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW

-11.2   3.2 EYRE Eucla WA
-6.7   6.0 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
-6.5   5.8 KYANCUTTA W Agricultural SA
-6.4   9.5 EUCLA Eucla WA
-6.4   0.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE 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.

95.5 TERRITORY WILDLIFE PARK N Rivers NT
87.4 CALLENDALE Lower SE SA
84.0 SOUTH RIANA N Coast TAS
83.2 CASTERTON SHOWGROUNDS W Coast VIC
71.8 HUMPTY DOO COLLARD ROAD N Rivers NT

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
95.5 TERRITORY WILDLIFE PARK
71.8 HUMPTY DOO COLLARD ROAD

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Lower SE
87.4 CALLENDALE
67.6 ROBE
62.0 FURNER (WOOMERA HOMESTEAD)
58.0 PENOLA (ANDABAGO)
56.0 PENOLA POST OFFICE
55.0 BOOL LAGOON (LOCKSLEY FARM)
52.0 BEACHPORT
51.4 MOUNT GAMBIER (BLUE LAKE HOLIDAY PARK)

QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
50.0 IMBIL FORESTRY
    Darling Downs E
50.2 DUNGULLEN

VICTORIA
    Western Plains
70.2 DUNKELD (POST OFFICE)
    W Coast
83.2 CASTERTON SHOWGROUNDS
68.0 DERGHOLM (DORODONG)
66.4 COLERAINE HOSPITAL
65.0 YATCHAW (AMAROO)
62.8 WYELANGTA
61.6 WARRNAMBOOL AIRPORT NDB
60.0 WOOLSTHORPE
59.0 MERINO
53.0 CASTERTON (WARROCK)
51.8 HAWKESDALE (POST OFFICE)
51.0 DERGHOLM (HILLGROVE)

TASMANIA
    N Coast
84.0 SOUTH RIANA
69.4 LOONGANA (SERENDIPITY)
55.8 NORTH MOTTON (LEVEN HILL)
53.2 HAMPSHIRE (NEENA ROAD)
    Southeast
63.0 LONGLEY (TELOPEA)
54.4 SNUG PRIMARY SCHOOL
53.6 LOWER LONGLEY (LOMATIA VALE)
52.0 GARDNERS BAY (WOODBRIDGE HILL ROAD)
50.2 MARGATE (SUNNYSIDE)
    Central Plateau
64.4 CRADLE MOUNTAIN VISITORS CENTRE
62.8 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK
62.6 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP
58.8 DERWENT BRIDGE (DERWENT RIVER)
53.8 BREONA (LOWER HAULAGE ROAD)
    W Coast
62.0 MOUNT READ

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 33.2 -0.8 27.8 +2.4 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 34.0 +4.5 12.8 -3.0 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 23.8 -0.3 7.7 -5.7 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 27.2 -2.3 13.4 -2.6 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 31.9 0.0 23.8 -0.7 7.4
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 29.3 -3.3 13.2 -4.1 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 21.0 -5.0 13.5 -1.6 1.8
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 16.7 -6.3 10.2 -0.2 43.2
CAIRNS AERO 31.2 +0.7 21.2 -1.8 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.0 +0.4 21.9 -0.9 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 30.6 +0.2 21.0 +0.3 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 29.2 -0.2 17.1 -0.7 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 27.3 19.3 0.2
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 22.8 12.6 0.2
COFFS HARBOUR MO 27.7 +1.8 19.2 +1.1 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 30.0 +5.3 19.0 +0.8 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 30.0 +5.3 20.3 +2.8 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 30.3 +4.2 18.0 +1.9 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 27.1 +2.6 17.6 +0.8 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 17.3 -7.1 11.3 +0.6 0.8
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 20.9 -6.6 10.5 -2.9 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 20.5 -7.7 8.3 -5.5 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 17.8 -5.6 12.5 +1.0 0.2
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 18.6 -5.2 11.7 -1.4 3.6
LAVERTON RAAF 20.0 -3.5 11.0 -1.5 6.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 14.0 -8.1 8.0 -1.9 15.2
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 16.4 -4.6 9.8 +0.9 17.8
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 13.2 -6.9 9.7 -1.1 24.8

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.
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Darwin-Daly
CAPE DON
22.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 7.3mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 01:00 7.3mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Wide Bay/Burnett
LADY ELLIOT ISLAND
40.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 13.3mm/h
BUNDABERG AERO
10.0mm in 1 hr to 12:00 10.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    NW Plains E
MOREE AERO
13.4mm in 1 hr to 20:00 13.4mm/h
    NW Slopes S
TAMWORTH AIRPORT AWS
3.2mm in 2 min to 17:53 96.0mm/h
9.0mm in 11 min to 18:04 49.1mm/h
    N Tablelands W
INVERELL RESEARCH CENTRE
12.2mm in 14 min to 20:08 52.3mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 7.0mm/h
    MidNorth Coast N
KEMPSEY AIRPORT AWS
9.2mm in 14 min to 21:55 39.4mm/h
VICTORIA
    E Central
DUNNS HILL
13.6mm in 1 hr to 02:30 13.6mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 6.3mm/h
TASMANIA
    N Coast
LOW HEAD
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.0mm/h
    E Coast
EDDYSTONE POINT
20.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.7mm/h
6.2mm in 36 min to 14:36 10.3mm/h
ST HELENS AERODROME
5.6mm in 14 min to 03:00 24.0mm/h
17.8mm in 1 hr to 17:00 17.8mm/h
10.6mm in 1 hr to 18:00 10.6mm/h
29.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 9.7mm/h
    Southeast
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD)
10.2mm in 1 hr to 00:30 10.2mm/h
TASMAN ISLAND
7.8mm in 41 min to 15:57 11.4mm/h
PORT ARTHUR (PALMERS LOOKOUT)
34.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 5.7mm/h
CAMPANIA (KINCORA)
16.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.3mm/h
    W Coast
MOUNT READ
21.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 7.0mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.3mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    South Coast
MONTAGUE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 96( 30/ 76 ) at 01:35
    Snowy Mtns
THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS : 106(320/ 72 ) at 04:00
VICTORIA
    Upper NE
MT HOTHAM : 96(350/ 65 ) at 03:00
    W Gippsland
EAST SALE AIRPORT : 80(290/ 65 ) at 04:06
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 115(270/ 78 ) at 10:31
KINGFISH A SHIP LOG 206 : 128(359/ 56 ) at 00:30
    E Central
MOORABBIN AIRPORT : 76(250/ 63 ) at 01:15
FRANKSTON AWS : 93(240/ 76 ) at 02:30
FAWKNER BEACON : 104(270/ 65 ) at 01:58
    W Central
POINT WILSON : 74(230/ 63 ) at 00:30
    W Coast
CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE : 80(220/ 65 ) at 04:00
COLAC (MT GELLIBRAND) : 69(240/ 63 ) at 13:28
AIREYS INLET : 96(230/ 61 ) at 00:30
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 130(180/ 96 ) at 00:00
    E Coast
EDDYSTONE POINT : 82(160/ 63 ) at 04:16
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 95(160/ 74 ) at 20:13
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 115(200/ 95 ) at 16:04