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Best rain in 5 months sets records in TAS
Cold in SE Australia
NEWSBITS: Heavy storm falls in central southern QLD

Best rain in 5 months sets records in TAS

A low pressure system moved due south, parallel and close to the Tasmanian East Coast, overnight bringing widespread heavy rain to the the state's east and southeast. Following on from yesterday's statewide rain, the falls, many between 40 and 70mm, mean that the state as a whole has had its best widespread rain event since mid October 2002. The only other significant falls, in early and late January, missed the southeast.

Rainfall at Palmers Lookout, Port Arthur (mm)
Thursday 24 hours to 9am 30
9am to 3pm 34
3pm to 3am today 49
3am to 9am 18
9am to 3pm 48
3pm to 3am Saturday 49
3am to 9am 7

The low brought cold, blustery winds and heavy rain to the southeast throughout the day. Palmers Lookout, high on a hill just south of Port Arthur, registered a March record 101.0mm to 9am this morning, then went on to break this record again with 104.0mm in the 24 hours to 9am Saturday. Details of this remarkable rain event are in the table at right, showing the lookout recorded 235mm over 3 days, with 198mm falling in the 42 hours between 9am Thursday and 3am Saturday. By the Saturday morning, the Palmers Lookout observer was reporting that the waters in Port Arthur harbour were "completely fogged" by sediment from runoff. Other high totals (see Wettest below) were all recorded on the southern East Coast, or on or close to the Tasman Peninsula. Farther afield, Mt Wellington summit recorded a 24-hour total of 57.8mm, its heaviest one-day March total in 15 years. Wind during the day gusted to 109km/h top Mt Wellington, 117 at Maatsuyker Island, and 91km/h on Tasman Island to the south of Port Arthur.

Cold in SE Australia

The cold front that produced spectacular duststorms in Victoria on Wednesday has ushered in a major airmass change, with top temperatures both yesterday and today between 8 and 11 below normal over most of VIC, the southwestern half of NSW and eastern two-thirds of SA. Light snow fell across the Victorian Alps yesterday.

NEWSBITS

 

A trough system running NW/SE through central QLD has generated thunderstorms and some isolated heavy rainfall. Both last night and this afternoon and evening, a broad band of storms has formed from the NSW North Coast to central QLD and moved several hundred kilometres eastward before decaying. Injune has benefited from both storm systems, the first giving the town 21mm in the 6 hours to 3 this morning, and the second depositing 50mm in the gauge between 3 and 9pm. The second system moved on to give Oakey Aero 24mm in the hour to midnight. Bungaban, about 50km NE of Wandoan in the Central Highlands, had 58.2mm from overnight storms in the gauge at 9 this morning, while Mundubbera, 100km farther east, did best from this evenings storms with a recording of 75mm at 9am Saturday. Lightning hit an electricity substation in Charleville last night, cutting power to 4,500 premises in the town as well as Cunnamulla and Quilpie for nearly two hours.

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 March:
Mount Wellington Summit TAS:57.8 (45.7, 15)
Port Arthur (Palmers Lookout) TAS: 101.0 (89.8, 22)

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

42.2 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA
41.9 GASCOYNE JUNCTION W Gascoyne WA
41.5 PANNAWONICA W Pilbara WA
41.0 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
41.0 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA
41.0 LEARMONTH AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
41.0 MOUNT AUGUSTUS E Gascoyne WA
41.0 ENEABBA Central West WA

+8.8   37.0 LANCELIN Lower West WA
+8.8   32.0 WINDY HARBOUR Lower West WA
+7.7   41.0 ENEABBA Central West WA
+7.7   32.0 CAPE NATURALISTE Lower West WA
+7.7   32.0 PEMBERTON Lower West WA

28.0 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
28.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.7 PARABURDOO AERO E Gascoyne WA
27.4 WITTENOOM W Pilbara WA
27.3 BARROW ISLAND AIRPORT W Pilbara WA

+8.3   26.6 MULLEWA Central West WA
+7.8   25.2 MORAWA Central West WA
+7.1   25.0 PAYNES FIND E Gascoyne WA
+6.8   23.0 BADGINGARRA RESEARCH STN Lower West WA
+6.8   23.0 MOORA Central West WA

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

3.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
4.0 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
4.3 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
4.3 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
6.2 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC

-11.2   3.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-10.1   13.8 STRATHBOGIE Lower NE VIC
-9.9   17.5 BENALLA (SHADFORTH STREET) Lower NE VIC
-9.9   16.0 EDI UPPER Upper NE VIC
-9.7   20.5 LAKE CARGELLIGO AIRPORT Riverina W NSW

-3.2 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-2.2 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
-2.1 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.5 MT HOTHAM AIRPORT Upper NE VIC
-1.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC

-10.7   3.7 EYRE Eucla WA
-8.8   3.4 MANGALORE AIRPORT N Central VIC
-8.4   2.4 BATHURST AGRICULTURAL STATION C Tablelands S NSW
-8.4   5.5 WELLINGTON (AGROWPLOW) CW Slopes S NSW
-8.3   12.7 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
-8.3   2.6 RUTHERGLEN RESEARCH Lower 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.

108.4 GARDNERS BAY (WOODBRIDGE HILL ROAD) Southeast TAS
102.2 SOUTHPORT (HUON HIGHWAY) Southeast TAS
101.0 PORT ARTHUR (PALMERS LOOKOUT) Southeast TAS
97.2 FORTESCUE BAY Southeast TAS
94.0 CLIFTON BEACH (CLIFTON BEACH ROAD) Southeast TAS

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Lower SE
60.4 PENOLA CAVES RANGE

QUEENSLAND
    Central Highlands
58.2 BUNGABAN TM

TASMANIA
    E Coast
92.0 KELLEVIE
90.8 COPPING
75.0 BREAM CREEK (STROUD)
70.0 SANDSPIT RIVER (RINGROVE)
69.6 NUGENT (TWILIGHT VALLEY)
69.0 COLES BAY (FREYCINET)
67.6 SCAMANDER
66.0 STIEGLITZ (TREATMENT LAGOONS)
65.8 MARIA ISLAND (DARLINGTON)
52.8 BEAUMARIS (SKYLINE DRIVE)
    Southeast
108.4 GARDNERS BAY (WOODBRIDGE HILL ROAD)
102.2 SOUTHPORT (HUON HIGHWAY)
101.0 PORT ARTHUR (PALMERS LOOKOUT)
97.2 FORTESCUE BAY
94.0 CLIFTON BEACH (CLIFTON BEACH ROAD)
86.2 LOWER LONGLEY (LOMATIA VALE)
85.0 LONGLEY (TELOPEA)
83.6 WOODBRIDGE
83.0 FORCETT (INALA)
80.4 DUNALLEY (BANGOR)
80.0 MOUNT NELSON (RIALANNAH ROAD)
78.4 FERN TREE (GRAYS ROAD)
78.0 SANDFORD (MAYDENA)
76.0 SOUTH ARM (HALF MOON BAY)
75.0 GREAT BAY (ROBEVILLE)
74.4 OPOSSUM BAY
73.4 HASTINGS CHALET
72.2 TARANNA (PARKS & WILDLIFE)
70.0 BULL BAY (LAURISTON)
69.4 MIDDLETON POST OFFICE
69.2 BLACKMANS BAY TREATMENT PLANT
69.0 WATTLE HILL
67.6 BONNET HILL
65.8 DODGES FERRY
65.0 SNUG (POWERS ROAD)
64.4 SNUG (ESPLANADE)
64.2 DOVER
64.2 ADVENTURE BAY FORESTRY
63.2 ROKEBY (GRANGE ROAD EAST)
63.0 HUONVILLE (TUTTON AVENUE)
61.2 MOUNT RUMNEY (MOUNT RUMNEY ROAD)
59.2 KILLORA (GRASMERE)
57.8 MOUNT WELLINGTON
57.6 LUNAWANNA
57.6 SEVEN MILE BEACH (ROYAL HOBART GOLF CLUB
57.4 KINGSTON (GREENHILL DRIVE)
57.4 SNUG PRIMARY SCHOOL
57.2 TEA TREE
57.2 FORCETT (OLD FORCETT ROAD)
55.6 CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY)
55.6 CRABTREE (CRABTREE ROAD)
54.2 CRADOC (BALFES HILL)
53.6 EAGLEHAWK NECK (JETTY ROAD)
53.2 TEA TREE (THE POINT)
52.0 CYGNET (SYNOTTS ROAD)
51.0 BELLERIVE (YORK STREET)
50.0 HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD)
50.0 MARGATE (SUNNYSIDE)
    W Coast
74.8 PORT DAVEY (MELALEUCA)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 34.5 +0.5 26.5 +1.1 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 34.0 +4.5 18.5 +2.7 6.8
ALBANY AIRPORT 27.7 +3.6 14.8 +1.4 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 27.6 -1.9 14.7 -1.3 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.1 +1.2 24.4 -0.1 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 28.2 -4.4 10.2 -7.1 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 17.9 -8.1 13.1 -2.0 0.4
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 16.5 -6.5 10.4 0.0 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 31.3 +0.8 20.1 -2.9 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.5 +0.9 22.3 -0.5 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 31.1 +0.7 21.1 +0.4 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 31.0 +1.6 17.8 0.0 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 27.6 18.7 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 21.8 10.9 2.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 28.4 +2.5 17.9 -0.2 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 22.0 -2.7 19.0 +0.8 1.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 24.7 0.0 16.8 -0.7 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 26.2 +0.1 12.8 -3.3 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 24.3 -0.2 11.9 -4.9 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 19.0 -5.4 6.1 -4.6 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 20.4 -7.1 7.3 -6.1 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 20.6 -7.6 8.6 -5.2 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 18.3 -5.1 10.8 -0.7 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 18.5 -5.3 10.9 -2.2 1.2
LAVERTON RAAF 18.0 -5.5 8.0 -4.5 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 15.0 -7.1 5.0 -4.9 2.2
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 19.5 -1.5 8.0 -0.9 16.4
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 14.4 -5.7 10.8 0.0 50.0

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
5.8mm in 33 min to 19:00 10.5mm/h
DERBY AERO
9.0mm in 40 min to 19:00 13.5mm/h
11.6mm in 1 hr to 19:00 11.6mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Roper-McArthur
WOLLOGORANG
29.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 9.7mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Darling Downs E
OAKEY AERO
1.4mm in 1 min to 23:21 84.0mm/h
    Maranoa
INJUNE POST OFFICE
50.0mm in 6 hr to 21:00 8.3mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    N Tablelands W
GLEN INNES AIRPORT AWS
16.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.3mm/h
    MidNorth Coast N
KEMPSEY AIRPORT AWS
19.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 6.3mm/h
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MOUNT WELLINGTON
20.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 6.7mm/h
PORT ARTHUR (PALMERS LOOKOUT)
48.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 8.0mm/h
CAMPANIA (KINCORA)
19.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 6.3mm/h

VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 91(250/ 72 ) at 09:01
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 87(210/ 72 ) at 00:00
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 117(160/ 98 ) at 02:18
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 109(220/ 93 ) at 11:30
TASMAN ISLAND : 91(210/ 69 ) at 10:38
HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 93(230/ 63 ) at 08:00