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Storms bring blackouts, heavy rain to SE QLD

Rainfall pattern across SE QLD for the 24 hours to 9am Sunday. BoM

Several clusters of thunderstorm cells brought strong winds, heavy rain and vivid lightning to SE QLD this afternoon and evening. A storm that developed to the west of Kilcoy, 75km NW of Brisbane, moved east at first, then propagated both to the SE through Caboolture for 3 hours and to the NE through Rainbow Beach for 6 hours, littering roads with tree branches and downing some powerlines. Another cluster that developed along a line from Toowoomba to Casino NSW around 6pm moved east, reaching maximum intensity as it crossed the Gold Coast and the southern suburbs of Brisbane around 10pm. An interesting third cluster that developed NW of Dalby around 5pm moved ESE at first, weakening in the Toowoomba area around 10pm, but then regained intensity, possibly from the outflow in the wake of the second set of cells, and reached peak intensity north of Gatton around 11pm. It then gradually decayed as it continued eastwards, bringing further heavy rain between Beenleigh and Caboolture.

The widespread storms, in addition to providing a spectacular lightning show, also provided Energex with numerous lightning-strike problems. 27,000 homes were blacked out in SE QLD during the evening, and 2,000 were still without power at 8am Sunday. The rainfall pattern for the 24 hours to 9am Sunday, all of which can be attributed to the storms, is shown in the map. The heaviest falls were in Brisbane's southern and southeastern suburbs which benefited from both the second and third storm clusters. Capalaba topscored with 113mm, while Mansfield recorded 103 and Eight Mile Plains 102mm. At Mansfield, 30mm fell in the 2 hours before midnight and 61mm in the hour between midnight and 1am Sunday. See the National Extremes for Sunday for more 24 hour falls. On the Gold Coast, Clagiraba Road, 5km east of Mt Tamborine, produced the highest total with 80mm of which 72 fell in the hour to 10pm, followed by Evandale, just south of Surfers Paradise, with 69mm of which 59 fell in the hour to 11pm. Falls were generally lighter on the Sunshine Coast, where Cooroy topscored with 46mm, while farther north, a gauge on the Burrum Highway 20km SW of Bundaberg recorded 61mm and Hervey Bay Airport had 52mm.

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:
Port Arthur (Palmers Lookout) TAS: 104.0 (101.0, 22) Previous record set yesterday!

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

40.4 ROEBOURNE E Pilbara WA
39.8 ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA
39.7 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA
39.3 PORT HEDLAND AIRPORT E Pilbara WA
39.1 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
39.1 PANNAWONICA W Pilbara WA

+9.6   32.8 WINDY HARBOUR Lower West WA
+8.9   33.0 ALBANY AIRPORT Lower West WA
+7.9   33.7 ONGERUP Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.9   34.5 RAVENSTHORPE Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.9   31.9 MOUNT BARKER Lower West WA

31.0 MOUNT AUGUSTUS E Gascoyne WA
28.2 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA
28.0 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
28.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.6 CENTRE ISLAND N Rivers NT

+7.9   18.6 BRIDGETOWN COMPARISON Lower West WA
+7.5   20.3 DONNYBROOK Lower West WA
+6.5   26.5 MURCHISON W Gascoyne WA
+6.3   22.0 MEDINA RESEARCH CENTRE Lower West WA
+6.2   18.6 MANJIMUP Lower West WA

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

5.3 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
7.6 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
7.8 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
8.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
8.3 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC

-8.3   23.8 TIBOOBURRA POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW
-8.3   21.9 LAKE CARGELLIGO AIRPORT Riverina W NSW
-8.2   20.9 BALRANALD RSL Southwest Plains NSW
-8.1   21.7 KYANCUTTA W Agricultural SA
-8.0   21.7 ARKAROOLA NE Pastoral SA

-1.1 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.1 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.0 HOLSWORTHY CONTROL RANGE Sydney--west NSW
-0.5 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
-0.4 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC

-9.1   4.2 GRENFELL (QUONDONG RD) SW Slopes N NSW
-9.0   6.0 PARKES (MACARTHUR STREET) CW Slopes S NSW
-8.9   5.0 WELLINGTON (AGROWPLOW) CW Slopes S NSW
-8.7   6.4 HILLSTON AIRPORT Riverina W NSW
-8.4   8.6 COBAR MO Upper Darling 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.

104.0 PORT ARTHUR (PALMERS LOOKOUT) Southeast TAS
81.6 FORTESCUE BAY Southeast TAS
75.0 MUNDUBBERA Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
73.0 MIDDLETON POST OFFICE Southeast TAS
72.0 WINNING W Gascoyne WA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    W Gascoyne
72.0 WINNING

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
53.6 KAKADU NORTHERN ENTRY STATION

QUEENSLAND
    Wide Bay/Burnett
75.0 MUNDUBBERA
59.0 BULLYARD
52.4 MALANDA
    Maranoa
55.0 INJUNE TM
53.2 INJUNE POST OFFICE

TASMANIA
    E Coast
56.8 COPPING
    Southeast
104.0 PORT ARTHUR (PALMERS LOOKOUT)
81.6 FORTESCUE BAY
73.0 MIDDLETON POST OFFICE
68.6 NUBEENA (WHITE BEACH ROAD)
67.6 ALONNAH AREA SCHOOL
63.2 DUNALLEY (BANGOR)
63.0 EAGLEHAWK NECK (JETTY ROAD)
53.6 GARDNERS BAY (WOODBRIDGE HILL ROAD)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 33.1 -0.9 25.0 -0.4 6.0
PERTH AIRPORT 30.1 +0.6 19.0 +3.2 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 33.0 +8.9 15.6 +2.2 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 31.7 +2.2 16.3 +0.3 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.7 +0.8 22.4 -2.1 8.2
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 27.7 -4.9 9.4 -7.9 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 21.1 -4.9 12.5 -2.6 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 18.1 -4.9 11.4 +1.0 1.2
CAIRNS AERO 30.8 +0.3 20.6 -2.4 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 32.5 +1.9 21.8 -1.0 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 31.6 +1.2 21.0 +0.3 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 30.8 +1.4 18.3 +0.5 8.0
BRISBANE AERO 27.5 18.9 2.2
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 22.5 11.1 0.2
COFFS HARBOUR MO 26.7 +0.8 19.5 +1.4 0.2
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 23.0 -1.7 19.0 +0.8 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 24.3 -0.4 16.8 -0.7 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 25.2 -0.9 14.5 -1.6 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 22.0 -2.5 12.2 -4.6 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 21.0 -3.4 3.0 -7.7 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 22.7 -4.8 6.3 -7.1 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 20.8 -7.4 9.6 -4.2 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 20.2 -3.2 10.2 -1.3 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 18.9 -4.9 12.8 -0.3 3.6
LAVERTON RAAF 18.0 -5.5 12.0 -0.5 4.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 16.0 -6.1 8.0 -1.9 0.4
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 18.2 -2.8 9.7 +0.8 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 14.3 -5.8 11.1 +0.3 3.4

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
DERBY AERO
11.8mm in 1 hr to 07:00 11.8mm/h
    W Gascoyne
NYANG STATION
23.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.7mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Arnhem
MILINGIMBI
10.0mm in 1 hr to 22:00 10.0mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE
22.8mm in 39 min to 22:00 35.1mm/h
25.8mm in 1 hr to 22:00 25.8mm/h
NAMBOUR DPI
6.6mm in 35 min to 17:35 11.3mm/h
HERVEY BAY AIRPORT
12.8mm in 16 min to 22:00 48.0mm/h
14.4mm in 1 hr to 22:00 14.4mm/h
TEWANTIN RSL PARK
15.8mm in 45 min to 19:45 21.1mm/h
17.0mm in 1 hr to 20:00 17.0mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.0mm/h
    Darling Downs E
OAKEY AERO
18.0mm in 39 min to 00:00 27.7mm/h
24.0mm in 1 hr to 00:00 24.0mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 8.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
GRAFTON RESEARCH STATION
11.0mm in 31 min to 16:53 21.3mm/h
    MidNorth Coast N
KEMPSEY AIRPORT AWS
14.4mm in 1 hr to 20:00 14.4mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.3mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Goldfields
SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFIELD : 80(280/ 63 ) at 17:30
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 76(240/ 63 ) at 00:00
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 82(190/ 63 ) at 06:00
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 80(150/ 76 ) at 02:17
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 82(200/ 70 ) at 02:00