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Heavy showers along NSW Sydney and Central Coasts
NEWSBITS: Cold airmass moves into the tropics

Heavy showers along NSW Sydney and Central Coasts

The thunderstorms that grazed the NSW Central and Sydney coastlines in moist, unstable southerlies yesterday gave way to heavy to torrential showers early this morning. The 3km-thick moist southerlies continued, but instability eased a little. One area of showers gave intense bursts of rain over 3 hours from 11pm Sunday to Sydney's CBD, Eastern, Northern and Northern Beaches suburbs. Sydney's Observatory Hill recorded 21.4mm between 11pm and 1am, and most of the 20 to 40mm recorded across the eastern third of the metro area came from this shower band. Between 7 and 11am, the heavens opened in the Bondi area as a tiny but intense and stationary shower dropped 25, 12, 20 and 46mm for the four hours respectively into the Bureau of Meteorology's Bondi raingauge for a total of 104mm. Heavy 24-hour to 9am totals included 88.6mm at the Royal Sydney Golf Club in Rose Bay and 57.6mm across the harbour at Mosman.

Norah Head on the Central Coast east of Gosford, which recorded 46.4mm in the hour to 3pm yesterday, recorded 50mm in the hour to 5.30 this morning, bringing their 24 hour total to 125mm at the lighthouse and 130mm at the automatic weather station. 41mm of that fell in just 30 minutes between 4.30 and 5am. Heavy showers also dumped 25.2mm on Narara north of Gosford between 1am and 3am, and gave Wyong Bowling Club a 24 hour total of 52.4mm.

NEWSBITS

 

The cold airmass that swept through southeastern states late last week has extended into the tropics in QLD and NT. Urandangie in NW QLD recorded an overnight minimum of 11.0°, 10 below average, while Camooweal, close to the QLD/NT border and 20° south of the equator, recorded a low of 13.0, 8.7 below. Alice Springs has had its first single-digit minima of the season over the past three mornings with recordings of 9.4, 9.3 and 9.0 respectively, around 8 below. The dry cooler southern air is giving the NT its first rain-free weather in several months.

 

National weather extremes for today

Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology

Records set this day: (none reported)

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

40.0 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
39.7 ROEBOURNE E Pilbara WA
39.0 PARDOO STATION E Pilbara WA
39.0 ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA
38.9 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA

+7.1   32.1 EUCLA Eucla WA
+4.7   38.3 MULLEWA Central West WA
+3.4   30.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
+3.3   40.0 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
+3.3   29.9 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
28.1 BROOME AIRPORT W Kimberley WA
27.8 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
27.2 BARROW ISLAND AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
27.0 VARANUS ISLAND Islands ISL
27.0 HOLMES REEF Islands ISL
27.0 FLINDERS REEF Islands ISL
27.0 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL

+3.3   16.0 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
+2.9   19.5 LANCELIN Lower West WA
+2.9   17.4 NORSEMAN Goldfields WA
+2.7   28.1 BROOME AIRPORT W Kimberley WA
+2.4   25.2 TOWNSVILLE AERO N Coast--Herbert QLD
+2.4   13.2 DARTMOUTH RESERVOIR Lower NE VIC

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

5.3 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
10.9 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
11.2 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
11.4 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
11.7 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS

-7.7   19.1 PATERSON (TOCAL AWS) Hunter Valley NSW
-7.5   19.7 CESSNOCK AIRPORT AWS Hunter Valley NSW
-7.4   20.0 CESSNOCK (NULKABA) Hunter Valley NSW
-6.5   22.5 MEDINA RESEARCH CENTRE Lower West WA
-6.4   24.2 BEVERLEY Cent Wheatbelt WA
-6.4   22.6 JERRYS PLAINS POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
-6.4   10.9 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS

-16.0 MT NOWA NOWA E Gippsland VIC
-2.4 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
0.3 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
0.9 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
0.9 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS

-9.7   11.3 URANDANGIE Northwest QLD
-8.3   9.0 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT N Plateau NT
-8.3   13.4 CAMOOWEAL TOWNSHIP Northwest QLD
-8.2   12.4 TOORAK RESEARCH STATION Gulf Country QLD
-8.0   7.4 BARADINE FORESTRY NW Plains E 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.

130.0 NORAH HEAD AWS Hunter Valley NSW
125.0 NORAH HEAD LIGHTHOUSE Hunter Valley NSW
88.6 ROSE BAY (ROYAL SYDNEY GOLF CLUB) Sydney--east NSW
72.0 RANDWICK BOWLING CLUB Sydney--east NSW
69.0 LITTLE YABBA SFR 274 Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Goldfields
52.4 KATTA BAREGA

QUEENSLAND
    Upper Carpentaria
68.0 LYNDHURST STATION
    Brisbane/SE Coast
69.0 LITTLE YABBA SFR 274
63.2 AMAMOOR FORESTRY

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
130.0 NORAH HEAD AWS
125.0 NORAH HEAD LIGHTHOUSE
67.6 GOROKAN (GOOBARABAH ST)
56.0 THE ENTRANCE (ELOORA STREET)
52.4 WYONG (WYONG BOWLING CLUB)
51.0 SWANSEA (CATHERINE ST)
50.0 WYONG (WYONG RIVER)
    Sydney--east
88.6 ROSE BAY (ROYAL SYDNEY GOLF CLUB)
72.0 RANDWICK BOWLING CLUB
57.6 MOSMAN (BAPAUME ROAD)
50.6 INGLESIDE (WALTER AVENUE)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 32.2 -1.8 28.1 +2.7 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 19.4 -4.7 13.6 +0.2 1.2
PERTH AIRPORT 24.1 -5.4 12.6 -3.2 0.2
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 28.8 -0.7 18.0 +2.0 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.0 +1.1 24.0 -0.5 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 30.6 -2.0 9.0 -8.3 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 25.0 -1.0 9.3 -5.8 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 22.8 -0.2 8.2 -2.2 0.2
CAIRNS AERO 32.3 +1.8 22.0 -1.0 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 32.4 +1.8 25.2 +2.4 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 31.6 +1.2 21.1 +0.4 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 29.4 0.0 16.7 -1.1 7.0
BRISBANE AERO 27.2 18.6 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 22.0 10.2 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 25.0 -0.9 18.1 0.0 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 19.0 -5.7 17.0 -1.2 14.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 21.2 -3.5 15.5 -2.0 46.4
PROSPECT DAM 22.5 -3.6 15.5 -0.6 1.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 21.3 -3.2 15.9 -0.9 2.6
CANBERRA AIRPORT 23.4 -1.0 5.6 -5.1 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 27.5 0.0 12.0 -1.4 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 27.4 -0.8 8.9 -4.9 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 20.9 -2.5 8.6 -2.9 3.2
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 24.0 +0.2 11.6 -1.5 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 22.0 -1.5 8.0 -4.5 0.2
BALLARAT AERODROME 23.0 +0.9 10.0 +0.1 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 18.3 -2.7 6.5 -2.4 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 14.6 -5.5 9.9 -0.9 0.0

Downpours Gales & Gusts
High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less. Highest wind gusts above 89km/h (storm force) or mean wind above 62km/h (gale force). Wind direction and mean windspeed shown in brackets.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Murchison
MOUNT MAGNET AERO
21.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 7.0mm/h
    Goldfields
SALMON GUMS RES.STN.
19.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 6.3mm/h
LAVERTON AERO
16.0mm in 1 hr to 05:00 16.0mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 6.3mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Darwin-Daly
MCCLUER ISLAND
27.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 9.0mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE
27.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 9.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION
12.4mm in 1 hr to 08:00 12.4mm/h
GOSFORD (NARARA RESEARCH STATION) AWS
10.8mm in 1 hr to 02:00 10.8mm/h
11.0mm in 1 hr to 02:30 11.0mm/h
14.4mm in 1 hr to 03:00 14.4mm/h
26.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 8.7mm/h
NORAH HEAD AWS
50.0mm in 1 hr to 05:30 50.0mm/h
10.6mm in 1 hr to 06:00 10.6mm/h
57.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 19.0mm/h
    Sydney--east
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL)
10.6mm in 1 hr to 00:00 10.6mm/h
14.4mm in 1 hr to 00:30 14.4mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 01:00 10.8mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 7.7mm/h

None reported