Tuesday 22 APR 2003

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Heavy rain eases on North QLD Coast
Warmth continues in WA

Heavy rain eases on North QLD Coast

The rain event that has given parts of the QLD North Coast 500mm in the past 4 days appeared to be easing today, with little rain of significance falling after midday in the most-affected Tully/Innisfail area. The totals in the 24 hours to 9am given below mostly reflect the heavy rain that fell from late yesterday afternoon into the evening. Tully McQuillan Street reported the top fall of 160mm. Several hours of heavy rain around midday gave a further 50+mm around Innisfail, with the town's inner western and southwestern areas the wettest. In this area, McEvoy Bridge recorded 68mm and Sweeney Creek 76 between 10am and 2pm, while the Innisfail weather station reported 74mm 9am to 3pm.

The highest totals over the past 4 days have been in the Tully River Valley where little or no rain fell after 9 this morning. In the 4 days ended 9am, Jarra Creek Alert recorded 588mm, Tully Town and Bulgun Creek 567, Euramo Alert 436 and Bolinda Estate 420. Totals across the catchment were pretty variable between 100 and 400mm. In the Johnstone River Valley to the south, the rain in the 4.5 days to 9 this evening showed a similar spread between 100 and 400mm, with the rain tailing off in the west of the catchment where Malanda only recorded 83mm. The heaviest 4.5 day totals were Tung Oil Alert 480mm, Marco Street 467, and the Central and Mourilyan Mills and South Johnstone Experimental Station all reporting between 410 and 420. Innisfail weather station registered 376mm.

The heavy rain has caused problems for bushwalkers "enjoying" Easter on Hinchinbrook Island, 50km SE of Tully. Over 30 have become stranded by flooded streams, and police are monitoring the situation.

The Bureau of Meteorology's map of the area shows the location of stations mentioned above.

Late-season WA heat close to a record

WA's mid-autumn heatwave entered its third day today, with the warm air moving west to give coastal areas a late taste of summer. The maximum temperature at Geraldton reached 38.1°, 10.5 above the April average and just 1.3 below the town's hottest April day in 60 years of records. Farther down the coast, Jurien Bay reached 37 and Lancelin 36, both nearly 11 above average, while in Perth the temperature reached 33 at both the airport and the metro weather station.

The cause of the unusually late heatwave is the exceptionally strong High near Tasmania, which has now been stationary for a week and maintaining central pressures in the mid to high 1030s. Winds around the High have been blowing warm, dry and steady from the NE, giving Geraldton a mid-afternoon relative humidity of 8% to accompany its near-record temperature.

National weather extremes for today

Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology

Records set this day: (none known)

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

38.1 GERALDTON AIRPORT Central West WA
38.0 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA
38.0 ENEABBA Central West WA
37.6 GASCOYNE JUNCTION W Gascoyne WA
37.6 KALBARRI Central West WA

+10.9   36.2 LANCELIN Lower West WA
+10.5   38.1 GERALDTON AIRPORT Central West WA
+10.2   36.5 JURIEN BAY Lower West WA
+9.0   38.0 ENEABBA Central West WA
+8.7   29.6 MANJIMUP Lower West WA

28.1 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
27.0 VARANUS ISLAND Islands ISL
26.9 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
26.7 SWEERS ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
26.1 OENPELLI N Rivers NT

+8.2   19.4 BROOKTON Cent Wheatbelt WA
+8.0   18.3 KATANNING COMPARISON Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.9   19.0 CORRIGIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.8   18.4 WAGIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.7   19.0 BEVERLEY Cent Wheatbelt WA

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

10.8 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
11.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
11.4 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
12.4 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
13.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
13.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC

-4.5   20.3 TAREE (RADIO STATION 2RE) MidNorth Coast S NSW
-3.7   25.9 THANGOOL AIRPORT Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
-3.6   24.7 INNISFAIL N Coast--Herbert QLD
-3.5   18.2 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW
-3.4   21.4 KAIRI RESEARCH STATION N Coast--Barron QLD
-3.4   23.8 BUNDABERG AERO Wide Bay/Burnett QLD

-3.0 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
-2.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-0.2 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
0.0 ORANGE AIRPORT AWS C Tablelands S NSW
0.7 TARRALEAH VILLAGE Derwent Valley TAS
0.7 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS

-7.2   9.6 KAIRI RESEARCH STATION N Coast--Barron QLD
-6.1   13.0 DOONGAN N Kimberley WA
-6.0   2.6 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
-5.9   3.9 ELLISTON (GUM VIEW) W Agricultural SA
-5.7   5.2 PHILLIP ISLAND PENGUIN RESERVE E Central 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.

226.8 LUCINDA POST OFFICE N Coast--Herbert QLD
223.0 KOOMBOOLOOMBA DAM N Coast--Barron QLD
160.0 TULLY MCQUILLEN ST N Coast--Herbert QLD
159.0 JARRA CREEK TM N Coast--Herbert QLD
157.0 TULLY SUGAR MILL N Coast--Herbert QLD

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
80.0 NHULUNBUY DTW

QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Barron
223.0 KOOMBOOLOOMBA DAM
116.0 HAPPY VALLEY
101.6 BABINDA POST OFFICE
94.0 TOPAZ
79.4 WHYANBEEL VALLEY
65.0 MT SOPHIA
64.0 BARTLE VIEW ALERT
60.0 TOPAZ TOWALLA RD
52.0 BELLENDEN KER BOTTOM STN
    N Coast--Herbert
226.8 LUCINDA POST OFFICE
160.0 TULLY MCQUILLEN ST
159.0 JARRA CREEK TM
157.0 TULLY SUGAR MILL
150.0 TULLY TM
112.2 MENA CREEK POST OFFICE
108.5 BINGIL BAY
101.0 MARCO STREET ALERT
101.0 TUNG OIL ALERT
92.0 TUNG OIL TM
90.4 EL ARISH POST OFFICE
85.0 JAPOONVALE WARRAKIN RD
83.0 RUSSELL RIVER
78.0 DARADGEE
71.0 NERADA ALERT
64.0 CORSIS ALERT
61.0 SOUTH JOHNSTONE EXP STN
59.0 CENTRAL MILL ALERT
55.4 INNISFAIL
54.5 DUNK ISLAND RESORT
52.0 INNISFAIL WHARF ALERT
    Brisbane/SE Coast
62.0 FRASER ISLAND EURONG

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Sydney--west
50.4 WEST PENNANT HILLS (CUMBERLAND STATE FOR

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 33.7 -0.6 20.1 -2.4 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 33.1 +7.6 18.2 +5.2 0.6
ALBANY AIRPORT 27.7 +5.8 17.5 +5.8 1.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 31.3 +6.2 18.0 +5.4 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 34.4 +1.7 25.3 +1.3 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 28.1 +0.1 9.1 -3.4 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 25.7 +3.3 10.5 -1.7 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 22.3 +2.9 9.0 +0.4 0.2
CAIRNS AERO 26.3 -2.9 21.4 -0.2 26.2
TOWNSVILLE AERO 30.4 +0.8 20.4 -0.1 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 27.9 -0.8 17.0 -0.8 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 25.2 -1.9 11.2 -2.9 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 24.2 15.5 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 16.5 6.0 0.2
COFFS HARBOUR MO 23.2 -0.8 15.5 +0.3 1.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 21.0 -1.8 15.0 -0.3 3.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 21.4 -0.9 13.0 -1.6 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 21.7 -1.8 11.1 -2.0 0.1
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 20.5 -2.0 11.4 -2.9 0.2
CANBERRA AIRPORT 21.3 +1.5 5.3 -1.3 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 24.5 +2.2 8.3 -0.9 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 26.9 +3.5 8.3 -1.8 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 20.2 0.0 7.5 -1.1 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 20.6 +0.4 12.8 +2.1 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 19.0 -1.1 9.0 -0.8 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 19.0 +1.5 7.0 -0.4 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 18.1 +0.8 4.8 -1.8 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 18.0 +0.7 9.4 +0.5 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.
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Arnhem
GOVE AIRPORT
15.2mm in 30 min to 05:30 30.4mm/h
32.2mm in 1 hr to 05:30 32.2mm/h
17.2mm in 1 hr to 06:00 17.2mm/h
36.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 12.0mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Barron
CAIRNS AERO
7.2mm in 16 min to 17:30 27.0mm/h
11.2mm in 1 hr to 17:30 11.2mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 18:00 10.8mm/h
    N Coast--Herbert
INNISFAIL
74.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 12.3mm/h
SOUTH JOHNSTONE EXP STN
12.4mm in 1 hr to 10:00 12.4mm/h
16.2mm in 1 hr to 11:00 16.2mm/h
33.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 11.0mm/h
10.6mm in 1 hr to 16:00 10.6mm/h
    Central Coast E
SAMUEL HILL AERO
21.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 7.0mm/h
    Wide Bay/Burnett
HERON ISLAND RES STN
13.2mm in 29 min to 19:29 27.3mm/h
13.2mm in 1 hr to 20:00 13.2mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
YAMBA PILOT STATION
27.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 9.0mm/h
    MidNorth Coast N
COFFS HARBOUR MO
12.2mm in 1 hr to 21:00 12.2mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.3mm/h
    Hunter Valley
NORAH HEAD AWS
16.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.3mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE : 82(140/ 76 ) at 00:38