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Heavy rain in NSW Tweed Valley, QLD Gold Coast, NE TAS
Record cold in WA

Heavy rain in NSW Tweed Valley, QLD Gold Coast, NE TAS

Between 50 and 150mm of rain was recorded for the 24 hours to 9am on the far North Coast of NSW and the QLD Gold Coast. The cause of the rain was an upper trough lying off the coast which, although weak, was fed by an abundant pool of moisture and significant vertical activity in the lower middle atmosphere.

In the Tweed Valley and nearby Gold Coast, most of the rain fell between late yesterday evening and 9 this morning, with top falls of 149.0mm at Murwillumbah and 121.2 at Tweed Heads. On the Gold Coast, Springbrook topped the list with 109.4mm. There was little if any thunderstorm activity, and the rain fell steadily over about a 12 hour period. The Hinze Dam behind the Gold Coast, and Rocky Creek Dam north of Lismore were both rising rapidly as runoff finally began to occur in previously parched catchments. The Clarrie Hall Dam on the upper Tweed is now full for the first time in two years.

Heavy rain returned to the Tweed Valley during the afternoon. Byron Bay, which recorded 84mm between midnight and 6 this morning, was doused with another 65.8mm between 6 and 10 this evening, cutting both the north and south access roads into the town for two hours. Police said that some of the town's streets were flooded with more than a metre of water.

The heavy rainfall is unusual for autumn. Much of the Tweed Valley, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast have recorded between 100 and 300mm in the past few days. Some of the top falls for the week ended 9am 29 April are:
Tweed Valley: Crowley Village Ballina 294mm, Byron Bay Lighthouse 274.7, Alstonville 202.6 and Bray Park Murwillumbah 180.3
Gold Coast: Tallowood 185.8 and Springbrook Road 162.6, all SSW of Surfers Paradise
Sunshine Coast: Cooroy 180.7, Eumundi 178.2 and Baroon Pocket Dam 169.6.

Brief heavy rain, from an extension of the same trough system, gave 54mm between midnight and 6am to Swan Island off Tasmania's northeast coast.

Record cold in WA

Overnight minimum temperatures in WA from Geraldton south to Perth and inland for about 200km were 6 to 9° below average this morning, with May records falling at two locations. Geraldton, with 60 years of computer records, dropped to 6.6, while Northam recorded a new low of 3.0 in a 35 year record. In Perth, the mercury dropped to 4.0, some 9.0 below average.

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):
Lowest daily minimum temperature for April:
Geraldton Airport WA: 6.6 (6.9, 60)
Northam WA: 3.0 (3.4, 35)

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

37.0 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
36.7 ROEBOURNE E Pilbara WA
36.7 GASCOYNE JUNCTION W Gascoyne WA
36.3 ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA
36.0 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
36.0 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
36.0 JABIRU AIRPORT N Rivers NT
36.0 BRADSHAW N Rivers NT

+5.9   32.9 UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND GATTON Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+5.7   20.2 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
+4.9   27.7 LAMEROO Mallee/Upper SE SA
+4.9   13.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
+4.8   18.3 MOOGARA (UXBRIDGE BACK ROAD) Derwent Valley TAS

28.0 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
27.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
26.2 LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT S Peninsula QLD
26.1 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
26.1 WILLIS ISLAND Islands ISL

+7.9   15.0 RUTHERGLEN RESEARCH Lower NE VIC
+6.6   12.0 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
+6.6   12.1 STRATHBOGIE Lower NE VIC
+6.6   12.0 FINGAL (LEGGE STREET) E Coast TAS
+6.1   10.2 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW

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

6.8 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
8.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
9.5 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
12.0 CABRAMURRA SMHEA AWS SW Slopes S NSW
12.3 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW

-7.0   20.0 WALGETT AIRPORT AWS NW Plains W NSW
-5.9   13.8 WILLOW GROVE (BLUE ROCK RESERVOIR) W Gippsland VIC
-5.5   18.5 HAY (MILLER STREET) Riverina W NSW
-5.2   22.2 GOONDIWINDI AIRPORT Darling Downs E QLD
-4.7   22.6 BREWARRINA HOSPITAL Upper Darling NSW

-1.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-0.9 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-0.1 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
0.3 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
1.0 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA

-9.8   3.2 JANDAKOT AERO Lower West WA
-9.0   4.0 PERTH AIRPORT Lower West WA
-9.0   3.0 NORTHAM Cent Wheatbelt WA
-9.0   1.0 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
-8.8   6.6 GERALDTON AIRPORT Central West WA

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.

152.0 TUMBULGUM (BAWDEN ST) North Coast NSW
149.0 MURWILLUMBAH (TWEED RIVER) North Coast NSW
147.0 NAMBOUR DPI Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
136.0 MURWILLUMBAH (BRAY PARK) North Coast NSW
136.0 ALBION PARK POST OFFICE Illawarra NSW

QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Barron
53.0 YARRABAH COMM COUNCIL
    Brisbane/SE Coast
147.0 NAMBOUR DPI
115.0 AMAMOOR FORESTRY
109.4 SPRINGBROOK TM
107.2 MOUNT COTTON UNI FARM
106.6 TALLEBUDGERA GUINEAS CK RD
102.0 LITTLE YABBA SFR 274
100.0 TALLOWOOD
97.0 ELANORA WATER TREAT
93.0 TIN CAN BAY COUNTRY CLUB
92.4 RUSSELL ISLAND
89.0 SPRINGBROOK LOWER ALERT
87.4 MIAMI BARDON AVE
87.0 SPRINGBROOK ROAD
85.0 COOLANGATTA AIRPORT
80.2 OXENFORD (OBERON WAY)
80.0 LITTLE NERANG DAM
73.0 LOGAN CITY WATER TREATMENT
72.6 SHAILER PARK OREGON DRVE
71.8 UPPER MUDGEERABA WATER
71.6 COURAN COVE
68.2 GUANABA BIRDS RD
67.8 COOMERA FOXWELL ROAD
67.0 MT TAMBORINE ALERT
67.0 COOMBABAH WATER TREATMENT PLANT
64.2 MT TAMBORINE FERN ST
64.0 NUMINBAH
61.0 LUSCOMBE ALERT
61.0 WOLFFDENE ALERT
59.4 MOUNT COTTON WEST
59.2 BEENLEIGH BOWLS CLUB
58.0 REDLAND BAY QLD UNI FARM
58.0 ORMEAU (STEWARTS RD)
56.6 LAMB ISLAND PINE AVE
55.2 NUMINBAH STATE FARM
54.0 CLEARVIEW TM
53.0 WATERFORD ALERT
52.8 NERANG GILSTON RD
52.0 CORBOULD PK RACECOURSE
51.0 BENOBBLE ALERT
    Darling Downs E
52.6 WYAGA TM

NEW SOUTH WALES
    NW Plains E
54.0 NORTH STAR (BONANZA)
51.0 MOREE (OODNADATTA)
    NW Slopes N
54.0 UPPER HORTON (DUNBEACON)
51.0 CROPPA CREEK (BELFORD STREET)
    North Coast
152.0 TUMBULGUM (BAWDEN ST)
149.0 MURWILLUMBAH (TWEED RIVER)
136.0 MURWILLUMBAH (BRAY PARK)
121.2 TWEED HEADS GOLF CLUB
119.6 MURWILLUMBAH (TALESWOOD)
113.0 BOAT HARBOUR (ROUS RIVER)
102.4 TOMEWIN (BORDER GATE)
93.0 BYRON BAY (CAPE BYRON AWS)
92.2 BYRON BAY (CAPE BYRON LIGHTHOUSE)
85.0 KINGSCLIFF (MARINE PARADE)
80.0 EUNGELLA (OXLEY RIVER)
77.0 UKI (TWEED RIVER)
77.0 BALLINA AIRPORT AWS
72.0 BALLINA (CROWLEY VILLAGE)
70.0 BRUNSWICK HEADS BOWLING CLUB
69.0 DOON DOON (MCCABES ROAD)
68.2 ROSEBANK (UPPER COOPERS CREEK)
68.2 NUMINBAH GATE
68.0 COMMISSIONERS CREEK (BLUE RIDGE)
66.6 MOUNT NUMINBAH
66.0 CHILLINGHAM
64.2 ROSEBANK (REPENTANCE CREEK)
63.6 BYRON BAY (JACARANDA DRIVE)
62.0 KUNGHUR (THE JUNCTION)
62.0 POTTSVILLE BOWLS CLUB
60.0 CLUNES (MAIN RD)
60.0 CORNDALE (WILLOW VALE)
59.0 MEERSCHAUMVALE (MEERSCHAUM VALE (BARDEN)
54.0 NASHUA (WILSONS RIVER)
54.0 MURWILLUMBAH (LIMPINWOOD)
53.0 ALSTONVILLE TROPICAL FRUIT RESEARCH STAT
    MidNorth Coast S
53.0 LANSDOWNE POST OFFICE
    Sydney--east
115.0 HOMEBUSH (OLYMPIC STADIUM) AWS
109.0 MARSFIELD (WILLANDRA VILLAGE)
107.4 STRATHFIELD GOLF CLUB
106.0 CONCORD GOLF CLUB
104.6 WEST PYMBLE (WYUNA ROAD)
100.4 ROOKWOOD (HAWTHORNE AVE)
96.4 PYMBLE (CANISIUS COLLEGE)
93.0 TURRAMURRA (KISSING POINT ROAD)
93.0 GORDON GOLF CLUB
91.0 CASTLE COVE (ROSEBRIDGE AVE)
86.4 EASTWOOD BOWLING CLUB
84.4 WAHROONGA (BOUNDARY ROAD)
79.2 ST IVES (RICHMOND AVENUE)
79.0 CONCORD (BRAYS RD)
78.0 CHATSWOOD BOWLING CLUB
76.8 OATLEY (WORONORA PARADE)
76.0 MARRICKVILLE GOLF CLUB
76.0 RIVERVIEW OBSERVATORY
76.0 PEAKHURST GOLF CLUB
75.6 BEXLEY BOWLING CLUB
69.0 CANTERBURY RACECOURSE AWS
68.0 OYSTER BAY (GREEN POINT)
64.4 MIRANDA (BLACKWOOD ST)
61.2 FRENCHS FOREST (FRENCHS FOREST RD)
60.6 BELROSE (EVELYN PLACE)
59.6 LUCAS HEIGHTS ANSTO
57.9 LUCAS HEIGHTS AWS
57.0 AUDLEY (ROYAL NATIONAL PARK)
55.6 SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO
54.0 SANS SOUCI (THE BOULEVARDE)
51.0 REVESBY (PATEN STREET)
    Illawarra
136.0 ALBION PARK POST OFFICE
83.0 PICTON COUNCIL DEPOT
67.6 TOOLIJOOA (NYORA)
66.2 FOXGROUND ROAD
63.0 MOSS VALE AWS
58.2 DARKES FOREST (KINTYRE)
57.4 BOWRAL (PARRY DRIVE)
57.0 ROBERTSON (THE PIE SHOP)
56.6 WOONONA POPES RD
56.0 OAKDALE (COOYONG PARK)
56.0 KIAMA BOWLING CLUB
54.0 ROBERTSON (ST.ANTHONYS)
53.6 MITTAGONG (BEATRICE STREET)
53.2 CAMDEN (BROWNLOW HILL)
52.0 MITTAGONG (KIA ORA)
51.0 GERRINGONG (MAYFLOWER VILLAGE)
50.6 CAWDOR (WOODBURN)
    South Coast
62.0 BRAIDWOOD (WALLACE STREET)
61.0 KIOLOA OLD POST OFFICE
55.0 MORUYA (PLUMWOOD)
53.6 MORUYA (THE LAGOON)
53.0 BRAIDWOOD RACECOURSE AWS
52.0 ULLADULLA AWS

TASMANIA
    E Coast
53.6 SWAN ISLAND
51.6 SWAN ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 33.9 -0.4 18.3 -4.2 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 23.6 -1.9 4.0 -9.0 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 20.1 -1.8 9.9 -1.8 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 23.2 -1.9 7.5 -5.1 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 34.2 +1.5 23.5 -0.5 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 29.3 +1.3 9.2 -3.3 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 21.4 -1.0 14.7 +2.5 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 22.0 +2.6 12.4 +3.8 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 30.4 +1.2 22.1 +0.5 0.2
TOWNSVILLE AERO 29.6 0.0 20.0 -0.5 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 30.5 +1.8 20.5 +2.7 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 27.4 +0.3 18.8 +4.7 32.6
BRISBANE AERO 26.0 19.2 6.4
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 18.1 12.0 11.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 24.4 +0.4 18.2 +3.0 14.2
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 21.0 -1.8 18.0 +2.7 5.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 22.8 +0.5 16.9 +2.3 49.8
PROSPECT DAM 24.5 +1.0 15.8 +2.7 25.2
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 23.0 +0.5 16.9 +2.6 47.2
CANBERRA AIRPORT 21.5 +1.7 12.0 +5.4 9.4
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 23.0 +0.7 14.5 +5.3 0.4
MILDURA AIRPORT 26.8 +3.4 10.0 -0.1 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 22.8 +2.6 11.1 +2.5 0.4
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 22.7 +2.5 10.3 -0.4 8.6
LAVERTON RAAF 23.0 +2.9 7.0 -2.8 5.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 19.0 +1.5 5.0 -2.4 0.2
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 19.8 +2.5 10.6 +4.0 0.6
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 21.4 +4.1 10.7 +1.8 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.
QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
COOLANGATTA AIRPORT
25.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 8.3mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    N Tablelands W
ARMIDALE (UNI NEW ENGLAND)
15.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.0mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.7mm/h
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS
30.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 10.0mm/h
    North Coast
LISMORE (CENTRE STREET)
42.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 7.0mm/h
BALLINA AIRPORT AWS
13.2mm in 1 hr to 02:00 13.2mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 8.0mm/h
13.4mm in 1 hr to 05:00 13.4mm/h
28.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 9.3mm/h
13.0mm in 1 hr to 07:00 13.0mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.7mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.3mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 18:00 10.8mm/h
EVANS HEAD RAAF BOMBING RANGE
10.0mm in 1 hr to 16:00 10.0mm/h
LISMORE AIRPORT AWS
14.4mm in 1 hr to 10:00 14.4mm/h
13.4mm in 1 hr to 11:00 13.4mm/h
37.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 12.3mm/h
BYRON BAY (CAPE BYRON AWS)
24.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 8.0mm/h
14.6mm in 1 hr 9 min to 01:00 12.7mm/h
13.2mm in 54 min to 03:00 14.7mm/h
17.0mm in 1 hr to 03:00 17.0mm/h
31.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 10.3mm/h
10.6mm in 1 hr to 04:00 10.6mm/h
18.2mm in 1 hr to 05:00 18.2mm/h
30.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 10.0mm/h
16.0mm in 37 min to 19:37 25.9mm/h
14.2mm in 23 min to 20:00 37.0mm/h
30.2mm in 1 hr to 20:00 30.2mm/h
11.6mm in 1 hr to 21:00 11.6mm/h
50.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 16.7mm/h
15.8mm in 1 hr to 22:00 15.8mm/h
    Sydney--east
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO
19.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 6.3mm/h
    Illawarra
MOSS VALE AWS
40.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 13.3mm/h
    South Coast
BRAIDWOOD RACECOURSE AWS
21.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 7.0mm/h
ULLADULLA AWS
10.0mm in 1 hr to 03:00 10.0mm/h
TASMANIA
    E Coast
EDDYSTONE POINT
10.0mm in 1 hr to 03:00 10.0mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 6.0mm/h
SWAN ISLAND AWS
38.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 12.7mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.3mm/h
No reports of wind gusts above 90km/h or sustained winds above 63km/h