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Unusually dry and cold in the Alps
Further widespread fog in WA

A 1035hPa High anchored over the NSW Snowy Mountains coupled with very low humidity helped produce the area's lowest minimum temperatures so far this winter this morning. Kosciuszko Chalet at Charlotte Pass recorded a low of -12.5 which follows on from minima of -11.0 for the previous two nights. Exceptionally low humidity, of the order of 5 to 10%, has been a feature of the weather across much of the continent for the past few days, and was especially noticeable at alpine stations in NSW and VIC today. Low dew points included -24.5 at Thredbo Crackenback at 3am (with a temperature of -2.9), -27.4 at 9pm at Falls Creek (+3.7), and -27.4 at 9am on Mt Hotham summit (+3.8). The dry conditions are the result of days of gentle northerlies bringing dry continental air southwards, coupled with the drying effect of descending air within the High.

Fog was again widespread and persistent in WA this morning, though mostly limited to the Central Wheatbelt, Great Southern and Goldfields.

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

34.6 WEST ROEBUCK W Kimberley WA
34.1 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
34.0 BATCHELOR AERO N Rivers NT
33.5 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
33.5 KALUMBURU N Kimberley WA
33.5 KALUMBURU MISSION N Kimberley WA
33.5 BIDYADANGA W Kimberley WA

+8.1   26.5 PAYNES FIND E Gascoyne WA
+8.1   10.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
+8.0   25.4 BALLADONIA Eucla WA
+7.7   28.5 MURCHISON W Gascoyne WA
+7.5   26.3 BALGAIR Eucla WA
+7.5   24.2 KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT Goldfields WA

24.7 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
24.6 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
23.9 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
23.8 OENPELLI N Rivers NT
23.6 BLACK POINT N Rivers NT

+7.0   9.0 STANTHORPE (GRANITE BELT HRS) Darling Downs E QLD
+6.5   20.0 CARDWELL EDEN ST N Coast--Herbert QLD
+6.5   9.4 GUNNEDAH POOL NW Slopes S NSW
+6.3   17.1 PROSERPINE AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
+6.3   10.9 GUNNEDAH SCS NW Slopes S NSW

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

1.8 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
4.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
4.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
4.8 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
5.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW

-3.6   12.6 MURRAY BRIDGE Murray Valley SA
-3.6   14.0 NELSON BAY (NELSON HEAD) Hunter Valley NSW
-3.4   11.5 MENINGIE Murray Valley SA
-2.8   12.2 KEITH Mallee/Upper SE SA
-2.5   6.0 MOOGARA (UXBRIDGE BACK ROAD) Derwent Valley TAS

-12.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-9.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-8.5 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-7.4 COOMA AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-6.6 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS

-7.4   -0.4 JANDAKOT AERO Lower West WA
-6.8   1.4 MEDINA RESEARCH CENTRE Lower West WA
-6.5   -4.2 WANGARATTA AERO Lower NE VIC
-6.1   -2.2 ECHUCA AERODROME Lower North VIC
-6.0   -1.0 JARRAHWOOD Lower 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.

39.8 LITTLE CHORKERUP Lower West WA
25.0 BALLINA AIRPORT AWS North Coast NSW
25.0 MEERSCHAUMVALE (MEERSCHAUM VALE (BARDEN) North Coast NSW
20.0 LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT S Peninsula QLD
19.0 YAMBA PILOT STATION North Coast NSW

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 32.6 +3.8 15.2 +1.6 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 19.9 +2.1 2.3 -5.8 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 16.1 +0.3 7.1 -0.4 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 24.2 +7.5 4.2 -0.7 0.2
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.5 +2.0 22.0 +2.7 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 22.8 +3.2 2.6 -1.4 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 15.4 +0.1 7.3 -0.1 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 10.8 -2.3 3.3 -1.8 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 26.6 +0.9 19.7 +2.7 0.2
TOWNSVILLE AERO 27.8 +2.8 17.8 +4.3 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 24.0 +0.9 13.6 +4.2 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 21.6 +0.5 11.6 +6.2 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 21.4 14.7 0.2
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 11.3 3.4 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 19.1 +0.4 12.8 +5.3 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 15.5 -1.2 12.4 +4.0 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 16.4 +0.2 8.1 +0.1 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 16.5 -0.2 6.0 -0.1 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 16.2 -0.8 6.4 -2.0 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 12.5 +1.2 -1.4 -1.2 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 13.7 +1.1 -0.1 -2.8 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 13.8 -1.5 -0.3 -4.6 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 12.1 -1.6 4.9 +1.7 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 14.6 +1.2 8.2 +2.3 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 13.3 -0.3 5.1 +0.2 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 13.8 +3.8 2.0 -1.2 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 9.4 -1.5 -1.3 -3.6 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 10.3 -1.3 3.1 -1.4 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.
None reported

QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Barron
GREEN ISLAND : 76(140/ 65 ) at 01:30
    Brisbane/SE Coast
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE : 72(140/ 67 ) at 01:23