Tuesday 29 JUL 2003

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Wintry across SA, NSW, VIC, TAS
Another cold morning in SE QLD, NE NSW

Above: The front moves through NSW, ushering in a very cold, dry SW airstream, while the cold air spawns a Low to the east of Tasmania. These surface charts are for 4am, 10am, 4pm and 10pm EST. BoM.
Right: Minimum temperature anomalies this morning. BoM.
Below:
IR satellite hourly images from midnight to 6pm (11am missing). Wispy frontal cloud dissipates by midday. Cold air cumulus swarm across the SA and VIC coast, but die as they move inland. The lighter grey tones evident over VIC and southern NSW from about midday represent cooling of the ground rather than cloud, although the slightly colder tops of cloud buinding up west of the NSW Central and Southern Tablelands are evident from midday onwards. Weatherzone, BoM
. (GMS-5 backup with GOES-9 operated by the joint effort of JMA and US NOAA NESDIS over the Western Pacific)

Cold, gusty southwesterlies surged across southern NSW, southeastern SA, VIC and TAS today, but were significantly drier than in last week's cold outbreak. As a result, any reasonable snowfalls were limited to the the higher windward slopes in VIC and the NSW Snowy Mountains. While the airmass was cold, and biting winds made it seem moreso, big doses of sunshine kept maximum temperatures only between 1 and 4 below average.

In NSW, Perisher Valley and the Kosciuszko Chalet both reported 20cm of new snow overnight and a further 15cm 9am to 3pm. Top temperatures were -3.0. Down in the valley, Thredbo Village it seems had an idyllic day with a mix of snow and sunshine, light winds and a top temperature of zero. Away from the Snowies, miniscule falls were reported from Katoomba, Oberon, Taralga and the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Canberra Airport reported hail showers at 3pm.

Elsewhere in the southeast, snow was reported from the TAS Central Plateau, and hail showers were common in TAS, SE SA, and western VIC. Isolated heavy showers fell SE and SW of Melbourne with the passage of the front this morning. Wonthaggi reported 33.8mm to 9am and a further 15mm 9am to noon. Weeaproinah in the Otways recorded 40.4 for the 24 hours to 9am.

Overnight temperatures were close to record territory for the third day in a row in SE QLD and NE NSW. Glen Innes Airport recorded -10, while Gatton's -3.1 was 9.4 below average. Other low figures are given below.

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 July:
Northern Territory:
014507 ALYANGULA POLICE 16.0 (15.6, 26)

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

34.1 PIRLANGIMPI N Rivers NT
34.0 BATCHELOR AERO N Rivers NT
33.8 MIDDLE POINT AWS N Rivers NT
33.5 MANINGRIDA N Rivers NT
33.5 PORT KEATS AERO N Rivers NT

+5.0   27.2 CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
+4.8   26.5 DENHAM W Gascoyne WA
+4.8   24.0 WILUNA Interior WA
+4.4   23.3 MEEKATHARRA AIRPORT E Gascoyne WA
+4.4   23.6 YEELIRRIE Goldfields WA

25.4 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
24.1 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
23.7 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
23.5 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
23.0 JABIRU AIRPORT N Rivers NT
23.0 WARRUWI N Rivers NT
23.0 HOLMES REEF Islands ISL

+5.9   18.5 PANNAWONICA W Pilbara WA
+5.3   10.4 BALGAIR Eucla WA
+5.1   18.0 KATHERINE AVIATION MUSEUM N Rivers NT
+4.7   11.6 MULLEWA Central West WA
+4.6   23.0 JABIRU AIRPORT N Rivers NT

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

-3.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-3.0 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
-3.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
-2.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.0 CABRAMURRA SMHEA AWS SW Slopes S NSW
-2.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC

-5.2   0.0 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.9   -3.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.9   -2.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.8   8.8 MORWELL (LATROBE VALLEY AIRPORT) W Gippsland VIC
-4.8   3.4 OBERON (JENOLAN CAVES ROAD) C Tablelands S NSW

-10.0 GLEN INNES AIRPORT AWS N Tablelands W NSW
-8.5 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
-8.0 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW
-8.0 INVERELL (RAGLAN ST) N Tablelands W NSW
-7.0 STANTHORPE (GRANITE BELT HRS) Darling Downs E QLD

-9.3   -3.1 UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND GATTON Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-9.1   -6.3 OAKEY AERO Darling Downs E QLD
-9.1   -8.0 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW
-9.0   -7.0 STANTHORPE (GRANITE BELT HRS) Darling Downs E QLD
-8.2   -2.0 GATTON QDPI RESEARCH STN Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

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.

40.6 WEEAPROINAH W Coast VIC
39.0 MYRTLEFORD (OVENS RESEARCH STATION) Upper NE VIC
36.0 TANYBRYN W Coast VIC
36.0 WYELANGTA W Coast VIC
35.0 MAJORCA N Central VIC

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 30.8 +2.0 13.2 -0.4 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 20.0 +2.2 8.1 0.0 0.2
ALBANY AIRPORT 16.4 +0.6 6.3 -1.2 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 19.5 +2.8 4.9 0.0 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 30.3 -0.2 20.5 +1.2 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 21.1 +1.5 0.1 -3.9 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 13.9 -1.4 8.4 +1.0 4.8
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 11.7 -1.4 4.6 -0.5 18.2
CAIRNS AERO 26.5 +0.8 16.1 -0.9 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 25.3 +0.3 12.0 -1.5 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 24.0 +0.9 8.5 -0.9 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 21.5 +0.4 -2.7 -8.1 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 21.2 3.0 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 9.2 -3.0 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 19.3 +0.6 -0.6 -8.1 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 17.8 +1.1 7.5 -0.9 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 17.0 +0.8 6.3 -1.7 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 16.8 +0.1 4.2 -1.9 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 14.8 -2.2 5.6 -2.8 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 9.4 -1.9 1.0 +1.2 0.2
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 10.6 -2.0 5.2 +2.5 1.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 13.0 -2.3 3.9 -0.4 1.6
EAST SALE AIRPORT 10.8 -2.9 5.4 +2.2 0.8
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 11.9 -1.5 6.6 +0.7 10.6
LAVERTON RAAF 11.0 -2.6 4.4 -0.5 9.6
BALLARAT AERODROME 7.8 -2.2 1.9 -1.3 10.4
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 11.1 +0.2 3.2 +0.9 7.8
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 11.1 -0.5 4.7 +0.2 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
    W Gascoyne
SHARK BAY AIRPORT
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Snowy Mtns
THREDBO AWS
16.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.3mm/h
VICTORIA
    E Central
WONTHAGGI
15.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.0mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Lower West
ROTTNEST ISLAND : 76(360/ 63 ) at 19:00
    SW & S Coast
CAPE NATURALISTE : 82( 20/ 63 ) at 18:00
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 106(240/ 65 ) at 07:09
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 93(267/ 70 ) at 07:40
    W Coast
CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE : 82(260/ 67 ) at 02:37
COLAC (MT GELLIBRAND) : 72(240/ 65 ) at 14:09
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 96(250/ 78 ) at 08:06