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Southerly cold change in TAS, VIC, NSW
Warm in WA

A cold front brought an uncommon winter southerly change to TAS, eastern VIC and eastern NSW today. Significant changes so far this winter have been westerly or southwesterly. A Low formed on the front about 300km east of Bass Strait around dawn, then moved slowly ENE during the day. With a High southwest of Adelaide, winds between the two swung to the south bringing moderately cold air due north. Temperatures were cold enough to bring light snowfalls down to about 500m, settling to 700m, in TAS, with 5cm on the ground at Tarraleah at 9am and light show showers reported from central, southern and western mountain areas through the day. Hail was reported during the afternoon from Marrawah, Maatsuyker Island and Port Arthur.

In VIC, snow was reported on the hills around Omeo. Hail and a few thunderstorms were reported during the afternoon on the NSW South Coast as the change moved through. The storms then moved up the coast but stayed out to sea, giving a good electrical display from the Central Coast during the evening.

Warm northeasterlies circulating around the High gave eastern WA an unusually warm night. Temperatures in central eastern parts of the state were 8 to 11 above average.

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

35.3 BATCHELOR AERO N Rivers NT
35.2 OENPELLI N Rivers NT
35.0 KALUMBURU N Kimberley WA
35.0 JABIRU AIRPORT N Rivers NT
34.9 KALUMBURU MISSION N Kimberley WA

+6.9   29.6 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
+6.3   28.8 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
+6.1   28.9 CURTIN SPRINGS N Plateau NT
+5.7   29.2 YULARA AERO N Plateau NT
+5.3   27.0 WILUNA Interior WA

24.1 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
24.0 CADJEBUT W Kimberley WA
24.0 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
23.9 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
23.5 KURI BAY N Kimberley WA

+11.2   18.3 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
+8.0   16.7 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
+7.9   20.4 TELFER AERO Interior WA
+6.7   12.3 BALGAIR Eucla WA
+6.7   14.1 CARNEGIE Interior WA

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

-3.3 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-3.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.6 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-2.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-2.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC

-6.3   10.9 BROKEN HILL (PATTON STREET) Lower Darling NSW
-6.1   12.3 WHYALLA AERO W Agricultural SA
-6.0   12.1 GAWLER RANGES (NONNING) NW Pastoral SA
-5.9   11.3 BROKEN HILL AIRPORT AWS Lower Darling NSW
-5.8   13.0 ARKAROOLA NE Pastoral SA

-12.6 PHILLIP ISLAND PENGUIN RESERVE E Central VIC
-5.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-4.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.0 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-3.5 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS

-20.0   -12.6 PHILLIP ISLAND PENGUIN RESERVE E Central VIC
-7.0   -2.8 MOUNT ST LEONARD (MT ST LEONARD DNRE) E Central VIC
-5.5   1.0 EDINBURGH RAAF Adelaide/Lofty SA
-5.4   0.4 KEITH Mallee/Upper SE SA
-5.4   -0.2 COONAWARRA Lower SE SA

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.

70.0 YANDINA POST OFFICE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
64.6 ROCKY POINT SUGAR MILL Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
63.0 NAMBOUR DPI Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
59.0 KALPOWAR FORESTRY Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
57.6 IMBIL FORESTRY Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

QUEENSLAND
    Wide Bay/Burnett
59.0 KALPOWAR FORESTRY
    Brisbane/SE Coast
70.0 YANDINA POST OFFICE
64.6 ROCKY POINT SUGAR MILL
63.0 NAMBOUR DPI
57.6 IMBIL FORESTRY
52.2 ORMISTON COLLEGE

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 29.8 -0.5 18.2 +3.2 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 18.1 +2.1 9.6 +2.2 8.4
PERTH AIRPORT 22.0 +3.6 5.5 -2.5 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 16.7 -1.7 9.6 +4.1 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 30.8 -0.5 21.0 +0.5 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 26.0 +3.5 4.6 -1.4 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 13.6 -2.9 4.4 -3.8 2.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 12.5 -1.5 3.1 -2.3 6.2
CAIRNS AERO 27.0 +0.5 20.6 +3.2 0.2
TOWNSVILLE AERO 26.3 +0.3 18.5 +3.8 0.2
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 26.2 +1.5 10.9 +0.3 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 25.1 +2.6 7.7 +1.3 4.4 /3
BRISBANE AERO 21.2 10.7 0.4
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 12.4 5.7 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 23.0 +3.3 12.5 +4.3 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 20.0 +2.0 12.0 +2.8 0.8
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 19.6 +1.9 10.8 +1.9 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 18.2 -0.3 9.8 +3.0 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 17.9 -0.3 10.9 +2.1 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 12.1 -0.8 3.7 +2.8 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 13.4 -1.0 6.3 +2.7 1.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 13.9 -3.2 3.8 -1.5 0.2
EAST SALE AIRPORT 12.2 -2.8 3.3 -0.8 0.4
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 13.3 -1.6 7.9 +1.3 9.0
LAVERTON RAAF 11.8 -3.0 6.0 +0.6 9.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 8.6 -2.8 3.0 -0.7 5.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 10.1 -1.9 1.6 -1.4 7.2
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 9.8 -3.2 5.0 -0.2 4.2

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
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE
11.4mm in 1 hr to 03:00 11.4mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
NORFOLK ISLAND AERO
4.8mm in 14 min to 23:14 20.6mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    South Coast
MONTAGUE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 82(180/ 67 ) at 16:00
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 82(240/ 74 ) at 02:31
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 76(167/ 67 ) at 08:40
    W Coast
CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE : 80(210/ 67 ) at 00:00
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 76(290/ 67 ) at 00:00