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Record rain brings major flooding to TAS
Flooding eases in VIC

Record-breaking rainfall brought serious flooding to southern Tasmania today, while a major flood peak moved down the South Esk River in the state's north following yesterday's rain.

Flood peaks -- Tasmanian Floods
24/25 September
River Location Height (m) Time Flood Level
Macquarie Mt Morriston 3.1 1500/24 Major
  Ross 2.9 0000/25 Moderate
  Morningside 4.7 1500/25 Moderate
South Esk Fingal 6.6 1700/24 Moderate
  Llewellyn 9.0 0400/25 Major
  Symmons Plains 4.5 1500/25 Moderate
  Perth 7.7 2200/25 --
Meander Meander 2.3 1200/24 Minor
  Deloraine 2.1 1800/24 Minor
  Strathbridge 6.3 0900/25 Minor
  Westwood Bridge 7.0 0600/16 --
Huon Judbury 6.0 1400/25 Moderate
  Huonville 3.92 1800/25 --

The deep low that brought rain-bearing easterlies to the state's east coast yesterday moved south of the island today, turning the wind southerly and bringing heavy rain to the south. New September one-day rainfall records were set at Geeveston, Cape Bruny, Tarraleah and Savage River. Cape Bruny's total of 76.6mm significantly exceeded the previous record of 55.4 in 107 years of observation.

Strathgordon, on Lake Pedder in the Southwest, had its highest one-day total for any month with a reading of 113.6mm. While the West Coast of Tasmania is renowned for its rain, totals above 100mm are rare enough for this to be the only one in Strathgordon's 35-year observing history. Some notable readings for the West Coast unearthed by Bureau climatologist Blair Trewin are 182.9mm at Mt Read (Mt Lyell Mines) on 19 May 1913 and 165.4mm at Melaleuca on 23 April 1960.

Much of the island experienced flooding today, with flood warnings issued for the Mersey, Meander, North and South Esk, Macquarie, Jordan, Derwent and Huon River Basins. Moderate to major flooding occurred in the Macquarie, South Esk and Huon.

The South Esk at Perth peaked at 7.7m late this evening, its highest level since 8.55m in June 1978. Both the South Esk and the Macquarie which joins it at Longford reached major flood level along parts of their courses. The Llewellyn peak of 9.0m compares closely with the July 1974 flood, and is its eighth-highest flood level since 1921. No damage was reported from the flooding as levee banks held, though agricultural land was inundated and a caravan park on the Macquarie River had to be evacuated.

South of Hobart, the Huon Valley experienced its worst flooding since 1996. The Mercury reported that some businesses and homes in Huonville had been flooded and cars towed out of floodwaters, with the flood peak exacerbated by a high tide. SES and all available Council workers were kept busy sandbagging threatened buildings, and the town's preparedness resulted in a higher level of protection than in the 1996 floods. Not so fortunate were orchardists at Rookwood, a little upstream of Huonville, who planted trees last week only to have them washed out today. Road bridges at Grove, Cygnet and Dover were damaged and will need replacement. The flooding contaminated water supplies in Huonville, Cygnet, Geeveston and Dover.

In VIC, flooding subsided today. The low levels of the Dartmouth Dam on the Mitta Mitta and Lake Eppalock on the Campaspe held back the flood peaks in those rivers. Water barely reached minor flood levels in the Kiewa, Ovens, Goulburn and Broken systems, though flooding on the Buffalo and Avoca Rivers reached moderate levels.

Sources: BoM, ABC, Hobart Mercury, Launceston Examiner

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 any month:
Tasmania:
097053 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE 113.6 (98.8, 35)
Highest daily rainfall for August:
Tasmania:
094010 CAPE BRUNY LIGHTHOUSE 76.6 (55.4, 107)
094137 GEEVESTON (FORESTRY CEMETERY ROAD) 49.2 (45.0, 28)
095018 TARRALEAH VILLAGE 65.0 (63.5, 65)
097047 SAVAGE RIVER MINE 59.0 (50.3, 33)
097053 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE 113.6 (91.0, 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

39.8 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD
36.5 MANGO FARM N Rivers NT
36.2 BATCHELOR AERO N Rivers NT
36.0 BRADSHAW N Rivers NT
35.8 DOUGLAS RIVER N Rivers NT

+4.7   24.4 SOUTH WEST ROCKS (SMOKY CAPE LIGHTHOUSE) MidNorth Coast N NSW
+4.3   29.3 ST LAWRENCE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD
+3.9   29.0 INNISFAIL N Coast--Herbert QLD
+3.9   22.7 PORT MACQUARIE (HILL ST) MidNorth Coast S NSW
+3.9   18.5 GABO ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE E Gippsland VIC

25.4 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
24.4 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
24.0 WARRUWI N Rivers NT
23.6 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
23.0 PIRLANGIMPI N Rivers NT
23.0 JABIRU AIRPORT N Rivers NT
23.0 MILINGIMBI AWS N Rivers NT
23.0 HOLMES REEF Islands ISL
23.0 FLINDERS REEF Islands ISL

+8.4   12.3 CAMDEN AIRPORT AWS Illawarra NSW
+8.0   7.0 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
+7.0   11.8 CESSNOCK (NULKABA) Hunter Valley NSW
+6.7   12.3 SCONE SCS Hunter Valley NSW
+6.6   11.3 CESSNOCK AIRPORT AWS Hunter Valley NSW
+6.6   9.3 GEEVESTON (CEMETERY ROAD) Southeast TAS

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

-1.1 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-1.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-0.2 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
0.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
0.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
0.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC

-4.6   13.8 WHYALLA AERO W Agricultural SA
-4.4   14.1 KYANCUTTA W Agricultural SA
-4.4   15.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
-4.4   3.7 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
-3.8   8.5 TUMBARUMBA POST OFFICE SW Slopes S NSW
-3.8   10.0 CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE W Coast VIC

-7.5 MOUNT ST LEONARD (MT ST LEONARD DNRE) E Central VIC
-4.1 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-4.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-3.7 ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE C Tablelands S NSW
-3.7 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW

-11.7   -7.5 MOUNT ST LEONARD (MT ST LEONARD DNRE) E Central VIC
-6.9   9.7 DERBY AERO W Kimberley WA
-5.8   -3.7 ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE C Tablelands S NSW
-5.7   -1.0 YEELIRRIE Goldfields WA
-5.7   -0.1 BOLLON MARY ST Warrego 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.

126.0 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
113.6 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS
111.6 FALLS CREEK (ROCKY VALLEY) Upper NE VIC
98.4 CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) Southeast TAS
94.0 LONGLEY (TELOPEA) Southeast TAS

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Lower North
53.6 LAURA

NEW SOUTH WALES
    CW Plains N
55.6 WARRUMBUNGLE (MIAGUNYAH)
    NW Plains W
53.4 WALGETT COUNCIL DEPOT
    NW Plains E
58.4 BARADINE POST OFFICE
55.4 BARADINE FORESTRY
    C Tablelands N
55.2 ULAN POST OFFICE
    C Tablelands S
76.0 ORANGE (CANOBOLAS PUBLIC SCHOOL)
    Goulburn/Monaro
53.4 GINNINDERRA CSIRO
    SW Slopes S
88.4 TALBINGO
53.2 KHANCOBAN SMHEA

VICTORIA
    Upper North
53.0 AVOCA (POST OFFICE)
    Lower NE
59.8 HUNTERS HILL
    Upper NE
111.6 FALLS CREEK (ROCKY VALLEY)
50.4 TAWONGA

TASMANIA
    N Coast
59.2 FORTHSIDE RESEARCH STATION
57.2 TOGARI (RENISON ROAD)
53.0 KAROOLA (LOWER TURNERS MARSH)
50.2 ELLIOTT RESEARCH STATION
    E Coast
62.2 NUGENT (TWILIGHT VALLEY)
60.8 COPPING
52.0 STIEGLITZ (TREATMENT LAGOONS)
    Southeast
98.4 CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY)
94.0 LONGLEY (TELOPEA)
76.6 CAPE BRUNY LIGHTHOUSE
76.0 HASTINGS CHALET
76.0 ALONNAH AREA SCHOOL
70.8 MANGALORE (MANGALORE FARM)
62.8 SOUTHPORT (HUON HIGHWAY)
62.2 MOUNT DROMEDARY
61.2 LUNAWANNA
55.6 SNUG PLAINS (CATARACT FALLS)
55.4 ADVENTURE BAY (FUEL DEPOT)
53.2 TARANNA (PARKS & WILDLIFE)
51.8 PORT ARTHUR (PALMERS LOOKOUT)
51.6 HOBART BOTANICAL GARDENS
    Derwent Valley
52.0 MAYDENA POST OFFICE
51.6 TARRALEAH VILLAGE
    Central Plateau
66.0 CRADLE MOUNTAIN VISITORS CENTRE
63.8 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP
61.4 LAKE ECHO POWER STATION
58.2 CRADLE VALLEY (WALDHEIM)
54.4 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK
53.4 MIENA (BERRY DRIVE)
    W Coast
126.0 MOUNT READ
113.6 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE
76.8 PORT DAVEY (MELALEUCA)
63.0 TULLAH (MEREDITH STREET)
62.0 LAKE MARGARET POWER STATION
61.8 WARATAH (16 COLLINS STREET)
61.2 SOUTH QUEENSTOWN
60.0 ROSEBERY (GEPP STREET)
59.0 SAVAGE RIVER MINE
53.4 SCOTTS PEAK DAM
52.6 BALFOUR

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 30.3 0.0 12.9 -2.1 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 18.2 -0.2 7.6 -0.4 2.4
ALBANY AIRPORT 14.2 -1.8 4.4 -3.0 0.2
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 15.7 -2.7 6.2 +0.7 0.8
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.1 +0.8 19.4 -1.1 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 24.6 +2.1 3.7 -2.3 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 14.6 -1.9 9.2 +1.0 4.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 12.6 -1.4 7.3 +1.9 9.8
CAIRNS AERO 29.4 +2.9 17.4 0.0 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 28.5 +2.5 17.3 +2.6 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 26.2 +1.5 9.7 -0.9 0.2
BRISBANE AERO 23.8 8.4 0.6
AMBERLEY AMO 24.5 +2.0 5.8 -0.6 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 12.9 4.5 0.2
COFFS HARBOUR MO 20.9 +1.2 6.2 -2.0 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 19.6 +1.6 13.2 +4.0 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 19.8 +2.1 12.7 +3.8 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 19.4 +0.9 11.4 +4.6 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 19.7 +1.5 3.6 -5.2 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 12.4 -0.5 6.7 +5.8 10.2
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 14.1 -0.3 7.5 +3.9 4.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 15.3 -1.8 7.2 +1.9 0.4
EAST SALE AIRPORT 14.5 -0.5 9.7 +5.6 3.2
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 14.7 -0.2 8.5 +1.9 7.6
LAVERTON RAAF 13.8 -1.0 8.4 +3.0 4.6
BALLARAT AERODROME 9.4 -2.0 5.0 +1.3 9.4
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 11.9 -0.1 7.2 +4.2 7.4
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 13.1 +0.1 8.2 +3.0 39.0

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.
TASMANIA
    Southeast
CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY)
17.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.7mm/h
    W Coast
SCOTTS PEAK DAM
16.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.3mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h
MOUNT READ
45.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 15.0mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.3mm/h
61.0mm in 6 hr to 03:00 10.2mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    C Tablelands S
MOUNT BOYCE AWS : 95(260/ 63 ) at 00:01
    Illawarra
NOWRA RAN AIR STATION AWS : 98(280/ 74 ) at 00:16
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
EAST SALE AIRPORT : 89(290/ 63 ) at 00:25
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 128(270/ 98 ) at 01:25
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 106(286/ 87 ) at 00:30
TASMANIA
    N Coast
WYNYARD AIRPORT : 89(250/ 67 ) at 13:34
DEVONPORT AIRPORT : 87(270/ 65 ) at 00:03
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 121(270/ 78 ) at 09:00
    E Coast
EDDYSTONE POINT : 108(280/ 83 ) at 02:33
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 117(300/ 93 ) at 12:51
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 132(240/ 96 ) at 03:30
TASMAN ISLAND : 96(220/ 35 ) at 04:47
HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 102(250/ 48 ) at 01:32
CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) : 93(250/ 70 ) at 03:00
    Central Plateau
LIAWENEE AWS : 85(260/ 63 ) at 01:57
    Flinders Is/Bass St
FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT : 95(260/ 74 ) at 19:59
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 135(270/111 ) at 00:00