Tuesday 23 SEP 2003

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Extreme September heat continues in NSW, QLD, SA and NT
Bushfires blaze in NE NSW
Warm gales in the south =Alpine snowmelt = flooding

Maximum (above) and minimum (below) temperature departures from normal today. BoM

Extraordinary heat for September continued across the northeastern half of the continent today.

With the NSW state high maximum temperature for September despatched yesterday, the September state high minimum temperature was demolished overnight when Bourke Airport recorded a low of 25.8 in the 24 hours to 9 this morning. This beats the previous high September reading of 23.6 at Wilcannia by a full 2.2 degrees.

The national highest minimum was 28.2 at Birdsville, while Murrurundi Post Office scored the highest compared to average, its low of 22.0 a full 17 degrees above the seasonal norm of 5. The lower map at right shows a broad band of minimum temperatures 12 degrees or more above average.

With the main focus of heat moving northwards, it was the turn of northeastern NSW to set September heat records today (see Records below). Coonabarabran, Glen Innes, Grafton, Port Macquarie and Taree were among the centres that had their hottest September day for at least 40 years. Taree's top was 38.0, but nearby Forster, right on the coast, recorded 39.1.

Temperatures in the high 30s and gusty winds fanned 26 fires in the NSW Northern Tablelands today. No property was threatened, but substantial Rural Fire Services resources were required. Typical was the Jaspers Brush fire west of Mt Seaview, between Port Macquarie and Armidale. Four units, a helicopter, bulldozer and 15 fighters were required to keep the 900 hectare blaze in check.

Classic equinoxial gales continue to be a feature of the weather across southern Australia. A glance at the Gales and Gusts box in the National Extremes most days in the past month has shown dozens of weather stations reporting gale force average winds and storm force gusts. Aided by the huge temperature differential between a hotter-than-normal continent and the cold Southern Ocean, gales were reported today from Rottnest Island off Perth eastwards to southern Tasmania and north to Wilcannia in NW NSW. The highest winds were recorded in the Alps, with Mt Buller gusting to 130km/h, Mt Hotham 124 and Thredbo Crackenback 121. With Alpine daytime temperatures approaching 10C, rapid melting of the substantial snowpack has begun. Outflows from Khancoban Storage on the Upper Murray exceeded flood level overnight into Wednesday, aided by a late evening storm complex that dumped 48.1mm on Perisher Valley and 46.2 at Brindabella late this evening.

Sources: ABC, The Age, Port Macquarie News

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 minimum temperature for September anywhere in NSW:
048245 BOURKE AIRPORT 25.8
The previous record was 23.6 at Wilcannia
Highest daily maximum temperature for September:
New South Wales:
055136 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) 28.5 (28.4, 32)
056011 GLEN INNES POST OFFICE 28.7 (28.0, 40)
058130 GRAFTON OLYMPIC POOL 38.3 (37.5, 37)
060026 PORT MACQUARIE (HILL ST) 37.0 (34.4, 45)
060030 TAREE (RADIO STATION 2RE) 38.0 (37.2, 39)
061054 NELSON BAY (NELSON HEAD) 32.2 (31.0, 7)
061250 PATERSON (TOCAL AWS) 36.2 (35.3, 30)
064008 COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET) 33.6 (32.9, 46)

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

40.4 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
40.1 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
40.0 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD
39.1 FORSTER BEACH CARAVAN PARK MidNorth Coast S NSW
39.0 CADJEBUT W Kimberley WA

+16.6   37.0 PORT MACQUARIE (HILL ST) MidNorth Coast S NSW
+15.4   38.0 TAREE (RADIO STATION 2RE) MidNorth Coast S NSW
+14.7   35.8 WILLIAMTOWN RAAF Hunter Valley NSW
+14.1   36.2 PATERSON (TOCAL AWS) Hunter Valley NSW
+13.6   38.3 GRAFTON OLYMPIC POOL North Coast NSW
+13.6   33.7 NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS Hunter Valley NSW

28.2 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
28.2 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
27.6 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
27.6 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
27.3 ALI CURUNG N Plateau NT
27.3 THARGOMINDAH POST OFFICE Far SW QLD

+17.0   22.0 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
+16.3   27.3 THARGOMINDAH POST OFFICE Far SW QLD
+16.0   28.2 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
+15.7   26.6 JERVOIS N Plateau NT
+15.6   19.8 BARRABA POST OFFICE NW Slopes N NSW

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

6.1 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
6.8 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
7.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
7.5 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
7.7 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
7.7 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS

-5.8   16.0 SOUTHERN CROSS Goldfields WA
-5.7   17.9 PAYNES FIND E Gascoyne WA
-4.7   15.9 WONGAN HILLS Central West WA
-4.7   17.5 KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT Goldfields WA
-4.6   16.0 BADGINGARRA RESEARCH STN Lower West WA

-1.6 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-1.5 BRIDGETOWN Lower West WA
-0.4 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
0.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
0.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC

-6.6   2.6 ALBANY Lower West WA
-6.1   0.3 NARROGIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-3.4   2.2 MANGALORE AIRPORT N Central VIC
-3.4   1.5 BALLARAT AERODROME Western Plains VIC
-3.3   12.0 PORT HEDLAND AIRPORT E Pilbara WA
-3.3   10.6 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne 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.

34.0 THE WARRIUPS Cent Wheatbelt WA
30.4 NARROMINE (MUMBLE PEG) CW Plains N NSW
30.0 CORINNA W Coast TAS
29.8 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS
29.8 SERPENTINE MAIN DAM Lower West WA

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 28.6 -3.2 23.1 +4.7 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 17.3 -2.8 10.1 +1.2 10.2
ALBANY AIRPORT 14.9 -2.4 5.5 -2.5 23.6
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 17.5 -4.7 7.6 -0.3 0.4
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.6 +0.1 26.5 +3.4 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 36.2 +9.2 25.3 +15.1 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 25.5 +6.7 9.1 -0.5 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 21.3 +5.5 6.6 +0.4 0.6
CAIRNS AERO 29.8 +1.9 18.7 +0.1 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 28.4 +0.7 22.6 +5.3 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 30.5 +3.3 14.7 +1.2 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 36.2 +10.9 13.1 +3.7 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 27.4 15.2 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 27.5 16.7 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 34.4 +12.6 20.5 +9.6 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 33.7 +13.6 19.8 +8.5 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 28.7 +8.8 20.5 +9.5 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 30.2 +9.2 19.4 +10.1 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 28.8 +8.6 18.7 +8.1 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 20.5 +4.5 13.3 +10.2 0.4
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 20.8 +3.4 10.5 +5.3 0.2
MILDURA AIRPORT 28.9 +8.6 7.9 +0.5 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 17.8 +0.9 6.7 +1.1 4.2
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 21.8 +4.6 8.2 +0.3 0.6
LAVERTON RAAF 22.1 +5.3 5.8 -0.8 0.2
BALLARAT AERODROME 18.0 +4.2 1.5 -3.4 0.8
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 13.9 -0.2 4.2 0.0 6.2
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 18.8 +3.8 8.2 +1.8 8.0

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
    Lower West
PERTH AIRPORT
10.2mm in 22 min to 08:22 27.8mm/h
VICTORIA
    Upper North
BENDIGO AIRPORT
2.8mm in 2 min to 21:26 84.0mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Lower West
ROTTNEST ISLAND : 91(230/ 52 ) at 02:38
GARDEN ISLAND HSF : 82(250/ 70 ) at 04:14
    SW & S Coast
CAPE LEEUWIN : 83(250/ 65 ) at 00:08
CAPE NATURALISTE : 96(220/ 76 ) at 01:01
    Eucla
FORREST : 82(250/ 69 ) at 04:41
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    W Agricultural
NEPTUNE ISLAND : 91(280/ 72 ) at 13:30
NORTH SHIELDS (PORT LINCOLN AWS) : 82(300/ 63 ) at 13:00
    Kangaroo Is
CAPE WILLOUGHBY : 85(300/ 65 ) at 15:30
    Adelaide Plains
PARAFIELD AIRPORT : 82(260/ 70 ) at 17:44
EDINBURGH RAAF : 91(260/ 70 ) at 18:00
    Mt Lofty Ranges
MOUNT LOFTY : 91(310/ 69 ) at 12:50
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Far Northwest
WILCANNIA AERODROME AWS : 85(280/ 63 ) at 20:31
    South Coast
ULLADULLA AWS : 85(320/ 65 ) at 19:52
    Snowy Mtns
THREDBO AWS : 121(320/ 82 ) at 22:00
    SW Slopes S
CABRAMURRA SMHEA AWS : 96(340/ 52 ) at 23:21
VICTORIA
    Upper NE
MOUNT BULLER : 130(340/ 83 ) at 23:30
MT HOTHAM : 124(330/ 89 ) at 22:00
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 85(260/ 69 ) at 22:42
    W Central
AVALON AIRPORT : 74(270/ 63 ) at 12:19
    W Coast
COLAC (MT GELLIBRAND) : 85(340/ 65 ) at 11:04
AIREYS INLET : 83(350/ 65 ) at 12:40
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 96(290/ 48 ) at 20:00
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 119(310/ 82 ) at 21:34
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 104(340/ 58 ) at 22:14
TASMAN ISLAND : 100(310/ 56 ) at 23:31
HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 91(290/ 63 ) at 22:31
    W Coast
STRAHAN AERODROME : 130(330/ 76 ) at 21:29
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 82(280/ 74 ) at 23:04