Wednesday 01 OCT 2003

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Violent storms cause damage in northern and central NSW
Widespread rain spreads from SA into NSW, VIC and southern QLD
Cold day in southern Australia


Above: Two areas of storms are visible on the Weatherzone combined radar and lightning tracker images for NSW at 9pm. The speed of movement, shown by comparing the white (current) lightning strikes with the blue (1 hour ago), is about 70 to 80km/h.
Below: The BoM minimum temperature anomaly map shows most of the continent had below normal maxima today with widespread readings of 8 to 11 below.

Violent storms cause damage in northern and central NSW

A trough and low pressure system advancing eastwards across NSW today brought severe thunderstorms to northern and central inland areas of the state. The storms were intense but fast-moving, lasting as little as 5 minutes. The storm cells shown in central eastern NSW at right formed in far western NSW around 2 to 3pm, yet crossed the coast at Sydney soon after 9pm. Details of heavy storm rainfall are given in Downpours below.

  • Northwest: A 5-minute storm at White Cliffs around 3.30pm brought golfball-sized hail and violent winds. Visibility was reduced to a few metres. There was damage to light structures, and part of a shed was blown over a house without touching it. A different storm gave Cobar Met Office 39mm between 6 and 9pm, 3.8mm falling in one minute to 7.24pm.
  • Dubbo: 15-minute storm shortlly after 9pm blocked roads with debris, caused blackouts and damaged some buildings when trees were blown down. The airport recorded 6mm in 8 minutes from 9pm. A belt of damage occurred to the south of the city along a narrow path stretching from Minore Road, west of Dubbo, through Western Plains Zoo, along old Dubbo Road and on to Wongarbon. The zoo was closed for two days to allow tree damage to be cleaned up, with hundreds of long-established trees completely uprooted along a 400m wide swathe through the centre of the complex. Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage was caused to farming properties and a vineyard in the area. A substantial shed was destroyed 6km west of Dubbo, and two sheds at the Lazy River Winery were torn apart, one containing a Porsche that was left without a scratch.
  • Orange: Hail and minor damage to buildings and roadways was reported.
  • Tamworth and Northern Tablelands: Strong winds with a late afternoon storm brought down powerlines, blocking roads and blacking out 15,000 consumers, or nearly a half of Tamworth. Power was also lost in Calala, Guyra, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Inverell, Manilla, Barraba, Nundle and Willow Tree. A Country Energy spokesman said trees and powerlines were down "from Goondiwindi to Murrurundi." Nine houses in Gunnedah lost roofing and one in Tamworth was damaged by a falling tree. Heavy hail was reported at Guyra and golfball-sized hail fell at Willow Tree slashing an Australian Open Garden Scheme showpiece garden two days before it was due to go on display after 12 months preparation -- the hail was still lying in shaded drifts 24 hours later.

Widespread rain spreads from SA into NSW, VIC and southern QLD

The low brought widespread rain in addition to thunderstorm falls. To 9am the heaviest falls were in an east/west band across central SA, where Arkaroola in the northern Flinders Ranges reported 38.6 and Leigh Creek Airport had its heaviest October 1-day fall in 11 years with 22.0mm. Press reports say Olary recorded 55mm, while across the border in NSW Kimberly Station 140km S of Broken Hill reported 39.5. All unsealed roads in the Central Darling Shire of NSW were closed, water flowing over Silver City Hwy north of Broken Hill.

In QLD, Birdsville top the rain list with 39.6mm and was isolated by impassable roads, including the Birdsville Track. Birdsville Hotel owner Kym Fort told the Courier Mail stranded travellers had been forced to relax and spend the day in the pub or coffee shop. A report on the rain farther east is given for 2 October.

Cold day in southern Australia

It was an unusually cold day across much of the continent as a result of cloud cover and rain associated with the Low in the east, and colder southern air moving up behind the low in the west. Large parts of NSW, VIC and southern WA reported minima 6 to 11 below average.

News sources: ABC, News.com, Northern Daily Leader, Daily Liberal, Central Western Daily, Courier Mail

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 October:
South Australia:
017110 LEIGH CREEK AIRPORT 22.0 (13.4, 11)

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

44.8 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD
39.3 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
39.1 NGUKURR N Rivers NT
39.1 ELLIOTT N Plateau NT
39.0 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA

+4.7   38.4 LONGREACH AERO Central West QLD
+3.5   36.5 JERVOIS N Plateau NT
+3.3   37.9 WINTON POST OFFICE Northwest QLD
+3.2   34.6 EMERALD AIRPORT Central Highlands QLD
+3.0   32.3 INJUNE POST OFFICE Maranoa QLD

28.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.9 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
27.6 WAVE HILL N Rivers NT
27.1 THE MONUMENT AIRPORT Northwest QLD
27.0 TREPELL AIRPORT Northwest QLD

+9.1   25.7 ISISFORD POST OFFICE Central West QLD
+8.3   25.8 URANDANGIE Northwest QLD
+8.2   25.8 WINTON POST OFFICE Northwest QLD
+7.8   24.5 LONGREACH AERO Central West QLD
+6.9   20.3 THANGOOL AIRPORT Wide Bay/Burnett QLD

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

2.7 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
3.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
3.4 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
3.7 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
4.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC

-10.9   13.5 BALRANALD RSL Southwest Plains NSW
-10.9   15.2 IVANHOE POST OFFICE Southwest Plains NSW
-10.5   11.7 TOCUMWAL AIRPORT Riverina E NSW
-10.5   14.0 HAY (MILLER STREET) Riverina W NSW
-10.4   10.7 NHILL Wimmera N VIC
-10.4   12.2 KERANG (POST OFFICE) Lower North VIC

-6.1 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-5.6 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
-5.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.5 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW

-7.8   8.2 BYRON BAY (CAPE BYRON LIGHTHOUSE) North Coast NSW
-7.5   2.3 BATEMANS BAY (CATALINA COUNTRY CLUB) South Coast NSW
-7.3   12.3 ROEBOURNE E Pilbara WA
-6.7   8.4 KAIRI RESEARCH STATION N Coast--Barron QLD
-6.7   5.2 LOSTOCK DAM Hunter Valley NSW

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.

102.6 DUNDEE (KARINGA) N Tablelands W NSW
96.0 COPMANHURST POST OFFICE North Coast NSW
92.4 DUNDEE (WATTLE DALE) N Tablelands W NSW
90.2 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW
73.8 SOUTH GRAFTON POST OFFICE North Coast NSW

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Northeast
52.0 BIMBOWRIE

QUEENSLAND
    Channel Country
50.1 ROSEBERTH STATION
    Darling Downs E
50.6 RIVERVIEW

NEW SOUTH WALES
    NW Slopes N
69.5 INVERELL (GLENDOWNE)
    N Tablelands W
102.6 DUNDEE (KARINGA)
92.4 DUNDEE (WATTLE DALE)
90.2 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK)
    North Coast
96.0 COPMANHURST POST OFFICE
73.8 SOUTH GRAFTON POST OFFICE

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 28.0 -4.8 22.6 +0.3 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 14.7 -4.0 9.0 0.0 3.4
PERTH AIRPORT 19.7 -2.7 10.2 0.0 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 16.9 -8.7 8.0 -2.9 1.6
DARWIN AIRPORT 34.3 +1.2 23.7 -1.3 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 31.2 +0.4 18.4 +3.7 12.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 17.6 -4.0 8.5 -2.9 17.4
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 11.3 -6.5 6.7 -0.4 2.4
CAIRNS AERO 29.4 -0.1 16.2 -4.4 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 29.4 0.0 21.4 +0.7 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 31.0 +1.4 20.7 +3.8 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 20.6 -7.0 12.9 -0.5 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 22.8 15.5 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 14.7 6.4 0.6
COFFS HARBOUR MO 19.0 -4.5 15.5 +1.7 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 20.6 -1.5 13.1 -0.8 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 21.6 -0.4 10.9 -2.6 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 19.8 -3.7 7.5 -4.6 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 20.0 -2.0 9.0 -3.6 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 14.0 -5.2 3.4 -2.6 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 13.7 -7.5 6.7 -1.0 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 14.2 -9.5 8.5 -1.2 5.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 14.8 -4.3 4.3 -3.3 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 14.3 -5.3 7.5 -1.9 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 12.3 -6.7 2.4 -5.8 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 9.8 -6.7 3.5 -2.7 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 13.1 -3.3 2.1 -3.5 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 13.0 -3.9 3.6 -4.1 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.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    NE Pastoral
LEIGH CREEK AIRPORT
5.2mm in 7 min to 01:11 44.6mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 01:30 10.8mm/h
    W Agricultural
WHYALLA AERO
7.8mm in 17 min to 14:00 27.5mm/h
11.2mm in 1 hr to 14:00 11.2mm/h
11.2mm in 1 hr to 14:30 11.2mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.3mm/h
    Mt Lofty Ranges
HINDMARSH ISLAND AWS
7.0mm in 18 min to 22:18 23.3mm/h
4.2mm in 12 min to 22:30 21.0mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 22:30 14.0mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Channel Country
BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT
12.2mm in 1 hr to 02:00 12.2mm/h
10.2mm in 1 hr to 03:00 10.2mm/h
27.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 9.0mm/h
    Darling Downs E
STANTHORPE (GRANITE BELT HRS)
16.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.3mm/h
10.6mm in 1 hr to 21:00 10.6mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.3mm/h
GOONDIWINDI AIRPORT
15.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Upper Darling
COBAR MO
16.2mm in 30 min to 19:00 32.4mm/h
16.4mm in 1 hr to 19:00 16.4mm/h
3.8mm in 1 min to 19:24 228.0mm/h
9.4mm in 27 min to 19:51 20.9mm/h
39.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 13.0mm/h
COBAR AIRPORT AWS
6.2mm in 13 min to 18:19 28.6mm/h
11.4mm in 41 min to 19:00 16.7mm/h
4.4mm in 11 min to 19:38 24.0mm/h
15.6mm in 1 hr to 20:00 15.6mm/h
35.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 11.7mm/h
    CW Plains S
WEST WYALONG AIRPORT AWS
13.8mm in 1 hr to 21:00 13.8mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h
    CW Plains N
TRANGIE RESEARCH STATION AWS
16.6mm in 27 min to 21:00 36.9mm/h
16.6mm in 1 hr to 21:00 16.6mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.7mm/h
    NW Plains E
MOREE AERO
11.4mm in 30 min to 23:00 22.8mm/h
11.4mm in 1 hr to 23:00 11.4mm/h
12.0mm in 1 hr to 23:30 12.0mm/h
    N Tablelands W
INVERELL RESEARCH CENTRE
10.0mm in 1 hr to 16:00 10.0mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.7mm/h
GLEN INNES AIRPORT AWS
13.0mm in 1 hr to 18:00 13.0mm/h
28.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 9.3mm/h
    North Coast
GRAFTON RESEARCH STN
12.0mm in 1 hr to 22:30 12.0mm/h
    C Tablelands N
MUDGEE AIRPORT AWS
5.0mm in 11 min to 22:15 27.3mm/h
    CW Slopes S
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS
6.0mm in 8 min to 21:08 45.0mm/h
11.8mm in 1 hr to 22:00 11.8mm/h
    South Coast
BRAIDWOOD RACECOURSE AWS
18.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.0mm/h
    Goulburn/Monaro
CANBERRA AIRPORT
16.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.3mm/h
TUGGERANONG (ISABELLA PLAINS)
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
MURRURUNDI GAP AWS : 82(320/ 63 ) at 23:04