Friday 10 OCT 2003

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Cold in the east, hot in the west
Storms in SE QLD, NE NSW

Temperature departures from normal today: mimumum (above) and maximum (below). BoM

Cold in the east, hot in the west

Snow fell to low levels and October temperature records were set as a cold outbreak continued across southeastern states. Snow fell briefly in Cooma (778m asl) around 9am, and around parts of Canberra (~600m asl) later in the day, the first time snow has fallen in the capital in October since 1998. Delegate had 2 to 4cm accumulation, and the ABC reported light snow also in Bombala and Nimmitabel. Sleet was also reported from Tumbarumba (645m asl) and light snow at Oberon during the morning, while there were a few flurries in the Blue Mountains during the afternoon. Ski resorts in NSW and VIC reported steady light to moderate falls overnight, bringing the ski season to a satisfactory if early close. In VIC, sleet was reported at 9am at Noojee (275m asl), and light snow seems likely to have settled down to about the 600m level.

In TAS, light snow was reported by the observers at Launceston Airport and Powranna, both around 170m asl, at the 9am observation. Hail, sleet and sago snow occurred down to sea level. In the northeast, Lake Leake (580m asl) reported 6.5cm of snow on the ground at 6am, while Strathgordon in the Southwest (322m asl) and Maydena (275m asl) also reported overnight snow. 9am snow depths at Central Plateau stations were 19cm at Lake St Clair, 15cm at Cradle Mountain airstrip and 14cm in Tarraleah Village.

Overnight temperature records fell again today, this time in NSW as the cold air moved north. Brewarrina, Gulgong, Trangie and Wollongong all set new October low minima, with both overnight and daytime temperatures 6 to 10 below average over a wide area. In the NSW, VIC and TAS high country, temperatures stayed well below zero all day, with tops of only -3.9 at Mt Hotham and -3.0 at Thredbo.

In Adelaide, the Bureau statisticians have calculated that the average minimum temperature in Adelaide for the first 10 days of October 2003 was 7.8C, making it the coldest start to October since 1910 when it was 7.4. Daytime maxima have been not quite so cold, with the average maximum temperature for the first 10 days 16.6, making it the coldest start to October since 1966 when the average maximum for the same period was 16.1°C.

It was different in the west, however, with a large part of SW WA recording both minimum and maximum temperatures between 6 and 10 above average. Medina, 30km south of Perth, managed a top for the day of 33, 10.5 above average.

Storms in SE QLD, NE NSW

Widespread storms this afternoon and evening produced a damaging hailstorm on the NSW Mid North Coast and gave some heavy falls in SE QLD as the cold southern air produced instability. The hailstorm caused more then $1.5 million worth of damage to fruit, native flower and vegetable crops in the Wauchope, Port Macquarie and Stuarts Point area. In SE QLD, the heaviest falls were on the Sunshine Coast, where Tewantin reported 21.6mm in the hour to 1pm and Baroon Pocket Dam had 29mm in a severe thunderstorm just before 3pm.

News sources: ABC, BoM, News.com, Bombala Times

 

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):
Lowest daily minimum temperature for October:
New South Wales:
048015 BREWARRINA HOSPITAL 4.3 (4.8, 33)
051049 TRANGIE RESEARCH STATION AWS 0.1 (0.7, 34)
062013 GULGONG POST OFFICE 1.0 (1.5, 29)
068188 WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 4.7 (5.7, 32)

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

43.5 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD
39.6 WEST ROEBUCK W Kimberley WA
39.2 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
39.1 BIDYADANGA W Kimberley WA
38.3 CURTIN AERO W Kimberley WA

+10.6   33.0 MEDINA RESEARCH CENTRE Lower West WA
+10.3   29.0 WINDY HARBOUR Lower West WA
+10.2   30.0 DWELLINGUP Lower West WA
+9.7   32.0 LANCELIN Lower West WA
+9.1   29.8 KARNET Lower West WA
+9.1   31.5 JANDAKOT AERO Lower West WA

26.2 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
25.6 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
25.4 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
24.9 LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT S Peninsula QLD
24.8 CENTRE ISLAND N Rivers NT

+9.5   19.8 CARNAMAH Central West WA
+9.4   20.3 PAYNES FIND E Gascoyne WA
+9.3   19.0 MOORA Central West WA
+9.2   19.5 MORAWA Central West WA
+9.1   18.6 JANDAKOT AERO Lower West WA

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

-3.9 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-3.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-1.7 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-1.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC

-10.5   15.0 LAKE CARGELLIGO AIRPORT Riverina W NSW
-10.0   -0.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-9.8   -3.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-9.8   -2.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-9.3   6.1 OBERON (JENOLAN CAVES ROAD) C Tablelands S NSW
-9.3   15.5 WELLINGTON (AGROWPLOW) CW Slopes S NSW
-9.3   9.0 OMEO Upper NE VIC

-7.1 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-7.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-6.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-5.6 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-5.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-5.5 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS

-12.0   -1.9 EYRE Eucla WA
-10.0   0.1 TRANGIE RESEARCH STATION AWS CW Plains N NSW
-9.8   0.1 BARADINE FORESTRY NW Plains E NSW
-9.7   2.8 WANAARING POST OFFICE Upper Darling NSW
-9.3   3.2 COBAR MO Upper Darling 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.

35.0 ADELONG (THE WILLOWS) SW Slopes S NSW
33.4 WARATAH (16 COLLINS STREET) W Coast TAS
32.0 STRATHGORDON (GORDON POWER STATION) W Coast TAS
31.8 NATIONAL PARK FORESTRY Derwent Valley TAS
31.6 FAULCONBRIDGE (ST GEORGES CRESCENT) C Tablelands S NSW

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 38.1 +5.3 17.4 -4.9 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 31.4 +9.0 18.0 +7.8 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 20.9 +2.2 10.2 +1.2 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 25.6 0.0 11.1 +0.2 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.8 +0.7 23.4 -1.6 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 22.9 -7.9 10.6 -4.1 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 14.6 -7.0 7.4 -4.0 1.6
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 12.7 -5.1 5.7 -1.4 3.0
CAIRNS AERO 30.5 +1.0 21.0 +0.4 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 30.7 +1.3 21.0 +0.3 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 30.6 +1.0 16.4 -0.5 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 25.9 -1.7 13.7 +0.3 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 23.7 16.0 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 14.6 3.0 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 20.2 -3.3 13.5 -0.3 6.6
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 20.0 -2.1 11.2 -2.7 6.2
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 20.1 -1.9 9.5 -4.0 2.4
PROSPECT DAM 20.1 -3.4 5.3 -6.8 0.2
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 17.4 -4.6 4.7 -7.9 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 13.2 -6.0 4.3 -1.7 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 13.6 -7.6 2.8 -4.9 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 16.6 -7.1 4.7 -5.0 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 12.8 -6.3 3.9 -3.7 2.8
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 14.9 -4.7 6.5 -2.9 0.8
LAVERTON RAAF 14.6 -4.4 4.8 -3.4 1.4
BALLARAT AERODROME 10.8 -5.7 1.9 -4.3 2.6
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 10.9 -5.5 -2.1 -7.7 1.2
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 10.5 -6.4 4.1 -3.6 5.4

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
    Central Coast E
YEPPOON THE ESPLANADE
9.4mm in 38 min to 20:00 14.8mm/h
    Wide Bay/Burnett
ROCKHAMPTON AERO
11.4mm in 1 hr to 19:00 11.4mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h
    Brisbane/SE Coast
NAMBOUR DPI
12.6mm in 1 hr to 16:00 12.6mm/h
MAROOCHYDORE AERO
10.6mm in 30 min to 12:00 21.2mm/h
12.2mm in 1 hr to 12:00 12.2mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 12:30 10.8mm/h
TEWANTIN RSL PARK
21.6mm in 58 min to 12:58 22.3mm/h
27.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 9.0mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    South Coast
MONTAGUE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 95(170/ 82 ) at 20:22
GREEN CAPE AWS : 98(200/ 76 ) at 19:56
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 124(250/ 80 ) at 01:45
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 104(239/ 80 ) at 03:20
    E Central
SOUTH CHANNEL ISLAND : 83(220/ 63 ) at 07:03
    W Coast
CAPE NELSON LIGHTHOUSE : 82(190/ 65 ) at 04:35
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 115(230/ 87 ) at 03:00
    E Coast
EDDYSTONE POINT : 98(180/ 78 ) at 13:00
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 96(120/ 65 ) at 05:54
TASMAN ISLAND : 83(140/ 69 ) at 05:27
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 113(240/ 82 ) at 01:52