Monday 13 OCT 2003

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Cold in the NT
80% of NSW still in drought

Cold in the NT

The continuing cold airmass brought minimum temperatures 8 to 11 below normal over much of the NT away from the coast this morning. The extensive burst of southern air has been breaking records and causing extensive frost damage across eastern and central Austalia since the start of the month. The low of 4.6 at Alice Springs was 10.2 below the October norm, while Ali Curung, halfway between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek, recorded its second lowest October minimum in 15 years of record with a reading of 9.0.

80% of NSW still in drought

September drought figures for NSW, issued today by the Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Ian Macdonald, show that 78.9% of the state is still officially in drought despite recent rain. The figure is up 2% on August. Parts of Hume and Moree had come out of drought since last month, but the South Coast, Maitland, Brewarrina and part of Moss Vale had gone back into drought. Parts of the Monaro are experiencing a critical water situation, with springs in the Moonbah area, 10km SW of Jindabyne, reported to be dry for the first time in at least 50 years.

The wheat harvest for the state is expected to be down by 30%, while rice and cotton yields are also expected to be low. In the Parkes area, the District Agronomist, Karen Roberts, estimated that average wheat losses would be 50% with quite a few crops experiencing losses of up to 100%. "Two weeks of very hot, windy conditions during September really knocked the majority of crops around," she said. "Adding to this problem was the fact that September ... entered the record books as one of the driest September months ever [Parkes recorded 4.4mm for the month]." While there were falls of 10 to 50mm early in October, she said the falls hadn't occurred where it was needed most. "It really was a case of too little too late to save many crops. A fortnight earlier would have been much more useful to those crops suffering stress caused by lack of moisture. But it has really been the unseasonal frosts - in particular two severe frosts with several hours of below zero temperatures - that has just about been the final straw."

News sources: AAP, ABC, Parkes Champion-Post

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

42.0 BRADSHAW N Rivers NT
38.1 BATCHELOR AERO N Rivers NT
38.1 OENPELLI N Rivers NT
38.0 JABIRU AIRPORT N Rivers NT
37.9 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
37.9 MIDDLE POINT AWS N Rivers NT

+8.8   31.7 EUCLA Eucla WA
+6.6   29.2 EYRE Eucla WA
+6.6   31.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
+4.9   26.3 ELLISTON W Agricultural SA
+4.7   20.3 MAYDENA POST OFFICE Derwent Valley TAS

26.0 WARRUWI N Rivers NT
25.9 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
25.6 BLACK POINT N Rivers NT
25.6 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
24.2 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
24.2 GALIWINKU N Rivers NT
24.2 COOKTOWN AIRPORT N Coast--Barron QLD
24.2 WILLIS ISLAND Islands ISL

+9.1   19.4 BALGAIR Eucla WA
+6.5   15.2 BALLADONIA Eucla WA
+6.5   16.6 EYRE Eucla WA
+5.3   12.8 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
+4.8   15.9 EUCLA Eucla WA

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

5.0 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
8.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
8.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
9.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
9.3 NULLO MOUNTAIN AWS C Tablelands N NSW
9.3 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS

-8.0   16.5 LOSTOCK DAM Hunter Valley NSW
-7.6   17.0 BADGINGARRA RESEARCH STN Lower West WA
-7.1   17.6 SCONE SCS Hunter Valley NSW
-6.8   19.4 JERRYS PLAINS POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
-6.6   18.6 DALWALLINU COMPARISON Central West WA

-6.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-5.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.3 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
-4.1 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-3.9 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC

-10.7   11.7 VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS N Rivers NT
-10.5   11.0 WAVE HILL N Rivers NT
-10.1   4.6 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT N Plateau NT
-9.5   9.0 ALI CURUNG N Plateau NT
-9.4   12.0 DALY WATERS AWS N Rivers NT

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.

49.0 MOURILYAN HARBOUR N Coast--Herbert QLD
48.8 ARVE VALLEY (ARVE ROAD) W Coast TAS
41.8 HOME HILL POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD
41.0 LUCINDA POST OFFICE N Coast--Herbert QLD
39.4 WHYANBEEL VALLEY N Coast--Barron QLD

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 30.1 -2.7 17.3 -5.0 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 18.2 -4.2 10.7 +0.5 12.4
ALBANY AIRPORT 15.7 -3.0 9.1 +0.1 3.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 21.8 -3.8 12.7 +1.8 5.6
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.6 +0.5 22.8 -2.2 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 27.3 -3.5 4.6 -10.1 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 23.1 +1.5 8.9 -2.5 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 20.7 +2.9 4.0 -3.1 0.2
CAIRNS AERO 28.3 -1.2 22.4 +1.8 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 28.9 -0.5 22.3 +1.6 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 25.2 -4.4 16.5 -0.4 0.6
AMBERLEY AMO 25.0 -2.6 4.9 -8.5 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 22.6 9.4 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 15.5 2.0 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 21.0 -2.5 11.5 -2.3 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 17.9 -4.2 11.7 -2.2 9.2
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 18.1 -3.9 11.8 -1.7 30.0
PROSPECT DAM 19.3 -4.2 10.4 -1.7 1.8
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 17.5 -4.5 11.7 -0.9 5.4
CANBERRA AIRPORT 17.8 -1.4 3.4 -2.6 3.6
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 19.3 -1.9 3.3 -4.4 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 24.5 +0.8 7.9 -1.8 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 19.6 +0.5 0.9 -6.7 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 23.1 +3.5 9.7 +0.3 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 19.2 +0.2 8.3 +0.1 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 18.1 +1.6 3.2 -3.0 0.2
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 17.3 +0.9 5.7 +0.1 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 13.8 -3.1 6.5 -1.2 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.
No reports No reports of wind gusts above 90km/h or sustained winds above 63km/h