Wednesday 15 OCT 2003

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Scattered severe storms in VIC, NSW
Strong winds cause damage in Port Pirie SA

Scattered severe storms in VIC, NSW

A trough and weak cold front crossed VIC, western and central NSW and SW QLD today bringing widespread thunderstorms, some of which were severe. There were isolated reports of very heavy rain with the storms, the most noteworthy being 10.6mm in just 6 minutes about 4pm at Scoresby, 20km ESE of Melbourne CBD. Flash flooding was reported from Kew, Broadmeadows, Glen Waverley and Ferntree Gully as multicell storms crossed Melbourne around 4pm. A possible supercell thunderstorm was identified near Urana, 100km WSW of Wagga (go here for a detailed report from Stormplanet), and may have been the same storm system that brought cricket-ball sized hail to the Dookie area between Shepparton and Benalla and tennis ball sized hail at St James, 40km WNW of Wangaratta. Wheat and canola crops around Dookie and Devenish were wiped out (2,000 hectares) or badly damaged (6,500ha) by hail, while trees were uprooted and fences, silos and haystacks damaged. Reports of 13 to 25mm of rain in 10 minutes were received from Dookie. Tallangatta VIC recorded 31.4 and Thredbo Crackenback 30.0mm in an hour or two mid-afternoon.

Strong winds cause damage in Port Pirie SA

Squally winds accompanying the change caused minor but remarkable damage in a limited area of Port Pirie SA. Deputy controller with the Port Pirie SES, Jason Murphy, said "the wind has blown down a fence, a pergola has been ripped off and landed two houses down, a sheet of tin has flown into a hot water service and tiles were lifted up and broken." A solid concrete statue was blown from one end of a pergola to another.

News sources: The Recorder (Port Pirie), The Age, ABC Goulburn-Murray

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

40.1 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
39.8 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
39.8 ELLIOTT N Plateau NT
39.6 RABBIT FLAT N Plateau NT
39.5 KIMBERLEY RES.STATION E Kimberley WA

+7.7   23.4 WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE W Gippsland VIC
+7.5   26.5 LAKES ENTRANCE E Gippsland VIC
+7.3   27.0 ORBOST (COMPARISON) E Gippsland VIC
+7.1   23.8 FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT Flinders Is/Bass St TAS
+6.8   25.9 EAST SALE AIRPORT W Gippsland VIC

27.0 WARRUWI N Rivers NT
26.7 DUM IN MIRRIE AWS N Rivers NT
26.4 BLACK POINT N Rivers NT
25.6 NORMANTON AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
25.5 MANINGRIDA N Rivers NT

+8.5   14.6 ARARAT PRISON Western Plains VIC
+8.4   17.2 OUYEN (POST OFFICE) Mallee N VIC
+8.3   18.0 MILDURA AIRPORT Mallee N VIC
+8.1   19.3 BROKEN HILL AIRPORT AWS Lower Darling NSW
+7.8   19.5 BROKEN HILL (PATTON STREET) Lower Darling NSW

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

6.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
7.5 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
7.7 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
8.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
8.8 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC

-5.1   18.5 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
-4.4   20.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
-3.6   20.0 KIMBA W Agricultural SA
-3.5   19.8 PEARCE RAAF Lower West WA
-3.5   23.1 BALGAIR Eucla WA
-3.5   20.5 ALSTONVILLE TROPICAL FRUIT RESEARCH STAT North Coast NSW

-1.8 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-1.5 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS
-0.7 COOMA AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-0.2 CUNDERDIN AIRFIELD Cent Wheatbelt WA
0.3 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW

-8.2   1.9 EYRE Eucla WA
-7.8   13.7 WAVE HILL N Rivers NT
-7.6   16.6 TIMBER CREEK N Rivers NT
-7.6   9.9 URANDANGIE Northwest QLD
-7.3   2.1 CUNDERDIN Cent Wheatbelt 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.

44.4 BLACKBRAES N.P Upper Carpentaria QLD
42.0 THORAK CEMETERY N Rivers NT
29.0 GROOTE EYLANDT AIRPORT AWS N Rivers NT
28.4 DAYSDALE (DENNISON STREET) Riverina E NSW
26.0 BELLENDEN KER TOP STN N Coast--Barron QLD

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 30.6 -2.2 21.2 -1.1 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 20.7 -1.7 8.0 -2.2 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 18.6 -0.1 8.2 -0.8 0.8
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 23.1 -2.5 7.4 -3.5 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.8 -0.3 25.1 +0.1 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 33.7 +2.9 14.1 -0.6 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 19.1 -2.5 14.5 +3.1 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 17.1 -0.7 12.3 +5.2 0.4
CAIRNS AERO 29.7 +0.2 20.4 -0.2 3.4
TOWNSVILLE AERO 28.3 -1.1 20.6 -0.1 0.4
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 27.6 -2.0 16.0 -0.9 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 26.9 -0.7 8.6 -4.8 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 23.4 12.4 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 18.7 3.5 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 22.6 -0.9 10.9 -2.9 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 22.4 +0.3 11.9 -2.0 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 21.6 -0.4 11.8 -1.7 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 27.9 +4.4 7.5 -4.6 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 21.8 -0.2 9.9 -2.7 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 20.4 +1.2 2.7 -3.3 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 20.4 -0.8 9.1 +1.4 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 26.3 +2.6 18.0 +8.3 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 25.9 +6.8 4.4 -3.2 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 22.4 +2.8 15.1 +5.7 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 21.8 +2.8 14.5 +6.3 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 18.5 +2.0 12.2 +6.0 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 20.4 +4.0 6.6 +1.0 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 23.1 +6.2 12.0 +4.3 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.
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Upper Darling
COBAR MO
2.0mm in 1 min to 10:59 120.0mm/h
    Snowy Mtns
THREDBO AWS
10.0mm in 1 hr to 15:00 10.0mm/h
8.0mm in 44 min to 16:00 10.9mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 16:00 10.8mm/h
VICTORIA
    E Central
SCORESBY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
10.6mm in 6 min to 16:01 106.0mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 16:30 14.0mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.7mm/h
DUNNS HILL
10.4mm in 26 min to 16:30 24.0mm/h
11.2mm in 1 hr to 16:30 11.2mm/h
11.2mm in 1 hr to 17:00 11.2mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Snowy Mtns
THREDBO AWS : 93(320/ 74 ) at 18:10
VICTORIA
    W Central
POINT WILSON : 69(210/ 63 ) at 16:02
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 80(310/ 65 ) at 11:46
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 85(300/ 67 ) at 00:32
TASMAN ISLAND : 78(350/ 65 ) at 05:58