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Thunderstorms bring heavy rain, hail to SE QLD, NE NSW

Above: This specially colour-enhanced IR satellite image by Carl Smith dramatically captures the storm development in the SE QLD trough. The normal grey scale of the image has been manipulated to emphasise cloud top temperatures below minus 40°C typically associated with thunderheads. The main developments over SE QLD stand out in bright red from 05.30UTC (3.30pm) to 10.30UTC (8.30pm). Red over SA is high cloud. BoM. (GMS-5 backup with GOES-9 operated by the joint effort of JMA and US NOAA NESDIS over the Western Pacific)
Below: Brisbane (Marburg) radar animation from 02.40 to 10.40UTC (12.40pm to 8.40pm) shows unusually messy storm tracks across SE QLD with dark red pixels indicating some long-lasting and widely spread areas of hail. BoM

A surface trough lingering along the QLD/NSW border combined with a small, sharp upper trough to produce thunderstorms with some heavy rain and hail this afternoon over SE QLD. A line of storms developed around 2pm from Emerald to Coffs Harbour and moved east to clear the QLD Central and SE Coasts late evening. The heaviest falls were in the Gold Coast hinterland where many locations scored 50 to 75mm for the 24 hours to 9am Saturday, most falling in a few hours as the storms passed late this afternoon and evening. Mt Tamborine recorded 74.2mm, O'Reillys 67 and Springbrook and Canungra 63mm. On the Darling Downs, Dalby Airport recorded 67mm between 3 and 9pm, and on the NSW North Coast there were heavy falls just west of Murwillumbah where Boat Harbour received 67mm and Eungella 60.5. Heavy short-duration falls are listed below. Hail to 2.5cm diameter was reported at Baralaba, 120km SW of Rockhampton, and between Gympie and Nambour. Large hail was reported on the Sunshine Coast, golfball sized hail at Ipswich and golf to tennis ball sized hail was reported at Kalbar, 40km SSW of Ipswich. Strong winds brought down trees along the Capricorn Highway between Bluff and Dingo east of Emerald.

In NE NSW, there were reports of golfball sized hail from Tabulam and Woodenbong.

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

42.2 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
42.0 KIMBERLEY RES.STATION E Kimberley WA
42.0 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
42.0 ELLIOTT N Plateau NT
41.6 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
41.6 TIMBER CREEK N Rivers NT

+8.4   39.5 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
+8.0   39.7 YULARA AERO N Plateau NT
+7.4   38.9 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
+7.1   38.5 CURTIN SPRINGS N Plateau NT
+7.0   37.0 WILUNA Interior WA

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.9 DUM IN MIRRIE AWS N Rivers NT
27.1 DARWIN AIRPORT N Rivers NT
27.0 WARRUWI N Rivers NT
26.9 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
26.9 MANINGRIDA N Rivers NT

+8.1   24.9 WATARRKA N Plateau NT
+7.1   22.0 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
+6.7   20.6 CURTIN SPRINGS N Plateau NT
+6.3   19.7 AMBERLEY AMO Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+6.2   23.1 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
+6.2   20.0 GYMPIE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

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

7.7 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
7.9 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
8.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
8.8 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
9.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
9.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
9.0 CRADLE MOUNTAIN AIRSTRIP Central Plateau TAS

-9.4   15.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
-6.7   16.2 EUCLA Eucla WA
-6.3   20.3 BALGAIR Eucla WA
-6.2   17.4 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
-5.3   17.0 RAVENSTHORPE Cent Wheatbelt WA

-4.2 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
-3.6 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.4 COOMA AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-2.4 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-2.2 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-2.2 TUNNACK FIRE STATION Southeast TAS

-7.9   1.4 PHILLIP ISLAND PENGUIN RESERVE E Central VIC
-7.4   15.0 VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS N Rivers NT
-7.4   1.0 ROSEDALE (TURRETFIELD RESEARCH CENTRE) Adelaide/Lofty SA
-6.8   1.7 FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT Flinders Is/Bass St TAS
-6.6   3.2 KADINA Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA

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.

67.0 WOWAN POST OFFICE Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
61.0 BLACKWATER WATER TREAT Central Highlands QLD
55.0 WUNBURRA Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
52.8 WOODBINE Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
44.4 DULULU POST OFFICE Wide Bay/Burnett QLD

QUEENSLAND
    Central Highlands
61.0 BLACKWATER WATER TREAT
    Wide Bay/Burnett
67.0 WOWAN POST OFFICE
52.8 WOODBINE
44.4 DULULU POST OFFICE
    Brisbane/SE Coast
55.0 WUNBURRA

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 31.2 -1.6 25.1 +2.8 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 25.6 +3.2 12.9 +2.7 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 18.2 -0.5 8.6 -0.4 0.2
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 26.5 +0.9 12.3 +1.4 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 34.7 +1.6 27.1 +2.1 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 37.7 +6.9 15.5 +0.8 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 18.3 -3.3 7.4 -4.0 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 17.2 -0.6 6.4 -0.7 0.4
CAIRNS AERO 30.1 +0.6 22.7 +2.1 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.0 +1.6 25.1 +4.4 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 32.5 +2.9 19.6 +2.7 1.6
AMBERLEY AMO 33.4 +5.8 19.7 +6.3 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 29.1 19.8 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 24.8 6.8 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 24.9 +1.4 13.9 +0.1 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 21.7 -0.4 17.7 +3.8 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 23.4 +1.4 15.9 +2.4 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 23.4 -0.1 13.3 +1.2 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 19.8 -2.2 12.2 -0.4 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 21.3 +2.1 2.5 -3.5 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 24.3 +3.1 4.8 -2.9 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 22.9 -0.8 5.5 -4.2 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 17.6 -1.5 7.2 -0.4 4.4
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 20.2 +0.6 9.2 -0.2 5.0
LAVERTON RAAF 18.8 -0.2 6.4 -1.8 1.6
BALLARAT AERODROME 18.1 +1.6 6.9 +0.7 1.2
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 15.3 -1.1 2.4 -3.2 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 16.7 -0.2 4.6 -3.1 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.
QUEENSLAND
    Wide Bay/Burnett
GAYNDAH AIRPORT
23.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 7.7mm/h
ROCKHAMPTON AERO
10.0mm in 20 min to 19:30 30.0mm/h
10.2mm in 1 hr to 19:30 10.2mm/h
    Brisbane/SE Coast
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND GATTON
16.4mm in 1 hr to 19:00 16.4mm/h
13.2mm in 1 hr to 20:00 13.2mm/h
32.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 10.7mm/h
COOLANGATTA AIRPORT
15.4mm in 30 min to 19:30 30.8mm/h
16.8mm in 1 hr to 19:30 16.8mm/h
22.2mm in 1 hr to 20:00 22.2mm/h
10.2mm in 1 hr to 20:30 10.2mm/h
30.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 10.0mm/h
GOLD COAST SEAWAY
8.6mm in 20 min to 19:25 25.8mm/h
4.2mm in 11 min to 19:36 22.9mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.7mm/h
    Darling Downs E
INGLEWOOD FOREST
9.4mm in 7 min to 15:44 80.6mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 8.0mm/h
DALBY AIRPORT
67.0mm in 6 hr to 21:00 11.2mm/h
WARWICK
11.6mm in 17 min to 17:15 40.9mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    MidNorth Coast N
KEMPSEY AIRPORT AWS
12.0mm in 1 hr to 23:00 12.0mm/h
    Sydney--west
PENRITH LAKES AWS
11.2mm in 1 hr to 15:30 11.2mm/h
No reports of wind gusts above 90km/h or sustained winds above 63km/h