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Severe storms, large hail hit eastern SE NSW
Hail, heavy rain in VIC
Severe storms in SE QLD
Dust storms in SW QLD
Bushfire causes minor damage near Bundaberg QLD

Above: Hourly IR satellite images from 15.30UTC (1.30am EST) to 11.30UTC (9.30pm) today, with a final frame at 15.30UTC (1.30am Sunday). The cloud associated with yesterday's SE QLD storms drifts east into the Tasman while a huge cloudmass moves east with a surface trough over VIC, NSW and southern QLD. From the 01.30UTC (11.30am) image, red blotches, marking expanding cumulonimbus cloud tops, begin to appear over SE NSW, then proliferate northwards along the trough over the next four hours as severe storms fire up the Great Divide into southern QLD. Colour enhancement by Carl Smith. BoM. (GMS-5 backup with GOES-9 operated by the joint effort of JMA and US NOAA NESDIS over the Western Pacific)
Below: Combined lightning/radar image for 08.19 UTC (6.19pm) shows a continuous line of storms from eastern VIC to SE QLD. The blue and red fade-trails of lightning strikes suggest storm cells were generally moving ESE at around 70km/h in the south. Weatherzone.
Below: 20-minute image animation from Letterbox Radar, north of Wollongong, from 01.40UTC (11.40am) to 07.00UTC (5pm). The main storm line lies north from the ACT to Mudgee around 03UTC (1pm) and moves ESE, with possible severe cells (deep red shading indicating likely hail) east of the ACT and in the Hunter Valley. However, note the rogue storm that develops over the Blue Mountains in the first frame, ahead of the main line of storms. This intensified rapidly, with hail evident in the 03UTC (1pm) frame when the storm was over Springwood. After this, the storm exhibits classic supercell behaviour and turns left, moving ENE across Sydney's northwestern suburbs, and slowing. The main storm band then overtakes and briefly intensifies this cell south of Gosford just before 07UTC (5pm). BoM

Severe storms, large hail hit eastern SE NSW

An extensive line of thunderstorms developed ahead of a trough as it moved into warm moist air over eastern NSW this afternoon. Several severe storm cells, and possibly one supercell, brought large hail and flash flooding to scattered locations in an area from Gosford west to Orange and south to Canberra and the South Coast. Three people died in storm-related incidents, hail and property damage was caused in W and NW Sydney, and nearly 50,000 homes lost power for several hours or more.

The possible supercell thunderstorm developed over Blackheath in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney shortly before noon. It rapidly intensified, dropping 3.5cm diameter hail on Katoomba. Moving east, the storm dumped hail 10cm deep on Hawkesbury Road, Springwood, stopping traffic and stripping bark from trees. A man died when struck by a tree brought down by the storm near Wentworth Falls.

Once in the Sydney Basin, the storm exhibited supercell characteristics by veering to the left of its path, from ESE to ENE. This took it on a line from Penrith through Llandilo, Riverstone, Kenthurst, Berowra Waters and Berowra Heights, dropping hail of golfball size and larger. Hail at Riverstone Oval was described as being "the size of tomatoes", and severe roof damage was reported to several factories in the Riverstone complex. Heavy rain around Berowra to the north of Sydney caused flash flooding, stranding cars. Berowra recorded 88.0mm and Glenorie 50.1 in the 24 hours to 9am Sunday. 70mm fell at Berowra in one hour. Bringelly reported 24mm in the hour to 4pm, with nearby Badgerys Creek receiving 9.2mm in the 7 minutes to 3.51pm.

The SES answered over 200 calls in the wake of the storms, with hail damage to tiled roofs, windows and skylights. Many cars were damaged. An SES spokesman said that some homes in Riverstone may need to have entire roofs replaced. Power was cut to about 22,000 properties in the Blue Mountains and in an arc through western and northwestern outer Sydney suburbs, but most was restored by early Sunday morning.

Elsewhere in the state:

  • Two people died in a two-car collision near Huskisson on the South Coast at the height of the storm.
  • An 81-year-old woman was badly hurt when a tree fell on her car in the Southern Tablelands.
  • The SES received dozens of calls for damage management from Queanbeyan, Captains Flat, Goulburn, Yass and Young. The ABC reported tennis-ball sized hail at Queanbeyan, while Majors Creek, 15km SSW of Queanbeyan, recorded 37mm in the hour to 2pm. Power was cut to about 20,000 homes from Yass through Queanbeyan to Braidwood, including parts of Canberra.
  • In Yass, a century old tree, 4m in diameter at the base, was uprooted damaging vehicles and destroying a garage and carport. The Yass SES Controller described the storm as the worst in his 10 years with the service.
  • Wind gusted to 87km/h at Canberra Airport just before 1.30pm. Several houses north of the city were damaged.
  • A 20-minute storm brought down powerlines and large trees around Orange, Bathurst and Oberon resulting in 19 callouts for the SES. Wind unroofed a home at Lewis Ponds, 15km east of the Orange.
  • Storms this evening and again early on Sunday morning blacked out a large part of Armidale for 3 hours.

Hail, heavy rain in VIC

In VIC, hail and heavy rain closed a section of the main Western Highway near Leigh Creek, 10km east of Ballarat, around 1.30pm. The hail and rain coagulated to produce a 5cm coating of ice on the road, according to police. A driver died when he lost control of his car in heavy rain and hit trees about 4.30pm near Balliang, 20km SSW of Bacchus March.

East of Melbourne, flash flooding was reported from storms in the Latrobe Valley. East Sale Airport recorded 16.8mm in half an hour to 3pm, while Koornalla, 12km south of Traralgon, recorded 55mm between midday and 6pm..

Severe storms in SE QLD

SE QLD experienced widespread thunderstorms for the third day in a row, again producing the heaviest falls in the Gold Coast hinterland. In the hour to 10pm, flood alert gauges in the Lamington National Park on the NSW/QLD border recorded 55mm at Foxley, 43 at Darlington and 37 at O'Reillys.

A severe multicell storm brought large hail along the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. Tennis ball sized hail smashed car windscreens at Mapleton and Witta, while hail described as golfball to mandarin sized was reported farther south at Maleny. During the early evening, a supercellular thunderstorm produced 2cm to golfball sized hail around Toowoomba, then tracked through the Coominya, Lake Wivenhoe and Esk areas where hail up to cricket ball size destroyed house roofs, smashed windscreens, punctured rainwater tanks and stripped trees. Another severe storm produced very large hail and brought down trees across the road between Proston and Murgon around 80km W of Gympie, and destroyed 6 hectares of zucchinis and damaged a silo at Cloyna, a little to the north. 2 to 3cm diameter hail was reported in the Biggenden area farther north. Elsewhere, storms brought down trees at Redcliffe to the north of Brisbane, destroyed sheds at Swanfels near Warwick, and produced a 130km/h wind gust a Gatton.

Dust storms in SW QLD

Dust storms were reported from SW QLD today as the troughline that brought storms farther south passed through. Bedourie reported a dust storm lasting from 7.30am to late afternoon, with visibility at the 3pm observation reduced to 900m.

Bushfire causes minor damage near Bundaberg QLD

A fire at Invicta, 23km WNW of Bundaberg, burnt out about 80ha of bushland and threatened property. The fire destroyed a shed containing a caravan as well as fencing.

AAP, Australian, Central Western Daily, Sun-Herald, ABC Riverina, Courier (Ballarat), ABC, Weatherzone, Armidale Express, Hawkesbury Gazette, Yass Tribune

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

47.0 PALMERVILLE S Peninsula QLD
43.6 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD
42.6 JERVOIS N Plateau NT
42.3 ELLIOTT N Plateau NT
42.2 BOULIA AIRPORT Channel Country QLD

+11.5   47.0 PALMERVILLE S Peninsula QLD
+10.2   36.8 MORAWA Central West WA
+9.7   41.7 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
+9.6   42.6 JERVOIS N Plateau NT
+8.7   33.9 DALWALLINU COMPARISON Central West WA

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.5 DUM IN MIRRIE AWS N Rivers NT
27.3 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
26.8 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT N Plateau NT
26.5 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA

+12.1   26.8 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT N Plateau NT
+7.5   22.7 JERVOIS N Plateau NT
+7.2   18.5 PEAK HILL POST OFFICE CW Plains S NSW
+6.6   17.2 GUNNEDAH POOL NW Slopes S NSW
+6.5   20.2 WILUNA Interior WA
+6.5   18.6 YEELIRRIE Goldfields WA

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

4.6 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
6.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
6.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
6.6 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
6.6 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS

-7.3   13.6 CORRYONG (PARISH LANE) Lower NE VIC
-6.8   28.1 MARDIE W Pilbara WA
-6.4   18.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
-6.2   12.7 CASTERTON SHOWGROUNDS W Coast VIC
-6.1   13.2 MOUNT BARKER Adelaide/Lofty SA
-6.1   16.4 MURRAY BRIDGE Murray Valley SA
-6.1   10.8 HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) Southeast TAS

-2.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-0.5 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
0.4 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
1.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
1.3 MT HOTHAM AIRPORT Upper NE VIC

-6.6   13.0 ROEBOURNE E Pilbara WA
-4.7   15.2 WOLLOGORANG N Rivers NT
-3.8   14.7 MOUNT ISA AERO Gulf Country QLD
-3.7   17.3 BURKETOWN POST OFFICE Gulf Country QLD
-3.4   18.0 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.

92.0 NUMINBAH Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
86.0 ELANORA WATER TREAT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
82.4 UPPER MUDGEERABA WATER Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
78.2 MOOGERAH DAM Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
78.0 THE OVERFLOW ALERT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
92.0 NUMINBAH
86.0 ELANORA WATER TREAT
82.4 UPPER MUDGEERABA WATER
78.2 MOOGERAH DAM
78.0 THE OVERFLOW ALERT
77.0 RUDDS LANE ALERT
76.0 THE OVERFLOW TM
74.2 MT TAMBORINE FERN ST
71.0 MT TAMBORINE ALERT
67.0 O'REILLYS ALERT
64.0 LITTLE NERANG DAM
63.4 WIDGEE
63.0 CANUNGRA FINCH ROAD
63.0 SPRINGBROOK LOWER ALERT
63.0 LAHEYS LOOKOUT ALERT
60.3 PLACID HILLS
60.0 BENOBBLE ALERT
60.0 SPRINGBROOK ROAD
59.0 ROMANI ALERT
58.0 HINZE DAM
56.8 DARLINGTON
56.0 BEECHMONT ALERT
55.0 NERANG GILSTON RD
54.0 LUMEAH
53.0 DARLINGTON TM
52.0 LUMEAH ALERT
51.4 MIAMI BARDON AVE
51.0 DARLINGTON ALERT
    Darling Downs E
72.6 DALBY AIRPORT
55.4 WAMBO SHIRE COUNCIL

NEW SOUTH WALES
    N Tablelands E
61.0 EBOR (DUNOLLY)
50.0 OLD BONALBO POST OFFICE
    North Coast
67.0 BOAT HARBOUR (ROUS RIVER)
60.5 EUNGELLA (OXLEY RIVER)
58.2 NUMINBAH GATE
58.0 KUNGHUR (THE JUNCTION)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 30.1 -2.7 22.0 -0.3 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 29.2 +6.8 13.4 +3.2 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 19.5 +0.8 6.3 -2.7 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 28.8 +3.2 12.6 +1.7 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 35.9 +2.8 26.3 +1.3 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 38.6 +7.8 26.8 +12.1 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 16.1 -5.5 9.8 -1.6 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 15.6 -2.2 10.4 +3.3 0.2
CAIRNS AERO 30.2 +0.7 23.5 +2.9 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.1 +1.7 24.6 +3.9 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 32.1 +2.5 18.9 +2.0 11.6
AMBERLEY AMO 30.1 +2.5 16.3 +2.9 13.8
BRISBANE AERO 26.5 17.3 2.2
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 23.7 8.7 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 25.4 +1.9 15.1 +1.3 1.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 20.8 -1.3 18.5 +4.6 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 21.7 -0.3 17.8 +4.3 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 23.1 -0.4 14.9 +2.8 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 19.9 -2.1 13.1 +0.5 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 22.3 +3.1 9.8 +3.8 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 18.9 -2.3 8.1 +0.4 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 21.6 -2.1 11.1 +1.4 2.8
EAST SALE AIRPORT 18.0 -1.1 7.3 -0.3 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 18.4 -1.2 12.3 +2.9 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 16.7 -2.3 10.7 +2.5 0.2
BALLARAT AERODROME 15.8 -0.7 9.4 +3.2 0.2
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 17.1 +0.7 8.1 +2.5 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 10.8 -6.1 8.5 +0.8 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
    Mt Lofty Ranges
NOARLUNGA
18.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 6.0mm/h
    Lower Murray
MENINGIE
16.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.3mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Wide Bay/Burnett
GAYNDAH AIRPORT
7.8mm in 12 min to 21:00 39.0mm/h
13.0mm in 1 hr to 21:00 13.0mm/h
    Brisbane/SE Coast
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE
10.0mm in 27 min to 22:00 22.2mm/h
11.8mm in 1 hr to 22:00 11.8mm/h
HERVEY BAY AIRPORT
7.8mm in 42 min to 22:42 11.1mm/h
COOLANGATTA AIRPORT
4.2mm in 6 min to 22:06 42.0mm/h
19.4mm in 14 min to 22:20 83.1mm/h
28.6mm in 1 hr to 22:30 28.6mm/h
27.0mm in 1 hr to 23:00 27.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
CASINO AIRPORT AWS
7.0mm in 35 min to 19:35 12.0mm/h
10.4mm in 11 min to 19:46 56.7mm/h
18.0mm in 1 hr to 20:00 18.0mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.3mm/h
    Hunter Valley
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS
7.2mm in 10 min to 17:30 43.2mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 18:00 10.8mm/h
PATERSON (TOCAL AWS)
1.4mm in 1 min to 16:44 84.0mm/h
    Sydney--west
BADGERYS CREEK AIRPORT AWS
9.2mm in 7 min to 15:51 78.9mm/h
11.0mm in 1 hr to 16:30 11.0mm/h
PENRITH LAKES AWS
18.2mm in 1 hr to 14:00 18.2mm/h
12.6mm in 1 hr to 14:30 12.6mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 7.0mm/h
    South Coast
GREEN CAPE AWS
8.4mm in 22 min to 15:00 22.9mm/h
MORUYA AIRPORT AWS
11.8mm in 37 min to 15:00 19.1mm/h
12.6mm in 1 hr to 15:00 12.6mm/h
VICTORIA
    E Gippsland
GABO ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
34.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 11.3mm/h
    W Gippsland
EAST SALE AIRPORT
16.8mm in 30 min to 15:00 33.6mm/h
18.0mm in 1 hr to 15:00 18.0mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.0mm/h
19.8mm in 1 hr to 15:30 19.8mm/h
MT MOORNAPA
13.4mm in 1 hr to 19:00 13.4mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 7.7mm/h
    W Coast
MORTLAKE RACECOURSE
10.6mm in 1 hr to 12:30 10.6mm/h
12.4mm in 1 hr to 13:00 12.4mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.0mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND GATTON : 91(230/ 41 ) at 19:09
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Goulburn/Monaro
CANBERRA AIRPORT : 87(320/ 67 ) at 13:26
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 91(200/ 76 ) at 18:00