Wednesday 29 OCT 2003

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Dust storm moves across NSW, QLD
Strong winds intensify bushfires in NSW, QLD
Heat continues in QLD

Dust storm moves across NSW, QLD

Dust picked up by gale force winds across SA and western NSW and QLD yesterday moved into northeastern NSW and most of QLD overnight, with the sun rising as a deep orange orb from the NSW Illawarra to the Gulf of Carpentaria. In the two states, only southern NSW and the central and northern coastal plains of QLD did not report moderate to heavy dust haze today. Light rain showers were also widespread across the two states during the morning, resulting in a lot of cars and washing spattered with a layer of red dust. The belt of strong winds crossed central eastern and northeastern parts of NSW overnight, giving Mt Boyce in the Blue Mountains a gust of 100km/h and Murrurundi Gap in the Upper Hunter 93km/h before moving out into the Tasman.

Reports from specific centres:

  • QLD:
    • In the state's west at 9am, Longreach reported visibility down to 2km and Winton 3km.
    • Bollon in the Warrego, which had duststorms much of yesterday, reported visibility down to 100m in dust at 5 this morning.
    • On the Darling Downs, low visibility reports were 3.5km at Goondiwindi at 6am, 2km at Toowoomba and 3 at Texas at 9am, and 4km at Oakey at both 9am and noon.
    • In the SE, Amberley reported visibility down to 3km at 9am and still only 4km at noon; Hinze Dam behind the Gold Coast reported 800m visibility in thick dust at 9am. Brisbane Airport's visibility hovered between 6 and 10km throughout daylight hours.
  • NSW:
    • On the Northern Tablelands and Slopes, Tamworth reported visibility between 300 and 500m from 4am to 8am. Other low visibility reports at 9am were Tenterfield 500m, Barraba and Inverell 900m, Pindari Dam 1km and Woolbrook 2km. In Armidale, the visibility hovered around 6km all morning.
    • The wind gusted to 111km/h at 3.45am with a 20-minute average of 93km/h at the automatic weather station atop Mt Borah, 30km NW of Manilla.
    • Most coastal stations from the Hunter north reported visibilities of around 5 to 10km during the morning. At 9am, Coffs Harbour's was reduced to 500m, Alstonville and Lismore 2km, Smoky Cape and Byron Bay 3km.

Strong winds intensify bushfires in NSW, QLD

Strong westerlies fanned bushfires burning on two fronts south of Beenleigh on the Gold Coast, believed to have been started by fallen powerlines. The fires destroyed a house at Upper Coomera and two near Pimpama, partly damaged two other buildings and caused the evacuation of residents and livestock. North of Newcastle, 60 firefighters battled a blaze that burned through at least 400ha of scrub, threatening the Williamtown RAAF base.

Heat continues in QLD

Maximum temperature records fell in coastal QLD today as the warm airmass that has been building in western QLD moved east. Ingham, Collinsville, Redcliffe and Cape Moreton, as well as Cape Byron in NSW, all set new high October top temperatures. Details are below.

News sources: Daily Leader (Tamworth), Illawarra Mercury, SMH, Courier-Mail, News.com, ABC, AAP

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):
Highest daily maximum temperature for October:
Queensland:
032078 INGHAM COMPOSITE 38.8 (38.1, 34)
033013 COLLINSVILLE POST OFFICE 39.8, 45)
040043 CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE 31.5 (31.2, 45)
040697 REDCLIFFE COUNCIL 35.3 (34.0, 19)
New South Wales:
058009 BYRON BAY (CAPE BYRON LIGHTHOUSE) 32.0 (30.7, 25)

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

44.9 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD
44.5 NGUKURR N Rivers NT
43.2 MCARTHUR RIVER MINE N Rivers NT
43.0 DALY WATERS AWS N Rivers NT
42.8 WOLLOGORANG N Rivers NT

+10.0   35.3 REDCLIFFE COUNCIL Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+9.6   33.5 COOLANGATTA AIRPORT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+9.3   34.5 REDLANDS HRS Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+8.8   35.3 NAMBOUR DPI Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+8.6   40.0 EMERALD AIRPORT Central Highlands QLD
+8.6   31.5 CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
28.3 DUM IN MIRRIE AWS N Rivers NT
28.2 CLONCURRY AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
27.8 TOORAK RESEARCH STATION Gulf Country QLD
27.5 BLACK POINT N Rivers NT
27.5 NGUKURR N Rivers NT

+10.3   26.5 CLERMONT POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
+10.2   27.8 TOORAK RESEARCH STATION Gulf Country QLD
+9.8   23.0 GOONDIWINDI AIRPORT Darling Downs E QLD
+9.8   23.5 SURAT Maranoa QLD
+9.5   26.8 EMERALD AIRPORT Central Highlands QLD

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

0.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
0.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
1.3 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
2.5 CABRAMURRA SMHEA AWS SW Slopes S NSW
3.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS

-7.7   27.2 MARDIE W Pilbara WA
-7.3   8.1 OBERON (JENOLAN CAVES ROAD) C Tablelands S NSW
-7.1   11.6 LITHGOW (BIRDWOOD ST) C Tablelands S NSW
-6.8   15.7 MURRAY BRIDGE Murray Valley SA
-6.8   18.0 WELLINGTON (AGROWPLOW) CW Slopes S NSW
-6.8   0.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-6.8   12.4 TUMBARUMBA POST OFFICE SW Slopes S NSW

-3.9 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-3.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-3.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
-3.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-2.8 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC

-12.3   -2.2 EYRE Eucla WA
-7.0   4.1 EUCLA Eucla WA
-6.9   4.4 YARRAS (MOUNT SEAVIEW) MidNorth Coast S NSW
-5.5   3.9 GAWLER RANGES (NONNING) NW Pastoral SA
-5.3   3.5 ELLISTON (GUM VIEW) W Agricultural 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.

45.2 MELROSE Upper North SA
43.6 MELROSE (PARA GUMS) Upper North SA
35.8 TULLAH (MEREDITH STREET) W Coast TAS
31.2 LAKE MARGARET DAM W Coast TAS
28.0 HELIDON TM Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 29.7 -3.1 23.5 +1.2 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 20.5 -1.9 7.0 -3.2 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 15.3 -3.4 9.0 0.0 3.8
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 27.0 +1.4 13.3 +2.4 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 34.0 +0.9 27.1 +2.1 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 32.4 +1.6 14.4 -0.3 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 17.0 -4.6 9.5 -1.9 3.4
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 13.9 -3.9 5.4 -1.7 10.2
CAIRNS AERO 30.7 +1.2 21.7 +1.1 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 34.4 +5.0 26.0 +5.3 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 35.1 +5.5 22.6 +5.7 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 33.8 +6.2 20.3 +6.9 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 35.1 22.4 0.8
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 19.5 13.9 2.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 31.8 +8.3 18.4 +4.6 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 24.8 +2.7 16.0 +2.1 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 23.2 +1.2 15.2 +1.7 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 21.8 -1.7 12.6 +0.5 0.6
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 20.8 -1.2 11.8 -0.8 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 13.1 -6.1 7.7 +1.7 6.2
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 16.3 -4.9 7.6 -0.1 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 18.6 -5.1 8.0 -1.7 1.8
EAST SALE AIRPORT 15.3 -3.8 6.8 -0.8 3.8
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 15.8 -3.8 8.2 -1.2 7.2
LAVERTON RAAF 15.9 -3.1 6.6 -1.6 6.6
BALLARAT AERODROME 11.5 -5.0 3.7 -2.5 5.8
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 13.5 -2.9 1.0 -4.6 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 14.6 -2.3 6.1 -1.6 1.0

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
    Central Coast E
MACKAY AERO
8.0mm in 7 min to 15:08 68.6mm/h
15.0mm in 1 hr to 15:30 15.0mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
MURRURUNDI GAP AWS : 93(330/ 72 ) at 00:00
    C Tablelands S
MOUNT BOYCE AWS : 100(270/ 54 ) at 03:16
    South Coast
GREEN CAPE AWS : 80(230/ 67 ) at 14:25
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 100(270/ 58 ) at 17:12
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 87(259/ 67 ) at 19:10
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 82(250/ 63 ) at 22:00
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 78(300/ 69 ) at 03:00
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 96(250/ 76 ) at 06:00
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 100(260/ 78 ) at 20:20