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Hail, snow and record cold as second front moves through NSW
Severe storms, large hail in NE Kimberley

Cold both night and day in the southeast. Minimum (above) and maximum (below) temperature departures from normal today. BoM

Hail, snow and record cold as second front moves through NSW

A cold front that degenerated into an active trough as it crossed VIC overnight still had plenty of wintry power as it moved up the NSW Coast today. The front/trough was embedded in a strong SW windstream that followed Friday's galeswept change. Widespread light hail was reported as the narrow cloudband generated by the trough crossed the southeast of the state this morning, Sydney around midday and the northeast during the afternoon. There was a marked temperature drop with the change, Oberon on the Central Tablelands reporting a 3pm temperature of 2.1° with light snow mid afternoon and during the evening.

In the NSW Snowy Mountains, moderate snow fell to the 1300m level overnight. Kosciuszko Chalet reported 10 to 15cm of fresh show, giving 25cm ground cover at 9am and 20cm at 3pm. Light snow was reported from Tasmanian Central Plateau stations.

The day was again a cold one over NSW, VIC and SA and southern parts of QLD and the NT, with temperatures generally 6 to 11 below normal. At Mt Buller VIC, the temperature failed to get above freezing for the second day in a row.

Although the cold airmass has covered the whole southeast of the continent, overnight minima were lowest (compared to normal) in sheltered locations in northern NSW and southern QLD. Farther south, windy and cloudy conditions kept minima relatively warmer. In NSW, Barraba, Coonabarabran Town and Mount Seaview (in the ranges west of Port Macquarie) all set new November minimum temperature records -- in the case of Coonabarabran the coldest in 46 years. Tenterfield, with a low of 0.0, equalled its November record set in 1967.

Severe storms, large hail in NE Kimberley

Three storm cells developed explosively in the Ord River Valley in far northern WA, close to the WA/NT border, after 2pm today. Wind gusted to 85km/h at Wyndham and 74 at Kununurra late afternoon and "near golfball sized hail" fell, savaging banana, mango and pawpaw crops. Few banana trees were left standing in some areas, and thousands of nearly ripe mangos were strewn beneath trees on many farms. Several sheds were unroofed and a structure built to protect equipment from the weather was crushed into a mangled wreck at Packsaddle. Lightning blacked out Kununurra and put the areas three television stations off air. Trees in bushland were uprooted or snapped off. $20,000 worth of damage was caused to a houseboat on Lake Kununurra. While tropical storms are noted for their strong winds and torrential rain, large hail is rare and winds this strong are uncommon.

News soureces: Kimberley Echo

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):
Lowest daily minimum temperature for November:
New South Wales:
054003 BARRABA POST OFFICE 0.6 (2.2, 33)
060085 YARRAS (MOUNT SEAVIEW) 4.8 (5.5, 34)
064008 COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET) 0.0 (1.1, 46)
Highest daily maximum temperature for November:

Western Australia:
001025 DOONGAN 42.0 (41.0, 14)

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

43.5 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
43.5 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
42.7 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
42.5 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
42.5 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
42.5 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD

+10.9   38.4 CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
+8.1   35.9 KALBARRI Central West WA
+8.0   35.5 DENHAM W Gascoyne WA
+7.5   33.0 JURIEN BAY Lower West WA
+7.4   32.0 LANCELIN Lower West WA

31.0 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
30.0 WAVE HILL N Rivers NT
29.7 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
29.0 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
28.8 HALLS CREEK AIRPORT E Kimberley WA

+6.9   28.6 GEORGETOWN POST OFFICE Upper Carpentaria QLD
+6.2   30.0 WAVE HILL N Rivers NT
+6.1   31.0 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
+5.0   24.9 PROSERPINE AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
+4.6   24.6 COLLINSVILLE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD

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

0.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
0.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
1.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
1.8 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
2.3 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC

-11.6   0.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-10.7   15.6 GULGONG POST OFFICE C Tablelands N NSW
-10.5   7.8 OBERON (JENOLAN CAVES ROAD) C Tablelands S NSW
-10.2   17.6 COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET) CW Slopes N NSW
-10.1   17.2 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW

-4.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-3.8 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-3.3 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
-3.3 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-3.0 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW

-11.1   0.6 BARRABA POST OFFICE NW Slopes N NSW
-10.9   -3.0 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
-10.8   0.0 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW
-10.5   1.0 STANTHORPE (GRANITE BELT HRS) Darling Downs E QLD
-10.5   0.0 COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET) CW Slopes N NSW

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.

56.7 WARBURTON EAST (ARRABRI) E Central VIC
28.4 ERICA (PARKERS CORNER) W Gippsland VIC
26.4 WALHALLA W Gippsland VIC
25.6 TOORAWEENAH POST OFFICE CW Slopes N NSW
25.5 CARRATHOOL MOTORS Riverina W NSW

NEW SOUTH WALES
    CW Slopes N
25.6 TOORAWEENAH POST OFFICE
    Riverina W
25.5 CARRATHOOL MOTORS

VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
28.4 ERICA (PARKERS CORNER)
26.4 WALHALLA
    E Central
56.7 WARBURTON EAST (ARRABRI)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 30.5 -3.0 25.0 0.0 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 30.5 +4.9 11.9 -0.7 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 21.9 +1.1 9.6 -1.0 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 26.5 -2.4 11.3 -2.7 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.9 +0.7 27.8 +2.5 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 26.0 -7.6 13.6 -4.2 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 20.2 -4.4 8.6 -5.2 7.8
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 15.7 -4.4 7.4 -0.8 6.0
CAIRNS AERO 31.2 +0.6 23.2 +0.9 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 34.7 +4.0 24.8 +2.0 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 30.8 -0.4 20.0 +0.6 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 29.2 -0.3 9.3 -7.0 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 29.4 13.3 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 14.7 2.7 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 23.9 -1.0 7.0 -9.0 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 21.8 -1.8 11.4 -4.7 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 20.6 -3.0 12.0 -3.5 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 21.2 -3.9 8.1 -6.0 1.8
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 20.0 -2.8 9.3 -5.1 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 14.9 -7.6 6.2 -2.4 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 19.4 -6.0 8.6 -1.9 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 21.5 -5.7 8.4 -3.9 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 16.8 -4.2 7.8 -1.6 2.4
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 15.9 -5.9 9.0 -2.1 5.2
LAVERTON RAAF 15.1 -6.2 7.7 -2.2 5.2
BALLARAT AERODROME 12.3 -7.1 6.1 -1.6 7.6
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 15.3 -3.4 3.0 -4.1 0.4
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 14.2 -4.4 6.3 -2.9 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.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    E Kimberley
KUNUNURRA AERO
7.0mm in 13 min to 16:13 32.3mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
SCONE AIRPORT AWS
5.2mm in 15 min to 15:56 20.8mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    N Kimberley
WYNDHAM AERO : 85(140/ 67 ) at 17:00
    E Kimberley
KUNUNURRA AERO : 74(120/ 63 ) at 15:32
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 87(240/ 76 ) at 21:29
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 91(200/ 70 ) at 08:00
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 91(300/ 80 ) at 22:00
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 109(250/ 93 ) at 23:30
HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 102(250/ 74 ) at 21:00
CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) : 74(250/ 65 ) at 16:40