Monday 03 NOV 2003

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Widespread frosts as records fall in the southeast

Minimum temperature departures from normal (above) and the actual minimum temperatures (below). The grey area corresponds to temperatures below 3° and shows the huge extent, for November, of the area where frosts are likely to have occurred. BoM

Farmers woke to white paddocks across much of VIC and eastern NSW this morning as more low temperature records fell. High pressure, light winds, lower humidites and clear skies allowed temperatures to plummet in the cold airmass following yesterday's front. The lower map at right shows an exceptionally large area of likely frost-level temperatures for November, and coming on the heels of other recent frost events has caused further damage to crops. In the NSW Central West, grapes, citrus, wheat and triticale, a wheat/rye hybrid, have been badly affected. On the NSW Northern Tablelands, overnight temperatures were up to 11 or 12 below average, the Bureau observer at Woolbrook, 45km ENE of Tamworth, summing up the situation with the comment "Heavy frost. Vegies all dead!"

November low minimum temperature records fell as far afield as Murray Bridge in SA and Oakey in southern QLD, while at least 14 new records were set in NSW (see records below for details.) Some of the records broken are for significant periods, such as the 62 years at Wagga, while several stations broke their record more than once:

  • Coonabarabran recorded 0.0, -0.8 and 0.7 on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively, all below the previous record of 1.1
  • Barraba recorded 0.6 and -0.6 on the 2nd and 3rd, both below the previous record of 2.2
  • Mt Seaview recorded 4.8 on the 2nd and 4.2 on the 4th, both below the previous record of 5.5.

These stations have 46, 33 and 34 years of record respectively, making this a noteworthy November cold outbreak.

News sources: ABC

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:
South Australia:
024521 MURRAY BRIDGE 2.1 (2.6, 37)
Queensland:
041359 OAKEY AERO 3.7 (4.0, 30)
New South Wales:
049002 BALRANALD RSL 3.5 (3.8, 37)
054003 BARRABA POST OFFICE -0.6 (0.6, 33) Previous record set yesterday
055024 GUNNEDAH SCS 5.0 (5.4, 35)
055049 QUIRINDI POST OFFICE 2.0 (2.5, 36)
061051 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE 0.0 (1.2, 37)
061351 PEATS RIDGE (WARATAH ROAD) 4.9 (5.2, 22)
063005 BATHURST AGRICULTURAL STATION -1.0 (-0.8, 37)
064008 COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET) -0.8 (0.0, 46) Previous record set yesterday
065026 PARKES (MACARTHUR STREET) 3.0 (3.3, 46)
065034 WELLINGTON (AGROWPLOW) 1.6 (2.1, 34)
067019 PROSPECT DAM 6.8 (6.9, 37)
072150 WAGGA WAGGA AMO -0.2 (0.3, 62)
074034 COROWA AIRPORT 0.4 (1.1, 29)
074221 NARRANDERA GOLF CLUB 2.3 (2.5, 33)

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 CURTIN AERO W Kimberley WA
43.5 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
42.3 DERBY AERO W Kimberley WA
41.2 NORMANTON AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
41.0 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
41.0 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA
41.0 JABIRU AIRPORT N Rivers NT
41.0 BRADSHAW N Rivers NT

+7.5   32.2 RAVENSTHORPE Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.5   31.6 EYRE Eucla WA
+7.4   30.4 ESPERANCE Lower West WA
+6.7   35.0 NORTHAM Cent Wheatbelt WA
+6.7   35.0 GOOMALLING Cent Wheatbelt WA

29.4 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
29.0 BRADSHAW N Rivers NT
29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
28.9 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
28.2 MORNINGTON ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
28.2 SWEERS ISLAND Gulf Country QLD

+3.7   26.8 TELFER AERO Interior WA
+3.7   27.5 WAVE HILL N Rivers NT
+3.4   22.0 MEEKATHARRA AIRPORT E Gascoyne WA
+3.2   28.1 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
+3.2   21.2 GASCOYNE JUNCTION W Gascoyne WA

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

4.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
5.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
6.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
6.0 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
7.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW

-8.6   18.0 COROWA AIRPORT Riverina E NSW
-8.3   11.9 NOOJEE (SLIVAR) W Gippsland VIC
-8.2   13.0 STRATHBOGIE Lower NE VIC
-8.2   15.3 MARYBOROUGH N Central VIC
-8.2   11.2 BALLARAT AERODROME Western Plains VIC

-5.0 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-5.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-4.3 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-4.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW

-12.9   -0.9 EYRE Eucla WA
-12.3   3.5 WALGETT AIRPORT AWS NW Plains W NSW
-12.3   -0.6 BARRABA POST OFFICE NW Slopes N NSW
-11.4   -3.5 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
-11.3   -0.8 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.

38.8 BEACONSFIELD UPPER E Central VIC
33.2 TROPICAL FARM - ORD RIVER E Kimberley WA
30.0 SPRINGVALE NECROPOLIS E Central VIC
26.4 RUSHY LAGOON (CAPE PORTLAND ROAD) E Coast TAS
26.0 PARRY CREEK FARM N Kimberley WA

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 31.0 -2.5 24.2 -0.8 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 30.9 +5.3 10.4 -2.2 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 21.6 +0.8 10.1 -0.5 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 31.1 +2.2 14.9 +0.9 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 35.0 +1.8 26.1 +0.8 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 30.0 -3.6 11.6 -6.2 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 21.8 -2.8 6.2 -7.6 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 14.5 -5.6 8.7 +0.5 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 33.3 +2.7 21.4 -0.9 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 35.8 +5.1 24.4 +1.6 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 30.1 -1.1 14.5 -4.9 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 26.0 -3.5 9.5 -6.8 0.2 /3
BRISBANE AERO 23.2 15.1 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 17.4 -1.6 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 21.5 -3.4 12.2 -3.8 0.6
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 18.3 -5.3 9.5 -6.6 2.4
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 20.1 -3.5 10.8 -4.7 2.0
PROSPECT DAM 22.8 -2.3 6.8 -7.3 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 17.7 -5.1 7.5 -6.9 7.3
CANBERRA AIRPORT 18.8 -3.7 0.6 -8.0 5.4
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 21.0 -4.4 -0.2 -10.7 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 22.3 -4.9 5.3 -7.0 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 17.2 -3.8 6.5 -2.9 0.8
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 15.1 -6.7 10.7 -0.4 2.0
LAVERTON RAAF 14.9 -6.4 8.5 -1.4 1.8
BALLARAT AERODROME 11.2 -8.2 5.9 -1.8 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 18.8 +0.1 4.0 -3.1 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 17.6 -1.0 8.8 -0.4 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.
No reports

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    N Kimberley
WYNDHAM AERO : 95(100/ 59 ) at 13:48
QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE : 74(140/ 63 ) at 03:00
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 93(300/ 82 ) at 03:00
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 108(250/ 89 ) at 00:00