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Cold nights ease in the SE
WA lightning sets wheat ablaze
Unusually severe storms in NT

Minimum temperature departures from normal this morning. BoM

Cold nights ease in the SE

Cold nights across VIC, NSW and southern QLD eased a little this morning, with frosts contracting to VIC and SE NSW. Mt Seaview, in the ranges west of Port Macquarie NSW, broke the minimum temperature record for November it set two days ago with a reading of 4.2, while Tocumwal in the Riverina and Tatura, 20km SW of Shepparton VIC both set new November lows.

WA lightning sets wheat ablaze

Lightning from scattered storms in the WA Central Wheat Belt during the early hours of this morning set fire to a wheat crop at Southern Brook, 20km NE of Northam. Seven fire crews extinguished the blaze after it had burnt through 4 hectares, though it had at one time threatened 150ha of the crop.

Unusually severe storms in NT

Thunderstorms are part of daily living in the NT Top End during the wet season, but large hail is unusual. A storm at Darwin River, south of Darwin, this afternoon produced 2.5cm diameter hail. Another storm caused flash flooding and damage to vegetation on Melville Island, also during the afternoon. Storms were also active in the south of the Territory, with a downburst at Wulungurru, west of Alice Springs, causing wind gusts to 96km/h.

News sources: Avon Valley Advocate

 

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:
060085 YARRAS (MOUNT SEAVIEW) 4.2 (4.8, 34) previous record set two days ago
074106 TOCUMWAL AIRPORT 2.9 (3.0, 32)
Victoria:
081049 TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG 0.5 (1.1, 37)

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

41.8 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
41.8 ELLIOTT N Plateau NT
41.4 PORT HEDLAND AIRPORT E Pilbara WA
41.3 TELFER AERO Interior WA
41.1 MCARTHUR RIVER MINE N Rivers NT

+10.1   34.2 EYRE Eucla WA
+9.2   31.0 COONAWARRA Lower SE SA
+8.5   34.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
+7.5   33.3 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
+6.6   31.1 PRICE Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA

29.2 KIDMAN SPRINGS N Rivers NT
28.9 KATHERINE AVIATION MUSEUM N Rivers NT
28.8 TINDAL RAAF N Rivers NT
28.5 SWEERS ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
28.0 DELAMERE WEAPONS RANGE N Rivers NT
28.0 BRADSHAW N Rivers NT
28.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL

+6.3   21.4 PAYNES FIND E Gascoyne WA
+5.5   23.6 THREE RIVERS E Gascoyne WA
+4.7   22.5 WILUNA Interior WA
+4.5   21.4 LEONORA Goldfields WA
+4.2   28.9 KATHERINE AVIATION MUSEUM N Rivers NT
+4.2   15.4 BALLADONIA Eucla WA

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

7.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
8.3 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
9.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
9.5 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
9.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW

-7.5   18.6 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
-6.7   18.0 RAVENSTHORPE Cent Wheatbelt WA
-6.4   17.7 ONGERUP Cent Wheatbelt WA
-5.9   33.5 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
-5.9   17.1 ESPERANCE Lower West WA
-5.9   23.0 KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT Goldfields WA

-3.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.6 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.5 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-1.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.1 STRATHBOGIE Lower NE VIC

-10.0   5.8 WALGETT AIRPORT AWS NW Plains W NSW
-9.8   0.7 COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET) CW Slopes N NSW
-9.6   1.4 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
-9.5   2.2 BARRABA POST OFFICE NW Slopes N NSW
-9.5   4.2 YARRAS (MOUNT SEAVIEW) MidNorth Coast S NSW
-9.5   0.5 TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG Upper North VIC

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.

152.2 LARRAKEYAH N Rivers NT
46.2 POINT STUART N Rivers NT
42.4 YULMBU E Kimberley WA
35.4 RUBY PLAINS E Kimberley WA
32.0 DOONGAN N Kimberley WA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    N Kimberley
32.0 DOONGAN
    E Kimberley
42.4 YULMBU
35.4 RUBY PLAINS

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
152.2 LARRAKEYAH
46.2 POINT STUART

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 32.4 -1.1 24.1 -0.9 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 25.7 +0.1 12.0 -0.6 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 17.1 -3.7 12.4 +1.8 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 23.0 -5.9 17.8 +3.8 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 36.3 +3.1 25.1 -0.2 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 35.3 +1.7 17.8 0.0 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 28.5 +3.9 9.1 -4.7 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 25.4 +5.3 1.1 -7.1 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 32.0 +1.4 24.1 +1.8 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.1 +0.4 24.6 +1.8 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 26.8 -4.4 17.7 -1.7 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 26.6 -2.9 8.0 -8.3 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 24.0 11.3 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 20.9 2.7 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 23.1 -1.8 10.3 -5.7 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 19.4 -4.2 13.2 -2.9 0.2
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 21.6 -2.0 14.2 -1.3 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 26.4 +1.3 13.6 -0.5 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 22.8 0.0 13.4 -1.0 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 21.3 -1.2 2.7 -5.9 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 23.2 -2.2 2.0 -8.5 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 29.0 +1.8 6.9 -5.4 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 22.1 +1.1 10.1 +0.7 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 25.2 +3.4 6.8 -4.3 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 25.1 +3.8 2.8 -7.1 0.2
BALLARAT AERODROME 21.2 +1.8 -0.3 -8.0 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 15.3 -3.4 5.1 -2.0 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 20.3 +1.7 10.4 +1.2 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.
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Darwin-Daly
DARWIN AIRPORT
6.0mm in 7 min to 17:23 51.4mm/h
MIDDLE POINT AWS
6.2mm in 13 min to 15:40 28.6mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.0mm/h
JABIRU AIRPORT
8.6mm in 14 min to 19:04 36.9mm/h

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Alice Springs
WULUNGURRU : 96(210/ 72 ) at 18:51
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 87(310/ 74 ) at 12:00
HARTZ MOUNTAIN(KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 85(270/ 67 ) at 10:30