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Fires continue in TAS
Widespread thunderstorms bring heavy rain
Hot, windy and stormy in NSW

Fires continue in TAS

About 40 bushfires continued to burn in TAS today, despite much milder conditions and easing winds. Temperatures took a nosedive following yesterday's front: Hobart recorded a maximum of 32.6 yesterday but only 14.1 today. Fifteen of the fires were in the northeast of the state, including ones at Ranelagh, Liffey, Dilston, Woodsdale, Cethana, Pioneer, Winnaleah, Eddystone Point and Blackwood Creek, and a number close to Launceston. Forest Tasmania believes that most of the fires in the northeast started from burn-offs escaping from private property. State forests have been particularly hard hit this weekend with 6,000 hectares burnt out, more than was lost in the entire fire season last year. In all 20,000ha of forest and farmland has been burnt this weekend.

Widespread thunderstorms bring heavy rain

Heavy rain was reported in the west, north and east of the country today as WA, NT and NSW experienced widespread thunderstorms. In WA, storms, some severe, occurred in an arc from the Gascoyne to the state's southeast. In the Gascoyne, Murchison recorded 19mm to 9am, its highest November 1-day total in 16 years, while Murgoo recorded 38.6. In the Central West, three stations with rainfall records going back 70 to 90 years also set new November one-day records (see records below). In the southeast, Balladonia registered 30.7mm. During the day the storms moved east giving Mt Magnet 14.8 mm in 14 minutes just before 2pm, Laverton 10.6mm in 12 minutes to 6pm and Giles 27.4 in the hour to 7pm. Wind gusted to 91km/h at Meekatharra mid afternoon. In the NT, there were heavy thunderstorm falls in the north and the south. In about 15 minutes soon after 2pm, Darwin recorded 15.8mm and Middle Point 22.2mm.

Hot, windy and stormy in NSW

Storms in NSW also produced the first useful rain in a month on the South Coast, with falls of 20 to 30mm common. Montague Island recorded 46mm between 3 and 9pm. In the Central West, wind gusted to 102km/h with a storm around 4.30pm, bringing down trees and powerlines in a swathe from Dubbo Airport across the southern edge of the city. Farther north, Coonamble recorded a top gust of 98km/h. In Goulburn, tree branches blown onto powerlines around 1.20pm caused the Rocky Hill substation to close down, blacking out 1,500 homes and causing a power surge that damaged scores of electrical appliances. Very heavy rain, stdrong winds and hail up to 3cm diameter caused minor damage to houses in some suburbs of Queanbeyan and Canberra. Storm-force wind gusts accompanied a severe storm west of Tamworth during the evening, unroofing a house in Werris Creek, and blowing down about 20 trees in a row along the Werris Creek to Quirindi road, narrowly missing a car. Damage to carports and sheds was reported in Werris Creek and to windows, trees and sheds in and around Murrurundi. 1,500 customers were blacked out in Spring Ridge, Premer, Blackville, Colly Blue and the areas west of Werris Creek and Willow Tree. The highest wind gust at Tamworth Airport was 91km/h at 8.15pm. In the Hunter Valley, a bushfire driven by strong winds during the afternoon threatened houses between Kurri Kurri and Mulbring.

The storms followed an unusually warm night, with high minimum temperature records falling at Condobolin Ag Station (26.7) and Wyalong (26.0). Both stations have 38 years of computerised records.

News sources: Examiner, Mercury, ABC, Daily Liberal (Dubbo), Goulburn Post, Northern Daily Leader (Tamworth)

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 rainfall for November
Western Australia:
006099 MURCHISON 19.0 (17.6, 16)
008075 LYNTON 30.4 (28.0, 76)
008128 TENINDEWA BINDU 20.0 (18.0, 88)
008141 WILLI GULLI NORTH 23.8 (22.6, 71)

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

44.0 MARREE NE Pastoral SA
43.3 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
43.2 MOOMBA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
43.0 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
42.8 MARREE AERO NE Pastoral SA

+13.9   31.2 MOUNT ST LEONARD (MT ST LEONARD DNRE) E Central VIC
+12.7   33.0 WILLOW GROVE (BLUE ROCK RESERVOIR) W Gippsland VIC
+12.6   39.0 PATERSON (TOCAL AWS) Hunter Valley NSW
+12.2   39.0 TAREE (RADIO STATION 2RE) MidNorth Coast S NSW
+12.2   31.3 PHILLIP ISLAND PENGUIN RESERVE E Central VIC

28.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.8 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
27.5 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
27.1 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
27.1 MARLA POLICE STATION NW Pastoral SA

+14.0   26.7 CONDOBOLIN AG RESEARCH STN CW Plains S NSW
+13.9   26.0 WYALONG POST OFFICE SW Slopes N NSW
+12.6   24.2 GRENFELL (QUONDONG RD) SW Slopes N NSW
+12.6   24.2 QUANDIALLA POST OFFICE SW Slopes N NSW
+11.7   23.3 COWRA RESEARCH CENTRE C Tablelands S NSW
+11.7   22.3 TEMORA A.R.S. SW Slopes N NSW

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

4.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
5.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
5.8 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
7.1 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
7.9 MT HOTHAM AIRPORT Upper NE VIC

-9.3   12.2 OMEO Upper NE VIC
-8.6   30.0 PANNAWONICA W Pilbara WA
-8.4   23.0 PAYNES FIND E Gascoyne WA
-7.8   19.9 BALLADONIA Eucla WA
-7.2   21.7 KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT Goldfields WA

-2.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-0.4 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
0.2 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
0.3 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
2.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC

-5.7   10.3 UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND GATTON Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-5.1   11.3 GYMPIE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-4.9   11.4 AMBERLEY AMO Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-4.8   9.5 KEMPSEY (WIDE STREET) MidNorth Coast N NSW
-4.3   6.5 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW
-4.3   11.5 LISMORE (CENTRE STREET) North Coast 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.

70.0 CAPE DON N Rivers NT
60.0 BEATRICE HILL N Rivers NT
43.0 NARALING Central West WA
38.6 MURGOO E Gascoyne WA
36.6 WOODCUTTER'S MINE N Rivers NT

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    E Gascoyne
38.6 MURGOO
    Central West
43.0 NARALING

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
70.0 CAPE DON
60.0 BEATRICE HILL
36.6 WOODCUTTER'S MINE

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 31.7 -1.8 25.9 +0.9 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 30.4 +4.8 17.2 +4.6 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 24.4 +3.6 13.6 +3.0 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 21.7 -7.2 13.1 -0.9 3.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.1 -0.1 25.4 +0.1 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 37.4 +3.8 25.4 +7.6 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 23.3 -1.3 14.2 +0.4 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 17.7 -2.4 11.2 +3.0 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 31.6 +1.0 21.3 -1.0 3.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 30.4 -0.3 22.5 -0.3 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 31.8 +0.6 19.5 +0.1 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 32.2 +2.7 11.4 -4.9 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 26.7 14.9 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 28.5 12.3 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 28.9 +4.0 16.9 +0.9 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 33.1 +9.5 19.6 +3.5 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 24.6 +1.0 21.3 +5.8 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 30.1 +5.0 21.2 +7.1 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 24.0 +1.2 18.3 +3.9 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 31.0 +8.5 13.1 +4.5 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 30.3 +4.9 14.6 +4.1 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 27.4 +0.2 13.8 +1.5 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 17.9 -3.1 13.1 +3.7 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 18.6 -3.2 13.6 +2.5 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 17.0 -4.3 12.6 +2.7 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 15.0 -4.4 8.5 +0.8 1.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 18.1 -0.6 8.7 +1.6 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 14.1 -4.5 8.0 -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.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Murchison
MOUNT MAGNET AERO
10.2mm in 8 min to 13:50 76.5mm/h
4.6mm in 6 min to 13:56 46.0mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.7mm/h
    Lower West
PERTH AIRPORT
10.2mm in 1 hr to 16:30 10.2mm/h
    Goldfields
LAVERTON AERO
10.6mm in 12 min to 18:00 53.0mm/h
13.4mm in 1 hr to 18:00 13.4mm/h
    Interior
GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE
3.4mm in 2 min to 18:09 102.0mm/h
13.8mm in 18 min to 18:30 46.0mm/h
21.8mm in 1 hr to 18:30 21.8mm/h
27.4mm in 1 hr to 19:00 27.4mm/h
31.0mm in 3 hr to 20:00 10.3mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Darwin-Daly
DARWIN AIRPORT
15.8mm in 14 min to 14:30 67.7mm/h
17.8mm in 1 hr to 14:30 17.8mm/h
19.6mm in 1 hr to 15:00 19.6mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.7mm/h
MIDDLE POINT AWS
22.2mm in 16 min to 14:15 83.2mm/h
33.4mm in 1 hr to 14:30 33.4mm/h
34.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 11.3mm/h
    Arnhem
MILINGIMBI
10.4mm in 1 hr to 21:30 10.4mm/h
GROOTE EYLANDT AIRPORT AWS
25.0mm in 1 hr 6 min to 13:30 22.7mm/h
30.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 10.0mm/h
    Victoria
VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS
10.0mm in 1 hr to 16:30 10.0mm/h
    Alice Springs
YULARA AERO
11.6mm in 1 hr to 10:30 11.6mm/h
10.0mm in 1 hr to 11:00 10.0mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 6.3mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    South Coast
MONTAGUE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
11.6mm in 33 min to 17:00 21.1mm/h
15.0mm in 1 hr to 17:00 15.0mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.7mm/h
6.0mm in 31 min to 20:00 11.6mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 7.7mm/h
MORUYA HEADS PILOT STATION
17.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.7mm/h
GREEN CAPE AWS
8.8mm in 40 min to 14:40 13.2mm/h
10.4mm in 1 hr to 15:00 10.4mm/h
VICTORIA
    E Gippsland
MALLACOOTA
11.2mm in 1 hr to 15:00 11.2mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.7mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Murchison
MEEKATHARRA AIRPORT : 91(350/ 59 ) at 15:12
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Kangaroo Is
CAPE WILLOUGHBY : 76(140/ 67 ) at 16:30
NEW SOUTH WALES
    CW Plains N
COONAMBLE AIRPORT AWS : 98(230/ 33 ) at 17:38
    NW Slopes S
GUNNEDAH AIRPORT AWS : 82(180/ 65 ) at 20:03
TAMWORTH AIRPORT AWS : 91(210/ 56 ) at 20:13
    Hunter Valley
NORAH HEAD AWS : 74(180/ 63 ) at 23:30
    CW Slopes S
PARKES AIRPORT AWS : 78(250/ 65 ) at 14:36
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS : 102(240/ 83 ) at 16:28
    Illawarra
BELLAMBI AWS : 76(180/ 63 ) at 07:21
    South Coast
MONTAGUE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 76(120/ 63 ) at 12:00
    SW Slopes S
CABRAMURRA SMHEA AWS : 78(110/ 63 ) at 15:12
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 82(240/ 63 ) at 07:16
MT MOORNAPA : 106( 80/104 ) at 01:42
    N Central
REDESDALE : 82(190/ 63 ) at 15:31
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 78(200/ 69 ) at 17:00
    Southeast
TASMAN ISLAND : 89(190/ 63 ) at 01:20
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 83(250/ 72 ) at 02:00