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Bushfires continue in TAS
Widespread storms in southern WA, central AUS
Heat builds up in western QLD, eastern SA

Maximum (above) and minimum (below) temperature departures from normal today. BoM

Bushfires continue in TAS

37 forest fires continued to burn across TAS today, the worst in the state's northeast. Two fires near Pioneer, 75km NE of Launceston, had consumed 4,200ha, while another major blaze was burning near Royal George, 40km SW of St Marys. A 10 to 20ha fire at Dilston, just 10km north of Launceston, blew smoke across the city during the afternoon before it was contained. Another fire at Mt Stronach was sending embers across Scottsdale. Firefighters contained an 80ha blaze at Liffey, while at Blackwood Creek, near Poatina, firefighters were working to contain a 120ha blaze. Two big fires burning in the Mt William National Park in the far northeast required firefighting reinforcements to be called in from as far afield as Queenstown. Other fires at Pipers Brook, Waverley and on Flinders Island were contained or controlled.

In the southeast, fires continued to burn at Murdunna north of Port Arthur, Square Mountain and Levendale north of Sorell, and at Lanes Tier north of Ouse.

Widespread storms in southern WA, central AUS

Convergence caused by a surface trough combined with middle atmosphere instability caused by cold upper air to produce storms and scattered heavy rainfall totals across southern WA and in Central Australia. November is normally a dry month in the Central West of WA, which is why Kalbarri, 130km north of Geraldton, was able to record its wettest November day in 33 years of observations with a total of just 13.0mm. Perth, however, recorded 13mm in just half an hour before midnight this morning, and there were other similarly heavy falls around the coastal fringe from Carnarvon to Eucla and in the Goldfields.

An area of rain and storms produced some exceptionally heavy falls in the region where the borders of WA, NT and SA meet. Giles Meteorological Station registered 57.8mm for the 24 hours to 9am, 31 falling in a storm early yesterday evening and another 24 in a storm between 6 and 9 this morning. Bulga Downs station, 160km WNW of Leonora, recorded its highest one-day November total in 79 years with a reading of 27.4mm. Docker River, 200km WNW of Yulara, recorded 58.6mm for the 24 hours. Hail to golfball size was reported from an aboriginal community in the area.

Afternoon thunderstorms caused minor tree damage in Ceduna SA, and brought down trees and fences on a property near Pimbaacla, 75km ESE of the town.

Heat builds up in western QLD, eastern SA

Temperatures are rising in QLD and SA. The hot airmass that built up over northern WA, then drifted south then east last week, arrived in SW QLD yesterday. Temperatures there today were in the low to mid 40s, with Birdsville recording a top of 44. Eastern SA experienced a hot day after a very warm night, with maxima generally in the high 30s, though Price on the Yorke Peninsula managed 42°, 17.4 above average. Minimum temperatures in the northeast were between 25 and 27°, 8 to 10 above normal.

News sources: ABC, Examiner

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:
008251 KALBARRI 13.2 (12.4, 33)
012239 BULGA DOWNS 27.4 (24.4, 79)

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

44.2 ROSEWORTHY AG COLLEGE Adelaide/Lofty SA
44.1 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
44.0 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
43.4 BALLERA GAS FIELD Far SW QLD
43.0 WINDORAH POST OFFICE Channel Country QLD

+17.5   42.0 PRICE Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA
+12.8   38.8 WHYALLA AERO W Agricultural SA
+12.2   36.9 CLEVE W Agricultural SA
+12.2   35.4 ELLISTON W Agricultural SA
+11.3   37.2 KADINA Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA

30.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
29.4 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
28.1 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
27.3 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
27.3 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA

+10.2   26.8 MARREE NE Pastoral SA
+8.7   26.2 MARLA POLICE STATION NW Pastoral SA
+8.4   21.5 HAWKER Upper North SA
+8.3   25.1 ANDAMOOKA NW Pastoral SA
+8.2   26.6 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
+8.2   24.3 LEIGH CREEK AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA

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

9.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
10.0 NULLO MOUNTAIN AWS C Tablelands N NSW
11.4 MOUNT BOYCE AWS C Tablelands S NSW
11.8 KATOOMBA (NARROW NECK RD) C Tablelands S NSW
11.9 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS

-10.3   17.0 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
-9.8   16.5 LOSTOCK DAM Hunter Valley NSW
-9.4   18.0 SCONE SCS Hunter Valley NSW
-9.3   20.0 JERRYS PLAINS POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
-9.1   18.1 CESSNOCK (NULKABA) Hunter Valley NSW

-4.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-3.4 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-3.1 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-2.6 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC

-9.3   0.0 NHILL Wimmera N VIC
-6.7   5.3 DUNEDOO POST OFFICE CW Slopes N NSW
-6.5   3.5 TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG Upper North VIC
-6.5   1.0 ARARAT PRISON Western Plains VIC
-6.1   -4.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns 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.

92.2 LUDMILLA N Rivers NT
78.0 COCONUT GROVE N Rivers NT
58.6 DOCKER RIVER N Plateau NT
57.2 KAKADU NORTHERN ENTRY STATION N Rivers NT
56.0 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Interior
56.0 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
92.2 LUDMILLA
78.0 COCONUT GROVE
57.2 KAKADU NORTHERN ENTRY STATION
53.0 DARWIN AIRPORT COMPARISON
52.0 ACACIA HILLS
    N Plateau
58.6 DOCKER RIVER

NEW SOUTH WALES
    South Coast
51.0 MONTAGUE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 31.3 -2.2 26.7 +1.7 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 21.4 -4.2 16.1 +3.5 26.8
ALBANY AIRPORT 20.1 -0.7 13.1 +2.5 0.6
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 25.3 -3.6 15.1 +1.1 4.8
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.5 -0.7 23.6 -1.7 45.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 38.7 +5.1 22.6 +4.8 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 30.8 +6.2 16.7 +2.9 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 26.7 +6.6 5.5 -2.7 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 32.0 +1.4 21.6 -0.7 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.0 +0.3 22.3 -0.5 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 32.4 +1.2 17.9 -1.5 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 31.0 +1.5 14.7 -1.6 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 28.2 15.7 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 18.0 12.9 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 23.0 -1.9 18.3 +2.3 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 17.5 -6.1 14.0 -2.1 8.8
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 20.5 -3.1 13.8 -1.7 9.8
PROSPECT DAM 20.7 -4.4 13.2 -0.9 7.2
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 19.0 -3.8 13.1 -1.3 4.2
CANBERRA AIRPORT 16.9 -5.6 8.3 -0.3 5.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 24.3 -1.1 10.8 +0.3 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 30.3 +3.1 9.8 -2.5 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 18.8 -2.2 7.1 -2.3 1.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 26.3 +4.5 10.9 -0.2 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 22.8 +1.5 10.4 +0.5 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 23.0 +3.6 7.1 -0.6 0.2
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 17.9 -0.8 6.0 -1.1 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 17.6 -1.0 8.7 -0.5 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
    W Gascoyne
CARNARVON AIRPORT
12.0mm in 30 min to 00:30 24.0mm/h
12.2mm in 1 hr to 00:30 12.2mm/h
12.2mm in 1 hr to 01:00 12.2mm/h
    Lower West
PERTH AIRPORT
13.0mm in 31 min to 00:00 25.2mm/h
13.2mm in 1 hr to 00:00 13.2mm/h
    SW & S Coast
DWELLINGUP
6.8mm in 34 min to 19:00 12.0mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.3mm/h
ESPERANCE AERO
10.0mm in 27 min to 15:00 22.2mm/h
11.6mm in 1 hr to 15:00 11.6mm/h
11.6mm in 1 hr to 15:30 11.6mm/h
HOPETOUN NORTH
23.4mm in 1 hr to 10:00 23.4mm/h
32.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 10.7mm/h
    Eucla
FORREST
11.6mm in 1 hr to 20:00 11.6mm/h
RED ROCKS POINT
5.8mm in 6 min to 18:11 58.0mm/h
    Goldfields
LAVERTON AERO
5.6mm in 32 min to 00:00 10.5mm/h
    Interior
GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE
19.4mm in 1 hr to 06:30 19.4mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 08:00 8.0mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Darwin-Daly
DARWIN AIRPORT
8.0mm in 35 min to 03:00 13.7mm/h
DARWIN AIRPORT COMPARISON
19.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 6.3mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 6.7mm/h
DUM IN MIRRIE AWS
25.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 8.3mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 7.0mm/h
    Alice Springs
KULGERA
52.0mm in 6 hr to 21:00 8.7mm/h
YULARA AERO
12.0mm in 30 min to 13:30 24.0mm/h
18.8mm in 1 hr to 13:30 18.8mm/h
13.2mm in 1 hr to 14:00 13.2mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.7mm/h

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    NW Pastoral
WOOMERA AERODROME : 80(310/ 69 ) at 18:05
COOBER PEDY AIRPORT : 78(290/ 63 ) at 15:00
    W Agricultural
PORT AUGUSTA AERO : 85(330/ 65 ) at 20:06
    Kangaroo Is
CAPE WILLOUGHBY : 76( 70/ 63 ) at 06:30
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
NORAH HEAD AWS : 83(170/ 67 ) at 01:00
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 98( 60/ 82 ) at 19:00
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 87( 80/ 69 ) at 23:00
    Southeast
TASMAN ISLAND : 83( 10/ 63 ) at 23:00
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 82( 80/ 65 ) at 18:30