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Widespread storms cross NSW
Cold day in NT, hot night in W QLD

Storms develop around the southern border of NSW mid-morning, but rapidly become state-wide during the early afternoon in this animation of hourly lightning and radar graphics. Weatherzone.

Widespread storms cross NSW

The mass of unstable, very moist air that has been slowly crossing the country since it was first drawn from the tropics into southern WA over a week ago arrived in NSW today. It brought widespread thunderstorms, some severe, along with hail, heavy rain, strong winds and property damage. A broad trough over the state spawned several weak low pressure centres and convergence lines, producing a line of storms along the southern border during the morning, then more generally across the whole eastern half of the state during the afternoon and evening.

A storm that began near Mildura soon after dawn became severe as it crossed the eastern Riverina, cutting a 200km swathe of damage through grazing and crop country from Carrathool, through Griffith and Leeton to Temora. Orchards and vineyards near Leeton were stripped bare by hail stones as big as cricket balls, with damage estimated at over $12m. Griffith Airport recorded a gust of 93km/h soon after 11am. The NSW Minister for Agriculture, Ian Macdonald, later announced that natural disaster assistance would be available to farmers. "We believe there's about 5,000 hectares of winter crops, 4,000 hectares of summer crops, 450 hectares of orchards, 200 hectares of vegetables, and 50 hectares of vines ... either destroyed or damaged due to this hailstorm," he said.

As the storms developed over eastern NSW during the afternoon, they brought widespread torrential rain, scattered hail and strong winds. Goulburn experienced considerable small-scale property damage, while a tree brought down on high tension lines blacked out the west of the city for over an hour. The airport recorded 11.2mm in 7 minutes around 3.45pm. A house near Tallong, 30km east of Goulburn, had its roof blown off, complete with trusses and frame. Unfortunately for the owner, it was blown onto his new 4WD vehicle parked nearby. At Gloucester and Krambach, heavy rain caused flash flooding and strong winds brought tree damage. At Lithgow, 1cm diameter hail was reported. A long list of high rainfall rates across the state is below, and includes 11.8mm in 15 minutes at Scone, 44.2mm in an hour at Richmond, and 14.6 in 18 minutes at Nowra.

The storms degenerated into broad rain areas during the evening in the state's northeast (see report for 22 November).

Cold day in NT, hot night in W QLD

Cloud cover accompanying the arrival of cooler southern air kept daytime temperatures 8 to 11 below average in a belt from Alice Springs NT east to around Birdsville QLD today. Birdsville's top of 27.1 was 8.3 below. Just 300km to the east, however, Windorah sweated through another hot night, with a minimum of 30.3, 10.6 above the norm. Much of western QLD and eastern NSW recorded minima 6 to 11 above average ahead of the trough.

News sources: ABC, Goulburn Post

National weather extremes for today

Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology

Records set this day: (none known)

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

42.7 WINTON AIRPORT Northwest QLD
42.5 JULIA CREEK AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
42.2 WINTON POST OFFICE Northwest QLD
42.0 RICHMOND AIRPORT Upper Carpentaria QLD
42.0 KIMBERLEY RES.STATION E Kimberley WA

+7.9   31.0 EDI UPPER Upper NE VIC
+7.5   35.0 DENHAM W Gascoyne WA
+7.2   32.3 TABULAM (MUIRNE) N Tablelands E NSW
+7.1   37.8 GOONDIWINDI AIRPORT Darling Downs E QLD
+6.7   34.5 KALBARRI Central West WA

33.6 HUGHENDEN AIRPORT Upper Carpentaria QLD
30.3 WINDORAH POST OFFICE Channel Country QLD
30.0 JULIA CREEK AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
30.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
29.8 RICHMOND POST OFFICE Upper Carpentaria QLD
29.8 WINTON POST OFFICE Northwest QLD

+10.5   30.3 WINDORAH POST OFFICE Channel Country QLD
+10.0   21.7 BARRABA POST OFFICE NW Slopes N NSW
+9.6   18.2 CANBERRA AIRPORT Goulburn/Monaro NSW
+9.5   29.0 QUILPIE AIRPORT Far SW QLD
+9.3   26.4 BOLLON MARY ST Warrego QLD
+9.3   28.2 THARGOMINDAH POST OFFICE Far SW QLD

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

5.8 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
9.7 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
10.6 WEEAPROINAH W Coast VIC
10.6 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
11.4 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS

-10.5   25.0 TERRITORY GRAPE FARM N Plateau NT
-10.4   25.4 JERVOIS N Plateau NT
-9.7   23.9 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT N Plateau NT
-9.5   25.6 YUENDUMU N Plateau NT
-8.3   27.1 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD

-1.8 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-0.4 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
1.6 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
3.4 NORSEMAN AERO Goldfields WA
3.5 BRIDGETOWN Lower West WA

-7.7   4.5 NORSEMAN Goldfields WA
-7.6   4.7 KELLERBERRIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-6.6   6.0 CUNDERDIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-5.6   6.4 NAREMBEEN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-4.8   5.9 NARROGIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-4.8   8.0 SOUTHERN CROSS Goldfields WA

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.

69.8 BOHO (HONEYSUCKLE CK @ U/S VIOLET TOWN) Lower NE VIC
63.0 MULLALEY (FAIRWINDS) NW Slopes S NSW
55.4 RICHMOND RAAF Sydney--west NSW
55.0 NORTH DORRIGO (TYRINGHAM ROAD) MidNorth Coast N NSW
50.5 ROWENA (BUNGARA) NW Plains W NSW

NEW SOUTH WALES
    NW Plains W
50.5 ROWENA (BUNGARA)
    NW Slopes S
63.0 MULLALEY (FAIRWINDS)
    MidNorth Coast N
55.0 NORTH DORRIGO (TYRINGHAM ROAD)
    Hunter Valley
50.4 WINGEN (MURRULLA)
    Sydney--west
55.4 RICHMOND RAAF

VICTORIA
    Lower NE
69.8 BOHO (HONEYSUCKLE CK @ U/S VIOLET TOWN)

TASMANIA
    Midlands
50.4 CAMPBELL TOWN (ELIZABETH R)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 35.8 +2.3 27.8 +2.8 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 28.1 +2.5 11.3 -1.3 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 18.9 -1.9 11.6 +1.0 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 24.5 -4.4 9.8 -4.2 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.1 -0.1 26.2 +0.9 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 23.9 -9.7 19.8 +2.0 8.2
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 24.0 -0.6 15.6 +1.8 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 17.4 -2.7 6.7 -1.5 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 31.3 +0.7 22.4 +0.1 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.0 +0.3 24.8 +2.0 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 32.8 +1.6 20.2 +0.8 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 33.1 +3.6 17.5 +1.2 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 28.6 20.3 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 28.6 17.9 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 30.0 +5.1 20.1 +4.1 5.4
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 23.6 0.0 19.3 +3.2 6.4
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 25.5 +1.9 19.9 +4.4 11.6
PROSPECT DAM 26.3 +1.2 18.2 +4.1 9.8
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 23.5 +0.7 19.4 +5.0 5.9
CANBERRA AIRPORT 25.6 +3.1 18.2 +9.6 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 24.2 -1.2 18.0 +7.5 1.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 26.3 -0.9 15.2 +2.9 1.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 19.8 -1.2 12.9 +3.5 12.2
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 18.4 -3.4 14.1 +3.0 4.4
LAVERTON RAAF 17.8 -3.5 12.8 +2.9 12.6
BALLARAT AERODROME 17.7 -1.7 8.6 +0.9 1.6
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 17.5 -1.2 8.1 +1.0 3.4
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 14.0 -4.6 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.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Yorke Peninsula
STENHOUSE BAY
17.2mm in 1 hr to 15:30 17.2mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.0mm/h
    Kangaroo Is
CAPE BORDA
19.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.3mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Darling Downs E
GOONDIWINDI AIRPORT
16.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.3mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Far Northwest
WILCANNIA AERODROME AWS
7.0mm in 11 min to 17:44 38.2mm/h
10.4mm in 1 hr to 18:00 10.4mm/h
    NW Slopes N
NARRABRI AIRPORT AWS
11.2mm in 59 min to 18:00 11.4mm/h
25.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 8.3mm/h
    N Tablelands W
INVERELL RESEARCH CENTRE
11.6mm in 37 min to 20:00 18.8mm/h
11.6mm in 1 hr to 20:00 11.6mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.0mm/h
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS
13.4mm in 29 min to 20:25 27.7mm/h
7.2mm in 35 min to 21:00 12.3mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 7.0mm/h
    North Coast
GRAFTON RESEARCH STN
5.4mm in 16 min to 16:30 20.2mm/h
    MidNorth Coast N
KEMPSEY AIRPORT AWS
10.4mm in 1 hr to 23:00 10.4mm/h
COFFS HARBOUR MO
16.2mm in 30 min to 23:30 32.4mm/h
17.2mm in 1 hr to 23:30 17.2mm/h
    MidNorth Coast S
PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT AWS
19.2mm in 1 hr to 16:00 19.2mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.3mm/h
    Hunter Valley
SCONE AIRPORT AWS
4.8mm in 6 min to 17:01 48.0mm/h
7.0mm in 9 min to 17:10 46.7mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 8.0mm/h
NORAH HEAD AWS
11.6mm in 1 hr to 20:30 11.6mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h
    C Tablelands N
MUDGEE AIRPORT AWS
20.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 6.7mm/h
11.8mm in 46 min to 14:46 15.4mm/h
13.2mm in 1 hr to 15:00 13.2mm/h
    C Tablelands S
MOUNT BOYCE AWS
12.2mm in 1 hr to 16:00 12.2mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.7mm/h
    Sydney--east
BANKSTOWN AIRPORT AWS
16.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.3mm/h
HOMEBUSH (OLYMPIC STADIUM) AWS
11.8mm in 30 min to 10:30 23.6mm/h
12.6mm in 1 hr to 10:30 12.6mm/h
11.8mm in 1 hr to 11:00 11.8mm/h
    Sydney--west
RICHMOND RAAF
19.2mm in 31 min to 01:01 37.2mm/h
25.0mm in 30 min to 01:31 50.0mm/h
48.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 16.0mm/h
PENRITH LAKES AWS
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h
    Illawarra
JERVIS BAY (POINT PERPENDICULAR LIGHTHOU
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.0mm/h
NOWRA RAN AIR STATION AWS
14.6mm in 18 min to 17:00 48.7mm/h
16.4mm in 1 hr to 17:00 16.4mm/h
17.8mm in 1 hr to 17:30 17.8mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.3mm/h
BOWRAL (PARRY DRIVE)
16.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.3mm/h
JERVIS BAY (PT PERPENDICULAR AWS)
8.0mm in 14 min to 17:24 34.3mm/h
15.4mm in 1 hr to 18:00 15.4mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.3mm/h
    South Coast
MORUYA HEADS PILOT STATION
16.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.3mm/h
BRAIDWOOD RACECOURSE AWS
12.0mm in 1 hr to 16:00 12.0mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.7mm/h
ULLADULLA AWS
12.8mm in 1 hr to 17:00 12.8mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.7mm/h
MORUYA AIRPORT AWS
18.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.0mm/h
    Goulburn/Monaro
CANBERRA AIRPORT
10.2mm in 1 hr to 16:00 10.2mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.7mm/h
GOULBURN AIRPORT AWS
3.0mm in 2 min to 15:46 90.0mm/h
8.2mm in 5 min to 15:51 98.4mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 8.0mm/h
TUGGERANONG (ISABELLA PLAINS)
8.0mm in 34 min to 14:30 14.1mm/h
12.6mm in 1 hr to 14:30 12.6mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.7mm/h
    SW Slopes S
CABRAMURRA SMHEA AWS
20.2mm in 1 hr to 15:00 20.2mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 7.0mm/h
    SW Slopes N
GUNDAGAI (WILLIAM ST)
32.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 5.3mm/h
    Riverina E
YANCO AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE
7.4mm in 15 min to 12:00 29.6mm/h
NARRANDERA GOLF CLUB
38.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 6.3mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    NW Slopes N
NARRABRI AIRPORT AWS : 91(260/ 76 ) at 16:12
    Riverina W
GRIFFITH AIRPORT AWS : 93(240/ 56 ) at 11:04
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 85(190/ 70 ) at 01:00