Saturday 29 NOV 2003

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Heat, bushfires in the southeast

A weak trough over SA moved only very slowly east to the VIC border today, directing hot dry northerlies across eastern SA, VIC and TAS. After an exceptionally hot night across eastern SA, with minima 10 to 12 above normal, the centre of heat shifted to VIC and TAS. Lake St Clair, on the Central Plateau in TAS, set a new November maximum temperature record at 27.6°, while Geeveston in the state's south recorded a top of 33.1, a massive 15.3 above average.

Lightning from dry thunderstorms overnight sparked numerous fires to the southeast and south of Adelaide, on Kangaroo Island and on the Yorke Peninsula. Four hundred volunteers battled 7 fires in Carey Gully, SE of Adelaide, and on the Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island. The largest, at Kemmiss Hill, 60km south of the capital, burnt through about 300ha and threatened homes. Nine fires were reported on Kangaroo Island, six in remote and inaccessible areas. Powerlines brought down by wind were responsible for several fires on the Yorke Peninsula which burnt through a few hectares of wheat and killed several sheep. A host of small fires were also started in the Wimmera in VIC by lightning, farm machinery and other causes yesterday and today. Rain from further storms this evening helped extinguish many of the blazes.

News sources: The Age, Yorke Peninsula Country Times, Wimmera Mail-Times

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 maximum temperature for November
Tasmania:
096071 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK 27.6 (27.0, 13)

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

43.9 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA
43.7 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
43.4 TELFER AERO Interior WA
43.3 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
43.0 ELLIOTT N Plateau NT

+15.3   33.1 GEEVESTON (CEMETERY ROAD) Southeast TAS
+14.6   30.3 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS
+13.9   29.0 MOOGARA (UXBRIDGE BACK ROAD) Derwent Valley TAS
+13.9   31.6 STRAHAN AERODROME W Coast TAS
+13.8   32.0 CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE W Coast VIC

30.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
29.0 ALI CURUNG N Plateau NT
28.8 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
28.7 TELFER AERO Interior WA
28.4 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA

+12.2   25.3 HAWKER Upper North SA
+11.0   20.0 YONGALA Upper North SA
+10.9   18.9 WEEAPROINAH W Coast VIC
+10.7   20.6 LAMEROO Mallee/Upper SE SA
+10.5   26.6 LEIGH CREEK AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA

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

16.3 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
17.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
18.2 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
18.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
19.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC

-4.5   32.0 MARDIE W Pilbara WA
-4.0   26.6 WALKAMIN DPI N Coast--Barron QLD
-3.5   22.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
-3.4   25.0 KAIRI RESEARCH STATION N Coast--Barron QLD
-3.1   22.7 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA

2.5 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
2.9 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
3.4 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
4.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
4.5 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW

-6.5   4.5 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
-5.5   8.2 YARRAS (MOUNT SEAVIEW) MidNorth Coast S NSW
-5.2   9.0 WILLIAMTOWN RAAF Hunter Valley NSW
-4.8   7.8 CESSNOCK AIRPORT AWS Hunter Valley NSW
-4.7   5.8 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.

49.0 DUM IN MIRRIE AWS N Rivers NT
42.2 LARRAKEYAH N Rivers NT
42.0 DRYSDALE RIVER STATION N Kimberley WA
40.0 LEADERS CREEK N Rivers NT
38.0 FARLEY STATION Gulf Country QLD

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 32.6 -0.9 27.7 +2.7 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 28.6 +3.0 13.3 +0.7 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 20.8 0.0 9.6 -1.0 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 32.2 +3.3 15.2 +1.2 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.7 +0.5 24.6 -0.7 25.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 40.3 +6.7 21.8 +4.0 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 32.8 +8.2 23.6 +9.8 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 32.0 +11.9 17.4 +9.2 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 30.8 +0.2 22.6 +0.3 0.4
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.3 +0.6 21.8 -1.0 2.6
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 28.9 -2.3 19.1 -0.3 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 27.3 -2.2 11.9 -4.4 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 26.3 14.8 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 23.1 7.4 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 24.2 -0.7 11.8 -4.2 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 22.1 -1.5 16.3 +0.2 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 24.2 +0.6 15.1 -0.4 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 28.3 +3.2 11.0 -3.1 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 23.9 +1.1 12.5 -1.9 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 27.9 +5.4 9.5 +0.9 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 32.5 +7.1 12.2 +1.7 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 36.1 +8.9 17.6 +5.3 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 31.3 +10.3 7.0 -2.4 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 33.9 +12.1 17.2 +6.1 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 34.1 +12.8 13.5 +3.6 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 29.6 +10.2 14.3 +6.6 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 29.1 +10.4 7.3 +0.2 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 26.8 +8.2 11.8 +2.6 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
    Interior
WARBURTON AIRFIELD
9.6mm in 15 min to 15:01 38.4mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Darwin-Daly
DARWIN AIRPORT
10.2mm in 9 min to 04:19 68.0mm/h
7.6mm in 8 min to 04:27 57.0mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 8.0mm/h
DARWIN AIRPORT COMPARISON
24.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 8.0mm/h
DUM IN MIRRIE AWS
48.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 16.0mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Northwest
CAMOOWEAL TOWNSHIP
16.4mm in 23 min to 21:37 42.8mm/h
THE MONUMENT AIRPORT
7.4mm in 11 min to 21:12 40.4mm/h

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Adelaide Plains
ROSEWORTHY AG COLLEGE : 85(340/ 69 ) at 11:16
QUEENSLAND
    Gulf Country
CLONCURRY AIRPORT : 76(200/ 69 ) at 22:58