Tuesday 02 DEC 2003

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Widespread storms in the east
Fires flare again in TAS, VIC


Widespread thunderstorms again dominate the eastern half of the continent (left) with the main area across VIC and southern NSW ahead of a weak trough entering western VIC (right). A second broken line of storms has developed from NE NSW to the Gulf of Carpentaria along a second weakening troughline (not shown on the surface chart. The Weatherzone Lightning Tracker image was captured at 3.47EDT and the BoM surface chart is for 5pm EDT.

Widespread storms in the east


Above:
Instability and available moisture at 11pm this evening. The brownish shading shows Totals Totals, an index of instability taking into account temperature differences and available humidity in the lower 5km or so of the atmosphere. An area of 50+ (moderately unstable) lies across northern Bass Strait and central VIC where severe storms were experienced soon after midnight Wednesday. Most of the lower atmosphere over the continent is mildly (40-45) to moderately (50-55) unstable. The other lines show the amount of precipitable water available to be turned into rain. Again, much of the east and the Centre show high readings (35mm or above), reflecting the gradual build-up of moisture over the past few days brought southwards by the slow moving trough visible in the main surface chart above. COLA

Widespread moisture and instability across eastern and central Australia again lead to widespread thunderstorms today. While there were reports of hail and strong winds, these were modest and little damage was reported. There was, however, localised very heavy rain with accompanying flash flooding, the heaviest falls being reported in northeastern SA, southern NSW and central and eastern VIC.

Tree damage was reported around Chiltern, Wangaratta and Kilmore, while 4,500 homes in Wodonga and Chiltern were blacked out for 20 minutes. The settlements of Swifts Creek and Cassilis south of Omeo experienced a major storm about 2.30pm, with 50 to 80mm or rain in an hour and marble-sized hailstones with a few to golfball size denting cars and closing roads. Farther west, Waterford, 50km NW of Bairnsdale, recorded 119.8mm for the 24 hours to 9am Wednesday mostly from storm activity today. To the east, around 70mm fell in a couple of hours in the Wulgulmerang/ Gelantipy area, causing considerable fence damage. Floodwaters in Goodwin Creek lifted a road bridge from its supports.

Stand-out rainfall reports included:

  • 70.8mm at Boorowa in the 24 hours to 9am Wednesday, falling in storms this evening and after dawn Wednesday. A local farmer reported "gully rakers", where flash floods scour gulllies of everything movable
  • 13.2mm in half an hour from 7pm at Canberra Airport
  • 15.6mm in 19 minutes at Khancoban in the Snowy Mountains
  • 4.2mm in just 2 minutes at Viewbank, 15km NE of Melbourne CBD.
  • 55mm in a thunderstorm at Mannahill SA, 150km WSW of Broken Hill, which resulted in flooding of the Barrier Highway.

A number of storms swept across parts of the Melbourne metro area during the day, culminating in a major severe storm event early Wednesday morning. These are covered in the report for 3 December.

Details of other heavy falls are below.

Fires flare again in TAS, VIC
Despite moisture buildup over the mainland, TAS continues to be dry with fires flaring up today in three areas. In the Midlands, fire crews were battling a fire in rough country that has consumed 600ha since Thursday and today threatened Transend's main north-south high voltage power lines. In the northwest, a fire that has burnt through tens of thousands of hectares of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area is still out of control, while a fire on the east coast of Flinders Island flared again today. In VIC, fires started yesterday or today by lightning have been a problem, with two near Shepparton in the state's central north and two in the southeast at Buldah and Snake Island of concern but contained.

News sources: ABC, The Age

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

46.0 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
44.5 PARDOO STATION E Pilbara WA
44.5 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA
44.3 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
44.1 ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA

+9.4   46.0 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
+7.8   32.5 EUCLA Eucla WA
+7.4   24.8 WEEAPROINAH W Coast VIC
+6.8   33.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
+6.4   30.7 BUNDOORA (LATROBE UNIVERSITY) E Central VIC

30.5 WITTENOOM W Pilbara WA
30.2 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
30.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
29.7 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
29.4 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA

+7.6   22.2 BALGAIR Eucla WA
+5.8   21.4 CONDOBOLIN AG RESEARCH STN CW Plains S NSW
+5.3   25.6 CURTIN SPRINGS N Plateau NT
+5.1   30.5 WITTENOOM W Pilbara WA
+4.6   20.8 PARKES (MACARTHUR STREET) CW Slopes S NSW

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

10.5 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
12.0 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
12.9 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
13.9 FINGAL (LEGGE STREET) E Coast TAS
14.0 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS

-7.5   19.8 RAVENSTHORPE Cent Wheatbelt WA
-7.5   13.9 FINGAL (LEGGE STREET) E Coast TAS
-7.0   26.7 COONAMBLE COMPARISON CW Plains N NSW
-6.6   29.5 THARGOMINDAH POST OFFICE Far SW QLD
-6.2   22.4 CAMDEN AIRPORT AWS Illawarra NSW
-6.2   18.5 NERRIGA COMPOSITE South Coast NSW

1.0 MORTLAKE RACECOURSE W Coast VIC
1.3 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
2.6 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
4.0 LOOKOUT HILL Western Plains VIC
4.0 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS

-5.1   5.0 HEYWOOD FORESTRY W Coast VIC
-5.0   9.4 ELLISTON W Agricultural SA
-4.9   15.6 MURCHISON W Gascoyne WA
-4.7   8.7 ELLISTON (GUM VIEW) W Agricultural SA
-4.4   8.5 KYANCUTTA W Agricultural SA
-4.4   13.7 UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND GATTON Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

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.

92.6 YASS (DERRINGULLEN) Goulburn/Monaro NSW
85.0 BELLENDEN KER TOP STN N Coast--Barron QLD
82.0 UPPER MURRAY TM N Coast--Herbert QLD
80.0 BIRRIMBA N Rivers NT
73.0 INNISFAIL WHARF ALERT N Coast--Herbert QLD

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
80.0 BIRRIMBA
60.8 EDITH FALLS RIDGE
56.8 UPPER SEVENTEEN MILE CREEK

QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Barron
85.0 BELLENDEN KER TOP STN
60.0 BARTLE VIEW ALERT
53.0 BELLENDEN KER BOTTOM STN
    N Coast--Herbert
82.0 UPPER MURRAY TM
73.0 INNISFAIL WHARF ALERT
72.0 SOUTH JOHNSTONE EXP STN
66.0 MENAVALE ALERT
64.0 TUNG OIL ALERT
64.0 MOURILYAN HARBOUR
59.0 INNISFAIL
57.0 MARCO STREET ALERT
55.0 TUNG OIL TM
53.0 JAPOONVALE WARRAKIN RD
    Wide Bay/Burnett
56.0 BURRUM HEADS

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Goulburn/Monaro
92.6 YASS (DERRINGULLEN)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 32.7 -1.1 27.4 +1.0 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 27.2 -1.6 14.4 -0.4 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 19.8 -3.4 12.7 +0.2 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 30.8 -1.1 16.1 -0.4 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 34.0 +1.5 27.4 +2.1 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 36.0 +0.7 23.8 +3.7 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 28.4 +1.7 13.6 -1.8 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 23.1 +0.4 5.8 -4.0 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 31.0 -0.3 23.3 0.0 10.6
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.0 -0.4 23.4 -0.6 1.4
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 31.5 -0.6 20.7 -0.4 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 27.7 19.4 2.4
AMBERLEY AMO 29.5 -1.4 14.5 -3.9 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 25.5 12.7 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 26.3 0.0 18.7 +0.6 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 23.4 -1.5 19.3 +1.3 0.4
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 23.3 -1.8 19.0 +1.5 3.6
PROSPECT DAM 22.3 -5.0 18.5 +2.2 2.4
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 21.1 -3.9 18.1 +1.6 1.6
CANBERRA AIRPORT 22.1 -4.0 15.0 +3.8 0.8
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 29.8 +0.5 17.9 +4.2 4.2
MILDURA AIRPORT 33.7 +3.7 15.8 +1.1 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 21.8 -1.4 13.9 +2.6 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 28.2 +4.1 13.5 +0.7 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 27.3 +3.7 12.9 +1.0 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 27.9 +5.4 8.1 -1.3 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 17.3 -3.9 8.7 -0.1 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 21.4 +1.2 11.3 +0.6 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
    N Kimberley
KALUMBURU
16.6mm in 24 min to 13:00 41.5mm/h
17.0mm in 1 hr to 13:00 17.0mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.0mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Darwin-Daly
JABIRU AIRPORT
6.8mm in 16 min to 13:30 25.5mm/h
DOUGLAS RIVER
19.6mm in 1 hr to 06:00 19.6mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 06:30 6.7mm/h
TINDAL RAAF
12.6mm in 30 min to 01:00 25.2mm/h
12.6mm in 1 hr to 01:00 12.6mm/h
12.8mm in 1 hr to 01:30 12.8mm/h
    Barkly
TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT
10.6mm in 1 hr to 15:30 10.6mm/h
    Alice Springs
KULGERA
21.0mm in 3 hr to 15:30 7.0mm/h
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Northeast
YUNTA AIRSTRIP
9.2mm in 32 min to 14:30 17.2mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 14:30 14.0mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Herbert
INNISFAIL
26.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 8.7mm/h
SOUTH JOHNSTONE EXP STN
20.6mm in 1 hr to 08:00 20.6mm/h
16.2mm in 1 hr to 09:00 16.2mm/h
45.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 15.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Far Northwest
WILCANNIA AERODROME AWS
8.6mm in 41 min to 20:00 12.6mm/h
    Upper Darling
COBAR MO
39.4mm in 30 min to 06:00 78.8mm/h
39.4mm in 1 hr to 06:00 39.4mm/h
39.4mm in 30 min to 07:00 78.8mm/h
39.4mm in 1 hr to 07:30 39.4mm/h
    CW Plains S
WEST WYALONG AIRPORT AWS
10.0mm in 1 hr to 20:00 10.0mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h
    C Tablelands N
NULLO MOUNTAIN AWS
18.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.0mm/h
    Goulburn/Monaro
CANBERRA AIRPORT
5.4mm in 16 min to 19:16 20.2mm/h
7.8mm in 14 min to 19:30 33.4mm/h
19.8mm in 1 hr to 19:30 19.8mm/h
15.8mm in 1 hr to 20:00 15.8mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 7.7mm/h
    SW Slopes S
CABRAMURRA SMHEA AWS
11.8mm in 1 hr to 16:00 11.8mm/h
KHANCOBAN AWS
15.6mm in 19 min to 19:00 49.3mm/h
16.8mm in 1 hr to 19:00 16.8mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.7mm/h
    Riverina W
GRIFFITH AIRPORT AWS
7.6mm in 14 min to 18:49 32.6mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.3mm/h
VICTORIA
    E Gippsland
GELANTIPY
10.6mm in 20 min to 12:20 31.8mm/h
11.4mm in 1 hr to 12:30 11.4mm/h
    E Central
VIEWBANK (ARPANSA)
4.2mm in 2 min to 14:53 126.0mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 15:30 10.8mm/h
DUNNS HILL
12.4mm in 1 hr to 20:00 12.4mm/h
    N Central
MANGALORE AIRPORT
11.6mm in 1 hr to 16:30 11.6mm/h

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Adelaide Plains
OUTER HARBOUR (BLACK POLE) : 106(180/ 17 ) at 14:00
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 72( 60/ 63 ) at 03:00
    E Central
VIEWBANK (ARPANSA) : 87(260/ 63 ) at 14:51
COLDSTREAM : 85(240/ 69 ) at 15:36
TASMANIA
    Southeast
TASMAN ISLAND : 82( 10/ 63 ) at 21:06
ISLANDS
    Islands
NORTH RANKIN : ***(230/ 63 ) at 00:00