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Widespread storms and rain in the East

 


Above: Rainfall for the 24 hours to 9am today.
Below: Synoptic chart at 5pm EDT today. BoM

A trough lying from the heat low over northern WA through southern NT, SW QLD and central NSW moved only very slowly NE today, bringing widespread thunderstorms and rain areas.

Heavy showers heralded the day in SE QLD, with many parts of Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts recording between 40 and 75mm to 9am. Brisbane Airport recorded 15.2mm in half an hour to 9am. Overnight and early morning thunderstorms were active across the NT Top End, giving Kidman Springs 74.0mm and Darwin Profiler 55.4 for the 24 hours to 9am.

During the afternoon, storms developed across northern and eastern VIC and much of NSW and QLD. At Mildura VIC, a storm dumped 43.4mm in 22 minutes to 2.14pm with winds gusting to 111km/h. The wind partially unroofed four houses, damaged a school and brought down trees on two houses at Merbein South, 12km west of the city. In East Gippsland, Mt Nowa Nowa, 20km NNE of Lakes Entrance, recorded 17.2mm in 12 minutes around 2.30pm. Orbost recorded 15mm of rain in 15 minutes with hail to 2cm diameter, while Seaton, 40km NW of Sale, reported golfball sized hail and Jamieson 3cm hail. 70mm falling in 2 hours at Wulgulmerang, 70km NNW of Orbost, caused flooding which damaged kilometres of farm fencing.

In NSW, heavy rain, hail and strong winds accompanied severe storms in Sydney and on the Central Coast. The SES reported 130 callouts, with 80 coming from Killara, Lane Cove and Willoughby in Sydney's north. 20mm fell in 10 minutes at Pymble causing local flooding. 20 homes in Penrith and the Liverpool Council building were flooded when gutters were blocked, possibly by hail. Blacked-out traffic lights and downed trees created severe traffic congestion during the evening peak, especially in northwestern suburbs around Ryde. 13,000 homes were blacked out by the storms in Sydney, 10% still without power the next morning. Wind gusted to 102km/h at Badgery's Creek just after 3pm.

On Lake Macquarie SW of Newcastle, 20 homes were damaged at Valentine, four seriously with roofs partly or wholly removed, while a block of units was unroofed at Cardiff. Residents in Valentine described the winds as tornadic, with an eye witness describing the roof of one home just going "straight up in the air". Power was lost to 5,000 homes, with half still not restored by midnight. Rail services on the Central Coast were disrupted. The top wind gust recorded at Nobbys Signal Station in Newcastle was 117km/h just before 4pm. 15 to 25mm were common totals for these storms, often falling in 10 to 15 minutes.

Elsewhere in the state there were scattered heavy totals. Tottenham, 120km west of Dubbo, reported an isolated high fall of 74.6mm in the 24 hours to 9am while Narrabri, Gunnedah and Kempsey had heavy thunderstorm dumps during the late afternoon or evening.

Late afternoon storms brought heavy rain across the NT Top End and WA Kimberley. Douglas River, 130km south of Darwin, recorded 68.8mm in just over half an hour in a storm that brought a total of 114mm. Larrimah recorded 77mm and in WA Wyndham Aero reported 45mm in 3 hours.

Full 24 hour and short duration rainfall details are below.

News sources: ABC, Sydney Morning Herald, 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

43.0 TELFER AERO Interior WA
42.8 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
42.3 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
42.3 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA
42.3 BALGO HILLS Interior WA

+10.5   39.5 DENHAM W Gascoyne WA
+10.3   39.7 GERALDTON AIRPORT Central West WA
+9.8   40.7 KALBARRI Central West WA
+9.0   37.0 JURIEN BAY Lower West WA
+6.8   30.2 CAPE NATURALISTE Lower West WA

30.0 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
30.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
29.2 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
29.1 KURI BAY N Kimberley WA
29.0 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA

+7.2   11.9 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
+6.8   24.5 ARKAROOLA NE Pastoral SA
+6.4   19.9 OUYEN (POST OFFICE) Mallee N VIC
+6.3   21.0 MILDURA AIRPORT Mallee N VIC
+6.0   18.9 KYANCUTTA W Agricultural SA

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

10.3 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
13.2 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
13.2 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
14.6 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
14.7 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
14.7 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW

-8.1   27.8 ONSLOW AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
-8.1   29.6 MARDIE W Pilbara WA
-7.9   18.8 EUDUNDA Murray Valley SA
-7.9   30.3 WINTON POST OFFICE Northwest QLD
-6.9   21.6 YONGALA Upper North SA

1.0 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
2.5 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
4.1 TARRALEAH VILLAGE Derwent Valley TAS
4.7 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
5.4 TUNNACK FIRE STATION Southeast TAS

-5.8   9.6 CUNDERDIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-5.5   16.1 SANDY CAPE LIGHTHOUSE Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
-5.1   9.0 NORSEMAN Goldfields WA
-5.0   9.6 NAREMBEEN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-5.0   15.0 LEONORA 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.

115.8 MANILLA (ROSEDALE) NW Slopes S NSW
110.5 TIN CAN BAY COUNTRY CLUB Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
80.0 BLADENSBURG Northwest QLD
78.0 EKSUN DOWNS Darling Downs E QLD
75.0 LUMEAH ALERT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
74.0 KIDMAN SPRINGS
56.2 DUM IN MIRRIE AWS
55.4 DARWIN PROFILER
52.6 KAKADU NORTHERN ENTRY STATION
51.0 UPPER WATERHOUSE RIVER
51.0 GERIATRIC PARK

QUEENSLAND
    Gulf Country
59.0 FARLEY STATION
    Central Coast W
51.0 BRUSLEE
    Central Highlands
54.6 MORRABINDA
    Northwest
80.0 BLADENSBURG
63.8 PHOSPHATE HILL
50.0 TREPELL AIRPORT
    Wide Bay/Burnett
53.2 LADY ELLIOT ISLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
110.5 TIN CAN BAY COUNTRY CLUB
75.0 LUMEAH ALERT
74.0 MT TAMBORINE FERN ST
68.0 MT TAMBORINE ALERT
64.6 CANUNGRA FINCH ROAD
63.4 TOOGOOM
63.0 TYUNGUN ALERT
59.0 BENOBBLE ALERT
59.0 LUMEAH
58.0 WUNBURRA
55.0 SPRINGBROOK ROAD
55.0 COMO
55.0 NUMINBAH STATE FARM
54.0 BROMFLEET TM
54.0 NUMINBAH ALERT
53.0 TOOLARA FORESTRY
52.6 BEAUDESERT
52.0 BEECHMONT ALERT
    Darling Downs E
78.0 EKSUN DOWNS

NEW SOUTH WALES
    CW Plains S
74.6 TOTTENHAM POST OFFICE
    NW Slopes S
115.8 MANILLA (ROSEDALE)
    N Tablelands W
58.0 BUNDARRA (WILLOWBANK)
    N Tablelands E
50.6 LOWER CREEK (CEDAR PARK)
    Sydney--west
60.8 GLENMORE PARK (CARTWRIGHT PLACE)
    Goulburn/Monaro
65.6 COLLECTOR (STONY CREEK)

VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
68.2 WALHALLA
51.6 ERICA
50.0 MT BAW BAW

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 32.3 -1.5 26.9 +0.5 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 31.3 +2.5 13.1 -1.7 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 20.4 -2.8 9.0 -3.5 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 25.3 -6.6 11.9 -4.6 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 34.3 +1.8 25.9 +0.6 1.8
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 36.3 +1.0 21.0 +0.9 4.6
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 25.6 -1.1 17.9 +2.5 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 21.9 -0.8 10.8 +1.0 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 31.8 +0.5 25.1 +1.8 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 32.1 +0.7 23.9 -0.1 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 35.0 +2.9 21.7 +0.6 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 26.6 20.8 25.2
AMBERLEY AMO 29.4 -1.5 19.9 +1.5 2.4
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 25.2 12.7 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 29.6 +3.3 20.3 +2.2 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 27.5 +2.6 18.0 0.0 5.6
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 31.1 +6.0 17.8 +0.3 5.0
PROSPECT DAM 32.3 +5.0 15.8 -0.5 12.2
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 28.4 +3.4 16.2 -0.3 16.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 27.4 +1.3 12.2 +1.0 24.8
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 31.4 +2.1 15.3 +1.6 1.4
MILDURA AIRPORT 31.1 +1.1 21.0 +6.3 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 23.8 +0.6 15.5 +4.2 1.4
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 27.1 +3.0 15.4 +2.6 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 25.1 +1.5 12.8 +0.9 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 26.0 +3.5 11.3 +1.9 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 22.4 +1.2 10.6 +1.8 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 23.9 +3.7 12.4 +1.7 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
WYNDHAM AERO
16.2mm in 26 min to 15:36 37.4mm/h
19.4mm in 24 min to 16:00 48.5mm/h
35.6mm in 1 hr to 16:00 35.6mm/h
8.8mm in 47 min to 16:47 11.2mm/h
45.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 15.0mm/h
TROUGHTON ISLAND
8.2mm in 32 min to 20:35 15.4mm/h
WYNDHAM
36.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 12.0mm/h
    E Kimberley
KUNUNURRA AERO
6.4mm in 16 min to 14:30 24.0mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Darwin-Daly
DUM IN MIRRIE AWS
24.0mm in 3 hr to 06:30 8.0mm/h
    Roper-McArthur
LARRIMAH
77.0mm in 3 hr to 15:30 25.7mm/h
77.0mm in 6 hr to 15:30 12.8mm/h
    Darwin-Daly
DOUGLAS RIVER
10.2mm in 28 min to 16:28 21.9mm/h
68.8mm in 32 min to 17:00 129.0mm/h
79.0mm in 1 hr to 17:00 79.0mm/h
34.6mm in 1 hr to 18:00 34.6mm/h
114.0mm in 3 hr to 18:30 38.0mm/h
BRADSHAW
9.2mm in 21 min to 15:03 26.3mm/h
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Northeast
YUNTA AIRSTRIP
15.0mm in 3 hr to 12:30 5.0mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Northwest
THE MONUMENT AIRPORT
13.2mm in 1 hr to 08:00 13.2mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.3mm/h
10.4mm in 1 hr to 21:00 10.4mm/h
TREPELL AIRPORT
9.6mm in 27 min to 20:27 21.3mm/h
23.0mm in 29 min to 21:00 47.6mm/h
33.6mm in 1 hr to 21:00 33.6mm/h
24.6mm in 1 hr 29 min to 22:00 16.6mm/h
    Wide Bay/Burnett
SANDY CAPE LIGHTHOUSE
15.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.0mm/h
    Brisbane/SE Coast
ARCHERFIELD AIRPORT
16.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.3mm/h
NAMBOUR DPI
10.2mm in 1 hr to 01:00 10.2mm/h
TOOLARA (KELLY)
16.8mm in 1 hr to 14:00 16.8mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.7mm/h
BRISBANE AERO
15.2mm in 30 min to 09:00 30.4mm/h
19.4mm in 1 hr to 09:00 19.4mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 7.3mm/h
TEWANTIN RSL PARK
14.2mm in 1 hr to 04:00 14.2mm/h
11.6mm in 1 hr to 05:00 11.6mm/h
31.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 10.3mm/h
BRISBANE
15.4mm in 1 hr to 07:30 15.4mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.7mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    NW Slopes N
NARRABRI AIRPORT AWS
8.6mm in 21 min to 22:44 24.6mm/h
10.4mm in 1 hr to 23:00 10.4mm/h
    NW Slopes S
GUNNEDAH AIRPORT AWS
7.0mm in 10 min to 23:01 42.0mm/h
    MidNorth Coast N
KEMPSEY AIRPORT AWS
10.4mm in 1 hr to 15:00 10.4mm/h
21.6mm in 1 hr to 17:00 21.6mm/h
29.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 9.7mm/h
    Hunter Valley
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS
7.0mm in 11 min to 15:56 38.2mm/h
GOSFORD (NARARA RESEARCH STATION) AWS
9.8mm in 44 min to 15:44 13.4mm/h
6.8mm in 16 min to 16:00 25.5mm/h
16.6mm in 1 hr to 16:00 16.6mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 8.0mm/h
    Sydney--east
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL)
12.4mm in 30 min to 16:30 24.8mm/h
12.4mm in 1 hr to 16:30 12.4mm/h
16.0mm in 1 hr to 17:00 16.0mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.3mm/h
CANTERBURY RACECOURSE AWS
13.4mm in 1 hr to 16:30 13.4mm/h
HOMEBUSH (OLYMPIC STADIUM) AWS
8.2mm in 4 min to 16:01 123.0mm/h
13.2mm in 1 hr to 16:30 13.2mm/h
    Sydney--west
BADGERYS CREEK AIRPORT AWS
5.8mm in 4 min to 15:18 87.0mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.7mm/h
HORSLEY PARK EQUESTRIAN CENTRE AWS
5.4mm in 15 min to 15:45 21.6mm/h
    South Coast
BRAIDWOOD RACECOURSE AWS
14.4mm in 1 hr to 00:00 14.4mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.0mm/h
    SW Slopes S
KHANCOBAN AWS
9.6mm in 51 min to 22:00 11.3mm/h
12.0mm in 1 hr to 22:00 12.0mm/h
VICTORIA
    Mallee N
MILDURA AIRPORT
1.6mm in 1 min to 13:53 96.0mm/h
12.6mm in 7 min to 14:00 108.0mm/h
14.4mm in 1 hr to 14:00 14.4mm/h
10.4mm in 6 min to 14:06 104.0mm/h
18.6mm in 8 min to 14:14 139.5mm/h
46.8mm in 1 hr to 14:30 46.8mm/h
34.6mm in 1 hr to 15:00 34.6mm/h
49.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 16.3mm/h
    Upper NE
MOUNT BULLER
17.0mm in 30 min to 17:30 34.0mm/h
17.0mm in 1 hr to 17:30 17.0mm/h
17.0mm in 1 hr to 18:00 17.0mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.7mm/h
MT HOTHAM AIRPORT
11.6mm in 1 hr to 19:00 11.6mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.7mm/h
MT HOTHAM
10.6mm in 1 hr to 18:00 10.6mm/h
17.6mm in 1 hr to 18:30 17.6mm/h
11.0mm in 1 hr to 21:00 11.0mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 7.0mm/h
    E Gippsland
MT NOWA NOWA
17.2mm in 12 min to 14:39 86.0mm/h
21.6mm in 1 hr to 15:00 21.6mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 7.3mm/h
ORBOST
8.6mm in 20 min to 15:30 25.8mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 16:00 10.8mm/h
    W Gippsland
BAIRNSDALE AIRPORT
13.0mm in 1 hr to 15:00 13.0mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS : 117( 70/ 24 ) at 15:56
    Sydney--west
BADGERYS CREEK AIRPORT AWS : 102(220/ 54 ) at 15:03
    Snowy Mtns
THREDBO AWS : 132(300/ 28 ) at 09:35
VICTORIA
    Mallee N
MILDURA AIRPORT : 111(290/ 50 ) at 14:14
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 72(250/ 63 ) at 22:37
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 82(230/ 67 ) at 20:00
    Southeast
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 96(240/ 78 ) at 22:30