and storms contracted into QLD and northeastern NSW overnight, producing
very heavy rain on the QLD Darling Downs and NSW Northern Tablelands and NW
Slopes. A band of heavy rain and storms crossed this area around dawn, while
storms redeveloped along the QLD coast and Great Divide late morning and continued
for the rest of the day.
In NSW, Uralla
recorded its highest December one-day total in 97 years with 70mm in
at 9am. Intense rain fell around dawn, with Inverell recording 67mm in 3
hours to 6am and Tamworth 57mm in 6 hours to 9am. Inverell reported 88.6mm
for the 24 hours to 9am, Tingha 88.2 and Barraba 79.6. A storm in Moree this
evening brought down a tree on a car in front of the post office, as well as
12 callouts for the SES. 14.4mm was recorded at the airport in 17 minutes.
to 9am were on
Downs in the headwaters of the Macintyre, Weir and
Condamine Rivers. O'Connor, about 100km west of Toowoomba, recorded
105mm in the
24 hours while a brace
around Milmerran and Inglewood posted totals between 80 and 100mm.
Millmerran PO had its wettest December day in 104 years of observations
with a recording of 94.0mm. Tipton Bridge and Ellangowan also posted
new December records. A list of all 24-hour totals of 50mm+ is below.
61mm fell at Inglewood Forest between 3 and 6am. The heavy rain produced
moderate flooding in the Weir River.
From mid-morning, a nearly continuous line of storms developed along the QLD
coast and eastern ranges. Very heavy falls and flash flooding were reported
from Rockhampton to the Sunshine Coast. Among the
- Yandina, Sunshine Coast, 108mm between 1 and 3pm. Another Yandina
gauge reported by the Bureau recorded 110mm in an hour.
- West Bellthorpe, SW of Maleny, 51mm between 1 and 2pm
- Rockhamption Airport, 45.4mm in 1 hour to 3.30pm
- Thangool Airport, 70mm in 3 hours to noon
- Gladstone Airport, 61.4mm in the hour to 2.30pm
- Maroochydore Airport, 55.8mm in the hour to 3pm
On the Sunshine Coast, the SES fielded about a dozen calls for assistance
in the Maroochy, Noosa and Nanango Shires, mainly for flooding and leaking
roofs. Water entered homes in Maroochydore. The Bureau of Meteorology
described the highest rainfall totals as once-in-a-decade events. In Biloela,
CBD and a youth was rescued after being sucked through a culvert.
Thunderstorms and rain areas in western QLD produced some useful totals, with
many stations on the Central Highlands and in the Central West reporting 25
to 50mm to 9am and storms continuing through the day. Wind gusted to 109km/h
at Longreach Airport in a storm early this afternoon.
News sources: ABC
this day (previous record and years of computerised record shown in brackets):
Highest daily rainfall for December
041069 MILLMERRAN PO 94.0 (87.1, 104)
041358 TIPTON BRIDGE 96.0 (82.8, 32)
041404 ELLANGOWAN 93.0 (79.0, 51)
New South Wales:
056034 URALLA (DUMARESQ ST) 70.0 (61.4, 97)