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Drought eases in NSW
Downpours hit Lord Howe Island, NW NT

Drought eases in NSW

For the third month in a row, the area of NSW that is drought-declared has receded. It is now at the lowest level in 18 months. Figures released by the NSW Minister for Agriculture, Ian Macdonald, show that 61.3% of the state is now in official drought, down 5% on last month due to the removal of all of the Balranald, Goulburn, Gundagai and Wagga regions and parts of the Hume, Milparinka, northern New England and Nyngan areas. However, all of the Coonabarabran and parts of the Molong, Narrabri, Narrandera, Nyngan and Tamworth areas have reverted to official drought status. "We expect a loss of production in wheat, barley, cotton and rice and these factors mean that the drought cannot be declared over at the moment," Mr Macdonald said.

Downpours hit Lord Howe Island, NW NT

Strong, moist northeasterly winds to the east of a developing low off the NSW North Coast combined with the passage of a trough to give Lord Howe Island torrential rain overnight. The airport on the island recorded 72.0mm between 3 and 6am for a 24-hour to 9am total of 104mm. No thunderstorms were reported by the observer.

In far northwestern NT, Port Keats recorded 109.2mm in the 3 hours 25 minutes to 7am.

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

44.7 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA
44.6 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
44.3 TELFER AERO Interior WA
44.1 PARDOO STATION E Pilbara WA
43.4 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA

+6.7   31.0 COONAWARRA Lower SE SA
+6.6   30.0 HAMILTON AIRPORT W Coast VIC
+6.2   30.4 CASTERTON SHOWGROUNDS W Coast VIC
+6.1   33.6 KEITH Mallee/Upper SE SA
+5.9   30.1 ARARAT PRISON Western Plains VIC

30.2 TELFER AERO Interior WA
30.0 WULUNGURRU N Plateau NT
30.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
29.0 BALGO HILLS Interior WA
29.0 SWEERS ISLAND Gulf Country QLD

+5.3   27.2 WATARRKA N Plateau NT
+5.0   30.2 TELFER AERO Interior WA
+4.5   15.0 BRIDGETOWN COMPARISON Lower West WA
+4.5   26.3 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
+4.2   15.5 JARRAHWOOD Lower West WA

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

12.9 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
13.9 NULLO MOUNTAIN AWS C Tablelands N NSW
14.3 KATOOMBA (NARROW NECK RD) C Tablelands S NSW
14.5 MOUNT BOYCE AWS C Tablelands S NSW
15.4 GUYRA HOSPITAL N Tablelands W NSW

-14.2   24.0 WAVE HILL N Rivers NT
-11.3   21.0 BLACK POINT N Rivers NT
-10.6   19.2 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
-9.7   19.1 LOSTOCK DAM Hunter Valley NSW
-9.6   16.7 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
-9.6   20.6 SCONE SCS Hunter Valley NSW

-0.3 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
1.0 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
1.1 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
3.0 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
3.4 MAYDENA POST OFFICE Derwent Valley TAS

-7.6   15.4 MOUNT ISA AERO Gulf Country QLD
-7.2   6.8 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
-7.1   4.5 FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT Flinders Is/Bass St TAS
-6.7   8.0 EDINBURGH RAAF Adelaide/Lofty SA
-6.7   11.4 WALGETT AIRPORT AWS NW Plains W NSW
-6.7   9.5 PARKES (MACARTHUR STREET) CW Slopes S 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.

127.0 PEPPIMENARTI N Rivers NT
122.6 LORD HOWE ISLAND (ORLANDO) Islands ISL
116.2 PORT KEATS AERO N Rivers NT
110.0 LORD HOWE ISLAND (MILKY WAY) Islands ISL
93.6 BULMAN AWS N Rivers NT

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
127.0 PEPPIMENARTI
116.2 PORT KEATS AERO
93.6 BULMAN AWS
76.0 DORISVALE
75.2 JABIRU COUNCIL
52.8 UPPER FERGUSSON RIVER
52.2 PINE CREEK
52.0 WOODCUTTER'S MINE
50.0 JINDARE

QUEENSLAND
    Central Coast E
60.0 ORKABIE WEST HILL
    Wide Bay/Burnett
82.0 ROSEDALE POST OFFICE
68.0 WALTERHALL
51.0 WATALGAN WINFIELD RD
50.2 EULEILAH CREEK
    Brisbane/SE Coast
75.6 PECHEY FORESTRY
63.2 MT GLORIOUS FAHEY RD
58.6 COORAN
57.6 MCKENZIE CREEK
53.6 MALENY THYNNE COURT
52.0 UMARELLA
51.0 STRATHPINE COLONIAL DRIVE
50.8 MINMORE
    Darling Downs E
60.0 CUNNINGHAMS GAP NATIONAL PARK
53.4 WONGA

NEW SOUTH WALES
    NW Plains E
53.0 ASHLEY (THE PRAIRIES)
    N Tablelands W
55.0 BUNDARRA (BIMBADEEN)
    N Tablelands E
59.4 CARNHAM
    North Coast
62.5 DOON DOON (MCCABES ROAD)
50.2 NUMINBAH GATE
50.0 GREEN PIGEON (MORNING VIEW)

ISLANDS
    Islands
122.6 LORD HOWE ISLAND (ORLANDO)
110.0 LORD HOWE ISLAND (MILKY WAY)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 33.6 -0.2 27.0 +0.6 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 19.6 -3.6 14.6 +2.1 2.8
PERTH AIRPORT 28.5 -0.3 15.7 +0.9 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 30.7 -1.2 16.6 +0.1 9.6
DARWIN AIRPORT 34.3 +1.8 23.6 -1.7 0.8
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 39.0 +3.7 18.2 -1.9 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 29.6 +2.9 11.1 -4.3 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 27.5 +4.8 7.3 -2.5 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 32.7 +1.4 25.7 +2.4 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 35.1 +3.7 25.0 +1.0 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 29.7 -2.4 21.1 0.0 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 25.7 16.0 32.2
AMBERLEY AMO 26.6 -4.3 16.7 -1.7 16.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 15.8 8.6 0.4
COFFS HARBOUR MO 21.7 -4.6 15.2 -2.9 1.4
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 19.0 -5.9 16.0 -2.0 1.4
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 19.6 -5.5 16.7 -0.8 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 20.2 -7.1 15.0 -1.3 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 20.0 -5.0 15.7 -0.8 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 22.5 -3.6 6.7 -4.5 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 29.1 -0.2 9.2 -4.5 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 32.7 +2.7 14.1 -0.6 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 23.5 +0.3 7.9 -3.4 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 27.6 +3.5 12.9 +0.1 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 25.3 +1.7 9.8 -2.1 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 27.5 +5.0 9.2 -0.2 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 22.1 +0.9 5.5 -3.3 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 19.2 -1.0 11.9 +1.2 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
    E Kimberley
KUNUNURRA AERO
14.8mm in 30 min to 09:00 29.6mm/h
14.8mm in 1 hr to 09:00 14.8mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.0mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Darwin-Daly
CAPE DON
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 04:00 5.3mm/h
MANGO FARM
24.0mm in 3 hr to 06:30 8.0mm/h
PORT KEATS AERO
32.2mm in 1 hr 7 min to 05:12 28.8mm/h
65.8mm in 1 hr 18 min to 06:30 50.6mm/h
85.0mm in 3 hr to 06:30 28.3mm/h
11.2mm in 1 hr to 07:30 11.2mm/h
32.0mm in 3 hr to 09:30 10.7mm/h
DELAMERE WEAPONS RANGE
26.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 8.7mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    S Peninsula
LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT
33.0mm in 6 hr to 12:00 5.5mm/h
    Wide Bay/Burnett
HERON ISLAND RES STN
17.2mm in 1 hr to 00:00 17.2mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.7mm/h
24.4mm in 1 hr 10 min to 06:00 20.9mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 8.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    NW Plains E
MOREE AERO
12.8mm in 30 min to 07:00 25.6mm/h
12.8mm in 30 min to 09:00 25.6mm/h
12.8mm in 1 hr to 09:00 12.8mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
LORD HOWE ISLAND AERO
31.2mm in 1 hr to 04:00 31.2mm/h
17.0mm in 1 hr to 05:00 17.0mm/h
8.2mm in 20 min to 05:20 24.6mm/h
17.4mm in 1 hr to 05:30 17.4mm/h
72.0mm in 3 hr to 07:00 24.0mm/h
No reports of wind gusts above 90km/h or sustained winds above 63km/h