Tuesday 09 DEC 2003

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Severe storms hit Gladstone area QLD
Hail, wind cause damage in Far North QLD
SA, VIC swelter
Unusually strong dust devil wreaks havoc in central SA
Cyclone Jana brushes Cocos Islands

Severe storms hit Gladstone area QLD

Torrential rain fell from thunderstorms between Gladstone and Burnett Heads early this morning yielding some totals of 200 to 300mm. At Burnett Heads, 236.0mm was recorded for the 24 hours to 9am, the heaviest December daily total in the station's 101 year history.

Severe thunderstorms hit coastal QLD from Gladstone south to Hervey Bay late this afternoon. In Gladstone, large hail up to 7cm diameter accompanied heavy rain damaging many cars and requiring 100 SES callouts to stricken buildings, mostly with hail damage. In all, 120 homes were seriously damaged. SES personnel described it as the worst storm in the city in a decade, and damage was estimated at between 1.5 and 2 million dollars. Powerlines were brought down and the Kin Kora shopping centre had to be evacuated after part of its roof collapsed. SES crews had to be brought in from as far away as Rockhampton to help with mopping up operations. 54.2mm fell at Gladstone Radar in 37 minutes to 5.30pm, while the airport recorded 49.0mm in the hour to 5.30pm. Town of 1770 recorded 41mm and Hervey Bay Airport 53mm in late afternoon storms. An upper trough and continuing moist surface northeasterlies contributed to the storms.

Hail, wind cause damage in Far North QLD

Golfball sized hail was reported from the Atherton area west of Cairns QLD during the afternoon. Wind gusts associated with storms unroofed a house near Charters Towers, SW of Townsville, during the evening.

SA, VIC swelter

Temperatures were well above normal across southern SA and all but eastern VIC today as warm northerlies flooded the area ahead of a cool change. Adelaide's 40° and Melbourne's 37 were both 13 above average, while the temperature soared to 44.0 at Whyalla (a 20-year record for December) and 42.5 at Parafield in Adelaide's northern suburbs. In Melbourne, ambulance crews treated 39 people for heat exhaustion.

Unusually strong dust devil wreaks havoc in central SA

One unusual outcome of today's extreme heat in SA was the development of extraordinarily powerful dust devils around the head of Spencer Gulf SA. One or possibly more than one dust devils brought down trees, fences and powerlines along a 2 to 3km path in Whyalla, and also tore part of a roof from a house. Port Augusta airport reported an isolated strong gust of 93km/h just after 1.30pm, also believed to have been caused by a dust devil. The weather at both locations was hot, dry and cloudless.

Cyclone Jana brushes Cocos Islands

Southward moving TC Jana passed 280km east of Cocos Islands today. The Cyclone, which developed from a tropical low on Sunday, reached category 3 status yesterday while tracking eastwards. Jana weakened during the 10th due to increasing wind shear, and dropped below cyclone status on the 11th.

News sources: ABC

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 rainfall for December
Queensland:
039017 BURNETT HEADS 236.0 (190.5, 101)
Highest daily maximum temperature for December
South Australia:
018120 WHYALLA AERO 44.0 (43.3, 20)

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

45.0 ROXBY DOWNS (OLYMPIC DAM AERODROME) NW Pastoral SA
44.8 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
44.7 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
44.7 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA
44.7 TELFER AERO Interior WA

+16.1   44.0 WHYALLA AERO W Agricultural SA
+15.7   36.0 CAPE WILLOUGHBY Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA
+15.5   42.0 PRICE Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA
+15.1   42.5 PARAFIELD AIRPORT Adelaide/Lofty SA
+14.7   40.2 ADELAIDE AIRPORT Adelaide/Lofty SA

30.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
29.9 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD
29.5 DUM IN MIRRIE AWS N Rivers NT
29.1 MORNINGTON ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
29.0 SWEERS ISLAND Gulf Country QLD

+8.3   20.2 MELBOURNE AIRPORT E Central VIC
+8.1   22.9 GAWLER RANGES (NONNING) NW Pastoral SA
+7.8   18.5 CASTLEMAINE PRISON N Central VIC
+7.8   17.0 WEEAPROINAH W Coast VIC
+6.6   21.4 HAY (MILLER STREET) Riverina W NSW
+6.6   19.4 MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE E Central VIC

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

15.4 TASMAN ISLAND Southeast TAS
16.5 ALBANY Lower West WA
16.5 MOUNT BARKER Lower West WA
16.5 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
16.9 ALBANY AIRPORT Lower West WA

-9.2   29.5 ELLIOTT N Plateau NT
-7.8   16.5 MOUNT BARKER Lower West WA
-7.2   27.7 PAYNES FIND E Gascoyne WA
-7.0   20.5 BRIDGETOWN COMPARISON Lower West WA
-6.9   27.5 MORAWA Central West WA
-6.9   21.5 KATANNING COMPARISON Cent Wheatbelt WA

1.6 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
3.0 JARRAHWOOD Lower West WA
3.8 WANDERING Cent Wheatbelt WA
4.0 BUSSELTON AERO Lower West WA
4.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW

-9.8   4.9 JANDAKOT AERO Lower West WA
-8.9   6.5 CUNDERDIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-8.3   3.0 JARRAHWOOD Lower West WA
-8.2   7.6 WONGAN HILLS Central West WA
-7.9   7.9 MERREDIN Cent Wheatbelt 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.

236.0 BURNETT HEADS NIELL ST Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
221.0 FAIRYMEAD SUGAR MILL Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
157.4 TURKEY STATION Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
144.4 BARGARA POST OFFICE Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
93.6 NEWLYN Wide Bay/Burnett QLD

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
50.0 BRAMWELL
    Wide Bay/Burnett
236.0 BURNETT HEADS NIELL ST
221.0 FAIRYMEAD SUGAR MILL
157.4 TURKEY STATION
144.4 BARGARA POST OFFICE
93.6 NEWLYN
    Brisbane/SE Coast
85.0 SPRINGVALE
73.0 TEDDINGTON WEIR HW TM
72.0 TEDDINGTON WATERWORKS

NEW SOUTH WALES
    C Tablelands N
66.8 MERRIWA (MERRY VALE)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 32.5 -1.3 27.6 +1.2 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 16.9 -6.3 8.9 -3.6 2.0
PERTH AIRPORT 24.2 -4.6 9.2 -5.6 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 27.1 -4.8 12.3 -4.2 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 35.0 +2.5 27.0 +1.7 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 40.3 +5.0 25.7 +5.6 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 40.0 +13.3 19.8 +4.4 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 36.8 +14.1 10.5 +0.7 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 32.6 +1.3 25.2 +1.9 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 33.9 +2.5 27.4 +3.4 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 34.8 +2.7 22.9 +1.8 1.0
AMBERLEY AMO 30.1 -0.8 18.4 0.0 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 26.9 20.6 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 25.0 10.2 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 24.0 -2.3 16.3 -1.8 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 21.9 -3.0 17.2 -0.8 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 24.1 -1.0 16.2 -1.3 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 26.2 -1.1 14.0 -2.3 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 22.0 -3.0 16.0 -0.5 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 29.1 +3.0 10.7 -0.5 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 34.3 +5.0 15.2 +1.5 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 38.3 +8.3 18.5 +3.8 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 26.8 +3.6 10.9 -0.4 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 37.0 +12.9 19.4 +6.6 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 36.5 +12.9 14.0 +2.1 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 32.9 +10.4 11.4 +2.0 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 23.8 +2.6 13.4 +4.6 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 23.7 +3.5 14.8 +4.1 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.
QUEENSLAND
    Central Coast E
SAMUEL HILL AERO
11.6mm in 33 min to 23:00 21.1mm/h
15.4mm in 1 hr to 23:00 15.4mm/h
    Wide Bay/Burnett
ROCKHAMPTON AERO
5.6mm in 32 min to 21:26 10.5mm/h
SANDY CAPE LIGHTHOUSE
27.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 9.0mm/h
HERON ISLAND RES STN
24.6mm in 33 min to 06:00 44.7mm/h
24.8mm in 1 hr to 06:00 24.8mm/h
25.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 8.3mm/h
8.4mm in 10 min to 06:10 50.4mm/h
12.0mm in 1 hr to 07:00 12.0mm/h
GLADSTONE RADAR
18.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 6.0mm/h
10.4mm in 30 min to 03:00 20.8mm/h
10.4mm in 1 hr to 03:00 10.4mm/h
10.4mm in 1 hr to 03:30 10.4mm/h
29.2mm in 12 min to 16:55 146.0mm/h
25.0mm in 35 min to 17:30 42.9mm/h
TOWN OF 1770
16.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.3mm/h
41.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 13.7mm/h
GLADSTONE AIRPORT
17.4mm in 12 min to 16:42 87.0mm/h
25.2mm in 18 min to 17:00 84.0mm/h
42.6mm in 1 hr to 17:00 42.6mm/h
49.0mm in 1 hr to 17:30 49.0mm/h
    Brisbane/SE Coast
HERVEY BAY AIRPORT
6.8mm in 3 min to 18:14 136.0mm/h
8.0mm in 4 min to 18:18 120.0mm/h
11.2mm in 8 min to 18:26 84.0mm/h
21.0mm in 34 min to 19:00 37.1mm/h
48.2mm in 1 hr to 19:00 48.2mm/h
53.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 17.7mm/h
    Darling Downs W
MILES CONSTANCE STREET
9.6mm in 15 min to 14:00 38.4mm/h
10.4mm in 1 hr to 14:00 10.4mm/h

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    NE Pastoral
OODNADATTA AIRPORT : 74(290/ 65 ) at 20:01
MARREE AERO : 91(350/ 58 ) at 22:50
    W Agricultural
PORT AUGUSTA AERO : 93(330/ 35 ) at 13:35
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 87( 90/ 67 ) at 07:00
    Southeast
TASMAN ISLAND : 83(360/ 65 ) at 22:30