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Heavy rain in northern WA, NT as Low deepens
Widespread heat continues in the south
Isolated severe storm in SE NSW

Maximum temperatures (above) and departures from normal (below) today. BoM

Heavy rain in northern WA, NT as Low deepens

Flood rainfall continues to fall in the WA Kimberley region where many centres have recorded between 150 and 300mm in the past few days. The monsoonal low that tracked across the Kimberley crossed the coast north of Broome this morning, its pressure dropping slightly to 995hPa. Highest falls in the 24 hours to 9am were 105.6mm at Ord River Dam south of Kununurra and 105.0 at Cygnet Bay northwest of Derby. In the week ended 9am Saturday 3 January, Ord River Dam recorded 348.4mm and Kachana, 110km SSW of Wyndham, 278.8.

The monsoon trough lies eastwards across the north of the NT Top End where heavy falls and some thunderstorms continue. Top fall to 9am was 127mm at Mary River Rangers Station, 60km ENE of Pine Creek. In the week to 9am Saturday, Mataranka Station, 150km north of Daly Waters, recorded 281.0.mm. Flood levels increased to moderate in central reaches of the Daly River today.

Widespread heat continues in the south

The extent of the heatwave gripping the nation is shown in the maps at right. Once again today, top temperatures were in the mid to high 40s in SA, NSW, QLD, NT and WA with maxima of 48.0 at Marree, 44.6 at Tibooburra, 46.7 at Birdsville, 44.1 at Yulara and 46.0 at Leonora.

Isolated severe storm in SE NSW

An isolated but intense thunderstorm developed in SE NSW during the early evening, becoming severe around 8pm. It occurred in remote country near Ingebyra, 30km SSW of Jindabyne and no damage was reported. It appears, however, to have been a good example of an isolated pulse storm, and is described in detail on Australian Sky & Weather. In Grenfell, the SES were called to a house in Bradley Street, where what was described as a "whirlwind" had lifted the rear patio roof placing it upside-down on the roof of the home, with a section of it landing on a vehicle parked underneath.

News sources: Grenfell Record

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 22:17EST, 27/10/2004.

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

48.0 MARREE NE Pastoral SA
46.7 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
46.7 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
46.6 MARREE AERO NE Pastoral SA
46.4 BALLERA GAS FIELD Far SW QLD

+15.1   43.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
+14.6   40.4 EUCLA Eucla WA
+12.0   39.4 GOULBURN (PROGRESS ST) Goulburn/Monaro NSW
+11.5   40.0 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
+11.3   40.5 STREAKY BAY W Agricultural SA

33.5 LEONORA Goldfields WA
33.1 LEINSTER AERO Goldfields WA
32.4 THARGOMINDAH AIRPORT Far SW QLD
32.2 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
32.0 WILUNA Interior WA

+11.8   33.5 LEONORA Goldfields WA
+10.2   29.2 COONAMBLE COMPARISON CW Plains N NSW
+10.2   23.6 GOULBURN (PROGRESS ST) Goulburn/Monaro NSW
+9.5   32.2 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
+9.1   32.0 WILUNA Interior WA

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

10.7 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
12.7 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
14.7 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
14.7 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
15.9 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS

-6.1   31.0 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
-5.8   31.0 VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS N Rivers NT
-5.6   28.0 DOONGAN N Kimberley WA
-5.6   30.6 KUNUNURRA AERO E Kimberley WA
-5.4   30.9 KIMBERLEY RES.STATION E Kimberley WA

4.9 MAYDENA POST OFFICE Derwent Valley TAS
5.3 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
5.5 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
6.4 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
6.6 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS

-5.2   14.3 THANGOOL AIRPORT Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
-5.1   13.9 UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND GATTON Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-4.8   14.8 AMBERLEY AMO Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-4.7   20.1 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
-4.6   14.9 GYMPIE 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.

174.0 EMMA GORGE N Kimberley WA
127.0 MARY RIVER RANGERS N Rivers NT
105.6 ORD RIVER DAM E Kimberley WA
105.0 CYGNET BAY W Kimberley WA
100.1 KUNUNURRA CHECKPOINT E Kimberley WA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    N Kimberley
174.0 EMMA GORGE
95.0 EL QUESTRO
86.0 FARAWAY BAY
71.6 KURI BAY
    E Kimberley
105.6 ORD RIVER DAM
100.1 KUNUNURRA CHECKPOINT
68.0 TROPICAL FARM - ORD RIVER
55.8 GIBB RIVER
54.0 KACHANA
    W Kimberley
105.0 CYGNET BAY
52.0 BLINA

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
127.0 MARY RIVER RANGERS
100.0 MIDDLE POINT
95.6 KEEP RIVER RANGERS
86.0 OENPELLI
85.0 BEATRICE HILL
74.6 MAJESTIC ORCHIDS
66.0 BATCHELOR AERO
64.8 DARWIN RIVER DAM
64.0 LAMBELL'S LAGOON
63.2 GERIATRIC PARK
63.2 DARWIN RIVER RIDGE
62.0 PORT KEATS AERO
60.6 WOODCUTTER'S MINE
60.2 ADELAIDE RIVER RIDGE
59.6 YEURALBA RIDGE
59.4 TERRITORY WILDLIFE PARK
59.2 MIDDLE POINT AWS
58.4 GALIWINKU
58.0 LAKE EVELLA
57.0 RANKIN POINT
55.8 UPPER ADELAIDE RIVER
55.4 BATCHELOR AREA SCHOOL
54.4 BERRY SPRINGS RANGERS
53.8 THORAK CEMETERY
53.6 ELIZABETH VALLEY
52.0 MARANBOY HILL
51.6 KATHERINE RESEARCH FARM
51.5 VICTORIA RIVER ROADHOUSE
51.4 CENTRAL ARNHEM PLATEAU
51.4 HUMPTY DOO EVAN ROAD
51.0 GILNOCKIE
50.4 BERRIMAH SIL

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
76.2 HORN ISLAND
73.0 CAPE KEERWEER
65.2 PUNSAND BAY
    N Coast--Barron
95.0 KOOMBOOLOOMBA DAM

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 32.7 -0.7 25.7 -0.6 23.4
ALBANY AIRPORT 21.1 -3.8 16.3 +2.7 1.2
PERTH AIRPORT 31.2 -0.3 15.0 -1.9 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 39.2 +5.6 21.8 +3.6 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 31.7 -0.1 23.6 -1.2 43.2
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 42.6 +6.4 27.6 +6.3 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 35.1 +6.2 15.8 -1.1 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 27.9 +2.8 10.9 -0.1 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 32.2 +0.8 21.3 -2.3 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.9 +0.6 23.6 -0.6 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 33.8 +1.9 19.3 -2.7 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 31.9 +0.8 14.8 -4.8 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 28.6 18.1 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 29.7 12.9 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 28.1 +1.3 16.8 -2.6 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 22.3 -3.3 19.7 +0.6 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 27.1 +1.3 20.4 +1.8 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 32.0 +4.0 18.5 +1.0 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 27.0 +1.4 19.4 +1.5 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 37.1 +9.3 17.4 +4.4 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 41.2 +9.8 18.2 +2.1 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 38.6 +6.5 18.3 +1.8 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 29.7 +4.4 11.6 -1.1 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 30.6 +4.8 15.7 +1.5 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 28.0 +2.4 11.8 -1.8 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 31.9 +7.0 9.5 -1.3 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 23.4 +0.2 11.0 +0.8 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 27.5 +5.9 12.4 +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
TROUGHTON ISLAND
5.6mm in 13 min to 22:41 25.8mm/h
KURI BAY
16.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.3mm/h
    W Kimberley
CYGNET BAY
20.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 6.7mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
PORT KEATS AERO
11.6mm in 1 hr to 10:30 11.6mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 12:30 5.0mm/h
DELAMERE WEAPONS RANGE
15.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.0mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
COCONUT ISLAND
18.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.0mm/h
6.8mm in 39 min to 15:25 10.5mm/h
HORN ISLAND
5.0mm in 12 min to 04:12 25.0mm/h
30.2mm in 48 min to 05:00 37.8mm/h
35.2mm in 1 hr to 05:00 35.2mm/h
40.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 13.3mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
CAPE WESSEL
18.0mm in 3 hr to 04:00 6.0mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 05:00 7.7mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 6.0mm/h

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Plateau
YULARA AERO : 89( 70/ 63 ) at 16:56
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 95(260/ 61 ) at 09:30