Tuesday 06 JAN 2004

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Temperature extremes in eastern states
Bushfires in NSW, TAS
Heavy downpours in WA as TC Ken fizzles
Violent storms across NT Top End

Above: Maximum temperatures (left) and departures from normal (right)
Below: Minimum temperatures (left) and departures from normal (right). BoM

Temperature extremes in eastern states

Colder southern air edged slowly north over VIC and SA today bringing some exceptionally low daytime temperatures but doing little to dislodge heatwave conditions across northern NSW, SW QLD and Central Australia. Top temperatures through much of VIC and southern SA were 8 to 12 below average. Kyancutta SA only reached 19.8, 13.1 below.

To the north, Alice Springs registered its fourth consecutive day of 43°+ heat, breaking the previous record for consecutive days of 43 or more in the town set in 1960. Birdsville recorded a top of 48.5 equalling the record set yesterday. The settlement's maximum temperature for the first 6 days of January has averaged 47.4, nearly 9 above average and only 0.6 below the previous highest temperature in nearly half a century of observations. It has been too much for the automatic weather station at the airport, which sent a last temperature report of 44.7 at 8pm this evening before expiring. Southeast of Birdsville, at Ballera Gas Field, the minimum temperature this morning was 34.4, just 0.1° short of the highest minimum on record in QLD set at Birdsville last January.

Bushfires in NSW, TAS

A bushfire broke out in the Goonoo State Forest 25km NE of Dubbo NSW this morning and had burnt through nearly 1,500ha by midnight. 100 firefighters fought the blaze, which began yesterday when a stolen car was set alight, with 200 more being called in from elsewhere in the state along with 7 aircraft and 30 trucks. No property damage occurred today, but threatened hot, windy weather put a premium on establishing overnight containment lines.

In TAS, a bushfire that has been smouldering in the Fortescue Bay area of the Tasman Peninsula for nearly a month flared up in strong winds today. The fire was burning on a 2km front this evening, and two bushwalkers on the Cape Pillar track were winched to safety by helicopter when it was feared they may be cut off by the fire.

Heavy downpours in WA as TC Ken fizzles

Tropical Cyclone Ken was downgraded to a tropical low this morning, after wandering slowly west along the NW WA coast for four days and barely attaining cyclone status. It's strongest estimated wind gusts were 100km/h yesterday afternoon, but gales did not reach coastal areas. However, deep moisture through the atmosphere has been generated by the Cyclone. Yesterday and today it moved south and southeast over WA, bringing scattered but widespread rain accompanied by violent thunderstorms, especially from the Gascoyne through the mid west to the wheat belt. Ella Valla reported a fall of 176.4mm in the 24 hours to 9am, though this is to be confirmed and may also cover two days. Desert Fringe, 75km NNW of Ravensthorpe, recorded 65mm. Press reports indicated that 33mm fell in a storm at Dandaragan, 40km west of Moora, with strong winds felling trees and damaging buildings at one east Dandaragan property. Inglewood Station near Mt Magnet was reported receiving 36mm, with part of the homestead's verandah blown away.

Squall line initiates violent storms across NT Top End

Some violent storms were reported in the NT during the early hours of this morning. Among them, Bradshaw, 130km south of Daly River, recorded a top wind gust of 124km/h in a storm just before 2am that also dumped 16mm in 9 minutes. Batchelor Airport recorded 47mm in the hour to 3am. The Bureau of Meteorology reported that the storms were the result of a long-lived continental squall line that formed in the Gulf country late on the 5th and affected most of the southern and western Top End overnight and early today. Other strong wind gusts were 87km/h at Borroloola AWS and 83km/h at Delamere AWS. Intense lightning and strong winds damaged trees at Bradshaw, Delamere, Kidman Springs and Top Springs pastoral stations and also in Timber Creek town.

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 maximum temperature for January
Queensland:
038002 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION 48.5 (48.5, 47) equalling record set yesterday

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

48.5 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
48.0 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
47.3 MOOMBA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
47.3 BALLERA GAS FIELD Far SW QLD
46.8 THARGOMINDAH POST OFFICE Far SW QLD
46.8 TIBOOBURRA POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW

+10.8   46.8 TIBOOBURRA POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW
+10.8   44.6 COBAR MO Upper Darling NSW
+10.2   43.3 TRANGIE RESEARCH STATION AWS CW Plains N NSW
+9.9   46.8 THARGOMINDAH POST OFFICE Far SW QLD
+9.7   48.5 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD

34.4 BALLERA GAS FIELD Far SW QLD
34.1 MOOMBA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
32.9 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
32.8 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
31.9 TIBOOBURRA POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW

+11.1   29.8 GUNNEDAH SCS NW Slopes S NSW
+10.3   31.9 TIBOOBURRA POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW
+9.7   31.2 WANAARING POST OFFICE Upper Darling NSW
+9.2   31.0 CURTIN SPRINGS N Plateau NT
+9.1   25.4 BARRABA POST OFFICE NW Slopes N NSW

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

7.6 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
11.0 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
12.0 LOOKOUT HILL Western Plains VIC
12.5 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
13.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
13.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
13.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC

-13.1   19.8 KYANCUTTA W Agricultural SA
-11.4   20.3 WALPEUP RESEARCH Mallee N VIC
-11.4   20.1 TOCUMWAL AIRPORT Riverina E NSW
-11.1   20.8 COROWA AIRPORT Riverina E NSW
-11.0   21.2 OUYEN (POST OFFICE) Mallee N VIC
-11.0   18.8 HORSHAM (POLKEMMET) Wimmera S VIC

0.9 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
1.3 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
1.7 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
2.0 CRESSY RESEARCH STATION N Coast TAS
2.5 ROSS (THE BOULEVARDS) Midlands TAS

-7.4   0.9 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
-7.0   3.3 FINGAL (LEGGE STREET) E Coast TAS
-5.4   6.3 SWANSEA POST OFFICE E Coast TAS
-5.1   5.6 SCOTTSDALE (WEST MINSTONE ROAD) N Coast TAS
-4.7   5.5 LAUNCESTON AIRPORT N Coast TAS

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.

176.4 ELLA VALLA W Gascoyne WA
72.0 BATCHELOR AERO N Rivers NT
66.4 PELL AIRSTRIP N Rivers NT
65.0 DESERT FRINGE Cent Wheatbelt WA
65.0 NICHOLSON E Kimberley WA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    E Kimberley
65.0 NICHOLSON
    W Kimberley
53.8 FOSSIL DOWNS
    W Gascoyne
176.4 ELLA VALLA
    Lower West
55.0 YATHROO
    Cent Wheatbelt
65.0 DESERT FRINGE

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
72.0 BATCHELOR AERO
66.4 PELL AIRSTRIP
61.0 BUNDA
59.8 BATCHELOR AREA SCHOOL
59.0 MARY RIVER RANGERS
57.0 COCONUT GROVE
52.6 DUM IN MIRRIE AWS
52.4 CALVERT HILLS
50.6 COX PENINSULA TRANSMITTER
50.5 DUM IN MIRRIE

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
55.0 WOLVERTON

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 31.8 -1.6 27.4 +1.1 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 31.0 -0.5 17.6 +0.7 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 19.7 -5.2 13.1 -0.5 0.2
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 25.1 -8.5 19.4 +1.2 14.2
DARWIN AIRPORT 30.0 -1.8 22.3 -2.5 25.2
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 45.0 +8.8 27.3 +6.0 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 21.7 -7.2 16.6 -0.3 0.2
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 18.9 -6.2 8.7 -2.3 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 32.0 +0.6 24.6 +1.0 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 33.4 +2.1 25.5 +1.3 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 34.0 +2.1 23.6 +1.6 5.2
AMBERLEY AMO 38.4 +7.3 22.0 +2.4 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 30.7 23.8 0.2
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 34.4 21.1 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 30.7 +3.9 23.1 +3.7 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 24.2 -1.4 18.4 -0.7 0.2
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 24.3 -1.5 19.1 +0.5 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 24.4 -3.6 18.1 +0.6 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 23.1 -2.5 18.3 +0.4 0.2
CANBERRA AIRPORT 25.0 -2.8 15.3 +2.3 0.6
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 26.0 -5.4 19.5 +3.4 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 24.4 -7.7 19.5 +3.0 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 22.5 -2.8 11.4 -1.3 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 20.7 -5.1 15.4 +1.2 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 20.5 -5.1 11.7 -1.9 0.2
BALLARAT AERODROME 17.2 -7.7 9.0 -1.8 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 20.5 -2.7 5.5 -4.7 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 25.3 +3.7 12.5 +0.7 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
TROUGHTON ISLAND
30.8mm in 1 hr to 09:00 30.8mm/h
31.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 10.3mm/h
14.8mm in 1 hr to 10:00 14.8mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.0mm/h
    E Kimberley
HALLS CREEK AIRPORT
13.8mm in 1 hr to 04:00 13.8mm/h
8.4mm in 16 min to 19:19 31.5mm/h
4.4mm in 11 min to 19:30 24.0mm/h
13.8mm in 1 hr to 19:30 13.8mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h
    W Gascoyne
CARNARVON AIRPORT
10.0mm in 1 hr to 00:00 10.0mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
DARWIN AIRPORT
5.8mm in 12 min to 04:00 29.0mm/h
13.8mm in 1 hr to 04:30 13.8mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 06:30 7.3mm/h
DARWIN AIRPORT COMPARISON
27.0mm in 3 hr to 06:30 9.0mm/h
JABIRU AIRPORT
32.2mm in 26 min to 17:30 74.3mm/h
32.8mm in 1 hr to 17:30 32.8mm/h
40.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 13.3mm/h
CHANNEL POINT
35.0mm in 6 hr to 09:30 5.8mm/h
BATCHELOR AERO
16.4mm in 1 hr 5 min to 02:35 15.1mm/h
47.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 15.7mm/h
35.4mm in 55 min to 03:30 38.6mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.7mm/h
DUM IN MIRRIE AWS
22.8mm in 27 min to 05:08 50.7mm/h
16.0mm in 22 min to 05:30 43.6mm/h
39.2mm in 1 hr to 05:30 39.2mm/h
44.0mm in 3 hr to 06:30 14.7mm/h
DALY WATERS AWS
26.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 8.7mm/h
CENTRAL ARNHEM PLATEAU
18.0mm in 3 hr to 00:30 6.0mm/h
PORT KEATS AERO
15.4mm in 34 min to 04:30 27.2mm/h
18.6mm in 1 hr to 04:30 18.6mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 06:30 7.3mm/h
DELAMERE WEAPONS RANGE
15.8mm in 1 hr to 00:30 15.8mm/h
BRADSHAW
7.8mm in 4 min to 01:54 117.0mm/h
16.0mm in 9 min to 02:03 106.7mm/h
42.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 14.0mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Central Coast E
MACKAY AERO
10.0mm in 1 hr to 05:30 10.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    MidNorth Coast N
DORRIGO (OLD CORAMBA RD)
42.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 7.0mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
POINT FAWCETT
20.0mm in 1 hr to 10:30 20.0mm/h
30.0mm in 3 hr to 12:30 10.0mm/h

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
BRADSHAW : 124(130/ 82 ) at 01:45
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    NE Pastoral
MOOMBA AIRPORT : 72(170/ 63 ) at 22:11
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
MURRURUNDI GAP AWS : 82(320/ 70 ) at 15:47
    Snowy Mtns
THREDBO AWS : 82(320/ 67 ) at 23:00
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 76(310/ 63 ) at 13:00
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 93(260/ 63 ) at 01:41