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Heavy storm falls on QLD Central Coast
Torrential rain from inland QLD, NSW storms
Sydney bushfires contained

Above: Surface chart for 4pm EST shows a westward-moving trough lying from a Low on the monsoonal trough in the SW Gulf of Carpentaria to west of Sydney. The westward movement of the trough allows warm, moist air from the Coral Sea to invade the area. BoM
Below top: This 10pm EST chart shows upwards of 50mm of precipitable water is available (lines or isohyets) in much of the area east of the trough. Instability (tot tots index, shading) is moderate, thanks to wind converging into the trough and cyclonic curvature within the trough. COLA
Below middle:
This second 10pm EST chart shows a bullseye of extreme upmotion in the middle atmosphere (700hPa, around 3.1km) south of Longreach. This was not present on the previous chart at 10am. The area of heaviest rain lay to the east and southeast of this bullseye, which may have developed over the eastern Darling Downs during the late afternoon before moving northwest. COLA
Bottom:
Lightning tracker/radar shows the resulting thunderstorm situation around 6pm EST, with widespread outbreaks eastwarrds from the trough to the coast. Weatherzone

Heavy storm falls on QLD Central Coast

A thunderstorm complex that formed along a local convergence line in the Townsville area late last night drifted southeast this morning, arriving in the Bowen area a little before 3am. The storms decayed over the next few hours, but gave Bowen Airport 71mm between 3am and 9am, and other stations in the area falls of 50 to 70mm for the 24 hours to 9am. The rain area continued to drift southeast, giving Hamilton Island, 90km SE of Bowen, 99.4mm between 10am and 1pm.

Torrential rain from inland QLD, NSW storms

Very heavy rain, over 100mm in places, fell from storms that were widespread east of a westward-moving trough lying through QLD and NE NSW today. The situation is described at right. The heaviest rain in the 24 hours to 9am Sunday fell in QLD in a band from the Central West around Blackall, through the Central Highlands to the Darling Downs. This may have been traversed during the evening, when the heaviest rain appears to have occurred, by a developing area of enhanced lower/middle atmosphere upmotion.

The heaviest 24-hour totals were 184.0 at Raymond, 45km SW of Springsure, 176.4 at Ballon, 90km NNW of Dalby, 125.0 at Drillham, 140km NW of Dalby, 112.0 at Tosari, 60km SW of Toowoomba, and 110mm at Tambo.

Among heavy known short duration falls were 22.8mm in the hour to 4pm at Toowoomba, 50.2mm in the hour to 6pm at Inglewood Forest, 70km ENE of Goondiwindi, 36mm in 3 hours to 9pm at Miles and 62.8mm in 3 hours to 10pm at Blackall Airport.

In NSW, there were heavy storm falls during the afternoon. Narrabri recorded 47.0mm in the 3 hour period to 3pm with two torrential bursts: 18mm in 11 minutes and 8.8 in 5 minutes. Murrurundi PO recorded 38mm between 3 and 6pm.

Sydney bushfires contained

Fires to the north and southwest of Sydney were contained today. The Ku-ring-gai Chase fire has consumed 1,400 hectares of national park and the Wilton fire about 800ha of bushland.

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

42.2 MORAWA Central West WA
42.0 MURCHISON W Gascoyne WA
41.6 MORAWA AIRPORT Central West WA
41.5 WINDORAH POST OFFICE Channel Country QLD
41.2 GERALDTON AIRPORT Central West WA

+9.8   37.7 BANKSTOWN AIRPORT AWS Sydney--east NSW
+9.5   41.2 GERALDTON AIRPORT Central West WA
+9.1   39.0 JURIEN BAY Lower West WA
+9.0   38.0 LANCELIN Lower West WA
+9.0   38.2 CAMDEN AIRPORT AWS Illawarra NSW

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
28.4 ALVA BEACH Central Coast E QLD
27.8 ISISFORD POST OFFICE Central West QLD
27.8 THE MONUMENT AIRPORT Northwest QLD
27.8 WINTON POST OFFICE Northwest QLD

+6.9   25.6 ENEABBA Central West WA
+5.6   24.5 MORAWA Central West WA
+5.6   25.5 MITCHELL POST OFFICE Maranoa QLD
+5.1   22.0 BADGINGARRA RESEARCH STN Lower West WA
+5.0   26.6 CHARLEVILLE AERO Warrego QLD

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

7.0 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
10.2 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
10.6 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
12.9 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
12.9 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC

-7.6   21.6 STREAKY BAY W Agricultural SA
-7.2   21.3 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
-6.4   25.5 PORT PIRIE BHAS Lower North SA
-6.3   22.5 MAITLAND Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA
-6.1   26.8 KYANCUTTA W Agricultural SA

-1.5 INGLEWOOD FOREST Darling Downs E QLD
0.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
1.9 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
3.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
3.1 BOMBALA AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW

-8.1   7.2 EYRE Eucla WA
-7.7   6.4 WANGARATTA AERO Lower NE VIC
-7.3   3.2 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-7.0   7.0 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
-6.6   7.1 RUTHERGLEN RESEARCH Lower NE VIC

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.

247.0 BRUSLEE Central Coast W QLD
225.0 NANDOWRIE Central Highlands QLD
106.0 KEEP RIVER RANGERS N Rivers NT
106.0 EVORA STATION Central West QLD
102.0 SHIRBOURNE PARK Central Coast E QLD

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    E Kimberley
67.0 IVANHOE STATION
65.2 KUNUNURRA CHECKPOINT
    W Pilbara
66.0 MOUNT FLORANCE

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
106.0 KEEP RIVER RANGERS
85.0 REDBANK MINE
75.8 CHANNEL POINT
70.0 PORT KEATS AERO
66.0 MATARANKA STATION
56.2 CALVERT HILLS

QUEENSLAND
    Gulf Country
95.0 GRANADA STATION
80.0 HERBERT VALE
    Upper Carpentaria
68.4 FORSAYTH CARAVAN PARK
68.0 NONDA DOWNS STATION
64.2 PRESTWOOD STATION
    N Coast--Barron
50.0 MAREEBA TM
    N Coast--Herbert
68.0 CHRISTMAS CREEK STATION
    Central Coast E
102.0 SHIRBOURNE PARK
83.4 BOWEN CHEETHAM SALT
75.6 BOWEN AIRPORT
70.0 POWERLINE TM
64.0 CLARE ALERT
61.0 BOWEN PUMP STATION ALERT
50.0 CRYSTAL BROOK
    Central Coast W
247.0 BRUSLEE
82.0 LLANARTH
70.0 TAEMAS
66.4 DOONGARA
64.4 MT DOUGLAS
    Central Highlands
225.0 NANDOWRIE
99.6 EMERALD AIRPORT
94.0 MORAMANA
75.0 CAIRO
67.0 GILLESPIE
61.2 PEAKVALE STATION
59.6 KARMOO
57.8 AVIEMORE
57.2 MOUNTAIN VIEW
52.0 MT MOFFATT NATIONAL PARK
    Central West
106.0 EVORA STATION
87.0 CLARENDON
74.8 TIREE
67.0 WILLESLEY
54.0 KEEN GEA
    Wide Bay/Burnett
55.2 BURNETT HEADS NIELL ST
    Brisbane/SE Coast
80.0 FRASER ISLAND EURONG
    Darling Downs E
92.2 DUNGULLEN

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 31.7 -1.7 25.5 -0.8 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 38.3 +6.8 18.5 +1.6 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 24.2 -0.7 10.1 -3.5 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 31.7 -1.9 16.1 -2.1 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 31.4 -0.4 23.6 -1.2 9.4
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 36.2 0.0 18.4 -2.9 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 23.5 -5.4 15.7 -1.2 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 20.9 -4.2 12.9 +1.9 1.2
CAIRNS AERO 34.0 +2.6 25.1 +1.5 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.9 +0.6 26.5 +2.3 2.4
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 33.8 +1.9 25.1 +3.1 1.8
BRISBANE AERO 30.1 22.7 3.8
AMBERLEY AMO 32.6 +1.5 23.3 +3.7 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 29.8 14.5 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 30.8 +4.0 20.0 +0.6 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 28.9 +3.3 19.7 +0.6 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 31.4 +5.6 19.8 +1.2 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 36.8 +8.8 17.3 -0.2 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 29.4 +3.8 16.5 -1.4 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 29.3 +1.5 7.5 -5.5 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 31.3 -0.1 9.6 -6.5 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 29.2 -2.9 12.3 -4.2 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 26.9 +1.6 8.3 -4.4 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 27.9 +2.1 14.0 -0.2 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 28.4 +2.8 10.3 -3.3 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 24.2 -0.7 5.5 -5.3 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 20.4 -2.8 12.7 +2.5 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 22.9 +1.3 14.4 +2.6 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
WYNDHAM AERO
7.0mm in 17 min to 22:00 24.7mm/h
TROUGHTON ISLAND
14.8mm in 17 min to 19:17 52.2mm/h
21.0mm in 1 hr to 20:00 21.0mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 7.0mm/h
    E Kimberley
KUNUNURRA AERO
10.2mm in 1 hr to 03:30 10.2mm/h
11.4mm in 30 min to 09:00 22.8mm/h
15.4mm in 1 hr to 09:00 15.4mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.0mm/h
    W Pilbara
WITTENOOM
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.0mm/h
    W Gascoyne
NYANG STATION
45.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 15.0mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
CAPE DON
33.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 11.0mm/h
33.0mm in 3 hr to 19:00 11.0mm/h
33.0mm in 3 hr to 20:00 11.0mm/h
BATCHELOR AERO
14.0mm in 1 hr to 23:30 14.0mm/h
MANINGRIDA AERO
7.0mm in 14 min to 13:30 30.0mm/h
NGAYAWILI
34.0mm in 32 min to 22:50 63.8mm/h
DALY WATERS AWS
16.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.3mm/h
CENTRE ISLAND
26.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 8.7mm/h
VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS
6.2mm in 34 min to 20:30 10.9mm/h
TINDAL RAAF
15.2mm in 30 min to 20:30 30.4mm/h
15.8mm in 1 hr to 20:30 15.8mm/h
20.6mm in 1 hr to 21:00 20.6mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 21:30 8.0mm/h
PORT KEATS AERO
10.0mm in 42 min to 02:12 14.3mm/h
53.4mm in 1 hr 18 min to 03:30 41.1mm/h
DELAMERE WEAPONS RANGE
10.4mm in 30 min to 05:00 20.8mm/h
16.2mm in 1 hr to 05:00 16.2mm/h
14.4mm in 1 hr to 05:30 14.4mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 7.3mm/h
BRADSHAW
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h
    N Plateau
QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
COEN AIRPORT
10.4mm in 34 min to 14:00 18.4mm/h
10.6mm in 1 hr to 14:00 10.6mm/h
    Gulf Country
MORNINGTON ISLAND
12.0mm in 30 min to 12:30 24.0mm/h
12.6mm in 1 hr to 12:30 12.6mm/h
13.4mm in 1 hr to 13:00 13.4mm/h
    N Coast--Herbert
TOWNSVILLE AERO
6.4mm in 15 min to 23:00 25.6mm/h
    Central Coast E
AYR DPI RESEARCH STN
23.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 7.7mm/h
MACKAY AERO
13.8mm in 30 min to 08:30 27.6mm/h
13.8mm in 1 hr to 08:30 13.8mm/h
20.8mm in 1 hr to 09:00 20.8mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 7.0mm/h
HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT
39.2mm in 1 hr to 11:00 39.2mm/h
48.0mm in 1 hr to 12:00 48.0mm/h
87.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 29.0mm/h
12.2mm in 1 hr to 13:00 12.2mm/h
100.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 16.7mm/h
BOWEN AIRPORT
46.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 15.3mm/h
25.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 8.3mm/h
    Central Highlands
EMERALD AIRPORT
29.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 9.7mm/h
    Central West
BLACKALL AIRPORT
11.4mm in 22 min to 20:00 31.1mm/h
13.2mm in 1 hr to 20:00 13.2mm/h
27.0mm in 1 hr to 21:00 27.0mm/h
40.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 13.3mm/h
22.6mm in 1 hr to 22:00 22.6mm/h
    Wide Bay/Burnett
BUNDABERG AERO
20.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 6.7mm/h
    Brisbane/SE Coast
DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE
11.2mm in 1 hr to 01:00 11.2mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.7mm/h
13.8mm in 1 hr to 04:00 13.8mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.0mm/h
HERVEY BAY AIRPORT
10.4mm in 1 hr to 02:00 10.4mm/h
TOOLARA (KELLY)
12.8mm in 1 hr to 03:00 12.8mm/h
    Darling Downs E
INGLEWOOD FOREST
50.2mm in 1 hr to 18:00 50.2mm/h
50.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 16.7mm/h
STANTHORPE (GRANITE BELT HRS)
13.0mm in 15 min to 15:00 52.0mm/h
13.6mm in 1 hr to 15:00 13.6mm/h
20.8mm in 1 hr 15 min to 16:00 16.6mm/h
OAKEY AERO
12.6mm in 1 hr to 15:00 12.6mm/h
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT
8.0mm in 8 min to 15:08 60.0mm/h
14.8mm in 52 min to 16:00 17.1mm/h
22.8mm in 1 hr to 16:00 22.8mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.7mm/h
    Darling Downs W
MILES CONSTANCE STREET
8.4mm in 13 min to 19:00 38.8mm/h
22.4mm in 53 min to 19:53 25.4mm/h
36.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 12.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    NW Plains E
MOREE AERO
6.6mm in 18 min to 15:00 22.0mm/h
10.0mm in 1 hr to 15:30 10.0mm/h
    NW Slopes N
NARRABRI AIRPORT AWS
3.2mm in 2 min to 13:52 96.0mm/h
3.6mm in 2 min to 13:54 108.0mm/h
11.2mm in 7 min to 14:01 96.0mm/h
8.8mm in 5 min to 14:16 105.6mm/h
6.2mm in 13 min to 14:29 28.6mm/h
47.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 15.7mm/h
    Hunter Valley
MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE
38.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 12.7mm/h
MURRURUNDI GAP AWS
4.4mm in 12 min to 15:43 22.0mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 18:00 10.8mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.3mm/h
TASMANIA
    W Coast
MOUNT READ
18.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.0mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
NORTH EAST ISLAND
15.0mm in 3 hr to 05:00 5.0mm/h
25.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 8.3mm/h
25.0mm in 3 hr to 07:00 8.3mm/h
CAPE WESSEL
15.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.0mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 07:00 5.0mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.3mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 16:00 5.3mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 17:00 5.0mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    N Kimberley
WYNDHAM AERO : 74(200/ 65 ) at 21:02
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
MCCLUER ISLAND : 74(290/ 63 ) at 12:15
NEW SOUTH WALES
    NW Slopes N
NARRABRI AIRPORT AWS : 106( 80/ 30 ) at 14:01
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 102(310/ 80 ) at 01:28
ISLANDS
    Islands
LORD HOWE ISLAND AERO : 22( 40/167 ) at 20:30