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Heavy rain, storms bring QLD flooding
Hot in Perth and SW WA
Fire threatens homes in Central Western NSW
Wet in western TAS

Above: Rainfall map for the week ended 9am Monday 12 January shows general falls of 50 to over 100mm across Central QLD. BoM
Below: QLD Rainfall gaugings for the 24 hours to 9 this morning show the heaviest falls in central western areas. BoM

Heavy rain, storms bring QLD flooding

Heavy rain fell for the third day in a row across much of QLD apart from the southwest. The falls, mostly from thunderstorms or the rain areas left after they dissipated, were again heaviest close to and just east of a trough which lay from Goondiwindi to Mt Isa late this afternoon. The diurnal pattern of storm development and decay was similar to yesterday, with thunderstorms firing up in NE NSW/SE QLD around midday and spreading to most of the state from the trough east to the coast by 3pm. Most storms had decayed by midnight, but those in the central and southern inland continued to be active until around dawn.

Heavy falls this afternoon included 32.8mm in 39 minutes at Richmond Airport and 41.8 in 2 hours at Toowoomba. Over the border in NSW, Casino Airport recorded 48mm in 2 hours to 10pm. Details of heavy overnight falls are given in the report for 12 January.

While the storm falls have been patchy, three days of patchwork rainfall has begun to give the state a reasonably even distribution of totals, with only the southwest and far southeast not recording 25mm in the week to 9am Monday. A large area of Central QLD recorded from 50 to over 100mm. The heaviest falls in this area for the week have been 210.2 at Blackall town and 145.0 at the airport, 193 at Raymond, 95km SSW of Springsure, and 138 at Taroom, 140km NE of Roma, On the coast, Hazeldean, 35km SW of Gladstone, recorded 155.8mm. The rain has farmers smiling, with dams filling and heat-stressed stock and pastures recovering. Over the 18 months to December, a large area bounded by Longreach, Augathella and Tambo and east to Taroom has been in severe rainfall deficiency, with rainfall in the lowest 10% of totals. A pocket west of Tambo recorded its driest 18-month period in at least the past century. This area has received between 50 and 150mm over the past few days.

The continuing heavy falls on now sodden catchments have resulted in some rapid river rises in Central QLD. The Nagoa River at Raymond was 3.1m above the bridge and rising fast at 9am, and the Barcoo at Tambo had exceeded minor flood level by 6am.

Hot in Perth and SW WA

Perth experienced its hottest January day in 6 years today when the mercury reached 40.5 shortly before 2pm. The maximum at the Airport was 41.2, 9.7 above average. Morawa and Geraldton recorded tops of 43.2 and 43.1, the highest in the country. Maxima around the coastal fringe from Geraldton to Albany were around 8 to 12 above average.

Fire threatens homes in Central Western NSW

A bushfire started by haymaking equipment yesterday burnt through 230ha of farm and pastoral country at Mt David, 45km south of Bathurst today. 20 sheep and 15km of fencing were destroyed and three houses threatened at one point.

Wet in western TAS

Somewhat surprisingly, the highest rainfall recorded nationally in the week to 9am this morning was 225mm at Mt Read, 25km north of Queenstown TAS. While the TAS West Coast is renowned for its rain, January is its second driest month with a district average of only 130mm. However, the past week has seen a return to a wintery synoptic situation for the state, with constant westerlies and at least four major cold fronts crossing, each bringing heavy rain and, on at least three days, some snow to the higher peaks of the West Coast and Central Plateau. Mount Read is the highest point in this area of the West Coast which is generally accepted as the wettest -- nearby Lake Margaret Power Station has averaged 169.7mm in January over the past 59 years with an annual average of 2951.8mm. Its wettest January was 435.2mm in 1987. The mountain's average rainfall over the six Januarys for which records have been taken is 165mm, with the heaviest monthly total 325.2 in 2002.

News sources: West Australian, 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 January
Queensland:
041522 DALBY AIRPORT 75.0 (67.0, 12)

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

43.2 MORAWA Central West WA
43.1 GERALDTON AIRPORT Central West WA
42.9 MURCHISON W Gascoyne WA
42.7 MORAWA AIRPORT Central West WA
42.6 MULLEWA Central West WA

+12.3   41.3 LANCELIN Lower West WA
+11.8   37.0 CAPE NATURALISTE Lower West WA
+11.4   43.1 GERALDTON AIRPORT Central West WA
+11.4   34.4 CAPE LEEUWIN Lower West WA
+11.4   34.8 WINDY HARBOUR Lower West WA

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
28.2 BOULIA AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
28.0 BROOME AIRPORT W Kimberley WA
28.0 KARRATHA AERO E Pilbara WA
27.9 ALVA BEACH Central Coast E QLD

+8.1   25.0 BADGINGARRA RESEARCH STN Lower West WA
+7.3   24.3 PEARCE RAAF Lower West WA
+6.9   23.5 MEDINA RESEARCH CENTRE Lower West WA
+6.4   24.0 MOORA Central West WA
+6.4   19.5 BOWRAL (PARRY DRIVE) Illawarra NSW

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

7.4 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
8.6 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
10.4 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
11.2 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
11.3 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS

-8.7   26.4 ROLLESTON METEOR ST Central Highlands QLD
-8.2   11.2 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
-7.6   14.9 MAYDENA POST OFFICE Derwent Valley TAS
-6.7   23.0 EDINBURGH RAAF Adelaide/Lofty SA
-6.6   12.8 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS

-0.3 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
1.1 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
1.6 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
2.4 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
3.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC

-6.1   6.8 LONGERENONG Wimmera S VIC
-6.0   6.8 NHILL Wimmera N VIC
-5.5   9.7 WALPEUP RESEARCH Mallee N VIC
-5.4   11.0 BALRANALD RSL Southwest Plains NSW
-5.2   8.0 HORSHAM (POLKEMMET) Wimmera S 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.

184.0 RAYMOND Central Highlands QLD
176.4 BALLON TM Darling Downs E QLD
165.2 GLENPRAIRIE 2 Central Coast E QLD
132.4 SPRING CREEK STATION Central Highlands QLD
125.0 DRILLHAM POST OFFICE Darling Downs W QLD

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    N Kimberley
54.2 FARAWAY BAY

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
100.0 NGAYAWILI
96.0 DRY RIVER
88.0 WILDMAN RIVER PLANTATIONS
86.0 MANGO FARM
84.6 GALIWINKU
81.8 BULMAN AWS
60.8 TANDANGLE HILL
58.8 ELIZABETH DOWNS
51.0 NUMUL NUMUL

QUEENSLAND
    S Peninsula
60.0 LILYVALE STATION
52.0 MAITLAND DOWNS
    Gulf Country
90.0 GRANADA STATION
64.0 ZONIA DOWNS
50.0 BUNDA BUNDA
    N Coast--Barron
62.0 ALMADEN
51.0 COPPERLODE DAM ALERT
    Central Coast E
165.2 GLENPRAIRIE 2
99.6 HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT
80.0 MIRANI MARY STREET
60.0 MONAVALE
    Central Highlands
184.0 RAYMOND
132.4 SPRING CREEK STATION
105.0 TAMBO STATION
102.3 WYSEBY
101.4 MOUNT KINGSLEY
97.6 TAROOM POST OFFICE
97.0 TAROOM TM
90.0 BILLABALONG
90.0 WARRINILLA
89.0 ALDINGA PARK
68.0 CAPELLA POST OFFICE
66.0 BETANGA
58.0 AUSTRAL PARK
55.4 SPRINGSURE DAME ST
55.0 DUNEIRA
53.0 REWAN STATION
52.0 BABBILOORA STATION
51.4 SPRINGWOOD STATION
51.0 CARDBEIGN
50.0 COMETSIDE
50.0 ALLAMBEE
    Central West
89.2 BLACKALL TOWNSHIP
79.8 BLACKALL AIRPORT
75.2 BEACONSFIELD
62.0 MOORLANDS
    Northwest
95.0 MIDDLETON HOTEL
    Wide Bay/Burnett
85.4 HAZELDEAN
77.0 CALLIOPE STATION
52.0 FIG TREE
    Brisbane/SE Coast
71.4 MT BINGA
51.4 PERSEVERANCE DAM
    Darling Downs E
176.4 BALLON TM
112.0 TOSARI
105.0 GUNBOWER
94.2 JANDOWAE POST OFFICE
90.6 JINGI JINGI
90.0 WOODSPRING
88.0 WOODSPRING TM
75.0 DALBY AIRPORT
71.0 LOUDOUN BRIDGE
69.0 ROSALIE PLAINS
68.0 TINGHA
66.8 MARNHULL
63.8 VICTORY DOWNS
63.0 RUBISLAW
51.4 JONDARYAN POST OFFICE
51.0 DALBY AG COLLEGE
50.4 INGLEWOOD FOREST
    Darling Downs W
125.0 DRILLHAM POST OFFICE
75.0 KILBEGGAN
    Warrego
78.6 KAHMOO
78.0 AUGATHELLA POST OFFICE
50.0 MOUNT LINDSAY

NEW SOUTH WALES
    NW Slopes S
80.6 WILLOW TREE (VALAIS)
74.0 WILLOW TREE (PARRAWEENA)
56.0 PINE RIDGE (WINDY)
52.5 BOGGABRI (KANOWNDA)
50.2 BENDEMEER (CHARLES ST)
    N Tablelands E
53.0 EBOR (GLENOWEN)
52.0 WONGWIBINDA (DIAMOND FALLS)
50.0 BARYULGIL (CLARENCE RIVER)
    North Coast
58.0 BENTLEY (BACK CREEK)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 32.5 -0.9 28.0 +1.7 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 41.2 +9.7 22.3 +5.4 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 32.7 +7.8 12.9 -0.7 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 33.4 -0.2 18.3 +0.1 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 29.6 -2.2 24.2 -0.6 3.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 35.2 -1.0 17.8 -3.5 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 23.6 -5.3 14.6 -2.3 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 20.1 -5.0 11.3 +0.3 0.4
CAIRNS AERO 32.4 +1.0 25.2 +1.6 7.6
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.4 +0.1 25.3 +1.1 13.8
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 32.7 +0.8 24.8 +2.8 2.4
BRISBANE AERO 29.9 23.3 7.2
AMBERLEY AMO 29.9 -1.2 24.8 +5.2 4.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 28.2 16.8 13.6
COFFS HARBOUR MO 28.2 +1.4 22.2 +2.8 2.4
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 24.7 -0.9 21.0 +1.9 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 29.0 +3.2 20.6 +2.0 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 32.7 +4.7 17.6 +0.1 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 25.0 -0.6 15.7 -2.2 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 31.6 +3.8 8.5 -4.5 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 31.6 +0.2 12.9 -3.2 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 28.1 -4.0 12.7 -3.8 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 23.9 -1.4 15.7 +3.0 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 21.5 -4.3 14.5 +0.3 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 20.7 -4.9 10.6 -3.0 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 19.9 -5.0 8.3 -2.5 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 20.2 -3.0 8.7 -1.5 0.2
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 19.5 -2.1 10.8 -1.0 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
27.2mm in 1 hr 2 min to 05:00 26.3mm/h
14.4mm in 1 hr to 06:00 14.4mm/h
42.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 14.0mm/h
9.4mm in 25 min to 19:35 22.6mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
JABIRU AIRPORT
23.8mm in 1 hr to 01:30 23.8mm/h
29.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 9.7mm/h
13.0mm in 1 hr to 18:30 13.0mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 7.7mm/h
31.6mm in 1 hr to 22:30 31.6mm/h
12.6mm in 1 hr to 23:30 12.6mm/h
CHANNEL POINT
30.0mm in 6 hr to 21:30 5.0mm/h
BATCHELOR AERO
16.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.3mm/h
MILINGIMBI AWS
12.2mm in 1 hr to 00:30 12.2mm/h
GOVE AIRPORT
14.0mm in 1 hr to 00:30 14.0mm/h
14.6mm in 1 hr to 01:00 14.6mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 03:30 5.7mm/h
NGAYAWILI
64.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 21.3mm/h
21.4mm in 1 hr 27 min to 00:17 14.8mm/h
69.0mm in 6 hr to 03:00 11.5mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.7mm/h
LARRIMAH
35.0mm in 6 hr to 21:30 5.8mm/h
DALY WATERS AWS
22.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.3mm/h
BULMAN AWS
63.0mm in 3 hr to 03:30 21.0mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 18:30 7.7mm/h
CENTRE ISLAND
16.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.3mm/h
BORROLOOLA
16.0mm in 3 hr to 21:30 5.3mm/h
DOUGLAS RIVER
12.6mm in 50 min to 16:00 15.1mm/h
14.6mm in 1 hr to 16:00 14.6mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:30 5.0mm/h
MANGO FARM
47.0mm in 3 hr to 06:30 15.7mm/h
PORT KEATS AERO
21.4mm in 20 min to 17:50 64.2mm/h
24.6mm in 1 hr to 18:30 24.6mm/h
10.4mm in 1 hr to 20:30 10.4mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:30 5.0mm/h
BRADSHAW
16.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.3mm/h
13.2mm in 1 hr 1 min to 16:23 13.0mm/h
40.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 13.3mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 7.3mm/h
62.0mm in 6 hr to 21:00 10.3mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Gulf Country
KOWANYAMA AIRPORT
17.6mm in 1 hr to 13:00 17.6mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.7mm/h
CLONCURRY AIRPORT
16.0mm in 1 hr to 23:00 16.0mm/h
    Upper Carpentaria
GEORGETOWN POST OFFICE
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h
RICHMOND AIRPORT
32.8mm in 39 min to 14:40 50.5mm/h
35.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 11.7mm/h
    N Coast--Barron
MAREEBA AIRPORT
11.2mm in 1 hr to 15:00 11.2mm/h
    N Coast--Herbert
CARDWELL EDEN ST
23.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 7.7mm/h
TOWNSVILLE AERO
4.2mm in 11 min to 09:00 22.9mm/h
7.2mm in 7 min to 10:30 61.7mm/h
11.0mm in 1 hr to 10:30 11.0mm/h
11.4mm in 1 hr to 11:00 11.4mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 6.3mm/h
    Central West
BLACKALL AIRPORT
37.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 12.3mm/h
    Brisbane/SE Coast
KINGAROY AIRPORT
11.2mm in 1 hr to 15:00 11.2mm/h
    Darling Downs E
INGLEWOOD FOREST
16.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.3mm/h
OAKEY AERO
12.4mm in 1 hr to 02:00 12.4mm/h
DALBY AIRPORT
46.0mm in 9 hr to 06:00 5.1mm/h
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT
21.4mm in 1 hr to 13:00 21.4mm/h
20.4mm in 1 hr to 14:00 20.4mm/h
45.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 15.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    N Tablelands W
INVERELL RESEARCH CENTRE
13.4mm in 1 hr to 14:00 13.4mm/h
    North Coast
GRAFTON RESEARCH STN
19.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.3mm/h
12.8mm in 1 hr to 18:30 12.8mm/h
CASINO AIRPORT AWS
11.2mm in 1 hr to 21:00 11.2mm/h
36.8mm in 1 hr to 22:00 36.8mm/h
    CW Slopes N
COONABARABRAN AIRPORT AWS
13.8mm in 1 hr 5 min to 20:00 12.7mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
POINT FAWCETT
19.0mm in 3 hr to 09:30 6.3mm/h
12.6mm in 1 hr to 23:30 12.6mm/h

TASMANIA
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 93(300/ 72 ) at 04:48
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 93(240/ 70 ) at 04:00
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 72(270/ 63 ) at 00:30