Wednesday 10 MAR 2004

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Hot in the east, cool in the west

Maximum temperature variation from normal today. BoM

Hot in the east, cool in the west

Temperature extremes between the east and west of the continent eased a little today, but it was still hot enough on the western Darling Downs of QLD to set a new March record. Texas, on the NSW/QLD border 90km ESE of Goondiwindi, recorded a top of 40.1°, its highest March maximum in 33 years. A small area to the south in NSW was close to record territory, while Guyra experienced an abnormally hot night for its 1332m altitude with a low of only 21.1, 11.2 above normal.

Cool, dry southeastlies crossing the southern WA and SA coasts blew a deck of low cloud far inland, keeping daytime temperatures 6 to 9 below average across a large area, while the cool airmass and jetstream cloud kept temperatures down in Central Australia.

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 March
Queensland:
041100 TEXAS POST OFFICE 40.1 (40.0, 33)

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

42.1 JULIA CREEK AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
42.0 WINTON AIRPORT Northwest QLD
41.7 TOORAK RESEARCH STATION Gulf Country QLD
41.5 ISISFORD POST OFFICE Central West QLD
41.5 CLONCURRY AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD

+9.2   40.1 TEXAS POST OFFICE Darling Downs E QLD
+8.5   35.5 INVERELL RESEARCH CENTRE N Tablelands W NSW
+8.3   37.2 BARRABA POST OFFICE NW Slopes N NSW
+8.3   32.2 GLEN INNES POST OFFICE N Tablelands W NSW
+8.0   32.5 TABULAM (MUIRNE) N Tablelands E NSW

29.1 SWEERS ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
28.4 BARCALDINE POST OFFICE Central West QLD
28.3 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
28.1 VARANUS ISLAND Islands ISL
28.0 HOLMES REEF Islands ISL
28.0 FLINDERS REEF Islands ISL

+11.2   21.1 GUYRA HOSPITAL N Tablelands W NSW
+7.6   28.4 BARCALDINE POST OFFICE Central West QLD
+7.4   23.4 TAREE (RADIO STATION 2RE) MidNorth Coast S NSW
+7.2   21.4 CESSNOCK AIRPORT AWS Hunter Valley NSW
+7.1   24.6 TAMBO POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD

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

6.4 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
8.3 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
10.3 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
11.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
12.2 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS

-9.5   23.2 LEONORA Goldfields WA
-8.9   23.7 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT N Plateau NT
-8.9   25.6 WATARRKA N Plateau NT
-8.4   25.6 WILUNA Interior WA
-8.3   27.2 THREE RIVERS E Gascoyne WA
-8.3   25.0 YEELIRRIE Goldfields WA

-2.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.3 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-0.1 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
0.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
0.0 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS

-8.6   1.2 SCOTTSDALE (WEST MINSTONE ROAD) N Coast TAS
-8.1   11.5 WILUNA Interior WA
-8.1   12.4 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
-7.6   16.7 WITTENOOM W Pilbara WA
-7.6   12.4 CARNEGIE Interior 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.

89.5 MANTON DAM N Rivers NT
61.2 WEIPA AERO N Peninsula QLD
52.0 WEIPA EASTERN AVE N Peninsula QLD
51.6 PICTON VALLEY (SPUR 1 ROAD) W Coast TAS
50.0 BRAMWELL N Peninsula QLD

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
89.5 MANTON DAM

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
61.2 WEIPA AERO
52.0 WEIPA EASTERN AVE
50.0 BRAMWELL

TASMANIA
    W Coast
51.6 PICTON VALLEY (SPUR 1 ROAD)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 35.2 +1.2 26.2 +0.8 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 21.2 -2.9 14.3 +0.9 1.8
PERTH AIRPORT 29.6 +0.1 15.3 -0.5 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 23.4 -6.1 10.9 -5.1 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.8 +0.9 25.2 +0.7 0.2
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 23.7 -8.9 17.7 +0.4 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 25.1 -0.9 11.3 -3.8 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 18.9 -4.1 11.9 +1.5 0.6
CAIRNS AERO 33.5 +3.0 22.4 -0.6 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 32.6 +2.0 24.3 +1.5 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 32.9 +2.5 23.2 +2.5 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 32.8 +3.4 22.7 +4.9 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 30.7 22.8 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 28.9 17.2 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 27.2 +1.3 23.4 +5.3 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 23.1 -1.6 21.9 +3.7 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 22.5 -2.2 20.7 +3.2 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 22.6 -3.5 19.4 +3.3 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 19.9 -4.6 17.9 +1.1 4.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 24.0 -0.4 9.3 -1.4 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 29.8 +2.3 10.4 -3.0 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 24.5 -3.7 9.6 -4.2 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 20.0 -3.4 9.9 -1.6 0.2
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 20.7 -3.1 13.5 +0.4 0.2
LAVERTON RAAF 18.9 -4.6 11.1 -1.4 0.6
BALLARAT AERODROME 17.9 -4.2 6.3 -3.6 0.6
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 18.6 -2.4 1.6 -7.3 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 16.9 -3.2 8.9 -1.9 0.2

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.
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
JABIRU AIRPORT
3.0mm in 2 min to 14:57 90.0mm/h
8.2mm in 5 min to 15:02 98.4mm/h
11.2mm in 28 min to 15:30 24.0mm/h
27.0mm in 1 hr to 15:30 27.0mm/h
11.2mm in 1 hr 5 min to 19:30 10.3mm/h
POINT STUART AWS
26.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 8.7mm/h
DUM IN MIRRIE AWS
24.4mm in 1 hr to 09:30 24.4mm/h
29.0mm in 3 hr to 12:30 9.7mm/h
MCARTHUR RIVER MINE
4.8mm in 14 min to 17:00 20.6mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 18:30 5.3mm/h
CENTRAL ARNHEM PLATEAU
6.0mm in 17 min to 17:30 21.2mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Wide Bay/Burnett
HERON ISLAND RES STN
18.2mm in 1 hr to 14:00 18.2mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.7mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE : 74(150/ 65 ) at 18:30
NEW SOUTH WALES
    South Coast
GREEN CAPE AWS : 83(230/ 70 ) at 01:10
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 102(240/ 89 ) at 00:00
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 76(238/ 63 ) at 01:30
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM BAPS : 76(220/ 63 ) at 01:00
    Southeast
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 82(240/ 63 ) at 01:00
TASMAN ISLAND : 115(240/ 37 ) at 00:48
HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 83(230/ 63 ) at 04:00
CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) : 95(240/ 63 ) at 02:01