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Torrential rain on QLD North Coast
Storm blacks out Katherine NT
Heavy storm falls in NW NSW

Torrential rain on QLD North Coast

An area of torrential rain, showers and embedded thunderstorms moved north up the QLD North Coast late yesterday and today. A line of storms developed yesterday morning several hundred kilometres east of, and parallel to, the coast from the northern Cape York Peninsula to around Ayr. In a strong southeasterly stream, these drifted northwest onto the coast where a tongue of upper cold air lying up the coast combined with orographic uplift from the mountain ranges just inland to bring heavy ralls. Alva Beach, 15km NE of Ayr, recorded 62mm between 9am and 3pm yesterday, while Ingham recorded 40mm between 3pm and 9pm. The heaviest rain fell around Lucinda, 20km NE of Ingham, in the early hours of this morning. Lucinda Point AWS recorded 75mm between midnight and 3am, 64.8mm falling in the hour to 2.40am. Lucinda Point's 24-hour total to 9am was 161.6mm, a March record for the 12-year-old station, but Lucinda PO, only 2km away, recorded a massive 280.4mm. Gairloch, about 5km N of Ingham, recorded 185mm for the 24 hours. Today, Lockhart River Airport on Cape York Peninsula, 500km NW of Cairns, recorded 99mm betweeen 9am and 3pm.

Storm blacks out Katherine NT

A storm which brought down powerlines and crushed a car under a tree south of Katherine overnight also cut power to the town for four hours.

Heavy storm falls in NW NSW

Instability from a surface trough over inland NSW combined with areas of thicker cloud moving SE with an upper jet stream today to produce isolated heavy storms in the state's northwest this morning and again this evening. The rain was heavy enough to block the Newell Highway north of Moree to all but heavy vehicles until Sunday morning. Collarenebri recorded 56.4mm for the 24 hours to 9am and Burren Junction, 70km to the southeast, 53.0mm. Moree Airport recorded 21.8mm in 38 minutes to 9.51am of which 6.6mm fell in 4 minutes. Another storm gave the airport 32.6mm in 30 minutes to 7pm, while Coonamble Airport recorded 35mm in an early evening storm that dumped 18.8mm in 8 minutes while the wind gusted to 109km/h. Croppa Creek, 60km NE of Moree, recorded 130.2mm for the 24 hours to 9am Saturday. Other heavy NSW totals for this period are given here.

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 March
Queensland:
032141 LUCINDA POINT 161.6 (119.2, 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

39.4 URANDANGIE Northwest QLD
39.2 JULIA CREEK AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
38.8 TOORAK RESEARCH STATION Gulf Country QLD
38.7 BOULIA AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
38.5 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA

+4.9   37.2 KALBARRI Central West WA
+4.8   36.2 CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
+4.5   35.1 DENHAM W Gascoyne WA
+4.5   36.5 BOLLON MARY ST Warrego QLD
+4.5   27.0 BOMBALA (THERRY STREET) Goulburn/Monaro NSW

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
28.0 SWEERS ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
27.6 CENTRE ISLAND N Rivers NT
27.6 CLONCURRY AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
27.5 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
27.5 CAMOOWEAL TOWNSHIP Northwest QLD

+7.0   24.5 TAMBO POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
+6.3   26.6 ISISFORD POST OFFICE Central West QLD
+6.3   23.2 ROMA AIRPORT Maranoa QLD
+6.3   16.0 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
+6.2   22.9 MITCHELL POST OFFICE Maranoa QLD
+6.2   19.6 QUIRINDI POST OFFICE NW Slopes S NSW

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

9.2 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
11.9 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
12.0 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
12.3 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
12.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW

-6.2   19.7 MAITLAND Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA
-5.6   21.0 EDINBURGH RAAF Adelaide/Lofty SA
-5.5   19.0 MOUNT BARKER Adelaide/Lofty SA
-5.2   27.5 LEONORA Goldfields WA
-5.2   20.5 CLEVE W Agricultural SA

0.4 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
0.9 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
1.5 CRESSY RESEARCH STATION N Coast TAS
2.3 ROSS (THE BOULEVARDS) Midlands TAS
2.5 TUNNACK FIRE STATION Southeast TAS

-6.7   4.1 LONGERENONG Wimmera S VIC
-6.0   3.5 ARARAT PRISON Western Plains VIC
-5.9   5.4 HORSHAM (POLKEMMET) Wimmera S VIC
-5.8   6.9 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
-5.8   7.5 ROSEDALE (TURRETFIELD RESEARCH CENTRE) Adelaide/Lofty SA

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.

280.4 LUCINDA POST OFFICE N Coast--Herbert QLD
185.0 GAIRLOCH N Coast--Herbert QLD
168.5 BINGIL BAY N Coast--Herbert QLD
161.6 LUCINDA POINT N Coast--Herbert QLD
160.0 MOREE (BUNNOR) NW Plains W NSW

QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Barron
135.0 BELLENDEN KER TOP STN
101.0 DAINTREE TEA
100.0 KOOMBOOLOOMBA DAM
78.0 TREE HOUSE CREEK
67.8 CAPE TRIBULATION STORE
67.0 DEERAL
65.0 BELLENDEN KER BOTTOM STN
65.0 GLEN ALLYN
61.4 HOPE VALE
59.4 CAPE FLATTERY
59.0 LIZARD ISLAND RESORT
57.0 TOPAZ TOWALLA RD
56.0 TOPAZ
56.0 GRAHAM RANGE
53.0 COOKTOWN MISSION STRIP
52.0 TOPAZ ALERT
50.0 MT SOPHIA
    N Coast--Herbert
280.4 LUCINDA POST OFFICE
185.0 GAIRLOCH
168.5 BINGIL BAY
161.6 LUCINDA POINT
130.8 BEMERSIDE
128.0 INGHAM PUMP STATION AL
127.6 EL ARISH POST OFFICE
127.0 MACKNADE SUGAR MILL
122.4 ELPHINSTONE POCKET NO1
117.0 TULLY MCQUILLEN ST
116.0 EURAMO TM
109.0 TULLY SUGAR MILL
100.6 INGHAM COMPOSITE
100.0 HALIFAX RUPP STREET
99.4 ALLINGHAM FORREST DRIVE
96.8 VICTORIA SUGAR MILL
95.0 HALIFAX ALERT
95.0 PALM ISLAND WATER TREAT
93.0 NASH'S CROSSING ALERT
92.0 DUNK ISLAND RESORT
91.0 JARRA CREEK TM
89.0 DARADGEE
88.0 ZATTAS ALERT
87.0 ABERGOWRIE ALERT
85.0 WALLAMAN ALERT
85.0 RUSSELL RIVER
82.0 MOURILYAN HARBOUR
80.2 INNISFAIL
78.0 INNISFAIL WHARF ALERT
78.0 JAPOONVALE WARRAKIN RD
74.6 BAMBAROO
70.4 MUTARNEE STORE
70.4 ORPHEUS ISLAND RESORT
70.0 CENTRAL MILL TM
69.0 SOUTH JOHNSTONE EXP STN
65.0 UPPER MURRAY TM
63.0 POVERTY HILL ALERT
62.0 MENAVALE ALERT
58.4 UPPER STONE EXELBY
55.0 CRAWFORDS LOOKOUT ALERT
52.1 CARDWELL EDEN ST
51.4 WEONA
50.0 PEACOCK SIDING ALERT
50.0 HORSESHOE BAY
    Central Coast E
69.4 ALVA BEACH
63.6 BURDEKIN SHIRE COUNCIL
54.0 INKERMAN BRIDGE ALERT
    Warrego
62.0 HILLVIEW
58.0 HEBEL POST OFFICE

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Upper Darling
67.6 COLLARENEBRI (BUNDABARINA)
56.4 COLLARENEBRI (ALBERT ST)
    NW Plains W
160.0 MOREE (BUNNOR)
53.0 BURREN JUNCTION (HASTINGS STREET)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 34.7 +0.7 25.5 +0.1 11.0
PERTH AIRPORT 32.7 +3.2 11.4 -4.4 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 21.8 -2.3 12.1 -1.3 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 25.6 -3.9 13.0 -3.0 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 34.2 +2.3 24.7 +0.2 0.2
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 28.1 -4.5 15.8 -1.5 1.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 22.2 -3.8 13.3 -1.8 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 18.8 -4.2 9.5 -0.9 0.4
CAIRNS AERO 30.8 +0.3 23.8 +0.8 20.4
TOWNSVILLE AERO 30.7 +0.1 24.7 +1.9 25.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 30.9 +0.5 22.9 +2.2 2.2
AMBERLEY AMO 29.0 -0.4 21.1 +3.3 0.6
BRISBANE AERO 28.9 21.3 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 25.1 14.3 0.2
COFFS HARBOUR MO 26.6 +0.7 19.1 +1.0 1.4
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 26.9 +2.2 20.0 +1.8 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 27.4 +2.7 18.9 +1.4 0.4
PROSPECT DAM 27.1 +1.0 17.1 +1.0 0.3
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 25.6 +1.1 14.9 -1.9 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 24.3 -0.1 12.6 +1.9 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 29.5 +2.0 16.7 +3.3 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 25.2 -3.0 10.4 -3.4 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 23.5 +0.1 11.2 -0.3 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 20.3 -3.5 14.5 +1.4 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 19.7 -3.8 9.9 -2.6 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 18.4 -3.7 8.7 -1.2 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 20.9 -0.1 8.0 -0.9 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 20.8 +0.7 9.3 -1.5 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
    W Kimberley
FITZROY CROSSING AERO
10.0mm in 1 hr to 03:00 10.0mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
DARWIN AIRPORT
8.2mm in 17 min to 19:30 28.9mm/h
MIDDLE POINT AWS
15.0mm in 1 hr to 21:30 15.0mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 21:30 5.7mm/h
CAPE DON
18.0mm in 3 hr to 17:00 6.0mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.3mm/h
POINT STUART AWS
20.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.7mm/h
DUM IN MIRRIE AWS
18.4mm in 20 min to 19:30 55.2mm/h
18.4mm in 1 hr to 19:30 18.4mm/h
25.0mm in 1 hr to 20:30 25.0mm/h
45.0mm in 3 hr to 21:30 15.0mm/h
WARRUWI
12.8mm in 23 min to 21:30 33.4mm/h
13.0mm in 1 hr to 21:30 13.0mm/h
MILINGIMBI AWS
10.2mm in 9 min to 17:11 68.0mm/h
12.8mm in 19 min to 17:30 40.4mm/h
24.6mm in 1 hr to 17:30 24.6mm/h
25.0mm in 3 hr to 18:30 8.3mm/h
MANINGRIDA AERO
9.6mm in 43 min to 16:30 13.4mm/h
LARRIMAH
20.0mm in 3 hr to 21:30 6.7mm/h
DALY WATERS AWS
19.0mm in 1 hr 23 min to 20:48 13.7mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 6.7mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
HORN ISLAND
12.6mm in 1 hr to 13:00 12.6mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 7.0mm/h
COEN AIRPORT
10.8mm in 1 hr to 06:00 10.8mm/h
    S Peninsula
LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT
11.4mm in 1 hr to 10:00 11.4mm/h
24.6mm in 1 hr to 11:00 24.6mm/h
16.0mm in 1 hr to 12:00 16.0mm/h
63.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 21.0mm/h
17.2mm in 1 hr to 13:00 17.2mm/h
16.4mm in 1 hr to 14:00 16.4mm/h
36.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 12.0mm/h
99.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 16.5mm/h
    Gulf Country
NORMANTON AIRPORT
11.4mm in 1 hr to 18:00 11.4mm/h
    N Coast--Barron
CAIRNS AERO
5.2mm in 11 min to 15:41 28.4mm/h
6.8mm in 13 min to 15:54 31.4mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 16:00 14.0mm/h
15.2mm in 1 hr to 16:30 15.2mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.7mm/h
LOW ISLES LIGHTHOUSE
10.8mm in 1 hr to 16:00 10.8mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.3mm/h
COOKTOWN AIRPORT
15.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.0mm/h
11.2mm in 1 hr to 17:00 11.2mm/h
CAPE FLATTERY
12.6mm in 1 hr to 05:00 12.6mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.3mm/h
20.4mm in 1 hr to 07:00 20.4mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 7.3mm/h
11.0mm in 1 hr to 19:00 11.0mm/h
    N Coast--Herbert
CARDWELL EDEN ST
16.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.3mm/h
INGHAM COMPOSITE
31.0mm in 6 hr to 03:00 5.2mm/h
LUCINDA POINT
16.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.3mm/h
12.2mm in 7 min to 01:47 104.6mm/h
18.6mm in 11 min to 01:58 101.5mm/h
7.4mm in 3 min to 02:01 148.0mm/h
26.6mm in 40 min to 02:41 39.9mm/h
5.0mm in 12 min to 02:53 25.0mm/h
75.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 25.0mm/h
16.6mm in 37 min to 04:00 26.9mm/h
28.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 9.3mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    CW Plains N
COONAMBLE AIRPORT AWS
13.2mm in 6 min to 18:20 132.0mm/h
5.6mm in 2 min to 18:22 168.0mm/h
35.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 11.7mm/h
    NW Plains E
MOREE AERO
13.0mm in 1 hr to 01:00 13.0mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h
6.4mm in 13 min to 09:17 29.5mm/h
6.6mm in 4 min to 09:30 99.0mm/h
8.8mm in 21 min to 09:51 25.1mm/h
15.8mm in 1 hr to 10:00 15.8mm/h
26.0mm in 3 hr to 10:00 8.7mm/h
18.4mm in 1 hr to 10:30 18.4mm/h
32.6mm in 30 min to 19:00 65.2mm/h
32.6mm in 1 hr to 19:00 32.6mm/h
32.6mm in 1 hr to 19:30 32.6mm/h
10.2mm in 1 hr to 22:00 10.2mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    CW Plains N
COONAMBLE AIRPORT AWS : 109(230/ 45 ) at 18:20
    Snowy Mtns
THREDBO AWS : 80(320/ 69 ) at 09:31
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 83(300/ 69 ) at 22:25