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Storms give widespread heavy rain in QLD, NSW

Storms give widespread heavy rain in QLD, NSW

Thunderstorms again dumped heavy rain along the QLD North Coast, the NSW/QLD border areas and in the NSW Hunter Valley today. Goondiwindi, on the QLD/NSW border recorded its highest 24-hour March rainfall in 13 years of records this morning with 49mm in the gauge, 35 of which fell between 3 and 6am. Croppa Creek NSW, 65km south of Goondiwindi, recorded 130.2mm for the 24 hours, while Moree Airport was deluged with 33.2mm in half an hour to 6.30am. In SW QLD, Cunnamulla PO recorded 73mm between 3 and 6pm in a late afternoon thunderstorm. In the NSW Hunter Valley, Maitland recorded a 24-hour to 9am total of 88mm in overnight storms, while Murrurundi PO in the upper Hunter received 20mm between 9am and noon.

In late April 2004, the NSW Government provided natural disaster funding to repair damage caused by the event. The cost of lost crops and repairs to infrastructure was put at about $8 million. An area to the NE of Moree, around North Star and Tuloona, was said to be worst hit with up to 200mm of rain causing severe damage to roads, fencing, contour banks and dam walls on 20 properties. Landslides destroyed crops and grazing areas.

Showers and isolated thunderstorms eased on the Far North Coast of QLD, but Babinda PO still recorded 131mm for the 24 hours to 9am, and Cairns Airport received 79mm between noon and 6pm in a series of very heavy showers and a thunderstorm (details below).

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:
041521 GOONDIWINDI AIRPORT 49.0 (47.8, 13)

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

39.6 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA
39.2 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
38.9 BIDYADANGA W Kimberley WA
38.2 KALBARRI Central West WA
38.2 THARGOMINDAH POST OFFICE Far SW QLD
38.2 PANNAWONICA W Pilbara WA

+6.6   31.2 MANJIMUP Lower West WA
+6.4   30.7 PEMBERTON Lower West WA
+6.3   34.5 LANCELIN Lower West WA
+6.1   37.5 CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
+5.9   36.5 DENHAM W Gascoyne WA
+5.9   38.2 KALBARRI Central West WA
+5.9   33.0 BRIDGETOWN COMPARISON Lower West WA

28.0 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
28.0 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
27.8 CENTRE ISLAND N Rivers NT
27.8 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.5 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA

+7.1   19.8 BARRABA POST OFFICE NW Slopes N NSW
+6.1   27.1 URANDANGIE Northwest QLD
+6.1   15.8 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
+5.9   17.4 GLEN INNES POST OFFICE N Tablelands W NSW
+5.7   19.9 CESSNOCK AIRPORT AWS Hunter Valley NSW

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

9.3 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
11.1 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
11.2 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
13.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
13.2 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS

-6.4   21.5 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
-5.5   26.3 MUNGINDI POST OFFICE NW Plains W NSW
-5.0   21.4 LOSTOCK DAM Hunter Valley NSW
-4.8   24.6 BALGAIR Eucla WA
-4.7   23.0 SCONE SCS Hunter Valley NSW

-2.7 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.5 ADELAIDE AIRPORT OLD SITE Adelaide/Lofty SA
-0.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
1.4 CRESSY RESEARCH STATION N Coast TAS
1.4 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS

-7.5   9.0 JURIEN BAY Lower West WA
-7.1   -2.7 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-6.7   7.4 NARRANDERA GOLF CLUB Riverina E NSW
-6.6   4.2 LONGERENONG Wimmera S VIC
-6.4   4.6 NHILL Wimmera N 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.

193.5 NORTH STAR (BONANZA) NW Plains E NSW
161.0 NORTH STAR POST OFFICE NW Plains E NSW
149.6 PUNSAND BAY N Peninsula QLD
138.0 HAPPY VALLEY N Coast--Barron QLD
131.0 BABINDA POST OFFICE N Coast--Barron QLD

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
68.5 TERRITORY WILDLIFE PARK
56.8 WOODCUTTER'S MINE
54.2 DUM IN MIRRIE AWS
52.0 MAJESTIC ORCHIDS

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
149.6 PUNSAND BAY
96.4 BAMAGA
    S Peninsula
113.0 LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT
    N Coast--Barron
138.0 HAPPY VALLEY
131.0 BABINDA POST OFFICE
98.0 TREE HOUSE CREEK
83.0 DEERAL
75.0 TOPAZ
73.0 GRAHAM RANGE
69.0 CAIRNS SEVERIN ST
69.0 TOPAZ TOWALLA RD
65.0 TOPAZ ALERT
64.0 JULATTEN
59.0 COPPERLODE DAM ALERT
58.4 TAMARIND GDNS RENNEL CL
57.0 MT SOPHIA
    N Coast--Herbert
87.0 RUSSELL RIVER
73.0 JARRA CREEK TM
68.0 EL ARISH POST OFFICE
55.0 CRAWFORDS LOOKOUT ALERT
54.0 BINGIL BAY
50.0 TULLY MCQUILLEN ST
    Darling Downs E
53.0 GIDDI GIDDI SOUTH TM
    Darling Downs W
51.2 TALWOOD STATE SCHOOL
    Warrego
68.0 MARANGO
58.4 YAMBURGAN
57.0 RUTHERGLEN
50.2 DINGWALL

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Upper Darling
72.6 COLLARENEBRI (GOONDOOBLUIE)
72.4 ANGLEDOOL (ANGLEDOOL STATION)
65.4 COLLARENEBRI (ALBERT ST)
60.0 MUNGINDI (BURRENBAH)
53.4 MUNGINDI (CAMBO CAMBO)
    NW Plains W
90.0 MOGIL MOGIL (BENIMORA)
72.0 BOOMI POST OFFICE
68.0 WEEMELAH (CRINOLYN)
    NW Plains E
193.5 NORTH STAR (BONANZA)
161.0 NORTH STAR POST OFFICE
130.2 CROPPA CREEK (KRUI PLAINS)
94.0 ASHLEY (THE PRAIRIES)
94.0 TULLOONA (COOLANGA)
84.6 NORTH STAR (WOLONGA)
57.8 MOREE AERO
53.6 MOREE (OODNADATTA)
50.8 GARAH (ULINGA)
    NW Slopes N
94.6 CROPPA CREEK (BELFORD STREET)
86.2 CROPPA CREEK (RAWDON)
52.8 COOLATAI (ORANA)
    NW Slopes S
51.0 WILLOW TREE (COOINDA)
    MidNorth Coast S
63.4 UPPER PAPPINBARRA (HILLCREST)
    Hunter Valley
88.0 MAITLAND VISITORS CENTRE

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 36.4 +2.4 25.7 +0.3 4.4
PERTH AIRPORT 33.8 +4.3 16.0 +0.2 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 24.3 +0.2 13.8 +0.4 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 26.4 -3.1 14.2 -1.8 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.5 +0.6 23.3 -1.2 19.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 33.7 +1.1 15.9 -1.4 0.2
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 23.8 -2.2 10.7 -4.4 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 21.5 -1.5 12.8 +2.4 0.2
CAIRNS AERO 28.4 -2.1 23.6 +0.6 42.8
TOWNSVILLE AERO 32.3 +1.7 24.5 +1.7 1.6
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 31.6 +1.2 22.3 +1.6 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 31.4 +2.0 22.4 +4.6 4.6
BRISBANE AERO 29.5 23.2 3.2
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 23.7 15.0 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 28.6 +2.7 22.0 +3.9 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 23.8 -0.9 21.3 +3.1 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 24.6 -0.1 19.3 +1.8 1.8
PROSPECT DAM 25.3 -0.8 17.3 +1.2 2.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 22.2 -2.3 17.4 +0.6 3.3
CANBERRA AIRPORT 26.9 +2.5 7.1 -3.6 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 28.9 +1.4 8.6 -4.8 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 26.1 -2.1 10.7 -3.1 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 23.0 -0.4 8.3 -3.2 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 22.1 -1.7 14.5 +1.4 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 21.0 -2.5 11.8 -0.7 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 21.0 -1.1 8.6 -1.3 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 21.9 +0.9 4.6 -4.3 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 19.6 -0.5 12.5 +1.7 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
KALUMBURU
7.6mm in 18 min to 18:00 25.3mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
MIDDLE POINT AWS
18.0mm in 3 hr to 00:30 6.0mm/h
MANINGRIDA
28.0mm in 3 hr to 18:30 9.3mm/h
WARRUWI
39.0mm in 1 hr to 23:30 39.0mm/h
MANINGRIDA AERO
16.2mm in 17 min to 15:30 57.2mm/h
20.8mm in 1 hr to 15:30 20.8mm/h
TINDAL RAAF
7.2mm in 19 min to 18:00 22.7mm/h
DELAMERE WEAPONS RANGE
9.8mm in 20 min to 20:20 29.4mm/h
5.6mm in 6 min to 20:26 56.0mm/h
28.0mm in 1 hr to 21:00 28.0mm/h
28.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 9.3mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    S Peninsula
LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT
22.0mm in 1 hr to 10:00 22.0mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 7.3mm/h
11.8mm in 1 hr to 15:00 11.8mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.0mm/h
    Gulf Country
MOUNT ISA AERO
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h
    N Coast--Barron
CAIRNS AERO
11.8mm in 13 min to 13:30 54.5mm/h
14.2mm in 1 hr to 13:30 14.2mm/h
14.4mm in 1 hr to 14:00 14.4mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.3mm/h
6.8mm in 16 min to 15:40 25.5mm/h
8.2mm in 13 min to 16:30 37.8mm/h
13.8mm in 1 hr to 17:00 13.8mm/h
5.4mm in 8 min to 17:08 40.5mm/h
15.6mm in 14 min to 17:30 66.9mm/h
28.4mm in 1 hr to 17:30 28.4mm/h
14.4mm in 26 min to 17:56 33.2mm/h
39.0mm in 1 hr to 18:00 39.0mm/h
63.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 21.0mm/h
20.8mm in 1 hr to 18:30 20.8mm/h
CAPE FLATTERY
20.8mm in 42 min to 13:42 29.7mm/h
20.8mm in 1 hr to 14:00 20.8mm/h
25.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 8.3mm/h
    Darling Downs E
GOONDIWINDI AIRPORT
35.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 11.7mm/h
    Warrego
CUNNAMULLA POST OFFICE
73.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 24.3mm/h
75.0mm in 6 hr to 21:00 12.5mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    NW Plains E
MOREE AERO
33.2mm in 30 min to 06:30 66.4mm/h
33.6mm in 1 hr to 06:30 33.6mm/h
33.6mm in 1 hr to 07:00 33.6mm/h
    North Coast
GRAFTON RESEARCH STN
10.8mm in 1 hr to 17:30 10.8mm/h
CASINO AIRPORT AWS
8.2mm in 17 min to 19:00 28.9mm/h
19.6mm in 1 hr to 20:00 19.6mm/h
33.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 11.0mm/h
LISMORE AIRPORT AWS
13.2mm in 1 hr to 20:00 13.2mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h
    Hunter Valley
MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE
20.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 6.7mm/h
MURRURUNDI GAP AWS
18.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 6.0mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
NORTH EAST ISLAND
17.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.7mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 08:00 7.7mm/h

TASMANIA
    Southeast
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 80(250/ 67 ) at 04:00