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Storms, flooding in northern NSW

Rain totals for the 24 hours to 9am Monday, most of which fell this afternoon and this evening. BoM

Storms, flooding in northern NSW

Thunderstorms and rain areas again gave heavy falls in a broad band from the Hunter Valley in NSW to the western Darling Downs in QLD today. For several days, this zone has coincided with an area of middle-atmosphere uplift due in part to the presence of a strong upper jetstream just to the south. Low-level northeasterlies have built up inland moisture levels, while a surface trough running NNW/SSE through central NSW has done its bit to increase instability.

Heavy rain from the Upper Hunter to around Tamworth between about 9am and 3pm lead to local and minor flooding. No flood warning rainfall data is available, but Nundle SES estimated around 90mm fell in 8 hours in the Crawney Hills, about 60km SSE of Tamworth, causing the Peel River at Nundle to rise rapidly, forcing the evacuation of 40 campers and 15 caravans. Nundle SES controller Tony Taylor told Tamworth's Northern Daily Leader "At 3.30pm water in the river was discoloured, then within 15 minutes it was muddy as the river rose to 3.8m at 4.20pm peaked at 4m and then dropped back to two metres at 6pm." The concrete slab heavy vehicle crossing of the river beside the main road bridge, which had just been rebuilt following the 17 January flood, was shifted downstream by the force of the floodwaters. In the Upper Hunter, water was flowing over the New England Highway near Blandford, which recorded 61.8mm in the 24 hours to 9am Monday. Murrurundi PO's total was 58.6 of which 40mm fell between 9am and noon today.

A line of storms that developed from near Dubbo to Bourke by early afternoon moved ENE during the rest of the afternoon and evening giving further heavy falls. Narrabri Airport recorded 21.6mm in 27 minutes to 7pm, while Angledool Station, 40km N of Lightning Ridge, recorded 79mm in the 24 hours to 9am Monday. Over the border in QLD, Thallon recorded 56mm. The Bruxner Highway between Boggabilla and Yetman was closed by rising streams. In far SW QLD, an extension of the band of thunderstorms gave Quilpie 48mm between 9 this evening and 3am Monday.

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

41.7 LEARMONTH AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
40.3 PARDOO STATION E Pilbara WA
40.2 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
40.0 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA
39.9 ROEBOURNE E Pilbara WA

+7.9   30.1 ALBANY Lower West WA
+6.7   30.8 ALBANY AIRPORT Lower West WA
+5.9   29.9 MOUNT BARKER Lower West WA
+5.8   30.4 MANJIMUP Lower West WA
+5.7   31.5 BURRINJUCK DAM SW Slopes N NSW

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
28.4 BEDOUT ISLAND E Pilbara WA
28.0 FLINDERS REEF Islands ISL
27.9 ROEBOURNE E Pilbara WA
27.7 KARRATHA AERO E Pilbara WA
27.7 ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA

+6.7   19.4 BARRABA POST OFFICE NW Slopes N NSW
+6.3   18.1 COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET) CW Slopes N NSW
+5.8   22.5 MITCHELL POST OFFICE Maranoa QLD
+5.7   21.3 TEXAS POST OFFICE Darling Downs E QLD
+5.6   23.1 TAMBO POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
+5.6   21.9 COONAMBLE COMPARISON CW Plains N NSW
+5.6   22.0 WALGETT AIRPORT AWS NW Plains W NSW
+5.6   15.5 GUYRA HOSPITAL N Tablelands W NSW

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

7.8 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
9.7 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
12.4 TASMAN ISLAND Southeast TAS
13.0 PORT ARTHUR (PALMERS LOOKOUT) Southeast TAS
13.6 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS

-8.7   19.2 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
-8.2   19.9 DUNEDOO POST OFFICE CW Slopes N NSW
-7.0   20.7 SCONE SCS Hunter Valley NSW
-6.8   20.4 CESSNOCK AIRPORT AWS Hunter Valley NSW
-6.7   20.7 CESSNOCK (NULKABA) Hunter Valley NSW

-1.5 ADELAIDE AIRPORT OLD SITE Adelaide/Lofty SA
-0.6 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
0.0 PIRLANGIMPI N Rivers NT
1.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
1.6 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS

-23.9   0.0 PIRLANGIMPI N Rivers NT
-8.5   5.9 EYRE Eucla WA
-7.5   9.0 JURIEN BAY Lower West WA
-6.2   14.6 THREE RIVERS E Gascoyne WA
-5.6   6.7 KYANCUTTA W Agricultural 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.

128.6 SHIPTONS FLAT N Coast--Barron QLD
98.4 CAIRNS AERO N Coast--Barron QLD
94.0 MEDPARK BRIDGE TM Darling Downs E QLD
91.0 KURANDA HILLTOP N Coast--Barron QLD
88.6 OENPELLI N Rivers NT

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
88.6 OENPELLI
52.6 ALYANGULA POLICE

QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Barron
128.6 SHIPTONS FLAT
98.4 CAIRNS AERO
91.0 KURANDA HILLTOP
82.0 KURANDA RAILWAY STATION
73.0 TOPAZ
73.0 GLEN ALLYN
72.0 CAIRNS SEVERIN ST
71.0 COPPERLODE DAM ALERT
70.0 TOPAZ TOWALLA RD
67.0 TOPAZ ALERT
63.0 GRAHAM RANGE
60.0 HAPPY VALLEY
59.2 WHYANBEEL VALLEY
58.0 MT SOPHIA
56.0 DEERAL
52.0 DAINTREE TEA
    N Coast--Herbert
68.0 RUSSELL RIVER
65.0 JARRA CREEK TM
    Brisbane/SE Coast
52.6 RHONDA
51.0 CROFTBY ALERT
51.0 CARNEYS CREEK
50.0 PALEN CREEK ALERT
    Darling Downs E
94.0 MEDPARK BRIDGE TM
    Darling Downs W
56.0 WAGGANBA STATION
50.4 TALWOOD STATE SCHOOL
    Maranoa
85.0 KATOOTA
58.0 TEELBA
    Warrego
86.6 CHALONER PARK
75.4 CUNNAMULLA POST OFFICE
70.4 NINDIGULLY
63.6 SOUTH PLAINS

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Upper Darling
51.8 CUMBORAH (KARINGLE)
    NW Slopes S
63.6 PINE RIDGE (RANGARI)
55.0 QUIRINDI (BOXWOOD)
    North Coast
53.2 LAWRENCE ROAD (PRINGLES WAY)
    MidNorth Coast N
53.0 DORRIGO (OLD CORAMBA RD)
    Hunter Valley
66.0 ELLERSTON (POITREL)

ISLANDS
    Islands
81.6 CHRISTMAS ISLAND AERO

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 38.0 +4.0 27.0 +1.6 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 34.0 +4.5 15.4 -0.4 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 30.8 +6.7 13.9 +0.5 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 27.1 -2.4 14.5 -1.5 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.0 +0.1 25.0 +0.5 0.2
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 34.3 +1.7 14.8 -2.5 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 25.7 -0.3 12.1 -3.0 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 21.4 -1.6 6.9 -3.5 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 32.7 +2.2 23.4 +0.4 98.4
TOWNSVILLE AERO 32.3 +1.7 23.8 +1.0 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 32.0 +1.6 22.0 +1.3 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 29.1 -0.3 21.0 +3.2 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 28.2 22.1 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 18.6 15.2 0.4
COFFS HARBOUR MO 23.5 -2.4 21.4 +3.3 1.6
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 21.9 -2.8 21.3 +3.1 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 25.3 +0.6 20.0 +2.5 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 24.1 -2.0 16.5 +0.4 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 23.2 -1.3 13.4 -3.4 2.2
CANBERRA AIRPORT 27.0 +2.6 12.1 +1.4 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 31.4 +3.9 12.3 -1.1 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 28.4 +0.2 11.4 -2.4 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 22.7 -0.7 13.1 +1.6 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 23.0 -0.8 12.8 -0.3 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 21.9 -1.6 8.8 -3.7 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 22.1 0.0 8.8 -1.1 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 21.9 +0.9 10.4 +1.5 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 16.5 -3.6 11.0 +0.2 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.
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
DARWIN AIRPORT
12.0mm in 13 min to 15:10 55.4mm/h
7.6mm in 8 min to 15:24 57.0mm/h
17.4mm in 32 min to 15:56 32.6mm/h
38.0mm in 3 hr to 18:30 12.7mm/h
DARWIN AIRPORT COMPARISON
36.0mm in 3 hr to 18:30 12.0mm/h
MIDDLE POINT AWS
10.8mm in 25 min to 17:30 25.9mm/h
15.8mm in 1 hr to 17:30 15.8mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 18:30 5.7mm/h
POINT STUART AWS
36.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 12.0mm/h
DUM IN MIRRIE AWS
29.4mm in 36 min to 16:30 49.0mm/h
30.4mm in 1 hr to 16:30 30.4mm/h
36.0mm in 3 hr to 18:30 12.0mm/h
WARRUWI
45.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 15.0mm/h
GALIWINKU
15.0mm in 3 hr to 09:30 5.0mm/h
GOVE AIRPORT
17.0mm in 30 min to 02:00 34.0mm/h
21.2mm in 1 hr to 02:00 21.2mm/h
17.0mm in 1 hr to 02:30 17.0mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 03:30 7.7mm/h
11.2mm in 1 hr to 11:00 11.2mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 12:30 6.0mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 15:30 5.3mm/h
NGAYAWILI
17.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.7mm/h
29.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 9.7mm/h
10.6mm in 1 hr to 17:30 10.6mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.3mm/h
GROOTE EYLANDT AIRPORT AWS
15.4mm in 1 hr to 07:30 15.4mm/h
18.0mm in 1 hr to 08:30 18.0mm/h
35.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 11.7mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 11:30 14.0mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 6.7mm/h
DALY WATERS AWS
22.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 7.3mm/h
VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS
8.6mm in 6 min to 15:41 86.0mm/h
13.6mm in 1 hr to 16:30 13.6mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.0mm/h
DELAMERE WEAPONS RANGE
11.4mm in 30 min to 16:30 22.8mm/h
11.4mm in 1 hr to 16:30 11.4mm/h
12.0mm in 1 hr to 17:00 12.0mm/h
BRADSHAW
22.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 7.3mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Gulf Country
KOWANYAMA AIRPORT
10.4mm in 1 hr to 00:00 10.4mm/h
MORNINGTON ISLAND
12.0mm in 30 min to 05:00 24.0mm/h
15.2mm in 1 hr to 05:00 15.2mm/h
12.2mm in 1 hr to 05:30 12.2mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.3mm/h
    N Coast--Barron
COOKTOWN AIRPORT
14.4mm in 1 hr to 02:00 14.4mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.3mm/h
CAPE FLATTERY
13.8mm in 16 min to 03:00 51.8mm/h
13.8mm in 1 hr to 03:00 13.8mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 6.7mm/h
    N Coast--Herbert
SOUTH JOHNSTONE EXP STN
11.0mm in 1 hr to 23:00 11.0mm/h
    Maranoa
ST GEORGE AIRPORT
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    NW Slopes N
NARRABRI AIRPORT AWS
21.6mm in 27 min to 19:00 48.0mm/h
21.6mm in 1 hr to 19:00 21.6mm/h
27.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 9.0mm/h
    NW Slopes S
GUNNEDAH AIRPORT AWS
16.2mm in 1 hr to 19:00 16.2mm/h
TAMWORTH AIRPORT AWS
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h
    North Coast
EVANS HEAD RAAF BOMBING RANGE AWS
12.8mm in 1 hr to 03:00 12.8mm/h
    Hunter Valley
MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE
40.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 13.3mm/h
PATERSON (TOCAL AWS)
16.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.3mm/h
MURRURUNDI GAP AWS
19.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 6.3mm/h
    CW Slopes N
COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET)
20.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.7mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
WILLIS ISLAND
1.4mm in 1 min to 16:05 84.0mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 23:30 10.8mm/h
NORTH EAST ISLAND
16.0mm in 3 hr to 10:00 5.3mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 11:00 5.0mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.7mm/h

ISLANDS
    Islands
WILLIS ISLAND : 70( 70/ 63 ) at 16:05