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Locust plague arrives in Central Western NSW
Cyclone Max develops off NT NW coast
Flooding in Far North QLD

Locust plague arrives in Central Western NSW

What the Sydney Morning Herald described at "the worst locust plague in 20 years" has descended on Dubbo in central NSW. January's rain through southern QLD and northern NSW, following years of drought, hatched locust eggs, and now the mature locusts are swarming southwards in dense bands devouring pasture and crops as they go. Dead locusts lie on roads like drifts of leaves, while live ones are blocking the air intakes of motor vehicles and making human breathing hazardous. The main concern of NSW Agriculture is that the migratory locusts are now laying eggs as they move into southern populated areas such as around Dubbo, Gunnedah and Moree. The swarming bands are not currently dense enough to allow effective aerial spraying, and spraying near populated areas is difficult. If the weather stays warm, these eggs could hatch within the next few weeks. If the weather is cooler, a plague outbreak starting in the state's Central West is likely next spring. Either way, plague locusts may reach farther south than before. The nearest a plague has come to Sydney is the Hunter Valley.

Cyclone Fay develops off NT NW coast

A tropical low deepened to tropical cyclone intensity late this evening and was christened Fay. The low had been moving slowly west along the monsoon trough just north of the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Arnhem Land Coast, but began deepening yesterday morning off the central NT north coast. Late this evening it was located about 300km WNW of Darwin, still moving slowly west. Point Fawcett, the SW tip of Bathurst Island north of Darwin, recorded 180.2mm in the 24 hours to 9am this morning, while many locations along the NT north coast reported falls between 50 and 100mm, much of which fell during the early hours of this morning.

Flooding in Far North QLD

Four days of heavy rain has produced minor to moderate flooding in the Tully River Basin south of Cairns and moderate flooding in the small Murray River Basin immediately to its south. The Tully peaked at 8.1m around midday today at Euramo, just south of the township of Tully, while the Murray at Murray Flats, just a few kilometres farther south, continued to rise very slowly at minor flood levels during the day. 345mm has fallen in the past 4 days at Jarra Creek, 10km NW of Tully, and even heavier rain is likely to have fallen around Koombooloomba Dam in the mountains at the headwaters of the Tully River.

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

41.5 ROEBOURNE E Pilbara WA
41.5 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD
41.1 PORT HEDLAND AIRPORT E Pilbara WA
41.0 PARDOO STATION E Pilbara WA
40.5 ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA

+5.6   39.5 CARNEGIE Interior WA
+5.4   39.3 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
+5.3   32.7 WELLINGTON RESEARCH CENTRE CW Slopes S NSW
+5.2   31.0 BURRINJUCK DAM SW Slopes N NSW
+4.8   34.2 BALGAIR Eucla WA

29.1 BARROW ISLAND AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
28.4 VARANUS ISLAND Islands ISL
28.0 PIRLANGIMPI N Rivers NT
27.9 THEVENARD ISLAND W Pilbara WA
27.8 ROEBOURNE E Pilbara WA

+6.8   22.4 TEXAS POST OFFICE Darling Downs E QLD
+6.1   25.0 JERVOIS N Plateau NT
+5.7   18.4 BARRABA POST OFFICE NW Slopes N NSW
+5.6   19.0 STANTHORPE (GRANITE BELT HRS) Darling Downs E QLD
+5.5   25.8 ISISFORD POST OFFICE Central West QLD
+5.5   18.0 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW

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

7.4 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
7.9 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
11.2 SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS
11.3 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
11.4 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS

-6.6   25.0 BADGINGARRA RESEARCH STN Lower West WA
-5.5   28.1 MULLEWA Central West WA
-5.4   25.5 GERALDTON AIRPORT Central West WA
-5.3   27.3 CARNAMAH Central West WA
-5.1   26.4 DALWALLINU COMPARISON Central West WA

-1.3 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-0.8 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
-0.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
0.4 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
0.9 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS

-7.7   8.1 PERTH AIRPORT Lower West WA
-6.8   9.1 PEARCE RAAF Lower West WA
-6.6   8.6 JANDAKOT AERO Lower West WA
-6.3   5.3 JARRAHWOOD Lower West WA
-5.6   3.4 DOVER Southeast TAS

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.

180.2 POINT FAWCETT Islands ISL
160.0 MT SOPHIA N Coast--Barron QLD
141.0 DEERAL N Coast--Barron QLD
134.0 BABINDA POST OFFICE N Coast--Barron QLD
128.0 KURANDA RAILWAY STATION N Coast--Barron QLD

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
93.9 MANINGRIDA
92.2 MILINGIMBI AWS
84.4 MANINGRIDA AERO
80.0 WARRUWI
71.0 CAPE DON
69.2 OLD DELAMERE

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
73.6 WEIPA EASTERN AVE
    Gulf Country
89.4 MORNINGTON ISLAND
    N Coast--Barron
160.0 MT SOPHIA
141.0 DEERAL
134.0 BABINDA POST OFFICE
128.0 KURANDA RAILWAY STATION
127.0 TREE HOUSE CREEK
125.0 BELLENDEN KER BOTTOM STN
125.0 HAPPY VALLEY
123.0 GRAHAM RANGE
120.0 BABINDA SUGAR MILL
119.0 KURANDA HILLTOP
118.0 TOPAZ TOWALLA RD
113.0 CAIRNS SEVERIN ST
109.8 CAIRNS AERO
108.0 DAINTREE VILLAGE
101.4 GREENHAVEN
95.0 TOPAZ
90.0 TOPAZ ALERT
89.0 MOSSMAN CENTRAL MILL
87.0 GREENHAVEN ALERT
84.6 WHITE CLIFF POINT
82.0 HAZELMERE
80.0 DAINTREE TEA
78.0 COPPERLODE DAM ALERT
75.0 JULATTEN
74.0 CHILVERTON
71.0 MCKELL ROAD ALERT
66.4 WHYANBEEL VALLEY
65.8 KAREEYA
65.0 BARTLE VIEW ALERT
64.0 KAREEYA TM
64.0 RAVENSHOE ALERT
63.0 MALANDA ALERT
62.0 SUTTIES CREEK ALERT
61.2 BIBOOHRA
60.0 MILLAA MILLAA ALERT
59.0 MULGRAVE MILL
57.0 PORT DOUGLAS - FOUR MILE BEACH
55.2 WONDECLA
54.8 MALANDA POST OFFICE
53.0 MAREEBA SOUTH EDGE RES
51.5 MAREEBA QWRC
    N Coast--Herbert
92.6 JAPOONVALE WARRAKIN RD
88.0 INGHAM COMPOSITE
86.0 INGHAM PUMP STATION AL
84.0 RUSSELL RIVER
82.6 DARADGEE
82.0 TUNG OIL TM
79.2 INNISFAIL
79.0 MENAVALE ALERT
79.0 TUNG OIL ALERT
77.0 CRAWFORDS LOOKOUT ALERT
72.0 JARRA CREEK TM
68.0 NERADA ALERT
67.0 GAIRLOCH
64.4 CARDWELL EDEN ST
63.1 VICTORIA SUGAR MILL
62.0 INNISFAIL WHARF ALERT
61.0 TULLY MCQUILLEN ST
59.4 TULLY SUGAR MILL
58.0 WALLAMAN ALERT
57.0 ELPHINSTONE POCKET NO1
52.0 FLYING FISH POINT
50.0 ABERGOWRIE ALERT
    Warrego
53.0 EULO

NEW SOUTH WALES
    N Tablelands E
58.0 EBOR (MAPLEWOOD)
57.4 EBOR (WONGWIBINDA)
    MidNorth Coast N
63.6 GIRRALONG
55.0 NORTH DORRIGO (TYRINGHAM ROAD)
53.0 URUNGA (SUNSET PLACE)

ISLANDS
    Islands
180.2 POINT FAWCETT

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 37.1 +3.1 25.4 0.0 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 25.2 -4.3 8.1 -7.7 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 25.4 +1.3 15.2 +1.8 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 31.9 +2.4 17.8 +1.8 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 29.6 -2.3 24.6 +0.1 5.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 35.6 +3.0 14.0 -3.3 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 27.9 +1.9 13.0 -2.1 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 20.8 -2.2 9.0 -1.4 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 31.6 +1.1 23.5 +0.5 109.8
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.9 +1.3 24.5 +1.7 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 32.0 +1.6 21.8 +1.1 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 30.7 +1.3 22.2 +4.4 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 28.9 22.5 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 24.4 15.7 0.8
COFFS HARBOUR MO 26.7 +0.8 20.2 +2.1 43.4
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 24.2 -0.5 20.5 +2.3 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 25.4 +0.7 19.6 +2.1 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 25.6 -0.5 19.1 +3.0 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 23.0 -1.5 18.2 +1.4 17.4
CANBERRA AIRPORT 26.5 +2.1 11.9 +1.2 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 30.2 +2.7 8.5 -4.9 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 29.0 +0.8 12.2 -1.6 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 22.6 -0.8 9.5 -2.0 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 22.2 -1.6 15.1 +2.0 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 21.1 -2.4 12.7 +0.2 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 21.4 -0.7 9.8 -0.1 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 20.4 -0.6 4.7 -4.2 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 16.0 -4.1 8.3 -2.5 1.0

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
21.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 7.0mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
CAPE DON
15.0mm in 3 hr to 01:00 5.0mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 07:00 6.7mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 08:00 8.0mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.3mm/h
MCCLUER ISLAND
20.4mm in 1 hr to 08:30 20.4mm/h
6.2mm in 12 min to 09:30 31.0mm/h
16.2mm in 1 hr to 09:30 16.2mm/h
28.0mm in 3 hr to 09:30 9.3mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 12:30 5.7mm/h
MANINGRIDA
74.0mm in 9 hr to 06:30 8.2mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 21:30 6.3mm/h
WARRUWI
15.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.0mm/h
11.6mm in 1 hr to 00:30 11.6mm/h
18.2mm in 1 hr to 03:30 18.2mm/h
30.2mm in 1 hr to 04:30 30.2mm/h
44.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 14.7mm/h
MILINGIMBI AWS
31.0mm in 1 hr to 06:30 31.0mm/h
30.0mm in 3 hr to 06:30 10.0mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 09:30 7.0mm/h
15.0mm in 1 hr to 10:30 15.0mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 12:30 8.0mm/h
MANINGRIDA AERO
15.6mm in 1 hr to 03:30 15.6mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 03:30 5.3mm/h
18.8mm in 1 hr to 05:30 18.8mm/h
15.4mm in 1 hr to 06:30 15.4mm/h
43.0mm in 3 hr to 06:30 14.3mm/h
16.6mm in 1 hr to 19:30 16.6mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 21:30 7.3mm/h
GOVE AIRPORT
13.2mm in 30 min to 06:00 26.4mm/h
17.2mm in 1 hr to 06:00 17.2mm/h
11.8mm in 27 min to 06:27 26.2mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 06:30 5.7mm/h
16.2mm in 1 hr to 07:00 16.2mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 09:30 5.7mm/h
BULMAN AWS
22.0mm in 3 hr to 21:30 7.3mm/h
TINDAL RAAF
16.0mm in 17 min to 19:17 56.5mm/h
17.4mm in 1 hr to 19:30 17.4mm/h
16.0mm in 1 hr to 20:00 16.0mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 21:30 6.3mm/h
PORT KEATS AERO
23.2mm in 1 hr to 19:30 23.2mm/h
26.0mm in 3 hr to 21:30 8.7mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
WEIPA AERO
11.6mm in 1 hr to 15:30 11.6mm/h
15.8mm in 30 min to 16:00 31.6mm/h
27.4mm in 1 hr to 16:00 27.4mm/h
19.0mm in 30 min to 16:30 38.0mm/h
34.8mm in 1 hr to 16:30 34.8mm/h
20.2mm in 30 min to 17:00 40.4mm/h
39.2mm in 1 hr to 17:00 39.2mm/h
18.4mm in 30 min to 17:30 36.8mm/h
38.6mm in 1 hr to 17:30 38.6mm/h
19.0mm in 1 hr to 18:00 19.0mm/h
86.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 28.7mm/h
HORN ISLAND
39.8mm in 1 hr to 21:00 39.8mm/h
42.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 14.0mm/h
    Gulf Country
KOWANYAMA AIRPORT
5.0mm in 7 min to 18:39 42.9mm/h
7.0mm in 21 min to 19:00 20.0mm/h
12.8mm in 1 hr to 19:00 12.8mm/h
7.0mm in 12 min to 19:12 35.0mm/h
9.4mm in 7 min to 19:19 80.6mm/h
17.6mm in 1 hr to 20:00 17.6mm/h
30.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 10.0mm/h
MORNINGTON ISLAND
12.4mm in 30 min to 01:30 24.8mm/h
12.4mm in 1 hr to 01:30 12.4mm/h
18.2mm in 1 hr to 02:00 18.2mm/h
42.8mm in 1 hr 30 min to 03:30 28.5mm/h
13.0mm in 1 hr to 04:30 13.0mm/h
28.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 9.3mm/h
    N Coast--Barron
CAIRNS AERO
15.6mm in 1 hr to 00:00 15.6mm/h
39.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 13.0mm/h
10.4mm in 1 hr to 00:30 10.4mm/h
6.0mm in 13 min to 03:00 27.7mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 7.3mm/h
10.0mm in 1 hr to 21:30 10.0mm/h
CAPE FLATTERY
8.8mm in 51 min to 16:00 10.4mm/h
    Brisbane/SE Coast
KINGAROY AIRPORT
10.2mm in 1 hr to 20:00 10.2mm/h
    Darling Downs E
STANTHORPE (GRANITE BELT HRS)
10.0mm in 1 hr to 14:00 10.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
CASINO AIRPORT AWS
14.0mm in 1 hr to 04:00 14.0mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.0mm/h
EVANS HEAD RAAF BOMBING RANGE AWS
16.2mm in 1 hr to 01:00 16.2mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 6.0mm/h
    MidNorth Coast N
KEMPSEY AIRPORT AWS
23.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 7.7mm/h
COFFS HARBOUR MO
18.6mm in 1 hr to 00:00 18.6mm/h
35.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 11.7mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
WILLIS ISLAND
12.6mm in 30 min to 08:00 25.2mm/h
12.6mm in 1 hr to 08:00 12.6mm/h
17.4mm in 1 hr to 08:30 17.4mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.0mm/h
POINT FAWCETT
21.0mm in 3 hr to 00:30 7.0mm/h
18.6mm in 52 min to 03:22 21.5mm/h
26.0mm in 3 hr to 03:30 8.7mm/h
5.4mm in 16 min to 03:38 20.2mm/h
11.4mm in 52 min to 04:30 13.2mm/h
14.4mm in 56 min to 05:30 15.4mm/h
16.2mm in 1 hr to 05:30 16.2mm/h
20.4mm in 1 hr to 06:30 20.4mm/h
53.0mm in 3 hr to 06:30 17.7mm/h
29.2mm in 1 hr to 07:30 29.2mm/h
49.0mm in 3 hr to 09:30 16.3mm/h

ISLANDS
    Islands
NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR : 93(110/ 74 ) at 07:28