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TC Fay dissipates over WA
Cold morning in SW WA
Moderate rain breaks long dry spell in SE SA

TC Fay dissipates over WA

Tropical Cyclone Fay dropped below cyclone strength this evening in desert country to the southeast of Port Hedland. During the day, winds have dropped and rainfall diminished as the ex-cyclone moved into the Great Sandy Desert. In the 24 hours to 9am, however, heavy falls were recorded in the Pilbara, especially in the De Grey River catchment southeast of Port Hedland. Top falls were 134mm at Warrawagine, 230km ESE of Port Hedland, and 111mm at Mandora, on the coast 250km ENE of Port Hedland. Wallal Downs, about 30km from Mandora, recorded 197.6mm in the 48 hours to 9am. The Bureau's Bruce Buckley told the West Australian "for large parts of WA's pastoral country, the falls represent the best rains in four years, if not a decade, in central and western parts of the Pilbara and Gascoyne."

The BHP Billiton iron ore mine at Yarrie, 150km ESE of Port Hedland, seems to have been worst hit, with accommodation units overturned, water tanks "shredded", power cut and 200 workers sheltering for 8 hours in two squash courts as the cyclone passed. At Nullagine, 150m farther south, flooding in the Nullagine River has split the town in four, causing the evacuation of the town's 140 population to the police station, court house and buildings on the outskirts of the town. Heavy rain in the Oakover and Nullagine River catchments is forecast to produce moderate flooding in the De Grey. The wind uprooted trees and dislocated phone and power services throughout the area.

Cold morning in SW WA

Albany Airport recorded its coldest March temperature in 39 years of record this morning. The thermometer dropped to 4.3, 9.1 below normal. High pressure over the state's southwest following the arrival of cool dry southern air yesterday allowed overnight temperatures to plummet, with Perth and Jandakot Airports, Northam and Hyden all reporting minimum temperatures 8 to 10 below average.

Moderate rain breaks long dry spell in SE SA

The first significant rain since the end of December fell in southern SA late today. Apart from some light falls on 8 March, the area has been virtually rainless for three months. Rain fell heavily for a few hours from a band that crossed the Adelaide area late afternoon and early evening, giving the city 11.2mm in half an hour and Parawa, 30km W of Victor Harbor, 20mm in the 3 hours to 6pm. The Mt Lofty Ranges and parts of the Southeast recorded from 20 to a top of 30mm at Uraidla. Falls were generally above 10mm from the Yorke Peninsula south with 5 to 15mm across the Lower North and the Eyre Peninsula.

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):
Lowest daily minimum temperature for March
Western Australia:
009741 ALBANY AIRPORT 4.3 (4.4, 39)

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

40.1 LEARMONTH AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
39.9 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
39.7 ONSLOW AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
39.5 ONSLOW W Pilbara WA
39.1 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD

+10.0   30.8 PORTLAND (CASHMORE AIRPORT) W Coast VIC
+9.5   32.5 MOUNT GAMBIER AERO Lower SE SA
+9.4   27.6 WEEAPROINAH W Coast VIC
+9.0   36.1 ROSEDALE (TURRETFIELD RESEARCH CENTRE) Adelaide/Lofty SA
+9.0   31.5 WONTHAGGI E Central VIC

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.8 CENTRE ISLAND N Rivers NT
27.2 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
27.1 VARANUS ISLAND Islands ISL
27.0 SWEERS ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
27.0 BARROW ISLAND AIRPORT W Pilbara WA

+9.2   23.8 CLEVE W Agricultural SA
+8.2   22.8 PARAFIELD AIRPORT Adelaide/Lofty SA
+7.8   25.1 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT N Plateau NT
+7.7   25.5 MARLA POLICE STATION NW Pastoral SA
+6.7   21.0 EDINBURGH RAAF Adelaide/Lofty SA

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

14.2 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
14.4 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
15.7 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
16.2 TASMAN ISLAND Southeast TAS
16.3 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC

-12.9   24.5 TELFER AERO Interior WA
-12.2   21.7 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
-11.9   22.0 CARNEGIE Interior WA
-10.5   28.5 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
-8.1   19.1 STREAKY BAY W Agricultural SA

0.7 OUSE FIRE STATION Derwent Valley TAS
1.5 BRIDGETOWN Lower West WA
1.6 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
1.8 BUSHY PARK (BUSHY PARK ESTATES) Derwent Valley TAS
1.8 MAYDENA POST OFFICE Derwent Valley TAS

-9.9   5.3 JANDAKOT AERO Lower West WA
-9.1   4.3 ALBANY AIRPORT Lower West WA
-8.6   6.8 NORTHAM Cent Wheatbelt WA
-8.5   7.3 PERTH AIRPORT Lower West WA
-8.5   5.5 HYDEN Cent Wheatbelt 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.

287.0 NIFTY COPPER MINE E Pilbara WA
159.4 TELFER AERO Interior WA
145.0 YARRIE E Pilbara WA
144.0 BAMBOO CREEK E Pilbara WA
134.0 WARRAWAGINE E Pilbara WA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    E Pilbara
287.0 NIFTY COPPER MINE
145.0 YARRIE
144.0 BAMBOO CREEK
134.0 WARRAWAGINE
111.0 MANDORA
85.4 NOREENA DOWNS
    Interior
159.4 TELFER AERO

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
63.4 WOY WOY (CHUN CHIU)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 29.8 -4.2 23.9 -1.5 29.2
PERTH AIRPORT 25.8 -3.7 7.3 -8.5 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 20.6 -3.5 4.3 -9.1 0.4
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 22.1 -7.4 13.5 -2.5 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.7 +1.8 25.6 +1.1 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 35.5 +2.9 25.1 +7.8 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 34.0 +8.0 17.8 +2.7 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 32.5 +9.5 12.4 +2.0 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 30.9 +0.4 21.7 -1.3 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 30.6 0.0 21.6 -1.2 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 30.1 -0.3 19.6 -1.1 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 26.2 -3.2 14.3 -3.5 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 26.9 17.6 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 20.5 10.9 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 25.6 -0.3 17.0 -1.1 1.6
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 24.1 -0.6 21.3 +3.1 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 25.5 +0.8 20.2 +2.7 0.2
PROSPECT DAM 25.1 -1.0 16.3 +0.2 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 23.5 -1.0 17.9 +1.1 0.9
CANBERRA AIRPORT 27.6 +3.2 9.8 -0.9 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 32.1 +4.6 15.4 +2.0 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 35.3 +7.1 11.2 -2.6 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 28.6 +5.2 6.6 -4.9 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 31.4 +7.6 11.4 -1.7 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 32.3 +8.8 7.6 -4.9 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 28.8 +6.7 7.9 -2.0 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 23.2 +2.2 4.3 -4.6 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 24.2 +4.1 8.4 -2.4 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
    Interior
TELFER AERO
16.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.3mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
DARWIN AIRPORT
14.2mm in 14 min to 17:44 60.9mm/h
18.2mm in 1 hr to 18:00 18.2mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.0mm/h
15.0mm in 1 hr to 18:30 15.0mm/h
    N Plateau
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT
7.2mm in 8 min to 20:25 54.0mm/h
10.2mm in 1 hr to 20:30 10.2mm/h
11.0mm in 1 hr to 21:00 11.0mm/h
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Adelaide/Lofty
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN)
11.2mm in 30 min to 19:00 22.4mm/h
12.8mm in 1 hr to 19:30 12.8mm/h
PARAWA (SECOND VALLEY FOREST AWS)
11.0mm in 1 hr to 17:30 11.0mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 17:30 6.7mm/h
NOARLUNGA
10.2mm in 1 hr to 18:30 10.2mm/h
KUITPO FOREST RESERVE
17.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.7mm/h
    Lower SE
NARACOORTE AERODROME
15.0mm in 3 hr to 23:30 5.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
EVANS HEAD RAAF BOMBING RANGE AWS
12.6mm in 1 hr to 08:00 12.6mm/h

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    W Agricultural
NEPTUNE ISLAND : 80(220/ 69 ) at 15:00
    Yorke Pen/Kanga Is
CAPE WILLOUGHBY : 80(360/ 70 ) at 08:30
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM BAPS : 78(100/ 63 ) at 22:00
    Southeast
TASMAN ISLAND : 85( 20/ 65 ) at 16:01