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Cold in southern WA and the Centre as ex-TC Fay decays
Low brings rain, wind to southern VIC, northern TAS
Heavy storms in central NT

Cold in southern WA and the Centre as ex-TC Fay decays

The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Fay gave only scattered reports of rain through the WA Interior today, but its cloudmass streaming to the southeast produced some unusually low daytime temperatures. Northwestern SA, southern NT and adjacent areas of WA recorded maxima up to 14 below average, barely reaching 20°. It was another cold night in the state's southwest, with Windy Harbour, on the coast south of Pemberton, recording a low of 3.5, 10 below, and numerous other stations between 5 and 9 below.

Low brings rain, wind to southern VIC, northern TAS

The first significant rain since mid February fell across southern VIC today, while northern TAS recorded lighter falls, but still the best rain since the beginning of February. At Shepparton in northern VIC, the light rain after a long, dry, dusty period caused five power poles in the district to burst into flames. Shepparton fire officer Craig Houlihan explained to the Shepparton News that dust accumulated on power transformers before rain caused it to conduct electricity and then ignite. Shepparton has recorded only 8mm of rain so far this year, with 4mm on 7 January and 3mm on 22 February the only falls of significance.

A secondary Low that developed south of Mt Gambier and west of TAS on a cold front late yesterday moved northeast into western VIC this morning, then drifted slowly across Bass Strait during the remainder of the day and early Tuesday. The heaviest falls were in the Otway Ranges, where Weeaproinah registered 79.2mm for the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday. Between 10 and 40mm was recorded on the West Coast and in the Western District and West Gippsland with falls tapering away to a few millimetres along the NSW/VIC border. Port Campbell and Cape Otway recorded 38mm and Dunkeld 31.9.

The main rainband accompanied the front and crossed the SA/VIC border around midnight, moving east across the state before fizzling out in central Gippsland mid-afternoon. Hamilton Airport in the Western District recorded 22mm in 3 hours to 3am from this system. During the afternoon, the Low passed close to the Otway coast, giving Cape Otway 25mm in the 3 hours to 6pm. Several squall lines accompanied by narrow lines of very heavy showers crossed the Central District and Port Phillip Bay during the afternoon and evening, with gusts of 93km/h recorded on Mt Gellibrand near Colac at 2pm and 95km/h at South Channel Island in southern Port Phillip and 85km/h at Frankston soon after 8pm. A yacht was blown ashore on Point Henry, just east of Geelong, and its 3 yachtsmen stranded for an hour before being rescued. Nearby Bellarine SES reported several limbs blown from trees by the wind.

The TAS North Coast recorded between 10 and 25mm in the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday, most falling during the afternoon as the front wrapped around the Low and crossed the coast. Wynyard Airport recorded 16mm in 3 hours to 3pm.

Heavy storms in central NT

An unusually isolated and long-lived thunderstorm hit Tennant Creek this morning and preceded an explosive outbreak of late-season thunderstorms across the Territory this afternoon. The storm struck Tennant Creek around 8.30am and proceeded to dump 85mm at the Airport in 4.5 hours before clearing around 1pm. During the afternoon, satellite images showed scattered storms developing explosively across the northern two-thirds of the Territory in an unusually moist and unstable atmosphere for late March. Moisture has been drawn south into the Territory down the eastern side of TC Fay over the past few days.

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

39.3 URANDANGIE Northwest QLD
38.9 BEDOURIE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
38.8 BOULIA AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
38.2 JULIA CREEK AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
38.2 CLONCURRY AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD

+10.2   30.8 CAPE NORTHUMBERLAND Lower SE SA
+10.2   32.1 POINT HICKS (LIGHTHOUSE) E Gippsland VIC
+9.3   33.0 ORBOST (COMPARISON) E Gippsland VIC
+8.3   30.4 LAKES ENTRANCE E Gippsland VIC
+7.7   31.3 BAIRNSDALE AIRPORT W Gippsland VIC

27.2 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
27.2 BARROW ISLAND AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
26.9 THEVENARD ISLAND W Pilbara WA
26.8 SWEERS ISLAND Gulf Country QLD
26.6 CENTRE ISLAND N Rivers NT

+8.8   21.4 COROWA AIRPORT Riverina E NSW
+8.6   23.0 GRIFFITH AIRPORT AWS Riverina W NSW
+7.9   23.0 HILLSTON AIRPORT Riverina W NSW
+7.7   21.8 NARRANDERA GOLF CLUB Riverina E NSW
+7.6   21.0 WAGGA WAGGA AMO SW Slopes S NSW

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

0.3 CRANBOURNE BOTANIC GARDENS E Central VIC
10.4 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
11.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
11.9 LOOKOUT HILL Western Plains VIC
12.4 WEEAPROINAH W Coast VIC
12.4 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS

-22.7   0.3 CRANBOURNE BOTANIC GARDENS E Central VIC
-11.6   22.0 CURTIN SPRINGS N Plateau NT
-11.4   21.5 MARLA POLICE STATION NW Pastoral SA
-11.0   22.9 CARNEGIE Interior WA
-10.6   23.6 YULARA AERO N Plateau NT

0.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
2.2 BRIDGETOWN Lower West WA
2.5 JARRAHWOOD Lower West WA
2.9 COLLIE EAST Lower West WA
3.0 BRIDGETOWN COMPARISON Lower West WA

-10.9   3.5 EYRE Eucla WA
-10.2   3.5 WINDY HARBOUR Lower West WA
-9.1   2.5 JARRAHWOOD Lower West WA
-8.0   7.9 PEARCE RAAF Lower West WA
-7.7   8.0 MEDINA RESEARCH CENTRE Lower West WA
-7.7   3.0 BRIDGETOWN COMPARISON Lower West 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.

199.6 TELFER AERO Interior WA
196.8 PARNNGURR Interior WA
186.0 NIFTY COPPER MINE E Pilbara WA
103.1 PORT SMITH W Kimberley WA
60.0 ORMISTON KNOLL N Plateau NT

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    W Kimberley
103.1 PORT SMITH
    E Pilbara
186.0 NIFTY COPPER MINE
    Interior
199.6 TELFER AERO
196.8 PARNNGURR

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Plateau
60.0 ORMISTON KNOLL
57.0 KURUNDI

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 29.8 -4.2 25.0 -0.4 1.2
PERTH AIRPORT 29.7 +0.2 8.9 -6.9 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 26.1 +2.0 5.8 -7.6 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 25.6 -3.9 12.0 -4.0 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.2 +1.3 25.5 +1.0 17.8
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 26.6 -6.0 20.8 +3.5 14.2
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 21.1 -4.9 14.8 -0.3 15.8
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 16.8 -6.2 12.0 +1.6 15.8
CAIRNS AERO 30.6 +0.1 20.3 -2.7 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.1 +0.5 21.1 -1.7 2.8
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 30.4 0.0 19.4 -1.3 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 27.8 -1.6 14.3 -3.5 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 27.0 17.6 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 21.7 9.2 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 25.3 -0.6 16.2 -1.9 1.2
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 26.2 +1.5 17.5 -0.7 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 27.0 +2.3 17.8 +0.3 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 27.8 +1.7 15.6 -0.5 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 26.4 +1.9 17.2 +0.4 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 28.8 +4.4 11.5 +0.8 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 31.3 +3.8 21.0 +7.6 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 23.5 -4.7 14.7 +0.9 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 28.6 +5.2 11.5 0.0 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 21.9 -1.9 14.4 +1.3 6.8
LAVERTON RAAF 22.1 -1.4 14.6 +2.1 6.4
BALLARAT AERODROME 17.1 -5.0 11.0 +1.1 10.4
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 24.5 +3.5 12.8 +3.9 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 22.5 +2.4 13.3 +2.5 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.
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Plateau
TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT
18.0mm in 30 min to 09:00 36.0mm/h
18.4mm in 1 hr to 09:00 18.4mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.0mm/h
12.8mm in 30 min to 09:30 25.6mm/h
12.4mm in 1 hr to 09:30 12.4mm/h
11.0mm in 30 min to 10:00 22.0mm/h
11.6mm in 30 min to 10:30 23.2mm/h
22.6mm in 1 hr to 10:30 22.6mm/h
21.2mm in 1 hr to 11:00 21.2mm/h
12.4mm in 1 hr to 11:30 12.4mm/h
51.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 17.0mm/h
11.2mm in 30 min to 13:00 22.4mm/h
16.0mm in 1 hr to 13:00 16.0mm/h
12.0mm in 1 hr to 13:30 12.0mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.7mm/h
68.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 11.3mm/h
WULUNGURRU
15.0mm in 3 hr to 17:30 5.0mm/h
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Adelaide/Lofty
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN)
16.0mm in 30 min to 18:30 32.0mm/h
16.0mm in 1 hr to 18:30 16.0mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
TOOLARA (KELLY)
17.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.7mm/h
VICTORIA
    Wimmera S
STAWELL AERODROME
7.0mm in 36 min to 03:30 11.7mm/h
    W Coast
CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE
10.0mm in 1 hr to 17:30 10.0mm/h
11.2mm in 1 hr to 18:00 11.2mm/h
25.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 8.3mm/h
COLAC (MT GELLIBRAND)
11.6mm in 1 hr to 06:00 11.6mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 06:30 10.8mm/h
HAMILTON AIRPORT
22.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 7.3mm/h
MORTLAKE RACECOURSE
10.2mm in 1 hr to 04:30 10.2mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.0mm/h
TASMANIA
    N Coast
WYNYARD AIRPORT
16.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.3mm/h
SMITHTON AERODROME
1.4mm in 1 min to 10:52 84.0mm/h
    E Coast
SWAN ISLAND
17.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.7mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    South Coast
MONTAGUE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 85( 40/ 63 ) at 17:00
    Snowy Mtns
THREDBO AWS : 85(300/ 63 ) at 22:00
VICTORIA
    Upper NE
MOUNT BULLER : 109( 10/ 67 ) at 08:30
MT HOTHAM : 113( 10/ 89 ) at 08:24
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 74(270/ 63 ) at 09:45
    E Central
SOUTH CHANNEL ISLAND : 95(310/ 74 ) at 20:04
FRANKSTON AWS : 85(320/ 65 ) at 20:30
    W Coast
COLAC (MT GELLIBRAND) : 93(280/ 74 ) at 14:00
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM BAPS : 96(100/ 63 ) at 08:00
    Southeast
TASMAN ISLAND : 87( 10/ 72 ) at 04:30
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 83(320/ 69 ) at 12:35