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Torrential rain, flooding continue around Wollongong NSW
Record dry in eastern VIC, SW NSW

Hourly radar and lightning animation for today shows slow-moving, heavy showers and rain areas moving onto the Illawarra Coast during the early to mid-morning period, gradually easing during the rest of the day. Weatherzone Silver

Torrential rain, flooding continue around Wollongong NSW

Slow-moving showers continued in the northern Illawarra this morning bringing continued flooding and traffic chaos around Wollongong. The meteorological setup was similar to yesterday's with a moist onshore stream activated by marginal instability aloft, areas of local wind convergence and the orographic uplift provided by the Illawarra Escarpment. See yesterday's report for rainfall maps and a more detailed explanation of the mechanisms producing the rain.

The heaviest rain occurred during the early morning in a 15km strip from just south of Wollongong to the northern suburb of Bellambi. Wollongong City gauge recorded 110mm between 3 and 9am, 44 of which fell in the hour to 7am, while Bellambi Point AWS received 74.4mm between 2 and 6am. High 24 hour totals included 179 at Bellambi and at Cringila just south of Wollongong, 162 at Wollongong City and 142mm at Wollongong University. Liverpool flood warning gauge recorded 138 and Reverces, about 15km SW of the southern Sydney suburb of Sutherland, 157, most of which fell yesterday.

The deluge around Wollongong was the heaviest since 1998 with homes, businesses and schools flooded and widespread transport disruption. Flooding closed numerous roads and traffic delays were compounded by many accidents, particularly on the F6 and Mount Ousley Roads. The Illawarra Highway between Albion Park Rail and Albion Park as well as Rose Valley Road south of Kiama and Darkes Road at Dapto remained closed until Tuesday. Flooding cut the Wollongong to Port Kembla rail line at Cringilla between 6.45am and 3pm, requiring a substitution bus service. The SES received 125 calls for assistance, mostly in Wollongong but with several dozen in Shellharbour and Kiama. Most were for leaking roofs and minor building flooding. One metre of water flooded the basement of the Telstra building in central Wollongong, while in the city's north the Bulli hotel cellar and classrooms at Thirroul High School were flooded. 180 homes and businesses in Port Kembla lost telephone service for most of the day, with many remaining without phone service until Tuesday.

Above: Rainfall deficiencies for the 21 months from July 2002 to March this year. A large area in eastern VIC and southeastern NSW remains in severe deficiency (rainfall in the lowest 10% of recorded falls), while the inner deep red areas in east Gippsland and on the NSW Southern Tablelands have experienced their driest comparable period on record.
Below: Rainfall deficiencies for the first 3 months of 2004. BoM

Record dry in eastern VIC, SE NSW

The Bureau of Meteorology's Drought Statement issued today reveals that a large area of East Gippsland in VIC, and two areas on the NSW Southern Tablelands have recorded their driest 21 month to March period on record.

An area around Bairnsdale is worst affected, with the Statement noting that the lack of rainfall is "notable in that this general region has experienced below normal rainfall for most of the past 8 years. Because the deficiencies extend over such a long period, they’re likely to take some time to be removed. For example, around Bairnsdale over 400 mm of rain would be required over the next three months just to elevate the rainfall since July 2002 to the tenth percentile [i.e. to move it out of the serious deficiency category]. Such a total would be near to, or above the record high April to June rainfall for this region!"

Small areas around Cooma and south of Canberra have also recorded their lowest 21 month to March totals on record.

The first 3 months of this year have been among the driest on record across VIC and particularly along the Murray Valley. Echuca has recorded 8.8mm (average 84.5), Shepparton 11 (70) and Benalla 28.4 (120.2). Places setting new record low first quarter rain totals included:

  • Quambatook in the Mallee, with 1.2 mm for the 3-months (previous record 2.1 mm in 1965),
  • Cobram and Nathalia in the Northern Country, with 6.0 mm and 2.8 mm, respectively (previous records 9.0 mm in 1986, and 4.0 mm in 1965, respectively),
  • Burrowye, Lake Nillahcootie, and Warrenbayne in the Northeast, with 19.6 mm, 25.0 mm, and 31.0 mm, respectively (previous records 47.4 mm in 1998, 43.4 mm in 1985, and 38.6 mm in 1986, respectively).

Melbourne recorded 91mm for the 3 months, 45mm shy of the average. This comes on top of 7 years of below average rainfall for the city, the longest period on record that there have been successive below-average rain years.

Across the continent, Perth has recorded its driest first 3 months of the year on record with just 2mm.

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

40.2 ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA
40.2 ONSLOW W Pilbara WA
39.6 ONSLOW AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
39.5 ROEBOURNE E Pilbara WA
39.3 PORT HEDLAND AIRPORT E Pilbara WA

+10.2   35.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
+9.9   34.0 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
+9.8   36.1 WHITE CLIFFS POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW
+9.5   29.3 ESSENDON AIRPORT E Central VIC
+9.4   35.6 WILCANNIA (REID ST) Far Northwest NSW

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
28.4 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
27.8 BEDOUT ISLAND E Pilbara WA
27.4 BARROW ISLAND AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
27.3 VARANUS ISLAND Islands ISL

+9.4   14.0 TUMBARUMBA POST OFFICE SW Slopes S NSW
+9.3   20.1 BALLADONIA Eucla WA
+8.9   19.0 IVANHOE POST OFFICE Southwest Plains NSW
+8.8   20.5 BALGAIR Eucla WA
+8.5   20.9 BREWARRINA HOSPITAL Upper Darling NSW

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

8.7 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
9.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
10.1 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
10.9 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
12.0 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS

-4.0   14.5 FINGAL (LEGGE STREET) E Coast TAS
-3.5   19.7 ESPERANCE Lower West WA
-3.5   20.2 RAVENSTHORPE Cent Wheatbelt WA
-3.4   17.5 MANJIMUP Lower West WA
-3.4   20.3 WAGIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-3.4   16.0 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW

-2.6 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
-2.4 OUSE FIRE STATION Derwent Valley TAS
-2.2 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
-1.8 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
-1.6 ROSS (THE BOULEVARDS) Midlands TAS

-6.6   -0.4 GROVE RESEARCH STATION Southeast TAS
-6.2   -1.0 MAYDENA POST OFFICE Derwent Valley TAS
-6.1   0.2 BUSHY PARK (BUSHY PARK ESTATES) Derwent Valley TAS
-6.0   -1.8 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
-5.4   1.0 GEEVESTON (CEMETERY ROAD) 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.

180.0 GERRINGONG (MAYFLOWER VILLAGE) Illawarra NSW
179.2 BELLAMBI AWS Illawarra NSW
173.0 PORT KEMBLA (BHP CENTRAL LAB) Illawarra NSW
169.0 BERKELEY NORTHCLIFFE DRIVE Illawarra NSW
150.6 CURROWAN (WILD PIG RD) South Coast NSW

QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
65.0 MAPLETON POST OFFICE
58.4 GOLD COAST SEAWAY
55.0 AIR SEA RESCUE ALERT
50.8 CALOUNDRA WATER TREAT

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
57.8 GOSFORD NORTH (GLENNIE ST)
    Sydney--east
107.0 MILPERRA BRIDGE (GEORGES RIVER)
102.5 POTTS HILL RESERVOIR
95.4 REVESBY (PATEN STREET)
89.0 BANKSTOWN AIRPORT AWS
69.0 LUCAS HEIGHTS ANSTO
65.6 CANTERBURY RACECOURSE AWS
56.6 KURNELL (CALTEX OIL REFINERY)
52.6 HOMEBUSH (OLYMPIC STADIUM) AWS
    Sydney--west
109.6 LIVERPOOL (MICHAEL WENDEN CENTRE)
69.6 BADGERYS CREEK AIRPORT AWS
    Illawarra
180.0 GERRINGONG (MAYFLOWER VILLAGE)
179.2 BELLAMBI AWS
173.0 PORT KEMBLA (BHP CENTRAL LAB)
169.0 BERKELEY NORTHCLIFFE DRIVE
147.0 WINDANG BOWLING CLUB
142.0 WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY
141.0 WOMBARRA (REEF AVE)
139.4 HELENSBURGH (PARKES STREET)
135.0 PYREE(LE WARNETRE)
124.6 MOUNT KEIRA YATES AVE
123.6 TOOLIJOOA (NYORA)
119.4 DARKES FOREST (KINTYRE)
112.2 WOONONA POPES RD
108.4 MOUNT WARRIGAL (REDDALL PARADE)
108.0 SHELLHARBOUR (BLACKBUTT (TAMMAR PLACE))
100.0 CULBURRA TREATMENT WORKS
99.0 GREENWELL POINT BOWLING CLUB
91.0 OAK FLATS (THE BOULEVARDE)
69.0 ALBION PARK (WOLLONGONG AIRPORT)
68.0 KIAMA (BRIGHTON ST)
61.0 ROBERTSON (THE PIE SHOP)
61.0 WATTAMOLLA (GRIFFITHS)
56.0 JERVIS BAY (PT PERPENDICULAR AWS)
55.0 CALLALA TREATMENT PLANT
52.5 JERVIS BAY (POINT PERPENDICULAR LIGHTHOU
52.0 ROBERTSON (ST.ANTHONYS)
51.4 JAMBEROO (THE RIDGE)
    South Coast
150.6 CURROWAN (WILD PIG RD)
101.6 BATEMANS BAY - BUCKENBOWRA
93.0 NELLIGEN (THULE ROAD)
76.8 MORUYA (THE LAGOON)
54.0 WAPENGO LAKE ROAD
53.4 MORUYA (KIORA)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 36.3 +2.0 23.8 +1.3 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 18.7 -3.2 14.4 +2.7 0.8
PERTH AIRPORT 24.2 -1.3 16.3 +3.3 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 27.1 +2.0 19.1 +6.5 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 34.3 +1.6 23.9 -0.1 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 33.7 +5.7 15.8 +3.3 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 29.3 +6.9 16.2 +4.0 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 25.9 +6.5 8.9 +0.3 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 29.8 +0.6 23.5 +1.9 1.6
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.5 +1.9 20.5 0.0 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 29.9 +1.2 20.2 +2.4 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 26.3 18.3 4.8
AMBERLEY AMO 27.6 +0.5 17.5 +3.4 0.4
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 21.3 12.2 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 24.2 +0.2 17.3 +2.1 0.4
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 23.0 +0.2 18.3 +3.0 26.6
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 21.0 -1.3 17.9 +3.3 9.0
PROSPECT DAM 21.2 -2.3 16.7 +3.6 34.4
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 22.0 -0.5 15.7 +1.4 142.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 19.0 -0.8 13.7 +7.1 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 27.4 +5.1 14.9 +5.7 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 31.8 +8.4 11.8 +1.7 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 21.9 +1.7 14.8 +6.2 1.4
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 28.9 +8.7 11.4 +0.7 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 28.9 +8.8 8.1 -1.7 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 25.4 +7.9 9.2 +1.8 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 18.7 +1.4 2.0 -4.6 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 18.6 +1.3 6.4 -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 Rivers
DUM IN MIRRIE AWS
6.4mm in 13 min to 17:30 29.5mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
GOLD COAST SEAWAY
10.2mm in 30 min to 00:00 20.4mm/h
20.0mm in 1 hr to 00:00 20.0mm/h
42.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 14.0mm/h
12.6mm in 1 hr to 00:30 12.6mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS
16.0mm in 14 min to 08:45 68.6mm/h
6.8mm in 15 min to 09:00 27.2mm/h
24.2mm in 1 hr to 09:00 24.2mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 8.0mm/h
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF
12.2mm in 24 min to 14:54 30.5mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.0mm/h
20.0mm in 36 min to 15:30 33.3mm/h
32.2mm in 1 hr to 15:30 32.2mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.7mm/h
GOSFORD (NARARA RESEARCH STATION) AWS
12.4mm in 1 hr to 00:00 12.4mm/h
18.6mm in 1 hr to 09:00 18.6mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.3mm/h
NORAH HEAD AWS
12.0mm in 1 hr to 16:30 12.0mm/h
    Sydney--east
BANKSTOWN AIRPORT AWS
22.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 7.3mm/h
CANTERBURY RACECOURSE AWS
29.0mm in 30 min to 00:30 58.0mm/h
29.2mm in 1 hr to 00:30 29.2mm/h
37.8mm in 1 hr to 01:00 37.8mm/h
40.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 13.3mm/h
    Illawarra
JERVIS BAY (POINT PERPENDICULAR LIGHTHOU
46.0mm in 9 hr to 06:00 5.1mm/h
NOWRA RAN AIR STATION AWS
4.6mm in 12 min to 05:30 23.0mm/h
JERVIS BAY (PT PERPENDICULAR AWS)
10.6mm in 1 hr to 03:00 10.6mm/h
29.8mm in 1 hr to 04:00 29.8mm/h
33.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 11.0mm/h
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY
33.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 5.5mm/h
BELLAMBI AWS
11.2mm in 1 hr to 02:30 11.2mm/h
11.2mm in 30 min to 03:00 22.4mm/h
15.4mm in 1 hr to 03:00 15.4mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 8.0mm/h
10.0mm in 1 hr to 04:00 10.0mm/h
29.2mm in 30 min to 05:00 58.4mm/h
35.0mm in 1 hr to 05:00 35.0mm/h
38.8mm in 1 hr to 05:30 38.8mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 06:00 14.0mm/h
59.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 19.7mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.3mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 6.3mm/h
ALBION PARK (WOLLONGONG AIRPORT)
19.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 6.3mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h
10.0mm in 1 hr to 08:00 10.0mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.7mm/h
12.0mm in 1 hr to 11:00 12.0mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.7mm/h
    South Coast
ULLADULLA AWS
14.2mm in 1 hr to 04:00 14.2mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 6.0mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    Central Coast E
HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT : 76(120/ 65 ) at 08:26
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 78( 50/ 63 ) at 08:00
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 83( 74/ 72 ) at 17:30
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM BAPS : 89( 80/ 63 ) at 15:00
    Southeast
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 85(330/ 65 ) at 23:44
TASMAN ISLAND : 91(360/ 72 ) at 22:34
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 80( 70/ 65 ) at 13:30