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Front brings heat, storms and dust to SE AUS
Fog grounds planes in Sydney
Heavy showers clear the NSW coast

Front brings heat, storms and dust to SE AUS

A cold front and preceding trough swept across TAS, VIC and southern NSW today raising dust and bringing widespread thunderstorms. An area of storms developed around dawn to the west of Deniliquin, then intensified and propagated to the east and north, dying out mid evening between Broken Hill and Cobar. Lightning with a storm that passed through Wodonga VIC shortly after 11am caused a freak house fire. The lightning fused a saddle stored in the roof of the house to a gas main, puncturing the main, igniting the gas and causing a fire in the roof cavity. Two children sleeping alone in the house while their father drove the mother to work were awoken by a smoke detector and left the house before four CFA fire appliances arrived to extinguish the blaze. Brief heavy falls of rain accompanied some of the storms, Tocumwal Airport recording 27mm in 45 minutes just before 9am. Blowing dust ahead of a storm at Grenfell reduced visibility in the town to 500m at 3pm.

Overnight temperatures ahead of the front were 8 to 12 above average in a band a few hundred kilometres wide from western VIC through NSW to SW QLD. Strathbogie in the NE Victorian highlands recorded a minimum of 17.2, 11.7 above average, while Ivanhoe in western NSW reported 21.7, 11.6 above. The front brought cooler air across VIC south of the divide, but temperatures remained high to the north with northwestern VIC, western NSW, eastern SA and SW QLD reporting maxima 8 to 10 above average.

Fog grounds planes in Sydney

An unforecast and unusual fog descended on the Sydney basin early this morning. Autumn is the season for morning fogs in Sydney, usually forming on clear nights with a light breeze following a period of rain. Rain did fall over most of Sydney yesterday, including torrential falls in the south, but skies remained cloudy to overcast overnight with even a little rain reported between midnight and 3 this morning -- Observatory Hill gauged 0.8mm. Consequently, the fog was unexpected when it formed across much of the metro area around 3am reducing visibility to 200m or less by 6am. Sydney Airport was closed delaying inbound and outbound flights. Nine flights, including 2 international 747s, were diverted to Canberra Airport where the cross runway had to be closed to allow the extra planes to park. Ferry services on the harbour were disrupted and road traffic slowed, particularly on the M4 and Anzac Bridge.

Heavy showers clear the NSW coast

Showers cleared the NSW north coast late today, giving a few heavy falls. The rain influence that gave the Illawarra torrential rain on Sunday and Monday weakened and moved north of the Hunter, giving Smoky Cape Lighthouse near Kempsey 43mm between 3 and 6am and Wauchope 52.2mm for the 24 hours to 9am. The showers continued along most of the coast north to the QLD Sunshine Coast during today, dying out during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Murwillumbah NSW recorded 58mm and Tewantin QLD 45 for the 24 hours to 9am Wednesday.

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

40.4 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
39.4 PORT HEDLAND AIRPORT E Pilbara WA
39.3 MARDIE W Pilbara WA
39.3 PANNAWONICA W Pilbara WA
39.2 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA

+10.4   36.0 IVANHOE POST OFFICE Southwest Plains NSW
+10.2   30.0 ESSENDON AIRPORT E Central VIC
+10.1   35.6 MENINDEE POST OFFICE Lower Darling NSW
+10.0   31.8 YONGALA Upper North SA
+9.7   33.4 BALRANALD RSL Southwest Plains NSW

28.3 BARROW ISLAND AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
28.2 VARANUS ISLAND Islands ISL
27.8 ONSLOW AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
27.8 THEVENARD ISLAND W Pilbara WA
27.6 ONSLOW W Pilbara WA

+11.7   17.2 STRATHBOGIE Lower NE VIC
+11.6   21.7 IVANHOE POST OFFICE Southwest Plains NSW
+11.1   22.8 WILCANNIA (REID ST) Far Northwest NSW
+10.9   23.2 WHITE CLIFFS POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW
+10.1   22.4 WANAARING POST OFFICE Upper Darling NSW

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

9.5 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
10.6 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
11.0 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
11.6 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
11.7 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC

-4.8   20.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
-3.8   20.3 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
-3.1   19.3 CLEVE W Agricultural SA
-3.1   19.1 ELLISTON W Agricultural SA
-2.9   20.3 ESPERANCE Lower West WA

1.2 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
1.9 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
2.3 MAYDENA POST OFFICE Derwent Valley TAS
2.4 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
2.6 BRIDGETOWN Lower West WA

-8.1   1.9 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
-6.6   5.1 ALBANY AIRPORT Lower West WA
-6.0   5.7 NORSEMAN Goldfields WA
-5.8   3.0 JARRAHWOOD Lower West WA
-5.3   5.0 KATANNING COMPARISON 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.

141.2 WINDANG BOWLING CLUB Illawarra NSW
76.8 MOUNT KEIRA YATES AVE Illawarra NSW
71.4 WOONONA POPES RD Illawarra NSW
69.0 ROBERTSON (THE PIE SHOP) Illawarra NSW
68.2 ALBION PARK POST OFFICE Illawarra NSW

QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Barron
65.0 KOOMBOOLOOMBA DAM

NEW SOUTH WALES
    MidNorth Coast N
54.6 NAMBUCCA HEADS BOWLING CLUB
50.0 SOUTH WEST ROCKS (SMOKY CAPE LIGHTHOUSE)
    MidNorth Coast S
52.2 WAUCHOPE (COMMERCE ST)
    Illawarra
141.2 WINDANG BOWLING CLUB
76.8 MOUNT KEIRA YATES AVE
71.4 WOONONA POPES RD
69.0 ROBERTSON (THE PIE SHOP)
68.2 ALBION PARK POST OFFICE
64.6 GERRINGONG (MAYFLOWER VILLAGE)
61.5 WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY
60.2 WATTAMOLLA (TAMOL)
58.8 PORT KEMBLA (BHP CENTRAL LAB)
57.0 BERKELEY NORTHCLIFFE DRIVE
53.0 ROBERTSON (ST.ANTHONYS)
50.4 WATTAMOLLA (GRIFFITHS)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 36.0 +1.7 24.0 +1.5 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 28.4 +2.9 11.2 -1.8 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 22.6 +0.7 5.1 -6.6 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 23.2 -1.9 12.2 -0.4 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 35.2 +2.5 24.4 +0.4 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 32.9 +4.9 15.5 +3.0 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 27.0 +4.6 16.5 +4.3 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 20.0 +0.6 13.0 +4.4 0.2
CAIRNS AERO 29.4 +0.2 22.9 +1.3 0.8
TOWNSVILLE AERO 32.4 +2.8 20.5 0.0 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 30.2 +1.5 18.9 +1.1 0.2
BRISBANE AERO 26.7 18.5 4.6
AMBERLEY AMO 26.7 -0.4 16.0 +1.9 1.4
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 23.0 10.9 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 24.5 +0.5 16.7 +1.5 3.8
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 23.6 +0.8 18.3 +3.0 1.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 24.2 +1.9 16.3 +1.7 11.6
PROSPECT DAM 25.3 +1.8 15.4 +2.3 5.4
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 22.9 +0.4 15.4 +1.1 61.5
CANBERRA AIRPORT 24.5 +4.7 14.6 +8.0 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 25.0 +2.7 17.0 +7.8 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 33.0 +9.6 17.4 +7.3 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 28.5 +8.3 10.5 +1.9 0.4
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 29.8 +9.6 15.6 +4.9 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 28.7 +8.6 15.6 +5.8 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 25.9 +8.4 15.6 +8.2 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 22.0 +4.7 8.6 +2.0 3.2
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 23.1 +5.8 11.5 +2.6 1.6

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.
QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
NAMBOUR DPI
11.8mm in 1 hr to 12:00 11.8mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.3mm/h
MAROOCHYDORE AERO
10.0mm in 30 min to 23:30 20.0mm/h
10.0mm in 1 hr to 23:30 10.0mm/h
TEWANTIN RSL PARK
11.0mm in 1 hr to 00:00 11.0mm/h
14.6mm in 1 hr to 23:00 14.6mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
BALLINA AIRPORT AWS
16.0mm in 1 hr to 18:00 16.0mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.7mm/h
    MidNorth Coast N
SOUTH WEST ROCKS (SMOKY CAPE LIGHTHOUSE)
44.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 14.7mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
NORFOLK ISLAND AERO
13.2mm in 1 hr to 03:30 13.2mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    Central Coast E
HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT : 80(130/ 69 ) at 22:22
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 80(240/ 72 ) at 18:25
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 85(290/ 72 ) at 16:32
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 91(260/ 63 ) at 12:31
TASMAN ISLAND : 91(210/ 58 ) at 20:00