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Useful rain in WA, TAS
Heat dominates the continent

Useful rain in WA, TAS

Widespread instability across WA continued to fuel thunderstorms today while an errant low gave heavy showers in TAS.

A sluggish weather pattern over WA has seen a succession of slow-moving surface and upper troughs move across most of the state bringing isolated heavy storms and widespread light to moderate accumulations over the past few days. Paraburdoo Airport in the East Gascoyne received 11.4mm in 12 minutes late this afternoon around the same time that Salmon Gums in the southern Goldfields recorded 11.6 in 8 minutes. In the 24 hours to 9 this morning, Tuckanarra 70km SW of Meekatharra topscored with 42.2mm followed by 33.4 at Mulga Downs, 140km NNE of Paraburdoo. Today and this evening, storms gave a further 71mm to Mulga Downs, a two-day total of 104.4.

Tasmania's North and East Coasts recorded some moderate and briefly heavy falls during the day as a weak Low moved through Bass Strait, directing moist northeasterlies onto the island. Scamander on the East Coast registered 37mm betwen 9am and 3pm for a 24 hour to 9am Monday total of 50.2. A downpour gave Hobart City gauge 13.6mm in 30 minutes from 7pm.

Heat dominates the continent

High pressure systems have not yet begun their northward migration for winter, resulting in an Indian Summer for much of the continent. Highs during April have been weak and remained close to the southern coastline or in the Tasman, giving mild easterlies or northeasterlies and above average night and day temperatures almost everywhere in the country. Minima this morning were 4 to 9 above in a broad arc stretching from western VIC through SA to SE WA while maxima today were 8 to 11 above in NE SA, western NSW and SW QLD.

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

37.5 CURTIN AERO W Kimberley WA
37.3 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
37.1 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
37.0 ROXBY DOWNS (OLYMPIC DAM AERODROME) NW Pastoral SA
36.8 ANDAMOOKA NW Pastoral SA
36.8 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
36.8 BOLLON MARY ST Warrego QLD

+10.6   35.5 ARKAROOLA NE Pastoral SA
+10.0   33.8 BROKEN HILL (PATTON STREET) Lower Darling NSW
+9.9   35.8 LEIGH CREEK AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
+9.7   35.2 MENINDEE POST OFFICE Lower Darling NSW
+9.6   36.8 ANDAMOOKA NW Pastoral SA
+9.6   36.5 TIBOOBURRA POST OFFICE Far Northwest NSW

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.3 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
26.9 VARANUS ISLAND Islands ISL
26.8 CENTRE ISLAND N Rivers NT
26.1 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD

+8.5   22.3 ANDAMOOKA NW Pastoral SA
+7.9   24.2 WATARRKA N Plateau NT
+7.9   19.6 BROKEN HILL (PATTON STREET) Lower Darling NSW
+7.9   19.2 BROKEN HILL AIRPORT AWS Lower Darling NSW
+7.0   15.8 WARRACKNABEAL MUSEUM Wimmera N VIC

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

6.5 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
8.7 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
8.7 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
8.7 MOOGARA (UXBRIDGE BACK ROAD) Derwent Valley TAS
9.2 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS

-6.3   23.4 CARNEGIE Interior WA
-6.0   23.4 MORANBAH WATER TREATMENT PLANT Central Coast W QLD
-5.9   11.7 GROVE RESEARCH STATION Southeast TAS
-4.8   8.7 MOOGARA (UXBRIDGE BACK ROAD) Derwent Valley TAS
-4.7   13.2 BUSHY PARK (BUSHY PARK ESTATES) Derwent Valley TAS

-0.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
2.3 ARMIDALE (UNI NEW ENGLAND) N Tablelands W NSW
2.5 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
2.5 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
3.4 GLEN INNES AIRPORT AWS N Tablelands W NSW
3.4 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS

-5.6   8.5 AMBERLEY AMO Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-5.1   10.2 BRIAN PASTURES Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-4.0   4.5 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW
-4.0   13.9 LORD HOWE ISLAND AERO Islands ISL
-3.6   10.1 UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND GATTON Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-3.6   5.0 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW

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.

65.4 TOPAZ TOWALLA RD N Coast--Barron QLD
51.0 APSLAWN E Coast TAS
50.0 TOPAZ N Coast--Barron QLD
48.2 KIRKALOCKA E Gascoyne WA
48.0 TREE HOUSE CREEK N Coast--Barron QLD

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    E Gascoyne
48.2 KIRKALOCKA

QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Barron
65.4 TOPAZ TOWALLA RD
50.0 TOPAZ
48.0 TREE HOUSE CREEK

TASMANIA
    E Coast
51.0 APSLAWN

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 33.7 -0.6 23.4 +0.9 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 25.6 +0.1 10.3 -2.7 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 25.6 +3.7 10.8 -0.9 0.2
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 29.9 +4.8 16.8 +4.2 0.2
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.0 +0.3 24.5 +0.5 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 33.8 +5.8 12.5 0.0 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 27.5 +5.1 14.3 +2.1 0.8
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 18.1 -1.3 13.8 +5.2 1.8
CAIRNS AERO 28.3 -0.9 20.8 -0.8 27.6
TOWNSVILLE AERO 28.5 -1.1 20.0 -0.5 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 29.7 +1.0 18.5 +0.7 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 26.7 -0.4 8.5 -5.6 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 25.9 13.6 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 23.0 6.1 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 26.9 +2.9 13.4 -1.8 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 26.5 +3.7 15.3 0.0 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 24.1 +1.8 16.4 +1.8 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 26.6 +3.1 13.6 +0.5 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 25.1 +2.6 15.6 +1.3 0.2
CANBERRA AIRPORT 19.8 0.0 8.0 +1.4 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 26.2 +3.9 11.0 +1.8 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 30.6 +7.2 15.6 +5.5 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 25.1 +4.9 12.3 +3.7 0.6
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 23.3 +3.1 13.5 +2.8 0.4
LAVERTON RAAF 23.4 +3.3 14.2 +4.4 3.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 20.0 +2.5 12.9 +5.5 3.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 14.0 -3.3 9.4 +2.8 2.8
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 13.3 -4.0 9.2 +0.3 2.8

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
    E Gascoyne
PARABURDOO AERO
11.4mm in 12 min to 17:00 57.0mm/h
16.2mm in 1 hr to 17:00 16.2mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.7mm/h
    Eucla
RED ROCKS POINT
17.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.7mm/h
    Goldfields
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT
10.0mm in 1 hr to 23:30 10.0mm/h
SALMON GUMS RES.STN.
7.0mm in 5 min to 17:53 84.0mm/h
4.6mm in 3 min to 17:56 92.0mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.7mm/h
TASMANIA
    N Coast
WYNYARD AIRPORT
12.0mm in 1 hr to 07:00 12.0mm/h
LUNCHEON HILL FORESTRY
25.2mm in 1 hr to 17:00 25.2mm/h
25.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 8.3mm/h
    E Coast
SCAMANDER
37.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 6.2mm/h
ST HELENS AERODROME
11.0mm in 1 hr to 05:00 11.0mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.3mm/h
    Southeast
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD)
13.6mm in 30 min to 19:30 27.2mm/h
13.6mm in 1 hr to 20:00 13.6mm/h

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
MCCLUER ISLAND : 76(100/ 65 ) at 02:59
QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Barron
GREEN ISLAND : 72(130/ 63 ) at 01:01
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 70(243/ 63 ) at 17:30
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 72(280/ 65 ) at 13:30