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Front brings cold, snow, gales, storms and widespread rain to VIC

Front brings cold, snow, gales, storms and widespread rain to VIC

An active cold front entered western VIC around midnight this morning, accompanied by a wintry blast and a generous rainband. By 9am, the Western Plains, West Coast and Central District around Melbourne had recorded 10 to 25mm, with Portland on the West Coast registering 32mm. Thunderstorms developed on the front near Geelong about 4am and lingered in the Port Phillip Bay area through until about 9am, giving many of the automatic weather stations in the area 3-hour totals of 15 to 17mm. The line of storms then sheared off through NE VIC into southern NSW, while a second rainband settled into the Melbourne area around midday and continued to give heavy showers to the metro and surrounding areas until early evening. One heavy shower gave Melbourne's city gauge 23mm in the hour to 7.30pm. Late morning, rotation became evident in the rainband as it moved into West Gippsland. A closed low pressure system formed near Wilsons Promontory early afternoon, strengthening winds and curling the southern end of the rainband around the low and back into the Melbourne region where it arrived early evening just as the second rainband was decaying. Rain from this "returning" rainband continued around Melbourne until after 2am Saturday. The heaviest falls in the 24 hours to 9am Saturday were in Melbourne's east and north, with 74.5mm at Warburton East and 50.6 at Epping. During the evening, the heaviest rain moved into the Latrobe Valley and is covered in the story for 24 April.

Temperatures dropped rapidly with the passage of the front. Simon Jones from the Mount Hotham resort told ABC Radio that a centimetre of snow this afternoon took locals by surprise. "This morning, [I was] walking round in short sleeved shirts and about 1:00pm it just came in, started snowing and visibility got down to about 20 feet," he said. Melbourne Airport's top temperature of 13.1 was 7 below average. Coastal automatic weather stations reported wind gusts of 80 to 90km/h during the late afternoon as the low in eastern Bass Strait wound up, while the Kingfish B oil platform 100km SE of Bairnsdale reported gusts to 106km/h and 10 minute average winds of 85km/h by 11.30pm. Across Bass Strait in TAS, Cape Grim in the northwest reported a top gust of 111km/h (average 89) at 11am and Eddystone Point in the northeast reported a gust of 104km/h (average 82) at 9pm.

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

38.0 MARDIE W Pilbara WA
37.8 ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA
37.4 BIDYADANGA W Kimberley WA
37.2 PORT HEDLAND AIRPORT E Pilbara WA
37.1 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
37.1 PARDOO STATION E Pilbara WA

+7.5   36.8 KALBARRI Central West WA
+7.3   34.9 GERALDTON AIRPORT Central West WA
+7.2   32.5 LANCELIN Lower West WA
+6.7   25.0 LITHGOW (BIRDWOOD ST) C Tablelands S NSW
+6.7   29.0 BATEMANS BAY (CATALINA COUNTRY CLUB) South Coast NSW

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.3 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
26.5 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
26.5 VARANUS ISLAND Islands ISL
26.3 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD

+7.1   23.0 WINDORAH POST OFFICE Channel Country QLD
+6.2   20.0 CHARLEVILLE AERO Warrego QLD
+5.8   22.7 BOULIA AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
+5.7   11.2 STRATHBOGIE Lower NE VIC
+5.2   18.4 CURTIN SPRINGS N Plateau NT
+5.2   13.1 BOWRAL (PARRY DRIVE) Illawarra NSW

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

2.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
3.7 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
4.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
4.0 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
4.8 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS

-7.7   12.7 MORWELL (LATROBE VALLEY AIRPORT) W Gippsland VIC
-7.3   10.3 GROVE RESEARCH STATION Southeast TAS
-7.3   8.6 MAYDENA POST OFFICE Derwent Valley TAS
-7.2   10.2 GEEVESTON (CEMETERY ROAD) Southeast TAS
-7.0   13.1 MELBOURNE AIRPORT E Central VIC
-7.0   10.3 LAUNCESTON AIRPORT N Coast TAS

-1.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
1.1 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
1.3 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
1.5 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
2.2 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW

-8.9   1.1 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
-6.9   13.5 HALLS CREEK AIRPORT E Kimberley WA
-6.2   7.0 ESPERANCE Lower West WA
-6.2   6.0 WINDY HARBOUR Lower West WA
-6.0   7.2 BOLLON MARY ST Warrego QLD

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.

60.0 YARRA JUNCTION E Central VIC
47.0 BABINDA POST OFFICE N Coast--Barron QLD
47.0 HAPPY VALLEY N Coast--Barron QLD
45.0 RUDDS LANE TM Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
45.0 BABINDA SUGAR MILL N Coast--Barron QLD

QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Barron
47.0 BABINDA POST OFFICE
47.0 HAPPY VALLEY
45.0 BABINDA SUGAR MILL
    Brisbane/SE Coast
45.0 RUDDS LANE TM

VICTORIA
    E Central
60.0 YARRA JUNCTION

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 35.3 +1.0 20.0 -2.5 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 29.7 +4.2 11.2 -1.8 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 23.1 +1.2 9.2 -2.5 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 22.0 -3.1 10.7 -1.9 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.9 +1.2 24.7 +0.7 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 27.2 -0.8 13.1 +0.6 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 18.4 -4.0 10.7 -1.5 10.2
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 15.5 -3.9 10.4 +1.8 20.2
CAIRNS AERO 28.9 -0.3 21.5 -0.1 6.4
TOWNSVILLE AERO 31.3 +1.7 18.7 -1.8 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 30.3 +1.6 18.6 +0.8 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 28.0 +0.9 11.8 -2.3 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 26.6 15.6 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 21.7 7.8 2.8
COFFS HARBOUR MO 26.3 +2.3 14.9 -0.3 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 27.9 +5.1 15.0 -0.3 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 27.6 +5.3 16.9 +2.3 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 29.7 +6.2 14.2 +1.1 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 28.0 +5.5 16.3 +2.0 0.2
CANBERRA AIRPORT 24.5 +4.7 6.4 -0.2 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 23.8 +1.5 9.1 -0.1 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 20.4 -3.0 12.9 +2.8 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 16.1 -4.1 9.1 +0.5 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 14.8 -5.4 12.7 +2.0 21.8
LAVERTON RAAF 14.0 -6.1 12.0 +2.2 20.2
BALLARAT AERODROME 11.4 -6.1 9.1 +1.7 10.4
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 10.3 -7.0 10.3 +3.7 10.4
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 11.1 -6.2 9.8 +0.9 12.0

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.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Adelaide/Lofty
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN)
10.2mm in 30 min to 18:30 20.4mm/h
10.2mm in 1 hr to 18:30 10.2mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    South Coast
GREEN CAPE AWS
5.8mm in 4 min to 20:59 87.0mm/h
MERIMBULA AIRPORT AWS
10.0mm in 1 hr to 17:00 10.0mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.0mm/h
VICTORIA
    Upper NE
MOUNT BULLER
15.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.0mm/h
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE
3.8mm in 11 min to 20:52 20.7mm/h
MT BAW BAW
16.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.3mm/h
MT MOORNAPA
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.0mm/h
    E Central
VIEWBANK (ARPANSA)
17.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.7mm/h
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE
16.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.3mm/h
10.6mm in 30 min to 19:00 21.2mm/h
10.6mm in 1 hr to 19:00 10.6mm/h
12.4mm in 30 min to 19:30 24.8mm/h
12.4mm in 1 hr to 20:00 12.4mm/h
MOORABBIN AIRPORT
15.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.0mm/h
SCORESBY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
17.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.7mm/h
MELBOURNE AIRPORT
10.0mm in 1 hr to 15:00 10.0mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.3mm/h
DUNNS HILL
16.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.3mm/h
    W Central
AVALON AIRPORT
17.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.7mm/h
    N Central
KILMORE GAP
17.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.7mm/h
TASMANIA
    E Coast
FRIENDLY BEACHES
15.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.0mm/h
    Southeast
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD)
10.8mm in 1 hr to 20:00 10.8mm/h
TUNNACK FIRE STATION
16.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.3mm/h
    W Coast
LOW ROCKY POINT
15.0mm in 3 hr to 02:00 5.0mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h

VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 93(230/ 39 ) at 05:33
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 106(170/ 85 ) at 23:30
    E Central
SOUTH CHANNEL ISLAND : 85(200/ 63 ) at 16:29
FAWKNER BEACON : 80(190/ 67 ) at 17:30
    W Coast
AIREYS INLET : 87(200/ 65 ) at 19:00
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM BAPS : 111(190/ 89 ) at 13:00
    E Coast
EDDYSTONE POINT : 104(170/ 82 ) at 21:00
SWAN ISLAND : 96(160/ 76 ) at 21:30
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 96(160/ 83 ) at 02:00
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 98(180/ 80 ) at 15:12
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 96(150/ 78 ) at 23:09