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Flooding intensifies in Far North QLD
Beneficial general rain in southern QLD, far north NSW

Flooding intensifies in Far North QLD

Renewed heavy rain in the Tully area south of Cairns QLD this morning and early afternoon pushed flood levels to moderate levels. In the Tully River catchment, Jarra Creek, about 10km NW of Tully, recorded 141mm in the 24 hours to 9am while between 9am and 3pm flood alert gauges recorded 60mm at Tully and 103mm at Euramo, 9km south of Tully. At 3pm, the Tully River at Euramo was in moderate flood and 40cm over the approaches to the Bruce Highway bridge. The highway was closed by floodwaters yesterday, reopened briefly this morning, but was closed again until later on Thursday. The Murray River, the next system to the south, was also in moderate flood at Murray Flats. Rain eased from mid afternoon, and both river systems peaked overnight into Thursday.

Heavy rain fell around Mt Bartle Frere overnight with Topaz on its western flank -- a location particularly prone to heavy rain in moist southeasterlies -- recording 140mm in the 24 hours to 9am. This was reflected in flooding in the Mulgrave River which exceeded minor flood level at Gordonvale this evening.

In the week to 9am Thursday 29 April, Tully Sugar Mill recorded 538.8mm and Topaz 556mm.

Beneficial general rain in southern QLD, far north NSW

Widespread light to moderate rain with isolated heavy totals were reported across southern QLD and the far northern inland of NSW today and into the early hours of Thursday. The rain occurred when a closed circulation developed in the lower atmosphere yesterday producing an area of strengthening vertical uplift across central and southern inland QLD. The uplift area moved slowly south into northern NSW overnight before heading SE across the Hunter coast late Thursday morning. At the surface, a trough lay north/south through central QLD today and by late evening the upper circulation was reflected in a surface low near Charleville. This low tracked south then southeast behind the area of vertical uplift, crossing the Hunter coast early Friday morning. In central and southern inland QLD nearly all stations reported between 20 and 70mm of steady, soaking rain over the 48 hours to 9am Thursday, with most of it falling today. In the 24 hours to 9 this morning, Karoola Park, 75km S of Roma, registered 60mm and Charleville Airport 58. In the 24 hours to 9am Thursday, 53.8mm at Springdale, 45km NNW of Roma, was the heaviest total. The heaviest weekly totals to 9am Thursday (almost all of which fell in the last 48 hours) were in the Warrego:

90.0 KAROOLA PARK
82.0 SURAT
82.0 WERIBONE TM
81.6 YULEBA POST OFFICE
80.4 WARKON
77.2 SPRINGFIELD
75.0 DALMALLY
72.6 MITCHELL POST OFFICE

Overnight the uplift area tracked into northern NSW giving some heavy to very heavy falls. Enngonia, 90km N of Bourke, recorded 118mm for the 24 hours to 9am Thursday followed by 57.0mm at Collerina (Kenebree) 65km ENE of Bourke. Brewarrina recorded 50mm and Bourke Airport 49, but falls tailed off rapidly to the south and east as the system tracked into drier air.

In QLD the rain and its timing have had mixed affects on agriculture and pastures. Cotton picking ground to a halt in the southern Darling Downs while the Department of Primary Industries warned that the combination of rain and low night-time temperatures in the Central West may have shattered flinders grass leaves and damaged mitchell grass pastures. On the up side, the timing and amount of rain in the Darling Downs has provided a perfect start to the winter cropping program. Cattle sales in the area saw an immediate upturn, with many cattlemen who had sown oats in the past few weeks now looking to plenty of green feed in 3 or 4 weeks time.

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

36.7 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
36.7 JABIRU AIRPORT N Rivers NT
36.6 OENPELLI N Rivers NT
36.6 PORT KEATS AERO N Rivers NT
36.5 KALUMBURU MISSION N Kimberley WA

+5.7   28.0 DWELLINGUP Lower West WA
+5.5   34.5 CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
+5.2   30.7 PERTH AIRPORT Lower West WA
+5.2   28.5 BRIDGETOWN COMPARISON Lower West WA
+5.2   29.0 JARRAHWOOD Lower West WA

29.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.6 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
27.0 WARRUWI N Rivers NT
26.9 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
26.8 DUM IN MIRRIE AWS N Rivers NT

+5.5   17.9 MILES POST OFFICE Darling Downs W QLD
+5.3   22.5 RAINBOW BEACH Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+5.2   19.3 TAROOM POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
+5.2   16.5 TEXAS POST OFFICE Darling Downs E QLD
+4.9   19.9 BRIGALOW RESEARCH STN Central Highlands QLD

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

7.5 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
7.5 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
7.7 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
9.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
9.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS

-10.8   16.7 COLLARENEBRI (ALBERT ST) Upper Darling NSW
-10.0   19.0 QUILPIE AIRPORT Far SW QLD
-9.7   17.6 MUNGINDI POST OFFICE NW Plains W NSW
-9.6   18.5 SURAT Maranoa QLD
-9.5   21.0 ISISFORD POST OFFICE Central West QLD

-5.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.5 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-3.4 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
-3.2 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.0 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS

-11.2   0.7 EYRE Eucla WA
-8.2   0.0 NHILL Wimmera N VIC
-7.7   4.0 WILCANNIA (REID ST) Far Northwest NSW
-7.3   6.6 YEELIRRIE Goldfields WA
-7.2   2.9 IVANHOE POST OFFICE Southwest Plains 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.

172.0 TOPAZ TOWALLA RD N Coast--Barron QLD
164.0 GLEN ALLYN N Coast--Barron QLD
145.0 BELLENDEN KER BOTTOM STN N Coast--Barron QLD
141.0 JARRA CREEK TM N Coast--Herbert QLD
140.0 TOPAZ N Coast--Barron QLD

QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Barron
172.0 TOPAZ TOWALLA RD
164.0 GLEN ALLYN
145.0 BELLENDEN KER BOTTOM STN
140.0 TOPAZ
131.0 TOPAZ ALERT
126.0 HAPPY VALLEY
106.0 COPPERLODE DAM ALERT
94.8 TAMARIND GDNS RENNEL CL
94.0 BABINDA POST OFFICE
81.0 BARTLE VIEW ALERT
80.0 TREE HOUSE CREEK
76.4 HAZELMERE
75.5 BABINDA SUGAR MILL
72.0 MILLAA MILLAA ALERT
67.0 JULATTEN
62.0 MULGRAVE MILL
61.2 GREENHAVEN
54.0 MT SOPHIA
53.0 GRAHAM RANGE
50.0 GREENHAVEN ALERT
    N Coast--Herbert
141.0 JARRA CREEK TM
106.4 JAPOONVALE WARRAKIN RD
94.0 TULLY MCQUILLEN ST
88.0 MENAVALE ALERT
84.2 TULLY SUGAR MILL
72.0 CRAWFORDS LOOKOUT ALERT
66.0 TUNG OIL TM
66.0 TUNG OIL ALERT
65.0 MARCO STREET ALERT
65.0 DARADGEE
62.0 EURAMO TM
58.0 RUSSELL RIVER
52.0 NERADA ALERT
51.5 BINGIL BAY
50.4 EL ARISH POST OFFICE
    Northwest
56.0 CORONA DOWNS
    Maranoa
75.2 BARRACKDALE
60.0 KAROOLA PARK
55.6 GUNNEWIN
53.5 WARRABINDA
52.0 WERIBONE TM
52.0 WAVERLEY DOWNS
51.6 MITCHELL POST OFFICE
51.6 YULEBA POST OFFICE
    Warrego
56.0 KANDIMULLA
50.6 CHARLEVILLE AERO
50.0 RACEVIEW TM

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Upper Darling
82.0 FORDS BRIDGE

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 33.9 -0.4 18.2 -4.3 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 30.7 +5.2 14.5 +1.5 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 24.9 +3.0 11.8 +0.1 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 23.9 -1.2 7.9 -4.7 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 34.5 +1.8 25.3 +1.3 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 24.3 -3.7 7.9 -4.6 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 19.1 -3.3 8.7 -3.5 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 16.8 -2.6 4.2 -4.4 0.2
CAIRNS AERO 28.8 -0.4 23.8 +2.2 9.4
TOWNSVILLE AERO 28.5 -1.1 22.5 +2.0 0.8
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 28.8 +0.1 19.9 +2.1 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 23.0 -4.1 16.4 +2.3 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 23.5 18.5 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 15.1 9.8 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 21.8 -2.2 16.4 +1.2 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 19.9 -2.9 14.9 -0.4 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 21.5 -0.8 13.1 -1.5 1.0
PROSPECT DAM 20.2 -3.3 12.3 -0.8 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 19.8 -2.7 14.2 -0.1 9.4
CANBERRA AIRPORT 19.2 -0.6 4.5 -2.1 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 22.7 +0.4 6.0 -3.2 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 20.9 -2.5 3.1 -7.0 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 18.1 -2.1 7.0 -1.6 0.2
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 21.6 +1.4 7.0 -3.7 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 18.3 -1.8 7.3 -2.5 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 18.6 +1.1 6.6 -0.8 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 15.5 -1.8 0.5 -6.1 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 16.5 -0.8 6.1 -2.8 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
GOVE AIRPORT
5.8mm in 17 min to 14:00 20.5mm/h
NGAYAWILI
33.0mm in 3 hr to 17:30 11.0mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Wide Bay/Burnett
TOWN OF 1770
19.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.3mm/h
    Brisbane/SE Coast
TOOLARA (KELLY)
13.0mm in 1 hr to 12:00 13.0mm/h
BAROON POCKET DAM
31.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 5.2mm/h
MAROOCHYDORE AERO
19.8mm in 30 min to 03:30 39.6mm/h
21.8mm in 1 hr to 03:30 21.8mm/h
21.0mm in 1 hr to 04:00 21.0mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 8.0mm/h
13.4mm in 30 min to 15:00 26.8mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 15:00 14.0mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.7mm/h
16.6mm in 1 hr to 15:30 16.6mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.0mm/h
    Warrego
CHARLEVILLE AERO
16.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.3mm/h
No reports of wind gusts above 90km/h or sustained winds above 63km/h