Wednesday 26 MAY 2004

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Cool and wet in The Centre, warm in QLD

Rain for the week ended 9am Thursday 27 May.

Cool and wet in The Centre, warm in QLD

A strong infeed of moisture across the Kimberley coast produced thick cloud cover, some moderate rain and an unseasonably cold day across the southern NT and neighbouring areas today. The moist airmass, which was responsible for good rain across eastern states on Monday and Tuesday, drifted southeast from around Java about a week ago. The strong surge of colder air that pushed NE into WA last Friday caused widespread ascent and instability in the moist airmass, leading to an unusually long-lived and slow-moving cloudmass that arrived in The Centre late Saturday.

While the southeastward drift of the cloudband gave good rains to SW QLD, much of inland NSW and northern VIC on Monday and Tuesday, the lingering moisture over The Centre has been producing widely scattered moderate to heavy falls over the past 5 days. As the rain map for the week shows, almost the entire southern half of the Territory has recorded 25 to 75mm for the week to 9am Thursday. In the 5 days to 9am Thursday, Arltunga, 90km ENE of Alice Springs, recorded 82.3mm, Undoolya, 15km E of Alice 69 and Ormiston Gorge, 120km W of the town 66.9. Alice Springs itself recorded 57.8 over the 5 days at the East Side station. Warramunga, 35km SSE of Tennent Creek, recorded 51.8mm in the 24 hours to 9am Thursday, the highest 24 hour total reported over the period.

The rain and heavy cloud cover kept maximum temperatures across The Centre in the low to mid teens today, 8 to 11 below average. Yulara's top of 13.7 was 11.2 below, while in far NW SA, Ernabella only reached 12.5. It was a different story ahead of the cold airmass in a band from NE NSW, through central QLD to the NT Barkly Tableland, where overnight minima were generally 8 to 11 above average.

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

36.0 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
36.0 NGUKURR N Rivers NT
36.0 TIMBER CREEK N Rivers NT
36.0 BRADSHAW N Rivers NT
35.5 KIMBERLEY RES.STATION E Kimberley WA

+5.0   31.3 MORANBAH WATER TREATMENT PLANT Central Coast W QLD
+4.7   30.6 ROCKHAMPTON AERO Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
+4.2   30.2 CLERMONT POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
+4.1   28.3 MACKAY MO Central Coast E QLD
+4.0   31.4 COLLINSVILLE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD

27.2 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
27.0 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
25.4 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
25.2 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
25.1 DUM IN MIRRIE AWS N Rivers NT

+10.6   18.8 TAMBO POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
+10.5   15.0 BARRABA POST OFFICE NW Slopes N NSW
+10.3   17.4 MITCHELL POST OFFICE Maranoa QLD
+9.5   12.0 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
+8.8   18.6 TAROOM POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
+8.8   16.3 TEXAS POST OFFICE Darling Downs E QLD

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

0.5 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
0.8 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
1.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
1.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
1.1 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC

-11.2   13.7 YULARA AERO N Plateau NT
-10.9   14.1 WATARRKA N Plateau NT
-10.7   13.1 CURTIN SPRINGS N Plateau NT
-9.6   13.0 KULGERA N Plateau NT
-8.5   14.5 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT N Plateau NT
-8.5   17.0 TERRITORY GRAPE FARM N Plateau NT

-3.1 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
-2.2 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-1.8 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
-1.4 NORSEMAN AERO Goldfields WA
-1.1 WANDERING Cent Wheatbelt WA

-9.1   -0.6 NORSEMAN Goldfields WA
-9.0   -1.8 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
-8.3   2.7 PEARCE RAAF Lower West WA
-7.4   2.4 JANDAKOT AERO Lower West WA
-7.3   3.1 PERTH AIRPORT Lower West WA
-7.3   0.3 HYDEN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-7.3   0.9 NARROGIN 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.

60.4 WARREN (ELLERSLIE) CW Plains N NSW
59.8 CARODA (PALEROO) NW Slopes N NSW
59.0 GULARGAMBONE (KENT) CW Plains N NSW
57.2 WELLINGTON (CUNDUMBUL (MEHRUDA)) CW Slopes S NSW
56.8 LEADVILLE (MORETON BAY) C Tablelands N NSW

QUEENSLAND
    Warrego
53.2 HEBEL POST OFFICE

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Upper Darling
50.0 MUNGINDI (BURRENBAH)
    CW Plains N
60.4 WARREN (ELLERSLIE)
59.0 GULARGAMBONE (KENT)
55.0 GULARGAMBONE (THE MAZE)
52.0 NARROMINE (ALAGALAH ST)
    NW Slopes N
59.8 CARODA (PALEROO)
    C Tablelands N
56.8 LEADVILLE (MORETON BAY)
50.2 EUCHAREENA (MOLONG RD)
    CW Slopes S
57.2 WELLINGTON (CUNDUMBUL (MEHRUDA))
50.5 YEOVAL POST OFFICE

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 27.7 -3.8 19.2 +1.0 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 20.4 -1.2 3.1 -7.3 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 17.7 -1.2 5.8 -4.0 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 16.3 -4.3 2.6 -6.0 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.0 0.0 24.0 +1.9 11.4
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 14.5 -8.5 13.2 +4.9 0.2
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 15.4 -3.5 6.8 -3.4 3.2
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 14.1 -2.0 5.5 -1.8 2.4
CAIRNS AERO 27.7 +0.1 19.0 -0.8 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 29.1 +1.5 16.1 -1.5 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 30.6 +4.7 16.4 +2.2 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 25.8 +1.9 13.4 +3.2 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 25.3 15.7 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 14.4 12.0 6.8
COFFS HARBOUR MO 23.2 +1.9 17.5 +5.7 0.6
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 21.0 +1.1 13.9 +2.0 11.8
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 18.5 -0.8 12.3 +0.8 7.2
PROSPECT DAM 20.0 -0.1 9.7 -0.5 10.5
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 18.6 -1.4 13.9 +2.0 4.6
CANBERRA AIRPORT 14.9 -0.5 8.1 +4.9 2.2
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 15.7 -1.5 7.1 +1.1 4.2
MILDURA AIRPORT 16.5 -2.4 5.3 -2.2 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 12.8 -4.0 7.0 +0.7 2.6
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 15.3 -1.3 9.0 +0.4 1.2
LAVERTON RAAF 14.6 -2.1 4.6 -3.1 1.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 10.4 -3.2 1.4 -4.4 0.2
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 11.0 -3.0 2.6 -2.0 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 10.7 -3.7 6.6 -0.3 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
DARWIN AIRPORT
5.8mm in 7 min to 03:15 49.7mm/h
10.4mm in 1 hr to 03:30 10.4mm/h
10.4mm in 1 hr to 04:00 10.4mm/h
    N Plateau
TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT
7.0mm in 9 min to 15:16 46.7mm/h
6.2mm in 14 min to 15:30 26.6mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 15:30 14.0mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 16:00 14.0mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    Brisbane/SE Coast
JIMNA FORESTRY
11.2mm in 1 hr to 20:00 11.2mm/h
    Darling Downs E
INGLEWOOD FOREST
11.0mm in 1 hr to 06:00 11.0mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.0mm/h
STANTHORPE (GRANITE BELT HRS)
19.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.3mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    NW Plains E
MOREE AERO
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h
    Hunter Valley
MANGROVE MOUNTAIN AWS
13.2mm in 1 hr to 20:00 13.2mm/h
TASMANIA
    E Coast
EDDYSTONE POINT
21.0mm in 49 min to 17:49 25.7mm/h
23.2mm in 1 hr to 18:00 23.2mm/h
25.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 8.3mm/h
17.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.7mm/h
ISLANDS
    Islands
LORD HOWE ISLAND AERO
5.4mm in 16 min to 16:00 20.2mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 20:30 5.0mm/h

VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 85(230/ 65 ) at 21:30
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 76(230/ 63 ) at 22:00