Friday 28 MAY 2004

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Cold night across southern AUS
Cold day in WA/NT border areas
Wintry day in TAS, Bass Strait

Cold night across southern AUS

Frost level temperatures were reported this morning from the Central Wheat Belt and Goldfields in WA, an area north of Eyre Peninsula in SA, along the length of the NSW Great Divide and Slopes into QLD, and westwards into the Maranoa. The unusually widespread May frosts are the result of a strong ridge of high pressure that extends the full width of the continent from Perth to Brisbane. Burrinjuck Dam, 60km NW of Canberra, recorded its coldest May minimum in 38 years of record with a low of -0.7, while Woolbrook on the NSW Northern Tablelands scored the national low of -6.0, closely followed by Goulburn Airport on -5.7. The greatest departures from normal, however, were farther north. In QLD, Oakey (-1.2), Amberley (0.8) and Gympie (2.2) were all around 9 below average. In WA, frost level minima were reported well northwards into the Gascoyne where Murchison (2.1) and Paynes Find (1.1) were also around 9 below.

Cold day in WA/NT border areas

Thick cloud continues to be drawn ESE across the NT from storms firing across the Indonesian archipelago, bringing isolated heavy rain and widespread and exceptionally low daytime temperatures. The area being influenced has moved slowly north then northwest over the past couple of days, with the northern border area between the NT and WA most affected today. Yuendumu, 265km NW of Alice Springs, recorded a top of just 12.0, 13.1 below average, while farther north in the Victoria River district, Timber Creek (22.5) and Wave Hill (21.5) were both around 10 below. Across the border in WA, Balgo Hills (16.6) was 12.7 below and Warmun (21.2) was 10.9 below. Victoria River Downs reported 38mm in the 3 hours to midnight last night and a further 39mm to 6 this morning, though the 24 hour to 9am total of 54mm indicates an error somewhere. Farther north, Geriatric Park, 60km SW of Darwin, reported a 24 hour total of 41.8 and Florina, 75km W of Katherine, reported 47mm.

Wintry day in TAS, Bass Strait

Gale force winds battered coastal and exposed highland areas of TAS during a day when temperatures and snow levels steadily lowered behind an early morning cold front. The front, embedded in a southwesterly stream behind the trough that crossed the island four days ago, passed over the island around dawn this morning, but the strongest winds occurred as a 992hPa low that developed in the cold air just behind the front skirted close to the southeast coast late afternoon and evening. Cape Bruny, 70km S of Hobart, recorded an average wind of 102km/h at its 6pm observation and a peak wind gust of 117km/h 5 minutes later. Tasman Island, 65km SE of Hobart, reached 122km/h at 10.15pm. Conditions in Bass Strait were wild, with Wilsons Promontory recording a top gust of 124km/h at 3.50pm and Hogan Island, 50km to the ESE, 113km/h at 11.30am. Kingfish Oil Rig in eastern Bass Strait recorded a gust over water of 95km/h at 7.40pm.

Light snow showers were reported through the day and into Saturday morning from Central Plateau stations and mountain areas in the southeast. As the winds increased during the evening, highland areas must have experience blizzard conditions briefly, Liawenee reporting an average wind of 63km/h a little before midnight. Hail showers were widespread in the unstable southwesterly stream.

National weather extremes for today

Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology

Records set this day (previous record and years of computerised record shown in brackets):
Lowest daily minimum temperature for May
New South Wales
073007 BURRINJUCK DAM -0.7 (-0.6, 38)

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

33.9 JABIRU AIRPORT N Rivers NT
32.8 BATCHELOR AERO N Rivers NT
32.5 DARWIN AIRPORT N Rivers NT
32.4 MIDDLE POINT AWS N Rivers NT
32.2 OENPELLI N Rivers NT
32.2 KOWANYAMA AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD

+2.4   28.5 ROLLESTON METEOR ST Central Highlands QLD
+1.9   29.5 CAIRNS AERO N Coast--Barron QLD
+1.4   20.5 CAPE LEEUWIN Lower West WA
+1.0   20.1 CAPE NATURALISTE Lower West WA
+1.0   19.0 PEMBERTON Lower West WA

26.6 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
26.1 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
25.4 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
25.3 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
25.0 WARRUWI N Rivers NT
25.0 HOLMES REEF Islands ISL

+5.5   23.5 KALUMBURU MISSION N Kimberley WA
+5.3   19.8 DOONGAN N Kimberley WA
+5.2   21.8 DOUGLAS RIVER N Rivers NT
+4.7   21.5 KATHERINE AVIATION MUSEUM N Rivers NT
+4.7   20.8 GEORGETOWN POST OFFICE Upper Carpentaria QLD
+4.7   22.3 TOWNSVILLE AERO N Coast--Herbert QLD
+4.7   18.6 COLLINSVILLE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD

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

-1.3 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-0.8 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-0.6 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
0.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
0.1 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC

-13.1   12.0 YUENDUMU N Plateau NT
-12.7   16.6 BALGO HILLS Interior WA
-10.9   21.2 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
-10.5   22.5 TIMBER CREEK N Rivers NT
-9.7   21.5 WAVE HILL N Rivers NT

-6.0 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
-5.7 GOULBURN AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-5.5 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-5.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.9 GLEN INNES AIRPORT AWS N Tablelands W NSW
-4.9 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW

-9.6   -1.2 OAKEY AERO Darling Downs E QLD
-9.4   0.8 AMBERLEY AMO Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-9.3   2.1 MURCHISON W Gascoyne WA
-9.1   -4.8 NERRIGA COMPOSITE South Coast NSW
-8.6   1.1 PAYNES FIND E Gascoyne WA
-8.6   2.2 GYMPIE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-8.6   -0.6 BATEMANS BAY (CATALINA COUNTRY CLUB) South Coast 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.

72.0 PEPPIMENARTI N Rivers NT
56.0 AUVERGNE N Rivers NT
51.2 THE PINES N Rivers NT
49.0 BLACK SPUR E Central VIC
47.0 FLORINA N Rivers NT

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
72.0 PEPPIMENARTI
56.0 AUVERGNE
51.2 THE PINES
47.0 FLORINA

VICTORIA
    E Central
49.0 BLACK SPUR

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 26.4 -5.1 19.0 +0.8 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 21.4 -0.2 3.9 -6.5 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 18.0 -0.9 10.7 +0.9 0.4
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 17.1 -3.5 1.5 -7.1 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.5 +0.5 23.6 +1.5 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 13.5 -9.5 10.0 +1.7 0.2
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 17.5 -1.4 10.2 0.0 0.8
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 13.7 -2.4 8.3 +1.0 5.4
CAIRNS AERO 29.5 +1.9 19.0 -0.8 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 25.6 -2.0 22.3 +4.7 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 22.1 -3.8 12.0 -2.2 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 21.4 -2.5 0.8 -9.4 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 20.8 5.1 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 11.9 -2.8 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 18.6 -2.7 12.4 +0.6 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 17.8 -2.1 8.2 -3.7 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 17.7 -1.6 7.6 -3.9 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 17.5 -2.6 3.8 -6.4 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 17.8 -2.2 6.1 -5.8 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 14.1 -1.3 -4.0 -7.2 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 14.3 -2.9 4.4 -1.6 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 18.0 -0.9 6.1 -1.4 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 13.8 -3.0 8.1 +1.8 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 15.3 -1.3 9.6 +1.0 1.8
LAVERTON RAAF 14.9 -1.8 6.9 -0.8 2.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 11.0 -2.6 6.2 +0.4 1.8
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 10.7 -3.3 1.8 -2.8 0.1
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 11.1 -3.3 4.6 -2.3 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
VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS
13.8mm in 1 hr to 00:00 13.8mm/h
38.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 12.7mm/h
39.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 13.0mm/h
BRADSHAW
21.0mm in 3 hr to 05:30 7.0mm/h

VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 124(250/ 65 ) at 15:50
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 95(253/ 69 ) at 19:40
TASMANIA
    N Coast
WYNYARD AIRPORT : 83(250/ 65 ) at 14:13
CAPE GRIM BAPS : 100(260/ 80 ) at 12:00
    E Coast
SWAN ISLAND : 89(270/ 69 ) at 15:00
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 104(290/ 78 ) at 10:45
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 109(240/ 83 ) at 16:31
TASMAN ISLAND : 122(210/ 56 ) at 22:15
HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 96(250/ 56 ) at 16:38
CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) : 117(250/ 69 ) at 18:05
    Central Plateau
LIAWENEE : 82(240/ 63 ) at 23:19
    W Coast
STRAHAN AERODROME : 93(240/ 59 ) at 10:31
    Flinders Is/Bass St
FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT : 85(250/ 63 ) at 18:02
ISLANDS
    Islands
NORFOLK ISLAND AERO : 91(280/ 56 ) at 13:18
HOGAN ISLAND : 113(250/ 89 ) at 11:30