Saturday 19 JUN 2004

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Snow mantles NSW Great Divide
Gales, snow and rain in VIC, TAS
Cold snap covers the tropics
Damaging winds in the NSW Illawarra

Sheep forage through a 5 to 10cm snowcover for drought-thinned feed after snow fell along much of the NSW Divide today. The full length of the NSW Tablelands received well below average autumn rain, with an area from Canberra north towards Bathurst receiving the lowest on record. In higher locations, like here at Shooters Hill, 1300m above sea level between Bathurst and Goulburn, strong winds and light snow continued well into Sunday.

Snow mantles NSW Great Divide

The cold outbreak that gave snow to NE VIC yesterday spread into NSW today bringing widespread light to moderate snowfalls up the Great Divide. A patchy rainband accompanied the arrival of the colder air which moved into the Southern Tablelands late morning and the Northern Tablelands overnight into Sunday. It gave several hours of steady snow in locations where the rain continued in the low temperatures. Following the rainband, the middle atmosphere dried out and stabilised, but generous low-level moisture combined with topographic uplift to give continued light snow to areas above about 1100m through into Sunday.

The heaviest snow of the weekend appears to have fallen this afternoon on the Barrington Tops between Gloucester and Scone where a resident said the 10cm cover was the deepest since 2000. Snow was also reported on the Northern Tablelands at Nundle, Walcha and Guyra, where the hospital reported 4cm snow on ground at 9am Sunday. On the Central Tablelands, light snow and sleet was reported by police between Lithgow and Bathurst on Saturday afternoon and evening but although there were light accumulations, roads were not closed. Light snow continuing through the night gave 2cm on the ground at Orange at 6am Sunday and 5cm at Oberon at 9am. In the higher country south and southeast of Oberon, there was 5 to 10cm on the ground by Sunday morning, and evidence of considerable tree damage from strong winds in exposed areas. In the upper Blue Mountains, temperatures dropped to around 2° early afternoon just as light rain from the rainband ceased, giving only a few flakes. Farther south, Taralga had a crust of snow on the ground by 9am Sunday and Crookwell a dusting of snow.

Good snow fell on the Brindabella Range west of Canberra, while on the Snowy Mountains snow depth at Kosciuszko Chalet increased from 45cm yesterday afternoon to 65cm by 3pm this afternoon. Perisher Valley reported 20cm new snow overnight and Thredbo Village 15cm. Heavy rain was reported from areas just to the west of the Brindabellas and Snowies, with Argalong, 65km W of Canberra, reporting 53.8mm for the 24 hours to 9am and Batlow 48.6 for the two days to 9am, most of which would have fallen in the second 24 hour period.

Gales, snow and rain in VIC, TAS

Snow fell to below 300m in TAS and 500m in VIC today as storm force wind gusts and low temperatures gave the southeastern states a second wintry day. A strong surface and upper trough crossed the area this morning and early afternoon, turning the wind southerly and providing the day's strongest wind gust of 131km/h at Wilsons Promontory at 2.49pm. A small surface low developed in the trough as it passed King Island late morning. It, and an associated upper vortex in the area, may have been responsible for drawing slightly warmer, moister air into central and eastern VIC during the afternoon, giving thunderstorms and some heavy rain.

In TAS, snow was reported as low as Maydena, 281m in the Derwent Valley west of Hobart, where moderate snow was reported by the observer at 9am. Snow depths reported by Bureau observers at 9am were 8cm at Lake St Clair and Liawenee and 2cm at Tarraleah. Snow continued through the day in the highlands while hail showers were widespread elsewhere. Wind gusts peaked at 111km/h on Tasman Island late afternoon.

In VIC, there were no official reports of snow away from the Alps, but eyewitnesses observed snow flurries in Ballarat (435m) and snow was settling on Mt Buninyong (745m), 15km to the southeast and as low as 500m around Daylesford. Strong winds gusting to 74km/h during the early afternoon brought down trees and powerlines at Wendouree in Ballarat. Snow showers were observed mid afternoon atop Mt Stanley (1061m), 35km SSW of Wodonga while the ABC reported that snow fell at Licola, 200m asl, during the day. A line SW to NE through Olinda, Warburton and Mt Donna Buang east of Melbourne experienced a rare thunder snowstorm, with heavy small hail 1 to 2cm deep making roads treacherous. Monbulk, 8km SW of Olinda, reported the state's highest 24 hour rainfall to 9am Sunday of 53mm. Hunters Hill, 30km W of Corryong, had the most rain to 9 this morning with 60.4mm. In the Alps, snow depth at Mt Hotham had increased to 70cm, while cross-country trails on Mt St Gwinear near the Baw Baw resort had a 55cm cover.

Minimum temperature 6 to 10° below average nearly span the tropics. BoM

Cold snap covers the tropics

Minimum temperatures this morning were within two or three degrees of all time records at a number of locations in NW QLD and central northern NT. Mt Isa QLD and Wollogorang, Tindal and Timber Creek NT were all around 10° below average and only a couple of degrees shy of all time records in between 20 and 35 years of observations. Wollogorang, with a low of 2.4, equalled its June record in 22 years of observations.

Damaging winds in the NSW Illawarra

Squally winds descending the Illawarra Escarpment led to 90 call-outs for SES personnel between Wollongong and Kiama today. Most of the calls were to repair lifting roof tiles or roofs and to remove tree limbs that had fallen onto roofs, but in Kiama two properties suffered more serious damage when large trees were blown onto them. The highest wind gusts reported were 104km/h at Nowra RAN at 10.10am, 100 at Bellambi at 5.25pm and 96 at Albion Park at 6.38pm.

 

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

30.4 JABIRU AIRPORT N Rivers NT
30.0 KALUMBURU MISSION N Kimberley WA
29.9 BIDYADANGA W Kimberley WA
29.9 OENPELLI N Rivers NT
29.8 PARDOO STATION E Pilbara WA
29.8 MARDIE W Pilbara WA

+5.9   29.2 CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
+3.4   27.0 GASCOYNE JUNCTION W Gascoyne WA
+3.3   29.2 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA
+3.2   24.6 KAIRI RESEARCH STATION N Coast--Barron QLD
+3.2   27.5 ST LAWRENCE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD

25.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
23.8 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
23.2 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
23.1 CHRISTMAS ISLAND AERO Islands ISL
21.1 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT

+5.9   10.2 IVANHOE POST OFFICE Southwest Plains NSW
+5.6   8.2 RUTHERGLEN RESEARCH Lower NE VIC
+5.3   13.1 MURCHISON W Gascoyne WA
+5.3   10.0 ARKAROOLA NE Pastoral SA
+5.3   9.1 CONDOBOLIN AG RESEARCH STN CW Plains S NSW

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

-4.6 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-3.2 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
-0.8 CABRAMURRA SMHEA AWS SW Slopes S NSW
-0.7 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC

-6.9   4.2 GUYRA HOSPITAL N Tablelands W NSW
-6.3   11.6 PINDARI DAM NW Slopes N NSW
-6.1   7.0 GLEN INNES AG RESEARCH STN N Tablelands W NSW
-5.7   14.0 TEXAS POST OFFICE Darling Downs E QLD
-5.6   7.8 GLEN INNES POST OFFICE N Tablelands W NSW

-5.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-4.9 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.9 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
-4.8 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-4.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW

-11.0   1.0 KAIRI RESEARCH STATION N Coast--Barron QLD
-10.4   -0.3 MOUNT ISA AERO Gulf Country QLD
-9.9   2.4 WOLLOGORANG N Rivers NT
-9.8   6.0 TIMBER CREEK N Rivers NT
-9.5   3.4 GEORGETOWN POST OFFICE Upper Carpentaria QLD
-9.5   4.8 TINDAL RAAF N Rivers NT

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.

65.6 FALLS CREEK (ROCKY VALLEY) Upper NE VIC
60.4 HUNTERS HILL Lower NE VIC
53.8 ARGALONG (SANDY CREEK) SW Slopes S NSW
52.6 MOUNT BUFFALO CHALET Upper NE VIC
48.6 BATLOW POST OFFICE SW Slopes S NSW

NEW SOUTH WALES
    SW Slopes S
53.8 ARGALONG (SANDY CREEK)
48.6 BATLOW POST OFFICE

VICTORIA
    Lower NE
60.4 HUNTERS HILL
    Upper NE
65.6 FALLS CREEK (ROCKY VALLEY)
52.6 MOUNT BUFFALO CHALET

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 27.9 -1.3 8.9 -6.4 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 13.8 -2.8 9.2 +1.0 2.4
PERTH AIRPORT 17.1 -1.7 5.6 -3.4 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 14.6 -2.9 6.2 +0.1 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 28.8 -1.8 14.7 -5.3 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 18.6 -1.2 6.3 +1.2 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 13.1 -2.9 8.9 +0.7 10.6
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 11.1 -2.7 5.9 +0.2 7.8
CAIRNS AERO 24.1 -1.8 9.7 -8.0 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 24.9 -0.6 6.8 -7.7 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 26.3 +2.9 3.5 -7.3 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 23.5 +2.0 9.0 +2.0 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 22.7 6.3 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 7.9 3.0 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 20.5 +1.2 9.0 -0.1 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 17.2 -0.2 9.8 +0.2 0.2
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 17.6 +0.7 10.9 +1.7 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 17.5 +0.2 10.5 +3.1 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 17.5 -0.1 4.5 -5.0 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 8.4 -3.8 5.0 +4.1 2.6
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 10.9 -2.8 6.8 +3.1 11.2
MILDURA AIRPORT 13.3 -2.6 7.9 +2.7 2.2
EAST SALE AIRPORT 11.8 -2.4 4.6 +0.4 1.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 12.0 -2.0 7.8 +1.0 1.8
LAVERTON RAAF 11.2 -2.9 6.1 +0.3 1.4
BALLARAT AERODROME 7.4 -3.3 3.1 -0.9 0.8
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 8.5 -2.9 1.9 -0.9 3.4
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 9.2 -2.7 4.0 -1.2 3.0

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.
No reports

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    W Agricultural
NEPTUNE ISLAND : 95(230/ 80 ) at 05:14
    Yorke Pen/Kanga Is
MOONTA (WARBURTO POINT) : 74(230/ 63 ) at 14:44
CAPE WILLOUGHBY : 89(220/ 69 ) at 14:11
    Adelaide/Lofty
HINDMARSH ISLAND AWS : 85(230/ 65 ) at 11:12
    Lower SE
ROBE AIRFIELD : 74(210/ 63 ) at 14:55
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Illawarra
NOWRA RAN AIR STATION AWS : 83(280/ 63 ) at 04:16
BELLAMBI AWS : 100(290/ 61 ) at 17:25
ALBION PARK (WOLLONGONG AIRPORT) : 96(260/ 59 ) at 18:38
    South Coast
MONTAGUE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 85(240/ 65 ) at 19:00
BEGA AWS : 93(250/ 58 ) at 20:01
    SW Slopes S
CABRAMURRA SMHEA AWS : 96(290/ 45 ) at 02:18
VICTORIA
    Wimmera N
NHILL AERODROME : 74(210/ 63 ) at 16:40
    Upper NE
MOUNT BULLER : 109(350/ 48 ) at 01:00
    W Gippsland
EAST SALE AIRPORT : 82(300/ 69 ) at 15:41
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 132(230/108 ) at 14:56
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 108(296/ 87 ) at 15:40
    E Central
MOORABBIN AIRPORT : 83(260/ 69 ) at 14:26
SOUTH CHANNEL ISLAND : 102(230/ 72 ) at 14:19
FRANKSTON AWS : 82(290/ 65 ) at 13:00
FAWKNER BEACON : 93(270/ 67 ) at 12:00
    W Central
POINT WILSON : 80(290/ 63 ) at 11:30
    W Coast
CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE : 108(250/ 69 ) at 11:30
COLAC (MT GELLIBRAND) : 91(260/ 50 ) at 11:56
PORT FAIRY AWS : 91(230/ 59 ) at 10:30
CAPE NELSON LIGHTHOUSE : 98(270/ 70 ) at 06:14
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM BAPS : 109(210/ 87 ) at 16:00
    E Coast
SWAN ISLAND : 98(310/ 65 ) at 00:00
    Southeast
TASMAN ISLAND : 111(210/ 65 ) at 17:34
    King Island
KING ISLAND AIRPORT : 91(200/ 58 ) at 11:55
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 122(290/104 ) at 00:31