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Snow eases in SE states
Low temperatures continue in the north

Snow eases in SE states

The cold outbreak over SE AUS eased today, though light snow kept falling through the day in a few favoured areas. On the NSW Central Tablelands, a persistent cover of low stratocumulus produced light snow showers and drifting ice prisms through daylight hours, with Oberon reporting a top temperature to 3pm of 0° and 5cm snow on ground. Light snow fell during the day at Millthorpe and Orange, with 2cm on the ground at 9am at Orange Airport, all of which had melted by 3pm. On the Northern Tablelands, Guyra reported snow showers at 9am with 4cm snow depth, while Armidale Uni was still having showers of sleet at midday with a temperature of 3.6. In the Snowy Mountains, Kosciuszko Chalet's snow depth was up 15cm on yesterday to 80cm, while Thredbo reported 5cm fresh snow.

In TAS, the last cold front of the current episode swept across the island around 9 to 10am, though it had the effect of taking the cold air with it. Mt Wellington summit's temperature rose from -5.2 at 3am to a balmy +1.2 at midday, though this was accompanied by blizzard conditions with wind averaging 93km/h and later gusting to 122km/h. Stations on the Central Plateau reported snow during the morning, with 15cm on the ground at Lake St Clair and 1cm at Tarraleah.

Low temperatures continue in the north

Queenslanders farewelled one cold snap today only to see another approaching. The cold, dry airmass that entered QLD last Wednesday and spread to the rest of tropical AUS affected only the Cape York Peninsula, the NT Top End and the far north Kimberley in WA overnight. Timber Creek, in the Territory's northwest, set a new record for June minima with a reading of 5.0 its coldest in 23 years of observations. As this airmass moved offshore, the next wave of cold air from this weekend's cold outbreak over the southeast was snapping at its heels, with daytime temperatures 4 to 7° below average across most of QLD and the eastern half of the NT. Brisk onshore trade winds at Townsville capsized one 6-man outrigger and gave trouble to two others off Picnic Bay, all three being rescued by Townsville Coastguard. On land, a horse trainer and galloper were narrowly missed by a tree blowing down, while powerlines were brought down by the wind in the suburb of West End.

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 June
Northern Territory
014850 TIMBER CREEK 5.0 (5.6, 23)

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

30.8 KURI BAY N Kimberley WA
30.2 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
30.1 BATCHELOR AERO N Rivers NT
30.0 JABIRU AIRPORT N Rivers NT
29.8 KALUMBURU N Kimberley WA

+5.0   27.7 DENHAM W Gascoyne WA
+4.5   27.8 CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
+3.6   27.2 GASCOYNE JUNCTION W Gascoyne WA
+3.6   24.8 MURCHISON W Gascoyne WA
+3.0   25.5 KALBARRI Central West WA
+3.0   14.2 BUSHY PARK (BUSHY PARK ESTATES) Derwent Valley TAS

26.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
26.0 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
23.2 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
22.6 CHRISTMAS ISLAND AERO Islands ISL
22.3 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA

+5.5   11.4 BALLADONIA Eucla WA
+4.4   10.9 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
+3.5   5.1 BARRABA POST OFFICE NW Slopes N NSW
+3.3   10.4 EYRE Eucla WA
+3.3   11.7 ELLISTON W Agricultural SA

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

-1.4 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.1 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-0.4 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
0.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
0.4 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW

-7.9   5.5 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
-7.8   3.3 GUYRA HOSPITAL N Tablelands W NSW
-7.2   6.2 GLEN INNES POST OFFICE N Tablelands W NSW
-7.1   6.0 GLEN INNES AG RESEARCH STN N Tablelands W NSW
-7.0   8.4 GULGONG POST OFFICE C Tablelands N NSW

-7.1 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-6.6 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-6.2 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-6.1 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
-5.5 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS

-10.8   5.0 TIMBER CREEK N Rivers NT
-9.3   6.2 KIMBERLEY RES.STATION E Kimberley WA
-9.1   6.6 MANGO FARM N Rivers NT
-9.0   10.7 OENPELLI N Rivers NT
-9.0   5.0 KATHERINE AVIATION MUSEUM 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.

53.0 MONBULK (BULB FARM) E Central VIC
41.0 BRIDGEWATER Adelaide/Lofty SA
37.0 GURNANG STATE FOREST (OBERON YOUNG ADULT C Tablelands S NSW
31.0 MURRAY TOWN (DOUGHBOY CREEK) Upper North SA
30.4 WIRRABARA FOREST Upper North SA

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Upper North
31.0 MURRAY TOWN (DOUGHBOY CREEK)
30.4 WIRRABARA FOREST
    Adelaide/Lofty
41.0 BRIDGEWATER

NEW SOUTH WALES
    C Tablelands S
37.0 GURNANG STATE FOREST (OBERON YOUNG ADULT

VICTORIA
    E Central
53.0 MONBULK (BULB FARM)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 28.0 -1.2 11.2 -4.1 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 18.7 -0.1 8.2 -0.8 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 16.2 -0.4 7.2 -1.0 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 15.2 -2.3 3.9 -2.2 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 29.3 -1.3 13.3 -6.7 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 15.5 -4.3 1.5 -3.6 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 15.2 -0.8 8.5 +0.3 3.8
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 13.9 +0.1 6.3 +0.6 4.6
CAIRNS AERO 25.6 -0.3 11.9 -5.8 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 24.5 -1.0 10.6 -3.9 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 20.9 -2.5 7.8 -3.0 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 17.9 -3.6 7.6 +0.6 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 18.7 11.9 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 4.6 0.2 6.4
COFFS HARBOUR MO 16.6 -2.7 6.1 -3.0 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 16.6 -0.8 8.3 -1.3 3.4
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 15.4 -1.5 8.8 -0.4 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 14.8 -2.5 6.5 -0.9 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 15.4 -2.2 6.0 -3.5 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 8.7 -3.5 2.0 +1.1 1.4
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 10.2 -3.5 3.6 -0.1 0.6
MILDURA AIRPORT 14.6 -1.3 5.0 -0.2 1.2
EAST SALE AIRPORT 12.8 -1.4 5.2 +1.0 2.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 14.0 0.0 6.1 -0.7 2.2
LAVERTON RAAF 14.0 -0.1 3.1 -2.7 1.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 9.7 -1.0 2.2 -1.8 12.8
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 13.6 +2.2 -0.5 -3.3 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 14.3 +2.4 4.0 -1.2 1.2

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.
TASMANIA
    Southeast
HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE)
8.6mm in 12 min to 12:00 43.0mm/h
12.2mm in 1 hr to 12:00 12.2mm/h
    W Coast
MOUNT READ
23.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 7.7mm/h
16.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.3mm/h

VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 122(260/ 70 ) at 01:31
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 95(235/ 59 ) at 04:00
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM BAPS : 96(230/ 80 ) at 00:00
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 85(300/ 72 ) at 06:00
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 122(240/102 ) at 14:00
TASMAN ISLAND : 102(230/ 50 ) at 21:35
HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 91(250/ 61 ) at 11:30
CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) : 85(250/ 72 ) at 18:22
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 113(260/ 85 ) at 17:31