Monday 02 AUG 2004

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Record cold in TAS
Strong winds in southern SA

Record cold in TAS

Today was one of the coldest experienced in TAS for many years, with both minimum and maximum low temperature records falling. Very cold air was pushed northwards into the state yesterday by a small low east of the state. Overnight, a narrow ridge of high pressure moved across the state giving a period of clear skies and light winds to most of the eastern half. These allowed overnight temperatures to plummet below zero, with Orford on the East Coast recording -2.9, 1.1 lower than any August temperature in the station's 36 year history. Frosts were widespread and severe, with many locations recording frost level temperatures (2.0° or lower in the screen) for 12 hours or more.

Shortly after sunrise, a cloud deck running in front of an approaching low moved across the state, reducing daytime heating. Few locations in the state, other than in the northwest and Bass Strait islands, managed a maximum temperature higher than 8°. Four stations recorded their lowest August maxima on record -- Grove (3.5), Bushy Park (3.1), Geeveston (4.7) and Launceston (7.8) -- though most of these figures will not enter the record books as the temperature accounting period is from 9am to 9am, and the temperature at all four locations appears to have risen above these figures by 9am Tuesday.

Strong winds in southern SA

Heavy rain, strong winds and hail caused damage and traffic chaos around Adelaide this afternoon and evening. A vigorous cold front swept across SA during the day, arriving in Adelaide about 3pm. Strong squally winds then continued overnight into Tuesday. The SES and Country Fire Service attended 45 jobs, mostly in the city's northeastern suburbs including Salisbury East, Gulfview Heights, Modbury, Highbury and Parafield Gardens. A house was partly unroofed at Firle while a tree falling across Lower North East Road at Dernancourt blocked the road for several hours and cut power to 120 Highbury homes.

Strong winds were experienced in all parts of the state near the coast, with the top reported gusts 109km/h at Neptune Island and 91km/h at Coulta (60km NW of Port Lincoln) and Snowtown (130km NNW of Adelaide). The highest gust recorded in Adelaide was 72.4km/h at the airport at 2.45pm.

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 August
Tasmania
092027 ORFORD (AUBIN COURT) -2.9 (-1.8, 36)

Quality control note: Data is complete, and has been visually checked by AWN for gross errors. Less obvious errors may remain.
Data is as received at 00:57EST, 28/10/2004.

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

36.2 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
36.1 ELLIOTT N Plateau NT
36.0 BRADSHAW N Rivers NT
35.7 KIMBERLEY RES.STATION E Kimberley WA
35.6 MANGO FARM N Rivers NT

+7.8   33.5 BOULIA AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
+7.1   33.8 URANDANGIE Northwest QLD
+6.3   33.6 ALI CURUNG N Plateau NT
+6.3   27.7 MILES POST OFFICE Darling Downs W QLD
+6.2   28.4 UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND GATTON Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

25.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
25.0 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
23.2 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
23.1 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
23.0 HOLMES REEF Islands ISL

+7.3   15.3 WINDORAH POST OFFICE Channel Country QLD
+6.4   15.7 BOULIA AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
+6.0   12.4 TAROOM POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
+5.9   12.5 KULGERA N Plateau NT
+5.8   14.0 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD

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

-0.5 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-0.4 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
0.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
0.4 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
1.2 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS

-9.2   3.8 BUSHY PARK (BUSHY PARK ESTATES) Derwent Valley TAS
-8.1   5.0 GEEVESTON (CEMETERY ROAD) Southeast TAS
-7.7   5.2 GROVE RESEARCH STATION Southeast TAS
-7.1   2.3 TARRALEAH VILLAGE Derwent Valley TAS
-7.0   6.0 HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) Southeast TAS

-6.8 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-5.7 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-5.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-5.4 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-5.3 FINGAL (LEGGE STREET) E Coast TAS

-7.1   0.3 PHILLIP ISLAND PENGUIN RESERVE E Central VIC
-7.0   -2.9 ORFORD POST OFFICE E Coast TAS
-6.7   -2.0 CESSNOCK AIRPORT AWS Hunter Valley NSW
-6.6   -3.9 GEEVESTON (CEMETERY ROAD) Southeast TAS
-6.5   -2.2 SWANSEA POST OFFICE E Coast TAS

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.

225.4 HANSBOROUGH Adelaide/Lofty SA
72.0 KIA ORA Darling Downs E QLD
33.4 PARNDANA (RIVERLEAS) Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA
30.1 TEWKESBURY (1120 OONAH ROAD) N Coast TAS
27.2 LOBETHAL Adelaide/Lofty SA

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Yorke Pen/Kanga Is
33.4 PARNDANA (RIVERLEAS)
    Adelaide/Lofty
225.4 HANSBOROUGH
27.2 LOBETHAL

QUEENSLAND
    Darling Downs E
72.0 KIA ORA

TASMANIA
    N Coast
30.1 TEWKESBURY (1120 OONAH ROAD)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 30.2 -0.1 16.0 +1.0 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 13.9 -2.1 5.8 -1.6 10.6
PERTH AIRPORT 15.3 -3.1 6.0 -2.0 2.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 14.3 -4.1 1.3 -4.2 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 30.3 -1.0 18.8 -1.7 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 24.4 +1.9 10.5 +4.5 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 12.9 -3.6 8.7 +0.5 1.8
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 14.5 +0.5 8.3 +2.9 1.0
CAIRNS AERO 26.6 +0.1 18.7 +1.3 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 26.4 +0.4 13.9 -0.8 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 27.6 +2.9 11.7 +1.1 0.2
AMBERLEY AMO 28.2 +5.7 3.9 -2.5 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 23.7 8.1 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 18.4 3.1 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 21.6 +1.9 6.2 -2.0 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 18.4 +0.4 8.5 -0.7 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 19.3 +1.6 8.4 -0.5 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 20.3 +1.8 4.0 -2.8 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 18.6 +0.4 5.4 -3.4 1.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 14.4 +1.5 -3.5 -4.4 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 14.1 -0.3 6.8 +3.2 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 17.5 +0.4 7.4 +2.1 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 16.4 +1.4 3.9 -0.2 1.6
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 14.8 -0.1 5.5 -1.1 1.6
LAVERTON RAAF 13.1 -1.7 3.1 -2.3 1.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 12.0 +0.6 5.1 +1.4 1.4
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 6.9 -5.1 2.7 -0.3 1.0 /2
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 6.0 -7.0 0.5 -4.7 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.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Yorke Pen/Kanga Is
CAPE BORDA
19.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.3mm/h
CAPE BORDA AWS
10.0mm in 1 hr to 07:30 10.0mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 6.3mm/h

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    W Agricultural
CEDUNA AMO : 78(240/ 63 ) at 19:55
NEPTUNE ISLAND : 109(280/ 82 ) at 19:37
COULTA (COLES POINT) : 91(260/ 50 ) at 18:58
NORTH SHIELDS (PORT LINCOLN AWS) : 85(270/ 69 ) at 17:38
PORT AUGUSTA AERO : 78(300/ 65 ) at 14:18
    Northeast
YUNTA AIRSTRIP : 89(290/ 65 ) at 16:24
    Lower North
SNOWTOWN (RAYVILLE PARK) : 91(250/ 50 ) at 15:57
    Yorke Pen/Kanga Is
MINLATON AERO : 76(270/ 65 ) at 21:56
MOONTA (WARBURTO POINT) : 89(280/ 69 ) at 20:35
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Lower Darling
BROKEN HILL AIRPORT AWS : 80(300/ 63 ) at 16:54
    Hunter Valley
MURRURUNDI GAP AWS : 89(320/ 72 ) at 15:23