Tuesday 03 AUG 2004

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Rain brings flooding around Adelaide
Gales, snow and fire in NSW

A pair of lows straddle Bass Strait at 10am EST, the western one throwing wintry showers into the Adelaide Hills and the eastern one bringing gales to SE NSW. Under WA there lurks a second cold front, presaging continuing snowy conditions on Wednesday. BoM

Rain brings flooding around Adelaide

Heavy rain around Adelaide and in the Adelaide Hills put rivers and creeks in flood this afternoon. Strong, moist westerly winds circling around a 990hPa low just south of Mount Gambier threw a barrage of wintry showers, some packing small hail, across the city all day, only easing in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Some of the heaviest falls in the 48 hours to 9am Wednesday were Ashton Marble Hill Orchard (13km E of the CBD) 108.6mm, Uraidla 106.0, Lenswood 104.4, Bridgewater 90.6, Lobethal Maidment Road 89.8, Woodside 85.0 and Lobethal 84.4. Falls across Adelaide were generally around 50mm, and many locations had received their average August rainfall by 9am Wednesday. These falls followed a week and a half of wet weather in the Adelaide Plains and Hills that have left catchments saturated, and pushed the city's water storages from 50 to 62% capacity.

Flooding began during the afternoon in the Gawler, Torrens and Onkaparinga Rivers, while many smaller creeks in the Adelaide Hills broke their banks. The Country Fire Service and the SES received over 200 callouts to deal with flooding problems during the afternoon and night. Houses and the main street were flooded in Mount Pleasant, in the headwaters of the Torrens River 45km E of Adelaide CBD. Flooding was reported from Evanston Gardens in the north to Willunga in the south, with the worst hit areas in Lenswood, Lobethal, Williamstown and Verdun. Homes were flooded at Stockwell in the Barossa Valley and Lobethal to the east of Adelaide, and over 15,000 sandbags were used to protect hundreds of properties. Many roads were cut by local flooding. A landslide at Balhannah, 22km ESE of Adelaide, blocked Greenhill Road with the equivalent of 7 truckloads of mud, while Gorge Road was closed by rockfalls, a dam burst at Lenswood and a truck rolled over at Gilman. Some suburban intersections were flooded when drains in the flatter parts of Adelaide could not cope with the runoff from torrential showers.

As rain continued during the evening, water rose above minor flood level in the main river systems. Caravan parks at Gawler and Cudlee Creek were evacuated and expected flooding of Bremer River, south of Adelaide, forced the closure of a school at Langhorne Creek on Wednesday. The combination of a king tide and heavy runoff caused concern that the Patawalonga estuary north of Glenelg would flood, but the barrage gates were opened during the afternoon and Patawalonga Lake drained earlier in the day in advance of the event keeping water about a metre below the banks. In June last year, flooding of the Patawalonga caused almost $2 million in property damage when the barrage gates were not opened.

Gales, snow and fire in NSW

The cold front that announced Adelaide's burst of wintry weather crossed eastern NSW late this morning, bringing snow showers to the ranges, heavy snow in the Alps, damaging winds in the Illawarra and fanning a bushfire in Sydney's west.

The front crossed the NSW coast late morning. Cold air moved in rapidly behind the front, and by midday snow showers were reported as far afield as Batlow/Tumbarumba, Mt Stromlo and the hills around Canberra, the Central Tablelands and the Blue Mountains. There were widespread reports of low level sleet and small hail. By evening, snow was settling above about 1100m on the Southern and Central Tablelands as the showery conditions continued. Heavy snow fell through the day on the Snowy Mountains.

The main surface low connected with the cold outbreak lay off the NSW South Coast with a central pressure of 995hPa early this morning. By evening, it had moved to SE of TAS, with a central pressure of 979. Wind strengthened during the afternoon, and reached a peak over the Illawarra during the evening, with gusts up to 111km/h recorded at Bellambi, north of Wollongong, and 93km/h at Wollongong Airport at Albion Park. The steep cliffs of the Illawarra Escarpment behind Wollongong cause strong west to northwesterly winds spilling over them to become extremely gusty. This evening's winds caused widespread light damage across the city. The SES attended 14 callouts, mostly for roof repairs and mainly in and immediately south of Wollongong in the Dapto, Primbee and Berkeley areas. Some trees were uprooted, scaffolding and hoardings blown down, two garden sheds blown away and powerlines damaged. Electricity was cut to 2,300 homes about 8.30pm in West Wollongong and to the south of the city.

Over 150 firefighters battled a blaze that began in a 6ha garden mulch stockpile at Eastern Creek in Sydney's west about noon. Wind gusting over 70km/h spread the fire into bushland, and 3ha of scrub was burnt out before the blaze was brought under control.

Another fire that began today and continued through Wednesday burnt through 420ha at Wherrol Flat, 25km NW of Taree.

National weather extremes for today

Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology

Records set this day: (none known)

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

35.0 BRADSHAW N Rivers NT
34.5 NGUKURR N Rivers NT
34.0 LARRIMAH N Rivers NT
34.0 DALY WATERS AWS N Rivers NT
34.0 BULMAN AWS N Rivers NT
34.0 TIMBER CREEK N Rivers NT
34.0 DELAMERE WEAPONS RANGE N Rivers NT

+5.3   29.0 BRIAN PASTURES Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+5.2   28.9 GAYNDAH POST OFFICE Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
+4.8   30.0 CLERMONT POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
+4.7   29.9 MORANBAH WATER TREATMENT PLANT Central Coast W QLD
+4.7   24.7 YAMBA PILOT STATION North Coast NSW

26.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
24.0 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
23.2 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
23.1 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
23.0 HOLMES REEF Islands ISL

+8.5   7.5 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
+8.1   15.4 CASINO AIRPORT North Coast NSW
+7.4   16.7 WINTON POST OFFICE Northwest QLD
+7.3   14.5 SPRINGSURE DAME ST Central Highlands QLD
+7.3   12.2 MILES POST OFFICE Darling Downs W QLD
+7.3   12.1 ROMA AIRPORT Maranoa QLD

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

-3.8 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-3.7 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-3.1 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
-2.9 MOUNT GININI Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-2.9 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW

-7.3   5.0 TUMBARUMBA POST OFFICE SW Slopes S NSW
-7.2   17.4 WATARRKA N Plateau NT
-6.8   21.4 TELFER AERO Interior WA
-6.5   6.0 TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-6.4   7.0 YASS (LINTON HOSTEL) Goulburn/Monaro NSW

-4.9 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.7 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-4.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.0 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC

-9.1   -2.0 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
-8.3   0.1 WATARRKA N Plateau NT
-7.6   1.1 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
-6.5   0.9 CARNEGIE Interior WA
-5.3   1.5 WILUNA Interior WA
-5.3   7.2 TELFER AERO Interior 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.

59.2 ERRIBA (JUBB ROAD) N Coast TAS
57.8 LOBETHAL Adelaide/Lofty SA
55.8 MOLE CREEK N Coast TAS
51.8 QUAMBY BLUFF (WILDLIFE NURSERY) N Coast TAS
50.4 WILLIAMSTOWN Adelaide/Lofty SA

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Adelaide/Lofty
57.8 LOBETHAL
50.4 WILLIAMSTOWN

TASMANIA
    N Coast
59.2 ERRIBA (JUBB ROAD)
55.8 MOLE CREEK
51.8 QUAMBY BLUFF (WILDLIFE NURSERY)
50.0 WILMOT (BACK ROAD)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 27.9 -2.4 16.5 +1.5 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 15.2 -0.8 8.4 +1.0 3.0
PERTH AIRPORT 18.2 -0.2 6.9 -1.1 0.4
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 17.6 -0.8 4.0 -1.5 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 30.0 -1.3 19.1 -1.4 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 17.4 -5.1 4.0 -2.0 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 11.9 -4.6 6.7 -1.5 20.2
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 11.4 -2.6 5.1 -0.3 12.8
CAIRNS AERO 25.8 -0.7 15.6 -1.8 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 26.9 +0.9 14.8 +0.1 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 29.2 +4.5 10.4 -0.2 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 22.7 14.4 2.2
AMBERLEY AMO 25.8 +3.3 12.5 +6.1 1.4
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 11.0 6.3 0.4
COFFS HARBOUR MO 23.9 +4.2 14.2 +6.0 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 18.6 +0.6 11.0 +1.8 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 16.8 -0.9 9.8 +0.9 0.6
PROSPECT DAM 16.6 -1.9 8.1 +1.3 0.2
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 15.8 -2.4 6.0 -2.8 2.4
CANBERRA AIRPORT 8.0 -4.9 1.7 +0.8 7.8
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 9.8 -4.6 5.4 +1.8 2.6
MILDURA AIRPORT 13.4 -3.7 5.7 +0.4 2.2
EAST SALE AIRPORT 11.5 -3.5 6.3 +2.2 6.6
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 14.1 -0.8 8.0 +1.4 4.4
LAVERTON RAAF 13.2 -1.6 7.4 +2.0 6.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 9.3 -2.1 3.2 -0.5 10.8
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 11.8 -0.2 3.4 +0.4 1.2
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 12.0 -1.0 2.0 -3.2 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.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Lower North
CLARE HIGH SCHOOL
9.2mm in 50 min to 14:20 11.0mm/h
11.6mm in 1 hr to 14:30 11.6mm/h
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE
16.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.3mm/h

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    W Agricultural
NEPTUNE ISLAND : 104(260/ 72 ) at 06:30
    Yorke Pen/Kanga Is
MINLATON AERO : 80(270/ 70 ) at 00:04
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF : 82(300/ 63 ) at 13:40
MURRURUNDI GAP AWS : 93(320/ 69 ) at 11:43
    Sydney--east
KURNELL AWS : 83(300/ 63 ) at 15:35
    Sydney--west
BADGERYS CREEK AIRPORT AWS : 76(290/ 65 ) at 15:47
    Illawarra
NOWRA RAN AIR STATION AWS : 80(270/ 65 ) at 13:05
BELLAMBI AWS : 111(300/ 76 ) at 20:49
ALBION PARK (WOLLONGONG AIRPORT) : 93(290/ 61 ) at 17:00
    South Coast
MONTAGUE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 76(250/ 65 ) at 13:09
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 98(270/ 58 ) at 15:30
ISLANDS
    Islands
LORD HOWE ISLAND AUTO : 93(290/ 43 ) at 23:18
HOGAN ISLAND : 95(270/ 80 ) at 15:36