Monday 09 AUG 2004

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Gales, heavy snow in TAS
Fires burn in northern and southern QLD

Gales, heavy snow in TAS

Heavy snow falling as low as 400m asl closed major highways in TAS this morning. Police closed the main Midland Highway connecting Hobart and Launceston when snow and ice made it impassable at Spring Hill near Jericho mid morning. The highway reopened during the afternoon. Central and southwestern parts of the state received heavy snow, with 15cm reported on the ground at Lake St Clair and 9cm at Tarraleah at 9am. The Marlborough and Lake Highways were only open to 4WD vehicles, while extreme caution was being urged on the Lyell Highway and the Gordon River Road. The Mt Wellington summit road and the Lake Dobson Road were both closed.

Blizzard conditions would have been experienced in highland areas for part of the night as a cold front swept through, bringing storm force gusts to exposed areas. Maatsuyker Island recorded a top gust of 150km/h just before midday while Scotts Peak Dam, on the southern side of Lake Pedder in the Southwest, recorded a gust of 130km/h just after midday. Seventeen hundred kilometres of wind passed the anemometer at Strahan Airport on the west coast in the 48 hours to 9am Tuesday, an average of 35.4km/h.

Fires burn in northern and southern QLD

Bushfires threatened property west of Townsville today, while blazes continued to cause concern around Brisbane. The Townsville fire broke out near Bluewater, about 30km west along the coast from Townsville, during the morning, threatened houses during the afternoon and was not brought under control until late evening. Around Brisbane, fires flared near Samford, 20km to the NW, and at Bonogin and Mudgeeraba behind the Gold Coast to the south. Numerous small fires, believed to be the work of an arsonist, have occurred in the Kenilworth area north of Brisbane.

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
Western Australia:
010612 NAREMBEEN -1.8 (-1.4, 34)

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

34.7 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
34.7 TIMBER CREEK N Rivers NT
34.0 KIMBERLEY RES.STATION E Kimberley WA
34.0 BRADSHAW N Rivers NT
33.7 MANGO FARM N Rivers NT

+2.7   24.6 KALBARRI Central West WA
+2.5   28.5 TOWNSVILLE AERO N Coast--Herbert QLD
+2.3   18.8 BRIDGETOWN COMPARISON Lower West WA
+2.2   17.5 PEMBERTON Lower West WA
+2.1   24.3 DENHAM W Gascoyne WA
+2.1   19.8 SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) Sydney--east NSW

23.9 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
23.0 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
23.0 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
22.0 HOLMES REEF Islands ISL
21.5 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT

+5.2   12.0 JERVOIS N Plateau NT
+4.5   11.0 TERRITORY GRAPE FARM N Plateau NT
+4.4   13.5 ALI CURUNG N Plateau NT
+3.9   9.4 CURTIN SPRINGS N Plateau NT
+3.5   7.0 ALBURY AIRPORT SW Slopes S NSW

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

-3.0 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.5 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-1.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
-0.3 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
0.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
0.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC

-5.4   6.6 MAYDENA POST OFFICE Derwent Valley TAS
-5.1   4.3 TARRALEAH VILLAGE Derwent Valley TAS
-4.9   4.5 MOOGARA (UXBRIDGE BACK ROAD) Derwent Valley TAS
-4.8   8.2 BUSHY PARK (BUSHY PARK ESTATES) Derwent Valley TAS
-4.4   20.2 WATARRKA N Plateau NT

-6.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
-5.8 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-5.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.6 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-4.0 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS

-7.8   3.4 RAINBOW BEACH Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-7.1   -1.5 KELLERBERRIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-7.1   -0.8 EYRE Eucla WA
-7.0   -1.8 NAREMBEEN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-7.0   0.1 GYMPIE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

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.

29.0 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS
28.0 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
25.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
24.0 PORT DAVEY (MELALEUCA) W Coast TAS
24.0 TULLAH (MEREDITH STREET) W Coast TAS

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 28.5 -1.8 14.1 -0.9 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 19.7 +1.3 3.7 -4.3 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 16.8 +0.8 3.7 -3.7 0.8
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 18.1 -0.3 1.8 -3.7 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 29.0 -2.3 18.5 -2.0 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 19.2 -3.3 7.3 +1.3 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 14.7 -1.8 8.7 +0.5 0.4
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 12.3 -1.7 6.0 +0.6 4.0
CAIRNS AERO 28.0 +1.5 14.5 -2.9 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 28.5 +2.5 12.0 -2.7 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 24.1 -0.6 5.5 -5.1 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 22.8 +0.3 1.5 -4.9 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 22.9 3.7 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 11.0 1.0 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 20.1 +0.4 8.6 +0.4 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 19.8 +1.8 8.5 -0.7 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 19.8 +2.1 9.4 +0.5 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 18.9 +0.4 4.8 -2.0 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 18.8 +0.6 6.7 -2.1 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 13.5 +0.6 1.6 +0.7 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 12.2 -2.2 4.6 +1.0 0.2
MILDURA AIRPORT 14.5 -2.6 5.5 +0.2 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 12.5 -2.5 5.2 +1.1 1.4
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 13.3 -1.6 7.5 +0.9 0.8
LAVERTON RAAF 12.7 -2.1 3.7 -1.7 1.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 2.5 -1.2 2.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 10.4 -1.6 1.2 -1.8 1.2 /3
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 9.2 -3.8 2.8 -2.4 6.2

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
CAMPANIA (KINCORA)
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.0mm/h

VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 109(250/ 83 ) at 02:00
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 : 87(246/ 69 ) at 03:10
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM BAPS : 106(270/ 67 ) at 17:00
    E Coast
SWAN ISLAND : 87(270/ 63 ) at 02:00
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 143(310/122 ) at 11:52
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 100(260/ 76 ) at 14:30
TASMAN ISLAND : 95(220/ 59 ) at 03:55
CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) : 95(260/ 52 ) at 03:25
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 113(270/ 78 ) at 21:51