Wednesday 11 AUG 2004

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Gales, heavy rain and a tornado in SW WA
Windy in TAS

Gales, heavy rain and a tornado in SW WA

An vigorous, wintry cold front swept across the SW of WA around the middle of the day, bringing damaging wind gusts and a suspected tornado as well as useful rain. The reported tornado hit Bunbury's Outer Harbour, causing extensive damage to the Naval Cadet Unit, uprooting dozens of trees, blowing off roofs and leaving a trail of debris. The strongest wind gusts reported during the day were 85km/h at Rottnest Island and Cape Naturaliste.

There were some heavy showers with and ahead of the front and in the cold air field behind it. Witchcliffe, 8km S of Margaret River, registered 10mm in just 12 minutes while the Perth Metro station recorded 10.6mm in the hour to 1pm. In Perth's eastern outskirts, Bickley recorded 49mm for the 24 hours to 9am Thursday, while the state's top fall for that period was 60mm at Dwellingup.

Windy in TAS

A strong westerly stream, typical of August, persists over TAS between a 1030hPa high over southern Australia and a 960hPa low well to the south of the state. The highest wind gusts recorded today were 143 atop Mt Wellington and 141 on Maatsuyker Island. Scotts Peak Dam in the Southwest reported a top gust of 122km/h.

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

34.3 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
33.8 MIDDLE POINT AWS N Rivers NT
33.5 MANGO FARM N Rivers NT
33.4 DOUGLAS RIVER N Rivers NT
33.3 JABIRU AIRPORT N Rivers NT
33.3 BATCHELOR AERO N Rivers NT

+6.7   23.9 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
+6.2   23.9 ESPERANCE Lower West WA
+5.9   24.1 NORSEMAN Goldfields WA
+5.6   24.0 KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT Goldfields WA
+5.6   23.6 SOUTHERN CROSS Goldfields WA

26.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
25.0 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
23.4 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
23.3 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
23.1 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD

+5.6   6.6 FINGAL (LEGGE STREET) E Coast TAS
+5.4   15.4 CAPE NATURALISTE Lower West WA
+5.1   17.8 DOONGAN N Kimberley WA
+5.0   8.9 WYNYARD AIRPORT N Coast TAS
+4.9   9.0 EAST SALE AIRPORT W Gippsland VIC

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

-1.3 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-0.8 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
0.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
0.1 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
0.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW

-4.4   24.3 TOORAK RESEARCH STATION Gulf Country QLD
-4.1   24.4 RICHMOND POST OFFICE Upper Carpentaria QLD
-4.0   21.9 LONGREACH AERO Central West QLD
-3.9   21.0 TERRITORY GRAPE FARM N Plateau NT
-3.8   18.4 INJUNE POST OFFICE Maranoa QLD

-7.0 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
-7.0 ARMIDALE (UNI NEW ENGLAND) N Tablelands W NSW
-7.0 GLEN INNES AIRPORT AWS N Tablelands W NSW
-6.5 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW
-6.0 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW

-8.8   3.2 PROSERPINE AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
-8.5   -6.5 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW
-8.0   -5.0 STANTHORPE (GRANITE BELT HRS) Darling Downs E QLD
-7.8   5.3 GEORGETOWN POST OFFICE Upper Carpentaria QLD
-7.6   4.1 MACKAY AERO Central Coast E 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.

36.4 CRADLE VALLEY (WALDHEIM) Central Plateau TAS
33.2 HOPELANDS Lower West WA
26.8 WYELANGTA W Coast VIC
26.2 STONOR Midlands TAS
24.6 WEEAPROINAH W Coast VIC

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 26.9 -3.4 9.6 -5.4 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 18.7 +0.3 6.1 -1.9 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 18.2 +2.2 3.0 -4.4 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 24.0 +5.6 6.3 +0.8 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.5 +1.2 18.3 -2.2 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 19.8 -2.7 2.1 -3.9 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 15.7 -0.8 8.6 +0.4 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 13.0 -1.0 8.0 +2.6 4.2
CAIRNS AERO 26.1 -0.4 14.9 -2.5 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 25.3 -0.7 9.7 -5.0 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 23.0 -1.7 5.0 -5.6 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 22.6 +0.1 -0.3 -6.7 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 21.4 7.9 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 13.4 -3.7 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 17.7 -2.0 1.8 -6.4 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 18.8 +0.8 8.1 -1.1 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 20.6 +2.9 8.4 -0.5 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 19.9 +1.4 2.8 -4.0 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 20.2 +2.0 4.3 -4.5 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 15.7 +2.8 0.7 -0.2 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 12.5 -1.9 4.7 +1.1 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 15.4 -1.7 3.3 -2.0 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 15.8 +0.8 9.0 +4.9 0.6
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 16.2 +1.3 10.7 +4.1 0.6
LAVERTON RAAF 15.3 +0.5 8.4 +3.0 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 11.6 +0.2 4.9 +1.2 2.6
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 12.6 +0.6 6.5 +3.5 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 13.3 +0.3 6.1 +0.9 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.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Lower West
SWANBOURNE
9.6mm in 23 min to 12:23 25.0mm/h
12.0mm in 1 hr to 13:00 12.0mm/h
PERTH METRO
10.6mm in 1 hr to 13:00 10.6mm/h
BICKLEY
15.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.0mm/h
GARDEN ISLAND HSF
10.2mm in 56 min to 11:56 10.9mm/h
CAPE NATURALISTE
7.0mm in 14 min to 09:14 30.0mm/h
6.8mm in 18 min to 09:39 22.7mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 6.0mm/h
DWELLINGUP
11.2mm in 1 hr to 13:00 11.2mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.0mm/h
7.2mm in 39 min to 16:39 11.1mm/h
WITCHCLIFFE
10.0mm in 12 min to 09:57 50.0mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.0mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Central West
NORTH ISLAND : 80(250/ 69 ) at 20:00
    Lower West
BADGINGARRA RESEARCH STN : 76(350/ 65 ) at 12:35
ROTTNEST ISLAND : 85(340/ 74 ) at 11:38
CAPE LEEUWIN : 80(270/ 69 ) at 22:29
CAPE NATURALISTE : 78(290/ 63 ) at 09:53
VICTORIA
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 98(270/ 52 ) at 06:51
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM BAPS : 106(270/ 69 ) at 14:00
    E Coast
SWAN ISLAND : 80(270/ 69 ) at 09:28
    Southeast
HOBART AIRPORT : 95(290/ 70 ) at 06:13
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 133(310/108 ) at 13:00
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 143(260/ 89 ) at 19:46
HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 128(260/ 76 ) at 14:48
CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) : 124(280/ 87 ) at 23:18
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 102(270/ 80 ) at 07:30