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Storm-force winds cause damage across TAS

Storm-force winds cause damage across TAS

The strong westerlies that have been buffeting TAS were further strengthened overnight by the formation of a small secondary low close to the south coast. The low's attendant cold front swept across the state late morning. Tasmanian police and the SES received numerous reports of mostly minor damage across the state, with many trees uprooted and a house unroofed at St Mary's on the East Coast. Power was lost in over 6000 properties. Five thousand lost power in the northeast due to problems with the Scottsdale substation and a pole fire. Another thousand were without power at Gawler, North Motton, Preston and Gunns Plains in the northwest after strong winds damaged a transformer. The wind also brought down powerlines at about 30 places in and around Hobart, blacking out several hundred users including the Mt Nelson Primary School which had to be closed for the day. The rising Huon River threatened to inundate the Tahune Bridge, and the road, which accesses the Tahune Airwalk, was closed.

The highest wind gust reported by Bureau of Meteorology stations was 157.3km/h on the summit of Mt Wellington at 6.28am. The CSIRO TERSS facility on Droughty Point, 10km SE of Hobart CBD, recorded a maximum gust of 155km/h. Other high gusts were Maatsuyker Island 146, Scotts Peak Dam 144, Hartz Mountain 124, Mt Read 122, Cape Bruny 105.5, Tasman Island 102, and Hobart City and Tunnack 100. Just as impressive were some of the daily windruns for the 24 hours to 9am Friday. These measure the total wind passing the station's anemometer for the 24 hour period, and included Devonport Airport 986km (an 24 hour average of 41.1km/h), Eddystone Point 950 (39.6), Liawenee 897 (37.4)Cressy Research Station 864 (36.0), Sheffield 834 (34.7) and Hobart City 764 (31.8).

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

33.5 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
33.4 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
33.1 MIDDLE POINT AWS N Rivers NT
32.9 KIMBERLEY RES.STATION E Kimberley WA
32.7 KUNUNURRA AERO E Kimberley WA

+7.6   27.0 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
+5.7   24.2 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
+5.4   23.8 NORAH HEAD LIGHTHOUSE Hunter Valley NSW
+5.3   27.0 MARLA POLICE STATION NW Pastoral SA
+5.2   28.0 CURTIN SPRINGS N Plateau NT

26.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
25.0 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
23.2 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
22.8 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
22.6 CHRISTMAS ISLAND AERO Islands ISL

+8.0   9.0 FINGAL (LEGGE STREET) E Coast TAS
+7.9   15.0 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
+6.5   8.9 BUSHY PARK (BUSHY PARK ESTATES) Derwent Valley TAS
+6.0   9.6 LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) N Coast TAS
+5.9   10.2 MORWELL (LATROBE VALLEY AIRPORT) W Gippsland VIC

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

-2.4 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.9 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-0.3 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
0.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
0.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC

-4.3   26.0 BROOME AIRPORT W Kimberley WA
-4.0   8.0 MAYDENA POST OFFICE Derwent Valley TAS
-3.8   27.0 BIDYADANGA W Kimberley WA
-3.3   25.4 TOORAK RESEARCH STATION Gulf Country QLD
-3.2   16.4 PAYNES FIND E Gascoyne WA
-3.2   27.9 WOLLOGORANG N Rivers NT
-3.2   28.0 PALMERVILLE S Peninsula QLD
-3.2   15.2 BATEMANS BAY (CATALINA COUNTRY CLUB) South Coast NSW
-3.2   6.2 MOOGARA (UXBRIDGE BACK ROAD) Derwent Valley TAS

-9.0 GLEN INNES AIRPORT AWS N Tablelands W NSW
-7.0 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
-7.0 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW
-7.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-6.8 ARMIDALE (UNI NEW ENGLAND) N Tablelands W NSW

-9.0   -7.0 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW
-8.9   3.1 PROSERPINE AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
-8.7   3.0 KAIRI RESEARCH STATION N Coast--Barron QLD
-8.1   4.1 WOLLOGORANG N Rivers NT
-7.9   3.8 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.

82.0 GOVERNMENT HUTS Derwent Valley TAS
76.5 NATIONAL PARK FORESTRY Derwent Valley TAS
60.0 DWELLINGUP Lower West WA
55.8 SPRINGDALE Lower West WA
55.0 MOUNT WILLIAM

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Lower West
60.0 DWELLINGUP
55.8 SPRINGDALE
53.0 WILLOWDALE
52.0 KARRAGULLEN NORTH
51.0 SOUTH DANDALUP DAM
50.0 MOUNT HELENA

TASMANIA
    Derwent Valley
82.0 GOVERNMENT HUTS
76.5 NATIONAL PARK FORESTRY

ISLANDS
   
55.0 MOUNT WILLIAM

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 26.0 -4.3 14.3 -0.7 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 17.2 -1.2 9.1 +1.1 27.4
ALBANY AIRPORT 13.9 -2.1 7.8 +0.4 5.4
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 16.6 -1.8 10.4 +4.9 1.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 31.5 +0.2 18.1 -2.4 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 25.0 +2.5 2.9 -3.1 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 18.9 +2.4 7.8 -0.4 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 16.1 +2.1 7.7 +2.3 0.2
CAIRNS AERO 25.9 -0.6 12.6 -4.8 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 24.4 -1.6 9.6 -5.1 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 25.0 +0.3 6.2 -4.4 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 24.5 +2.0 1.8 -4.6 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 23.4 7.7 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 14.3 -2.8 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 20.1 +0.4 2.5 -5.7 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 19.8 +1.8 9.3 +0.1 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 21.2 +3.5 8.9 0.0 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 21.0 +2.5 4.0 -2.8 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 18.7 +0.5 8.1 -0.7 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 12.9 0.0 5.4 +4.5 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 14.6 +0.2 4.8 +1.2 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 19.0 +1.9 3.0 -2.3 0.2
EAST SALE AIRPORT 16.4 +1.4 8.4 +4.3 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 16.2 +1.3 10.1 +3.5 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 16.0 +1.2 9.0 +3.6 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 12.5 +1.1 5.9 +2.2 0.2
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 12.8 +0.8 7.7 +4.7 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 12.9 -0.1 10.0 +4.8 4.2

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.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Lower West
SHANNON
10.6mm in 1 hr to 04:00 10.6mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Lower West
ROTTNEST ISLAND : 80(280/ 63 ) at 01:14
SWANBOURNE : 80(280/ 67 ) at 01:29
CAPE LEEUWIN : 98(240/ 76 ) at 06:09
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Yorke Pen/Kanga Is
CAPE WILLOUGHBY : 82(350/ 63 ) at 22:34
    Adelaide/Lofty
MOUNT LOFTY : 95(350/ 61 ) at 21:30
VICTORIA
    Upper NE
MOUNT BULLER : 83(350/ 63 ) at 23:30
MT HOTHAM AIRPORT : 102(250/ 6 ) at 10:30
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 115(270/ 59 ) at 12:30
    W Coast
COLAC (MT GELLIBRAND) : 85(320/ 70 ) at 11:00
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM BAPS : 100(280/ 82 ) at 06:00
    E Coast
EDDYSTONE POINT : 95(270/ 52 ) at 11:23
SWAN ISLAND : 87(300/ 63 ) at 08:30
    Southeast
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) : 100(290/ 52 ) at 04:14
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 133(290/ 91 ) at 05:33
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 158(270/ 98 ) at 06:28
TASMAN ISLAND : 102(300/ 59 ) at 06:31
HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 124(290/ 58 ) at 03:40
CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) : 95(280/ 70 ) at 01:00
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 111(280/ 91 ) at 12:30