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Heavy rain begins on NSW coast
Storms and rain embrace QLD east coast
Record heat in WA
Sea fog shrouds WA coast

Rainfall registrations for the 24 hours to 9am for the North Coast, Mid North Coast and Hunter, Central Coast, and Sydney Basin. BoM

Heavy rain begins on NSW coast

[In preparation]

A rain event that would produce extensive flood damage on the North Coast began in earnest today with torrential overnight rain in the Tweed and Brunswick River Valleys and increasingly heavy falls south down the coast to Sydney. The cause continues to be a strong infeed of moist northeasterlies from the Coral Sea into a broad surface trough over QLD and NSW. The moist air is being forced to rise and condense its moisture into rain by a combination of uplift over the Great Divide, instability caused by colder-than-normal air aloft, and convergence into an upper low that was situated over NE NSW this morning but retreated into SE QLD this afternoon.

 

A nearly continuous line of storms and rain extended from Brisbane to north of Cairns this afternoon. Weatherzone

Storms and rain embrace QLD east coast

Thunderstorms developed along the Great Divide in QLD around midday today in the moist unstable airmass east of a surface trough lying through the inland. These moved east during the afternoon giving falls as high as 50 to 100mm around Mackay and Gladstone.

In the Pioneer Valley inland from Mackay, hail was reported, nearly 5,000 homes lost power following lightning strikes and there were falls of 40 to 60mm and up to 96mm at Greenmount for the 24 hours to 9am Wednesday. Farther south there were falls of 50 to 100mm from Rockhampton south to Gladstone and Bundaberg. Gladstone recorded 67mm for the 24 hours, while top falls were 111mm at Mimdale and 106.4 at Makowata, both about halfway between Gladstone and Bundaberg..

Maximum temperature departures from average today. BoM

Record heat in WA

Hot northerlies produced a hot day across WA today, with top temperatures in the mid 40s in the north and between 12 and 18 above average across much of the southern inland. Muchison, Meekatharra, Salmon Gums and Yeelirrie all reported record highs for October, with Meekatharra's 40.6 its highest October temperature in 54 years of record. Most stations in the Pilbara and Gascoyne reported maxima in the mid 40s, with Pannawonica reaching 45.0, Paraburdoo 44.2 and Nyang 43.5.

Sea fog shrouds WA coast

In an unusually widespread event, over 800km of WA coastline and the nearby inland were shrouded in sea fog this morning. The fog extended from Jurien Bay, 200km N of Perth, to Albany on the South Coast and extended several hundred kilometres out to sea. Some aircraft were prevented from landing at Perth Airport, and there were delays on the roads. The sea fog developed when cool, moist air on a light southerly breeze moved over the warm Leeuwin Current, currently averaging 18 to 19C near the coast.

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):
Highest daily rainfall for October
Queensland:
040854 LOGAN CITY WATER TREATMENT 70.0 (47.0, 12) Previous record set yesterday
New South Wales:
058198 BALLINA AIRPORT AWS 175.0 (78.0, 7) Previous record set yesterday
Highest daily maximum temperature for October
Western Australia:
006099 MURCHISON 40.7 (40.2, 14)
007045 MEEKATHARRA AIRPORT 40.6 (40.5, 54)
012071 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. 39.5 (38.7, 34)
012090 YEELIRRIE 40.6 (40.4, 31)

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

45.0 PANNAWONICA W Pilbara WA
44.2 PARABURDOO AERO E Gascoyne WA
43.5 NYANG STATION W Gascoyne WA
43.3 ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA
43.3 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA

+17.8   38.8 ESPERANCE Lower West WA
+16.3   39.5 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
+14.2   36.5 RAVENSTHORPE Cent Wheatbelt WA
+14.0   39.6 KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT Goldfields WA
+13.7   38.5 NORSEMAN Goldfields WA

28.0 WITTENOOM W Pilbara WA
28.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
27.7 WYNDHAM N Kimberley WA
27.7 RABBIT FLAT N Plateau NT
27.2 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA

+9.4   20.3 KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT Goldfields WA
+8.9   18.5 NORSEMAN Goldfields WA
+7.6   15.1 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
+7.5   28.0 WITTENOOM W Pilbara WA
+6.7   17.3 ESPERANCE Lower West WA

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

7.5 MOUNT GININI Goulburn/Monaro NSW
7.6 MOUNT BOYCE AWS C Tablelands S NSW
7.7 NULLO MOUNTAIN AWS C Tablelands N NSW
7.7 KATOOMBA (NARROW NECK RD) C Tablelands S NSW
8.4 OBERON (JENOLAN CAVES ROAD) C Tablelands S NSW

-10.0   15.5 YARRAS (MOUNT SEAVIEW) MidNorth Coast S NSW
-9.8   7.7 KATOOMBA (NARROW NECK RD) C Tablelands S NSW
-9.7   16.5 JERRYS PLAINS POST OFFICE Hunter Valley NSW
-9.5   15.0 LOSTOCK DAM Hunter Valley NSW
-9.4   9.3 LITHGOW (BIRDWOOD ST) C Tablelands S NSW

-1.8 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.4 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.3 MOUNT GININI Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-1.3 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
-0.9 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS

-5.1   3.4 FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT Flinders Is/Bass St TAS
-4.6   -0.9 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
-4.4   2.6 NHILL Wimmera N VIC
-4.4   2.2 HAMILTON AIRPORT W Coast VIC
-4.3   2.0 RUTHERGLEN RESEARCH Lower NE VIC
-4.3   0.7 FINGAL (LEGGE STREET) 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.

223.0 BALLINA (CROWLEY VILLAGE) North Coast NSW
211.6 SPRINGBROOK TM Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
193.0 TWEED HEADS GOLF CLUB North Coast NSW
185.5 MURWILLUMBAH (BRAY PARK) North Coast NSW
180.0 SPRINGBROOK LOWER ALERT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Cent Wheatbelt
61.6 AMERY ACRES

QUEENSLAND
    Wide Bay/Burnett
53.0 BUNDABERG AERO
    Brisbane/SE Coast
211.6 SPRINGBROOK TM
180.0 SPRINGBROOK LOWER ALERT
164.0 SPRINGBROOK ROAD
127.8 TALLOWOOD
100.6 GLENGAVEN
90.0 MT TAMBORINE ALERT
73.0 NERANG GILSTON RD
70.0 LOGAN CITY WATER TREATMENT
68.8 COOLANGATTA AIRPORT
63.0 HINZE DAM
63.0 BEECHMONT ALERT
54.0 CLEARVIEW ALERT
53.0 HINZE DAM ALERT
52.9 KINGFISHER BAY RESORT

NEW SOUTH WALES
    N Tablelands E
56.0 LOWER CREEK (CEDAR PARK)
    North Coast
223.0 BALLINA (CROWLEY VILLAGE)
193.0 TWEED HEADS GOLF CLUB
185.5 MURWILLUMBAH (BRAY PARK)
176.0 UKI (TWEED RIVER)
175.0 BALLINA AIRPORT AWS
157.0 BOAT HARBOUR (ROUS RIVER)
118.5 EUNGELLA (OXLEY RIVER)
115.0 MULLUMBIMBY (FAIRVIEW FARM)
106.0 MURWILLUMBAH (TWEED RIVER)
80.0 SANDSTONE HILL
53.0 NASHUA (WILSONS RIVER)
    MidNorth Coast N
94.0 BOWRA SUGARLOAF
82.0 GLENREAGH GENERAL STORE
81.0 MAJORS CREEK (MOPARRABAH (PARRABEL CREEK
80.2 COFFS HARBOUR MO
73.9 KEMPSEY (WIDE STREET)
71.6 BELLBROOK (MAIN STREET)
67.0 BELLBROOK (MACLEAY RIVER)
66.2 KEMPSEY AIRPORT AWS
61.8 MACKSVILLE COUNTRY CLUB
60.0 UPPER DARKWOOD
55.4 LOWANNA (GRAFTON ST)
    MidNorth Coast S
127.4 OLD BAR (MOLONG RD)
125.8 FORSTER BEACH CARAVAN PARK
114.0 WOOTTON
109.0 CABBAGE TREE MOUNTAIN
96.0 TAREE AIRPORT AWS
94.4 UPPER LANSDOWNE (OLIVE HILL)
92.0 LORNE (LORNE ROAD)
88.8 WAUCHOPE (COMMERCE ST)
87.3 YARRAS (MOUNT SEAVIEW)
85.6 UPPER PAPPINBARRA (HILLCREST)
85.4 TAREE (RADIO STATION 2RE)
81.2 KILLABAKH
78.6 KINDEE BRIDGE (HASTINGS RIVER)
74.0 BUNGWAHL
72.0 CRAWFORD RIVER (CRAWFORD)
64.8 ROCKS CROSSING (NOWENDOC RIVER)
60.0 BULAHDELAH POST OFFICE
54.2 SEAL ROCKS (SUGARLOAF POINT LIGHTHOUSE)
53.2 GLOUCESTER POST OFFICE
    Hunter Valley
72.6 GOSFORD (NARARA RESEARCH STATION) AWS
69.0 WYONG (MOUNT ELLIOT)
66.0 WYONG (OLNEY FOREST)
65.0 UPPER CHICHESTER (SIMMONDS)
57.2 CLARENCETOWN (MILL DAM FALLS (WILLIAMS R
56.6 MANGROVE MOUNTAIN AWS
52.0 MAITLAND VISITORS CENTRE
51.2 PEATS RIDGE (WARATAH ROAD)
    C Tablelands S
56.2 KATOOMBA (NARROW NECK RD)
54.0 FAULCONBRIDGE TM
51.0 VALLEY HEIGHTS (SUN VALLEY RD)
    Sydney--east
90.0 WEST PYMBLE (WYUNA ROAD)
73.0 MARSFIELD (WILLANDRA VILLAGE)
67.8 TURRAMURRA (KISSING POINT ROAD)
67.8 BELROSE (EVELYN PLACE)
64.0 CHATSWOOD BOWLING CLUB
63.0 ST IVES (RICHMOND AVENUE)
57.0 CASTLE COVE (ROSEBRIDGE AVE)
55.2 TERREY HILLS (TERREY HILLS RESERVE)
    Sydney--west
75.2 BEROWRA (GOODWYN ROAD)
70.0 CASTLE HILL ARV
60.0 NORTH ROCKS (MUIRFIELD GOLF CLUB)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 31.9 -0.9 25.7 +3.4 0.0
PERTH AIRPORT 25.5 +3.1 10.6 +0.4 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 19.1 +0.4 14.2 +5.2 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 39.6 +14.0 20.3 +9.4 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.4 +0.3 25.8 +0.8 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 32.1 +1.3 11.8 -2.9 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 25.6 +4.0 14.3 +2.9 0.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 21.8 +4.0 5.4 -1.7 0.0
CAIRNS AERO 28.7 -0.8 21.1 +0.5 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 30.1 +0.7 24.1 +3.4 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 29.8 +0.2 19.7 +2.8 5.8
AMBERLEY AMO 28.8 +1.2 15.6 +2.2 25.0
BRISBANE AERO 27.5 16.5 15.4
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 15.2 7.9 18.8
COFFS HARBOUR MO 20.5 -3.0 14.6 +0.8 80.2
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 18.0 -4.1 13.6 -0.3 32.8
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 18.5 -3.5 13.0 -0.5 34.6
PROSPECT DAM 17.7 -5.8 12.0 -0.1 30.6
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 18.0 -4.0 12.4 -0.2 7.4
CANBERRA AIRPORT 16.2 -3.0 6.5 +0.5 0.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 20.9 -0.3 7.4 -0.3 0.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 26.4 +2.7 9.2 -0.5 0.0
EAST SALE AIRPORT 18.9 -0.2 4.3 -3.3 0.0
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 21.7 +2.1 8.4 -1.0 0.0
LAVERTON RAAF 20.1 +1.1 11.0 +2.8 0.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 20.1 +3.6 7.3 +1.1 0.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 18.4 +2.0 1.8 -3.8 0.0
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 17.5 +0.6 9.7 +2.0 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.
QUEENSLAND
    N Coast--Herbert
SOUTH JOHNSTONE EXP STN
13.2mm in 39 min to 17:00 20.3mm/h
22.0mm in 1 hr to 17:00 22.0mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.7mm/h
    Central Coast E
MACKAY AERO
10.0mm in 1 hr to 15:00 10.0mm/h
12.8mm in 1 hr to 15:30 12.8mm/h
MACKAY MO
8.8mm in 18 min to 15:18 29.3mm/h
13.2mm in 25 min to 15:43 31.7mm/h
24.6mm in 1 hr to 16:00 24.6mm/h
30.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 10.0mm/h
PROSERPINE AIRPORT
16.2mm in 1 hr to 20:00 16.2mm/h
YEPPOON THE ESPLANADE
10.0mm in 30 min to 15:30 20.0mm/h
16.6mm in 1 hr to 15:30 16.6mm/h
10.0mm in 1 hr to 16:00 10.0mm/h
DOTSWOOD
11.8mm in 28 min to 15:28 25.3mm/h
11.8mm in 1 hr to 16:00 11.8mm/h
    Wide Bay/Burnett
GAYNDAH POST OFFICE
18.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.0mm/h
GAYNDAH AIRPORT
12.4mm in 12 min to 14:15 62.0mm/h
15.4mm in 1 hr to 15:00 15.4mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 5.0mm/h
ROCKHAMPTON AERO
9.2mm in 7 min to 14:16 78.9mm/h
6.2mm in 3 min to 14:19 124.0mm/h
2.8mm in 1 min to 14:20 168.0mm/h
20.2mm in 1 hr to 14:30 20.2mm/h
20.4mm in 1 hr to 15:00 20.4mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.7mm/h
SANDY CAPE LIGHTHOUSE
18.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.0mm/h
GLADSTONE RADAR
10.6mm in 30 min to 20:30 21.2mm/h
13.4mm in 1 hr to 20:30 13.4mm/h
12.6mm in 30 min to 21:00 25.2mm/h
23.2mm in 1 hr to 21:00 23.2mm/h
26.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 8.7mm/h
14.4mm in 1 hr to 21:30 14.4mm/h
GLADSTONE AIRPORT
27.6mm in 30 min to 12:30 55.2mm/h
33.2mm in 1 hr to 12:30 33.2mm/h
27.6mm in 1 hr to 13:00 27.6mm/h
28.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 9.3mm/h
10.6mm in 30 min to 20:30 21.2mm/h
11.6mm in 1 hr to 20:30 11.6mm/h
12.0mm in 30 min to 21:00 24.0mm/h
22.6mm in 1 hr to 21:00 22.6mm/h
24.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 8.0mm/h
12.8mm in 1 hr to 21:30 12.8mm/h
    Brisbane/SE Coast
GYMPIE
5.8mm in 14 min to 16:00 24.9mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 5.0mm/h
COOLANGATTA AIRPORT
18.0mm in 30 min to 06:30 36.0mm/h
20.4mm in 1 hr to 06:30 20.4mm/h
20.8mm in 30 min to 07:00 41.6mm/h
38.8mm in 1 hr to 07:00 38.8mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
GRAFTON RESEARCH STN
10.4mm in 1 hr to 17:30 10.4mm/h
18.6mm in 1 hr to 18:00 18.6mm/h
25.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 8.3mm/h
12.4mm in 1 hr to 18:30 12.4mm/h
BALLINA AIRPORT AWS
23.0mm in 1 hr to 00:00 23.0mm/h
30.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 10.0mm/h
20.8mm in 1 hr to 01:00 20.8mm/h
33.6mm in 1 hr to 03:00 33.6mm/h
61.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 20.3mm/h
91.0mm in 6 hr to 03:00 15.2mm/h
57.6mm in 1 hr to 04:00 57.6mm/h
16.6mm in 1 hr to 05:00 16.6mm/h
75.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 25.0mm/h
EVANS HEAD RAAF BOMBING RANGE AWS
15.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.0mm/h
    MidNorth Coast N
KEMPSEY AIRPORT AWS
13.6mm in 1 hr to 10:00 13.6mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 6.3mm/h
COFFS HARBOUR MO
35.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 11.7mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 5.0mm/h
    MidNorth Coast S
FORSTER BEACH CARAVAN PARK
43.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 7.2mm/h
TAREE AIRPORT AWS
17.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 5.7mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 6.0mm/h
10.6mm in 1 hr to 04:00 10.6mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 7.3mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 6.7mm/h
9.4mm in 36 min to 17:36 15.7mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 18:00 14.0mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.3mm/h
13.6mm in 1 hr to 21:00 13.6mm/h
26.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 8.7mm/h
    Hunter Valley
GOSFORD (NARARA RESEARCH STATION) AWS
11.6mm in 1 hr to 08:00 11.6mm/h
21.6mm in 1 hr to 20:00 21.6mm/h
28.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 9.3mm/h
    Sydney--east
TERREY HILLS (TERREY HILLS RESERVE)
16.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.3mm/h
No reports of wind gusts above 90km/h or sustained winds above 63km/h