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National Daily Weather Summary

Records set | Charts | Cities | Hottest | Coldest | Rain, sun & wind | Downpours & gales
State extremes | Noteworthy weather | Capital Cities | Regional Cities | Alpine Stations
Charts and data courtesy Bureau of Meteorology. MTSAT-1R operated by JMA
Noteworthy weather today
significant newsworthy major

NSW: Storms cause blackouts, delays

Storms this evening blacked out thousands of Hunter Valley homes and halted operations at Sydney Airport for 90 minutes. A very slow-moving trough was responsible for the storms. High humidity levels have been building up in the trough across NSW over the past few days, and today these were accompanied by significant instability and a weak upper-atmosphere jetstream which combined to produce an area of strong middle-atmosphere uplift over central eastern NSW. Storms developed west of the Blue Mountains around 3pm, and by 6pm there was a continuous line of storms from Sydney to Bourke along the trough line, with another storm complex developing NE of the trough in the upper Hunter Valley. The whole system moved slowly NE, with storms gradually dissipating during the early hours of Friday. However, individual storm cells tended to move eastwards so that many locations experienced a succession of storms during the evening.

In the Hunter Valley, strong squally winds accompanied some storms giving gusts to 104km/h at Scone and 81km/h at Newcastle Nobbys. Lightning strikes and powerlines downed by the wind cut power to about 8,000 properties in Newcastle, Pokolbin, Cessnock, Maitland, Muswellbrook and Scone. About 450, mostly in more remote locations, were still without power at dawn Friday. To the west, at Wellington, a petrol tanker about to make a delivery to a service station was hit by lightning, fortunately resulting in nothing more than a loud bang and a shower of sparks. At Sydney Airport there were extensive delays as ground staff ceased work during the lightning warning period from 6pm to 7.30pm. Thousands of passengers were stuck in planes or at check-in counters, with Qantas saying 33 domestic and 6 international flights were held on the tarmac, unable to dock or take off.

Rain, though heavy, was short-lived (see downpours for today and Friday). The highest downpours were in the Hunter, where Scone Airport recorded 28.6mm in 15 minutes around midnight out of a storm total of 39mm (9pm to 3am) and Williamtown RAAF Base reported 18.2mm in the hour to midnight, then a further 25.0mm in the hour to 3am Friday.

WA: Bushfire burns south of Perth

A bushfire that began on private property west of Collie yesterday afternoon spread into the Wellington National Park overnight. Six water-bombing aircraft and 100 firefighters were battling the blaze in rugged country today as popular camping places in the park were evacuated and closed. Around 130 hectares had been burnt out by late today in warm but relatively windless conditions.

WA, NT, QLD: Monsoonal showers and storms continue

A mildly active monsoon trough north of the continent continues to bring patchy heavy rainfall from storms, squall lines and showers across northern coastal areas of the WA Kimberley, the NT Top End and QLD's Cape York Peninsula. A storm and squall line passed across Broome around 7 this morning, giving the airport wind gusts to 72km/h and 32.0mm of rain, of which 18.2mm fell in 20 minutes to 6.59am. In the Territory, Alyangula on Groote Eylandt recorded 60mm between 9am and 3pm while across the Gulf of Carpentaria, Coconut Island, off the tip of Cape York, recorded 84mm during the same period.

NT: Dust keeps visibility low in Alice Springs area

A broad area of dust filled the air in parts of the southern NT, limiting visibility to between 1 and 4km for most of the day. Alice Springs Airport's lowest reported visibility was 1.5km at noon, while Arltunga, 90km ENE reported 1km at 6 and 9am and Watarrka, 250km WSW, reported 4km at 9am.


Records set or equalled today

These records are as received at 1732 EST on 09/02/2006. Help in interpreting these statistics and information on quality control is here.

District Site Today Previous monthly record Previous all time record
if equalled or broken
Comments
Reading Reading Date Years Reading Date Years
Highest grass minimum temperature

WA

W Gascoyne

006022

GASCOYNE JUNCTION

29.5

28.7

10/03/2001

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Summary of observations

For notes on how to interpret the data and quality control issues, see Daily Weather Summary Help.
**S** and **W** precede data flagged by the Bureau as suspicious or wrong
Data is as received at 20:20EST, 14/05/2012.

Major centres
Max
° C
+/- norm
° C
Min
° C
+/- norm
° C
Grass Min
° C
Rain to 9am mm Evaporation to 9am mm Sunshine hours Wind Run to 9am km (24-hour average km/h) Maximum Gust km/h / hour of occurrence
GERALDTON AIRPORT 37.3 +6.4 24.4 +6.5 23.0 0.0 6.0 -- 318 (13.3) 41/18
PERTH AIRPORT 34.3 +4.7 19.2 +3.4 16.2 0.0 4.0 10.9 359 (15.0) 39/17
ALBANY AIRPORT 22.1 -2.0 14.5 +1.1 8.1 0.0 7.2 9.1 471 (19.6) 41/13
BUNBURY 29.6 +2.1 14.6 +0.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 160 ( 6.7) 35/23
MANDURAH 29.2 -- 20.2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 211 ( 8.8) 37/15
DARWIN AIRPORT 31.6 -0.3 23.5 -1.0 24.0 12.2 7.0 4.0 227 ( 9.5) 34/16
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 38.8 +6.1 23.7 +6.2 21.2 0.0 16.0 8.8 390 (16.3) 35/16
WHYALLA AERO 24.4 -2.9 15.9 +0.6 -- 0.0 10.4 -- 555 (23.1) 46/17
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 25.1 -1.2 12.1 -3.1 7.7 0.0 6.6 11.2 263 (11.0) 26/14
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 20.7 -2.4 6.0 -4.5 4.4 0.0 4.4 6.2 280 (11.7) 41/13
MOUNT ISA AERO 37.1 +2.8 23.0 +1.2 20.1 0.0 10.0 9.6 250 (10.4) 45/14
CAIRNS AERO 32.6 +2.1 23.3 +0.3 21.4 1.0 6.2 8.6 440 (18.3) 48/12
TOWNSVILLE AERO 33.1 +2.4 23.5 +0.6 21.5 0.4 12.0 9.8 501 (20.9) 50/16
MACKAY M.O 29.1 +0.5 22.8 +0.6 -- 13.8 -- 10.9 487 (20.3) 46/09
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 31.3 +0.8 20.9 +0.1 19.3 0.0 8.8 -- 325 (13.5) 39/15
BUNDABERG AERO 30.7 +1.6 19.2 -0.7 -- 0.0 8.4 -- 380 (15.8) 39/17
NAMBOUR DPI 28.7 +0.8 16.5 -1.7 -- 0.0 7.0 -- -- --
COOLANGATTA 29.1 +1.9 18.4 -1.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 211 ( 8.8) 35/14
BRISBANE AERO 28.2 +0.2 19.0 -0.3 16.5 0.0 8.2 6.2 337 (14.0) 37/16
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT 28.0 +1.6 15.8 -0.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 497 (20.7) 46/09
GUNNEDAH SCS 34.8 +5.7 20.8 +4.2 15.7 0.0 7.4 -- 201 ( 8.4) --
COFFS HARBOUR MO 27.4 +1.5 16.9 -1.2 14.2 0.0 6.8 10.9 339 (14.1) 41/13
PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT AWS 27.9 +1.6 14.8 -1.9 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF 29.0 +2.8 19.4 +3.1 18.5 0.0 7.4 8.6 457 (19.0) 65/23
GOSFORD (NARARA RESEARCH STATION) AWS 26.6 +0.6 19.3 +4.0 20.5 1.2 -- -- 213 ( 8.9) 50/02
ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE 28.5 +5.7 13.5 +2.9 11.5 0.0 6.6 6.5 -- --
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS 37.1 +8.0 20.4 +5.9 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO 24.4 -0.8 19.2 +1.8 19.0 1.0 5.4 0.5 735 (30.6) 37/19
RICHMOND RAAF 25.9 -1.0 18.4 +2.9 -- 0.4 -- -- 261 (10.9) 28/15
BELLAMBI AWS 24.1 +0.2 17.8 -0.2 -- 1.8 -- -- 531 (22.1) 57/22
CANBERRA AIRPORT 30.9 +6.4 14.9 +4.2 13.5 0.0 7.8 8.6 419 (17.5) 50/15
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 32.9 +5.2 13.0 -0.4 11.5 0.0 8.0 12.0 328 (13.7) 41/14
ALBURY AIRPORT AWS 28.8 +0.9 12.5 -0.1 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
MILDURA AIRPORT 26.8 -1.5 10.5 -3.3 8.5 0.0 10.4 8.8 377 (15.7) 46/22
TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG 26.4 +0.1 9.3 -2.4 12.8 0.0 8.0 -- 530 (22.1) 28/00
BENDIGO AIRPORT 26.7 +0.7 5.7 -5.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 462 (19.3) 37/20
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 22.3 -1.6 12.1 -1.1 9.6 0.0 4.8 -- 175 ( 7.3) 18/00
GEELONG AIRPORT 19.3 -3.9 7.5 -4.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 297 (12.4) 34/17
BALLARAT AERODROME 21.1 -1.1 5.4 -4.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 579 (24.1) 35/08
LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) 20.5 -2.0 5.2 -4.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 124 ( 5.2) 46/12
HOBART AIRPORT 25.1 +4.4 11.5 +0.8 8.8 0.0 5.6 11.4 497 (20.7) 52/20
Max
° C
+/- norm
° C
Min
° C
+/- norm
° C
Grass Min
° C
Rain to 9am mm Evaporation to 9am mm Sunshine hours Wind Run to 9am km Maximum Gust km/h / hour of occurrence
Hottest
Highest maximum temperature>Greatest variation above normal maximum Highest minimum temperatureGreatest variation above normal minimum

43.1 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
43.1 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA
42.9 BIRDSVILLE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
42.4 TELFER AERO Interior WA
42.4 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD

+10.0 : 36.5 NHILL Wimmera N VIC
+9.9 : 21.1 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
+9.5 : 38.8 TRANGIE RESEARCH STATION AWS CW Plains N NSW
+9.4 : 39.9 NYNGAN AIRPORT CW Plains N NSW
+9.2 : 37.4 DUNEDOO POST OFFICE CW Slopes N NSW

31.0 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA
30.9 MARBLE BAR COMPARISON E Pilbara WA
30.4 ROEBOURNE E Pilbara WA
29.9 ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA
29.4 KARRATHA AERO E Pilbara WA
29.4 MARDIE W Pilbara WA

+7.6 : 28.2 QUILPIE AIRPORT Far SW QLD
+7.3 : 21.0 PARKES AIRPORT AWS CW Slopes S NSW
+7.2 : 23.6 COONAMBLE COMPARISON CW Plains N NSW
+6.9 : 28.0 WINDORAH POST OFFICE Channel Country QLD
+6.9 : 27.1 THARGOMINDAH POST OFFICE Far SW QLD
+6.9 : 24.3 BREWARRINA HOSPITAL Upper Darling NSW

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

7.9 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
13.8 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS
14.0 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
14.6 LUNCHEON HILL (FORESTRY) N Coast TAS
14.9 SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS

-9.0 : 20.5 KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT Goldfields WA
-7.8 : 20.3 BALLADONIA Eucla WA
-5.6 : 24.5 LAVERTON AERO Goldfields WA
-5.5 : 24.0 BALGAIR Eucla WA
-5.2 : 27.5 LEONORA Goldfields WA

-1.6 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
0.1 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
1.0 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
1.2 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
1.9 ROSS (THE BOULEVARDS) Midlands TAS

-7.6 : 2.0 MORTLAKE RACECOURSE W Coast VIC
-7.5 : 3.4 NHILL Wimmera N VIC
-7.2 : 2.8 COONAWARRA Lower SE SA
-7.1 : 3.7 LONGERENONG Wimmera S VIC
-6.8 : 4.0 CASTERTON SHOWGROUNDS W Coast VIC
-6.8 : 4.8 PORTLAND (CASHMORE AIRPORT) W Coast VIC

Wettest
Sunniest & dullest
Windiest
Highest gusts
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.
Highest and lowest recordings of hours of sunshine for the 24 hours to midnight.
Highest wind run totals in kilometres for the 24 hours to 9am (average speed in brackets). All reported runs > =25km/h are shown.
Highest wind gusts in km/h for the 24 hours to midnight followed by the hour in which it occurred. All stations with gusts > 89km/h are shown.
62.0 BELLENDEN KER TOP STN N Coast--Barron QLD
59.0 HOPE VALE N Coast--Barron QLD
57.0 CAPE WILBERFORCE N Rivers NT
52.0 ALBANY ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
51.0 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD

NORTHERN TERRITORY
N Rivers
57.0 CAPE WILBERFORCE

QUEENSLAND
N Peninsula
52.0 ALBANY ISLAND
51.0 HORN ISLAND
N Coast--Barron
62.0 BELLENDEN KER TOP STN
59.0 HOPE VALE

12.0 WAGGA WAGGA AMO SW Slopes S NSW
11.9 MOREE AERO NW Plains E NSW
11.8 MELBOURNE AIRPORT E Central VIC
11.7 COBAR MO Upper Darling NSW
11.7 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS

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5.0 FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT Flinders Is/Bass St TAS
4.0 DARWIN AIRPORT N Rivers NT
2.7 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS
0.5 SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO Sydney--east NSW
0.3 GOVE AIRPORT N Rivers NT

1281 (53.4) MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
987 (41.1) HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
896 (37.3) GREEN ISLAND N Coast--Barron QLD
813 (33.9) HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
791 (33.0) KILMORE GAP N Central VIC
755 (31.5) WILLIS ISLAND COMPARISON Islands ISL
735 (30.6) SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO Sydney--east NSW
733 (30.5) CAPE LEEUWIN Lower West WA
715 (29.8) LOW ISLES LIGHTHOUSE N Coast--Barron QLD
699 (29.1) RUNDLE ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
688 (28.7) SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS
678 (28.3) WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE W Gippsland VIC
674 (28.1) HOGAN ISLAND Islands ISL
669 (27.9) THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
657 (27.4) CAPE FLATTERY N Coast--Barron QLD
649 (27.0) NORAH HEAD AWS Hunter Valley NSW
640 (26.7) CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
636 (26.5) MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
633 (26.4) CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) Southeast TAS
620 (25.8) NEPTUNE ISLAND W Agricultural SA
615 (25.6) GREEN CAPE AWS South Coast NSW
609 (25.4) PARAWA (SECOND VALLEY FOREST AWS) Adelaide/Lofty SA
607 (25.3) NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS Hunter Valley NSW
604 (25.2) LADY ELLIOT ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
604 (25.2) KIAMA (BOMBO HEADLAND) Illawarra NSW
603 (25.1) MANGALORE AIRPORT N Central VIC
104/23 SCONE AIRPORT AWS Hunter Valley NSW
98/00 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
85/18 SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS
81/22 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
81/10 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
81/21 NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS Hunter Valley NSW

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
    N Kimberley
KALUMBURU
4.2mm in 11 min to 15:48 22.9mm/h
6.4mm in 12 min to 16:00 32.0mm/h
10.8mm in 1 hr to 16:00 10.8mm/h
    W Kimberley
BROOME AIRPORT
12.0mm in 11 min to 06:52 65.5mm/h
22.0mm in 1 hr to 07:00 22.0mm/h
29.6mm in 1 hr to 07:30 29.6mm/h
10.0mm in 1 hr to 08:00 10.0mm/h
32.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 10.7mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
    N Rivers
DARWIN AIRPORT
11.0mm in 1 hr to 15:30 11.0mm/h
MIDDLE POINT AWS
10.4mm in 1 hr to 16:30 10.4mm/h
12.4mm in 1 hr to 17:30 12.4mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 7.7mm/h
WARRUWI
36.2mm in 2 hr to 22:30 18.1mm/h
37.0mm in 3 hr to 23:30 12.3mm/h
ALYANGULA POLICE
60.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 10.0mm/h
GOVE AIRPORT
11.2mm in 14 min to 15:30 48.0mm/h
11.2mm in 1 hr to 15:30 11.2mm/h
19.4mm in 30 min to 16:00 38.8mm/h
30.6mm in 1 hr to 16:00 30.6mm/h
22.4mm in 1 hr to 16:30 22.4mm/h
43.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 14.3mm/h
NGAYAWILI
24.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 8.0mm/h
GROOTE EYLANDT AIRPORT AWS
20.0mm in 1 hr 3 min to 14:30 19.0mm/h
43.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 14.3mm/h
14.4mm in 1 hr to 15:30 14.4mm/h
QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
COCONUT ISLAND
84.0mm in 6 hr to 15:00 14.0mm/h
    N Coast--Herbert
INGHAM COMPOSITE
36.0mm in 6 hr to 09:00 6.0mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF
17.4mm in 28 min to 23:58 37.3mm/h
SCONE AIRPORT AWS
2.8mm in 2 min to 23:53 84.0mm/h
2.0mm in 1 min to 23:54 120.0mm/h
6.0mm in 3 min to 23:57 120.0mm/h
    C Tablelands N
MUDGEE AIRPORT AWS
8.0mm in 10 min to 21:20 48.0mm/h
    Sydney--east
TERREY HILLS (TERREY HILLS RESERVE)
13.0mm in 1 hr to 21:00 13.0mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.0mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
SCONE AIRPORT AWS : 89(260/ 67 ) at 23:54
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 98(310/ 70 ) at 16:59
    W Coast
SCOTTS PEAK DAM : 85(290/ 67 ) at 19:33