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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

WA: Cold change brings tornados, storms and heavy rain

A prefrontal trough ahead of a strong cold change brought two tornados to the small coastal settlement of Leeman, 240km north of Perth this morning. Heavy showers accompanied the trough and front as they crossed southern WA, and continued in the vigorous southwesterly stream that followed.

Two tornados, initially classed at F2 strength, hit Leeman, the first causing little damage but the second ripping a path of destruction down the town's main street at about 9.30am. At least 8 house roofs were blown off or significantly damaged, while the 15m diameter funnel threw a shed hundreds of metres across Indian Ocean Drive into powerlines, blacking out the town and nearby areas. Car ports were mangled, garage doors blown in, windows broken and fences blown down. Trees and branches were hurled 50 to 100m into the air.

Heavy showers and strong winds made it an uncomfortable day in the South West and as far north as Geraldton which was blacked out by a thunderstorm during the morning. Top wind gusts recorded were 106km/h on Rottnest Island and 91 at Cape Naturaliste. Two fishermen that set out from Esperance this morning were reported missing in heavy seas this afternoon; one was rescued from an island during Wednesday but the other had not been found.

Rainfall from the system was generally 20 to 50mm in the South West, and the focus of heavy rain moved north during the morning. Heaviest 24-hour rainfalls were Ravenscliffe, 50km ESE of Busselton, with 44mm to 9am today and Karnet with 52.5mm to 9am Wednesday. Perth Metro AWS recorded 29.4mm between 11am and 1pm; other downpours are listed below. Strong river rises and some local flooding occurred in southwestern streams, with catchments soaked from recent rain.

Newsbits

NT: Cold night in the northwest: Cold nights continued in the Victoria River district of the NT with an overnight low of 3.3 recorded at Victoria River Downs, 10.3 below average and only 0.6 above the station's 39-year August record.

TAS: Windy in the south: Despite a 1030hPa high sitting over southern NSW, exposed parts of southern Tasmania continued to experience gale to storm force winds. Maatsuyker Island's top gust today was 117km/h closely follwed by Mt Wellington summit with 113. The average windspeed on Maatsuyker for the 24 hours to 9am was 74.8km/h.


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Summary of observations

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Data is as received at 21:14EST, 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 17.9 -2.1 7.5 -1.4 6.1 1.4 3.4 -- 411 (17.1) 58/14
PERTH AIRPORT 16.4 -2.0 7.3 -0.7 4.4 1.0 2.2 1.3 418 (17.4) 67/16
ALBANY AIRPORT 14.4 -1.7 8.2 +0.7 5.5 0.0 3.6 2.7 512 (21.3) 46/11
BUNBURY 14.8 -2.5 11.8 +4.2 -- 37.2 -- -- 410 (17.1) 61/15
MANDURAH 16.2 -- 12.7 -- -- 4.0 -- -- 782 (32.6) 72/15
DARWIN AIRPORT 31.4 +0.1 19.6 -0.8 18.8 0.0 6.6 3.9 252 (10.5) 31/11
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 22.0 -0.6 0.6 -5.4 -3.3 0.0 4.0 11.2 274 (11.4) 30/11
WHYALLA AERO 19.3 +0.8 2.7 -3.2 -- 0.0 3.2 -- 207 ( 8.6) 41/13
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 18.3 +1.6 6.7 -1.5 4.0 0.0 1.2 10.4 248 (10.3) 37/23
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 16.4 +2.3 5.2 -0.3 4.7 0.4 1.4 7.3 472 (19.7) 34/13
MOUNT ISA AERO 27.7 +0.4 11.6 +1.3 8.2 0.0 6.0 10.9 321 (13.4) 39/16
CAIRNS AERO 26.6 0.0 18.0 +0.6 16.6 0.0 5.0 7.1 382 (15.9) 46/12
TOWNSVILLE AERO 25.5 -0.5 13.5 -1.2 12.5 0.0 2.2 6.2 185 ( 7.7) 45/13
MACKAY M.O 22.7 +0.2 13.8 -0.2 -- 0.0 -- 10.3 313 (13.0) 32/21
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 25.3 +0.5 11.2 +0.6 10.4 0.0 2.6 -- 199 ( 8.3) 34/11
BUNDABERG AERO 24.3 +1.0 11.1 +0.2 -- 0.0 3.4 -- 220 ( 9.2) 30/14
NAMBOUR DPI 24.4 +1.9 7.5 -0.5 -- 0.0 2.6 -- -- --
COOLANGATTA 22.4 +1.1 8.6 -1.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 245 (10.2) 46/15
BRISBANE AERO 23.9 +2.1 8.1 -1.5 4.3 0.0 3.0 10.4 259 (10.8) 37/19
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT 21.0 +2.3 7.4 -0.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 243 (10.1) 46/19
GUNNEDAH (DIPNR) 16.7 -1.2 4.3 -1.5 -2.5 0.0 2.6 -- 291 (12.1) --
COFFS HARBOUR MO 18.6 -1.2 7.6 -0.6 5.1 0.0 3.6 10.5 399 (16.6) 46/10
PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT AWS 18.7 -1.5 2.6 -4.1 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF 17.0 -1.6 4.6 -2.2 0.6 0.0 5.8 9.3 418 (17.4) 37/01
GOSFORD (NARARA RESEARCH STATION) AWS 18.6 -0.4 2.8 -2.5 -2.0 0.0 -- -- 171 ( 7.1) 21/00
ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE 12.5 +1.5 0.0 -2.1 -4.0 1.0 2.2 10.1 -- --
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS 15.5 -2.0 -1.2 -4.6 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO 16.5 -1.8 8.7 +0.6 3.6 0.0 6.6 10.7 700 (29.2) 37/04
RICHMOND RAAF 18.4 -1.4 0.8 -3.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 410 (17.1) 41/02
BELLAMBI AWS 15.7 -2.3 9.7 -0.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 545 (22.7) 48/01
CANBERRA AIRPORT 13.5 +0.5 -2.1 -3.1 -4.8 0.4 2.8 9.5 526 (21.9) 30/14
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 14.4 -0.1 -1.1 -4.7 -3.6 2.8 2.0 9.8 307 (12.8) 18/16
ALBURY AIRPORT AWS 13.8 -1.2 0.2 -3.6 -- 7.0 -- -- -- --
MILDURA AIRPORT 17.5 +0.3 1.4 -3.8 -1.5 0.2 3.0 10.4 251 (10.5) 24/15
TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG 14.9 +0.2 -1.0 -4.9 1.0 3.7 1.3 -- 209 ( 8.7) 18/14
BENDIGO AIRPORT 14.6 +0.3 -2.5 -5.0 -- 1.0 -- -- 193 ( 8.0) 30/14
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 17.5 +2.5 6.3 -0.4 3.3 1.8 1.2 -- 118 ( 4.9) 22/15
GEELONG AIRPORT 16.7 +1.7 2.4 -3.5 -- 1.6 -- -- 400 (16.7) 39/00
BALLARAT AERODROME 13.8 +2.4 -0.1 -3.8 -- 0.4 -- -- 368 (15.3) 28/15
LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) 17.0 +3.3 5.9 +2.3 -- 0.8 -- -- 253 (10.5) 35/14
HOBART AIRPORT 16.4 +2.9 8.1 +3.4 5.5 0.0 2.0 4.0 475 (19.8) 61/12
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

34.8 OENPELLI N Rivers NT
34.2 KALUMBURU N Kimberley WA
33.8 MIDDLE POINT AWS N Rivers NT
33.7 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
33.5 JABIRU AIRPORT N Rivers NT

+8.3 : 27.5 EYRE Eucla WA
+5.6 : 24.8 EUCLA Eucla WA
+4.8 : 25.5 BALGAIR Eucla WA
+4.7 : 25.2 LAVERTON AERO Goldfields WA
+4.6 : 25.5 FORREST Eucla WA

26.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
24.6 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
23.6 BLACK POINT N Rivers NT
23.5 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
23.2 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD

+7.2 : 19.6 ONSLOW W Pilbara WA
+7.0 : 17.6 PARABURDOO AERO E Gascoyne WA
+6.0 : 19.3 ONSLOW AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
+5.9 : 13.0 BUSSELTON AERO Lower West WA
+5.4 : 17.7 MARDIE W Pilbara WA

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

2.3 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
3.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
3.6 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
3.7 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
4.5 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS

-4.1 : 15.0 GOSNELLS CITY Lower West WA
-4.0 : 11.2 ROCKY GULLY Lower West WA
-3.8 : 12.0 BICKLEY Lower West WA
-3.8 : 13.8 BEVERLEY Cent Wheatbelt WA
-3.7 : 13.5 DONNYBROOK Lower West WA

-6.5 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-6.1 COOMA AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-6.0 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-5.8 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-5.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW

-10.0 : 3.3 VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS N Rivers NT
-6.8 : 6.0 WAVE HILL N Rivers NT
-6.2 : 1.7 HOPETOUN NORTH Lower West WA
-6.0 : 7.8 KIDMAN SPRINGS N Rivers NT
-6.0 : -1.0 HILLSTON AIRPORT Riverina W NSW

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.
62.6 DONNYBROOK SOUTH
53.2 BOYANUP Lower West WA
45.0 PERIVALE ORCHARD Lower West WA
44.0 RAVENSCLIFFE ALERT Lower West WA
44.0 THIRLMERE Lower West WA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Lower West
53.2 BOYANUP
45.0 PERIVALE ORCHARD
44.0 RAVENSCLIFFE ALERT
44.0 THIRLMERE

ISLANDS

62.6 DONNYBROOK SOUTH

11.2 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT N Plateau NT
11.2 TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT N Plateau NT
10.9 RABBIT FLAT N Plateau NT
10.9 MOUNT ISA AERO Gulf Country QLD
10.9 LOXTON RESEARCH CENTRE Murray Valley SA

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2.6 NORFOLK ISLAND AERO Islands ISL
1.3 PERTH AIRPORT Lower West WA
1.0 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE W Coast TAS
0.8 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
0.6 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS

1794 (74.8) MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
1526 (63.6) MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
1294 (53.9) HOGAN ISLAND Islands ISL
1082 (45.1) CAPE GRIM BAPS N Coast TAS
1019 (42.5) THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
988 (41.2) LOW HEAD N Coast TAS
985 (41.0) SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS
940 (39.2) CAPE LEEUWIN Lower West WA
938 (39.1) WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE W Gippsland VIC
921 (38.4) ROTTNEST ISLAND Lower West WA
917 (38.2) MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
910 (37.9) FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT Flinders Is/Bass St TAS
849 (35.4) CAPE NATURALISTE Lower West WA
831 (34.6) HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
825 (34.4) GREEN CAPE AWS South Coast NSW
789 (32.9) CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) Southeast TAS
782 (32.6) MANDURAH Lower West WA
717 (29.9) COLAC (MT GELLIBRAND) W Coast VIC
707 (29.5) KING ISLAND AIRPORT King Island TAS
706 (29.4) CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE W Coast VIC
700 (29.2) SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO Sydney--east NSW
657 (27.4) STRAHAN AERODROME W Coast TAS
653 (27.2) HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
635 (26.5) MURRURUNDI GAP AWS Hunter Valley NSW
631 (26.3) GOULBURN AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
621 (25.9) MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
615 (25.6) DEVONPORT AIRPORT N Coast TAS
614 (25.6) LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
613 (25.5) JERVIS BAY (PT PERPENDICULAR AWS) Illawarra NSW
609 (25.4) NEPTUNE ISLAND W Agricultural SA
608 (25.3) LOW ISLES LIGHTHOUSE N Coast--Barron QLD
602 (25.1) MOSS VALE AWS Illawarra NSW
117/04 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
113/04 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS
106/09 ROTTNEST ISLAND Lower West WA
95/15 PEARCE RAAF Lower West WA
91/17 CAPE NATURALISTE Lower West WA

Downpours High AWS wind reports
High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less from AWS and synoptic reports. Storm force gusts (>89km/h) and 10-minute mean gales (>62km/h) reported by AWSs. Wind direction and mean windspeed are shown in brackets.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Central West
GERALDTON AIRPORT
15.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.0mm/h
    Lower West
PERTH AIRPORT
10.2mm in 1 hr to 12:30 10.2mm/h
ROTTNEST ISLAND
11.4mm in 13 min to 08:14 52.6mm/h
12.6mm in 1 hr to 09:00 12.6mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.0mm/h
SWANBOURNE
11.4mm in 15 min to 09:45 45.6mm/h
15.4mm in 1 hr to 10:30 15.4mm/h
21.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 7.0mm/h
PERTH METRO
17.0mm in 3 hr to 12:00 5.7mm/h
11.8mm in 30 min to 12:30 23.6mm/h
19.0mm in 1 hr to 12:30 19.0mm/h
12.4mm in 1 hr to 13:00 12.4mm/h
BICKLEY
7.2mm in 32 min to 12:32 13.5mm/h
10.2mm in 1 hr to 13:00 10.2mm/h
GARDEN ISLAND HSF
13.0mm in 59 min to 09:00 13.2mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 5.0mm/h
CAPE LEEUWIN
8.8mm in 32 min to 07:32 16.5mm/h
8.2mm in 18 min to 07:50 27.3mm/h
17.4mm in 1 hr to 08:00 17.4mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 7.3mm/h
BUNBURY
15.8mm in 1 hr to 08:00 15.8mm/h
22.0mm in 3 hr to 09:00 7.3mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Lower West
ROTTNEST ISLAND : 106(280/ 52 ) at 09:21
SWANBOURNE : 80(260/ 63 ) at 15:42
GARDEN ISLAND HSF : 85(260/ 70 ) at 17:47
CAPE LEEUWIN : 87(260/ 78 ) at 18:35
CAPE NATURALISTE : 91(240/ 70 ) at 17:50
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 113(310/ 95 ) at 03:59
MOUNT WELLINGTON : 106(260/ 82 ) at 01:30
HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 87(250/ 69 ) at 21:31
    W Coast
SCOTTS PEAK DAM : 83(290/ 63 ) at 01:00
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 72(270/ 63 ) at 04:00
LORD HOWE ISLAND AERO : 70(240/ 63 ) at 09:54