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Monday 23 January 2017

More storms and rain in SA as eastern states feel the heat

Following last Thursday's damaging storms in Adelaide and SA, a line of thunderstorms and heavy rain are again moving across the state today while southeastern states fry ahead of a change.

The heavy rain moved in from the NW ahead of a front this morning, dropping 51mm on Cummins on southern Eyre Peninsula, five times its monthly average rain. 20.6mm, twice the monthly average, was dumped on the town in just 30 minutes to 10.30, after which rain continued steadily until mid-afternoon. The rain moved into the Adelaide area, giving Edithburgh 21.2mm on the Yorke Peninsula and Noarlunga 18.8 in Adelaide's south before moving into southeast SA late afternoon.

Ahead of the change, temperatures have heated up again for eastern states with top temperatures today of 42.5° at Moomba in SA, 44.3° for Hay in NSW and 42.1° at Yarrawonga in VIC. Temperatures were above 40° in all northeastern SA, western NSW and northern VIC. Tomorrow is expected to be the hot one in central and northern NSW, with Sydney seeing tops of 38° on the coast and 41° inland while Canberra has a milder 35°.

Soaked start to the wet season brings floods but happy pastoralists

The start of this year's wet season has brought well above average rains since around 20 December to the WA Kimberley, causing extensive flooding but promising pastoralists a rewarding 2017.

Falls in most parts of the large Kimberley area have been extremely heavy, giving some locations close to their average annual rainfall during the past month. Owen Finger from Debesa Station, west of Fitzroy Crossing, told ABC Rural "The average rainfall here is about 28 inches (711mm) and we've already had about 26 inches (660mm) since the start of December, so 2017 should be all good."

An active monsoon trough in which embedded lows have enhanced rainfall over the region have brought consistent rain for a month as well as occasional heavy totals of between 100 and 225mm in a day. These have hugely swollen streams, frustrating police with the stupidity of drivers who attempt to cross them. Two carloads of people had to be rescued in two consecutive days last week when they tried to drive across lengthy floodways and were swept off.

So far in January, several locations have had around double their averages for the whole of the month including Diggers Rest, just S of Wyndham, which has had 346.7mm (monthly average 138.9mm), Wyndham 374.8 (184.9), Carlton Hill, 40km NW of Kununurra, 506.2 (205.3), Halls Creek 388.6 (150.7), Kununurra 401.8 (198.6), Ruby Plains, 40km S of Halls Creek, 414.2 (123.7), and Camballin, 100km SE of Derby, 351.6 (160.3).

The rain has also pushed well inland. Telfer, 400km S of Broome, has recorded 346.4mm so far in January (average is 49.2), helped along by a torrential downpour on Wednesday evening, 18 January, that produced 127.8mm in 4.5 hours between 19.30 and midnight. Much farther inland, Warburton has had 143.6 (average 28.5), Giles 81.2 (30.1) and Carnegie 175.0 (30.1).

Slip, slop, slap! But for pineapples?

While humans heading for the beach are used to the slip on a shirt, slop on the sunscreen and slap on a hat routine, having pineapples reach for the 30+ seems a bit confronting.

The continuing heatwaves on the Sunshine Coast in SE QLD have the potential to stunt the growth of pineapples, which shut down above about 32° reducing yield and profit. Grower Murray Pike told ABC Rural "The fruit out there that's getting close to harvest gets sunburnt badly. We have had a big natural flowering this year so we could potentially lose quite a bit of money, it just depends when the fruit is ready."

A crushed limestone solution is applied to the fruit destined for the cannery, while a polymer solution that doesn't change the colour of the pineapple is used for the fresh fruit market. Unfortunately, hot nights, when sunshine isn't a factor, can also stunt the fruit's growth and polymers don't work above the mid to high 30s either.


Records set or equalled today

These records are based on data that has been checked for gross errors but has not yet been fully validated. They are based on data received as at 1404 EST on 24/01/2017. 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 daily rainfall

NT

Arnhem

014517

NGAYAWILI

169.4

159.0

08/01/2009

15

1 N

Highest minimum temperature

QLD

N Coast--Herbert

032141

LUCINDA POINT

29.0

29.0

11/01/1983

23

1 P Equal to record.

Highest wind gust (km/h)

NSW

Far Northwest

046012

WILCANNIA AERODROME AWS

146

89.0

25/01/2006

11

113.0

17/12/2009

12

N


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Summary of observations

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Data is as received at 14:03EST, 14/02/2017.

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
PERTH AIRPORT 26.9 -4.8 9.6 -7.4 7.2 0.0 9.2 12.7 532 (22.2) 54/14
BUNBURY 24.7 -5.0 8.8 -6.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 336 (14.0) 41/15
MANDURAH 24.0 -5.3 15.7 -3.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 414 (17.3) 43/13
DARWIN AIRPORT 30.5 -1.3 24.7 -0.1 24.5 15.0 6.8 0.4 340 (14.2) 48/15
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 32.9 -3.5 22.8 +1.3 -- 25.6 -- -- 279 (11.6) 48/19
WHYALLA AERO 34.1 +4.1 21.0 +3.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 297 (12.4) 46/02
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 33.0 +3.7 24.5 +7.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 165 ( 6.9) 37/22
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 29.8 +4.6 18.3 +7.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 265 (11.0) 48/21
MOUNT ISA AERO 35.5 -0.8 23.6 -0.1 -- 26.8 -- -- 250 (10.4) 57/13
CAIRNS AERO 33.4 +1.9 25.6 +1.9 -- 0.0 -- -- 323 (13.5) 35/11
TOWNSVILLE AERO 32.9 +1.5 26.3 +2.0 -- 0.2 -- -- 481 (20.0) 39/23
MACKAY M.O 29.6 -0.5 25.2 +1.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 331 (13.8) 35/21
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 30.7 -1.2 24.5 +2.4 -- 0.0 7.2 -- 461 (19.2) 39/02
BUNDABERG AERO 30.9 +0.8 20.6 -0.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 482 (20.1) 39/15
COOLANGATTA -- -- 20.5 -0.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 351 (14.6) --
BRISBANE AERO 29.1 +0.1 22.2 +1.0 21.4 0.0 10.6 8.0 349 (14.5) 28/11
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT 26.8 -1.2 16.4 -1.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 655 (27.3) 46/08
GUNNEDAH RESOURCE CENTRE 35.8 +3.9 20.6 +1.7 13.1 0.0 7.8 -- -- --
PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT AWS 29.1 +1.5 16.9 -1.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 298 (12.4) 44/15
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF 34.7 +6.7 20.1 +2.1 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE 31.3 +4.8 9.5 -3.9 2.5 38.8 21.8 -- -- --
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS 37.7 +4.6 21.0 +2.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 387 (16.1) 48/11
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO 35.2 +8.7 21.3 +2.5 20.7 0.0 9.6 12.1 554 (23.1) 72/19
RICHMOND RAAF 39.2 +9.3 16.7 -0.9 -- 0.0 -- -- 234 ( 9.8) 39/16
BELLAMBI AWS 33.6 +8.7 21.3 +2.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 422 (17.6) 50/15
CANBERRA AIRPORT 36.9 -- 13.9 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 258 (10.8) 50/14
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 39.7 +8.0 21.4 +5.1 -- 7.0 24.6 -- 291 (12.1) 50/16
ALBURY AIRPORT AWS 39.3 +6.9 19.2 +2.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 176 ( 7.3) 46/22
MILDURA AIRPORT 41.2 +8.9 20.5 +3.8 -- 0.0 -- 12.4 154 ( 6.4) 50/18
TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG 39.1 +9.5 20.0 +5.9 -- 0.0 -- -- 219 ( 9.1) 41/22
BENDIGO AIRPORT 38.4 +8.7 19.6 +5.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 242 (10.1) 54/20
MELBOURNE AIRPORT 37.4 +11.1 16.7 +3.0 16.0 0.0 6.6 3.8 332 (13.8) 54/13
BALLARAT AERODROME 35.1 +10.0 19.7 +8.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 307 (12.8) 48/17
LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) 30.4 +6.1 11.6 -0.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 273 (11.4) 35/20
HOBART AIRPORT 26.6 +4.1 14.4 +2.4 11.8 0.0 8.0 11.3 366 (15.3) 41/16
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

44.3 HAY AIRPORT AWS Riverina W NSW
44.1 IVANHOE AERODROME AWS Southwest Plains NSW
43.0 WILCANNIA AERODROME AWS Far Northwest NSW
42.9 MENINDEE POST OFFICE Lower Darling NSW
42.7 ANDAMOOKA NW Pastoral SA
42.7 POONCARIE MAIL AGENCY Lower Darling NSW

+13.4 : 39.6 AVALON AIRPORT W Central VIC
+13.2 : 37.1 WONTHAGGI E Central VIC
+13.1 : 36.0 AIREYS INLET W Coast VIC
+12.3 : 36.8 CERBERUS E Central VIC
+12.0 : 37.7 LAVERTON RAAF W Central VIC
+12.0 : 37.9 SHEOAKS W Central VIC

30.6 MOOMBA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
30.4 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
29.2 BEDOURIE POLICE STATION Channel Country QLD
29.0 LUCINDA POINT N Coast--Herbert QLD
28.4 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA

+8.8 : 19.7 BALLARAT AERODROME Western Plains VIC
+8.6 : 21.0 HORSHAM AERODROME Wimmera S VIC
+8.1 : 24.0 MINNIPA PIRSA W Agricultural SA
+8.1 : 19.6 NARACOORTE AERODROME Lower SE SA
+8.0 : 27.8 TARCOOLA AERO NW Pastoral SA
+8.0 : 23.9 ADELAIDE AIRPORT Adelaide/Lofty SA

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

19.0 BURNIE NTC AWS N Coast TAS
19.0 ALBANY Lower West WA
20.5 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
20.6 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
20.6 CAPE BORDA Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA

-7.2 : 32.1 MURCHISON W Gascoyne WA
-7.1 : 26.1 FORREST Eucla WA
-7.0 : 30.8 BULGA DOWNS Goldfields WA
-6.8 : 26.3 GINGIN AERO Lower West WA
-6.5 : 23.3 SWANBOURNE Lower West WA
-6.5 : 26.5 GOSNELLS CITY Lower West WA

4.4 BUTLERS GORGE Central Plateau TAS
6.7 WARRA W Coast TAS
7.0 MAYDENA POST OFFICE Derwent Valley TAS
7.0 WANDERING Cent Wheatbelt WA
7.1 PERISHER VALLEY AWS Snowy Mtns NSW

-8.1 : 9.1 PEARCE RAAF Lower West WA
-7.8 : 8.7 GINGIN AERO Lower West WA
-7.4 : 9.6 PERTH AIRPORT Lower West WA
-7.4 : 9.4 JANDAKOT AERO Lower West WA
-7.2 : 7.0 WANDERING Cent Wheatbelt WA

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.
169.4 NGAYAWILI N Rivers NT
169.0 POINT STUART WILDERNESS LODGE N Rivers NT
116.0 LEADERS CREEK N Rivers NT
111.6 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
109.2 MURGANELLA AIRSTRIP N Rivers NT

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
N Kimberley
111.6 WYNDHAM AERO
65.0 WYNDHAM
E Kimberley
58.0 CARLTON HILL

NORTHERN TERRITORY
N Rivers
169.4 NGAYAWILI
169.0 POINT STUART WILDERNESS LODGE
116.0 LEADERS CREEK
109.2 MURGANELLA AIRSTRIP
102.0 MILINGIMBI AIRPORT
90.0 ELIZABETH DOWNS
82.8 POINT STUART
82.4 MAINORU STORE
82.2 WARRUWI AIRPORT
82.0 TERRITORY WILDLIFE PARK
77.1 PINE CREEK
75.8 CROKER ISLAND AIRPORT
70.0 CAVE CREEK STATION
67.4 LAMBELL'S LAGOON
57.8 BRADSHAW RANGE CONTROL
56.6 BLACK POINT
55.0 MCMINNS LAGOON
55.0 KALALA
54.8 OENPELLI AIRPORT
54.0 WATERLOO
54.0 ROSEWOOD
53.4 INVERWAY
51.6 MIDDLE POINT RANGERS
51.6 GIRRAWEEN
51.0 BIRRINDUDU
N Plateau
51.2 GEMTREE PARK
51.0 OWEN SPRINGS

QUEENSLAND
Gulf Country
55.0 MOUNT ISA MINE
Central Coast E
56.5 KOUMALA HATFIELDS ROAD
Northwest
65.6 NEW MAY DOWNS
Far SW
55.0 WHYNOT STATION

Reports not yet available

907 (37.8) CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
900 (37.5) RUNDLE ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
853 (35.5) ROTTNEST ISLAND Lower West WA
851 (35.5) MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
848 (35.3) DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
820 (34.2) NGAYAWILI N Rivers NT
812 (33.8) NORTH ISLAND Central West WA
805 (33.5) LEGENDRE ISLAND E Pilbara WA
802 (33.4) SHARK BAY AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
787 (32.8) CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
776 (32.3) CAPE WESSEL Islands ISL
773 (32.2) GERALDTON AIRPORT Central West WA
763 (31.8) BADGINGARRA RESEARCH STN Lower West WA
761 (31.7) LADY ELLIOT ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
759 (31.6) MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
747 (31.1) KARRATHA AERO E Pilbara WA
725 (30.2) TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
718 (29.9) PORT HEDLAND AIRPORT E Pilbara WA
708 (29.5) ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA
689 (28.7) BEDOUT ISLAND E Pilbara WA
687 (28.6) YEPPOON THE ESPLANADE Central Coast E QLD
679 (28.3) GARDEN ISLAND HSF Lower West WA
676 (28.2) GREEN CAPE AWS South Coast NSW
671 (28.0) GABO ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE E Gippsland VIC
661 (27.5) KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
657 (27.4) HERON ISLAND RES STN Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
655 (27.3) TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT Darling Downs E QLD
652 (27.2) CAPE LEEUWIN Lower West WA
628 (26.2) REDCLIFFE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
625 (26.0) ONSLOW AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
621 (25.9) MOUNT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
617 (25.7) GOLD COAST SEAWAY Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
616 (25.7) SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFIELD Goldfields WA
612 (25.5) BARROW ISLAND AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
612 (25.5) WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE W Gippsland VIC
146/17 WILCANNIA AERODROME AWS Far Northwest NSW
91/17 WOOMERA AERODROME NW Pastoral SA
87/21 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
81/16 MOOMBA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
81/17 HOPETOUN AIRPORT Mallee S VIC
81/15 COLAC (MOUNT GELLIBRAND) W Coast VIC

Downpours High AWS wind reports
High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less from AWS and synoptic reports.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to a programming error, downpours shown for WA, NT, SA, QLD and ISLANDS between 9 and 10am local times are wrong and should be ignored. The error will be corrected as soon as possible.
Storm force gusts (>89km/h) and 10-minute mean gales (>62km/h) reported by AWSs. Wind direction and mean windspeed are shown in brackets.
None reported None reported