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National Daily Weather Summary


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For weather news as it breaks that is tagged and organised, use the links on the Weather and Climate Media Reports page.

Tuesday 9 May 2017

 Chance of El Niño eases - but ever so slightly

The array of climate models the Bureau of Meteorology uses to forecast long-term climatic changes have reduced the likelihood of an El Niño developing this year compared with last month's.

However, in its latest ENSO Wrap-Up, issued today, the Bureau says "five of eight international climate models still indicate the tropical Pacific Ocean may exceed El Niño thresholds during the second half of 2017" but adds that the models have lower forecasting accuracy during autumn. BoM also notes that sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific have warmed since the start of 2017, though they, and some other indicators, remain below El Niño levels. The BoM is maintaining a watch status for El Niño, meaning that they consider there is still a 50% chance of it developing in coming months.

Forecasts for the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) also remain neutral, with four of six climate models expecting a positive IOD to develop during winter. An El Niño often brings a dry winter/spring to eastern Australia and, if coupled with a positive IOD, extends the dry area farther west.

The 9 May ENSO Wrap-Up is here, and includes links to a video and poster that explain how El Niño works.

 Tropical Cyclone Donna menaces New Caledonia

Tropical Cyclone Donna is threatening New Caledonia, and at 19.00EST this evening lay 220km NNE of the capital, Nouméa. It has been downgraded from the Category 5 level it maintained for about 24 hours when between Vanuatu and New Caledonia. This would have given it wind gusts of up to 300km/h. It is believed to have been the strongest cyclone recorded in the South Pacific in May, which is very late in the season. It was still producing winds averaging 165km/h with gusts to 205km/h at 19.00EST today, and one in three ocean waves topping 8.5m.

Donna is moving SSE down the eastern side of New Caledonia, so the east and south coasts will fare badly while the three main Loyalty Islands, 100km offshore and close to Donna's track, will fare worst. The cyclone will weaken rapidly overnight and into tomorrow, but not before bringing wind gusts to 175km/h to the Loyalty group and, on current forecast, passing over the top of Maré, the southernmost island in the group.

The central pressure of the cyclone is estimated at 963hPa, so tidal surge flooding is expected at high tide and rainfall over 200mm is forecast in exposed areas. Warnings are on the Météo France Nouvelle Calédonie* and Civil Security* websites (it helps to speak French or use a translator) or the Joint Typhoon Warning Center* site - look for "Donna".


Records set or equalled today

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Summary of observations

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Data is as received at 14:03EST, 11/05/2017.

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 21.2 -0.6 16.9 +6.5 15.2 1.4 2.0 2.0 262 (10.9) 35/17
BUNBURY 20.2 -1.0 14.9 +5.6 -- 1.8 -- -- 292 (12.2) 34/01
MANDURAH 21.0 -0.3 18.2 +4.6 -- 1.6 -- -- 334 (13.9) 31/02
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.2 +1.2 22.4 +0.3 20.7 0.0 6.8 11.2 318 (13.3) 46/13
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 22.0 -1.0 3.3 -4.9 -- 0.0 -- -- 291 (12.1) 31/11
WHYALLA AERO 18.5 -1.9 3.1 -5.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 280 (11.7) 28/02
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 18.9 0.0 6.9 -3.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 133 ( 5.5) 21/15
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 15.1 -1.0 8.4 +1.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 245 (10.2) 22/13
MOUNT ISA AERO -- -- -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
CAIRNS AERO 29.1 +1.5 18.9 -1.0 -- 0.2 -- -- 398 (16.6) 30/09
TOWNSVILLE AERO 30.0 +2.4 17.3 -0.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 275 (11.5) 34/13
MACKAY M.O 24.1 -0.1 20.5 +3.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 544 (22.7) 48/13
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 24.5 -1.5 20.6 +6.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 361 (15.0) 41/12
BUNDABERG AERO 24.6 0.0 18.0 +3.9 -- 0.2 -- -- 443 (18.5) 52/14
COOLANGATTA 23.0 -0.1 17.5 +3.4 -- 17.2 -- -- 347 (14.5) 43/12
BRISBANE AERO 23.2 -0.3 15.5 +2.7 13.9 4.6 0.4 8.0 320 (13.3) 43/14
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT 18.4 -1.4 12.9 +3.1 -- 3.0 -- -- 558 (23.3) 50/10
GUNNEDAH RESOURCE CENTRE 21.3 +1.0 8.4 -0.3 4.2 0.0 3.0 -- -- --
PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT AWS 21.4 0.0 9.3 -1.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 162 ( 6.8) 28/14
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF 19.8 -0.5 8.9 -1.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 293 (12.2) 35/15
ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE 15.1 +0.9 1.4 -3.2 -5.1 0.0 1.4 -- -- --
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS 22.1 +2.2 5.4 -1.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 407 (17.0) 34/10
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO 18.8 -1.2 10.6 -0.3 7.1 0.0 9.6 7.5 433 (18.0) 41/12
RICHMOND RAAF 20.5 0.0 5.3 -2.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 96 ( 4.0) 21/10
BELLAMBI AWS 18.0 -1.6 12.8 -0.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 423 (17.6) 37/16
CANBERRA AIRPORT 17.7 -- -1.0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 221 ( 9.2) 17/10
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 19.0 +1.7 1.4 -4.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 192 ( 8.0) 21/12
ALBURY AIRPORT AWS 18.1 +0.5 2.7 -2.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 95 ( 4.0) 15/13
MILDURA AIRPORT 18.9 -0.1 3.9 -3.5 -- 0.0 1.8 -- 269 (11.2) 28/10
TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG 17.2 0.0 4.9 -0.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 323 (13.5) 22/15
BENDIGO AIRPORT 17.1 +0.5 4.0 -1.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 252 (10.5) 26/16
MELBOURNE AIRPORT 15.8 -0.8 9.4 +1.1 7.4 1.6 0.8 0.9 341 (14.2) 26/14
BALLARAT AERODROME 11.9 -1.7 7.4 +1.7 -- 0.2 -- -- 426 (17.8) 30/09
LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) 17.2 +1.4 3.3 -1.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 171 ( 7.1) 28/10
HOBART AIRPORT 14.4 -0.8 8.8 +2.2 6.4 0.0 1.4 3.3 354 (14.8) 28/12
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

36.0 MARDIE W Pilbara WA
35.9 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
35.9 ONSLOW AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
35.0 OENPELLI AIRPORT N Rivers NT
34.7 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA

+8.5 : 28.0 WAGIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.8 : 28.7 BALLADONIA Eucla WA
+7.6 : 28.3 KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT Goldfields WA
+7.3 : 31.1 MEEKATHARRA AIRPORT E Gascoyne WA
+6.7 : 35.9 ONSLOW AIRPORT W Pilbara WA

28.0 BROWSE ISLAND Islands ISL
26.8 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
26.6 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
26.6 CAPE WESSEL Islands ISL
26.0 ROWLEY SHOALS Islands ISL

+8.3 : 15.5 SALMON GUMS RES.STN. Goldfields WA
+7.4 : 14.3 KINGAROY AIRPORT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+7.3 : 15.0 BROOKTON Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.3 : 15.8 JACUP Cent Wheatbelt WA
+7.3 : 14.9 CORRIGIN Cent Wheatbelt WA

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

6.7 MOUNT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
7.3 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
8.4 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
9.1 KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
9.2 MOUNT GININI AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW

-4.4 : 13.6 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW
-4.0 : 22.3 THANGOOL AIRPORT Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
-3.9 : 14.4 STANTHORPE LESLIE PARADE Darling Downs E QLD
-3.6 : 19.4 GINGIN AERO Lower West WA
-3.4 : 14.0 APPLETHORPE Darling Downs E QLD

-5.9 PERISHER VALLEY AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.9 GOULBURN AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-4.0 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.8 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.8 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS

-7.7 : -4.9 GOULBURN AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-6.7 : 0.0 COBAR AIRPORT AWS Upper Darling NSW
-6.5 : -0.5 GLUEPOT RESERVE (GLUEPOT) Northeast SA
-6.4 : 1.9 WUDINNA AERO W Agricultural SA
-6.4 : 0.7 SNOWTOWN (RAYVILLE PARK) Lower North SA
-6.4 : 1.3 KINGSCOTE AERO Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA

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.
59.0 BRIBIE ISLAND ALERT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
38.0 SUNSHINE COAST AIRPORT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
38.0 GODWIN BEACH Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
32.4 MIAMI BARDON AVE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
30.0 MURWILLUMBAH (TWEED RIVER) North Coast NSW

QUEENSLAND
Brisbane/SE Coast
59.0 BRIBIE ISLAND ALERT
38.0 SUNSHINE COAST AIRPORT
38.0 GODWIN BEACH
32.4 MIAMI BARDON AVE

NEW SOUTH WALES
North Coast
30.0 MURWILLUMBAH (TWEED RIVER)

Reports not yet available

1052 (43.8) CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
1024 (42.7) CAPE GRIM BAPS (COMPARISON) N Coast TAS
997 (41.5) CAPE LEEUWIN Lower West WA
970 (40.4) HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
929 (38.7) KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
909 (37.9) MARIA ISLAND (POINT LESUEUR) E Coast TAS
907 (37.8) BYRON BAY (CAPE BYRON AWS) North Coast NSW
888 (37.0) GABO ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE E Gippsland VIC
878 (36.6) MOUNT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
863 (36.0) GOLD COAST SEAWAY Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
856 (35.7) MIDDLE PERCY ISLAND Islands ISL
822 (34.3) TASMAN ISLAND Southeast TAS
806 (33.6) HERON ISLAND RES STN Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
805 (33.5) MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
778 (32.4) CAPE GRIM N Coast TAS
752 (31.3) CAPE WESSEL Islands ISL
740 (30.8) LADY ELLIOT ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
735 (30.6) CAPE FLATTERY N Coast--Barron QLD
722 (30.1) GRAMPIANS (MOUNT WILLIAM) Wimmera S VIC
699 (29.1) MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
698 (29.1) CAPE NATURALISTE Lower West WA
697 (29.0) WILLIS ISLAND Islands ISL
668 (27.8) COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
663 (27.6) CENTRE ISLAND N Rivers NT
651 (27.1) CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) Southeast TAS
641 (26.7) LARAPUNA (EDDYSTONE POINT) E Coast TAS
621 (25.9) HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
620 (25.8) NORFOLK ISLAND AERO Islands ISL
615 (25.6) ESPERANCE AERO Lower West WA
610 (25.4) LOW ISLES LIGHTHOUSE N Coast--Barron QLD
74/19 RUNDLE ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
74/06 CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
68/21 MIDDLE PERCY ISLAND Islands ISL
67/01 CAPE LEEUWIN Lower West WA
67/23 LADY ELLIOT ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD

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