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Friday 16 June 2017

 Dry start to winter for the whole country


It's rare to see almost the entire nation showing less than 20% normal rainfall for the first half of June. BoM

It's been an extraordinarily dry start to winter, with most of the country receiving little or no rain over the first half of June. While that's business as usual in northern Australia where the dry season is in full swing, it's far from normal in the south where fronts sweeping up from the Southern Ocean are usually bringing reliable, regular periods of showers, rain or snow.

But those fronts have mostly stayed well away, deflected south of the country by a string of high pressure systems and ridges. The only area to receive significant rain has been the east coast from south of Sydney to around Brisbane, where easterlies brought heavy rain and showers early this week and last weekend.

In an average June, most of the settled areas receive at least 25 to 50mm inland grading to 50 to over 100mm around the coast, but this June has produced less than 20% of that so far. Much of SA has had less than 10%. Adelaide was sitting on 0.4mm to 09.00 today compared to a June average of 79mm, their driest start to the season in 60 years. The stable weather under the long run of highs is giving warm days and chilly nights which are enjoyable for fine weather lovers, but exasperating for farmers expecting rain for winter crops or skiers looking for natural snow on the Alps. In TAS, both Hobart and Launceston have had average maxima so far in June of 14.7° compared to their normals of 12.0 and 13.1.

Unfortunately, there is little in the medium term forecast models to suggest relief. A front next week is likely to bring some light showers to the southwest, southern coast and SE Australia, but otherwise the outlook is more of the same.

 A stormy start to summer in Europe

Europe has had a late spring and early summer of dramatic storms, hail, downpours and several tornadoes.

The European Severe Weather Database recorded 448 reports of large hail last month while there were countless reports of colossal falls of smaller hail, such as this one, last Thursday 15 June, at Soria in northern Spain [Severe Weather Europe].

On 13-14 June, thunderstorms dropped torrential rain and hail the size of hens eggs in the Haute-Loire department of central southern France, killing one person and causing 160 evacuations. Landos-Charbon, south of Le Puy, recorded 123mm in one hour late evening, twice as much as would be expected in a 1 in 100-year event. 226mm fell over the full duration of the storm, or nearly three months' average rain for the town. Downstream near Le Puy, the Loire rose from 64cm to 6.10m in two hours in response. [Météo France, Floodlist]

 Do you know your lightning?

Speaking of storms in Europe, here are some recent images and videos from Severe Weather Europe to test your lightning knowledge.

First, here's a stock, standard CG (cloud to ground) lightning bolt, only rather closer than you'd like to be. The bush being vaporised was in Les Estables, Auvergne, France

But lightning doesn't have to originate in the cloud - it can be GC, or upward, lightning as well, originating from some object on the ground. In this case extraordinary things can happen. Here's a still of beautiful upward lightning branching over Trabzon, Turkey last Saturday.

Then there's crawler lightning which, as you guessed, splits into many branches and crawls around the sky like the ones in these slightly out-of-focus videos; the first taken the day before over Trabzon and the second which went absolutely berserk over Valence, SE France last Tuesday.

Finally, there are the really elusive beasts: the sprites, blue jets, gigantic jets and elves. Severe Weather Europe has just put this brief guide to these, along with photos, videos and a guide to photographing them (much patience required!) on its website.

There are many other types as well, including the very rare ball lightning which may or may not exist and for which there is neither credible photographic evidence nor plausible scientific explanation. This list of Lightning Types and Classifications from Dan Robinson is a good introduction to the enormous variety of lightning.


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 1402 EST on 17/06/2017. 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
Lowest minimum temperature

WA

SW & S Coast

009500

ALBANY

0.9

1.7

21/06/1931

69

1 N


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**S** and **W** precede data flagged by the Bureau as suspicious or wrong
Data is as received at 14:01EST, 17/06/2017.

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 20.8 +1.9 6.6 -2.4 5.0 0.0 1.0 8.3 192 ( 8.0) 22/15
BUNBURY 17.5 -0.9 3.3 -4.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 108 ( 4.5) 11/06
MANDURAH 19.4 +0.8 9.8 -1.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 152 ( 6.3) 15/08
DARWIN AIRPORT 31.1 +0.5 18.9 -1.0 17.3 0.0 6.0 10.6 304 (12.7) 31/12
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 23.3 +3.5 3.7 -1.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 248 (10.3) 24/12
WHYALLA AERO 15.6 -1.7 10.5 +4.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 120 ( 5.0) 24/14
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 14.8 -1.3 9.8 +1.7 -- 0.2 -- -- 47 ( 2.0) 13/11
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 17.1 +3.3 4.2 -1.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 211 ( 8.8) 18/11
MOUNT ISA AERO 29.2 +4.4 11.0 +1.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 288 (12.0) 37/10
CAIRNS AERO 26.4 +0.4 21.3 +3.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 498 (20.8) 37/06
TOWNSVILLE AERO 26.4 +0.8 14.3 -0.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 233 ( 9.7) 31/14
MACKAY M.O 23.1 +1.2 15.3 +1.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 358 (14.9) 34/09
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 25.6 +2.1 17.0 +6.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 229 ( 9.5) 28/10
BUNDABERG AERO 23.9 +1.4 -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- 35/11
COOLANGATTA 20.4 -0.6 17.2 +5.8 -- 0.6 -- -- 442 (18.4) 31/09
BRISBANE AERO 23.2 +2.0 14.7 +4.2 13.8 0.0 3.4 4.4 351 (14.6) 31/09
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT 18.5 +1.6 8.9 +1.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 338 (14.1) 39/10
GUNNEDAH RESOURCE CENTRE 16.3 -0.6 7.7 +1.6 5.0 0.0 2.6 -- -- --
PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT AWS 19.6 +0.2 11.2 +3.1 -- 0.2 -- -- 71 ( 3.0) 17/07
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF 18.8 +1.1 11.2 +3.3 -- 0.0 -- -- -- 26/08
ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE -- -- 3.3 +0.7 -2.5 0.0 1.3 -- -- --
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS 18.3 +1.9 6.3 +1.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 238 ( 9.9) 21/04
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO 18.1 +0.5 12.7 +4.1 11.6 0.0 1.6 0.2 243 (10.1) 31/16
RICHMOND RAAF 17.4 -0.5 9.3 +4.4 -- 0.2 -- -- 63 ( 2.6) 15/13
BELLAMBI AWS 17.1 -0.5 11.4 +0.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 208 ( 8.7) 30/15
CANBERRA AIRPORT 11.5 -- -2.0 -- -- 0.2 -- -- 75 ( 3.1) 11/09
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 13.5 -0.3 4.2 +0.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 174 ( 7.3) 18/10
ALBURY AIRPORT AWS 12.9 -1.3 3.2 -0.5 -- 0.2 -- -- 83 ( 3.5) 15/12
MILDURA AIRPORT 15.1 -0.9 8.5 +3.3 -- 0.0 1.0 0.8 134 ( 5.6) 22/11
TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG 13.5 -0.5 2.5 -1.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 59 ( 2.5) 13/06
BENDIGO AIRPORT 13.8 +0.5 3.3 -0.2 -- 0.2 -- -- 38 ( 1.6) 15/13
MELBOURNE AIRPORT 16.6 +3.0 6.3 +0.1 4.1 0.0 1.0 4.8 428 (17.8) 26/06
BALLARAT AERODROME 13.9 +3.1 3.8 -0.2 -- 0.2 -- -- 221 ( 9.2) 21/10
LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) -- -- 5.1 +2.2 -- 0.2 -- -- 119 ( 5.0) --
HOBART AIRPORT 16.8 +3.9 6.1 +1.5 3.0 0.0 1.0 8.0 263 (11.0) 30/14
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

34.0 OENPELLI AIRPORT N Rivers NT
33.4 JABIRU AIRPORT N Rivers NT
32.6 NOONAMAH AIRSTRIP N Rivers NT
32.5 MIDDLE POINT N Rivers NT
32.4 NORMANTON AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
32.4 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD

+6.4 : 17.6 BUSHY PARK (BUSHY PARK ESTATES) Derwent Valley TAS
+6.3 : 9.6 MOUNT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
+6.2 : 26.0 CHARLEVILLE AERO Warrego QLD
+6.1 : 25.7 MITCHELL POST OFFICE Maranoa QLD
+5.6 : 7.1 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
+5.6 : 24.5 KULGERA N Plateau NT

25.1 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
25.0 CAPE WESSEL Islands ISL
25.0 BROWSE ISLAND Islands ISL
25.0 COCOS ISLAND NTC AWS Islands ISL
24.5 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
24.5 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL

+7.3 : 7.6 BUTLERS GORGE Central Plateau TAS
+6.6 : 7.9 OUSE FIRE STATION Derwent Valley TAS
+6.2 : 7.5 COONABARABRAN (NAMOI STREET) CW Slopes N NSW
+6.1 : 17.0 ROCKHAMPTON AERO Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
+6.1 : 11.6 MARREE AERO NE Pastoral SA
+6.1 : 17.5 BRUNETTE DOWNS N Plateau NT

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

5.0 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
6.3 KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
6.4 MOUNT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
6.7 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
7.1 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW

-3.8 : 8.2 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-3.5 : 7.4 COOMA AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-3.4 : 7.7 BOMBALA AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-3.0 : 11.0 NURIOOTPA PIRSA Adelaide/Lofty SA
-3.0 : 8.5 BOMBALA (THERRY STREET) Goulburn/Monaro NSW

-5.4 COOMA AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-4.5 PERISHER VALLEY AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.0 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-3.0 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-2.0 CANBERRA AIRPORT Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-2.0 DINNER PLAIN (MOUNT HOTHAM AIRPORT) Upper NE VIC

-8.2 : 0.9 ALBANY Lower West WA
-5.4 : 10.2 DERBY AERO W Kimberley WA
-5.0 : 4.4 PEARCE RAAF Lower West WA
-4.8 : 3.3 BUNBURY Lower West WA
-4.7 : -5.4 COOMA AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro 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.
31.0 MONTVILLE "CLOVELLY" Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
23.2 RAINBOW BEACH Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
16.4 HERVEY BAY AIRPORT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
11.2 POINT LOOKOUT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
10.4 EYRE Eucla WA

Reports not yet available

1213 (50.5) MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
945 (39.4) CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
889 (37.0) HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
858 (35.8) KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
844 (35.2) WILLIS ISLAND Islands ISL
804 (33.5) LOW ROCKY POINT W Coast TAS
768 (32.0) COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
733 (30.5) CAPE WESSEL Islands ISL
685 (28.5) RUNDLE ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
684 (28.5) GOLD COAST SEAWAY Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
683 (28.5) HERON ISLAND RES STN Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
652 (27.2) SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS
629 (26.2) MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
613 (25.5) MIDDLE PERCY ISLAND Islands ISL
605 (25.2) LOW ISLES LIGHTHOUSE N Coast--Barron QLD
78/03 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
74/01 DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
74/07 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
61/05 CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
61/02 KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
61/03 SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS

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.
QUEENSLAND
Brisbane/SE Coast
CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE
16.0mm in 3 hr to 21:00 5.3mm/h
None reported