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Storms bring heavy rain to central and SE QLD: There were some heavy falls of rain from a broad storm area that moved through the Central Highlands, Darling Downs and Wide Bay areas in QLD yesterday. Capella, 50km NNW of Emerald, recorded a 24-hour total of 133.0mm to 09.00 this morning, significantly beating its previous October record of 116.3 in a virtually unbroken set of readings that began in October 1898. There was a scattering of other totals over 100mm, and many falls over 50mm. Other new records set are given below.
The storms developed in a surface trough that lay from northern and central parts of the state to the southeast, dragging moisture in from the Coral Sea.
Long-standing rain records broken in WA: Thunderstorms in the Central Wheatbelt of WA broke October records there too, in some cases nearly doubling them. What is more significant is that this happened at three stations with histories going back between over 50 and over 100 years. Spring Valley recorded 51.0mm, well over its previous record in 53 years of 28.0mm; Bungulla's 45.0mm beat the old record of 27.9 in 86 years and Tammin, where rain records have been kept for over 103 years, recorded 47.4mm, 17.4 over its previous heaviest October 24-hour fall.
Torrential rain on NSW Mid North Coast: There was very heavy rain for a few hours on the Mid North Coast this morning and early afternoon. Several troughs and a nearly stationary weak front produced slow-moving lines of converging moist air between Taree and Coffs Harbour, producing thunderstorms offshore, but bringing torrential rain to parts of the coast and nearby mountains.
The heaviest rain fell in the Coffs Harbour area, starting just before dawn and continuing into the early afternoon, with the highest falls of 150 to 200mm in the hills around the city. The BoM Hydro gauge at Loaders Lane, 2km WNW of the CBD, recorded 188mm between 04.00 and 14.00, much of that falling in torrential bursts such as 68mm between 04.00 and 06.00 and 78mm between 11.00 and 13.00. The small creeks around the city rose rapidly, in some cases by 3 to 4 metres in less than half an hour.
Farther down the coast, many places recorded between 50 and over 100mm, often falling in a few hours. Some of the heavier falls were Nambucca Heads 92.0mm (to 09.00); Crystal Creek in the Bellinger River valley 62mm between 11.00 and 12.00 for an event total of 113mm; and Wittitrin, 20km WSW of Kempsey, 82mm between 04.00 and 09.00.