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Latest weather extremes prepared 2229 EST, Saturday, 29 August 2015
State-by-state daily extremes Severe and noteworthy observations today
Hottest Coldest Wettest     Full list Windiest (km/h)     Full list
SA: 13.7 at 2130 TARCOOLA AERO
WA: 29.0 at 2000 WYNDHAM AERO
NT: 28.1 at 2130 BRADSHAW
QLD: 26.9 at 2200 CENTURY MINE
NSW: -3.2 at 2200 THREDBO AWS
VIC: -2.3 at 2200 FALLS CREEK
SA: 2.1 at 2130 KEITH (MUNKORA)
WA: 10.3 at 2000 WANDERING
Highest short duration falls:
4.6 in 30min to 2000
1.4 in 10min to 2000
Highest since 9am
60.8 to 2200
63 gusting 76/ S at 2200
50 gusting 68/ S at 2202
50 gusting 63/WSW at 2200
46 gusting 59/WNW at 2000

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  • 26 March 2015 - Bureau's Climate Outlook says good chance of wetter than normal three months ahead. The Bureau's Climate Outlook, released today, is predicting the strong possibly of what is now quite a rare event - a wet autumn across southern Australia. Maps issued show the mainland south of a line Broome to Canberra has a 70 to over 80% chance of exceeding median rainfall between April and June, with the heaviest falls from May. The shape of the rainfall and temperature patterns suggests the rain will come from northwest rainbands which used to be the staple rainbearers in autumn across much of the country's south, and have been sorely missed. While the Bureau's models are predicting strong possibilities, it should be noted that from May onwards these models have not been as successful as during spring to early autumn. All the details are here.
  • 26 March 2015 - Also released today was the Bureau's February Monthly Weather Review. With a dramatic photo on the cover of Tropical Cyclones Lam and Marcia simultaneously threatening the NT and QLD on 20 February, the Bureau's MWR for February is the usual treasure trove of summaries, maps, data and information for all with a professional, enthusiast or casual interest in the weather. The cable car top station on Mt Bellenden Ker was, as usual, the wettest place in the country for February recording a massive 1696.4mm. The mountain, the second highest in QLD and adjacent to the highest, Mt Bartle Frere, is 60km south of Cairns near Babinda. TC Marcia produced the country's strongest recorded wind gust during February, 207km/h at Middle Percy Island on the 20th. The island, 125km SE of Mackay and described by Matthew Flinders in 1802 as "one of the prettiest places imaginable" is currently scene of a battle between a leaseholder maintaining the island's long cultural history and a plan to turn the bulk of it into a national park.
  • 24 March 2015 - Bureau issues Special Climate Statement on exceptional autumn heat in northern and central Australia. Through much of March a large part of the NT and QLD experienced very hot to record temperatures for the time of year. NT and QLD both had their hottest March days on record on an area-averaged basis, and on 19 and 20 March new records were set at numerous stations in both states as well as in neighbouring SA and NSW. Birdsville's 46.5 was the highest temperature ever recorded in Australia for the second half of March. In the NT, Jervois set a new record high maximum March maximum temperature for the Territory with 44.0, while in SA Moomba's 45.4 was the hottest ever for the state this far into autumn. The pdf Statement is here.
  • 24 March 2015 - Bureau's Monthly Weather Reviews back on track. Both the December 2014 and January 2015 MWRs were greatly delayed in production but are now available. These documents are the most comprehensive summary of weather available for the nation and are usually available late in the month following the month they cover. Following an overview of the month's weather, they give a detailed description of its significant weather events, a synoptic overview with daily maps, detailed descriptions of temperature and rainfall with daily maps, and tables of all new records for daily and monthly temperatures and rainfall. This is followed by a large table listing daily and mean monthly maximum and minimum temperatures and rainfall for selected stations across the country. They can be accessed on the right hand side of this page, where you will also find briefer monthly, seasonal and annual summaries issued close to the end of each period for each state and territory and the country as a whole.
  • 24 March 2015 - The NOAA State of the Climate report for February 2015 issued last Friday shows global temperatures continue to climb. While February was the second hottest February globally, the 3 months December 2014 to February 2015 had the highest temperature for that period in the 1880 to 2015 record. Although extreme cold engulfed the eastern half of North America and grabbed the headlines, it was a much warmer than normal winter across almost all of Europe, Asia, Australia and the western USA, tipping the scales to push the globally-averaged land temperature 1.46C above the 1880-2015 average, equal highest with 2007. Details are in the summary and full report.
  • 25 February 2015 - NOAA's global analysis for January 2015 says the combined global land and ocean surface temperature for the month was 0.77°C above the 20th century average. "This was the second highest for January in the 1880–2015 record", the report says. The warmest January occurred in 2007, at 0.86°C above average." This detailed report is available here.
  • 22 January 2015 - NOAA's global analyses for the year 2014 as well as December 2014 are now available. In a consistent trend, 2014 finished up being the hottest year for combined land and ocean surface temperatures in the 135-year history that NOAA uses for comparisons. The year was 0.69C above the 20th century average. The December 2014 temperature also came in at a record high 0.77C above the 20th century average. The December report is available here, while the Annual report is here. The reports also carry a lot of detailed information about temperature, precipitation and weather extremes in all countries and areas of the world that experienced significant events during the month and year.
  • 7 January 2015 - The first Drought Statement for 2015 has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology today. It summarises December 2014 rainfall, and looks at rainfall deficiencies across the nation in the past 6, 13 and 27 months. There's a description of the state of soil moisture, and different tabs give access to more detailed rainfall and deficiency information, and a number of other tools for those interested in drought and rainfall.
  • 6 January 2015 - The Bureau of Meteorology's Annual Climate Statement for 2014, issued today, shows last year was the third hottest for Australia as a whole since national standardised records began in 1910. Helped along by intense heatwaves early in 2014, an exceptionally mild May, and the warmest spring on record, southern Australia experienced its second hottest recorded year with a mean temperature 1.28C above average. Full details of the year and its exceptional weather events are in the 2014 Climate Statement.
  • 6 January 2015 - Climate Summaries for each state and major capital cities for the year 2014 and also for the month of December 2014 are now available on the Bureau's website. Go to this link and follow the obvious links to the summary you're after. These state summaries give considerable detail, not only of overall climate but also individual significant weather events. They also provide rainfall and temperature maps, details of extreme rainfall and temperature by station, and rainfall and temperature statistics for each official weather station in the state.