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Wintry weather continues in TAS, VIC, southern NSW and SA
Flooding continues in VIC, TAS


Above:
Another wave of cold air moves across the southeast, marked by a cold front although the temperature difference across it was marginal. Another secondary low develops to the southwest of TAS, its parent low itself a secondary of the main low well to the south. These surface charts are for 4am, 10am, 4pm and 10pm EST. BoM.
Below: IR satellite hourly images for the day. A cloudband develops in the uplift ahead of the front, bringing further snow to the NSW, VIC and TAS highlands. Speckled cloud denoting wintry cumulus clouds streams in over SA and western VIC to gradually dissipate over land. Weatherzone, BoM. (GMS-5 backup with GOES-9 operated by the joint effort of JMA and US NOAA NESDIS over the Western Pacific)

A second cold front moved across southeastern states today, though the air behind it was little colder than that before it. The additional uplift, however, was enough to produce a further cloudband in the cold but moist airmass, bringing further snow across the VIC and NSW Alps and farther north to the NSW Central Tablelands.

In VIC, sleet, snow and hail fell through the day from wintry showers, with snow settliing to the 800m level during the afternoon in the Ballarat/ Daylesford/ Trentham/ Mt Macedon area and overnight into Saturday to the east of Marysville. Light snowfalls continued in the Alps where the Mt Hotham and Bogong High Plains Roads remained closed, blocked is some places by stranded vehicles. The Omeo Highway between Omeo and Mitta Mitta was also closed. Mt Hotham reported a base of 1.2m late today, while Mt Buffalo and Falls Creek reported 60cm and Mt Buller 40cm.

In NSW, further light snow fell on the Central Tablelands as the cloudband moved through during the late afternoon and evening. 5 to 15cm fresh snow fell from Oberon south to Taralga, on the Winburndale Ranges around Yetholme and Sunny Corner, and around Orange, where Mt Canobolas had good snow cover. Snowy Mountains resorts had another good day. Moderate snow fell continuously in Thredbo Village, while Perisher reported 15 to 20cm overnight and Kosciuszko Chalet 15cm 9am to 3pm.

In the ACT, the Brindabellas looked spectacular from Canberra with a heavy coating of snow down to about 1000m.

In TAS, snow fell down to around 700 or 800m overnight though accumulations were light. In the northeast, the ski resort on Ben Lomond reported a 40cm cover following good snow yesterday afternoon and evening.

In SA, hail showers and gusty winds continued to bring wintry conditions to central and southeastern areas

Flood peaks continued to move down river systems in eastern VIC. The heaviest rain in the 24 hours to 9am was in the Mt Buffalo area, where Porepunkah registered 77.2mm. Its 3-day total to 9am Saturday, including the rain that fell this morning, was 193.8mm.

  • Mitchell: peaked at Glenaladale at 3.35m around midnight this morning with minor flooding, and fell below minor level during the afternoon. Levels in the Bairnsdale area rose to 40cm above minor flood level during the afternoon then steadied.
  • Dargo: continued to experience minor flooding
  • Mitta Mitta: The Mitta Mitta River at Hinnomunjie peaked at 1.7m, just below minor level, late this afternoon.
  • Kiewa: Further rain this morning caused the upper Kiewa to rise above minor flood level this afternoon, then fall overnight into Saturday. At Kiewa township, the river peaked at 3.3m, right on minor flood level, around midnight tonight.
  • King: The King River at Cheshunt peaked at 1.8m, just on minor level, early evening. At Docker Road, the river steadied at 4.0m this afternoon, just above moderate level.
  • Ovens: Bright peaked at 2.9m and Eurobin 4.3m during the evening, both just below minor level. Rocky Point peaked at 3.6m, 40cm above minor level, early on Saturday morning due to additional inflows from Lake Buffalo. The Ovens at Wangaratta exceeded minor level early Saturday morning.
  • Buffalo: Outflows from Lake Buffalo peaked at 4.5m, half a meter over moderate level, late this evening.
  • Buckland: peaked at Harris Lane at 1.7m early in the evening, just below minor level.
  • Seven Creeks and Castle Creek: both creeks rose slowly during the afternoon, with Seven Creeks peaking at Strathbogie at 1.9m, 20cm above minor level, around 8pm and Castle Creek peaking on the minor level of 1.2m at Telfords Bridge around 9pm. Seven Creeks peaked at Euroa 30cm above minor level at 2.8m around midnight tonight.
  • Goulburn upstream of Lake Eildon: flooding just above minor levels continues. Doherty's peaked at 2.16m around 9pm, 16cm above minor flood level.
  • Acheron: minor flooding gradually easing.

In Tasmania, flooding in northern rivers moved into the lower reaches and generally eased.

  • Meander: Strathbridge peaked at 6.2m during the afternoon with minor flooding.
  • North Esk: All gauges peaked around midnight this morning and fell below minor level during the day.
  • South Esk: River levels fell below minor levels in the upper reaches but rose sharply in the middle reaches during the evening. In the lower reaches, river levels remain high around Perth and Longford with extensive flooding of rural land about the Longford-Hadspen area. Mathinna peaked at 2.8 m about midnight this morning, Perth at 3.8m about 6 am, Fingal at 4.1m about midday and Longford at about 2.5m late afternoon.
  • Macquarie: Minor flooding continues about the lower reaches of the Macquarie particularly in the Westmoor Bridge to Cressy area. Westmoor Bridge peaked at 4.0m about midnight this morning and Cressy at 4.35m about 6am.

National weather extremes for today

Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology

Records set this day (previous record and years of computerised record shown in brackets):
Highest daily rainfall for July:
Tasmania:
096071 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK 59.2 (51.0. 14)

Quality control note: Data is final. It includes late-received rainfall data and has been subject to BoM quality control checks.
Data is as received at 13:38EST, 03/03/2004.

Weather observations for today
Noteworthy  Weather         Capital  Cities         Regional  Cities       Alpine  Stations
Bureau of Meteorology Rainfall Bulletins and Weather Notes

Hottest
Highest maximum temperature>Greatest variation above normal maximum Highest minimum temperatureGreatest variation above normal minimum

33.3 OENPELLI N Rivers NT
33.2 MIDDLE POINT AWS N Rivers NT
32.4 WEIPA AERO N Peninsula QLD
32.4 KOWANYAMA AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
32.3 DARWIN AIRPORT COMPARISON N Rivers NT

+3.0   25.2 CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
+2.5   21.4 MEEKATHARRA AIRPORT E Gascoyne WA
+2.3   25.2 GASCOYNE JUNCTION W Gascoyne WA
+2.3   20.4 MORAWA Central West WA
+2.3   30.4 GEORGETOWN POST OFFICE Upper Carpentaria QLD

25.1 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
24.9 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
24.2 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
24.2 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
23.4 BLACK POINT N Rivers NT

+6.4   20.5 KALUMBURU MISSION N Kimberley WA
+5.0   19.1 PALMERVILLE S Peninsula QLD
+5.0   4.8 CANBERRA AIRPORT Goulburn/Monaro NSW
+4.8   5.0 NERRIGA COMPOSITE South Coast NSW
+4.5   10.2 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
+4.5   6.8 WANGARATTA AERO Lower NE VIC

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

-2.1 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
-1.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
-1.0 MT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
-0.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-0.5 MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS

-5.2   9.9 HAY (MILLER STREET) Riverina W NSW
-5.1   6.5 EDI UPPER Upper NE VIC
-5.0   21.7 BRUNETTE DOWNS N Plateau NT
-4.9   23.5 ELLIOTT N Plateau NT
-4.8   3.4 OBERON (JENOLAN CAVES ROAD) C Tablelands S NSW

-5.9 GLEN INNES AIRPORT AWS N Tablelands W NSW
-5.5 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.5 INVERELL (RAGLAN ST) N Tablelands W NSW
-4.4 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
-4.0 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW
-4.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW

-9.0   3.6 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
-8.0   -1.9 WATARRKA N Plateau NT
-7.7   -0.7 BRIAN PASTURES Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-7.2   -1.5 KELLERBERRIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
-7.1   4.3 LEARMONTH AIRPORT W Pilbara WA

Wettest Major City Extremes
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.

72.0 LAKE MARGARET POWER STATION W Coast TAS
69.6 FALLS CREEK (ROCKY VALLEY) Upper NE VIC
69.4 SOUTH QUEENSTOWN W Coast TAS
65.6 CRADLE MOUNTAIN VISITORS CENTRE Central Plateau TAS
65.0 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS

VICTORIA
    Lower NE
57.4 HUNTERS HILL
50.8 MYRHEE (HANDCOCKS)
    Upper NE
69.6 FALLS CREEK (ROCKY VALLEY)

TASMANIA
    N Coast
59.4 WOODLEA NURSERY
    Central Plateau
65.6 CRADLE MOUNTAIN VISITORS CENTRE
59.2 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK
    W Coast
72.0 LAKE MARGARET POWER STATION
69.4 SOUTH QUEENSTOWN
65.0 MOUNT READ
62.8 STRATHGORDON VILLAGE
60.8 ZEEHAN MEMORIAL MUSEUM
59.2 RENISON BELL (RENISON MINE)
58.2 TULLAH (MEREDITH STREET)
55.0 PORT DAVEY (MELALEUCA)
54.0 LOW ROCKY POINT
53.2 ROSEBERY (GEPP STREET)
51.8 CORINNA
51.0 SAVAGE RIVER MINE
50.4 WARATAH (16 COLLINS STREET)

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 28.6 -0.2 10.0 -3.6 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 15.3 -0.5 6.5 -1.0 3.4
PERTH AIRPORT 17.6 -0.2 2.9 -5.2 0.0
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 16.3 -0.4 1.0 -3.9 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 32.1 +1.6 21.9 +2.6 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 17.7 -1.9 -1.5 -5.5 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 13.8 -1.5 8.6 +1.2 10.8
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 11.7 -1.4 5.0 -0.1 10.8
CAIRNS AERO 24.8 -0.9 19.4 +2.4 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 26.7 +1.7 16.2 +2.7 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 21.3 -1.8 5.1 -4.3 0.2
BRISBANE AERO 17.9 3.1 0.6
AMBERLEY AMO 19.2 -1.9 -0.6 -6.0 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 8.2 0.5 0.0
COFFS HARBOUR MO 16.8 -1.9 2.9 -4.6 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 16.0 -0.7 9.3 +0.9 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 17.8 +1.6 9.0 +1.0 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 17.3 +0.6 7.1 +1.0 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 16.5 -0.5 4.4 -4.0 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 8.8 -2.5 4.8 +5.0 1.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 11.3 -1.3 6.0 +3.3 4.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 12.6 -2.7 7.1 +2.8 1.6
EAST SALE AIRPORT 11.9 -1.8 5.8 +2.6 0.6
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 13.2 -0.2 8.0 +2.1 3.8
LAVERTON RAAF 12.3 -1.3 7.6 +2.7 2.0
BALLARAT AERODROME 8.3 -1.7 4.4 +1.2 4.4
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 10.9 0.0 5.4 +3.1 7.4
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 11.5 -0.1 6.6 +2.1 3.6

Downpours Gales & Gusts
High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less. Highest wind gusts above 89km/h (storm force) or mean wind above 62km/h (gale force). Wind direction and mean windspeed shown in brackets.
ISLANDS
    Islands
LORD HOWE ISLAND AERO
6.0mm in 31 min to 00:00 11.6mm/h
18.0mm in 3 hr to 00:00 6.0mm/h
12.8mm in 1 hr to 01:00 12.8mm/h
13.8mm in 1 hr to 01:30 13.8mm/h
10.0mm in 1 hr to 02:00 10.0mm/h
19.0mm in 3 hr to 03:00 6.3mm/h

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Mt Lofty Ranges
HINDMARSH ISLAND AWS : 74(210/ 63 ) at 12:16
VICTORIA
    Upper North
BENDIGO AIRPORT : 106(260/ 41 ) at 19:06
    Upper NE
MT HOTHAM AIRPORT : 104(330/ 11 ) at 12:00
    W Gippsland
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE : 89(270/ 70 ) at 07:13
TASMANIA
    N Coast
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. : 76(210/ 65 ) at 23:00
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 109(310/ 80 ) at 03:01
ISLANDS
    Islands
HOGAN ISLAND : 102(290/ 83 ) at 00:25