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Wednesday 15 February 2017

Floods, heat and bushfires

Major events have taken place across the continent over the past week with record rainfall in southern WA leading to widespread flooding, and a heatwave in eastern states that set new historic highs for length and intensity and led to catastrophic bushfires in NSW.

These events have been covered extensively in general media. AWN will provide an account of weather aspects of the event soon, when more information is available.

Tropical rain likely to contract towards the east

The Bureau of Meteorology's Weekly Tropical Climate Note, issued on Tuesday, points to a likely weakening of monsoonal wet weather over Australia's northwest and the NT Top End during the coming week as the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) pulse moves eastwards, well out into the South Pacific Ocean. However, the Cape York Peninsula may still see above-average rainfall for a while.

Monsoonal conditions over northern Australia in recent weeks have greatly enhanced rainfall, especially in the WA Kimberley and northwestern part of the NT Top End, where many locations recorded over 200mm of rain in the past week alone. In the Maritime Continent - the area extending from the north Australian coast to the Malay Peninsula and including Indonesia, Borneo, New Guinea, the Philippines and the warm, shallow seas in between - heavy rain has caused landslides and deaths in Bali. Farther east, there has been persistent, heavy rain from Papua New Guinea through the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga in the South Pacific.

These monsoonal conditions have been enhanced by a moderate to strong MJO pulse moving east over northern Australia as well as unusually strong westerly winds picking up moisture as they pass over the warm waters of the Maritime Continent into the monsoon trough. As the MJO moved into the Western and central Pacific during the past week, cloudiness and rainfall over Melanesia has been much more active than normal.

In the longer term, international models are predicting the MJO will maintain strength as it moves towards the Eastern Pacific during the coming week. Normally, when it reaches this area, cloudiness and rainfall over all northern Australia are suppressed, although small-scale weather systems can still produce localised significant rainfall.

Possible twitches of an El Niño, but too early to call

The BoM also released its ENSO Wrap-Up on Tuesday. While the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO - Video) remains neutral, there are some indications of a slow movement towards an El Niño. The Bureau says "In recent weeks, the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean has shown surface warming, and climate models suggest this warming is likely to continue during the southern autumn. In marked contrast to last year, western Pacific sub-surface temperatures are up to 5 °C warmer than at the same time last year, indicating La Niña-like conditions are unlikely in 2017."

The Bureau notes that at this time of year, both ENSO and the climate models that try to forecast it have their greatest variability, so forecasts need to be used with care. As if to underline that, the January Climate Model Summary had said "two models suggest a more rapid warming with El Niño thresholds exceeded by June. The remaining models maintain temperatures consistent with a neutral ENSO throughout the outlook period." The February Climate Model Summary is due out on 16 February.

The Bureau is therefore hedging its bets, saying that "either neutral or El Niño are considered the most likely ENSO state for the southern winter and spring." All should become clearer as we move out of the autumn predictability barrier which is typically the ENSO transition period.

Another climate driver important to us, the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD - Video), is typically too weak to influence our climate until the end of April due to the presence of the Australian Monsoon. Early indications are that it will be neutral through late autumn into early winter.


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 1403 EST on 16/02/2017. 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
Highest daily rainfall

WA

E Kimberley

002036

OLD MORNINGTON HOMESTEAD

82.2

69.2

16/02/2011

12

1 N

WA

W Kimberley

003063

CHARNLEY RIVER

178.0

135.0

09/02/2000

42

1 N

QLD

Gulf Country

029063

NORMANTON AIRPORT

145.4

76.8

03/02/2004

13

135.4

12/01/2009

14

1 N

Lowest grass minimum temperature

NT

Barkly

015135

TENNANT CREEK AIRPORT

9.0

10.0

10/02/2017

45

1 N Previous record set earlier this month.

Lowest minimum temperature

WA

E Pilbara

004028

PARDOO STATION

16.0

16.0

10/02/2017

21

1 N Equal to record. Previous record set earlier this month.

NSW

CW Plains S

050017

WEST WYALONG AIRPORT AWS

-39.0

8.5

03/02/2005

15

-4.0

22/07/2002

16

1 P

VIC

W Gippsland

085283

WILLOW GROVE (BLUE ROCK RESERVOIR)

5.0

5.5

13/02/2017

22

1 N Previous record set earlier this month.

VIC

W Central

087113

AVALON AIRPORT

6.8

6.8

14/02/1996

19

1 N Equal to record.


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Summary of observations

For notes on how to interpret the data and quality control issues, see Daily Weather Summary Help.
Data is as received at 14:03EST, 22/02/2017.

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 32.3 +0.4 19.2 +1.7 18.1 0.2 8.0 9.0 369 (15.4) 39/22
BUNBURY 28.0 -2.0 17.3 +1.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 382 (15.9) 37/10
MANDURAH 31.0 +1.2 20.7 +1.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 345 (14.4) 30/08
DARWIN AIRPORT 31.9 +0.5 26.7 +2.0 24.7 0.0 7.2 10.2 537 (22.4) 41/11
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 37.7 +2.6 17.7 -3.0 -- 0.0 -- -- 259 (10.8) 44/15
WHYALLA AERO 38.6 +9.0 14.8 -3.0 -- 0.0 -- -- 258 (10.8) 44/11
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 33.4 +4.0 18.1 +0.9 -- 0.0 -- -- 153 ( 6.4) 37/11
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 30.2 +5.0 12.0 +0.3 -- 0.2 -- -- 287 (12.0) 59/12
MOUNT ISA AERO 36.4 +1.1 24.1 +0.8 -- 0.2 -- -- 300 (12.5) 41/13
CAIRNS AERO 32.8 +1.6 27.2 +3.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 265 (11.0) 41/13
TOWNSVILLE AERO 33.9 +2.8 24.8 +0.7 -- 1.8 -- -- 301 (12.5) 37/12
MACKAY M.O 30.8 +1.2 23.0 -0.4 -- 21.8 -- -- 296 (12.3) 43/13
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 33.5 +2.3 24.0 +1.9 -- 4.4 -- -- 420 (17.5) 37/08
BUNDABERG AERO 32.4 +2.5 21.5 +0.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 521 (21.7) 50/22
COOLANGATTA 29.0 +0.7 21.7 +0.9 -- 1.0 -- -- 403 (16.8) 35/13
BRISBANE AERO 29.4 +0.5 21.5 +0.4 19.8 0.0 9.8 10.5 417 (17.4) 31/15
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT 28.4 +1.3 17.6 +0.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 798 (33.3) 52/20
GUNNEDAH RESOURCE CENTRE 34.3 +3.3 19.2 +0.5 12.7 0.8 7.4 -- -- --
PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT AWS 27.0 -0.5 18.8 +0.4 -- 14.2 -- -- 196 ( 8.2) 30/17
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF 27.8 +0.2 15.9 -2.2 -- 0.4 -- -- 374 (15.6) 44/18
ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE 27.3 +1.7 12.7 -0.5 6.9 0.0 1.6 -- -- --
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS 34.6 +2.9 18.4 +0.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 439 (18.3) 39/02
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO 27.7 +1.3 17.7 -1.3 15.7 41.0 1.2 10.1 496 (20.7) 46/17
RICHMOND RAAF 31.1 +2.2 18.3 +0.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 386 (16.1) 34/16
BELLAMBI AWS 25.2 +0.4 17.7 -1.5 -- 0.2 -- -- 491 (20.5) 43/15
CANBERRA AIRPORT 30.3 -- 9.3 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 327 (13.6) 43/16
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 32.3 +1.5 15.6 -0.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 341 (14.2) 37/02
ALBURY AIRPORT AWS 32.9 +1.8 11.9 -4.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 149 ( 6.2) 31/12
MILDURA AIRPORT 35.7 +4.1 12.2 -4.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 234 ( 9.8) 41/15
TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG 30.9 +1.4 8.2 -6.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 343 (14.3) 46/05
BENDIGO AIRPORT 31.3 +2.0 9.1 -5.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 332 (13.8) 52/15
MELBOURNE AIRPORT 31.8 +5.3 7.8 -6.3 5.0 0.0 6.0 12.0 384 (16.0) 63/11
BALLARAT AERODROME 29.8 +4.8 6.1 -5.4 -- 0.2 -- -- 356 (14.8) 55/13
LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) 21.2 -3.3 6.8 -5.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 187 ( 7.8) 41/15
HOBART AIRPORT 27.9 +5.6 8.8 -3.2 2.9 0.2 4.6 8.8 348 (14.5) 68/18
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

42.3 ISISFORD POST OFFICE Central West QLD
42.2 LONGREACH AERO Central West QLD
41.6 WINTON AIRPORT Northwest QLD
41.6 BOULIA AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
41.0 WINDORAH AWS Channel Country QLD

+9.6 : 32.7 AIREYS INLET W Coast VIC
+9.0 : 31.9 PORT FAIRY AWS W Coast VIC
+9.0 : 38.6 WHYALLA AERO W Agricultural SA
+8.2 : 32.8 MOUNT MOORNAPA W Gippsland VIC
+7.6 : 33.8 AVALON AIRPORT W Central VIC

28.7 CAIRNS RACECOURSE N Coast--Barron QLD
28.5 WILLIS ISLAND Islands ISL
28.0 LUCINDA POINT N Coast--Herbert QLD
28.0 NGAYAWILI N Rivers NT
28.0 POINT FAWCETT Islands ISL

+5.9 : 27.4 LIGHTNING RIDGE VISITORS INFORMATION CEN Upper Darling NSW
+4.8 : 27.7 INNISFAIL N Coast--Herbert QLD
+4.6 : 25.1 SPRINGSURE COMET ST Central Highlands QLD
+4.5 : 17.0 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
+4.4 : 22.5 BENCUBBIN Cent Wheatbelt WA
+4.4 : 24.6 MULLEWA Central West WA

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

13.5 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
14.1 MOUNT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
14.2 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
14.6 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
14.7 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS

-8.8 : 20.2 MUNGLINUP WEST Goldfields WA
-8.4 : 20.0 RAVENSTHORPE Cent Wheatbelt WA
-8.3 : 19.1 ROCKY GULLY Lower West WA
-8.2 : 19.3 JACUP Cent Wheatbelt WA
-8.2 : 17.8 MOUNT BARKER Lower West WA

-0.9 BUTLERS GORGE Central Plateau TAS
0.9 PERISHER VALLEY AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
1.0 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
1.2 FINGAL (LEGGE STREET) E Coast TAS
1.9 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS

-9.6 : 16.0 PARDOO STATION E Pilbara WA
-8.9 : 1.2 FINGAL (LEGGE STREET) E Coast TAS
-8.7 : 2.9 SMITHTON AERODROME N Coast TAS
-8.7 : 5.0 FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT Flinders Is/Bass St TAS
-8.3 : 5.0 WILLOW GROVE (BLUE ROCK RESERVOIR) W Gippsland VIC

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.
178.0 CHARNLEY RIVER W Kimberley WA
145.4 NORMANTON AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
145.0 WEST ROEBUCK W Kimberley WA
112.4 EL QUESTRO N Kimberley WA
106.0 BING BONG PORT N Rivers NT

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
N Kimberley
112.4 EL QUESTRO
98.0 MOUNT ELIZABETH
E Kimberley
100.6 YULMBU
84.4 MARION DOWNS
82.2 OLD MORNINGTON HOMESTEAD
79.4 LANSDOWNE
63.7 WARMUN
W Kimberley
178.0 CHARNLEY RIVER
145.0 WEST ROEBUCK
80.6 YEEDA
72.2 MOUNT BARNETT
62.0 CAMBALLIN
61.6 DEBESA
56.0 MOUNT HOUSE STATION
55.0 UDIALLA
54.8 MOUNT HOUSE AIRSTRIP

NORTHERN TERRITORY
N Rivers
106.0 BING BONG PORT
76.6 NUTWOOD DOWNS
52.0 VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS

QUEENSLAND
Gulf Country
145.4 NORMANTON AIRPORT
Central Coast E
61.0 DUMBLETON ROCKS ALERT
57.0 PLEYSTOWE SUGAR MILL

NEW SOUTH WALES
MidNorth Coast S
53.4 YARRAS (MOUNT SEAVIEW)

Reports not yet available

1075 (44.8) DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
1001 (41.7) CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
902 (37.6) TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
873 (36.4) MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
798 (33.3) TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT Darling Downs E QLD
796 (33.2) LADY ELLIOT ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
794 (33.1) NGAYAWILI N Rivers NT
790 (32.9) WILLIS ISLAND Islands ISL
738 (30.8) REDCLIFFE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
737 (30.7) GOLD COAST SEAWAY Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
720 (30.0) ROTTNEST ISLAND Lower West WA
682 (28.4) CAPE WESSEL Islands ISL
677 (28.2) NORTH ISLAND Central West WA
669 (27.9) MURRURUNDI GAP AWS Hunter Valley NSW
663 (27.6) YEPPOON THE ESPLANADE Central Coast E QLD
648 (27.0) GABO ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE E Gippsland VIC
637 (26.5) MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
633 (26.4) BYRON BAY (CAPE BYRON AWS) North Coast NSW
630 (26.3) OAKEY AERO Darling Downs E QLD
626 (26.1) HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
622 (25.9) CAPE NATURALISTE Lower West WA
617 (25.7) SUNSHINE COAST AIRPORT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
612 (25.5) HERON ISLAND RES STN Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
609 (25.4) CAPE GRIM BAPS (COMPARISON) N Coast TAS
122/16 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
111/17 CAPE BRUNY (CAPE BRUNY) Southeast TAS
109/16 SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS
107/17 KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
98/13 LOW ROCKY POINT 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.
None reported None reported