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Saturday 13 May 2017

 Three out-of-season cyclones menace Pacific nations

In the last week, three named cyclones have developed in the Pacific Ocean. In the Southern Hemisphere, Cyclones Donna and Ella formed after the end of the normal cyclone season, while Tropical Storm Ella was the earliest Eastern Pacific cyclone in the Northern Hemisphere to develop in the satellite era record.

Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Donna caused widespread damage in the Torres Islands in northern Vanuatu [Govt of Vanuatu via Reliefweb] before strengthening to Category 5 and heading for New Caledonia. Donna fortunately weakened to Category 3 before sweeping down the eastern side of the New Caledonia main island and close to the Loyalty Island group, causing most damage on Lifou, the largest of the islands [ECHO, RNZ]. These Civil Security Directorate (DSCGR) bulletins on 10 May and 11 May give details - translation required for which I suggest using the browser Chrome.

By 11 and 12 May, Donna had weakened below cyclone strength and moved down the east coast of the New Zealand North Island, bringing over 100mm of rain and storm-force winds, closing highways and causing landslips [RNZ]. This was the third ex-cyclone to bring heavy rain, flooding and associated emergencies to this part of NZ in a little over a month - Debbie in early April, Cook just a week later and now Donna. Lisa Murray from the NZ Met Service discusses the links there are to climate change in this RNZ panel session.

Farther east, Tropical Cyclone Ella, the second out-of-season cyclone to develop in the South Pacific in a week, passed north of Fiji at Category 2 on 10 May, near the French territory of Futuna Island [ABC audio, interview with Fiji Meteorological Service, Accuweather]. At midday today, Ella had slowed and weakened to barely cyclone strength.

In the Northern Hemisphere Eastern Pacific, Tropical Storm Adrian became the earliest tropical depression since reliable satellite records began in 1970. It became a named storm on 9 May off the Central American coast and drifted NW into conditions unfavourable for development [Jeff Masters blog], weakening to a tropical depression two days later off the coast of Mexico [Weather Underground].

Newsbits

 Cold in SE SA, SW VIC and SW NSW: A slab of country extending from southwestern VIC and southeastern SA north to the far SW corner of NSW had an unusually cold start to today. Lying under a high pressure system and clear skies, temperatures dropped as much as 6 to 7° below the average minimum. Mount Gambier's low of -0.3° was 7.3° below average and the lowest temperature recorded since 31 August 2015. Other minima considerably below normal included Mortlake 0.0° (6.6 below), Portland 2.0 (-6.3) and Warrnambool 0.9 (-6.3) on Victoria's West Coast, 0.3 (-6.8) at Pooncarie in SW NSW and -1.5 (-7.5) at Gluepot Reserve in SA 70km NW of Renmark.


Records set or equalled today

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4pm EST Maximum temperature anomalies

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Summary of observations

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**S** and **W** precede data flagged by the Bureau as suspicious or wrong
Data is as received at 14:02EST, 14/05/2017.

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 23.3 +1.5 9.5 -0.9 7.0 0.0 2.8 7.2 285 (11.9) 30/09
BUNBURY -- -- 5.8 -3.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 87 ( 3.6) 18/12
MANDURAH 20.8 -0.5 12.8 -0.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 158 ( 6.6) 18/14
DARWIN AIRPORT 31.8 -0.2 22.8 +0.7 21.9 0.0 5.6 8.6 253 (10.5) 21/12
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 28.8 +5.8 5.0 -3.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 169 ( 7.0) 26/11
WHYALLA AERO 20.9 +0.5 4.4 -4.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 211 ( 8.8) 17/11
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 21.0 +2.1 7.8 -2.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 128 ( 5.3) 24/11
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 15.3 -0.8 0.0 -7.3 -- 0.2 -- -- 175 ( 7.3) 35/13
MOUNT ISA AERO 28.9 +1.1 7.8 -6.0 -- 0.0 -- -- 194 ( 8.1) 31/13
CAIRNS AERO 28.8 +1.2 20.4 +0.5 -- 6.2 -- -- 416 (17.3) 35/00
TOWNSVILLE AERO 27.8 +0.2 19.8 +2.2 -- 1.8 -- -- 224 ( 9.3) 39/13
MACKAY M.O 24.1 -0.1 18.6 +1.5 -- 0.2 -- -- 488 (20.3) 43/00
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 26.4 +0.4 18.3 +4.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 371 (15.5) 30/11
BUNDABERG AERO 25.2 +0.6 16.5 +2.4 -- 1.2 -- -- 352 (14.7) 37/12
COOLANGATTA 21.7 -1.4 16.1 +2.0 -- 1.4 -- -- 342 (14.3) 31/10
BRISBANE AERO 22.0 -1.5 15.4 +2.6 14.4 0.8 4.2 1.7 318 (13.3) 30/09
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT 18.1 -1.7 10.9 +1.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 356 (14.8) 48/19
GUNNEDAH RESOURCE CENTRE 22.7 +2.4 13.7 +5.0 11.2 0.0 3.6 -- -- --
PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT AWS 22.0 +0.6 12.9 +2.5 -- 1.6 -- -- 220 ( 9.2) 18/07
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF 21.4 +1.1 10.7 +0.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 104 ( 4.3) 24/13
ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS 21.9 +2.0 10.9 +4.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 393 (16.4) 34/15
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO 22.7 +2.7 14.4 +3.5 12.4 1.2 0.6 7.3 270 (11.3) 31/16
RICHMOND RAAF 21.9 +1.4 10.5 +2.9 -- 0.0 -- -- 54 ( 2.3) 28/13
BELLAMBI AWS 21.0 +1.4 14.2 +1.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 248 (10.3) 31/13
CANBERRA AIRPORT 18.9 -- 3.4 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 109 ( 4.5) 18/19
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 21.2 +3.9 6.6 +0.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 264 (11.0) 24/15
ALBURY AIRPORT AWS 19.4 +1.8 4.6 -0.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 71 ( 3.0) 28/21
MILDURA AIRPORT 19.5 +0.5 3.0 -4.4 -- 0.0 3.6 -- 114 ( 4.8) 50/08
TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG 17.9 +0.7 6.1 +0.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 130 ( 5.4) 50/04
BENDIGO AIRPORT 17.1 +0.5 6.4 +1.3 -- 0.2 -- -- 210 ( 8.8) 26/14
MELBOURNE AIRPORT 15.2 -1.4 7.4 -0.9 4.2 0.0 1.6 6.7 250 (10.4) 22/15
BALLARAT AERODROME 13.6 0.0 4.3 -1.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 309 (12.9) 28/18
LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) 17.0 +1.2 7.5 +2.5 -- 7.0 -- -- 76 ( 3.2) 21/14
HOBART AIRPORT 14.4 -0.8 6.9 +0.3 4.8 1.6 0.0 1.2 152 ( 6.3) 34/16
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

35.0 OENPELLI AIRPORT N Rivers NT
35.0 BIDYADANGA W Kimberley WA
34.3 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
34.3 DOUGLAS RIVER N Rivers NT
34.2 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA

+5.8 : 28.8 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT N Plateau NT
+5.4 : 28.6 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
+5.2 : 29.0 CURTIN SPRINGS N Plateau NT
+5.2 : 27.1 COOBER PEDY AIRPORT NW Pastoral SA

27.0 BROWSE ISLAND Islands ISL
26.4 CAPE WESSEL Islands ISL
26.3 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
26.0 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
26.0 COCOS ISLAND NTC AWS Islands ISL

+8.4 : 11.5 INVERELL (RAGLAN ST) N Tablelands W NSW
+6.5 : 11.4 GUNNEDAH AIRPORT AWS NW Slopes S NSW
+6.4 : 14.2 TEXAS POST OFFICE Darling Downs E QLD
+6.0 : 12.1 DUNEDOO POST OFFICE CW Slopes N NSW
+5.9 : 13.1 TRANGIE RESEARCH STATION AWS CW Plains N NSW
+5.9 : 10.6 PARKES AIRPORT AWS CW Slopes S NSW

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

4.7 KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
4.9 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
6.1 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
6.4 MOUNT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
7.4 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS

-4.2 : 19.7 BEERBURRUM FOREST STATION Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-3.8 : 14.6 VICTOR HARBOR (ENCOUNTER BAY) Adelaide/Lofty SA
-3.5 : 14.8 HINDMARSH ISLAND AWS Adelaide/Lofty SA
-3.0 : 14.8 NARACOORTE AERODROME Lower SE SA
-2.6 : 15.9 STRATHALBYN RACECOURSE Murray Valley SA

-2.8 COOMA AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-2.0 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-2.0 THREDBO VILLAGE Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.9 PERISHER VALLEY AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.7 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW

-7.5 : -1.5 GLUEPOT RESERVE (GLUEPOT) Northeast SA
-7.3 : 0.0 MOUNT GAMBIER AERO Lower SE SA
-6.8 : 0.3 POONCARIE MAIL AGENCY Lower Darling NSW
-6.6 : 0.0 MORTLAKE RACECOURSE W Coast VIC
-6.3 : 2.0 PORTLAND (CASHMORE AIRPORT) W Coast VIC
-6.3 : 0.9 WARRNAMBOOL AIRPORT NDB W Coast 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.
38.2 BICHENO (COUNCIL DEPOT) E Coast TAS
29.2 RAILTON (DOWBIGGIN STREET) N Coast TAS
27.6 SHEFFIELD SCHOOL FARM N Coast TAS
24.0 GLENGARRY (GINNS ROAD) N Coast TAS
21.0 BARRINGTON POST OFFICE N Coast TAS

Reports not yet available

876 (36.5) CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
870 (36.3) CAPE GRIM BAPS (COMPARISON) N Coast TAS
832 (34.7) NEPTUNE ISLAND W Agricultural SA
814 (33.9) HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
780 (32.5) WILLIS ISLAND Islands ISL
760 (31.7) CAPE GRIM N Coast TAS
739 (30.8) HERON ISLAND RES STN Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
703 (29.3) LOW ISLES LIGHTHOUSE N Coast--Barron QLD
681 (28.4) LADY ELLIOT ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
677 (28.2) MOUNT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
671 (28.0) CAPE FLATTERY N Coast--Barron QLD
671 (28.0) MIDDLE PERCY ISLAND Islands ISL
646 (26.9) STENHOUSE BAY Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA
631 (26.3) MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
630 (26.3) HOGAN ISLAND Islands ISL
626 (26.1) CAPE WESSEL Islands ISL
620 (25.8) COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
607 (25.3) NORFOLK ISLAND AERO Islands ISL
604 (25.2) LOW HEAD N Coast TAS
70/02 CAPE GRIM BAPS (COMPARISON) N Coast TAS
65/01 CAPE GRIM N Coast TAS
61/02 CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
59/15 TASMAN ISLAND Southeast TAS
55/02 HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
55/01 LADY ELLIOT ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
55/16 FORBES AIRPORT AWS CW Slopes S NSW

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.
NEW SOUTH WALES
CW Plains S
WEST WYALONG AIRPORT AWS
10.8mm in 1 hr to 20:00 10.8mm/h
None reported