Wednesday 25 OCT 2017
 

Home
Daily Weather
Summary indexes
2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
Previous years

About:
About the DWS

Monthly summaries:
from BoM

Find a place:
Google Maps |
Aust Gazetteer|
Geonames

Weather terms:
WeatherZone | BoM |
American Met Soc | NOAA | uk.sci.weather

 

2017

Dec

M Tu W Th F Sa Su
        01 02 03
04 05 06 07 08 09 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Nov

M Tu W Th F Sa Su
    01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30      

Oct

M Tu W Th F Sa Su
            01
02 03 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31          

Sep

M Tu W Th F Sa Su
        01 02 03
04 05 06 07 08 09 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30  

Aug

M Tu W Th F Sa Su
  01 02 03 04 05 06
07 08 09 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      

Jul

M Tu W Th F Sa Su
          01 02
03 04 05 06 07 08 09
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31            

Jun

M Tu W Th F Sa Su
      01 02 03 04
05 06 07 08 09 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30    

May

M Tu W Th F Sa Su
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31        

Apr

M Tu W Th F Sa Su
          01 02
03 04 05 06 07 08 09
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Mar

M Tu W Th F Sa Su
    01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Feb

M Tu W Th F Sa Su
    01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28          

Jan

M Tu W Th F Sa Su
            01
02 03 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31          

 

National Daily Weather Summary


Records set | Charts | Cities | Hottest | Coldest | Rain, sun & wind | Downpours & gales
State extremes | Noteworthy weather | Capital Cities | Regional Cities | Alpine Stations
Charts and data courtesy Bureau of Meteorology. MTSAT-1R operated by JMA
Noteworthy weather today

The graphics and statistical information on this page fill gradually as they become available, with some not available until the next day. The page is updated every 30 minutes at about 20 and 50 minutes past the hour.

For weather news as it breaks that is tagged and organised, use the links on the Weather and Climate Media Reports page.

Wednesday 25 October 2017

 Ex-Hurricane Ophelia unleashes windstorm in British Isles, fires and hellish skies in Western Europe

Dry winds whipped up from the Sahara by ex-Hurricane Ophelia brought massive wildfires to Portugal and Spain from 14 October into the following week, killing 48 people in the two countries and recalling the fires in central Portugal in June this year. Those fires, in the Pedrógão Grande area about 150km N of Lisbon, were the worst in the country's history taking the lives of at least 64 people.


This apocalyptic view of Vieira de Leiria, on the coast 125km N of Lisbon, is made the more ominous by the combination of angry flames and crimson, dust-filled sky breaking through gaps in the solid wall of wildfire smoke. For other dramatic photos and videos of the fires in Portugal and Spain, many of which came right into large population centres, go to this special Severe Weather Europe report. João Mourinho.

The new round of fires were fanned by southerly winds gusting to 90km/h racing up the eastern side of the hurricane as it transitioned to ex-hurricane status on its way to Ireland. When Ophelia was west of Africa at Category 4 strength, unknown in the record books so far east in the Atlantic, the winds collected warm, dry air filled with red desert dust, straight from the African Sahara. The New York Times [partial paywall] quoted national authorities as saying that by Monday 16 October about 500 fires were burning in heavy forest country in central and northern Portugal and a further 90 in NW Spain. This follow-up by Reuters gives further details.

The official death toll as of yesterday was just over 40, but as with all natural disasters this will continue to rise as missing people are found to have perished. 180,000ha or 1,800sq km was burnt on Sunday 15 October, the worst day, alone. The Prime Minister of Spain said arson was suspected in many cases, and government at all levels, especially in Portugal, recognise that forest management practices are a major problem (as the Chilean report into the disastrous fires there in January 2017 found).

The plume from the fire smoke mixed with the Saharan dust travelled in an arc across W France, Benelux, N Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and the Baltic States into Russia, even reaching Moscow. The disc of the sun in many of these countries, when it was visible at all, was blood red. This dramatic photo taken closer to the fires, at Grado in Asturias, NW Spain, shows the entire sky blotted out with smoke and dust.

Ophelia, still packing hurricane-force winds as it moved up the west coast of Ireland, then gradually lost strength as it curved across Northern Ireland, the Irish Sea, and northern England into the North Sea. Storm and in places hurricane-force winds were experienced in Wales and the west and north of England, with a band of the strongest winds moving along the southern then eastern coasts of Ireland, into the Irish Sea and up the English Channel, then across central and northern England. The whole of Ireland was under amber weather alert with authorities and the government asking people to remain indoors for the day, yet three people died, two when cars they were driving were struck by falling trees and the third while chain-sawing a fallen tree who was hit by another one falling.

A detailed account of the day's events is given in this article in The Guardian while Al Jazeera filed this video report. Floodlist issued a report containing information on the meteorological, flooding and storm surge aspects of the event and some impressive information from Met Eireann and the UK Met Office. Severe Weather Europe compiled 15 videos it received into a broad coverage of events on land and at sea, while Joe Macri prepared this powerful video of storm-force winds and phenomenal seas striking the Cornish coast in SW England.


Records set or equalled today

None known


The day in charts
Surface charts Satellite images Rain & temperatures
4am EST Rainfall -- 24 hours to 9am

Week to 9am | SE AUS detail
10am EST Minimum temperature anomalies

See actual temperatures
4pm EST Maximum temperature anomalies

See actual temperatures
10pm EST Solar Radiation

Summary of observations

For notes on how to interpret the data and quality control issues, see Daily Weather Summary Help.
**S** and **W** precede data flagged by the Bureau as suspicious or wrong
Data is as received at 14:01EST, 26/10/2017.

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 22.7 +0.1 9.6 -0.6 7.3 0.0 7.0 7.3 348 (14.5) 44/10
BUNBURY 21.4 +0.5 15.6 +6.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 368 (15.3) 31/05
MANDURAH 21.1 -0.6 16.6 +3.3 -- 0.8 -- -- 346 (14.4) 39/11
DARWIN AIRPORT 34.0 +0.8 24.2 -0.7 24.0 0.4 7.8 10.4 335 (14.0) 30/14
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 39.9 +9.0 21.9 +7.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 351 (14.6) 52/10
WHYALLA AERO 23.2 -0.6 16.2 +5.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 403 (16.8) 57/16
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 23.9 +2.0 16.8 +5.3 -- 5.4 -- -- 247 (10.3) 37/00
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 21.9 +4.0 12.4 +5.3 -- 0.6 -- -- 281 (11.7) 37/14
MOUNT ISA AERO 39.4 +4.8 11.7 -6.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 144 ( 6.0) 39/12
CAIRNS AERO 29.7 +0.2 21.1 +0.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 356 (14.8) 34/13
TOWNSVILLE AERO 29.0 -0.4 22.4 +1.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 448 (18.7) 37/12
MACKAY M.O 28.1 +0.6 20.3 +0.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 309 (12.9) 24/13
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 29.1 -0.5 18.7 +1.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 224 ( 9.3) 28/15
BUNDABERG AERO 27.0 +0.1 -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- 37/13
COOLANGATTA 26.8 +2.4 17.7 +1.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 379 (15.8) 43/13
BRISBANE AERO 25.7 +0.3 14.2 -1.4 11.5 0.0 6.4 12.3 284 (11.8) 46/21
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT 25.8 +1.5 12.9 +0.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 323 (13.5) 30/07
GUNNEDAH RESOURCE CENTRE 29.9 +4.8 15.1 +2.9 11.0 0.0 5.8 -- -- --
PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT AWS 27.9 +4.0 11.9 0.0 -- 0.0 -- -- 258 (10.8) 31/14
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF 32.2 +8.6 14.5 +2.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 276 (11.5) 59/16
ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS 30.0 +5.3 15.5 +6.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 293 (12.2) 41/11
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO 31.0 +8.5 17.7 +4.5 14.0 0.0 8.0 5.0 447 (18.6) 61/18
RICHMOND RAAF 32.0 +7.2 15.8 +4.8 -- 0.2 -- -- -- 43/20
BELLAMBI AWS 22.1 +0.7 16.7 +2.8 -- 0.4 -- -- -- 55/21
CANBERRA AIRPORT 25.8 -- 12.5 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 295 (12.3) 48/13
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 25.6 +4.2 14.6 +6.9 -- 0.0 -- -- 206 ( 8.6) 34/17
ALBURY AIRPORT AWS 22.3 +0.8 13.9 +5.9 -- 0.0 -- -- 161 ( 6.7) 26/13
MILDURA AIRPORT 32.3 +8.4 15.0 +5.2 -- 1.4 7.1 9.0 378 (15.8) 39/09
TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG 25.4 +4.5 12.8 +5.3 -- 1.2 -- -- 174 ( 7.3) 30/09
BENDIGO AIRPORT 23.6 +3.2 13.2 +6.8 -- 2.0 -- -- 187 ( 7.8) 35/15
MELBOURNE AIRPORT 18.0 -1.2 12.7 +4.3 12.7 12.4 3.8 1.6 258 (10.8) 30/18
BALLARAT AERODROME 18.1 +1.5 11.8 +5.6 -- 9.8 -- -- 165 ( 6.9) 48/21
LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) 21.1 +3.1 8.0 +1.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 233 ( 9.7) 34/16
HOBART AIRPORT 17.1 -0.2 6.4 -1.1 1.7 0.8 3.0 12.6 271 (11.3) 41/15
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

43.4 PORT HEDLAND AIRPORT E Pilbara WA
43.3 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
43.0 MARBLE BAR E Pilbara WA
42.8 ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA
42.6 LAJAMANU AIRPORT N Rivers NT
42.6 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA

+10.4 : 37.0 IVANHOE AERODROME AWS Southwest Plains NSW
+9.4 : 35.9 MENINDEE POST OFFICE Lower Darling NSW
+9.3 : 33.9 HILLSTON AIRPORT Riverina W NSW
+9.1 : 36.9 WILCANNIA AERODROME AWS Far Northwest NSW
+9.0 : 41.9 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
+9.0 : 39.9 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT N Plateau NT

28.2 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
28.1 DUM IN MIRRIE AIRSTRIP N Rivers NT
28.0 POINT STUART N Rivers NT
28.0 TELFER AERO Interior WA
28.0 BROWSE ISLAND Islands ISL

+11.4 : 18.8 BROOKTON Cent Wheatbelt WA
+8.3 : 17.1 WEST WYALONG AIRPORT AWS CW Plains S NSW
+8.1 : 13.3 YOUNG AIRPORT SW Slopes N NSW
+8.0 : 16.2 KYANCUTTA W Agricultural SA
+7.8 : 13.2 HORSHAM AERODROME Wimmera S VIC

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

6.7 KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
8.6 MOUNT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
9.3 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
9.7 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
9.7 MOUNT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC

-4.1 : 14.3 MOUNT MOORNAPA W Gippsland VIC
-3.2 : 15.0 COMBIENBAR AWS E Gippsland VIC
-2.9 : 15.1 SHEOAKS W Central VIC
-2.8 : 21.0 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
-2.7 : 17.1 AVALON AIRPORT W Central VIC

-0.9 KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
-0.9 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
0.8 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
2.3 BUTLERS GORGE Central Plateau TAS
2.6 TUNNACK FIRE STATION Southeast TAS

-7.5 : 13.6 DALY WATERS AIRSTRIP N Rivers NT
-6.8 : 11.7 MOUNT ISA AERO Gulf Country QLD
-6.4 : 15.9 VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS N Rivers NT
-5.6 : 17.4 WARMUN E Kimberley WA
-5.2 : 15.9 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD

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.
34.0 FORT HILL WHARF N Rivers NT
33.0 DURDIDWARRAH W Central VIC
31.6 FOSTERVILLE Midlands TAS
30.8 STOKES HILL N Rivers NT
26.8 KOWANYAMA AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD

Reports not yet available

920 (38.3) MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
867 (36.1) CAPE LEEUWIN Lower West WA
804 (33.5) THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
799 (33.3) NEPTUNE ISLAND W Agricultural SA
782 (32.6) WILLIS ISLAND Islands ISL
738 (30.8) CAPE GRIM BAPS (COMPARISON) N Coast TAS
725 (30.2) CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
696 (29.0) COOBER PEDY AIRPORT NW Pastoral SA
662 (27.6) BARROW ISLAND AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
659 (27.5) WOOMERA AERODROME NW Pastoral SA
640 (26.7) MOUNT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
634 (26.4) CAPE BORDA Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA
623 (26.0) CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
622 (25.9) STENHOUSE BAY Yorke Pen/Kanga Is SA
620 (25.8) WUDINNA AERO W Agricultural SA
616 (25.7) COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
610 (25.4) CAPE FLATTERY N Coast--Barron QLD
605 (25.2) TARCOOLA AERO NW Pastoral SA
600 (25.0) CAPE NATURALISTE Lower West WA
87/14 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
76/13 WHITE CLIFFS AWS Far Northwest NSW
72/13 TIBOOBURRA AIRPORT Far Northwest NSW
70/23 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
68/12 PEARCE RAAF Lower West WA
68/14 WILCANNIA AERODROME AWS Far Northwest NSW
68/15 MOSS VALE AWS Illawarra 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.
NORTHERN TERRITORY
N Rivers
CHARLES POINT
13.4mm in 1 hr to 07:30 13.4mm/h
13.4mm in 30 min to 09:30 26.8mm/h
13.4mm in 1 hr to 09:30 13.4mm/h
13.4mm in 1 hr to 10:00 13.4mm/h
QUEENSLAND
Gulf Country
KOWANYAMA AIRPORT
26.8mm in 30 min to 09:30 53.6mm/h
26.8mm in 1 hr to 09:30 26.8mm/h
26.8mm in 1 hr to 10:00 26.8mm/h
VICTORIA
Wimmera N
NHILL AERODROME
14.0mm in 30 min to 22:00 28.0mm/h
15.0mm in 1 hr to 22:00 15.0mm/h
11.4mm in 30 min to 22:30 22.8mm/h
25.4mm in 1 hr to 22:30 25.4mm/h
11.6mm in 1 hr to 23:00 11.6mm/h
None reported