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National Daily Weather Summary


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Noteworthy weather today
significant newsworthy major

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

Sunday 17 December 2017

 News section resumes: This section of the site is back from today following a long break. My time has been well spent, carrying out major renovations on our house as well as various back-end jobs on the site to keep it running smoothly. Those of you who have done home renovations will be aware how time-consuming and tiring they can be!

I will be making some changes to this section by the end of the year so that the items slot better into the Daily Weather Summary where they are ultimately archived. The aim is for each day's DWS to be a concise summary of that day's weather, primarily in Australia, but with references to important international weather events, climate and climate change news, and breaking research in meteorology and its related sciences.

Australian weather briefs

  • Heatwave conditions ramped up again today in the eastern states, promising even higher temperatures than the heat of the past four days with extreme conditions forecast in SW QLD and NW NSW. The area covered by heatwave of different intensity is shown in the BoM map in this ABC story on the heatwave. The greatest heat today has been in NW NSW, where Bourke scored top with 44.6°, SW QLD (Birdsville 44.9), southern NT (Jervois 43.3) and northern and central areas of SA (Tarcoola 46.2). The BoM Heatwave Service maps, updated daily around noon EDT, are here and there's detailed information on the service here.
  • The hot day in NSW produced widespread thunderstorms, some severe, across central and northeastern parts. Large storm areas in the southern Central Tablelands dropped 20c-sized hail in Lithgow and gave nearby Marrangaroo 26.8mm to 23.00EDT. Another storm complex in the Upper Hunter gave Hunter Springs 42mm in two hours to 17.00EDT, while a ferocious storm that played around W of Glen Innes gave Swan Vale 51mm in three hours to 15.00.
  • A Tasmanian study has found that burn-offs have little impact on reducing the intensity and extent of bushfires in the state [Guardian]. The study, published in the CSIRO's International Journal of Wildland Fire, used computer modelling to simulate 11,000 bushfires across TAS on a typical dangerous fire weather day. It found, among other things, that 31% of the state would require prescribed burning to have a significant impact on reducing bushfire threat.


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 18/12/2017. 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 maximum temperature

SA

NW Pastoral

016090

COOBER PEDY AIRPORT

45.4

45.1

23/12/2012

20

1 N

Lowest maximum temperature

WA

Lower West

009037

BADGINGARRA RESEARCH STN

20.4

21.0

11/12/2005

41

1 N

Highest wind gust (km/h)

WA

Lower West

009256

GARDEN ISLAND HSF

83

74.0

30/12/2005

11

N

WA

SW & S Coast

009518

CAPE LEEUWIN

106

91.0

11/12/1996

18

N

WA

SW & S Coast

009519

CAPE NATURALISTE

93

80.0

26/12/2010

11

N

WA

SW & S Coast

009746

WITCHCLIFFE

74

65.0

04/12/2011

13

N

WA

SW & S Coast

009965

BUNBURY

74

65.0

25/12/2010

11

N

WA

SW & S Coast

009977

MANDURAH

80

65.0

25/12/2010

11

N

Highest daily average wind speed - anemometer above 3m (km/h)

WA

E Pilbara

004083

KARRATHA AERO

35.7

33.7

19/12/2003

11

1 N


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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 14:02EST, 18/12/2017.

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 21.7 -7.2 15.2 +0.3 14.2 2.8 9.6 5.9 532 (22.2) 68/16
BUNBURY 20.4 -6.9 13.7 +0.1 -- 0.8 -- -- 524 (21.8) 74/12
MANDURAH 20.1 -6.8 15.4 -1.8 -- 2.6 -- -- 567 (23.6) 80/14
DARWIN AIRPORT 34.8 +2.2 26.2 +0.9 26.3 0.0 5.6 10.7 232 ( 9.7) 50/08
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 42.3 +6.9 26.0 +5.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 284 (11.8) 43/13
WHYALLA AERO 34.5 +6.3 16.0 +0.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 417 (17.4) 54/16
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 34.6 +7.6 17.2 +1.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 221 ( 9.2) 22/11
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 29.3 +6.4 11.8 +1.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 356 (14.8) 35/07
MOUNT ISA AERO 42.1 +5.0 22.4 -0.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 266 (11.1) 55/12
CAIRNS AERO 33.5 +2.1 23.3 -0.1 -- 0.6 -- -- 448 (18.7) 44/14
TOWNSVILLE AERO 32.7 +1.2 25.2 +1.1 -- 0.2 -- -- 469 (19.5) 48/15
MACKAY M.O 30.6 +0.5 23.1 +0.1 -- 0.2 -- -- 362 (15.1) 43/04
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 32.0 -0.1 22.0 +0.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 331 (13.8) 35/14
BUNDABERG AERO 30.8 +1.3 19.8 -0.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 330 (13.8) 39/14
COOLANGATTA 29.1 +1.9 19.7 -0.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 388 (16.2) 30/13
BRISBANE AERO 28.7 +0.6 21.2 +1.1 18.0 0.0 8.4 11.8 349 (14.5) 41/15
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT 29.2 +1.8 18.5 +1.9 -- 0.0 -- -- 494 (20.6) 43/17
GUNNEDAH RESOURCE CENTRE 37.1 +6.2 24.7 +7.2 -- 0.0 10.8 -- -- --
PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT AWS 28.5 +2.0 21.1 +4.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 515 (21.5) 44/12
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF 29.7 +2.5 19.0 +2.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 325 (13.5) 31/15
ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS 41.0 +9.8 22.6 +6.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 299 (12.5) 57/22
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO 26.5 +0.8 20.4 +2.9 20.3 0.4 10.0 1.1 603 (25.1) 48/02
RICHMOND RAAF 31.8 +3.4 21.8 +5.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 341 (14.2) 37/15
BELLAMBI AWS 23.4 -0.4 20.1 +2.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 450 (18.8) 34/01
CANBERRA AIRPORT 31.6 -- 16.3 -- -- 1.6 -- -- 328 (13.7) 50/17
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 36.3 +6.9 21.1 +7.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 332 (13.8) 34/08
ALBURY AIRPORT AWS 35.5 +6.3 17.6 +3.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 203 ( 8.5) 34/14
MILDURA AIRPORT 37.0 +6.9 16.8 +2.0 -- 0.0 8.9 10.4 273 (11.4) 34/16
TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG 31.5 +4.1 15.4 +3.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 330 (13.8) 31/06
BENDIGO AIRPORT 30.9 +3.9 14.4 +2.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 463 (19.3) 44/23
MELBOURNE AIRPORT 25.6 +1.2 12.2 +0.2 8.1 0.0 7.8 10.8 390 (16.3) 35/08
BALLARAT AERODROME 25.7 +3.1 11.6 +2.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 551 (23.0) 50/05
LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) 24.6 +2.2 9.2 -1.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 297 (12.4) 34/15
HOBART AIRPORT 20.4 -0.3 9.4 -1.3 6.6 0.0 4.0 9.9 379 (15.8) 39/14
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

46.2 TARCOOLA AERO NW Pastoral SA
45.8 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
45.4 COOBER PEDY AIRPORT NW Pastoral SA
44.9 ROXBY DOWNS (OLYMPIC DAM AERODROME) NW Pastoral SA
44.9 BIRDSVILLE AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
44.9 ANDAMOOKA NW Pastoral SA

+19.0 : 43.9 EUCLA Eucla WA
+16.9 : 41.1 RED ROCKS POINT Eucla WA
+16.6 : 43.2 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
+14.0 : 41.3 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
+12.8 : 44.2 FORREST Eucla WA

31.0 WINDORAH AIRPORT Channel Country QLD
29.9 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
29.7 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
29.5 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
29.3 WALUNGURRU AIRPORT N Plateau NT

+9.1 : 25.6 TRANGIE RESEARCH STATION AWS CW Plains N NSW
+8.6 : 23.6 DUNEDOO POST OFFICE CW Slopes N NSW
+8.5 : 29.7 OODNADATTA AIRPORT NE Pastoral SA
+8.3 : 23.4 WELLINGTON (D&J RURAL) CW Slopes S NSW

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

12.1 KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
15.3 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
16.0 CAPE BRUNY LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
17.0 BURNIE NTC AWS N Coast TAS
17.1 SHANNON Lower West WA

-11.7 : 20.4 BADGINGARRA RESEARCH STN Lower West WA
-11.7 : 20.8 WONGAN HILLS Central West WA
-10.4 : 20.6 BROOKTON Cent Wheatbelt WA
-10.2 : 22.9 DALWALLINU Central West WA
-10.2 : 20.0 GOOSEBERRY HILL Lower West WA
-10.2 : 17.8 BICKLEY Lower West WA

-2.3 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
0.4 BUTLERS GORGE Central Plateau TAS
1.4 KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
2.7 TUNNACK FIRE STATION Southeast TAS

-6.1 : 3.5 SMITHTON AERODROME N Coast TAS
-6.0 : -2.3 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
-5.3 : 7.8 WINDY HARBOUR Lower West WA
-5.1 : 0.4 BUTLERS GORGE Central Plateau TAS

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.
111.3 NITMILUK RANGERS N Rivers NT
97.6 NITMILUK RIDGE N Rivers NT
80.6 KATHERINE AVIATION MUSEUM N Rivers NT
70.2 CDU KATHERINE RURAL CAMPUS N Rivers NT
65.6 WEST WATERHOUSE N Rivers NT

NORTHERN TERRITORY
N Rivers
111.3 NITMILUK RANGERS
97.6 NITMILUK RIDGE
80.6 KATHERINE AVIATION MUSEUM
70.2 CDU KATHERINE RURAL CAMPUS
65.6 WEST WATERHOUSE
65.2 YEURALBA RIDGE
57.8 MOUNT FELIX
57.0 EDITH FALLS RIDGE
56.4 KATHERINE COUNTRY CLUB
53.0 UPPER FERGUSSON RIVER
52.6 UPPER SEVENTEEN MILE CREEK

Reports not yet available

1122 (46.8) CAPE LEEUWIN Lower West WA
1072 (44.7) MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
954 (39.8) LEGENDRE ISLAND E Pilbara WA
917 (38.2) RED ROCKS POINT Eucla WA
885 (36.9) CAPE NATURALISTE Lower West WA
860 (35.8) WILLIS ISLAND Islands ISL
856 (35.7) KARRATHA AERO E Pilbara WA
828 (34.5) BEDOUT ISLAND E Pilbara WA
794 (33.1) HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
777 (32.4) LARAPUNA (EDDYSTONE POINT) E Coast TAS
739 (30.8) ROTTNEST ISLAND Lower West WA
722 (30.1) ONSLOW AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
721 (30.0) ROEBOURNE AERO E Pilbara WA
677 (28.2) FORREST Eucla WA
673 (28.0) NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
669 (27.9) HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
650 (27.1) MOUNT MAGNET AERO E Gascoyne WA
650 (27.1) CAPE GRIM BAPS (COMPARISON) N Coast TAS
645 (26.9) COFFS HARBOUR AIRPORT MidNorth Coast N NSW
644 (26.8) GARDEN ISLAND HSF Lower West WA
633 (26.4) CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
629 (26.2) KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
620 (25.8) BYRON BAY (CAPE BYRON AWS) North Coast NSW
617 (25.7) JANDAKOT AERO Lower West WA
613 (25.5) NEPTUNE ISLAND W Agricultural SA
610 (25.4) SOUTHERN CROSS AIRFIELD Goldfields WA
609 (25.4) PORT HEDLAND AIRPORT E Pilbara WA
609 (25.4) NORTH ISLAND Central West WA
605 (25.2) LOW HEAD N Coast TAS
604 (25.2) SWANBOURNE Lower West WA
603 (25.1) SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO Sydney--east NSW
106/17 CAPE LEEUWIN Lower West WA
93/14 CAPE NATURALISTE Lower West WA
91/11 NORTH WALPOLE Lower West WA
83/22 ROTTNEST ISLAND Lower West WA
83/18 GARDEN ISLAND HSF Lower West WA

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.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
N Kimberley
KALUMBURU
25.0mm in 3 hr to 15:00 8.3mm/h
23.6mm in 26 min to 17:00 54.5mm/h
23.6mm in 1 hr to 17:00 23.6mm/h
24.8mm in 1 hr to 17:30 24.8mm/h
Lower West
JANDAKOT AERO
4.4mm in 13 min to 09:13 20.3mm/h
NORTHERN TERRITORY
N Rivers
PIRLANGIMPI AIRPORT
28.4mm in 30 min to 09:30 56.8mm/h
28.4mm in 1 hr to 09:30 28.4mm/h
28.4mm in 1 hr to 10:00 28.4mm/h
BATCHELOR AIRPORT
7.8mm in 19 min to 09:00 24.6mm/h
12.4mm in 30 min to 09:30 24.8mm/h
12.4mm in 1 hr to 09:30 12.4mm/h
13.2mm in 1 hr to 10:00 13.2mm/h
VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS
14.6mm in 4 min to 18:20 219.0mm/h
22.8mm in 1 hr to 18:30 22.8mm/h
23.0mm in 3 hr to 18:30 7.7mm/h
22.0mm in 1 hr to 19:00 22.0mm/h
DOUGLAS RIVER RESEARCH FARM
32.0mm in 3 hr to 06:30 10.7mm/h
12.4mm in 12 min to 06:45 62.0mm/h
5.8mm in 12 min to 07:00 29.0mm/h
29.2mm in 1 hr to 07:00 29.2mm/h
26.4mm in 1 hr to 07:30 26.4mm/h
39.2mm in 30 min to 09:30 78.4mm/h
39.2mm in 1 hr to 09:30 39.2mm/h
39.8mm in 1 hr to 10:00 39.8mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
CW Plains N
KEVELINE
20.8mm in 30 min to 23:00 41.6mm/h
20.8mm in 1 hr to 23:00 20.8mm/h
24.4mm in 1 hr to 23:30 24.4mm/h
Hunter Valley
MERRIWA (ROSCOMMON)
10.6mm in 1 hr to 19:30 10.6mm/h
C Tablelands N
NULLO MOUNTAIN AWS
9.0mm in 20 min to 17:30 27.0mm/h
C Tablelands S
ORANGE AIRPORT AWS
4.2mm in 11 min to 22:16 22.9mm/h
MARRANGAROO (DEFENCE)
18.0mm in 30 min to 17:00 36.0mm/h
18.8mm in 1 hr to 17:00 18.8mm/h
18.0mm in 1 hr to 17:30 18.0mm/h
20.0mm in 3 hr to 18:00 6.7mm/h

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Lower West
ROTTNEST ISLAND : 82(290/ 67 ) at 21:10
OCEAN REEF : 89(270/ 70 ) at 21:35
CAPE LEEUWIN : 106(280/ 72 ) at 20:54
CAPE NATURALISTE : 93(270/ 61 ) at 17:30
BUSSELTON JETTY : 82(280/ 63 ) at 16:44
NORTH WALPOLE : 91(310/ 61 ) at 14:32
Cent Wheatbelt
RAVENSTHORPE AG STATION : 93(300/ 45 ) at 17:28