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International Near stationary Dorian continues to lash Grand Bahama island
Tue 3 Sep 2019

Hurricane Dorian will be remembered for the long period it has remained nearly stationary over the northern Bahaman island of Grand Bahama. It made landfall at Elbow Cay, 170km east of the city of Freeport, the island's largest settlement, at 02.40 AEST 2 September and at 21.40 AEST this evening, 43 hours later, it had moved only 160km to lie 40km NNE of Freeport. For much of this time it remained stationary over central Grand Bahama with one-minute sustained winds initially 270km/h gradually dropping to 200km/h and central pressure rising to 950hPa as the hurricane diminished from Category 5 to Category 3. Today's SMH gave a good explainer of why the hurricane has come to a virtual halt - in short, because steering currents in its vicinity are non-existent.

The Tribune in the Bahamas published this extraordinary video taken from a well-prepared house at Pine Bay in central Grand Bahama. It gives a feel for what it is like to live through what at that stage was a Category 4 hurricane in a house built up on 4.5m stilts with the storm surge lapping the floor boards. Taken about the same time, this video shows the Freeport International Airport, barely distinguishable from the surrounding ocean below a 7m storm surge with waves on top of that. Much of Grand Bahama Island is less than 10m above sea level.

Bahaman police have confirmed that five people have died so far, but with the hurricane still raging it will be some days before all areas have been accounted for. The same applies to an initial estimate by the International Red Cross of 13,000 homes destroyed or badly damaged across the Abacos and Grand Bahama islands. Power, water and roads have been cut and airports in the northern Bahamas closed.

In its 19.00 AEST Forecast Discussion, the National Hurricane Center noted that Dorian's eyewall was becoming less defined, the deep thunderclouds surrounding it were beginning to fragment and upper-level outflow in the western half of the hurricane was becoming more restricted. They expected it to maintain intensity for about 36 hours before gradually weakening as it accelerates northwards, parallel to the US coast. The NHC retain their warning that users of the track forecast "are reminded not to forecast on the exact forecast track. A relatively small deviation to the left of this track could bring the core of the hurricane near or over the coastline."

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Data is as received at 14:14EST, 04/09/2019.

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 18.3 -1.9 10.6 +1.7 9.2 2.4 2.2 6.9 418 (17.4) 35/08
BUNBURY 17.0 -1.5 11.6 +3.2 -- 3.8 -- -- 510 (21.3) --
MANDURAH 17.3 -1.7 12.5 +0.8 -- 4.0 -- -- 638 (26.6) 52/18
DARWIN AIRPORT 31.9 -0.7 19.9 -3.1 19.1 0.0 7.0 11.1 273 (11.4) 34/14
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 31.3 +4.0 6.8 -3.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 263 (11.0) 31/13
WHYALLA AERO 28.7 +7.1 7.3 -0.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 487 (20.3) 46/13
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 19.0 -0.1 7.0 -2.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 82 ( 3.4) --
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 18.1 +2.2 5.6 -0.7 -- 3.2 -- -- 376 (15.7) 30/16
MOUNT ISA AERO 31.3 -0.1 7.6 -6.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 164 ( 6.8) 37/10
CAIRNS AERO 28.1 0.0 13.9 -4.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 373 (15.5) 41/15
TOWNSVILLE AERO 29.1 +1.3 12.3 -5.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 205 ( 8.5) 35/15
MACKAY M.O 25.1 -0.3 12.1 -4.6 -- 0.2 -- -- 240 (10.0) 28/15
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 33.0 +5.5 7.1 -6.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 127 ( 5.3) 39/12
BUNDABERG AERO 30.4 +4.8 10.1 -3.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 296 (12.3) 41/09
COOLANGATTA 23.4 0.0 10.6 -2.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 284 (11.8) 34/12
BRISBANE AERO 23.7 -0.5 11.3 -1.5 6.5 0.0 5.0 10.8 326 (13.6) 28/12
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT 25.5 +3.2 9.3 -1.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 480 (20.0) 44/11
PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT AWS 23.7 +1.1 5.9 -3.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 379 (15.8) 28/15
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF 23.8 +2.4 8.6 -0.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 480 (20.0) 35/08
BATHURST AIRPORT AWS 23.5 +6.4 0.1 -3.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 243 (10.1) 39/13
ORANGE AIRPORT AWS 20.6 +5.8 0.2 -3.0 -- 0.0 -- -- 266 (11.1) 46/14
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS 28.5 +7.1 1.3 -4.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 280 (11.7) 43/14
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO 23.7 +3.0 11.0 +0.4 8.5 0.0 3.2 10.6 452 (18.8) 30/06
RICHMOND RAAF 25.9 +3.0 5.1 -2.9 -- 0.0 -- -- 215 ( 9.0) 31/16
BELLAMBI AWS 20.8 +0.6 11.7 -0.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 453 (18.9) 22/00
CANBERRA AIRPORT 21.7 -- 2.9 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 246 (10.3) 41/14
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 24.4 +6.7 4.8 -0.3 -- 0.2 -- -- 215 ( 9.0) 34/15
ALBURY AIRPORT AWS 21.0 +2.9 5.0 -0.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 123 ( 5.1) 28/13
MILDURA AIRPORT 25.8 +5.2 10.4 +3.1 -- 0.0 8.0 9.2 381 (15.9) 39/15
TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG 20.8 +3.3 7.8 +2.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 187 ( 7.8) 31/08
BENDIGO AIRPORT 20.8 +3.8 6.9 +2.4 -- 1.0 -- -- 261 (10.9) 26/06
MELBOURNE AIRPORT 21.6 +4.9 10.1 +3.0 6.2 1.4 2.4 10.8 491 (20.5) 44/05
BALLARAT AERODROME 18.6 +4.7 6.2 +1.4 -- 1.0 -- -- 506 (21.1) 31/10
LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) 17.2 +1.5 8.6 +3.4 -- 0.4 -- -- 205 ( 8.5) 31/14
HOBART AIRPORT 20.1 +4.7 8.5 +2.4 3.5 0.0 2.6 9.9 275 (11.5) 41/12
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

36.5 FITZROY CROSSING AERO W Kimberley WA
36.3 CURTIN AERO W Kimberley WA
36.2 DOUGLAS RIVER RESEARCH FARM N Rivers NT
36.1 ARGYLE AERODROME E Kimberley WA
36.0 BRADSHAW-ANGALLARI VALLEY (DEFENCE) N Rivers NT
36.0 BRADSHAW N Rivers NT
36.0 BRADSHAW-KOOLENDONG VALLEY (DEFENCE) N Rivers NT
36.0 MOUNT BUNDEY SOUTH (DEFENCE) N Rivers NT
36.0 WARMUN E Kimberley WA

+9.2 : 30.3 TRANGIE RESEARCH STATION AWS CW Plains N NSW
+9.2 : 31.7 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
+8.9 : 27.3 GRENFELL (MANGANESE RD) SW Slopes N NSW
+8.8 : 29.5 CONDOBOLIN AG RESEARCH STN CW Plains S NSW
+8.7 : 30.1 CONDOBOLIN AIRPORT AWS CW Plains S NSW

25.0 COCOS ISLAND NTC AWS Islands ISL
24.1 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
24.0 ADELE ISLAND Islands ISL
24.0 BROWSE ISLAND Islands ISL
23.6 BLACK POINT N Rivers NT

+6.7 : 15.2 BROKEN HILL AIRPORT AWS Lower Darling NSW
+6.4 : 23.1 BRUNETTE DOWNS N Plateau NT
+5.2 : 14.4 FOWLERS GAP AWS Far Northwest NSW
+5.2 : 11.5 KYANCUTTA W Agricultural SA
+4.9 : 16.5 TIBOOBURRA AIRPORT Far Northwest NSW

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

5.4 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
7.2 MOUNT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
7.7 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
8.9 PERISHER VALLEY AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
8.9 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
8.9 MOUNT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC

-4.0 : 29.6 TRUSCOTT N Kimberley WA
-3.6 : 28.3 COEN AIRPORT N Peninsula QLD
-3.6 : 30.9 SCHERGER RAAF N Peninsula QLD
-3.6 : 12.8 SHANNON Lower West WA
-3.6 : 13.2 MOUNT BARKER Lower West WA
-3.6 : 13.2 PEMBERTON Lower West WA

-4.0 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD) NW Slopes S NSW
-2.0 ARMIDALE (TREE GROUP NURSERY) N Tablelands W NSW
-1.8 TENTERFIELD (FEDERATION PARK) N Tablelands W NSW
-1.3 GLEN INNES AIRPORT AWS N Tablelands W NSW
-1.0 MARRANGAROO (DEFENCE) C Tablelands S NSW

-9.2 : 4.9 HERVEY BAY AIRPORT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
-9.2 : 0.8 MILES CONSTANCE STREET Darling Downs W QLD
-9.1 : 5.1 RABBIT FLAT N Plateau NT
-8.8 : 7.0 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
-8.6 : 5.8 PROSERPINE AIRPORT Central Coast E 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.
66.9 KIRUP Lower West WA
38.0 WALPOLE FORESTRY Lower West WA
30.0 KARNET Lower West WA
29.8 MOUNT SOLUS Lower West WA
27.2 MOUNT WILLIAM

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Lower West
66.9 KIRUP
38.0 WALPOLE FORESTRY
30.0 KARNET
29.8 MOUNT SOLUS

ISLANDS

27.2 MOUNT WILLIAM

11.4 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
11.1 DARWIN AIRPORT N Rivers NT
10.8 BRISBANE AERO Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
10.8 MELBOURNE AIRPORT E Central VIC
10.6 INVERELL RESEARCH CENTRE N Tablelands W NSW
10.6 SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO Sydney--east NSW

.....

8.4 SCOTTSDALE (WEST MINSTONE ROAD) N Coast TAS
8.1 LAKE LEAKE (ELIZABETH RIVER) E Coast TAS
6.9 PERTH AIRPORT Lower West WA
6.6 NURIOOTPA PIRSA Adelaide/Lofty SA
5.9 ADELAIDE AIRPORT Adelaide/Lofty SA

1236 (51.5) CAPE LEEUWIN Lower West WA
962 (40.1) CAPE NATURALISTE Lower West WA
863 (36.0) WILLIS ISLAND Islands ISL
839 (35.0) MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
828 (34.5) ROTTNEST ISLAND Lower West WA
813 (33.9) LOW ROCKY POINT W Coast TAS
766 (31.9) GARDEN ISLAND HSF Lower West WA
758 (31.6) KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
713 (29.7) GRAMPIANS (MOUNT WILLIAM) Wimmera S VIC
696 (29.0) HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
687 (28.6) WALLAN (KILMORE GAP) N Central VIC
680 (28.3) CAPE SORELL W Coast TAS
669 (27.9) CAPE FLATTERY N Coast--Barron QLD
638 (26.6) MANDURAH Lower West WA
637 (26.5) LORD HOWE ISLAND AERO Islands ISL
627 (26.1) CAPE WESSEL Islands ISL
622 (25.9) THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
616 (25.7) SWANBOURNE Lower West WA
610 (25.4) LOCKHART RIVER AIRPORT S Peninsula QLD
602 (25.1) MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
601 (25.0) ALBANY AIRPORT Lower West WA
96/23 CAPE NATURALISTE Lower West WA
94/22 CAPE LEEUWIN Lower West WA
91/07 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
81/16 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
78/19 NORFOLK ISLAND AERO Islands ISL

Downpours High AWS wind reports
High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less from AWS and synoptic reports. 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

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Lower West
CAPE LEEUWIN : 93(270/ 69 ) at 22:32
CAPE NATURALISTE : 96(260/ 69 ) at 23:51
TASMANIA
Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 74(320/ 63 ) at 13:30
HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) : 91(270/ 63 ) at 07:30