Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 12 Oct 2016

Sheep Central October 12, 2016

Today’s 14-day rainfall outlook – scroll to bottom of article

Past seven days: At the start of the week, a cold front embedded in a cold westerly airstream tracked across southeast Australia. The system produced moderate falls in northeastern Victoria, parts of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales and western Tasmania. Widespread light falls were reported across large areas of Victoria and southern New South Wales.

Meanwhile, a surface trough extending across the far northern tropics generated thunderstorms with moderate rainfall totals recorded about the northern Top End and Cape York Peninsula.

During the middle of the week, two weak cold fronts tracked across southern Australia and an associated middle level cloudband produced light to moderate falls in southern and southwest Western Australia and western Tasmania.

Towards the end of the week the second of these cold fronts crossed Tasmania and the southeast, having strengthened as the associated low deepened. This strong frontal system brought damaging winds to large areas, while moderate falls were recorded in western Tasmania, the Victorian Alps, and the central coast of New South Wales. Lighter falls were reported throughout areas of the southern coast of Australia, across southern Victoria and southern New South Wales.

50-100mm: Northern parts of the Darwin–Daly district in the Top End of the Northern Territory, the Victorian Alps, the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, and across nearly all of western Tasmania. Isolated falls exceeding 100 mm were recorded in parts of central western Tasmania, including the highest weekly total of 149 mm at Mount Read.

10-50mm: Northern Top End, the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, southwest and southern Western Australia, most of Victoria except the northwest, eastern and southern New South Wales, and most of the remainder of Tasmania.

Little or no rainfall: Central and northern Western Australia, most of the Northern Territory away from the northern Top End, most of South Australia away from southern parts of the agricultural areas, large parts of Queensland except the north, and northern and central New South Wales.

Highest weekly totals list and map

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

98 mm Perisher Valley AWS

95 mm Thredbo Village

52 mm Careys Peak (Barrington Tops)


111 mm Falls Creek (Rocky Valley)

68 mm Mount Buller

65 mm Ovens River


128 mm Mossman South Alchera Drive

80 mm Low Isles Lighthouse

43 mm Reef Park

Western Australia

48 mm Huntly

47 mm Ferguson Valley, Donnybrook

South Australia

21 mm Williamstown

19 mm Parawa

18 mm Tarlee


149 mm Mount Read

147 mm Lake St Clair National Park

129 mm Lake Margaret Power Station

Northern Territory

86 mm Point Stuart

36 mm Middle Point Rangers

34 mm Jabiru Airport

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Source: BOM



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