Weather

Weekly rainfall wrap, week ending 12 Apr 2016

Sheep Central, April 13, 2016

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The best falls of 50-100mm in the past week were recorded in western Tasmania, parts of central Victoria, the western parts of South West Land Division in Western Australia, northeastern New South Wales and the north tropical coast of northern Queensland.

At the beginning of the week, a cloudband extended from the central and southeastern parts of Western Australia, through southern South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. Light rain fell across the southern coast of South Australia, and western Victoria, with moderate falls recorded in central Victoria and western Tasmania as the front tracked across Tasmania. Isolated thunderstorms formed in parts of the Kimberley and eastern Top End.

A broad surface trough developed near the west coast of Western Australia and a weak low formed off the Gascoyne coast from the middle of the week. Meanwhile, a broad cloudband with embedded thunderstorms extended from the west coast to central Western Australia. Moderate totals were recorded in the South West Land Division, Gascoyne and Goldfields.

In the last part of the week, a surface trough generated isolated thunderstorms along the New South Wales and Queensland border, with moderate falls recorded in northeastern New South Wales. A moist, onshore flow brought showers and moderate falls to the north tropical coast of Queensland. A weak cold front also brought light to moderate rainfall to the western Tasmania.

Rainfall totals between 50 mm and 100 mm were recorded in western Tasmania, parts of central Victoria, the western parts of South West Land Division in Western Australia, northeastern New South Wales and the north tropical coast of northern Queensland. Isolated totals exceeding 100 mm were recorded in parts of the north tropical coast of Queensland, and western Tasmania, including the highest weekly total of 174 mm at Mount Read in Tasmania.

Rainfall totals between 10 mm and 50 mm were recorded across much of the western half of Western Australia, parts of the northern Kimberley, the east and west of the Top End, the north tropical coast of northern Queensland, and parts of southeastern Queensland. Similar totals were recorded in northeastern New South Wales, western and central Victoria, western

Tasmania and small areas along the southern coast of South Australia.

Central and eastern Western Australia, the Northern Territory away from the Top End, most of South Australia away from the coasts, northern and eastern Victoria, eastern Tasmania, remaining parts of New South Wales and much of Queensland recorded little or no rainfall this week.

Highest weekly totals in each state and territory:

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

53 mm Tweed Heads Golf Club

51 mm Wittitrin

48 mm Gunnedah Resource Centre

 

Victoria

42 mm Ferny Creek

38 mm Haines Junction (Mount Sabine)

35 mm Princetown, Jindivick

Queensland

125 mm Bingil Bay

97 mm Macknade Sugar Mill, Innisfail

 

Western Australia

103 mm Boyup Brook

65 mm Happy Valley

56 mm Jarrahwood

 

South Australia

16 mm Arno Bay

15 mm Mount Schank (Jethia)

14 mm Nangwarry Forestry SA Depot, Port Parham, Penola Post Office

 

Tasmania

174 mm Mount Read

128 mm Lake Margaret Power Station

88 mm Queenstown (South Queenstown)

 

Northern Territory

39 mm Alcan Minesite

36 mm Nhulunbuy

32 mm Ngayawili

 

More weekly rainfall totals:

Source: BOM

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