Weekly rainfall wrap, week ending 21 June 2016

Sheep Central June 22, 2016



Widespread, moderate falls were recorded across much of Queensland and New South Wales, eastern and central Victoria, western Tasmania, southern and central areas of South Australia, eastern and southern areas of the Northern Territory and southern areas of Western Australia.

At the start of the week, a low pressure system and surface trough moved slowly across southern parts of Western Australia and produced moderate falls in the Goldfields and along the southern coast. The low pressure system tracked over the Great Australian Bight with the associated surface trough extending into South Australia. Moderate rainfall totals were recorded in the Northwest Pastoral district and in parts of the Eyre and Yorke Peninsulas. Middle-level cloud extended into western Victoria and western New South Wales, producing moderate rainfall in northwestern New South Wales, parts of northern Victoria, and western Tasmania as a weak cold front also tracked across Tasmania.

By the middle of the week, a cloudband formed east of a deep surface trough located over western Queensland and New South Wales. The trough moved eastwards, generating thunderstorms and widespread rainfall, with moderate rainfall totals in the southern interior of the Northern Territory, western and southern Queensland, and northern and central New South Wales.

An upper-level trough intensified as it tracked east into western Queensland, resulting in a deepening of a surface tough over the interior of Queensland and northern New South Wales. Widespread, moderate falls were recorded across most of Queensland. As the system continued to move eastwards, and a low pressure centre developed over central New South Wales, generating moderate to heavy falls across large parts of eastern Australia, including eastern Victoria.

A moist, onshore southeasterly flow brought persistent shower activity to Queensland’s north tropical coast during the week.

Rainfall totals between 50 and 100 mm were recorded in parts of the Eyre Peninsula and southern parts of the Northwest Pastoral districts in South Australia, parts of the elevated areas of the Victorian Alps and Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, and in central and northern New South Wales. Similar totals were recorded in western and central Queensland extending just across the Northern Territory and Queensland border, and along the east coast of Queensland and northeastern New South Wales. Totals in excess of 100 mm were recorded in Queensland’s central west, and along its north tropical, central and southeast coasts.

Rainfall totals between 10 mm and 50 mm were recorded in southwest and southern Western Australia, central and northeastern areas of South Australia, most of Victoria except the western areas, and in western and northern Tasmania. Similar totals were recorded across most of New South Wales, Queensland, and in southern and eastern parts of the Northern Territory.

Remaining parts of Western Australia, the northwest of South Australia and the north and west of the Northern Territory recorded little or no rainfall this week.

Highest weekly totals in each State and Territory

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

124 mm Mullumbimby (Fairview Farm)

115 mm Bangalow (Fowlers Lane), Murwillumbah


147 mm Cabbage Tree Creek

127 mm Cape Conran (Yeerung Park)

105 mm Orbost


186 mm Oakpark

164 mm Peachester

159 mm Mount Jukes

Western Australia

51 mm Walpole

49 mm Denmark

47 mm Walpole Forestry

South Australia

138 mm Whyalla (Mullaquana)

81 mm Cleve

76 mm Cleve Aerodrome


73 mm Memana (Babel Farm)

55 mm Friendly Beaches

53 mm Bicheno (Council Depot)

Northern Territory

57 mm Alice Springs Desert Park

53 mm Undoolya

52 mm Trephina Gorge

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Source: BOM





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