Weekly rainfall wrap, week ending 3 Mar 2015

Sheep Central March 4, 2015
Rainfall received across Australia for the past seven days. Source: BOM

Rainfall received across Australia for the past seven days. Source: BOM

The west was the recipient of the best rainfall in the past week, with totals of between 50-100mm recorded across large areas of the Gascoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley and parts of the Goldfields and Eucla districts of WA.

Lesser totals of 10-50mm were received across the western half of Western Australia.

In the first half of the week, surface troughs located through western and eastern Australia and across the interior of the Northern Territory generated storms and showers, producing light to moderate rainfall along the northwest coast, and in central and southern Western Australia, across the Top End, and in parts of northern Queensland. Part of the trough tracked eastwards across New South Wales, bringing light to moderate falls to eastern and central New South Wales and southeastern Queensland.

In the middle of the week, a developing cold front and a deepening low pressure system to the south of South Australia tracked eastwards and strengthened before crossing Victoria and Tasmania. Light rainfall was recorded across large parts of Victoria and Tasmania, with isolated areas east of Melbourne and in southwest Tasmania recording heavier falls.

In the last part of the week, a low pressure trough across inland areas of the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales triggered thunderstorms and showers, with moderate rainfall totals recorded in isolated parts of inland Queensland and northeast New South Wales, and across the Top End and the Kimberley. Thunderstorms over much of  inland Western Australia were associated with a broad area of low pressure, and generated moderate rainfall totals in central and southwest Western Australia.

Rainfall totals in excess of 100 mm were recorded in parts of the Kimberley coast and northern Top End, and in pockets of central Western Australia and northern Queensland. The highest weekly total was 236 mm at Darwin Botanic Gardens in the Northern Territory.

Rainfall totals between 50 mm and 100 mm were recorded across large areas of the the Top End in the Northern Territory, areas of far northern Queensland, and a small pocket of northeastern New South Wales.

Rainfall totals between 10 mm and 50 mm through northern Australia, central and southeastern Queensland, in most of eastern New South Wales, parts of southern central Victoria, and in the west and northeast of Tasmania.

Rainfall totals between 10 mm and 15 mm were recorded in far southwest South Australia.

Most of South Australia, much of Victoria, western New South Wales, southwest Queensland, the southern half of the Northern Territory and the Western Australian interior recorded little or no rainfall for the week.

Highest weekly totals by State:

State Highest 2nd Highest 3rd Highest
WA Mount Elizabeth
(191 mm)
(North Kimberley)
Drysdale River Station
(150 mm)
(North Kimberley)
Newman Aero
(145 mm)
(East Gascoyne/Murchison)
NT Darwin Botanic Gardens
(236 mm)
Fort Hill Wharf
(176 mm)
Gunn Point
(173 mm)
SA Nullarbor
(14 mm)
(Western Agricultural)
Padthaway South
(7 mm)
(Lower Southeast)
(5 mm)
(Lower Southeast)
Qld Horn Island
(138 mm)
(North Peninsula)
Mt Pleasant Station
(133 mm)
(Upper Carpentaria)
Highbury Station
(118 mm)
(North Peninsula)
NSW/ACT Yarras (Mount Seaview)
(130 mm)
Thredbo Village
(99 mm)
(Snowy Mountains)
Comboyne (Public School)
(76 mm)
Vic Mount Baw Baw
(36 mm)
(West Gippsland)
Ferny Creek
(30 mm)
(East Central)
Kinglake West
(28 mm)
(North Central)
Tas Diddleum (Sowters Road)
(72 mm)
Mount Read
(58 mm)
(West Coast)
Bridport (Sea View Villas)
(52 mm)

Source: BOM


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