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  1. What an incredible cold weather record for Darwin. tropicbreeze I found that background explanation really interesting. The official Tuesday maximum was 21.9c which beats the previous April record by 2.7c. The Darwin weather site has been reporting since 1941. Darwin has only had two colder days, but in the winter ( or the tropical dry season ). They were 21.1c and 21.8c in July 1968. And taking a look at the steamy tropical season alone which is now winding down, the previous record low maximum was 24.0c in December 1954. Lowest daily maximum in April for Darwin ( records since 1941 ): 1......21.9......2017 2......24.6......1954 3......24.8......1998 4......25.2......1956 5......25.4......1959 and 1948 ------------------------------------------------ Darwin became the third of Australia's 8 major cities to break a cold weather record this year. I am not sure whether that has happened before. In February, Perth recorded it's coldest day for that month and Canberra it's coldest February temperature.
  2. Substantially cold too. Darwin had a maximum of 21.5c today, the monthly average is 32c and it doesn't deviate much from that day to day. At 7:30pm this evening it is 19c. The April record low maximum is 24.6c in 1954 so it seems highly likely that another rare cold weather record will be set at 9am tomorrow, when the temperature day ends.
  3. March - Hobart, Tasmania A warm start to autumn which follows on from a moderately warm summer. This was the third warmest March on record. The mean temperature anomaly was 1.8c above the 1981-2010 period ( listed in brackets below ). Compared to the 1961-90 period the mean anomaly is the same. Recent Marchs here have been exceptionally warm: Average maximum: 22.4 ( + 2.1 ) Average minimum: 12.9 ( +1.5 ) Rainfall: 37mm ( average 45mm ) Rain days ( +1mm ): 8/from11 For the first 20 days of the month high pressure dominated to the east. On days when the city had cooler seabreezes or a wind change following weak fronts, it was almost persistently warm away from the coast and in the central north. A notable interruption to the pattern occurred on the 11/12th, as a small low formed over eastern Victoria, extending a trough down Tasmania's east coast. 10mm fell in the city over a 36 hour period. The major weather break occurred between the 21st-23rd as a low pressure trough extended down Australia's east coast. Forming a low over waters to Tasmania's north east, there were two to three days of onshore easterly winds bringing showery drizzle at times, cool sea air and hill fog. Clearing to mild to warm and mainly dry for the rest of the month, then a more significant front late on the 29th paving the way for much cooler but drier air to follow. Extremes in daily temperature for March ( records since 1883 ): Highest maximum: 32.1....14th ( record 37.3 in 2008 ) Lowest maximum: 15.8....22nd ( record 8.9 in 1925 ) Highest minimum: 20.7....16th ( record 21.1 in 1906 ) Lowest minimum: 5.7....31st ( record 1.8 in 1926 )
  4. Fresh from the BOM, third warmest March on record for Australia
  5. News coming in this morning that police fear multiple people may have drowned in flood waters in north east NSW, as ex-tropical cyclone Debbie causes major flooding and evacuations in south-east Queensland, into north-east NSW. 24 hour rainfall totals exceeding 300mm.
  6. The sun will be up shortly so helicopters will be up in the sky doing the first aerial shots. Emergency vehicles will be out doing the first check up on residences and an initial property damage assessment. Luckily the eye came in south of Bowen, it would have been worse if came in there.
  7. Latest map issued at 2am AEST: Updates every hour: Good morning everyone. I have gotten up early this morning to see the latest developments. In the last 18 hours or so everything has shifted south. Severe cyclone Debbie is heading for the town of Bowen ( population 10,000 ), with the deeper red circle graphic indicating the potential for very destructive winds, which extends south to the resort island of Hamilton Island ( population 1000 + 600 tourists ) and Airlie Beach ( population 8,000 ). The 12 noon landfall is 1am British time Tuesday. According to the BOM this will be a high end category 4. The town of Bowen in particular will get a real battering. I don't have anything more useful to say because every media outlet including social media is all over it. Debbie is being compared to Yasi but there is not much mention of Marcia, which was a category 5 cyclone crossing just south of the above locations in February 2015. 350 homes were destroyed by her and the damage bill was something like $800 million. It would be expected that most residents who live in structurally vulnerable homes are out of there now or have gone to local shelter.
  8. Get Out Now screams the front page of Queensland's major daily newspaper this morning. With 24 hours to go and few updated tracking maps later, hardly anything has changed from the BOM perspective...intense cyclone Debbie with wind speeds of 230km/143miles ph is heading straight for the town of Ayr.
  9. No one is talking about the existential threat to the coral reef along that stretch of coastline; already in a weakened state following another mass bleaching event. Huge swells will surely make much more of it vulnerable. A mid Tuesday morning landfall happens to coincide with a high tide...notable storm surge possible. The latest cyclone track map from the BOM ( released 1.5 hours ago ) spares Townsville from a potential destructive event. BOM is updating every 3 hours. Other weather models are not as kind, showing Debbie making landfall closer to Townsville. I see that the town of Ayr has a population of near 10,000 with some fairly basic standard homes. If the outlook stays the same the situation looks dire for property damage/losses.
  10. An intensifying cyclone is approaching Queensland - due to make landfall near Townsville ( pop 175,000 ) on Tuesday morning. Only two other cyclones have crossed the coast this season in remote areas, at category 1/2.
  12. A very warm start to autumn across central and southern Australia. Up to the 19th Hobart is registering an anomaly of +3.0C which is well above the monthly March record. Temperatures are due to fall close to the long-term average over the reliable forecast period so the final figure will be close. We have had 3 days over 30C this month more than the entire summer period.
  13. An apology is a show of empathy with someone else' s continued suffering ( what ever form of suffering that is in a human ). I think a lot of people feel harmed by others because they don't feel others give a hoot about what has been done to them, which creates a sense of inner isolation. If you are talking about institutions or governments apologising for past wronged actions carried out under their name, then why shouldn't they reach out and express an apology and create a healing for wronged actions?
  14. February - Hobart, Tasmania A very dry end to summer with a close to average temperature for the month. There was no temperature anomaly compared to the 1981-2010 figures ( listed below ), but it was +0.4C warmer than the 1961-90 period. Average maximum: 22.9 ( +0.8 ) Average minimum: 11.8 ( -0.8 ). Rainfall: 10mm ( average 39mm ) Rain days ( +1mm ): 4/from 7 This was the driest February since 2003 but it fell short of a historical top ten ranking. February is traditionally the driest month of the year but this year was much drier than normal with an absence of late summer rain bearing systems ( upper low pressure troughs extending south from the continent, cut off lows over the Tasman Sea, or storms on fronts moving in from the west ). These events are fairly irregular. This was an unusual month for not having a 30 degree day, but there were several warm and pleasant days which fell 2 or 3 degrees short. Extremes in daily temperature for February ( records since 1882 ): Highest maximum: 28.1.....22nd ( record 40.1 in 1899 ) Lowest maximum: 17.2.....13th ( record 9.6 in 1964 ) Highest minimum: 16.6.....9th ( record 24.7 in 1912 ) Lowest minimum: 8.5.....25th ( record 3.4 in 1980 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------- This summer will be remembered for an absence of hot days. The highest temperature of 31.3C was the lowest for any summer since 1977/78, and only two days exceeded 30C, the lowest number of days since the summer of 2001/02 when there was a rare one. Nevertheless, this was a warmer summer than average with an anomaly of +0.7C above the 1981-2010 numbers, or +1.0C above the 1961-90 numbers. The mean minimum was 12.5C and the mean maximum was 22.6C. There was more sunshine than average. Summer rainfall was 127mm ( 90% of the long-term average )
  15. A selection of maps from the BOM reviewing the summer. The cool and tropical summer in the west ( wettest on record in Western Australia ) wasn't enough to balance out the heat in New South Wales ( hottest summer on record ) and Queensland ( second hottest ). It is the biggest east-west split in conditions I have seen for a very long time which almost makes looking at the national averages slightly meaningless this time around Summer temperature anomaly ( 1961-90 ) Dec.....+0.7 Jan.....+0.8 Feb.....+0.3