Weekly rainfall wrap, week ending 14 June 2016

Beef Central, 15/06/2016



Rainfall in the past week was recorded mostly in the southern half of Australia, but there were also some excellent falls in Queensland’s central west.

At the start of the week, low pressure systems were located over the southern Tasman Sea and produced moderate rainfall totals in eastern and southern Tasmania.

A strong cold front moved through the southern part of Western Australia and South Australia. An associated low pressure system tracking along the southern coastlines of the continent, produced light to moderate falls to the south and the interior of Western Australia, also northern and southern South Australia. The weakening front then tracked eastwards and produced moderate falls in southern Victoria as well as the Victorian Alps and Snowy Mountains, and across Tasmania.

In the middle of the week, a westerly flow with embedded weak cold fronts tracked across the Great Australian Bight and Bass Strait, bringing light to moderate falls to the southern parts of the continent, with heavier falls recorded in western Tasmania.

At the end of the week, a broad middle to high-level cloudband associated with a cold front moved across the west coast of Western Australia. The cloudband produced moderate falls for much of the South West Land Division and parts of the Gascoyne and Pilbara. An upper-level trough tracked slowly northeastwards across southwest Queensland, with a cloudband extending from the northwest to the southeast of the State. Embedded thunderstorms produced moderate rainfall totals around Longreach and in Queensland’s central west.

Rainfall totals between 50 and 100 mm were recorded in western Tasmania, coastal parts of southwest Western Australia, areas of southern central Victoria also parts of the Victorian Alps and the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, and in Queensland’s central west. The highest weekly total was 146 mm at Mount Read in Tasmania.

Rainfall totals between 10 mm and 50 mm were recorded in the South West Land Division and west Kimberley in Western Australia, in central Australia and parts of the Northwest Pastoral district in South Australia. Similar totals were also recorded along the southern coast of South Australia including the Eyre and Yorke Peninsulas, Mount Lofty

Ranges and parts of the Flinders Ranges; most of Victoria except the northwest and East Gippsland, and parts of the New South Wales southern Tablelands. Totals between 10 mm to 50 mm were also reported in the central west and north tropical coast of Queensland, and in small pockets of the Top End.

Most of the Northern Territory, central and northern Western Australia, southeastern, northern and western parts of Queensland, western New South Wales, and parts of western and northeastern South Australia recorded little or no rainfall this week.

Highest weekly totals list and map

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

114 mm Perisher Valley AWS

101 mm Cabramurra Smhea AWS

64 mm Thredbo Village


108 mm Mount Buller

105 mm Falls Creek (Rocky Valley)

90 mm Mount Hotham


163 mm Tully Sugar Mill

88 mm Barcaldine Post Office

86 mm Evesham Station

Western Australia

89 mm Witchcliffe

78 mm Cowaramup

77 mm Lancelin

South Australia

59 mm Heathfield Works Depot

54 mm Piccadilly (Woodhouse), Aldgate


165 mm Taranna (Parks & Wildlife)

146 mm Mount Read

103 mm Queenstown (South Queenstown)

Northern Territory

16 mm Point Stuart

15 mm Gove Airport

13 mm Alcan Minesite

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Source: BOM


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