Storm rainfall records, Melbourne
Records smashed by storm
By PHILIPPA DUNCAN , Sunday, 13 February 2005
A LOW-PRESSURE system that caused severe storms and wide- spread
destruction this month broke 101 rainfall and temperature records as
it passed across south-eastern Australia.
Hastings and Levendale, in the State's South, were the only Tasmanian
locations to register record-breaking rainfalls.
Hastings recorded its highest February rainfall in 59 years - 101mm
in the 24 hours to 9am on Friday, February 4, the day after the
In the same period, 56.4mm of rain fell at Levendale - the highest
February figure since records started in 1948.
The front brought heavy rain and abnormally low temperatures to much
of south-east Australia.
More than half of the records were broken in Victoria, with the
remainder falling in NSW, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania.
Thirteen Victorian locations with more than 50 years of weather
figures set all-time daily rainfall records, including Melbourne,
where 120.2mm fell in the 24 hours to 9am on Thursday, February 3.
More than 40 locations in Victoria, South Australia and NSW had their
coldest February day since records started on February 2 or 3.
Director of meteorology Geoff Love said some of the records had been
broken by more than 3deg., with temperatures as low as 3deg. recorded.
Dr Love was reluctant to link the severe storms to climate change.
He said it would be some years before such a link could be made or
the system could be ruled as a one-off abnormal weather event.