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TAS Country : October 7th 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010 Tasmanian Country 5 News DAYS OF CONTRAST: Sun on the plains, snow on the peaks near Sheffield. Picture: CHRIS KIDD September goes to extremes KAROLIN MacGREGOR IT may not have broken many records, but September will be remembered as an interesting month for weather. The Bureau of Meteorology’s monthly weather wrap-up shows that during Sep- tember Tasmania was hit with heavy rain and flooding, extremely strong winds, snow and huge wave. On average, temperatures across the state were below average for the start of spring. The bureau said a series of fronts and westerly conditions were the dominant features during the past month. During the middle of the month a deep low-pressure system situated well to the south of Tasmania produced huge waves. The wave-rider buoy off Cape Sorell on the West Coast measured a massive 18.4m wave at 11am on September 16. It was just a little smaller than a 19.8m monster wave measured by a similar buoy operated by the CSIRO in 1985. Most of the waves recorded by the buoy on September 16 averaged 8m in height. Swells of 11m were recorded at Maatsuyker Island, and a 10m swell was recorded at Cape Bruny. The same low-pressure system wreaked havoc in some farming areas when extremely strong winds caused roofs to be torn from houses, trees blown over and barns destroyed. The bureau said wind gusts reached 148km/h in some exposed areas. The weather system also hit New Zealand a few days later, causing huge losses of newly born lambs. Early in the month, a low-pressure system that approached from the north also brought significant rainfall that cau- sed flooding in northern river basins. In total, about 50mm of rain fell over northern areas on September 4 and closer to 100mm in higher areas. The state was also blasted with some icy conditions last month, with snow falling to low levels on September 15, 16, 28 and 29, which the bureau said was uncommon for that time of year. Liawenee lived up to its reputation as the state’s coldest place when it registered - 7 .9C, equal to its lowest temperature recorded during winter. The mercury also fell to below -7C on September 3 and 8 — a record for the month. The bureau said it was the coldest September since 2003 for many areas, including Strathgordon, which had its coolest average maximum temperature on record for September. There were also some warms days, with Swansea reaching 21.7C on September 20 and Devonport recording 19.6C. The coldest day-time maximum tem- perature was recorded on Mt Wellington on September 28 when the temperature did not get above -2.2C. The state’s wettest area was Mt Read, which recorded 549.2mm for the month. The driest was Swansea with only 18.4mm. *For Terms & Conditions refer to www.onesteelcyclone.com.au ®Registered trademark of OneSteel Wire Pty Limited ABN 59 000 010 873. Ingall St, Mayfield NSW 2304. CYC0009/TC. To take advantage of this great offer, get your claim form at www.onesteelcyclone.com.au and return with your proof of purchase to: Cyclone Gate Promotion Offer, PO Box 586, Crows Nest, NSW 1585. BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND. GET CA$H BACK. Cyclone, the name you know for quality Australian gates, is offering you $10 cash back* on every gate you purchase from September 1st to October 31st 2010. T h a t mean s i f you b uy 10 ga t e s youge t$ 1 00 c a shb a c k!
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