Are you only at 5m elevation over there at East Ballina? Would have expected a bit higher.
The first low for the Australian cyclone season of 2010/11 has formed way off the WA coast. Although a long way from the Australian Mainland Cocos Islands are in the track path hence the warning has been issued.
Advice from BOM regarding the low
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 1
Issued at 9:12 am WST on Saturday 30 October 2010
At 8:00 am WST a Tropical Low was estimated to be
530 kilometres north of Cocos Island and
moving west at 11 kilometres per hour.
The low is forecast to develop into a tropical cyclone today or early on
Sunday. Although it is currently moving westwards, it is expected to take a
southwards turn, and is likely to pass close to Cocos Island on Tuesday.
Conditions are favourable for intensification and Cocos Island is at risk of
impact from a Severe Tropical Cyclone.
Gales are not expected on the islands during the weekend, but may develop by
sunrise on Monday as the system moves closer and intensifies.
Details of Tropical Low at 8:00 am WST:
.Centre located near...... 7.5 degrees South 96.0 degrees East
.Location accuracy........ within 75 kilometres
.Recent movement.......... towards the west at 11 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre... 85 kilometres per hour and INTENSIFYING
.Severity category........ below cyclone intensity
.Central pressure......... 1002 hectoPascals
A satellite photo of southern Australia shows the entire state of Victoria blanketed by cloud. In addition, the entire western half of New South Wales is blanketed by the same cloud mass (Satellite photo attached from Weatherzone dated 30/10/2010). From 9 am to approximately 1.30 pm 30/10/2010, Swan Hill had recorded the highest rainfall of 21 mm but its still raining at that locality.
The area to watch is North East Victoria. Again rainfall totals are starting to accumulate in areas along the northern ranges with falls in the 10 to 20 mm range such as 17 mm at Mt Hotham and 15 mm near Jingellic. Albury Airport had recorded 3.4 mm before 9 am and another 8.8 mm from 9 am to 1.40 pm. There is a while to go before the cloud mass clears the through the state. It appears that this is going to be a major rain event in an area that is still recovering from the previous event only 2 weeks ago.