Storms NSW Storms Floods – Record Bourke Rainfall from severe storm

Hi Jimmy, the floods continue in North Queensland though also managed to spread to NSW over the weekend as an upper low, surface trough and fairly strong high combined. The upper low over northwest NSW was the most extraordinary part of the event. It managed to produce hailstorms then near-stationary flash flood thunderstorms over night Friday into Saturday 14th Feb. Bourke recorded almost 200mm of rain, with the daily rainfall record dating back to 1874 broken. I did hear some unofficial reports of close to 400mm of rain in that area - a region which only averages that much a year! A small low and trough persisted off the Southern Queensland and Northern NSW coasts during Saturday and Sunday with many centres picking up between 150 and 250mm of rain. Minor to moderate river flooding is still occurring between Bellingen and the Hunter. I was on SES duty at Richmond Tweed on Saturday but the threat passed to the south later in the day. I measured 70mm over 36 hours at home.

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