Wednesday, 3 January 2007 - Annual Climate Summary for New South Wales - Product code IDCKGC35R0

New South Wales in 2006
El Niño brings an exceptionally hot and very dry year

Summary

  • Ninth driest year since statewide average records began in 1900
  • Third driest year on record for the Murray Darling Basin (MDB)
  • Fifth warmest year on record for statewide averaged mean temperatures
  • Second warmest day-time temperatures the state has recorded (behind the El Niño year 2002)
  • 2006 is a record tenth consecutive year with above average maximum temperatures for the state
  • 2006 is a record tenth consecutive year of above average statewide minimum temperatures
  • The diurnal temperature range experienced this year was the sixth highest on record across the state and seventh highest for the MDB

 

 

Rainfall

In 2006, NSW recorded its ninth driest year since statewide average records began in 1900.  The statewide average rainfall for the year was just 349 mm compared to the historical average1 of 566 mm. Significant widespread rain in late December lifted the statewide annual rainfall average from what was to be the fifth driest year on record. Almost the entire state recorded below average rainfall for the year.  With enhanced southeasterly winds onto the northern coast for much of the year the northeast of the state was spared from the El Niño induced drought and a small area of the central Northern Rivers recorded above average rainfall for the year.  In stark contrast, the failure of cold fronts to deliver significant rainfall from autumn through spring resulted in large tracts of the southern and central slopes of the Great Divide recording lowest annual rainfall totals on record.  Much of these areas, as well as parts of the Illawarra and South Coast, received between 400 and 800 mm below their average annual rainfall.  Many centres recorded their lowest annual rainfall on record including Condobolin, Dubbo, Forbes, Griffith and Cabramurra (see Map 1). The drought commenced with below average rainfall in February and continued through the remainder of the year with the most severe rainfall deficiencies occurring in winter and spring with the onset of El Niño.  

It was the third driest year on record for the Murray Darling Basin (MDB) with the basin receiving an average of just 282 mm compared to the historical annual average of 504 mm.  Only the years 1902 (256 mm) and 1944 (274 mm) were drier.

The drought of 2006 represents a continuation of the protracted dry period affecting the state since 2001.  The current six year period 2001−2006 is third only to the mid 1940s and Federation drought in the early 1900s. The only extended period drier than present for the MDB was the 6 year period ending 1945. 

Some sites had their lowest total rainfall on record.

See a map of total rainfall and rainfall deciles.

Temperature

2006 was the fifth warmest year on record for statewide averaged mean temperatures (the average of the maximum and minimum temperature).  The annual mean temperature for the state was 0.8ºC above the historical average1 (records since 1910). (See Figure 1)

With a statewide average maximum temperature 1.6 degrees above the historical average of 23.9ºC, 2006 was the second hottest for day-time temperatures the state has recorded.  The Murray Darling Basin (MDB) also recorded its second warmest year on record with maximum temperatures 1.6ºC above the historical average of 24.5ºC (See Map 2). The El Niño year of 2002 was the only year with warmer maximum temperatures since records began in 1910. The year began with extreme heat across the state on January 1 with Sydney Observatory Hill recording its second hottest day on record (44.2°C) and Sydney Airport 45.2°C (highest on record). (See Map 3).  The years 2006, 2005, and 2002 all rank in the top 5 hottest the state has recorded since 1910. Significantly, this is a record tenth consecutive year of above average maximum temperatures for the state. (See Figure 2) This continues the pattern of rising temperatures consistent with global warming but was also exacerbated this year by the occurrence of El Niño.  Reduced cloudiness and dry soils resulted in above average maximum temperatures.

The overall statewide average minimum in 2006 was 0.1ºC above the historical average of 10.8ºC, with minimum temperatures above average in the north of the state.  However, the far south of the state and an area extending from the Sydney Metropolitan to the Central Tablelands recorded lower than average minimum temperatures, with some areas near the Victorian border and around Sydney experiencing very much below average minimum temperatures (See Map 4).  The cold nights were a result of the drought which reduced soil and atmospheric moisture to a minimum, enabling the dry land surface to cool quickly at night under clear skies. As with the maximum temperatures, 2006 is a record tenth consecutive year of above average statewide minimum temperatures. (See Figure 3).

With cold nights and warm days, the drought, also produced a higher than average diurnal temperature range (i.e. the difference between the daytime maximum and night time minimum).  The diurnal temperature range experienced this year was the sixth highest on record across the state and seventh highest for the MDB, some 1.3ºC to 1.4ºC above average. 

 

Some sites had their highest temperature on record.

Some sites had their highest mean daily maximum temperature on record.

Some sites had their lowest temperature on record.

Some sites had their warmest night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.

Some sites had their highest mean daily minimum temperature on record.

Some sites had their lowest mean daily minimum temperature on record.

 

Further information

Clinton Rakich
NSW Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1610
Email reqnsw@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
47.3°C at Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS on 1 Jan
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
29.4°C at Mungindi Post Office
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
9.2°C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
−3.4°C at Thredbo AWS on 31 Jul
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−14.0°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on 8 Aug
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
−1.3°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet)
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
16.8°C at Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS)
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
33.2°C at Broken Hill Airport AWS on 1 Jan
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
2712.8 mm at Byron Bay (Jacaranda Drive)
Driest overall
Lowest total rainfall

103.0 mm at Fowlers Gap AWS
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall

268.0 mm at Tweed Heads Golf Club on 20 Jan
Highest wind gust

143 km/h at Thredbo AWS on 24 Sep

Records

Record lowest total annual rainfall
Total rainfall
for 2006 (mm)
Previous annual
lowest
Normal
annual
Years of
record
Tarcutta Post Office
226.0
274.0
in 1967
664.3
129
Tumut (Wattle Cres)
321.6
339.9
in 1967
815.2
118
Batlow Post Office
387.4
478.5
in 1967
1279.5
116
Corowa Airport
250.2
253.3
in 1967
540.2
116
Murrumburrah Old Post Office
179.2
227.3
in 1944
607.4
111
Yalgogrin North (Roloma)
154.2
201.7
in 1982
475.9
106
Lockhart Bowling Club
185.7
215.3
in 1967
481.5
102
Wyalong Post Office
180.8
225.4
in 2002
479.2
97
Burrinjuck Dam
357.9
394.5
in 1944
914.5
96
Hume Reservoir
270.2
307.9
in 1967
695.7
84
Captains Flat (Foxlow St)
401.8
418.4
in 1944
735.7
77
Quandialla Post Office
187.2
207.7
in 1982
534.1
75
Trangie Research Station AWS
208.2
219.4
in 1937
496.8
74
Condobolin Ag Research Stn
172.5
213.3
in 1957
455.6
52
Berridale (Myack Street)
287.5
294.6
in 1982
571.1
51
Blowering Dam
372.6
403.9
in 1967
974.6
48
Bowral (Parry Drive)
476.6
493.8
in 1982
915.5
40
Griffith Airport AWS
148.8
178.3
in 1967
390.0
36
Narrandera Golf Club
193.9
213.3
in 1982
470.7
36
Yarrangobilly Caves
536.1
813.6
in 1914
1184.5
34
Murrurundi (Timor)
356.8
383.5
in 1965
671.6
27
Bobadah (Pretty View)
168.0
197.6
in 1967
467.7
26
Mandurama Post Office
400.6
419.0
in 2002
793.8
26
Peats Ridge (Waratah Road)
842.9
845.9
in 1991
1221.7
25
Albury Airport
286.6
414.9
in 2002
727.7
22
Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet)
774.7
1108.4
in 2005
1933.9
22
Thredbo Village
1017.7
1216.5
in 1977
1782.8
22



Record highest annual mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for 2006 (°C)
Previous annual
highest
Normal
annual
Years of
record
Bathurst Agricultural Station
22.2
21.6
in 2002
19.7
79
Burrinjuck Dam
23.7
22.9
in 2002
20.5
75
Hume Reservoir
23.5
23.0
in 2002
21.4
71
Lithgow
20.9
20.4
in 1994
18.3
68
Canberra Airport
21.7
21.2
in 1982
19.6
67
Wagga Wagga AMO
24.3
23.6
in 2002
22.0
65
Lake Victoria Storage
24.8
24.6
in 2002
23.6
62
Trangie Research Station AWS
26.4
26.2
in 2002
24.5
59
Cowra Research Centre (Evans St)
24.5
23.9
in 2002
22.1
53
Wyalong Post Office
25.4
24.8
in 2002
23.3
48
Dunedoo Post Office
25.6
25.4
in 2002
23.8
43
Taralga Post Office
19.9
19.7
in 1980
18.0
39
Orange Airport Comparison
19.8
19.1
in 2002
17.6
38
Quandialla Post Office
25.5
= 25.5
in 2002
23.6
38
Cowra Airport Comparison
24.9
24.5
in 1982
23.0
37
Peak Hill Post Office
26.5
25.9
in 1997
24.4
34
Orange Agricultural Institute
19.8
19.3
in 2002
17.8
31
Gulgong Post Office
24.8
24.3
in 2002
22.9
28
Tumbarumba Post Office
21.1
20.5
in 1982
19.5
25
Albury Airport
24.0
23.3
in 2002
21.9
21




Record highest annual daily temperature
Highest temperature
in 2006 (°C)
Previous annual
highest
Normal
annual
Years of
record
Sydney Airport AMO
45.2
on 1 Jan
43.4
on 25 Nov 1982
22.1
67
Williamtown RAAF
44.4
on 1 Jan
44.1
on 7 Jan 1964
23.0
57
Hillston Airport
46.0
on 1 Jan
= 46.0
on 3 Jan 1973
24.2
49
Murrurundi Post Office
40.7
on 2 Feb
40.6
on 10 Feb 1983
23.4
41
Quirindi Post Office
43.4
on 2 Feb
41.8
on 21 Feb 2004
24.6
41
Scone SCS
43.5
on 2 Feb
43.4
on 19 Nov 1968
24.0
41
Barraba Post Office
41.8
on 3 Feb
41.3
on 4 Jan 1973
24.3
40
Parramatta North (Masons Drive)
44.8
on 1 Jan
44.5
on 18 Jan 2003
23.3
39
Montague Island Lighthouse
41.0
on 1 Jan
37.2
on 1 Dec 1993
19.4
38
Wollongong University
44.1
on 1 Jan
42.3
on 25 Jan 1982
21.8
36
Gulgong Post Office
43.0
on 2 Feb
= 43.0
on 15 Feb 2004
22.9
35
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road)
38.0
on 3 Feb
36.5
on 31 Jan 2003
20.4
35
Cooma Visitors Centre
38.5
on 1 Jan
37.9
on 6 Jan 1999
19.4
33
Cessnock (Nulkaba)
44.9
on 2 Feb
44.4
on 21 Feb 2004
24.5
31
Riverview Observatory
44.0
on 1 Jan
= 44.0
on 18 Jan 2003
22.1
24
Gosford (Narara Research Station) AWS
43.8
on 1 Jan
43.0
on 1 Feb 1977
22.9
23



Record highest annual mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for 2006 (°C)
Previous annual
highest
Normal
annual
Years of
record
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS
15.7
15.4
in 1998
14.2
137
Lithgow
8.5
7.8
in 1998
6.3
68



Record lowest annual mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for 2006 (°C)
Previous annual
lowest
Normal
annual
Years of
record
Perisher Valley Ski Centre
−0.7
= −0.7
in 1995
0.3
22



Record highest annual daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in 2006 (°C)
Previous annual
highest
Normal
annual
Years of
record
Nyngan Airport
32.0
on 2 Feb
31.0
on 12 Feb 2004
11.6
47
Cobar MO
32.1
on 1 Jan
31.9
on 16 Feb 2004
12.7
44
Wyalong Post Office
30.4
on 1 Jan
30.0
on 21 Dec 1994
10.0
41
Katoomba (Murri St)
23.4
on 1 Jan
23.3
on 7 Jan 1964
7.9
38
Kempsey (Wide Street)
25.0
on 4 Feb
= 25.0
on 31 Jan 2003
12.1
36
Albury Airport
25.7
on 30 Jan
= 25.7
on 24 Jan 2001
8.7
23
Broken Hill Airport AWS
33.2
on 1 Jan
32.4
on 11 Feb 2004
11.4
20



Record lowest annual daily temperature
Lowest temperature
in 2006 (°C)
Previous annual
lowest
Normal
annual
Years of
record
Grenfell (Quondong Rd)
−6.5
on 15 Jun
−5.0
on 27 Jul 1986
9.4
41
Murrurundi Post Office
−6.5
on 16 Jun
= −6.5
on 4 Aug 1994
8.5
41
Tenterfield (Federation Park)
−10.6
on 10 Jul
−10.0
on 13 Jul 2002
8.1
41
Corowa Airport
−5.0
on 14 Jun
−4.5
on 18 Jun 1998
8.8
34
Albury Airport
−4.0
on 12 Jun
= −4.0
on 19 Jun 1998
8.7
23



Summaries

Summary statistics for 2006
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean
for
2006
Diff
from
normal
Highest
for
2006
Mean
for
2006
Diff
from
normal
Lowest
for
2006
Total
for
2006
Normal
annual
total
Rank
of
2006
Fraction
of annual
normal
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 27.1 45.2 1 Feb 12.7 −3.0 27 Jun 103.0
Tibooburra Airport 28.3 45.6 3 Feb 15.3 0.8 27 Jun 103.8
Tibooburra Post Office 28.6 +1.2 45.8 1 Feb 15.2 +1.3 −0.1 27 Jun 114.6 223.3 low 51%
White Cliffs AWS 27.8 46.3 1 Jan 14.6 0.3 24 May 113.6
White Cliffs Post Office 27.9 +1.0 46.7 1 Jan 14.0 +1.4 −0.4 16 Jun 140.1 244.9 low 57%
Wilcannia 27.6 +1.0 46.6 1 Jan 12.0 +0.1 −2.5 26 May 151.5 259.3 low 58%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 27.6 47.3 1 Jan 12.2 −1.6 25 May 157.8
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill 25.0 +0.8 44.8 1 Feb 12.6 +0.8 0.0 12 Jun 156.0 252.1 low 62%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 25.0 44.5 1 Feb 11.7 +0.3 −2.1 15 Jun 150.0 246.7 low 61%
Lake Victoria Storage 24.8 +1.3 43.5 22 Jan 10.7 −0.1 −2.6 14 Jun 118.0 258.8 very low 46%
Menindee Post Office 27.4 +1.5 46.4 1 Feb 11.8 +0.6 −2.4 15 Jun 189.2 242.5 normal 78%
Pooncarie Telecentre 26.1 45.5 10 Jan 10.2 −2.5 15 Jun 206.4 266.0 normal 78%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 28.6 46.1 2 Feb 13.5 −2.1 9 Jul 122.8
Brewarrina Hospital 28.4 +0.8 45.1 2 Feb 13.5 +1.0 −1.1 9 Jul 202.1 409.5 very low 49%
Cobar Airport AWS 26.5 44.7 2 Feb 11.5 −4.0 16 Jun 312.4
Cobar MO 26.5 +1.4 45.3 2 Feb 13.3 +0.6 −1.5 15 Jun 255.6 396.3 low 64%
Collarenebri 28.5 +0.9 43.9 2 Feb 12.8 +0.2 −4.0 10 Jul 415.3 501.5 normal 83%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 28.7 44.0 3 Feb 14.3 −1.0 10 Jul 283.4
Wanaaring Post Office 28.8 46.9 3 Feb 13.1 −2.4 26 May 192.0 276.9 low 69%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald 24.8 +0.5 43.6 10 Jan 9.6 −0.4 −3.3 15 Jun 216.7 320.4 low 68%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 27.3 45.9 1 Jan 12.7 0.0 30 May 115.6
Ivanhoe Post Office 27.4 +1.6 46.8 1 Jan 10.6 0 −3.0 15 Jun 203.6 298.4 low 68%
Central Western Plains (S) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 25.8 +1.5 45.0 1 Jan 10.1 0 −3.4 30 May 172.5 455.6 lowest 38%
Condobolin Airport AWS 25.8 45.6 1 Jan 9.6 −3.8 30 May 192.0
Peak Hill Post Office 26.5 +2.1 44.3 2 Feb 12.5 +0.6 −2.5 15 Jun 249.4 560.4 very low 45%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 25.5 45.1 1 Jan 9.5 −3.3 28 Jun 122.4
Central Western Plains (N) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 27.2 44.1 2 Feb 11.7 −3.0 9 Jul 318.4
Coonamble Comparison 27.3 +0.7 43.9 2 Feb 11.9 +0.3 −2.6 9 Jul 314.9 498.5 low 63%
Nyngan Airport 27.2 +1.6 45.0 3 Feb 12.7 +1.1 −1.4 9 Aug 194.5 441.0 very low 44%
Trangie Research Station AWS 26.4 +1.9 45.1 3 Feb 11.3 +0.6 −3.0 15 Jun 208.2 496.8 lowest 42%
Northwest Plains (W) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 29.4 +1.8 44.0 2 Jan 13.3 +0.5 −2.2 10 Jul 347.3 505.4 low 69%
Walgett Airport AWS 28.6 44.7 2 Feb 12.0 −4.2 9 Jul 243.4
Northwest Plains (E) (district 53)
Baradine Forestry 27.4 +2.0 42.8 2 Feb 10.8 +0.6 −3.6 16 Jun 382.4 624.5 low 61%
Moree Aero 27.2 41.8 29 Nov 12.4 −2.4 9 Jul 478.4
Northwest Slopes (N) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 25.9 +1.6 41.8 3 Feb 7.8 −0.5 −7.6 10 Jul 453.1 688.4 very low 66%
Narrabri Airport AWS 27.5 42.9 2 Feb 11.6 −3.6 9 Jul 425.4
Pindari Dam 25.7 +0.9 40.0 3 Feb 9.3 −0.8 −5.0 10 Jul 630.3 754.0 low 84%
Northwest Slopes (S) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 26.8 42.8 2 Feb 10.2 −5.2 10 Jul 353.2
Gunnedah Pool 26.5 +0.5 42.0 2 Feb 12.1 +1.3 −1.3 16 Jun 372.2 615.3 low 60%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 26.0 +1.6 42.1 2 Feb 12.6 +0.5 −0.2 16 Jun 397.2 633.4 low 63%
Quirindi Post Office 25.7 +1.1 43.4 2 Feb 9.3 +0.5 −4.6 10 Jul 402.1 684.7 very low 59%
Tamworth Airport AWS 25.8 42.0 3 Feb 9.8 −4.2 9 Jul 393.8
Woolbrook 21.7 +1.3 38.0 3 Feb 5.2 −0.2 −10.5 30 May
Northern Tablelands (W) (district 56)
Armidale 20.7 35.8 3 Feb 5.5 −10.8 10 Jul 619.2
Armidale Airport AWS 19.9 35.3 3 Feb 7.4 −4.8 23 May 620.8
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 20.2 +0.7 33.0 3 Feb 7.0 −0.4 −7.0 10 Jul
Glen Innes Airport AWS 20.7 33.9 3 Jan 5.2 −12.3 10 Jul 864.4
Glen Innes Post Office 20.9 +0.7 34.5 2 Feb 8.0 +0.8 −6.1 10 Jul 956.0 857.3 high 112%
Guyra Hospital 18.1 +0.5 31.3 3 Feb 6.3 −0.2 −4.8 25 Jun 898.9 914.5 normal 98%
Inverell 24.7 38.8 3 Feb 7.1 −8.9 10 Jul 626.0
Inverell Research Centre 24.0 +1.4 37.6 3 Feb 9.9 −0.4 −3.5 24 May 637.6 798.4 low 80%
Tenterfield 22.0 +0.6 35.5 4 Feb 6.9 −1.2 −10.6 10 Jul 717.8 850.9 low 84%
Northern Tablelands (E) (district 57)
Tabulam 22.4 +0.2 39.2 3 Jan 12.8 +0.2 3.2 31 May 1234.4 1232.4 normal 100%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 23.3 −0.1 36.2 3 Jan 15.3 +0.2 7.5 24 May 1816.6 1782.9 normal 102%
Ballina Airport AWS 24.3 37.0 29 Nov 14.1 3.0 1 Jun
Byron Bay 23.2 31.6 20 Feb 16.8 8.7 21 Jul 1863.8
Byron Bay 23.1 −0.6 31.6 20 Feb 16.5 +0.1 8.5 6 Aug 2062.2 1725.8 high 119%
Casino Airport 26.2 −0.6 41.2 3 Jan 13.7 +0.6 1.0 10 Jul 1292.1 1096.3 high 118%
Casino Airport AWS 25.4 41.1 3 Jan 13.2 0.6 9 Jul 1332.4
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 23.9 38.0 29 Nov 14.6 5.7 2 Aug 1455.0
Grafton Airport 24.2 38.8 29 Nov 9.8 −2.7 10 Jul 1367.8
Grafton Olympic Pool 25.9 +0.1 41.6 3 Jan 13.7 0 −0.5 10 Jul 1147.8 1047.1 normal 110%
Grafton Research Stn 25.8 42.4 3 Jan 13.7 −1.8 10 Jul 1064.4 990.0 normal 108%
Lismore 24.7 38.4 3 Jan 14.4 5.4 10 Jul 1657.4
Lismore Airport AWS 25.5 40.4 3 Jan 12.4 −0.3 16 Jun
Murwillumbah 25.8 0 37.2 3 Jan 14.7 +0.4 2.6 2 Jun 1429.2 1580.8 normal 90%
Yamba Pilot Station 23.4 +0.1 36.3 29 Nov 15.5 +0.1 5.7 10 Jul 1508.1 1458.5 normal 103%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 23.7 +0.4 40.5 29 Nov 14.1 +0.1 1.2 10 Jul 1686.6 1682.9 normal 100%
Dorrigo 20.0 35.0 3 Jan 9.7 −2.4 9 Jul 2297.5
Kempsey 25.0 −0.1 39.0 29 Nov 12.3 +0.2 0.0 10 Jul 862.6 1204.8 low 72%
Kempsey Airport AWS 25.0 39.8 29 Nov 11.6 −3.2 10 Jul 805.8
South West Rocks 23.7 +0.6 31.5 3 Feb 15.9 +0.3 5.0 12 Aug 1182.2 1483.9 normal 80%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 22.6 36.0 29 Nov 14.2 4.5 9 May 1197.7 1220.3 normal 98%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 23.7 38.6 29 Nov 12.4 −2.9 16 Jun 1311.4
Taree Airport AWS 24.2 38.0 29 Nov 12.3 −3.0 10 Jul 801.3
Yarras 24.6 +0.4 39.4 1 Jan 11.6 −0.1 −3.5 11 Jul
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock 25.7 +1.2 44.9 2 Feb 11.3 0 −2.1 9 Jul 498.1 747.8 very low 67%
Cessnock Airport AWS 24.8 44.0 2 Feb 10.2 −3.7 28 Jun 458.2
Gosford 23.5 +0.6 43.8 1 Jan 11.2 +0.2 −0.4 9 Jul 1028.0 1309.8 low 78%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 26.1 +0.8 45.5 2 Feb 10.8 +0.2 −1.4 8 Jul 368.3 637.7 very low 58%
Lostock Dam 24.1 +0.9 42.0 2 Feb 12.0 −0.1 1.5 10 Jul 711.0 951.3 low 75%
Maitland Visitors Centre 25.0 43.4 1 Jan 11.2 −2.0 9 Jul 679.7
Mangrove Mountain AWS 22.2 41.7 1 Jan 11.4 0.2 16 Jun 871.6
Murrurundi Gap AWS 21.4 39.4 2 Feb 10.8 0.7 26 Jun 507.4
Murrurundi Post Office 24.0 +0.6 40.7 2 Feb 7.5 −1.0 −6.5 16 Jun 506.2 828.8 very low 61%
Nelson Bay 22.8 34.2 24 Sep 15.6 6.7 17 Nov 1240.8 1341.1 normal 93%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 22.7 +0.9 41.4 1 Jan 15.7 +1.5 6.5 13 Jun 938.6 1128.3 low 83%
Newcastle University 24.0 43.2 1 Jan 13.2 2.1 16 Jun 1001.8
Norah Head AWS 22.4 43.6 1 Jan 14.9 5.8 8 Jul 1061.0
Paterson 24.7 +0.8 40.8 3 Jan 11.8 −0.1 0.3 15 Jun 620.8 915.5 very low 68%
Peats Ridge 22.6 +0.7 42.2 1 Jan 11.3 +0.1 1.5 28 Jun 842.9 1221.7 lowest 69%
Scone Airport AWS 25.3 42.6 2 Feb 10.0 −3.8 10 Jul 362.4
Scone SCS 25.7 +1.7 43.5 2 Feb 10.8 −0.2 −0.4 16 Jun
Singleton Stp 25.5 45.9 1 Jan 10.5 −2.9 28 Jun 426.2
Williamtown RAAF 23.9 +0.9 44.4 1 Jan 12.2 −0.2 0.6 11 Jul 1065.4 1118.5 normal 95%
Central Tablelands (N) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 24.8 +1.9 43.0 2 Feb 9.1 −0.5 −4.2 10 Jul 381.1 646.8 very low 59%
Mudgee Airport AWS 24.1 40.9 3 Feb 7.6 −7.5 15 Jun 349.6
Nullo Mountain AWS 17.4 35.9 2 Feb 8.2 −1.8 25 Jun 603.2
Central Tablelands (S) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 22.2 +2.5 37.5 2 Feb 5.8 −1.0 −8.2 15 Jun 420.1 632.8 very low 66%
Bathurst Airport AWS 21.6 37.5 2 Feb 6.2 −7.3 15 Jun 374.0
Cowra Research Centre 24.5 +2.4 41.0 2 Feb 10.1 +0.2 −2.9 15 Jun 286.9 636.2 very low 45%
Katoomba 18.2 +1.5 35.3 2 Feb 8.4 +0.5 −1.9 12 Jun 976.9 1386.8 low 70%
Lithgow 20.9 +2.6 37.0 1 Jan 8.5 +2.2 −5.2 15 Jun
Lithgow 18.5 32.4 11 Dec 4.7 −7.6 8 Aug
Mount Boyce AWS 17.7 34.5 2 Feb 8.1 −1.7 12 Jun 640.4
Oberon 18.3 +1.7 34.5 2 Feb 4.7 −0.2 −8.5 15 Jun 539.3 840.2 low 64%
Orange Agricultural Institute 19.8 +1.9 35.5 2 Feb 7.0 −0.1 −5.0 28 Jun 489.4 923.5 very low 53%
Orange Airport AWS 19.6 35.1 2 Feb 5.4 −8.3 28 Jun 494.2
Orange Airport Comparison 19.8 +2.2 35.2 2 Feb 6.4 +0.2 −5.0 31 May 494.1 890.1 very low 56%
Springwood Bowling Club 22.0 38.0 1 Dec 10.1 −0.3 15 Jun
Central Western Slopes (N) (district 64)
Coonabarabran 24.7 +1.1 41.0 2 Feb 6.5 −0.8 −7.4 10 Jul 461.2 746.1 very low 62%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 23.6 39.9 2 Feb 11.5 1.0 26 Jun 433.2
Dunedoo Post Office 25.6 +1.8 42.4 2 Feb 9.7 +0.2 −4.5 10 Jul 425.9 610.9 low 70%
Central Western Slopes (S) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 25.0 42.3 1 Jan 7.7 −4.7 13 Jul 261.8
Cowra Airport Comparison 24.9 +1.9 42.1 2 Feb 8.1 −0.1 −4.1 22 May 264.5 596.5 very low 44%
Dubbo Airport AWS 25.9 43.4 3 Feb 10.2 −4.2 15 Jun 228.6
Forbes Airport AWS 25.8 45.1 1 Jan 8.7 −5.0 13 Jul 158.8
Parkes 25.8 +2.4 44.5 2 Feb 10.7 −0.2 −4.0 15 Jun 248.8 582.9 very low 43%
Parkes Airport AWS 25.1 44.0 2 Feb 8.4 −5.0 15 Jun 248.2
Wellington 25.8 +1.5 43.0 3 Feb 9.4 +0.1 −4.6 15 Jun 291.7 611.9 very low 48%
Metropolitan (E) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 23.8 +0.7 44.4 1 Jan 11.9 0 −0.1 9 Jul 566.6 871.5 low 65%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 23.1 44.2 1 Jan 12.2 1.3 10 Jul 798.0
Holsworthy Control Range 23.9 44.3 1 Jan 11.3 −0.9 9 Jul 470.0
Parramatta North 24.0 +0.7 44.8 1 Jan 12.2 +0.1 2.0 15 Jun 761.1 961.3 low 79%
Riverview Observatory 23.0 +0.9 44.0 1 Jan 13.3 +1.1 3.8 9 Jul 931.0 1126.9 low 83%
Sydney 23.1 +1.5 44.2 1 Jan 14.6 +0.9 5.8 12 Jun 994.0 1215.1 low 82%
Sydney Airport AMO 23.0 +0.8 45.2 1 Jan 14.6 +1.3 5.4 9 Jul 865.0 1086.9 low 80%
Sydney Harbour 21.4 42.2 1 Jan 15.5 7.5 12 Jun
Sydney Olympic Park 23.6 44.7 1 Jan 13.7 3.7 9 Jul 741.6
Terrey Hills AWS 22.0 43.3 1 Jan 12.9 3.4 9 Jul 762.6
Metropolitan (W) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 24.4 44.0 1 Jan 10.3 −2.3 11 Jul 483.2
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 24.2 44.2 1 Jan 11.8 0.7 15 Jun 591.8
Liverpool 24.5 44.0 1 Jan 11.0 −1.0 9 Jul 518.1
Penrith Lakes AWS 25.0 44.4 1 Jan 12.1 1.0 28 Jun 501.0
Prospect Dam 24.1 +1.0 43.8 1 Jan 12.0 −0.3 1.7 15 Jun 582.1 870.6 low 67%
Richmond RAAF 24.4 43.8 1 Jan 10.3 −3.3 9 Jul 490.6
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park 22.6 45.0 1 Jan 11.0 −2.0 15 Jun 687.0
Bellambi AWS 21.7 43.7 1 Jan 14.5 6.6 15 Jun 809.8
Bowral 19.6 +0.9 36.5 2 Feb 8.1 +0.4 −3.5 15 Jun 476.6 915.5 lowest 52%
Camden Airport AWS 24.4 +0.8 44.0 1 Jan 10.0 −0.2 −3.1 11 Jul 475.0 781.9 very low 61%
Campbelltown 28.3 40.3 1 Dec 13.8 6.7 18 Nov
Jervis Bay 20.7 42.1 1 Jan 14.1 5.8 15 Jun 1175.2
Moss Vale AWS 19.4 38.6 1 Jan 7.4 −6.3 15 Jun 531.2
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 22.3 43.6 1 Jan 11.0 1.1 11 Jul 587.4
Wollongong University 22.1 +0.3 44.1 1 Jan 12.8 −0.5 2.7 15 Jun 855.4 1342.8 very low 64%
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay 21.7 40.2 1 Dec 9.4 −1.5 8 Aug 656.8
Bega AWS 22.4 44.1 1 Jan 8.3 −3.6 8 Aug 401.8
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 20.2 39.0 1 Jan 5.5 −8.1 8 Aug 482.6
Green Cape AWS 19.6 28.9 1 Jan 13.1 6.7 28 Oct 575.8
Merimbula Airport AWS 20.7 42.0 1 Jan 9.5 −1.0 8 Aug 638.2
Montague Island Lighthouse 19.7 +0.3 41.0 1 Jan 14.3 +0.5 8.0 12 Jun 744.6 890.1 normal 84%
Moruya Airport AWS 21.2 44.0 1 Jan 9.6 −1.0 12 Jun 650.6
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 20.6 +0.2 43.1 1 Jan 11.6 +0.3 2.1 12 Jun 656.1 959.3 low 68%
Narooma Rvcp 20.2 43.5 1 Jan 12.2 3.5 13 Jul 786.6 914.4 normal 86%
Nerriga Composite 20.0 +1.0 38.5 1 Jan 5.7 −0.8 −7.0 8 Aug 563.6 766.0 low 74%
Ulladulla AWS 20.6 43.8 1 Jan 13.0 5.0 15 Jun 877.8
Sthn Tablelands Gburn-Monaro (district 70)
Bombala 19.4 +1.1 37.8 22 Jan 4.7 0 −7.1 8 Aug 498.8 645.5 low 77%
Bombala AWS 18.1 38.5 22 Jan 4.8 −6.1 11 May 453.2
Canberra Airport 21.7 +2.1 39.9 1 Jan 7.0 +0.6 −6.0 8 Aug 361.0 618.8 very low 58%
Cooma Airport AWS 19.0 37.1 1 Jan 3.7 −9.5 8 Aug 369.4
Cooma Visitors Centre 20.2 +0.8 38.5 1 Jan 3.3 −0.8 −10.5 8 Aug 297.7 533.3 very low 56%
Goulburn Airport AWS 20.9 39.1 1 Jan 5.7 −7.2 23 May 395.0
Mount Ginini AWS 12.9 30.0 1 Jan 3.5 −7.0 12 Jun 352.2
Taralga Post Office 19.9 +1.9 37.4 1 Jan 5.8 −0.2 −6.1 28 Jun 461.2 802.7 very low 57%
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 21.1 39.0 1 Jan 6.5 −9.0 7 Jul 465.5 946.3 very low 49%
Tuggeranong 21.7 39.2 1 Jan 6.9 −7.1 8 Aug 340.2
Yass 22.4 +1.8 40.0 1 Jan 7.1 −0.2 −5.1 28 Jun 328.1 646.4 very low 51%
Sthn Tablelands Snowy-Mountns (district 71)
Charlotte Pass 10.7 +1.1 25.3 10 Jan −1.3 −0.7 −14.0 8 Aug 774.7 1933.9 lowest 40%
Perisher Valley Ski Centre 10.7 27.0 10 Jan −0.7 −1.0 −12.0 26 Aug 1103.1 1813.3 very low 61%
Thredbo AWS 9.2 25.0 1 Jan 1.2 −10.0 22 Oct 657.6
Thredbo Village 14.7 31.5 1 Jan 1.6 −9.6 22 Oct 1017.7 1782.8 lowest 57%
Southwest Slopes (S) (district 72)
Albury Airport 24.0 +2.1 43.5 1 Jan 8.4 −0.3 −4.0 12 Jun 286.6 727.7 lowest 39%
Albury Airport AWS 23.6 42.6 1 Jan 8.3 −3.7 13 Jun 296.6
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 13.8 30.3 1 Jan 5.3 −5.5 12 Jun 566.6
Hume Reservoir 23.5 +2.1 41.4 1 Jan 10.1 +0.2 −1.5 13 Jun 270.2 695.7 lowest 39%
Khancoban AWS 22.5 42.0 1 Jan 6.5 −4.2 12 Jun 463.0
Tumbarumba Post Office 21.1 +1.7 38.6 1 Jan 5.4 0 −7.3 14 Jun 438.2 977.1 very low 45%
Wagga Wagga AMO 24.3 +2.4 44.6 1 Jan 8.4 −0.6 −5.1 13 Jul 267.4 570.5 very low 47%
Southwest Slopes (N) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 23.7 +3.2 41.1 1 Jan 9.8 +0.8 −1.5 12 Jun 357.9 914.5 lowest 39%
Cootamundra Airport 23.7 43.2 1 Jan 7.0 −6.5 30 May 243.2
Grenfell 24.1 +1.7 41.8 1 Jan 10.4 +1.0 −6.5 15 Jun 295.9 624.9 very low 47%
Gundagai 24.0 43.1 1 Jan 8.7 −4.6 14 Jun 283.4
Quandialla Post Office 25.5 +1.9 44.0 1 Jan 9.4 −0.2 −3.6 15 Jun 187.2 534.1 lowest 35%
Temora Airport 24.7 45.1 1 Jan 7.4 −4.6 23 May 188.6
Wyalong Post Office 25.4 +2.1 44.8 1 Jan 10.5 +0.6 −2.9 28 Jun 180.8 479.2 lowest 38%
Young Airport 23.6 41.6 1 Jan 6.1 −6.1 13 Jul 262.4
Riverina (E) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 23.8 +1.2 43.6 1 Jan 8.8 0 −5.0 14 Jun 250.2 540.2 lowest 46%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 23.9 42.9 22 Jan 8.9 −4.4 15 Jun 219.2
Narrandera Golf Club 24.7 +1.4 44.9 1 Jan 9.6 −0.3 −2.8 14 Jun 193.9 470.7 lowest 41%
Tocumwal Airport 23.8 +1.0 43.7 23 Jan 9.2 −0.4 −4.5 14 Jun 205.2 447.1 very low 46%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 24.7 45.0 1 Jan 10.9 −2.0 14 Jun 189.8
Riverina (W) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 25.3 45.0 1 Feb 9.9 −3.0 12 Jun 148.8 390.0 lowest 38%
Hay 25.2 +1.0 43.5 1 Jan 10.2 +0.3 −2.2 30 May 172.7 365.8 very low 47%
Hay CSIRO AWS 24.9 43.0 1 Feb 9.2 −4.0 30 May 114.6
Hillston Airport 25.9 +1.6 46.0 1 Jan 9.9 −1.0 −3.0 15 Jun 218.6 365.2 low 60%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 25.7 +0.6 45.7 1 Jan 11.0 +0.1 −2.0 14 Jun 166.4 421.8 very low 39%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 8 am on Wednesday 3 January 2007. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

A note about deciles: Deciles are used to give an element (in this case rainfall or temperature) a ranking. Deciles are calculated by arranging the totals in ascending order (from lowest to highest) then splitting them into 10 equal groups (thus the groups are called deciles). The first group would be in decile range one, the second group in decile range two, etc up to the highest annual totals (highest 10 per cent) being in decile range 10.

1Averages: Averages are based on the period 1961 to 1990 which is a convention of the World Meteorological Organisation

Normals are long-term averages based on observations from all available years of record, which vary widely from site to site. They are not shown for sites with less than 20 years of record, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.

Drought information is available from the NSW Department of Primary Industries http://www.agric.nsw.gov.au/reader/drt-area

Further information

Clinton Rakich
NSW Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1610
Email reqnsw@bom.gov.au