Friday, 2 January 2009 - Annual Climate Summary for New South Wales - Product code IDCKGC25R0

New South Wales in 2008
Unrelenting Drought for Southern NSW

Summary

  • 8th consecutive below average rainfall for NSW overall and also Murray Darling Basin.
  • Above average rain in the northeast but continuing dry conditions in the south and southwest of NSW.
  • 12th consecutive year with above average maximum temperatures.

An archive of previous annual summaries for New South Wales is also available, as are summaries for other states and many other climate summaries and diagnostics.

Rainfall

In 2008, despite La Niña conditions early in 2008 and neutral El Niño conditions for the remainder, NSW as a whole recorded its 8th consecutive year of below average rainfall for the year. The statewide average for the year was 519 mm which is below the historical average of 566 mm. However this statewide average makes a stark contrast between the northeast of the state and the south and southwest see time series graph of NSW annual rainfall below and map of rainfall deciles.

Coastal areas north of Sydney as well as parts of the Northwest Slopes, Central Tablelands and the Hunter experienced above average rainfall for the year. This was partly due to the La Niña conditions in the Pacific early in 2008 combined with above average rainfall during September and November associated with several frontal systems and an east coast low. However, the southern areas of the state continued to experience generally below average rainfall. Out of the last twelve months, only three (January, November, December) recorded above average rainfall for the state’s south-southwest.

The Murray Darling Basin (MDB) recorded a basin wide annual average of 454 mm which is below the historical average of 504 mm. This is the 8th consecutive below average annual rainfall for the MDB.

New South Wales Annual rainfall 1900 - 2008.

New South Wales annual average rainfall from 1900 - 2008.

Some sites had their highest total rainfall on record.

Some sites had their lowest total rainfall on record.

See a map of total rainfall. See a map of rainfall deciles.

Temperature

2008 is the 12th consecutive year with above average daytime maximum temperatures for NSW. The annual average maximum temperature for the state was 24.3°C which is above the historical average of 23.9°C. Southern, central and northwestern areas of the state experienced above average maximum temperatures. This is partly associated with clear conditions in the south. The majority of coastal NSW, including parts of the northwest slopes and northern tablelands experienced below average maximum temperatures associated with the increased cloud cover which corresponds with the above average rainfall for the area see time series graph of NSW annual average maximum temperature below and map of maximum temperature anomalies

The Murray Darling Basin (MDB) also recorded above average daytime maximum temperatures with an annual average of 24.8°C which is above the historical of 24.5°C. This is the 12th consecutive year with above average temperatures for the MDB.

 

New South Wales Maximum temperature anomaly 1910 - 2008.

New South Wales annual average maximum temperature anomaly 1910 - 2008.

Night time minimum temperatures were slightly below average for the state with a statewide annual average of 10.7°C compared to the historical average of 10.8°C. The northeastern half of NSW, and also the far southwest of the state experienced cooler than average minimum temperatures. The remainder of the state experienced average to above average minimum temperatures .

Some sites had their coldest day (lowest maximum temperature) on record.

See a map of mean maximum temperatures. See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.

Some sites had their lowest temperature on record.

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

See a map of mean minimum temperatures. See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

 

Further information

Agata Imielska
NSW Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1555
Email reqnsw@bom.gov.au

 

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
44.5°C at Pooncarie Mail Agency on 10 Jan
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
27.9°C at Tibooburra Post Office
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
8.1°C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
−5.5°C at Thredbo AWS on 10 Aug
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−15.5°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on 24 Jul
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
0.7°C at Thredbo AWS
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
17.0°C at Lord Howe Island Aero
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
30.2°C at Balranald (RSL) on 11 Jan
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
3008.2 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview)
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
347.0 mm at Limpinwood (Bald Mountain) on 5 Jan
Highest wind gust
135 km/h at Green Cape AWS on 1 Aug

Records

Record highest total annual rainfall
Total rainfall
for 2008 (mm)
Previous annual
highest
Years of
record
Annual
average
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 3008.2 2881.3 in 1950 54 1669.5



Record lowest total annual rainfall
Total rainfall
for 2008 (mm)
Previous annual
lowest
Years of
record
Annual
average
Berridale (Myack Street) 294.1 294.6 in 1982 50 574.7



Record lowest annual daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in 2008 (°C)
Previous annual
lowest
Years of
record
Annual
average
Lord Howe Island Aero 15.3 on 25 Jul 15.5 on 27 Jul 2000 21 22.1




Record highest annual daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in 2008 (°C)
Previous annual
highest
Years of
record
Annual
average
Balranald (RSL) 30.2 on 11 Jan 29.5 on 1 Mar 1983 44 10.0



Record lowest annual temperature
Lowest temperature
in 2008 (°C)
Previous annual
lowest
Years of
record
Annual
average
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) −1.4 on 15 Aug −0.3 on 25 Jun 1981 36 14.4




Summaries

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Summary statistics for 2008
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean
for
2008
Diff
from
average
Highest
for
2008
Mean
for
2008
Diff
from
average
Lowest
for
2008
Total
for
2008
Average
annual
total
Rank
of
2008
Fraction
of annual
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 26.2   41.7 29 Jan 12.7   −0.4 5 Jul 188.6
Tibooburra Airport 27.6 −0.4 43.0 22 Feb 14.6 −0.5 1.5 11 Aug 167.4 177.2 average 94%
Tibooburra Post Office 27.9 +0.5 43.3 22 Feb 14.6 +0.7 1.3 8 Aug 176.2 223.7 average 79%
White Cliffs AWS 26.8   42.7 15 Jan 14.0   0.5 29 Jul 251.4
White Cliffs Post Office 26.8 0.0 41.3 15 Jan 13.0 +0.3 −0.3 29 Jul 312.0 247.0 high 126%
Wilcannia 26.7 +0.1 41.9 15 Jan 12.0 +0.1 −1.5 12 Jul 243.1 259.0 average 94%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 26.8   41.9 15 Jan 12.2   −0.9 12 Jul 218.6
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill 24.6 +0.3 41.5 30 Jan 12.5 +0.6 1.0 24 Jul 283.4 252.9 average 112%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 24.5 +0.1 40.7 30 Jan 11.8 +0.2 −0.1 24 Jul 247.8 246.1 average 101%
Lake Victoria Storage 24.3 +0.7 41.2 16 Mar     −2.5 24 Jul 204.6 258.0 low 79%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 26.1   44.5 10 Jan 11.1   −1.6 29 Jul 227.4 265.5 average 86%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Brewarrina Hospital 26.9 −0.7 39.9 29 Dec 12.1 −0.5 −1.5 12 Aug 563.0 412.1 high 137%
Cobar Airport AWS 25.4 −0.5 40.4 7 Jan 11.4 −0.2 −4.1 14 Aug 394.0 370.6 average 106%
Cobar MO 25.4 +0.2 40.9 7 Jan 12.6 −0.2 −1.9 14 Aug 452.2 396.8 average 114%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 27.4 −0.5 40.5 11 Dec 12.7 −1.3 −2.2 12 Aug 465.9 473.9 average 98%
Wanaaring Post Office     42.3 22 Feb 12.5 −0.4 −2.2 12 Jul 257.7 276.8 average 93%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald 24.3 0.0 41.3 10 Jan 10.2 +0.2 −0.7 29 Jul 255.8 319.9 low 80%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 25.4   41.3 30 Jan 12.5   0.2 29 Jul 212.2
Ivanhoe Post Office 26.4 +0.5 42.9 6 Jan 11.4 +0.7 −2.0 29 Jul
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Airport AWS 24.9 +0.4 40.0 30 Jan     −3.6 24 Aug
Peak Hill Post Office 24.3 −0.1 39.0 29 Jan 11.8 −0.2 −0.5 14 Aug
West Wyalong Airport AWS 23.6   39.8 16 Jan 10.1   −2.9 24 Aug 393.2
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 25.7   39.1 31 Oct 10.9   −3.3 9 Aug 572.6 517.1 average 111%
Coonamble Comparison 25.9 −0.7 38.7 31 Oct 11.2 −0.4 −2.7 9 Aug 540.2 500.2 average 108%
Nyngan Airport 25.7 0.0 39.7 13 Jan 12.1 +0.5 −0.3 20 Aug 458.9 441.4 average 104%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office     41.0 11 Dec 12.3 −0.5 −1.4 12 Aug 557.5 506.7 average 110%
Walgett Airport AWS 26.9 −0.6 41.1 29 Dec 11.1 −0.8 −2.8 9 Aug 560.6 436.6 high 128%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 25.9 −0.8 37.4 14 Jan 11.7 −0.5 −1.5 9 Aug 630.2 596.5 average 106%
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 24.2 −0.2 35.4 22 Feb 7.6 −0.7 −6.1 13 Aug 673.8 688.6 average 98%
Narrabri Airport AWS 25.6   38.1 13 Jan 11.6   −3.6 12 Aug 617.0
Pindari Dam 24.9 +0.2 35.6 13 Jan 9.6 −0.4 −5.0 28 Jun 610.3 750.1 low 81%
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 24.8   37.2 22 Feb 9.6   −5.4 9 Aug 670.6
Gunnedah Pool 24.8 −1.2 37.0 22 Feb 11.8 +1.0 −1.7 13 Aug 762.6 618.4 high 123%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 24.2 −0.3 36.1 29 Jan 12.0 −0.1 −0.6 12 Aug 807.6 638.5 high 126%
Quirindi Post Office 24.0 −0.6 37.0 13 Jan 7.9 −1.0 −6.4 14 Aug 751.1 685.8 average 110%
Tamworth Airport AWS 24.0 −0.6 36.8 29 Jan 9.1 −0.7 −6.3 14 Aug 954.6 603.3 very high 158%
Woolbrook 19.9 −0.6 31.0 13 Jan 5.3 −0.1 −8.0 14 Aug 740.6 779.5 average 95%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale 19.3 −1.0 29.5 13 Jan 5.6 −0.4 −9.0 12 Jul 767.4 762.3 average 101%
Armidale Airport AWS 18.6 −0.9 28.7 13 Jan 7.1 −0.2 −6.1 12 Jul 724.8 770.0 average 94%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 19.5 +0.1 29.0 13 Jan 6.8 −0.5 −6.5 9 Aug 783.8 845.6 average 93%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 19.8 −0.5 29.2 4 Dec 5.5 −0.4 −12.8 9 Aug 893.6 837.6 average 107%
Glen Innes Post Office 20.1 −0.1 30.5 4 Dec 7.8 +0.5 −8.4 9 Aug 738.4 856.5 average 86%
Guyra Hospital 17.3 −0.3 27.0 13 Jan 5.9 −0.6 −4.3 14 Aug 847.6 920.7 low 92%
Inverell 23.4 −0.6 33.7 13 Jan 7.1 −0.3 −7.7 14 Aug 793.6 801.9 average 99%
Tenterfield     30.9 11 Dec 7.0 −1.1 −9.5 14 Aug 960.1 851.8 high 113%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam 21.7 −0.6 33.8 31 Dec 12.2 −0.4 2.6 12 Aug 1597.0 1255.3 high 127%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Casino Airport 25.7 −1.1 37.5 31 Dec 13.7 +0.5 0.7 12 Aug 1228.8 1095.6 average 112%
Casino Airport AWS 25.0 −1.0 36.6 31 Dec 13.2 +0.1 −0.3 12 Aug 1243.4 981.8 high 127%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 23.7   33.8 18 Dec 14.7   4.9 9 Aug 1819.4 1387.1 high 131%
Grafton Airport AWS 25.2   35.4 31 Dec 12.2   −2.2 14 Aug 1002.4
Grafton Olympic Pool 25.5 −0.3 37.2 31 Dec 13.5 −0.2 0.2 14 Aug 1258.8 1054.3 high 119%
Lismore 24.6   35.4 19 Dec 14.3   4.8 12 Aug 1689.4
Lismore Airport AWS 25.3   36.2 19 Dec 12.8   −1.7 11 Aug 1323.6
Murwillumbah 25.0 −0.8 37.9 23 Feb 14.3 −0.1 −1.4 15 Aug 1795.4 1567.1 high 115%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 23.3 0.0 34.0 18 Dec 13.8 −0.2 0.3 15 Aug 1744.0 1682.7 average 104%
Dorrigo 19.5 −0.3 30.7 31 Dec 9.4 −0.5 −2.3 9 Aug 2591.3
Kempsey 24.4 −0.6 34.5 10 Dec 12.5 +0.4 0.8 12 Aug 1360.8 1209.5 high 113%
Kempsey Airport AWS 24.1   35.5 3 Dec 11.4   −1.7 12 Aug 1290.6
South West Rocks 23.3 +0.2 34.5 6 Dec 15.5 −0.1 7.0 12 Aug 1449.1 1481.1 average 98%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 22.6   36.0 6 Dec 12.9   2.5 12 Jul 1343.3 1221.9 average 110%
Taree Airport AWS 23.3 −0.7 35.0 6 Dec 12.3 −0.1 0.0 12 Jul 1484.2
Yarras 23.5 −0.8 34.4 31 Dec 11.5 −0.1 −0.6 10 Aug 3008.2 1669.5 highest 180%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock 23.8 −0.7 38.0 13 Jan 11.1 −0.1 −1.7 12 Jul 1085.6 756.0 very high 144%
Cessnock Airport AWS 22.9 −1.2 36.5 13 Jan 10.3 −0.1 −3.1 18 Aug 1039.4 693.4 very high 150%
Gosford 22.5 −0.5 36.5 31 Oct 11.1 +0.1 −0.7 14 Aug 1717.8 1323.8 high 130%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 24.3 −0.9 38.5 13 Jan 10.7 +0.1 −1.8 12 Jul 697.8 643.1 average 109%
Lostock Dam 22.6 −0.7 34.5 5 Dec 11.5 −0.6 1.5 18 Aug 1117.8 963.4 high 116%
Mangrove Mountain AWS 20.9 −0.6 34.8 13 Jan 11.0 −0.8 0.3 18 Aug 1563.0 1071.4 high 146%
Merriwa 22.7   36.5 13 Jan 8.6   −4.4 12 Jul 659.8 603.9 average 109%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 19.2   32.2 29 Jan 10.0   −1.2 12 Aug 960.8
Murrurundi Post Office 21.8 −1.5 34.0 29 Jan 7.8 −0.7 −5.0 14 Aug 1015.1 831.4 high 122%
Nelson Bay 22.2 −0.8 33.0 6 Dec 15.1 +1.4 5.5 18 Aug 1759.5 1346.3 high 131%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 21.4 −0.3 34.9 31 Oct 14.6 +0.3 5.2 18 Aug 1153.6 1132.2 average 102%
Norah Head AWS 21.7 −0.4 35.7 31 Oct 14.6 −0.5 5.0 12 Aug 1353.6 1160.0 average 117%
Paterson 23.4 −0.6 36.2 31 Oct 11.8 −0.2 0.3 12 Jul 1184.8 936.3 very high 127%
Peats Ridge 21.2 −0.6 34.6 31 Oct 11.2 −0.1 1.8 18 Aug 1411.5 1270.7 high 111%
Scone Airport AWS 23.2 −1.0 36.5 13 Jan 9.3 −0.7 −3.4 12 Jul 652.0 622.3 average 105%
Singleton STP 23.9   37.4 13 Jan 9.9   −3.0 12 Jul 629.4
Williamtown RAAF 22.8 −0.2 35.9 31 Oct 12.1 −0.3 0.8 20 Aug 1466.2 1127.9 high 130%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 22.5 −0.5 37.0 13 Jan 9.4 −0.2 −3.0 12 Jul 784.8 649.1 high 121%
Mudgee Airport AWS 21.7 −0.8 35.2 13 Jan 7.5 −0.5 −5.8 18 Aug 826.8 655.9 high 126%
Nullo Mountain AWS 15.6 −1.1 28.8 13 Jan 7.4 −0.6 −2.7 11 Aug 1055.4 920.6 average 115%
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 20.2 +0.4 33.6 13 Jan 6.2 −0.5 −5.1 23 Jul 769.7 634.2 high 121%
Bathurst Airport AWS 19.6 −0.5 33.8 13 Jan 6.7 0.0 −4.2 12 Jul 688.2 580.3 high 119%
Cowra Research Centre 22.7 +0.6 38.0 15 Mar 10.3 +0.3 0.2 12 Jul 566.1 620.4 average 91%
Katoomba 17.0 +0.3 30.9 13 Jan 7.9 −0.1 −2.0 2 Aug 1331.9 1395.0 average 95%
Lithgow 17.7   32.0 12 Jan 6.3   −6.5 23 Jul 813.5 783.6 average 104%
Mount Boyce AWS 16.2 −0.7 30.3 13 Jan 7.4 −0.5 −2.4 22 Jul 1044.6 897.0 high 116%
Oberon 16.1 −0.9 30.0 13 Jan 5.7 +0.6 −4.5 26 Jul 735.4 839.7 average 88%
Orange Agricultural Institute 17.5 −0.4 32.0 12 Jan 6.8 −0.4 −3.0 12 Jul 864.0 917.9 average 94%
Orange Airport AWS 17.6 −0.8 32.6 12 Jan 5.6 −0.4 −5.2 12 Jul 906.6 841.6 average 108%
Orange Airport Comparison 17.7 +0.1 32.0 12 Jan 6.3 +0.1 −4.0 12 Jul 855.3 888.4 average 96%
Springwood Bowling Club 21.6   34.8 13 Jan 11.4   2.4 12 Jul 943.2 1094.7 average 86%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran 22.7 −1.0 35.2 13 Jan 7.0 −0.4 −6.5 12 Jul 870.8 748.9 high 116%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 21.3   33.7 13 Jan 10.7   0.0 12 Jul 879.4
Dunedoo Post Office 23.7 −0.2 38.1 13 Jan 9.6 0.0 −3.7 12 Jul 676.1 612.9 average 110%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport Comparison 23.2 +0.2 38.8 7 Jan 9.1 +0.9 −2.0 24 Aug 480.6 591.5 low 81%
Forbes Airport AWS 24.3 −0.1 39.2 30 Jan 9.6 0.0 −3.3 24 Aug 437.4 441.4 average 99%
Parkes 24.1 +0.7 40.0 29 Jan 10.7 −0.2 −2.0 19 Aug 478.9 581.9 average 82%
Parkes Airport AWS 23.1 −0.7 38.0 30 Jan     −3.0 4 Jul 554.0 629.8 average 88%
Wellington 23.7 −0.7 37.4 29 Jan 9.1 −0.2 −4.5 14 Aug 660.8 612.4 average 108%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 22.9 −0.3 36.3 6 Dec 11.7 −0.3 0.5 10 Aug 921.0 874.1 average 105%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 22.3 −0.7 35.5 31 Oct 11.8 −0.6 1.1 13 Aug 1091.4 934.6 high 117%
Holsworthy Control Range 22.8   36.5 13 Jan 10.9   −0.7 10 Aug 893.2 671.5 high 133%
Parramatta North 22.8 −0.5 36.1 13 Jan 11.9 −0.2 1.8 19 Aug 990.0 978.3 average 101%
Riverview Observatory 22.3 +0.1 35.0 1 Nov     3.0 12 Jul 1091.8 1130.9 average 97%
Sydney 22.1 +0.4 35.0 31 Oct 14.3 +0.5 5.3 19 Aug 1082.6 1216.1 average 89%
Sydney Airport AMO 22.4 +0.2 37.0 31 Oct 14.1 +0.8 5.2 23 Jul 1007.8 1085.2 average 93%
Sydney Olympic Park 23.0 −0.5 36.6 31 Oct 13.4 −0.4 3.5 12 Jul 926.0 921.2 average 101%
Terrey Hills AWS 21.0   34.9 31 Oct 12.6   2.9 12 Jul 1170.2
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 23.1 −0.8 36.5 13 Jan 10.1 −0.5 −1.9 10 Aug 950.4 626.1 high 152%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 22.7 −1.1 36.9 13 Jan 11.3 −0.7 −0.3 12 Aug 919.2 733.9 average 125%
Liverpool 23.4   37.5 13 Jan 10.8   −1.0 12 Jul 995.4
Penrith Lakes AWS 23.6 −1.0 38.4 13 Jan 11.9 −0.4 0.3 23 Jul 867.2 702.6 high 123%
Prospect Reservoir 23.1 0.0 37.1 13 Jan 11.7 −0.6 1.0 9 Aug 914.0 872.4 average 105%
Richmond RAAF 22.8 −1.3 37.7 13 Jan 10.2 −0.7 −2.9 19 Aug 800.0 740.6 average 108%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park 21.9   36.0 31 Oct 11.0   1.0 12 Jul 879.4
Bellambi AWS 20.8 −0.6 36.0 31 Oct 14.1 −0.5 5.7 19 Aug 1125.0 1064.4 average 106%
Bowral 18.0 −0.7 32.0 13 Jan 8.2 +0.4 −1.4 24 Jul 732.8 936.1 low 78%
Camden Airport AWS 23.0 −0.6 37.1 6 Dec     −2.4 30 Jun
Campbelltown 23.0   36.6 6 Dec 10.1   −1.7 10 Aug 793.2
Kiama 20.9   34.8 31 Oct 14.0   6.5 17 Aug
Moss Vale AWS 18.2   33.7 13 Jan 7.5   −5.6 23 Jul 740.8
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay 21.5 −0.2 37.2 13 Jan 9.5 −0.5 −1.6 23 Jul 810.1 895.0 low 91%
Bega AWS 22.0 +0.5 36.8 27 Oct 8.4 −0.4 −2.8 5 Jul 474.2 570.3 low 83%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 18.9 −0.2 34.6 30 Jan 5.6 −0.4 −7.1 19 Aug 567.2 615.6 low 92%
Montague Island Lighthouse 19.0 −0.4 29.2 31 Oct 13.7 −0.1 6.3 23 Aug 610.6 888.4 low 69%
Moruya Airport AWS 21.2   37.0 31 Oct 9.6   −2.0 17 Aug 639.2
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 20.5 0.0 35.1 31 Oct 11.5 +0.2 1.7 17 Aug 691.4 957.0 low 72%
Narooma RVCP 19.8 0.0 33.6 19 Oct 12.1 +0.3 3.2 10 Aug 804.6 916.2 average 88%
Nerriga Composite 19.2 +0.2 35.0 11 Jan 5.6 −0.9 −7.5 17 Aug
Ulladulla AWS 20.1 −0.5 34.8 31 Oct 12.8 −0.2 5.3 4 Aug 852.8 1035.6 low 82%
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala 19.1 +0.8 36.7 11 Jan 5.0 +0.2 −6.8 5 Jul 429.4 643.9 very low 67%
Bombala AWS 17.3 −0.4 35.3 1 Jan 5.3 +0.1 −5.4 24 May 500.2 508.3 average 98%
Canberra Airport 20.4 +0.8 35.8 11 Jan 7.1 +0.6 −5.3 19 Aug 530.4 616.8 average 86%
Cooma Airport AWS 18.0 −0.2 34.1 2 Jan 3.9 0.0 −9.2 23 May 325.0 493.6 lowest 66%
Cooma Visitors Centre 19.2 −0.1 35.5 1 Jan 3.7 −0.3 −9.0 12 Jul 425.8 533.4 low 80%
Goulburn Airport AWS 19.3 −0.3 34.2 30 Jan 5.8 −0.2 −6.7 23 Jul 499.8 518.2 average 96%
Goulburn TAFE 19.3 −0.4 34.3 30 Jan 7.4 0.0 −4.2 23 Jul 587.6 621.4 average 95%
Mount Ginini AWS 10.9   26.0 2 Jan 2.8   −7.3 22 Jul
Taralga Post Office 18.3 +0.2 33.0 29 Jan 5.7 −0.3 −5.5 23 Jul 778.3 803.8 average 97%
Tuggeranong 20.4 −0.5 35.8 15 Mar 6.4 −0.4 −5.3 25 Jul 534.6 568.5 low 94%
Yass 20.8 +0.2 36.2 15 Mar 7.5 +0.3 −3.0 26 Jul 622.5 646.0 average 96%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Thredbo AWS 8.1 0.0 23.6 2 Jan 0.7 −0.1 −10.2 24 Jul 1169.4 1431.6 low 82%
Thredbo Village 13.5 0.0 29.0 2 Jan 2.0 +0.1 −9.5 24 Jul 1587.5 1765.4 average 90%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 22.4 +0.1 39.7 2 Jan 8.9 0.0 −1.9 23 Aug 494.6 599.4 low 83%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 12.0 −0.6 27.8 15 Mar 4.6 −0.5 −4.9 17 Aug 1194.4 1109.9 average 108%
Hume Reservoir 22.3 +0.9 39.6 2 Jan 10.5 +0.6 −0.5 17 Aug 502.0 691.8 low 73%
Khancoban AWS 20.8 −0.6 36.7 15 Mar 6.7 −0.4 −2.8 24 Jul 852.0 825.8 average 103%
Tumbarumba Post Office 19.6 +0.1 35.5 15 Mar 5.6 +0.2 −5.2 23 Jul 778.4 974.8 low 80%
Wagga Wagga AMO 22.9 +0.9 39.3 16 Jan 9.1 +0.1 −3.4 24 Aug 473.8 566.5 low 84%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 21.8 +1.2 38.5 15 Mar 9.7 +0.6 −0.5 29 Jul 729.1 912.3 low 80%
Cootamundra Airport 22.0 −0.3 38.0 12 Jan 7.9 +0.3 −4.6 25 Aug 444.2 551.2 low 81%
Grenfell 22.4 −0.1 38.2 7 Jan 10.5 +1.1 −0.8 23 Aug 562.2 623.8 average 90%
Gundagai 22.4 −0.1 38.5 15 Mar 8.9   −2.1 24 Aug
Quandialla Post Office 24.2 +0.5 39.6 12 Jan 10.0 +0.4 −3.8 24 Aug 461.7 532.6 average 87%
Temora Airport 23.2   40.1 12 Jan 8.7   −3.6 24 Aug 423.0
Wyalong Post Office 24.1 +0.8 40.0 12 Jan 10.9 +0.9 −1.5 24 Aug 350.0 476.7 low 73%
Young Airport 21.8 −0.3 37.6 12 Jan 6.9 −0.1 −4.6 24 Aug 580.8 564.0 average 103%
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 22.9 +0.4 40.0 11 Jan 9.5 +0.7 −1.0 23 Jul 427.8 538.3 low 79%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 23.3 −0.2 41.0 11 Jan 9.6 +0.2 −1.3 25 Aug 326.0 356.2 average 92%
Narrandera Airport 24.0 +0.9 40.6 11 Jan 9.9   −3.2 24 Aug 360.0 427.3 average 84%
Narrandera Golf Club 23.5 +0.2 39.6 11 Jan 10.3 +0.4 −2.3 24 Aug 331.4 466.8 low 71%
Tocumwal Airport 22.9 0.0 40.4 11 Jan 9.7 +0.1 −1.6 25 Aug 394.6 445.2 average 89%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 23.9   40.0 12 Jan 11.5   −0.7 24 Aug 343.2
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 24.2 +0.4 40.0 15 Mar 10.7 +0.6 −2.2 24 Aug 282.4 386.7 low 73%
Hay 24.4 +0.2 41.3 11 Jan 10.8 +0.8 −1.0 29 Jul 246.4 364.6 low 68%
Hillston Airport 25.0 +0.7 41.0 30 Jan 10.6 −0.3 −1.8 24 Aug 287.6 364.7 low 79%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 24.8 −0.3 40.0 12 Jan 11.6 +0.7 −1.0 24 Aug 322.8 421.0 low 77%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Friday 2 January 2009. 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 for temperature and less than 30 years of record for rainfall, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.

Further information

Agata Imielska
Climate Officer
NSW Climate Services Centre
NSW Regional Office
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1555
Email reqnsw@bom.gov.au