Friday, 2 January 2009 - Annual Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC14R0

Queensland in 2008

Wet start and finish to the year

Summary

Tropical Cyclone Helen contributed to the major rain event in January and the monsoon to that in February, both causing significant flooding in the eastern parts of QLD. November saw considerable damage in the southeast corner with a barrage of severe thunderstorms. The beginning of the year saw the peak of a La Nina event, and there were early signs of a new La Nina developing in the latter part of the year.
 
The La Nina was partly responsible for a cooler year in QLD with average to below average maximum temperatures for most of the state, except for the far west. With respect to rainfall, average to below average rainfall persisted in the southeast districts, worsening in the far west. Above average rainfall conditions prevailed in the central and northern districts. Overall the rainfall deficiencies have eased over much of QLD, but small patches persist in western QLD.

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


Rainfall

The state average rainfall was 657.12 mm, ranked 70 of 109 years based on median rainfall.

The wettest overall was 8486.0 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Stn, followed by 4813.0 mm at Bellenden Ker Bottom Stn, and 4713.4 mm at Tree House Creek (up until the end of November#) .

The driest overall was 84.2 mm at Monkira, followed by 84.8 mm at The Monument Airport.

Some sites had their highest total rainfall on record.

Some sites had their highest total rainfall for at least 20 years.

Some sites had their lowest total rainfall for at least 20 years.

The wettest single day was at East Mackay on 15 Feb with 625.0 mm recorded, followed by 532.0 mm at Pleystowe Sugar Mill on 15 Feb, followed by 532.0 mm at Te Kowai Exp Stn on 15 Feb.

Some sites had their highest daily rainfall on record.

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

Temperature

The state average mean temperature anomaly was +0.17°C, ranked 69 of 99 years based on the median temperature.

Maximum temperature

The state average maximum temperature anomaly was +0.18°C, ranked 52 of 99 years based on the median maximum temperature.

The hottest day was 46.3°C at Birdsville Airport on 4 Dec, followed by 45.1°C at Bedourie Police Station on 26 Dec, followed by 44.7°C at both Windorah Post Office on 4 Dec, and at Birdsville Airport on 26 Dec.

The warmest days on average were 34.5°C at Camooweal Township, followed by 34.2°C at Julia Creek Airport, followed by 34.0°C at Cloncurry Airport.

The coolest days on average were 20.7°C at Applethorpe, followed by 21.4°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 22.4°C at Toowoomba Airport.

The coldest day was 5.6°C at Applethorpe on 28 Jul, followed by 6.7°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 28 Jul, followed by 7.5°C at Applethorpe on 9 Jul.

Some sites had their highest temperature on record.

Some sites had their lowest mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years.

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

Minimum temperature

The state average minimum temperature anomaly was +0.16°C, ranked 72 of 99 years based on the median minimum temperature.

The coldest night was −6.5°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 10 Aug, followed by −6.2°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 9 and 14 Aug, followed by −5.6°C at Warwick on 10 Aug.

The coolest nights on average were 8.6°C at both Applethorpe and at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 10.0°C at Warwick, followed by 10.8°C at Oakey Aero.

The warmest nights on average were 25.1°C at Coconut Island, followed by 24.8°C at Horn Island, followed by 24.5°C at Willis Island.

The warmest night was 32.8°C at Birdsville Airport on 16 Jan, followed by 32.6°C at Bedourie Police Station on 28 Nov, followed by 31.7°C at both Boulia Airport on 23 Feb, and at Boulia Airport on 29 Dec.

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

Some sites had their lowest mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years.

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

Wind

The strongest recorded wind gust was 133 km/h at St George Airport on 26 Dec, followed by 106 km/h at Rundle Island on 23 Apr, followed by 104 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on 12 Feb.

Annual summary of events

January - Ex-Tropical Cyclone Helen brought flooding rains to large areas of the state.
February - The monsoon brought wet and cool conditions to much of the state during February. 
March - Cooler temperatures occurred near the end of the month, mainly due to a dry southwesterly airflow.
April - Averaged over the state, rainfall was the 3rd lowest on record based on figures since 1900.
May - Mixed rainfall occurred across the state after the development of an east coast low near the end of the month.
June - The southwest received some unseasonal rainfall, above to very much above average falls.
July - Rainfall across the state was generally above to very much above the long term average
August - It was cool and dry in Queensland.
September - This was a wet and warm month.
October - Rainfall across most of the state was generally close to average.
November - There was regional variation with severe thunderstorms barraging the southeast corner.
December - Below average rainfall returned to the state.

Further information

Queensland Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (07) 3239 8700
Email climate.qld@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
46.3°C at Birdsville Airport on 4 Dec
45.1°C at Bedourie Police Station on 26 Dec
44.7°C at Windorah Post Office on 4 Dec
44.7°C at Birdsville Airport on 26 Dec
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
34.5°C at Camooweal Township
34.2°C at Julia Creek Airport
34.0°C at Cloncurry Airport
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
20.7°C at Applethorpe
21.4°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
22.4°C at Toowoomba Airport
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
5.6°C at Applethorpe on 28 Jul
6.7°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 28 Jul
7.5°C at Applethorpe on 9 Jul
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−6.5°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 10 Aug
−6.2°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 9 Aug
−6.2°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 14 Aug
−5.6°C at Warwick on 10 Aug
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
8.6°C at Applethorpe
8.6°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
10.0°C at Warwick
10.8°C at Oakey Aero
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
25.1°C at Coconut Island
24.8°C at Horn Island
24.5°C at Willis Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
32.8°C at Birdsville Airport on 16 Jan
32.6°C at Bedourie Police Station on 28 Nov
31.7°C at Boulia Airport on 23 Feb
31.7°C at Boulia Airport on 29 Dec
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
8486.0 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Stn
 4813.0 mm at Bellenden Ker Bottom Stn
4713.4 mm# at Tree House Creek
3766.4 mm at Tully Sugar Mill
3697.7 mm# at Babinda Sugar Mill
Driest overall
Lowest total rainfall
84.2 mm at Monkira
84.8 mm at The Monument Airport
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
625.0 mm at East Mackay on 15 Feb
532.0 mm at Pleystowe Sugar Mill on 15 Feb
532.0 mm at Te Kowai Exp Stn on 15 Feb
Highest wind gust
133 km/h at St George Airport on 26 Dec
106 km/h at Rundle Island on 23 Apr
104 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on 12 Feb

Records

Record highest annual daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in 2008 (mm)
Previous annual
highest
Years of
record
Listowel Downs 219.2 on 18 Jan 167.4 on 6 Mar 1997 126
Millungera Station 197.0 on 12 Jan 173.0 on 20 Dec 1976 117
Anakie Richardson St 313.5 on 17 Jan 260.0 on 1 Feb 1978 113
Te Kowai Exp Stn 532.0 on 15 Feb 458.0 on 17 Feb 1958 109
Hattonvale Store 184.0 on 20 Nov 166.6 on 24 Jan 1947 97
Peakvale Station 205.4 on 17 Jan 147.3 on 1 Feb 1922 79
Brinard Station 311.6 on 11 Jan 162.6 on 14 Mar 1965 66
Numil Downs Station 200.0 on 12 Jan 191.0 on 20 Dec 1976 66
Daandine 294.6 on 4 Feb 114.3 on 18 Feb 1959 64
Mareeba QWRC 176.4 on 19 Feb 153.2 on 4 Feb 1967 53
Greenmantle 189.6 on 19 Jan 178.1 on 20 Dec 1973 41
Eastmere 223.0 on 17 Jan 160.0 on 24 Jan 1977 40
Brampton Island Resort 300.0 on 15 Feb 276.0 on 1 Feb 1979 39
The Lynd Station 187.0 on 14 Jan 129.0 on 10 Jan 1972 38
Albro Station 171.4 on 17 Jan 127.0 on 1 Feb 1978 32
Loudoun Bridge 128.0 on 5 Feb 116.0 on 2 Jan 1996 26
Palm Island Water Treat 275.4 on 15 Jan 248.4 on 1 Feb 2007 24



Record highest total annual rainfall
Total rainfall
for 2008 (mm)
Previous annual
highest
Years of
record
Annual
average
Wallen 620.8 584.7 in 1990 32 383.0

Highest total annual rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for 2008 (mm)
Most recent higher
annual
Years since
higher
Annual
average
Anakie Richardson St 1183.9 1688.1 in 1956 50 642.7
Wyseby 1112.2 1306.1 in 1955 49 723.0
Kowanyama Airport 2007.4 2049.6 in 1956 46 1262.3
Peakvale Station 1113.8 1245.0 in 1950 42 566.9
Carfax 944.1 952.3 in 1973 34 604.2
Walkamin DPI 1649.8 1750.5 in 1974 34 1021.6
Jochmus 887.8 936.4 in 1975 27 523.4
Alpha Post Office 782.2 1007.6 in 1983 24 556.8
Chillagoe Atherton Street 1276.0 1681.2 in 1974 22 864.2
Springsure Dame St 1013.0 1034.1 in 1983 20 681.8



Lowest total annual rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for 2008 (mm)
Most recent lower
annual
Years since
lower
Annual
average
Mount Isa Aero 172.2 161.1 in 1970 37 447.0
Toorak Research Station 205.2 194.9 in 1967 33 438.9
Cloncurry McIllwraith St 218.2 210.6 in 1969 28 471.5



Record highest annual temperature
Highest temperature
in 2008 (°C)
Previous annual
highest
Years of
record
Annual
average
Redlands HRS 38.2 on 24 Feb 37.5 on 3 Jan 1985 44 25.1



Lowest annual mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for 2008 (°C)
Most recent lower
annual
Years since
lower
Annual
average
Surat 27.2 26.8 in 1984 20 27.8



Record highest annual daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in 2008 (°C)
Previous annual
highest
Years of
record
Annual
average
Rolleston 30.0 on 31 Dec 27.0 on 23 Jan 1998 21 14.1



Lowest annual mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for 2008 (°C)
Most recent lower
annual
Years since
lower
Annual
average
Clermont Sirius St 14.4 14.3 in 1956 47 15.0
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 18.7 18.5 in 1974 31 18.8



Summaries

In this table, key sites have been highlighted to make them easier to find. This table is very wide and may not fit if printed.

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
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.7 +0.6 37.3 15 Dec 25.1 +0.1 19.2 29 Jul 1196.6 1468.1 low 82%
Coen Airport 31.4   39.2 22 Nov 21.0   11.5 30 Jul 1153.4
Horn Island 30.5 +0.3 35.0 23 Nov 24.8 +0.4 16.0 29 Jul 1464.8 1844.5 low 79%
Weipa Aero 32.7 +0.1 38.5 9 Nov 22.1 +0.3 12.8 29 Jul 2183.2 2019.0 average 108%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.2 +0.5 39.2 23 Nov     10.1 29 Jul 1442.4 2062.2 low 70%
Musgrave 33.0 +0.6 40.9 24 Nov     8.0 29 Jul 1127.1 1167.1 average 97%
Palmerville 32.5 −0.3 39.7 24 Nov 18.7 −0.3 6.3 29 Jul 1215.8 1034.1 high 118%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 33.3   40.1 7 Oct 20.8   8.3 30 Jul 636.2
Burketown Post Office 32.4 +0.1 40.5 16 Jan 21.1 +1.1 9.2 30 Jul 653.4 759.6 average 86%
Cloncurry Airport 34.0 +0.5 43.2 10 Dec 19.4 +0.6 3.7 10 Jul 117.4 493.2 very low 24%
Croydon Township 33.1 −0.7 41.2 9 Dec 20.6 +0.3 4.8 11 Jul 979.4 732.3 high 134%
Julia Creek Airport 34.2   44.3 10 Dec 17.1   0.2 10 Jul 225.0
Kowanyama Airport 33.2 0.0 39.7 13 Oct 20.8 +0.1 8.5 19 May 2007.4 1262.3 very high 159%
Mount Isa Aero 33.0 +1.2 42.0 7 Nov 17.7 +0.3 0.8 11 Jul 172.2 447.0 very low 39%
Sweers Island 30.5   36.7 1 Dec 23.0   12.2 12 Jul 608.7
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 32.3   39.5 25 Dec 18.6   2.5 11 Jul 925.4
Hughenden Airport 31.6   42.0 5 Nov 17.1   −0.1 11 Jul 620.8
Richmond Airport 32.9   42.8 5 Nov 16.5   2.2 30 Jul 466.0 450.9 average 103%
Richmond Post Office 32.5 −0.3 42.8 10 Dec 16.9 +0.3 1.9 10 Jul 497.1 474.1 average 105%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 29.4 +0.4 36.4 23 Nov 21.1 +0.4 8.7 30 Jul 2217.4 1992.4 average 111%
Cooktown Airport 29.5   41.4 23 Nov 22.0   8.3 30 Jul 1598.4
Green Island 27.3 −0.7 35.8 22 Dec 23.4 +0.3 15.0 30 Jul
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.6 +0.2 37.0 23 Nov 23.4 +0.1 16.6 30 Jul 2003.2 2095.4 average 96%
Mareeba Airport 28.5   37.6 24 Nov 18.0   6.7 30 Jul 1394.6
Walkamin DPI 27.1 −0.2 36.5 24 Nov 17.3 +0.2 6.5 30 Jul 1649.8 1021.6 very high 161%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 28.1 −0.6 37.5 20 Jan 19.9 +1.0 6.4 30 Jul
Ingham Composite 28.8 −0.3 38.5 23 Nov 19.0 0.0 6.9 29 Jul 1694.1 2059.6 average 82%
Innisfail 28.1 +0.2 35.7 18 Jan 20.5 +1.2 9.7 30 Jul 3164.8 3556.9 average 89%
Lucinda Point 26.5 −0.7 35.9 20 Jan 22.1 −0.3 12.5 30 Jul 1047.0 921.0 average 114%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 28.1 0.0 37.0 20 Jan 19.8 +0.7 7.0 30 Jul
Townsville Aero 29.0 +0.1 36.4 20 Jan 19.8 +0.1 6.2 10 Jul 1445.2 1119.0 high 129%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 28.0 −0.5 35.2 24 Nov 20.1 −0.4 6.6 30 Jul 1330.0
Ayr DPI Research Stn 29.0 0.0 37.2 23 Nov 18.2 +0.3 4.3 30 Jul 1280.4 957.5 high 134%
Collinsville Post Office 30.1 −0.1 39.4 20 Dec 16.2 −0.2 1.8 11 Jul 998.2 714.3 high 140%
Mackay Aero 27.4 +0.3 36.6 23 Nov 17.4 −0.3 3.4 9 Aug 1103.0 1524.6 average 72%
Mackay M.O 26.5 +0.1 36.3 23 Nov 19.0 0.0 7.3 11 Jul 1800.4 1580.5 high 114%
Proserpine Airport 28.9 +0.2 37.7 13 Dec     1.2 11 Jul 1920.6 1378.0 high 139%
Samuel Hill Aero 26.7   38.2 31 Dec 15.2   0.9 11 Jul 1913.2
St Lawrence 28.1   37.4 22 Nov 16.9   3.3 13 Aug 1238.0
St Lawrence Post Office 28.4 −0.1 37.6 22 Nov 17.5 +0.2 4.2 11 Jul 1174.2 1015.3 high 116%
Woolshed 25.9   35.9 24 Nov 16.2   1.3 30 Jul 1699.6
Yeppoon The Esplanade 25.3 −0.6 36.5 31 Dec 17.8 −0.8 3.5 12 Aug 1294.4 873.5 very high 148%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 29.8 −0.6 39.8 20 Dec 17.3 −0.4 2.6 11 Jul 1037.6 620.3 high 167%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant     41.1 23 Feb 16.0 −0.7 2.2 11 Jul 833.1 596.8 high 140%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Clermont Sirius St 29.6 −0.1 41.3 7 Dec 14.4 −0.7 −2.5 10 Jul 901.4 665.3 high 135%
Emerald Airport 28.7 −1.2 38.3 7 Dec 15.4 −1.0 1.6 19 Aug 883.2 492.9 very high 179%
Springsure Dame St 27.8 −1.2 37.3 25 Dec 14.8 +0.5 0.6 10 Aug 1013.0 681.8 very high 149%
Tambo Post Office 28.6 −0.5 40.1 7 Nov 12.3 −0.3 −4.0 10 Jul 604.4 528.3 high 114%
Taroom Post Office 28.0 −0.2 39.5 19 Dec 13.4 −0.2 −1.6 20 Aug 727.3 668.6 high 109%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 29.9 −0.2 41.0 10 Dec 16.7 +0.4 2.5 10 Jul 414.1 496.2 average 83%
Blackall Airport     41.9 11 Dec 14.6   −0.8 10 Jul 606.6
Isisford Post Office 30.8 −0.1 42.9 11 Dec 15.6 +0.1 −0.7 10 Jul 439.0 451.0 average 97%
Longreach Aero 31.3 −0.1 43.6 7 Nov 15.7 −0.1 0.5 12 Jul 299.8 451.6 low 66%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 34.5 +1.6 43.0 21 Jan 18.5 +0.9 2.2 11 Jul 206.2 390.4 low 53%
The Monument Airport 32.6   42.9 2 Nov 17.4   0.9 10 Jul 84.8
Urandangi 33.2 +0.8 43.6 8 Jan 16.8 +0.6 −0.1 12 Jul 118.6 296.4 very low 40%
Winton Airport 32.5   43.9 10 Dec 16.7   1.8 9 Jul 278.8
Winton Post Office 32.4 +0.3 43.9 10 Dec 17.5 +0.9 3.2 12 Jul 274.2 405.2 low 68%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 31.2   46.3 4 Dec 16.5   1.8 11 Aug 159.7
Boulia Airport 32.8 +1.0 44.2 24 Dec 18.3 +1.4 3.0 11 Jul 89.6 263.7 very low 34%
Windorah Post Office 31.0 +0.5 44.7 4 Dec 16.4 +0.6 1.6 12 Aug 157.1 285.8 low 55%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 29.1 −0.6 39.4 31 Dec 14.7 −0.5 0.2 12 Aug 700.6 709.1 average 99%
Bundaberg Aero 26.7 +0.2 37.2 31 Dec 16.6 +0.2 3.9 12 Aug 1174.4 1007.9 high 117%
Gayndah Airport 27.9   42.0 31 Dec 13.9   −0.4 10 Aug 556.8
Gayndah Post Office 28.2 +0.1 41.5 31 Dec 14.2 +0.6 0.0 10 Aug 602.3 760.8 low 79%
Gladstone Airport 27.0 −0.2 38.6 31 Dec 17.5 −0.5 4.9 13 Aug 1256.8 785.8 very high 160%
Gladstone Radar 27.8 +0.1 39.2 31 Dec 18.5 −0.1 7.2 29 Jul 1127.0 884.5 high 127%
Monto Township 26.9 −0.4 40.0 31 Dec 12.9 0.0 −1.9 10 Jul 864.5 733.5 high 118%
Rockhampton Aero 28.2 −0.2 40.1 31 Dec 16.8 +0.2 2.7 10 Jul 1089.8 799.9 high 136%
Rundle Island 24.4 −0.5 31.6 22 Nov 20.4 −0.4 10.1 29 Jul
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 25.7 −0.1 32.0 15 Dec 18.7 −0.1 8.5 12 Aug 1426.8 1268.5 high 112%
Seventeen Seventy 25.8 +0.1 31.9 31 Dec 18.6 −0.2 8.3 12 Aug 1144.6 1150.7 average 99%
Thangool Airport 28.7 −0.5 39.3 31 Dec     −1.7 12 Aug 637.3 663.5 average 96%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 26.4 −0.3 39.5 23 Feb 12.4 −0.7 −2.9 10 Aug 1110.2 854.5 high 130%
Archerfield Airport 25.8 −0.4 39.5 23 Feb 14.4 +0.1 2.1 11 Aug 1089.0 1057.9 average 103%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 26.2   38.5 23 Feb 12.6   −3.7 12 Aug 920.8
Beerburrum Forest Station 25.8   39.9 23 Feb 14.6   3.8 13 Aug 1481.0 1395.7 average 106%
Brisbane* 25.7 +0.1  40.2 23 Feb 15.8 0.0  3.7 31 Jul 1240.8 1123.6 high 110%
Brisbane Aero 25.0 −0.4 39.8 23 Feb 15.2 −0.3 2.6 12 Aug 1089.8 984.1 high 111%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 23.6 +0.4 31.6 31 Dec 18.4 +0.4 8.2 12 Aug 937.8 1509.4 very low 62%
Coolangatta 24.7 +0.3 36.4 23 Feb 15.5 −0.5 0.6 15 Aug 1791.2 1416.5 high 126%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 24.5 +0.4 35.9 23 Feb 18.7 0.0 8.4 29 Jul 1097.0 1388.0 low 79%
Gold Coast Seaway 25.8 +0.7 39.7 23 Feb 16.5 −0.7 4.2 10 Aug 1460.8 1223.0 high 119%
Gympie 26.3 −0.9 39.8 31 Dec 13.4 −0.2 −1.7 12 Aug 1101.4 1124.2 average 98%
Hervey Bay Airport 25.9   34.7 1 Dec 16.4   −0.1 12 Aug
Jimna Forestry 22.9   35.3 23 Feb 11.6   −2.4 10 Aug 1073.0
Kingaroy Airport 24.9   36.3 19 Dec 11.1   −4.1 10 Aug 710.2
Logan City Water Treatment 25.6 −0.4 38.2 23 Feb 15.0 +0.2 1.9 10 Aug 1406.6 1041.8 high 135%
Maleny Tamarind St 22.7   35.8 23 Feb 13.8   3.5 29 Jul 2312.0 1978.1 high 117%
Maroochydore Aero 25.2 0.0 38.7 23 Feb 15.5 −0.4 1.8 9 Aug 1661.4 1377.0 high 121%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 25.4   39.4 23 Feb 15.4   3.5 10 Jul
Point Lookout 25.5   33.5 14 Dec 18.0   7.0 12 Aug 1429.6
Rainbow Beach 25.0 −0.5 37.0 23 Feb 16.3 −0.4 1.2 9 Aug 1704.7 1445.0 high 118%
Redcliffe 24.7   39.0 23 Feb 16.3   5.8 14 Aug 1304.8
Tewantin RSL Park 24.9 −0.3 39.7 23 Feb 16.5 −0.4 3.8 10 Jul 1832.2 1566.7 high 117%
Toolara 26.6 −0.7 40.5 31 Dec 16.1 −0.4 5.3 29 Jul 1535.8 1220.3 high 126%
University of Queensland Gatton 26.7 −0.1 38.7 30 Dec 12.6 −0.4 −0.5 31 Jul 990.4 773.7 high 128%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 20.7 +0.1 31.1 16 Nov 8.6 −0.3 −5.5 10 Aug 789.0 762.3 average 104%
Dalby Airport 26.1 −0.8 37.6 30 Dec 11.1 −0.9 −3.8 12 Aug 674.4 624.1 average 108%
Goondiwindi Airport 26.7 −0.5 37.6 3 Dec 12.5 −0.3 −2.0 12 Aug 565.9 606.0 average 93%
Inglewood Forest 26.0   36.9 7 Nov 12.2   −1.2 12 Aug 549.4
Oakey Aero 25.1 −0.3 37.0 30 Dec 10.8 0.0 −3.9 9 Aug 661.4 628.2 average 105%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 21.4 −0.3 32.0 23 Feb 8.6 −0.2 −6.5 10 Aug 777.1 765.9 average 101%
Texas Post Office 26.4 −0.5 37.1 11 Dec 11.7 +0.4 −3.0 15 Aug 611.2 655.6 average 93%
Toowoomba Airport 22.4 −0.8 34.2 30 Dec 12.1 −0.5 0.0 12 Aug 561.6 653.7 low 86%
Warwick 23.9 −0.8 34.6 23 Feb 10.0 −0.3 −5.6 10 Aug 764.4 680.0 high 112%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street     38.6 19 Dec 12.4 −0.6 −3.2 12 Aug 572.4 546.5 high 105%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 26.7 −0.9 36.8 30 Dec 11.5 −0.3 −4.0 20 Aug 904.4 632.6 very high 143%
Mitchell Post Office 27.6 +0.2 39.8 5 Dec     −4.4 20 Aug 551.4 565.0 average 98%
Roma Airport 27.1 −0.8 39.3 19 Dec     −3.1 9 Jul 534.0 577.3 average 92%
St George Airport 27.0 −1.0 41.6 11 Dec 12.9 −1.0 −1.2 12 Jul 559.4 521.3 average 107%
Surat 27.2 −0.6 38.4 3 Dec 12.9 −0.1 −3.2 12 Aug 498.1 575.5 average 87%
Warrego (district 44)
Charleville Aero 27.8 −0.2 41.4 11 Dec 13.0 −0.5 −3.3 12 Aug 622.6 486.4 high 128%
Cunnamulla Post Office 27.9 −0.2 42.6 11 Dec 14.3 +0.1 0.0 12 Aug 593.4 373.8 very high 159%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 29.7   43.6 10 Dec 16.3   2.4 9 Aug 186.6
Quilpie Airport 29.4 +0.2 43.5 11 Dec 15.2 −0.2 0.5 8 Aug 286.6 341.7 average 84%
Thargomindah Airport 28.8   43.7 11 Dec 15.8   0.8 9 Aug 243.5

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 2 pm 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.

Averages are long-term means 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 10 years of record, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.* In this case, normals from a nearaby suitable site may be included to calculate statistics (these are marked with an *)
The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of long-term average rain.

The Rank indicates how rainfall this time compares with the climate record for the site, based on the decile ranking (very low rainfall is in decile 1, low in decile 2 or 3, average in decile 4 to 7, high in decile 8 or 9 and very high is in decile 10).
The Fraction of average shows how much rain has fallen this time as a percentage of the long-term mean.

Further information

Queensland Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (07) 3239 8700
Email climate.qld@bom.gov.au