Queensland in 2012: Wet, average days, cool nights

2012 was another wetter-than-average year for Queensland, though not to the same extent as the very wet 2011. Maximum temperatures were a little above average (+0.22 C) while minimum temperatures were below average (–0.36 C). As a result the mean temperature was a little below average (–0.07 C). Queensland was the only Australian State to experience a below average mean temperature during 2012.

Queensland recorded the second largest annual rainfall anomaly of any State or Territory at 8.2 per cent above average (623.4 mm). However, not all areas recorded above average falls, with some  areas, mainly in the southeast and far northeast, experiencing below-average rainfall. Significant weather events included one tropical cyclone in February (Jasmine).
  • 43 per cent of the State, by area, recorded above-average rainfall (decile 8–9), with some areas in the north, west, and southeast (mainly non-coastal) receiving average, or in the case of the southeast and far northeast, below-average rainfall (51 and 6 per cent of the State, by area, respectively)
  • The wettest station in 2012 was Bellenden Ker Top station with 6780 mm  
  • 47 per cent of the State had average maximum temperatures, with 19 per cent below average, mainly in the north through to the central and central coast regions
  • 49 per cent of the State had below average minimum temperatures, with some areas in the north, southwest, and southeast receiving average minimum temperatures (46 per cent by area)
  • Applethorpe had the coolest nights and was the coolest on average overall

Other phenomena

Persistent heavy rain from 23 to 27 January across southeast Queensland triggered extensive flooding which continued in early February with further rain across the southern inland and westward-flowing floodwaters progressing across southern Queensland. Record flooding was encountered in several areas of the Condamine–Balonne catchment. A tropical low travelled into Queensland from the Northern Territory in mid to late March, the remnants of which brought heavy downpours across northern Queensland, causing major flooding in Cairns, Innisfail, Ingham and Mackay. A developing low over the Sunshine Coast brought heavy rain and flash flooding across the southeast corner of Queensland, damaging more than 800 homes on the 23rd. A tornado was also reported in the western suburbs of Townsville on 20 March. Queensland endured a busy fire season, with late October a particularly bad time as severe fire weather saw more than 60 fires burning across the state. Associated smoke was also observed across the State for many months. Severe thunderstorms over 17–18 November caused widespread damage in southeast Queensland. High winds, large hail (including up to 10 cm on the Darling Downs), intense lightning activity, as well as some flash flooding occurred around Brisbane. A significant spring heatwave affected eastern Australia in late November with widespread maxima in the low to mid-40s recorded in southern Queensland.
Through the year (from previous climate summaries)
January

Had a hot start and wet finish, with numerous rainfall records broken; record-high daily totals were observed at 17 stations, and record-high monthly totals at eleven stations. Extreme rainfall began in the southeast around the 24th, continuing for eight consecutive days over the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast, and for 16 days on the Sunshine Coast. Only 10 per cent of the State received below-average rainfall, with around 44 per cent above average.

February

Cool nights and average rainfall resulted in the third-lowest minimum temperature (state averaged) on record. 64 per cent of the State received average rainfall; with the lowest state averaged rainfall since 2006. The low which would become tropical cyclone Jasmine passed through northern Queensland in early February before reaching cyclone strength in the Coral Sea. In total, seven temperature and nine rainfall records were set for the month.

Autumn

Was wet and cool with around 68 per cent of the State recording above-average rainfall. There were a total of 21 daily rainfall records and one total autumn rainfall record set at various sites. March recorded the fifth-highest rainfall on record and over half the State experienced below-average temperatures, with ten daily station low maximum and three daily minimum temperature records broken.

Winter

Saw wet, mild days and cool nights. Around 60 per cent of the State recorded above-average rainfall (with 36 per cent average, mainly in the south, and below average on the peninsula). Average maximum temperatures covered 66 per cent of the State, with 30 per cent below average, mainly in the central regions, and above average on the peninsula. Minimum temperatures were below average over 68 per cent of the State, average for 30 per cent, and above average in the southeast. There were a total of 14 daily rainfall, one total winter rainfall, four daily, and two winter temperature records broken at various sites.

Spring

Warm days, average to cool nights and below-average rainfall. Above-average maximum temperatures covered around 70 per cent of the State, whislt approximately 50 per cent of the State recorded average minimum temperatures, with around 35 per cent below average. Around half the State recorded average rainfall, with most of the rest of the State below average. Five stations observed temperature records and seven rainfall records. Snow was reported in Stanthorpe on 12 October.

December

Dry and warm with around half of the state recording below average rainfall. The area averaged rainfall was the lowest since 2002. No where in the state recorded below average maximum temperatures. The maximum temperature anomaly was the 5th highest on record. Around 59% of the state recorded above average minimum temperatures with around 36% below average (mainly near the coast). There were 16 record low rainfall stations (47 lowest for at least 20 years) and 10 temperature records broken.

Above-average rainfall

The Queensland area-averaged rainfall was 674.4 mm, which is 51.0 mm above the 1961-1990 average of 623.4 mm (lowest since 2008).

The wettest overall was Bellenden Ker Top station with 6780 mm. This was followed by Bellenden Ker Bottom station with 4318.6 mm (not including December), Daradgee with 3716.4 mm and Tully Sugar Mill with 3715.8 mm.

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

The wettest single day was at Mount Jukes with 388.0 mm on 21 Mar, followed by Paluma Ivy Cottage with 366.0 mm on 20 Mar, followed by Russell River with 351.2 mm on 25 May.

Some sites had their highest daily rainfall on record.

Overall temperature

The Queensland area-averaged mean temperature anomaly was –0.07 C, compared with the 1961–1990 average of 23.2 C (highest since 2010).

The warmest on average was Coconut Island with 28.2 C, followed by Horn Island with 27.6 C, Scherger RAAF with 27.4 C and by Weipa Aero with 27.4 C.

The coolest on average was Applethorpe with 15.0 C, followed by Warwick with 17.4 C and by Toowoomba Airport with 17.5 C.

Average maximum temperature (based on deciles)

The Queensland area averaged maximum temperature anomaly was +0.22 C compared with the 1961–1990 average of 29.9 C (highest since 2009).

The hottest day was at Birdsville Airport with 47.5 C on 7 Jan, followed by Ballera Gas Field with 45.6 C on 7 Jan, Windorah Post Office with 45.6 C on 7 Jan and Urandangi with 45.3 C on the 5 Feb.

The warmest days on average were at Century Mine with 33.9 C, followed by Camooweal Township with 33.5 C and by Kowanyama Airport with 33.3 C.

The coolest days on average were at Applethorpe with 21.4 C, followed by Toowoomba Airport with 22.7 C and Maleny Tamarind St with 23.1 C.

The coldest day was at Applethorpe with 7.7 C on 5 Jun, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 9.0 C on 5 Jun and Applethorpe with 9.9 C on 26 Jun.

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

Below average minimum temperature (based on deciles)

The Queensland area averaged minimum temperature anomaly was –0.36 C, compared with the 1961–1990 average of 16.6 C (highest since 2010).

The coldest night was at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with -6.0 C on 4 Jul, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with -5.6 C on 8 Aug, and by Applethorpe with -5.3 C on 4 Jul.

The coolest nights on average were at Applethorpe with 8.5 C, followed by Warwick with 10.0 C and by Oakey Aero with 10.1 C.

The warmest nights on average were at Coconut Island with 25.1 C, followed by Horn Island with 24.6 C and by Willis Island with 24.4 C.

The warmest night was at Birdsville Airport with 32.8 C on 21 Jan. This was followed by Ballera Gas Field with 32.2 C on 8 Jan and by Birdsville Airport with 31.6 C on 27 Nov.

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

Wind

The strongest wind gust was at Hughenden Airport with 170 km/h on 22 Jan, followed by Willis Island with 117 km/h on 4 Feb and by Trepell Airport with 117 km/h on 24 Dec. Winton Airport also had 113 km/h on 21 Jan and Cape Moreton Lighthouse 113 km/h on 18 Nov.

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Extremes in 2012
Hottest day 47.5 C at Birdsville Airport on 7 Jan
45.6 C at Ballera Gas Field on 7 Jan
45.6 C at Windorah Post Office on 7 Jan
Warmest days on average 33.9 C at Century Mine
33.5 C at Camooweal Township
33.3 C at Kowanyama Airport
Coolest days on average 21.4 C at Applethorpe
22.7 C at Toowoomba Airport
23.1 C at Maleny Tamarind St
Coldest day 7.7 C at Applethorpe on 5 Jun
9.0 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 5 Jun
9.9 C at Applethorpe on 26 Jun
Coldest night -6.0 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 4 Jul
-5.6 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 8 Aug
-5.3 C at Applethorpe on 4 Jul
Coolest nights on average 8.5 C at Applethorpe
10.0 C at Warwick
10.1 C at Oakey Aero
Warmest nights on average 25.1 C at Coconut Island
24.6 C at Horn Island
24.4 C at Willis Island
Warmest night 32.8 C at Birdsville Airport on 21 Jan
32.2 C at Ballera Gas Field on 8 Jan
31.6 C at Birdsville Airport on 27 Nov
Warmest on average overall 28.2 C at Coconut Island
27.6 C at Horn Island
27.4 C at Scherger RAAF
27.4 C at Weipa Aero
Coolest on average overall 15.0 C at Applethorpe
17.4 C at Warwick
17.5 C at Toowoomba Airport
Wettest overall6780.0 mm at Bellenden Ker Top station
4318.6 mm at Bellenden Ker Bottom station#
3716.4 mm at Daradgee
3715.8 mm at Tully Sugar Mill
Wettest day 388.0 mm at Mount Jukes on 21 Mar
366.0 mm at Paluma Ivy Cottage on 20 Mar
351.2 mm at Russell River on 25 May
Highest wind gust 170 km/h at Hughenden Airport on 22 Jan
117 km/h at Willis Island on 4 Feb
117 km/h at Trepell Airport on 24 Dec
# January to November

Maps
ObservedAnomalyDecile rank
Total
rainfall
Map of Rainfall totals Map of Percentage of normal rainfall Map of Rainfall deciles
Mean
daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
Mean
daily
minimum
temperatures
Map of Mean minimum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Record highest daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in 2012 (mm)
Previous annual
wettest
Years of
record
Springsure Comet St 172.0 on 29 Jan 171.5 on 3 Feb 1924 139
Gregory Springs Station 201.6 on 31 Jan 163.8 on 16 Jan 1981 86
Ourigilla 148.4 on 25 Jan 145.0 on 11 Mar 1977 80
Aldville 162.0 on 29 Jan 156.2 on 22 Jan 1954 58
Greenvale Township 131.8 on 20 Mar 131.3 on 2 Dec 2005 58
Havelock 110.4 on 3 Feb 106.0 on 1 Feb 1981 51
The Lynd Station 130.0 on 20 Mar 129.0 on 10 Jan 1972 42
Freitag 135.2 on 29 Jan 125.0 on 9 Jan 1996 40
Mountain View 150.0 on 29 Jan 134.0 on 3 Dec 2010 40
Heathlands National Park 169.2 on 1 Feb 162.6 on 1 Apr 1981 39
Boondall 216.8 on 25 Jan 185.8 on 11 Oct 2010 37
Lawnton Colonial Drive 255.0 on 25 Jan 206.0 on 20 May 2009 37
Mango Hill 201.4 on 25 Jan 181.4 on 20 May 2009 34
Clontarf 252.0 on 25 Jan 189.0 on 22 Feb 1992 26
Brisbane RPA Hospital 171.0 on 25 Jan 164.4 on 2 May 1996 25
Cloncurry Airport 196.4 on 28 Jan 164.0 on 8 Jan 2010 21
Lamb Island Pine Ave 267.0 on 25 Jan 222.0 on 20 Jan 1994 21
Redland Bay Golf Club 281.0 on 25 Jan 205.0 on 3 May 1996 21



Highest total annual rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for 2012 (mm)
Most recent annual
at least this wet
Years since
wetter
Annual
average
Alpha Post Office 910.0 1007.6 in 1983* 28 561.1

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported.




Record highest temperature
Highest temperature
in 2012 (C)
Previous annual
warmest
Years of
record
Annual
average
Mornington Island 39.8 on 6 Dec 39.6 on 15 Dec 2004 41 30.4



Lowest annual mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for 2012 (C)
Most recent annual
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Annual
average
Cardwell Marine Pde 27.5 =27.5 in 1919* 86 28.7

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a lower value has gone unreported.




Record lowest temperature
Lowest temperature
in 2012 (C)
Previous annual
coolest
Years of
record
Annual
average
Bowen Airport 3.2 on 12 Aug 4.0 on 30 Jun 2002 26 19.5
Emerald Airport 0.8 on 11 Aug 1.0 on 1 Aug 2003 21 16.3



Record lowest annual mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for 2012 (C)
Previous annual
coolest
Years of
record
Annual
average
Mount Isa Aero 15.4 15.6 in 2011 45 17.3

Lowest annual mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for 2012 (C)
Most recent annual
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Annual
average
Charleville Aero 12.5 12.0 in 1976 36 13.5
Quilpie Airport 14.3 13.7 in 1978 34 15.4
Tambo Post Office 11.7 =11.7 in 1979* 32 12.6
Maryborough 14.9 14.5 in 1982 30 15.3
Bundaberg Aero 15.8 15.6 in 1966* 26 16.4
Cunnamulla Post Office 14.0 13.6 in 1984* 25 14.2

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a lower value has gone unreported.




Summary statistics for 2012
Maximum temperatures
(C)
Minimum temperatures
(C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean
for
2012
Diff
from
average
Highest
for
2012
Mean
for
2012
Diff
from
average
Lowest
for
2012
Total
for
2012
Average
annual
total
Rank
of
2012
Fraction
of annual
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.3 0.0 36.8 8 Dec 25.1 -0.1 22.3 12 Jun 1030.2 1488.1 v low 69%
Coen Airport 31.7 +0.1 40.6 5 Dec 20.5 -0.5 10.2 13 Aug 550.4
Horn Island 30.7 +0.4 33.9 30 Dec 24.6 +0.1 18.3 10 Jun 1599.6 1827.4 low 88%
Scherger RAAF 33.1   40.0 4 Dec 21.6   13.6 14 Aug 1703.4
Weipa Aero 32.9 +0.2 37.9 8 Dec 21.9 0.0 14.2 14 Aug 1890.2 1964.0 average 96%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 29.9 +0.1 34.8 28 Jan 22.1 +0.1 11.7 14 Aug 1452.9 2080.8 low 70%
Palmerville 32.9 +0.2 40.2 3 Dec 18.7 -0.3 6.7 14 Aug 810.4 1039.8 low 78%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 32.9 -0.2 43.2 6 Dec 19.8 -0.9 7.8 12 Aug 672.8 848.0 average 79%
Century Mine 33.9   44.7 21 Nov 17.9   4.3 21 Jun 623.6 690.6 average 90%
Cloncurry Airport 32.7 -0.5 43.8 3 Dec 17.3 -1.4 4.1 4 Jul 644.6 548.1 average 118%
Croydon Township 33.0 -0.8 42.7 5 Dec 20.1 -0.2 3.4 5 Jul 860.6 747.6 high 115%
Julia Creek Airport 32.8 -1.1 44.2 10 Jan 15.3 -1.7 -0.1 4 Jul 857.6
Kowanyama Airport 33.3 +0.1 39.4 22 Oct 20.8 0.0 8.2 14 Aug 1196.8 1260.1 average 95%
Mornington Island 30.5 +0.1 39.8 6 Dec 21.9 -0.3 9.5 13 Aug 1106.8 1220.3 average 91%
Mount Isa Aero 32.2 +0.4 43.2 26 Nov 15.4 -1.9 -0.8 2 Aug 336.2 471.2 average 71%
Normanton Airport 33.2 -0.3 42.8 5 Dec 21.1 -0.6 10.2 6 Jun 865.8 837.5 average 103%
Sweers Island 29.8 -0.5 39.5 6 Dec 22.8 -0.5 10.9 13 Aug
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 32.5   42.8 5 Dec 18.1   1.9 12 Aug 706.7
Hughenden Airport 31.2 -0.8 41.9 4 Dec 16.0 -1.4 -1.9 4 Jul 631.0 522.6 high 121%
Richmond Airport 32.4 -0.7 44.5 10 Jan 15.6 -1.4 -0.7 4 Jul 591.8 485.5 high 122%
Richmond Post Office 32.4 -0.4 44.0 10 Jan     0.2 4 Jul 592.2 478.7 high 124%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 29.4 +0.4 34.9 7 Feb 20.7 -0.1 9.8 12 Aug 2002.0 2014.1 average 99%
Cape Flattery 29.4   35.8 4 Feb 23.1   16.3 12 Jun 1363.2 1592.4 average 86%
Cooktown Airport 29.3 -0.2 36.0 6 Feb 21.5 -0.5 8.8 12 Aug 1239.0 1479.9 average 84%
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.0 -0.4 35.3 20 Nov 23.2 -0.2 18.0 11 Aug 2025.0 2125.5 average 95%
Mareeba Airport 28.6 -0.2 38.2 4 Dec 17.6 -0.3 6.4 12 Aug 894.8 894.1 average 100%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 27.5 -1.2 33.1 29 Jan 19.9 +1.0 6.5 12 Aug 2078.7 2117.1 average 98%
Ingham Composite 28.8 -0.4 37.4 5 Dec 19.0 0.0 7.0 5 Jul 2717.9 2178.3 high 125%
Innisfail 27.8 -0.1 36.5 22 Mar 20.2 +0.9 9.3 12 Aug 3365.9 3572.9 average 94%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 28.0 -0.1 36.3 7 Feb 19.3 +0.1 6.8 12 Aug 3195.5 3300.9 average 97%
Townsville Aero 28.8 -0.1 34.4 7 Feb 19.8 0.0 6.4 12 Aug 1314.8 1152.1 average 114%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 27.7 -0.7 32.8 7 Feb 19.9 -0.5 6.7 12 Aug 1342.6 1013.3 high 132%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 28.6 -0.5 34.8 12 Jan 18.0 +0.1 3.6 12 Aug 1119.2 975.2 average 115%
Bowen Airport 28.2 -0.4 33.4 17 Feb     3.2 12 Aug 972.5 891.2 average 109%
Hamilton Island Airport 25.9 -0.4 32.7 29 Jan 21.4 -0.4 14.4 30 Jul 1700.2 1518.4 high 112%
Mackay Aero 27.1 0.0 35.0 17 Dec 17.6 -0.2 3.0 4 Jul
Mackay M.O 26.4 0.0 34.6 5 Dec 19.0 0.0 6.3 4 Jul 1907.2 1624.2 high 117%
Proserpine Airport 28.7 0.0 38.5 18 Dec 17.0 -0.6 1.3 11 Aug 1771.6 1450.2 high 122%
Samuel Hill Aero 26.6 -0.5 36.4 17 Dec 15.6 -0.2 2.1 4 Jul 1293.4 1446.7 average 89%
St Lawrence 27.8   37.7 5 Dec 16.7   3.3 12 Aug 1015.0
Williamson 27.7   35.6 6 Dec 16.1   1.4 11 Aug 786.0
Woolshed 25.6 -0.2 33.5 5 Dec 16.1 -0.5 1.9 5 Jul 1618.6 1136.3 high 142%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 25.2 -0.6 32.3 4 Dec 17.8 -0.7 4.9 3 Jul 987.8 962.4 average 103%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 29.7 -0.6 41.4 4 Dec 16.6 -1.0 2.4 12 Aug 749.9 687.8 average 109%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Clermont Airport 28.6   40.0 4 Dec 13.3   -2.6 11 Aug 746.8
Emerald Airport 28.8 -0.9 39.9 17 Dec 15.0 -1.3 0.8 11 Aug 683.2 568.1 high 120%
Lochington 28.6   40.8 17 Dec 13.5   -0.2 11 Aug 819.4
Rolleston Airport 28.5   39.9 17 Dec 13.2   -1.0 2 Aug 616.0
Springsure Comet St 27.6 -1.3 38.7 17 Dec 14.0 -0.3 -1.1 11 Aug 1150.8 689.5 v high 167%
Tambo Post Office 28.6 -0.4 41.5 17 Dec 11.7 -0.9 -3.4 1 Aug 716.0 536.7 high 133%
Taroom Post Office 28.5 +0.3 41.3 17 Dec 13.2 -0.4 -1.4 3 Aug 747.1 676.2 high 110%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 30.0 -0.1 42.1 18 Dec 16.1 -0.2 2.7 3 Jul 622.7 504.0 high 124%
Blackall Airport 29.5 -0.8 42.9 17 Dec 13.7 -1.7 -2.3 2 Aug 655.4 593.2 high 110%
Isisford Post Office 30.8 0.0 43.3 17 Dec 14.9 -0.6 0.0 3 Jul 559.3 453.2 high 123%
Longreach Aero 31.0 -0.4 43.8 7 Jan 14.9 -0.9 0.1 3 Jul 472.8 453.6 average 104%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 33.5 +0.6 44.0 5 Feb 16.8 -0.8 2.6 7 Jul 375.4 401.1 average 94%
The Monument Airport 32.2 +0.1 44.1 26 Nov 16.0 -0.6 0.4 1 Aug 300.0 309.6 average 97%
Trepell Airport 32.6 +0.2 43.1 2 Dec 15.8 -1.3 0.2 6 Jul 324.8 342.5 average 95%
Winton Airport 32.2 -0.3 44.5 3 Dec 16.1 -0.7 1.6 3 Jul 344.4 406.4 average 85%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 31.6 +0.3 47.5 7 Jan 16.3 -0.4 2.1 7 Jul 106.3 136.9 average 78%
Windorah Post Office 30.9 +0.4 45.6 7 Jan 15.4 -0.4 0.9 2 Aug 340.8 293.0 average 116%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 26.8 +0.2 37.1 5 Dec 15.8 -0.6 3.3 3 Aug 1059.0 1032.7 average 103%
Gayndah Airport 28.3 -0.2 40.9 17 Dec 13.5 -0.9 -0.9 3 Aug 530.0 597.3 low 89%
Gladstone Airport 27.1 -0.1 35.8 17 Dec 17.5 -0.5 5.5 4 Jul 734.4 819.8 average 90%
Gladstone Radar 27.8 +0.1 36.7 11 Jan 18.4 -0.1 8.6 5 Jul 764.0 883.3 average 86%
Lady Elliot Island 25.7 +0.1 31.5 22 Feb     8.4 3 Aug 916.4 1148.3 low 80%
Monto Township 27.5 +0.2 39.9 18 Dec 12.3 -0.6 -2.3 3 Aug 560.4 739.0 low 76%
Rockhampton Aero 28.3 0.0 39.8 17 Dec 16.7 +0.1 3.6 3 Aug 766.6 806.4 average 95%
Rundle Island 24.5 -0.3 31.3 13 Feb 20.4 -0.4 12.1 4 Jul
Thangool Airport 28.7 -0.4 39.9 17 Dec 12.2 -1.1 -2.5 2 Aug 550.6 665.1 low 83%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 27.0 +0.3 40.6 9 Jan 12.2 -0.9 -1.6 4 Aug 703.8 861.7 low 82%
Archerfield Airport 26.6 +0.4 37.8 4 Dec 14.3 0.0 1.9 5 Aug 1034.6 1067.8 average 97%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 26.6   40.1 17 Dec 12.6   -0.9 3 Aug
Beerburrum Forest Station 26.3 -0.1 40.8 4 Dec 14.5 -0.2 3.2 4 Aug 1818.2 1421.5 high 128%
Brisbane 26.2 -0.2 37.9 4 Dec 16.0 -0.2 4.1 3 Aug 1177.2 998.1 high 118%
Brisbane Aero 25.1 -0.2 35.9 11 Jan 15.4 -0.2 3.7 3 Aug 1261.8 1063.9 high 119%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 23.8 +0.6 31.0 17 Dec 18.4 +0.4 10.0 3 Jul 1170.8 1501.7 low 78%
Coolangatta 25.0 +0.4 35.1 4 Dec 15.7 -0.2 2.5 4 Aug 1712.6 1519.3 average 113%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 24.8 +0.6 33.4 11 Jan 18.8 +0.1 10.1 6 Jun 1073.8 1378.4 low 78%
Gold Coast Seaway 25.4 +0.2 36.0 4 Dec 17.1 -0.1 8.0 3 Jul 1516.2 1287.3 high 118%
Gympie 26.6 -0.6 38.8 17 Dec 13.5 -0.1 -0.8 3 Aug 1224.8 1127.4 average 109%
Hervey Bay Airport 25.8 -0.4 36.8 5 Dec 16.2 -0.5 3.1 3 Aug 1380.2 1110.7 high 124%
Kingaroy Airport 25.0 -0.7 37.5 9 Jan 10.7 -0.6 -4.1 3 Aug 769.6 644.2 high 119%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 25.9 0.0 40.1 4 Dec 15.0 0.0 3.6 3 Aug 1216.9 1097.8 average 111%
Maleny Tamarind St 23.1 -0.1 35.8 17 Dec 14.3 +0.1 4.4 27 May 2274.6 1997.0 high 114%
Maryborough 27.0 +0.1 37.7 5 Dec 14.9 -0.4 2.3 3 Aug 1357.4 1142.2 high 119%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 25.7   39.2 4 Dec 15.4   3.8 3 Aug 2225.9
Rainbow Beach 25.1 -0.3 34.3 4 Dec       1729.0 1488.9 high 116%
Redcliffe 24.7   35.5 4 Dec 16.6   5.5 4 Jul 1330.4
Sunshine Coast Airport 25.5 +0.3 38.1 4 Dec 15.4 -0.5 2.2 7 Aug 1840.8 1486.3 high 124%
Tewantin RSL Park 25.1 -0.1 39.7 4 Dec 16.7 -0.2 4.9 4 Aug 1956.6 1625.2 high 120%
Toolara (Kelly) 26.3 -0.8 39.2 17 Dec 16.1 -0.3 7.2 4 Jul 1554.8 1311.6 high 119%
University of Queensland Gatton 27.0 +0.2 39.7 17 Dec 12.7 -0.3 -1.1 5 Aug 649.8 773.3 low 84%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 21.4 +0.7 34.6 17 Dec 8.5 -0.5 -5.3 4 Jul 660.6 763.4 low 87%
Dalby Airport 26.5 -0.2 40.9 17 Dec 11.3 -0.6 -2.5 2 Aug 575.0 623.7 average 92%
Goondiwindi Airport 27.2 0.0 41.4 17 Dec 12.4 -0.4 -1.9 5 Jul 430.6 626.1 v low 69%
Inglewood Forest 26.4 -0.2 41.2 17 Dec 11.8 -0.9 -0.5 5 Jul 672.6 639.2 average 105%
Oakey Aero 25.8 +0.4 39.8 17 Dec 10.1 -0.8 -4.5 4 Jul 522.8 630.4 low 83%
Texas Post Office 26.7 -0.2 40.7 17 Dec 11.4 0.0 -3.0 4 Jul 617.9 660.1 average 94%
Toowoomba Airport 22.7 -0.3 37.4 17 Dec 12.2 -0.4 0.8 3 Jul 667.0 711.6 average 94%
Warwick 24.8 +0.3 40.2 17 Dec 10.0 -0.5 -4.5 8 Aug 487.6 696.4 v low 70%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 27.6 0.0 42.6 17 Dec 12.0 -0.9 -2.3 2 Aug
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 27.4 -0.1 40.4 17 Dec 11.0 -0.8 -4.4 3 Aug 641.2 640.5 average 100%
Mitchell Post Office 27.8 +0.3 42.0 17 Dec 10.9 -0.8 -3.5 2 Aug 718.0 572.4 high 125%
Roma Airport 27.9 +0.2 42.4 17 Dec 10.7 -2.1 -4.3 5 Jul 614.6 597.2 average 103%
St George Airport 27.4 -0.4 42.0 2 Dec 12.8 -1.0 -1.1 5 Jul 529.2 523.9 average 101%
Surat 27.5 -0.3 42.0 17 Dec 12.2 -0.8 -2.8 2 Aug 499.0 579.4 average 86%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St     43.8 2 Dec 12.5 -0.7 -2.0 3 Jul 459.2 466.7 average 98%
Charleville Aero 28.4 +0.4 42.0 2 Dec 12.5 -1.0 -3.1 1 Aug 506.6 497.5 average 102%
Cunnamulla Post Office 28.6 +0.6 43.7 2 Dec 14.0 -0.2 0.2 26 Jun 500.4 378.1 high 132%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Quilpie Airport 29.7 +0.5 44.0 7 Jan 14.3 -1.1 -0.4 2 Aug 395.2 350.3 average 113%
Thargomindah Airport 29.6 +0.2 44.0 30 Nov 14.8 -1.4 0.1 2 Aug 216.4 287.2 average 75%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 24.9 0.0 31.6 7 Feb 19.8 -0.3 12.3 30 Jul 1106.0 1268.9 low 87%
Willis Island 28.6 0.0 32.6 8 Mar 24.4 +0.4 20.2 12 Aug 891.2 1117.5 low 80%

Notes

A Annual Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Queensland using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated. Later information, including data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review, usually published in the fourth week of the month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Wednesday 2 January 2013. 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 9 years of record, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.
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.

The temperature anomalies are the differences to the respective 1961-1990 averages.

Please note that the rainfall data from telemetry gauges (those with ALERT, AL or TM in their names) may be from non-Bureau owned stations and includes real-time operational data from automated systems and has not been checked.

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