Friday, 1 March 2013 - Monthly Climate Summary for Canberra - Product code IDCKGC15R0
Canberra in February 2013: Mild end to summer
- Below average rainfall, but above average rain days
- Close to normal temperatures
Canberra Airport recorded 31.6 mm of rain during February, below the historical average of 56.4 mm and the driest February since 2009. The rain fell over ten days, above the historical average of seven days, but no days recorded more than 10 mm at the airport (average 2 days). Elsewhere in the ACT, surface troughs and showers brought falls of up to 30.6 mm at Tharwa on the 25th, and 43.4 mm at Mt Ginini on the 28th
The average maximum temperature at Canberra Airport during February was 27.4 °C, 0.3 °C above the historical average. There were six days above 30 °C during the month, slightly below the historical average of 8 days, with two consecutive days reaching 35 °C on the 9th and 10th.
The average minimum temperature was 12.8 °C, 0.3 °C below the historical average. Five nights dropped below 10 °C during the month, average for February, with the coolest night reaching 6.4 °C on the 3rd. The average temperature for Canberra during February was consequently 20.1 °C, equal to the historical average.
|Extremes in February 2013|
35.5 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS on the 8th|
|Warmest days on average||
27.4 °C at Canberra Airport|
|Coolest days on average||
18.4 °C at Mount Ginini AWS|
12.0 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 2nd|
0.7 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 2nd|
|Coolest nights on average||
8.8 °C at Mount Ginini AWS|
|Warmest nights on average||
14.0 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS|
19.1 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS on the 28th|
|Warmest on average overall||
20.4 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS|
|Coolest on average overall||
13.6 °C at Mount Ginini AWS|
152.6 mm at Mount Ginini AWS|
43.4 mm at Mount Ginini AWS on the 28th|
|Highest wind gust||
74 km/h at Mount Ginini AWS on the 24th|
|Summary statistics for February 2013|
|Mount Ginini AWS||18.4||26.5||9th||8.8||0.7||2nd||152.6|
|Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS||26.8||35.5||8th||14.0||7.8||3rd||65.0|
As of March 2010, the official station for Canberra is 70351 'Canberra Airport'. Averages from the previous site, 70014 Canberra Airport Comparison, are used for comparisons (all years of record).
A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Canberra 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 10 am on Friday 1 March 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 20 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
(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.