Canberra in February 2015: A dry month with warm days

Canberra recorded 30.2 mm of rain during February, below the historical average of 56.4 mm. There were nine rain days (average 7 days) but only two recorded more than 2 mm, with thunderstorms on the 1st and 23rd causing daily totals of more than 10 mm at the airport. Around the ACT, these storms also caused 24 hour rainfall totals of 25.6 mm at Torrens to 9 am on the 2nd, and 33.4 mm to 9 am on the 24th. Localised thunderstorms also resulted in a daily total of 18 mm at Tuggeranong to 9 am on the 15th and 21.4 mm at Torrens on the 22nd.

Maximum temperatures were 1 °C above average at Canberra Airport, with minimum temperatures equal to the historical average. Following a cool start, with a maximum temperature of just 21.8 °C on the 4th, days were generally warm later in the month. Eight days reached at least 30 °C, which is average for February, with a warm spell of nine consecutive days reaching at least 29 °C between the 15th and 23rd.

  • Below average rainfall
  • Above average maximum temperatures
  • Longest warm spell above 29 °C since February 2004

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Extremes in February 2015
Hottest day 34.4 °C at Canberra Airport on the 8th
Warmest days on average 28.1 °C at Canberra Airport
Coolest days on average 18.7 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Coldest day 11.6 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 25th
Coldest night 3.7 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 3rd
Coolest nights on average 9.1 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Warmest nights on average 14.4 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Warmest night 17.5 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS on the 12th
Warmest on average overall 20.7 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Coolest on average overall 13.9 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Wettest overall 98.2 mm at Torrens (Darke St)
Driest overall 7.0 mm at Nicholls (Gungahlin Lakes)
Wettest day 33.4 mm at Torrens (Darke St) on the 24th
25.6 mm at Torrens (Darke St) on the 2nd
21.4 mm at Mount Ginini AWS on the 15th
21.4 mm at Torrens (Darke St) on the 22nd
Strongest wind gust 70 km/h at Canberra Airport on the 23rd

Summary statistics for February 2015
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2015
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2015
Mean for
February
2015
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2015
Total for
February
2015
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2015
Fraction of
February
average
Canberra Airport 28.1 +1.0 34.4 8th 13.1 +0.0 6.7 3rd 30.2 56.4 average 54%
Mount Ginini AWS 18.7 0.0 24.0 8th 9.1 +0.2 3.7 3rd 56.8 108.6 low 52%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 27.1 -0.9 33.9 8th 14.4 +0.1 10.0 3rd 55.2 76.9 average 72%

Daily maximum temperatures for February 2015
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Canberra Airport25.223.625.721.825.627.730.834.423.129.430.926.327.224.129.332.132.529.629.630.229.329.132.925.622.727.429.031.5
Mount Ginini AWS14.914.618.512.018.419.922.424.014.621.219.618.417.614.117.323.722.019.018.819.620.020.423.718.611.618.319.021.6
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS23.923.425.122.224.827.829.833.922.628.929.325.526.922.826.630.631.228.128.529.727.428.231.624.320.326.028.330.9
Values are the maximum temperature, usually in the 24 hours from 9 am on the day indicated,
and typically occurred in the afternoon of that day.
Temperatures coloured according to their difference
from the long-term average for the period
-10.0 -9.0 -8.0 -7.0 -6.0 -5.0 -4.0 -3.0 -2.0 -1.0 0.0 +1.0 +2.0 +3.0 +4.0 +5.0 +6.0 +7.0 +8.0 +9.0 +10.0 °C Grey outline marks highest
and lowest for the period

Daily minimum temperatures for February 2015
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Canberra Airport11.312.26.710.29.88.88.913.013.815.015.217.215.614.713.812.215.613.113.912.814.313.913.515.814.914.111.714.6
Mount Ginini AWS6.84.73.77.05.87.99.713.29.39.110.810.59.68.19.010.312.011.58.910.510.39.69.810.38.77.38.611.1
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS13.012.510.010.912.815.012.413.115.317.016.417.517.115.214.913.815.715.514.113.613.915.014.715.315.814.712.315.2
Values are the minimum temperature, usually in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated,
and typically occurred that morning.
Temperatures coloured according to their difference
from the long-term average for the period
-10.0 -9.0 -8.0 -7.0 -6.0 -5.0 -4.0 -3.0 -2.0 -1.0 0.0 +1.0 +2.0 +3.0 +4.0 +5.0 +6.0 +7.0 +8.0 +9.0 +10.0 °C Grey outline marks highest
and lowest for the period

Daily rainfall for February 2015
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Canberra (Australian National Botanic Ga - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.8
Canberra Airport 0.2 12.6 0.2 - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - 2.0 - - - - - - - - 13.4 0.2 - 1.2 0.2
Mount Ginini AWS 0.2 11.6 - - 0.6 - - - - - - 1.2 3.4 - 21.4 - 0.4 3.6 - - 4.8 0.8 - 1.2 5.4 - 2.2 -
Nicholls (Gungahlin Lakes) - 3.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.6 - - - - - - - - - - - 2.4
Tharwa General Store - 2.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - 17.2 - - - - - 4.6 4.0 - 3.0 4.6 - 5.2
Torrens (Darke St) 1.4 25.6 - - - - - - - - - 1.6 - - 7.6 - - - - - 0.4 21.4 - 33.4 2.0 - 4.8
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 0.4 12.0 0.2 - - - - - - - - 0.8 - - 18.0 - - - - - 0.6 3.2 - 15.8 1.6 2.0 0.6 -
Most values are the precipitation in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated. Days marked with → are part of a longer accumulation, which is shown on the final day.
Values over 100 mm have been rounded to the nearest whole millimetre.
Days marked with - have a rainfall report of zero; days left blank have no rainfall report (which often indicates no rain fell).
Rainfalls coloured
according to the amount
0 1.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 25.0 50.0 100 150 200 300 400 600 millimetres

Notes

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.

A Climate Summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

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.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 8 am on Monday 2 March 2015. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages for individual sites 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.
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 ACORN-SAT dataset is used for temperature area averages.

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