Friday, 1 December 2006 - Monthly Climate Summary for New South Wales - Product code IDCKGC15R0

New South Wales in November 2006
Dry and warm conditions persist

 

Summary

  • Continued dry conditions across most of the state apart from the north east
  • Sixth highest statewide November maximum temperatures on record (records since 1950)
  • Very high diurnal temperature ranges, sixth highest on record, with hot days and cold nights across the dry south of the state

Rainfall

The state experienced another dry month as the El Niño induced drought continued across eastern Australia. The conditions however were not as severe as those in October with large parts of the south and northeast of the state recording close to average rainfall during November. The far north west of the state was worst affected by the continuing drought with some parts recording the lowest November rainfall totals on record. The only area of the state to receive above average rainfall for the month, as in previous months, was the northeast.

The statewide average rainfall for November was 30.5 mm, lower than the historical average1 of 45.5 mm. The Murray Darling Basin recorded an average rainfall 25.9 mm compared to the historical average of 41.1 mm.

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

Some sites had their highest total November rainfall on record.

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

Some sites had their lowest total November rainfall on record.

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

Temperature

Maximum temperatures were much above average across most of the state during November. The far northeast of the state was the only area to experience close to average maximum temperatures. The statewide average maximum temperature was 2.53ºC above the historical November average1 of 27.8ºC, the sixth warmest on record (records since 1950). The statewide averaged mean temperature for November was also the sixth warmest on record, 1.8ºC above the historical average 20.6ºC.

November minimum temperatures were also above average across most of the state. Central areas of the state recorded very much above average minimum temperatures. Areas of the state to the east of the Great Divide experienced close to average minimum temperatures. The statewide averaged minimum temperature was 1.04ºC above the historical average of 13.4ºC.

November saw a continuation of large diurnal temperature ranges being experienced across the state. The average diurnal temperature range for the state in November is 14.4ºC, this month the state experienced a range 1.5ºC higher, the sixth highest on record. As the drought continued, low soil and atmospheric moisture contents enabled the land surface to heat rapidly during the day and then cool quickly at night as heat radiated easily through clear dry night skies.

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

Some sites had their highest November temperature on record.

Some sites had their coldest November 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 November temperature on record.

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

 

Other phenomena

An unseasonably late strong cold outbreak with associated snowfalls affected the state on the 15 and 16 November. Snowfalls were reported across all areas of the ranges above 1000 m and even briefly pushed north into Queensland. Snow falls in the northern tablelands are rare in November with Armidale recording November snow for the first time in 41 years. Many new lowest monthly maximum and minimum temperature records were set during this event (see Records tables below).

 

Further information

Clinton Rakich
NSW Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1610
Email reqnsw@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
44.3°C at White Cliffs Post Office on the 28th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
35.4°C at Bourke Airport AWS
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
13.7°C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
−1.8°C at Thredbo AWS on the 15th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−8.5°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on the 17th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
0.8°C at Perisher Valley Ski Centre
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
19.4°C at Tibooburra Airport
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
30.4°C at Tibooburra Post Office on the 28th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall

242.0 mm at Crawford River (Crawford)
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
99.2 mm at Killabakh on the 5th
Highest wind gust

135 km/h at Murrurundi Gap AWS on the 13th

Records

Record highest total November rainfall
Total rainfall
for November 2006 (mm)
Previous highest
for November
Normal for
November
Years of
record
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 234.1 231.6 in 1987 78.7 108



Record lowest total November rainfall
Total rainfall
for November 2006 (mm)
Previous lowest
for November
Normal for
November
Years of
record
Wilcannia (Reid St) 0.0 = 0.0 in 1975 19.6 128
Wanaaring Post Office 0.0 = 0.0 in 2002 24.6 121
Blowering Dam 0.0 3.2 in 1982 69.6 50
Yarrangobilly Caves 1.4 11.4 in 1982 90.9 41
Campbelltown (Kentlyn (Georges River Roa 0.0 8.2 in 1982 74.6 27
Thredbo AWS 25.2 37.6 in 1967 138.0 21



Highest total November rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for November 2006 (mm)
Most recent higher
for November
Normal for
November
Years of
record
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 153.4 172.0 in 1974 84.3 32
Whiporie Post Office 213.4 262.2 in 1975 93.0 31
Tabulam Post Office 171.2 216.6 in 1983 85.5 23



Lowest total November rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for November 2006 (mm)
Most recent lower
for November
Normal for
November
Years of
record
Pine Ridge (Billabong) 3.6 0.0 in 1936 57.7 62
Tibooburra Post Office 0.4 0.0 in 1969 15.8 37
Ungarie Post Office 2.2 1.8 in 1977 36.3 29
Manildra Post Office 5.6 2.0 in 1977 49.7 28
Tullamore (Old Post Office) 1.4 0.0 in 1977 42.9 28
Peak Hill Post Office 5.7 5.2 in 1980 46.4 26
Quandialla Post Office 6.6 0.0 in 1982 40.8 24
Tharwa General Store 17.4 2.4 in 1982 64.4 24
Binalong Post Office 7.6 0.0 in 1982 50.9 23
Garran (Federal Golf Club) 8.2 0.0 in 1982 69.3 22
Kurrajong Heights (Bells Line of Road) 36.0 20.0 in 1982 106.6 22
Prospect Dam 26.6 19.8 in 1983 72.0 22
Cassilis Post Office 13.0 0.0 in 1980 52.4 20



Record highest November temperature
Highest temperature
in November 2006 (°C)
Previous highest
for November
Normal for
November
Years of
record
Mungindi Post Office 43.9 on the 29th 43.3 on the 28th in 1996 32.0 81
Montague Island Lighthouse 34.9 on the 21st 33.2 on the 28th in 1995 19.9 35



Record lowest November daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in November 2006 (°C)
Previous lowest
for November
Normal for
November
Years of
record
Glen Innes Post Office 11.1 on the 16th 11.7 on the 4th in 1978 23.7 94
Kempsey (Wide Street) 17.0 on the 16th 17.6 on the 23rd in 1996 27.1 90
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 11.0 on the 16th 13.0 on the 7th in 1989 22.1 34
Guyra Hospital 8.2 on the 16th 10.0 on the 21st in 1983 20.2 23
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 15.7 on the 16th 16.5 on the 20th in 2001 24.9 21



Record highest November daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in November 2006 (°C)
Previous highest
for November
Normal for
November
Years of
record
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 22.4 on the 22nd 22.3 on the 28th in 1997 16.1 142
Wellington (Agrowplow) 23.4 on the 22nd 23.3 on the 6th in 1965 12.1 89
Burrinjuck Dam 22.0 on the 22nd 20.5 on the 23rd in 1997 10.9 87
Brewarrina Hospital 28.1 on the 29th 27.2 on the 13th in 2002 16.0 80
Yass (Linton Hostel) 23.5 on the 22nd 22.0 on the 16th in 1982 9.1 58
Taralga Post Office 22.0 on the 22nd = 22.0 on the 26th in 2002 7.5 46
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 26.8 on the 22nd 26.7 on the 16th in 2003 12.7 44
Prospect Dam 24.7 on the 22nd 22.9 on the 27th in 2002 14.1 40
Nerriga Composite 23.5 on the 22nd 21.4 on the 16th in 1982 8.7 36
Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) 12.5 on the 22nd 12.0 on the 30th in 2004 1.8 35
Oberon (Woodchem) 20.0 on the 22nd 16.5 on the 25th in 1982 6.4 35
Narooma Rvcp 21.0 on the 22nd 19.5 on the 29th in 2000 12.9 24
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 22.3 on the 22nd 20.5 on the 26th in 2002 8.5 21



Record lowest November temperature
Lowest temperature
in November 2006 (°C)
Previous lowest
for November
Normal for
November
Years of
record
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 5.1 on the 16th 5.2 on the 4th in 1980 12.8 131
Yamba Pilot Station 10.0 on the 17th = 10.0 on the 11th in 1999 17.4 130
Parkes (Macarthur Street) 3.0 on the 16th = 3.0 on the 3rd in 2003 13.4 96
Tenterfield (Federation Park) −2.0 on the 17th 0.0 on the 2nd in 2003 10.8 92
Grenfell (Quondong Rd) 2.2 on the 16th 2.6 on the 2nd in 1974 11.6 87
Lake Cargelligo Airport 3.8 on the 16th 4.0 on the 17th in 1983 14.0 81
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 9.0 on the 17th 9.4 on the 12th in 1965 16.7 67
Yass (Linton Hostel) −1.2 on the 16th −0.4 on the 22nd in 1968 9.1 58
Orange Airport Comparison −1.0 on the 16th = −1.0 on the 2nd in 1998 7.7 39
Tabulam (Muirne) 7.3 on the 17th 7.6 on the 3rd in 1974 14.2 37
Nerriga Composite −2.9 on the 16th −2.5 on the 4th in 1980 8.7 36
Oberon (Woodchem) −2.5 on the 17th −1.1 on the 28th in 1967 6.4 35
Byron Bay (Cape Byron Lighthouse) 2.3 on the 30th 8.9 on the 17th in 1998 17.8 31
Orange Agricultural Institute −0.4 on the 16th 0.1 on the 2nd in 1994 8.9 31
Peats Ridge (Waratah Road) 4.8 on the 16th 4.9 on the 3rd in 2003 12.6 26
Guyra Hospital −2.6 on the 17th −0.7 on the 18th in 1983 8.5 23
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 6.7 on the 17th 8.5 on the 12th in 2002 15.1 21



Summaries

 

Summary statistics for November 2006
Maximum temperatures
for November
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for November
(°C)
Rainfall
for November
(millimetres)
Mean for
November
2006
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
November
2006
Mean for
November
2006
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
November
2006
Total for
November
2006
Normal
for
November
Rank of
November
2006
Fraction of
November
normal
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 33.1 43.6 28th 16.8 6.7 17th 0.0
Tibooburra Airport 34.7 44.0 27th 19.4 10.3 16th 0.0
Tibooburra Post Office 34.7 +2.7 44.1 28th 19.4 +1.9 9.5 17th 0.4 15.8 low 3%
White Cliffs AWS 33.7 43.6 28th 18.4 9.2 16th 1.0
White Cliffs Post Office 34.0 +2.5 44.3 28th 17.9 +1.6 7.8 17th 1.6 18.1 low 9%
Wilcannia 33.9 +2.8 44.1 28th 16.1 +0.6 6.2 18th 0.0 19.6 lowest 0%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 33.7 44.2 28th 16.1 7.3 17th 0.2
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill 30.9 +2.2 42.1 28th 16.5 +1.9 5.0 16th 1.4 19.9 low 7%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 31.0 +2.7 42.0 28th 15.8 +1.4 4.9 16th 1.6 19.7 low 8%
Lake Victoria Storage 29.0 +1.7 40.2 25th 13.7 +0.5 5.5 16th 10.9 22.3 normal 49%
Menindee Post Office 32.7 +2.8 43.4 28th 16.3 +1.8 7.0 16th 3.8 20.0 low 19%
Pooncarie Telecentre 31.6 41.5 28th 9.3 1.5 16th 23.6 19.5 normal 121%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 35.4 42.9 26th 18.0 9.5 16th 0.0
Brewarrina Hospital 34.0 +1.6 42.2 27th 17.6 +1.6 7.1 17th 27.0 33.1 normal 82%
Cobar Airport AWS 32.8 41.6 26th 15.1 4.0 17th 9.0
Cobar MO 32.6 +3.3 41.3 28th 17.3 +1.6 6.0 16th 13.6 32.6 normal 42%
Collarenebri 33.7 +1.6 42.7 29th 17.0 +0.6 8.7 17th 75.6 47.7 high 158%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 34.4 43.0 29th 18.7 9.5 17th 19.6
Wanaaring Post Office 34.7 43.8 28th 16.5 3.9 16th 0.0 24.6 lowest 0%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald 29.7 +1.7 40.1 28th 12.0 −0.5 4.0 16th 23.8 26.3 normal 90%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 32.0 42.6 28th 15.6 5.9 16th 6.6
Ivanhoe Post Office 33.3 +3.3 44.0 28th 14.3 +0.7 4.0 17th 6.8 23.0 normal 30%
Central Western Plains (S) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 31.9 +3.5 39.3 21st 14.9 +2.2 6.0 17th 10.8 36.5 low 30%
Condobolin Airport AWS 31.4 39.5 21st 14.1 4.5 16th 12.2
Peak Hill Post Office 32.0 +3.9 39.8 26th 15.9 +1.7 4.8 16th 5.7 46.4 low 12%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 30.6 39.6 21st 13.0 3.9 16th 8.0
Central Western Plains (N) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 32.7 41.1 26th 16.3 5.1 17th 34.0
Coonamble Comparison 32.7 +1.7 41.3 26th 16.7 +1.7 8.0 16th 18.0 42.6 normal 42%
Nyngan Airport 32.8 +2.9 41.2 26th 16.8 +1.9 6.9 16th 31.8 35.5 normal 90%
Trangie Research Station AWS 32.1 +3.4 41.2 26th 15.4 +1.9 4.7 17th 14.0 44.0 low 32%
Northwest Plains (W) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 34.5 +2.4 43.9 29th 17.5 +0.9 7.6 17th 46.4 44.7 normal 104%
Walgett Airport AWS 34.3 43.2 27th 16.3 3.6 17th 18.8
Northwest Plains (E) (district 53)
Baradine Forestry 33.2 +3.9 40.2 27th 14.4 +1.3 4.0 20th 38.6 52.9 normal 73%
Moree Aero 32.0 41.8 29th 16.7 5.0 17th 80.0
Northwest Slopes (N) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 30.5 +2.8 39.2 29th 11.7 +0.1 0.7 17th 55.2 72.7 normal 76%
Narrabri Airport AWS 32.5 42.1 29th 16.4 6.2 18th 40.0
Pindari Dam 28.9 +1.3 37.8 29th 12.8 −0.6 2.2 17th 133.9 91.1 high 147%
Northwest Slopes (S) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 31.6 41.2 29th 14.2 7.3 16th 48.8
Gunnedah Pool 31.1 +0.8 39.5 29th 15.7 +1.6 8.0 16th 10.2 60.0 low 17%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 30.7 +2.5 39.6 29th 16.4 +1.5 7.3 16th 70.6 66.3 normal 106%
Quirindi Post Office 30.6 +2.2 39.4 29th 13.3 +1.5 6.0 17th 44.8 64.1 normal 70%
Tamworth Airport AWS 30.0 38.5 29th 13.5 4.3 17th 80.6
Woolbrook 25.2 +2.1 33.2 29th 8.6 +0.7 −2.0 17th 103.0 82.3 high 125%
Northern Tablelands (W) (district 56)
Armidale 24.1 31.4 29th 8.5 −2.2 17th 111.2
Armidale Airport AWS 23.3 30.8 26th 10.1 −0.8 17th 118.0
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 23.3 +1.2 30.0 26th 9.6 −0.2 3.0 16th 173.3 89.1 very high 195%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 23.8 30.6 26th 7.6 −0.7 17th 178.0
Glen Innes Post Office 24.4 +0.7 31.5 26th 10.2 +0.5 2.9 17th 184.1 86.9 very high 212%
Guyra Hospital 22.1 +1.9 29.1 26th 9.0 +0.4 −2.6 17th 136.4 97.1 high 140%
Inverell 28.4 36.6 29th 10.3 −0.5 17th 75.6
Inverell Research Centre 28.0 +2.4 36.9 29th 12.8 +0.2 4.0 17th 69.8 84.2 normal 83%
Tenterfield 25.5 +0.6 33.9 29th 9.0 −1.8 −2.0 17th 153.4 84.3 very high 182%
Northern Tablelands (E) (district 57)
Tabulam 25.5 +0.3 35.4 29th 13.9 −0.2 7.3 17th 167.2 111.8 high 150%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 24.8 −0.5 34.6 26th 16.2 −0.3 9.5 17th 90.0 127.4 normal 71%
Ballina Airport AWS 26.0 37.0 29th 15.6 10.0 17th 87.4
Byron Bay 24.0 27.3 24th 17.7 11.8 17th 78.8
Byron Bay 23.8 −1.0 27.3 24th 16.6 −1.3 2.3 30th 82.8 120.3 normal 69%
Casino Airport 29.0 −0.8 38.3 26th 15.8 −0.1 6.9 17th 152.8 86.7 high 176%
Casino Airport AWS 28.2 37.9 29th 15.4 6.0 17th 159.6
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 26.6 38.0 29th 15.8 10.6 17th 130.2
Grafton Airport 28.1 38.8 29th 14.9 6.7 17th 115.0
Grafton Olympic Pool 28.5 +0.3 38.6 29th 16.1 −0.1 8.0 17th 143.4 101.9 high 141%
Grafton Research Stn 28.2 37.9 29th 15.6 8.5 17th 154.2 77.2 very high 200%
Lismore 27.0 36.2 26th 15.8 8.8 17th 139.1
Lismore Airport AWS 28.1 37.7 26th 14.5 5.6 17th 106.8
Murwillumbah 27.7 +0.1 36.8 29th 16.4 −0.1 9.7 17th 111.0 125.5 normal 88%
Yamba Pilot Station 24.3 −0.3 36.3 29th 16.9 −0.5 10.0 17th 134.5 90.3 high 149%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 26.0 +1.1 40.5 29th 16.2 +0.1 9.5 18th 116.8 129.4 normal 90%
Dorrigo 23.0 32.8 29th 11.8 4.8 18th 160.8
Kempsey 27.0 −0.1 39.0 29th 14.7 +0.4 9.0 18th 101.7 91.7 high 111%
Kempsey Airport AWS 27.2 39.8 29th 13.7 8.0 18th 86.6
South West Rocks 24.4 −0.1 31.3 29th 16.7 0 9.0 17th 114.2 111.6 normal 102%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 24.0 36.0 29th 16.2 9.0 17th 85.8 79.6 normal 108%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 25.5 38.6 29th 14.8 8.9 17th 155.6
Taree Airport AWS 26.4 38.0 29th 14.6 9.0 2nd 112.2
Yarras 27.8 +1.2 38.7 29th 13.4 −0.3 6.0 18th 215.2 146.0 high 147%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock 29.3 +2.1 39.2 28th 14.0 +0.4 6.5 18th 42.7 68.2 low 63%
Cessnock Airport AWS 28.5 38.4 28th 13.0 5.2 18th 38.0
Gosford 26.2 +1.2 37.8 21st 13.1 +0.3 5.9 15th 50.0 91.0 normal 55%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 28.4 −0.8 36.8 20th 12.4 −0.7 4.8 16th 40.5 58.5 normal 69%
Lostock Dam 27.5 +1.2 35.8 29th 14.1 +0.2 7.5 17th 112.9 84.3 normal 134%
Maitland Visitors Centre 28.5 39.0 28th 13.2 6.3 10th 28.1
Mangrove Mountain AWS 25.7 35.8 28th 13.7 4.6 16th 66.4
Murrurundi Gap AWS 25.7 35.0 29th 13.5 3.9 17th 55.4
Murrurundi Post Office 28.4 +1.2 38.0 29th 11.7 +0.6 1.5 18th 44.4 73.6 normal 60%
Nelson Bay 24.4 −0.4 32.0 13th 16.7 +1.6 6.7 17th 234.1 78.7 highest 297%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 23.6 +0.1 35.3 21st 16.6 +0.5 8.8 16th 80.8 70.3 normal 115%
Newcastle University 26.6 38.9 21st 15.1 8.5 17th 91.6
Norah Head AWS 23.7 33.5 22nd 16.3 8.8 16th 84.4
Paterson 28.2 +1.8 38.7 28th 14.4 +0.6 7.2 10th 62.0 79.8 normal 78%
Peats Ridge 26.2 +2.2 36.8 21st 13.6 +0.9 4.8 16th 53.0 105.8 low 50%
Scone Airport AWS 29.9 39.8 29th 13.7 3.7 17th 58.4
Scone SCS 31.0 +3.6 40.4 29th 14.4 +1.2 5.2 17th 74.0 57.9 high 128%
Singleton Stp 29.7 40.0 29th 13.7 6.6 18th 55.0
Williamtown RAAF 26.5 +1.2 37.5 28th 14.2 −0.1 6.8 10th 119.4 80.4 high 149%
Central Tablelands (N) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 30.1 +3.7 38.1 26th 13.1 +1.2 5.4 16th 26.2 58.5 low 45%
Mudgee Airport AWS 29.5 38.3 26th 10.7 3.2 17th 25.6
Nullo Mountain AWS 22.3 30.2 29th 10.7 0.2 16th 71.8
Central Tablelands (S) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 27.1 +4.0 35.6 26th 8.7 −0.2 0.0 18th 59.0 59.4 normal 99%
Bathurst Airport AWS 26.9 34.5 26th 9.2 0.0 16th 28.4
Cowra Research Centre 29.8 +4.3 37.0 21st 13.8 +2.1 3.3 16th 25.6 55.9 low 46%
Katoomba 22.3 +2.3 31.4 21st 11.0 +1.3 0.7 16th 69.3 104.9 normal 66%
Lithgow 24.4 32.2 21st 8.6 −0.7 17th 32.2 61.5 low 52%
Mount Boyce AWS 22.3 31.3 25th 10.6 0.2 16th 34.8
Oberon 24.1 +4.5 30.5 21st 6.3 −0.1 −2.5 17th 44.5 69.3 normal 64%
Orange Agricultural Institute 25.1 +4.4 32.6 26th 9.9 +1.1 −0.4 16th 26.8 75.3 low 36%
Orange Airport AWS 24.9 32.6 22nd 8.6 −0.9 16th 37.6
Orange Airport Comparison 24.9 +4.7 32.0 26th 9.1 +1.4 −1.0 16th 31.8 72.4 low 44%
Springwood Bowling Club 26.5 37.1 28th 12.8 6.7 17th 42.8 95.5 low 45%
Central Western Slopes (N) (district 64)
Coonabarabran 29.5 +1.7 36.8 29th 9.9 −0.6 −0.2 17th 52.8 63.9 normal 83%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 28.7 37.1 26th 14.5 3.6 16th 45.2
Dunedoo Post Office 30.9 +3.5 38.5 26th 14.2 +2.2 5.6 16th 50.1 53.9 normal 93%
Central Western Slopes (S) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 30.3 37.8 21st 11.0 2.7 16th 15.2
Cowra Airport Comparison 30.1 +3.7 37.8 21st 11.7 +1.8 2.7 16th 16.0 50.9 low 31%
Dubbo Airport AWS 31.4 40.3 26th 13.9 4.9 17th 10.6
Forbes Airport AWS 31.3 39.3 21st 12.8 3.8 16th 5.6
Parkes 31.9 +4.4 40.2 26th 14.6 +1.2 3.0 16th 6.2 47.6 low 13%
Parkes Airport AWS 30.8 39.0 26th 11.8 0.0 17th 3.4 51.3 low 7%
Wellington 31.0 +2.7 39.0 26th 13.0 +0.9 4.0 17th 10.0 56.9 low 18%
Metropolitan (E) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 26.6 +1.5 39.6 22nd 14.2 +0.1 8.3 10th 31.4 76.6 low 41%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 25.2 38.4 22nd 14.2 7.7 16th 37.2
Holsworthy Control Range 26.9 39.6 22nd 13.4 6.9 10th 21.6
Parramatta North 26.7 +1.4 38.5 21st 14.3 +0.4 7.4 17th 45.6 83.9 low 54%
Riverview Observatory 24.7 +0.6 37.6 22nd 15.3 +1.2 7.5 16th 50.2 77.7 normal 65%
Sydney 24.3 +0.7 38.4 22nd 16.5 +1.0 8.3 16th 44.6 83.0 normal 54%
Sydney Airport AMO 25.0 +1.1 40.0 22nd 16.3 +1.1 8.3 16th 29.2 80.4 low 36%
Sydney Harbour 22.4 37.6 22nd 16.9 11.4 17th
Sydney Olympic Park 25.8 38.7 22nd 15.7 7.9 16th 39.4
Terrey Hills AWS 24.1 36.8 22nd 14.8 5.8 16th 56.2
Metropolitan (W) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 28.2 40.5 22nd 12.9 5.7 17th 31.0
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 27.7 39.7 21st 14.1 8.2 10th 28.8
Liverpool 27.5 39.7 22nd 13.3 6.3 10th 22.4
Penrith Lakes AWS 29.5 40.9 21st 14.4 9.1 17th 16.8
Prospect Dam 27.3 +2.1 39.2 22nd 14.1 −0.1 7.9 10th 26.6 72.0 low 37%
Richmond RAAF 28.2 39.3 22nd 13.4 6.6 17th 28.4
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park 24.3 40.0 22nd 12.1 5.0 15th 36.0
Bellambi AWS 23.0 38.8 22nd 15.3 8.9 16th 42.4
Bowral 24.3 +3.1 34.4 22nd 10.6 +1.2 1.0 16th 40.4 92.2 low 44%
Camden Airport AWS 28.2 +2.3 40.0 28th 12.3 −0.4 5.5 15th 22.6 73.7 low 31%
Campbelltown 29.7 40.1 22nd 12.5 6.7 18th 3.2
Jervis Bay 22.0 36.7 22nd 15.0 9.1 16th 31.0
Moss Vale AWS 23.6 34.0 22nd 9.7 0.5 16th 30.8
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 25.1 40.0 21st 12.7 6.8 10th 26.0
Wollongong University 23.8 +0.9 39.2 22nd 13.7 −0.7 7.0 17th 51.0 114.5 low 45%
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay 22.8 39.4 21st 10.7 2.0 16th 95.1
Bega AWS 27.0 40.0 21st 10.3 4.8 27th 0.0
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 23.9 34.9 21st 7.8 0.2 14th 24.4
Green Cape AWS 20.0 25.0 12th 13.1 7.4 16th 30.4
Merimbula Airport AWS 21.7 40.0 21st 10.3 6.0 8th 46.2
Montague Island Lighthouse 20.4 +0.5 34.9 21st 14.5 +0.4 8.6 16th 25.8 75.9 low 34%
Moruya Airport AWS 22.1 40.0 21st 10.8 3.0 16th 73.4
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 21.5 +0.1 38.5 21st 12.6 −0.1 5.1 16th 77.4 75.8 normal 102%
Narooma Rvcp 20.7 +0.3 37.0 21st 13.5 +0.6 8.2 16th 44.2 71.8 normal 62%
Nerriga Composite 23.6 +2.2 34.8 21st 8.1 −0.6 −2.9 16th 26.5 64.2 low 41%
Ulladulla AWS 21.7 39.8 21st 13.8 6.5 16th 44.8
Sthn Tablelands Gburn-Monaro (district 70)
Bombala 22.7 +1.7 33.1 21st 6.1 −0.7 −1.0 17th 35.4 63.3 normal 56%
Bombala AWS 21.4 33.4 21st 5.6 −0.8 9th 26.6
Canberra Airport 26.5 +4.0 36.2 21st 10.0 +1.4 1.4 16th 40.8 63.8 normal 64%
Cooma Airport AWS 22.5 32.4 21st 5.2 −3.0 14th 46.2 68.7 normal 67%
Cooma Visitors Centre 23.5 +1.2 31.6 25th 5.5 −1.2 −2.4 17th 29.3 63.7 low 46%
Goulburn Airport AWS 26.0 35.7 21st 7.6 −4.4 17th 16.0
Goulburn Tafe 25.5 +3.3 35.2 21st 10.0 +0.8 0.2 16th 20.0 65.9 low 30%
Mount Ginini AWS 18.1 25.0 25th 6.5 −6.0 16th 9.6
Taralga Post Office 24.7 +3.7 35.0 22nd 7.9 +0.4 −1.3 17th 26.4 67.1 low 39%
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 25.3 +3.7 33.7 21st 10.4 +1.9 0.6 17th 39.7 84.9 low 47%
Tuggeranong 26.4 35.2 21st 9.9 2.4 14th 27.0
Yass 27.3 +3.2 36.0 21st 9.8 +0.7 −1.2 16th 23.2 55.2 low 42%
Sthn Tablelands Snowy-Mountns (district 71)
Charlotte Pass 15.0 +2.6 22.6 21st 1.1 −0.8 −8.5 17th 89.4 196.0 very low 46%
Perisher Valley Ski Centre 15.1 +1.5 22.3 21st 0.8 −1.1 −7.3 20th 107.5 139.6 normal 77%
Thredbo AWS 13.7 +2.7 21.9 21st 3.6 +1.5 −7.4 16th 25.2 138.0 lowest 18%
Thredbo Village 18.7 +2.7 26.7 21st 2.7 −0.8 −5.0 14th 102.5 155.9 low 66%
Southwest Slopes (S) (district 72)
Albury Airport 29.3 +4.2 39.0 21st 11.6 +0.9 4.5 16th 38.2 55.5 low 69%
Albury Airport AWS 28.9 38.8 21st 11.6 4.3 16th 40.8
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 17.8 26.3 21st 7.7 −4.7 16th 60.6
Hume Reservoir 28.7 +3.9 38.0 21st 13.1 +1.6 3.5 16th 34.6 50.9 normal 68%
Khancoban AWS 28.0 36.3 21st 8.9 0.6 16th 50.6
Tumbarumba Post Office 25.9 +3.5 34.3 21st 8.4 +1.1 −1.2 16th 48.0 72.0 normal 67%
Wagga Wagga AMO 29.6 +4.1 38.8 21st 12.0 +1.4 3.2 16th 34.0 43.4 normal 78%
Southwest Slopes (N) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 28.8 +5.1 37.5 21st 13.1 +2.1 3.1 16th 29.8 69.7 low 43%
Cootamundra Airport 29.0 38.2 21st 11.0 2.2 16th 12.8
Grenfell 29.3 +2.8 37.2 21st 14.1 +2.5 2.2 16th 19.6 48.5 low 40%
Gundagai 29.4 38.9 21st 12.4 4.5 17th 21.0
Quandialla Post Office 31.1 +3.8 40.0 21st 12.8 +1.2 2.5 16th 6.6 40.8 very low 16%
Temora Airport 30.1 40.3 21st 11.1 2.8 17th 10.2
Wyalong Post Office 30.9 +4.0 39.5 21st 14.3 +2.1 4.0 16th 7.4 35.9 low 21%
Young Airport 28.8 37.3 21st 9.4 1.3 16th 18.2
Riverina (E) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 28.9 +2.4 39.0 21st 11.9 +1.0 3.6 16th 34.4 40.7 normal 85%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 28.9 39.8 21st 11.5 3.4 14th 27.2
Narrandera Golf Club 29.8 +2.8 39.4 21st 12.8 +0.7 2.8 17th 22.3 35.8 normal 62%
Tocumwal Airport 28.6 +2.2 39.0 21st 12.1 +0.5 4.1 16th 37.7 33.4 normal 113%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 29.9 40.0 21st 14.1 4.0 16th 21.8
Riverina (W) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 30.8 +2.8 42.0 27th 13.6 +1.0 4.0 17th 17.2 31.4 normal 55%
Hay 30.0 +1.6 39.6 21st 13.0 +0.6 4.7 16th 21.8 24.5 normal 89%
Hay CSIRO AWS 29.8 40.0 28th 12.2 4.0 14th 22.8
Hillston Airport 31.3 +3.0 40.5 21st 13.2 −0.4 5.0 16th 12.6 27.3 normal 46%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 31.3 +1.8 40.7 21st 14.7 +0.8 3.8 16th 8.0 32.5 low 25%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Friday 1 December 2006. 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, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.

The Rank indicates about where rainfall this time ranks in the climate record for the site.

Further information

Clinton Rakich
NSW Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1610
Email reqnsw@bom.gov.au