Wednesday, 3 January 2007 - Monthly Climate Summary for New South Wales - Product code IDCKGC15R0

New South Wales in December 2006
El Niño's warm and dry conditions persist

 

Summary

  • Continued dry conditions across most of the state apart from the far north west
  • Sixth consecutive month of above average statewide maximum temperatures
  • Below to very much below average minimum temperatures east of the divide

Rainfall

The El Niño induced drought continued across eastern Australia during December. Despite a widespread fall late in December much of the south and east of the state, nevertheless, experienced below average to very much below average rainfall during the month. Dry conditions even spread into the northeast which had previously recorded average to above average rainfall through winter and spring. The only area of the state to record above average rainfall was in the far northwest.

The statewide average rainfall for December was 23.5 mm, less than half of the historical average1 of 50.7 mm. The Murray Darling Basin recorded an average of 20.1 mm compared to the historical average of 46.5 mm.

Some sites had their lowest total December rainfall on record.

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

Temperature

Maximum temperatures were above average through much of central and southern NSW. In contrast, the northeast of the state experienced below average maximum temperatures. The statewide average maximum temperature was 0.6 ºC above the historical December average1 of 30.1ºC, and the sixth consecutive month of above average maximum temperatures.

Minimum temperatures were above average in a band extending across the central third of the state. Most of the state east of the divide experienced below to very much below average minimum temperatures during December. The statewide average minimum temperature was 0.4ºC above the historical December average of 16.1ºC.

Some sites had their highest December temperature on record.

Some sites had their coldest December 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 December temperature on record.

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

Some sites had their lowest December mean daily minimum temperature on record.

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

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
43.0°C at Tibooburra Post Office on the 14th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
35.6°C at Ivanhoe Post Office
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
15.1°C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
0.1°C at Thredbo AWS on the 25th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−5.7°C at Thredbo AWS on the 26th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
2.3°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet)
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
21.5°C at Tibooburra Post Office
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
30.2°C at Tibooburra Post Office on the 20th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall

153.6 mm at Upper Lansdowne (Monterey)
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall

68.0 mm at Ballina Airport AWS on the 17th
Highest wind gust
96 km/h at Montague Island Lighthouse on the 14th

Records

Record lowest total December rainfall
Total rainfall
for December 2006 (mm)
Previous lowest
for December
Normal for
December
Years of
record
Corowa Airport 0.0 = 0.0 in 1979 40.3 116
Macksville Country Club 2.6 10.7 in 1893 118.0 113
Lorne (Lorne Road) 1.0 4.1 in 1941 117.5 67
Scone SCS 4.6 5.2 in 1979 67.3 56
Yarrangobilly Caves 5.2 9.4 in 1990 95.8 42
Perisher Valley Ski Centre 3.1 20.0 in 2003 99.9 27
Araluen Lower (Araluen Rd) 4.4 5.8 in 1997 72.9 26
Kingstown Post Office 14.8 22.7 in 1986 93.4 26
Albury Airport 2.4 9.5 in 2002 52.1 23




Record highest December temperature
Highest temperature
in December 2006 (°C)
Previous highest
for December
Normal for
December
Years of
record
Perisher Valley Ski Centre 25.1 on the 10th 25.0 on the 13th in 1998 16.0 23



Record lowest December daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in December 2006 (°C)
Previous lowest
for December
Normal for
December
Years of
record
Thredbo Village 6.7 on the 25th 6.8 on the 8th in 1982 19.1 35
Peats Ridge (Waratah Road) 14.6 on the 12th = 14.6 on the 10th in 2002 26.1 26
Thredbo AWS 0.1 on the 25th 0.7 on the 31st in 1970 14.1 21



Record lowest December mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for December 2006 (°C)
Previous lowest
for December
Normal for
December
Years of
record
Williamtown RAAF 14.8 = 14.8 in 1986 16.5 58
Wollongong University 15.0 = 15.0 in 1995 16.5 37
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 16.3 16.6 in 1999 18.4 31




Record highest December daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in December 2006 (°C)
Previous highest
for December
Normal for
December
Years of
record
Burrinjuck Dam 22.6 on the 23rd = 22.6 on the 31st in 2003 13.6 87
Bombala (Therry Street) 18.3 on the 23rd = 18.3 on the 21st in 1972 8.8 81
Oberon (Woodchem) 18.5 on the 23rd = 18.5 on the 24th in 2005 8.6 28



Record lowest December temperature
Lowest temperature
in December 2006 (°C)
Previous lowest
for December
Normal for
December
Years of
record
Murrurundi Post Office 3.0 on the 27th = 3.0 on the 7th in 2002 13.6 84
Wollongong University 8.3 on the 26th 8.5 on the 1st in 1986 16.5 37
Nerriga Composite 0.0 on the 26th 0.1 on the 7th in 2002 11.0 36
Montague Island Lighthouse 8.7 on the 26th 8.8 on the 29th in 1987 15.9 34
Tumbarumba Post Office 0.1 on the 26th 0.4 on the 4th in 1987 9.6 32
Peats Ridge (Waratah Road) 5.8 on the 26th 6.9 on the 4th in 1987 14.8 25



Summaries

Summary statistics for December 2006
Maximum temperatures
for December
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for December
(°C)
Rainfall
for December
(millimetres)
Mean for
December
2006
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
December
2006
Mean for
December
2006
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
December
2006
Total for
December
2006
Normal
for
December
Rank of
December
2006
Fraction of
December
normal
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 33.6 40.0 9th 18.7 11.0 27th 4.6
Tibooburra Airport 34.3 42.2 14th 21.3 13.2 27th 17.6
Tibooburra Post Office 34.5 −0.5 43.0 14th 21.5 +1.3 12.7 27th 20.2 21.8 normal 93%
White Cliffs AWS 34.3 40.0 9th 20.5 12.7 26th 10.0
White Cliffs Post Office 34.6 +0.1 41.0 19th 20.2 +1.0 12.6 26th 10.1 25.0 normal 40%
Wilcannia 34.3 +0.3 40.8 20th 18.1 −0.1 10.2 27th 7.0 26.0 normal 27%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 34.3 40.8 9th 18.3 10.8 13th 8.2
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill 31.6 +0.3 41.0 9th 17.7 +0.6 9.2 25th 15.0 21.5 normal 70%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 32.7 +2.0 39.8 9th 18.2 +1.5 10.4 3rd 3.8 21.3 low 18%
Lake Victoria Storage 31.6 +1.3 41.5 10th 15.5 +0.2 10.0 3rd 7.4 19.0 normal 39%
Menindee Post Office 35.0 +2.1 42.6 9th 17.9 +1.1 10.2 13th 39.0 22.0 high 177%
Pooncarie Telecentre 33.7 42.6 9th 13.8 7.0 5th 14.0 21.4 normal 65%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 34.8 41.0 14th 21.0 12.5 27th 15.2
Brewarrina Hospital 34.1 −1.1 40.1 14th 19.7 +0.8 10.5 26th 11.2 35.7 normal 31%
Cobar Airport AWS 33.3 38.7 19th 18.5 7.8 27th 9.6
Cobar MO 33.5 +0.9 39.1 19th 19.6 +0.9 10.6 26th 7.2 35.4 low 20%
Collarenebri 34.7 −0.2 39.2 2nd 19.9 +0.9 9.4 28th 31.5 51.0 normal 62%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 33.8 40.1 3rd 19.2 5.0 26th 30.0
Wanaaring Post Office 34.8 42.1 14th 21.0 12.6 27th 56.4 28.4 high 199%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald 31.2 +0.1 41.7 10th 14.2 −0.6 6.3 26th 5.2 24.7 low 21%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 33.3 41.2 9th 17.4 9.3 26th 6.2
Ivanhoe Post Office 35.6 +2.2 42.6 9th 16.6 +0.3 9.1 16th 9.6 26.2 normal 37%
Central Western Plains (S) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 32.8 +1.0 38.4 10th 17.5 +1.9 10.5 4th 7.9 38.2 low 21%
Condobolin Airport AWS 32.8 38.5 9th 16.8 8.0 26th 8.6
Peak Hill Post Office 33.3 +1.8 38.5 19th 19.5 +2.3 8.8 27th 19.6 48.2 low 41%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 31.9 38.8 10th 15.6 7.8 26th 15.4
Central Western Plains (N) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 33.3 37.6 14th 19.0 11.0 28th 4.2
Coonamble Comparison 33.4 −0.4 37.8 19th 19.3 +1.6 11.1 27th 13.0 44.0 low 30%
Nyngan Airport 33.3 +0.3 38.5 20th 19.3 +1.5 12.0 26th 18.2 41.6 normal 44%
Trangie Research Station AWS 32.8 +0.9 38.6 19th 18.2 +1.7 9.5 26th 23.2 38.3 normal 61%
Northwest Plains (W) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 35.4 +0.9 38.3 15th 20.4 +1.5 12.4 28th 14.4 50.6 low 28%
Walgett Airport AWS 34.1 39.3 2nd 19.2 10.1 26th 26.2
Northwest Plains (E) (district 53)
Baradine Forestry 34.5 +2.1 36.9 19th 17.4 +1.1 8.8 29th 31.4 59.4 low 53%
Moree Aero 32.1 36.1 14th 18.2 11.1 27th 9.0
Northwest Slopes (N) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 30.9 +0.3 35.4 19th 14.2 −0.3 6.4 27th 49.0 76.3 normal 64%
Narrabri Airport AWS 32.5 36.6 14th 18.0 10.3 27th 18.6
Pindari Dam 29.7 −0.5 34.5 19th 15.3 −0.8 10.5 18th 20.6 89.9 very low 23%
Northwest Slopes (S) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 32.0 36.5 19th 16.3 6.8 26th 16.2
Gunnedah Pool 30.9 −2.1 35.2 19th 17.1 +0.3 9.9 27th 16.2 66.8 low 24%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 31.0 −0.1 35.8 19th 17.8 +0.3 10.7 26th 23.6 65.5 low 36%
Quirindi Post Office 31.1 −0.1 36.4 18th 15.0 +0.2 7.2 25th 69.2 80.5 normal 86%
Tamworth Airport AWS 31.0 35.6 19th 15.7 7.7 26th 17.0
Woolbrook 26.1 −0.2 31.5 19th 10.3 −0.2 2.5 26th 50.9 95.0 low 54%
Northern Tablelands (W) (district 56)
Armidale 24.5 30.1 19th 9.9 3.1 27th 64.2
Armidale Airport AWS 23.9 29.6 19th 11.1 4.8 27th 52.0
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 23.2 −1.3 28.0 23rd 10.9 −1.2 6.5 29th 84.6 108.5 normal 78%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 23.8 28.4 24th 10.1 3.4 29th 79.8
Glen Innes Post Office 24.0 −1.8 29.4 19th 12.0 −0.1 8.2 29th 114.4 107.5 normal 106%
Guyra Hospital 21.9 −1.0 27.0 19th 9.8 −1.0 4.3 18th 86.0 108.2 low 79%
Inverell 28.9 33.2 19th 12.4 7.0 18th 49.8
Inverell Research Centre 28.6 +0.2 32.9 19th 14.1 −0.9 10.3 18th 41.6 96.8 low 43%
Tenterfield 24.1 −2.7 30.9 24th 11.6 −1.4 5.5 29th 25.3 104.7 very low 24%
Northern Tablelands (E) (district 57)
Tabulam 25.0 −2.1 31.0 24th 14.6 −1.6 11.7 18th 68.4 148.8 low 46%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 25.8 −1.1 31.0 25th 18.3 −0.2 16.2 17th 79.8 149.3 low 53%
Ballina Airport AWS 25.8 31.0 15th 16.3 11.0 1st 87.8
Byron Bay 25.8 29.3 3rd 18.9 15.3 18th 105.6
Byron Bay 25.8 −0.6 29.1 22nd 18.7 −0.8 14.4 1st 109.6 143.1 normal 77%
Casino Airport 28.1 −3.1 35.4 24th 16.8 −1.0 12.4 29th 134.0 114.4 normal 117%
Casino Airport AWS 27.1 32.6 25th 16.1 11.7 1st 140.8
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 26.2 32.3 25th 16.8 13.3 1st 8.6
Grafton Airport 27.4 31.8 24th 15.6 11.7 19th 68.0
Grafton Olympic Pool 27.8 −2.1 32.4 24th 17.1 −1.4 13.5 19th 84.2 118.7 normal 71%
Grafton Research Stn 27.4 32.5 24th 16.6 13.4 19th 77.8 102.6 normal 76%
Lismore 26.6 32.1 25th 16.2 13.3 7th 56.3
Lismore Airport AWS 27.4 33.1 25th 14.7 10.8 1st 79.8
Murwillumbah 27.0 −2.3 32.6 15th 16.3 −2.1 12.9 29th 87.2 158.5 low 55%
Yamba Pilot Station 24.9 −1.0 29.0 15th 17.9 −1.2 15.0 18th 71.4 116.7 normal 61%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 25.3 −1.0 29.3 14th 16.8 −1.3 12.2 27th 79.4 142.5 normal 56%
Dorrigo 22.7 29.3 24th 12.2 8.4 27th 115.1
Kempsey 27.0 −1.7 31.0 2nd 15.1 −1.4 10.0 27th 42.1 109.0 low 39%
Kempsey Airport AWS 26.8 30.5 2nd 14.1 8.8 27th 32.0
South West Rocks 25.4 −0.5 28.0 7th 18.1 −0.3 15.0 17th 52.6 120.1 low 44%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 23.7 25.5 24th 16.5 6.7 4th 57.9 92.1 normal 63%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 25.4 29.1 23rd 15.1 8.7 27th 67.2
Taree Airport AWS 26.3 33.0 23rd 15.2 9.0 27th 44.0
Yarras 27.3 −1.5 33.8 23rd 15.4 −0.6 10.0 27th 129.8 163.4 normal 79%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock 29.4 −0.1 40.0 11th 15.4 −0.7 7.7 26th 51.9 67.9 normal 76%
Cessnock Airport AWS 28.6 38.8 1st 14.5 6.5 26th 44.8
Gosford 25.7 −1.3 35.3 1st 14.6 −0.7 7.0 26th 85.0 100.1 normal 85%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 31.1 −0.3 38.2 19th 15.8 +0.1 6.3 27th 33.1 67.2 low 49%
Lostock Dam 27.2 −1.7 35.9 1st 14.6 −1.5 8.9 27th 81.4 90.8 normal 90%
Maitland Visitors Centre 28.2 39.5 1st 15.0 8.3 26th 52.2
Mangrove Mountain AWS 25.2 37.0 1st 14.3 8.7 26th 112.6
Murrurundi Gap AWS 26.4 33.1 19th 13.7 8.0 27th 65.2
Murrurundi Post Office 29.1 −0.7 35.1 19th 12.6 −1.0 3.0 27th 54.4 88.4 normal 62%
Nelson Bay 24.5 −1.9 28.8 10th 17.6 +0.6 14.6 27th 76.5 94.0 normal 81%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 23.1 −1.9 30.0 23rd 17.3 −0.7 13.5 26th 93.4 81.8 normal 114%
Newcastle University 26.5 35.3 11th 16.4 10.8 27th 60.0
Norah Head AWS 23.5 27.0 31st 17.4 12.6 26th 84.0
Paterson 28.2 −0.9 39.5 1st 14.9 −1.2 8.1 27th 65.4 77.7 normal 84%
Peats Ridge 25.5 −0.6 38.1 1st 13.8 −1.0 5.8 26th 110.0 90.6 normal 121%
Scone Airport AWS 30.1 37.5 19th 14.6 7.2 27th 40.2
Scone SCS 31.6 +1.3 37.6 11th 15.0 −0.7 10.0 18th 4.6 67.3 lowest 7%
Singleton Stp 30.0 39.5 1st 15.1 8.4 27th 53.5
Williamtown RAAF 26.1 −1.2 34.5 1st 14.8 −1.7 8.8 27th 67.8 79.9 normal 85%
Central Tablelands (N) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 30.6 +0.8 36.2 11th 15.4 +0.6 7.0 26th 40.2 63.8 normal 63%
Mudgee Airport AWS 30.0 35.8 1st 14.5 5.1 26th 30.0
Nullo Mountain AWS 22.7 29.9 11th 10.9 3.3 26th 124.4
Central Tablelands (S) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 28.5 +2.1 34.7 10th 12.3 +0.7 3.5 26th 32.3 62.7 low 52%
Bathurst Airport AWS 28.1 34.4 11th 12.7 3.8 26th 47.8
Cowra Research Centre 31.3 +1.9 37.6 1st 16.0 +1.5 6.7 26th 18.2 54.7 low 33%
Katoomba 21.8 −0.7 33.1 11th 10.8 −0.8 4.2 26th 76.6 122.3 normal 63%
Lithgow 24.7 32.4 11th 11.0 3.9 27th 72.7 76.7 normal 95%
Mount Boyce AWS 22.8 32.3 1st 10.9 3.3 26th 48.2
Oberon 24.6 +1.4 31.5 1st 8.8 +0.1 2.5 26th 41.7 72.1 low 58%
Orange Agricultural Institute 26.2 +1.8 31.9 1st 11.6 +0.4 2.6 26th 69.2 75.8 normal 91%
Orange Airport AWS 25.9 33.0 1st 11.2 2.3 26th 49.8
Orange Airport Comparison 25.7 +1.7 31.5 1st 11.5 +1.4 2.0 27th 75.8 70.9 normal 107%
Springwood Bowling Club 26.0 38.0 1st 13.9 8.2 26th 52.3 102.7 normal 51%
Central Western Slopes (N) (district 64)
Coonabarabran 29.9 −0.7 35.0 19th 13.2 0 5.0 27th 44.8 66.0 normal 68%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 28.9 33.7 19th 15.7 8.4 26th 42.6
Dunedoo Post Office 31.8 +1.0 36.8 11th 16.0 +1.1 8.4 27th 45.6 58.6 normal 78%
Central Western Slopes (S) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 31.7 38.4 1st 14.9 6.6 27th 22.2
Cowra Airport Comparison 31.6 +1.4 38.5 1st 15.1 +2.2 7.7 26th 23.0 49.0 normal 47%
Dubbo Airport AWS 32.4 38.2 20th 17.0 8.6 27th 17.2
Forbes Airport AWS 32.5 38.8 1st 16.1 8.1 26th 6.6
Parkes 32.9 +2.2 39.0 19th 17.3 +1.1 7.0 26th 55.4 51.0 normal 109%
Parkes Airport AWS 31.6 37.0 19th 16.1 7.0 26th 47.2 37.2 high 127%
Wellington 32.0 +0.4 36.9 19th 16.9 +1.9 8.3 26th 33.3 53.8 normal 62%
Metropolitan (E) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 26.7 −0.7 36.9 1st 16.0 −0.6 9.4 26th 51.2 65.9 normal 78%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 25.0 33.8 1st 15.9 8.5 26th 105.8
Holsworthy Control Range 26.7 38.7 1st 15.2 7.0 26th 54.0
Parramatta North 26.6 −0.8 38.5 1st 15.7 −0.5 9.8 17th 67.2 68.4 normal 98%
Riverview Observatory 25.3 −0.4 34.3 1st 16.1 −0.1 9.3 20th 83.4 82.5 normal 101%
Sydney 24.2 −0.9 32.4 14th 17.6 +0.1 13.4 4th 74.2 77.7 normal 95%
Sydney Airport AMO 25.0 −0.7 33.4 14th 17.5 +0.1 12.3 26th 70.0 73.6 normal 95%
Sydney Harbour 22.7 32.5 1st 17.6 14.5 4th
Sydney Olympic Park 25.7 36.3 1st 16.8 12.6 4th 47.2
Terrey Hills AWS 25.2 34.3 1st 15.3 9.6 26th 54.4
Metropolitan (W) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 28.0 39.9 1st 14.6 9.2 17th 46.8
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 27.6 40.4 1st 15.3 9.0 26th 68.0
Liverpool 27.5 39.2 1st 15.4 7.8 26th 51.4
Penrith Lakes AWS 29.3 40.4 1st 16.3 12.0 17th 58.8
Prospect Dam 27.3 −0.1 39.7 1st 15.5 −0.9 10.6 27th 51.4 74.8 normal 69%
Richmond RAAF 28.3 40.5 1st 15.3 8.5 26th 59.4
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park 24.1 30.0 14th 14.0 7.0 4th 69.2
Bellambi AWS 22.6 29.2 14th 16.3 11.2 26th 85.6
Bowral 23.6 −0.4 35.3 1st 11.6 0 5.4 26th 71.4 71.0 normal 101%
Camden Airport AWS 27.7 −0.9 40.0 1st 15.0 −0.1 9.1 26th 57.0 52.4 normal 109%
Campbelltown 27.4 40.3 1st 14.5 7.0 26th 55.6
Jervis Bay 22.2 30.0 14th 15.9 11.9 26th 98.6
Moss Vale AWS 23.8 35.8 1st 11.4 3.5 4th 60.2
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 24.6 36.6 1st 13.8 7.9 26th 97.2
Wollongong University 23.6 −1.5 30.5 14th 15.0 −1.5 8.3 26th 89.8 91.8 normal 98%
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay 23.6 40.2 1st 12.8 4.9 26th 72.6
Bega AWS 25.4 36.1 6th 12.3 7.6 13th 27.8
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 25.0 35.5 11th 9.9 0.3 26th 40.6
Green Cape AWS 21.3 25.5 6th 15.0 9.6 25th 13.4
Merimbula Airport AWS 22.5 27.0 14th 12.5 5.0 3rd 12.0
Montague Island Lighthouse 20.8 −1.0 26.9 14th 15.4 −0.5 8.7 26th 37.8 65.5 normal 58%
Moruya Airport AWS 22.1 28.0 1st 12.6 4.0 26th 65.8
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 21.4 −1.4 28.0 1st 14.0 −0.7 6.9 26th 58.6 73.9 normal 79%
Narooma Rvcp 21.2 −0.8 30.4 14th 14.2 −0.8 8.8 26th 85.0 73.1 high 116%
Nerriga Composite 24.7 −0.1 35.8 1st 10.4 −0.6 0.0 26th 56.5 64.2 normal 88%
Ulladulla AWS 21.4 32.1 14th 14.9 8.9 26th 50.2
Sthn Tablelands Gburn-Monaro (district 70)
Bombala 24.3 +0.5 36.4 10th 8.6 −0.1 3.5 3rd 19.4 64.5 low 30%
Bombala AWS 22.8 36.0 10th 8.1 3.1 3rd 13.2
Canberra Airport 27.7 +1.6 35.6 10th 12.5 +1.3 4.8 26th 16.6 51.8 low 32%
Cooma Airport AWS 25.1 34.0 9th 8.1 0.6 26th 22.4 54.2 low 41%
Cooma Visitors Centre 26.6 +1.4 34.5 10th 7.6 −1.2 −1.0 26th 17.5 52.4 very low 33%
Goulburn Airport AWS 26.4 36.1 1st 10.9 3.9 5th 41.6
Goulburn Tafe 26.1 +0.3 35.5 11th 11.9 +0.2 4.5 26th 40.4 54.2 normal 75%
Mount Ginini AWS 19.5 25.0 11th 6.8 −4.0 26th 7.2
Taralga Post Office 25.7 +1.4 34.7 1st 10.7 +1.0 2.6 26th 38.1 64.7 normal 59%
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 27.3 +2.4 35.0 10th 10.1 −0.7 3.0 26th 20.3 61.1 low 33%
Tuggeranong 27.7 36.1 10th 12.6 2.8 26th 8.0
Yass 28.6 +0.9 36.4 10th 12.6 +0.8 5.5 26th 54.0 53.1 normal 102%
Sthn Tablelands Snowy-Mountns (district 71)
Charlotte Pass 17.8 +2.3 24.1 10th 2.3 −1.4 −4.7 26th 61.6 154.3 low 40%
Perisher Valley Ski Centre 19.5 +3.5 25.1 10th 2.3 −1.7 −2.6 4th 3.1 99.9 lowest 3%
Thredbo AWS 15.1 +1.0 22.7 10th 4.5 −0.3 −5.7 26th 64.0 106.1 low 60%
Thredbo Village 20.8 +1.7 29.4 10th 4.6 −0.7 −2.0 26th 60.9 116.6 low 52%
Southwest Slopes (S) (district 72)
Albury Airport 31.3 +2.6 41.0 10th 14.2 +0.9 6.5 26th 2.4 52.1 lowest 5%
Albury Airport AWS 30.9 40.8 10th 14.1 5.9 26th 2.2
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 20.5 28.3 10th 8.8 −2.4 26th 14.0
Hume Reservoir 30.8 +2.3 40.4 10th 15.5 +1.3 6.1 26th 0.4 49.1 very low 1%
Khancoban AWS 30.3 38.5 10th 11.7 2.2 26th 10.6
Tumbarumba Post Office 28.0 +2.0 35.4 10th 10.8 +1.2 0.1 26th 33.2 69.3 low 48%
Wagga Wagga AMO 31.3 +1.9 39.9 10th 14.9 +1.2 5.7 3rd 9.6 43.9 low 22%
Southwest Slopes (N) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 30.8 +3.4 37.5 10th 15.4 +1.9 6.3 26th 20.4 59.2 low 34%
Cootamundra Airport 30.4 38.0 10th 14.4 6.5 26th 5.4
Grenfell 31.1 +1.1 37.7 1st 15.8 +1.3 6.5 26th 64.4 53.0 high 122%
Gundagai 31.3 39.2 10th 15.4 7.1 26th 4.2
Quandialla Post Office 32.8 +1.4 39.8 10th 16.0 +1.2 7.0 26th 9.8 42.0 low 23%
Temora Airport 31.8 39.2 10th 14.7 6.9 26th 0.0
Wyalong Post Office 32.2 +1.6 39.3 10th 16.4 +1.2 8.0 26th 12.6 42.2 low 30%
Young Airport 30.5 37.2 10th 13.5 4.6 27th 9.2
Riverina (E) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 31.1 +1.0 41.2 10th 14.3 +0.7 7.5 26th 0.0 40.3 lowest 0%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 30.7 42.2 10th 13.3 7.1 26th 14.6
Narrandera Golf Club 31.3 +0.9 40.1 10th 15.1 +0.1 7.0 26th 11.5 35.7 normal 32%
Tocumwal Airport 30.4 +0.9 41.4 10th 13.6 −0.3 7.7 26th 6.4 33.2 low 19%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 31.6 41.0 10th 15.9 7.0 26th 1.6
Riverina (W) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 32.4 +1.8 41.0 10th 15.8 +0.8 6.0 26th 0.6 30.5 very low 2%
Hay 31.3 +0.1 41.8 10th 14.6 −0.3 6.9 26th 16.0 26.2 normal 61%
Hay CSIRO AWS 30.9 41.0 10th 13.9 6.0 26th 13.4
Hillston Airport 32.6 +1.2 40.6 9th 15.6 −0.7 8.8 26th 2.0 28.8 very low 7%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 33.0 +0.5 39.6 10th 17.1 +0.4 7.8 26th 3.0 35.8 low 8%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 2 pm on Wednesday 3 January 2007. 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.

Further information

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