Monday, 1 September 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for New South Wales - Product code IDCKGC15R0

New South Wales in August 2008
A cool end to winter

Summary

  • 2nd coldest August on record for statewide average minimum temperatures
  • 5th coldest August on record for statewide average mean temperatures
  • Below average rainfall for NSW and the Murray Darling Basin

Rainfall

A strong and persistent high pressure system in the Southern Ocean (southwest of Western Australia), dominated the weather pattern over eastern Australia during August, and resulted in average to below average rainfall over much of NSW. The far southeast was the only region to record above average rainfall, associated with a low pressure system that formed off the southeast coast early in the month.

A welcome rain band at the end of the month increased the NSW statewide average rainfall to 20.7 mm, however, this remains below the historical average1 of 40.55  mm. The Murray Darling Basin (MDB) also recorded below average rainfall, with a basin-wide average of 20.3  mm. This is below the historical average of 40.0 mm.

Some sites had their lowest total August rainfall on record.

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

Temperature

NSW experienced unseasonable cold temperatures during August, under the influence of the persistent high pressure system in the Southern Ocean (southwest of Western Australia). It was the second coldest August on record (records since 1950) for overnight minimum temperatures, with a statewide average minimum of 3.2°C, 1.5°C below the historical average1 of 4.7°C. This was the coldest August since 1994 - which remains the coldest August on record (2.9°C).

Maximum temperatures were below average across most of the state, with parts of the far west, Metropolitan, Illawarra and Central Tablelands regions recording very much below average maximum temperatures - the lowest on record in some parts of the Illawarra. The far northeast and far northern inland were the only locations to record about average maximum temperatures. The statewide average maximum temperature was 16.3°C, which is 0.8°C below the historical average1 of 17.1°C. This is the coldest August for maximum temperatures since 1990 (August 1990, 15.53°C).

With both maximum and minimum temperatures cooler than average across the state, the mean temperature (the average of the daily maximum and minimum temperature) was the 5th coldest on record, at 9.8°C, which is 1.1°C below the historical average of 10.9°C. This is the coldest August for mean temperatures since 1989 (August 1989, 9.3°C).

Some sites had their coldest August day (lowest maximum temperature) on record.

Some sites had their lowest August mean daily maximum temperature on record.

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

Some sites had their lowest August temperature on record.

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

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

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

Other phenomena

Snowfall was reported at various locations in the Central and Southern Tablelands, including Orange, Oberon and Batlow, on the 7th. On the 10th, snow was reported in the Southern Tablelands, including Canberra, Goulburn and Yass; and at various locations in the Central Tablelands.

Heavier snowfall was reported on the 11th in the Central Tablelands, including Batlow (up to 20cm deep) & Oberon (up to 10cm deep), causing the closure of the Great Western highway between Lithgow and Bathurst.

Further information

NSW Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1555
Email reqnsw@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
31.4°C at Brewarrina Hospital on the 30th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
22.1°C at Mungindi Post Office
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
−1.1°C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
−5.5°C at Thredbo AWS on the 10th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−14.0°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on the 24th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
−7.1°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet)
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
11.6°C at Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS)
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
17.7°C at Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) on the 31st
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
141.6 mm at Moruya Heads Pilot Station
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
115.8 mm at Moruya Heads Pilot Station on the 6th
Highest wind gust
135 km/h at Green Cape AWS on the 1st

Records

Record lowest total August rainfall
Total rainfall
for August 2008 (mm)
Previous lowest
for August
Years of
record
Normal for
August
Mulwala Post Office 3.0 3.4 in 1994 100 54.8
Old Koreelah (McPherson) 0.0 = 0.0 in 1991 96 34.0
Wanganella General Store 1.4 2.5 in 1877 96 41.8




Record lowest August daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in August 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for August
Years of
record
Normal for
August
Wyalong Post Office 8.5 on the 22nd 8.9 on the 17th in 1970 44 15.7
Burrinjuck Dam 5.5 on the 10th 6.9 on the 11th in 2005 42 13.1
Wellington (Agrowplow) 7.6 on the 11th 8.8 on the 7th in 1974 41 16.7
Quandialla Post Office 7.8 on the 11th 8.0 on the 5th in 1995 40 15.9
Camden Airport AWS 11.2 on the 22nd 12.0 on the 4th in 1986 32 18.9



Record lowest August mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for August 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for August
Years of
record
Normal for
August
Bowral (Parry Drive) 11.2 11.7 in 1991 40 13.3
Montague Island Lighthouse 14.8 15.1 in 1989 38 15.8
Camden Airport AWS 17.5 17.6 in 1998 32 18.9
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 17.0 17.1 in 1920 23




Record highest August daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in August 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for August
Years of
record
Normal for
August
Gunnedah Pool 15.8 on the 31st 15.6 on the 16th in 1958 121 4.8



Record lowest August temperature
Lowest temperature
in August 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for August
Years of
record
Normal for
August
Glen Innes Post Office −8.4 on the 9th −6.7 on the 13th in 1964 46 1.5
Tenterfield (Federation Park) −9.5 on the 14th −8.3 on the 6th in 1974 44 1.9
Quirindi Post Office −6.4 on the 14th −6.0 on the 6th in 1974 42 2.9
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 4.0 on the 12th = 4.0 on the 2nd in 1968 36 10.2
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) −1.4 on the 15th 0.9 on the 16th in 1981 32 8.2



Record lowest August mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for August 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for August
Years of
record
Normal for
August
Tenterfield (Federation Park) −1.9 −1.2 in 2005 94 1.9
Inverell Research Centre 1.7 1.8 in 1994 50 4.5
Scone SCS 3.7 3.8 in 1994 48 5.7
Barraba Post Office −1.4 −1.3 in 1997 43 1.4
Prospect Reservoir 4.4 5.4 in 1994 43 7.0
Grafton Olympic Pool 5.2 5.5 in 1970 42 7.1
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 5.5 5.8 in 1997 42 7.2
Bankstown Airport AWS 4.7 = 4.7 in 1977 41 6.0
Lostock Dam 5.3 = 5.3 in 1970 38 6.9
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 8.7 8.9 in 1968 36 10.2
Pindari Dam 0.2 0.5 in 2005 36 3.2
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn −1.0 −0.3 in 2005 35 1.3
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 5.7 6.2 in 1981 32 8.2
Perisher Valley Ski Centre −6.4 −6.0 in 1994 32 −4.2
Guyra Hospital −0.6 −0.5 in 1994 25
Lord Howe Island Aero 12.2 12.4 in 1994 20



Summaries

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Summary statistics for August 2008
Maximum temperatures
for August
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for August
(°C)
Rainfall
for August
(millimetres)
Mean for
August
2008
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
August
2008
Mean for
August
2008
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
August
2008
Total for
August
2008
Normal
for
August
Rank of
August
2008
Fraction of
August
normal
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 16.7   22.2 26th 4.1   −0.1 8th 16.6
Tibooburra Airport 18.3   23.3 29th 5.6   1.5 11th 3.2
Tibooburra Post Office 18.6 −1.3 23.6 25th 5.4 −1.3 1.3 8th 4.4 11.8 normal 37%
White Cliffs AWS 17.7   23.2 29th 5.1   1.0 12th 6.0
White Cliffs Post Office 17.6 −1.7 23.0 29th 3.5 −2.2 −0.3 12th 6.3 19.1 low 33%
Wilcannia 17.7 −1.9 22.7 31st 3.9 −2.0 −1.3 24th 15.5 19.3 normal 80%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 17.6   22.6 29th 4.2   0.2 14th 17.2
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill 15.5 −1.2 20.0 26th 5.7 −0.8 1.7 23rd 15.4 21.2 normal 73%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 15.4   19.8 26th 4.4   0.9 23rd 14.4 21.5 normal 67%
Lake Victoria Storage 15.9 −0.9 20.0 26th 3.4 −3.2 1.0 11th 28.0 26.9 normal 104%
Menindee Post Office 17.8 −1.1 23.0 29th 3.6 −2.3 −0.4 11th 6.2 20.2 low 31%
Pooncarie Telecentre 17.4   22.5 29th 4.4   0.4 24th 13.3 25.0 low 53%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 19.3   30.6 30th 3.5   −2.4 12th 14.8
Brewarrina Hospital 19.5 −1.0 31.4 30th 3.3 −2.9 −1.5 12th 17.4 23.9 normal 73%
Cobar Airport AWS 16.6   22.4 26th 2.0   −4.1 14th 9.6
Cobar MO 16.8 −0.7 22.3 26th 4.3 −1.9 −1.9 14th 12.8 32.6 low 39%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 20.0   30.0 30th 4.1   −2.2 12th 12.0
Wanaaring Post Office 19.3   26.6 31st 2.1   −2.1 9th 0.2 18.1 low 1%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald 15.5 −1.8 21.2 29th 4.2 −0.4 −0.3 23rd 16.0 36.1 low 44%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 16.6   21.5 29th 5.8   1.7 24th 12.2
Ivanhoe Post Office 17.7 −0.6 23.0 29th 4.8 −0.2 −0.7 25th 17.8 28.2 normal 63%
Central Western Plains (S) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 14.8 −1.8 20.7 26th 2.2 −1.4 −3.6 24th 13.9 37.0 very low 38%
Condobolin Airport AWS 15.6   20.9 26th 2.9   −3.6 24th 24.8
Peak Hill Post Office 15.3 −1.4 22.3 26th 4.2 −1.5 −0.5 14th 33.1 47.2 normal 70%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 13.8   19.1 26th 3.3   −2.9 24th 25.6
Central Western Plains (N) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 18.3   26.9 30th 2.2   −3.3 9th 28.2
Coonamble Comparison 18.3 −0.2 26.7 30th 2.6 −2.4 −2.7 9th 26.3 39.5 normal 67%
Nyngan Airport 17.5 −1.0 22.9 26th 3.8 −1.2 −0.3 20th 28.2 31.7 normal 89%
Trangie Research Station AWS 16.0 −1.0 22.0 30th 3.9 −0.3 −1.2 14th 28.8 35.0 normal 82%
Northwest Plains (W) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 22.1 +1.5 30.3 30th 3.8 −1.8 −1.4 12th 0.4 32.8 lowest 1%
Walgett Airport AWS 19.6   30.4 30th 2.1   −2.8 9th 14.6
Northwest Plains (E) (district 53)
Baradine Forestry 17.3 −0.5 24.1 26th 0.8 −2.3 −4.0 14th 13.6 44.7 low 30%
Moree Aero 18.9   26.9 30th 2.8   −1.5 9th 2.0
Northwest Slopes (N) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 16.4 −1.0 22.6 29th −1.4 −2.8 −6.1 13th 14.1 44.5 low 32%
Narrabri Airport AWS 18.2   25.6 30th 2.3   −3.6 12th 31.4
Pindari Dam 17.8 −0.4 23.9 1st 0.2 −3.0 −4.6 12th 10.1 40.9 low 25%
Northwest Slopes (S) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 17.2   24.0 30th 0.7   −5.4 9th 24.4
Gunnedah Pool 17.4 −0.9 24.2 30th 3.5 −1.2 −1.7 13th 25.4 41.4 low 61%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 16.9 −0.7 24.0 30th 4.3 −1.6 −0.6 12th 27.2 37.2 normal 73%
Quirindi Post Office 16.5 −1.2 23.0 30th −0.6 −3.6 −6.4 14th 45.0 45.3 normal 99%
Tamworth Airport AWS 16.4   22.4 30th 0.7   −6.3 14th 39.6
Woolbrook 12.7 −1.1 19.0 27th −1.8 −1.0 −8.0 14th 40.2 60.2 normal 67%
Northern Tablelands (W) (district 56)
Armidale 12.9   18.0 27th −1.9   −7.8 10th 27.8
Armidale Airport AWS 12.1   17.2 27th 0.1   −4.6 19th 27.0
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 13.1 −0.3 18.0 27th −1.0 −2.2 −6.5 9th 30.6 54.7 normal 56%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 13.5   18.6 27th −3.8   −12.8 9th 30.6
Glen Innes Post Office 13.5 −0.6 17.8 1st −0.5 −2.0 −8.4 9th 38.6 56.7 normal 68%
Guyra Hospital 10.5   16.3 27th −0.6   −4.3 14th 44.6
Inverell 16.4   21.9 27th −2.3   −7.7 14th 8.2
Inverell Research Centre 15.9 −0.1 21.6 27th 1.7 −2.8 −3.6 15th 8.8 48.1 very low 18%
Tenterfield 15.0 −0.8 21.8 31st −1.9 −3.8 −9.5 14th 54.0 51.6 normal 105%
Northern Tablelands (E) (district 57)
Tabulam 17.5 −0.1 23.8 1st 6.2 −1.4 2.6 12th 59.4 36.0 high 165%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 19.6 −0.2 26.3 1st 8.7 −1.5 4.0 12th 44.8 80.4 normal 56%
Ballina Airport AWS 20.3   25.4 27th 6.7   1.6 13th 46.4
Byron Bay 19.5   23.0 30th 11.6   6.6 12th 27.0
Casino Airport 21.7 −0.9 27.8 1st 5.7 −1.7 0.7 12th 32.4 41.7 normal 78%
Casino Airport AWS 21.1   27.6 1st 4.9   −0.3 12th 32.0
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 20.8   28.3 1st 8.7   4.9 9th 10.4
Grafton Airport AWS 21.3   28.0 1st 3.1   −2.2 14th 13.8
Grafton Olympic Pool 21.7 +0.1 28.5 1st 5.2 −1.9 0.2 14th 26.4 37.6 normal 70%
Grafton Research Stn 21.6   28.0 1st 5.7   1.1 14th 15.8
Lismore 21.1   27.5 1st 7.9   4.8 12th 41.2
Lismore Airport AWS 21.6   28.4 1st 4.4   −1.7 11th 26.6
Murwillumbah 21.6 −0.4 27.9 1st 5.7 −2.5 −1.4 15th 11.2 56.7 low 20%
Yamba Pilot Station 20.2 +0.4 25.4 1st 8.7 −1.6 5.3 14th 16.0 67.4 low 24%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 19.3 −0.3 25.5 1st 5.7 −2.5 0.3 15th 20.8 66.1 low 31%
Dorrigo 15.2   23.0 1st 2.3   −2.3 9th 42.9
Kempsey 20.2 −0.7 25.5 1st 4.9 −1.4 0.8 12th 8.8 51.5 low 17%
Kempsey Airport AWS 20.2   25.3 1st 3.3   −1.7 12th 4.2
South West Rocks 19.4 −0.1 21.9 21st 10.5 −1.2 7.0 12th 13.9 74.7 low 19%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 18.3   24.2 1st 7.4   3.5 14th 20.4 63.2 low 32%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 18.8   23.7 1st 5.4   −0.3 14th 11.6
Taree Airport AWS 18.6   24.0 1st 5.4   0.0 13th 9.6
Yarras 19.2 −0.7 25.1 1st 3.9 −2.1 −0.6 10th 30.6 59.6 normal 51%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock 18.5 −0.8 23.6 26th 3.5 −1.0 −1.5 18th 25.2 41.6 normal 61%
Cessnock Airport AWS 17.6   22.9 26th 2.9   −3.1 18th 23.0
Cooranbong 18.4   23.8 26th 3.4   −0.7 18th 33.0
Gosford 17.6 −1.1 21.8 26th 3.9 −1.4 −0.7 14th 43.0 83.0 normal 52%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 18.4 −0.4 23.8 26th 2.9 −1.7 −1.2 18th 50.3 40.7 normal 124%
Lostock Dam 16.7 −1.2 22.1 26th 5.3 −1.6 1.5 18th 40.6 29.2 high 139%
Maitland Visitors Centre 18.3   23.9 26th 3.8   −1.1 18th 19.0
Mangrove Mountain AWS 15.5   20.1 26th 4.2   0.3 18th 42.0
Merriwa 15.6   22.7 26th 2.1   −2.5 24th 55.0 34.3 high 160%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 12.2   19.0 30th 3.2   −1.2 12th 44.6
Murrurundi Post Office 15.0 −1.6 21.8 30th 0.0 −2.5 −5.0 14th 57.0 64.7 normal 88%
Nelson Bay 17.0   20.7 1st 8.8   5.5 18th 54.2 119.6 low 45%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 17.2 −0.7 23.3 26th 8.2 −1.0 5.2 18th 32.4 71.1 normal 46%
Newcastle University 17.9   23.2 26th 5.9   2.6 18th 33.4
Norah Head AWS 16.7   20.3 20th 8.2   5.0 12th 44.0
Paterson 18.2 −0.7 23.6 26th 4.9 −1.5 0.7 20th 25.0 39.7 normal 63%
Peats Ridge 16.2 −0.8 21.3 26th 4.9 −1.8 1.8 18th 44.0
Scone Airport AWS 16.1   21.9 26th 2.2   −2.8 18th 44.6
Scone SCS 16.8 −1.1 22.4 26th 3.7 −2.0 −0.7 19th 20.4 38.4 normal 53%
Singleton STP 18.3   23.2 26th 2.8   −3.0 4th 30.1
Williamtown RAAF 17.6 −0.8 23.0 26th 5.2 −1.5 0.8 20th 33.6 70.3 normal 48%
Central Tablelands (N) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 14.8 −1.2 21.5 26th 2.2 −1.3 −2.8 24th 70.8 50.1 high 141%
Mudgee Airport AWS 14.0   20.6 26th 0.0   −5.8 18th 59.6
Nullo Mountain AWS 8.9   14.2 26th 0.9   −2.7 11th 72.0
Central Tablelands (S) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 11.8 −0.9 17.5 30th 0.2 −1.0 −4.5 18th 47.6 58.2 normal 82%
Bathurst Airport AWS 11.3   17.0 26th 0.4   −3.6 24th 41.6
Cowra Research Centre 13.0 −1.4 18.6 26th 4.3 −0.4 0.4 24th 35.1 54.1 low 65%
Katoomba 10.4 −0.2 15.6 26th 1.7 −1.5 −2.0 2nd 39.6 99.7 normal 40%
Lithgow 10.3   15.6 26th 0.5   −5.8 24th 45.5 69.6 low 65%
Mount Boyce AWS 9.2   14.1 26th 1.2   −2.0 19th 33.0
Oberon 7.9 −2.7 14.0 30th −0.4 −1.0 −4.0 5th 55.8 89.3 low 62%
Orange Agricultural Institute 8.8 −1.7 15.0 30th 1.0 −1.2 −2.1 4th 83.1 102.1 normal 81%
Orange Airport AWS 9.0   15.1 30th −0.2   −4.7 10th 74.6
Orange Airport Comparison 9.1 −1.2 15.0 30th 0.4 −0.9 −3.0 4th 71.6 96.8 normal 74%
Springwood Bowling Club 16.1   21.5 26th 5.6   2.6 9th 23.0 73.5 normal 31%
Central Western Slopes (N) (district 64)
Coonabarabran 15.3 −1.5 22.0 30th −0.1 −1.8 −5.3 20th 52.4 58.9 normal 89%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 13.8   20.6 26th 4.3   0.6 11th 55.0
Dunedoo Post Office 15.2 −1.8 23.0 26th 1.0 −2.1 −3.6 14th 67.5 42.2 high 160%
Central Western Slopes (S) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 13.8   19.8 31st 2.4   −2.6 24th 22.0
Cowra Airport Comparison 13.8 −1.4 19.7 26th 2.8 −0.1 −2.0 24th 24.0 53.2 low 45%
Dubbo Airport AWS 15.5   22.4 26th 2.1   −3.3 19th 33.6
Forbes Airport AWS 14.5   20.2 30th 2.4   −3.3 24th 18.6
Parkes 14.7 −0.7 21.6 26th 3.2 −2.5 −2.0 19th 34.0 57.0 low 60%
Parkes Airport AWS 13.4   20.0 26th 1.4   −3.0 12th 39.0
Wellington 15.1 −1.6 21.7 26th 2.0 −1.2 −4.5 14th 35.1 53.4 normal 66%
Metropolitan (E) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 17.4 −1.3 21.7 26th 4.7 −1.3 0.5 10th 36.0 58.5 high 62%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 17.2   22.0 26th 4.8   1.1 13th 37.8
Holsworthy Control Range 17.4   21.6 26th 4.2   −0.7 10th 31.6
Parramatta North 17.8 −0.8 21.6 26th 5.5 −1.7 1.8 19th 29.2 64.8 normal 45%
Riverview Observatory 17.5 −1.1 21.0 26th 6.3 −1.1 3.8 20th 41.6 86.4 normal 48%
Sydney 17.3 −0.9 21.5 26th 8.1 −1.3 5.3 19th 44.2 98.6 normal 45%
Sydney Airport AMO 17.3 −0.9 22.4 1st 7.9 +0.2 5.4 18th 46.2 90.0 normal 51%
Sydney Olympic Park 17.9   23.1 26th 6.9   4.3 19th 16.0
Terrey Hills AWS 16.0   20.2 26th 6.3   3.0 18th 54.8
Metropolitan (W) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 17.7   22.0 1st 2.8   −1.9 10th 20.0
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 17.2   21.7 26th 4.2   −0.3 12th 21.8
Liverpool 18.0   22.8 26th 3.2   −0.5 10th 30.2
Penrith Lakes AWS 18.2   22.1 1st 4.0   0.7 12th 23.8
Prospect Reservoir 17.5 −0.7 22.1 26th 4.4 −2.6 1.0 9th 29.4 67.3 normal 44%
Richmond RAAF 17.5   22.2 1st 1.7   −2.9 19th 27.8
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park 17.0   21.0 31st 6.1   1.0 17th 28.8
Bellambi AWS 16.3   20.9 1st 8.8   5.7 19th 52.6
Bowral 11.2 −2.1 17.5 31st 2.5 +0.2 −0.7 5th 36.8 68.7 normal 54%
Camden Airport AWS 17.5 −1.4 22.1 26th 2.9 −0.8 −2.3 10th 38.8 50.0 high 78%
Campbelltown 17.4   22.1 26th 3.2   −1.7 10th 33.6
Jervis Bay 15.0   20.4 31st 8.9   5.3 19th 60.4
Kiama 16.3   21.2 1st 9.4   6.5 17th 46.2
Moss Vale AWS 11.3   17.6 31st 1.4   −3.2 18th 37.6
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 16.4   23.5 31st 5.6   −0.2 18th 59.6
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay 16.8   24.8 31st 3.5   −1.4 19th 131.2
Bega AWS 16.8   24.2 31st 2.9   −2.1 10th 42.2
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 12.1   18.2 31st −0.8   −7.1 19th 72.8
Green Cape AWS 14.8   18.6 1st 8.8   5.5 10th 82.2
Merimbula Airport AWS 15.8   23.0 31st 4.6   0.0 10th 63.6
Montague Island Lighthouse 14.8 −1.0 20.3 31st 9.0 −0.9 6.3 23rd 91.8 59.4 high 155%
Moruya Airport AWS 17.0   26.0 31st 3.6   −2.0 17th 137.0
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 16.7 −0.1 25.1 31st 5.7 −0.8 1.7 17th 141.6 65.6 very high 216%
Narooma RVCP 16.3 +0.1 22.5 31st 6.7 0.0 3.2 10th 112.5 62.3 high 181%
Nerriga Composite 12.6 −0.6 18.2 31st −1.0 −1.9 −7.5 17th 64.0 65.8 high 97%
Ulladulla AWS 15.8   23.4 31st 8.2   5.3 4th 82.6
Sthn Tablelands Gburn-Monaro (district 70)
Bombala 11.7 −0.8 18.5 31st −0.3 −0.2 −3.7 25th 39.0 43.7 normal 89%
Bombala AWS 9.8   16.8 31st 0.5   −4.2 25th 34.4
Canberra Airport 12.8 0.0 17.3 26th 0.3 −0.7 −5.3 19th 16.8 51.0 very low 33%
Cooma Airport AWS 10.1   15.0 31st −2.4   −7.2 19th 26.8
Cooma Visitors Centre 11.7 −1.7 16.6 31st −3.2 −1.4 −7.3 4th 22.0 26.2 normal 84%
Goulburn Airport AWS 11.6   17.4 31st −0.1   −5.9 17th 38.2
Goulburn TAFE 11.3 −1.4 17.3 31st 1.5 −0.5 −3.0 5th 39.8 66.2 normal 60%
Mount Ginini AWS 1.1   7.0 24th −3.8   −7.0 18th 91.4
Taralga Post Office 10.5 −1.3 15.6 31st 0.2 −1.2 −4.8 24th 58.7 83.4 normal 70%
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 12.0   15.5 26th −0.1   −4.0 17th 45.1 102.4 low 44%
Tuggeranong 13.0   17.2 31st −1.0   −5.3 19th 20.8
Yass 11.9 −1.4 17.0 31st 1.5 −0.4 −3.0 24th 49.5 64.4 normal 77%
Sthn Tablelands Snowy-Mountns (district 71)
Charlotte Pass 1.2   7.0 29th −7.1   −14.0 24th 110.0
Perisher Valley Ski Centre 2.0 −1.0 7.0 30th −6.4 −2.1 −13.0 17th   236.9    
Thredbo AWS −1.1 −1.3 4.2 30th −6.1 −1.0 −10.0 18th 96.0 146.9 low 65%
Thredbo Village 5.2 −1.2 10.0 30th −3.1 −0.5 −9.0 17th 150.5 184.4 normal 82%
Southwest Slopes (S) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 13.9   18.1 29th 2.7   −1.9 23rd 41.0
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 2.9   8.2 29th −1.9   −4.9 17th 92.0
Hume Reservoir 13.8 −0.1 18.4 29th 4.1 −1.1 −0.5 17th 49.8 83.4 low 60%
Khancoban AWS 12.0   17.1 29th 2.0   −2.8 17th 86.2
Tumbarumba Post Office 10.5 −1.6 15.8 29th 0.4 −0.6 −3.5 17th 74.2 116.0 low 64%
Wagga Wagga AMO 13.4 −0.9 17.7 26th 2.3 −1.3 −3.4 24th 25.0 58.7 low 43%
Southwest Slopes (N) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 12.7 −0.4 17.8 27th 3.3 −0.8 0.0 18th 71.9 107.1 low 67%
Cootamundra Airport 12.6   17.5 26th 0.9   −4.6 25th 26.4
Grenfell 12.8 −2.0 18.2 26th 4.1 0.0 −0.8 23rd 36.2 61.7 low 59%
Gundagai 13.3   18.5 29th 2.4   −2.1 24th 31.8
Quandialla Post Office 14.3 −1.5 20.2 26th 2.6 −1.2 −3.8 24th 22.5 50.6 low 44%
Temora Airport 13.5   18.4 26th 1.9   −3.6 24th 22.2
Wyalong Post Office 14.3 −1.4 19.4 26th 3.7 −0.1 −1.5 24th 27.2 45.7 low 60%
Young Airport 12.3   17.2 26th 0.7   −4.6 24th 33.0
Riverina (E) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 14.1 −0.4 18.4 29th 3.1 −1.0 −1.0 23rd 28.8 62.3 low 46%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 14.6   19.7 29th 3.1   −1.3 25th 19.4
Narrandera Airport 14.6 −1.1 18.9 26th 3.6 −0.2 −3.2 24th 21.4 41.5 low 52%
Narrandera Golf Club 14.2 −1.6 18.4 26th 3.8 −0.5 −2.3 24th 23.0 49.5 low 46%
Tocumwal Airport 14.2 −1.7 18.9 29th 4.2 −0.5 −1.6 25th 20.1 48.6 low 41%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 14.5   18.8 26th 4.5   −0.7 24th 20.6
Riverina (W) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 15.3 −0.9 19.5 28th 3.4 −0.4 −2.2 24th 14.6 42.4 very low 34%
Hay 15.8 −1.1 20.0 29th 4.4 −0.6 0.4 24th 18.6 36.5 low 51%
Hay Airport AWS 15.8   20.3 29th 3.9   −0.5 24th 17.2
Hillston Airport 15.9 −1.2 20.0 29th 3.5 −1.7 −1.8 24th 20.0 33.4 normal 60%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 15.7 −1.9 21.0 31st 4.1 −0.4 −1.0 24th 15.7 35.3 low 44%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Monday 1 September 2008. 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 for temperature and less than 30 years of record for rainfall, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.

Further information

NSW Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1555
Email reqnsw@bom.gov.au