Wednesday, 1 October 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for New South Wales - Product code IDCKGC15R0

New South Wales in September 2008
A warm start to spring

Summary

  • 11th warmest September on record for statewide average maximum temperatures
  • 10th consecutive September with above average maximum temperatures
  • 10th warmest September on record for statewide average mean temperatures
  • 14th consecutive September with above average mean temperatures
  • Slightly above average rainfall for NSW
  • Close to average rainfall for the Murray Darling Basin

Rainfall

There was a strong northeast/southwest gradient of rainfall across NSW during September. Much of the northeastern half of NSW reported above average rainfall, associated with a low pressure system off the far north coast on the 5th and 6th, and frontal systems on the 14th/15th, and 22nd/23rd. In contrast, the southwestern half of NSW recorded average to below average rainfall, particularly the southern border regions of the state.

Despite below average rainfall in the southwest, the overall statewide average rainfall for NSW in September was 40.5 mm, which is slightly above the historical average of 38.6 mm. This is the wettest September for NSW since 2005 (60.4 mm), and higher than September 2007 (9.0 mm).

The Murray Darling Basin (MDB) recorded a basin-wide average of 35.9 mm, which is slightly higher than the historical average of 35.1 mm. This is the wettest September since 2005 (49.1 mm) for the MDB and higher than the September 2007 basin-wide average of 9.3 mm.

Some sites had their highest total September rainfall on record.

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

Temperature

NSW experienced its 11th warmest September on record for day-time (maximum) temperatures. Above average maximum temperatures were recorded throughout the state, particularly in the south, where temperatures were very much above average. This trend was largely a result of higher than average pressure over NSW during the month, whilst warm northerly winds, associated with the high pressure, contributed to the warmer temperatures in the south.

The statewide average maximum temperature was 22.4 °C, which is 1.8 °C above the historical average1 of 20.6 °C (current record for September is 23.6 °C, set in 2000), and close to the maximum temperature recorded for September last year (22.5 °C). This is the 10th consecutive September with above average maximum temperatures for NSW, and the warmest month, for day-time temperatures, since October 2007.

Overnight minimum temperatures were average to above average in the northern half of the state, and average to below average across much of the southern half (largely due to a series of cold fronts that moved through the south mid and late month). However, the overall statewide average minimum temperature was slightly above average at 7.8 °C, which is 0.7 °C above the historical average of 7.1 °C. This is the warmest September for overnight minimum temperatures since 2002 (7.8 °C). 9 out of the last 10 Septembers have recorded above average mean minimum temperatures.

With above average maximum and minimum temperatures, the statewide average mean temperature (the average of the daily maximum and minimum temperature) was the10th warmest on record, at 15.1 °C (current record for September is 16.4 °C, set in 1965). This is 1.3 °C above the historical average of 13.8 °C. September 2008 marks the 14th consecutive September with above average mean temperatures in NSW.

Some sites had their highest September temperature on record.

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

Some sites had their highest September mean daily maximum temperature on record.

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

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

Some sites had their highest September mean daily minimum temperature on record.

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

 

Other phenomena

On the 22nd, severe weather associated with a vigorous cold front impacted on many parts of NSW, particularly the Riverina and Far West districts. Hail, heavy rain and winds in excess of 100km/hr were recorded at Broken Hill. A large dust storm also swept across the southwestern region, dumping red soil on the Snowy Mountains.

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
36.5 °C at Tibooburra Post Office on the 19th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
26.4 °C at Tibooburra Post Office
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
4.1 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
-2.4 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 16th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
-12.0 °C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on the 9th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
-2.3 °C at Perisher Valley
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
15.8 °C at Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS)
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
22.9 °C at Tibooburra Post Office on the 28th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
360.6 mm at Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd)
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
174.0 mm at Comboyne Post Office on the 6th
Highest wind gust
126 km/h at Thredbo AWS on the 14th

Records

Record highest September daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in September 2008 (mm)
Previous highest
for September
Years of
record
Bulahdelah Post Office 86.0 on the 6th 81.3 on the 25th in 1917 103
Comboyne Post Office 174.0 on the 6th 163.8 on the 3rd in 1934 103
Manildra Post Office 48.0 on the 6th 45.4 on the 30th in 1996 97
Gosford (Narara Research Station) AWS 109.6 on the 6th 106.9 on the 2nd in 1970 91
Chichester Dam 161.6 on the 6th 120.0 on the 16th in 1988 67
Long Flat Post Office 99.0 on the 6th 82.6 on the 17th in 1914 59
Brays Creek (Misty Mountain) 59.0 on the 5th 55.0 on the 22nd in 1982 56
Ourimbah (Dog Trap Road) 111.0 on the 6th 107.2 on the 2nd in 1970 56
Meldrum (Coolawarrah) 112.4 on the 5th 109.2 on the 22nd in 1954 52
Carrow Brook 105.0 on the 6th 100.6 on the 25th in 1963 46
Kangaroo Creek (Jaloom) 61.4 on the 5th 47.8 on the 22nd in 1982 46
Dungog - Main Creek (Yeranda) 96.8 on the 6th 89.4 on the 25th in 1963 45
Carrabolla (Woodberry) 92.0 on the 9th 90.4 on the 16th in 1988 44
Bobin (Bobin Creek) 124.2 on the 6th 113.0 on the 25th in 1963 42
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 72.6 on the 6th 61.8 on the 10th in 2006 41
Birdwood 98.4 on the 6th 89.6 on the 16th in 1988 40
Lostock Dam 77.0 on the 6th 67.6 on the 16th in 1988 39
Tabulam (Muirne) 55.0 on the 5th 38.1 on the 23rd in 1973 39
Thumb Creek (Figtree) 91.0 on the 5th 88.0 on the 16th in 1988 39
Tyalgum (Kerrs Lane) 76.0 on the 5th 75.6 on the 15th in 1988 37
Girralong 106.6 on the 5th 75.0 on the 16th in 1988 32
Wittitrin 81.0 on the 6th 75.8 on the 17th in 1976 32
Gosford North (Glennie St) 93.0 on the 6th 90.0 on the 11th in 1985 30
Upper Chichester (Simmonds) 132.2 on the 6th 59.4 on the 10th in 2006 28
Peats Ridge (Waratah Road) 124.8 on the 6th 97.0 on the 16th in 1988 27
Upper Pappinbarra (Hillcrest) 88.6 on the 6th 43.8 on the 4th in 2005 23
Nana Glen (Cowling Close) 104.0 on the 5th 51.0 on the 15th in 1988 22
Upper Allyn Township 132.4 on the 6th 106.0 on the 16th in 1988 22



Record highest total September rainfall
Total rainfall
for September 2008 (mm)
Previous highest
for September
Years of
record
Normal for
September
Chichester Dam 243.2 181.6 in 1954 67 64.2
Williamtown RAAF 179.4 162.2 in 2006 63 61.3
Scone SCS 95.4 89.0 in 1998 59 39.5
Nana Glen (Cowling Close) 181.4 159.8 in 1959 50 51.3
Dungog - Main Creek (Yeranda) 182.8 159.1 in 1982 45 55.4
Carrabolla (Woodberry) 167.4 155.6 in 1986 44 59.8
Carrow Brook 167.0 151.2 in 1990 44 66.9
Salisbury (Barrington Wilderness Cottage 216.6 209.1 in 1963 42 79.9
Bobin (Bobin Creek) 200.0 198.0 in 1988 40 62.1
Birdwood 184.0 115.2 in 1988 39 47.4
Lostock Dam 130.6 121.5 in 1995 39 51.6
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 165.4 161.4 in 2006 39 50.9
Thumb Creek (Figtree) 222.0 136.6 in 1988 39 46.2
Bowmans Creek (Grenell) 133.8 130.8 in 1970 38 58.0
Eungai Creek (Southbank Road) 135.8 123.2 in 2006 38 43.7
Leigh (Rolling Acres) 305.8 298.6 in 1988 34 74.5
Girralong 223.0 113.4 in 1998 32 51.4
Wittitrin 190.5 149.5 in 1963 32 47.6
Upper Chichester (Simmonds) 200.6 140.8 in 2006 28 58.9
Peats Ridge (Waratah Road) 215.0 186.2 in 2006 27 76.6
Hollisdale (Pappinbarra Rd) 126.0 123.0 in 1998 26 48.7
Upper Pappinbarra (Hillcrest) 204.8 92.0 in 2006 23 49.7
Upper Allyn Township 239.4 186.4 in 1982 22 72.9
Elands (Black Sands Creek) 156.6 140.6 in 1988 21 58.0
Mallanganee (Hereford Hills) 86.6 82.8 in 2006 21 31.5
Cessnock Airport AWS 116.0 109.4 in 2006 20 47.8

 



Record highest September temperature
Highest temperature
in September 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for September
Years of
record
Normal for
September
Hume Reservoir 28.8 on the 27th 28.4 on the 19th in 2006 42 16.7
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 25.0 on the 13th = 25.0 on the 22nd in 2003 23



Record lowest September daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in September 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for September
Years of
record
Normal for
September
Bankstown Airport AWS 12.6 on the 6th 13.1 on the 27th in 1970 41 21.1



Record highest September mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for September 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for September
Years of
record
Normal for
September
Hillston Airport 23.6 23.3 in 2007 79 20.3



Record highest September daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in September 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for September
Years of
record
Normal for
September
Tibooburra Post Office 22.9 on the 28th 22.8 on the 23rd in 2003 88 10.1
Burrinjuck Dam 14.5 on the 28th 14.2 on the 25th in 2002 44 5.7
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 19.0 on the 28th 18.8 on the 25th in 1980 44 5.5
Tumbarumba Post Office 15.0 on the 28th 14.9 on the 19th in 1996 43 2.8
Yass (Linton Hostel) 14.8 on the 28th 14.3 on the 20th in 1995 43 3.6
Pindari Dam 17.0 on the 23rd 16.6 on the 29th in 2005 37 6.4
Goulburn TAFE 14.7 on the 28th 14.5 on the 25th in 2002 35 4.1
Nerriga Composite 16.3 on the 28th 14.0 on the 20th in 2006 35 3.6
Thredbo Village 10.5 on the 28th 10.0 on the 14th in 2002 28 -0.9
Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) 7.6 on the 28th 7.0 on the 30th in 1973 22



Record highest September mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for September 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for September
Years of
record
Normal for
September
Casino Airport 13.2 = 13.2 in 1929 88 10.2



Summaries

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Summary statistics for September 2008
Maximum temperatures
for September
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for September
(°C)
Rainfall
for September
(millimetres)
Mean for
September
2008
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
September
2008
Mean for
September
2008
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
September
2008
Total for
September
2008
Normal
for
September
Rank of
September
2008
Fraction of
September
normal
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 24.2   33.9 27th 9.9   2.9 10th 17.8
Tibooburra Airport 26.2   35.7 19th 12.1   6.9 1st 9.0
Tibooburra Post Office 26.4 +2.4 36.5 19th 12.3 +2.2 6.0 1st 8.4 12.6 normal 67%
White Cliffs AWS 25.0   35.5 19th 11.4   5.9 10th 13.0
White Cliffs Post Office 25.0 +1.7 35.0 19th 10.4 +1.4 2.5 10th 10.6 15.8 normal 67%
Wilcannia 25.0 +1.6 34.8 19th 8.7 +0.2 0.8 10th 7.4 15.3 normal 48%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 25.1   34.9 19th 8.9   1.2 17th 7.2
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill 22.4 +1.9 32.7 27th 9.6 +0.5 4.2 30th 24.4 28.3 normal 86%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 22.4   32.6 27th 8.1   3.1 16th 21.8 24.6 normal 89%
Lake Victoria Storage 21.7 +1.7 35.0 27th 7.3 -1.1 2.0 9th 3.5 24.7 lowest 14%
Menindee Post Office 24.6 +2.3 35.2 27th 8.5 +0.1 2.2 10th 22.6 23.2 normal 97%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 24.1   34.6 27th 7.7   0.9 10th 3.2 25.1 very low 13%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 26.1   35.6 28th 10.4   2.9 10th 17.6
Brewarrina Hospital 25.9 +1.6 35.6 28th 9.6 +0.4 2.3 10th 15.8 23.1 normal 68%
Cobar Airport AWS 23.9   32.4 19th 8.0   -1.1 10th 16.2
Cobar MO 24.0 +2.7 32.8 19th 9.8 +1.0 2.7 10th 18.0 23.2 normal 78%
Collarenebri 24.1 0.0 34.7 28th 9.8 +1.4 2.3 10th 66.9 25.5 very high 262%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 25.7   36.0 22nd 11.2   3.0 10th 71.6
Wanaaring Post Office 25.6   36.2 19th 8.9   1.1 10th 19.6 10.5 very high 187%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald 22.4 +2.2 33.6 27th 6.6 0.0 0.8 10th 12.4 34.5 low 36%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 23.5   33.2 27th 9.3   2.7 9th 28.8
Ivanhoe Post Office 24.4 +2.5 34.0 27th 8.0 +1.0 -0.5 10th 28.4 24.1 high 118%
Central Western Plains (S) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 23.1 +3.0 32.0 19th 7.3 +1.8 -1.5 10th 23.2 30.4 normal 76%
Condobolin Airport AWS 23.0   32.3 19th 6.9   -1.0 10th 24.2
Peak Hill Post Office 21.6 +1.6 30.2 28th 8.3 +0.8 2.0 9th 72.9 38.2 very high 191%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 21.4   30.6 19th 5.8   -1.1 10th 31.4
Central Western Plains (N) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 23.1   34.0 28th 8.2   1.4 11th 54.4
Coonamble Comparison 23.3 +1.0 34.2 28th 8.4 +0.7 1.8 11th 52.9 33.3 high 159%
Nyngan Airport 23.9 +1.6 34.0 28th 8.9 +1.1 2.5 10th 15.8 26.7 normal 59%
Trangie Research Station AWS 22.0 +1.8 32.9 28th 8.2 +2.0 1.1 10th 34.4 32.1 normal 107%
Northwest Plains (W) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 25.6 +1.1 34.9 28th 10.6 +1.8 2.2 10th 62.9 29.0 very high 217%
Walgett Airport AWS 24.8   35.8 20th 8.7   0.6 10th 42.6
Northwest Plains (E) (district 53)
Baradine Forestry 23.0 +1.6 32.8 20th 6.5 +0.8 -0.3 10th 70.1 40.4 high 174%
Moree Aero 24.1   32.1 28th 9.5   1.8 10th 63.2
Northwest Slopes (N) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 22.2 +1.5 29.9 28th 5.6 +1.6 -2.4 10th 77.6 44.2 high 176%
Narrabri Airport AWS 23.3   31.4 28th 9.6   1.6 11th 56.8
Pindari Dam 23.6 +1.9 30.0 29th 8.5 +2.1 1.0 10th 75.3 51.4 high 146%
Northwest Slopes (S) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 22.3   30.6 20th 6.8   -0.7 10th 67.2
Gunnedah Pool 23.0 +1.2 31.0 20th 9.9 +2.5 2.1 10th 74.6 39.0 very high 191%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 22.2 +1.3 30.6 20th 9.9 +1.5 3.7 10th 78.8 37.0 very high 213%
Quirindi Post Office 22.2 +1.2 30.4 20th 5.6 +0.3 -1.4 11th 80.2 46.9 high 171%
Tamworth Airport AWS 21.9   30.0 20th 6.9   -0.6 10th 83.8
Woolbrook 18.6 +1.4 26.5 20th 2.9 +1.0 -6.0 10th 41.4 52.6 normal 79%
Northern Tablelands (W) (district 56)
Armidale 18.5   26.6 22nd 3.9   -4.9 10th 52.0
Armidale Airport AWS 17.7   25.4 22nd 5.8   -0.6 11th 51.2
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 18.5 +2.1 25.0 22nd 5.8 +1.7 -2.0 10th 66.8 60.7 high 110%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 18.6   25.2 29th 4.0   -5.1 10th 81.0
Glen Innes Post Office 19.3 +1.9 26.2 22nd 6.5 +2.4 -1.8 10th 61.6 63.0 normal 98%
Guyra Hospital 16.5   24.0 22nd 5.0   -2.1 10th 60.2 57.0 normal 106%
Inverell 22.0   28.7 22nd 5.1   -3.2 11th 58.4
Inverell Research Centre 21.4 +2.1 28.4 22nd 8.7 +1.8 1.5 10th 57.4 47.6 high 121%
Tenterfield 20.2 +1.2 27.0 22nd 6.2 +1.8 -1.2 9th 66.6 53.6 high 124%
Northern Tablelands (E) (district 57)
Tabulam 21.9 +1.1 30.1 29th 11.5 +1.6 6.4 10th 92.0 43.2 very high 213%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 22.8 +1.0 30.1 28th 14.0 +1.8 10.0 10th 97.2 57.1 high 170%
Ballina Airport AWS 23.6   30.8 28th 13.4   7.6 10th 96.2
Byron Bay 21.4   25.8 21st 15.8   12.7 9th 107.6
Casino Airport 25.3 -0.4 32.6 28th 13.2 +3.0 7.8 10th 74.6 33.0 very high 226%
Casino Airport AWS 24.7   32.2 28th 12.7   7.6 10th 39.4
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 23.9   33.5 28th 14.1   9.4 10th 55.8
Grafton Airport AWS 24.6   32.0 28th 11.4   5.1 10th 79.4
Grafton Olympic Pool 25.2 +1.0 33.1 28th 12.5 +2.5 7.3 10th 95.0 35.6 very high 267%
Grafton Research Stn 25.0   33.3 28th 12.5   7.5 10th 97.0
Lismore 24.7   31.0 28th 13.6   9.9 10th 79.2
Lismore Airport AWS 25.3   32.2 20th 11.8   8.0 10th 53.0
Murwillumbah 24.6 +0.1 30.5 16th 13.5 +2.7 8.8 7th 94.0 41.2 high 228%
Yamba Pilot Station 22.6 +1.0 28.6 23rd 14.8 +2.1 10.0 10th 42.4 56.0 normal 76%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 22.4 +0.7 27.7 15th 12.9 +1.9 5.7 10th 119.2 61.6 high 194%
Dorrigo 18.9   28.3 20th 8.7   1.0 10th 354.6
Kempsey 23.9 +0.6 33.4 28th 11.0 +1.3 4.0 10th 198.8 44.0 highest 452%
Kempsey Airport AWS 23.8   33.4 28th 9.9   3.4 10th 181.4
South West Rocks 22.3 +0.8 29.0 28th 14.3 +1.0 8.5 10th 122.0 58.9 high 207%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 21.4   33.0 28th 11.4   6.0 10th 142.8 62.0 high 230%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 21.0   27.1 15th 10.2   4.5 10th 113.0
Taree Airport AWS 22.9   34.0 20th 10.0   3.0 11th 127.0
Yarras 23.9 +1.2 33.2 22nd 9.5 +1.3 1.9 11th 200.2 61.7 highest 324%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock 23.0 +0.9 32.1 20th 8.1 +0.6 1.9 10th 127.6 39.4 highest 324%
Cessnock Airport AWS 22.0   31.4 20th 6.9   0.9 10th 116.0
Cooranbong 22.6   33.2 28th 8.1   1.7 11th 149.2
Gosford 22.1 +1.3 32.9 20th 7.9 +0.5 1.9 11th 172.2 70.6 high 244%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 23.0 +1.0 32.4 28th 7.8 +0.9 1.3 10th 77.9 39.6 very high 197%
Lostock Dam 21.9 +1.0 30.9 20th 9.5 +0.4 4.3 10th 130.6 54.2 highest 241%
Maitland Visitors Centre 23.2   33.0 20th 7.8   1.5 11th 178.4
Mangrove Mountain AWS 20.4   30.6 20th 9.0   2.1 10th 188.6
Merriwa 21.1   30.1 20th 5.3   -1.7 11th 59.8 34.2 high 175%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 17.7   25.7 20th 8.8   2.6 17th 80.2
Murrurundi Post Office 20.6 +0.8 28.5 20th 5.1 +0.4 -2.1 10th 92.4 58.8 high 157%
Nelson Bay 21.1   32.4 20th 13.3   9.0 10th 238.2 85.1 very high 280%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 20.8 +0.9 31.3 20th 12.7 +1.4 7.0 11th 142.0 60.9 very high 233%
Newcastle University 22.3   32.6 20th 10.8   4.6 11th 161.2
Norah Head AWS 20.9   32.1 28th 12.6   7.6 10th 120.4
Paterson 22.7 +1.0 32.6 20th 9.0 +0.4 3.0 11th 165.4 45.2 highest 366%
Peats Ridge 21.2 +1.3 31.0 28th 9.2 +0.6 4.1 11th 215.0
Scone Airport AWS 21.5   29.8 20th 6.6   -0.6 11th 70.6
Scone SCS 21.8 +0.8 30.5 21st 6.9 -1.0 1.8 11th 95.4 41.2 highest 232%
Singleton STP 23.0   31.0 20th 6.4   1.0 1st 61.2
Williamtown RAAF 22.1 +1.0 33.1 20th 9.7 +0.7 3.4 11th 179.4 58.4 highest 307%
Central Tablelands (N) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 20.7 +1.6 28.8 28th 6.9 +0.9 0.2 11th 61.5 47.2 high 130%
Mudgee Airport AWS 19.7   27.7 20th 4.5   -2.8 11th 63.2
Nullo Mountain AWS 14.3   22.7 20th 5.8   -0.5 10th 94.2
Central Tablelands (S) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 17.7 +1.9 25.5 13th 3.4 +0.3 -3.8 11th 91.8 49.3 high 186%
Bathurst Airport AWS 17.3   25.7 13th 3.9   -3.0 11th 72.4
Cowra Research Centre 19.0 +1.6 25.7 13th 6.8 +0.4 1.5 10th 57.9 50.2 normal 115%
Katoomba 16.3 +2.5 24.4 28th 6.2 +1.1 0.3 10th 128.0 71.9 very high 178%
Lithgow 16.1   24.3 20th 3.8   -5.0 11th 88.2 61.8 high 143%
Mount Boyce AWS 15.1   23.5 13th 5.5   0.0 10th 122.0
Oberon 13.6 +0.1 21.5 13th 3.5 +1.1 -3.5 11th 78.7 76.4 normal 103%
Orange Agricultural Institute 14.9 +1.5 21.7 13th 3.9 0.0 -2.2 11th 128.2 80.0 very high 160%
Orange Airport AWS 15.1   22.2 13th 3.1   -4.5 11th 131.2
Orange Airport Comparison 15.1 +1.9 22.4 13th 3.9 +0.8 -4.0 11th 123.2 80.0 very high 154%
Springwood Bowling Club 21.1   31.3 20th 9.3   3.1 11th 63.2 58.8 normal 107%
Central Western Slopes (N) (district 64)
Coonabarabran 20.7 +0.4 29.2 28th 4.5 +0.2 -2.7 10th 86.0 52.2 high 165%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 19.2   28.6 20th 8.9   3.2 9th 85.4
Dunedoo Post Office 21.1 +0.7 30.0 20th 6.5 +1.0 -1.2 11th 77.4 41.5 very high 187%
Central Western Slopes (S) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 19.9   26.6 13th 4.6   -2.3 10th 43.8
Cowra Airport Comparison 20.2 +2.1 26.9 13th 5.5 +1.4 -1.1 10th 44.6 53.6 normal 83%
Dubbo Airport AWS 21.3   30.6 28th 6.5   0.2 11th 63.8
Forbes Airport AWS 21.2   28.6 13th 5.2   -2.2 10th 40.6
Parkes 21.0 +2.3 29.4 28th 7.7 -0.1 0.4 10th 52.8 41.8 high 126%
Parkes Airport AWS 20.0   27.0 28th 4.0   -2.0 10th 57.6
Wellington 21.0 +1.1 29.3 28th 5.7 +0.3 -0.6 11th 73.0 48.2 high 151%
Metropolitan (E) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 22.2 +1.1 33.4 28th 9.1 +0.7 3.1 11th 44.4 44.7 normal 99%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 21.6   33.3 28th 8.9   3.5 11th 81.2
Holsworthy Control Range 22.1   33.5 28th 8.1   1.5 2nd 32.4
Parramatta North 22.4 +1.3 33.1 28th 9.4 +0.2 4.2 2nd 88.5 51.4 high 172%
Riverview Observatory 21.7   32.5 28th 10.0   4.7 11th 101.4 59.5 very high 170%
Sydney 21.4 +1.0 32.9 28th 12.2 +0.8 7.0 10th 99.2 64.6 high 154%
Sydney Airport AMO 21.7 +1.3 34.4 28th 11.9 +1.8 6.6 11th 77.2 59.8 high 129%
Sydney Olympic Park 22.6   34.5 28th 11.3   5.6 11th 89.8
Terrey Hills AWS 20.6   32.1 28th 10.9   5.3 10th 104.2
Metropolitan (W) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 22.5   33.1 28th 7.1   0.3 11th 49.4
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 22.1   32.7 28th 9.2   2.7 10th 45.6
Liverpool 22.7   33.8 28th 7.9   1.4 11th 46.0
Penrith Lakes AWS 23.1   33.4 28th 9.2   3.1 11th 39.4
Prospect Reservoir 22.7 +2.1 32.8 20th 9.3 0.0 3.1 10th 50.0 45.3 normal 110%
Richmond RAAF 22.2   32.6 20th 7.6   0.5 2nd 33.2
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park 21.4   32.0 28th 8.0   1.0 11th 48.0
Bellambi AWS 20.2   33.0 28th 12.1   7.5 9th 59.4
Bowral 17.0 +1.2 26.5 22nd 6.7 +2.4 -0.9 10th 56.5 55.1 normal 103%
Camden Airport AWS 22.0 +0.4 33.0 28th 6.6 +0.2 -0.3 11th 48.4 42.8 normal 113%
Campbelltown 22.2   32.7 28th 7.0   0.7 11th 47.8
Jervis Bay 19.3   29.3 13th 11.6   7.1 11th 31.2
Kiama 19.9   31.9 28th 11.7   7.4 11th 69.2
Moss Vale AWS 16.8   25.6 13th 5.4   -2.5 10th 51.2
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 20.9   31.3 13th 7.8   2.5 11th 51.8
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay 21.2   31.1 13th 6.8   0.3 11th 32.2
Bega AWS 21.8   30.9 13th 5.4   -0.7 11th 11.2
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 17.3   25.3 13th 3.6   -6.5 11th 23.0
Green Cape AWS 17.4   25.0 15th 10.4   7.6 11th 11.4
Merimbula Airport AWS 18.8   28.0 20th 5.7   2.0 10th 15.2
Montague Island Lighthouse 17.6 +0.5 26.7 20th 11.2 +0.4 7.9 9th 8.2 61.2 low 13%
Moruya Airport AWS 21.0   31.0 22nd 6.5   -0.4 11th 27.2
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 20.0 +1.7 29.2 20th 9.0 +0.7 2.8 9th 26.8 63.2 normal 42%
Narooma RVCP 18.7 +1.0 28.2 22nd 9.3 +1.0 4.5 10th 14.4 61.7 normal 23%
Nerriga Composite 17.6 +1.6 26.0 13th 3.4 -0.2 -5.5 9th 31.5 58.1 normal 54%
Ulladulla AWS 19.4   29.9 28th 10.7   5.6 11th 52.8
Sthn Tablelands Gburn-Monaro (district 70)
Bombala 17.7 +2.7 26.5 27th 2.4 +0.4 -4.1 9th 24.8 45.8 normal 54%
Bombala AWS 16.0   25.0 27th 2.9   -3.0 18th 25.4
Canberra Airport 18.0 +2.1 25.7 27th 3.9 +0.6 -3.7 9th 39.4 55.7 normal 71%
Cooma Airport AWS 15.8   23.4 28th 1.5   -9.0 9th 25.0
Cooma Visitors Centre 17.4 +1.2 25.1 13th 0.8 -0.3 -7.2 9th 24.8 37.6 normal 66%
Goulburn Airport AWS 17.2   26.3 22nd 3.2   -5.2 9th 36.8
Goulburn TAFE 17.2 +1.0 25.6 13th 5.2 +1.1 -2.1 9th 45.6 49.7 normal 92%
Mount Ginini AWS 8.9   16.0 27th 0.0   -5.0 16th 99.8
Taralga Post Office 16.3 +1.7 24.6 22nd 2.7 -0.4 -4.4 11th 76.4 67.8 normal 113%
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 17.1   25.0 13th 4.3   -3.5 9th 57.2 91.0 low 63%
Tuggeranong 18.3   26.0 27th 3.1   -4.4 11th 31.2
Yass 18.2 +1.9 26.2 13th 4.2 +0.5 -1.7 10th 47.3 63.3 normal 75%
Sthn Tablelands Snowy-Mountns (district 71)
Charlotte Pass 6.4   12.2 27th -1.4   -12.0 9th 116.8
Perisher Valley Ski Centre 6.4 +0.8 12.0 27th -2.3 -0.1 -12.0 17th 245.5 221.7 normal 111%
Thredbo AWS 4.1 +1.3 10.0 27th -2.0 +1.5 -7.3 17th 163.4 167.9 normal 97%
Thredbo Village 10.6 +1.5 17.0 27th 0.4 +1.2 -8.5 9th 221.6 199.6 normal 111%
Southwest Slopes (S) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 19.3   29.1 27th 5.0   0.3 9th 15.6
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 9.4   17.5 27th 1.8   -3.9 9th 93.6
Hume Reservoir 19.4 +2.6 28.8 27th 6.6 0.0 1.0 9th 23.6 66.9 very low 35%
Khancoban AWS 18.0   24.9 27th 3.5   -2.5 9th 93.2
Tumbarumba Post Office 16.9 +1.8 24.3 27th 3.1 +0.2 -4.6 9th 69.6 91.0 normal 76%
Wagga Wagga AMO 20.1 +3.0 29.0 13th 4.1 -0.8 -2.6 10th 26.8 49.8 low 54%
Southwest Slopes (N) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 19.0 +2.8 27.4 13th 5.9 +0.2 0.4 10th 75.0 91.2 normal 82%
Cootamundra Airport 19.3   26.9 27th 3.0   -3.8 10th 44.4
Grenfell 19.5 +1.6 26.7 27th 7.7 +1.7 1.3 17th 50.2 53.6 normal 94%
Gundagai 19.7   28.2 27th 4.7   -1.2 10th 46.8
Quandialla Post Office 21.6 +2.7 30.0 27th 5.5 +0.3 -2.5 10th 31.4 46.2 normal 68%
Temora Airport 20.5   28.9 27th 3.8   -3.0 10th 26.6
Wyalong Post Office 22.0 +3.0 30.8 27th 6.7 +1.0 0.0 11th 27.0 39.2 normal 69%
Young Airport 18.9   26.6 27th 2.3   -4.5 10th 34.2
Riverina (E) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 20.5 +3.1 31.2 27th 5.6 +0.1 -0.6 17th 23.2 50.9 low 46%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 21.3   32.9 27th 5.6   -0.5 9th 16.2
Narrandera Airport 21.4 +2.2 30.6 27th 5.5 -0.5 -1.4 10th 29.4 34.7 normal 85%
Narrandera Golf Club 21.0 +2.2 30.6 27th 6.4 +0.3 -1.3 10th 22.2 41.9 low 53%
Tocumwal Airport 20.7 +1.8 31.7 27th 5.7 -0.9 0.0 17th 15.3 41.5 low 37%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 21.5   30.5 27th 7.9   1.0 9th 23.6
Riverina (W) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 22.1 +2.8 31.3 19th 6.1 +0.5 -0.9 10th 23.0 35.5 normal 65%
Hay 22.4 +2.2 32.8 27th 7.6 +0.7 0.5 10th 19.0 35.1 normal 54%
Hay Airport AWS 22.5   32.7 27th 7.2   -0.5 10th 22.0
Hillston Airport 23.6 +3.2 32.5 27th 6.8 -0.5 -1.5 10th 32.0 29.9 normal 107%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 23.2 +2.4 32.2 19th 7.2 +0.5 1.4 10th 21.2 33.5 normal 63%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Wednesday 1 October 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