Friday, 2 January 2009 - Monthly Climate Summary for New South Wales - Product code IDCKGC35R0

New South Wales in December 2008
Wet in the Southwest

Summary

  • Close to average rainfall for NSW as a whole.
  • Above average rainfall in the south-southwest of NSW.
  • Close to average maximum and minimum temperatures for the state.

An archive of previous monthly summaries for New South Wales is also available, as are summaries for other states and many other climate summaries and diagnostics.

Rainfall

With the Pacific ocean near La Niña thresholds, the NSW statewide rainfall average for December was 52 mm, which is close to the historical average of 51 mm. Above average rainfall was recorded in the state’s far west and southwest as well as in the Northern Tablelands, Northwest Slopes and Plains, Central and Southern Tableland. However, there were still some areas that received below average rainfall, namely an area around Cobar, patches in the northeast of the state and an area around Cooma (see link to map below). The majority of the rainfall, particularly in the far west and southwest of the state, resulted from a low pressure system that traversed between 11 – 13th with additional falls due to a cold front that came through on the 29th of the month.

The Murray Darling Basin (MDB) recorded a basin wide rainfall average of 51 mm for December, which is slightly above the historical average of 46 mm.

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

Temperature

The daytime average maximum temperature for the state for December was 30.4°C, which is very close to the historical average of 30.6°C.  Most of NSW particularly in the south recorded below average maximum temperatures, partly due to the cold air associated with a low pressure system and a cold front that occurred during the course of December. Parts of the upper western and the coastal strip from Queensland to and around Jervis Bay experienced above average temperatures (see links to maps below).

Minimum temperatures for December were right on average with a statewide average minimum of 16.1°C. The great majority of the state was within a degree of the average. Only a small area in the upper western , near Lightning Ridge, was more than 1 degree below average.

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

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

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

Other phenomena

A cold front on the 29th of the month caused a major storm to move through NSW with hail reported in various locations in the northeastern parts of NSW. A cold front that passed through southeastern NSW on the 23rd caused a tornado near Cooma which was associated with widespread thunderstorms that occurred between Bombala streching up to Lightning Ridge.

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
41.2°C at Menindee Post Office on the 22nd
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
35.6°C at Wanaaring Post Office
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
11.5°C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
2.7°C at Thredbo AWS on the 14th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−4.2°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on the 4th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
3.0°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet)
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
21.4°C at Tibooburra Airport
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
28.8°C at Tibooburra Post Office on the 27th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
292.4 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview)
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
107.0 mm at Wallangra (Wallangra Station) on the 28th
Highest wind gust
115 km/h at Green Cape AWS on the 14th

Records

Highest total December rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for December 2008 (mm)
Most recent higher
for December
Years since
higher
Average for
December
Bathurst Agricultural Station 170.8 173.2 in 1962 46 63.7




Record lowest December mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for December 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for December
Years of
record
Average for
December
Corowa Airport 26.8 26.8 in 1993 83 30.2



Summaries

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Summary statistics for December 2008
Maximum temperatures
for December
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for December
(°C)
Rainfall
for December
(millimetres)
Mean for
December
2008
Diff
from
average
Highest for
December
2008
Mean for
December
2008
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
December
2008
Total for
December
2008
Average
for
December
Rank of
December
2008
Fraction of
December
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 32.1   40.0 22nd 18.9   13.0 15th 61.8
Tibooburra Airport 34.5 −0.8 40.3 22nd 21.4 −0.2 13.6 15th 16.6 7.8 high 213%
Tibooburra Post Office 34.8 −0.1 40.7 10th 21.4 +1.1 13.8 15th 20.2 21.7 average 93%
White Cliffs AWS 33.3   39.9 22nd 20.3   14.4 15th 27.4
White Cliffs Post Office 32.9 −1.6 39.8 22nd 19.7 +0.4 12.5 16th 40.2 25.4 high 158%
Wilcannia 32.7 −1.2 39.9 22nd 18.1 −0.1 12.3 16th 27.6 26.2 high 105%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 33.0   40.1 22nd 18.5   12.1 16th 25.2
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill 30.5 −0.9 39.0 22nd 16.4 −0.7 9.9 15th 42.4 21.5 high 197%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 29.8 −1.3 37.8 22nd 16.9 −0.2 10.1 15th 49.8 21.5 high 232%
Lake Victoria Storage 28.9 −1.4 37.6 26th 14.9 −0.3 9.4 15th 33.9 19.1 high 177%
Menindee Post Office 32.0 −0.8 41.2 22nd 17.2 +0.5 12.2 15th 26.9 21.9 high 123%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 30.9   40.1 22nd 15.8   11.0 15th 42.0 21.4 high 196%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Brewarrina Hospital 35.4 +0.3 39.9 29th 18.7 −0.2 10.9 1st 33.4 37.0 average 90%
Cobar Airport AWS 33.1 −0.2 38.0 26th 17.8 −0.2 10.3 16th 9.6 21.1 average 45%
Cobar MO 33.0 +0.5 37.9 28th 18.8 +0.1 12.6 15th 16.4 36.2 average 45%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 34.8 +0.2 40.5 11th 17.1 −3.2 9.0 15th 39.8 49.8 average 80%
Wanaaring Post Office 35.6 +0.7 39.9 26th 19.6 0.0 12.7 16th 29.6 28.7 average 103%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald 28.2 −2.7 37.7 22nd 14.2 −0.5 8.8 15th 45.4 25.0 high 182%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 31.1   39.2 22nd 17.6   11.7 15th 15.8
Ivanhoe Post Office 32.2 −1.1 41.0 22nd 16.7 +0.4 10.0 8th 19.9 26.2 average 76%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Airport AWS 31.1 −0.6 37.3 26th 16.3 +0.2 10.1 16th 33.2 30.1 average 110%
Peak Hill Post Office 30.5 −0.9 35.5 10th 16.5 −0.7 10.8 15th 49.5 49.2 average 101%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 29.4   36.6 26th 15.0   9.2 2nd 58.2 48.7 high 120%
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 32.0 −1.3 37.5 29th 16.8 −1.0 10.5 16th 62.2 55.5 high 112%
Coonamble Comparison 32.2 −1.6 37.3 29th 17.1 −0.7 10.5 16th 55.2 46.0 average 120%
Nyngan Airport 33.6 +0.6 39.2 10th 18.7 +0.9 13.0 16th 43.8 42.5 average 103%
Trangie Research Station AWS 31.6 −0.3 37.2 10th 16.2 −0.3 9.8 20th 40.2 39.5 average 102%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 35.5 +1.0 41.0 11th 19.1 +0.3 11.6 16th 42.5 51.3 average 83%
Walgett Airport AWS 34.9 +0.6 41.1 29th 17.5 −0.8 9.9 16th 51.2 47.2 average 108%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 32.5 +0.2 37.2 11th 17.9 −0.1 10.4 16th 44.2 70.5 average 63%
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 29.7 −0.9 34.0 11th 13.9 −0.6 7.0 16th 91.1 77.3 average 118%
Narrabri Airport AWS 31.6   36.6 11th 17.6   10.5 16th 97.0
Pindari Dam 30.1 −0.2 34.8 11th 16.4 +0.4 9.8 1st 92.3 90.1 average 102%
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 30.8   34.9 10th 15.5   8.8 16th 84.4
Gunnedah Pool 30.9 −2.1 35.2 10th 17.5 +0.7 10.8 16th 73.0 67.8 average 108%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 30.1 −0.9 34.7 10th 17.0 −0.4 8.3 24th 83.8 67.5 high 124%
Quirindi Post Office 29.9 −1.3 33.6 5th 14.1 −0.6 8.2 16th 76.0 80.3 average 95%
Tamworth Airport AWS 29.4 −0.8 32.9 29th 14.6 −0.8 7.6 16th 95.0 63.5 high 150%
Woolbrook 25.3 −0.9 28.5 29th 10.6 +0.1 3.5 16th 73.7 95.8 average 77%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale 24.9 −0.5 28.8 26th 10.3 −0.8 3.0 16th 86.6 79.2 average 109%
Armidale Airport AWS 23.9 −0.8 27.6 11th 11.9 +0.2 6.7 1st 85.0 84.5 average 101%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 23.8 −0.5 28.5 11th 11.8 −0.2 4.5 16th 162.2 109.2 high 149%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 24.2 −0.7 29.2 4th 10.7 −0.3 2.5 16th 167.0 108.9 high 153%
Glen Innes Post Office 25.1 −0.7 30.5 4th 12.7 +0.6 6.0 16th 131.6 107.5 high 122%
Guyra Hospital 22.6 +0.1 26.7 25th 10.7 +0.1 5.0 16th 77.4 111.3 low 70%
Inverell 28.0 −0.7 32.6 11th 13.5 0.0 6.2 16th 61.2 116.3 low 53%
Inverell Research Centre 27.5 −0.8 31.9 11th 14.8 −0.2 9.1 16th 68.6 97.2 average 71%
Tenterfield 25.9 −0.8 30.9 11th 12.6 −0.4 5.6 1st 151.7 105.4 high 144%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam 27.1 +0.2 33.8 31st 16.1 −0.1 12.1 21st 100.0 147.4 low 68%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Ballina Airport AWS 28.0 +0.7 33.5 19th 18.2 +0.2 12.7 1st 100.8 132.3 average 76%
Casino Airport 30.8 −0.4 37.5 31st 18.5 +0.6 14.2 23rd 107.6 114.5 average 94%
Casino Airport AWS 30.1 +0.4 36.6 31st 18.0 +0.3 12.6 23rd 110.4 117.8 average 94%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 27.9 +0.1 33.8 18th 17.9 −0.7 14.4 1st 85.2 69.3 average 123%
Grafton Airport AWS 29.7   35.4 31st 16.8   11.6 16th 113.2
Grafton Olympic Pool 30.0 +0.3 37.2 31st 18.1 −0.3 13.8 16th 165.0 119.3 high 138%
Lismore 29.6   35.4 19th 18.4   13.9 23rd 139.8
Lismore Airport AWS 30.4   36.2 19th 17.3   11.1 22nd 103.8
Murwillumbah 29.9 +0.7 36.3 19th 18.8 +0.5 13.7 1st 110.0 158.8 low 69%
Yamba Pilot Station 26.6 +0.7 32.2 6th 19.3 +0.2 15.8 1st 76.8 116.3 average 66%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 27.0 +0.7 34.0 18th 18.0 −0.1 13.6 16th 90.2 141.4 average 64%
Dorrigo 24.3 +0.5 30.7 31st 13.5 −0.3 8.0 16th 151.2 149.5 average 101%
Kempsey 28.4 −0.2 34.5 10th 16.7 +0.2 12.0 15th 120.8 109.1 average 111%
Kempsey Airport AWS 28.3   35.5 3rd 15.8   10.9 15th 128.2
South West Rocks 26.5 +0.6 34.5 6th 18.6 +0.2 14.8 21st 55.4 118.5 low 47%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 26.5   36.0 6th 17.0   10.0 26th 80.3 92.4 average 87%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 27.2 +0.7 35.0 6th 16.6 0.0 12.1 15th 122.4 98.4 high 124%
Taree Airport AWS 28.0 +0.3 35.0 6th 16.5 0.0 11.0 16th 64.0 73.4 average 87%
Yarras 28.4 −0.3 34.4 31st 16.3 +0.3 9.6 16th 292.4 166.6 high 176%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock 29.9 +0.4 34.6 28th 16.0 −0.1 9.4 21st 116.7 70.2 high 166%
Cessnock Airport AWS 29.0 +0.1 33.9 5th 14.8 +0.1 7.7 21st 85.4 77.4 average 110%
Cooranbong 27.8   34.1 3rd 15.5   8.5 21st 92.8
Gosford 27.1 +0.2 33.9 6th 15.2 0.0 8.7 21st 112.0 102.6 average 109%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 30.4 −1.0 35.7 10th 16.1 +0.4 10.6 16th 91.2 67.7 high 135%
Lostock Dam 29.2 +0.4 34.5 5th 15.6 −0.5 11.1 16th 63.4 92.8 average 68%
Maitland Visitors Centre 29.0 0.0 34.0 18th 16.0 −0.2 0.0 26th 69.6 60.7 high 115%
Mangrove Mountain AWS 26.3 +0.3 31.1 3rd 15.2 −0.2 8.9 21st 114.6 80.9 high 142%
Merriwa 28.4   34.3 10th 13.8   6.6 16th 84.8 66.6 high 127%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 25.0   28.7 2nd 14.5   8.5 21st 104.2
Murrurundi Post Office 27.7 −2.1 31.5 10th 13.0 −0.5 6.4 16th 125.4 89.5 high 140%
Nelson Bay 26.1 −0.1 33.0 6th 18.9 +1.8 15.5 21st 138.1 95.4 high 145%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 25.7 +0.8 33.1 6th 18.5 +0.6 14.2 16th 28.0 81.5 low 34%
Newcastle University 28.3   34.2 6th 17.3   11.6 16th 46.0
Norah Head AWS 25.6 +0.8 34.1 6th 18.3 −0.1 14.3 21st 57.2 64.3 average 89%
Paterson 29.4 +0.3 34.9 18th 16.0 −0.1 9.1 21st 94.0 78.7 average 119%
Peats Ridge 25.8 −0.2 31.5 13th 14.6 −0.2 8.0 21st 69.1 94.5 low 73%
Scone Airport AWS 29.5 −0.3 34.3 10th 14.6 −0.6 7.7 21st 87.4 80.1 average 109%
Singleton STP 30.0   35.5 5th 15.6   8.5 21st 61.0
Williamtown RAAF 27.9 +0.7 34.7 6th 16.4 −0.1 9.7 21st 92.8 80.2 high 116%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 28.4 −1.3 34.0 10th 14.6 −0.3 8.3 16th 109.0 65.2 high 167%
Mudgee Airport AWS 27.2 −1.3 32.4 10th 13.1 −0.3 6.4 16th 105.2 72.0 high 146%
Nullo Mountain AWS 21.0 −1.2 26.1 10th 11.5 −0.1 5.7 21st 127.6 87.4 high 146%
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 25.4 −1.0 30.2 26th 11.2 −0.4 5.5 16th 170.8 63.7 very high 268%
Bathurst Airport AWS 24.8 −1.5 29.7 26th 11.5 +0.1 6.2 16th 140.2 61.9 very high 226%
Cowra Research Centre 28.8 −0.6 34.5 26th 14.9 +0.2 10.0 8th 53.1 52.8 average 101%
Katoomba 22.3 −0.1 29.2 26th 11.3 −0.3 4.9 21st 90.1 122.4 average 74%
Lithgow 23.3   28.5 26th 11.0   4.5 16th 113.2 77.0 high 147%
Mount Boyce AWS 21.8 −0.4 28.4 26th 11.3 −0.1 5.9 21st 88.6 72.1 average 123%
Oberon 21.1 −2.2 26.4 26th 9.9 +1.2 5.5 15th 111.9 72.8 high 154%
Orange Agricultural Institute 22.8 −1.6 27.4 26th 10.5 −0.7 6.3 21st 109.6 76.1 high 144%
Orange Airport AWS 22.9 −1.7 27.8 26th 10.1 −0.2 5.5 16th 105.6 73.3 high 144%
Orange Airport Comparison 23.0 −0.9 27.6 26th 10.7 +0.7 6.5 9th 99.0 73.1 average 135%
Springwood Bowling Club 27.5   34.2 6th 15.1   10.0 21st 82.2 102.7 average 80%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran 28.6 −2.0 33.5 10th 13.2 0.0 6.1 16th 131.8 68.3 high 193%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 27.2   32.8 10th 15.7   9.5 20th 103.8
Dunedoo Post Office 30.9 +0.1 36.1 10th 14.6 −0.3 8.0 16th 98.5 59.6 high 165%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 29.4   35.6 28th 13.2   7.6 9th 47.2
Cowra Airport Comparison 29.3 −1.0 34.7 26th 13.8 +0.8 8.2 9th 49.0 50.1 average 98%
Dubbo Airport AWS 30.3 −1.0 35.4 10th 14.6 −1.2 8.4 16th 49.2 44.4 average 111%
Forbes Airport AWS 30.9 −0.8 36.8 28th 14.6 −0.6 8.0 9th 35.6 40.0 average 89%
Parkes 31.0 +0.3 37.5 26th 15.5 −0.7 9.4 16th 32.0 51.2 average 63%
Parkes Airport AWS 29.0 −2.1 35.0 5th 12.3 −2.1 3.0 30th 42.4 42.1 average 101%
Wellington 29.9 −1.7 35.4 10th 14.3 −0.7 7.8 16th 40.1 54.5 average 74%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 27.6 +0.3 36.3 6th 16.2 −0.5 10.7 21st 109.0 67.8 high 161%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 26.8 +0.3 34.8 6th 16.1 −0.7 10.1 21st 84.6 55.3 high 153%
Holsworthy Control Range 27.8 +0.2 35.8 6th 15.0 −0.8 9.3 21st 72.6 56.6 high 128%
Parramatta North 27.8 +0.4 34.0 6th 16.3 +0.1 10.5 21st 67.0 70.8 average 95%
Riverview Observatory 27.2 +1.4 34.4 7th 16.6 +0.4 12.0 22nd 65.2 83.3 average 78%
Sydney 25.9 +0.7 34.8 6th 18.1 +0.6 14.3 21st 54.2 77.9 average 70%
Sydney Airport AMO 27.0 +1.3 36.3 6th 18.0 +0.5 14.1 21st 67.0 73.6 average 91%
Sydney Olympic Park 27.9 +0.5 35.0 6th 17.6 −0.3 12.8 21st 103.6 55.5 high 187%
Terrey Hills AWS 25.8   34.5 6th 16.2   11.3 21st 74.6
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 28.2 0.0 36.2 6th 14.6 −0.5 9.1 21st 95.2 56.9 high 167%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 28.0 −0.3 35.4 6th 15.3 −0.9 11.1 16th 82.4 56.0 high 147%
Liverpool 28.2   35.9 6th 15.5   9.5 21st 104.8
Penrith Lakes AWS 29.4 +0.1 36.2 6th 16.6 −0.2 10.7 21st 70.0 58.0 average 121%
Prospect Reservoir 28.6 +1.2 35.5 6th 15.8 −0.5 10.7 21st 71.5 75.1 average 95%
Richmond RAAF 27.1 −1.6 33.3 6th 14.5 −1.5 8.4 21st 63.4 62.6 average 101%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park 26.1   34.0 6th 14.2   9.0 21st 92.8 60.8 high 153%
Bellambi AWS 24.1 0.0 32.5 6th 16.9 −0.6 12.8 21st 93.6 63.9 high 146%
Bowral 23.6 −0.3 29.6 6th 12.1 +0.6 7.1 21st 79.3 72.5 average 109%
Camden Airport AWS 28.4 0.0 37.1 6th 14.7 −0.5 8.6 21st 107.2 55.2 high 194%
Campbelltown 28.7   36.6 6th 14.2   9.2 21st 18.6
Jervis Bay 23.2   29.7 1st 16.2   12.7 21st 75.4
Kiama 24.1   32.1 3rd 16.5   12.4 21st 99.4
Moss Vale AWS 23.7   30.5 6th 11.1   5.4 21st 82.0
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 26.0   33.1 28th 14.1   10.1 22nd 79.0
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay 24.1 −0.3 34.7 28th 13.7 −0.2 7.5 20th 94.0 80.8 high 116%
Bega AWS 24.5 −0.3 36.3 28th 13.1 −0.1 7.2 2nd 19.2 51.5 low 37%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 23.5 −0.9 29.7 26th 9.9 −0.4 4.3 20th 84.4 58.9 high 143%
Green Cape AWS 21.2   28.4 13th 15.2   12.5 15th 41.2 44.2 average 93%
Merimbula Airport AWS 21.5 −1.7 31.0 13th 12.8 −0.5 8.0 2nd 66.8 44.7 average 149%
Montague Island Lighthouse 20.8 −0.9 27.7 13th 15.7 −0.3 13.2 20th 46.0 65.0 average 71%
Moruya Airport AWS 23.6   36.0 28th 14.0   8.0 2nd 57.8 60.1 average 96%
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 22.2 −0.5 32.5 28th 15.0 +0.3 10.2 20th 60.0 73.9 average 81%
Narooma RVCP 21.6 −0.3 30.5 13th 15.1 +0.1 10.5 18th 49.0 72.7 average 67%
Nerriga Composite 24.1 −0.6 31.5 26th 10.1 −0.8 3.5 2nd 60.6 64.8 average 94%
Ulladulla AWS 22.9 0.0 30.5 1st 15.7 +0.1 12.7 2nd 79.8 60.1 high 133%
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala 22.3 −1.6 30.8 26th 9.1 +0.3 2.0 20th 39.4 64.1 average 61%
Bombala AWS 20.5 −2.7 29.2 28th 8.7 −0.2 2.8 20th 37.2 50.5 low 74%
Canberra Airport 25.3 −0.9 30.8 26th 11.9 +0.6 5.6 2nd 116.6 53.4 very high 218%
Canberra Airport Comparison 25.4   30.7 26th 11.4   5.2 2nd 113.2
Cooma Airport AWS 22.2 −1.9 29.2 26th 8.9 +0.4 0.5 20th 34.2 52.9 low 65%
Cooma Visitors Centre 23.2 −1.9 30.4 26th 8.9 −0.2 1.1 20th 56.6 53.2 average 106%
Goulburn Airport AWS 24.9 −0.8 30.3 26th 10.3 −0.3 3.6 2nd 77.0 42.8 high 180%
Goulburn TAFE 24.8 −1.1 30.6 26th 11.7 0.0 5.8 2nd 98.6 57.0 high 173%
Mount Ginini AWS 15.6   22.0 26th 5.8   −1.0 20th
Taralga Post Office 24.0 −0.3 29.9 26th 9.3 −0.5 2.3 2nd 101.6 65.6 high 155%
Tuggeranong 24.9 −2.3 30.9 26th 12.2 +0.2 5.7 2nd 105.2 51.1 high 206%
Yass 26.4 −1.3 32.2 26th 11.9 0.0 6.2 2nd 101.8 54.0 high 189%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Charlotte Pass 13.2 −2.3 19.3 26th 3.0 −0.6 −4.2 4th 209.0 156.5 high 134%
Thredbo AWS 11.5 −2.7 17.4 26th 4.0 −0.8 −3.6 20th 179.4 111.4 high 161%
Thredbo Village 17.3 −1.8 23.5 26th 6.6 +1.4 0.0 8th 176.9 119.1 high 149%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 27.3 −2.0 33.9 26th 13.5 −0.1 7.4 2nd 54.0 41.6 average 130%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 15.9 −2.8 22.5 26th 7.3 −1.7 0.3 20th 136.2 73.5 high 185%
Hume Reservoir 27.0 −1.5 34.2 26th 14.7 +0.4 8.0 2nd 56.6 49.5 average 114%
Khancoban AWS 25.4 −3.1 31.9 26th 10.6 −0.4 4.1 20th 70.6 65.9 average 107%
Tumbarumba Post Office 24.2 −1.7 31.0 26th 9.6 +0.2 3.5 4th 80.2 70.0 average 115%
Wagga Wagga AMO 28.5 −0.9 35.5 26th 13.5 −0.3 6.5 2nd 44.8 44.4 average 101%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 27.1 −0.4 33.6 26th 13.3 −0.4 8.4 2nd 87.5 59.6 high 147%
Cootamundra Airport 27.8 −1.6 34.2 26th 12.5 0.0 5.2 8th 56.6 45.2 average 125%
Grenfell 28.7 −1.2 35.0 28th 15.0 +0.6 9.4 15th 58.6 53.4 average 110%
Gundagai 28.4 −1.3 35.4 26th 13.6 −0.2 7.9 2nd 54.2 51.0 average 106%
Quandialla Post Office 30.3 −1.1 37.8 26th 14.7 −0.3 8.5 8th 48.9 42.9 average 114%
Temora Airport 29.0   35.8 26th 13.4   6.5 2nd 59.4
Wyalong Post Office 29.6 −1.1 37.0 26th 16.0 +0.7 11.2 15th 49.6 42.7 average 116%
Young Airport 27.8 −1.3 33.5 28th 11.5 −0.2 4.6 8th 75.0 46.2 high 162%
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 26.8 −3.4 33.6 22nd 13.5 −0.1 8.5 8th 63.2 40.6 high 156%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 27.3 −3.0 36.8 22nd 13.5 −0.3 8.6 8th 68.8 29.0 very high 237%
Narrandera Airport 28.8 −1.6 37.0 26th 14.4 0.0 8.3 2nd 39.6 35.9 average 110%
Narrandera Golf Club 28.0 −2.5 36.6 26th 13.9 −1.3 5.2 21st 37.3 36.9 average 101%
Tocumwal Airport 26.9 −2.6 35.9 22nd 13.6 −0.4 8.0 20th 57.6 33.7 high 171%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 28.5   36.9 26th 15.7   9.3 20th 42.0 27.3 high 154%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 29.0 −1.8 37.7 26th 15.2 +0.1 9.8 20th 41.4 31.8 average 130%
Hay 28.5 −2.7 37.2 26th 14.9 0.0 9.6 15th 43.6 26.8 high 163%
Hay Airport AWS 28.7   37.5 22nd 15.0   9.5 15th 42.0
Hillston Airport 30.3 −1.3 38.0 26th 15.6 −0.7 9.8 16th 31.0 29.3 average 106%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 30.6 −1.9 37.0 5th 17.0 +0.3 11.1 20th 32.6 36.6 average 89%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 11 am on Friday 2 January 2009. 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

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