Monday, 2 November 2009 - Monthly Climate Summary for New South Wales - Product code IDCKGC25R0

New South Wales in October 2009
From fires to floods in northeastern NSW

  • Below average rainfall for NSW.
  • Above average statewide maximum temperatures.
  • Below average statewide minimum temperatures.
  • 4th consecutive October with below average rainfall.
  • 6th consecutive October with above average maximum temperatures.

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

The statewide average rainfall for NSW was 35.1 mm which is below the historical average1 of 47.8 mm. Most of the rainfall was constrained to coastal areas with warm sea surface temperatures and onshore winds providing moisture which produced falls throughout the month. The heaviest falls for the month were recorded on the 27th October in the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast districts. The highest 24 hour rainfall total of 409 mm was recorded at a flood warning gauge in Bellingen (Crystal Creek). This is just 0.4 mm short of the record for highest daily rainfall total for October for all of NSW. Many surrounding locations recorded daily totals of 300 to 400 mm which resulted in moderate flooding at some locations in the Mid North Coast. Most of inland NSW, particularly the south, received below average falls associated with generally dry conditions. The coastal rainfall received during the first half of the month is partly due to the shift from negative to positive Southern Annular Mode (SAM) which results in change from westerly to easterly dominated wind regime. To find out more about SAM please visit our climate influences website.

The Murray Darling recorded a basin wide average of 26.8 mm which is below the historical average1 of 43.2 mm.

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

Temperature

NSW statewide average maximum temperature was 25.2°C which is 0.7°C above the historical average1 of 24.4°C. The first half of October was dominated by cooler than normal conditions. This was partly due to the location of high pressure systems south of NSW which directed south to southeasterly airflow across most of the state bringing cooler air from the Southern Ocean. The second half of the month was significantly warmer with the highest temperatures recorded on the 31st with areas in the southwest recording temperatures up to 12°C above average. These warmer conditions were partly associated with the passage of fronts and troughs which directed warmer northwesterly airflow across the state.

The average minimum temperature during October was 10.3°C which is 0.2°C below the historical average1 of 10.5°C. Minimum temperatures were generally below average for the first two thirds of the month. This was partly due to the clear sky conditions as well as cool southerly airflow in the first half of the month. The last 10 days of the month were distinctly warmer with the warmest night time temperatures recorded on the 30th and 31st of the month with some areas in the southwest recording up to 12°C above the historical average1.

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

Some sites had their lowest October 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 October temperature on record.

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

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

Other phenomena

Some raised dust was recorded in the Riverina on the 2nd of the month which was associated with a cold front and trough. Thunderstorms with hail were recorded in the Sydney area (pea-sized) and Grafton (20 cent coin size) on the 5th. A low pressure trough and cool southerly airstream resulted in snowfalls of up to 12 cm in Bombala, Jindabyne and Cooma on the 7th of the month.

Several fires in the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast districts were burning during October. The heavy falls recorded on the 27th and the following days provided much needed relief and extinguished most of the fires that were burning in the area. These heavy falls also resulted in moderate flooding on the Mid North Coast namely at Bellingen, Nambucca and Orara.

Further information

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


Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
39.5°C at Pooncarie Mail Agency on the 31st
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
29.7°C at Mungindi Post Office
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
6.0°C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
−3.2°C at Thredbo AWS on the 7th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−7.3°C at Thredbo AWS on the 8th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
−0.5°C at Thredbo AWS
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
16.7°C at Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS)
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
24.2°C at Tibooburra Post Office on the 25th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
591.0 mm at Bowra Sugarloaf
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
398.6 mm at Kalang (Spicketts Ck (Noonannie)) on the 27th
Highest wind gust
111 km/h at Murrurundi Gap AWS on the 2nd

Records




Record lowest October daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in October 2009 (°C)
Previous lowest
for October
Years of
record
Average for
October
Bowral (Parry Drive) 8.5 on the 3rd 8.9 on the 3rd in 1967 42 19.1
Montague Island Lighthouse 11.6 on the 7th 12.4 on the 1st in 1973 38 18.7
Nerriga Composite 8.5 on the 7th 8.9 on the 5th in 1983 37 19.2



Record lowest October mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for October 2009 (°C)
Previous lowest
for October
Years of
record
Average for
October
Montague Island Lighthouse 17.0 17.3 in 1984 37 18.7



Record highest October daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in October 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for October
Years of
record
Average for
October
Lake Victoria Storage 22.6 on the 30th 22.0 on the 28th in 1977 44 10.6


Record lowest October temperature
Lowest temperature
in October 2009 (°C)
Previous lowest
for October
Years of
record
Average for
October
Parkes (Macarthur Street) 1.0 on the 8th = 1.0 on the 11th in 2003 53 10.4
Corowa Airport 0.0 on the 8th = 0.0 on the 8th in 2007 36 8.1





Summaries

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Summary statistics for October 2009
Maximum temperatures
for October
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for October
(°C)
Rainfall
for October
(millimetres)
Mean for
October
2009
Diff
from
average
Highest for
October
2009
Mean for
October
2009
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
October
2009
Total for
October
2009
Average
for
October
Rank of
October
2009
Fraction of
October
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 26.9   37.0 31st 12.5   6.6 8th 1.6
Tibooburra Airport 28.1   38.1 23rd 14.1   6.6 8th 0
Tibooburra Post Office 28.4 −0.1 39.0 22nd 14.0 −0.1 6.5 8th 1.4 18.1 low 8%
White Cliffs AWS 27.5   37.7 22nd 13.6   7.1 9th 8.6
White Cliffs Post Office 27.3 −0.7 37.8 22nd 13.3 +0.4 7.5 4th 11.5 22.7 average 51%
Wilcannia 27.3 −0.1 37.2 22nd 11.5 −0.8 4.2 9th 3.4 24.8 low 14%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 27.4   37.9 22nd 11.4   4.6 9th 3.4
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill 25.2 +0.2 36.8 31st 12.1 +0.3 5.0 8th 3.8 24.2 low 16%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 25.2   36.7 31st 11.5   3.2 9th 1.0 25.8 very low 4%
Lake Victoria Storage 24.4 +0.7 36.0 31st 10.7 +0.2 4.0 9th 8.8 27.1 low 32%
Menindee Post Office 26.1 −0.4 39.2 31st 12.0 +0.7 6.5 9th 2.0 22.6 low 9%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 26.7   39.5 31st     6.0 7th 9.5 25.9 average 37%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 28.8   38.7 22nd 12.3   3.3 4th 19.8
Brewarrina Hospital 28.4 −0.5 38.2 22nd 12.0 −0.9 4.3 4th 25.8 29.8 average 87%
Cobar Airport AWS 26.1   36.5 22nd 10.3   1.5 9th 38.8
Cobar MO 26.3 +0.4 36.7 22nd 12.1 −0.5 4.0 8th 31.2 35.2 average 89%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 28.7   38.0 23rd 13.4   6.5 4th 49.7
Wanaaring Post Office 28.3   38.7 22nd 12.3   4.4 8th 22.2 20.3 average 109%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald 24.8 +0.3 36.8 31st 10.5 +0.7 2.6 8th 7.4 30.7 low 24%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 26.3   36.4 31st 12.4   5.5 8th 4.0
Ivanhoe Post Office 27.7 +1.3 37.0 31st 11.2 +0.8 4.5 9th 5.0 27.5 low 18%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 25.4 +0.5 35.3 22nd 8.9 −0.6 3.2 1st 31.4 48.8 average 64%
Condobolin Airport AWS 25.8   35.8 22nd 10.0   3.5 8th 34.2
Peak Hill Post Office 25.4 +0.8 34.5 21st 11.9 +0.4 3.0 8th 46.8 48.5 average 96%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 24.6   34.4 22nd 9.2   2.3 8th 36.6
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 27.2   37.2 22nd 10.4   2.1 8th 65.2
Coonamble Comparison 27.2 −0.3 37.2 22nd 10.9 −0.6 2.8 8th 61.0 41.7 high 146%
Nyngan Airport 26.8 +0.3 37.5 22nd 11.5 +0.1 6.1 8th 58.0 34.7 high 167%
Trangie Research Station AWS 26.5 +1.3 36.2 23rd 10.6 +0.4 3.0 8th 39.8 45.4 average 88%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 29.7 +0.8 37.5 23rd 13.2 −0.2 5.0 17th 22.3 38.0 average 59%
Walgett Airport AWS 29.2   39.3 23rd 11.2   3.4 8th 31.6
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 28.4   35.3 23rd 12.1   4.2 17th 13.0
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 26.7 +1.8 33.9 23rd 7.6 −0.6 0.0 9th 57.1 63.0 average 91%
Narrabri Airport AWS 28.0   35.9 22nd 11.1   2.1 8th 41.0
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 27.1   35.3 22nd 9.3   0.6 8th 50.4
Gunnedah Pool 26.7 0.0 35.0 22nd 11.8 +1.1 4.0 8th 56.0 55.2 average 101%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 26.3 +1.3 35.1 22nd 12.3 +0.2 5.0 17th 63.0 59.3 average 106%
Quirindi Post Office 25.7 +0.5 33.6 23rd 8.6 0.0 1.4 8th 43.0 60.6 average 71%
Tamworth Airport AWS 26.3   34.7 23rd 8.8   0.6 17th 36.6
Woolbrook 22.1 +1.1 30.6 23rd 4.5 −0.7 −4.5 17th 52.0 75.2 low 69%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale 21.0   28.4 22nd 5.5   −3.1 17th 71.0
Armidale Airport AWS 20.0   27.4 23rd 7.0   −0.4 17th 90.2
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 20.7 +0.7 27.0 22nd 7.6 +0.4 1.0 10th 54.0 77.3 average 70%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 21.0   27.4 24th 5.1   −4.5 17th 76.8
Glen Innes Post Office 21.6 +0.6 28.0 22nd 8.1 +0.9 1.2 17th 52.8 78.8 average 67%
Guyra Hospital 19.0 +0.6 25.9 22nd 6.2 −0.1 −0.9 8th 71.6 78.0 average 92%
Inverell 25.4   32.2 22nd 6.5   −2.3 17th 43.8
Tenterfield 22.9 +0.5 29.2 23rd 6.8 −1.2 −2.5 9th 56.1 76.9 average 73%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam 24.8 +0.9 32.3 24th 12.3 −0.3 7.0 8th 77.6 83.9 average 92%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 25.3 +1.2 32.0 13th 14.7 −0.2 9.6 8th 199.4 102.7 very high 194%
Ballina Airport AWS 26.0   33.6 3rd 13.3   7.7 8th 106.2
Byron Bay 24.4   30.2 14th 16.7   11.9 8th 41.4
Casino Airport 28.5 +0.6 34.4 24th 13.7 +0.5 7.3 9th 55.4 69.1 average 80%
Casino Airport AWS 28.1   34.2 24th 13.3   5.9 9th 56.2
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 25.9   34.8 13th 14.9   10.7 12th 164.6
Grafton Airport AWS 27.0   33.8 2nd 12.1   4.8 17th 2.4
Grafton Olympic Pool 27.6 +0.9 34.6 2nd 13.7 0.0 8.5 17th 165.2 75.9 very high 218%
Grafton Research Stn 27.5   34.4 2nd 13.8   7.4 1st 99.2 59.6 high 166%
Lismore 27.6   34.5 24th 13.6   8.9 12th 82.2
Lismore Airport AWS 28.2   34.1 24th 12.4   5.7 17th 71.8
Murwillumbah 27.6 +1.2 34.3 3rd 13.4 −0.7 7.9 8th 171.4 102.1 high 168%
Yamba Pilot Station 24.6 +1.3 33.8 3rd 15.5 +0.1 10.6 8th 220.0 78.0 very high 282%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 24.7 +1.0 34.5 2nd 13.5 −0.3 6.7 17th 202.6 93.0 very high 218%
Dorrigo 21.4   30.0 3rd 9.7   5.4 17th 254.0
Kempsey 25.2 −0.4 32.2 2nd 10.9 −0.9 4.5 17th 130.1 78.8 high 165%
Kempsey Airport AWS 25.0   32.0 2nd 10.2   3.3 17th 128.0
South West Rocks 24.4 +1.2 28.1 25th 14.9 −0.2 10.7 10th 171.2 92.4 high 185%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 22.4   27.5 13th 13.9   9.5 11th 150.6 79.1 high 190%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 23.9   31.6 13th 10.9   3.5 17th 59.0
Taree Airport AWS 24.0   33.0 21st 11.2   6.0 1st 182.2
Yarras 25.4 −0.1 35.0 2nd 11.8 +0.6 5.0 1st 325.0 123.4 very high 263%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock Airport AWS 23.7 −1.6 35.6 23rd 10.0 +0.3 2.1 1st 49.4 54.1 average 91%
Cooranbong 22.6   34.5 21st 11.2   4.7 1st 113.6
Gosford 22.5 −1.3 34.3 21st 11.1 +0.4 5.9 1st 165.8 84.9 high 195%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 25.2 −1.1 36.3 23rd 11.0 +0.8 3.4 17th 54.0 52.2 average 103%
Maitland Visitors Centre 24.2   35.2 21st 11.1   3.8 1st 64.6
Mangrove Mountain AWS 21.1   33.0 21st 10.9   5.1 17th 142.8
Merriwa 24.4   35.4 23rd 8.8   2.0 1st 38.0 54.2 average 70%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 21.0   29.4 23rd 9.7   5.2 9th 46.8
Murrurundi Post Office 23.4 −0.8 32.2 23rd 7.3 −0.9 0.0 17th 44.0 73.3 low 60%
Nelson Bay 22.1 −1.2 30.0 21st 15.0 +1.4 9.5 9th 117.8 79.2 high 149%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 21.4 −0.7 33.3 21st 14.7 +0.7 10.4 12th 63.8 73.3 average 87%
Newcastle University 23.5   34.8 21st 13.2   7.5 17th 61.6
Paterson 24.9 −0.1 35.3 21st 12.1 +0.7 5.9 1st 36.2 65.6 average 55%
Peats Ridge 21.6 −1.4 33.6 21st 11.3 +0.4 6.7 17th 145.7 92.5 high 158%
Scone Airport AWS 24.2   35.1 23rd 9.6   2.3 17th 48.2
Singleton STP 24.5   35.9 21st 10.1   4.3 19th 34.7
Williamtown RAAF 23.1 −0.5 34.7 1st 11.2 −0.8 4.3 1st 106.8 75.0 high 142%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 23.8 +0.3 33.2 21st 9.3 +0.1 2.0 8th 39.5 56.4 average 70%
Mudgee Airport AWS 22.4   32.0 23rd 7.5   −0.4 17th 35.2
Nullo Mountain AWS 16.1   25.6 21st 7.1   1.0 8th 73.8
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 20.0 +0.2 31.0 22nd 5.1 −1.1 −2.0 17th 33.6 60.6 low 55%
Bathurst Airport AWS 19.3   29.0 22nd 5.7   −1.1 17th 50.8
Cowra Research Centre 23.0 +1.1 33.3 22nd 9.1 −0.1 1.1 8th 37.1 60.9 average 61%
Katoomba 16.6 −1.0 27.1 21st 7.3 −0.4 2.6 9th 195.9 91.7 very high 214%
Lithgow 17.1   25.9 21st 5.8   −0.5 17th 69.0 63.4 average 109%
Mount Boyce AWS 15.8   26.2 21st 6.7   1.6 9th 115.8
Oberon 15.1 −2.0 24.4 22nd 4.4 −0.3 −0.6 7th 45.7 79.3 low 58%
Orange Agricultural Institute 17.1 −0.5 26.0 22nd 6.2 −0.4 −0.7 9th 54.3 85.4 average 64%
Orange Airport AWS 17.2   26.6 22nd 4.7   −2.3 9th 50.8
Orange Airport Comparison 17.6 +0.3 26.5 22nd 5.7 0.0 −1.8 9th 45.2 76.6 low 59%
Springwood Bowling Club 21.5   33.7 21st 11.2   6.2 7th 90.2 74.0 high 122%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran 24.0 −0.3 33.0 22nd 6.0 −1.1 −0.9 9th 59.2 59.4 average 100%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 23.0   32.4 23rd 11.1   4.5 8th 50.2
Dunedoo Post Office 25.3 +1.1 35.0 23rd 9.1 0.0 −1.3 17th 47.4 52.0 average 91%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport Comparison 23.7 +1.0 34.7 22nd 7.3 +0.3 0.0 8th 30.0 55.9 low 54%
Dubbo Airport AWS 25.1   34.6 23rd 9.1   0.5 8th 54.0
Forbes Airport AWS 25.4   35.8 22nd 8.1   1.1 8th 24.2
Parkes 24.8 +1.1 35.7 22nd 10.1 −0.2 1.0 8th 32.2 52.2 average 62%
Parkes Airport AWS 24.5   35.0 22nd 7.6   −2.0 8th 38.4 53.3 average 72%
Wellington 24.0 −0.8 33.4 23rd 8.7 +0.1 −0.4 8th 65.1 56.4 average 115%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 22.2 −1.6 34.3 21st 12.1 +0.4 7.6 1st 113.2 61.9 high 183%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 21.6   34.3 21st 12.0   7.2 10th 172.6
Holsworthy Control Range 22.2   34.3 21st 10.9   5.8 1st 82.2
Parramatta North 22.3 −1.6 34.2 21st 12.0 +0.1 6.0 17th 142.2 70.3 high 202%
Riverview Observatory 21.6 −1.1 34.1 21st 12.8 +0.9 8.5 11th 163.5 77.0 high 212%
Sydney 21.4 −0.7 34.6 21st 14.1 +0.6 8.9 10th 180.0 77.6 very high 232%
Sydney Airport AMO 21.9 −0.6 35.6 21st 14.1 +0.9 9.6 9th 125.6 71.3 high 176%
Sydney Olympic Park 22.6   35.6 21st 13.3   8.8 10th 125.0
Terrey Hills AWS 20.5   32.7 21st 12.4   8.0 10th 128.6
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 22.9   34.7 21st 10.2   4.5 7th 43.0
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 22.3   34.3 21st 11.3   5.8 16th 79.8
Liverpool 22.9   34.3 21st 11.0   6.0 17th 80.4
Penrith Lakes AWS 24.4   36.4 21st 11.9   7.3 17th 52.0
Prospect Reservoir 23.0 −0.7 35.4 21st     6.3 16th 84.0 59.2 high 142%
Richmond RAAF 23.2   34.5 21st 11.1   4.9 17th 23.8
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park 21.4   34.0 21st 11.3   5.0 1st 100.8
Bellambi AWS 20.4   32.6 21st 13.4   8.5 7th 142.4
Bowral 17.0 −2.1 27.8 21st 7.8 +0.3 2.1 7th 53.8 73.7 average 73%
Camden Airport AWS 22.9 −1.2 34.3 21st 10.2 +0.3 4.8 17th 67.2 67.1 average 100%
Campbelltown 22.6   34.7 21st 10.0   5.6 7th 67.8
Jervis Bay 19.1   31.1 1st 13.0   7.9 7th 163.8
Kiama 20.0   32.7 1st 13.4   8.4 7th 187.8
Moss Vale AWS 17.2   27.6 21st 7.5   2.2 7th 52.0
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 21.0   33.1 21st 10.6   5.4 7th 126.8
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay 19.9   32.4 1st 9.7   3.4 7th 94.3 91.2 average 103%
Bega AWS 19.4   31.9 1st 8.4   3.5 18th 76.4
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 17.3   27.1 21st 6.4   0.2 7th 74.0 57.6 high 128%
Green Cape AWS 18.0   23.0 30th 11.8   7.1 15th 74.8
Merimbula Airport AWS 18.7   32.0 1st     4.0 24th 72.6
Montague Island Lighthouse 17.0 −1.7 24.9 1st 12.0 −0.6 8.0 7th 76.6 64.7 high 118%
Moruya Airport AWS 19.9   34.0 1st 10.0   4.0 7th 62.8
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 19.2 −0.9 32.8 1st 11.4 +0.6 5.5 7th 80.6 77.8 high 104%
Narooma RVCP 18.5 −0.9 26.5 1st 11.1 −0.1 4.0 7th 86.9 71.5 high 122%
Nerriga Composite 18.1 −1.2 27.6 21st 6.2 0.0 −1.5 7th 70.6 62.6 average 113%
Ulladulla AWS 18.9   31.8 1st 12.2   6.4 7th
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala 17.4 −1.4 30.0 31st 4.5 −0.1 −0.5 18th 65.4 55.3 high 118%
Bombala AWS 15.4   27.9 31st 4.5   −0.6 18th 66.6
Canberra Airport 19.0 −0.4 29.0 21st 6.6 +0.5 −0.3 9th 42.4 62.1 average 68%
Canberra Airport Comparison 19.1   29.1 21st 6.1   −1.5 9th 40.2
Cooma Airport AWS 16.0   26.7 31st 3.1   −1.3 24th 56.2 43.8 high 128%
Cooma Visitors Centre 17.4 −2.0 28.5 31st 3.9 +0.2 −1.5 11th 53.4 45.7 high 117%
Goulburn Airport AWS 18.2   28.2 30th 5.3   −1.5 9th 45.2
Goulburn TAFE 18.3 −1.4 27.7 21st 7.1 +0.2 0.9 9th 67.8 55.5 average 122%
Taralga Post Office 17.5 −0.7 27.2 21st 5.2 −0.1 −0.2 7th 64.4 71.1 average 91%
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 17.8 −1.3 26.5 21st 4.9 −1.2 −1.0 7th 81.2 85.0 average 96%
Tuggeranong 18.8   28.9 21st 6.8   −0.2 7th 75.2
Yass 20.4 −0.1 30.5 31st 6.0 −0.3 −1.0 8th 39.6 64.3 average 62%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Charlotte Pass 8.3 −0.8 18.5 31st −0.3 +0.3 −5.5 10th 193.2 215.1 average 90%
Thredbo AWS 6.0 −0.9 16.8 31st −0.5 +0.2 −7.3 8th 114.0 117.7 average 97%
Thredbo Village 12.4 −0.7 22.8 31st 1.4 −0.3 −5.0 27th 238.3 182.0 high 131%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 21.3   30.8 31st 7.9   1.2 8th 26.0
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 11.0   20.6 31st 3.5   −2.5 7th 171.6
Hume Reservoir 21.1 +0.1 30.5 31st 9.2 +0.1 1.4 8th 34.8 68.4 low 51%
Khancoban AWS 19.7   30.0 31st 5.9   −0.3 9th 77.2
Tumbarumba Post Office 18.7 −0.6 28.0 31st 5.2 0.0 0.0 9th 76.6 96.2 average 80%
Wagga Wagga AMO 23.4 +2.0 34.1 31st 7.7 0.0 −0.1 7th 27.0 57.7 low 47%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 20.5 +0.2 31.1 31st 8.2 −0.1 1.3 9th 56.7 85.7 average 66%
Cootamundra Airport 21.9   32.5 21st 5.6   −2.5 8th 46.8
Grenfell 23.4 +0.8 33.7 22nd 9.4 +0.5 1.2 8th 23.0 55.2 low 42%
Gundagai 21.7   31.7 21st 7.4   0.3 9th 54.4
Quandialla Post Office 25.1 +1.4 35.0 31st 9.0 +0.3 −0.4 8th 26.4 50.9 low 52%
Temora Airport 24.2   34.7 21st 7.2   1.1 7th 23.4
Wyalong Post Office 24.8 +1.4 34.0 22nd 10.3 +1.0 2.7 8th 28.8 45.7 average 63%
Young Airport 21.8   31.8 21st 5.3   −3.1 8th 47.4
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 22.7 +0.6 33.6 31st 7.2 −0.9 0.0 8th 33.4 51.4 average 65%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 23.8   34.4 31st 9.0   2.8 16th 14.4
Narrandera Airport 25.1   34.8 21st 8.8   0.7 8th 14.8 41.5 low 36%
Narrandera Golf Club 24.6 +1.5 34.8 31st 8.4 −0.6 1.8 8th 10.4 45.5 low 23%
Tocumwal Airport 22.9 +0.5 34.5 31st 8.7 −0.1 3.5 9th 11.2 42.9 low 26%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 25.0   35.2 21st 10.4   2.3 8th 10.0
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 25.3 +1.6 35.4 21st 10.1 +1.2 3.9 18th 19.0 39.2 average 48%
Hay 25.2 +0.7 36.7 31st 10.7 +1.2 2.8 8th 5.8 34.9 low 17%
Hay Airport AWS 25.4   36.0 31st 10.2   2.3 8th 5.8
Hillston Airport 26.3 +1.7 35.0 21st 10.2 −0.2 3.5 8th 10.0 35.2 low 28%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 25.7 +0.1 35.5 22nd 11.2 +0.7 4.3 8th 4.6 38.8 very low 12%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Monday 2 November 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 climate.nsw@bom.gov.au