New South Wales in February 2010: Wet end to summer.

  • Above average temperatures for NSW.
  • 10th wettest February on record for NSW and Murray Darling Basin.
  • 9th warmest February for average minimum temperatures.
  • Major flooding in the far west and southeast of the state.

Rainfall

Statewide average rainfall for February was 106.5 mm which is above the historical average1 of 50.6 mm and is the highest rainfall since February 1976 when 151.9 mm were recorded statewide. The above average rainfall was due to two significant rainfall events in the first half of February. The first major rainfall event was associated with ex-tropical cyclone Olga, which produced falls across the north western parts of New South Wales in early February. Following this, on the 13th - 14th of February an upper level low and a surface low pressure trough extending from northwest to southeast NSW interacted with the high humidity present across the state and produced major falls. This resulted in many locations under the trough line recording four times their February rainfall. Areas in the far west and southeast of the state, namely Central Darling and Bega areas experienced major flooding due to the heavy falls. The resulting rainfall deciles map shows extensive areas with above average falls, particularly in the northwest, central and southeast of the state. Recent rainfall over eastern Australia appears fairly typical of past El Niño breakdowns. January 2007 (mainly SA/western Vic), February 2003, April 1998, January 1995, March 1983 and February 1973 all produced good rainfalls on the back of an El Niño event. This has been the 10th wettest February on record.

The Murray Darling Basin recorded a basin wide average of 93.5 mm which is above the historical average1 of 40.4 mm and is the 10th wettest February on record.

Some sites had their highest total February rainfall on record.
Some sites had their lowest total February rainfall on record.
See a map of total rainfall.
See a map of rainfall deciles.

Temperature

The statewide average mean temperature for NSW was 24.9°C which is 0.4°C above the historical average1 of 24.5°C. The above average mean temperature was strongly influenced by the above average minimum temperatures. Warm nights during February associated with overcast conditions and high humidity with the rain that fell particularly during the first part of the month. The cloudy conditions, contributed to above average minimums, also resulted in below average maximum temperatures.

Maximum temperature

The statewide average maximum temperature for February was 30.7°C which is 0.7°C below the historical average of 31.4°C. Most of the state recorded below average maximum temperature. The far northwest of NSW recorded temperatures up to 5°C below average with the the surrounding areas recording maximum temperatures which graded down to 2°C below average for the eastern parts of the Upper Western and the northern parts of the Lower Western districts. Coastal areas as well as the far southwest of the state were the only areas to record above average temperatures with the Mid North Coast, recording average maximum temperatures up to 2°C above average.

Some sites had their highest February mean daily maximum temperature on record.
See a map of mean maximum temperatures.
See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.

Minimum temperature

The statewide average minimum temperature for February was 19°C, which is 1.4°C above the historical average of 17.6°C. Most of NSW recorded above average minimum temperatures with most of the southern border of the state recording the highest anomalies of up to 3°C above average with some areas in the southwest recording temperatures up to 4°C above average.

Some sites had their warmest February night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.
Some sites had their highest February mean daily minimum temperature on record.
See a map of mean minimum temperatures.
See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

Other phenomena

Heavy rainfall that fell during early to mid February caused major flooding in the southeast and far west NSW. Emergency services minister, Steve Whan announced a natural disaster declaration for the Bega and Eurobodalla local government areas in the state's southeast as well as for the Central Darling and Cobar Shire's in the state's far west.

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Extremes in February 2010
Hottest day 40.8 °C at Menindee Post Office on the 11th
Warmest days on average 33.8 °C at Pooncarie Mail Agency
Coolest days on average 15.6 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day 8.2 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 15th
Coldest night 0.3 °C at Thredbo Village on the 18th
Coolest nights on average 7.6 °C at Thredbo AWS
Warmest nights on average 22.1 °C at Lord Howe Island Aero
Warmest night 27.1 °C at Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS on the 1st
Wettest overall 612.0 mm at Moruya (Plumwood)
Wettest day 222.0 mm at Boat Harbour (Rous River) on the 7th
Highest wind gust 104 km/h at Kiama (Bombo Headland) on the 12th

Record highest total February rainfall
Total rainfall
for February 2010 (mm)
Previous highest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Murrumburrah Old Post Office 228.2 159.4 in 1948 119 42.1
Dalgety (Hamilton St) 178.3 175.1 in 1928 114 49.9
Burrinjuck Dam 205.0 195.1 in 1971 102 55.3
Narooma RVCP 580.2 530.0 in 1971 85 92.5
Broken Hill Airport AWS 116.0 89.0 in 2000 51 17.0
Euston (Turlee) 108.2 103.6 in 1974 50 20.6
Cooma Visitors Centre 167.4 148.6 in 2007 37 53.2
Tilpa (Trevallyn) 204.6 157.4 in 2000 37 30.3
Cooma Airport AWS 170.4 118.0 in 2002 23 41.0
Batemans Bay (Catalina Country Club) 304.2 242.0 in 2002 21 104.1
Girilambone (Wongala) 212.2 170.6 in 1992 20 55.5




Record lowest total February rainfall
Total rainfall
for February 2010 (mm)
Previous lowest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Guyra (Gowan Brae) 0.0 23.2 in 1987 36 103.4
Torrens (Darke St) 1.6 3.2 in 1989 26 52.3
Upper Allyn Township 30.0 38.6 in 1979 24 198.8




Record highest February mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for February 2010 (°C)
Previous highest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Lord Howe Island Aero 26.7 = 26.7 in 1998 21 25.6



Record highest February daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in February 2010 (°C)
Previous highest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Sydney Airport AMO 24.7 on the 23rd 24.5 on the 28th in 2001 71 19.0
Perisher Valley Ski Centre 18.0 on the 8th 16.0 on the 18th in 1981 33 5.2
Narooma RVCP 21.8 on the 22nd 21.6 on the 28th in 2001 23 16.6



Record highest February mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for February 2010 (°C)
Previous highest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 21.2 21.1 in 1983 151 18.8
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 21.5 21.3 in 2006 146 19.3
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 18.6 18.5 in 1915 134 16.3
Bombala (Therry Street) 13.4 = 13.4 in 1935 86 10.5
Riverview Observatory 20.0 19.9 in 1998 73 17.7
Sydney Airport AMO 21.2 21.0 in 1983 70 19.0
Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) 8.5 7.6 in 1973 40 4.8
Griffith Airport AWS 20.3 20.0 in 1997 35 17.2
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 20.9 = 20.9 in 1998 33 19.6
Peats Ridge (Waratah Road) 18.4 18.3 in 1983 28 16.2
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 21.5 21.3 in 2006 24 18.5
Narooma RVCP 18.6 18.1 in 2003 22 16.6



Summary statistics for February 2010
Maximum temperatures
for February
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for February
(°C)
Rainfall
for February
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2010
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2010
Mean for
February
2010
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2010
Total for
February
2010
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2010
Fraction of
February
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 32.1   37.7 11th 21.3   17.3 24th 79.0
Tibooburra Airport 31.1   36.5 11th 21.4   18.0 2nd 154.8
Tibooburra Post Office 31.2 -4.1 36.7 11th 21.7 0.0 17.5 16th 155.0 29.6 v high 524%
White Cliffs AWS 32.3   38.3 11th 21.9   18.2 6th 140.6
White Cliffs Post Office 32.5 -2.4 38.0 11th 21.0 +0.6 17.2 25th 144.8 26.8 v high 540%
Wilcannia (Reid St) 32.2 -2.5 38.7 11th 21.0 +1.7 14.9 24th 109.2 25.8 v high 423%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 32.4   39.2 11th 20.8   13.3 24th 135.2
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill (Patton Street) 31.1 -1.1 38.0 11th 19.8 +1.6 14.3 6th 109.6 24.5 v high 447%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 31.0 -1.1 37.8 11th 19.9 +1.5 14.5 24th 116.0 17.0 highest 682%
Lake Victoria Storage 33.1 +1.5 38.5 11th 18.4 +2.0 12.6 24th 35.7 18.5 high 193%
Menindee Post Office 33.3 -0.5 40.8 11th 20.4 +2.3 15.8 24th 71.8 21.0 v high 342%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 33.8   40.0 11th 19.7   13.0 24th 61.9 21.2 high 292%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 32.4   36.9 22nd 20.8   17.0 16th 33.2
Brewarrina Hospital 32.2 -2.8 37.0 13th 20.9 +0.5 17.8 16th 53.2 49.3 average 108%
Cobar Airport AWS 31.2   36.0 11th 20.5   12.0 24th 122.6
Cobar MO 31.1 -2.2 35.7 11th 20.5 +0.4 14.3 24th 129.0 44.6 v high 289%
Collarenebri (Albert St) 33.6 -0.8 37.8 13th 21.1 +0.8 17.4 16th 61.0 58.5 average 104%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 32.8   36.5 23rd 21.6   19.5 16th 89.4
Wanaaring Post Office 31.9   36.4 25th 22.0   18.4 16th 109.9 34.4 v high 319%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald (RSL) 32.8 +0.3 38.6 11th 18.6 +2.3 12.4 23rd 114.2 24.4 v high 468%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 32.3   38.8 11th 21.3   14.8 6th 142.4
Ivanhoe Post Office 33.0 -1.1 40.0 11th 20.9 +3.0 13.0 24th 159.6 27.6 v high 578%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 31.0 -1.8 36.5 11th 20.0 +1.9 15.7 19th 158.6 43.7 v high 363%
Condobolin Airport AWS 30.8   36.7 11th 19.8   12.4 24th 169.6
Peak Hill Post Office 30.7 -1.8 34.2 11th 20.8 +1.6 17.2 24th 206.9 51.4 v high 403%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 30.8   37.2 11th 19.2   14.0 24th 81.8
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 31.9   35.4 22nd 19.8   15.5 24th 80.0
Coonamble Comparison 32.3 -1.6 35.7 22nd 20.2 +1.3 15.9 24th 80.0 55.1 high 145%
Nyngan Airport 31.5 -1.8 35.0 22nd 20.3 +1.2 15.1 24th 119.6 47.4 v high 252%
Trangie Research Station AWS 30.6 -1.6 33.9 11th 19.7 +1.4 15.2 24th 166.0 52.3 v high 317%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 33.2 -0.9 36.9 14th 20.9 +0.7 17.6 27th 143.6 63.5 high 226%
Walgett Airport AWS 33.3   37.6 13th 20.0   16.1 24th 69.4
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 32.6   35.5 23rd 20.6   17.0 27th 46.0
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 31.2 +0.3 35.6 14th 16.4 +0.4 10.6 26th 32.5 76.8 low 42%
Narrabri Airport AWS 31.7   36.1 13th 20.4   16.5 26th 129.0
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 31.8   35.3 23rd 18.2   14.0 26th 92.2
Gunnedah Pool 31.8 -1.1 35.0 23rd 19.5 +1.4 16.1 17th 78.6 66.6 average 118%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 31.2 +0.1 34.9 23rd 19.5 +0.9 15.8 26th 72.2 73.0 average 99%
Quirindi Post Office 31.3 0.0 35.0 23rd 17.7 +1.6 11.8 26th 69.3 65.5 average 106%
Tamworth Airport AWS 31.1   35.1 4th 17.4   12.5 19th 110.8
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 26.5 -0.2 30.5 11th 14.0 +1.5 10.8 27th 39.1 75.9 low 52%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 25.3   29.1 13th 13.6   7.9 19th 74.8
Armidale Airport AWS 24.6   29.3 23rd 14.0   9.4 19th 59.8
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 24.7 +0.1 28.0 22nd 14.1 +0.8 10.0 19th 30.8 94.5 low 33%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 24.8   28.9 23rd 13.6   10.0 11th 43.8
Glen Innes Post Office 25.3 -0.3 29.4 23rd 15.1 +1.9 11.9 19th 29.4 91.8 low 32%
Guyra Hospital 23.5 +0.5 27.7 13th 12.5 +0.8 7.9 19th 37.8 108.6 v low 35%
Inverell (Raglan St) 30.2   33.0 17th 16.1   10.2 26th 31.2
Inverell Research Centre 29.7 +1.0 32.5 23rd 17.2 +1.0 13.4 27th 50.6 98.2 low 52%
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 24.6 -1.5 30.5 15th 15.4 +1.1 12.3 10th 65.3 94.9 average 69%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam (Muirne) 25.5 -0.4 31.8 23rd 17.3 +0.4 14.2 19th 220.8 186.9 high 118%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 27.4 +0.7 32.8 15th 20.0 +0.6 17.0 19th 256.6 227.9 high 113%
Ballina Airport AWS 28.8   32.8 15th 20.6   16.5 22nd 227.4
Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) 27.9   31.6 23rd 21.1   18.7 19th 309.0
Casino Airport 29.5 -0.9 34.9 15th 20.6 +1.8 17.5 19th 195.2 156.0 high 125%
Casino Airport AWS 28.8   34.3 23rd 20.2   16.9 26th 196.6
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 28.6   37.8 15th 20.3   18.1 19th 146.6
Grafton Airport AWS 29.8   35.2 23rd 19.8   16.8 11th 175.8
Grafton Olympic Pool 30.4 +1.1 37.2 23rd 20.6 +0.9 17.3 19th 148.4 146.1 average 102%
Grafton Research Stn 29.7   35.2 23rd 20.1   17.4 19th 177.4 130.7 high 136%
Lismore (Richmond Hill) 29.1   34.9 15th 19.5   16.5 19th 173.8
Lismore Airport AWS 29.4   35.2 15th 19.5   16.2 12th 149.2
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 29.1 +0.1 34.0 15th 20.9 +1.3 18.5 12th 332.7 236.1 high 141%
Yamba Pilot Station 27.5 +0.8 30.4 12th 21.3 +1.0 19.4 19th 91.8 158.3 average 58%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 27.7 +0.9 31.8 12th 20.3 +0.8 18.2 11th 256.2 220.1 average 116%
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 24.3   30.7 23rd 15.8   13.5 18th 314.2
Kempsey (Wide Street) 29.7 +0.9 36.1 23rd 19.9 +2.0 17.8 11th 164.2 155.7 average 105%
Kempsey Airport AWS 29.2   35.7 23rd 18.9   15.9 18th 158.2
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 28.1 +1.2 33.0 23rd 20.6 +0.9 17.9 18th 181.6 169.3 average 107%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 27.4   34.0 23rd 20.7   17.8 26th 45.0 119.2 low 38%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 28.3   35.1 23rd 19.7   16.6 11th 125.6
Taree Airport AWS 28.7   36.0 12th 19.1   16.0 20th 85.8
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 28.4 +0.4 36.0 23rd 18.7 +1.4 15.1 26th 450.0 242.0 v high 186%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock (Nulkaba) 30.1 +0.6 37.0 12th 18.9 +1.2 14.0 26th 94.5 105.2 average 90%
Cessnock Airport AWS 29.4   35.7 12th 18.1   12.6 26th 109.8 107.3 average 102%
Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie AWS) 29.5   37.7 12th 18.5   13.4 27th 38.0
Gosford (Narara Research Station) AWS 28.4 +1.3 36.3 12th 18.4 +1.3 12.5 25th 183.2 153.7 average 119%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 31.0 +0.1 37.8 23rd 18.3 +1.2 13.4 26th 78.0 72.5 average 108%
Maitland Visitors Centre 30.0   36.9 12th 18.7   13.0 26th 48.6
Mangrove Mountain AWS 27.3   34.3 12th 18.0   11.7 25th 143.0
Merriwa (Roscommon) 29.1   33.2 23rd 16.6   10.5 26th 110.8 60.2 high 184%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 26.1   29.9 23rd 16.4   10.4 26th 73.4
Murrurundi Post Office 28.8 -1.0 32.5 23rd 15.8 +0.8 9.1 26th 103.4 78.6 high 132%
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 28.3 +1.3 34.9 12th 21.5 +3.0 18.8 26th 63.8 112.0 average 57%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 27.1 +1.7 36.5 12th 21.5 +2.2 18.3 26th 10.8 107.8 v low 10%
Newcastle University 30.0   37.7 12th 20.4   17.2 26th 5.0
Norah Head AWS 27.8   37.5 12th 21.5   19.4 27th 64.6
Peats Ridge (Waratah Road) 27.8 +1.5 34.3 22nd 18.4 +2.2 13.3 26th 136.4 161.7 average 84%
Scone Airport AWS 30.5   36.7 23rd 16.7   10.4 26th 35.0
Singleton STP 30.1   36.2 22nd 18.6   14.4 20th 59.7
Williamtown RAAF 29.6 +2.1 37.5 12th 18.8 +0.7 13.4 25th 32.2 121.7 low 26%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 29.0 -0.8 32.8 22nd 17.6 +1.3 13.0 26th 72.9 61.8 average 118%
Mudgee Airport AWS 28.1   31.4 11th 17.0   12.5 27th 104.6
Nullo Mountain AWS 21.4   26.0 11th 13.9   9.4 26th 170.0
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 26.7 -0.5 30.1 10th 14.5 +1.2 9.2 26th 132.8 58.6 v high 227%
Bathurst Airport AWS 26.3   30.1 10th 14.9   9.0 26th 94.2
Cowra Research Centre (Evans St) 30.0 -0.4 35.9 1st 18.2 +1.6 12.6 19th 146.2 54.5 v high 268%
Katoomba (Murri St) 22.7 +0.3 28.6 10th 14.8 +1.9 10.4 26th 421.0 176.3 v high 239%
Lithgow (Cooerwull) 23.8   28.4 22nd 14.4   9.0 27th 119.2 80.5 high 148%
Mount Boyce AWS 22.4   27.6 10th 14.2   9.9 26th 284.8
Oberon (Springbank) 22.4 -1.4 27.0 10th 13.2 +2.1 8.7 27th 142.2 60.5 v high 235%
Orange Agricultural Institute 24.4 -1.4 27.8 10th 14.2 +1.1 8.8 26th 151.4 76.7 high 197%
Orange Airport AWS 24.5   27.8 10th 13.7   8.0 26th 103.8
Orange Airport Comparison 24.9 -0.3 28.0 10th 14.0 +1.7 9.0 26th 146.0 82.7 high 177%
Springwood Bowling Club 27.2   35.0 12th 18.0   13.9 26th 381.6 140.4 v high 272%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran (Namoi Street) 29.1 -1.6 32.2 13th 16.2 +1.6 11.8 26th 142.2 82.2 high 173%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 27.9   30.8 13th 17.4   12.7 26th 128.6
Dunedoo Post Office 30.4 -0.5 34.9 13th 18.3 +1.1 13.5 26th 98.7 64.6 high 153%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 30.1   34.7 1st 17.8   11.1 26th 98.8
Cowra Airport Comparison 30.1 -1.4 34.7 1st 18.1 +2.6 11.6 26th 128.6 51.4 high 250%
Dubbo Airport AWS 29.9   33.1 22nd 18.5   14.2 19th
Forbes Airport AWS 30.6   36.0 1st 19.0   13.4 24th 162.8
Parkes (Macarthur Street) 30.8 -0.8 35.3 11th 19.6 +1.9 14.5 24th 152.2 48.5 v high 314%
Parkes Airport AWS 30.4   35.0 11th 18.7   13.0 24th 202.2 65.4 v high 309%
Wellington (Agrowplow) 30.7 -1.4 34.0 4th 18.4 +1.8 12.6 26th 117.0 52.3 high 224%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 28.9 +1.2 37.3 12th 19.3 +1.3 15.1 26th 97.0 108.5 average 89%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 28.4   37.0 12th 19.3   14.1 25th 144.8
Holsworthy Control Range 28.8   36.6 12th 18.4   14.0 25th 112.4
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 29.1 +1.3 37.6 12th 18.8 +1.3 14.0 25th 244.4 127.1 v high 192%
Riverview Observatory 28.1 +1.7 37.5 12th 20.0 +2.3 15.7 25th 231.4 111.5 high 208%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 27.4 +1.7 37.8 12th 21.2 +2.4 18.1 26th 239.4 118.7 high 202%
Sydney Airport AMO 28.1 +1.8 38.6 12th 21.2 +2.2 18.6 17th 152.6 113.8 high 134%
Sydney Olympic Park (Sydney Olympic Pk A 28.7   37.9 12th 20.5   16.7 26th 181.4
Terrey Hills AWS 26.7   35.6 12th 19.3   15.1 26th 203.6
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 28.9   36.6 12th 18.2   13.2 26th 116.0
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 28.9   36.4 12th 18.8   14.7 25th 133.2
Liverpool (Michael Wenden Centre) 29.4   38.0 12th 18.6   14.2 26th 179.6
Penrith Lakes AWS 29.9   37.1 12th 19.3   14.9 26th 274.8
Prospect Reservoir 29.3 +1.4 37.0 12th 19.2 +1.5 14.5 26th 199.7 96.6 v high 207%
Richmond RAAF 29.3   36.3 12th 18.5   14.1 26th 212.8
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park (Wollongong Airport) 26.9   36.0 22nd 18.7   13.0 26th 132.2
Bellambi AWS 25.8   30.4 22nd 20.4   17.0 26th 137.4
Bowral (Parry Drive) 24.0 -0.5 30.2 12th 15.4 +2.0 9.7 26th 187.4 95.7 high 196%
Camden Airport AWS 29.1 +0.6 35.9 12th 18.3 +1.6 12.3 26th 159.2 104.2 high 153%
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 29.0   36.0 12th 17.9   12.5 26th 77.0
Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular AWS) 25.3   32.3 22nd 19.8   17.2 26th 193.4
Kiama (Bombo Headland) 25.5   31.5 12th 20.0   16.1 26th 201.0
Moss Vale AWS 23.7   29.8 12th 15.1   6.6 26th 124.2
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 27.4   35.9 22nd 17.7   12.5 26th 179.8
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay (Catalina Country Club) 26.9   36.2 21st 17.6   11.2 24th 304.2 104.1 highest 292%
Bega AWS 26.6   35.7 21st 16.9   9.3 24th 383.0
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 25.1   31.5 11th 13.8   4.9 26th 198.6
Green Cape AWS 24.2   28.2 11th 18.9   14.8 24th 0
Merimbula Airport AWS 25.1   37.0 21st 16.9   10.0 24th 358.0
Montague Island Lighthouse 23.9 +0.6 28.1 22nd 18.9 +1.1 16.0 2nd 308.6 88.4 v high 349%
Moruya Airport AWS 26.4   37.0 21st 17.6   11.0 24th 385.2
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 25.4 +1.4 34.8 21st 18.6 +2.3 13.0 24th 418.7 95.7 v high 438%
Narooma RVCP 24.7 +1.1 28.3 22nd 18.6 +2.0 13.8 24th 580.2 92.5 highest 627%
Nerriga Composite 25.0 -0.1 31.0 11th 13.9 +1.3 5.9 26th 166.0 65.6 v high 253%
Ulladulla AWS 25.2   35.2 22nd 19.0   15.0 26th 217.4
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala (Therry Street) 24.8 -0.2 32.0 21st 13.4 +2.9 5.0 24th 204.4 58.2 v high 351%
Bombala AWS 23.2   30.8 21st 13.3   4.9 24th 148.0
Canberra Airport 27.3 +0.2 33.7 11th 15.7 +2.6 9.8 26th 125.4 56.4 v high 222%
Canberra Airport Comparison 27.5   34.0 11th 15.3   8.9 26th 133.2
Cooma Airport AWS 23.4   29.9 10th 12.4   5.4 24th 170.4 41.0 highest 416%
Cooma Visitors Centre 24.4 -2.1 30.5 10th 12.3 +1.8 5.7 24th 167.4 53.2 highest 315%
Goulburn Airport AWS 25.4   30.7 10th 14.1   6.2 26th 158.6
Goulburn TAFE 25.6 -0.9 30.5 10th 14.9 +1.4 9.2 26th 162.4 60.0 v high 271%
Mount Ginini AWS 18.3   23.4 10th 9.4   3.8 26th 112.0
Taralga Post Office 24.7 -0.2 30.6 10th 13.7 +1.7 8.9 27th 155.6 67.9 v high 229%
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 25.9 -0.4 32.5 1st 14.7 +2.4 9.5 26th 194.4 71.3 v high 273%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS     33.4 10th 16.1   10.0 19th 126.2
Yass (Linton Hostel) 28.0 -1.0 33.2 10th 16.2 +2.3 10.7 26th 158.2 44.9 v high 352%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) 17.3 +0.2 22.9 9th 8.5 +3.7 0.7 26th 236.0 129.9 high 182%
Thredbo AWS 15.6 -0.8 21.2 9th 7.6 +0.5 1.6 18th 155.6 83.5 v high 186%
Thredbo Village 20.9 -0.1 26.0 9th 8.8 +2.0 0.3 18th 193.3 85.9 v high 225%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 31.1   38.2 1st 18.8   12.5 23rd 72.2
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 20.0   24.9 1st 11.5   6.2 24th 40.6
Hume Reservoir 30.9 +0.4 37.3 1st 19.6 +3.1 12.8 23rd 101.4 41.3 v high 246%
Khancoban AWS 29.6   36.8 1st 15.0   10.1 24th 135.4
Tumbarumba Post Office 28.0 -0.4 35.0 1st 14.5 +2.6 7.7 24th 103.8 52.6 v high 197%
Wagga Wagga AMO 30.6 -0.3 37.3 1st 19.0 +2.7 14.0 23rd 82.6 39.7 high 208%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 29.0 +0.1 35.4 10th 17.9 +2.2 13.6 27th 205.0 55.3 highest 371%
Cootamundra Airport 29.1   34.5 10th 17.2   11.0 24th 167.4
Grenfell (Quondong Rd) 28.8 -2.2 33.1 3rd 18.0 +1.9 12.0 26th 184.9 48.0 v high 385%
Gundagai (William St) 30.0   36.8 1st 17.8   12.0 26th 92.2
Quandialla Post Office 31.4 -0.7 36.4 11th 19.0 +2.1 14.0 24th 123.6 42.7 v high 289%
Temora Airport 30.3   36.0 1st 18.9   15.1 26th 108.8
Wyalong Post Office 31.4 -0.5 37.0 11th 19.8 +2.4 15.5 19th 90.8 37.5 v high 242%
Young Airport 28.9   34.0 11th 16.7   10.6 26th 114.6
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 32.0 +0.7 38.2 21st 18.7 +3.0 11.5 23rd 67.6 35.1 high 193%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 32.4   38.6 21st 18.7   10.5 23rd 59.4
Narrandera Airport 32.2   38.3 1st 19.6   12.7 24th 61.2 33.7 high 182%
Narrandera Golf Club 31.6 -0.4 37.5 1st 19.6 +2.3 14.0 23rd 52.1 37.0 high 141%
Tocumwal Airport 31.7 +0.2 38.1 1st 18.5 +2.5 12.0 24th 92.3 27.9 v high 331%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 32.3   38.2 11th 20.2   14.4 23rd 36.8
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 32.4 +0.3 38.6 11th 20.3 +3.1 13.2 24th 41.8 26.5 high 158%
Hay (Miller Street) 32.4 -0.2 38.1 21st 19.6 +3.2 11.4 24th 119.4 28.0 v high 426%
Hay Airport AWS 32.8   38.6 11th 19.7   11.7 24th 129.6
Hillston Airport 32.1 -0.7 37.5 11th 20.1 +1.8 14.0 24th 137.4 27.1 v high 507%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 31.2 -2.3 36.1 11th 19.7 +1.4 14.2 24th 121.4 35.2 v high 345%

Notes

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in New South Wales using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated. Later information, including data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review, usually published in the fourth week of the month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 2 pm on Monday 1 March 2010. 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.

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