NSW in February 2012: Wet end to summer

  • Well above average rainfall
  • Record-breaking rain in northern NSW on the 2nd, and southern NSW on the 29th
  • 7th coldest mean temperatures on record for February

Rainfall

NSW recorded a statewide average rainfall of 99.7 mm during February, well above the historical average of 50.7 mm and the 13th wettest on record. Rainfall was above average across most of the state, with the wettest February on record at Cooma, Murrurundi, and Bowning. 26 stations also experienced their wettest February since at least the 1970s, particularly in the northwest, including the wettest February since 1976 at Moree, since 1971 at Gunnedah, and since 1955 at Tamworth. The Murray Darling basin also recorded 79 mm during February, almost twice the historical average of 40.4 mm and the 13th wettest on record.

The first major rainfall event was at the start of the month, as an inland trough system and easterly flow triggered several days of heavy rain over northeastern NSW between the 1st and 3rd of February. Tamworth Airport recorded 121 mm on the 2nd, breaking the previous February record of 111.5 mm at the old site on 20 February 1928, with records also broken at Narrabri, Boggabri, and Nowendoc.

Further moderate rain fell along the east coast between the 8th and 15th, with localised reports of flash flooding, associated with thunderstorms triggered by a further low pressure trough. An additional period of thunderstorm activity was triggered by a low pressure trough between the 17th and 20th, with moderate falls across much of central and eastern NSW, particularly on the 20th and 21st.

From the 27th, a slow-moving low pressure system moved into the state, associated with an upper trough and a moist northerly airstream. This triggered widespread rainfall across southern NSW on the 28th and 29th, including the wettest February day on record at several stations, with daily falls as high as 123 mm at Coolamon on the 29th. At Coolamon, Grong Grong and Mulwala this was the wettest day on record for any month.

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

Temperature

The statewide average maximum temperature for NSW during February was 29.5 °C, 1.9 °C below the historical average. This is the 7th coldest February on record for NSW, and the coolest since February 2008. The cool conditions were associated with the well above average rainfall and cloudiness during the month, with most of the state recording below average temperatures. Temperatures were coolest in northern and central NSW, with days more than 3 °C below average at areas including Condobolin, Nyngan, and Collarenebri, while Grenfell experienced its coolest February in almost 100 years of record. Temperatures were particularly cool during a rain event at the start of the month, with several stations experiencing their coldest February day on record.

The statewide average minimum temperature was also below average during February, at 16.8 °C compared to the historical average of 17.6 °C, also the coolest February since 2008. Most of the state experienced cooler than average nights, with parts of northwestern NSW more than 1 °C below average. The mean February temperature for NSW was consequently 23.2 °C, 1.3 °C below the historical average and the 8th coldest February on record.

Some sites had their lowest February mean temperature on record. Some sites had their coldest February day (lowest maximum temperature) on record. Some sites had their lowest February mean daily maximum temperature on record. Some sites had their lowest February temperature on record.

See a map of maximum temperature anomalies. See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

Other phenomena

Following heavy rain during December and January as well as additional rain in early February, flooding continued in northern NSW during the month. At the beginning of the month, more than ten thousand people remained isolated in northern NSW and the mid north coast, with evacuations ordered for more than 2000 people along the Mehi, Manning, Gwydir and Namoi rivers. Large parts of Moree were flooded, including residential areas and parts of the CBD.

Floodwaters originating in Queensland also progressed through NSW during the month, with many rural areas isolated for most of the month, including Lightning Ridge, Collarenebri, Walgett, Wee Waa and Mungindi. At the end of the month, a heavy rain event in southern NSW also resulted in flooding along the Tumut and Murray rivers on the 28th, with parts of Cooma evacuated. Natural Disasters were declared in 23 Local Government Areas, as a result of the flooding from late January through February.

Several flash flooding events were associated with localised storm activity and heavy rain during February, including near Taree on the 8th, in western Sydney overnight on the 9th, and in Picton on the 10th. Severe storms overnight on the 20th also resulted in flash flooding in several areas of Sydney, including 20 vehicles trapped by floodwaters in Zetland.

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Extremes in February 2012
Hottest day 42.3 °C at Tibooburra Airport on the 19th
Warmest days on average 34.5 °C at Wanaaring Post Office
Coolest days on average 14.3 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day 8.1 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 1st
Coldest night 0.8 °C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on the 6th
Coolest nights on average 5.2 °C at Perisher Valley AWS
Warmest nights on average 20.9 °C at Lord Howe Island Aero
Warmest night 25.8 °C at Wanaaring Post Office on the 28th
Warmest on average overall 27.2 °C at Tibooburra Post Office
27.2 °C at Wanaaring Post Office
Coolest on average overall 10.1 °C at Thredbo AWS
Wettest overall 629.8 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview)
Wettest day 156.0 mm at Bowra Sugarloaf on the 1st
156.0 mm at Coffs Harbour MO on the 1st
Highest wind gust 109 km/h at Griffith Airport AWS on the 22nd

Record highest February daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in February 2012 (mm)
Previous wettest
for February
Years of
record
Gunning Rural Supplies 78.0 on the 29th 66.8 on the 3rd in 1941 126
Coolamon Post Office 123.0 on the 29th 106.7 on the 9th in 1925 125
Boorowa Post Office 92.6 on the 29th 55.4 on the 20th in 1974 114
Boggabri (Retreat) 96.6 on the 2nd 86.4 on the 1st in 1971 113
Lockhart Bowling Club 67.8 on the 29th 67.6 on the 28th in 1939 112
Grong Grong (Junee St) 110.6 on the 29th 65.5 on the 17th in 1928 111
Binalong Post Office 102.1 on the 29th 72.1 on the 3rd in 1941 107
Mulwala Post Office 94.0 on the 28th 86.0 on the 5th in 2011 105
Naradhan (Uralba) 74.4 on the 29th 71.9 on the 6th in 1950 99
Ivanhoe (Kilfera) 71.0 on the 29th 66.0 on the 5th in 2001 90
Narrabri West Post Office 128.2 on the 2nd 114.3 on the 13th in 1898 83
Broken Hill Airport AWS 82.4 on the 29th 69.0 on the 21st in 2000 51
Nowendoc (Green Hills) 117.0 on the 2nd 94.6 on the 4th in 1990 42
Tamworth Airport AWS 121.0 on the 2nd 64.0 on the 22nd in 2003 20



Record highest total February rainfall
Total rainfall
for February 2012 (mm)
Previous wettest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Binalong Post Office 210.9 159.3 in 1934 107 46.0
Bowning (Wanganui) 182.2 155.9 in 1973 81 42.3
Cooma Visitors Centre 285.2 172.4 in 2011 39 62.2
Murrurundi (Timor) 170.2 163.1 in 1971 39 68.9
Cooma Airport AWS 211.4 170.4 in 2010 25 52.4
Tamworth Airport AWS 257.6 169.0 in 2008 20 80.1

Highest total February rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for February 2012 (mm)
Most recent February
at least this wet
Years since
wetter
Average for
February
Crookwell Post Office 185.2 265.4 in 1928 84 54.2
Koorawatha (Boorowa Street) 192.6 200.7 in 1928 84 45.5
Yalgogrin North (Roloma) 144.6 304.6 in 1928 84 34.6
Gunning Rural Supplies 197.2 251.2 in 1928* 83 46.3
Naradhan (Uralba) 119.4 133.4 in 1950* 58 33.9
Lake Cargelligo Airport 141.8 148.1 in 1955 57 36.1
Boggabri (Retreat) 236.8 254.9 in 1955* 56 62.9
Tuena (Wyoming) 162.8 163.1 in 1955* 56 62.0
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 168.8 223.9 in 1959 53 49.0
Gunnedah Resource Centre 174.2 242.8 in 1971 41 73.8
Adaminaby Alpine Tourist Park 148.2 153.6 in 1971* 40 52.5
Berridale (Myack Street) 187.8 196.2 in 1971* 39 59.9
Barraba Post Office 180.2 207.6 in 1976 36 77.9
Delungra Post Office 172.6 257.6 in 1976 36 82.0
Manilla Post Office 190.0 207.6 in 1976 36 68.0
Mungindi Post Office 171.0 366.0 in 1976 36 64.1
Bellata Post Office 197.4 205.6 in 1976* 35 69.7
Boggabri Post Office 140.2 162.8 in 1977 35 65.0
Narrabri West Post Office 207.6 220.0 in 1977 35 63.9
Rowena Post Office 161.2 164.0 in 1977 35 65.8
Tooraweenah (Denham St) 141.2 151.4 in 1975* 33 60.1
Taralga Post Office 182.4 187.4 in 1981 31 69.0
Forster - Tuncurry Marine Rescue 326.5 489.4 in 1985 27 120.5
Mandurama Post Office 176.0 247.1 in 1973* 27 69.0
Bowral (Parry Drive) 275.4 311.2 in 1990 22 99.0
Moss Vale (Hoskins Street) 222.0 285.4 in 1990 22 96.5
Dungog - Main Creek (Yeranda) 400.0 509.2 in 1990* 21 144.4
Hargraves (General Store) 184.9 343.4 in 1992 20 71.9
Nyngan Airport 127.2 250.8 in 1992 20 47.9
Upper Chichester (Simmonds) 362.4 373.6 in 1992 20 163.3
Weabonga (Stoneleigh) 188.2 201.6 in 1992 20 80.3

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported.




Record lowest February daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in February 2012 (°C)
Previous coolest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 16.5 on the 2nd 17.1 on the 7th in 1973 45 30.9
Peak Hill Post Office 18.4 on the 2nd 18.7 on the 10th in 1996 45 32.5
Trangie Research Station AWS 18.4 on the 2nd 18.5 on the 21st in 1977 44 32.2
Cessnock (Nulkaba) 18.3 on the 2nd 19.0 on the 14th in 1975 34 29.6
Peats Ridge (Waratah Road) 17.1 on the 1st 17.2 on the 25th in 2004 30 26.4
Cessnock Airport AWS 18.3 on the 2nd 18.5 on the 14th in 2009 22 29.1
Goulburn Airport AWS 14.2 on the 2nd = 14.2 on the 9th in 1992 21 26.3



Record lowest February mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for February 2012 (°C)
Previous coolest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 27.0 27.2 in 1917 94 30.9
Ulladulla AWS 22.5 22.8 in 2008 20 24.4

 



Record lowest February temperature
Lowest temperature
in February 2012 (°C)
Previous coolest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Lake Victoria Storage 8.7 on the 6th 8.8 on the 22nd in 1993 47 16.4



Record lowest February mean temperature
Mean daily
temperature
for February 2012 (°C)
Previous coolest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Ulladulla AWS 19.5 19.7 in 2008 20 21.0



Summary statistics for February 2012
Maximum temperatures
for February
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for February
(°C)
Rainfall
for February
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2012
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2012
Mean for
February
2012
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2012
Total for
February
2012
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2012
Fraction of
February
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 33.2   41.9 19th 19.3   14.6 6th 91.8
Tibooburra Airport 34.3   42.3 19th 20.0   15.2 11th 23.8
Tibooburra Post Office 34.3 -0.9 42.2 19th 20.2 -1.5 14.6 7th 34.0 29.7 high 114%
White Cliffs AWS 33.6   41.1 19th 19.7   13.4 11th 85.4
Wilcannia (Reid St) 33.1 -1.5 40.8 18th 18.2 -1.1 11.5 11th 40.0 26.2 high 153%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 33.7   41.6 19th 17.6   11.4 9th 18.6
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill (Patton Street) 31.5 -0.7 39.8 19th 18.0 -0.2 11.6 8th 91.4 26.0 v high 352%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 30.6 -1.4 38.6 19th 17.0 -1.5 10.3 8th 86.8 20.3 v high 428%
Lake Victoria Storage 31.0 -0.6 38.2 19th 15.8 -0.6 8.7 6th 4.8 19.4 average 25%
Menindee Post Office 32.7 -1.1 40.6 19th 19.4 +1.3 13.8 1st 38.6 21.6 high 179%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 33.1   40.0 19th 18.3   12.5 1st 99.8 22.9 v high 436%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 32.5   38.4 19th     17.4 23rd 40.4
Brewarrina Hospital 30.9 -4.1 37.8 20th 19.2 -1.2 13.6 11th 89.4 49.4 high 181%
Cobar Airport AWS 31.3   37.1 19th 17.5   10.7 7th 46.0
Cobar MO 30.8 -2.4 36.7 19th 17.9 -2.2 12.1 7th 52.4 44.5 average 118%
Collarenebri (Albert St) 30.4 -4.0 37.2 20th 19.4 -0.9 14.6 8th 99.6 58.1 high 171%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 31.5   37.0 20th 19.7   15.0 12th 98.0
Wanaaring Post Office 34.5   40.7 19th 19.5   13.1 11th 9.0 34.8 average 26%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald (RSL) 30.9 -1.6 37.0 25th 16.3 0.0 10.0 8th 31.0 25.3 high 123%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 32.5   39.9 19th 17.8   10.9 1st 80.6
Ivanhoe Post Office 33.1 -0.9 40.5 19th 16.9 -1.0 10.0 9th 111.8 28.6 v high 391%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 29.5 -3.3 34.0 5th 16.7 -1.4 11.3 7th 123.7 45.3 v high 273%
Condobolin Airport AWS 30.0   34.5 24th 16.5   10.9 7th 102.0
Peak Hill Post Office 29.2 -3.3 34.2 24th 18.3 -1.0 12.0 7th 74.4 51.7 high 144%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 29.3   34.1 17th 15.4   10.1 7th 87.0
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 29.7   34.6 18th 17.3   13.1 7th 100.2
Nyngan Airport 30.1 -3.2 36.0 18th 17.4 -1.8 13.8 7th 127.2 47.9 v high 266%
Trangie Research Station AWS 29.6 -2.6 34.6 18th 16.8 -1.6 13.2 11th 65.8 52.5 high 125%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 31.4 -2.7 37.2 19th 19.4 -0.8 15.9 8th 171.0 64.1 v high 267%
Walgett Airport AWS 30.0   36.1 20th 19.2   14.3 7th 135.6
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 30.1   34.7 20th 18.5   14.2 12th 195.8
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 29.0 -1.9 33.6 6th 14.2 -1.9 8.7 28th 180.2 77.9 v high 231%
Narrabri Airport AWS 30.6   35.2 20th 18.0   13.8 13th 21.4
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 29.4   33.2 6th 16.7   13.4 12th 177.4
Gunnedah Resource Centre 28.8 -2.3 32.9 6th 17.8 -0.9 14.9 12th 174.2 73.8 v high 236%
Quirindi Post Office 29.1 -2.3 33.8 6th 15.5 -0.6 11.8 17th 155.8 65.8 v high 237%
Tamworth Airport AWS 28.7 -2.6 33.2 6th 15.9 -1.1 13.5 14th 257.6 80.1 highest 322%
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 24.6 -2.1 29.5 6th 12.6 +0.1 9.4 24th 164.8 76.8 v high 215%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 24.3   28.1 6th 12.5   8.9 12th 121.8
Armidale Airport AWS 23.5   28.4 6th 12.7   9.7 17th 100.8
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 23.9 -0.7 28.7 6th 13.0 -0.3 9.5 12th 123.6 94.3 high 131%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 24.0   28.4 6th 12.4   8.1 12th 142.6
Glen Innes Post Office 24.8 -0.8 30.0 6th 13.8 +0.6 10.6 12th 136.2 91.7 high 149%
Guyra Hospital 22.0 -1.0 26.2 6th 11.5 -0.3 9.0 10th 157.6 110.3 high 143%
Inverell (Raglan St) 28.0   32.2 6th 14.6   11.2 12th 125.4
Inverell Research Centre 27.3 -1.4 31.4 6th 15.7 -0.5 13.3 12th 120.8 98.7 high 122%
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 24.7 -1.4 28.8 6th 14.5 +0.2 10.1 29th 170.2 94.9 high 179%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam (Muirne) 25.9 0.0 31.1 6th 17.0 +0.1 14.7 16th 241.4 186.4 high 130%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Ballina Airport AWS 27.7   31.6 29th 19.7   17.3 11th 191.2
Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) 27.1   30.4 6th 20.4   18.5 17th 166.2
Casino Airport 29.5 -0.9 34.0 6th 19.2 +0.4 13.8 29th 132.0 155.2 average 85%
Casino Airport AWS 29.2   33.8 20th 19.4   16.6 17th 148.6
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 27.5   34.5 29th 19.6   17.9 17th 158.2
Grafton Airport AWS 29.0   33.5 29th 18.3   15.2 18th 132.8
Grafton Olympic Pool 29.4 +0.1 34.2 29th 19.5 -0.2 17.4 17th 268.0 148.0 v high 181%
Grafton Research Stn 29.1   34.2 29th 19.0   17.2 17th 241.2 131.7 high 183%
Lismore (Richmond Hill) 28.8   33.0 20th 19.1   16.9 17th 117.0
Lismore Airport AWS 29.0   33.8 20th 18.3   14.4 17th 102.0
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 28.9 -0.1 32.7 29th 19.5 -0.1 17.1 26th 127.6 231.0 low 55%
Yamba Pilot Station 27.0 +0.3 30.9 21st 20.6 +0.3 19.0 18th 144.2 158.5 average 91%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 27.0 +0.2 30.9 29th 19.0 -0.5 16.7 18th 321.2 220.1 high 146%
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 23.3   29.0 29th 14.6   11.8 17th 235.2
Kempsey (Wide Street) 28.7 -0.1 33.0 29th 18.0 +0.1 15.6 14th 305.8 156.2 v high 196%
Kempsey Airport AWS 28.3   33.9 20th 17.5   14.9 14th 301.4
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 27.9 +1.0 30.3 29th 19.5 -0.2 17.0 8th 179.4 168.6 average 106%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry Marine Rescue 25.6   29.0 29th 19.2   16.0 1st 326.5 120.5 v high 271%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 26.8   31.2 28th 18.1   15.2 17th 354.2
Taree Airport AWS 26.7   32.1 28th 17.6   14.8 17th 323.8
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 27.8 -0.2 33.2 6th 17.4 0.0 13.6 14th 629.8 247.9 v high 254%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock (Nulkaba) 27.6 -2.0 33.1 28th 17.2 -0.5 12.2 12th 173.1 105.1 high 165%
Cessnock Airport AWS 27.0 -2.1 32.0 28th 16.6 -0.3 11.7 12th 154.4 105.7 high 146%
Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie AWS) 26.1   32.6 28th 16.7   11.6 12th 168.6
Gosford (Narara Research Station) AWS 25.9 -1.3 32.3 28th 16.7 -0.5 11.6 12th 220.0 153.2 high 144%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 28.1 -2.8 33.4 29th 16.7 -0.4 12.2 17th 122.4 72.8 high 168%
Maitland Visitors Centre 27.1   32.7 28th 17.1   13.1 12th 160.2
Mangrove Mountain AWS 25.2   30.9 28th 16.1   12.3 12th 200.2
Merriwa (Roscommon) 27.4   32.8 6th 14.5   9.6 12th 80.4 59.7 average 135%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 24.0   28.9 6th 14.4   10.6 14th 161.6
Murrurundi Post Office 26.5 -3.3 30.9 29th 14.0 -1.0 8.9 14th 153.0 78.8 high 194%
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 25.8 -1.2 28.5 28th 19.6 +1.0 17.2 2nd 214.5 112.3 high 191%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 24.0 -1.4 31.6 28th 19.2 -0.1 16.1 3rd 169.6 107.7 high 157%
Newcastle University 26.3   32.6 28th 18.1   13.2 15th 210.4
Norah Head AWS 24.9   28.7 28th 19.1   16.4 12th 170.0
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 27.2 -1.5 32.5 28th 17.3 -0.3 13.2 14th 187.8 120.8 high 155%
Peats Ridge (Waratah Road) 24.4 -2.0 30.3 28th 16.2 -0.1 13.1 12th 175.6 159.3 average 110%
Scone Airport AWS 27.8 -2.6 32.9 6th 15.8 -0.8 11.0 17th 142.2
Singleton STP 27.4   32.5 29th 17.0   12.8 12th 163.7
Williamtown RAAF 26.4 -1.1 33.6 28th 17.6 -0.5 13.5 17th 151.2 120.9 average 125%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 27.2 -2.6 31.5 18th 15.2 -1.1 11.7 12th 157.2 62.5 v high 252%
Mudgee Airport AWS 26.6 -2.6 30.2 6th 14.9 -0.7 11.1 12th 183.8
Nullo Mountain AWS 20.6 -2.1 27.0 6th 12.0 -1.3 9.1 12th 180.0
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 24.5 -2.7 28.5 24th 12.8 -0.5 8.0 12th 127.5 59.1 high 216%
Bathurst Airport AWS 24.3 -2.9 28.8 24th 12.7 -0.8 8.4 12th 131.2
Katoomba (Murri St) 21.2 -1.2 25.6 23rd 12.9 0.0 9.3 22nd 270.8 176.3 high 154%
Lithgow (Cooerwull) 21.8   26.6 6th 12.5   6.8 12th 153.1 81.0 high 189%
Mount Boyce AWS 21.0 -1.7 25.5 23rd 12.4 -0.8 9.2 22nd 247.0
Oberon (Springbank) 21.6 -2.2 25.6 5th 10.2 -0.9 5.9 12th 118.5 61.0 high 194%
Orange Agricultural Institute 22.4 -3.4 26.2 25th 12.2 -1.0 9.2 12th 107.8 77.2 high 140%
Orange Airport AWS 22.2   25.7 25th 11.5   7.7 23rd 134.4
Springwood (Valley Heights) 24.8   31.4 5th 16.2   12.6 12th 235.0 140.4 high 167%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran (Namoi Street) 27.5 -3.2 31.9 18th 13.5 -1.1 9.0 19th 128.2 82.1 high 156%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 26.2   30.0 18th 15.4   12.3 11th 141.4
Dunedoo Post Office 28.5 -2.3 33.1 18th 16.4 -0.8 12.5 12th 52.1 64.2 average 81%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 27.6   32.1 25th 15.3   11.0 12th 141.8
Dubbo Airport AWS 28.9   33.7 18th 16.1   12.7 12th 118.0
Forbes Airport AWS 28.6   33.3 24th 16.0   12.8 7th 154.4
Parkes (Macarthur Street) 28.6 -3.0 33.7 18th 16.7 -1.1 11.3 7th 81.8 49.1 high 167%
Parkes Airport AWS 28.4   32.7 24th 15.9   9.9 7th 77.6 68.1 average 114%
Wellington (Agrowplow) 28.4 -3.7 32.0 24th 15.8 -0.8 11.2 12th 84.2 52.6 high 160%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 26.6 -1.2 32.5 27th 17.7 -0.4 14.2 12th 153.0 107.5 high 142%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 25.5   32.0 28th 17.5   13.9 12th 122.4
Holsworthy Control Range 26.1   31.9 27th 16.6   12.3 12th 186.2
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 26.0 -1.8 31.9 27th 17.1 -0.5 13.5 12th 161.0 125.5 high 128%
Riverview Observatory 25.4 -1.1 32.0 28th 17.6 -0.1 14.0 12th 180.1 111.2 high 162%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 25.8 0.0 33.4 28th 19.2 +0.4 16.6 12th 111.0 118.0 average 94%
Sydney Airport AMO 26.1 -0.2 34.3 28th 19.4 +0.4 16.5 12th 133.6 112.9 high 118%
Sydney Harbour (Wedding Cake West) 23.4   31.1 28th 19.7   17.2 3rd
Sydney Olympic Park AWS (Archery Centre) 26.0   32.2 28th 18.2   14.5 12th 139.4
Terrey Hills AWS 24.4   31.0 28th 17.3   14.5 12th 239.0
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 26.5   32.1 27th 16.6   13.2 12th 193.2
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 26.3   32.4 27th 16.9   13.1 12th 189.4
Liverpool (Michael Wenden Centre) 26.8   32.4 27th 16.8   13.8 12th 210.8
Penrith Lakes AWS 27.0   32.5 28th 17.6   14.2 12th 266.2
Prospect Reservoir 26.4 -1.5 32.3 27th 17.3 -0.4 15.4 16th 177.5 96.7 high 184%
Richmond RAAF 26.6   31.6 27th 17.0   13.2 12th 159.6
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park (Wollongong Airport) 24.7   28.0 28th 16.6   13.3 23rd 185.6
Bellambi AWS 23.4   27.8 28th 18.1   15.8 3rd 311.8
Bowral (Parry Drive) 21.9 -2.6 27.6 5th 13.0 -0.5 10.1 15th 275.4 99.0 v high 278%
Camden Airport AWS 26.6 -2.0 31.2 5th 16.3 -0.5 13.0 12th 134.6 101.4 high 133%
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 26.3   30.9 27th 16.1   12.8 22nd 94.2
Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular AWS) 22.7   27.2 23rd 17.4   15.5 3rd 256.6
Kiama (Bombo Headland) 23.0   26.0 24th 17.8   15.8 1st 289.0
Moss Vale AWS 21.6   26.9 5th 12.8   9.3 15th 254.4
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 24.6   31.1 27th 15.8   13.2 16th 180.4
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay (Catalina Country Club) 24.2   30.5 27th 15.0   10.2 7th 172.7 108.4 high 159%
Bega AWS 25.2   32.3 25th 14.5   10.6 7th 89.0
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 22.9 -2.4 30.3 25th 11.2 -1.1 6.0 13th 146.4 69.9 high 209%
Green Cape AWS 23.0   27.2 23rd 16.9   14.3 1st 130.0
Merimbula Airport AWS 23.8   29.3 27th 15.1   12.5 11th 189.6
Montague Island Lighthouse 22.1 -1.2 25.5 27th 17.4 -0.4 14.9 8th 197.2 87.3 high 226%
Moruya Airport AWS 23.7   32.1 27th 15.3   12.7 25th 114.6
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 22.8 -1.3 30.0 27th 16.2 -0.1 14.3 11th 116.6 96.0 high 121%
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 22.8 -0.8 27.0 27th 16.0 -0.7 13.8 11th 151.9 93.5 high 162%
Ulladulla AWS 22.5 -1.9 25.6 27th 16.5 -1.1 14.4 1st 173.8
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala (Therry Street) 23.7 -1.3 32.5 25th 11.1 +0.6 8.4 12th 105.8 58.9 high 180%
Bombala AWS 22.7 -1.2 31.2 25th 10.4 -0.2 6.6 12th 100.2
Canberra Airport 25.0   31.3 25th 12.9   8.9 11th 127.0
Cooma Airport AWS 21.9 -3.2 28.2 24th 10.3 -0.1 5.5 11th 211.4 52.4 highest 403%
Cooma Visitors Centre 23.5 -2.9 30.0 24th 10.9 +0.4 5.7 11th 285.2 62.2 highest 459%
Goulburn Airport AWS 23.5 -2.8 30.3 5th 12.4 -0.4 7.4 25th 170.4
Goulburn TAFE 23.5 -2.9 30.0 5th 13.1 -0.5 10.5 16th 164.8 63.3 v high 260%
Mount Ginini AWS 16.5   22.3 25th 8.4   4.1 1st 225.8
Taralga Post Office 22.6 -2.3 29.0 5th 11.5 -0.6 8.0 12th 182.4 69.0 v high 264%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 24.7   30.7 25th 13.1   9.0 13th 146.2
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) 16.4 -0.7 23.5 25th 5.3 +0.4 0.8 6th 162.0 136.5 high 119%
Perisher Valley AWS 16.6   24.4 25th 5.2   0.9 11th 106.0
Thredbo AWS 14.3 -2.0 21.4 25th 5.9 -1.2 1.9 6th 128.4 94.8 high 135%
Thredbo Village 19.5 -1.5 26.5 25th 6.7 -0.2 1.9 11th 125.5 86.9 high 144%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 29.2   36.1 25th 15.2   10.9 7th 61.0
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 18.1   24.2 25th 10.2   5.0 1st 136.6
Hume Reservoir 29.0 -1.4 34.5 25th 16.1 -0.4 10.1 7th 84.4 44.0 high 192%
Khancoban AWS 27.5   33.7 25th 12.5   8.1 11th 90.4
Tumbarumba Post Office 25.7 -2.7 31.5 25th 11.6 -0.3 6.2 7th 123.7 54.7 v high 226%
Wagga Wagga AMO 28.5 -2.4 34.6 25th 15.5 -0.9 8.4 7th 43.4 41.8 average 104%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 27.5 -1.4 34.5 25th 15.5 -0.2 13.0 12th 95.4 56.9 high 168%
Cootamundra Airport 27.2   31.8 24th 14.5   9.5 7th 201.0
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 27.0 -3.9 31.4 24th 14.7 -1.4 10.9 7th 168.8 49.0 v high 344%
Gundagai (William St) 28.2   34.3 25th 15.0   11.0 7th 103.6
Quandialla Post Office 29.2 -2.9 34.0 24th 16.1 -0.9 11.8 7th 152.0 45.3 v high 336%
Temora Airport 28.8   33.8 17th 14.4   8.2 7th 59.2
Wyalong Post Office 29.3 -2.6 33.8 5th 16.6 -0.9 12.2 7th 134.4 38.8 v high 346%
Young Airport 26.9 -3.4 31.4 24th 13.7 -1.0 9.2 25th 168.6
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 29.9 -1.4 36.5 25th 15.6 -0.1 9.5 7th 103.8 37.7 v high 275%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 30.5   37.3 24th 15.5   8.7 9th 44.8
Narrandera Airport 30.5   35.8 5th 16.0   9.3 7th 80.4 37.7 high 213%
Narrandera Golf Club 30.5 -1.5 36.0 5th 15.6 -1.8 7.5 7th 67.3 40.3 high 167%
Tocumwal Airport 30.0 -1.5 36.1 24th 15.8 -0.3 10.9 8th 96.2 29.7 v high 324%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 30.6   35.8 5th 17.3   10.7 8th 81.0 31.9 high 254%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 30.6 -1.5 36.9 5th 16.7 -0.6 10.5 7th 55.4 29.3 high 189%
Hay (Miller Street) 31.6 -1.0 37.7 24th 16.4 0.0 9.0 1st 64.2 29.5 high 218%
Hay Airport AWS 32.3   38.3 25th 15.8   8.7 9th 49.0
Hillston Airport 31.0 -1.7 37.0 18th 16.7 -1.6 11.5 9th 110.6 28.1 v high 394%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 30.3 -3.2 36.0 5th     15.5 23rd 141.8 36.1 v high 393%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Lord Howe Island Aero 25.5 -0.2 26.8 29th 20.9 -0.1 18.1 12th 212.2 114.7 high 185%
Norfolk Island Aero 25.2 +0.3 27.0 23rd 20.4 +0.8 17.2 29th 145.0 95.1 high 152%

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 11 am on Thursday 1 March 2012. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages are long-term means 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, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.
The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of long-term average rain.

The Rank indicates how rainfall this time compares with the climate record for the site, based on the decile ranking (very low rainfall is in decile 1, low in decile 2 or 3, average in decile 4 to 7, high in decile 8 or 9 and very high is in decile 10).
The Fraction of average shows how much rain has fallen this time as a percentage of the long-term mean.

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