NSW in February 2013: Wet, mild end to summer

  • Above average rainfall
  • Warmer than average temperatures
  • East Coast Low brings severe weather to eastern NSW

Rainfall

NSW recorded a statewide average rainfall of 64.8 mm during February, above the historical average of 50.7 mm but the driest February since 2007, following heavy falls in recent years. Rainfall was above average in southern NSW and along the coastal strip, but below average in parts of northern inland NSW. The Murray-Darling Basin recorded 35 mm of rain during February, below the historical average of 40.4 mm.

A surface trough and thunderstorm activity on the 1st produced widespread rainfall in coastal NSW, with totals of up to 70.2 mm at Hunter Springs to 9am on the 2nd, with further thunderstorms producing rain in eastern NSW between the 10th and 12th and in parts of the west on the 14th and 15th. A surface trough also produced rain in southern NSW at the end of the month, with totals of up to 115 mm at Thredbo on the 28th, its wettest February day on record, breaking a long dry spell in this region. Griffith Airport was on track to record its driest summer on record with just 13.2 mm to February 27, before experiencing its wettest February day on record with 44 mm on the 28th.

The most significant rain event of the month occurred between the 22nd and 24th, as an East Coast Low produced heavy rain across much of coastal NSW. Daily falls reached 415.2 mm at Yarras on the 23rd, its wettest day on record for any month, with a 3-day total of over 500 mm, while falls reached 185 mm at Robertson on the 24th. This rain fell on already wet catchments following heavy rain in late January, and was associated with minor to major flooding across the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast and Hunter regions.

See a list of February rainfall records.

Temperature

The statewide average maximum temperature during February was 31.6 °C, 0.2 °C above the historical average. Temperatures varied substantially across the state, however, with temperatures more than 1 °C below normal across much of northeast NSW, where rain and cloud cover was high, including the coldest February on record at Murwillumbah. In comparison, February was more than 1 °C warmer than average across much of western and southern NSW where conditions were drier, with this areas experiencing widespread warmth between the 7th and 10th.

The average minimum temperature for NSW was 18.1 °C, 0.5 °C above the historical average. Nights were also cooler than normal in northeast NSW and warmer than normal in the southwest, although the variation was smaller, while Lord Howe Island experienced its coolest February in at least 24 years. The mean temperature for NSW was consequently 0.4 °C above normal.

See a list of February temperature records.

Other phenomena

Thunderstorms affected large areas of the state on the 1st. Strong winds reached 102 km/h at Murrurrundi Gap, with hail reported in the Central Tablelands and heavy rain of up to 38.6 mm in 30 minutes at Dungog. Waterspouts were reported near Cabarita Beach on the 17th and off Sydney beaches on the 19th.

An East Coast Low developed off the coast of southeast Queensland on the 21st and moved southward, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to coastal NSW over subsequent days. Strong winds reached 126 km/hr at Byron Bay on the 22nd and 135 km/h at Sydney Harbour just after midnight on the 24th, with tornadoes causing damage in the Kiama region. The heavy rain caused widespread flooding in coastal NSW, including major flooding at Kempsey.

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Extremes in February 2013
Hottest day 42.3 °C at Wilcannia (Reid St) on the 8th
42.3 °C at Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS on the 8th
Warmest days on average 35.7 °C at Wilcannia (Reid St)
35.7 °C at Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS
Coolest days on average 16.6 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day 3.0 °C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on the 28th
Coldest night -2.1 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 2nd
Coolest nights on average 6.1 °C at Perisher Valley AWS
Warmest nights on average 22.1 °C at Tibooburra Post Office
Warmest night 27.5 °C at Fowlers Gap AWS on the 7th
Warmest on average overall 28.8 °C at Tibooburra Airport
Coolest on average overall 11.8 °C at Thredbo AWS
Wettest overall 867.8 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview)
Wettest day 415.2 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview) on the 23rd
Highest wind gust 135 km/h at Sydney Harbour (Wedding Cake West) on the 24th

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Record highest February daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in February 2013 (mm)
Previous wettest
for February
Years of
record
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 415.2 on the 23rd 226.0 on the 4th in 1990 52
Whiporie Post Office 154.8 on the 23rd 145.0 on the 11th in 1976 49
Griffith Airport AWS 44.0 on the 28th 42.2 on the 6th in 2011 48
Thredbo Village 95.4 on the 28th 84.7 on the 6th in 2011 42
Thredbo AWS 115.0 on the 28th 96.2 on the 6th in 2011 30
Upper Pappinbarra (Hillcrest) 315.2 on the 23rd 165.4 on the 25th in 1975 30
Millbank 174.0 on the 23rd 116.0 on the 16th in 1995 25
Grafton Research Stn 136.0 on the 23rd 126.0 on the 24th in 2003 24
Putty Tea Rooms 78.8 on the 24th 69.1 on the 11th in 1973 23



Record highest total February rainfall
Total rainfall
for February 2013 (mm)
Previous wettest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 867.8 682.4 in 2009 64 257.6
Wittitrin 561.0 522.0 in 2009 38 186.0
New Italy (Vineyard Haven) 391.4 309.2 in 2001 30 163.5
Upper Pappinbarra (Hillcrest) 588.4 424.6 in 1976 30 200.7
Millbank 371.0 320.0 in 2009 23 160.5
Ballina Airport AWS 437.4 400.6 in 2001 20 206.8


Record lowest February daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in February 2013 (°C)
Previous coolest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Gosford (Narara Research Station) AWS 18.5 on the 2nd = 18.5 on the 8th in 1973 30 27.2
Ulladulla AWS 17.7 on the 28th 18.4 on the 4th in 2002 22 24.3


Record lowest February mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for February 2013 (°C)
Previous coolest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 26.7 27.4 in 1976 36 29.0


Record lowest February mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for February 2013 (°C)
Previous coolest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Lord Howe Island Aero 20.1 = 20.1 in 1989 24 21.0


Summary statistics for February 2013
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for February
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2013
Average
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February
Rank of
February
2013
Fraction of
February
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 34.7   40.6 9th 20.9   13.6 2nd 26.2
Tibooburra Airport 35.5   40.8 8th 22.0   14.8 3rd 32.0
Tibooburra Post Office 35.1 -0.1 41.1 10th 22.1 +0.4 14.4 3rd 40.4 29.8 high 136%
Wilcannia (Reid St) 35.7 +1.1 42.3 8th 20.1 +0.8 13.0 3rd 63.4 26.5 high 239%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 35.7   42.3 8th 19.8   13.6 3rd 101.4
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill (Patton Street) 34.0 +1.8 41.0 7th 19.5 +1.2 10.6 2nd 22.8 26.0 average 88%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 34.1 +2.2 39.9 8th 18.8 +0.4 10.4 2nd 26.8 20.4 high 131%
Lake Victoria Storage 34.0 +2.4 39.8 6th 17.8 +1.4 10.4 1st 16.8 19.4 average 87%
Menindee Post Office 34.9 +1.1 42.0 7th 20.3 +2.1 13.8 4th 30.8 21.7 high 142%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 35.6   42.2 7th 19.1   11.8 2nd 34.4 23.2 high 148%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 35.2   40.4 11th 21.0   12.3 3rd 3.6
Brewarrina Hospital 34.0 -0.9 39.5 11th 20.1 -0.3 16.1 2nd 4.6 49.0 low 9%
Cobar Airport AWS 34.2   39.4 10th 20.9   10.6 3rd 21.0
Cobar MO 33.7 +0.5 38.8 9th 21.0 +0.9 12.9 2nd 12.4 43.8 average 28%
Collarenebri (Albert St) 33.5 -0.8 38.2 11th 19.8 -0.5 14.0 3rd 30.0 58.0 average 52%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 33.7   38.5 11th 20.8   16.7 3rd 10.9
Wanaaring Post Office 35.3   41.7 11th 21.5   13.3 3rd 34.7 34.8 average 100%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald (RSL)     40.0 6th 17.7 +1.4 10.1 2nd 33.6 25.4 high 132%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 35.2   41.9 8th 20.2   11.7 2nd 48.6
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 33.0 +0.3 39.6 8th 18.9 +0.8 10.7 3rd 17.8 44.9 average 40%
Condobolin Airport AWS 33.7   40.3 8th 19.0   10.5 3rd 24.8
Peak Hill Post Office 32.6 +0.2 38.5 9th 19.5 +0.2 12.2 3rd 32.3 51.5 average 63%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 33.0   40.1 8th 17.6   9.5 3rd 66.4
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 33.3   37.7 11th 18.0   12.1 3rd 18.2
Nyngan Airport 33.7 +0.5 38.5 9th 19.4 +0.2 13.5 3rd 2.6 47.5 low 5%
Trangie Research Station AWS 33.0 +0.9 38.5 10th 18.6 +0.3 13.1 3rd 22.2 52.1 average 43%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 33.4 -0.7 37.5 11th 19.9 -0.3 13.4 4th 22.8 63.8 average 36%
Walgett Airport AWS 34.1   38.8 11th 19.3   13.8 3rd 14.6 57.9 low 25%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 30.7   34.5 24th 18.0   13.3 3rd 47.0
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 29.9 -1.0 33.0 9th 14.2 -1.8 9.8 14th 65.1 77.8 average 84%
Narrabri Airport AWS 30.5   33.9 24th 17.7   13.3 3rd 44.8
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 29.8   34.6 1st 16.4   13.1 3rd 75.6
Gunnedah Resource Centre 29.0 -2.1 32.9 10th 17.9 -0.8 12.9 3rd 98.2 74.2 high 132%
Quirindi Post Office 29.7 -1.6 34.0 10th 15.7 -0.4 10.4 3rd 72.8 65.9 average 110%
Tamworth Airport AWS 29.3 -1.9 32.8 10th 15.6 -1.4 10.4 3rd 110.4 81.5 high 135%
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 24.4 -2.2 28.5 11th 12.0 -0.5 4.2 3rd 90.0 77.0 average 117%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 23.1   27.9 10th 12.1   5.2 3rd 89.6
Armidale Airport AWS 22.4   27.1 10th 12.5   6.5 3rd 92.0
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 22.9 -1.8 27.5 10th 12.3 -1.1 6.5 3rd 83.6 94.2 average 89%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 22.9   27.7 10th 12.2   5.0 3rd 89.4
Guyra Hospital 20.9 -2.1 25.9 10th 11.0 -0.8 5.8 3rd 96.9 109.9 average 88%
Inverell (Raglan St) 27.8   31.4 11th 13.2   8.8 3rd 85.8
Inverell Research Centre 26.9 -1.8 31.0 11th 15.1 -1.2 10.6 3rd 53.0 98.0 low 54%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam (Muirne) 23.9 -2.0 28.7 1st 16.0 -0.9 13.5 14th 306.6 189.3 high 162%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Ballina Airport AWS 26.7 -1.3 29.1 1st 19.7 +0.3 17.2 10th 437.4 206.8 highest 212%
Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) 26.1   30.2 10th 19.9   17.4 3rd 292.0
Casino Airport AWS 27.6   31.8 1st 18.7   14.8 14th 234.0
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 26.9   31.4 23rd 19.2   17.4 6th 260.0
Grafton Airport AWS 27.4   31.3 1st 18.0   13.8 3rd 364.2
Grafton Olympic Pool 28.0 -1.3 31.4 1st 18.8 -0.9 13.4 4th 383.7 153.0 v high 251%
Grafton Research Stn 27.6 -2.2 31.9 1st 18.6 -0.1 15.6 3rd 284.2 134.3 v high 212%
Lismore (Richmond Hill) 26.8   30.8 23rd 18.5   15.6 3rd 375.4
Lismore Airport AWS 26.9   30.1 10th 18.0   13.7 14th 306.4
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 26.7 -2.3 30.1 1st 19.3 -0.3 16.2 3rd 345.4 236.6 high 146%
Yamba Pilot Station 26.5 -0.2 29.4 23rd 20.3 0.0 17.8 6th 247.4 159.3 high 155%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 26.3 -0.5 29.8 10th 18.9 -0.6 15.7 3rd 379.2 222.4 high 171%
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 22.0   27.9 10th 14.6   10.2 3rd 738.3
Kempsey (Wide Street) 27.3 -1.5 30.9 10th 18.2 +0.3 15.9 8th 450.9 158.4 v high 285%
Kempsey Airport AWS 27.0   31.4 1st 17.4   14.6 8th 371.6
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 26.9 0.0 30.0 12th 19.0 -0.7 15.0 3rd 375.4 171.4 v high 219%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry Marine Rescue 25.2   27.0 11th 19.1   16.0 3rd 228.0 121.4 high 188%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 26.5   30.0 1st 18.3   14.7 8th 360.8
Taree Airport AWS 27.1   31.7 1st 18.2   14.4 7th 184.4
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 26.7 -1.3 32.8 1st 17.8 +0.4 13.2 7th 867.8 257.6 highest 337%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock Airport AWS 27.9 -1.1 34.8 10th 16.4 -0.4 12.1 14th 147.2 107.4 high 137%
Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie AWS) 26.8   30.8 24th 16.6   12.8 7th 124.6
Gosford (Narara Research Station) AWS 26.2 -1.0 31.8 10th 16.6 -0.6 12.8 14th 297.0 154.7 high 192%
Maitland Visitors Centre 27.8   34.5 10th 17.5   13.7 14th 134.5
Mangrove Mountain AWS 25.7   33.1 10th 16.1   12.6 3rd 371.0
Merriwa (Roscommon) 28.2   34.6 10th 14.5   8.2 3rd 54.4 59.6 average 91%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 24.2   29.2 9th 14.6   9.8 3rd 69.4
Murrurundi Post Office 26.9 -2.9 32.4 10th 13.8 -1.2 9.1 14th 56.7 78.6 average 72%
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 26.1 -0.9 28.5 16th 19.5 +0.7 15.2 2nd 198.1 113.0 high 175%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 25.2 -0.2 29.8 28th 19.7 +0.4 15.6 3rd 138.6 107.9 high 128%
Newcastle University 28.0   32.9 9th 18.3   14.9 4th 180.6
Norah Head AWS 25.6   29.2 19th 19.6   15.2 3rd 171.4
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 28.1 -0.7 34.9 10th 16.9 -0.7 13.1 7th 212.0 122.6 high 173%
Scone Airport AWS 28.4 -1.9 34.2 10th 15.7 -0.9 10.0 3rd 73.0
Singleton STP 28.3   34.9 10th 16.1   11.7 3rd 91.8
Williamtown RAAF 27.6 0.0 33.0 9th 17.3 -0.8 13.2 14th 218.6 122.5 high 178%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 28.8 -0.9 34.1 9th 15.1 -1.2 9.3 3rd 46.7 62.4 average 75%
Mudgee Airport AWS 28.3 -0.7 33.6 9th 15.6 +0.1 8.3 3rd 11.8
Nullo Mountain AWS 21.0 -1.6 28.2 9th 12.6 -0.6 6.9 3rd 168.8
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 27.0 -0.2 33.0 9th 13.2 -0.1 5.5 3rd 37.8 58.9 average 64%
Bathurst Airport AWS 26.9 -0.2 32.7 9th 13.2 -0.3 5.5 3rd 38.8
Katoomba (Murri St) 22.0 -0.4 31.6 8th 13.2 +0.3 6.6 3rd 295.2 177.2 high 167%
Lithgow (Cooerwull) 23.1   29.8 9th 12.8   7.3 3rd 184.2 82.0 v high 225%
Mount Boyce AWS 22.7 +0.1 30.0 9th 13.1 0.0 9.3 5th 272.2
Oberon (Springbank) 22.6 -1.1 30.1 8th 11.5 +0.4 5.3 3rd 94.7 61.3 high 154%
Orange Agricultural Institute 24.8 -0.9 30.5 9th 13.0 -0.2 6.4 3rd 115.4 78.0 high 148%
Orange Airport AWS 24.5   30.9 9th 12.2   6.8 3rd
Springwood (Valley Heights) 25.7   32.3 8th 16.4   11.6 2nd 175.0 140.6 high 124%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran (Namoi Street) 28.7 -2.0 33.4 10th 13.6 -1.0 8.5 3rd 49.1 81.8 average 60%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 27.5   31.9 10th 15.4   10.2 3rd 60.6
Dunedoo Post Office 29.9 -0.9 36.3 10th 17.0 -0.2 10.4 3rd 64.4 64.5 average 100%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 31.6   38.9 9th 15.8   9.1 3rd 32.2
Dubbo Airport AWS 31.7 0.0 36.5 10th 17.4 -0.2 11.2 3rd 27.8
Forbes Airport AWS 32.5   39.3 9th 17.6   11.4 3rd 55.2
Parkes Airport AWS 32.2   37.8 9th 17.0   8.5 3rd 15.2 66.1 low 23%
Wellington (Agrowplow) 30.9 -1.1 35.7 10th 16.9 +0.3 10.0 3rd 22.0 52.3 average 42%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 27.5 -0.3 32.9 8th 18.0 -0.1 13.5 2nd 134.8 108.1 average 125%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 26.0   30.0 8th 17.7   13.3 2nd 167.4
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS 27.2   33.6 8th 17.6   13.1 2nd 136.2
Holsworthy Control Range 27.0   33.4 8th 17.0   13.1 2nd 137.8
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 26.9 -0.9 34.0 8th 17.0 -0.6 12.6 2nd 147.8 126.0 average 117%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 26.2 +0.4 29.7 28th 19.5 +0.7 14.1 2nd 165.4 118.3 high 140%
Sydney Airport AMO 26.5 +0.1 31.0 8th 19.8 +0.8 14.4 2nd 137.4 113.2 high 121%
Sydney Harbour (Wedding Cake West) 23.7   28.5 28th 20.0   15.0 2nd
Sydney Olympic Park AWS (Archery Centre) 26.9   32.8 8th 18.5   13.5 2nd 152.6
Terrey Hills AWS 24.7   29.9 10th 17.7   12.4 2nd 116.6
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 27.5   35.1 8th 17.0   13.3 2nd 162.0
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 27.3   34.5 8th 17.3   12.9 2nd 155.0
Penrith Lakes AWS 28.1   35.3 8th 18.1   13.8 2nd 150.0
Prospect Reservoir 27.5 -0.4 35.5 8th 17.4 -0.4 13.0 2nd 164.2 97.2 high 169%
Richmond RAAF 28.1   35.0 8th 17.4   13.5 3rd 141.2
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park (Wollongong Airport) 25.5   28.9 7th 17.0   12.3 13th 168.0
Bellambi AWS 23.7   26.1 7th 18.7   13.5 2nd 177.8
Bowral (Parry Drive) 22.6 -1.9 32.2 8th 13.7 +0.2 6.0 3rd 135.2 99.7 average 136%
Camden Airport AWS 27.5 -1.0 35.0 8th 16.5 -0.3 12.3 2nd 72.8 100.9 average 72%
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 27.2   34.3 8th 16.4   12.2 3rd 132.8
Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular AWS) 23.8   27.0 25th 18.4   14.6 3rd 114.0
Kiama (Bombo Headland) 23.9   26.8 21st 18.4   13.7 2nd 153.2
Moss Vale AWS 22.2   32.4 8th 13.5   7.9 3rd 156.8
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 25.8   33.1 9th 16.2   11.4 13th 169.8
Port Kembla NTC AWS 23.1   25.6 20th 19.2   14.6 3rd
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay (Catalina Country Club) 25.4 0.0 33.2 8th 17.1 +1.2 11.8 14th 90.9 107.7 average 84%
Bega AWS 26.9 +0.5 34.3 7th 15.6 +0.6 10.8 14th 90.8
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 23.8 -1.4 34.3 9th 11.7 -0.6 5.8 3rd 96.6 71.2 average 136%
Green Cape AWS 23.4   26.3 8th 17.7   13.7 2nd 69.8
Merimbula Airport AWS 25.0   29.9 25th 16.0   11.7 14th 79.2
Montague Island Lighthouse 23.1 -0.2 25.5 8th 18.6 +0.8 15.5 2nd 71.0 87.0 average 82%
Moruya Airport AWS 24.6   29.3 9th 16.2   11.0 14th 141.8
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 23.3 -0.7 26.1 8th 17.2 +0.9 13.4 3rd 144.2 96.4 high 150%
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 23.2 -0.4 25.3 9th 17.1 +0.4 11.6 2nd 77.2 93.3 average 83%
Ulladulla AWS 23.4 -0.9 26.4 9th 18.0 +0.4 15.3 13th 188.0
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala (Therry Street) 24.5 -0.5 34.5 8th 11.2 +0.7 5.5 3rd 87.6 59.1 high 148%
Bombala AWS 24.6 +0.7 35.1 8th 10.6 0.0 5.0 13th 76.8
Canberra Airport 27.4   35.1 9th 12.8   6.4 3rd 31.6
Cooma Airport AWS 24.3 -0.6 32.1 8th 10.5 +0.1 4.8 3rd 53.2 52.4 average 102%
Cooma Visitors Centre 24.8 -1.5 32.6 9th 11.3 +0.7 6.0 3rd 57.4 62.1 average 92%
Goulburn Airport AWS 25.5 -0.7 34.3 9th 12.0 -0.8 3.2 3rd 63.4
Goulburn TAFE 25.5 -0.9 34.0 9th 13.8 +0.3 6.3 3rd 43.0 62.8 average 68%
Mount Ginini AWS 18.4   26.5 9th 8.8   0.7 2nd 152.6
Taralga Post Office 23.0 -1.9 33.6 9th 12.1 0.0 4.5 3rd 166.7 70.2 v high 237%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 26.8   35.5 8th 14.0   7.8 3rd 65.0
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Perisher Valley AWS 18.5   24.1 8th 6.1   0.0 2nd 212.8
Thredbo AWS 16.6 +0.3 21.3 8th 7.0 -0.1 -2.1 2nd 188.4 97.6 v high 193%
Thredbo Village 21.1 +0.1 27.3 8th 7.1 +0.2 2.0 2nd 157.8 88.6 v high 178%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 32.7   39.5 8th 17.1   10.8 2nd 2.0
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 21.5   27.5 8th 11.1   2.8 2nd 111.0
Hume Reservoir 32.2 +1.8 38.3 8th 18.4 +1.9 13.1 2nd 22.8 43.8 average 52%
Khancoban AWS 31.1   38.7 8th 13.3   6.9 3rd 164.0
Tumbarumba Post Office 29.3 +1.0 36.0 8th 13.4 +1.4 9.5 1st 73.0 54.9 average 133%
Wagga Wagga AMO 32.1 +1.3 39.3 8th 18.4 +2.0 11.0 3rd 30.0 41.7 average 72%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 31.2 +2.3 39.4 9th 16.7 +1.0 8.5 3rd 68.5 57.0 average 120%
Cootamundra Airport 30.8   38.0 9th 16.6   7.0 3rd 56.2
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 31.0 +0.1 37.6 8th 16.0 -0.1 7.6 3rd 29.0 48.9 average 59%
Gundagai (William St) 31.7   39.5 8th 17.1   9.0 3rd 79.0
Quandialla Post Office 32.9 +0.9 39.6 8th 18.2 +1.2 11.3 3rd 40.2 45.3 average 89%
Temora Airport 32.3   40.5 9th 17.8   7.3 3rd 39.8
Wyalong Post Office 32.8 +0.9 40.1 8th 18.4 +0.9 11.6 3rd 78.0 39.2 high 199%
Young Airport 30.9 +0.7 37.8 9th 15.2 +0.6 6.0 3rd 42.6
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 33.2 +1.9 40.0 7th 17.6 +1.9 8.0 2nd 4.2 37.4 low 11%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 33.0   40.4 7th 17.6   9.9 2nd 32.2
Narrandera Airport 33.4   40.8 8th 19.1   11.7 3rd 27.4 37.5 average 73%
Tocumwal Airport 32.5 +1.1 40.2 7th 17.4 +1.3 11.0 1st 36.0 29.8 high 121%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 33.2   40.1 8th 19.8   12.2 2nd 47.0 32.2 high 146%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 33.2 +1.2 41.1 8th 19.1 +1.8 11.9 2nd 48.6 29.7 high 164%
Hay (Miller Street) 33.8 +1.3 41.2 7th 18.9 +2.4 11.0 2nd 47.4 29.7 high 160%
Hay Airport AWS 34.6   42.1 7th 18.4   10.9 2nd 42.0
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Lord Howe Island Aero 25.2 -0.5 27.1 1st 20.1 -0.9 15.3 12th 147.8 116.0 average 127%
Norfolk Island Aero 24.8 -0.1 26.6 4th 19.3 -0.3 17.1 13th 31.6 94.6 low 33%

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 1 pm on Friday 1 March 2013. 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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