Sydney in February 2013: Wet, cool end to summer

  • Above average rainfall
  • Close to average temperatures, no hot days

Rainfall

Sydney Observatory Hill recorded 165.4 mm of rain during February, above the historical average of 118.3 mm. The rain fell over 17 days, above the February average of 12-13 days, but slightly fewer than last year (18 days). There were three days with at least 25 mm of rain during the month (average 1 day), the most in any month since June 2012.

The first rain event fell on the 2nd, when thunderstorms across the city brought totals of 48.6 mm at Sydney Observatory Hill and up to 73 mm at Rose Bay. Sydney Observatory Hill also recorded 30.4 mm on the 17th, during a period of easterly flow and coastal showers. Finally, as an East Coast Low moved southward it brought very heavy falls overnight on the 23rd, with up to 81 mm recorded at Audley to 9am on the 24th.

Temperature

The average maximum temperature at Sydney Observatory Hill during February was 26.2 °C, just 0.4 °C above the historical average although warmer than February 2012, while temperatures were generally below average elsewhere in the city. The cool temperatures were associated with above average rainfall and a lack of hot days during the month, with no days reaching 30 °C for the first time since 2008.

Minimum temperatures were also cooler than normal in western Sydney, but 0.7 °C above average at Sydney Observatory Hill. Two nights dropped people 15 °C on the 2nd and 3rd, the most since 2008, while the month ended with nine consecutive nights above 20 °C, the most since 2010. The mean temperature at Sydney Observatory Hill was consequently 22.8 °C, 0.5 °C above the historical average.

Other phenomena

The prevailing winds during February were easterly, with 46% of 3 pm winds between SE and SSW and 46% of 3 pm winds between E and NNE, normal for February. There were seven strong wind days at the airport, with the strongest wind gusts reaching 91 km/h at the airport and 96 km/h at Fort Denison slightly after midnight on the 24th, with wind damage to some properties in Sydney.

Sydney Airport recorded an average of 7.3 hours of bright sunshine during February, slightly above the historical average of 7.1 hours and the sunniest February since 2007. There were four thunderstorms reported at the airport with eight storms anywhere in the metropolitan region, including widespread storms on the 1st which caused minor damage in parts of Sydney.

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Extremes in February 2013
Hottest day 35.5 °C at Prospect Reservoir on the 8th
Warmest days on average 28.1 °C at Penrith Lakes AWS
28.1 °C at Richmond RAAF
Coolest days on average 24.7 °C at Terrey Hills AWS
Coldest day 17.8 °C at Springwood (Valley Heights) on the 2nd
Coldest night 11.6 °C at Springwood (Valley Heights) on the 2nd
11.6 °C at Springwood (Valley Heights) on the 3rd
Coolest nights on average 16.4 °C at Campbelltown (Mount Annan)
16.4 °C at Springwood (Valley Heights)
Warmest nights on average 19.8 °C at Sydney Airport AMO
Warmest night 23.3 °C at Sydney Airport AMO on the 25th
Warmest on average overall 23.1 °C at Penrith Lakes AWS
23.1 °C at Sydney Airport AMO
Coolest on average overall 21.0 °C at Springwood (Valley Heights)
Wettest overall 197.0 mm at Turramurra (Kissing Point Road)
Wettest day 81.0 mm at Audley (Royal National Park) on the 24th
Highest wind gust 96 km/h at Fort Denison on the 24th

Summary statistics for February 2013
Maximum temperatures
for February
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for February
(°C)
Rainfall
for February
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2013
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2013
Mean for
February
2013
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2013
Total for
February
2013
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2013
Fraction of
February
average
Badgerys Creek AWS 27.5   35.1 8th 17.0   13.3 2nd 162.0
Bankstown Airport AWS 27.5 -0.3 32.9 8th 18.0 -0.1 13.5 2nd 134.8 108.1 average 125%
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
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
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 27.3   34.5 8th 17.3   12.9 2nd 155.0
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 26.9 -0.9 34.0 8th 17.0 -0.6 12.6 2nd 147.8 126.0 average 117%
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
Springwood (Valley Heights) 25.7   32.3 8th 16.4   11.6 2nd 175.0 140.6 high 124%
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%
Terrey Hills AWS 24.7   29.9 10th 17.7   12.4 2nd 116.6

Daily rainfall
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Webbs Ck-Wisemans Ferry (Hawkesbury Rive - 0.6 - - 10.8 2.2 5.8 - 6.4 - - 0.4 - 1.0 6.6 33.4 83.0 6.2 - - -
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Springwood (Valley Heights) - 32.2 1.0 0.2 - - - - - 2.0 26.8 3.0 1.0 - - 0.6 5.8 - 0.8 - 2.4 3.0 38.2 56.4 1.4 0.2 - -
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Abbotsford (Blackwall Point Rd)
46.0 3.0
1.0




8.5 18.0 1.0

3.0 1.0




22.0 44.0



Auburn (Rosnay Golf Club) - 45.0 1.0 - - - - - - - 8.0 3.0 - - - 2.0 18.0 - - - 1.0 - 17.0 35.0 1.0 - - -
Audley (Royal National Park) - 46.0 2.0 - - - - - - - 9.0 3.0 - 1.0 2.0 - 4.0 - - - 5.0 - 15.0 81.0 - - - -
Avalon (Wollstonecraft Ave) - 49.0 5.0 - - 1.0 - - - - 8.0 10.0 3.0 1.0 - 1.0 - - 3.0 - 1.0 - 5.0 36.0 - - - -
Avalon Beach (Avalon (Palmgrove Rd)) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 0.8 1.8 - - 4.0 0.8







Bankstown Airport AWS - 41.0 1.0 - - - - - - - 7.8 2.2 - - 1.2 1.2 8.6 - 1.0 - 5.4 0.2 21.6 42.8 0.8 - - -
Belrose (Evelyn Place) - 49.8 2.6 0.8 - 0.4 - - - - 9.6 9.8 5.8 - 0.8 10.0 2.2 0.6 3.0 2.2 - 0.2 20.2 37.8 - - - -
Campbelltown (Ingleburn (Long Point)) - 48.0 - - - - - - - - 11.0 - - - - 1.0 4.0 - - - 2.0 3.0 18.0 57.0 5.0 - - -
Canterbury Racecourse AWS - 54.0 1.2 0.2 - 0.2 - - - - 8.2 12.2 1.2 - 1.2 8.8 1.4 0.2 - - 2.4 - 14.6 58.8 2.8 - - -
Castle Cove (Rosebridge Ave) 0.5 62.0 6.0






10.5 4.5 4.0

4.0 17.0 3.5 1.0 2.5 1.0
22.0 40.0



Chatswood Bowling Club - 55.0 2.0 2.0 - - - - - - 10.0 15.0 4.0 - 1.0 - 12.0 - - 3.0 3.0 - 23.0 44.0 - - - -
Collaroy (Long Reef Golf Club)
53.8 7.8 0.4
0.6



7.2 16.6

3.4 28.0 1.6










Concord Golf Club
44.0 1.2






9.6 21.6















Cronulla South Bowling Club
45.0 3.0
0.2 0.8



10.0 9.2 0.2 3.0
3.6 11.5

0.8 6.0 0.8 7.6 55.4



Frenchs Forest (Frenchs Forest Rd)


















1.0 - - 18.0 42.0 - - - -
Guildford (Woodville Golf Club) - 43.0 2.0 - - - - - - - 7.0 4.0 - - - 2.0 23.0 - - - - - 15.0 30.0 1.0 - - -
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS - 37.4 0.6 - - 0.6 - - - - 8.4 - - - 0.6 0.8 5.4 - 1.0 - 5.4 - 18.6 55.6 1.6 0.2 - -
Holsworthy Control Range - 36.0 0.2 - - - - - - - 8.8 0.2 - - 0.8 0.6 14.2 - 1.2 - 3.0 0.6 16.4 52.0 3.8 - - -
Lidcombe (Carnarvon Golf Club) - 48.0 - - - - - - - - 6.0 3.0 - - - 8.0 19.0 1.0 - - 1.0 - 19.0 35.0 2.0 - - -
Liverpool-Scrivener St (Georges River) - 37.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 -
Lucas Heights (ANSTO)









10.0 0.6

2.2


0.3
2.8 3.4

0.6


Macquarie Park (Willandra Village) - 50.2 »» 4.2 - - - - - - 11.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2

Marrickville Golf Club - 58.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 - - - - - 7.0 18.0 - 1.0 7.0 12.0 3.0 1.0 - 1.0 1.0 - 13.0 44.0 - - - -
Milperra Bridge (Georges River) - 31.0 - - - - - - - - 6.0 1.0 - - 1.0 2.0 7.0 - 1.0 - 5.0 1.0 22.0 40.0 1.0 - - -
Mona Vale Golf Club 0.2 51.2 3.4 - - 1.2 - - - - 8.6 17.0 6.6 - 1.4 2.4 2.2 - 3.6 1.8 - 1.0 12.8 37.0 - - - -
Parramatta (Erts) - 34.5 2.0 - - 0.5 - - - - 8.5 8.0 - - 0.5 - 4.5 - - - - - 19.5 39.0 0.5 0.5 - -
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) - 41.8 3.2 0.2 - - - - - - 11.8 8.4 1.2 - - 2.2 5.4 - - - 0.8 - 29.2 39.2 4.4 - - -
Peakhurst Golf Club - 35.0 1.0 - - - - - - - 7.0 1.0 - - 6.0 6.0 4.0 - - - 4.0 - 22.0 44.0 - - - -
Randwick Bowling Club - 57.8 3.2 1.0 0.1 0.8 - - - - 8.0 20.6 0.6 0.4 8.4 1.0 13.6 1.6 0.8 4.4 0.1 - 7.2 48.0 - - - -
Riverview Observatory »» »» »» 0.8 - - - - »» »» 8.0 19.4 3.0 »» 0.4 1.0 »» 14.8 - - - - 26.2 34.2 - - - -
Rose Bay (Royal Sydney Golf Club)
73.0 3.6
1.6 2.2



7.0 5.6 1.0
12.2

0.8 1.0 1.2 0.2 0.4





Sans Souci (Public School) - 42.0 2.0 - - - - - - - 8.0 2.0 - - 3.0 - 4.0 1.0 - 2.0 2.0 - 13.0 34.0 - - - -
St Ives (Richmond Avenue)
52.5


0.4



11.0 10.6 3.4
0.4 6.0 2.2 0.4 1.8 2.4
0.2 39.0 50.6



Strathfield Golf Club - 47.0 - - - 1.0 - - 1.0 - 12.0 6.0 - - 4.0 1.0 16.0 - - 1.0 1.0 - 18.0 45.0 1.0 - - -
Sydney (Observatory Hill) - 48.6 2.6 2.8 - 0.6 - - - - 7.2 12.4 1.4 - 1.0 1.2 30.4 0.6 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.4 16.4 38.6 - - - -
Sydney Airport AMO - 48.8 0.8 0.8 0.2 - 0.2 - - - 7.6 14.6 0.4 2.0 6.0 1.6 2.0 2.0 - 0.2 0.8 - 11.0 38.4 - - - -
Terrey Hills AWS -
4.0 0.2 - 1.4 - 1.4 - - 10.6 7.6 4.4 - - 4.4 14.6 0.6 1.4 3.6
2.8 18.4 41.2 - - - -
Turramurra (Kissing Point Road) 0.6 50.0 5.2 1.2 0.4 0.6



11.0 13.0 2.8

2.6 4.0 2.6 1.6 1.0 0.4 0.4 33.0 66.0 0.6

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Abbotsbury (Fairfield City Farm) - 33.0 1.0 - - - - - - - 10.0 1.0 - - - - 3.0 - 1.0 - 2.0 1.0 19.0 49.0 1.0 - - -
Badgerys Creek AWS - 45.8 1.0 - - - - - - - 14.2 - - - - - 3.8 - 0.4 - 1.0 0.6 19.0 76.0 - 0.2 - -
Baulkham Hills (Swimming Pool ) - 43.5 5.0 - 0.5 - - - - - 10.0 4.5 1.0 - - - 3.5 0.5 - - 4.0 0.5 27.0 66.0 2.5 - - -
Baulkham Hills Eucalyptus Ct - 45.5 4.5 0.5 0.5 - - - - - 11.0 3.5 0.5 - - - 3.0 - - - - 1.0 25.5 59.5 1.0 - - -
Berowra (Goodwyn Road) - 38.0 4.0 - - - - - - - 11.8 4.0 - 4.8 1.6 0.8 6.2 - - - - 5.2 39.4 67.4



Blacktown (Dog Pound) - 41.5 2.0 0.5 - - - - - - 10.0 5.5 - - - - 4.0 - 0.5 - - - 14.5 48.0 3.5 - - -
Box Hill (Hynds Road) - 42.0 2.0 - - - - - - 1.0 10.0 4.0 1.0 - - - 6.0 - - 1.0 - - 17.0 26.0 6.0 - - -
Castle Hill (Kathleen Ave) - 47.0 3.4 0.2 - - - - - - 10.8 3.4 1.2 - 0.2 0.2 3.6 0.4 - - 5.8 0.8 28.9 48.2 4.8 - - -
Glenorie (Old Northern Rd)
35.0 4.0






12.0 7.0 4.0



3.4
1.4

36.0 52.4 5.0


Greystanes (Cumberland Golf Club) - 45.5 3.0 - - 0.5 - - - - 10.0 4.0 - - - - 7.0 0.5 - - - - 17.0 53.5 3.5 - - -
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS - 38.6 2.2 0.2 - - - - - - 11.6 1.4 - - - - 9.0 0.2 0.6 0.2 6.0 - 20.4 63.8 0.6 0.2 - -
Kelso Ck (Kelso Creek U/S Levee (Georges - 36.5 - - - - - - - - 6.5 0.5 - - 0.5 2.5 14.5 0.5 0.5 - 4.0 - 20.5 44.0 0.5 - - -
Kings Langley (NSW Soccer Federation) 0.5 47.5 3.5 - - - - - - - 10.0 2.5 - - - - 3.0 0.5 0.5 - - 1.5 21.5 42.0 2.5 0.5 - -
Liverpool (Michael Wenden Centre) 191 »» »» 1.0 - - - - - - 7.2 - - -
1.8 »» 3.0 1.4 »» »» »» 20.1 »» »» 30.1 - -
Maroota (Tobruk) 0.4 37.4 3.2 - - 0.2 - - - - 11.8 3.8 7.2 - 0.2 12.6 1.0 - 0.8 0.4 1.0 5.4 53.2 47.0 21.8 4.4 - -
Merrylands West (Finlayson Creek) - 38.5 2.5 0.5 - - - - - - 10.5 3.5 - 0.5 0.5 1.0 11.0 - - - 0.5 - 17.5 33.0 1.5 - - -
North Parramatta (Burnside Homes) - 40.5 2.0 - - - - - - - 12.5 8.5 1.0 - - 2.0 5.5 - - - - - 26.5 37.0 6.0 - - -
North Rocks (Muirfield Golf Club) - 40.0 4.0 - 0.5 - - - - - 11.0 6.0 0.5 - - - 3.0 0.5 - - 3.0 0.5 24.0 59.0 4.0 - - -
Northmead Bowling Club - 43.0 3.5 - - - - - - - 10.5 5.5 0.5 - - 1.5 5.5 - - - - - 24.5 43.5 0.5 0.5 - -
Penrith Lakes AWS - 41.8 1.2 0.2 - - - - - 0.8 18.0 1.2 0.2 - 0.4 - 1.6 0.2 2.0 - 1.6 - 23.2 36.4 0.2 20.8 0.2 -
Prospect Reservoir - 42.8 2.0 - - - - - - - 12.4 5.4 0.1 - - - 8.3 - 0.4 - 1.1 - 17.4 68.2 6.1 - - -
Richmond RAAF - 46.4 3.4 - - - - - - - 12.6 2.2 - - - 1.0 2.0 0.2 18.4 - 0.2 0.4 17.0 35.8 1.4 0.2 - -
Sackville - 32.8 2.6 0.2 - - - - - - 7.0 2.4 1.2 - - 1.8 0.2 - 0.8 0.2 0.8 1.4 14.6 50.2 0.6 - - -
Seven Hills (Radio FM 103.2) - 38.5 3.0 - 1.5 - - - - - 10.5 4.5 - - - - 3.0 0.5 - - - - 23.5 44.5 5.0 - - -
Seven Hills (Collins St)
48.0 »» 3.8





11.4 4.0



2.0




27.0 48.0 4.8


South Creek (Elizabeth Drive)
18.0







5.5




1.5
1.0
2.0
8.0 36.5
0.5

St Clair (Juba Close) - 37.0 1.0 - - - - - - - 15.0 1.0 - - - - 3.0 - 2.0 - 1.0 - 10.0 21.0 11.0 28.0 - -
Toongabbie Bowling Club 0.5 41.5 3.5 - - - - - - - 11.0 4.0 - - - - 5.0 0.5 - - 0.5 - 26.5 45.0 3.5 - - -
Toongabbie Ck (Redbank Road (Toongabbee - 46.0 3.0 - 1.0 - - - - - 10.5 6.5 0.5 - - 2.0 6.5 - - - - 1.0 31.0 43.0 0.5 0.5 - -
West Pennant Hills (Cumberland S F Alert - 38.0 3.5 - - - - - - - 11.5 5.0 0.5 - 0.5 - 3.5 0.5 - - 3.0 0.5 29.0 70.5 - - - -
Willmot (Resolution Ave) - 24.0 2.0 - - - - - - 1.0 11.0 1.0 - - - - - - 5.0 - - - 18.0 25.0 - - - -
Windsor SWC (Hawkesbury River)














- 4.0 - 8.0 - - - 15.0 22.0 2.0 - - -
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Camden Airport AWS - 48.0 0.2 - -
- - - - 11.8 2.2 - - 1.2 3.4 1.4 1.2 0.8 0.4 - - 0.2 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.6 0.2
Campbelltown (Kentlyn (Georges River Roa - 44.0 - - - - - - - - 10.0 - - - 1.0 16.0 1.0 - - - 1.0 2.0 17.0 65.0 2.0 - - -
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) - 47.6 0.2 - - - - - - - 10.0 - - - 0.8 4.6 2.4 0.6 - - - 0.8 13.8 50.2 1.8 - - -
Rossmore (South Creek) - 43.0 2.0 - - - - - - - 13.0 - - - - 1.0 5.0 - 1.0 - 1.0 - 20.0 47.0 - - - -

Most values are the precipitation in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated. Days marked with »» are part of a longer accumulation, which is marked like this on the final day. Values over 100 mm have been rounded to the nearest whole millimetre. Days marked with - have a rainfall report of zero; days left blank have no rainfall report (which often indicates no rain fell).
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Notes

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Sydney 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 10 am 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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