NSW in March 2013: A close to normal month for NSW

  • Close to average rainfall and temperatures
  • Late season warmth on the 27th

Rainfall

NSW recorded a statewide average rainfall of 53.9 mm during March, slightly above the historical average of 49.0 mm but the driest March since 2009. The Murray-Darling Basin also recorded 43.2 mm during March, slightly above the historical average (38.5 mm). March was generally wetter than average in the north of the state but closer to normal in the south and along the coast, with little rainfall recorded in parts of southwest NSW.

The majority of the rain fell as a cold front and surface trough crossed the state during the first four days of the month, bringing widespread heavy rain in northern and eastern NSW including daily rainfall records at Orange and Bathurst on the 1st. A period of thunderstorm activity also produced rain in central NSW between the 21st and 24th, while a cold front produced some rain in southern NSW on the 28th and 29th. Thunderstorms were particularly severe in southeast NSW on the 21st and in northern NSW on the 22nd, with Walgett recording 66 mm to 9am on the 23rd, its wettest day on record.

See a list of March rainfall records.

Temperature

The statewide average maximum temperature during March was 28.8 °C, 0.2 °C above the historical average. Temperatures were generally cooler than normal in the northeast and closer to average in the southwest, reflecting the pattern of rainfall anomalies during the month. Temperatures were cool during a rain event at the start of the month as well as a period of southerly windflow at the end of the month, but otherwise generally mild. A late hot spell on the 27th generated temperatures as high as 40.9 °C at Fowlers Gap, the warmest temperature on record for NSW this late in the season, following 40.8 °C at Wilcannia on 29 March 1986.

The average minimum temperature was 15.8 °C, 0.6 °C above the historical average, with nights generally close to normal across the state. The statewide average temperature was consequently 22.2 °C, 0.4 °C above the historical average and the warmest March since 2009.

See a list of March temperature records.

Other phenomena

Heavy rain and strong winds impacted northern and eastern NSW as a front crossed between the 1st and 3rd, causing minor to moderate flooding. Wind gusts reached 109 km/h at Cabramurra and 98 km/h at Murrurundi Gap on the 2nd, with 4-day rainfall totals of up to 539.2 mm at Yarras and 451 mm at Comboyne to 9am on the 4th.

Tropical Cyclone Sandra caused wind gusts of up to 146 km/h and minor damage as it passed Lord Howe Island overnight on the 14th, with 120 km/h recorded at the airport, its strongest wind gust since an East Coast Low impacted the island on 19 April 2009.

Severe thunderstorm activity in parts of the Riverina region on the 21st generated a tornado that caused major damage to the border towns of Barooga and Mulwala.

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Extremes in March 2013
Hottest day 40.9 °C at Fowlers Gap AWS on the 27th
Warmest days on average 32.9 °C at Bourke Airport AWS
Coolest days on average 13.8 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day 4.0 °C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on the 1st
Coldest night -3.6 °C at Perisher Valley AWS on the 18th
Coolest nights on average 4.4 °C at Perisher Valley AWS
Warmest nights on average 20.2 °C at Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS)
20.2 °C at Lord Howe Island Aero
20.2 °C at Yamba Pilot Station
Warmest night 26.0 °C at Menindee Post Office on the 13th
Warmest on average overall 25.5 °C at Bourke Airport AWS
Coolest on average overall 9.3 °C at Thredbo AWS
Wettest overall 646.8 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview)
Wettest day 230.0 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview) on the 3rd
Highest wind gust 146 km/h at Lord Howe Island Windy Point on the 14th

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Record highest March daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in March 2013 (mm)
Previous wettest
for March
Years of
record
Mendooran Post Office 105.0 on the 1st 102.9 on the 25th in 1926 122
Binnaway (Wattle St) 105.4 on the 1st 85.6 on the 24th in 1926 109
Bathurst Agricultural Station 92.0 on the 1st 78.2 on the 30th in 1950 105
Orange Agricultural Institute 103.4 on the 1st 68.0 on the 31st in 1988 48
Mandurama Post Office 85.2 on the 1st 73.0 on the 2nd in 2012 34
Blayney (Orange Road) 75.4 on the 1st 56.8 on the 11th in 2000 23
Tamworth Airport AWS 80.4 on the 2nd 56.0 on the 29th in 2002 21
Walgett Airport AWS 66.6 on the 23rd 41.0 on the 10th in 2000 20


Record highest total March rainfall
Total rainfall
for March 2013 (mm)
Previous wettest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Tamworth Airport AWS 132.6 124.6 in 2007 21 46.6
Walgett Airport AWS 105.6 99.0 in 2010 20 35.2


Record lowest March temperature
Lowest temperature
in March 2013 (°C)
Previous coolest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Wilcannia (Reid St) 6.4 on the 30th = 6.4 on the 29th in 2008 55 16.2
Batemans Bay (Catalina Country Club) 5.7 on the 18th 6.0 on the 2nd in 2003 22 14.0


Summary statistics for March 2013
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March
2013
Fraction of
March
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 31.2   40.9 27th 17.4   10.5 30th 6.0
Tibooburra Airport 31.2   40.5 27th 18.7   12.5 31st 39.8
Tibooburra Post Office 31.1 -1.0 40.4 27th 18.6 0.0 11.6 30th 43.2 24.8 high 174%
White Cliffs AWS 31.1   40.1 27th 18.2   10.0 30th 12.6
Wilcannia (Reid St) 31.5 +0.2 40.2 27th 16.5 +0.3 6.4 30th 7.2 24.6 average 29%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 31.2   40.1 27th 15.9   6.4 30th 7.0
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill (Patton Street) 29.9 +1.0 39.2 27th 16.7 +1.1 9.3 29th 12.8 21.7 average 59%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 29.7 +1.0 38.9 27th 15.9 +0.8 8.3 29th 9.0 21.1 average 43%
Lake Victoria Storage 30.2 +1.8 38.9 11th 15.4 +1.4 7.6 29th 4.2 14.6 average 29%
Menindee Post Office 31.1 +0.4 40.8 27th 17.2 +2.0 10.8 30th 5.7 18.7 average 30%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 31.1   38.5 11th 15.5   8.8 29th 11.3 18.3 average 62%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 32.9   38.0 27th 18.1   9.2 30th 21.2
Brewarrina Hospital 31.7 -0.6 36.9 15th 17.6 +0.2 9.4 30th 84.6 40.3 high 210%
Cobar Airport AWS 30.4   36.0 27th 16.6   6.5 30th 65.2
Cobar MO 30.0 0.0 35.8 27th 17.3 +0.2 9.0 30th 57.6 35.6 high 162%
Collarenebri (Albert St) 31.2 -0.8 37.3 16th 18.1 +0.6 8.9 30th 90.3 48.6 high 186%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 31.7   38.5 16th 18.8   12.5 30th 59.6
Wanaaring Post Office 32.2 -0.1 38.8 27th 18.1 +0.6 10.6 31st 94.7 27.2 v high 348%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald (RSL) 29.2 0.0 38.0 11th 14.7 +1.1 7.5 29th 13.6 22.6 average 60%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 30.7   39.0 27th 16.4   8.5 30th 16.6
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 30.4 +1.0 33.8 26th 16.1 +1.3 7.5 18th 36.2 39.0 average 93%
Condobolin Airport AWS 30.0   35.1 27th 15.8   7.4 18th 50.8
Peak Hill Post Office 29.6 +0.3 33.0 27th 17.9 +1.6 10.3 18th 73.7 49.6 high 149%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 28.8   34.4 27th 14.4   7.7 29th 50.6
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 29.5   36.4 16th 16.5   7.6 30th 94.0
Nyngan Airport 30.4 -0.1 35.0 16th 17.1 +0.7 10.2 30th 51.0 41.6 high 123%
Trangie Research Station AWS 29.3 0.0 33.5 16th 16.9 +1.3 9.3 30th 56.8 47.4 average 120%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 30.9 -0.9 36.4 17th 17.9 +0.3 11.3 30th 104.4 50.3 high 208%
Walgett Airport AWS 31.2   38.2 16th 17.4   8.5 30th 105.6 35.2 highest 300%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 29.8   33.2 25th 17.3   12.0 30th 80.0
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 28.5 -0.4 33.2 24th 12.2 -0.5 8.0 31st 86.8 54.2 high 160%
Narrabri Airport AWS 29.0   33.3 16th 16.1   12.4 30th 141.0
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 28.7   32.9 24th 14.9   10.7 18th 61.0
Gunnedah Resource Centre 28.2 -0.9 32.1 24th 16.8 +0.2 11.5 30th 59.2 41.3 high 143%
Quirindi Post Office 28.3 -1.0 32.2 16th 14.5 +1.0 8.2 18th 84.0 53.3 high 158%
Tamworth Airport AWS 28.1 -1.0 31.7 25th 14.2 +0.1 8.2 18th 132.6 46.6 highest 285%
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 23.8 -1.0 27.6 25th 10.4 +0.6 5.2 31st 26.3 51.4 average 51%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 22.8   26.6 24th 11.0   5.0 18th 55.4
Armidale Airport AWS 21.9   25.8 25th 11.7   6.1 18th 52.4
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 22.4 -0.6 27.0 25th 11.9 +0.5 7.0 18th 36.0 69.7 average 52%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 22.6   26.7 25th 11.2   5.1 15th 43.8
Guyra Hospital 20.6 -0.6 25.1 25th 10.7 +0.8 5.4 18th 36.8 66.8 average 55%
Inverell (Raglan St) 27.0   31.0 25th 12.3   7.9 13th 70.2
Inverell Research Centre 25.9 -1.1 29.5 24th 14.2 -0.2 10.8 18th 63.0 66.5 average 95%
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 22.5 -2.1 27.4 22nd 13.2 +0.8 6.6 14th 107.7 79.9 high 135%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam (Muirne) 24.2 -0.3 29.7 17th 15.8 0.0 12.6 19th 251.6 154.9 high 162%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Ballina Airport AWS 27.0 +0.1 33.1 17th 19.1 +1.0 15.5 31st 221.2 215.6 average 103%
Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) 26.1   30.5 17th 20.2   16.9 18th 201.8
Casino Airport AWS 27.6   33.6 17th 18.2   13.8 20th 128.8
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 27.0   33.8 23rd 19.2   16.1 18th 153.6
Grafton Airport AWS 27.5   33.3 23rd 17.6   13.9 18th 143.2
Grafton Olympic Pool 27.6 -0.6 33.1 23rd 18.7 +0.7 15.0 18th 135.4 128.6 average 105%
Grafton Research Stn 27.3   33.8 23rd 18.4   15.4 20th 134.0 121.1 average 111%
Lismore (Richmond Hill) 27.1   33.6 17th 18.3   14.5 20th 167.8
Lismore Airport AWS 27.3   33.3 17th 17.6   12.3 20th 131.2
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 27.0 -1.1 32.3 23rd 19.2 +1.0 16.1 20th 236.6 209.9 average 113%
Yamba Pilot Station 26.4 +0.4 32.3 23rd 20.2 +1.0 17.3 19th 94.4 182.5 low 52%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 26.1 +0.2 30.0 24th 18.8 +0.7 15.5 20th 127.8 234.1 low 55%
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 21.5   28.0 23rd 14.1   10.5 20th 288.5
Kempsey (Wide Street) 27.5 -0.3 32.8 24th 17.9 +1.4 14.9 21st 178.2 151.0 average 118%
Kempsey Airport AWS 26.9   32.9 22nd 17.0   13.5 21st 168.0
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 27.4 +1.3 31.9 23rd     15.0 18th 111.8 182.1 low 61%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry Marine Rescue 25.5   29.5 25th 18.4   14.5 21st 166.8 148.5 high 112%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 26.5   31.7 22nd 17.7   14.2 21st 111.2
Taree Airport AWS 26.5   33.3 22nd 17.0   12.2 21st 264.8
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 26.0 -0.7 32.8 24th 16.5 +0.9 11.2 21st 646.8 222.1 v high 291%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock Airport AWS 27.2 +0.1 32.3 28th 15.2 +0.7 8.9 30th 117.8 71.4 high 165%
Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie AWS) 26.7   32.9 28th 15.5   10.1 19th 158.8
Gosford (Narara Research Station) AWS 26.1 +0.2 32.4 28th 15.5 +0.1 10.0 30th 193.8 149.9 average 129%
Maitland Visitors Centre 27.6   33.5 29th 16.7   11.0 30th 79.1
Mangrove Mountain AWS 25.4   31.5 28th 14.9   9.8 30th 162.0
Merriwa (Roscommon) 26.5   31.7 16th 13.1   9.4 30th 87.0 49.3 high 176%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 23.3   27.9 27th 14.1   9.9 19th 73.6
Murrurundi Post Office 25.9 -1.8 30.5 27th 12.7 +0.1 8.5 21st 82.4 61.8 average 133%
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 25.9 0.0 29.0 23rd 19.4 +2.0 14.0 18th 137.2 116.7 high 118%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 25.3 +0.6 31.9 28th 19.3 +1.0 15.2 18th 140.4 119.7 high 117%
Newcastle University 27.1   32.7 28th 17.5   10.7 18th 167.4
Norah Head AWS 25.9   32.3 22nd 19.2   14.2 18th 109.2
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 27.5 +0.6 33.1 22nd 16.1 +0.5 10.6 30th 132.4 115.7 high 114%
Scone Airport AWS 27.2 -0.5 32.4 27th 14.2 +0.2 9.4 30th 70.0
Singleton STP 27.5   33.3 28th 15.0   9.7 30th 86.6
Williamtown RAAF 26.9 +0.7 33.8 22nd 16.7 +0.4 11.0 30th 166.8 120.6 high 138%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 26.5 -0.8 30.7 27th 12.5 -1.2 8.1 18th 84.3 55.0 high 153%
Mudgee Airport AWS 26.0 -0.5 30.5 16th 13.0 +0.7 7.7 25th 75.8
Nullo Mountain AWS 19.5 -0.5 25.0 27th 11.3 0.0 6.8 18th 138.4
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 24.8 +0.3 31.0 10th 10.5 -0.3 4.5 30th 116.4 51.9 high 224%
Bathurst Airport AWS 24.6 +0.1 28.3 27th 10.2 -0.2 4.0 18th 94.6
Katoomba (Murri St) 21.3 +1.0 26.2 27th 11.9 +0.5 5.2 18th 173.0 166.2 average 104%
Lithgow (Cooerwull) 21.7   26.0 27th 10.4   5.2 30th 68.2 74.0 average 92%
Mount Boyce AWS 21.1 +0.8 25.4 27th 11.4 +0.2 5.2 18th 106.4
Oberon (Springbank) 21.2 -0.2 25.2 27th 9.3 +0.4 4.7 18th 85.1 66.2 high 129%
Orange Agricultural Institute 21.8 -0.8 26.2 7th 11.1 +0.5 4.5 18th 119.6 62.8 high 190%
Orange Airport AWS 21.9   25.8 7th 9.8   3.1 18th 128.8
Springwood (Valley Heights) 25.3   31.6 24th 14.9   9.6 18th 89.2 125.9 average 71%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran (Namoi Street) 26.5 -1.7 31.9 16th 11.7 -0.1 5.0 30th 137.1 62.7 v high 219%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 25.2   31.4 16th 14.6   9.4 18th 119.6
Dunedoo Post Office 27.8 -0.5 33.1 16th 14.9 +0.6 10.2 25th 79.2 53.3 high 149%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 28.3   32.6 27th 13.5   7.0 30th 75.2
Dubbo Airport AWS 28.5 -0.2 32.8 28th 15.3 +1.0 9.4 30th 80.8
Forbes Airport AWS 29.0   33.6 27th 14.8   6.9 30th 79.8
Parkes Airport AWS 28.9   32.6 27th 15.1   6.9 30th 81.6 49.6 high 165%
Wellington (Agrowplow) 27.7 -1.6 31.5 27th 14.3 +0.4 7.3 18th 100.0 50.1 high 200%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 27.5 +1.3 32.7 28th 16.5 +0.4 11.1 18th 61.6 99.3 average 62%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 26.3   32.6 28th 16.3   10.3 30th
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS 27.4   32.4 24th 16.1   9.9 19th 62.6
Holsworthy Control Range 26.9   32.0 24th 15.3   10.1 19th 63.6
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 26.8 +0.6 32.2 27th 15.6 -0.2 10.5 30th 85.2 108.9 average 78%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 26.4 +1.7 33.5 28th 18.9 +1.3 13.9 18th 65.6 129.8 average 51%
Sydney Airport AMO 27.0 +1.8 34.9 28th 19.1 +1.6 13.7 18th 56.0 115.6 average 48%
Sydney Harbour (Wedding Cake West) 24.1   30.6 22nd 19.5   15.1 18th
Sydney Olympic Park AWS (Archery Centre) 27.0   32.8 28th 17.2   11.9 19th 106.0
Terrey Hills AWS 25.4   31.5 28th 17.2   12.0 18th 92.2
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 27.4   33.2 24th 15.4   9.5 19th 60.8
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 27.0   31.8 28th 15.9   11.3 30th 71.8
Penrith Lakes AWS 28.1   33.5 28th 16.5   12.5 19th 67.4
Prospect Reservoir 27.4 +1.1 33.3 27th 16.1 0.0 11.2 19th 82.5 96.3 average 86%
Richmond RAAF 27.5   32.6 28th 15.6   10.6 18th 81.2
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park (Wollongong Airport) 25.9   30.7 28th 15.5   9.1 30th 54.0
Bellambi AWS 24.9   31.2 28th 18.8   13.9 18th 68.2
Bowral (Parry Drive) 22.3 -0.1 28.9 16th 12.3 +0.7 5.2 19th 76.0 93.1 average 82%
Camden Airport AWS 27.3 +0.6 32.0 28th 14.8 0.0 8.2 19th 13.2 85.8 v low 15%
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 27.2   31.8 24th 14.7   9.0 18th 42.8
Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular AWS) 24.4   28.1 9th 17.6   13.6 30th 39.6
Kiama (Bombo Headland) 24.6   29.0 28th 18.0   13.3 18th 74.2
Moss Vale AWS 21.8   27.7 27th 12.0   3.1 19th 68.6
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 26.0   30.8 24th 14.4   7.2 18th 48.6
Port Kembla NTC AWS 24.0   31.3 22nd 19.4   15.2 1st
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay (Catalina Country Club) 25.4 +1.1 32.7 13th 13.5 -0.5 5.7 18th 33.9 73.5 average 46%
Bega AWS 26.0 +1.5 34.7 27th 12.1 -0.6 5.8 30th 17.2
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 22.6 -0.2 28.6 27th 9.5 -0.3 0.4 30th 34.0 51.1 average 67%
Green Cape AWS 22.8   26.1 11th 16.1   11.6 18th 40.0
Merimbula Airport AWS 24.2   27.3 27th 13.7   8.3 30th 32.6
Montague Island Lighthouse 22.6 +0.2 24.6 28th 17.6 +0.6 13.7 18th 34.6 100.4 low 34%
Moruya Airport AWS 24.5   31.3 28th 13.8   5.4 18th 45.8
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 23.5 +0.2 29.9 28th 15.2 +0.1 9.1 18th 50.0 106.8 average 47%
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 23.0 +0.3 25.4 11th 15.4 +0.1 10.3 30th 33.6 104.2 low 32%
Ulladulla AWS 23.5 +0.2 30.6 24th 16.4 +0.2 10.7 18th 68.8
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala (Therry Street) 23.4 +0.8 29.4 27th 7.9 -0.7 2.1 18th 25.4 60.3 low 42%
Bombala AWS 22.7 +1.1 29.1 13th 7.6 -0.9 1.1 30th 30.6
Canberra Airport 25.7   31.8 10th 9.6   3.2 31st 28.0
Cooma Airport AWS 22.8 +0.6 29.0 10th 7.2 -0.3 -0.6 30th 25.0 45.5 low 55%
Cooma Visitors Centre 23.8 +0.1 29.5 10th 7.7 -0.4 -0.5 18th 17.3 58.2 low 30%
Goulburn Airport AWS 23.7 +0.1 29.1 27th 9.4 -0.5 0.7 18th 61.2
Goulburn TAFE 23.8 -0.1 29.5 27th 11.1 -0.1 3.7 18th 45.6 56.7 average 80%
Mount Ginini AWS 16.3   21.9 7th 6.8   0.6 29th 60.6
Taralga Post Office 22.6 +0.1 28.5 27th 9.4 -0.4 2.2 19th 66.6 66.6 average 100%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 25.1   31.0 10th 10.7   3.1 30th 22.2
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Perisher Valley AWS 16.1   22.7 6th 4.4   -3.6 18th 145.8
Thredbo AWS 13.8 +0.4 20.1 5th 4.7 -0.1 -3.2 18th 133.6 118.9 average 112%
Thredbo Village 18.9 +0.8 24.8 11th 5.2 +0.6 -2.3 18th 128.0 114.4 average 112%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 28.7   35.7 11th 13.5   6.6 29th 51.0
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 17.8   24.0 8th 8.8   1.2 18th 74.8
Hume Reservoir 28.2 +1.2 35.4 10th 15.1 +1.3 8.2 30th 59.4 45.6 high 130%
Khancoban AWS 26.6   33.1 8th 10.7   3.8 18th 69.2
Tumbarumba Post Office 25.5 +0.5 31.5 8th 9.8 +1.1 3.0 18th 56.0 66.8 average 84%
Wagga Wagga AMO 28.3 +0.7 34.7 10th 14.5 +1.1 6.9 30th 35.2 45.6 average 77%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 27.7 +1.8 34.0 10th 13.6 +0.2 8.2 31st 49.6 60.7 average 82%
Cootamundra Airport 27.2   32.5 27th 12.1   4.3 30th 25.4
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 27.3 -0.5 31.7 27th 13.3 -0.1 5.9 30th 78.0 48.5 high 161%
Gundagai (William St) 27.7   33.7 27th 14.0   6.7 18th 29.7
Quandialla Post Office 29.0 +0.1 33.8 27th 14.8 +1.0 7.5 30th 36.2 44.6 average 81%
Temora Airport 28.4   34.0 27th 13.8   5.0 30th 20.0
Wyalong Post Office 28.9 +0.2 34.0 27th 15.1 +0.6 8.5 29th 66.4 37.9 high 175%
Young Airport 27.1 +0.1 31.6 27th 11.7 +0.8 4.6 30th 60.6
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 29.3 +1.4 36.3 11th 13.9 +1.2 6.3 18th 45.8 38.0 average 121%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 29.0   38.1 27th 14.5   5.6 29th 8.4
Narrandera Airport 29.3   37.0 27th 15.2   7.5 30th 25.4 32.0 average 79%
Tocumwal Airport 28.6 +0.6 36.5 27th 14.3 +0.7 6.9 30th 24.3 34.8 average 70%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 28.9   36.7 27th 16.1   8.3 29th 30.4 33.1 average 92%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 28.7 +0.1 37.2 27th 14.7 +0.5 7.9 29th 32.2 36.7 average 88%
Hay (Miller Street) 29.6 +0.4 38.2 27th 15.2 +1.5 6.5 29th 22.5 30.2 average 75%
Hay Airport AWS 30.3   39.6 27th 14.5   6.2 29th 16.0
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Lord Howe Island Aero 24.5 -0.3 25.8 1st 20.2 +0.2 14.3 31st 75.2 134.9 low 56%
Norfolk Island Aero 24.5 +0.2 26.4 16th 19.2 0.0 17.0 2nd 43.0 102.4 low 42%

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 8 am on Tuesday 2 April 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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