New South Wales in August 2016: A wet end to winter


August was the wettest for NSW in over a decade, with several rain events including an East Coast Low contributing to well above average rainfall in western and northern areas. Temperatures were slightly above average, with warm nights in the northeast of the State.

Wettest August in 13 years

  • Rainfall was 44% above average for NSW, the wettest August since 2003
  • Rainfall was well above average in western and northeast NSW, and the highest in at least 20 years at several locations
  • Average to below average rainfall in southeast NSW

Warm nights in the northeast

  • Both maximum (+0.3 °C) and minimum (+0.7 °C) temperatures were above average for the State as a whole
  • Maximum temperatures were close to normal across most of the State, but above average in the southeast
  • Minimum temperatures were well above average in northeast NSW, but close to average in western and central areas

Severe weather

  • An East Coast Low produced heavy rain and strong winds in northeast NSW over the 3rd and 4th. Daily rainfall totals reached 239 mm at Meldrum, breaking some August rainfall records, and wind gusts of up to 126 km/h at Evans Head.
  • A surface trough and fast-moving low pressure systems caused further heavy rain and flooding in parts of northern NSW on the 24th

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Extremes in August 2016
Hottest day 27.6 °C at Bourke Airport AWS on the 30th
Warmest days on average 22.7 °C at Casino Airport AWS
Coolest days on average 0.7 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day -3.8 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 2nd
Coldest night -10.4 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 7th
Coolest nights on average -4.4 °C at Thredbo AWS
Warmest nights on average 13.2 °C at Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS)
Warmest night 17.3 °C at Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) on the 20th
Warmest on average overall 17.1 °C at South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse)
Coolest on average overall -1.8 °C at Thredbo AWS
Wettest overall 332.0 mm at Meldrum (Coolawarrah)
Driest overall 3.2mm at Bemboka (The Knob)
Wettest day 239.0 mm at Meldrum (Coolawarrah) on the 4th
Strongest wind gust 126 km/h at Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS on the 3rd

Maps

Observed Anomaly Decile rank
Total
rainfall
Map of Rainfall totals Map of Percentage of normal rainfall Map of Rainfall deciles
Mean
daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
Mean
daily
minimum
temperatures
Map of Mean minimum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Record highest August daily rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Boggabri (Retreat) 59.0 on the 3rd 43.9 on the 13th in 1952 117
Old Koreelah (McPherson) 53.2 on the 24th 49.3 on the 14th in 1968 103
Woodenbong (Unumgar St) 78.0 on the 24th 67.3 on the 14th in 1968 83
Meldrum (Coolawarrah) 239.0 on the 4th 229.9 on the 14th in 1968 59
Lillian Rock (Williams Road) 80.0 on the 4th 73.9 on the 14th in 1968 50
Green Pigeon (Morning View) 90.6 on the 24th 77.5 on the 14th in 1968 48
Kunghur (The Junction) 85.0 on the 4th 65.8 on the 12th in 1987 47
Tabulam (Muirne) 52.4 on the 24th 46.0 on the 28th in 2014 47
Warren (Ellerslie) 37.6 on the 2nd 36.4 on the 30th in 1996 31
Wiangaree Post Office 71.0 on the 24th =71.0 on the 28th in 2014 30
Upper Allyn Township 86.4 on the 3rd 63.0 on the 5th in 1986 29
Dairy Flat 89.8 on the 24th 49.4 on the 28th in 2014 21
Glen Innes Airport AWS 59.4 on the 24th 41.6 on the 21st in 2007 20



Record highest August total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
August
Old Koreelah (McPherson) 133.6 96.8 in 1925 104 32.7
Woodenbong (Unumgar St) 153.0 112.8 in 2014 83 37.9
Gunbar (Kelsey) 68.2 68.0 in 1992 66 27.3
Pindari Dam 100.2 98.6 in 1987 46 37.8
Guyra (Gowan Brae) 135.4 111.6 in 1966 40 47.4
Wiangaree Post Office 204.0 191.7 in 1987 29 48.8
Armidale Airport AWS 139.6 119.0 in 2000 22 47.0
Dairy Flat 185.8 145.6 in 2014 21 44.3
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 143.0 119.2 in 1998 20 47.5
Glen Innes Airport AWS 152.0 112.0 in 2007 20 51.8
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 55.7 52.1 in 2003 20 18.7

Highest August total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
August
Deepwater Post Office 144.6 154.4 in 1901 44.6
Booligal (Belmont) 71.3 73.2 in 1907 27.5
Hillston Airport 68.5 72.2 in 1909* 31.2
Menindee Post Office 61.1 61.3 in 1920 18.4
Boggabri (Retreat) 131.2 158.8 in 1952* 38.0
Meldrum (Coolawarrah) 332.0 396.2 in 1952* 73.6
Angledool (Angledool Station) 63.9 119.0 in 1966 24.2
Emmaville (Strathbogie) 111.4 127.0 in 1966 45.8
Bellata Post Office 105.8 107.5 in 1966* 34.8
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 112.2 115.4 in 1968 49.0
Tenterfield (Aberfeldie) 132.2 159.9 in 1966* 46.5
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 111.3 151.6 in 1968* 43.8
Booroorban (Ramsay) 66.0 79.4 in 1974* 29.5
Uralla (Salisbury Court) 124.8 128.1 in 1985 51.4
Barraba Post Office 125.1 126.0 in 1987 40.4
Mungindi Post Office 61.1 105.0 in 1987 25.4
Number One (Murrays Creek) 148.0 167.2 in 1987* 36.4
Cobar MO 62.8 71.2 in 1992 26.9
Pooncarie Mail Agency 51.6 66.0 in 1992 22.8
Tocumwal Airport 73.3 73.8 in 1992 43.0
Kunghur (The Junction) 194.0 226.4 in 1987* 51.4
Hatfield (Benilkie) 59.5 62.2 in 1992* 24.3

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




Record lowest August daily maximum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
August
Wanaaring Post Office 12.9 on the 2nd 13.3 on the 23rd in 2010 25 21.4
Cobar Airport AWS 9.8 on the 22nd 10.3 on the 27th in 2001 24 18.9
Richmond RAAF 12.6 on the 24th = 12.6 on the 10th in 2010 23 19.8
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 13.5 on the 6th = 13.5 on the 23rd in 2010 20 18.9



Highest August mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
August
Murrurundi (Haydon Street) 4.4 5.0 in 1987* 2.5

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




Summary statistics for August 2016

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
August
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
August
2016
Mean for
August
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
August
2016
Total for
August
2016
Average
for
August
Rank of
August
2016
Fraction of
August
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 18.3 -1.5 25.5 17th 5.9 +0.2 0.6 21st 33.4 11.8 high 283%
Tibooburra Airport 20.5 -0.5 27.0 18th 8.1 +0.3 4.4 27th 16.8 7.9 high 213%
White Cliffs AWS 19.1 -1.2 25.7 17th 7.3 +0.2 2.7 25th 26.0 13.8 high 188%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 18.6 -1.6 25.8 18th 4.8 -0.2 -0.8 27th 44.8 16.6 high 270%
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill Airport AWS 16.8 -1.1 23.9 18th 5.3 -0.3 0.5 5th 41.2 18.8 v high 219%
Lake Victoria Storage 17.9 +0.7 24.5 17th 6.5 +0.4 0.5 5th 26.4 23.5 average 112%
Menindee Post Office 18.4 -0.9 26.8 17th 5.4 +0.1 1.4 27th 61.1 18.4 v high 332%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 18.4 -1.1 26.3 17th 5.6 +0.1 0.0 27th 51.6 22.8 v high 226%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 20.2 -1.2 27.6 30th 5.4 +0.4 -0.8 27th 23.4 12.5 high 187%
Brewarrina Hospital 20.3 -0.3 26.4 10th 5.7 0.0 0.0 28th 16.8 21.5 average 78%
Cobar Airport AWS 17.5 -1.4 23.1 30th 4.2 -0.1 -1.7 26th 54.6 19.4 v high 281%
Cobar MO 17.3 -0.7 23.3 30th 6.0 -0.2 0.4 26th 62.8 26.9 v high 233%
Collarenebri (Albert St) 20.1 -0.8 26.0 10th 5.6 +0.3 0.0 21st 47.2 26.8 high 176%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 19.9 -1.8 25.4 10th 5.0 -1.2 1.1 28th 55.7 18.7 highest 298%
Wanaaring Post Office 20.8 -0.6 27.1 30th 4.7 -0.6 0.0 22nd 40.9 15.0 v high 273%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 17.5 -1.4 24.7 18th 5.4 -0.6 0.4 27th 73.8 20.7 v high 357%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 16.3 -0.6 21.7 17th 3.7 +0.2 -2.0 27th 43.4 34.0 high 128%
Condobolin Airport AWS 16.5 -0.8 21.8 17th 3.5 +0.4 -1.7 27th 45.4 28.3 high 160%
Peak Hill Post Office 16.7 -0.4 22.1 30th 6.0 +0.3 0.6 27th 87.6 42.6 v high 206%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 15.7 -0.4 21.2 18th 3.7 +0.3 -0.8 12th 53.6 37.5 average 143%
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 17.6 -1.8 22.8 30th 4.3 +0.3 -1.4 26th 51.4 26.2 high 196%
Trangie Research Station AWS 16.7 -0.7 22.3 30th 4.2 +0.2 -0.8 28th 62.8 32.1 high 196%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 20.7 -0.4 26.7 10th 5.8 -0.2 0.7 21st 61.1 25.4 v high 241%
Walgett Airport AWS 19.1 -2.0 25.4 10th 4.3 -0.1 -1.1 21st 37.8 20.4 high 185%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 19.5 -0.9 25.4 10th 6.0 +0.8 1.4 27th 45.8 25.8 high 178%
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 18.4 +0.4 24.0 30th 1.3 +0.2 -2.4 1st 125.1 40.4 v high 310%
Narrabri Airport AWS 18.5 -1.5 23.1 2nd 5.2 +0.5 0.7 21st 102.8 31.9 v high 322%
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 17.7 -1.7 22.2 30th 3.3 +0.8 -2.2 21st 73.0 31.8 v high 230%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 17.6 -0.4 22.1 30th 5.7 -0.1 0.9 21st 71.2 35.6 high 200%
Quirindi Post Office 18.3 +0.3 23.0 30th 2.8 +0.4 -2.0 26th 58.2 44.8 high 130%
Tamworth Airport AWS 17.6 -0.8 22.4 30th 3.2 +0.4 -1.4 14th 83.2 40.6 high 205%
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 14.5 +0.1 19.8 30th 0.6 +1.5 -4.2 14th 77.0 53.8 high 143%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 14.6 -0.2 21.0 30th 0.5 +0.7 -4.0 14th 143.0 47.5 highest 301%
Armidale Airport AWS 13.3 -0.6 19.2 30th 2.3 +0.6 -3.0 21st 139.6 47.0 highest 297%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 14.4 +0.3 19.0 30th 1.9 +0.7 -3.5 21st 112.2 49.0 v high 229%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 14.5 -0.3 19.1 30th -0.1 +0.8 -6.1 21st 152.0 51.8 highest 293%
Guyra Hospital 12.1 -0.1 17.4 29th 2.2 +1.0 -2.6 21st 108.6 54.8 high 198%
Inverell (Raglan St) 17.8 -0.6 21.9 30th 1.5 +1.3 -3.3 21st 75.6 37.1 v high 204%
Inverell Research Centre 17.1 +0.4 21.2 30th 4.9 +0.5 0.2 21st 79.2 44.5 high 178%
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 16.8 +0.8 20.2 1st     -4.5 21st 111.3 43.8 v high 254%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam (Muirne) 18.3 +0.1 21.8 2nd 8.4 +0.4 5.0 21st 104.2 40.4 v high 258%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Ballina Airport AWS 21.1 -0.2 25.6 20th 9.8 +1.0 4.8 1st 141.2 86.4 high 163%
Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) 20.0 0.0 23.8 23rd 13.2 +0.1 9.9 5th 151.6 80.8 high 188%
Casino Airport AWS 22.7 +0.3 26.5 2nd 7.4 +0.2 2.6 21st 151.0 50.0 v high 302%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 21.3 +0.1 26.8 20th 11.0 +0.2 7.9 26th 173.0 89.0 high 194%
Grafton Airport AWS 21.7 -0.6 25.1 20th 7.2 +1.2 2.3 21st 120.8 65.7 high 184%
Grafton Research Stn 21.5 -0.2 25.2 10th 8.9 +1.7 4.9 27th 110.8 40.9 v high 271%
Lismore Airport AWS 21.9 -0.7 25.7 20th 7.5 +0.8 2.4 21st 192.4 68.9 high 279%
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 22.0 -0.5 25.2 20th 9.5 +0.7 5.2 21st 162.7 55.3 v high 294%
Yamba Pilot Station 20.9 +0.8 25.6 20th 11.5 +1.0 8.1 27th 195.6 76.1 v high 257%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour Airport 20.5   25.8 20th 9.3   4.3 21st 182.2


Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 15.6 -0.5 20.0 10th 5.3 +0.5 -0.5 21st 210.1 109.3 high 192%
Kempsey Airport AWS 20.6 -1.0 24.7 20th 6.0 +0.8 0.4 21st 167.8 59.7 high 281%
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 21.0 +1.1 24.5 2nd 13.0 +1.2 9.8 27th 209.4 82.0 v high 255%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry Marine Rescue 19.4 -0.1 23.5 17th 9.5 +0.3 4.0 26th 106.9 71.6 high 149%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 20.0 -0.2 24.7 10th 7.6 +0.9 1.1 21st 175.4 69.2 high 253%
Taree Airport AWS 19.7 -0.4 25.2 10th 7.4 +0.6 1.3 22nd 108.0 54.5 high 198%
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 19.9 -0.5 25.8 10th 7.3 +1.3 2.0 22nd 251.4 73.6 v high 342%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock Airport AWS 19.2 -0.2 24.4 10th 4.6 +0.1 -0.4 28th 32.6 34.6 average 94%
Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie AWS) 19.5   24.8 10th 5.9   0.8 28th 79.8


Gosford AWS 18.9   24.8 10th 7.6   3.1 28th 140.6


Maitland Airport AWS 19.4   25.1 10th 6.5   1.7 22nd



Mangrove Mountain AWS     22.6 18th 6.1 -0.5 0.7 12th 83.0 60.8 high 137%
Merriwa (Roscommon) 17.2   22.8 10th 2.9   -1.5 12th 45.4 33.3 average 136%
Murrurundi (Haydon Street)     22.0 30th 4.4 +1.9 -0.8 26th 103.0 61.6 high 167%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 14.0 -0.5 18.3 30th 6.7 +1.0 2.1 27th 91.8 43.1 v high 213%
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 18.6 -0.3 23.6 10th 10.8 +1.0 8.0 26th 102.0 102.8 average 99%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 18.9 +0.9 24.3 10th 10.3 +1.1 6.9 26th 43.8 73.2 average 60%
Newcastle University 19.4 -0.3 25.2 10th 9.3 +1.4 4.6 22nd 50.9 61.9 average 82%
Norah Head AWS 19.1 +0.3 24.9 10th 11.0 +0.5 7.4 12th 75.4 71.8 average 105%
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 19.3 -0.1 25.3 10th 6.9 +0.3 2.5 22nd 66.2 38.0 high 174%
Scone Airport AWS 18.0 -0.7 23.4 30th 4.1 +0.5 -0.7 22nd 67.0 37.3 high 180%
Singleton STP 19.4 -0.5 24.4 10th 5.1 +1.0 -0.8 15th 35.8 32.0 average 112%
Williamtown RAAF 19.1 +0.4 25.4 10th 7.7 +0.8 3.0 22nd 51.8 74.2 average 70%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 16.1 -0.4 21.8 10th 4.1 +0.7 -0.6 28th 43.5 46.0 average 95%
Mudgee Airport AWS 15.6 -0.7 21.0 10th 2.0 +0.4 -2.8 12th 28.0 35.5 average 79%
Nullo Mountain AWS 10.7 -0.2 16.0 30th 3.2 +0.1 -2.1 12th 44.8 55.9 average 80%
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 13.7 +0.7 18.7 30th 1.3 0.0 -4.8 27th 93.6 49.5 v high 189%
Bathurst Airport AWS 13.2 -0.6 18.4 30th 1.7 +0.5 -4.1 12th 77.0 40.1 high 192%
Katoomba (Murri St) 12.4 +1.2 18.2 30th 4.3 +1.0 -0.4 26th 121.0 79.4 high 152%
Lithgow (Cooerwull) 12.4 -0.2 17.6 18th 0.9 -0.7 -5.5 12th 61.8 57.7 average 107%
Mount Boyce AWS 11.4 +0.1 17.7 30th 3.2 +0.2 -1.0 12th 102.8 56.9 high 181%
Oberon (Springbank) 9.8 -0.6 15.2 30th 0.9 +0.5 -5.0 12th 86.7 75.1 average 115%
Orange Airport AWS 11.1 -0.1 16.5 30th 1.5 +0.6 -4.1 12th 95.0 84.9 average 112%
Springwood (Valley Heights) 17.2 -0.7 23.4 10th 7.2 +0.2 2.6 12th 69.8 53.6 high 130%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran (Namoi Street) 16.8 0.0 21.0 30th 2.4 +1.5 -2.5 28th 54.2 52.5 average 103%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 15.1 -0.9 19.5 10th 6.1 +0.1 2.3 26th 39.4 38.2 average 103%
Dunedoo Post Office 17.1 -0.1 22.9 30th 3.1 +0.1 -1.1 21st 42.8 40.3 average 106%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 15.5 -0.6 20.6 18th 3.1 +0.7 -2.1 12th 37.0 34.3 average 108%
Dubbo Airport AWS 16.5 -1.0 21.5 30th 3.8 +0.5 -1.6 28th 50.4 35.9 high 140%
Forbes Airport AWS 15.9 -0.6 21.1 30th 3.4 +0.6 -1.7 27th 45.2 35.9 average 126%
Parkes Airport AWS 15.6 -0.4 20.6 30th 2.9 +0.4 -2.1 27th 60.8 45.6 average 133%
Wellington (D&J Rural) 16.6 -0.4 22.0 30th 2.9 0.0 -1.6 28th 67.2 48.9 high 137%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 19.2 +0.2 25.6 10th 6.6 +0.6 3.5 12th 99.4 50.9 high 195%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 18.8 -0.2 24.9 10th 6.8 +0.3 3.0 21st 139.4 66.8 high 209%
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS 18.4   25.0 10th 5.4   1.7 12th 85.4


Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 18.9 -0.2 25.2 10th 7.1 0.0 3.8 12th 111.8 56.9 high 196%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 19.1 +1.3 25.2 10th 9.8 +0.8 7.1 12th 151.4 81.1 high 187%
Sydney Airport AMO 19.2 +0.8 26.7 10th 9.8 +1.6 7.0 26th 134.4 77.4 high 174%
Sydney Harbour (Wedding Cake West) 18.0 +0.1 24.5 10th 11.1 -0.1 8.6 12th



Sydney Olympic Park AWS (Archery Centre) 19.3   25.0 10th 7.1   3.7 12th 138.2


Terrey Hills AWS 17.5 -0.4 23.6 10th 8.3 -0.1 3.8 28th 71.8 57.8 high 124%
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 18.7 -0.5 25.0 10th 5.2 +0.5 0.8 21st 58.6 37.5 high 156%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 18.5 -0.6 25.0 10th 6.4 -0.1 2.5 21st 78.4 40.7 high 193%
Penrith Lakes AWS 19.1 -0.8 25.9 10th 6.9 +0.7 2.6 12th 48.8 31.4 high 155%
Prospect Reservoir 19.0 +0.2 24.9 10th 6.8 0.0 3.5 26th 85.3 50.5 high 169%
Richmond RAAF 19.1 -0.7 24.9 10th 5.2 +0.8 -0.3 12th 61.6 33.9 high 182%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park (Wollongong Airport) 18.7 -0.1 24.8 10th 7.2 +0.8 3.6 9th 57.0 57.0 high 100%
Bellambi AWS 18.1 +0.1 24.7 10th 11.0 +0.5 7.1 12th 112.0 97.3 high 115%
Camden Airport AWS 18.8 -0.3 25.1 10th 4.7 +0.8 -0.2 12th 57.0 42.1 high 135%
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 18.8   25.0 10th 5.2   0.4 12th 58.0 43.9 high 132%
High Range AWS (Wanganderry) 12.3   17.9 10th 4.7   0.3 26th 50.4


Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular) 17.2 +0.2 22.4 10th 10.5 +0.3 7.4 27th 161.2 74.3 high 217%
Kiama (Bombo Headland) 18.0 0.0 22.4 10th 10.9 +0.3 8.3 26th 91.4 72.5 high 126%
Moss Vale AWS 13.2 -0.2 18.8 10th 3.7 +0.8 -2.4 27th 41.8 50.2 average 83%
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 18.2 0.0 23.9 19th 7.4 +0.6 4.0 22nd 49.2 71.2 average 69%
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay (Catalina Country Club) 18.4 +0.1 24.5 19th 4.6 0.0 0.5 3rd



Bega AWS 18.2 +0.3 24.3 16th 2.7 -0.4 -1.4 12th 5.0 33.2 low 15%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 13.4 -0.2 19.3 30th 1.5 +1.0 -4.0 27th 32.6 52.4 average 62%
Green Cape AWS 16.3 +0.1 19.4 15th 9.3 -0.1 6.9 27th 21.2 35.5 average 60%
Merimbula Airport AWS 17.4 +0.1 21.1 10th 4.6 -0.2 1.4 24th 5.6 46.8 v low 12%
Montague Island Lighthouse 16.9 +0.8 22.1 10th 11.1 +0.9 9.4 3rd 9.4 53.7 low 18%
Moruya Airport AWS 18.7 +0.6 24.7 16th 4.7 +0.5 0.2 3rd 10.8 58.6 low 18%
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 18.1 +1.0 23.3 16th 7.3 +0.8 3.4 3rd 10.2 55.4 low 18%
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 17.6 +0.7 23.1 31st 8.0 +0.7 5.0 28th 6.8 51.2 low 13%
Nerriga AWS 13.8   18.9 19th 2.6   -2.8 27th 42.2


Ulladulla AWS 17.5 +0.1 23.3 19th 9.4 +0.2 6.3 27th 83.6 73.3 high 114%
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala (Therry Street) 14.1 +1.4 20.2 16th -0.9 -0.7 -5.4 27th 13.0 40.1 low 32%
Bombala AWS 12.5 +0.3 17.9 16th -0.3 -0.7 -4.9 27th 11.0 27.2 low 40%
Canberra Airport 14.3   19.4 30th 1.1   -4.4 12th 46.2


Cooma Airport AWS 11.9 -0.1 16.6 15th -1.1 +0.5 -6.9 12th 15.4 30.9 low 50%
Cooma Visitors Centre 13.6 +0.3 18.8 30th -1.5 +0.4 -6.5 27th 13.3 27.3 low 49%
Goulburn Airport AWS 13.2 -0.3 19.9 30th 1.4 +0.9 -3.9 12th 47.0 40.3 average 117%
Goulburn TAFE 13.2 0.0 20.1 30th 3.0 +0.8 -1.2 12th 50.0 52.9 average 95%
Mount Ginini AWS 3.9 -0.3 10.2 15th -1.7 +0.3 -5.4 26th 70.6 82.6 average 85%
Taralga Post Office 12.3 +0.4 19.0 31st 1.1 -0.1 -5.0 12th 69.1 67.4 average 103%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 14.2 +0.1 18.7 30th 1.3 +0.4 -4.3 12th 38.2 47.9 average 80%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Perisher Valley AWS 3.5   9.6 15th -3.3   -8.6 5th 165.0


Thredbo AWS 0.7 +0.2 5.4 15th -4.4 +0.5 -10.4 7th 141.8 122.3 average 116%
Thredbo Village 6.9 +0.3 12.5 15th -2.6 -0.2 -8.0 2nd 188.2 194.1 average 97%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 15.2 +0.3 19.6 18th 4.0 +0.4 -0.2 3rd 74.4 65.8 average 113%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 5.0 +0.1 11.0 15th -0.1 +0.4 -4.5 26th 101.0 125.5 average 80%
Hume Reservoir 14.8 +0.6 19.5 18th 5.6 +0.7 1.1 3rd 75.2 76.0 average 99%
Khancoban AWS 14.0 +0.3 18.5 30th 2.8 +0.3 -0.9 3rd 124.4 105.5 average 118%
Tumbarumba Post Office 13.0 +0.8 18.5 30th 1.3 +0.4 -3.0 26th 105.8 106.6 average 99%
Wagga Wagga AMO 15.0 +0.5 20.4 18th 4.1 +0.6 -2.0 26th 57.8 51.0 average 113%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 14.8 +1.4 20.0 19th 4.0 +0.3 0.2 11th 84.2 98.2 average 86%
Cootamundra Airport 14.6 -0.1 20.1 30th 1.6 +0.1 -3.3 12th 91.2 57.0 v high 160%
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 14.7 -0.1 20.1 30th 3.5 -0.4 -1.3 27th 41.2 55.7 average 74%
Gundagai (Nangus Rd) 15.6 +0.6 20.7 19th 3.9 +0.9 -1.4 27th 61.6 57.0 average 108%
Temora Airport 15.2 -0.2 19.6 17th 2.8 +0.8 -1.7 12th 70.8 36.2 v high 196%
Young Airport 14.6 0.0 19.9 30th 1.9 +0.6 -3.2 12th 57.0 51.0 average 112%
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 15.7 +0.7 20.5 18th 4.5 +0.8 0.0 5th 70.0 53.3 high 131%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 15.4 -0.9 21.9 18th 4.5 +0.4 -0.4 27th 61.8 33.3 high 186%
Narrandera Airport AWS 15.8 -0.3 22.1 18th 4.0 +0.2 -0.6 26th 69.6 39.8 high 175%
Tocumwal Airport 15.6 -0.2 21.6 18th 4.3 0.0 -0.1 8th 73.3 43.0 high 170%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 15.8 -0.5 21.8 18th 5.8 +0.4 1.4 26th 66.0 36.2 high 182%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 16.0 -0.5 21.8 18th 4.2 +0.3 -1.2 26th 62.2 35.9 v high 173%
Hay Airport AWS 16.3   22.5 17th 4.0   -1.4 26th 63.4 24.8 v high 256%
Hillston Airport 16.9 -0.2 23.6 18th 5.2 +0.3 -1.1 26th 68.5 31.2 v high 220%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 16.5 -1.1 23.1 16th 4.8 +0.2 0.1 27th 37.0 33.7 average 110%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Lord Howe Island Aero 19.4 +0.4 22.0 2nd 13.7 +0.2 9.6 18th 195.4 111.5 v high 175%
Norfolk Island Aero 18.8 +0.5 21.4 4th 13.5 +0.3 10.7 10th 107.8 126.7 average 85%

Notes

The Monthly climate summary lists 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.

A climate summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Thursday 1 September 2016. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages for individual sites 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 10 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.

The ACORN-SAT dataset is used for temperature area averages.

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