New South Wales in March 2015: Warm and dry with a cold finish

  • Below average rainfall across much of the state
  • Late season hot spell in northern NSW
  • Severe thunderstorms cause hail and strong winds

The statewide average rainfall for NSW was 62% below average during March, the driest since 1998. Much of inland southern NSW and the far west recorded no rainfall at all during the month, with above-average falls only recorded in isolated parts of northern NSW. Most of the rain that did fall during the month was associated with periods of thunderstorm activity, with heaviest falls recorded in the Coffs Harbour region on the 14th and in the Hunter Valley on the 22nd. Severe thunderstorms also caused wind gusts of 113 km/h at Grafton on the 9th, and hail of more than 7 cm in diameter that damaged crops near Narrabri on the 21st.

The dry weather contributed to warm days, with the statewide average maximum temperature 1.4 °C above average. Temperatures were warmest in the north of the state, with large areas more than 2 °C above average. Days were warmest at the start of the month and over the 19th and 20th. Several stations in northern NSW recorded their warmest March day on record on the 20th, with many more recording a late-season record (see Special Climate Statement 51). Local sea surface temperatures have persisted to be warmer-than-average, contributing to the warmest March on record for Lord Howe Island.

In comparison, the statewide average minimum temperature was 0.2 °C above average, with warmer-than-average nights in northern parts of the state but cooler-than-average nights in the south. Nights were particularly cold on the 27th and 28th, with record-low minima at some short-record stations in southern NSW associated with clear conditions and cool southerly winds.

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Extremes in March 2015
Hottest day 42.9 °C at Bourke Airport AWS on the 3rd
42.9 °C at Mungindi Post Office on the 20th
Warmest days on average 35.2 °C at Brewarrina Hospital
Coolest days on average 12.6 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day 3.2 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 26th
Coldest night -4.8 °C at Perisher Valley AWS on the 2nd
Coolest nights on average 3.3 °C at Perisher Valley AWS
Warmest nights on average 21.1 °C at Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS)
Warmest night 27.5 °C at Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Centre on the 4th
Warmest on average overall 27.3 °C at Brewarrina Hospital
Coolest on average overall 8.1 °C at Thredbo AWS/span>
Wettest overall 299.2 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview)
Driest overall 0 mm at several locations including Tibooburra, Broken Hill and Hay
Wettest day 183.4 mm at Coffs Harbour MO on the 14th
Strongest wind gust 124 km/h at Thredbo AWS on the 23rd

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Record highest March daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Killawarra (Uralba) 150.0 on the 22nd 135.2 on the 5th in 1995 34

Record highest March temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Yamba Pilot Station 34.7 on the 5th 33.5 on the 27th in 1991 60 26.0
Mungindi Post Office 42.9 on the 20th 41.2 on the 1st in 2011 50 31.8
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 34.5 on the 20th 34.0 on the 18th in 2002 43 24.7
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 36.5 on the 5th = 36.5 on the 28th in 1980 38 28.1
Lord Howe Island Aero 28.2 on the 21st = 28.2 on the 1st in 2011 27 24.8
Cessnock Airport AWS 39.3 on the 20th 38.4 on the 13th in 1998 24 27.1
Nullo Mountain AWS 32.0 on the 20th 31.7 on the 13th in 1998 24 19.9
Ballina Airport AWS 36.3 on the 5th 35.6 on the 1st in 2009 23 27.0
Walgett Airport AWS 42.6 on the 20th 42.0 on the 19th in 2002 22 31.6
Casino Airport AWS 38.5 on the 5th 38.1 on the 20th in 2002 21 28.1
Armidale Airport AWS 32.4 on the 20th 32.0 on the 20th in 2002 20 22.9
Moree Aero 41.3 on the 20th 40.4 on the 15th in 1998 20 30.8

Record highest March mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Lord Howe Island Aero 26.0 25.6 in 2010 26 24.8

Record lowest March temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 3.5 on the 28th = 3.5 on the 28th in 1984 48 13.4
Bega AWS 3.1 on the 27th 3.5 on the 22nd in 2002 24 12.7
Young Airport 0.4 on the 27th 0.8 on the 31st in 1997 24 11.1
Dubbo Airport AWS 3.4 on the 27th 3.7 on the 30th in 2008 23 14.4
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 6.9 on the 28th 7.5 on the 31st in 2008 20 16.5

Record highest March mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Tabulam (Muirne) 17.0 = 17.0 in 1998 44 15.8
Ballina Airport AWS 19.4 = 19.4 in 2001 22 18.2
Grafton Research Stn 19.0 18.8 in 2011 20 17.3

Record highest March mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Coffs Harbour MO 23.4 23.2 in 1998 63 22.0
Lord Howe Island Aero 23.2 23.1 in 2010 26 22.4
Ballina Airport AWS 24.0 23.5 in 1998 22 22.6
Casino Airport AWS 24.5 24.4 in 1998 20 22.8
Grafton Research Stn 24.2 23.5 in 2011 20 22.5

Summary statistics for March 2015
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Total for
March
2015
Average
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March
Rank of
March
2015
Fraction of
March
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 30.8 0.0 40.5 19th 15.8 -1.4 10.1 25th 0 28.1 v low 0%
Tibooburra Airport 33.1 +0.8 42.5 19th 19.3 0.0 12.1 27th 0 23.4 v low 0%
White Cliffs AWS 31.8   40.7 19th 17.6   10.6 27th 0 43.5 v low 0%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 31.4 +0.2 40.7 19th 14.9 -1.2 6.8 27th 0 32.3 v low 0%
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill (Patton Street) 29.1 +0.2 39.7 19th 14.2 -1.4 7.6 27th 0.4 21.6 low 2%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 28.7 -0.1 39.6 19th 13.9 -1.3 6.9 27th 0 20.7 lowest 0%
Lake Victoria Storage 28.4 -0.1 40.5 19th 12.4 -1.6 8.0 28th 0 15.1 lowest 0%
Menindee Post Office 30.2 -0.5 41.6 19th 14.7 -0.5 9.1 27th 0.4 18.5 low 2%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 29.9 -0.7 40.8 19th 13.5 -1.4 7.5 28th 0 18.0 lowest 0%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 34.7 +2.5 42.9 3rd 19.3 +1.1 10.0 27th 23.2 40.8 average 57%
Brewarrina Hospital 35.2 +2.9 42.4 3rd 19.0 +1.6 9.5 28th 1.4 40.1 low 3%
Cobar Airport AWS 31.8 +1.5 38.7 3rd 16.1 -0.1 6.4 27th 0 29.8 lowest 0%
Cobar MO 31.5 +1.5 37.9 19th 17.3 +0.2 8.8 27th 0 35.2 lowest 0%
Collarenebri (Albert St) 34.8 +2.9 42.1 20th 18.4 +0.9 9.9 29th 20.2 48.9 average 41%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 34.6 +2.5 42.0 20th 19.8 +1.1 12.5 28th 9.0 40.9 low 22%
Wanaaring Post Office 34.2 +1.9 41.1 19th 18.3 +0.7 9.8 27th 0 26.9 lowest 0%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald (RSL) 27.9 -1.3 38.9 19th 12.7 -0.9 6.9 25th 0 22.4 lowest 0%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 30.2 +0.1 39.1 19th 15.2 -0.9 8.3 25th 0 27.2 v low 0%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 30.7 +1.3 36.0 19th 14.3 -0.5 6.4 27th 0.2 39.6 v low 1%
Condobolin Airport AWS 31.2 +1.8 36.6 19th 14.5 -0.2 6.7 28th 0.2 30.5 v low 1%
Peak Hill Post Office 31.3 +2.0 37.4 1st 15.8 -0.5 6.3 27th 6.6 50.3 low 13%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 29.2 +0.5 34.9 19th 13.8 -0.5 5.7 25th 3.2 36.5 low 9%
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 33.1 +2.4 40.1 18th 17.5 +0.9 8.8 27th 1.2 47.3 v low 3%
Nyngan Airport 32.7 +2.3 40.5 3rd 17.2 +0.8 8.8 27th 13.0 42.0 average 31%
Trangie Research Station AWS 32.0 +2.7 38.1 3rd 16.2 +0.5 5.5 27th 11.2 47.4 low 24%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 35.1 +3.3 42.9 20th 18.5 +0.9 9.9 29th 40.2 51.1 average 79%
Walgett Airport AWS 34.6 +3.0 42.6 20th 17.5 +0.9 7.1 28th 5.6 33.9 low 17%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 32.9 +2.1 41.3 20th 18.0 +1.1 9.2 28th 40.6 49.7 average 82%
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 30.9 +2.0 38.0 21st 12.7 0.0 3.5 30th 31.8 54.8 average 58%
Narrabri Airport AWS 32.2 +1.6 39.6 4th 16.8 +0.5 10.1 29th 120.0 52.7 high 228%
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 32.2 +2.4 40.4 20th 14.8 -0.2 6.4 28th 42.8 45.3 average 94%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 31.4 +2.3 39.5 20th 16.9 +0.3 9.4 28th 51.2 43.0 average 119%
Quirindi Post Office 31.7 +2.4 39.2 20th 14.4 +0.9 5.0 27th 20.4 53.3 average 38%
Tamworth Airport AWS 31.4 +2.4 38.8 20th 14.2 0.0 5.4 28th 52.2 48.6 average 107%
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 26.0 +1.3 34.5 20th 9.5 -0.3 -2.8 28th 16.0 52.1 low 31%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 25.9 +2.3 33.8 20th 10.4 0.0 -0.6 28th 11.6 65.3 low 18%
Armidale Airport AWS 24.9 +2.0 32.4 20th 11.9 +0.7 4.5 28th 10.8 57.2 low 19%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 25.2 +2.2 31.5 20th 12.6 +1.2 4.0 28th 39.4 69.9 average 56%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 25.3 +1.5 31.6 20th 11.5 +0.8 0.1 28th 58.2 73.6 average 79%
Guyra Hospital 23.0 +1.9 30.0 20th 11.4 +1.5 4.7 28th 37.4 69.3 average 54%
Inverell (Raglan St) 29.2 +1.2 35.7 20th 12.8 +0.9 2.8 28th 83.8 72.5 average 116%
Inverell Research Centre 28.4 +1.4 35.0 20th 15.3 +0.9 8.8 28th 82.4 68.1 average 121%
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 26.1 +1.5 33.4 20th 13.5 +1.0 6.4 28th 68.4 80.4 average 85%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam (Muirne) 27.1 +2.6 32.8 5th 17.0 +1.2 13.0 17th 67.0 155.3 v low 43%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Ballina Airport AWS 28.5 +1.5 36.3 5th 19.4 +1.2 15.5 15th 113.4 209.7 low 54%
Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) 27.7 +1.4 30.8 5th 21.1 +1.2 17.5 14th 80.2 127.7 average 63%
Casino Airport AWS 30.5 +2.4 38.5 5th 18.5 +1.0 14.7 15th 79.8 121.6 low 66%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 28.7 +2.0 37.5 5th 19.5 +0.7 16.5 15th 71.4 170.6 low 42%
Grafton Airport AWS 29.3   36.1 5th 18.1   13.3 15th 146.0 152.3 average 96%
Grafton Research Stn 29.5 +1.8 36.3 5th 19.0 +1.7 15.1 15th 75.2 120.9 average 62%
Lismore Airport AWS 29.5 +1.5 37.9 5th 18.2 +1.4 14.2 15th 73.8 130.4 low 57%
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 29.2 +1.1 36.5 5th 19.6 +1.4 15.6 15th 109.2 211.2 low 52%
Yamba Pilot Station 28.0 +2.0 34.7 5th 20.3 +1.0 16.5 15th 45.6 182.9 v low 25%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour Airport 27.6   33.6 5th 19.1   13.3 28th 243.4
Coffs Harbour MO 27.4 +1.5 33.9 5th 19.2 +1.1 13.8 28th 289.0 234.6 high 123%
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 23.8 +1.6 31.5 20th 14.5 +1.1 7.3 28th 125.2 306.9 low 41%
Kempsey Airport AWS 28.3 +1.1 34.1 20th 17.2 +1.0 9.9 28th 93.4 145.1 low 64%
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 27.6 +1.4 32.8 5th 19.9 +1.1 16.1 28th 115.2 182.2 low 63%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry Marine Rescue 26.2 +0.7 32.5 5th 17.4 -0.3 13.0 28th 133.4 148.8 average 90%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 27.5 +1.2 33.9 5th 17.6 +0.8 11.3 28th 151.6 165.0 average 92%
Taree Airport AWS 27.7 +0.9 33.6 1st 17.1 +0.7 9.8 28th 94.4 145.0 average 65%
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 28.0 +1.3 34.5 20th 16.6 +1.0 10.6 28th 299.2 226.1 high 132%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock Airport AWS 28.8 +1.7 39.3 20th 14.6 +0.1 5.0 28th 25.4 72.1 v low 35%
Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie AWS) 27.5   37.3 20th 15.0   7.1 27th 108.2
Gosford AWS 26.5   36.4 1st 16.4   9.2 27th 95.2
Maitland Visitors Centre 29.5 +2.0 40.0 20th 16.1 +0.1 8.5 28th 35.3 88.7 low 40%
Mangrove Mountain AWS 26.2 +1.6 36.5 20th 14.9 -0.2 8.2 28th 88.4 123.2 average 72%
Merriwa (Roscommon) 29.8   37.4 20th 13.2   5.5 28th 48.4 51.0 average 95%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 26.7 +2.7 34.7 20th 14.6 +0.7 8.0 27th 41.6 71.7 v low 58%
Murrurundi Post Office 29.3 +1.6 37.1 20th 11.9 -0.8 2.5 27th 53.8 62.0 average 87%
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 26.2 +0.3 31.0 20th 19.3 +1.8 15.0 27th 64.3 116.0 average 55%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 26.2 +1.5 33.5 1st 19.2 +0.9 14.4 27th 49.2 118.9 low 41%
Norah Head AWS 25.8 +0.9 30.3 1st 18.9 +0.2 13.0 27th 98.6 106.7 average 92%
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 28.9 +1.9 38.1 20th 15.5 -0.2 8.4 28th 67.4 114.8 average 59%
Scone Airport AWS 30.5 +2.8 39.0 20th 14.3 +0.3 6.3 28th 53.4 53.3 average 100%
Singleton STP 30.1 +2.3 40.0 20th 15.3 +0.5 8.1 8th 32.6 63.5 v low 51%
Williamtown RAAF 27.9 +1.6 37.8 1st 16.2 -0.1 8.7 27th 65.2 119.4 low 55%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 29.6 +2.3 36.0 20th 14.0 +0.3 5.1 27th 30.0 54.8 average 55%
Mudgee Airport AWS 29.1 +2.7 36.8 20th 12.8 +0.4 3.0 27th 13.6 54.0 low 25%
Nullo Mountain AWS 22.5 +2.6 32.0 20th 11.1 -0.2 5.0 27th 20.6 85.8 low 24%
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 25.9 +1.4 34.0 20th 9.8 -1.0 1.5 28th 16.2 51.8 low 31%
Bathurst Airport AWS 26.3 +1.8 33.1 20th 10.2 -0.2 2.4 28th 20.8 55.2 low 38%
Katoomba (Murri St) 21.7 +1.4 31.4 20th 11.8 +0.4 6.4 27th 110.6 165.8 average 67%
Lithgow (Cooerwull) 23.8   32.7 20th 9.9   1.4 28th 35.0 74.3 low 47%
Mount Boyce AWS 21.6 +1.3 30.4 20th 11.1 -0.1 5.0 27th 53.4 105.9 average 50%
Oberon (Springbank) 22.8 +1.4 31.0 20th 8.9 -0.1 0.2 28th 24.6 66.1 low 37%
Orange Airport AWS 24.6 +2.0 30.4 1st 9.3 -0.4 2.3 28th 17.2 69.0 low 25%
Springwood (Valley Heights) 25.7   35.3 1st 15.2   9.9 27th 70.2 125.7 average 56%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran (Namoi Street) 30.3 +2.1 37.4 20th 11.6 -0.2 3.0 29th 5.6 62.5 low 9%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 29.2 +3.0 36.9 20th 15.6 +0.9 8.3 27th 47.8 60.4 average 79%
Dunedoo Post Office 31.0 +2.7 37.8 20th 14.2 -0.1 5.4 27th 6.9 53.5 low 13%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 29.4 +1.3 36.9 1st 12.3 -0.9 2.5 27th 5.0 55.0 low 9%
Dubbo Airport AWS 31.6 +3.0 38.1 1st 14.3 -0.1 3.4 27th 8.4 57.4 v low 15%
Forbes Airport AWS 30.4 +1.2 36.3 1st 13.6 -0.6 5.0 28th 1.0 47.9 low 2%
Parkes Airport AWS 30.2 +1.8 37.5 1st 12.6 -1.3 2.3 27th 2.0 51.6 v low 4%
Wellington (Agrowplow) 30.8 +1.5 36.2 1st 13.5 -0.4 3.2 27th 14.4 50.7 low 28%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 27.4 +1.2 36.9 1st 15.9 -0.3 10.0 28th 22.8 98.7 v low 23%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 25.6 -0.3 35.9 1st 14.9 -1.6 6.9 28th 37.6 73.3 average 51%
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS 26.8   35.5 1st 15.2   10.2 28th 22.0
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 27.0 +0.7 36.2 1st 15.6 -0.2 9.8 28th 40.6 107.9 low 38%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 26.8 +2.0 36.4 1st 18.3 +0.7 14.7 27th 65.2 129.2 average 50%
Sydney Airport AMO 26.8 +1.5 37.9 1st 18.4 +0.9 14.0 27th 51.4 115.3 low 45%
Sydney Harbour (Wedding Cake West) 24.4 +0.7 29.8 1st 19.0 -0.2 16.1 27th
Sydney Olympic Park AWS (Archery Centre) 27.2   37.1 1st 16.6   11.4 28th 64.0
Terrey Hills AWS 25.3 +0.7 35.6 1st 16.4 -0.3 10.4 27th 66.0 120.6 low 55%
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 27.3 +0.6 36.6 1st 14.8 -0.3 8.0 28th 55.8 76.3 average 73%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 27.2 +0.5 35.9 1st 15.4 -0.5 8.6 27th 39.0 74.3 low 52%
Penrith Lakes AWS 28.0 +0.6 37.4 1st 16.3 -0.3 9.1 27th 46.4 71.8 average 65%
Prospect Reservoir 27.6 +1.3 36.5 1st 15.8 -0.3 9.9 27th 45.1 96.6 average 47%
Richmond RAAF 27.8 +1.0 36.9 1st 15.1 -0.5 8.1 28th 25.4 73.4 low 35%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park (Wollongong Airport) 25.4 +0.3 32.6 1st 15.0 -0.4 9.0 28th 4.2 111.1 v low 4%
Bellambi AWS 24.2 +0.2 31.0 1st 18.2 +0.1 14.4 28th 71.8 104.6 average 69%
Camden Airport AWS 27.0 +0.2 34.2 1st 14.1 -0.7 6.6 28th 63.8 88.1 average 72%
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 26.9   34.2 1st 14.2   8.1 27th 45.0
High Range AWS (Wanganderry) 22.7   31.5 20th 11.7   6.5 27th 45.4
Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular) 23.5 +0.1 30.0 1st 17.5 +0.1 14.0 29th 87.0 107.9 average 81%
Kiama (Bombo Headland) 23.8   28.6 6th 17.7   14.6 6th 53.0
Moss Vale AWS 22.5 +0.6 30.5 20th 11.4 -0.3 4.1 28th 55.4 76.0 average 73%
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 25.2 +0.1 33.4 9th 14.9 +0.1 10.2 29th 79.8 100.8 average 79%
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay (Catalina Country Club) 24.3 -0.1 29.1 23rd 12.5 -1.5 7.0 27th 22.1 74.9 low 30%
Bega AWS 24.7 0.0 30.7 18th 11.2 -1.5 3.1 27th 9.0 70.6 low 13%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 23.5 +0.7 30.7 19th 8.8 -1.1 1.8 28th 19.6 54.3 low 36%
Green Cape AWS 23.1 +0.7 26.8 11th 15.7 -0.3 12.7 6th 9.8 41.2 low 24%
Merimbula Airport AWS 23.6 +0.1 27.7 18th 12.6 -0.8 6.3 27th 7.4 72.1 low 10%
Montague Island Lighthouse 22.5 +0.1 25.1 9th 17.2 +0.1 14.6 25th 31.2 100.9 low 31%
Moruya Airport AWS 24.0 +0.2 28.3 23rd 13.6 -0.5 6.1 27th 22.2 76.9 v low 29%
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 23.2 -0.1 26.3 6th 15.1 0.0 10.5 28th 26.0 107.2 low 24%
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 23.1 +0.4 25.5 6th 15.0 -0.4 11.0 6th 27.5 104.6 low 26%
Nerriga AWS 24.2   31.6 1st 10.3   2.6 28th 36.8
Ulladulla AWS 23.3 0.0 28.6 6th 16.6 +0.3 12.5 27th 45.2 104.9 low 43%
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala (Therry Street) 22.3 -0.3 31.3 19th 7.1 -1.5 2.2 29th 10.0 60.1 v low 17%
Bombala AWS 22.1 +0.4 31.5 19th 7.2 -1.4 0.3 29th 7.6 57.4 v low 13%
Canberra Airport 26.3   32.0 20th 9.1   0.6 28th 12.4
Cooma Airport AWS 21.9 -0.4 30.2 19th 6.1 -1.5 -1.3 28th 9.4 46.2 low 20%
Cooma Visitors Centre 23.2 -0.5 30.7 19th 6.8 -1.3 0.4 31st 6.8 56.9 v low 12%
Goulburn Airport AWS 25.1 +1.5 31.6 1st 8.5 -1.4 1.3 28th 31.2 39.7 average 79%
Goulburn TAFE 25.3 +1.4 32.2 1st 10.7 -0.5 4.2 28th 21.4 57.0 low 38%
Mount Ginini AWS 16.2 0.0 22.6 19th 6.0 -1.2 -0.8 27th 6.8 87.5 v low 8%
Taralga Post Office 23.9 +1.4 31.0 20th 8.8 -1.0 0.7 28th 26.8 66.6 low 40%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 25.6 +0.4 31.5 19th 9.8 -1.5 1.9 28th 11.8 50.7 low 23%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Perisher Valley AWS 14.9   20.8 19th 3.3   -4.8 2nd 20.4
Thredbo AWS 12.6 -0.8 18.8 19th 3.5 -1.3 -2.4 28th 32.8 117.6 v low 28%
Thredbo Village 18.1 0.0 24.5 20th 3.8 -0.9 -2.0 2nd 114.4 116.0 average 99%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 27.7 +0.2 33.6 19th 11.9 -0.8 5.5 28th 4.8 40.5 low 12%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 16.7 -0.8 22.9 19th 7.6 -1.1 1.0 27th 19.2 80.5 low 24%
Hume Reservoir 27.4 +0.4 33.8 19th 13.0 -0.8 6.0 27th 5.0 45.6 low 11%
Khancoban AWS 26.9 0.0 31.6 19th 9.0 -1.6 3.1 28th 6.2 60.8 low 10%
Tumbarumba Post Office 25.3 +0.3 31.0 19th 8.0 -0.8 0.8 28th 17.4 66.5 low 26%
Wagga Wagga AMO 28.2 +0.6 34.0 19th 12.3 -1.1 4.5 28th 1.4 45.2 v low 3%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 27.2 +1.2 32.5 10th 12.2 -1.2 6.0 28th 18.3 61.3 low 30%
Cootamundra Airport 27.4 +0.3 32.8 19th 10.4 -1.7 1.5 28th 8.2 49.7 low 16%
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 28.6 +0.8 33.5 19th 12.1 -1.3 3.5 28th 13.2 48.5 low 27%
Gundagai (William St) 28.2 +0.5 33.9 19th 12.2 -1.0 5.1 28th 1.2 48.1 low 2%
Temora Airport 28.4 +0.2 34.5 19th 11.5 -1.7 1.9 28th 3.2 31.7 v low 10%
Young Airport 28.3 +1.3 32.9 19th 9.9 -1.2 0.4 27th 5.2 47.1 low 11%
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 27.6 -0.4 34.5 19th 11.5 -1.2 5.2 28th 5.0 37.8 low 13%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 27.6 -0.7 37.0 19th 11.6 -1.7 4.5 28th 0.4 25.5 v low 2%
Narrandera Airport AWS 29.0 +0.7 35.8 19th 13.0 -0.9 4.6 28th 0.6 31.8 v low 2%
Tocumwal Airport 27.3 -0.7 35.6 19th 12.0 -1.6 6.0 29th 2.6 34.8 low 7%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 28.9 +0.2 35.4 19th 14.4 -0.8 7.0 25th 0 32.9 lowest 0%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 29.0 +0.4 36.3 19th 14.1 -0.1 6.3 25th 0 36.0 lowest 0%
Hay Airport AWS 28.9   38.4 19th 13.7   7.6 28th 0
Hillston Airport 30.1 +0.9 37.5 19th 14.2 -0.9 7.0 25th 0.4 33.5 low 1%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 30.1 -0.1 36.9 19th 15.2 0.0 8.8 25th 0.4 36.6 low 1%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Lord Howe Island Aero 26.0 +1.2 28.2 21st 20.4 +0.4 16.5 8th 44.0 128.8 v low 34%
Norfolk Island Aero 24.8 +0.5 26.0 6th 19.5 +0.3 17.0 24th 70.0 101.5 average 69%

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.

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 Wednesday 1 April 2015. 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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