Monday, 12th November 2007 - Monthly Climate Summary for Northern Territory - Product code IDCKGC12R0

Northern Territory in October 2007


Details

Hot weather prevailed over most of the territory with areas of up to 4 degrees above average in the southwest Alice Springs district.

Rainfall

Several locations in the Territory recorded scanty rainfall during the month mainly due to the passage of several cloud bands over the territory at different latitudes. The Victoria River district recorded good falls on the 25th and 26th.

Overall, average to below average rainfall was recorded in the southern half of the Territory. The Victoria River district reported above average rainfall while the other districts in the Top End recorded average to below average rainfall for the month.


Maximum temperature

Drier conditions promoted warmer than average days in most parts of the Territory.
Maximum temperatures were well above average in the south, some areas by as much as 3 to 4 degrees. Maximums were generally within one degree of normal over the Top End and up to 1 to 2 degrees above normal in the northwest.

Some sites had their highest October maximum temperature on record.


Minimum temperature

Minimum temperatures were within one degree of the long-term mean in the northwestern half of the Territory. One to two degrees warmer than normal was recorded in the southeastern half with some areas experiencing 2 to 3 degrees above normal.

Some sites had their highest October minimum temperature on record.

Some sites had their lowest October minimum temperature on record.


Further information

Dr. Shaik Hakeem
Meteorologist
Northern Territory Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (08)8920 3814
Email climate.nt@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
42.5 °C at Wave Hill on the 9th & 29th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
39.1 °C at Timber Creek
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
31.8 °C at Arltunga
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
22.1 °C at Arltunga on the 31st
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
5.8 °C at Arltunga on the 15th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
14.3 °C at Arltunga
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
25.8 °C at Dum In Mirrie AWS
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
29.2 °C at Daly Waters AWS on the 29th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
112.0 mm at Majestic Orchids
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
66.4 mm at Bullita on the 26th
Highest wind gust
85 km/h at Territory Grape Farm on the 27th

Records

Record highest daily maximum temperature for October 2007
  Highest daily maximum
temperature
(°C)
Previous highest Years of
record
Black Point
35.5
on the 15th
35.3
on the 24th in 1998
15



Record highest daily minimum temperature for October 2007
  Highest daily minimum
temperature
(°C)
Previous highest Years of
record
Borroloola AWS
27.5
on the 29th
27.4
on the 10th in 1998
12



Record lowest daily minimum temperature for October 2007
  Lowest daily minimum
temperature
(°C)
Previous lowest Years of
record
Tindal RAAF AWS
14.8
on the 1st
15.6
on the 2nd in 2002
19



Summaries

Summary statistics for October 2007
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean Diff
from
normal
Highest Mean Diff
from
normal
Lowest Total Rank Fraction of
normal
Darwin-Daly (district 14GA)
Batchelor Aero AWS
36.8
-0.1
37.9
12th
23.4
+0.6
20.8
1st
88.4
normal
142%
Black Point
32.7
+0.2
35.5
15th
24.8
+0.3
21.7
1st
1.0
normal
8%
Bradshaw
38.7
+0.2
41.7
12th
24.7
-0.3
16.9
1st
23.8
Cape Don AWS
32.0
34.7
31st
25.6
22.4
13th
23.8
high
138%
Central Arnhem Plateau AWS
35.6
37.8
12th
22.8
17.0
1st
1.6
Darwin Airport
33.9
+0.7
35.4
1st
25.3
+0.3
22.5
1st
12.8
low
18%
Delamere Weapons Range AWS
37.8
+0.5
40.0
12th
24.1
+0.3
18.0
2nd
25.0
normal
60%
Douglas River
38.6
+1.3
40.3
12th
22.5
+0.3
13.3
15th
6.2
normal
16%
Dum In Mirrie AWS
32.5
0
35.8
14th
25.8
+0.1
22.7
29th
47.0
normal
66%
Jabiru Airport AWS
38.2
+0.6
40.1
12th
24.3
+0.5
19.1
1st
0.4
low
1%
Katherine Aviation Museum
37.8
+0.1
40.5
12th
23.3
-0.6
14.2
15th
18.4
normal
52%
Mango Farm
37.9
+0.6
39.9
12th
21.8
-0.6
16.0
15th
40.5
normal
101%
McCluer Island AWS
30.6
32.1
29th
26.2
24.1
8th
0.0
lowest
0%
Middle Point AWS
37.4
39.0
15th
22.1
17.8
15th
34.2
Oenpelli
37.5
0
39.6
27th
22.6
+0.1
17.8
15th
0.5
low
2%
Pine Creek Council AWS
37.0
38.9
12th
23.8
18.8
15th
54.9
Pirlangimpi AWS
34.1
+0.8
35.5
19th
23.8
+0.8
22.2
1st
10.8
low
13%
Point Fawcett AWS
32.4
-0.5
35.1
14th
23.5
-0.6
20.9
1st
19.6
normal
35%
Port Keats Aero AWS
34.3
38.6
14th
24.1
14.6
16th
21.2
Tindal RAAF AWS
37.8
+0.4
39.9
12th
23.8
-0.5
14.8
1st
1.0
low
3%
Arnhem (district 14BC)
Gove Airport
31.8
+0.1
34.8
27th
21.4
-0.1
19.1
2nd
2.2
normal
34%
Groote Eylandt Airport AWS
34.0
37.1
28th
20.8
16.9
15th
27.0
Maningrida Aero AWS
32.7
36.3
14th
23.4
18.8
15th
25.6
Milingimbi AWS
32.4
35.0
14th
23.9
20.1
1st
0.8
Ngayawili AWS
32.6
35.1
14th
22.9
20.2
1st
0.2
Warruwi AWS
32.1
-0.4
34.1
14th
25.6
+0.3
22.8
13th
8.4
high
72%
Roper-Mcarthur (district 14DE)
Borroloola AWS
37.2
+0.7
41.0
27th
22.3
+0.7
15.3
15th
0.0
lowest
0%
Bulman AWS
38.8
41.9
28th
21.8
13.0
1st
5.2
Centre Island AWS
33.6
+0.6
37.2
27th
25.3
+0.4
23.4
1st
0.0
lowest
0%
Daly Waters AWS
38.6
+1.5
41.6
28th
22.4
+1.1
12.5
15th
0.4
low
2%
Larrimah
38.0
+0.6
40.6
28th
22.7
+0.4
14.5
1st
14.8
normal
55%
McArthur River Mine
38.7
+0.8
41.5
28th
22.8
+2.0
14.9
15th
0.0
lowest
0%
Wollogorang
37.1
+0.4
41.5
27th
20.2
+0.5
12.1
14th
16.7
normal
74%
Victoria (district 14F)
Kidman Springs
38.4
-0.2
41.9
12th
23.5
-0.1
14.8
15th
47.7
high
181%
Lajamanu AWS
38.2
+1.1
41.4
9th
21.1
+0.7
12.3
16th
0.4
low
2%
Timber Creek
39.1
+0.9
42.3
12th
23.7
-0.5
15.8
1st
4.0
low
18%
Victoria River Downs
37.8
+0.1
40.0
10th
22.3
-0.1
12.2
15th
44.4
very high
248%
Wave Hill
38.8
+1.2
42.5
29th
22.0
+0.4
11.3
15th
6.2
low
20%
Barkly (district 15A)
Brunette Downs
38.1
+1.5
41.9
29th
21.9
+1.2
13.2
14th
63.6
very high
424%
Tennant Creek Airport
36.8
+2.1
41.1
28th
22.9
+1.2
15.4
14th
11.0
normal
52%
Alice Springs (district 15B)
Ali Curung
36.7
+1.6
41.1
8th
17.4
-1.3
8.9
14th
4.2
normal
18%
Alice Springs Airport
33.7
+2.8
40.4
7th
15.8
+1.0
6.8
14th
7.0
normal
32%
Arltunga
31.8
39.0
7th
14.3
5.8
15th
5.7
low
25%
Curtin Springs
34.2
+2.6
39.2
21st
15.1
+1.0
9.0
15th
0.0
lowest
0%
Jervois
35.2
+2.1
42.4
8th
17.8
+2.4
8.0
1st
2.8
low
17%
Rabbit Flat
38.2
+0.9
41.3
8th
17.4
-1.6
7.8
1st
0.0
lowest
0%
Territory Grape Farm AWS
34.9
+1.8
40.1
8th
14.9
-0.7
8.6
14th
10.4
normal
53%
Watarrka
34.7
+1.9
39.2
7th
9.0
29th
1.3
low
5%
Wulungurru AWS
36.5
41.2
30th
20.1
13.8
2nd
0.0
Yuendumu
35.0
+2.0
39.5
9th
16.6
-0.4
9.5
15th
24.2
high
128%
Yulara Aero AWS
34.7
+2.7
39.7
30th
14.7
+0.1
6.2
15th
1.6
low
8%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 12 pm on Monday 12 November 2007. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

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, normal in decile 4 to 7, high in decile 8 or 9 and very high is in decile 10).
The Fraction of normal shows how much rain has fallen this time as a percentage of the long-term mean.

Further information

Northern Territory Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (08) 8920 3819
Email climate.nt@bom.gov.au