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Wednesday, 2nd April 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for NT - Product code IDCKGC12R0

Northern Territory in March 2008


Summary

Warm and dry conditions prevailed over most of the Territory south of the Top End during March. These dry conditions and cooler temperatures are largely associated with cooler, drier air being transported northwards from southern parts.



Rainfall

Rainfall was about average to above average over the Top End mainly due to thunderstorms and active gulflines with the active monsoon remaining north of Australia. In the southern half below average to very much below average rainfall was experienced.

Some sites had their highest daily March rainfall on record.


Maximum temperature

Maximum temperatures were mostly within one degree of the long term mean over the Top End except a few patches of above 1°C in the region. The maximums were above average to the south of the Top End. A few patches of 2 - 3°C above average maximums were recorded in the central Alice Springs district.


Minimum temperature

Minimum temperatures were mostly within one degree of the long term mean in the Territory. Exceptions to this were a few patches of below 1°C in the Gulf region and a few patches of above 1°C in the south.

Some sites had their lowest March temperature on record.

Some sites had their warmest March night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.


Further information

NT Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (08) 8920 3813
Email climate.nt@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
42.3°C at Wulungurru AWS on the 16th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
37.6°C at Rabbit Flat
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
30.4°C at McCluer Island AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
19.8°C at Yuendumu on the 27th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
8.6°C at Arltunga on the 30th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
17.1°C at Alice Springs Airport
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
26.0°C at Centre Island AWS
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
29.3°C at Jervois on the 15th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
546.4 mm at Cape Don AWS
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
199.0 mm at Bing Bong Port on the 9th

Records


Record highest daily rainfall total for March 2008
  Highest daily
(mm)
Previous highest
Years of
record
Katherine Rural College
196.2
on the 9th
159.8
on the 21st in 1971
43
Dorisvale
141.0
on the 10th
121.6
on the 16th in 1989
20



Record highest daily minimum temperature for March 2008
  Highest daily minimum
temperature
(°C)
Previous highest
Years of
record
Jervois
29.3
on the 15th
29.2
on the 17th in 2004
39


Record lowest temperature for March 2008
  Lowest temperature
(°C)
Previous lowest
Years of
record
Oenpelli
17.5
on the 29th
17.9
on the 30th in 1966
42
Daly Waters AWS
13.4
on the 31st
14.0
on the 25th in 2003
38



Summaries

Summary statistics for March 2008
  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
33.0
+0.2
34.5
23rd
23.3
−0.1
22.0
7th
338.4
normal
135%
Black Point
31.6
+0.3
32.3
26th
25.4
−0.1
23.6
2nd
142.5
normal
57%
Bradshaw AWS
35.3
38.1
20th
24.0
19.9
31st
0.2
Cape Don AWS
31.2
32.6
22nd
24.5
21.8
21st
546.4
highest
232%
Channel Point
31.9
+0.2
33.4
13th
24.1
−0.3
22.4
3rd
429.8
normal
110%
Darwin Airport
32.2
+0.4
33.5
20th
24.4
−0.1
22.7
23rd
264.6
normal
84%
Delamere Weapons Range AWS
33.7
−0.6
36.0
25th
22.8
−0.4
17.0
31st
0.2
lowest
0%
Douglas River
33.7
+0.1
35.8
20th
23.2
+0.1
21.5
31st
415.2
high
180%
Dum In Mirrie AWS
31.9
+0.4
33.3
20th
24.6
−0.4
22.9
23rd
249.6
normal
68%
Jabiru Airport AWS
34.2
+0.7
36.1
26th
24.4
0
22.3
17th
411.6
high
127%
Katherine Aviation Museum
33.7
−0.6
36.4
26th
22.6
−0.6
18.4
31st
195.9
normal
94%
Mango Farm
33.8
0
35.4
23rd
23.8
+0.1
21.4
23rd
140.7
normal
65%
McCluer Island AWS
30.4
−0.3
31.6
6th
25.8
−0.1
23.3
7th
143.6
normal
62%
Middle Point AWS
33.4
34.8
23rd
23.9
22.6
7th
290.0
Oenpelli
33.5
+0.6
35.5
21st
24.7
+0.3
17.5
29th
223.0
normal
79%
Pine Creek Council
33.3
35.5
20th
23.1
21.7
3rd
195.8
Pirlangimpi AWS
32.4
+0.6
33.8
28th
24.0
0
21.2
23rd
247.4
low
66%
Point Fawcett AWS
31.3
−0.4
32.2
30th
23.9
−1.1
22.4
12th
317.4
high
138%
Tindal RAAF AWS
33.9
−0.2
35.8
26th
22.6
−0.4
17.3
31st
126.4
normal
72%
Arnhem (district 14BC)
Alyangula Police
31.6
−0.5
33.8
28th
24.2
−0.4
21.6
31st
283.5
normal
110%
Gove Airport
30.9
−0.2
32.7
28th
23.6
−0.3
22.6
7th
309.4
normal
115%
Groote Eylandt Airport AWS
32.2
33.7
2nd
23.0
19.5
31st
393.0
Maningrida Aero AWS
31.7
33.2
11th
24.2
23.1
3rd
305.6
Milingimbi AWS
31.8
33.3
29th
24.6
23.4
3rd
159.4
Ngayawili AWS
31.5
33.5
30th
24.3
23.2
10th
208.8
Warruwi AWS
31.3
−0.1
32.3
25th
24.9
−0.2
23.1
3rd
202.0
normal
84%
Roper-Mcarthur (district 14DE)
Borroloola AWS
32.9
−0.5
35.5
22nd
22.6
−0.9
15.5
31st
149.6
normal
96%
Bulman AWS
33.3
35.2
26th
22.8
18.9
31st
413.6
Centre Island AWS
32.6
−0.3
35.0
22nd
26.0
−0.3
22.4
8th
381.0
high
143%
Daly Waters AWS
34.5
−0.1
36.5
21st
21.5
−1.1
13.4
31st
33.8
low
31%
Larrimah
34.1
+0.1
36.5
25th
21.9
−0.7
16.0
31st
74.0
normal
48%
McArthur River Mine
35.0
0
36.8
22nd
23.3
0
16.5
31st
68.0
low
48%
Wollogorang
33.8
−0.7
36.6
26th
22.0
−0.8
15.8
31st
110.4
normal
66%
Victoria (district 14F)
Kidman Springs
35.7
+0.2
37.8
25th
23.6
+0.1
17.1
31st
32.2
low
24%
Lajamanu AWS
37.3
+2.8
40.0
22nd
22.1
+0.1
15.5
3rd
6.2
low
8%
Timber Creek
36.1
+0.8
38.5
20th
23.2
−0.4
17.9
31st
19.1
very low
11%
Victoria River Downs
34.9
−0.2
36.7
23rd
23.2
+0.1
16.2
31st
20.0
low
18%
Wave Hill
35.7
+0.3
37.8
22nd
22.3
+0.1
16.3
31st
30.8
normal
25%
Barkly (district 15A)
Brunette Downs
39.5
24th
23.0
+0.7
17.3
30th
0.0
lowest
0%
Elliott
36.8
+1.1
39.0
24th
22.1
−0.2
18.1
31st
38.1
low
42%
Tennant Creek Airport
36.1
+1.8
38.7
23rd
24.2
+0.9
18.1
28th
3.8
low
7%
Alice Springs (district 15B)
Ali Curung
35.8
+0.5
39.5
24th
21.2
+0.2
12.8
31st
9.1
normal
27%
Alice Springs Airport
33.5
+0.9
39.3
15th
17.1
−0.4
10.0
31st
0.0
lowest
0%
Arltunga
33.1
37.7
15th
17.9
8.6
30th
2.8
normal
7%
Curtin Springs
34.5
+0.8
40.5
16th
18.6
+0.2
11.0
28th
4.6
normal
16%
Jervois
35.2
+0.5
39.2
14th
19.7
+0.5
10.9
30th
0.0
lowest
0%
Kulgera
33.3
+1.1
38.8
15th
18.8
+0.8
10.0
28th
6.5
normal
20%
Papunya
35.9
41.5
15th
20.0
13.0
31st
0.0
lowest
0%
Rabbit Flat
37.6
+1.7
40.8
15th
21.3
−0.3
14.4
3rd
10.6
low
14%
Territory Grape Farm AWS
34.9
+0.6
39.1
15th
19.1
−0.5
11.6
30th
1.2
normal
6%
Watarrka
34.3
−0.3
40.1
15th
20.4
−0.4
12.0
28th
2.7
normal
9%
Wulungurru AWS
37.0
42.3
16th
25.0
17.8
28th
15.6
Yuendumu
35.1
+1.8
40.1
15th
13.2
30th
4.0
normal
9%
Yulara Aero AWS
34.1
−0.3
40.2
16th
18.8
−0.3
10.0
2nd
6.2
normal
19%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 12 pm on Monday 31 March 2008. 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

NT Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (08) 8920 3813
Email climate.nt@bom.gov.au