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Friday, 30 May 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for Northern Territory - Product code IDCKGC12R0

Cool start to the Dry in the Top End - Northern Territory in May 2008

Summary

Night temperatures were cooler than normal over the Top End and remained close to the long term mean over the rest of the Territory. On the other hand, day temperatures remained close to climatology over most of the Territory except in the far southwest where the maximums were above normal. Below normal rainfall was recorded over the Territory during the month.

Rainfall

Rainfall for the month was below normal however being a typically dry month, the rainfall recorded during this time is usually low.

Maximum temperature

Maximum temperatures were mostly within one degree of the long term mean over the Territory except a patch of 2−3°C above average in the far southwestern parts of the Alice Springs district.

Minimum temperature

Minimum temperatures over the northern half of the Territory were mostly below normal. Cooler patches of up to 5°C below normal were observed in the Victoria River and Roper-McArthur districts. Night temperatures remained close to normal over the remainder of the Territory.

Some sites had their lowest May temperature on record.

Some sites had their lowest May mean daily minimum temperature on record.

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
36.5°C at Elliott on the 2nd
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
33.5°C at Jabiru Airport AWS
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
23.9°C at Kulgera
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
18.0°C at Kulgera on the 17th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
1.1°C at Arltunga on the 24th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
6.8°C at Alice Springs Airport
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
25.2°C at McCluer Island AWS
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
26.6°C at McCluer Island AWS on the 2nd
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
22.0 mm at Yirrkala Tropical Gardens
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
13.0 mm at Yirrkala Tropical Gardens on the 19th
Highest wind gust
65 km/h at Lajamanu AWS on the 22nd
and at Douglas River on the 29th

Records

Record lowest temperature for May 2008
  Lowest temperature
(°C)
Previous lowest Years of
record
Brunette Downs
4.0
on the 28th
4.4
on the 28th in 1959
42
Mango Farm
7.6
on the 30th
9.9
on the 27th in 1990
27



Record lowest mean daily minimum temperature for May 2008
 
Mean daily minimum
temperature
(°C)
Previous lowest
Years of
record
Daly Waters AWS
11.5
11.8
in 1944
38
Victoria River Downs
11.2
12.2
in 1994
38
Mango Farm
14.8
15.5
in 1999
27
Timber Creek
13.3
14.2
in 1999
27
Wollogorang
12.9
13.1
in 1976
23
Katherine Aviation Museum
13.2
13.9
in 2001
21
Tindal RAAF AWS
13.5
13.9
in 2001
20
Kidman Springs
12.4
13.0
in 2001
12
Rabbit Flat
8.6
9.6
in 2006
11
Batchelor Aero AWS
15.4
16.4
in 2001
10



Summaries

This table is very wide and may not fit if printed.

Summary statistics for May 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
32.9
0.0
34.3
17th
15.4
−3.5
11.7
8th
0
lowest
0%
Black Point
33.1
2nd
23.2
−0.4
19.7
21st
0.6
low
2%
Bradshaw AWS
33.3
35.7
2nd
15.4
10.5
20th
0
Cape Don AWS
31.2
33.1
1st
24.6
23.2
24th
0.4
low
1%
Channel Point
33.6
2nd
18.5
−2.0
14.0
30th
0
lowest
0%
Darwin Airport
32.6
+0.6
34.3
2nd
20.9
−1.3
17.0
22nd
0
lowest
0%
Delamere Weapons Range AWS
31.1
−0.6
33.0
17th
15.4
−2.4
12.0
10th
0
lowest
0%
Douglas River
33.2
0.0
35.3
17th
14.1
−2.2
8.9
21st
0
lowest
0%
Dum In Mirrie AWS
32.5
+0.5
34.4
18th
20.2
−1.8
15.5
30th
0
lowest
0%
Jabiru Airport AWS
33.5
0.0
35.4
2nd
21.3
−0.3
18.5
7th
0
lowest
0%
Katherine Aviation Museum
31.5
−0.8
33.4
3rd
13.2
−3.7
8.3
30th
0
lowest
0%
Mango Farm
32.6
−0.5
34.8
17th
14.8
−3.9
7.6
30th
0
lowest
0%
McCluer Island AWS
29.2
−0.3
30.2
5th
25.2
+0.3
23.7
30th
1.6
low
4%
Middle Point AWS
33.2
34.9
17th
15.8
9.6
30th
0
Pine Creek Council AWS
32.0
33.9
2nd
17.7
14.6
21st
1.0
Pirlangimpi AWS
32.6
+0.1
33.8
5th
20.5
−0.7
16.8
21st
0
lowest
0%
Port Keats Aero AWS
33.3
35.3
17th
16.8
11.3
21st
0
Tindal RAAF AWS
31.7
−0.4
33.8
17th
13.5
−4.1
8.5
30th
0
lowest
0%
Arnhem (district 14BC)
Alyangula Police
30.7
−0.1
32.4
2nd
18.3
29th
6.8
low
22%
Gove Airport
30.1
+0.2
31.3
5th
22.3
−0.3
18.4
20th
12.8
low
15%
Groote Eylandt Airport AWS
31.5
+0.4
33.2
1st
16.4
−2.2
12.2
20th
0.2
Maningrida Aero AWS
32.6
34.5
2nd
21.1
18.9
7th
0
Milingimbi AWS
32.1
34.1
2nd
21.8
19.1
21st
1.0
Ngayawili AWS
31.2
32.8
1st
21.8
18.8
7th
0.4
Warruwi AWS
30.8
+0.1
32.2
5th
24.0
0.0
22.4
20th
0
lowest
0%
Roper-Mcarthur (district 14DE)
Borroloola AWS
32.1
−0.3
34.4
17th
13.2
−2.7
8.0
19th
0
lowest
0%
Bulman AWS
32.1
34.1
1st
15.2
11.0
20th
0
Centre Island AWS
29.8
+0.2
31.3
17th
21.6
−0.9
18.8
21st
0.2
low
2%
Daly Waters AWS
31.9
+0.8
34.2
2nd
11.5
−4.8
7.0
20th
0
lowest
0%
McArthur River Mine
32.6
+0.3
35.3
1st
14.4
−2.0
8.5
30th
0
lowest
0%
Wollogorang
31.8
+0.3
34.6
2nd
12.9
−3.2
6.4
20th
0
lowest
0%
Victoria (district 14F)
Kidman Springs
32.5
−0.1
35.3
2nd
12.4
−3.8
8.6
22nd
0
lowest
0%
Lajamanu AWS
31.0
+1.5
34.6
2nd
11.3
−2.2
7.5
24th
0
lowest
0%
Timber Creek
33.1
+0.1
35.9
2nd
13.3
−5.1
9.5
22nd
0
lowest
0%
Victoria River Downs
32.4
+0.5
35.1
2nd
11.2
−4.9
8.0
30th
0
lowest
0%
Wave Hill
31.7
+0.5
35.3
2nd
11.5
−3.6
6.6
20th
0
lowest
0%
Barkly (district 15A)
Brunette Downs
31.1
+1.3
34.9
1st
13.2
−1.8
4.0
28th
0
lowest
0%
Tennant Creek Airport
28.5
+0.9
32.7
2nd
16.0
−0.4
12.1
19th
0
lowest
0%
Alice Springs (district 15B)
Ali Curung
28.4
+0.9
32.5
1st
11.0
−1.0
7.5
23rd
0
lowest
0%
Alice Springs Airport
24.7
+1.6
30.9
1st
6.8
−1.5
3.5
22nd
0
lowest
0%
Curtin Springs
26.1
+2.4
32.0
1st
8.1
−0.5
3.7
18th
0
lowest
0%
Jervois
26.3
+0.9
31.3
15th
5.3
25th
0
lowest
0%
Kulgera
23.9
+1.3
29.5
1st
8.9
−0.3
3.8
28th
0
lowest
0%
Papunya
27.6
32.0
1st
9.9
6.6
22nd
0
lowest
0%
Rabbit Flat
30.5
+1.2
34.4
2nd
8.6
−3.3
3.0
25th
0
lowest
0%
Territory Grape Farm AWS
26.5
+0.9
31.0
1st
9.0
−0.3
5.5
18th
1.0
normal
4%
Watarrka
26.6
+1.8
32.5
1st
11.0
+0.4
3.5
17th
0
lowest
0%
Yuendumu
27.6
+2.7
31.5
5th
10.5
−0.6
6.5
19th
0
lowest
0%
Yulara Aero AWS
26.0
+1.6
32.4
1st
8.3
−1.3
4.6
18th
0.2
low
2%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 12 pm on Friday 30 May 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

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