Northern Territory in November 2022: cool in the southern two-thirds; fifth wettest overall

Rainfall was above average across most of the Northern Territory. Areas across central and western parts of the NT had their wettest November on record.

Days were warmer than usual in Arnhem Land, but cooler than usual across the southern two-thirds of the NT, with mean maximum temperatures being in the lowest 10 percent of historical records for the southern half. Minimum temperatures were mixed, with warmer nights in the north and cooler nights in the southwest.

Fifth wettest November overall

Cooler than usual days and nights

Darwin Airport

  • Total rainfall for Darwin Airport was 259.4 mm, which is 181% of the long-term average of 143.2 mm
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Darwin Airport was 34.1 °C, which is 0.7 °C above the long-term average of 33.4 °C
  • The warmest day was 35.6 °C on the 2nd, and the coolest day was on the 28th when the temperature reached 31.3 °C
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Darwin Airport was 25.6 °C, which is 0.3 °C above the long-term average of 25.3 °C
  • The coldest morning was 22.6 °C on the 7th, and the warmest morning was on the 10th when the minimum temperature was 28.6 °C

Alice Springs

  • Total rainfall for Alice Springs Airport was 50.0 mm, which is 161% of the long-term average of 31.0 mm
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Alice Springs Airport was 30.7 °C, which is 3.1 °C below the long-term average of 33.8 °C
  • The warmest day was 38.6 °C on the 9th, and the coolest day was on the 23rd when the temperature reached 19.0 °C
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Alice Springs Airport was 15.9 °C, which is 2.0 °C below the long-term average of 17.9 °C
  • The coldest morning was 7.4 °C on the 3rd, and the warmest morning was on the 9th when the minimum temperature was 22.9 °C

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Extremes in November 2022
Hottest day 43.4 °C at Ngukurr Airport on the 1st
Warmest days on average 38.6 °C at Ngukurr Airport
Coolest days on average 29.9 °C at Arltunga
Coldest day 19.0 °C at Alice Springs Airport on the 23rd
Coldest night 6.8 °C at Kulgera on the 4th
Coolest nights on average 15.9 °C at Alice Springs Airport
Warmest nights on average 28.0 °C at McCluer Island
Warmest night 31.2 °C at Ngukurr Airport on the 1st
Warmest on average overall 32.4 °C at Ngukurr Airport
Coolest on average overall 23.3 °C at Alice Springs Airport
23.3 °C at Arltunga
Wettest overall 359.2 mm at Pigeon Hole
Wettest day 145.5 mm at Marrara on the 28th
Strongest wind gust 91 km/h at Rabbit Flat on the 15th

Maps
ObservedAnomalyDecile 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 November daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Douglas River Research Farm 99.4 on the 4th 98.0 on the 29th in 1983 50
Leanyer 129.4 on the 28th 106.8 on the 28th in 2002 34
The Granites 82.8 on the 17th 58.2 on the 18th in 1989 34
Birrindudu 93.0 on the 17th 78.0 on the 4th in 2021 30
Walker Creek 76.4 on the 4th 67.7 on the 22nd in 2008 28
Bonalbo 105.0 on the 3rd 62.4 on the 24th in 1999 25
Groote Eylandt Airport 88.0 on the 25th 78.0 on the 29th in 2010 24
Upper Victoria River 66.0 on the 17th 56.8 on the 14th in 2008 21
Cave Creek Station 101.0 on the 28th 53.2 on the 17th in 2017 20
Maningrida Airport 73.6 on the 30th 59.2 on the 19th in 2010 20



Record highest November total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Lajamanu Airport 174.4 112.8 in 2007 59 34.1
Nathan River 194.4 168.2 in 2000 37 42.7
Mount Sanford 241.4 167.8 in 2013 36 66.0
Gilnockie 211.5 189.0 in 2008 34 72.1
Birrindudu 228.0 129.0 in 2021 29 49.3
Delamere Weapons Range 157.4 151.2 in 2001 26 79.7
Rabbit Flat 111.8 104.4 in 2000 26 42.7
Groote Eylandt Airport 275.0 248.2 in 2017 24 123.3
Upper Victoria River 162.4 132.2 in 2008 21 55.4
Bulman 145.2 124.2 in 2017 20 59.9
Cave Creek Station 247.4 124.9 in 2011 20 61.1

Highest November total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
November
Cattle Creek 169.2 174.1 in 1973* 41.8
Port Keats Airport 181.4 217.0 in 2001 81.2
Tindal RAAF 213.8 346.0 in 2001 95.7
Moolooloo 132.7 170.6 in 2001* 68.8
Upper Fergusson River 221.4 226.6 in 1998* 121.3

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




Record highest November temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Groote Eylandt Airport 40.0 on the 1st 39.9 on the 10th in 2015 24 34.6



Record lowest November daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Territory Grape Farm 20.7 on the 23rd 21.0 on the 9th in 2001 31 35.8



Record highest November mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Dum In Mirrie Airstrip 34.2 34.1 in 2021 24 33.2



Record lowest November mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Rabbit Flat 35.9 = 35.9 in 2011 26 38.9
Walungurru Airport 33.0 33.4 in 2021 21 37.7



Record highest November daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Maningrida Airport 29.1 on the 2nd 28.6 on the 23rd in 2008 20 24.9



Record lowest November temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Walungurru Airport 10.4 on the 1st 12.0 on the 14th in 2001 22 23.4



Highest November mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
November
Gove Airport 25.3 25.4 in 1998 23.6



Record lowest November mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Walungurru Airport 20.2 20.3 in 2021 21 23.4



Record highest November mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Gove Airport 29.8 = 29.8 in 2021 43 28.4



Record lowest November mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Walungurru Airport 26.6 26.9 in 2021 21 30.6



Summary statistics for November 2022
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
November
2022
Diff
from
average
Highest for
November
2022
Mean for
November
2022
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
November
2022
Total for
November
2022
Average
for
November
Rank of
November
2022
Fraction of
November
average
Darwin-Daly (district 14GA)
Batchelor Airport 35.2 -0.5 39.7 2nd 23.8 -0.2 22.1 4th 161.0 134.8 average 119%
Central Arnhem Plateau 34.7 -0.6 39.4 2nd 23.7 +0.2 21.8 5th 138.6 108.5 average 128%
Channel Point 33.0 +0.1 34.5 16th 25.1 +0.1 23.0 4th 270.4 130.8 v high 207%
Charles Point 32.7   33.7 4th 26.3   22.8 29th 126.8
Croker Island Airport 34.1 -0.1 36.4 16th 25.9 0.0 24.3 22nd 116.8
Darwin Airport 34.1 +0.7 35.6 2nd 25.6 +0.3 22.6 7th 259.4 143.2 v high 181%
Delamere Weapons Range 36.8 -1.0 41.8 8th 24.6 -0.2 20.6 18th 157.4 79.7 highest 197%
Douglas River Research Farm 35.9 -1.1 41.7 2nd 23.8 +0.2 21.9 18th 236.0 124.5 v high 190%
Dum In Mirrie Airstrip 34.2 +1.0 35.8 4th 25.5 -0.4 22.9 29th 124.0 126.1 average 98%
Jabiru Airport 37.1 +0.1 41.1 2nd 25.3 +0.3 24.0 30th 126.6 136.9 average 92%
Kangaroo Flats (Defence) 35.7   38.6 2nd 24.4   22.5 5th 285.0
Knuckey Lagoon 34.5   36.4 2nd 24.2   22.2 7th 301.6
McCluer Island 32.6 +0.5 34.1 17th 28.0 +0.6 24.9 29th 52.6 26.3 high 200%
Middle Point 36.1 -0.4 40.3 2nd 23.8 +0.3 21.9 9th 217.6 123.5 v high 176%
Mount Bundey North (Defence) 36.1   40.9 2nd 24.7   23.2 24th 160.0
Mount Bundey South (Defence) 36.6   41.4 2nd 24.7   23.6 14th 207.4
Murganella Airstrip 35.3 0.0 40.2 1st 24.0 +0.5 22.8 30th 197.8 66.8 v high 296%
Noonamah Airstrip 35.5   38.4 2nd 24.6   23.1 6th 117.8 125.1 average 94%
Oenpelli Airport 36.7 -1.3 39.8 1st 24.9 +0.3 23.3 22nd 149.6 86.1 v high 174%
Pirlangimpi Airport 34.3 +0.6 36.2 1st 24.5 +0.3 22.2 6th 272.8 191.9 high 142%
Point Fawcett 32.9 -0.4 34.9 4th 25.0 +0.1 23.0 30th 321.4 128.4 v high 250%
Point Stuart 35.4 +0.5 37.5 2nd 24.8 -0.2 23.8 9th 187.8 104.2 high 180%
Port Keats Airport 34.6 0.0 38.5 6th 25.5 +0.1 22.3 29th 181.4 81.2 v high 223%
Tindal RAAF 37.0 -0.6 41.8 2nd 24.7 -0.3 21.8 18th 213.8 95.7 v high 223%
Arnhem (district 14BC)
Cape Wessel 34.8 +0.4 37.1 3rd 26.4 +0.2 24.1 17th 117.2 32.0 high 366%
Gove Airport 34.3 +1.1 36.5 1st 25.3 +1.7 22.7 5th 139.4 44.0 high 317%
Groote Eylandt Airport 34.5 -0.1 40.0 1st 24.4 +0.8 19.4 5th 275.0 123.3 highest 223%
Maningrida Airport 34.4 +0.4 37.1 1st 25.4 +0.5 22.8 5th 124.4 42.7 v high 291%
Milingimbi Airport 34.9 +0.9 37.5 1st 26.1 +0.6 23.8 5th 12.4 54.3 low 23%
Ngayawili 33.6 +0.3 36.2 4th 25.2 +0.7 22.4 5th 202.8 62.8 v high 323%
Warruwi Airport 34.3 +0.6 36.7 1st 26.5 +0.1 23.9 30th 101.6 56.3 high 180%
Roper-Mcarthur (district 14DE)
Borroloola Airport 37.7 0.0 42.3 1st 24.7 +0.8 18.3 5th 71.2 70.6 average 101%
Bulman 38.1 -0.8 42.2 2nd 25.1 +0.7 22.0 5th 145.2 59.9 highest 242%
Centre Island 34.9 +0.2 37.3 20th 27.3 +0.5 24.7 30th 13.8 40.4 average 34%
Daly Waters Airstrip 37.0 -1.2 41.5 8th 23.3 -0.3 16.6 6th 139.2 51.0 v high 273%
McArthur River Mine Airport 38.1 -0.6 41.8 1st 24.2 0.0 17.6 6th 201.2 59.0 v high 341%
Ngukurr Airport 38.6 -1.4 43.4 1st 26.2 +0.7 22.1 5th 156.8 47.0 v high 334%
Victoria (district 14F)
Bradshaw 37.8 -0.8 42.9 2nd 25.4 -0.3 23.2 15th 198.2 102.0 high 194%
Bradshaw - Angallari Valley (Defence) 38.0   43.3 8th 25.8   23.6 29th 155.6
Bradshaw - Koolendong Valley (Defence) 37.0   41.0 8th 24.3   19.7 2nd 155.6
Lajamanu Airport 36.0 -2.5 42.3 9th 23.0 -0.3 18.5 17th 174.4 34.1 highest 511%
Victoria River Downs 37.8 -0.8 43.0 8th 24.8 +0.2 19.1 18th 91.8 60.0 high 153%
Barkly (district 15A)
Elliott 36.4 -2.6 41.1 9th 23.2 -0.3 18.4 5th 65.2 47.2 high 138%
Tennant Creek Airport 35.1 -1.6 40.1 8th 22.8 -1.1 18.3 4th 22.8 40.1 average 57%
Alice Springs (district 15B)
Alice Springs Airport 30.7 -3.1 38.6 9th 15.9 -2.0 7.4 3rd 50.0 31.0 high 161%
Arltunga 29.9 -3.9 37.6 8th 16.8 -1.3 8.0 3rd 79.4 30.7 high 259%
Curtin Springs 31.2 -3.4 38.6 12th     12.8 20th 8.3 23.5 average 35%
Jervois 32.9 -3.2 40.8 8th 18.4 -0.7 9.9 3rd 44.0 23.6 high 186%
Rabbit Flat 35.9 -3.0 42.0 13th 21.4 -0.6 15.2 2nd 111.8 42.7 highest 262%
Territory Grape Farm 32.5 -3.3 40.1 13th 18.5 -0.5 11.2 4th 16.4 29.6 average 55%
Walungurru Airport 33.0 -4.7 40.1 9th 20.2 -3.2 10.4 1st 51.4 23.0 v high 223%
Watarrka     37.4 9th 17.5 -2.3 8.9 1st 43.5 47.5 average 92%
Yulara Airport 31.6 -3.5 39.3 12th 17.2 -1.3 8.3 1st 15.6 32.4 average 48%

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, usually published in the first week of the following month, lists the main features of the weather in Northern Territory using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated. More extensive discussion of significant weather events, along with later information and data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 1 pm on Friday 2 December 2022. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

In some situations, some or all of the rainfall is in the form of hail or snow. In these cases the totals given are for the water equivalent: the depth of liquid water that results from melting any frozen precipitation. There can be significant 'undercatch' of snow in strong winds, meaning the true precipitation can be higher than that reported.

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.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

Information about Australian Indigenous seasonal calendars is available at the Indigenous Weather Knowledge website.

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