Northern Territory in November 2016: Hot in the north; near average rainfall

Daytime and overnight temperatures were well above average throughout the Territory's Top End in November. Typical for this time of the year, rainfall was variable across the NT during the month, but overall was close to the long-term average.

Highly variable rainfall across the NT

  • The northern half observed several days where heavy, isolated falls occurred; some sites had their highest November daily rainfall on record
  • Parts of the central Top End, the Tanami and northern Gregory districts had above average falls, and some sites had their highest total November rainfall on record
  • Northeast Arnhem and Carpentaria districts had very low rainfall totals during the month, as did parts near the southwest of the Top End and the far southwest of the NT.
  • Rainfall at Darwin Airport was almost 50% above average with 211.4 mm; Alice Springs Airport received 6.8 mm which is only 24% of its average November rainfall
  • Territory-wide, rainfall for November was 4% below average
  • Spring rainfall was generally above average in the southern NT, particularly in the southern Barkly and northern Simpson districts

Hot in the north, cool nights in the south

  • Both daytime and overnight temperatures were generally above average in the northern half of the Territory and average to below average in the south
  • The northeastern part of the Northern Territory observed maximum temperatures which were well above average; some sites had their highest November temperature on record and their highest November mean daily maximum temperature on record
  • A similar pattern was apparent with regard to minimum temperatures with the northern half recording temperatures well above average while some parts of the southern half had well below average overnight temperatures
  • Territory-wide, maximum temperatures were 0.6 °C above average and minimum temperatures were 0.06 °C below average
  • Temperatures in the southern NT were generally well below average during Spring

Severe thunderstorm season in full swing

  • The NT typically has its highest number of severe thunderstorms during November
  • The most significant events this November included widespread wind damage to vegetation in the Palmerston and Darwin River Dam regions on the 5th; a dust storm was reported in association with a severe wind gust of 96 km/h recorded at Alice Springs on the 11th, and small hail was reported at Howard Springs on the 16th (not actually a severe thunderstorm, but a rare occurrence)

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Extremes in November 2016
Hottest day 44.2 °C at Borroloola Airport on the 6th
Warmest days on average 40.5 °C at Ngukurr Airport
Coolest days on average 32.9 °C at McCluer Island
Coldest day 22.5 °C at Kulgera on the 24th
Coldest night 9.4 °C at Arltunga on the 16th
Coolest nights on average 16.0 °C at Arltunga
Warmest nights on average 28.3 °C at McCluer Island
Warmest night 30.3 °C at Wave Hill on the 9th
Warmest on average overall 33.5 °C at Ngukurr Airport
Coolest on average overall 25.1 °C at Arltunga
Wettest overall 335.4 mm at Central Arnhem Plateau
Wettest day 136.8 mm at Central Arnhem Plateau on the 26th
Strongest wind gust 98 km/h at Jabiru Airport on the 2nd

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
Kidman Springs 88.0 on the 1st 70.4 on the 21st in 1973 48
Mary River Rangers 96.0 on the 26th 79.8 on the 29th in 2013 28
Darwin Hospital 94.8 on the 23rd 77.2 on the 28th in 2002 22
Delamere Weapons Range 90.0 on the 1st 67.0 on the 28th in 1998 20



Record highest November total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Middle Point Rangers 300.8 237.6 in 2013 48 129.1
Lambell's Lagoon 318.4 309.2 in 1999 39 142.2
Mary River Rangers 225.5 223.8 in 2013 28 134.8

Highest November total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
November
Kidman Springs 185.2 188.6 in 1974 63.8



Record highest November temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Centre Island 39.5 on the 12th 39.2 on the 20th in 1990 43 34.6
Lajamanu Airport 44.1 on the 8th 44.0 on the 20th in 2014 25 38.3
Borroloola Airport 44.2 on the 6th 43.9 on the 15th in 2006 23 37.3



Record highest November mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Black Point 33.9 33.8 in 2010 24 33.2
Borroloola Airport 39.9 39.7 in 2015 22 37.3



Record highest November mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Centre Island 31.8 = 31.8 in 2015 42 30.7
Gove Airport 29.5 29.4 in 2008 37 28.3
Black Point 30.3 30.0 in 2000 24 29.4



Summary statistics for November 2016
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
November
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
November
2016
Mean for
November
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
November
2016
Total for
November
2016
Average
for
November
Rank of
November
2016
Fraction of
November
average
Darwin-Daly (district 14GA)
Batchelor Airport 35.7 +0.1 38.7 3rd 24.2 +0.2 21.8 21st 141.4 132.2 average 107%
Black Point 33.9 +0.7 35.4 17th 26.7 +1.1 23.5 14th 26.6 61.8 average 43%
Bradshaw 39.3 +0.9 42.7 28th 26.4 +0.8 23.0 6th 0.4 97.4 v low 0%
Central Arnhem Plateau 35.1 -0.1 37.9 5th 23.6 +0.2 19.3 16th 335.4 113.7 v high 295%
Charles Point 33.1   34.3 13th 26.2   21.6 20th 92.2
Croker Island Airport     35.7 4th 26.6   23.8 14th 0
Darwin Airport 33.7 +0.4 35.5 3rd 25.5 +0.2 21.2 20th 211.4 142.2 high 149%
Delamere Weapons Range 37.6 0.0 41.2 28th 24.5 -0.3 21.1 1st 129.6 78.3 high 166%
Douglas River 36.8 -0.1 39.2 4th 23.9 +0.4 20.5 30th 199.0 121.4 high 164%
Dum In Mirrie Airstrip 33.7 +0.7 34.7 10th 26.5 +0.5 22.8 20th 192.2 128.0 high 150%
Jabiru Airport 37.1 +0.2 39.1 13th 25.5 +0.6 22.5 14th 155.4 141.6 average 110%
Katherine Country Club 39.4   41.5 13th 25.5   19.4 16th 40.5
McCluer Island 32.9 +0.8 34.5 29th 28.3 +1.1 23.3 14th 20.0 28.2 average 71%
Middle Point 36.2 -0.2 38.9 16th 23.7 +0.2 20.4 18th 206.0 125.3 high 164%
Murganella Airstrip 34.8   36.4 29th 24.2   22.6 8th 171.6
Noonamah Airstrip 35.4   38.4 3rd 24.3   21.2 6th 199.2
Oenpelli Airport 37.3   39.4 2nd 24.9   22.9 3rd 121.4
Pirlangimpi Airport 34.4 +0.8 35.3 26th 24.5 +0.3 23.2 17th 179.0 187.7 average 95%
Point Fawcett 33.6 +0.5 34.7 17th 25.3 +0.3 21.9 20th 205.4 118.0 high 174%
Point Stuart 34.5   36.3 16th 25.5   22.3 26th 119.6 83.1 high 144%
Port Keats Airport 35.2 +0.8 36.9 3rd 25.9 +0.5 21.5 15th 109.2 77.1 high 142%
Tindal RAAF 38.7 +1.4 41.4 4th 25.6 +0.6 19.7 16th 32.4 93.2 low 35%
Arnhem (district 14BC)
Cape Wessel 35.0   36.6 15th 26.8   25.6 10th 2.8 32.2 average 9%
Gove Airport 34.2 +1.1 35.8 29th 24.8 +1.4 22.2 18th 0.6 43.7 low 1%
Groote Eylandt Airport 35.6 +1.1 38.8 13th 24.6 +1.0 20.0 18th 60.0 114.3 low 52%
Maningrida Airport 34.7 +0.9 37.6 15th 25.3 +0.5 20.8 16th 14.4 41.1 low 35%
Milingimbi Airport 34.7 +1.0 37.2 15th 26.5 +1.2 22.9 18th 20.0 62.5 average 32%
Ngayawili 33.6 +0.4 36.9 15th 25.7 +1.4 22.1 18th 0 64.1 v low 0%
Roper-Mcarthur (district 14DE)
Borroloola Airport 39.9 +2.6 44.2 6th 24.3 +0.4 17.2 16th 3.6 72.3 low 5%
Bulman 38.6 -0.2 40.9 11th 24.8 +0.7 18.9 16th 47.0 54.4 average 86%
Centre Island 36.2 +1.6 39.5 12th 27.3 +0.5 24.2 30th 9.6 42.2 average 23%
Daly Waters Airstrip 39.7 +1.5 43.1 7th 22.2 -1.5 15.5 6th 64.4 48.2 high 134%
McArthur River Mine Airport 39.9 +1.3 42.5 4th 25.2 +1.0 17.7 16th 30.6 56.7 average 54%
Ngukurr Airport 40.5   42.7 9th 26.5   20.1 16th 15.0
Victoria (district 14F)
Lajamanu Airport 39.7 +1.4 44.1 8th 23.0 -0.2 16.3 17th 41.4 31.0 high 134%
Victoria River Downs 39.7 +1.2 43.0 29th 24.6 0.0 17.4 17th 40.8 60.6 average 67%
Wave Hill 39.6 +0.9 43.5 30th 24.0 +0.1 16.2 17th 30.2 58.0 average 52%
Barkly (district 15A)
Brunette Downs 37.8 -0.1 41.6 30th 22.7 -0.4 16.0 15th 35.5 30.0 high 118%
Elliott 39.0 -0.1 42.5 30th 22.8 -0.6 18.0 6th 10.6 47.6 low 22%
Tennant Creek Airport 36.7 +0.2 42.5 9th 23.6 -0.3 19.4 16th 59.0 40.9 high 144%
Alice Springs (district 15B)
Alice Springs Airport 35.4 +1.7 40.4 30th 17.2 -0.7 10.1 15th 6.8 28.1 low 24%
Arltunga 34.1 +0.4 39.2 30th 16.0 -2.3 9.4 16th 15.6 30.2 average 52%
Curtin Springs 35.3 +0.8 41.8 21st 17.3 -0.7 12.3 15th 0 22.9 lowest 0%
Jervois 35.5 -0.6 40.9 30th 18.3 -0.7 13.4 14th 16.0 23.3 average 69%
Rabbit Flat 39.1 +0.4 43.5 30th 21.5 -0.6 13.8 17th 56.0 42.8 average 131%
Territory Grape Farm 36.1 +0.4 41.5 9th 18.6 -0.3 11.9 15th 6.8 29.9 low 23%
Walungurru Airport 38.0 +0.2 43.4 9th 23.0 -0.5 17.5 3rd 36.0 19.5 high 185%
Yulara Airport 35.6 +0.5 42.1 21st 17.8 -0.6 12.4 14th 1.4 33.0 v low 4%

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, generally published on the first working day of each 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 11 am on Thursday 1 December 2016. 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.

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

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