Queensland Monthly Climate Summary: July 2006
Wet and cool in the far north

Tuesday 1 August, 2006

In Brief

  • Above to very much above average rainfall in northern and western areas.
  • Several monthly and daily July rainfall records broken.
  • Cool than normal in the far north, but warmer than average in the southeast.

Details

Rainfall:

Parts of the Peninsula and Gulf Country received very much above average monthly rainfall during July, with long term monthly records broken at:
Croydon Township, which received 83.6 mm (average 3.9 mm, 118 years of record),
Cape Tribulation, which received 420.8 mm (average 124.3 mm, 59 years of record), and
Gilberton, which received 50.4 mm (average 6.8 mm, 88 years of record).

One of the more significant rainfall events was associated with an upper trough, which brought rainfall to parts of the interior and northwest. Some record daily rainfalls for July resulted, which include:
Mornington Island, with 34.6 mm on 14th (previous record 27.8 mm, 81 years of record)
Vanrook Station, with 37.0 mm on 14th (previous record 19.6 mm, 82 years of record)
Wondoola Station, with 43.2 mm on 14th (previous record 39.1 mm, 85 years of record)
Croydon Township, with 35.0 mm on 15th (previous record 26.4 mm, 118 years of record).

Other daily rainfall records were broken in parts of the North Tropical Coast, with:
Cape Tribulation receiving 179.8 mm on 14th (previous record 98.8 mm, 59 years of record), and
Daintree receiving 94.0 mm on 14th (previous record 73.0 mm, 41 years of record).

Elsewhere, rainfall did not vary significantly from average in the area from Bowen to the Southern border, extending inland to Tambo, and down to St George, apart from a small coastal pocket from about Gladstone to the Sunshine coast, which received above average rainfall.

The rest of the state received average to above average rainfall for July, with the exception of a small area west of Mt Isa, which registered below average monthly rainfall.

Although above average, rainfall amounts at this time of year are usually very low for most of the state.


Temperatures:

Maximum temperatures for the state were below average in the north, but 1−3 degrees above average in the SE of the state.

This pattern was also reflected for minimum temperatures in the north, with the Peninsula and Gulf Country 1−2 degrees below average. The remainder of the state recorded average to above average minimum temperatures.

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