Queensland Monthly Climate Summary: October 2006
A dry October for most of Queensland

Wednesday 1 November, 2006

In Brief

  • 8th driest October on record in Queensland (since 1900)
  • Cooler than average in the north and along the coast, but mainly warmer than normal over the interior and in the south.

Details

Most of Queensland experienced below average rainfall in October - with some areas receiving record low monthly rainfall. The only exception was the North Tropical Coast and Tablelands district, which in contrast, received above to very much above average rainfall for October.

Record lowest monthly rainfall for October was recorded in parts of the Capricornia, Central Highlands, Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast, Darling Downs, Maranoa and Warrego districts.

Some of the lowest monthly rainfall records included:
Gin Gin Post Office, with 2 mm (average 70.9 mm, 110 years of record);
Thangool Airport, with 0 mm (average 58.6 mm, 74 years of record);
Monto Township, with 0.6 mm (average 56.6 mm, 64 years of record);
Gladstone Radar, with 0.4 mm (average 64.5 mm, 47 years of record);
Bundaberg Aero, with 2.2 mm (average 75.2 mm, 49 years of record);
Mount Joseph, with 1.2 mm (average 70.9 mm, 94 years of record);
Mt Mowbullan, with 7.4 mm (average 87.1 mm, 37 years of record);
Maroon Dam, with 5 mm (average 74.5 mm, 32 years of record);
Bell Store, with 1 mm (average 60.1 mm, 96 years of record);
Passchendaele, with 0.4 mm (average 80.1 mm, 65 years of record);
Applethorpe, with 2 mm (average 75.4 mm, 37 years of record);
Injune Post Office, with 0 mm (average 47.4 mm, 81 years of record);
Oakey Aero, with 3.6 mm (average 59.5 mm, 36 years of record); and
Namarah, with 0.4 mm (average 55 mm, 41 years of record).

Showers and rain periods persisted along the North Tropical Coast and Tablelands during much of October. As a result the highest ever daily rainfall for October was recorded at Elphinstone Pocket with 84.2 mm on the 18th (previous record 64.5 mm, 50 years of record).

Moderate to fresh south easterly winds over the northern and central parts of Queensland, from about Gladstone to the Gulf Country, ensured well below average maximum temperatures for October. Winds over the western and southern parts of Queensland tended to be more northerly, bringing above average maximum temperatures to these parts of the state.

A similar pattern was reflected for the minimum temperatures in all near coastal areas and over the Peninsula. Minimum temperatures in those areas were below average, but the remainder of the state, particularly in the west, were 2 - 3 degrees above average for the month.

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