Thursday, 1 February 2007 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC14R0

Queensland in January 2007


Welcome rain for the Channel Country, but Southeast Queensland and Capricornia still wanting.

Summary

An active monsoon triggered the development of a tropical depression which tracked over inland Australia bringing much needed rainfall to the Channel Country, Warrego and Central West and flooding in many inland river systems.  After a slow start to the wet season, closer to normal rainfall was recorded over much of the northern tropics during the month.  The Capricornia and Southeast of the state are still waiting for significant wet season rainfall as drier than normal conditions continued during January.

Rainfall

A monsoonal low, which tracked from Northern Territory and through southwest Queensland on the 20th and 21st of the month, brought significant rainfall to the Channel Country, Warrego and Central West with resultant flooding in many inland river systems. A number of longstanding records were broken. Bedourie's January total of  296.4 mm is the highest monthly total recorded in its 61 years of record, and dwarfs the January average of 32.1 mm. Cluny received a monthly total of 483 mm, the highest in its 68 years of record (January average 37.2 mm). Bedourie, with 169.1 mm, and Cluny, with 229 mm, also reported their highest daily rainfall totals on record.  A listing of new rainfall records appears below.

The drier than average conditions continued in Southeast Queensland, Capricornia and Central Coalfields, with totals typically only a third to half of the January average, and parts of the Wide Bay receiving less than a fifth of the norm. Nobby, on the East Darling Downs, recorded it's driest January on record with a total only 4 mm for the month (average 97.3 mm, 67 years of record).

Rainfall was mixed over the tropics with wetter than normal totals in the northwest, and in a few pockets from the central coast to southern Cape York.  Below average rainfall was recorded in parts of CapeYork,  the Carpentaria and the North Tropical Coast.

Elsewhere rainfall did not vary significantly from average.  See maps of total rainfall and rainfall deciles

Temperature

Daytime maximum temperatures were cooler than average over a broad area from western Queensland and the Gulf to the coast between Cardwell and Proserpine, with temperatures over 3 degrees below average in areas near the western border.  Warmer daytime temperatures were recorded over Cape York Peninsula, the Southeast, Maranoa and parts of Central Queensland. See maps of maximum temperature anomalies. 

The hottest day was 45.4°C at Ballera Gas Field on the 12th, followed by 44.7°C at Ballera Gas Field and Windorah on the 11th, and 44.4°C at Boulia on the 2nd.

The coldest day was 18.6°C at Toowoomba on the 3rd, followed by 19.2°C at Applethorpe on the 9th, and 19.6°C at Warwick on the 3rd.

Overnight minimum temperatures were generally warmer than average, though most places were within a degree of the norm. Temperatures were up to 2 degrees warmer than average over much of the southern interior, and in a few pockets on Cape York and the coast between Cairns and Townsville. See maps of and minimum temperature anomalies.

The coldest night was 7.6°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 29th, followed by 7.7°C at Applethorpe on the 29th.

The warmest night was 33.3°C at Birdsville on the 12th, followed by 32.1°C at Birdsville on the 6th and 31.8°C at Bedourie on the 13th. 

A listing of new temperature records appears below.

Further information

Qld Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (07) 3239 8700
Email climate.qld@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
45.4°C at Ballera on the 12th
44.7°C at Ballera and Windorah on the 11th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
37.6°C at Windorah
37.5°C at Birdsville Airport
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
26.6°C at Maleny
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
18.6°C at Toowoomba Airport on the 3rd
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
7.6°C at Stanthorpe on the 29th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
15.2°C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
26.5°C at Sweers Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
33.3°C at Birdsville Airport on the 12th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
625.0 mm at Paluma Ivy Cottage
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
229.0 mm at Cluny on the 22nd
229.0 mm at Hawkins Ck (near Ingham) on the 31st

Records

Record highest total January rainfall
Total rainfall
for January 2007 (mm)
Previous highest
for January
Normal for
January
Years of
record
Cluny 483.0 200.6 in 1995 37.2 68
Bedourie Police Station 296.4 254.4 in 1984 32.1 61


Record highest January daily rainfall
Daily Rainfall
total (mm)
Previous highest
for January
Years of
record
Cluny 229.0 on the 22nd 154.4 on the 19th in 1995 68
Bedourie Police Station 169.1 on the 21st 150.0 on the 25th in 1984 61
Glengyle 127.0 on the 21st 107.7 on the 13th in 1964 86
Toorak Research Station 209.2 on the 12th 192.6 on the 14th in 1991 51




Record lowest total January rainfall
Total rainfall
for January 2007 (mm)
Previous lowest
for January
Normal for
January
Years of
record
Nobby 4.0 4.8 in 1997 97.3 67


Record highest January mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for January 2007 (°C)
Previous highest
for January
Normal for
January
Years of
record
Lockhart River Airport 24.5 24.4 in 2001 23.7 34



Record lowest January temperature
Lowest temperature
in January 2007 (°C)
Previous lowest
for January
Normal for
January
Years of
record
Monto Township 12.9 on the 5th 13.3 on the 22nd in 1983 19.2 34


Summaries

 In the following table, certain key sites have been highlighted to make them easier to identify.

Summary statistics for January 2007
Maximum temperatures
for January
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for January
(°C)
Rainfall
for January
(millimetres)
Mean for
January
2007
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
January
2007
Mean for
January
2007
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
January
2007
Total for
January
2007
Normal
for
January
Rank of
January
2007
Fraction of
January
normal
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.1 +0.2 35.0 1st 25.6 −0.2 23.9 21st 452.0 257.6 high 175%
Coen Airport 33.8 36.5 11th 24.3 23.1 17th 217.2
Horn Island 31.2 +0.4 33.0 14th 25.6 +0.4 23.9 17th 445.0 343.4 normal 130%
Scherger RAAF 33.6 37.9 3rd 24.4 23.2 16th 438.6
Weipa Aero 33.5 +1.6 37.5 1st 24.6 +0.5 23.5 2nd 481.6 443.8 normal 109%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 33.0 +1.5 35.5 10th 24.5 +0.8 22.9 17th 109.2 395.2 very low 28%
Musgrave 34.1 +1.0 37.3 4th 23.9 +0.8 22.0 3rd 294.4 271.5 normal 108%
Palmerville 33.4 0 38.2 4th 23.5 +0.7 20.9 5th 405.2 261.3 high 155%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 33.4 37.1 10th 25.5 22.1 22nd 214.8
Burketown Post Office 32.9 −1.4 36.1 26th 25.5 +0.5 22.1 22nd 272.0 216.7 high 126%
Century Mine 35.6 41.5 2nd 24.8 21.9 22nd 232.6
Cloncurry Airport 34.7 −2.0 43.0 2nd 24.3 −0.3 19.6 22nd 264.6 182.8 normal 145%
Croydon Township 34.6 −0.9 39.4 4th 25.1 +0.9 21.8 22nd 130.6 215.3 low 61%
Julia Creek Airport 35.8 42.6 2nd 23.9 19.8 29th 147.8
Kowanyama Airport 33.7 +0.6 39.5 4th 25.0 +0.8 22.3 14th 272.6 335.9 normal 81%
Mornington Island 32.0 −0.1 34.8 31st 25.8 +0.3 23.3 17th 261.0 320.8 normal 81%
Mount Isa Aero 34.1 −2.3 41.5 2nd 23.3 −0.5 18.0 22nd 140.6 110.5 high 127%
Sweers Island 32.2 34.0 26th 26.5 24.0 16th 165.8 319.9 low 52%
Toorak Research Station 35.7 −1.2 42.3 2nd 23.0 −0.1 18.0 29th 428.8 117.1 very high 366%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 37.8 3rd 23.6 21.3 23rd 115.8
Georgetown Post Office 34.4 0 39.5 3rd 23.4 +0.5 21.0 24th 213.2 223.1 normal 96%
Hughenden Airport 34.7 38.9 1st 24.0 19.5 1st 111.8
Richmond Airport 36.1 41.4 3rd 23.6 17.0 1st 153.0
Richmond Post Office 35.5 −1.5 40.7 3rd 24.1 +1.1 18.1 1st 190.3 120.2 high 158%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Atherton Shire Council 28.8 +0.4 32.8 9th 19.6 +1.0 16.0 13th 169.5 218.1 low 78%
Cairns Aero 32.0 +0.5 33.5 15th 24.2 +0.6 22.6 8th 184.6 384.8 low 48%
Cape Flattery 32.5 34.2 11th 25.0 22.1 13th 94.8
Cooktown Airport 32.4 34.9 10th 24.7 22.2 13th 83.2
Green Island 32.0 +0.8 34.6 10th 25.6 +0.4 23.7 17th
Kairi Research Station 28.7 +0.5 32.1 9th 19.7 +0.6 16.4 16th 175.5 245.0 normal 72%
Low Isles Lighthouse 32.9 +0.7 36.1 11th 25.7 +0.1 23.4 17th 328.2 392.3 normal 84%
Mareeba Airport 31.3 35.2 10th 21.8 20.1 5th 203.8
Walkamin DPI 30.7 +0.7 34.5 10th 20.2 −0.1 17.8 16th 114.2 206.9 normal 55%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 30.8 −0.7 32.7 14th 24.2 +1.4 22.3 7th 370.7 433.6 normal 85%
Ingham Composite 31.8 −0.5 36.0 9th 22.9 −0.2 20.6 7th 381.2 369.1 normal 103%
Innisfail 31.0 +0.1 32.5 28th 24.1 +1.3 21.4 7th 360.2 505.1 normal 71%
Lucinda Point 29.5 −0.7 32.0 28th 25.3 −0.1 23.0 19th 172.6 171.7 normal 101%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 31.1 −0.1 33.0 28th 23.6 +1.1 21.0 7th 298.4 519.9 normal 57%
Townsville Aero 31.1 −0.2 34.2 14th 24.8 +0.6 21.2 1st 270.6 265.2 normal 102%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.3 −1.1 32.3 12th 25.1 +0.5 22.5 21st 358.8
Ayr DPI Research Stn 31.1 −0.8 33.8 10th 23.1 +0.5 20.6 7th 340.8 206.9 high 165%
Bowen Airport 30.9 −0.8 33.0 15th 24.0 +0.1 21.7 8th 266.6 157.9 normal 169%
Collinsville Post Office 33.0 −0.5 37.2 9th 22.6 +0.7 19.9 6th 282.2 132.4 very high 213%
Hamilton Island Airport 29.4 31.5 28th 24.3 21.8 1st 280.0
Mackay Aero 30.5 +0.5 33.0 9th 23.3 +0.5 19.3 8th 271.4 328.3 normal 83%
Mackay M.O 30.6 +0.5 33.9 10th 23.8 +0.4 20.6 8th 261.4 275.8 normal 95%
Samuel Hill Aero 30.6 34.6 9th 20.7 15.1 15th 94.8
St Lawrence 31.5 33.5 28th 23.0 19.0 7th 177.4
St Lawrence Post Office 32.0 +0.2 34.1 11th 23.2 +0.8 19.7 7th 161.9 206.5 normal 78%
Williamson 32.2 34.6 28th 22.9 17.9 7th 48.0
Woolshed 28.2 32.0 13th 20.7 18.1 1st 404.6
Yeppoon The Esplanade 29.3 −0.2 31.4 29th 23.7 +0.1 19.5 8th 17.4 118.5 very low 15%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 33.7 −0.1 38.0 10th 22.9 +0.5 19.3 1st 114.9 141.1 normal 81%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 33.3 −0.9 38.3 10th 22.3 +0.3 19.2 6th 124.2 95.2 high 130%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Brigalow Research Stn 34.7 +1.0 39.0 28th 21.5 +0.6 17.5 2nd 35.6 94.9 low 38%
Clermont Sirius St 33.7 −0.6 40.2 9th 22.0 +0.5 18.5 6th 166.0 116.9 high 142%
Emerald Airport 33.4 −1.6 38.5 9th 22.2 −0.2 18.5 6th 97.4 80.4 normal 121%
Rolleston Meteor St 34.2 −1.0 39.1 4th 21.2 +0.2 16.5 8th 48.8 93.4 normal 52%
Springsure Dame St 32.7 −1.5 38.2 9th 21.5 +0.6 17.3 1st 104.6 105.4 normal 99%
Tambo Post Office 34.4 −0.6 39.0 10th 21.7 +1.4 15.5 29th 67.6 80.6 normal 84%
Taroom Post Office 35.8 +2.1 41.0 12th 21.5 +0.9 16.9 5th 52.9 98.4 normal 54%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 34.9 −0.8 39.5 10th 23.5 +0.4 19.0 1st 107.2 84.5 high 127%
Blackall Airport 35.5 40.8 10th 23.3 18.2 1st 59.0
Isisford Post Office 36.7 −0.3 42.5 10th 23.8 +0.9 17.4 29th 110.2 69.2 high 159%
Longreach Aero 36.3 −0.9 42.3 10th 23.2 +0.1 18.6 1st 186.6 79.7 very high 234%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 35.1 −2.2 40.6 5th 24.5 +0.2 19.5 30th 190.2 96.3 high 198%
The Monument Airport 35.3 43.2 2nd 23.9 18.3 22nd 99.0
Trepell Airport 36.0 43.6 2nd 24.2 19.2 22nd 59.8
Urandangi 35.2 −3.5 43.0 2nd 24.1 +0.1 18.4 23rd 186.5 60.5 very high 308%
Winton Airport 36.6 43.4 10th 23.5 17.0 1st 199.4
Winton Post Office 37.1 −0.5 43.3 10th 24.0 +0.5 17.8 1st 212.9 81.3 very high 262%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 35.9 44.8 6th 24.2 18.5 3rd 296.4 32.1 highest 923%
Birdsville Airport* 37.5 −1.3 44.1 6th 25.1 +0.8 18.8 22nd 59.4 24.9 high 239%
Boulia Airport 36.6 −1.9 44.4 2nd 24.3 −0.1 15.5 21st 173.9 47.8 very high 364%
Windorah Post Office 37.6 −0.5 44.7 11th 25.2 +1.1 17.9 29th 136.9 42.4 very high 323%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 34.9 +0.4 39.2 28th 22.0 +0.6 17.4 7th 47.4 92.8 low 51%
Bundaberg Aero 31.0 +1.0 34.1 29th 21.6 +0.2 18.0 2nd 21.0 171.9 very low 12%
Gayndah Airport 34.2 38.4 29th 21.1 16.8 6th 19.0
Gayndah Post Office 34.0 +1.2 38.2 29th 21.2 +1.2 16.3 6th 21.7 112.0 very low 19%
Gladstone Airport 30.7 0 35.2 28th 23.2 +0.3 19.5 7th 7.6 110.8 very low 7%
Gladstone Radar 32.8 +1.6 36.3 28th 22.9 +0.4 19.8 5th 13.4 144.3 very low 9%
Heron Island Res Stn 30.5 +0.7 32.7 29th 24.2 0 21.8 2nd 10.2 103.7 very low 10%
Lady Elliot Island 29.8 +0.6 32.2 29th 23.8 −0.1 20.1 1st 9.8 121.9 very low 8%
Monto Township 32.6 +0.6 36.8 12th 19.5 +0.3 12.9 5th 50.3 108.5 low 46%
Rockhampton Aero 33.0 +1.0 37.9 9th 22.7 +0.6 19.2 15th 41.2 128.4 low 32%
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 29.7 +0.3 32.0 30th 22.1 −0.2 19.0 4th 14.8 158.8 very low 9%
Thangool Airport 33.7 −0.1 38.0 22nd 19.6 −0.1 14.4 7th 64.0 97.1 normal 66%
Town of 1770 30.0 +0.8 33.3 24th 23.6 +0.7 19.0 7th 16.0 151.1 very low 11%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 32.0 +0.8 38.0 29th 19.7 0 14.9 6th 48.0 110.6 low 43%
Archerfield Airport 30.6 +0.2 35.6 29th 20.2 0 15.8 6th 90.2 134.4 normal 67%
Beerburrum Forest Station 30.4 36.4 29th 19.5 15.5 7th 90.2 188.9 low 48%
Brian Pastures 33.8 +1.1 37.5 29th 20.6 +0.2 16.2 7th 50.6 101.5 low 50%
Brisbane* 29.8 +0.4 34.2 27th 21.3 +0.6 17.5 6th 99.0 159.6 low 62%
Brisbane Aero 29.0 0 32.0 29th 21.4 +0.3 16.3 6th 102.2 120.8 normal 85%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 28.0 +1.2 30.3 31st 22.6 +0.7 19.1 5th 32.0 151.0 very low 21%
Coolangatta 28.4 +0.4 32.2 27th 20.4 −0.6 17.1 6th 131.6 138.9 normal 95%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 29.7 +2.1 32.5 31st 22.6 +0.3 19.1 4th 10.4 163.1 very low 6%
Gold Coast Seaway 30.8 +2.5 34.5 24th 21.3 −0.5 18.3 6th 59.0 102.9 low 57%
Gympie 31.7 +0.5 36.9 29th 19.5 −0.1 15.3 6th 63.2 162.1 low 39%
Hervey Bay Airport 30.8 35.2 31st 22.3 18.0 2nd 8.4
Jimna Forestry 29.5 34.7 29th 17.8 12.4 7th 34.6
Kingaroy Airport 31.4 35.6 13th 18.4 12.4 20th 28.0
Logan City Water Treatment 29.6 −0.1 34.5 8th 21.2 +0.9 16.1 7th 53.9 108.0 low 50%
Maleny Tamarind St 26.6 31.8 29th 18.6 14.6 6th 102.8 273.8 low 38%
Maroochydore Aero 28.8 +0.2 32.1 27th 21.0 −0.3 18.0 20th 25.2 108.8 low 23%
Maryborough 32.0 +1.3 36.1 29th 21.0 +0.4 17.5 2nd 11.2 162.4 very low 7%
Nambour DPI 29.3 0 33.5 27th 19.8 +0.5 15.3 6th 88.6 229.5 low 39%
Point Lookout 28.9 +0.1 32.4 26th 22.0 −0.6 19.3 1st 42.6
Rainbow Beach 28.9 +0.1 31.7 27th 22.5 +0.5 19.3 1st 16.8 136.9 lowest 12%
Redcliffe 28.8 33.9 27th 22.1 18.9 5th 47.0
Tewantin RSL Park 28.0 −0.5 31.4 27th 21.7 −0.1 18.6 6th 40.6 120.3 low 34%
Toolara 32.4 +1.0 36.7 29th 20.7 0 17.3 6th 41.0 114.6 low 36%
University of Queensland Gatton 33.2 +1.7 38.4 29th 19.4 +0.3 13.1 6th 50.6 111.8 low 45%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 28.1 +1.7 32.8 27th 15.2 0 7.7 29th 40.2 93.3 low 43%
Dalby Airport 33.6 +1.0 38.5 13th 18.8 −0.1 12.9 6th 34.6 82.6 normal 42%
Goondiwindi Airport 35.4 +1.3 40.6 27th 21.1 +0.9 15.5 5th 26.8 89.2 normal 30%
Inglewood Forest 34.5 39.4 13th 19.0 13.6 5th 28.6
Oakey Aero 32.2 +1.4 37.0 28th 18.6 +0.8 14.2 29th 14.2 81.8 very low 17%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 28.8 +1.4 34.5 31st 15.6 0 7.6 29th 27.7 96.2 low 29%
Texas Post Office 34.8 +1.1 38.6 30th 19.7 +1.3 12.7 29th 80.2 88.9 normal 90%
Toowoomba Airport 29.1 +0.8 34.5 13th 17.8 +0.4 14.3 4th 26.2 66.3 low 40%
Warwick 31.6 +1.5 36.8 27th 16.6 −0.3 12.3 29th 28.6 85.2 low 34%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 34.5 +0.3 39.1 27th 20.5 0 12.9 29th 36.6 65.9 normal 56%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 33.8 0 38.1 27th 20.5 +1.0 14.1 29th 67.6 89.2 normal 76%
Mitchell Post Office 35.1 +1.0 42.5 6th 21.4 +1.4 13.6 29th 57.6 81.8 normal 70%
Roma Airport 34.4 −0.1 39.9 27th 21.8 +0.8 14.8 29th 50.8 69.9 normal 73%
St George Airport 35.2 0 40.6 27th 22.7 +0.8 16.6 30th 76.4 68.6 high 111%
Surat 34.4 +0.2 39.6 27th 22.0 +1.5 13.9 29th 80.8 72.6 normal 111%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 42.5 15th 22.8 +1.4 17.5 29th 32.5 62.9 normal 52%
Charleville Aero 34.8 −0.3 39.7 14th 22.7 +0.9 15.3 29th 93.8 71.6 high 131%
Cunnamulla Post Office 35.3 −0.7 43.1 14th 22.6 +0.5 18.0 29th 71.0 45.6 high 156%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 37.0 45.4 12th 24.8 18.7 22nd 131.4
Quilpie Airport 36.3 −0.7 42.4 11th 24.2 +0.5 19.2 29th 98.4 53.2 high 185%
Thargomindah Airport 36.4 44.3 12th 25.1 20.9 3rd 117.0

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 11 am on Thursday 1 February 2007. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Normals 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. *In this case, normals from a suitable nearby site may be included, ifa available (these are marked with an *).

The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of "normal" 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, 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

Qld Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (07) 3239 8700
Email climate.qld@bom.gov.au