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

Queensland in February 2007

Summary

An active monsoon trough brought above average rainfall to parts of Cape York Peninsula and the central and tropical coasts and adjacent inland.  Drier than average conditions occurred over much of the west and southeast of the state.


Rainfall

A low pressure system over Cape York Peninsula, embedded in an active monsoon trough, brought moderate to heavy falls of rain to parts of the tropical and Central Coasts and adjacent interior regions on the 1st and 2nd.  Several records were broken.  Warden Bend’s 268.6 mm was a new annual extreme daily total for that station while Hecate with 349.2 mm and Roma Peak with 222.8 mm recorded their highest February daily rainfalls on record.  The monsoon trough remained active and on the 9th Bamaga recorded a new February record of 265.0 mm. 

Elsewhere in the state, an active area of thunderstorms between St George and Goondiwindi produced a new February daily rainfall record for Cheriton of 107.0 mm on the 12th.  A listing of new rainfall records appears below.

Drier than average conditions occurred over the west of the state with less than 20% of average totals over most of the northwest, Channel Country and Warrego, though many of these parts had received good rainfall during January. Drier than average conditions also continued in Southeast Queensland with totals mostly 20 to 60% of average over the eastern Darling Downs and southern Southeast Coast districts.  

See a map of total rainfall. See a map of rainfall deciles.


Temperature


Daytime maximum temperatures were slightly cooler than average over Central and Northern Queensland , with temperatures between 2 and 3 degrees below average in a small area near Charters Towers and in central parts of the Central Highlands.  Slightly above average daytime temperatures were recorded over Western Queensland with temperatures between 2 and 3 degrees above average in a small area near the southwest border and over the southwestern Maranoa and Warrego.  
See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.

The hottest day was 42.0°C at Cunnamulla Post Office on the 7th, followed by 41.7°C at Birdsville Airport on the 7th, followed by 41.6°C at Birdsville Airport on the 25th.

The coldest day was 20.6°C at Toowoomba Airport on the 13th, followed by 20.8°C at Maleny Tamarind St on the 13th, followed by 21.5°C at Jimna Forestry on the 16th.

Overnight minimum temperatures were slightly below average over far southeast and central Queensland, with temperatures between 1 and 3 degrees below average over southwestern parts of the Northern Goldfields district, the northern Central West district and much of the North West district.  Toorak Research Station reported its lowest February mean daily minimum temperature on record.  See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

The coldest night was 11.8°C at Applethorpe on the 3rd, followed by 12.3°C at Applethorpe on the 6th, followed by 12.9°C at Dalby Airport on the 5th.

The warmest night was 30.0°C at Cunnamulla Post Office on the 7th, followed by 29.9°C at Birdsville Airport on the 25th, followed by 29.8°C at Thargomindah Airport on the 25th.

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
42.0°C at Cunnamulla Post Office on the 7th
41.7°C at Birdsville Airport on the 7th

Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
39.1°C at Birdsville Airport
38.2°C at Trepell Airport

Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
25.2°C at Maleny Tamarind St

Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
20.6°C at Toowoomba Airport on the 13th

Coldest night
Lowest temperature
11.8°C at Applethorpe on the 3rd

Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
15.0°C at Applethorpe

Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
25.8°C at Sweers Island

Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
30.0°C at Cunnamulla Post Office on the 7th

Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
1864.0 mm at Bulgun Creek Alert

Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
402.0 mm at Topaz on the 5th
349.2 mm at Hecate on the 2nd


Records

Record highest February daily rainfall
Daily rainfall
total (mm)
Previous highest
for February
Years of
record
Bamaga 265.0 on the 9th 196.0 on the 17th in 1994 34
Roma Peak 222.8 on the 2nd 218.0 on the 3rd in 1991 44
Warden Bend 268.6 on the 2nd 257.0 on the 3rd in 1991 37
Hecate 349.2 on the 2nd 238.0 on the 6th in 1979 48
Cheriton 107.0 on the 12th 94.0 on the 16th in 1953 72

Record lowest total February rainfall
Total rainfall
for February 2007 (mm)
Previous lowest
for February
Normal for
February
Years of
record
Victoria Sugar Mill 1.8 32.4 in 1931 462.6 110
Bambaroo 2.4 25.2 in 2005 447.3 86





Record lowest February mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for February 2007 (°C)
Previous lowest
for February
Normal for
February
Years of
record
Toorak Research Station 20.2 21.1 in 1972 23.0 30


Summaries

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

Summary statistics for February 2007
Maximum temperatures
for February
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for February
(°C)
Rainfall
for February
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2007
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
February
2007
Mean for
February
2007
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
February
2007
Total for
February
2007
Normal
for
February
Rank of
February
2007
Fraction of
February
normal
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.7 +0.3 34.0 17th 25.6 −0.3 21.4 9th 376.2 277.3 high 136%
Coen Airport 31.5 35.2 10th 23.8 22.1 9th 446.0
Horn Island 30.8 +0.4 32.2 14th 24.5 −0.5 21.1 9th 554.2 499.5 normal 111%
Scherger RAAF 32.0 35.3 17th 24.2 22.8 9th 450.6
Weipa Aero 31.9 +0.6 35.0 17th 24.2 +0.1 23.0 8th 402.6 564.5 low 71%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 32.1 +0.8 36.1 12th 24.1 +0.5 22.3 13th 451.8 394.6 high 114%
Musgrave 32.5 −0.1 35.7 11th 23.8 +0.7 22.3 8th 307.6 292.4 normal 105%
Palmerville 31.8 −0.8 34.4 11th 23.1 +0.4 21.2 8th 391.6 262.0 high 149%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 33.1 36.4 12th 24.7 21.8 8th 186.6
Burketown Post Office 33.4 −0.3 36.5 12th 25.1 +0.5 22.6 8th 168.8 193.4 normal 87%
Century Mine 36.3 40.6 9th 23.8 20.7 13th 25.0
Cloncurry Airport 36.0 −0.3 39.8 28th 22.8 −1.8 16.9 13th 16.0 110.9 lowest 14%
Croydon Township 33.5 −1.2 36.6 28th 24.1 +0.2 20.5 8th 197.2 176.7 normal 112%
Julia Creek Airport 36.9 41.5 28th 20.9 15.4 13th 16.6
Kowanyama Airport 32.2 −0.2 33.8 15th 24.5 +0.3 22.0 8th 451.4 361.6 high 125%
Mornington Island 32.1 +0.3 34.0 18th 25.5 0 23.0 24th 544.0 302.3 high 180%
Mount Isa Aero 35.9 +0.6 39.1 28th 22.4 −1.1 16.1 12th 13.0 99.3 very low 13%
Normanton Airport 33.3 35.8 28th 24.8 21.6 7th 231.2
Sweers Island 32.2 35.0 9th 25.8 22.2 24th 474.8 297.5 high 160%
Toorak Research Station 36.7 +0.6 40.5 27th 20.2 −2.8 15.0 10th 2.6 99.0 very low 3%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 32.4 35.2 28th 22.6 18.7 9th 125.6
Georgetown Post Office 33.6 +0.1 36.7 10th 22.8 +0.1 19.0 9th 127.3 210.4 low 61%
Hughenden Airport 33.1 37.6 11th 21.4 15.7 13th 30.8
Richmond Airport 35.3 39.5 28th 20.8 14.9 13th 30.8
Richmond Post Office 34.6 −1.2 38.8 10th 21.0 −1.5 17.4 12th 36.8 103.7 low 35%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 30.3 −0.9 34.5 13th 23.7 −0.1 21.5 10th 713.2 448.9 high 159%
Cooktown Airport 31.0 36.2 12th 23.2 10th 265.8
Green Island 28.8 −1.8 34.3 13th 24.7 −0.7 23.5 24th
Mareeba Airport 29.1 33.1 9th 21.5 18.1 9th 245.6
Walkamin DPI 28.0 −1.0 33.0 13th 20.0 −0.4 16.5 9th 238.5 243.5 normal 98%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 29.6 −1.7 35.0 13th 23.5 +0.7 20.6 9th 918.9 467.4 very high 197%
Ingham Composite 30.8 −0.9 38.0 12th 22.9 −0.4 21.0 8th 901.8 456.4 very high 198%
Innisfail 29.5 −1.1 34.4 12th 23.5 +0.7 21.5 8th 1190.8 595.5 very high 200%
Lucinda Point 28.6 −1.7 32.3 13th 24.4 −0.8 21.5 9th 322.0 195.8 high 164%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 29.9 −0.8 36.0 13th 23.0 +0.4 20.0 9th 1077.2 580.2 very high 186%
Townsville Aero 30.3 −0.7 34.7 9th 24.0 −0.1 21.3 8th 543.8 292.7 high 186%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.5 −1.0 33.6 9th 22.8 0 20.9 9th 286.0 228.0 normal 125%
Bowen Airport 29.5 −2.0 31.5 25th 23.3 −0.6 21.2 4th 475.9 205.2 very high 232%
Collinsville Post Office 31.7 −1.1 36.1 12th 21.6 −0.2 18.9 25th 206.2 156.4 high 132%
Hamilton Island Airport 27.9 31.0 12th 23.6 21.8 3rd 595.6
Mackay Aero 28.9 −1.1 31.2 12th 22.9 −0.3 20.6 3rd 483.6 363.8 high 133%
Mackay M.O 28.7 −1.0 32.1 12th 23.2 −0.2 20.7 3rd 581.4 306.5 high 190%
Proserpine Airport 29.1 −2.3 32.7 12th 22.5 −0.3 20.4 8th 561.0 330.4 high 170%
Samuel Hill Aero 28.5 31.2 12th 21.9 18.9 10th 322.2
St Lawrence 29.9 33.2 9th 22.3 19.6 3rd 190.6
St Lawrence Post Office 29.9 −1.6 34.0 9th 22.2 −0.2 19.5 3rd 387.7 196.0 high 198%
Williamson 29.7 32.5 9th 22.6 20.3 10th 123.2
Woolshed 26.5 33.7 13th 20.2 17.7 8th 97.0
Yeppoon The Esplanade 28.1 −1.5 29.3 28th 23.1 −0.8 20.2 13th 186.4 95.8 high 195%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 30.9 −2.2 38.0 11th 21.6 −0.9 19.9 25th 403.6 118.0 highest 342%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 30.1 −3.4 36.5 12th 20.5 −1.3 17.6 3rd 129.6 86.8 high 149%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Water Treatment Plant 31.5 −2.3 35.0 28th 21.6 −0.9 17.7 2nd 70.6 59.7 normal 118%
Brigalow Research Stn 31.7 −0.9 37.3 10th 20.1 −0.5 16.8 13th 160.2 101.2 high 158%
Clermont Sirius St 31.7 −1.4 37.5 11th 20.1 −1.0 16.0 22nd 86.4 113.7 normal 76%
Emerald Airport 31.2 −2.8 35.5 10th 20.7 −1.7 18.5 3rd 104.2 63.9 high 163%
Rolleston Meteor St 32.1 −2.1 37.9 9th 19.8 −1.1 18.0 18th 72.8 90.6 normal 80%
Springsure Dame St 31.0 −1.6 35.7 10th 20.2 −0.4 18.1 3rd 56.6 108.0 normal 52%
Tambo Post Office 35.1 +1.2 39.4 10th 20.1 +0.1 13.4 12th 89.6 76.6 normal 117%
Taroom Post Office 33.9 +1.0 39.6 10th 20.3 −0.2 17.0 20th 14.5 86.8 low 17%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 33.5 −1.0 39.5 10th 22.0 −0.7 19.8 13th 52.5 77.3 normal 68%
Blackall Airport 35.2 40.7 10th 21.4 16.7 12th 66.6
Isisford Post Office 36.1 +0.2 41.0 10th 21.6 −0.8 16.9 12th 45.0 72.6 normal 62%
Longreach Aero 34.7 −1.2 39.1 10th 20.8 −1.9 18.1 12th 30.8 78.9 normal 39%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 37.4 +1.2 40.5 28th 22.9 −0.8 17.9 12th 3.6 90.9 very low 4%
The Monument Airport 37.2 40.2 28th 23.2 17.5 10th 0.6
Trepell Airport 38.2 40.6 28th 23.0 19.2 12th 0.6
Urandangi 37.9 +0.7 41.2 27th 22.3 −1.2 16.2 10th 0.0 64.4 lowest 0%
Winton Airport 35.0 39.6 10th 21.0 18.0 12th 38.2
Winton Post Office 35.8 −0.5 40.8 10th 21.9 −1.0 19.6 14th 52.4 86.5 normal 61%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 37.0 39.5 25th 24.2 22.0 10th 1.2 35.4 low 3%
Birdsville Airport 39.1 42.1 6th 25.2 19.4 12th 0.6
Boulia Airport 37.8 +0.3 40.8 27th 24.3 +0.4 20.0 12th 0.0 51.3 lowest 0%
Windorah Post Office 37.8 +1.2 40.8 26th 23.2 −0.3 17.5 12th 9.0 49.6 normal 18%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 32.3 −1.4 37.6 10th 20.6 −0.5 18.8 25th 84.7 111.7 normal 76%
Bundaberg Aero 29.7 −0.2 32.4 10th 21.1 −0.2 19.2 19th 97.0 152.5 normal 64%
Gayndah Airport 32.1 36.7 10th 19.7 17.6 5th 85.2
Gayndah Post Office 32.2 +0.2 36.1 10th 19.9 0 17.9 5th 103.1 105.9 normal 97%
Gladstone Airport 29.8 −0.8 31.6 27th 22.3 −0.8 19.2 12th 93.2 141.3 normal 66%
Gladstone Radar 30.7 −0.3 33.6 11th 21.7 −0.7 18.9 12th 107.2 135.2 normal 79%
Heron Island Res Stn 28.8 −0.7 31.4 10th 23.4 −0.8 21.1 9th 163.4 140.3 normal 116%
Lady Elliot Island 28.5 −0.7 30.0 28th 23.4 −0.6 21.5 2nd 135.0 167.7 normal 81%
Monto Township 30.3 −1.0 35.6 10th 18.6 −0.3 15.9 24th 98.8 110.9 normal 89%
Rockhampton Aero 30.3 −1.0 34.7 10th 21.7 −0.4 19.6 13th 112.8 137.3 normal 82%
Rundle Island 27.0 −1.5 29.2 10th 23.2 −1.6 20.7 12th
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 29.0 −0.3 31.7 10th 21.7 −0.7 19.6 15th 219.8 167.4 high 131%
Thangool Airport 32.0 −1.3 37.5 10th 19.2 −0.7 15.7 25th 65.9 94.7 normal 70%
Town of 1770 28.9 −0.3 30.5 12th 21.9 −0.8 19.5 13th 176.2 167.7 normal 105%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 30.8 +0.4 33.5 6th 18.8 −0.8 13.5 5th 93.8 121.0 normal 78%
Archerfield Airport 29.9 +0.3 32.1 10th 19.3 −0.7 15.6 19th 41.2 151.9 very low 27%
Beerburrum Forest Station 28.7 32.1 1st 19.2 16.9 6th 273.6 193.0 high 142%
Brian Pastures 31.8 0 36.8 10th 19.4 −0.9 17.0 17th 57.9 93.1 normal 62%
Brisbane 29.4 31.2 10th 20.8 18.4 19th 57.2
Brisbane Aero 28.2 −1.0 29.8 1st 20.7 −0.5 17.2 19th 116.6 111.0 normal 105%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.8 +1.0 29.1 27th 22.5 +0.5 19.5 13th 84.4 159.2 low 53%
Coolangatta 28.7 +0.7 30.9 10th 20.0 −0.9 17.4 19th 67.2 162.7 normal 41%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 28.7 +1.2 31.7 1st 22.8 +0.3 20.4 18th 56.4 166.4 low 34%
Gold Coast Seaway 29.5 +1.2 33.3 28th 21.5 −0.3 19.5 13th 188.8 170.9 normal 110%
Gympie 29.5 −0.9 32.3 12th 18.8 −0.9 14.7 6th 148.0 167.9 normal 88%
Hervey Bay Airport 30.6 33.3 11th 21.4 17.6 7th 69.0
Jimna Forestry 26.8 30.7 10th 17.0 13.4 6th 91.6
Kingaroy Airport 29.4 32.9 6th 17.4 14.0 6th 40.0
Logan City Water Treatment 28.5 −0.9 30.4 1st 19.7 −0.5 17.0 19th 116.4 126.0 normal 92%
Maleny Tamarind St 25.2 28.0 10th 17.8 15.6 19th 289.6 312.1 normal 93%
Maroochydore Aero 28.5 −0.1 30.6 1st 20.7 −0.5 16.7 6th 214.8 171.3 high 125%
Maryborough 30.0 −0.2 32.3 9th 20.5 −0.1 18.0 7th 152.4 174.1 normal 88%
Nambour DPI 28.2 −0.6 30.6 12th 19.3 −0.4 16.5 6th 300.8 259.2 high 116%
Point Lookout 29.4 +0.3 31.0 1st 22.2 −0.6 18.5 14th 135.3 131.8 normal 103%
Rainbow Beach 28.3 −0.5 30.5 1st 22.1 0 17.0 6th 160.6 205.8 normal 78%
Redcliffe 28.0 29.8 10th 21.9 19.4 14th 119.4
Tewantin RSL Park 27.7 −0.8 29.3 1st 21.2 −0.7 18.2 6th 234.4 222.1 high 106%
Toolara 30.1 −0.9 33.0 12th 20.0 −0.8 18.8 6th 157.4 203.2 normal 77%
University of Queensland Gatton 32.1 +1.4 35.0 6th 18.4 −0.6 13.8 19th 29.8 99.8 low 30%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 26.7 +1.5 31.5 6th 15.0 −0.1 11.8 3rd 71.0 84.1 normal 84%
Dalby Airport 32.8 +1.5 36.0 6th 18.0 −0.7 12.9 5th 14.4 80.8 very low 18%
Goondiwindi Airport 34.1 +1.3 38.4 6th 19.9 0 16.5 18th 29.4 78.2 very low 38%
Inglewood Forest 33.1 37.5 6th 17.6 14.6 19th 67.2
Oakey Aero 30.9 +0.9 34.5 10th 18.2 +0.6 14.6 19th 17.4 83.2 low 21%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 26.4 0 30.6 10th 15.7 +0.1 13.2 6th 64.1 85.7 normal 75%
Texas Post Office 33.4 +0.7 37.9 6th 18.7 +0.5 15.5 19th 76.4 76.7 normal 100%
Toowoomba Airport 27.6 0 31.5 6th 17.3 −0.4 15.2 5th 56.8 115.8 low 49%
Warwick 30.5 +0.7 34.8 6th 16.3 −0.8 13.6 19th 17.2 59.4 very low 29%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 32.9 0 37.2 10th 19.9 −0.3 17.0 5th 81.6
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 33.4 +1.3 39.7 10th 19.7 +0.6 17.0 19th 5.0 86.4 very low 6%
Mitchell Post Office 35.2 +2.3 39.6 10th 20.5 +1.0 16.5 12th 11.2 70.9 low 16%
St George Airport 34.6 +0.4 40.1 10th 22.5 +1.3 17.9 17th 25.6 42.7 normal 60%
Surat 34.1 +0.6 39.0 6th 21.5 +1.2 17.6 17th 33.0 72.6 normal 45%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 36.4 +2.1 41.2 7th 22.7 +1.8 18.1 13th 22.7 53.0 normal 43%
Charleville Aero 35.7 +1.8 39.1 10th 21.6 +0.2 17.0 12th 17.4 68.6 low 25%
Cunnamulla Post Office 37.3 +2.4 42.0 7th 22.3 +0.7 18.6 13th 5.0 49.8 low 10%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 37.8 41.5 6th 24.9 21.1 11th 0.0
Quilpie Airport 37.4 +1.8 40.7 7th 24.6 +1.3 21.5 12th 0.0 49.1 lowest 0%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 1 pm on Thursday 1 March 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.
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