Sunday, 1 April 2007 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC14R0

Queensland Monthly Climate Summary March 2007

Summary

Drier than average conditions persisted in the southeast of the state in March in the continued absence of significant rainfall producing systems in this region. Elsewhere in the state, rainfall totals were mixed. 

Rainfall

Drier than average rainfall was recorded over much of Central and Southeast Queensland, and in a few pockets in the far north. Parts of Cape York Peninsula, the Gulf and the far southwest received above average rainfall. Elsewhere March totals did not vary significantly from average. Refer to the maps of rainfall deciles and total rainfall.

The highest recorded rainfall for March in the state was 1000.0 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station.  Brisbane City reported 20.6 mm in March, which is only 15% of the longterm monthly average.

From the start of the tropical cyclone season in November to the end of March, rainfall totals were well below average over Southeast Queensland and parts of Central Queensland and the Maranoa. Above average rainfall was recorded in the southwest of the state during this period. This is usually the wettest time of the year in Queensland.  Refer to the maps of rainfall deciles for the five month period from November 2006 to March 2007.

Temperature

Daytime maximum temperatures were warmer than average over most of the state, with well above average temperatures over much of the southern and central interior. An average of over 3 degrees warmer than normal was recorded in many places. Temperatures were closer to average over Cape York Pensinsula and the Gulf Country, where some parts recorded cooler than average daytime temperatures. Refer to the map of maximum temperature anomalies

The hottest day was 44.6°C at Birdsville Airport on the 4th.  The coldest day was 19.5°C at Applethorpe on the 13th. 

Overnight minimum temperatures were warmer than average in most areas, especially in the west where temperatures were typically 2 to 3 degrees warmer than usual. Some parts of Cape York Peninsula, however, recorded slightly cooler than average minimum temperatures for the month. Refer to the map of minimum temperature anomalies.

The coldest night was 5.0°C at Dalby on the 31st.  The warmest night was 31.1°C at Quilpie on the 5th. 

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
44.6°C at Birdsville Airport on the 4th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
38.0°C at Windorah Post Office
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
26.1°C at Applethorpe
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
19.5°C at Applethorpe on the 13th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
5.0°C at Dalby Airport on the 31st
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
13.7°C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
26.0°C at Flinders Reef
26.0°C at Willis Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
31.1°C at Quilpie Airport on the 5th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
1000.0 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station

Records

Record highest March mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for March 2007 (°C)
Previous highest
for March
Normal for
March
Years of
record
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.7 27.3 in 2003 26.0 93
Gladstone Radar 32.9 32.4 in 2001 30.2 50
Brian Pastures 33.7 33.1 in 1998 30.8 37
Monto Township 32.7 31.3 in 1987 29.9 34



Record highest March temperature
Highest temperature
in March 2007 (°C)
Previous highest
for March
Normal for
March
Years of
record
Cunnamulla Post Office 43.3 on the 4th 42.0 on the 9th in 2004 32.4 50
Gladstone Radar 42.0 on the 12th 37.0 on the 1st in 1993 30.2 50
Taroom Post Office 42.0 on the 12th 41.8 on the 13th in 1973 31.7 50
St Lawrence Post Office 39.3 on the 12th 38.4 on the 7th in 1990 30.9 49
Clermont Sirius St 41.0 on the 12th 40.7 on the 9th in 1995 32.0 46
Gympie 38.1 on the 11th 37.6 on the 30th in 1980 29.4 42
Springsure Dame St 40.2 on the 12th 39.6 on the 15th in 1998 31.7 42
Injune Post Office 40.1 on the 12th 39.2 on the 15th in 1998 30.9 40
Brian Pastures 42.5 on the 12th 39.3 on the 3rd in 1985 30.8 38
Mitchell Post Office 39.9 on the 12th 39.6 on the 3rd in 1985 31.0 38
Monto Township 40.0 on the 12th 37.8 on the 2nd in 1962 29.9 34
Oakey Aero 38.0 on the 12th 37.7 on the 15th in 1998 28.7 34
Archerfield Airport 38.7 on the 11th 36.2 on the 27th in 1991 28.6 32




Record highest March mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for March 2007 (°C)
Previous highest
for March
Normal for
March
Years of
record
Surat 20.2 20.1 in 1969 17.8 62
Mackay M.O 23.4 23.2 in 1995 22.2 47




Record highest March daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in March 2007 (°C)
Previous highest
for March
Normal for
March
Years of
record
Rockhampton Aero 27.1 on the 13th 26.9 on the 10th in 1995 20.8 68
Quilpie Airport 31.1 on the 5th 29.4 on the 16th in 1968 20.6 51
St Lawrence Post Office 27.5 on the 13th 27.1 on the 10th in 1995 21.1 48
Baralaba Post Office 27.4 on the 13th 27.0 on the 10th in 1995 19.3 38
Monto Township 24.6 on the 13th 23.6 on the 12th in 1988 17.2 34
Heron Island Res Stn 27.0 on the 13th 26.7 on the 6th in 1999 23.6 28



Summaries

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

Summary statistics for March 2007
Maximum temperatures
for March
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for March
(°C)
Rainfall
for March
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2007
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
March
2007
Mean for
March
2007
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
March
2007
Total for
March
2007
Normal
for
March
Rank of
March
2007
Fraction of
March
normal
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.0 +0.5 33.8 31st 25.7 −0.1 23.8 31st 286.2 314.4 normal 91%
Coen Airport 31.9 34.2 13th 23.4 21.0 31st 297.4
Horn Island 30.8 +0.5 32.2 24th 25.0 0 23.8 1st 459.4 372.7 high 123%
Weipa Aero 32.1 +0.3 33.7 12th 23.9 +0.1 22.3 28th 297.4 432.6 low 69%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 31.1 +0.5 34.3 13th 23.3 −0.1 20.2 31st 719.0 454.1 high 158%
Musgrave 32.8 +0.6 35.5 12th 22.8 +0.4 20.5 27th 403.5 241.7 high 167%
Palmerville 32.6 +0.2 34.9 6th 22.2 +0.4 19.6 19th 324.4 180.5 high 180%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 33.1 36.6 6th 24.4 22.4 10th 98.6
Burketown Post Office 32.8 −0.7 36.7 6th 24.8 +1.2 23.0 30th 135.4 154.5 normal 88%
Century Mine 37.0 41.3 6th 24.4 21.1 20th 17.2
Cloncurry Airport 37.0 +1.2 40.7 1st 24.1 +1.7 19.8 31st 49.4 85.4 normal 58%
Croydon Township 34.1 −0.3 36.5 1st 24.0 +0.7 22.0 17th 147.2 116.1 normal 127%
Julia Creek Airport 37.4 41.0 2nd 22.8 18.3 18th 51.2
Kowanyama Airport 32.3 −0.5 34.0 5th 24.2 +0.5 21.5 31st 309.4 234.0 high 132%
Mornington Island 32.1 +0.1 34.4 1st 25.1 +0.5 23.2 18th 345.8 256.9 high 135%
Mount Isa Aero 36.2 +1.9 40.1 2nd 22.8 +1.0 17.2 31st 68.4 65.5 normal 104%
Normanton Airport 33.3 35.9 1st 24.5 22.2 10th 92.6
Sweers Island 32.1 34.0 13th 25.9 23.2 8th 412.0 209.7 high 196%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 34.2 37.2 13th 21.9 18.4 26th 63.8
Georgetown Post Office 35.5 +2.2 38.6 13th 22.3 +0.9 19.0 23rd 71.8 124.9 normal 57%
Hughenden Airport 35.7 39.3 2nd 22.9 19.1 19th 25.6
Richmond Airport 37.4 +1.3 40.9 2nd 22.4 +1.1 18.4 18th 40.6 57.0 normal 71%
Richmond Post Office 36.7 +1.8 40.7 2nd 22.6 +2.0 18.1 18th 48.8 61.1 normal 80%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Atherton Shire Council 27.4 +0.9 32.0 12th 18.9 +0.7 11.8 30th 82.6 222.5 low 37%
Cairns Aero 31.3 +0.8 35.5 13th 23.4 +0.4 18.8 30th 218.8 419.6 low 52%
Cape Flattery 30.9 34.1 13th 24.3 19.7 31st 256.4
Cooktown Airport 30.7 36.1 13th 23.5 19.3 31st 216.0
Green Island 29.5 +0.2 33.0 13th 25.2 +0.5 23.2 16th
Kairi Research Station 31.1 12th 19.0 +0.6 12.9 30th 79.0 255.2 low 31%
Low Isles Lighthouse 31.2 +0.4 35.1 13th 25.3 +0.2 23.5 18th 139.6 433.7 low 32%
Mareeba Airport 30.4 34.3 13th 20.5 15.7 30th 41.2
Walkamin DPI 28.9 +0.9 33.1 13th 19.7 +0.2 14.9 30th 50.8 211.3 low 24%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 30.8 +0.1 33.9 12th 23.1 +1.3 19.6 30th 250.8 400.5 normal 63%
Ingham Composite 31.7 +1.0 37.5 12th 22.8 +0.6 19.9 30th 248.7 373.8 normal 67%
Innisfail 30.5 +0.7 33.1 12th 23.4 +1.3 20.5 30th 359.5 661.5 low 54%
Lucinda Point 29.5 −0.3 31.4 10th 25.0 +0.3 23.0 23rd 69.6 156.1 low 45%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 30.5 +0.7 35.0 12th 22.8 +0.8 19.0 30th 434.4 615.4 normal 71%
Townsville Aero 31.6 +0.9 34.6 12th 23.8 +0.9 21.1 19th 78.2 183.5 normal 43%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.5 −0.4 32.9 12th 23.1 +0.2 19.2 29th 72.2 75.9 normal 95%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 32.0 +1.1 36.4 12th 22.1 +0.7 18.6 29th 75.4 150.5 normal 50%
Bowen Airport 31.5 +0.6 34.0 12th 23.3 +0.5 17.5 29th 31.2 78.7 normal 40%
Collinsville Post Office 33.4 +1.4 38.5 13th 20.2 +0.2 15.0 30th 7.6 94.4 very low 8%
Mackay Aero 30.2 +1.0 33.5 11th 22.6 +0.7 17.3 29th 161.2 205.2 normal 79%
Mackay M.O 29.4 +0.8 34.4 12th 23.4 +1.1 18.7 29th 127.0 254.6 low 50%
Samuel Hill Aero 29.9 36.4 12th 21.3 14.5 29th 93.2
St Lawrence 31.8 38.8 12th 22.1 17.2 29th 45.4
St Lawrence Post Office 32.0 +1.2 39.3 12th 22.3 +1.2 17.6 29th 37.3 133.2 low 28%
Williamson 32.0 39.6 12th 21.9 14.3 29th 24.8
Woolshed 28.2 33.0 12th 20.0 16.2 25th 102.2
Yeppoon The Esplanade 29.2 +0.6 39.1 12th 23.2 +0.8 19.0 28th 89.0 74.0 high 120%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 32.5 +0.1 37.5 12th 21.5 +0.6 18.5 24th 45.2 58.2 normal 78%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 33.0 +0.6 38.6 12th 21.0 +0.8 17.0 29th 57.3 49.9 high 115%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Water Treatment Plant 35.0 +2.3 41.5 13th 22.4 +1.5 19.5 28th 41.0 31.3 normal 131%
Clermont Sirius St 34.9 +2.9 41.0 12th 20.9 +1.5 17.2 18th 3.8 74.7 very low 5%
Emerald Airport 34.9 +1.7 40.8 12th 21.1 +0.6 16.9 29th 5.0 41.2 low 12%
Rolleston Meteor St 35.2 +2.2 40.8 12th 20.4 +2.1 13.1 31st 50.4 61.8 normal 82%
Springsure Dame St 33.8 +2.1 40.2 12th 20.6 +1.8 17.1 16th 43.8 68.8 normal 64%
Tambo Post Office 35.0 +2.6 39.5 4th 20.5 +2.9 11.2 31st 36.2 57.5 normal 63%
Taroom Post Office 34.6 +3.0 42.0 12th 19.8 +1.7 12.9 31st 39.6 62.5 normal 63%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 35.4 +2.2 39.3 13th 23.3 +2.4 19.4 9th 55.5 60.1 normal 92%
Blackall Airport 35.4 40.0 4th 22.3 15.4 31st 39.8
Isisford Post Office 36.4 +2.1 41.7 12th 23.0 +2.7 17.0 31st 61.0 59.9 normal 102%
Longreach Aero 36.7 +2.0 40.3 4th 22.6 +2.2 18.7 17th 40.0 56.5 normal 71%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 36.9 +1.7 41.5 1st 24.0 +2.3 15.6 31st 61.0 55.2 normal 111%
The Monument Airport 37.1 42.1 2nd 24.0 14.2 31st 39.2
Trepell Airport 37.3 41.8 5th 23.9 15.2 31st 39.2
Urandangi 37.0 +1.2 42.1 3rd 23.9 +2.8 13.8 31st 32.6 42.2 normal 77%
Winton Airport 37.3 41.3 2nd 23.0 18.3 18th 67.4
Winton Post Office 37.6 +2.5 41.5 2nd 23.8 +2.8 19.8 18th 42.2 53.5 normal 79%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 36.3 44.3 4th 21.4 11.7 31st 13.1 17.9 normal 73%
Birdsville Airport 36.5 44.6 4th 22.1 11.8 31st 1.2
Boulia Airport 37.8 +2.4 42.6 3rd 24.6 +2.9 14.9 31st 4.9 36.0 normal 14%
Windorah Post Office 38.0 +3.4 43.0 4th 23.4 +2.3 15.5 31st 6.6 38.8 normal 17%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 35.1 +2.4 42.3 12th 20.7 +1.4 15.8 31st 20.5 73.8 low 28%
Bundaberg Aero 30.7 +1.7 35.7 12th 21.0 +1.2 16.9 29th 80.4 102.7 normal 78%
Gayndah Airport 33.4 40.1 12th 19.3 13.8 29th 24.8
Gayndah Post Office 33.5 +2.6 40.4 12th 19.6 +1.5 14.5 29th 35.4 73.9 low 48%
Gladstone Airport 31.3 +1.5 41.0 12th 22.5 +0.9 18.3 29th 21.4 46.2 normal 46%
Gladstone Radar 32.9 +2.6 42.0 12th 22.5 +1.0 19.2 29th 17.2 83.4 low 21%
Heron Island Res Stn 30.2 +1.4 32.2 8th 24.7 +1.1 23.0 27th 12.8 109.0 very low 12%
Lady Elliot Island 29.4 +1.2 30.6 11th 24.4 +1.0 22.5 10th 10.8 127.6 very low 8%
Monto Township 32.7 +2.8 40.0 12th 18.5 +1.4 11.3 28th 19.0 76.8 low 25%
Rockhampton Aero 32.2 +1.7 41.7 12th 22.0 +1.2 16.9 28th 53.2 97.2 normal 55%
Rundle Island 27.4 −0.1 28.9 10th 24.3 +0.4 21.8 28th
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 29.4 +0.9 30.8 12th 22.6 +1.0 20.2 10th 76.8 154.5 low 50%
Thangool Airport 34.8 +2.3 41.6 12th 18.3 +0.7 11.3 29th 24.2 60.4 normal 40%
Town of 1770 29.4 +1.2 31.7 12th 22.5 +1.1 19.4 27th 37.8 118.9 low 32%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 31.8 +2.4 38.9 11th 18.2 +0.4 12.3 29th 23.6 82.8 low 29%
Archerfield Airport 31.2 +2.6 38.7 11th 19.1 +0.9 13.6 29th 16.8 126.3 very low 13%
Beerburrum Forest Station 29.8 36.0 11th 18.9 13.8 29th 129.2 171.1 normal 76%
Brian Pastures 33.7 +2.8 42.5 12th 19.6 +1.1 13.8 29th 26.2 64.4 low 41%
Brisbane* 30.8 +2.8 37.9 11th 20.6 +1.2 16.5 29th 20.6 140.7 very low 15%
Brisbane Aero 29.1 +1.1 34.2 30th 20.3 +0.9 15.2 27th 25.2 80.5 very low 31%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.7 +1.7 29.8 12th 22.5 +1.4 18.3 28th 33.2 181.6 very low 18%
Coolangatta 28.4 +1.5 32.1 12th 20.0 +0.4 14.3 29th 135.2 180.6 normal 75%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 28.7 +2.0 33.5 11th 22.8 +1.0 18.7 28th 47.2 165.5 very low 29%
Gold Coast Seaway 29.2 +1.8 33.3 17th 20.9 +0.3 16.7 29th 88.4 93.0 normal 95%
Gympie 30.3 +0.9 38.1 11th 18.3 +0.3 12.3 29th 47.6 142.8 low 33%
Hervey Bay Airport 30.9 33.7 13th 21.1 16.4 29th 50.2
Hinze Dam 28.8 +1.0 35.0 12th 19.6 +0.4 15.9 29th 94.4 146.4 normal 64%
Jimna Forestry 28.0 34.7 11th 16.4 10.6 29th 48.8
Kingaroy Airport 30.5 37.4 12th 16.4 10.4 29th 45.8
Logan City Water Treatment 29.6 +1.2 35.0 12th 19.9 +1.2 15.5 29th 56.1 120.0 low 47%
Maleny Tamarind St 26.7 34.6 11th 17.8 13.0 27th 144.4 287.4 normal 50%
Maroochydore Aero 28.5 +0.9 32.7 11th 20.5 +0.8 14.5 29th 114.6 115.0 normal 100%
Maryborough 30.4 +1.2 35.3 11th 20.4 +1.1 15.9 29th 83.2 156.3 normal 53%
Nambour DPI 29.0 +1.1 34.7 11th 19.2 +1.0 13.2 29th 101.6 226.2 low 45%
Point Lookout 28.9 +0.7 31.8 3rd 22.2 +0.2 18.9 18th 113.0 118.3 normal 96%
Rainbow Beach 28.6 +0.8 35.0 11th 21.9 +1.6 17.2 16th 72.0 116.6 normal 62%
Redcliffe 28.7 32.4 30th 21.2 16.7 29th 86.8
Tewantin RSL Park 28.2 +0.8 35.1 11th 21.1 +0.5 16.0 29th 93.0 163.0 low 57%
Toolara 31.0 +1.1 36.6 11th 20.0 +0.3 16.8 28th 46.6 88.6 low 53%
University of Queensland Gatton 32.4 +2.9 38.9 11th 17.7 +0.4 11.1 27th 47.0 78.4 normal 60%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 26.1 +2.1 31.4 12th 13.7 +0.5 5.2 31st 68.4 68.7 normal 100%
Dalby Airport 33.1 +2.8 39.7 12th 16.6 +0.3 5.0 31st 16.8 39.9 normal 42%
Goondiwindi Airport 33.7 +2.5 39.9 12th 18.9 +1.7 10.4 31st 21.0 52.0 normal 40%
Inglewood Forest 32.9 39.0 12th 17.4 8.9 31st 4.6
Oakey Aero 31.6 +2.9 38.0 12th 17.1 +1.4 7.3 31st 22.2 44.6 normal 50%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 26.8 +1.9 31.9 12th 14.1 +0.3 5.8 31st 73.4 66.0 normal 111%
Texas Post Office 32.7 +1.4 37.3 12th 17.6 +1.9 9.5 31st 62.4 56.1 normal 111%
Toowoomba Airport 29.0 +2.7 36.1 12th 16.8 +0.6 11.2 31st 5.4 57.0 low 9%
Warwick 30.1 +2.4 35.9 12th 15.4 +0.5 8.6 29th 32.4 54.7 normal 59%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 32.8 +1.3 38.0 12th 18.8 +0.9 11.4 31st 47.4
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 33.4 +2.5 40.1 12th 19.1 +2.7 8.7 31st 3.6 61.6 very low 6%
Mitchell Post Office 34.9 +4.0 39.9 12th 19.7 +3.0 10.5 31st 1.8 60.5 very low 3%
Roma Airport 33.7 +2.3 40.0 12th 20.2 +2.9 10.2 31st 31.4 45.7 normal 69%
St George Airport 34.3 +2.1 40.1 3rd 20.8 +2.2 10.2 31st 30.8 41.1 normal 75%
Surat 34.0 +2.2 39.6 11th 20.2 +2.4 13.3 31st 25.6 57.8 normal 44%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 35.1 +3.1 41.5 3rd 21.4 +3.2 10.2 31st 60.9 48.6 high 125%
Charleville Aero 35.1 +3.0 39.8 4th 21.6 +2.9 16.8 26th 39.4 55.4 normal 71%
Cunnamulla Post Office 35.1 +2.8 43.3 4th 18.9 +0.1 9.5 31st 52.2 39.9 high 131%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 35.7 43.9 4th 22.9 12.3 31st 38.6
Quilpie Airport 36.2 +2.7 42.8 4th 22.8 +2.3 13.3 31st 50.8 39.3 high 129%
Thargomindah Airport 34.7 43.8 4th 22.6 12.5 31st 74.4

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 12 pm on Sunday 1 April 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 nearby suitable site may be included to calculate statistics  (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