Monday, 3 September 2007 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC14R0

August in Queensland 2007

Summary

Flash flooding in Tewantin and Noosaville along with record monthly rainfall in the Southeast Coast and Wide Bay districts still leaves the south of the state with less than average rainfall for the year to date.


Rainfall

Much needed rain fell in the Southeast during August.  However, some very high daily totals concentrated over the Noosa, Maroochy and upper Mary catchments resulted in flash flooding at Tewantin and Noosaville on the 24th.  

A complex low-pressure system located east of Fraser Island and a large high east of Tasmania on the 23rd brought strong to gale force winds, dangerous surf and torrential rainfall to the Southeast Coast and Wide Bay districts.  As a result of the east coast low, some of these daily totals exceeded the long term average monthly rainfall in these regions.

The highest monthly total was 1153 mm at Coops Corner, followed by 1019 mm at Mt Bilewilam.

The wettest single day was the 24th with 714 mm at Coops Corner, 713 mm at Rainbow Beach and 689 mm at Mt Bilewilam.

Below is a listing of new highest total August rainfall records.

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

Brisbane's total monthly rainfall for August was 91.2 mm (average 45.9 mm), with the highest daily total of 35.8 mm at 9am on the 24th.

Temperature

Both minimum and maximum temperatures were close to average for the month of August.

The hottest day was 37.1°C at Scherger RAAF on the 23rd, and the coldest day was 9.9°C at Applethorpe on the 19th.

See a map of mean maximum temperatures. See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.

The coldest night was −4.6°C at Stanthorpe on the 7th,  while the warmest night was 25.1°C at both Coconut and Horn Islands on the 16th.

See a map of mean minimum temperatures. See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

Brisbane had an average maximum temperature of 23.1°C, and an average minimum temperature of 11.4°C.  The hottest day was 28.8°C and the coolest night was 5.4°C.

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
37.1°C at Scherger RAAF on the 23rd
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
32.4°C at Kowanyama Airport
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
16.9°C at Applethorpe
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
9.9°C at Applethorpe on the 19th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−4.6°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 7th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
3.6°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
23.6°C at Coconut Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
25.1°C at Coconut Island on the 16th
25.1°C at Horn Island on the 16th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
1153.0 mm at Coops Corner TM
1019.0 mm at Mt Bilewilam Alert
942.4 mm at Rainbow Beach
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
714.0 mm at Coops Corner TM on the 24th
713.0 mm at Rainbow Beach on the 24th
689.0 mm at Mt Bilewilam Alert on the 24th

Records


Record highest total August rainfall
Total rainfall
for August 2007 (mm)
Previous highest
for August
Years of
record
Normal for
August
Mt Perry The Pines 125.0 116.2 in 1953 119 30.6
Cooroy Composite 567.9 167.0 in 1893 115 52.2
Double Island Point Lighthouse 405.8 250.2 in 1988 114 64.3
Biggenden Post Office 101.8 100.4 in 1971 108 28.7
Kenilworth Township 180.5 136.2 in 1969 105 42.0
Tewantin RSL Park* 669.2 174.1 in 1963 101 53.3
Eumundi - Crescent Rd 572.0 186.7 in 1978 101 58.5
Mount Joseph 112.4 100.8 in 1971 96 30.3
Goomboorian Webster Rd 404.0 136.0 in 1989 94 41.3
Maleny Tamarind St 533.6 246.2 in 1953 92 64.3
Imbil Post Office 195.8 148.4 in 2002 90 39.3
Peachester Woodford Rd 298.1 147.6 in 1966 90 53.9
Kandanga Post Office 236.4 147.0 in 2002 89 38.8
Lindfield 211.8 118.4 in 1969 85 36.4
Palmwoods Hobson Street 375.4 142.0 in 2002 77 56.0
Amberley AMO 95.2 92.5 in 1966 66 29.1
Brooweena Lahey St 160.2 96.4 in 1989 63 34.7
Beerburrum Forest Station 245.0 135.9 in 1969 60 46.5
Nambour DPI 381.6 150.6 in 2002 54 59.5
The Head 111.4 109.7 in 1969 49 45.7
Miami Bardon Ave 195.4 195.0 in 1987 40 53.9

* Long term records calculated from Tewantin Post Office (now closed)



Summaries

In this table, key sites have been highlighted to make them easier to find. This table is very wide and may not fit if printed.

Summary statistics for August 2007
Maximum temperatures
for August
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for August
(°C)
Rainfall
for August
(millimetres)
Mean for
August
2007
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
August
2007
Mean for
August
2007
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
August
2007
Total for
August
2007
Normal
for
August
Rank of
August
2007
Fraction of
August
normal
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 30.0 +0.9 31.7 26th 23.6 +0.3 22.1 2nd 15.0 5.5 very high 273%
Coen Airport 29.7 32.0 13th 18.4 12.3 7th 0.2
Horn Island 29.3 +0.6 30.5 15th 23.3 +0.7 22.0 2nd 11.4 5.5 high 207%
Scherger RAAF 31.7 37.1 23rd 19.9 15.3 2nd 12.0
Weipa Aero 31.7 −0.2 33.4 26th 20.1 +1.7 15.2 2nd 3.0 7.3 high 41%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 27.3 −0.3 29.1 11th 20.8 +1.7 14.6 3rd 38.6 29.2 high 132%
Musgrave 31.0 +0.3 33.4 31st 15.6 +1.8 8.7 7th 3.6 2.9 high 124%
Palmerville 31.2 0 33.3 31st 16.1 +1.6 7.1 7th 2.4 3.5 high 69%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 30.3 35.5 13th 15.5 9.7 7th 3.0
Burketown Post Office 29.6 +0.2 34.5 13th 16.3 +1.8 10.4 7th 3.4 0.8 very high 425%
Century Mine 30.3 34.5 11th 14.5 6.7 8th 3.8
Cloncurry Airport 27.6 −1.1 31.4 15th 12.1 +0.2 6.9 6th 2.6 2.4 high 108%
Croydon Township 30.4 −0.8 33.8 13th 17.2 +1.5 10.8 1st 0.6 2.7 high 22%
Julia Creek Airport 28.1 31.9 13th 10.5 3.8 6th 0.4
Kowanyama Airport 32.4 +0.4 34.8 16th 17.6 +1.5 11.5 1st 1.0 2.5 high 40%
Mornington Island 28.1 +0.4 31.4 13th 17.4 +0.1 10.9 8th 0.4 0.8 normal 50%
Mount Isa Aero 26.6 −0.7 31.2 15th 10.5 +0.2 3.4 7th 4.0 4.1 normal 98%
Normanton Airport 31.4 34.9 14th 17.9 11.5 7th 1.2
Sweers Island 26.9 29.7 14th 18.4 13.4 8th 3.9 2.7 high 144%
Toorak Research Station 27.6 −1.0 31.5 15th 10.7 +0.9 3.5 7th 1.9 4.0 normal 48%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 29.7 33.4 13th 15.6 3.3 7th 0.0
Georgetown Post Office 30.9 +0.9 34.5 13th 15.4 +2.3 3.5 7th 0.0 4.3 lowest 0%
Hughenden Airport 26.9 31.5 13th 12.2 3.4 7th 3.2
Richmond Airport 28.0 −0.8 32.1 13th 10.5 +0.4 1.9 7th 1.2 7.2 normal 17%
Richmond Post Office 27.2 −1.3 31.9 14th 11.4 +1.4 3.7 6th 2.1 4.3 high 49%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Atherton Shire Council 22.6 +0.3 28.9 26th 13.3 +2.4 6.7 7th 21.5 36.7 normal 59%
Cairns Aero 27.1 +0.6 28.7 13th 18.3 +1.0 13.4 7th 12.2 27.7 normal 44%
Cape Flattery 26.9 28.2 31st 20.9 18.1 4th 9.8
Cooktown Airport 26.8 28.5 14th 20.0 14.7 26th 14.4
Green Island 24.0 −0.8 25.7 31st 20.8 +0.6 19.2 10th
Kairi Research Station 22.1 −0.4 27.0 24th 12.9 +1.4 4.2 7th 18.1 24.5 normal 74%
Low Isles Lighthouse 26.5 −0.1 28.9 28th 21.0 +0.3 19.2 7th 7.6 37.1 low 20%
Mareeba Airport 25.8 29.4 24th 14.8 7.2 7th 4.0
Walkamin DPI 24.2 −0.5 29.0 24th 14.4 +1.1 8.4 7th 5.2 11.8 normal 44%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 24.9 −1.0 27.2 26th 16.4 +2.1 8.1 7th 17.0 30.0 normal 57%
Ingham Composite 26.0 −0.1 29.6 4th 15.5 +1.2 9.0 7th 17.9 40.7 normal 44%
Innisfail 25.3 +0.2 27.2 4th 17.7 +2.4 11.5 7th 81.4 119.0 normal 68%
Lucinda Point 22.9 −1.3 25.0 3rd 18.9 0 13.7 7th 17.4 28.9 normal 60%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 25.2 +0.1 28.0 4th 16.8 +1.4 10.0 7th 74.4 90.1 normal 83%
Townsville Aero 26.5 +0.5 28.7 24th 15.9 +1.3 7.4 7th 4.2 16.3 normal 26%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 24.8 −0.3 27.9 24th 16.3 +1.0 8.6 6th 5.6 14.0 normal 40%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 26.5 +0.3 29.3 4th 14.1 +1.4 5.0 6th 3.8 15.8 normal 24%
Bowen Airport 25.3 −0.1 28.3 4th 15.5 +1.0 6.3 7th 5.4 25.8 normal 21%
Collinsville Post Office 25.9 −0.9 28.6 12th 11.5 +0.8 3.5 7th 3.4 17.6 normal 19%
Hamilton Island Airport 22.1 23.6 30th 18.4 16.3 22nd 18.2
Mackay Aero 24.1 +0.7 26.0 25th 13.0 +1.3 3.6 6th 3.2 37.3 very low 9%
Mackay M.O 22.3 −0.2 24.3 3rd 15.0 +1.0 7.5 7th 3.4 31.5 low 11%
Proserpine Airport 25.2 −0.4 30.7 4th 13.1 +1.3 3.8 6th 7.0 28.8 normal 24%
Samuel Hill Aero 23.4 26.4 11th 10.9 2.4 6th 21.6
St Lawrence 24.5 26.9 4th 12.7 5.1 6th 16.8
St Lawrence Post Office 24.9 −0.1 27.3 26th 13.4 +1.7 6.7 6th 15.8 23.1 normal 68%
Te Kowai Exp Stn 24.5 0 26.0 26th 9.0 21st 2.0 29.7 low 7%
Williamson 24.9 27.0 4th 12.1 4.5 7th 9.2
Woolshed 22.7 25.5 4th 11.9 1.8 7th 7.8
Yeppoon The Esplanade 22.3 +0.3 24.4 3rd 13.8 +0.9 6.1 6th 22.0 43.4 normal 51%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 25.6 −1.0 28.0 12th 13.2 +0.7 5.1 7th 1.9 18.2 normal 10%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 24.8 −0.6 28.6 13th 11.8 +0.9 6.9 6th 12.8 23.7 normal 54%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Water Treatment Plant 24.6 −0.4 27.9 13th 12.0 +1.3 5.4 6th 13.9 29.8 normal 47%
Brigalow Research Stn 24.0 +0.3 28.5 13th 9.1 +1.6 0.9 5th 5.4 27.4 low 20%
Clermont Sirius St 25.0 −0.3 29.4 13th 10.1 +1.8 3.4 7th 13.0 19.2 normal 68%
Emerald Airport 24.6 −0.6 28.2 12th 11.2 +1.1 6.6 6th 20.6 19.2 normal 107%
Rolleston Warrijo St 24.1 −0.7 28.6 13th 8.8 +2.2 1.3 6th 17.8 23.5 normal 76%
Springsure Dame St 23.8 −0.1 28.0 13th 10.6 +3.1 2.7 6th 19.6 24.3 normal 81%
Tambo Post Office 23.4 0 28.7 12th 8.0 +3.0 0.1 6th 42.6 19.1 very high 223%
Taroom Post Office 23.5 +0.6 28.2 13th 9.1 +2.7 −0.1 7th 47.6 28.2 high 169%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 24.7 −0.2 29.9 13th 12.0 +2.7 5.8 5th 17.2 16.1 normal 107%
Blackall Airport 23.9 29.5 12th 10.2 1.8 6th 53.4
Isisford Post Office 25.9 +0.8 30.4 13th 10.5 +2.5 4.0 6th 10.5 12.4 normal 85%
Longreach Aero 25.9 +0.1 30.8 16th 10.8 +2.3 3.9 5th 17.2 11.8 high 146%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 27.6 −0.7 32.0 28th 10.8 0 3.4 6th 7.8 2.9 high 269%
The Monument Airport 26.1 30.1 28th 10.1 3.7 6th 0.0
Trepell Airport 26.2 30.9 15th 11.1 5.6 5th 0.6
Urandangi 27.1 +0.4 32.2 28th 10.2 +1.4 3.4 7th 0.2 4.5 normal 4%
Winton Airport 26.6 31.2 13th 11.0 4.2 7th 7.0
Winton Post Office 26.3 −0.6 30.9 13th 12.1 +2.8 6.3 7th 8.4 6.6 high 127%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 26.1 +0.3 32.0 28th 8.4 −1.0 4.3 5th 0.0 7.1 lowest 0%
Birdsville Airport 26.1 33.2 2nd 9.2 3.0 19th 0.0
Boulia Airport 26.6 +0.9 31.2 1st 11.7 +2.4 6.9 6th 0.0 6.4 lowest 0%
Windorah Post Office 26.0 +2.0 31.3 2nd 10.1 +2.1 4.6 5th 0.6 9.9 normal 6%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 25.1 −0.1 28.7 13th 10.6 +1.9 3.4 6th 24.6 21.6 normal 114%
Bundaberg Aero 24.1 +0.9 28.4 11th 12.7 +1.8 8.4 7th 54.8 34.5 high 159%
Gayndah Airport 24.1 28.0 13th 9.5 1.0 5th 36.8
Gayndah Post Office 24.7 +0.9 28.7 13th 9.7 +2.9 1.4 5th 39.4 29.2 high 135%
Gladstone Airport 24.1 +0.4 26.7 3rd 13.6 +0.9 8.0 6th 35.6 39.8 normal 89%
Gladstone Radar 25.0 +1.0 28.6 11th 15.3 +1.0 11.2 21st 31.6 33.0 normal 96%
Lady Elliot Island 22.9 +1.1 24.8 18th 17.6 +0.4 10.9 6th 37.0 59.3 normal 62%
Monto Township 23.1 +0.3 27.8 13th 8.4 +1.9 0.3 5th 69.2 25.2 very high 275%
Rockhampton Aero 25.0 +0.3 28.1 11th 12.7 +2.1 5.1 6th 26.6 28.0 normal 95%
Rundle Island 21.0 −0.1 23.6 10th 16.9 0 13.7 21st
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 23.5 +1.3 25.6 31st 16.3 +1.3 11.4 6th 56.8 64.4 normal 88%
Thangool Airport 24.5 −0.4 29.1 12th 8.3 +1.9 0.4 6th 26.6 23.2 normal 115%
Town of 1770 23.1 +1.2 25.0 4th 15.0 +0.5 10.2 6th 41.0 47.7 normal 86%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 23.7 +1.1 29.5 11th 8.2 +1.9 −1.7 5th 95.2 29.1 highest 327%
Archerfield Airport 23.5 +1.1 28.8 11th 9.6 +1.7 2.9 11th 105.8 38.1 very high 278%
Beerburrum Forest Station 23.2 28.7 11th 10.7 4.5 7th 245.0 46.5 highest 527%
Brian Pastures 24.3 +0.5 28.1 11th 9.9 +1.8 2.0 6th 34.6 27.4 high 126%
Brisbane 23.1 28.8 11th 11.4 5.4 6th 91.2
Brisbane Aero 22.3 +0.6 27.7 10th 10.6 +1.0 3.9 5th 110.0 42.6 high 258%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 20.7 +1.1 23.7 31st 15.8 +1.9 10.9 5th 53.6 78.2 normal 69%
Coolangatta 22.3 +1.2 28.3 10th 10.8 +0.2 2.6 6th 188.4 56.3 very high 335%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 21.8 +1.2 25.8 11th 15.9 +1.3 12.2 21st 405.8 64.3 highest 631%
Gold Coast Seaway 23.1 +1.6 28.5 10th 12.5 −0.1 5.1 6th 169.2 68.7 high 246%
Gympie 23.6 +0.3 29.0 11th 8.0 +1.0 1.0 7th 224.4 40.7 very high 551%
Hervey Bay Airport 23.2 27.3 18th 11.5 5.3 6th 272.2
Hinze Dam 23.0 +1.0 27.7 11th 10.9 +0.2 6.3 6th 123.2 44.2 very high 279%
Jimna Forestry 20.1 25.2 13th 7.1 −0.2 7th 167.8
Kingaroy Airport 21.4 26.7 13th 6.6 −1.8 7th 36.0
Logan City Water Treatment 23.0 +0.6 28.2 11th 9.3 +0.1 3.1 6th 115.1 48.3 high 238%
Maleny Tamarind St 20.4 26.0 11th 10.8 5.0 5th 533.6 64.3 highest 830%
Maroochydore Aero 22.4 +0.7 28.1 11th 10.8 +0.7 4.1 6th 427.4 89.4 very high 478%
Maryborough 23.9 +0.6 28.7 11th 11.0 +1.7 2.7 6th 205.8 40.8 very high 504%
Nambour DPI 23.0 +0.5 28.9 11th 10.3 +2.4 3.9 7th 381.6 59.5 highest 641%
Point Lookout 21.6 +0.1 25.3 11th 14.6 +0.2 10.3 5th 110.8 66.6 high 166%
Rainbow Beach 22.5 +0.4 27.4 11th 11.8 +0.6 2.2 6th 942.4 115.7 very high 815%
Redcliffe 21.9 27.8 10th 12.3 7.2 5th 143.0
Tewantin RSL Park 22.3 +0.3 28.0 11th 12.4 +0.7 6.2 5th 669.2 111.0 very high 603%
Toolara 23.5 −0.3 28.1 11th 13.1 +1.0 8.4 5th 494.6 88.4 very high 560%
University of Queensland Gatton 23.6 +1.3 28.9 13th 8.5 +1.8 1.0 10th 71.6 26.9 very high 266%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 16.9 +1.5 22.1 12th 4.5 +1.7 −3.7 7th 82.4 42.0 high 196%
Dalby Airport 21.1 −0.7 26.2 13th 6.9 +2.1 −3.1 7th 61.8 20.8 high 297%
Goondiwindi Airport 22.2 +1.0 27.6 3rd 8.1 +2.6 0.5 7th 42.6 33.1 high 129%
Inglewood Forest 21.3 26.1 2nd 9.3 1.1 5th 58.0
Oakey Aero 21.0 +0.8 25.8 13th 6.6 +3.1 −2.1 7th 68.8 25.6 very high 269%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 17.7 +1.5 22.8 12th 3.6 +1.6 −4.6 7th 72.1 42.6 high 169%
Texas Post Office 21.7 +0.9 25.5 13th 7.5 +3.1 −0.6 7th 58.0 33.7 high 172%
Toowoomba Airport 18.9 +0.4 23.8 13th 9.1 +1.7 2.1 6th 55.2 33.9 normal 163%
Warwick 20.3 +0.4 25.2 13th 5.6 +2.6 −3.8 5th 58.6 25.2 very high 233%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 21.8 −0.6 26.6 16th 7.8 +2.7 −1.3 7th 74.2 37.4 high 198%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 21.9 −0.3 27.4 3rd 7.3 +3.0 −1.5 5th 68.6 25.6 very high 268%
Mitchell Post Office 22.9 +1.2 28.9 15th 7.2 +3.3 −1.0 5th 57.8 23.7 very high 244%
Roma Airport 21.8 −0.4 27.9 3rd 8.3 +3.4 −0.5 7th 72.8 25.0 very high 291%
St George Airport 22.9 +1.1 29.1 2nd 9.0 +2.9 0.9 7th 33.8 23.6 high 143%
Surat 22.6 +0.9 28.4 3rd 8.5 +3.0 0.5 5th 57.8 27.5 high 210%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 23.9 +2.5 29.2 2nd 7.9 +2.3 1.0 5th 27.5 22.5 high 122%
Charleville Aero 23.1 +1.3 28.1 15th 8.6 +2.7 0.4 5th 31.4 19.8 high 159%
Cunnamulla Post Office 23.7 +2.4 29.9 29th 8.1 +1.1 1.5 5th 7.2 17.4 normal 41%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 24.7 31.6 29th 10.1 4.1 4th 0.0
Quilpie Airport 24.6 +2.1 29.8 29th 9.0 +1.3 2.6 8th 2.4 13.0 normal 18%
Thargomindah Airport 24.3 30.6 29th 9.0 3.0 4th 0.0

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Monday 3 September 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