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

Queensland in October 2007

Summary

Thunderstorm activity during October has brought some short term rainfall relief to parts of the state. However, long term rainfall deficiencies still persist in the south of the state, with pockets of the south east only receiving around 40 - 60 percent of the long term average rainfall for the year to date.  


Rainfall

The second week of October saw widespread thunderstorm activity over much of the state.  Severe storms in some locations produced destructive winds and hail damage, as well as localised flash flooding.  During the last week of the month, scattered to widespread thunderstorms again affected many parts of the state, with some severe storms in central and southern Queensland.  Average to above average rainfall totals resulted over most of the state for October.

However, the far south west received very little rainfall, and long term deficiencies still persist over a large area of southern Queensland.    

The wettest overall place for October was Springbrook Road with 207.4mm, due to several days of thunderstorm activity in the area.

On the 29th, thunderstorms over the south east resulted in the highest daily rainfall totals for the month, with 123mm at Kerkin Road Alert, 101mm at Yarrahappini and 98mm at Norwell Alert.

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

Brisbane received 55.2mm of rain in October (long term average is 75.4mm).


Temperature

Both mean maximum (day-time) and mean minimum (overnight) temperatures were above average over southern Queensland during October.  

Northern Queensland received near average maximum and minimum temperatures, with large areas of the Peninsula experiencing up to 1 °C below average for day-time temperatures.

The hottest day was 43.6 °C at Boulia Airport on the 28th, and the coldest night was 1.9 °C at Stanthorpe on the 1st.

Some sites had their warmest October night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.

See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.  Also see a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

Brisbane recorded a mean maximum temperature of 27.9 °C (1.8 °C above the long term average), and a mean minimum temperature of 17.5 °C (1.7 °C above the long term average) for October.

Wind

The strongest recorded wind gust was 180 km/h at Gayndah Airport, followed by 144 km/h at Emerald Airport, both on the 29th.  The wind gusts were associated with severe thunderstorms in these districts.


Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
43.6 °C at Boulia Airport on the 28th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
39.0 °C at Toorak Research Station
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
24.2 °C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
17.5 °C at Applethorpe on the 13th and 18th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
1.9 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 1st
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
9.6 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
25.3 °C at Horn Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
29.4 °C at Boulia Airport on the 28th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
207.4 mm at Springbrook Road
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
123.0 mm at Kerkin Road Alert on the 29th
Highest wind gust
180 km/h at Gayndah Airport on the 29th
144 km/h at Emerald Airport on the 29th

Records

Record highest October daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in October 2007 (°C)
Previous highest
for October
Years of
record
Normal for
October
Gladstone Radar 23.7 on the 28th 23.6 on the 16th in 1983 50 18.7
Maryborough 23.6 on the 29th 23.1 on the 12th in 2005 49 15.4
Nambour DPI 22.6 on the 29th 22.4 on the 7th in 2005 43 13.7
Gympie 23.5 on the 29th 22.5 on the 28th in 1972 42 13.8
Baralaba Post Office 24.4 on the 29th 23.7 on the 27th in 2004 39 15.6
Brian Pastures 22.5 on the 29th 22.3 on the 26th in 2005 38 14.9
Oakey Aero 20.7 on the 29th 19.9 on the 27th in 2004 35 11.2
Monto Township 23.2 on the 29th 22.1 on the 20th in 1980 34 13.3



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 October 2007
Maximum temperatures
for October
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for October
(°C)
Rainfall
for October
(millimetres)
Mean for
October
2007
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
October
2007
Mean for
October
2007
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
October
2007
Total for
October
2007
Normal
for
October
Rank of
October
2007
Fraction of
October
normal
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.7 +1.4 35.0 30th 25.2 +0.9 24.1 1st 3.0 5.6 normal 54%
Coen Airport 33.7 38.6 13th 21.3 17.4 7th 32.0
Horn Island 31.7 +0.9 32.7 30th 25.3 +0.6 23.7 12th 0.8 7.7 low 10%
Scherger RAAF 36.1 38.4 25th 22.6 20.1 6th 23.2
Weipa Aero 35.7 +0.2 38.3 30th 22.6 +0.9 19.7 1st 46.0 17.9 high 257%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 31.6 +1.3 33.2 27th 23.2 +1.7 19.4 18th 5.4 27.5 normal 20%
Musgrave 35.4 +0.8 38.4 13th 19.7 +1.2 14.9 1st 7.8 13.9 normal 56%
Palmerville 35.3 -0.2 37.9 11th 20.2 +1.1 13.8 1st 12.4 18.7 normal 66%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 35.6 39.9 26th 22.3 18.0 14th 3.4
Burketown Post Office 34.2 0 38.8 26th 22.5 +1.5 18.1 15th 3.6 12.7 normal 28%
Century Mine 38.5 43.1 28th 21.8 17.1 17th 13.0
Cloncurry Airport 37.7 +1.5 42.8 28th 20.9 +0.7 13.1 14th 0.4 26.1 low 2%
Croydon Township 37.1 +0.2 40.1 28th 23.3 +0.9 15.9 14th 6.0 13.8 normal 43%
Julia Creek Airport 37.5 41.5 29th 18.8 12.5 15th 19.0
Kowanyama Airport 37.1 +1.0 39.4 13th 23.3 +1.6 18.8 1st 0.0 15.9 lowest 0%
Mornington Island 33.0 +0.7 38.7 27th 24.2 +0.7 21.1 2nd 16.4 12.5 high 131%
Mount Isa Aero 36.0 +1.4 40.7 29th 19.5 +0.9 13.9 18th 0.6 20.0 low 3%
Normanton Airport 36.8 40.7 27th 23.6 20.3 14th 2.6
Sweers Island 32.6 36.7 27th 25.1 21.0 30th 39.2 9.0 very high 436%
Toorak Research Station 39.0 +3.0 41.4 28th 20.5 +2.9 14.7 26th 1.0 14.2 normal 7%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 36.3 39.7 28th 20.9 15.7 16th 3.8
Georgetown Post Office 37.5 +1.9 39.0 5th 20.8 +1.1 17.5 8th 5.6 16.7 normal 34%
Hughenden Airport 34.9 40.6 28th 19.6 10.6 14th 8.6
Richmond Airport 36.7 -0.1 41.8 28th 18.8 -0.4 10.2 14th 1.0 12.9 normal 8%
Richmond Post Office 35.6 -0.2 40.7 28th 19.2 +1.3 10.7 14th 2.2 16.4 normal 13%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Atherton Shire Council 27.7 +0.1 34.3 9th 16.3 +1.2 11.8 5th 25.0 35.5 normal 70%
Cairns Aero 30.4 +0.9 33.5 13th 21.3 +0.7 18.3 8th 30.4 39.2 normal 78%
Cape Flattery 30.5 32.7 13th 23.5 21.1 12th 11.0
Cooktown Airport 30.6 34.5 12th 23.2 20.0 8th 11.0
Green Island 29.1 -0.8 32.8 29th 23.5 +0.5 20.3 2nd
Kairi Research Station 27.5 +0.5 32.9 12th 16.0 +1.0 12.9 8th 25.5 30.3 normal 84%
Low Isles Lighthouse 31.1 +0.7 34.2 11th 23.3 +0.1 21.0 21st 31.6 43.9 normal 72%
Mareeba Airport 30.9 36.8 12th 18.3 14.7 18th 7.2
Walkamin DPI 29.7 +0.4 35.2 12th 17.4 +0.8 14.8 18th 22.4 22.3 normal 100%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 28.5 -0.8 31.9 13th 20.3 +1.5 16.5 17th 27.8 52.7 normal 53%
Ingham Composite 30.7 +0.4 34.2 10th 18.8 +0.3 13.0 7th 36.7 46.7 normal 79%
Innisfail 28.7 +0.3 31.7 12th 20.6 +1.7 17.8 17th 95.2 83.1 normal 115%
Lucinda Point 26.8 -0.4 30.7 13th 22.9 0 19.0 2nd 10.4 19.5 normal 53%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 29.2 +0.2 33.0 12th 19.6 +0.8 16.0 17th 123.8 89.1 high 139%
Townsville Aero 30.1 +0.7 35.0 13th 21.2 +0.5 16.2 17th 13.6 25.1 normal 54%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 28.6 -0.3 34.2 13th 22.1 0 16.9 17th 19.2 24.0 normal 80%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 29.8 0 33.8 13th 19.0 +0.9 14.3 17th 27.4 28.2 high 97%
Bowen Airport 28.9 -0.4 31.6 13th 19.6 -0.3 15.0 17th 11.6 14.1 normal 82%
Collinsville Post Office 32.5 +0.3 35.9 27th 18.2 +0.8 12.7 17th 16.0 22.1 normal 72%
Hamilton Island Airport 27.0 29.1 11th 22.3 20.3 3rd 0.6
Mackay Aero 29.0 +0.8 32.6 12th 18.9 +0.8 13.2 14th 30.4 37.0 normal 82%
Mackay M.O 28.3 +0.8 32.6 28th 20.4 +0.8 15.8 16th 48.6 37.2 high 131%
Proserpine Airport 30.7 +0.4 34.3 27th 18.0 +0.4 11.9 17th 32.4 39.1 normal 83%
Samuel Hill Aero 28.2 31.0 28th 16.2 10.8 16th 41.0
St Lawrence 29.1 32.0 10th 18.9 14.2 16th 26.4
St Lawrence Post Office 29.5 +0.6 32.6 10th 19.5 +1.8 15.8 17th 24.8 45.4 normal 55%
Te Kowai Exp Stn 29.4 +0.4 34.0 14th 17.0 +0.3 13.0 15th 36.0 45.3 normal 79%
Williamson 28.9 32.2 10th 18.4 13.0 17th 15.4
Woolshed 27.4 0 30.1 12th 17.5 -0.3 12.4 16th 35.6 21.1 high 169%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 26.4 +0.3 32.0 12th 19.1 0 14.4 17th 19.4 54.2 low 36%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 33.0 +0.1 37.0 9th 18.6 +0.1 14.1 22nd 17.0 18.4 normal 92%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 33.0 +0.7 37.6 28th 17.7 0 13.5 20th 32.1 37.8 normal 85%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Water Treatment Plant 32.4 +1.0 37.1 29th 18.4 +0.8 15.0 17th 48.4 68.6 normal 71%
Brigalow Research Stn 34.0 +3.8 35.5 6th 17.2 +2.4 13.0 5th 8.0 62.7 very low 13%
Clermont Sirius St 33.4 +1.4 39.5 28th 17.3 +1.0 10.6 14th 24.4 35.7 normal 68%
Emerald Airport 32.9 +1.1 38.2 28th 17.6 +0.2 11.8 14th 60.4 47.1 high 128%
Rolleston Warrijo St 32.7 +1.0 37.6 28th 15.9 +0.9 6.7 2nd 18.8 46.2 low 41%
Springsure Dame St 31.6 +0.9 36.2 28th 17.0 +1.8 11.1 14th 58.8 47.0 normal 125%
Tambo Post Office 33.3 +2.5 37.5 29th 16.5 +2.7 5.7 14th 22.0 33.5 normal 66%
Taroom Post Office 32.8 +3.0 38.4 10th 16.8 +2.2 8.4 14th 68.2 55.4 high 123%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 34.1 +1.9 39.6 29th 19.8 +2.4 13.4 14th 6.8 28.9 low 24%
Blackall Airport 34.7 40.2 29th 18.5 9.5 14th 9.8
Isisford Post Office 35.5 +2.4 40.6 29th 18.6 +2.0 8.3 14th 18.6 26.7 normal 70%
Longreach Aero 36.3 +2.4 42.5 28th 18.5 +1.6 10.6 14th 4.8 24.0 low 20%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 37.4 +1.7 41.4 29th 20.9 +1.4 9.7 14th 6.0 14.3 normal 42%
The Monument Airport 36.1 41.8 29th 19.8 10.9 14th 10.2
Trepell Airport 36.2 42.1 29th 20.0 10.3 14th 3.4
Urandangi 37.3 +2.3 42.7 28th 19.3 +1.7 10.6 15th 3.6 14.6 normal 25%
Winton Airport 36.4 41.3 31st 18.9 11.2 13th 9.2
Winton Post Office 35.7 +1.1 40.5 29th 19.9 +2.1 13.2 15th 5.3 18.3 normal 29%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 36.9 +3.3 41.7 9th 18.1 +0.4 10.0 13th 0.0 14.3 lowest 0%
Birdsville Airport 35.1 41.2 27th 18.2 9.4 13th 0.6
Boulia Airport 36.5 +2.3 43.6 28th 19.9 +2.1 12.6 14th 12.6 15.0 normal 84%
Windorah Post Office 35.8 +3.4 42.0 31st 18.8 +2.4 10.0 14th 12.6 17.8 normal 71%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 32.7 +1.5 38.0 10th 17.3 +1.7 10.8 14th 37.0 56.2 normal 66%
Bundaberg Aero 28.1 +1.3 31.2 17th 18.3 +1.8 14.6 16th 73.8 73.8 normal 100%
Gayndah Airport 30.5 35.1 4th 16.3 9.9 14th 159.6
Gayndah Post Office 31.0 +1.5 35.5 4th 16.6 +2.5 9.7 14th 168.0 66.0 very high 255%
Gladstone Airport 28.2 +0.8 30.8 12th 19.5 +0.8 15.0 14th 35.0 66.7 low 52%
Gladstone Radar 29.6 +1.3 32.3 27th 19.8 +1.1 16.3 21st 52.4 62.9 normal 83%
Lady Elliot Island 26.2 +0.7 28.9 31st 20.6 +0.3 15.5 16th 38.0 58.4 normal 65%
Monto Township 30.7 +1.7 36.3 10th 15.6 +2.3 8.4 14th 84.1 56.2 high 150%
Rockhampton Aero 31.3 +1.7 36.2 27th 18.6 +1.6 12.9 14th 25.6 50.3 normal 51%
Rundle Island 24.9 0 27.4 30th 21.6 +0.4 18.2 20th
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 26.3 +0.3 28.1 31st 19.4 +0.7 14.9 20th 75.8 59.7 high 127%
Thangool Airport 32.2 +1.8 36.7 10th 15.6 +2.1 9.0 14th 54.6 57.8 normal 94%
Town of 1770 26.4 +0.6 28.8 31st 20.1 +0.8 16.0 22nd 99.6 62.9 high 158%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 30.1 +2.5 36.7 4th 14.7 +1.3 8.0 1st 21.2 73.5 very low 29%
Archerfield Airport 28.5 +1.7 34.8 4th 16.3 +2.1 11.2 20th 99.8 78.1 high 128%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 29.9 35.7 4th 14.2 8.5 1st 142.2
Beerburrum Forest Station 29.1 34.5 4th 16.3 11.5 15th 32.6 86.4 low 38%
Brian Pastures 30.6 +1.2 35.0 4th 15.9 +1.0 10.3 14th 102.0 63.7 high 160%
Brisbane* 27.9 +1.8 34.1 4th 17.5 +1.7 13.3 20th 55.2 75.4 normal 73%
Brisbane Aero 26.4 +1.0 29.6 27th 16.8 +1.1 12.4 1st 46.2 70.0 normal 66%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 24.2 +1.2 26.2 1st 19.5 +1.6 15.5 19th 42.0 80.4 low 52%
Coolangatta 26.0 +1.9 33.0 4th 16.4 +0.4 9.9 1st 93.2 87.1 normal 107%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 25.9 +1.4 28.7 27th 19.5 +1.0 16.3 19th 21.6 71.4 low 30%
Gold Coast Seaway 27.8 +2.8 32.9 4th 17.7 +0.7 13.4 15th 121.4 91.5 high 133%
Gympie 29.3 +1.0 34.0 4th 15.9 +2.1 8.7 21st 43.0 72.3 low 59%
Hervey Bay Airport 26.7 29.8 23rd 18.9 13.7 20th 95.0
Hinze Dam 28.9 +2.5 33.3 14th 16.3 +0.9 12.2 22nd 139.1 80.7 high 172%
Jimna Forestry 26.5 31.7 4th 13.5 6.7 20th 89.4
Kingaroy Airport 28.9 33.5 4th 13.0 5.2 20th 61.4
Logan City Water Treatment 28.1 +1.9 34.1 4th 14.9 0 10.2 20th 90.0 61.6 normal 146%
Maleny Tamarind St 25.3 32.2 4th 15.7 10.8 14th 60.4 106.3 normal 57%
Maroochydore Aero 26.4 +1.1 33.1 4th 16.9 +1.2 11.5 15th 56.0 72.3 normal 77%
Maryborough 28.3 +0.6 32.0 4th 17.8 +2.4 13.3 16th 41.8 75.4 normal 55%
Nambour DPI 27.9 +1.2 34.3 4th 16.0 +2.3 10.7 15th 66.0 104.0 normal 63%
Point Lookout 25.9 +1.0 30.6 6th 18.5 -0.2 14.4 30th 98.9 104.8 normal 94%
Rainbow Beach 26.2 +0.7 30.5 4th 18.0 +1.3 11.6 15th 28.8 78.8 low 37%
Redcliffe* 26.5 +1.2 30.6 4th 18.0 +1.5 14.0 15th 78.2 78.2 normal 111%
Redlands HRS 27.1 +1.8 29.8 4th 15.6 +1.4 10.5 22nd 90.6 81.1 normal 112%
Tewantin RSL Park 26.2 +0.6 33.0 4th 17.9 +0.8 13.3 15th 21.4 81.5 very low 26%
Toolara 29.5 +0.5 34.2 4th 17.7 +1.0 14.2 14th 30.8 81.2 low 38%
University of Queensland Gatton 31.2 +3.1 37.2 4th 14.2 +1.0 7.9 19th 41.8 65.0 normal 64%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 24.6 +3.0 29.5 7th 9.8 +0.8 2.9 1st 79.6 73.6 normal 108%
Dalby Airport 30.4 +2.1 34.8 8th 13.9 +1.2 5.4 14th 61.2 63.2 normal 97%
Goondiwindi Airport 31.1 +2.5 36.3 7th 15.1 +1.6 6.9 1st 87.4 52.1 high 168%
Inglewood Forest 30.0 34.5 7th 14.4 7.5 14th 45.0
Oakey Aero 29.1 +2.5 34.8 8th 13.2 +2.0 5.8 1st 79.8 58.5 high 136%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 25.8 +3.2 30.6 7th 9.6 +0.7 1.9 1st 70.2 69.5 normal 101%
Texas Post Office 30.5 +2.7 34.9 7th 13.7 +2.2 6.4 1st 94.8 61.5 high 154%
Toowoomba Airport 26.3 +1.8 32.0 7th 14.1 +1.3 9.3 19th 67.6 64.8 normal 104%
Warwick 27.7 +1.9 33.4 7th 10.9 +0.5 3.1 1st 64.8 74.1 normal 87%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 31.3 +1.6 35.5 4th 15.3 +1.2 6.3 14th 80.8 41.6 high 194%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 31.3 +1.8 35.9 10th 15.1 +2.3 5.3 14th 61.2 47.1 high 130%
Mitchell Post Office 32.5 +3.2 37.2 31st 14.5 +2.2 6.4 14th 46.0 42.5 normal 108%
Roma Airport 31.4 +1.8 36.5 8th 15.7 +1.9 7.1 14th 48.8 60.5 normal 81%
St George Airport 32.1 +2.4 37.3 7th 16.4 +1.9 6.9 14th 22.8 50.4 low 45%
Surat 31.5 +2.4 36.1 7th 16.2 +2.4 7.7 14th 86.4 50.1 high 172%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 32.7 +3.1 37.0 31st 16.6 +2.9 8.5 15th 15.9 35.3 normal 45%
Charleville Aero 33.1 +3.4 39.0 28th 17.4 +3.1 7.6 14th 22.4 37.8 normal 59%
Cunnamulla Post Office 32.4 +2.9 36.2 6th 15.7 +1.0 9.4 13th 14.2 25.3 normal 56%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 33.8 38.7 19th 18.1 10.8 13th 1.0
Quilpie Airport 34.4 +3.4 40.5 28th 17.9 +1.8 10.5 14th 6.4 21.3 normal 30%
Thargomindah Airport 33.0 39.2 28th 17.4 10.5 1st 1.6

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 11 am on Thursday 1 November 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