Thursday, 3 January 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC14L0

Queensland in December 2007

Thunderstorms brought some welcomed rainfall in December to much of Queensland.
Mean minimum (overnight) temperatures were generally about average, but mean maximum (day-time) temperatures over most of the state were below average due to the rainfall.


Rainfall

Thunderstorm activity over the North Tropical Coastal districts produced some good daily rainfall totals on the 27th.  The highest daily rainfalls were 389.0 mm at McAvoy Bridge Alert , 381.0 mm at Bulgun Creek Alert, 363.6 mm at Daradgee and 341.0 mm at Daintree Tea, all on the 27th.

The highest monthly rainfall was 826.8 mm at Cape Tribulation Store, followed by 740.0 mm at Daintree Tea.  Both of these sites are in the North Tropical Coastal district.

Storm activity continued to provide the central, western, and southern border districts with good rainfall totals for the month. Some sites had their highest total December rainfall on record.  However, despite the thunderstorm activity over much of the state, parts of the east coast and adjacent inland  from about Rockhampton down to the state border only received average monthly rainfall.  

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

Brisbane received  79.2 mm where the long-term average for December is 133.3 mm.  Surrounding sites in the greater Brisbane area also fell short of average rainfall for the month.  Archerfield received  54.8 mm (long-term average 125.5 mm) and Brisbane Airport received 36.2 mm (long-term average 126.2 mm).

Temperature


Mean maximum temperatures were generally average to below average across most of the state due to the thunderstorm activity keeping temperatures at bay.  Most of the Maranoa and Warrego, and parts of the Central West where up to 4°C below average for the month.  Only small parts of the Peninsula, and North Tropical Coastal districts were up to 2°C above average.

The hottest day was 45.0°C at Camooweal Township on the 2nd.  The warmest days on average were 39.9°C at Urandangi.

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

Mean minimum temperatures for the month were within 1°C of the average across most of the state.  

The coldest night was 9.0°C at Bedourie Police Station on the 28th, with the coolest nights on average were 14.7°C at Applethorpe.

The warmest night was 31.1°C at Birdsville Airport, followed by 30.5°C at Bedourie Police Station, both on the 18th.  Some sites had their warmest December night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.

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

Brisbane's mean maximum temperature for the month was 28.5°C (−0.6°C below the long-term average) and the mean minimum temperature was 20.5°C (+0.7°C above the long-term average).

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
45.0°C at Camooweal Township on the 2nd
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
39.9°C at Urandangi
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
24.2°C at Applethorpe
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
19.2°C at Toowoomba Airport on the 27th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
9.0°C at Bedourie Police Station on the 28th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
14.7°C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
26.8°C at Sweers Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
31.1°C at Birdsville Airport on the 18th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
826.8 mm at Cape Tribulation Store
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
389.0 mm at McAvoy Bridge Alert on the 27th
381.0 mm at Bulgun Creek Alert on the 27th
363.6 mm at Daradgee on the 27th
341.0 mm at Daintree Tea on the 27th
Highest wind gust
107 km/h at Zinifex Century Mine on the 13th

Records

Record highest total December rainfall
Total rainfall
for December 2007 (mm)
Previous highest
for December
Years of
record
Normal for
December
Havelock 214.0 212.3 in 1958 52 73.7
Cherry Park 169.9 132.8 in 1999 23 76.2
Mt Driven 192.8 157.2 in 1997 20 77.6


Record highest December daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in December 2007 (°C)
Previous highest
for December
Years of
record
Normal for
December
Willis Island 28.8 on the 24th 28.3 on the 25th in 1976 80 25.4


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 December 2007
Maximum temperatures
for December
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for December
(°C)
Rainfall
for December
(millimetres)
Mean for
December
2007
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
December
2007
Mean for
December
2007
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
December
2007
Total for
December
2007
Normal
for
December
Rank of
December
2007
Fraction of
December
normal
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 34.5 +1.7 36.8 20th 26.5 +0.4 24.9 30th 31.2 135.7 normal 23%
Coen Airport 35.3   39.2 2nd 23.7   21.3 10th 150.4
Horn Island 32.7 +1.1 33.8 20th 26.7 +1.1 23.3 1st 74.8 197.6 normal 38%
Weipa Aero 34.1 +0.3 37.4 15th 24.5 +0.3 23.0 8th 153.4 271.5 low 57%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Musgrave 35.5 +0.7 39.7 4th 23.2 +0.6 20.8 10th 153.5 178.2 normal 86%
Palmerville 36.0 +0.7 39.8 4th 23.2 +0.6 20.4 10th 362.8 157.9 very high 230%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 36.3   40.8 1st 26.0   23.5 29th 64.2
Burketown Post Office 35.1 –0.3 39.8 1st 26.1 +1.3 23.6 29th 54.2 116.2 normal 47%
Cloncurry Airport 38.5 –0.3 43.8 3rd 24.7 –0.1 21.1 5th 43.4 86.5 normal 50%
Croydon Township 36.8 –0.5 42.1 2nd 25.5 +0.9 20.7 17th 190.0 113.7 high 167%
Julia Creek Airport 39.0   43.2 2nd 23.7   19.4 31st 60.0
Kowanyama Airport 34.6 –0.2 37.2 6th 25.4 +1.1 23.5 22nd 53.2 167.9 very low 32%
Mornington Island 33.1 0.0 34.7 2nd 26.1 0.0 21.7 3rd 231.6 156.1 high 148%
Mount Isa Aero 37.7 +0.6 42.3 2nd 23.1 +0.1 17.1 23rd 84.2 71.1 normal 118%
Normanton Airport 35.2   39.0 4th 25.9   23.5 14th 75.8
Sweers Island 33.5   36.9 2nd 26.8   22.2 6th 140.1 156.7 normal 89%
Toorak Research Station 38.8 –0.1 43.6 1st 23.8 +1.6 18.5 31st 120.0 61.5 high 195%
Zinifex Century Mine 38.9   44.7 2nd 25.8   22.2 16th 64.6
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 36.6   40.3 1st 24.8   21.7 29th 140.6
Hughenden Airport 36.4   40.6 6th 23.6   17.0 31st 79.8
Richmond Airport 37.8 –0.4 41.9 7th 23.6 +0.3 18.6 31st 76.6 62.4 normal 123%
Richmond Post Office 36.8 –1.3 41.0 6th 23.8 +1.5 18.7 31st 121.1 70.4 high 172%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 32.5 +1.2 37.0 1st 23.8 +0.5 21.8 13th 321.4 180.0 high 179%
Cape Flattery 33.0   36.4 2nd 25.0   22.3 31st 306.8
Cooktown Airport 32.5   40.6 2nd 25.0   22.6 4th 295.4
Green Island 32.0 +0.5 34.4 23rd 25.5 +0.6 22.6 1st
Low Isles Lighthouse 33.2 +0.9 35.7 24th 25.7 +0.4 23.2 5th 393.0 206.3 high 190%
Mareeba Airport 32.0   37.0 2nd 21.1   19.2 8th 98.0
Walkamin DPI 31.1 +0.5 35.2 2nd 20.4 +0.6 18.7 13th 64.5 117.9 low 55%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 30.2 –1.3 32.0 1st 23.8 +1.6 20.8 31st 210.5 193.7 normal 109%
Ingham Composite 33.0 +0.5 35.5 1st 22.4 +0.4 19.9 13th 164.2 196.5 normal 84%
Innisfail 30.9 +0.1 34.4 1st 23.4 +1.4 21.8 3rd 506.5 265.8 high 191%
Lucinda Point 29.3 –0.3 30.6 22nd 25.6 +0.3 23.2 4th 125.0 85.7 normal 146%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 31.0 –0.2 35.0 1st 22.6 +0.9 20.0 13th 483.2 255.0 high 189%
Townsville Aero 31.2 –0.2 33.1 24th 24.9 +0.8 21.3 31st 137.6 124.9 high 110%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 31.1 +0.3 33.0 19th 25.0 +0.5 20.4 31st 154.4 98.7 normal 156%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 32.0 0.0 34.6 23rd 22.8 +0.8 19.4 31st 133.4 107.0 high 125%
Collinsville Post Office 34.2 +0.2 36.8 23rd 21.5 +0.2 17.6 1st 179.4 96.8 high 185%
Hamilton Island Airport 29.0   31.3 23rd 24.3   20.6 28th 228.2
Mackay Aero 30.0 –0.6 33.7 23rd 21.8 –0.3 18.3 1st 193.0 110.9 high 174%
Mackay M.O 29.9 –0.2 34.1 23rd 22.9 0.0 18.4 1st 170.8 179.7 normal 95%
Proserpine Airport 31.8 –0.2 35.7 23rd 21.3 –0.5 17.9 1st 157.4 168.4 normal 93%
Samuel Hill Aero 29.6   34.5 23rd 19.5   15.9 4th 231.8
St Lawrence 30.7   33.0 17th 22.1   18.0 3rd 128.0
St Lawrence Post Office 31.0 –0.5 33.2 23rd 22.3 +0.7 17.9 28th 117.1 121.9 normal 96%
Woolshed 28.4 –0.3 33.7 1st 20.6 +0.3 15.1 31st 100.6 90.5 normal 111%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 28.3 –0.5 30.8 31st 22.7 –0.1 18.0 28th 84.4 112.8 normal 75%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 34.6 +0.3 37.9 1st 22.5 +0.6 19.0 28th 124.8 77.1 high 162%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 32.5 –1.4 36.9 22nd 19.9 –1.2 16.6 2nd 162.3 99.2 high 164%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Water Treatment Plant     36.6 22nd 21.5 –0.1 16.7 2nd 60.0 75.5 normal 79%
Clermont Sirius St 33.4 –1.4 37.6 21st 20.7 –0.1 17.0 28th 32.2 91.5 low 35%
Emerald Airport 32.6 –1.9 37.3 22nd 21.0 –0.4 16.1 1st 149.8 79.4 high 189%
Rolleston Warrijo St 32.2 –2.1 35.7 22nd 20.9 +1.2 15.0 29th 54.3 88.1 normal 62%
Springsure Dame St 30.9 –3.3 34.5 22nd 20.5 +0.7 16.2 28th 136.6 89.5 high 153%
Tambo Post Office 31.8 –3.1 36.8 9th 20.4 +1.4 14.8 28th 119.6 68.3 high 175%
Taroom Post Office 31.4 –2.0 35.1 11th 20.1 +0.6 15.4 30th 184.2 89.4 very high 206%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 34.2 –1.6 39.3 6th 22.5 +0.3 16.6 28th 196.6 62.5 very high 315%
Blackall Airport 33.2   38.3 4th 21.7   16.3 28th 117.4
Isisford Post Office 35.5 –1.6 41.1 6th 22.7 +0.9 16.9 28th 96.2 52.1 high 185%
Longreach Aero 36.1 –1.4 42.1 6th 22.7 +0.7 17.4 28th 164.8 55.9 very high 295%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 38.8 +0.8 45.0 2nd 24.4 +0.6 20.8 23rd 71.0 59.2 normal 120%
The Monument Airport 38.6   42.9 3rd 24.4   21.0 28th 43.0
Trepell Airport 38.5   43.3 7th 24.2   20.4 29th 7.6
Urandangi 39.9 +1.1 44.9 15th 24.3 +1.6 19.3 5th 14.4 39.0 normal 37%
Winton Airport 37.6   42.8 7th 23.4   19.0 1st 94.8
Winton Post Office 37.4 –0.8 42.7 7th 24.0 +1.2 19.5 29th 84.6 50.3 high 168%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 39.3 +1.3 44.0 15th 21.9 –1.6 9.0 28th 6.4 16.4 normal 39%
Birdsville Airport 38.6   43.6 15th 24.0   15.9 23rd 8.6
Boulia Airport 38.2 –0.4 44.4 8th 24.6 +1.2 20.3 24th 28.0 31.7 normal 88%
Windorah Post Office 37.2 –0.7 44.3 8th 23.8 +1.3 16.7 24th 74.6 29.8 very high 250%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 33.0 –1.2 37.2 22nd 21.4 +1.2 17.6 30th 70.0 99.7 normal 70%
Bundaberg Aero 29.3 0.0 32.0 17th 20.8 +0.3 18.1 3rd 44.0 121.6 low 36%
Gayndah Airport 31.0   35.2 9th 19.8   15.9 4th 71.0
Gayndah Post Office 31.2 –1.6 35.4 9th 20.3 +1.2 16.3 4th 67.8 104.3 low 65%
Gladstone Airport 29.1 –0.9 32.4 23rd 21.9 –0.1 17.0 1st 327.2 106.4 very high 308%
Gladstone Radar 29.9 –1.1 33.6 23rd 21.7 –0.1 16.5 1st 292.0 129.8 very high 225%
Lady Elliot Island 28.3 –0.3 30.4 20th 23.4 +0.2 20.9 2nd 106.0 86.1 high 123%
Monto Township 30.5 –1.6 35.1 9th 19.4 +1.2 13.7 30th 59.3 89.0 normal 67%
Rockhampton Aero 31.1 –1.0 35.2 8th 21.3 +0.2 16.4 3rd 78.6 102.0 normal 77%
Rundle Island 27.0 –0.6 29.2 12th 23.2 –0.6 17.8 1st
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 28.3 –0.7 30.9 7th 21.4 –0.3 18.8 29th 174.2 96.9 high 180%
Thangool Airport 31.9 –1.1 36.6 8th 19.9 +1.3 13.8 30th 42.7 90.4 low 47%
Town of 1770 28.4 –0.1 31.0 23rd 22.3 +0.1 18.8 28th 100.8 130.4 normal 77%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 28.6 –2.2 32.8 9th 19.1 +0.7 15.0 3rd 120.8 120.2 normal 100%
Archerfield Airport 28.3 –1.2 30.6 16th 19.6 +0.6 15.5 3rd 54.8 125.5 low 44%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 28.5   32.0 4th 18.8   15.4 3rd 85.6
Beerburrum Forest Station 27.8   31.7 17th 18.9   14.9 1st 207.8 156.7 high 133%
Brisbane* 28.5 –0.6 31.2 7th 20.5 +0.7 17.7 3rd 79.2 133.3 low 59%
Brisbane Aero 27.9 –0.3 30.3 7th 20.4 +0.5 17.1 3rd 36.2 123.8 very low 29%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 26.7 +0.7 28.8 12th 21.7 +0.8 19.0 28th 61.4 128.5 low 48%
Coolangatta 27.3 +0.4 28.9 22nd 20.0 +0.4 17.1 4th 139.2 140.9 normal 99%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 27.3 0.0 30.5 8th 21.6 +0.1 18.8 2nd 77.2 130.0 normal 59%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.5 +1.0 32.0 5th 20.7 +0.3 18.6 4th 129.8 124.9 normal 104%
Gympie 28.6 –2.8 32.6 9th 18.8 +0.2 13.9 4th 141.6 135.5 normal 105%
Hervey Bay Airport 28.9   32.0 21st 20.9   17.3 4th 94.8
Jimna Forestry 25.3   29.6 11th 16.7   12.9 3rd 183.8
Kingaroy Airport 28.3   32.5 4th 17.2   11.6 4th 66.6
Logan City Water Treatment 27.9 –1.0 30.1 5th 18.2 –0.7 15.0 3rd 103.9 128.2 normal 81%
Maleny Tamarind St 24.4   29.0 17th 17.5   15.4 27th 236.6 196.1 high 121%
Maroochydore Aero 27.7 –0.3 30.3 17th 19.8 0.0 14.8 4th 186.2 143.9 high 129%
Maryborough 29.4 –1.1 32.7 9th 19.9 +0.3 17.0 22nd 99.6 126.6 normal 79%
Point Lookout 28.1 +0.2 29.6 9th 21.4 0.0 18.3 22nd 81.3 117.9 normal 69%
Rainbow Beach 27.3 –0.9 30.0 17th 20.8 +0.1 16.3 4th 96.7 113.6 normal 85%
Redcliffe 27.5   30.1 17th 21.0   18.3 4th 91.2
Tewantin RSL Park 26.9 –1.0 30.0 17th 20.5 –0.2 17.0 4th 184.2 139.9 high 132%
Toolara 29.1 –2.4 33.8 17th 19.5 –0.2 17.7 1st 165.6 132.4 normal 125%
University of Queensland Gatton 29.1 –2.3 32.9 22nd 19.1 +1.0 14.7 3rd 99.4 98.5 normal 101%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 24.2 –1.6 28.7 8th 14.7 +1.0 10.9 3rd 122.0 94.5 high 129%
Dalby Airport 29.6 –2.1 33.2 7th 17.8 +0.3 13.4 29th 109.0 100.9 normal 108%
Goondiwindi Airport 30.7 –1.7 34.5 30th 19.1 +0.5 12.9 24th 89.9 82.1 normal 110%
Oakey Aero 29.0 –1.3 32.9 5th 17.7 +1.2 12.3 3rd 53.6 94.3 low 57%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 24.6 –2.5 29.9 9th 15.3 +1.1 10.6 3rd 140.0 93.4 high 150%
Texas Post Office 30.0 –3.0 34.0 7th 18.3 +1.2 14.6 28th 127.4 79.4 high 160%
Toowoomba Airport 25.9 –1.8 29.7 4th 16.7 +0.1 14.5 27th 62.8 99.2 low 63%
Warwick 27.0 –2.4 31.0 17th 16.9 +1.2 12.9 3rd 76.2 101.1 normal 75%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 31.1 –1.8 35.3 7th 19.4 +0.3 15.1 24th 53.4 79.8 low 67%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 30.0 –3.4 33.7 9th 19.0 +1.0 14.0 29th 56.8 86.6 low 66%
Mitchell Post Office 30.8 –3.0 35.2 7th 19.7 +1.2 13.8 28th 193.4 66.3 very high 292%
Roma Airport 30.7 –2.6 34.6 9th 19.7 +0.4 13.8 24th 81.0 71.4 normal 113%
St George Airport 30.7 –3.3 37.7 8th 19.9 –0.4 14.6 24th 214.8 76.2 very high 282%
Surat 30.8 –3.2 36.7 8th 19.9 +0.6 14.1 24th 129.6 70.0 high 185%
Warrego (district 44)
Charleville Aero 31.7 –3.0 37.6 6th 20.3 0.0 13.8 28th 89.8 52.5 high 171%
Cunnamulla Post Office 32.4 –2.8 39.5 7th 20.3 –0.4 13.8 24th 88.2 38.9 very high 227%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 37.3   43.0 7th     16.6 23rd 40.4
Quilpie Airport 35.2 –1.2 43.2 7th 21.9 –0.3 16.0 28th 105.8 34.9 very high 303%
Thargomindah Airport 35.4   41.9 7th 23.2   17.6 23rd 36.6

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 1 pm on Thursday 3 January 2008. 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

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