Tuesday, 29 January 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC14R0

Queensland in January 2008


An offshore low pressure system, combined with an upper trough over southeast Queensland produced some high daily rainfall totals over the southeast of the state early in the month.  From the 8th to the 19th of January ex tropical cyclone Helen followed a long track from the southeastern Gulf of Carpentaria to the Townsville region, then down through the centre of Queensland, bringing flooding rains to large areas of the state.

Rainfall

Some high daily rainfall totals occurred over the southeast of the state during the first week of the month, under the influence of an upper trough over the area and a low pressure system off the southeast Queensland coast.  Many high daily rainfall totals also occurred in the vicinity of ex tropical cyclone Helen as it followed a long track from the southeastern Gulf of Carpentaria over to the Townsville region, then down through the centre of Queensland from the 8th to the 19th.  Some sites had their highest January daily rainfall total on record and some had their highest daily rainfall total on record for any month.

The highest daily rainfalls recorded in the month were 364.0 mm at Upper Springbrook Alert on the 5th, followed by 353.2 mm at Proserpine Airport on the 14th, followed by 325.0 mm at Glengaven (in the Gold Coast Hinterland) on the 5th.

The highest monthly rainfall total was 1048.6 mm at Glengaven, followed by 841.5 mm at Springbrook Road. Some sites had their highest total January rainfall on record under the influence of ex tropical cyclone Helen.  However, despite the high rainfall and flooding over large areas of the state, southwestern Cape York Peninsula and much of western Queensland received below to very much below average rainfall for the month.  See a map of total rainfall. See a map of rainfall deciles.

Brisbane received a total of 184.4 mm of rain in January, while the long-term January average for Brisbane is 159.6 mm.  

Temperature

Mean maximum temperatures for the month were above average over eastern parts of Cape York Peninsula, the Barron North Coast and western parts of Western districts, the Lower Carpentaria and the far southwest of the state.  Elsewhere they were below average for January, reaching 4−5 degrees below the long-term average over parts of the northern Maranoa.
See a map of mean maximum temperatures. See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.

The hottest day was 44.3°C, at Birdsville Airport on the 8th and the coldest day was 20.1°C, at Applethorpe on the 4th.  Some sites had their coldest January day (lowest maximum temperature) on record.

The warmest days on average were at Birdsville Airport with 41.7°C.  The coolest days on average were at Applethorpe with 23.8°C.  Some sites had their lowest January mean daily maximum temperature on record.

Mean minimum temperatures for the month were below average over the West Darling Downs, Maranoa and Warrego, northeast Upper Western district and Central Highlands and Lowlands.  Elsewhere they were generally slightly above average, reaching 2−3 degrees above the long-term January average over the far southwest of the state and western parts of Western districts.
See a map of mean minimum temperatures. See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

The coldest night was 11.5°C at Applethorpe on the 25th.  The warmest night was 32.8°C at Birdsville Airport on the 16th.  

The coolest nights on average were at Applethorpe with 15.4°C.  The warmest nights on average were at Birdsville Airport with 27.9°C.  

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

Some sites had their lowest January temperature on record.

Brisbane's mean maximum temperature for the month was 28.9°C (0.5°C below the long-term average for January) and the mean minimum temperature was 21.5°C (0.8°C above the long-term average for January).


Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
44.3°C at Birdsville Airport on the 8th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
41.7°C at Birdsville Airport
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
23.8°C at Applethorpe
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
20.1°C at Applethorpe on the 4th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
11.5°C at Applethorpe on the 25th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
15.4°C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
27.9°C at Birdsville Airport
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
32.8°C at Birdsville Airport on the 16th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
1048.6 mm at Glengaven
841.5 mm at Springbrook Road
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
364.0 mm at Upper Springbrook Alert on the 5th
353.2 mm at Proserpine Airport on the 14th
325.0 mm at Glengaven on the 5th
Highest wind gust
96 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 1st


Records


Record Monthly Rainfall - Highest on Record for any month
Total rainfall
for January 2008 (°C)
Previous highest Years of
record
Peakvale Station 501.2 mm 411.2 mm in Jan 1974 77

Record Monthly Rainfall - Highest on Record for January
Total rainfall
for January 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
 for January
Years of
record
Carfax 307.4 mm 294.1 mm in Jan 1974 46
Wharton Creek Station 310.2 mm 305.3 mm in Jan 1984 61
Springbrook Road 841.5 mm 424 mm in Jan 1989 27
Darlington 527.6 mm 299.2 mm in Jan 2004 32
Charleville Aero 266.8 mm 235 mm in Jan 1954 65


Daily Rainfall – Highest on Record for any month

New Record Previous highest Years of
record
Anakie Richardson St  313.5 mm 17th   171.5 mm 30 Jan 1958 112
Peakvale Station   205.4 mm 17th   120.7 mm 25 Jan 1953 77
Eastmere   223.0 mm 17th 160.0 mm 24 Jan 1977 38
Albro Station 171.4 mm 17th   113.0 mm 03 Jan 1975 31
Listowel Downs   219.2 mm 18th   133.6 mm 12 Jan 1963 129

Daily Rainfall – Highest on Record for January

New Record Previous highest Years of
record
Heathlands Nat Park 153.4 mm 08th 150.0 mm 10 Jan 1979 34
Proserpine Airport   353.2 mm 14th 248.0 mm 07 Jan 1980 25
Alpha Post Office 162.4 mm 17th 126.5 mm 20 Jan 1956 121
Mantuan Downs 162.0 mm 19th 155.2 mm 20 Jan 1956 113
Gue 76.0 mm 14th 55.2 mm 06 Jan 2005 68
Beaudesert Cryna 142.8 mm 05th 139.4 mm 22 Jan 1894 113
Springbrook Road 265.0 mm 05th 222.0 mm 21 Jan 1982 27
Darlington 239.0 mm 05th 108.0 mm 20 Jan 1976 32
Maroon Dam 106.0 mm 05th 99.1 mm 11 Jan 1974 35
Killarney Post Office 147.2 mm 05th 93.5 mm 21 Jan 1893 118
Stanthorpe Leslie Pde 130.3 mm 05th 99.6 mm 12 Jan 1937 130
Applethorpe 122.0 mm 05th 66.8 mm 14 Jan 1972 38
Wallen 69.0 mm 18th 67.0 mm 07 Jan 2002 33



Mean Monthly Maximum Temperature - Lowest on Record for January
Mean monthly maximum
temperature
in January 2008
Previous lowest
for January
Normal for
January
Years of
record
Charters Towers Airport 32.1°C 32.1°C Jan 1998 33.9°C 16
Rolleston Warrijo St 31.1°C 31.9°C Jan 1991 35.2°C   19
Emerald Airport 31.1°C 33.2°C Jan 1996 34.9°C 16
Injune Post Office 29.7°C 30.1°C Jan 1974 33.8°C 41
Roma Airport    29.6°C 31.4°C Jan 1996 34.5°C   16

Mean Monthly Minimum Temperature - Highest on Record
Mean monthly minimum
temperature
in January 2008
Previous highest Normal for
January
Years of
record
Thangool Airport 21.3°C 21.1°C Feb 2003 19.6°C   30

Daily Maximum Temperature - Lowest on Record for January
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in January 2008
Previous lowest
for January
Normal for
January
Years of
record
Yeppoon The Esplanade 24.6°C 11th 24.8°C 25 Jan 2005    29.4°C 15
Injune Post Office 21.7°C 11th 21.8°C 01Jan 1999 33.8°C 41
Roma Airport 20.7°C 04th 21.5°C 01Jan 1999 34.5°C   16


Daily Minimum Temperature - Lowest on Record for January
Lowest daily minimum
temperature
in January 2008
Previous lowest
for January
Normal for
January
Years of
record
Toorak Research Station 12.0°C 10th 13.5°C 03 Jan 1970 23.0°C 31


Daily Minimum Temperature - Highest on Record for January
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in January 2008
Previous highest
for January
Normal for
January
Years of
record
Weipa Aero 27.6°C 16th 27.3°C 07 Jan 1996    24.2°C   16


Summaries

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


Summary statistics for January 2008
Maximum temperatures
for January
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for January
(°C)
Rainfall
for January
(millimetres)
Mean for
January
2008
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
January
2008
Mean for
January
2008
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
January
2008
Total for
January
2008
Normal
for
January
Rank of
January
2008
Fraction of
January
normal
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.6 −0.3 34.7 31st 25.6 −0.2 23.5 5th 300.6 260.9 normal 115%
Coen Airport 31.9 34.3 20th 23.7 21.8 14th 343.4
Horn Island 30.7 −0.1 32.5 31st 25.2 +0.1 22.8 4th 553.8 359.6 highest 154%
Scherger RAAF 31.3 34.3 29th 24.4 22.4 22nd 484.6
Weipa Aero 31.3 −0.7 34.1 29th 24.4 +0.2 22.5 8th 528.8 450.4 high 117%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 32.6 +1.0 35.7 17th 23.9 +0.3 22.0 22nd 264.6 392.7 low 67%
Musgrave 33.0 −0.3 35.5 20th 23.7 +0.6 21.9 22nd 256.2 270.6 normal 95%
Palmerville 32.1 −1.3 33.9 21st 23.3 +0.5 21.8 6th 227.8 261.0 normal 87%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 34.8 40.1 16th 25.7 23.4 10th 201.4
Burketown Post Office 34.7 +0.5 40.5 16th 25.8 +0.8 23.3 16th 199.6 216.5 normal 92%
Century Mine 39.1 42.9 16th 25.3 22.5 28th 61.6
Cloncurry Airport 37.9 +1.4 40.6 8th 24.8 +0.2 21.6 1st 54.0 172.9 low 31%
Croydon Township 33.8 −1.8 38.0 7th 24.9 +0.8 20.9 28th 344.6 216.4 high 159%
Julia Creek Airport 37.0 41.1 7th 22.5 19.4 30th 87.8
Kowanyama Airport 31.7 −1.5 34.0 26th 24.3 0 21.4 14th 78.8 333.3 very low 24%
Mornington Island 32.7 +0.5 35.1 23rd 26.0 +0.5 22.4 23rd 276.0 320.3 normal 86%
Mount Isa Aero 38.5 +2.1 41.1 20th 24.2 +0.4 21.5 15th 33.4 108.7 low 31%
Normanton Airport 34.2 36.7 7th 25.2 21.6 30th 147.8
Sweers Island 33.3 36.0 16th 26.8 23.0 23rd 103.2 300.2 low 34%
Toorak Research Station 37.5 +0.5 40.1 4th 22.3 −0.7 12.0 10th 107.2 116.9 normal 92%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 33.1 36.3 2nd 22.9 20.2 5th 142.8
Hughenden Airport 33.9 38.7 7th 22.8 20.3 6th 134.8
Richmond Airport 34.9 −2.0 40.3 7th 22.1 −1.3 19.1 30th 166.0 119.4 high 139%
Richmond Post Office 34.1 −2.9 39.2 7th 22.5 −0.4 19.1 15th 174.9 120.7 high 145%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 32.2 +0.7 35.7 18th 24.3 +0.6 21.0 1st 410.0 385.2 normal 106%
Cape Flattery 32.0 35.6 21st 24.5 22.9 6th 165.6
Cooktown Airport 32.2 36.5 20th 24.3 21.6 30th 220.2
Green Island 31.2 −0.1 35.1 20th 25.7 +0.5 23.2 30th
Kairi Research Station 28.4 +0.2 33.0 20th 20.2 +1.1 16.3 27th 313.9 245.9 high 128%
Low Isles Lighthouse 33.1 +0.9 36.8 20th 26.0 +0.4 23.1 30th 255.0 391.3 normal 65%
Mareeba Airport 30.9 34.6 21st 21.9 18.3 1st 214.6
Walkamin DPI 29.9 −0.1 33.9 21st 21.0 +0.7 17.2 1st 232.8 208.5 normal 112%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 31.2 −0.3 37.5 20th 23.9 +1.1 20.6 1st 651.7 435.3 high 150%
Ingham Composite 32.4 0 36.9 20th 22.9 0 18.5 14th 477.8 371.8 high 129%
Innisfail 31.8 +1.0 35.7 18th 24.3 +1.5 20.7 1st 337.0 503.6 normal 67%
Lucinda Point 30.6 +0.5 35.9 20th 25.2 −0.1 23.1 17th 244.6 174.9 high 140%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 32.0 +0.8 37.0 20th 23.7 +1.3 19.0 1st 419.6 521.4 normal 80%
Townsville Aero 31.5 +0.1 36.4 20th 24.5 +0.3 22.1 5th 479.6 268.5 high 179%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.9 −0.5 35.2 20th 24.6 −0.1 22.5 21st 267.4 226.2 normal 118%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 31.6 −0.2 35.0 20th 23.6 +1.0 21.8 25th 362.0 209.7 high 173%
Collinsville Post Office 32.1 −1.3 34.6 5th 22.4 +0.5 19.1 25th 260.4 134.3 high 194%
Hamilton Island Airport 29.2 33.0 6th 24.6 21.7 2nd 514.2
Mackay Aero 30.0 0 32.5 6th 23.5 +0.7 20.5 4th 304.8 327.2 normal 93%
Mackay M.O 29.6 −0.4 32.9 6th 24.0 +0.5 21.2 4th 341.0 277.4 high 123%
Proserpine Airport 30.6 −1.0 33.5 5th 23.5 +1.0 21.2 3rd 700.0 296.6 very high 236%
Samuel Hill Aero 29.7 33.1 6th 22.6 19.2 26th 254.4
St Lawrence 31.2 33.4 1st 23.1 20.6 11th 284.6
St Lawrence Post Office 31.4 −0.3 33.5 28th 23.3 +0.8 20.5 11th 284.7 207.1 high 137%
Woolshed 28.4 0 32.1 20th 20.7 0 17.4 1st 515.8 170.5 highest 303%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 28.6 −0.9 31.1 1st 23.5 −0.2 21.1 3rd 129.6 119.3 normal 109%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 32.1 −1.8 34.8 6th 22.7 +0.2 20.0 5th 337.0 153.3 high 220%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 31.7 −2.5 35.2 6th 20.9 −1.1 18.7 11th 272.2 100.2 very high 272%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Water Treatment Plant 31.1 −3.3 36.5 7th 22.2 −0.2 19.8 5th 73.1 63.1 normal 116%
Clermont Sirius St 31.9 −2.5 35.5 7th 21.5 −0.1 19.0 11th 254.0 117.6 very high 216%
Emerald Airport 31.1 −3.8 35.7 7th 21.8 −0.6 18.9 11th 172.6 86.1 high 200%
Rolleston Warrijo St 31.1 −4.1 36.6 7th 21.2 +0.2 18.3 11th 150.1 93.9 high 160%
Springsure Dame St 30.3 −3.8 36.0 7th 21.1 +0.3 17.9 6th 364.8 107.3 very high 340%
Tambo Post Office 31.8 −3.2 36.5 7th 20.3 −0.1 15.9 5th 199.5 81.6 very high 244%
Taroom Post Office 31.0 −2.7 36.2 7th 20.8 +0.2 17.4 11th 172.1 98.9 high 174%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 33.0 −2.6 39.5 1st 22.8 −0.3 20.2 21st 82.3 84.4 normal 98%
Blackall Airport 32.5 37.5 7th 21.9 20.0 18th 263.2
Isisford Post Office 34.3 −2.7 40.1 7th 23.1 +0.1 20.0 19th 89.9 69.0 high 130%
Longreach Aero 33.9 −3.3 38.0 7th 22.3 −0.8 19.4 19th 54.4 79.2 normal 69%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 40.7 +3.3 43.0 21st 26.2 +1.9 23.3 4th 3.2 95.5 very low 3%
The Monument Airport 39.7 41.4 21st 25.5 21.9 28th 7.2
Urandangi 41.5 +3.0 43.6 8th 25.6 +1.6 19.0 29th 1.5 60.0 very low 3%
Winton Airport 35.6 39.1 26th 23.0 18.9 6th 76.0
Winton Post Office 36.2 −1.5 39.3 7th 23.5 0 20.2 6th 96.6 81.4 normal 119%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 41.8 44.3 8th 28.0 23.2 20th 0.0
Boulia Airport 40.9 +2.4 43.7 8th 27.3 +2.8 24.4 12th 0.0 47.4 lowest 0%
Windorah Post Office 38.2 0 41.5 8th 24.9 +0.8 21.0 18th 4.0 42.1 low 10%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 32.2 −2.2 37.5 7th 22.1 +0.8 19.0 6th 133.7 93.2 high 143%
Bundaberg Aero 29.4 −0.7 32.6 8th 22.0 +0.6 19.7 4th 182.6 172.1 normal 106%
Gayndah Airport 30.9 36.2 7th 21.0 15.8 25th 81.4
Gayndah Post Office 31.2 −1.6 35.9 7th 21.3 +1.2 16.1 25th 82.5 111.8 normal 74%
Gladstone Airport 30.0 −0.7 33.1 5th 23.1 +0.1 21.0 4th 150.8 113.7 normal 133%
Gladstone Radar 30.0 −1.3 33.2 5th 22.7 +0.2 21.1 4th 137.4 144.2 normal 95%
Lady Elliot Island 28.2 −1.0 30.2 28th 24.3 +0.4 22.2 2nd 151.6 122.4 high 124%
Monto Township 29.7 −2.3 33.4 7th 20.4 +1.2 16.6 25th 165.6 109.3 high 152%
Rockhampton Aero 30.1 −1.8 33.9 5th 22.7 +0.6 19.7 25th 136.0 128.5 normal 106%
Rundle Island 27.2 −1.0 29.4 7th 24.0 −0.4 22.0 11th
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 28.5 −0.9 31.6 7th 22.3 0 20.4 2nd 351.4 160.3 very high 219%
Thangool Airport 32.8 −0.9 36.2 28th 21.3 +1.6 17.0 25th 34.0 96.3 low 35%
Town of 1770 28.9 −0.4 31.0 7th 23.0 +0.1 20.0 11th 261.0 156.6 high 167%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 29.3 −1.9 32.9 21st 20.3 +0.7 16.1 25th 103.8 111.5 normal 93%
Archerfield Airport 28.9 −1.5 31.4 21st 20.8 +0.6 17.2 4th 182.2 135.0 high 135%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 29.1 32.0 6th 19.8 16.4 28th 201.2
Beerburrum Forest Station 28.5 32.1 6th 20.5 17.8 25th 269.2 190.2 high 142%
Brian Pastures 30.2 −2.5 35.0 7th 20.2 −0.2 14.0 26th 77.7 101.2 normal 77%
Brisbane* 28.9 −0.5 31.3 14th 21.5 +0.8 17.6 4th 184.4 159.6 high 116%
Brisbane Aero 28.2 −0.8 30.2 21st 21.5 +0.4 17.6 4th 135.0 122.0 normal 111%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.0 +0.2 29.7 7th 22.3 +0.4 18.5 4th 130.4 150.9 normal 86%
Coolangatta 28.1 0 30.2 14th 21.3 +0.4 17.5 4th 260.4 144.0 high 181%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 27.3 −0.4 31.2 5th 22.4 +0.1 19.7 4th 179.4 163.3 normal 110%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.7 +0.3 32.2 21st 22.0 +0.2 18.1 4th 170.6 107.8 high 158%
Gympie 28.6 −2.6 32.4 6th 20.5 +1.0 15.6 25th 174.4 162.2 normal 108%
Hervey Bay Airport 29.2 32.5 8th 22.5 20.0 25th 183.0
Hinze Dam 27.7 −1.3 30.3 14th 17.8 4th 282.8 150.0 very high 189%
Jimna Forestry 25.5 29.1 6th 18.1 14.4 25th 223.2
Kingaroy Airport 27.9 33.3 7th 18.5 15.3 25th 105.2
Logan City Water Treatment 28.4 −1.3 31.1 21st 21.2 +0.9 18.0 4th 167.7 111.7 high 150%
Maleny Tamarind St 24.9 28.8 6th 18.8 15.8 25th 564.0 276.9 very high 204%
Maroochydore Aero 28.0 −0.5 29.9 13th 22.0 +0.8 18.7 4th 238.8 118.1 high 202%
Maryborough 29.5 −1.2 33.5 7th 21.6 +1.0 18.8 25th 214.8 162.8 high 132%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 27.8 31.3 6th 21.1 19.0 4th 310.6
Point Lookout 28.5 −0.3 31.1 7th 22.2 −0.4 19.2 4th 88.7 109.6 normal 81%
Rainbow Beach 27.9 −1.0 32.2 5th 22.6 +0.6 19.7 4th 396.6 153.1 highest 259%
Redcliffe 28.1 30.0 21st 21.8 17.6 4th 119.0
Tewantin RSL Park 27.6 −0.9 32.3 5th 22.2 +0.4 19.1 4th 251.2 130.4 high 193%
Toolara 28.9 −2.6 33.6 5th 20.7 +0.1 18.7 5th 352.6 136.3 highest 259%
University of Queensland Gatton 29.2 −2.3 32.4 21st 19.7 +0.6 15.4 25th 125.4 112.0 normal 112%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 24.1 −2.3 28.4 28th 15.5 +0.3 11.5 25th 183.2 95.6 high 192%
Dalby Airport 30.8 −1.8 35.6 28th 18.6 −0.2 15.5 25th 14.6 78.4 low 19%
Goondiwindi Airport 32.6 −1.6 37.0 14th 19.9 −0.3 16.2 3rd 45.5 86.7 normal 52%
Inglewood Forest 31.6 36.5 28th 18.5 14.5 24th 16.8
Oakey Aero 29.6 −1.2 34.1 6th 18.5 +0.7 14.3 25th 54.6 78.2 normal 70%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 24.7 −2.7 29.5 28th 16.1 +0.5 12.9 28th 164.0 97.0 high 169%
Texas Post Office 32.2 −1.6 36.6 28th 19.1 +0.7 15.3 24th 40.0 88.5 low 45%
Toowoomba Airport 26.6 −1.8 30.6 6th 17.5 +0.1 14.6 25th 35.2 63.7 low 55%
Warwick 27.3 −2.9 31.7 28th 17.5 +0.7 14.3 28th 108.8 87.2 normal 125%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 30.8 −3.5 35.1 7th 20.4 −0.1 17.5 3rd 74.2 66.6 normal 111%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 29.7 −4.0 35.4 7th 19.6 0 15.8 11th 229.2 90.9 very high 252%
Mitchell Post Office 30.4 −3.7 35.7 7th 19.7 −0.2 12.9 1st 194.6 82.7 very high 235%
Roma Airport 29.6 −5.0 35.1 14th 20.1 −1.0 17.1 2nd 168.4 74.2 high 227%
St George Airport 30.9 −4.3 37.5 14th 20.8 −1.1 18.2 26th 81.6 69.8 high 117%
Surat 31.0 −3.2 36.6 14th 20.4 −0.2 16.5 2nd 67.7 72.5 normal 93%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 32.3 −3.3 39.8 14th 21.9 +0.5 19.0 26th 88.0 63.1 high 139%
Charleville Aero 32.2 −2.8 38.8 14th 21.1 −0.6 17.9 5th 266.8 74.6 highest 358%
Cunnamulla Post Office 33.3 −2.7 40.0 14th 22.3 +0.2 19.0 18th 149.2 46.4 very high 322%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 39.2 42.0 7th 25.9 20.9 19th 8.4
Quilpie Airport 35.2 −1.8 40.9 14th 23.1 −0.6 18.5 18th 47.7 53.2 normal 90%
Thargomindah Airport 36.4 41.9 14th 24.7 19.8 18th 37.6


Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 12 pm on Tuesday 29 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

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