Tuesday, 1 April 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC14L0

March 2008 Climate Summary for Queensland

Summary

Some very high rainfall at the start of March along the north tropical coast eased by the middle of the month. Similar falls did not occur inland, nor across the state, so much of Queensland received average to below average rainfall.

Cooler temperatures infiltrated large parts of the southern and central districts near the end of the month, with some areas up to 12°C below average.  This was mainly due to a dry southwesterly airflow, and this phenomena also affected large parts of neighbouring states.

Rainfall

Mixed rainfall across the state during March has seen the return of average to below average figures, apart from the Northern Tropical Coast and adjacent districts, which managed to sustain above average rainfall for the period.  

At the beginning of the month, a low off the north east coast continued to bring some moderate to heavy rain, showers and thunderstorms to the Northern Tropical Coast and Tableland districts. This activity continued across these coastal districts for the next few days, and the southeasterly stream brought some heavier showers and rain.

As a result, the highest daily rainfall was recorded at sites in the North Tropical Coast district.  Totals include Port Douglas with 446 mm, Topaz with 364 mm, Myola with 334 mm and Mossman South with 302 mm, all recorded at 9am on the 5th.  
Overall the wettest place for the month was 1586 mm at Bulgun Creek Alert, also located in the North Tropical Coast district.

In contrast to the totals received about the North Tropical Coastal, most of the Peninsula had average falls, while the remainder of the state experienced below to very much below average rainfall for the month.  

Some sites had their lowest total March rainfall on record.

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

Brisbane received 41.8 mm of rainfall, compared to a long term average of 140.7 mm.


Temperature

During March, the coastal and central districts remained below average for the month, while the western districts were average or slightly above average for both mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures.

Near the end of the month, cool south to south-westerly winds brought some very low daytime and night time temperatures.  

Some sites had their coldest March day (lowest maximum temperature) on record, while some sites had their lowest March mean daily maximum temperature on record.  

The coldest night was −0.2°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 30th, and some sites had their lowest March temperature on record and their lowest March mean daily minimum temperature on record .

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

Brisbane recieved a mean maximum temperature of 27.3°C (−0.7°C below long term average) and a mean minimum of 18.1°C (−1.3°C below 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
40.1°C at Bedourie Police Station on the 15th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
37.1°C at Camooweal Township
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
23.0°C at Applethorpe
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
19.4°C at Toowoomba Airport on the 17th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−0.2°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 30th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
11.2°C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
25.7°C at Coconut Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
28.2°C at Sweers Island on the 25th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
1586.0 mm at Bulgun Creek Alert
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
446.2 mm at Port Douglas - Warner St on the 5th
Highest wind gust
89 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 10th

Records

Record lowest total March rainfall
Total rainfall
for March 2008 (mm)
Previous lowest
for March
Years of
record
Normal for
March
Townsville Aero 1.8 7.2 in 1992 68 180.8
Mount Charlton 4.0 12.0 in 1992 52 252.4
Pormpuraaw Township 41.0 44.1 in 1966 48 295.9
Roma Peak 7.2 9.6 in 2002 45 130.8
Brigalow Research Stn 1.4 1.8 in 1998 40 43.7


Record lowest March daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in March 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for March
Years of
record
Normal for
March
Gladstone Radar 21.9 on the 29th 22.4 on the 21st in 1974 51 30.3
Mackay M.O 22.8 on the 29th 23.0 on the 21st in 1974 49 28.6


Record lowest March mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for March 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for March
Years of
record
Normal for
March
Mackay M.O 27.1 27.2 in 1972 49 28.6
Low Isles Lighthouse 28.7 29.4 in 1971 41 30.9


Record lowest March temperature
Lowest temperature
in March 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for March
Years of
record
Normal for
March
Amberley AMO 6.7 on the 31st 7.9 on the 28th in 1984 67 17.8
Charleville Aero 6.2 on the 29th 8.2 on the 28th in 1966 66 18.7
Quilpie Airport 9.6 on the 29th 10.7 on the 31st in 1973 52 20.6
Tambo Post Office 5.8 on the 29th 6.1 on the 28th in 1966 52 17.6
Taroom Post Office 7.2 on the 31st 8.3 on the 12th in 1986 52 18.2
Urandangi 9.1 on the 30th 9.8 on the 22nd in 1975 50 21.1
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade −0.2 on the 30th 2.8 on the 29th in 1965 47 13.8
Surat 5.5 on the 29th 6.7 on the 19th in 1996 45 17.8
Redlands HRS 10.9 on the 31st 12.1 on the 31st in 1987 43 18.6
University of Queensland Gatton 6.7 on the 31st 7.2 on the 1st in 1970 43 17.3
Injune Post Office 3.6 on the 31st 5.0 on the 29th in 1984 41 16.4
Applethorpe 0.3 on the 30th 2.5 on the 31st in 1980 40 13.3
Mitchell Post Office 4.0 on the 29th 5.2 on the 29th in 1984 39 16.7
Texas Post Office 4.9 on the 29th 5.5 on the 14th in 1988 37 15.8
Oakey Aero 2.3 on the 31st 5.7 on the 31st in 1980 35 15.7



Record lowest March mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for March 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for March
Years of
record
Normal for
March
University of Queensland Gatton 14.1 15.3 in 2005 87 17.3
Tambo Post Office 14.3 14.6 in 1953 78 17.6
Amberley AMO 14.6 15.1 in 1988 67 17.8
Charleville Aero 15.9 16.0 in 1994 66 18.7
Taroom Post Office 15.1 15.8 in 1961 56 18.2
Injune Post Office 13.3 14.0 in 1972 41 16.4
Applethorpe 11.2 11.3 in 1980 40 13.3
Brigalow Research Stn 16.6 16.8 in 1980 39 18.8
Oakey Aero 13.5 13.8 in 1993 35 15.7



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 March 2008
Maximum temperatures
for March
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for March
(°C)
Rainfall
for March
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2008
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
March
2008
Mean for
March
2008
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
March
2008
Total for
March
2008
Normal
for
March
Rank of
March
2008
Fraction of
March
normal
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.6 +1.0 34.6 24th 25.7 −0.2 23.9 30th 42.0 291.7 low 14%
Coen Airport 31.5   33.1 29th 23.1   20.8 27th 145.2
Horn Island 30.8 +0.5 32.4 25th 25.1 +0.1 23.8 16th 122.8 353.5 very low 35%
Scherger RAAF 32.4   33.7 29th 23.5   21.4 28th 346.0
Weipa Aero 32.3 +0.5 33.6 23rd 23.7 −0.1 21.8 28th 233.2 420.2 low 55%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.7 +0.1 32.7 1st 23.4 0.0 20.1 28th 328.6 451.7 normal 73%
Musgrave 32.6 +0.4 34.5 1st 22.5 +0.1 21.0 27th 127.0 240.0 low 53%
Palmerville 31.8 −0.5 33.6 26th 21.4 −0.4 19.5 8th 192.8 181.2 normal 106%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 35.1   38.3 21st 23.2   17.6 31st 104.2
Burketown Post Office 34.1 +0.6 37.1 21st 23.7 +0.2 18.0 31st 116.4 153.0 normal 76%
Century Mine 36.9   39.4 24th 23.0   19.2 2nd 28.2
Cloncurry Airport 36.3 +0.4 40.0 24th 22.9 +0.4 15.4 30th 7.4 80.2 low 9%
Croydon Township 33.5 −0.9 35.1 25th 23.0 −0.3 20.6 10th 26.0 115.3 low 23%
Julia Creek Airport 36.5   39.3 24th 19.8   15.0 9th 13.8
Kowanyama Airport 32.7 −0.1 34.4 20th 23.8 +0.1 22.7 6th 264.6 234.3 normal 113%
Mount Isa Aero 35.2 +0.9 38.3 25th 21.7 −0.1 17.2 2nd 1.8 64.1 very low 3%
Sweers Island 32.3   34.6 21st 25.3   21.2 31st 152.8 205.3 normal 74%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 33.0   35.5 26th 21.6   18.7 23rd 26.8
Hughenden Airport 33.0   36.6 25th 20.1   16.8 1st 2.0
Richmond Airport 34.5 −1.7 37.3 24th 18.7 −2.7 13.8 9th 0.2 51.8 very low 0%
Richmond Post Office 33.9 −1.0 37.0 25th 19.4 −1.3 14.5 9th 20.0 60.8 normal 33%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 29.5 −1.0 31.5 1st 23.2 +0.1 20.7 27th 793.2 425.2 very high 187%
Cape Flattery 29.8   31.3 22nd 24.1   22.5 4th 753.6
Cooktown Airport 29.2   30.5 29th 23.3   20.3 27th 722.4
Green Island 27.3 −2.0 29.8 28th 24.2 −0.6 22.0 31st
Kairi Research Station 25.0 −1.4 28.3 27th 18.6 +0.1 14.5 27th 531.2 258.8 high 205%
Low Isles Lighthouse 28.7 −2.1 31.2 28th 24.4 −0.7 22.7 6th 636.8 435.7 high 146%
Mareeba Airport 28.4   31.3 27th 20.6   18.5 27th 312.2
Walkamin DPI 26.7 −1.3 30.4 27th 19.7 +0.2 16.2 27th 339.6 214.3 high 158%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 28.9 −1.8 32.1 28th 23.0 +1.1 21.4 26th 299.3 399.7 normal 75%
Ingham Composite 29.7 −1.1 32.2 27th 22.0 −0.2 18.5 8th 149.4 368.1 low 41%
Innisfail 28.5 −1.3 31.0 28th 22.9 +0.9 20.8 27th 787.4 662.6 normal 119%
Lucinda Point 27.9 −1.9 30.1 27th 24.1 −0.6 22.2 7th 35.6 150.8 lowest 24%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 28.2 −1.7 31.0 28th 22.7 +0.8 20.0 27th 947.8 619.6 high 153%
Townsville Aero 30.7 0.0 32.7 28th 22.6 −0.3 19.5 8th 1.8 180.8 lowest 1%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 29.3 −1.5 31.3 28th 21.9 −1.1 19.9 8th 113.6 79.0 high 144%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.5 −0.3 32.5 27th 20.8 −0.6 18.4 8th 62.4 148.9 normal 42%
Bowen Airport 29.8 −1.1 31.6 28th 22.3 −0.4 19.0 25th 6.2 75.2 low 8%
Collinsville Post Office 30.7 −1.2 33.4 27th 18.6 −1.4 16.0 8th 8.0 93.1 very low 9%
Hamilton Island Airport 26.5   28.4 28th 22.8   20.8 29th 160.2
Mackay Aero 28.2 −1.0 29.3 12th 21.0 −0.9 16.2 30th 36.4 197.6 low 18%
Mackay M.O 27.1 −1.5 28.9 28th 21.7 −0.5 17.7 30th 54.8 250.7 very low 22%
Proserpine Airport 28.8 −1.5 31.0 28th 21.1 −0.3 18.8 5th 61.4 142.4 low 43%
Samuel Hill Aero 27.3   29.2 26th 20.3   12.3 31st 110.6
St Lawrence 29.8   31.4 26th 19.7   14.3 30th 53.2
St Lawrence Post Office 30.1 −0.8 31.6 26th 20.0 −1.1 14.6 30th 35.6 132.5 low 27%
Williamson 29.2   31.1 21st 19.8   14.0 30th 35.0
Woolshed 27.0 −0.9 28.8 26th 18.8 −0.9 16.3 8th 44.8 75.5 low 59%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 27.0 −1.6 28.1 27th 20.7 −1.8 14.5 30th 74.6 74.0 normal 101%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 30.6 −1.7 33.3 26th 19.7 −1.2 17.5 8th 22.6 55.8 low 41%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 30.1 −2.4 33.0 26th 18.0 −2.2 14.3 31st 9.3 48.7 normal 19%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Water Treatment Plant 31.0 −1.7 34.0 26th 18.8 −2.3 12.5 31st 21.9 30.5 normal 72%
Brigalow Research Stn 31.0 −0.8 32.7 25th 16.6 −2.1 13.2 8th 1.4 43.7 lowest 3%
Clermont Sirius St 30.1 −2.0 32.5 26th 17.0 −2.5 12.0 30th 40.4 74.4 normal 54%
Emerald Airport 30.6 −2.7 33.0 26th 17.5 −3.0 12.1 31st 27.0 40.3 normal 67%
Rolleston Warrijo St     31.9 13th 16.0 −2.5 10.5 31st 6.8 60.9 low 11%
Springsure Dame St 29.6 −2.1 32.0 25th 17.2 −1.7 9.6 31st 7.6 68.3 low 11%
Tambo Post Office 31.1 −1.4 33.6 25th 14.3 −3.3 5.8 29th 1.2 57.1 very low 2%
Taroom Post Office 29.8 −1.9 32.8 26th 15.1 −3.1 7.2 31st 3.2 62.1 very low 5%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 31.7 −1.5 36.0 25th 19.2 −1.6 13.0 30th 6.6 59.6 low 11%
Blackall Airport 31.4   34.4 24th 16.8   8.3 30th 5.2
Isisford Post Office 32.8 −1.5 35.6 24th 17.6 −2.7 9.2 30th 0.6 59.5 low 1%
Longreach Aero 34.1 −0.6 37.1 25th 18.5 −1.8 9.7 30th 0.4 55.5 low 1%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 37.1 +1.8 39.9 14th 22.5 +0.7 12.1 31st 1.4 54.7 very low 3%
The Monument Airport 35.0   39.2 24th 20.9   10.6 31st 0
Trepell Airport 35.0   38.1 24th 20.3   12.8 30th 0.4
Urandangi 36.2 +0.5 39.7 24th 20.8 −0.3 9.1 30th 0 41.9 lowest 0%
Winton Airport 34.8   38.1 25th 19.0   13.3 30th 1.8
Winton Post Office 34.6 −0.6 37.9 23rd 19.5 −1.6 13.4 30th 2.2 53.1 low 4%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 35.5 −0.8 40.1 15th 19.0 −3.1 13.3 30th 0 17.6 lowest 0%
Birdsville Airport 36.0   39.9 8th 20.9   11.3 29th 0
Boulia Airport 35.4 0.0 39.4 24th 22.0 +0.3 13.9 31st 0 35.7 lowest 0%
Windorah Post Office 34.3 −0.3 38.0 24th 19.8 −1.3 10.0 29th 5.9 38.5 normal 15%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 31.1 −1.6 33.7 13th 17.9 −1.5 11.6 31st 26.8 73.2 low 37%
Bundaberg Aero 28.7 −0.4 30.9 26th 18.7 −1.2 15.6 31st 48.6 101.6 low 48%
Gayndah Airport 29.4   32.1 21st 16.0   9.1 31st 49.6
Gayndah Post Office 29.8 −1.1 33.0 27th 16.4 −1.8 9.5 31st 51.2 74.1 normal 69%
Gladstone Airport 29.0 −0.9 30.9 13th 20.5 −1.1 15.0 30th 97.4 49.9 high 195%
Gladstone Radar 29.5 −0.7 31.9 26th 20.3 −1.2 16.3 30th 90.8 83.5 normal 109%
Monto Township 28.5 −1.5 32.1 27th 15.3 −1.9 10.6 31st 51.6 76.4 normal 68%
Rockhampton Aero 29.4 −1.2 32.3 26th 19.7 −1.1 13.9 30th 54.2 96.5 normal 56%
Rundle Island 25.3 −2.2 26.3 26th 21.9 −2.0 18.6 29th
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 27.7 −0.8 29.2 26th 20.8 −0.9 17.3 29th 58.0 153.8 low 38%
Seventeen Seventy 27.3 −1.0 28.7 21st 20.1 −1.3 16.0 29th 63.2 116.5 normal 54%
Thangool Airport 30.6 −2.0 33.2 21st     10.9 31st 24.4 59.9 normal 41%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 28.0 −1.4 32.1 26th 14.6 −3.2 6.7 31st 36.4 82.1 normal 44%
Archerfield Airport 27.5 −1.2 31.9 26th 16.1 −2.2 10.1 30th 53.4 125.3 low 43%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 27.8   31.9 26th 14.9   9.0 31st 40.0
Beerburrum Forest Station 26.7 −2.0 30.4 26th 17.0 −1.4 11.7 31st 109.8 170.2 normal 65%
Brisbane* 27.3  −0.7 31.0 26th 18.1 −1.3 12.2 30th 41.8 140.7 low 30%
Brisbane Aero 26.5 −1.6 28.6 26th 17.5 −2.0 10.6 30th 39.6 77.5 low 51%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 25.4 −0.5 27.1 26th 20.8 −0.4 17.6 30th 31.6 180.5 very low 18%
Coolangatta 26.7 −0.3 28.6 26th 18.1 −1.5 12.7 30th 77.4 176.3 low 44%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 25.9 −0.8 28.1 27th 20.7 −1.1 17.0 29th 54.0 164.5 low 33%
Gold Coast Seaway 27.4 −0.2 32.5 26th 19.1 −1.6 13.4 31st 37.6 89.1 low 42%
Gympie 27.0 −2.4 29.3 26th 16.5 −1.6 10.2 31st 88.2 142.4 normal 62%
Hervey Bay Airport 28.2 −0.9 30.4 26th 19.1 −1.4 15.6 31st 87.8
Hinze Dam     30.8 26th 18.0 −1.3 14.3 31st 112.4 145.4 normal 77%
Jimna Forestry 23.5   27.8 26th 14.3   5.4 31st 68.8
Kingaroy Airport 25.9   30.1 26th 14.0   4.4 31st 21.8
Logan City Water Treatment 26.7 −1.7 28.4 20th 17.3 −1.5 12.4 31st 44.0 115.3 very low 38%
Maleny Tamarind St 23.5   27.4 26th 15.5   11.5 30th 142.6 285.8 normal 50%
Maroochydore Aero 26.6 −1.0 27.6 26th 18.8 −1.0 10.9 30th 80.2 112.5 low 71%
Maryborough 28.1 −1.0 30.0 27th 18.5 −0.9 16.0 5th 35.0 155.5 low 23%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 26.3   29.5 26th 17.9   10.6 30th 87.2
Point Lookout 27.5 −0.8 29.8 15th 20.8 −1.2 16.5 30th 55.3 113.1 low 49%
Rainbow Beach 26.4 −1.6 27.5 30th 19.8 −0.7 13.0 31st 94.6 115.3 normal 82%
Redcliffe 26.2   27.9 26th 18.5   12.4 30th 67.2
Tewantin RSL Park 25.9 −1.6 27.7 26th 19.2 −1.4 13.0 30th 166.2 163.3 normal 102%
Toolara 27.6 −2.4 30.7 27th 17.9 −1.8 15.0 30th 97.8 89.4 high 109%
University of Queensland Gatton 28.1 −1.5 31.8 26th 14.1 −3.2 6.7 31st 43.8 78.1 low 56%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 23.0 −0.9 26.3 26th 11.2 −2.1 0.3 30th 9.0 67.2 very low 13%
Dalby Airport 28.1 −2.4 31.7 26th 13.5 −2.8 5.3 31st 18.0 38.6 normal 47%
Goondiwindi Airport 30.5 −0.6 33.6 14th 14.7 −2.4 6.8 29th 0 48.9 very low 0%
Inglewood Forest 29.2   33.4 13th 13.5   7.5 29th 11.6
Oakey Aero 26.8 −2.0 31.0 26th 13.5 −2.2 2.3 31st 3.6 43.5 low 8%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 23.5 −1.5 27.4 26th 11.5 −2.3 −0.2 30th 6.8 65.5 very low 10%
Texas Post Office 30.6 −0.7 34.7 13th 13.7 −2.1 4.9 29th 1.0 55.7 very low 2%
Toowoomba Airport 24.2 −2.4 29.2 26th 14.4 −1.8 10.6 30th 44.2 55.9 normal 79%
Warwick 26.3 −1.7 30.2 26th 12.5 −2.5 2.9 31st 24.4 52.4 low 47%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 30.0 −1.7 32.4 14th 14.8 −3.2 4.3 30th 0.4 43.5 low 1%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 28.3 −2.7 31.1 21st 13.3 −3.1 3.6 31st 10.2 61.0 low 17%
Mitchell Post Office 30.5 −0.5 33.4 21st 14.2 −2.5 4.0 29th 0 60.0 lowest 0%
Roma Airport 30.0 −1.5 32.8 21st 15.3 −2.1 4.3 30th 2.6 43.7 lowest 6%
St George Airport 30.3 −2.1 33.6 14th 16.2 −2.6 6.2 29th 3.4 37.7 low 9%
Surat 30.5 −1.4 33.4 14th 15.7 −2.2 5.5 29th 5.2 57.4 low 9%
Warrego (district 44)
Charleville Aero 30.5 −1.6 34.1 8th 15.9 −2.8 6.2 29th 1.8 54.6 low 3%
Cunnamulla Post Office 32.0 −0.4 35.8 14th 17.4 −1.4 9.0 29th 26.4 39.8 normal 66%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 34.6   38.4 8th 20.7   11.1 29th 4.2
Quilpie Airport 33.1 −0.4 36.8 15th 18.4 −2.2 9.6 29th 58.5 39.5 high 148%
Thargomindah Airport 33.8   38.2 15th 19.9   9.4 30th 4.0

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Tuesday 1 April 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