Sunday, 1 June 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC14L0

Queensland in May 2008

Summary

Mixed rainfall across the state after the development of the east coast low near the end of the month.
Averaged across the state:
-the mean minimum (overnight) temperatures were the 7th lowest for May, based on records since 1950 (1.89°C below the long term average), 
-the mean maximum (day-time) temperatures were close to the long term average for May.

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Rainfall

Overall, the rainfall across the state was mixed, with some areas in the northern districts, and the Wide Bay and Burnett districts receiving above to very much about average falls, while some areas in the Herbert and Lower Burdekin had the lowest rainfall on record.  Some sites had their lowest total May rainfall on record. Though May totals are historically low for inland areas some had at least equal record status.

Up until the 30th of May, rainfall across the state was average to well below average, apart from pockets of the inland northern districts.  Areas of the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Maranoa and Warrego, and the southern end of the Central Highland districts were very much below average until the development of a low pressure system off the Queensland east coast near the end of the month.  The associated rainfall resulted in a return to the long term average in parts of the Capricornia and Central highland districts, and above to very much above average across the Wide Bay and Burnett district. However, parts of the Darling Downs, Granite Belt, Maranoa and Warrego where still below to very much below the monthly average. 

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

The highest daily rainfall was149.6 mm at Kingfisher Bay Resort on the 31st, followed by 127.2 mm at Lady Elliot Island on the 30th, then 115.2 mm at Bambaroo on the 15th.  

Flash flooding occurred in areas of Wide Bay and Burnett on the 30th May. Hervey Bay recorded a two day total of 214.2 mm by 9am on the 31st May, while Maryborough recorded 189.6 mm in the same time period.  These two day totals far exceed the long term average for the month (78 mm for May).
Other significant daily rainfall figures recorded at 9am on the 30th  include Cooroy Composite with 110 mm, Cooran with 105 mm, Coringa with 104 mm, Ball Lookout with 103 mm, Noosa Heads Alert with 103 mm, Eumundi with 103 mm and Cooroy Alert with102 mm.

The wettest overall was 477 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station, 381.4 mm at Kingfisher Bay Resort, then 347.1 mm at Innisfail.

Brisbane recorded 52 mm of rainfall, where the long term average for May is 74 mm.


Temperature

Averaged across the state, the mean maximum temperatures were slightly above the long term average for May. 

The map of  maximum temperature anomalies shows the northern districts and some coastal pockets about the Central and Capricornia coasts were below average for the month.  The rest of the state however was above average, with the largest anomalies occurring in the south west corner of Queensland.  Also see the map of mean maximum temperatures for May.

Mean minimum temperatures averaged across the state were the 7th lowest on record, based on figures since 1950. 

Looking at the map of minimum temperature anomalies shows most of Queensland, apart from a pocket in the south west to be below the long term average. Some areas of the state were up to 4°C below average for May.  Some sites had their lowest May temperature on record, while some sites had their lowest May mean daily minimum temperature on record.  Also see a map of mean minimum temperatures for May.

Brisbane recorded a mean maximum temperature of 24.3°C (0.9°C above the long term average) and a mean minimum temperature of 11.4 °C (1.0°C below the long term average) during May.

Wind

Due to the low pressure system forming to the east of Fraser Island, the strongest recorded wind gust was 98 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse, followed by 93 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse, both occurring on the 30th.  Rundle Island recorded 93 km/h on the 31st.


Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
35.1°C at Century Mine on the 2nd
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
31.8°C at Scherger RAAF
31.8°C at Weipa Aero
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
18.6°C at Applethorpe
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
10.5°C at Applethorpe on the 18th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−1.8°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 6th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
3.4°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
24.5°C at Horn Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
25.8°C at Coconut Island on the 1st
25.8°C at Horn Island on the 2nd
25.8°C at Horn Island on the 12th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
381.4 mm at Kingfisher Bay Resort
347.1 mm at Innisfail
346.0 mm at Saltwater Creek Alert
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
149.6 mm at Kingfisher Bay Resort on the 31st
127.2 mm at Lady Elliot Island on the 30th
115.2 mm at Bambaroo on the 15th
Highest wind gust
98 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 30th
93 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 30th
93 km/h at Rundle Island on the 31st

Records

Record lowest total May rainfall
Total rainfall
for May 2008 (mm)
Previous lowest
for May
Years of
record
Normal for
May
Boulia Airport 0.0 = 0.0 in 2001 123 13.1
Croydon Township 0.0 = 0.0 in 2007 120 8.0
Richmond Post Office 0.0 = 0.0 in 2002 119 15.3
Burketown Post Office 0.0 = 0.0 in 2004 117 6.1
Urandangi 0.0 = 0.0 in 2006 117 12.5
Camooweal Township 0.0 = 0.0 in 2003 115 11.1
Kowanyama Airport 0.0 = 0.0 in 2005 97 11.4
Musgrave 0.0 = 0.0 in 2003 97 15.4
Bedourie Police Station 0.0 = 0.0 in 2005 64 11.6
Ayr DPI Research Stn 0.0 = 0.0 in 2001 55 43.4
Roma Peak 2.4 2.5 in 1970 46 48.8
Mount Isa Aero 0.0 = 0.0 in 2003 42 12.6

Record lowest May temperature
Lowest temperature
in May 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for May
Years of
record
Normal for
May
Kowanyama Airport 8.5 on the 19th 9.4 on the 29th in 1967 38 19.2

Record lowest May mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for May 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for May
Years of
record
Normal for
May
Kowanyama Airport 15.8 = 15.8 in 2001 38 19.2
Coolangatta 12.0 = 12.0 in 2004 21 14.3
Seventeen Seventy 15.6 16.3 in 2006 21 17.1


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 May 2008
Maximum temperatures
for May
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for May
(°C)
Rainfall
for May
(millimetres)
Mean for
May
2008
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
May
2008
Mean for
May
2008
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
May
2008
Total for
May
2008
Normal
for
May
Rank of
May
2008
Fraction of
May
normal
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 30.4 −0.1 31.9 1st 24.3 −1.0 22.9 28th 82.8 67.6 high 122%
Coen Airport 30.1   34.7 6th 17.0   13.2 19th 0
Horn Island 29.5 −0.3 30.8 4th 24.5 −0.2 22.4 27th 14.2 67.9 normal 21%
Scherger RAAF 31.8   33.2 15th 19.5   16.0 23rd 0
Weipa Aero 31.8 −0.1 32.9 18th 20.0 −1.3 16.4 23rd 0 21.8 very low 0%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 28.6 −0.1 29.7 4th 20.4 −1.6 14.9 23rd 15.0 111.1 very low 14%
Musgrave 30.9 +0.2 32.2 18th     12.2 9th 0 15.4 lowest 0%
Palmerville 30.0 −1.2 31.7 15th 14.4 −3.0 8.6 19th 4.4 16.5 normal 27%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 30.9   34.2 17th 15.7   11.7 20th 0
Burketown Post Office 29.9 −0.6 33.5 17th 16.1 −0.9 12.9 19th 0 6.1 lowest 0%
Century Mine 31.3   35.1 2nd 14.8   10.5 20th 0
Cloncurry Airport 29.7 +0.3 32.4 6th 14.4 −1.1 9.0 19th 0 5.4 very low 0%
Croydon Township 30.2 −1.6 32.4 1st 16.0 −1.9 9.3 19th 0 8.0 lowest 0%
Julia Creek Airport 30.3   33.2 3rd 11.5   4.5 19th 0
Kowanyama Airport 31.2 −0.9 33.0 17th 15.8 −3.4 8.5 19th 0 11.4 lowest 0%
Mornington Island 29.5 +0.7 32.5 2nd 17.7 −2.5 13.3 21st 0 9.4 lowest 0%
Mount Isa Aero 28.8 +0.9 32.9 1st 12.2 −1.8 5.6 19th 0 12.6 lowest 0%
Normanton Airport 31.1   33.6 16th 17.3   12.8 22nd 0
Sweers Island 28.5   30.8 6th 19.7   15.0 21st 0
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 29.0   31.6 17th 13.8   6.0 19th 0.4
Hughenden Airport 28.0   30.5 16th 12.0   4.5 19th 0
Richmond Airport 29.1 −0.8 31.7 1st 11.0 −2.3 5.8 19th 0 6.9 very low 0%
Richmond Post Office 28.7 −0.4 32.1 3rd 11.1 −1.9 6.2 19th 0 15.3 lowest 0%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Atherton 22.8 −0.6 26.4 18th 12.2 −1.9 3.9 20th 34.6 59.6 low 58%
Cairns Aero 27.5 −0.1 29.6 3rd 18.3 −1.6 13.0 20th 44.4 91.5 low 49%
Cape Flattery 28.2   29.4 14th 21.8   16.4 31st 24.0
Cooktown Airport 27.2   28.3 18th 18.9   12.3 21st 31.0
Green Island 24.7 −1.2 26.5 4th 21.6 −0.9 18.6 31st
Kairi Research Station 23.0 0.0 27.8 18th 12.8 −2.0 6.0 20th 21.9 58.3 low 38%
Low Isles Lighthouse 27.1 −0.6 29.4 5th 21.8 −1.1 19.9 28th 74.2 99.0 normal 75%
Mareeba Airport 26.0   29.7 18th 14.7   9.7 31st 1.0
Walkamin DPI 24.6 −0.4 28.4 18th 14.1 −2.2 8.3 31st 4.0 27.2 very low 15%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 25.9 −1.3 28.0 17th 16.8 −0.8 10.2 20th 77.2 95.1 normal 81%
Ingham Composite 26.4 −0.7 29.0 17th 15.9 −1.9 10.2 21st 126.8 112.0 normal 113%
Innisfail 26.1 −0.3 27.9 3rd 17.4 −0.9 12.9 20th 347.1 301.1 normal 115%
Lucinda Point 24.4 −1.8 25.8 4th 19.9 −1.4 16.0 20th 81.4 62.6 high 130%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 25.7 −0.5 28.0 16th 16.5 −1.7 10.0 20th 174.8 269.7 low 65%
Townsville Aero 27.6 0.0 29.4 2nd 15.7 −1.9 9.3 20th 0.8 33.4 very low 2%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 26.2 −1.1 27.8 17th 16.0 −1.8 9.6 19th 2.6 27.5 very low 9%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 26.9 −0.7 29.0 2nd 14.7 −1.5 7.4 19th 0 43.4 lowest 0%
Bowen Airport 27.1 −0.1 29.4 4th 16.4 −1.9 8.9 21st 0 46.4 lowest 0%
Collinsville Post Office 27.0 −0.6 30.0 3rd 11.9 −2.0 5.3 20th 6.2 32.8 low 19%
Hamilton Island Airport 23.8   26.5 17th 20.0   17.3 31st 52.0
Mackay Aero 25.4 +0.3 27.3 17th 14.1 −1.5 6.5 19th 26.2 96.8 very low 27%
Mackay M.O 24.0 −0.2 27.1 17th 16.1 −1.0 10.4 19th 55.4 108.2 low 51%
Proserpine Airport 27.2 +0.6 29.8 17th 13.1 −3.1 5.2 19th 5.6 73.9 lowest 8%
Samuel Hill Aero 24.1   27.9 3rd 10.8   3.9 20th 83.0
St Lawrence 26.4   29.6 3rd 12.7   6.0 19th 5.0
St Lawrence Post Office 26.7 0.0 30.4 3rd 13.9 −1.3 7.6 19th 1.8 48.1 very low 4%
Te Kowai Exp Stn 25.7 +0.1 28.0 5th     7.8 20th 33.5 92.3 low 36%
Williamson 26.1   29.5 3rd 11.1   3.6 19th 12.8
Woolshed 23.6 −0.7 26.5 3rd 12.7 −1.9 3.2 20th 21.0 17.4 normal 121%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 23.2 −1.2 26.3 17th 14.2 −1.8 7.4 20th 68.2 80.4 normal 85%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 26.9 −0.7 29.8 17th 13.9 −1.6 8.6 20th 0 21.5 very low 0%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 26.2 −0.4 28.9 3rd 12.2 −2.4 6.2 19th 0.3 36.8 low 1%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Water Treatment Plant 26.3 −0.3 29.2 3rd 12.0 −1.2 5.2 19th 8.7 22.7 normal 38%
Brigalow Research Stn 26.1 +0.8 29.0 2nd 8.6 −3.0 2.6 19th 3.0 48.2 low 6%
Clermont Sirius St 26.1 +0.1 29.1 5th 9.0 −2.5 3.4 19th 12.8 35.1 normal 36%
Emerald Airport 26.1 −0.4 29.3 17th 11.2 −2.2 6.3 19th 7.8 19.5 normal 40%
Rolleston Warrijo St 25.6 −0.6 28.2 17th 8.0 −2.9 3.5 21st 4.6 35.8 low 13%
Springsure Dame St 25.1 −0.2 28.9 3rd 10.1 −0.9 5.6 19th 5.2 35.9 low 14%
Tambo Post Office 25.7 +0.8 28.6 2nd 5.9 −2.3 1.7 19th 2.2 34.5 low 6%
Taroom Post Office 25.6 +1.1 28.6 2nd 7.3 −2.5 2.2 21st 30.4 40.8 normal 75%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 26.5 +0.6 29.5 6th 11.3 −1.0 5.0 19th 18.2 31.0 normal 59%
Blackall Airport 26.2   28.8 6th 8.4   3.0 20th 0.2
Isisford Post Office 27.3 +1.1 30.0 6th 9.6 −1.7 4.8 19th 5.0 29.0 normal 17%
Longreach Aero 27.7 +0.7 30.5 2nd 10.4 −1.7 3.6 19th 2.0 27.4 normal 7%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 30.2 +1.3 34.4 1st 12.1 −1.4 7.4 19th 0 11.1 lowest 0%
The Monument Airport 28.0   31.8 1st 10.8   7.2 20th 0
Urandangi 28.8 +1.3 32.6 2nd 10.6 −1.5 5.7 19th 0 12.5 lowest 0%
Winton Airport 28.5   30.9 3rd 10.9   6.2 19th 10.4
Winton Post Office 28.3 +0.5 30.7 6th 11.9 −1.1 6.2 19th 11.6 20.5 normal 57%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 28.3 +1.6 31.4 2nd 11.2 −0.6 8.1 19th 0 11.6 lowest 0%
Birdsville Airport 26.8   30.8 2nd 10.7   8.3 21st 0
Boulia Airport 28.5 +1.8 31.8 1st 13.0 +0.5 9.9 18th 0 13.1 lowest 0%
Windorah Post Office 27.2 +1.9 30.7 13th 11.8 +0.4 6.6 18th 3.4 18.6 normal 18%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 26.6 0.0 28.8 13th 9.6 −2.8 3.3 21st 18.4 42.1 normal 44%
Bundaberg Aero 24.8 +0.1 29.4 3rd 13.4 −0.8 7.8 19th 159.0 70.9 very high 224%
Gayndah Airport 25.6   28.7 8th 8.8   3.0 21st 53.6
Gayndah Post Office 26.0 +0.8 29.4 8th 9.3 −1.0 3.5 21st 59.7 41.0 high 146%
Gladstone Airport 25.0 −0.7 29.1 3rd 13.8 −2.0 7.7 19th 43.2 37.9 normal 114%
Gladstone Radar 26.1 +0.5 30.1 3rd 16.3 −0.7 11.9 20th 44.2 60.5 normal 73%
Lady Elliot Island 23.6 −0.4 26.2 2nd 18.7 −0.9 12.0 21st 254.0 116.9 very high 217%
Monto Township 24.4 +0.1 27.6 3rd 7.4 −2.9 1.9 21st 63.9 45.5 high 140%
Rockhampton Aero 25.9 −0.1 29.7 3rd 13.2 −1.0 6.8 19th 41.4 48.1 normal 86%
Rundle Island 22.6 −1.1 25.7 7th 18.6 −0.9 15.3 19th
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 23.7 −0.4 25.8 8th 16.8 −0.7 13.9 18th 214.6 117.9 very high 182%
Seventeen Seventy 24.3 +0.1 27.5 6th 15.6 −1.5 12.5 19th 135.0 113.1 high 119%
Thangool Airport 26.7 +0.1 30.3 2nd 8.3 −1.9 1.7 21st 22.6 40.5 normal 56%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 24.9 +0.9 27.9 7th 6.7 −3.5 1.3 20th 16.8 51.3 low 33%
Archerfield Airport 24.5 +0.6 27.6 2nd 9.7 −2.3 5.9 25th 60.6 73.5 normal 82%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 24.3   27.5 2nd 7.5   3.2 8th 45.4
Beerburrum Forest Station 23.9 −0.3 27.4 7th 11.0 −1.8 7.3 21st 62.6 118.1 normal 53%
Brisbane* 24.3 +0.9 27.8 7th 12.3 −1.0 8.6 20th 52.0 73.7 normal 71%
Brisbane Aero 23.5 −0.2 27.8 7th 11.4 −1.5 7.5 20th 54.6 110.7 normal 49%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 22.1 +0.4 25.7 7th 16.6 +0.1 12.0 18th 59.4 171.2 low 35%
Coolangatta 23.5 +0.4 26.8 7th 12.0 −2.3 6.2 20th 63.2 146.6 low 43%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 22.1 −0.2 26.4 3rd 16.9 −0.4 11.4 18th 98.6 147.2 normal 67%
Gold Coast Seaway 24.5 +1.1 27.8 17th 13.7 −1.8 8.2 20th 47.6 110.7 normal 43%
Gympie 24.5 0.0 28.0 3rd 8.3 −2.5 2.4 20th 83.0 72.0 normal 115%
Hervey Bay Airport 23.7 −0.7 27.1 7th 12.9 −1.3 6.2 20th 266.2 108.7 high 245%
Hinze Dam 23.4 0.0 26.2 7th 12.8 −1.2 9.4 21st 43.6 130.1 normal 34%
Jimna Forestry 21.0   23.9 3rd 6.9   2.1 21st 69.2
Kingaroy Airport 22.5   25.5 8th 5.6   0.0 7th 30.6
Logan City Water Treatment 24.1 +0.1 27.6 2nd 11.2 −1.3 7.1 20th 64.3 111.3 normal 58%
Maleny Tamarind St 21.1   24.4 7th 11.3   7.0 18th 123.6 142.4 normal 87%
Maroochydore Aero 23.2 −0.1 26.4 7th 11.8 −2.1 6.9 20th 163.6 174.3 normal 94%
Maryborough 25.1 +0.5 29.2 3rd 11.3 −1.8 4.3 20th 197.4 78.8 very high 251%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 23.7   27.2 7th 12.2   8.6 20th 154.2
Point Lookout 23.9 +0.3 27.2 2nd 15.8 −1.3 10.5 18th 112.9 139.5 normal 81%
Rainbow Beach 23.3 −0.6 26.6 3rd 12.7 −1.7 6.5 20th 179.0 166.5 normal 108%
Redcliffe 23.0   26.1 6th 13.1   9.8 20th 68.8
Redlands HRS 23.8 +0.6 27.0 7th 9.7 −2.9 7.1 21st 86.6 112.7 normal 77%
Tewantin RSL Park 23.1 −0.6 26.7 7th 13.6 −1.4 9.2 20th 199.4 175.5 normal 114%
Toolara 24.4 −0.1 28.1 3rd 13.8 −0.8 9.4 19th 164.0 102.5 high 160%
University of Queensland Gatton 24.8 +1.1 27.8 2nd 8.0 −2.2 2.6 7th 10.8 45.7 low 24%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 18.6 +1.3 22.1 8th 3.8 −2.5 −1.1 20th 24.8 47.7 normal 52%
Dalby Airport 23.8 +0.4 26.2 16th 5.9 −2.8 0.4 20th 8.0 38.4 low 21%
Goondiwindi Airport 24.1 +0.8 27.1 2nd 7.4 −1.3 2.7 20th 4.3 37.1 very low 12%
Inglewood Forest 23.3   26.6 2nd 8.8   2.8 18th 15.8
Oakey Aero 23.0 +0.7 25.6 2nd 5.5 −2.5 −0.6 21st 6.2 40.3 low 15%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 19.4 +1.1 22.8 8th 3.4 −2.1 −1.8 6th 29.9 46.1 normal 65%
Texas Post Office 23.7 +0.7 26.6 2nd 6.9 −1.1 0.6 20th 6.2 39.2 low 16%
Toowoomba Airport 20.2 +0.3 23.0 17th 9.5 −0.5 2.6 18th 7.2 32.7 very low 22%
Warwick 21.4 +0.1 24.2 2nd 4.7 −2.2 −0.3 7th 23.6 38.6 normal 61%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 25.5 +1.5 28.8 23rd 6.2 −2.0 0.7 21st 21.0 21.5 normal 98%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 24.7 +1.2 28.6 2nd 4.7 −3.3 0.1 21st 5.8 33.7 low 17%
Mitchell Post Office 25.0 +2.0 29.2 2nd 4.2 −2.9 0.0 21st 1.0 32.7 low 3%
Roma Airport 24.5 +0.7 28.6 2nd 5.6 −2.6 0.7 20th 7.0 37.2 low 19%
St George Airport 24.1 +1.0 28.1 2nd 7.7 −1.3 2.9 6th 15.4 27.9 normal 55%
Surat 24.4 +0.9 28.3 2nd 7.2 −1.8 2.2 20th 7.6 34.7 low 22%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 24.9 +1.9 28.5 13th 7.7 −1.0 3.5 6th 8.9 32.7 low 27%
Charleville Aero 24.9 +1.7 28.1 2nd 6.8 −2.2 2.4 21st 0.4 32.4 very low 1%
Cunnamulla Post Office 24.2 +1.3 28.1 12th 9.2 −0.6 5.1 18th 2.4 30.4 low 8%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 25.5   29.6 13th 11.6   6.3 18th 11.6
Quilpie Airport 25.9 +1.9 29.2 14th 9.8 −1.2 6.0 20th 51.6 27.8 high 186%
Thargomindah Airport 24.5   28.0 26th 10.3   6.3 18th 3.0

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Sunday 1 June 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