Friday, 2 January 2009 - Monthly Climate Summary for Brisbane Metro - Product code IDCKGC24R0

Brisbane Metro in December 2008

Storms Continue

Summary

Although rainfall has continued over the Brisbane region, and the outer rim of Brisbane Metro (i.e. Amberley, Logan City and Redcliffe) reached it's December average, rainfall over the inner Metro area (Archerfield, Brisbane i.e. Kangaroo Point, and Brisbane Airport) was below average. Temperatures were generally above average, particularly at night. 

An archive of previous summaries for other states and many other climate summaries and diagnostics are available.

Details

There has been an above average number of thunderstorms recorded this month (at least 8 up to the 20th). There are usually at least three thunderstorms observed at Brisbane Airport during December. For interest, there were major storms and tornadic squalls in Brisbane on 16th December 1980.

Rainfall

The wettest overall was 142.3 mm at Logan City Water Treatment, followed by 134.0 mm at Amberley AMO, followed by 122.8 mm at Redcliffe.

The driest overall was 48.8 mm at Brisbane Aero, followed by 62.6 mm at Brisbane, followed by 95.8 mm at Archerfield Airport.

The wettest single day was at Amberley AMO on the 7th with 73.4 mm, followed by 47.8 mm at Logan City Water Treatment Station on the 7th, followed by 34.2 mm at Archerfield Airport, also on the 7th.

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

Maximum temperature

The hottest day was 38.6 °C at Amberley AMO on the 31st, followed by 38.4 °C at Amberley AMO on the 30th, followed by 35.8 °C at Archerfield Airport on the 31st.

The warmest days on average were 31.7 °C at Amberley AMO, followed by 30.3 °C at Logan City Water Treatment Station, followed by 30.2 °C at Archerfield Airport and at Brisbane.

The coolest days on average were 28.8 °C at Brisbane Aero, followed by 29.1 °C at Redcliffe, followed by 30.2 °C at Archerfield Airport and Brisbane.

The coldest day was 25.8 °C at Brisbane Aero on the 8th, followed by 25.9 °C at Redcliffe on the 22nd, followed by 26.2 °C at both Amberley AMO and at Archerfield Airport on the 8th.

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

Minimum temperature

The coldest night was 12.8 °C at Amberley AMO on the 1st, followed by 13.0 °C at Amberley AMO on the 23rd, followed by 13.5 °C at Amberley AMO on the 15th.

The coolest nights on average were 18.4 °C at Amberley AMO, followed by 19.8 °C at Archerfield Airport, followed by 20.0 °C at Logan City Water Treatment Station.

The warmest nights on average were 21.0 °C at Redcliffe, followed by 20.7 °C at Brisbane, followed by 20.3 °C at Brisbane Aero.

The warmest night was 24.3 °C at Redcliffe on the 14th, followed by 23.9 °C at Redcliffe on the 26th, followed by 23.8 °C at both Brisbane and Redcliffe on the 27th.

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

Wind

The strongest recorded wind gust was 81 km/h at Amberley AMO on the 3rd, followed by 69 km/h at Redcliffe on the 20th, followed by 67 km/h at Redcliffe on the 19th.

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
38.6 °C at Amberley AMO on the 31st
38.4 °C at Amberley AMO on the 30th
35.8 °C at Archerfield Airport on the 31st
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
31.7 °C at Amberley AMO
30.3 °C at Logan City Water Treatment
30.2 °C at Archerfield Airport
30.2 °C at Brisbane
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
28.8 °C at Brisbane Aero
29.1 °C at Redcliffe
30.2 °C at Archerfield Airport
30.2 °C at Brisbane
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
25.8 °C at Brisbane Aero on the 8th
25.9 °C at Redcliffe on the 22nd
26.2 °C at Amberley AMO on the 8th
26.2 °C at Archerfield Airport on the 8th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
12.8 °C at Amberley AMO on the 1st
13.0 °C at Amberley AMO on the 23rd
13.5 °C at Amberley AMO on the 15th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
18.4 °C at Amberley AMO
19.8 °C at Archerfield Airport
20.0 °C at Logan City Water Treatment
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
21.0 °C at Redcliffe
20.7 °C at Brisbane
20.3 °C at Brisbane Aero
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
24.3 °C at Redcliffe on the 14th
23.9 °C at Redcliffe on the 26th
23.8 °C at Brisbane on the 27th
23.8 °C at Redcliffe on the 27th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
142.3 mm at Logan City Water Treatment
134.0 mm at Amberley AMO
122.8 mm at Redcliffe
Driest overall
Lowest total rainfall
48.8 mm at Brisbane Aero
62.6 mm at Brisbane
95.8 mm at Archerfield Airport
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
73.4 mm at Amberley AMO on the 7th
47.8 mm at Logan City Water Treatment on the 7th
34.2 mm at Archerfield Airport on the 7th
Highest wind gust
81 km/h at Amberley AMO on the 3rd
69 km/h at Redcliffe on the 20th
67 km/h at Redcliffe on the 19th


Summaries

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Summary statistics for December 2008
Maximum temperatures
for December
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for December
(°C)
Rainfall
for December
(millimetres)
Mean for
December
2008
Diff
from
average
Highest for
December
2008
Mean for
December
2008
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
December
2008
Total for
December
2008
Average
for
December
Rank of
December
2008
Fraction of
December
average
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 31.7 +0.9 38.6 31st 18.4 0.0 12.8 1st 134.0 120.4 average 111%
Archerfield Airport 30.2 +0.7 35.8 31st 19.8 +0.8 15.4 1st 95.8 125.1 average 77%
Brisbane* 30.2 +1.1  34.9 31st 20.7 +0.9  17.0 1st 62.6 133.3 very low 47%
Brisbane Aero 28.8 +0.6 34.0 31st 20.3 +0.3 16.3 1st 48.8 119.8 very low 41%
Logan City Water Treatment 30.3 +1.4 35.5 31st 20.0 +1.1 14.5 24th 142.3 129.0 average 110%
Redcliffe* 29.1 +1.0  32.9 31st 21.0 +0.5  16.8 1st 122.8 117.8 average 104%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 11 am on Friday 2 January 2009. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages 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 nearaby suitable site may be included to calculate statistics (these are marked with an *)
The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of long-term average 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, average in decile 4 to 7, high in decile 8 or 9 and very high is in decile 10).
The Fraction of average 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