Friday, 2 January 2009 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC14R0

Queensland in December 2008

Below average rainfall for most of the State

Summary

Despite numerous thunderstorms across major populated centres in QLD, the majority of locations did not reach their monthly mean rainfall quotas. Exceptions included the Central Highlands and far north of the state surrounding the central Peninsula. The maximum temperatures exceeded the mean over much of the state, by between 1 and 4°C around the Wide Bay and Burnett regions and extending westwards from the Central Coast. The Gulf Country experienced below average maximum temperatures with anomalies of up to −2°C. 

An archive of previous monthly summaries for Queensland is also available, as are summaries for other states and many other climate summaries and diagnostics.

Details

Of particular note was the flash flooding on Bribie Island on the 7th and in Townsville on the 8th, with widespread thunderstorm activity. This was due to a combination of a ridge over the northeast tropical coast of QLD and a broad trough extending across central areas of QLD, linked to a front moving northwards along the far southern QLD coast.

The month finished with a surface trough located through southwest Queensland and extending southwards into southeast NSW. This trough generated afternoon showers and thunderstorms. A tropical low was situated along the Monsoon trough in the Gulf of Carpentaria with rain areas and isolated thunderstorms over tropical north Queensland.

Readers are referred to the Brisbane Metro Climate Summary for more details about the Brisbane area.

Rainfall

The wettest overall was 480.2 mm at Weipa Eastern Ave, followed by 411.4 mm at Weipa Aero, followed by 411.0 mm at Port Douglas - Warner St.

The driest overall site, recording 0 mm, was The Monument Airport.

Some sites had their highest total December rainfall for at least 20 years.

Some sites had their lowest total December rainfall on record.

Some sites had their lowest total December rainfall for at least 20 years.

The wettest single day was at Orion on the 28th with 139.8 mm, followed by 136.2 mm at Weipa Eastern Ave, also on the 28th.

Some sites had their highest December daily rainfall on record.

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

Maximum temperature

The hottest day was 46.3°C at Birdsville Airport on the 4th, followed by 45.1°C at Bedourie Police Station on the 26th, followed by 44.7°C at both Windorah Post Office and at Birdsville Airport also on the 26th.

The warmest days on average were 40.6°C at Bedourie Police Station, followed by 40.6°C at Julia Creek Airport, followed by 40.5°C at both Winton Airport and at Winton Post Office, followed by 40.4°C at Cloncurry Airport.

The coolest days on average were 25.7°C at Applethorpe, followed by 26.8°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 27.5°C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

The coldest day was 20.6°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 20th, followed by 21.0°C recorded at Applethorpe on the 12th, 14th, 15th, 20th, and 21st, followed by 21.2°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, also on the 21st.

Some sites had their highest December mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years.

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

Minimum temperature

The coldest night was 7.0°C at Applethorpe on the 1st, followed by 7.4°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 1st, followed by 8.0°C at Applethorpe on the 16th.

The coolest nights on average were 14.0°C at Applethorpe, followed by 14.9°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 15.8°C at Warwick.

The warmest nights on average were 27.4°C at Sweers Island, followed by 27.0°C at Mornington Island, followed by 26.9°C at Willis Island.

The warmest night was 31.7°C at Boulia Airport on the 29th, followed by 31.1°C at Cloncurry Airport on the 10th, at Boulia Airport on the 11th, at Ballera Gas Field on the 27th, followed by 31.0°C at Urandangi on the 5th.

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

Some sites had their highest December mean daily minimum temperature on record.

Some sites had their highest December mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years.

Some sites had their lowest December mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years.

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

Wind

The strongest recorded wind gust was 133 km/h at St George Airport on the 26th, followed by 102 km/h at Roma Airport on the 10th, followed by 94 km/h at Oakey Aero on the 30th.

Other phenomena

There were numerous severe thunderstorms across the state during December. Some locations include Charters Towers area, Taringa, Nanango, Redcliffe, Caboolture, Clifton, Jandowae, Godwin Beach, Clermont area, Goondiwindi and Hay Point. There was a 'funnel' reported 40km west of Mackay on the 8th.

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
46.3°C at Birdsville Airport on the 4th
45.1°C at Bedourie Police Station on the 26th
44.7°C at Windorah Post Office on the 4th
44.7°C at Birdsville Airport on the 26th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
40.6°C at Bedourie Police Station
40.6°C at Julia Creek Airport
40.5°C at Winton Airport
40.5°C at Winton Post Office
40.4°C at Cloncurry Airport
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
25.7°C at Applethorpe
26.8°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
27.5°C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
20.6°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 20th
21.0°C at Applethorpe on the 12th
21.0°C at Applethorpe on the 14th
21.0°C at Applethorpe on the 15th
21.0°C at Applethorpe on the 20th
21.0°C at Applethorpe on the 21st
21.2°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 21st
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
7.0°C at Applethorpe on the 1st
7.4°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 1st
8.0°C at Applethorpe on the 16th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
14.0°C at Applethorpe
14.9°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
15.8°C at Warwick
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
27.4°C at Sweers Island
27.0°C at Mornington Island
26.9°C at Willis Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
31.7°C at Boulia Airport on the 29th
31.1°C at Cloncurry Airport on the 10th
31.1°C at Boulia Airport on the 11th
31.1°C at Ballera Gas Field on the 27th
31.0°C at Urandangi on the 5th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
480.2 mm at Weipa Eastern Ave
411.4 mm at Weipa Aero
411.0 mm at Port Douglas - Warner St
Driest overall
Lowest total rainfall
0 mm at The Monument Airport
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
156.0 mm at Dumbleton Rocks Alert on the 29th
139.8 mm at Orion on the 28th
136.2 mm at Weipa Eastern Ave on the 28th
Highest wind gust
133 km/h at St George Airport on the 26th
102 km/h at Roma Airport on the 10th
94 km/h at Oakey Aero on the 30th

Records

Record highest December daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in December 2008 (mm)
Previous highest
for December
Years of
record
Orion 139.8 on the 28th 137.2 on the 30th in 1942 99



Highest total December rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for December 2008 (mm)
Most recent higher
for December
Years since
higher
Average for
December
Wyseby 250.8 257.2 in 1975 33 99.7
Springsure Dame St 194.6 316.6 in 1975 32 90.2
Morven Post Office 147.0 201.4 in 1975 31 66.9
Cambooya Post Office 151.8 201.4 in 1981 25 99.6



Record lowest total December rainfall
Total rainfall
for December 2008 (mm)
Previous lowest
for December
Years of
record
Average for
December
Brian Pastures 9.8 15.6 in 1983 53 99.7
Proserpine Airport 2.6 12.4 in 2005 26 162.0

Lowest total December rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for December 2008 (mm)
Most recent lower
for December
Years since
lower
Average for
December
Condamine 6.5 0.0 in 1950 58 77.4
Goomeri Post Office 22.4 20.8 in 1952 56 113.2
Mount Joseph 27.6 25.9 in 1951 56 127.9
Clare 1.2 0.0 in 1966 39 103.0
Capella Post Office 4.4 0.0 in 1972 35 82.7
Pinnacle 21.6 0.0 in 1973 35 158.5
Dingo Post Office 10.2 2.5 in 1972 34 97.8
Caloundra WTP 40.1 36.0 in 1974 32 137.1
Yangan Post Office 31.3 22.0 in 1976 32 99.5
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 39.4 15.8 in 1977 31 127.8
Goomboorian Webster Rd 49.5 6.6 in 1977 31 141.5
Howard Post Office 36.0 32.0 in 1977 31 117.9
Woleebee Nevasa 19.0 11.8 in 1977 31 84.8
Crows Nest 27.8 6.2 in 1977 30 105.3
Kandanga Post Office 26.8 15.4 in 1977 30 143.7
Mt Glorious Fahey Rd 66.6 27.7 in 1977 30 162.5
Pechey Forestry 28.5 12.4 in 1977 30 116.0
Redlands HRS 48.4 33.0 in 1977 30 131.7
Tuan Creek Forest Stn 48.6 45.1 in 1979 29 131.4
Listowel Downs 10.4 5.0 in 1983 25 57.4
Eumundi - Crescent Rd 60.0 58.6 in 1982 20 162.7



Highest December mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for December 2008 (°C)
Most recent higher
for December
Years since
higher
Average for
December
Gayndah Post Office 35.1 35.5 in 1957 51 32.8



Record highest December daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in December 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for December
Years of
record
Average for
December
Maryborough 26.1 on the 7th = 26.1 on the 25th in 1960 50 19.6
Rolleston 30.0 on the 31st 26.1 on the 30th in 2001 20 19.7



Record highest December mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for December 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for December
Years of
record
Average for
December
Cardwell Marine Pde 24.6 24.4 in 1985 100 22.2
Innisfail 24.2 23.9 in 2001 99 22.0
Ayr DPI Research Stn 23.8 = 23.8 in 2001 53 22.0
South Johnstone Exp Stn 23.5 23.4 in 1990 52 21.7

Highest December mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for December 2008 (°C)
Most recent higher
for December
Years since
higher
Average for
December
Willis Island 26.9 27.0 in 1976 30 25.4
Ingham Composite 23.6 23.7 in 1984 23 22.0



Lowest December mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for December 2008 (°C)
Most recent lower
for December
Years since
lower
Average for
December
Bollon Mary St 17.3 16.8 in 1964 44 19.9



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 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
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 33.2 +0.3 37.3 15th 26.2 +0.1 24.4 21st 233.6 143.2 average 163%
Coen Airport 33.2   37.4 8th 23.8   21.5 5th 188.6
Horn Island 32.3 +0.6 34.3 8th 25.6 −0.1 23.7 30th 186.8 196.8 average 95%
Weipa Aero 33.6 −0.2 36.9 6th 24.2 0.0 22.6 25th 411.4 279.9 high 147%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 32.5 +0.3 36.9 15th 24.2 +0.7 21.2 25th 269.0 206.0 high 131%
Musgrave 35.1 +0.4 38.9 8th 23.7 +1.1 19.8 26th 214.4 178.8 high 120%
Palmerville 34.8 −0.5 38.0 8th 23.2 +0.6 17.6 4th 193.2 158.2 average 122%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 35.5   40.0 9th 25.9   22.5 11th 75.0
Burketown Post Office 35.1 −0.4 39.7 9th 26.1 +1.3 22.8 11th 73.0 115.8 average 63%
Century Mine 38.5   41.5 7th 25.8   20.6 2nd 81.2
Cloncurry Airport 40.4 +1.7 43.2 10th 26.3 +1.6 20.8 1st 5.8 81.4 low 7%
Croydon Township 36.7 −0.6 41.2 9th 25.2 +0.6 21.9 10th 196.8 114.4 high 172%
Julia Creek Airport 40.6   44.3 10th 25.3   16.3 15th 12.0
Kowanyama Airport 35.1 +0.2 39.0 4th 25.1 +0.9 22.9 22nd 199.0 171.5 average 116%
Mornington Island 34.2 +1.1 37.9 1st 27.0 +0.8 23.6 19th 58.4 155.0 low 38%
Mount Isa Aero 38.9 +1.8 41.8 21st 24.4 +1.4 17.9 2nd 23.6 70.0 low 34%
Normanton Airport 37.6   41.5 16th 26.3   22.7 24th 52.4
Sweers Island 34.3   36.7 1st 27.4   23.8 3rd 80.8 151.8 low 53%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 36.1   39.5 25th 23.7   20.4 4th 73.6
Hughenden Airport 37.4   40.2 21st 24.0   16.4 15th 72.6
Richmond Airport 39.3 +1.1 42.4 5th 24.3 +1.0 16.4 15th 25.4 59.1 low 43%
Richmond Post Office 39.3 +1.2 42.8 10th 24.8 +2.4 18.0 15th 35.5 70.1 average 51%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 32.6 +1.2 34.1 14th 24.5 +1.1 21.8 25th 197.4 180.0 high 110%
Cape Flattery 33.2   35.3 1st 25.2   22.5 3rd 144.4
Cooktown Airport 33.3   37.0 14th 24.8   21.4 25th 77.0
Green Island 32.6 +1.0 35.8 22nd 26.2 +1.2 23.7 23rd
Low Isles Lighthouse 33.3 +1.0 35.2 9th 26.0 +0.7 23.8 23rd 363.0 208.1 high 174%
Mareeba Airport 32.0   35.5 8th 21.6   18.2 5th 113.0
Walkamin DPI 30.9 +0.3 34.8 7th 20.9 +1.2 18.3 5th 234.1 121.5 very high 193%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 32.3 +0.8 33.8 30th 24.6 +2.4 20.8 4th 164.2 193.5 average 85%
Ingham Composite 33.2 +0.7 37.1 14th 23.6 +1.6 19.9 4th 140.8 195.8 average 72%
Innisfail 32.2 +1.4 34.0 14th 24.2 +2.2 21.6 4th 162.0 264.9 average 61%
Lucinda Point 30.6 +1.0 34.1 15th 25.9 +0.7 22.6 22nd 94.2 86.0 average 110%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 32.2 +1.0 34.7 14th 23.5 +1.8 20.0 4th 240.0 255.7 average 94%
Townsville Aero 32.0 +0.6 34.0 14th 25.5 +1.5 22.5 8th 178.8 125.7 high 142%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 32.2 +1.3 33.7 15th 26.0 +1.3 23.0 24th 137.2 102.2 average 134%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 32.8 +0.8 34.6 14th 23.8 +1.8 20.5 24th 87.8 106.6 average 82%
Bowen Airport 33.2 +2.0 34.7 21st 24.9 +1.4 20.7 24th 71.0 140.1 average 51%
Collinsville Post Office 36.6 +2.6 39.4 20th 22.9 +1.6 18.4 4th 66.2 96.3 average 69%
Hamilton Island Airport 31.2   33.8 20th 25.6   22.8 9th 51.4
Mackay Aero 32.6 +2.0 36.4 20th 22.4 +0.3 18.0 24th 69.2 109.1 average 63%
Mackay M.O 32.3 +2.3 35.0 20th 24.1 +1.2 20.2 24th 168.6 179.7 average 94%
Proserpine Airport 35.0 +3.1 37.7 13th     17.7 12th 2.6 162.0 lowest 2%
Samuel Hill Aero 32.0   38.2 31st 19.6   14.9 24th 117.2
St Lawrence 32.2   36.2 31st 23.3   19.1 23rd 141.8
St Lawrence Post Office 32.6 +1.1 36.9 31st 23.5 +1.9 19.9 24th 139.6 122.1 high 114%
Williamson 31.9   36.5 31st 22.4   17.7 24th 140.2
Woolshed 29.6 +0.9 33.0 14th 21.6 +1.3 19.7 8th 107.6 92.0 average 117%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 30.3 +1.6 36.5 31st 23.4 +0.7 18.9 24th 67.8 109.8 low 62%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 35.8 +1.5 39.8 20th 23.1 +1.1 20.3 5th 47.4 75.5 average 63%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 36.4 +2.5 40.1 20th 22.2 +1.1 19.2 23rd 33.1 97.3 low 34%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Brigalow Research Stn 34.7 +1.6 39.6 31st 20.4 +0.6 13.2 1st 48.6 102.0 low 48%
Clermont Sirius St 36.5 +1.6 41.3 7th 21.5 +0.7 17.0 16th 150.8 92.1 high 164%
Emerald Airport 35.0 +0.6 38.3 7th 21.6 +0.2 16.4 16th 110.6 81.3 average 136%
Springsure Dame St 34.3 +0.2 37.3 25th 20.8 +1.0 15.1 1st 194.6 90.2 very high 216%
Tambo Post Office 36.0 +1.2 39.5 11th 20.6 +1.6 11.3 1st 59.9 68.2 average 88%
Taroom Post Office 35.6 +2.1 39.5 19th 20.5 +0.9 11.9 1st 63.9 89.2 average 72%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 38.1 +2.4 41.0 10th 24.1 +1.9 17.1 1st 26.6 62.2 average 43%
Blackall Airport     41.9 11th 22.7   14.2 1st 46.0
Isisford Post Office 39.6 +2.5 42.9 11th 23.2 +1.4 15.4 1st 38.2 52.0 average 73%
Longreach Aero 39.9 +2.5 42.7 11th 23.3 +1.2 16.4 16th 22.4 55.3 low 41%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 39.3 +1.2 42.6 5th 25.6 +1.8 18.6 16th 73.2 59.3 high 123%
The Monument Airport 39.7   42.6 5th 24.9   16.4 16th 0
Trepell Airport 40.3   43.0 10th 24.9   17.6 15th 11.4
Urandangi 39.5 +0.7 43.5 3rd 23.1 +0.3 14.0 17th 27.7 38.9 average 71%
Winton Airport 40.5   43.9 10th 24.4   17.5 1st 18.4
Winton Post Office 40.5 +2.3 43.9 10th 25.6 +2.8 18.7 1st 17.4 50.0 low 35%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 40.6 +2.4 45.1 26th 24.2 +0.8 16.9 16th 6.2 16.2 average 38%
Birdsville Airport 39.1   46.3 4th 23.7   15.6 15th 7.6
Boulia Airport 40.2 +1.6 44.2 24th 25.5 +2.1 17.5 15th 3.5 31.5 low 11%
Windorah Post Office 40.0 +2.2 44.7 4th 23.7 +1.2 16.2 15th 12.3 29.6 average 42%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 34.9 +0.8 39.4 31st 20.7 +0.5 14.8 1st 38.2 98.9 low 39%
Bundaberg Aero 31.3 +1.9 37.2 31st 21.9 +1.4 17.9 23rd 55.4 120.4 low 46%
Gayndah Airport 35.5   42.0 31st 20.3   14.5 23rd 18.4
Gayndah Post Office 35.1 +2.4 41.5 31st 20.7 +1.6 14.6 23rd 25.1 103.7 very low 24%
Gladstone Airport 31.7 +1.7 38.6 31st 23.1 +1.1 19.6 1st 76.2 104.4 average 73%
Gladstone Radar 32.6 +1.6 39.2 31st 23.3 +1.4 20.5 22nd 76.0 128.8 average 59%
Lady Elliot Island 29.3 +0.7 31.4 31st 24.2 +1.1 21.8 9th 29.0 85.3 low 34%
Monto Township 33.2 +1.2 40.0 31st 19.2 +0.9 12.1 1st 116.6 89.4 high 130%
Rockhampton Aero 33.6 +1.5 40.1 31st 22.2 +1.0 18.4 24th 65.0 101.5 low 64%
Rundle Island 28.9 +1.4 31.3 30th 25.1 +1.3 21.6 9th
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 30.3 +1.4 32.0 15th 22.2 +0.5 18.3 21st 35.4 96.5 low 37%
Seventeen Seventy 29.8 +1.3 31.9 31st 23.9 +1.7 19.3 23rd 56.3 127.1 low 44%
Thangool Airport 33.4 +0.5 39.3 31st 19.9 +1.3 13.4 1st 91.9 90.4 average 102%
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%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 30.9   36.6 31st 18.4   12.5 23rd 152.2
Beerburrum Forest Station 31.0   35.6 13th 19.1   13.8 23rd 119.0 156.1 average 76%
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%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.5 +1.5 31.6 31st 22.0 +1.1 19.2 30th 39.4 127.8 low 31%
Coolangatta 28.4 +1.5 33.7 6th 20.1 +0.5 15.3 1st 135.8 140.7 average 97%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 29.6 +2.4 34.3 14th 22.4 +0.9 20.7 23rd 72.2 129.5 low 56%
Gold Coast Seaway 29.7 +2.2 34.5 6th 20.4 0.0 17.0 1st 123.8 124.9 average 99%
Gympie 32.8 +1.5 39.8 31st 18.8 +0.3 11.1 23rd 89.0 135.2 average 66%
Hervey Bay Airport 30.5   34.7 1st 21.6   15.5 23rd 37.8 99.2 very low 38%
Jimna Forestry 29.2   34.7 31st 16.6   9.4 1st 94.4 116.5 average 81%
Kingaroy Airport 31.5   36.3 19th 17.1   9.2 1st 127.0
Logan City Water Treatment 30.3 +1.4 35.5 31st 20.0 +1.1 14.5 24th 142.3 129.0 average 110%
Maleny Tamarind St 27.8   34.2 30th 18.1   13.2 22nd 110.4 195.2 low 57%
Maroochydore Aero 29.7 +1.8 35.8 13th 19.8 0.0 14.0 23rd 33.0 136.5 very low 24%
Maryborough 32.5 +2.0 38.2 31st 19.8 +0.2 15.3 23rd 54.8 126.1 low 43%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 31.0   38.1 30th 19.7   14.3 23rd 51.0
Point Lookout 28.2 +0.4 33.5 14th 21.3 −0.1 14.4 22nd 60.6 113.0 very low 54%
Rainbow Beach 29.3 +1.2 35.1 14th 21.1 +0.4 16.2 23rd 28.0 107.9 very low 26%
Redcliffe* 29.1 +1.0  32.9 31st 21.0 +0.5  16.8 1st 122.8 117.8 average 104%
Tewantin RSL Park 29.6 +1.7 35.7 13th 20.9 +0.3 16.4 23rd 37.0 132.0 very low 28%
Toolara 33.2 +1.9 40.5 31st 20.2 +0.5 16.4 23rd 61.2 126.5 very low 48%
University of Queensland Gatton 32.0 +0.7 38.7 30th 18.3 +0.2 12.5 1st 76.0 98.3 average 77%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 25.7 0.0 30.0 30th 14.0 +0.3 7.0 1st 108.0 94.8 average 114%
Dalby Airport 32.5 +0.9 37.6 30th 17.3 −0.3 9.1 16th 67.2 98.9 average 68%
Goondiwindi Airport 32.8 +0.5 37.6 3rd 18.8 +0.2 12.2 16th 84.0 82.2 average 102%
Inglewood Forest 31.4   35.1 4th 18.1   12.3 15th 64.6
Oakey Aero 31.3 +1.0 37.0 30th 17.2 +0.7 9.8 1st 45.8 93.0 low 49%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 26.8 −0.3 31.5 30th 14.9 +0.7 7.4 1st 66.1 93.2 average 71%
Texas Post Office 31.8 −1.0 37.1 11th 18.1 +1.0 11.6 1st 64.2 79.3 average 81%
Toowoomba Airport 28.1 +0.5 34.2 30th 17.1 +0.5 12.1 1st 53.6 95.7 low 56%
Warwick 29.2 −0.1 34.2 30th 15.8 0.0 9.6 16th 60.8 97.9 very low 62%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 34.2 +1.4 38.6 19th 19.8 +0.7 9.8 1st 138.0 84.7 very high 163%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 33.3 +0.1 36.8 30th 19.3 +1.3 10.9 1st 115.8 86.9 high 133%
Mitchell Post Office 35.1 +1.3 39.8 5th 19.3 +0.8 10.3 1st 119.4 66.7 high 179%
Roma Airport 35.0 +1.9 39.3 19th 19.7 +0.4 10.6 1st 51.6 70.5 average 73%
St George Airport 35.7 +1.9 41.6 11th 20.1 −0.1 12.3 1st 77.6 76.3 average 102%
Surat 34.8 +0.9 38.4 3rd 20.5 +1.2 12.3 1st 62.1 69.9 average 89%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 36.8 +1.8 42.0 11th 17.3 −2.6 10.0 15th 59.6 50.8 average 117%
Charleville Aero 36.4 +1.6 41.4 11th 21.2 +0.9 13.7 15th 84.8 53.0 high 160%
Cunnamulla Post Office 36.7 +1.5 42.6 11th 21.4 +0.7 15.0 15th 39.6 38.9 average 102%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 37.9   43.6 10th 23.7   16.8 15th 10.4
Quilpie Airport 38.4 +2.0 43.5 11th 23.2 +1.0 15.6 1st 8.9 33.8 low 26%
Thargomindah Airport 37.4   43.7 11th 23.2   16.6 1st 13.4 25.6 average 52%

Notes

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