Monday, 2 February 2009 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC24R0

Queensland in January 2009
Wet northwest due to active monsoon

  • A third of the state flood affected by the end of the first week
  • Lowest state-wide maximum temperature since 1984
  • Mean maximum temperatures up to 7 oC below average in the northwest
  • Sea level rises above high water mark due to winds and king tides in Gulf

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

An active monsoon with an embedded low pressure system over the Northern Territory and an upper trough produced heavy widespread rainfall areas and thunderstorms across northern Queensland early in January.  A third of the state across the northwest was flood affected by the end of the first week.  A low pressure system developed in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria on the 8th with the monsoon trough extending from the low across the north tropical coast to the northern Coral Sea.  The low deepened into Tropical Cyclone Charlotte by the 11th and moved east across the coast near the Gilbert River mouth early on the 12th, before weakening below tropical cyclone strength over the eastern Gulf Country.  These monsoon systems continued the widespread rainfall across northern Queensland, further exacerbating the flooding in the northwest and causing flooding along the northeast tropical coast.  The flood waters in the west gradually made the long trip down the Channel Country river systems.

The bulk of the rainfall in the southeast of the state occurred during the last week and a half of the month.

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

Rainfall

The Queensland state-wide rainfall average for January was 229.3 mm, which is the highest it has been since 1991, well above the long-term average of 127.7 mm.  Large areas of the Gulf Country, Northwest, Northern Goldfields, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Northern Tropical Coast and Tablelands and western Channel Country received very much above average rainfall for January due to the active monsoon.  A number of sites in these areas received their highest total January rainfall on record and quite a few more received their highest total January rainfall for at least 20 years.  In contrast, parts of the Southeast Coast district and central Peninsula and much of the southern Central Highlands and Coalfields and Darling Downs and Granite Belt received below average rainfall for the month.  Ballandean Post Office on the Darling Downs received its lowest total January rainfall on record and Mantuan Downs in the Central Highlands received its lowest total January rainfall for at least 20 years.

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

The wettest place overall was Paluma Ivy Cottage with 1631.0 mm of rainfall recorded for the month, followed by Tully Sugar Mill with 1382.6 mm, followed by Babinda Post Office with 1370.0 mm.

The driest place overall was Mantuan Downs with 2.0 mm recorded for the month, followed by Meandarra Post Office with 6.7 mm.

The wettest single day was on the 12th, when Cape Tribulation Store received 436.2 mm of rainfall and Low Isles Lighthouse received 400.6 mm.  The next highest daily rainfall total recorded in the state during January was 376.0 mm at Hawkins Creek on the 13th.  Marion Downs in the Channel Country and Herbert Vale in the Gulf Country both received their highest January daily rainfall on record.

Maximum temperature

The state-wide average maximum temperature for January was 32.4 °C, which is the lowest since 1984, 2.4 °C below the long-term average of 34.8 °C.  Mean maximum temperatures for the month were below the long-term average over much of the state, by up to 5 to 7 °C over a large part of the northwest due to rainfall and cloud coverage.  In the northwest, several sites had their lowest January mean daily maximum temperature on record and a number of sites had their lowest January mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years.  Croydon Township and Mount Isa Aero in the Lower Carpentaria both recorded their coldest January day (lowest maximum temperature) on record.  

In contrast, mean maximum temperatures were up to 2 °C above average over the far south of the state and parts of the southern Wide Bay and Burnett and northern Darling Downs and Granite Belt.  

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

The hottest day in the state during January was the 26th, when Ballera Gas Field recorded 43.2 °C and Thargomindah Airport recorded 42.1 °C.  The next highest maximum temperature recorded in the state during the month was 42.3 °C at Ballera Gas Field on the 15th.

The warmest days on average were at Ballera Gas Field with 39.2 °C, followed by 38.3 °C at Thargomindah Airport, followed by 38.0 °C at Birdsville Airport.

The coolest days on average were at Maleny Tamarind St with 26.1 °C, followed by 26.4 °C at Applethorpe, followed by 26.7 °C at Woolshed.

The coldest days were on the 3rd and 17th, when Applethorpe recorded 20.0 °C.  The next lowest maximum temperatures recorded in the state during January were at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, with 20.2 oC on the 17th, followed by 20.6 °C on the 3rd.

Minimum temperature

The statewide average minimum temperature for January was 22.9 °C, which is very close to the long-term average of 22.7 °C.  Minimum temperatures were below average over the northwest of the state, by up to 4 °C.  Several sites in this area recorded their lowest January mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years and Urandangi recorded its lowest January mean daily minimum temperature on record

Minimum temperatures were generally above average over the remainder of the state, by up to 3 °C over the southwest.

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

The coldest night was on the 15th, when Applethorpe recorded 9.0 °C and Stanthorpe Leslie Parade recorded 9.1 °C.  The next lowest minimum temperature recorded in the state during January was 11.0 °C, which occurred at Applethorpe on the 1st, the 5th, and the 11th and at Kingaroy Airport on the 15th.

The coolest nights on average were at Applethorpe with 14.8 °C, followed by 15.7 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 16.7 °C at Warwick.

The warmest nights on average were at Willis Island with 26.2 °C, followed by 26.1 °C at Birdsville Airport, followed by 25.9 °C at Thargomindah Airport.

The warmest night was on the 27th, when Ballera Gas Field recorded 30.4 °C.  The next highest minimum temperature recorded in the state during January was 30.1 °C at Thargomindah Airport on the 7th, followed by 29.9 °C at Thargomindah Airport on the 16th.

Wind

Strong wind gusts associated with severe thunderstorms caused damage at Albany Creek and Caboolture (in Brisbane), Murgon, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Killarney and Inglewood on the 1st.

The strongest wind gust recorded during the month in Queensland was 115 km/h at Lucinda Point on the 13th, followed by 104 km/h at Lucinda Point on the 12th, followed by 98 km/h at Green Island on the 30th.

Wind gusts of at least 120 km/h occurred near the centre of Tropical Cyclone Charlotte.

Other phenomena

Winds associated with Tropical Cyclone Charlotte caused tides about the Gulf of Carpentaria coast to be higher than normal.  The Queensland State Government Storm Tide Gauge at Weipa measured the tide at noon on the 9th as being above the highest tide of the year.  Tides remained above normal until the 12th as winds increased and the king tide approached.

A water spout was reported in a heavy shower near Cairns Airport on the 12th.

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
43.2 °C at Ballera Gas Field on the 26th
42.3 °C at Ballera Gas Field on the 15th
42.1 °C at Thargomindah Airport on the 26th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
39.2 °C at Ballera Gas Field
38.3 °C at Thargomindah Airport
38.0 °C at Birdsville Airport
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
26.1 °C at Maleny Tamarind St
26.4 °C at Applethorpe
26.7 °C at Woolshed
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
20.0 °C at Applethorpe on the 3rd
20.0 °C at Applethorpe on the 17th
20.2 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 17th
20.6 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 3rd
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
9.0 °C at Applethorpe on the 15th
9.1 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 15th
11.0 °C at Applethorpe on the 1st
11.0 °C at Applethorpe on the 5th
11.0 °C at Applethorpe on the 11th
11.0 °C at Kingaroy Airport on the 15th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
14.8 °C at Applethorpe
15.7 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
16.7 °C at Warwick
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
26.2 °C at Willis Island
26.1 °C at Birdsville Airport
25.9 °C at Thargomindah Airport
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
30.4 °C at Ballera Gas Field on the 27th
30.1 °C at Thargomindah Airport on the 7th
29.9 °C at Thargomindah Airport on the 16th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
1631.0 mm at Paluma Ivy Cottage
1382.6 mm at Tully Sugar Mill
1370.0 mm at Babinda Post Office
Driest overall
Lowest total rainfall
0 mm at Gargett Alert
0 mm at Mt Lawless TM
0 mm at Tabers TM
0 mm at Tyungun Alert
0 mm at Wyaga TM
2.0 mm at Mantuan Downs
6.7 mm at Meandarra Post Office
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
436.2 mm at Cape Tribulation Store on the 12th
400.6 mm at Low Isles Lighthouse on the 12th
376.0 mm at Hawkins Creek on the 13th
Highest wind gust
115 km/h at Lucinda Point on the 13th
104 km/h at Lucinda Point on the 12th
98 km/h at Green Island on the 30th

Records

Record highest January daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in January 2009 (mm)
Previous highest
for January
Years of
record
Marion Downs 192.0 on the 7th 90.0 on the 21st in 2007 95
Herbert Vale 175.0 on the 4th 137.2 on the 3rd in 1924 50



Record highest total January rainfall
Total rainfall
for January 2009 (mm)
Previous highest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Devoncourt Station 576.6 512.1 in 1974 100 100.2
Mount Isa Mine 563.4 481.3 in 1974 78 97.3
Herbert Vale 577.8 441.0 in 1894 52 131.4
Nardoo Station 674.2 520.4 in 1991 44 159.8
Mount Isa Aero 524.6 479.4 in 1974 42 118.6
Strathtay Station 597.8 514.2 in 1991 40 149.9
Lawn Hill Gorge NPWS 588.4 350.0 in 1991 23 149.2
Gereta Station 1100.3 1032.3 in 1911 21 263.0

Highest total January rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for January 2009 (mm)
Most recent higher
for January
Years since
higher
Average for
January
Burketown Post Office 803.6 1015.3 in 1891 116 221.4
Innisfail 1143.2 1290.5 in 1953 42 509.2
Hillgrove Station 500.6 708.9 in 1974 35 138.7
Lands End Station 529.4 876.9 in 1974 35 129.5
Mundubbera 190.2 253.8 in 1974 35 101.5
Pentland Post Office 496.0 781.3 in 1974 35 155.8
Toomba Stud 552.6 678.1 in 1974 35 139.2
Urandangi 352.9 439.6 in 1974 35 62.4
Winton Post Office 268.4 562.8 in 1974 35 82.9
Boulia Airport 189.2 464.9 in 1974 34 48.6
Broadleigh Downs 342.0 361.0 in 1975 34 128.2
Camooweal Township 497.6 592.8 in 1974 34 99.0
Balfes Creek Post Office 556.2 586.0 in 1974 33 137.7
Holmleigh 374.2 567.4 in 1974 33 98.5
Marion Downs 224.5 252.6 in 1974 33 42.3
Lawn Hill 536.0 642.8 in 1974 31 145.8
Palmerville 632.4 813.2 in 1979 30 264.1
Cairns Aero 882.4 1417.4 in 1981 28 392.4
Cardwell Marine Pde 1098.9 1836.0 in 1981 28 440.1
Cloncurry McIllwraith St 545.4 770.5 in 1974 28 122.1
Ingham Composite 1053.0 1712.0 in 1981 28 388.4
Mahrigong 229.6 274.4 in 1981 28 87.2
Tully Sugar Mill 1382.6 2003.0 in 1981 28 607.3
Victoria Sugar Mill 844.1 1641.8 in 1981 28 403.5
Babinda Post Office 1370.0 2539.0 in 1981 27 640.1
Elphinstone Pocket No1 899.5 1225.6 in 1981 27 345.9
Halifax Macrossan St 1033.0 1519.2 in 1981 27 407.5
Highbury Station 646.6 817.4 in 1979 27 264.7
Low Isles Lighthouse 961.7 2148.3 in 1981 27 396.0
Miranda Downs Station 742.3 1023.6 in 1974 27 238.2
Mt Sophia 1154.0 1858.6 in 1981 27 518.9
Rollingstone 1024.2 1083.0 in 1981 27 401.4
Aurukun Shire Council 925.8 959.0 in 1981 26 454.7
Bambaroo 1164.6 1309.6 in 1981 26 419.1
Mutarnee Store 1171.4 1457.0 in 1981 26 454.3
Howard Post Office 274.9 276.8 in 1984 25 163.8
Cairns Severin St 961.8 1557.6 in 1981 24 447.9
Roseberth Station 92.0 178.0 in 1985 24 26.2
Lucinda Point 351.8 880.8 in 1981 23 182.3



Record lowest total January rainfall
Total rainfall
for January 2009 (mm)
Previous lowest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Ballandean Post Office 14.8 18.2 in 1997 40 97.4

Lowest total January rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for January 2009 (mm)
Most recent lower
for January
Years since
lower
Average for
January
Mantuan Downs 2.0 0.0 in 1979 25 96.8



Record lowest January daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in January 2009 (°C)
Previous lowest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Croydon Township 22.6 on the 12th 23.0 on the 4th in 1976 46 35.5
Mount Isa Aero 22.8 on the 29th 23.2 on the 13th in 1991 43 36.5



Record lowest January mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for January 2009 (°C)
Previous lowest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Burketown Post Office 29.7 30.8 in 1894 113 34.2
Urandangi 32.3 32.4 in 1974 70 38.6
Mount Isa Aero 30.0 30.3 in 1974 42 36.5

Lowest January mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for January 2009 (°C)
Most recent lower
for January
Years since
lower
Average for
January
Boulia Airport 32.6 32.1 in 1974 35 38.5
Richmond Post Office 30.9 30.6 in 1974 35 36.9
Winton Post Office 32.0 31.1 in 1974 35 37.6
Camooweal Township 31.2 30.8 in 1974 33 37.4
Croydon Township 30.9 29.4 in 1974 33 35.5
Longreach Aero 33.4 33.0 in 1976 33 37.1
Ingham Composite 30.4 28.3 in 1981 28 32.4
Palmerville 31.7 31.4 in 1981 24 33.4
Isisford Post Office 33.6 33.0 in 1984 22 37.0



Record lowest January mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for January 2009 (°C)
Previous lowest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Bollon Mary St 17.3 17.9 in 1924 96 21.5
Urandangi 20.6 20.9 in 1949 69 24.0

Lowest January mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for January 2009 (°C)
Most recent lower
for January
Years since
lower
Average for
January
Camooweal Township 23.1 21.0 in 1976 31 24.3
Burketown Post Office 24.4 24.3 in 1984 25 25.0
Croydon Township 23.7 19.8 in 1984 23 24.2



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 January 2009
Maximum temperatures
for January
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for January
(°C)
Rainfall
for January
(millimetres)
Mean for
January
2009
Diff
from
average
Highest for
January
2009
Mean for
January
2009
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
January
2009
Total for
January
2009
Average
for
January
Rank of
January
2009
Fraction of
January
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.1 +0.2 35.4 24th 25.7 -0.1 22.8 9th 220.2 258.0 average 85%
Coen Airport 31.4   33.8 26th 23.5   22.2 2nd 345.6
Horn Island 31.0 +0.2 32.7 28th 25.3 +0.1 22.9 10th 322.4 356.9 low 90%
Scherger RAAF 31.6   35.7 24th 24.0   22.4 14th 699.0
Weipa Aero 31.1 -0.9 34.6 24th 24.2 0.0 22.4 11th 701.2 466.1 very high 150%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 31.5 -0.1 33.9 3rd 23.8 +0.1 22.7 2nd 332.4 391.6 average 85%
Musgrave 32.4 -0.8 35.6 26th 23.5 +0.3 21.1 30th 279.4 270.7 average 103%
Palmerville 31.7 -1.7 34.9 24th 22.9 +0.1 20.8 27th 632.4 264.1 very high 239%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 29.8   33.0 24th 24.2   21.2 14th 776.4
Burketown Post Office 29.7 -4.6 32.9 18th 24.4 -0.6 21.3 14th 803.6 221.4 very high 363%
Century Mine 31.2   35.4 24th 23.5   20.4 14th 651.4
Cloncurry Airport 29.5 -7.1 33.9 9th 23.0 -1.6 19.5 14th 453.8 193.0 high 235%
Croydon Township 30.9 -4.7 33.9 21st 23.7 -0.5 19.1 13th 642.6 219.9 very high 292%
Julia Creek Airport 29.7   33.5 6th 23.0   19.0 13th 572.6
Kowanyama Airport 31.2 -1.9 34.5 24th 24.5 +0.3 20.9 13th 312.2 339.4 average 92%
Mornington Island 30.3 -1.9 32.2 18th 24.6 -0.8 22.2 14th 693.4 324.6 very high 214%
Mount Isa Aero 30.0 -6.5 34.1 23rd 22.6 -1.1 19.3 14th 524.6 118.6 highest 442%
Normanton Airport 29.9   34.9 6th 24.3   20.1 13th 787.8
Sweers Island 30.2   32.6 26th 24.9   22.0 14th 722.8 335.4 high 216%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 31.3   33.9 9th 22.7   19.6 12th 553.6
Hughenden Airport 30.7   35.0 22nd 22.3   17.0 13th 282.8
Richmond Airport 30.7 -6.0 35.0 18th 22.6 -0.7 17.7 13th 324.6 138.0 very high 235%
Richmond Post Office 30.9 -6.0 35.5 9th 22.8 -0.2 16.4 13th 357.6 122.7 very high 291%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 30.9 -0.5 32.7 4th 24.1 +0.4 22.1 10th 882.4 392.4 very high 225%
Cape Flattery 31.7   33.6 26th 24.3   22.1 30th 223.4
Cooktown Airport 31.1   34.1 30th 23.8   22.4 14th 419.2
Green Island 29.9 -1.4 33.3 17th 25.1 -0.1 22.9 10th
Kairi Research Station 27.5 -0.7 30.5 17th 19.7 +0.5 18.4 29th 477.8 248.8 very high 192%
Mareeba Airport 29.7   33.0 17th 21.6   19.2 19th 360.4
Walkamin DPI 28.7 -1.2 32.5 17th 20.7 +0.5 18.0 19th 282.8 210.2 high 135%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 30.2 -1.3 32.8 2nd 23.7 +0.8 21.1 13th 1098.9 440.1 very high 250%
Ingham Composite 30.4 -2.0 33.2 3rd 23.7 +0.7 20.1 13th 1053.0 388.4 very high 271%
Innisfail 30.4 -0.4 32.2 18th 23.8 +1.0 21.2 13th 1143.2 509.2 very high 225%
Lucinda Point 29.3 -0.9 30.9 22nd 24.5 -0.8 22.0 26th 351.8 182.3 very high 193%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 30.5 -0.7 32.6 24th 23.4 +1.0 21.0 13th 989.2 527.6 very high 187%
Townsville Aero 30.2 -1.2 31.9 1st 24.2 -0.1 20.2 13th 664.0 274.2 very high 242%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.1 -1.2 31.9 7th 24.1 -0.6 21.9 13th 525.2 253.4 very high 207%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.5 -1.3 32.8 7th 23.6 +0.9 21.8 20th 594.0 216.4 very high 274%
Bowen Airport 30.3 -1.3 32.5 6th 24.2 +0.4 22.5 13th 459.9 173.0 very high 266%
Collinsville Post Office 31.3 -2.1 34.7 17th 22.6 +0.7 19.3 20th 271.8 136.3 high 199%
Hamilton Island Airport 29.4   31.5 24th 24.5   22.2 13th 310.0
Mackay Aero 30.3 +0.2 32.5 24th 23.7 +0.8 22.1 18th 209.6 322.1 average 65%
Mackay M.O 29.9 -0.2 32.7 1st 24.1 +0.6 22.4 11th 265.0 277.9 average 95%
Proserpine Airport 30.9 -0.7 34.1 2nd 23.4 +0.9 20.7 20th 315.2 297.3 average 106%
Samuel Hill Aero 30.1   34.9 1st 22.4   19.2 16th 338.6
St Lawrence 31.5   33.8 1st 23.3   19.2 20th 136.8
St Lawrence Post Office 31.4 -0.3 34.2 1st 23.3 +0.8 19.9 20th 143.9 206.6 average 70%
Williamson 31.0   33.4 1st 23.5   19.8 20th 221.0
Woolshed 26.7 -1.7 29.4 8th 20.7 0.0 16.8 13th 567.4 206.6 very high 275%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 29.3 -0.1 31.9 1st 24.1 +0.5 21.2 2nd 193.6 124.3 high 156%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 30.5 -3.3 33.8 22nd 22.2 -0.2 19.5 13th 348.1 165.0 high 211%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 31.8 -2.2 35.4 22nd 22.3 +0.3 19.5 20th 173.4 102.3 high 170%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Brigalow Research Stn 33.6 -0.1 39.2 17th 21.5 +0.5 18.4 30th 63.6 95.1 average 67%
Clermont Sirius St 32.2 -2.2 38.1 22nd 21.6 0.0 19.8 20th 82.1 117.4 average 70%
Emerald Airport 31.7 -2.9 36.6 17th 21.7 -0.7 19.2 2nd 125.2 88.4 high 142%
Rolleston 33.5 -1.5 39.1 18th 21.0 -0.1 18.3 14th 32.4 93.4 low 35%
Springsure Dame St 31.3 -2.7 37.0 17th 21.5 +0.6 18.2 2nd 77.0 107.1 average 72%
Tambo Post Office 33.8 -1.2 38.5 17th 22.0 +1.6 18.7 30th 57.3 81.4 average 70%
Taroom Post Office 34.1 +0.5 40.2 17th 21.2 +0.6 17.6 30th 57.9 98.6 average 59%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 33.1 -2.6 39.2 1st 23.7 +0.6 21.8 5th 109.4 84.6 high 129%
Blackall Airport 34.0   39.7 17th 23.0   21.3 9th 49.2
Isisford Post Office 33.6 -3.3 38.9 17th 23.8 +0.8 20.4 5th 150.8 69.6 high 217%
Longreach Aero 33.4 -3.8 37.4 18th 23.4 +0.3 21.4 5th 131.2 80.2 high 164%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 31.2 -6.2 35.3 16th 23.1 -1.2 20.0 14th 497.6 99.0 very high 503%
The Monument Airport 31.1   34.9 18th 22.7   18.5 14th 16.6
Trepell Airport 30.5   34.3 18th 22.7   20.2 28th 336.6
Urandangi 32.3 -6.2 36.0 27th 20.6 -3.5 14.5 28th 352.9 62.4 very high 566%
Winton Airport 31.4   35.8 18th 23.0   20.2 14th 183.4
Winton Post Office 32.0 -5.6 36.7 18th 23.5 0.0 20.1 14th 268.4 82.9 very high 324%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 34.0 -5.3 37.6 9th 25.1 0.0 22.2 8th 142.4 33.4 very high 426%
Birdsville Airport 38.0   41.5 25th 26.1   22.5 8th 64.2
Boulia Airport 32.6 -5.9 36.5 17th 23.5 -0.9 18.8 15th 189.2 48.6 very high 389%
Windorah Post Office 35.5 -2.7 39.9 18th 24.7 +0.7 17.5 12th 130.5 42.8 very high 305%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 33.5 -0.9 39.0 17th 21.5 +0.1 18.0 15th 114.2 93.5 average 122%
Bundaberg Aero 30.4 +0.3 34.0 1st 22.4 +1.0 19.2 14th 128.2 171.3 average 75%
Gayndah Airport 33.0   41.9 1st 21.1   17.3 11th 172.6
Gayndah Post Office 33.1 +0.3 41.5 1st 21.4 +1.3 17.4 15th 215.7 112.6 high 192%
Gladstone Airport 31.0 +0.3 33.9 1st 23.4 +0.4 21.0 16th 118.6 114.0 average 104%
Gladstone Radar 31.8 +0.6 35.2 1st 22.9 +0.4 20.9 15th 102.8 143.4 average 72%
Lady Elliot Island 29.2 0.0 31.4 22nd 24.6 +0.7 21.9 11th 112.6 122.2 average 92%
Monto Township 31.3 -0.7 37.9 1st 19.9 +0.6 14.7 14th 61.6 108.6 low 57%
Rockhampton Aero 31.9 0.0 37.3 1st 23.0 +1.0 20.3 15th 70.4 127.6 average 55%
Rundle Island 28.1 0.0 30.6 16th 24.0 -0.3 22.1 28th
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 29.6 +0.2 32.7 1st 23.0 +0.7 20.4 7th 192.8 160.5 high 120%
Seventeen Seventy 29.7 +0.5 31.9 22nd 23.3 +0.4 20.8 3rd 121.8 154.9 average 79%
Thangool Airport 32.0 -1.7 36.7 17th 20.9 +1.1 16.4 15th 109.9 96.7 average 114%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 31.0 -0.1 37.3 16th 19.6 -0.1 14.5 10th 52.2 111.4 low 47%
Archerfield Airport 30.4 0.0 34.8 1st 20.2 0.0 16.6 14th 37.4 133.8 low 28%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 30.2   36.2 16th 18.9   13.8 15th 82.0
Beerburrum Forest Station 29.9   35.9 1st 19.6   15.6 15th 121.8 189.1 average 64%
Brisbane* 30.1 +0.7 33.9 1st 21.3 +0.6 18.6 12th 77.4 159.6 low 49%
Brisbane Aero* 29.2 +0.1 31.4 1st 21.3 +0.4 17.6 14th 71.2 157.7 low 45%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.9 +1.1 29.7 22nd 23.0 +1.1 20.0 10th 40.2 150.1 very low 27%
Coolangatta 28.6 +0.5 30.7 22nd 21.0 +0.1 16.7 15th 173.6 145.2 average 120%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 29.4 +1.7 32.3 17th 23.1 +0.8 20.3 3rd 91.8 162.7 average 56%
Gold Coast Seaway 29.6 +1.2 32.6 22nd 22.1 +0.3 18.4 19th 93.2 106.8 average 87%
Gympie 30.7 -0.5 39.6 1st 19.8 +0.2 14.4 15th 136.6 162.0 average 84%
Hervey Bay Airport 29.9   32.0 1st 22.8   19.0 11th 157.6
Jimna Forestry 27.4   35.1 1st 17.4   11.2 15th 63.6 77.6 average 82%
Kingaroy Airport 29.8   36.5 1st 18.0   11.0 15th 65.4
Logan City Water Treatment 29.4 -0.2 35.6 1st 20.8 +0.5 16.6 15th 87.0 110.3 average 79%
Maleny Tamarind St 26.1   34.4 1st 18.8   15.2 19th 174.2 275.9 average 63%
Maroochydore Aero 29.5 +0.9 32.7 1st 21.9 +0.6 17.8 11th 120.8 118.2 average 102%
Maryborough 30.5 -0.2 35.0 1st 21.3 +0.6 18.0 11th 202.6 163.1 high 124%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 29.3   38.2 1st 20.4   16.8 11th 121.8
Point Lookout 29.3 +0.5 30.9 26th 23.0 +0.5 18.9 10th 147.8 115.5 average 128%
Rainbow Beach 28.7 -0.1 33.2 1st 23.2 +1.1 18.9 16th 146.3 152.2 average 96%
Redcliffe* 29.0 0.0 31.8 1st 21.8 -0.1 19.0 15th 90.8 111.6 average 81%
Tewantin RSL Park 28.3 -0.1 33.3 1st 22.3 +0.5 19.2 15th 192.2 134.8 high 143%
Toolara 30.9 -0.3 37.3 1st 20.9 +0.2 18.1 11th 166.0 138.7 average 120%
University of Queensland Gatton 31.7 +0.2 38.2 16th 18.4 -0.7 13.7 15th 100.6 111.9 average 90%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 26.4 0.0 32.0 16th 14.8 -0.3 9.0 15th 31.4 94.0 very low 33%
Dalby Airport 32.5 0.0 37.8 17th 18.3 -0.5 12.8 15th 32.8 75.7 average 43%
Goondiwindi Airport 34.1 +0.1 39.1 16th 20.3 0.0 16.2 10th 52.8 84.8 average 62%
Inglewood Forest 33.5   38.6 16th 18.4   14.0 5th 11.2
Oakey Aero 31.0 +0.2 37.0 1st 18.3 +0.5 11.9 15th 24.6 76.8 low 32%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 26.9 -0.5 33.5 16th 15.7 +0.1 9.1 15th 36.9 96.5 low 38%
Texas Post Office 34.3 +0.6 38.4 1st 19.3 +0.8 14.9 4th 21.0 87.9 very low 24%
Toowoomba Airport 27.6 -0.6 34.2 1st 17.5 +0.1 14.0 10th 87.6 65.5 high 134%
Warwick 29.6 -0.4 35.6 16th 16.7 -0.2 11.2 15th 52.2 84.2 low 62%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 33.5 -0.5 39.6 17th 20.5 +0.1 16.2 14th 55.6 65.7 average 85%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 32.6 -1.1 38.1 17th 20.0 +0.4 14.6 14th 24.8 90.1 low 28%
Mitchell Post Office 34.0 -0.1 38.0 17th 21.1 +1.1 17.3 16th 20.2 81.9 low 25%
Roma Airport 34.4 +0.2 39.1 17th 21.6 +0.7 17.9 29th 14.4 71.7 low 20%
St George Airport 35.0 +0.2 40.5 16th 22.4 +0.6 19.1 1st 43.2 67.6 average 64%
Surat 34.7 +0.5 38.4 17th 22.1 +1.5 18.9 1st 20.8 72.1 low 29%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 36.1 +0.6 40.6 16th 17.3 -4.1 13.5 11th 102.5 63.4 high 162%
Charleville Aero 34.2 -0.7 38.8 18th 23.2 +1.5 19.6 17th 66.6 74.4 average 90%
Cunnamulla Post Office 36.7 +0.7 41.0 16th 24.1 +2.0 21.0 17th 61.4 46.6 high 132%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 39.2   43.2 26th 25.8   20.7 3rd 11.2
Quilpie Airport 36.9 0.0 41.8 25th 25.4 +1.7 21.1 5th 61.9 53.3 average 116%
Thargomindah Airport 38.3   42.1 26th 25.9   21.0 12th 46.0 30.9 high 149%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 7 am on Monday 2 February 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 nearby 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