Sunday, 1 March 2009 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC24R0

Queensland in February 2009
Flooding continues in the north with an active monsoon trough

  • Tropical Cyclone "Ellie" crosses the coast near Cardwell
  • Flooding continues across the north
  • Below average temperatures over the northwest

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Details

The start of the month saw much activity across the state. By the end of January, a tropical low had developed on the monsoon trough and was positioned over the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. This low deepened slowly and produced further heavy rainfall in already flooded areas. 

As this low weakened, a second low developed on the monsoon trough east of Cairns, strengthening to become Tropical Cyclone "Ellie" early on the 1st of February. "Ellie" remained a category 1 system as it crossed the coast near Cardwell early on the 2nd, bringing further flood producing rainfall between Cardwell and Mackay as it moved inland and weakened into a tropical depression. Flood warnings were issued for the Tully, Murray, Herbert, Burdekin, Haughton and Pioneer Rivers. 

A further weak low was identified on the monsoon trough to the east of Cairns on the 4th, drifting northward with the monsoon trough and produced further heavy rainfall on the North Tropical Coast between the 4th and 8th, causing renewed rises to inland rivers. 

Around the 10th, rainfall eased on the North Tropical Coast, but a band of moderate to heavy rainfall fell across the state from the far northwest to central Queensland causing renewed rises to inland rivers. 

From the 12th to the 14th, a surface trough was located from around St Lawrence to the Gulf, generating locally heavy falls up to 200 mm about the Herbert, Burdekin and central coast districts. A low pressure system located north of Charleville also extended northwards, causing thunderstorms between Charleville and Roma, while a surface low developed off the coast near St Lawrence and moved southeast along the coast. Southeast coastal districts saw rainfall totals up to 200 mm for the two days.

Showers and thunderstorms over the tropics generally with rain areas from the southern tropics to the central coast occurred on the 23rd, with Lucinda receiving 245 mm to 9am on the 24th, Halifax with 248 mm and Gairloch with 206 mm.

The monsoon trough was located over northern Cape York Peninsula for most of the month, generating showers and thunderstorms, and also rain areas over most of the central and northern tropics.

Rainfall

Area-averaged across the state, the rainfall was 152.07 mm based on figures since 1900.

The wettest overall was 1689.2 mm at Hawkins Creek, followed by 1484.3 mm at Paluma Ivy Cottage, followed by 1483 mm at Bulgun Creek Alert, followed by 1477.2 mm at Cardwell Range.

Some sites had their highest total February rainfall on record.

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

The wettest single day 497.0 mm at Hawkins Creek, followed by 467.0 mm at Cardwell Range and then 377 mm at Fisher Creek TM, all on the 4th.

Some sites had their highest February daily rainfall on record.

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

Temperature

The south and south east of the state faired close to average, while the north was below average. The largest anomalies with maximum temperatures were 3 to 4 degrees below average over the north western districts due to continuous rainfall across the region.

Similarly, minimum temperatures were below over the northwest, some areas up to 3 degrees below the long term average, and close to average across the remainder of the state.

Maximum temperature

The hottest day was 45.2°C at Ballera Gas Field on the 5th, followed by 43.8°C at Thargomindah Airport on the 5th, followed by 43.5°C at Ballera Gas Field on the 6th.

The warmest days on average were 38.4°C at Ballera Gas Field, followed by 37.8°C at Birdsville Airport, followed by 37.6°C at Thargomindah Airport.

The coolest days on average were 26.5°C at Maleny Tamarind St, followed by 26.6°C at Applethorpe, followed by 26.8°C at Toowoomba Airport.

The coldest day was 17.5°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 13th, followed by 18.0°C at Applethorpe on the 13th, followed by 18.6°C at Toowoomba Airport on the 13th.

Some sites had their lowest February 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 10.0°C at Applethorpe on the 28th, followed by 10.5°C at Warwick on the 28th, followed by 11.2°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 28th.

The coolest nights on average were 15.0°C at Applethorpe, followed by 15.8°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 16.8°C at Warwick.

The warmest nights on average were 26.2°C at Willis Island, followed by 25.9°C at Coconut Island, followed by 25.5°C at Green Island, followed by 25.5°C at Sweers Island.

The warmest night was 31.5°C at Ballera Gas Field on the 6th.

Some sites had their lowest February temperature on record.

Some sites had their lowest February mean daily minimum temperature on record.

Some sites had their lowest February 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 wind gust was 93 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 13th, followed by 91 km/h at Hamilton Island Airport on the 1st, followed by 91 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 13th, followed by 89 km/h at Toowoomba Airport on the 13th.

Tropical Cyclones

Topical Cyclone "Ellie" crossed the coast early on the 1st February. The track map and report can be found here.

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
45.2°C at Ballera Gas Field on the 5th
43.8°C at Thargomindah Airport on the 5th
43.5°C at Ballera Gas Field on the 6th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
38.4°C at Ballera Gas Field
37.8°C at Birdsville Airport
37.6°C at Thargomindah Airport
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
26.5°C at Maleny Tamarind St
26.6°C at Applethorpe
26.8°C at Toowoomba Airport
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
17.5°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 13th
18.0°C at Applethorpe on the 13th
18.6°C at Toowoomba Airport on the 13th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
10.0°C at Applethorpe on the 28th
10.5°C at Warwick on the 28th
11.2°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 28th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
15.0°C at Applethorpe
15.8°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
16.8°C at Warwick
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
26.2°C at Willis Island
25.9°C at Coconut Island
25.5°C at Green Island
25.5°C at Sweers Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
31.5°C at Ballera Gas Field on the 6th
30.3°C at Ballera Gas Field on the 5th
29.7°C at Ballera Gas Field on the 7th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
1689.2 mm at Hawkins Creek
1484.3 mm at Paluma Ivy Cottage
1483 mm at Bulgun Creek Alert
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
497.0 mm at Hawkins Creek on the 4th
467.0 mm at Cardwell Range on the 4th
377.0 mm at Fisher Creek TM on the 4th
Highest wind gust
93 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 13th
91 km/h at Hamilton Island Airport on the 1st
91 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 13th
89 km/h at Toowoomba Airport on the 13th

Records

Record highest February daily rainfall

Highest daily rainfall
in February 2009 (mm)
Previous highest
for February
Years of
record
Camooweal Township 132.0 on the 9th 112.8 on the 28th in 1992 116
Peakvale Station 149.0 on the 11th 147.3 on the 1st in 1922 76
Wrotham Park 161.0 on the 14th 140.0 on the 12th in 1999 50
Fort Constantine Station 112.0 on the 9th 85.0 on the 14th in 1987 43
Embreys Bridge 106.8 on the 20th 81.0 on the 8th in 1981 33
Lucinda Point 208.2 on the 24th 118.0 on the 1st in 1994 26



Record highest total February rainfall

Total rainfall
for February 2009 (mm)
Previous highest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Sellheim 519.8 440.6 in 1958 113 130.0
Halifax Macrossan St 1346.9 1188.8 in 2000 111 473.4
Upper Stone Exelby 969.2 966.9 in 2000 70 389.3
Townsville Aero 960.8 904.2 in 1968 69 306.6
Ayr DPI Research Stn 880.0 683.8 in 2000 57 246.1
Ingham Composite 1400.6 1221.6 in 1994 42 477.6
Paluma Ivy Cottage 1484.3 1379.8 in 1991 38 613.6
Rollingstone 1128.0 916.0 in 2000 35 392.4
Turrawulla Station 407.5 306.2 in 1991 33 116.7
Lucinda Point 542.8 530.8 in 1984 24 215.6

Highest total February rainfall for at least 20 years

Total rainfall
for February 2009 (mm)
Most recent higher
for February
Years since
higher
Average for
February
Augustus Downs Station 434.3 532.6 in 1891 110 138.3
Lucinda Township 1204.4 1269.2 in 1906 100 480.0
Giru Post Office 1037.0 1147.5 in 1947 62 316.8
Bambaroo 1065.4 1152.1 in 1947 60 466.7
Dirranbandi High School 125.0 313.0 in 1976 32 52.5
Comet Post Office 183.2 197.0 in 1978 31 89.3
Cowan Downs Station 349.5 494.4 in 1979 27 159.0



Lowest February mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years

Mean daily maximum
temperature
for February 2009 (°C)
Most recent lower
for February
Years since
lower
Average for
February
Richmond Post Office 32.3 32.2 in 1979 30 35.7
Winton Post Office 33.6 33.2 in 1984 25 36.2
Croydon Township 32.4 32.1 in 1984 23 34.6
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.1 29.6 in 1984 22 31.5



Record lowest February temperature

Lowest temperature
in February 2009 (°C)
Previous lowest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Clermont Sirius St 14.0 on the 15th 14.8 on the 11th in 1996 48 21.1
Mount Isa Aero 13.6 on the 14th 14.6 on the 20th in 1999 43 23.5



Record lowest February mean daily minimum temperature

Mean daily minimum
temperature
for February 2009 (°C)
Previous lowest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Mount Isa Aero 20.9 21.8 in 2005 42 23.5

Lowest February mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years

Mean daily minimum
temperature
for February 2009 (°C)
Most recent lower
for February
Years since
lower
Average for
February
Urandangi 21.1 20.9 in 1953 53 23.4
Barcaldine Post Office 21.9 21.7 in 1989 20 22.7



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 February 2009

Maximum temperatures
for February
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for February
(°C)
Rainfall
for February
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2009
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2009
Mean for
February
2009
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2009
Total for
February
2009
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2009
Fraction of
February
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.6 +0.1 33.3 26th 25.9 0.0 23.6 18th 178.6 265.0 low 67%
Coen Airport 31.6   33.9 16th 24.0   22.8 2nd 243.0


Horn Island 30.4 0.0 32.6 14th 24.9 0.0 23.3 26th 445.0 493.4 low 90%
Scherger RAAF 31.5   34.1 23rd 24.3   23.4 13th 339.2


Weipa Aero 31.5 +0.3 33.6 25th 24.4 +0.3 23.6 25th 364.8 593.2 low 61%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 31.6 +0.3 34.1 17th 24.3 +0.7 22.7 15th 174.0 387.7 low 45%
Musgrave 32.8 +0.2 35.4 15th 24.1 +0.9 22.0 27th 192.6 292.3 low 66%
Palmerville 31.8 −0.7 33.7 15th 23.5 +0.8 20.6 18th 340.0 264.8 high 128%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 32.4   36.5 21st 24.5   21.6 16th 209.4


Burketown Post Office 32.4 −1.2 37.0 21st 24.7 0.0 20.7 11th 233.0 192.8 high 121%
Century Mine 34.2   38.0 21st 23.1   18.1 16th 171.6


Cloncurry Airport 32.9 −3.6 37.3 21st 22.0 −2.4 15.3 14th 236.2 112.6 very high 210%
Croydon Township 32.4 −2.2 35.6 20th 23.7 −0.3 19.7 15th 305.2 178.8 very high 171%
Julia Creek Airport 31.8   35.3 21st 21.7   15.0 14th 110.8


Kowanyama Airport 32.0 −0.3 34.4 21st 24.9 +0.7 23.3 16th 496.4 369.2 high 134%
Mornington Island 31.6 −0.1 35.0 21st 24.9 −0.5 22.6 15th 437.4 305.3 high 143%
Mount Isa Aero 32.4 −3.0 36.8 21st 20.9 −2.6 13.6 14th 177.8 99.3 high 179%
Normanton Airport 31.9   35.2 20th 25.0   21.6 15th 267.2


Sweers Island 31.9   34.6 19th 25.5   23.5 27th 371.2 300.2 average 124%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 31.7   34.8 21st 22.2   18.5 18th 420.4


Hughenden Airport 31.2   35.4 21st 21.1   14.1 15th 245.2


Richmond Airport 32.1 −4.1 35.6 21st 21.4 −1.7 15.5 15th 116.8 89.5 average 131%
Richmond Post Office 32.3 −3.4 36.3 21st 21.8 −0.7 16.5 15th 114.4 104.3 average 110%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 31.2 0.0 33.5 17th 24.3 +0.5 22.6 18th 638.0 452.7 high 141%
Cape Flattery 31.6   36.4 17th 24.8   23.3 16th 377.4


Cooktown Airport 31.5   35.0 17th 24.4   23.0 11th 384.8


Green Island 29.7 −0.8 32.8 18th 25.5 +0.2 23.2 25th



Kairi Research Station 28.0 +0.5 31.1 15th 19.9 +0.3 16.0 19th 388.4 271.2 high 143%
Low Isles Lighthouse 31.9 +0.2 35.2 18th     24.1 24th 545.4 418.1 high 130%
Mareeba Airport 29.9   32.7 15th 21.8   18.5 18th 274.8


Walkamin DPI 28.8 −0.3 32.0 18th 21.0 +0.6 18.0 18th 372.3 253.9 high 147%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 30.4 −0.9 34.1 21st 24.0 +1.1 22.1 19th 740.9 468.5 high 158%
Ingham Composite 30.8 −0.8 34.5 18th 23.5 +0.3 21.7 13th 1400.6 477.6 highest 293%
Innisfail 30.4 −0.3 33.5 21st 23.8 +1.0 20.3 20th 1012.6 599.8 high 169%
Lucinda Point 29.3 −0.9 32.5 18th 24.5 −0.6 22.9 12th 542.8 215.6 highest 252%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 31.2 +0.5 35.0 18th 23.6 +0.9 20.9 19th 681.4 581.8 average 117%
Townsville Aero 30.1 −1.0 32.6 21st 24.3 +0.2 22.8 3rd 960.8 306.6 highest 323%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 29.6 −1.6 32.7 20th 24.4 −0.2 22.0 28th 1073.0 279.7 very high 384%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.1 −1.4 33.2 21st 23.6 +0.9 20.9 28th 880.0 246.1 highest 358%
Bowen Airport 29.8 −1.5 32.8 21st 23.9 0.0 21.6 18th 668.0 228.3 very high 293%
Collinsville Post Office 30.7 −2.1 34.4 20th 22.6 +0.7 19.0 28th 355.6 164.3 high 216%
Hamilton Island Airport 28.5   31.7 19th 24.4   22.6 3rd 762.4


Mackay Aero 29.4 −0.6 32.4 15th 23.7 +0.5 22.1 28th 469.2 372.6 high 126%
Mackay M.O 29.2 −0.4 32.3 12th 24.0 +0.6 22.2 15th 570.8 324.8 high 176%
Proserpine Airport 29.5 −1.7 33.2 19th 23.1 +0.4 21.5 24th 675.0 360.7 high 187%
Samuel Hill Aero 29.8   34.2 15th 22.8   18.8 16th 409.4


St Lawrence 30.8   34.1 21st 23.2   21.0 16th 455.8


St Lawrence Post Office 30.8 −0.7 34.2 21st 23.2 +0.7 20.9 16th 306.6 197.2 high 155%
Williamson 30.5   33.4 15th 23.5   20.7 27th 219.0


Woolshed 26.9 −0.9 30.3 21st 21.1 +0.1 19.2 28th 592.8 297.1 high 200%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 29.2 −0.2 32.2 15th 23.8 0.0 20.3 16th 278.0 140.0 high 199%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 30.6 −2.3 35.0 19th 22.2 −0.3 19.2 28th 429.0 149.3 very high 287%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 30.9 −2.4 35.5 20th 21.7 −0.1 18.7 15th 251.5 98.6 high 255%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Brigalow Research Stn 32.4 −0.1 37.7 9th 20.9 +0.3 17.8 27th 176.7 102.8 high 172%
Clermont Sirius St 32.4 −0.6 35.5 20th 21.1 0.0 14.0 15th 136.9 114.9 average 119%
Emerald Airport 32.2 −1.5 35.2 20th 21.6 −0.6 17.7 15th 131.4 76.5 high 172%
Rolleston 33.1 −0.8 36.5 8th 20.6 −0.2 17.7 16th 126.2 91.3 high 138%
Springsure Dame St 31.7 −0.8 35.0 6th 20.6 +0.1 15.1 15th 81.0 108.2 average 75%
Tambo Post Office 34.8 +1.0 38.5 20th 19.4 −0.6 12.1 24th 37.4 75.8 average 49%
Taroom Post Office 32.7 −0.1 38.4 9th 20.2 −0.2 17.7 16th 98.0 87.2 average 112%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 33.7 −0.9 37.9 5th 21.9 −0.8 15.4 14th 130.1 77.5 high 168%
Blackall Airport 34.9   40.1 6th 21.1   15.0 14th 78.2


Isisford Post Office 34.8 −1.1 39.1 6th 21.5 −0.9 14.3 14th 149.7 73.4 high 204%
Longreach Aero 33.8 −2.0 39.3 5th 21.0 −1.7 15.3 14th 126.6 78.7 high 161%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 33.0 −3.3 37.1 28th 21.9 −1.8 16.2 15th 269.8 92.4 very high 292%
The Monument Airport 33.4   37.9 22nd 21.0   13.7 14th 0.6


Trepell Airport 32.8   37.6 21st 21.1   14.3 14th 94.0


Urandangi 34.8 −2.4 39.0 2nd 21.1 −2.3 15.0 14th 55.2 63.9 average 86%
Winton Airport 32.6   36.0 20th 20.6   14.4 14th 136.4


Winton Post Office 33.6 −2.6 37.6 21st 22.0 −1.0 17.9 15th 147.8 86.7 high 170%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 35.5 −2.9 39.9 28th 24.4 −0.1 17.1 12th 0.3 35.3 low 1%
Birdsville Airport 37.8   43.1 28th 25.2   18.1 12th 0


Boulia Airport 35.8 −1.7 39.9 21st 23.1 −1.0 17.0 13th 9.8 50.7 average 19%
Windorah Post Office 37.5 +0.9 41.6 6th 23.8 +0.3 14.8 13th 7.6 49.0 low 16%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 32.9 −0.5 36.3 9th 21.6 +0.5 18.8 27th 226.6 113.6 high 199%
Bundaberg Aero 30.3 +0.4 34.1 21st 22.5 +1.1 20.0 28th 256.8 159.9 high 161%
Gayndah Airport 31.2   36.6 9th 20.7   16.8 8th 74.6


Gayndah Post Office     35.1 20th 20.9 +1.0 17.5 8th 89.6 106.1 average 84%
Gladstone Airport 30.5 0.0 34.6 21st 23.4 +0.4 21.8 9th 291.0 178.8 high 163%
Gladstone Radar 30.6 −0.4 34.7 21st 23.1 +0.7 21.8 8th 237.2 143.4 high 165%
Monto Township 31.0 −0.2 36.6 9th 20.0 +1.1 16.7 8th 119.1 112.2 average 106%
Rockhampton Aero 31.1 −0.1 34.4 21st 22.9 +0.8 20.0 27th 204.8 143.1 high 143%
Rundle Island 27.9 −0.4 30.9 21st 24.3 −0.2 22.2 18th



Sandy Cape Lighthouse 29.5 +0.3 32.5 21st 23.0 +0.6 19.7 13th 209.8 168.7 high 124%
Seventeen Seventy 29.6 +0.5 32.1 20th 23.2 +0.6 21.5 8th 337.8 182.6 high 185%
Thangool Airport 31.8 −1.3 35.7 9th 20.9 +1.0 17.3 27th 148.6 96.3 high 154%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 30.6 +0.2 38.0 9th 19.3 −0.2 14.6 28th 79.0 120.7 average 65%
Archerfield Airport 30.4 +0.7 37.2 9th 20.3 +0.3 17.4 28th 120.0 151.6 average 79%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 30.4   36.3 9th 18.7   13.3 28th 57.2


Beerburrum Forest Station 29.8   35.1 9th 20.2   17.4 28th 259.6 195.2 high 133%
Brisbane* 29.9 +0.9 36.1 9th 21.5 +0.9 19.2 28th 131.8 158.3 average 83%
Brisbane Aero* 28.8 −0.1 31.6 9th 21.1 +0.3 18.2 28th 143.0 174.6 average 82%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 28.0 +1.3 29.9 20th 22.9 +0.9 20.6 11th 37.4 157.7 very low 24%
Coolangatta 28.7 +0.7 30.7 9th 20.7 −0.1 17.2 28th 215.0 168.1 high 128%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 28.9 +1.3 33.1 9th 22.9 +0.4 19.7 11th 122.2 166.3 average 73%
Gold Coast Seaway 29.8 +1.4 34.1 9th 21.7 0.0 18.9 28th 167.4 169.1 average 99%
Gympie 30.2 −0.2 36.1 9th 20.2 +0.6 16.6 28th 136.6 167.6 average 82%
Hervey Bay Airport 29.8   32.0 20th 22.5   19.4 28th 149.2


Jimna Forestry 27.3   35.8 9th 17.7   12.9 28th 150.6 111.8 average 135%
Kingaroy Airport 28.8   36.5 9th 17.8   12.7 8th 116.2


Logan City Water Treatment 29.4 +0.1 36.9 9th 21.3 +1.1 17.0 28th 211.1 142.1 average 149%
Maleny Tamarind St 26.5   33.6 9th 18.8   15.8 28th 232.8 312.3 average 75%
Maroochydore Aero 29.1 +0.5 33.2 9th 22.0 +0.8 17.8 9th 173.4 176.6 average 98%
Maryborough 30.5 +0.3 33.9 15th 21.5 +0.9 18.0 9th 136.0 175.2 average 78%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 29.4   35.8 9th 20.9   17.6 28th 189.8


Point Lookout 29.6 +0.5 31.7 18th 22.5 −0.1 19.4 15th 164.3 137.2 average 120%
Rainbow Beach 28.7 0.0 31.6 9th 22.4 +0.3 19.2 28th 217.8 211.5 average 103%
Redcliffe* 28.7 +0.2 31.6 9th 21.9 +0.5 19.1 28th 149.6 160.9
average
93%
Tewantin RSL Park 28.4 0.0 33.0 9th 22.4 +0.5 19.7 28th 145.8 216.3 average 67%
Toolara 31.0 +0.2 37.0 9th 21.0 +0.3 19.1 28th 134.8 203.4 average 66%
University of Queensland Gatton 30.8 +0.1 38.7 9th 18.9 −0.1 14.6 8th 85.0 100.6 average 84%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 26.6 +1.4 34.0 9th 15.0 0.0 10.0 28th 140.6 85.9 high 164%
Dalby Airport 31.7 +0.4 39.2 9th 18.1 −0.5 14.0 8th 83.6 89.0 average 94%
Goondiwindi Airport 32.5 0.0 41.0 9th 19.7 0.0 16.5 12th 28.2 79.8 very low 35%
Oakey Aero 30.7 +0.8 38.6 9th 18.3 +0.7 14.0 28th 38.2 83.5 low 46%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 27.0 +0.6 35.6 9th 15.8 +0.2 11.2 28th 81.5 86.2 average 95%
Texas Post Office 33.4 +0.8 40.5 9th 18.9 +0.7 13.5 28th 82.0 77.1 average 106%
Toowoomba Airport 26.8 −0.6 35.3 9th 17.5 −0.1 15.2 28th 63.4 110.4 average 57%
Warwick 29.3 −0.3 37.3 9th 16.8 −0.1 10.5 28th 62.0 67.1 average 92%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 32.7 0.0 39.8 9th 19.9 −0.1 17.0 16th 63.2 83.7 average 76%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 32.9 +0.7 38.2 9th 18.6 −0.5 12.9 12th 73.4 86.7 average 85%
Mitchell Post Office 34.5 +1.7 40.1 9th 19.7 +0.1 12.2 12th 47.5 70.6 average 67%
Roma Airport 33.4 +0.8 40.4 9th 20.4 +0.1 16.0 16th 78.8 82.5 average 96%
St George Airport 34.1 +0.3 41.2 9th 20.8 −0.3 11.9 12th 37.6 50.6 average 74%
Surat 33.4 0.0 40.5 9th 20.6 +0.3 14.8 12th 121.4 73.0 high 166%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 34.6 +0.3 41.0 9th 21.5 +0.6 13.0 12th 16.3 52.9 average 31%
Charleville Aero 35.5 +1.7 39.5 6th 21.0 −0.3 12.7 12th 18.2 67.9 low 27%
Cunnamulla Post Office 36.1 +1.3 42.0 9th 22.2 +0.5 15.5 13th 20.6 50.6 average 41%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 38.4   45.2 5th 24.9   17.2 12th 1.0


Quilpie Airport 37.5 +1.8 42.2 6th 24.4 +1.1 17.5 12th 3.0 48.8 low 6%
Thargomindah Airport 37.6   43.8 5th 24.4   17.2 12th 6.6 31.2 low 21%

Notes

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