Wednesday, 1 April 2009 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC24R0

A dry March as Tropical Cyclone "Hamish" tracks parallel to the east coast

  • Dry across the state, compared to the long term average
  • Tropical Cyclone "Hamish" tracks along the coast
  • A warm beginning to the month over southern Queensland

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Details

A dry month compared to the long term average, and in contrast to the significant rain that fell over the north of the state in February.
Maximum temperatures over the southwest were mainly 2 to 3 degrees above average, while minimum temperatures were below average over the north east of the state.

Rainfall

Area averaged across the state, Queensland received 27.87 mm compared to the long term March average of 93.73 mm, and based on figures since 1900. This ranks March 2009 as the 6th lowest since 1900, and is the lowest March rainfall since 1991 (area average for March 1991 was 17.82 mm).

Rainfall was remarkably different to that of February, and much of the state was below to very much below average, despite the presence of two Tropical Cyclones located off the east coast during March. 

On the 4th, a tropical low formed in the Coral Sea east of Lockhart River, which drifted to the southwest and intensified into a tropical cyclone. The tropical cyclone was named "Hamish" at about 10pm on the 5th of March and tracked almost parallel to the coast from the 5th to the 9th of March, but never crossed land. It reached category 5 on the 7th of March and produced damaging winds, large waves and elevated sea levels. There were some high daily rainfall totals during its track, mainly at coastal locations. The highest daily total was recorded at Mackay with 196.2 mm to 9am on the 8th, where around 150 mm fell between 9am and 3pm on the 7th.

Early on the 24th of March, Tropical Cyclone "Jasper" was located around 1010km northeast of Mackay, and was travelling in an east southeast direction, and posed no immediate threat to Queensland. Tropical Cyclone "Jasper" weakened to a low pressure system by the 26th and was located near New Caledonia.

For March, the wettest overall was 637 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station, then 447 mm at Nerada Alert, then 442 mm at Central Mill Alert, followed by 438.8 mm at Innisfail. The highest daily totals were 196.2 mm at Mackay on the 8th, then 181.8 mm at Innisfail on the 12th, followed by 166.0 mm at Nerada Alert on the 7th. 
These stations are located in the north tropical and central coast districts and the highest daily totals occurred as Tropical Cyclone "Hamish" tracked south east, with the exception of Innisfail, which was caused by slow moving showers that yielded locally heavy falls.

Although the north tropical areas recorded some significantly high daily totals, overall, rainfall across Queensland was below the long term average, very much below average over the north west, parts of the central and also southern interior, and some sites had their lowest total March rainfall on record. Some sites also had their lowest total March rainfall for at least 20 years.

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

Temperature

For the month, mean maximum temperatures were higher than average over the south west, while the remainder of the state fell within a degree of the long term average.
Mean minimum temperatures were above average over the southwest, but much cooler than average over the central districts and in the northwest.

Maximum temperature

March began with the southern districts experiencing temperatures that were 6 to 10°C above average. Warm north west winds were directed across the area for the following few days, keeping temperatures over the Channel Country, Maranoa and Warrego above 40°C. Some record high daily maximum temperatures occurred at Charleville and Mitchell. Some sites had their highest March temperature on record.  

Area averaged across the state the maximum temperature was 33.63°C compared to the long term average of  32.42°C (+1.21°C above). Some sites had their highest March mean daily maximum temperature on record.

The hottest day was 44.8°C at Birdsville Airport, followed by 44.6°C at Ballera Gas Field, both on the 3rd, followed by 44.0°C at Birdsville Airport on the 2nd.

The warmest days on average were 37.6°C at Birdsville Airport, then 37.5°C at Boulia Airport, followed by 37.1°C at Century Mine.

The coolest days on average were 24.7°C at Applethorpe, followed by 25.1°C at Maleny Tamarind St, followed by 25.2°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade.

The coldest day was 19.8°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade then 20.0°C at Applethorpe, both on the 12th, followed by 20.0°C at Applethorpe on the 30th.

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

Minimum temperature

Minimum temperatures were also significantly high at the start of the month, with Charleville also recording the highest daily minimum temperature on the 4th with 30.4°C which is 11.7°C above the long term March average. Some sites had their warmest March night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.

However, area averaged across the state the minimum temperature was 20.19°C compared to a long term average of 20.65°C (−0.46°C below). Some sites had their lowest March temperature on record. While some sites had their lowest March mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years.

The coolest nights on average were 13.1°C at Applethorpe,then 13.3°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 14.9°C at Warwick.

The warmest nights on average were 25.7°C at Sweers Island, followed by 25.6°C at Willis Island, followed by 25.5°C at Green Island.

The warmest night was 31.2°C at Birdsville Airport on the 2nd, then 30.7°C at Birdsville Airport on the 3rd, followed by 30.4°C at Charleville Aero on the 4th.

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

Wind

Tropical Cyclone "Hamish" tracked close to several Automatic Weather Stations in the Coral Sea, and Gannet Cay recorded a wind gust of 190km/hr prior to the anemometer failing on the morning of the 9th March. 

Other strong wind gusts were recorded at Middle Percy Island with 113km/hr on the 8th, then Double Island Point Lighthouse with 106km/hr of the 10th, and also Heron Island with 104km/hr on the 9th.

Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Cyclone "Hamish" tracked along the east coast of Queensland during March.  A more detailed report including a track map of "Hamish" and estimated extremes can be found here

Tropical Cyclone "Jasper" was located about 1010km northeast of Mackay on the 24th March, but posed no immediate threat to Queenlsand. Itweakened to a low pressure system by the 26th.

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
44.8°C at Birdsville Airport on the 3rd
44.6°C at Ballera Gas Field on the 3rd
44.0°C at Birdsville Airport on the 2nd
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
37.6°C at Birdsville Airport
37.5°C at Boulia Airport
37.1°C at Century Mine
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
24.7°C at Applethorpe
25.1°C at Maleny Tamarind St
25.2°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
19.8°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 12th
20.0°C at Applethorpe on the 12th
20.0°C at Applethorpe on the 30th
20.4°C at Jimna Forestry on the 9th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
7.9°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 7th
8.0°C at Applethorpe on the 6th
8.0°C at Applethorpe on the 26th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
13.1°C at Applethorpe
13.3°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
14.9°C at Warwick
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
25.7°C at Sweers Island
25.6°C at Willis Island
25.5°C at Green Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
31.2°C at Birdsville Airport on the 2nd
30.7°C at Birdsville Airport on the 3rd
30.4°C at Charleville Aero on the 4th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
637 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station
447 mm at Nerada Alert
442 mm at Central Mill Alert
438.8 mm at Innisfail
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
196.2 mm at Mackay M.O on the 8th
181.8 mm at Innisfail on the 12th
166.0 mm at Nerada Alert on the 7th
Highest wind gust
#190 km/h at Gannet Cay on the 9th
113 km/h at Middle Percy Island on the 8th
106 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 10th
104 km/h at Heron Island Res Stn on the 9th

#Wind gust recorded before the anemometer ceased operating just after 5am on the 9th.

Records

Record lowest total March rainfall
Total rainfall
for March 2009 (mm)
Previous lowest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Giru Post Office 7.0 7.2 in 1978 74 207.3
Cape Tribulation Store 66.2 128.4 in 1991 63 766.2

Lowest total March rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for March 2009 (mm)
Most recent lower
for March
Years since
lower
Average for
March
Clermont Sirius St 0.1 0.0 in 1915 94 73.9
Lucinda Township 39.6 38.6 in 1915 93 408.3
Strathtay Station 1.8 0.6 in 1986 23 60.3
Woodspring 3.0 0.0 in 1986 23 53.0
Thangool Airport 6.2 2.2 in 1986 22 59.7



Record highest March temperature
Highest temperature
in March 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Charleville Aero 40.7 on the 2nd 40.3 on the 2nd in 1985 67 32.0
Mitchell Post Office 41.0 on the 3rd 39.9 on the 12th in 2007 40 31.0



Record highest March mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for March 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Mornington Island 34.0 33.6 in 1997 34 31.9



Record highest March daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in March 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Charleville Aero 30.4 on the 4th 28.1 on the 15th in 1989 67 18.7



Record lowest March temperature
Lowest temperature
in March 2009 (°C)
Previous lowest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Cairns Aero 17.7 on the 31st 18.5 on the 31st in 2002 67 23.0



Lowest March mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for March 2009 (°C)
Most recent lower
for March
Years since
lower
Average for
March
Mount Isa Aero 19.2 18.4 in 1981 28 21.8
Richmond Post Office 19.2 17.5 in 1981 28 20.7



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 March 2009
Maximum temperatures
for March
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for March
(°C)
Rainfall
for March
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2009
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2009
Mean for
March
2009
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2009
Total for
March
2009
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2009
Fraction of
March
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.1 −0.5 33.5 2nd 25.2 −0.6 23.8 17th 261.6 289.4 average 90%
Coen Airport 31.8   33.8 18th 22.8   19.5 28th 53.4
Horn Island 30.3 −0.1 31.7 16th 25.1 +0.1 22.6 4th 303.2 349.9 low 87%
Weipa Aero 32.4 +0.6 34.1 3rd 23.6 −0.2 20.8 28th 227.0 409.0 low 56%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.6 0.0 33.4 6th 23.5 +0.1 20.4 28th 334.2 449.5 average 74%
Musgrave 33.2 +1.0 34.9 7th 22.0 −0.3 17.9 29th 137.0 239.0 low 57%
Palmerville 32.7 +0.3 34.3 14th 21.3 −0.5 17.3 29th 161.0 181.0 average 89%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 36.1   38.2 16th 22.3   17.7 8th 0
Burketown Post Office 35.3 +1.8 37.6 14th 23.4 −0.2 20.0 8th 1.0 151.7 very low 1%
Century Mine 37.1   38.8 22nd 21.4   17.9 8th 0
Cloncurry Airport 36.1 +0.2 38.6 15th 21.1 −1.5 17.2 7th 0.6 75.2 very low 1%
Croydon Township 34.3 −0.1 35.5 15th 23.2 −0.1 19.5 31st 36.0 114.7 low 31%
Julia Creek Airport 34.4   36.0 15th 18.0   13.2 6th 0
Kowanyama Airport 33.5 +0.7 34.8 5th 23.8 +0.1 21.1 29th 105.2 233.0 low 45%
Mornington Island 34.0 +2.1 36.3 22nd 24.3 −0.2 21.7 19th 32.6 251.6 very low 13%
Mount Isa Aero 35.3 +1.0 37.5 15th 19.2 −2.6 14.8 28th 0 62.6 lowest 0%
Normanton Airport 35.3   37.0 22nd 24.2   21.0 28th 28.0
Sweers Island 33.5   35.2 16th 25.7   22.3 28th 17.5 191.9 very low 9%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 34.0   35.7 16th 19.8   14.7 30th 16.2
Hughenden Airport 33.7   35.4 4th 18.8   13.3 31st 25.2
Richmond Airport 34.3 −1.7 35.9 2nd 17.9 −3.3 12.9 27th 17.2 48.9 average 35%
Richmond Post Office 34.9 0.0 36.8 15th 19.2 −1.5 15.0 27th 6.8 60.2 low 11%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 31.4 +0.9 33.9 5th 23.4 +0.4 17.7 31st 149.2 420.7 low 35%
Cape Flattery 31.4   32.3 3rd 25.0   22.9 7th 168.2
Cooktown Airport 30.5   32.7 7th 23.5   19.6 31st 99.6
Green Island 28.8 −0.4 30.0 8th 25.5 +0.8 22.8 31st
Kairi Research Station 27.0 +0.6 29.8 8th 18.3 −0.1 15.3 24th 131.4 257.2 average 51%
Mareeba Airport 30.1   32.7 8th 19.9   14.9 31st 148.4
Walkamin DPI 28.4 +0.4 31.0 8th 19.4 −0.1 15.0 31st 92.4 211.5 low 44%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 31.5 +0.8 34.0 5th 22.7 +0.8 19.4 31st 101.5 397.6 very low 26%
Ingham Composite 31.3 +0.5 33.4 8th 22.5 +0.3 17.4 27th 138.0 362.4 low 38%
Innisfail 30.4 +0.6 32.4 10th 22.8 +0.7 19.1 31st 438.8 660.7 low 66%
Lucinda Point 29.2 −0.5 31.8 8th 25.3 +0.6 22.3 30th 47.4 146.5 low 32%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 30.4 +0.5 32.5 9th 22.2 +0.3 18.1 31st 320.0 616.1 low 52%
Townsville Aero 31.6 +0.9 33.0 20th 22.9 0.0 18.9 30th 18.2 178.4 low 10%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.9 +0.1 33.1 9th 22.3 −0.6 19.1 27th 25.2 74.9 low 34%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 31.3 +0.5 32.9 9th 21.2 −0.2 17.2 27th 79.2 147.7 average 54%
Bowen Airport 31.0 +0.1 32.4 17th 22.5 −0.3 17.8 31st 24.1 72.9 average 33%
Collinsville Post Office 32.0 +0.1 34.8 2nd 19.2 −0.8 14.6 27th 63.6 92.7 average 69%
Hamilton Island Airport 27.9   30.0 5th 24.0   21.2 19th 141.0
Mackay Aero 29.1 −0.1 31.7 3rd 21.5 −0.4 18.0 27th 186.8 197.1 average 95%
Mackay M.O 28.2 −0.4 30.6 9th 22.4 +0.2 19.4 30th 275.6 251.2 average 110%
Proserpine Airport 30.2 0.0 32.2 5th 21.4 0.0 17.8 27th 83.6 140.1 average 60%
Samuel Hill Aero 28.7   32.5 1st 20.1   14.7 6th 154.6 101.4 high 152%
St Lawrence 30.9   33.1 4th 21.0   16.1 27th 16.2
St Lawrence Post Office 31.1 +0.2 33.2 4th 21.2 +0.1 17.4 27th 13.8 131.6 low 10%
Williamson 30.3   32.9 4th 20.3   15.3 6th 18.6
Woolshed 28.1 +0.4 30.2 4th 19.0 −0.6 14.2 31st 43.8 72.7 low 60%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 28.3 −0.2 31.9 5th 21.9 −0.5 17.9 30th 50.8 72.5 low 70%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 31.8 −0.4 33.9 5th 20.0 −0.8 16.1 31st 10.8 53.0 very low 20%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 31.8 −0.5 34.0 16th 19.8 −0.4 16.2 31st 2.8 47.3 low 6%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Brigalow Research Stn 32.0 +0.3 34.5 2nd 18.2 −0.5 12.0 6th 14.4 43.4 low 33%
Clermont Sirius St 33.0 +0.9 36.5 4th 18.3 −1.1 12.7 27th 0.1 73.9 very low 0%
Emerald Airport 32.5 −0.7 35.8 4th 19.5 −0.8 15.9 6th 56.2 41.3 high 136%
Rolleston 32.7 −0.2 36.8 2nd 18.1 −0.3 13.2 6th 12.1 60.5 low 20%
Springsure Dame St 32.1 +0.4 35.6 6th 18.6 −0.3 13.4 30th 20.8 68.1 low 31%
Tambo Post Office 34.9 +2.4 39.3 2nd 17.3 −0.3 12.5 27th 29.8 56.8 average 52%
Taroom Post Office 32.9 +1.2 37.7 2nd 17.5 −0.6 12.0 6th 8.6 61.7 low 14%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 34.3 +1.1 37.8 2nd 20.7 −0.1 16.4 27th 16.9 59.3 average 28%
Blackall Airport 35.3   39.3 4th 19.2   14.5 6th 24.2
Isisford Post Office 35.8 +1.5 39.4 2nd 20.0 −0.3 14.6 5th 7.8 59.1 low 13%
Longreach Aero 35.2 +0.5 38.3 4th 18.9 −1.4 14.3 31st 38.2 55.2 average 69%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 36.0 +0.8 38.3 22nd 19.9 −1.9 13.6 18th 2.2 54.3 low 4%
The Monument Airport 35.9   38.2 22nd 20.1   15.2 6th 60.4
Trepell Airport 35.7   38.0 15th 19.7   14.0 6th 0.4
Urandangi 36.5 +0.8 39.0 23rd 19.3 −1.8 16.0 17th 0 41.5 lowest 0%
Winton Airport 36.0   39.3 15th 18.0   13.2 6th 21.8
Winton Post Office 35.7 +0.5 38.7 4th 19.6 −1.4 15.7 31st 18.6 52.8 average 35%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 35.7 −0.5 39.9 23rd 21.3 −0.4 17.1 17th 0 17.3 lowest 0%
Birdsville Airport 37.6   44.8 3rd 22.1   16.4 5th 0
Boulia Airport 37.5 +2.0 40.6 2nd 22.1 +0.3 13.0 7th 0 35.4 lowest 0%
Windorah Post Office 36.9 +2.3 42.0 2nd 21.9 +0.8 15.2 17th 1.4 38.2 low 4%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 32.5 −0.2 36.0 3rd 19.0 −0.3 13.2 6th 4.6 72.4 very low 6%
Bundaberg Aero 29.1 0.0 32.3 2nd 20.2 +0.4 17.3 6th 35.8 100.3 low 36%
Gayndah Airport 31.3   35.4 2nd 18.3   12.1 6th 15.4
Gayndah Post Office 31.6 +0.6 36.2 2nd 18.4 +0.3 13.1 6th 14.5 73.6 very low 20%
Gladstone Airport 29.8 0.0 32.4 5th 21.3 −0.3 16.8 6th 26.0 48.3 average 54%
Gladstone Radar 30.1 −0.1 32.9 31st 21.6 +0.2 18.4 31st 35.8 82.6 average 43%
Lady Elliot Island 27.7 −0.5 30.4 4th 23.5 +0.1 19.7 6th 79.0 125.6 average 63%
Monto Township 30.3 +0.3 35.1 2nd 16.8 −0.3 9.8 6th 13.0 75.4 low 17%
Rockhampton Aero 30.7 +0.2 33.2 1st 20.4 −0.3 16.2 6th 24.4 95.5 low 26%
Rundle Island 27.0 −0.4 30.9 5th 23.5 −0.3 19.9 26th
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 27.7 −0.8 31.3 4th 21.7 0.0 19.3 29th 268.6 154.6 high 174%
Seventeen Seventy 28.2 0.0 31.5 5th 21.6 +0.2 19.0 25th 100.6 115.8 average 87%
Thangool Airport 31.5 −1.0 35.6 2nd 17.4 −0.2 10.9 6th 6.2 59.7 very low 10%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 30.3 +1.0 35.8 1st 17.1 −0.7 11.5 26th 29.6 81.3 average 36%
Archerfield Airport 29.0 +0.3 34.4 1st 18.6 +0.4 14.0 26th 46.2 124.2 low 37%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 29.7   35.8 1st 17.0   10.3 26th 31.6
Beerburrum Forest Station 28.8 +0.3 35.7 1st 18.6 +0.4 15.0 27th 137.0 169.6 average 81%
Brisbane* 29.0 +1.0 33.8 1st 20.1  +0.7 17.3 27th 47.6 140.7 low 34%
Brisbane Aero 28.1 +0.2 31.2 5th 19.7 +0.4 16.3 27th 58.6 76.2 average 77%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.0 +1.0 29.9 3rd 22.3 +1.2 19.9 31st 54.4 179.6 low 30%
Coolangatta 27.8 +0.8 30.8 1st 19.8 +0.2 16.7 17th 155.8 175.5 average 89%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 27.5 +0.8 31.7 1st 21.7 0.0 18.9 28th 57.6 163.5 low 35%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.6 +1.0 33.6 1st 20.8 +0.2 18.3 27th 91.4 89.2 average 102%
Gympie 28.6 −0.7 34.8 1st 17.9 −0.2 12.6 6th 78.8 141.9 average 56%
Hervey Bay Airport 28.5 −0.6 31.2 5th 20.4 +0.1 16.9 31st 129.2 96.4 high 134%
Jimna Forestry 25.8   32.6 1st 15.8   8.6 6th 87.2 62.5 high 140%
Kingaroy Airport 28.6   33.4 2nd 15.3   9.4 6th 15.0
Logan City Water Treatment 28.6 +0.3 35.1 1st 19.5 +0.8 15.7 25th 54.5 111.7 low 49%
Maleny Tamarind St 25.1   31.2 1st 17.4   14.6 25th 224.0 285.2 average 79%
Maroochydore Aero 27.9 +0.3 33.8 1st 20.0 +0.3 16.7 27th 222.2 119.8 high 185%
Maryborough 28.9 −0.3 32.6 2nd 19.6 +0.3 15.4 31st 105.6 155.3 average 68%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 27.9   34.2 1st 19.5   16.3 27th 204.2
Point Lookout 29.1 +0.9 30.7 28th 21.7 −0.3 19.0 1st 81.8 110.8 average 74%
Rainbow Beach 27.4 −0.5 30.8 5th 21.1 +0.7 15.7 31st 177.5 118.9 high 149%
Redcliffe* 28.1  +0.7 32.8 1st 20.5 +0.6 17.7 27th 76.0 126.8 average 60%
Tewantin RSL Park 27.3 0.0 31.7 1st 20.6 +0.1 17.2 31st 201.6 166.2 high 121%
Toolara 29.0 −0.8 34.9 1st 19.4 −0.2 16.8 31st 185.4 97.4 high 190%
University of Queensland Gatton 30.8 +1.2 35.7 1st 17.1 −0.2 13.6 27th 34.0 77.7 low 44%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 24.7 +0.8 31.0 1st 13.1 −0.1 8.0 6th 36.8 66.5 average 55%
Dalby Airport 31.4 +1.1 37.6 2nd 15.6 −0.6 9.5 6th 7.8 36.9 low 21%
Goondiwindi Airport 32.5 +1.4 37.2 1st 16.7 −0.2 11.8 17th 1.2 46.3 low 3%
Inglewood Forest 32.0   36.4 1st 15.9   11.4 5th 2.8 45.4 very low 6%
Oakey Aero 29.8 +1.0 36.7 1st 15.9 +0.3 9.4 6th 21.4 42.9 average 50%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 25.2 +0.3 32.0 1st 13.3 −0.5 7.9 7th 32.3 65.3 average 49%
Texas Post Office 32.4 +1.1 36.3 3rd 16.1 +0.4 10.9 6th 3.8 55.3 very low 7%
Toowoomba Airport 26.8 +0.5 33.6 1st 16.2 +0.1 11.6 5th 15.2 52.8 low 29%
Warwick 28.3 +0.4 35.1 1st 14.9 +0.1 9.4 6th 25.4 50.4 low 50%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 32.6 +1.1 38.8 2nd 17.2 −0.5 10.0 6th 8.8 40.3 low 22%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 32.7 +1.8 38.1 2nd 15.2 −1.1 9.6 6th 0.8 60.2 very low 1%
Mitchell Post Office 34.2 +3.2 41.0 3rd 16.7 0.0 9.4 6th 9.0 59.6 low 15%
Roma Airport 33.3 +1.9 38.9 4th 16.9 −0.4 10.4 6th 0.8 42.0 lowest 2%
St George Airport 33.7 +1.5 41.0 1st 18.2 −0.4 11.5 18th 0.2 34.5 very low 1%
Surat 33.1 +1.3 38.5 1st 17.4 −0.4 11.6 6th 0 56.9 lowest 0%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 34.4 +2.4 40.5 3rd 18.1 −0.1 12.1 7th 0.8 48.1 low 2%
Charleville Aero 35.0 +3.0 40.7 2nd 19.4 +0.7 12.7 6th 0 53.8 lowest 0%
Cunnamulla Post Office 34.8 +2.4 42.0 3rd 20.0 +1.2 14.9 5th 10.0 39.6 average 25%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 36.9   44.6 3rd 22.4   16.4 16th 4.4
Quilpie Airport 36.9 +3.4 42.3 3rd 22.3 +1.8 14.6 5th 4.0 38.6 low 10%
Thargomindah Airport 36.1   42.5 1st 22.1   16.4 5th 7.8 30.6 average 25%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Wednesday 1 April 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, averages from a nearby suitable site have been used instead (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