Tuesday, 1 September 2009 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC24R0

Queensland in August 2009

Exceptional August heat

  • Record high August daily maximum and  minimum temperatures for the state
  • Record high August monthly maximum state average temperature
  • Record high August monthly mean state average temperature

Information current at 1 September 2009

This statement was prepared using the most timely and accurate data available on 1 September 2009.  This document will not be updated.  Final values, which have had greater opportunity for data quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review, which is usually published during the fourth week of the month.  Further major quality control statements may also appear in Annual Climate Summaries.

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

Rainfall

August was a very dry month in Queensland. While low rainfall is normal between July and September, this August has been particularly dry.  The state-averaged rainfall for August is 0.90 mm, which is the 4th lowest on record, based on figures since 1900.

Some sites had their lowest total August rainfall on record.

The highest monthly rainfall total recorded in Queensland during August was 94.6 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station in the Barron North Coast district, followed by 45.0 mm at Corsis Alert in the Herbert North Coast district, followed by 42.0 mm at Topaz Alert in the Barron North Coast district, followed by 41.4 mm at South Johnstone Exp Station in the Herbert North Coast district.

Between the 2nd and the 4th of the month a ridge of high pressure over southern Queensland and New South Wales directed a moist southeasterly flow over the east tropical coast, producing isolated to scattered shower activity.  The highest daily rainfall total recorded during the month was 67.0 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station on the 4th, followed by 31.0 mm at Corsis Alert on the 3rd, followed by 18.0 mm at Central Mill Alert in the Herbert North Coast district on the 3rd.  

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

Temperature

Despite overnight temperatures being less extreme than daytime temperatures, the state-averaged monthly mean temperature anomaly of 3.07°C was the highest on record for August, based on figures since 1950.  This anomaly is 1.47°C above the previous record anomaly of 1.60°C set in 1998.  

Maximum temperature

The state-averaged monthly maximum temperature anomaly of 4.25°C was the highest on record for August, based on figures since 1950.  This anomaly is 2.98°C above the previous record anomaly of 1.27°C set in 1969. 

Above average daytime temperatures persisted over the subtropics for almost the entire month, due to a lack of cold outbreaks bringing air of Southern Ocean origin northwards, as well as a lack of moisture and consequent persistent clear skies. There have been three major episodes of extreme heat which have seen significant numbers of records broken, from the 14th to the 16th, then, after a brief moderation, from the 21st to the 25th, then on the 29th and 30th.

The bulk of the records were set between the 22nd and 24th, initially over inland areas on the 22nd, before extending to the east coast on the 24th.  Many of the records set between the 14th and 16th were broken several more times between the 22nd and the 30th.  In total, 38 long-term weather stations in Queensland (those with 30 or more years of record) had their highest August temperature on record.

Maximum temperatures for the month as a whole were the warmest on record through much of the subtropics, reaching 6 - 7°C above normal over a large area of southern inland Queensland. Records were broken by 3°C or more in many parts of southern Queensland. The largest margin by which a record was broken at a long-term station in Queensland was Gatton, with a margin of 5.0°C, followed by Taroom (4.2°C), and Miles (4.0 °C).  

The highest daily maximum temperature recorded in Queensland during August was 38.5°C at Bedourie Police Station on the 29th, breaking the previous state August record of 38.3°C that occurred at Normanton on 26th of August 1968.  The next hottest day recorded in Queensland during the month was 38.1°C at Bedourie Police Station on the 22nd, followed by 38.0°C at Windorah Post Office on the 29th.

The northwesterlies on the 24th and 25th were strong enough to keep sea breezes out from coastal locations in the southeast and Redcliffe on the 24th and Brisbane Aero on the 25th August recorded their hottest days of 2009 so far, surpassing anything reached in January, February or March.

The warm conditions have been very persistent in many areas and numerous stations, especially in inland Queensland, have set records for the most consecutive August days above 30°C.  Windorah, which had never reached 35°C in August previously, reached that mark seven times in August 2009. 

The warmest days on average were 33.6°C at Century Mine, followed by 33.4°C at Musgrave, followed by 33.3°C at Weipa Aero.

The coolest days on average were 20.2°C at Applethorpe, followed by 21.3°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 21.7°C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

The coldest day occurred on the 31st, with the lowest recorded daily maximum temperature being 15.4°C at Jimna Forestry, followed by 15.8°C at Applethorpe, followed by 15.9°C at Taroom Post Office.

Some sites had their highest August mean daily maximum temperature on record.

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

Minimum temperature

For most of the month overnight minimum temperatures were less extreme than daytime maxima, as a result of persistent clear skies allowing overnight cooling. However, some exceptionally high minimum temperatures were observed as the heatwave peaked, culminating on the 25th when a record high Queensland daily minimum temperature for August of 26.5°C was set at Urandangi.  The previous record of 25.4°C occurred at Thursday Island on the 10th of August 1956.  After a brief moderation, minimum temperature anomalies again exceeded 12°C over a large area of southern inland Queensland on the 29th as very warm to hot fresh and gusty northerly winds occurred ahead of a surface trough that moved into the southwest of the state during the day.  Minimum temperature anomalies again exceeded 12°C over a large area of southern inland Queensland on the 30th.  

In total, 23 long-term weather stations in Queensland (those with 30 or more years of record) had their warmest August night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.

The coldest night was −4.8°C at Mitchell Post Office on the 9th, followed by −3.5°C at Injune Post Office on the 9th, followed by −3.5°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 16th, followed by −3.2°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 1st.

The coolest nights on average were 2.7°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 3.9°C at Applethorpe, followed by 4.1°C at Warwick.

The warmest nights on average were 23.9°C at Coconut Island, followed by 23.6°C at Horn Island, followed by 22.8°C at Willis Island.

The warmest night was 24.9°C at Coconut Island on the 7th, followed by 24.7°C at Coconut Island on the 25th, followed by 24.6°C at Horn Island on the 16th.

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

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

Wind

The strongest wind gust was 89 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 12th, followed by 72 km/h at Oakey Aero on the 17th, followed by 70 km/h, which was recorded at a number of sites, including Green Island on the 1st and the 3rd, Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 8th, 12th and 17th and Bundaberg Aero 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
38.5°C at Bedourie Police Station on the 29th
38.1°C at Bedourie Police Station on the 22nd
38.0°C at Windorah Post Office on the 29th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
33.6°C at Century Mine
33.4°C at Musgrave
33.3°C at Weipa Aero
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
20.2°C at Applethorpe
21.3°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
21.7°C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
15.4°C at Jimna Forestry on the 31st
15.8°C at Applethorpe on the 31st
15.9°C at Taroom Post Office on the 31st
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−4.8°C at Mitchell Post Office on the 9th
−3.5°C at Injune Post Office on the 9th
−3.5°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 16th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
2.7°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
3.9°C at Applethorpe
4.1°C at Warwick
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
23.9°C at Coconut Island
23.6°C at Horn Island
22.8°C at Willis Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
24.9°C at Coconut Island on the 7th
24.7°C at Coconut Island on the 25th
24.6°C at Horn Island on the 16th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
94.6 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station
45.0 mm at Corsis Alert
42.0 mm at Topaz Alert
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
67.0 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station on the 4th
31.0 mm at Corsis Alert on the 3rd
18.0 mm at Central Mill Alert on the 3rd
Highest wind gust
89 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 12th
72 km/h at Oakey Aero on the 17th
70 km/h at Green Island on the 1st
70 km/h at Green Island on the 3rd
70 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 8th
70 km/h at Bundaberg Aero on the 12th
70 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 12th
70 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 17th

Records

Please note that sites in the tables below that are shaded in pink have less than 30 years of record.  The other sites in the tables of temperature records are included in the Special Climate Statement available on our website via the following link:
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/special-statements.shtml.
The sites marked with ** are those that are included in the Special Climate Statement where records have been combined from an old and new site.
Record lowest total August rainfall
Total rainfall
for August 2009 (mm)
Previous lowest
for August
Years of
record
Average for
August
Ingham Composite 0.3 0.4 in 2008 42 38.8
Cardwell Range 0.0 3.3 in 1976 22 52.2
Seventeen Seventy 0.4 1.0 in 2004 22 43.4




Record highest August temperature
Highest temperature
in August 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for August
Years of
record
Boulia Airport 37.9 on the 29th 37.4 on the 28th in 1916 120
Rockhampton Aero 35.1 on the 30th 33.3 on the 21st in 1979 71
Amberley AMO 36.4 on the 24th 33.3 on the 13th in 1946 69
Charleville Aero 35.8 on the 29th 33.5 on the 24th in 1995 68
Bollon Mary St 37.1 on the 24th 33.7 on the 24th in 1995 53
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.3 on the 30th 24.6 on the 17th in 2001 53
Quilpie Airport 37.0 on the 24th 33.6 on the 31st in 2002 53
Cunnamulla Post Office 36.8 on the 23rd 33.3 on the 24th in 1995 52
Gladstone Radar 31.6 on the 30th 30.9 on the 31st in 2000 52
Maryborough 33.1 on the 30th 30.5 on the 21st in 1979 52
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 27.2 on the 14th 26.9 on the 22nd in 1988 52
Tambo Post Office 35.0 on the 29th 33.6 on the 27th in 1970 52
Taroom Post Office 37.0 on the 23rd 32.8 on the 27th in 1970 52
Isisford Post Office 36.8 on the 29th 36.4 on the 27th in 1970 51
Mackay M.O 30.0 on the 26th 29.3 on the 12th in 1970 50
Double Island Point Lighthouse 28.2 on the 24th 27.8 on the 17th in 2001 49
Clermont Sirius St 36.0 on the 30th 34.4 on the 27th in 1970 48
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 30.7 on the 24th 28.5 on the 23rd in 1995 47
Surat 36.8 on the 29th 34.4 on the 27th in 1970 46
Gympie 34.3 on the 24th 31.8 on the 25th in 2006 44
Redlands HRS 31.6 on the 25th 28.0 on the 29th in 1989 44
University of Queensland Gatton 37.9 on the 24th 32.9 on the 23rd in 1995 44
Injune Post Office 36.1 on the 23rd 33.9 on the 27th in 1970 43
Mount Isa Aero 36.4 on the 29th 36.1 on the 27th in 1970 43
Windorah Post Office 38.0 on the 29th 34.9 on the 28th in 1985 43
Applethorpe 29.9 on the 24th 27.2 on the 14th in 1970 41
Brigalow Research Stn 34.2 on the 24th 32.5 on the 29th in 1991 41
Mitchell Post Office 36.2 on the 29th 32.5 on the 23rd in 1995 40
Texas Post Office 35.0 on the 24th 32.2 on the 23rd in 1995 40
Baralaba Post Office 35.3 on the 23rd 33.0 on the 29th in 1991 38
Oakey Aero 34.4 on the 24th 30.9 on the 23rd in 1995 37
Monto Township 35.6 on the 24th 31.7 on the 27th in 1970 36
Archerfield Airport 35.7 on the 24th 32.2 on the 14th in 1946 35
Bundaberg Aero 31.1 on the 30th 29.1 on the 21st in 1991 32
Mackay Aero 32.1 on the 14th 31.6 on the 31st in 2000 25
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 36.4 on the 30th 32.9 on the 30th in 2000 23
Coolangatta 31.7 on the 24th 28.3 on the 10th in 2007 22
Rolleston 35.4 on the 23rd 32.8 on the 29th in 1991 22
Seventeen Seventy 26.6 on the 31st 25.8 on the 17th in 1993 22
Proserpine Airport 34.1 on the 14th 33.0 on the 31st in 2000 20
Birdsville** 37.7 on the 22nd                36.2 on the 4th in 1991     53
Gayndah** 36.0 on the 24th                 33.6 on the 28th in 1926   100
Miles** 36.2 on the 23rd                 32.2 on the 27th in 1970 53
St George** 37.6 on the 29th                34.4 on the 23rd in 1995 48
Charleville** 35.7 on the 23rd and 29th   33.5 on the 24th in 1995 67
Tewantin** 33.9 on the 24th                  31.6 on the 25th in 1928 100
Longreach Aero** 37.5 on the 22nd and 29th  36.5 on the 29th in 1992 100
Brisbane Aero** 33.7 on the 25th 28.7 on the 10th in 1993 61
Brisbane City** 35.4 on the 24th 32.8 on the 14th in 1946 86
Logan City Water Treatment 34.3 on the 24th 29.2 on the 22nd in 1995  17
Redcliffe** 33.4 on the 24th                  29.0 on the 18th in 1992  22



Record highest August mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for August 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for August
Years of
record
Average for
August
Boulia Airport 31.8 30.6 in 1892 119 25.7
Richmond Post Office 32.5 31.4 in 1945 115 28.5
Camooweal Township 33.0 31.5 in 1945 101 28.3
Cunnamulla Post Office 26.4 25.5 in 1928 101 21.3
Bollon Mary St 26.8 25.0 in 1928 96 21.4
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 21.7 21.1 in 2006 96 19.7
Clermont Sirius St 29.9 28.5 in 1946 94 25.2
Isisford Post Office 31.0 27.8 in 1942 94 25.1
Barcaldine Post Office 30.4 27.1 in 1936 90 24.8
Mitchell Post Office 28.2 24.4 in 2006 89 21.6
University of Queensland Gatton 26.6 25.7 in 1946 86 22.3
Tambo Post Office 29.2 26.3 in 1942 76 23.4
Windorah Post Office 30.4 27.2 in 1977 74 24.0
Winton Post Office 31.8 30.2 in 1942 71 26.8
Lady Elliot Island 23.8 23.4 in 1998 70 21.9
Rockhampton Aero 29.1 26.8 in 1946 70 24.7
St Lawrence Post Office 26.9 26.8 in 1946 70 25.0
Urandangi 32.1 29.7 in 1945 70 26.7
Amberley AMO 26.6 25.5 in 1946 68 22.6
Quilpie Airport 28.2 25.3 in 1977 68 22.5
Townsville Aero 27.5 27.4 in 2001 68 26.0
Charleville Aero 27.7 24.2 in 1982 67 21.8
Double Island Point Lighthouse 23.1 22.7 in 2004 67 20.6
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 21.3 19.8 in 1946 65 16.3
Surat 26.7 24.4 in 1982 64 21.6
Springsure Dame St 28.5 28.0 in 1942 60 23.9
Taroom Post Office 28.5 26.5 in 2006 56 22.9
Collinsville Post Office 29.9 28.5 in 1973 53 26.8
Gladstone Radar 27.5 25.9 in 2006 51 24.0
Mackay M.O 25.3 24.1 in 2004 49 22.5
Injune Post Office 27.8 24.9 in 1991 42 22.2
Mount Isa Aero 31.6 29.3 in 1981 42 27.2
Applethorpe 20.2 17.8 in 2006 40 15.4
Brigalow Research Stn 28.4 26.2 in 2006 40 23.7
Texas Post Office 24.2 23.8 in 1995 39 20.8
Baralaba Post Office 29.5 27.0 in 1991 37 25.1
Musgrave 33.4 32.9 in 1915 36 30.7
Oakey Aero 24.9 22.7 in 1991 36 20.2
Monto Township 27.9 25.0 in 2006 35 22.8
Archerfield Airport 25.5 24.5 in 1946 34 22.4
Bundaberg Aero 25.7 24.8 in 1991 31 23.2
Mackay Aero 26.3 25.8 in 1960 24 23.5
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 29.8 27.3 in 1991 22 25.3
Coolangatta 24.0 22.3 in 2007 21 21.1
Rolleston 29.1 26.5 in 1991 21 24.6
Seventeen Seventy 23.9 23.2 in 2004 21 22.0
Longreach Aero** 31.8 28.2 in 2003 100 25.9




Record highest August daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in August 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for August
Years of
record
Amberley AMO 19.8 on the 25th 17.1 on the 21st in 1957 69
Charleville Aero** 20.7 on the 29th 18.9 on the 11th in 1947 67
Quilpie Airport 21.4 on the 30th 20.4 on the 29th in 1972 53
Cunnamulla Post Office 21.8 on the 24th 20.0 on the 29th in 1972 52
Gladstone Radar 20.2 on the 26th 20.0 on the 22nd in 1988 52
Lady Elliot Island 22.3 on the 26th 21.7 on the 22nd in 1988 52
Tambo Post Office 19.0 on the 30th 18.6 on the 23rd in 2003 52
Taroom Post Office 18.7 on the 29th 17.8 on the 29th in 1968 52
Isisford Post Office 20.6 on the 29th 20.1 on the 23rd in 1980 51
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 18.0 on the 25th 14.7 on the 6th in 1991 47
Surat 19.6 on the 30th 16.6 on the 16th in 2007 46
Springsure Dame St 17.8 on the 31st 17.2 on the 28th in 2000 44
University of Queensland Gatton 18.1 on the 30th 16.4 on the 27th in 1969 44
Windorah Post Office 24.1 on the 24th 20.0 on the 22nd in 1998 43
Applethorpe 17.3 on the 25th 13.9 on the 6th in 1991 41
Mitchell Post Office 20.0 on the 30th 17.5 on the 27th in 1973 40
Texas Post Office 20.4 on the 25th 15.7 on the 31st in 2008 40
Oakey Aero 17.2 on the 25th 15.6 on the 23rd in 1980 37
Archerfield Airport 18.6 on the 29th 17.3 on the 30th in 1996 35
Mornington Island 23.7 on the 29th 23.5 on the 26th in 1983 35
Bundaberg Aero 20.0 on the 26th 19.6 on the 29th in 1968 32
Seventeen Seventy 20.5 on the 26th 20.2 on the 24th in 2003 22
Brisbane Aero** 18.7 on the 25th 17.6 on the 26th in 1969 61
Brisbane** 19.2 on the 29th 17.8 on the 13th in 1950 86
Logan City Water Treatment 17.8 on the 29th 15.6 on the 16th in 1998  17
Redcliffe** 20.2 on the 25th            18.3 on the 31st in 2004  22
Miles ** 20.5 on the 24th 17.2 on the 29th in 1968 53
St. George** 20.6 on the 24th 18.4 on the 25th in 1995 48
Birdsville** 24.1 on the 29th 22.2 on the 29th in 2004 53
Tewantin** 19.1 on the 26th 18.9 on the 15th in 1958 100



Record highest August mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for August 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for August
Years of
record
Average for
August
Boulia Airport 13.2 12.4 in 1998 114 9.5
Cunnamulla Post Office 9.8 9.4 in 1998 101 7.1
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 17.2 16.8 in 1952 101 15.0
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 16.1 15.8 in 2007 96 13.9
Isisford Post Office 11.8 11.1 in 1947 93 8.0
Barcaldine Post Office 14.0 12.7 in 1988 91 9.4
Tambo Post Office 9.4 9.0 in 1971 77 5.0
Windorah Post Office 12.7 11.1 in 1945 74 8.1
Winton Post Office 13.2 12.8 in 1998 71 9.4
Quilpie Airport 10.7 10.5 in 1945 68 7.7
Double Island Point Lighthouse 16.7 16.2 in 2006 67 14.6
Springsure Dame St 12.0 11.2 in 2003 61 7.4
Taroom Post Office 9.8 9.5 in 1998 56 6.4
Gladstone Radar 16.3 15.8 in 1998 51 14.2
Longreach Aero 11.7 10.9 in 1971 43 8.5
Bundaberg Aero 13.7 13.5 in 1998 31 10.8
Rolleston 9.8 8.8 in 2007 21 6.7
Seventeen Seventy 16.2 15.7 in 1998 21 14.4




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 August 2009
Maximum temperatures
for August
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for August
(°C)
Rainfall
for August
(millimetres)
Mean for
August
2009
Diff
from
average
Highest for
August
2009
Mean for
August
2009
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
August
2009
Total for
August
2009
Average
for
August
Rank of
August
2009
Fraction of
August
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.5 +2.3 32.7 25th 23.9 +0.5 23.1 29th 8.6 7.2 average 119%
Coen Airport 30.5   32.7 31st 17.0   13.7 6th 2.6
Horn Island 29.7 +0.9 30.6 8th 23.6 +0.9 19.9 23rd 2.2 5.0 average 44%
Scherger RAAF 33.2   35.0 29th 18.4   16.0 11th 0
Weipa Aero 33.3 +1.5 35.2 30th 18.2 −0.4 15.6 23rd 0.4 6.0 average 7%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 28.8 +1.2 30.1 29th     14.3 11th 6.6 28.5 low 23%
Musgrave 33.4 +2.7 35.2 31st 12.6 −1.2 9.9 18th 0 2.8 lowest 0%
Palmerville 32.4 +1.2 35.2 31st 14.1 −0.4 9.4 18th 0 3.5 lowest 0%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 32.2   37.8 31st 16.2   12.3 10th 0.2
Century Mine 33.6   37.7 30th 14.1   9.9 11th 0
Cloncurry Airport 32.7 +4.1 36.3 29th 14.0 +1.7 8.2 11th 0 3.9 very low 0%
Croydon Township 33.0 +1.9 37.1 26th 16.1 +0.4 8.0 2nd 0 2.7 lowest 0%
Julia Creek Airport 33.1   37.2 30th 12.4   5.1 1st 0
Kowanyama Airport 33.2 +1.1 35.5 26th 15.9 −0.3 12.2 19th 0 2.5 lowest 0%
Mornington Island 29.7 +2.1 33.7 26th 18.2 +1.1 14.3 7th 0.8 0.8 high 100%
Mount Isa Aero 31.6 +4.5 36.4 29th 10.8 +0.4 4.8 6th 0 3.9 lowest 0%
Normanton Airport 33.2   37.6 31st 17.8   14.8 11th 0.2
Sweers Island 28.2   32.0 26th 20.0   16.2 10th 1.0 2.4 average 42%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 32.2   36.7 31st 13.7   8.5 6th 0
Hughenden Airport 31.7   37.6 30th 12.0   2.8 1st 0
Richmond Airport 32.5 +3.9 36.8 30th 11.4 +1.5 4.0 2nd 0 6.0 very low 0%
Richmond Post Office 32.5 +4.0 37.0 30th 12.6 +2.5 6.7 1st 0 4.2 lowest 0%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 28.3 +1.8 30.2 29th 17.5 +0.1 12.0 14th 7.8 27.0 low 29%
Cape Flattery 28.3   30.0 30th 21.9   20.4 10th 4.0
Cooktown Airport 28.3   30.1 31st 18.8   12.7 6th 1.6 13.9 low 12%
Green Island 24.7 +0.1 27.2 31st 21.4 +1.1 19.6 15th
Kairi Research Station 24.7 +2.3 28.3 31st 11.3 −0.3 5.5 15th 12.0 24.2 average 50%
Low Isles Lighthouse 28.4 +1.7 30.5 29th 21.3 +0.7 19.7 9th 9.6 36.6 low 26%
Mareeba Airport 27.4   30.3 31st 13.8   7.1 14th 0.8 10.0 average 8%
Walkamin DPI 26.1 +1.5 31.0 31st 13.3 0.0 8.6 16th 1.8 11.4 low 16%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 26.3 +0.4 27.9 31st 15.6 +1.4 10.9 14th 0 29.6 lowest 0%
Ingham Composite 27.5 +1.4 31.2 15th 13.9 −0.5 9.5 15th 0.3 38.8 lowest 1%
Innisfail 26.1 +1.0 28.7 30th 16.8 +1.4 13.1 14th 38.0 117.5 low 32%
Lucinda Point 24.3 +0.4 26.7 28th 19.4 +0.6 17.2 9th 4.2 25.4 low 17%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 26.4 +1.3 29.2 26th 15.6 +0.1 10.8 15th 41.4 87.6 average 47%
Townsville Aero 27.5 +1.5 29.8 14th 14.6 −0.1 10.7 15th 0 15.8 lowest 0%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 26.2 +1.3 28.7 27th 16.7 +1.4 11.2 2nd 2.0 11.9 average 17%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 27.9 +1.8 31.7 15th 13.7 +1.1 10.3 2nd 0.2 15.3 low 1%
Bowen Airport 26.7 +1.4 28.0 31st 14.5 +0.2 10.5 8th 0 22.4 lowest 0%
Collinsville Post Office 29.9 +3.1 33.5 31st 11.6 +1.0 5.2 2nd 0 17.1 lowest 0%
Hamilton Island Airport 24.2   27.5 26th 19.3   17.4 10th 7.4
Mackay Aero 26.3 +2.7 32.1 14th 12.3 +0.4 7.2 1st 0.8 34.2 very low 2%
Mackay M.O 25.3 +2.8 30.0 26th 15.3 +1.3 10.7 2nd 1.0 30.3 very low 3%
Proserpine Airport 28.2 +2.7 34.1 14th 11.0 −0.8 7.5 2nd 0 26.6 lowest 0%
Samuel Hill Aero 25.9   29.9 31st 9.8   4.3 1st 2.2
St Lawrence 26.6   28.9 18th 12.5   8.0 2nd 0.4
St Lawrence Post Office 26.9 +1.9 29.5 18th 13.7 +2.0 9.0 2nd 0.2 22.8 low 1%
Williamson 27.1   32.2 14th 10.8   4.1 1st 0.2
Woolshed 25.3 +2.3 29.4 15th 14.1 +2.1 8.4 15th 0.4 16.8 low 2%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 23.9 +1.9 27.3 30th 13.8 +1.2 10.3 1st 1.8 36.2 low 5%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 29.8 +3.4 34.2 31st 12.5 +0.1 8.3 2nd 0 16.1 very low 0%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 29.8 +4.5 36.4 30th 13.1 +2.2 7.5 2nd 0.1 22.5 average 0%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Brigalow Research Stn 28.4 +4.7 34.2 24th 9.8 +2.4 3.8 1st 0 26.2 lowest 0%
Clermont Sirius St 29.9 +4.7 36.0 30th 10.6 +2.4 1.5 1st 0 19.0 lowest 0%
Emerald Airport 29.5 +4.5 35.2 23rd 11.3 +1.3 7.0 10th 1.2 23.2 low 5%
Rolleston 29.1 +4.5 35.4 23rd 9.8 +3.1 2.4 2nd 0 23.2 lowest 0%
Springsure Dame St 28.5 +4.6 34.5 23rd 12.0 +4.6 6.6 1st 1.2 24.0 low 5%
Tambo Post Office 29.2 +5.8 35.0 29th 9.4 +4.3 0.3 2nd 0 18.8 lowest 0%
Taroom Post Office 28.5 +5.6 37.0 23rd 9.8 +3.4 1.6 9th 1.2 27.6 low 4%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 30.4 +5.6 35.4 23rd 14.0 +4.6 6.6 3rd 0 15.8 lowest 0%
Blackall Airport 30.1   35.7 23rd 11.1   4.4 4th 0.6
Isisford Post Office 31.0 +5.9 36.8 29th 11.8 +3.8 4.6 3rd 0 12.2 lowest 0%
Longreach Aero 31.8 +6.0 37.5 29th 11.7 +3.2 5.6 5th 0 11.4 lowest 0%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 33.0 +4.6 37.2 29th 13.1 +2.2 4.8 2nd 0 2.9 lowest 0%
The Monument Airport 31.7   37.3 24th 12.6   3.6 1st 0
Trepell Airport 32.1   37.0 29th 12.7   5.4 1st 0
Urandangi 32.1 +5.4 37.5 29th 10.4 +1.6 5.0 26th 0 4.5 lowest 0%
Winton Airport 32.5   37.6 23rd 11.8   5.6 3rd 0
Winton Post Office 31.8 +5.0 36.7 23rd 13.2 +3.9 7.4 3rd 0 6.5 lowest 0%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 31.4 +5.9 38.5 29th 12.6 +3.5 5.4 5th 0 7.1 lowest 0%
Birdsville Airport 29.4   37.7 22nd 11.9   5.3 4th 0.2 3.9 average 5%
Boulia Airport 31.8 +6.0 37.9 29th 13.2 +3.8 7.0 1st 0 6.3 lowest 0%
Windorah Post Office 30.4 +6.4 38.0 29th 12.7 +4.6 6.0 3rd 0 9.9 lowest 0%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 29.5 +4.4 35.3 23rd 11.3 +2.7 3.3 1st 0 21.1 lowest 0%
Bundaberg Aero 25.7 +2.5 31.1 30th 13.7 +2.9 7.9 1st 0 33.3 lowest 0%
Gayndah Airport 28.0   36.0 24th 8.7   4.0 2nd 7.0
Gladstone Airport 26.2 +2.6 31.9 30th 13.9 +1.3 8.0 1st 0 32.5 very low 0%
Gladstone Radar 27.5 +3.5 31.6 30th 16.3 +2.0 11.7 1st 1.2 31.2 very low 4%
Lady Elliot Island 23.8 +1.9 26.3 25th 18.8 +1.6 12.9 11th 2.4 57.6 very low 4%
Monto Township 27.9 +5.1 35.6 24th 8.1 +1.6 0.1 1st 0.4 24.5 very low 2%
Rockhampton Aero 29.1 +4.4 35.1 30th 13.1 +2.5 6.0 1st
Rundle Island 21.8 +0.7 25.2 31st 18.4 +1.5 15.2 1st
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 24.4 +2.1 27.2 14th 17.2 +2.2 13.0 1st 5.4 63.6 very low 8%
Seventeen Seventy 23.9 +1.9 26.6 31st 16.2 +1.8 11.1 1st 0.4 43.4 lowest 1%
Thangool Winston Street 28.8 +4.1 34.5 24th 9.7 +3.3 4.7 1st 0 22.6 lowest 0%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 26.6 +3.9 36.4 24th 6.7 +0.4 1.3 9th 6.0 28.5 low 21%
Archerfield Airport 25.5 +3.1 35.7 24th 9.5 +1.5 4.1 1st 4.4 36.8 very low 12%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 25.7   35.6 24th 7.0   1.9 9th 2.2
Beerburrum Forest Station 25.8 +2.8 36.4 24th 10.4 +1.1 5.4 10th 7.0 45.2 low 15%
Brisbane* 25.5 +3.7 35.4 24th 12.1 +1.8 8.2 9th 4.0 35.6 very low 11%
Brisbane Aero* 24.0 +2.4 33.7 25th 11.2 +1.8 7.2 1st 2.0 35.2 low 6%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 21.7 +2.0 27.3 30th 16.1 +2.3 12.8 9th 1.0 77.1 very low 1%
Coolangatta 24.0 +2.9 31.7 24th 11.8 +1.3 7.3 27th 1.4 53.1 very low 3%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 23.1 +2.5 28.2 24th 16.7 +2.1 13.4 1st 0.2 63.2 very low 0%
Gold Coast Seaway 24.6 +3.0 32.4 25th 13.6 +1.1 10.2 9th 4.2 58.2 low 7%
Gympie 26.4 +3.1 34.3 24th 7.9 +0.9 0.4 1st 1.2 40.1 very low 3%
Hervey Bay Airport 24.1 +1.6 27.7 14th 12.7 +2.3 5.8 1st 3.8 53.8 low 7%
Jimna Forestry 23.0   32.0 24th 6.7   1.2 1st 9.8 38.7 low 25%
Kingaroy Airport 24.9   33.3 24th 4.9   −0.9 1st 0.8
Logan City Water Treatment 25.5 +3.1 34.3 24th 12.1 +3.0 8.1 9th 7.3 43.6 low 17%
Maleny Tamarind St 22.9   31.6 24th 12.3   7.0 9th 7.6 63.1 low 12%
Maroochydore Aero 24.3 +2.6 35.0 24th 10.8 +0.9 3.9 1st 6.0 75.8 low 8%
Maryborough 25.7 +2.4 33.1 30th 11.1 +1.8 4.0 1st 6.2 40.3 low 15%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 25.6   34.7 24th 12.1   6.2 1st 7.4
Point Lookout 24.4 +2.8 31.0 30th 15.0 +0.8 9.8 9th 3.0 56.4 very low 5%
Rainbow Beach 24.0 +2.0 30.2 30th       0.8 92.8 very low 1%
Redcliffe* 23.8 +2.1 33.4 24th 12.7 +1.5 9.1 1st 0.4 39.7 very low 1%
Tewantin RSL Park 24.5 +2.6 33.9 24th 12.7 +1.1 6.9 1st 2.0 95.8 very low 2%
Toolara 26.5 +2.9 33.5 24th 13.8 +1.8 9.8 1st 1.0 74.4 very low 1%
University of Queensland Gatton 26.6 +4.3 37.9 24th 7.1 +0.4 2.3 4th 4.4 26.7 low 16%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 20.2 +4.8 29.9 24th 3.9 +1.1 −3.0 16th 3.0 40.5 very low 7%
Dalby Airport 25.4 +3.7 34.2 24th 5.8 +1.0 −1.6 1st 1.2 20.0 very low 6%
Goondiwindi Airport 24.8 +3.5 35.6 24th 7.1 +1.7 0.2 2nd 4.8 30.0 low 16%
Inglewood Forest 24.9   35.2 24th 9.0   2.0 1st 2.2 18.5 very low 12%
Oakey Aero 24.9 +4.7 34.4 24th 5.2 +1.6 −2.4 1st 7.4 24.9 low 30%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 21.3 +5.0 30.7 24th 2.7 +0.7 −3.5 16th 4.0 42.2 very low 9%
Texas Post Office 24.2 +3.4 35.0 24th 6.9 +2.5 −0.5 9th 1.8 33.6 very low 5%
Toowoomba Airport 22.5 +4.1 32.0 24th 9.6 +2.3 4.4 1st 4.2 30.0 very low 14%
Warwick 23.6 +3.8 33.0 24th 4.1 +1.1 −2.6 1st 0.4 19.8 very low 2%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 26.9 +4.7 36.2 23rd 7.5 +2.4 −0.8 1st 3.8 33.5 low 11%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 27.8 +5.7 36.1 23rd 6.8 +2.5 −3.5 9th 1.4 25.1 low 6%
Mitchell Post Office 28.2 +6.6 36.2 29th 5.8 +1.9 −4.8 9th 1.2 23.4 low 5%
Roma Airport 27.3 +5.1 36.5 24th 7.1 +2.1 −2.9 9th 1.2 23.1 low 5%
St George Airport 26.5 +4.7 37.6 29th 8.2 +2.0 −1.0 9th 0.2 20.1 very low 1%
Surat 26.7 +5.1 36.8 29th 8.0 +2.4 0.4 9th 2.8 27.2 low 10%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 26.8 +5.4 37.1 24th 7.8 +2.2 0.5 9th 1.5 22.2 low 7%
Charleville Aero 27.7 +6.0 35.8 29th 9.4 +3.6 0.8 9th 0.2 19.3 very low 1%
Cunnamulla Post Office 26.4 +5.1 36.8 23rd 9.8 +2.8 1.5 9th 1.4 17.3 low 8%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 27.3   36.5 23rd 11.9   4.6 4th 0.2
Quilpie Airport 28.2 +5.7 37.0 24th 10.7 +3.0 3.8 9th 2.0 12.9 average 16%
Thargomindah Airport 26.1 +3.4 36.3 29th 10.7 +2.4 3.7 4th 1.0 8.5 low 12%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Tuesday 1 September 2009. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Please note that the rainfall data from Bureau of Meteorology telemetry gauges (those with ALERT, AL or TM in their names) includes real-time operational data from automated systems and has not been checked.

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