Queensland in November 2009: 

  • Drier than average over the southeast and northwest, wetter on the northeast tropical coast.
  • A heat wave in the west followed by an extensive rainband.
  • Upper low brought well above average rainfall to southwest Queensland.
  • Large hail near Warwick on the 5th. 

Rainfall

Averaged across the state the November rainfall was 29.15 mm based on the area averaged data since 1900, this being rather dry with a ranking 33 of 110 and the lowest since 2006.

November rainfall was above the long term average in the west, south of the Mt Isa area, due to a major upper low late in the month and ranked in the top 10% of falls for November in the southwest corner of the state.  The northeast tropical coast between Cooktown and Ingham also received above average amounts under the influence of the onshore trade winds and periods of deeper instability.  Bellenden Ker Top Station recorded 1303 mm, this being the 2nd highest November total since their rain record began in 1973, only exceeded by the 1338.8 mm in November 1989.  The station at the bottom of the range recorded 746.6 mm, this also only being surpassed by 865 mm in 1989.  Rainfall was well below average at these 2 gauges during the previous 4 months.

Large areas of the northern tropics, excluding the east coast south from Cooktown, registered below average rainfall.  Part of the central interior and most of the area south from St Lawrence and extending west through the Warrego was also drier than average.

Widespread rain with a few moderate falls were recorded through most of eastern Queensland between the 5th and 14th due to the passage of upper troughs, with moist onshore winds assisting the process in coastal parts.  Millmerran and Theodore had record November daily rainfall with 74 mm and 79 mm respectively on the 7th and Mount Sofia on the north east tropical coast recorded one of the highest daily falls with 180 mm on the 12th.  The deeply unstable airmass triggered thunderstorms, mainly across the interior to the east of surface troughs.

A trough pushed through southern districts during the 16th and 17th triggering showers and thunderstorms, these bringing some relief in oppressively hot conditions. 

An upper trough and upper low amplified through central Australia from the 21st, increasing instability and developing showers, rain and thunderstorms through the western half of the state for several days until the upper low and rain areas drifted westward out of the area around the 25th.  The surface trough in the west then moved east as a new high pressure system pushed in from the west triggering afternoon thunderstorms in the south which reached the coast at the end of the month.

The far southwest has been particularly dry and dusty until this event with Birdsville airport recording only 8.6 mm since late January and nearby Roseberth Station recording no rain in the same period.  Birdsville received 47 mm between the 22nd and 26th of November, resulting in its highest November total since 1995.  

Daintree Village recorded a new November daily rainfall record with 162 mm on the 22nd, this being much more than other weather stations in the area received.

The following locations are among many to receive their first good rainfall for many months in November.
Urandangi recorded 42 mm on the 24th November. The previous fall was a 2 mm fall on the 11th of April and the only rain since the 10th February.
Bowen recorded 25.7 mm in November after only 11.4 mm since May.  Townsville received 25.4 mm in November and only 12 mm in the May to October period. 

The wettest overall was 1303 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station, followed by 517.7 mm at Babinda Post Office, 487.0 mm at Mt Sophia and 450.0 mm at Nerada Alert.

The driest overall was 0.2 mm at Coen Airport.

Some sites had their highest total November rainfall for at least 20 years. Some sites had their lowest total November rainfall on record. Some sites had their lowest total November rainfall for at least 20 years.

The wettest single day was 196 mm at Bellenden Ker Bottom Stn, followed by 180.0 mm at Mt Sophia, followed by 164.0 mm at Babinda Post Office all on the 12th, followed by 162.0 mm at Daintree Village on the 22nd. The Bellenden Ker Top Stn has mainly multi day totals but likely received higher daily totals than those above.

Some sites had their highest November daily rainfall on record. See a map of total rainfall. See a map of rainfall deciles.

Temperature

Averaged across the state the mean temperature was 28.27 C, this being 1.14 C higher than the long term average with a ranking 54 of 60, with both the mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures having similar rankings. 

Mean temperatures were cooler than average across northeastern Queensland and warmer than average elsewhere, with the southern interior being over 4 C higher than the long term conditions.

Maximum temperature

The state averaged maximum temperature for November was 35.46 C, which is 1.32 C higher than the long term average.

Mean maximum temperatures for November were within a degree of average over most of northern Queensland and anomalously high across the the south and on western Cape York Peninsula, grading to more than 4 C above over the southern interior.  St George had the greatest anomaly of 5.6 C above the long term mean.  Southern central and southeastern Australia experienced an exceptionally hot period during November and Queensland's southwest was on the fringe of these conditions with long stretches where daily maximum temperatures exceeded 40 C.  Many locations across southern Queensland recorded their highest mean maximum November temperature on record.

Daily maximum temperatures were above average across southern and western Queensland from the 12th with a predominance of northeasterly to westerly winds.  It was particularly hot between the 16th and 21st, when many towns were more than 10 C above the long term November average.  Previous long standing November daily maximum temperature records were broken at Gympie, Mitchell and Applethorpe.  A thick cloud band with rain and a cool southerly change then spread across western areas, bringing welcome relief from the 22nd.  Birdsville only reached 20 C on the 23rd and 19.5 C on the 24th following 9 days of maxima above 40 C, peaking on the 18th with 46.6 C, this scenario being common to other towns in the southwest.  The 46.6 C at Birdsville is the 6th highest November daily maximum temperature since records began in 1957.

In contrast to the cooler conditions in the west, the east experienced well above average temperatures until the end of the month, tempered only by late thunderstorm activity.

The hottest day was 46.6 C at Birdsville Airport on the 18th, followed by 46.5 C at Ballera Gas Field on the 20th and 46.2 C at Birdsville Airport on the 20th.

The warmest days on average were 39.3 C at Century Mine, followed by 38.3 C at Julia Creek Airport and 38.1 C at Camooweal Township.

The coolest days on average were 26.6 C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse, followed by 26.7 C at Rundle Island and 27.1 C at Middle Percy Island.

The coldest day was 18.3 C at The Monument Airport on the 24th, followed by 18.4 C at Bedourie Police Station the same day and 18.6 C at Ballera Gas Field on the 23rd.

Some sites had their highest November temperature on record.  Some sites had their coldest November day (lowest maximum temperature) on record.  Some sites had their highest November mean daily maximum temperature on record.  Some sites had their highest November 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

Mean minimum temperatures were cooler than average in the far northwest and in a broad swath from Cooktown to St Lawrence and extending west to Hughenden.  It was warmer than average elsewhere with the southern interior having the highest anomalies, more than 3 C above average.  The state-wide mean minimum temperature was 21.08 C, almost a degree higher than average.

Oppressively hot overnight temperatures above 30 C were recorded in the southwest between the 19th and 21st following scorchingly hot day time maxima.

The coldest night was 7.9 C at Jimna Forestry on the 2nd, followed by 8.1 C at Applethorpe the same night and 8.2 C at Warwick the previous morning.

The coolest nights on average were 13.8 C at Applethorpe, followed by 14.0 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade and 14.7 C at Jimna Forestry.

The warmest nights on average were 26.3 C at Sweers Island, followed by 26.0 C at Horn Island and 25.7 C at Mornington Island.

The warmest night was 32.8 C at Thargomindah Airport on the 19th, followed by 32.0 C at Birdsville Airport on the 20th, 32.0 C at Ballera Gas Field on the 21st, 31.7 C at Ballera Gas Field on the 19th and 31.7 C at Windorah Post Office on the 21st. These followed oppressively hot day time temperatures.

Some sites had their lowest November temperature on record.  Some sites had their warmest November night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.  Some sites had their highest November mean daily minimum temperature on record.  Some sites had their highest November mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years.  Some sites had their lowest November mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years.  See a map of mean minimum temperatures.  See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

Severe Thunderstorms

During the 5th, severe thunderstorms resulted in many reports of large hail across the Darling Downs, including 9 cm diameter hail at Cunninghams Gap, 7 cm diameter hail near Freestone (northeast of Warwick) and golf ball sized hail at Allora.  There were many other reports of hail, intense rainfall and wind damage through southeast Queensland during the 5th and 6th.  Theodore had 105 mm of rain in 40 minutes, resulting in flash flooding and structural damage. 

Hail up to the diameter of a 10 cent piece destroyed fruit crops near Ballandean, south of Stanthorpe, on the 13th.

On the 29th wind gusts associated with a severe thunderstorm caused significant damage to trees at Deagon and 2 cm to 2.5 cm diameter hail fell in the Bracken Ridge and Redcliffe areas. 

Wind

As expected at this time of year, thunderstorms produced the higher gusts during November.

The strongest wind gust was 131 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 30th, followed by 124 km/h at Richmond Airport on the 23rd and 111 km/h at Dalby Airport on the 13th.

Floods

Southwest Queensland:

Heavy rainfall was recorded in southwest Queensland at the end of October, which produced minor to moderate flooding in both the Paroo and Bulloo Rivers into November. 

Paroo River: Heavy rainfall produced moderate flooding in the Paroo River catchment with a peak of 1.5 metres recorded at Hungerford during the afternoon of the 6th of November.  Flood Warnings which began on the 2nd of November continued until flood levels eased below the level of the Paroo River Bridge on the 12th of November

Bulloo River: Heavy rainfall produced minor flooding in the Bulloo River catchment with a peak of 4.4 metres recorded at Thargomindah during the afternoon of the 6th of November.  Flood Warnings which began on the 5th of November were finalised on the 8th of November.

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Extremes in November 2009
Hottest day 46.6 C at Birdsville Airport on the 18th
46.5 C at Ballera Gas Field on the 20th
46.2 C at Birdsville Airport on the 20th
Warmest days on average 39.3 C at Century Mine
38.3 C at Julia Creek Airport
38.1 C at Camooweal Township
Coolest days on average 26.6 C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse
26.7 C at Rundle Island
27.1 C at Middle Percy Island
Coldest day 18.3 C at The Monument Airport on the 24th
18.4 C at Bedourie Police Station on the 24th
18.6 C at Ballera Gas Field on the 23rd
Coldest night 7.9 C at Jimna Forestry on the 2nd
8.1 C at Applethorpe on the 3rd
8.2 C at Warwick on the 2nd
Coolest nights on average 13.8 C at Applethorpe
14.0 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
14.7 C at Jimna Forestry
Warmest nights on average 26.3 C at Sweers Island
26.0 C at Horn Island
25.7 C at Mornington Island
Warmest night 32.8 C at Thargomindah Airport on the 19th
32.0 C at Birdsville Airport on the 20th
32.0 C at Ballera Gas Field on the 21st
31.7 C at Ballera Gas Field on the 19th
31.7 C at Windorah Post Office on the 21st
Wettest overall 1303 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Stn
517.7 mm at Babinda Post Office
487.0 mm at Mt Sophia
450.0 mm at Nerada Alert
Driest overall 0.2 mm at Coen Airport
Wettest day 196 mm at Bellenden Ker Bottom Stn on the 12th
180.0 mm at Mt Sophia on the 12th
164.0 mm at Babinda Post Office on the 12th
162.0 mm at Daintree Village on the 22nd
(the Bellenden Ker Top Stn has mainly multi day totals)
Highest wind gust 131 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 30th
124 km/h at Richmond Airport on the 23rd
111 km/h at Dalby Airport on the 13th

Record highest November daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in November 2009 (mm)
Previous highest
for November
Years of
record
Millmerran Post Office 74.0 on the 7th 70.1 on the 2nd in 1937 110
Theodore 79.0 on the 7th =79.0 on the 6th in 1978 43
Coolmunda Dam 58.0 on the 29th 56.0 on the 20th in 2008 34
Daintree Village 162.0 on the 22nd 150.0 on the 26th in 1999 32



Highest total November rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for November 2009 (mm)
Most recent higher
for November
Years since
higher
Average for
November
Orientos Station 56.0 183.5 in 1985 24 15.6
Mt Sophia 487.0 779.0 in 1989 20 181.5



Lowest total November rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for November 2009 (mm)
Most recent lower
for November
Years since
lower
Average for
November
Manly Railway Station 5.7 1.0 in 1951 58 95.3
Toombul Bowls Club 11.6 3.3 in 1951 58 94.8
Kandanga Post Office 9.6 5.1 in 1951 56 99.6
Woodlands 2.2 2.0 in 1980 29 54.2
Bogarella 12.0 0.0 in 1978 27 54.7
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 24.8 14.0 in 1982 27 95.1
Goomeri Post Office 12.0 1.0 in 1982 27 82.9
Injune Post Office 2.2 0.0 in 1982 27 73.4
Maryborough 10.6 9.4 in 1982 27 85.5
Mount Joseph 11.8 3.6 in 1982 27 90.5
Beerburrum Forest Station 27.6 25.6 in 1982 26 118.9
Caloundra WTP 24.6 23.8 in 1982 26 122.7
Rosehill 1.6 0.8 in 1982 26 52.2
Wallumbilla Post Office 7.4 1.0 in 1982 26 60.5
Glenwood 15.8 3.0 in 1982 25 80.2
Boondall 27.2 12.0 in 1982 24 115.3
Southport Ridgeway Ave 38.4 20.4 in 1982 23 107.5
Capalaba Water Treat 43.0 41.0 in 1988 21 113.8
Lawn Hill Gorge NPWS 7.2 3.5 in 1988 21 45.5



Record highest November temperature
Highest temperature
in November 2009 (C)
Previous highest
for November
Years of
record
Average for
November
Gympie 40.5 on the 17th 40.0 on the 30th in 1996 44 30.2
Mitchell Post Office 42.0 on the 19th = 42.0 on the 29th in 2006 42 31.8
Applethorpe 34.2 on the 20th 34.0 on the 10th in 2002 40 23.5



Record lowest November daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in November 2009 (C)
Previous lowest
for November
Years of
record
Average for
November
Mount Isa Aero 19.1 on the 24th 20.6 on the 17th in 1981 43 36.4



Record highest November mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for November 2009 (C)
Previous highest
for November
Years of
record
Average for
November
Bollon Mary St 36.6 36.5 in 1919 98 32.7
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 26.6 = 26.6 in 1915 96 24.6
Mitchell Post Office 36.2 35.7 in 1946 91 31.8
Charleville Aero 36.5 36.2 in 1946 67 32.7
Double Island Point Lighthouse 29.5 28.6 in 2004 67 25.9
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 28.6 28.5 in 1957 65 25.1
Surat 35.9 35.4 in 1982 61 31.9
Injune Post Office 35.4 35.3 in 1968 42 31.4
Brigalow Research Stn 34.9 34.8 in 1968 41 31.6
Applethorpe 28.1 27.7 in 2002 39 23.5
Baralaba Post Office 35.6 34.9 in 1994 37 32.8
Oakey Aero 32.5 31.4 in 2002 36 28.4
Coolangatta 27.7 26.7 in 1996 21 25.5
Rolleston 35.5 35.2 in 2002 20 32.8

Highest November mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for November 2009 (C)
Most recent higher
for November
Years since
higher
Average for
November
Maryborough 31.6 32.2 in 1952 55 29.3
Gympie 33.1 33.4 in 1951 49 30.2
Amberley AMO 31.5 32.8 in 1968 41 29.5
Rockhampton Aero 33.1 33.4 in 1968 41 31.2
Taroom Post Office 35.2 35.3 in 1968 41 31.8
University of Queensland Gatton 33.1 33.6 in 1968 41 30.1
Texas Post Office 33.8 34.4 in 1982 26 30.2



Record highest November daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in November 2009 (C)
Previous highest
for November
Years of
record
Average for
November
Injune Post Office 25.7 on the 28th 24.4 on the 29th in 2006 43 15.8
Windorah Post Office 31.7 on the 21st 31.1 on the 16th in 1996 43 19.9



Record lowest November temperature
Lowest temperature
in November 2009 (C)
Previous lowest
for November
Years of
record
Average for
November
Collinsville Post Office 12.8 on the 4th 13.1 on the 22nd in 1963 50 20.0
Lucinda Point 20.4 on the 4th 20.6 on the 14th in 2000 24 24.2



Record highest November mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for November 2009 (C)
Previous highest
for November
Years of
record
Average for
November
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 21.2 20.9 in 2002 96 19.5
Surat 20.1 19.5 in 2002 62 16.9
Injune Post Office 18.7 17.7 in 2002 42 15.8
Applethorpe 13.8 13.5 in 1997 39 11.4
Texas Post Office 18.1 17.4 in 2002 39 14.7

Highest November mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for November 2009 (C)
Most recent higher
for November
Years since
higher
Average for
November
Mitchell Post Office 19.2 20.7 in 1914 83 16.0
Oakey Aero 16.3 16.5 in 1977 32 14.3



Lowest November mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for November 2009 (C)
Most recent lower
for November
Years since
lower
Average for
November
Palmerville 19.8 18.7 in 1946 57 21.3
Low Isles Lighthouse 23.7 23.6 in 1982 27 24.5



Summary statistics for November 2009
Maximum temperatures
for November
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for November
(C)
Rainfall
for November
(millimetres)
Mean for
November
2009
Diff
from
average
Highest for
November
2009
Mean for
November
2009
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
November
2009
Total for
November
2009
Average
for
November
Rank of
November
2009
Fraction of
November
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 34.5 +2.0 36.7 26th 25.4 +0.2 23.1 28th 4.2 64.8 low 6%
Coen Airport 34.3   37.9 28th 22.4   18.8 19th 0.2
Horn Island 32.0 +0.2 33.7 26th 26.0 +0.4 23.2 18th 48.8 46.5 average 105%
Scherger RAAF 36.3   37.6 23rd 23.3   20.8 19th 40.0
Weipa Aero 36.3 +0.7 37.7 14th 23.3 -0.2 20.9 19th 36.4 99.1 low 37%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 31.7 -0.1 34.4 30th 24.3 +1.4 19.8 19th 6.8 71.0 low 10%
Musgrave 36.5 +0.9 38.8 30th 19.7 -1.0 16.0 3rd 12.6 57.2 low 22%
Palmerville 36.3 +0.2 39.5 30th 19.8 -1.6 15.8 1st 14.8 61.3 low 24%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 36.1   39.9 30th 23.4   19.9 4th 22.2
Century Mine 39.3   42.3 18th 23.5   19.6 14th 20.0
Cloncurry Airport 37.5 -0.4 42.7 19th 23.0 -0.1 18.0 25th 30.6 28.7 high 107%
Croydon Township 37.7 -0.3 40.6 29th 24.9 +0.5 20.7 3rd 15.6 44.1 low 35%
Julia Creek Airport 38.3   42.4 19th 22.5   18.5 24th 25.4
Kowanyama Airport 37.6 +1.4 39.0 11th 24.3 +0.3 21.5 24th 50.6 55.3 average 92%
Mornington Island 33.4 +0.1 36.6 30th 25.7 0.0 22.7 24th 26.6 55.5 average 48%
Mount Isa Aero 36.4 0.0 42.4 20th 20.9 -0.5 15.1 4th 30.4 35.1 average 87%
Normanton Airport 37.2   40.3 30th 25.5   22.1 24th 20.0
Sweers Island 33.0   36.7 30th 26.3   20.9 24th 46.0 64.6 average 71%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 37.0   40.5 18th 21.6   16.6 4th 1.8
Hughenden Airport 36.6   40.8 19th 21.9   17.6 30th 18.0
Richmond Airport 38.0 +0.6 41.8 18th 21.4 -0.1 16.5 5th 25.8 51.0 average 51%
Richmond Post Office 38.0 +0.5 42.0 19th 21.8 +0.9 17.7 5th 19.0 30.1 average 63%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 29.9 -0.7 31.6 27th 21.5 -0.8 19.2 18th 213.0 93.5 high 228%
Cape Flattery 31.6   33.2 30th 23.9   20.3 29th 23.6
Cooktown Airport 30.9   35.0 30th 23.5   19.2 29th 56.4 68.9 average 82%
Green Island 29.6 -1.6 33.0 30th 23.8 -0.4 22.0 13th
Kairi Research Station 27.9 -0.5 33.2 30th 16.0 -1.1 11.9 4th 69.6 72.8 average 96%
Low Isles Lighthouse 31.3 -0.4 33.3 30th 23.7 -0.8 21.9 4th 139.0 89.8 high 155%
Mareeba Airport 30.6   37.2 30th 18.1   15.4 15th 20.4 41.2 average 50%
Walkamin Research Station 29.2 -1.4 35.0 29th 17.6 -1.0 13.9 4th 24.4 72.0 low 34%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 29.2 -1.4 32.0 30th 20.5 -0.5 16.5 4th 139.3 115.4 high 121%
Ingham Composite 30.1 -1.8 34.6 30th 19.6 -1.1 16.5 18th 153.7 118.4 high 130%
Innisfail 29.1 -0.7 31.9 30th 21.0 +0.2 18.7 4th 279.6 156.0 high 179%
Lucinda Point 27.6 -0.9 29.8 29th 22.9 -1.3 20.4 4th 59.8 62.5 high 96%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 29.2 -1.4 33.1 30th 20.2 -0.3 17.5 4th 204.4 143.0 high 143%
Townsville Aero 30.8 0.0 34.3 30th 22.0 -0.9 17.8 3rd 25.4 58.4 average 43%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 29.5 -0.5 31.2 26th 22.8 -0.8 18.8 4th 62.0 49.8 high 124%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.5 -0.7 35.5 30th 19.7 -0.9 16.6 3rd 19.4 44.3 average 44%
Bowen Airport 30.0 -0.5 31.8 30th 21.0 -1.3 16.2 4th 25.7 35.5 average 72%
Collinsville Post Office 34.2 +0.8 38.3 30th 18.3 -1.8 12.8 4th 9.8 50.5 low 19%
Hamilton Island Airport 27.8   30.7 28th 22.7   19.4 10th 93.8
Mackay Aero 29.4 -0.1 34.5 30th 19.9 -0.4 15.1 4th 109.2 72.4 high 151%
Mackay M.O 29.2 0.0 34.0 30th 21.4 -0.3 17.3 4th 76.6 86.9 average 88%
Proserpine Airport 31.1 -0.6 35.3 30th 18.8 -1.1 13.7 4th 130.8 76.9 high 170%
Samuel Hill Aero 29.6   33.6 28th 17.7   11.1 3rd 74.4 77.4 average 96%
St Lawrence 30.1   34.6 30th 20.1   14.9 3rd 19.0
St Lawrence Post Office 30.6 +0.1 35.4 30th 20.2 0.0 16.5 3rd 24.2 71.4 low 34%
Williamson 30.1   33.7 30th 20.3   14.5 3rd 16.6
Woolshed 28.2 +0.1 35.0 30th 18.4 -0.8 15.9 3rd 54.4 64.4 average 84%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 27.4 -0.1 29.5 30th 21.2 0.0 17.1 4th 44.4 66.6 average 67%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 34.4 +0.5 39.5 29th 18.6 -2.0 14.5 3rd 14.7 69.5 low 21%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 35.0 +1.8 40.3 29th 18.7 -0.8 15.4 3rd 20.5 67.1 low 31%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Brigalow Research Stn 34.9 +3.3 40.5 18th 18.7 +1.0 13.6 3rd 32.3 80.7 low 40%
Clermont Sirius St 34.5 +0.5 40.0 29th 18.8 -0.2 14.1 3rd 36.8 57.1 average 64%
Emerald Airport 35.3 +2.1 40.5 18th 19.1 -0.5 14.9 3rd 12.0 53.5 low 22%
Rolleston 35.5 +2.7 40.7 18th 18.7 +1.0 13.2 4th 31.6 63.8 average 50%
Springsure Dame St 34.2 +1.4 39.7 18th 18.9 +1.1 14.7 12th 27.0 63.5 low 43%
Tambo Post Office 34.9 +1.7 40.9 18th 19.3 +2.4 14.1 30th 58.7 46.2 high 127%
Taroom Post Office 35.2 +3.5 41.5 18th 19.3 +1.8 15.2 12th 38.2 75.5 low 51%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 35.8 +1.3 41.1 18th 21.8 +1.5 16.9 11th 34.9 38.1 average 92%
Blackall Airport 35.9   41.7 18th 20.4   14.9 11th 24.0
Isisford Post Office 37.1 +1.3 43.0 18th 21.6 +1.7 15.4 11th 12.0 34.3 average 35%
Longreach Aero 37.7 +1.5 43.7 18th 20.9 +1.0 14.7 11th 6.2 28.1 average 22%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 38.1 +0.6 42.3 18th 23.6 +1.3 15.9 25th 16.8 28.6 average 59%
The Monument Airport 36.5   43.8 20th 21.9   15.3 25th 30.8
Trepell Airport 37.1   44.0 19th 21.6   15.6 25th 51.2
Urandangi 37.6 +0.1 44.0 20th 21.3 +0.7 14.5 25th 42.0 21.2 high 198%
Winton Airport 37.9   42.9 19th 20.7   16.0 30th 16.4
Winton Post Office 37.5 +0.4 42.5 20th 21.9 +1.0 17.6 11th 23.0 30.6 average 75%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 37.4 +1.1 45.8 20th 20.3 -0.6 12.5 25th 50.0 16.8 v high 298%
Birdsville Airport 37.4   46.6 18th 22.0   13.3 24th 47.0 18.3 v high 257%
Boulia Airport 36.9 -0.1 45.7 20th 22.7 +1.4 15.1 25th 46.1 21.3 high 216%
Windorah Post Office 36.9 +1.4 45.0 20th 22.4 +2.5 16.0 24th 59.0 21.7 high 272%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 35.6 +2.8 41.0 18th 19.1 +0.7 13.3 3rd 37.6 76.6 low 49%
Bundaberg Aero 29.3 +1.0 31.8 22nd 19.6 +0.7 14.9 3rd 36.8 89.1 low 41%
Gayndah Airport 32.9   37.9 17th 17.3   12.8 12th 79.2
Gladstone Airport 29.6 +0.9 34.5 30th 20.9 +0.4 16.0 3rd 12.4 56.8 v low 22%
Gladstone Radar 31.7 +1.8 36.4 30th 21.0 +0.5 18.2 2nd 20.4 73.2 v low 28%
Lady Elliot Island 27.9 +0.7 29.9 22nd 22.2 +0.3 19.8 7th 53.8 67.0 average 80%
Monto Township 33.2 +2.4 38.3 18th 16.7 +0.5 10.9 12th 57.6 76.8 average 75%
Rockhampton Aero 33.1 +1.9 38.3 30th 20.1 +0.6 15.6 4th 21.0 69.1 low 30%
Rundle Island 26.7 +0.3 28.9 24th 22.9 +0.5 19.1 10th
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 28.7 +1.0 30.4 30th 20.6 +0.3 16.7 10th 29.8 71.8 low 42%
Seventeen Seventy 28.9 +1.5 30.6 23rd 21.3 +0.4 17.5 13th 47.6 75.3 average 63%
Thangool Airport 34.4 +2.9 39.6 18th 17.1 +0.7 10.6 3rd 60.0 76.6 average 78%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 31.5 +2.1 40.3 17th 16.8 +0.6 10.2 3rd 124.4 82.2 high 151%
Archerfield Airport 30.2 +2.0 38.0 17th 18.6 +1.6 13.2 3rd 39.4 100.8 low 39%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 31.2   39.3 17th 16.7   10.4 3rd 101.6
Beerburrum Forest Station 30.3 +2.5 39.5 17th 17.0 +0.8 11.7 2nd 27.6 118.9 v low 23%
Brisbane* 29.5 +1.7  34.8 29th 19.5 +1.4 14.2 2nd 31.4 97.0 low 32%
Brisbane Aero* 28.0 +0.7 31.6 30th 19.5 +1.5 13.9 3rd 30.8 96.5 v low 32%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 26.6 +2.0 28.5 20th 21.2 +1.7 18.2 10th 24.8 95.1 v low 26%
Coolangatta 27.7 +2.2 31.8 29th 19.1 +1.2 12.6 2nd 77.4 137.6 low 56%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 29.5 +3.6 32.9 28th 21.1 +0.9 18.6 3rd 10.6 88.3 v low 12%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.7 +2.2 33.6 17th 19.9 +1.2 15.6 2nd 52.0 139.9 low 37%
Gympie 33.1 +2.9 40.5 17th 16.4 -0.1 8.9 3rd 19.4 89.5 low 22%
Hervey Bay Airport 29.2 +1.6 31.6 20th 19.8 +0.9 11.5 3rd 14.2 74.2 v low 19%
Jimna Forestry 29.8 +4.2 36.6 17th 14.7 +0.8 7.9 2nd 26.6 80.5 low 33%
Kingaroy Airport 31.8   38.2 17th 15.1   8.7 2nd 27.0
Logan City Water Treatment 29.9 +2.4 37.5 17th 19.0 +1.9 13.6 2nd 78.9 119.2 low 66%
Maleny Tamarind St 27.5   37.8 17th 17.1   13.2 2nd 39.2 139.1 low 28%
Maroochydore Aero 28.4 +1.7 34.2 17th 18.6 +0.8 12.2 3rd 28.6 92.2 low 31%
Maryborough 31.6 +2.3 34.2 20th 17.6 -0.3 11.3 3rd 10.6 85.5 v low 12%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 29.8   39.7 17th 18.2   12.8 2nd 67.6
Point Lookout 28.0 +2.1 30.7 21st 20.7 +1.1 17.7 1st 24.1 136.0 v low 18%
Rainbow Beach 27.9 +1.1 32.8 17th       12.4 88.0 v low 14%
Redcliffe* 27.7 +1.1  32.4 17th 20.3 +1.6  15.2 3rd 35.8 101.6 low 35%
Tewantin RSL Park 28.3 +2.0 36.4 17th 19.6 +1.1 13.9 3rd 17.6 112.8 v low 16%
Toolara (Kelly) 32.9 +3.8 38.2 28th 18.5 +0.6 14.8 2nd 14.8 92.9 v low 16%
University of Queensland Gatton 33.1 +3.0 41.9 17th 16.7 +0.7 10.0 3rd 44.2 79.6 average 56%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 28.1 +4.5 34.2 20th 13.8 +2.4 8.1 3rd 77.8 82.1 average 95%
Dalby Airport 33.1 +3.2 39.9 17th 17.0 +1.5 12.0 11th 82.8 83.1 average 100%
Goondiwindi Airport 35.5 +4.7 42.1 18th 20.0 +3.3 13.1 10th 18.4 66.8 v low 28%
Inglewood Forest 34.4   41.6 17th 17.9   11.6 10th 33.6 84.8 v low 40%
Oakey Aero 32.5 +4.1 39.5 17th 16.3 +2.1 9.7 11th 17.0 79.7 v low 21%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 28.6 +3.5 35.0 17th 14.0 +2.2 8.6 3rd 91.1 75.5 average 121%
Texas Post Office 33.8 +3.6 38.6 4th 18.1 +3.4 11.9 10th 125.4 68.3 high 184%
Toowoomba Airport 29.2 +3.8 36.6 17th 16.0 +1.7 11.4 2nd 32.0 86.2 v low 37%
Warwick 31.5 +4.3 38.0 17th 15.2 +1.6 8.2 2nd 40.2 98.5 low 41%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 34.7 +4.2 40.5 17th 18.6 +1.6 13.2 11th 32.8 58.0 low 57%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 35.4 +4.0 41.8 19th 18.7 +3.0 12.9 12th 2.2 73.4 v low 3%
Mitchell Post Office 36.2 +4.3 42.0 19th 19.2 +3.2 12.3 12th 19.0 57.5 low 33%
Roma Airport 36.0 +4.6 42.6 17th 20.1 +3.0 15.0 3rd 18.6 61.4 v low 30%
St George Airport 37.0 +5.6 44.0 19th 21.1 +3.3 15.0 7th 0 56.7 v low 0%
Surat 35.9 +4.0 43.3 17th 20.1 +3.2 15.8 7th 18.4 54.3 low 34%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 36.6 +3.8 44.2 20th 20.6 +3.4 16.2 9th 42.2 40.8 average 103%
Charleville Aero 36.5 +3.8 42.9 19th 21.0 +3.2 15.2 12th 6.2 45.1 low 14%
Cunnamulla Post Office 36.1 +3.4 43.6 19th 21.5 +3.4 16.6 6th 2.8 30.0 low 9%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 36.3   46.5 20th 22.5   14.7 24th 69.0 23.2 v high 297%
Quilpie Airport 36.4 +2.4 44.4 20th 22.5 +3.0 16.3 25th 9.0 29.7 average 30%
Thargomindah Airport 35.8 +2.3 45.4 18th 22.3 +1.8 15.1 24th 40.2 37.9 average 106%

Notes

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Queensland using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated. Later information, including data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review, usually published in the fourth week of the month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Tuesday 1 December 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.
The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of long-term average rain.

* These sites are compared to other long term sites in the area.

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.

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