Queensland in January 2010
Wet in the north and west, dry and hot in the southeast.
- Heavy rain and flooding across western areas early in January.
- Tropical Cyclones Neville and Olga brought flooding rain to north Queensland.
- Rather hot and dry across the southeast.
- Record low Queensland January minimum temperature on the 19th.
Tropical Cyclone Neville was the first for the season in Queensland and a one day wonder during the 21st. Tropical Cyclone Olga formed a few days later and threatened the north over a longer period. Both cyclones formed in the Coral Sea with Ex Tropical Cyclone Olga crossing the coast south of Cairns early on the 25th and then tracking west to the Gulf Country. It reformed briefly in a cyclone in the southern Gulf waters during the 29th and moved to the southeast Gulf. Both these systems enhanced the seasonal monsoonal activity bring flooding rains to the north. Tropical Cyclone Olga weakened to a tropical rain depression after crossing the coast near Karumba and continued across the interior to be near Longreach at the end of the month and brought exceptionally heavy rainfall to it's vicinity and also along the monsoon trough on the east coast as it shifted south. The heavy rainfall coincided with king tides along the east coast and led to some coastal inundation.
January daytime temperatures were tempered under the cloudy rainy skies through western and northern Queensland but the southeast was comparatively hotter and drier than usual. Parts of the southeast and southern received totals amongst the driest 10% on record and a few locations recorded their highest mean January maximum temperatures.
An abnormal cold outbreak spread across southern Queensland between the 18th and 21st when a new record low Queensland January minimum temperature of 5.4 °C was registered at Applethorpe on the 19th.
Extensive rain through western Queensland
Surface and upper trough systems, primarily due to Ex Tropical Cyclone Lawrence in Western Australia, combined with ingestion of tropical moisture to develop widespread rain through though the northwest, western and Central Lowlands. Flooding that began in late December over many of the river catchments continued through January due to the heavy falls early in January.
Neville & Olga
Tropical Cyclone Neville developed on the monsoon trough well off the coast northeast of Cooktown early on the 21st but weakened into a tropical low later the same day. Although short lived it brought increased rainfall to the northeast tropical coast.
formed over the Coral Sea near Willis Island to the east of
early on the 23rd and tracked west and deepened to category 2
that evening. During the 24th it continued tracking
the coast before becoming almost stationary. It weakened below
cyclone strength and recurved briefly before making a coastal
crossing between Cairns and Innisfail early on the 25th. The
combined effects of Tropical Cyclone Olga, Ex Tropical
Neville, the monsoon and a convergent southeast trade flow to the south
brought heavy rainfall and flooding to much of the northeast tropical
coast. Ex Tropical Cyclone Olga continued west overland
Georgetown before skirting the southern coast of the Gulf of
Carpentaria beginning a big wet for the Gulf Country. Olga reformed briefly in a
cyclone in the
southern Gulf waters
during the 29th and moved to the southeast Gulf accompanied by heavy
rainfall and damaging winds. Both these systems enhanced the seasonal
monsoonal activity bring flooding rains to the north. Tropical Cyclone
Olga weakened to a tropical rain depression after
crossing the coast near Karumba and continued across the interior to be
near Longreach at the end of January. Exceptionally heavy rainfall
was recorded in the vicinity of the low and also near the monsoon
trough as it shifted south along the east coast to lie
south of Mackay at the end of the month. The heavy rainfall focused
near the monsoon trough along the east coast also coincided with the
king tides at this time of year to cause sea water coastal inundation
at some locations, including near Townsville and Mackay.
A high in the Great Australian Bight and a deep low southeast of the continent drove snow onto the Southern Australian Alps mid month and this cold dry airmass subsequently arrived in Queensland, spreading near record January minimum temperatures across western and southern areas from the 18th to 21st. Old records fell at Taroom, Stanthorpe, Surat, Injune Applethorpe and Monto. Applethorpe was the coldest with a chilly 5.4 °C on the morning of the 19th followed by 6.3 °C the following morning. Both Applethorpe and Stanthorpe with 7.0 °C on the 19th beat the official Queensland record low for January of 7.2 °C at Stanthorpe in 1970 and 1965.
At the beginning of January a weakening high pressure system east of New Zealand extended a ridge across the southern Coral Sea and directed moist east to northeast winds across the state. A surface trough of low pressure was moving into southwest Queensland and assisted by an upper trough generated moderate to heavy rainfall over areas of western and northwestern Queensland. Flooding affected inland waterways following rain that developed late in December and warnings were issued for the Paroo River, Macintyre and Dumaresq Rivers, and Landsborough, Thomson, Alice and Barcoo Rivers. The monsoon trough along the Northern Territory Top End coast, extended through northern Torres Strait towards Papua New Guinea with rain areas in the far north. Heavy rainfall also fell along the northeast tropical coast with enhanced shower and storm activity before easing as the atmosphere became more stable. Further south, showers were embedded in the onshore flow with light rain over the southeast inland.
A new high in the Great Australian Bight pushed a vigorous southerly change up the New South Wales coast that reached southeast Queensland on the morning of the 3rd. An upper trough accompanied the surface trough and assisted the development of showers and thunderstorms through the southeast. The high pushed the inland trough to the west as the change moved northward and then weakened in the Capricorn region. Fresh to strong southeast winds developed and spread north as coastal ridging from the new high pushed through the trough and a low developed in the Soloman Island waters and then moved west toward the north coast. The monsoon trough lay through the Torres Strait with several transient lows passing east to west and continued to trigger further showers and storms over the Peninsula and about the Gulf area. For many days from the 3rd the upper outflow from a monsoon depression in the Northern Territory and Western Australia streamed extensive high cloud into Queensland and showers continued over the west of the state due in part to convergence into the low. Many moderate to heavy daily falls were recorded across most of the state during the first week of January with the highest weekly totals being in the west and north. Flooding continued in western catchments.
Upper instability and surface convergence led to pulse of rain and storm activity affecting southeast and central districts during the 7th and 8th. As the upper trough advanced into the tropics upper ridging brought a stabilising influence to areas further south.
the 10th the monsoon trough extended across far
northern Cape York Peninsula and across the northern Coral Sea
with rain areas, showers and thunderstorms over much of the northern
tropics. A weakening high near New Zealand extended a ridge
the southern and central coasts of Queensland and directed
moderate to strong southeast winds and a few showers onto
the remaining east coast. It was fine elsewhere.
shifted northeast across much of the interior of the state.
recent widespread rainfall necessitated flood warnings for the
Landsborough, Thomson, Barcoo and CooperCreek, Bulloo, Paroo, Flinders,
Georgina and Diamantina Rivers.
A trough of low pressure moved into the Channel Country from the southwest bringing a dusty southerly wind change to the area on the 13th and a few days later showers and thunderstorms with some moderate falls developed east of the inland trough in a band from the Gulf Country into the central and southern interior.
Rain, showers and storms with some moderate to heavy falls
along the north tropical coast and over the Peninsula area driven by
the monsoon trough and the southeast trades. On the 16th the monsoon
trough extended from a low off northwest Western Australia to a low
over the northern Gulf of Carpentaria and to a low in the Coral Sea,
generating heavy rain areas over far northern parts of Queensland.
Stream showers continued along the remaining east coast and showers and
storms continued about the Gulf coast.
A monsoon low was located on the monsoon trough over
Peninsula on the 18th and moved to the east to be northeast of Cooktown
on the 19th and the rain continued. The inland surface trough extended
from the Gulf Country to the south-east corner of the state on the 18th
and was moving slowly eastwards. A few showers and storms occurred east
of the trough and dry southerly winds circulated across the state west
of the trough. The trough extended from the Gulf Country to
central interior by the 20th and the dry clear airmass circulating
across most of western and southern Queensland led to cool overnight
temperatures with several centres registering record January minimum
temperatures. Applethorpe was the coldest with a chilly
5.4 °C. A high in the Great Australian Bight and a deep low
of the continent drove snow onto the Southern Alps prior to
the cold dry airmass arriving in southern
contrast, Cooktown in the far north reported a record low
temperature of 23 degrees for January
under the rainy sky with other towns
Tropical Cyclone Neville developed on the monsoon trough off the northeast tropical coast early on the 21st but weakened into a tropical low later the same morning. The monsoon trough extend from northwest Western Australia, across the far southern Gulf of Carpentaria over Cape York Peninsula and to Tropical Cyclone Olga over the northwest Coral Sea early on the 23rd with heavy rain areas about the northeast tropics in the monsoonal flow and rain areas and isolated thunderstorms elsewhere about the tropics. On the 22nd flood warnings were current for the inland catchments of the Thomson, Barcoo Rivers and Coopers Creek, the Georgina River and Eyre Creek and the Diamantina River and also initiated for the coastal rivers Cooktown to Cairns and extended south to Cardwell on the 23rd and extended further south to Mackay on the 24th due the increased threat from the active monsoon systems.
Whilst the north was preoccupied with cyclonic conditions, areas to the south endured hot and humid days but the weather was fine, apart from some showers about the central coast. A surface trough lay over southwestern parts of Queensland but conditions were too dry to generate showers. Tropical Cyclone Olga reached category 2 as it approached the coast but weakened to a low at the time it crossed the coast south of Cairns early on the 25th. Ex Tropical Cyclone Olga and Ex Tropical Cyclone Neville off the Herbert and Burdekin coast produced heavy rain areas over the northeastern and central tropics.
Ex Tropical Cyclone Olga continued west to skirt the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast on the 26th and then crossed into the Gulf waters early on the 28th where it redeveloped into a tropical cyclone again as it recurved to track east across the southern Gulf waters and bring damaging winds, heavy rain, significant stream rises and flooding of low-lying areas in the Gulf Country. Tropical Cyclone Olga weakened to a tropical rain depression after crossing the coast near Karumba and continued across the interior to be near Longreach at the end of January. Exceptionally heavy rainfall was recorded in the vicinity of the low and also near the monsoon trough as it shifted south along the east coast to lie to the south of Mackay at the end of the month. The heavy rainfall focused near the monsoon trough along the east coast also coincided with the king tides at this time of year to cause sea water coastal inundation at some locations, including near Townsville and Mackay.
January rainfall was above to well above average over parts of Cape York, most of the northeast tropical coast and across a broad area of western Queensland and extending east into the Central Lowlands to parts of the central coast. Below average rainfall was recorded along the coast south from Marlborough, extending inland to the eastern edge of the Central Highlands and in the south, and west through the Darling Downs and Maranoa. A portion of the southern Moreton, and large parts of the western Darling Downs and Maranoa recorded decile 1 rainfall, this being the lowest 10% on record and some of this area has a serious rainfall deficiency for the November to January period. Rainfall was also less than areas to the north in the far southwest border parts due to them being to the west of the inland trough for much of the month, the trough and the moist airmass to it's east often being a trigger for storm activity.
A surface trough of low pressure in the west of the state, upper trough activity, primarily due to Tropical Cyclone Lawrence in Western Australia, and the monsoon in the north led to a deeply unstable airmass that produced widespread rainfall across a large part of the state early in the month and flooding continued in inland waterways following rain that developed late in December. Colodon and Glenwood in the western part of the Port Curtis district recorded their highest January daily rain totals with 124.4mm and 120.2mm respectively to 9am on the 4th, both of these sites having 51 years of rainfall record. The rainfall observer at Colodan said that this was his highest daily total for any month since 1956. Other notable rainfall rates were 79mm in 1 hour during the 3rd at the Hume Lane Alert* on the Sunshine Coast. Roxborough Dowms TM* in the Upper Western district received 91mm in 2 hours on the 5th and Mt Isa received 44mm in 30 minutes during the 8th.
The rainfall contracted to the far north during the 10th with the tip of Cape York Peninsular recording heavy falls for the 14th. The highest daily fall across the state and a new record for the station was 338.6 mm at Lockhart River Airport on the 11th when a low pressure system was embedded in the monsoon trough lying across the northern Peninsula. Over the next week showers and storms redeveloped to the east of the inland trough until a dry southerly change spread through southern districts. The monsoon persisted in the north with the tropical east coast rainfall being enhanced at times by surges in the southeast trade flow.
Later in January the brief development of Tropical Cyclone Neville and the more significant Tropical Cyclone Olga dominated the control of the atmosphere in the tropics focusing heavy rain and flooding along the northeast tropical coast. Ex Tropical Cyclone Olga tracked over land to recross the coast into the southern Gulf of Carpentaria in the last week bringing heavy rainfall to the Gulf Country. The cyclonic activity and monsoonal stream brought high rainfall to the east coast and was especially heavy between Cape Melville and Townsville and near Mackay with most recording over 200mm in the week ending the 28th. After reforming into a cyclone Olga tracked east across the southern Gulf of Carpentaria and then weakened into a tropical rain depression as it shifted southeast through the interior. The monsoon trough shifted south along the east coast with the passage of Ex Tropical Cyclone Olga focussing very heavy falls near it's vicinity. A few new daily rainfall records were created.
Indicative of the high rainfall in the far north, record high January monthly rainfall of 930.4mm was recorded at Lockhart River with a record length of 54 years. 338.6mm of this fell in one day to 9am on the 11th. Coconut Island with 501.6mm and Horn Island with 701.6mm also recorded new high Jauary totals but have a shorter record of 14 years.
The wettest overall was 1469 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station, followed by 978.4 mm at Innisfail, followed by 972.0 mm at Mt Sophia, followed by 947.0 mm at Nerada Alert.
The driest overall were parts skirting the far southwest corner where amounts less 5 mm were recorded.Some sites had their highest total January rainfall on record. Some sites had their highest total January rainfall for at least 20 years. Some sites had their lowest total January rainfall on record. Some sites had their lowest total January rainfall for at least 20 years.
The wettest single day 338.6 mm at Lockhart River Airport on the 11th, followed by 337.0 mm at Mount Charlton on the 31st, followed by 321.0 mm at Cardwell Marine Pde on the 1st.
Some sites had their highest
January daily rainfall on record.
See a map of total
rainfall. See a map of rainfall
* Hume Lane Alert and Roxborough Dowms TM are part of the flood warning network of unmanned automatic gauges and such telemetry data is not validated.
Mean maximum temperatures graded from the high thirties across the southwest of the state to the mid thirties through the mid west and southern Gulf Country. Most eastern districts exceeded 30 °C but parts of the northeast tropical coast, the Atherton Tablelands, a small part of the central coast and pockets of the southeast and Darling Downs were a little cooler.
Mean maximum temperature anomalies were highest near Longreach and Isisford and over 3 °C milder than usual January conditions and also the lowest for 34 and 23 years respectively. To a lesser degree all of western, central interior and northern areas extending south through the Warrego and parts of western Maranoa were also cooler than average due to the many cloud and rain generating systems during the month. The monsoon was quite active across the north and also spawned the development of tropical cyclones Neville and Olga, whilst major rainfall was recorded over western areas. Mean maximum anomalies were higher than average in the southeast, by more than 2 °C near the southeast border ranges, and fringing the southwest border.
Extensive cloud streamed the upper outflow from a monsoon depression in the Northern Territory and Western Australia across a large part of Queensland for many days from the 3rd tempering day time temperatures in the west. Daily maxima were especially below average in a band under this cloud between the 5th and 8th, at times by more than 10 °C.
Hot conditions were experienced in central eastern and southeastern districts between the 17th and 21st and generally through southern districts from the 22nd. These areas were relatively cloud free in comparison to the northern tropics where the monsoonal flow generated extensive cloud. Birdsville recorded the highest daily temperatures, reaching 45 °C on the 23rd and 45.4 °C the next day.
Late in the month cloudy skies and rain over large parts of the state kept daytime temperatures well below average and several inland locations recorded their lowest January daily maximum temperature.
Record high mean daily maximum temperatures were recorded at Cape Moreton, Coolangatta and Seventeen Seventy under unusually clear dry January skies.
The hottest day was 45.4 °C at Birdsville Airport on the 24th, followed by 45.0 °C at Birdsville Airport on the 23rd, followed by 44.8 °C at Birdsville Airport on the 25th.
The warmest days on average were 39.6 °C at Birdsville Airport, followed by 38.4 °C at Ballera Gas Field, followed by 38.2 °C at Bedourie Police Station.
The coolest days on average were 27.6 °C at Woolshed, followed by 27.8 °C at Maleny Tamarind St, followed by 28.4 °C at Middle Percy Island.
The coldest day was 21.5 °C at Applethorpe on the 4th, followed by 21.6 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 4th, followed by 21.9 °C at Mitchell Post Office on the 31st.Some sites had their highest January temperature on record. Some sites had their coldest January day (lowest maximum temperature) on record. Some sites had their highest January mean daily maximum temperature on record. Some sites had their lowest January mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years. See a map of mean maximum temperatures. See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.
Mean minimum temperatures graded from the mid to high twenties across the Peninsula, around the Gulf Country and along the central and northeast coastal fringe to less than 20 °C on the Darling Downs.
Cool mean minimum anomalies were recorded in a broad swath extending from the west through the central interior. The remaining areas were a little warmer than average, moreso in the southwest corner.
A high in the Great Australian Bight and a deep low southeast of the continent drove snow onto the Southern Australian Alps mid month and this cold dry airmass subsequently arrived in Queensland, spreading near record January minimum temperatures across western and southern areas from the 18th to 21st. Old records fell at Taroom, Stanthorpe, Surat, Injune Applethorpe and Monto. Applethorpe was the coldest with a chilly 5.4 °C on the morning of the 19th followed by 6.3 °C the following morning. Both Applethorpe and 7.0 °C at Stanthorpe on the 19th, beat the official Queensland record low for January of 7.2 °C at Stanthorpe in 1970 and 1965.
The coldest night was 5.4 °C at Applethorpe on the 19th, followed by 6.3 °C at Applethorpe on the 20th, followed by 7.0 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 19th.
The coolest nights on average were 14.7 °C at Applethorpe, followed by 15.6 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 16.8 °C at Warwick.
The warmest nights on average were 26.1 °C at Sweers Island, followed by 25.8 °C at Birdsville Airport, followed by 25.8 °C at Mornington Island, followed by 25.7 °C at Green Island, followed by 25.7 °C at Willis Island.
The warmest night was 31.8 °C at Birdsville Airport on the 26th, followed by 31.1 °C at Ballera Gas Field on the 26th, followed by 29.3 °C at Sweers Island on the 22nd.Some sites had their lowest January temperature on record. Some sites had their highest January mean daily minimum temperature on record. Some sites had their highest January mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years. See a map of mean minimum temperatures. See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.
WindThe strongest wind gust was 122 km/h at Willis Island on the 23rd, followed by 120 km/h at Sweers Island on the 29th coinciding with the passage of Tropical Cyclone Olga, followed by 109 km/h at University of Queensland Gatton on the 29th.
|Extremes in January 2010|
45.4 °C at Birdsville
Airport on the 24th|
45.0 °C at Birdsville Airport on the 23rd
44.8 °C at Birdsville Airport on the 25th
|Warmest days on average||
39.6 °C at Birdsville
38.4 °C at Ballera Gas Field
38.2 °C at Bedourie Police Station
|Coolest days on average||
27.6 °C at Woolshed|
27.8 °C at Maleny Tamarind St
28.4 °C at Middle Percy Island
21.5 °C at Applethorpe
on the 4th|
21.6 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 4th
21.9 °C at Mitchell Post Office on the 31st
5.4 °C at Applethorpe
on the 19th|
6.3 °C at Applethorpe on the 20th
7.0 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 19th
|Coolest nights on average||
14.7 °C at Applethorpe|
15.6 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
16.8 °C at Warwick
|Warmest nights on average||
26.1 °C at Sweers
25.8 °C at Birdsville Airport
25.8 °C at Mornington Island
25.7 °C at Green Island
25.7 °C at Willis Island
31.8 °C at Birdsville
Airport on the 26th|
31.1 °C at Ballera Gas Field on the 26th
29.3 °C at Sweers Island on the 22nd
|Wettest overall||1469 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station|
1016 mm at Bellenden Ker Bottom Station
978.4 mm at Innisfail
972.0 mm at Mt Sophia
|Driest overall||Parts skirting the far southwest corner where amounts less 5 mm were recorded|
338.6 mm at Lockhart
River Airport on the 11th|
337.0 mm at Mount Charlton on the 31st
321.0 mm at Cardwell Marine Pde on the 1st
|Highest wind gust||
122 km/h at Willis
Island on the 23rd|
120 km/h at Sweers Island on the 29th
109 km/h at University of Queensland Gatton on the 29th
|Record highest January daily rainfall|
|Highest daily rainfall|
in January 2010 (mm)
|Holmleigh||111.8||on the 31st||100.3||on the 5th in 1972||88|
|Lockhart River Airport||338.6||on the 11th||181.4||on the 2nd in 2005||54|
|Colodan||124.4||on the 4th||121.9||on the 3rd in 1962||51|
|Glenwood||102.2||on the 4th||94.6||on the 23rd in 2009||51|
|Jochmus||123.0||on the 31st||122.4||on the 28th in 1984||42|
|Record highest total January rainfall|
for January 2010 (mm)
|Lockhart River Airport||930.4||783.9||in 1965||54||401.3|
|Highest total January rainfall for at least 20 years|
for January 2010 (mm)
Most recent higher
|Barcaldine Post Office||268.9||481.2||in 1974||36||86.1|
|Longreach Aero||241.0||420.4||in 1974||36||80.6|
|Lowest total January rainfall for at least 20 years|
for January 2010 (mm)
Most recent lower
|Record highest January temperature|
in January 2010 (°C)
|Coolangatta||35.9||on the 18th||34.9||on the 29th in 2004||23||28.1|
|Record lowest January daily maximum temperature|
|Lowest daily maximum|
in January 2010 (°C)
|Springsure Comet St||22.1||on the 31st||22.2||on the 19th in 1967||45||34.0|
|Longreach Aero||22.4||on the 31st||22.7||on the 8th in 1996||43||37.0|
|Mitchell Post Office||21.9||on the 31st||22.3||on the 4th in 1991||41||34.0|
|Rolleston||22.9||on the 31st||23.9||on the 8th in 1996||21||34.9|
|Record highest January mean daily maximum temperature|
|Mean daily maximum|
for January 2010 (°C)
|Cape Moreton Lighthouse||29.1||28.7||in 2006||97||26.8|
|Seventeen Seventy||30.5||30.3||in 2006||22||29.2|
|Lowest January mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years|
|Mean daily maximum|
for January 2010 (°C)
Most recent lower
|Longreach Aero||33.1||33.0||in 1976||34||37.0|
|Isisford Post Office||33.3||33.0||in 1984||23||36.9|
|Record lowest January temperature|
in January 2010 (°C)
|Taroom Post Office||12.6||on the 20th||13.3||on the 19th in 1984||54||20.6|
|Stanthorpe Leslie Parade||7.0||on the 19th||7.2||on the 3rd in 1970||49||15.6|
|Surat||11.2||on the 20th||11.5||on the 9th in 1997||46||20.6|
|Injune Post Office||10.6||on the 20th||= 10.6||on the 17th in 1983||43||19.6|
|Applethorpe||5.4||on the 19th||5.5||on the 1st in 1994||41||15.2|
|Monto Township||12.7||on the 20th||12.9||on the 5th in 2007||37||19.3|
|Record highest January mean daily minimum temperature|
|Mean daily minimum|
for January 2010 (°C)
|Cape Moreton Lighthouse||23.4||= 23.4||in 2003||97||21.9|
|Lockhart River Airport||24.6||24.5||in 2007||44||23.7|
|Highest January mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years|
|Mean daily minimum|
for January 2010 (°C)
Most recent higher
|Summary statistics for January 2010|
|North Peninsula (district 27)|
|Coconut Island||30.7||-1.2||34.4||2nd||25.6||-0.2||23.4||24th||501.6||274.3||v high||183%|
|Horn Island||30.3||-0.5||32.5||5th||24.9||-0.3||23.5||22nd||701.6||379.9||v high||185%|
|South Peninsula (district 28)|
|Lockhart River Airport||31.2||-0.4||33.6||8th||24.6||+0.9||23.2||22nd||930.4||401.3||highest||232%|
|Lower Carpentaria (district 29)|
|Croydon Township||33.3||-2.2||37.5||19th||24.9||+0.7||22.4||29th||458.2||221.9||v high||206%|
|Julia Creek Airport||35.5||40.4||17th||23.0||14.8||20th||299.6|
|Mount Isa Aero||35.1||-1.2||39.4||17th||22.8||-1.0||16.9||21st||131.8||119.1||average||111%|
|Upper Carpentaria (district 30)|
|Richmond Post Office||34.6||-2.3||39.6||17th||22.8||-0.2||17.0||20th||261.0||123.7||v high||211%|
|Barron North Coast (district 31)|
|Cairns Aero||31.1||-0.3||34.4||31st||24.2||+0.5||22.4||20th||705.4||396.8||v high||178%|
|Kairi Research Station||28.6||+0.4||31.9||7th||19.7||+0.5||17.4||14th||399.8||250.8||high||159%|
|Low Isles Lighthouse||34.2||18th||25.5||-0.1||23.7||1st||729.8||399.8||v high||183%|
|Walkamin Research Station||29.0||-0.9||32.9||7th||20.9||+0.6||18.3||14th||355.0||214.7||high||165%|
|Herbert North Coast (district 32)|
|Cardwell Marine Pde||31.5||0.0||34.4||31st||24.2||+1.3||21.5||14th||696.3||442.0||high||158%|
|South Johnstone Exp Stn||30.7||-0.5||33.0||18th||23.7||+1.2||21.0||14th||685.4||523.2||high||131%|
|East Central Coast (district 33)|
|Ayr DPI Research Stn||31.8||0.0||36.1||18th||23.7||+1.0||20.5||11th||488.6||221.1||high||221%|
|Collinsville Post Office||33.8||+0.4||40.8||18th||22.6||+0.7||18.1||11th||89.6||134.0||average||67%|
|Hamilton Island Airport||29.2||31.8||19th||25.0||22.9||10th||229.8|
|Samuel Hill Aero||30.1||33.1||18th||22.1||19.1||20th||53.0||164.6||low||32%|
|St Lawrence Post Office||31.7||0.0||36.7||19th||23.3||+0.8||20.3||10th||221.7||206.5||average||107%|
|Yeppoon The Esplanade||28.9||-0.5||30.8||19th||23.8||+0.1||21.0||18th||94.2||122.4||average||77%|
|West Central Coast (district 34)|
|Charters Towers Airport||32.7||-0.9||39.6||19th||22.7||+0.3||18.1||11th||151.1||164.7||average||92%|
|Central Highlands (district 35)|
|Clermont Sirius St||32.3||-2.0||37.9||18th||21.4||-0.2||19.2||10th||148.3||117.6||average||126%|
|Tambo Post Office||32.8||-2.1||37.2||24th||20.7||+0.3||11.5||19th||57.5||81.2||average||71%|
|Taroom Post Office||33.7||0.0||37.9||17th||20.7||+0.1||12.6||20th||101.2||97.9||average||103%|
|Central Lowlands (district 36)|
|Barcaldine Post Office||32.8||-2.8||36.8||21st||22.9||-0.2||18.2||31st||268.9||86.1||v high||312%|
|Isisford Post Office||33.3||-3.6||38.1||17th||22.4||-0.6||16.3||20th||186.9||70.6||v high||265%|
|Longreach Aero||33.1||-3.9||37.2||21st||21.9||-1.2||17.9||19th||241.0||80.6||v high||299%|
|Upper Western (district 37)|
|The Monument Airport||35.8||40.6||23rd||23.4||16.8||20th||108.0||78.0||high||138%|
|Winton Post Office||34.9||-2.6||40.0||17th||23.5||0.0||19.5||31st||174.4||83.6||high||209%|
|Lower Western (district 38)|
|Bedourie Police Station||38.2||-0.6||44.2||25th||22.9||-2.2||16.8||19th||87.6||33.7||v high||260%|
|Windorah Post Office||36.1||-2.0||41.7||24th||24.2||+0.1||18.7||20th||30.9||42.7||average||72%|
|Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)|
|Baralaba Post Office||34.2||-0.2||37.8||18th||21.4||0.0||17.0||20th||59.0||93.0||average||63%|
|Lady Elliot Island||29.9||+0.7||31.6||27th||24.7||+0.8||22.8||8th||40.8||121.1||low||34%|
|Sandy Cape Lighthouse||30.3||+0.9||33.2||19th||22.9||+0.6||21.4||4th||34.9||159.4||v low||22%|
|Thangool Airport||34.1||+0.5||39.0||18th||19.1||-0.7||12.9||20th||21.6||95.7||v low||23%|
|Moreton South Coast (district 40)|
|Amberley AMO||32.6||+1.5||38.0||18th||19.1||-0.5||12.3||19th||30.2||110.6||v low||27%|
|Beaudesert Drumley Street||32.8||38.1||27th||18.8||13.0||19th||43.6|
|Beerburrum Forest Station||31.2||+1.0||37.2||18th||19.3||-0.4||15.2||19th||100.0||187.0||low||53%|
|Cape Moreton Lighthouse||29.1||+2.3||30.5||20th||23.4||+1.5||21.7||30th||12.8||149.1||v low||9%|
|Double Island Point Lighthouse||30.4||+2.7||33.9||18th||23.2||+0.9||21.2||30th||92.4||162.1||average||57%|
|Gold Coast Seaway||30.4||+1.9||37.9||18th||22.0||+0.2||19.6||19th||73.8||104.7||low||70%|
|Hervey Bay Airport||30.6||+0.6||34.8||19th||21.9||-0.2||18.7||14th||59.2||126.5||average||47%|
|Logan City Water Treatment||31.1||+1.4||37.7||18th||21.2||+0.8||17.6||19th||60.5||107.5||low||56%|
|Maleny Tamarind St||27.8||33.8||18th||19.0||16.8||17th||154.6||274.6||low||56%|
|Nambour DPI - Hillside||30.4||36.3||18th||20.1||17.8||20th||114.8|
|Tewantin RSL Park||29.3||+0.9||34.6||18th||21.9||0.0||19.7||14th||102.0||132.6||average||77%|
|University of Queensland Gatton||33.9||+2.4||39.2||27th||19.0||-0.1||15.5||20th||76.8||110.9||average||69%|
|East Darling Downs (district 41)|
|Dalby Airport||33.7||+1.2||40.0||27th||18.3||-0.5||10.0||20th||8.6||70.4||v low||12%|
|Stanthorpe Leslie Parade||28.9||+1.5||35.5||27th||15.6||0.0||7.0||19th||48.6||96.2||low||51%|
|Texas Post Office||33.8||0.0||39.1||24th||19.5||+1.0||11.2||20th||42.4||87.0||low||49%|
|West Darling Downs (district 42)|
|Miles Constance Street||33.7||-0.2||38.7||25th||20.4||0.0||11.4||20th||23.8||63.9||low||37%|
|Maranoa (district 43)|
|Injune Post Office||33.1||-0.5||37.7||27th||19.6||0.0||10.6||20th||50.0||89.6||average||56%|
|Mitchell Post Office||34.2||+0.2||38.9||28th||20.3||+0.3||10.5||20th||19.7||81.4||low||24%|
|St George Airport||34.0||-0.8||39.2||28th||21.8||-0.1||12.6||19th||24.6||58.8||v low||42%|
|Warrego (district 44)|
|Bollon Mary St||34.9||-0.6||40.0||28th||22.0||+0.5||12.0||19th||43.1||63.1||average||68%|
|Cunnamulla Post Office||35.3||-0.7||40.5||23rd||22.5||+0.3||15.1||20th||57.0||46.6||high||122%|
|Far Southwest (district 45)|
|Ballera Gas Field||38.4||44.3||24th||24.7||16.8||19th||24.0||31.8||average||75%|
|Thargomindah Airport||37.3||-1.0||42.8||24th||24.7||-0.8||17.2||20th||121.8||39.3||v high||310%|
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 Monday 1 February 2010. 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
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.
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.