1 April 2010 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC24R0

Queensland in March 2010: 

Widespread rainfall; extensive flooding; Tropical Cyclone Ului crosses the east coast

  • Exceptional rainfall event during first week.
  • 17.1% of Queensland had its wettest March day on record on the 1st or 2nd.
  • Widespread flooding in western, southern and central Queensland.
  • Severe Tropical Cyclone Ului crossed the east coast on the 21st.

Heavy, widespread rainfall and flooding

At the end of February, a monsoon low moved eastwards into southwest Queensland, bringing widespread heavy rain, first to southwest Queensland on the 28th of February and then the 1st of March, then spreading further east into the southern interior on the 1st and 2nd. Moist easterly flow, combined with a second low which formed off the coast near Fraser Island, also brought heavy rain to coastal regions of southeast Queensland. The main low weakened and drifted south after the 2nd.

Widespread major flooding developed over the 2nd and 3rd of March on many of the rivers of southern inland Queensland. Major flooding occurred in the Diamantina, Barcoo and Cooper Creek, Bulloo, Paroo, Warrego, Wallam and Mungallala Creeks, Maranoa, Balonne, Condamine, Moonie, Weir and Dawson river catchments.  Some record flood heights occurred in a number of catchments, including the Balonne at St George and Surat, the Paroo at Eulo, Wallam Creek at Bollon, and the Moonie at Thallon. The Dawson River at Theodore and Moura reached its highest level since 1956, and the Warrego at Cunnamulla its highest since 1990.

A Special Climate Statement can be found at: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/statements/scs20a.pdf  and a comprehensive flood report will be available at:  http://www.bom.gov.au/hydro/flood/qld/fld_reports/reports.shtml

Tropical Cyclone Ului

Severe Tropical Cyclone Ului was initially analysed as a tropical low situated in the Pacific Ocean to the north of Vanuatu on the 8th of March. The low then traversed across the northern islands of Vanuatu and into the far northeast Coral Sea before it developed into a tropical cyclone late in the day on the 12th of March. Ului then rapidly intensified over the next couple of days into a severe tropical cyclone as it moved in a westerly direction to the south of the Solomon Islands.
 
From the 15th to the 17th of March, Ului became a slow moving system as it gradually adopted a south to south westerly track. Ului underwent a weakening phase as the system moved across the Coral Sea due to a combination of increased wind shear from an upper trough crossing the Tasman Sea and cool sea surface temperatures.

As Ului fell under the influence of an upper ridge on the 18th of March the system accelerated towards the Queensland east coast, and reintensified into a severe tropical cyclone. Severe Tropical Cyclone Ului made landfall near Airlie Beach on the Whitsunday Coast at approximately 1.30am on the 21st of March.
 
Significant wind damage was reported around the Central Coast and Whitsundays district, mainly between Airlie Beach and Mackay. Reports of damage include widespread tree damage, large areas of sugarcane destroyed and localised structural damage, particularly to roofs. About 50,000 homes lost power following the passage of the system. Many boats were also damaged or destroyed due to the large seas and swell created by Ului, particularly around Shute Harbour near Airlie Beach.

A report in Severe Tropical Cyclone Ului can be found at:
http://www.bom.gov.au/announcements/sevwx/qld/qldtc20100312b.shtml

Rainfall

On the 1st of March the most extreme falls occurred in far western Queensland where rainfall totals of over 150 mm occurred in parts, followed by similarly heavy falls on the 2nd of March further east through much of southern inland Queensland, particularly the Warrego and Maranoa districts.

17.1% of Queensland had its wettest March day on record on one of these two days (7.9% on the 1st and 9.2% on the 2nd).

In the 24 hours to 9am on the 1st, the highest daily rainfall total in Queensland was 188 mm at Bedourie Police Station, followed by 168 mm at Birdsville Airport, followed by 163 mm at Glengyle (all in the Lower Western district). These were all new annual extreme daily rainfall totals for these stations. Roseberth Station in the Lower Western district also had a new annual extreme daily rainfall total and Windorah Post Office, also in the Lower Western district, had a record March daily rainfall total.

These daily rainfall totals at Bedourie and Birdsville were near the long-term annual average rainfall totals at these locations – in other words a full year’s worth of average rainfall fell on just one day! Birdsville has received 375 mm for the year so far (as of 4 March), more than double its annual average and already enough to rank as its seventh wettest year on record, and its wettest year since 1974. In the 24 hours to 9am on the 2nd, the highest daily rainfall total in Queensland was 168 mm at Old Cashmere, north of St. George, 165 mm at Mitchell, and 161 mm at Coomera on the Gold Coast. 

Some sites had their highest March daily rainfall on record.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Ului crossed the Queensland coast near Airlie Beach early on the 21st of March, and continued to move in a west south-west direction across the central coast as weakening system. Heavy rain fell on the southern flank of this system and very destructive wind gusts occurred near the cyclone centre, with the Hamilton Island station recording a maximum wind gust of 202 km/hr.

The highest daily rainfall totals recorded during the month occurred in the East Central Coast district on the 21st, with 452 mm at Clark Range Alert*, 332 mm at Finch Hatton Alert*, 261 mm at Rowallan Park Alert* and 258.5 mm at Mt Jukes.  

The wettest overall was 2023 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station, 907.4 mm at Bellenden Ker Bottom Station, and 825.0 mm at Corsis Alert*.

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

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

*Alert gauges are part of the flood warning network of automatic gauges and such telemetry data is not validated.

Temperature

Most of the state recorded below average maximum temperatures, with the coolest anomalies occurring in the south west and central interior.  

Similarly, the far western districts recorded below average minimum temperatures while the eastern districts were close to normal.

Maximum temperature

The hottest day was 38.6 C at Julia Creek Airport on the 21st, followed by 38.5 C at Julia Creek Airport on the 23rd, followed by 37.9 C at Boulia Airport on the 6th, followed by 37.9 C at Julia Creek Airport on the 7th.

The warmest days on average were 35.4 C at Julia Creek Airport, followed by 34.3 C at Urandangi, followed by 34.1 C at Century Mine.

The coolest days on average were 23.3 C at Applethorpe, followed by 23.7 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 23.9 C at Toowoomba Airport.

The coldest day was 17.6 C at Applethorpe on the 2nd, followed by 18.5 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 2nd, followed by 18.9 C at Applethorpe on the 1st.

Some sites had their lowest March mean daily maximum temperature on record. Some sites had their lowest March mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years.

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

Minimum temperature

The coldest night was 9.6 C at Applethorpe on the 10th, followed by 10.1 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 20th, followed by 10.4 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 10th.

The coolest nights on average were 14.2 C at Applethorpe, followed by 14.7 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 15.5 C at Warwick.

The warmest nights on average were 26.1 C at Sweers Island, followed by 26.1 C at Willis Island, followed by 26.0 C at Coconut Island, followed by 25.5 C at Mornington Island.

The warmest night was 29.2 C at Horn Island on the 3rd, followed by 28.3 C at Willis Island on the 5th, followed by 28.3 C at Sweers Island on the 25th, followed by 28.1 C at Coconut Island on the 3rd, followed by 28.1 C at Willis Island on the 3rd, followed by 28.1 C at Green Island on the 5th, followed by 28.1 C at Low Isles Lighthouse on the 5th.

Some sites had their warmest March night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record , some sites had their highest March mean daily minimum temperature on record and some sites had their lowest March mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years.

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

Wind

The strongest wind gusts recorded in Queensland during the month were associated with TC Ului.  A gust of 202 km/h occurred at Hamilton Island Airport on the 21st, followed by 178 km/h at Hamilton Island Airport on the 20th, followed by 146 km/h at Proserpine Airport on the 21st.

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Extremes in March 2010
Hottest day 38.6 C at Julia Creek Airport on the 21st
Warmest days on average 35.4 C at Julia Creek Airport
Coolest days on average 23.3 C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 17.6 C at Applethorpe on the 2nd
Coldest night 9.6 C at Applethorpe on the 10th
Coolest nights on average 14.2 C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 26.1 C at Sweers Island and Willis Island
Warmest night 29.2 C at Horn Island on the 3rd
Wettest overall2023 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station
Wettest day452.0 mm at Clarke Range on the 21st
Highest wind gust 202 km/h at Hamilton Island Airport on the 21st

Record highest March daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in March 2010 (mm)
Previous highest
for March
Years of
record
Surat 154.0 on the 2nd 118.9 on the 1st in 1947 124
Taroom Post Office 124.8 on the 2nd 119.4 on the 24th in 1890 124
Windorah Post Office 106.2 on the 1st 102.9 on the 9th in 1887 123
Mitchell Post Office 165.0 on the 2nd 123.2 on the 4th in 1908 122
Morven Post Office 152.4 on the 2nd 125.2 on the 27th in 1890 122
South Comongin 158.0 on the 2nd 91.0 on the 20th in 1983 111
Eromanga - Webber St 103.0 on the 2nd 101.9 on the 23rd in 1926 98
Roseberth Station 135.2 on the 1st 130.3 on the 16th in 1950 97
Quilpie Airport 148.1 on the 2nd 102.6 on the 1st in 1956 93
Mungallala 150.4 on the 2nd 121.9 on the 7th in 1924 91
Glengyle 163.0 on the 1st 86.4 on the 11th in 1918 89
Woodlands 159.6 on the 2nd 144.0 on the 7th in 1924 86
Glenorie 147.0 on the 2nd 140.0 on the 11th in 1977 79
Glenmorgan Post Office 159.0 on the 2nd 127.0 on the 8th in 1941 77
Hannaford Post Office 122.6 on the 2nd 98.0 on the 11th in 1977 71
Meandarra Post Office 152.0 on the 2nd 109.5 on the 15th in 1937 68
Riverslea TM 163.0 on the 22nd 82.6 on the 29th in 1958 65
Bedourie Police Station 188.4 on the 1st 74.0 on the 19th in 1983 63
Dillalah 146.0 on the 2nd 97.0 on the 3rd in 1999 61
Auburn 112.0 on the 2nd 111.8 on the 18th in 1959 51
Trinidad 77.0 on the 2nd 75.0 on the 2nd in 1999 41
Oakey Aero 65.4 on the 2nd 54.0 on the 11th in 1977 40
Macalister 69.0 on the 2nd 60.4 on the 6th in 2007 39
Namarah 160.4 on the 2nd 90.2 on the 11th in 1977 39
Wallen 133.0 on the 2nd 53.2 on the 20th in 1983 36
Embreys Bridge 76.2 on the 6th 60.2 on the 27th in 1978 34
Bungaban TM 93.2 on the 2nd 88.4 on the 15th in 1926 31
Cherry Park 89.0 on the 2nd 69.0 on the 28th in 2003 26
Roma Airport 132.8 on the 2nd 88.8 on the 9th in 1994 25
Traighli 89.0 on the 2nd 82.0 on the 8th in 2000 23
Mt Driven 132.0 on the 2nd 63.6 on the 1st in 1999 21
Adavale 117.0 on the 2nd 41.0 on the 16th in 1996 20
Doraville Station 193.0 on the 21st 87.0 on the 4th in 1994 20



Record highest total March rainfall
Total rainfall
for March 2010 (mm)
Previous highest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Woodlands 263.4 247.2 in 1941 105 54.7
Dillalah 245.5 191.0 in 1949 81 44.1
Nindigully 202.4 199.8 in 1962 77 50.5
Charleville Aero 322.6 307.2 in 1956 68 57.7
Meandarra Post Office 263.5 194.4 in 1963 68 53.6
Bedourie Police Station 203.2 192.0 in 1950 64 20.2
Rosehill 295.6 257.4 in 1982 54 49.7
Namarah 271.6 166.0 in 1977 45 44.3
Wansey Downs 154.2 153.0 in 1982 44 43.9
Oakey Aero 139.0 109.2 in 1979 40 45.3
Macalister 166.8 149.6 in 2003 39 47.1
Wallen 210.4 72.8 in 1999 36 30.2
Embreys Bridge 207.0 122.3 in 1992 33 54.1
Cherry Park 226.0 103.0 in 1999 26 40.8
Roma Airport 197.2 154.3 in 1994 25 48.2
Mt Driven 241.8 171.0 in 1999 21 54.6
Cooby Creek Dam 141.4 100.2 in 2002 20 44.0
Ripple Downs 170.4 105.0 in 2002 20 48.3

Highest total March rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for March 2010 (mm)
Most recent higher
for March
Years since
higher
Average for
March
Surat 237.2 384.1 in 1890 120 58.3
Taroom Post Office 231.2 403.1 in 1890 120 62.6
Mitchell Post Office 224.2 254.1 in 1910 100 60.8
Morven Post Office 249.2 265.2 in 1910 99 58.4
Jandowae Post Office 196.2 356.4 in 1941 69 63.3
Drillham Post Office 170.0 269.3 in 1941 68 49.6
Jondaryan Post Office 142.2 209.3 in 1947 63 56.8
Roseberth Station 140.4 186.0 in 1950 60 16.8
Windorah Post Office 237.5 498.3 in 1950 60 39.8
Eromanga - Webber St 213.0 268.3 in 1950 59 32.6
Rosedale Post Office 327.2 396.0 in 1952 58 125.1
Crows Nest 207.0 333.5 in 1955 55 83.4
Yarraman Post Office 236.6 257.5 in 1955 55 82.6
Blackbutt Post Office 225.0 302.6 in 1956 54 96.9
Bollon Mary St 266.9 482.7 in 1956 54 49.8
Cunnamulla Post Office 181.8 268.9 in 1956 54 40.6
Mulga Downs 184.0 274.1 in 1956 54 39.0
Proston Post Office 180.0 182.0 in 1956 54 66.6
Quilpie Airport 266.5 310.3 in 1956 54 41.0
Pechey Forestry 221.0 249.4 in 1956 53 91.1
Goomboorian Webster Rd 384.5 798.5 in 1956 52 160.2
Glenelg 182.2 189.1 in 1962 48 54.1
Woodspring 164.0 165.5 in 1962 48 55.0
Dunollie 143.6 179.3 in 1963 47 54.6
Esk Post Office 212.2 225.8 in 1963 47 102.5
Glenorie 314.4 317.5 in 1963 47 53.6
Imbil Post Office 356.0 548.1 in 1963 47 146.0
Lanark 172.2 246.2 in 1963 47 58.9
Nanango Wills St 184.1 215.5 in 1963 47 82.0
Palmwoods 500.2 749.7 in 1963 47 240.4
Rolleston 180.8 360.1 in 1963 47 61.3
Toogoolawah Post Office 184.4 302.5 in 1963 47 87.8
Barakula Forest Stn 162.2 192.0 in 1964 46 54.9
Gympie 288.2 403.4 in 1963 46 143.0
Kenilworth Township 361.3 505.4 in 1963 46 172.3
Woleebee Nevasa 153.4 171.7 in 1963 46 53.7
Kandanga Post Office 311.4 415.1 in 1963 45 150.0
Somerset Dam 236.2 303.1 in 1964 45 111.6
Cooroy Composite 490.1 604.6 in 1963 43 232.0
Mungallala 245.4 253.9 in 1963 43 53.3
South Comongin 239.9 281.9 in 1963 43 41.6
Hannaford Post Office 189.3 226.0 in 1963 40 55.5
Cowley Station 199.0 214.5 in 1969 37 48.2
Eumundi - Crescent Rd 458.2 468.0 in 1964 37 234.5
Riverslea TM 207.0 239.3 in 1950 37 65.0
Maleny Tamarind St 588.0 823.0 in 1976 34 288.3
Landsborough Post Office 472.4 603.0 in 1976 33 240.0
Warkon 152.4 237.2 in 1977 33 46.5
Peachester 423.9 521.0 in 1976 32 229.4
Glenmorgan Post Office 206.0 237.4 in 1977 31 57.7
Te Kowai Exp Stn 551.5 567.8 in 1979 31 276.3
Yuleba Garden St 190.4 206.4 in 1979 31 62.1
Dulacca Truck Stop 170.4 184.8 in 1979 30 56.8
Redlands HRS 283.8 334.6 in 1978 30 162.8
University of Queensland Gatton 135.6 142.5 in 1982 28 78.2
Eidsvold Post Office 152.0 154.0 in 1982 27 74.4
Gatton Allan Street 127.4 216.2 in 1982 27 78.7
Glenwood 143.4 188.0 in 1982 27 57.1
Karoola Park 224.4 324.2 in 1982 27 55.4
Yaamba 270.6 399.0 in 1983 27 102.3
Dirranbandi High School 150.0 150.6 in 1982 26 48.9
Wallumbilla Post Office 154.1 184.0 in 1979 26 56.1
Bungaban TM 169.0 199.0 in 1927 24 60.7
Millmerran Post Office 219.0 284.0 in 1989 21 62.8
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 363.8 377.6 in 1989 21 156.2
Augathella Post Office 138.0 154.5 in 1990 20 61.2
Havelock 143.3 230.6 in 1990 20 52.4
Rewan Station 147.8 345.6 in 1990 20 84.3
Rockhampton Aero 144.2 447.4 in 1990 20 96.2
Roma Peak 256.2 331.4 in 1990 20 132.2
Springsure Comet St 192.9 262.5 in 1990 20 68.6
Wyseby 179.4 334.8 in 1990 20 70.8


Record lowest March mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for March 2010 (C)
Previous lowest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Longreach Aero 31.7 = 31.7 in 1994 44 34.7

Lowest March mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for March 2010 (C)
Most recent lower
for March
Years since
lower
Average for
March
Windorah Post Office 31.2 29.5 in 1956 50 34.6
Quilpie Airport 30.6 30.1 in 1967 43 33.5
Monto Township 28.3 27.8 in 1971 27 30.0



Record highest March daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in March 2010 (C)
Previous highest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Willis Island 28.3 on the 5th 28.2 on the 3rd in 2002 85 25.4



Record highest March mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for March 2010 (C)
Previous highest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Proserpine Airport 22.7 22.4 in 2006 20 21.4



Lowest March mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for March 2010 (C)
Most recent lower
for March
Years since
lower
Average for
March
Boulia Airport 20.0 19.4 in 1946 63 21.8



Summary statistics for March 2010
Maximum temperatures
for March
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for March
(C)
Rainfall
for March
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2010
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2010
Mean for
March
2010
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2010
Total for
March
2010
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2010
Fraction of
March
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.5 +0.9 35.0 23rd 26.0 +0.2 23.6 30th 317.6 291.5 average 109%
Coen Airport 32.0   34.5 6th 23.7   21.5 22nd 154.4
Horn Island 31.5 +1.1 32.8 2nd 25.4 +0.4 22.8 28th 264.2 344.4 low 77%
Weipa Aero 32.1 +0.3 34.3 22nd 24.1 +0.3 22.4 21st 202.2 397.1 low 51%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 31.1 +0.5 35.6 1st 23.9 +0.5 21.9 21st 442.4 449.3 average 98%
Musgrave 32.7 +0.4 35.5 7th 23.1 +0.8 20.0 19th 201.0 238.6 average 84%
Palmerville 32.0 -0.3 34.6 7th 22.1 +0.3 18.4 20th 121.6 180.5 average 67%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 33.8   36.7 23rd 23.6   21.1 20th 116.6 91.9 high 127%
Century Mine 34.1   37.2 22nd 22.9   20.1 7th 21.0
Cloncurry Airport 33.8 -2.2 36.8 21st 22.1 -0.3 18.6 10th 37.6 68.9 average 55%
Croydon Township 33.2 -1.2 35.9 8th 23.5 +0.2 20.7 20th 122.0 114.7 average 106%
Julia Creek Airport 35.4   38.6 21st 20.3   16.2 7th 16.8 35.1 average 48%
Kowanyama Airport 32.8 0.0 36.4 9th 23.6 -0.1 21.4 21st 155.8 232.2 average 67%
Mornington Island 32.2 +0.2 35.5 8th 25.5 +0.9 22.4 31st 214.8 251.2 average 86%
Mount Isa Aero 32.3 -2.0 36.2 6th 21.3 -0.5 17.1 6th 45.6 62.2 average 73%
Normanton Airport 33.0   35.7 21st 24.4   22.2 3rd 113.8 86.2 high 132%
Sweers Island 32.1   35.0 6th 26.1   23.9 31st 132.4 187.8 average 71%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 32.8   35.6 23rd 22.6   19.8 8th 19.0
Hughenden Airport 32.1 -2.8 34.8 9th 20.4 -0.8 16.5 8th 10.2 17.4 average 59%
Richmond Airport 33.1 -2.8 35.6 23rd 19.9 -1.0 16.0 9th 26.2 47.3 average 55%
Richmond Post Office 33.5 -1.4 35.7 6th 20.2 -0.5 16.9 9th 22.1 59.8 average 37%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 31.0 +0.5 34.7 4th 23.7 +0.7 21.3 14th 449.2 426.5 average 105%
Cape Flattery 31.7   36.0 6th 24.1   21.7 31st 414.0
Cooktown Airport 31.0 +0.6 35.3 6th 24.0 +0.3 21.2 21st 359.0 393.3 average 91%
Green Island 28.8 -0.4 32.4 4th 24.9 +0.2 22.7 19th
Kairi Research Station 26.9 +0.5 31.8 6th 19.2 +0.8 16.6 19th 135.9 255.7 average 53%
Low Isles Lighthouse 30.8 0.0 35.5 8th 25.3 +0.2 23.4 19th 322.8 432.1 average 75%
Mareeba Airport 29.5 -0.2 33.6 8th 21.0 +0.7 19.4 21st 55.0 141.6 low 39%
Walkamin Research Station 28.2 +0.2 32.1 8th 20.2 +0.7 18.4 8th 69.4 208.5 low 33%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 30.9 +0.2 35.7 6th 23.4 +1.5 20.9 8th 237.3 396.4 average 60%
Ingham Composite 31.2 +0.4 35.8 5th 22.7 +0.5 19.8 18th 349.9 355.8 average 98%
Innisfail 30.5 +0.7 34.3 6th 23.4 +1.3 21.4 18th 503.4 659.3 average 76%
Lucinda Point 29.5 -0.2 33.0 7th 24.5 -0.2 22.1 20th 120.0 141.4 average 85%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 30.6 +0.8 35.4 6th 23.0 +1.1 20.9 8th 576.0 609.0 average 95%
Townsville Aero 30.8 +0.1 34.6 6th 23.6 +0.7 20.6 23rd 212.0 178.9 average 119%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.5 -0.2 34.6 7th 23.1 +0.2 20.8 15th 148.2 81.0 high 183%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.7 -0.2 34.8 7th 22.3 +0.9 19.8 16th 189.6 148.1 high 128%
Bowen Airport 30.5 -0.4 34.5 5th 23.1 +0.4 20.9 19th 139.6 75.5 high 185%
Collinsville Post Office 30.9 -1.0 35.1 8th 20.2 +0.2 17.1 16th 143.0 93.2 high 153%
Mackay Aero 29.3 +0.1 33.3 5th 22.7 +0.8 20.4 14th 345.4 203.6 high 170%
Mackay M.O 28.9 +0.3 32.6 5th 22.8 +0.6 18.2 22nd 340.0 253.1 high 134%
Proserpine Airport 30.3 +0.1 35.3 5th 22.7 +1.3 20.5 16th 250.6 158.5 high 158%
Samuel Hill Aero 28.3 -0.9 32.0 6th 21.9 +1.6 18.9 30th 260.6 119.0 v high 219%
St Lawrence 29.9   32.9 7th 22.2   19.7 19th 163.2
St Lawrence Post Office 29.9 -1.0 32.9 6th 22.2 +1.1 19.5 14th 176.1 131.9 high 134%
Williamson 29.6   32.7 5th 22.2   19.5 19th 227.4
Woolshed 27.0 -0.8 32.2 7th 19.5 0.0 16.8 8th 37.2 69.7 low 53%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 27.9 -0.6 30.8 2nd 22.7 +0.4 20.6 14th 113.2 75.1 high 151%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 30.7 -1.5 34.9 8th 20.9 +0.1 17.8 16th 75.5 54.3 average 139%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 30.3 -2.0 35.1 7th 20.7 +0.5 17.7 19th 72.8 48.1 high 151%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Brigalow Research Stn 29.7 -2.0 32.5 9th 19.7 +1.0 16.5 18th 103.7 44.8 v high 231%
Clermont Sirius St 30.1 -1.9 33.7 7th 19.7 +0.3 16.6 19th 47.6 73.7 average 65%
Emerald Airport 30.7 -2.4 33.6 7th 20.2 -0.1 17.4 16th 69.2 42.8 high 162%
Rolleston 30.3 -2.6 34.3 6th 19.8 +1.5 15.4 14th 180.8 61.3 v high 295%
Springsure Comet St 29.5 -2.2 32.9 8th 19.3 +0.5 16.1 26th 192.9 68.6 v high 281%
Tambo Post Office 30.2 -2.3 32.5 7th 17.2 -0.4 13.8 16th 73.3 57.0 high 129%
Taroom Post Office 29.7 -2.0 32.2 9th 18.9 +0.8 15.2 17th 231.2 62.6 v high 369%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 31.1 -2.1 34.1 7th 20.3 -0.5 18.4 20th 39.5 59.1 average 67%
Blackall Airport 31.0 -3.2 33.5 7th 19.0 -1.0 16.5 20th 47.0 25.3 v high 186%
Isisford Post Office 31.9 -2.4 34.7 24th 19.7 -0.6 16.5 19th 52.9 59.0 average 90%
Longreach Aero 31.7 -3.0 34.3 7th 19.1 -1.2 15.7 9th 57.4 55.2 average 104%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 33.7 -1.6 36.5 24th 21.1 -0.7 18.0 10th 27.8 54.0 average 51%
The Monument Airport 32.7 -3.4 36.2 6th 20.2 -1.6 15.6 10th 36.2 24.5 average 148%
Trepell Airport 33.1   36.3 21st 19.8   15.3 9th 48.6 17.8 v high 273%
Urandangi 34.3 -1.4 36.9 7th 19.3 -1.8 17.0 8th 45.3 41.5 high 109%
Winton Airport 33.2   36.6 21st 19.6   16.8 9th 63.2
Winton Post Office 33.2 -1.9 36.5 7th 20.5 -0.5 18.8 8th 70.3 52.9 high 133%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 32.3 -3.8 35.2 25th 20.8 -0.9 18.5 2nd 203.2 20.2 highest 1006%
Birdsville Airport 31.6 -4.5 35.6 28th 21.5 -0.1 17.4 11th 204.2 22.9 v high 892%
Boulia Airport 33.0 -2.5 37.9 6th 20.0 -1.8 16.2 7th 44.9 35.5 high 126%
Windorah Post Office 31.2 -3.4 35.2 21st 20.3 -0.8 17.6 9th 237.5 39.8 v high 597%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 31.0 -1.7 33.7 8th 20.5 +1.2 17.2 26th 112.2 72.9 high 154%
Bundaberg Aero 28.3 -0.8 30.9 10th 21.0 +1.1 18.7 27th 318.2 108.7 v high 293%
Gayndah Airport 29.3   32.9 10th 19.3   14.6 27th 132.6
Gladstone Airport 29.1 -0.7 31.5 7th 22.3 +0.7 20.6 29th 121.4 52.9 high 229%
Gladstone Radar 29.4 -0.8 32.1 1st 22.0 +0.5 20.0 19th 120.8 83.3 high 145%
Lady Elliot Island 28.6 +0.3 30.8 1st 23.9 +0.5 20.9 17th 176.4 126.3 high 140%
Monto Township 28.3 -1.7 31.9 10th 18.3 +1.2 14.2 26th 110.8 76.0 high 146%
Rockhampton Aero 29.6 -0.9 34.1 6th 22.1 +1.3 19.4 14th 144.2 96.2 high 150%
Rundle Island 26.9 -0.4 29.1 1st 23.0 -0.7 20.6 19th
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 28.1 -0.4 30.7 1st 22.0 +0.3 19.8 13th 363.8 156.2 v high 233%
Seventeen Seventy 28.1 -0.1 31.0 5th 21.7 +0.3 19.0 14th 251.6 121.2 high 208%
Thangool Airport 29.7 -2.8 32.8 6th 18.8 +1.3 14.8 20th 92.4 60.1 high 154%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 28.2 -1.2 31.9 10th 18.2 +0.5 14.0 25th 152.8 82.3 high 186%
Archerfield Airport 27.9 -0.8 31.9 10th 19.2 +1.0 15.7 25th 150.2 124.5 average 121%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 28.0   31.8 9th 17.8   13.6 25th 84.2
Beerburrum Forest Station 27.8 -0.7 32.4 10th 19.2 +0.9 15.9 27th 285.6 171.4 high 167%
Brisbane 28.2 -0.8 33.1 10th 20.4 +0.6 17.2 20th 162.2 89.3 high 182%
Brisbane Aero 27.3 -0.7 30.1 10th 20.0 +0.7 17.4 25th 215.2 85.4 v high 252%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 26.6 +0.6 29.3 10th 21.9 +0.7 19.6 16th 138.0 179.3 average 77%
Coolangatta 28.0 +1.0 30.6 9th 20.1 +0.5 17.2 25th 127.4 173.7 average 73%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 27.4 +0.7 30.5 10th 22.0 +0.3 20.0 14th 173.8 163.6 average 106%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.1 +0.4 32.8 9th 21.5 +0.9 19.2 15th 185.2 95.2 high 195%
Gympie 27.6 -1.7 31.9 10th 19.2 +1.1 14.7 27th 288.2 143.0 v high 202%
Hervey Bay Airport 28.3 -0.7 30.8 9th 21.1 +0.7 18.7 27th 218.0 107.5 high 203%
Jimna Forestry 24.6 -1.6 29.1 10th 16.7 +1.0 11.4 27th 224.4 77.2 v high 291%
Kingaroy Airport 26.1 -2.4 29.7 10th 16.7 +1.1 11.6 27th 183.2 47.7 v high 384%
Logan City Water Treatment 27.9 -0.4 32.5 9th 20.0 +1.3 17.2 25th 147.1 113.7 high 129%
Maleny Tamarind St 24.1   29.2 9th 18.1   15.4 17th 588.0 288.3 v high 204%
Maroochydore Aero 27.4 -0.2 30.3 10th 20.6 +0.8 16.8 27th 394.6 137.0 v high 288%
Maryborough 28.4 -0.8 31.9 10th 20.4 +1.1 17.9 25th 214.2 155.5 high 138%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 26.9   30.6 10th 19.7   16.3 27th 540.2
Point Lookout 28.8 +0.5 31.0 23rd 21.6 -0.3 19.4 28th 260.3 121.3 v high 215%
Rainbow Beach 27.3 -0.5 29.8 10th       304.8 128.7 v high 237%
Redcliffe 27.2   29.8 10th 20.8   18.6 15th 190.2
Tewantin RSL Park 27.2 -0.2 30.4 10th 21.2 +0.7 18.6 27th 369.8 180.8 v high 205%
Toolara (Kelly) 27.9 -1.8 32.7 10th 19.8 +0.2 17.8 17th 355.2 117.2 v high 303%
University of Queensland Gatton 28.3 -1.2 32.8 10th 18.0 +0.8 13.9 20th 135.6 78.2 high 173%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 23.3 -0.6 27.3 22nd 14.2 +1.0 9.6 10th 101.4 67.3 high 151%
Dalby Airport 28.2 -2.2 30.7 23rd 17.1 +0.9 12.9 19th 174.2 44.1 v high 395%
Goondiwindi Airport 29.5 -1.6 33.6 22nd 17.7 +0.8 14.2 22nd 153.4 51.9 v high 296%
Inglewood Forest 28.6 -2.2 32.3 22nd 16.4 +0.2 12.9 20th 154.0 55.3 high 278%
Oakey Aero 26.5 -2.2 29.2 10th 16.7 +1.1 12.8 17th 139.0 45.3 highest 307%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 23.7 -1.2 28.5 21st 14.7 +1.0 10.1 20th 77.3 65.4 average 118%
Texas Post Office 29.4 -1.9 33.9 22nd 17.1 +1.3 13.1 10th 134.0 55.9 high 240%
Toowoomba Airport 23.9 -2.5 27.0 10th 16.5 +0.4 12.3 17th 116.2 57.2 high 203%
Warwick 26.2 -1.7 29.7 10th 15.5 +0.7 11.2 27th 69.8 51.7 high 135%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 28.8 -2.8 31.4 30th 18.1 +0.4 13.7 20th 112.8 46.4 v high 243%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 28.6 -2.3 32.2 8th 17.2 +0.9 12.5 20th 125.0 60.4 high 207%
Mitchell Post Office 29.4 -1.7 33.9 7th 17.2 +0.5 12.8 24th 224.2 60.8 v high 369%
Roma Airport 28.7 -2.9 32.4 24th 17.5 +0.2 12.6 20th 197.2 48.2 highest 409%
St George Airport 28.8 -3.6 32.3 24th 18.3 -0.3 14.1 24th 249.6 51.1 v high 488%
Surat 29.0 -2.9 32.6 24th 17.7 -0.1 12.9 24th 237.2 58.3 v high 407%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 29.0 -3.0 32.8 24th 18.3 +0.1 14.1 4th 266.9 49.8 v high 536%
Charleville Aero 29.2 -2.9 32.8 21st 18.1 -0.6 15.3 24th 322.6 57.7 highest 559%
Cunnamulla Post Office 29.5 -2.9 33.6 25th 18.7 -0.1 15.6 24th 181.8 40.6 v high 448%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 30.9   34.7 29th 19.8   15.3 9th 109.4 19.0 v high 576%
Quilpie Airport 30.6 -2.9 35.0 21st 18.8 -1.8 15.4 20th 266.5 41.0 v high 650%
Thargomindah Airport 30.4 -3.8 34.5 22nd 19.8 -1.9 17.1 11th 121.6 38.2 high 318%

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 Thursday 1 April 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 site. They are not shown for sites with less than 9 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.

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