Queensland in August 2010: 

A very wet month for most

  • Rainfall was above average over most of Queensland
  • Temperatures were above average in the northeast
  • Daytime temperatures were cooler in the south and west

Several upper troughs passed across Queensland during August leading to very much above average rainfall in a broad band extending from the northwest to the southeast and above average rainfall over most of the remainder. The increased cloudiness led to cooler daytime temperatures across the western and southern districts. Northern Queensland has been warmer than average during recent months and this trend continued during August.

Weather Summary

At the beginning of the month a large high pressure system moved into the Great Australian Bight, driving fresh dry and cold southwest to southeast winds across southern Queensland in the wake of a surface trough and southeast trade winds with isolated showers across northern districts. Showers and drizzle brought light falls to the southwest slopes of the southern interior. Early frosts affected southern and central districts from the 2nd and days were cool. On the 5th a trough moved through western Queensland and reached the southeast interior during the evening. High cloud and patchy light rain accompanied the system over the southern interior and extended east with the trough. The trough cleared the southeast coast during the following day contracting the showers offshore.

Generally fine conditions prevailed over most of the state during the next few days with above average temperatures over the far northern tropics and the below average temperatures in the south with early frosts.

By the 9th the high pressure system was located over the Tasman Sea with moist east to northeast winds across eastern Queensland with isolated shower and drizzle areas. A trough entered western Queensland with winds tending warm northwest to northeast as it approached and isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms developed over the central and southern interior. High cloud and patchy light rain extended over northwestern Queensland ahead of an approaching upper level trough.

Widespread rain areas and isolated thunderstorms spread across tropical, central and southern parts with moderate to locally heavy falls as the upper trough moved steadily east across the state. In the wake of the cloud and rain band cooler and drier south to southwest winds spread across the state as a new high pressure system moved steadily east across the Great Australian Bight. The upper trough moved offshore during the 12th and fine and cool to cold conditions spread over most of the state with moderate southwest to southeast winds, initially fresh and gusty over southern Queensland and also over the northern tropics. A low pressure system deepened over the Tasman Sea during the 12th, producing a tight gradient over the southeast corner of Queensland and necessitated severe weather warnings for damaging west to southwest wind gusts. The Darling Downs and Granite Belt experienced cloudy periods and areas of drizzle and frosts were widespread over southern districts as winds eased.

As the deep low pressure system moved east, a high pressure system became the dominant influence and fine conditions returned to Queensland, although very isolated showers persisted in the far north. A new front brought a southwest change to southern Queensland during the 15th and moved off the southern coast during the afternoon

Warmer north and northwest winds extended over the interior of Queensland as a trough approached from the west during the 18th and 19th. The trough reached the southeast and central coasts during the 20th followed by a cooler southwest change. This system was accompanied by an upper trough that extended high cloud and patchy rain into far western Queensland initially and then spread through central and southeast parts. Unusually hot conditions affected northwest Queensland from the 18th until the 24th. A new upper trough extended a band of rain and local thunder across the southern interior from the 22nd, which contracted into the southeast of the state and weakened on the 24th. Yet another upper system extended widespread cloud and patchy rain east over southern and central parts of the state during the 24th and 25th, which contracted north and dissipated during the next few day as the upper trough moved off the south coast. Some moderate falls were recorded during these events.

The next high pressure system moved into the Great Australian Bight during the 28th and extended dry southwest to southeast winds and fine conditions to most of the state until the end of the month, apart from isolated showers about the northeast tropics in an onshore flow. The dry air brought a return to cool morning temperatures about the central and southern districts with widespread frosts about the southern interior. As the high shifted further east, the firm coastal ridge increased onshore winds and brought isolated showers to exposed parts of the east coast, more frequent and widespread about the northeast tropical coast. A deepening instability in the northern tropics produced isolated moderate to heavy falls along the northeast tropical coast and also triggered isolated storms over the Peninsula. Warm northerly winds extended over the interior at the end of the month.

Rainfall

August rainfall was amongst the highest 10 % on record for most of eastern and northern Queensland with the Northern Peninsula and some location in the southeast receiving record high August totals. Most other parts of the state also received above average amounts.

Averaged across the state 31.8 mm was recorded, this ranking 104 of 111 August totals since 1900 and the highest since 1998 and prior to that the 1988 and 1966 totals.

A significant upper trough passage during the 10th to 12th produced widespread falls across a large part of the state with some of the highest daily falls being 130 mm at Gargett, 123 mm at Rosedale and 120 mm at Mirani to 9am on the 11th and many locations recorded their highest August daily total and also highest August total rainfall on record. A few locations recorded moderate falls late in August during the passage of several upper troughs.

Some moderate to heavy falls were also reported near the end of the month in the far north as the onshore stream increased on the east coast and a more unstable airmass developed over the Peninsula. Lucinda Township recorded 156.4 mm on the 29th in very localised showers.

The wettest overall was 552.8 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station, followed by 311.0 mm at Babinda Post Office, 295 mm at Bulgun Creek Alert, 270.2 mm at Daradgee and 263.2 mm at Lucinda Township.

The driest overall was around the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast and the far northwest where some locations recorded no rainfall.

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

The wettest single day was 277 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station on the 31st, followed by 156.4 mm at Lucinda Township on the 29th, 130.0 mm at Gargett Alert on the 11th and 123.0 mm at Rosedale Post Office on the 11th.

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

Temperature

Northern Queensland has been warmer than average during recent months and this trend continued during August.

Maximum temperature

Mean maximum temperatures graded from 1 to 2 C above the long term August average over the Penisula and central coast to near 3 C below average across the southwest.

Hot north and northwest winds extended over the interior of Queensland as a trough approached from the west during the 18th and 19th and maximum temperatures were more than 6 C and in some parts more than 10 C higher than the long term average. Unusually hot conditions persisted over northwest Queensland from the 18th until the 25th and then contracted to the northern Peninsula. 

The hottest day was 37.2 C at Julia Creek Airport on the 19th, followed by 37.1 C at Cloncurry Airport on the 19th, followed by 36.9 C at Croydon Township on the 18th, followed by 36.9 C at Normanton Airport on the 18th.

The warmest days on average were 34.2 C at Kowanyama Airport, followed by 33.5 C at Scherger RAAF, followed by 33.4 C at Weipa Aero.

The coolest days on average were 14.2 C at Applethorpe, followed by 15.0 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 16.7 C at Toowoomba Airport.

The coldest day was 9.1 C at Applethorpe on the 12th, followed by 9.7 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 12th, followed by 10.5 C at Applethorpe on the 25th.

Some sites had their highest August mean daily maximum temperature on record. Some sites had their highest August mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years. Some sites had their lowest August 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 1 to 3 C warmer than the long term average along the tropical east coast and within a degree of average elsewhere and generally cooler across the southwest.

Anomalously high minimum temperatures were recorded across most of the state during the 18th to 26th, only contracting out of southern areas briefly. Many locations, mainly along the east tropical coast had record high August daily minimum temperatures between the the 22nd and 24th.

The warmth of the Torres Strait Islands has been remarkable - in August Coconut Island and Horn Island broke the previous Queensland record high August daily minimum temperature (25.4 C) on 24 occasions between them (14 times at Coconut, 10 at Horn). Indeed Coconut Island's mean minimum for the month (25.3 C) was only 0.1 degree below the Queensland August record for any individual day.  A new Queensland August high daily minimum temperature record, 26.8 C was recorded at Horn Island on the 19th.

The coldest night was -4.7 C at Injune Post Office on the 8th, followed by -4.3 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 7th, followed by -4.0 C at Oakey Aero on the 7th.

The coolest nights on average were 3.3 C at both Applethorpe and Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 5.0 C at Kingaroy Airport, Mitchell Post Office and Warwick.

The warmest nights on average were 25.3 C at Coconut Island, followed by 25.1 C at Horn Island, followed by 23.6 C at Willis Island.

The warmest night was 26.8 C at Horn Island on the 19th, followed by 26.2 C at Horn Island on the 22nd, followed by 26.0 C at Horn Island on the 23rd.

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

Wind

The strongest wind gust was 89 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 3rd, followed by 80 km/h at Middle Percy Island on the 11th, followed by 76 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 10th and also at Archerfield Airport on the 12th.

Flooding

A significant rain and storm band late in July produced flooding that persisted into August in the Lower Macintyre and Paroo Rivers. Minor to moderate flood waters remained in the Lower Macintyre River through August.

The widespread rain band that moved across the state during the 10th to the 12th triggered minor local flooding in southeast Queensland.
 
Flooding affected the Dumaresq River between the 23rd and 25th. 

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Extremes in August 2010
Hottest day 37.2 C at Julia Creek Airport on the 19th
37.1 C at Cloncurry Airport on the 19th
36.9 C at Croydon Township on the 18th
36.9 C at Normanton Airport on the 18th
Warmest days on average 34.2 C at Kowanyama Airport
33.5 C at Scherger RAAF
33.4 C at Weipa Aero
Coolest days on average 14.2 C at Applethorpe
15.0 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
16.7 C at Toowoomba Airport
Coldest day 9.1 C at Applethorpe on the 12th
9.7 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 12th
10.5 C at Applethorpe on the 25th
Coldest night -4.7 C at Injune Post Office on the 8th
-4.3 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 7th
-4.0 C at Oakey Aero on the 7th
Coolest nights on average 3.3 C at Applethorpe
3.3 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
5.0 C at Kingaroy Airport
5.0 C at Mitchell Post Office
5.0 C at Warwick
Warmest nights on average 25.3 C at Coconut Island
25.1 C at Horn Island
23.6 C at Willis Island
Warmest night 26.8 C at Horn Island on the 19th
26.2 C at Horn Island on the 22nd
26.0 C at Horn Island on the 23rd
Wettest overall 552.8 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station
311.0 mm at Babinda Post Office
270.2 mm at Daradgee
263.2 mm at Lucinda Township
Driest overall 0 mm at Burketown Airport
0 mm at Camooweal Township
0 mm at Cloncurry Airport
0 mm at Normanton Airport
0 mm at Sweers Island
0.2 mm at Kowanyama Airport
0.2 mm at Mornington Island
0.6 mm at Lawn Hill Gorge NPWS
Wettest day 277 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station on the 31st
156.4 mm at Lucinda Township on the 29th
130.0 mm at Gargett Alert on the 11th
123.0 mm at Rosedale Post Office on the 11th
Highest wind gust 89 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 3rd
80 km/h at Middle Percy Island on the 11th
76 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 10th
76 km/h at Archerfield Airport on the 12th

Record highest August daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in August 2010 (mm)
Previous highest
for August
Years of
record
Banana Post Office 77.2 on the 11th 68.6 on the 23rd in 1988 127
Kilcoy Post Office 65.0 on the 10th 64.0 on the 21st in 1893 120
Lucinda Township 156.4 on the 29th 97.8 on the 28th in 1925 116
Gin Gin Post Office 94.6 on the 11th 91.4 on the 24th in 1901 113
Rosedale Post Office 123.0 on the 11th 87.0 on the 23rd in 1988 113
Hillgrove Station 76.6 on the 11th 47.2 on the 3rd in 1917 110
Te Kowai Exp Stn 112.4 on the 11th 92.6 on the 23rd in 1988 106
Alderley 84.0 on the 11th 65.5 on the 28th in 1969 104
Moreton Telegraph Station 25.0 on the 31st 14.8 on the 7th in 1995 99
Blackbutt Post Office 59.6 on the 11th 55.2 on the 23rd in 1988 94
Archerfield Airport 83.2 on the 11th 66.8 on the 20th in 1966 78
Somerset Dam 65.0 on the 11th 63.5 on the 26th in 1965 74
Clare 104.4 on the 11th 70.0 on the 31st in 1998 72
Glen Harding 49.5 on the 11th 40.6 on the 9th in 1970 64
Lockhart River Airport 82.8 on the 31st 42.5 on the 11th in 1982 54
Rocky Point Sugar Mill 91.0 on the 11th 68.6 on the 13th in 1962 54
Bundaberg Aero 104.8 on the 11th 72.6 on the 23rd in 1988 52
Caltex Refineries (QLD) Ltd 87.0 on the 11th 69.9 on the 6th in 1998 46
Daintree Tea 78.0 on the 31st 77.0 on the 6th in 1999 45
Lucky Springs Station 49.0 on the 11th 44.6 on the 23rd in 1988 43
Long Pocket CSIRO Lab 72.2 on the 11th 52.0 on the 24th in 1998 42
Ellangowan 44.0 on the 24th 36.2 on the 20th in 2007 38
Hazelmere 58.0 on the 31st 39.0 on the 24th in 1988 38
Woodgate Store 94.0 on the 11th 78.0 on the 19th in 1989 36
Boondall 86.2 on the 11th 45.4 on the 24th in 2007 34
Greenbank Thompson Road 42.2 on the 11th 42.0 on the 16th in 1995 34
Greenslopes Private Hospital 78.4 on the 11th 52.4 on the 18th in 1987 34
Oakington 31.0 on the 24th 29.8 on the 31st in 1996 33
Bungaban TM 45.0 on the 11th 37.4 on the 16th in 2003 31
Childers South 77.2 on the 11th 67.4 on the 23rd in 1988 31
Daintree Village 62.0 on the 31st 59.0 on the 18th in 1995 30
Maclean Bridge 46.2 on the 11th 44.8 on the 31st in 1996 28
Ormiston College 88.4 on the 11th 69.0 on the 22nd in 2002 22
Cooby Creek Dam 45.0 on the 24th 31.6 on the 20th in 2007 20



Record highest total August rainfall
Total rainfall
for August 2010 (mm)
Previous highest
for August
Years of
record
Average for
August
Rosedale Post Office 143.6 121.4 in 1953 113 33.7
Sellheim 82.6 78.4 in 1998 112 11.8
Toogoolawah Post Office 104.4 103.9 in 1969 101 28.8
Ballandean Post Office 109.8 102.4 in 1972 44 40.0
Bungaban TM 88.2 72.1 in 1891 43 24.7
Oakey Aero 84.4 68.8 in 2007 41 26.3
Macalister 107.8 106.8 in 1975 39 29.1
Hazelmere 76.2 66.6 in 1982 38 19.1
Boondall 120.2 = 120.2 in 2007 33 36.0
Oakington 86.2 85.8 in 1996 33 27.4
Embreys Bridge 105.8 98.0 in 2002 32 27.3
Cooby Creek Dam 94.4 72.2 in 2002 20 25.9

Highest total August rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for August 2010 (mm)
Most recent higher
for August
Years since
higher
Average for
August
Banana Post Office 89.2 102.1 in 1879 131 22.5
Jondaryan Post Office 98.6 102.4 in 1901 109 28.5
Hillgrove Station 86.4 106.1 in 1917 93 8.8
Lucinda Township 263.2 287.0 in 1918 91 49.6
Carnarvon Station 118.8 140.7 in 1924 58 23.2
Lanark 105.4 111.8 in 1954 55 28.0
Blackbutt Post Office 101.8 104.4 in 1966 44 34.6
Dalveen 125.2 136.6 in 1966 44 44.1
Ellangowan 89.0 103.4 in 1966 44 32.5
Glenelg 105.2 137.7 in 1966 44 36.3
Jandowae Post Office 93.0 108.0 in 1966 44 28.1
Nanango Wills St 104.4 106.1 in 1966 44 32.7
Pittsworth 87.6 117.4 in 1966 44 30.4
Yarraman Post Office 103.4 123.7 in 1966 44 30.5
Leslie Dam 91.4 102.1 in 1966 43 30.6
Wharton Creek Station 84.8 179.3 in 1966 43 22.2
Applethorpe 115.2 126.4 in 1966 41 42.3
Clifton Post Office 72.7 86.2 in 1968 41 28.1
Crows Nest 93.2 136.0 in 1969 41 34.2
Pechey Forestry 95.4 139.0 in 1969 41 36.5
Pratten 86.8 121.9 in 1966 40 31.6
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 109.4 117.3 in 1968 36 42.7
Augathella Post Office 64.4 88.8 in 1978 32 20.9
Charleville Aero 56.2 72.8 in 1978 32 19.9
Merluna 21.0 21.3 in 1978 32 2.3
Musgrave 18.7 21.0 in 1974 29 3.0
Lockhart River Airport 113.6 166.2 in 1982 28 30.1
Gillespie 45.8 49.8 in 1986 24 17.5
Bundaberg Aero 125.8 134.8 in 1986 23 35.0
Lucky Springs Station 52.0 52.2 in 1988 22 9.0
Muttaburra 47.8 48.4 in 1988 22 9.9
Nardoo Station 14.4 44.0 in 1988 22 1.6
Augustus Downs Station 6.0 7.0 in 1988 21 1.9
Morven Post Office 59.8 75.6 in 1987 21 22.0
Moura Post Office 91.0 106.0 in 1988 21 22.0



Record highest August mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for August 2010 (C)
Previous highest
for August
Years of
record
Average for
August
Willis Island 27.6 = 27.6 in 1958 81 26.3

Highest August mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for August 2010 (C)
Most recent higher
for August
Years since
higher
Average for
August
Kowanyama Airport 34.2 34.7 in 1973 37 32.1
Cardwell Marine Pde 26.8 28.6 in 1981 28 25.9



Lowest August mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for August 2010 (C)
Most recent lower
for August
Years since
lower
Average for
August
Texas Post Office 18.1 18.0 in 1978 31 20.9
Surat 20.3 19.9 in 1983 25 21.7
Quilpie Airport 20.4 20.3 in 1989 21 22.6
Amberley AMO 21.8 21.5 in 1990 20 22.7
Bollon Mary St 19.5 18.3 in 1990 20 21.4
Charleville Aero 20.2 19.7 in 1990 20 21.9
Mitchell Post Office 20.9 19.9 in 1990 20 21.7
Oakey Aero 18.9 18.4 in 1990 20 20.3
Windorah Post Office 22.6 22.0 in 1990 20 24.1



Record highest August daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in August 2010 (C)
Previous highest
for August
Years of
record
Average for
August
Townsville Aero 23.1 on the 23rd 23.0 on the 22nd in 1988 70 14.7
Mackay M.O 20.9 on the 22nd = 20.9 on the 29th in 1971 51 14.0
Lockhart River Airport 25.1 on the 22nd 25.0 on the 19th in 1973 45 19.2
Walkamin Research Station 20.5 on the 11th 19.6 on the 7th in 1974 43 13.3
Mackay Aero 21.2 on the 22nd 21.1 on the 12th in 1958 26 11.9
Lucinda Point 23.6 on the 22nd 23.2 on the 26th in 1998 24 18.9
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 20.2 on the 24th 18.7 on the 26th in 2009 24 11.0
Proserpine Airport 20.6 on the 22nd 20.1 on the 19th in 1996 21 11.7
Coconut Island
25.9 on the 19th,20th,22nd-24th,31st 25.1 on the 16th in 2007 14 23.4
Horn Island
(using Horn Is and Thursday Is sites)
26.8 on the 19th 25.4 on 10th in 1956 60 22.6
The above Horn Island record is also the new record high August minimum for the state.  See also Minimum Temperature section.
The current Horn Island and Coconut Island sites have a shorter record than we would normally use for the records but have been included here due to the significance of the daily minimum temps this month. 



Record highest August mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for August 2010 (C)
Previous highest
for August
Years of
record
Average for
August
Innisfail 18.5 18.4 in 1917 100 15.4
Willis Island 23.6 23.4 in 1998 81 21.9
Cairns Aero 19.6 19.4 in 1973 67 17.4
Lockhart River Airport 22.8 22.4 in 1988 44 19.2
Low Isles Lighthouse 22.3 = 22.3 in 1973 42 20.6
Walkamin Research Station 15.7 15.6 in 1988 42 13.3
Ingham Composite 16.6 16.5 in 1998 39 14.3
Musgrave 17.9 17.2 in 1910 37 13.8

Highest August mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for August 2010 (C)
Most recent higher
for August
Years since
higher
Average for
August
Ayr DPI Research Stn 15.0 15.3 in 1966 39 12.6
Townsville Aero 17.0 17.4 in 1973 37 14.7
Cardwell Marine Pde 17.5 17.6 in 1973 36 14.3
Palmerville 17.0 17.3 in 1988 20 14.5



Summary statistics for August 2010
Maximum temperatures
for August
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for August
(C)
Rainfall
for August
(millimetres)
Mean for
August
2010
Diff
from
average
Highest for
August
2010
Mean for
August
2010
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
August
2010
Total for
August
2010
Average
for
August
Rank of
August
2010
Fraction of
August
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.4 +3.0 34.0 10th 25.3 +1.9 24.2 30th 42.2 9.7 v high 435%
Coen Airport 30.9   35.9 26th 20.1   14.9 15th 25.6 3.6 v high 711%
Horn Island 30.8 +2.0 31.7 29th 25.1 +2.3 23.9 13th 19.8 5.9 v high 336%
Scherger RAAF 33.5   36.2 27th 21.6   17.9 14th 42.2
Weipa Aero 33.4 +1.5 35.9 25th 21.6 +3.0 17.9 3rd 17.8 6.7 high 266%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 28.3 +0.6 30.7 26th 22.8 +3.6 17.9 16th 113.6 30.1 v high 377%
Musgrave 32.9 +2.1 36.4 26th 17.9 +4.1 12.9 14th 18.7 3.0 v high 623%
Palmerville 32.9 +1.7 35.2 24th 17.0 +2.5 13.8 4th 2.0 3.4 high 59%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 30.5   35.9 20th 16.5   9.4 13th 0 0.6 v low 0%
Century Mine 30.4   36.2 19th 13.8   4.8 14th 1.4
Cloncurry Airport 28.4 -0.5 37.1 19th 12.1 -0.3 3.9 14th 0 3.7 v low 0%
Croydon Township 32.0 +0.8 36.9 18th 16.6 +0.9 7.0 13th 7.6 2.7 high 281%
Julia Creek Airport 29.0   37.2 19th 10.8   2.7 14th 12.6 5.2 high 242%
Kowanyama Airport 34.2 +2.1 36.6 19th 18.0 +1.8 13.9 13th 0.2 2.5 average 8%
Mornington Island 28.3 +0.6 32.9 19th 19.0 +1.8 13.6 14th 0.2 0.8 average 25%
Mount Isa Aero 27.1 -0.2 36.1 19th 9.6 -0.7 0.9 13th 1.6 3.8 average 42%
Normanton Airport 32.6 +1.2 36.9 18th 18.5 +1.8 11.4 13th 0 1.1 v low 0%
Sweers Island 27.3 +0.5 31.4 20th 19.0 +0.6 14.3 14th 0 2.2 v low 0%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 32.0   36.4 20th 16.8   7.5 12th 10.6
Hughenden Airport 28.0 +0.2 35.8 19th 11.4 +0.8 2.2 4th 52.8 11.9 v high 444%
Richmond Airport 29.1 +0.1 36.7 23rd 10.3 +0.2 2.9 14th 16.2 6.8 high 238%
Richmond Post Office 29.3 +0.8 36.4 23rd 11.5 +1.4 3.6 14th 18.3 4.3 v high 426%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 28.0 +1.4 30.7 20th 19.6 +2.2 11.2 14th 62.4 27.5 high 227%
Cape Flattery 28.0   29.5 26th 22.7   18.9 15th 64.2
Cooktown Airport 27.8 +0.9 29.6 29th 20.9 +2.6 12.6 14th 69.8 18.9 v high 369%
Low Isles Lighthouse 27.6 +0.9 30.7 26th 22.3 +1.7 19.0 14th 113.2 37.3 v high 303%
Mareeba Airport 27.8 +1.8 31.8 26th 16.3 +2.7 9.3 14th 4.4 9.5 average 46%
Walkamin Research Station 26.7 +2.0 31.0 26th 15.7 +2.4 9.3 14th 11.6 11.4 high 102%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 26.8 +0.9 30.2 25th 17.5 +3.2 8.4 13th 39.7 29.7 high 134%
Ingham Composite 26.5 +0.4 30.8 19th 16.6 +2.3 8.9 13th 51.0 39.1 average 130%
Innisfail 26.2 +1.1 29.0 21st 18.5 +3.1 11.7 13th 195.1 118.2 high 165%
Lucinda Point 24.3 +0.4 28.3 21st 19.8 +0.9 15.2 13th 61.0 26.7 v high 228%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 26.1 +0.9 29.2 25th 17.7 +2.2 10.1 13th 185.0 88.9 v high 208%
Townsville Aero 26.4 +0.4 29.3 16th 17.0 +2.3 6.8 4th 50.2 16.3 v high 308%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 25.4 +0.3 28.9 6th 16.9 +1.5 9.3 4th 67.6 16.2 v high 417%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 26.1 0.0 28.9 25th 15.0 +2.4 6.3 4th 64.6 16.1 v high 401%
Bowen Airport 25.2 -0.2 28.4 19th     8.3 8th 89.7 25.2 high 356%
Collinsville Post Office 26.8 -0.1 31.6 1st 12.9 +2.3 3.2 4th 87.0 18.1 v high 481%
Hamilton Island Airport 23.3   27.9 23rd 18.9   15.2 27th 3.0 18.0 low 17%
Mackay Aero 23.8 +0.2 28.6 10th 13.7 +1.8 4.8 4th 98.8 36.8 high 268%
Mackay M.O 23.2 +0.7 29.7 20th 15.5 +1.5 9.3 14th 81.6 31.3 high 261%
Proserpine Airport 25.8 +0.2 31.2 24th 13.0 +1.3 3.2 4th 62.0 27.9 high 222%
Samuel Hill Aero 23.2 -0.6 27.9 1st 11.0 +2.3 4.1 14th 76.2 39.3 high 194%
St Lawrence 24.6   29.4 24th 13.1   5.2 8th 69.4
St Lawrence Post Office 24.9 -0.1 30.2 24th 13.9 +2.1 5.9 8th 68.1 23.1 v high 295%
Williamson 24.7   29.0 1st 12.0   3.0 8th 86.6
Yeppoon The Esplanade 21.8 -0.3 24.1 2nd 13.0 +0.3 6.0 7th 74.6 38.4 high 194%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 26.5 -0.1 32.5 20th 12.7 +0.3 4.6 12th 101.2 20.8 high 487%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 25.5 0.0 31.6 23rd 12.6 +1.6 5.9 8th 72.1 23.8 v high 303%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Brigalow Research Stn 22.9 -0.9 30.5 19th 8.4 +0.9 -1.5 8th 105.2 28.0 v high 376%
Clermont Airport 24.9   31.9 23rd 7.9   -2.4 8th 44.4
Clermont Sirius St 24.6 -0.7 31.7 23rd 9.3 +1.1 0.3 8th 42.8 19.1 high 224%
Emerald Airport 24.3 -1.0 31.6 23rd 9.9 -0.2 2.6 8th 64.2 25.4 v high 253%
Rolleston Airport 23.1   29.7 23rd 7.9   -1.2 8th 88.2
Springsure Comet St 23.0 -1.0 29.5 23rd 8.9 +1.4 0.1 3rd 72.8 24.3 v high 300%
Tambo Post Office 22.4 -1.1 31.0 19th 5.8 +0.7 -1.6 7th 36.6 18.9 high 194%
Taroom Post Office 22.5 -0.5 29.9 19th 7.8 +1.3 -1.7 8th 109.8 28.2 v high 389%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 24.4 -0.5 33.8 19th 9.9 +0.5 3.9 3rd 48.9 16.1 v high 304%
Blackall Airport 23.5 -1.8 32.6 19th 7.7 -0.4 -0.2 7th 42.0 15.8 high 266%
Isisford Post Office 25.0 -0.1 34.9 19th 8.8 +0.8 1.9 7th 20.0 12.3 high 163%
Longreach Aero 25.8 -0.2 36.6 19th 8.2 -0.4 0.5 8th 16.8 11.5 high 146%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 28.4 0.0 36.1 19th 11.2 +0.3 3.9 12th 0 2.8 lowest 0%
The Monument Airport 25.6 -1.3 35.9 19th 8.7 -0.5 2.7 4th 3.4 2.7 high 126%
Trepell Airport 26.3 -0.9 35.7 23rd 8.4 -1.4 3.0 6th 6.0 3.7 high 162%
Urandangi 27.5 +0.7 36.0 22nd 7.5 -1.3 2.0 13th 12.6 4.5 high 280%
Winton Airport 26.8   36.8 19th 9.5   2.2 14th 20.6
Winton Post Office 26.3 -0.6 36.0 19th 10.8 +1.4 3.4 14th 18.3 6.6 high 277%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 22.6 -3.4 34.1 18th 8.6 -0.8 4.0 6th 8.3 7.1 high 117%
Birdsville Airport 20.9 -3.9 31.4 18th 7.9 -1.0 3.1 3rd 12.2 5.0 high 244%
Boulia Airport 24.8 -1.0 36.4 18th 9.8 +0.3 4.9 4th 2.6 6.3 average 41%
Windorah Post Office 22.6 -1.5 35.0 18th 7.6 -0.5 2.2 13th 9.5 9.9 average 96%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 24.0 -1.2 31.2 19th 9.0 +0.3 1.2 8th 77.2 21.8 v high 354%
Bundaberg Aero 23.0 -0.3 26.6 1st 10.8 -0.1 4.8 14th 125.8 35.0 v high 359%
Gayndah Airport 22.7   29.5 19th 8.1   1.3 8th 76.2
Gladstone Airport 23.3 -0.5 27.5 19th 12.4 -0.3 6.9 8th 73.4 34.9 high 210%
Gladstone Radar 24.1 0.0 27.6 19th 14.1 -0.2 8.5 3rd 78.4 32.1 high 244%
Lady Elliot Island 22.2 +0.3 25.6 9th 17.1 -0.1 13.0 26th 81.2 57.9 high 140%
Monto Township 22.4 -0.5 29.7 19th 7.1 +0.6 -1.2 7th 58.7 25.0 v high 235%
Rockhampton Aero 24.7 -0.1 30.1 19th 11.8 +1.2 4.8 14th 65.4 27.8 v high 235%
Rundle Island 21.2 +0.1 25.2 1st 16.3 -0.6 12.3 3rd
Seventeen Seventy 21.9 -0.1 25.2 10th 14.4 -0.1 9.0 3rd 110.8 46.3 high 239%
Thangool Airport 23.4 -1.5 29.6 19th 7.2 +0.7 -1.7 7th 92.0 23.5 v high 391%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 21.8 -0.9 28.1 19th 6.1 -0.2 -1.4 7th 63.2 29.0 v high 218%
Archerfield Airport 21.8 -0.7 27.4 19th 9.0 +1.0 3.8 8th 102.2 37.6 v high 272%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 21.7   26.8 19th 5.9   -0.8 7th 54.8
Beerburrum Forest Station 21.8 -1.4 28.2 19th 9.9 +0.6 4.4 8th 82.2 45.8 high 179%
Brisbane 22.0 -1.3 27.8 19th 10.9 +0.4 6.1 14th 104.6 41.9 high 250%
Brisbane Aero 20.9 -0.9 26.0 15th 10.1 +0.5 5.0 7th 108.0 39.5 high 273%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 19.8 +0.1 23.0 19th 14.2 +0.3 10.2 3rd 77.4 77.2 average 100%
Coolangatta 21.2 -0.1 27.0 19th 9.4 -1.2 4.5 22nd 85.2 54.3 high 157%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 20.8 +0.2 26.0 19th 14.6 0.0 9.6 3rd 84.6 63.4 high 133%
Gold Coast Seaway 21.7 -0.1 27.5 19th 11.8 -0.7 8.1 7th 83.4 59.6 high 140%
Gympie 22.5 -0.8 28.6 19th 7.4 +0.4 1.2 7th 60.0 40.3 high 149%
Hervey Bay Airport 22.0 -0.6 24.6 18th 10.5 -0.1 5.0 3rd 119.8 59.3 high 202%
Jimna Forestry 18.3 -1.7 24.9 19th 6.2 +0.6 -1.3 8th 102.8 44.5 high 231%
Kingaroy Airport 19.5 -2.2 25.7 19th 5.0 +1.0 -2.7 8th 105.6 31.7 v high 333%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 22.2 -0.4 28.3 19th 9.5 +0.2 5.0 7th 102.9 46.9 high 219%
Maleny Tamarind St 18.8 -1.6 25.8 19th 9.7 -0.1 4.8 7th 92.0 63.4 high 145%
Maryborough 22.9 -0.5 27.1 19th 9.3 0.0 2.8 7th 85.0 40.6 v high 209%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 21.7   28.2 19th 10.3   4.7 14th 75.0
Point Lookout 21.7 -0.1 24.0 19th 12.8 -1.5 9.0 3rd 123.3 61.9 high 199%
Rainbow Beach 21.5 -0.6 26.3 19th       88.2 92.5 high 95%
Redcliffe 20.7   25.5 15th 11.4   6.7 8th 99.4
Sunshine Coast Airport 21.6 -0.2 27.7 19th 9.5 -0.4 3.4 22nd 71.0 75.5 average 94%
Tewantin RSL Park 21.6 -0.5 27.5 19th 11.2 -0.4 6.5 14th 63.4 93.6 average 68%
Toolara (Kelly) 21.5 -2.3 26.9 19th 11.9 -0.3 8.4 12th 90.0 75.6 high 119%
University of Queensland Gatton 21.3 -1.1 28.1 19th 7.0 +0.3 -0.1 8th 49.8 27.0 high 184%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 14.2 -1.3 19.3 19th 3.3 +0.5 -3.9 7th 115.2 42.3 v high 272%
Dalby Airport 19.5 -2.4 25.6 19th 5.8 +1.0 -2.9 7th 103.2 24.4 v high 423%
Goondiwindi Airport 18.5 -3.0 24.1 19th 6.5 +1.0 0.9 8th 62.8 31.6 high 199%
Inglewood Forest 17.8 -3.4 24.8 19th 6.6 -0.4 0.6 7th 100.2 25.9 v high 387%
Oakey Aero 18.9 -1.4 24.6 19th 5.1 +1.5 -4.0 7th 84.4 26.3 highest 321%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 15.0 -1.3 19.2 19th 3.3 +1.3 -4.3 7th 109.4 42.7 v high 256%
Texas Post Office 18.1 -2.8 23.3 19th 5.7 +1.3 -0.7 7th 70.8 33.9 v high 209%
Toowoomba Airport 16.7 -2.0 22.5 19th 6.8 -0.7 1.4 7th 88.4 33.9 v high 261%
Warwick 17.5 -2.6 22.2 19th 5.0 +1.9 -2.7 7th 77.6 23.2 v high 334%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 20.5 -2.1 27.2 19th 6.3 +0.9 -2.9 8th 79.8 36.8 high 217%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 21.2 -1.1 29.0 19th 5.6 +1.2 -4.7 8th 79.4 25.7 v high 309%
Mitchell Post Office 20.9 -0.8 29.9 19th 5.0 +1.1 -3.5 8th 45.3 23.6 high 192%
Roma Airport 20.7 -1.7 29.1 19th 5.2 +0.1 -3.9 8th 54.2 24.3 high 223%
St George Airport 19.7 -2.5 27.3 18th 6.2 -0.1 -0.7 8th 35.4 21.2 high 167%
Surat 20.3 -1.4 28.8 19th 6.1 +0.5 -2.2 8th 56.6 27.4 high 207%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 19.5 -1.9 27.9 18th 5.5 -0.1 0.0 7th 35.8 22.3 high 161%
Charleville Aero 20.2 -1.7 29.2 18th 5.7 -0.2 -0.5 8th 56.2 19.9 v high 282%
Cunnamulla Post Office 19.3 -2.1 29.2 18th 7.3 +0.2 3.5 13th 21.4 17.3 high 124%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 19.7   31.3 18th 6.9   3.3 3rd 2.4 7.5 average 32%
Quilpie Airport 20.4 -2.2 31.5 18th 6.9 -0.8 2.3 8th 14.1 12.9 average 109%
Thargomindah Airport 19.5 -3.5 31.2 18th 7.2 -1.4 2.9 4th 16.2 9.2 average 176%

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 Wednesday 1 September 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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