1 April 2011 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC24R0

Queensland in March 2011: 

Wettest March on record

  • Queensland's 7th wettest start to the year 
  • The highest March rainfall on record 
  • Daytime temperatures were milder in the west.

Another wet month

The La Nia theme of  plentiful rain continued with record high March rainfall and the 7th wettest start to the year. Mornington Island set the pace with 477.2 mm to 9am on the 1st of the month and created a new highest daily rain total for the Lower Carpentaria district. The monsoon low that produced this fall continued to traverse the western border and brought further heavy falls to western areas,  including 319.1 mm at Bedourie Police Station on the 6th in severe storm activity. The active monsoon also brought heavy falls to the Gulf country between the 11th and 13th, with Sweers Island recording 233 mm on the 13th.  Several episodes heavy rain led to flooding along the tropical east coast during the month, especially near month's end . Many daily falls exceeded 200 mm along the north east tropical coast between the 7th and 10th and from the 27th and included Bambaroo in the Herbert district with 304.8 mm on the 7th. Proserpine Airport recorded 627.8 mm between the 29th and 31st and was a record 3 day total for the site. Landslides were reported near Bowen and Kuranda. A severe storm brought flash flooding and intense rainfall to Townsville on the 31st with unofficial reports of 100 mm in 1 hour.
At the end of March flooding was occurring in many catchments through western Queensland and along the tropical coasts, including the Balonne River,  the coastal rivers and streams between Townsville and St Lawrence, the Connors and Isaac Rivers, the Flinders and Norman Rivers, the Georgina River and Eyre Creek, Western Queensland Rivers, the Don River, the Mitchell River, the Moonie River, the Burdekin River and the Don River.

Main Weather Systems

A monsoonal low over the Gulf Country brought to moderate to heavy rain to north-west Queensland and the active monsoon period also bought showers and thunderstorms to the north-east and central tropics with further heavy falls. Mornington Island recorded 477.2 mm to 9am on the 1st, and a daily record for the district.

A surface trough triggered further showers and storms about the central interior and southern districts. It was hot over most of the interior and southern parts with light to moderate north and north-west winds east of the trough and relatively cool about the north-west due to cloud cover. The monsoon low was located over eastern parts of the Northern Territory and slowly traversed south near the Queensland border over the next few days.

During the 5th, an upper trough lying over the south west of the state allowed more widespread and active showers and storms which spread to rain areas over night. A cooler south-easterly change pushed through the southeast later in the day and reached the central coast on the 7th. 319 mm of rain fell in rain to 9am on the 6th at Bedourie creating a new daily record for the site. It became fine over the southern and southeast interior with southeast winds from a strong high in the Tasman Sea and the showers and thunderstorms remained over the tropics. A tropical low developed near the north-east tropical coast in the vicinity of the persistent monsoon trough across the far north with moderate to heavy falls over the North Tropical Coast and Herbert and Lower Burdekin districts and the Gulf country leading to flooding. The deeply unstable atmosphere and active tropical monsoonal period continued.

On the 14th the monsoon trough extended over the western Gulf country from a low over the Northern Territory and a high near New Zealand extended a ridge along most of the east Queensland coast with the trough over the western Coral Sea. Scattered showers, patchy rain areas and isolated thunderstorms affected the tropics with moderate falls and heavy rain was easing over the north west. Heavy rainfall about the Central Coast on the 14th with some flash flooding. It was fine over the far southern interior with showers elsewhere. Days were cool under cloud in the tropics and central districts. On the 15th flood Warnings are current for the Bulloo, Connors, Isaac, Pioneer, Gulf and Western Queensland Rivers including the Diamantina and Georgina Rivers and the Cooper Creek. Heavy rain fell about the North Tropical Coast, centred on Ingham and surrounds and a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for flash flooding.

On the 17th a surface trough over the far southern Queensland combined an upper trough to produce areas of rain, scattered showers and storms until a high in the Tasman Sea pushed the surface trough and most precipitation northwards into the Capricornia during the 20th. Severe thunderstorms affected the Channnel Country on the 19th and heavy rainfall in the Dalby areas caused rapid river and creek rises.

A dry, cool south-westerly change entered the far west on the 20th hand pushed slowly east during the next few days, leaving the majority of the state fine except for some scattered showers and thunderstorms over the far northern and north-east coastal districts ahead of the surface trough. A large high intensified in the Great Australian Bight and helped maintain a coastal ridge and dry fine conditions of southern and western Queensland. Temperatures were much cooler than average over the interior, particularly in the Channel Country. As the high reached further east, a vigorous southerly change was pushed through southeast Queensland during the 26th and spread north along the east coast. Convective activity continued in the north in a moist unstable airmass, aided by an upper trough. A landslide derailed a train on the Kuranda Scenic Railway north of Cairns on the 26th.

The combined effects of the southeast surge, the upper trough and a surface trough off the north tropical coast brought very heavy rainfall to the eastern tropics from the 27th, initially between Cairns and Townsville and then focusing further south through the central coast, before the surge and associated area of heaviest rainfall again moved north. A landslip cut roads at Hideaway Bay near Bowen early on the 29th and further landslips were reported on the 31st. Many daily falls in excess of 200 mm were recorded. 

Rainfall

State averaged rainfall was 204.62 mm and the highest on record for March with 60% of the state receiving decile 10 range. Over 800 mm was recorded along parts of the east central coast between Sarina and Bowen, along northeast tropical coast between Cairns and Townsville and along part of the southern Gulf Country. Large parts of western Queensland and the northeast coast recorded many times more than their usual March rainfall. The Northern Peninsula, other small coastal strips in the far north, the southeast coast districts and parts of the far southern interior were near or below average and the remainder received above average rainfall with some areas recording their highest March totals on record. 

A monsoon low led to Mornington Island recording 477.2 mm to 9am on the 1st, and a daily record for the Lower Carpentaria district. The low moved down the NT/Qld border and 319.1 mm was recorded at Bedourie Police Station on the 6th, this being the highest daily total since records began in 1932. More rain fell on this day than any month since records started and 2011 is already the second wettest year on record. March last year was the previous highest March total and 2010 also has the highest annual total for this site. 

The highest daily totals were mainly recorded between the 7th and 10th  and from the 27th along the tropical east coast with many exceeding 200 mm. Proserpine Airport recorded 627.8 mm between the 29th and 31st and was a record 3 day total for the site. This site also recorded a record high March total with 1077.2 mm and has a long term median March amount of  100 mm.

A severe storm brought flash flooding and intense rainfall to Townsville on the 31st with unofficial reports of 100 mm in 1 hour.

Roseberth Station in the southwest has an average long term average March rainfall of 16.8 mm and is often dry but this month recorded 343.3 mm, a new highest monthly total for a station with 98 years of record. The previous highest monthly total of 305 mm was in January 1974.

Many locations also had a record number of raindays. Croydon Township  had 241.6 mm on 23 days, Richmond Post Office 185.4 mm on 17 days, Hillgrove Station  had 137.4 mm on 18 days, Sellheim  had 222.8 mm on 15 days, Barcaldine Post Office  had 136.5 mm on 18 days, Camooweal Township had 168.4 mm on 18 days, and each of these towns has more than 110 years of record.

Many locations have recorded their wettest start to the year and include Mornington Island with 2120 mm, Rollingstone in the Herbert district with 2570.2 mm, Bedourie Police Station in the west with 557.5 mm,  Yarraman Post Office in the southeast with 727.2 mm and Oakington in the eastern Darling Downs with 517.4 mm.

The wettest overall was Paluma Ivy Cottage with 1658.7 mm, followed by Rollingstone with 1396.0 mm, followed by Bambaroo with 1300.6 mm.

The driest overall was a strip along the far south of the state between Hungerford and Hebel where little to no rain was recorded.

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 lowest total March rainfall for at least 20 years.

The wettest single day was at Mornington Island with 477.2 mm on the 1st, followed by Bedourie Police Station with 319.1 mm on the 6th, followed by Bambaroo with 304.8 mm on the 7th.

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

Temperature

Mean temperatures (the average of the maximum and minimum temperatures) were lower than the long term March average over western Queensland and within a degree of average elsewhere. Averaged across the state, the mean temperature was 25.96 C and 0.53 C lower than average.

The warmest on average was Coconut Island with 28.5 C, followed by Willis Island with 28.3 C, followed by Century Mine, Horn Island, Kowanyama AirportLow Isles LighthouseScherger RAAF and Weipa Aero with 27.9 C.

The coolest on average was Applethorpe with 18.8 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 19.3 C, followed by Toowoomba Airport with 20.8 C.

Maximum temperature

Mean maximum temperatures were well below the long term March average in western Queensland (amongst the mildest 10% on record) and near average elsewhere. Averaged across the state the mean maximum temperature was 30.92 C and 1.5 C lower than average and the lowest since 1971.

Longreach Aero, Mount Isa Aero, Mornington Island and Bowen Airport recorded their lowest mean daily March maximum temperatures this month.

Mackay, Bowen and Proserpine recorded equal or lowest daily maximum March temperatures during the last week of the month in a southerly wind flow under extensive cloud during a very high rainfall event.

The hottest day was at Birdsville Airport with 41.9 C on the 1st, followed by Bedourie Police Station with 40.5 C on the 1st, followed by Cunnamulla Post Office with 40.2 C on the 1st.

The warmest days on average were at Richmond Airport and Richmond Post Office with 32.8 C, followed by Hughenden Airport with 32.5 C, followed by Julia Creek Airport with 32.4 C.

The coolest days on average were at Applethorpe with 23.4 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 24.0 C, followed by Toowoomba Airport with 24.8 C.

The coldest day was at Applethorpe with 18.2 C on the 19th, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 18.9 C on the 19th, followed by Applethorpe with 19.2 C on the 6th and Toowoomba Airport with 19.2 C on the 19th.

Some sites had their coldest March day (lowest maximum temperature) on record. 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

Mean minimum temperatures were higher than average in east coast districts south from Mossman and extending to eastern parts of the Central Highlands and through the Darling Downs. Remaining areas were near average. Averaged across the state the mean minimum temperature was 21.01 C and 0.36 C warmer than average. 

Cairns Aero, South Johnstone Exp Stn, Ayr DPI Research Stn, Mackay M.O., Kairi Research Station, Walkamin Research Station, Baralaba Post Office and Proserpine Airport recorded equal or new highest mean daily minimum temperatures for March.

The coldest night was at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 7.4 C on the 25th, followed by Applethorpe with 7.7 C on the 25th, followed by Applethorpe with 8.0 C on the 26th.

The coolest nights on average were at Applethorpe with 14.1 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 14.6 C, followed by Inglewood Forest with 16.4 C.

The warmest nights on average were at Willis Island with 26.1 C, followed by Coconut Island with 25.4 C, followed by Low Isles Lighthouse with 25.0 C.

The warmest night was at Birdsville Airport with 28.2 C on the 2nd, followed by Willis Island with 27.7 C on the 24th, followed by Willis Island with 27.6 C on the 6th, 22nd, and the 23rd.

Some sites had their highest March mean daily minimum temperature on record. Some sites had their highest March 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 at Cape Moreton Lighthouse with 102 km/h on the 5th, followed by Cape Moreton Lighthouse with 94 km/h on the 6th, followed by Double Island Point Lighthouse with 94 km/h on the 6th, followed by Cape Moreton Lighthouse with 91 km/h on the 27th.

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Extremes in March 2011
Hottest day 41.9 C at Birdsville Airport on the 1st
40.5 C at Bedourie Police Station on the 1st
40.2 C at Cunnamulla Post Office on the 1st
Warmest days on average 32.8 C at Richmond Airport
32.8 C at Richmond Post Office
32.5 C at Hughenden Airport
32.4 C at Julia Creek Airport
Coolest days on average 23.4 C at Applethorpe
24.0 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
24.8 C at Toowoomba Airport
Coldest day 18.2 C at Applethorpe on the 19th
18.9 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 19th
19.2 C at Applethorpe on the 6th
19.2 C at Toowoomba Airport on the 19th
Coldest night 7.4 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 25th
7.7 C at Applethorpe on the 25th
8.0 C at Applethorpe on the 26th
Coolest nights on average 14.1 C at Applethorpe
14.6 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
16.4 C at Inglewood Forest
Warmest nights on average 26.1 C at Willis Island
25.4 C at Coconut Island
25.0 C at Low Isles Lighthouse
Warmest night 28.2 C at Birdsville Airport on the 2nd
27.7 C at Willis Island on the 24th
27.6 C at Willis Island on the 6th, 22nd and 23rd
Warmest on average overall 28.5 C at Coconut Island
28.3 C at Willis Island
27.9 C at Century Mine, Horn Island, Kowanyama Airport, Low Isles Lighthouse, Scherger RAAF
and Weipa Aero
Coolest on average overall 18.8 C at Applethorpe
19.3 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
20.8 C at Toowoomba Airport
Wettest overall 1658.7 mm at Paluma Ivy Cottage
1396.0 mm at Rollingstone
1300.6 mm at Bambaroo
Driest overallA strip along the far south of the state between Hungerford and Hebel where little to no rain was recorded
Wettest day 477.2 mm at Mornington Island on the 1st
319.1 mm at Bedourie Police Station on the 6th
304.8 mm at Bambaroo on the 7th
Highest wind gust 102 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 5th
94 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 6th
94 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 6th
91 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 27th

Record highest March daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in March 2011 (mm)
Previous wettest
for March
Years of
record
Augustus Downs Station 184.0 on the 2nd 148.8 on the 15th in 1950 98
Glengyle 186.0 on the 6th 163.0 on the 1st in 2010 90
Mornington Island 477.2 on the 1st 362.0 on the 21st in 1970 87
Cluny 189.0 on the 6th 160.0 on the 1st in 2010 69
Condamine 175.0 on the 20th 137.0 on the 5th in 1979 69
Bedourie Police Station 319.1 on the 6th 188.4 on the 1st in 2010 64
Sandringham 125.0 on the 6th 99.1 on the 5th in 1972 44
Trinidad 85.0 on the 5th 77.0 on the 2nd in 2010 42
Macalister 74.2 on the 5th 69.0 on the 2nd in 2010 40
Rollingstone 238.6 on the 16th 210.4 on the 10th in 1983 39
Wilpeena 80.0 on the 6th 79.5 on the 3rd in 1994 35
Bowen Airport 211.0 on the 29th 88.6 on the 2nd in 1997 24



Record highest total March rainfall
Total rainfall
for March 2011 (mm)
Previous wettest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Te Kowai Exp Stn 1052.4 1034.7 in 1955 122 281.5
Victoria Sugar Mill 1239.6 1223.7 in 1950 114 398.0
Augustus Downs Station 425.0 368.9 in 1901 113 94.7
Miranda Downs Station 403.5 378.0 in 2006 102 147.5
Plane Creek Sugar Mill 995.2 841.4 in 1979 102 283.8
Roseberth Station 343.3 186.0 in 1950 98 20.2
Bambaroo 1300.6 1100.0 in 1950 89 334.5
Glengyle 385.4 171.6 in 2010 89 26.4
Mornington Island 1054.8 812.7 in 1928 87 260.4
Cluny 247.0 165.6 in 2010 71 24.8
Upper Stone Exelby 1097.8 850.8 in 1950 71 303.9
Bedourie Police Station 474.3 194.4 in 2010 65 27.1
Hecate 767.8 553.6 in 1990 51 185.2
Roma Peak 436.4 364.4 in 1977 48 138.5
Cardwell Range 1197.2 1140.0 in 1990 47 441.6
Hawkins Creek 1288.8 1031.0 in 1974 45 448.0
Sandringham 234.0 149.2 in 1972 44 22.1
Ingham Composite 1278.4 1177.0 in 1990 43 377.3
Lucky Springs Station 377.9 306.6 in 1974 43 87.8
Paluma Ivy Cottage 1658.7 1064.8 in 1990 43 379.4
Trinidad 308.4 182.8 in 1999 42 43.8
Macalister 194.8 166.8 in 2010 40 50.8
Mutarnee Store 1204.4 1092.6 in 1983 39 319.2
Rollingstone 1396.0 737.4 in 1990 37 241.7
Turrawulla Station 269.4 194.0 in 1988 37 58.7
Builyan Gum Street 330.4 208.2 in 1992 34 83.8
Proserpine Airport 1077.2 542.9 in 1979 29 190.1
Lawn Hill Gorge NPWS 363.0 199.6 in 1995 26 78.5
Bowen Airport 743.0 269.3 in 1997 24 103.8
Doraville Station 503.2 355.2 in 1994 21 115.6
Hamilton Island 776.3 571.7 in 1994 21 264.7
Adavale 214.0 158.2 in 2010 20 38.3
Durrie Station 148.8 142.4 in 2010 20 34.5

Highest total March rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for March 2011 (mm)
Most recent March
at least this wet
Years since
wetter
Average for
March
Lucinda Township 1223.2 1353.7 in 1893 115 414.2
Halifax Macrossan St 1273.0 1541.4 in 1903 107 406.9
Bingil Bay 1298.3 1298.9 in 1937 73 565.7
Woleebee Nevasa 177.0 243.7 in 1941 69 55.0
Baralaba Post Office 314.2 333.3 in 1949 62 75.7
Windorah Post Office 331.5 498.3 in 1950 61 42.2
Burketown Post Office 777.6 801.7 in 1947 60 156.6
Barnganal Blue Mountain 734.6 962.7 in 1956 55 195.6
Greenvale Township 372.1 480.6 in 1956 55 99.7
Monkira 199.7 263.5 in 1956 54 26.8
Mount Charlton 920.0 1092.4 in 1956 53 266.8
Abercorn 166.8 210.9 in 1963 48 68.9
Esk Post Office 215.8 225.8 in 1963 48 103.4
Mackay M.O 906.6 920.8 in 1963 48 266.0
Mundubbera 172.9 212.6 in 1963 48 63.9
Tambo Post Office 243.2 353.9 in 1963 48 58.4
Toogoolawah Post Office 208.6 302.5 in 1963 48 89.0
Condamine 175.0 193.7 in 1963 47 61.6
Gillespie 181.4 494.8 in 1963 47 60.7
Orion 234.6 364.1 in 1963 44 66.6
Mantuan Downs 238.6 404.9 in 1963 40 64.2
Barcaldine Post Office 136.5 142.3 in 1973 38 59.7
Boulia Airport 109.7 254.0 in 1973 38 36.0
Elphinstone Pocket No1 875.7 943.2 in 1974 37 363.6
Laura Post Office 410.3 464.0 in 1974 36 174.5
Collinsville Post Office 240.4 267.6 in 1976 35 95.2
Glen Harding 290.5 493.3 in 1974 35 124.4
Chillagoe 414.2 426.4 in 1976 32 141.0
Nardoo Station 300.2 329.4 in 1979 32 91.2
Walterhall 238.2 366.8 in 1977 32 93.5
Warden Bend 349.4 357.7 in 1979 32 105.6
Wando Vale Station 214.4 229.4 in 1979 31 83.3
Forsayth Caravan Park 304.8 332.2 in 1979 30 109.6
Prestwood Station 498.4 503.1 in 1974 28 119.0
Urandangi 144.2 150.2 in 1983 28 42.4
Minnie Downs 180.0 181.0 in 1982 25 65.5
Orientos Station 60.4 103.0 in 1988 23 18.4
Ballandean Post Office 135.2 199.6 in 1989 22 62.4
Bogarella 180.0 184.8 in 1990 21 55.6
Havelock 158.8 230.6 in 1990 21 54.3
Home Hill Post Office 310.6 354.6 in 1990 21 150.4
Lochinvar 246.0 258.9 in 1990 21 52.1
Mount Larcom Post Office 283.0 349.0 in 1990 21 92.2
Pacific Heights 344.8 970.4 in 1990 21 183.0
Rewan Station 158.6 345.6 in 1990 21 85.4
Rockhampton Aero 313.4 447.4 in 1990 21 99.1
Springsure Comet St 192.8 262.5 in 1990 21 69.4
St Lawrence Post Office 309.6 350.0 in 1990 21 133.1
Toomba Stud 164.5 254.2 in 1990 21 72.2
Townsville Aero 655.0 682.8 in 1990 21 185.7
Wharton Creek Station 187.0 225.8 in 1990 21 64.2
Broadmeadows 342.5 700.2 in 1990 20 125.5
Byfield Childs Road 425.0 592.0 in 1990 20 240.6
Gladstone Radar 232.6 311.6 in 1990 20 86.1
Glenlands 244.9 381.8 in 1990 20 98.2
Gracemere - Lucas St 263.7 395.0 in 1990 20 96.2
Green Hills 199.6 222.0 in 1989 20 82.3
Mackay Aero 776.4 886.7 in 1955 20 226.5
Rockley 289.0 400.2 in 1990 20 89.9
Sellheim 222.8 228.0 in 1990 20 93.7



Lowest total March rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for March 2011 (mm)
Most recent March
at least this dry
Years since
drier
Average for
March
Moreton Telegraph Station 109.5 79.8 in 1981 23 285.9



Record lowest March daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in March 2011 (C)
Previous coolest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Mackay Aero 23.4 on the 31st = 23.4 on the 29th in 2008 25 29.2
Bowen Airport 24.3 on the 28th 24.9 on the 29th in 2008 22 30.9
Proserpine Airport 24.0 on the 29th = 24.0 on the 29th in 2008 22 30.2



Record lowest March mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for March 2011 (C)
Previous coolest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Longreach Aero 31.6 31.7 in 2010 45 34.6
Mount Isa Aero 30.2 31.0 in 1971 44 34.3
Mornington Island 30.0 30.3 in 1994 36 32.0
Bowen Airport 29.5 29.6 in 1997 21 30.9

Lowest March mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for March 2011 (C)
Most recent March
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
March
Boulia Airport 32.3 29.9 in 1950 60 35.4
Camooweal Township 31.6 31.4 in 1950 60 35.2
Isisford Post Office 31.0 30.7 in 1956 53 34.3
Windorah Post Office 30.9 29.5 in 1956 51 34.6
Barcaldine Post Office 30.6 30.3 in 1956 50 33.2
Springsure Comet St 28.9 28.6 in 1971 39 31.7
Townsville Aero 29.6 29.5 in 1972 39 30.7
Urandangi 31.9 =31.9 in 1971 38 35.7
Clermont Sirius St 29.6 =29.6 in 1974 37 32.0
Kowanyama Airport 31.5 31.3 in 1974 37 32.8
Winton Post Office 31.8 31.6 in 1974 37 35.1
Croydon Township 31.7 31.5 in 1974 34 34.4



Record highest March mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for March 2011 (C)
Previous warmest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Cairns Aero 24.0 23.9 in 1995 68 23.0
South Johnstone Exp Stn 23.3 23.1 in 2006 55 21.9
Ayr DPI Research Stn 23.2 22.8 in 1976 54 21.4
Mackay M.O 23.4 = 23.4 in 2007 51 22.3
Kairi Research Station 19.7 = 19.7 in 1973 49 18.4
Walkamin Research Station 20.7 20.4 in 2006 42 19.5
Baralaba Post Office 20.7 = 20.7 in 2007 39 19.3
Proserpine Airport 22.7 = 22.7 in 2010 21 21.4

Highest March mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for March 2011 (C)
Most recent March
at least this warm
Years since
warmer
Average for
March
Gympie 19.6 =19.6 in 1982 28 18.1
Collinsville Post Office 21.5 21.7 in 1983 27 20.0
Monto Township 19.2 19.4 in 1976 23 17.2



Summary statistics for March 2011
Maximum temperatures
for March
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for March
(C)
Rainfall
for March
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2011
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2011
Mean for
March
2011
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2011
Total for
March
2011
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2011
Fraction of
March
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.7 0.0 35.0 14th 25.4 -0.4 23.3 5th 310.2 292.8 average 106%
Coen Airport 31.1   33.8 21st 23.4   22.3 6th 360.6 254.3 average 142%
Horn Island 30.9 +0.5 32.5 14th 24.9 -0.1 22.6 5th 299.2 341.6 average 88%
Scherger RAAF 32.2   34.9 23rd 23.7   22.4 2nd 312.2
Weipa Aero 31.8 -0.1 34.2 23rd 24.0 +0.2 22.6 10th 293.0 391.3 average 75%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.7 +0.1 32.7 7th 23.1 -0.3 22.0 2nd 576.6 451.6 high 128%
Musgrave 32.2 -0.1 35.0 21st 23.4 +1.0 22.2 1st 283.3 239.1 average 118%
Palmerville 32.1 -0.2 34.5 20th 22.7 +0.9 21.6 16th 284.2 181.4 high 157%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 30.9 -3.6 34.9 21st 24.1 +0.5 21.9 27th 698.0 152.5 v high 458%
Century Mine 32.2   36.0 20th 23.5   20.4 28th 593.2
Cloncurry Airport 31.3 -4.5 35.0 18th 22.5 +0.1 17.2 27th 243.0 78.1 v high 311%
Croydon Township 31.7 -2.7 34.7 17th 23.7 +0.4 21.3 12th 241.6 115.7 v high 209%
Julia Creek Airport 32.4 -4.1 36.9 6th 21.8 +1.3 16.2 27th 183.8 49.9 v high 368%
Kowanyama Airport 31.5 -1.3 34.2 22nd 24.3 +0.6 22.8 9th 667.0 236.6 v high 282%
Mornington Island 30.0 -2.0 33.0 22nd 24.6 0.0 22.9 15th 1054.8 260.4 highest 405%
Mount Isa Aero 30.2 -4.1 33.9 19th 21.6 -0.1 15.4 27th 223.2 65.8 v high 339%
Normanton Airport 30.9 -3.3 34.0 17th 24.6 +0.2 22.0 12th 468.0 124.4 v high 376%
Sweers Island 29.9 -2.5 38.0 14th 24.9 -0.9 22.2 13th 516.5 208.5 high 248%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 31.3   33.8 5th 22.6   19.5 13th 344.4
Hughenden Airport 32.5 -2.1 36.8 4th 21.7 +0.5 17.3 27th 97.0 24.6 v high 394%
Richmond Airport 32.8 -2.9 36.0 5th 21.6 +0.7 15.8 27th 179.0 56.7 v high 316%
Richmond Post Office 32.8 -2.1 35.9 5th 21.9 +1.2 16.0 27th 185.4 60.9 v high 304%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 30.7 +0.1 32.5 5th 24.0 +1.0 22.3 14th 418.8 426.2 average 98%
Cape Flattery 31.2   33.0 22nd 24.4   21.9 10th 318.2
Cooktown Airport 30.6 +0.2 32.8 22nd 24.1 +0.3 22.7 10th 365.0 390.7 average 93%
Kairi Research Station 26.8 +0.4 29.2 5th 19.7 +1.3 17.7 14th 327.3 256.6 high 128%
Low Isles Lighthouse 30.7 -0.1 33.2 22nd 25.0 -0.1 22.9 9th 484.2 432.7 average 112%
Mareeba Airport 29.4 -0.3 31.6 21st 21.2 +0.8 20.0 14th 312.8 157.1 high 199%
Walkamin Research Station 28.2 +0.2 30.4 21st 20.7 +1.2 18.5 14th 272.6 209.8 high 130%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Ingham Composite 29.7 -1.1 35.1 21st 22.9 +0.7 21.2 12th 1278.4 377.3 highest 339%
Innisfail 29.5 -0.3 32.0 20th 23.6 +1.5 21.9 13th 1063.4 662.6 high 160%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 29.8 0.0 33.0 22nd 23.3 +1.4 21.3 14th 1054.6 614.7 v high 172%
Townsville Aero 29.6 -1.1 32.2 23rd 24.0 +1.1 22.3 13th 655.0 185.7 v high 353%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.0 -0.7 32.1 22nd 24.3 +1.4 22.1 14th 289.4 94.9 v high 305%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.5 -0.4 33.0 22nd 23.2 +1.8 22.0 27th 223.6 149.4 high 150%
Bowen Airport 29.5 -1.4 32.4 5th 22.8 0.0 20.1 26th 743.0 103.8 highest 716%
Collinsville Post Office 30.8 -1.1 34.0 4th 21.5 +1.5 19.4 10th 240.4 95.2 v high 253%
Hamilton Island Airport 28.4 -0.1 31.1 1st 23.9 -0.3 22.1 28th 842.6 196.3 v high 429%
Mackay Aero 29.2 0.0 32.9 22nd 23.0 +1.1 20.9 27th 776.4 226.5 v high 343%
Mackay M.O 28.9 +0.3 32.2 24th 23.4 +1.1 21.4 31st 906.6 266.0 v high 341%
Proserpine Airport 29.2 -1.0 33.8 23rd 22.7 +1.3 21.3 13th 1077.2 190.1 highest 567%
Samuel Hill Aero 29.3 +0.2 34.1 22nd 22.1 +1.7 19.1 9th 339.2 139.0 v high 244%
St Lawrence 29.9   34.4 22nd 22.4   19.1 8th 304.8
St Lawrence Post Office 30.0 -0.9 34.6 22nd 22.4 +1.3 19.0 8th 309.6 133.1 high 233%
Williamson 30.3   34.5 22nd 22.3   19.9 8th 173.0
Woolshed 26.2 -1.5 30.0 20th 20.8 +1.3 19.0 8th 533.8 105.4 v high 506%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 28.5 +0.1 34.6 22nd 23.2 +0.8 20.5 8th 330.0 90.1 v high 366%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 30.0 -2.1 33.9 24th 21.7 +0.9 19.9 27th 220.9 63.5 v high 348%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 30.0 -2.2 34.4 24th 20.9 +0.7 16.8 27th 139.4 50.6 high 275%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Clermont Airport 29.8   34.7 1st 20.0   12.2 27th 156.0
Clermont Sirius St 29.6 -2.4 34.2 1st 20.2 +0.8 14.2 27th 145.4 74.2 high 196%
Emerald Airport 29.9 -3.1 34.2 21st 20.5 +0.2 15.8 27th 196.4 50.9 v high 386%
Lochington 29.9   34.3 2nd 19.5   13.5 27th 165.8
Rolleston Airport 29.3   34.4 1st 19.5   13.9 27th 206.6
Springsure Comet St 28.9 -2.8 33.6 2nd 19.3 +0.5 14.3 26th 192.8 69.4 v high 278%
Tambo Post Office 29.1 -3.4 35.0 2nd 18.1 +0.6 10.4 26th 243.2 58.4 v high 416%
Taroom Post Office 30.0 -1.6 35.4 2nd 19.5 +1.4 14.1 26th 118.0 63.2 high 187%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 30.6 -2.6 35.9 1st 20.6 -0.2 15.2 25th 136.5 59.7 high 229%
Blackall Airport 30.0 -3.9 35.3 1st 19.4 -0.5 11.6 26th 117.4 33.7 v high 348%
Isisford Post Office 31.0 -3.3 37.8 1st 20.6 +0.3 14.1 26th 88.6 59.2 high 150%
Longreach Aero 31.6 -3.0 36.7 2nd 20.2 -0.1 12.3 26th 100.8 56.0 high 180%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 31.6 -3.6 36.1 20th 22.2 +0.5 16.0 28th 168.4 55.0 v high 306%
The Monument Airport 31.3 -4.5 36.6 18th 21.3 -0.3 13.3 26th 62.0 24.6 high 252%
Trepell Airport 31.1 -4.8 36.0 18th 20.7 -0.7 12.9 26th 179.0 33.9 v high 528%
Urandangi 31.9 -3.8 37.1 1st 22.3 +1.3 15.5 24th 144.2 42.4 v high 340%
Winton Airport 31.8   36.3 2nd 21.2   15.0 25th 150.2 54.6 v high 275%
Winton Post Office 31.8 -3.3 36.0 17th 21.7 +0.7 16.3 26th 133.1 53.6 high 248%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 31.4 -4.4 40.5 1st 22.3 +0.7 15.5 27th 474.3 27.1 highest 1750%
Birdsville Airport 31.2 -4.5 41.9 1st 22.5 +0.9 16.4 27th 135.6 33.2 high 408%
Boulia Airport 32.3 -3.1 37.7 1st 21.5 -0.3 14.5 26th 109.7 36.0 v high 305%
Windorah Post Office 30.9 -3.7 39.0 1st 21.0 -0.1 13.5 27th 331.5 42.2 v high 786%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 30.5 -2.1 35.3 23rd 20.7 +1.4 16.8 27th 314.2 75.7 v high 415%
Bundaberg Aero 29.3 +0.2 34.4 22nd 21.1 +1.2 17.7 10th 212.0 110.0 high 193%
Gayndah Airport 29.9   35.0 2nd 20.0   15.6 10th 85.6 51.6 high 166%
Gladstone Airport 29.1 -0.7 33.8 22nd 22.4 +0.8 20.7 9th 255.0 64.8 v high 394%
Gladstone Radar 29.5 -0.7 34.5 22nd 22.2 +0.7 20.0 31st 232.6 86.1 high 270%
Lady Elliot Island 28.1 -0.2 31.2 2nd 23.8 +0.4 20.6 31st 204.2 127.4 high 160%
Monto Township 28.7 -1.2 34.3 1st 19.2 +2.0 14.8 7th 136.8 76.6 high 179%
Rockhampton Aero 29.8 -0.7 35.1 22nd 22.3 +1.5 19.9 31st 313.4 99.1 v high 316%
Rundle Island 27.3 0.0 30.9 1st 23.3 -0.4 21.1 13th
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 28.2 -0.3 31.8 4th 22.1 +0.4 20.2 31st 300.9 157.3 high 191%
Seventeen Seventy 27.9 -0.3 31.9 22nd 22.3 +0.9 19.0 7th 231.3 125.6 high 184%
Thangool Airport 29.6 -2.7 34.6 1st 19.3 +1.7 14.2 9th 84.4 60.4 high 140%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 28.7 -0.7 34.4 22nd 18.4 +0.7 12.1 25th 115.4 82.6 high 140%
Archerfield Airport 28.7 0.0 34.4 22nd 19.3 +1.1 15.7 25th 97.0 124.1 average 78%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 28.8   35.1 1st 18.2   12.0 25th 88.2
Beerburrum Forest Station 28.4 0.0 35.2 22nd 19.3 +0.9 15.8 25th 181.8 171.6 average 106%
Brisbane 28.7 -0.2 34.5 22nd 20.3 +0.5 16.3 25th 149.2 94.3 high 158%
Brisbane Aero 27.8 -0.1 32.3 23rd 20.2 +0.8 15.0 25th 197.2 91.5 high 216%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.0 +1.0 30.5 3rd 22.4 +1.2 20.2 31st 93.6 178.7 average 52%
Coolangatta 28.0 +0.9 32.5 23rd 19.8 +0.2 13.9 25th 192.6 174.4 average 110%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 28.4 +1.7 33.5 2nd 22.3 +0.5 19.7 31st 96.2 163.0 average 59%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.5 +0.8 33.2 23rd 21.1 +0.4 17.2 25th 222.4 102.7 v high 217%
Gympie 29.1 -0.2 34.4 3rd 19.6 +1.5 15.2 9th 173.0 143.2 high 121%
Hervey Bay Airport 28.7 -0.2 33.6 2nd 21.4 +1.0 17.8 10th 213.0 116.3 high 183%
Jimna Forestry 25.2 -0.8 31.4 3rd 16.8 +1.0 11.2 25th 173.4 85.3 high 203%
Kingaroy Airport 27.2 -1.1 33.1 3rd 16.9 +1.2 9.4 25th 95.4 52.0 high 183%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 28.7 +0.4 35.5 22nd 19.8 +1.0 15.0 25th 151.9 114.5 high 133%
Maleny Tamarind St 25.4 +0.3 32.2 22nd 18.5 +1.6 15.4 9th 198.2 287.4 average 69%
Maryborough 29.8 +0.6 34.6 22nd 20.8 +1.5 17.5 10th 130.8 155.6 average 84%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 28.0   33.5 3rd 19.9   15.8 9th 176.8
Point Lookout 29.0 +0.7 31.8 24th 21.9 0.0 19.7 28th 210.2 126.9 high 166%
Rainbow Beach 28.1 +0.3 34.4 22nd       121.2 128.8 average 94%
Redcliffe 27.9   32.3 23rd 21.1   18.1 8th 165.0
Sunshine Coast Airport 27.9 +0.3 31.5 24th 20.5 +0.7 16.6 26th 217.8 141.8 high 154%
Tewantin RSL Park 27.7 +0.3 33.0 23rd 21.3 +0.7 18.4 26th 194.4 181.7 average 107%
Toolara (Kelly) 28.6 -1.0 34.2 2nd 20.6 +1.0 18.0 8th 26.0 110.7 v low 23%
University of Queensland Gatton 29.1 -0.4 35.8 1st 18.1 +0.9 12.7 25th 106.8 78.4 high 136%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 23.4 -0.5 31.7 1st 14.1 +0.9 7.7 25th 135.0 68.9 high 196%
Dalby Airport 28.9 -1.3 36.6 2nd 17.4 +1.2 11.3 26th 161.4 50.0 v high 323%
Goondiwindi Airport 29.5 -1.5 37.5 1st 17.9 +0.9 11.3 26th 102.6 54.4 high 189%
Inglewood Forest 28.6 -2.0 36.9 1st 16.4 +0.2 10.5 26th 118.0 60.5 high 195%
Oakey Aero 27.8 -0.9 34.9 1st 16.6 +1.0 9.4 26th 114.2 47.0 v high 243%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 24.0 -0.9 32.9 1st 14.6 +0.8 7.4 25th 126.6 65.8 high 192%
Texas Post Office 29.3 -1.9 37.1 1st 17.1 +1.3 10.7 26th 60.0 55.9 average 107%
Toowoomba Airport 24.8 -1.4 32.6 1st 16.7 +0.5 13.4 26th 120.4 61.4 high 196%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 29.4 -2.0 37.0 1st 18.3 +0.6 11.5 26th 126.4 52.5 v high 241%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 28.4 -2.5 35.3 2nd 17.8 +1.5 10.4 26th 127.4 61.2 high 208%
Roma Airport 29.6 -1.8 36.9 1st 18.0 +0.7 10.1 26th 192.4 53.7 v high 358%
St George Airport 30.4 -1.7 38.5 1st 18.6 0.0 12.4 26th 39.2 50.2 average 78%
Surat 30.1 -1.7 37.0 1st 18.0 +0.2 11.7 25th 40.3 58.2 average 69%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 31.3 -0.7 40.1 1st 18.4 +0.2 9.8 26th 42.0 49.8 average 84%
Charleville Aero 29.8 -2.2 37.6 1st 19.1 +0.4 10.6 27th 186.2 59.5 v high 313%
Cunnamulla Post Office 31.1 -1.3 40.2 1st 19.9 +1.1 12.7 26th 67.2 40.8 high 165%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 30.2   34.9 15th 19.9   12.2 27th 92.4 25.6 high 361%
Quilpie Airport 30.7 -2.8 39.5 1st 20.4 -0.2 12.5 27th 167.9 42.3 v high 397%
Thargomindah Airport 31.6 -2.3 39.5 1st 20.9 -0.6 12.9 27th 30.6 38.3 average 80%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 27.7 +0.3 30.5 23rd 22.8 0.0 20.3 31st 394.0 151.0 v high 261%
Willis Island 30.6 +0.8 31.7 7th 26.1 +0.7 23.3 10th 145.6 203.7 average 71%

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 Friday 1 April 2011. 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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