Queensland in August 2011: Cool dry start

  • Minimum temperatures were the lowest since 2008
  • Below average rainfall over most of Queensland (particularly in the west)


Rainfall

The Queensland area averaged rainfall was 14.81 mm.

Coolangatta, Maryborough and St Laurence received nearly six times their average August rainfall.

The wettest overall was 232.6 mm at Bellenden Ker Top, Springbrook Road was 232.0 mm, followed by O'Reillys Alert with 224.0 mm, followed by Tomewin - Tallowood with 219.8 mm.

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

The wettest single day was at Bingegang Weir HW Alert with 91.0 mm on the 30th, followed by Miva with 75.0 mm on the 28th, followed by O'Reillys Alert with 69.0 mm on the 23rd.

See a map of total rainfall. See a map of rainfall deciles.

Temperature

The Queensland area averaged mean temperature anomaly (see notes section) was 0.21 C.

The warmest on average was Coconut Island with 27.1 C, followed by Horn Island with 25.6 C, followed by Scherger RAAF with 24.7 C, followed by Weipa Aero with 24.7 C.

The coolest on average was Applethorpe with 9.8 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 10.2 C, followed by Warwick with 11.9 C.

Maximum temperature

The Queensland area averaged maximum temperature anomaly was 1.02 C.

The hottest day was at Normanton Airport with 36.1 C on the 28th, followed by Burketown Airport with 35.9 C on the 28th, followed by Kowanyama Airport with 35.9 C on the 28th, followed by Normanton Airport with 35.9 C on the 31st, followed by Normanton Airport with 35.7 C on the 27th.

The warmest days on average were at Scherger RAAF with 32.2 C, followed by Weipa Aero with 32.0 C, followed by Musgrave with 31.8 C.

The coolest days on average were at Applethorpe with 15.9 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 17.0 C, followed by Toowoomba Airport with 18.2 C.

The coldest day was at Applethorpe with 11.4 C on the 19th, followed by Applethorpe with 11.7 C on the 18th, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 12.6 C on the 19th.

Some sites had their highest August temperature on record. See a map of mean maximum temperatures. See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.

Minimum temperature

The Queensland area averaged minimum temperature anomaly was -0.60 C.

The coldest night was at Oakey Aero with -2.9 C on the 9th, followed by Kingaroy Airport with -2.8 C on the 10th, followed by Oakey Aero with -2.6 C on the 10th.

The coolest nights on average were at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 3.5 C, followed by Applethorpe with 3.7 C, followed by Injune Post Office with 3.9 C.

The warmest nights on average were at Coconut Island with 22.8 C, followed by Horn Island with 22.2 C, followed by Willis Island with 21.7 C.

The warmest night was at Lockhart River Airport with 25.1 C on the 29th, followed by Horn Island with 25.0 C on the 28th, followed by Horn Island with 24.9 C on the 29th, followed by Horn Island with 24.9 C on the 30th.

Some sites had their warmest August night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record. Some sites had their lowest 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 at Cape Moreton Lighthouse with 119 km/h on the 22nd, followed by Double Island Point Lighthouse with 107 km/h on the 22nd, followed by Gold Coast Seaway with 93 km/h on the 23rd.

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Extremes in August 2011
Hottest day 36.1 C at Normanton Airport on the 28th
35.9 C at Burketown Airport on the 28th
35.9 C at Kowanyama Airport on the 28th
35.9 C at Normanton Airport on the 31st
Warmest days on average 32.2 C at Scherger RAAF
32.0 C at Weipa Aero
31.8 C at Musgrave
Coolest days on average 15.9 C at Applethorpe
17.0 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
18.2 C at Toowoomba Airport
Coldest day 11.4 C at Applethorpe on the 19th
11.7 C at Applethorpe on the 18th
12.6 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 19th
Coldest night -2.9 C at Oakey Aero on the 9th
-2.8 C at Kingaroy Airport on the 10th
-2.6 C at Oakey Aero on the 10th
Coolest nights on average 3.5 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
3.7 C at Applethorpe
3.9 C at Injune Post Office
Warmest nights on average 22.8 C at Coconut Island
22.2 C at Horn Island
21.7 C at Willis Island
Warmest night 25.1 C at Lockhart River Airport on the 29th
25.0 C at Horn Island on the 28th
24.9 C at Horn Island on the 29th
24.9 C at Horn Island on the 30th
Warmest on average overall 27.1 C at Coconut Island
25.6 C at Horn Island
24.7 C at Scherger RAAF
24.7 C at Weipa Aero
Coolest on average overall 9.8 C at Applethorpe
10.2 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
11.9 C at Warwick
Wettest overall232.6 mm at Bellenden Ker Top 
232.0 mm at Springbrook Road
224.0 mm at O'Reillys Alert
Wettest day 91.0 mm at Bingegang Weir HW Alert on the 30th
75.0 mm at Miva on the 28th
69.0 mm at O'Reillys Alert on the 23rd
Highest wind gust 119 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 22nd
107 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 22nd
93 km/h at Gold Coast Seaway on the 23rd

Record highest total August rainfall
Total rainfall
for August 2011 (mm)
Previous wettest
for August
Years of
record
Average for
August
Riverslea TM 93.0 73.7 in 1917 75 18.1
The Head 123.6 111.4 in 2007 53 46.5
Darlington 161.8 135.8 in 2007 37 38.1
Greenbank Thompson Road 102.2 87.0 in 2007 34 33.7
Maclean Bridge 88.6 73.8 in 2007 29 33.0
Coolangatta 203.6 188.4 in 2007 28 59.6

Highest total August rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for August 2011 (mm)
Most recent August
at least this wet
Years since
wetter
Average for
August
Beaudesert Cryna 101.6 134.0 in 1969 42 34.7
Mt Tamborine Fern St 154.4 255.4 in 1969 41 56.3
Canungra Finch Road 124.0 139.6 in 1987 24 40.2
Jambin Post Office 83.4 89.8 in 1988 23 23.1



Record highest August temperature
Highest temperature
in August 2011 (C)
Previous warmest
for August
Years of
record
Average for
August
Lockhart River Airport 32.0 on the 28th 31.2 on the 29th in 2000 46 27.7



Record highest August daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in August 2011 (C)
Previous warmest
for August
Years of
record
Average for
August
Lockhart River Airport 25.1 on the 29th = 25.1 on the 22nd in 2010 46 19.3
Springsure Comet St 17.9 on the 27th 17.8 on the 31st in 2009 46 7.5
Emerald Airport 19.4 on the 27th 18.2 on the 31st in 1993 20 10.1
Thangool Airport 18.2 on the 27th 18.0 on the 31st in 2004 20 6.6



Lowest August mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for August 2011 (C)
Most recent August
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
August
Palmerville 11.8 10.9 in 1946 63 14.5
Collinsville Post Office 8.1 7.9 in 1976 34 10.7



Summary statistics for August 2011
Maximum temperatures
for August
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for August
(C)
Rainfall
for August
(millimetres)
Mean for
August
2011
Diff
from
average
Highest for
August
2011
Mean for
August
2011
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
August
2011
Total for
August
2011
Average
for
August
Rank of
August
2011
Fraction of
August
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.3 +1.7 32.4 17th 22.8 -0.7 20.4 10th 2.8 9.3 average 30%
Coen Airport 29.9 +0.1 32.6 12th 15.6 -1.8 9.6 10th 0 3.3 v low 0%
Horn Island 29.1 +0.1 31.3 30th 22.2 -0.8 16.3 10th 2.8 5.8 average 48%
Scherger RAAF 32.2   34.5 28th 17.3   14.7 12th 0.8
Weipa Aero 32.0 0.0 35.2 28th 17.5 -1.3 15.0 21st 1.0 6.4 average 16%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 28.5 +0.8 32.0 28th 18.3 -1.0 12.2 12th 8.8 29.7 low 30%
Musgrave 31.8 +1.0 34.6 28th 12.0 -1.9 8.5 20th 0 2.9 lowest 0%
Palmerville 31.2 0.0 35.4 28th 11.8 -2.7 6.1 20th 0 3.4 lowest 0%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 30.8 +0.5 35.9 28th 14.6 -0.8 10.2 3rd 0 0.6 v low 0%
Century Mine 30.4   34.8 28th 12.5   7.8 4th 0 0.7 v low 0%
Cloncurry Airport 28.7 -0.2 33.1 28th 10.7 -1.7 6.4 9th 0 3.5 v low 0%
Croydon Township 30.1 -1.1 35.4 28th 14.0 -1.7 7.3 20th 0 2.7 lowest 0%
Julia Creek Airport 29.4 -0.1 34.0 28th 8.1 -2.1 4.3 12th 0 4.7 v low 0%
Kowanyama Airport 31.7 -0.5 35.9 28th 15.0 -1.2 10.4 10th 0 2.4 lowest 0%
Mornington Island 28.3 +0.6 32.3 28th 16.5 -0.7 12.3 13th 1.2 0.8 high 150%
Mount Isa Aero 27.6 +0.3 30.8 27th 8.9 -1.4 2.8 19th 0 3.8 lowest 0%
Normanton Airport 31.1 -0.4 36.1 28th 15.9 -1.0 11.3 13th 0 1.0 v low 0%
Sweers Island 26.9 +0.1 32.5 28th 18.6 +0.2 14.8 14th 0.2 2.0 average 10%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 29.4   34.8 28th 11.2   4.8 19th 0
Hughenden Airport 27.7 -0.1 33.9 28th 8.9 -1.8 2.7 12th 0 10.8 v low 0%
Richmond Airport 28.9 -0.1 34.2 28th 8.4 -1.7 3.7 9th 0 6.3 v low 0%
Richmond Post Office 28.9 +0.4 34.3 28th 9.7 -0.4 5.0 9th 0 4.3 lowest 0%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 27.3 +0.7 30.7 29th 17.0 -0.4 9.3 20th 9.6 27.3 average 35%
Cape Flattery 27.2   29.5 31st 20.1   13.4 11th 21.8 19.6 average 111%
Cooktown Airport 27.5 +0.5 31.4 11th 16.7 -1.8 9.7 20th 11.4 18.3 average 62%
Kairi Research Station 22.8 +0.3 27.3 11th 10.8 -0.8 3.2 20th 19.4 24.2 average 80%
Low Isles Lighthouse 26.0 -0.7 28.8 30th 20.1 -0.6 18.0 10th 42.8 37.4 high 114%
Mareeba Airport 25.9 -0.3 30.1 27th 13.0 -0.8 6.3 10th 5.8 9.2 average 63%
Walkamin Research Station 24.5 -0.2 29.0 27th 12.9 -0.5 6.6 20th 4.6 11.2 average 41%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 24.6 -1.3 26.7 31st 15.9 +1.6 9.5 10th 3.0 29.5 low 10%
Ingham Composite 26.3 +0.2 29.9 11th 14.0 -0.4 7.5 19th 34.8 39.0 average 89%
Innisfail 25.0 -0.1 27.9 28th 16.2 +0.8 10.9 20th 84.8 117.9 average 72%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 25.1 -0.1 28.6 11th 15.3 -0.2 8.7 20th 70.8 88.7 average 80%
Townsville Aero 26.5 +0.5 29.7 11th 13.8 -0.9 7.9 10th 0 16.1 lowest 0%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 24.8 -0.3 29.2 11th 14.2 -1.3 8.0 10th 3.8 15.3 average 25%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 26.7 +0.6 29.0 11th 12.3 -0.4 5.5 10th 0.8 15.9 low 5%
Bowen Airport 25.4 0.0 27.9 29th 13.5 -0.9 6.4 10th 1.2 24.5 low 5%
Collinsville Post Office 26.4 -0.5 29.5 31st 8.1 -2.6 3.9 10th 4.4 17.9 average 25%
Hamilton Island Airport 22.0 -0.9 26.5 18th 17.8 -0.5 15.2 10th 38.4 20.1 high 191%
Mackay Aero 23.5 -0.1 29.1 11th 12.4 +0.4 6.2 19th 38.0 36.8 high 103%
Mackay M.O 22.4 -0.2 26.9 11th 14.5 +0.5 10.4 21st 28.6 31.2 average 92%
Proserpine Airport 25.5 -0.1 29.7 11th 11.4 -0.4 4.2 10th 13.2 27.4 average 48%
Samuel Hill Aero 23.1 -0.6 25.7 8th 11.2 +2.3 5.0 10th 129.8 47.5 high 273%
St Lawrence 25.0   28.8 11th 11.0   3.3 10th 141.0
St Lawrence Post Office 25.3 +0.3 29.1 11th 12.1 +0.3 5.5 10th 145.3 23.9 v high 608%
Williamson 24.7   28.0 11th 10.6   4.1 19th 105.8
Woolshed 23.4 +0.2 26.0 10th 11.6 -0.8 2.3 10th 3.2 15.9 average 20%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 22.2 +0.1 27.6 11th 13.1 +0.4 7.1 20th 72.0 40.3 high 179%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 26.7 +0.1 31.4 27th 11.0 -1.5 5.2 10th 1.2 19.8 average 6%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Clermont Airport 25.3   31.9 27th 6.3   -1.0 10th 25.4
Clermont Sirius St 25.2 -0.1 31.2 27th 8.4 +0.1 1.9 10th 10.9 19.1 average 57%
Emerald Airport 25.5 +0.3 31.0 27th 9.5 -0.6 3.2 10th 1.0 24.2 low 4%
Lochington 25.3   30.8 27th 7.6   0.7 10th 14.0
Rolleston Airport 25.0   29.6 27th 7.1   0.5 10th 2.6
Springsure Comet St 24.4 +0.4 29.4 27th 8.6 +1.1 1.8 19th 2.4 24.2 low 10%
Tambo Post Office 25.0 +1.5 29.6 29th 4.5 -0.6 -1.2 9th 0.2 18.8 low 1%
Taroom Post Office 24.8 +1.8 29.0 29th 7.1 +0.6 0.0 10th 55.4 28.4 high 195%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 26.2 +1.3 31.8 30th 9.5 +0.1 3.7 19th 0 15.9 lowest 0%
Blackall Airport 25.9 +0.7 30.9 28th 6.1 -1.9 -0.1 9th 0 14.3 v low 0%
Isisford Post Office 27.1 +2.0 32.4 28th 8.0 -0.1 2.4 9th 0 12.2 lowest 0%
Longreach Aero 27.3 +1.3 31.9 28th 7.5 -1.1 1.0 19th 0.6 11.3 low 5%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 28.8 +0.4 31.8 28th 9.4 -1.5 3.5 19th 0 2.8 lowest 0%
The Monument Airport 27.3 +0.5 30.9 16th 8.0 -1.1 3.5 19th 0 2.4 v low 0%
Urandangi 28.6 +1.8 32.0 16th 8.9 +0.1 6.0 15th 0 4.5 lowest 0%
Winton Airport 27.8   32.6 28th 9.1   3.7 9th 0 10.2 v low 0%
Winton Post Office 27.3 +0.4 31.9 28th 10.3 +0.8 5.4 9th 0 6.5 lowest 0%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 26.0 +0.2 30.6 16th 9.0 -0.3 5.8 9th 0 7.0 lowest 0%
Birdsville Airport 26.3 +1.8 31.0 16th 9.0 +0.2 4.7 9th 0 4.5 v low 0%
Boulia Airport 27.0 +1.2 30.7 16th 10.6 +1.1 6.1 19th 0 6.3 lowest 0%
Windorah Post Office 26.1 +2.1 31.1 27th 8.6 +0.5 4.1 19th 0 9.8 lowest 0%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 25.3 +0.1 29.0 29th 9.1 +0.4 2.3 10th 28.8 21.9 average 132%
Bundaberg Aero 23.9 +0.6 26.0 28th 10.9 0.0 4.6 10th 51.2 35.3 high 145%
Gayndah Airport 24.1   27.5 29th 8.0   0.4 10th 91.4 32.0 v high 286%
Gladstone Airport 23.5 -0.2 27.7 11th 12.7 +0.1 7.2 10th 65.4 36.6 high 179%
Gladstone Radar 24.5 +0.4 27.2 11th 14.5 +0.2 9.6 10th 57.2 32.5 high 176%
Lady Elliot Island 22.0 +0.1 24.4 27th 17.4 +0.2 11.3 13th 77.2 58.2 high 133%
Monto Township 23.3 +0.4 28.1 29th 5.8 -0.7 -1.1 20th 41.7 25.2 high 165%
Rockhampton Aero 25.0 +0.2 28.8 11th 11.8 +1.1 5.5 10th 93.6 28.7 v high 326%
Rundle Island 20.3 -0.8 24.0 11th 16.6 -0.3 15.2 12th
Seventeen Seventy 21.5 -0.5 24.0 18th 14.6 +0.1 11.3 12th 76.0 47.6 high 160%
Thangool Airport 24.7 -0.2 29.2 29th 5.9 -0.7 -0.5 10th 22.0 23.5 average 94%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 22.8 +0.1 26.5 7th 6.4 +0.1 0.3 10th 56.6 29.4 high 193%
Archerfield Airport 22.6 +0.1 26.1 29th 9.0 +1.0 4.3 19th 75.6 38.1 high 198%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 22.3   25.3 29th 7.0   0.0 10th 71.6
Beerburrum Forest Station 22.3 -0.8 26.0 29th 9.7 +0.3 5.4 13th 64.8 46.0 average 141%
Brisbane 22.6 -0.5 25.4 29th 11.2 +0.6 5.3 9th 76.8 44.8 average 171%
Brisbane Aero 21.7 0.0 24.1 29th 10.3 +0.7 5.0 10th 95.6 42.6 high 224%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 20.3 +0.6 22.6 6th 15.0 +1.1 11.5 12th 67.6 77.1 average 88%
Coolangatta 21.5 +0.2 24.8 7th 10.7 +0.2 2.5 10th 203.6 59.6 highest 342%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 21.1 +0.5 25.4 8th 15.3 +0.7 12.2 12th 91.4 63.6 high 144%
Gold Coast Seaway 21.8 0.0 24.9 29th 12.5 0.0 7.9 20th 125.6 63.3 high 198%
Gympie 22.9 -0.4 26.6 29th 7.9 +0.8 0.8 10th 102.2 40.7 v high 251%
Hervey Bay Airport 22.5 -0.1 24.3 29th 11.2 +0.6 4.0 19th 108.0 63.1 high 171%
Jimna Forestry 18.7 -1.2 23.7 29th 6.4 +0.7 -0.5 10th 0 40.8 v low 0%
Kingaroy Airport 20.8 -0.7 24.9 29th 5.1 +1.0 -2.8 10th 48.2 33.2 high 145%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 22.1 -0.4 25.5 28th 10.0 +0.7 5.2 19th 93.3 49.4 high 189%
Maleny Tamarind St 19.1 -1.1 23.2 29th 10.5 +0.7 6.0 19th 147.2 64.2 v high 229%
Maryborough 23.6 +0.2 26.4 28th 9.9 +0.6 2.9 19th 112.0 41.1 v high 273%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 21.8   25.6 29th 10.9   5.1 19th 146.0
Rainbow Beach 21.7 -0.4 24.4 8th       153.0 95.6 high 160%
Redcliffe 21.2   24.1 8th 12.0   8.4 13th 69.0
Sunshine Coast Airport 21.5 -0.3 25.2 8th 10.1 +0.2 3.5 10th 167.2 80.6 high 207%
Tewantin RSL Park 21.4 -0.7 24.8 8th 12.0 +0.4 6.8 10th 127.6 95.7 high 133%
Toolara (Kelly) 22.3 -1.3 25.5 29th 12.4 +0.3 8.8 19th 139.0 80.1 high 174%
University of Queensland Gatton 22.4 0.0 26.4 29th 7.6 +0.9 1.0 9th 47.4 27.1 high 175%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 15.9 +0.4 20.2 29th 3.7 +0.8 -1.2 1st 61.8 42.7 high 145%
Dalby Airport 21.9 +0.2 25.8 29th 4.7 -0.2 -1.6 10th 44.6 25.4 high 176%
Goondiwindi Airport 22.2 +0.8 26.6 29th 6.8 +1.2 1.1 10th 40.0 32.0 average 125%
Inglewood Forest 21.8 +0.9 26.2 26th 7.3 +0.3 3.2 12th 53.8 28.3 high 190%
Oakey Aero 20.9 +0.6 25.3 29th 4.3 +0.6 -2.9 9th 55.4 27.0 high 205%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 17.0 +0.7 21.9 29th 3.5 +1.5 -2.2 10th 63.3 42.9 high 148%
Texas Post Office 21.3 +0.5 25.6 29th 5.9 +1.4 -0.5 10th 40.6 33.9 average 120%
Toowoomba Airport 18.2 -0.3 23.4 29th 8.0 +0.5 3.4 9th 66.6 35.9 high 186%
Warwick 19.4 -0.5 23.4 26th 4.5 +1.3 -1.8 10th 51.4 24.9 high 206%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 23.4 +1.0 28.1 29th 5.3 -0.1 -0.9 10th 37.8 36.9 average 102%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 23.5 +1.2 28.7 29th 3.9 -0.5 -1.8 10th 16.0 25.6 average 63%
Mitchell Post Office 23.7 +2.0 27.9 29th 4.0 +0.1 -1.2 12th 30.2 23.6 high 128%
Roma Airport 23.3 +1.0 28.5 29th 4.3 -0.8 -0.8 12th 16.4 24.0 average 68%
St George Airport 23.3 +1.3 28.8 29th 6.8 +0.5 0.9 10th 25.4 21.5 average 118%
Surat 23.0 +1.3 26.2 26th 5.7 +0.1 -1.4 10th 30.4 27.4 average 111%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 24.1 +2.7 29.3 29th 6.7 +1.1 1.0 10th 3.5 22.2 average 16%
Charleville Aero 24.5 +2.6 28.9 28th 5.8 -0.1 0.5 12th 1.6 19.6 low 8%
Cunnamulla Post Office 24.1 +2.8 28.5 28th 8.7 +1.6 4.3 11th 5.0 17.2 average 29%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 25.0 +1.6 29.6 2nd 8.5 -0.7 2.8 18th 0 6.8 v low 0%
Quilpie Airport 25.3 +2.7 29.2 28th 8.0 +0.3 3.9 10th 0 12.7 lowest 0%
Thargomindah Airport 24.8 +2.1 29.8 27th 8.4 -0.1 3.1 12th 0.4 8.6 low 5%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 21.2 -0.3 24.3 27th 16.2 -0.5 14.3 10th 49.4 32.8 average 151%
Willis Island 26.4 +0.1 28.0 30th 21.7 -0.2 19.8 6th 0 23.7 lowest 0%

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 September 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.

The temperature anomalies are the differences to the respective 1961-1990 averages.

Please note that the rainfall data from telemetry gauges (those with ALERT, AL or TM in their names) may be from non-Bureau owned stations and includes real-time operational data from automated systems and has not been checked.

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