Thursday, 1 September 2011 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC24R0
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
WindThe 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.
|Extremes in August 2011|
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
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
-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
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 overall||232.6 mm at Bellenden Ker Top |
232.0 mm at Springbrook Road
224.0 mm at O'Reillys Alert
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|
for August 2011 (mm)
|Riverslea TM||93.0||73.7||in 1917||75||18.1|
|The Head||123.6||111.4||in 2007||53||46.5|
|Greenbank Thompson Road||102.2||87.0||in 2007||34||33.7|
|Maclean Bridge||88.6||73.8||in 2007||29||33.0|
|Highest total August rainfall for at least 20 years|
for August 2011 (mm)
Most recent August
at least this wet
|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|
in August 2011 (°C)
|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
in August 2011 (°C)
|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
for August 2011 (°C)
Most recent August
at least this cool
|Collinsville Post Office||8.1||7.9||in 1976||34||10.7|
|Summary statistics for August 2011|
|North Peninsula (district 27)|
|Coen Airport||29.9||+0.1||32.6||12th||15.6||-1.8||9.6||10th||0||3.3||v low||0%|
|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%|
|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%|
|Julia Creek Airport||29.4||-0.1||34.0||28th||8.1||-2.1||4.3||12th||0||4.7||v low||0%|
|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%|
|Upper Carpentaria (district 30)|
|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)|
|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%|
|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%|
|South Johnstone Exp Stn||25.1||-0.1||28.6||11th||15.3||-0.2||8.7||20th||70.8||88.7||average||80%|
|East Central Coast (district 33)|
|Ayr DPI Research Stn||26.7||+0.6||29.0||11th||12.3||-0.4||5.5||10th||0.8||15.9||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%|
|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 Post Office||25.3||+0.3||29.1||11th||12.1||+0.3||5.5||10th||145.3||23.9||v high||608%|
|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 Sirius St||25.2||-0.1||31.2||27th||8.4||+0.1||1.9||10th||10.9||19.1||average||57%|
|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%|
|Upper Western (district 37)|
|The Monument Airport||27.3||+0.5||30.9||16th||8.0||-1.1||3.5||19th||0||2.4||v low||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%|
|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%|
|Gayndah Airport||24.1||27.5||29th||8.0||0.4||10th||91.4||32.0||v high||286%|
|Lady Elliot Island||22.0||+0.1||24.4||27th||17.4||+0.2||11.3||13th||77.2||58.2||high||133%|
|Rockhampton Aero||25.0||+0.2||28.8||11th||11.8||+1.1||5.5||10th||93.6||28.7||v high||326%|
|Moreton South Coast (district 40)|
|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%|
|Cape Moreton Lighthouse||20.3||+0.6||22.6||6th||15.0||+1.1||11.5||12th||67.6||77.1||average||88%|
|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%|
|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%|
|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%|
|Nambour DPI - Hillside||21.8||25.6||29th||10.9||5.1||19th||146.0|
|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%|
|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)|
|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%|
|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%|
|St George Airport||23.3||+1.3||28.8||29th||6.8||+0.5||0.9||10th||25.4||21.5||average||118%|
|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%|
|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%|
|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%|
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
(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.