Queensland in January 2012: Hot start, wet finish

  • The area averaged January maximum temperature (compared to the 1961-90 average) was the highest since 2006 
  • Only 10% of the state received below average rainfall (around 44% above average)
  • There were 17 high daily and 11 high monthly rainfall records broken

Rainfall

The Queensland area averaged rainfall was 126.31 mm. 

The wettest overall was Springbrook Road with 870.3 mm, followed by Tomewin - Tallowood with 861.0 mm, followed by Lower Springbrook Alert with 823.4 mm.

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

The wettest single day was at Lower Springbrook Alert with 313.6 mm on the 25th, followed by Springbrook Road with 291.0 mm on the 25th, followed by Corbould Pk Racecourse with 288.0 mm on the 25th.

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

Weekly rainfall summary 

Up to the10th: Late in the week a low pressure trough extended eastward to trigger thunderstorms and locally heavy rain over parts of Queensland. Falls of between 25 and 50 mm were recorded in isolated areas
11th to 17th: A low pressure trough extended across northern and eastern Australia during the week, resulting in locally heavy rain over parts of Queensland. Isolated rainfall totals exceeding 150 mm were reported in parts of Queensland. Rainfall totals greater than 50 mm were recorded in northern Queensland, becoming more scattered into the eastern NSW-Queensland border region
18th to 24th: During the week, an active monsoon trough, as well as other low pressure troughs, resulted in high rainfall totals in parts of northern Australia. Rainfall totals of greater than 200 mm were recorded in the Herbert and Peninsula districts. Large-area rainfall totals of greater than 50 mm were reported in much of central Queensland and the southeast Queensland coast;
25th to 31st: An active monsoon trough across the north, along with surface troughs throughout the centre and east of the continent, resulted in heavy rainfall and flooding in many parts of northern Australia, southern Queensland and on the east coast between Rockhampton and northern NSW. Areas with rainfall totals exceeding 400 mm were in south-east Queensland. Large-area rainfall totals of greater than 200 mm were reported in the NT-QLD border region of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The south-east Queensland Moreton districts, with some other localised areas in Queensland, reported widespread rainfall totals greater than 200 mm. Most of Queensland recorded more than 50 mm of rainfall, with a significant number of rainfall totals greater than 100 mm being recorded in parts of inland and coastal Queensland.

Temperature

The Queensland area averaged mean temperature anomaly was -0.19 C.

The warmest on average was Boulia Airport with 33.6 C, followed by Birdsville Airport with 33.4 C, followed by Bedourie Police Station with 32.4 C.

The coolest on average was Applethorpe with 19.9 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 20.6 C, followed by Toowoomba Airport with 21.7 C.

Maximum temperature

The Queensland area averaged maximum temperature anomaly was 0.07 C.

The hottest day was at Birdsville Airport with 47.5 C on the 7th, followed by Ballera Gas Field with 45.6 C on the 7th, followed by Windorah Post Office with 45.6 C on the 7th, followed by Bedourie Police Station with 45.2 C on the 7th.

The warmest days on average were at Birdsville Airport with 40.3 C, followed by Boulia Airport with 40.3 C, followed by Urandangi with 40.3 C, followed by Bedourie Police Station with 40.0 C, followed by The Monument Airport with 39.1 C.

The coolest days on average were at Applethorpe with 25.1 C, followed by Maleny Tamarind St with 25.3 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 25.7 C.

The coldest day was at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 17.2 C on the 15th, followed by Applethorpe with 18.0 C on the 15th, followed by Applethorpe with 19.4 C on the 28th.

Some sites had their coldest January day (lowest maximum temperature) on record. Some sites had their lowest January mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years. See a map of mean maximum temperatures. See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.

Minimum temperature

The Queensland area averaged minimum temperature anomaly was -0.44 C (the lowest since 2000).

The coldest night was at Applethorpe with 7.9 C on the 12th, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 7.9 C on the 12th, followed by Roma Airport with 9.2 C on the 13th, followed by Applethorpe with 9.7 C on the 11th.

The coolest nights on average were at Applethorpe with 14.8 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 15.5 C, followed by Warwick with 16.7 C.

The warmest nights on average were at Sweers Island with 26.8 C, followed by Boulia Airport with 26.7 C, followed by Birdsville Airport with 26.5 C.

The warmest night was at Birdsville Airport with 32.8 C on the 21st, followed by Ballera Gas Field with 32.2 C on the 8th, followed by Boulia Airport with 31.5 C on the 8th.

Some sites had their lowest January temperature on record. Some sites had their lowest January 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 Hughenden Airport with 170 km/h on the 22nd, followed by Winton Airport with 113 km/h on the 21st, followed by Trepell Airport with 102 km/h on the 21st.

Other phenomena

Extreme rainfall began in the south-east around the 24th and it rained 8 days straight for Brisbane and the surrounds, including the Gold Coast, but 16 days for the Sunshine Coast 

A surface trough created dry, fresh and gusty west to south-westerly winds, contributing to a record low relative humidity of 13% on the 11th at Brisbane

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Extremes in January 2012
Hottest day 47.5 C at Birdsville Airport on the 7th
Warmest days on average 40.3 C at Birdsville Airport
40.3 C at Boulia Airport
40.3 C at Urandangi
Coolest days on average 25.1 C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 17.2 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 15th
Coldest night 7.9 C at Applethorpe on the 12th
7.9 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 12th
Coolest nights on average 14.8 C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 26.8 C at Sweers Island
Warmest night 32.8 C at Birdsville Airport on the 21st
Warmest on average overall 33.6 C at Boulia Airport
Coolest on average overall 19.9 C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 870.3 mm at Springbrook Road
Wettest day291.0 mm at Springbrook Road on the 25th
Highest wind gust 170 km/h at Hughenden Airport on the 22nd

Record highest January daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in January 2012 (mm)
Previous wettest
for January
Years of
record
Springsure Comet St 172.0 on the 29th 158.8 on the 23rd in 1918 126
Cowley Station 146.0 on the 29th 120.1 on the 14th in 1968 110
Augustus Downs Station 221.0 on the 27th 203.2 on the 3rd in 1897 95
Gregory Springs Station 201.6 on the 31st 163.8 on the 16th in 1981 86
Kamilaroi Station 200.4 on the 28th 160.0 on the 1st in 1983 82
Hannaford Post Office 136.8 on the 25th 131.1 on the 15th in 1956 74
Redlands HRS 250.6 on the 25th 158.2 on the 26th in 1947 64
Boondall 216.8 on the 25th 142.0 on the 20th in 1994 36
Greenbank Thompson Road 158.6 on the 25th 111.6 on the 10th in 1999 36
Lawnton Colonial Drive 255.0 on the 25th 168.4 on the 4th in 1996 36
Springbrook Road 291.0 on the 25th 265.0 on the 5th in 2008 32
Dooruna Downs 111.6 on the 31st 103.0 on the 30th in 1984 28
Corbould Pk Racecourse 288.0 on the 25th 142.0 on the 11th in 2011 26
Brisbane RPA Hospital 171.0 on the 25th 138.0 on the 20th in 1994 24
Ormiston College 244.0 on the 25th 145.4 on the 20th in 1994 24
Allambie 55.0 on the 29th 48.0 on the 4th in 1995 23
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 145.2 on the 25th 88.3 on the 21st in 2006 20



Record highest total January rainfall
Total rainfall
for January 2012 (mm)
Previous wettest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Lawnton Colonial Drive 552.2 519.8 in 2011 36 160.1
Greenbank Thompson Road 293.4 = 293.4 in 1982 35 117.9
Boondall 495.2 388.8 in 2011 34 133.6
Maclean Bridge 314.4 243.8 in 2004 30 111.6
Coolangatta 529.6 392.8 in 2006 29 154.7
Dooruna Downs 254.0 205.0 in 1984 28 81.3
Corbould Pk Racecourse 630.5 629.5 in 2011 24 165.5
Traighli 244.8 218.3 in 1996 24 84.1
Allambie 128.8 117.2 in 1998 23 42.8
Brisbane RPA Hospital 358.0 310.3 in 2011 22 128.3
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 326.4 249.7 in 2006 20 125.1

Highest total January rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for January 2012 (mm)
Most recent January
at least this wet
Years since
wetter
Average for
January
Springsure Comet St 425.0 768.3 in 1918* 90 109.2
Cowley Station 305.0 458.3 in 1941* 66 53.3
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 458.7 476.0 in 1970 42 161.8
Alderley 431.6 885.2 in 1974 38 160.4
Augathella Post Office 236.0 297.0 in 1974 38 78.2
Canungra Finch Road 511.8 1057.8 in 1974 38 165.1
Mt Tamborine Fern St 657.0 1790.0 in 1974 38 219.6
Mulga Downs 188.8 302.4 in 1974 38 52.8
Capalaba Water Treat 360.4 904.3 in 1974* 37 156.6
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 268.8 719.4 in 1974* 37 150.0
Wansey Downs 255.8 274.8 in 1974* 37 76.6
Beaudesert Cryna 315.6 617.4 in 1974* 36 129.1
Miami Bardon Ave 617.8 666.9 in 1974* 36 184.6
Mt Nebo Post Office 501.8 1513.6 in 1974* 36 189.5
Redlands HRS 456.6 909.7 in 1974* 35 159.2
Nerang Gilston Rd 593.9 1094.8 in 1974* 34 191.4
Rocky Point Sugar Mill 396.0 836.8 in 1974* 34 167.3
Toliness Station 253.0 269.4 in 1974* 34 76.7
Oxenford (Oberon Way) 514.4 921.6 in 1974* 33 177.4
Cunnamulla Post Office 218.4 227.8 in 1984 28 47.7
Monduran 323.6 408.6 in 1982* 28 155.6
Rosehill 224.2 278.2 in 1984 28 75.3
Double Island Point Lighthouse 271.2 281.7 in 1982* 27 163.2
Glenorie 203.0 252.7 in 1984* 27 76.1
Woodgate Store 268.6 336.5 in 1984* 22 134.3
Plane Creek Sugar Mill 589.5 1205.6 in 1991* 20 363.8

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported.




Record lowest January daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in January 2012 (C)
Previous coolest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Lady Elliot Island 23.8 on the 16th 24.3 on the 31st in 1970 55 29.2
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 17.2 on the 15th = 17.2 on the 18th in 1967 51 27.4
Seventeen Seventy 22.5 on the 16th 23.9 on the 26th in 2005 24 29.3
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 23.0 on the 24th 23.7 on the 2nd in 1999 20 29.7



Lowest January mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for January 2012 (C)
Most recent January
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
January
Surat 30.9 30.6 in 1984* 25 34.2

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a lower value has gone unreported.




Record lowest January temperature
Lowest temperature
in January 2012 (C)
Previous coolest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Surat 10.9 on the 13th 11.2 on the 20th in 2010 48 20.6
Monto Township 12.5 on the 2nd 12.7 on the 20th in 2010 39 19.3
Roma Airport 9.2 on the 13th 11.2 on the 20th in 2010 20 20.9
Thangool Airport 12.3 on the 3rd 12.4 on the 5th in 2001 20 19.7



Lowest January mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for January 2012 (C)
Most recent January
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
January
Palmerville 22.4 21.7 in 1965* 43 22.9
Tambo Post Office 18.9 =18.9 in 1979 33 20.4
Urandangi 22.1 21.7 in 1976* 33 24.0

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a lower value has gone unreported.




Summary statistics for January 2012
Maximum temperatures
for January
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for January
(C)
Rainfall
for January
(millimetres)
Mean for
January
2012
Diff
from
average
Highest for
January
2012
Mean for
January
2012
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
January
2012
Total for
January
2012
Average
for
January
Rank of
January
2012
Fraction of
January
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.3 +0.5 34.8 4th 25.7 -0.1 23.5 28th 236.0 274.0 average 86%
Coen Airport 32.4   36.1 15th 23.9   21.7 7th 161.8
Horn Island 31.5 +0.7 33.3 7th 24.9 -0.2 22.7 7th 420.6 387.1 average 109%
Scherger RAAF 32.5   35.5 9th 23.9   22.4 4th 332.8
Weipa Aero 32.3 +0.4 34.8 5th 24.1 -0.1 22.3 4th 425.0 462.6 average 92%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 31.9 +0.3 34.8 28th 23.9 +0.2 20.9 7th 249.2 397.4 low 63%
Musgrave 33.3 +0.1 35.5 8th 23.2 0.0 20.1 3rd 307.0 271.1 average 113%
Palmerville 33.5 +0.2 36.5 6th 22.4 -0.5 18.3 6th 210.4 266.8 average 79%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 35.4 +1.6 40.1 12th 25.3 0.0 22.9 25th 213.6 280.3 average 76%
Century Mine 37.9   41.6 12th 24.0   19.8 15th 202.2 241.4 average 84%
Cloncurry Airport 38.1 +2.0 42.7 10th 24.1 -0.4 19.8 4th 231.6 192.8 average 120%
Croydon Township 35.0 -0.4 39.3 10th 24.8 +0.6 21.6 11th 196.4 222.8 average 88%
Julia Creek Airport 38.5 +2.2 44.2 10th 23.3 -0.2 18.5 4th 173.8 167.7 high 104%
Kowanyama Airport 32.7 -0.3 35.3 12th 24.4 +0.1 22.7 26th 251.2 339.8 average 74%
Mornington Island 32.4 +0.3 34.7 12th 25.7 +0.2 22.7 10th 308.6 326.8 average 94%
Mount Isa Aero 36.9 +0.6 39.9 10th 23.0 -0.7 17.9 5th 59.6 118.7 average 50%
Normanton Airport 34.3 +0.8 39.6 12th 25.5 +0.4 22.4 23rd 165.6 254.7 low 65%
Sweers Island 33.0 +0.9 36.5 15th 26.8 +0.7 22.0 17th 214.5 351.2 average 61%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 34.4   38.5 11th 22.5   17.8 4th 159.4
Hughenden Airport 35.4 +0.6 41.4 10th 22.9 -0.4 17.1 23rd 223.6 152.7 high 146%
Richmond Airport 37.8 +1.7 44.5 10th 23.4 +0.3 18.6 5th 129.0 137.2 average 94%
Richmond Post Office 37.5 +0.7 44.0 10th     20.0 3rd 130.7 123.2 average 106%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 31.4 0.0 34.7 29th 23.5 -0.2 19.6 6th 367.6 396.4 average 93%
Cape Flattery 32.0   33.1 31st 24.0   20.7 11th 255.6 287.0 average 89%
Cooktown Airport 31.6 -0.1 35.7 30th 23.7 -0.6 20.3 7th 146.0 266.4 average 55%
Low Isles Lighthouse 32.2 0.0 35.1 15th 25.1 -0.4 23.0 16th 400.2 401.1 average 100%
Mareeba Airport 31.4 +0.6 36.1 12th 21.0 -0.4 16.9 6th 290.6 236.3 average 123%
Walkamin Research Station 30.4 +0.5 34.9 12th 20.3 0.0 16.5 5th 194.2 219.6 average 88%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 30.5 -1.0 33.1 29th 23.7 +0.8 20.4 6th 223.5 440.4 low 51%
Ingham Composite 32.2 -0.1 35.8 29th 23.1 +0.1 20.3 6th 322.1 388.1 average 83%
Innisfail 31.1 +0.3 33.6 29th 23.4 +0.6 19.6 6th 407.4 511.7 average 80%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 31.3 +0.1 34.6 29th 22.8 +0.3 18.4 6th 389.8 523.0 average 75%
Townsville Aero 31.3 0.0 33.4 12th 24.5 +0.2 20.9 5th 247.2 276.1 average 90%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 31.0 -0.2 32.5 29th 24.7 +0.1 19.8 3rd 178.6 255.4 low 70%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 31.9 +0.1 34.8 12th 23.1 +0.4 19.0 3rd 153.8 220.4 average 70%
Bowen Airport 30.9 -0.6 32.8 12th 23.2 -0.6 17.9 4th 109.0 178.3 average 61%
Collinsville Post Office 33.0 -0.4 37.4 10th 21.5 -0.4 15.6 4th 174.4 134.8 high 129%
Hamilton Island Airport 29.5 -0.1 32.7 29th 24.8 +0.1 22.5 1st 111.4 295.4 low 38%
Mackay Aero 29.8 -0.3 33.5 11th 23.1 +0.2 19.1 4th
Mackay M.O 29.9 -0.1 33.5 11th 23.8 +0.3 20.0 5th 213.4 276.6 average 77%
Proserpine Airport 31.3 -0.2 35.6 12th 22.1 -0.5 17.6 5th 81.2 288.6 low 28%
Samuel Hill Aero 29.7 -1.0 34.4 12th 21.5 0.0 16.6 5th 101.6 158.4 average 64%
St Lawrence 30.7   34.8 12th 22.4   17.7 4th 137.8
St Lawrence Post Office 31.1 -0.7 35.2 12th 22.5 0.0 18.6 4th 171.0 205.4 average 83%
Williamson 30.5   33.6 12th 22.2   17.8 5th 87.8
Woolshed 28.9 +0.6 32.3 12th 20.8 +0.1 16.9 3rd 124.6 242.9 average 51%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 28.0 -1.3 31.9 12th 23.0 -0.7 19.4 5th 121.4 123.3 average 98%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 33.5 0.0 38.1 10th 21.8 -0.6 17.7 3rd 65.0 160.5 low 40%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 33.3 -0.6 39.8 10th 21.6 -0.3 17.6 5th 165.8 105.3 high 157%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Clermont Airport 33.0   38.7 10th 20.9   16.4 4th 171.4
Emerald Airport 33.6 -0.7 39.9 10th 21.1 -1.1 17.2 3rd 132.2 90.1 high 147%
Lochington 33.4   40.0 9th 20.8   16.6 4th 156.2
Rolleston Airport 33.7   39.8 10th 20.4   16.2 4th 117.8
Springsure Comet St 32.3 -1.7 38.1 9th 20.4 -0.4 17.1 1st 425.0 109.2 v high 389%
Tambo Post Office 33.3 -1.6 39.0 8th 18.9 -1.5 12.0 13th 161.4 81.4 high 198%
Taroom Post Office 33.4 -0.2 40.7 9th 20.0 -0.6 15.5 12th 118.3 98.0 high 121%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 35.1 -0.5 41.5 7th 22.8 -0.3 19.0 16th 188.4 86.9 v high 217%
Blackall Airport 34.7 -0.8 40.9 8th 20.8 -2.0 17.6 2nd 162.6 119.2 average 136%
Isisford Post Office 36.4 -0.5 42.5 7th 22.2 -0.8 19.2 15th 93.7 69.6 high 135%
Longreach Aero 37.2 +0.3 43.8 7th 22.0 -1.0 18.2 15th 87.6 79.7 average 110%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 38.3 +1.0 40.9 7th 24.2 -0.1 17.3 14th 39.8 99.7 average 40%
The Monument Airport 39.1 +2.4 42.3 6th 24.7 +0.6 20.6 13th 30.6 77.8 low 39%
Trepell Airport 38.5 +1.9 42.8 7th 23.4 -0.7 19.5 4th 137.8 122.3 average 113%
Urandangi 40.3 +1.9 43.5 7th 22.1 -1.9 18.0 30th 25.9 62.8 average 41%
Winton Airport 38.7 +2.1 44.3 7th 23.8 +0.1 18.8 5th 46.4 93.9 average 49%
Winton Post Office 38.6 +1.1 42.8 7th 24.5 +1.0 19.9 5th 53.4 83.2 average 64%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 40.0 +1.2 45.2 7th 24.9 0.0 20.6 13th 5.5 33.2 low 17%
Birdsville Airport 40.3 +0.1 47.5 7th 26.5 +0.1 21.0 13th 6.0 22.6 average 27%
Boulia Airport 40.3 +1.9 45.0 7th 26.7 +2.2 23.1 28th 4.0 48.5 low 8%
Windorah Post Office 38.2 +0.1 45.6 7th 24.1 0.0 17.2 13th 42.8 42.9 average 100%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 33.9 -0.4 39.4 10th 21.2 -0.2 16.5 2nd 41.2 92.3 low 45%
Bundaberg Aero 29.7 -0.4 35.0 10th 20.7 -0.7 17.3 4th 263.8 171.7 high 154%
Gayndah Airport 31.8 -1.7 39.6 10th 19.7 -1.1 13.5 2nd 82.4 78.4 average 105%
Gladstone Airport 29.7 -1.0 35.1 10th 22.5 -0.5 19.0 4th 180.0 111.8 high 161%
Gladstone Radar 31.0 -0.2 36.7 11th 22.1 -0.4 19.2 16th 154.8 140.4 average 110%
Lady Elliot Island 28.4 -0.8 30.6 12th 24.0 +0.1 20.3 16th 78.6 120.5 average 65%
Monto Township 31.3 -0.6 38.6 10th 18.8 -0.5 12.5 2nd 79.7 109.1 average 73%
Rockhampton Aero 31.6 -0.3 38.2 10th 22.2 +0.1 18.6 3rd 120.0 126.4 average 95%
Rundle Island 27.2 -0.9 31.1 12th 23.9 -0.4 20.4 16th
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 28.5 -0.9 33.5 12th 21.8 -0.5 18.4 1st 458.7 161.8 v high 283%
Seventeen Seventy 28.1 -1.2 31.0 12th 21.9 -1.1 18.5 4th 236.3 153.1 average 154%
Thangool Airport 33.3 -0.2 38.9 10th 19.1 -0.6 12.3 3rd 98.4 96.0 average 103%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 30.1 -1.0 40.6 9th 18.7 -0.9 13.5 3rd 174.6 114.5 high 152%
Archerfield Airport 29.1 -1.2 36.8 11th 19.7 -0.5 14.2 2nd 264.6 136.6 high 194%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 29.6   39.2 9th 18.5   13.9 3rd 279.4
Beerburrum Forest Station 28.6 -1.6 38.0 9th 19.2 -0.5 14.8 4th 555.0 200.0 v high 278%
Brisbane 28.7 -1.6 37.1 11th 20.7 -0.7 17.4 4th 343.4 131.9 v high 260%
Brisbane Aero 27.8 -1.2 35.9 11th 20.5 -0.7 15.8 2nd 347.4 135.7 v high 256%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 26.5 -0.4 29.4 11th 21.8 -0.1 19.6 1st 268.8 150.0 high 179%
Coolangatta 27.8 -0.4 31.5 10th 20.2 -0.7 16.1 3rd 529.6 154.7 highest 342%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 27.3 -0.4 33.4 11th 22.1 -0.3 19.0 16th 271.2 163.2 high 166%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.0 -0.6 32.1 11th 21.2 -0.6 18.6 1st 399.8 124.2 v high 322%
Gympie 29.2 -2.0 37.7 11th 19.4 -0.2 13.7 2nd 259.0 164.1 high 158%
Hervey Bay Airport 28.8 -1.2 31.1 10th 21.0 -1.0 17.3 4th 299.4 145.7 high 205%
Kingaroy Airport 28.9 -1.9 37.5 9th 17.3 -0.7 11.7 2nd 150.2 75.3 high 199%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 28.3 -1.4 37.9 11th 20.1 -0.4 16.0 1st 326.4 125.1 highest 261%
Maleny Tamarind St 25.3 -1.4 35.0 9th 18.5 -0.2 14.0 2nd 536.4 283.8 high 189%
Maryborough 29.5 -1.2 34.6 11th 20.2 -0.4 16.5 4th 207.0 163.5 high 127%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 27.7   36.7 9th 19.9   15.3 2nd 581.4
Point Lookout     33.6 11th 21.2 -1.4 14.1 16th 525.8 155.7 v high 338%
Rainbow Beach 27.5 -1.3 32.8 9th       297.0 173.7 high 171%
Redcliffe 27.6   33.9 11th 21.3   18.1 1st 510.6
Sunshine Coast Airport 27.9 -0.8 34.8 9th 20.6 -0.6 15.9 12th 298.6 150.4 high 199%
Tewantin RSL Park 27.4 -1.0 35.4 9th 21.4 -0.4 18.6 2nd 284.6 142.1 high 200%
Toolara (Kelly) 28.8 -2.4 36.4 9th 20.2 -0.5 17.2 2nd 300.2 172.5 high 174%
University of Queensland Gatton 30.6 -0.9 39.5 9th 18.6 -0.5 13.3 2nd 114.8 110.9 average 104%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 25.1 -1.3 32.4 9th 14.8 -0.4 7.9 12th 192.4 98.5 high 195%
Dalby Airport 31.1 -1.5 38.6 9th 17.7 -1.1 12.4 12th 44.8 72.5 average 62%
Goondiwindi Airport 31.0 -3.1 37.5 8th 19.1 -1.2 14.9 12th 141.0 86.4 high 163%
Inglewood Forest 30.4 -3.0 36.2 9th 17.4 -1.3 13.8 12th 167.6 60.0 high 279%
Oakey Aero 30.3 -0.5 37.9 9th 16.9 -0.9 10.0 12th 29.0 80.5 low 36%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 25.7 -1.7 34.0 9th 15.5 -0.1 7.9 12th 121.2 97.0 average 125%
Texas Post Office 31.4 -2.4 36.6 9th 17.9 -0.6 13.4 11th 83.6 87.4 average 96%
Toowoomba Airport 26.4 -1.8 34.9 9th 17.0 -0.5 14.1 2nd 98.2 88.7 high 111%
Warwick 28.8 -1.2 37.1 9th 16.7 -0.2 11.1 2nd 91.2 85.8 average 106%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 31.7 -2.0 37.3 9th 18.9 -1.5 14.1 13th 0.6 61.2 v low 1%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 31.4 -2.2 37.1 9th 18.5 -1.1 11.7 13th 154.4 90.3 high 171%
Mitchell Post Office 31.9 -2.1 38.5 8th 18.5 -1.5 12.5 13th 127.5 81.3 high 157%
Roma Airport 31.9 -2.2 37.1 8th 18.3 -2.6 9.2 13th 165.6 72.7 high 228%
St George Airport 31.3 -3.4 38.4 8th 19.8 -2.0 11.4 13th 107.6 59.0 high 182%
Surat 30.9 -3.3 37.1 8th 19.3 -1.3 10.9 13th 117.4 72.1 high 163%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 33.2 -2.3 41.2 8th 20.1 -1.4 14.0 13th 172.2 64.0 v high 269%
Charleville Aero 33.4 -1.5 40.6 8th 19.8 -1.9 14.0 13th 167.6 75.2 v high 223%
Cunnamulla Post Office 34.4 -1.6 41.7 7th 21.8 -0.4 15.1 13th 218.4 47.7 v high 458%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 38.0 -1.3 45.6 7th 24.0 -1.8 18.2 13th 9.6 31.7 average 30%
Quilpie Airport 35.9 -1.0 44.0 7th 22.8 -1.0 17.6 25th 93.1 53.6 high 174%
Thargomindah Airport 35.9 -2.3 43.7 7th 23.5 -1.9 17.7 13th 43.4 41.7 average 104%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 27.9 -0.5 31.1 12th 22.8 -0.5 19.1 15th 136.8 196.0 average 70%
Willis Island 31.3 +0.6 32.5 27th 26.2 +0.5 23.6 24th 79.0 196.1 low 40%

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 February 2012. 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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