Tuesday, 2 October 2012 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC24R0
Queensland in September 2012: Warm days, average nights, average rainfall
- Around 80% of the state had above average maximum temperatures (no where recorded below average and most northern and central districts were average)
- Approximately 75% of the state recorded average minimum temperatures
- About 60% of the state recorded average rainfall (above average in a few north and north-west districts)
- There were 3 temperature records, potentially 6 low rainfall
records and at least one dry spell record broken (ending in September)
The Queensland area averaged rainfall for September was 6.8 mm (the lowest since 2009)
The wettest overall was Kareeya with 83.0 mm, followed by Mt Sophia with 79.0 mm, followed by Marco Street Alert with 67.0 mm.Some sites had their lowest total September rainfall on record. Some sites had their lowest total September rainfall for at least 20 years.
The wettest single day was at Marengo with 53.0 mm on the 17th, followed by Middle Percy Island with 48.6 mm on the 18th, followed by Theodore with 43.0 mm on the 25th.Weekly rainfall summary:
Up to 4th: a strong high pressure ridge resulted in little or no rainfall across most of Australia. However, falls exceeded 25 mm in parts of the North Tropical Coast. Falls of between 5 and 25 mm were recorded in inland parts of Brisbane and Mackay;
5th to 11th: a strong high pressure ridge resulted in little or no rainfall across most of Australia. Falls of between 5 and 25 mm were recorded surrounding Cairns;
12th to 18th: a strong high pressure ridge resulted in little or no rainfall across most of Australia. Thunderstorms produced rain in parts of central and southeast Queensland at the end of the week. Isolated heavy falls greater than 25 mm were recorded in the eastern parts of Queensland. Falls of between 5 and 25 mm were recorded surrounding the areas of higher falls;
19th to 25th: a strong high pressure ridge resulted in little or no rainfall across most of Australia. Thunderstorms produced rain in southeast Queensland at the end of the week with isolated heavy falls greater than 25 mm.
Coolangatta set a new record of 54 days without rain (28 July - 19 September, 2012) since data collection began in December 1982
Brisbane Airport equalled its previous record of 55 days without rain (25 July - 17 September, 1991), between 20 July - 12 September, 2012
Queensland area averaged mean temperature (see notes section) was 0.79
°C above the long-term average of 21.1 °C (1961-1990).
The warmest on average was Coconut Island with 27.2 °C, followed by Horn Island with 27.1 °C, followed by Normanton Airport with 27.1 °C, followed by Weipa Aero with 27.1 °C, followed by Croydon Township with 27.0 °C.
The coolest on average was Applethorpe with 12.8 °C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 13.2 °C, followed by Warwick with 14.8 °C.
The Queensland area averaged maximum temperature (see notes section)
was 1.44 °C above the long-term average of 28.7 °C (1961-1990).
The hottest day was at Bedourie Police Station with 41.6 °C on the 20th, followed by Urandangi Aerodrome with 41.5 °C on the 21st, followed by Urandangi Aerodrome with 41.4 °C on the 22nd.
The warmest days on average were at Century Mine with 35.5 °C, followed by Kowanyama Airport with 35.0 °C, followed by Scherger RAAF with 34.6 °C, followed by Weipa Aero with 34.6 °C.
The coolest days on average were at Applethorpe with 21.0 °C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 21.8 °C, followed by Cape Moreton Lighthouse with 22.2 °C.
The coldest day was at Applethorpe with 14.7 °C on the 1st, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 15.5 °C on the 1st, followed by Toowoomba Airport with 16.6 °C on the 1st.Some sites had their highest September temperature on record.
The Queensland area averaged minimum temperature (see notes section) was 0.14 °C above the long-term average of 13.6 °C (1961-1990).
The coldest night was at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with -4.0 °C on the 2nd, followed by Applethorpe with -3.8 °C on the 2nd, followed by Roma Airport with -3.5 °C on the 3rd.
The coolest nights on average were at Applethorpe with 4.5 °C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 4.5 °C, followed by Warwick with 5.4 °C, followed by Oakey Aero with 5.6 °C.
The warmest nights on average were at Coconut Island with 24.2 °C, followed by Horn Island with 23.9 °C, followed by Willis Island with 23.2 °C.
The warmest night was at Horn Island with 25.2 °C on the 12th, followed by The Monument Airport with 25.1 °C on the 21st, followed by Sweers Island with 25.1 °C on the 25th, followed by Horn Island with 25.1 °C on the 28th, followed by Coconut Island with 25.0 °C on the 12th, followed by Croydon Township with 25.0 °C on the 25th.Some sites had their lowest September temperature on record.
WindThe strongest wind gust was at Kingaroy Airport with 87 km/h on the 21st, followed by Oakey Aero with 87 km/h on the 21st, followed by Dalby Airport with 85 km/h on the 21st, followed by Rockhampton Aero with 83 km/h on the 24th.
|Extremes in September 2012|
41.6 °C at Bedourie Police Station on the 20th|
41.5 °C at Urandangi Aerodrome on the 21st
41.4 °C at Urandangi Aerodrome on the 22nd
|Warmest days on average||
35.5 °C at Century Mine|
35.0 °C at Kowanyama Airport
34.6 °C at Scherger RAAF
34.6 °C at Weipa Aero
|Coolest days on average||
21.0 °C at Applethorpe|
21.8 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
22.2 °C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse
14.7 °C at Applethorpe on the 1st|
15.5 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 1st
16.6 °C at Toowoomba Airport on the 1st
-4.0 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 2nd|
-3.8 °C at Applethorpe on the 2nd
-3.5 °C at Roma Airport on the 3rd
|Coolest nights on average||
4.5 °C at Applethorpe|
4.5 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
5.4 °C at Warwick
|Warmest nights on average||
24.2 °C at Coconut Island|
23.9 °C at Horn Island
23.2 °C at Willis Island
25.2 °C at Horn Island on the 12th|
25.1 °C at The Monument Airport on the 21st
25.1 °C at Sweers Island on the 25th
25.1 °C at Horn Island on the 28th
|Warmest on average overall||
27.2 °C at Coconut Island|
27.1 °C at Horn Island
27.1 °C at Normanton Airport
27.1 °C at Weipa Aero
|Coolest on average overall||
12.8 °C at Applethorpe|
13.2 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
14.8 °C at Warwick
83.0 mm at Kareeya|
79.0 mm at Mt Sophia
67.0 mm at Marco Street Alert
53.0 mm at Marengo on the 17th|
48.6 mm at Middle Percy Island on the 18th
43.0 mm at Theodore on the 25th
|Highest wind gust||
87 km/h at Kingaroy Airport on the 21st|
87 km/h at Oakey Aero on the 21st
85 km/h at Dalby Airport on the 21st
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|Record lowest total September rainfall|
for September 2012 (mm)
|Palmerville||0.0||= 0.0||in 2011||123||8.7|
|Chillagoe||0.0||= 0.0||in 2009||109||5.0|
|Kowanyama Airport||0.0||= 0.0||in 2011||100||2.6|
|Townsville Aero||0.0||= 0.0||in 2011||72||10.6|
|Proserpine Airport||0.0||= 0.0||in 2000||29||19.3|
|Bowen Airport||0.0||= 0.0||in 2011||26||11.4|
|Lowest total September rainfall for at least 20 years|
for September 2012 (mm)
Most recent September
at least this dry
|Sandy Cape Lighthouse||1.6||1.2||in 1987*||24||51.2|
|Upper Stone Exelby||1.4||0.0||in 1991||21||28.7|
|Springbrook Road||12.2||4.0||in 1991*||20||58.6|
* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a lower value has gone unreported.
|Record highest September temperature|
in September 2012 (°C)
|Mount Isa Aero||39.8||on the 23rd||39.5||on the 30th in 2000||46||31.2|
|Record lowest September temperature|
in September 2012 (°C)
|Dalby Airport||-2.2||on the 2nd||-2.0||on the 3rd in 2003||21||8.8|
|Roma Airport||-3.5||on the 3rd||-1.8||on the 22nd in 1994||21||9.5|
|Summary statistics for September 2012|
|North Peninsula (district 27)|
|Horn Island||30.4||+0.3||31.3||14th||23.9||+0.1||19.7||18th||0||6.3||v low||0%|
|South Peninsula (district 28)|
|Lockhart River Airport||29.6||+0.6||31.0||13th||20.2||-0.3||15.9||8th||0.6||15.7||v low||4%|
|Lower Carpentaria (district 29)|
|Century Mine||35.5||+0.4||40.4||23rd||15.4||-2.3||11.0||17th||0||3.7||v low||0%|
|Julia Creek Airport||34.0||+0.1||39.3||22nd||13.1||-1.5||4.6||15th||1.0||2.8||average||36%|
|Mount Isa Aero||33.0||+1.8||39.8||23rd||12.8||-1.4||3.9||2nd||7.2||6.7||high||107%|
|Upper Carpentaria (district 30)|
|Richmond Post Office||33.0||+0.7||38.3||23rd||14.6||+0.7||8.1||15th||7.8||6.4||high||122%|
|Barron North Coast (district 31)|
|Cape Flattery||29.0||0.0||29.9||25th||22.3||+0.1||17.9||18th||0.2||7.6||v low||3%|
|Low Isles Lighthouse||28.7||+0.2||31.1||18th||22.1||+0.3||20.1||7th||14.8||36.9||average||40%|
|Herbert North Coast (district 32)|
|Cardwell Marine Pde||26.4||-1.2||28.4||21st||18.5||+2.2||14.2||3rd||27.5||38.8||average||71%|
|South Johnstone Exp Stn||27.2||+0.2||29.7||21st||17.5||+0.8||14.9||3rd||44.0||84.7||average||52%|
|East Central Coast (district 33)|
|Ayr DPI Research Stn||27.7||-0.3||30.8||22nd||15.6||+0.6||12.8||13th||0.4||10.5||low||4%|
|Collinsville Post Office||29.5||-0.1||33.0||25th||13.0||-0.6||8.0||3rd||11.0||11.4||average||96%|
|Hamilton Island Airport||24.8||-0.4||27.9||25th||19.8||-0.2||17.8||6th||6.4||29.1||average||22%|
|Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS||23.0||27.1||24th||17.3||12.7||2nd|
|Samuel Hill Aero||25.7||-0.3||30.2||25th||12.0||-0.1||5.8||9th||18.0||48.4||low||37%|
|Yeppoon The Esplanade||24.2||-0.1||27.3||23rd||15.4||-0.2||8.7||9th||4.2||35.1||average||12%|
|West Central Coast (district 34)|
|Charters Towers Airport||29.8||-0.3||34.9||25th||14.5||-0.7||11.7||3rd||14.4||11.6||high||124%|
|Central Highlands (district 35)|
|Springsure Comet St||26.9||-0.7||33.1||22nd||12.4||+1.2||5.4||3rd||12.0||29.9||average||40%|
|Tambo Post Office||28.5||+1.2||35.5||23rd||9.4||+0.4||0.5||1st||12.8||21.3||average||60%|
|Taroom Post Office||28.1||+1.4||34.5||24th||10.3||-0.1||0.4||2nd||11.2||31.9||average||35%|
|Central Lowlands (district 36)|
|Barcaldine Post Office||29.8||+1.1||36.8||23rd||14.5||+1.2||7.7||15th||8.2||16.0||average||51%|
|Isisford Post Office||30.9||+1.6||37.9||23rd||12.7||+0.6||5.0||1st||12.2||15.2||average||80%|
|Upper Western (district 37)|
|The Monument Airport||32.4||+0.9||40.7||22nd||13.6||-0.6||4.2||2nd||8.2||5.7||high||144%|
|Lower Western (district 38)|
|Bedourie Police Station||31.6||+1.2||41.6||20th||13.2||-0.4||5.9||4th||8.5||7.9||high||108%|
|Windorah Post Office||30.7||+2.3||38.8||20th||12.7||+0.6||6.0||8th||4.3||10.5||average||41%|
|Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)|
|Lady Elliot Island||24.4||+0.7||26.5||29th||19.5||+0.8||12.2||9th||4.0||39.2||v low||10%|
|Moreton South Coast (district 40)|
|Beaudesert Drumley Street||26.1||33.0||24th||8.5||1.0||2nd||10.4|
|Beerburrum Forest Station||25.7||-0.3||31.1||29th||11.2||-0.8||4.8||2nd||26.0||46.9||average||55%|
|Cape Moreton Lighthouse||22.2||+0.8||24.5||27th||16.5||+0.6||11.7||2nd||55.6||65.1||average||85%|
|Double Island Point Lighthouse||23.9||+1.3||28.9||24th||17.1||+0.5||12.5||1st||11.0||51.0||low||22%|
|Gold Coast Seaway||24.3||+0.5||30.8||24th||14.3||-0.5||8.5||1st||20.4||43.8||average||47%|
|Hervey Bay Airport||24.5||-0.3||26.9||23rd||13.2||-1.0||5.7||9th||5.8||40.6||low||14%|
|Logan City Water Treatment Plant||25.3||+0.3||32.9||24th||12.0||-0.4||5.2||2nd||16.8||44.6||low||38%|
|Maleny Tamarind St||22.5||-0.2||29.2||24th||11.7||-0.7||5.8||2nd||25.6||64.2||average||40%|
|Nambour DPI - Hillside||25.1||32.0||24th||12.4||7.3||2nd||21.4|
|Sunshine Coast Airport||24.4||+0.3||29.9||29th||11.9||-1.0||5.2||9th||51.2||55.8||average||92%|
|Tewantin RSL Park||24.0||-0.3||29.9||29th||13.8||-0.6||8.3||3rd||20.4||61.4||low||33%|
|University of Queensland Gatton||26.7||+1.2||32.6||24th||8.9||-0.6||2.3||2nd||18.6||35.3||average||53%|
|East Darling Downs (district 41)|
|Stanthorpe Leslie Parade||21.8||+2.3||28.0||24th||4.5||-0.6||-4.0||2nd||21.3||51.8||low||41%|
|Texas Post Office||25.5||+1.1||30.7||28th||7.3||-0.5||-1.6||2nd||27.2||40.2||average||68%|
|West Darling Downs (district 42)|
|Miles Constance Street||26.9||+0.5||32.9||23rd||8.2||-2.1||-1.0||2nd||8.2||22.4||low||37%|
|Maranoa (district 43)|
|Injune Post Office||27.3||+1.2||33.8||23rd||7.7||-0.5||-2.4||3rd||9.0||26.3||average||34%|
|Mitchell Post Office||27.3||+1.6||34.1||23rd||7.1||-0.4||-2.2||3rd||6.4||26.8||average||24%|
|St George Airport||26.7||+0.2||32.5||28th||9.2||-1.6||-0.1||2nd||6.8||27.5||low||25%|
|Warrego (district 44)|
|Bollon Mary St||28.0||+2.4||34.7||28th||8.8||-0.5||0.0||3rd||6.2||24.6||low||25%|
|Cunnamulla Post Office||28.1||+2.5||36.2||23rd||10.6||-0.1||3.8||1st||7.2||18.4||average||39%|
|Far Southwest (district 45)|
|Offshore Islands (district 200)|
|Middle Percy Island||23.6||+0.1||25.7||25th||17.9||-0.4||15.3||2nd||49.8||35.3||average||141%|
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 9 am on Tuesday 2 October 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
(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.