Monday, 3 December 2012 - Monthly Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC24R0
Queensland in November 2012: Warm days, average-warm nights, average-below rainfall
- Around 70% of the state recorded above average maximum temperatures
- The average maximum temperatures were 4th highest on record
- Bedourie may have broken its 2002 mean monthly maximum temperature record of 39.1 °C (TBC)
- Approximately equal areas (both 45% of the state) resulted in average and above average minimum temperatures
was average (around 48% of the state by area) with approximately 40% of the state below
The Queensland area averaged rainfall was 26.0 mm. The lowest since 2006.
The wettest overall was Mundubbera with 210.7 mm, followed by Dunollie with 190.8 mm, followed by Hilltop Gardens with 187.6 mm.Some sites had their highest total November rainfall on record. Some sites had their highest total November rainfall for at least 20 years. Some sites had their lowest total November rainfall on record. Some sites had their lowest total November rainfall for at least 20 years.
The wettest single day was at Hilltop Gardens with 124.4 mm on the 18th, followed by Theodore with 122.0 mm on the 10th, followed by Dunollie with 118.4 mm on the 10th.Some sites had their highest November daily rainfall on record.
Weekly rainfall summary:
To 6th: Falls above 25 mm were recorded in isolated parts of the east and north of the state. Scattered falls above 5 mm were recorded across much of eastern Queensland, with the west recording little or no rainfall during the week;
7 to 13th: Widespread rainfall was caused by a slow-moving surface trough and associated cloudband, which generated rain and storms as it crossed eastern Australia during the first half of the week, while onshore flow triggered further rain in southeast Queensland mid-week. Falls greater than 50 mm were recorded in isolated areas of the southeast, with falls of between 5 and 25 mm were recorded across remaining areas. The Cape York region recorded little or no rainfall during the week;
14 to 20th: Rainfall was mostly recorded along the east coast and in the tropical north. A surface trough over eastern Australia generated locally severe storms along the coast in the second half of the week, with flash flooding, large hail and strong wind gusts reported from several locations in the southeast. Falls greater than 50 mm were recorded across southeast Queensland and in localised areas west of Cairns. Falls of between 25 and 50 mm were recorded along much of the east coast between Bundaberg and Bega, and isolated falls above 25 mm were also recorded in the Cairns and Weipa regions. Falls of between 5 and 25 mm were recorded surrounding areas of higher falls, as well as in the Mackay region. Most of the western parts of the state recorded little or no rainfall during the week;
21st to 27th: Falls greater than 50 mm were recorded in the Cape York region. Falls of between 25 and 50 mm were recorded surrounding areas of higher falls in the northern tropics, with falls above 25 mm recorded inland of Rockhampton.
The area averaged mean temperature (see notes section) was 0.97 °C above the long-term average of 27.1 °C (1961-1990).
The warmest on average was Normanton Airport with 31.6 °C, followed by Century Mine with 31.5 °C, followed by Cloncurry Airport with 31.5 °C, followed by Camooweal Township with 31.4 °C.
The coolest on average was Applethorpe with 19.2 °C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 19.7 °C, followed by Jimna Forestry with 20.7 °C.
The area averaged maximum temperature (see notes section) was 1.50 °C above the long-term average of 34.1 °C (1961-1990), which was the 4th highest on record.
The hottest day was at Century Mine with 44.7 °C on the 21st, followed by Birdsville Airport with 44.4 °C on the 30th, followed by Birdsville Airport with 44.2 °C on the 25th.
The warmest days on average were at Julia Creek Airport with 40.0 °C, followed by Urandangi Aerodrome with 40.0 °C, followed by Trepell Airport with 39.8 °C, followed by Century Mine with 39.7 °C, followed by Cloncurry Airport with 39.7 °C.
The coolest days on average were at Cape Moreton Lighthouse with 25.5 °C, followed by Maleny Tamarind St with 25.6 °C, followed by Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS with 25.9 °C.
The coldest day was at Applethorpe with 18.8 °C on the 10th, followed by Toowoomba Airport with 19.0 °C on the 10th, followed by Jimna Forestry with 19.5 °C on the 10th.
The area averaged minimum temperature (see notes section) was 0.44 °C above the long-term average of 20.1 °C (1961-1990).
The coldest night was at Applethorpe with 5.5 °C on the 13th, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 6.2 °C on the 13th, followed by Applethorpe with 6.8 °C on the 12th.
The coolest nights on average were at Applethorpe with 12.1 °C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 12.8 °C, followed by Warwick with 13.7 °C.
The warmest nights on average were at Sweers Island with 27.2 °C, followed by Mornington Island with 26.7 °C, followed by Normanton Airport with 25.8 °C.
The warmest night was at Ballera Gas Field with 30.5 °C on the 27th, followed by Ballera Gas Field with 30.2 °C on the 30th, followed by Boulia Airport with 30.0 °C on the 27th.
The strongest wind gust was at Cape Moreton Lighthouse with 113 km/h on the 18th, followed by Cape Moreton Lighthouse with 100 km/h on the 11th, followed by Double Island Point Lighthouse with 98 km/h on the 18th.
- Severe thunderstorms over the 17–18th caused widespread damage in south-eastern Queensland, with high winds, large hail (including to 10 cm on the Darling Downs), intense lightning activity, as well as some flash flooding around Brisbane.
- The end of the month verged into a heatwave in some locations, overlapping into December. Check Special Climate Statement 41 when it is released for further information.
|Extremes in November 2012|
44.7 °C at Century Mine on the 21st|
44.4 °C at Birdsville Airport on the 30th
44.2 °C at Birdsville Airport on the 25th
|Warmest days on average||
40.0 °C at Julia Creek Airport|
40.0 °C at Urandangi Aerodrome
39.8 °C at Trepell Airport
|Coolest days on average||
25.5 °C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse|
25.6 °C at Maleny Tamarind St
25.9 °C at Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS
18.8 °C at Applethorpe on the 10th|
19.0 °C at Toowoomba Airport on the 10th
19.5 °C at Jimna Forestry on the 10th
5.5 °C at Applethorpe on the 13th|
6.2 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 13th
6.8 °C at Applethorpe on the 12th
|Coolest nights on average||
12.1 °C at Applethorpe|
12.8 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
13.7 °C at Warwick
|Warmest nights on average||
27.2 °C at Sweers Island|
26.7 °C at Mornington Island
25.8 °C at Normanton Airport
30.5 °C at Ballera Gas Field on the 27th|
30.2 °C at Ballera Gas Field on the 30th
30.0 °C at Boulia Airport on the 27th
|Warmest on average overall||
31.6 °C at Normanton Airport|
31.5 °C at Century Mine
31.5 °C at Cloncurry Airport
|Coolest on average overall||
19.2 °C at Applethorpe|
19.7 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
20.7 °C at Jimna Forestry
210.7 mm at Mundubbera|
190.8 mm at Dunollie
187.6 mm at Hilltop Gardens
124.4 mm at Hilltop Gardens on the 18th|
122.0 mm at Theodore on the 10th
118.4 mm at Dunollie on the 10th
|Highest wind gust||
113 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 18th|
100 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 11th
98 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 18th
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|Record highest November daily rainfall|
Highest daily rainfall
in November 2012 (mm)
|Mundubbera||117.6||on the 10th||82.0||on the 20th in 1997||102|
|Dunollie||118.4||on the 10th||104.8||on the 20th in 1997||63|
|Sandringham||56.0||on the 9th||48.3||on the 26th in 1973||46|
|Theodore||122.0||on the 10th||79.0||on the 7th in 2009||45|
|Record highest total November rainfall|
for November 2012 (mm)
|Highest total November rainfall for at least 20 years|
for November 2012 (mm)
Most recent November
at least this wet
* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported.
|Lowest total November rainfall for at least 20 years|
for November 2012 (mm)
Most recent November
at least this dry
|Peakvale Station||2.4||0.0||in 1971*||37||53.8|
|Southport Ridgeway Ave||32.1||20.4||in 1982*||26||106.1|
|Mackay Aero||2.2||0.5||in 1951*||25||81.1|
|Barnganal Blue Mountain||9.0||0.0||in 1990||22||80.5|
|Dulacca Truck Stop||7.8||6.6||in 1990||22||62.2|
|Lockhart River Airport||3.8||0.4||in 1992||20||72.2|
* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a lower value has gone unreported.
|Summary statistics for November 2012|
|North Peninsula (district 27)|
|South Peninsula (district 28)|
|Lockhart River Airport||31.7||-0.1||34.0||20th||23.0||0.0||18.4||3rd||3.8||72.2||v low||5%|
|Lower Carpentaria (district 29)|
|Julia Creek Airport||40.0||+1.5||43.5||25th||21.0||-0.6||14.9||20th||22.4||24.0||average||93%|
|Mount Isa Aero||38.9||+2.6||43.2||26th||21.2||-0.2||14.9||21st||13.2||39.0||average||34%|
|Normanton Airport||37.5||+0.5||40.5||20th||25.8||+0.5||23.2||16th||0.6||39.0||v low||2%|
|Upper Carpentaria (district 30)|
|Richmond Post Office||38.6||+1.1||41.5||20th||21.6||+0.7||15.4||15th||10.8||30.9||average||35%|
|Barron North Coast (district 31)|
|Low Isles Lighthouse||32.0||+0.3||35.3||20th||24.2||-0.3||22.2||11th||18.0||90.9||low||20%|
|Herbert North Coast (district 32)|
|Cardwell Marine Pde||29.1||-1.5||32.0||30th||21.8||+0.8||18.0||3rd||36.3||117.3||low||31%|
|South Johnstone Exp Stn||30.3||-0.2||33.1||19th||20.4||-0.2||16.9||9th||39.6||149.1||low||27%|
|East Central Coast (district 33)|
|Ayr DPI Research Stn||30.7||-0.4||32.9||20th||20.2||-0.4||17.3||16th||8.0||46.8||low||17%|
|Collinsville Post Office||34.3||+0.9||38.0||19th||18.9||-1.1||12.9||7th||12.4||51.3||low||24%|
|Hamilton Island Airport||28.5||+0.1||30.2||19th||23.2||+0.1||21.1||13th||3.2||92.0||v low||3%|
|Mackay Aero||30.1||+0.7||32.2||18th||20.1||-0.3||16.2||16th||2.2||81.1||v low||3%|
|Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS||25.9||27.7||2nd||22.3||18.7||13th|
|Samuel Hill Aero||28.7||-0.4||31.7||19th||16.6||-1.0||12.3||14th||26.8||78.6||low||34%|
|St Lawrence||30.3||31.9||30th||19.0||14.6||15th||12.4||54.5||v low||23%|
|Yeppoon The Esplanade||27.1||-0.3||29.3||2nd||21.4||+0.1||17.4||1st||55.6||73.5||average||76%|
|West Central Coast (district 34)|
|Charters Towers Airport||35.0||+1.3||39.2||19th||19.2||-1.2||15.9||14th||4.4||69.6||low||6%|
|Central Highlands (district 35)|
|Springsure Comet St||32.0||-0.8||35.4||23rd||17.9||0.0||11.4||24th||82.4||64.5||average||128%|
|Tambo Post Office||33.6||+0.4||37.8||23rd||17.5||+0.5||11.0||11th||32.4||47.0||average||69%|
|Taroom Post Office||32.9||+1.1||37.2||30th||17.8||+0.3||13.0||12th||60.8||73.9||average||82%|
|Central Lowlands (district 36)|
|Barcaldine Post Office||35.8||+1.3||40.4||24th||20.9||+0.6||15.4||11th||7.2||40.1||low||18%|
|Isisford Post Office||36.0||+0.3||40.9||24th||20.0||+0.1||13.8||11th||56.9||36.2||high||157%|
|Upper Western (district 37)|
|The Monument Airport||39.1||+2.4||44.1||26th||22.2||+0.9||16.2||20th||7.4||32.8||low||23%|
|Lower Western (district 38)|
|Bedourie Police Station||39.3||+3.0||44.0||30th||21.0||+0.3||15.6||11th||23.5||16.9||high||139%|
|Windorah Post Office||38.0||+2.6||42.5||16th||21.8||+1.9||14.9||11th||15.4||22.2||average||69%|
|Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)|
|Gladstone Radar||30.5||+0.6||34.4||2nd||20.3||-0.2||17.8||12th||20.4||72.4||v low||28%|
|Lady Elliot Island||27.5||+0.3||28.7||30th||21.9||0.0||18.8||19th||46.8||67.6||average||69%|
|Thangool Airport||32.3||+0.7||37.1||30th||14.7||-1.7||9.8||13th||11.4||74.5||v low||15%|
|Moreton South Coast (district 40)|
|Beaudesert Drumley Street||30.1||37.0||16th||15.9||9.9||13th|
|Beerburrum Forest Station||29.4||+1.4||37.0||16th||15.7||-0.7||10.9||13th||67.4||116.9||average||58%|
|Cape Moreton Lighthouse||25.5||+0.8||27.9||30th||20.0||+0.5||16.6||19th||89.0||94.1||average||95%|
|Double Island Point Lighthouse||28.3||+2.3||33.3||2nd||20.4||+0.2||17.4||12th||37.4||87.3||low||43%|
|Gold Coast Seaway||27.0||+0.4||28.8||16th||19.3||+0.4||15.2||13th||54.6||125.0||average||44%|
|Hervey Bay Airport||27.8||-0.1||30.1||28th||18.2||-0.9||13.3||7th||65.8||67.7||average||97%|
|Logan City Water Treatment Plant||28.3||+0.7||34.4||19th||17.7||+0.4||13.1||13th||72.9||108.2||average||67%|
|Maleny Tamarind St||25.6||+0.7||31.2||16th||15.9||0.0||11.4||12th||93.2||137.9||average||68%|
|Nambour DPI - Hillside||28.4||35.0||16th||17.0||12.0||13th||90.0|
|Sunshine Coast Airport||27.8||+1.0||33.2||19th||17.0||-0.9||11.1||13th||43.2||85.4||low||51%|
|Tewantin RSL Park||26.9||+0.5||34.9||19th||18.6||-0.1||14.1||14th||48.0||103.9||average||46%|
|University of Queensland Gatton||30.5||+0.4||38.7||16th||16.0||0.0||10.9||13th||123.4||79.5||high||155%|
|East Darling Downs (district 41)|
|Stanthorpe Leslie Parade||26.6||+1.4||33.0||30th||12.8||+0.9||6.2||13th||61.5||75.1||average||82%|
|Texas Post Office||32.3||+2.1||38.6||30th||16.6||+1.8||10.1||12th||59.4||68.2||average||87%|
|West Darling Downs (district 42)|
|Miles Constance Street||32.9||+2.2||38.1||30th||17.1||-0.1||9.7||20th||32.8||55.9||low||59%|
|Maranoa (district 43)|
|Injune Post Office||33.2||+1.8||37.7||30th||16.1||+0.2||9.7||3rd||21.6||74.1||low||29%|
|Mitchell Post Office||34.1||+2.2||39.6||30th||16.1||0.0||8.2||3rd||12.1||58.2||low||21%|
|St George Airport||34.3||+2.7||40.5||30th||18.5||+0.3||11.0||11th||11.2||70.3||low||16%|
|Warrego (district 44)|
|Bollon Mary St||35.6||+2.9||41.8||30th||19.0||+1.7||12.6||3rd||5.8||41.7||low||14%|
|Cunnamulla Post Office||36.0||+3.3||41.7||30th||19.9||+1.8||12.6||11th||2.6||30.9||low||8%|
|Far Southwest (district 45)|
|Ballera Gas Field||38.5||+3.7||43.9||30th||21.8||+1.0||14.8||18th||10.2||31.9||average||32%|
|Offshore Islands (district 200)|
|Middle Percy Island||27.3||+0.5||29.2||30th||21.2||-0.3||19.7||9th||10.0||110.2||v low||9%|
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 Monday 3 December 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.
Please check the corresponding Monthly Weather Review to confirm this months data for both Birdsville and Coconut Island.