Queensland in December 2012: Dry and warm

  • Around half of the state recorded below average rainfall, with the area averaged rainfall being the lowest since 2005.
  • No where in the state was below average for maximum temperatures, with the maximum temperature anomaly being the 5th highest on record.
  • Around 59% of the state recorded above average minimum temperatures (see decile map) with around 36% below average (mainly near the coast).
  • There were 16 record low rainfall stations (47 lowest for at least 20 years) and 10 temperature records broken.

Rainfall

The Queensland area averaged rainfall was 43.4 mm, the lowest since 2005.

The wettest overall was Gairloch with 311.0 mm, followed by Halifax Alert with 309.0 mm and by Halifax Macrossan St with 302.2 mm.

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

The wettest single day was at Gairloch with 190.0 mm on the 25th, followed by Lucinda Township with 182.0 mm on the 25th and finally by Halifax Alert with 165.0 mm on the 25th.

Some sites had their highest December daily rainfall on record.

Weekly rainfall summary:
To 4th: Much of the rainfall was caused by thunderstorm activity across the state, and as a result rainfall totals were quite patchy. Falls above 25 mm were recorded in parts of the southeast and north-western Queensland. Falls of between 5 and 25 mm were also recorded across parts of the southeast and the west. Most of the state recorded little or no rainfall;
5th to 11th: Isolated areas recorded at least 50 mm in coastal Queensland. The highest recorded Australian rainfall total for the week was 96 mm, recorded at Coolangatta. Falls of between 25 and 50 mm were recorded in isolated areas of northern Queensland. Falls above 25 mm were also recorded in parts of the NSW-Queensland border area. Falls of between 5 and 25 mm were recorded across much of the tropical north and southeast Queensland. Most of central Queensland recorded little or no rainfall during the week;
12th to 18th: Little rainfall was recorded throughout most of inland southern Queensland. Widespread areas with at least 50 mm of recorded rainfall occurred across the Queensland-Northern Territory border. During the week, less than 15 mm of rain was recorded across much of Cape York Peninsula, southern and eastern Queensland;
25th to 1st Jan: Inland surface troughs, and associated low pressure systems, triggered localised rainfall in the northern tropics and parts of coastal Queensland throughout the week. Falls were particularly heavy in parts of the coast at the end of the week. Falls greater than 100 mm were recorded between Cairns and Mackay. The highest Australian recorded rainfall total for the week was 269 mm, recorded at Tully. Falls of between 25 and 100 mm were recorded across much of the Cape York peninsula and southeast Queensland. Localised falls above 25 mm were also recorded in parts of central Queensland. Falls of between 5 and 25 mm were recorded across most of the remaining areas of Queensland.

Temperature

The area averaged mean temperature (see notes section) was 1.26 C above the long-term average of 28.5 C (1961-1990). The highest since 2008.

The warmest on average was Birdsville Airport with 33.2 C, followed by Urandangi Aerodrome with 32.5 C, followed by Windorah Post Office with 32.2 C.

The coolest on average was Applethorpe with 21.4 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 21.7 C, followed by Maleny Tamarind St with 22.9 C, followed by Toowoomba Airport with 22.9 C.

Maximum temperature

The area averaged maximum temperature (see notes section) was 1.70 C above the long-term average of 35.1 C (1961-1990), which is the 5th highest on record (the highest since 2005).

The hottest day was at Birdsville Airport with 45.1 C on the 8th, followed by Birdsville Airport with 45.0 C on the 1st, then Ballera Gas Field with 44.5 C on the 1st and finally Winton Airport with 44.5 C on the 3rd.

The warmest days on average were at Bedourie Police Station with 41.0 C, followed by Birdsville Airport with 40.7 C and Urandangi Aerodrome with 40.6 C.

The coolest days on average were at Maleny Tamarind St with 27.6 C, followed by Applethorpe with 27.8 C and by Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS with 27.9 C.

The coldest day was at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 22.0 C on the 11th, followed by Applethorpe with 22.2 C on the 11th, then by Applethorpe with 22.4 C on the 12th and finally by Maleny Tamarind St with 22.4 C on the 26th.

Some sites had their highest December temperature on record. Some sites had their highest December mean daily maximum temperature on record.

Minimum temperature

The area averaged minimum temperature (see notes section) was 0.82 C above the long-term average of 21.9 C (1961-1990). The highest since 2009.

The coldest night was at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 5.5 C on the 6th, followed by Applethorpe with 6.2 C on the 6th and by Oakey Aero with 7.3 C on the 6th.

The coolest nights on average were at Applethorpe with 14.9 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 15.5 C and by Warwick with 16.2 C.

The warmest nights on average were at Sweers Island with 27.3 C, followed by Mornington Island with 26.6 C and by Normanton Airport with 26.3 C.

The warmest night was at Birdsville Airport with 31.1 C on the 15th, also Urandangi Aerodrome with 30.3 C on the 15th, followed by Boulia Airport with 30.0 C on the 19th.

Some sites had their lowest December temperature on record. Some sites had their warmest December night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record. Some sites had their lowest December mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years.

Wind

The strongest wind gust was at Trepell Airport with 117 km/h on the 24th, followed by Ballera Gas Field with 102 km/h on the 22nd, by Normanton Airport with 93 km/h on the 4th and finally by Burketown Airport with 93 km/h on the 29th.

Other phenomena

Continuation of heat spell and bushfires from November. Reports of flash flooding near Mt Isa on the 16th. Storms across large parts of the state on 17-19th. Further flash flooding reported at Mudgeeraba, Ingham and south of Milmerran towards the end of the month. Tropical cyclone Freda formed near the Solomon Islands and moved into Australian jurisdiction on the 29th.

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Extremes in December 2012
Hottest day 45.1 C at Birdsville Airport on the 8th
45.0 C at Birdsville Airport on the 1st
44.5 C at Ballera Gas Field on the 1st
44.5 C at Winton Airport on the 3rd
Warmest days on average 41.0 C at Bedourie Police Station
40.7 C at Birdsville Airport
40.6 C at Urandangi Aerodrome
Coolest days on average 27.6 C at Maleny Tamarind St
27.8 C at Applethorpe
27.9 C at Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS
Coldest day 22.0 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 11th
22.2 C at Applethorpe on the 11th
22.4 C at Applethorpe on the 12th
22.4 C at Maleny Tamarind St on the 26th
Coldest night 5.5 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 6th
6.2 C at Applethorpe on the 6th
7.3 C at Oakey Aero on the 6th
Coolest nights on average 14.9 C at Applethorpe
15.5 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
16.2 C at Warwick
Warmest nights on average 27.3 C at Sweers Island
26.6 C at Mornington Island
26.3 C at Normanton Airport
Warmest night 31.1 C at Birdsville Airport on the 15th
30.3 C at Urandangi Aerodrome on the 15th
30.0 C at Boulia Airport on the 19th
Warmest on average overall 33.2 C at Birdsville Airport
32.5 C at Urandangi Aerodrome
32.2 C at Windorah Post Office
Coolest on average overall 21.4 C at Applethorpe
21.7 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
22.9 C at Maleny Tamarind St
22.9 C at Toowoomba Airport
Wettest overall 311.0 mm at Gairloch
309.0 mm at Halifax Alert
302.2 mm at Halifax Macrossan St
Wettest day 190.0 mm at Gairloch on the 25th
182.0 mm at Lucinda Township on the 25th
165.0 mm at Halifax Alert on the 25th
Highest wind gust 117 km/h at Trepell Airport on the 24th
102 km/h at Ballera Gas Field on the 22nd
93 km/h at Normanton Airport on the 4th
93 km/h at Burketown Airport on the 29th

Maps
ObservedAnomalyDecile rank
Total
rainfall
Map of Rainfall totals Map of Percentage of normal rainfall Map of Rainfall deciles
Mean
daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
Mean
daily
minimum
temperatures
Map of Mean minimum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Record highest December daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in December 2012 (mm)
Previous wettest
for December
Years of
record
Mackay Aero 132.6 on the 24th 131.8 on the 3rd in 2010 27
Crystal Brook 105.0 on the 31st 104.4 on the 10th in 2004 20



Record lowest total December rainfall
Total rainfall
for December 2012 (mm)
Previous driest
for December
Years of
record
Average for
December
Boulia Airport 0.0 = 0.0 in 1990 125 31.3
Herberton Mowbray Rd 1.6 13.0 in 1905 112 139.6
Mount Joseph 6.4 8.1 in 1918 100 133.2
Brian Pastures 12.6 15.6 in 1983 57 106.5
Merluna 13.0 23.3 in 2005 57 227.4
Forsayth 1.8 24.0 in 1993 55 126.8
Colodan 9.2 10.2 in 1972 54 98.9
Carfax 4.0 13.9 in 1966 51 99.7
Paluma Ivy Cottage 61.5 62.0 in 1983 41 299.9
Turrawulla Station 5.8 10.2 in 1993 37 118.5
Builyan Gum Street 22.4 27.2 in 1993 35 124.7
Childers South 24.8 38.2 in 1989 34 126.1
Maclean Bridge 48.6 53.2 in 1994 30 137.2
Corbould Pk Racecourse 32.5 45.6 in 1992 26 182.1
Rainbow Beach 17.8 28.0 in 2008 21 134.7
Weipa Aero 80.2 81.6 in 2006 21 284.0

Lowest total December rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for December 2012 (mm)
Most recent December
at least this dry
Years since
drier
Average for
December
Proston Post Office 1.8 1.3 in 1938 74 98.4
Somerset Dam 19.8 4.6 in 1938* 73 130.4
Peachester 23.0 10.9 in 1938* 72 175.6
Beerburrum Forest Station 22.0 16.0 in 1900* 62 160.9
Redlands HRS 18.4 9.6 in 1901* 61 141.9
Amberley AMO 34.0 29.2 in 1952 60 122.3
Pacific Heights 17.6 3.0 in 1957* 54 144.8
Double Island Point Lighthouse 4.4 3.6 in 1957* 52 130.1
Bauhinia Downs Store 6.6 2.8 in 1957* 48 97.8
Laura Post Office 4.6 2.8 in 1966 46 149.2
Woodbine Station 5.0 0.8 in 1966 46 70.8
Chillagoe 3.0 1.3 in 1966* 43 139.7
Abercorn 30.2 0.0 in 1972 40 94.9
Rockhampton Aero 8.0 3.6 in 1972 40 107.8
Gladstone Radar 24.2 2.8 in 1972* 39 132.0
Manly Railway Station 26.7 22.4 in 1972* 39 120.0
Mount Larcom Post Office 18.4 1.0 in 1972* 39 131.7
Greenvale Township 11.0 0.0 in 1972* 38 94.8
Palmwoods 28.8 25.2 in 1974* 37 173.4
Lindfield 37.4 12.2 in 1976 36 127.0
Mystery Park 27.0 3.8 in 1972* 36 160.6
Alderley 47.9 45.3 in 1977 35 136.4
Eumundi - Crescent Rd 41.4 20.8 in 1968* 35 166.2
Kenilworth Township 57.3 21.6 in 1977 35 150.7
Maleny Tamarind St 56.4 55.2 in 1977 35 199.8
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 26.2 15.8 in 1977* 34 126.3
Highvale 35.0 29.2 in 1968* 34 127.6
Orion 22.0 7.8 in 1977* 34 92.7
Gympie 21.0 8.6 in 1977* 33 137.9
Imbil Post Office 19.2 19.0 in 1977* 33 146.9
Lanark 13.0 2.6 in 1977* 33 97.0
Rocky Point Sugar Mill 38.8 20.2 in 1974* 33 143.4
Boondall 48.6 29.0 in 1977* 32 135.5
Barakula Forest Stn 11.8 3.0 in 1977* 31 93.5
Lowood Don St 36.8 25.4 in 1984* 27 101.2
Embreys Bridge 30.4 26.2 in 1986 26 108.0
Baralaba Post Office 27.6 4.0 in 1989 23 103.1
Hazelmere 30.6 18.2 in 1989 23 180.0
Maryborough 59.8 38.0 in 1989 23 129.4
Yaamba 12.8 12.0 in 1989 23 114.9
Goomboorian 57.0 54.4 in 1989* 22 146.8
Lands End Station 5.0 2.2 in 1990 22 63.0
Kareeya 23.2 19.0 in 1986* 21 154.8
Monduran 49.6 43.2 in 1989* 21 111.6
Seventeen Seventy 26.8 26.7 in 1990* 21 139.8
Highbury Station 16.2 0.0 in 1991* 20 158.2
Rockley 25.0 15.2 in 1992 20 131.4

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




Record highest December temperature
Highest temperature
in December 2012 (C)
Previous warmest
for December
Years of
record
Average for
December
Walkamin Research Station 38.0 on the 4th 37.8 on the 21st in 1986 45 30.6
Mornington Island 39.8 on the 6th 39.6 on the 15th in 2004 39 33.1
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 40.1 on the 4th 38.9 on the 25th in 2001 21 28.9
Roma Airport 42.4 on the 17th 41.9 on the 25th in 2001 21 32.9



Record highest December mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for December 2012 (C)
Previous warmest
for December
Years of
record
Average for
December
Thangool Airport 35.3 35.1 in 2005 20 32.8
Weipa Aero 36.0 = 36.0 in 2006 20 33.7



Record highest December daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in December 2012 (C)
Previous warmest
for December
Years of
record
Average for
December
Archerfield Airport 24.9 on the 18th = 24.9 on the 30th in 1946 37 19.0



Record lowest December temperature
Lowest temperature
in December 2012 (C)
Previous coolest
for December
Years of
record
Average for
December
Maryborough 11.6 on the 6th 12.2 on the 8th in 1962 54 19.7
Dalby Airport 7.9 on the 6th 8.4 on the 29th in 1993 21 17.6
Roma Airport 7.8 on the 6th 8.5 on the 29th in 2004 21 19.3



Lowest December mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for December 2012 (C)
Most recent December
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
December
Palmerville 22.0 21.6 in 1983* 25 22.6

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




Summary statistics for December 2012
Maximum temperatures
for December
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for December
(C)
Rainfall
for December
(millimetres)
Mean for
December
2012
Diff
from
average
Highest for
December
2012
Mean for
December
2012
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
December
2012
Total for
December
2012
Average
for
December
Rank of
December
2012
Fraction of
December
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 34.4 +1.5 36.8 8th 26.1 0.0 24.4 17th 18.4 147.7 low 12%
Coen Airport 36.5 +2.0 40.6 5th 22.8 -1.2 18.8 16th 2.2 136.4 low 2%
Horn Island 32.9 +1.2 33.9 30th 26.0 +0.3 21.0 16th 3.6 191.5 v low 2%
Scherger RAAF 37.4   40.0 4th 23.6   21.1 10th 118.4
Weipa Aero 36.0 +2.3 37.9 8th 24.1 -0.1 22.4 10th 80.2 284.0 lowest 28%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 32.9 +0.7 33.8 6th 23.8 +0.2 19.1 16th 25.6 208.4 v low 12%
Palmerville 37.5 +2.2 40.2 3rd 22.0 -0.6 17.2 9th 68.0 157.0 low 43%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 36.8 +0.5 43.2 6th 25.8 +0.3 22.7 31st 42.4 79.6 low 53%
Century Mine 39.0 +0.8 43.2 7th 24.6 -0.6 19.9 7th 104.0 109.5 average 95%
Cloncurry Airport 39.1 +0.6 43.8 3rd 24.9 +0.2 20.5 9th 93.4 82.0 average 114%
Croydon Township 37.3 0.0 42.7 5th 26.0 +1.4 21.9 8th 66.0 115.3 low 57%
Julia Creek Airport 39.6 +0.1 43.7 3rd 23.0 -0.7 17.0 6th 117.8 62.5 high 188%
Kowanyama Airport 36.2 +1.4 38.6 2nd 24.8 +0.5 22.1 10th 108.0 174.8 average 62%
Mornington Island 34.0 +0.9 39.8 6th 26.6 +0.4 23.4 23rd 84.8 157.7 low 54%
Mount Isa Aero 38.2 +1.1 42.5 2nd 23.2 +0.2 18.9 9th 135.2 73.8 high 183%
Normanton Airport 37.1 +0.9 42.8 5th 26.3 +0.5 21.6 5th 91.4 134.7 low 68%
Sweers Island 33.8 +0.1 39.5 6th 27.3 +0.3 23.8 17th 81.6 167.6 low 49%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 37.6   42.8 5th 23.4   20.1 3rd 29.2 142.7 low 20%
Hughenden Airport 37.6 +0.5 41.9 4th 23.1 -0.1 18.3 6th 32.8 84.8 low 39%
Richmond Airport 38.7 +0.7 42.8 4th 23.1 -0.1 15.9 6th 84.2 66.1 average 127%
Richmond Post Office 38.6 +0.5 42.0 4th 23.4 +1.0 18.4 6th 64.2 71.1 average 90%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 32.8 +1.4 34.4 30th 23.1 -0.3 18.3 15th 41.2 178.8 low 23%
Cape Flattery 32.7 0.0 34.3 6th 24.4 -0.6 19.2 16th 30.4 124.9 low 24%
Cooktown Airport 32.7 +0.5 35.1 16th 23.7 -0.9 18.7 16th 22.8 154.0 v low 15%
Low Isles Lighthouse 32.9 +0.6 35.2 19th 24.8 -0.5 22.8 8th 60.2 210.0 low 29%
Mareeba Airport 33.1 +1.1 38.2 4th 20.0 -1.0 16.4 15th 16.0 100.0 v low 16%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 30.5 -1.0 32.3 28th 23.1 +0.8 18.7 3rd 67.5 195.3 low 35%
Ingham Composite 32.8 +0.3 37.4 5th 22.1 0.0 18.2 16th 285.4 206.9 high 138%
Innisfail 30.8 0.0 32.3 5th 22.5 +0.5 19.4 15th 112.2 264.8 average 42%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 31.7 +0.5 34.5 5th 21.7 -0.1 17.6 16th 164.2 264.0 average 62%
Townsville Aero 32.3 +0.8 34.2 30th 24.2 +0.1 20.0 15th 14.6 130.7 v low 11%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.5 -0.4 31.9 30th 24.4 -0.4 20.7 14th 109.0 113.7 average 96%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 32.0 0.0 34.2 17th 21.9 -0.2 18.8 15th 33.0 104.6 average 32%
Bowen Airport 31.4 +0.1 33.1 7th 22.6 -0.9 18.0 15th 57.2 148.5 low 39%
Collinsville Post Office 35.4 +1.4 40.6 5th 20.8 -0.5 15.7 14th 18.4 95.7 v low 19%
Hamilton Island Airport 29.6 -0.4 31.6 18th 24.2 -0.4 21.9 13th 184.8 142.7 average 130%
Mackay Aero 31.3 +0.7 35.0 17th 21.9 -0.3 17.5 15th 247.6 138.3 high 179%
Mackay M.O 30.9 +0.8 34.6 5th 23.1 +0.1 19.4 15th 231.2 190.9 high 121%
Proserpine Airport 33.4 +1.4 38.5 18th 20.7 -1.1 16.4 15th 140.0 170.4 average 82%
Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS 27.9   30.4 5th 23.7   19.8 14th
Samuel Hill Aero 31.1 +0.4 36.4 17th 18.8 -1.2 12.0 6th 39.0 171.0 v low 23%
St Lawrence 32.5   37.7 5th 21.0   15.3 6th 29.8 158.4 v low 19%
Williamson 32.0   35.6 6th 20.2   14.2 6th 68.2
Woolshed 29.9 +1.1 33.5 5th 20.1 -0.4 18.0 1st 44.2 106.5 low 42%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 29.1 +0.4 32.3 4th 22.8 +0.1 17.0 6th 11.0 125.1 v low 9%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 35.8 +1.5 41.4 4th 21.0 -1.0 18.2 16th 16.5 86.6 v low 19%
Moranbah Airport 35.6   41.0 4th 20.1   15.3 6th 14.6
Central Highlands (district 35)
Clermont Airport 35.0   40.0 4th 20.4   13.3 6th 13.8
Emerald Airport 34.9 +0.8 39.9 17th 20.5 -0.9 16.7 6th 40.6 90.3 low 45%
Lochington 34.9   40.8 17th 19.9   12.3 6th 33.6
Rolleston Airport 35.0   39.9 17th 19.3   12.6 6th 9.4
Springsure Comet St 33.5 -0.5 38.7 17th 19.6 -0.2 15.9 6th 67.0 93.6 average 72%
Tambo Post Office 35.5 +0.7 41.5 17th 19.5 +0.4 11.0 6th 69.9 70.1 average 100%
Taroom Post Office 34.9 +1.5 41.3 17th 19.7 +0.1 11.7 6th 75.5 90.5 average 83%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 36.9 +1.2 42.1 18th 23.1 +0.9 18.4 6th 54.4 64.1 average 85%
Blackall Airport 37.0 +1.5 42.9 17th 21.4 -0.5 16.2 7th 75.8 113.1 average 67%
Isisford Post Office 38.5 +1.5 43.3 17th 22.8 +0.9 18.2 6th 36.6 53.9 average 68%
Longreach Aero 38.8 +1.4 43.0 19th 22.7 +0.6 17.7 14th 14.2 57.5 low 25%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 38.7 +0.7 42.8 7th 24.8 +1.0 18.4 7th 124.0 61.8 high 201%
The Monument Airport 39.8 +2.1 43.2 2nd 24.3 +0.9 17.2 6th 60.6 47.3 average 128%
Trepell Airport 40.3 +1.9 43.1 2nd 23.9 +0.2 17.6 6th 36.0 47.2 average 76%
Urandangi Aerodrome 40.6   43.8 10th 24.4   14.7 6th 83.8
Winton Airport 39.8 +1.2 44.5 3rd 23.7 +0.4 20.5 13th 12.4 38.5 low 32%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 41.0 +2.9 44.4 8th 25.0 +2.0 16.5 6th 6.0 16.9 average 36%
Birdsville Airport 40.7 +2.4 45.1 8th 25.7 +2.1 17.6 6th 0.2 8.4 v low 2%
Windorah Post Office 40.1 +2.3 44.0 2nd 24.4 +1.9 16.3 6th 9.4 30.5 average 31%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 31.7 +2.3 37.1 5th 20.0 -0.5 16.1 14th 47.6 128.9 low 37%
Gayndah Airport 34.3 +2.2 40.9 17th 18.7 -0.9 11.5 6th 52.6 94.3 low 56%
Gladstone Airport 31.1 +1.1 35.8 17th 22.1 0.0 17.7 6th 9.0 115.1 v low 8%
Gladstone Radar 32.8 +1.8 36.1 5th 22.2 +0.3 19.7 15th 24.2 132.0 v low 18%
Lady Elliot Island 29.2 +0.7 30.7 18th 23.4 +0.2 20.0 6th 36.4 93.2 low 39%
Monto Township 34.0 +2.1 39.9 18th 17.4 -0.9 9.5 6th 28.0 94.6 low 30%
Rockhampton Aero 33.9 +1.8 39.8 17th 21.2 0.0 17.0 6th 8.0 107.8 v low 7%
Rundle Island 28.0 +0.4 30.9 20th 24.0 +0.2 19.9 13th
Seventeen Seventy 30.2 +1.6 33.1 5th 22.0 -0.2 18.5 14th 26.8 139.8 v low 19%
Thangool Airport 35.3 +2.5 39.9 17th 17.6 -1.1 11.4 7th 26.4 93.7 v low 28%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 31.9 +1.1 39.2 17th 18.1 -0.3 11.6 6th 34.0 122.3 v low 28%
Archerfield Airport 30.8 +1.4 37.8 4th 19.8 +0.8 13.7 6th 64.6 128.0 low 50%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 32.0   40.1 17th 17.9   11.2 14th 66.0
Beerburrum Forest Station 31.7 +2.3 40.8 4th 18.4 -0.1 14.1 15th 22.0 160.9 v low 14%
Brisbane 30.5 +1.3 37.9 4th 21.0 +0.7 17.3 15th 50.8 148.2 v low 34%
Brisbane Aero 29.4 +1.3 34.8 4th 20.6 +0.6 15.7 14th 38.4 136.2 v low 28%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 28.0 +2.0 31.0 17th 22.1 +1.1 19.2 13th 26.2 126.3 v low 21%
Coolangatta 28.3 +1.2 35.1 4th 20.2 +0.5 14.8 15th 181.8 156.0 high 117%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 29.9 +2.6 32.6 18th 22.5 +1.0 18.8 13th 4.4 130.1 v low 3%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.9 +1.2 36.0 4th 21.3 +0.9 16.9 15th 81.2 142.6 low 57%
Gympie 32.0 +0.7 38.8 17th 18.2 -0.4 11.1 6th 21.0 137.9 v low 15%
Hervey Bay Airport 30.4 +1.2 36.8 5th 20.8 -0.3 13.4 6th 61.2 147.1 low 42%
Jimna Forestry 29.5 +2.2 37.4 17th 16.7 +0.5 11.0 15th 50.6 118.1 v low 43%
Kingaroy Airport 31.0 +1.1 37.1 17th 16.6 -0.2 9.5 6th 23.2 115.2 v low 20%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 30.5 +1.6 40.1 4th 20.0 +0.9 15.7 15th 64.2 128.2 v low 50%
Maleny Tamarind St 27.6 +1.3 35.8 17th 18.1 +0.4 14.4 14th 56.4 199.8 low 28%
Maryborough 32.4 +1.9 37.7 5th 19.2 -0.5 11.6 6th 59.8 129.4 low 46%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 30.2   39.2 4th 19.3   15.7 15th 33.8
Point Lookout 29.7 +1.9 31.8 5th 22.3 +1.0 17.9 13th 26.8 128.0 v low 21%
Rainbow Beach 29.0 +0.9 34.3 4th       17.8 134.7 lowest 13%
Redcliffe 29.1   35.5 4th 21.4   17.0 14th 16.4 133.7 v low 12%
Sunshine Coast Airport 29.7 +1.7 38.1 4th 19.6 -0.2 11.9 6th 27.8 157.7 v low 18%
Tewantin RSL Park 28.9 +1.0 39.7 4th 20.8 +0.1 15.0 6th 32.2 154.1 v low 21%
Toolara (Kelly) 32.1 +1.0 39.2 17th 19.9 +0.2 16.4 15th 59.0 160.1 v low 37%
University of Queensland Gatton 32.0 +0.7 39.7 17th 18.2 +0.1 11.9 15th 57.0 100.1 low 57%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 27.8 +2.1 34.6 17th 14.9 +1.1 6.2 6th 69.4 97.0 average 72%
Dalby Airport 32.5 +1.2 40.9 17th 17.8 +0.2 7.9 6th 108.8 104.2 average 104%
Goondiwindi Airport 34.3 +2.2 41.4 17th 19.8 +1.1 12.5 6th 56.8 86.6 low 66%
Inglewood Forest 33.1 +1.8 41.2 17th 17.8 +0.2 12.5 13th 160.0 108.6 high 147%
Oakey Aero 31.9 +1.7 39.8 17th 16.8 +0.2 7.3 6th 51.0 95.0 low 54%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 28.0 +1.0 36.0 17th 15.5 +1.3 5.5 6th 77.9 93.9 average 83%
Texas Post Office 33.6 +1.0 40.7 17th 18.8 +1.7 10.8 6th 118.0 81.3 high 145%
Toowoomba Airport 28.9 +1.6 37.4 17th 17.0 +0.4 13.7 12th 57.2 106.8 low 54%
Warwick 31.4 +2.5 40.2 17th 16.2 +0.4 9.5 5th 59.6 105.8 v low 56%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 34.6 +2.2 42.6 17th 19.0 -0.2 8.5 6th 62.0 101.6 average 61%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 34.9 +1.8 40.4 17th 18.7 +0.6 9.3 6th 41.0 89.9 low 46%
Mitchell Post Office 35.8 +2.1 42.0 17th 19.7 +1.2 7.7 7th 50.7 70.7 average 72%
Roma Airport 35.8 +2.9 42.4 17th 18.6 -0.7 7.8 6th 50.8 82.8 average 61%
St George Airport 35.7 +2.3 42.0 2nd 20.7 +0.6 13.5 7th 32.8 78.6 average 42%
Surat 35.2 +1.4 42.0 17th 19.9 +0.6 9.9 6th 31.4 72.4 low 43%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St     43.8 2nd 21.1 +1.2 15.0 7th 25.2 52.6 average 48%
Charleville Aero 36.3 +1.7 42.0 2nd 20.8 +0.5 12.1 6th 76.6 56.2 high 136%
Cunnamulla Post Office 37.8 +2.7 43.7 2nd 22.7 +2.0 16.8 6th 16.0 39.6 average 40%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 39.2 +1.9 44.5 1st     17.4 5th 7.8 12.1 average 64%
Quilpie Airport 39.0 +2.7 43.3 2nd 23.3 +1.1 14.9 6th 16.6 34.4 average 48%
Thargomindah Airport 39.1 +3.0 43.9 1st 24.3 +1.5 16.6 6th 2.6 30.3 v low 9%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 29.0 +0.9 31.4 5th 22.7 +0.1 20.9 23rd 58.6 116.6 low 50%
Willis Island 30.5 -0.2 31.8 20th 25.6 +0.2 24.0 22nd 16.6 95.6 low 17%

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 9 am on Wednesday 2 January 2013. 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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