Queensland in February 2013 - Dry in the north and central interior - wet in the south east and western interior

  • Wetter than normal across the south east of the state, and parts of the western interior
  • Drier than usual across the north and much of the central interior
  • Average conditions for the remainder of the state
  • There were 13 temperature records broken
  • There were 2 rainfall records broken (where observations have been taken for greater than 20 years)
  • Cooler than normal maximum temperatures over southern half of the state, warmer than average in the north west
  • Cooler than normal minimum temperatures across most of the state, apart from the far northern districts

Rainfall

The area averaged rainfall was 68.56 mm, well below the February mean of 115.61 mm.

Some sites had their highest total February rainfall for at least 20 years, lowest total February rainfall on record and their lowest total February rainfall for at least 20 years. The wettest single day was at Peachester with 220.0 mm on the 26th. Some sites had their highest February daily rainfall on record.

Weekly rainfall summary
For the week ending 5 February 2013: A surface trough formed mid-week bringing rain to southeast Queensland. In the tropical north, showers and storms were associated with surface troughs. Falls in excess of 50 mm were recorded in a small pocket on the Cape York Peninsula, where the highest weekly Australian rainfall total of 115 mm was recorded. Weekly totals ranging between 15 and 50 mm were recorded in areas surrounding higher falls in southeast Queensland while little or no rain fell during the week over the remaining parts Queensland.

Week ending 12 February 2013: Rainfall was mainly conf ined to the tropical north. Showers and storms were associated with surface troughs and low pressure systems. Falls in excess of 50 mm were recorded along the tropical north coast of Queensland, where the highest weekly Australian rainfall total of 204 mm was recorded at Victoria Sugar Mill. Weekly totals ranging between 15 and 50 mm were recorded in areas surrounding higher falls, in northern and coastal Queensland.  Little or no rain fell during the week over the remaining parts of Queensland.

Week ending 19 February 2013: A low pressure system developed off the southeast Queensland coast late in the week, producing heavy rain in southeast Queensland. Falls greater than 100 mm were recorded along much of the coastal strip of eastern Queensland, with scattered areas of totals above 100 mm in central and northern Queensland. Falls exceeded 200 mm in the Mackay and Sunshine Coast regions of Queensland, with a highest recorded weekly rainfall total of 349 mm at Proserpine. Falls greater than 100 mm were also recorded on the far north coast of NSW and near Port Hedland in WA. Falls of between 25 and 100 mm were recorded for most of Queensland south of Cooktown.

Week ending 26 February 2013: An East Coast Low produced heavy rain in southeast Queensland mid-week. Falls greater than 100 mm were recorded in coastal areas south of Rockhampton. Falls above 100 mm were also recorded near Weipa in far north Queensland. Falls of between 25 and 100 mm were recorded surrounding areas of higher falls in eastern and northern Queensland.

Remainder of the month (27th and 28th): Generally, coastal regions south of about Bowen recorded falls between 25 mm and 100mm, with some areas of localised heavy falls exceeding 100mm.

Temperature

The area averaged mean temperature (see notes section) was 0.02 C above the long-term average of 28.19 C (1961-1990). The highest since 2011.

The warmest on average was Urandangi Aerodrome with 32.2 C, followed by Boulia Airport with 31.5 C, followed by Camooweal Township with 31.5 C, followed by Century Mine with 31.4 C, followed by Cloncurry Airport with 31.4 C.

The coolest on average was Applethorpe with 19.1 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 19.6 C, followed by Toowoomba Airport with 20.4 C.

Maximum temperature

The area averaged maximum temperature (see notes section) was 0.41 C above the long-term average of 33.99 C (1961-1990). The highest since 2006.

The hottest day was at Birdsville Airport with 43.9 C on the 10th, followed by Urandangi Aerodrome with 43.6 C on the 6th, followed by Century Mine with 43.2 C on the 5th.

The warmest days on average were at Urandangi Aerodrome with 40.6 C, followed by Julia Creek Airport with 39.4 C, followed by Bedourie Police Station with 39.0 C, followed by Boulia Airport with 39.0 C, followed by Camooweal Township with 39.0 C, followed by Century Mine with 39.0 C.

The coolest days on average were at Applethorpe with 23.4 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 24.0 C, followed by Toowoomba Airport with 24.5 C.

The coldest day was at Toowoomba Airport with 19.7 C on the 25th, followed by Jimna Forestry with 19.9 C on the 18th, followed by Applethorpe with 20.0 C on the 18th.

Some sites had their highest February temperature on record. Some sites had their highest February mean daily maximum temperature on record. Some sites had their highest February mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years. Some sites had their lowest February mean daily maximum temperature on record. Some sites had their lowest February mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years.

Minimum temperature

The area averaged minimum temperature (see notes section) was 0.37 C below the long-term average of 22.39 C (1961-1990). The highest since 2011.

The coldest night was at Injune Post Office with 9.5 C on the 3rd, followed by Tambo Post Office with 9.5 C on the 3rd, followed by Roma Airport with 10.1 C on the 3rd, followed by Mitchell Post Office with 10.4 C on the 3rd.

The coolest nights on average were at Applethorpe with 14.7 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 15.2 C, followed by Toowoomba Airport with 16.4 C.

The warmest nights on average were at Sweers Island with 27.0 C, followed by Mornington Island with 26.0 C, followed by Willis Island with 26.0 C, followed by Coconut Island with 25.9 C.

The warmest night was at Birdsville Airport with 30.6 C on the 27th, followed by Mornington Island with 30.4 C on the 28th, followed by Mornington Island with 30.0 C on the 22nd.

Some sites had their lowest February temperature on record. Some sites had their lowest February mean daily minimum temperature on record. Some sites had their lowest February mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years.

Wind

The strongest wind gusts were recorded at Oakey Aero on the 1st and Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 19th, both with 100 km/h .

Other phenomena

24th - 3 to 6 waterspouts reported near Burrum Heads.

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Extremes in February 2013
Hottest day 43.9 C at Birdsville Airport on the 10th
Warmest days on average 40.6 C at Urandangi Aerodrome
Coolest days on average 23.4 C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 19.7 C at Toowoomba Airport on the 25th1
Coldest night 9.5 C at Injune Post Office on the 3rd
9.5 C at Tambo Post Office on the 3rd
Coolest nights on average 14.7 C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 27.0 C at Sweers Island
Warmest night 30.6 C at Birdsville Airport on the 27th
Warmest on average overall 32.2 C at Urandangi Aerodrome
Coolest on average overall 19.1 C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall694.6 mm at Maleny Tamarind St
Wettest day220.0 mm at Peachester on the 26th
Highest wind gust 100 km/h at Oakey Aero on the 1st
100 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 19th

Maps

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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 February daily rainfall

Highest daily rainfall
in February 2013 (mm)
Previous wettest
for February
Years of
record
Yarraman Post Office 142.4 on the 26th 113.8 on the 28th in 1950 95
Hazeldean 204.0 on the 26th 162.0 on the 2nd in 2010 20



Highest total February rainfall for at least 20 years

Total rainfall
for February 2013 (mm)
Most recent February
at least this wet
Years since
wetter
Average for
February
Brian Pastures 235.9 296.4 in 1971* 41 97.9
Double Island Point Lighthouse 494.0 553.8 in 1972* 38 167.1
Eumundi - Crescent Rd 634.0 766.6 in 1972* 32 250.9
Harrisville Post Office 216.0 294.0 in 1981 32 103.4
Greenbank Thompson Road 246.2 274.0 in 1990 23 128.2
Springbrook Road 595.1 792.5 in 1990* 22 280.0
Redlands HRS 329.8 364.0 in 1990* 21 164.1

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




Lowest total February rainfall for at least 20 years

Total rainfall
for February 2013 (mm)
Most recent February
at least this dry
Years since
drier
Average for
February
Weipa Eastern Ave 101.6 97.9 in 1931* 80 440.6
Lockhart River Airport 129.0 109.7 in 1961 52 390.8
Merluna 87.8 74.9 in 1959* 50 340.7
Gillespie 5.5 0.0 in 1970* 42 78.6
Miranda Downs Station 28.0 12.5 in 1965* 40 227.9
Bayrick 11.2 4.8 in 1972* 36 73.1
Lands End Station 8.6 7.8 in 1978 35 110.4
Rosehill 8.6 6.2 in 1982 31 64.0
Somerby 8.0 7.4 in 1984 29 90.3
Woodspring 17.5 7.0 in 1983* 29 74.2
Blackall Township 26.6 26.0 in 1988 25 81.9
Babinda Post Office 187.0 126.4 in 1990 23 744.8
Boodjamulla - Lawn Hill NP 20.2 18.5 in 1989* 23 152.3
Coen Post Office 110.0 8.0 in 1990 23 289.8
Mt Sophia 147.0 82.0 in 1990 23 662.0
Palmerville 60.8 10.0 in 1990 23 263.8
Batavia Downs Station 85.2 69.2 in 1990* 22 352.4
Ravenshoe Kuradilla Street 36.0 16.0 in 1990* 22 279.7
White Cliff Point 74.6 30.7 in 1990* 21 401.7
Aurukun Shire Council 167.3 0.0 in 1991* 20 459.9
Mulga Downs 5.2 =5.2 in 1993 20 48.6

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



Record highest February temperature

Highest temperature
in February 2013 (C)
Previous warmest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Walkamin Research Station 36.5 on the 3rd 36.4 on the 12th in 1990 45 29.1
Mornington Island 37.6 on the 1st 37.1 on the 3rd in 2002 38 31.8



Record highest February mean daily maximum temperature

Mean daily maximum
temperature
for February 2013 (C)
Previous warmest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Mornington Island 34.6 34.0 in 1990 37 31.8
Weipa Aero 33.4 33.3 in 1998 20 31.4

Highest February mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years

Mean daily maximum
temperature
for February 2013 (C)
Most recent February
at least this warm
Years since
warmer
Average for
February
Mount Isa Aero 38.7 39.6 in 1986 27 35.3
Kowanyama Airport 34.3 35.2 in 1990 23 32.3
Lockhart River Airport 32.7 33.1 in 1990 23 31.3
Camooweal Township 39.0 39.1 in 1990* 21 36.2

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




Record lowest February mean daily maximum temperature

Mean daily maximum
temperature
for February 2013 (C)
Previous coolest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Dalby Airport 28.6 28.7 in 1995 21 31.4
Thangool Airport 30.5 30.6 in 2000 20 32.8

Lowest February mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years

Mean daily maximum
temperature
for February 2013 (C)
Most recent February
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
February
Texas Post Office 29.7 28.4 in 1976* 36 32.6
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 24.0 23.9 in 1976* 32 26.5
Amberley AMO 28.7 28.3 in 1989 24 30.4
University of Queensland Gatton 28.7 28.4 in 1989 24 30.7
Applethorpe 23.4 23.3 in 1989* 21 25.3

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




Record lowest February temperature

Lowest temperature
in February 2013 (C)
Previous coolest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Tambo Post Office 9.5 on the 3rd 10.0 on the 24th in 1958 57 20.0
Isisford Post Office 13.6 on the 3rd = 13.6 on the 4th in 2005 54 22.4
Croydon Township 17.2 on the 4th 18.1 on the 9th in 2012 50 23.9
Monto Township 12.8 on the 3rd 13.1 on the 26th in 1964 40 19.0
Charters Towers Airport 17.1 on the 3rd 17.2 on the 20th in 2001 21 22.4
Emerald Airport 16.1 on the 3rd 16.5 on the 11th in 1996 21 22.1



Record lowest February mean daily minimum temperature

Mean daily minimum
temperature
for February 2013 (C)
Previous coolest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Emerald Airport 20.4 20.7 in 2007 20 22.1
Roma Airport 17.2 = 17.2 in 1996 20 20.1

Lowest February mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years

Mean daily minimum
temperature
for February 2013 (C)
Most recent February
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
February
Springsure Comet St 18.6 18.3 in 1956* 47 20.5
Tambo Post Office 17.9 =17.9 in 1966 47 20.0
Taroom Post Office 18.4 17.6 in 1972 41 20.4
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 21.2 21.1 in 1989 24 22.0
Seventeen Seventy 21.3 20.6 in 1989* 22 22.7

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




Summary statistics for February 2013

Maximum temperatures
for February
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for February
(C)
Rainfall
for February
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2013
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2013
Mean for
February
2013
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2013
Total for
February
2013
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2013
Fraction of
February
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.5 +1.0 35.0 12th 25.9 0.0 24.5 17th 135.6 247.1 v low 55%
Coen Airport 33.9 +2.0 35.6 20th 23.8 -0.1 22.4 8th 102.8 268.1 v low 38%
Horn Island 31.4 +0.9 32.8 21st 25.4 +0.4 23.1 28th 449.4 467.0 average 96%
Scherger RAAF 34.3   36.0 4th 24.1   23.0 6th 151.2


Weipa Aero 33.4 +2.0 35.3 5th 24.5 +0.4 23.3 22nd 125.6 526.0 lowest 24%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 32.7 +1.4 36.3 1st 24.2 +0.6 22.4 7th 129.0 390.8 v low 33%
Palmerville 33.9 +1.4 36.8 4th 23.1 +0.3 21.0 8th 60.8 263.8 v low 23%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 35.9 +2.3 40.8 1st 24.5 -0.3 19.9 4th 78.2 185.6 v low 42%
Century Mine 39.0 +3.2 43.2 5th 23.7 -0.2 16.8 5th 65.6 108.7 low 60%
Cloncurry Airport 38.8 +2.8 42.1 5th 24.0 -0.1 20.1 3rd 34.2 102.7 low 33%
Croydon Township 35.8 +1.3 38.6 4th 24.6 +0.7 17.2 4th 84.8 180.1 low 47%
Julia Creek Airport 39.4 +3.3 41.9 28th 21.9 -0.8 14.3 4th 60.6 102.0 low 59%
Kowanyama Airport 34.3 +2.0 36.5 4th 25.0 +0.8 22.9 4th 94.0 357.5 low 26%
Mornington Island 34.6 +2.8 37.6 1st 26.0 +0.6 22.9 3rd 81.0 307.0 low 26%
Mount Isa Aero 38.7 +3.4 41.6 28th 22.2 -1.1 15.6 5th 14.6 101.3 low 14%
Normanton Airport 35.7 +2.2 39.1 4th 25.1 +0.1 20.3 25th 77.0 179.4 low 43%
Sweers Island 33.2 +0.8 35.8 28th 27.0 +0.9 21.9 24th 71.0 316.8 v low 22%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 35.0   37.6 4th 22.6   15.2 4th 58.8 208.6 v low 28%
Hughenden Airport 37.0 +2.4 41.4 1st 22.2 -0.3 12.8 3rd 25.2 82.4 low 31%
Richmond Airport 38.6 +2.9 41.8 1st 22.3 -0.4 14.9 4th 33.6 82.1 low 41%
Richmond Post Office 38.1 +2.4 41.0 1st 22.8 +0.3 16.1 3rd 45.1 103.0 low 44%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 32.6 +1.4 36.0 2nd 24.2 +0.4 22.6 3rd 118.4 450.6 v low 26%
Cape Flattery 33.0 +1.2 37.1 3rd 25.2 +0.5 23.5 24th 89.8 255.3 low 35%
Cooktown Airport 32.4 +0.8 37.9 2nd 24.4 +0.1 22.1 16th 78.4 295.7 v low 27%
Low Isles Lighthouse 32.9 +1.2 34.8 3rd 25.5 0.0 22.5 16th 159.0 418.9 low 38%
Mareeba Airport 31.9 +1.5 36.4 2nd 21.3 -0.2 19.1 3rd 103.6 247.4 low 42%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 31.2 -0.1 35.2 2nd 23.9 +1.0 22.1 24th 218.1 464.0 low 47%
Ingham Composite 32.1 +0.5 37.1 2nd 23.7 +0.5 21.0 24th 433.3 486.5 average 89%
Innisfail 31.6 +1.0 37.0 2nd 23.9 +1.0 22.2 24th 195.0 593.7 v low 33%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 31.8 +1.1 36.7 2nd 23.2 +0.5 21.2 24th 219.8 574.2 low 38%
Townsville Aero 32.5 +1.4 37.0 2nd 24.6 +0.5 21.0 24th 81.6 304.0 low 27%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 31.5 +0.4 37.2 2nd 24.0 -0.6 20.7 24th 214.4 282.5 average 76%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 31.7 +0.3 36.7 2nd 22.8 0.0 19.6 3rd 91.0 241.3 low 38%
Bowen Airport 31.1 -0.2 37.3 2nd 23.1 -0.7 18.8 3rd 179.8 233.6 average 77%
Collinsville Post Office 32.5 -0.2 36.6 4th 21.4 -0.5 15.7 3rd 95.4 161.4 average 59%
Hamilton Island Airport 29.4 -0.1 32.6 2nd 24.2 -0.6 21.4 7th 332.8 323.6 average 103%
Mackay Aero 30.0 0.0 35.2 2nd 22.6 -0.6 19.3 4th 266.4 367.3 average 73%
Mackay M.O 29.4 -0.2 34.7 2nd 23.0 -0.4 20.7 4th 475.4 328.0 high 145%
Proserpine Airport 31.0 -0.1 37.3 2nd 22.4 -0.5 19.5 3rd 319.8 381.9 average 84%
Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS 27.7   33.3 2nd 23.4   21.9 16th



Samuel Hill Aero 29.0 -1.3 33.5 2nd 21.4 -0.6 14.4 3rd 405.0 352.7 average 115%
St Lawrence 30.8   35.9 2nd 22.0   16.7 3rd 224.4 258.4 average 87%
Williamson 30.2   33.5 2nd 21.9   16.1 3rd 236.0


Woolshed 28.9 +1.1 34.1 2nd 20.4 -0.6 15.4 3rd 106.8 294.4 low 36%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 28.4 -0.9 33.8 2nd 22.8 -0.9 19.5 4th 280.8 175.2 high 160%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 33.6 +0.9 37.6 1st 21.8 -0.6 17.1 3rd 50.2 148.3 low 34%
Moranbah Airport 31.8   35.7 2nd 20.3   15.4 4th 129.4


Central Highlands (district 35)
Clermont Airport 31.6   35.0 1st 19.6   12.9 3rd 69.4


Emerald Airport 32.3 -1.1 35.2 1st 20.4 -1.7 16.1 3rd 74.4 81.7 average 91%
Lochington 33.0   37.3 1st 19.6   11.4 3rd 51.4


Rolleston Airport 31.4   34.3 21st 18.5   11.9 3rd 23.0


Springsure Comet St 31.3 -1.1 34.6 10th 18.6 -1.9 14.4 3rd 80.0 109.9 average 73%
Tambo Post Office 33.6 -0.2 37.0 12th 17.9 -2.1 9.5 3rd 18.6 77.5 low 24%
Taroom Post Office 30.9 -1.9 34.8 23rd 18.4 -2.0 11.6 3rd 38.2 88.5 average 43%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 34.5 0.0 37.7 1st 22.2 -0.4 16.2 3rd 61.2 78.0 average 78%
Blackall Airport 35.0 +0.3 38.6 10th 20.2 -1.7 12.7 3rd 34.2 80.8 v low 42%
Isisford Post Office 35.2 -0.6 38.7 12th 21.1 -1.3 13.6 3rd 106.0 73.8 high 144%
Longreach Aero 35.6 -0.1 39.3 12th 20.9 -1.6 15.3 3rd 145.6 79.9 high 182%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 39.0 +2.8 41.9 23rd 24.0 +0.4 16.7 4th 14.8 93.2 low 16%
The Monument Airport 38.2 +1.7 41.3 6th 22.7 -0.6 15.8 4th 47.0 68.5 average 69%
Trepell Airport 38.5 +2.0 41.2 5th 22.7 -0.5 16.1 3rd 49.0 60.0 average 82%
Urandangi Aerodrome 40.6   43.6 6th 23.8   18.7 5th 38.4


Winton Airport 37.9 +1.6 40.5 1st 22.8 +0.1 15.8 3rd 102.6 73.9 high 139%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 39.0 +1.1 42.6 10th 22.3 -1.9 16.2 2nd 0.8 35.1 low 2%
Birdsville Airport 38.7 +0.6 43.9 10th 23.9 -0.9 16.3 2nd 15.6 33.1 average 47%
Boulia Airport 39.0 +1.6 42.0 11th 24.2 +0.2 18.5 4th 0 50.3 lowest 0%
Windorah Post Office 36.6 0.0 41.0 10th 22.8 -0.7 15.5 3rd 21.1 49.0 average 43%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 29.7 -0.3 32.8 2nd 20.6 -0.9 16.2 3rd 237.4 161.6 high 147%
Gayndah Airport 30.4 -2.0 34.2 23rd 19.5 -1.2 14.6 3rd 189.2 100.5 high 188%
Gladstone Airport 30.2 -0.3 34.1 22nd 22.3 -0.7 19.2 3rd 142.8 181.7 average 79%
Gladstone Radar 30.7 -0.3 35.0 2nd 22.1 -0.3 20.5 3rd 133.8 145.6 average 92%
Lady Elliot Island 28.5 -0.6 30.9 2nd 23.9 -0.1 21.6 18th 119.0 168.5 average 71%
Monto Township 29.7 -1.5 33.6 1st 18.7 -0.3 12.8 3rd 186.0 113.8 high 163%
Rockhampton Aero 30.8 -0.4 34.8 2nd 22.3 +0.2 20.9 8th 114.4 143.2 average 80%
Rundle Island 27.3 -0.9 31.0 2nd 23.7 -0.7 22.0 18th



Sandy Cape Lighthouse 28.6 -0.7 31.1 2nd 21.6 -0.8 19.3 16th 279.3 170.1 high 164%
Seventeen Seventy 28.6 -0.5 32.7 1st 21.3 -1.4 20.0 9th 271.6 194.7 high 139%
Thangool Airport 30.5 -2.3 33.7 23rd 18.4 -1.5 12.7 3rd 114.0 97.8 average 117%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 28.7 -1.7 33.1 23rd 18.8 -0.7 15.1 7th 175.0 122.4 high 143%
Archerfield Airport 28.6 -1.1 32.9 23rd 19.7 -0.4 16.4 16th 252.0 154.4 high 163%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 28.2   31.6 23rd 18.5   15.4 13th 174.0


Beerburrum Forest Station 28.2 -1.4 34.8 23rd 19.3 -0.6 15.8 4th 454.8 202.2 v high 225%
Brisbane 28.5 -1.5 33.1 23rd 20.6 -0.7 19.0 4th 250.6 142.0 high 176%
Brisbane Aero 27.5 -1.5 30.8 2nd 20.2 -1.0 18.0 4th 217.0 126.5 high 172%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 26.7 -0.1 30.6 2nd 21.2 -0.8 19.0 6th 172.4 156.3 average 110%
Coolangatta 27.3 -0.9 29.4 23rd 20.1 -0.8 17.2 3rd 369.4 175.6 high 210%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 27.4 -0.3 33.3 23rd 21.9 -0.6 19.7 6th 494.0 167.1 v high 296%
Gold Coast Seaway 27.9 -0.7 30.8 11th 21.1 -0.7 18.5 3rd 274.8 177.0 high 155%
Gympie 28.3 -2.1 33.6 23rd 19.2 -0.4 15.3 3rd 459.6 169.1 v high 272%
Hervey Bay Airport 29.1 -1.0 34.7 2nd 21.1 -1.0 16.6 3rd 335.2 153.1 high 219%
Jimna Forestry 24.9 -2.3 29.6 23rd 16.6 -1.0 12.5 3rd 299.4 135.9 v high 220%
Kingaroy Airport 26.8 -2.9 30.7 23rd 16.8 -1.1 11.4 3rd 183.8 102.1 high 180%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 27.8 -1.5 32.2 23rd 20.1 -0.3 17.2 16th 295.4 167.4 high 176%
Maleny Tamarind St 24.6 -1.9 30.0 23rd 17.9 -0.9 14.8 4th 694.6 319.5 high 217%
Maryborough 29.5 -0.7 34.0 2nd 20.2 -0.4 15.6 3rd 274.4 174.7 high 157%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 27.5   33.8 23rd 19.9   16.8 4th 484.0


Point Lookout 28.6 -0.6 31.8 3rd 21.7 -0.8 19.1 7th 298.8 147.8 v high 202%
Rainbow Beach 28.0 -0.7 33.7 2nd      
639.9 222.3 v high 288%
Redcliffe 27.4 -1.6 31.4 2nd 21.0 -0.8 18.7 4th 210.6


Sunshine Coast Airport 28.4 -0.3 33.3 23rd 20.6 -0.7 17.5 4th 395.2 194.6 high 203%
Tewantin RSL Park 27.8 -0.6 34.1 2nd 21.2 -0.7 19.0 6th 543.6 240.1 high 226%
Toolara (Kelly) 28.8 -1.9 34.1 23rd 19.6 -1.2 17.8 6th 365.8 199.5 high 183%
University of Queensland Gatton 28.7 -2.0 33.5 23rd 18.3 -0.7 14.7 3rd 183.2 101.0 high 181%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 23.4 -1.9 28.5 10th 14.7 -0.3 11.4 4th 148.2 85.7 high 173%
Dalby Airport 28.6 -2.8 32.3 23rd 17.1 -1.5 12.2 3rd 79.4 83.4 average 95%
Goondiwindi Airport 30.4 -2.2 33.4 1st 18.6 -1.2 14.5 3rd 31.0 76.0 low 41%
Oakey Aero 27.5 -2.4 31.2 23rd 16.7 -0.9 11.7 3rd 85.5 83.4 average 103%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 24.0 -2.5 29.7 10th 15.2 -0.4 12.1 7th 115.9 85.8 high 135%
Texas Post Office 29.7 -2.9 32.8 24th 17.2 -1.1 14.2 3rd 73.1 76.6 average 95%
Toowoomba Airport 24.5 -2.8 28.6 1st 16.4 -1.2 13.2 3rd 184.2 117.1 high 157%
Warwick 26.5 -3.0 30.9 10th 16.6 -0.4 13.9 3rd 91.4 67.5 high 135%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 29.9 -2.7 33.3 23rd 18.3 -1.7 13.1 3rd 45.4 76.2 low 60%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 31.3 -0.8 35.4 1st 17.3 -1.8 9.5 3rd 44.0 89.2 average 49%
Mitchell Post Office 32.3 -0.6 36.9 1st 18.4 -1.1 10.4 3rd 37.5 72.8 average 52%
Roma Airport 32.0 -0.5 36.1 23rd 17.2 -2.9 10.1 3rd 29.8 89.5 low 33%
St George Airport 32.3 -1.2 37.4 1st 19.5 -1.5 14.3 3rd 33.8 66.5 average 51%
Surat 31.2 -2.2 35.2 1st 19.0 -1.3 13.6 3rd 26.0 74.7 low 35%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 33.1 -1.2 38.8 1st 19.4 -1.6 13.5 3rd 62.4 53.9 average 116%
Charleville Aero 33.8 0.0 38.3 11th 19.5 -1.8 11.2 3rd 34.0 69.7 low 49%
Cunnamulla Post Office 34.3 -0.5 39.5 11th 21.2 -0.5 14.5 2nd 13.6 51.2 low 27%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 37.1 +0.1 42.7 10th 23.1 -1.3 16.9 3rd 8.4 25.3 average 33%
Quilpie Airport 35.4 -0.2 41.0 1st 21.8 -1.5 16.0 3rd 32.5 49.9 average 65%
Thargomindah Airport 35.6 -0.4 41.5 12th 23.1 -0.9 15.3 3rd 33.2 47.9 average 69%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 28.1 -0.1 30.8 2nd 22.7 -0.6 20.7 18th 378.0 276.6 average 137%
Willis Island 30.9 +0.5 32.8 2nd 26.0 +0.3 23.6 6th 133.4 226.7 average 59%

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 3 pm on Monday 4 March 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 ACORN-SAT dataset is being used for temperature area averages from December 2012 onwards. The major change from earlier datasets is that the ACORN-SAT dataset commences in 1910, rather than 1950, and hence rankings are calculated using a larger set of years.

No instruments from the QLD flood warning network (recognised as TM or Alert), have been used in producing daily rainfall information in this report. 

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