Queensland in April 2013

  • Tropical Cyclone Zane named on the 30th
  • Warmer than usual maximum temperatures, close to average minimum temperatures
  • Heavy rainfall at the start of the month across the north tropical coast
  • 3 daily rainfall records, 1 monthly rainfall record
  • Hottest day at Urandangi with 40 C on the 22nd
  • Coldest night at Injune with 1.7 C on the 21st


Rainfall

It was wetter than usual for the month of April across the southern parts of the Peninsula, adjacent inland and a broad area across the central north interior (see Anomaly map). Drier over the southern interior and western districts.

Area averaged rainfall was 34.08 mm, below the long term average of 41.88 mm.

Start of month to Tuesday 9th April 2013:
Rainfall was mainly recorded in the tropical north coast and along the east coast of Australia. Most of the rain fell during the first half of the week, when onshore flow generated rain and storms along the east coast.
Falls greater than 170 mm were recorded in the north tropical coast (Tully and Tree House Creek both with 184.2 mm up to the 9th). Isolated falls greater than 100 mm were also recorded around the southeast coastal district, mainly along the coast (Coolangatta with 148.4 mm, Gold Coast Seaway with 121 mm, Coomera Foxwell Road with 115 mm up to the 9th).

Week ending 16th April 2013:
Onshore flow triggered rain along eastern Australia during the first half of the week, with an inland surface trough enhancing falls in northeast Queensland. Falls greater than 250 mm were widespread in northern Queensland. The highest weekly rainfall total was 354 mm, recorded at Tree House Creek, south of Cairns.

Week ending 23 April 2013:
Falls of between 15 and 25 mm were recorded mainly along the coast and adjacent inland south of St Lawrence, along with some parts of the Northern Goldfields districts

Week ending 30 April 2013:
Falls greater than 50 mm were recorded in the north tropical coast, with the highest weekly total at Daradgee with 76.2 mm.

The highest monthly rainfall total in the state was recorded at Tree House Creek with 594.1 mm. Tully Sugar Mill received 498.3 mm, closely followed by Daradgee with 485.2 mm.

Dooruna Downs had its highest total April rainfall on record and some sites had their highest total April rainfall for at least 20 years

The highest daily rainfall total was 166.0 mm at Daintree Tea on the 10th, then Bingil Bay with 140.2 mm on the 11th, followed by Laura Post Office with 125.1 mm on the 11th.

3 sites had their highest April daily rainfall on record.

Temperature

Area averaged, the mean temperature was 0.39 C above the long term average of 23.6 C .

The warmest on average was Coconut Island with 29.3 C. The coolest on average was Applethorpe with 14.8 C.

Maximum temperature

Area averaged, the maximum temperature for April was 0.79 C above the long term average of 29.87 C.

The hottest day was the 22nd, with Urandangi Aerodrome reaching 40.0 C and Century Mine with 39.6 C.

The warmest days on average were at Century Mine with 36.5 C, while the coolest days on average were at Applethorpe with 21.0 C

The coldest day was on the 6th, with Applethorpe dropping to 16.4 C and Stanthorpe Leslie Parade recording 16.6 C.

Thangool Airport had its lowest April mean daily maximum temperature on record

Minimum temperature

Area averaged, the minimum temperature for April was 0.01 C below the long term average of 17.34 C.

The coldest night was on the 21st, with Injune Post Office recording 1.7 C, Roma Airport with 2.1 C and Oakey Aero with 2.3 C.

The coolest nights on average were at Applethorpe with 8.4 C, and in contrast, the warmest nights on average were at Coconut Island with 26.2 C.

The warmest night was at Sweers Island with 28.2 C on the 9th.

Wind

The strongest wind gust was at Cape Moreton Lighthouse with 94 km/h on the 13th, followed by Hamilton Island Airport with 91 km/h on the 11th, followed by Rundle Island with 89 km/h on the 12th.

Tropical Cyclone

Tropical Cyclone Zane was named on the 30th April. For the latest information, see the latest Queensland Warnings and the most current Tropical Cyclone Forecast Track Map.

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Extremes in April 2013
Hottest day 40.0 C at Urandangi Aerodrome on the 22nd
Warmest days on average 36.5 C at Century Mine
Coolest days on average 21.0 C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 16.4 C at Applethorpe on the 6th
Coldest night 1.7 C at Injune Post Office on the 21st
Coolest nights on average 8.4 C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 26.2 C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 28.2 C at Sweers Island on the 9th
Warmest on average overall 29.3 C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 14.7 C at Applethorpe1
Wettest overall 594.1 mm at Tree House Creek
498.3 mm at Tully Sugar Mill
485.2 mm at Daradgee
Wettest day 166.0 mm at Daintree Tea on the 10th
140.2 mm at Bingil Bay on the 11th
125.1 mm at Laura Post Office on the 11th
Highest wind gust 94 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 13th
91 km/h at Hamilton Island Airport on the 11th
89 km/h at Rundle Island on the 12th

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 April daily rainfall

Highest daily rainfall
in April 2013 (mm)
Previous wettest
for April
Years of
record
Laura Post Office 125.1 on the 11th 94.0 on the 9th in 1982 110
Cooby Creek Dam 29.0 on the 1st 25.0 on the 24th in 2003 23
Dalby Airport 30.4 on the 1st 29.8 on the 14th in 2009 22



Record highest total April rainfall

Total rainfall
for April 2013 (mm)
Previous wettest
for April
Years of
record
Average for
April
Dooruna Downs 156.4 116.0 in 2000 23 41.8

Highest total April rainfall for at least 20 years

Total rainfall
for April 2013 (mm)
Most recent April
at least this wet
Years since
wetter
Average for
April
Palmerville 229.6 469.8 in 1911 102 50.6
Capella Post Office 106.9 259.2 in 1983 30 32.4
Maryborough 116.0 161.4 in 1990 23 87.4



Record lowest April mean daily maximum temperature

Mean daily maximum
temperature
for April 2013 (C)
Previous coolest
for April
Years of
record
Average for
April
Thangool Airport 27.6 = 27.6 in 2011 20 29.7



Summary statistics for April 2013

Maximum temperatures
for April
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for April
(C)
Rainfall
for April
(millimetres)
Mean for
April
2013
Diff
from
average
Highest for
April
2013
Mean for
April
2013
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
April
2013
Total for
April
2013
Average
for
April
Rank of
April
2013
Fraction of
April
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.3 +1.0 34.5 19th 26.2 +0.5 24.1 15th 78.4 154.2 average 51%
Coen Airport 31.4 +0.4 33.7 20th 21.7 -0.1 19.3 25th 21.0 59.1 average 36%
Horn Island 31.1 +0.7 32.4 30th 25.1 -0.1 21.7 14th 112.4 228.0 average 49%
Scherger RAAF 32.9   34.6 20th 22.3   19.4 25th 47.4


Weipa Aero 32.4 +0.1 33.7 20th 22.7 -0.1 20.4 25th 48.8 101.0 average 48%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.7 +1.0 32.7 13th 22.9 0.0 19.8 25th 87.8 296.9 low 30%
Palmerville 31.3 -0.9 34.2 1st 20.2 +0.5 17.3 27th 229.6 50.6 v high 454%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 35.0 +0.9 37.9 17th 21.3 -0.3 17.3 28th 3.8 55.0 average 7%
Century Mine 36.5 +2.3 39.6 22nd 20.2 -0.7 14.8 22nd 0.2 39.5 low 1%
Cloncurry Airport 34.4 +1.0 38.0 22nd 20.1 +0.3 13.1 21st 2.6 19.5 average 13%
Croydon Township 34.3 +0.4 37.7 24th 21.9 +0.9 15.3 21st 8.4 25.1 average 33%
Kowanyama Airport 32.2 -0.7 34.0 8th 22.0 +0.2 18.0 22nd 50.0 55.5 average 90%
Mornington Island 32.8 +1.4 35.1 17th 23.0 -0.2 19.1 22nd 0.6 54.0 v low 1%
Mount Isa Aero 33.6 +1.8 38.5 22nd 17.9 -0.5 10.7 21st 0.4 15.1 average 3%
Normanton Airport 34.4 +0.4 38.1 2nd 22.7 0.0 16.9 22nd 57.8 32.0 high 181%
Sweers Island 31.2 -0.1 33.9 2nd 25.6 +1.0 22.0 12th 54.7 51.1 high 107%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 33.0   36.7 24th 20.0   13.3 21st 14.2 20.7 average 69%
Hughenden Airport 31.9 +0.1 37.1 1st 18.4 +0.5 11.4 21st 22.2 23.4 high 95%
Richmond Airport 33.5 +0.5 38.3 22nd 18.0 +0.2 10.6 21st 23.0 36.2 average 64%
Richmond Post Office 33.7 +1.0 38.4 22nd 18.4 +1.4 11.9 21st 28.8 23.0 high 125%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 29.4 +0.2 31.0 3rd 21.8 +0.2 19.8 20th 94.8 195.1 low 49%
Cape Flattery 29.8 0.0 31.7 4th 24.2 0.0 21.3 21st 77.8 211.8 low 37%
Cooktown Airport 29.1 0.0 30.6 21st 22.4 -0.5 19.0 20th 85.6 156.7 average 55%
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.3 -0.1 31.3 21st 24.0 -0.1 22.1 13th 195.0 230.7 average 85%
Mareeba Airport 28.6 +0.3 31.6 20th 18.8 0.0 16.3 23rd 128.0 41.8 high 306%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 28.1 -1.1 29.8 4th 21.6 +1.5 19.4 11th 124.1 208.2 average 60%
Ingham Composite 29.2 +0.2 31.6 23rd 21.4 +1.1 18.9 29th 101.0 200.1 low 50%
Innisfail 28.1 -0.2 30.5 23rd 21.5 +1.0 19.8 20th 411.0 459.9 average 89%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 28.1 -0.1 30.4 23rd 20.9 +0.5 18.6 20th 402.0 395.6 average 102%
Townsville Aero 29.6 0.0 31.3 4th 21.5 +0.9 18.8 29th 46.8 65.7 average 71%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 28.5 -0.5 30.1 4th 21.3 +0.4 18.3 27th 96.0 68.8 high 140%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 29.4 -0.1 31.4 16th 19.7 +0.7 16.4 28th 39.4 47.9 average 82%
Bowen Airport 28.5 -0.8 30.3 3rd 20.6 -0.2 17.4 26th 44.3 58.6 average 76%
Collinsville Post Office 29.5 -0.8 33.0 1st 17.5 +0.5 13.5 28th 57.0 42.5 high 134%
Hamilton Island Airport 26.5 -0.3 29.0 24th 22.3 -0.3 19.4 11th 234.4 140.1 high 167%
Mackay Aero 27.3 -0.3 31.1 24th 20.0 +0.7 17.8 19th 310.8 175.6 high 177%
Mackay M.O 26.5 -0.2 29.8 24th 20.6 +0.5 18.5 7th 244.2 147.3 high 166%
Proserpine Airport 28.4 -0.3 31.2 24th 19.7 +0.6 17.6 28th 137.8 118.3 high 116%
Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS 25.6   27.6 2nd 20.5   17.6 21st



Samuel Hill Aero 26.8 -0.5 29.9 19th 18.2 +0.3 14.2 21st 200.4 127.3 high 157%
St Lawrence 27.9   30.4 3rd 19.2   17.4 30th 94.8 33.3 v high 285%
Williamson 27.8   30.3 19th 18.4   15.8 3rd 74.6


Woolshed 25.6 -0.4 28.6 16th 18.2 +0.5 14.0 28th 64.8 67.4 average 96%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 26.1 -0.5 28.9 19th 19.5 -0.1 15.4 21st 130.8 70.7 high 185%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 29.4 -0.7 33.2 23rd 18.5 +0.2 16.0 27th 43.0 29.9 high 144%
Moranbah Airport 28.2   32.3 24th 17.1   12.7 28th 133.4


Central Highlands (district 35)
Clermont Airport 27.7   32.1 23rd 15.9   9.6 27th 74.6


Emerald Airport 28.6 -1.3 33.4 23rd 16.5 -0.4 12.4 27th 60.6 35.2 high 172%
Lochington 29.0   34.5 23rd 14.6   9.0 27th 56.4


Rolleston Airport 29.1   34.4 23rd 14.0   8.6 21st 13.8


Springsure Comet St 28.2 -0.8 32.6 23rd 15.1 +0.3 11.1 28th 37.4 40.0 average 94%
Tambo Post Office 30.0 +0.9 34.5 22nd 11.8 -0.9 3.5 21st 5.3 36.9 average 14%
Taroom Post Office 29.1 +0.3 35.5 23rd 13.0 -1.1 3.9 21st 27.0 35.5 average 76%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 30.8 +0.8 34.5 22nd 17.3 +0.6 11.8 21st 14.4 36.3 average 40%
Blackall Airport 31.0 +0.3 35.7 22nd 15.1 -0.5 5.9 21st 1.8 28.4 low 6%
Isisford Post Office 31.6 +0.9 36.2 22nd 15.7 -0.2 8.5 21st 13.4 36.5 average 37%
Longreach Aero 31.8 +0.4 36.9 22nd 16.2 -0.2 10.3 21st 5.2 36.9 average 14%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 35.0 +2.0 39.2 22nd 19.0 +1.0 13.2 26th 0.4 14.4 average 3%
The Monument Airport 33.0 +0.6 39.1 22nd 17.0 -0.1 11.6 21st 2.2 15.4 average 14%
Trepell Airport 33.4 +0.5 39.0 22nd 17.2 -0.3 12.2 21st 0.6 16.2 low 4%
Urandangi Aerodrome 34.5   40.0 22nd 15.9   9.9 26th 0.2


Winton Airport 32.8 +0.4 38.0 22nd 18.0 +1.0 11.9 28th 16.6 23.8 average 70%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 32.8 +0.8 35.9 5th 16.5 -0.8 12.0 21st 0.2 9.7 average 2%
Birdsville Airport 32.0 +0.2 34.5 6th 16.4 -0.7 11.1 27th 0.4 1.3 average 31%
Boulia Airport 33.3 +1.9 38.8 22nd 18.5 +1.4 13.3 21st 0.8 13.7 average 6%
Windorah Post Office 31.5 +1.3 34.5 4th 16.4 +0.4 10.5 28th 1.6 19.5 average 8%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 27.4 0.0 30.1 19th 17.3 -0.2 10.0 21st 40.6 57.7 average 70%
Gayndah Airport 28.0 -1.1 30.4 17th 14.7 -0.5 7.3 21st 33.6 25.1 average 134%
Gladstone Airport 27.6 -0.4 30.5 19th 19.0 0.0 14.2 22nd 63.2 44.5 high 142%
Gladstone Radar 27.5 -0.9 30.7 19th 19.6 0.0 17.2 21st 70.8 48.4 high 146%
Lady Elliot Island 26.7 +0.2 28.3 3rd 21.8 0.0 18.8 5th 52.0 102.6 low 51%
Monto Township 26.6 -1.1 31.2 23rd 14.1 +0.4 6.5 21st 61.2 44.6 high 137%
Rockhampton Aero 27.8 -1.0 31.0 23rd 19.0 +1.1 14.5 21st 105.6 44.2 high 239%
Rundle Island 25.3 -0.2 27.7 24th 21.4 -0.3 18.9 20th



Sandy Cape Lighthouse 26.6 -0.2 28.3 23rd 20.2 +0.3 17.4 21st 90.4 121.0 average 75%
Seventeen Seventy 26.1 -0.3 28.3 24th 19.5 +0.2 18.0 30th 78.2 104.6 average 75%
Thangool Airport 27.6 -2.1 30.9 17th 13.8 -0.3 6.6 21st 23.6 34.9 average 68%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 26.7 -0.5 29.9 23rd 13.1 -0.9 7.1 21st 88.6 56.0 high 158%
Archerfield Airport 26.9 +0.5 30.2 23rd 14.8 -0.3 10.1 21st 93.4 80.7 average 116%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 26.4   29.2 16th 13.3   7.4 21st 57.6


Beerburrum Forest Station 26.5 0.0 30.6 23rd 15.3 -0.4 9.7 21st 182.4 116.7 high 156%
Brisbane 26.6 -0.5 30.2 23rd 17.0 -0.3 14.1 28th 104.6 69.5 high 151%
Brisbane Aero 25.4 -0.6 28.8 18th 16.1 -0.2 11.0 21st 162.2 79.5 high 204%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 24.7 +0.5 26.9 23rd 19.0 -0.1 16.2 21st 135.2 146.4 average 92%
Coolangatta 25.8 +0.5 28.9 18th 16.4 -0.6 13.0 19th 248.8 175.6 high 142%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 25.6 +0.8 29.5 19th 20.1 +0.3 17.5 21st 59.8 130.7 low 46%
Gold Coast Seaway 26.4 +0.7 29.0 18th 17.8 -0.5 14.4 21st 232.6 129.0 high 180%
Gympie 26.5 -0.8 30.6 23rd 15.1 +0.4 6.2 21st 74.6 83.4 average 89%
Hervey Bay Airport 27.0 +0.1 29.1 20th 17.4 -0.5 8.2 21st 33.0 71.7 v low 46%
Jimna Forestry 23.1 -0.6 27.4 23rd 12.0 -1.0 3.6 21st 75.4 56.7 average 133%
Kingaroy Airport 24.8 -1.1 29.1 23rd 11.0 -1.2 2.6 21st 33.6 21.9 high 153%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 26.3 0.0 30.6 18th 15.9 0.0 10.9 21st 134.2 85.0 high 158%
Maleny Tamarind St 23.2 -0.3 28.6 23rd 15.1 +0.1 10.2 21st 191.4 193.2 average 99%
Maryborough 27.5 +0.1 30.0 19th 16.8 +0.2 7.5 21st 116.0 87.4 high 133%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 26.1   30.8 23rd 16.2   10.9 21st 214.4


Point Lookout     29.0 3rd 18.6 -0.9 16.6 21st 271.2 191.4 high 142%
Rainbow Beach 26.2 +0.2 29.5 22nd      
160.8 141.3 average 114%
Redcliffe 25.4 -0.5 29.4 18th 17.0 -0.7 12.3 21st 111.6 114.0 average 98%
Sunshine Coast Airport 26.3 +0.5 30.6 23rd 16.8 -0.2 8.8 21st 235.8 164.3 high 144%
Tewantin RSL Park 25.7 0.0 30.8 23rd 17.8 -0.2 12.5 21st 160.2 169.7 average 94%
Toolara (Kelly) 26.2 -0.8 29.7 23rd 17.2 -0.2 13.3 21st 152.0 103.3 high 147%
University of Queensland Gatton 26.6 -0.5 29.5 23rd 13.3 -0.4 7.3 21st 74.8 49.6 high 151%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 21.0 -0.2 24.5 29th 8.4 -1.2 3.6 21st 46.4 45.0 average 103%
Dalby Airport 26.7 -0.6 30.7 23rd 11.0 -1.5 4.0 21st 38.8 21.7 high 179%
Goondiwindi Airport 27.7 -0.1 30.1 16th 11.6 -1.4 6.3 20th 6.8 19.0 average 36%
Oakey Aero 25.5 -0.3 29.1 23rd 9.9 -1.9 2.3 21st 29.0 32.2 average 90%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 21.5 -0.6 24.8 29th 8.7 -0.8 3.1 21st 59.6 42.7 high 140%
Texas Post Office 26.5 -1.0 28.5 23rd 10.6 -1.1 4.1 20th 27.4 34.5 average 79%
Toowoomba Airport 22.3 -1.0 26.1 23rd 12.8 -0.6 6.6 21st 41.0 29.3 high 140%
Warwick 24.4 -0.5 27.8 23rd 9.9 -1.5 3.5 21st 58.8 33.2 high 177%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 27.4 -0.5 31.0 23rd 11.1 -2.3 3.4 21st 23.6 33.4 average 71%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 27.9 +0.2 33.1 23rd 10.6 -1.3 1.7 21st 2.8 41.8 low 7%
Mitchell Post Office 28.9 +1.4 33.1 22nd 10.3 -1.2 2.5 21st 6.8 34.2 low 20%
Roma Airport 28.8 +0.8 33.4 22nd 9.6 -2.9 2.1 21st 8.2 36.5 average 22%
St George Airport 27.9 -0.1 31.8 22nd 11.6 -2.2 6.3 27th 15.6 21.0 average 74%
Surat 28.4 +0.2 32.2 22nd 11.4 -1.7 4.8 27th 7.6 31.3 low 24%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 28.9 +1.1 32.0 22nd 12.0 -1.2 5.5 26th 10.2 31.3 average 33%
Charleville Aero 29.1 +1.0 33.9 22nd 12.2 -1.6 4.2 21st 8.2 30.6 average 27%
Cunnamulla Post Office 29.2 +1.3 33.4 15th 14.0 -0.1 8.0 20th 0.6 27.1 low 2%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Quilpie Airport 30.4 +1.2 34.2 23rd 13.9 -1.8 6.4 21st 23.8 24.8 average 96%
Thargomindah Airport 29.7 +0.2 32.9 30th 15.0 -1.6 6.9 21st 0.2 16.2 average 1%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 25.4 -0.1 27.6 24th 20.8 -0.3 18.3 8th 108.8 118.1 average 92%
Willis Island 28.9 0.0 29.8 22nd 25.1 +0.4 22.4 11th 274.0 129.2 v high 212%

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 1 May 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.

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