Queensland in February 2014: Dry month over the south east; wet in central and northern parts

  • Cyclones: Ex-tropical cyclone Dylan, tropical cyclone Edna and tropical cyclone Fletcher
    • Tropical cyclone Edna was named on 1 February
    • Tropical cyclone Fletcher was named on 3 February
    • ex-tropical cyclone Dylan produces totals in the range of 200 mm to 390 mm to 9am on 3 February around the Tully and Innisfail region
  • Flood warnings issued for the below river systems and catchments (flood warnings are still being issued into March)
    • Coastal Rivers North
    • Coastal Rivers Central
    • Daintree and Mossman
    • Johnstone
    • Tully and Murray
    • Herbert
    • Don (Bowen)
    • Connors-Isaac (Fitzroy)
    • Gulf Rivers (various)
    • Bulloo
    • Paroo
    • Western River (Diamantina)
    • Thomson-Barcoo-Cooper
    • Belyando and Suttor (Burdekin)
    • Bohle
    • Haughton
    • Nogoa (Fitzroy)
  • Rainfall 
    • Mt Isa recorded more rainfall in the first 17 days of February than the entire calendar year of 2013
    • Southeast quarter of the state well below average 
    • Record lowest February rainfall for numerous stations, some of these include:
      • ^Brisbane City with 15.8 mm (previous was 17.8 mm in 1932), with 152 years of record. (NOTE: the 14.7mm in 1859 has been excluded due to multi-day accumulations and effects of evaporation on the total - therefore using all available records from 1860 (with some missing years of data)
      • ^Brisbane Airport with 15.0 mm (previous was 24.1 mm in 1963), with 64 years of record
      • ^Kingaroy (1.8 mm, previous was 3.1 mm in 1921), with 108 years of record
      • ^Nambour with 41.4 mm (previous was 54.4 mm in 1986), with 61 years of record
      • Gympie with 11 mm (previous was 13.8 mm in 1983), with 144 years of record 
      • Archerfield (13.4 mm, previous was 17 mm in 2005), with 84 years of record
      • Amberley (13 mm, previous was 17.1 mm in 2005), with 73 years of record
      • Applethorpe (6.8 mm, previous was 12 mm in 1974), with 47 years of record
    • Record high February rainfall, with the most significant records at:
      • Aurukun (99 years of record) received a monthly total of 1128.5 mm and Kowanyama (101 years of record) received a monthly total 1470.6 mm - both are new records for February as well as any month of the year (previous Aurukun record was 863.7 mm in February 2002, and previous Kowanyama record was 881.8 mm in February 1918).
^ note: these observations are taken from the current (open) site, and comparing all available records from both the current and old (closed) site.

Rainfall

The state wide average rainfall for February was 169.25 mm, 53.64 mm and 46.4% above the historical average of 115.61 mm and the highest rainfall since 2010.

Tropical cyclone Dylan made landfall on the east coast of Queensland at Hideaway Bay (east of Bowen) early on 31 January, bringing heavy rainfall to parts of the central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas as the system moved over the interior. Assisted by ex-tropical cyclone Dylan, the monsoon trough migrated south to the central coast region, with a high in the Tasman Sea strengthening on 1 and 2 February and shifting the monsoon trough north, through the central coast and into the tropics about south of Cairns. Isolated moderate to heavy rain fell along the central coast between Mackay and Bowen, with the most significant rainfall in coastal parts and the ranges. By 3 February, heavy rainfall eased across the north tropical coast. Totals in the range of 200 to 400 mm were recorded in the 24 hours to 9am on 3 February.Moderate to heavy rainfall was observed around the Gulf of Carpentaria coast.  

Early on 3 February, a tropical low was located approximately 70 km north-northeast of Burketown and 125 km southeast of Mornington Island. It was a relatively weak system, however showed some intensification since moving over water. The system reached tropical cyclone intensity on 3 February, but the system was short-lived at this intensity, before crossing the southeast Gulf of Carpentaria coast south of the Gilbert River Mouth later in the afternoon of 3 February. It remained slow moving as a tropical low before crossing the coast for the final time on 9 February.

Kowanyana had six days in a row with rainfall greater than 100 mm, with the highest daily total of 361.2 mm recorded at Kowanyama throughout the 7th February (with the daily total recorded to 9am on 8 February). Kowanyama went on to record 1470.6 mm of rainfall for the month of February, making it the wettest month at the station since records began in 1913. 

The highest daily rainfall was at Tree House Creek with 371.0 mm on the 3rd, closely followed by  Kowanyama Airport with 361.2 mm on the 8th.  Some sites had their highest February daily rainfall on record.

Some sites had their highest total February rainfall on record. and numerous sites had their highest total February rainfall for at least 20 years

Mt Isa in the northwest, received more rainfall in the first 17 days of February than it did for the entire year of 2013.

Despite some extremely high February rainfall in the far north, the southeast quarter of the state experienced very dry conditions, with some places having their lowest total February rainfall on record. Some sites had their lowest total February rainfall for at least 20 years. There was a lack of any significant rain bearing systems over the southeast quarter of Queensland during the month.

Temperature

The state wide average temperature for February was 28.02 C, 0.17 C below the historical average of 28.19 C and the lowest since 2012.

The warmest on average was Birdsville Airport with 31.6 C, while the coolest on average was Applethorpe with 21.6 C.

Some sites had their lowest February mean temperature for at least 20 years.

Maximum temperature

The state wide average maximum temperature for February was 33.24 C, 0.75 C below the historical average of 33.99 C and the lowest since 2010.

Warmer daytime temperatures were experienced over the southeast, extending into the pockets of the southern Queensland border. Parts of the southeast were 2 - 3 C above the 1961-90 average. It was cooler than average across the remainder of the state, with nearly 80% of the state cooler than the 1961-90 average.  The far north including coastal areas of the Gulf of Carpentaria, parts of the northwest and central to southern interior were 2 - 3  C below average. 

The hottest day recorded at Birdsville Airport two days in a row, with 44.1 C on the 13th and again on the 14th. The next hottest day was at Thargomindah Airport with 43.8 C, also on the 14th.

The warmest days on average were at Birdsville Airport with 37.8 C, and the coolest days on average were at Woolshed with 27.0 C.

The coldest day was on the 5th, with Applethorpe recording 19.8 C.

Some sites had their coldest February day (lowest maximum temperature) on record. Some sites had their lowest February mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years.

Minimum temperature

The state wide average minimum temperature for February was 22.80 C, 0.75 C above the historical average of 22.39 C and the highest since 2006. 

Cooler than average overnight temperatures were recorded across most of the east Queensland coast from about Innisfail to the southern Wide Bay district, and in the adjacent inland. Cooler than average conditions were recorded across pockets of the southwest and northern Peninsula. 

Warmer than average overnight temperatures were recorded over most of the southern border, extending into the southern interior, but not including the far southeast corner.

The coldest night was at Warwick with 11.3 C on the 8th and the coolest nights on average were at Applethorpe with 15.4 C.

The warmest nights on average were at Lihou Reef Lighthouse with 25.7 C, followed by Coconut Island, Sweers Island and Willis Island, all with 25.6 C.

The warmest night was at Thargomindah Airport with 32.7 C on the 15th, and both their warmest February night (highest 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 Cape Moreton Lighthouse: 89 km/h on the 23rd, and then 81 km/h on the 5th. Charleville Aero recorded 81 km/h on the 16th and Double Island Point Lighthouse also recorded 81 km/h on the 23rd.

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Extremes in February 2014
Hottest day 44.1 C at Birdsville Airport on the 13th and the 14th
Warmest days on average 37.8 C at Birdsville Airport
Coolest days on average 27.0 C at Woolshed
Coldest day 19.8 C at Applethorpe on the 5th
Coldest night 11.3 C at Warwick on the 8th
Coolest nights on average 15.4 C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 25.7 C at Lihou Reef Lighthouse
Warmest night 32.7 C at Thargomindah Airport on the 15th
Warmest on average overall 31.6 C at Birdsville Airport
Coolest on average overall 21.6 C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 1470.6 mm at Kowanyama Airport
Wettest day371.0 mm at Tree House Creek on the 3rd3
Highest wind gust 89 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 23rd

Maps
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Mean
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Record highest February daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in February 2014 (mm)
Previous wettest
for February
Years of
record
Herberton Mowbray Rd 156.6 on the 3rd 154.9 on the 1st in 1913 112
Kowanyama Airport 361.2 on the 8th 342.9 on the 15th in 1949 101
Mantuan Downs 130.0 on the 20th 111.8 on the 1st in 1922 97
Meandarra Post Office 78.0 on the 20th 73.4 on the 15th in 2010 72
Carnarvon Station 105.4 on the 20th 105.2 on the 3rd in 1997 61
Eastmere 146.0 on the 20th 130.0 on the 1st in 1997 45
Green Hills 100.2 on the 19th 88.0 on the 17th in 1987 26
Glencoe 280.0 on the 21st 154.0 on the 10th in 2009 22
Southwood 89.0 on the 20th 69.0 on the 5th in 2008 20
Wongan 199.6 on the 3rd 132.8 on the 10th in 2009 20



Record high total February rainfall
Total rainfall
for February 2014 (mm)
Previous wettest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Kowanyama Airport 1470.6 881.8 in 1918 100 368.6
Aurukun Shire Council 1128.5 863.7 in 2002 99 466.6
Herbert Vale + 349.6 348.9 in 1891 57 107.1
Glencoe 383.0 249.6 in 1997 22 110.3
+ this site did not record rainfall between 1930 and 1997

Highest total February rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for February 2014 (mm)
Most recent February
at least this wet
Years since
wetter
Average for
February
Moreton Telegraph Station 584.2 589.6 in 1894* 99 333.7
Barcaldine Post Office 252.5 336.3 in 1954 60 79.4
Alpha Post Office 255.0 298.6 in 1956 58 89.1
Merluna 675.8 716.7 in 1991* 21 346.6

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




Record lowest total February rainfall
Total rainfall
for February 2014 (mm)
Previous driest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Brisbane City ^ 15.817.8in 1932 152172.0
Gympie 11.0 13.8 in 1983 144 168.0
Kingaroy ^1.83.1in 192110896.0
Archerfield Airport 13.4 17.0 in 2005 82 152.7
Amberley AMO 13.0 17.1 in 2005 73 120.9
Brisbane Airport ^15.024.1in 196364172.0
Nambour ^41.454.4in 198661259.0
Rocky Point Sugar Mill 12.0 37.6 in 2005 55 164.4
Fort Lytton 12.2 39.4 in 1987 47 148.8
Applethorpe 6.8 12.0 in 1974 44 83.9
Macalister 4.0 14.0 in 1987 43 77.6
Greenbank Thompson Road 8.2 14.4 in 2007 38 125.0
Boondall 22.4 34.3 in 2002 37 164.6
Greenslopes Private Hospital 12.1 20.6 in 1987 36 130.9
Maclean Bridge 10.8 17.4 in 2007 32 108.7
Corbould Pk Racecourse 65.4 71.0 in 1997 26 254.9
Dalby Airport 4.8 8.8 in 2011 23 79.9
Rainbow Beach 25.6 55.8 in 1997 22 213.5
Idalia National Park 17.0 19.4 in 2009 21 81.4
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 22.5 38.0 in 1993 20 160.1
Mt Binga 8.0 32.8 in 2005 20 138.3
Ormiston College 20.8 43.6 in 1993 20 147.9
Warwick 8.0 12.0 in 1995 20 64.7
^ note: these observations are taken from the current (open) site, and comparing all available records from both the current and old (closed) site.
Lowest total February rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for February 2014 (mm)
Most recent February
at least this dry
Years since
drier
Average for
February
Gin Gin Post Office 11.6 4.3 in 1902* 111 156.6
Double Island Point Lighthouse 11.6 5.1 in 1904* 107 165.8
Esk Post Office 7.4 3.8 in 1923 91 128.3
University of Queensland Gatton 1.8 0.0 in 1923 91 100.1
Lindfield 13.4 7.6 in 1926 88 153.0
Dalveen 14.7 3.4 in 1939 75 95.2
Lowood Don St 9.2 4.9 in 1939* 73 102.7
Mt Alford 11.8 1.0 in 1926* 59 125.5
Proston Post Office 5.8 2.8 in 1957 57 96.7
Alderley 28.6 24.9 in 1963 51 163.1
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 22.2 21.1 in 1965 49 169.0
Wandoan Post Office 6.0 3.6 in 1969* 44 77.4
Ellangowan 7.8 5.6 in 1974 40 81.0
Dulacca Truck Stop 6.8 2.7 in 1974* 39 72.3
Pittsworth 10.0 9.8 in 1974* 39 76.9
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 12.1 3.5 in 1974* 34 85.2
Kenilworth Township 24.2 16.0 in 1983 31 189.7
Maryborough 23.6 11.8 in 1983 31 173.7
Nanango Wills St 14.4 8.2 in 1983 31 103.0
Teddington Waterworks 17.9 4.9 in 1983 31 161.9
Embreys Bridge 18.2 4.0 in 1985* 28 85.8
Mount Joseph 22.0 21.2 in 1985* 28 140.5
Palmwoods 38.2 38.0 in 1986 28 259.8
Bauhinia Downs Store 19.4 0.0 in 1987 27 106.8
Glenelg 17.2 7.4 in 1987 27 70.7
Leslie Dam 19.8 3.4 in 1987 27 73.0
Pratten 20.0 0.0 in 1987 27 72.4
Ballandean Post Office 11.2 4.6 in 1989 25 84.2
Bell Police 4.2 1.8 in 1987* 24 77.7
Possum Park 10.6 0.0 in 1938* 22 65.3

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




Record lowest February daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in February 2014 (C)
Previous coolest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Palmerville 24.9 on the 5th 25.0 on the 13th in 1977 64 32.6
Kowanyama Airport 24.6 on the 6th = 24.6 on the 16th in 1972 48 32.4
Weipa Aero 24.7 on the 7th 24.8 on the 19th in 2001 22 31.5



Lowest February mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for February 2014 (C)
Most recent February
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
February
Cardwell Marine Pde 29.5 29.3 in 1984 30 31.3
Boulia Airport 35.6 34.5 in 1991 23 37.4
Kowanyama Airport 30.5 29.6 in 1993 21 32.4



Record highest February daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in February 2014 (C)
Previous warmest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Camooweal Township 30.0 on the 2nd 29.7 on the 19th in 1986 73 23.6
Goondiwindi Airport 28.7 on the 16th 27.0 on the 10th in 2009 21 19.7



Lowest February mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for February 2014 (C)
Most recent February
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
February
Collinsville Post Office 20.7 20.2 in 1972* 41 21.8
Maryborough 20.0 19.9 in 1988 26 20.6
Weipa Aero 23.6 23.5 in 1993 21 24.2

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




Lowest February mean temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily
temperature
for February 2014 (C)
Most recent February
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
February
Palmerville 27.0 26.8 in 1975* 34 27.7
Cardwell Marine Pde 26.4 26.2 in 1984 30 27.1
Ayr DPI Research Stn 26.5 25.9 in 1984* 27 27.1
Kowanyama Airport 27.3 26.7 in 1993 21 28.3

* 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 2014
Maximum temperatures
for February
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for February
(C)
Rainfall
for February
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2014
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2014
Mean for
February
2014
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2014
Total for
February
2014
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2014
Fraction of
February
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 30.7 -0.9 33.1 10th 25.6 -0.3 23.4 19th 240.4 246.7 average 97%
Coen Airport 30.5 -1.6 34.0 15th 23.4 -0.5 21.9 7th 399.8 279.1 high 143%
Horn Island 30.1 -0.4 31.7 10th 24.8 -0.2 23.0 20th 423.6 464.7 average 91%
Scherger RAAF 30.2   34.3 14th 23.5   22.0 10th 890.2 405.6 v high 219%
Weipa Aero 30.0 -1.5 34.0 14th 23.6 -0.6 22.0 8th 909.0 543.5 v high 167%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.4 -0.9 32.6 1st 23.9 +0.3 22.3 10th 304.4 389.3 low 78%
Palmerville 31.2 -1.4 34.2 1st 22.8 0.0 20.9 5th 341.4 264.4 high 129%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 31.9 -1.9 36.8 1st 24.5 -0.3 22.4 24th 424.6 204.0 high 208%
Century Mine 33.6 -2.5 38.8 1st 23.9 0.0 21.6 12th 362.8 131.8 v high 275%
Cloncurry Airport 35.0 -1.1 39.1 2nd 24.5 +0.4 22.3 23rd 163.0 105.6 high 154%
Croydon Township 32.7 -1.8 35.8 24th 24.1 +0.2 22.4 7th 220.0 180.4 average 122%
Julia Creek Airport 36.1 -0.3 40.8 2nd 24.0 +1.4 20.4 13th 142.6 105.1 high 136%
Kowanyama Airport 30.5 -1.9 33.5 22nd 24.2 0.0 22.8 9th 1470.6 368.6 highest 399%
Lake Julius AWS 34.6   40.5 1st 24.6   22.1 6th 155.0
Mornington Island Airport 30.7   32.7 21st 25.4   22.6 23rd 368.2
Mount Isa Aero 34.1 -1.2 39.8 2nd 23.6 +0.3 19.8 18th 154.8 102.4 high 151%
Normanton Airport 31.3 -2.4 34.4 1st 24.4 -0.6 21.9 5th 360.4 193.3 v high 186%
Sweers Island 30.9 -1.6 34.4 1st 25.6 -0.6 23.0 24th 276.7 314.5 average 88%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 32.0 -1.3 34.9 10th 22.6 0.0 20.0 14th 314.4 221.1 high 142%
Hughenden Airport 33.5 -1.3 38.3 15th 23.0 +0.5 20.6 1st 146.2 86.9 high 168%
Richmond Airport 35.2 -0.7 39.5 2nd 23.5 +0.8 18.8 14th 151.0 86.4 high 175%
Richmond Post Office 35.1 -0.6 39.8 2nd 23.7 +1.2 20.0 13th 171.9 103.6 high 166%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 30.2 -1.0 34.2 1st 23.6 -0.2 21.2 14th 395.4 449.8 average 88%
Cairns Racecourse 30.4   34.8 1st 23.3   20.4 14th 421.4
Cape Flattery 31.0 -0.9 35.5 2nd 24.6 -0.2 22.9 6th 305.6 259.9 average 118%
Cooktown Airport 30.7 -1.0 35.0 1st 24.1 -0.3 21.8 14th 302.0 296.1 average 102%
Low Isles Lighthouse 30.4 -1.3 34.5 2nd 24.6 -0.9 22.5 7th 698.6 421.1 high 166%
Mareeba Airport 29.5 -1.0 34.7 1st 21.2 -0.3 18.5 13th 210.0 244.8 average 86%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cape Ferguson NTC AWS 28.2   29.7 16th 24.6   22.7 18th
Cardwell Marine Pde 29.5 -1.8 31.5 23rd 23.3 +0.4 21.1 14th 682.2 465.6 high 147%
Ingham Composite 30.7 -1.0 33.5 20th 23.3 +0.1 21.1 14th 367.5 484.0 average 76%
Innisfail 30.0 -0.6 33.8 1st 23.6 +0.7 21.6 6th 813.2 595.6 high 137%
Lucinda Point 29.2 -1.0 31.1 21st 24.8 -0.4 22.3 8th 330.8 214.0 high 155%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 30.0 -0.7 35.5 1st 23.2 +0.5 20.7 14th 788.0 576.6 high 137%
Townsville Aero 30.5 -0.6 32.0 16th 24.0 -0.1 21.8 14th 356.6 304.8 average 117%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.1 -1.0 31.4 22nd 23.9 -0.7 20.5 25th 155.8 274.6 average 57%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.7 -0.7 32.7 8th 22.4 -0.4 19.7 13th 213.4 240.9 average 89%
Bowen Airport 30.5 -0.8 31.7 27th 23.6 -0.2 21.7 1st 96.8 228.1 low 42%
Collinsville Post Office 31.8 -0.9 34.6 15th 20.7 -1.1 17.1 28th 104.2 160.6 average 65%
Hamilton Island Airport 28.9 -0.6 30.9 18th 24.0 -0.7 21.5 17th 185.4 312.0 low 59%
Mackay Aero 29.4 -0.6 31.3 16th 22.6 -0.6 19.9 14th 226.0 365.8 average 62%
Mackay M.O 29.3 -0.3 31.5 16th 23.4 0.0 20.5 14th 274.2 327.3 average 84%
Proserpine Airport 29.9 -1.2 32.0 17th 22.2 -0.6 19.9 14th 384.0 381.9 average 101%
Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS 27.4   30.2 21st 23.8   21.3 7th
Samuel Hill Aero 29.1 -1.1 32.0 21st 21.2 -0.8 17.4 15th 267.4 346.6 average 77%
St Lawrence 30.2 -1.2 32.2 27th 21.9 -1.0 19.0 26th 70.0 239.6 low 29%
Williamson 30.0   32.6 22nd 22.2   19.1 12th 102.0 223.6 low 46%
Woolshed 27.0 -0.9 30.8 1st 20.1 -0.8 18.1 13th 659.6 317.2 high 208%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 28.5 -0.7 30.2 22nd 23.1 -0.6 20.3 15th 144.6 173.6 average 83%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 31.4 -1.3 34.5 15th 21.4 -0.9 18.7 13th 135.7 147.7 average 92%
Moranbah Airport 31.8   36.3 16th 20.1   17.6 28th 128.6
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 33.8   36.6 16th 21.0   18.1 25th 10.4
Clermont Airport 31.2   35.5 16th 20.2   17.0 25th 150.2
Emerald Airport 32.9 -0.5 36.1 22nd 21.0 -1.0 18.2 3rd 61.6 80.8 average 76%
Lochington 33.3   38.3 16th 20.9   17.4 3rd 68.4
Rolleston Airport 34.0   38.8 16th 20.5   17.2 3rd 26.2
Springsure Comet St 32.0 -0.4 36.1 16th 20.2 -0.3 16.6 25th 68.9 109.6 average 63%
Tambo Post Office 33.0 -0.8 39.0 15th 21.1 +1.2 18.8 5th 184.2 78.3 v high 235%
Taroom Post Office 35.1 +2.3 40.0 15th 20.8 +0.5 15.8 4th 9.8 87.9 v low 11%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 32.2 -2.3 38.8 15th 22.5 -0.1 20.6 1st 252.5 79.4 v high 318%
Blackall Airport 33.0 -1.7 40.1 15th 22.2 +0.4 19.5 4th 130.8 84.7 high 154%
Isisford Post Office 33.4 -2.4 40.6 15th 22.7 +0.3 19.8 4th 72.8 73.8 average 99%
Longreach Aero 34.9 -0.8 41.7 15th 22.8 +0.3 20.9 5th 71.0 79.7 average 89%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 34.2 -2.0 39.9 1st 24.4 +0.8 20.9 18th 154.2 93.7 high 165%
New May Downs 34.0   39.1 1st 23.6   21.1 23rd 145.0
The Monument Airport 34.8 -1.9 40.2 14th 23.8 +0.5 19.1 23rd 169.0 76.3 high 221%
Trepell Airport 35.7 -1.0 39.8 12th 23.7 +0.5 19.9 22nd 104.4 63.7 high 164%
Urandangi Aerodrome 36.1   40.5 1st 24.3   20.7 26th 139.0
Winton Airport 35.7 -0.7 40.9 15th 23.9 +1.2 20.6 13th 113.2 77.1 high 147%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 36.4 -1.6 43.1 14th 24.0 -0.1 18.6 21st 47.0 35.3 high 133%
Birdsville Airport 37.8 -0.3 44.1 14th 25.0 +0.3 18.7 21st 8.6 31.3 low 27%
Boulia Airport 35.6 -1.8 41.3 14th 24.0 0.0 19.5 23rd 57.9 50.3 average 115%
Windorah Post Office 34.8 -1.8 42.7 14th 23.8 +0.3 16.7 23rd 109.5 49.4 high 222%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 30.5 +0.6 33.3 21st 20.8 -0.6 17.8 13th 68.8 160.0 average 43%
Gayndah Airport 34.2 +2.0 38.6 21st 20.2 -0.4 16.4 12th 7.4 92.7 v low 8%
Gladstone Airport 30.1 -0.4 32.9 16th 22.3 -0.7 19.9 12th 252.4 185.2 high 136%
Gladstone Radar 30.5 -0.5 33.1 16th 22.1 -0.3 19.8 3rd 103.6 144.9 average 71%
Lady Elliot Island 29.3 +0.2 31.3 19th 24.1 +0.1 21.3 7th 72.0 167.2 low 43%
Monto Township 32.5 +1.3 37.0 21st 18.4 -0.6 14.1 25th 21.9 112.6 low 19%
Rockhampton Aero 30.2 -1.0 33.6 16th 22.0 -0.1 20.2 6th 241.8 144.5 high 167%
Rundle Island 27.4 -0.8 30.3 14th 23.6 -0.8 20.3 3rd
Thangool Airport 33.3 +0.6 37.8 21st 18.6 -1.2 14.3 12th 1.4 96.7 v low 1%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 31.4 +1.0 37.2 16th 18.9 -0.6 14.9 5th 13.0 120.9 lowest 11%
Archerfield Airport 30.5 +0.8 35.4 21st 20.2 +0.2 16.4 26th 13.4 152.7 lowest 9%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 32.0   37.8 15th 18.7   14.7 5th 10.2
Beerburrum Forest Station 30.1 +0.6 35.8 16th 19.3 -0.5 15.6 12th 56.4 200.1 v low 28%
Brisbane  30.2 +0.3 34.1 17th 21.2 -0.1 19.0 4th 15.8 172.0 lowest 9%
Brisbane Aero 29.0 +0.1 32.6 17th 21.3 +0.2 17.9 12th 15.0 172.0 lowest 8%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.9 +1.1 29.9 17th 22.4 +0.4 19.7 6th
Coolangatta 28.9 +0.8 32.3 21st 20.7 -0.1 17.4 12th 44.0 171.2 v low 26%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 29.2 +1.5 33.7 21st 22.6 +0.1 20.2 6th 11.6 165.8 v low 7%
Gold Coast Seaway 29.2 +0.7 32.1 20th 22.1 +0.3 19.3 7th 23.8 169.3 v low 14%
Gympie 32.0 +1.7 38.1 21st 19.4 -0.2 14.3 12th 11.0 168.0 lowest 7%
Hervey Bay Airport 30.1 +0.1 32.9 21st 21.6 -0.5 16.9 13th 48.6 145.1 v low 33%
Kingaroy Airport 31.3 +1.9 37.0 15th 17.0 -0.8 12.2 4th 1.8 96.0 lowest 2%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 29.7 +0.4 34.1 20th 20.8 +0.4 17.2 4th 22.5 160.1 lowest 14%
Maryborough 31.9 +1.7 36.4 21st 20.0 -0.6 16.6 13th 23.6 173.7 v low 14%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 29.7   36.2 16th 20.0   16.3 12th 41.6 259.0 lowest
Rainbow Beach 28.8 +0.1 34.1 16th       25.6 213.5 lowest 12%
Redcliffe 28.7 -0.1 33.0 17th 21.9 +0.2 19.4 26th 35.0 110.0 low 32%
Sunshine Coast Airport 29.7 +1.0 32.9 16th 20.8 -0.5 15.6 12th 36.8 186.7 v low 20%
Tewantin RSL Park 28.6 +0.2 31.5 17th 21.8 -0.1 19.1 6th 43.2 229.7 v low 19%
Toolara (Kelly) 31.5 +0.9 37.6 21st 20.3 -0.4 18.1 7th 46.2 190.4 low 24%
University of Queensland Gatton 32.5 +1.8 38.2 15th 18.5 -0.5 14.6 11th 1.8 100.1 v low 2%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 27.7 +2.5 33.5 16th 15.4 +0.4 12.1 27th 6.8 83.9 lowest 8%
Dalby Airport 33.2 +2.0 38.6 15th 18.2 -0.3 13.4 4th 4.8 79.9 lowest 6%
Goondiwindi Airport 34.0 +1.5 40.3 16th 20.7 +1.0 15.6 24th 33.0 74.1 low 45%
Oakey Aero 31.1 +1.2 38.2 15th 17.5 -0.1 12.5 8th 20.8 82.0 low 25%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 27.6 +1.2 35.0 16th 16.2 +0.6 12.4 9th 12.1 85.2 v low 14%
Texas Post Office 34.0 +1.5 39.3 16th 19.3 +1.1 14.5 7th 36.2 76.3 low 47%
Toowoomba Airport 28.6 +1.5 36.9 15th 17.2 -0.3 14.2 6th 12.0 111.3 v low 11%
Warwick 30.8 +1.5 36.9 15th 16.7 -0.3 11.3 8th 8.0 64.7 lowest 12%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 34.2 +1.8 40.0 15th 20.2 +0.3 15.9 4th 12.2 72.2 v low 17%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 33.5 +1.4 39.7 15th 20.4 +1.3 16.2 8th 50.4 88.8 average 57%
Mitchell Post Office 34.5 +1.6 40.5 15th 21.4 +1.9 17.4 12th 41.0 72.6 average 56%
Roma Airport 34.4 +1.9 40.9 15th 21.6 +1.6 17.3 2nd 73.8 89.0 average 83%
St George Airport 33.9 +0.5 41.9 15th 22.5 +1.6 16.6 23rd 72.6 66.8 average 109%
Surat 33.9 +0.5 40.8 15th 21.8 +1.5 18.4 2nd 61.2 74.6 average 82%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 33.8 -0.5 42.7 13th 22.2 +1.2 16.3 23rd 77.7 54.1 high 144%
Charleville Aero 34.0 +0.2 40.4 15th 22.4 +1.1 18.7 21st 82.2 69.9 high 118%
Cunnamulla Post Office 34.6 -0.2 43.2 13th 23.0 +1.3 14.5 22nd 105.6 51.6 high 205%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 36.9 -0.1 43.6 13th 25.1 +0.8 17.7 21st 43.6 26.6 high 164%
Quilpie Airport 35.0 -0.6 41.9 15th 23.1 -0.2 15.7 22nd 125.4 50.7 high 247%
Thargomindah Airport 36.3 +0.3 43.8 14th 24.8 +0.8 19.2 21st 150.4 54.8 high 274%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 27.7 -0.5 28.9 21st 22.7 -0.5 20.6 5th 111.6 263.9 low 42%
Willis Island 30.6 +0.2 31.6 22nd 25.6 -0.1 23.3 25th 75.0 224.9 low 33%

- averages and rankings in italics have been manually added

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 1 pm on Saturday 1 March 2014. 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.

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