Queensland in November 2017: wet in the northwest; cool days and nights in the east

Rainfall was mixed in November: wetter than usual in the northwest, but dry in parts of the southeastern interior. Days and nights were cooler than usual in the east of the State.

Wetter than usual in the northwest

  • November rainfall was above to well above average in the northwest
  • Drier than usual in parts of the southeast and central interior
  • Widespread thunderstorms over southern and southeast Queensland produced moderate falls between the 6th and 8th
  • A moist onshore flow generated showers in the northern tropics in the middle of the month
  • Thunderstorms with moderate falls over southern parts from 14th to 19th; particularly active on the 17th
  • Persistent showers in northern Queensland and Gulf Country from the 21st with some locations recording their highest total November rainfall on record or in several decades
  • Thunderstorms produced heavy rainfall over southeastern parts on the 29th; Wamuran and Somerset Dam had their highest November daily rainfall on record
  • Toowoomba reported its driest November in 20 years, while Nanango and Oakey had their driest November in more than 20 years

Cool days and nights in the east

Severe thunderstorms

  • Strong winds associated with severe thunderstorms brought trees and power lines down across roads around Ravenshoe on the 1st
  • Severe thunderstorms produced hail up to 4 cm in diameter around Barney on the 5th
  • On the 7th, there were multiple reports of large hail at Beaudesert, Banyo, Brisbane Airport, Chermside and Melawondi
  • Wind gusts associated with the severe storms uprooted trees and brought down powerlines in Bundaberg, also on the 7th
  • Severe thunderstorms produced wind gusts of 109 km/h at Julia Creek on the 21st
  • Heavy rainfall associated with severe thunderstorms over the southeast produced 80 mm of rainfall in one hour at Wamuran on the 29th, making it one of the sites that had their wettest November day on record in the 24 hours to 9 am on the 30th

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Extremes in November 2017
Hottest day 42.7 °C at Birdsville Airport on the 5th
Warmest days on average 38.6 °C at Century Mine
Coolest days on average 22.3 °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 17.0 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 8th
Coldest night 4.0 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 2nd
Coolest nights on average 11.3 °C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 26.5 °C at Horn Island
Warmest night 29.3 °C at Thargomindah Airport on the 28tht
Warmest on average overall 30.8 °C at Normanton Airport
Coolest on average overall 16.8 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 312.2 mm at Bingil Bay
Wettest day 157.8 mm at Wamuran on the 30th
Strongest wind gust 109 km/h at Julia Creek Airport on the 21st

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 November daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Somerset Dam 126.6 on the 30th 114.0 on the 1st in 1976 81
Wamuran 157.8 on the 30th 126.0 on the 1st in 1976 65
Rainbow Beach 86.2 on the 30th 77.6 on the 9th in 2015 26
Lloyona 80.0 on the 30th 67.6 on the 26th in 1998 24



Record highest November total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Nardoo Station 201.0 170.5 in 1966 52 51.9
Rainbow Beach 279.8 208.6 in 2015 26 92.5
Sunshine Coast Airport 179.2 176.6 in 1997 24 85.8
Sweers Island 207.0 161.0 in 1894 24 71.0

Highest November total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
November
Camooweal Township 105.0 128.0 in 1941* 29.9
Double Island Point Lighthouse 179.0 257.4 in 1983* 87.6

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




Record lowest November total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Palen Creek Correctional 0.0 6.1 in 1951 70 94.5

Lowest November total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
November
Oakey Aero 14.0 5.6 in 1994 76.1

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




Record lowest November daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Tewantin RSL Park 19.6 on the 18th 20.1 on the 4th in 2010 22 26.6



Record lowest November temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Rundle Island 17.4 on the 13th 17.7 on the 10th in 2006 21 22.5


Lowest November mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
November
Seventeen Seventy 19.3 19.1 in 1987 21.0
Roma Airport 15.0 14.3 in 1996 17.3
Springsure Comet St 16.7 16.2 in 1996 17.9
Taroom Post Office 15.9 15.8 in 1996 17.6



Record lowest November mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Thangool Airport 22.0 22.1 in 2010 25 24.2



Summary statistics for November 2017
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
November
2017
Diff
from
average
Highest for
November
2017
Mean for
November
2017
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
November
2017
Total for
November
2017
Average
for
November
Rank of
November
2017
Fraction of
November
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 33.4 +0.4 35.4 30th 25.6 +0.1 23.9 17th 181.8 59.4 high 306%
Coen Airport 34.5 -0.1 38.4 30th 21.8 -0.6 19.1 27th 0 33.2 v low 0%
Horn Island 32.5 +0.6 33.7 15th 26.5 +0.8 24.2 1st 6.6 41.0 average 16%
Scherger RAAF 36.0 -0.3 37.2 21st 23.0 -0.4 21.2 5th 126.6 100.1 average 126%
Weipa Aero 36.4 +0.7 37.7 26th 23.7 +0.2 22.3 6th 31.6 101.3 low 31%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 31.6 -0.2 33.4 30th 24.0 +0.9 20.9 1st 37.8 69.0 average 55%
Palmerville 35.1 -1.1 37.2 18th 20.6 -0.9 17.8 7th 49.0 62.0 average 79%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 36.4 -0.1 40.7 8th 23.6 -0.4 17.7 3rd 18.8 40.4 low 47%
Century Mine 38.6 -0.5 42.2 6th 22.8 -0.9 17.9 4th 137.0 52.1 v high 263%
Cloncurry Airport 37.1 -0.9 41.2 19th 23.1 -0.2 17.8 1st 48.8 34.4 average 142%
Julia Creek Airport 38.3 -0.7 42.2 7th 20.5 -1.2 12.8 2nd 30.6 26.3 average 116%
Kowanyama Airport 36.4 +0.1 38.7 9th 24.6 +0.6 21.0 22nd 34.6 56.3 average 61%
Lake Julius AWS 37.2   41.9 20th 23.3   18.6 4th 63.4
Mornington Island Airport 32.6   35.9 8th 25.4   22.1 10th 179.4
Mount Isa Aero 36.7 +0.1 41.8 6th 20.8 -0.7 12.4 4th 45.6 38.2 high 119%
Normanton Airport 36.8 -0.3 40.8 8th 24.9 -0.5 20.6 23rd 30.0 43.3 average 69%
Sweers Island 32.5 -0.8 35.5 8th 25.9 -0.7 22.5 12th 207.0 71.0 highest 292%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 35.7 -1.0 38.3 30th 21.9 -1.0 18.8 2nd 30.6 64.3 average 48%
Hughenden Airport 34.9 -1.7 39.0 8th 21.6 -0.2 14.6 1st 29.0 47.8 average 61%
Richmond Airport 37.3 -0.4 41.3 8th 21.0 -0.7 13.4 1st 34.4 47.5 average 72%
Richmond Post Office 37.1 -0.5 40.8 8th 21.8 +0.8 15.4 20th 39.2 31.1 high 126%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 30.7 0.0 33.1 30th 22.5 +0.2 20.6 7th 104.6 92.9 high 113%
Cairns Racecourse 30.3   32.9 7th 21.9   19.2 7th 115.2
Cape Flattery 31.2 -0.6 32.5 30th 24.5 +0.2 22.2 2nd 44.8 30.1 average 149%
Cooktown Airport 30.5 -1.1 32.2 29th 23.8 -0.1 21.8 7th 51.6 61.7 average 84%
Low Isles Lighthouse 30.4 -1.3 33.7 1st 24.5 0.0 22.1 21st 126.2 89.9 high 140%
Mareeba Airport 30.3 -1.3 33.3 30th 19.5 +0.3 16.9 12th 36.6 46.6 average 79%
Walkamin Research Station 28.5 -2.1 31.2 30th 18.5 0.0 16.9 12th 115.1 74.0 high 156%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cowley Beach (Defence) 29.6   31.3 8th 22.1   19.0 7th 195.0
Ingham Composite 30.2 -1.6 32.3 2nd 21.1 +0.4 18.6 7th 137.7 119.3 average 115%
Innisfail 29.5 -0.2 30.7 8th 22.3 +1.5 20.7 27th 141.4 157.8 average 90%
Innisfail Aerodrome 30.1   32.0 1st 20.7   17.1 7th 145.6
Lucinda Point 27.8 -0.6 29.4 5th 24.1 -0.1 21.2 13th 75.8 78.8 high 96%
Mount Stuart (Defence) 30.3   33.4 29th 21.4   19.0 11th 11.4
South Johnstone Exp Stn 29.5 -1.0 31.5 8th 21.4 +0.8 18.7 7th 204.6 147.0 high 139%
Townsville Aero 30.4 -0.4 31.5 29th 23.1 +0.2 20.6 11th 34.6 58.1 average 60%
Townsville- Air Weapons Range (Defence) 30.1   33.4 29th 20.0   16.3 11th 21.2
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 29.1 -0.7 30.1 29th 23.5 0.0 19.8 11th 16.2 61.2 average 26%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.7 -0.5 33.0 29th 20.7 +0.1 18.4 11th 4.2 44.9 low 9%
Bowen Airport AWS 30.5   32.9 27th 21.5   19.3 7th 8.0
Collinsville Post Office 31.9 -1.6 35.0 26th 19.2 -0.8 16.9 23rd 27.9 50.2 average 56%
Hamilton Island Airport 28.1 -0.5 29.7 7th 23.1 -0.1 19.5 12th 32.6 89.1 average 37%
Mackay Aero 29.1 -0.4 32.9 7th 21.1 +0.6 18.2 5th 188.0 83.4 v high 225%
Mackay M.O 28.5 -0.7 33.2 7th 21.7 -0.1 18.9 11th 95.2 93.7 average 102%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 28.3   32.3 7th 20.2   17.6 5th 176.4
Proserpine Airport 29.2 -2.4 33.1 7th 19.9 +0.1 18.3 7th 148.4 85.9 high 173%
Samuel Hill Aero 27.9 -1.5 31.5 7th 18.9 +1.3 15.0 17th 72.0 71.2 average 101%
St Lawrence 29.3 -1.1 31.4 29th 19.4 -1.0 16.8 10th 177.8 65.5 high 271%
Townsville- Fanning River (Defence) 30.8   34.2 29th 19.3   14.8 11th 5.8
Williamson 29.8 -0.5 33.2 26th 19.5 -0.4 16.5 16th 31.2 51.3 average 61%
Woolshed 26.9 -1.4 29.8 8th 19.0 -0.2 16.3 11th 74.6 63.0 high 118%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 26.6 -0.9 31.0 7th 21.4 0.0 18.2 13th 87.8 69.1 high 127%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 32.6 -1.4 35.5 7th 20.1 -0.4 16.2 11th 24.8 63.4 average 39%
Moranbah Airport 32.0   37.1 7th 17.9   14.0 11th 39.4
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 31.5   35.7 7th 18.3   12.5 2nd 8.6
Clermont Airport 31.8   37.0 7th 17.7   11.1 11th 35.8
Emerald Airport 31.6 -1.8 35.6 7th 18.2 -1.3 13.9 2nd 19.6 54.4 low 36%
Lochington 31.9   35.9 7th 17.3   11.2 2nd 48.0
Rolleston Airport 30.6   34.9 26th 15.8   9.3 2nd 18.8
Springsure Comet St 30.2 -2.6 33.7 26th 16.7 -1.2 10.6 11th 51.6 64.2 average 80%
Tambo Post Office 32.2 -1.1 36.1 6th 17.2 +0.2 7.4 1st 53.0 46.7 average 113%
Taroom Post Office 30.9 -1.1 34.0 29th 15.9 -1.7 9.0 1st 56.1 73.1 average 77%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 33.8 -0.8 38.0 26th     10.0 2nd 20.8 40.1 average 52%
Blackall Airport 34.2 -0.8 38.2 26th 19.7 -0.4 12.6 1st 5.6 47.1 low 12%
Isisford Post Office 35.1 -0.7 39.3 26th 19.4 -0.6 11.3 2nd 30.6 35.5 average 86%
Longreach Aero 35.1 -1.2 38.9 26th 20.5 +0.4 14.9 19th 22.0 29.2 average 75%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 37.3 -0.3 40.6 5th 22.1 -0.3 14.2 3rd 105.0 29.9 v high 351%
Carters Bore 36.8   40.7 26th 23.5   18.5 1st 8.0
New May Downs 36.3   40.1 6th 22.8   18.3 1st 22.2
The Monument Airport 36.9 -0.4 41.3 5th 21.1 -0.5 13.1 1st 10.2 31.5 average 32%
Trepell Airport 36.4 -1.3 40.4 26th 21.2 -0.6 13.1 1st 49.6 28.5 high 174%
Urandangi Aerodrome 38.4   42.1 30th 20.5   10.2 1st 11.2
Winton Airport 36.3 -1.8 40.5 7th 21.1 -0.6 15.6 19th 24.4 26.7 average 91%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 36.4 -0.4 42.1 5th 20.3 -0.6 13.4 1st 4.2 17.1 average 25%
Birdsville Airport 35.9 -0.7 42.7 5th 21.0 -0.3 13.9 1st 25.6 17.2 average 149%
Boulia Airport 36.5 -0.5 42.0 6th 21.7 +0.3 14.7 1st 22.1 21.0 high 105%
Windorah Airport 35.6   41.9 26th 21.0   13.1 1st 16.8
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 27.7 -0.8 30.7 7th 17.7 -1.1 14.9 12th 97.6 85.7 average 114%
Gayndah Airport 29.2 -2.6 33.0 27th 15.8 -1.8 10.2 2nd 30.6 57.5 low 53%
Gladstone Airport 28.4 -0.5 32.0 7th 19.7 -0.8 17.7 19th 24.4 56.6 low 43%
Gladstone Radar 29.1 -1.0 32.4 7th 19.5 -1.1 17.1 10th 12.4 68.6 v low 18%
Lady Elliot Island 26.5 -0.7 28.9 6th 21.2 -0.7 18.1 11th 107.4 66.8 high 161%
Monto Township 28.6 -2.4 31.9 27th 15.3 -0.9 9.6 2nd 7.6 73.3 v low 10%
Rockhampton Aero 29.2 -2.1 33.4 7th 19.3 -0.3 16.0 10th 37.2 66.8 average 56%
Rundle Island 25.5 -0.9 27.9 7th 21.3 -1.2 17.4 13th
Seventeen Seventy 26.7 -0.8 29.8 7th 19.3 -1.7 15.4 12th 104.2 74.9 high 139%
Thangool Airport 29.3 -2.6 32.7 4th 14.7 -1.7 9.9 2nd 98.6 75.7 average 130%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 27.7 -1.9 31.9 4th 14.7 -1.6 10.0 2nd 79.0 81.5 average 97%
Archerfield Airport 27.3 -1.2 30.5 4th 16.4 -0.8 11.5 14th 103.8 99.4 average 104%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 27.4 -2.6 31.5 4th 14.9 -1.6 10.2 14th 96.0 91.2 average 105%
Beerburrum Forest Station 27.0 -1.5 30.0 4th 15.6 -0.9 12.5 13th 146.0 114.9 high 127%
Brisbane 27.0 -1.2 29.7 4th 17.7 -1.1 14.6 13th 102.6 100.2 average 102%
Brisbane Aero 26.0 -0.9 28.0 27th 17.3 -1.0 13.4 14th 90.4 97.4 average 93%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 25.7 +1.0 28.1 27th 20.1 +0.5 17.1 9th 48.2 93.0 average 52%
Coolangatta 25.9 0.0 28.2 28th 17.2 -0.9 12.9 14th 109.8 123.4 average 89%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 25.8 -0.3 31.4 7th 19.8 -0.4 16.0 19th 179.0 87.6 v high 204%
Gold Coast Seaway 26.3 -0.5 29.0 4th 18.2 -0.8 15.7 12th
Gympie 27.2 -3.0 31.9 4th 15.8 -0.7 12.2 15th 80.4 87.9 average 91%
Hervey Bay Airport 27.2 -0.9 30.0 4th 18.1 -1.0 14.9 12th 133.6 70.2 v high 190%
Kingaroy Airport 26.6 -2.6 30.8 4th     5.9 2nd 4.2 61.7 v low 7%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 26.1 -1.8 29.9 4th 16.9 -0.5 13.0 9th 75.1 105.2 average 71%
Maryborough 27.5 -1.8 31.0 7th 16.8 -1.0 13.5 12th 117.2 84.5 high 139%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 25.8   29.8 4th 16.6   12.8 14th 183.4 111.8 high 164%
Point Lookout 27.5 +0.8 31.7 28th 19.8 -0.1 16.3 9th 54.2 117.4 low 46%
Rainbow Beach 26.0 -1.0 30.1 7th       279.8 92.5 highest 302%
Redcliffe 25.8 -1.2 28.4 28th 18.4 -1.2 15.2 9th 80.0 97.2 average 82%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 25.6   28.0 28th 16.8   12.5 14th 81.6
Sunshine Coast Airport 26.1 -1.1 29.0 7th 17.5 -0.4 13.9 2nd 179.2 85.8 highest 209%
Tewantin RSL Park 25.3 -1.3 29.2 7th 18.3 -0.5 16.1 9th 203.8 99.6 v high 205%
University of Queensland Gatton 28.6 -1.6 32.9 4th 14.1 -1.9 8.4 2nd 42.4 79.0 low 54%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 22.3 -1.7 27.0 4th 11.3 -0.3 4.2 1st 61.2 79.8 average 77%
Dalby Airport 29.1 -1.4 33.1 26th 13.6 -2.1 6.0 2nd 10.6 71.0 v low 15%
Oakey Aero 27.6 -1.2 31.8 4th 13.5 -1.0 5.2 2nd 14.0 76.1 v low 18%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 22.9 -2.4 28.5 4th 11.9 0.0 4.0 2nd 64.0 75.4 average 85%
Texas Post Office 29.7 -0.8 35.0 28th 13.9 -1.1 6.5 1st 50.4 67.5 average 75%
Toowoomba Airport 24.2 -2.0 28.6 4th 13.9 -0.9 10.3 9th 26.0 76.6 low 34%
Warwick 26.5 -1.5 30.9 28th 12.5 -1.3 5.3 2nd 41.4 87.7 low 47%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 29.8 -1.6 34.2 4th 15.4 -1.8 5.8 1st 56.8 53.0 average 107%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 29.1 -2.5 32.9 26th 14.6 -1.4 5.6 1st 93.0 72.9 average 128%
Mitchell Post Office 30.9 -1.1 35.6 6th 15.2 -0.9 5.9 1st 40.6 57.7 average 70%
Roma Airport 30.6 -1.5 34.9 5th 15.0 -2.3 6.1 1st 70.2 60.3 average 116%
St George Airport 30.4 -1.9 35.2 26th 16.7 -1.5 8.7 1st 50.4 59.2 average 85%
Surat 30.2 -1.8 34.6 5th 16.2 -0.9 7.0 1st 77.4 54.4 high 142%
Warrego (district 44)
Charleville Aero 33.0 +0.1 38.4 26th 18.1 +0.2 9.1 1st 23.6 43.3 average 55%
Cunnamulla Post Office 33.4 +0.5 40.5 26th 19.1 +0.9 11.8 1st 12.0 30.4 average 39%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 35.2 -0.3 40.2 30th 20.9 0.0 13.3 1st 9.8 25.4 average 39%
Thargomindah Airport 34.3 0.0 41.1 26th 21.4 +0.8 13.9 2nd 13.8 33.1 average 42%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Frederick Reef 25.6   29.0 1st 23.5   20.0 11th
Middle Percy Island 26.7 -0.4 28.3 6th 21.3 -0.3 17.7 12th 40.8 88.2 average 46%
Willis Island 30.1 +0.2 31.1 27th 25.4 +0.7 24.0 9th 31.8 39.2 average 81%
Note: From 2017, information about Macquarie Island can be found in the climate summary for the Remote Islands and Antarctica

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, generally published on the first working day of each month, lists 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. More extensive discussion of significant weather events, along with later information and data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 12 pm on Friday 1 December 2017. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

In some situations, some or all of the rainfall is in the form of hail or snow. In these cases the totals given are for the water equivalent: the depth of liquid water that results from melting any frozen precipitation. There can be significant 'undercatch' of snow in strong winds, meaning the true precipitation can be higher than that reported.

Averages for individual sites 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 10 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.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

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