Brisbane in November 2014: A hot month; severe thunderstorms lash the city


Very hot conditions predominated throughout the month, with the most notable days on the 15th and 16th. On the 15th, Amberley recorded its hottest November day in 74 years, and averaged for the month, its warmest days, warmest nights and warmest mean temperatures on record. Archerfield and Logan City also had their hottest November day on record on the 16th. Monthly maximum temperatures at Amberley were more than 3 C above average, and between 1 C and 2 C above average at Brisbane City and Airport. Overnight temperatures at all metropolitan sites were more than 2 C above their long-term averages. 

Thunderstorms observed on the 6th, 19th, and 27th generated the majority of November rainfall totals. Flash-flooding occurred around the Brisbane Metropolitan area on the 19th when a line of severe thunderstorms tracked through the city. Extremely high hourly rainfall rates were observed around Inala and Geebung. On the 27th, another severe thunderstorm caused extensive damage to Archerfield, southern suburbs, the Brisbane CBD and some northern suburbs as the super cell tracked north-northeast. Flash-flooding, destructive winds and very large hail were observed, with extensive structural damage in South Brisbane and the Brisbane CBD. Archerfield had a wind gust of 141 km/h, and received its average monthly rainfall in one day. Brisbane city and Archerfield Airport also recorded above average monthly rainfall.

In contrast, Amberley recorded 10.8 mm for the month, its lowest November rainfall in 20 years and Logan City received only half its monthly average and Redcliffe fared a little better. Near-average monthly rainfall was recorded at Brisbane Airport.
  • Severe thunderstorms
  • Hot days, warm nights
  • Both above- and below-average monthly rainfall across the region

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Extremes in November 2014
Hottest day 43.0 C at Amberley AMO on the 15th
Warmest days on average 33.1 C at Amberley AMO
Coolest days on average 28.0 C at Redcliffe
Coldest day 23.8 C at Brisbane on the 3rd
Coldest night 13.3 C at Amberley AMO on the 30th
Coolest nights on average 18.4 C at Amberley AMO
Warmest nights on average 21.4 C at Redcliffe
Warmest night 24.3 C at Logan City Water Treatment Plant on the 22nd
Warmest on average overall 25.7 C at Amberley AMO
Coolest on average overall 24.5 C at Brisbane Aero
Wettest overall 169.4 mm at Archerfield Airport
Driest overall 10.8 mm at Amberley AMO
Wettest day 87.8 mm at Archerfield Airport on the 20th
Strongest wind gust 141 km/h at Archerfield Airport on the 27th

Lowest November total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Years since
lower
Average for
November
Amberley AMO 10.8 10.0 in 1994 20 80.7



Record highest November temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Amberley AMO 43.0 on the 15th 42.1 on the 19th in 1968 74 29.5
Archerfield Airport 42.1 on the 16th 40.5 on the 17th in 1990 39 28.3
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 40.7 on the 16th 38.5 on the 30th in 1996 23 27.7



Record highest November mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Amberley AMO 33.1 32.8 in 1968 73 29.5
Archerfield Airport 30.7 30.4 in 1994 38 28.3

Highest November mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(C)
Most recent
higher
Years since
higher
Average for
November
Brisbane Aero 28.1 28.2 in 1994 20 26.8



Record highest November daily minimum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Brisbane Aero 24.2 on the 22nd 24.1 on the 29th in 2008 21 18.1



Record highest November mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Amberley AMO 18.4 18.3 in 1979 73 16.3
Archerfield Airport 19.8 18.7 in 2011 38 17.1
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 19.9 19.3 in 1995 22 17.3
Brisbane Aero 20.9 19.7 in 2011 20 18.1



Record highest November mean temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Amberley AMO 25.7 25.2 in 1957 73 22.9
Archerfield Airport 25.2 24.4 in 2009 38 22.7
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 24.9 24.5 in 2009 22 22.5
Brisbane Aero 24.5 23.8 in 1994 20 22.5



Summary statistics for November 2014
Maximum temperatures
(C)
Minimum temperatures
(C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
November
2014
Diff
from
average
Highest for
November
2014
Mean for
November
2014
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
November
2014
Total for
November
2014
Average
for
November
Rank of
November
2014
Fraction of
November
average
Amberley AMO 33.1 +3.6 43.0 15th 18.4 +2.1 13.3 30th 10.8 80.7 v low 13%
Archerfield Airport 30.7 +2.4 42.1 16th 19.8 +2.7 15.0 28th 169.4 100.3 high 169%
Brisbane 29.6 +1.7 38.9 16th 20.7 +2.1 15.3 4th 142.0 106.6 high 133%
Brisbane Aero 28.1 +1.3 32.2 16th 20.9 +2.8 17.0 9th 87.0 95.8 average 91%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 29.8 +2.1 40.7 16th 19.9 +2.6 14.8 5th 58.1 108.6 low 53%
Redcliffe 28.0 +1.2 36.4 16th 21.4 +2.1 17.6 9th 59.8 95.7 average 62%

Daily maximum temperatures for November 2014
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Amberley AMO34.433.426.327.929.532.830.930.932.732.133.231.330.435.843.041.732.933.232.631.735.537.735.635.436.732.234.927.629.830.9
Archerfield Airport31.731.525.026.428.029.629.729.830.330.831.429.228.931.635.042.131.330.132.130.131.732.931.730.932.129.832.726.927.828.5
Brisbane30.931.223.826.427.028.429.129.128.529.229.928.328.630.032.238.930.328.330.028.930.431.530.430.531.129.132.027.427.327.8
Brisbane Aero28.928.424.625.825.727.527.726.526.827.627.826.927.128.629.732.228.327.629.028.529.430.329.429.329.329.129.726.926.327.1
Logan City Water Treatment Plant30.729.524.826.227.029.028.327.528.629.229.727.228.031.036.040.728.828.830.529.530.632.432.030.834.029.731.926.326.828.0
Redcliffe28.827.323.925.125.926.727.526.026.127.427.526.527.329.031.336.428.127.628.828.229.430.129.429.029.528.829.625.425.926.8
Values are the maximum temperature, usually in the 24 hours from 9 am on the day indicated,
and typically occurred in the afternoon of that day.
Temperatures coloured according to their difference
from the long-term average for the period
-10.0 -9.0 -8.0 -7.0 -6.0 -5.0 -4.0 -3.0 -2.0 -1.0 0.0 +1.0 +2.0 +3.0 +4.0 +5.0 +6.0 +7.0 +8.0 +9.0 +10.0 C Grey outline marks highest
and lowest for the period

Daily minimum temperatures for November 2014
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Amberley AMO16.718.919.313.813.915.716.816.714.016.416.021.619.516.217.720.518.121.523.518.222.121.422.819.018.522.419.420.116.713.3
Archerfield Airport19.620.220.315.915.217.319.019.115.918.818.221.519.918.919.322.521.922.423.719.022.023.823.522.120.822.722.315.018.715.4
Brisbane20.921.220.615.316.318.219.520.717.019.918.822.120.320.921.423.023.422.324.019.122.824.224.122.621.423.423.417.819.416.4
Brisbane Aero21.321.320.220.019.017.917.220.317.018.919.121.420.319.720.823.923.523.023.419.023.324.223.922.821.023.722.920.519.517.5
Logan City Water Treatment Plant20.720.719.816.614.817.318.819.416.117.018.520.018.018.120.622.121.622.823.218.521.524.323.922.622.022.022.420.418.615.2
Redcliffe22.022.321.019.819.919.019.720.217.620.418.221.921.620.222.524.024.223.222.418.923.524.224.023.021.723.922.320.720.118.1
Values are the minimum temperature, usually in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated,
and typically occurred that morning.
Temperatures coloured according to their difference
from the long-term average for the period
-10.0 -9.0 -8.0 -7.0 -6.0 -5.0 -4.0 -3.0 -2.0 -1.0 0.0 +1.0 +2.0 +3.0 +4.0 +5.0 +6.0 +7.0 +8.0 +9.0 +10.0 C Grey outline marks highest
and lowest for the period

Daily rainfall for November 2014
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Alderley 2.8 5.4 5.8 1.4 31.4 1.6 42.2 4.0
Amberley AMO - 0.6 - - - 2.6 3.8 - - - - - 1.4 - - - - - - 1.0 - - - - - 0.4 - 0.8 0.2 -
Archerfield Airport - - - - - - 3.6 - - - - - 1.8 - - - - - 0.4 87.8 - - - - - 4.2 - 71.6 - -
Boondall - - 2.2 - - 0.8 14.4 - - - - - 1.8 - - - - 2.2 18.0 69.2 - - - - - 7.4 - 40.4 4.6 -
Brisbane - - - - - - 9.2 - - - - - 9.2 0.2 - - - 2.6 13.8 56.0 - - - - - 3.6 3.0 43.4 1.0 -
Brisbane Aero - - - 1.6 - - 5.0 - - - - - 7.4 - - - - - 16.6 47.6 - - - - - - - 8.0 0.8 -
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha - - - - - - 3.2 - - - - - 4.2 - - - - 0.8 2.8 43.6 - - - - - 7.2 - 34.2 5.2
Hilltop Gardens





3.0




7.0



11.0 62.0




15.0 3.0

-
Logan City Water Treatment Plant - - - - - - 11.6 - - - - - 0.8 0.5 - - - - 0.2 11.0 18.0 - - - - 2.4 - 6.0 7.6 -
Mt Nebo Post Office - - - - - 2.8 12.4 - - - - - 1.2 - - - - 3.0 1.0 1.4 - - - - - 1.6 - 2.8 5.6 -
Redcliffe - - - 0.2 - - 4.8 1.2 - - - - - - - - - - 3.6 28.6 - - - - - 1.4 0.2 18.6 1.2 -
Most values are the precipitation in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated. Days marked with → are part of a longer accumulation, which is shown on the final day.
Values over 100 mm have been rounded to the nearest whole millimetre.
Days marked with - have a rainfall report of zero; days left blank have no rainfall report (which often indicates no rain fell).
Rainfalls coloured
according to the amount
0 1.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 25.0 50.0 100 150 200 300 400 600 millimetres

Notes

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Brisbane 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.

A Climate Summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Monday 1 December 2014. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

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.

The ACORN-SAT dataset is used for temperature area averages.

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