Brisbane Metro in March 2014: warm with heavy rain

  • All metropolitan sites received over 100 mm for March
  • Temperatures mostly above average
  • Amberley had the wettest day, the hottest day and the coldest night

Rainfall

There was significant rain across the metropolitan area from the 25th to the 28th. During the 27th there was heavy rain, with severe weather warnings for heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding issued early that morning. The highest daily totals were in the 24 hours to 9am on the 28th, with Amberley's 113.2 mm a record high March daily rainfall at the site (which has 73 years of record). Over the same period, Logan City Water Treatment Plant had 84.0 mm and Brisbane city 82.6 mm.

This heavy rain ensured that rainfall was above average across Brisbane. Archerfield was the wettest metropolitan site for March with 174.4 mm, with Brisbane only 10.0 mm behind the that total on 164.4 mm. 

Maximum temperature

Some very warm days were recorded in the Brisbane Metro during March, with the hottest day at Amberley AMO with 36.6 C on the 16th, and the following day again at Amberley AMO, a daily maximum temperature of 34.5 C was recorded. Archerfield Airport recorded 33.6 C on the 16th.

Overall, Amberley AMO had the warmest days on average (the highest average maximum temperatures) with 30.2 C. Sub-30 C average maximum temperatures were recorded at  Archerfield Airport with 29.8 C,and then the third place for Brisbane metro at Brisbane with 29.2 C.

The coldest day (the lowest maximum temperature) was on the 27th. The coldest day for March in the Brisbane metropolitan area was at Amberley AMO where the site recorded 23.4 C. On the same day, Archerfield Airport had a daily maximum temperature of 23.5 C with Brisbane recorded a daily maximum of 23.8 C.

Minimum temperature

Most sites had mean minimum temperature a little above the long-term average for March. The coldest night was on the 13th, with Amberley AMO falling to 13.4 C. The same site recorded a sub-14 C night on the 6th and the 12th - both nights with 13.7 C.

The coolest nights on average were at Amberley AMO with 17.5 C, which was a little below the long-term mean.

The warmest night (highest daily minimum temperature) was at Logan City Water Treatment Plant with 24.8 C on the 30th. On the 18th, Redcliffe had a minimum of 24.7 C and Brisbane Aero recorded 24.2 C.

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Extremes in March 2014
Hottest day 36.6 C at Amberley AMO on the 16th
Warmest days on average 30.2 C at Amberley AMO
Coolest days on average 27.5 C at Redcliffe
Coldest day 23.4 C at Amberley AMO on the 27th
Coldest night 13.4 C at Amberley AMO on the 13th
Coolest nights on average 17.5 C at Amberley AMO
Warmest nights on average 20.9 C at Redcliffe
Warmest night 24.8 C at Logan City Water Treatment Plant on the 30th
Warmest on average overall 24.7 C at Brisbane
Coolest on average overall 23.8 C at Amberley AMO
Wettest overall 174.4 mm at Archerfield Airport
Wettest day 113.2 mm at Amberley AMO on the 28th
Highest wind gust 63 km/h at Redcliffe on the 20th and on the 28th

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 March daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in March 2014 (mm)
Previous wettest
for March
Years of
record
Amberley AMO 113.2 on the 28th 105.9 on the 28th in 1955 73



Summary statistics for March 2014
Maximum temperatures
for March
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for March
(C)
Rainfall
for March
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2014
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2014
Mean for
March
2014
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2014
Total for
March
2014
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2014
Fraction of
March
average
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 30.2 +0.9 36.6 16th 17.5 -0.3 13.4 13th 164.2 83.5 very high 197%
Archerfield Airport 29.8 +1.2 33.6 16th 18.8 +0.5 14.6 13th 174.4 124.8 high 140%
Brisbane 29.2 +0.4 32.8 16th 20.1 +0.2 18.0 6th 164.4 105.8 high 155%
Brisbane Aero 28.1 +0.2 31.5 29th 20.0 +0.6 16.6 6th 101.6 99.7 average 102%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 28.8 +0.5 33.0 16th 19.7 +0.8 16.7 6th 130.4 118.0 average 111%
Redcliffe 27.5 -0.1 30.6 29th 20.9 +0.5 18.3 6th 126.6 122.7 average 103%

Notes

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Brisbane Metro 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 10 am on Tuesday 1 April 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.

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