Queensland in April 2017: Dry in western, central and eastern parts

Rainfall was below average across much of the State, except the far north and along parts of the southern border. It was record dry in some places. Warm days were experienced in the west, while cool days were reported in central and southeastern Queensland

Dry in western, central and eastern parts

  • Rainfall was below average in the west, central districts and in the east with some locations recording their lowest April rainfall on record, or in recent decades
  • Overall, near-average rainfall in the far north, and along the southern border of Queensland
  • At the end of the month, a developing tropical low moved westwards through the Torres Strait, with heavy rainfall recorded about the tip of the Cape York Peninsula

Warm days in the west; cool days in central Queensland

  • Well above average daytime temperatures in western Queensland
  • Overall, cool days in central and southeastern parts of the State with some locations reporting their coolest April days on record, or in recent decades
  • For April, warmer than usual nights in the southwest and northeast of the State; cool nights across central Queensland
  • Cold nights occurred across central Queensland at the end of the month, with a number of locations reporting their coldest April night on record, including Mackay, Mt Isa, Springsure and Richmond

Flooding from ex-tropical cyclone Debbie

  • The Fitzroy River at Rockhampton peaked at 8.9 m in the early hours of 7 April. This was the fifth-highest flood peak recorded at Rockhampton in over 160 years, with the highest peak being 10.11 m in January 1918
  • Waterford, on the Logan River, peaked at 10.4 m on the evening of 1 April, the highest since the flood peak of 12.95 m in January 1974
  • Major flood levels were receding at Beenleigh on the Albert River and Amberley on Warrill Creek at the very beginning of April

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Extremes in April 2017
Hottest day 38.0 °C at Century Mine on the 4th
Warmest days on average 35.8 °C at Century Mine
Coolest days on average 20.3 °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 13.5 °C at Applethorpe on the 27th
Coldest night 1.7 °C at Injune Post Office on the 28th
Coolest nights on average 9.0 °C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 26.0 °C at Lihou Reef Lighthouse
Warmest night 27.4 °C at Mornington Island Airport on the 1st
Warmest on average overall 28.6 °C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 14.7 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 587.4 mm at Horn Island
Wettest day 143.8 mm at Horn Island on the 23rd
Strongest wind gust 93 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 3rd

Maps

Observed Anomaly Decile 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 lowest April total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
April
Kenilworth Township 5.6 = 5.6 in 1912 115 104.1
Toogoolawah Post Office 0.6 1.3 in 1922 109 53.7
Willis Island 10.0 10.8 in 1966 94 126.0
Gladstone Radar 0.0 2.2 in 2016 58 47.3
Seventeen Seventy 2.6 7.4 in 2008 30 101.3
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 8.2 13.0 in 2014 25 81.0
Hazeldean 0.2 0.4 in 2016 24 38.6
Gladstone Airport 0.0 0.4 in 2016 23 42.6
Wivenhoe Dam 2.2 3.4 in 2016 23 39.2
Brisbane Aero 3.4 11.4 in 2016 22 75.8
Point Lookout 24.8 39.0 in 2001 21 174.3

Lowest April total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
April
Blackbutt Post Office 0.8 0.0 in 1949 54.0
Goomboorian 11.5 2.8 in 1951 101.1
Rockhampton Aero 1.2 0.0 in 1951 43.5
Montville "Clovelly" 18.6 11.8 in 1957* 174.4
Hecate 7.4 5.8 in 1991 73.3
Teddington Waterworks 14.4 6.2 in 1991 76.0
Wamuran 5.2 4.9 in 1991 106.9
Clontarf 9.2 7.8 in 1991* 119.0
Broadmeadows 2.6 0.0 in 1993 55.1
Monogorilby - Home 1.0 0.0 in 1993 43.5
Collinsville Post Office 1.0 0.6 in 1997 41.9
Coolangatta 28.6 24.8 in 1997 165.6
Fort Lytton 9.7 2.4 in 1991* 96.2
Mt Moffatt National Park 1.4 0.0 in 1993* 41.6

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




Record lowest April mean daily maximum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
April
Dalby Airport 25.5 = 25.5 in 2003 25 27.3

Lowest April mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
April
Oakey Aero 24.0 =24.0 in 1990 25.9
University of Queensland Gatton 25.8 25.4 in 1992* 27.2

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




Record lowest April temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
April
Collinsville Post Office 6.6 on the 29th 6.7 on the 23rd in 1963 59 17.0
Mackay M.O 11.2 on the 29th 12.0 on the 28th in 1990 58 20.2
Mount Isa Aero 5.8 on the 30th 6.2 on the 30th in 2004 51 18.5
Springsure Comet St 2.4 on the 29th 3.1 on the 13th in 1994 51 14.9
Seventeen Seventy 11.0 on the 28th 13.0 on the 29th in 1999 30 19.4
Charters Towers Airport 8.8 on the 29th 10.8 on the 15th in 1994 25 18.4
Alva Beach 11.9 on the 29th 12.9 on the 27th in 2015 21 21.0
Richmond Airport 4.1 on the 29th 6.0 on the 29th in 1999 20 17.9



Summary statistics for April 2017

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
April
2017
Diff
from
average
Highest for
April
2017
Mean for
April
2017
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
April
2017
Total for
April
2017
Average
for
April
Rank of
April
2017
Fraction of
April
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.6 -0.1 34.0 14th 25.7 -0.1 23.3 23rd 335.2 157.8 high 212%
Coen Airport 30.8 -0.3 33.1 1st 22.8 +0.9 20.6 17th 77.2 56.4 high 137%
Horn Island 30.2 -0.3 31.8 2nd 25.1 -0.2 23.2 26th 587.4 237.1 v high 248%
Scherger RAAF 32.3 -0.1 33.7 1st 22.9 +0.2 19.9 30th 76.4 108.2 average 71%
Weipa Aero 32.0 -0.3 33.7 1st 23.0 +0.2 20.4 30th 66.0 93.3 average 71%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 29.8 0.0 31.6 1st 23.5 +0.6 20.6 28th 271.6 287.2 average 95%
Palmerville 32.5 +0.3 34.6 27th 19.4 -0.5 15.2 30th 20.6 50.0 average 41%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 34.6 +0.2 36.8 7th 20.7 -1.0 13.3 29th 0 48.9 v low 0%
Century Mine 35.8 +1.0 38.0 4th 19.1 -1.9 11.4 30th 0 29.7 v low 0%
Cloncurry Airport 34.0 +0.3 36.4 3rd 20.1 0.0 10.3 29th 0 17.7 lowest 0%
Julia Creek Airport 35.5 +1.1 37.6 6th 16.8 -1.0 7.8 29th 0 14.0 v low 0%
Kowanyama Airport 34.0 +1.0 36.6 1st 22.3 +0.5 16.3 29th 11.8 54.6 low 22%
Lake Julius AWS 34.1   36.1 13th 20.8   12.2 30th 0


Mornington Island Airport 31.7   33.7 16th 23.5   18.2 30th 7.4


Mount Isa Aero 32.7 +0.7 35.4 9th 17.2 -1.3 5.8 30th 0 14.1 lowest 0%
Normanton Airport 34.6 +0.4 36.7 7th 21.9 -0.9 16.0 30th 0 31.0 v low 0%
Sweers Island 31.6 +0.1 33.4 1st 24.4 -0.4 20.0 29th 1.5 45.9 average 3%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 33.3 +0.5 36.3 1st 19.2 -0.2 9.6 30th 0 18.8 v low 0%
Hughenden Airport 32.8 +0.7 35.8 2nd 17.7 -0.5 6.9 28th 0 18.6 v low 0%
Richmond Airport 34.1 +0.8 36.6 2nd 16.3 -1.6 4.1 29th 0 29.7 lowest 0%
Richmond Post Office 33.6 +0.8 35.9 2nd 17.2 +0.1 7.4 29th 0 22.3 lowest 0%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 29.7 +0.4 33.2 1st 22.0 +0.3 15.3 30th 183.2 195.1 average 94%
Cairns Racecourse 29.4   31.9 1st 21.3   13.5 30th 251.8


Cape Flattery 30.3 +0.4 32.7 1st 24.1 -0.2 20.7 27th 100.6 179.0 average 56%
Cooktown Airport 29.5 +0.4 32.9 1st 23.2 +0.2 15.4 30th 126.8 158.5 average 80%
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.3 -0.1 30.9 11th 24.1 0.0 22.5 23rd 150.4 230.3 average 65%
Mareeba Airport 28.2 -0.3 31.4 27th 18.8 -0.2 13.1 30th 5.4 42.3 low 13%
Walkamin Research Station 26.8 +0.2 30.4 27th 17.8 -0.3 11.0 30th 8.2 51.4 v low 16%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cowley Beach (Defence) 28.6   30.6 3rd 21.9   13.7 30th 131.2


Ingham Composite 29.3 +0.2 31.8 10th 19.9 -0.5 13.0 29th 108.8 200.9 low 54%
Innisfail 28.9 +0.6 31.0 10th 21.5 +1.0 15.2 30th 191.6 454.1 low 42%
Innisfail Aerodrome 28.8   31.3 1st 19.9   11.3 29th 141.0


Lucinda Point 27.3 -0.6 29.5 10th 23.2 -0.1 18.2 29th 27.8 91.7 low 30%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 28.4 +0.2 30.6 1st 20.9 +0.4 13.2 30th 181.0 390.5 low 46%
Townsville Aero 30.1 +0.4 33.0 27th 20.2 -0.4 11.9 29th 21.2 65.8 average 32%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 29.0 0.0 31.8 27th 20.0 -1.0 11.9 29th 5.4 66.0 v low 8%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 29.8 +0.2 32.5 27th 18.3 -0.7 8.9 29th 0.6 47.7 v low 1%
Collinsville Post Office 30.3 0.0 34.0 2nd 16.3 -0.7 6.6 29th 1.0 41.9 v low 2%
Mackay Aero 27.5 -0.2 29.0 10th 19.0 -0.4 9.4 29th 69.0 164.2 low 42%
Mackay M.O 26.8 +0.1 28.5 26th 19.7 -0.5 11.2 29th 108.4 145.7 average 74%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 27.3   29.1 10th 18.4   9.0 29th



Proserpine Airport 28.2 -0.6 30.9 26th 18.6 -0.6 7.7 29th 9.2 117.0 v low 8%
Samuel Hill Aero 27.1 -0.2 29.7 26th 17.2 -0.9 8.2 29th 72.4 125.2 low 58%
St Lawrence 29.0 -0.2 31.8 10th 17.6 -0.9 8.7 29th 1.2 40.2 v low 3%
Williamson 28.6 -0.2 31.4 10th 17.6 -0.6 8.1 29th 2.0 51.7 v low 4%
Woolshed 26.5 +0.3 29.7 10th 17.0 -0.8 12.2 2nd 8.6 67.6 low 13%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 26.5 -0.1 28.5 9th 19.2 -0.5 12.0 28th 9.6 70.3 v low 14%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 30.3 +0.1 33.4 26th 17.5 -0.9 8.8 29th 0 27.0 lowest 0%
Moranbah Airport 28.4   32.2 26th 14.6   4.5 29th 0


Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 28.7   32.1 26th 15.3   6.7 28th 0


Clermont Airport 28.5   31.9 26th 12.9   3.4 29th 0


Emerald Airport 29.0 -0.9 32.6 26th 15.4 -1.6 8.3 28th 0 30.0 lowest 0%
Lochington 28.6   32.2 26th 12.3   5.1 28th 0


Rolleston Airport 28.4   31.6 26th 12.7   6.0 29th 0


Springsure Comet St 28.0 -1.0 31.0 10th 13.3 -1.6 2.4 29th 0 39.2 lowest 0%
Tambo Post Office 29.6 +0.4 32.4 25th 11.4 -1.3 3.0 29th 0 36.0 lowest 0%
Taroom Post Office 28.8 0.0 30.8 14th 13.1 -1.0 4.4 28th 2.2 34.8 low 6%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 31.1 +1.0 33.0 25th 16.7 -0.1 7.9 28th 0 35.3 lowest 0%
Blackall Airport 30.8 -0.1 33.2 9th 14.2 -1.7 5.1 28th 0 22.5 v low 0%
Isisford Post Office 31.7 +0.9 34.7 25th 15.4 -0.6 6.3 28th 0 35.5 lowest 0%
Longreach Aero 31.8 +0.3 34.0 9th 15.2 -1.3 6.8 28th 0 34.7 lowest 0%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 34.6 +1.6 37.2 4th 17.1 -0.9 7.5 30th 0 14.1 lowest 0%
Carters Bore 32.7   36.1 25th 20.3   12.3 29th 0


New May Downs 32.6   34.9 16th 19.5   9.8 30th 0


The Monument Airport 32.9 +0.2 36.3 25th 15.9 -1.5 7.0 29th 0 12.2 v low 0%
Trepell Airport 33.4 +0.2 36.0 9th 16.9 -1.0 7.7 29th 0 12.3 v low 0%
Urandangi Aerodrome 34.4   37.9 7th 14.5   4.6 29th 0


Winton Airport 33.3 +0.5 35.7 9th 16.3 -1.2 9.5 29th 0 17.7 v low 0%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 33.0 +0.8 37.4 19th 16.5 -0.8 12.0 27th 0 9.3 lowest 0%
Birdsville Airport 31.5 -0.4 36.9 18th 17.5 +0.4 9.8 28th 0 1.5 v low 0%
Boulia Airport 33.2 +1.7 36.9 25th 17.5 +0.3 8.5 28th 0 13.2 lowest 0%
Windorah Airport 31.5   36.0 25th 17.6   7.2 28th 0.2


Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 27.7 +0.2 30.9 10th 16.7 -0.9 10.9 28th 7.4 56.5 v low 13%
Gayndah Airport 27.8 -1.3 30.1 26th 14.3 -0.9 7.9 28th 6.6 22.4 low 29%
Gladstone Airport 28.4 +0.3 30.8 10th 18.7 -0.3 12.1 28th 0 42.6 lowest 0%
Gladstone Radar 28.3 -0.1 31.4 10th 19.3 -0.3 12.5 28th 0 47.3 lowest 0%
Lady Elliot Island 26.5 -0.1 28.2 10th 22.2 +0.4 18.4 29th 84.4 102.4 average 82%
Monto Township     30.4 26th 12.8 -0.9 6.9 11th 20.2 43.8 average 46%
Rockhampton Aero 28.5 -0.3 32.1 10th 18.7 +0.8 10.6 29th 1.2 43.5 v low 3%
Rundle Island 25.4 -0.2 27.7 10th 21.7 -0.1 19.8 11th



Seventeen Seventy     27.8 10th 18.7 -0.7 11.0 28th 2.6 101.3 lowest 3%
Thangool Airport 27.7 -1.9 29.9 1st 13.3 -0.8 5.8 29th 1.8 33.7 v low 5%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 26.2 -1.0 28.9 10th 12.8 -1.2 7.0 11th 10.4 55.0 low 19%
Archerfield Airport 26.2 -0.4 29.0 10th 14.6 -0.5 11.2 30th 9.4 78.7 v low 12%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 25.9   29.3 10th 13.0   7.3 11th 12.2 49.8 low 24%
Beerburrum Forest Station 25.9 -0.7 29.5 10th 14.5 -1.2 11.5 28th 15.8 115.4 v low 14%
Brisbane 26.2 -1.0 29.0 10th 16.5 -0.9 13.0 28th 5.8 64.0 v low 9%
Brisbane Aero 25.2 -0.8 28.9 10th 15.5 -0.9 11.1 28th 3.4 75.8 lowest 4%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 24.0 -0.3 28.1 10th 19.1 0.0 14.3 28th 21.6 145.0 v low 15%
Coolangatta 25.2 -0.2 30.4 10th 16.3 -0.7 10.0 27th 28.6 165.6 v low 17%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 23.9 -1.0 27.9 26th 19.6 -0.3 13.9 28th 52.6 128.3 low 41%
Gold Coast Seaway 25.6 -0.3 29.1 10th 16.9 -1.4 12.8 11th 35.4 128.8 v low 27%
Gympie 26.5 -0.8 30.8 10th 14.0 -0.7 6.9 28th 19.6 82.9 low 24%
Hervey Bay Airport 26.7 -0.3 31.4 10th 16.9 -0.9 10.2 28th 51.2 69.5 low 74%
Kingaroy Airport 24.6 -1.3 27.0 1st 10.7 -1.4 3.3 11th 1.6 22.9 v low 7%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 25.5 -0.9 30.4 10th 15.3 -0.7 11.6 28th 8.2 81.0 lowest 10%
Maryborough 27.5 +0.1 31.5 10th 15.9 -0.7 8.7 28th 21.8 86.4 low 25%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 26.0   30.6 10th 16.3   11.5 27th 26.6 159.9 v low 17%
Point Lookout 26.2 -0.2 29.5 10th 18.9 -0.6 14.6 27th 24.8 174.3 lowest 14%
Rainbow Beach 25.8 -0.3 29.9 10th      
92.2 132.4 low 70%
Redcliffe 25.2 -0.8 29.6 10th 16.8 -1.0 12.1 28th 7.2 98.6 v low 7%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 25.0   28.6 10th 15.3   11.9 27th 21.2


Sunshine Coast Airport 26.2 +0.2 30.7 10th 16.6 -0.3 8.1 11th 20.6 156.2 v low 13%
Tewantin RSL Park 25.5 -0.3 31.3 10th 17.6 -0.4 11.6 28th 31.6 158.0 v low 20%
University of Queensland Gatton 25.8 -1.4 28.0 12th 12.7 -1.0 9.2 30th 12.8 48.9 low 26%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 20.3 -0.9 23.3 1st 9.0 -0.7 1.9 28th 34.2 44.1 average 78%
Dalby Airport 25.5 -1.8 28.3 25th 11.8 -0.7 2.6 28th 2.0 19.5 low 10%
Oakey Aero 24.0 -1.9 27.1 12th 10.8 -1.0 3.7 28th 12.4 30.4 average 41%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 21.1 -1.0 26.8 1st 9.4 -0.2 2.4 28th 34.4 42.2 average 82%
Texas Post Office 25.4 -2.1 27.7 12th 11.6 -0.2 4.2 28th 22.6 34.5 average 66%
Toowoomba Airport 21.5 -1.8 24.1 12th 12.3 -1.1 4.2 28th 20.6 27.0 average 76%
Warwick 23.2 -1.7 25.8 9th 10.7 -0.7 3.4 11th 12.4 29.6 average 42%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 26.6 -1.3 29.4 15th 12.1 -1.2 5.4 30th 8.0 27.9 low 29%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 26.9 -0.8 30.0 16th 10.4 -1.6 1.7 28th 0 40.4 lowest 0%
Mitchell Post Office 27.5 0.0 31.0 25th 12.3 +0.8 4.4 28th 1.8 33.6 low 5%
Roma Airport 26.6 -1.6 29.2 25th 10.9 -1.6 3.3 11th 0.6 33.5 low 2%
St George Airport 26.9 -1.2 31.2 25th 13.3 -0.6 4.7 28th 29.6 22.2 average 133%
Surat 26.5 -1.7 29.7 16th 12.7 -0.5 4.6 28th 1.0 30.8 low 3%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 28.4 +0.6 32.6 25th 13.9 +0.6 5.6 28th 24.2 31.1 average 78%
Charleville Aero 28.8 +0.6 32.9 25th 14.0 +0.2 3.9 28th 6.0 29.2 average 21%
Cunnamulla Post Office 28.7 +0.7 34.0 9th 14.8 +0.6 6.8 28th 17.0 26.6 average 64%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 30.1 -0.2 35.8 8th 16.9 +0.1 8.8 28th 0 9.9 v low 0%
Thargomindah Airport 29.1 -0.6 35.0 9th 16.9 +0.2 9.2 28th 8.2 14.1 average 58%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Frederick Reef 26.6   28.0 9th 24.2   22.0 16th



Middle Percy Island 25.6 -0.1 27.3 10th 21.0 -0.2 15.4 28th 40.8 116.9 low 35%
Willis Island 29.5 +0.6 30.8 1st 25.8 +1.0 23.4 29th 10.0 126.0 lowest 8%

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 9 am on Tuesday 2 May 2017. 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.

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

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