Queensland in March 2014: wet in the southeast but dry in the north and central west

  • Wetter than average over the southeast quarter
  • Dry conditions persist in the north and central west
  • Temperatures mostly above average
  • Tropical cyclone Gillian and tropical cyclone Hadi
  • Flooding in several rivers and catchments throughout the state

Rainfall

Rainfall across Queensland was mixed: below to very much below average rainfall in areas of the northwest of the state located in the Lower and Upper Carpentaria rainfall districts along with parts of the Upper Western rainfall district and also the central west of the state. In contrast, the southeast quarter of Queensland from about St Lawrence on the east coast and extending inland down through the eastern parts of the Warrego and Maranoa districts and to the New South Wales border had above to very much above average rain. This contrasts starkly with February, which was dry in the southeast but wet in the north and west.

Averaged across Queensland, rainfall was 78.0 mm, the lowest March rain since 2009 and 14 % below the mean of 90.8 mm.

There were a number of periods of extremely high daily totals through the month, which caused flash and riverine flooding and broke some records.

On the 1st, the most significant rainfall was about the Leichhardt River with 24 hour totals to 9am ranging between 50 to 80 mm.

On the 2nd, a weak monsoon trough lying through the Gulf of Carpentaria and across the northern Coral Sea brought scattered showers and thunderstorms about the northwest.

Within the first week and a half of the month, the most significant rainfall totals were around the Peninsula and the north tropical coast: Kowanyama recorded 131.6 mm, Lotus Bird Lodge 136.8 mm and Cape Flattery 105.8 mm in the 24 hours to 9am on the 11th.

On the early morning of the 11th, ex-tropical cyclone Gillian was situated over land about 10 km north of Pormpuraaw on the monsoon trough that lay from the Top End of the Northern Territory, through the Gulf of Carpentaria to tropical cyclone Hadi over the northern Coral Sea. Gale force winds and heavy rainfall started to ease about the east coast but high falls occurred in the northern tropics: Daintree Village got 294.0 mm, Low Isles received 198.6 mm and Whyanbeel recorded 184.8 mm - all in the 24 hours to 9am on the 12th.

On the 19th, a strengthening high in the Tasman Sea extended a ridge along the east coast of the state, and a slow moving surface trough extended from the northwest of the state into the southern interior. In combination with an upper level trough over southwestern Queensland, as the strong upper level trough moved eastwards into Central Queensland on the 24th, the two systems intensified into a significant rain-bearing weather system for eastern and central Queensland. Notable totals from this even included Tully Sugar Mill with 278.5 mm in the 24 hours to 9am on the 21st and Ingham with 185.8 mm in the following 24 hours. Daintree Village had the highest monthly rainfall total with 1108 mm and Tully Sugar Mill only marginally behind with 1049.6 mm. (Bellenden Ker Top Station's rainfall has not been received at the time of publication).

The highest recorded daily rainfall total was at Pacific Heights (in Yeppoon) with 324.6 mm on the 27th but although significant this did not break the highest rainfall record for the site (it received a 24 hour total of 572.4 mm to 9am on 27 March 1990). However the previous day Pacific Heights recorded 232.4 mm bringing the two-day accumulation to 557 mm at this site. The second-highest daily rainfall for March 2014 was at Yeppoon The Esplanade with 295.8 mm on the 27th (this was a record highest daily rainfall for this site, although it has only been open for 20 years) and the previous day (the 24 hours to 9am on the 26th), Yeppoon The Esplanade recorded 205.8 mm, with the two-day total of 501.6 mm. The further heavy falls in the Yeppoon area and surrounds led to localised flash flooding causing significant road closures, extensive property damage and reports of landslides (see Significant Weather below).

Later in the evening of the 26th, the low level trough extending from the central interior to the Maranoa intensified over the following 24 hours, with heavy falls through the southern Central Highlands, Maranoa and Darling Downs during the 27th, and shifting southeast into the Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast districts that evening and into the 28th with the passage of the trough. Many sites in the greater southeast broke daily rainfall records, including Amberley, Somerset Dam, Tarome and Cambooya Post Office. There were several sites with their highest daily rainfall on record, their highest total March rainfall on record or their highest total March rainfall for at least 20 years.

Tropical cyclones

Tropical cyclone Gillian formed in the southeastern Arafura Sea well to the northeast of Gove on the 8th. It weakened and was downgraded to below tropical cyclone intensity just before it crossed the western Cape York Peninsula during the 10th. It moved westwards and back over water on the 13th, then took a northeasterly path and reintensifying to a category 1 cyclone on 14 March. Gillian then moved northwards over the Gulf Of Carpentaria with minimal impact on the surrounding coastline. It was downgraded once more to below tropical cyclone intensity on the 15th before moving steadily west across the Arafura Sea.

Early on the 10th, a low over the Coral Sea about 370 km to the northeast of Hamilton Island and moving to the northeast away from the coast ws named tropical cyclone Hadi. By 4pm on the 11th, the system was downgraded to a tropical low, as it took a west-northwest track well away from the east coast of Queensland.

Severe Thunderstorms and Significant Weather

A severe thunderstorm caused a wind gust of 117 km/h on the 17th at Camooweal Township.

A landslide between Yeppoon and Emu Park due to heavy rainfall on the 26th, with over one hundred SES (State Emergency Service) requests for assistance, mainly around Gladstone, Yeppoon and Rockhampton and the Burnett Highway at Mount Morgan was closed due to a rock slide (information provided by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Management Report).

On the 30th, severe thunderstorms producing damaging winds and with large hail near Miles at approximately 1:40pm, along with 54.2 mm of rainfall in 1 hour at the Miles weather station at approximately 2 pm.

Flooding

Flood warnings were issued for the below river systems and catchments (flood warnings are still being issued into April):
  • Gulf Rivers
  • Coastal Rivers North, Central and South
  • Daintree River
  • Tully and Murray Rivers
  • Burdekin River (including Belyando and Suttor Rivers)
  • Don River
  • Fitzroy River
  • Baffle Creek
  • Mary River
  • Sunshine Coast Rivers and Creeks
  • Upper and Lower Brisbane River
  • Condamine and Balonne Rivers
  • Border Rivers
  • Moonie River
  • Paroo River
  • Bulloo River
  • Thomson and Barcoo Rivers and Cooper Creek
  • Diamantina River
  • Georgina River and Eyre Creek

Maximum temperature

Averaged across the state as a whole, the mean maximum temperature for Queensland was 32.86 C and 0.44 C above the long term 1961-90 average of 32.42 C.

The hottest days occurred in the far southwest around the middle of the month, with the highest maximum temperature of 42.1 C at Birdsville Airport on the 15th. Julia Creek Airport reached 41.8 C on the 17th and again on the 18th. Also on the 17th, both Isisford Post Office and Winton in the central west reached 41.0 C. The warmest days on average were in the northwest at Julia Creek Airport with 38.0 C.

A few maximum temperature records (both high and low) were broken, but mostly at sites with relatively short record.

Minimum temperature

Averaged across the state as a whole, the mean minimum temperature for Queensland was 21.29 C and 0.64 C above the long term 1961-90 average of 20.65 C. 

The coldest night was on the 13th, with both Applethorpe and Stanthorpe plummeting to 10.2 C. The previous night it fell to 10.6 C at Oakey Aero. The coolest nights (the lowest average overnight temperatures) were recorded at Applethorpe with 14.1 C and closely followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 14.7 C. 

The warmest nights (the highest average overnight temperatures) were recorded at Sweers Island with 25.7 C, with equal second warmest nights recorded at Coconut Island and Willis Island, both with 25.5 C.  The warmest night (highest overnight temperature) was recorded at Lake Julius AWS with 28.2 C on the 20th. 

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Extremes in March 2014
Hottest day 42.1 C at Birdsville Airport on the 15th
Warmest days on average 38.1 C at Julia Creek Airport
Coolest days on average 24.8 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Coldest day 18.2 C at Applethorpe on the 27th
Coldest night 10.2 C at Applethorpe and Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, both on the 13th
Coolest nights on average 14.1 C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 25.7 C at Sweers Island
Warmest night 28.2 C at Lake Julius AWS on the 20th
Warmest on average overall 30.2 C at Cloncurry Airport
Coolest on average overall 19.5 C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 1108.0 mm at Daintree Village
Wettest day 324.6 mm at Pacific Heights on the 27th
Highest wind gust 117 km/h at Camooweal Township on the 17th

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Record highest March daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in March 2014 (mm)
Previous wettest
for March
Years of
record
Cambooya Post Office 96.3 on the 28th 89.2 on the 1st in 1897 125
Tarome 160.0 on the 28th 143.8 on the 16th in 1937 101
Thangool Airport 107.4 on the 31st 101.4 on the 3rd in 1994 83
Somerset Dam 162.0 on the 28th 156.5 on the 25th in 1946 78
Lanark 89.0 on the 28th 85.9 on the 19th in 1963 75
Amberley AMO 113.2 on the 28th 105.9 on the 28th in 1955 73
The Head 134.0 on the 28th 119.4 on the 13th in 1974 56
Macalister 102.2 on the 28th 74.2 on the 5th in 2011 43
Carneys Creek The Ranch 125.4 on the 28th 125.0 on the 25th in 1984 42
Maroon Dam 101.0 on the 28th 85.0 on the 22nd in 1978 42
Greenbank Thompson Road 121.2 on the 28th 99.4 on the 1st in 1994 37
Oakington 106.6 on the 28th 92.2 on the 6th in 2004 37
Springbrook Road 252.0 on the 28th 246.0 on the 6th in 2004 34
Dooruna Downs 91.6 on the 28th 89.5 on the 19th in 2012 26
Lauriedale 80.0 on the 28th 70.0 on the 2nd in 2010 25
Dalby Airport 99.4 on the 28th 83.8 on the 2nd in 2010 23
Maryvale 100.0 on the 28th 77.5 on the 25th in 1963 22
Hazeldean 166.2 on the 27th 86.8 on the 23rd in 1997 21
Gladstone Airport 105.4 on the 26th 100.8 on the 22nd in 2012 20
Tomewin - Tallowood 256.6 on the 28th 157.6 on the 4th in 2006 20
Yeppoon The Esplanade 295.8 on the 27th 105.2 on the 2nd in 2013 20



Record highest total March rainfall
Total rainfall
for March 2014 (mm)
Previous wettest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Gladstone Radar 370.6 311.6 in 1990 56 95.0
Theodore 186.8 146.4 in 1994 46 45.9
Macalister 198.2 194.8 in 2011 43 54.1
Maroon Dam 224.4 196.8 in 1978 42 84.9
Carneys Creek The Ranch 296.2 236.4 in 1984 41 100.7
Greenbank Thompson Road 253.8 215.4 in 1978 37 103.1
Oakington 182.6 172.6 in 1999 37 70.2
Gladstone Airport 306.2 255.0 in 2011 20 87.7
Hazeldean 338.4 224.0 in 2011 20 86.0
Yeppoon The Esplanade 615.4 330.0 in 2011 20 136.6

Highest total March rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for March 2014 (mm)
Most recent March
at least this wet
Years since
wetter
Average for
March
Pittsworth 243.6 321.8 in 1890 124 64.8
Yangan Post Office 192.6 213.1 in 1939 75 62.4
Moogerah Dam 242.4 243.1 in 1947* 59 94.2
Mount Larcom Post Office 376.2 406.1 in 1956* 57 96.2
Harrisville Post Office 197.0 261.9 in 1963 51 87.7
Tarome 276.2 302.5 in 1963 51 97.5
Ellangowan 149.0 154.4 in 1964 50 61.6
Cambooya Post Office 144.6 191.0 in 1964* 48 68.7
Dunmore State Forest 232.2 246.1 in 1963* 48 65.7
University of Queensland Gatton 148.4 166.1 in 1967 47 79.0
Wallumbilla Post Office 187.4 202.6 in 1963* 46 58.3
Hattonvale Oshea Rd 193.9 196.1 in 1963* 45 78.6
Wandoan Post Office 140.8 174.8 in 1967* 44 55.0
Mt Tamborine Fern St 367.4 405.9 in 1978 36 191.2
The Head 294.4 311.2 in 1978 36 137.0
Central Kerry 214.7 252.1 in 1978* 35 84.7
Double Island Point Lighthouse 273.6 284.9 in 1977* 33 163.8
Springs 304.6 311.9 in 1983 31 104.2
Sunnybank 169.4 268.2 in 1977* 27 54.8
Millmerran Post Office 257.0 284.0 in 1989 25 64.9
Clifton Post Office 186.2 198.5 in 1989* 24 64.7
Injune Post Office 144.0 201.0 in 1990 24 62.2
Pacific Heights 670.8 970.4 in 1990 24 189.7
Applethorpe 160.0 209.4 in 1989* 23 70.0
Broadmeadows 401.0 700.2 in 1990* 23 134.0
Byfield Childs Road 561.0 592.0 in 1990* 23 249.9
Glenlands 246.6 381.8 in 1990* 23 102.3
Mt Alford 229.1 255.7 in 1963* 22 100.1
Frankfield Station 157.0 313.0 in 1990* 21 66.2
Lucinda Point 288.4 409.6 in 1990* 21 146.7
Seventeen Seventy 307.0 354.8 in 1992* 21 135.5
Kroombit 152.2 204.4 in 1994 20 65.7
Mount Kroombit 124.0 173.6 in 1994 20 58.1
Moura Post Office 148.4 252.8 in 1994 20 68.0
Queen Mary Falls 252.0 330.0 in 1994 20 146.1
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 129.6 228.0 in 1989* 20 65.9

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




Record lowest total March rainfall
Total rainfall
for March 2014 (mm)
Previous driest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Farleigh Co-op Sugar Mill 1.0 10.4 in 1991 99 305.4

Lowest total March rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for March 2014 (mm)
Most recent March
at least this dry
Years since
drier
Average for
March
Leyburn Post Office 0.4 0.0 in 1971* 42 55.4
Duchess Hotel 0.2 0.0 in 1953* 40 60.5
Babinda Post Office 230.0 98.3 in 1993* 20 795.4
Palmerville 90.2 40.0 in 1993* 20 180.7

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




Record highest March temperature
Highest temperature
in March 2014 (C)
Previous warmest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Weipa Aero 34.7 on the 29th = 34.7 on the 1st in 2006 22 31.8



Record lowest March daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in March 2014 (C)
Previous coolest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Bowen Airport 23.6 on the 25th 24.3 on the 28th in 2011 25 30.7



Record lowest March mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for March 2014 (C)
Previous coolest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Proserpine Airport 28.8 = 28.8 in 2008 24 30.1



Record highest March daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in March 2014 (C)
Previous warmest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Seventeen Seventy 26.5 on the 30th = 26.5 on the 12th in 2007 27 21.4



Record highest March mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for March 2014 (C)
Previous warmest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Goondiwindi Airport 19.0 18.9 in 2007 20 17.1



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
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.2 -0.4 34.2 30th 25.5 -0.2 23.9 5th 286.4 292.0 average 98%
Coen Airport 31.6 +0.3 33.9 1st 22.9 -0.4 19.7 17th 319.4 271.5 average 118%
Horn Island 30.3 -0.1 32.2 30th 24.9 -0.1 23.2 15th 380.0 359.3 average 106%
Scherger RAAF 31.7   34.7 29th 23.7   20.8 19th 247.2 306.9 low 81%
Weipa Aero 31.5 -0.3 34.7 29th 23.9 +0.1 21.3 19th 397.2 409.0 average 97%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.3 -0.3 32.9 12th 23.9 +0.5 21.1 17th 448.0 453.3 average 99%
Palmerville 32.0 -0.3 34.0 29th 21.7 -0.1 17.0 19th 90.2 180.7 low 50%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 34.0 0.0 36.7 20th 23.7 0.0 20.4 24th 121.2 156.8 average 77%
Century Mine 35.9 +0.3 39.8 31st 23.3 -0.1 21.1 31st 26.8 81.8 average 33%
Cloncurry Airport 36.8 +1.2 40.7 18th 23.5 +1.0 20.1 29th 35.0 75.8 average 46%
Julia Creek Airport 38.1 +2.1 41.8 18th 21.9 +1.1 18.0 15th 0.2 64.1 v low 0%
Kowanyama Airport 32.6 -0.2 34.8 18th 24.0 +0.2 22.0 11th 284.8 237.6 average 120%
Lake Julius AWS 36.6   40.4 17th 25.4   22.1 14th 23.8
Mornington Island Airport 31.7   33.3 31st 25.0   23.3 17th 203.0
Mount Isa Aero 35.7 +1.5 39.4 18th 22.6 +0.9 17.6 15th 17.4 63.9 low 27%
Normanton Airport 34.3 +0.5 36.2 31st 24.7 +0.3 20.5 24th 52.8 141.7 average 37%
Sweers Island 31.9 -0.2 33.1 30th 25.7 -0.1 23.2 16th 64.0 241.1 low 27%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 33.6 +0.3 36.7 17th 21.6 -0.3 17.1 16th 43.8 113.7 average 39%
Hughenden Airport 34.6 +0.3 38.8 17th 21.8 +0.6 19.2 15th 13.0 29.0 average 45%
Richmond Airport 36.8 +1.4 40.8 17th 22.0 +1.0 17.7 15th 1.4 55.2 low 3%
Richmond Post Office 36.8 +1.9 40.6 18th 22.7 +2.0 20.0 13th 3.4 60.5 low 6%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 30.1 -0.5 32.4 9th 23.3 +0.2 19.1 16th 415.2 424.1 average 98%
Cairns Racecourse 30.2   32.4 17th 22.8   18.6 16th 410.2
Cape Flattery 30.1 -1.0 31.5 1st 24.5 0.0 22.2 13th 621.4 454.8 high 137%
Cooktown Airport 29.4 -1.1 31.0 1st 23.7 -0.1 19.1 17th 509.2 399.3 high 128%
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.5 -1.3 33.0 9th 24.7 -0.4 22.6 12th 627.4 437.3 high 143%
Mareeba Airport 29.1 -0.5 31.3 16th 20.2 -0.3 15.3 17th 51.4 162.8 low 32%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cape Ferguson NTC AWS 27.5   28.7 28th 24.0   21.8 23rd
Cardwell Marine Pde 29.7 -1.0 31.8 18th 23.1 +1.2 19.3 16th 278.5 398.2 average 70%
Ingham Composite 30.1 -0.6 32.5 29th 22.0 -0.3 18.9 17th 411.1 386.5 average 106%
Innisfail 29.2 -0.6 31.6 18th 22.9 +0.8 19.6 16th 478.4 664.0 average 72%
Lucinda Point 28.4 -1.3 29.7 30th 24.4 -0.3 22.9 16th 288.4 146.7 v high 197%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 28.8 -1.0 30.8 29th 22.5 +0.5 18.5 16th 511.2 617.9 average 83%
Townsville Aero 30.3 -0.4 33.1 19th 23.0 +0.1 20.3 13th 168.8 189.9 average 89%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 28.7 -1.9 30.6 2nd 21.8 -1.2 18.3 13th 269.8 125.6 high 215%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.1 -0.7 32.6 19th 21.3 -0.2 18.2 13th 135.2 153.3 average 88%
Bowen Airport 29.9 -0.8 31.9 2nd 22.3 -0.4 18.4 15th 164.2 122.7 high 134%
Collinsville Post Office 31.3 -0.6 36.0 17th 19.7 -0.3 15.3 13th 30.2 96.4 low 31%
Hamilton Island Airport 27.5 -1.0 30.5 28th 23.3 -0.8 20.9 10th 357.2 255.1 high 140%
Mackay Aero 28.7 -0.5 30.8 28th 21.8 -0.1 18.4 15th 233.6 245.0 average 95%
Mackay M.O 28.4 -0.2 30.8 28th 22.3 0.0 19.4 15th 336.0 279.1 high 120%
Proserpine Airport 28.8 -1.3 31.7 17th 21.4 -0.1 18.0 15th
Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS 26.8   28.5 30th 22.8   20.6 13th
Samuel Hill Aero 28.3 -0.7 32.3 17th 20.7 +0.1 16.7 15th 456.8 200.9 high 227%
St Lawrence 29.9 -0.7 32.6 19th 20.6 -0.9 17.3 13th 168.8 133.9 high 126%
Williamson 29.7   32.0 17th 21.0   16.8 15th 152.8 112.7 average 136%
Woolshed 26.7 -0.8 28.5 17th 19.5 -0.1 17.3 15th 111.8 152.8 average 73%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 27.7 -0.7 29.1 30th 22.3 -0.1 19.7 13th 615.4 136.6 highest 451%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 31.0 -0.9 34.3 17th 20.4 -0.4 17.6 13th 70.3 73.3 average 96%
Moranbah Airport 31.8   37.5 17th 19.1   15.1 15th 65.0
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 32.9   37.6 17th 20.5   16.0 12th 62.0
Clermont Airport 31.4   37.5 17th 19.2   14.8 13th 54.6
Emerald Airport 33.0 +0.4 37.3 17th 20.2 0.0 17.6 12th 82.8 57.0 high 145%
Lochington 33.5   38.7 17th 19.7   15.2 12th 36.6
Rolleston Airport 33.3   38.1 17th 19.4   16.0 15th 79.8
Springsure Comet St 32.1 +0.5 36.4 17th 19.0 +0.2 15.9 13th 122.6 70.1 high 175%
Tambo Post Office 33.0 +0.6 38.5 17th 18.9 +1.4 15.0 10th 52.0 58.2 average 89%
Taroom Post Office 33.2 +1.6 39.0 17th 19.7 +1.6 14.9 12th 122.6 63.6 high 193%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 33.4 +0.2 37.8 17th 21.9 +1.1 19.6 10th 5.1 59.5 low 9%
Blackall Airport 34.4 +1.0 39.8 17th 20.2 +0.5 17.4 14th 18.6 34.6 low 54%
Isisford Post Office 35.7 +1.5 41.0 17th 21.5 +1.2 17.6 30th 27.8 59.2 average 47%
Longreach Aero 36.1 +1.6 40.6 17th 21.4 +1.2 18.0 14th 1.8 54.7 low 3%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 35.6 +0.4 39.2 19th 21.8 0.0 15.5 26th 62.8 55.0 average 114%
New May Downs 35.7   39.2 18th 23.3   18.6 26th 8.8
The Monument Airport 35.8 +0.5 39.2 19th 21.8 +0.2 17.1 29th 2.0 28.8 average 7%
Trepell Airport 36.5 +1.0 40.1 18th 22.6 +1.2 19.0 25th 5.6 30.8 average 18%
Urandangi Aerodrome 35.5   39.2 16th 20.7   15.2 28th 10.0
Winton Airport 36.5 +1.3 41.0 17th 21.8 +0.9 18.5 14th 3.8 48.4 low 8%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 36.1 +0.6 40.3 16th 21.2 -0.4 16.0 25th 20.2 27.1 high 75%
Birdsville Airport 36.8 +1.6 42.1 15th 22.5 +0.8 15.9 25th 2.6 37.8 average 7%
Boulia Airport 35.6 +0.2 39.5 16th 22.3 +0.5 17.5 25th 11.8 36.5 average 32%
Windorah Post Office 34.8 +0.3 39.1 16th 21.2 +0.1 16.9 25th 13.0 42.9 average 30%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 30.2 +1.1 32.7 17th 20.0 +0.1 17.5 13th 192.4 115.4 high 167%
Gayndah Airport 32.9 +2.2 38.3 17th 19.5 +1.0 16.0 6th 90.8 63.6 high 143%
Gladstone Airport 29.2 -0.5 31.3 17th 21.6 -0.1 18.9 13th 306.2 87.7 highest 349%
Gladstone Radar 29.5 -0.7 31.7 23rd 21.5 0.0 19.8 9th 370.6 95.0 highest 390%
Lady Elliot Island 28.5 +0.2 30.2 2nd 23.8 +0.4 21.9 9th 106.2 125.6 average 85%
Monto Township 31.8 +2.0 37.2 17th 17.9 +0.7 13.4 13th 109.9 78.2 average 141%
Rockhampton Aero 30.0 -0.5 35.0 17th 21.2 +0.4 18.8 12th 248.6 102.9 v high 242%
Rundle Island 26.6 -0.6 29.1 29th 23.0 -0.6 20.2 26th
Seventeen Seventy 28.5 +0.4 31.8 17th 22.1 +0.7 19.5 15th 307.0 135.5 high 227%
Thangool Airport 32.6 +0.7 36.8 17th 18.2 +0.5 13.0 13th 192.8 62.8 v high 307%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 30.2 +0.9 36.6 16th 17.5 -0.3 13.4 13th 128.8 83.5 high 154%
Archerfield Airport 29.8 +1.2 33.6 16th 18.8 +0.5 14.6 13th 174.4 124.8 high 140%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 30.4   36.0 16th 17.6   13.1 15th 193.4
Beerburrum Forest Station 29.1 +0.8 34.8 16th 18.2 -0.3 14.5 6th 263.8 175.3 high 150%
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%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.3 +1.3 29.7 18th 21.9 +0.7 19.3 10th
Coolangatta 28.1 +1.0 30.9 17th 19.8 +0.2 16.2 15th 179.8 175.2 average 103%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 28.2 +1.4 32.9 17th 22.2 +0.4 19.4 11th 273.6 163.8 high 167%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.2 +0.5 32.2 29th 21.3 +0.6 18.8 6th 158.6 112.2 high 141%
Gympie 30.2 +0.9 36.6 17th 18.3 +0.2 13.4 6th 246.4 145.1 high 170%
Hervey Bay Airport 29.6 +0.8 31.8 18th 20.2 -0.3 16.2 15th 130.4 131.6 average 99%
Kingaroy Airport 29.0 +1.1 34.3 17th 16.1 +0.3 11.8 6th 122.8 61.4 high 200%
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%
Maryborough 31.2 +2.0 35.3 17th 19.3 -0.1 16.2 15th 206.0 158.2 high 130%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 28.2   34.6 16th 19.0   15.4 6th 340.4
Point Lookout 29.5 +1.1 31.8 17th 22.1 +0.3 19.6 5th 102.8 131.2 average 78%
Rainbow Beach 28.4 +0.7 32.4 17th       266.2 146.9 high 181%
Redcliffe 27.5 -0.1 30.6 29th 20.9 +0.5 18.3 6th 126.6 122.7 average 103%
Sunshine Coast Airport 28.9 +1.3 32.4 17th 20.1 +0.2 14.0 6th 204.2 163.7 average 125%
Tewantin RSL Park 27.9 +0.6 32.4 17th 21.0 +0.4 17.6 15th 234.0 206.5 high 113%
Toolara (Kelly) 30.5 +1.2 37.4 17th 19.9 +0.3 17.7 6th 440.8 146.5 high 301%
University of Queensland Gatton 30.8 +1.3 37.9 16th 17.4 +0.1 13.9 11th 148.4 79.0 v high 188%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 25.0 +1.1 30.2 16th 14.1 +0.8 10.2 13th 160.0 70.0 v high 229%
Dalby Airport 30.4 +0.4 36.6 16th 16.7 +0.4 12.9 15th 171.8 56.9 v high 302%
Goondiwindi Airport 31.0 +0.1 36.6 16th 19.0 +1.9 16.3 15th 140.2 61.5 high 228%
Oakey Aero 29.0 +0.4 35.7 16th 16.2 +0.5 10.6 12th 73.8 49.8 average 148%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 24.8 -0.1 30.8 16th 14.7 +0.9 10.2 13th 129.6 65.9 high 197%
Texas Post Office 30.8 -0.3 35.2 2nd 17.2 +1.4 13.6 12th 92.6 56.3 high 164%
Toowoomba Airport 26.6 +0.7 33.2 16th 16.4 +0.2 14.5 12th 190.0 72.9 v high 261%
Warwick 28.2 +0.7 34.4 17th 15.6 +0.7 11.0 13th 162.4 62.6 high 259%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 31.7 +0.6 37.2 16th 18.4 +0.8 13.4 12th 167.6 60.6 v high 277%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 31.9 +1.1 37.6 17th 18.7 +2.3 15.1 12th 144.0 62.2 v high 232%
Mitchell Post Office 32.6 +1.6 38.0 16th 18.7 +2.0 13.1 13th 88.2 61.7 high 143%
Roma Airport 32.1 +0.8 38.1 16th 19.0 +1.8 15.2 11th 103.8 55.3 high 188%
St George Airport 31.2 -0.5 37.8 16th 19.5 +1.0 16.3 18th 64.8 49.9 high 130%
Surat 31.7 -0.1 37.3 18th 19.6 +1.8 17.6 11th 160.1 58.5 v high 274%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 32.4 +0.4 37.6 16th 19.9 +1.7 16.1 18th 31.2 49.2 average 63%
Charleville Aero 33.2 +1.2 38.1 16th 19.9 +1.2 15.7 30th 19.8 59.4 average 33%
Cunnamulla Post Office 32.6 +0.3 36.9 7th 20.1 +1.3 16.0 24th 35.8 41.1 average 87%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 35.1 +0.9 39.3 15th 21.6 +0.4 15.1 25th 9.4 29.9 average 31%
Quilpie Airport 33.8 +0.4 38.2 16th 21.7 +1.2 19.3 25th 24.7 43.1 average 57%
Thargomindah Airport 32.9 -0.5 37.6 15th 21.1 -0.1 16.5 25th 43.2 45.4 average 95%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 26.9 -0.5 28.8 1st 22.2 -0.5 19.6 10th 247.2 174.0 average 142%
Willis Island 29.6 -0.3 31.2 2nd 25.5 +0.1 23.7 21st 233.4 204.9 average 114%

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.

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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