Queensland in February 2015: Tropical cyclone Marcia drenches southern coastal strip, dry elsewhere

On the morning of the 20th, tropical cyclone Marcia crossed the Capricorn Coast at Shoalwater Bay, north of Yeppoon and then tracked south. As a result, rainfall was above average along the coast strip from St Lawrence down to the Queensland and New South Wales border. Heavy rainfall totals were recorded as the system traversed Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and the southeast coastal strip between the 19th and 21st. Above-average rainfall was also recorded along the far north tropical coast and northeast Cape York Peninsula. 

In stark contrast, large areas of Queensland recorded well below-average rainfall, with some places recording their lowest February rainfall on record. Southern inland districts, small areas of the southeast coast and far northeast coast received near-average rainfall. The statewide average rainfall during February was 48% below the historical average, and the seventeenth-driest February since records commenced.

Both maximum (+1.74 C) and minimum (+0.71 C) temperatures were above average during the month. Daytime temperatures were warmer than average across much of the western half of the State, while near-average maxima were recorded across the southeast quarter of Queensland. Overnight temperatures were cooler than normal in parts of the northern Maranoa and Warrego districts, and near-average over the southeast quarter of the State. Remaining areas in west and in the north experienced warm nights. 

  • Tropical cyclone Marcia crosses the Capricorn coast
  • Charleville had its driest February on record (no rainfall reported)
  • Eighth-warmest daytime temperatures averaged across the State
  • Seventh-warmest mean temperature 
  • Seventeenth-driest February statewide

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Extremes in February 2015
Hottest day 45.0 C at Birdsville Airport on the 16th
Warmest days on average 41.2 C at Birdsville Airport
Coolest days on average 25.0 C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 20.8 C at Applethorpe on the 20th
Coldest night 9.0 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 1st
Coolest nights on average 14.9 C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 27.6 C at Sweers Island
Warmest night 32.3 C at Boulia Airport on the 23rd
Warmest on average overall 33.7 C at Boulia Airport
Coolest on average overall 19.9 C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 883.0 mm at Mt Sophia
Driest overall 0 mm at Birdsville, Boulia and Charleville, as well as several other locations
Wettest day253.0 mm at Landsborough on the 21st
Strongest wind gust207 km/h at Middle Percy Island on 20 Feb 2015

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 February daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Abercorn 173.4 on the 21st 107.2 on the 7th in 2003 65
Mount Kroombit 167.0 on the 21st 148.4 on the 8th in 1981 60
Hillview 204.5 on the 21st 130.0 on the 7th in 1981 55
Cania Gorge Park 186.2 on the 21st 119.6 on the 6th in 2003 53
Sunshine Coast Airport 197.6 on the 21st 160.0 on the 9th in 1999 21



Record highest February total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Lockhart River Airport 873.6 843.2 in 2011 59 397.6
Ormiston College 399.4 374.0 in 1990 21 159.9

Highest February total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Years since
higher
Average for
February
Lake Manchester 282.8 325.7 in 1972* 42 122.4
Monto Township 228.7 434.2 in 1971* 32 114.1
Boondall 319.8 528.1 in 1992* 20 168.7

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




Record lowest February total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Koumala Hatfields Road 3.5 34.0 in 1932 80 323.4
Charleville Aero 0.0 0.8 in 1982 73 69.0
Paluma Ivy Cottage 33.0 40.5 in 2005 45 595.4
Gereta Station 1.0 17.8 in 2007 27 152.7

Lowest February total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Years since
lower
Average for
February
Donors Hill Station 20.4 11.7 in 1932* 75 154.1
Gilberton 19.0 18.6 in 1952* 61 170.3
Weona 1.0 0.0 in 1965 50 79.9
Westmoreland Station 29.4 17.8 in 1965 50 235.6
Yuleba Garden St 3.8 3.0 in 1974 41 74.9
Lands End Station 12.4 7.8 in 1978 37 110.0
Mungallala 7.6 5.0 in 1978* 34 69.3
Isisford Post Office 3.4 1.6 in 1982 33 73.3
Whyenbah 3.4 0.0 in 1980* 33 61.6
Glenorie 2.0 0.0 in 1982* 32 60.7
Morven Post Office 12.2 3.8 in 1982* 31 72.7
Burketown Post Office 21.8 10.1 in 1986 29 197.3
Pratten 9.0 0.0 in 1987 28 71.9
Longreach Aero 6.8 6.2 in 1988 27 78.5
Capella Post Office 7.6 7.0 in 1990 25 95.3
Proa Station 23.4 11.2 in 1990 25 109.0
Cowan Downs Station 10.0 6.0 in 1986* 24 174.8
Talwood State School 9.8 6.6 in 1989* 24 69.1
Cloncurry McIllwraith St 8.6 7.0 in 1988* 23 113.4
Mantuan Downs 3.0 =3.0 in 1985* 21 96.8

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




Record highest February temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Gladstone Airport 36.5 on the 22nd 35.5 on the 23rd in 2008 22 30.4



Record highest February mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Charters Towers Airport 34.8 34.7 in 2005 22 32.7

Highest February mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(C)
Most recent
higher
Years since
higher
Average for
February
Kowanyama Airport 34.8 35.2 in 1990 25 32.3



Record highest February daily minimum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Boulia Airport 32.3 on the 23rd = 32.3 on the 18th in 1926 121 24.0
Cardwell Marine Pde 27.8 on the 22nd 27.5 on the 13th in 1969 59 22.9
Collinsville Post Office 27.3 on the 22nd 27.2 on the 11th in 1969 57 21.8
Mackay Aero 26.8 on the 22nd = 26.8 on the 10th in 1958 29 23.2
Proserpine Airport 26.9 on the 22nd 26.4 on the 1st in 1995 26 22.8
Charters Towers Airport 27.0 on the 22nd 26.4 on the 1st in 1995 23 22.3



Record lowest February temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Lucinda Point 18.7 on the 4th 20.8 on the 10th in 1984 27 25.1
Weipa Aero 20.4 on the 5th 20.5 on the 27th in 1993 23 24.1



Record highest February mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Cloncurry Airport 25.7 25.4 in 2008 21 24.1



Lowest February mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(C)
Most recent
lower
Years since
lower
Average for
February
University of Queensland Gatton 18.2 18.0 in 1988 27 19.0



Record highest February mean temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Kowanyama Airport 29.7 = 29.7 in 2013 45 28.3
Charters Towers Airport 28.7 = 28.7 in 2003 22 27.5
Cloncurry Airport 32.5 32.4 in 2002 21 30.1



Summary statistics for February 2015
Maximum temperatures
(C)
Minimum temperatures
(C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2015
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2015
Mean for
February
2015
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2015
Total for
February
2015
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2015
Fraction of
February
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 30.6 -0.9 33.2 20th 25.5 -0.3 22.6 19th 280.8 248.5 average 113%
Coen Airport 32.3 +0.3 35.3 21st 23.4 -0.4 18.3 5th 228.0 275.1 low 83%
Horn Island 30.2 -0.3 32.0 21st 25.2 +0.2 23.2 17th 401.4 461.5 low 87%
Scherger RAAF 32.0   34.2 20th 24.1   20.4 5th 341.4 399.2 average 86%
Weipa Aero 31.6 +0.2 34.5 6th 24.0 -0.1 20.4 5th 293.6 533.6 low 55%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 31.1 -0.2 35.8 4th 23.9 +0.2 21.5 5th 873.6 397.6 highest 220%
Palmerville 34.0 +1.5 38.4 21st 23.1 +0.3 17.9 4th 86.8 263.0 v low 33%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 36.9 +3.3 39.4 17th 24.7 -0.1 17.2 4th 0 189.4 v low 0%
Century Mine 40.2 +4.3 42.5 1st 25.1 +1.2 21.2 6th 34.6 123.7 v low 28%
Cloncurry Airport 39.3 +3.2 41.6 23rd 25.7 +1.6 19.6 3rd 10.0 101.2 v low 10%
Julia Creek Airport 40.5 +4.1 43.3 20th 23.4 +0.7 14.5 3rd 10.6 98.3 v low 11%
Kowanyama Airport 34.8 +2.5 36.5 3rd 24.6 +0.4 19.5 4th 93.0 365.9 v low 25%
Lake Julius AWS 39.0   41.9 23rd 26.2   21.1 4th 2.0
Mornington Island Airport 33.4   35.3 2nd 26.5   22.6 11th 75.6
Mount Isa Aero 38.1 +2.8 40.6 23rd 24.0 +0.7 17.0 4th 46.4 101.5 low 46%
Normanton Airport 35.9 +2.4 38.7 7th 25.3 +0.3 20.0 4th 137.2 189.3 average 72%
Sweers Island 33.5 +1.2 35.0 4th 27.6 +1.5 22.0 11th 82.0 301.5 low 27%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 34.7 +1.5 37.6 21st 23.0 +0.4 15.2 4th 75.2 207.2 low 36%
Hughenden Airport 37.2 +2.5 40.6 22nd 23.3 +0.8 15.8 4th 32.0 83.3 average 38%
Richmond Airport 37.9 +2.1 40.6 22nd 23.1 +0.4 13.5 3rd 51.0 84.3 average 60%
Richmond Post Office 37.9 +2.2 40.3 22nd 23.6 +1.1 14.2 3rd 65.2 103.3 average 63%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 31.5 +0.3 36.5 22nd 23.9 +0.1 19.9 4th 590.6 451.7 high 131%
Cairns Racecourse 31.8   36.3 22nd 23.4   19.2 4th 627.0
Cape Flattery 31.8 0.0 36.9 22nd 24.5 -0.2 21.4 3rd 404.0 271.9 v high 149%
Cooktown Airport 31.9 +0.3 36.4 22nd 24.2 -0.1 22.7 28th 417.6 304.2 high 137%
Low Isles Lighthouse 32.2 +0.5 36.7 3rd 25.4 0.0 22.6 13th 320.0 420.4 average 76%
Mareeba Airport 30.7 +0.3 35.2 21st 21.3 -0.1 18.0 4th 336.0 250.9 high 134%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 31.2 0.0 35.6 3rd 24.2 +1.3 21.8 19th 191.2 468.5 low 41%
Ingham Composite 32.7 +1.1 37.5 22nd 23.4 +0.2 20.4 10th 135.0 476.7 v low 28%
Innisfail 31.4 +0.8 36.6 3rd 24.0 +1.1 21.8 4th 433.2 594.2 average 73%
Lucinda Point 30.4 +0.2 34.0 3rd 25.3 +0.2 18.7 4th 77.0 209.0 low 37%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 31.5 +0.8 36.2 22nd 23.3 +0.6 20.3 4th 438.6 575.6 average 76%
Townsville Aero 33.6 +2.5 36.7 3rd 24.6 +0.5 21.6 17th 31.4 301.4 v low 10%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 31.6 +0.5 33.6 3rd 24.6 +0.1 21.9 17th 88.6 263.7 low 34%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 33.1 +1.7 35.6 23rd 23.3 +0.5 20.6 17th 42.2 237.7 low 18%
Bowen Airport 32.0 +0.7 33.9 20th 24.0 +0.2 21.1 5th 43.3 221.0 low 20%
Collinsville Post Office 33.7 +1.0 37.7 23rd 21.9 +0.1 18.1 18th 39.0 159.0 low 25%
Hamilton Island Airport 29.7 +0.2 32.0 2nd 24.5 -0.2 22.4 17th 147.0 299.3 low 49%
Mackay Aero 30.9 +0.9 35.3 22nd 23.2 0.0 20.6 4th 102.8 356.4 v low 29%
Mackay M.O 30.1 +0.5 33.9 1st 23.6 +0.2 21.3 4th 109.6 323.6 low 34%
Proserpine Airport 31.7 +0.7 35.4 23rd 23.0 +0.2 21.0 1st 98.0 373.3 low 26%
St Lawrence 31.5 +0.2 33.6 1st 22.1 -0.7 19.7 16th 147.8 231.2 low 64%
Williamson 31.2   35.3 22nd 22.5   20.0 16th 200.0 221.2 average 90%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 29.0 -0.2 31.2 2nd 22.8 -0.8 21.3 1st 347.6 182.3 high 191%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 34.8 +2.1 39.6 21st 22.5 +0.2 19.1 3rd 46.4 143.3 low 32%
Moranbah Airport 33.1   39.9 22nd 20.7   17.5 16th 77.6
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 33.4   40.5 22nd 21.1   18.9 18th 13.0
Clermont Airport 33.7   38.6 23rd 20.6   17.4 9th 42.6
Emerald Airport 34.1 +0.8 40.6 22nd 21.2 -0.7 18.9 15th 36.6 78.9 low 46%
Lochington 33.5   39.4 22nd 20.2   17.5 16th 63.4
Rolleston Airport 32.8   38.2 22nd 19.9   17.0 15th 102.8
Springsure Comet St 32.4 0.0 38.1 22nd 19.7 -0.8 16.8 16th 19.6 109.0 low 18%
Tambo Post Office 36.3 +2.6 41.0 22nd 19.2 -0.7 14.1 1st 16.0 77.9 v low 21%
Taroom Post Office 32.8 0.0 36.3 22nd 19.3 -1.1 16.6 15th 37.3 87.5 average 43%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 37.0 +2.5 42.2 22nd 23.6 +1.0 19.0 4th 28.4 79.0 average 36%
Blackall Airport 38.1 +3.5 42.6 22nd 22.6 +0.8 17.7 4th 7.2 79.1 v low 9%
Isisford Post Office 38.9 +3.2 44.2 22nd 23.7 +1.3 18.5 3rd 3.4 73.3 v low 5%
Longreach Aero 39.1 +3.4 42.9 22nd 23.5 +1.0 17.3 3rd 6.8 78.5 v low 9%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 38.9 +2.7 40.7 17th 24.2 +0.5 15.7 3rd 27.2 93.2 low 29%
Carters Bore 38.4   40.3 23rd 26.3   19.7 4th 28.8
New May Downs 37.9   40.5 23rd 25.3   20.0 4th 23.2
The Monument Airport 39.8 +3.3 43.0 24th 24.7 +1.4 19.8 2nd 0.2 70.8 v low 0%
Trepell Airport 39.6 +3.0 43.0 24th 24.7 +1.5 18.6 3rd 2.4 59.0 v low 4%
Urandangi Aerodrome 41.0   43.7 25th 23.1   16.2 3rd 11.0
Winton Airport 39.6 +3.2 44.9 23rd 24.2 +1.4 16.7 3rd 3.6 71.5 v low 5%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 40.9 +3.0 44.7 24th 25.1 +1.0 18.6 3rd 2.1 34.8 average 6%
Birdsville Airport 41.2 +3.1 45.0 16th 26.0 +1.3 16.8 3rd 0 29.2 v low 0%
Boulia Airport 40.5 +3.1 44.7 24th 26.8 +2.8 21.0 3rd 0 49.8 lowest 0%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 30.9 +0.9 35.6 1st 20.9 -0.5 18.9 16th 121.2 159.4 average 76%
Gayndah Airport 31.6 -0.8 35.0 1st 20.0 -0.6 16.6 15th 177.4 99.2 high 179%
Gladstone Airport 30.8 +0.4 36.5 22nd 22.7 -0.2 20.4 9th 201.8 186.0 average 108%
Gladstone Radar 31.1 +0.2 35.9 22nd 22.4 0.0 20.6 7th 127.8 144.6 average 88%
Lady Elliot Island 28.8 -0.3 30.9 2nd 23.7 -0.3 20.6 3rd 110.6 166.5 average 66%
Monto Township 30.5 -0.7 34.4 1st 18.6 -0.4 14.8 15th 228.7 114.1 v high 200%
Rockhampton Aero 31.1 -0.1 36.8 22nd 22.3 +0.2 20.1 18th 292.2 146.2 high 200%
Rundle Island 27.9 -0.2 32.0 21st 23.7 -0.7 21.5 3rd
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 29.6 +0.3 31.8 24th 22.4 0.0 20.5 5th 98.8 168.5 average 59%
Seventeen Seventy 28.7 -0.4 32.2 21st 22.2 -0.4 20.3 12th 191.9 191.5 average 100%
Thangool Airport 30.9 -1.9 34.6 22nd 18.7 -1.1 15.8 15th 33.2 95.9 low 35%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 30.1 -0.3 34.5 1st 18.9 -0.6 16.3 16th 149.0 121.3 average 123%
Archerfield Airport 29.7 0.0 34.2 1st 20.1 0.0 18.3 9th 220.2 153.5 high 143%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 29.4   33.5 1st 18.6   14.9 14th 139.8
Beerburrum Forest Station 28.6 -1.0 32.8 1st 19.7 -0.1 17.3 9th 568.0 205.4 v high 277%
Brisbane 29.3 -0.6 34.4 1st 20.9 -0.4 19.5 7th 274.8 142.5 v high 193%
Brisbane Aero 28.4 -0.6 31.1 1st 20.8 -0.3 18.8 4th 284.6 128.5 v high 221%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.2 +0.4 29.6 28th 22.3 +0.3 19.9 3rd 134.0 156.2 average 86%
Coolangatta 27.8 -0.4 29.5 9th 20.5 -0.3 18.6 8th 391.8 178.4 high 220%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 27.6 -0.1 30.3 1st 22.4 -0.1 19.8 4th 87.8 165.1 average 53%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.4 -0.2 30.2 9th 21.2 -0.6 18.8 1st 345.2 177.7 v high 194%
Gympie 29.8 -0.6 35.5 1st 19.6 0.0 16.3 9th 300.8 168.9 high 178%
Hervey Bay Airport 30.3 +0.3 32.6 1st 21.6 -0.4 19.1 16th 137.8 144.6 average 95%
Jimna Forestry 26.1 -1.1 31.3 1st 17.2 -0.2 13.0 9th 262.0 135.8 high 193%
Kingaroy Airport 28.9 -0.7 32.0 1st 17.2 -0.5 14.0 16th 93.6 94.8 average 99%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 28.4 -0.9 33.2 1st 20.3 -0.1 15.4 4th 247.4 164.3 high 151%
Maleny Tamarind St 25.4 -0.9 30.0 1st 18.3 -0.4 15.9 7th 601.9 322.4 high 187%
Maryborough 30.7 +0.5 34.3 22nd 20.7 +0.1 18.9 8th 140.8 173.5 average 81%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 28.1   31.0 1st 20.3   18.0 9th 494.0
Rainbow Beach 28.4 -0.3 31.8 22nd       175.0 211.8 average 83%
Redcliffe 28.0 -0.8 30.6 22nd 21.5 -0.2 19.9 4th 346.4 133.6 v high 259%
Sunshine Coast Airport 29.2 +0.5 31.7 22nd 21.2 0.0 17.9 9th 426.6 198.1 v high 215%
Tewantin RSL Park 28.1 -0.3 31.1 22nd 21.7 -0.2 19.9 3rd 328.8 234.7 high 140%
University of Queensland Gatton 30.3 -0.4 33.9 1st 18.2 -0.8 15.4 7th 80.4 100.0 average 80%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 25.0 -0.3 28.9 8th 14.9 -0.1 10.0 1st 78.8 83.8 average 94%
Dalby Airport 31.6 +0.3 34.0 23rd 17.4 -1.1 11.6 1st 49.4 78.7 average 63%
Goondiwindi Airport 32.8 +0.2 36.5 9th 18.8 -1.0 14.1 1st 43.1 72.8 average 59%
Oakey Aero 30.1 +0.2 33.0 1st 17.0 -0.6 11.0 1st 48.6 81.2 average 60%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 25.2 -1.2 29.7 8th 15.6 0.0 9.0 1st 61.7 85.0 average 73%
Texas Post Office 31.9 -0.7 35.7 9th 17.7 -0.6 13.2 1st 42.4 76.0 average 56%
Toowoomba Airport 26.9 -0.3 29.9 1st 16.8 -0.7 12.8 7th 39.0 107.4 low 36%
Warwick 28.3 -1.1 31.4 8th 16.4 -0.6 12.0 1st 54.2 64.2 average 84%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 32.2 -0.3 35.1 24th 18.8 -1.1 14.5 1st 14.8 68.8 low 22%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 32.1 0.0 36.9 24th 18.0 -1.1 12.1 2nd 24.2 88.1 low 27%
Mitchell Post Office 33.6 +0.7 38.0 28th 18.5 -1.0 11.0 1st 51.8 72.4 average 72%
Roma Airport 33.2 +0.6 37.4 24th 18.2 -1.9 11.5 1st 30.8 87.1 low 35%
St George Airport 34.9 +1.5 38.9 9th 21.6 +0.6 13.9 1st 12.6 63.8 low 20%
Surat 33.8 +0.4 37.1 9th 19.9 -0.4 12.4 1st 61.2 74.5 average 82%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 35.8 +1.5 40.4 28th 22.2 +1.2 14.5 1st 24.8 53.8 average 46%
Charleville Aero 36.2 +2.4 40.7 25th 21.3 0.0 13.9 1st 0 69.0 lowest 0%
Cunnamulla Post Office 36.9 +2.1 41.5 16th 22.8 +1.1 17.5 1st 66.6 51.7 high 129%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 39.9 +2.9 44.0 23rd 25.2 +0.9 20.0 2nd 6.0 25.2 average 24%
Thargomindah Airport 38.3 +2.3 42.7 10th 24.7 +0.7 17.3 1st 18.0 52.5 average 34%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 28.6 +0.5 31.1 1st 23.3 +0.1 20.4 3rd 66.0 249.8 low 26%
Willis Island 30.6 +0.2 32.2 3rd 26.3 +0.6 24.4 13th 142.0 224.1 average 63%

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 3 pm on Sunday 1 March 2015. 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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