Queensland in August 2014: Above average rainfall; cool in the west 

Rainfall during August was above average for almost all of Queensland, tending well above average in some areas. A surface trough and associated rainband tracked southeast over central and southeastern Queensland during mid-August, with widespread falls recorded over most of the southern and central interior, the southeast and along the east coast. Several sites had their highest August daily rainfall on record, including Cunnamulla and Charleville in the Warrego district. Some moderate to heavy rainfall totals were recorded in the southeast coast near the end of the month due to a complex low pressure system off the Fraser Coast. Thunderstorm activity over the greater southeast area at the end of the month produced some isolated moderate falls in the southeast.  

Cooler than average days were experienced in a large part of the western half of Queensland, especially along the Northern Territory border. Warmer than average daytime temperatures were recorded in far northern Queensland, while the remainder of the State recorded close to average maximum temperatures.

Minimum temperatures were more than 1C above average in the southeast quarter and parts of northern and inland Queensland. Cooler than average nights were recorded in the west, with the coolest anomalies observed along the Northern Territory border. Close to average minima were observed elsewhere.
  • Above average rainfall across most of the State
  • Warm nights in the northeast and southeast
  • Cool days across western Queensland

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Extremes in August 2014
Hottest day 34.0 C at Weipa Aero on the 24th
Warmest days on average 32.2 C at Scherger RAAF
Coolest days on average 15.9 C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 9.8 C at Applethorpe
and Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 18th
Coldest night -4.7 C at Mitchell Post Office on the 3rd
Coolest nights on average 3.5 C at Applethorpe and Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Warmest nights on average 23.9 C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 24.7 C at Horn Island on the 24th
Warmest on average overall 27.0 C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 9.7 C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 281.4 mm at Noosaville
Wettest day 110.8 mm at South Stradbroke Island on the 17th
Highest wind gust 98 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse 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 August daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in August 2014 (mm)
Previous wettest
for August
Years of
record
Cunnamulla Post Office 58.2 on the 16th 47.5 on the 7th in 1954 130
Charleville Aero 52.0 on the 16th 45.8 on the 29th in 1993 73
Gue 15.0 on the 16th 14.0 on the 2nd in 2005 57
Carneys Creek The Ranch 61.4 on the 17th 49.2 on the 22nd in 2002 42
Upper Mudgeeraba Water 91.0 on the 17th 69.2 on the 23rd in 1988 40
Wallen 59.8 on the 16th 34.6 on the 16th in 1985 40
Allambie 46.0 on the 16th 43.0 on the 29th in 1993 26
Glencoe 54.2 on the 16th 53.0 on the 29th in 1998 22
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 91.2 on the 17th 78.7 on the 11th in 2010 22



Record highest total August rainfall
Total rainfall
for August 2014 (mm)
Previous wettest
for August
Years of
record
Average for
August
Rocky Point Sugar Mill 194.6 192.8 in 1962 57 55.3
Miami Bardon Ave 207.2 195.4 in 2007 47 56.0
Wallen 71.6 61.8 in 1985 40 15.0
Fraser Island Eurong 223.8 141.1 in 1989 28 56.6
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 134.0 123.1 in 2002 22 48.9
Ormiston College 151.6 149.0 in 1998 20 52.2

Highest total August rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for August 2014 (mm)
Most recent August
at least this wet
Years since
wetter
Average for
August
Camooweal Township 12.0 29.2 in 1966 48 2.8
Oxenford (Oberon Way) 154.8 187.6 in 1962* 47 46.0
Charleville Aero 66.8 72.8 in 1978 36 19.8
Hungerford 44.8 52.0 in 1983 31 14.3
Cunnamulla Post Office 59.8 62.6 in 1985 29 17.3
Glenorie 43.8 56.8 in 1987* 26 19.9
Mt Alford 77.8 100.6 in 1966* 21 33.1
Allambie 48.0 53.2 in 1985* 20 14.4
Listowel Downs 30.2 57.4 in 1993* 20 15.5

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




Record lowest August mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for August 2014 (C)
Previous coolest
for August
Years of
record
Average for
August
Cloncurry Airport 27.0 27.4 in 1978 20 28.9

Lowest August mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for August 2014 (C)
Most recent August
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
August
Camooweal Township 26.5 25.6 in 1966* 47 28.4
Mount Isa Aero 25.8 24.9 in 1989 25 27.4

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




Lowest August mean temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily
temperature
for August 2014 (C)
Most recent August
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
August
Camooweal Township 17.9 16.9 in 1976* 37 19.7

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




Summary statistics for August 2014
Maximum temperatures
for August
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for August
(C)
Rainfall
for August
(millimetres)
Mean for
August
2014
Diff
from
average
Highest for
August
2014
Mean for
August
2014
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
August
2014
Total for
August
2014
Average
for
August
Rank of
August
2014
Fraction of
August
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 30.1 +0.4 33.1 17th 23.9 +0.3 22.5 9th 22.4 9.1 high 246%
Coen Airport 30.3 +0.5 32.8 16th 16.9 -0.1 11.0 28th 0 2.5 v low 0%
Horn Island 29.3 +0.3 30.3 17th 23.5 +0.6 21.1 18th 3.0 5.1 average 59%
Scherger RAAF 32.2   33.8 27th 19.3   15.1 18th 0.4 9.6 low 4%
Weipa Aero 31.8 -0.2 34.0 24th 19.3 +0.7 15.3 18th 0 5.8 lowest 0%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 28.0 +0.3 30.2 17th 21.1 +1.9 16.8 28th 11.0 28.5 average 39%
Palmerville 31.3 0.0 33.0 24th 14.2 -0.3 9.0 18th 6.4 3.4 high 188%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 30.3 -0.2 33.3 1st 14.6 -0.5 9.2 17th 0 0.5 v low 0%
Century Mine 29.1 -1.8 33.0 1st 13.7 +0.4 9.1 19th 0 0.5 v low 0%
Cloncurry Airport 27.0 -1.9 30.4 23rd 12.5 +0.4 7.2 18th 0 3.0 lowest 0%
Julia Creek Airport 28.2 -1.5 31.5 23rd 9.6 0.0 3.0 16th 3.4 3.8 average 89%
Kowanyama Airport 32.0 -0.2 33.5 24th 16.4 +0.2 10.8 19th 0.4 2.4 high 17%
Lake Julius AWS 27.4   30.9 31st 14.9   10.3 5th 0
Mornington Island Airport 26.7   30.1 24th 16.8   12.2 17th 0.2
Mount Isa Aero 25.8 -1.6 29.9 31st 10.1 -0.1 1.2 5th 0.6 3.5 average 17%
Normanton Airport 30.8 -0.8 33.3 1st 16.7 0.0 12.3 17th 0.4 0.8 average 50%
Sweers Island 26.4 -0.5 28.8 25th 18.1 -0.4 12.6 22nd 0.1 1.7 average 6%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 29.7 -0.6 31.8 23rd 14.8 +1.4 6.7 18th 0 2.4 v low 0%
Hughenden Airport 26.6 -1.5 29.5 1st 11.2 +1.0 4.2 19th 5.2 8.9 average 58%
Richmond Airport 27.7 -1.4 31.3 23rd 10.0 +0.2 2.2 17th 0.6 5.2 average 12%
Richmond Post Office 27.6 -1.0 30.9 22nd 10.6 +0.5 2.1 18th 5.7 4.2 high 136%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 26.6 0.0 28.5 1st 17.2 -0.2 10.5 28th 31.8 26.7 high 119%
Cairns Racecourse 26.4   28.4 1st 16.3   10.2 29th 26.4
Cape Flattery 27.2 -0.1 29.0 16th 21.8 +0.8 20.6 16th 1.8 16.7 v low 11%
Cooktown Airport 26.6 -0.5 28.9 16th 18.9 +0.7 12.2 27th 11.4 16.2 average 70%
Low Isles Lighthouse 25.4 -1.3 27.9 1st 20.9 +0.2 19.6 9th 43.8 37.1 high 118%
Mareeba Airport 25.3 -0.9 29.7 16th 14.0 +0.3 8.8 27th 8.2 9.2 high 89%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cape Ferguson NTC AWS 22.5   25.1 27th 17.7   13.7 28th
Cardwell Marine Pde 24.9 -1.0 26.0 31st 16.1 +1.8 10.2 28th 30.2 29.2 average 103%
Ingham Composite 25.5 -0.7 28.5 16th 14.9 +0.6 8.5 29th 45.7 38.1 average 120%
Innisfail 24.7 -0.4 27.2 2nd 16.6 +1.1 12.0 28th 115.4 116.6 average 99%
Lucinda Point 23.3 -0.7 25.0 2nd 19.2 +0.3 15.9 19th 21.2 26.1 average 81%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 24.7 -0.5 27.2 16th 15.8 +0.3 9.9 28th 159.0 87.8 high 181%
Townsville Aero 26.2 +0.2 28.4 2nd 15.0 +0.3 11.2 20th 47.0 16.1 v high 292%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 24.0 -1.0 25.5 27th 14.1 -1.2 8.9 28th 47.0 16.0 high 294%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 26.2 0.0 28.9 2nd 12.7 0.0 7.3 28th 46.6 15.9 high 293%
Bowen Airport 25.3 -0.1 27.7 2nd 14.8 +0.7 9.4 28th 41.4 22.9 high 181%
Hamilton Island Airport 22.1 -0.7 23.6 1st 18.0 -0.2 16.4 20th 58.6 21.2 high 276%
Mackay Aero 23.7 0.0 25.4 1st 12.3 +0.4 7.0 28th 49.6 35.1 high 141%
Mackay M.O 22.2 -0.4 24.9 1st 14.3 +0.3 9.9 20th 57.2 30.9 high 185%
Proserpine Airport 25.4 -0.3 28.5 1st 11.5 -0.1 4.5 28th 32.0 26.1 high 123%
Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS 21.4   24.2 23rd 15.4   12.7 20th
Samuel Hill Aero 23.2 -0.6 25.8 27th 11.0 +1.9 4.5 20th 25.4 40.3 average 63%
St Lawrence 25.5 +0.5 27.3 25th 11.3 +0.2 7.3 20th 34.0 29.8 average 114%
Williamson 24.9 -0.1 27.0 25th 10.9 +0.6 5.3 20th 24.6 27.6 average 89%
Woolshed 22.9 -0.4 24.9 24th 11.4 -0.9 5.7 19th 24.8 14.7 high 169%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 22.5 +0.4 25.7 27th 13.3 +0.7 7.9 20th 29.8 36.4 average 82%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 26.3 -0.4 28.9 1st 12.0 -0.3 8.4 20th 8.4 17.5 average 48%
Moranbah Airport 25.3   29.4 1st 9.0   4.1 27th 37.8
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 25.0   28.3 1st 10.3   6.2 3rd 38.2
Clermont Airport 24.6   28.6 1st 6.9   2.1 27th 46.2
Emerald Airport 24.8 -0.6 28.5 1st 10.4 +0.5 6.5 19th 25.8 22.3 average 116%
Lochington 24.5   28.6 1st 8.0   2.1 3rd 42.0
Rolleston Airport 24.1   28.2 1st 7.6   1.1 3rd 17.4
Springsure Comet St 23.4 -0.6 27.4 1st 7.8 +0.3 2.4 30th 20.4 24.0 average 85%
Tambo Post Office 23.1 -0.5 27.4 1st 5.0 -0.1 0.0 3rd 40.2 18.7 high 215%
Taroom Post Office 23.6 +0.5 29.4 1st 7.3 +0.8 -1.2 3rd 19.7 28.0 average 70%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 24.3 -0.7 28.3 1st 10.6 +1.1 6.1 17th 51.5 16.0 v high 322%
Blackall Airport 23.9 -1.5 27.8 1st 8.4 +0.9 3.1 19th 22.4 13.2 high 170%
Isisford Post Office 24.9 -0.3 28.6 31st 8.6 +0.6 3.6 19th 15.0 12.0 high 125%
Longreach Aero 25.4 -0.7 28.5 31st 9.6 +1.1 5.0 17th 26.6 11.2 high 238%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 26.5 -1.9 31.4 31st 9.2 -1.7 3.2 5th 12.0 2.8 v high 429%
Carters Bore 24.8   29.1 31st 12.0   3.3 4th 0
New May Downs 25.5   29.8 23rd 11.4   4.3 5th 0.2
The Monument Airport 24.9 -2.2 29.8 31st 7.6 -1.4 2.8 20th 0.2 1.9 average 11%
Trepell Airport 25.7 -1.8 29.6 31st 8.8 -0.8 5.3 20th 0.4 2.7 average 15%
Urandangi Aerodrome 25.2   30.7 31st 5.9   2.2 20th 12.8
Winton Airport 26.4 -1.5 29.5 31st 10.3 +0.7 4.9 17th 6.8 8.2 average 83%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 23.7 -2.2 28.5 30th 7.6 -1.6 3.6 3rd 0 6.8 lowest 0%
Birdsville Airport 23.0 -1.8 27.7 24th 7.2 -1.6 1.4 4th 0 3.5 v low 0%
Boulia Airport     29.3 31st 9.5 0.0 6.0 14th 0 6.1 lowest 0%
Windorah Post Office 23.2 -0.9 28.7 31st 7.5 -0.6 2.8 13th 29.0 9.8 v high 296%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 23.7 +0.3 27.1 1st 11.5 +0.7 8.2 19th 62.4 34.8 high 179%
Gayndah Airport 23.7 -1.0 28.4 1st 9.7 +2.1 2.0 3rd 30.2 26.6 average 114%
Gladstone Airport 24.0 +0.2 27.2 1st 13.4 +0.8 10.2 19th 42.6 34.8 average 122%
Gladstone Radar 24.5 +0.3 28.4 1st 14.6 +0.3 11.7 28th 36.0 32.1 average 112%
Lady Elliot Island 22.1 +0.2 24.4 1st 17.3 +0.1 12.5 31st 46.2 57.6 average 80%
Monto Township 22.5 -0.5 26.7 1st 7.5 +1.1 -0.8 3rd 49.5 25.1 high 197%
Rockhampton Aero 25.2 +0.4 28.1 31st 12.3 +1.6 7.4 20th 34.2 28.2 high 121%
Rundle Island 21.1 -0.1 23.4 17th 16.7 -0.1 14.4 28th
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 22.0 -0.3 24.1 1st 15.2 +0.2 13.0 28th 112.2 63.4 high 177%
Seventeen Seventy 21.8 -0.3 24.7 1st 14.5 0.0 12.2 19th 62.3 45.7 average 136%
Thangool Airport 24.2 -0.7 28.2 1st 7.2 +0.8 1.6 3rd 39.0 23.4 high 167%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 22.8 +0.1 29.2 1st 6.5 +0.3 0.5 3rd 49.4 29.0 high 170%
Archerfield Airport 22.9 +0.3 29.7 1st 9.2 +1.2 4.2 3rd 81.8 37.8 v high 216%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 22.1   28.2 1st 7.9   1.7 3rd 57.4
Beerburrum Forest Station 21.9 -1.4 28.2 1st 9.9 +0.6 5.7 8th 132.8 46.0 v high 289%
Brisbane 22.7 -0.5 28.5 1st 11.9 +1.3 9.0 7th 93.2 42.1 high 221%
Brisbane Aero 21.7 -0.2 29.1 1st 10.9 +1.3 8.1 7th 96.0 41.2 high 233%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 19.9 +0.2 22.4 10th 14.6 +0.7 11.3 3rd
Coolangatta 21.6 +0.2 24.5 31st 11.2 +0.8 5.7 18th 180.0 59.7 high 302%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 20.4 -0.3 26.6 1st 15.1 +0.5 11.7 28th 161.2 63.4 v high 254%
Gold Coast Seaway 21.6 -0.3 25.5 1st 13.0 +0.6 10.6 30th 173.0 62.6 v high 276%
Gympie 22.4 -1.0 27.8 1st 8.8 +1.8 2.8 3rd 82.8 40.5 high 204%
Hervey Bay Airport 22.3 -0.3 24.2 1st 11.5 +1.0 6.7 19th 203.4 64.3 high 316%
Kingaroy Airport 20.2 -1.4 25.5 1st 5.8 +1.8 -1.6 3rd 44.2 29.8 high 148%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 22.2 -0.4 29.0 1st 11.1 +1.8 7.3 3rd 134.0 48.9 highest 274%
Maleny Tamarind St 18.9 -1.4 24.6 1st 9.7 -0.2 6.0 3rd 230.2 64.6 v high 356%
Maryborough 23.1 -0.3 27.5 1st 10.8 +1.5 7.2 19th 179.2 41.6 v high 431%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 21.6   26.9 1st 11.6   7.8 7th 148.6
Rainbow Beach 21.5 -0.7 26.5 1st       253.6 94.1 v high 270%
Redcliffe 21.0 -1.1 28.3 1st 12.3 +1.0 9.4 30th 117.2 44.8 high 262%
Sunshine Coast Airport 21.9 -0.1 28.4 1st 11.2 +1.4 6.1 7th 209.6 79.1 v high 265%
Tewantin RSL Park 21.4 -0.8 27.5 1st 12.4 +0.8 8.4 18th 235.4 93.1 v high 253%
Toolara (Kelly) 21.8 -1.8 26.0 1st 12.2 +0.1 9.1 28th 214.8 78.7 high 273%
University of Queensland Gatton 22.5 +0.1 28.5 1st 7.4 +0.7 1.0 3rd 56.8 27.0 v high 210%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 15.9 +0.3 20.4 31st 3.5 +0.7 -2.9 7th 63.2 41.4 high 153%
Dalby Airport 20.9 -0.9 26.7 1st 5.5 +0.8 -2.5 3rd 27.8 23.7 high 117%
Goondiwindi Airport 21.3 -0.2 25.1 1st 6.1 +0.6 0.4 3rd 27.0 29.4 average 92%
Oakey Aero 20.1 -0.3 25.8 1st 4.5 +0.9 -2.9 2nd 28.2 26.2 average 108%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 16.0 -0.4 21.1 31st 3.5 +1.5 -3.0 3rd 54.1 42.4 high 128%
Texas Post Office 21.0 +0.1 25.0 1st 5.8 +1.3 1.5 8th 49.8 33.6 high 148%
Toowoomba Airport 17.6 -1.0 23.5 1st 7.5 0.0 3.5 2nd 30.2 32.5 average 93%
Warwick 19.1 -0.9 25.2 1st 6.0 +2.9 -1.7 7th 45.4 24.3 high 187%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 21.7 -1.0 27.2 1st 6.1 +0.9 -3.7 3rd 28.2 33.3 average 85%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 22.1 -0.3 27.4 1st 5.3 +0.9 -4.4 3rd 28.6 25.2 average 113%
Mitchell Post Office 21.7 -0.1 26.6 1st 4.3 +0.4 -4.7 3rd 65.0 23.6 v high 275%
Roma Airport 21.9 -0.7 27.5 1st 5.1 +0.3 -4.2 3rd 58.2 23.9 v high 244%
St George Airport 21.1 -1.1 25.1 1st 6.2 0.0 -1.9 3rd 31.6 20.0 high 158%
Surat 21.7 -0.1 26.9 1st 6.1 +0.5 -3.5 3rd 48.4 27.2 high 178%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 20.8 -0.7 24.5 10th 6.3 +0.7 -1.0 3rd 25.1 21.9 average 115%
Charleville Aero 21.6 -0.4 25.3 1st 6.4 +0.5 0.0 3rd 66.8 19.8 v high 337%
Cunnamulla Post Office 21.1 -0.3 24.8 10th 7.3 +0.2 1.0 3rd 59.8 17.3 v high 346%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 22.1 -1.6 26.7 31st 8.1 -1.0 3.0 14th 13.4 6.2 high 216%
Thargomindah Airport 21.0 -2.0 25.5 31st 8.0 -0.2 1.6 3rd 35.6 9.2 v high 387%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Frederick Reef 22.7   24.0 1st 20.6   18.0 7th
Middle Percy Island 21.0 -0.6 23.4 1st 16.4 -0.2 14.9 21st 52.2 30.4 high 172%
Willis Island 25.9 -0.4 27.4 16th 22.5 +0.6 20.7 10th 4.8 23.1 low 21%

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 Monday 1 September 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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