Queensland in March 2015: Hot across the State; tropical cyclone Nathan makes landfall

Queensland had its warmest March on record in 2015, with the statewide mean temperature a record 2.25 C above average. There were two periods of particularly hot weather: one that affected the west at the start of the month, and another that peaked in the west and south on the 19th and 20th. Rainfall was below average for most of the State, despite localised heavy rain from tropical cyclone Nathan.

  • Record high Queensland mean March temperature
  • Record high mean March maximum temperatures
  • Record high mean March minimum temperatures
  • First time a Queensland station has recorded a mean maximum temperature at or above 40.0 C
  • Exceptional autumn hot spell, peaking on the 19th and 20th
  • Dry conditions across most of the state, apart from the far northern Cape York Peninsula
  • Tropical cyclone Nathan made landfall on the 20th between Cape Melville and Cape Flattery

Queensland had its warmest March on record in 2015, with the statewide mean temperature a record 2.25 C above average, exceeding the previous record from 1933 by 0.36 C. The statewide mean daily maximum temperature was also a record at 2.88 C above average (0.21 C above the previous record from 1915); as was the statewide mean daily minimum temperature at 1.62 C above average (0.15 C above the previous record from 2007). Hot conditions were experienced across much of western Queensland at the beginning of March, before heat retreated to parts of the far northwest on the 5th. Extreme heat again extended southwards from the 17th, as a northwest airflow developed across the State. A significantly hot air mass formed ahead of a surface trough entering Queensland from the southwest, with the most widespread and extreme heat occurred on the 19th and 20th. The northwest, central west and southern parts of Queensland were the most affected, with numerous high temperature records set. Birdsville recorded 46.5 C on the 19th, the highest temperature ever recorded in Australia in the second half of March. The 19th was also Queensland's hottest March day on record, 38.73 C in area-averaged terms, surpassing the previous record of 38.41 C set on 1 March 1923. See Special Climate Statement 51. It is the first time a Queensland station has recorded a mean monthly maximum temperature above 40.0 C in March (Julia Creek with 40.5 C, Century Mine with 40.2 C and Winton with  40.5 C).

The mean rainfall across the State was 47% below the historical average. A large expanse of Queensland experienced well below average rainfall during March. Only parts of the Cape York Peninsula, and isolated pockets across inland Queensland recorded above average falls. The generally low rainfall came despite some localised very heavy falls associated with tropical cyclone Nathan. On the 10th, a low pressure system located about 500 km northeast of Cooktown developed into a tropical cyclone, and was named Nathan early on the 11th.  Heavy rain fell between Cooktown and Cairns and across far north Queensland as the system approached the coast, with the highest daily rainfall totals recorded to 9am on the 13th, including Hazelmere with 260 mm, and Weipa with a new high daily rainfall total for March, with 244.8 mm. The system briefly tracked eastwards away from the coast, before being steered westwards towards the north tropical coast on the 18th. The system re-intensified as it neared the coast, making landfall between Cape Melville and Cape Flattery as a category 4 system early on the 20th. Moderate rainfall totals were recorded along the north tropical coast, but northern inland areas suffering long term rainfall deficiencies failed to record any significant falls.

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Extremes in March 2015
Hottest day 46.5 C at Birdsville Airport on the 19th
Warmest days on average 40.5 C at Julia Creek Airport
Coolest days on average 26.5 C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 22.0 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 11th
Coldest night 7.9 C at Injune Post Office on the 7th
Coolest nights on average 14.7 C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 27.4 C at Sweers Island
Warmest night 31.9 C at Boulia Airport on the 5th
Warmest on average overall 32.8 C at Cloncurry Airport
Coolest on average overall 20.6 C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 648.0 mm at Hazelmere
Wettest day 260.0 mm at Hazelmere on the 13th
Strongest wind gust 167 km/h at Cape Flattery on the 20th

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Record highest March daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Weipa Aero 244.8 on the 13th 223.0 on the 6th in 1996 23



Highest March total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Years since
higher
Average for
March
Carnarvon Station 174.6 297.0 in 1990* 22 65.5

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




Record lowest March total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Tuan Creek Forest Stn 14.3 14.8 in 1980 68 163.3
Teddington Waterworks 11.3 15.5 in 1980 65 133.9
Ayr DPI Research Stn 2.2 4.4 in 1991 63 150.9
Miami Bardon Ave 7.0 14.6 in 1980 45 186.6
Embreys Bridge 1.8 11.6 in 1986 38 57.8
Brisbane RPA Hospital 3.4 8.0 in 2005 27 97.6
Corbould Pk Racecourse 30.0 69.0 in 2005 27 212.6
Hamilton Island 20.8 53.2 in 2005 25 282.5
Crystal Brook 16.2 44.8 in 2005 22 192.6

Lowest March total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Years since
lower
Average for
March
Goomboorian 16.5 12.4 in 1942* 71 163.8
Mulgrave Mill 90.0 88.4 in 1942* 35 420.2
Toolara Forestry 17.6 14.2 in 1980 35 161.6
Kenilworth Township 10.8 7.6 in 1980* 34 172.5
Maleny Tamarind St 36.6 24.0 in 1980* 34 286.6
Peachester 47.9 15.0 in 1980* 33 230.2
Thangool Airport 2.6 2.2 in 1986* 28 62.1
Mutarnee Store 53.6 43.0 in 1988 27 322.2
Palmerville 39.0 17.4 in 1991* 23 179.6
Home Hill Post Office 4.0 1.4 in 1993 22 150.3
Burdekin Shire Council 6.8 3.2 in 1992* 21 175.0

* 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
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Richmond Post Office 42.4 on the 20th 42.3 on the 1st in 1923 122 34.9
Charleville Aero 43.3 on the 20th 40.7 on the 2nd in 2009 73 32.0
Bollon Mary St 43.2 on the 20th 41.7 on the 2nd in 1985 59 32.0
Tambo Post Office 42.0 on the 20th 40.5 on the 2nd in 1985 59 32.4
Taroom Post Office 42.2 on the 20th 42.0 on the 12th in 2007 59 31.6
Isisford Post Office 44.6 on the 20th 43.5 on the 4th in 1985 57 34.2
Barcaldine Post Office 42.2 on the 20th 41.3 on the 3rd in 1985 54 33.2
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 34.2 on the 20th = 34.2 on the 17th in 1998 54 24.9
Surat 41.9 on the 20th 40.4 on the 15th in 1998 52 31.8
Mount Isa Aero 41.4 on the 20th 40.9 on the 1st in 1985 49 34.2
Injune Post Office 41.7 on the 20th 40.1 on the 12th in 2007 48 30.8
Mitchell Post Office 42.1 on the 20th 41.0 on the 3rd in 2009 46 31.1
Oakey Aero 38.7 on the 20th 38.0 on the 12th in 2007 42 28.6
Dalby Airport 40.2 on the 20th 39.7 on the 12th in 2007 24 30.1
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 37.5 on the 5th 35.5 on the 22nd in 2011 23 28.3
Roma Airport 42.9 on the 20th 40.1 on the 15th in 1998 23 31.3
Cloncurry Airport 42.5 on the 19th 41.5 on the 10th in 2004 22 35.6
Goondiwindi Airport 41.8 on the 20th 39.9 on the 12th in 2007 22 30.9
Sunshine Coast Airport 36.2 on the 19th 33.8 on the 1st in 2009 21 27.7
Tewantin RSL Park 35.1 on the 19th = 35.1 on the 11th in 2007 20 27.4



Record highest March mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Richmond Post Office 38.8 = 38.8 in 1915 121 34.9
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.8 27.7 in 2007 101 26.0
Isisford Post Office 39.0 38.9 in 1933 98 34.2
Townsville Aero 33.1 32.3 in 2005 74 30.7
Taroom Post Office 34.9 = 34.9 in 1998 62 31.6
Ayr DPI Research Stn 32.8 32.2 in 2001 58 30.8
Collinsville Post Office 35.0 34.1 in 2005 57 31.9
Mackay M.O 30.8 30.5 in 1987 55 28.6
Longreach Aero 39.1 38.2 in 1998 49 34.5
Mount Isa Aero 38.3 37.3 in 2013 48 34.2
Mackay Aero 31.2 30.8 in 2005 28 29.2
Coolangatta 28.6 28.4 in 2007 26 27.2
Bowen Airport 32.4 32.1 in 2005 25 30.7
Proserpine Airport 32.5 31.9 in 2005 25 30.1
Charters Towers Airport 34.6 34.4 in 1993 22 31.9
Cloncurry Airport 39.7 38.7 in 2005 21 35.6
Gladstone Airport 31.3 = 31.3 in 2007 21 29.7
Sunshine Coast Airport 30.2 28.9 in 2014 20 27.7

Highest March mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(C)
Most recent
higher
Years since
higher
Average for
March
Boulia Airport 39.4 39.8 in 1915* 99 35.4
Barcaldine Post Office 37.1 37.6 in 1933* 77 33.2
Tambo Post Office 36.3 =36.3 in 1942 73 32.4
Ingham Composite 32.3 32.4 in 1976* 38 30.7
Kowanyama Airport 34.1 =34.1 in 1978 37 32.8
Camooweal Township 38.8 39.0 in 1986* 28 35.2
Cairns Aero 31.7 32.5 in 1993 22 30.6
Low Isles Lighthouse 31.8 32.7 in 1993 22 30.8

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




Record highest March daily minimum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Boulia Airport 31.9 on the 5th 31.1 on the 5th in 1958 121 21.8
Isisford Post Office 29.4 on the 3rd = 29.4 on the 2nd in 1962 57 20.3
Longreach Aero 28.5 on the 21st 27.1 on the 11th in 1998 50 20.3
Texas Post Office 23.4 on the 21st = 23.4 on the 6th in 1980 44 15.9
Mackay Aero 26.9 on the 11th 26.7 on the 16th in 2000 29 21.9
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 24.9 on the 21st = 24.9 on the 26th in 2001 23 18.9
Cloncurry Airport 30.4 on the 31st 30.3 on the 1st in 2013 22 22.6
Goondiwindi Airport 24.8 on the 21st 24.0 on the 1st in 2001 22 17.1
Brisbane Aero 25.0 on the 21st 24.7 on the 26th in 2001 20 19.5
Warwick 21.7 on the 21st 21.4 on the 26th in 2001 20 14.9



Record lowest March temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Horn Island 21.1 on the 13th 22.2 on the 21st in 1997 21 25.0



Record highest March mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Boulia Airport 24.8 24.7 in 1923 120 21.8
Cardwell Marine Pde 23.5 = 23.5 in 1999 106 22.0
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 22.8 = 22.8 in 1998 101 21.2
Barcaldine Post Office 24.0 23.7 in 1933 97 20.8
Lady Elliot Island 24.9 24.6 in 2001 75 23.4
Rockhampton Aero 22.4 = 22.4 in 2001 75 20.8
Townsville Aero 24.6 24.3 in 1983 74 22.9
Cairns Aero 24.0 = 24.0 in 2011 72 23.1
Double Island Point Lighthouse 23.1 22.8 in 2007 72 21.8
Gladstone Radar 22.8 = 22.8 in 1995 57 21.5
Mackay M.O 23.5 23.4 in 2011 55 22.3
Longreach Aero 24.0 22.7 in 1983 49 20.3
Archerfield Airport 20.2 20.1 in 2001 39 18.3
Coolangatta 20.7 = 20.7 in 2001 27 19.6
Seventeen Seventy 23.3 23.1 in 2001 27 21.5
Lucinda Point 26.0 25.6 in 2005 25 24.7
Emerald Airport 21.8 21.5 in 2001 22 20.2
Gold Coast Seaway 22.1 22.0 in 1997 22 20.7
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 20.3 20.0 in 2010 22 18.9
Cloncurry Airport 26.0 24.9 in 2013 21 22.6

Highest March mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(C)
Most recent
higher
Years since
higher
Average for
March
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 23.1 23.2 in 1925* 89 21.7
Tambo Post Office 20.7 21.5 in 1933 82 17.6
Isisford Post Office 24.2 24.4 in 1933* 80 20.3
Amberley AMO 19.1 =19.1 in 1982 33 17.7
Applethorpe 14.7 15.0 in 1982* 31 13.3
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 15.4 15.7 in 1982* 28 13.8
Mount Isa Aero 23.7 24.4 in 1988 27 21.8
Richmond Post Office 23.5 23.9 in 1988 27 20.7
Charters Towers Airport 21.8 22.0 in 1995 20 20.8

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




Record highest March mean temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Richmond Post Office 31.2 30.9 in 1900 121 27.8
Boulia Airport 32.1 31.5 in 1923 118 28.6
Cunnamulla Post Office 28.2 = 28.2 in 1933 105 25.6
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 25.3 25.1 in 2007 101 23.6
Lady Elliot Island 27.7 27.6 in 1998 75 25.8
Townsville Aero 28.9 28.1 in 2001 74 26.8
Cairns Aero 27.9 27.6 in 1993 72 26.8
Charleville Aero 28.5 28.2 in 2007 72 25.3
Taroom Post Office 27.6 27.3 in 2001 62 24.9
Ayr DPI Research Stn 27.4 27.3 in 2001 58 26.1
Collinsville Post Office 28.2 27.7 in 1983 57 25.9
Mackay M.O 27.2 26.5 in 1987 55 25.4
Longreach Aero 31.5 29.8 in 1998 49 27.4
Mount Isa Aero 31.0 30.3 in 1986 48 28.0
Kowanyama Airport 29.0 = 29.0 in 1978 46 28.3
Archerfield Airport 25.4 25.3 in 1998 39 23.5
Mackay Aero 26.9 26.5 in 2004 28 25.6
Seventeen Seventy 26.5 = 26.5 in 2001 27 24.8
Coolangatta 24.7 24.3 in 1995 26 23.4
Bowen Airport 28.0 27.8 in 2005 25 26.7
Lucinda Point 28.0 = 28.0 in 1993 25 27.2
Proserpine Airport 27.2 26.7 in 2005 25 25.8
Dalby Airport 25.3 = 25.3 in 1998 23 23.2
Charters Towers Airport 28.2 27.8 in 1995 22 26.3
Emerald Airport 28.7 = 28.7 in 1998 22 26.4
Gold Coast Seaway 25.9 25.5 in 2007 22 24.2
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 24.9 = 24.9 in 1998 22 23.6
Cloncurry Airport 32.8 31.7 in 2013 21 29.1
Sunshine Coast Airport 25.5 24.8 in 2001 20 23.8

Highest March mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(C)
Most recent
higher
Years since
higher
Average for
March
Tambo Post Office 28.5 29.7 in 1933 82 25.0
Isisford Post Office 31.6 31.7 in 1933* 78 27.3
Barcaldine Post Office 30.6 30.7 in 1933* 77 27.0
Innisfail 27.2 =27.2 in 1950 65 26.0
Cardwell Marine Pde 27.5 28.1 in 1976* 38 26.3
Gympie 25.1 25.2 in 1976* 38 23.7
Ingham Composite 27.3 27.5 in 1976* 37 26.5
Camooweal Township 31.1 31.2 in 1990* 23 28.5
Low Isles Lighthouse 28.6 29.2 in 1993 22 27.9

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




Summary statistics for March 2015
Maximum temperatures
(C)
Minimum temperatures
(C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2015
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2015
Mean for
March
2015
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2015
Total for
March
2015
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2015
Fraction of
March
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 30.9 -0.7 34.1 31st 24.9 -0.8 22.2 11th 373.8 296.3 average 126%
Coen Airport 31.2 -0.2 34.0 18th 22.5 -0.8 20.3 23rd 335.6 276.4 average 121%
Horn Island 29.9 -0.5 32.0 31st 24.4 -0.6 21.1 13th 434.8 363.1 high 120%
Scherger RAAF 32.0   34.3 18th 23.2   20.7 29th 587.2 334.9 v high 175%
Weipa Aero 31.5 -0.3 33.4 30th 23.3 -0.5 20.9 29th 647.0 419.3 high 154%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.2 -0.4 33.0 15th 23.4 -0.1 21.4 27th 258.8 450.2 low 57%
Palmerville 33.4 +1.1 35.8 31st 21.8 0.0 18.6 27th 39.0 179.6 v low 22%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 38.1 +4.1 42.7 11th 24.7 +1.0 21.5 10th 8.6 146.3 v low 6%
Century Mine 40.2 +4.6 43.9 20th 24.9 +1.5 18.3 17th 23.8 77.0 average 31%
Cloncurry Airport 39.7 +4.1 42.5 19th 26.0 +3.4 20.1 17th 19.6 73.3 average 27%
Julia Creek Airport 40.5 +4.3 43.0 20th 24.2 +3.4 17.7 8th 17.8 60.8 average 29%
Kowanyama Airport 34.1 +1.3 36.3 31st 23.9 +0.1 21.7 12th 177.8 237.0 average 75%
Lake Julius AWS 39.3   42.9 19th 25.6   20.1 8th 41.6
Mornington Island Airport 33.6   37.3 15th 26.3   23.3 7th 49.8
Mount Isa Aero 38.3 +4.1 41.4 20th 23.7 +1.9 14.6 17th 4.2 62.7 v low 7%
Normanton Airport 37.0 +3.2 39.9 20th 25.6 +1.1 22.3 7th 16.2 132.7 v low 12%
Sweers Island 33.6 +1.5 35.6 20th 27.4 +1.6 24.2 3rd 75.8 232.8 low 33%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 35.0 +1.6 37.3 21st 22.4 +0.6 18.6 16th 56.8 109.2 average 52%
Hughenden Airport 37.7 +3.4 42.5 20th 23.9 +2.6 19.3 16th 26.2 28.8 high 91%
Richmond Airport 38.8 +3.3 43.2 20th 23.0 +1.9 18.0 16th 10.0 52.7 average 19%
Richmond Post Office 38.8 +3.9 42.4 20th 23.5 +2.8 18.1 16th 8.1 60.1 low 13%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 31.7 +1.1 34.6 9th 24.0 +0.9 20.1 16th 242.0 421.7 average 57%
Cairns Racecourse 31.6   33.7 9th 22.8   18.8 16th 260.2
Cape Flattery 30.9 -0.1 33.0 3rd 24.2 -0.3 20.9 16th 474.8 456.4 average 104%
Cooktown Airport 30.3 -0.1 32.6 16th 23.1 -0.7 18.9 18th 438.4 401.9 average 109%
Low Isles Lighthouse 31.8 +1.0 35.6 6th 25.3 +0.2 21.8 14th 234.0 435.7 low 54%
Mareeba Airport 30.2 +0.6 34.1 6th 20.5 0.0 17.7 16th 83.2 157.5 average 53%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 31.5 +0.8 33.4 6th 23.5 +1.5 20.6 16th 215.6 397.1 low 54%
Ingham Composite 32.3 +1.6 35.2 7th 22.4 +0.1 19.8 29th 126.3 381.0 low 33%
Innisfail 31.0 +1.2 32.8 16th 23.5 +1.4 20.8 16th 262.6 660.6 low 40%
Lucinda Point 30.1 +0.5 32.1 7th 26.0 +1.3 23.6 16th 44.4 143.2 low 31%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 30.8 +1.0 33.2 6th 22.5 +0.5 19.4 16th 297.8 614.4 low 48%
Townsville Aero 33.1 +2.4 35.5 6th 24.6 +1.7 21.0 16th 4.8 187.5 v low 3%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 31.8 +1.3 33.6 10th 25.1 +2.2 21.8 18th 18.4 119.9 v low 15%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 32.8 +2.0 36.1 6th 22.1 +0.7 20.0 16th 2.2 150.9 lowest 1%
Bowen Airport 32.4 +1.7 33.8 10th 23.6 +0.9 19.8 16th 5.2 118.5 low 4%
Collinsville Post Office 35.0 +3.1 37.8 20th 21.4 +1.4 18.2 15th 14.2 95.3 low 15%
Hamilton Island Airport 30.0 +1.6 32.5 6th 25.4 +1.4 23.4 23rd 15.8 238.0 v low 7%
Mackay Aero 31.2 +2.0 33.1 6th 22.6 +0.7 18.9 18th 54.2 238.4 low 23%
Mackay M.O 30.8 +2.2 33.4 6th 23.5 +1.2 20.4 18th 64.4 275.6 low 23%
Proserpine Airport 32.5 +2.4 35.8 6th 21.9 +0.4 19.4 16th 43.0 203.8 low 21%
St Lawrence 32.1 +1.6 33.6 6th 22.1 +0.7 19.1 15th 12.6 122.9 v low 10%
Williamson 31.6   33.3 6th 21.7   18.6 18th 42.6 105.7 average 40%
Woolshed 30.1 +2.6 33.4 6th 20.8 +1.2 18.7 10th 12.6 144.5 v low 9%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 29.3 +1.0 30.2 10th     20.0 19th 57.8 132.8 low 44%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 34.6 +2.7 38.4 6th 21.8 +1.0 19.6 14th 16.4 70.7 low 23%
Moranbah Airport 35.2   39.2 20th 20.5   16.5 16th 4.0
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 35.0   40.1 20th 21.1   18.5 15th 59.6
Clermont Airport 35.5   39.3 20th 20.7   16.6 16th 12.4
Emerald Airport 35.7 +3.1 39.8 20th 21.8 +1.6 18.9 15th 8.6 54.9 low 16%
Lochington 34.7   39.1 20th 21.0   16.9 16th 81.8
Rolleston Airport 34.7   40.7 20th 20.1   14.2 7th 47.8
Springsure Comet St 34.0 +2.4 38.5 20th 20.6 +1.8 17.1 16th 64.0 70.0 average 91%
Tambo Post Office 36.3 +3.9 42.0 20th 20.7 +3.1 13.0 7th 20.3 57.9 average 35%
Taroom Post Office 34.9 +3.3 42.2 20th 20.1 +1.9 10.3 7th 42.4 63.4 average 67%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 37.1 +3.9 42.2 20th 24.0 +3.2 18.6 31st 104.7 59.9 high 175%
Blackall Airport 37.3 +3.8 42.6 20th 23.4 +3.7 19.6 16th 50.4 35.6 high 142%
Isisford Post Office 39.0 +4.8 44.6 20th 24.2 +3.9 20.9 15th 24.2 58.9 average 41%
Longreach Aero 39.1 +4.6 43.3 1st 24.0 +3.7 18.8 16th 45.8 54.6 average 84%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 38.8 +3.6 42.3 20th 23.5 +1.7 16.5 8th 20.2 54.7 average 37%
Carters Bore 38.0   41.5 20th 25.3   19.8 17th 9.2
New May Downs 38.1   41.1 20th 25.0   19.2 17th 2.4
The Monument Airport 39.2 +3.9 44.1 20th 23.9 +2.3 18.0 16th 11.0 27.5 average 40%
Trepell Airport 39.7 +4.2 43.0 20th 24.5 +3.1 19.2 7th 0 28.6 v low 0%
Urandangi Aerodrome 39.4   44.9 20th 22.8   15.5 17th 0
Winton Airport 40.1 +4.8 43.4 20th 24.9 +4.0 20.5 9th 0 44.6 v low 0%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 38.3 +2.8 44.9 3rd 21.4 -0.2 16.1 29th 0.1 26.7 average 0%
Birdsville Airport 37.5 +2.2 46.5 19th 21.6 -0.1 14.1 25th 0 35.3 v low 0%
Boulia Airport 39.4 +4.0 44.9 2nd 24.8 +3.0 19.1 28th 0 36.3 lowest 0%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 31.0 +1.9 32.8 5th 21.0 +1.1 17.6 18th 24.4 113.8 low 21%
Gayndah Airport 32.7 +1.8 37.8 20th 19.5 +0.9 15.2 15th 20.2 60.3 low 33%
Gladstone Airport 31.3 +1.6 33.9 20th 22.6 +0.9 19.5 15th 33.0 85.1 average 39%
Gladstone Radar 32.2 +2.0 34.4 20th 22.8 +1.3 20.3 15th 36.2 94.0 average 39%
Lady Elliot Island 30.6 +2.3 32.0 7th 24.9 +1.5 20.8 16th 15.2 124.1 v low 12%
Monto Township 31.8 +1.9 37.8 20th 18.4 +1.2 14.0 30th 5.6 77.2 v low 7%
Rockhampton Aero 33.3 +2.8 37.8 20th 22.4 +1.6 19.6 18th 3.2 101.6 v low 3%
Rundle Island 28.6 +1.4 31.2 27th 25.1 +1.5 22.3 30th
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 30.1 +1.6 31.6 21st 23.1 +1.4 20.7 15th 59.4 157.7 low 38%
Seventeen Seventy 29.7 +1.6 31.5 20th 23.3 +1.8 20.4 15th 61.5 132.9 average 46%
Thangool Airport 32.7 +0.7 36.1 20th 18.0 +0.3 14.5 15th 2.6 62.1 v low 4%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 30.9 +1.6 37.9 5th 19.1 +1.4 13.5 15th 46.4 83.4 average 56%
Archerfield Airport 30.6 +1.9 36.9 5th 20.2 +1.9 16.3 15th 120.2 124.7 average 96%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 30.6   36.7 5th 18.8   12.5 15th 73.2
Beerburrum Forest Station 30.2 +1.8 37.2 19th 19.3 +0.9 15.3 15th 41.4 173.4 v low 24%
Brisbane 30.2 +1.3 36.1 5th 21.3 +1.4 17.8 15th 161.4 109.2 average 148%
Brisbane Aero 28.7 +0.8 31.2 5th 21.1 +1.6 16.4 15th 61.8 97.9 average 63%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.8 +1.8 29.6 20th 22.8 +1.6 17.0 14th 72.4 176.8 low 41%
Coolangatta 28.6 +1.4 33.9 5th 20.7 +1.1 16.0 15th 111.2 173.1 low 64%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 28.9 +2.1 33.6 5th 23.1 +1.3 18.3 15th 39.4 162.7 v low 24%
Gold Coast Seaway 29.7 +1.9 35.7 5th 22.1 +1.4 18.4 15th 83.8 110.8 low 76%
Gympie 31.2 +1.9 36.7 20th 19.0 +0.9 14.5 15th 65.0 144.5 low 45%
Hervey Bay Airport 30.5 +1.6 32.4 8th 21.4 +0.9 17.2 18th 30.6 125.3 v low 24%
Jimna Forestry 28.0 +2.3 34.7 20th 17.0 +1.1 11.3 15th 16.2 82.5 v low 20%
Kingaroy Airport 30.4 +2.5 37.4 20th 17.0 +1.2 10.4 15th 18.4 58.5 low 31%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 29.6 +1.3 37.5 5th 20.3 +1.4 16.4 15th 126.5 118.0 average 107%
Maleny Tamarind St 27.3 +2.3 34.2 19th 18.7 +1.5 13.2 15th 36.6 286.6 v low 13%
Maryborough 31.1 +1.9 33.9 5th 20.1 +0.7 16.0 18th 32.2 157.3 v low 20%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 29.7   36.1 5th 20.1   17.0 16th 71.6
Rainbow Beach 29.0 +1.2 34.2 5th       118.2 145.6 average 81%
Redcliffe 28.8 +1.2 33.8 5th 22.0 +1.6 17.6 15th 120.8 122.6 average 99%
Sunshine Coast Airport 30.2 +2.5 36.2 19th 20.9 +1.0 16.8 15th 68.0 159.1 low 43%
Tewantin RSL Park 29.0 +1.6 35.1 19th 21.8 +1.2 18.3 18th 115.2 201.7 low 57%
University of Queensland Gatton 31.7 +2.2 38.7 5th 18.7 +1.4 13.7 16th 35.0 78.6 low 45%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 26.5 +2.6 33.8 20th 14.7 +1.4 8.6 7th 33.4 69.2 low 48%
Dalby Airport 33.0 +2.9 40.2 20th 17.5 +1.2 9.1 7th 12.8 55.1 low 23%
Goondiwindi Airport 33.1 +2.2 41.8 20th 18.7 +1.6 9.0 28th 24.8 60.0 average 41%
Oakey Aero 31.4 +2.8 38.7 20th 17.0 +1.3 11.6 15th 22.0 49.2 average 45%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 26.9 +2.0 34.2 20th 15.4 +1.6 8.5 7th 55.4 65.9 average 84%
Texas Post Office 32.4 +1.3 38.0 20th 17.4 +1.5 9.9 28th 30.6 56.1 average 55%
Toowoomba Airport 28.0 +2.1 34.0 19th 17.5 +1.3 13.5 15th 42.4 71.2 average 60%
Warwick 29.8 +2.2 36.0 20th 16.4 +1.5 10.1 15th 51.4 62.5 average 82%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 33.9 +2.8 41.4 20th 19.0 +1.3 8.9 7th 0.8 57.1 low 1%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 34.3 +3.5 41.7 20th 18.3 +1.9 7.9 7th 48.6 62.1 average 78%
Mitchell Post Office 34.9 +3.8 42.1 20th 18.3 +1.5 8.4 7th 66.0 61.7 average 107%
Roma Airport 34.9 +3.6 42.9 20th 18.3 +1.0 8.0 7th 33.0 54.6 average 60%
St George Airport 33.5 +1.8 42.0 20th 19.8 +1.3 9.2 28th 56.8 50.3 average 113%
Surat 34.0 +2.2 41.9 20th 19.8 +2.0 11.3 7th 45.6 58.4 average 78%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 34.7 +2.7 43.2 20th 20.6 +2.4 10.0 28th 33.6 49.1 average 68%
Charleville Aero 36.1 +4.1 43.3 20th 21.0 +2.3 11.5 7th 18.2 58.9 average 31%
Cunnamulla Post Office 35.6 +3.3 41.9 20th 20.7 +1.9 11.6 28th 22.0 41.0 average 54%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 36.8 +2.5 45.1 19th 22.0 +0.7 14.5 28th 0 27.9 v low 0%
Thargomindah Airport 36.4 +3.0 43.5 19th 22.1 +0.9 14.9 28th 0 42.7 v low 0%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Frederick Reef 27.5   28.5 9th 25.8   24.3 13th
Middle Percy Island 29.3 +1.9 30.9 6th 23.7 +1.0 21.2 30th 34.0 163.2 low 21%
Willis Island 30.0 +0.1 31.7 7th 25.6 +0.2 23.8 28th 293.6 205.7 high 143%

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 Wednesday 1 April 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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