Queensland in October 2018: A warm month; wetter than average in the east and north

Rainfall was above average across much of eastern and northern Queensland, but near or below average through the central west and southwest interior of the State. It was an active month of severe thunderstorms. Queensland recorded its third-warmest October on record in terms of mean temperature.

Wetter than usual in the east and north, but dry in western districts

  • Rainfall was mixed across the State: it was wetter than usual in eastern and northern Queensland
  • Persistent showers and thunderstorms produced moderate falls in the northern tropics and eastern Queensland throughout the month; some locations reported their highest October daily rainfall on record 
  • A number of sites had their highest total October rainfall on record or in several decades
  • In contrast, parts of the central west and southwest interior received below-average rainfall, exacerbating rainfall deficiencies at 6-, 9- and 18- month periods

Warmer than usual October

  • Queensland had its third-warmest October on record in terms of mean temperature
  • The statewide mean maximum temperature was the fourth-warmest on record; mean minimum temperature ranked the fourth-warmest on record
  • Warm days were recorded over western parts of the State at the start of the month, due to warm northerly winds ahead of a surface trough
  • Cooler than usual days were experienced over much of the southeast quarter of Queensland between the 12th and 15th, as persistent showers and areas of rain kept daytime temperatures below average
  • A period of sustained above average temperatures were experienced across western and southern Queensland from the 22nd, with temperatures consistently reaching the high 30's to low 40's
  • An upper ridge then became established over the State, leading to hot to very hot temperatures over inland parts, and temperatures 5 °C to 8  °C above average
  • Hot, northerly winds ahead of an inland surface trough resulted in some locations across the central west (Longreach, Isisford, Barcaldine and Thangool) reporting their highest October temperature on record in the last week of October

Severe thunderstorms across the State

  • An active month in terms of severe thunderstorms: numerous reports of large hail and damaging winds during October
  • Damaging winds and hail up to 3 cm in diameter reported on the 3rd in Silverleaf (between Proston and Murgon)
  • Hail greater than 2 cm in diameter along with damaging winds on the 8th and 9th around Wamuran, Nambour, Beerwah and Fernvale in southeast Queensland
  • Two tornadoes were observed on the 11th: one at Coolabunia (southeast of Kingaroy) and the other at Tansey (near Murgon), as well as hail up to 7 cm in diameter in the Wide Bay and Burnett district
  • Severe thunderstorms produced wind gusts up to 144 km/h at Blackwater on the 11th, and large hail stones were reported in several locations including Gympie, Gin Gin, Maryborough, Windera, Proston and Murgon
  • 2 cm hail was observed at Kelso (in Townsville) on the 12th, and Cardwell on the 13th; hail this size is unusual in the tropics
  • 75 mm of rain fell in 30 minutes at Elbow Valley (south of Warwick) on the 18th
  • Numerous reports of hail over 2 cm from Toowoomba and Warwick on the 24th
  • Extensive crop damage and large hail was reported from Harrisville on the 25th
  • A wind gust of 117 km/h and hail up to 6 cm in diameter was recorded at Rolleston on the 29th

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Extremes in October 2018
Hottest day 44.7  °C at Birdsville Airport on the 25th
Warmest days on average 39.0  °C at Century Mine
Coolest days on average 22.0  °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 13.1  °C at Applethorpe on the 13th
Coldest night 4.2  °C at Applethorpe on the 3rd
Coolest nights on average 10.7  °C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 25.2  °C at Sweers Island
Warmest night 30.1  °C at Birdsville Airport on the 27th
Warmest on average overall 30.3  °C at Kowanyama Airport
Coolest on average overall 16.4  °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 509.1 mm at Springbrook Road
Wettest day 141.8 mm at Rainbow Beach on the 13th
Strongest wind gust 144 km/h at Blackwater Airport on the 11th

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 highest October daily rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Hillgrove Station 70.2 on the 18th 68.6 on the 4th in 1930 117
Peakvale Station 103.0 on the 31st 64.6 on the 2nd in 2017 82
Glen Harding 55.0 on the 24th 54.5 on the 10th in 1996 73
Abercorn 82.8 on the 13th 70.0 on the 24th in 1989 69
Rainbow Beach 141.8 on the 13th 89.2 on the 16th in 2017 27



Record highest October total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
October
Hillgrove Station 134.8 93.0 in 2000 118 18.8
Queen Mary Falls 241.4 238.5 in 1972 60 88.2
Juanita 189.0 155.6 in 2017 53 40.4
Springbrook Road 509.1 456.6 in 2010 38 132.0
Corbould Pk Racecourse 413.0 327.0 in 2017 30 97.1
Dalby Airport 183.6 166.4 in 2003 27 63.1
Tewantin RSL Park 449.0 406.8 in 2017 23 115.6
Pratten Condamine River 123.4 119.8 in 2011 21 57.0

Highest October total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
October
Injune Post Office 159.6 218.1 in 1949 49.3
Kinnoul 179.2 188.0 in 1950* 54.2
Peakvale Station 174.6 191.7 in 1949* 35.7
Dalveen 201.7 238.0 in 1972 74.5
Killara 137.4 163.6 in 1972 64.3
Mt Tamborine Fern St 373.9 532.5 in 1972* 94.3
Gympie 236.8 310.4 in 1972* 72.0
Applethorpe 172.0 199.8 in 1972* 74.0
Bell Police 132.0 137.3 in 1972* 59.0
Sorrento 130.9 199.3 in 1972* 67.4
Burketown Post Office 62.0 72.8 in 1975* 12.8
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 173.8 237.9 in 1972* 70.1
Macalister 148.0 169.0 in 1983 65.6
Embreys Bridge 147.4 169.2 in 1983* 59.7
Colodan 138.0 221.6 in 1986* 54.8
Double Island Point Lighthouse 221.8 240.0 in 1984* 71.9
Kamilaroi Station 53.6 64.9 in 1986* 15.2
Theodore 194.1 238.4 in 1986* 63.3
Woleebee Nevasa 121.6 166.5 in 1989* 50.4
Yarraman Post Office 140.5 150.6 in 1997 69.6

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




Lowest October total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
October
Lockhart River Airport 0.2 0.0 in 1957 28.5
Mossman Central Mill 1.2 0.5 in 1957* 72.5
Toliness Station 2.0 0.0 in 1988* 28.9
Hamilton Island 2.8 2.4 in 1992* 45.1

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




Record highest October temperature

New record
(  °C )
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
October
Barcaldine Post Office 42.5 on the 28th 41.8 on the 20th in 2002 57 32.2
Isisford Post Office 43.6 on the 27th 43.5 on the 20th in 2002 57 33.2
Longreach Aero 43.9 on the 27th 43.8 on the 20th in 2002 53 34.0
Thangool Airport 38.4 on the 27th 38.3 on the 29th in 2014 27 30.4
Coconut Island 35.9 on the 31st 35.3 on the 18th in 2016 22 32.2
Richmond Airport 43.6 on the 30th 42.6 on the 26th in 2004 21 36.6
Bedourie 44.0 on the 25th 43.4 on the 29th in 2005 20 34.1



Record lowest October daily maximum temperature

New record
(   °C )
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
October
Beerburrum Forest Station 18.7 on the 12th 19.0 on the 27th in 2002 20 27.6



Record highest October mean daily maximum temperature

New record
(  °C )
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
October
Proserpine Airport 32.1 = 32.1 in 2005 28 30.3
Charters Towers Airport 34.7 = 34.7 in 2004 25 32.7
Coconut Island 34.3 34.2 in 2016 21 32.2

Highest October mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(  °C )
Most recent
higher
Average for
October
Barcaldine Post Office 35.9 36.1 in 1988 32.2
Longreach Aero 37.3 37.4 in 1988 34.0
Richmond Post Office 38.5 =38.5 in 1988 35.8
Isisford Post Office 36.6 37.4 in 1988* 33.2

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




Record highest October daily minimum temperature

New record
(  °C )
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
October
Mount Isa Aero 28.2 on the 30th 27.6 on the 31st in 1988 52 18.5
Mackay Aero 25.4 on the 30th 24.9 on the 29th in 2003 33 18.2
Cloncurry Airport 28.7 on the 28th 28.5 on the 28th in 2014 26 20.5
Weipa Aero 26.7 on the 31st 26.2 on the 27th in 1998 26 21.8
Yeppoon The Esplanade 24.1 on the 30th 24.0 on the 27th in 2005 24 19.2
Bedourie 28.6 on the 26th 28.2 on the 4th in 2008 20 17.2



Record highest October mean daily minimum temperature

New record
(  °C )
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
October
Boulia Airport 21.5 = 21.5 in 2006 123 17.9
Isisford Post Office 20.1 19.8 in 1988 101 16.6
Charleville Aero 17.6 = 17.6 in 2017 76 14.5
Longreach Aero 20.4 20.3 in 1988 52 17.0

Highest October mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(   °C )
Most recent
higher
Average for
October
Barcaldine Post Office 20.7 21.2 in 1988 17.5



Record highest October mean temperature

New record
(   °C )
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
October
Isisford Post Office 28.6 = 28.6 in 1988 100 24.9
Longreach Aero 28.9 = 28.9 in 1988 52 25.5

Highest October mean temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(   °C )
Most recent
higher
Average for
October
Tambo Post Office 25.2 26.4 in 1988 22.4



Summary statistics for October 2018

Maximum temperatures
(   °C )
Minimum temperatures
(   °C )
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
October
2018
Diff
from
average
Highest for
October
2018
Mean for
October
2018
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
October
2018
Total for
October
2018
Average
for
October
Rank of
October
2018
Fraction of
October
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 34.3 +2.1 35.9 31st 24.4 -0.3 21.2 5th 38.8 13.8 high 281%
Coen Airport 34.6 +1.2 39.9 29th 19.2 -1.5 15.7 5th 0 8.2 v low 0%
Horn Island 31.0 -0.1 32.7 31st 24.5 -0.4 19.4 5th 6.0 13.8 average 43%
Scherger RAAF 36.5 +0.7 38.1 14th 21.8 +0.1 18.9 9th 32.6 25.9 average 126%
Weipa Aero 36.4 +0.7 38.4 10th 22.1 +0.3 19.0 1st 4.2 20.2 average 21%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.9 +0.5 32.7 28th 21.9 -0.1 16.8 5th 0.2 28.5 v low 1%
Palmerville 36.4 +0.9 39.5 27th 19.2 0.0 12.0 1st 62.0 21.0 v high 295%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 36.4 +0.8 40.9 28th 21.2 -0.6 17.5 8th 59.2 12.1 v high 489%
Century Mine 39.0 +1.0 43.9 30th 20.5 -0.6 15.4 19th 22.8 12.8 high 178%
Cloncurry Airport 38.2 +1.8 42.6 30th 21.2 +0.7 17.0 20th 0.2 17.1 low 1%
Julia Creek Airport 38.8 +1.4 43.8 30th 20.3 +1.9 14.7 6th 11.0 10.7 high 103%
Kowanyama Airport 37.6 +1.3 40.5 31st 23.0 +1.0 17.9 2nd 2.6 16.6 average 16%
Lake Julius AWS 38.1   42.8 30th 21.6   17.0 19th 0.4


Mornington Island Airport 33.0   35.6 30th 25.1   19.3 6th 7.6


Mount Isa Aero 37.4 +2.6 42.1 27th 18.8 +0.3 12.8 23rd 8.0 18.5 average 43%
Normanton Airport 36.4 -0.3 39.9 31st 23.3 -0.1 18.1 1st 41.0 8.6 high 477%
Sweers Island 32.2 +0.2 34.4 28th 25.2 +0.3 20.2 6th 26.0 9.8 high 265%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 37.0 +1.1 41.6 27th 21.2 +0.7 14.3 6th 6.0 12.5 average 48%
Hughenden Airport 36.9 +1.7 42.5 27th 20.7 +1.8 13.3 6th 8.8 16.2 average 54%
Richmond Airport 38.5 +1.9 43.6 30th 19.7 +0.8 14.2 6th 2.2 10.4 average 21%
Richmond Post Office 38.5 +2.7 43.0 29th 20.2 +2.1 14.9 2nd 2.8 15.8 average 18%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 30.4 +0.8 33.3 25th 21.1 +0.5 15.5 5th 15.2 48.0 average 32%
Cairns Racecourse 30.8   33.4 30th 20.1   15.0 5th 13.4


Cape Flattery 30.5 +0.2 32.0 29th 22.6 -0.5 17.7 5th 10.0 18.2 average 55%
Cooktown Airport 30.3 0.0 32.3 29th 21.9 -0.7 15.0 5th 42.4 26.9 high 158%
Low Isles Lighthouse 31.7 +1.4 33.8 22nd 23.6 +0.4 21.3 5th 54.6 46.3 high 118%
Mareeba Airport 32.0 +1.5 37.1 28th 17.6 +0.2 12.6 5th 18.8 15.7 average 120%
Walkamin Research Station 31.1 +1.8 36.5 28th 16.7 0.0 12.5 5th 13.8 22.5 average 61%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 28.7 -0.5 32.8 25th 20.8 +1.8 14.6 4th 32.2 56.1 average 57%
Cowley Beach (Defence) 30.1   32.6 29th 19.8   15.2 4th 6.0


Innisfail 28.6 +0.2 30.8 26th 19.6 +0.6 15.4 4th 50.0 88.9 average 56%
Innisfail Aerodrome 30.9   34.1 29th 18.2   12.8 4th 41.4


Lucinda Point 26.6 -0.5 28.4 26th 23.3 +0.4 19.7 4th 25.6 26.5 average 97%
Mount Stuart (Defence) 30.8   35.4 28th 21.4   16.7 4th 17.0


South Johnstone Exp Stn 30.1 +1.1 33.8 27th 19.8 +1.0 15.0 5th 22.4 97.5 low 23%
Townsville Aero 29.9 +0.4 33.1 28th 22.1 +1.4 15.5 4th 42.0 24.4 high 172%
Townsville- Air Weapons Range (Defence) 32.3   35.5 11th 18.4   13.2 4th 25.0


East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 27.8 -0.7 29.7 30th 22.7 +0.9 15.8 4th 15.4 31.2 average 49%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.6 +0.8 33.1 28th 19.7 +1.6 13.9 4th 20.6 26.7 average 77%
Bowen Airport AWS 29.6   31.2 29th 20.8   12.9 4th 6.6


Collinsville Post Office 33.8 +1.6 39.0 27th 18.7 +1.4 11.0 3rd 42.8 22.0 high 195%
Hamilton Island Airport 27.7 +0.4 30.8 30th 22.3 +0.3 19.5 4th 5.2 26.7 average 19%
Mackay Aero 29.7 +1.4 32.7 27th 19.3 +1.1 12.6 4th 30.4 35.0 average 87%
Mackay M.O 29.6 +2.0 32.6 29th 20.6 +0.9 14.9 4th 27.6 34.4 average 80%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 28.9   32.6 27th 18.3   12.4 4th 47.2


Proserpine Airport 32.1 +1.8 37.6 27th 18.0 +0.6 10.6 4th 13.8 36.6 average 38%
Samuel Hill Aero 28.9 +0.9 35.2 26th 16.1 +0.9 8.3 4th 78.8 61.1 average 129%
St Lawrence 29.2 +0.2 32.2 24th 19.7 +2.0 12.0 4th 76.0 37.6 high 202%
Townsville- Fanning River (Defence) 32.9   38.4 28th 18.5   12.5 3rd 50.2


Williamson 29.4 +0.6 33.0 26th 18.8 +1.6 10.3 4th 54.8 33.0 high 166%
Woolshed 28.1 +0.7 32.2 27th 18.4 +0.9 13.4 3rd 57.4 30.7 high 187%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 26.2 +0.1 28.4 10th 20.2 +1.0 13.8 4th 35.0 49.9 average 70%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 34.7 +2.0 41.0 28th 18.4 +0.3 11.8 3rd 24.8 18.3 high 136%
Moranbah Airport 34.2   41.4 27th 18.0   10.0 4th 70.0


Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 32.8   38.7 28th 18.1   11.8 4th 89.6


Clermont Airport 34.0   41.9 28th 18.4   11.4 3rd 52.4


Emerald Airport 33.1 +1.4 40.4 28th 18.9 +1.9 13.2 4th 104.0 44.0 high 236%
Lochington 33.7   40.9 27th 17.9   12.3 3rd 96.0


Rolleston Airport 32.0   38.5 27th 16.2   10.6 3rd 52.0


Springsure Comet St 31.9 +1.3 38.2 27th 16.1 +0.9 10.3 3rd 83.0 48.2 high 172%
Tambo Post Office 33.6 +2.7 40.0 27th 16.8 +3.0 10.5 6th 22.4 34.4 average 65%
Taroom Post Office 30.5 +0.5 36.6 26th 16.4 +1.7 9.6 2nd 105.3 55.1 high 191%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 35.9 +3.7 42.5 28th 20.7 +3.2 16.5 3rd 16.0 28.6 average 56%
Blackall Airport 35.2 +2.2 41.7 27th 19.7 +3.2 15.0 14th 18.0 23.7 average 76%
Isisford Post Office 36.6 +3.4 43.6 27th 20.1 +3.5 14.3 6th 7.6 26.6 average 29%
Longreach Aero 37.3 +3.3 43.9 27th 20.4 +3.4 15.7 13th 0.6 22.2 low 3%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 38.1 +2.3 43.4 30th 20.8 +1.3 14.5 6th 21.8 13.8 high 158%
Carters Bore 36.4   41.5 26th 22.2   17.7 5th 11.8


New May Downs 36.8   41.8 27th 21.5   16.7 23rd 7.8


The Monument Airport     43.0 26th 19.3 +1.1 13.3 6th 0 10.0 v low 0%
Trepell Airport 37.2 +1.6 42.8 27th 19.9 +1.3 14.3 19th 2.2 12.1 average 18%
Urandangi Aerodrome 37.9   43.7 27th 19.0   12.1 18th 2.2


Winton Airport 38.0 +1.9 44.3 28th 20.6 +2.1 13.9 5th 0 6.7 v low 0%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 35.7 +2.3 44.7 25th 18.8 +1.7 12.8 21st 1.0 8.7 average 11%
Boulia Airport 36.8 +2.5 43.7 27th 21.5 +3.6 15.9 6th 0 14.2 lowest 0%
Windorah Airport 35.8   42.9 27th 20.3   14.3 18th 0


Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 27.6 +0.6 30.9 27th 17.1 +0.6 10.6 4th 164.0 78.1 v high 210%
Gayndah Airport 29.1 -1.1 35.4 28th 16.1 +1.2 10.1 2nd 126.0 76.5 average 165%
Gladstone Airport 28.3 +0.8 34.1 26th 19.8 +1.3 16.0 5th 78.6 58.6 average 134%
Gladstone Radar 29.3 +0.8 33.3 26th 19.1 +0.4 15.3 4th 48.6 60.1 average 81%
Lady Elliot Island 26.5 +0.9 28.6 28th 20.4 0.0 16.7 7th 33.0 57.4 average 57%
Monto Township 29.3 +0.2 35.5 28th 15.5 +2.1 7.7 2nd 173.7 59.0 v high 294%
Rockhampton Aero 31.3 +1.6 38.8 28th 19.2 +2.1 12.9 4th 36.0 49.5 average 73%
Seventeen Seventy 26.7 +0.8 29.2 27th 19.1 -0.2 15.2 2nd 98.0 64.7 high 151%
Thangool Airport 31.7 +1.3 38.4 27th 15.5 +2.1 8.2 3rd 42.8 56.8 average 75%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 27.6 -0.2 36.2 26th 14.3 +1.0 6.4 3rd 87.2 73.4 average 119%
Archerfield Airport 26.6 -0.4 35.2 26th 15.4 +1.0 8.9 3rd 155.8 78.8 v high 198%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 26.5 -1.6 34.7 26th 14.6 +1.8 7.3 3rd 150.6 75.9 high 198%
Beerburrum Forest Station 25.9 -1.7 35.3 26th 15.1 +0.5 9.4 4th 205.4 90.3 v high 227%
Brisbane 26.1 -1.0 32.5 24th 16.7 +0.3 12.5 3rd 179.2 79.0 v high 227%
Brisbane Aero 24.7 -0.8 29.4 28th 16.5 +0.7 11.4 1st 124.4 74.3 high 167%
Canungra (Defence) 25.5   33.9 26th 13.6   4.9 3rd 214.4


Cape Moreton Lighthouse 24.1 +1.0 26.5 28th 18.4 +0.5 15.6 1st 91.0 79.1 average 115%
Coolangatta 24.9 +0.3 31.5 26th 16.7 +0.8 10.9 3rd 181.0 90.7 high 200%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 25.0 +0.4 30.1 26th 19.0 +0.4 15.5 1st 221.8 71.9 v high 308%
Gold Coast Seaway 25.3 -0.1 31.9 26th 17.4 +0.5 13.8 1st 123.8 87.7 high 141%
Greenbank (Defence) 26.7   35.7 26th 13.9   6.3 3rd 198.8


Gympie 27.5 -0.8 35.0 26th 15.5 +1.7 8.2 4th 236.8 72.0 v high 329%
Hervey Bay Airport 26.5 0.0 30.1 24th 17.3 +0.4 8.4 4th 172.0 86.0 high 200%
Kingaroy Airport 26.0 -1.4 33.0 26th 13.7 +2.1 5.3 3rd 107.0 58.5 high 183%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 25.8 -0.8 34.7 26th 16.1 +1.1 11.0 3rd 162.6 68.1 high 239%
Maryborough 27.9 +0.2 32.5 26th 16.2 +0.9 7.9 4th 259.8 76.9 v high 338%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 25.5 -1.1 36.0 26th 16.1 +0.8 11.1 4th 349.6 131.7 high 265%
Point Lookout 25.9 +0.5 28.3 27th 18.4 0.0 15.8 1st 114.0 96.4 high 118%
Rainbow Beach 24.9 -0.6 30.6 26th      
351.2 96.8 v high 363%
Redcliffe     28.4 26th 17.3 +0.3 12.6 1st 174.4 86.0 high 203%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 24.7   28.5 28th 16.0   10.5 1st 142.8


Sunshine Coast Airport 24.8 -0.9 34.5 26th 16.9 +1.3 11.2 4th 293.6 89.0 v high 330%
Tewantin RSL Park 25.0 -0.6 35.3 26th 17.4 +0.5 12.1 4th 449.0 115.6 highest 388%
Tin Can Bay (Defence) 25.8   33.1 26th 16.7   10.0 4th 365.2


University of Queensland Gatton 27.7 -0.5 36.1 26th 14.3 +1.1 6.8 3rd 95.4 65.0 high 147%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 22.0 +0.1 27.9 24th 10.7 +1.7 4.2 3rd 172.0 74.0 v high 232%
Dalby Airport 27.2 -1.2 34.7 26th 14.5 +1.9 8.4 1st 183.6 63.1 highest 291%
Oakey Aero 26.2 -0.5 32.4 26th 13.7 +2.4 7.0 3rd 93.4 57.7 high 162%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 22.7 0.0 29.4 26th 11.2 +2.2 4.4 3rd 173.8 70.1 v high 248%
Texas Post Office 28.6 +0.6 34.5 24th 13.9 +2.2 8.1 2nd 51.6 60.9 average 85%
Toowoomba Airport 23.6 -0.9 30.4 26th 13.4 +0.6 8.9 1st 110.0 65.1 high 169%
Warwick 25.0 -1.0 31.3 24th 12.6 +2.1 5.2 2nd 117.2 71.2 high 165%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 29.1 -0.5 35.4 26th 15.4 +1.6 9.2 7th 77.6 44.4 high 175%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 30.4 +0.9 36.3 26th 14.7 +1.9 7.7 2nd 159.6 49.3 v high 324%
Mitchell Post Office 31.5 +2.1 38.2 25th 15.0 +2.7 9.5 1st 56.9 43.0 high 132%
Roma Airport 30.3 +0.6 37.1 26th 15.4 +1.9 10.0 7th 68.2 51.6 high 132%
St George Airport 30.2 +0.5 38.2 25th 16.1 +1.6 8.6 1st 19.2 41.8 low 46%
Surat 29.6 +0.4 35.8 25th 16.4 +2.5 11.8 6th 76.0 49.5 high 154%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 31.2 +1.5 39.7 25th 16.6 +2.8 8.1 1st 35.2 35.5 average 99%
Charleville Aero 33.5 +3.6 38.8 26th 17.6 +3.1 9.0 1st 5.6 34.9 low 16%
Cunnamulla Post Office 32.7 +3.0 40.5 25th 17.3 +2.4 10.7 1st 35.9 25.2 high 142%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 34.0 +1.3 42.8 25th 18.5 +1.2 10.6 1st 3.2 8.0 average 40%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 26.1 +0.4 27.7 24th 20.5 +0.4 17.9 14th 65.8 31.1 high 212%
Willis Island 29.1 +0.4 30.5 23rd 24.3 +0.7 22.5 5th 1.6 21.1 low 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 Thursday 1 November 2018. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

In some situations, some or all of the rainfall is in the form of hail or snow. In these cases the totals given are for the water equivalent: the depth of liquid water that results from melting any frozen precipitation. There can be significant 'undercatch' of snow in strong winds, meaning the true precipitation can be higher than that reported.

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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