Queensland in March 2017: Severe tropical cyclone Debbie brought flooding rain; very warm days and nights across the State

Severe tropical cyclone Debbie made landfall on the 28th, crossing at Airlie Beach as a category 4 system. Temperatures were very warm for the month, with mean, maximum and minimum temperatures all in the top four warmest on record.

Well above average rainfall from Bowen to the southeast, record high in places; dry in the west   

  • Overall, rainfall was well above average along the east coast and adjacent inland districts from about Bowen to the greater southeast of Queensland
  • Numerous locations had their highest total March rainfall on record or in several decades
  • Below to well below average falls in the west and southwest, and in pockets of the far northeast coast; near average falls elsewhere
  • Active monsoon trough during March; but near-average falls reported across the northern tropics
  • A series of surface- and upper-level troughs produced showers and thunderstorms in eastern and southeastern parts of the State in the first half of the month
  • Moderate falls were reported in the northern interior from shower and thunderstorm activity in the middle of the month
  • A low pressure system embedded on a coastal trough near the southeast coast brought moderate to heavy falls in southeast Queensland, with another trough near the central on the 21st bringing heavy falls to the central and Capricornia coasts
  • Tropical cyclone Debbie produced heavy falls in the central coast and Whitsunday Islands as the system made landfall on the 28th
  • Widespread flooding associated with ex-tropical cyclone Debbie affected eastern, central and southeastern Queensland
  • A number of sites had their highest March daily rainfall on record

Very warm days and nights overall

Severe tropical cyclone Debbie produced heavy falls and flooding   

  • Severe tropical cyclone Debbie make landfall around midday on the 28th as a category 4 system
  • Hamilton Island recorded a wind gust of 263 km/h as Debbie made landfall
  • Heavy rainfall and destructive winds were experienced from about Bowen to Mackay.
  • As Debbie crossed and tracked inland, weakening to an ex-tropical cyclone, flooding occurred in numerous river catchments associated with heavy rainfall
  • Riverine flooding occurred in some coastal catchments from Bowen and south to the New South Wales border, extending inland to parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Maranoa and Warrego, and Darling Downs districts
  • Major flooding still continues in some catchments; and in northern New South Wales into April

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Extremes in March 2017
Hottest day 44.0 °C at Urandangi Aerodrome on the 28th
Warmest days on average 40.9 °C at Urandangi Aerodrome
Coolest days on average 24.9 °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 20.5 °C at Applethorpe on the 21st
Coldest night 8.3 °C at Applethorpe on the 10th
Coolest nights on average 15.3 °C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 27.3 °C at Sweers Island
Warmest night 29.8 °C at Windorah Airport on the 25th; and at Boulia Airport and Mornington Island Airport, both on the 29th
Warmest on average overall 32.3 °C at Boulia Airport
Coolest on average overall 20.1 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 1315.6 mm at Plane Creek Sugar Mill
Wettest day 396.0 mm at Crystal Brook on the 30th
Strongest wind gust 263 km/h at Hamilton Island Airport on the 28th

Maps

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rainfall
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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 March daily rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Plane Creek Sugar Mill 355.5 on the 30th 259.8 on the 26th in 1963 104
Canungra Finch Road 285.0 on the 31st 216.9 on the 24th in 1953 100
Somerby 118.0 on the 30th 116.4 on the 3rd in 1994 92
Jambin Post Office 170.0 on the 30th 127.5 on the 18th in 1940 91
Amberley AMO 143.6 on the 31st 113.2 on the 28th in 2014 76
Mount Kroombit 94.2 on the 30th 78.2 on the 27th in 1963 61
Queen Mary Falls 176.6 on the 31st 129.0 on the 6th in 2004 59
Colodan 143.4 on the 30th 79.2 on the 1st in 1994 58
Carfax 165.5 on the 29th 100.0 on the 2nd in 1988 56
Fort Lytton 178.0 on the 31st 125.0 on the 11th in 1974 52
Highbury Station 137.6 on the 6th 111.8 on the 18th in 2012 47
Capalaba Water Treat 163.0 on the 31st 146.6 on the 10th in 2001 46
Carneys Creek The Ranch 141.0 on the 31st 125.4 on the 28th in 2014 45
Maroon Dam 163.6 on the 31st 101.0 on the 28th in 2014 45
Mystery Park 250.0 on the 30th 221.0 on the 2nd in 1988 45
Greenbank Thompson Road 160.0 on the 31st 121.2 on the 28th in 2014 40
Lovandee 121.6 on the 30th 93.0 on the 6th in 1976 40
Maclean Bridge 242.0 on the 31st 106.0 on the 16th in 1992 35
Monogorilby - Home 81.0 on the 5th 69.0 on the 3rd in 2010 35
Mackay Aero 206.8 on the 30th 187.2 on the 4th in 2013 31
Ripple Downs 48.4 on the 31st 46.0 on the 29th in 2002 30
Crystal Brook 396.0 on the 30th 158.0 on the 30th in 2011 24
The Deep Crossing 118.8 on the 31st 45.6 on the 6th in 2007 23
Archer River Roadhouse 164.4 on the 3rd 91.0 on the 5th in 2008 21
Tewantin RSL Park 188.8 on the 15th 131.6 on the 28th in 2014 21



Record highest March total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Dalveen 252.0 243.8 in 1914 123 79.9
Harrisville Mary Street 369.0 346.2 in 1939 121 89.8
Mounefontein 291.8 211.6 in 1927 109 65.7
Plane Creek Sugar Mill 1315.6 996.4 in 2011 108 298.7
Mount Larcom Post Office 503.4 406.1 in 1956 104 100.7
Canungra Finch Road 588.0 522.9 in 1955 100 130.6
Somerby 317.0 246.5 in 1927 92 59.9
Jambin Post Office 322.2 308.0 in 1949 89 68.2
Glenlands 474.5 381.8 in 1990 87 105.9
Kroombit 325.2 288.5 in 1927 83 67.5
Proston Post Office 225.2 199.4 in 1949 79 68.6
Riverslea TM 269.0 239.3 in 1950 77 69.8
Amberley AMO 282.8 256.4 in 1963 76 85.9
Meandarra Post Office 295.5 263.1 in 2010 75 58.4
Mt Alford 457.8 368.8 in 1939 73 104.4
Dunollie 267.0 190.0 in 1956 67 59.5
Mount Kroombit 292.0 175.2 in 1963 62 60.9
Killara 233.6 228.7 in 1963 60 56.6
Wamuran 402.8 402.2 in 1925 60 152.7
Gladstone Radar 617.2 370.6 in 2014 59 107.0
Springs 497.0 326.3 in 1963 57 111.4
Carfax 286.5 236.5 in 1994 56 61.5
Highvale 377.0 364.4 in 1974 53 133.6
Juanita 278.7 237.2 in 1994 52 58.4
Applethorpe 223.8 209.4 in 1989 49 72.1
Oakey Aero 160.4 139.0 in 2010 47 50.3
Maroon Dam 476.2 225.4 in 2014 45 93.6
Carneys Creek The Ranch 538.0 296.2 in 2014 44 109.3
Moyola 185.5 144.2 in 2014 44 63.3
Mystery Park 810.9 565.4 in 1988 44 150.7
Coolmunda Dam 216.4 153.4 in 1989 41 56.3
Greenbank Thompson Road 378.0 253.8 in 2014 40 109.5
Oakington 250.4 182.6 in 2014 40 74.0
Woodgate Store 368.3 344.0 in 1992 39 115.0
Childers South 410.8 327.8 in 2012 38 111.4
Lovandee 470.6 264.8 in 2011 37 100.7
Springbrook Road 642.0 468.0 in 2006 36 259.1
Maclean Bridge 471.4 187.8 in 1992 35 103.2
Monogorilby - Home 279.0 179.2 in 2010 35 51.2
Cooby Creek Dam 233.2 145.6 in 2010 27 59.1
Dalby Airport 200.8 174.2 in 2010 26 59.1
Ripple Downs 189.8 170.4 in 2010 26 55.3
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 405.6 378.4 in 2001 25 128.0
Maryvale 258.0 222.0 in 1963 25 89.8
Crystal Brook 1078.0 711.6 in 2011 24 230.6
Gladstone Airport 614.8 308.4 in 2016 23 117.8
Gold Coast Seaway 394.0 222.4 in 2011 23 121.3
Hazeldean 427.8 338.4 in 2014 23 100.2
Miva 349.7 266.6 in 2012 23 107.4
Southwood 204.8 171.0 in 2010 23 63.5
The Deep Crossing 287.4 148.8 in 2010 23 65.4
Wivenhoe Dam 206.4 145.0 in 2004 23 65.2
Yeppoon The Esplanade 618.6 615.4 in 2014 23 154.4
Brisbane Aero 297.6 201.4 in 2010 22 107.6
Eidsvold Bridge 231.7 176.4 in 2013 22 60.4
Felton 187.8 179.6 in 2014 22 65.4
Beardy Junction 196.4 134.0 in 2001 21 64.8
Point Lookout 278.7 267.8 in 2010 21 136.3
Pratten Condamine River 201.4 192.0 in 1999 21 67.6
Tewantin RSL Park 599.2 598.0 in 2012 21 221.0
Toowoomba Airport 313.6 190.0 in 2014 21 82.7
Makowata 557.6 333.4 in 2011 20 167.3

Highest March total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Pittsworth 252.0 321.8 in 1890 65.9
Wallangarra Post Office 251.7 311.4 in 1890 70.3
Yuleba Garden St 212.9 515.1 in 1890 64.3
Gin Gin Post Office 478.5 668.8 in 1898* 126.6
Booroondarra 306.2 326.4 in 1940* 71.8
Southport Ridgeway Ave 532.8 545.3 in 1939* 198.9
Jondaryan Post Office 170.0 209.3 in 1947* 58.1
Monto Township 230.7 246.2 in 1939* 79.0
Eidsvold Post Office 234.5 291.8 in 1952* 76.3
Nanango Wills St 265.6 287.5 in 1955 83.6
Mount Joseph 345.8 405.0 in 1956 114.6
Yaamba 419.6 507.0 in 1956 107.7
Lowood Don St 247.0 259.7 in 1955* 91.3
Bell Police 142.0 164.3 in 1958* 57.5
Abercorn 200.7 210.9 in 1963 71.6
Colodan 251.2 317.5 in 1963 53.0
Ellangowan 181.0 252.7 in 1963 62.6
Lanark 216.0 246.2 in 1963 62.1
Mundubbera 207.0 212.6 in 1963 65.4
Queen Mary Falls 349.8 354.9 in 1963 148.3
Toogoolawah Post Office 222.2 302.5 in 1963 91.0
University of Queensland Gatton 198.0 219.4 in 1963 79.7
Kenilworth Township 391.8 505.4 in 1963* 173.8
Wateranga 286.0 342.6 in 1956* 83.9
Capalaba Water Treat 338.4 433.2 in 1974* 137.0
Archerfield Airport 416.2 458.0 in 1974* 127.5
Fort Lytton 305.0 356.0 in 1974* 126.8
Manly Railway Station 344.4 381.6 in 1974* 137.2
Beerburrum Forest Station 363.8 388.4 in 1978* 175.4
Leslie Dam 192.2 192.6 in 1979 56.8
Miami Bardon Ave 552.4 773.6 in 1978* 194.7
Double Island Point Lighthouse 279.0 284.9 in 1977* 163.6
Ballandean Post Office 193.6 199.6 in 1989 65.5
Carmila Beach Road 605.0 610.8 in 1979* 209.2
Coolangatta 444.0 520.8 in 1987* 184.2
Gatton Vale 239.0 241.4 in 1988* 69.0
Lady Elliot Island 272.8 419.4 in 1989 125.8
Texas Post Office 167.9 174.6 in 1989 56.8
Injune Post Office 145.8 201.0 in 1990 63.0
Pacific Heights 856.4 970.4 in 1990 195.3
Rockhampton Aero 409.4 447.4 in 1990 106.5
Springsure Comet St 206.4 262.5 in 1990 70.9
Broadmeadows 577.8 700.2 in 1990* 142.3
Mackay Aero 801.0 886.7 in 1955* 263.3
Seventeen Seventy 385.3 397.2 in 1990* 143.3
Durrandella 101.4 114.2 in 1990* 43.4
Mt Perry The Pines 274.8 295.0 in 1992 114.7
Frankfield Station 170.0 313.0 in 1990* 66.3
Clermont Post Office 203.4 372.1 in 1994 74.9
Clontarf 304.4 307.0 in 1992* 131.2
Comet Post Office 187.2 198.4 in 1994 59.3
Emerald Airport 204.6 335.2 in 1994 59.5
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 219.2 228.0 in 1989* 66.9
Woorarra 163.0 185.0 in 1994 55.6
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 244.0 399.8 in 1994* 176.4
Rocky Point Sugar Mill 233.5 299.2 in 1994* 158.4
Thangool Airport 255.6 278.6 in 1994* 63.9

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



Record highest March temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Camooweal Township 42.9 on the 28th 42.8 on the 2nd in 1951 76 35.3
Maryborough 38.0 on the 6th 36.6 on the 12th in 1988 61 29.2
Ingham Composite 38.1 on the 30th 38.0 on the 16th in 1992 47 30.8
Bundaberg Aero 38.5 on the 6th 36.5 on the 7th in 1998 38 29.2
Seventeen Seventy 33.8 on the 6th 33.0 on the 7th in 1998 30 28.2
Brisbane Aero 34.9 on the 17th 34.2 on the 30th in 2007 22 28.0
Point Lookout 33.0 on the 18th 32.1 on the 5th in 2015 21 28.6
Rundle Island 32.1 on the 6th 32.0 on the 22nd in 2002 21 27.3



Record highest March mean daily maximum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Camooweal Township 39.1 39.0 in 1986 108 35.3
Maryborough 32.0 = 32.0 in 1932 107 29.2
Cairns Aero 32.5 = 32.5 in 1993 74 30.6
South Johnstone Exp Stn 32.3 31.5 in 1946 61 29.9
Lockhart River Airport 32.2 31.7 in 2016 51 30.6
Low Isles Lighthouse 32.9 32.7 in 1993 49 30.8
Walkamin Research Station 30.8 30.3 in 2016 48 28.1
Coolangatta 28.7 28.6 in 2015 28 27.3
Point Lookout 29.9 29.7 in 2016 20 28.6
Rundle Island 29.2 28.8 in 2001 20 27.3

Highest March mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Boulia Airport 39.7 39.8 in 1915* 35.5
Innisfail 32.1 32.2 in 1946 29.8
Cardwell Marine Pde 32.0 32.6 in 1993* 30.7
Lucinda Point 30.8 31.0 in 1993* 29.6

* 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
Townsville Aero 27.9 on the 15th 27.4 on the 3rd in 1994 77 23.0
Innisfail 26.8 on the 30th 26.7 on the 1st in 1988 61 22.1
Lady Elliot Island 27.4 on the 6th 27.0 on the 9th in 1995 61 23.4
Taroom Post Office 24.9 on the 14th 24.5 on the 29th in 1998 61 18.2
Cardwell Marine Pde 29.1 on the 28th 27.5 on the 9th in 1997 60 22.0
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.0 on the 29th 28.5 on the 3rd in 1981 49 25.1
Walkamin Research Station 24.0 on the 29th 23.5 on the 2nd in 1988 49 19.6
Lucinda Point 28.8 on the 30th 28.3 on the 1st in 2004 28 24.7
Alva Beach 28.0 on the 30th 27.6 on the 11th in 2015 21 23.1
Rundle Island 27.1 on the 14th 27.0 on the 13th in 2007 21 23.7



Record highest March mean daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Boulia Airport 24.9 24.8 in 2015 122 21.8
Brisbane^ 22.0 21.3 in 2015 117 19.7
Cardwell Marine Pde 24.5 23.5 in 2015 108 22.0
Cunnamulla Post Office 21.7 = 21.7 in 2006 107 18.9
Lady Elliot Island 25.1 24.9 in 2015 77 23.4
Rockhampton Aero 23.0 22.6 in 2016 77 20.9
Townsville Aero 24.8 24.6 in 2015 76 23.0
Cairns Aero 24.3 24.0 in 2016 74 23.1
Taroom Post Office 20.8 = 20.8 in 2016 64 18.2
South Johnstone Exp Stn 23.6 23.3 in 2011 61 22.0
Ayr DPI Research Stn 23.6 23.2 in 2011 60 21.5
Collinsville Post Office 23.0 22.1 in 2016 59 20.1
Gladstone Radar 23.1 22.8 in 2015 59 21.6
Mackay M.O 23.7 23.5 in 2015 57 22.3
Applethorpe 15.3 15.0 in 2016 48 13.3
Low Isles Lighthouse 26.1 25.8 in 1982 48 25.1
Texas Post Office 18.3 18.1 in 1989 45 15.9
Monto Township 20.5 19.4 in 1976 43 17.3
Oakey Aero 18.4 17.7 in 2016 43 15.7
Archerfield Airport 21.0 20.2 in 2015 41 18.4
Bundaberg Aero 22.1 21.6 in 2001 37 20.0
Mackay Aero 23.4 23.1 in 1956 30 22.0
Coolangatta 21.2 20.7 in 2015 29 19.7
Proserpine Airport 22.8 22.7 in 2011 27 21.6
Dalby Airport 18.7 18.2 in 2001 25 16.4
Charters Towers Airport 23.0 22.2 in 2016 24 20.9
Emerald Airport 22.3 22.0 in 2016 24 20.3
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 20.9 20.3 in 2015 24 19.0
Thangool Airport 21.0 19.7 in 2001 24 17.8
Gladstone Airport 23.2 22.9 in 2001 23 21.7
Sunshine Coast Airport 21.7 21.1 in 2016 22 20.0
Brisbane Aero 21.6 21.1 in 2015 21 19.6
Tewantin RSL Park 22.2 21.8 in 2015 21 20.7
Warwick 16.9 16.5 in 2016 21 15.1
Toowoomba Airport 17.8 17.5 in 2015 20 16.3
^New record, Old record and Years of record calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites. Average calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites.

Highest March mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Palmerville 23.5 24.3 in 1921* 22.0
Innisfail 24.2 25.6 in 1948 22.1
Amberley AMO 19.9 20.7 in 1956 17.8
Maryborough 21.4 21.7 in 1956 19.4
University of Queensland Gatton 19.8 20.2 in 1956* 17.3
Gympie 20.6 21.0 in 1976* 18.1
Camooweal Township 24.2 =24.2 in 1985* 21.8

* 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
Boulia Airport 32.3 32.1 in 2015 120 28.7
Brisbane^ 26.3 25.7 in 2015 117 26.3
Camooweal Township 31.7 31.5 in 1986 107 28.5
Cunnamulla Post Office 28.7 28.2 in 1933 107 25.6
Maryborough 26.7 26.0 in 1998 107 24.3
Amberley AMO 25.6 25.4 in 1954 75 23.6
Cairns Aero 28.4 27.9 in 2016 74 26.8
South Johnstone Exp Stn 27.9 26.8 in 2010 61 25.9
Ayr DPI Research Stn 27.8 27.5 in 2015 60 26.2
Collinsville Post Office 28.4 28.2 in 2015 59 26.0
Lockhart River Airport 28.2 27.9 in 2016 51 27.0
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.5 29.2 in 1993 48 28.0
Walkamin Research Station 25.7 25.6 in 2016 48 23.8
Archerfield Airport 25.9 25.4 in 2015 41 23.6
Bundaberg Aero 26.5 26.4 in 2001 37 24.6
Mackay Aero 27.1 26.9 in 2015 30 25.6
Coolangatta 24.9 24.7 in 2015 28 23.5
Lucinda Point 28.3 28.1 in 2015 27 27.2
Proserpine Airport 27.2 = 27.2 in 2015 27 25.9
Charters Towers Airport 28.3 28.2 in 2015 24 26.4
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 25.5 25.0 in 2015 24 23.7
Thangool Airport 26.6 = 26.6 in 2001 24 24.9
Brisbane Aero 25.4 24.9 in 2015 21 23.8
Tewantin RSL Park 25.5 25.4 in 2015 21 24.1
Rundle Island 27.0 = 27.0 in 2001 20 25.5
^New record, Old record and Years of record calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites. Average calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites.
Highest March mean temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Gympie 26.0 26.9 in 1933* 23.7
Innisfail 28.1 28.4 in 1948 26.0
Palmerville 28.3 28.4 in 1978* 27.1

* 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 2017

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2017
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2017
Mean for
March
2017
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2017
Total for
March
2017
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2017
Fraction of
March
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.0 +0.4 34.3 19th 26.0 +0.3 23.5 1st 221.4 282.9 low 78%
Coen Airport 33.0 +1.6 34.3 28th 24.0 +0.7 22.5 12th 179.6 263.4 average 68%
Horn Island 31.1 +0.6 32.7 19th 25.2 +0.2 24.1 18th 213.6 347.9 low 61%
Scherger RAAF 32.8 +0.7 35.4 9th 24.3 +0.7 22.7 13th 377.8 350.2 average 108%
Weipa Aero 31.9 +0.1 33.9 9th 24.3 +0.5 22.8 14th 299.6 413.2 average 73%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 32.2 +1.6 34.6 18th 24.2 +0.7 22.8 12th 434.6 447.4 average 97%
Palmerville 33.2 +0.9 34.7 31st 23.5 +1.5 20.4 12th 149.6 180.3 average 83%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 36.0 +1.6 40.3 29th 25.0 +1.2 21.5 23rd 48.0 144.5 low 33%
Century Mine 38.6 +2.5 42.5 28th 24.4 +0.9 22.4 6th 54.0 82.8 average 65%
Cloncurry Airport 38.2 +2.4 41.2 29th 23.9 +1.1 18.7 20th 67.6 73.9 high 91%
Julia Creek Airport 39.5 +3.1 42.4 18th 22.2 +1.0 14.6 31st 48.8 67.7 average 72%
Kowanyama Airport 33.7 +0.9 35.9 31st 25.0 +1.2 22.7 24th 307.0 238.1 high 129%
Lake Julius AWS 38.1   41.5 28th 25.0   21.3 31st 107.0


Mornington Island Airport 32.6   34.2 30th 26.5   22.9 6th 131.6


Mount Isa Aero 37.9 +3.5 40.8 28th 21.6 -0.2 16.6 15th 59.6 63.1 average 94%
Normanton Airport 35.1 +1.1 38.7 28th 25.4 +0.8 22.5 25th 88.8 135.3 average 66%
Sweers Island 33.3 +1.1 36.2 29th 27.3 +1.4 20.4 24th 52.0 229.5 low 23%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 34.1 +0.6 36.7 29th 22.5 +0.5 19.6 1st 107.4 124.9 average 86%
Hughenden Airport 37.3 +2.8 40.3 18th 22.5 +0.9 18.1 15th 24.0 30.9 average 78%
Richmond Airport 37.2 +1.5 39.9 30th 21.6 +0.3 15.5 31st 104.6 61.7 high 170%
Richmond Post Office 37.1 +2.2 39.7 2nd 22.5 +1.7 19.1 31st 88.0 61.4 high 143%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 32.5 +1.9 36.2 28th 24.3 +1.2 21.2 12th 121.2 415.5 v low 29%
Cairns Racecourse 32.8   36.8 28th 23.9   20.2 12th 109.6


Cape Flattery 32.2 +1.2 36.7 27th 25.0 +0.5 23.7 3rd 129.2 416.5 v low 31%
Cooktown Airport 31.9 +1.5 35.8 27th 24.3 +0.5 21.2 12th 271.8 386.3 average 70%
Low Isles Lighthouse 32.9 +2.1 36.3 28th 26.1 +1.0 24.7 1st 202.6 435.5 low 47%
Mareeba Airport 31.7 +2.0 34.7 30th 21.5 +0.9 17.7 13th 134.8 157.8 average 85%
Walkamin Research Station 30.8 +2.7 34.0 30th 20.6 +1.0 16.0 13th 154.1 204.8 average 75%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 32.0 +1.3 38.0 29th 24.5 +2.5 20.7 13th 318.6 399.4 average 80%
Innisfail 32.1 +2.3 37.2 28th 24.2 +2.1 21.8 12th 269.1 659.0 low 41%
Innisfail Aerodrome 32.8   37.1 28th 23.0   19.6 13th 243.4


Lucinda Point 30.8 +1.2 32.7 30th 25.8 +1.1 23.5 4th 319.2 166.3 v high 192%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 32.3 +2.4 36.5 29th 23.6 +1.6 20.6 12th 259.6 611.6 low 42%
Townsville Aero 32.3 +1.6 34.8 17th 24.8 +1.8 21.2 10th 151.2 191.9 average 79%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.9 +0.3 33.1 31st 24.9 +1.8 20.3 10th 311.2 141.1 high 221%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 32.0 +1.1 34.3 13th 23.6 +2.1 19.7 10th 275.2 153.6 high 179%
Bowen Airport AWS 31.5   34.0 2nd 23.9   19.0 10th 486.4


Collinsville Post Office 33.5 +1.6 37.3 17th 23.0 +2.9 17.4 10th 118.8 95.5 average 124%
Hamilton Island Airport 30.2 +1.7 32.6 7th 25.0 +0.8 21.9 10th 474.6 256.2 high 185%
Mackay Aero 30.8 +1.5 34.0 14th 23.4 +1.4 18.7 10th 801.0 263.3 v high 304%
Mackay M.O 30.5 +1.9 34.2 17th 23.7 +1.4 19.1 10th 832.2 287.9 v high 289%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 30.5   33.7 17th 22.9   18.4 10th



Proserpine Airport 31.6 +1.4 34.8 17th 22.8 +1.2 17.8 10th 424.6 214.8 high 198%
Samuel Hill Aero 30.6 +1.5 36.2 6th 22.0 +1.3 18.1 10th 808.8 229.0 v high 353%
St Lawrence 31.7 +1.0 36.2 6th 23.2 +1.7 19.5 10th 680.0 164.4 v high 414%
Williamson 31.3 +1.0 36.1 6th 23.1 +1.7 19.2 10th 480.2 139.4 v high 344%
Woolshed 29.0 +1.4 34.0 30th 21.1 +1.4 16.9 10th 117.2 152.4 average 77%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 29.4 +1.0 35.2 6th 23.8 +1.3 19.6 31st 618.6 154.4 highest 401%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 33.6 +1.6 37.6 7th 23.0 +2.1 19.7 10th 79.6 73.2 average 109%
Moranbah Airport 33.5   40.2 14th 21.5   16.5 11th 257.8


Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 33.4   37.7 14th 22.0   17.3 31st 208.4


Clermont Airport 32.8   37.7 14th 21.5   16.5 31st 214.0


Emerald Airport 33.0 +0.2 37.5 14th 22.3 +2.0 16.6 31st 204.6 59.5 v high 344%
Lochington 34.1   40.2 14th 21.0   14.1 31st 160.4


Rolleston Airport 33.4   37.2 7th 21.1   15.3 31st 130.6


Springsure Comet St 32.0 +0.4 35.6 2nd 20.2 +1.3 12.6 31st 206.4 70.9 v high 291%
Tambo Post Office 34.8 +2.3 37.6 17th 18.9 +1.3 10.2 31st 45.4 57.6 average 79%
Taroom Post Office 33.2 +1.5 36.7 2nd 20.8 +2.6 12.8 31st 127.5 63.4 high 201%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 36.2 +3.0 40.0 17th 22.9 +2.0 16.3 31st 16.0 59.3 low 27%
Blackall Airport 36.6 +2.7 40.0 13th 21.2 +1.1 14.0 31st 32.0 34.7 average 92%
Isisford Post Office 37.4 +3.1 40.3 17th 22.2 +1.8 15.1 31st 36.0 58.3 average 62%
Longreach Aero 37.4 +2.7 40.8 17th 22.0 +1.6 13.7 31st 56.8 54.2 average 105%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 39.1 +3.8 42.9 28th 24.2 +2.4 18.9 31st 25.6 55.3 average 46%
Carters Bore 38.3   41.2 28th 24.5   18.2 31st 19.6


New May Downs 37.9   41.0 29th 23.6   18.8 31st 42.2


The Monument Airport 39.3 +3.7 41.9 28th 23.5 +1.7 16.1 31st 8.2 32.5 average 25%
Trepell Airport 39.1 +3.3 41.7 18th 23.4 +1.6 16.2 31st 18.8 30.1 average 62%
Urandangi Aerodrome 40.9   44.0 28th 22.3   14.9 31st 0.6


Winton Airport 39.4 +3.7 42.0 17th 22.5 +1.1 17.4 16th 22.6 49.7 average 45%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 38.9 +3.2 43.0 28th 23.5 +1.8 13.7 31st 0 26.3 lowest 0%
Birdsville Airport 39.2 +3.7 43.7 27th 23.9 +2.1 13.7 31st 0 36.2 v low 0%
Boulia Airport 39.7 +4.2 43.2 28th 24.9 +3.1 15.9 31st 0.7 36.0 low 2%
Windorah Airport 38.1   42.3 28th 24.4   13.2 31st 15.2


Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 30.8 +1.6 38.5 6th 22.1 +2.1 18.4 31st 272.2 115.2 high 236%
Gayndah Airport 32.5 +1.3 37.0 14th 21.6 +2.8 15.4 31st 252.4 71.2 v high 354%
Gladstone Airport 30.1 +0.3 36.3 6th 23.2 +1.5 19.6 31st 614.8 117.8 highest 522%
Gladstone Radar 30.7 +0.5 38.7 6th 23.1 +1.5 18.7 31st 617.2 107.0 highest 577%
Lady Elliot Island 30.1 +1.8 31.8 6th 25.1 +1.7 20.0 10th 272.8 125.8 v high 217%
Monto Township     37.1 6th 20.5 +3.2 15.3 31st 230.7 79.0 v high 292%
Rockhampton Aero 31.9 +1.4 40.0 6th 23.0 +2.1 19.8 31st 409.4 106.5 v high 384%
Rundle Island 29.2 +1.9 32.1 6th 24.5 +0.8 20.1 9th



Sandy Cape Lighthouse 30.1 +1.6 34.1 6th 23.1 +1.4 19.7 31st 199.0 157.7 high 126%
Seventeen Seventy 29.7 +1.5 33.8 6th 23.1 +1.6 19.5 15th 385.3 143.3 v high 269%
Thangool Airport 32.3 +0.3 38.0 6th 21.0 +3.2 15.1 31st 255.6 63.9 v high 400%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 31.3 +1.9 36.7 17th 19.9 +2.1 13.2 10th 282.8 85.9 highest 329%
Archerfield Airport 30.8 +2.0 34.5 17th 21.0 +2.6 17.5 10th 416.2 127.5 v high 326%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 30.3   33.6 17th 19.8   15.7 10th 482.6 127.4 v high 379%
Beerburrum Forest Station 30.1 +1.6 34.4 17th 20.3 +1.8 15.1 10th 363.8 175.4 v high 207%
Brisbane 30.6 +2.1 35.7 17th 22.0 +2.3 19.5 10th N/A 98.7 N/A N/A
Brisbane Aero 29.2 +1.2 34.9 17th 21.6 +2.0 17.7 10th 297.6 107.6 highest 277%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 28.0 +1.9 30.4 4th 22.5 +1.3 19.6 10th 244.0 176.4 high 138%
Coolangatta 28.7 +1.4 32.1 18th 21.2 +1.5 18.3 12th 444.0 184.2 v high 241%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 28.5 +1.7 32.9 13th 22.9 +1.1 18.9 17th 279.0 163.6 high 171%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.7 +0.8 30.8 18th 21.5 +0.7 17.8 11th 394.0 121.3 highest 325%
Gympie 31.3 +2.0 36.5 6th 20.6 +2.5 14.9 10th 293.8 145.1 v high 202%
Hervey Bay Airport 30.5 +1.5 35.4 6th 22.8 +2.3 17.8 10th 325.6 132.1 high 246%
Jimna Forestry 27.5 +1.5 31.5 12th 17.8 +1.7 13.2 10th 38.6 75.1 low 51%
Kingaroy Airport 29.5 +1.3 33.0 2nd 18.4 +2.4 12.6 10th 210.4 68.2 v high 309%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 30.0 +1.6 34.8 5th 20.9 +1.9 16.9 10th 405.6 128.0 highest 317%
Maryborough 32.0 +2.8 38.0 6th 21.4 +2.0 17.6 10th 260.8 157.5 high 166%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 29.3   34.4 17th 21.0   16.5 10th 367.8 274.8 high 134%
Point Lookout 29.9 +1.3 33.0 18th 22.6 +0.7 19.8 10th 278.7 136.3 highest 204%
Rainbow Beach 29.1 +1.2 32.1 29th      
242.6 149.3 high 162%
Redcliffe 28.6 +0.8 32.0 18th 22.2 +1.6 18.5 10th 269.6 131.3 v high 205%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 29.0   34.6 17th 20.9   16.1 10th 254.4


Sunshine Coast Airport 29.2 +1.3 31.6 18th 21.7 +1.7 14.8 10th 327.8 168.6 high 194%
Tewantin RSL Park 28.7 +1.2 32.2 18th 22.2 +1.5 18.7 10th 599.2 221.0 highest 271%
University of Queensland Gatton 30.7 +1.2 35.3 17th 19.8 +2.5 14.6 10th 198.0 79.7 v high 248%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 24.9 +0.9 28.4 28th 15.3 +2.0 8.3 10th 223.8 72.1 highest 310%
Dalby Airport 30.6 +0.4 34.5 12th 18.7 +2.3 12.6 31st 200.8 59.1 highest 340%
Oakey Aero 29.2 +0.5 32.4 12th 18.4 +2.7 12.8 10th 160.4 50.3 highest 319%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 25.5 +0.6 29.0 28th 15.7 +1.9 10.2 10th 219.2 66.9 v high 328%
Texas Post Office 30.5 -0.7 34.2 12th 18.3 +2.4 13.2 10th 167.9 56.8 v high 296%
Toowoomba Airport 26.7 +0.6 30.5 11th 17.8 +1.5 12.0 31st 313.6 82.7 highest 379%
Warwick 28.1 +0.3 31.4 3rd 16.9 +1.8 10.3 10th 204.6 68.2 v high 300%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 31.8 +0.4 35.0 12th 19.3 +1.5 12.6 11th 96.4 56.3 high 171%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 33.0 +2.1 36.6 13th 18.7 +2.2 10.7 31st 145.8 63.0 v high 231%
Mitchell Post Office 33.5 +2.4 37.1 12th 18.3 +1.5 10.8 31st 101.8 61.6 high 165%
Roma Airport 32.3 +0.8 36.8 13th 18.6 +1.2 11.2 31st 169.6 56.9 v high 298%
St George Airport 33.0 +1.1 37.0 12th 19.9 +1.2 12.2 31st 59.8 48.8 high 123%
Surat 32.0 +0.2 35.4 12th 19.5 +1.6 12.2 31st 185.4 59.0 v high 314%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 34.6 +2.6 38.9 12th 20.4 +2.1 13.5 31st 88.4 49.1 high 180%
Charleville Aero 35.2 +3.1 38.6 12th 20.7 +1.9 14.4 10th 13.8 58.2 average 24%
Cunnamulla Post Office 35.7 +3.3 40.6 26th 21.7 +2.8 12.4 31st 4.4 41.2 low 11%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 37.9 +3.3 42.5 28th 23.5 +2.0 14.1 31st 4.8 25.9 average 19%
Thargomindah Airport 37.0 +3.3 42.1 27th 23.5 +2.1 13.8 31st 0.6 40.1 low 1%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Frederick Reef 28.5   30.0 5th 25.7   22.0 10th



Middle Percy Island 28.7 +1.2 31.4 6th 23.9 +1.1 21.2 18th 579.6 200.6 v high 289%
Willis Island 30.3 +0.4 31.9 8th 26.2 +0.8 23.1 12th 236.8 207.2 average 114%
Brisbane's maximum and minimum temperature anomalies calculated using the old (closed) and current (open) sites

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 7 am on Monday 3 April 2017. 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.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

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