Monday, 2 June 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for South Australia - Product code IDCKGC13R0
Rainfall over most of the Pastoral districts ranged between below and very much below average with some isolated areas, in the southern parts of the districts, receiving near normal rainfall for May.
Rainfall totals were generally less than 7 mm, with many locations including Coober Pedy, Marree, Moomba and Oodnadatta receiving no rainfall for the month.
The highest rainfall total was 25.6 mm at the Gluepot Reserve in the Northeast district.
Rainfall totals over the Agricultural districts were generally near average although the southern parts of the Lower Southeast district and the western areas of the Western Agricultural district recorded below average rain.
Totals were typically between 25 and 50 mm, ranging up to between 100 and 150 mm in the Mount Lofty ranges. Some northern and western Agricultural districts only received rainfall totals in the 10 to 20 mm range.
The highest rainfall reported in the Agricultural districts was 180.2 mm at Woodhouse in the Mount Lofty ranges.
The majority of the state, north of latitude 35° south (Adelaide), had mean monthly maximum temperatures between 1°C and 2°C above normal with the higher departure from normal in the far western regions. The remainder of the state was within 1°C above or below the average.
The Marla Police Station recorded the highest daily maximum for the month in the Pastoral areas, with 31.0°C on the 5th. Yunta recorded the coolest with 13.2°C on the 17th.
Mean maximum temperatures across the Pastoral districts ranged from 25.3°C at Marree in the Far North district down to 19.9°C at Yunta in the Northeast district.
Mean maximum temperatures across the Agricultural districts ranged from 22.9°C at Port Augusta and Nullarbor in the Western Agricultural district down to 13.0°C at Mount Lofty in the Mount Lofty ranges.
The highest daily maximum temperature of 30.5°C was recorded at Nullarbor on the 14th. The coolest daily maximum was 9.5°C at Mount Lofty on the 16th.
The mean minimum temperature was 1°C below the monthly average over most of the state with large areas of the agricultural districts up to 1°C above the normal for May. Some isolated locations were up to 1.5°C either above or below the average.
Mean minimum temperatures in the Pastoral districts ranged from 4.3°C at Yunta in the Northeast district, to 10.3°C at Moomba in the Far North district.
The lowest recorded daily minimum temperature in the Pastoral districts was −1.4°C at Yunta, on the 29th. The warmest was 18.3°C at Moomba on the 2nd.
Across the Agricultural areas mean minimum temperatures ranged from 4.7°C at Yongala in the Upper North district to 14.6°C at Neptune Island.
The lowest recorded daily minimum temperature in the Agricultural districts was −0.1°C at Coonawarra in the Lower Southeast district on the 28th. The warmest daily minimum temperature was at Neptune Island on the 14th when a daily minimum of 16.4°C was recorded.See a map of mean maximum temperatures.
|31.0°C at Marla Police Station on the 5th|
|Warmest days on average|
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
|25.3°C at Marree Comparison|
|Coolest days on average|
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
|15.5°C at Mount Crawford Fire Tower|
Lowest daily maximum temperature
|9.9°C at Mount Crawford Fire Tower on the 17th|
|−1.4°C at Yunta Airstrip on the 29th|
|Coolest nights on average|
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
|4.3°C at Yunta Airstrip|
|Warmest nights on average|
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
|14.6°C at Neptune Island|
Highest daily minimum temperature
|18.3°C at Moomba Airport on the 2nd|
Highest total rainfall
|180.2 mm at Piccadilly (Woodhouse)|
|Highest wind gust||106 km/h at Neptune Island on the 16th|
|Summary statistics for May 2008|
|Northwest (district 16)|
|Coober Pedy Airport||23.0||29.7||5th||9.8||7.1||23rd||0|
|Marla Police Station||24.6||+1.3||31.0||5th||8.1||−1.2||3.5||28th||0||12.5||very low||0%|
|Far North (district 17)|
|Leigh Creek Airport||22.2||+1.2||26.9||14th||7.9||−0.9||5.0||20th||4.0||15.7||normal||25%|
|Western Agricultural (district 18)|
|Port Augusta Aero||22.9||27.5||5th||8.1||3.5||30th||5.0|
|Upper North (district 19)|
|Northeast (district 20)|
|Lower North (district 21)|
|Clare High School||17.9||22.6||14th||6.2||2.7||3rd||50.0|
|Port Pirie Aerodrome||21.0||25.0||14th||9.2||5.7||11th||44.5|
|Port Pirie Nyrstar Comparison||21.8||+1.5||25.5||14th||11.6||+0.9||8.5||28th||28.9||38.1||normal||76%|
|Yorke Peninsula (district 22A)|
|Kangaroo Island (district 22B)|
|Adelaide Plains (district 23A)|
|County Light (district 23B)|
|Mount Lofty Ranges (district 23°C)|
|Hindmarsh Island AWS||18.8||25.7||14th||9.8||5.5||29th||28.6|
|Kuitpo Forest Reserve||17.0||22.7||14th||9.6||6.2||17th||47.4|
|Mount Crawford Fire Tower||15.5||20.4||14th||8.6||4.1||17th||66.0|
|Upper Murray Valley (district 24A)|
|Loxton Research Centre||20.2||+0.7||24.6||14th||5.7||−0.6||0.5||30th||35.0||23.4||high||150%|
|Lower Murray Valley (district 24B)|
|Murray Bridge Comparison||20.8||+1.3||26.1||14th||7.8||−0.2||3.7||23rd||41.0||34.9||normal||117%|
|Murray Mallee (district 25A)|
|Upper Southeast (district 25B)|
|Lower Southeast (district 26)|
|Mount Gambier Aero||16.4||+0.3||21.2||14th||8.2||+1.0||1.7||28th||46.6||71.7||low||65%|
This statement has been prepared based on information available at 3 pm on Monday 2 June 2008. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.
Normals 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 20 years of record, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.
The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of "normal" rain.
The Rank indicates how rainfall this time compares with the climate record for the site,
based on the
(very low rainfall is in decile 1, low in decile 2 or 3,
normal in decile 4 to 7, high in decile 8 or 9
and very high is in decile 10).
The Fraction of normal shows how much rain has fallen this time as a percentage of the long-term mean.