Tuesday, 1 July 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for South Australia - Product code IDCKGC13R0

South Australia in June 2008
A warm and drier than average start to Winter and 2008.

Summary

  • Rainfall was generally below average for the month, apart from north-eastern South Australia.
  • Rainfall for the first half of 2008 is below average to very much below average over almost all of South Australia.
  • Both maximum and minimum temperatures were slightly above average for June.

Rainfall

Pastoral Districts

Rainfall totals were generally below average in western parts of the Pastoral districts, but above average elsewhere.

Rainfall totals were generally 10 to 15 mm, with several locations recording 25 to 40 mm totals.

The highest amount recorded in the Pastoral Districts was 52 mm at Yudnapinna.

Rainfall totals for the first half of the year were typically in the 30 to 50 mm range but for most locations this meant rainfall for the first half of the year was in the lowest 10−20% of totals in the record.

Agricultural Districts

Rainfall totals were generally below to very much below average in the Agricultural districts, apart from the Mid North and Murray Valley districts where some above average totals were recorded.

Rainfall totals were generally 15 to 30 mm for the month, though the South East district, Kangaroo Island and the Mount Lofty Ranges had totals more typically in the 40 to 60 mm range. The highest total recorded was 84 mm at Parawa (Sharon).

Rainfall totals for the year to the end of June were generally in the 80 to 150 mm range, though totals were generally 150 to 220 mm over the Mount Lofty Ranges and the Southeast district.

For most locations this meant rainfall for the first half of the year was in the lowest 10−20% of totals in the record.

See a map of total rainfall.
See a map of rainfall deciles.

Temperature

Maximum

Mean maximum temperatures for June were generally 1°C above average across the state, though closer to average in the northeast.

In the Pastoral districts mean maximum temperatures ranged from 15.8°C at Yunta to 20.6°C at Oodnadatta Airport. Mean maximum temperatures over the Agricultural districts ranged from 12.2°C at Mt Crawford in the Mount Lofty Ranges to 19.9°C at Nullarbor in the Western Agricultural district.

The highest maximum recorded during June was 27.0°C at Marla in the Far North on the 29th June, with the lowest at Mount Crawford on the 14th June with 8.9°C.

Maximum temperatures for the first three months of the Growing Season, April to June, are generally about 1°C above average for that time of the year.

Minimum

Mean minimum temperatures for June were generally about 1 to 2°C above average, decreasing to about 1°C above average in the west of the state.

In the Pastoral districts mean minimum temperatures ranged from 4.4°C at Yunta Airport to 8.5°C at Moomba Airport. Over the Agricultural districts mean minimum temperatures ranged from 4.4°C at Yongala in the Upper North district to 13.5°C on Neptune Island.

The lowest daily minimum temperature recorded during June was −2.6°C at Yongala in the Upper North district on the 27th.

Some sites had their highest June mean daily maximum temperature on record.

See a map of mean maximum temperatures.
See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.
See a map of mean minimum temperatures.
See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

Further information

South Australian Regional Office
South Australian Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (08) 8366 2600
Email climate.sa@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
27.0°C at Marla Police Station on the 29th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
20.6°C at Oodnadatta Airport
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
12.2°C at Mount Crawford Fire Tower
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
8.9°C at Mount Crawford Fire Tower on the 14th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−2.6°C at Yongala on the 27th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
4.4°C at Yongala
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
13.5°C at Neptune Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
15.7°C at Neptune Island on the 3rd
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
83.6 mm at Parawa (Sharon)
Highest wind gust
115 km/h at Neptune Island on the 30th

Records





Record highest June mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for June 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for June
Years of
record
Normal for
June
Elliston 18.4 = 18.4 in 2005 47 17.0


Summaries

Summary statistics for June 2008
Maximum temperatures
for June
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for June
(°C)
Rainfall
for June
(millimetres)
Mean for
June
2008
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
June
2008
Mean for
June
2008
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
June
2008
Total for
June
2008
Normal
for
June
Rank of
June
2008
Fraction of
June
normal
Northwest (district 16)
Andamooka 18.8 +0.2 22.8 1st 7.8 +0.9 3.1 28th 22.2 15.7 high 141%
Coober Pedy Airport 18.9   25.7 29th 7.1   3.2 25th 3.8
Ernabella 19.0   23.7 29th 5.9   0.9 9th 0
Nonning 17.8 +1.0 21.9 29th 5.6 +1.1 −0.7 25th 18.7 26.9 normal 70%
Roxby Downs 18.4   23.3 29th 7.0   1.7 27th 9.4
Tarcoola Aero 19.2   25.9 29th 5.2   1.2 23rd 8.0
Woomera Aerodrome 17.8 +0.5 22.5 29th 7.6 +0.9 4.2 16th 19.0 16.3 high 117%
Far North (district 17)
Leigh Creek Airport 17.8 +0.8 22.7 2nd 6.8 +1.5 1.7 25th 22.2 17.9 normal 124%
Marree Aero 19.5   23.7 29th 7.1   2.4 26th 16.8
Marree Comparison 19.9 +0.3 24.0 1st 7.6 +1.7 2.6 26th 19.2 13.9 high 138%
Moomba Airport 20.0   25.0 1st 8.5   4.2 26th 24.2
Oodnadatta Airport 20.6 +0.7 26.3 29th 6.7 +0.2 2.1 25th 3.2 12.4 normal 26%
Western Agricultural (district 18)
Ceduna AMO 19.7 +1.5 25.3 25th 6.8 +0.4 0.3 23rd 13.6 35.0 low 39%
Cleve 17.0 +1.0 22.2 1st 8.9 +1.0 5.7 23rd 34.2 46.2 normal 74%
Cleve Aerodrome 16.8   22.0 1st 9.0   5.1 24th 25.8 41.7 low 62%
Coulta 17.4   20.6 1st 8.8   3.8 27th 23.2
Cummins Aero 17.5   22.3 1st 7.2   1.7 27th 24.4
Elliston 18.4 +1.3 22.5 1st 9.0 +0.6 3.0 27th 25.8 72.1 very low 36%
Kimba 16.8 +0.8 21.5 1st 7.0 +1.2 3.2 23rd 24.8 39.6 low 63%
Kyancutta 18.8 +1.0 23.7 1st 5.0 −0.4 −0.7 23rd 14.4 38.1 low 38%
Minnipa DPI 17.9   22.4 2nd 8.0   3.2 22nd 10.6
Neptune Island 16.7 +0.7 19.5 1st 13.5 +1.3 10.1 30th 47.8 66.6 normal 72%
North Shields 17.5   21.9 2nd 9.3   5.6 24th 45.4
Nullarbor 19.9 +1.1 25.8 28th 6.9 +0.7 1.5 24th 9.0 30.2 very low 30%
Port Augusta Aero 18.5   23.0 1st 7.9   2.4 27th 23.4
Streaky Bay 18.7 +1.5 23.6 1st 9.8 +0.8 5.0 23rd 17.8 62.0 very low 29%
Whyalla Aero 17.8 +0.6 21.9 29th 7.5 +1.6 1.4 27th 26.0 25.1 normal 104%
Wudinna Aero 18.6   23.2 1st 6.4   0.2 15th 6.0
Upper North (district 19)
Hawker 16.2 −0.2 20.8 2nd 6.4 +2.0 0.5 25th 36.2 38.6 normal 94%
Yongala 14.3 +0.7 19.4 2nd 4.4 +1.6 −2.6 27th 24.6 39.4 low 62%
Northeast (district 20)
Gluepot Reserve 17.5   21.5 29th 4.9   −1.8 16th 13.7
Yunta Airstrip 15.8   19.7 29th 4.8   −1.9 27th 31.8
Lower North (district 21)
Clare High School 14.3   19.0 2nd 5.9   −1.4 27th 31.8
Port Pirie Aerodrome 17.4   21.5 1st 7.6   1.6 27th 25.7
Port Pirie Nyrstar Comparison 18.0 +0.9 22.0 2nd 9.9 +1.5 5.5 27th 25.5 40.6 normal 63%
Snowtown 16.8   22.1 1st 6.5   0.6 27th 33.4
Yorke Peninsula (district 22A)
Edithburgh 16.7   18.6 6th 9.8   5.5 16th 34.0
Kadina AWS 16.8   20.5 3rd 7.0   0.0 27th 22.2
Maitland 16.1 +0.7 21.6 1st 9.1 +1.3 6.0 15th 23.0 68.3 very low 34%
Minlaton Aero 17.0   21.6 1st 8.9   4.2 20th 40.8
Stenhouse Bay 16.8   21.3 1st 11.5   7.1 16th 43.4
Warooka 16.5 +0.6 21.0 1st 9.9 +1.4 6.0 16th 39.6 64.6 low 61%
Kangaroo Island (district 22B)
Cape Borda 15.5   17.8 4th 11.6   8.6 19th 50.2
Cape Willoughby 15.7 +0.9 19.2 1st 12.1 +1.4 8.9 30th 39.6 75.8 low 52%
Kingscote Aero 16.5   19.6 1st 8.5   3.0 16th 47.4
Adelaide Plains (district 23A)
Adelaide 17.0 +0.9 22.0 1st 9.3 +1.2 4.9 20th 28.8 80.5 very low 36%
Adelaide Airport 16.8 +0.9 20.5 2nd 8.6 +0.9 4.5 20th 24.4 55.9 low 44%
Edinburgh RAAF 16.7 +0.9 20.6 1st 7.9 +1.1 2.4 20th 23.2 53.6 low 43%
Parafield Airport 16.9 +1.2 21.2 1st 7.9 +0.8 2.2 20th 15.2 54.9 very low 28%
Roseworthy AWS 17.2   20.7 1st 7.0   1.8 20th 17.8
County Light (district 23B)
Nuriootpa Viticultural 14.7   18.8 29th 6.1   1.4 20th 23.2
Rosedale 16.4 +0.8 20.8 2nd 7.7 +1.5 3.0 20th 29.5 56.2 low 52%
Mount Lofty Ranges (district 23°C)
Hindmarsh Island AWS 16.5   20.5 1st 9.3   2.9 16th 29.6
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 13.7   19.5 1st 8.2   4.7 16th 52.6
Mount Barker 15.1 +1.4 20.8 2nd 6.7 +1.6 0.4 16th 71.2 100.0 normal 71%
Mount Crawford Fire Tower 12.2   17.1 1st 5.0   −2.3 15th 34.0
Noarlunga 16.1   19.3 2nd 10.0   7.1 20th 27.8
Parawa 13.1   17.0 1st 9.0   4.9 16th 83.0
Victor Harbor 16.6   19.2 2nd 8.8   0.2 16th 53.4
Upper Murray Valley (district 24A)
Loxton Research Centre 17.3 +1.0 21.0 29th 5.6 +0.9 −0.9 16th 17.4 27.1 normal 64%
Renmark Aero 17.2   20.9 29th 5.6   −1.3 16th 21.4
Lower Murray Valley (district 24B)
Eudunda 14.4 +0.7 18.5 2nd 6.7 +1.1 3.3 16th 33.6 52.1 low 64%
Meningie 16.5 +0.9 20.0 2nd 8.2 +1.2 3.2 16th 27.8 61.8 low 45%
Murray Bridge 16.5   20.8 1st 7.0   −0.8 16th 26.6
Murray Bridge Comparison 17.3 +0.6 21.8 2nd 7.2 +1.1 0.3 16th 29.5 37.9 normal 78%
Strathalbyn Racecourse 16.2   21.0 1st 8.2   2.4 16th 46.0
Murray Mallee (district 25A)
Karoonda 16.7   21.2 1st 6.2   0.8 16th 29.6 35.4 normal 84%
Upper Southeast (district 25B)
Keith 16.4 +0.9 20.0 2nd 6.1 +0.2 1.0 16th 37.4 52.7 normal 71%
Keith 16.4   19.8 2nd 5.8   0.6 20th 31.4
Lameroo 16.5   20.2 1st 5.9   0.8 16th 17.8
Lameroo Comparison 16.9 +1.3 21.2 1st 6.1 +1.0 1.8 16th 16.0 41.1 low 39%
Lower Southeast (district 26)
Cape Jaffa 15.3   17.8 3rd 9.3   1.5 16th 49.0
Coonawarra 15.7 +1.2 19.5 2nd 7.0 +1.6 −1.6 16th 36.0 75.3 low 48%
Mount Gambier Aero 14.9 +1.1 18.8 2nd 7.8 +2.0 0.3 16th 56.4 83.4 low 68%
Naracoorte Aerodrome 15.9   20.0 2nd 6.8   0.0 16th 15.2
Padthaway South 16.0   19.7 2nd 6.8   1.5 16th 45.6
Robe Airfield 15.9   18.6 2nd 8.5   −0.5 16th 32.0
Robe Comparison 15.2 +0.9 17.9 3rd 10.5 +1.7 5.8 16th 31.6 95.4 very low 33%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 5 pm on Tuesday 1 July 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 decile ranking (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.

Further information

South Australian Regional Office
South Australian Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (08) 8366 2600
Email climate.sa@bom.gov.au