Monday, 1 September 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for South Australia - Product code IDCKGC23R0
A short summary of the month goes here.
August rainfall was generally below average in the south and above average in the north, with most of this falling on the last few days of the month in a widespread but patchy rain event.
Most locations received around 5 mm but several locations totalled 20 to 30 mm, with the highest total being 35.4 mm at Oodnadatta Airport, all of that falling on the last two days of the month!! This left Marla and Oodnadatta with August totals in the top ten percent of those in their records.
August rainfall over the agricultural districts was variable but generally near to slightly above average. Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island, Strathalbyn, Port Pirie, Port Elliot and Murray Bridge all had August totals in the top 10 percent of their records.
Totals were typically 50 to 100 mm in southern agricultural areas decreasing to 25 to 50 mm in northern parts. Some coastal locations and parts of the Mount Lofty ranges had totals between 100 to 150 mm.
The highest total was recorded at Longwood in the Mount Lofty Ranges, receiving 174.8 mm for the month.
Mean maximum temperatures for August were generally 1 to 2°C below average across the state, with some areas in the far north up to 2.5°C below average.
In the pastoral districts mean maximum temperatures ranged from 15.4°C at Yunta to 19.7°C at Oodnadatta and Moomba Airports.
Mean maximum temperatures over the agricultural districts ranged from 9.7°C at Mount Crawford in the Mount Lofty Ranges to 17.7 at Port Augusta Aerodrome in the Western Agricultural district.
Kimba, Nullarbor and Whyalla all had lowest on record August average maximum temperatures this month.
The highest maximum recorded during August was 27.5°C at Marla on the 29th, the coldest being 7.1°C Mount Crawford on the 7th.
Mean minimum temperatures for August were generally up to 2°C below average across the state.
In the pastoral districts the mean minima ranged from 2.2°C at Yunta in the Northeast Pastoral district to 6.2°C at Andamooka in the Northwest Pastoral district.
Over the agricultural districts mean monthly minimum temperatures ranged from 1.4°C at Yongala in the Upper North to 10.3°C at Neptune Island.
The lowest minimum temperature recorded during August was −5.0°C at Gluepot in the Northeast Pastoral district on the 22nd, while the warmest overnight minimum occurred at Arkaroola in the Northwest Pastoral district on the 30th. Parafield and Kyancutta had coldest August minimums on record.
Several locations, chiefly in the north, saw lowest on record daily minimum temperatures, including Leigh Creek, Kadina, Oodnadatta and Tarcoola, all recording temperatures below freezing!!
Some sites had their lowest August mean daily maximum temperature on record.See a map of mean maximum temperatures. See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.
Some sites had their lowest August temperature on record.
Some sites had their lowest August mean daily minimum temperature on record.See a map of mean minimum temperatures. See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.
|29.5°C at Oodnadatta Airport on the 29th|
|Warmest days on average|
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
|19.7°C at Oodnadatta Airport|
|Coolest days on average|
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
|9.7°C at Mount Crawford Fire Tower|
Lowest daily maximum temperature
|7.1°C at Mount Crawford Fire Tower on the 7th|
|−5.0°C at Gluepot Reserve (Gluepot) on the 22nd|
|Coolest nights on average|
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
|1.4°C at Yongala|
|Warmest nights on average|
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
|10.3°C at Neptune Island|
Highest daily minimum temperature
|17.6°C at Arkaroola on the 30th|
Highest total rainfall
|253.0 mm at Inglewood Alert|
|Highest wind gust||120 km/h at Renmark Aero on the 23rd|
|Record lowest August mean daily maximum temperature|
Mean daily maximum
for August 2008 (°C)
|Kimba||14.9||= 14.9||in 1970||41||17.0|
|Adelaide (Kent Town)||14.8||14.9||in 1989||32||16.7|
|Record lowest August temperature|
in August 2008 (°C)
|Oodnadatta Airport||−0.3||on the 11th||−0.2||on the 1st in 2003||59||7.4|
|Leigh Creek Airport||−1.2||on the 8th||−0.9||on the 1st in 2003||25||6.2|
|Record lowest August mean daily minimum temperature|
Mean daily minimum
for August 2008 (°C)
|Parafield Airport||4.8||4.9||in 1995||52||6.7|
|Adelaide (Kent Town)||6.5||6.7||in 1978||32||8.2|
In this table, key sites have been highlighted to make them easier to find. This table is very wide and may not fit if printed.
|Summary statistics for August 2008|
|Northwest (district 16)|
|Coober Pedy Airport||18.3||26.3||29th||5.5||1.6||7th||5.2|
|Far North (district 17)|
|Leigh Creek Airport||17.2||−1.9||21.3||26th||4.5||−1.7||−1.2||8th||8.0||15.6||average||51%|
|Oodnadatta Airport||19.7||−2.4||29.5||29th||5.4||−2.0||−0.3||11th||35.4||8.2||very high||432%|
|Western Agricultural (district 18)|
|Port Augusta Aero||17.7||23.7||30th||4.7||0.1||9th||11.2|
|Upper North (district 19)|
|Northeast (district 20)|
|Lower North (district 21)|
|Clare High School||11.9||16.3||30th||3.2||−1.8||23rd||81.6|
|Port Pirie Aerodrome||15.9||23.0||30th||4.0||−0.5||19th||45.8|
|Port Pirie Nyrstar Comparison||16.4||−1.6||22.0||30th||7.4||−0.8||3.0||23rd||66.1||34.9||very high||189%|
|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||14.5||18.9||3rd||7.9||4.5||28th||91.6|
|Kuitpo Forest Reserve||11.6||15.7||29th||5.5||2.4||22nd||151.6|
|Mount Crawford Fire Tower||9.7||13.9||3rd||3.4||−0.6||11th||106.8|
|Upper Murray Valley (district 24A)|
|Loxton Research Centre||15.8||−1.7||19.7||3rd||4.2||0.0||−1.6||23rd||26.6||27.8||average||96%|
|Lower Murray Valley (district 24B)|
|Murray Bridge Comparison||16.0||−1.5||19.4||3rd||5.1||−0.7||0.2||27th||63.0||36.8||very high||171%|
|Murray Mallee (district 25A)|
|Upper Southeast (district 25B)|
|Lower Southeast (district 26)|
|Mount Gambier Aero||13.0||−1.1||17.2||29th||5.1||−0.3||1.2||5th||111.0||93.3||average||119%|
This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Monday 1 September 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 long-term average ("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.