Monday, 1 December 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for South Australia - Product code IDCKGC23R0
Rainfall in South Australia was mostly above average for November 2008. In the far northern areas of the state near record high rainfall was measured. However, in parts of the Yorke Peninsula, Central and Southeast districts the rainfall was below average.
November rainfall, over the pastoral districts, was between very much above average to near record high amounts. This was the result of several low-pressure troughs, moist northwest airstreams and thunderstorm activity during the second half of the month.
All rainfall recording stations received at least average amounts during November with the many locations receiving between 30 and 50 millimetres. Tieyon in the Northwest district recorded the highest rainfall total of 90.0 mm. The long-term average rainfall over the pastoral districts for November is between 15 and 20 millimetres.
The rainfall during November over the agricultural districts graded from average in the northern regions to below average in the southern areas, mostly notably in the southeast.
Most rainfall totals were in the 10 to 25 millimetre range with some slightly higher, but the central parts of the Yorke Peninsula received under 10 mm.
The highest total was recorded at Quorn in the Upper North district, receiving 80.8 mm for the month.
For the majority of the state the mean monthly maximum temperatures for November was between normal and 3°C below average which can be attributed to several low pressure troughs and associated rainfall events occurring mainly in the northern parts of the state, particularly during the latter part of the month. The southern parts of the agricultural areas were just above the long-term average.
In the pastoral districts the mean monthly maximum temperatures ranged from 26.6°C at Yunta in the Northeast Pastoral district to 31.1°C at Oodnadatta and Marree in the north of the state.
Over the agricultural districts the mean monthly maximum temperatures ranged from 18.7°C at Parawa (Second Valley Forest) in the Mount Lofty Ranges to 28.7°C at the Port Augusta Aerodrome in the Western Agricultural district.
The highest maximum temperature recorded during November was 42.9°C at Oodnadatta on the 27th, the coldest being 12.6°C at Parawa (Second Valley Forest) on the 22nd.
Over the state, as a whole, the mean monthly minimum temperatures for November were between normal and two degrees above the long-term normal with isolated areas just below the average.
In the pastoral districts the mean minima ranged from 12.2°C at the Gluepot Reserve and Yunta in the Northeast Pastoral district to 19.9°C at the Moomba Airport in the Far North district.
Over the agricultural districts the mean monthly minimum temperatures ranged from 9.0°C at the Naracoorte Aerodrome in the Lower Southeast to 15.4°C at the Port Augusta Aerodrome.
The lowest minimum temperature recorded during November was minus 0.2°C at the Naracoorte Airport in the Lower Southeast district on the 17th, whilst the warmest overnight minimum occurred at the Moomba Airport in the Far North district on the 14th with 29.4°C.See a map of mean maximum temperatures. See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.
Some sites had their warmest November night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.See a map of mean minimum temperatures. See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.
|42.9°C at Oodnadatta Airport on the 27th|
|Warmest days on average|
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
31.1°C at Marree Comparison|
31.1°C at Oodnadatta Airport
|Coolest days on average|
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
|18.7°C at Parawa (Second Valley Forest AWS)|
Lowest daily maximum temperature
|12.6°C at Parawa (Second Valley Forest AWS) on the 22nd|
|−0.2°C at Naracoorte Aerodrome on the 17th|
|Coolest nights on average|
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
|9.0°C at Naracoorte Aerodrome|
|Warmest nights on average|
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
|19.9°C at Moomba Airport|
Highest daily minimum temperature
|29.4°C at Moomba Airport on the 14th|
Highest total rainfall
|90.0 mm at Tieyon|
|Highest wind gust||152 km/h at Coulta (Coles Point) on the 2nd|
|Record highest November daily minimum temperature|
Highest daily minimum
in November 2008 (°C)
|Keith||27.0||on the 13th||24.7||on the 25th in 1991||46||9.9|
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 November 2008|
|Northwest (district 16)|
|Coober Pedy Airport||29.6||42.0||27th||16.8||12.0||8th||29.0|
|Marla Police Station||29.9||−3.1||39.6||12th||18.0||+0.4||11.9||9th||75.5||22.2||very high||340%|
|Woomera Aerodrome||28.4||−1.4||39.6||27th||15.4||+0.1||11.1||23rd||43.6||16.9||very high||258%|
|Far North (district 17)|
|Leigh Creek Airport||29.1||−1.4||39.5||13th||15.8||−0.2||9.9||23rd||31.4||16.7||high||188%|
|Marree Comparison||31.1||−2.1||39.5||13th||17.3||+0.5||11.3||9th||38.7||11.5||very high||337%|
|Oodnadatta Airport||31.1||−2.7||42.9||27th||19.1||+0.6||13.7||9th||46.4||11.9||very high||390%|
|Western Agricultural (district 18)|
|Port Augusta Aero||28.7||39.4||12th||15.4||10.6||22nd||32.6|
|Upper North (district 19)|
|Northeast (district 20)|
|Lower North (district 21)|
|Clare High School||23.6||33.8||12th||10.4||1.4||23rd||43.8|
|Port Pirie Aerodrome||27.0||37.4||12th||13.3||5.5||23rd||19.2|
|Port Pirie Nyrstar Comparison||27.1||−0.6||37.0||12th||15.2||+0.8||9.0||23rd||21.9||23.9||average||92%|
|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||22.3||37.8||12th||12.7||6.7||17th||21.0|
|Kuitpo Forest Reserve||20.3||30.5||11th||10.3||5.3||22nd||23.0|
|Mount Crawford Fire Tower||21.6||32.8||12th||10.4||4.5||22nd||25.8|
|Upper Murray Valley (district 24A)|
|Loxton Research Centre||26.5||−0.8||37.0||12th||11.6||+0.6||5.3||30th||19.8||21.1||average||94%|
|Lower Murray Valley (district 24B)|
|Murray Bridge Comparison||26.5||+1.0||37.7||12th||12.1||+0.8||6.0||23rd||15.6||25.2||average||62%|
|Murray Mallee (district 25A)|
|Upper Southeast (district 25B)|
|Lower Southeast (district 26)|
|Mount Gambier Aero||20.8||+0.5||34.7||12th||9.6||+1.3||1.8||17th||35.4||46.8||average||76%|
This statement has been prepared based on information available at 8 am on Monday 1 December 2008. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.
Averages 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 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,
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.