Wednesday, 30 September 2009 - Monthly Climate Summary for Adelaide Metro & Hills - Product code IDCKGC13R0
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The South Australian Regional Office (Kent Town) rainfall for September 2009 was 61.6 mm, recorded on 19 days which is slightly above the Kent Town average of 60.2 mm on 14 days. (The South Australian Regional Office rainfall total is from the manually observed 203 mm rain gauge. This may differ from totals on the Bureau's webpage as these may be from the automatic tipping bucket rain gauge). September 2009 rainfall is the highest amount since September 2001 when 137.2 mm was recorded.
The total rainfall for the first 9 months of 2009 at the South Australian Regional Office was 438.4 mm, which is 7.2 mm below the long-term average of 445.6 mm. Last year 340.2 mm was recorded over the same period.
The rainfall amounts recorded in the metropolitan area were above average ranging from 45 mm, in coastal areas, to 85 mm in areas near the foothills. In the Adelaide Hills the rainfall totals were mainly between 90 mm and 130 mm. The highest reading was 161 mm at Heathfield.
Overall the water storage for Adelaide is at 90% of maximum capacity, very much more than this time last year.
The mean maximum temperature for September 2009 was in the range of 13.2°C, in the Adelaide Hills, to 19.7°C in the northern suburbs, which is within 1°C above the normal September mean maximum temperature.
The coldest daytime maximum temperature recorded at the South Australian Regional Office was 14.8°C on the 8th, 25th and 27th September.
The highest daily maximum temperature of 32.6°C was recorded at the Edinburgh, in the northern suburbs, on the 12th, whilst the coolest daytime temperature was 7.2°C at Mount Lofty, in the Adelaide Hills, on the 25th.
September's mean daily minimum temperatures in the suburbs and adjacent hills varied from 0.4°C above the average, in the northern suburbs, to 1.2°C above the average, in coastal regions and the Mount Lofty Ranges. The mean minimum temperature ranged from 6.6°C, in the hills, to 10.5°C in the southern suburbs.
The lowest daily minimum temperature recorded at the South Australian Regional Office was 4.8°C on the morning of the 10th.
In the metropolitan and hills areas the lowest daily minimum temperature of 0.5°C was recorded at Mount Barker on the morning of the 10th, whilst the warmest night was 17.4°C at Kent Town, the South Australian Regional Office, on the 30th.
Hail was observed in the suburbs and Adelaide Hills during the early hours of the morning on the 26th. The size of the hail in some areas was up to 15 mm in diameter. Further hail showers occurred later during the day on the 26th.
|32.6°C at Edinburgh RAAF on the 12th|
|Warmest days on average|
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
|19.7°C at Parafield Airport|
|Coolest days on average|
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
|13.2°C at Mount Lofty|
Lowest daily maximum temperature
|7.2°C at Mount Lofty on the 25th|
|0.5°C at Mount Barker on the 10th|
|Coolest nights on average|
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
|6.6°C at Mount Lofty|
|Warmest nights on average|
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
10.5°C at Adelaide (Kent Town)|
10.5°C at Noarlunga
Highest daily minimum temperature
|17.4°C at Adelaide (Kent Town) on the 30th|
Highest total rainfall
|161.0 mm at Heathfield Works Depot|
|Highest wind gust||89 km/h at Adelaide Airport on the 25th|
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|Summary statistics for September 2009|
This statement has been prepared based on information available at 1 pm on Wednesday 30 September 2009. 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.