South Australia in March 2011: Cool and wet

  • Wettest start to the year (January, February and March) on record for South Australia.
  • 4th wettest March on record for South Australia.
  • 22 locations recorded their wettest March day on record. For Mungeranie and Kalamurina it was their wettest single day for any time of year.
  • 25 locations had their wettest March on record. It was Kalamurina's wettest month on record over all months of the year.
  • Coldest March maximum temperatures on record for South Australia.
  • Maximum temperatures were up to 4 degrees below average.
  • Cape Willoughy, Hawker and Arkaroola had their coldest mean March maximum temperatures on record.
  • Minimum temperatures up to 1 degree above average.

Rainfall

South Australia received 3 times the March average, with March 2011 being the 4th wettest March on record for the state as a whole. This was due in large part to two heavy rainfall events. Tropical moisture ahead of a surface trough produced showers and thunderstorms over eastern parts of the state on the 7th and 8th of March, with heavy falls recorded at several locations. On the 20th and 21st of March, the passage of a trough of low pressure generated scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms over large parts of the state.

Record falls were reported in the southeast in the 24 hours to 9am on the 21st. Record March daily rainfall totals were recorded at 22 locations with these events, see March daily rainfall records. For Mungeranie and Kalamurina this was the wettest day for any time of year. 25 locations also had their wettest March on record as a result, see highest total March rainfall records. Kalamurina had its wettest month for any time of year with 190.4 mm.

South Australia has had its wettest start to the year (January, February and March) on record, receiving about 3 times the average for this period. The previous wettest start to the year was in 1974.

Pastoral Districts

Rainfall over the pastoral districts was average to well above average; with totals ranging from 20 mm up to about 160 mm. Kalamurina was the wettest location with 190.4 mm recorded. Oodnadatta had close to 9 times its March average (14.0 mm) with 128.2 mm.

Agricultural Districts

Rainfall was generally well above average across the agricultural districts, with a number of locations on Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, and through the Mount Lofty Ranges, Adelaide Plains, and the Murray Mallee having record highest March rainfall. Rainfall totals ranged from about 20 to 80 mm over the Western Agricultural District, increasing to 50 to 100 mm elsewhere. Areas seeing records for March rainfall saw totals often in excess of 100mm, with some locations in the Mount Lofty Ranges and Riverland receiving close to 190 mm. The wettest overall was Cudlee Creek (Millbrook) with 188.0 mm.

Some sites had their highest total March rainfall on record.
Some sites had their highest total March rainfall for at least 25 years.
Some sites had their highest March daily rainfall on record.
See a map of rainfall deciles.

Temperature

The mean temperature (the average of the maximum and minimum temperatures) for South Australia as a whole in March 2011 was 22.5 C, which is 1.3 C below the long-term average.

Maximum

The area-averaged mean maximum temperature of 28.4C was 2.9C below the long-term March average for South Australia as a whole. This is the lowest March mean maximum temperature for South Australia. The previous coldest March was in 1981.

Mean maximum temperatures over the pastoral districts of the state were 2°C to 4C below average, predominantly due to the above average rainfall received this month. Average daily temperatures ranged from 25.4C at Yunta in the Northeast district to 31.6C at Moomba Airport in the Far North district. The highest recorded maximum temperature for March was 39.0C at Marree on the 16th of the month.

Over the agricultural areas mean maximum temperatures were also up to 4 degrees below the long-term average. Average daily temperatures across the agricultural areas ranged from 18.6C at Mount Lofty to 27.6C at Port Augusta Aero in the Western Agricultural District. The lowest recorded maximum temperature for March was 12.4C at Mount Lofty on the 24th of the month, with the warmest day recorded at Port Augusta with 37.8C on the 6th. Maitland set a new lowest daily maximum temperature record for March on the 23rd with 16.8C.

Minimum

Mean minimum temperatures were generally up to 1 degree above average across South Australia this March, largely due to increased cloud cover and humidity levels.

Over the Pastoral districts average minimum temperatures ranged from 13.1C at Gluepot and at Yunta in the Northeast District to 20.4C at Oodnadatta in the Far North District. The lowest overnight minimum temperature in the pastorals for March was 4.0C at Arkaroola on the 25th, whilst the highest was 28.0C recorded at Oodnadatta Airport on the 1st.

Over the agricultural areas average overnight minimum temperatures ranged from 10.0C at Coonawarra to 17.0C at Port Augusta Aero. The lowest recorded daily minimum temperature for March in the Agricultural districts was 1.3C at Keith on the 31st, whilst the highest was 24.0 C at Port Pire on the 8th.

Some sites had their coldest March day (lowest maximum temperature) on record.
Some sites had their lowest March mean daily maximum temperature on record.
Some sites had their lowest March mean daily maximum temperature for at least 25 years.

 

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Extremes in March 2011
Hottest day 39.0 °C at Marree Comparison on the 16th
Warmest days on average 31.6 °C at Moomba Airport
Coolest days on average 18.6 °C at Mount Lofty
Coldest day 12.4 °C at Mount Lofty on the 24th
Coldest night 1.3 °C at Keith (Munkora) on the 31st
Coolest nights on average 10.0 °C at Coonawarra
Warmest nights on average 20.4 °C at Oodnadatta Airport
Warmest night 28.0 °C at Oodnadatta Airport on the 1st
Warmest on average overall 25.9 °C at Moomba Airport
Coolest on average overall 14.4 °C at Mount Lofty
Wettest overall 190.4 mm at Kalamurina
Highest wind gust 81 km/h at Cape Willoughby on the 7th

Record highest March daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in March 2011 (mm)
Previous wettest
for March
Years of
record
Warooka 71.4 on the 21st 54.2 on the 1st in 1992 129
Hallett 52.8 on the 20th 43.2 on the 29th in 1884 128
Mount Pleasant 70.4 on the 9th 54.6 on the 6th in 1910 126
Mount Bryan 49.0 on the 21st 43.7 on the 5th in 1910 112
American River 62.0 on the 21st 48.5 on the 18th in 1973 110
Palmer 84.4 on the 21st 68.0 on the 16th in 1985 110
Smithfield 64.0 on the 8th 63.0 on the 16th in 1985 110
Mintaro 49.2 on the 21st 48.5 on the 5th in 1910 109
Arno Bay 58.0 on the 8th 54.6 on the 28th in 1947 103
Penneshaw 42.2 on the 8th 41.9 on the 31st in 1959 100
Smoky Bay 57.5 on the 19th 44.2 on the 11th in 1969 99
Price 49.0 on the 8th 39.8 on the 27th in 2006 68
Oodnadatta Airport 114.0 on the 19th 55.4 on the 3rd in 1955 63
Mungeranie 112.2 on the 8th 91.9 on the 9th in 1908 59
Burra Community School 50.4 on the 21st 37.6 on the 4th in 1983 51
Freeling 59.2 on the 21st 37.4 on the 27th in 2006 49
Nildottie 49.8 on the 21st 37.0 on the 16th in 1996 47
Neptune Island 60.8 on the 21st 43.2 on the 1st in 1983 46
Blanchetown Lock 1 61.2 on the 21st 30.8 on the 4th in 1983 44
Adelaide (Magill Secure Care Centre) 45.0 on the 8th =45.0 on the 2nd in 1981 43
Kalamurina 134.0 on the 8th 33.0 on the 4th in 1885 27
Heathfield Works Depot 43.4 on the 24th 38.8 on the 23rd in 2000 26



Record highest total March rainfall
Total rainfall
for March 2011 (mm)
Previous wettest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Warooka 91.6 85.8 in 1983 140 16.7
Yardea 107.5 88.9 in 1908 135 15.8
Mount Pleasant 179.6 119.6 in 1877 134 26.4
Ardrossan 105.2 100.3 in 1921 132 16.9
Yorketown 84.2 79.5 in 1910 132 17.1
Two Wells 117.8 95.4 in 1906 131 19.3
Williamstown 169.8 93.4 in 1910 131 25.1
Lyndoch 112.2 83.4 in 1947 125 22.1
Birdwood 132.8 123.3 in 1947 124 26.6
Smithfield 127.0 126.1 in 1947 114 22.5
Swan Reach 116.0 98.3 in 1921 113 17.2
American River 103.2 66.8 in 1992 110 18.1
Palmer 187.8 122.6 in 1910 110 19.9
Cudlee Creek (Millbrook) 188.0 136.4 in 1981 97 30.6
Whyalla (Mullaquana) 77.4 75.6 in 1989 94 14.5
Price 91.8 73.5 in 1947 68 17.7
Peebinga 56.6 51.8 in 1983 58 14.3
Stockport (Clifton) 70.6 67.5 in 1985 52 22.8
Freeling 139.2 72.2 in 1985 49 24.4
Nildottie 102.8 48.6 in 1983 47 16.3
Blanchetown Lock 1 97.8 52.0 in 1969 44 16.9
Williamstown (South Para Reservoir) 166.6 84.4 in 1975 44 30.3
Port Kenny 66.0 64.3 in 1971 42 15.0
Adelaide (Hope Valley Reservoir) 109.2 101.0 in 1983 32 30.2
Kalamurina 190.4 77.9 in 1885 27 13.4
Heathfield Works Depot 120.4 116.8 in 1992 26 38.9

Highest total March rainfall for at least 25 years
Total rainfall
for March 2011 (mm)
Most recent March
at least this wet
Years since
wetter
Average for
March
Tanunda 130.2 138.9 in 1877 134 24.7
Wallaroo 90.2 170.4 in 1877 134 20.1
Hamley Bridge 89.8 120.9 in 1910 101 20.1
Manoora 102.8 121.2 in 1910 101 21.4
Auburn 87.4 185.4 in 1910 100 26.7
Greenock 115.6 128.7 in 1910 100 23.6
Mannum Council Depot 118.2 137.0 in 1910 100 18.1
Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre) 86.0 97.3 in 1910 100 20.4
Sutherlands 83.8 95.7 in 1910 98 15.8
Farrell Flat 76.0 86.3 in 1913 96 18.5
Sedan 105.8 108.0 in 1910 95 16.4
Minlaton 58.8 74.2 in 1921 90 18.3
Pinnaroo 84.7 119.6 in 1921 90 18.5
Bridgewater 113.8 133.8 in 1917 89 38.5
Mintaro 143.6 156.0 in 1910 89 23.3
Sandalwood 114.6 119.1 in 1921 89 16.1
Gawler Council Depot 99.4 125.2 in 1877 86 24.1
Maitland 64.8 66.9 in 1906 82 21.2
Karoonda 85.2 92.7 in 1947 64 17.2
Purnong (Claypans) 128.3 144.3 in 1947 64 18.4
Riverton 79.6 93.1 in 1947 64 22.8
Tarlee 86.4 91.2 in 1947 64 20.8
Adelaide (Salisbury Bowling Club) 108.0 136.6 in 1947 62 22.4
Adelaide (Tea Tree Gully Council) 122.5 130.6 in 1947 62 27.9
Balaklava 73.8 103.5 in 1947 61 17.9
Gumeracha 157.2 163.0 in 1947 61 30.4
Oodnadatta Airport 128.2 223.8 in 1955 46 14.0
Mungeranie 167.2 203.3 in 1908 44 14.6
Poochera 80.8 89.6 in 1968 42 15.2
Parilla 74.6 86.1 in 1969 40 16.5
Port Kenny (Mount Cooper) 94.2 100.9 in 1971 35 16.7
Lenswood Research Centre 122.0 127.7 in 1981 30 41.9
Adelaide (Kent Town) 78.0 106.0 in 1983 28 24.9
Adelaide Airport 76.4 112.2 in 1983 28 21.7
Alawoona 49.4 60.8 in 1983 28 13.9
Cowell 91.0 108.2 in 1983 28 18.0
Echunga Golf Course 85.0 98.4 in 1983 28 31.7
Edinburgh RAAF 116.2 139.6 in 1983 28 25.9
Eudunda 97.0 106.8 in 1983 28 20.8
Hoyleton 73.4 106.0 in 1983 28 20.8
Keith 65.6 128.4 in 1983 28 21.4
Kimba 62.2 77.0 in 1983 28 16.9
Langhorne Creek 82.4 102.2 in 1983 28 21.0
Lobethal 121.6 121.8 in 1981 28 31.1
Lucindale Post Office 77.2 114.8 in 1983 28 25.9
Mount Barker 80.8 89.2 in 1983 28 31.3
Murray Bridge Comparison 90.6 95.2 in 1983 28 20.4
Neptune Island 76.6 87.8 in 1983 28 20.2
Parrakie 89.8 123.0 in 1983 28 19.6
Penneshaw 53.4 60.2 in 1983 28 17.9
Penola Post Office 88.3 121.4 in 1983 28 30.7
Point Pass 81.2 85.6 in 1983 28 18.3
Streaky Bay 51.4 102.4 in 1983 28 14.9
Tailem Bend 89.1 131.6 in 1983 28 21.8
Truro 141.5 183.6 in 1983 28 23.7
Watervale 99.9 103.1 in 1983 28 27.9
Adelaide (Pooraka) 76.4 124.0 in 1983 27 23.6
Angaston 84.2 142.2 in 1983 27 23.8
Coomandook 71.2 82.0 in 1983 27 21.2
Frances 50.8 54.0 in 1984 27 24.0
Hahndorf 85.4 93.5 in 1983 27 31.7
Kapunda 93.4 95.0 in 1983 27 23.8
Mallala 56.0 83.4 in 1983 27 18.9
Marrabel 74.0 82.2 in 1983 27 22.4
Owen 86.4 113.9 in 1983 27 19.7
Robertstown 60.8 93.5 in 1983 27 15.9
Wirrulla 65.2 70.0 in 1983 27 15.6
Adelaide (Seaton) 72.2 120.2 in 1983 26 19.9
Cooke Plains 57.5 63.2 in 1985 26 20.3
Geranium 88.8 99.8 in 1983 26 20.4
Parafield Airport 103.8 =103.8 in 1983 26 22.6
Smoky Bay 81.7 82.8 in 1983 26 14.0
Bolivar Treatment Works 97.2 138.6 in 1983 25 26.1
Callington 72.8 80.4 in 1985 25 19.4
Nairne 78.0 84.2 in 1985 25 28.4
Wolseley 37.8 43.1 in 1984 25 21.0



Record lowest March daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in March 2011 (°C)
Previous coolest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Maitland 16.8 on the 23rd 17.0 on the 27th in 2008 30 25.9



Record lowest March mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for March 2011 (°C)
Previous coolest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Kyancutta 25.9 26.1 in 1981 81 29.9
Cleve 22.7 23.1 in 1997 70 25.9
Warooka 22.5 22.7 in 1981 51 25.1
Eudunda 22.8 = 22.8 in 1981 46 25.7
Cape Willoughby 18.7 19.3 in 1997 43 20.7
Kimba 24.2 24.7 in 1981 43 27.9
Andamooka 29.2 = 29.2 in 1989 41 32.3
Nonning 26.4 26.7 in 1981 39 29.5
Hawker 26.1 27.1 in 1981 37 30.2
Arkaroola 25.7 25.9 in 1987 33 30.0
Maitland 23.5 24.0 in 1969 29 25.9
Coonawarra 22.2 22.5 in 2003 25 25.0

Lowest March mean daily maximum temperature for at least 25 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for March 2011 (°C)
Most recent March
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
March
Lameroo Comparison 24.8 24.3 in 1946 65 27.6
Mount Barker 20.9 20.8 in 1946 65 24.7
Yongala 23.3 22.3 in 1946 65 27.2
Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre) 24.3 24.2 in 1981 30 27.3



Summary statistics for March 2011
Maximum temperatures
for March
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for March
(°C)
Rainfall
for March
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2011
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2011
Mean for
March
2011
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2011
Total for
March
2011
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2011
Fraction of
March
average
Northwest (district 16)
Andamooka 29.2 -3.1 35.6 13th 18.6 +0.4 11.7 24th 7.0 13.6 average 51%
Coober Pedy Airport 28.4   35.3 16th 18.1   10.4 23rd 38.4
Ernabella (Pukatja) 28.9   34.2 18th 16.9   8.4 28th 25.8
Marla Police Station 29.6 -3.2 36.1 18th 18.4 +0.6 10.0 28th 28.2 23.7 high 119%
Nonning 26.4 -3.1 35.4 6th 15.4 +1.1 11.4 31st 61.0 14.9 v high 409%
Roxby Downs (Olympic Dam Aerodrome) 29.2   35.7 12th 17.5   8.8 27th 10.0
Tarcoola Aero 28.3   35.6 12th 16.3   9.8 25th 36.0
Woomera Aerodrome 27.6 -2.9 35.5 6th 16.9 +0.1 10.4 27th 17.8 13.2 high 135%
Far North (district 17)
Arkaroola 25.7 -4.3 32.0 13th 15.4 -0.4 4.0 25th 163.3 30.4 v high 537%
Leigh Creek Airport 28.5 -2.8 34.5 15th 18.0 +0.6 9.9 27th 58.6 17.9 v high 327%
Marree Aero 30.6   37.6 16th 19.0   11.1 27th 56.4
Marree Comparison 31.4 -2.5 39.0 16th 17.9 -0.1 10.0 19th 55.9 14.3 v high 391%
Moomba Airport 31.6   37.5 1st 20.2   12.1 27th 116.4
Oodnadatta Airport 31.2 -2.5 37.3 18th 20.4 +1.2 12.7 27th 128.2 14.0 v high 916%
Western Agricultural (district 18)
Ceduna AMO 24.2 -2.5 37.1 6th 14.0 +0.8 7.4 25th 26.0 16.4 high 159%
Cleve 22.7 -3.2 34.0 7th 14.8 +0.1 12.0 25th 72.6 21.7 v high 335%
Cleve Aerodrome 22.8   35.4 7th 14.6   11.0 28th 57.4 22.5 high 255%
Coulta (Coles Point) 23.7   32.6 6th 14.4   8.5 31st 18.8
Cummins Aero 24.2   34.3 6th 14.3   7.3 30th 23.6
Elliston 22.6 -1.6 34.0 6th 14.8 +0.5 8.2 31st 38.6 15.1 high 256%
Kimba 24.2 -3.7 34.2 6th 14.2 +0.2 10.0 31st 62.2 16.9 v high 368%
Kyancutta 25.9 -4.0 36.3 6th 13.5 +1.2 7.0 28th 52.8 14.7 v high 359%
Minnipa Pirsa 25.5   35.9 6th 13.5   8.9 31st 73.6
Neptune Island 20.2 -0.9 25.0 7th 16.0 0.0 14.5 2nd 76.6 20.2 v high 379%
North Shields (Port Lincoln AWS) 22.2   33.5 7th 15.2   10.0 30th 39.6
Nullarbor 22.9 -3.7 36.2 6th 14.6 +0.5 8.7 28th 24.4 22.1 high 110%
Port Augusta Aero 27.6   37.8 6th 17.0   11.2 26th 43.0
Streaky Bay 25.0 -2.2 35.9 6th 14.7 0.0 9.9 31st 51.4 14.9 v high 345%
Whyalla Aero 24.7 -2.6 35.8 7th 16.3 +0.9 10.7 6th 50.2 19.4 high 259%
Wudinna Aero 25.9   36.3 6th 13.0   6.4 28th 42.4
Upper North (district 19)
Hawker 26.1 -4.1 33.8 15th 15.3 +0.4 9.5 26th 74.0 16.5 v high 448%
Yongala 23.3 -3.9 32.0 6th 12.0 +1.3 7.0 2nd 50.4 16.4 v high 307%
Northeast (district 20)
Gluepot Reserve (Gluepot) 26.1   35.2 7th 13.1   5.3 31st 45.8
Yunta Airstrip 25.4   35.4 13th 13.1   6.6 6th 31.2
Lower North (district 21)
Clare High School 23.0   33.2 6th 13.0   7.0 3rd 98.4
Port Pirie Aerodrome 26.9   36.5 6th 15.3   8.2 26th 79.5
Port Pirie Nyrstar Comparison 27.1 -2.3 37.0 6th 16.4 +0.4 10.5 26th 75.1 18.3 v high 410%
Snowtown (Rayville Park) 26.4   36.7 7th 12.6   5.5 2nd 50.2
Yorke Peninsula (district 22A)
Edithburgh 21.6   33.1 7th 16.0   13.7 30th 111.8
Kadina AWS 25.8   35.2 7th 13.8   7.0 31st 84.2
Maitland 23.5 -2.4 33.4 6th 14.5 +0.1 9.9 3rd 64.8 21.2 v high 306%
Minlaton Aero 23.7   35.3 7th 14.0   9.3 2nd 57.4
Stenhouse Bay 21.5   35.4 7th 15.7   14.2 2nd 78.2
Warooka 22.5 -2.6 32.8 7th 14.6 0.0 11.2 30th 91.6 16.7 highest 549%
Kangaroo Island (district 22B)
Cape Borda 20.3   26.2 12th     9.9 2nd 43.6
Cape Willoughby 18.7 -2.0 29.8 7th 15.0 -0.5 13.2 23rd 64.2 21.5 v high 299%
Kingscote Aero 21.9   33.0 7th 12.9   5.6 6th 161.2
Adelaide Plains (district 23A)
Adelaide (Kent Town) 24.6 -1.8 34.9 7th 15.2 0.0 10.8 31st 78.0 24.9 v high 313%
Adelaide Airport 24.3 -1.2 35.2 7th 15.0 +0.7 10.3 28th 76.4 21.7 v high 352%
Edinburgh RAAF 24.1 -2.8 35.8 7th 14.8 +0.4 6.3 31st 116.2 25.9 v high 449%
Parafield Airport 24.9 -1.9 35.9 7th 14.2 -0.4 6.9 31st 103.8 22.6 v high 459%
Roseworthy AWS 24.4   35.7 6th 12.8   3.8 31st 80.8
County Light (district 23B)
Nuriootpa Viticultural 22.5   32.2 7th 12.5   5.4 31st 115.2
Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre) 24.3 -3.0 35.1 7th 13.5 +0.2 5.8 3rd 86.0 20.4 v high 422%
Mount Lofty Ranges (district 23C)
Hindmarsh Island AWS 21.3   35.5 7th 13.7   8.9 5th 20.2
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 20.4   33.1 7th 11.8   7.7 2nd 94.2
Mount Barker 20.9 -3.8 32.4 7th 11.4 +1.0 5.0 2nd 80.8 31.3 v high 258%
Mount Crawford (Mt Crawford AWS) 20.2   31.3 7th 11.1   5.6 2nd 172.2
Mount Lofty 18.6   28.8 6th 10.1   5.0 2nd 142.4
Noarlunga 23.7   33.6 7th 14.7   10.6 2nd 39.8
Parawa (Second Valley Forest AWS) 18.7   30.4 6th 12.2   8.1 2nd 89.6
Victor Harbor (Encounter Bay) 20.9   35.2 7th 13.3   6.0 6th 30.0
Upper Murray Valley (district 24A)
Loxton Research Centre 26.0 -2.2 34.1 7th 13.3 +1.4 6.1 31st 22.2 11.9 high 187%
Renmark Aero 26.0   35.0 7th 13.9   7.2 6th 39.8
Lower Murray Valley (district 24B)
Eudunda 22.8 -2.9 31.6 7th 12.0 -0.2 5.5 31st 97.0 20.8 v high 466%
Meningie 22.6 -1.7 32.1 12th 12.2 -0.3 5.7 2nd 26.8 22.2 high 121%
Murray Bridge (Pallamana Aerodrome) 23.8   36.7 7th 12.1   3.2 2nd 85.4
Murray Bridge Comparison 24.4 -2.3 35.8 7th 12.9 0.0 6.5 2nd 90.6 20.4 v high 444%
Strathalbyn Racecourse 22.2   34.8 7th 12.6   7.0 5th 47.0
Murray Mallee (district 25A)
Karoonda 24.5   35.5 7th 11.8   6.2 2nd 85.2 17.2 v high 495%
Upper Southeast (district 25B)
Keith 24.1 -2.8 34.8 7th 11.8 +0.4 3.5 31st 65.6 21.4 v high 307%
Keith (Munkora) 24.9   36.4 7th     1.3 31st 68.2
Lameroo (Austin Plains) 24.6   35.4 7th 12.1   4.9 2nd 70.0
Lameroo Comparison 24.8 -2.8 34.5 12th 12.5 +1.0 6.0 31st
Lower Southeast (district 26)
Cape Jaffa (The Limestone) 20.6   32.2 7th 11.9   7.0 5th 35.6
Coonawarra 22.2 -2.8 34.4 7th 10.0 0.0 2.7 2nd 79.6 29.4 v high 271%
Mount Gambier Aero 21.4 -1.7 34.2 7th 10.9 +0.4 4.8 17th 56.6 35.2 high 161%
Naracoorte Aerodrome 22.6   34.8 7th 10.2   2.7 19th 84.8
Padthaway South 23.0   35.2 7th 10.6   2.2 31st 58.6
Robe Airfield 20.8   33.6 7th 10.7   3.8 31st 64.2
Robe Comparison 19.9 -1.2 27.9 6th 12.2 -0.5 7.2 31st 39.2 26.7 high 147%

Notes

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in South Australia using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated. Later information, including data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review, usually published in the fourth week of the month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Friday 1 April 2011. 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 decile ranking (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.

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