South Australia in November 2014: Warm and dry across the state

The month began with generally cool days and nights, although temperatures began to increase and become very hot by the end of the first week ahead a trough of low pressure that crossed South Australia. Temperatures cooled in the wake of the trough before becoming very hot again by the end of the second week in a north to north-westerly airstream. In the north of the state, temperatures were very high at the end of the third week, with record high temperatures observed on the 22nd. This resulted in both daytime and night time temperatures being warmer than average this November with maximum temperatures 2.6 °C warmer than average, and minimum temperatures 1.6 °C above average for the state.

November was also generally dry, particulary across western and southern agricultral areas, with very litte rain being recorded in the state during the first two weeks of the month, and no rain in the last week. The heaviest rainfall was recorded on the 16th as a band of thundery showers produced rainfall totals up to 10 mm. A trough of low pressure crossed the region on the 21st, producing totals of 5 to 10 mm. Showers and thunderstorms followed with similar totals being observed on the 23rd.

  • Very dry, particularly across western agricultural districts of the state
  • Record lowest November rainfall at Lucindale, and the driest November in 20 years at several Eyre Peninsula locations
  • Record hottest individual days and nights in some locations

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Extremes in November 2014
Hottest day 46.1 °C at Roxby Downs (Olympic Dam Aerodrome) on the 22nd
Warmest days on average 36.7 °C at Moomba Airport
Coolest days on average 19.6 °C at Neptune Island
Coldest day 12.3 °C at Mount Lofty on the 1st
Coldest night 0.9 °C at Naracoorte Aerodrome on the 11th
Coolest nights on average 7.9 °C at Coonawarra
Warmest nights on average 20.8 °C at Moomba Airport
Warmest night 32.8 °C at Moomba Airport on the 23rd
Warmest on average overall 28.8 °C at Moomba Airport
Coolest on average overall 15.5 °C at Mount Lofty
Wettest overall 46.2 mm at Cromer Road
Wettest day 30.0 mm at Gluepot Reserve (Gluepot) on the 16th
Strongest wind gust 107 km/h at Marree Aero on the 22nd

Maps
ObservedAnomalyDecile rank
Total
rainfall
Map of Rainfall totals Map of Percentage of normal rainfall Map of Rainfall deciles
Mean
daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
Mean
daily
minimum
temperatures
Map of Mean minimum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Record lowest November total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Lucindale (Greenvale) 3.2 4.2 in 1996 46 34.0

Lowest November total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Years since
lower
Average for
November
Lowaldie 0.2 0.0 in 1982 32 23.9
Gulnare 3.0 1.2 in 1982* 30 31.8
Cleve 9.8 2.8 in 1990 24 27.1
Cleve Aerodrome 6.8 1.6 in 1990 24 20.6
Darke Peak 1.8 1.4 in 1990 24 22.5
Penong 5.0 0.0 in 1990 24 18.8
Waddikee 3.0 0.0 in 1990 24 22.2
Warooka 5.4 3.6 in 1990 24 22.4
Balaklava 3.0 0.0 in 1990* 23 24.1
Cowell (Winter Springs) 2.8 1.6 in 1990* 23 21.5
Nonning 2.4 0.4 in 1990* 23 17.2
Whyalla (Mullaquana) 1.0 0.0 in 1990* 23 20.8
Yardea 4.4 3.4 in 1993 21 17.4

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a lower value has gone unreported.




Record highest November temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Andamooka 45.7 on the 22nd 45.1 on the 16th in 2009 46 31.8
Coonawarra 37.8 on the 30th 37.6 on the 30th in 2006 30 22.5
Marla Police Station 45.0 on the 22nd 44.4 on the 27th in 1996 30 33.0



Record highest November daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Clare High School 23.5 on the 13th 23.2 on the 20th in 2009 21 10.8
Moomba Airport 32.8 on the 23rd 32.0 on the 2nd in 1995 20 19.4



Record lowest November temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Arkaroola 6.5 on the 3rd 6.6 on the 1st in 2013 37 15.5



Summary statistics for November 2014
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
November
2014
Diff
from
average
Highest for
November
2014
Mean for
November
2014
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
November
2014
Total for
November
2014
Average
for
November
Rank of
November
2014
Fraction of
November
average
Northwest (district 16)
Andamooka 33.5 +1.7 45.7 22nd 17.8 +0.8 11.3 3rd 16.6 14.4 average 115%
Coober Pedy Airport 34.2 +2.3 44.4 22nd 18.4 +0.7 11.8 16th 11.6 12.7 average 91%
Ernabella (Pukatja) 34.3 +3.1 41.2 13th 19.3 +2.6 12.9 17th 11.4 24.2 average 47%
Mount Ive 31.3   39.2 13th 14.1   5.5 2nd 4.2 18.2 low 23%
Roxby Downs (Olympic Dam Aerodrome) 34.1 +2.1 46.1 22nd 17.5 +1.1 8.5 3rd 13.0 15.1 average 86%
Tarcoola Aero 33.4 +1.8 42.3 13th 16.3 +0.8 8.8 2nd 23.0 19.1 average 120%
Woomera Aerodrome 32.5 +2.7 43.0 22nd 16.8 +1.4 9.8 2nd 13.6 16.7 average 81%
Far North (district 17)
Arkaroola 32.5 +2.4 42.0 22nd 15.8 +0.3 6.5 3rd 8.5 17.5 average 49%
Leigh Creek Airport 33.2 +2.5 40.7 14th 17.6 +1.4 10.0 2nd 6.2 17.9 low 35%
Marree Aero 35.9 +2.4 45.9 22nd 18.2 +0.4 11.2 17th 4.6 14.5 average 32%
Moomba Airport 36.7 +2.8 45.1 14th 20.8 +1.4 11.5 3rd 7.8 21.1 average 37%
Oodnadatta Airport 36.3 +2.5 45.5 22nd 20.6 +2.0 12.9 16th 5.6 12.7 average 44%
Western Agricultural (district 18)
Ceduna AMO 28.7 +2.7 43.7 7th 13.5 +1.2 3.2 2nd 9.0 19.3 low 47%
Cleve 26.7 +1.9 38.9 13th 13.9 +1.7 9.0 2nd 9.8 27.1 low 36%
Cleve Aerodrome 26.7 +0.8 39.2 13th 12.4 0.0 7.3 2nd 6.8 20.6 low 33%
Coulta (Coles Point) 25.5 +1.3 39.0 7th 13.0 +0.8 6.3 5th 10.0 14.7 average 68%
Cummins Aero 27.7   40.8 7th 11.3   3.9 5th 11.4
Elliston 26.2 +2.7 40.4 7th 13.9 +0.8 8.8 21st 11.4 19.4 average 59%
Kimba 29.3 +2.2 38.2 13th 12.2 +0.2 5.5 2nd 3.8 23.0 low 17%
Kyancutta 30.9 +2.3 39.9 7th 11.7 +0.9 2.2 2nd 4.6 20.9 v low 22%
Minnipa Pirsa 30.1 +1.4 39.9 7th 12.9 +0.3 4.8 2nd 8.2 15.7 low 52%
Neptune Island 19.6 +0.4 24.0 12th 14.7 +1.1 12.0 16th 5.2 18.3 low 28%
North Shields (Port Lincoln AWS) 24.3 +1.3 40.5 7th 12.1 0.0 6.5 9th 7.6 17.7 low 43%
Nullarbor 28.9 +3.0 40.5 7th 13.4 +1.0 5.7 5th 19.2 17.1 average 112%
Port Augusta Aero 31.0 +0.6 43.3 13th 15.3 -0.3 7.8 3rd 8.8 20.6 low 43%
Streaky Bay 28.2 +2.6 38.0 12th 14.4 +1.1 7.7 2nd 11.6 18.6 average 62%
Whyalla Aero 28.3 +1.7 42.2 13th 14.8 +0.8 7.4 3rd 9.2 20.2 low 46%
Wudinna Aero 30.8 +1.4 40.6 13th 11.6 -0.2 1.8 2nd 7.0 13.8 low 51%
Upper North (district 19)
Hawker 31.6 +2.3 41.5 22nd 14.4 +0.8 8.0 2nd 37.2 23.1 high 161%
Yongala 28.2 +2.4 38.7 13th 10.6 +1.4 1.1 2nd 9.4 27.7 low 34%
Northeast (district 20)
Gluepot Reserve (Gluepot) 30.3 +1.1 41.9 13th 11.5 -0.7 2.8 2nd 35.4 29.8 average 119%
Lower North (district 21)
Clare High School 27.0 +2.1 37.7 13th 11.3 +0.5 4.3 5th 14.0 36.0 low 39%
Port Pirie Aerodrome 29.1   40.9 13th 13.1   5.0 2nd 12.6
Snowtown (Rayville Park) 29.6 +1.3 40.6 13th 10.3 -0.1 3.6 2nd 17.8 27.3 average 65%
Yorke Peninsula (district 22A)
Edithburgh 23.4 +1.0 38.1 13th 14.0 +0.7 8.6 23rd 3.6 17.5 low 21%
Kadina AWS 28.0   40.2 13th 10.9   3.0 2nd 4.8 14.7 low 33%
Maitland 26.4 +1.6 38.0 13th 13.2 +1.0 8.5 5th 26.0 27.8 average 94%
Minlaton Aero 25.9 -0.1 37.2 13th 12.3 +0.3 6.1 5th 11.2 21.3 average 53%
Stenhouse Bay 22.6 +0.6 37.2 7th 14.0 +0.3 8.8 6th 9.4 21.3 low 44%
Warooka 24.7 +1.2 33.6 13th 13.0 +1.0 8.8 16th 5.4 22.4 low 24%
Kangaroo Island (district 22B)
Cape Borda 20.9 -0.3 31.0 12th 11.8 0.0 7.7 5th 11.4 31.0 v low 37%
Cape Willoughby 20.3 +1.2 29.9 13th 14.0 +1.0 10.7 16th 5.6 28.1 v low 20%
Kingscote Aero 24.3 +1.4 33.3 13th 8.6 -1.1 2.9 5th 3.6 22.0 low 16%
Parndana Cfs AWS 23.6   34.0 7th 9.5   4.7 6th 13.0
Adelaide Plains (district 23A)
Adelaide (Kent Town) 26.7 +1.5 38.8 13th 14.6 +0.6 9.7 6th 24.4 30.2 average 81%
Adelaide Airport 25.2 +1.3 37.8 13th 14.0 +1.2 8.9 11th 26.6 24.8 average 107%
Edinburgh RAAF 27.1 +1.3 40.6 13th 13.4 +0.5 6.5 10th 13.2 23.8 average 55%
Parafield Airport 27.2 +1.9 39.3 13th 13.6 +0.8 5.3 10th 19.6 26.2 average 75%
Roseworthy AWS 28.8 +1.2 42.6 13th 10.7 -0.1 2.5 10th 23.2 26.2 average 89%
County Light (district 23B)
Nuriootpa Viticultural 26.1 +0.9 38.9 13th 11.2 +0.3 3.6 5th 32.8 31.7 average 103%
Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre) 27.4 +1.6 41.4 13th 12.1 +0.9 3.6 10th 39.6 28.3 high 140%
Mount Lofty Ranges (district 23C)
Hindmarsh Island AWS 24.0 +0.8 38.4 13th 13.5 +0.4 7.5 11th 15.2 20.8 low 73%
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 23.1 +1.3 35.5 13th 11.7 +0.6 7.7 5th 15.6 35.4 low 44%
Mount Barker 24.9 +2.3 37.0 13th 10.5 +1.6 5.2 6th 29.6 39.7 average 75%
Mount Crawford (Mt Crawford AWS) 24.2 +1.9 35.6 13th 11.4 +0.7 6.1 2nd 10.8 31.3 low 35%
Mount Lofty 21.1 +3.6 32.7 13th 9.9 +0.8 5.4 2nd 39.4
Noarlunga 25.4 +0.5 36.5 13th 14.4 +0.3 9.0 5th 16.6 23.0 average 72%
Parawa (Second Valley Forest AWS) 21.3 +2.0 32.6 13th 11.3 +0.7 7.4 6th 13.4 43.3 low 31%
Victor Harbor (Encounter Bay) 23.0 +0.5 37.9 13th 11.4 -0.1 5.4 6th 16.2 31.6 low 51%
Upper Murray Valley (district 24A)
Loxton Research Centre 29.3 +1.8 40.7 30th 11.3 +0.1 5.5 2nd 13.4 20.9 average 64%
Renmark Aero 30.4 +1.5 41.8 30th 12.7 +0.3 5.3 2nd 20.4 21.8 average 94%
Lower Murray Valley (district 24B)
Eudunda 26.5 +2.0 38.2 13th 11.6 +1.3 5.0 2nd 20.8 29.7 average 70%
Meningie 24.7 +1.7 36.8 13th 11.7 +0.5 5.4 3rd 17.9 27.4 average 65%
Murray Bridge (Pallamana Aerodrome) 27.6   40.8 13th 10.1   2.1 3rd 23.6
Strathalbyn Racecourse 25.8 +1.4 39.2 13th 11.7 +0.4 6.0 11th 11.0 25.2 low 44%
Murray Mallee (district 25A)
Karoonda 27.3 -0.4 39.9 13th 11.1 -0.1 4.5 6th 17.2 23.7 average 73%
Upper Southeast (district 25B)
Keith 26.6 +1.7 38.8 13th 10.5 +0.5 4.0 6th 17.5 31.3 average 56%
Keith (Munkora) 27.5 +0.5 41.2 30th 8.8 +0.3 1.8 10th 18.8 28.4 average 66%
Lameroo (Austin Plains) 27.8 +0.1 41.1 30th 10.2 -0.4 3.9 2nd 18.8 27.0 average 70%
Lower Southeast (district 26)
Cape Jaffa (The Limestone) 22.1 +0.7 35.3 13th 11.3 +0.6 5.4 3rd 11.4 26.0 low 44%
Coonawarra 25.1 +2.6 37.8 30th 7.9 -0.9 1.0 3rd 8.0 34.4 v low 23%
Mount Gambier Aero 23.2 +2.8 34.9 7th 8.5 +0.1 3.2 11th 18.8 46.5 low 40%
Naracoorte Aerodrome 26.5 +1.8 39.6 30th 8.1 -0.4 0.9 11th 15.2 34.1 low 45%
Padthaway South 26.0 +1.4 38.2 30th 8.7 -1.1 3.0 11th 18.0 28.9 average 62%
Robe Airfield 22.3 +0.9 35.3 30th 9.9 -0.5 2.5 19th 19.2 32.1 low 60%

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.

A Climate Summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Monday 1 December 2014. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages for individual sites 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 10 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.

The ACORN-SAT dataset is used for temperature area averages.

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