Tasmania in February 2018: warm overall, but plenty of cool weather

February brought plenty of cool days to Tasmania, but there was enough warm weather to give monthly means close to average, with the southern half having a generally cool month but the north having a generally mild month. Rain was above average inland and in the west, but below average along the northern East Coast.

Plenty of cool weather, but warm overall

  • Most days and nights from the 11th until the 26th were cooler than average
  • Warm weather dominated between the 4th and 10th, with the mornings of the 8th and 9th especially mild
  • Taken across the whole month, daytime temperatures were generally below average in the south and Midlands, but above average in the north but below average in the south
  • Mean minimum temperatures for February were above average in most areas, but below average in the southwest
  • The statewide mean maximum temperature for February was 0.09 °C below average, whilst the mean minimum temperature was 0.37 °C above average, giving a mean temperature for the month that was 0.14 °C above the 1961–1990 average

Rainfall above average overall

  • Most parts of Tasmania had rainfall close to average, but above-average totals were seen inland and in the west, and totals were below average along the northern East Coast and on Flinders Island
  • Tasmania's total rainfall was about 12% above average for February
  • Showers and thunderstorms brought locally moderate falls on the 10th
  • Strong and gusty winds, showers and thunderstorms accompanied a cold front on the 14th (including a record 146 km/h gust at King Island Airport, 150 km/h at Hogan Island, 104 km/h at Launceston and several sites other with gusts over 100 km/h), with reports of damaged roofs, fallen trees, lightning strikes and power disruptions
  • A cold front brought significant rain as it crossed on the 23rd and into the 24th, giving some sites in the north their wettest February day on record
  • Westerly winds from the 11th brought a week of wet weather to the west, ensuring Mount Read on the West Coast had 274.2 mm for the month; meanwhile Little Swanport on the East Coast had only 11.2 mm for the whole month

Cool days for Hobart

  • Total rainfall for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 35.2 mm, which is 89% of the long-term average; almost half of this fell in showers on the 14th with most of the remainder as a front crossed on the 24th
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 21.7 °C, equal to the long-term average. The warmest day was 30.5 °C on the 10th, and the coolest day was on the 19th when the temperature reached 15.5 °C
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 12.8 °C, which is 0.7 °C above the long-term average of 12.1 °C. The coldest morning was 8.6 °C on the 1st, and the warmest morning was on the 8th when the minimum temperature was 18.4 °C

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Extremes in February 2018
Hottest day 32.8 °C at Ouse Fire Station on the 7th
Warmest days on average 24.6 °C at Launceston (Ti Tree Bend)
Coolest days on average 12.5 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Coldest day 5.6 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) on the 16th
Coldest night -1.4 °C at Liawenee on the 1st
Coolest nights on average 4.5 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Warmest nights on average 15.8 °C at Hogan Island and Swan Island
Warmest night 20.4 °C at Flinders Island Airport on the 8th
Warmest on average overall 19.2 °C at Hogan Island
Coolest on average overall 8.5 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Wettest overall 274.2 mm at Mount Read
Driest overall

12.2 mm at Little Swanport (Lisdillon Farm)

Wettest day 81.0 mm at Jackeys Marsh on the 24th
Strongest wind gust 150 km/h at Hogan Island on the 14th

Maps
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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 highest February daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Devonport Airport 40.8 on the 24th 35.4 on the 9th in 1996 55
Meander (Meander River) 67.0 on the 24th 33.4 on the 5th in 2010 24
Deloraine Railway Bridge (Meander River) 39.0 on the 24th 31.4 on the 5th in 2010 23
Golden Valley (Brodies Road) 67.8 on the 24th 37.4 on the 7th in 1999 23
Quamby Bluff 67.6 on the 24th 56.2 on the 7th in 1999 23
Sheffield School Farm 41.8 on the 24th 39.6 on the 8th in 1998 22
Lemana (Woodlands) 45.8 on the 24th 32.0 on the 6th in 2012 20



Record highest February daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Bicheno (Council Depot) 19.5 on the 8th 19.4 on the 21st in 2010 44 13.1



Summary statistics for February 2018
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2018
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2018
Mean for
February
2018
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2018
Total for
February
2018
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2018
Fraction of
February
average
Northern (district 91)
Bridport (Sea View Villas) 22.8 +0.6 29.0 8th 13.1 0.0 8.0 2nd 39.7 31.8 high 125%
Burnie (Round Hill) 22.0 +0.7 28.9 8th 13.5 +0.2 9.2 1st 55.6 43.2 high 129%
Cape Grim 20.2   24.6 10th 14.0   9.9 1st 50.6
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 20.2 +0.5 24.8 10th 14.0 +0.2 9.9 1st 45.6 33.9 high 135%
Cressy Research Station 23.9 -1.2 29.4 9th 11.3 +0.8 3.1 1st 44.2 26.7 high 166%
Devonport Airport 22.4 +0.7 26.1 24th 13.2 +0.5 6.6 1st 53.8 36.1 high 149%
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 24.6 0.0 29.4 8th 12.6 +0.3 6.8 1st 38.0 30.4 average 125%
Launceston Airport 23.7 -0.9 29.1 9th 10.7 -0.4 5.4 1st 61.4 29.5 v high 208%
Low Head 21.2 +0.1 25.9 8th 14.9 +0.3 10.6 20th 36.4 25.5 average 143%
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 21.1 -0.1 27.9 9th 11.1 +0.3 6.3 1st 82.8 54.9 high 151%
Marrawah 21.1 +0.2 25.2 8th 12.8 +0.3 8.2 1st 56.6 44.0 high 129%
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 22.3 -0.8 28.2 8th 11.8 +0.5 6.2 1st 38.6 38.7 average 100%
Sheffield School Farm 21.4 -0.3 27.9 8th 10.9 +0.1 3.7 1st 69.6 43.0 high 162%
Smithton Aerodrome 22.6 +0.7 28.1 9th 11.9 +0.4 4.6 13th 48.8 33.4 high 146%
Wynyard Airport 22.4 +0.6 30.7 4th 12.4 +0.8 5.6 25th 58.4 46.7 average 125%
East Coast (district 92)
Bicheno (Council Depot) 21.8 +0.3 24.4 24th 13.6 +0.5 9.0 27th 24.6 56.6 average 43%
Fingal (Legge Street) 23.1 +0.1 27.5 24th 10.2 +0.1 2.7 27th 29.0 40.3 average 72%
Friendly Beaches 23.2 +0.3 27.0 10th 13.3 0.0 8.4 27th 23.8 54.6 low 44%
Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) 19.2 +0.1 26.9 7th 8.0 -0.3 0.0 1st 40.6 45.4 average 89%
larapuna (Eddystone Point) 22.6 +1.6 27.2 24th 15.0 +1.1 11.3 1st 18.2 45.5 low 40%
Maria Island (Point Lesueur) 20.5 -0.5 25.6 10th 13.7 -0.1 7.9 1st 33.8 35.7 average 95%
Orford (Aubin Court) 21.6 -0.3 28.9 10th 12.1 0.0 6.3 1st 40.8 44.4 average 92%
St Helens Aerodrome 22.1 +0.1 30.1 24th 13.3 -0.1 8.8 27th 18.8 52.7 average 36%
Swan Island 22.0 +0.8 24.9 10th 15.8 +0.4 11.0 1st 17.2 36.0 low 48%
Swansea (Francis Street) 22.0   28.0 10th 12.0   5.8 27th 13.2
Midlands (district 93)
Ross (The Boulevards) 23.3 -0.9 29.6 7th 10.5 -0.1 2.9 1st 36.6 36.9 average 99%
Southeast (district 94)
Campania (Kincora) 23.1 -0.9 31.1 7th 11.4 +0.1 5.3 1st 43.2 30.9 high 140%
Cape Bruny (Cape Bruny) 19.8 -0.2 30.0 10th 12.1 -0.3 8.0 1st 42.6 54.2 average 79%
Cape Bruny Lighthouse 18.8 +0.2 28.0 10th 12.6 +0.8 9.0 26th 46.1 56.1 average 82%
Dennes Point 20.9   26.8 10th 13.0   8.4 1st 31.8
Dover 20.9 +0.2 29.0 10th 9.7 -0.5 5.7 26th 48.6 50.7 average 96%
Dunalley (Stroud Point) 21.2   30.7 10th 13.5   8.6 26th
Grove (Research Station) 22.1 -0.6 29.5 10th 9.3 +0.1 3.9 1st 46.6 49.0 average 95%
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 21.7 0.0 30.5 10th 12.8 +0.7 8.6 1st 35.2 39.5 average 89%
Hobart Airport 22.2 -0.2 30.8 10th 12.3 +0.2 6.4 27th 42.6 35.4 high 120%
kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) 12.5 -1.2 21.3 7th 4.5 -0.8 -0.5 1st 52.6 76.3 average 69%
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 17.5 +0.2 25.4 10th 11.6 +0.4 7.9 16th 50.8 69.4 average 73%
Melton Mowbray (North Stockman) 22.3 -1.2 30.1 7th 10.1 -0.1 4.0 1st 38.2 31.6 average 121%
Tasman Island 17.6 -0.2 21.6 28th 12.1 +0.3 9.0 1st 48.8 45.5 high 107%
Tunnack Fire Station 20.5 -0.9 27.9 7th     2.2 1st 15.6 41.8 low 37%
Derwent Valley (district 95)
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 23.8 -0.2 32.2 7th 9.9 -0.1 4.5 1st 33.4 34.5 average 97%
Maydena Post Office 21.1 -1.2 31.5 7th 8.3 -0.6 1.5 20th 76.9 61.9 high 124%
Ouse Fire Station 23.9 -1.3 32.8 7th 9.5 -0.4 4.6 22nd 41.4 30.2 average 137%
Central Plateau (district 96)
Butlers Gorge 18.9 +0.1 29.2 7th 5.7 -0.5 0.4 20th 122.0 80.6 high 151%
Liawenee 17.9 -0.5 23.9 7th 4.6 -0.6 -1.4 1st 48.4 36.9 average 131%
West Coast (district 97)
Cape Sorell 19.6 +0.9 24.3 10th 12.5 +0.3 9.1 19th 66.6 65.5 average 102%
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 16.4 -1.0 25.6 7th 6.7 -0.6 1.4 1st 77.2 60.4 average 128%
Low Rocky Point 19.1   23.5 27th 11.8   8.0 26th 84.4 73.4 high 115%
Scotts Peak Dam 20.5 -0.7 32.5 7th 8.9 -0.6 5.2 20th 102.0 76.9 high 133%
Strahan Aerodrome 21.2 0.0 29.5 7th 10.8 0.0 6.8 1st 116.8 66.3 v high 176%
Warra 18.3 -0.7 27.4 10th 7.1 -1.1 1.7 26th 125.4 80.0 high 157%
King Island (district 98)
King Island Airport 22.2 +0.9 29.5 27th 13.7 +0.6 6.6 5th 30.4 30.6 average 99%
Flinders Island (district 99)
Flinders Island Airport 22.8 +0.1 28.3 28th 14.2 +0.4 6.7 1st 18.2 38.1 average 48%
Hogan Island 22.6 +1.3 27.0 10th 15.8 +0.5 11.0 15th 20.6 38.6 average 53%
Note: From 2017, information about Macquarie Island can be found in the climate summary for the Remote Islands and Antarctica

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, generally published on the first working day of each month, lists the main features of the weather in Tasmania using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated. More extensive discussion of significant weather events, along with later information and data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Thursday 1 March 2018. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

In some situations, some or all of the rainfall is in the form of hail or snow. In these cases the totals given are for the water equivalent: the depth of liquid water that results from melting any frozen precipitation. There can be significant 'undercatch' of snow in strong winds, meaning the true precipitation can be higher than that reported.

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.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

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