Tasmania in January 2022: equal warmest on record overall; mixed rainfall

Nights were warmest on record, and days were third warmest on record for the state overall. Monthly rainfall was above average across north-eastern Tasmania, but below average across the west.

Wet in the north-east, dry across the west

  • January rainfall was 13% below average for Tasmania overall and the driest since 2019.
  • Much of the West Coast district had monthly totals in the bottom 10% of January records, with high pressure systems sitting over the Tasman Sea, directing generally easterly winds over Tasmania during the month.
  • The drier than average conditions in the state's west saw fires start later in the month that destroyed property and put residents of Tullah on alert for evacuations.
  • Rainfall totals were above average across the north-east, due mainly to very heavy falls recorded on the 7th and 8th.
  • Some sites had their highest January daily rainfall on record on the 7th or 8th when a low pressure trough and cold front brought very heavy rainfall to eastern Tasmania; Gray, in the state's north-east, recorded a daily total of 281.8 mm, just 0.2 mm less than Tasmania's previous highest for January (282.0 mm at Falmouth (Glencoe) in 2011).
  • There was heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for parts of the state towards the end of the month.
  • Several sites, with less than 30 years of records, had their highest total January rainfall on record
  • Humidity was above average during January, with vapour pressure very much above average across Tasmania.

Warmest January nights on record

Hobart (Ellerslie Road)

  • Total rainfall for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 54.4 mm, which is 116% of the long-term average of 46.9 mm.
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 22.1 °C, which is 0.3 °C above the long-term average of 21.8 °C.
  • The warmest day was 30.0 °C on the 28th, and the coolest day was on the 10th when the temperature reached 16.9 °C.
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 14.3 °C, which is 2.3 °C above the long-term average of 12.0 °C.
  • The coldest morning was 9.8 °C on the 20th, and the warmest morning was on the 28th when the minimum temperature was 20.7 °C.

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Extremes in January 2022
Hottest day 35.1 °C at Cressy Research Station on the 1st
Warmest days on average 27.0 °C at Launceston (Ti Tree Bend)
Coolest days on average 15.0 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Coldest day 8.1 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) on the 5th
Coldest night 1.0 °C at Liawenee on the 20th
Coolest nights on average 7.7 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Warmest nights on average 16.5 °C at Hogan Island
Warmest night 21.4 °C at Hogan Island on the 1st
Warmest on average overall 20.7 °C at Launceston (Ti Tree Bend)
Coolest on average overall 11.3 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Wettest overall 366.2 mm at Gray (Dalmayne Rd)
Wettest day 281.8 mm at Gray (Dalmayne Rd) on the 7th
Strongest wind gust 102 km/h at Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) on the 6th

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 highest January daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Mount Seymour 39.2 on the 8th 39.0 on the 29th in 2016 28
Mount Barrow (South Barrow) 187.0 on the 7th 75.0 on the 30th in 2016 26
Nunamara Offtake (St Patricks River) 45.6 on the 7th 37.6 on the 30th in 2004 26
Targa (Mountain Views) 96.0 on the 7th 64.4 on the 15th in 2011 25
Cornwall 243.2 on the 7th 175.4 on the 29th in 2004 23
Mount Dromedary 58.2 on the 8th 44.6 on the 14th in 2015 23



Record highest January total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
January
Mount Seymour 128.6 112.2 in 2004 28 39.5
Tunnack Fire Station 135.6 108.4 in 2004 25 45.6
Mount Barrow (South Barrow) 289.6 242.0 in 2004 23 86.8
Birralee Creek 94.6 81.0 in 2018 22 41.7



Record highest January mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
January
Strahan Aerodrome 23.5 22.9 in 1995 31 20.9
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 20.8 20.7 in 2019 29 19.1
Mount Read 17.5 16.7 in 2000 23 14.4
Scotts Peak Dam 25.3 23.8 in 2019 23 21.0

Highest January mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
January
Butlers Gorge 22.9 =22.9 in 1954* 19.0
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 18.9 =18.9 in 1981 17.1

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




Lowest January mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
January
Bicheno (Council Depot) 20.5 19.8 in 1996 21.6



Record highest January mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
January
larapuna (Eddystone Point) 16.1 15.8 in 2016 111 13.3
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 12.9 12.8 in 1951 86 10.8
Flinders Island Airport 15.9 15.3 in 2019 59 13.5
Marrawah 14.0 13.8 in 1974 50 12.0
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 13.5 13.1 in 2016 49 10.9
Bicheno (Council Depot) 15.0 = 15.0 in 2016 46 13.1
kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) 7.7 6.3 in 2001 41 4.8
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 14.5 14.4 in 2016 38 12.4
Wynyard Airport 15.0 13.3 in 1995 34 11.2
Dover 12.0 11.9 in 2016 32 10.4
Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) 10.7 10.0 in 2016 32 8.5
Devonport Airport 14.9 13.9 in 2016 30 12.4
Strahan Aerodrome 12.4 = 12.4 in 2016 30 10.9
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 15.1 14.5 in 2019 29 13.2
King Island Airport 14.7 13.9 in 2019 26 12.5
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 9.1 8.5 in 2001 25 7.1
Smithton Aerodrome 14.4 12.6 in 2007 25 11.1
Cape Bruny (Cape Bruny) 13.5 13.3 in 2018 24 12.2
Sheffield School Farm 12.9 12.3 in 2016 24 10.7
Tunnack Fire Station 10.8 10.7 in 2018 24 9.0
Mount Read 9.1 7.0 in 1999 23 5.9
Ouse Fire Station 12.3 11.8 in 2016 23 10.2
Scotts Peak Dam 11.2 10.4 in 2018 23 9.4
Cressy Research Station 12.5 = 12.5 in 2016 22 10.4
Liawenee 8.0 6.8 in 2019 21 5.4
St Helens Aerodrome 15.0 = 15.0 in 2016 21 13.4

Highest January mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
January
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 12.3 12.5 in 1971 10.1
Butlers Gorge 8.4 8.5 in 1971* 6.4

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




Record highest January mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
January
Butlers Gorge 15.6 15.5 in 1951 59 12.7
Flinders Island Airport 20.0 19.9 in 2019 59 17.9
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 20.7 20.6 in 2019 38 18.5
Wynyard Airport 18.8 18.7 in 2016 34 16.5
Strahan Aerodrome 17.9 17.5 in 2016 30 15.9
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 17.9 17.6 in 2019 29 16.1
King Island Airport 18.5 18.3 in 2018 26 16.8
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 14.4 14.0 in 2001 25 12.4
Smithton Aerodrome 18.8 17.8 in 2016 25 16.5
Mount Read 13.3 11.5 in 2000 23 10.1
Scotts Peak Dam 18.2 17.0 in 2019 23 15.2

Highest January mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
January
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 15.9 16.5 in 1974 14.0



Summary statistics for January 2022
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
January
2022
Diff
from
average
Highest for
January
2022
Mean for
January
2022
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
January
2022
Total for
January
2022
Average
for
January
Rank of
January
2022
Fraction of
January
average
Northern (district 91)
Cape Grim 20.9 +1.5 24.6 25th 15.0 +1.4 12.0 19th 29.4 41.8 low 70%
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 20.8 +1.7 24.8 25th 15.1 +1.9 12.1 19th 26.2 37.5 average 70%
Cressy Research Station 26.0 +0.6 35.1 1st 12.5 +2.1 5.9 20th 75.4 38.8 high 194%
Devonport Airport 22.5 +0.9 26.0 17th 14.9 +2.5 10.4 21st 71.4 43.0 high 166%
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 27.0 +2.4 32.4 1st 14.5 +2.1 9.4 20th 34.6 45.6 average 76%
Launceston Airport 25.9 +0.7 32.8 1st 12.8 +1.9 8.0 20th 34.8 34.0 average 102%
Low Head 22.0 +1.5 24.5 2nd 15.5 +1.1 11.7 20th 78.0 48.8 high 160%
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 23.5 +2.1 29.6 25th 13.1 +2.5 9.1 3rd 23.6 69.7 v low 34%
Marrawah       14.0 +2.0 9.8 4th 22.0 47.1 low 47%
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 23.5 +0.5 30.1 2nd 13.5 +2.6 8.9 20th 100.4 57.7 v high 174%
Sheffield School Farm 22.3 0.0 27.8 1st 12.9 +2.2 8.2 21st 160.0 56.0 high 286%
Smithton Aerodrome 23.2 +1.4 25.4 25th 14.4 +3.3 9.0 1st 25.2 40.1 average 63%
Wynyard Airport 22.7 +1.0 28.3 2nd 15.0 +3.8 10.4 1st 78.4 43.9 v high 179%
East Coast (district 92)
Bicheno (Council Depot) 20.5 -1.1 26.2 1st 15.0 +1.9 11.5 21st 107.5 54.6 high 197%
Friendly Beaches 23.1 -0.3 32.4 1st 14.5 +1.2 9.9 20th 135.4 67.1 high 202%
Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) 19.4 -0.3 30.5 1st 10.7 +2.2 3.2 20th 74.6 54.2 high 138%
larapuna (Eddystone Point) 22.3 +1.5 27.6 1st 16.1 +2.8 13.9 9th 65.8 45.7 high 144%
Maria Island (Point Lesueur) 20.5 -1.1 26.3 28th 14.9 +1.0 11.1 20th 63.2 46.4 high 136%
Orford (Aubin Court) 21.4 -0.8 27.3 28th 13.8 +1.8 8.8 21st 104.6 52.2 high 200%
St Helens Aerodrome 22.6 -0.4 33.8 1st 15.0 +1.6 10.8 21st 82.4 62.5 high 132%
Swan Island 22.1 +1.1 29.5 1st 16.4 +1.4 13.7 20th 44.4 44.1 average 101%
Swansea (Francis Street) 22.5 -1.0 33.3 1st 13.4 +0.5 7.6 21st 64.4 52.9 high 122%
Midlands (district 93)
Ross (The Boulevards) 25.3 +0.5 33.8 1st 12.3 +1.6 3.8 20th 42.4 44.1 average 96%
Southeast (district 94)
Campania (Kincora) 23.7 -0.9 31.3 28th 12.4 +0.7 5.9 20th 48.2 38.3 average 126%
Cape Bruny (Cape Bruny) 20.7 +0.6 26.8 23rd 13.5 +1.3 9.6 20th 49.6 42.2 average 118%
Dennes Point 21.0   26.4 28th 14.1   10.9 1st 29.6 34.6 average 86%
Dover 21.8 +0.7 28.6 23rd 12.0 +1.6 7.5 20th 58.2 52.5 average 111%
Dunalley (Stroud Point) 21.5   28.5 28th 14.6   9.2 20th 74.6
Grove (Research Station) 24.0 +0.5 31.0 28th 11.0 +1.2 5.1 20th 33.0 41.8 average 79%
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 22.1 +0.3 30.0 28th 14.3 +2.3 9.8 20th 54.4 46.9 average 116%
Hobart Airport 22.5 -0.2 30.3 28th 13.7 +1.5 8.8 20th 61.2 40.3 high 152%
kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) 15.0 +1.4 23.6 1st 7.7 +2.9 1.6 19th 111.8 87.1 high 128%
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 18.9 +1.8 26.4 27th 12.9 +2.1 10.6 3rd 36.4 77.8 low 47%
Tasman Island 18.3 0.0 27.3 28th 12.7 +1.1 8.9 9th 91.2 70.1 average 130%
Tunnack Fire Station 21.2 -0.8 30.6 1st 10.8 +1.8 3.5 20th 135.6 45.6 highest 297%
Derwent Valley (district 95)
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 26.6 +2.5 33.0 28th 12.3 +2.2 5.1 20th 38.0 40.5 average 94%
Ouse Fire Station 26.7 +1.1 33.2 1st 12.3 +2.1 5.1 20th 34.6 26.1 high 133%
Central Plateau (district 96)
Butlers Gorge 22.9 +3.9 30.3 23rd 8.4 +2.0 1.3 20th 29.6 93.0 v low 32%
Liawenee 20.6 +1.6 26.9 1st 8.0 +2.6 1.0 20th 60.4 50.6 high 119%
West Coast (district 97)
Cape Sorell 21.3 +2.9 26.5 5th 13.7 +1.8 10.1 19th 15.0 67.4 v low 22%
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 19.7 +2.0 27.2 22nd 9.1 +2.0 4.3 19th 35.6 61.9 average 58%
Low Rocky Point 20.5   26.8 27th 12.9   8.2 4th 44.8 76.1 low 59%
Mount Read 17.5 +3.1 23.9 22nd 9.1 +3.2 5.0 18th 42.6 190.2 lowest 22%
Scotts Peak Dam 25.3 +4.3 32.4 22nd 11.2 +1.8 7.6 19th 24.2 95.2 lowest 25%
Strahan Aerodrome 23.5 +2.6 30.4 27th 12.4 +1.5 7.8 11th 16.0 81.3 lowest 20%
Warra 21.3 +1.7 28.1 31st 10.2 +1.8 5.4 19th 30.0 91.5 v low 33%
King Island (district 98)
King Island Airport 22.3 +1.3 29.7 27th 14.7 +2.2 7.5 3rd 46.4 39.7 average 117%
Flinders Island (district 99)
Flinders Island Airport 24.1 +1.9 34.9 1st 15.9 +2.4 6.9 20th 85.8 46.8 high 183%
Hogan Island 22.2 +0.4 32.5 1st 16.5 +1.7 14.6 3rd 57.8 39.6 high 146%
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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 Wednesday 2 February 2022. 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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