Tasmania in February 2022: drier than average and hot in parts

February was drier than average for most of Tasmania and very dry for parts of the south, including Hobart. Temperatures were warmer than average for much of the state, tending to near average for the centre.

Driest February since 2007

  • Overall, Tasmania recorded around half its typical February rainfall total (32.05 mm this February compared with an average of 63.48 mm).
  • Parts of the north-east had near average rainfall, but elsewhere totals were below average, and in the driest 10% of February records for parts of the south.
  • The wettest day was the 28th when Gray (Dalmayne Rd) recorded 82.0 mm as easterly flow combined with a trough over the east of the mainland feeding moisture down over Tasmania.
  • Hobart Airport had its lowest total February rainfall in 64 years of record.
  • Other sites in the Southeast district had their lowest total February rainfall since 2001.
  • The drier (and warmer) than average conditions contributed to a fire in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park which burned through at least 300 hectares, threatening a globally significant stand of ancient Huon pines.

Warmest February since 2016

  • February days were warmer than average for most of the state, tending to near average in the east.
  • Nights were also warmer than average for most of the state, but were closer to average in the west.
  • The mean maximum temperature for Tasmania as a whole was 0.71 °C warmer than average.
  • Tasmania's mean minimum temperature was 0.43 °C warmer than average.
  • The hottest day was the 1st when Friendly Beaches recorded 31.9 °C at the tail end of a heatwave that began in January.

Hobart (Ellerslie Road) much drier than usual

  • Total rainfall for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 5.4 mm, which is 14% of the long-term average of 39.1 mm, its sixth driest on record for February since 1882, and the driest since 2001.
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 22.5 °C, which is 0.8 °C above the long-term average of 21.7 °C.
  • The warmest day was 30.2 °C on the 1st, and the coolest day was on the 3rd when the temperature reached 17.3 °C.
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 13.4 °C, which is 1.3 °C above the long-term average of 12.1 °C.
  • The coldest morning was 8.9 °C on the 4th, and the warmest morning was on the 24th when the minimum temperature was 17.3 °C.

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Extremes in February 2022
Hottest day 31.9 °C at Friendly Beaches on the 1st
Warmest days on average 25.8 °C at Launceston (Ti Tree Bend)
Coolest days on average 12.7 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Coldest day 5.7 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) on the 21st
Coldest night -3.5 °C at Liawenee on the 22nd
Coolest nights on average 4.9 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Warmest nights on average 15.9 °C at Swan Island
Warmest night 21.3 °C at Flinders Island Airport on the 24th
Warmest on average overall 19.2 °C at Launceston (Ti Tree Bend)
Coolest on average overall 8.8 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Wettest overall 181.4 mm at Gray (Dalmayne Rd)
Wettest day 82.0 mm at Gray (Dalmayne Rd) on the 28th
Strongest wind gust 130 km/h at Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse on the 21st

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 lowest February total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 1.4 1.7 in 1936 149 34.2
Lymington (Fattys Lane) 9.0 9.6 in 1988 98 47.1
Woodbridge 9.6 = 9.6 in 1991 72 55.1
Hobart Airport 2.6 3.2 in 2001 64 34.9
Ouse Fire Station 1.0 2.2 in 2003 23 29.1

Lowest February total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
February
Orford (Aubin Court) 3.2 2.4 in 1983 43.9
Richmond (Brookbank) 4.6 =4.6 in 1983* 37.9
Eaglehawk Neck (Jetty Road) 16.8 7.8 in 2001 53.6
Fort Direction 4.0 2.2 in 2001 34.9
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 5.4 3.4 in 2001 39.1
Lewis Hill (St Pauls River) 10.4 1.4 in 2001 39.0
Lucaston (Bakers Creek Road) 12.8 9.6 in 2001 48.5
Margate (Sunnyside) 7.8 7.0 in 2001 47.6
Opossum Bay 6.0 4.6 in 2001 38.0
Richmond (Strathayr) 2.6 2.4 in 2001 34.5
Wattle Hill 9.0 6.0 in 2001 47.2

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




Summary statistics for February 2022
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2022
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2022
Mean for
February
2022
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2022
Total for
February
2022
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2022
Fraction of
February
average
Northern (district 91)
Cape Grim 20.4 +0.9 24.2 27th 14.2 +0.4 8.9 22nd 14.6 35.9 v low 41%
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 20.5 +0.9 24.1 27th 14.2 +0.4 9.3 22nd 12.4 34.2 v low 36%
Cressy Research Station 24.9 0.0 30.5 24th 10.6 +0.1 2.2 19th 15.0 29.3 low 51%
Devonport Airport 22.6 +0.8 26.7 28th 12.8 +0.1 6.9 22nd 13.2 36.9 low 36%
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 25.8 +1.3 31.4 24th 12.5 +0.2 6.5 19th 20.2 32.1 average 63%
Launceston Airport 24.9 +0.5 30.5 24th 11.0 +0.1 4.7 21st 16.6 32.4 low 51%
Low Head 21.9 +0.8 25.8 28th 14.8 +0.2 11.9 22nd 15.4 28.4 average 54%
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 22.4 +1.4 28.8 14th 11.0 +0.2 5.4 22nd 36.2 54.6 low 66%
Marrawah       13.1 +0.6 8.0 22nd 24.0 44.4 low 54%
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 23.2 +0.2 28.7 14th 12.1 +0.8 5.6 4th 23.2 41.3 low 56%
Sheffield School Farm 21.5 -0.1 27.1 24th 10.8 0.0 5.0 22nd 39.4 43.1 average 91%
Smithton Aerodrome 23.2 +1.3 29.2 14th 11.5 0.0 2.7 22nd 11.8 33.9 low 35%
Wynyard Airport 22.4 +0.6 26.5 24th 12.2 +0.5 3.4 22nd 12.2 47.8 low 26%
East Coast (district 92)
Bicheno (Council Depot) 21.1 -0.4 30.2 1st 14.0 +0.8 9.2 21st 45.6 57.3 average 80%
Friendly Beaches 23.1 +0.3 31.9 1st 13.3 +0.1 8.1 22nd 29.4 55.3 low 53%
Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) 17.8 -1.3 24.3 1st 8.3 0.0 0.5 22nd 27.8 45.3 average 61%
larapuna (Eddystone Point) 22.3 +1.2 27.2 1st 15.4 +1.5 10.4 21st 58.2 46.1 high 126%
Maria Island (Point Lesueur) 20.4 -0.5 25.7 17th 14.0 +0.3 9.9 22nd 4.2 32.5 v low 13%
St Helens Aerodrome 21.9 -0.1 29.2 1st 13.7 +0.4 9.4 3rd 68.2 57.5 high 119%
Swan Island 21.5 +0.3 23.9 14th 15.9 +0.5 12.2 2nd 37.0 39.7 average 93%
Swansea (Francis Street) 22.0 -0.5 30.6 1st 12.3 0.0 6.3 22nd 30.2 33.2 average 91%
Midlands (district 93)
Ross (The Boulevards) 23.5 -0.5 29.0 2nd 8.9 -1.6 0.8 19th 28.2 35.9 average 79%
Southeast (district 94)
Campania (Kincora) 23.4 -0.5 29.6 23rd 10.8 -0.4 4.3 22nd 6.2 30.6 low 20%
Cape Bruny (Cape Bruny) 21.3 +1.3 27.5 13th 12.8 +0.5 9.1 2nd 20.0 53.3 v low 38%
Dennes Point 21.6   29.4 1st 13.7   9.0 22nd 6.4 25.5 v low 25%
Dover 21.7 +0.9 27.2 13th 9.7 -0.5 5.5 2nd 16.6 50.4 low 33%
Dunalley (Stroud Point) 21.7   27.2 13th 13.7   9.3 22nd 6.0
Grove (Research Station) 23.2 +0.6 30.5 23rd 8.7 -0.5 2.1 4th 7.2 46.4 v low 16%
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 22.5 +0.8 30.2 1st 13.4 +1.3 8.9 4th 5.4 39.1 v low 14%
Hobart Airport 22.8 +0.5 30.0 1st 12.5 +0.4 6.9 22nd 2.6 34.9 lowest 7%
kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) 12.7 -0.9 18.9 9th 4.9 -0.3 -0.9 2nd 50.6 76.4 average 66%
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 18.3 +1.0 23.9 13th 12.3 +1.1 7.9 21st 40.8 69.4 low 59%
Tasman Island 17.8 +0.1 23.6 1st 12.2 +0.4 8.1 3rd 25.8 46.4 low 56%
Tunnack Fire Station 19.6 -1.6 25.3 1st 8.6 -0.3 -0.2 22nd 13.8 38.2 low 36%
Derwent Valley (district 95)
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 24.8 +0.8 31.4 23rd 9.6 -0.4 2.7 12th 1.4 34.2 lowest 4%
Ouse Fire Station 24.5 -0.5 30.9 23rd 9.6 -0.3 1.9 22nd 1.0 29.1 lowest 3%
Central Plateau (district 96)
Butlers Gorge 19.5 +0.7 25.7 14th 6.6 +0.4 -0.9 22nd 41.4 80.5 low 51%
Liawenee 18.1 -0.1 24.3 24th 5.3 +0.2 -3.5 22nd 10.0 40.0 low 25%
West Coast (district 97)
Cape Sorell 20.5 +1.8 27.9 28th 13.4 +1.2 9.3 22nd 51.0 65.4 average 78%
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 17.1 -0.1 25.2 16th 6.9 -0.3 1.7 2nd 48.6 62.8 average 77%
Low Rocky Point 20.3   26.8 13th 12.2   8.0 12th 41.6 73.6 low 57%
Mount Read 14.2 0.0 20.3 7th 6.0 -0.2 1.1 22nd 150.0 185.7 average 81%
Scotts Peak Dam 22.4 +1.3 30.0 23rd 9.4 0.0 5.3 2nd 59.6 81.9 low 73%
Strahan Aerodrome 22.0 +0.8 28.5 28th 10.8 0.0 5.0 22nd 57.8 69.5 average 83%
Warra 19.3 +0.5 26.7 23rd 8.6 +0.4 3.6 4th 50.4 76.4 low 66%
King Island (district 98)
King Island Airport 21.9 +0.7 28.7 13th 13.4 +0.3 4.5 19th 5.0 31.5 v low 16%
Flinders Island (district 99)
Flinders Island Airport 23.1 +0.4 28.6 14th 14.2 +0.4 6.4 20th 21.2 38.5 average 55%
Hogan Island 22.1 +0.8 25.3 14th 15.3 0.0 11.7 22nd 3.6 36.5 v low 10%
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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 11 am on Tuesday 1 March 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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