Tasmania in October 2014: windy spring weather, some rain, warm overall

Tasmania experienced almost typical spring weather during October, with heavy rain and strong winds affecting the State on several occasions as cold fronts crossed. The 7th and the 28th saw some particularly strong, gusty and damaging winds, with many sites registering gusts in excess of 100 km/h and a few exposed locations reaching 148 km/h. Thunderstorms brought some locally heavy rain as the fronts crossed. Total rainfall for the month was near average for most of the State, but below average in parts of the southeast and the northwest.

Daytime temperatures fluctuated widely through the month. In most areas the 22nd was the warmest day of the month, but warm temperatures were also seen on the 4th, 12th and 19th. Meanwhile the 1st, 13th and 20th were quite cool, and the 28th was the coldest day of the month at most sites (and brought snow to the higher peaks). Overall, daytime maximum temperatures were above average in most areas, although typically by around half a degree.

There were plenty of cool nights during October, especially between the 14th and 21st when some inland sites dipped below -5 °C, but also in the first week and in the last few days of the month. Overall, overnight minimum temperatures were slightly above average in most areas but well above average in the northeast and close to or below average inland and in the southwest.

  • Strong and damaging winds, especially around the 7th and 28th
  • Below-average rain in the southeast and northwest
  • Some very wet days
  • Springtime weather with fluctuating temperatures
  • Temperatures above average overall

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Extremes in October 2014
Hottest day 28.0 °C at Campania (Kincora) on the 22nd
Warmest days on average 18.9 °C at Friendly Beaches
Coolest days on average 8.0 °C at Mount Wellington
Coldest day 1.5 °C at Mount Wellington on the 13th
Coldest night -5.8 °C at Liawenee on the 14th
Coolest nights on average 0.0 °C at Mount Wellington
Warmest nights on average 11.0 °C at Swan Island
Warmest night 14.5 °C at Larapuna (Eddystone Point) on the 27th
Warmest on average overall 13.9 °C at Friendly Beaches
Coolest on average overall 4.0 °C at Mount Wellington
Wettest overall 446.0 mm at Mount Read
Driest overall 23.0 mm at Mount Morriston (Macquarie River)
Wettest day 87.8 mm at Mount Victoria (Una Plain) on the 7th
Strongest wind gust 148 km/h at Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) on the 6th
148 km/h at Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse on the 28th
148 km/h at Mount Read on the 28th

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 October daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Meander (Meander River) 54.0 on the 7th 44.6 on the 31st in 2010 21
Deloraine Railway Bridge (Meander River) 38.4 on the 7th 33.4 on the 15th in 2010 20



Record highest October daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
October
Larapuna (Eddystone Point) 14.5 on the 27th = 14.5 on the 27th in 2008 57 9.1



Record lowest October mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
October
Strahan Aerodrome 5.5 5.8 in 1995 25 7.3



Record lowest October mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
October
Strahan Aerodrome 10.3 = 10.3 in 2003 25 11.7



Summary statistics for October 2014
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
October
2014
Diff
from
average
Highest for
October
2014
Mean for
October
2014
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
October
2014
Total for
October
2014
Average
for
October
Rank of
October
2014
Fraction of
October
average
Northern (district 91)
Bridport (Sea View Villas) 16.7 +0.3 20.6 23rd 6.9 -1.0 1.9 1st 38.2 57.6 low 66%
Burnie (Round Hill) 16.7 +0.7 20.9 19th 9.1 +1.1 3.8 1st 81.4 84.8 average 96%
Cape Grim 14.3   17.4 10th 9.5   4.3 20th 70.4
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 14.9 +0.6 18.5 10th 9.5 +0.3 4.8 20th 73.2 61.9 average 118%
Cressy Research Station 17.3 +0.2 22.5 22nd 5.6 +0.5 -2.0 17th 79.8 50.8 high 157%
Devonport Airport 16.6 +0.8 21.1 19th 7.8 +0.5 1.5 14th 55.2 63.5 average 87%
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 18.7 +0.7 24.0 22nd 7.3 +0.4 0.8 14th 47.0 50.8 average 93%
Launceston Airport 17.7 +0.2 23.7 22nd 5.5 +0.2 0.7 3rd 38.8 39.3 average 99%
Low Head 16.0 +0.7 19.7 25th 9.8 +0.3 4.3 14th 49.0 50.7 average 97%
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 14.9 +0.2 21.4 23rd 6.5 +0.6 0.6 14th 112.4 132.9 low 85%
Marrawah 15.6 +0.7 19.0 4th 9.0 +0.9 2.5 20th 64.6 88.0 average 73%
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 16.7 +0.3 22.2 22nd 6.6 +0.8 1.3 1st 85.8 82.5 average 104%
Sheffield School Farm 15.6 +0.5 20.3 25th 5.7 0.0 0.1 20th 105.6 82.4 average 128%
Smithton Aerodrome 16.7 +0.5 21.7 25th 7.3 +0.4 -0.3 20th 72.6 79.6 average 91%
Wynyard Airport 16.9 +0.8 21.3 25th 6.8 +0.7 0.7 20th 86.0 96.0 average 90%
East Coast (district 92)
Bicheno (Council Depot) 18.0 +0.6 22.0 30th 9.4 +0.9 4.9 20th 46.1 55.1 average 84%
Fingal (Legge Street) 17.9 +0.5 27.0 22nd 5.5 +0.7 -1.2 17th 44.6 54.1 average 82%
Friendly Beaches 18.9 +0.9 25.1 12th 9.0 +0.5 4.0 21st 54.8 56.8 high 96%
Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) 13.8 +0.1 21.5 22nd 4.1 +0.6 -2.0 17th 57.4 75.1 average 76%
Larapuna (Eddystone Point) 17.4 +0.9 21.0 19th 10.2 +1.1 4.4 1st 48.8 68.7 average 71%
Maria Island (Point Lesueur) 16.7 0.0 20.6 22nd 9.7 +0.5 5.2 20th 27.0 33.4 low 81%
Orford (Aubin Court) 17.6 +0.3 22.5 22nd 8.0 +0.8 3.3 21st 44.4 59.2 average 75%
St Helens Aerodrome 18.0 +0.7 25.0 22nd 9.0 +1.1 3.1 1st 42.2 64.3 low 66%
Swan Island 16.6 +0.7 21.3 22nd 11.0 +0.9 6.4 1st 34.4 49.5 low 69%
Swansea (Francis Street) 18.6   24.7 19th 8.2   2.9 21st 40.2
Midlands (district 93)
Ross (The Boulevards) 17.5 +0.6 23.5 25th 5.1 +0.2 -3.8 14th 38.4 42.5 average 90%
Southeast (district 94)
Campania (Kincora) 18.3 +0.5 28.0 22nd 6.5 0.0 -0.2 14th 36.2 41.8 average 87%
Cape Bruny (Cape Bruny) 15.8 +0.6 22.3 22nd 8.2 0.0 4.6 29th 62.0 68.9 average 90%
Cape Bruny Lighthouse     21.0 22nd 8.3 +0.4 4.2 29th 63.5 83.5 average 76%
Dennes Point 17.3   23.7 12th 8.8   4.4 1st 29.4
Dover 17.1 +1.0 23.9 12th 6.6 +0.2 2.0 6th 67.0 86.3 average 78%
Dunalley (Stroud Point) 16.8   22.5 18th 9.3   5.8 14th 44.0
Geeveston (Cemetery Road) 17.0 +0.6 25.4 22nd 6.2 +0.2 0.2 24th 67.0 92.2 average 73%
Grove (Research Station) 17.2 +0.1 26.2 22nd 5.7 +0.2 -0.6 14th 42.4 62.0 low 68%
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 18.1 +1.1 25.6 22nd 8.6 +0.8 3.3 17th 49.6 61.7 average 80%
Hobart Airport 17.9 +0.6 24.9 22nd 7.9 +0.4 3.0 14th 30.8 46.3 low 67%
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 13.4 +0.1 19.5 18th 8.1 +0.6 5.2 1st 85.6 105.6 average 81%
Melton Mowbray (North Stockman) 17.3 +0.7 26.3 22nd 4.9 -0.6 -3.9 14th 37.2 42.5 average 88%
Mount Wellington 8.0 +1.0 19.6 22nd 0.0 0.0 -4.4 20th 61.6 77.9 average 79%
Tasman Island 13.9 +0.4 20.3 22nd 7.5 0.0 4.1 1st 59.8 65.6 average 91%
Tunnack Fire Station 14.8 +0.4 22.0 22nd 4.2 -0.1 -5.2 14th 41.4 53.6 average 77%
Derwent Valley (district 95)
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 18.4 +0.7 25.9 22nd 5.3 -0.5 -0.8 14th 43.8 57.3 average 76%
Maydena Post Office 15.9 +0.3 25.5 22nd 4.1 -0.6 -2.4 14th 101.2 120.9 average 84%
Ouse Fire Station 18.1 +0.4 25.8 22nd 4.9 -0.4 -2.7 14th 38.4 54.5 average 70%
Central Plateau (district 96)
Butlers Gorge 13.0 +0.5 24.9 22nd 2.5 +0.1 -5.4 14th 173.8 161.6 average 108%
Lake St Clair National Park 13.3 +0.7 25.4 23rd 2.3 +0.3 -5.2 14th 190.4 183.8 average 104%
Liawenee 12.3 +0.9 23.6 22nd 0.8 +0.2 -5.8 14th 71.4 69.8 average 102%
West Coast (district 97)
Cape Sorell 15.7 +1.4 19.7 22nd 9.1 +0.4 5.4 20th 69.8 107.4 low 65%
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 10.8 +0.1 21.6 22nd 2.5 0.0 -0.8 20th 85.6 90.2 average 95%
Low Rocky Point 15.3   19.8 18th 8.2   3.0 6th 97.4 111.3 low 88%
Mount Read 8.2 +0.7 17.4 22nd 1.3 0.0 -2.8 20th 446.0 397.6 high 112%
Scotts Peak Dam 15.2 +0.8 25.3 22nd 5.1 +0.1 1.7 14th 181.8 177.3 average 103%
Strahan Aerodrome 15.0 -1.0 24.0 22nd 5.5 -1.8 -0.6 14th 115.2 119.8 average 96%
Strathgordon Village 14.2 +0.6 23.9 22nd     1.3 14th 274.3 252.2 average 109%
Warra 13.6 +0.1 23.5 22nd 4.0 -0.3 -1.6 14th 187.2 209.6 average 89%
King Island (district 98)
King Island Airport 16.7 +0.9 26.5 31st 9.4 +0.6 3.7 15th 35.8 73.4 low 49%
Flinders Island (district 99)
Flinders Island Airport 17.4 +0.7 22.4 22nd 9.7 +1.1 1.2 15th 26.4 59.3 low 45%
Hogan Island 16.7   20.9 24th 10.5   5.3 1st 39.8 43.7 average 91%
Antarctica and Macquarie Island (district 300)
Macquarie Island 5.9 +0.1 7.6 24th 2.0 0.0 -1.3 20th 114.8 77.4 v high 148%

Notes

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list 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. 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 9 am on Monday 3 November 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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