Tasmania in November 2014: variable spring weather, dry overall

Tasmania saw a mixture of cool and very warm days through November 2014. The 1st, 2nd, 5th and 24th were especially cool, but the 7th, 8th, 19th and 23rd were warm. Overnight minimum temperatures were also mixed, with some quite cold mornings in the first half of the month but some quite mild ones scattered through as well. The warmest weather was mostly on the 8th, when a few sites topped 30 °C, and two had their warmest November night on record. Overall, both mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures were close to normal at most sites, tending to be below normal in the west and above normal in the east. Although temperatures were generally above average, they were closer to the monthly normals than has been the case for most of the year.

Despite frequent westerly winds that meant most days on the west coast were wet, rainfall was below average in much of the State. The northern half was particularly dry, with some areas near the northern Midlands receiving less than 10 mm for the month and a few sites having their driest November on record. The southwest, and parts of the southeast, had near-average rain.

  • Many cool days, but some very warm and temperatures near average overall
  • Cool nights for much of the month, but near average overall
  • Wet days in the west, but total rain below average in most areas

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Extremes in November 2014
Hottest day 32.1 °C at Flinders Island Airport on the 8th
Warmest days on average 21.2 °C at Launceston (Ti Tree Bend)
Coolest days on average 9.8 °C at Mount Read
Coldest day -0.6 °C at Mount Wellington on the 2nd
Coldest night -5.0 °C at Mount Wellington on the 2nd
Coolest nights on average 1.6 °C at Mount Wellington
Warmest nights on average 11.9 °C at Swan Island
Warmest night 17.5 °C at King Island Airport on the 8th
Warmest on average overall 15.5 °C at St Helens Aerodrome
Coolest on average overall 5.9 °C at Mount Read
Wettest overall 243.4 mm at Mount Read
Driest overall 6.2 mm at Westmoore
Wettest day 41.8 mm at Mount Read on the 25th
Strongest wind gust 130 km/h at Hogan Island on the 1st

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
Mount Victoria (Una Plain) 32.8 60.2 in 1967 22 113.5

Lowest November total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Years since
lower
Average for
November
Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) 19.8 16.0 in 1926* 87 64.0
Larapuna (Eddystone Point) 15.4 9.0 in 1982* 30 61.0

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




Record highest November daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 16.8 on the 8th 16.5 on the 27th in 1978 53 7.5
King Island Airport 17.5 on the 8th 16.8 on the 30th in 2003 20 10.1



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
Northern (district 91)
Bridport (Sea View Villas) 18.7 +0.4 22.0 8th 8.0 -1.9 1.0 3rd 26.5 51.8 low 51%
Burnie (Round Hill) 18.6 +0.8 23.1 27th 10.3 +0.6 4.7 2nd 18.8 68.5 v low 27%
Cape Grim 15.4   21.1 30th 10.6   5.0 2nd 19.2
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 16.1 +0.1 21.0 30th 10.5 -0.1 6.1 2nd 16.2 54.4 v low 30%
Cressy Research Station 20.4 0.0 26.0 8th 6.3 -0.9 -0.5 15th 7.2 55.5 v low 13%
Devonport Airport 18.2 +0.5 22.2 5th 8.7 -0.4 2.4 3rd 14.8 57.8 v low 26%
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 21.2 +0.7 27.1 30th 8.9 -0.1 1.1 3rd 15.0 53.1 v low 28%
Launceston Airport 21.0 +0.8 27.0 8th 6.5 -1.3 0.3 3rd 8.2 60.0 v low 14%
Low Head 17.5 +0.1 21.2 30th 11.3 +0.1 6.4 3rd 20.8 49.3 low 42%
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 17.0 -0.4 23.4 7th 7.4 -0.3 2.0 2nd 48.0 91.9 low 52%
Marrawah 16.8 +0.1 22.8 30th 9.7 +0.4 5.0 2nd 32.0 69.8 low 46%
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 19.7 +0.9 24.8 8th 7.2 -0.6 0.7 3rd 27.2 68.8 low 40%
Sheffield School Farm 17.7 -0.2 23.0 30th 6.8 -0.8 1.7 2nd 18.0 88.8 v low 20%
Smithton Aerodrome 18.1 -0.2 22.2 30th 7.9 -0.8 1.9 12th 32.0 59.6 low 54%
Wynyard Airport 18.7 +0.7 23.3 23rd 7.9 -0.2 1.6 3rd 22.8 75.3 v low 30%
East Coast (district 92)
Bicheno (Council Depot) 19.1 +0.7 24.4 19th 10.8 +0.7 5.8 2nd 22.7 60.3 low 38%
Fingal (Legge Street) 20.9 +1.4 30.2 8th 6.4 -0.7 0.0 3rd 15.8 45.2 low 35%
Friendly Beaches 20.3 +0.7 26.3 8th 10.3 +0.1 5.1 3rd 59.0 71.3 average 83%
Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) 16.8 +1.1 25.0 8th 5.2 -0.2 -0.9 15th 19.8 64.0 v low 31%
Larapuna (Eddystone Point) 19.5 +1.6 23.6 14th 10.9 +0.1 4.4 2nd 15.4 61.0 v low 25%
Maria Island (Point Lesueur) 17.5 -0.5 24.8 8th 10.9 +0.1 4.8 2nd 37.6 61.1 low 62%
Orford (Aubin Court) 19.0 +0.4 30.9 8th 9.3 +0.2 4.0 3rd 32.4 66.3 low 49%
St Helens Aerodrome 20.9 +1.7 28.5 8th 10.1 -0.1 2.6 3rd 11.8 82.1 v low 14%
Swan Island 18.3 +0.7 25.0 8th 11.9 +0.1 5.9 3rd 23.4 68.5 v low 34%
Swansea (Francis Street) 19.9   30.8 8th 9.4   4.9 12th 16.5
Midlands (district 93)
Ross (The Boulevards) 20.5 +0.6 28.3 8th 6.9 +0.1 -0.1 15th 16.8 49.9 v low 34%
Southeast (district 94)
Campania (Kincora) 20.1 -0.5 28.6 19th 8.8 +0.2 1.6 12th 32.6 46.4 low 70%
Cape Bruny (Cape Bruny) 16.5 -0.3 24.9 7th 9.4 -0.2 4.9 2nd 44.0 57.2 low 77%
Cape Bruny Lighthouse 15.9 +0.3 25.2 7th 9.7 +0.6 4.8 2nd 46.9 75.2 low 62%
Dennes Point 18.1   25.6 8th 10.0   4.8 2nd 17.0
Dover 18.3 +0.8 24.7 8th 8.0 +0.2 2.6 12th 42.8 71.5 low 60%
Dunalley (Stroud Point) 17.6   29.0 8th 10.4   4.7 2nd 48.0
Geeveston (Cemetery Road) 18.5 +0.2 28.8 7th 7.5 -0.1 1.2 12th 49.4 69.4 low 71%
Grove (Research Station) 18.7 -0.4 29.5 8th 7.7 +0.5 0.8 12th 34.8 59.8 low 58%
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 19.4 +0.7 31.0 8th 10.3 +1.0 3.7 2nd 34.8 54.3 average 64%
Hobart Airport 19.5 +0.5 29.1 8th 9.7 +0.5 4.4 2nd 30.0 44.9 average 67%
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 13.9 -0.5 25.1 7th 8.5 +0.1 3.8 2nd 72.6 91.4 average 79%
Melton Mowbray (North Stockman) 19.2 -0.5 30.1 8th 7.5 +0.1 0.9 12th 34.4 43.7 average 79%
Mount Wellington 10.3 +1.0 20.7 8th 1.6 0.0 -5.0 2nd 32.2 85.8 low 38%
Tasman Island 14.5 -0.7 23.4 8th 8.6 -0.2 3.0 2nd 91.4 63.3 high 144%
Tunnack Fire Station 17.0 -0.2 23.5 8th 5.7 -0.4 -2.2 12th 26.6 65.1 low 41%
Derwent Valley (district 95)
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 19.8 -0.1 30.0 8th 7.9 +0.4 0.9 12th 36.8 52.7 average 70%
Maydena Post Office 17.2 -0.8 27.9 8th 5.5 -1.0 -0.4 12th 68.4 89.8 low 76%
Ouse Fire Station 20.0 -1.0 30.1 8th 7.2 +0.1 -0.9 12th 20.0 39.5 low 51%
Central Plateau (district 96)
Butlers Gorge 14.8 +0.2 24.7 8th 4.0 0.0 -2.9 12th 91.8 138.2 low 66%
Liawenee 15.1 -0.1 23.0 7th 2.2 -0.6 -3.3 2nd 12.0 65.9 v low 18%
West Coast (district 97)
Cape Sorell 16.3 +0.8 21.7 7th 10.2 +0.6 4.9 2nd 50.0 87.7 low 57%
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 12.3 -1.5 23.3 7th 3.5 -0.8 -1.6 2nd 45.2 73.6 low 61%
Low Rocky Point 16.0   25.1 7th 9.3   4.7 12th 94.0 82.2 average 114%
Mount Read 9.8 -1.0 18.8 7th 2.1 -1.1 -3.3 2nd 243.4 220.4 average 110%
Scotts Peak Dam 16.5 -1.3 26.1 7th 6.3 -0.6 0.8 2nd 160.8 101.6 high 158%
Warra 15.0 -0.9 26.4 8th 5.4 -0.5 0.4 2nd 137.4 118.0 average 116%
King Island (district 98)
King Island Airport 18.1 +0.7 27.9 7th 10.4 +0.3 3.1 12th 33.8 56.9 low 59%
Flinders Island (district 99)
Flinders Island Airport 19.9 +1.3 32.1 8th 10.3 +0.1 1.4 12th 27.5 55.5 low 50%
Hogan Island 18.3   28.6 8th 11.4   5.8 2nd 41.2 47.5 average 87%
Antarctica and Macquarie Island (district 300)
Macquarie Island 6.6 +0.1 8.3 26th 2.7 0.0 0.1 19th 69.6 72.3 average 96%

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 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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