Tasmania in February 2019: cool days in the west; rain in many areas

Several periods of westerly winds and cold fronts brought cool weather to Tasmania, especially in the west. Rainfall was above average in many areas, especially the west and the northeast , but below average in much of the southeast

Cool days, especially in the west

  • Relatively cool days were common during February (in stark contrast to January), although both the very start and very end of the month brought warm to locally hot conditions
  • The middle of the month was particularly cool, especially in the west; Mount Read reached only 3.5 °C on the 12th, the coldest February day in its 22 years of record
  • Cool nights were also common: on the 1st Liawenee dipped to -2.6 °C and Devonport Airport dropped to a February record low temperature of 4.2 °C, and there were more cold mornings around the middle of the month
  • Tasmania's mean temperature for February was 0.08 °C below average, with the mean maximum 0.48 °C below average but the mean minimum 0.30 °C above average
  • Despite being a relatively cool month, it was generally warmer than February 2017

Westerly winds and thunderstorms bring rain

  • Westerly winds and cold fronts were prevalent during February, especially from the 7th to the 14th, ensuring rainfall totals in the western half of the State were above average
  • Several sites in the west had their wettest February since 1999
  • Thunderstorms in the northeast early on the 7th brought some moderate to locally heavy falls, including a February daily record of 75.0 mm at Pyengana
  • Much of the southest and the southern Midlands had a relatively dry February
  • Tasmania's total rainfall was 18% above average, just a little drier than February 2018

Hobart: warm overall, with a wet day

  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 22.8 °C, which is 1.1 °C above the long-term average
  • Hobart's hottest day was 35.2 °C on the 25th, the only day over 30 °C during February 2019
  • There were a number of cool days scattered through the month, with the coolest the 23rd when the temperature reached 16.8 °C; this compares to an average of about 3 days below 17 °C each February
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 13.0 °C, which is 0.9 °C above the long-term average
  • The coldest morning was 8.0 °C on the 13th, whilst Hobart's warmest morning was on the 18th when the minimum temperature was 17.8 °C
  • Total rainfall for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 35.4 mm, which is 90% of the long-term average
  • All but 4.6 mm of the monthly total fell in the 17 hours between 8 pm on the 6th and 1 pm on the 7th, including 20 mm in less than 2 hours on the morning of the 7th

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Extremes in February 2019
Hottest day 35.5 °C at Friendly Beaches on the 3rd
Warmest days on average 24.3 °C at Launceston (Ti Tree Bend)
Coolest days on average 12.5 °C at Mount Read
Coldest day 3.5 °C at Mount Read on the 12th
Coldest night -2.6 °C at Liawenee on the 1st
Coolest nights on average 4.3 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Warmest nights on average 15.5 °C at Swan Island
Warmest night 20.1 °C at Flinders Island Airport on the 3rd
Warmest on average overall 18.5 °C at Flinders Island Airport. Friendly Beaches and larapuna (Eddystone Point)
Coolest on average overall 8.7 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Wettest overall 340.6 mm at Mount Read
Wettest day 75.0 mm at Pyengana (Forest Lodge Road) on the 7th
Strongest wind gust 130 km/h at Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse on the 12th

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
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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
Pyengana (Forest Lodge Road) 75.0 on the 7th 73.2 on the 23rd in 1964 57



Highest February total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
February
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 92.8 109.2 in 1989 39.9
Lake Margaret Power Station 230.9 367.2 in 1999 142.4
Queenstown (South Queenstown) 204.4 329.8 in 1999 119.2
Strahan Aerodrome 150.6 191.4 in 1999 68.8
Yolla (Sea View) 104.1 151.8 in 1999 63.0



Record lowest February daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Mount Read 3.5 on the 12th 4.2 on the 21st in 2002 22 14.3



Record lowest February temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Devonport Airport 4.2 on the 1st 4.3 on the 13th in 2008 28 12.7
Tunnack Fire Station -1.7 on the 27th -1.1 on the 20th in 2003 22 9.0



Summary statistics for February 2019
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2019
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2019
Mean for
February
2019
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2019
Total for
February
2019
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2019
Fraction of
February
average
Northern (district 91)
Cape Grim 19.4   23.4 7th 13.8   9.5 13th 34.6
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 19.4 -0.3 23.4 7th 13.7 -0.1 9.1 13th 36.8 34.0 average 108%
Cressy Research Station 24.1 -0.9 32.4 3rd 10.1 -0.5 1.4 1st 36.0 27.2 high 132%
Devonport Airport 22.2 +0.5 28.3 3rd 12.8 +0.1 4.2 1st 33.6 36.1 average 93%
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 24.3 -0.3 30.7 3rd 12.3 0.0 5.2 1st 57.0 31.1 high 183%
Launceston Airport 23.8 -0.8 31.2 3rd 10.2 -0.9 3.2 1st 55.8 31.3 high 178%
Low Head 20.8 -0.3 24.5 3rd 14.5 -0.1 9.9 1st 29.4 25.7 average 114%
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 19.8 -1.3 27.6 25th 10.6 -0.2 4.2 13th 75.0 55.7 high 135%
Marrawah 20.4 -0.5 24.8 23rd 12.5 0.0 6.0 13th 54.4 44.2 average 123%
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 22.5 -0.5 31.0 3rd 11.5 +0.2 5.2 13th 92.8 39.9 v high 233%
Sheffield School Farm 21.4 -0.3 30.5 3rd 10.6 -0.2 4.0 1st 64.4 43.9 high 147%
Smithton Aerodrome 22.1 +0.1 28.6 3rd 11.5 -0.1 1.5 1st 44.2 33.9 average 130%
Wynyard Airport 22.1 +0.3 31.0 3rd 11.7 +0.1 3.1 1st 51.8 46.9 average 110%
East Coast (district 92)
Fingal (Legge Street) 23.4 +0.4 34.1 3rd 9.4 -0.7 2.5 13th 50.4 40.4 high 125%
Friendly Beaches 24.2 +1.3 35.5 3rd 12.8 -0.5 7.0 24th 50.6 54.4 average 93%
Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) 19.2 +0.1 30.0 3rd 7.7 -0.6 0.9 1st 49.4 45.4 average 109%
larapuna (Eddystone Point) 22.6 +1.5 31.8 3rd 14.4 +0.5 7.5 13th 37.0 45.4 average 81%
Maria Island (Point Lesueur) 21.5 +0.5 27.5 25th 13.6 -0.2 9.0 13th 24.0 34.8 low 69%
Orford (Aubin Court) 22.2 +0.3 31.5 25th 12.0 -0.1 6.1 13th 64.4 44.7 high 144%
St Helens Aerodrome 22.7 +0.7 33.6 3rd 13.0 -0.4 8.0 10th 51.4 53.0 average 97%
Swan Island 21.4 +0.2 25.8 3rd 15.5 +0.1 9.2 13th 37.8 36.1 average 105%
Swansea (Francis Street) 23.6   34.5 3rd 11.6   5.4 1st 35.4
Midlands (district 93)
Ross (The Boulevards) 23.5 -0.6 32.7 3rd 9.7 -0.9 1.0 1st 25.2 36.4 average 69%
Southeast (district 94)
Campania (Kincora) 23.6 -0.4 33.2 25th 11.3 0.0 3.7 27th 64.2 32.6 v high 197%
Cape Bruny (Cape Bruny) 20.3 +0.3 25.6 7th 12.2 -0.2 6.2 13th 48.2 53.9 average 89%
Cape Bruny Lighthouse 19.6 +1.0 25.0 7th 12.5 +0.7 6.8 13th 56.8 56.1 average 101%
Dennes Point 21.4   29.6 25th 13.1   8.3 13th 41.8
Dover 21.5 +0.8 29.8 3rd 9.9 -0.3 4.5 13th 47.2 50.7 average 93%
Dunalley (Stroud Point) 22.2   29.6 7th 13.5   8.2 13th 39.4
Grove (Research Station) 22.5 -0.2 32.5 25th 9.7 +0.5 1.6 27th   48.3    
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 22.8 +1.1 35.2 25th 13.0 +0.9 8.0 13th 35.4 39.5 average 90%
Hobart Airport 22.9 +0.5 32.2 25th 12.5 +0.4 7.3 24th 40.4 35.5 average 114%
kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) 13.1 -0.5 24.4 25th 4.3 -1.0 -1.8 13th 73.6 76.3 average 96%
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 16.3 -1.0 22.1 6th 11.4 +0.2 7.5 13th 105.8 69.7 high 152%
Melton Mowbray (North Stockman) 22.9 -0.6 33.6 25th 10.1 -0.1 2.4 27th 28.0 31.5 average 89%
Tasman Island 18.4 +0.6 24.4 3rd 12.0 +0.2 8.8 1st 68.0 46.8 high 145%
Tunnack Fire Station 21.6 +0.3 31.0 3rd     -1.7 27th   40.6    
Derwent Valley (district 95)
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 23.7 -0.3 31.0 3rd 9.6 -0.4 2.4 27th   34.3    
Maydena Post Office 20.6 -1.7 30.2 25th 8.3 -0.6 0.6 27th 59.2 61.8 average 96%
Ouse Fire Station 23.8 -1.4 34.1 25th 9.7 -0.2 2.0 27th 30.2 30.2 average 100%
Central Plateau (district 96)
Lake St Clair National Park 17.8 -1.5 27.3 25th 5.5 -0.5 -0.4 1st 132.4 83.9 high 158%
Liawenee 17.9 -0.5 25.9 3rd 4.9 -0.3 -2.6 1st 45.4 37.4 average 121%
West Coast (district 97)
Cape Sorell 19.5 +0.8 26.1 25th 12.9 +0.7 7.9 13th 78.6 65.6 average 120%
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 15.1 -2.3 27.0 25th 6.5 -0.8 0.0 13th 84.4 61.5 average 137%
Low Rocky Point 18.3   24.5 6th 12.0   6.4 13th 110.4 74.9 high 147%
Mount Read 12.5 -1.8 23.1 25th 5.3 -1.0 -0.6 13th 340.6 189.2 v high 180%
Scotts Peak Dam 19.9 -1.3 30.6 6th 8.9 -0.5 3.7 13th 133.6 79.8 high 167%
Strahan Aerodrome 20.4 -0.8 29.6 25th 11.2 +0.4 6.5 2nd 150.6 68.8 v high 219%
Warra 17.9 -1.1 28.2 25th 9.2 +1.1 2.9 13th   75.2    
King Island (district 98)
King Island Airport 20.9 -0.4 28.8 25th 13.3 +0.2 6.3 13th 47.8 31.0 high 154%
Flinders Island (district 99)
Flinders Island Airport 22.8 +0.1 29.4 3rd 14.3 +0.5 6.1 24th 31.4 38.0 average 83%
Hogan Island 21.5 +0.1 25.7 3rd 15.2 -0.2 7.8 13th 26.0 37.8 average 69%
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 Friday 1 March 2019. 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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