Tasmania in November 2016: cool days, mild nights, wet in the northeast

Daytime temperatures were below average for much of November in Tasmania, but they did reach into the high 20s on the 17th and nights were mostly above average. There was more heavy rain and subsequent flooding in the northeast, and strong winds were again a feature of the month.

Heavy rain and flooding in the northeast

  • Heavy rain in the northeast from the 12th to the 14th, as a low pressure system moved over Bass Strait, with many sites recording over 150 mm and some sites having their highest November daily rainfall on record and moderate to locally major flooding in the South Esk and Macquarie rivers
  • Well above average November rain in the northeast, and above average over much of the north, but below average in patches of the southeast and King Island; 28% above average for the State as a whole

Mostly cool days, mostly mild nights

  • Days generally cooler than the November average, with the statewide mean maximum temperature 0.61 °C below average; much cooler than November last year but still warmer than November 2013
  • A very warm day on the 17th as a cold front approached, pushing temperatures into the high 20s at several locations, with another warm day on the 21st (and a warm morning on the 22nd)
  • Nights generally warmer than usual because of frequent windy weather, with the statewide mean minimum temperature 0.21 °C above the November average

Strong winds and thunderstorms

  • A series of cold fronts early in the month brought strong and gusty winds, peaking on the 5th when several gusts over 100 km/h were recorded and Hogan Island in Bass Strait registered a gust to 143 km/h; this continued the pattern seen for the last several months
  • Thunderstorms in the north on the 21st gave a spectacular display of lightning and caused some power outages

Hobart not far from average

  • Hobart's mean maximum temperature of 18.6 °C was 0.1 °C below the long-term average (but much warmer than November 2013's mean of 16.9 °C) and included Tasmania's warmest day this November of 29.6 °C on the 17th
  • Mostly mild nights in Hobart, with a mean minimum temperature of 10.1 °C coming in 0.8 °C above the long-term average
  • November total rain of 65.2 mm in Hobart, wetter than the long-term November average of 54 mm

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Extremes in November 2016
Hottest day 29.6 °C at Hobart (Ellerslie Road) on the 17th
Warmest days on average 20.0 °C at Launceston (Ti Tree Bend)
Coolest days on average 8.7 °C at Kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Coldest day 0.8 °C at Kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) on the 5th
Coldest night -2.1 °C at Liawenee on the 9th
Coolest nights on average 1.3 °C at Kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Warmest nights on average 11.6 °C at Swan Island
Warmest night 17.5 °C at St Helens Aerodrome on the 22nd
Warmest on average overall 14.9 °C at Friendly Beaches
Coolest on average overall 5.0 °C at Kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Wettest overall 443.8 mm at Mount Read
Wettest day 204.2 mm at Gray (Dalmayne Rd) on the 13th
Strongest wind gust 143 km/h at Hogan Island on the 5th

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 November daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Frankford (Rossville) 75.4 on the 13th 74.9 on the 7th in 1924 117
Pioneer (Main Road) 82.6 on the 14th 51.6 on the 14th in 1968 104
Lewis Hill (St Pauls River) 60.4 on the 13th 56.9 on the 26th in 1957 88
Launceston (Kings Meadows) 45.2 on the 13th 38.4 on the 8th in 1971 87
Gladstone (Old Post Office) 73.0 on the 13th 47.8 on the 9th in 1947 79
Pyengana (Forest Lodge Road) 125.6 on the 13th 88.0 on the 19th in 1978 55
Devonport Airport 57.2 on the 13th 54.9 on the 16th in 1970 54
Tomahawk (Carisbrooke) 81.0 on the 13th 42.4 on the 19th in 1978 52
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 67.6 on the 13th 53.4 on the 9th in 1990 46
Tooms Lake (Tooms River) 55.8 on the 13th 37.0 on the 5th in 1981 43
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 44.8 on the 13th 42.8 on the 21st in 2013 37
Deviot Jetty 83.6 on the 13th 59.0 on the 2nd in 1993 29
Bridport (Sea View Villas) 76.0 on the 13th 36.6 on the 27th in 2011 23
Mathinna (South Esk River) 92.2 on the 13th 47.2 on the 13th in 2013 22
Upper Esk (South Esk River) 100.8 on the 13th 53.4 on the 8th in 2008 21
Low Head 66.4 on the 13th 34.4 on the 27th in 2011 20
Mount Read 69.0 on the 6th 65.0 on the 12th in 1996 20
Sheffield School Farm 74.0 on the 13th =74.0 on the 24th in 2001 20



Record highest November total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Tomahawk (Carisbrooke) 118.8 110.9 in 1968 52 58.0

Highest November total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
November
Pyengana (Forest Lodge Road) 202.6 214.4 in 1992 99.2
Waterhouse(Barooga) 95.6 107.8 in 1992* 51.7
Savage River Mine 187.8 216.9 in 1991* 127.2

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




Summary statistics for November 2016
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
November
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
November
2016
Mean for
November
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
November
2016
Total for
November
2016
Average
for
November
Rank of
November
2016
Fraction of
November
average
Northern (district 91)
Bridport (Sea View Villas) 18.1 -0.3 26.0 21st 9.6 -0.2 5.2 24th 103.4 53.6 high 193%
Burnie (Round Hill) 18.1 +0.3 24.0 27th 9.3 -0.4 5.1 8th 123.6 69.2 v high 179%
Cape Grim 14.6   20.6 21st 10.3   7.6 6th 73.8
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 15.3 -0.7 20.7 21st 10.3 -0.3 7.4 1st 56.6 53.7 average 105%
Cressy Research Station 18.9 -1.5 24.4 21st 7.9 +0.7 0.1 9th 54.0 54.5 average 99%
Devonport Airport 17.9 +0.1 24.0 21st 9.6 +0.4 3.9 9th 86.0 57.6 high 149%
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 20.0 -0.5 26.4 21st 9.7 +0.6 4.1 9th 59.2 52.6 average 113%
Launceston Airport 19.0 -1.3 25.6 21st 7.4 -0.3 2.2 8th 53.6 58.5 average 92%
Low Head 16.9 -0.5 23.2 21st 11.3 0.0 8.5 1st 94.2 50.7 v high 186%
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 15.9 -1.5 24.6 21st 7.4 -0.3 4.6 1st 163.0 93.8 v high 174%
Marrawah 16.0 -0.7 23.0 21st 9.5 +0.2 7.0 5th 92.8 69.8 high 133%
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 18.0 -0.8 26.0 21st 8.0 +0.2 2.5 9th 98.8 68.9 high 143%
Sheffield School Farm 17.0 -1.0 23.1 21st 7.4 -0.2 2.8 9th 102.6 86.9 average 118%
Smithton Aerodrome 17.6 -0.7 24.0 21st 9.0 +0.3 4.1 9th 93.8 59.9 high 157%
Wynyard Airport 18.5 +0.4 23.6 27th 9.2 +1.1 3.0 8th 101.0 74.8 high 135%
East Coast (district 92)
Bicheno (Council Depot) 18.5 +0.1 24.1 17th 10.7 +0.6 6.5 6th 114.4 61.3 high 187%
Fingal (Legge Street) 18.6 -1.0 28.1 21st 7.6 +0.5 -0.2 8th 83.8 45.7 v high 183%
Friendly Beaches 19.3 -0.5 27.4 17th 10.5 +0.3 6.1 6th 111.8 74.6 high 150%
Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) 15.1 -0.7 25.6 21st 6.4 +1.0 1.1 9th 136.2 64.4 v high 211%
Larapuna (Eddystone Point) 18.8 +1.1 23.2 17th 10.6 +0.1 7.1 25th 94.2 61.3 high 154%
Maria Island (Point Lesueur) 17.1 -1.0 21.9 21st 10.6 -0.3 8.0 6th 63.2 58.8 average 107%
Orford (Aubin Court) 18.5 -0.2 26.1 17th 9.5 +0.4 5.0 9th 89.8 66.3 high 135%
St Helens Aerodrome 19.5 +0.1 29.2 21st 10.0 -0.2 4.7 6th 142.6 87.9 high 162%
Swan Island 17.1 -0.7 21.5 21st 11.6 -0.3 8.5 24th 76.8 66.2 average 116%
Swansea (Francis Street) 18.3   25.7 17th 9.9   4.4 6th 94.6
Midlands (district 93)
Ross (The Boulevards) 19.1 -0.9 25.0 21st 7.6 +0.7 0.0 9th 20.2 47.2 low 43%
Southeast (district 94)
Campania (Kincora) 18.9 -1.7 27.5 17th 8.9 +0.2 2.0 9th 56.8 45.6 average 125%
Cape Bruny (Cape Bruny) 16.6 -0.2 27.7 21st 9.2 -0.4 5.7 1st 48.2 55.9 average 86%
Cape Bruny Lighthouse 16.0 +0.4 26.8 17th 9.5 +0.4 5.7 6th 50.2 74.8 low 67%
Dennes Point 17.6   28.1 17th 10.0   6.4 24th 42.2
Dover 18.1 +0.5 29.1 17th 8.5 +0.6 4.0 24th 63.4 71.2 average 89%
Dunalley (Stroud Point) 18.1   27.2 17th 10.5   6.7 1st 52.2
Grove (Research Station) 18.0 -1.2 28.5 17th 8.1 +0.8 2.7 10th 72.2 59.8 average 121%
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 18.6 -0.1 29.6 17th 10.1 +0.8 6.1 2nd 65.2 54.2 high 120%
Hobart Airport 18.6 -0.4 27.7 21st 10.0 +0.8 6.1 9th 41.0 44.6 average 92%
Kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) 8.7 -0.7 19.3 17th 1.3 -0.4 -2.0 6th 189.0 89.3 v high 212%
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 13.6 -0.8 24.4 17th 8.6 +0.2 5.0 6th 82.6 91.3 average 90%
Melton Mowbray (North Stockman) 18.3 -1.4 27.6 21st 7.5 +0.1 1.5 24th 43.0 42.7 average 101%
Tasman Island 14.6 -0.6 23.9 21st 8.3 -0.6 4.8 6th 47.0 59.0 average 80%
Tunnack Fire Station 15.9 -1.4 22.4 20th 6.3 +0.2 -0.5 9th 75.4 63.4 average 119%
Derwent Valley (district 95)
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 19.2 -0.7 29.3 17th 8.7 +1.1 1.8 24th 31.8 52.4 low 61%
Maydena Post Office 16.4 -1.6 27.7 17th 6.9 +0.4 -0.1 25th 102.3 89.5 average 114%
Ouse Fire Station 19.1 -1.9 28.3 21st 8.5 +1.3 1.1 24th 67.6 40.3 v high 168%
Central Plateau (district 96)
Butlers Gorge 13.8 -0.8 23.9 20th 4.4 +0.5 -1.7 24th 195.6 138.2 high 142%
Liawenee 13.9 -1.3 22.3 20th 2.9 +0.1 -2.1 9th 63.2 63.7 average 99%
West Coast (district 97)
Cape Sorell 16.5 +1.0 22.3 17th 10.0 +0.4 7.7 1st 64.2 87.0 low 74%
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 11.8 -1.9 24.3 21st 3.4 -0.9 -0.2 1st 106.4 75.4 v high 141%
Low Rocky Point 16.1   24.9 21st 9.2   5.2 24th 95.6 82.9 average 115%
Mount Read 8.9 -1.8 18.7 17th 2.2 -0.9 -1.2 1st 443.8 237.8 v high 187%
Scotts Peak Dam 16.2 -1.5 26.6 17th 6.3 -0.5 1.8 1st 166.4 105.7 high 157%
Strahan Aerodrome 17.2 -0.7 28.2 17th 9.0 +0.7 4.1 24th 121.8 94.9 average 128%
Warra 14.3 -1.5 25.4 21st 5.5 -0.4 -0.5 24th 180.0 123.8 v high 145%
King Island (district 98)
King Island Airport 16.7 -0.8 27.3 17th 10.2 +0.1 5.8 10th 41.6 56.1 average 74%
Flinders Island (district 99)
Flinders Island Airport 17.9 -0.7 29.2 21st 11.0 +0.8 5.2 11th 83.4 55.4 high 151%
Hogan Island 17.3 -1.2 29.3 21st 10.7 -1.3 6.0 1st 38.0 44.8 average 85%
Antarctica and Macquarie Island (district 300)
Macquarie Island 7.7 +1.2 9.7 8th 3.6 +0.9 1.1 23rd 92.4 72.8 high 127%

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 Thursday 1 December 2016. 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.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

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