Friday, 1 February 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for Victoria - Product code IDCKGC16R0

Victoria in January 2008
A warm start to the new year

Summary

January 2008 was warmer than average across Victoria, with both daytime and overnight temperatures consistently above average. Rainfall varied greatly across the state, with areas in the north receiving above average totals whilst the south received below average totals.

Rainfall

Rainfall varied across the state, with most of northern Victoria receiving above average falls whilst southern Victoria received below average rainfall. The variation in rainfall across the state was the result of several low pressure troughs over northern Victoria providing rainfall in the north, but not the south.

The wettest overall was 169.6 mm at Mt Buffalo Chalet. The driest overall was 0.8 mm at Cerberus AWS. The wettest single day 106.4 mm at Mt Buffalo Chalet on the 20th.

Some sites had their highest total January rainfall for at least 20 years.

Some sites had their lowest total January rainfall on record.

Some sites had their lowest total January rainfall for at least 20 years.

There is a map of rainfall deciles below.

Maximum temperature

Maximum temperatures were between 1 and 3 degrees above average across Victoria. Several very hot days at the start of the month brought the monthly average up, but in general, temperatures were near to or above average throughout the period.

The hottest day was 44.1°C at Longerenong on the 1st. The warmest days on average were 33.8°C at Yarrawonga. The coolest days on average were 17.7°C at Mt Hotham. The coldest day was 8.2°C at Mt Baw Baw on the 21st.

A record hot spell was recorded in Bendigo, with 17 days in a row between the 27th December 2007 and 12 January 2008 recording maximum temperatures greater than or equal to 30°C.

There is a map of maximum temperature anomalies below.

Minimum temperature

Minimum temperatures were generally between 1 and 3 degrees above average across Victoria, with a small region in the northeast recording temperatures up to 4 degrees above average.

The coldest night was 0.1°C at Mt Baw Baw on the 14th. The coolest nights on average were 9.6°C at Mt Hotham. The warmest nights on average were 18.5°C at Yarrawonga. The warmest night was 30.6°C at Hopetoun Airport on the 11th.

Some sites had their warmest January night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.

Some sites had their highest January mean daily minimum temperature on record.

Some sites had their highest January mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years.

There is a map of minimum temperature anomalies below.

Wind

The strongest wind gust was 102 km/h at Yarrawonga on the 11th.

 

Further information

Ceri Lovitt
Meteorologist
Victoria Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (03) 9669 4956
Email climate.vic@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
44.1°C at Longerenong on the 1st
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
33.8°C at Yarrawonga
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
17.7°C at Mt Hotham
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
8.2°C at Mt Baw Baw on the 21st
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
0.1°C at Mt Baw Baw on the 14th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
9.6°C at Mt Hotham
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
18.5°C at Yarrawonga
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
30.6°C at Hopetoun Airport on the 11th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall

169.6 mm at Mt Buffalo Chalet

Driest overall
Lowest total rainfall

0.8 mm at Cerberus AWS

Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall

106.4 mm at Mt Buffalo Chalet on the 20th

Highest wind gust
102 km/h at Yarrawonga on the 11th

Maps

Anomaly in mean maximum temperature

Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature

Anomaly in mean minimum temperature

Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature

Rainfall deciles

Map of Rainfall deciles


Records

Highest total January rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for January 2008 (mm)
Most recent higher
for January
Years since
higher
Normal for
January
Echuca Aerodrome 99.4 100.4 in 1984 24 27.8
Kyabram DPI 110.8 114.9 in 1984 24 32.6
Mangalore Airport 102.8 116.2 in 1984 24 38.3



Record lowest total January rainfall
Total rainfall
for January 2008 (mm)
Previous lowest
for January
Years of
record
Normal for
January
Heywood Forestry 4.2 8.4 in 2001 58 35.1
Phillip Island Penguin Reserve 4.5 6.4 in 2004 22 32.4

Lowest total January rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for January 2008 (mm)
Most recent lower
for January
Years since
lower
Normal for
January
Scoresby Research Institute 19.6 5.3 in 1964 41 53.5



Record highest January daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in January 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for January
Years of
record
Normal for
January
Horsham Polkemmet Rd 29.2 on the 1st 28.0 on the 3rd in 1991 48 13.1
Walpeup Research 29.0 on the 11th 28.9 on the 24th in 2001 41 15.2
Melbourne Airport 27.3 on the 1st 27.3 on the 21st in 1997 38 13.6
Bundoora (Latrobe University) 28.5 on the 1st 28.1 on the 21st in 1997 25 14.0



Record highest January mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for January 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for January
Years of
record
Normal for
January
Essendon Airport 16.0 15.6 in 2007 39 13.2

Highest January mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for January 2008 (°C)
Most recent higher
for January
Years since
higher
Normal for
January
Rutherglen Research 17.0 17.1 in 1973 35 13.6
Mangalore Airport 16.4 16.7 in 1981 27 14.1
Bundoora (Latrobe University) 16.1 16.2 in 1981 23 14.0



Summaries

In this table, key sites have been highlighted to make them easier to find. This table is very wide and may not fit if printed.

Summary statistics for January 2008
Maximum temperatures
for January
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for January
(°C)
Rainfall
for January
(millimetres)
Mean for
January
2008
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
January
2008
Mean for
January
2008
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
January
2008
Total for
January
2008
Normal
for
January
Rank of
January
2008
Fraction of
January
normal
North Mallee (district 76)
Mildura Airport 33.7 +1.6 42.1 10th 18.3 +1.7 12.7 17th 17.4 21.0 normal 83%
Ouyen 33.2 +1.0 42.4 10th 17.3 +1.9 11.9 21st 29.1 20.7 high 141%
Walpeup Research 32.9 +1.2 42.1 1st 16.9 +1.7 11.6 14th 42.6 21.6 high 197%
South Mallee (district 77)
Hopetoun Airport 33.1 43.2 1st 16.3 10.6 14th 29.0
Swan Hill Aerodrome 33.3 +0.7 42.1 11th 17.3 +1.4 12.0 21st 23.8 24.2 normal 98%
North Wimmera (district 78)
Nhill 31.2 +1.5 41.5 10th 14.1 +1.3 8.5 7th        
Nhill Aerodrome 31.9 43.0 1st 14.7 7.2 14th 16.6
Warracknabeal Museum 32.1 +1.5 42.8 1st 15.9 +1.9 9.5 14th 30.2 25.2 high 120%
South Wimmera (district 79)
Edenhope Airport 29.5 41.2 10th 13.2 6.5 14th 15.8
Grampians 20.7 33.2 1st 10.3 2.3 21st 57.2
Horsham Aerodrome 31.6 +0.8 44.0 1st 13.7 +1.3 6.0 14th 44.2 25.0 high 177%
Horsham Polkemmet Rd 31.4 +1.6 43.5 1st 14.0 +0.9 6.5 14th 42.6 23.8 high 179%
Kanagulk 29.7 42.2 1st 13.5 7.7 14th 32.0
Longerenong 31.8 +1.9 44.1 1st 13.9 +1.0 4.6 14th 48.4 23.6 high 205%
Pyrenees 25.1 37.6 1st 13.0 4.7 21st 24.4
Stawell Aerodrome 29.4 +0.4 41.9 1st 14.4 +1.0 8.0 15th 33.0 34.8 normal 95%
Lower North (district 80)
Charlton 32.3 41.7 1st 17.0 10.9 14th 25.0
Echuca Aerodrome 32.9 +2.2 41.3 10th 16.6 +1.5 10.3 15th 99.4 27.8 very high 358%
Kerang 33.5 +2.0 42.0 10th 17.7 +2.7 12.1 21st 24.8 23.9 normal 104%
Kyabram DPI 32.1 +2.3 40.5 1st 17.2 +3.0 10.3 15th 110.8 32.6 very high 340%
Upper North (district 81)
Bendigo Airport 30.5 +1.3 40.7 1st 15.9 +2.0 8.7 15th 34.4 32.2 normal 107%
Shepparton Airport 32.5 +0.8 40.2 6th 17.0 +2.0 10.6 15th 45.2 22.2 high 204%
Tatura Inst Sustainable Ag 31.3 +1.9 39.9 1st 16.3 +2.3 9.4 15th 55.6 32.9 high 169%
Yarrawonga 33.8 +1.8 40.0 11th 18.5 +3.0 12.5 14th 45.6 29.6 high 154%
Lower Northeast (district 82)
Beechworth Woolshed 32.7 +2.3 38.8 2nd 15.7 +2.4 8.2 14th 58.4 46.4 high 126%
Benalla Airport 32.9 38.8 1st 17.2 11.9 15th 51.6
Corryong Airport 32.6 37.7 2nd 15.3 11.1 29th 48.0
Dartmouth Reservoir 31.5 +2.5 37.7 2nd 15.9 +2.4 12.5 15th 77.4 61.8 high 125%
Hunters Hill 27.0 +1.6 33.0 2nd 16.2 +2.4 9.9 22nd 84.4 62.2 normal 136%
Rutherglen Research 33.6 +2.3 40.1 2nd 17.0 +3.4 11.1 14th 50.4 36.2 high 139%
Strathbogie 28.8 +1.8 35.9 1st 13.8 +2.3 7.6 15th 76.0 47.0 high 162%
Wangaratta Aero 33.6 +2.1 39.7 1st 16.1 +2.1 10.7 14th 63.0 41.8 high 151%
Upper Northeast (district 83)
Dinner Plain 22.8 29.1 1st 9.7 1.3 17th 79.6
Edi Upper 31.2 +1.5 36.8 2nd 15.9 +2.0 11.0 14th 81.8 56.9 high 144%
Falls Creek 19.4 +2.1 25.1 2nd 10.4 +2.1 3.4 14th 138.6 102.6 high 135%
Mount Buller 19.0 +2.2 24.1 1st 11.5 +3.0 5.5 14th 114.4 72.4 high 158%
Mt Hotham 17.7 +1.8 23.2 2nd 9.6 +2.0 2.9 22nd 137.6 99.7 high 138%
Omeo 27.2 35.3 10th 12.1 6.7 15th 53.0
Omeo Comparison 26.9 +1.1 35.0 10th 12.1 +2.5 6.2 15th 56.2 53.5 normal 105%
East Gippsland (district 84)
Combienbar AWS 26.9 +2.0 37.5 11th 14.3 +1.0 7.2 22nd 41.0 79.3 low 52%
Gabo Island Lighthouse 22.5 +1.6 27.9 6th 16.9 +1.2 13.1 15th 33.2 72.6 normal 46%
Gelantipy 25.2 +1.7 34.6 10th 12.6 +1.2 7.1 22nd 60.8 65.1 normal 93%
Lakes Entrance 24.9 40.9 11th 15.3 9.6 22nd 37.1
Mallacoota 24.8 +1.0 34.2 11th 16.2 +0.7 10.9 15th 47.4 66.0 normal 72%
Mt Nowa Nowa 25.9 +1.5 39.4 1st 15.3 +1.3 10.6 22nd 48.4 63.1 normal 77%
Orbost 26.9 41.0 11th 15.5 9.9 22nd 43.4
Orbost 27.0 +1.6 40.2 11th 15.0 +1.8 9.0 15th 40.6 67.0 normal 61%
Point Hicks 25.7 +2.1 33.0 1st 16.4 +0.7 8.5 14th 43.8 63.9 normal 69%
West Gippsland (district 85)
Bairnsdale Airport 26.6 +0.9 40.2 11th 14.1 +1.4 8.4 17th 92.2 52.0 high 177%
East Sale Airport 26.9 +1.6 41.0 1st 14.4 +1.6 8.2 14th 59.6 46.3 high 129%
Morwell 28.5 +2.5 39.3 10th 13.6 +1.0 5.6 14th 20.8 52.8 very low 39%
Mt Baw Baw 18.4 +0.9 27.0 1st 9.9 +1.3 0.1 14th 114.2 99.8 normal 114%
Mt Moornapa 26.0 +1.0 39.2 1st 14.2 +1.0 9.4 22nd 134.8 67.3 high 200%
Noojee 27.0 +2.2 37.4 10th 12.2 +1.0 6.5 15th 36.4 69.6 low 52%
Pound Creek 25.6 37.5 11th 12.7 6.3 23rd 4.6
Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse 21.7 +1.7 35.0 11th 16.2 +2.1 13.3 21st 8.4 52.9 very low 16%
Yarram Airport 26.0 40.3 1st 13.6 6.8 15th 31.8
East Central (district 86)
Bundoora 28.1 +1.9 41.2 1st 16.1 +2.1 10.1 15th 11.4 47.7 low 24%
Cerberus 25.5 +1.5 39.1 10th 14.9 +1.1 9.4 7th 0.8 40.8 very low 2%
Coldstream 28.9 +1.5 39.4 10th 13.0 +1.3 4.7 15th 28.2 48.7 very low 58%
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens 26.4 +1.4 39.5 10th 14.1 +0.7 9.0 14th 15.9 56.5 very low 28%
Essendon Airport 28.0 +1.8 41.2 1st 16.0 +2.9 10.0 15th 20.6 44.1 normal 47%
Ferny Creek 23.7 +1.7 35.2 1st 13.1 +1.1 8.2 14th 43.8 69.5 low 63%
Frankston AWS 25.6 +1.1 38.9 10th 16.7 +1.3 12.7 15th
Melbourne Airport 27.7 +1.6 40.4 1st 15.5 +1.9 9.9 15th 37.6 42.6 normal 88%
Melbourne Regional Office 27.9 +2.0 41.2 10th 17.6 +2.5 12.8 15th 32.2 47.1 normal 68%
Moorabbin Airport 27.1 +1.6 40.5 10th 15.9 +1.8 9.8 15th 15.0 45.2 low 33%
Phillip Island Penguin Reserve 24.7 +1.0 34.6 26th 15.3 +1.6 9.7 23rd 4.5 32.4 lowest 14%
Rhyll 25.3 +2.0 37.2 10th 16.9 +1.9 14.2 15th 7.4 38.6 very low 19%
Scoresby Research Institute 28.0 +2.0 39.4 10th 14.8 +1.7 7.6 15th 19.6 53.5 very low 37%
Viewbank 28.9 41.1 1st 15.9 9.1 15th 30.4
Wallan 25.6 +1.4 37.1 1st 13.3 +1.2 8.1 14th 65.0 49.6 high 131%
Wonthaggi 25.9 +2.2 38.5 10th 14.6 +1.7 9.3 15th 4.8 48.8 very low 10%
West Central (district 87)
Avalon Airport 27.3 +1.5 41.6 10th 15.1 +1.1 9.3 15th 9.2 31.6 low 29%
Geelong Airport 26.1 +1.9 40.6 10th 14.6 +1.7 8.9 15th 9.4 35.6 low 26%
Laverton RAAF 27.3 +1.7 41.4 10th 15.8 +2.2 9.8 15th 10.2 39.9 low 26%
Point Wilson 23.6 +0.3 35.8 1st 16.8 +0.5 12.3 21st
Sheoaks 27.2 +2.0 40.5 1st 13.2 +1.1 4.8 14th 24.6 35.4 normal 69%
North Central (district 88)
Castlemaine Prison 29.5 +1.6 40.1 1st 14.9 +2.0 5.5 14th 15.5 39.0 low 40%
Eildon Fire Tower 29.0 +2.0 36.6 1st 14.5 +1.2 8.1 14th 4.8 30.5 very low 16%
Lake Eildon 31.2 +2.7 39.1 1st 14.6 +2.1 8.5 17th 57.2 46.3 normal 124%
Mangalore Airport 31.3 +1.8 41.0 1st 16.4 +2.3 11.5 15th 102.8 38.3 very high 268%
Maryborough 30.4 +1.8 41.0 1st 15.0 +2.1 8.0 14th 17.0 31.0 normal 55%
Redesdale 30.3 +1.7 40.8 1st 15.0 +2.0 6.9 14th 21.6 32.9 normal 66%
Western Plains (district 89)
Ararat Prison 28.4 +1.8 40.5 1st 12.8 +1.8 6.9 14th 41.0 38.9 normal 105%
Ballarat Aerodrome 27.2 +2.3 38.0 1st 12.8 +2.0 5.5 14th 17.8 38.6 low 46%
Westmere 28.2 40.0 10th 11.9 3.5 14th 50.8
West Coast (district 90)
Aireys Inlet 23.3 +1.0 37.2 5th 15.1 +1.3 11.7 28th 9.8 34.3 very low 29%
Cape Nelson Lighthouse 20.9 +0.1 38.0 4th 15.0 +0.5 8.6 12th 9.8 33.8 very low 29%
Cape Otway Lighthouse 21.0 +0.1 31.6 10th 14.7 +1.4 10.6 12th 22.0 43.4 low 51%
Casterton 27.9 40.5 10th 12.1 5.5 12th 17.8
Casterton Showgrounds 27.8 +0.7 40.2 10th 12.6 +0.8 6.1 14th 19.6 30.0 normal 65%
Colac 26.6 39.4 10th 13.3 8.6 21st 19.0
Hamilton Airport 27.5 +1.4 40.2 10th 11.8 +1.0 5.4 12th 24.4 34.3 normal 71%
Heywood Forestry 24.9 +0.7 39.8 10th 11.8 +0.6 5.9 15th 4.2 35.1 lowest 12%
Mortlake Racecourse 26.6 +1.3 39.7 10th 11.1 +0.3 4.0 15th 23.2 32.8 normal 71%
Port Fairy AWS 22.3 0 39.1 4th 14.6 +0.7 8.5 12th 15.2 33.6 low 45%
Portland 22.0 +0.4 36.8 4th 12.5 +0.3 3.6 12th 13.2 35.2 low 38%
Warrnambool Airport Ndb 23.8 −0.4 39.2 10th 11.6 −0.1 4.4 15th 16.4
Weeaproinah 21.5 +1.9 34.8 10th 11.8 +1.1 7.1 7th 30.8 87.3 low 35%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 1 pm on Friday 1 February 2008. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Normals are long-term means based on observations from the years 1895 to present. They are not shown for sites with less than 10 years of record in that time, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.
The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of "normal" 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, normal in decile 4 to 7, high in decile 8 or 9 and very high is in decile 10).
The Fraction of normal shows how much rain has fallen this time as a percentage of the long-term mean.

Further information

Ceri Lovitt
Meteorologist
Victoria Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (03) 9669 4956
Email climate.vic@bom.gov.au