Monday, 3 March 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for Victoria - Product code IDCKGC16R0

Victoria in February 2008
Cool days and nights

Summary

Victoria experienced both cool days and cool nights during February 2008. Rainfall was close to normal in central parts, with below average conditions in the northwest and above average conditions in the east.

Rainfall

Rainfall was near normal across central parts of Victoria, with below average rainfall in the northwest and above average rainfall in the east.

The wettest overall was 246.6 mm at Mt Baw Baw. The wettest single day 67.6 mm at Mt Baw Baw on the 7th.

Some sites had their lowest total February rainfall on record.

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

There is a map of rainfall deciles below.

Temperature

Temperatures were below average across the state during the month. Minimum temperatures were between 0 and 2°C lower than normal, whilst maximum temperatures were between 1 and 4°C below average.

The hottest day was 38.7°C at Port Fairy AWS on the 19th. The warmest days on average were 30.4°C at Kerang. The coolest days on average were 12.4°C at Mt Hotham. The coldest day was 3.2°C at Mount Buller on the 28th.

Some sites had their lowest February mean daily maximum temperature on record.

Some sites had their lowest February mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years.

There is a map of maximum temperature anomalies below.

The coldest night was −3.8°C at Mt Hotham on the 29th. The coolest nights on average were 5.1°C at Mt Hotham. The warmest nights on average were 15.9°C at Melbourne Regional Office. The warmest night was 24.2°C at Echuca Aerodrome on the 20th.

Some sites had their lowest February temperature on record.

There is a map of minimum temperature anomalies below.

Wind

The strongest wind gust was 122 km/h at Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse on the 24th.

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
38.7°C at Port Fairy AWS on the 19th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
30.4°C at Kerang
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
12.4°C at Mt Hotham
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
3.2°C at Mount Buller on the 28th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−3.8°C at Mt Hotham on the 29th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
5.1°C at Mt Hotham
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
15.9°C at Melbourne Regional Office
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
24.2°C at Echuca Aerodrome on the 20th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
246.6 mm at Mt Baw Baw
Driest overall
Lowest total rainfall
0.0 mm at Hopetoun Airport
0.0 mm at Kyabram DPI
0.0 mm at Mildura Airport
0.0 mm at Nhill
0.0 mm at Ouyen (Post Office)
0.0 mm at Swan Hill Aerodrome
0.0 mm at Walpeup Research
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
67.6 mm at Mt Baw Baw on the 7th
Highest wind gust
122 km/h at Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse on the 24th

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

Record lowest total February rainfall
Total rainfall
for February 2008 (mm)
Previous lowest
for February
Years of
record
Normal for
February
Nhill 0.0 0.0 in 1991 123 18.5
Ouyen (Post Office) 0.0 0.0 in 1991 96 23.3
Walpeup Research 0.0 0.0 in 1991 70 21.3
Mildura Airport 0.0 0.0 in 1991 62 16.4
Kyabram DPI 0.0 0.0 in 1985 45 23.8

Lowest total February rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for February 2008 (mm)
Most recent lower
for February
Years since
lower
Normal for
February
Kerang 0.6 0.4 in 1982 26 20.1



Record lowest February mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for February 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for February
Years of
record
Normal for
February
Weeaproinah 18.1 18.1 in 1996 27

Lowest February mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for February 2008 (°C)
Most recent lower
for February
Years since
lower
Normal for
February
Mildura Airport 30.0 29.9 in 1974 34 31.7



Record lowest February temperature
Lowest temperature
in February 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for February
Years of
record
Normal for
February
Mount Buller −2.6 on the 29th −2.5 on the 22nd in 1987 22



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 February 2008
Maximum temperatures
for February
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for February
(°C)
Rainfall
for February
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2008
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
February
2008
Mean for
February
2008
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
February
2008
Total for
February
2008
Normal
for
February
Rank of
February
2008
Fraction of
February
normal
North Mallee (district 76)
Mildura Airport 30.0 −1.7 36.5 4th 15.1 −1.3 8.9 29th 0.0 16.4 lowest 0%
Ouyen 29.8 −2.1 36.6 19th 13.9 −1.5 7.7 29th 0.0 23.3 lowest 0%
Walpeup Research 29.5 −2.1 36.7 4th 13.6 −1.9 6.9 29th 0.0 21.3 lowest 0%
South Mallee (district 77)
Hopetoun Airport 29.5 37.2 19th 13.2 6.5 8th 0.0
Swan Hill Aerodrome 30.0 35.5 19th 14.3 8.7 29th 0.0
North Wimmera (district 78)
Nhill 28.1 −1.7 36.8 19th 11.2 −1.8 4.2 29th 0.0 18.5 lowest 0%
Nhill Aerodrome 28.2 37.5 19th 11.5 4.6 29th 0.2
Warracknabeal Museum 28.3 36.6 19th 13.1 6.2 29th 0.8 20.3 low 4%
South Wimmera (district 79)
Edenhope Airport 26.4 38.0 19th 11.3 4.9 29th 4.6
Grampians 16.9 28.7 17th 7.5 1.8 29th 24.6
Horsham Aerodrome 27.7 37.0 19th 10.9 4.0 29th 1.4
Horsham Polkemmet Rd 27.7 −2.0 37.0 19th 10.9 −2.8 4.5 29th 2.8 21.7 low 13%
Kanagulk 26.1 37.3 19th 11.7 5.6 29th 6.8
Longerenong 27.8 −2.0 37.0 19th 11.5 −1.7 3.8 29th 0.6 20.3 low 3%
Pyrenees 20.5 30.7 19th 10.2 4.2 29th 19.2
Stawell Aerodrome 25.4 35.4 19th 12.4 7.5 25th 7.6
Lower North (district 80)
Charlton 28.8 35.6 19th 13.7 7.0 29th 1.4
Echuca Aerodrome 29.0 −1.7 34.1 3rd 13.9 −1.1 8.2 29th 6.2 21.8 normal 28%
Kerang 30.4 −0.7 35.5 16th 14.5 −0.9 9.0 29th 0.6 20.1 low 3%
Kyabram DPI 27.9 −1.9 33.4 3rd 14.1 −0.5 6.5 29th 0.0 23.8 lowest 0%
Upper North (district 81)
Bendigo Airport 27.3 33.6 16th 13.3 6.0 29th 8.4
Shepparton Airport 28.4 33.9 16th 13.8 5.5 29th 14.4
Tatura Inst Sustainable Ag 27.5 −2.0 32.8 19th 13.5 −0.8 6.9 29th 6.0 23.9 normal 25%
Yarrawonga 29.3 34.3 2nd 15.2 6.2 29th 7.0
Lower Northeast (district 82)
Beechworth Woolshed 27.5 32.2 2nd 11.2 0.5 29th 46.9
Benalla Airport 28.3 33.7 16th 14.3 7.7 29th 11.3
Corryong Airport 28.1 33.8 3rd 11.3 5.6 29th 47.2
Dartmouth Reservoir 25.8 30.6 16th 12.7 8.6 23rd 65.8
Hunters Hill 22.1 27.3 16th 11.6 3.7 29th 65.2
Rutherglen Research 28.5 −2.5 32.9 5th 13.3 −0.5 3.2 29th 21.6 30.2 normal 72%
Strathbogie 24.8 30.6 16th 10.8 6.4 25th 6.4 38.9 low 16%
Wangaratta Aero 28.2 32.8 2nd 12.5 5.5 29th 28.6
Upper Northeast (district 83)
Dinner Plain 18.2 24.0 18th 5.8 −0.9 25th 76.4
Falls Creek 14.3 20.9 18th 5.8 −3.0 29th 94.0
Mount Buller 14.2 20.6 16th 6.5 −2.6 29th 40.6
Mt Hotham 12.4 18.8 18th 5.1 −3.8 29th 76.8
Omeo 22.1 28.7 19th 8.5 2.0 29th 69.4
Omeo Comparison 21.8 −3.8 28.9 19th 8.5 −1.0 2.8 29th 65.8 39.2 high 168%
East Gippsland (district 84)
Combienbar AWS 21.9 30.4 19th 11.1 4.8 29th 115.4
Gabo Island Lighthouse 21.0 −0.6 24.4 2nd 15.5 −1.1 10.5 29th 164.0 58.4 very high 281%
Gelantipy 19.8 27.9 19th 9.4 4.0 29th 112.0
Lakes Entrance 22.0 28.3 2nd 14.0 8.7 29th 61.8
Mallacoota 21.7 27.6 19th 14.4 8.7 29th 151.8
Mt Nowa Nowa 21.9 31.9 19th 12.8 6.3 29th 112.0
Orbost 23.4 31.6 2nd 12.9 8.1 29th 99.4
Orbost 23.5 −2.3 31.2 19th 12.4 −1.3 7.9 10th 101.0 47.4 very high 213%
Point Hicks 22.5 −1.1 29.2 18th 15.1 −1.0 10.7 29th 111.7 55.4 high 202%
West Gippsland (district 85)
Bairnsdale Airport 22.7 30.9 19th 12.0 5.8 29th 55.6
East Sale Airport 23.3 −2.3 33.0 19th 12.2 −0.9 7.5 15th 60.0 30.4 very high 197%
Morwell 24.7 35.4 19th 11.7 4.2 29th 52.6
Mt Baw Baw 13.4 21.3 19th 6.0 −0.5 29th 246.6
Mt Moornapa 20.8 30.2 19th 12.1 6.9 29th 128.6
Noojee 22.9 31.4 19th 10.4 4.5 29th 79.8
Pound Creek 23.4 34.8 19th 11.6 4.4 1st 34.0
Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse 19.2 −1.5 28.5 19th 15.0 −0.1 12.3 29th 27.2 40.2 normal 68%
Yarram Airport 22.7 31.5 19th 11.9 5.9 15th 44.8
East Central (district 86)
Bundoora 24.6 34.8 19th 13.9 9.8 29th 35.7
Cerberus 23.1 34.6 19th 13.0 7.6 11th 30.8
Coldstream 25.4 33.7 19th 10.9 2.8 29th 38.0
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens 23.6 34.0 19th 12.8 8.9 1st 31.4
Essendon Airport 24.5 35.1 19th 14.0 10.3 9th 37.2 38.3 high 97%
Ferny Creek 20.1 29.8 19th 11.3 6.7 29th 58.4
Frankston AWS 23.2 32.8 19th 15.2 11.7 1st
Melbourne Airport 24.1 −2.3 35.1 19th 13.3 −0.6 8.7 29th 29.8 41.6 normal 72%
Melbourne Regional Office 24.9 −1.1 35.5 19th 15.9 +0.4 13.0 29th 24.4 45.8 normal 53%
Moorabbin Airport 24.1 −2.1 35.6 19th 14.0 −0.1 9.7 11th 26.0 41.8 normal 62%
Phillip Island Penguin Reserve 22.2 34.1 19th 13.1 7.7 11th 32.9
Rhyll 23.0 32.9 19th 15.4 12.4 29th 29.8
Scoresby Research Institute 24.7 −1.9 33.9 19th 12.8 −1.3 5.8 29th 26.8 43.5 normal 62%
Viewbank 25.4 35.0 19th 13.8 7.8 29th 32.8
Wallan 21.7 30.2 19th 11.0 5.4 29th 30.8
Wonthaggi 23.1 −1.5 34.1 19th 12.9 0 8.4 1st 41.8 33.1 high 126%
West Central (district 87)
Avalon Airport 24.3 37.2 19th 13.2 9.1 27th 21.6
Geelong Airport 23.1 36.8 19th 13.0 9.4 28th 28.8
Laverton RAAF 24.2 −1.7 36.0 19th 14.2 0 8.8 25th 12.8 43.3 normal 30%
Point Wilson 21.3 34.3 19th 15.6 12.3 28th
Sheoaks 23.1 34.8 19th 11.5 6.3 1st 32.8
North Central (district 88)
Castlemaine Prison 25.8 −3.4 34.0 16th 12.1 −1.3 3.4 29th 9.8 33.9 normal 29%
Eildon Fire Tower 24.2 30.6 16th 12.0 5.7 29th 15.2
Lake Eildon 27.2 −1.6 33.9 16th 11.8 −0.7 4.0 29th 13.8 37.0 normal 37%
Mangalore Airport 27.3 −2.0 33.7 16th 13.8 −0.4 7.2 29th 21.4 28.7 normal 75%
Maryborough 27.2 −1.8 36.0 16th 12.3 −1.2 6.2 9th 12.7 33.3 normal 38%
Redesdale 26.6 34.4 16th 12.3 5.3 25th 6.2 30.5 low 20%
Western Plains (district 89)
Ararat Prison 24.2 −2.6 34.1 19th 10.7 −0.2 4.9 25th 7.4 34.7 low 21%
Ballarat Aerodrome 23.3 −1.9 33.3 19th 10.7 −0.9 5.5 25th 20.4 37.2 normal 55%
Westmere 24.3 35.7 19th 10.2 5.4 25th 12.8
West Coast (district 90)
Aireys Inlet 21.3 37.0 19th 13.7 10.9 8th 44.6
Cape Nelson Lighthouse 19.8 38.4 19th 14.3 11.1 26th 24.6
Cape Otway Lighthouse 20.0 −1.4 33.9 19th 13.9 −0.2 9.9 11th 30.6 39.1 normal 78%
Casterton 25.1 38.5 19th 11.0 5.1 25th 21.2
Casterton Showgrounds 24.9 −2.6 37.1 19th 11.4 −0.7 4.4 10th 17.2 20.9 normal 82%
Colac 23.7 35.5 19th 11.7 8.0 29th 14.4
Hamilton Airport 24.3 36.5 19th 10.1 5.2 10th 13.0
Mortlake Racecourse 23.8 36.8 19th 10.2 4.0 10th 29.6
Port Fairy AWS 21.1 38.7 19th 13.8 9.5 26th 28.2
Portland 20.7 37.1 19th 11.9 6.8 1st 29.8
Warrnambool Airport Ndb 22.2 37.9 19th 11.4 7.5 26th 33.4
Weeaproinah 18.1 31.6 19th 10.5 7.0 29th 93.4 78.2 high 119%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 1 pm on Monday 3 March 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 1961 to 1990. They are not shown for sites with less than 20 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

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