Victoria in March 2012: Rainfall much more than that usually received.

This statement was prepared before all data for the period were available. This may affect some of the statistics presented.
  • Highlights:

    • Overnight temperatures near to those in most years
    • Daytime temperatures much cooler than those in most years
    • Rainfall much more than that in most years

Summary

Bureau of Meteorology data show that across the State of Victoria, overnight minimum temperatures were near to those usually experienced (average departure from normal 0.1C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were much cooler than those registered in the past (average departure from normal -1.8C). Total rainfall for the month thus far was generally much more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received 260%).

Over the northern plains, minimum temperatures were near to those usually experienced (average departure from normal -0.2C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were much cooler than those registered in the past (average departure from normal -2.4C). Total rainfall for the month thus far was generally much more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received 330%).

In southern districts, minimum temperatures were near to those usually experienced (average departure from normal 0.4C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were cooler than those registered in the past (average departure from normal -1.1C). Total rainfall for the month thus far was generally much more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received 170%).

Details

In the Mallee, overnight minimum temperatures were near to those usually experienced (average departure from normal 0C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were much cooler than those registered in the past (average departure from normal -1.7C). Total rainfall for the month thus far was generally much more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received 330%).

In the Wimmera, overnight minimum temperatures were near to those usually experienced (average departure from normal -0.4C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were much cooler than those registered in the past (average departure from normal -1.7C). Total rainfall for the month thus far was generally much more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received 190%).

Sunset over Mount Arapiles, west of  Horsham, Victoria / photograph by Tim Boehm.

In the Northern Country, overnight minimum temperatures were near to those usually experienced (average departure from normal 0.2C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were much cooler than those registered in the past (average departure from normal -2.5C). Total rainfall for the month thus far was generally much more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received 300%).

In Victoria's North Central District, overnight minimum temperatures were near to those usually experienced (average departure from normal -0.4C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were much cooler than those registered in the past (average departure from normal -2.5C). Total rainfall for the month thus far was generally much more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received 290%).

In the North East District, overnight minimum temperatures were near to those usually experienced (average departure from normal -0.1C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were much cooler than those registered in the past (average departure from normal -3.1C). Total rainfall for the month thus far was generally much more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received 480%).

In East Gippsland, overnight minimum temperatures were slightly warmer than those usually experienced (average departure from normal 0.6C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were cooler than those registered in the past (average departure from normal -1C). Total rainfall for the month thus far was generally much more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received 270%).

In West Gippsland, overnight minimum temperatures were slightly warmer than those usually experienced (average departure from normal 0.8C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were slightly cooler than those registered in the past (average departure from normal -0.8C). Total rainfall for the month thus far was generally more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received 150%).

In the Central District, overnight minimum temperatures were near to those usually experienced (average departure from normal 0.3C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were cooler than those registered in the past (average departure from normal -1.1C). Total rainfall for the month thus far was generally more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received 140%).

In the Western District, overnight minimum temperatures were near to those usually experienced (average departure from normal 0.2C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were much cooler than those registered in the past (average departure from normal -1.5C). Total rainfall for the month thus far was generally more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received 140%).

Melbourne climate summary for the month of March 2012 thus far

Rainfall slightly more than that usually received.

Located in the Central District at the head of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne is Victoria's State Capital. Here, overnight minimum temperatures were warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 14.5C (departure from normal 1.3C). That the overnight temperatures in Melbourne are higher than those in most surrounding localities is a consequence of the city being under the influence of the effect of urbanisation (cities are usually warmer than their rural surroundings, especially at night, because of heat stored in bricks and concrete and trapped between close-packed buildings). Daytime maximum temperatures were near to those usually experienced and averaged 23.7C (departure from normal -0.2C). Total rainfall for the month thus far was 57.4 mm, this being slightly more than that usually recorded (normal 50.3 mm, percentage of normal received 114%).

Rainfall

Some sites had their highest total March rainfall on record.

Some sites had their highest total March rainfall for at least 10 years.

There is a map of total rainfall below.

There is a map of rainfall deciles below.

Temperature

Maximum temperature

Some sites had their coldest March day (lowest maximum temperature) on record.

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

Some sites had their lowest March mean daily maximum temperature for at least 10 years.

There is a map of mean maximum temperatures below.

There is a map of maximum temperature anomalies below.

Minimum temperature

Some sites had their lowest March temperature on record.

Some sites had their highest March mean daily minimum temperature for at least 10 years.

Some sites had their lowest March mean daily minimum temperature on record.

Some sites had their lowest March mean daily minimum temperature for at least 10 years.

There is a map of mean minimum temperatures below.

There is a map of minimum temperature anomalies below.

Synoptic situations

Synoptic patterns during the month across the Australia New Zealand region were driven by a persistent high latitude ridging and more intense tropical cyclonic systems than usual. "Dips" in the easterlies associated with the tropical systems are typical of La Nia events. These affected Victoria, so allowing for a series of significant rainfall events, especially early in the month, when many stations broke long-term daily rainfall records.

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Extremes in March 2012
Hottest day 35.4 C at Cape Nelson Lighthouse on the 14th
Warmest days on average 26.8 C at Ouyen (Post Office)
Coolest days on average 10.2 C at Mount Hotham
Coldest day 0.6 C at Mount Hotham on the 23rd
Coldest night -2.3 C at Mount Hotham on the 24th
Coolest nights on average 4.3 C at Mount Hotham
Warmest nights on average 15.3 C at Gabo Island Lighthouse
Warmest night 22.9 C at Ouyen (Post Office) on the 31st
Warmest on average overall 20.3 C at Ouyen (Post Office)
Coolest on average overall 7.3 C at Mount Hotham
Wettest overall 509.2 mm at Mount Wellington
Highest wind gust 133 km/h at Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse on the 23rd

Maps

Anomaly in mean maximum temperature

Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature

Mean maximum temperature

Map of Mean maximum temperature

Anomaly in mean minimum temperature

Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature

Mean minimum temperature

Map of Mean minimum temperature

Rainfall deciles

Map of Rainfall deciles

Rainfall totals

Map of Rainfall totals


Record highest total March rainfall
Total rainfall
for March 2012 (mm)
Previous wettest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Tallangatta DCNR 246.0 208.7 in 1931 129 55.0
Nariel Creek (Simpson) 273.9 247.0 in 1931 127 63.5
Tungamah 210.8 155.7 in 1956 122 38.3
Eldorado 170.8 163.0 in 1906 121 44.1
Eurobin 242.4 214.6 in 1931 94 66.3
Hume Reservoir 241.8 175.5 in 1931 90 45.5
Wodonga 233.9 160.7 in 1956 88 51.5
Swifts Creek 173.4 153.8 in 1950 74 52.4
Tubbut 171.6 138.2 in 1993 69 55.6
Dartmouth Reservoir 237.2 188.8 in 1989 60 61.0
Mitta Mitta Forestry 257.0 212.3 in 1956 59 60.7
Falls Creek (Rocky Valley) 336.6 308.4 in 1983 57 114.6
Mangalore Airport 133.0 126.0 in 2010 53 36.5
Cobram (Goulburn Murray) 184.2 117.1 in 1969 52 31.9
Point Hicks (Lighthouse) 183.9 169.7 in 2011 50 67.7
Kyabram 143.6 100.0 in 2010 49 29.9
Burrowye Station 267.0 175.8 in 1989 43 55.5
Lake Buffalo 198.0 170.2 in 1989 41 56.4
Genoa (Fools Haven) 276.4 199.2 in 1979 40 75.1
Bright 214.4 180.0 in 1989 39 62.0
Mallacoota 236.4 227.5 in 1994 38 74.4
Cann River 255.8 188.2 in 2011 36 68.3
Bairnsdale Airport 144.0 83.8 in 2000 32 44.7
Warrenbayne 155.0 151.2 in 1989 30 52.6
Edi Upper 224.0 208.0 in 1989 27 59.8
Beechworth Woolshed 195.0 119.9 in 1989 26 49.3
Wangaratta Aero 170.8 131.3 in 1989 25 40.6
Murderers Hill 237.0 185.4 in 2011 20 75.8
Falls Creek 313.2 242.2 in 2007 19 98.8
Mount Tamboritha 217.4 102.2 in 1989 19 54.1
Yarrawonga 171.4 76.8 in 2010 19 35.8
Albury Airport AWS 255.2 110.0 in 2010 18 41.5
Combienbar AWS 310.6 217.4 in 2011 18 81.2
Gelantipy 237.2 99.4 in 2011 18 63.2
Hunters Hill 323.6 154.0 in 2010 18 67.7
Mount Hotham 336.8 306.4 in 2007 18 106.8
Mount Moornapa 282.2 93.4 in 1997 18 57.9
Port Fairy AWS 69.0 56.4 in 1995 18 36.5
Acheron River @ Taggerty 123.2 108.2 in 2010 17 39.3
Cape Nelson Lighthouse 56.6 56.0 in 1997 17 34.9
Mount Nowa Nowa 236.8 76.6 in 1997 17 56.1
Eildon Fire Tower 112.6 98.8 in 2010 16 39.7
Lima East (Charnwood) 211.6 163.8 in 2010 16 54.0
Maffra 114.6 101.6 in 1999 16 39.3
Myrtleford 199.8 105.4 in 2010 16 52.3
Shepparton Airport 132.0 111.6 in 2010 16 35.1
Hopetoun (Wirrbibial Downs) 58.4 56.0 in 2011 15 20.3
Mount Baw Baw 182.0 177.8 in 2011 14 102.4
Dinner Plain (Mount Hotham Airport) 209.4 83.8 in 2010 12 56.3
Edi Upper (Black Range Trout Farm) 223.0 142.6 in 2010 12 73.0
Euroa (Castle Ck at Telford Bridge) 146.2 77.8 in 2010 12 41.0
Gooram (Hillside) 158.0 124.0 in 2010 12 48.6
Holland Ck at Wrightley 219.0 120.4 in 2010 12 65.3
Hurdle Ck at Bobinawarrah 193.2 133.4 in 2010 12 53.4
Kelvin View (Waterhouse Reservoir) 157.4 107.6 in 2010 12 46.5
Kithbrook (Balquhain) 161.6 126.8 in 2010 12 50.3
Leigh River @ Mount Mercer 53.8 52.2 in 2001 12 26.2
Lorne (Mount Cowley) 150.8 128.8 in 2003 12 61.5
Merton (Enderlee) 167.8 126.4 in 2010 12 48.1
Myrhee (Handcocks) 221.6 118.8 in 2010 12 65.5
Myrrhee (Boggy Ck at Angleside) 146.2 133.8 in 2010 12 51.8
Myrrhee (Cryers) 197.0 140.4 in 2010 12 62.8
Orbost 157.6 90.8 in 2011 12 56.8
Seven Creeks at D/S Polly McQuinns Weir 175.4 122.6 in 2010 12 47.2
Seven Creeks at Strathbogie 181.6 165.8 in 2010 12 58.4
Sheans Creek (Heronslea) 134.0 93.6 in 2010 12 39.5
Tolmie (Mount Tabletop Repeater) 200.0 125.0 in 2010 12 61.3
Too Rour (Moroko Park) 241.4 76.6 in 2007 12 44.2
Traralgon Creek at Koornalla 111.6 89.6 in 2011 12 45.1
Traralgon EPA 108.2 101.4 in 2010 12 47.1
Whitfield (King River at Cheshunt) 226.4 170.0 in 2010 12 68.7
Wonnangatta River @ Waterford 174.0 74.2 in 2010 12 45.5
Avon River @ The Channel 179.2 82.8 in 2007 11 43.4
Boho (Honeysuckle Ck U/S Violet Town) 215.8 154.8 in 2010 11 59.6
Broadford (Kilmore North) 104.6 95.1 in 2010 11 38.4
Bullumwaal 250.2 92.6 in 2011 11 53.5
Halls (Buckland River at Twelve Mile) 237.2 142.4 in 2010 11 67.1
Mitchell River @ Glenaladale 161.2 115.0 in 2010 11 58.1
Willowmavin (Avalon Station) 94.0 82.4 in 2010 11 37.2
Bald Hill 156.8 125.4 in 2010 10 65.0
Buchan (Snowy River at D/S Basin Creek) 312.2 78.6 in 2007 10 63.5
Bungeet (Highlands) 219.4 103.6 in 2010 10 44.7
Mount Useful 195.0 105.8 in 2007 10 78.2
Mount Wellington 509.2 123.4 in 2005 10 103.4
Reeves Knob 364.8 111.0 in 2011 10 91.5

Highest total March rainfall for at least 10 years
Total rainfall
for March 2012 (mm)
Most recent March
at least this wet
Years since
wetter
Average for
March
Chiltern (Post Office) 203.0 215.3 in 1906 106 45.4
Yackandandah 247.0 260.5 in 1906* 105 60.3
Harrietville 244.1 278.2 in 1906* 104 75.8
Ensay 212.2 223.5 in 1913 99 55.9
Koetong 274.6 332.9 in 1894* 90 72.9
Dellicknora (Tellicura) 176.4 183.0 in 1928 84 57.3
Whitlands (Burder's Lane) 246.6 283.9 in 1932 80 80.5
Bonang 205.2 240.6 in 1938* 73 65.8
Buchan 170.4 262.3 in 1938* 72 58.9
Echuca Aerodrome 137.0 241.1 in 1950 62 31.2
Mansfield (Post Office) 155.6 193.8 in 1950 62 51.5
Rochester 129.8 196.7 in 1950 62 32.2
Bonnie Doon Garage 140.0 238.0 in 1950* 61 49.7
Bruthen (Post Office) 181.1 181.8 in 1950* 61 57.0
Euroa 157.6 239.3 in 1950* 59 44.3
Rutherglen Research 170.8 227.1 in 1956 56 39.0
Tatura Inst Sustainable Ag 133.8 153.3 in 1956 56 34.9
Murchison 128.2 130.0 in 1956* 52 39.3
Gabo Island Lighthouse 222.2 233.6 in 1968 44 72.8
Lake Eildon 123.0 137.0 in 1969 43 52.9
Strathbogie 179.2 186.5 in 1969 43 58.0
Alexandra (Post Office) 128.4 136.1 in 1970 42 48.3
Yea 116.4 120.5 in 1970 42 42.0
Raywood 92.2 105.5 in 1969* 41 28.8
Club Terrace 270.6 304.2 in 1970* 39 74.1
Heathcote 80.2 80.6 in 1974 38 36.6
Toorourrong Reservoir (Toorourrong) 98.2 133.4 in 1978 34 55.8
Werrimull 57.8 60.0 in 1974* 34 15.9
Lindenow 150.5 150.6 in 1982 30 58.4
Noojee (Slivar) 133.2 148.8 in 1982 30 72.1
Valencia Creek (Little Plain) 151.0 161.0 in 1982 30 53.8
Kerang 77.8 108.4 in 1983 29 27.3
Ouyen (Post Office) 61.4 104.4 in 1983 29 20.3
Sea Lake (Post Office) 57.6 72.0 in 1983 29 20.6
Yanac North 67.6 87.0 in 1983 29 20.2
Cape Otway Lighthouse 110.4 111.4 in 1984 28 55.5
Horsham Polkemmet Rd 51.6 59.8 in 1984 28 23.6
Natimuk 54.8 57.6 in 1984 28 22.7
Portland (Cashmore Airport) 71.6 98.2 in 1984 28 46.2
Dargo 137.6 164.0 in 1982* 27 58.7
Cabbage Tree Creek 219.0 292.8 in 1982* 26 77.0
Apollo Bay 106.8 122.0 in 1984* 25 67.7
Drouin Bowling Club 97.6 104.6 in 1987 25 68.7
Annuello 58.0 58.6 in 1989 23 20.5
Castlemaine Prison 95.8 98.8 in 1989 23 34.9
Dookie Agricultural College 182.6 194.0 in 1989 23 39.7
East Sale Airport 84.2 101.8 in 1989 23 49.4
Eppalock Reservoir 84.0 102.2 in 1989 23 30.5
Morwell (Latrobe Valley Airport) 120.2 125.0 in 1989 23 50.3
Stanhope 91.8 98.8 in 1989 23 33.2
Canary Island 68.5 95.5 in 1989* 22 25.4
Culgoa 70.8 89.6 in 1989* 22 23.3
Lima South (Lake Nillahcootie) 112.6 170.8 in 1989* 22 46.9
Tawonga 169.2 178.7 in 1989* 21 60.2
Labertouche 93.4 107.0 in 1989* 19 65.0
Cerberus 77.8 86.8 in 1989* 18 46.8
Rhyll 65.2 81.4 in 1995 17 38.1
Berriwillock 61.6 66.0 in 1996 16 23.3
Beulah 57.0 60.0 in 1996 16 22.2
Birchip (Woodlands) 55.6 67.8 in 1996 16 21.8
Woomelang 62.0 92.0 in 1996 16 22.0
Nullawarre 71.2 72.4 in 1995* 15 53.1
Jindivick 94.4 122.8 in 1999 13 84.1
Ararat Prison 52.4 72.6 in 2001 11 31.5
Cavendish (Post Office) 49.6 58.6 in 2001 11 35.3
Durdidwarrah 60.6 97.4 in 2001 11 50.6
Phillip Island Penguin Reserve 72.0 76.0 in 2001 11 50.4
Preston Reservoir 67.6 75.6 in 2001 11 47.7
Rosebud (Country Club) 69.2 113.8 in 2001 11 54.4
Trentham (Post Office) 90.2 115.9 in 2001 11 56.5
Ventnor (Oaklands) 67.6 83.4 in 2001 11 50.5
Wallan (Kilmore Gap) 116.6 118.2 in 2001 11 45.8
Avoca 44.8 69.9 in 1931* 10 29.6

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



Record lowest March daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in March 2012 (C)
Previous coolest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Phillip Island Penguin Reserve 14.9 on the 23rd 15.6 on the 27th in 1984 26 22.2
Colac (Mount Gellibrand) 12.6 on the 23rd 13.3 on the 26th in 2008 12 22.7



Record lowest March mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for March 2012 (C)
Previous coolest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Tatura Inst Sustainable Ag 23.7 23.8 in 1973 47 26.2
Castlemaine Prison 21.7 21.8 in 1973 41 24.6
Strathbogie 20.9 21.4 in 1975 35 23.9
Dartmouth Reservoir 22.7 22.9 in 1993 34 25.9
Edi Upper 22.8 23.2 in 1993 25 26.4
Wangaratta Aero 24.5 24.6 in 1994 24 27.5
Beechworth Woolshed 23.3 23.5 in 1994 21 26.5
Bendigo Airport 23.3 23.4 in 2011 20 25.8
Mount Hotham 10.2 10.6 in 1994 20 13.1
Yarrawonga 24.6 25.3 in 1994 18 27.7
Eildon Fire Tower 19.7 20.4 in 2011 15 23.1
Shepparton Airport 24.0 24.8 in 2011 15 27.3
Swan Hill Aerodrome 25.7 26.5 in 1997 15 28.4
Mount Baw Baw 11.2 12.4 in 2011 13 14.0
Dinner Plain (Mount Hotham Airport) 16.4 17.1 in 2005 11 19.2
Orbost 22.2 22.3 in 2005 11 23.7

Lowest March mean daily maximum temperature for at least 10 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for March 2012 (C)
Most recent March
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
March
Rutherglen Research 24.2 22.4 in 1946* 65 27.4
Mangalore Airport 23.4 22.6 in 1973 39 26.1
Kerang 25.3 24.6 in 1973* 36 27.8
Echuca Aerodrome 25.2 25.0 in 1987 25 27.2
Lake Eildon 23.4 23.3 in 1993 19 25.6
Albury Airport AWS 24.7 24.0 in 1994 18 27.6
Falls Creek 11.7 11.1 in 1994 18 14.2
Gelantipy 18.1 16.7 in 1994 18 20.1
Hume Reservoir 24.6 24.3 in 1994 18 27.0
Hunters Hill 19.3 18.6 in 1994 18 21.5
Kyabram 24.5 24.1 in 1994 18 26.5
East Sale Airport 22.1 21.4 in 1995 17 23.5
Point Hicks (Lighthouse) 21.1 19.4 in 1995 17 22.1
Gabo Island Lighthouse 20.4 =20.4 in 1997 15 21.0
Mallacoota 21.4 21.2 in 1997 15 22.2
Morwell (Latrobe Valley Airport) 22.0 21.8 in 1997 15 24.3
Mount Buller 11.6 11.4 in 1997 15 14.2
Mount Nowa Nowa 20.7 20.3 in 1997 15 22.5

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




Record lowest March temperature
Lowest temperature
in March 2012 (C)
Previous coolest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Cape Nelson Lighthouse 7.5 on the 11th 7.6 on the 27th in 2005 17 13.9



Highest March mean daily minimum temperature for at least 10 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for March 2012 (C)
Most recent March
at least this warm
Years since
warmer
Average for
March
East Sale Airport 12.3 13.3 in 1992 20 11.5
Noojee (Slivar) 11.0 11.9 in 1992 20 9.6



Record lowest March mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for March 2012 (C)
Previous coolest
for March
Years of
record
Average for
March
Mount Baw Baw 4.8 5.1 in 2005 13 6.2

Lowest March mean daily minimum temperature for at least 10 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for March 2012 (C)
Most recent March
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
March
Mount Buller 5.2 4.5 in 1997 15 6.6



Summary statistics for March 2012
Maximum temperatures
for March
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for March
(C)
Rainfall
for March
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2012
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2012
Mean for
March
2012
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2012
Total for
March
2012
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2012
Fraction of
March
average
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 24.7 -2.9 30.0 15th 12.8 +0.3 6.2 25th 255.2 41.5 highest 615%
Hume Reservoir 24.6 -2.4 29.7 15th 13.6 -0.2 5.8 25th 241.8 45.5 highest 531%
North Mallee (district 76)
Mildura Airport 26.7 -1.6 34.4 15th 13.1 -0.7 7.5 22nd 62.8 20.5 v high 306%
Ouyen (Post Office) 26.8 -1.6 34.6 14th 13.6 +0.7 8.6 22nd 61.4 20.3 v high 302%
Walpeup Research 26.5 -1.4 35.2 14th 12.8 -0.3 6.3 22nd 46.2 21.7 high 213%
South Mallee (district 77)
Hopetoun Airport 26.2   35.1 14th 12.0   4.3 22nd 48.0
Swan Hill Aerodrome 25.7 -2.7 33.4 31st 12.4 -0.2 6.5 22nd 50.4 18.1 high 278%
North Wimmera (district 78)
Nhill Aerodrome 25.0   34.6 14th 11.7   5.7 26th 40.4
Warracknabeal Museum 25.3 -1.7 33.8 14th 11.7 -0.2 5.2 26th 35.1 21.5 high 163%
South Wimmera (district 79)
Edenhope Airport 24.1   34.4 14th 11.4   5.3 26th 50.0
Grampians (Mount William) 14.5   23.3 14th 7.0   1.8 24th 90.2
Horsham Aerodrome 24.7 -2.2 34.4 14th 10.4 +0.5 2.9 26th 29.2 15.3 high 191%
Horsham Polkemmet Rd 24.8 -1.6 34.6 14th 10.5 -0.7 4.9 26th 51.6 23.6 v high 219%
Kanagulk 24.2   33.7 14th 10.8   5.2 26th 60.8
Longerenong 25.1 -1.1 34.5 14th 10.6 -0.2 3.2 22nd 35.8 23.1 high 155%
Pyrenees (Ben Nevis) 18.0   25.8 14th 9.1   4.5 23rd 86.8
Stawell Aerodrome 23.1 -2.2 32.3 14th 11.2 0.0 5.5 22nd 43.8 22.4 high 196%
Lower North (district 80)
Charlton 25.1   32.1 14th 11.7   6.2 26th 58.4
Echuca Aerodrome 25.2 -2.0 32.7 31st 11.9 -1.0 6.5 26th 137.0 31.2 v high 439%
Kerang 25.3 -2.5 33.5 31st 12.8 0.0 7.8 26th 77.8 27.3 v high 285%
Kyabram 24.5 -2.0 31.5 14th 12.2 -0.1 4.8 26th 143.6 29.9 highest 480%
Upper North (district 81)
Bendigo Airport 23.3 -2.5 30.9 14th 11.7 +0.3 5.7 25th 81.6 30.0 v high 272%
Shepparton Airport 24.0 -3.3 31.8 15th 12.4 +0.4 5.6 26th 132.0 35.1 highest 376%
Tatura Inst Sustainable Ag 23.7 -2.5 30.9 15th 12.0 +0.3 4.1 26th 133.8 34.9 v high 383%
Yarrawonga 24.6 -3.1 31.1 15th 13.3 +0.8 7.0 25th 171.4 35.8 highest 479%
Lower Northeast (district 82)
Beechworth Woolshed 23.3 -3.2 28.6 15th 10.1 +0.4 2.4 25th 195.0 49.3 highest 396%
Benalla Airport 24.1   30.1 15th 12.0   4.7 25th 201.5
Corryong Airport 24.0   29.0 15th 10.6   3.2 25th 319.6
Dartmouth Reservoir 22.7 -3.2 28.1 15th 11.0 +0.1 4.0 25th 237.2 61.0 highest 389%
Hunters Hill 19.3 -2.2 24.1 13th 10.4 -1.0 3.9 24th 323.6 67.7 highest 478%
Rutherglen Research 24.2 -3.2 30.4 15th 11.2 +0.3 3.4 25th 170.8 39.0 v high 438%
Strathbogie 20.9 -3.0 26.3 15th 9.5 +0.5 1.8 26th 179.2 58.0 v high 309%
Wangaratta Aero 24.5 -3.0 31.2 15th 11.6 +1.1 4.1 25th 170.8 40.6 highest 421%
Upper Northeast (district 83)
Dinner Plain (Mount Hotham Airport) 16.4 -2.8 22.1 14th 5.9 -0.3 -0.4 25th 209.4 56.3 highest 372%
Edi Upper 22.8 -3.6 28.0 16th 10.7 -0.5 4.8 25th 224.0 59.8 highest 375%
Falls Creek 11.7 -2.5 16.1 14th 5.0 -1.1 -1.2 24th 313.2 98.8 highest 317%
Mount Buller 11.6 -2.6 17.2 14th 5.2 -1.4 -1.6 24th 200.2 77.4 high 259%
Mount Hotham 10.2 -2.9 14.7 14th 4.3 -1.5 -2.3 24th 336.8 106.8 highest 315%
Omeo 19.7   25.8 15th 8.6   4.3 24th 175.8
East Gippsland (district 84)
Combienbar AWS 19.5 -2.0 28.1 14th 11.3 -0.5 5.4 24th 310.6 81.2 highest 383%
Gabo Island Lighthouse 20.4 -0.6 24.1 16th 15.3 -0.1 11.7 24th 222.2 72.8 v high 305%
Gelantipy 18.1 -2.0 25.9 15th 9.5 +0.1 5.0 26th 237.2 63.2 highest 375%
Lakes Entrance (Eastern Beach Road) 21.3   30.9 14th 13.5   9.9 23rd 148.6
Mallacoota 21.4 -0.8 28.2 16th 14.1 +0.2 8.8 23rd 236.4 74.4 highest 318%
Mount Nowa Nowa 20.7 -1.8 30.1 15th 12.6 -0.1 7.0 24th 236.8 56.1 highest 422%
Orbost 22.2 -1.5 31.9 15th 13.3 +0.6 9.2 25th 157.6 56.8 highest 277%
Point Hicks (Lighthouse) 21.1 -1.0 29.0 31st 14.3 -0.8 10.3 25th 183.9 67.7 highest 272%
West Gippsland (district 85)
Bairnsdale Airport 22.8 -1.0 32.3 15th 12.1 +1.0 7.6 25th 144.0 44.7 highest 322%
East Sale Airport 22.1 -1.4 30.7 14th 12.3 +0.8 6.9 22nd 84.2 49.4 high 170%
Morwell (Latrobe Valley Airport) 22.0 -2.3 30.9 31st 11.6 +0.5 5.7 22nd 120.2 50.3 v high 239%
Mount Baw Baw 11.2 -2.8 17.7 14th 4.8 -1.4 -1.8 24th 182.0 102.4 highest 178%
Mount Moornapa 20.1 -1.8 29.7 15th 11.8 +0.1 6.5 24th 282.2 57.9 highest 487%
Noojee (Slivar) 20.8 -1.8 29.8 14th 11.0 +1.4 7.2 29th 133.2 72.1 v high 185%
Pound Creek 21.8   31.6 14th 11.6   6.7 30th 84.8
Willow Grove (Blue Rock Reservoir) 21.0 -2.2 31.0 14th 11.7 +0.3 8.6 27th 86.2 54.2 high 159%
Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse 19.2 -0.2 28.1 31st 14.7 +0.6 7.9 24th 85.0 69.7 high 122%
Yarram Airport 21.5   31.0 14th 11.7   4.8 26th 101.0
East Central (district 86)
Bundoora (Latrobe University) 23.0 -1.2 31.5 14th 12.9 +0.4 5.7 26th 57.4 45.2 high 127%
Cerberus 21.8 -1.0 32.0 14th 12.6 +0.2 6.0 26th 77.8 46.8 high 166%
Coldstream 23.2 -1.8 31.3 14th 10.9 +1.4 3.4 26th 60.2 49.5 average 122%
Coldstream Comparison 23.1   31.3 14th 10.8   3.3 26th 200.4
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens 22.1 -1.2 31.4 14th 11.9 -0.4 7.9 26th 65.1 42.4 high 154%
Essendon Airport 22.7 -1.2 31.4 14th 12.8 +0.4 7.5 26th 58.0 40.0 high 145%
Ferny Creek 18.9   26.4 14th 11.6   7.3 22nd 100.2
Frankston AWS 21.4 -1.0 30.6 14th 14.5 +0.1 10.0 26th
Melbourne Airport 22.6 -1.4 30.8 14th 12.6 0.0 7.6 26th 64.0 37.7 high 170%
Melbourne Regional Office 23.7 -0.2 31.6 14th 14.5 +1.3 9.4 26th 57.4 50.3 high 114%
Moorabbin Airport 22.6 -1.1 31.5 14th 13.1 +0.3 7.0 26th 53.4 44.7 average 119%
Phillip Island Penguin Reserve 21.3 -0.9 30.5 14th 12.5 -0.3 5.8 26th 72.0 50.4 high 143%
Rhyll 21.3 -1.0 29.6 14th 14.4 -0.1 9.2 24th 65.2 38.1 high 171%
Scoresby Research Institute 22.5 -1.5 30.8 14th 12.6 +0.2 5.5 26th 70.8 54.4 high 130%
Viewbank 23.3 -1.8 32.1 14th 12.6 0.0 5.2 26th 67.4 45.6 average 148%
Wallan (Kilmore Gap) 19.3 -1.8 25.9 14th 10.8 0.0 7.0 26th 116.6 45.8 high 255%
Wonthaggi 21.8 -0.9 32.2 14th 12.5 +0.3 9.0 24th 76.8 61.3 average 125%
West Central (district 87)
Avalon Airport 23.1 -0.9 33.0 14th 12.6 +0.3 7.7 22nd 24.2 28.3 average 86%
Breakwater (Geelong Racecourse) 23.0   33.2 14th 13.0   8.4 22nd 27.0
Laverton RAAF 22.8 -0.8 31.5 14th 13.1 +0.6 7.7 22nd 40.8 35.4 high 115%
Sheoaks 21.6 -1.1 30.9 14th 10.9 -0.1 5.0 22nd 36.2 24.2 high 150%
North Central (district 88)
Castlemaine Prison 21.7 -2.9 28.6 14th 10.5 -0.3 4.1 22nd 95.8 34.9 v high 274%
Eildon Fire Tower 19.7 -3.4 25.6 14th 11.1 -0.3 5.8 24th 112.6 39.7 highest 284%
Lake Eildon 23.4 -2.2 29.7 14th 10.9 +0.3 5.1 26th 123.0 52.9 v high 233%
Mangalore Airport 23.4 -2.7 29.9 14th 11.9 -0.3 6.3 25th 133.0 36.5 highest 364%
Maryborough 23.2 -2.2 29.8 14th 10.6 -0.6 5.6 26th 56.8 30.9 high 184%
Redesdale 23.1 -2.0 29.7 14th 10.7 +0.2 4.8 26th 100.6 33.6 v high 299%
Western Plains (district 89)
Ararat Prison 22.5 -1.3 31.3 14th 9.8 +0.3 3.3 22nd 52.4 31.5 high 166%
Ballarat Aerodrome 20.5 -1.7 27.5 14th 9.8 -0.1 1.4 26th 50.8 42.9 high 118%
Westmere 23.0   32.3 14th 9.3   3.8 11th 36.8
West Coast (district 90)
Aireys Inlet 21.6 +0.3 31.4 14th 13.3 -0.2 8.4 23rd 51.4 35.1 high 146%
Cape Nelson Lighthouse 20.5 +0.5 35.4 14th 13.4 -0.5 7.5 11th 56.6 34.9 highest 162%
Cape Otway Lighthouse 19.8 -0.5 30.2 14th 13.5 +0.3 8.2 24th 110.4 55.5 v high 199%
Casterton 23.2   33.1 14th 11.2   5.7 26th 60.4
Colac (Mount Gellibrand) 21.2 -1.5 31.7 14th 11.3 -0.2 7.3 24th 49.0 32.1 high 153%
Dartmoor 23.3   34.0 14th 10.4   4.2 11th 68.6
Hamilton Airport 23.0 -1.1 33.0 14th 10.2 +0.1 4.5 11th 60.2 36.1 high 167%
Mortlake Racecourse 23.5 -0.1 34.2 14th 9.5 -0.3 3.2 11th 45.0 33.0 high 136%
Port Fairy AWS 21.7 +0.2 34.2 14th 12.5 -0.5 6.4 11th 69.0 36.5 highest 189%
Portland (Cashmore Airport) 21.6 +0.7 33.7 14th 11.1 -0.6 4.3 11th 71.6 46.2 v high 155%
Portland NTC AWS 19.7   30.6 14th 13.5   8.0 11th
Warrnambool Airport NDB 22.7 -0.1 34.5 14th 10.6 0.0 4.0 11th 80.0 51.6 high 155%

Notes

This statement was prepared before all data for the period were available. This may affect some of the statistics presented.

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Victoria 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.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 6 pm on Saturday 31 March 2012. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages 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.

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