Melbourne area in November 2013: Cool days & wet in parts

November 2013 in the Melbourne area was characterised by:

  • Above average rainfall in parts of the southeast
  • Average to below average daytime temperatures
  • Mostly normal night-time temperatures.

Rainfall

Some stations in Melbourne's east reported above average rainfall this November. However, most stations received typical rainfall totals. The wettest station overall was Cranbourne Botanic Gardens with 107.1 mm but Cerberus reported the greatest difference from normal, recording 159% of their typical November rainfall. The driest station overall was Avalon Airport with 52.2 mm but Viewbank was the driest compared to normal , reporting only 69% of their typical November rainfall. The wettest day was the 13th when Cerberus recorded 43.6 mm (their highest November daily rainfall on record).

Temperature

The warmest station on average (a combination of maximum and minimum temperatures) was Melbourne Regional Office with 17.2 C. The coolest on average were Coldstream and Cranbourne Botanic Gardens with 15.1 C.

Some cooler days

November 2013 started with a run of very cool days that contributed to monthly averages that ranged from close to normal to very much cooler than normal. . The hottest day was the 27th when Melbourne Regional Office recorded 33.1 C and Melbourne Regional Office recorded the warmest days on average with 22.0 C. Cerberus recorded the coolest days on average with 19.7 C, however, Viewbank reported the coolest anomaly at 2.5 C below normal. The coldest day was the 13th when Cranbourne Botanic Gardens recorded 12.5 C.

Mostly normal night-times

Average night-time temperatures in the Melbourne area were mixed with some stations reporting warm anomalies whilst others cool ones. But most stations recorded average minimum temperatures close to normal and within 0.5 C of their long-term means. The coldest night was the 5th when Coldstream recorded 0.6 C and Coldstream also recorded the coolest nights on average with 8.5 C. Melbourne Regional Office recorded the warmest nights on average with 12.4 C. The warmest night was the 28th when Essendon Airport and Scoresby Research Institute recorded 22.5 C.

Wind

The strongest wind gust was 69 km/h recorded at Avalon Airport on the 3rd.

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Extremes in November 2013
Hottest day 33.1 C at Melbourne Regional Office on the 27th
Warmest days on average 22.0 C at Melbourne Regional Office
Coolest days on average 19.7 C at Cerberus
Coldest day 12.5 C at Cranbourne Botanic Gardens on the 13th
Coldest night 0.6 C at Coldstream on the 5th
Coolest nights on average 8.5 C at Coldstream
Warmest nights on average 12.4 C at Melbourne Regional Office
Warmest night 22.5 C at Essendon Airport on the 28th
22.5 C at Scoresby Research Institute on the 28th
Warmest on average overall 17.2 C at Melbourne Regional Office
Coolest on average overall 15.1 C at Coldstream
15.1 C at Cranbourne Botanic Gardens
Wettest overall 107.1 mm at Cranbourne Botanic Gardens
Driest overall 52.2 mm at Avalon Airport
Wettest day 43.6 mm at Cerberus on the 13th
Highest wind gust 69 km/h at Avalon Airport on the 3rd

Record highest November daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in November 2013 (mm)
Previous wettest
for November
Years of
record
Cerberus 43.6 on the 13th 39.8 on the 22nd in 2009 24


Summary statistics for November 2013
Maximum temperatures
for November
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for November
(C)
Rainfall
for November
(millimetres)
Mean for
November
2013
Diff
from
average
Highest for
November
2013
Mean for
November
2013
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
November
2013
Total for
November
2013
Average
for
November
Rank of
November
2013
Fraction of
November
average
East Central (district 86)
Bundoora (Latrobe University) 21.3 -1.2 32.8 27th 10.4 -0.3 5.0 5th 61.3 70.6 average 87%
Cerberus 19.7 -0.8 31.9 27th 10.9 +0.2 5.7 17th 88.6 55.7 high 159%
Coldstream 21.7 -1.0 31.2 27th 8.5 -0.3 0.6 5th 60.0 71.3 average 84%
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens 20.1 -1.0 31.5 27th 10.2 -0.3 5.5 1st 107.1 77.6 high 138%
Essendon Airport 21.1 -0.6 32.2 27th 10.7 +0.8 6.3 1st 58.2 58.9 average 99%
Melbourne Airport 21.1 -0.8 32.3 27th 10.2 -0.2 5.4 5th 53.8 62.8 average 86%
Melbourne Regional Office 22.0 0.0 33.1 27th 12.4 +1.2 9.1 5th 54.6 60.2 average 91%
Moorabbin Airport 20.8 -0.8 32.8 27th 11.1 0.0 6.6 1st 75.2 63.5 high 118%
Scoresby Research Institute 21.2 -0.2 31.6 27th 10.4 +0.1 3.1 5th 90.2 81.9 average 110%
Viewbank 21.8 -2.5 32.4 27th 10.4 -1.1 4.2 5th 55.2 79.7 average 69%
West Central (district 87)
Avalon Airport 20.8 -1.5 32.2 6th 9.9 -0.7 4.9 10th 52.2 49.5 average 105%
Laverton RAAF 20.7 -0.8 32.9 27th 10.8 +0.6 4.9 1st 56.4 53.1 high 106%

Notes

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Melbourne Metropolitan Area and Environs 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 3 pm on Monday 2 December 2013. 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.

The ACORN-SAT dataset is being used for temperature area averages from December 2012 onwards. The major change from earlier datasets is that the ACORN-SAT dataset commences in 1910, rather than 1950, and hence rankings are calculated using a larger set of years.

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