Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - Monthly Climate Summary for Victoria - Product code IDCKGC16R0
Victoria in March 2014: Mostly Dry and Warm
- Warmer mean maximum temperatures in parts of the middle to east of the state
- Slightly warmer mean minimum temperatures in the east of the state contrasted by cooler mean minimum temperatures in the west
- Dry in central and western Victoria, some rain in the north of the state
Rainfall totals were slightly above average in parts of the north of the state and average to slighlty below elsewhere. The area averaged mean rainfall for Victoria was 39.27 °C, which is 1.81 mm below the 1961-90 average of 41.08 °C. The wettest overall was Whitlands (Burder's Lane) with 193.6 mm with the wettest single day being at Genoa (Fools Haven) with 58.0 mm on the 27th. Macalister River had their highest March daily rainfall on record with 33.2mm on the 22nd and also thir highest total March rainfall on record. with 65.6mm.
There is a map of rainfall deciles below.
The area averaged maximum temperature was 18.98 °C, which is 0.73 °C warmer than the 1961-90 average of 18.25 °C. Mildura had the warmest on average with 22.2 °C whilst the coolest on average was Mount Hotham with 9.7 °C.
Daytime temperatures were average to slightly above average across most of the state apart from a small coastal pocket in the south west where maximum temperatures were slightly below average. The area averaged maximum temperature was 25.54 °C, which is 0.79 °C warmer than the 1961-90 average of 24.75 °C. The hottest day was at Ouyen (Post Office) with 38.4 °C on the 10th and the warmest days on average were at Mildura Airport with 29.8 °C. Mount Hotham had both the coldest day, 2.9°C on the 16th, and the coolest days on average with 13.0 °C. Portland (Cashmere Airport) had their coldest March day (lowest maximum temperature) on record. with 13.8°C on the 21st whilst Mallacoota had their highest March mean daily maximum temperature on record. with 24.1°C. There is a map of maximum temperature anomalies below.
Overnight temperatures were average to slightly above average across most of the state except in the west to south west of the state where minimum temperatures were slightly below average. The area averaged minimum temperature was 12.41 °C, which is 0.66 °C warmer than the 1961-90 average of 11.75 °C. The coldest night was at Mount Hotham with -0.7 °C on the 17th and also the coolest nights on average were at Mount Hotham with 6.4 °C., The warmest nights on average were at Gabo Island Lighthouse with 16.4 °C, and the warmest night was at Walpeup Research with 24.6 °C on the 11th. Both Mallacoota and Orbost had their highest March mean daily minimum temperature on record. with 15.6°C and 14.0°C respectively. There is a map of minimum temperature anomalies below.
The strongest wind gust was at Falls Creek with 120 km/h on the 15th.
|Extremes in March 2014|
38.4 °C at Ouyen (Post Office) on the 10th|
|Warmest days on average||
29.8 °C at Mildura Airport|
29.8 °C at Ouyen (Post Office)
|Coolest days on average||
13.0 °C at Mount Hotham|
2.9 °C at Mount Hotham on the 16th|
-0.7 °C at Mount Hotham on the 17th|
|Coolest nights on average||
6.4 °C at Mount Hotham|
|Warmest nights on average||
16.4 °C at Gabo Island Lighthouse|
24.6 °C at Walpeup Research on the 11th|
|Warmest on average overall||
22.2 °C at Mildura Airport|
|Coolest on average overall||
9.7 °C at Mount Hotham|
193.6 mm at Whitlands (Burder's Lane)|
58.0 mm at Genoa (Fools Haven) on the 27th|
|Highest wind gust||
120 km/h at Falls Creek on the 15th|
Anomaly in mean maximum temperature
Anomaly in mean minimum temperature
|Record highest March daily rainfall|
Highest daily rainfall
in March 2014 (mm)
|Port Fairy AWS||30.4||on the 22nd||24.8||on the 20th in 2003||20|
|Macalister River @ Glencairn||33.2||on the 22nd||19.0||on the 27th in 2002||14|
|Cranbourne (MW)||28.2||on the 16th||21.6||on the 15th in 2009||11|
|Skye Road Retarding Basin @ Frankston No||25.4||on the 16th||23.2||on the 15th in 2009||11|
|Record highest total March rainfall|
for March 2014 (mm)
|Macalister River @ Glencairn||65.6||49.6||in 2011||14||31.8|
|Record lowest March daily maximum temperature|
Lowest daily maximum
in March 2014 (°C)
|Portland (Cashmore Airport)||13.8||on the 21st||13.9||on the 31st in 1999||32||21.1|
|Record highest March mean daily maximum temperature|
Mean daily maximum
for March 2014 (°C)
|Record highest March mean daily minimum temperature|
Mean daily minimum
for March 2014 (°C)
|Orbost||14.0||= 14.0||in 2010||13||12.9|
Extremes Maps Records Summaries Important notes the top
|Summary statistics for March 2014|
|North Mallee (district 76)|
|Ouyen (Post Office)||29.8||+1.4||38.4||10th||13.9||+1.0||7.0||22nd||6.0||20.0||average||30%|
|South Mallee (district 77)|
|Swan Hill Aerodrome||29.3||+1.0||37.6||10th||13.4||+0.7||7.6||20th||13.6||17.3||average||79%|
|North Wimmera (district 78)|
|South Wimmera (district 79)|
|Grampians (Mount William)||17.7||26.2||4th||8.2||2.1||22nd||40.8|
|Pyrenees (Ben Nevis)||21.7||29.7||4th||10.7||3.9||22nd||23.0|
|Lower North (district 80)|
|Upper North (district 81)|
|Tatura Inst Sustainable Ag||27.4||+1.2||34.6||10th||13.3||+1.5||7.5||20th||25.6||34.7||average||74%|
|Lower Northeast (district 82)|
|Upper Northeast (district 83)|
|Dinner Plain (Mount Hotham Airport)||19.5||+0.5||25.5||11th||7.4||+1.2||2.5||19th||84.6||61.4||high||138%|
|East Gippsland (district 84)|
|Gabo Island Lighthouse||22.3||+1.3||26.1||5th||16.4||+1.0||12.3||17th||61.8||72.6||average||85%|
|Lakes Entrance (Eastern Beach Road)||23.6||32.6||21st||14.0||8.9||17th||65.6|
|Mount Nowa Nowa||23.9||+1.4||33.7||11th||14.2||+1.4||10.4||16th||60.4||56.7||average||107%|
|Point Hicks (Lighthouse)||23.5||+1.4||29.5||15th||15.9||+0.8||12.5||17th||66.1||67.6||average||98%|
|West Gippsland (district 85)|
|East Sale Airport||25.4||+1.9||34.8||10th||12.7||+1.2||7.0||24th||45.6||49.4||average||92%|
|Morwell (Latrobe Valley Airport)||26.2||+1.9||35.8||10th||12.2||+1.0||4.2||24th||37.2||49.3||average||75%|
|Mount Baw Baw||14.6||+0.7||21.5||10th||7.0||+0.8||0.4||16th||91.8||100.1||average||92%|
|Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse||20.8||+1.4||30.4||11th||15.4||+1.2||11.0||17th||116.8||69.9||high||167%|
|East Central (district 86)|
|Bundoora (Latrobe University)||25.6||+1.4||35.0||10th||13.1||+0.6||7.5||20th||22.8||44.7||low||51%|
|Cranbourne Botanic Gardens||24.5||+1.1||33.6||4th||12.8||+0.4||8.0||13th||45.2||42.7||average||106%|
|Melbourne (Olympic Park)||24.4||32.9||4th||14.8||10.5||20th||21.8|
|Melbourne Regional Office||25.4||+1.5||33.7||4th||15.3||+2.1||11.2||20th||23.4||50.1||low||47%|
|Scoresby Research Institute||26.1||+2.1||33.7||10th||12.9||+0.5||6.8||24th||23.6||53.7||low||44%|
|Wallan (Kilmore Gap)||23.2||+2.0||32.1||10th||11.5||+0.6||7.4||24th||35.4||46.1||average||77%|
|West Central (district 87)|
|Breakwater (Geelong Racecourse)||24.2||34.0||11th||12.9||8.2||20th||19.0|
|North Central (district 88)|
|Eildon Fire Tower||24.1||+1.1||31.9||10th||12.2||+0.7||7.3||23rd||60.8||40.2||high||151%|
|Western Plains (district 89)|
|West Coast (district 90)|
|Cape Nelson Lighthouse||20.4||+0.2||31.7||9th||13.9||0.0||9.7||20th||51.6||35.7||high||145%|
|Cape Otway Lighthouse||20.2||-0.2||32.2||11th||14.2||+1.0||10.3||16th||58.8||55.4||average||106%|
|Colac (Mount Gellibrand)||23.8||+0.9||34.3||4th||11.7||0.0||8.2||22nd||31.4||31.0||average||101%|
|Port Fairy AWS||21.7||+0.1||33.5||31st||12.8||-0.2||7.3||20th||56.4||36.9||high||153%|
|Portland (Cashmore Airport)||21.4||+0.3||33.4||4th||11.4||-0.3||5.4||20th||61.0||46.8||high||130%|
|Portland NTC AWS||19.7||28.7||31st||13.5||8.7||20th|
|Warrnambool Airport NDB||23.5||+0.4||35.6||4th||11.1||+0.3||5.5||6th||42.6||49.2||average||87%|
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.
A Climate Summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.
This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Tuesday 1 April 2014. 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
(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.