Monday, 1 December 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for Western Australia - Product code IDCKGC21R0

Western Australia in November 2008
A very wet and cool November for WA

Summary

  • The third wettest November on record for WA
  • The third lowest mean maximum temperatures for WA.
  • Below average mean minimum temperatures for WA.

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Details

Rainfall

November rainfall in WA was above to very much above average across much of WA, contrasting with below to very much below average rainfall in patches in the north and west Kimberley and neighboring areas. (see November rainfall decile map). Averaged across WA as a whole, this November was the third wettest November on record since 1900.

A deep surface trough produced heavy rainfall in the South Coastal district on the 21 November. Several locations had registered their highest daily and monthly rainfall on record for November. Albany town registered daily rainfall 113.6 mm, which is the highest daily rainfall for November and an all time record.

A middle level cloud band from the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Anika brought moderate to heavy falls, with several locations registering their highest daily rainfall on record for November, over the southern Pilbara, northern Gascoyne and adjacent western Interior on 23−24 November.

Maximum temperature

With the exception of the Kimberley, the remainder of the state experienced below to very much below average maximum temperature, with up to 5°C cooler than normal maxima in inland Gascoyne. Several sites in the southwest Pilbara, inland Gascoyne and Goldfields registered their coolest November on record. Averaged across the state, this November was the third lowest mean maximum temperate on record for November (see maximum temperature anomaly map).

Minimum temperature

Mean minimum temperature were below to very much below average in west and central WA, with up to 4°C cooler than normal minima in inland Gascoyne and northern Goldfields, whilst the Kimberley and Eucla districts saw above to very much above average mean minimum temperature. Averaged across the state, the mean minimum temperature was below average. (see minimum temperature anomaly map).

 

Further information

Western Australia Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (08) 9263 2222
Email climate.wa@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
45.2°C at Argyle Aerodrome on the 22nd
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
41.0°C at Fitzroy Crossing Aero
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
18.6°C at Albany
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
13.8°C at Shannon on the 6th
13.8°C at Mount Barker on the 11th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
1.5°C at Wandering on the 1st
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
8.0°C at Wandering
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
28.6°C at Wyndham
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
31.5°C at Wyndham on the 23rd
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
226.1 mm at Albany
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
125.6 mm at Peaceful Bay on the 21st
Highest wind gust
93 km/h at Cape Leeuwin on the 6th
93 km/h at Warburton Airfield on the 12th
93 km/h at Norseman Aero on the 26th
93 km/h at Wyndham Aero on the 26th
93 km/h at Fitzroy Crossing Aero on the 29th

Records

Record highest November daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in November 2008 (mm)
Previous highest
for November
Years of
record
Mount Augustus 36.0 on the 22nd 25.4 on the 9th in 1939 104
Albany 113.6 on the 21st 78.0 on the 5th in 1929 102
King River 109.6 on the 21st 71.1 on the 22nd in 1959 101
Denmark 66.4 on the 21st 48.3 on the 15th in 1948 98
Minnie Creek 25.0 on the 22nd 21.0 on the 6th in 1994 97
Mount Phillip 27.0 on the 22nd 26.0 on the 29th in 1982 94
Barrett Meadows 68.8 on the 21st 53.3 on the 5th in 1929 91
Bulloo Downs 50.0 on the 23rd 25.2 on the 28th in 1998 84
Emu Creek Station 50.0 on the 22nd 18.5 on the 7th in 1964 74
Winning 42.5 on the 22nd 28.7 on the 12th in 1943 74
Mount Vernon 44.6 on the 22nd 38.9 on the 7th in 1949 70
Mount Clere 30.0 on the 22nd 18.3 on the 25th in 1965 65
Ashburton Downs 28.6 on the 22nd 17.8 on the 13th in 1971 58
Wittenoom 22.0 on the 23rd 21.0 on the 22nd in 2000 54
Learmonth Airport 40.2 on the 22nd 29.6 on the 3rd in 1975 52
Pyramid Station 13.4 on the 23rd 8.6 on the 29th in 1957 50
Albany Airport 32.4 on the 21st 32.2 on the 1st in 1987 46
Mininer 22.6 on the 23rd 18.0 on the 15th in 1971 45
Denbarker 49.0 on the 21st 34.5 on the 14th in 1973 37
Bulga Downs 58.8 on the 16th 27.4 on the 17th in 2003 33
Tom Price 30.6 on the 23rd 26.4 on the 16th in 2006 32
Frankland 43.0 on the 21st 33.0 on the 18th in 1974 31



Record highest total November rainfall
Total rainfall
for November 2008 (mm)
Previous highest
for November
Years of
record
Average for
November
Albany 226.1 170.6 in 1929 132 44.7
Onslow 110.9 56.4 in 1949 118 2.3
Denmark 153.0 139.0 in 1992 108 52.8
Kendenup 125.0 110.8 in 1929 108 30.9
King River 205.8 141.9 in 1929 105 44.0
Sandstone 80.0 62.2 in 1982 103 10.3
Minnie Creek 25.0 21.1 in 1902 100 2.6
Riverdale 73.2 72.1 in 1965 96 21.4
Barrett Meadows 195.8 148.8 in 1914 91 52.8
Bulloo Downs 61.2 52.6 in 1919 85 8.1
Bulga Downs 112.8 56.6 in 2003 84 10.6
Eyre 95.3 89.3 in 2000 79 20.6
Emu Creek Station 53.8 37.6 in 1982 78 3.7
Ashburton Downs 46.8 39.6 in 1949 75 4.8
Mount Vernon 73.4 46.0 in 1982 69 6.8
Pemberton 177.4 160.4 in 1984 68 60.8
Learmonth Airport 43.0 31.6 in 1975 53 2.0
Frankland *86.5 73.7 in 1965 51 27.0
Pyramid Station 13.4 8.6 in 1957 51 1.1
Chillinup 74.2 65.3 in 1914 50 26.8
Albany Airport 137.2 123.0 in 1992 46 46.4
Mininer 30.6 23.0 in 1971 45 5.1
Denbarker 157.2 140.3 in 1971 36 47.8
Jandakot Aero 77.8 73.0 in 1991 35 29.4



Record lowest November daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in November 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for November
Years of
record
Average for
November
Leonora 14.5 on the 14th 15.1 on the 2nd in 1966 52 32.3
Emu Creek Station 22.0 on the 22nd 22.9 on the 1st in 1975 37 36.8
Learmonth Airport 20.2 on the 21st 24.9 on the 1st in 1975 34 34.4



Record lowest November mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for November 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for November
Years of
record
Average for
November
Wiluna 30.3 30.7 in 1931 104 34.0
Leonora 27.7 29.3 in 1999 59 32.3
Meekatharra Airport 29.3 30.0 in 1971 58 33.2
Mardie 32.8 32.9 in 1987 52 36.4
Emu Creek Station 33.0 33.4 in 1981 36 36.8
Learmonth Airport 31.7 31.8 in 1987 33 34.4
Yeelirrie 29.2 29.9 in 1999 33 33.0




Record highest November mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for November 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for November
Years of
record
Average for
November
Wyndham 28.6 28.2 in 1983 40 27.2
Kuri Bay 27.1 26.8 in 2003 38 26.1



Record lowest November mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for November 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for November
Years of
record
Average for
November
Roebourne 19.9 20.0 in 1976 87 22.6


Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Monday 1 December 2008. 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 30 years of record, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.
The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of long-term average rain.

Further information

Western Australia Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (08) 9263 2222
Email climate.wa@bom.gov.au