Canberra in spring 2014: Second-warmest spring days on record

The mean maximum temperature at Canberra Airport during spring was 3.4 °C above average, the second-warmest spring on record for Canberra behind spring 2006. Temperatures were warm throughout the season but particularly in the later months, with both October and November recording maximum temperatures in the five warmest years on record. Minimum temperatures were close to normal during the season, with cool nights in September and October followed by warm nights during November.

Canberra Airport recorded just 60% of its average rainfall during spring, the tenth-driest on record and driest since 2006. The rain fell over 19 days, well below the historical average of 30 days, with the majority of the rain associated with a cold front on 9 September and a surface trough with embedded lows over 14-15 October.

  • Second-warmest mean maximum temperatures on record
  • Driest spring since 2006

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Extremes in spring 2014
Hottest day 39.0 °C at Canberra Airport on 23 Nov
Warmest days on average 22.8 °C at Canberra Airport
Coolest days on average 13.8 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Coldest day 0.0 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on 14 Oct
Coldest night -5.4 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on 3 Sep
Coolest nights on average 3.8 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Warmest nights on average 7.0 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Warmest night 19.7 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS on 24 Nov
Warmest on average overall 14.8 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Coolest on average overall 8.8 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Wettest overall 155.8 mm at Mount Ginini AWS
Driest overall 102.0 mm at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Wettest day 33.6 mm at Nicholls (Gungahlin Lakes) on 15 Oct
Strongest wind gust 91 km/h at Mount Ginini AWS on 7 Oct

Summary statistics for spring 2014
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
spring
2014
Diff
from
average
Highest for
spring
2014
Mean for
spring
2014
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
spring
2014
Total for
spring
2014
Average
for
spring
Rank of
spring
2014
Fraction of
spring
average
Canberra Airport 22.8 +3.4 39.0 23 Nov 6.1 +0.1 -4.3 19 Sep 106.4 178.2 low 60%
Mount Ginini AWS 13.8 +1.6 27.0 23 Nov 3.8 +0.8 -5.4 3 Sep 155.8 268.8 low 58%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 22.6 +1.8 37.8 23 Nov 7.0 +0.4 -2.1 7 Sep 102.0 187.5 low 54%

Notes

As of March 2010, the official station for Canberra is 70351 'Canberra Airport'. Averages from the previous site, 70014 Canberra Airport Comparison, are used for comparisons.

A Seasonal Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Canberra 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 11 am on Monday 1 December 2014. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages for individual sites 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 used for temperature area averages.

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