Monday, 1 December 2014 - Seasonal Climate Summary for Canberra - Product code IDCKGC25L0
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
|Extremes in spring 2014|
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|
0.0 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on 14 Oct|
-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|
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|
155.8 mm at Mount Ginini AWS|
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|
|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%|
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
(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.