Canberra in autumn 2014: Wet start, dry finish

Canberra airport recorded 171.6 mm of rainfall during autumn, above the historical average, with above average rainfall during May and early April followed by drier conditions during May. The mean temperature for Canberra was 0.5 °C above average, with cool days and warm nights during the first two months of autumn associated with rain and cloudy conditions, followed by the fourth-warmest May maximum temperatures on record.

  • 23 days below 18 °C, the equal-seventh-fewest on record (average 34 days)
  • 6 nights below 0 °C, fewest since 2010 (average 9 nights)

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Extremes in autumn 2014
Hottest day 28.7 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS on 10 Mar
Warmest days on average 20.5 °C at Canberra Airport
Coolest days on average 11.7 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Coldest day 0.8 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on 3 May
Coldest night -3.7 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on 8 May
Coolest nights on average 4.8 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Warmest nights on average 8.0 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Warmest night 16.4 °C at Canberra Airport on 28 Mar
Warmest on average overall 14.1 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Coolest on average overall 8.2 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Wettest overall 239.8 mm at Mount Ginini AWS
Wettest day 48.6 mm at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS on 4 Apr
Highest wind gust 100 km/h at Canberra Airport on 27 May

Summary statistics for autumn 2014
Maximum temperatures
for autumn
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for autumn
(°C)
Rainfall
for autumn
(millimetres)
Mean for
autumn
2014
Diff
from
average
Highest for
autumn
2014
Mean for
autumn
2014
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
autumn
2014
Total for
autumn
2014
Average
for
autumn
Rank of
autumn
2014
Fraction of
autumn
average
Canberra Airport 20.5 +0.5 28.4 7 Mar 7.4 +0.6 -1.9 8 May 171.6 140.2 average 122%
Mount Ginini AWS 11.7   20.3 10 Mar 4.8   -3.7 8 May 239.8
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 20.3   28.7 10 Mar 8.0   -2.6 5 May 201.4

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 (all years of record).

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 8 am on Monday 2 June 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 20 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.

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