Monday, 1 September 2008 - Seasonal Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC14L0

Queensland in winter 2008


Winter rainfall was at least average for the majority of the state, apart for the far north west bordering the Northern Territory which was just below average.  

Both maximum and minimum temperatures were within a degree of the long term average for winter, despite some cool individual days and nights during the season.

Rainfall

Although the last month of winter was dry, rainfall for the entire three month period was average to above average across most of the state. Some parts of the north eastern districts were very much above average, due to good falls in these areas during July.  Parts of the far south west received good June rainfall, also resulting in very much above average winter rainfall. Only the far north western districts bordering the Northern Territory recorded below average seasonal rainfall.

The winter period (June to August) saw some long term records broken, with several stations achieving their highest daily rainfall on record.   

From available figures, the highest rainfall for winter was recorded at Upper Springbrook with 572 mm, followed by Koombooloomba Alert with 490 mm, then Maroochydore Aero with 484 mm. The highest daily rainfall for winter was 192 mm recorded at Numimbah on the 3rd June.

See a map of total rainfall. See a map of rainfall deciles.

Brisbane received 229 mm of rainfall in winter, where the long term average is 168 mm.

Temperature

Despite some rather cool weather in August, an average July and a warmer than usual June - winter temperatures were within a degree of the long term average for both maximum and minimum  temperatures. Some sites had their warmest winter night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record

See a map of mean maximum temperatures. See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.
See a map of mean minimum temperatures. See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

Brisbane received a mean maximum temperature of 21.7°C (+0.6°C above the long term average) and a mean minimum temperatures of 10.6°C (+0.3°C above the long term average).

Further information

Queensland Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (07) 3239 8700
Email climate.qld@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
37.0°C at Urandangi on 30 Aug
37.0°C at Century Mine on 31 Aug
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
31.3°C at Scherger RAAF
31.3°C at Weipa Aero
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
14.9°C at Applethorpe
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
5.6°C at Applethorpe on 28 Jul
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−6.5°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 10 Aug
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
1.8°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
23.9°C at Coconut Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
25.9°C at Horn Island on 6 Jun
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
572 mm at Upper Springbrook Alert
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
182 mm at Upper Springbrook Alert on the 3rd June 
Highest wind gust
102 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on 24 Jul

Records

Record highest winter daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in winter 2008 (mm)
Previous highest
for winter
Years of
record
Thylungra Station 64.9 on 2 Jun 60.5 on 30 Jun 1935 110
Roseberth Station 56.8 on 9 Jun 52.0 on 26 Jul 1996 96
Mulga Downs 69.4 on 3 Jun 52.1 on 3 Jul 1920 95
Nappa Merrie 65.0 on 8 Jun 42.4 on 2 Jun 1985 93
Prestwood Station 86.4 on 23 Jul 58.7 on 29 Aug 1924 88
Forsayth Caravan Park 83.4 on 23 Jul 50.0 on 6 Jun 1990 50

Record highest winter daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in winter 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for winter
Years of
record
Normal for
winter
Burketown Post Office 24.9 on 27 Aug 24.1 on 22 Aug 1988 113 14.0


Summaries

In this table, key sites have been highlighted to make them easier to find. This table is very wide and may not fit if printed.

Summary statistics for winter 2008
Maximum temperatures
for winter
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for winter
(°C)
Rainfall
for winter
(millimetres)
Mean for
winter
2008
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
winter
2008
Mean for
winter
2008
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
winter
2008
Total for
winter
2008
Normal
for
winter
Rank of
winter
2008
Fraction of
winter
normal
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 29.9 +0.8 31.4 26 Aug 23.9 +0.1 19.2 29 Jul 56.8 55.3 average 103%
Coen Airport 29.2   32.1 15 Aug 18.6   11.5 30 Jul 1.4
Horn Island 29.1 +0.3 30.6 31 Aug 23.6 +0.4 16.0 29 Jul 9.4 31.0 very low 30%
Scherger RAAF 31.3   34.0 6 Aug 19.6   12.7 29 Jul 6.0
Weipa Aero 31.3 +0.1 33.7 29 Aug 19.9 +0.9 12.8 29 Jul 4.6 12.7 average 36%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 27.5 +0.1 29.8 9 Jun 20.9 +1.4 10.1 29 Jul 61.8 132.2 very low 47%
Musgrave 30.8 +0.8 34.5 29 Aug 14.4 +0.3 8.0 29 Jul 21.3 16.7 high 128%
Palmerville 30.4 +0.1 34.3 26 Aug 14.5 0.0 6.3 29 Jul 13.8 20.7 average 67%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 29.4   35.7 27 Aug 15.6   8.3 30 Jul 1.0
Burketown Post Office 28.6 +0.2 34.9 27 Aug 15.8 +1.8 9.2 30 Jul 0 9.7 lowest 0%
Cloncurry Airport 27.0 −0.1 35.3 30 Aug 12.3 +0.9 3.7 10 Jul 2.2 9.4 average 23%
Croydon Township 29.5 −0.3 35.0 28 Aug 14.7 −0.1 4.8 11 Jul 22.0 15.4 high 143%
Julia Creek Airport 27.7   35.4 30 Aug 9.8   0.2 10 Jul 11.8
Kowanyama Airport 31.1 0.0 34.8 26 Aug 16.3 +0.4 9.2 30 Jul 56.6 9.5 very high 596%
Mount Isa Aero 26.1 +0.5 34.9 30 Aug 10.2 +0.6 0.8 11 Jul 2.0 16.4 average 12%
Normanton Airport 30.3   36.0 27 Aug 16.6   9.6 30 Jul 4.6
Sweers Island 26.1   30.0 27 Aug 18.0   12.2 12 Jul 4.6 14.4 average 32%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 28.7   33.5 31 Aug 13.7   2.5 11 Jul 64.3
Hughenden Airport 26.1   33.8 30 Aug 10.5   −0.1 11 Jul 33.8
Richmond Airport 27.0 −0.2 35.4 30 Aug 9.6 −0.2 2.2 30 Jul 21.6 35.1 average 62%
Richmond Post Office 26.7 −0.2 35.5 30 Aug 9.9 +0.4 1.9 10 Jul 21.8 29.4 average 74%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 26.4 +0.4 29.7 31 Aug 18.0 +0.6 8.7 30 Jul 70.4 103.7 average 68%
Cape Flattery 26.4   28.8 5 Jun 21.3   13.8 28 Jul 69.2
Cooktown Airport 26.3   29.5 28 Jul 19.4   8.3 30 Jul 35.0
Green Island 23.2 −0.8 25.4 31 Aug 20.8 +0.3 15.0 30 Jul
Kairi Research Station 21.7 +0.1 26.0 2 Aug 12.2 +0.6 1.8 30 Jul 78.5 90.3 average 87%
Low Isles Lighthouse 25.9 −0.1 29.6 31 Aug 20.7 0.0 16.6 30 Jul 68.2 137.3 low 50%
Mareeba Airport 25.3   29.4 2 Aug 14.4   6.7 30 Jul 19.6
Walkamin DPI 23.7 −0.1 28.6 2 Aug 13.8 +0.4 6.5 30 Jul 33.2 41.8 average 79%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 24.3 −1.0 28.4 6 Jun 15.5 +1.3 6.4 30 Jul 130.6 108.5 average 120%
Ingham Composite 24.8 −0.6 28.5 2 Aug 14.4 +0.1 6.9 29 Jul 147.1 121.5 average 121%
Innisfail 24.4 −0.2 28.7 31 Aug 16.9 +1.3 9.7 30 Jul 287.4 442.8 low 65%
Lucinda Point 22.5 −1.2 26.3 6 Jun 18.2 −0.3 12.5 30 Jul 56.0 85.0 low 66%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 24.4 0.0 28.0 2 Aug 16.3 +0.9 7.0 30 Jul 227.6 355.7 low 64%
Townsville Aero 25.4 −0.1 28.7 13 Jun 14.4 +0.1 6.2 10 Jul 95.8 51.0 high 188%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 24.1 −0.6 27.4 4 Jun 14.6 −0.3 6.6 30 Jul 83.0 52.0 high 160%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 25.3 −0.2 29.0 5 Jun 12.7 +0.4 4.3 30 Jul 108.0 52.5 very high 206%
Bowen Airport 24.9 0.0 29.5 5 Jun 14.0 −0.3 6.2 11 Jul 90.8 65.6 high 138%
Collinsville Post Office 25.5 −0.1 30.2 6 Jun 10.2 +0.1 1.8 11 Jul 97.8 65.5 high 149%
Hamilton Island Airport 21.6   24.9 5 Jun 17.8   12.8 29 Jul 82.6
Mackay Aero 23.2 +0.2 27.0 22 Aug 11.6 −0.2 3.4 9 Aug 139.6 139.5 average 100%
Mackay M.O 21.7 −0.1 26.4 22 Aug 13.9 +0.3 7.3 11 Jul 158.6 137.0 average 116%
Proserpine Airport 24.7 −0.1 31.4 5 Jun 11.2 −0.7 1.2 11 Jul 108.2 90.5 average 120%
Samuel Hill Aero 22.6   28.1 4 Jun 9.2   0.9 11 Jul 334.2
St Lawrence 23.8   28.7 4 Jun 10.9   3.3 13 Aug 151.6
St Lawrence Post Office 24.1 −0.3 29.0 4 Jun 11.9 +0.4 4.2 11 Jul 119.7 104.8 average 114%
Williamson 23.9   28.6 5 Jun 10.0   1.9 17 Aug 125.8
Woolshed 22.1   26.0 22 Aug 10.5   1.3 30 Jul 135.0
Yeppoon The Esplanade 20.9 −0.9 24.5 4 Jun 11.8 −0.9 3.5 12 Aug 133.0 132.5 average 100%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 24.8 −0.6 30.0 5 Jun 12.0 −0.3 2.6 11 Jul 143.8 57.6 high 250%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 24.3 +0.1 30.7 31 Aug 10.5 −0.2 2.2 11 Jul 101.4 65.5 high 155%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Brigalow Research Stn 22.8 +0.3 28.4 1 Aug 8.0 +0.7 −1.1 12 Aug 98.7 86.9 average 114%
Clermont Sirius St 24.3 +0.5 30.5 31 Aug 7.4 −0.3 −2.5 10 Jul 92.0 78.7 average 117%
Emerald Airport 23.2 −0.7 29.5 31 Aug 9.3 −0.5 1.6 19 Aug 129.6 65.9 high 197%
Rolleston 22.7 −0.9 29.4 1 Aug 7.0 +0.5 −2.9 10 Jul 114.3 89.1 high 128%
Springsure Dame St 22.3 −0.4 28.2 1 Aug 8.6 +1.7 0.6 10 Aug 95.4 91.2 average 105%
Tambo Post Office 22.2 +0.2 29.0 30 Aug 5.0 +0.5 −4.0 10 Jul 109.6 75.0 high 146%
Taroom Post Office 22.1 +0.3 29.1 1 Aug 6.9 +1.0 −1.6 20 Aug 132.7 98.6 high 135%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 23.5 +0.1 30.6 30 Aug 9.8 +1.1 2.5 10 Jul 67.8 63.5 average 107%
Blackall Airport 22.5   30.5 30 Aug 7.3   −0.8 10 Jul 101.4
Isisford Post Office 23.7 +0.2 32.0 30 Aug 8.1 +0.6 −0.7 10 Jul 72.5 54.3 high 134%
Longreach Aero 24.3 −0.1 33.6 20 Jul 8.4 +0.5 0.5 12 Jul 63.4 47.4 average 134%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 27.5 +0.8 35.5 30 Aug 10.3 +0.5 2.2 11 Jul 0.2 18.5 low 1%
The Monument Airport 24.4   33.5 1 Aug 8.6   0.9 10 Jul 0.2
Trepell Airport 25.0   33.8 1 Aug 9.2   3.0 10 Jul 7.8
Urandangi 24.8 −0.2 37.0 30 Aug 8.9 +0.9 −0.1 12 Jul 1.0 23.0 low 4%
Winton Airport 25.5   34.7 30 Aug 9.3   1.8 9 Jul 38.4
Winton Post Office 25.2 −0.1 34.2 30 Aug 10.5 +1.5 3.2 12 Jul 31.3 39.8 average 79%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 21.3   32.9 31 Jul 7.4   1.8 11 Aug 80.7
Boulia Airport 24.3 +0.3 36.5 30 Aug 9.7 +1.0 3.0 11 Jul 4.8 26.2 low 18%
Windorah Post Office 22.5 +0.2 33.5 30 Aug 7.8 +0.4 1.6 12 Aug 47.7 41.4 average 115%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 23.7 −0.2 29.5 31 Aug 8.1 −0.2 0.2 12 Aug 143.8 86.9 high 165%
Bundaberg Aero 22.4 −0.2 27.5 5 Jun 11.3 +0.4 3.9 12 Aug 158.9 127.3 high 125%
Gayndah Airport 22.3   27.5 31 Aug 7.7   −0.4 10 Aug 114.4
Gayndah Post Office 22.9 +0.2 28.6 1 Aug 7.9 +1.2 0.0 10 Aug 134.6 107.5 high 125%
Gladstone Airport 22.8 −0.4 26.7 13 Jun 12.0 −0.6 4.9 13 Aug 157.6 108.0 high 146%
Gladstone Radar 23.4 0.0 27.4 6 Jun 13.8 −0.1 7.2 29 Jul 161.8 107.6 high 150%
Lady Elliot Island 21.5 −0.1 26.0 3 Jun 16.6 −0.5 8.3 11 Jul 266.2 245.7 high 108%
Monto Township 21.6 +0.1 27.3 6 Jun 6.6 +0.5 −1.9 10 Jul 140.2 101.7 high 138%
Rockhampton Aero 23.7 0.0 29.2 22 Aug 10.9 +0.6 2.7 10 Jul 110.2 96.3 average 114%
Rundle Island 20.6 −0.3 24.6 6 Jun 16.2 −0.4 10.1 29 Jul
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 21.7 0.0 25.7 31 Aug 14.9 +0.1 8.5 12 Aug 229.8 265.4 average 87%
Seventeen Seventy 21.9 +0.2 25.2 2 Jun 14.0 −0.3 8.3 12 Aug 170.0 157.4 average 108%
Thangool Airport 23.6 −0.2 28.1 13 Jun 6.8 +0.5 −1.7 12 Aug 111.9 85.7 high 131%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 21.9 +0.1 28.3 31 Aug 5.5 −0.7 −2.9 10 Aug 180.3 115.3 high 156%
Archerfield Airport 21.6 0.0 27.6 1 Aug 8.8 +0.7 2.1 11 Aug 188.8 155.3 high 122%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 21.6   27.3 1 Aug 5.9   −3.7 12 Aug 110.0
Beerburrum Forest Station 21.7 −0.5 28.5 1 Aug 9.6 −0.1 3.8 13 Aug 242.4 187.9 high 129%
Brisbane* 21.7 +0.6 28.7 1 Aug 10.6 +0.3 3.7 31 Jul 229.0 168.0 high 136%
Brisbane Aero 21.1 −0.2 26.1 5 Jun 9.6 0.0 2.6 12 Aug 240.8 146.8 high 164%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 19.9 +0.5 23.4 11 Jun 14.3 +0.6 8.2 12 Aug 209.8 331.7 low 63%
Coolangatta 21.2 +0.3 27.3 1 Aug 9.7 −1.0 0.6 15 Aug 269.8 263.2 average 103%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 20.6 +0.6 25.0 31 Aug 14.8 +0.4 8.4 29 Jul 146.6 272.2 low 54%
Gold Coast Seaway 22.1 +0.9 26.8 4 Jun 11.5 −1.1 4.2 10 Aug 226.4 234.0 average 97%
Gympie 21.8 −0.6 26.8 6 Jun 7.4 +0.3 −1.7 12 Aug 249.4 155.0 high 161%
Hervey Bay Airport 21.4 −0.7 25.0 13 Jun 10.6 −0.2 −0.1 12 Aug 250.4 203.6 high 123%
Jimna Forestry 17.9   23.6 1 Aug 5.9   −2.4 10 Aug 186.0
Kingaroy Airport 19.8   26.3 1 Aug 4.8   −4.1 10 Aug 113.8
Logan City Water Treatment 21.7 −0.1 27.3 1 Aug 9.4 +0.3 1.9 10 Aug 240.5 152.8 high 157%
Maleny Tamarind St 18.8   24.4 1 Aug 9.3   3.5 29 Jul 430.2 261.1 high 165%
Maroochydore Aero 21.1 −0.1 26.4 1 Aug 9.6 −0.7 1.8 9 Aug 484.0 276.5 high 175%
Maryborough 22.4 −0.1 27.0 5 Jun 9.4 0.0 −0.8 12 Aug 233.1 161.2 high 145%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 21.5   27.1 1 Aug 10.3   3.5 10 Jul
Point Lookout 22.2 +1.0 26.0 6 Jun 13.8 −0.4 7.0 12 Aug 272.1 345.1 low 79%
Rainbow Beach 21.3 −0.4 25.2 13 Jun 10.4 −0.6 1.2 9 Aug 261.9 295.4 average 89%
Redcliffe 20.9   27.4 1 Aug 11.2   5.8 14 Aug 284.8
Tewantin RSL Park 21.3 −0.3 26.9 6 Jun 11.2 −0.5 3.8 10 Jul 376.4 325.7 high 116%
Toolara 21.6 −0.9 26.7 30 Aug 11.7 −0.2 5.3 29 Jul 253.2 230.7 average 110%
University of Queensland Gatton 21.9 +0.6 29.5 1 Aug 7.0 +0.2 −0.5 31 Jul 117.4 107.4 average 109%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 14.9 +0.2 21.7 1 Aug 2.2 −0.4 −5.5 10 Aug 92.0 123.1 low 75%
Dalby Airport 20.0 −0.5 26.5 1 Aug 4.4 −0.4 −3.8 12 Aug 112.0 81.2 average 138%
Goondiwindi Airport 20.0 −0.1 27.6 1 Aug 5.7 +0.5 −2.0 12 Aug 63.7 102.8 average 62%
Inglewood Forest 19.5   27.3 1 Aug 6.4   −1.2 12 Aug 76.0
Oakey Aero 19.4 +0.2 26.0 31 Aug 4.0 +0.6 −3.9 9 Aug 96.8 86.5 average 112%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 15.9 +0.4 22.4 1 Aug 1.8 0.0 −6.5 10 Aug 92.0 139.1 low 66%
Texas Post Office 19.6 0.0 26.3 1 Aug 5.0 +0.9 −3.0 15 Aug 107.3 116.8 average 92%
Toowoomba Airport 16.9 −0.4 24.6 31 Aug 6.9 −0.2 0.0 12 Aug 126.8 97.9 high 130%
Warwick 18.6 −0.3 25.5 1 Aug 3.3 −0.2 −5.6 10 Aug 77.6 87.0 average 89%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street     27.8 1 Aug 5.4 +0.4 −3.2 12 Aug 103.2 101.6 average 102%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 21.1 +0.3 29.4 1 Aug 4.8 +0.8 −4.0 20 Aug 120.2 85.5 high 141%
Mitchell Post Office 21.1 +1.0 31.0 1 Aug     −4.4 20 Aug 58.6 91.1 average 64%
Roma Airport 21.1 +0.3 30.6 1 Aug     −3.1 9 Jul 76.0 80.3 average 95%
St George Airport 20.3 −0.1 30.0 1 Aug 5.9 +0.2 −1.2 12 Jul 97.2 86.7 average 112%
Surat 20.7 +0.2 31.4 1 Aug 5.6 +0.5 −3.2 12 Aug 65.0 103.2 average 63%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 21.0 +1.0 29.5 1 Aug 5.7 +0.6 −1.0 9 Aug 81.5 79.6 average 102%
Charleville Aero 20.7 +0.4 30.8 1 Aug 5.2 +0.1 −3.3 12 Aug 55.4 69.0 average 80%
Cunnamulla Post Office 20.2 +0.4 31.0 30 Aug 6.7 +0.2 0.0 12 Aug 73.0 66.2 average 110%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 20.5   33.1 30 Aug 7.9   2.4 9 Aug 73.4
Quilpie Airport 21.0 0.0 32.6 30 Aug 7.1 0.0 0.5 8 Aug 77.2 49.4 high 156%
Thargomindah Airport 20.2   32.5 30 Aug 7.3   0.8 9 Aug 66.4

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 11 am on Monday 1 September 2008. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available. 

Normals 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. *In this case, normals from a nearby suitable site may be included to calculate statistics  (these are marked with an *).

The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of long-term average ("normal") 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, normal in decile 4 to 7, high in decile 8 or 9 and very high is in decile 10).
The Fraction of normal shows how much rain has fallen this time as a percentage of the long-term mean.

Further information

Queensland Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (07) 3239 8700
Email climate.qld@bom.gov.au