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

Queensland in spring 2008: Season of encouragement

Spring 2008 was an encouraging period for Queensland, with good rainfall relieving stress from the larger southeast Queensland catchments and significantly suppressing a potentially devastating bush fire season. Nevertheless, there were three distinct regions where rainfall did not reach its long-term seasonal average, namely the Burnett, the west coast of Cape York and a small region surrounding Mackay, including a portion of the Central Highlands.

Temperatures overall were still warmer than average, allowing increased evaporation to offset the positive effects of rain, but a strong start to the thunderstorm season maintained good levels of ground moisture.

An archive of previous seasonal summaries for Queensland is also available, as are summaries for other states and many other climate summaries and diagnostics.


Rainfall

Although the bulk of the state received greater than its median spring rainfall, few places stood out as exceptionally wet, the majority staying in the middle deciles or slightly above. The biggest anomalies were in the southeast; where a major outbreak of severe thunderstorms in the final two weeks made a significant contribution; and over the inland tropics between Townsville and Cairns, again due to heavy storm falls in late November. During this period, the Central Coast district and adjacent highlands received comparatively little rain, leading to an overall deficit for the season. Likewise, the Burnett region fared poorly, and to a lesser extent western Cape York Peninsula, where genuine monsoonal storms did not arrive until the final week.

From available figures, the highest spring rainfall was 1267 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Stn, then 706 mm at Upper Springbrook Alert. Some sites had their highest total spring rainfall on record.

The highest daily rainfall was 243 mm at Tallegalla Alert, then 216 mm at Rosewood AL-B, followed by 208 mm at Rosewood Alert, all recorded at 9am on 20 Nov. Some sites had their highest spring daily rainfall on record.

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

Brisbane recorded 437.4 mm for spring, where the long term average is 216.6 mm.

Temperature

The temperature trend was quite consistent across the state, generally on the warm side with daytime averages mostly between one and two degrees above the long-term median. The hottest day for the season was 43.8°C at Birdsville Airport on 30 October. 

Some sites in the north tropical and central coast had their highest spring temperature on record. Surat had its coldest spring day (lowest maximum temperature) on record. A few places in the far north had their highest spring mean daily maximum temperature on record.

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

Minimum temperatures followed a similar trend, though more pronounced due to the heat-trapping effect of cloud. There was an anomaly of up to three degrees above average over the south west, while the remainder of the state recorded between one and two degrees above the overnight median. 

A few sites across the state had their warmest spring night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record. Some sites also had their highest spring mean daily minimum temperature on record.

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

For the spring period, Brisbane's mean maximum temperature was 25.9°C (−0.1°C below average) and the mean minimum temperature was 15.6°C (+0.6°C above 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
43.8°C at Birdsville Airport on 30 Oct
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
38.2°C at Century Mine
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
22.6°C at Applethorpe
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
11.9°C at Applethorpe on 6 Sep
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−0.1°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 9 Sep
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
9.9°C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
25.5°C at Horn Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
32.6°C at Bedourie Police Station on 28 Nov
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
1267 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Stn
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
243.0 mm at Tallegalla Alert on 20 Nov
Highest wind gust
100 km/h at Ballera Gas Field on 12 Sep
100 km/h at Toowoomba Airport on 20 Nov

Records

Record highest spring daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in spring 2008 (mm)
Previous highest
for spring
Years of
record
Balfes Creek Post Office 127.6 on 28 Nov 98.8 on 24 Nov 1950 116
Gatton Allan Street 186.2 on 20 Nov 109.2 on 23 Nov 1964 115
University of Queensland Gatton 170.6 on 20 Nov 108.2 on 23 Nov 1964 112
Jondaryan Post Office 97.0 on 20 Nov 93.6 on 1 Nov 1976 110
Herberton White St 110.0 on 9 Nov 103.4 on 1 Nov 1957 107
Mt Garnet Post Office 116.0 on 27 Nov 110.0 on 14 Oct 1998 107
Amberley AMO 157.0 on 20 Nov 115.3 on 25 Oct 1970 68
Kuyura 90.6 on 17 Oct 90.0 on 3 Nov 1997 50
Walkamin DPI 105.2 on 26 Nov 92.4 on 23 Nov 1989 44
Coolmunda Dam 56.0 on 20 Nov 55.4 on 2 Oct 2003 33
Childers South 92.6 on 21 Nov 77.8 on 16 Oct 2005 30
Maclean Bridge 116.6 on 20 Nov 89.6 on 29 Oct 2007 26



Record highest total spring rainfall
Total rainfall
for spring 2008 (mm)
Previous highest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Herberton White St 350.6 349.0 in 1964 106 122.9
Amberley AMO 451.4 410.4 in 1972 68 189.2
Boondall 530.0 444.3 in 1981 30 229.5
Albro Station 200.5 186.1 in 1985 28 85.9
Maclean Bridge 372.0 353.6 in 1983 26 193.2
Coolangatta 574.0 543.0 in 2004 23 268.8




Record highest spring temperature
Highest temperature
in spring 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Mackay M.O 36.3 on 23 Nov 35.4 on 30 Oct 2003 50 27.3
Low Isles Lighthouse 37.0 on 23 Nov 35.9 on 22 Nov 2001 42 30.2



Record lowest spring daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in spring 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Surat 13.4 on 4 Sep 14.2 on 1 Sep 1992 44 28.9



Record highest spring mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for spring 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Low Isles Lighthouse 31.6 31.2 in 2001 39 30.2
Kowanyama Airport 36.9 36.8 in 2003 38 35.6
Musgrave 36.0 35.8 in 1915 36 34.3



Record highest spring daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in spring 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Amberley AMO 23.7 on 29 Nov = 23.7 on 25 Nov 1957 68 13.0
Lady Elliot Island 25.7 on 22 Nov 25.6 on 24 Nov 1957 51 20.3
Double Island Point Lighthouse 24.2 on 22 Nov 23.9 on 25 Nov 1971 48 18.4
Low Isles Lighthouse 27.7 on 28 Nov 27.5 on 30 Nov 1988 42 23.2
Brigalow Research Stn 26.3 on 6 Nov 25.6 on 25 Nov 1971 41 14.4
Walkamin DPI 24.7 on 23 Nov 24.1 on 12 Nov 1984 41 16.6
Bundaberg Aero 24.7 on 22 Nov 24.6 on 25 Nov 1992 31 16.3



Record highest spring mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for spring 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Isisford Post Office 18.2 18.1 in 2006 87 16.2
Winton Post Office 20.1 19.8 in 1998 70 17.3
South Johnstone Exp Stn 20.2 20.0 in 1975 50 18.6
Lockhart River Airport 24.0 23.4 in 1998 42 21.7
Brigalow Research Stn 16.2 15.9 in 2005 39 14.4



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 spring 2008
Maximum temperatures
for spring
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for spring
(°C)
Rainfall
for spring
(millimetres)
Mean for
spring
2008
Diff
from
average
Highest for
spring
2008
Mean for
spring
2008
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
spring
2008
Total for
spring
2008
Average
for
spring
Rank of
spring
2008
Fraction of
spring
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 33.1 +1.8 36.4 17 Nov 25.4 +0.9 23.9 4 Sep 39.4 89.1 average 44%
Coen Airport 33.4   39.2 22 Nov 22.0   15.9 9 Oct 88.4
Horn Island 31.6 +0.8 35.0 23 Nov 25.5 +0.9 23.6 5 Sep 34.6 59.0 average 59%
Scherger RAAF 36.4   40.0 17 Nov 22.4   17.5 4 Sep 44.0
Weipa Aero 35.9 +0.8 38.5 9 Nov 22.8 +1.3 18.0 4 Sep 45.8 127.9 low 36%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 31.4 +1.1 39.2 23 Nov 24.0 +2.3 19.4 1 Oct 68.0 107.3 average 63%
Musgrave 36.0 +1.7 40.9 24 Nov 19.2 +1.0 13.3 25 Oct 112.6 75.0 high 150%
Palmerville 35.8 +0.7 39.7 24 Nov 19.3 +0.4 14.1 14 Sep 81.4 88.5 average 92%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 35.4   40.1 7 Oct 22.7   16.2 11 Sep 165.6
Burketown Post Office 34.0 +0.2 38.7 26 Nov 23.0 +2.2 16.5 11 Sep 189.2 53.3 very high 355%
Century Mine 38.2   43.2 7 Nov 22.1   13.7 11 Sep 60.4
Cloncurry Airport 36.7 +1.0 42.8 5 Nov 21.6 +1.7 10.7 5 Sep 38.2 60.3 average 63%
Croydon Township 36.5 +0.1 40.3 6 Nov 23.5 +1.6 16.5 7 Sep 89.8 63.4 high 142%
Julia Creek Airport 37.3   43.1 5 Nov 19.8   7.1 5 Sep 29.4
Kowanyama Airport 36.9 +1.3 39.7 13 Oct 22.6 +1.1 16.3 22 Sep 20.6 73.9 low 28%
Mornington Island 32.8 +0.8 36.2 22 Oct 24.3 +1.0 18.0 6 Sep 103.2 68.3 high 151%
Mount Isa Aero 35.6 +1.6 42.0 7 Nov 19.6 +1.5 7.4 5 Sep 90.4 61.6 high 147%
Normanton Airport 36.6   39.6 13 Oct 23.7   18.6 29 Sep 53.6
Sweers Island 32.2   36.5 20 Nov 25.2   18.9 8 Sep 2.0 74.6 very low 3%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 35.3   38.9 6 Nov 20.4   14.8 18 Sep 197.1
Hughenden Airport 34.7   42.0 5 Nov 19.5   10.0 5 Sep 190.6
Richmond Airport 36.3 +0.5 42.8 5 Nov 19.1 +0.6 8.5 5 Sep 107.2 66.2 high 162%
Richmond Post Office 36.1 +0.8 42.3 4 Nov 19.8 +2.2 9.4 5 Sep 102.3 52.6 high 194%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 30.3 +0.9 36.4 23 Nov 21.9 +1.4 16.0 25 Oct 177.2 165.3 average 107%
Cape Flattery 30.9   37.7 24 Nov 23.9   19.0 30 Sep 77.8
Cooktown Airport 31.0   41.4 23 Nov 23.5   16.9 5 Sep 36.0
Green Island 28.8 −0.7 35.0 23 Nov 23.9 +1.0 20.7 26 Sep
Kairi Research Station 27.3 +0.6 34.5 22 Nov 16.4 +1.5 10.5 29 Sep 293.5 119.4 very high 246%
Low Isles Lighthouse 31.6 +1.4 37.0 23 Nov 23.9 +0.7 21.0 27 Sep 123.4 167.9 average 73%
Mareeba Airport 30.5   37.6 24 Nov 18.3   12.8 30 Sep 157.2
Walkamin DPI 29.0 +0.1 36.5 24 Nov 17.7 +1.1 12.7 25 Oct 216.9 103.6 high 209%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 29.0 −0.2 35.0 24 Nov 20.5 +1.9 15.5 30 Sep 280.2 206.5 high 136%
Ingham Composite 29.9 −0.3 38.5 23 Nov 19.5 +1.1 13.6 24 Oct 219.8 205.4 high 107%
Innisfail 28.9 +0.6 33.9 24 Nov 21.1 +2.2 16.9 25 Oct 392.9 322.7 high 122%
Lucinda Point 27.0 −0.2 33.2 23 Nov 22.9 +0.3 19.3 12 Sep 201.0 100.7 high 200%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 29.0 +0.2 34.5 22 Nov 20.2 +1.6 14.8 30 Sep 359.8 319.3 average 113%
Townsville Aero 29.7 +0.4 36.0 24 Nov 21.4 +1.1 14.8 27 Sep 117.2 94.3 high 124%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 28.9 +0.3 35.2 24 Nov 22.1 +0.7 15.8 29 Sep 53.2 82.4 average 65%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.3 +0.6 37.2 23 Nov 19.1 +1.3 13.5 24 Oct 52.8 81.7 average 65%
Bowen Airport 29.5 +0.4 34.9 23 Nov 20.2 +0.7 13.1 25 Oct 24.4 57.2 average 43%
Collinsville Post Office 32.2 +0.5 38.7 24 Nov 17.2 +0.2 10.0 24 Oct 47.8 84.0 average 57%
Hamilton Island Airport 27.2   33.5 30 Nov 22.0   18.0 9 Sep 15.8
Mackay Aero 28.5 +0.8 36.6 23 Nov 18.0 +0.3 11.0 25 Oct 72.8 129.5 average 56%
Mackay M.O 27.9 +0.6 36.3 23 Nov 19.8 +0.5 13.9 24 Oct 56.6 144.3 low 39%
Proserpine Airport 30.4 +0.3 37.0 25 Nov 17.8 +0.5 9.9 25 Oct 37.6 134.4 low 28%
Samuel Hill Aero 27.9   34.3 23 Nov 14.8   6.9 24 Oct 233.2
St Lawrence 29.0   37.4 22 Nov 17.6   10.4 24 Oct 124.2
St Lawrence Post Office 29.3 +0.6 37.6 22 Nov 18.2 +0.9 12.3 27 Sep 101.7 143.4 average 71%
Williamson 28.9   35.3 21 Nov 16.6   7.7 24 Oct 135.0
Woolshed 27.2 +0.3 35.9 24 Nov 17.7 +0.4 12.3 28 Sep 171.6 102.2 high 168%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 26.0 0.0 34.0 21 Nov 18.7 +0.2 10.2 7 Sep 243.2 154.3 high 158%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 32.2 −0.1 39.3 25 Nov 18.1 0.0 12.5 27 Sep 142.8 100.2 high 143%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 32.2 +0.6 38.2 5 Nov 17.3 +0.2 10.6 6 Sep 68.4 111.2 average 62%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Brigalow Research Stn 29.8 +0.2 37.1 6 Nov 16.2 +1.7 9.4 7 Sep 169.1 177.0 average 96%
Clermont Sirius St 32.4 +0.9 40.3 7 Nov 16.2 +0.4 7.5 6 Sep 98.2 112.1 average 88%
Emerald Airport 30.7 −0.7 38.3 7 Nov 16.7 −0.2 9.4 7 Sep 223.4 132.4 high 169%
Rolleston 30.3 −0.7 37.6 6 Nov 15.0 +0.6 6.8 24 Oct 206.9 137.9 high 150%
Springsure Dame St 29.6 −0.7 36.9 4 Nov 16.4 +1.7 6.6 6 Sep 172.6 137.8 high 125%
Tambo Post Office 30.5 0.0 40.1 7 Nov 14.9 +1.7 5.3 7 Sep 155.9 98.8 high 158%
Taroom Post Office 29.6 +0.2 37.2 7 Nov 15.3 +1.2 6.2 24 Oct 192.6 162.2 high 119%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 32.1 +0.3 40.7 5 Nov 18.9 +1.9 9.1 6 Sep 169.3 82.3 high 206%
Blackall Airport 31.8   41.4 7 Nov 17.1   8.8 7 Sep 126.4
Isisford Post Office 33.1 +0.4 42.2 7 Nov 18.2 +1.9 9.4 7 Sep 135.9 75.8 high 179%
Longreach Aero 33.7 +0.3 43.6 7 Nov 18.1 +1.7 7.9 6 Sep 132.4 62.9 high 210%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 37.0 +1.9 42.7 31 Oct 21.2 +2.3 8.8 6 Sep 40.6 49.3 average 82%
The Monument Airport 35.1   42.9 2 Nov 20.2   8.9 5 Sep 75.4
Trepell Airport 35.6   42.8 7 Nov 20.1   9.5 5 Sep 21.4
Urandangi 35.7 +1.1 42.0 21 Nov 18.6 +1.6 8.0 5 Sep 69.1 41.9 high 165%
Winton Airport 35.4   43.1 7 Nov 19.5   8.9 6 Sep 83.4
Winton Post Office 35.1 +0.9 42.5 27 Nov 20.1 +2.8 9.0 6 Sep 73.2 57.7 high 127%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 33.5   43.8 30 Oct 18.1   7.7 17 Sep 38.6
Boulia Airport 35.1 +1.4 41.6 30 Oct 20.1 +2.5 10.2 5 Sep 44.6 43.4 average 103%
Windorah Post Office 33.4 +1.3 42.0 28 Nov 18.5 +2.4 8.7 6 Sep 66.8 49.4 high 135%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 30.8 +0.1 37.0 6 Nov 15.5 +0.2 7.7 24 Oct 188.2 157.8 high 119%
Bundaberg Aero 27.5 +0.7 34.0 30 Nov 17.2 +0.9 11.8 9 Sep 168.9 201.1 average 84%
Gayndah Airport 29.7   36.5 4 Nov 15.1   6.3 7 Sep 85.8
Gayndah Post Office 29.8 +0.4 36.5 4 Nov 15.4 +1.6 6.8 9 Sep 88.8 180.4 low 49%
Gladstone Airport 27.7 +0.4 33.6 30 Nov 18.2 +0.1 12.1 24 Oct 169.2 161.8 average 105%
Gladstone Radar 29.1 +0.9 34.2 20 Nov 18.9 +0.4 13.3 6 Sep 160.8 163.0 average 99%
Lady Elliot Island 26.0 +0.6 29.7 27 Nov 20.8 +0.5 12.6 8 Sep 87.4 165.7 low 53%
Monto Township 28.5 −0.1 35.8 4 Nov 14.2 +1.2 4.3 24 Oct 163.9 156.5 average 105%
Rockhampton Aero 29.7 +0.3 36.0 21 Nov 17.6 +0.9 9.3 24 Oct 212.8 143.1 high 149%
Rundle Island 24.9 +0.2 31.6 22 Nov 21.0 0.0 16.3 6 Sep
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 26.5 +0.5 31.7 30 Nov 19.0 +0.4 13.3 23 Oct 120.3 183.4 average 66%
Seventeen Seventy 26.4 +0.7 31.7 23 Nov 19.3 +0.1 13.5 7 Sep 172.3 170.9 average 101%
Thangool Airport 30.0 0.0 35.6 7 Nov 14.5 +1.3 5.5 24 Oct 187.6 159.1 average 118%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 27.4 −0.1 35.8 29 Sep 14.0 +0.9 6.0 24 Oct 451.4 189.2 highest 239%
Archerfield Airport 26.5 −0.2 34.5 29 Sep 15.5 +1.5 9.0 23 Oct 347.2 215.5 high 161%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 27.5   36.4 16 Nov 13.9   5.6 7 Sep 243.4
Beerburrum Forest Station 26.8   35.7 29 Sep 15.1   8.7 8 Sep 395.4 261.2 high 151%
Brisbane* 25.9 −0.1 35.1 29 Sep 16.2 +0.6 10.6 23 Oct 437.4 216.6 very high 202%
Brisbane Aero 25.3 −0.1 32.7 22 Nov 16.2 +0.8 9.5 7 Sep 325.4 214.8 very high 151%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 24.0 +1.0 27.7 30 Nov 18.7 +0.9 12.5 23 Oct 217.4 241.4 average 90%
Coolangatta 24.8 +0.6 32.9 22 Nov 16.3 +0.5 9.3 7 Sep 574.0 268.8 highest 214%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 25.5 +1.2 30.4 29 Nov 18.9 +0.5 12.5 7 Sep 228.0 210.9 average 108%
Gold Coast Seaway 26.0 +0.9 33.4 22 Nov 16.9 +0.1 10.8 7 Sep 623.0 284.1 very high 219%
Gympie 27.6 −0.6 35.3 29 Sep 14.4 +0.9 6.4 9 Sep 216.6 208.0 average 104%
Hervey Bay Airport 26.4   32.4 30 Nov 16.8   9.8 7 Sep 180.2 199.4 average 90%
Hinze Dam 25.8 −0.4 33.7 16 Nov 16.1 +0.8 10.2 23 Oct 453.0 251.6 very high 180%
Jimna Forestry 24.5   33.1 1 Nov 12.5   3.8 8 Sep 253.0
Kingaroy Airport 26.5   35.4 1 Nov 12.2   2.9 8 Sep 134.0
Logan City Water Treatment 26.1 −0.1 33.3 21 Nov 16.0 +1.2 10.0 8 Sep 414.4 221.0 very high 188%
Maleny Tamarind St 23.6   32.4 29 Sep 14.3   7.6 23 Oct 487.4 310.8 high 157%
Maroochydore Aero 25.8 +0.4 33.0 29 Nov 16.0 +0.5 7.9 7 Sep 279.2 231.4 high 121%
Maryborough 28.0 +0.4 33.8 30 Nov 15.5 +0.4 8.0 23 Oct 125.8 204.3 low 62%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 26.2   35.7 29 Sep 15.9   9.1 23 Oct 415.2
Point Lookout 25.5 +0.8 30.5 29 Sep 18.0 −0.4 11.0 24 Oct 588.9 325.7 very high 181%
Rainbow Beach 25.3 −0.2 31.1 29 Nov 16.8 +0.3 8.0 28 Sep 301.5 235.5 high 128%
Redcliffe 25.0   32.0 22 Nov 16.9   11.4 8 Sep 409.0
Tewantin RSL Park 25.2 −0.1 33.1 29 Sep 17.0 +0.3 10.7 23 Oct 456.2 269.5 very high 169%
Toolara 27.9 −0.4 35.1 29 Sep 16.4 +0.1 10.1 7 Sep 302.8 243.4 average 124%
University of Queensland Gatton 28.5 +0.6 36.6 29 Sep 13.6 +0.8 5.0 11 Sep 405.8 179.5 very high 226%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 22.6 +1.3 31.1 16 Nov 9.9 +1.2 0.8 9 Sep 224.2 196.9 average 114%
Dalby Airport 27.5 −0.5 36.3 1 Nov 12.6 +0.3 2.8 11 Sep 217.0 174.8 average 124%
Goondiwindi Airport 28.1 −0.2 36.6 7 Nov 14.4 +1.3 3.1 10 Sep 204.7 146.1 high 140%
Inglewood Forest 27.7   36.9 7 Nov 13.4   4.7 11 Sep 239.4
Oakey Aero 26.6 +0.4 35.9 1 Nov 12.6 +1.7 2.9 11 Sep 307.6 170.1 very high 181%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 23.1 +0.7 31.9 16 Nov 10.0 +1.4 −0.1 9 Sep 257.8 196.5 high 131%
Texas Post Office 27.8 +0.3 35.6 31 Oct 13.4 +2.1 2.5 10 Sep 259.9 167.5 high 155%
Toowoomba Airport 23.9 −0.3 32.4 1 Nov 12.8 +0.2 5.1 23 Oct 177.0 190.1 average 93%
Warwick 25.7 +0.2 33.8 7 Nov 11.4 +1.0 1.5 11 Sep 265.6 213.0 average 125%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 28.5 −0.5 36.8 7 Nov 14.4 +0.6 4.4 10 Sep 171.2 126.3 high 136%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 28.3 −0.7 36.0 7 Nov 13.6 +1.4 2.9 24 Oct 294.8 146.7 very high 201%
Mitchell Post Office 29.8 +0.9 38.6 7 Nov 13.1 +1.2 2.6 8 Sep 158.4 126.5 high 125%
Roma Airport 28.6 −0.6 37.6 16 Nov 14.0 +0.5 4.4 24 Oct 160.4 143.9 average 111%
St George Airport 28.8 −0.6 38.1 7 Nov 14.5 +0.1 3.9 10 Sep 141.2 143.2 average 99%
Surat 28.6 −0.2 37.2 16 Nov 14.9 +1.6 5.2 10 Sep 216.0 133.6 high 162%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 30.1 +0.8 40.1 2 Nov 14.2 +0.8 5.5 10 Sep 118.0 100.1 high 118%
Charleville Aero 30.1 +0.7 39.4 7 Nov 15.4 +1.4 5.9 7 Sep 143.4 106.4 high 135%
Cunnamulla Post Office 29.9 +0.7 39.4 31 Oct 16.2 +1.7 7.1 10 Sep 131.8 73.7 high 179%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 31.8   42.9 30 Oct 17.6   8.5 1 Sep 65.8
Quilpie Airport 31.6 +1.0 41.0 28 Nov 17.4 +1.6 8.8 6 Sep 92.8 64.8 high 143%
Thargomindah Airport 31.0   41.0 30 Oct 17.6   7.9 18 Sep 77.5 54.4 high 142%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 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 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 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.

Further information

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