Sunday, 1 March 2009 - Seasonal Climate Summary for Brisbane Metro - Product code IDCKGC14R0

Brisbane Metro in summer 2008-09

  • Mean maximum and minimum temperatures within a degree of average
  • Logan City and Redcliffe receive above average rainfall, remaining metropolitan sites below average

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

Details

Seasonal rainfall across the metropolitan area was mixed, with Brisbane Aero, Brisbane city, Amberley and Archerfield recording below average for the season, while Redcliffe and Logan City recorded above average falls. 

The highest daily totals for Redcliffe, Brisbane Aero and Logan City on the 13th February resulted from widespread rainfall over the southeast due to a weak low pressure system located near Cape Moreton, which tracked southeast. Brisbane recorded its highest daily rainfal on the 14th February with 36.8mm.

Thunderstorm activity across the metropolitan area caused some locally heavy rainfall for some stations, with the 7th December resulting in the highest daily rainfall for the season at Archerfield with 34.2mm and Amberley with 73.4mm.

Rainfall

The wettest overall was 440.4 mm at Logan City Water Treatment, followed by 363.2 mm at Redcliffe, followed by 282.4 mm at Amberley AMO.

The driest overall was 253.2 mm at Archerfield Airport, followed by 270.6 mm at Brisbane Aero, followed by 271.8 mm at Brisbane.

The wettest single day 79.6 mm at Redcliffe on 13 Feb 2009, followed by 63.6 mm at Brisbane Aero on 13 Feb 2009, followed by 51.1 mm at Logan City Water Treatment on 13 Feb 2009.

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

Temperature

Seasonal tempeatures were within a degree of the long term average for the metropolitan area, both for the maximum and minimum. Some individual days were very warm, with Amberley recording the highest daily maximum of 38.6 C on the 31 December 2009.

Maximum temperature

The hottest day was 38.6 C at Amberley AMO on 31 Dec 2008, followed by 38.4 C at Amberley AMO on 30 Dec 2008, followed by 38.0 C at Amberley AMO on 9 Feb 2009.

The warmest days on average were 31.1 C at Amberley AMO, followed by 30.3 C at Archerfield Airport, followed by 30.1 C at Brisbane.

The coolest days on average were 28.9 C at Brisbane Aero, followed by 28.9 C at Redcliffe, followed by 29.7 C at Logan City Water Treatment, followed by 30.1 C at Brisbane.

The coldest day was 22.6 C at Logan City Water Treatment on 13 Feb 2009, followed by 23.1 C at Archerfield Airport on 13 Feb 2009, followed by 23.5 C at Brisbane on 13 Feb 2009.

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

Minimum temperature

The coldest night was 12.8 C at Amberley AMO on 1 Dec 2008, followed by 13.0 C at Amberley AMO on 23 Dec 2008, followed by 13.5 C at Amberley AMO on 15 Dec 2008.

The coolest nights on average were 19.1 C at Amberley AMO, followed by 20.1 C at Archerfield Airport, followed by 20.8 C at Logan City Water Treatment.

The warmest nights on average were 21.6 C at Redcliffe, followed by 21.2 C at Brisbane, followed by 20.9 C at Brisbane Aero.

The warmest night was 25.5 C at Logan City Water Treatment on 25 Jan 2009, followed by 25.2 C at Brisbane on 25 Jan 2009, followed by 25.0 C at Brisbane on 22 Jan 2009.

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

Wind

The strongest wind gust was 81 km/h at Amberley AMO on 3 Dec 2008, followed by 76 km/h at Redcliffe on 1 Jan 2009, followed by 74 km/h at Redcliffe on 3 Jan 2009.

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
38.6 C at Amberley AMO on 31 Dec 2008
38.4 C at Amberley AMO on 30 Dec 2008
38.0 C at Amberley AMO on 9 Feb 2009
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
31.1 C at Amberley AMO
30.3 C at Archerfield Airport
30.1 C at Brisbane
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
28.9 C at Brisbane Aero
28.9 C at Redcliffe
29.7 C at Logan City Water Treatment
30.1 C at Brisbane
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
22.6 C at Logan City Water Treatment on 13 Feb 2009
23.1 C at Archerfield Airport on 13 Feb 2009
23.5 C at Brisbane on 13 Feb 2009
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
12.8 C at Amberley AMO on 1 Dec 2008
13.0 C at Amberley AMO on 23 Dec 2008
13.5 C at Amberley AMO on 15 Dec 2008
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
19.1 C at Amberley AMO
20.1 C at Archerfield Airport
20.8 C at Logan City Water Treatment
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
21.6 C at Redcliffe
21.2 C at Brisbane
20.9 C at Brisbane Aero
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
25.5 C at Logan City Water Treatment on 25 Jan 2009
25.2 C at Brisbane on 25 Jan 2009
25.0 C at Brisbane on 22 Jan 2009
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
440.4 mm at Logan City Water Treatment
363.2 mm at Redcliffe
282.4 mm at Amberley AMO
Driest overall
Lowest total rainfall
253.2 mm at Archerfield Airport
270.6 mm at Brisbane Aero
271.8 mm at Brisbane
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
79.6 mm at Redcliffe on 13 Feb 2009
63.6 mm at Brisbane Aero on 13 Feb 2009
51.1 mm at Logan City Water Treatment on 13 Feb 2009
Highest wind gust
81 km/h at Amberley AMO on 3 Dec 2008
76 km/h at Redcliffe on 1 Jan 2009
74 km/h at Redcliffe on 3 Jan 2009


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 summer 2008-09

Maximum temperatures
for summer
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for summer
(C)
Rainfall
for summer
(millimetres)
Mean for
summer
2008-09
Diff
from
average
Highest for
summer
2008-09
Mean for
summer
2008-09
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
summer
2008-09
Total for
summer
2008-09
Average
for
summer
Rank of
summer
2008-09
Fraction of
summer
average
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 31.1 +0.3 38.6 31 Dec 2008 19.1 -0.1 12.8 1 Dec 2008 282.4 355.8 average 79%
Archerfield Airport 30.3 +0.5 37.2 9 Feb 2009 20.1 +0.3 15.4 1 Dec 2008 253.2 409.6 low 62%
Brisbane* 30.1 +0.9 36.1 9 Feb 2009 21.2 +0.8 17.0 1 Dec 2008 271.8 442.7 low 61%
Brisbane Aero* 28.9 0.0 34.0 31 Dec 2008 20.9 +0.3 16.3 1 Dec 2008 270.6 360.0 low 62%
Logan City Water Treatment 29.7 +0.5 36.9 9 Feb 2009 20.8 +0.9 15.3 1 Dec 2008 440.4 386.8 average 114%
Redcliffe* 28.9 +0.4 32.9 31 Dec 2008 21.6 +0.3 16.8 1 Dec 2008 363.2 344.5 average 105%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Sunday 1 March 2009. 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