Sunday, 1 March 2009 - Seasonal Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC24R0

Queensland in summer 2008−09
Tropical cyclones and active monsoon trough cause widespread flooding

  • Northern and western districts in flood
  • Tropical Cyclone Charlotte during January
  • Tropical Cyclone Ellie early February

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


Details

Despite thunderstorms occurring over populated regions of the state, the first month of summer saw only the Central Highlands and far northern districts receiving above to very much above average rainfall while parts of the western and south-eastern districts received below average falls. The remaining districts recorded average falls in December. December Rainfall Decile map. December Total Rainfall map.

In contrast, January saw most of the north of the state receive very much above average rainfall, with areas of highest on record in the north western districts. The start of January saw a low pressure system located over the NT linking to a monsoon trough over the Cape York Peninsula.Widespread rain and storms occurred over northern and north-west areas of the state, and the first flood warnings for the season were activated in the Gulf Rivers and the Georgina, Diamantina and Cooper.
By the 11th a low in the Gulf deepened into Tropical Cyclone Charlotte and tracked southeast, crossing the coast near the mouth of the Gilbert River early on the 12th, producing further heavy rainfall in the vicinity. Very heavy falls were recorded on the North Tropical Coast between Cape Tribulation and Babinda, which coincided with king tides along the coast, and led to major flooding in the Tully River, and inundated houses at Cairns and Townsville.
For the remainder of the month isolated showers and thunderstorms over the northern half of the state produced isolated heavy falls and further exacerbating existing flooding around the Gulf and over the Diamantina, Georgina and Cooper catchments. January Rainfall Decile map. January Total Rainfall map.

The start of February saw Tropical Cyclone Ellie develop east of Cairns, crossing near Cardwell just before midnight on the 1st February and bringing further flood producing rainfall to the east coast between Cardwell and Mackay. Another weak low on the monsoon trough to the east of Cairns developed on the 4th, drifted northwards with the monsoon trough, and produced further heavy rainfall on the North Tropical Coast between the 4th and 8th. This renewed rises to rivers already in flood.
While this rainfall eased on the North Tropical Coast, a band of moderate to heavy rainfall fell across the state from the far north west to Central Queensland on the 10th, causing renewed rises to inland rivers. From the 12th to 19th, much of the state was under the influence of low pressure, with the monsoon trough over the far north, a low south of Charleville extending northwards, another low travelling from St Lawrence in a southeast path towards New South Wales, and a surface trough lying off southern Queensland. Moderate to locally heavy rainfall was recorded over the eastern half of the state. The remainder of the month saw the monsoon trough situated over the north of the state, generating showers and thunderstorms, and some rain areas over the central and northern tropics.
February Rainfall Decile mapFebruary Total Rainfall map.

Rainfall

Area-averaged across the state, the rainfall was 488.86 mm, which is the 6th highest on record based on figures since 1900. It is also the highest state averaged rainfall since the 1990/1991 summer.

The wettest overall was 3386 mm at Bulgun Creek Alert, followed by 3380.4 mm at Paluma Ivy Cottage, then 3192.7 mm at Hawkins Creek and then 3105 mm at Babinda Post Office.

Since the start of the year, Bulgun Creek Alert has received 3136 mm of rainfall, while Paluma Ivy Cottage has received 3117.8 mm (where the annual average is 2500 mm, and the combined January and February average is 1172 mm) and then Hawkins Creek with 3006.6 mm. Paluma Alert recorded 53 consecutive rain days from 27th December 2007 to 17th February 2009 (total of 2724 mm) while Mutarnee Store had 52 consecutive rain days from the 28th December 2007 to 17th February 2009 (total of 2171 mm).

The driest overall was 22.6 mm at Ballera Gas Field, followed by 65.6 mm at Hungerford.

Some sites had their highest total summer rainfall on record.

Some sites had their highest total summer rainfall for at least 20 years.

The wettest single day 497.0 mm at Hawkins Creek , followed by 467.0 mm at Cardwell Range both on 4 Feb 2009, followed by 436.2 mm at Cape Tribulation Store on 12 Jan 2009. These sites received more rainfall in one day, than Brisbane received for the entire summer (Brisbane city recorded 271.8 mm for summer). 

Some sites had their highest summer daily rainfall on record.

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

Temperature

Continuous rain over the north west kept temperatures well below average for the season, particularly daytime temperatures.

Preliminary figures for maximum temperatures show up to 2 - 4°C below the long term average over the far north west of the state, encompassing the Gulf, east to Hughenden and south of Mt Isa.. The broader area over the north west, roughly bound by a line from Bowen across to Birdsville, was also below average for the summer period. 

Minimum temperatures were mostly within a degree of average across the state, apart from the far north west, which was below average for summer. 

Maximum temperature

The hottest day was 46.3°C at Birdsville Airport on 4 Dec 2008, followed by 45.2°C at Ballera Gas Field on 5 Feb 2009, followed by 45.1°C at Bedourie Police Station on 26 Dec 2008.

The warmest days on average were 38.5°C at Ballera Gas Field, followed by 38.3°C at Birdsville Airport, followed by 37.8°C at Thargomindah Airport.

The coolest days on average were 26.2°C at Applethorpe, followed by 26.8°C at Maleny Tamarind St, followed by 26.9°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade.

The coldest day was 17.5°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 13 Feb 2009, followed by 18.0°C at Applethorpe on 13 Feb 2009, followed by 18.6°C at Toowoomba Airport on 13 Feb 2009.

Some sites had their coldest summer day (lowest maximum temperature) on record.

Some sites had their lowest summer mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years.

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

Minimum temperature

The coldest night was 7.0°C at Applethorpe on 1 Dec 2008, followed by 7.4°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 1 Dec 2008, followed by 8.0°C at Applethorpe on 16 Dec 2008.

The coolest nights on average were 14.6°C at Applethorpe, followed by 15.4°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 16.4°C at Warwick.

The warmest nights on average were 26.5°C at Willis Island, followed by 26.0°C at Sweers Island, followed by 25.9°C at Coconut Island.

The warmest night was 31.7°C at Boulia Airport on 29 Dec 2008, followed by 31.5°C at Ballera Gas Field on 6 Feb 2009, followed by 31.1°C at Cloncurry Airport on 10 Dec 2008, followed by 31.1°C at Boulia Airport on 11 Dec 2008, followed by 31.1°C at Ballera Gas Field on 27 Dec 2008.

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

Wind

The strongest wind gust was 133 km/h at St George Airport on 26 Dec 2008, followed by 115 km/h at Lucinda Point on 13 Jan 2009, followed by 104 km/h at Lucinda Point on 12 Jan 2009.

Tropical Cyclones

Reports and track maps for Tropical Cyclone "Charlotte" and Tropical Cyclone "Ellie"

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
46.3°C at Birdsville Airport on 4 Dec 2008
45.2°C at Ballera Gas Field on 5 Feb 2009
45.1°C at Bedourie Police Station on 26 Dec 2008
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
38.5°C at Ballera Gas Field
38.3°C at Birdsville Airport
37.8°C at Thargomindah Airport
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
26.2°C at Applethorpe
26.8°C at Maleny Tamarind St
26.9°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
17.5°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 13 Feb 2009
18.0°C at Applethorpe on 13 Feb 2009
18.6°C at Toowoomba Airport on 13 Feb 2009
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
7.0°C at Applethorpe on 1 Dec 2008
7.4°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 1 Dec 2008
8.0°C at Applethorpe on 16 Dec 2008
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
14.6°C at Applethorpe
15.4°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
16.4°C at Warwick
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
26.5°C at Willis Island
26.0°C at Sweers Island
25.9°C at Coconut Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
31.7°C at Boulia Airport on 29 Dec 2008
31.5°C at Ballera Gas Field on 6 Feb 2009
31.1°C at Cloncurry Airport on 10 Dec 2008
31.1°C at Boulia Airport on 11 Dec 2008
31.1°C at Ballera Gas Field on 27 Dec 2008
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
3386 mm at Bulgun Creek Alert
3380.4 mm at Paluma Ivy Cottage
3192.7 mm at Hawkins Creek
Driest overall
Lowest total rainfall
22.6 mm at Ballera Gas Field
65.6 mm at Hungerford
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
497.0 mm at Hawkins Creek on 4 Feb 2009
467.0 mm at Cardwell Range on 4 Feb 2009
436.2 mm at Cape Tribulation Store on 12 Jan 2009
Highest wind gust
133 km/h at St George Airport on 26 Dec 2008
115 km/h at Lucinda Point on 13 Jan 2009
104 km/h at Lucinda Point on 12 Jan 2009

Records

Record highest summer daily rainfall

Highest daily rainfall
in summer 2008−09 (mm)
Previous highest
for summer
Years of
record
Chatsworth 179.0 on 7 Jan 2009 140.6 on 14 Jan 1981 96
Marion Downs 192.0 on 7 Jan 2009 112.0 on 6 Feb 1991 96
Crowfels Station 148.2 on 27 Jan 2009 143.0 on 14 Jan 1991 79
Mudgeacca 176.0 on 8 Jan 2009 154.6 on 30 Jan 1974 70
Numil Downs Station 224.0 on 27 Jan 2009 200.0 on 12 Jan 2008 67
Birraban 135.6 on 28 Dec 2008 135.0 on 27 Feb 1977 58
Carnarvon Station 124.5 on 28 Dec 2008 122.9 on 13 Jan 2004 58
Herbert Vale 175.0 on 4 Jan 2009 137.2 on 3 Jan 1924 53
Carina Downs 161.2 on 28 Dec 2008 133.4 on 22 Feb 1971 40
Fletcher View Station 140.4 on 25 Jan 2009 126.0 on 10 Jan 1998 40
Mountain View 122.2 on 28 Dec 2008 121.0 on 1 Feb 1978 37
Butcher Hill Station 150.0 on 7 Jan 2009 110.0 on 7 Feb 2007 32
Lucinda Point 208.2 on 24 Feb 2009 173.6 on 17 Jan 1981 28
"Home" Monogorilby 111.4 on 23 Jan 2009 86.0 on 10 Jan 2000 27
Allambee 111.6 on 24 Jan 2009 102.0 on 9 Jan 1996 22
Brightlands Station 160.0 on 8 Jan 2009 143.0 on 12 Jan 1991 20



Record highest total summer rainfall

Total rainfall
for summer 2008−09 (mm)
Previous highest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Halifax Macrossan St 2489.0 2225.1 in 1971 109 1068.9
Victoria Sugar Mill 2545.4 2355.2 in 1980 108 1059.2
Aurukun Shire Council 1931.0 1846.9 in 1921 90 1148.6
Mount Isa Mine 667.2 652.4 in 1973 75 247.6
Townsville Aero 1793.4 1701.4 in 1990 69 706.4
Elphinstone Pocket No1 1987.8 1950.0 in 1990 51 900.2
Carsland 1112.5 1018.0 in 1990 50 316.0
Herbert Vale 820.8 811.4 in 2000 48 307.9
Nardoo Station 1086.2 860.4 in 2000 42 408.7
Ingham Composite 2595.0 2477.8 in 1980 40 1085.1
Strathtay Station 953.1 854.4 in 1990 39 368.1
Paluma Ivy Cottage 3380.4 3230.2 in 1971 35 1473.4
Gereta Station 1259.1 1177.4 in 1910 21 494.2

Highest total summer rainfall for at least 20 years

Total rainfall
for summer 2008−09 (mm)
Most recent higher
for summer
Years since
higher
Average for
summer
Augustus Downs Station 862.3 1007.4 in 1894 102 401.0
Bambaroo 2354.0 2557.8 in 1926 79 1074.3
Prestwood Station 879.8 912.7 in 1942 54 497.1
Comet Post Office 434.6 670.3 in 1973 35 270.9
Croydon Township 1153.9 1339.6 in 1973 35 513.2
Eidsvold Post Office 407.6 439.3 in 1973 35 299.9
Lands End Station 872.2 1196.1 in 1973 35 303.4
Hillgrove Station 976.6 1109.2 in 1973 34 323.9
Mount Isa Aero 738.2 763.3 in 1973 34 281.3
Rollingstone 2249.5 2348.0 in 1973 34 991.2
Camooweal Township 840.6 896.4 in 1973 33 249.9 
Fort Constantine Station 862.7 1141.3 in 1973 33 301.1
Upper Stone Exelby 1915.4 2059.8 in 1973 33 880.0
Devoncourt Station 799.0 868.0 in 1973 32 253.0
Mutarnee Store 2567.2 2634.9 in 1973 32 1161.0
Palmerville 1165.6 1327.4 in 1978 30 687.1
Mossman South Alchera Drive 1887.4 2209.3 in 1980 28 1146.8
Low Isles Lighthouse 1870.1 2913.1 in 1980 26 1023.8
Miranda Downs Station 1201.6 1537.3 in 1973 26 586.3
Abingdon Downs Station 1120.0 1161.0 in 1980 24 632.2
Cairns Severin St 1837.4 2360.6 in 1980 22 1073.1
Port Douglas - Warner St 1828.2 2215.0 in 1980 22 1019.1
Lucinda Point 988.8 1343.2 in 1980 21 502.5



Record lowest summer daily maximum temperature

Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in summer 2008−09 (°C)
Previous lowest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Croydon Township 22.6 on 12 Jan 2009 23.0 on 4 Jan 1976 46 35.8



Lowest summer mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years

Mean daily maximum
temperature
for summer 2008−09 (°C)
Most recent lower
for summer
Years since
lower
Average for
summer
Urandangi 35.5 34.7 in 1975 32 38.2
Burketown Post Office 32.4 31.6 in 1975 31 34.4
Camooweal Township 34.5 33.4 in 1975 31 37.2
Croydon Township 33.3 32.8 in 1975 31 35.8
Boulia Airport 36.2 36.1 in 1983 25 38.2
Richmond Post Office 34.2 34.1 in 1983 25 36.9
Winton Post Office 35.3 34.8 in 1983 25 37.3




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
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.3 +0.2 37.3 15 Dec 2008 25.9 0.0 22.8 9 Jan 2009 632.4 743.3 low 85%
Coen Airport 32.1   37.4 8 Dec 2008 23.8   21.5 5 Dec 2008 778.6


Horn Island 31.2 +0.3 34.3 8 Dec 2008 25.3 0.0 22.9 10 Jan 2009 954.2 1074.5 average 89%
Weipa Aero 32.1 −0.3 36.9 6 Dec 2008 24.3 +0.1 22.4 11 Jan 2009 1504.0 1359.0 average 111%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 31.9 +0.2 36.9 15 Dec 2008 24.1 +0.5 21.2 25 Dec 2008 762.8 987.4 low 77%
Musgrave 33.5 −0.1 38.9 8 Dec 2008 23.8 +0.8 19.8 26 Dec 2008 673.8 740.8 average 91%
Palmerville 32.8 −1.0 38.0 8 Dec 2008 23.2 +0.5 17.6 4 Dec 2008 1165.6 687.1 very high 170%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 32.6   40.0 9 Dec 2008 24.9   21.2 14 Jan 2009 1060.8


Burketown Post Office 32.4 −2.0 39.7 9 Dec 2008 25.1 +0.2 20.7 11 Feb 2009 1109.6 528.0 very high 210%
Century Mine 34.6   41.5 7 Dec 2008 24.1   18.1 16 Feb 2009 904.2


Cloncurry Airport 34.2 −2.9 43.2 10 Dec 2008 23.8 −0.8 15.3 14 Feb 2009 695.8 368.0 very high 189%
Croydon Township 33.3 −2.5 41.2 9 Dec 2008 24.2 −0.1 19.1 13 Jan 2009 1153.9 513.2 very high 225%
Julia Creek Airport 34.0   44.3 10 Dec 2008 23.3   15.0 14 Feb 2009 695.4


Kowanyama Airport 32.8 −0.7 39.0 4 Dec 2008 24.8 +0.6 20.9 13 Jan 2009 1001.6 881.6 high 114%
Mornington Island 32.1 −0.3 37.9 1 Dec 2008 25.5 −0.2 22.2 14 Jan 2009 1189.2 780.8 very high 152%
Mount Isa Aero 33.7 −2.6 41.8 21 Dec 2008 22.7 −0.8 13.6 14 Feb 2009 738.2 281.3 very high 262%
Normanton Airport 33.1   41.5 16 Dec 2008 25.2   20.1 13 Jan 2009 1107.4


Sweers Island 32.2   36.7 1 Dec 2008 26.0   22.0 14 Jan 2009 1173.8 866.6 high 135%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 33.0   39.5 25 Dec 2008 22.9   18.5 18 Feb 2009 1265.2


Hughenden Airport 33.1   40.2 21 Dec 2008 22.5   14.1 15 Feb 2009 600.6


Richmond Airport 34.0 −3.0 42.4 5 Dec 2008 22.8 −0.5 15.5 15 Feb 2009 466.8 286.6 very high 163%
Richmond Post Office 34.2 −2.7 42.8 10 Dec 2008 23.1 +0.5 16.4 13 Jan 2009 507.5 298.0 very high 170%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 31.6 +0.2 34.1 14 Dec 2008 24.3 +0.7 21.8 25 Dec 2008 1701.2 1024.9 very high 166%
Cape Flattery 32.2   36.4 17 Feb 2009 24.8   22.1 30 Jan 2009 745.2


Cooktown Airport 32.0   37.0 14 Dec 2008 24.3   21.4 25 Dec 2008 881.0


Green Island 30.7 −0.4 35.8 22 Dec 2008 25.6 +0.4 22.9 10 Jan 2009



Kairi Research Station 28.2 0.0 32.4 14 Dec 2008 19.8 +0.7 16.0 19 Feb 2009 1060.6 656.7 high 162%
Mareeba Airport 30.5   35.5 8 Dec 2008 21.7   18.2 5 Dec 2008 748.2


Walkamin DPI 29.5 −0.4 34.8 7 Dec 2008 20.9 +0.7 18.0 19 Jan 2009 951.6 593.9 high 160%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 31.0 −0.4 34.1 21 Feb 2009 24.1 +1.4 20.8 4 Dec 2008 2005.0 1100.2 very high 182%
Ingham Composite 31.5 −0.7 37.1 14 Dec 2008 23.6 +0.8 19.9 4 Dec 2008 2595.0 1085.1 highest 239%
Innisfail 31.0 +0.2 34.0 14 Dec 2008 23.9 +1.4 20.3 20 Feb 2009 2318.2 1375.9 very high 168%
Lucinda Point 29.7 −0.3 34.1 15 Dec 2008 25.0 −0.3 22.0 26 Jan 2009 988.8 502.5 very high 197%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 31.3 +0.3 35.0 18 Feb 2009 23.5 +1.2 20.0 4 Dec 2008 1758.5 1366.1 high 129%
Townsville Aero 30.8 −0.5 34.0 14 Dec 2008 24.7 +0.6 20.2 13 Jan 2009 1793.4 706.4 highest 258%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.6 −0.5 33.7 15 Dec 2008 24.8 +0.2 21.9 13 Jan 2009 1735.4 635.2 very high 273%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 31.1 −0.7 34.6 14 Dec 2008 23.7 +1.2 20.5 24 Dec 2008 1561.8 569.1 very high 274%
Bowen Airport 31.1 −0.3 34.7 21 Dec 2008 24.3 +0.6 20.7 24 Dec 2008 1239.5 559.0 high 222%
Collinsville Post Office 32.9 −0.5 39.4 20 Dec 2008 22.7 +1.0 18.4 4 Dec 2008 693.6 398.8 very high 174%
Hamilton Island Airport 29.7   33.8 20 Dec 2008 24.8   22.2 13 Jan 2009 1123.8


Mackay Aero 30.7 +0.5 36.4 20 Dec 2008 23.3 +0.6 18.0 24 Dec 2008 748.0 803.8 average 93%
Mackay M.O 30.5 +0.6 35.0 20 Dec 2008 24.0 +0.8 20.2 24 Dec 2008 1022.2 782.8 high 131%
Proserpine Airport 31.8 +0.3 37.7 13 Dec 2008     17.7 12 Dec 2008 992.8 833.9 high 119%
Samuel Hill Aero 30.6   38.2 31 Dec 2008 21.6   14.9 24 Dec 2008 865.2


St Lawrence 31.5   36.2 31 Dec 2008 23.2   19.1 23 Dec 2008 734.4


St Lawrence Post Office 31.6 +0.1 36.9 31 Dec 2008 23.3 +1.2 19.9 24 Dec 2008 541.3 525.6 average 103%
Williamson 31.1   36.5 31 Dec 2008 23.1   17.7 24 Dec 2008 580.2


Woolshed 27.8 −0.6 33.0 14 Dec 2008 21.1 +0.5 16.8 13 Jan 2009 1267.8 595.7 high 213%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 29.6 +0.4 36.5 31 Dec 2008 23.8 +0.3 18.9 24 Dec 2008 539.4 374.1 high 144%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 32.3 −1.3 39.8 20 Dec 2008 22.5 +0.2 19.2 28 Feb 2009 830.8 390.1 very high 213%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 33.0 −0.7 40.1 20 Dec 2008 22.0 +0.5 18.7 15 Feb 2009 451.8 298.1 high 152%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Brigalow Research Stn 33.6 +0.5 39.6 31 Dec 2008 20.9 +0.5 13.2 1 Dec 2008 288.9 300.1 average 96%
Clermont Sirius St 33.7 −0.4 41.3 7 Dec 2008 21.4 +0.2 14.0 15 Feb 2009 369.8 325.2 average 114%
Emerald Airport 33.0 −1.3 38.3 7 Dec 2008 21.6 −0.4 16.4 16 Dec 2008 367.2 252.1 high 146%
Springsure Dame St 32.4 −1.1 37.3 25 Dec 2008 20.9 +0.5 15.1 1 Dec 2008 352.6 304.1 high 116%
Tambo Post Office 34.9 +0.4 39.5 11 Dec 2008 20.7 +0.9 11.3 1 Dec 2008 154.3 225.3 low 68%
Taroom Post Office 34.1 +0.8 40.2 17 Jan 2009 20.6 +0.4 11.9 1 Dec 2008 216.3 274.5 average 79%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 34.9 −0.4 41.0 10 Dec 2008 23.2 +0.6 15.4 14 Feb 2009 265.5 224.3 high 118%
Blackall Airport 35.6   41.9 11 Dec 2008 22.3   14.2 1 Dec 2008 173.4


Isisford Post Office 36.0 −0.6 42.9 11 Dec 2008 22.8 +0.4 14.3 14 Feb 2009 338.8 195.1 high 174%
Longreach Aero 35.7 −1.1 42.7 11 Dec 2008 22.5 0.0 15.3 14 Feb 2009 283.6 215.0 high 132%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 34.5 −2.7 42.6 5 Dec 2008 23.5 −0.4 16.2 15 Feb 2009 840.6 249.9 very high 336%
The Monument Airport 34.7   42.6 5 Dec 2008 22.9   13.7 14 Feb 2009 17.2


Trepell Airport 34.5   43.0 10 Dec 2008 22.9   14.3 14 Feb 2009 442.0


Urandangi 35.5 −2.6 43.5 3 Dec 2008 22.7 −0.7 14.0 17 Dec 2008 416.4 165.8 very high 251%
Winton Airport 34.8   43.9 10 Dec 2008 22.7   14.4 14 Feb 2009 338.2


Winton Post Office 35.3 −2.0 43.9 10 Dec 2008 23.7 +0.7 17.9 15 Feb 2009 424.5 218.7 very high 194%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 36.7 −1.9 45.1 26 Dec 2008 24.5 +0.2 16.9 16 Dec 2008 148.9 83.9 high 177%
Birdsville Airport 38.3   46.3 4 Dec 2008 25.0   15.6 15 Dec 2008 71.8


Boulia Airport 36.2 −2.0 44.2 24 Dec 2008 24.0 +0.1 17.0 13 Feb 2009 198.3 130.6 high 152%
Windorah Post Office 37.7 +0.2 44.7 4 Dec 2008 24.2 +0.9 14.8 13 Feb 2009 149.9 120.0 high 125%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 33.8 −0.2 39.4 31 Dec 2008 21.3 +0.4 14.8 1 Dec 2008 435.0 306.7 high 142%
Bundaberg Aero 30.7 +0.9 37.2 31 Dec 2008 22.2 +1.2 17.9 23 Dec 2008 461.8 448.3 average 103%
Gayndah Airport 33.2   42.0 31 Dec 2008 20.7   14.5 23 Dec 2008 265.6


Gayndah Post Office     41.5 1 Jan 2009 21.0 +1.3 14.6 23 Dec 2008 329.6 322.4 average 102%
Gladstone Airport 31.0 +0.7 38.6 31 Dec 2008 23.3 +0.6 19.6 1 Dec 2008 485.8 397.2 high 122%
Gladstone Radar 31.7 +0.6 39.2 31 Dec 2008 23.1 +0.8 20.5 22 Dec 2008 416.0 415.6 average 100%
Monto Township 31.9 +0.1 40.0 31 Dec 2008 19.7 +0.8 12.1 1 Dec 2008 297.3 308.9 average 96%
Rockhampton Aero 32.2 +0.5 40.1 31 Dec 2008 22.7 +0.9 18.4 24 Dec 2008 335.6 372.1 average 90%
Rundle Island 28.3 +0.3 31.3 30 Dec 2008 24.5 +0.2 21.6 9 Dec 2008



Sandy Cape Lighthouse 29.8 +0.6 32.7 1 Jan 2009 22.7 +0.6 18.3 21 Dec 2008 403.6 423.8 average 95%
Seventeen Seventy 29.7 +0.8 32.1 20 Feb 2009 23.5 +0.8 19.3 23 Dec 2008 502.8 468.5 average 107%
Thangool Airport 32.4 −0.8 39.3 31 Dec 2008 20.5 +1.1 13.4 1 Dec 2008 350.5 283.4 high 124%
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%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 30.5   36.6 31 Dec 2008 18.7   12.5 23 Dec 2008 291.4


Beerburrum Forest Station 30.2   35.9 1 Jan 2009 19.6   13.8 23 Dec 2008 500.4 556.7 average 90%
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%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.8 +1.3 31.6 31 Dec 2008 22.6 +1.0 19.2 30 Dec 2008 117.0 435.7 lowest 27%
Coolangatta 28.6 +0.9 33.7 6 Dec 2008 20.6 +0.1 15.3 1 Dec 2008 524.4 457.6 average 115%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 29.3 +1.8 34.3 14 Dec 2008 22.8 +0.7 19.7 11 Feb 2009 286.2 458.5 low 62%
Gold Coast Seaway* 29.7 +1.5 34.5 6 Dec 2008 21.4 +0.2 17.0 1 Dec 2008 384.4 400.7 average 96%
Gympie 31.2 +0.3 39.8 31 Dec 2008 19.6 +0.3 11.1 23 Dec 2008 362.2 463.7 average 78%
Hervey Bay Airport 30.1   34.7 1 Dec 2008 22.3   15.5 23 Dec 2008 344.6


Jimna Forestry 28.0   35.8 9 Feb 2009 17.2   9.4 1 Dec 2008 308.6 305.8 average 101%
Kingaroy Airport 30.1   36.5 9 Feb 2009 17.6   9.2 1 Dec 2008 308.6


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%
Maleny Tamarind St 26.8   34.4 1 Jan 2009 18.6   13.2 22 Dec 2008 517.4 783.4 average 66%
Maroochydore Aero 29.4 +1.1 35.8 13 Dec 2008 21.2 +0.4 14.0 23 Dec 2008 327.2 431.4 low 76%
Maryborough 31.1 +0.6 38.2 31 Dec 2008 20.9 +0.6 15.3 23 Dec 2008 367.0 463.7 average 79%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 29.9   38.2 1 Jan 2009 20.3   14.3 23 Dec 2008 366.6


Point Lookout 29.0 +0.4 33.5 14 Dec 2008 22.4 +0.1 18.5 16 Dec 2008 364.4 367.8 average 99%
Rainbow Beach 28.9 +0.4 35.1 14 Dec 2008 22.2 +0.6 16.2 23 Dec 2008 392.1 481.8 average 81%
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%
Tewantin RSL Park 28.8 +0.6 35.7 13 Dec 2008 21.9 +0.4 16.4 23 Dec 2008 375.0 494.2 low 76%
Toolara 31.7 +0.6 40.5 31 Dec 2008 20.7 +0.3 16.4 23 Dec 2008 362.0 468.6 average 77%
University of Queensland Gatton 31.5 +0.3 38.7 9 Feb 2009 18.5 −0.2 12.5 1 Dec 2008 261.6 311.5 average 84%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 26.2 +0.4 34.0 9 Feb 2009 14.6 0.0 7.0 1 Dec 2008 280.0 274.7 average 102%
Dalby Airport 32.3 +0.4 39.2 9 Feb 2009 17.9 −0.4 9.1 16 Dec 2008 182.0 262.3 low 69%
Goondiwindi Airport 33.1 +0.2 41.0 9 Feb 2009 19.6 +0.1 12.2 16 Dec 2008 185.2 247.8 low 75%
Oakey Aero 31.0 +0.7 38.6 9 Feb 2009 17.9 +0.6 9.8 1 Dec 2008 108.6 252.1 very low 43%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 26.9 −0.1 35.6 9 Feb 2009 15.4 +0.3 7.4 1 Dec 2008 184.5 277.3 low 67%
Texas Post Office 33.2 +0.1 40.5 9 Feb 2009 18.8 +0.8 11.6 1 Dec 2008 167.2 245.1 low 68%
Toowoomba Airport 27.5 −0.2 35.3 9 Feb 2009 17.4 +0.2 12.1 1 Dec 2008 204.6 271.6 average 75%
Warwick 29.4 −0.2 37.3 9 Feb 2009 16.4 −0.1 9.6 16 Dec 2008 179.6 239.5 low 75%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 33.5 +0.3 39.8 9 Feb 2009 20.1 +0.2 9.8 1 Dec 2008 256.8 223.5 high 115%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 32.9 −0.1 38.2 9 Feb 2009 19.3 +0.4 10.9 1 Dec 2008 214.0 263.1 average 81%
Mitchell Post Office 34.5 +1.0 40.1 9 Feb 2009 20.0 +0.7 10.3 1 Dec 2008 151.0 218.9 average 69%
Roma Airport 34.3 +1.0 40.4 9 Feb 2009 20.6 +0.4 10.6 1 Dec 2008 144.8 222.7 low 65%
St George Airport 34.9 +0.8 41.6 11 Dec 2008 21.1 +0.1 11.9 12 Feb 2009 158.4 194.5 average 81%
Surat 34.3 +0.5 40.5 9 Feb 2009 21.0 +1.0 12.3 1 Dec 2008 221.6 215.3 average 103%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 35.8 +0.9 42.0 11 Dec 2008 21.7 +0.9 10.0 15 Dec 2008 180.2 167.8 average 107%
Charleville Aero 35.4 +0.9 41.4 11 Dec 2008 21.8 +0.7 12.7 12 Feb 2009 146.0 194.9 average 75%
Cunnamulla Post Office 36.5 +1.2 42.6 11 Dec 2008 22.6 +1.0 15.0 15 Dec 2008 121.6 136.4 average 89%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 38.5   45.2 5 Feb 2009 24.8   16.8 15 Dec 2008 22.6


Quilpie Airport 37.6 +1.3 43.5 11 Dec 2008 24.4 +1.3 15.6 1 Dec 2008 73.0 134.8 low 54%
Thargomindah Airport 37.8   43.8 5 Feb 2009 24.5   16.6 1 Dec 2008 67.6 87.8 average 77%

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