Tuesday, 1 September 2009 - Seasonal Climate Summary for Queensland - Product code IDCKGC24R0

Queensland in winter 2009

A very hot, dry season

  • Record high state-averaged winter maximum temperature
  • Record low state-averaged rainfall for July-August
  • Second highest state-averaged winter mean temperature on record

Information current at 1 September 2009

This statement was prepared using the most timely and accurate data available on 1 September 2009.  This document will not be updated.  Final values, which have had greater opportunity for data quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review, which is usually published during the fourth week of the month.  Further major quality control statements may also appear in Annual Climate Summaries.  Please note that there is no seasonal weather review product, however seasonal statistics can be obtained by combining statistics available in each month's weather review. 

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

The state-averaged winter rainfall for Queensland was 18.03 mm, which is much lower than the long-term state average of 50.47 mm.  While low rainfall is normal between July and September, this year's July and August have been particularly dry.  The state average rainfall of 2.01 mm for the two-month period is the lowest on record, breaking the previous record of 2.81 set in 1946.

Some further details for June to August are as follows:

June: The state-averaged rainfall was 15.9 mm, which is a little below the long-term monthly average of 17.7 mm.  The wettest place in Queensland overall in June was Upper Springbrook Alert with 394 mm, followed by Ewan Maddock Dam Alert with 301 mm, followed by Point Lookout with 252.0 mm.  Rainfall totals for the month were generally above average in the south and below average in the north.  

July: The state-averaged rainfall was 1.1 mm, which is 5th lowest rainfall on record, based on figures since 1900.  Only some places in the North Tropical Coast district received more than 100 mm of rainfall for July, while elsewhere totals did not exceed 60 mm due to the lack of any significant rain-bearing systems during the month.  The highest monthly rainfall total recorded in Queensland during July was 128 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station in the Barron North Coast district, followed by 71 mm at Bulgun Creek, followed by 61 mm at Topaz Alert.

August:
The state-averaged rainfall for August is 0.90 mm, which is the 4th lowest on record, based on figures since 1900.  The highest monthly rainfall total recorded in Queensland during August was 94.6 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station in the Barron North Coast district, followed by 45.0 mm at Corsis Alert in the Herbert North Coast district, followed by 42.0 mm at Topaz Alert in the Barron North Coast district.

For the winter period, the wettest overall location in Queensland was Upper Springbrook Alert with 425 mm, followed by Ewan Maddock Dam Alert with 324 mm, followed by Bellenden Ker Top Station with 308.6 mm.

At the beginning of June a middle level trough near the western Queensland border produced a rain band and isolated thunderstorms over south-western and central western parts of the state, resulting in the highest winter daily rainfall on record at Quilberry Station and Dillalah in the Warrego district on the 1st.  

The highest daily rainfall total recorded in Queensland during winter was 143.2 mm at Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island on the 23rd of June, followed by 118.4 mm at Wallen Wallen in the Moreton South Coast district, also on the 23rd of June, followed by 109.0 mm at Quilberry Station on the 1st of June.

A record high daily rainfall total for winter in Queensland also occurred at Killara in the Moreton South Coast district on the 27th of June, resulting from rain and thunderstorm activity that developed ahead of a complex surface and middle level trough during the afternoon and evening of the 26th. 

Some sites had their lowest total winter rainfall on record.

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

Temperature

Mean temperatures for winter 2009 have been the second highest on record, with an anomaly of 1.52°C, based on figures since 1950.  The record anomaly of 1.90°C was established in winter 1973.  Extremely warm conditions in August combined with generally above average temperatures in June and July. 

The latest Special Climate Statement regarding exceptional winter heat is available here.

Maximum temperature

Mean maximum temperatures for winter in Queensland were the warmest on record over much of the state, apart from Cape York Peninsula and parts of southwest and southeast Queensland covering in total 77.9% of the state.  

Thirty-three weather stations in Queensland with at least thirty years of data had their highest winter temperature on record and thirty-one of these weather stations had their highest winter mean daily maximum temperature on record.

Exceptional maximum temperatures in August followed generally above average temperatures in June and July.

Some further details for June to August are as follows:

June: The state-averaged maximum temperature was 24.8°C, which was above the long-term monthly average of 23.3 °C.  Maximum temperatures were above average over most of the state, the exception being the far southeast.  

July: The state-averaged maximum temperature was the 9th warmest on record, based on figures since 1950.  It was 1.19°C above the long-term average (which is 22.95°C for July).

August: Mean maximum temperatures for August in Queensland were the warmest on record over almost all of the state, apart from Cape York Peninsula, covering in total 88.5% of Queensland.  The state-averaged monthly maximum temperature anomaly of 4.25°C was the highest on record for August, based on figures since 1950.  This anomaly is 2.98°C above the previous record anomaly of 1.27°C set in 1969. 

The hottest day for winter in Queensland was 38.5°C at Bedourie Police Station on the 29th of August, followed by 38.1°C at Bedourie Police Station on the 22nd of August, followed by 38.0°C at Windorah Post Office on the 29th of August.

The warmest days on average for winter were 32.5°C at Scherger RAAF, followed by 32.4°C at Musgrave, followed by 32.3°C at Kowanyama Airport, followed by 32.3°C at Weipa Aero.

The coolest days on average were 16.4°C at Applethorpe, followed by 17.4°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 18.7°C at Toowoomba Airport.

The coldest day was 8.6°C at Applethorpe on the 16th of July, followed by 9.1°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 16th of July, followed by 10.2°C at Applethorpe on the 4th of July.

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

Minimum temperature

Mean minimum temperatures for winter in Queensland were below average over Cape York Peninsula, above or very much above average over the southern half of the state and close to average elsewhere.  See a map of mean minimum temperatures. See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

Fifteen weather stations in Queensland with at least thirty years of data had their warmest winter night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.

Exceptional maximum temperatures in August followed generally above average temperatures in June and July.

Some further details for June to August are as follows:

June: The state-wide average minimum temperature for Queensland in June was 10.4°C, which is above the long-term June monthly average of 10.0°C.  

July:  Average and slightly below average minimum temperatures were recorded over much of the state, with the largest anomalies in the north. Lower than average overnight temperatures were due to the lack of cloud cover during the month. Only the southwest districts experienced slightly above average minimum temperatures.

August: For most of the month overnight minimum temperatures were less extreme than daytime maxima, as a result of persistent clear skies allowing overnight cooling. However, some exceptionally high minimum temperatures were observed as the heatwave peaked, culminating on the 25th when a state record high minimum temperature for August was set.

During winter, the coldest night in Queensland was −5.2°C at Oakey Aero on the 12th of June, followed by −5.0°C at Kingaroy Airport on the 12th June, followed by −4.9°C at Mitchell Post Office on the 12th of June. On the 12th of June dry conditions over most of the state resulted in a particularly cold morning with widespread frosts over the southeast and into the southeast tropics.

The coolest nights on average were 2.8°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 3.6°C at Applethorpe, followed by 4.2°C at Oakey Aero.

The warmest nights on average were 24.2°C at Coconut Island, followed by 23.7°C at Horn Island, followed by 23.0°C at Willis Island.

The warmest night was 26.3°C at Coconut Island on the 2nd June, followed by 25.8°C at Coconut Island on the 1st of  June, followed by 25.6°C at Coconut Island on the 4th June, followed by 25.6°C at Coconut Island on the 9th of June.


Wind

The strongest wind gust was 96 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on 10 Jul, followed by 91 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on 10 Jul, followed by 89 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on 27 Jun, followed by 89 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on 9 Jul, followed by 89 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on 12 Aug.

Other phenomena

A tornado was observed at Rosewood and Amberley on the 5th of June.

Widespread dust was observed across Queensland on the 1st and 2nd of July.

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
38.5°C at Bedourie Police Station on 29 Aug
38.1°C at Bedourie Police Station on 22 Aug
38.0°C at Windorah Post Office on 29 Aug
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
32.5°C at Scherger RAAF
32.4°C at Musgrave
32.3°C at Kowanyama Airport
32.3°C at Weipa Aero
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
16.4°C at Applethorpe
17.4°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
18.7°C at Toowoomba Airport
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
8.6°C at Applethorpe on 16 Jul
9.1°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 16 Jul
10.2°C at Applethorpe on 4 Jul
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−5.2°C at Oakey Aero on 12 Jun
−5.0°C at Kingaroy Airport on 12 Jun
−4.9°C at Mitchell Post Office on 12 Jun
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
2.8°C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
3.6°C at Applethorpe
4.2°C at Oakey Aero
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
24.2°C at Coconut Island
23.7°C at Horn Island
23.0°C at Willis Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
26.3°C at Coconut Island on 2 Jun
25.8°C at Coconut Island on 1 Jun
25.6°C at Coconut Island on 4 Jun
25.6°C at Coconut Island on 9 Jun
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
288.2 mm at Point Lookout
256.4 mm at Tallowood
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
1176.0 mm at O'Connor TM on 2 Jul
143.2 mm at Dunwich on 23 Jun
118.4 mm at Wallen Wallen on 23 Jun
Highest wind gust
96 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on 10 Jul
91 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on 10 Jul
89 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on 27 Jun
89 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on 9 Jul
89 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on 12 Aug

Records

Record highest winter daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in winter 2009 (mm)
Previous highest
for winter
Years of
record
Quilberry Station 109.0 on 1 Jun 73.4 on 7 Jul 1956 95
Dillalah 91.0 on 1 Jun 70.4 on 9 Jun 1912 67
Killara 74.4 on 27 Jun 62.0 on 23 Aug 1988 53



Record lowest total winter rainfall
Total rainfall
for winter 2009 (mm)
Previous lowest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Low Isles Lighthouse 25.7 27.6 in 1974 118 136.4
Herberton White St 14.2 15.0 in 1904 109 73.2
Kairi Research Station 24.8 33.9 in 1963 80 89.5
Cairns Aero 17.2 20.6 in 1974 67 102.4
Elphinstone Pocket No1 17.4 25.9 in 1972 54 109.0
Kareeya 33.4 49.8 in 1974 48 205.5
Walkamin DPI 3.2 11.1 in 1981 45 40.9
Cairns Severin St 29.4 32.8 in 1985 31 134.4
Greenhaven 75.6 125.4 in 1985 28 318.0
Mackay Aero 31.2 38.2 in 2004 24 135.0
Bowen Airport 2.7 7.4 in 1994 21 67.6
Hamilton Island Airport 31.2 71.8 in 1991 20 208.8




Record highest winter temperature
Highest temperature
in winter 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Boulia Airport 37.9 on 29 Aug 37.4 on 28 Aug 1916 121 24.0
Rockhampton Aero 35.1 on 30 Aug 33.3 on 21 Aug 1979 71 23.8
Amberley AMO 36.4 on 24 Aug 33.3 on 13 Aug 1946 69 21.8
Charleville Aero 35.8 on 29 Aug 33.5 on 24 Aug 1995 68 20.4
Bollon Mary St 37.1 on 24 Aug 33.7 on 24 Aug 1995 53 20.0
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.3 on 30 Aug 25.7 on 11 Jun 1972 53 19.4
Cunnamulla Post Office 36.8 on 23 Aug 33.3 on 24 Aug 1995 53 19.8
Maryborough 33.1 on 30 Aug 30.5 on 21 Aug 1979 53 22.6
Quilpie Airport 37.0 on 24 Aug 33.6 on 31 Aug 2002 53 21.0
Tambo Post Office 35.0 on 29 Aug 33.6 on 27 Aug 1970 53 22.1
Taroom Post Office 37.0 on 23 Aug 32.8 on 27 Aug 1970 53 21.8
Gladstone Radar 31.6 on 30 Aug 30.9 on 31 Aug 2000 52 23.3
Isisford Post Office 36.8 on 29 Aug 36.4 on 27 Aug 1970 51 23.5
Double Island Point Lighthouse 28.2 on 24 Aug 27.8 on 17 Aug 2001 49 20.0
Clermont Sirius St 36.0 on 30 Aug 34.4 on 27 Aug 1970 48 23.8
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 30.7 on 24 Aug 28.5 on 23 Aug 1995 47 15.5
Surat 36.8 on 29 Aug 34.4 on 27 Aug 1970 46 20.5
Redlands HRS 31.6 on 25 Aug 28.0 on 29 Aug 1989 45 21.0
Gympie 34.3 on 24 Aug 31.8 on 25 Aug 2006 44 22.4
Longreach Aero 37.5 on 29 Aug 36.5 on 29 Aug 1992 44 24.4
University of Queensland Gatton 37.9 on 24 Aug 32.9 on 23 Aug 1995 44 21.4
Injune Post Office 36.1 on 23 Aug 34.2 on 15 Jul 1979 43 20.8
Mount Isa Aero 36.4 on 29 Aug 36.1 on 27 Aug 1970 43 25.6
Windorah Post Office 38.0 on 29 Aug 34.9 on 28 Aug 1985 43 22.3
Applethorpe 29.9 on 24 Aug 27.2 on 14 Aug 1970 41 14.7
Brigalow Research Stn 34.2 on 24 Aug 32.5 on 29 Aug 1991 41 22.5
Baralaba Post Office 35.3 on 23 Aug 33.0 on 29 Aug 1991 40 23.9
Mitchell Post Office 36.2 on 29 Aug 32.5 on 23 Aug 1995 40 20.2
Texas Post Office 35.0 on 24 Aug 32.2 on 23 Aug 1995 40 19.7
Monto Township 35.6 on 24 Aug 31.7 on 27 Aug 1970 37 21.5
Oakey Aero 34.4 on 24 Aug 30.9 on 23 Aug 1995 37 19.2
Archerfield Airport 35.7 on 24 Aug 32.2 on 14 Aug 1946 35 21.6
Bundaberg Aero 31.1 on 30 Aug 29.1 on 21 Aug 1991 32 22.6
Mackay Aero 32.1 on 14 Aug 32.0 on 17 Jun 2002 25 23.0
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 36.4 on 30 Aug 32.9 on 30 Aug 2000 23 24.2
Coolangatta 31.7 on 24 Aug 28.3 on 10 Aug 2007 22 20.9
Rolleston 35.4 on 23 Aug 32.8 on 29 Aug 1991 22 23.5
Proserpine Airport 34.1 on 14 Aug 33.0 on 31 Aug 2000 20 24.8



Record highest winter mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for winter 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Camooweal Township 28.9 28.6 in 1996 100 26.7
Bollon Mary St 22.5 21.6 in 1940 95 20.0
Clermont Sirius St 26.5 26.2 in 1946 94 23.8
Isisford Post Office 26.4 25.9 in 1991 93 23.5
Barcaldine Post Office 26.1 25.5 in 1991 89 23.4
Mitchell Post Office 23.6 22.1 in 2002 89 20.2
Tambo Post Office 24.9 24.2 in 1940 76 22.1
Windorah Post Office 25.3 24.7 in 2002 73 22.3
Rockhampton Aero 26.7 25.4 in 2004 69 23.8
St Lawrence Post Office 26.0 25.7 in 2004 69 24.4
Urandangi 27.5 26.8 in 1996 68 25.0
Charleville Aero 23.1 22.1 in 1991 67 20.4
Quilpie Airport 23.4 23.0 in 2002 67 21.0
Surat 22.5 22.2 in 1972 63 20.5
Taroom Post Office 24.8 23.9 in 2006 56 21.8
Collinsville Post Office 27.8 27.4 in 1973 51 25.6
Gladstone Radar 25.8 24.9 in 2004 51 23.3
Ayr DPI Research Stn 26.9 26.8 in 2003 49 25.5
Mackay M.O 23.6 22.8 in 2004 49 21.9
Kairi Research Station 24.0 23.0 in 1998 46 21.6
Lockhart River Airport 28.6 28.5 in 1973 43 27.4
Longreach Aero 27.4 26.2 in 2003 43 24.4
Mount Isa Aero 27.7 27.3 in 1996 42 25.6
Injune Post Office 23.6 22.8 in 1991 41 20.8
Walkamin DPI 25.5 25.1 in 1998 40 23.8
Applethorpe 16.4 16.3 in 2002 39 14.7
Baralaba Post Office 26.3 25.6 in 2001 37 23.9
Brigalow Research Stn 25.2 24.3 in 2001 37 22.5
Musgrave 32.4 31.9 in 1915 36 30.0
Monto Township 24.3 23.2 in 2006 35 21.5
Oakey Aero 20.9 20.8 in 1991 35 19.2
Mackay Aero 24.7 24.5 in 2004 23 23.0
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 26.7 25.9 in 1991 22 24.2
Seventeen Seventy 23.0 22.6 in 2004 21 21.7




Record highest winter daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in winter 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Amberley AMO 19.8 on 25 Aug 17.8 on 19 Jun 1942 69 6.2
Charleville Aero 20.7 on 29 Aug 18.9 on 11 Aug 1947 68 5.2
Cunnamulla Post Office 21.8 on 24 Aug 20.0 on 29 Aug 1972 53 6.5
Quilpie Airport 21.0 on 29 Aug 20.4 on 29 Aug 1972 53 7.1
Tambo Post Office 19.0 on 30 Aug 18.6 on 23 Aug 2003 53 4.5
Taroom Post Office 18.7 on 29 Aug 18.0 on 28 Jul 1998 53 5.9
Isisford Post Office 20.6 on 29 Aug 20.1 on 23 Aug 1980 51 7.5
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 18.0 on 25 Aug 14.7 on 6 Aug 1991 47 1.8
Surat 19.6 on 30 Aug 17.8 on 8 Jun 2002 46 5.1
University of Queensland Gatton 18.1 on 30 Aug 17.6 on 14 Jul 1993 44 6.8
Windorah Post Office 24.1 on 24 Aug 20.0 on 22 Aug 1998 43 7.4
Applethorpe 17.3 on 25 Aug 14.0 on 14 Jun 2005 41 2.6
Mitchell Post Office 20.0 on 30 Aug 17.5 on 27 Aug 1973 40 3.6
Texas Post Office 20.4 on 25 Aug 17.2 on 8 Jun 2002 40 4.1
Oakey Aero 17.2 on 25 Aug 16.2 on 2 Jun 1993 37 3.4





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 winter 2009
Maximum temperatures
for winter
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for winter
(°C)
Rainfall
for winter
(millimetres)
Mean for
winter
2009
Diff
from
average
Highest for
winter
2009
Mean for
winter
2009
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
winter
2009
Total for
winter
2009
Average
for
winter
Rank of
winter
2009
Fraction of
winter
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.2 +2.0 32.7 25 Aug 24.2 +0.3 21.9 3 Jul 45.6 54.5 low 84%
Coen Airport 30.4   33.1 28 Jun 16.7   13.2 22 Jun 2.6
Horn Island 29.6 +0.7 31.2 28 Jun 23.7 +0.5 19.8 15 Jul 11.6 29.7 low 39%
Scherger RAAF 32.5   35.0 29 Aug 18.7   15.4 17 Jul 1.2
Weipa Aero 32.3 +1.0 35.2 30 Aug 18.9 −0.2 15.2 17 Jul 0.4 11.3 very low 4%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 28.6 +1.2 31.2 28 Jun     14.3 11 Aug 48.2 130.6 very low 37%
Musgrave 32.4 +2.4 35.2 31 Aug 13.4 −0.8 6.9 16 Jul 0 16.6 lowest 0%
Palmerville 31.3 +1.1 35.2 31 Aug 14.3 −0.3 6.1 16 Jul 0 20.5 lowest 0%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Century Mine 30.5   37.7 30 Aug 12.6   4.5 18 Jul 0
Cloncurry Airport 28.7 +1.6 36.3 29 Aug 11.2 −0.2 3.7 18 Jul 0 10.3 very low 0%
Croydon Township 30.8 +1.0 37.1 26 Aug 14.1 −0.6 5.4 16 Jul 0 15.2 lowest 0%
Julia Creek Airport 29.4   37.2 30 Aug 9.5   2.3 18 Jul 0
Kowanyama Airport 32.3 +1.2 35.5 26 Aug 15.2 −0.7 6.3 18 Jul 0.4 9.4 average 4%
Mornington Island 27.9 +1.6 33.7 26 Aug 17.0 +0.2 10.0 18 Jul 1.4 10.2 average 14%
Mount Isa Aero 27.7 +2.1 36.4 29 Aug 8.7 −1.0 −0.4 18 Jul 0 16.0 lowest 0%
Normanton Airport 31.2   37.6 31 Aug 16.4   9.6 16 Jul 0.8
Sweers Island 26.9   32.0 26 Aug 18.8   12.5 7 Jul 1.0 13.1 low 8%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 30.3   36.7 31 Aug 12.1   0.5 16 Jul 0
Hughenden Airport 28.6   37.6 30 Aug 9.2   0.5 17 Jul 0
Richmond Airport 29.2 +2.0 36.8 30 Aug 8.7 −1.1 1.0 18 Jul 0 32.2 very low 0%
Richmond Post Office 29.3 +2.5 37.0 30 Aug 10.0 +0.5 1.9 15 Jul 0 29.2 lowest 0%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 27.7 +1.6 30.5 27 Jun 17.4 0.0 11.4 5 Jul 17.2 102.4 lowest 17%
Cape Flattery 28.1   30.3 28 Jun 21.6   15.7 3 Jul 35.8
Cooktown Airport 27.9   32.9 27 Jun     11.3 17 Jul 12.2
Green Island 24.3 +0.3 27.2 31 Aug 21.6 +1.1 19.2 17 Jul
Kairi Research Station 24.0 +2.4 29.0 27 Jun 11.1 −0.5 3.4 17 Jul 24.8 89.5 lowest 28%
Mareeba Airport 26.8   30.3 31 Aug 13.9   7.1 14 Aug 0.8 22.0 very low 4%
Walkamin DPI 25.5 +1.7 31.0 31 Aug 13.2 −0.2 7.1 18 Jul 3.2 40.9 lowest 8%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 25.9 +0.5 29.0 27 Jun 15.3 +1.1 7.6 18 Jul 19.8 108.1 very low 18%
Ingham Composite 26.7 +1.3 31.2 15 Aug 14.4 +0.2 7.5 17 Jul 34.8 119.4 very low 29%
Innisfail 25.7 +1.2 28.7 30 Aug 16.8 +1.3 10.8 18 Jul 148.2 440.3 very low 34%
Lucinda Point 23.9 +0.3 27.2 27 Jun 18.9 +0.4 14.3 18 Jul 69.2 82.5 average 84%
Townsville Aero 27.0 +1.4 30.7 27 Jun 13.9 −0.4 6.7 17 Jul 0.6 50.3 very low 1%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 25.6 +0.9 29.7 27 Jun 15.1 +0.2 7.9 17 Jul 9.8 48.5 very low 20%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 26.9 +1.4 31.7 15 Aug 12.7 +0.4 4.3 17 Jul 3.4 51.7 very low 7%
Bowen Airport 26.1 +1.3 30.0 27 Jun 13.7 −0.6 6.1 18 Jul 2.7 67.6 lowest 4%
Collinsville Post Office 27.8 +2.2 33.5 31 Aug 9.9 −0.1 1.6 18 Jul 5.4 64.6 very low 8%
Hamilton Island Airport 23.0   27.7 27 Jun 19.1   16.5 12 Jun 18.8
Mackay Aero 24.7 +1.7 32.1 14 Aug 11.3 −0.5 3.7 17 Jul 31.2 135.0 lowest 23%
Mackay M.O 23.6 +1.7 30.0 26 Aug 14.2 +0.6 7.5 18 Jul 41.4 135.0 very low 31%
Proserpine Airport 26.3 +1.5 34.1 14 Aug 10.4 −1.4 0.6 17 Jul 15.0 87.6 very low 17%
Samuel Hill Aero 24.3   29.9 31 Aug 9.2   0.7 18 Jul 77.0
St Lawrence 25.6   30.5 2 Jul 10.8   1.4 18 Jul 7.0
St Lawrence Post Office 26.0 +1.6 30.3 2 Jul 12.3 +0.7 4.3 18 Jul 7.7 104.2 very low 7%
Williamson 26.0   32.2 14 Aug 9.1   0.1 18 Jul 8.0
Woolshed 24.1   30.1 2 Jul 12.1   1.1 17 Jul 4.8 68.6 very low 7%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 22.9 +1.2 29.2 7 Jun 12.4 −0.2 2.7 12 Jun 26.2 125.4 very low 21%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 27.3 +1.9 34.2 31 Aug 11.8 −0.4 4.4 18 Jul 0 54.2 very low 0%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 26.7 +2.5 36.4 30 Aug 11.2 +0.5 3.5 17 Jul 10.7 63.2 very low 17%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Brigalow Research Stn 25.2 +2.7 34.2 24 Aug 7.8 +0.5 −1.2 12 Jun 16.2 85.2 very low 19%
Clermont Sirius St 26.5 +2.7 36.0 30 Aug     −3.5 18 Jul 9.6 78.2 low 12%
Emerald Airport 25.9 +2.1 35.2 23 Aug 9.2 −0.6 1.4 13 Jun 14.6 69.9 low 21%
Rolleston 25.6 +2.1 35.4 23 Aug 7.0 +0.5 −0.5 19 Jul 25.1 88.7 low 28%
Springsure Dame St 24.6 +1.9 34.5 23 Aug 9.0 +2.1 1.6 15 Jul 30.0 90.6 low 33%
Tambo Post Office 24.9 +2.8 35.0 29 Aug 6.1 +1.6 −2.2 12 Jun 22.3 74.6 low 30%
Taroom Post Office 24.8 +3.0 37.0 23 Aug 7.1 +1.1 −2.4 12 Jun 19.6 98.1 very low 20%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 26.1 +2.7 35.4 23 Aug 10.8 +2.0 2.9 17 Jul 11.0 63.0 low 17%
Blackall Airport 25.4   35.7 23 Aug 8.2   0.0 17 Jul 33.0
Isisford Post Office 26.4 +2.9 36.8 29 Aug 9.0 +1.6 1.4 17 Jul 42.8 54.0 average 79%
Longreach Aero 27.4 +3.1 37.5 29 Aug 8.6 +0.7 1.0 19 Jul 7.4 46.7 low 16%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 28.9 +2.2 37.2 29 Aug 10.3 +0.5 3.2 18 Jul 0 18.4 lowest 0%
The Monument Airport 27.1   37.3 24 Aug 9.1   1.5 18 Jul 0
Trepell Airport 27.5   37.0 29 Aug 9.4   3.2 17 Jul 0
Urandangi 27.5 +2.5 37.5 29 Aug 7.8 −0.3 2.5 18 Jun 0 22.8 lowest 0%
Winton Airport 28.2   37.6 23 Aug 8.8   1.8 18 Jul 1.8
Winton Post Office 27.7 +2.4 36.7 23 Aug 10.5 +1.5 2.6 18 Jul 17.9 39.6 average 45%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 24.7   37.7 22 Aug 9.1   3.5 18 Jul 1.2 20.5 low 6%
Boulia Airport 26.8 +2.8 37.9 29 Aug 10.0 +1.3 3.4 18 Jul 0 26.0 lowest 0%
Windorah Post Office 25.3 +2.9 38.0 29 Aug 9.6 +2.2 2.8 19 Jul 38.0 41.4 average 92%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 26.3 +2.3 35.3 23 Aug 8.8 +0.5 −1.2 12 Jun 19.4 86.1 very low 23%
Bundaberg Aero 23.7 +1.1 31.1 30 Aug 12.1 +1.2 4.3 12 Jun 38.6 125.7 low 31%
Gayndah Airport 24.4   36.0 24 Aug 7.6   0.5 12 Jun 64.4
Gladstone Airport 24.7 +1.5 31.9 30 Aug 12.6 0.0 5.2 12 Jun 13.8 101.7 very low 14%
Gladstone Radar 25.8 +2.5 31.6 30 Aug 14.8 +0.8 8.0 12 Jun 18.2 105.8 very low 17%
Lady Elliot Island 22.5 +0.9 26.3 25 Aug 17.6 +0.4 10.4 30 Jun 136.6 244.2 low 56%
Monto Township 24.3 +2.8 35.6 24 Aug 6.3 +0.1 −3.9 12 Jun 22.8 100.3 very low 23%
Rockhampton Aero 26.7 +3.0 35.1 30 Aug 11.1 +0.8 2.7 12 Jun
Rundle Island 21.4 +0.5 25.2 31 Aug 17.2 +0.6 11.4 12 Jun
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 22.7 +1.0 27.2 14 Aug 15.7 +0.9 9.4 12 Jun 97.0 264.1 very low 37%
Seventeen Seventy 23.0 +1.3 26.6 31 Aug 14.9 +0.6 8.3 12 Jun 62.8 153.5 low 41%
Thangool Winston Street 25.4 +1.6 34.5 24 Aug 7.6 +1.3 −2.8 12 Jun 14.9 84.9 very low 18%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 23.1 +1.3 36.4 24 Aug 6.4 +0.2 −2.5 12 Jun 73.9 114.7 average 64%
Archerfield Airport 22.6 +1.0 35.7 24 Aug 8.8 +0.6 2.3 12 Jun 99.0 154.5 average 64%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 22.5   35.6 24 Aug 6.4   −1.5 12 Jun 74.6
Beerburrum Forest Station 23.0 +0.8 36.4 24 Aug 10.0 +0.3 4.1 12 Jun 219.6 186.1 high 118%
Brisbane* 22.8 +1.7 35.4 24 Aug 11.2 +0.9 5.5 12 Jun 95.2 123.1 average 77%
Brisbane Aero 22.0 +0.7 33.7 25 Aug 10.2 +0.6 3.4 12 Jun 100.4 136.3 average 74%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 20.3 +0.9 27.3 30 Aug 14.9 +1.2 9.0 11 Jun 156.6 330.5 low 47%
Coolangatta 21.9 +1.1 31.7 24 Aug 10.6 −0.1 2.2 11 Jun 201.6 265.1 average 76%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 21.4 +1.4 28.2 24 Aug 15.3 +0.8 8.5 17 Jul 118.4 270.9 very low 44%
Gold Coast Seaway 22.5 +1.1 32.4 25 Aug 12.4 −0.2 6.4 12 Jun 151.2 228.5 average 66%
Gympie 23.4 +1.0 34.3 24 Aug 7.3 +0.2 −1.8 12 Jun 79.6 154.4 low 52%
Hervey Bay Airport 22.5 +0.5 27.7 14 Aug 11.2 +0.5 1.8 12 Jun 71.4 191.5 low 37%
Jimna Forestry 19.6   32.0 24 Aug 6.1   −2.9 12 Jun 103.6 120.4 average 86%
Kingaroy Airport 21.4   33.3 24 Aug 4.6   −5.0 12 Jun 75.8
Logan City Water Treatment 22.7 +0.9 34.3 24 Aug 10.9 +1.7 3.5 12 Jun 128.1 151.3 average 85%
Maleny Tamarind St 20.3   31.6 24 Aug 10.7   2.9 12 Jun 182.2 260.3 average 70%
Maroochydore Aero 22.4 +1.1 35.0 24 Aug 10.1 −0.1 1.5 12 Jun 126.6 266.5 low 48%
Maryborough 23.5 +0.9 33.1 30 Aug 9.8 +0.4 0.8 12 Jun 70.6 160.5 low 44%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 22.9   34.7 24 Aug 11.0   2.6 12 Jun 186.0
Point Lookout 22.6 +1.4 31.0 30 Aug 13.9 −0.3 8.0 11 Jun 288.2 341.1 average 84%
Rainbow Beach 22.2 +0.6 30.2 30 Aug       121.2 285.7 very low 42%
Redcliffe* 21.7 +0.5 33.4 24 Aug 11.7 +0.7 4.6 12 Jun 117.0 151.8 average 77%
Tewantin RSL Park 22.5 +0.9 33.9 24 Aug 11.7 +0.1 4.1 12 Jun 42.0 305.4 very low 14%
Toolara 23.0 +0.6 33.5 24 Aug 12.3 +0.4 4.8 17 Jul 120.2 221.5 low 54%
University of Queensland Gatton 23.1 +1.7 37.9 24 Aug 6.6 −0.2 −0.2 12 Jun 48.2 106.9 low 45%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 16.4 +1.8 29.9 24 Aug 3.6 +1.0 −4.0 12 Jun 51.0 121.7 low 42%
Dalby Airport 21.6 +1.1 34.2 24 Aug 4.7 −0.1 −4.6 12 Jun 38.6 78.8 low 49%
Goondiwindi Airport 21.1 +1.0 35.6 24 Aug 6.5 +1.2 −0.9 12 Jun 46.6 96.4 low 48%
Inglewood Forest 20.9   35.2 24 Aug 7.6   −0.9 12 Jun 47.4 76.1 low 62%
Oakey Aero 20.9 +1.7 34.4 24 Aug 4.2 +0.8 −5.2 12 Jun 43.8 85.4 low 51%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 17.4 +1.9 30.7 24 Aug 2.8 +1.0 −4.0 11 Jun 55.1 138.4 very low 40%
Texas Post Office 20.6 +0.9 35.0 24 Aug 5.9 +1.8 −2.0 12 Jun 43.6 116.5 very low 37%
Toowoomba Airport 18.7 +1.3 32.0 24 Aug 7.7 +0.7 −1.0 11 Jun 33.2 93.3 very low 36%
Warwick 19.8 +0.9 33.0 24 Aug 4.3 +0.8 −3.9 12 Jun 45.0 80.9 low 56%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 22.6 +1.7 36.2 23 Aug 5.6 +0.6 −3.5 12 Jun 44.8 96.8 average 46%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 23.6 +2.8 36.1 23 Aug 4.6 +0.7 −4.2 12 Jun 55.4 85.2 average 65%
Mitchell Post Office 23.6 +3.4 36.2 29 Aug 4.4 +0.8 −4.9 12 Jun 28.6 90.6 low 32%
Roma Airport 22.7 +1.9 36.5 24 Aug 5.5 +0.8 −3.1 12 Jun 51.8 77.3 average 67%
St George Airport 22.1 +1.8 37.6 29 Aug 7.2 +1.5 −1.0 9 Aug 28.2 82.2 low 34%
Surat 22.5 +2.1 36.8 29 Aug 6.4 +1.3 −2.6 12 Jun 54.6 102.8 low 53%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 22.5 +2.5 37.1 24 Aug 6.9 +1.7 0.0 11 Jun 74.6 79.6 average 94%
Charleville Aero 23.1 +2.7 35.8 29 Aug 7.0 +1.8 −0.9 18 Jul 59.8 68.9 average 87%
Cunnamulla Post Office 22.1 +2.3 36.8 23 Aug 8.5 +2.0 1.0 12 Jun 47.1 66.0 average 71%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 23.2   36.5 23 Aug 9.3   2.6 12 Jun 1.4
Quilpie Airport 23.4 +2.4 37.0 24 Aug 8.5 +1.4 1.4 19 Jul 55.7 49.5 average 113%
Thargomindah Airport 22.5   36.3 29 Aug 9.0   1.6 18 Jul 6.8 34.1 low 20%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 3 pm on Tuesday 1 September 2009. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Please note that the rainfall data from Bureau of Meteorology telemetry gauges (those with ALERT, AL or TM in their names) includes real-time operational data from automated systems and has not been checked.

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