Queensland in spring 2009: 

  • Drier than average over the southeast and most of the far north.
  • Daytime temperatures hotter than average across the state.
  • Overnight temperatures cooler than average in the north, warmer in the southwest.
  • An exceptional duststorm event in September.
  • An upper low brought high rainfall to the southwest late in November.

Rainfall

Averaged across the state the spring rainfall was 46.08 mm based on the area averaged data since 1900, this being rather dry with a ranking 21 of 110 and the lowest since 2006.

Rainfall has been below average over most of the state with large parts of the southeast, northwestern and far northern districts receiving less than 10 percent of their long term average spring rainfall.  A severe 3-month rainfall deficiency exists through the northern Moreton and Port Curtis districts, part of the Central Highlands, in the far northwest corner of the state and over parts of Cape York Peninsula.  A serious deficiency extends to the 12 month period in parts of the Port Curtis and Central Highlands districts. 

Rainfall was close to average through the Central Lowlands and extending south through part of the Far South West and Warrego districts, and along the northeast tropical coast between Townsville and Cooktown.  Bellenden Ker Top Station recorded 1521.6 mm, its highest spring rainfall since 1998.

An upper low pressure system brought widespread cloud and above average rainfall to southwest Queensland late in November and provided a respite from a long run of above average temperatures.

The largest spring rainfall total recorded in Queensland was 1521.6 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station (1303 mm in November), followed by 935 mm at Bellenden Ker Bottom Station (746.6 mm in November), followed by 657.1 mm at Babinda Post Office, 610.0 mm at Mt Sophia and 564.0 mm at Corsis Alert.

The driest overall was 0.2 mm at Coen Airport, followed by 2.0 mm at Georgetown Airport.

Some sites had their lowest total spring rainfall on record.  Some sites had their lowest total spring rainfall for at least 20 years.

The wettest single day occurred on the 31st of October, when Edward River recorded 206.5 mm of rainfall, followed by 196 mm at Bellenden Ker Bottom Station, 180.0 mm at Mt Sophia and 164.0 mm at Babinda Post Office, all on the 12th of November.

Some sites had their highest spring daily rainfall on record.  See a map of total rainfall.  See a map of rainfall deciles.

Temperature

Averaged across the state the mean spring temperature was 25.05 °C, which is 0.75 °C warmer than the long term average.  Northern Queensland was within a degree of average but the south was warmer with the southern fringe of western areas nudging 2 °C hotter than average.

Maximum temperature

Spring mean maximum temperatures were warmer than average across the state, with the higher anomalies of 2 to 3 °C across southern and part of the central districts.  Part of the Darling Downs was more than 3 °C above average. 

Based on area averaged data since 1950, the spring mean maximum temperature was 25.05 °C, which is 0.75 °C higher than average and the hottest since 2005.  The region from St Lawrence to Bundaberg and extending inland to the Rolleston area had its highest spring mean maximum temperature on record and the remainder of central and southern Queensland experienced temperatures that were amongst the warmest 10 % on record.  Many eastern district towns south from Rockhampton recorded new individual highest spring mean daily maximum temperatures. 

The hottest period occurred across southern Queensland between the 16th and 21st of November when towns were typically more than 10 °C  above the November long term average. 

The hottest day was 46.6 °C at Birdsville Airport on the 18th of November, followed by 46.5 °C at Ballera Gas Field and 46.2 °C at Birdsville Airport on the 20th of November.

The warmest days on average were 37.0 °C at Century Mine, followed by 36.7 °C at Kowanyama Airport, 36.3 °C at Croydon Township and 36.3 °C at Normanton Airport.

The coolest days on average were 24.3 °C at Applethorpe, followed by 25.0 °C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse and Stanthorpe Leslie Parade and 25.2 °C at Rundle Island.

The coldest day was 13.4 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade followed by 14.8 °C at Applethorpe, both on the 11th of October, followed by 15.1 °C at Applethorpe on the 27th of September.

Some sites had their highest spring temperature on record.  Some sites had their highest spring mean daily maximum temperature on record.  Some sites had their highest spring 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

Mean minimum temperatures were within a degree of the long term average through most of the state and warmer in the southwest.  Averaged statewide, the mean minimum temperature was 17.31 °C, which is 0.31 °C above average.

The coldest night was -2.4 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 1st of September, followed by -2.1 °C at Applethorpe, also on the 1st of September, followed by -2.0 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 11th of September.

The coolest nights on average were 9.0 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, followed by 9.1 °C at Applethorpe and 10.5 °C at Warwick.

The warmest nights on average were 25.0 °C at Horn Island, followed by 24.7 °C at Coconut Island and 24.1 °C at Sweers Island.

The warmest night was 32.8 °C at Thargomindah Airport on the 19th of November, followed by 32.0 °C at Birdsville Airport on the 20th of November, 32.0 °C at Ballera Gas Field on the 21st of November, 31.7 °C at Ballera Gas Field on the 19th of November and 31.7 °C at Windorah Post Office on the 21st of November.

Some sites had their warmest spring night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.  Some sites had their highest spring mean daily minimum temperature on record.  Some sites had their lowest spring mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years.  See a map of mean minimum temperatures.  See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

Duststorms in September

A strong front moved across southern and western Queensland during the 22nd and 23rd of September.  Hot and gusty north-westerly winds preceded the system over southern Queensland and were replaced by a vigorous south to westerly stream that developed widespread duststorms over southern and western areas of the state. Many of the duststorms were severe with visibility reduced to below 200 metres.

An extended period of dry conditions in central Australia and western parts of Queensland and New South Wales provided an ample dust source that culminated in one of the biggest duststorm events in living memory.  Satellite imagery depicted the magnitude of the dust extending across New South Wales and stretching north to the southeast Gulf of Carpentaria and Cape York and spreading across the northeast tropical coast on the 24th and 25th.

Another frontal passage on the 26th and 27th triggered duststorms again, particularly over western districts where the winds were stronger.  This event was less dramatic but again brought widespread dust to the east coast.

Wind

Thunderstorms triggered the peak wind gust during spring, though winds were strong during the duststorm event in September.

The strongest wind gust was 131 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 30th of November, followed by 124 km/h at Richmond Airport on the 23rd of November, followed by 120 km/h at Weipa Aero on the 4th of October.

Floods

Southwest Queensland:

Heavy rainfall was recorded in southwest Queensland at the end of October which produced minor to moderate flooding in both the Paroo and Bulloo Rivers. 

Paroo River: Heavy rainfall produced moderate flooding in the Paroo River catchment with a peak of 1.5 metres being recorded at Hungerford during the afternoon of the 6th of November.  Flood Warnings which began on the 2nd of November continued until flood levels eased below the level of the Paroo River Bridge on the 12th of November

Bulloo River: Heavy rainfall produced minor flooding in the Bulloo River catchment with a peak of 4.4 metres recorded at Thargomindah during the afternoon of the 6th of November.  Flood Warnings which began on the 5th of November were finalised on the 8th of November.

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Extremes in spring 2009
Hottest day 46.6 °C at Birdsville Airport on 18 Nov
46.5 °C at Ballera Gas Field on 20 Nov
46.2 °C at Birdsville Airport on 20 Nov
Warmest days on average 37.0 °C at Century Mine
36.7 °C at Kowanyama Airport
36.3 °C at Croydon Township
36.3 °C at Normanton Airport
Coolest days on average 24.3 °C at Applethorpe
25.0 °C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse
25.0 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
25.2 °C at Rundle Island
Coldest day 13.4 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 11 Oct
14.8 °C at Applethorpe on 11 Oct
15.1 °C at Applethorpe on 27 Sep
Coldest night -2.4 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 1 Sep
-2.1 °C at Applethorpe on 1 Sep
-2.0 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 11 Sep
Coolest nights on average 9.0 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
9.1 °C at Applethorpe
10.5 °C at Warwick
Warmest nights on average 25.0 °C at Horn Island
24.7 °C at Coconut Island
24.1 °C at Sweers Island
Warmest night 32.8 °C at Thargomindah Airport on 19 Nov
32.0 °C at Birdsville Airport on 20 Nov
32.0 °C at Ballera Gas Field on 21 Nov
31.7 °C at Ballera Gas Field on 19 Nov
31.7 °C at Windorah Post Office on 21 Nov
Wettest overall 1521.6 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station
935 mm at the Bellenden Ker Bottom Station
657.1 mm at Babinda Post Office
610.0 mm at Mt Sophia
564.0 mm at Corsis Alert
Driest overall 0.2 mm at Coen Airport
2.0 mm at Georgetown Airport
Wettest day 206.5 mm at Edward River on 31 Oct
196 mm at Bellenden Ker Bottom Station on 12th
180.0 mm at Mt Sophia on 12 Nov
164.0 mm at Babinda Post Office on 12 Nov
Highest wind gust 131 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on 30 Nov
124 km/h at Richmond Airport on 23 Nov
120 km/h at Weipa Aero on 4 Oct

Record highest spring daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in spring 2009 (mm)
Previous highest
for spring
Years of
record
Millmerran Post Office 74.0 on 7 Nov 70.6 on 20 Sep 1946 110
Pingine 115.0 on 29 Oct 71.1 on 27 Nov 1973 69
Coolmunda Dam 58.0 on 29 Nov 56.0 on 20 Nov 2008 34



Record lowest total spring rainfall
Total rainfall
for spring 2009 (mm)
Previous lowest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 47.2 47.8 in 1915 141 240.1
Dunmore State Forest 46.3 50.3 in 1940 68 174.0
Tuan Creek Forest Stn 39.5 64.9 in 1991 62 218.3
Lockhart River Airport 8.2 10.7 in 1968 53 113.8
Colodan 40.0 49.6 in 2002 50 149.3

Lowest total spring rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for spring 2009 (mm)
Most recent lower
for spring
Years since
lower
Average for
spring
Wallumbilla Post Office 14.4 10.5 in 1919 87 135.2
Gin Gin Post Office 52.2 49.3 in 1940 68 191.1
Manly Railway Station 46.8 45.5 in 1941 68 211.4
Maryborough 46.2 45.4 in 1941 68 202.8
Goomboorian Webster Rd 64.5 22.8 in 1941 66 213.0
Hannaford Post Office 40.8 40.4 in 1939 62 148.0
Yaamba 31.2 28.1 in 1951 58 127.6
Mount Joseph 51.6 40.9 in 1951 57 197.3
Gympie 70.4 64.2 in 1958 50 207.0
Riverslea TM 29.0 21.3 in 1936 50 129.9
Southport Ridgeway Ave 79.7 71.6 in 1956 49 251.7
Dunollie 62.0 42.0 in 1968 41 178.2
Whyenbah 16.6 0.0 in 1967 40 100.0
Nerang Gilston Rd 132.2 78.5 in 1968 35 252.0
Blackbutt Post Office 73.2 68.0 in 1977 31 188.3
Rosehill 35.4 29.6 in 1977 31 110.4
Builyan Gum Street 49.8 48.6 in 1980 29 171.5
Harrisville Post Office 85.1 77.8 in 1980 29 178.1
St Lawrence Post Office 37.8 32.8 in 1982 27 142.8
Surat 52.4 45.7 in 1982 27 133.0
Gladstone Radar 39.4 36.0 in 1982 26 160.6
Meandarra Post Office 61.0 60.0 in 1982 26 149.0
Lawn Hill Gorge NPWS 7.2 4.0 in 1988 21 70.3
Woodgate Store 80.2 65.5 in 1982 21 205.8



Record highest spring temperature
Highest temperature
in spring 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Gympie 40.5 on 17 Nov 40.0 on 20 Oct 2002 44 28.2
Mitchell Post Office 42.0 on 19 Nov = 42.0 on 29 Nov 2006 42 28.9
Applethorpe 34.2 on 20 Nov 34.0 on 10 Nov 2002 41 21.4



Record highest spring mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for spring 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 25.0 24.7 in 1915 96 23.0
Rockhampton Aero 31.6 31.0 in 2005 70 29.4
St Lawrence Post Office 30.0 = 30.0 in 2001 68 28.8
Double Island Point Lighthouse 27.2 26.7 in 2004 66 24.3
Gladstone Radar 30.4 29.9 in 2005 51 28.2
Brigalow Research Stn 32.2 32.1 in 1980 40 29.6
Baralaba Post Office 33.1 = 33.1 in 1980 35 30.8
Bundaberg Aero 28.0 27.8 in 2003 31 26.8
Coolangatta 26.4 25.2 in 2007 21 24.2
Seventeen Seventy 27.5 26.9 in 2005 21 25.8
Bowen Airport 29.6 = 29.6 in 2001 20 29.1

Highest spring mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for spring 2009 (°C)
Most recent higher
for spring
Years since
higher
Average for
spring
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 25.0 25.3 in 1980 23 22.4
Maryborough 29.3 29.4 in 1988 21 27.5
Archerfield Airport 28.4 28.5 in 1988 20 26.7
Gympie 30.2 30.3 in 1988 20 28.2
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 27.2 27.4 in 1988 20 26.0



Record highest spring daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in spring 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Injune Post Office 25.7 on 28 Nov 24.4 on 29 Nov 2006 43 12.2
Windorah Post Office 31.7 on 21 Nov 31.1 on 16 Nov 1996 43 16.1



Record highest spring mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for spring 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 19.1 = 19.1 in 2002 96 17.7



Lowest spring mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for spring 2009 (°C)
Most recent lower
for spring
Years since
lower
Average for
spring
Clermont Sirius St 15.7 15.3 in 1985 24 15.8



Summary statistics for spring 2009
Maximum temperatures
for spring
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for spring
(°C)
Rainfall
for spring
(millimetres)
Mean for
spring
2009
Diff
from
average
Highest for
spring
2009
Mean for
spring
2009
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
spring
2009
Total for
spring
2009
Average
for
spring
Rank of
spring
2009
Fraction of
spring
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 33.4 +2.0 36.7 26 Nov 24.7 +0.1 21.3 27 Oct 16.8 83.5 low 20%
Coen Airport 33.4   37.9 28 Nov 20.5   15.3 1 Sep 0.2
Horn Island 31.2 +0.3 33.7 26 Nov 25.0 +0.4 18.8 28 Oct 53.4 58.6 average 91%
Scherger RAAF 35.6   38.0 15 Oct 21.9   18.6 5 Sep 139.6
Weipa Aero 35.7 +0.5 37.7 14 Nov 21.7 +0.1 18.4 5 Sep 85.4 125.4 average 68%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.9 +0.6 36.1 9 Sep 22.3 +0.6 15.4 8 Sep 8.2 113.8 lowest 7%
Musgrave 35.9 +1.5 38.9 16 Oct 17.6 -0.7 12.9 21 Sep 12.6 74.4 low 17%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 35.2   39.9 30 Nov 21.0   14.9 28 Sep 22.2
Century Mine 37.0   42.3 18 Nov 19.9   11.1 30 Sep 20.0
Cloncurry Airport 35.2 -0.6 42.7 19 Nov 19.0 -1.0 9.4 9 Sep 32.6 58.6 average 56%
Croydon Township 36.3 -0.1 40.6 29 Nov 22.0 0.0 13.1 10 Sep 26.6 63.1 low 42%
Julia Creek Airport 36.0   42.4 19 Nov 18.0   8.4 11 Sep 27.4
Kowanyama Airport 36.7 +1.1 39.6 15 Oct 21.7 +0.1 16.1 17 Sep 50.8 73.2 average 69%
Mornington Island 32.5 +0.5 36.6 30 Nov 23.5 +0.2 18.4 10 Sep 26.8 68.0 low 39%
Mount Isa Aero 34.2 +0.1 42.4 20 Nov 16.8 -1.3 4.0 11 Sep 34.8 61.0 average 57%
Normanton Airport 36.3   40.3 30 Nov 23.1   16.8 10 Sep 20.0
Sweers Island 31.8   36.7 30 Nov 24.1   18.6 10 Sep 46.0 80.2 low 57%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 35.7   40.5 18 Nov 19.4   9.8 10 Sep 2.0
Hughenden Airport 34.6   40.8 19 Nov 17.4   5.3 9 Sep 22.6
Richmond Airport 35.6 -0.3 41.8 18 Nov 17.2 -1.3 7.2 9 Sep 26.2 62.9 average 42%
Richmond Post Office 35.5 +0.3 42.0 19 Nov 18.1 +0.5 6.9 9 Sep 19.0 52.3 average 36%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 30.0 +0.6 33.9 5 Oct 20.3 -0.2 15.9 13 Oct 247.4 166.5 high 149%
Cape Flattery 30.8   33.2 30 Nov 22.8   15.9 14 Oct 26.6
Cooktown Airport 30.4   35.0 30 Nov 21.9   14.6 14 Oct 67.4 95.9 average 70%
Green Island 28.7 -0.8 33.0 30 Nov 23.3 +0.3 21.2 21 Sep
Kairi Research Station 27.8 +1.1 33.2 30 Nov 14.4 -0.5 9.0 22 Sep 85.2 119.4 average 71%
Low Isles Lighthouse 31.1 +0.9 33.3 30 Nov 23.1 0.0 20.9 21 Oct 173.6 170.1 average 102%
Mareeba Airport 30.3   37.2 30 Nov 16.7   12.9 13 Oct 29.4 53.9 average 55%
Walkamin Research Station 29.1 +0.1 35.2 14 Oct 16.2 -0.5 11.6 13 Oct 40.8 102.2 low 40%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 28.7 -0.5 32.0 30 Nov 19.0 +0.3 14.0 25 Sep 181.4 205.9 average 88%
Ingham Composite 30.3 +0.1 35.2 16 Oct 18.0 -0.4 13.5 13 Oct 245.2 206.4 high 119%
Innisfail 28.8 +0.6 31.9 30 Nov 19.7 +0.8 16.8 20 Sep 353.6 323.0 average 109%
Lucinda Point 27.0 -0.2 29.8 29 Nov 22.3 -0.3 19.5 11 Sep 74.2 105.4 average 70%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 29.2 +0.3 33.1 30 Nov 18.5 -0.1 14.6 13 Oct 309.3 315.8 average 98%
Townsville Aero 30.3 +1.0 36.3 4 Oct 20.3 0.0 13.8 10 Sep 30.4 93.4 low 33%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 29.1 +0.5 34.3 4 Oct 21.3 -0.1 15.0 9 Sep 70.6 81.4 average 87%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.3 +0.6 36.4 15 Oct 18.1 +0.3 13.2 9 Sep 28.2 80.8 low 35%
Bowen Airport 29.6 +0.5 35.7 4 Oct 18.8 -0.8 11.8 25 Sep 32.0 55.9 average 57%
Collinsville Post Office 33.0 +1.3 38.3 30 Nov 16.3 -0.6 9.7 28 Sep 10.6 82.9 v low 13%
Hamilton Island Airport 27.3   31.7 16 Oct 22.1   19.4 10 Nov 133.2
Mackay Aero 29.1 +1.3 34.5 30 Nov 17.5 -0.1 10.8 9 Sep 111.4 128.7 average 87%
Mackay M.O 28.5 +1.2 34.0 30 Nov 19.7 +0.4 14.3 25 Sep 91.4 140.9 average 65%
Proserpine Airport 30.8 +0.7 37.8 4 Oct 16.3 -1.0 8.7 25 Sep 148.0 134.9 average 110%
Samuel Hill Aero 28.7   34.8 16 Oct 14.3   4.1 28 Sep 106.4
St Lawrence 29.6   36.4 16 Oct 17.6   10.4 9 Oct 31.2
St Lawrence Post Office 30.0 +1.3 36.9 16 Oct 18.1 +0.7 12.7 25 Sep 37.8 142.8 low 26%
Williamson 29.6   35.4 16 Oct 17.2   7.9 28 Sep 38.6
Woolshed 28.0 +1.1 35.0 30 Nov 16.8 -0.5 8.3 10 Sep 62.8 98.9 low 63%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 26.8 +0.8 35.9 14 Oct 19.1 +0.5 11.7 25 Sep 53.4 148.0 v low 36%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 33.1 +0.8 39.5 29 Nov 16.9 -1.2 9.3 9 Sep 14.7 95.2 low 15%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 33.1 +1.5 40.3 29 Nov 16.7 -0.4 9.0 10 Sep 23.1 108.8 v low 21%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Brigalow Research Stn 32.2 +2.6 40.5 18 Nov 14.9 +0.4 6.2 1 Sep 58.0 175.9 v low 33%
Clermont Sirius St 32.5 +1.0 40.0 29 Nov 15.7 0.0 6.6 10 Sep 61.4 111.8 low 55%
Emerald Airport 32.8 +1.5 40.5 18 Nov 15.9 -0.9 9.3 10 Sep 23.2 120.5 v low 19%
Rolleston 32.7 +1.7 40.7 18 Nov 14.5 +0.1 6.7 9 Oct 48.5 136.4 low 36%
Springsure Dame St 31.6 +1.3 39.7 18 Nov 15.6 +0.8 7.0 27 Sep 47.4 138.5 low 34%
Tambo Post Office 31.7 +1.2 40.9 18 Nov 14.0 +0.7 2.9 9 Sep 79.4 99.3 average 80%
Taroom Post Office 32.0 +2.6 41.5 18 Nov 14.9 +0.7 4.1 30 Sep 70.8 162.4 low 44%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 32.8 +1.0 41.1 18 Nov 17.9 +0.9 8.2 9 Sep 72.1 82.2 average 88%
Blackall Airport 32.7   41.7 18 Nov 15.9   5.0 10 Sep 83.6
Isisford Post Office 33.6 +0.9 43.0 18 Nov 16.9 +0.6 6.2 29 Sep 58.2 75.0 average 78%
Longreach Aero 34.3 +0.9 43.7 18 Nov 16.5 0.0 6.1 6 Sep 37.0 62.2 average 59%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 35.7 +0.5 42.3 18 Nov 19.2 +0.2 7.3 29 Sep 17.0 49.0 low 35%
The Monument Airport 34.0   43.8 20 Nov 17.4   7.2 29 Sep 30.8
Trepell Airport 34.3   44.0 19 Nov 17.4   7.8 27 Sep 51.2
Urandangi 35.0 +0.4 44.0 20 Nov 16.2 -0.8 5.2 9 Sep 42.0 42.0 average 100%
Winton Airport 35.1   42.9 19 Nov 16.8   6.7 9 Sep 16.8
Winton Post Office 34.6 +0.3 42.5 20 Nov 18.2 +0.9 7.9 9 Sep 23.4 57.4 average 41%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 33.3   46.6 18 Nov 16.9   7.3 28 Sep 47.0 30.2 high 156%
Boulia Airport 34.0 +0.2 45.7 20 Nov 18.2 +0.6 9.1 27 Sep 48.3 43.1 average 112%
Windorah Post Office 33.4 +1.3 45.0 20 Nov 17.4 +1.2 7.5 28 Sep 60.4 49.5 average 122%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 33.1 +2.4 41.0 18 Nov 15.7 +0.4 6.7 9 Oct 45.8 156.5 v low 29%
Bundaberg Aero 28.0 +1.2 33.0 16 Oct 16.9 +0.6 9.6 28 Sep 86.8 198.9 v low 44%
Gayndah Airport 31.0   37.9 17 Nov 14.0   5.3 1 Sep 161.8
Gladstone Airport 28.6 +1.2 35.9 14 Oct 18.2 +0.1 12.2 10 Sep 24.0 146.2 v low 16%
Gladstone Radar 30.4 +2.2 36.4 30 Nov 19.3 +0.8 15.4 28 Sep 39.4 160.6 v low 25%
Lady Elliot Island 26.6 +1.1 29.9 22 Nov 21.1 +0.8 13.4 25 Sep 69.6 161.0 low 43%
Monto Township 31.0 +2.3 38.3 18 Nov 13.0 -0.1 2.1 9 Oct 74.6 155.6 low 48%
Rockhampton Aero 31.6 +2.2 38.3 30 Nov 17.5 +0.8 10.4 28 Sep 32.2 141.5 v low 23%
Rundle Island 25.2 +0.4 28.9 24 Nov 21.6 +0.6 18.3 10 Oct
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 27.2 +1.2 30.4 30 Nov 18.9 +0.3 11.0 16 Sep 107.2 182.8 low 59%
Seventeen Seventy 27.5 +1.8 30.6 23 Nov 19.3 +0.2 14.5 28 Sep 57.4 182.8 v low 31%
Thangool Airport 32.1 +2.1 39.6 18 Nov 13.5 +0.2 2.6 9 Oct 89.0 158.2 low 56%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 29.5 +1.9 40.3 17 Nov 12.3 -0.8 1.7 1 Sep 193.0 189.0 average 102%
Archerfield Airport 28.4 +1.7 38.0 17 Nov 14.6 +0.6 4.9 1 Sep 108.4 214.1 low 51%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 29.1   39.3 17 Nov 12.4   1.6 1 Sep 178.4
Beerburrum Forest Station 28.6 +1.4 39.5 17 Nov 14.0 -0.3 6.7 1 Sep 162.6 256.4 low 63%
Brisbane* 28.0 +2.0  35.0 13 Oct 16.2 +0.6  8.5 1 Sep 112.2 218.5 low 51%
Brisbane Aero* 26.8 +1.2 34.8 3 Oct 15.6 +0.2 5.2 1 Sep 105.4 225.8 low 47%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 25.0 +2.0 29.4 16 Oct 19.1 +1.4 13.2 1 Sep 47.2 240.1 lowest 20%
Coolangatta 26.4 +2.1 34.6 3 Oct 15.3 -0.5 5.8 28 Sep 99.6 263.9 v low 38%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 27.2 +2.9 32.9 28 Nov 19.2 +0.8 14.2 1 Sep 86.8 209.9 v low 41%
Gold Coast Seaway 26.9 +1.7 35.0 3 Oct 16.9 +0.1 8.9 1 Sep 85.8 271.6 v low 32%
Gympie 30.2 +2.0 40.5 17 Nov 12.8 -0.7 2.5 1 Sep 70.4 207.0 v low 34%
Hervey Bay Airport 27.5 +1.2 31.6 20 Nov 16.3 -0.6 5.9 28 Sep 93.4 189.8 v low 49%
Jimna Forestry 26.8   36.6 17 Nov 11.3   2.7 1 Sep 149.4 185.7 average 80%
Kingaroy Airport 28.8   38.2 17 Nov 10.8   -0.2 1 Sep 75.8
Logan City Water Treatment 28.2 +2.0 37.5 17 Nov 15.1 +0.3 0.0 8 Sep 146.4 227.4 low 64%
Maleny Tamarind St 25.6   37.8 17 Nov 14.6   7.2 1 Sep 150.0 309.1 low 49%
Maroochydore Aero 26.8 +1.4 35.3 3 Oct 15.0 -0.5 4.5 1 Sep 152.6 226.5 low 67%
Maryborough 29.3 +1.8 34.7 16 Oct 14.5 -0.6 5.2 28 Sep 46.2 202.8 v low 23%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 28.0   39.7 17 Nov 15.2   7.8 1 Sep 167.4
Point Lookout 26.5 +1.7 31.0 17 Oct 18.3 0.0 11.4 1 Sep 157.0 299.7 v low 52%
Rainbow Beach 26.4 +0.9 32.8 17 Nov       86.6 227.2 v low 38%
Redcliffe* 26.3 +1.0  34.7 3 Oct 16.9 +0.6  8.9 1 Sep 150.6 203.4 low 74%
Tewantin RSL Park 26.7 +1.4 36.4 17 Nov 16.5 -0.2 7.6 1 Sep 78.4 255.9 v low 31%
Toolara (Kelly) 30.5 +2.3 38.2 28 Nov 16.4 0.0 10.4 28 Sep 75.0 229.4 v low 33%
University of Queensland Gatton 30.2 +2.3 41.9 17 Nov 12.6 -0.2 3.2 1 Sep 108.2 178.9 low 60%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 24.3 +2.9 34.2 20 Nov 9.1 +0.4 -2.1 1 Sep 151.6 195.8 low 77%
Dalby Airport 29.8 +1.8 39.9 17 Nov 12.2 -0.2 -0.1 1 Sep 113.0 171.4 low 66%
Goondiwindi Airport 30.3 +1.9 42.1 18 Nov 14.4 +1.2 2.9 1 Sep 52.4 140.2 v low 37%
Inglewood Forest 29.8   41.6 17 Nov 13.8   3.7 28 Sep 75.2 159.7 v low 47%
Oakey Aero 28.8 +2.5 39.5 17 Nov 11.8 +0.9 0.3 1 Sep 61.8 167.4 v low 37%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 25.0 +2.6 35.0 17 Nov 9.0 +0.3 -2.4 1 Sep 158.5 196.2 average 81%
Texas Post Office 29.5 +2.0 38.6 4 Nov 13.0 +1.7 1.2 1 Sep 183.6 168.7 average 109%
Toowoomba Airport 26.0 +1.8 36.6 17 Nov 12.9 +0.3 5.8 28 Sep 102.6 182.9 v low 56%
Warwick 27.9 +2.3 38.0 17 Nov 10.5 +0.1 -1.2 1 Sep 94.0 205.4 v low 46%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 31.0 +2.0 40.5 17 Nov 13.6 -0.3 1.4 9 Oct 61.6 121.3 low 51%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 31.4 +2.4 41.8 19 Nov 13.1 +0.9 1.6 9 Oct 58.8 145.6 v low 40%
Mitchell Post Office 31.6 +2.7 42.0 19 Nov 13.2 +1.3 1.5 1 Sep 72.6 126.1 low 58%
Roma Airport 31.4 +2.2 42.6 17 Nov 14.3 +0.8 1.7 1 Sep 46.4 140.0 v low 33%
St George Airport 31.3 +2.0 44.0 19 Nov 15.3 +0.8 2.8 1 Sep 33.8 126.2 v low 27%
Surat 31.1 +2.3 43.3 17 Nov 15.0 +1.7 1.7 1 Sep 52.4 133.0 low 39%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 31.3 +2.0 44.2 20 Nov 15.0 +1.5 2.9 1 Sep 118.0 100.4 average 118%
Charleville Aero 31.5 +2.0 42.9 19 Nov 15.0 +0.9 3.3 1 Sep 56.4 105.7 low 53%
Cunnamulla Post Office 30.9 +1.6 43.6 19 Nov 16.0 +1.5 5.1 1 Sep 78.0 73.7 average 106%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 32.0   46.5 20 Nov     6.3 5 Sep 71.8
Quilpie Airport 31.9 +1.3 44.4 20 Nov 16.7 +0.9 5.7 6 Sep 58.3 64.9 average 90%
Thargomindah Airport 31.3 +0.3 45.4 18 Nov 16.8 -0.1 6.5 29 Sep 63.6 54.9 average 116%

Notes

A Seasonal Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Queensland using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated. Later information, including data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review, usually published in the fourth week of the month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Tuesday 1 December 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.
The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of long-term average rain.

* A nearby long term station is used for comparison at these sites.

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.

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