A wet summer, despite a dry start to the season

    • Wetter than average across most of Queensland
    • Wettest summer since 2006 - 2007
    • 10th wettest summer for statewide averages
    • Cooler than average daytime temperatures over western districts
    • Milder than normal overnight temperatures in the north west

      Overview

      Most of the state received average or above average rainfall during summer 2009 - 2010. Parts of the central interior had record high summer rainfall while large areas of the western and southern interior were very much above average, this being the highest 10% on record. 

      Maximum temperatures were below average in the north west, and close to average elsewhere. Close to average minimum temperatures were recorded along the coast, but were below average over the remaining western districts.

      Significant events throughout the summer included:

      • Record high minimum temperatures over the interior during the 8th to the 10th of December from hot north westerly winds ahead of a vigorous trough system;
      • Heavy and extended rainfall periods throughout the south east, central east and central interior at the end of December;
      • Cold January outbreak on the 19th, with record low temperatures recorded in the Darling Downs, Granite Belt, and areas of the central interior;
      • Tropical Cyclone Neville, named on the 21st of January;
      • Tropical Cyclone Olga, named on the 23rd of January;
      • Very heavy rainfall overnight on the 6th of February, especially around Gold Coast Hinterland, with totals exceeding 350mm in the 24 hours to 9am on the 7th of February;
      • Heavy rainfall from severe thunderstorms in the Ipswich, and western suburbs area on the evening of the 15th of February;
      • Localised flash flooding from severe thunderstorms on the 16th of February in the Brisbane area;
      • Tornado in Atherton on the 16th of February, as well as a funnel cloud sighted in Oakey, also on the 16th of February.
      • Monsoon trough extended from a large monsoon low over the Northern Territory, to Torres Strait and into the northern Coral Sea, causing moderate to heavy widespread falls over western parts at the month's end.

      Summer

      December:

      It was a dry start to summer with raised dust and warm temperatures in the western districts. Record high minimum temperatures were recorded over the central interior due to hot north westerly winds ahead of a surface trough between the 8th and 12th. 

      In contrast, it was a wet end to December, with the remnants of Ex Tropical Cyclone Laurence located in the Channel Country on the 25th of January, and a trough extending northwards into the Gulf Country. Moderate to heavy falls were recorded through central Queensland as this trough generated a rainband with associated thunderstorms. The trough lingered over the interior to the end of December, and in combination with an upper low, produced rain areas over the southeast, central interior and central eastern districts.

      January:

      During January, two tropical cyclones were named in the Queensland region: Tropical Cyclone Neville on the 21st, and Tropical Cyclone Olga on the 23rd.  Heavy rainfall and flooding to the northeast tropical coast was a result of the combination of the tropical cyclones with an active monsoon. Heavy rainfall near the monsoon trough coincided with king tides to cause water inundation near Townsville and Mackay (King Tide occurred on 30/1/2010). 

       There was also a cold outbreak on the 19th of January. A strong south westerly flow associated with a low in the Tasman pushed cool and dry air into southern Queensland, and overnight temperatures dropped to 5.4 C in Applethorpe.

      February:

      At the beginning of February, Ex Tropical Cyclone Olga was lying near Barcaldine and was moving slowly south southwest. A monsoon trough extended from Ex Tropical Cyclone Olga to the northern Capricorn Coast.

      During the first four days of February, moderate to heavy rain fell over the central coast, central and southern interior.

       The next significant rainfall event occurred over the south east coast overnight on the 6th of February. A surface trough remained stationary over the eastern interior as an upper level low developed over southern Queensland. The combination of the surface feature and the upper levels produced some very high daily totals to 9am on the 7th, included Mt Tamborine with 364mm, Canungra with 305mm, Nerang with 280mm and Oxenford with 279mm. 

      Heavy rain fell during severe thunderstorms in the Ipswich, and western suburbs area on the evening of the 15th. Again, on the 16th of February, very heavy rainfall and localised flash flooding occurred in the greater Brisbane area as severe thunderstorms developed over the south east coast. Some parts of Brisbane suburbs including Milton, Auchenflower, East Brisbane and Stones Corner were submerged underwater by the afternoon of the 16th.

      Also on the 16th, a tornado was observed near Atherton, located on the tablelands west of Cairns. A funnel cloud was seen near Oakey in the south east. A surface trough extended from north east to the south east of Queensland while an upper trough was moving eastwards across southern Queensland. The very humid and unstable air mass in the north and east of the surface trough provided these suitable conditions.

      By the month's end, a monsoon trough extended from a large monsoon low located over the Northern Territory, to the Torres Strait and into the northern Coral Sea. The monsoon low extended a thundery rain band into western parts of the state, and drifted slowly south east into southern Queensland.

      Rainfall

      Area averaged across the state, and based on figures since 1900, summer received 445.97 mm of rainfall (summer average rainfall is 324.68mm). It is the wettest summer since 2006 - 2007, and using statewide averages, it is the 8th wettest summer on record.

      The wettest overall was 2491 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station, then 1738.6 mm at Mossman South Alchera Drive. 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 was 364.4 mm at Mt Tamborine Fern St on the 7th of February 2010. Some sites had their highest summer daily rainfall on record

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

      Temperature

      Area averaged across the state, and based on figures since 1950, the mean maximum temperature was 34.12 C, or -0.52 C below average (summer average maximum temperature is 34.64 C). The mean minimum temperature was 22.61 C, or +0.3 C above average (summer average minimum temperature is 22.31 C). 

      Maximum temperature

      The hottest day was 46.3 C at Birdsville Airport on 8 Dec 2009, and the warmest days on average were 37.4 C at Bedourie Police Station.

      The coolest days on average were 27.2 C at Maleny Tamarind St, and the coldest day was 19.6 C at Toowoomba Airport on 2 Dec 2009.

      Some sites had their highest summer mean daily 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 5.4 C at Applethorpe on the 19th of January 2010. This was also a new lowest temperature on record for the state in February. The coolest nights on average were 15.5 C, also at Applethorpe.

      The warmest nights on average were 26.4 C at Sweers Island, and the warmest night was 31.8 C at Birdsville Airport on the 26th of January 2010.

      Some sites had their lowest summer temperature on record. Some sites had their warmest summer night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record. Some sites had their highest summer mean daily minimum temperature on record. Some sites had their lowest summer mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years.

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

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      Extremes in summer 2009-10
      Hottest day 46.3 C at Birdsville Airport on 8 Dec 2009
      Warmest days on average 37.4 C at Bedourie Police Station
      Coolest days on average 27.2 C at Maleny Tamarind St
      Coldest day 19.6 C at Toowoomba Airport on 2 Dec 2009
      Coldest night 5.4 C at Applethorpe on 19 Jan 2010
      Coolest nights on average 15.5 C at Applethorpe
      Warmest nights on average 26.4 C at Sweers Island
      Warmest night 31.8 C at Birdsville Airport on 26 Jan 2010
      Wettest overall 1738.6 mm at Mossman South Alchera Drive1
      Wettest day364.4 mm at Mt Tamborine Fern St on 7 Feb 2010
      Highest wind gust 131 km/h at St George Airport on 22 Dec 2009

      Record highest summer daily rainfall
      Highest daily rainfall
      in summer 2009-10 (mm)
      Previous highest
      for summer
      Years of
      record
      Muttaburra 223.0 on 31 Dec 2009 207.0 on 12 Jan 1951 124
      Canungra Finch Road 305.0 on 7 Feb 2010 274.3 on 18 Feb 1956 96
      Crowfels Station 161.8 on 1 Jan 2010 149.0 on 11 Feb 2009 80
      Lockhart River Airport 338.6 on 11 Jan 2010 247.4 on 4 Feb 1982 55
      Brookstead Post Office 128.8 on 21 Dec 2009 112.2 on 3 Jan 1996 53
      Colodan 124.4 on 4 Jan 2010 121.9 on 3 Jan 1962 52
      Barcaldine Downs 170.0 on 31 Dec 2009 151.0 on 2 Feb 1989 40
      Hazelmere 194.0 on 22 Feb 2010 192.0 on 1 Feb 1993 39
      Moorlands 251.0 on 31 Dec 2009 126.0 on 15 Dec 2000 36
      Frankfield Station 153.0 on 31 Jan 2010 114.0 on 9 Jan 1996 23



      Record highest total summer rainfall
      Total rainfall
      for summer 2009-10 (mm)
      Previous highest
      for summer
      Years of
      record
      Average for
      summer
      Aramac Post Office 570.0 532.5 in 1955 130 220.7
      Blackall Township 550.9 545.0 in 1940 129 233.8
      Muttaburra 659.5 = 659.5 in 1973 125 225.5
      Barcaldine Post Office 653.1 611.0 in 1953 124 227.7

      Highest total summer rainfall for at least 20 years
      Total rainfall
      for summer 2009-10 (mm)
      Most recent higher
      for summer
      Years since
      higher
      Average for
      summer
      Isisford Post Office 412.4 426.7 in 1917 91 196.8
      Mitchell Post Office 425.0 584.5 in 1953 56 220.5
      Surat 436.8 496.9 in 1958 51 217.0
      Gillespie 510.2 533.8 in 1961 48 225.0
      Wyseby 688.6 763.4 in 1970 38 325.9
      Karoola Park 327.4 356.0 in 1973 36 202.4
      Longreach Aero 424.6 468.6 in 1973 36 218.3
      Bollon Mary St 387.5 562.6 in 1975 34 169.3
      Canungra Finch Road 677.8 805.0 in 1975 34 447.6
      Rolleston 533.6 696.1 in 1975 34 277.6
      Taroom Post Office 520.9 724.3 in 1970 34 276.2
      Woodlands 403.4 506.3 in 1975 34 188.5
      Glenwood 538.0 539.4 in 1973 33 272.4
      Orion 486.8 731.7 in 1975 33 301.7
      Rewan Station 656.5 685.7 in 1973 33 396.9
      Urandangi 440.7 454.3 in 1976 33 168.2
      Yangan Post Office 420.4 651.8 in 1975 33 276.8
      Eromanga - Webber St 238.6 287.6 in 1976 32 105.3
      Kenilworth 373.6 501.2 in 1975 32 180.5
      Mungallala 378.4 438.4 in 1975 30 212.2
      Cowley Station 317.5 507.5 in 1975 28 150.2
      Oxenford (Oberon Way) 707.8 881.1 in 1975 27 492.0
      Monto Township 446.5 459.4 in 1973 24 310.4
      Brigalow Research Stn 497.4 515.9 in 1988 21 307.7


      Record highest summer mean daily maximum temperature
      Mean daily maximum
      temperature
      for summer 2009-10 (C)
      Previous highest
      for summer
      Years of
      record
      Average for
      summer
      Coolangatta 29.3 29.2 in 2005 21 27.8



      Lowest summer mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
      Mean daily maximum
      temperature
      for summer 2009-10 (C)
      Most recent lower
      for summer
      Years since
      lower
      Average for
      summer
      Longreach Aero 34.5 34.4 in 1983 26 36.8



      Record highest summer daily minimum temperature
      Highest daily minimum
      temperature
      in summer 2009-10 (C)
      Previous highest
      for summer
      Years of
      record
      Average for
      summer
      Mitchell Post Office 29.3 on 10 Dec 2009 29.0 on 5 Jan 2006 42 19.3



      Record lowest summer temperature
      Lowest temperature
      in summer 2009-10 (C)
      Previous lowest
      for summer
      Years of
      record
      Average for
      summer
      Collinsville Post Office 14.3 on 6 Dec 2009 14.7 on 26 Dec 1965 53 21.7
      Proserpine Airport 14.3 on 6 Dec 2009 15.0 on 6 Feb 1990 22 22.4



      Record highest summer mean daily minimum temperature
      Mean daily minimum
      temperature
      for summer 2009-10 (C)
      Previous highest
      for summer
      Years of
      record
      Average for
      summer
      Oakey Aero 18.9 18.7 in 2005 36 17.3



      Lowest summer mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
      Mean daily minimum
      temperature
      for summer 2009-10 (C)
      Most recent lower
      for summer
      Years since
      lower
      Average for
      summer
      Urandangi 22.2 22.1 in 1977 30 23.4



      ^ These gauges are known to have failed during the season
      Summary statistics for summer 2009-10
      Maximum temperatures
      for summer
      (C)
      Minimum temperatures
      for summer
      (C)
      Rainfall
      for summer
      (millimetres)
      Mean for
      summer
      2009-10
      Diff
      from
      average
      Highest for
      summer
      2009-10
      Mean for
      summer
      2009-10
      Diff
      from
      average
      Lowest for
      summer
      2009-10
      Total for
      summer
      2009-10
      Average
      for
      summer
      Rank of
      summer
      2009-10
      Fraction of
      summer
      average
      North Peninsula (district 27)
      Coconut Island 32.1 -0.1 35.7 24 Dec 2009 26.0 0.0 23.4 24 Jan 2010 753.4 744.1 average 101%
      Coen Airport 33.3   40.6 1 Dec 2009 23.9   21.1 25 Jan 2010 686.0
      Horn Island 31.2 +0.2 33.6 19 Feb 2010 25.4 +0.1 22.5 4 Feb 2010 1183.6 1082.3 average 109%
      Weipa Aero 32.7 +0.4 37.7 5 Dec 2009 24.5 +0.3 22.6 6 Dec 2009 1132.1 1345.5 low 84%
      South Peninsula (district 28)
      Lockhart River Airport 32.0 +0.3 35.2 5 Feb 2010 24.4 +0.8 21.9 2 Dec 2009 1513.8 997.5 v high 152%
      Musgrave 34.4 +0.8 40.8 1 Dec 2009 23.6 +0.6 18.0 14 Dec 2009 807.9 741.3 average 109%
      Palmerville 33.7 0.0 38.9 24 Dec 2009 23.3 +0.6 17.2 6 Dec 2009 935.0 689.1 high 136%
      Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
      Burketown Airport 34.8   41.7 24 Jan 2010 25.2   20.2 3 Dec 2009 1100.0
      Century Mine 36.5   43.6 7 Dec 2009 24.8   19.6 2 Dec 2009 529.8
      Cloncurry Airport 35.7 -1.3 43.2 9 Dec 2009 24.4 -0.1 18.1 1 Dec 2009 367.4 386.9 average 95%
      Croydon Township 34.8 -1.0 41.4 8 Dec 2009 24.9 +0.6 20.7 1 Dec 2009 875.8 516.2 v high 170%
      Julia Creek Airport 36.6   43.7 9 Dec 2009 23.5   14.8 20 Jan 2010 360.8
      Kowanyama Airport 33.5 +0.1 40.4 1 Dec 2009 24.8 +0.5 21.0 2 Dec 2009 859.6 869.2 average 99%
      Mornington Island 32.9 +0.6 37.3 1 Dec 2009 26.1 +0.4 22.9 12 Dec 2009 1123.8 784.8 high 143%
      Mount Isa Aero 35.7 -0.6 42.1 8 Dec 2009 23.4 0.0 16.8 2 Dec 2009 368.2 283.4 high 130%
      Normanton Airport 34.3   40.6 5 Dec 2009 25.7   22.0 18 Jan 2010 697.2 561.2 average 124%
      Sweers Island 32.9   37.6 25 Dec 2009 26.4   21.8 30 Dec 2009 1333.3 874.6 v high 152%
      Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
      Georgetown Airport 34.2   40.9 8 Dec 2009 23.1   15.6 1 Dec 2009 825.2
      Hughenden Airport 34.5   41.9 9 Dec 2009 22.8   15.8 1 Dec 2009 495.8 311.4 high 159%
      Richmond Airport 35.9 -0.9 43.7 9 Dec 2009 22.8 -0.4 15.8 20 Jan 2010 365.6 293.1 average 125%
      Richmond Post Office 36.2 -0.7 43.5 9 Dec 2009 23.2 +0.6 16.3 2 Dec 2009 386.5 298.6 high 129%
      Barron North Coast (district 31)
      Cairns Aero 31.7 +0.4 36.9 4 Feb 2010 24.0 +0.4 20.5 6 Dec 2009 1071.2 1025.3 average 104%
      Cape Flattery 32.2   35.4 1 Feb 2010 24.6   20.9 20 Jan 2010 965.2
      Cooktown Airport 31.8 -0.1 36.9 5 Feb 2010 24.3 -0.2 20.9 21 Jan 2010 954.4 727.7 average 131%
      Green Island 30.9 -0.2 35.3 3 Feb 2010 25.7 +0.5 23.7 28 Dec 2009
      Kairi Research Station 29.2 +1.0 33.3 1 Dec 2009 19.4 +0.3 14.9 2 Dec 2009 693.9 657.2 average 106%
      Mareeba Airport 31.2 +0.1 37.9 1 Dec 2009 21.2 -0.1 17.1 9 Dec 2009 651.6 560.6 high 116%
      Walkamin Research Station 30.1 +0.3 36.8 1 Dec 2009 20.5 +0.3 16.3 6 Dec 2009 672.9 595.6 average 113%
      Herbert North Coast (district 32)
      Cardwell Marine Pde 31.8 +0.4 38.0 2 Feb 2010 23.9 +1.2 19.7 6 Dec 2009 1372.0 1102.2 high 124%
      Ingham Composite 32.0 -0.1 37.9 3 Feb 2010 23.1 +0.3 18.5 6 Dec 2009 1105.4 1085.7 average 102%
      Innisfail 31.5 +0.8 36.7 2 Feb 2010 23.8 +1.2 20.5 6 Dec 2009 1535.8 1377.3 average 112%
      Lucinda Point 30.0 0.0 33.1 2 Feb 2010 25.4 +0.2 22.7 6 Dec 2009 561.0 495.0 average 113%
      South Johnstone Exp Stn 31.2 +0.2 36.4 2 Feb 2010 23.1 +0.8 19.1 6 Dec 2009
      Townsville Aero 31.5 +0.2 34.5 1 Dec 2009 24.7 +0.6 22.2 11 Jan 2010 1205.8 713.1 high 169%
      East Central Coast (district 33)
      Alva Beach 31.3 +0.2 33.1 6 Feb 2010 25.1 +0.5 19.9 6 Dec 2009 785.0 647.7 high 121%
      Ayr DPI Research Stn 31.8 0.0 36.1 18 Jan 2010 23.3 +0.8 18.3 6 Dec 2009 796.6 566.4 high 141%
      Collinsville Post Office 34.2 +0.9 40.8 18 Jan 2010 22.4 +0.7 14.3 6 Dec 2009 288.4 393.7 average 73%
      Hamilton Island Airport 29.5   31.8 19 Jan 2010 24.9   21.2 21 Dec 2009 675.0
      Mackay Aero 30.7 +0.5 35.3 1 Dec 2009 23.3 +0.6 16.1 6 Dec 2009 910.4 808.2 high 113%
      Mackay M.O 30.6 +0.7 34.4 1 Dec 2009 24.1 +0.8 18.4 6 Dec 2009 883.2 785.4 average 112%
      Proserpine Airport 31.6 +0.1 37.1 1 Dec 2009 22.5 +0.1 14.3 6 Dec 2009 1001.0 840.6 high 119%
      Samuel Hill Aero 30.1 -0.7 34.0 1 Dec 2009 21.7 +0.7 14.8 6 Dec 2009 1262.2 667.4 v high 189%
      St Lawrence 31.4   36.1 1 Dec 2009 23.1   18.0 6 Dec 2009 957.0
      St Lawrence Post Office 31.8 +0.3 36.7 19 Jan 2010 23.2 +1.0 18.6 1 Feb 2010 946.0 528.6 high 179%
      Williamson 30.9   34.5 1 Dec 2009 23.0   16.9 5 Dec 2009 884.0
      Woolshed 28.6 +0.3 35.9 1 Dec 2009 20.9 +0.2 14.7 1 Dec 2009 1118.4 639.3 high 175%
      Yeppoon The Esplanade 28.2 -1.0 30.8 19 Jan 2010 23.0 -0.5 16.8 1 Feb 2010 724.6 403.1 high 180%
      West Central Coast (district 34)
      Charters Towers Airport 33.5 -0.1 39.6 19 Jan 2010 22.2 -0.1 17.7 6 Dec 2009 434.6 392.7 average 111%
      Central Highlands (district 35)
      Clermont Sirius St 33.0 -1.1 39.7 9 Dec 2009 21.6 +0.4 15.5 1 Dec 2009 425.0 325.9 high 130%
      Emerald Airport 32.9 -1.2 39.4 18 Jan 2010 21.5 -0.5 17.3 20 Jan 2010 410.8 261.4 high 157%
      Rolleston 33.1 -1.1 40.0 9 Dec 2009 20.9 +0.4 15.2 20 Jan 2010 533.6 277.6 v high 192%
      Tambo Post Office 32.9 -1.6 41.5 9 Dec 2009 21.2 +1.4 11.5 19 Jan 2010 465.3 226.7 v high 205%
      Taroom Post Office 33.4 +0.1 40.6 10 Dec 2009 21.1 +0.9 12.6 20 Jan 2010 520.9 276.2 v high 189%
      Central Lowlands (district 36)
      Barcaldine Post Office 33.9 -1.4 41.7 9 Dec 2009 23.3 +0.6 18.2 31 Jan 2010 653.1 227.7 highest 287%
      Blackall Airport 33.5   42.3 9 Dec 2009 22.3   15.9 20 Jan 2010 541.0 292.9 v high 185%
      Isisford Post Office     43.4 9 Dec 2009 23.2 +0.8 16.3 20 Jan 2010 412.4 196.8 v high 210%
      Longreach Aero 34.5 -2.3 43.7 9 Dec 2009 22.7 +0.1 17.3 1 Dec 2009 424.6 218.3 v high 195%
      Upper Western (district 37)
      Camooweal Township 36.7 -0.5 43.4 7 Dec 2009 24.2 +0.3 17.2 20 Jan 2010 429.6 251.4 high 171%
      The Monument Airport 36.3 -0.9 43.2 9 Dec 2009 23.3 -0.5 15.9 2 Dec 2009 306.4 172.7 high 177%
      Trepell Airport 36.3   43.2 9 Dec 2009 23.5   16.8 2 Dec 2009
      Urandangi 37.2 -0.9 44.0 8 Dec 2009 22.2 -1.2 14.0 2 Dec 2009 440.7 168.2 v high 262%
      Winton Airport 36.1   44.6 9 Dec 2009 23.4   17.2 20 Jan 2010 298.4
      Winton Post Office 36.2 -1.1 43.4 9 Dec 2009 24.0 +0.9 19.0 1 Dec 2009 297.8 220.6 high 135%
      Lower Western (district 38)
      Bedourie Police Station 37.4 -1.0 44.8 8 Dec 2009 22.2 -2.2 16.6 3 Dec 2009 128.1 84.9 high 151%
      Birdsville Airport 37.4 -1.6 46.3 8 Dec 2009 23.9 -1.2 17.8 14 Dec 2009 175.0 64.4 v high 272%
      Boulia Airport 37.0 -1.2 43.9 8 Dec 2009     18.6 1 Dec 2009 185.6 131.1 high 142%
      Windorah Post Office 35.7 -1.8 44.5 24 Dec 2009 23.6 +0.2 16.5 1 Dec 2009 178.8 120.5 high 148%
      Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
      Baralaba Post Office 33.9 0.0 38.7 10 Dec 2009 21.5 +0.6 17.0 20 Jan 2010 429.9 308.1 high 140%
      Bundaberg Aero 30.2 +0.4 35.8 19 Jan 2010 22.1 +1.0 17.8 5 Dec 2009 552.2 447.3 high 123%
      Gayndah Airport 32.5   38.3 18 Jan 2010 20.6   15.4 20 Jan 2010 365.2
      Gladstone Airport 30.2 -0.2 34.3 18 Jan 2010 23.0 +0.3 19.6 6 Dec 2009 648.2 412.9 high 157%
      Gladstone Radar 31.5 +0.4 35.4 19 Jan 2010 23.0 +0.7 19.3 23 Dec 2009 593.4 419.0 high 142%
      Lady Elliot Island 29.5 +0.5 31.6 27 Jan 2010 24.3 +0.6 20.7 23 Dec 2009 410.4 378.5 average 108%
      Monto Township 31.3 -0.5 37.9 11 Dec 2009 19.7 +0.8 12.7 20 Jan 2010 446.5 310.4 high 144%
      Rockhampton Aero 31.8 0.0 37.3 10 Dec 2009 22.8 +1.0 18.2 6 Dec 2009 520.6 374.1 high 139%
      Rundle Island 28.4 +0.4 30.9 21 Jan 2010 24.5 +0.3 20.6 21 Dec 2009
      Sandy Cape Lighthouse 29.8 +0.6 33.2 19 Jan 2010 22.4 +0.3 19.9 4 Dec 2009 488.8 424.3 average 115%
      Seventeen Seventy 30.0 +1.0 32.5 14 Feb 2010 23.4 +0.7 19.6 24 Dec 2009 664.5 467.1 high 142%
      Thangool Airport 32.9 -0.3 39.0 18 Jan 2010 19.8 +0.3 12.9 20 Jan 2010 318.1 283.8 average 112%
      Moreton South Coast (district 40)
      Amberley AMO 31.8 +1.0 39.7 9 Dec 2009 19.5 +0.3 12.3 19 Jan 2010 209.4^ 353.6 v low 59%
      Archerfield Airport 30.6 +0.8 36.1 18 Jan 2010 20.8 +1.1 16.1 4 Dec 2009 495.0 410.7 high 121%
      Beaudesert Drumley Street 31.5   38.7 9 Dec 2009 19.2   13.0 19 Jan 2010 422.4
      Beerburrum Forest Station 30.5 +0.7 37.2 18 Jan 2010 19.8 +0.5 14.5 4 Dec 2009 669.2 550.4 high 122%
      Brisbane 30.5 +0.6 35.1 18 Jan 2010 21.9 +0.9 17.1 4 Dec 2009 484.8 361.4 high 134%
      Brisbane Aero 29.2 +0.4 32.1 18 Jan 2010 21.6 +0.8 16.9 4 Dec 2009 388.8 362.8 average 107%
      Cape Moreton Lighthouse 28.5 +2.0 30.6 24 Dec 2009 23.0 +1.4 19.1 2 Dec 2009 173.4 433.8 v low 40%
      Coolangatta 29.3 +1.5 35.9 18 Jan 2010 21.1 +0.6 15.8 4 Dec 2009 471.6 458.1 average 103%
      Double Island Point Lighthouse 30.0 +2.5 33.9 18 Jan 2010 23.0 +0.9 19.2 1 Dec 2009 237.6 456.6 low 52%
      Gold Coast Seaway 29.5 +1.2 37.9 18 Jan 2010 21.9 +0.6 18.4 3 Dec 2009 481.4 405.8 high 119%
      Gympie 31.2 +0.2 38.0 10 Dec 2009 19.7 +0.4 13.8 5 Dec 2009 419.4 463.4 average 91%
      Hervey Bay Airport 30.2 +0.4 34.8 19 Jan 2010 22.2 +0.4 15.7 5 Dec 2009 401.8 375.2 average 107%
      Jimna Forestry 28.2 +0.5 36.0 10 Dec 2009 17.6 +0.6 11.3 4 Dec 2009 466.8 320.5 high 146%
      Kingaroy Airport 30.3   37.9 10 Dec 2009 18.1   11.1 19 Jan 2010 294.4 258.6 average 114%
      Logan City Water Treatment 30.5 +1.2 37.7 18 Jan 2010 21.3 +1.4 15.7 3 Dec 2009 543.9 398.6 high 136%
      Maleny Tamarind St 27.2   34.8 9 Dec 2009 19.1   15.2 4 Dec 2009 933.0 784.6 high 119%
      Maroochydore Aero 29.7 +1.3 34.1 18 Jan 2010 21.0 +0.2 15.3 4 Dec 2009 291.4 422.6 v low 69%
      Maryborough 31.3 +0.8 35.3 11 Dec 2009 20.8 +0.5 15.4 5 Dec 2009 264.6 462.2 low 57%
      Nambour DPI - Hillside 29.7   36.3 18 Jan 2010 20.5   15.6 4 Dec 2009 552.5
      Point Lookout 29.6 +0.9 32.0 20 Feb 2010 22.4 +0.2 18.0 4 Dec 2009 355.0 361.3 average 98%
      Rainbow Beach 28.9 +0.3 32.7 18 Jan 2010       283.1 464.2 low 61%
      Redcliffe 29.2   32.7 15 Feb 2010 22.1   18.5 5 Dec 2009 ^
      Tewantin RSL Park 28.9 +0.7 34.6 18 Jan 2010 21.9 +0.4 17.0 5 Dec 2009 343.2 483.4 v low 71%
      Toolara (Kelly) 31.8 +0.6 37.7 9 Dec 2009 20.7 +0.3 17.0 4 Dec 2009 505.4 471.4 average 107%
      University of Queensland Gatton 32.9 +1.7 41.8 10 Dec 2009 19.5 +0.8 13.3 5 Dec 2009 259.0 310.6 average 83%
      East Darling Downs (district 41)
      Applethorpe 27.4 +1.6 35.4 10 Dec 2009 15.5 +0.9 5.4 19 Jan 2010
      Dalby Airport 32.6 +0.8 40.0 27 Jan 2010 18.8 +0.5 10.0 20 Jan 2010 163.4 256.8 low 64%
      Goondiwindi Airport 34.2 +1.2 41.6 9 Dec 2009 21.0 +1.5 12.5 20 Jan 2010 170.8 248.1 low 69%
      Inglewood Forest 33.0 +0.3 40.2 10 Dec 2009 19.0 +0.7 11.9 19 Jan 2010 231.4 228.6 average 101%
      Oakey Aero 31.6 +1.3 40.2 10 Dec 2009 18.9 +1.6 11.1 19 Jan 2010 138.2 252.4 low 55%
      Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 27.6 +0.6 36.2 9 Dec 2009 16.0 +0.9 7.0 19 Jan 2010 223.8 276.9 average 81%
      Texas Post Office 33.3 +0.2 40.1 9 Dec 2009 19.8 +1.8 11.2 20 Jan 2010 316.6 245.0 high 129%
      Toowoomba Airport 28.4 +0.7 38.2 10 Dec 2009 17.9 +0.7 13.1 3 Dec 2009 259.8 267.0 average 97%
      Warwick 30.2 +0.6 39.2 10 Dec 2009 17.3 +0.7 9.6 19 Jan 2010 246.8 246.5 average 100%
      West Darling Downs (district 42)
      Miles Constance Street 33.0 -0.2 40.6 10 Dec 2009 20.6 +0.7 11.4 20 Jan 2010 268.0 228.8 high 117%
      Maranoa (district 43)
      Injune Post Office 32.6 -0.4 41.3 9 Dec 2009 20.1 +1.2 10.6 20 Jan 2010 411.2 264.8 v high 155%
      Mitchell Post Office 33.3 -0.3 42.2 9 Dec 2009 20.9 +1.6 10.5 20 Jan 2010 425.0 220.5 v high 193%
      Roma Airport 32.9 -0.5 41.8 10 Dec 2009 21.3 +1.1 11.2 20 Jan 2010 395.0 229.9 v high 172%
      St George Airport 33.5 -0.7 43.2 8 Dec 2009 21.5 +0.4 12.6 19 Jan 2010 327.0 201.3 high 162%
      Surat 33.0 -0.9 42.0 9 Dec 2009 21.3 +1.2 11.2 20 Jan 2010 436.8 217.0 v high 201%
      Warrego (district 44)
      Bollon Mary St 34.1 -0.8 43.0 8 Dec 2009 22.0 +1.2 12.0 19 Jan 2010 387.5 169.3 v high 229%
      Charleville Aero 33.5 -1.0 43.0 9 Dec 2009 22.0 +0.9 12.9 20 Jan 2010 401.6 198.0 v high 203%
      Cunnamulla Post Office 34.1 -1.2 42.3 8 Dec 2009 22.1 +0.6 15.1 20 Jan 2010 325.6 137.9 v high 236%
      Far Southwest (district 45)
      Ballera Gas Field 35.4   44.3 24 Jan 2010 23.4   16.8 19 Jan 2010 214.4 69.4 v high 309%
      Quilpie Airport 35.0 -1.3 43.2 9 Dec 2009 23.4 +0.3 16.6 20 Jan 2010 259.4 136.2 high 190%
      Thargomindah Airport 35.2 -1.9 45.0 24 Dec 2009 23.7 -0.7 14.7 13 Dec 2009 356.8 112.3 v high 318%

      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 Monday 1 March 2010. 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 9 years of record, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.
      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.

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