Queensland in autumn 2010: Flooding and Tropical Cyclones - wet in the south west, southern interior and the far north west

  • Tropical cyclone Ului crossed the east coast on the 21st March;
  • Tropical cyclone Paul in the Gulf Country in late March to early April;
  • Widespread rainfall and flooding over the south west and southern interior at the beginning of March;
  • Cooler than average seasonal day time temperatures across most of the state;
  • Cooler than average seasonal overnight temperatures over the south west.

Overview

Autumn was wetter than usual in the south west, southern interior and parts of the Gulf Country. Maximum temperatures were generally cooler than average over the western half of the state, while the remainder of the state was slightly warmer than average. Minimum temperatures were cooler than average over southern districts, and warmer than average about the north tropical coast, central coast and Capricornia.

Some significant events that occurred in Queensland during autumn 2010 area below, along with links to individual reports for some of these events.

Flooding

March: Many stations in the south west districts recorded their highest daily rainfall for autumn. The most extreme falls occurred in far western Queensland on the 1st of March. Similarly heavy falls on the 2nd of March were recorded further east through much of the southern inland in the Warrego and Maranoa districts. The combination of a monsoon low over the western districts and another low just off the south east coast near Fraser Island caused the heavy, widespread rainfall and affected most the south west and southern districts at the beginning of March.

Widespread major flooding developed over the 2nd and 3rd of March on many southern inland rivers. Major flooding occurred in the Diamantina, Barcoo, and Cooper Creek, Bulloo, Paroo, Warrego, Wallam and Mungalla Creeks, Maranoa, Balonne, Condamine, Moonie, Weir and Dawson river catchments.

A Special Climate Statement is available for here.

April: Flooding from heavy rainfall earlier in the year continued until the 27th of April in the south west Queensland catchments of the Cooper, Diamantina, Eyre Creek and Balonne river systems.

On the north east tropical coast, Daintree Village and Cape Tribulation recorded 318 mm to 9am on the 4th, causing flooding in the Daintree River between the 4th and the 7th.

Ex tropical cyclone Paul, located over the south west Gulf of Carpentaria waters and coastal areas, concentrated heavy rainfall over the Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country, and initiated flooding in the Norman catchment from the 4th to the 17th, and in the Nicholson catchment from the 2nd to the 12th.

Detailed Reports on Notable Queensland Floods can be found here.  

Tropical Cyclones

March: Severe tropical cyclone Ului made landfall near Airlie Beach on the Whitsunday Coast at approximately 1:30am on the 21st of March. Significant wind damage was reported around the Central Coast and Whitsundays district, mainly between Airlie Beach and Mackay. Reports of damage include widespread tree damage, large areas of sugarcane destroyed and localised structural damage, particularly to roofs. Many boats were also damaged or destroyed due to large seas and swell created by Ului, particularly around Shute Harbour near Airlie Beach. A report on severe tropical cyclone Ului can be found here.

April: Tropical cyclone Paul affected the north west Gulf of Carpentaria late in March. After weakening to a low it traveled across the southern Gulf waters bringing a deluge to the Gulf Country at the beginning of April. The heavy rainfall associated with Paul initiated flooding in the Norman and Nicholson river catchments. Several communities were isolated for long periods by floodwaters and the resulting damage to roads and airstrips. A report on tropical cyclone Paul can be found here.

Rainfall

The state wide average rainfall was 196.11 mm, which is above the long term average of 163.13 mm. 

Overall, autumn rainfall was well above the long term seasonal average in the south west and southern districts, as well as in parts of the Gulf Country.

The south west and southern districts received the majority of the seasonal rain at the beginning of March, where heavy, widespread rainfall led to flooding in the southern inland rivers. Many stations located in this area broke long term daily rainfall records.  

In the 24 hours to 9am on the 1st of March, the highest daily rainfall total in Queensland was 188 mm at Bedourie Police Station, followed by 168 mm at Birdsville Airport, and then 163 mm at Glengyle (all in the Lower Western district). These were all new annual extreme daily rainfall totals for these stations.  

Parts of the Gulf Country were well above the seasonal average due to ex tropical cyclone Paul, located over south west Gulf of Carpentaria waters at the beginning of April. The highest rainfalls to 9am on the 2nd included 338.6 mm at Westmoreland Station, 250 mm at Kingfisher Camp, 235 mm at Burketown and 185 mm at Escott Station.  

The wettest location was Bellenden Ker Top Station, with an autumn total of 3782 mm.

The highest daily rainfall in autumn was 338.6 mm at Westmoreland Station on the 2nd of April. 

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

Temperature

Maximum temperatures were generally cooler than average over most of the state, while parts of the east coast and the Peninsula were slighly warmer than average.

Minimum temperatures were cooler than average over southern and south western districts, and warmer than average about the north tropical coast, Gulf Country and the western Peninsula.  The remainder of the state was close to average.

Maximum temperature

The state wide average maximum temperature was 0.20 C below the long term average of 29.50 C  for autumn 2010.

The hottest day was 39.1 C at Julia Creek Airport on the 11th of April and the warmest days on average were 33.5 C, also at Julia Creek Airport.

The coolest days on average were 21.3 C at Applethorpe, and the coldest day was 11.1 C at Applethorpe and Stanthorpe, both on the 30th of  May. May.

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

Minimum temperature

The state wide average minimum temperature was 0.21 C above the long term average of 17.18 C for autumn 2010.

A near stationary low pressure system near New Zealand produced a blocking pattern with a high pressure system situated about south eastern Australia that induced a deep, cool and dry southerly airflow over the southern half of the state. This pattern continued for several days with widespread morning frost areas about the southern inland area.  The coldest daily minimum temperatures during autumn were all recorded at Stanthorpe, with -3.5 C on the 14th of May, -3.0 C on the 13th of May and -2.7 C on the 15th of May. 

The coolest nights on average were 9.9 C at Applethorpe

The warmest nights on average were 26.1 C at Coconut Island, and the warmest night was 29.2 C at Horn Island on the 3rd of March..

Some sites had their warmest autumn night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record. Some sites had their highest autumn mean daily minimum temperature on record.

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

Wind

The strongest recorded wind gusts were associated with tropical cyclone Ului. Hamilton Island recorded 202 km/h on the 21st of March and 178 km/h on the 20th of March.  Proserpine Airport recorded 146 km/h on the 21st of March.

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Extremes in autumn 2010
Hottest day 39.1 C at Julia Creek Airport on 11 Apr
Warmest days on average 33.5 C at Julia Creek Airport
Coolest days on average 21.3 C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 11.1 C at Applethorpe and Stanthorpe on 30 May
Coldest night -3.5 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 14 May
Coolest nights on average 9.9 C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 26.1 C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 29.2 C at Horn Island on 3 Mar
Wettest overall3782 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Station
Wettest day 338.6 mm at Westmoreland Station on 2 Apr
Highest wind gust 202 km/h at Hamilton Island Airport on 21 Mar
178 km/h at Hamilton Island Airport on 20 Mar
146 km/h at Proserpine Airport on 21 Mar

Record highest autumn daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in autumn 2010 (mm)
Previous highest
for autumn
Years of
record
Mitchell Post Office 165.6 on 2 Mar 123.2 on 4 Mar 1908 124
Surat 154.0 on 2 Mar 118.9 on 1 Mar 1947 124
Windorah Post Office 106.2 on 1 Mar 102.9 on 9 Mar 1887 124
Morven Post Office 152.4 on 2 Mar 137.6 on 20 Apr 1990 123
Gumbardo 123.8 on 2 Mar 115.6 on 21 Mar 1950 122
South Comongin 158.0 on 2 Mar 118.0 on 20 May 1983 117
Glenormiston 115.0 on 1 Mar 78.0 on 27 Mar 1973 107
Victoria Downs 139.6 on 2 Mar 115.0 on 20 Apr 1990 101
Lowan Hills 182.6 on 2 Mar 155.0 on 20 Apr 1990 94
Quilpie Airport 111.3 on 1 Mar 109.5 on 20 May 1983 93
Glengyle 163.0 on 1 Mar 86.4 on 11 Mar 1918 90
Woodlands 159.6 on 2 Mar 144.0 on 7 Mar 1924 90
Keeroongooloo 120.0 on 1 Mar 71.1 on 7 Mar 1949 86
Goombie 123.0 on 2 Mar 111.2 on 10 Apr 1990 85
Mahrigong 114.0 on 6 Apr 110.5 on 23 May 1955 84
Glenorie 147.0 on 2 Mar 140.0 on 11 Mar 1977 80
Glenmorgan Post Office 159.0 on 2 Mar 127.0 on 8 Mar 1941 77
Pingine 149.0 on 2 Mar 83.0 on 9 Apr 1990 75
Spring Creek 130.8 on 2 Mar 93.2 on 16 Mar 1969 73
Dillalah 146.0 on 2 Mar 97.0 on 3 Mar 1999 71
Cluny 160.0 on 1 Mar 129.0 on 16 Mar 1996 70
Meandarra Post Office 152.0 on 2 Mar 109.5 on 15 Mar 1937 69
Bedourie Police Station 188.4 on 1 Mar 74.0 on 19 Mar 1983 66
Waverley Downs 181.6 on 2 Mar 86.6 on 23 May 1983 58
Gue 92.0 on 6 Apr 80.0 on 10 Mar 2006 53
Hereward 115.0 on 2 Mar 95.0 on 2 Apr 1981 52
Grahamville 78.6 on 6 Mar 64.0 on 10 Mar 1995 51
Ronlow Park 163.0 on 22 Mar 130.0 on 2 Mar 1975 49
Boothulla 131.0 on 2 Mar 73.2 on 2 Mar 1936 48
Basin Downs 130.0 on 2 Mar 118.0 on 4 Mar 1982 41
Mundagai 104.8 on 2 Mar 68.4 on 11 Mar 1977 41
Namarah 160.4 on 2 Mar 90.2 on 11 Mar 1977 41
Remilton 107.0 on 2 Mar 80.5 on 20 May 2009 41
Redbank 149.0 on 22 Mar 112.9 on 8 Mar 2006 40
Kandimulla 125.2 on 2 Mar 100.0 on 23 May 1983 38
Kincora 146.6 on 2 Mar 128.4 on 11 Mar 1977 38
South Galway 220.5 on 1 Mar 63.2 on 18 May 1983 36
Wallen 133.0 on 2 Mar 86.0 on 1 Apr 1990 36
Bungaban TM 93.2 on 2 Mar 92.7 on 9 May 1930 35
Warida 167.4 on 2 Mar 95.0 on 11 Mar 1977 30
Garrabarra 143.0 on 2 Mar 83.8 on 18 Mar 1959 25
Lawn Hill Gorge NPWS 142.4 on 2 Apr 131.6 on 1 Mar 1994 25
Roma Airport 132.8 on 2 Mar 118.0 on 14 Apr 2003 25
Aubigny Purrawunda 84.8 on 2 Mar 66.3 on 8 Mar 1964 23
Traighli 89.0 on 1 Mar 82.0 on 8 Mar 2000 23
Mt Driven 132.0 on 2 Mar 65.0 on 19 May 2009 22
Wallal Station 44.6 on 23 Mar 41.0 on 3 Mar 1999 21
Doraville Station 193.0 on 21 Mar 93.0 on 7 Apr 2006 20


Record highest total autumn rainfall
Total rainfall
for autumn 2010 (mm)
Previous highest
for autumn
Years of
record
Average for
autumn
Bedourie Police Station 217.4 215.9 in 1950 64 41.9
Cherry Park 243.3 237.4 in 1990 24 103.9
Lawn Hill Gorge NPWS 264.2 254.6 in 2006 24 102.4


Record highest autumn daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in autumn 2010 (C)
Previous highest
for autumn
Years of
record
Average for
autumn
Willis Island 28.3 on 5 Mar 28.2 on 3 Mar 2002 85 24.7

Record highest autumn mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for autumn 2010 (C)
Previous highest
for autumn
Years of
record
Average for
autumn
Bundaberg Aero 18.4 18.1 in 2007 30 17.2


Summary statistics for autumn 2010
Maximum temperatures
for autumn
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for autumn
(C)
Rainfall
for autumn
(millimetres)
Mean for
autumn
2010
Diff
from
average
Highest for
autumn
2010
Mean for
autumn
2010
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
autumn
2010
Total for
autumn
2010
Average
for
autumn
Rank of
autumn
2010
Fraction of
autumn
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.8 +1.6 35.0 23 Mar 26.1 +0.5 23.6 30 Mar 507.6 510.6 average 99%
Coen Airport 31.4   34.5 6 Mar 22.5   17.0 25 May 259.8
Horn Island 31.1 +0.9 32.8 2 Mar 25.7 +0.8 22.2 27 May 488.2 661.0 low 74%
Weipa Aero 32.1 +0.1 34.3 22 Mar 23.4 +0.8 20.5 24 May 354.2 512.1 low 69%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.2 +0.5 35.6 1 Mar 23.8 +1.1 19.4 26 May 977.0 862.7 average 113%
Musgrave 32.0 +0.4 35.5 7 Mar 21.7 +2.0 16.9 8 May 328.8 325.9 average 101%
Palmerville 31.5 -0.4 34.6 7 Mar 20.7 +1.1 14.1 31 May 221.8 244.1 average 91%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 32.3   36.7 23 Mar 22.1   12.1 31 May 433.6 164.0 high 264%
Century Mine 32.3   37.2 22 Mar 20.9   11.3 31 May 240.0
Cloncurry Airport 32.0 -1.0 38.0 10 Apr 19.8 +0.6 8.3 31 May 72.8 94.3 average 77%
Croydon Township 32.2 -1.1 35.9 8 Mar 22.0 +1.3 11.5 28 May 398.8 147.9 v high 270%
Julia Creek Airport 33.5   39.1 11 Apr 18.2   5.5 31 May 37.8
Kowanyama Airport 32.5 -0.1 36.4 9 Mar 22.6 +1.1 12.9 31 May 362.6 295.8 high 123%
Mornington Island 31.0 +0.2 35.5 8 Mar 24.1 +1.4 18.5 31 May 539.6 316.3 high 171%
Mount Isa Aero 30.5 -0.8 36.6 10 Apr 18.7 +0.6 5.7 31 May 89.4 90.8 average 98%
Normanton Airport 32.2   35.7 21 Mar 22.8   12.8 31 May 212.6 123.2 high 173%
Sweers Island 30.6   35.0 6 Mar 24.8   17.5 31 May 312.3 261.4 high 119%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 32.4   35.6 26 Apr 20.9   14.5 8 May 53.0
Hughenden Airport 30.3 -1.7 35.1 11 Apr 17.8 +0.3 3.3 31 May 116.8 48.5 high 241%
Richmond Airport 31.7 -1.3 36.0 11 Apr 17.4 +0.1 6.2 31 May 80.6 91.0 average 89%
Richmond Post Office 31.8 -0.4 36.0 11 Apr 17.8 +0.9 5.6 31 May 98.4 97.7 average 101%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 29.5 +0.4 34.7 4 Mar 22.7 +1.2 18.5 16 May 718.4 717.7 average 100%
Cape Flattery 30.2   36.0 6 Mar 24.2   18.3 26 May 938.6
Cooktown Airport 29.3 +0.2 35.3 6 Mar 23.5 +1.1 18.3 26 May 840.0 589.7 high 142%
Green Island 27.2 -0.4 32.4 4 Mar 24.3 +0.6 22.3 19 Apr
Kairi Research Station 25.2 +0.5 31.8 6 Mar 18.0 +1.4 13.1 16 May 228.7 412.5 low 55%
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.0 -0.3 35.5 8 Mar 24.5 +0.5 22.6 2 Apr 735.5 769.7 average 96%
Mareeba Airport 28.4 +0.1 33.6 8 Mar 19.7 +1.3 15.2 25 May 69.6 189.5 low 37%
Walkamin Research Station 26.9 +0.4 32.1 8 Mar 19.1 +1.2 14.5 15 May 88.8 287.3 low 31%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 29.1 +0.1 35.7 6 Mar 21.8 +1.9 14.4 20 May 556.5 702.6 average 79%
Ingham Composite 29.1 +0.2 35.8 5 Mar 20.8 +0.7 13.8 20 May 849.4 683.2 average 124%
Innisfail 28.6 +0.5 34.3 6 Mar 22.1 +1.8 17.4 16 May 1293.2 1421.1 average 91%
Lucinda Point 27.5 -0.4 33.0 7 Mar 23.3 +0.2 18.5 31 May 283.0 299.7 average 94%
Townsville Aero 29.5 +0.2 34.6 6 Mar 21.4 +1.1 13.6 20 May 254.0 277.9 average 91%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 28.8 -0.2 34.6 7 Mar 21.0 +0.5 11.8 31 May 183.2 179.9 average 102%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 29.3 0.0 34.8 7 Mar 19.7 +0.9 10.2 31 May 215.0 239.7 average 90%
Bowen Airport 28.9 -0.2 34.5 5 Mar 20.7 +0.1 10.0 19 May 166.0 180.9 average 92%
Collinsville Post Office 29.4 -0.5 35.1 8 Mar 17.4 +0.5 7.2 31 May 175.4 166.9 average 105%
Mackay Aero 27.6 +0.3 33.3 5 Mar 19.6 +0.7 8.1 31 May 542.2 473.2 average 115%
Mackay M.O 26.9 +0.4 32.6 5 Mar 20.5 +0.7 11.9 31 May 497.4 506.5 average 98%
Proserpine Airport 28.6 +0.1 35.3 5 Mar 19.5 +0.7 6.1 31 May 335.6 351.4 average 96%
Samuel Hill Aero 26.8 -0.5 32.0 6 Mar 18.6 +1.6 6.8 31 May 496.8 320.5 v high 155%
St Lawrence 28.5   32.9 7 Mar 18.8   6.2 14 May 188.4
St Lawrence Post Office 28.8 -0.2 32.9 6 Mar 19.1 +0.9 8.2 14 May 185.4 238.9 average 78%
Williamson 28.1   32.7 5 Mar 18.6   5.4 14 May 307.4
Woolshed 25.2 -0.8 32.2 7 Mar 17.5 +0.3 8.6 19 May 174.8 158.8 high 110%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 26.3 -0.2 30.8 2 Mar 19.5 +0.2 8.3 14 May 183.4 214.4 average 86%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 29.1 -0.9 34.9 8 Mar 18.4 +0.3 7.7 31 May 98.7 103.4 average 95%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Brigalow Research Stn 28.0 -0.7 33.8 11 Apr 15.4 +0.3 2.8 14 May 149.6 134.6 high 111%
Clermont Sirius St 28.3 -0.9 35.0 10 Apr 16.2 +0.7 4.6 31 May 122.4 147.0 average 83%
Emerald Airport 28.7 -1.2 34.6 11 Apr 16.6 -0.2 6.2 31 May 139.8 92.1 high 152%
Springsure Comet St 27.7 -1.0 33.4 10 Apr 15.4 +0.5 4.9 31 May 223.2 143.7 high 155%
Tambo Post Office 28.4 -0.5 34.1 12 Apr 13.2 +0.4 1.2 14 May 112.0 128.8 average 87%
Taroom Post Office 28.3 0.0 35.6 11 Apr 14.5 +0.5 1.0 14 May 313.8 139.4 v high 225%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 29.2 -0.5 34.8 9 Apr 17.3 +0.7 6.2 31 May 71.0 126.3 average 56%
Blackall Airport 29.0 -1.6 34.9 9 Apr 15.6 +0.1 4.5 14 May 93.6 72.0 high 130%
Isisford Post Office 30.1 -0.3 36.4 9 Apr 16.6 +0.8 6.0 19 May 88.3 125.0 average 71%
Longreach Aero 30.2 -0.8 35.5 10 Apr 16.1 -0.1 6.1 14 May 113.4 122.4 average 93%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 31.8 -0.6 36.6 10 Apr 18.9 +1.1 6.2 31 May 86.6 79.8 average 109%
The Monument Airport 30.6 -1.6 37.4 8 Apr 17.3 +0.4 5.6 31 May 77.6 52.0 high 149%
Trepell Airport 31.2   38.5 10 Apr 17.3   6.1 31 May 105.2 45.2 high 233%
Winton Airport 30.7   36.6 21 Mar 17.0   5.2 31 May 181.0
Winton Post Office 30.7 -1.0 36.5 7 Mar 17.9 +0.9 7.5 31 May 187.8 95.8 high 196%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 29.7 -2.0 37.1 8 Apr 16.7 -0.2 5.5 14 May 217.4 41.9 highest 519%
Birdsville Airport 29.1 -2.3 35.7 6 Apr 17.1 +0.4 6.2 14 May 217.4 32.6 v high 667%
Boulia Airport 31.1 -0.1 37.9 6 Mar 16.9 -0.2 6.1 31 May 51.0 62.5 average 82%
Windorah Post Office 29.0 -1.1 36.1 9 Apr 16.4 +0.2 6.6 15 May 286.9 79.0 v high 363%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 28.9 -1.0 35.7 11 Apr 16.5 +0.6 4.2 15 May 166.6 159.6 average 104%
Bundaberg Aero 27.1 +0.1 32.2 10 Apr 18.4 +1.2 9.1 15 May 328.4 236.5 high 139%
Gayndah Airport 27.8   33.2 11 Apr 15.4   3.5 15 May 179.2
Gladstone Airport 27.7 -0.1 33.7 9 Apr 19.2 +0.5 9.3 31 May 204.6 129.1 high 158%
Gladstone Radar 28.1 0.0 33.4 9 Apr 19.7 +0.3 12.1 31 May 237.2 191.5 high 124%
Lady Elliot Island 27.0 +0.7 30.8 1 Mar 22.0 +0.4 13.6 15 May 269.6 348.1 average 77%
Monto Township 26.7 -0.6 33.4 11 Apr 14.5 +0.9 1.2 14 May 192.3 165.0 average 117%
Rockhampton Aero 28.6 +0.2 34.1 6 Mar 18.8 +1.2 6.9 14 May 165.4 187.1 average 88%
Rundle Island 25.3 -0.2 29.1 1 Mar 21.5 -0.1 15.9 31 May
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 26.5 0.0 30.7 1 Mar 20.3 +0.6 14.6 13 May 562.3 395.3 high 142%
Seventeen Seventy 26.7 +0.4 31.0 5 Mar 19.5 +0.3 13.4 13 May 387.0 352.4 high 110%
Thangool Airport 28.2 -1.4 34.2 11 Apr 14.4 +0.5 1.2 14 May 141.4 136.0 average 104%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 26.5 -0.4 32.5 11 Apr 13.9 0.0 1.3 14 May 217.8 191.2 average 114%
Archerfield Airport 26.2 -0.2 32.1 11 Apr 15.7 +0.6 6.0 14 May 255.6 279.2 average 92%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 26.3   32.6 11 Apr 13.9   1.6 14 May 153.2
Beerburrum Forest Station 26.2 -0.2 32.4 10 Mar 16.3 +0.8 7.9 15 May 484.6 407.3 average 119%
Brisbane 26.4 -0.5 33.1 10 Mar 17.5 +0.7 9.7 14 May 259.8 209.2 average 124%
Brisbane Aero 25.6 -0.3 30.1 10 Mar 16.8 +0.6 6.1 14 May 348.6 268.1 high 130%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 24.8 +0.8 29.3 10 Mar 19.9 +1.0 14.0 31 May 310.8 497.5 low 62%
Coolangatta 26.0 +0.9 30.6 9 Mar 17.4 +0.5 7.9 31 May 412.4 493.5 average 84%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 25.4 +0.8 32.4 12 Apr 20.1 +0.5 13.5 31 May 365.8 443.0 average 83%
Gold Coast Seaway 26.4 +0.8 32.8 9 Mar 18.6 +0.5 12.1 19 May 478.6 324.4 high 148%
Gympie 26.4 -0.7 32.7 11 Apr 15.6 +1.1 3.5 15 May 375.4 298.4 high 126%
Hervey Bay Airport 26.4 -0.3 30.8 9 Mar 18.2 +0.8 7.7 31 May 389.2 284.8 high 137%
Jimna Forestry 22.8 -0.8 29.7 11 Apr 13.3 +0.9 1.1 14 May 322.4 178.4 v high 181%
Kingaroy Airport 24.6 -1.3 30.6 11 Apr 12.6 +1.1 -2.0 14 May 239.4 96.2 v high 249%
Logan City Water Treatment 26.1 -0.1 32.5 9 Mar 16.7 +1.1 6.5 14 May 251.5 305.6 average 82%
Maleny Tamarind St 23.0   29.2 9 Mar 15.5   8.8 31 May 790.4 623.9 high 127%
Maroochydore Aero 26.0 +0.5 31.1 11 Apr 17.4 +0.6 6.3 31 May 618.0 465.4 high 133%
Maryborough 27.0 -0.1 31.9 10 Mar 17.4 +1.1 6.6 31 May 357.0 321.5 average 111%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 25.7   30.6 10 Mar 17.1   7.6 14 May 777.6
Point Lookout 27.1 +1.1 31.0 23 Mar 19.2 -0.3 10.0 15 May 665.0 450.4 high 148%
Rainbow Beach 25.7 -0.2 31.6 12 Apr       615.8 434.1 high 142%
Redcliffe 25.5   30.0 8 Apr 17.9   9.0 14 May 319.4
Tewantin RSL Park 25.7 +0.1 31.0 8 Apr 18.3 +0.5 9.4 15 May 692.8 520.4 high 133%
Toolara (Kelly) 26.1 -1.0 32.7 10 Mar 17.5 +0.4 10.1 31 May 528.6 317.2 high 167%
University of Queensland Gatton 26.6 -0.2 33.0 11 Apr 14.1 +0.4 2.1 15 May 237.8 173.6 high 137%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 21.3 +0.5 27.3 22 Mar 9.9 +0.2 -2.3 13 May 173.0 162.0 average 107%
Dalby Airport 26.3 -0.7 33.1 11 Apr 12.8 +0.4 -1.6 13 May 203.6 102.6 high 198%
Goondiwindi Airport 27.1 -0.3 33.6 22 Mar 13.8 +1.0 1.1 13 May 197.6 113.0 high 175%
Inglewood Forest 26.0 -1.0 32.3 22 Mar 13.4 +0.6 2.1 13 May 245.4 117.4 v high 209%
Oakey Aero 25.2 -0.4 32.4 11 Apr 12.3 +0.5 -1.7 14 May 159.6 118.5 high 135%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 21.7 -0.1 28.5 11 Apr 10.1 +0.5 -3.5 14 May 156.4 154.3 average 101%
Texas Post Office 26.6 -0.8 33.9 22 Mar 12.8 +1.0 -0.6 13 May 203.0 129.5 high 157%
Toowoomba Airport 22.2 -1.0 29.6 11 Apr 13.6 +0.5 4.2 13 May 171.0 117.9 high 145%
Warwick 24.0 -0.8 30.3 11 Apr 11.7 +0.8 -2.6 14 May 196.4 121.9 high 161%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 26.9 -1.0 33.2 11 Apr 13.5 +0.5 -0.6 14 May 177.4 99.9 high 178%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 26.7 -0.7 33.9 11 Apr 12.4 +0.4 -1.7 14 May 178.2 135.7 high 131%
Mitchell Post Office 27.2 0.0 33.9 7 Mar 12.3 +0.5 -1.2 14 May 264.2 128.1 v high 206%
Roma Airport 27.0 -0.8 33.4 8 Apr 12.7 +0.1 -1.3 14 May 224.2 120.3 high 186%
St George Airport 26.6 -1.3 32.3 24 Mar 13.7 -0.1 1.2 13 May 263.2 96.4 v high 273%
Surat 27.1 -0.8 32.6 8 Apr 13.4 +0.1 0.0 14 May 251.2 124.1 v high 202%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 26.6 -1.0 32.8 24 Mar 13.5 +0.1 1.5 13 May 304.4 114.1 v high 267%
Charleville Aero 26.5 -1.3 32.8 9 Apr 13.6 -0.2 1.2 14 May 380.2 120.7 v high 315%
Cunnamulla Post Office 26.7 -1.1 33.6 7 Apr 14.6 +0.4 4.1 13 May 234.4 98.5 v high 238%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 27.7   36.2 7 Apr 15.6   4.6 14 May 208.6 41.2 v high 506%
Quilpie Airport 27.9 -1.0 35.0 7 Apr     3.6 14 May 293.5 93.2 v high 315%
Thargomindah Airport 27.5 -1.8 36.5 7 Apr 15.7 -0.8 4.5 14 May 166.2 75.1 high 221%

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 June 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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