Brisbane Metro in spring 2010: A wet spring

  • Very much above average rainfall
  • Cooler than average day time temperatures
  • Warmer than average night time temperatures

Rainfall

Rainfall across the greater Brisbane region was very much above average (decile 10) for the spring. Most stations received between 400 to 600 mm throughout the season while the inalnd areas received between 300 to 400 mm.

During September, the coastal region was above the long term monthly averages while most inland parts were very much above average.

For October, the whole region received very much above average rainfall while the northwest of Brisbane reached the highest on record.

For November, coastal areas remained close to the average values while the western suburbs experienced below normal rain.

The wettest overall was 585.8 mm at Redcliffe, followed by 467.8 mm at Brisbane, then 467.5 mm at Brisbane Aero.

The driest overall was 277.1 mm at Amberley AMO, followed by 325.7 mm at Logan City Water Treatment Plant, then 380.4 mm at Archerfield Airport.

The wettest single day 126.4 mm at Redcliffe on 11 Oct, followed by 106.8 mm at Brisbane Aero on 11 Oct, then 93.6 mm at Brisbane on 11 Oct.

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

Temperature

The mean maximum temperature was 1 to 2 C lower than the long term spring average, while the mean minimum temperature remained 1 to 2 C above the average figure across the region.

Maximum temperature

The hottest day was 30.4 C at Amberley AMO on 17 Nov, followed by 30.3 C on 16 Nov, then 30.0 C at Logan City Water Treatment Plant on 7 Oct.

The warmest days on average were 25.8 C at Amberley AMO, followed by 25.4 C at Brisbane, then 25.3 C at Logan City Water Treatment Plant.

The coolest days on average were 24.2 C at Redcliffe, followed by 24.3 C at Brisbane Aero, then 25.2 C at Archerfield Airport.

The coldest day was 18.7 C at Amberley AMO on 20 Sep, followed by 19.1 C at Redcliffe on 20 Sep, then 19.3 C at Brisbane on 9 Oct.

Some sites had their lowest 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

The coldest night was 4.6 C at Amberley AMO on 17 Oct, followed by 6.2 C at Amberley AMO on 2 Sep, then 6.3 C at Amberley AMO on 8 Sep.

The coolest nights on average were 14.5 C at Amberley AMO, followed by 15.5 C at Archerfield Airport, then 15.9 C at Logan City Water Treatment Plant.

The warmest nights on average were 17.2 C at Redcliffe, followed by 16.7 C at Brisbane, then 16.4 C at Brisbane Aero.

The warmest night was 22.5 C at Redcliffe on 18 Nov, followed by 22.4 C at Redcliffe on 30 Nov, then 21.9 C at Redcliffe on 13 Nov.

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

Wind

The strongest wind gust was 83 km/h at Brisbane Aero on 16 Oct, followed by 76 km/h at Redcliffe on 10 Oct, followed by 74 km/h at Archerfield Airport on 16 Oct.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate summary for Queensland will be published on this web site on Wednesday 5 January, as will a comprehensive summary for all of Australia.

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Extremes in spring 2010
Hottest day 30.4 C at Amberley AMO on 17 Nov
30.3 C at Amberley AMO on 16 Nov
30.0 C at Logan City Water Treatment Plant on 7 Oct
Warmest days on average 25.8 C at Amberley AMO
25.4 C at Brisbane
25.3 C at Logan City Water Treatment Plant
Coolest days on average 24.2 C at Redcliffe
24.3 C at Brisbane Aero
25.2 C at Archerfield Airport
Coldest day 18.7 C at Amberley AMO on 20 Sep
19.1 C at Redcliffe on 20 Sep
19.3 C at Brisbane on 9 Oct
Coldest night 4.6 C at Amberley AMO on 17 Oct
6.2 C at Amberley AMO on 2 Sep
6.3 C at Amberley AMO on 8 Sep
Coolest nights on average 14.5 C at Amberley AMO
15.5 C at Archerfield Airport
15.9 C at Logan City Water Treatment Plant
Warmest nights on average 17.2 C at Redcliffe
16.7 C at Brisbane
16.4 C at Brisbane Aero
Warmest night 22.5 C at Redcliffe on 18 Nov
22.4 C at Redcliffe on 30 Nov
21.9 C at Redcliffe on 13 Nov
Wettest overall 585.8 mm at Redcliffe
467.8 mm at Brisbane
467.5 mm at Brisbane Aero
Driest overall 277.1 mm at Amberley AMO
325.7 mm at Logan City Water Treatment Plant
380.4 mm at Archerfield Airport
Wettest day 126.4 mm at Redcliffe on 11 Oct
106.8 mm at Brisbane Aero on 11 Oct
93.6 mm at Brisbane on 11 Oct
Highest wind gust 83 km/h at Brisbane Aero on 16 Oct
76 km/h at Redcliffe on 10 Oct
74 km/h at Archerfield Airport on 16 Oct

Lowest spring mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for spring 2010 (C)
Most recent lower
for spring
Years since
lower
Average for
spring
Amberley AMO 25.8 25.6 in 1978 32 27.6
Archerfield Airport 25.2 24.7 in 1947 26 26.8



Summary statistics for spring 2010
Maximum temperatures
for spring
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for spring
(C)
Rainfall
for spring
(millimetres)
Mean for
spring
2010
Diff
from
average
Highest for
spring
2010
Mean for
spring
2010
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
spring
2010
Total for
spring
2010
Average
for
spring
Rank of
spring
2010
Fraction of
spring
average
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 25.8 -1.8 30.4 17 Nov 14.5 +1.5 4.6 17 Oct 277.1 190.2 high 146%
Archerfield Airport 25.2 -1.6 29.3 17 Nov 15.5 +1.4 7.3 17 Oct 380.4 216.2 v high 176%
Brisbane 25.4 -1.5 29.9 7 Oct 16.7 +0.5 9.7 17 Oct 467.8 227.8 v high 205%
Brisbane Aero 24.3 -1.2 28.4 17 Nov 16.4 +0.9 7.2 17 Oct 467.5 215.7 v high 217%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 25.3 -1.1 30.0 7 Oct 15.9 +1.1 8.1 17 Oct 325.7 232.9 high 140%
Redcliffe 24.2   27.8 17 Nov 17.2   9.0 17 Oct 585.8

Notes

A Seasonal Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Greater Brisbane 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 11 am on Wednesday 1 December 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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