Queensland in spring 2010: The wettest spring

  • The wettest spring since records commenced in 1900 - with near triple the average rainfall
  • Second lowest state-averaged seasonal mean maximum temperature
  • Slightly above the state-averaged seasonal mean minimum temperature
  • New Australia spring rainfall record, 3209.6 mm, at Bellenden Ker Top Stn

Rainfall

The rainfall this spring was well above the long term average seasonal figure. Apart from the northwest, part of the southern interior, Wide Bay and the inland parts of the southeast of Queensland, about 56.8% of the state experienced very much above the average (decile 10) rainfall on record. In addition, about 30.4% of the state, mostly in the southwest, central interior, along the Central and Tropical coasts and the adjacent inland parts, experienced their highest rainfall on record. The North Tropical Coast and the Whitsunday coast received above 800 mm of rainfall while adjacent inland parts recorded between 400 to 800 mm. More than 300 mm (some areas above 400 mm) of rainfall spilled over the central interior of the state - which was significant for the region for this time of year. The Southeast Coast received more than 400 mm rainfall and above 300 mm over the southern inland parts. During this spring, all but the northwest corner of the state gained more than 100 mm of rain.

Area averaged across the state, Queensland  received 248.2 mm of rainfall and had its wettest spring since records commenced in 1900. This was almost triple the state-averaged long term mean of 84.3 mm.

September rainfall was significantly above the average over most of Queensland where 91% of the state experienced very much above the average (decile 10), while 24% of the state, mostly in the central interior and in the southwest corner, recorded their highest rainfall on record.

October was also above the long term average, but to a less extent, 3.5% of the state had its highest rainfall on record and included the inland parts of the Sunshine Coast, south of the Cairns region and parts of the far southwest, as well as in the eastern Gulf coast. 43% of the state was very much above the long term average.

During November, most parts of the state, apart from the southeastern, far southwest and the Gulf Country districts, experienced higher than averaged monthly rainfall. About 4.8% of the state, around the Central Coast, the northern Central Highlands, the Coalfields, the central interior and near the southwestern border, reached their highest rainfall on record, while 55.5% of the state, mostly over the central and tropical coasts as well as the central and southern interior, had very much above average (decile 10) rainfall. It was the highest state-averaged rainfall since year 2000, and ranked the 6th highest since records commenced in 1900.

The wettest overall was 3209.6 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Stn, which is the new Australia wide spring rainfall record, followed by 1738.8 mm at Babinda Post Office.

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

The wettest single day 363.0 mm at Wilson Beach on 20 Sep, followed by 281.0 mm at Numinbah on 11 Oct, then 256.0 mm at Babinda Post Office on 26 Nov.

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

Temperature

Due to the significant rainfall and cloud cover over this spring period, the state-averaged mean maximum temperature was 1.75 C, lower than the long term seasonal average. This figure ranked the second lowest since records commenced in 1950. In contrast, the state-averaged mean minimum temperature was 0.8 C warmer than the long term seasonal mean.

Maximum temperature

Apart from the Tropical Coast, Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country districts, most of the state had mean maximum temperatures below the normal figures. The interior parts and the southwestern districts were 2 to 4 C below the seasonal means.

The hottest day was 42.0 C at Urandangi on 5 Oct, followed by 41.2 C at Century Mine on 24 Nov, then 41.0 C at Urandangi on 6 Oct.

The warmest days on average were 36.2 C at Century Mine, followed by 35.7 C at Normanton Airport, then 35.6 C at Kowanyama Airport.

The coolest days on average were 19.7 C at Applethorpe, followed by 20.3 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, then 21.4 C at Toowoomba Airport.

The coldest day was 10.9 C at Applethorpe on 16 Oct, followed by 11.3 C at Roma Airport on 19 Sep, then 11.4 C at Injune Post Office and at Mitchell Post Office on 19 Sep.

Some sites had their coldest spring day (lowest maximum temperature) on record. Some sites had their lowest spring mean daily maximum temperature on record. 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

Most eastern and central regions recorded minimum temperatures 1 to 2 C higher than their seasonal average while the tropical region was 2 to 3 C over to their mean figures. The southwestern parts of the state remained slightly cooler than the averages during this spring.

The coldest night was 0.9 C at Applethorpe on 7 Sep, followed by 1.3 C at Applethorpe on 18 Sep, then 1.4 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 7 Sep.

The coolest nights on average were 10.1 C at Applethorpe, followed by 10.6 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, then 11.8 C at Warwick.

The warmest nights on average were 26.0 C at Horn Island, followed by 25.8 C at Coconut Island, then 24.9 C at Willis Island.

The warmest night was 29.4 C at Mornington Island on 18 Nov, followed by 28.6 C at Sweers Island on 18 Nov, then 28.1 C at Sweers Island on 16 Nov.

Some sites had their highest spring mean daily minimum temperature on record. See a map of mean minimum temperatures. See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

Wind

The strongest wind gust was 106 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on 10 Oct, followed by 104 km/h at Burketown Airport on 24 Nov.

Flooding

For September, moderate to heavy rainfall was recorded in and around the Carnarvon Gorge area and along the Queensland and New South Wales Border Rivers, which in turn produced minor to moderate flooding with some localised areas of major flooding.

Heavy rainfall was recorded in southern and western Queensland during the first two weeks of October. The most significant area of flooding was generated from this rainfall in the southeast of the state. Heavy rainfall recorded between the 8th and the 12th produced river level rises and minor to moderate flooding in the Sunshine Coast creeks and streams, Pine and Caboolture Rivers and in the Brisbane River catchment. Rainfall was also recorded elsewhere in the state including in the Border Rivers, Condamine River and in the Barcoo River catchments.

During November, Heavy rainfall and flooding was recorded in southern and western Queensland between the 14-17th of November and then a second more severe burst was recorded between the 25th and 28th of November. Heavy rainfall was also recorded along the North Tropical Coast, which produced minor flooding in the Mulgrave and Russell Rivers.


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 42.0 C at Urandangi on 5 Oct
41.2 C at Century Mine on 24 Nov
41.0 C at Urandangi on 6 Oct
Warmest days on average 36.2 C at Century Mine
35.7 C at Normanton Airport
35.6 C at Kowanyama Airport
Coolest days on average 19.7 C at Applethorpe
20.3 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
21.4 C at Toowoomba Airport
Coldest day 10.9 C at Applethorpe on 16 Oct
11.3 C at Roma Airport on 19 Sep
11.4 C at Injune Post Office on 19 Sep
11.4 C at Mitchell Post Office on 19 Sep
Coldest night 0.9 C at Applethorpe on 7 Sep
1.3 C at Applethorpe on 18 Sep
1.4 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 7 Sep
Coolest nights on average 10.1 C at Applethorpe
10.6 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
11.8 C at Warwick
Warmest nights on average 26.0 C at Horn Island
25.8 C at Coconut Island
24.9 C at Willis Island
Warmest night 29.4 C at Mornington Island on 18 Nov
28.6 C at Sweers Island on 18 Nov
28.1 C at Sweers Island on 16 Nov
Wettest overall 3209.6 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Stn
1738.8 mm at Babinda Post Office
Wettest day 363.0 mm at Wilson Beach on 20 Sep
281.0 mm at Numinbah on 11 Oct
256.0 mm at Babinda Post Office on 26 Nov
Highest wind gust106 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on 10 Oct
104 km/h at Burketown Airport on 24 Nov

Record highest spring daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in spring 2010 (mm)
Previous highest
for spring
Years of
record
Cowley Station 80.0 on 14 Nov 65.3 on 18 Oct 1950 119
Listowel Downs 84.2 on 14 Nov 83.6 on 4 Sep 1921 115
Babinda Post Office 256.0 on 26 Nov 248.0 on 22 Nov 1989 99
Mt Mee 184.6 on 12 Oct 157.5 on 7 Oct 1961 95
Lake Manchester 144.0 on 11 Oct 142.5 on 18 Nov 1961 94
Somerby 118.0 on 30 Nov 115.0 on 30 Oct 2000 87
Lethebrook 205.0 on 20 Sep 188.0 on 12 Nov 1933 85
Thangool Airport 86.6 on 6 Sep 79.6 on 17 Oct 1997 81
Drillham Post Office 109.8 on 16 Nov 80.4 on 29 Oct 1984 80
Somerset Dam 152.0 on 12 Oct 125.0 on 25 Oct 1949 75
Lanark 137.0 on 9 Oct 122.1 on 3 Nov 1978 71
Moura Post Office 141.0 on 6 Sep 114.3 on 6 Sep 1947 69
Tecoma 118.0 on 6 Sep 74.0 on 11 Nov 2001 62
Dunollie 105.8 on 9 Oct 104.8 on 20 Nov 1997 61
Longreach Aero 68.4 on 14 Nov 60.6 on 21 Nov 1999 57
Brian Pastures 98.8 on 21 Sep 86.0 on 11 Oct 2007 56
Bogarella 80.0 on 19 Sep 62.0 on 30 Nov 1986 55
Mount Leonard Station 53.1 on 4 Sep 50.0 on 29 Nov 1999 54
Wingfield 115.0 on 6 Sep 103.8 on 30 Nov 1986 53
Colodan 102.6 on 6 Sep 77.0 on 16 Oct 2005 52
Hecate 98.8 on 11 Nov 96.0 on 28 Oct 1979 51
Glenhaven 121.0 on 6 Sep 104.4 on 30 Nov 1986 50
Mount Dangar 108.0 on 20 Sep 77.0 on 17 Nov 1991 50
Danewood Vale 178.0 on 12 Oct 87.0 on 10 Nov 2001 46
Cunnyana 124.0 on 10 Sep 114.3 on 13 Nov 1969 43
Barcaldine Downs 157.0 on 24 Nov 74.5 on 21 Nov 1999 42
Wilson Beach 363.0 on 20 Sep 138.0 on 17 Nov 1991 42
Rotherfield 70.0 on 25 Sep 66.0 on 27 Nov 1989 37
Boondall 185.8 on 11 Oct 164.2 on 2 Nov 1981 35
Lawnton Colonial Drive 177.8 on 11 Oct 162.4 on 1 Nov 1976 35
Mango Hill 172.6 on 11 Oct 112.0 on 3 Nov 1981 32
Wonga 87.0 on 9 Oct 69.8 on 30 Oct 2000 30
Lucinda Point 116.4 on 14 Nov 86.0 on 25 Nov 2000 29
Hillview Station 91.0 on 23 Sep 61.4 on 20 Nov 1995 28
Glandore 101.0 on 6 Sep 78.0 on 16 Oct 2005 27
Mackay Aero 164.8 on 20 Sep 159.0 on 5 Oct 1954 26
Two Ways 101.6 on 15 Oct 95.4 on 25 Oct 1989 26
Dooruna Downs 124.8 on 13 Nov 80.0 on 13 Nov 1998 25
Bowen Airport 126.2 on 19 Nov 93.1 on 17 Nov 1991 24
Clontarf 132.0 on 11 Oct 84.0 on 16 Oct 2005 24
Palm Island Water Treat 237.2 on 21 Sep 104.9 on 23 Nov 1969 24
Ripple Downs 69.6 on 16 Nov 67.0 on 5 Nov 1997 23
Cressbrook Dam 77.8 on 25 Sep 63.2 on 14 Oct 2005 21
Morayfield Mark St 150.4 on 11 Oct 95.8 on 14 Oct 2005 21



Record highest total spring rainfall
Total rainfall
for spring 2010 (mm)
Previous highest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Bellenden Ker Top Stn3209.62333.4in 198138954.0
Clermont Sirius St 446.6 360.4 in 1917 141 114.1
Aramac Post Office 434.4 393.5 in 1917 131 80.0
Blackall Township 380.2 325.7 in 1917 130 94.9
Gillespie 508.2 360.4 in 1917 130 99.8
Tambo Post Office 533.4 288.3 in 1950 130 102.6
Isisford Post Office 501.2 249.6 in 2001 126 78.4
Muttaburra 407.2 286.5 in 1917 126 68.2
Alpha Post Office 487.4 370.0 in 1950 124 107.4
Barcaldine Post Office 478.6 294.6 in 1917 124 85.4
Cowley Station 346.5 201.6 in 1933 124 69.1
Augathella Post Office 407.0 395.8 in 1924 120 113.3
Palmerville 398.0 387.1 in 1973 120 90.5
Te Kowai Exp Stn 846.8 640.3 in 2000 120 160.5
Low Isles Lighthouse 615.2 566.7 in 2000 119 171.6
Orion 549.6 413.7 in 1950 118 136.7
Innisfail 1524.6 1201.0 in 2000 116 333.4
Lucinda Township 1449.7 792.8 in 1950 114 181.8
Halifax Macrossan St 1356.3 791.5 in 2000 113 190.6
Balfes Creek Post Office 377.9 272.8 in 1989 112 79.5
Capella Post Office 360.8 348.4 in 2000 112 117.2
Victoria Sugar Mill 825.3 772.0 in 1999 112 184.9
Minnie Downs 490.6 298.4 in 1933 109 94.6
Mount McConnell 416.8 309.8 in 2000 102 91.8
Babinda Post Office 1738.8 1112.9 in 1933 97 429.8
Roseberth Station 116.7 103.5 in 1920 97 26.3
Mount Morris 367.5 268.6 in 1906 96 84.9
Maleny Tamarind St 807.4 755.4 in 1959 95 314.4
Bulliwallah 409.0 338.0 in 1981 93 91.7
Tiree 325.4 223.6 in 1917 93 66.3
Toliness Station 299.5 271.0 in 1950 90 95.9
Lindfield 485.6 470.8 in 1959 88 197.8
Injune Post Office 405.6 404.9 in 1943 86 148.7
Tully Sugar Mill 1388.8 1149.6 in 1998 86 394.9
Willis Island 531.2 429.5 in 1955 86 77.6
Bingil Bay 1128.7 1121.5 in 1933 82 303.2
Somerby 560.3 400.2 in 1998 82 139.9
Drillham Post Office 352.2 328.2 in 1976 77 139.3
Gue 347.2 308.2 in 2000 71 58.1
Cairns Aero 493.2 460.4 in 1989 69 171.2
Rewan Station 478.9 418.6 in 1917 67 163.8
Ulcanbah 276.6 270.2 in 1985 67 79.7
Moura Post Office 357.6 330.7 in 1949 65 162.3
Bedourie Police Station 198.7 160.4 in 1989 64 39.3
Abercorn 334.8 328.6 in 1964 60 161.6
Mt Nebo Post Office 624.4 622.2 in 1959 59 269.4
Carnarvon Station 373.9 358.5 in 1924 57 150.4
Karoola Park 261.4 256.0 in 1983 56 135.8
Longreach Aero 264.4 208.6 in 1999 55 66.2
Elphinstone Pocket No1 618.4 515.8 in 1998 54 156.4
Mount Charlton 959.0 550.0 in 1976 52 200.8
Hecate 537.4 283.5 in 1973 51 117.2
Mackay M.O 846.4 614.6 in 2000 50 157.3
Winvic 489.0 250.0 in 2005 48 106.4
Broadleigh Downs 348.2 281.6 in 2000 47 80.2
Roma Peak 422.2 257.5 in 1975 47 96.0
Orientos Station 287.4 206.6 in 1985 45 41.9
Cardwell Range 1139.8 683.5 in 1998 44 230.8
Pormpuraaw Township 408.1 313.6 in 1973 44 68.6
Ingham Composite 893.7 809.0 in 1999 42 222.7
Mt Sophia 1431.0 946.0 in 1989 42 376.3
Applethorpe 343.0 325.2 in 1983 41 199.4
Hawkins Creek 1078.6 796.0 in 1999 41 234.6
Jochmus 391.0 246.4 in 2001 41 90.2
Strathtay Station 421.8 255.4 in 1999 41 96.3
Trinidad 228.0 199.6 in 2000 41 64.6
Rollingstone 746.6 591.6 in 1999 37 212.9
Warden Bend 368.5 273.0 in 1985 37 71.8
Mutarnee Store 853.2 651.8 in 1999 36 252.7
Boondall 628.4 530.0 in 2008 33 235.5
Lawnton Colonial Drive 626.8 476.2 in 2005 31 252.3
Daintree Village 848.0 640.5 in 1973 30 291.0
Cairns Severin St 596.6 568.9 in 1988 29 229.5
Greenhaven 822.2 643.4 in 1981 29 286.1
Lucinda Point 982.4 450.8 in 2000 28 136.7
Lochinvar 407.0 324.7 in 1981 27 132.0
Cherry Park 348.2 250.4 in 2000 25 139.8
Mackay Aero 789.8 374.4 in 1954 24 156.3
Bowen Airport 465.5 194.8 in 2000 23 73.9
Springbrook Road 700.8 554.8 in 2004 23 377.0
Hamilton Island 1016.0 486.8 in 1998 22 196.2
Corbould Pk Racecourse 628.5 405.0 in 1986 20 262.5

Highest total spring rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for spring 2010 (mm)
Most recent higher
for spring
Years since
higher
Average for
spring
Pacific Heights 538.3 736.5 in 1914 95 172.1
Wallumbilla Post Office 365.2 390.2 in 1924 83 138.3
Eromanga - Webber St 179.0 197.1 in 1949 61 48.7
Anakie Richardson St 436.5 437.5 in 1950 60 125.5
Cunnamulla Post Office 201.8 279.5 in 1950 60 74.7
Mitchell Post Office 303.0 377.0 in 1950 60 127.6
Quilpie Airport 242.8 302.8 in 1950 60 66.8
Windorah Post Office 195.7 202.5 in 1950 60 50.7
Yuleba Garden St 350.4 367.6 in 1950 60 146.4
Bambaroo 713.2 717.9 in 1950 59 220.8
Birricannia 301.4 346.7 in 1950 59 70.0
Cardwell Marine Pde 711.4 786.3 in 1950 59 209.9
Holmleigh 324.0 361.2 in 1950 59 71.3
Woodbine Station 223.8 271.5 in 1950 59 71.1
Springsure Comet St 464.6 482.8 in 1950 56 140.7
Wyseby 420.0 440.9 in 1950 56 163.0
Yarraman Post Office 339.0 409.4 in 1959 51 191.2
Blackbutt Post Office 352.5 429.3 in 1959 50 191.3
Cooroy Composite 524.9 703.3 in 1959 50 259.4
Palmwoods 651.9 693.0 in 1959 49 291.8
Peachester 629.4 659.8 in 1959 49 276.1
Bogarella 293.0 415.3 in 1950 48 122.9
Meandarra Post Office 275.3 320.2 in 1954 48 150.5
Peakvale Station 359.4 379.9 in 1950 46 108.3
Woodspring 274.3 284.5 in 1969 40 162.4
Alderley 541.2 723.5 in 1972 38 218.0
Richmond Post Office 215.8 253.8 in 1973 37 53.7
Yaamba 317.4 332.6 in 1973 37 129.3
Beerburrum Forest Station 471.8 488.9 in 1972 36 263.0
Esk Post Office 354.8 397.8 in 1972 36 201.2
Goomboorian 390.0 503.6 in 1972 36 216.3
Talwood State School 280.4 297.2 in 1972 35 128.3
Brian Pastures 332.6 367.2 in 1976 34 172.2
Crows Nest 325.2 370.8 in 1975 34 188.2
Southport Ridgeway Ave 564.8 624.2 in 1972 34 254.2
Taroom Post Office 342.3 376.3 in 1969 34 162.1
Gladstone Radar 315.8 378.6 in 1975 33 163.5
Somerset Dam 422.1 507.3 in 1976 33 210.6
Greenslopes Private Hospital 489.6 609.6 in 1972 30 229.0
Highbury Station 406.8 477.6 in 1973 30 108.8
Nindigully 222.9 228.0 in 1978 30 123.8
Walkamin Research Station 276.2 320.2 in 1981 29 106.0
Beaudesert Cryna 295.2 316.4 in 1983 27 194.5
Dalveen 330.5 347.6 in 1983 27 208.8
Highvale 545.2 696.0 in 1972 27 260.9
Kenilworth Township 413.9 427.6 in 1983 27 245.1
Lanark 301.9 321.4 in 1983 27 167.5
Surat 267.4 271.2 in 1983 27 133.9
The Head 399.8 422.6 in 1983 27 246.4
Warkon 241.4 280.0 in 1983 27 132.7
Kareeya 538.4 544.8 in 1981 26 194.4
Bellenden Ker Top Stn 1982.4 2333.4 in 1981 25 956.8
Nanango Wills St 270.3 386.8 in 1983 25 182.0
Tuan Creek Forest Stn 332.8 383.2 in 1984 25 221.3
Caltex Refineries (QLD) Ltd 414.5 421.0 in 1981 24 239.5
Canungra Finch Road 404.6 407.8 in 1983 24 215.3
Colodan 273.2 315.4 in 1986 24 151.7
Double Island Point Lighthouse 336.4 408.8 in 1984 23 211.0
Ravenshoe Kuradilla Street 307.0 309.0 in 1981 23 121.6
Wandoan Post Office 308.6 309.8 in 1983 23 146.5
Boothulla 245.3 280.9 in 1933 22 80.7
Bauhinia Downs Store 343.4 347.4 in 1986 21 143.5
Croydon Township 180.8 272.3 in 1989 21 64.1
Green Hills 220.4 226.0 in 1989 21 67.0
Havelock 299.5 306.8 in 1986 21 117.5
Lands End Station 134.2 163.2 in 1989 21 51.2
Morven Post Office 270.2 281.8 in 1985 21 114.1
Possum Park 318.0 364.4 in 1934 21 163.3
Prestwood Station 187.4 245.3 in 1973 21 60.5
Roma Airport 288.8 317.7 in 1989 21 145.7
Eumundi - Crescent Rd 481.0 564.6 in 1983 20 274.5
Monkira 136.8 143.9 in 1989 20 34.5


Record lowest spring daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in spring 2010 (C)
Previous lowest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Charleville Aero 11.7 on 19 Sep 13.9 on 5 Sep 1979 69 29.5
Quilpie Airport 13.3 on 19 Sep 13.7 on 22 Sep 1993 54 30.7
Tambo Post Office 13.4 on 17 Sep 14.3 on 22 Sep 1974 54 30.5
Isisford Post Office 15.6 on 18 Sep 16.0 on 5 Sep 1979 51 32.7
Barcaldine Post Office 16.6 on 19 Sep 16.9 on 11 Sep 1964 49 31.8
Surat 11.8 on 19 Sep 13.4 on 4 Sep 2008 46 28.9
Injune Post Office 11.4 on 19 Sep 13.9 on 5 Sep 2007 44 29.0
Windorah Post Office 13.0 on 18 Sep 15.1 on 8 Sep 2004 44 32.2
Brigalow Research Stn 15.7 on 18 Sep 16.0 on 5 Sep 2007 43 29.7
Mitchell Post Office 11.4 on 19 Sep 13.8 on 5 Sep 2007 43 29.0



Record lowest spring mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for spring 2010 (C)
Previous lowest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Boulia Airport 31.0 31.5 in 1939 120 33.8
Clermont Sirius St 27.9 28.4 in 1933 95 31.6
Barcaldine Post Office 28.9 = 28.9 in 1917 92 31.8
Isisford Post Office 29.2 29.8 in 1947 91 32.7
Tambo Post Office 27.1 27.9 in 1978 78 30.5
Windorah Post Office 29.0 29.4 in 1956 75 32.2
Quilpie Airport 27.6 28.0 in 1978 69 30.7
Charleville Aero 26.4 = 26.4 in 1978 68 29.5
Springsure Comet St 26.6 27.4 in 1950 60 30.3
Injune Post Office 25.5 26.6 in 1978 43 29.0
Monto Township 25.9 26.0 in 1978 36 28.7
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 28.9 29.1 in 1998 23 31.7
Seventeen Seventy 24.8 25.0 in 1999 22 25.8
Bowen Airport 28.3 28.5 in 2006 21 29.1
Proserpine Airport 28.2 28.9 in 1998 20 30.1

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
Bollon Mary St 26.3 26.2 in 1916 91 29.4
Mitchell Post Office 26.1 25.8 in 1933 64 29.0
Urandangi 33.2 33.2 in 1966 43 34.6
Gympie 26.2 25.9 in 1974 35 28.2
Texas Post Office 24.9 24.5 in 1974 35 27.5
Amberley AMO 25.8 25.6 in 1978 32 27.6
Longreach Aero 30.5 30.4 in 1978 32 33.5
Mackay M.O 26.2 25.9 in 1978 32 27.3
Oakey Aero 24.0 23.3 in 1978 32 26.4
Rockhampton Aero 27.4 26.9 in 1978 32 29.4
Taroom Post Office 27.0 26.7 in 1978 32 29.5
Brigalow Research Stn 26.8 26.1 in 1978 31 29.7
Cunnamulla Post Office 26.7 26.5 in 1978 31 29.3
Camooweal Township 34.0 33.4 in 1978 30 35.2
Palmerville 34.1 34.0 in 1973 30 35.1
St Lawrence Post Office 27.9 27.7 in 1978 30 28.8
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 20.3 20.0 in 1974 30 22.5
Applethorpe 19.7 19.1 in 1978 29 21.5
Ayr DPI Research Stn 28.6 28.1 in 1978 28 29.7
Collinsville Post Office 30.3 29.6 in 1978 28 31.7
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.5 29.1 in 1982 28 30.3
Surat 25.8 25.5 in 1978 28 28.9
Archerfield Airport 25.2 24.7 in 1947 26 26.8
Gladstone Radar 27.2 27.0 in 1984 26 28.3
Lady Elliot Island 25.3 25.1 in 1984 25 25.5
Mount Isa Aero 32.7 32.6 in 1985 25 34.1
Richmond Post Office 33.7 33.6 in 1985 25 35.2
Winton Post Office 32.0 32.0 in 1985 25 34.3
Baralaba Post Office 28.0 27.9 in 1978 24 30.8
University of Queensland Gatton 25.9 25.8 in 1984 24 27.9



Record highest spring mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for spring 2010 (C)
Previous highest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
University of Queensland Gatton 14.5 = 14.5 in 1915 84 12.8
Willis Island 24.9 = 24.9 in 1998 80 23.6
Rockhampton Aero 18.5 18.3 in 2005 71 16.7
Cairns Aero 22.6 22.2 in 1998 67 20.5
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 10.6 = 10.6 in 2005 65 8.6
South Johnstone Exp Stn 21.4 20.2 in 2008 52 18.6
Ayr DPI Research Stn 20.2 19.4 in 2001 51 17.9
Lockhart River Airport 24.3 24.0 in 2008 44 21.7
Walkamin Research Station 18.9 18.8 in 1998 42 16.6
Oakey Aero 12.8 12.7 in 2005 37 10.9
Musgrave 21.1 20.4 in 1917 36 18.2
Mackay Aero 19.9 19.8 in 1998 23 17.7



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
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 33.5 +1.9 35.8 20 Nov 25.8 +1.2 22.4 28 Oct 253.6 95.7 v high 265%
Coen Airport 32.5   35.8 16 Oct 23.2   18.0 12 Sep 100.2 39.8 v high 252%
Horn Island 31.7 +0.8 33.5 3 Nov 26.0 +1.3 23.0 28 Sep 292.0 74.2 v high 394%
Scherger RAAF 34.8   37.3 9 Oct 23.3   19.5 15 Sep 410.0
Weipa Aero 34.9 -0.3 37.5 6 Oct 23.4 +1.8 18.7 15 Sep 448.0 144.3 high 310%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.6 +0.2 33.3 16 Oct 24.3 +2.6 19.9 15 Sep 371.2 110.4 high 336%
Musgrave 35.2 +0.8 38.0 15 Nov 21.1 +2.9 16.4 12 Sep 281.0 76.5 v high 367%
Palmerville 34.1 -1.0 37.7 16 Sep 20.6 +1.7 15.1 17 Sep 398.0 90.5 highest 440%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 34.9   39.5 16 Nov 23.0   15.6 17 Oct 81.0 43.8 high 185%
Century Mine 36.2   41.2 24 Nov 21.8   13.8 17 Oct 44.0
Cloncurry Airport 33.8 -2.0 39.1 23 Nov 20.6 +0.7 12.2 16 Oct 110.0 61.6 high 179%
Croydon Township 35.3 -1.1 38.1 26 Oct 23.4 +1.4 16.5 20 Sep 180.8 64.1 v high 282%
Julia Creek Airport 34.5 -2.3 40.0 4 Oct 19.2 +1.0 9.8 16 Oct 123.2 42.1 v high 293%
Kowanyama Airport 35.6 -0.1 38.5 5 Oct 23.1 +1.5 19.7 3 Sep 248.2 75.1 v high 330%
Mornington Island 32.3 +0.2 36.1 9 Nov 24.3 +1.0 19.4 20 Sep 65.2 68.0 average 96%
Mount Isa Aero 32.7 -1.4 38.1 23 Nov 18.9 +0.8 8.7 1 Oct 104.8 62.1 high 169%
Normanton Airport 35.7 -0.6 39.1 4 Oct 23.9 +1.0 17.7 20 Sep 140.2 57.6 high 243%
Sweers Island 31.4 -0.4 34.7 24 Nov     19.0 16 Oct 160.9 85.6 high 188%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 34.2   38.6 11 Sep 21.3   15.1 16 Oct 212.2
Hughenden Airport 32.4 -2.4 37.1 13 Sep 19.1 +0.5 8.1 17 Oct 203.8 77.1 v high 264%
Richmond Airport 34.0 -1.8 38.7 28 Oct 18.5 +0.1 8.2 16 Oct 193.6 73.0 high 265%
Richmond Post Office 33.7 -1.5 38.4 6 Oct 19.3 +1.7 10.1 16 Oct 215.8 53.7 v high 402%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 30.0 +0.6 32.8 13 Nov 22.6 +2.1 18.4 16 Sep 493.2 171.2 highest 288%
Cape Flattery 30.8   33.1 20 Nov 24.5   22.0 14 Oct 168.8
Cooktown Airport 30.3 +0.1 32.7 14 Nov 24.0 +1.7 18.5 16 Sep 224.2 107.5 high 209%
Kairi Research Station 26.3 -0.5 31.0 13 Nov 17.7 +2.7 11.2 16 Sep 322.4 122.0 v high 264%
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.5 -0.8 32.8 12 Nov 23.9 +0.7 21.9 17 Oct 615.2 171.6 highest 359%
Mareeba Airport 29.7 -0.7 33.3 16 Sep 19.4 +2.1 14.3 3 Sep 161.8 63.7 v high 254%
Walkamin Research Station 28.4 -0.6 31.5 12 Nov 18.9 +2.3 14.2 16 Sep 276.2 106.0 v high 261%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 29.1 -0.1 32.1 2 Nov 21.5 +2.8 16.3 20 Sep 711.4 209.9 v high 339%
Ingham Composite 28.8 -1.4 32.2 15 Sep 21.1 +2.7 16.5 3 Sep 893.7 222.7 highest 401%
Innisfail 28.6 +0.3 30.9 12 Nov 21.9 +3.0 19.1 16 Sep 1524.6 333.4 highest 457%
Lucinda Point 27.0 -0.1 30.6 18 Nov 23.0 +0.4 19.7 22 Oct 982.4 136.7 highest 719%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 28.5 -0.4 31.1 15 Oct 21.4 +2.8 17.9 3 Sep
Townsville Aero 29.0 -0.3 31.1 1 Nov 22.0 +1.7 17.4 3 Sep 316.6 96.6 v high 328%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 28.0 -0.7 30.0 17 Sep 21.8 +0.4 13.9 17 Oct 569.6 119.0 v high 479%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 28.6 -1.1 33.3 15 Sep 20.2 +2.3 13.4 17 Oct 381.0 86.1 v high 443%
Bowen Airport 28.3 -0.8 30.7 1 Nov 20.6 +1.1 12.3 17 Oct 465.5 73.9 highest 630%
Collinsville Post Office 30.3 -1.4 34.1 15 Sep 18.5 +1.5 9.5 17 Oct 285.0 85.8 v high 332%
Hamilton Island Airport 26.2   29.4 29 Sep 21.9   19.6 2 Sep 942.2 172.0 v high 548%
Mackay Aero 26.6 -1.2 30.0 15 Oct 19.9 +2.2 10.8 17 Oct 789.8 156.3 highest 505%
Mackay M.O 26.2 -1.1 30.1 29 Sep 20.5 +1.2 13.1 17 Oct 846.4 157.3 highest 538%
Proserpine Airport 28.2 -1.9 35.0 15 Sep 19.5 +2.3 10.3 17 Oct
Samuel Hill Aero 26.2 -1.9 32.2 15 Sep 17.9 +3.3 9.5 17 Oct 448.6 189.3 v high 237%
St Lawrence 27.7   33.1 15 Sep 18.7   11.4 18 Oct 313.4
St Lawrence Post Office 27.9 -0.9 33.5 15 Sep 19.0 +1.6 12.6 18 Oct 303.8 143.9 v high 211%
Williamson 27.6   32.4 15 Sep 18.4   9.4 17 Oct 261.8
Woolshed 25.3 -1.8 30.2 15 Sep 18.3 +1.0 13.0 17 Oct 431.2 124.5 v high 346%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 25.2 -0.8 30.9 10 Sep 19.8 +1.2 11.0 18 Oct 475.2 167.3 v high 284%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 29.8 -2.5 33.5 15 Sep 18.9 +0.9 12.6 17 Oct 292.2 106.2 v high 275%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 28.9 -2.8 33.8 4 Oct 17.6 +0.5 11.0 17 Oct 297.0 113.9 v high 261%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Brigalow Research Stn 26.8 -2.9 31.6 28 Oct 15.2 +0.7 7.3 17 Oct 257.8 177.7 high 145%
Clermont Airport 28.3   33.1 14 Sep 16.2   6.5 17 Oct 417.2
Clermont Sirius St 27.9 -3.7 33.0 14 Sep 16.7 +0.9 7.8 17 Oct 446.6 114.1 highest 391%
Emerald Airport 27.9 -3.5 32.6 28 Oct 16.7 -0.1 9.9 17 Oct 284.6 129.2 v high 220%
Rolleston Airport 27.0   31.9 4 Oct 15.3   7.4 1 Sep 370.4
Springsure Comet St 26.6 -3.7 31.8 4 Oct 15.8 +1.0 6.2 17 Oct 464.6 140.7 v high 330%
Tambo Post Office 27.1 -3.4 32.2 8 Nov 14.2 +1.0 5.4 17 Oct 533.4 102.6 highest 520%
Taroom Post Office 27.0 -2.5 32.0 28 Oct 14.9 +0.7 6.2 17 Oct 342.3 162.1 v high 211%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 28.9 -2.9 34.0 5 Oct 17.4 +0.4 8.4 16 Oct 478.6 85.4 highest 560%
Blackall Airport 28.1 -4.6 33.1 8 Nov 15.9 -0.6 7.0 16 Oct 504.0 121.1 v high 416%
Isisford Post Office 29.2 -3.5 35.6 9 Sep 17.1 +0.8 8.0 6 Sep 501.2 78.4 highest 639%
Longreach Aero 30.5 -3.0 36.3 29 Oct 16.7 +0.3 8.0 16 Oct 264.4 66.2 highest 399%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 34.0 -1.2 40.5 24 Nov 19.5 +0.5 9.9 16 Oct 77.4 49.2 high 157%
Urandangi 33.2 -1.4 42.0 5 Oct 16.3 -0.7 9.0 16 Oct 101.3 42.5 v high 238%
Winton Airport 32.1   38.0 13 Sep 18.0   8.3 16 Oct 201.8
Winton Post Office 32.0 -2.3 37.2 29 Oct 18.8 +1.5 9.5 17 Oct 190.2 58.5 v high 325%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 29.5 -4.3 39.8 29 Oct 15.3 -2.0 7.5 1 Oct 198.7 39.3 highest 506%
Birdsville Airport 29.4 -3.8 40.1 29 Oct 16.2 -1.2 8.2 21 Sep 98.5 35.6 v high 277%
Boulia Airport 31.0 -2.8 40.4 29 Oct     9.4 16 Oct 141.7 44.0 v high 322%
Windorah Post Office 29.0 -3.2 37.2 6 Oct 16.1 -0.1 7.4 16 Oct 195.7 50.7 v high 386%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 28.0 -2.8 33.0 7 Nov 16.0 +0.7 9.0 17 Oct 309.2 158.3 v high 195%
Bundaberg Aero 26.6 -0.2 30.1 2 Nov 16.9 +0.5 9.1 17 Oct 250.4 200.0 high 125%
Gayndah Airport 26.9   31.4 5 Oct 15.2   8.0 18 Oct 303.0
Gladstone Airport 26.4 -1.0 31.3 15 Sep 18.5 +0.3 11.0 18 Oct 307.2 155.7 v high 197%
Gladstone Radar 27.2 -1.1 30.9 15 Sep 18.8 +0.2 12.3 18 Oct 315.8 163.5 v high 193%
Lady Elliot Island 25.3 -0.2 28.4 17 Nov 20.6 +0.3 12.4 18 Oct 368.2 167.3 v high 220%
Monto Township 25.9 -2.8 30.5 5 Oct 14.2 +1.2 5.6 18 Oct 262.6 157.4 v high 167%
Rockhampton Aero 27.4 -2.0 32.3 5 Oct 18.5 +1.8 11.3 17 Oct 314.4 143.9 v high 218%
Rundle Island 24.0 -0.8 27.6 16 Nov 20.5 -0.5 16.7 17 Oct
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 25.7 -0.3 29.1 17 Nov     11.2 17 Oct 327.3 183.9 high 178%
Seventeen Seventy 24.8 -1.0 28.0 14 Oct 18.7 -0.4 12.5 17 Oct 311.0 172.1 high 181%
Thangool Airport 27.1 -3.0 30.9 7 Oct 14.4 +1.1 6.3 17 Oct 246.2 159.3 high 155%
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%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 25.3   29.6 17 Nov 14.1   4.6 17 Oct 315.2
Beerburrum Forest Station 25.4 -1.9 30.4 17 Nov 15.3 +1.0 7.4 17 Oct 471.8 263.0 v high 179%
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%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 23.7 +0.7 27.3 17 Nov 18.7 +1.0 11.4 17 Oct 279.4 240.3 high 116%
Coolangatta 24.5 +0.2 28.5 2 Nov 16.4 +0.6 8.1 17 Oct 572.4 275.3 v high 208%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 24.8 +0.5 28.8 15 Nov 18.9 +0.5 11.8 17 Oct 336.4 211.0 high 159%
Gold Coast Seaway 24.9 -0.3 29.5 7 Oct 17.2 +0.4 9.5 17 Oct 515.0 286.0 high 180%
Gympie 26.2 -2.0 31.2 17 Nov 14.8 +1.3 6.4 18 Oct 260.8 207.4 high 126%
Hervey Bay Airport 26.0 -0.4 29.2 15 Nov 16.8 -0.1 8.3 17 Oct 223.0 192.6 average 116%
Jimna Forestry 22.4 -2.9 27.2 7 Oct 12.5 +0.8 3.0 18 Oct 358.4 201.4 v high 178%
Kingaroy Airport 24.1 -3.3 28.5 3 Sep 12.7 +1.3 3.8 17 Oct 244.8 147.9 high 166%
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%
Maleny Tamarind St 22.0 -2.2 26.6 17 Nov 14.7 +0.6 6.8 17 Oct 807.4 314.4 highest 257%
Maryborough 26.5 -1.1 30.7 7 Oct 15.7 +0.6 6.2 17 Oct 265.6 203.3 high 131%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 25.0   29.9 17 Nov 15.8   8.0 18 Oct 553.4
Point Lookout 25.0 0.0 28.1 2 Nov     7.9 17 Oct 428.6 314.2 high 136%
Rainbow Beach 24.8 -0.7 27.8 29 Sep       423.4 237.5 v high 178%
Redcliffe 24.2   27.8 17 Nov 17.2   9.0 17 Oct 585.8
Sunshine Coast Airport 24.9 -0.6 28.5 17 Nov 16.2 +0.7 7.9 18 Oct 374.8 235.2 v high 159%
Tewantin RSL Park 24.4 -1.0 28.4 15 Sep 17.1 +0.4 8.5 17 Oct 624.4 280.5 v high 223%
Toolara (Kelly) 26.0 -2.4 30.8 5 Oct 16.5 +0.2 9.2 17 Oct 365.0 239.8 v high 152%
University of Queensland Gatton 25.9 -2.0 30.6 16 Nov 14.5 +1.7 6.4 17 Oct 272.4 179.7 high 152%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 19.7 -1.8 25.3 14 Nov 10.1 +1.3 0.9 7 Sep 343.0 199.4 highest 172%
Dalby Airport 24.9 -3.2 30.9 11 Nov 13.5 +1.2 5.3 17 Oct 219.4 173.9 high 126%
Goondiwindi Airport 25.0 -3.5 31.2 13 Nov 13.7 +0.5 4.4 17 Oct 255.2 152.8 v high 167%
Inglewood Forest 24.3 -3.8 30.2 14 Nov 12.9 -0.5 3.5 17 Oct 317.4 174.0 v high 182%
Oakey Aero 24.0 -2.4 29.8 11 Nov 12.8 +1.9 3.1 17 Oct 185.6 167.8 average 111%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 20.3 -2.2 27.4 11 Nov 10.6 +2.0 1.4 7 Sep 306.7 197.0 high 156%
Texas Post Office 24.9 -2.6 30.9 12 Nov 12.9 +1.5 2.4 17 Oct 237.8 168.4 high 141%
Toowoomba Airport 21.4 -2.9 26.4 11 Nov 12.8 +0.2 3.3 17 Oct 249.6 188.1 high 133%
Warwick 22.5 -3.2 28.3 11 Nov 11.8 +1.4 2.3 17 Oct 272.4 209.5 high 130%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 25.8 -3.3 31.4 12 Nov 14.1 +0.2 5.5 17 Oct 214.0 127.9 high 167%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 25.5 -3.5 31.0 12 Nov 13.5 +1.3 5.3 12 Sep 405.6 148.7 highest 273%
Mitchell Post Office 26.1 -2.9 32.6 11 Nov 13.1 +1.2 4.9 17 Oct 303.0 127.6 v high 237%
Roma Airport 25.8 -3.5 31.8 12 Nov 13.7 +0.2 4.6 17 Oct 288.8 145.7 v high 198%
St George Airport 25.5 -3.9 32.0 12 Nov 14.1 -0.4 4.8 30 Sep 288.6 146.0 high 198%
Surat 25.8 -3.1 31.7 14 Nov 14.0 +0.6 5.2 17 Oct 267.4 133.9 v high 200%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 26.3 -3.1 34.2 12 Nov 13.8 +0.3 4.5 17 Oct 266.4 101.7 v high 262%
Charleville Aero 26.4 -3.1 33.5 7 Nov 14.2 +0.2 5.0 17 Oct 164.2 106.5 high 154%
Cunnamulla Post Office 26.7 -2.6 35.7 29 Oct 14.8 +0.3 5.3 18 Sep 201.8 74.7 v high 270%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Quilpie Airport 27.6 -3.1 35.8 7 Nov 15.4 -0.4 7.0 17 Oct 242.8 66.8 v high 363%

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 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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