Queensland in summer 2010-11: Wet Summer

  • Wetter than average across most parts of Queensland apart from the southern and central interior
  • Wettest summer since 2008 - 2009
  • Sixth wettest summer for state-wide average
  • Cooler state-wide averaged maximum temperature with the state-wide minimum close to the mean

Summary

Almost the entire state received average or above average rainfall during the 2010 - 2011 summer, except for a small area over the southern interior which was below average. Parts of the southeast inland areas received record high summer rainfall while 37% of the state, over the eastern, southwestern and northwestern districts had very much above average, this being the highest 10% on record. The state-averaged rainfall total for this summer was 509.45 mm, well above the long-term seasonal average of 324.68 mm. This figure ranked the sixth highest state-averaged seasonal rainfall total on record, ranking below the 2008-2009 summer figure of 519.91 mm.

The seasonal mean maximum temperatures were cooler than the averages for most parts of the state. The state-wide averaged seasonal maximum temperature was -0.97 C below the long-term (1961-1990) average 34.64 C and 11th lowest on the record since the area-averaged data set began in 1950. 

The seasonal mean minimum temperatures were slightly above the means over the southern and eastern districts, while just below the means over the central interior region and the western districts. The state-wide averaged seasonal minimum temperature was very close, just 0.06 C above, the long-term state average of 22.31 C.

Overview

December:

It was the wettest December on record and the state wide averaged rainfall amount was more than double the long term 1961 to 1990 baseline mean. Following very extensive and heavy rainfall periods during the 2010 spring, river catchments were overwhelmed by further rainfall in December that culminated in one of the most widespread and significant floods over the southern and central catchments. Theodore and Condamine were fully evacuated and 22 towns and over 200,000 people were affected. Forty-one local government areas were disaster declared with significant disruption to mining and agriculture and other industries, expected to cost many hundreds of millions of dollars.

Queensland's first cyclone of the 2010/11season, Tasha, formed early on Christmas morning near Agincourt Reef to the east of Cairns and crossed the coast about 5:30 am south of Cairns between the townships of Gordonvale and Babinda. It was a weak category one system but brought significant rain to a broad area of northern Queensland.

Severe thunderstorms with large hail had been triggered by a deep trough system over the southeast near the mid-month.

January:

January total rainfall was very much above average (decile 10) over parts of the Far Southwest district, the far west, Cape York Peninsula, the Upper Carpentaria, the Darling Downs and most of the Moreton South Coast district, with some places receiving their highest rainfall on record.

This extremely wet period from late November 2010 to mid January 2011 contributed to widespread flooding of many Queensland rivers.  During the second week of January severe flooding (including river and flash flooding) occurred in Brisbane and nearby areas of southeast Queensland.  For more information see SCS 24, pages 7, 8 and 9.

TC Anthony crossed the coast near Bowen on the 30th of January.

February:

Most areas over western Queensland were above or very much above the February average, while most parts over the southeast and the central inlands were below.

Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Yasi (marginal Category 5) made landfall on the southern tropical coast near Mission Beach between midnight to 1 am early on 3rd February. Severe TC Yasi maintained a strong core with damaging winds and heavy rain, tracking westwards across the north of the state and finally weakened to a tropical low near Mount Isa around 10pm on the 3rd February.

The remnants of Ex-TC Anthony, as a low, weakened, moved rapidly and reached the southwest corner of the state during the first two days of the month. Rain and thunderstorms, with moderate falls, dominated the southwest of the state during the period.

Rainfall

The wettest overall was at Bellenden Ker Top Stn with 4512.8 mm, followed by Bellenden Ker Bottom Stn with 3225.6 mm, then Babinda Post Office with 2676.8 mm.

The driest overall was at Wallen with 61.8 mm, followed by South Plains with 94.6 mm, then Mulga Downs with 97.4 mm.

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 at Hawkins Creek with 464.0 mm on 3 Feb 2011, followed by Maleny Denning Rd with 350.0 mm on 10 Jan 2011, then Happy Valley with 339.0 mm on 25 Dec 2010.

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

Temperature

The warmest on average was Birdsville Airport with 32.2 C, followed by Julia Creek Airport with 29.8 C, then The Monument Airport with 29.8 C.

The coolest on average was Applethorpe with 20.1 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 20.8 C, then Toowoomba Airport with 21.5 C.

Maximum temperature

The hottest day was at Birdsville Airport with 47.4 C on 27 Jan 2011, followed by Bedourie Police Station with 47.0 C on 27 Jan 2011, then Birdsville Airport again with 46.1 C on 28 Jan 2011.

The warmest days on average were at Birdsville Airport with 39.1 C, followed by Bedourie Police Station with 39.0 C, then Boulia Airport with 37.8 C.

The coolest days on average were at Applethorpe with 25.0 C, followed by Maleny Tamarind St with 25.6 C, then Toowoomba Airport with 25.7 C.

The top 3 coldest day all happened at Applethorpe with 16.5 C on 19 Dec 2010, followed by 17.5 C on 3 Dec 2010, then 17.8 C on 4 Dec 2010.

Some sites had their lowest 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 at Applethorpe with 3.7 C on 21 Dec 2010, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 4.5 C on 21 Dec 2010, then Warwick with 6.5 C on 21 Dec 2010.

The coolest nights on average were at Applethorpe with 15.2 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 15.8 C, then Warwick with 17.2 C.

The warmest nights on average were at Sweers Island with 25.7 C, followed by Coconut Island with 25.6 C, then Birdsville Airport with 25.3 C.

The warmest night was at Thargomindah Airport with 31.8 C on 28 Jan 2011, followed by Birdsville Airport with 31.5 C on 28 Jan 2011, then Birdsville Airport with 30.8 C on 8 Jan 2011.

Some sites had their lowest summer temperature on record. See a map of mean minimum temperatures. See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

Wind

The strongest wind gust was at Willis Island with 206 km/h on 2 Feb 2011, followed by Lucinda Point with 185 km/h on 2 Feb 2011, then South Johnstone Exp Stn with 130 km/h on 3 Feb 2011.

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Extremes in summer 2010-11
Hottest day 47.4 C at Birdsville Airport on 27 Jan 2011
47.0 C at Bedourie Police Station on 27 Jan 2011
46.1 C at Birdsville Airport on 28 Jan 2011
Warmest days on average 39.1 C at Birdsville Airport
39.0 C at Bedourie Police Station
37.8 C at Boulia Airport
Coolest days on average 25.0 C at Applethorpe
25.6 C at Maleny Tamarind St
25.7 C at Toowoomba Airport
Coldest day 16.5 C at Applethorpe on 19 Dec 2010
17.5 C at Applethorpe on 3 Dec 2010
17.8 C at Applethorpe on 4 Dec 2010
Coldest night 3.7 C at Applethorpe on 21 Dec 2010
4.5 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 21 Dec 2010
6.5 C at Warwick on 21 Dec 2010
Coolest nights on average 15.2 C at Applethorpe
15.8 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
17.2 C at Warwick
Warmest nights on average 25.7 C at Sweers Island
25.6 C at Coconut Island
25.3 C at Birdsville Airport
Warmest night 31.8 C at Thargomindah Airport on 28 Jan 2011
31.5 C at Birdsville Airport on 28 Jan 2011
30.8 C at Birdsville Airport on 8 Jan 2011
Warmest on average overall 32.2 C at Birdsville Airport
29.8 C at Julia Creek Airport
29.8 C at The Monument Airport
29.8 C at Windorah Post Office
Coolest on average overall 20.1 C at Applethorpe
20.8 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
21.5 C at Toowoomba Airport
Wettest overall4512.8 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Stn
3225.6 mm at Bellenden Ker Bottom Stn
2676.8 mm at Babinda Post Office
Driest overall61.8 mm at Wallen
94.6 mm at South Plains
97.4 mm at Mulga Downs
Wettest day 553.0 mm at O'Connor TM on 6 Jan 2011
464.0 mm at Hawkins Creek on 3 Feb 2011
407.0 mm at Zattas Alert on 3 Feb 2011
Highest wind gust 206 km/h at Willis Island on 2 Feb 2011
185 km/h at Lucinda Point on 2 Feb 2011
130 km/h at South Johnstone Exp Stn on 3 Feb 2011

Record highest summer daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in summer 2010-11 (mm)
Previous wettest
for summer
Years of
record
Lowood Don St 203.2 on 12 Jan 2011 194.0 on 27 Jan 1974 125
Nanango Wills St 183.8 on 11 Jan 2011 167.1 on 20 Jan 1929 125
Warrinilla 238.0 on 27 Dec 2010 199.4 on 28 Feb 1940 115
Theebine 283.2 on 8 Jan 2011 229.1 on 22 Dec 1956 105
Woorarra 157.0 on 3 Dec 2010 155.4 on 1 Feb 1978 88
Lindfield 257.0 on 10 Jan 2011 237.8 on 9 Feb 1999 84
Rewan Station 190.6 on 27 Dec 2010 168.2 on 2 Jan 1996 76
Yandaburra 245.0 on 27 Dec 2010 138.0 on 31 Jan 2001 72
Nobby Tooth St 144.0 on 27 Dec 2010 138.6 on 11 Feb 1976 71
Wharton Creek Station 257.0 on 27 Dec 2010 110.2 on 5 Jan 1968 66
Spring Creek Station 210.2 on 27 Dec 2010 157.8 on 3 Feb 1997 62
Birraban 179.4 on 27 Dec 2010 135.6 on 28 Dec 2008 60
Carnarvon Station 273.6 on 27 Dec 2010 124.5 on 28 Dec 2008 60
Wyseby 247.2 on 27 Dec 2010 145.2 on 5 Feb 1986 60
Bairnsdale 140.0 on 27 Dec 2010 132.1 on 9 Dec 1965 53
Spring Creek 200.0 on 11 Jan 2011 181.4 on 11 Feb 1976 53
Glenaven 150.2 on 11 Jan 2011 140.6 on 9 Feb 1999 51
Marodian Homestead 225.0 on 8 Jan 2011 168.0 on 17 Feb 2010 48
Mt Moffatt National Park 165.0 on 27 Dec 2010 145.5 on 16 Feb 1973 48
Mount Kingsley 173.2 on 27 Dec 2010 101.4 on 11 Jan 2004 47
Theodore 170.0 on 9 Feb 2011 134.0 on 1 Dec 2007 45
Cecil Plains Homestead 110.4 on 27 Dec 2010 100.0 on 3 Jan 1996 43
Mountain View 134.0 on 3 Dec 2010 122.2 on 28 Dec 2008 39
Withcott 180.8 on 11 Jan 2011 132.0 on 9 Feb 1999 38
Embreys Bridge 147.2 on 11 Jan 2011 112.6 on 10 Dec 1997 36
Townson 193.0 on 11 Jan 2011 172.0 on 12 Dec 1991 35
Oakington 142.4 on 11 Jan 2011 126.6 on 28 Jan 1987 34
Monogorilby - Home 92.2 on 11 Jan 2011 86.0 on 10 Jan 2000 29
Cooby Creek Dam 127.0 on 11 Jan 2011 125.8 on 9 Feb 1999 22
Gue 140.0 on 27 Dec 2010 126.6 on 20 Feb 2000 21



Record highest total summer rainfall
Total rainfall
for summer 2010-11 (mm)
Previous wettest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Nanango Wills St 979.5 853.6 in 1892 129 318.7
Pittsworth 651.0 588.0 in 1892 124 268.8
Lowood Don St 987.0 750.1 in 1897 121 319.3
Jandowae Post Office 602.2 583.0 in 1970 112 261.7
Yarraman Post Office 914.6 844.2 in 1970 96 329.9
Imbil Post Office 1245.0 1195.3 in 1970 91 501.4
Weipa Eastern Ave 1783.9 1755.8 in 1961 91 1156.4
Lindfield 1098.4 1008.2 in 1970 88 435.6
Pechey Forestry 817.2 794.6 in 1970 82 376.0
Amberley AMO 824.6 801.2 in 1973 68 362.2
Meandarra Post Office 469.2 427.5 in 1970 68 213.0
Lanark 648.0 606.7 in 1955 65 271.9
Abercorn 751.4 685.8 in 1955 61 281.9
Wyseby 778.8 763.4 in 1970 56 334.0
Possum Park 575.5 513.9 in 1923 46 254.0
Namarah 418.6 398.0 in 1996 45 215.4
Oakey Aero 663.2 645.0 in 1970 41 262.4
Macalister 455.8 414.0 in 1987 39 256.3
Carneys Creek The Ranch 849.2 812.2 in 1975 34 421.1
Greenbank Thompson Road 759.4 651.0 in 1981 34 365.0
Lawnton Colonial Drive 1140.4 697.0 in 1994 34 449.1
Oakington 779.0 449.6 in 1981 33 317.9
Childers South 982.6 750.6 in 1980 32 374.2
Boondall 943.0 877.2 in 1991 31 418.5
Builyan Gum Street 818.0 770.2 in 2002 31 380.8
Greenhaven 2138.8 1941.8 in 1990 31 1091.9
Maclean Bridge 672.0 583.2 in 2003 28 355.5
Corbould Pk Racecourse 1517.0 1137.0 in 1991 22 583.6
Traighli 397.2 375.0 in 1996 22 260.5

Highest total summer rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for summer 2010-11 (mm)
Most recent summer
at least this wet
Years since
wetter
Average for
summer
Kilcoy Post Office 1045.6 1810.7 in 1892 115 389.2
Baralaba Post Office 693.6 843.5 in 1953 57 312.7
Mundubbera 741.2 794.3 in 1955 55 293.2
Dunollie 648.9 768.2 in 1955 54 284.9
Ellangowan 527.6 580.1 in 1955 54 263.5
Drillham Post Office 432.8 439.0 in 1961 46 250.0
Hannaford Post Office 458.3 557.3 in 1958 44 228.0
Colodan 633.0 685.4 in 1970 40 261.2
Howard Post Office 914.0 1737.5 in 1970 40 449.1
Injune Post Office 545.1 545.9 in 1970 40 268.0
Maryborough 892.2 1435.8 in 1970 40 465.7
Proston Post Office 627.5 680.2 in 1970 40 293.0
Rewan Station 767.2 1189.6 in 1953 40 402.3
Tarome 917.6 1202.6 in 1970 40 412.4
Toogoolawah Post Office 795.0 852.6 in 1970 40 351.9
Tuan Creek Forest Stn 1002.3 1287.4 in 1970 40 506.8
Biggenden Post Office 821.8 1194.7 in 1970 39 374.5
Brian Pastures 757.0 813.4 in 1970 39 304.6
Brigalow Research Stn 589.2 603.6 in 1970 39 314.9
Eidsvold Post Office 602.8 662.7 in 1970 39 301.2
Gin Gin Post Office 1021.3 1286.8 in 1970 39 462.6
Jondaryan Post Office 511.8 625.3 in 1970 39 247.6
Moogerah Dam 841.4 1039.1 in 1970 39 399.9
Mt Perry The Pines 807.6 857.0 in 1970 39 426.7
Palmwoods 1537.2 1675.8 in 1970 39 653.2
Blackbutt Post Office 823.3 843.6 in 1970 38 344.8
Dulacca Truck Stop 480.3 527.3 in 1970 38 235.2
Goomboorian 1075.0 1234.2 in 1970 38 495.2
Gympie 1055.4 1096.1 in 1970 38 467.7
Somerset Dam 1000.2 1090.1 in 1970 38 407.6
Alderley 1013.2 1098.5 in 1973 37 460.0
Canungra Finch Road 836.2 1264.6 in 1973 37 451.8
Chinchilla Water Treatment Plant 518.4 690.3 in 1970 37 267.3
Comet Post Office 536.0 670.3 in 1973 37 272.4
Glenwood 667.6 683.2 in 1970 37 279.8
Kenilworth Township 1231.8 1278.5 in 1973 37 531.7
Maleny Tamarind St 1849.0 2038.5 in 1973 37 795.7
Mount Larcom Post Office 828.3 1063.3 in 1973 37 440.9
Moura Post Office 509.4 689.5 in 1973 37 294.2
Thangool Airport 558.8 587.8 in 1973 37 287.2
Wandoan Post Office 515.2 744.9 in 1970 37 264.0
Beerburrum Forest Station 1329.4 1690.7 in 1973 36 563.0
Jambin Post Office 520.2 589.7 in 1973 36 303.7
Somerby 518.0 812.1 in 1973 36 281.3
Wallumbilla Post Office 364.0 387.6 in 1971 36 228.2
Capalaba Water Treat 848.2 1180.6 in 1973 35 451.2
Mt Tamborine Fern St 1115.2 1282.5 in 1975 35 603.7
Taroom Post Office 525.7 724.3 in 1970 35 278.1
The Head 910.2 962.6 in 1975 35 439.3
Archerfield Airport 758.8 870.9 in 1973 34 415.2
Eromanga - Webber St 296.0 524.0 in 1975 34 107.2
Killarney Post Office 612.6 615.3 in 1975 34 277.9
Millmerran Post Office 451.0 506.8 in 1975 34 253.8
Mount Joseph 913.0 958.0 in 1973 34 418.6
Mt Glorious Fahey Rd 1576.4 2169.9 in 1973 34 649.8
Yangan Post Office 601.4 651.8 in 1975 34 280.1
Bauhinia Downs Store 659.6 840.5 in 1970 33 308.5
Cooroy Composite 1604.1 1636.0 in 1973 33 642.3
Harrisville Post Office 682.2 721.7 in 1973 33 335.6
Beaudesert Cryna 649.4 775.0 in 1973 32 372.9
Esk Post Office 806.0 809.8 in 1973 32 379.3
Miami Bardon Ave 890.2 956.8 in 1975 32 560.8
Southport Ridgeway Ave 883.0 1037.2 in 1973 32 509.3
Applethorpe 498.0 584.2 in 1975 31 280.2
Pratten 503.8 537.0 in 1975 31 245.7
Lady Elliot Island 718.2 1028.2 in 1979 30 383.3
Mossman South Alchera Drive 2132.4 2209.3 in 1980 30 1162.3
Ravenshoe Kuradilla Street 1417.6 1638.0 in 1978 29 626.3
Redlands HRS 966.0 1162.4 in 1973 29 477.0
Rocky Point Sugar Mill 911.6 1128.1 in 1973 29 473.6
Monto Township 782.9 895.2 in 1970 28 317.7
Oxenford (Oberon Way) 824.2 881.1 in 1975 28 496.1
Clifton Post Office 569.0 574.2 in 1970 27 261.9
Monduran 691.8 757.4 in 1980 27 386.1
Mornington Island 1347.4 1357.8 in 1980 27 791.5
Highvale 1057.2 1502.9 in 1973 26 462.4
Prestwood Station 980.0 1265.5 in 1973 26 514.8
Eumundi - Crescent Rd 1669.0 1726.9 in 1973 25 639.0
Cairns Severin St 1943.7 2360.6 in 1980 24 1106.6
Daintree Village 2463.0 2797.2 in 1978 24 1394.7
Port Douglas - Warner St 1887.8 2215.0 in 1980 23 1030.1
Cairns Aero 1795.2 1861.2 in 1990 20 1036.4
Rockhampton Aero 703.2 1068.0 in 1990 20 378.6
Rockley 1042.8 1128.0 in 1990 20 423.1
Tinaroo Falls Dam 1217.5 1241.0 in 1990 20 671.7



Record lowest summer mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for summer 2010-11 (C)
Previous coolest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Monto Township 29.8 = 29.8 in 2007 35 31.8

Lowest summer mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for summer 2010-11 (C)
Most recent summer
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
summer
Clermont Sirius St 31.7 30.8 in 1975 35 34.1



Record lowest summer temperature
Lowest temperature
in summer 2010-11 (C)
Previous coolest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Applethorpe 3.7 on 21 Dec 2010 4.0 on 5 Dec 1984 42 14.7



Summary statistics for summer 2010-11
Maximum temperatures
for summer
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for summer
(C)
Rainfall
for summer
(millimetres)
Mean for
summer
2010-11
Diff
from
average
Highest for
summer
2010-11
Mean for
summer
2010-11
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
summer
2010-11
Total for
summer
2010-11
Average
for
summer
Rank of
summer
2010-11
Fraction of
summer
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.6 -0.6 34.6 19 Dec 2010 25.6 -0.4 23.1 23 Jan 2011 938.6 758.0 average 124%
Coen Airport 32.1   35.2 12 Dec 2010 23.7   21.6 27 Jan 2011 820.0
Horn Island 30.7 -0.3 32.8 10 Dec 2010 24.8 -0.5 22.4 24 Jan 2011 1217.2 1091.3 high 112%
Scherger RAAF 32.1   35.8 6 Dec 2010 23.8   20.1 28 Jan 2011 1553.0
Weipa Aero 31.7 -0.6 35.5 6 Dec 2010 24.0 -0.2 20.8 28 Jan 2011 1571.4 1358.5 average 116%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 31.5 -0.2 35.0 2 Feb 2011 23.4 -0.2 19.9 28 Jan 2011 1426.2 1005.8 high 142%
Musgrave 33.0 -0.6 36.7 4 Dec 2010     21.2 21 Feb 2011 1189.7 746.3 v high 159%
Palmerville 32.5 -1.2 35.6 28 Jan 2011 22.9 +0.2 19.8 9 Feb 2011 978.8 691.5 high 142%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 33.6 -1.1 39.3 14 Dec 2010 24.5 -0.9 19.8 3 Dec 2010 733.2 567.7 average 129%
Century Mine 35.4   42.3 5 Dec 2010 23.8   15.4 3 Dec 2010 513.0
Cloncurry Airport 35.5 -1.4 42.2 6 Dec 2010 24.0 -0.5 16.7 1 Dec 2010 393.4 387.3 average 102%
Croydon Township 33.8 -2.0 38.5 4 Dec 2010 23.9 -0.4 20.5 1 Dec 2010 1022.0 520.4 v high 196%
Julia Creek Airport 36.6 -0.9 42.7 5 Dec 2010 23.0 -0.5 14.1 1 Dec 2010 315.2 319.8 average 99%
Mornington Island 32.1 -0.2 37.2 14 Dec 2010 25.2 -0.5 22.3 3 Dec 2010 1347.4 791.5 v high 170%
Mount Isa Aero 34.8 -1.5 40.9 5 Dec 2010 22.4 -1.0 14.6 3 Dec 2010 478.4 288.1 high 166%
Normanton Airport 33.2 -1.3 38.0 8 Dec 2010 24.8 -0.6 21.6 30 Jan 2011 923.0 597.4 high 155%
Sweers Island 32.0 -0.8 36.0 29 Jan 2011 25.7 -0.8 22.5 15 Feb 2011 1374.2 914.8 v high 150%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 32.8   36.2 6 Dec 2010     20.1 29 Jan 2011 774.0
Hughenden Airport 34.4 -1.3 38.4 5 Dec 2010 22.1 -1.2 17.2 24 Jan 2011 365.6 316.9 average 115%
Richmond Airport 36.0 -0.7 40.5 28 Jan 2011 22.5 -0.7 15.9 1 Dec 2010 214.2 287.1 low 75%
Richmond Post Office 36.1 -0.8 40.7 5 Dec 2010 23.1 +0.5 16.4 1 Dec 2010 271.2 298.5 average 91%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 31.1 -0.2 34.8 19 Dec 2010 23.9 +0.3 20.7 26 Jan 2011 1795.2 1036.4 v high 173%
Cooktown Airport 31.3 -0.6 35.7 20 Dec 2010 23.9 -0.5 21.6 26 Jan 2011 1111.8 766.1 v high 145%
Kairi Research Station 28.0 -0.2 31.5 20 Dec 2010 19.6 +0.5 14.1 26 Jan 2011 1217.0 664.4 v high 183%
Low Isles Lighthouse 31.6 -0.5 35.0 7 Jan 2011 25.3 -0.2 22.6 23 Dec 2010 1818.0 1034.9 v high 176%
Mareeba Airport 30.3 -0.8 33.7 7 Jan 2011 21.3 0.0 17.8 26 Jan 2011 1100.4 609.7 v high 180%
Walkamin Research Station 29.2 -0.7 33.3 7 Jan 2011 20.6 +0.4 15.7 26 Jan 2011 1069.4 606.2 v high 176%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Ingham Composite 31.7 -0.4 35.0 20 Dec 2010 23.5 +0.7 20.6 25 Jan 2011 1711.9 1100.7 high 156%
Innisfail 30.8 +0.1 33.7 19 Dec 2010 23.8 +1.2 20.8 25 Jan 2011 1758.0 1380.6 high 127%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 30.9 -0.1 33.8 20 Dec 2010 23.4 +1.0 20.1 25 Jan 2011 2140.8 1379.8 high 155%
Townsville Aero 30.9 -0.4 33.9 13 Dec 2010 24.4 +0.3 21.1 24 Jan 2011 744.6 713.7 average 104%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.6 -0.5 32.9 13 Dec 2010 24.4 -0.3 20.6 24 Jan 2011 828.6 661.6 high 125%
Bowen Airport 30.8 -0.6 32.6 18 Dec 2010 23.3 -0.4 20.0 25 Jan 2011 866.7 579.9 high 149%
Collinsville Post Office 32.4 -0.9 36.4 28 Jan 2011 21.7 0.0 17.7 24 Jan 2011
Hamilton Island Airport 29.1   31.1 17 Jan 2011 24.4   21.5 4 Dec 2010 1078.2 760.0 high 142%
Mackay Aero 29.9 -0.4 33.1 18 Dec 2010 23.3 +0.6 20.1 8 Jan 2011 1131.6 821.2 high 138%
Mackay M.O 29.4 -0.5 32.8 18 Dec 2010 23.8 +0.5 19.0 8 Jan 2011 1197.8 793.6 high 151%
Proserpine Airport 30.6 -0.9 33.8 18 Dec 2010 23.0 +0.6 20.6 25 Jan 2011 1178.6 855.6 high 138%
Samuel Hill Aero 29.8 -0.9 33.8 21 Feb 2011 22.1 +1.0 17.2 8 Jan 2011 1098.6 706.6 high 155%
St Lawrence 31.0   34.4 28 Jan 2011 22.8   18.4 8 Jan 2011 831.6
St Lawrence Post Office 31.1 -0.4 34.5 28 Jan 2011 22.9 +0.7 18.7 8 Jan 2011 838.6 530.9 high 158%
Williamson 30.7   33.9 18 Jan 2011 22.5   17.6 8 Jan 2011 807.2
Woolshed     31.6 13 Dec 2010 20.7 0.0 15.8 24 Jan 2011 1030.0 669.3 high 154%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 29.1 0.0 34.2 18 Dec 2010 23.4 0.0 19.9 7 Jan 2011 736.4 423.9 high 174%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 32.1 -1.5 36.2 18 Dec 2010 22.0 -0.3 19.0 24 Jan 2011 594.4 403.3 high 147%
Moranbah Water Treatment Plant 31.9 -1.8 35.6 16 Dec 2010 21.4 -0.2 18.6 24 Jan 2011 590.5 305.3 v high 193%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Clermont Airport 32.1   36.9 21 Feb 2011 20.7   15.5 24 Jan 2011 309.8
Clermont Sirius St 31.7 -2.4 37.0 21 Feb 2011 21.0 -0.2 16.6 24 Jan 2011 324.2 325.8 average 100%
Emerald Airport 32.4 -1.7 36.7 28 Jan 2011 21.3 -0.6 18.3 24 Jan 2011 344.8 266.0 high 130%
Lochington 32.3   37.7 28 Jan 2011 20.9   16.4 21 Dec 2010 534.2
Rolleston Airport 31.5   36.7 28 Jan 2011 20.5   14.9 21 Dec 2010 674.2
Springsure Comet St 31.5 -2.0 37.2 28 Jan 2011 20.2 -0.2 14.9 22 Dec 2010 607.0 309.4 v high 196%
Tambo Post Office 32.8 -1.7 39.6 28 Jan 2011 19.8 0.0 12.2 21 Dec 2010 303.1 227.3 high 133%
Taroom Post Office 32.0 -1.3 38.0 21 Feb 2011 20.2 0.0 13.6 21 Dec 2010 525.7 278.1 v high 189%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 33.9 -1.4 39.8 28 Jan 2011 22.4 -0.3 17.1 21 Dec 2010
Blackall Airport 33.3 -2.4 39.8 28 Jan 2011 21.0 -1.5 15.3 21 Dec 2010 460.8 309.7 high 149%
Isisford Post Office 34.5 -2.1 41.5 26 Jan 2011 22.4 0.0 14.9 1 Dec 2010 254.4 197.3 average 129%
Longreach Aero 34.7 -2.0 40.5 28 Jan 2011 21.4 -1.2 14.5 1 Dec 2010 236.2 218.7 average 108%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 35.2 -2.0 41.1 5 Dec 2010 23.5 -0.4 17.5 1 Dec 2010 589.4 254.3 v high 232%
The Monument Airport 36.3 -0.8 42.8 29 Jan 2011 23.4 -0.3 15.1 1 Dec 2010 311.4 202.1 v high 154%
Trepell Airport 36.3 -1.1 42.4 29 Jan 2011 23.1 -0.8 15.2 1 Dec 2010 225.2 227.7 average 99%
Urandangi 37.8 -0.3 44.5 30 Jan 2011 23.6 +0.2 15.0 1 Dec 2010 260.1 166.8 high 156%
Winton Airport 36.8   42.3 28 Jan 2011 22.5   13.7 1 Dec 2010 157.6 207.0 average 76%
Winton Post Office 36.4 -0.9 41.5 28 Jan 2011 22.5 -0.6 15.3 1 Dec 2010 210.2 220.5 average 95%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 39.0 +0.7 47.0 27 Jan 2011     13.0 4 Dec 2010 102.7 85.2 average 121%
Birdsville Airport 39.1 +0.2 47.4 27 Jan 2011 25.3 +0.3 14.2 1 Dec 2010 111.2 69.1 high 161%
Boulia Airport 37.8 -0.4 43.6 29 Jan 2011     20.1 10 Feb 2011 187.5 131.5 high 143%
Windorah Post Office 35.9 -1.5 43.3 27 Jan 2011 23.6 +0.2 16.2 21 Dec 2010 223.9 121.3 high 185%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Baralaba Post Office 32.7 -1.2 36.7 28 Jan 2011 21.0 +0.1 15.6 21 Dec 2010 693.6 312.7 v high 222%
Bundaberg Aero 30.1 +0.3 34.2 18 Jan 2011 21.4 +0.3 16.6 21 Dec 2010 790.4 457.5 v high 173%
Gayndah Airport 30.7   36.4 21 Feb 2011 20.2   13.1 21 Dec 2010
Gladstone Airport 30.3 -0.1 35.6 18 Dec 2010 22.6 -0.1 19.0 8 Jan 2011 545.4 420.7 high 130%
Gladstone Radar 31.2 +0.1 35.5 21 Feb 2011 22.4 +0.1 19.0 7 Jan 2011 555.8 421.6 high 132%
Lady Elliot Island 29.0 0.0 32.7 5 Feb 2011 24.2 +0.5 20.3 7 Jan 2011 718.2 383.3 v high 187%
Monto Township 29.8 -2.0 35.1 21 Feb 2011 19.5 +0.6 12.6 21 Dec 2010 782.9 317.7 v high 246%
Rockhampton Aero 31.1 -0.7 36.0 21 Feb 2011 22.9 +1.1 20.0 1 Dec 2010 703.2 378.6 v high 186%
Rundle Island 27.6 -0.4 31.6 18 Jan 2011 23.8 -0.5 19.9 8 Jan 2011
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 28.9 -0.3 32.4 6 Feb 2011 22.3 +0.2 17.7 8 Jan 2011 783.4 426.9 v high 184%
Seventeen Seventy 28.4 -0.6 31.5 18 Jan 2011 22.4 -0.3 19.0 8 Jan 2011 825.4 482.8 v high 171%
Thangool Airport 31.1 -2.1 35.8 21 Feb 2011 19.4 -0.1 13.4 21 Dec 2010 558.8 287.2 v high 195%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 29.5 -1.3 36.0 18 Jan 2011 19.6 +0.4 10.1 21 Dec 2010 824.6 362.2 highest 228%
Archerfield Airport 29.1 -0.8 34.9 20 Feb 2011 20.3 +0.5 12.5 21 Dec 2010 758.8 415.2 v high 183%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 29.8   36.0 20 Feb 2011 19.2   9.4 21 Dec 2010
Beerburrum Forest Station 28.6 -1.3 35.6 18 Jan 2011 20.2 +0.9 12.3 21 Dec 2010 1329.4 563.0 v high 236%
Brisbane 29.3 -0.6 35.3 20 Feb 2011 21.1 +0.1 14.7 21 Dec 2010 952.6 415.2 v high 229%
Brisbane Aero 28.1 -0.7 33.5 18 Jan 2011 21.1 +0.3 13.4 21 Dec 2010 934.4 401.2 v high 233%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.2 +0.6 30.4 19 Jan 2011 22.2 +0.6 18.0 20 Dec 2010
Coolangatta 28.2 +0.4 32.4 20 Feb 2011 21.0 +0.5 12.6 21 Dec 2010 791.0 470.5 v high 168%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.5 +0.1 34.8 20 Feb 2011 21.6 +0.3 15.1 21 Dec 2010 756.6 426.4 v high 177%
Gympie 29.6 -1.4 36.4 21 Feb 2011 20.1 +0.8 12.2 21 Dec 2010 1055.4 467.7 v high 226%
Hervey Bay Airport 29.5 -0.3 32.7 20 Feb 2011 21.7 -0.1 17.4 21 Dec 2010 827.4 420.5 v high 197%
Jimna Forestry 26.0 -1.7 32.7 21 Feb 2011 17.6 +0.6 7.1 21 Dec 2010
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 28.9 -0.5 35.2 20 Feb 2011 20.8 +0.8 13.1 21 Dec 2010 945.7 426.1 v high 222%
Maleny Tamarind St 25.6 -1.1 32.4 21 Feb 2011 18.9 +0.6 12.4 21 Dec 2010 1849.0 795.7 v high 232%
Maryborough 30.0 -0.5 35.9 18 Jan 2011 21.0 +0.7 15.3 21 Dec 2010 892.2 465.7 v high 192%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 28.3   34.7 17 Dec 2010 20.5   12.3 21 Dec 2010 1500.2
Point Lookout 29.1 +0.4 32.7 19 Jan 2011 21.6 -0.6 16.7 5 Dec 2010 756.5 402.0 v high 188%
Rainbow Beach 28.3 -0.3 34.2 18 Jan 2011       1085.4 495.8 v high 219%
Redcliffe 28.3   31.8 20 Feb 2011 21.6   13.5 21 Dec 2010
Sunshine Coast Airport 28.2 -0.3 34.6 17 Dec 2010 21.1 +0.3 13.1 21 Dec 2010 1369.2 478.3 v high 286%
Tewantin RSL Park 27.9 -0.4 34.7 17 Dec 2010 21.6 +0.1 14.6 21 Dec 2010
Toolara (Kelly) 29.4 -1.8 36.9 18 Jan 2011 20.5 +0.1 16.3 21 Dec 2010 1010.6 509.9 v high 198%
University of Queensland Gatton 29.8 -1.4 37.4 20 Feb 2011 19.5 +0.8 11.0 21 Dec 2010
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 25.0 -0.8 33.0 20 Feb 2011 15.2 +0.5 3.7 21 Dec 2010 498.0 280.2 v high 178%
Dalby Airport 30.1 -1.8 36.5 20 Feb 2011 18.5 +0.2 10.8 21 Dec 2010 396.0 264.1 high 150%
Goondiwindi Airport 32.1 -0.9 39.9 26 Jan 2011 19.9 +0.3 9.9 21 Dec 2010 226.9 247.1 average 92%
Oakey Aero 28.6 -1.8 35.8 20 Feb 2011 17.8 +0.4 7.9 21 Dec 2010 663.2 262.4 highest 253%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 25.8 -1.2 34.7 20 Feb 2011 15.8 +0.7 4.5 21 Dec 2010 413.5 277.9 v high 149%
Texas Post Office 31.5 -1.6 38.5 26 Jan 2011 18.7 +0.7 8.3 21 Dec 2010 311.8 245.5 high 127%
Toowoomba Airport 25.7 -2.1 32.8 20 Feb 2011 17.4 +0.1 11.5 21 Dec 2010 920.6 313.7 v high 293%
Warwick 28.1 -1.5 35.3 20 Feb 2011 17.2 +0.6 6.5 21 Dec 2010 458.8 263.0 v high 174%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 31.2 -1.9 37.5 20 Feb 2011 19.6 -0.3 10.8 21 Dec 2010 439.4 245.0 v high 179%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 30.9 -2.1 37.9 28 Jan 2011 18.9 0.0 10.1 21 Dec 2010 545.1 268.0 v high 203%
Mitchell Post Office 32.7 -0.9 41.3 28 Jan 2011 19.6 +0.2 11.0 21 Dec 2010
Roma Airport 31.6 -1.7 39.4 28 Jan 2011 19.5 -0.8 9.4 21 Dec 2010 356.2 235.0 high 152%
St George Airport 32.7 -1.4 41.0 26 Jan 2011 20.7 -0.4 8.9 21 Dec 2010 147.8 197.2 average 75%
Surat 31.7 -2.1 40.6 28 Jan 2011 20.2 +0.1 10.4 21 Dec 2010 368.2 218.1 v high 169%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 33.9 -1.0 43.5 26 Jan 2011 21.0 +0.2 8.8 21 Dec 2010 188.1 169.4 average 111%
Charleville Aero 33.7 -0.8 42.9 28 Jan 2011 20.9 -0.2 9.8 21 Dec 2010 233.8 199.1 average 117%
Cunnamulla Post Office 35.3 0.0 45.2 27 Jan 2011 22.1 +0.6 13.3 21 Dec 2010 112.6 137.6 average 82%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Quilpie Airport 35.9 -0.4 45.5 26 Jan 2011 22.8 -0.3 12.5 21 Dec 2010 179.6 136.6 high 131%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 27.9   30.2 18 Jan 2011 23.1   19.0 1 Dec 2010 595.8 532.8 average 112%

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 March 2011. 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.

No instruments from the QLD flood warning network (recognised as TM or Alert), have been used in producing daily rainfall information in this report.

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