Queensland in summer 2012-13 - Warm and extreme rainfall in parts

  • 4th highest maximum temperature on record, warmest since 2005/2006
  • 4th highest mean temperature on record,  warmest since 2005/2006
  • Wetter than average in south east corner of the state, extending north up to the Central Coast and west into Maranoa and Warrego districts
  • 100 daily rainfall records broken
  • Below average rainfall across remainder of state, well below average in far north, parts of the interior and western districts
  • Area averaged rainfall was 255.17 mm, lowest since 2005/2006
       

Monthly Summary

        December 2012: Dry and warm
  • Around half of the state recorded below average rainfall, with the area averaged rainfall being the lowest since 2005.
  • No where in the state was below average for maximum temperatures, with the maximum temperature anomaly being the 5th highest on record.
  • Around 59% of the state recorded above average minimum temperatures (see decile map) with around 36% below average (mainly near the coast).
  • There were 16 record low rainfall stations (47 lowest for at least 20 years) and 10 temperature records broken.
        January 2013: Extreme heat in the west and extreme rainfall and flooding on the coast
  • Refer to Special Climate Statements 43 and 44.
  • The national heatwave continued, including parts of western QLD (see SCS-43)
  • Except for localised heavy falls on the Darling Downs and tropical regions north of Townsville, most of the region affected by the extreme rainfall in the last week of January (see SCS-44), had less than 50 mm in the first three weeks of January, with some locations in the north of the state approaching record low rainfall up until the 22nd
  • Despite the wet finish to the month for coastal areas, QLD ended up having its hottest January on record and lowest area averaged rainfall since 2003 
  • A new QLD January temperature record of 49.0 C, the state’s highest temperature since December 1972, was set at Birdsville
  • Birdsville had a run of 31 consecutive days of 40 C or above, a site record and the equal-longest such run on record for Queensland
  • There were a total of 16 temperature records broken
  • The mean rainfall for QLD was slightly above normal (2.6%), making it 10 years in a row
  • Ex-TC Oswald moved south and produced the most extreme rainfall in the region between Rockhampton and Bundaberg, and in the ranges along the NSW/QLD border
  • Gladstone had 819.8 mm in 4 days, which exceeds its previous record for a whole month, and is also more than they had in the calendar years of 2011 or 2012
  • Area-averaged rainfall for the Burnett catchment on 27 January was 204.1 mm, exceeding the previous record by more than 80 mm
  • One-day catchment rainfall records were also set for the Mary, Logan-Albert, Kolan and Burrum catchments
  • Area-averaged rainfall for the Brisbane River catchment was very similar to that in the 2011 event (slightly higher than 2011 for periods of 1 and 2 days, slightly lower for periods of 3 and 4 days)
  • In the Bremer catchment rainfall totals ranked second behind 1974, and ahead of 2011
  • There were a total of 53 daily rainfall and 28 monthly rainfall records for January
        February 2013: Dry in the north and central interior - wet in the south east and western interior
  • Wetter than normal across the south east of the state, and parts of the western interior
  • Drier than usual across the north and much of the central interior
  • Average conditions for the remainder of the state
  • There were 13 temperature records broken
  • There were 2 rainfall records broken (where observations have been taken for greater than 20 years)
  • Cooler than normal maximum temperatures over southern half of the state, warmer than average in the north west
  • Cooler than normal minimum temperatures across most of the state, apart from the far northern districts

Rainfall

The Queensland area averaged rainfall was 255.17 mm.

The wettest overall was Bellenden Ker Top Stn with 1973.0 mm and then Springbrook Road with 1698.5 mm.

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

The wettest single day was Numinbah with 653.0 mm on 28 Jan 2013, followed by Pacific Heights with 556.6 mm on 25 Jan 2013.

Some sites had their highest summer daily rainfall on record.

Temperature

The Queensland area averaged mean temperature (see notes section) was 1.09 C above the long-term average of 28.48 C  (1961-1990). The 4th highest on record.

The warmest on average was Birdsville Airport with 33.2 C, followed by Urandangi Aerodrome with 33.1 C, followed by Cloncurry Airport with 32.5 C.

The coolest on average was Applethorpe with 20.9 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 21.3 C, followed by Toowoomba Airport with 22.3 C.

Maximum temperature

The Queensland area averaged maximum temperature (see notes section) was 1.58 C above the long-term average of 34.64 C (1961-1990). The 4th highest on record.

The hottest day was at Birdsville Airport with 49.0 C on 13 Jan 2013, followed by Thargomindah Airport with 48.8 C on 13 Jan 2013, followed by Birdsville Airport with 48.6 C on 12 Jan 2013.

The warmest days on average were at Urandangi Aerodrome with 41.4 C, followed by Birdsville Airport with 40.9 C, followed by Boulia Airport with 40.8 C.

The coolest days on average were at Applethorpe with 26.4 C, followed by Maleny Tamarind St with 26.7 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 26.9 C.

The coldest day was at Toowoomba Airport with 19.7 C on 25 Feb 2013, followed by Jimna Forestry with 19.9 C on 18 Feb 2013, followed by Applethorpe with 20.0 C on 18 Feb 2013.

Some sites had their highest summer temperature on record. Some sites had their highest summer mean daily maximum temperature on record. Some sites had their highest summer mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years.

Minimum temperature

The Queensland area averaged minimum temperature (see notes section) was 0.61 C above the long-term average of 22.31 C (1961-1990). The highest since 2005/2006.

The coldest night was at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 5.5 C on 6 Dec 2012, followed by Applethorpe with 6.2 C on 6 Dec 2012, followed by Oakey Aero with 7.3 C on 6 Dec 2012.

The coolest nights on average were at Applethorpe with 15.3 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 15.8 C, followed by Warwick with 17.1 C.

The warmest nights on average were at Sweers Island with 27.3 C, followed by Mornington Island with 26.6 C, followed by Coconut Island with 26.1 C.

The warmest night was at Bedourie Police Station with 34.1 C on 14 Jan 2013, followed by Thargomindah Airport with 33.1 C on 9 Jan 2013, followed by Ballera Gas Field with 32.6 C on 19 Jan 2013.

Some sites had their lowest summer temperature on record.

Wind

The strongest wind gust was at Cape Moreton Lighthouse with 128 km/h on 27 Jan 2013 and again on 28 Jan 2013, followed by Double Island Point Lighthouse with 122 km/h on 27 Jan 2013, followed by Blackall Airport with 120 km/h on 14 Jan 2013.

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Extremes in summer 2012-13
Hottest day 49.0 C at Birdsville Airport on 13 Jan 2013
Warmest days on average 41.4 C at Urandangi Aerodrome
Coolest days on average 26.4 C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 19.7 C at Toowoomba Airport on 25 Feb 2013
Coldest night 5.5 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 6 Dec 2012
Coolest nights on average 15.3 C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 27.3 C at Sweers Island
Warmest night 34.1 C at Bedourie Police Station on 14 Jan 2013
Warmest on average overall 33.2 C at Birdsville Airport
Coolest on average overall 20.9 C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 1973.0 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Stn
Wettest day653.0 mm at Numinbah on 28 Jan 2013
Highest wind gust 128 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on 27 Jan 2013
128 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on 28 Jan 2013

Maps

ObservedAnomalyDecile rank
Total
rainfall
Map of Rainfall totals Map of Percentage of normal rainfall Map of Rainfall deciles
Mean
daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
Mean
daily
minimum
temperatures
Map of Mean minimum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Record highest summer daily rainfall

Highest daily rainfall
in summer 2012-13 (mm)
Previous wettest
for summer
Years of
record
Duaringa Post Office 256.8 on 25 Jan 2013 219.2 on 20 Dec 1973 126
Helidon Post Office 156.4 on 28 Jan 2013 141.0 on 9 Feb 1999 124
Mt Perry The Pines 345.0 on 27 Jan 2013 339.1 on 23 Jan 1890 124
Pacific Heights 556.6 on 25 Jan 2013 509.3 on 31 Jan 1893 122
Biggenden Post Office 295.8 on 27 Jan 2013 180.6 on 22 Dec 1956 116
Moonmera 538.2 on 25 Jan 2013 381.0 on 21 Feb 1929 113
Gracemere - Lucas St 384.0 on 25 Jan 2013 362.5 on 21 Feb 1929 112
Theebine 360.0 on 27 Jan 2013 283.2 on 8 Jan 2011 107
Wondalli 160.0 on 27 Jan 2013 153.4 on 21 Jan 1956 104
Mundubbera 314.9 on 27 Jan 2013 178.6 on 20 Jan 1929 103
Tarome 297.6 on 28 Jan 2013 247.0 on 27 Jan 1974 103
Blackbutt Post Office 194.8 on 27 Jan 2013 181.0 on 9 Feb 1999 102
Mount Larcom Post Office 422.0 on 27 Jan 2013 401.8 on 12 Feb 1947 102
Canungra Finch Road 407.0 on 28 Jan 2013 305.0 on 7 Feb 2010 99
Beau Maison 154.2 on 20 Jan 2013 124.5 on 21 Jan 1956 96
Tarong 177.0 on 27 Jan 2013 139.7 on 20 Jan 1929 94
Moogerah Dam 293.0 on 28 Jan 2013 243.4 on 8 Feb 1991 90
Boona-Choppa 315.8 on 27 Jan 2013 253.5 on 5 Feb 1931 89
Numinbah 653.0 on 28 Jan 2013 525.3 on 24 Jan 1947 86
Wateranga 243.6 on 27 Jan 2013 172.7 on 28 Feb 1950 85
Brigalow Post Office 142.0 on 27 Jan 2013 117.6 on 20 Feb 1939 81
Callemondah Station 346.0 on 26 Jan 2013 330.2 on 12 Feb 1947 81
Glenmorgan Post Office 125.4 on 28 Jan 2013 121.2 on 18 Feb 1959 80
Rockhampton Aero 348.0 on 25 Jan 2013 271.5 on 20 Dec 1973 75
Dunmore State Forest 163.0 on 28 Jan 2013 133.4 on 21 Jan 1956 74
Palen Creek Correctional 226.0 on 28 Jan 2013 219.2 on 11 Feb 1976 73
Mount Joseph 290.6 on 27 Jan 2013 174.5 on 13 Feb 1947 72
Riverslea TM 221.0 on 25 Jan 2013 193.0 on 11 Jan 1951 70
Duckinwilla Creek 300.0 on 27 Jan 2013 265.2 on 21 Feb 1992 67
Mounefontein 234.4 on 27 Jan 2013 118.4 on 7 Dec 1970 67
Charnwood 270.6 on 27 Jan 2013 258.6 on 21 Dec 1956 66
Booroondarra 229.0 on 25 Jan 2013 208.3 on 17 Feb 1959 65
Abercorn 175.0 on 27 Jan 2013 141.0 on 22 Jan 1956 64
Dunollie 230.2 on 27 Jan 2013 130.0 on 22 Jan 1956 64
Malakoff 235.0 on 27 Jan 2013 172.7 on 9 Feb 1942 64
Maroon 208.0 on 28 Jan 2013 196.8 on 11 Feb 1976 64
Top Plains 482.0 on 28 Jan 2013 242.6 on 18 Feb 1959 62
Fordsdale 188.0 on 28 Jan 2013 167.0 on 14 Feb 1997 61
Mt Whitestone 148.0 on 28 Jan 2013 139.8 on 27 Jan 1974 61
Rhonda 343.6 on 28 Jan 2013 254.6 on 27 Jan 1974 61
Minmore 209.8 on 27 Jan 2013 164.6 on 5 Feb 1966 60
Bancroft 172.0 on 26 Jan 2013 148.6 on 22 Jan 1956 59
Brian Pastures 268.6 on 27 Jan 2013 136.4 on 21 Feb 1958 59
Broadmeadows 478.0 on 25 Jan 2013 323.6 on 24 Dec 1975 58
Warwick Park 311.0 on 25 Jan 2013 241.3 on 8 Feb 1954 58
Bawnduggie 205.0 on 27 Jan 2013 201.9 on 4 Feb 1971 57
Gladstone Radar 254.4 on 25 Jan 2013 248.0 on 5 Feb 2003 57
Killara 195.0 on 27 Jan 2013 173.2 on 25 Feb 1977 57
Yagaburne 112.0 on 27 Jan 2013 94.5 on 18 Feb 1984 57
The Head 425.0 on 28 Jan 2013 241.8 on 18 Feb 1959 56
Wilsons Peak 244.0 on 28 Jan 2013 243.8 on 10 Feb 1976 56
Auburn 150.0 on 27 Jan 2013 116.8 on 19 Dec 1971 55
Burilda 211.8 on 28 Jan 2013 193.4 on 14 Feb 1997 55
Queen Mary Falls 320.0 on 28 Jan 2013 229.1 on 18 Feb 1959 55
Glenwood 198.2 on 27 Jan 2013 111.3 on 4 Feb 1971 54
Goondicum 300.8 on 27 Jan 2013 175.0 on 31 Jan 1978 54
Katoota 120.0 on 10 Dec 2012 108.2 on 8 Jan 1974 54
Monduran 245.0 on 27 Jan 2013 215.0 on 2 Jan 1981 54
Springs 314.8 on 26 Jan 2013 309.6 on 21 Dec 1973 53
Carfax 202.0 on 25 Jan 2013 177.0 on 30 Dec 1990 52
Hillview 261.2 on 27 Jan 2013 182.6 on 31 Jan 1978 50
Kolonga 302.6 on 27 Jan 2013 152.4 on 1 Feb 1971 50
Marodian Homestead 332.4 on 27 Jan 2013 225.0 on 8 Jan 2011 50
Maywin Park 160.0 on 25 Jan 2013 155.0 on 11 Feb 2009 49
Essex 309.0 on 25 Jan 2013 169.2 on 20 Dec 1973 47
Wuruma Dam 150.0 on 27 Jan 2013 92.0 on 24 Dec 1997 47
Mandala 315.0 on 28 Jan 2013 150.9 on 18 Feb 1959 46
Mundagai 210.0 on 19 Jan 2013 143.5 on 7 Dec 1970 45
Toogoom 250.0 on 27 Jan 2013 184.2 on 23 Jan 1973 45
Urangan Hibiscus St 214.0 on 27 Jan 2013 188.0 on 22 Feb 1976 45
Placid Hills 141.5 on 28 Jan 2013 125.0 on 13 Feb 1988 44
Perseverance Dam 186.4 on 27 Jan 2013 156.0 on 9 Feb 1999 43
Barmount 375.5 on 24 Jan 2013 172.8 on 5 Jan 1991 42
Moyola 131.0 on 27 Jan 2013 123.0 on 9 Feb 1999 42
Seloh Nolem 126.0 on 24 Jan 2013 123.0 on 2 Jan 1983 41
Heathlands National Park 228.6 on 23 Jan 2013 169.2 on 1 Feb 2012 40
Heathwood (Wadeville St) 174.8 on 28 Jan 2013 146.5 on 13 Dec 1991 40
Hinze Dam 318.6 on 28 Jan 2013 307.0 on 11 Feb 1976 39
Cunninghams Gap National Park 223.4 on 27 Jan 2013 138.0 on 3 Feb 2001 38
Embreys Bridge 202.0 on 27 Jan 2013 147.2 on 11 Jan 2011 38
Lovandee 316.8 on 26 Jan 2013 196.2 on 6 Feb 2003 38
Builyan Gum Street 248.6 on 27 Jan 2013 157.0 on 6 Feb 2003 37
Cerberus 195.0 on 25 Jan 2013 150.0 on 30 Dec 1990 36
Oakington 240.0 on 28 Jan 2013 142.4 on 11 Jan 2011 36
Wonga 202.0 on 27 Jan 2013 87.0 on 23 Dec 1981 33
Maclean Bridge 172.0 on 28 Jan 2013 161.6 on 16 Jan 2004 31
Monogorilby - Home 248.8 on 27 Jan 2013 92.2 on 11 Jan 2011 31
Seventeen Seventy 290.4 on 26 Jan 2013 221.0 on 18 Dec 1988 28
Jimboomba Millstream Road 166.4 on 28 Jan 2013 140.4 on 25 Jan 2012 26
Svendsen Beach 390.5 on 25 Jan 2013 191.8 on 7 Dec 2011 26
Cressbrook Dam 319.2 on 27 Jan 2013 171.4 on 9 Feb 1999 24
Goondiwindi Airport 175.4 on 28 Jan 2013 133.0 on 15 Feb 1997 23
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 192.5 on 28 Jan 2013 145.2 on 25 Jan 2012 22
Maryvale 213.4 on 28 Jan 2013 120.4 on 19 Feb 1961 22
Weipa Aero 327.8 on 23 Jan 2013 201.2 on 11 Feb 2004 22
Gladstone Airport 271.8 on 25 Jan 2013 256.0 on 5 Feb 2003 20
Guanaba Birds Rd 277.0 on 28 Jan 2013 255.0 on 7 Feb 2010 20
Hazeldean 262.4 on 25 Jan 2013 162.0 on 2 Feb 2010 20
Southwood 110.0 on 28 Jan 2013 92.0 on 14 Jan 2004 20
Sweers Island 213.0 on 19 Jan 2013 181.4 on 31 Dec 1897 20
Yeppoon The Esplanade 350.4 on 25 Jan 2013 162.2 on 1 Feb 2010 20



Record highest total summer rainfall

Total rainfall
for summer 2012-13 (mm)
Previous wettest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Mount Larcom Post Office 1169.1 1163.4 in 1921 100 448.1
The Head 992.4 962.6 in 1975 55 451.7
Builyan Gum Street 970.0 818.0 in 2010 33 402.7
Seventeen Seventy 886.0 849.1 in 1991 24 503.8

Highest total summer rainfall for at least 20 years

Total rainfall
for summer 2012-13 (mm)
Most recent summer
at least this wet
Years since
wetter
Average for
summer
Mt Perry The Pines 847.0 857.0 in 1970* 41 430.2
Brian Pastures 624.2 813.4 in 1970* 40 302.0
Canungra Finch Road 1002.6 1264.6 in 1973 39 462.0
Double Island Point Lighthouse 884.0 926.4 in 1971* 38 462.3
Gladstone Radar 999.4 1116.6 in 1973* 38 430.7
Mt Tamborine Fern St 1229.4 1282.5 in 1975 37 614.8
Queen Mary Falls 995.0 1084.9 in 1975* 36 468.4
Monduran 827.6 928.7 in 1973* 35 395.2
Lovandee 1138.4 1727.0 in 1970* 27 511.9
Broadmeadows 1070.0 1313.6 in 1990 22 455.9
Pacific Heights 1139.4 1254.0 in 1990* 21 610.2

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported.




Record lowest total summer rainfall

Total rainfall
for summer 2012-13 (mm)
Previous driest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Boulia Airport 0.9 11.0 in 1964 122 129.4
Lands End Station 30.6 41.9 in 1951 93 302.5
Jochmus 54.8 56.2 in 1968 42 280.8
Albro Station 55.5 137.2 in 2005 29 302.4
Glencoe 106.0 112.4 in 1993 20 276.0

Lowest total summer rainfall for at least 20 years

Total rainfall
for summer 2012-13 (mm)
Most recent summer
at least this dry
Years since
drier
Average for
summer
Injune Post Office 127.0 114.9 in 1964 48 268.9
Havelock 94.8 79.4 in 1968* 43 239.8
Bedourie Police Station 8.6 3.8 in 1972* 32 84.8
Lockhart River Airport 461.4 354.3 in 1982* 28 997.4
Rosehill 69.8 39.0 in 1984* 27 191.8
Hungerford 12.5 8.4 in 1984* 26 104.1
Mount Isa Mine 130.0 125.6 in 1987 25 252.4
Tambo Post Office 114.1 92.4 in 1987 25 228.2
Fort Constantine Station 91.4 73.8 in 1985* 24 300.6
Gereta Station 141.2 110.6 in 1908* 24 488.9
Woodlands 60.2 44.4 in 1988 24 189.2
Burketown Post Office 289.8 173.7 in 1989 23 537.5
Kamilaroi Station 120.8 118.1 in 1988* 22 364.2
Richmond Post Office 127.5 111.4 in 1989* 22 297.4
Ulcanbah 81.8 33.2 in 1989* 22 295.7
Woodbine Station 94.2 56.2 in 1989* 22 274.6
Coen Post Office 482.6 227.0 in 1989* 21 731.6
Forsayth 253.2 208.0 in 1989* 21 558.4
Nardoo Station 237.9 96.0 in 1989* 21 413.9
Westmoreland Station 306.8 218.0 in 1989* 20 597.9

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a lower value has gone unreported.




Record highest summer temperature

Highest temperature
in summer 2012-13 (C)
Previous warmest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Cunnamulla Post Office 47.0 on 13 Jan 2013 46.9 on 4 Jan 1973 57 35.3
Quilpie Airport 46.5 on 12 Jan 2013 = 46.5 on 4 Jan 1973 57 36.3
Windorah Post Office 47.6 on 12 Jan 2013 47.1 on 22 Dec 1990 48 37.4
Mornington Island 39.8 on 6 Dec 2012 39.6 on 15 Dec 2004 41 32.4
Roma Airport 44.6 on 10 Jan 2013 44.0 on 6 Jan 1994 21 33.1



Record highest summer mean daily maximum temperature

Mean daily maximum
temperature
for summer 2012-13 (C)
Previous warmest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Cairns Aero 32.7 32.6 in 2001 70 31.3
Lockhart River Airport 33.0 32.9 in 2001 46 31.7
Mornington Island 34.4 34.3 in 2001 36 32.4
Weipa Aero 34.0 33.8 in 2006 20 32.3

Highest summer mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years

Mean daily maximum
temperature
for summer 2012-13 (C)
Most recent summer
at least this warm
Years since
warmer
Average for
summer
Mount Isa Aero 38.9 =38.9 in 1985 27 36.2
Richmond Post Office 38.8 39.1 in 1987 25 36.8



Record lowest summer temperature

Lowest temperature
in summer 2012-13 (C)
Previous coolest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Maryborough 11.6 on 6 Dec 2012 12.2 on 8 Dec 1962 57 20.3
Dalby Airport 7.9 on 6 Dec 2012 8.4 on 29 Dec 1993 22 18.3
Roma Airport 7.8 on 6 Dec 2012 8.5 on 29 Dec 2004 21 20.1



Summary statistics for summer 2012-13

Maximum temperatures
for summer
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for summer
(C)
Rainfall
for summer
(millimetres)
Mean for
summer
2012-13
Diff
from
average
Highest for
summer
2012-13
Mean for
summer
2012-13
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
summer
2012-13
Total for
summer
2012-13
Average
for
summer
Rank of
summer
2012-13
Fraction of
summer
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.9 +0.8 36.8 8 Dec 2012 26.1 +0.1 24.4 17 Dec 2012 286.2 718.8 v low 40%
Coen Airport 34.9 +2.0 40.6 5 Dec 2012 23.5 -0.4 18.8 16 Dec 2012 460.0 690.7 low 67%
Horn Island 31.9 +0.9 34.1 5 Jan 2013 25.7 +0.4 21.0 16 Dec 2012 848.4 1067.2 low 79%
Scherger RAAF 35.0   40.0 4 Dec 2012 24.0   21.1 10 Dec 2012 1264.8


Weipa Aero 34.0 +1.7 37.9 8 Dec 2012 24.3 +0.1 22.4 10 Dec 2012 1052.6 1313.9 low 80%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 33.0 +1.3 37.0 30 Jan 2013 24.2 +0.6 19.1 16 Dec 2012 461.4 997.4 v low 46%
Palmerville 35.3 +1.6 40.2 3 Dec 2012 22.8 +0.1 17.2 9 Dec 2012 550.2 688.9 average 80%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 36.5 +1.9 43.2 6 Dec 2012 25.3 +0.1 19.9 4 Feb 2013 328.0 536.3 low 61%
Century Mine 39.3 +2.7 44.1 27 Jan 2013 24.5 -0.1 16.8 5 Feb 2013 214.4 440.0 v low 49%
Cloncurry Airport 39.8 +3.0 45.5 14 Jan 2013 25.2 +0.8 20.1 3 Feb 2013 130.6 370.8 low 35%
Croydon Township 36.6 +0.8 42.7 5 Dec 2012 25.4 +1.1 17.2 4 Feb 2013 286.8 517.5 low 55%
Julia Creek Airport 40.2 +2.8 45.9 14 Jan 2013 22.8 -0.5 14.3 4 Feb 2013 191.2 313.3 low 61%
Kowanyama Airport 34.6 +1.2 38.6 2 Dec 2012 24.9 +0.6 21.6 17 Jan 2013 725.8 871.2 average 83%
Mornington Island 34.4 +2.0 39.8 6 Dec 2012 26.6 +0.9 22.9 3 Jan 2013 488.8 787.7 low 62%
Mount Isa Aero 38.9 +2.7 43.3 14 Jan 2013 23.2 -0.1 15.6 5 Feb 2013 165.8 285.5 low 58%
Normanton Airport 36.0 +1.6 42.8 5 Dec 2012 25.6 +0.3 20.3 25 Feb 2013 399.4 566.9 v low 70%
Sweers Island 33.5 +0.7 39.5 6 Dec 2012 27.3 +0.9 21.9 24 Feb 2013 539.0 888.2 v low 61%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 36.1   42.8 5 Dec 2012 23.2   15.2 4 Feb 2013 279.7 620.1 low 45%
Hughenden Airport 37.9 +2.4 43.3 14 Jan 2013 22.8 -0.2 12.8 3 Feb 2013 89.4 316.6 v low 28%
Richmond Airport 39.1 +2.5 43.4 31 Jan 2013 22.9 -0.1 14.9 4 Feb 2013 147.0 278.3 v low 53%
Richmond Post Office 38.8 +2.0 43.2 31 Jan 2013 23.4 +0.8 16.1 3 Feb 2013 127.5 297.4 v low 43%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 32.7 +1.4 38.6 29 Jan 2013 23.8 +0.2 18.3 15 Dec 2012 487.8 1024.7 low 48%
Cape Flattery 32.8 +0.7 38.7 30 Jan 2013 24.9 +0.1 19.2 16 Dec 2012 431.4 669.6 low 64%
Cooktown Airport 32.7 +0.9 38.6 30 Jan 2013 24.2 -0.2 18.7 16 Dec 2012 534.8 741.2 low 72%
Low Isles Lighthouse 33.0 +0.9 37.1 29 Jan 2013 25.2 -0.3 21.3 21 Jan 2013 665.4 1031.9 low 64%
Mareeba Airport 32.4 +1.3 38.2 4 Dec 2012 20.8 -0.5 16.4 15 Dec 2012 363.0 584.3 v low 62%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 31.2 -0.2 39.7 25 Jan 2013 23.6 +0.9 18.7 3 Dec 2012 955.2 1099.4 average 87%
Ingham Composite 32.6 +0.5 39.4 27 Jan 2013 23.3 +0.5 18.2 16 Dec 2012 1344.4 1108.6 high 121%
Innisfail 31.5 +0.8 38.1 27 Jan 2013 23.4 +0.8 19.4 15 Dec 2012 936.8 1372.0 low 68%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 31.8 +0.8 38.7 29 Jan 2013 22.7 +0.3 17.6 16 Dec 2012 1264.8 1377.5 average 92%
Townsville Aero 32.6 +1.3 38.3 27 Jan 2013 24.6 +0.5 20.0 15 Dec 2012 382.0 711.3 low 54%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 31.1 0.0 37.2 2 Feb 2013 24.6 -0.1 20.7 14 Dec 2012 566.6 650.9 average 87%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 32.0 +0.2 36.8 27 Jan 2013 22.7 +0.2 18.8 15 Dec 2012 389.8 562.7 average 69%
Bowen Airport 31.5 +0.2 37.3 2 Feb 2013 23.3 -0.4 18.0 15 Dec 2012 452.4 569.8 average 79%
Collinsville Post Office 34.4 +1.1 40.6 5 Dec 2012 21.5 -0.2 15.7 14 Dec 2012 422.0 394.9 average 107%
Hamilton Island Airport 29.8 +0.1 33.2 29 Jan 2013 24.5 -0.2 21.4 7 Feb 2013 779.6 758.6 average 103%
Mackay Aero 31.0 +0.8 36.9 28 Jan 2013 22.8 0.0 17.5 15 Dec 2012 838.8 821.9 average 102%
Mackay M.O 30.4 +0.5 35.5 28 Jan 2013 23.5 +0.2 19.4 15 Dec 2012 1049.0 796.9 high 132%
Proserpine Airport 32.3 +0.8 38.5 18 Dec 2012 22.0 -0.5 16.4 15 Dec 2012 795.2 851.3 average 93%
Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS 28.1   33.3 2 Feb 2013 24.0   19.8 14 Dec 2012



Samuel Hill Aero 30.5 -0.1 36.4 17 Dec 2012 20.5 -0.7 12.0 6 Dec 2012 1052.4 716.8 high 147%
St Lawrence 32.0   37.7 28 Jan 2013 22.0   15.3 6 Dec 2012 617.6 613.8 average 101%
Williamson 31.4   35.7 28 Jan 2013 21.8   14.2 6 Dec 2012 720.0


Woolshed 29.4 +1.1 34.1 2 Feb 2013 20.5 -0.2 15.4 3 Feb 2013 542.0 653.7 average 83%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 29.1 0.0 34.6 28 Jan 2013 23.3 -0.1 17.0 6 Dec 2012 914.6 450.2 v high 203%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 35.2 +1.7 41.4 4 Dec 2012 21.6 -0.7 17.1 3 Feb 2013 219.6 395.0 low 56%
Moranbah Airport 34.5   41.7 14 Jan 2013 20.6   15.3 6 Dec 2012 290.6


Central Highlands (district 35)
Clermont Airport 34.1   41.2 14 Jan 2013 20.6   12.9 3 Feb 2013 157.6


Emerald Airport 34.4 +0.5 40.9 14 Jan 2013 21.1 -0.8 16.1 3 Feb 2013 178.0 265.8 low 67%
Lochington 34.8   42.5 14 Jan 2013 20.7   11.4 3 Feb 2013 111.0


Rolleston Airport 34.2   41.2 10 Jan 2013 19.9   11.9 3 Feb 2013 163.6


Springsure Comet St 33.2 -0.2 39.6 14 Jan 2013 19.9 -0.5 14.4 3 Feb 2013 273.6 312.0 average 88%
Tambo Post Office 35.4 +1.0 42.0 10 Jan 2013 19.8 0.0 9.5 3 Feb 2013 114.1 228.2 low 50%
Taroom Post Office 33.8 +0.5 41.3 17 Dec 2012 20.0 -0.2 11.6 3 Feb 2013 289.7 278.9 average 104%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 36.5 +1.2 44.1 10 Jan 2013 23.4 +0.7 16.2 3 Feb 2013 146.8 227.8 average 64%
Blackall Airport 36.8 +1.6 44.3 10 Jan 2013 21.6 -0.6 12.7 3 Feb 2013 148.0 306.3 low 48%
Isisford Post Office 37.8 +1.3 46.5 10 Jan 2013 23.0 +0.6 13.6 3 Feb 2013 237.2 196.9 average 120%
Longreach Aero 38.1 +1.4 46.2 10 Jan 2013 22.5 0.0 15.3 3 Feb 2013 239.0 219.6 average 109%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 39.3 +2.1 43.9 25 Jan 2013 24.7 +0.8 16.7 4 Feb 2013 165.2 253.3 average 65%
The Monument Airport 39.8 +2.8 45.0 14 Jan 2013 24.2 +0.6 15.8 4 Feb 2013 130.6 193.2 average 68%
Trepell Airport 40.2 +3.0 46.8 14 Jan 2013 24.1 +0.4 16.1 3 Feb 2013 88.2 220.2 low 40%
Urandangi Aerodrome 41.4   46.6 14 Jan 2013 24.8   14.7 6 Dec 2012 122.4


Winton Airport 39.7 +2.5 46.9 10 Jan 2013 24.1 +0.9 15.8 3 Feb 2013 116.0 197.8 low 59%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 40.9 +2.0 49.0 13 Jan 2013 25.5 +0.6 16.3 2 Feb 2013 17.6 57.9 v low 30%
Boulia Airport 40.8 +2.6 46.5 13 Jan 2013     18.5 4 Feb 2013 0.9 129.4 lowest 1%
Windorah Post Office 39.7 +2.3 47.6 12 Jan 2013 24.6 +1.2 15.5 3 Feb 2013 35.9 120.8 low 30%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 31.1 +1.3 37.1 5 Dec 2012 20.8 -0.3 16.1 14 Dec 2012 779.8 465.2 high 168%
Gayndah Airport 33.1 +0.6 40.9 17 Dec 2012 19.8 -0.5 11.5 6 Dec 2012 609.4 309.7 v high 197%
Gladstone Airport 30.9 +0.6 35.8 17 Dec 2012 22.5 -0.2 17.7 6 Dec 2012 927.8 443.6 v high 209%
Gladstone Radar 32.1 +1.0 36.1 5 Dec 2012 22.5 +0.2 19.7 15 Dec 2012 999.4 430.7 v high 232%
Lady Elliot Island 29.2 +0.2 31.3 29 Jan 2013 24.0 +0.3 20.0 6 Dec 2012 521.6 385.3 high 135%
Monto Township 32.5 +0.8 39.9 18 Dec 2012 18.8 -0.1 9.5 6 Dec 2012 660.3 321.1 v high 206%
Rockhampton Aero 32.9 +1.2 39.8 17 Dec 2012 22.2 +0.4 17.0 6 Dec 2012 677.4 383.3 v high 177%
Rundle Island 28.0 0.0 31.5 20 Jan 2013 24.1 -0.1 19.9 13 Dec 2012



Seventeen Seventy 29.7 +0.7 33.1 5 Dec 2012 22.1 -0.6 18.5 14 Dec 2012 886.0 503.8 highest 176%
Thangool Airport 33.5 +0.5 39.9 12 Jan 2013 18.7 -0.7 11.4 7 Dec 2012 450.4 290.1 v high 155%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 31.0 +0.2 40.2 19 Jan 2013 19.2 0.0 11.6 6 Dec 2012 486.8 364.3 high 134%
Archerfield Airport 30.3 +0.5 37.8 4 Dec 2012 20.4 +0.6 13.7 6 Dec 2012 572.0 419.4 high 136%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 30.8   40.1 17 Dec 2012 18.8   11.2 14 Dec 2012 526.6


Beerburrum Forest Station 30.6 +0.9 40.8 4 Dec 2012 19.5 +0.1 14.1 15 Dec 2012 890.4 577.5 high 154%
Brisbane 29.9 +0.1 37.9 4 Dec 2012 21.3 +0.3 17.3 15 Dec 2012 572.4 444.4 high 129%
Brisbane Aero 28.9 +0.2 34.8 4 Dec 2012 21.2 +0.4 15.7 14 Dec 2012 498.5 419.1 high 119%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.7 +1.1 31.0 17 Dec 2012 22.1 +0.5 19.0 6 Feb 2013 276.2 432.9 low 64%
Coolangatta 28.2 +0.4 35.1 4 Dec 2012 20.7 +0.2 14.8 15 Dec 2012 868.4 499.8 v high 174%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 29.1 +1.5 34.4 14 Jan 2013 22.6 +0.5 18.8 13 Dec 2012 884.0 462.3 v high 191%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.7 +0.3 36.0 4 Dec 2012 21.7 +0.4 16.9 15 Dec 2012 609.0 450.6 high 135%
Gympie 30.8 -0.1 38.8 17 Dec 2012 19.4 +0.1 11.1 6 Dec 2012 912.0 472.0 v high 193%
Hervey Bay Airport 30.0 +0.3 36.8 5 Dec 2012 21.6 -0.1 13.4 6 Dec 2012 732.8 467.1 high 157%
Jimna Forestry 28.0 +0.5 37.7 13 Jan 2013 17.2 +0.2 11.0 15 Dec 2012 645.2 363.0 v high 178%
Kingaroy Airport 29.8 -0.3 38.0 19 Jan 2013 17.3 -0.3 9.5 6 Dec 2012 552.8 297.4 v high 186%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 29.7 +0.4 40.1 4 Dec 2012 20.7 +0.7 15.7 15 Dec 2012



Maleny Tamarind St 26.7 +0.2 35.8 17 Dec 2012 18.6 +0.2 14.4 14 Dec 2012 1483.4 807.6 v high 184%
Maryborough 31.4 +0.9 37.7 5 Dec 2012 20.1 -0.2 11.6 6 Dec 2012 801.2 469.2 v high 171%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 29.4   39.2 4 Dec 2012 20.2   15.7 15 Dec 2012 869.1


Point Lookout 29.4 +0.7 33.0 20 Jan 2013 22.4 +0.3 17.9 13 Dec 2012 497.6 444.5 high 112%
Rainbow Beach 28.8 +0.3 34.3 4 Dec 2012      
1055.1 541.3 v high 195%
Redcliffe 28.6   35.5 4 Dec 2012 21.8   17.0 14 Dec 2012 439.0


Sunshine Coast Airport 29.4 +0.9 38.1 4 Dec 2012 20.7 -0.1 11.9 6 Dec 2012 661.2 507.4 high 130%
Tewantin RSL Park 28.6 +0.4 39.7 4 Dec 2012 21.6 +0.1 15.0 6 Dec 2012 950.8 542.8 high 175%
Toolara (Kelly) 31.0 +0.1 39.2 17 Dec 2012 20.2 -0.2 16.4 15 Dec 2012 863.8 548.7 high 157%
University of Queensland Gatton 31.3 +0.1 40.2 19 Jan 2013 19.0 +0.3 11.9 15 Dec 2012 499.8 312.8 v high 160%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 26.4 +0.6 34.8 13 Jan 2013 15.3 +0.6 6.2 6 Dec 2012 371.8 283.7 high 131%
Dalby Airport 31.3 -0.4 40.9 17 Dec 2012 18.2 -0.1 7.9 6 Dec 2012 355.6 264.8 high 134%
Goondiwindi Airport 33.3 +0.4 41.6 19 Jan 2013 20.0 +0.4 12.5 6 Dec 2012 337.4 256.4 high 132%
Oakey Aero 30.5 +0.2 39.8 17 Dec 2012 17.5 +0.2 7.3 6 Dec 2012 282.1 260.5 average 108%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 26.9 0.0 36.0 13 Jan 2013 15.8 +0.7 5.5 6 Dec 2012 331.1 278.3 high 119%
Texas Post Office 32.6 -0.4 40.9 19 Jan 2013 18.8 +0.8 10.8 6 Dec 2012 373.7 246.5 v high 152%
Toowoomba Airport 27.5 0.0 37.4 17 Dec 2012 17.3 +0.1 13.2 3 Feb 2013 657.4 336.2 high 196%
Warwick 29.7 +0.3 40.2 17 Dec 2012 17.1 +0.5 9.5 5 Dec 2012 232.8 258.8 average 90%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 33.0 +0.1 42.6 17 Dec 2012 19.6 -0.2 8.5 6 Dec 2012 302.2 249.0 high 121%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 33.9 +1.0 42.4 10 Jan 2013 19.1 +0.2 9.3 6 Dec 2012 127.0 268.9 v low 47%
Mitchell Post Office 35.0 +1.5 43.1 10 Jan 2013 20.1 +0.7 7.7 7 Dec 2012 124.7 224.4 low 56%
Roma Airport 34.8 +1.7 44.6 10 Jan 2013     7.8 6 Dec 2012 143.6 243.3 low 59%
St George Airport 35.2 +1.4 45.4 13 Jan 2013 21.2 +0.2 13.5 7 Dec 2012 94.4 203.9 v low 46%
Surat 34.3 +0.5 43.6 10 Jan 2013 20.6 +0.5 9.9 6 Dec 2012 127.0 219.2 low 58%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St     46.6 13 Jan 2013 21.6 +0.8 13.5 3 Feb 2013 173.8 171.2 average 102%
Charleville Aero 36.2 +1.8 43.6 12 Jan 2013 21.4 +0.3 11.2 3 Feb 2013 126.8 200.6 average 63%
Cunnamulla Post Office 37.4 +2.1 47.0 13 Jan 2013 22.9 +1.4 14.5 2 Feb 2013 50.0 138.7 low 36%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 39.5 +1.7 47.8 12 Jan 2013     16.9 3 Feb 2013 16.2 66.7 v low 24%
Quilpie Airport 38.5 +2.2 46.5 12 Jan 2013 23.7 +0.6 14.9 6 Dec 2012 72.6 136.7 low 53%
Thargomindah Airport 38.8 +2.0 48.8 13 Jan 2013 24.8 +0.7 15.3 3 Feb 2013 40.2 117.3 v low 34%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 28.8 +0.6 32.6 29 Jan 2013 22.9 -0.2 20.6 1 Jan 2013 722.6 545.1 average 133%
Willis Island 30.8 +0.2 32.8 2 Feb 2013 25.9 +0.3 23.6 6 Feb 2013 554.6 520.9 average 106%

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 4 pm on Monday 4 March 2013. 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.

The ACORN-SAT dataset is being used for temperature area averages from December 2012 onwards. The major change from earlier datasets is that the ACORN-SAT dataset commences in 1910, rather than 1950, and hence rankings are calculated using a larger set of years.

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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