Queensland in spring 2013: Record heat, wet in the north

  • Hottest spring on record for both maximum and mean temperatures, including the hottest September on record for both maximum and  mean temperature
  • Over 50 temperature records were broken, including the record high mean temperature of 29.5C at Camooweal
  • Both Century Mine and Normanton were the warmest on average overall (30.0C)
  • Area-averaged rainfall across the state was 73.26 mm , 13.1 % below the mean of 84.29 mm
  • Rainfall deficiencies in south-western districts continued into spring
  • 11 spring rainfall records set: 7 highest daily totals; 1 highest spring total; and 3 lowest spring total (Boulia receiving no spring rainfall)
*mean temperature on record (maximum + minimum / 2)


Month-by-month summary

September -
  • Exceptionally warm start to spring (see Special Climate Statement 46)
  • Statewide area-averaged maximum temperature was the highest on record (4.12 C above the long term average of 28.67 C)
  • Statewide area-averaged mean temperature was the highest on record (3.12 C above the long term average of 21.11 C), and is the warmest mean temperature anomaly for any month in Queensland
  • Statewide area-averaged minimum temperature was the sixth warmest on record (2.12 C above the long term average of 13.56 C)
  • Statewide, the area-averaged rainfall was 4.07 mm, below the long term mean of 12.89 mm.
  • Around 30% of Queensland recorded its the hottest September day on record on the 26th
October -
  • Statewide (area-averaged) for October -
    • Maximum temperature was the 2nd highest on record
    • Mean temperature was the 3rd highest on record
    • Minimum temperature was the 10th highest on record
    • Rainfall was the 17th lowest on record
  • Hottest day was at Birdsville with 43.6 C on the 21st
  • Warmest on average was Century Mine with 40.0 C (average maximum temperature)
  • Coldest night was at Stanthorpe with 0.0 C on the 4th
  • Coolest on average was at Stanthorpe and Applethorpe with 9.4 C (average minimum temperature)
November -
  • 16 rainfall records, including Bowen which ended the month with the highest daily rainfall for Queensland, and Boulia receiving no rainfall (both were records);
  • Area averaged rainfall across the state was 61.19 mm (33.6 %) above the mean of 45.80 mm
  • Severe thunderstorms in:
    •  the greater southeast for ten days of November (between the 10th - 18th, 23rd -24th), and
    • the state for twenty-four days of November,
  • Monsoon like conditions arrived in the tropical north (18-24th)
  • Bush fires early in the month (near Bribie Island and Coomera)
  • 3 temperature records broken
  • Area-averaged:
    • maximum temperature was 34.88 C, an anomaly 0.74 C above the long term mean of 34.14 C;
    • minimum temperature was 20.54 C, an anomaly 0.43 C above the long term mean of 20.11 C
    • mean temperature was 27.71 C, an anomaly 0.58 C above the long term mean of 27.13 C


Spring Temperature

Area-averaged across the state, the  (maximum + minimum / 2) of 26.11 C was the highest on record for Queensland (using data from 1910 to current). The anomaly, or departure from the long-term average, was 1.81 C above the mean value of 24.3 C. The occurred in 2005, with an anomaly of +1.68 C.

The warmest on average was Croydon Township and Lake Julius AWS with 30.2 C, while the coolest on average was Applethorpe with 16.8 C. 

21 stations had their highest spring mean temperature on record

Spring Maximum temperature

It was the hottest spring maximum temperature on record, with the previous record occurring in 1915. Area-averaged the maximum temperature was 2.41 C above the long term average of 31.6 C.  The month of September had the largest departure from normal (a record, being +4.12 C greater than the long term September average) and contributed to the majority of new temperature records set in spring. October was ranked the 2nd hottest on record, while November - though still above average - was the smallest departure from the long term average.

The hottest day was at Birdsville Airport with 45.2 C on 28 November and the coldest day was at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 14.5 C on 16 September

One station had its highest spring temperature on record and 28 stations had their highest spring mean daily maximum temperature on record

Spring Minimum temperature

Area-averaged across the state, it was the 5th warmest minimum temperature on record.  The area-averaged minimum temperature of 18.22 C was 1.22 C above the long term average of 17.0 C. Warmer than average conditions continued across western Queensland throughout spring, with the southwest and parts on the interior 2 - 3  C above the long term average. Parts of the exposed east coast (around Townsville, Gladstone and the southeast coast) were slightly warmer than average (1 - 2 C above the long term) while the remainder of the state was up to 1  C above average.

The coldest night was at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 0.0 C on 4 October, a stark contrast to the warmest night recorded at Windorah Post Office with 29.5 C on 28 November.

Two stations had their warmest spring night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record. Three stations had their highest spring mean daily minimum temperature on record.

Spring Rainfall

Area-averaged across the state, the rainfall was 73.26 mm (13.1 %) below the mean of 84.29 mm. There was some reprieve in the northwest during November, however places including Mt Isa and Camooweal still saw little rain (since 23rd May Mount Isa only received 16.2 mm and Camooweal 20.2 mm).

Spring resulted in variable seasonal rainfall totals across the state - dry in the southwest with some areas recording no rainfall for spring , yet wet in the far north and parts of the Gulf Country and tropical north coast. The highest seasonal rainfall total was recorded at Whyanbeel Valley with 630.2 mm, followed by 503.2 mm at Mossman South Alchera Drive

1 station had its highest total spring rainfall on record, 7 stations had their highest daily spring rainfall on record and 3 stations had their lowest total spring rainfall on record.

The wettest single day was at Bowen Airport with 267.4 mm on 23 November.



Spring Severe Thunderstorms*

*Thunderstorms can be very isolated, and not all reports are received by the Bureau

September:

17th: Severe thunderstorms produced large hail over southeast Queensland. Reports of hail approximately 2.5 cm in diameter from Mt Tamborine, and 3 cm in diameter from Oxenford.
22nd: Severe thunderstorms in the Wide Bay and Burnett district, with reports of hail approximately 2 cm in diameter from Bullyard (near Gin Gin), and hail 7 cm in diameter from Childers.
29th: Severe thunderstorms produced hail 2 cm in diameter at Cedar Tree Pocket (east of Gympie), and 3 cm in diameter at Wolvi (ENE of Gympie)

October:

3rd: Hail with a diameter of 2 cm was reported at Miriam Vale (south of Rockhampton) at approximately 4:00pm, and also at Rockhampton at approximately 5:45 pm;
14th: A maximum wind gust of 107 km/hr was reported from Mareeba and Atherton at approximately 4:55 pm;
18th: Oakey recorded a maximum wind gust of 124 km/hr and reported hail with a diameter of over 2 cm;
29th: Hail with a diameter of 2 - 3 cm was reported at Nanango

November:

1st:  Reports of trees down and roof damage to a house in Springsure due to the passage of a thunderstorm early in the morning, along with reports of 'golf-ball' sized hail observed at Crinum Mine (north of Emerald);
8th: Wind gusts of 96 km/hr were recorded at The Monument (northwest Queensland);
10th: Reports of 'golf-ball' sized hail at Marsden at approximately 2:10 pm; hail with a diameter of 2 - 4 cm reported from Kingston and Loganlea;
11th: Reports of 'golf-ball' sized hail west of Stanthorpe at approximately 7 pm;
13th: Reports of hail 3 - 4 cm in diameter at Gatton; 'golf-ball' sized hail observed at Ramsay; 2 - 3 cm sized hail at Toowoomba;
14th: Reports of hail 2 cm in diameter from Moonie and Laidley areas;
15th: Report of 'golf-ball' sized hail at Gympie, and also at Glenwood (west of Hervey Bay);
16th: Various reports of large hail with diameter of:
- 3-5 cm at Greenbank, Jimboomba, Rainbow Beach, Maleny, Mooloolah;
- 6-8 cm (or approximately 'Tennis ball-sized' and 'cricket ball-sized') at Marcoola, Maroochydore, Maleny, Mooloolah Valley, Buderim, Munruben; and;
- 9 cm (or approximately 'softball-sized') at Mooloolah Valley and Mudjimba;
18th: Reports of hails larger than 2cm in diameter at: Upper Coomera, Bowen Hills, Albion, Bridgeman Downs, Samford Valley, Canungra, Oxenford, Coomera, Beaudesert, and Yandina;
20th: Swath of trees and shrubs knocked down over a 1 km stretch between Camooweal and Mt Isa;
21st: Report of roof completely removed due at Callide (15 km north of Biloela);
23rd: 220 mm of rainfall in 70 minutes recorded at Bowen; reports of hail 2 cm in diameter from Inglewood; Leichardt (near Ipswich), and at Thane (near Warwick) along with a wind gust of 92 km/hr at Amberley and multiple reports of damage to or lose of roofs near and west of Ipswich;
24th: Wind gust of 107 km/hr recorded at Sunshine Coast Airport; reports of hail from 2 - 6 cm in diameter from Spring Hill, Wynnum West, Hemmant, Oxley, Daisy Hill, and Coomera areas;
25th: Trees knocked down around the Barnaraby area (near Gladstone);
26th: Reports of house damage at Ubobo, two rooves lost in Mt Larcom and a damage to the school in Ambrose.

Spring Bushfires

September:
A bushfire at Mantuan Downs (near Carnarvon Ranges) burned for several weeks

November:
Bush fires early in the month (near Bribie Island and Coomera)

Wind

The strongest wind gust was at Oakey Aero with 124 km/h on 18 October.



Extremes in spring 2013
Hottest day 45.2 C at Birdsville Airport on 28 Nov
Warmest days on average 38.9 C at Century Mine
Coolest days on average 24.5 C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 14.5 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 16 Sep
Coldest night 0.0 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 4 Oct
Coolest nights on average 9.1 C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 25.0 C at Coconut Island and at Sweers Island
Warmest night 29.5 C at Windorah Post Office on 28 Nov
Warmest on average overall 30.2 C at Croydon Township and at Lake Julius AWS
Coolest on average overall 16.8 C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 630.2 mm at Whyanbeel Valley
Wettest day 267.4 mm at Bowen Airport on 23 Nov
Highest wind gust 124 km/h at Oakey Aero on 18 Oct

Maps

Observed Anomaly Decile 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 spring daily rainfall

Highest daily rainfall
in spring 2013 (mm)
Previous wettest
for spring
Years of
record
Top Plains 132.0 on 18 Oct 94.4 on 20 Nov 1995 62
Bruslee 80.0 on 16 Oct 69.0 on 3 Nov 1999 42
Albro Station 142.0 on 6 Nov 76.0 on 15 Nov 2001 34
Lucinda Point 132.0 on 2 Nov 116.4 on 14 Nov 2010 30
Bowen Airport 267.4 on 23 Nov 126.2 on 19 Nov 2010 27
Hamilton Island 203.5 on 23 Nov 145.0 on 17 Nov 1991 26
Mt Pleasant Station 61.4 on 29 Nov 55.0 on 15 Nov 1991 23



Record highest total spring rainfall

Total rainfall
for spring 2013 (mm)
Previous wettest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Laura Post Office 356.4 320.4 in 1989 107 79.9


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




Record lowest total spring rainfall

Total rainfall
for spring 2013 (mm)
Previous driest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Boulia Airport 0.0 = 0.0 in 1963 125 43.5
Greenslopes Private Hospital 25.0 35.8 in 1991 35 218.3
Sunnybank 39.6 48.4 in 1982 30 137.8


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




Record highest spring temperature

Highest temperature
in spring 2013 (C)
Previous warmest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 34.5 on 29 Nov 33.8 on 21 Nov 1971 55 26.0



Record highest spring mean daily maximum temperature

Mean daily maximum
temperature
for spring 2013 (C)
Previous warmest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Camooweal Township 37.8 37.6 in 2002 104 35.2
Cunnamulla Post Office
32.7 32.2 in 2002 104 29.3
Bollon Mary St 32.6 32.3 in 2002 99 29.4
Barcaldine Post Office 34.8 34.2 in 1915 95 31.8
Isisford Post Office 35.6 35.2 in 1991 94 32.7
Mitchell Post Office 32.6 32.5 in 2002 93 29.0
Tambo Post Office 33.4 33.1 in 2002 81 30.5
Windorah Post Office 35.5 34.9 in 2002 78 32.2
Rockhampton Aero 31.7 31.6 in 2009 74 29.4
Amberley AMO 30.2 29.9 in 2002 72 27.6
Charleville Aero 33.3 32.6 in 2002 71 29.5
Taroom Post Office 33.2 32.5 in 2002 59 29.5
Gladstone Radar 30.4 = 30.4 in 2009 55 28.3
Mackay M.O 29.2 29.0 in 2005 54 27.3
Longreach Aero 36.2 35.6 in 2002 47 33.4
Injune Post Office 32.2 32.1 in 1980 46 29.0
Mount Isa Aero 37.0 36.2 in 2002 46 34.1
Oakey Aero 29.4 29.1 in 2002 40 26.3
Archerfield Airport 29.0 28.5 in 1988 37 26.8
Bundaberg Aero 29.2 28.0 in 2009 35 26.9
Mackay Aero 29.6 29.4 in 2003 26 27.8
Proserpine Airport 31.5 31.3 in 2003 23 30.0
Dalby Airport 30.5 30.3 in 2002 21 27.9
Emerald Airport 33.3 33.0 in 2002 21 31.2
Rainbow Beach 26.7 26.4 in 2009 21 25.5
Roma Airport 32.4 31.7 in 2002 21 29.2
Charters Towers Airport 33.6 33.5 in 2002 20 32.2
Goondiwindi Airport 30.9 30.5 in 2002 20 28.3


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




Record highest spring daily minimum temperature

Highest daily minimum
temperature
in spring 2013 (C)
Previous warmest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Mackay Aero 25.8 on 22 Nov = 25.8 on 25 Nov 2011 29 17.8
Weipa Aero 27.0 on 13 Nov 26.9 on 24 Nov 2008 22 21.7



Record highest spring mean daily minimum temperature

Mean daily minimum
temperature
for spring 2013 (C)
Previous warmest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 19.1 = 19.1 in 2002 100 17.8
Double Island Point Lighthouse 19.5 = 19.5 in 1988 70 18.4
Longreach Aero 18.3 = 18.3 in 2005 47 16.4



Record highest spring mean temperature

Mean daily
temperature
for spring 2013 (C)
Previous warmest
for spring
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Camooweal Township 29.5 29.4 in 1988 104 27.1
Cunnamulla Post Office 24.4 = 24.4 in 2002 104 21.9
Barcaldine Post Office 26.9 26.4 in 2005 94 24.4
Isisford Post Office 26.8 26.4 in 2005 92 24.5
Tambo Post Office 24.1 = 24.1 in 2005 81 21.9
Windorah Post Office 26.7 26.6 in 2005 78 24.2
Rockhampton Aero 24.9 24.7 in 2005 74 23.1
Charleville Aero 24.2 24.0 in 2002 71 21.8
Double Island Point Lighthouse 23.2 = 23.2 in 2009 70 21.4
Taroom Post Office 24.4 24.1 in 2005 59 21.8
Gladstone Radar 25.0 24.9 in 2009 55 23.4
Mackay M.O 24.7 = 24.7 in 2005 54 23.3
Longreach Aero 27.2 26.7 in 2005 47 24.9
Injune Post Office 22.8 22.7 in 1980 46 20.6
Monto Township 22.8 = 22.8 in 1980 39 20.8
Bundaberg Aero 23.0 22.8 in 2005 35 21.6
Mackay Aero 24.0 23.8 in 2005 26 22.8
Coolangatta 21.2 21.0 in 2005 25 20.1
Emerald Airport 25.1 = 25.1 in 2003 21 23.9
Charters Towers Airport 25.9 25.8 in 2005 20 25.0
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 21.8 21.7 in 2009 20 20.6


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




Summary statistics for spring 2013

Maximum temperatures
for spring
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for spring
(C)
Rainfall
for spring
(millimetres)
Mean for
spring
2013
Diff
from
average
Highest for
spring
2013
Mean for
spring
2013
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
spring
2013
Total for
spring
2013
Average
for
spring
Rank of
spring
2013
Fraction of
spring
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.8 +1.0 35.1 14 Nov 25.0 +0.2 22.2 7 Sep 53.4 88.4 average 60%
Coen Airport 33.5 +0.3 38.8 8 Oct 20.5 -0.3 13.2 26 Sep 255.0 53.9 v high 473%
Horn Island 31.4 +0.4 33.3 27 Nov 24.9 +0.1 20.4 22 Sep 65.0 73.0 average 89%
Scherger RAAF 35.3   39.5 14 Oct 21.9   16.5 26 Sep 181.0


Weipa Aero 35.3 +0.1 38.8 9 Oct 22.0 +0.3 17.3 3 Sep 178.8 137.3 high 130%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.9 +0.5 35.7 27 Nov 22.6 +0.8 15.1 26 Sep 119.4 108.9 high 110%
Palmerville 35.3 +0.2 40.1 8 Oct 19.2 +0.3 11.9 2 Sep 203.4 90.7 v high 224%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 35.7 +0.6 42.0 15 Nov 21.7 +0.1 16.1 5 Oct 114.0 49.1 high 232%
Century Mine 38.9 +1.7 42.7 16 Nov 21.0 +0.3 12.5 23 Sep 8.2 56.7 low 14%
Cloncurry Airport 37.7 +2.1 41.8 16 Nov 21.3 +1.4 11.6 23 Sep 51.2 62.6 average 82%
Croydon Township 37.0 +0.6 41.6 31 Oct 23.3 +1.3 14.4 22 Sep 53.0 64.0 average 83%
Julia Creek Airport 38.6 +2.0 42.5 16 Nov 19.1 +1.0 9.3 21 Sep 60.2 40.6 high 148%
Kowanyama Airport 36.2 +0.5 40.2 9 Oct 22.1 +0.5 15.0 22 Sep 159.2 76.6 high 208%
Lake Julius AWS 37.7   42.0 12 Oct 22.5   14.8 1 Sep 31.4


Mount Isa Aero 37.0 +2.9 40.9 13 Oct 18.5 +0.5 7.5 23 Sep 11.8 63.8 low 18%
Normanton Airport 36.4 +0.2 42.3 31 Oct 23.5 +0.6 17.6 23 Sep 143.0 61.8 high 231%
Sweers Island 32.1 +0.4 37.9 31 Oct 25.0 +0.5 19.1 8 Sep 158.5 88.9 high 178%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 36.0 +0.7 40.1 31 Oct 20.4 +0.4 11.6 6 Sep 129.8 91.4 high 142%
Hughenden Airport 36.8 +2.3 40.8 24 Oct     10.0 11 Sep 26.4 74.4 average 35%
Richmond Airport 37.6 +1.9 42.0 16 Nov 19.5 +1.2 8.7 22 Sep 79.2 67.2 average 118%
Richmond Post Office 37.2 +2.0 41.3 16 Nov 20.2 +2.6 9.4 22 Sep 77.9 53.6 high 145%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 29.9 +0.5 32.5 27 Nov 20.8 +0.3 15.4 13 Sep 255.8 175.2 high 146%
Cairns Racecourse 30.0   33.2 8 Oct 20.1   14.6 13 Sep 242.0


Cape Flattery 30.5 +0.1 34.1 30 Nov 23.1 0.0 17.6 20 Sep 97.6 64.2 high 152%
Cooktown Airport 30.7 +0.5 36.5 26 Nov 22.2 -0.2 15.7 25 Sep 124.0 104.4 high 119%
Low Isles Lighthouse 30.6 +0.4 34.7 17 Nov 23.3 +0.1 19.3 6 Sep 151.2 171.8 average 88%
Mareeba Airport 30.6 +0.3 36.9 8 Oct 17.5 +0.1 12.2 26 Sep 188.2 71.5 v high 263%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cape Ferguson NTC AWS 26.4   29.9 25 Nov 22.9   18.3 6 Sep



Cardwell Marine Pde 28.3 -0.8 32.8 26 Nov 20.7 +1.9 15.4 7 Sep 133.4 211.0 average 63%
Ingham Composite 31.0 +0.9 35.6 26 Nov 18.2 -0.3 12.5 1 Sep 168.5 218.5 average 77%
Innisfail 28.5 +0.2 32.1 27 Nov 20.4 +1.5 16.1 13 Sep 299.1 333.7 average 90%
Lucinda Point 26.9 -0.2 30.6 19 Nov 22.9 +0.3 18.6 6 Sep 213.6 139.3 high 153%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 29.4 +0.6 32.8 26 Nov 19.5 +0.8 14.6 13 Sep 295.2 332.3 average 89%
Townsville Aero 30.0 +0.7 33.6 26 Nov 21.2 +0.9 14.6 9 Sep 145.4 95.3 high 153%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 28.5 0.0 31.3 26 Nov 22.2 +0.8 15.4 9 Sep 55.0 112.9 average 49%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.6 +0.9 36.1 8 Oct 19.1 +1.2 13.7 2 Sep 83.2 83.8 high 99%
Bowen Airport 29.4 +0.4 33.4 8 Oct 20.0 +0.5 13.1 9 Sep 297.3 78.2 v high 380%
Collinsville Post Office 33.4 +1.7 38.0 27 Nov 17.9 +1.0 10.6 2 Sep 94.8 84.1 average 113%
Hamilton Island Airport 27.9 +1.0 31.7 21 Nov 22.2 +0.5 17.7 4 Sep 331.6 161.6 high 205%
Mackay Aero 29.6 +1.8 34.3 26 Nov 18.4 +0.6 13.1 7 Oct 112.4 144.7 average 78%
Mackay M.O 29.2 +1.9 34.1 26 Nov 20.1 +0.7 15.5 9 Sep 150.0 152.8 average 98%
Proserpine Airport 31.5 +1.5 37.8 8 Oct 17.2 0.0 11.1 7 Oct 74.8 128.1 average 58%
Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS 25.6   32.9 20 Nov 21.0   16.1 9 Sep



Samuel Hill Aero 29.1 +1.3 36.0 20 Nov 15.5 +0.6 9.6 6 Oct 103.2 170.8 low 60%
St Lawrence 29.9 +1.3 37.7 8 Oct 17.7 +0.1 9.4 8 Sep 85.8 112.0 average 77%
Williamson 29.8   35.6 8 Oct 17.9   8.2 8 Sep 120.4 111.2 average 108%
Woolshed 28.2 +1.3 33.5 26 Nov 18.0 +0.7 12.7 8 Oct 60.4 110.4 low 55%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 27.0 +1.0 35.1 20 Nov 19.2 +0.5 13.7 9 Sep 95.6 156.0 average 61%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 33.6 +1.4 38.1 8 Oct 18.1 +0.2 12.4 7 Sep 76.1 97.6 average 78%
Moranbah Airport 34.0   39.5 26 Sep 15.9   8.2 8 Sep 93.0


Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 33.7   40.5 26 Sep 16.5   9.0 18 Sep 45.8


Clermont Airport 33.4   39.0 26 Sep 15.9   5.7 7 Sep 78.6


Emerald Airport 33.3 +2.1 39.9 26 Sep 16.8 +0.2 9.8 5 Sep 141.2 124.5 average 113%
Lochington 33.5   40.0 26 Sep 15.7   7.2 8 Sep 125.2


Rolleston Airport 33.4   40.7 26 Sep 15.0   6.8 7 Sep 74.8


Springsure Comet St 32.1 +1.8 39.0 26 Sep 15.6 +0.8 8.6 6 Sep 151.9 140.7 average 108%
Tambo Post Office 33.4 +2.9 39.0 26 Sep 14.7 +1.5 5.0 18 Sep 36.6 102.4 low 36%
Taroom Post Office 33.2 +3.7 41.4 26 Sep 15.5 +1.3 5.8 21 Sep 138.4 160.7 average 86%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 34.8 +3.0 40.1 26 Sep 19.1 +2.1 9.3 18 Sep



Blackall Airport 34.8 +2.5 40.2 26 Sep 16.9 +0.7 5.3 18 Sep 37.4 105.7 low 35%
Isisford Post Office 35.6 +2.9 40.7 26 Sep 18.1 +1.8 7.4 18 Sep 25.6 78.3 low 33%
Longreach Aero 36.2 +2.8 41.1 13 Oct 18.3 +1.9 8.2 18 Sep 18.0 64.8 low 28%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 37.8 +2.6 41.8 8 Oct 21.1 +2.1 12.8 5 Oct 13.0 49.3 low 26%
New May Downs 36.5   41.1 16 Nov 21.2   14.2 10 Oct 9.6


The Monument Airport 36.4 +1.9 42.0 27 Nov 18.9 +1.0 10.5 20 Sep 41.6 50.0 average 83%
Trepell Airport 37.0 +2.1 42.5 27 Nov 19.4 +1.2 11.5 6 Sep 9.6 49.3 low 19%
Urandangi Aerodrome 37.3   42.4 16 Nov 17.8   9.1 6 Sep 4.8


Winton Airport 37.5 +2.4 43.0 27 Nov 19.7 +1.7 10.2 21 Sep 8.2 51.7 low 16%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 35.0 +2.0 45.2 28 Nov 17.2 -0.1 9.6 19 Sep 2.4 28.1 v low 9%
Windorah Post Office 35.5 +3.3 42.7 28 Nov 17.9 +1.7 9.6 20 Sep 6.0 50.1 v low 12%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 29.2 +2.3 33.1 16 Nov 16.8 +0.5 9.6 8 Sep 88.6 193.7 v low 46%
Gayndah Airport 32.2 +2.6 38.8 26 Sep 15.0 +0.5 7.4 4 Oct 99.6 147.1 low 68%
Gladstone Airport 29.0 +1.7 33.6 12 Sep 18.8 +0.7 12.2 9 Sep 133.8 144.6 average 93%
Gladstone Radar 30.4 +2.1 35.1 24 Nov 19.6 +1.0 15.0 8 Sep 79.0 157.8 low 50%
Lady Elliot Island 27.0 +1.5 29.7 25 Nov 21.2 +0.9 14.9 21 Sep 64.8 164.8 v low 39%
Monto Township 31.4 +2.7 38.0 26 Sep 13.9 +0.9 5.0 15 Oct 114.2 154.5 average 74%
Rockhampton Aero 31.7 +2.3 37.6 4 Nov 18.2 +1.5 12.6 8 Sep 93.6 141.9 low 66%
Rundle Island 25.5 +0.8 32.7 20 Nov 21.6 +0.7 16.8 4 Sep



Seventeen Seventy 27.2 +1.4 30.8 25 Nov 20.1 +1.0 14.9 4 Sep 69.0 162.7 low 42%
Thangool Airport 31.9 +1.9 38.7 27 Sep 13.3 +0.1 5.2 7 Sep 238.8 158.0 high 151%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 30.2 +2.6 37.8 7 Oct 13.0 0.0 4.6 6 Sep 160.4 189.1 average 85%
Archerfield Airport 29.0 +2.2 36.6 7 Oct 15.0 +0.9 7.3 6 Sep 151.4 213.4 average 71%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 29.2   36.2 3 Nov 12.7   4.6 21 Sep 194.8


Beerburrum Forest Station 28.7 +1.5 37.3 7 Oct 14.7 +0.4 8.2 7 Sep 139.4 256.5 low 54%
Brisbane 28.2 +1.4 34.7 7 Oct 16.7 +0.5 10.9 21 Sep 140.6 210.1 low 67%
Brisbane Aero 26.4 +1.0 32.2 3 Oct 16.3 +0.8 10.6 6 Sep 150.0 204.5 average 73%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 24.7 +1.7 28.4 19 Nov 19.1 +1.3 15.2 4 Oct



Coolangatta 26.3 +1.9 34.8 7 Oct 16.1 +0.3 9.2 21 Sep 180.2 261.7 low 69%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 27.0 +2.6 31.5 19 Nov 19.5 +1.1 13.3 19 Nov 59.8 207.6 v low 29%
Gold Coast Seaway 26.6 +1.3 35.6 7 Oct 17.5 +0.7 12.7 21 Sep 148.2 263.1 low 56%
Gympie 29.6 +1.4 35.8 7 Oct 14.5 +1.0 6.3 6 Sep 117.0 205.4 low 57%
Hervey Bay Airport 27.6 +1.3 30.9 14 Oct 17.2 +0.5 8.3 8 Sep 55.4 173.3 v low 32%
Kingaroy Airport 28.8 +1.9 35.9 26 Sep 11.4 0.0 1.9 6 Sep 154.0 149.0 average 103%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 28.0 +1.6 37.7 7 Oct 15.9 +1.0 9.5 6 Sep 204.1 218.9 average 93%
Maleny Tamarind St 25.6 +1.7 34.2 7 Oct 15.1 +0.9 9.8 5 Sep 177.0 310.3 low 57%
Maryborough 29.4 +1.8 34.9 19 Nov 15.6 +0.5 7.9 21 Sep 75.0 201.1 v low 37%
Nambour DPI - Hillside 27.9   36.5 7 Oct 16.0   9.8 6 Sep 168.9


Rainbow Beach 26.7 +1.2 32.4 24 Nov      
74.6 224.1 v low 33%
Redcliffe 26.2 +0.8 32.5 3 Oct 17.3 +0.5 11.6 6 Sep 166.4 224.2 average 74%
Sunshine Coast Airport 27.2 +1.7 35.0 7 Oct 15.7 +0.3 8.0 6 Sep 198.8 220.4 average 90%
Tewantin RSL Park 26.8 +1.4 36.1 7 Oct 17.4 +0.7 11.3 9 Sep 98.0 252.0 v low 39%
Toolara (Kelly) 29.9 +1.7 36.0 24 Oct 16.9 +0.6 12.2 4 Oct 55.0 217.6 v low 25%
University of Queensland Gatton 30.6 +2.7 37.7 7 Oct 13.0 +0.1 6.3 19 Sep 128.4 179.4 low 72%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 24.5 +3.0 31.4 26 Sep 9.1 +0.3 0.2 4 Oct 159.4 196.6 average 81%
Dalby Airport 30.5 +2.6 38.4 26 Sep 12.0 -0.3 3.0 15 Oct 111.0 168.7 low 66%
Goondiwindi Airport 30.9 +2.6 38.6 26 Sep 13.6 +0.3 5.1 4 Oct 135.1 151.5 average 89%
Oakey Aero 29.4 +3.1 37.4 26 Sep 11.0 +0.1 1.3 15 Oct 129.2 165.1 average 78%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 25.2 +2.8 32.2 26 Sep 9.2 +0.5 0.0 4 Oct 207.6 196.8 average 105%
Texas Post Office 30.0 +2.5 36.7 26 Sep 11.8 +0.4 3.7 4 Oct 161.8 168.4 average 96%
Toowoomba Airport 26.3 +2.2 34.4 26 Sep 13.4 +0.8 7.0 4 Oct 140.0 181.9 average 77%
Warwick 27.7 +2.1 35.1 26 Sep 10.3 -0.1 0.9 4 Oct 178.4 200.5 average 89%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 31.9 +3.0 39.9 26 Sep 13.4 -0.3 2.8 15 Oct 100.4 120.1 average 84%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 32.2 +3.2 39.3 26 Sep 13.3 +1.1 3.8 6 Sep 125.6 147.4 average 85%
Mitchell Post Office 32.6 +3.6 39.3 26 Sep 12.8 +0.9 3.6 21 Sep 90.1 127.3 average 71%
Roma Airport 32.4 +3.2 40.1 26 Sep 13.5 +0.1 3.2 5 Oct 120.0 141.8 average 85%
St George Airport 32.0 +2.8 39.2 26 Sep 14.4 0.0 5.8 5 Oct 56.4 140.0 low 40%
Surat 31.7 +2.8 39.3 26 Sep 14.3 +0.9 4.9 5 Oct 134.0 133.6 average 100%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 32.6 +3.2 40.2 21 Nov 14.5 +1.0 5.5 4 Oct 30.3 101.7 low 30%
Charleville Aero 33.3 +3.8 39.5 21 Nov 15.0 +1.0 5.9 20 Sep 22.6 104.4 v low 22%
Cunnamulla Post Office 32.7 +3.4 41.0 21 Nov 16.1 +1.6 8.0 5 Oct 42.2 74.5 average 57%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 33.8 +1.9 43.8 28 Nov 17.4 +0.3 10.7 15 Oct 6.0 46.3 low 13%
Thargomindah Airport 33.3 +2.4 42.6 28 Nov 16.6 -0.1 8.5 5 Oct 15.2 61.4 low 25%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 26.7 +1.4 30.7 20 Nov 20.5 +0.6 16.4 4 Sep 35.8 163.8 v low 22%
Willis Island 28.8 +0.2 31.3 30 Nov 24.2 +0.6 19.8 7 Sep 131.2 78.4 high 167%

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 9 am on Monday 2 December 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.

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