Greater Brisbane in autumn 2022: Very high rainfall and above average minimum temperatures

Rainfall was very much above average across Greater Brisbane with some locations recording more than twice their average for autumn. Nights were much warmer than average across the region with some locations having warmest autumn nights on record. Daytime temperatures closer to average at most locations.

More than twice the average autumn rainfall at some locations

Warmer than average nights; Mild daytime temperatures

  • Daytime temperatures were generally close to average overall at sites around Greater Brisbane, ranging from 0.5 °C below average at Point Lookout to 0.7 °C above average at Cape Moreton Lighthouse.
  • Minimum temperatures were above average across Greater Brisbane, owing to particularly warmer than average nights in April and in May, and ranged from 0.6 °C above average at Point Lookout to 2.3 °C above average at Beaudesert Drumley Street.
  • With the warmer than average nights throughout the season, saw some sites have their highest autumn mean daily minimum temperature on record or their highest autumn mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years.

Brisbane

  • Total rainfall for Brisbane was 594.2 mm, which is 218% of the long-term average of 272.3 mm
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Brisbane was 26.6 °C, which is 0.3 °C below the long-term average of 26.9 °C
  • The warmest day was 34.7 °C on 9 March, and the coolest day was on 21 May when the temperature reached 18.2 °C
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Brisbane was 18.4 °C, which is 1.3 °C above the long-term average of 17.1 °C
  • The coldest morning was 11.2 °C on 29 May, and the warmest morning was on 10 March when the minimum temperature was 23.3 °C

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Extremes in autumn 2022
Hottest day 35.1 °C at Beerburrum Forest Station on 8 Mar
35.1 °C at Greenbank (Defence) on 9 Mar
Warmest days on average 27.0 °C at Amberley AMO
Coolest days on average 24.8 °C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse
Coldest day 16.8 °C at Canungra (Defence) on 30 May
Coldest night 7.9 °C at Amberley AMO on 29 May
Coolest nights on average 15.1 °C at Canungra (Defence)
Warmest nights on average 20.0 °C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse
20.0 °C at Point Lookout
Warmest night 25.5 °C at Point Lookout on 9 Mar
Warmest on average overall 22.9 °C at Point Lookout
Coolest on average overall 20.4 °C at Canungra (Defence)
Wettest overall 1124.7 mm at Mt Tamborine Fern St
Wettest day 239.6 mm at Point Lookout on 29 Mar
Strongest wind gust 91 km/h at Banana Bank North Beacon on 28 Mar

Record highest autumn daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Mt Alford 142.2 on 13 May 128.3 on 16 Mar 1937 84
Carneys Creek The Ranch 186.0 on 13 May 141.0 on 31 Mar 2017 50
Point Lookout 239.6 on 29 Mar 229.2 on 23 Mar 2021 26
Coomera Foxwell Road 236.0 on 29 Mar 166.0 on 29 Apr 2012 25



Record highest autumn total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
autumn
Harrisville Mary Street 476.5 465.2 in 1989 124 184.5
Mt Alford 512.8 483.4 in 2017 72 199.8
Carneys Creek The Ranch 643.0 578.4 in 1983 44 252.0
Woodford Stanmore 785.6 663.2 in 2009 24 364.9
Brisbane 594.2 556.4 in 2015 21 272.3
Mt Tarampa 439.8 321.3 in 2021 21 169.6

Highest autumn total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
autumn
Lindfield 575.6 779.8 in 1989 296.2
Blackbutt Post Office 363.0 423.2 in 1990* 205.1
Esk Post Office 477.7 614.7 in 1989* 222.2
Peachester 914.3 1752.4 in 1989* 513.1
Coominya Post Office 450.0 589.4 in 1989* 195.3
Amberley AMO 456.4 498.0 in 1996 196.0
Greenbank Thompson Road 525.2 579.2 in 1996 270.4
Wivenhoe Dam 399.4 441.6 in 1996 162.7
Mt Tamborine Fern St 1124.7 1290.2 in 1996* 450.4
Lowood Don St 419.3 485.2 in 1996* 197.4
Gatton Allan Street 415.4 529.0 in 1996* 177.7

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




Record highest autumn mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
autumn
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 18.0 17.2 in 2014 29 16.0
Brisbane Aero 18.1 17.4 in 2016 26 16.4
Beerburrum Forest Station 17.5 16.5 in 2000 23 15.7
Brisbane 18.4 18.1 in 2016 22 17.1

Highest autumn mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
autumn
Amberley AMO 16.0 16.5 in 1989 13.9
Archerfield Airport 17.2 17.6 in 1989 15.2



Summary statistics for autumn 2022
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
autumn
2022
Diff
from
average
Highest for
autumn
2022
Mean for
autumn
2022
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
autumn
2022
Total for
autumn
2022
Average
for
autumn
Rank of
autumn
2022
Fraction of
autumn
average
Amberley AMO 27.0 +0.1 34.4 8 Mar 16.0 +2.1 7.9 29 May 456.4 196.0 v high 233%
Archerfield Airport 26.7 +0.2 34.1 8 Mar 17.2 +2.0 10.9 30 May 469.4 279.1 high 168%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 26.5 -0.3 34.0 8 Mar 16.1 +2.3 8.9 30 May 535.4 249.3 v high 215%
Beerburrum Forest Station 26.0 -0.4 35.1 8 Mar 17.5 +1.8 12.1 29 May 513.6 410.2 high 125%
Brisbane 26.6 -0.3 34.7 9 Mar 18.4 +1.3 11.2 29 May 594.2 272.3 highest 218%
Brisbane Aero 25.9 0.0 34.6 9 Mar 18.1 +1.7 11.7 29 May 418.8 288.5 high 145%
Canungra (Defence) 25.7   34.5 9 Mar 15.1   8.0 30 May 833.8
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 24.8 +0.7 29.9 8 Mar 20.0 +1.0 14.9 30 May 558.0 485.1 high 115%
Greenbank (Defence) 26.5   35.1 9 Mar 16.2   9.3 29 May 543.4
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 26.4 +0.1 34.5 9 Mar 18.0 +2.0 11.9 29 May
Point Lookout 25.9 -0.5 30.7 9 Mar 20.0 +0.6 14.8 31 May 817.7 476.4 v high 172%
Redcliffe 25.7 -0.1 32.7 9 Mar 18.8 +1.2 13.1 30 May 569.2 319.1 v high 178%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 25.7   33.4 9 Mar 17.9   11.2 30 May 567.0

Notes

The Seasonal climate summary, usually published in the first week of the following month, lists the main features of the weather in Greater Brisbane using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated. More extensive discussion of significant weather events, along with later information and data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

This summary includes data from observing sites in or near the Greater Brisbane “Greater Capital City Statistical Area” (GCCSA). The Australian Bureau of Statistics designed the GCCSAs to “include the population within the urban area of the city, as well as people who regularly socialise, shop or work within the city, and live in small towns and rural areas surrounding the city. It is important to note that GCCSAs do not define the built up edge of the city. They provide a stable definition for these cities and are designed for the output of a range of social and economic survey data.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 1 pm on Thursday 2 June 2022. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

In some situations, some or all of the rainfall is in the form of hail or snow. In these cases the totals given are for the water equivalent: the depth of liquid water that results from melting any frozen precipitation. There can be significant 'undercatch' of snow in strong winds, meaning the true precipitation can be higher than that reported.

Averages for individual sites 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 10 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.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

Information about Australian Indigenous seasonal calendars is available at the Indigenous Weather Knowledge website.

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