Queensland in summer 2013-14: Dry in the south east quarter, hot days across the south, warm nights in the west 

  • Rainfall:
    • Many stations recorded their driest summer on record in the south east quarter of the state
    • Drier than average conditions extended to the central and southern interior, parts of the southwest, the central coast and adjacent inland.
    • Wetter than average in the far northern Peninsula
    • Tropical cyclone Dylan, tropical cyclone Edna and tropical cyclone Fletcher
  • Maximum temperature:
    • Warmer than normal maximum temperatures across the southern and western interior of Queensland
    • Cooler than normal in the Peninsula and Gulf of Carpentaria, northern interior and parts of the central coast
    • Many daily temperature records were broken and numerous other records were set during the heatwave in late December and early January (see the  Special Climate Statement 47. )
  • Minimum temperature:
    • Warmer than normal over most of the southwest of the state
    • Tenth-warmest area-averaged minimum temperatures (since statewide records began in 1910)
    • Cooler than average in the far north tropical coast, extending down most of the eastern Queensland coast

Rainfall

The statewide average rainfall during summer was 280.86 mm, 43.91 mm and 13.5% below the historical average of 324.77 mm. 

In summer, some much needed rain fell in the far northern parts of Queensland. On 24 January a tropical low formed in the north east Coral Sea, eventually forming into tropical cyclone Dylan approximately 240 km northeast of Townsville on 30 January, with favourable atmospheric conditions for its development. Increased tides and strong to gale force winds were observed along a large stretch of the Queensland east coast in the days leading to Dylan's landfall. Heavy rainfall along parts of the central Queensland coast and about the adjacent inland areas were received as the system moved over the interior of the state. Dylan crossed the east coast at Hideaway Bay (east of Bowen) as a category 2 system on the morning of 31 January.

Following Dylan, were tropical cyclone Edna and tropical cyclone Fletcher

Tropical cyclone Edna was named category 1 just before midday on 1 February and was located approximately 400km east-northeast of Mackay, moving slowly away to the southeast. Edna tracked towards the north east later that evening, remaining offshore from the Queensland coast. Edna became slow moving overnight, and weakened into a monsoon low. The monsoon trough and low shifted north over the Coral Sea from 2 February in response to a strong ridge that was building along the southern and central Queensland coasts. The monsoon trough remained active over the Gulf of Carpentaria and through the Coral Seas during the following weeks.

A tropical low in the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf (west of the Northern Territory) on 30 January moved in an eastward track across the Top End of the Northern Territory as a well organised system over the following days. As the system moved across the Top End, it produced some heavy rainfall. The system remained well organised as a tropical low as it reached the Gulf of Carpentaria and eventually formed into tropical cyclone Fletcher, approximately 45 km north-northeast of Karumba, on 3 February. The system was only briefly at cyclone intensity, before crossing the southeast Gulf of Carpentaria coast south of Gilbert River Mouth later in the afternoon of 3 February. It remained slow moving as a tropical low along a very active monsoon trough around the southeast of the Gulf of Carpentaria before crossing the coast for the final time on 9 February. The monsoon flow to the north of Fletcher caused increased tides and heavy rainfall about the Peninsula and Gulf Country districts in Queensland. Heavy rainfall spread across parts of the Northern Territory as it moved over the interior between 10 to 12 February.

Kowanyana had six days in a row with rainfall greater than 100 mm, with the highest daily total of 361.2 mm recorded at Kowanyama throughout the 7th February (with the daily total recorded to 9am on 8 February).. Kowanyama went on to record 1470.6 mm of rainfall for the month of February, making it the wettest month at the station since records began in 1913.

The highest daily rainfall total was at Tree House Creek with 371.0 mm on 3 Feb 2014, followed by Kowanyama Airport with 361.2 mm on 8 Feb 2014.  Some station also had their highest summer daily rainfall on record.  The highest recorded summer rainfall was at Tree House Creek with 2028.5 mm, followed by Babinda Post Office with 1818.0 mm, and then Kowanyama Airport with 1783.2 mm.

Dry over the south east quarter

In contrast to the far northern Peninsula and western Gulf Country, most of the south east quarter of Queensland recorded very much below average summer rainfall, with drier than average conditions extending to the central and southern interior, parts of the southwest, the central coast and adjacent inland. Over 2% of the state (area-averaged) recorded the lowest summer rainfall on record (using the reference period 1900 to current).

Numerous stations had their lowest summer rainfall ever recorded. Some places, including Toowoomba, Gayndah, Dalby, Pittsworth, Tewantin, Gin Gin, Warwick, Dulacca, Pratten and Kingaroy were incredibly dry - these places have rainfall records spanning over 100 years. Other stations recorded their lowest rainfall for at least 20 years.

Nearly 15% of the state was in decile range one (the lowest 10% of rainfall totals on record), over one-third of the state received below average rainfall (decile 3 or below).  Around half of the state received average rainfall (decile range 4 - 7).  This included many of the drought-affected areas of inland Queensland, which had generally below average rainfall in December and January but above average rainfall in February. A very small percentage (less than 0.1 %) had its highest rainfall on record. The next drought statement will be released later this week.

Temperature

Averaged across the state, the mean temperature was 29.19 C, 0.71 C above the historical average of 28.48 C. 

Most of the southwest areas, extending into the central and southern interior was above the average mean temperature*. More than one-third of the state was over 1C above average for summer.

The warmest on average was Birdsville Airport with 32.3 C, followed by Cloncurry Airport and Winton Airport, both with 31.9 C, and then by Lake Julius and Urandangi Aerodrome, both with 31.8 C.  

The coolest on average was Applethorpe with 21.2 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 21.5 C, followed by Toowoomba Airport with 22.7 C.

*(mean temperature = (maximum temperature + minimum temperature)/2)

Maximum temperature

Averaged across the state, the maximum temperature was 35.4 C, 0.76 C above the historical average of 34.64 C.

Coupled with low rainfall, very hot conditions were recorded across most of the southern third of Queensland, extending into the western interior. Overall, summer was 1 - 2 C above the 1961-90 average within these areas; some pockets were 2 - 3 C above average.  

More than 80% of Queensland was above the 1961-90 normal, and over 40% of the state was over 1 C above the 1961-90 normal.

Looking at daily maximum temperatures, several places recorded their hottest summer day on record, mainly on 2 to 4 January 2014 during the heatwave.  Numerous other records were set during the heatwave in late December and early January, for a more detailed account of the heatwave, refer to the Special Climate Statement 47.

In contrast, the northern parts of the state, under the influence of the rainfall from tropical cyclone activity and an active monsoon trough, recorded below average daytime temperatures. 

The hottest day was at Birdsville Airport with 48.7 C on 2 January.  The second hottest was at Windorah Post Office with 48.0 C on 3 January and at Birdsville Airport with 48.0 C on 24 January.

Birdsville also had the warmest days on average with 39.4 C, followed by Julia Creek Airport with 39.2 C, followed by Urandangi Aerodrome and Winton Airport with 38.9 C.

The coolest days on average were at Cape Moreton Lighthouse with 27.4 C, followed by Rosslyn Bay and Rundle Island with 27.6 C, and then Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 27.7 C.

The coldest day was at Applethorpe with 19.8 C on 5 February, followed by 19.9 C there on 22 February.

Some sites had their highest summer temperature on record.
Some sites had their coldest summer day (lowest maximum temperature) on record.
Some sites had their highest summer mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years.

Minimum temperature

Averaged across the state, the minimum temperature was 22.98 C, 0.67 C above the historical average of 22.31 C. It was the tenth-warmest summer since statewide records began in 1910.

In southern and southwest Queensland, not including the southeast, these parts had higher than average overnight temperatures. Nearly 80% of the state was above the 1961-90 average.  More than 40% of the state was over 1 C above average.

The coldest night was at Applethorpe with 5.5 C on 7 December, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 6.9 C on 6 December and 7.1 C on 7 December 2013.

The coolest nights on average were at Applethorpe with 14.5 C, followed by Stanthorpe Leslie Parade with 15.3 C, followed by Warwick with 16.0 C.

The warmest nights on average were at Sweers Island with 26.6 C, followed by Mornington Island Airport with 26.1 C, followed by Lake Julius with 26.0 C.

The warmest night was at Bedourie Police Station with 33.6 C on 23 January, followed by Thargomindah Airport with 32.7 C on 15 February, followed by 32.5 C at Windorah Post Office on 3 January and Bedourie Police Station on 22 January.

Some sites had their lowest summer temperature on record. Some sites had their warmest summer night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record. Some sites had their highest summer mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years. Some sites had their lowest summer mean daily minimum temperature on record. Some sites had their lowest summer mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years.

Wind

The strongest observed wind gust for the summer was at Hamilton Island Airport with 130 km/h on 30 January, followed by Cloncurry Airport with 128 km/h on 25 January, then at Julia Creek Airport on 30 December and Hamilton Island Airport on 29 January, both with 119km/hr.

Tropical cyclones

Tropical cyclones Dylan, Edna and Fletcher impacted the northern parts of Queensland over summer.  Reports, including track maps, for tropical cyclones Dylan and Fletcher are available on the Bureau's website.

December, January and February reports    

For a break down of monthly summaries, the December, January and February summaries are available on the Bureau's website.

Further information

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Extremes in summer 2013-14
Hottest day 48.7 C at Birdsville Airport on 2 Jan 2014
Warmest days on average 39.4 C at Birdsville Airport
Coolest days on average 27.4 C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse
Coldest day 19.8 C at Applethorpe on 5 Feb 2014
Coldest night 5.5 C at Applethorpe on 7 Dec 2013
Coolest nights on average 14.5 C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 26.6 C at Sweers Island
Warmest night 33.6 C at Bedourie Police Station on 23 Jan 2014
Warmest on average overall 32.3 C at Birdsville Airport
Coolest on average overall 21.2 C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 2028.5 mm at Tree House Creek
Wettest day371.0 mm at Tree House Creek on 3 Feb 2014
Highest wind gust 130 km/h at Hamilton Island Airport on 30 Jan 2014

Maps
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rainfall
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Mean
daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
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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 2013-14 (mm)
Previous wettest
for summer
Years of
record
Kowanyama Airport 361.2 on 8 Feb 2014 342.9 on 15 Feb 1949 102
Glencoe 280.0 on 21 Feb 2014 154.0 on 10 Feb 2009 22
Wongan 199.6 on 3 Feb 2014 132.8 on 10 Feb 2009 21



Record lowest total summer rainfall
Total rainfall
for summer 2013-14 (mm)
Previous driest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Toowoomba^63.685.1in 1919144366.2
Gayndah^64.286.3in 1901144321.3
Dalby^36.857.8in 1902144253.6
Pittsworth78.983.1in 1911127268.0
Mt Perry The Pines105.8113.2in 1987125424.2
Double Island Point Lighthouse81.0102.1in 1901120459.1
Tewantin^151.6152.1in 1969119608.6
Gin Gin Post Office73.2103.4in 1989117460.1
Warwick^68.478.8in 1909116239.3
Dulacca Truck Stop44.265.5in 1901114234.5
Wallumbilla Post Office38.041.4in 1901113228.3
Pratten89.0105.3in 1900112245.4
Kingaroy^61.2119.0in 1977109312.5
Leslie Dam 72.0 105.4 in 1977 94 261.0
Coolangatta^135.4143.8in 193986601.6
Wateranga 91.4 119.1 in 1989 82 351.9
Drillham 60.6 84.6 in 1964 78 247.6
Proston Post Office 82.0 98.9 in 1989 77 294.1
Somerset Dam 146.6 148.5 in 1938 76 409.3
Monto Township 84.6 87.3 in 1989 72 317.8
Ellangowan 53.2 142.8 in 1978 60 261.2
Mt Nebo Post Office 157.6 192.5 in 1992 60 537.2
Brian Pastures 58.5 106.8 in 1987 57 297.7
Mount Kroombit 83.0 103.2 in 1989 55 278.6
Queen Mary Falls 146.8 153.0 in 2001 55 463.2
Wandoan Post Office 31.8 72.4 in 1992 55 255.8
Highvale 161.2 193.7 in 1968 49 470.1
Possum Park 70.4 84.3 in 1918 49 252.8
Rocky Point Sugar Mill 101.7 176.3 in 1985 49 473.0
Applethorpe 73.6 140.2 in 2001 44 278.9
Fort Lytton 154.0 157.8 in 1992 43 435.7
Ballandean Post Office 82.4 128.2 in 2006 42 281.1
Macalister 74.6 103.0 in 1978 42 252.3
Miami Bardon Ave 128.0 129.1 in 2001 42 565.4
Kandimulla 53.4 54.0 in 1984 41 197.7
Carneys Creek The Ranch 125.8 138.8 in 2001 37 421.5
Boondall 183.8 189.9 in 2001 34 432.6
Embreys Bridge 87.8 143.6 in 1986 34 289.9
Maclean Bridge 112.4 211.8 in 2001 31 362.6
Burrum Heads 118.8 124.9 in 1989 25 377.6
Corbould Pk Racecourse 265.4 283.5 in 1996 25 610.8
Rainbow Beach 135.2 175.3 in 1992 22 523.0
Felton 101.2 129.4 in 2006 21 257.7
Gold Coast Seaway104.4177.0in 200120433.3
Cooby Creek Dam 79.2 134.2 in 1992 20 275.9
^ note: these observations are taken from the current (open) site, and comparing all available records from both the current and old (closed) site.
Lowest total summer rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for summer 2013-14 (mm)
Most recent summer
at least this dry
Years since
drier
Average for
summer
Nanango Wills St 92.0 86.4 in 1900 113 319.9
Killarney Post Office 88.0 84.4 in 1903* 109 277.7
Glenelg 91.2 82.8 in 1914 99 239.8
Gympie 115.8 95.5 in 1918* 93 469.5
Dalveen 78.4 67.6 in 1920* 92 307.6
Mount Joseph 114.4 108.9 in 1918* 92 421.2
Clifton Post Office 117.2 105.4 in 1911* 88 261.0
Canungra Finch Road 128.6 128.1 in 1925* 84 458.7
Yuleba Garden St 53.4 44.8 in 1930 83 237.5
Talwood State School 49.4 30.7 in 1930* 76 208.3
Bell Police 112.8 79.0 in 1931* 75 259.3
Mt Tamborine Fern St 163.4 136.4 in 1938 75 610.8
Lowood Don St 109.4 85.7 in 1938* 73 319.4
Peachester 195.5 188.2 in 1938* 71 684.9
Southport Ridgeway Ave 142.4 109.7 in 1938* 70 511.5
Comet Post Office 92.2 91.2 in 1947 66 271.0
Injune Post Office 84.8 61.3 in 1950 63 266.8
Tarome 147.6 142.6 in 1951 62 415.1
Archerfield Airport 178.4 103.3 in 1951* 59 416.4
Mt Alford 98.0 58.5 in 1918* 59 380.6
Moogerah Dam 129.3 107.6 in 1951* 52 402.9
Havelock 71.4 61.2 in 1964 49 237.1
Kenilworth Township 155.0 151.7 in 1968 45 534.5
Teddington Waterworks 118.1 100.9 in 1968* 44 449.4
Texas Post Office 106.6 103.8 in 1966* 44 245.4
Goomboorian 162.5 138.9 in 1968* 43 500.4
Toogoolawah Post Office 150.2 146.0 in 1976 37 352.5
Maryborough 117.2 103.2 in 1977 36 466.8
Eumundi - Crescent Rd 171.1 164.7 in 1968* 33 644.2
Karoola Park 60.6 41.2 in 1979* 33 202.7
Blackall Township 103.3 70.3 in 1982* 30 235.7
Beerburrum Forest Station 211.0 190.7 in 1985* 27 571.9
Palmwoods 203.6 160.0 in 1985* 27 659.2
Abercorn 94.9 80.4 in 1987 26 283.9
Warkon 95.4 88.7 in 1984* 26 213.1
Hannaford Post Office 122.6 86.8 in 1980* 25 228.6
Colodan 122.2 93.6 in 1989 24 262.6
Longreach Aero 98.0 46.4 in 1989 24 217.5
Mitchell Post Office 68.9 59.8 in 1989 24 223.2
Thangool Airport 86.4 78.4 in 1989 24 287.6
Childers South 107.8 90.8 in 1989* 23 371.0
Esk Post Office 183.8 110.0 in 1985* 23 380.0
Nindigully 60.4 49.0 in 1988* 23 197.3
Seventeen Seventy 207.2 188.8 in 1989* 22 492.0
Sunnybank 87.4 83.4 in 1980* 22 214.5
Bowen Airport 201.4 113.8 in 1989* 21 554.9
Builyan Gum Street 137.8 116.0 in 1989* 21 394.9
Gilberton 224.8 192.8 in 1989* 20 482.0
Jambin Post Office 74.4 74.1 in 1992* 20 301.9
Mungallala 92.8 64.3 in 1989* 20 215.0
Springsure Comet St 147.5 141.0 in 1993 20 310.8

* 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 2013-14 (C)
Previous warmest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Bollon Mary St 47.0 on 4 Jan 2014 = 47.0 on 4 Jan 1973 58 34.9
Cunnamulla Post Office 47.2 on 3 Jan 2014 47.0 on 13 Jan 2013 58 35.3
Quilpie Airport 47.1 on 3 Jan 2014 46.5 on 12 Jan 2013 58 36.3
Tambo Post Office 44.5 on 3 Jan 2014 44.2 on 4 Jan 1973 58 34.4
Taroom Post Office 45.3 on 4 Jan 2014 44.0 on 6 Jan 1994 58 33.3
Barcaldine Post Office 44.9 on 4 Jan 2014 44.8 on 4 Jan 1973 53 35.3
Surat 45.7 on 3 Jan 2014 44.0 on 7 Dec 1981 52 33.8
Lockhart River Airport 38.0 on 5 Jan 2014 = 38.0 on 28 Dec 1990 50 31.7
Gympie 42.4 on 4 Jan 2014 42.0 on 26 Dec 2001 49 30.9
Windorah Post Office 48.0 on 3 Jan 2014 47.6 on 12 Jan 2013 49 37.4
Injune Post Office 44.1 on 30 Dec 2013 43.8 on 28 Jan 1980 48 32.9
Applethorpe 37.8 on 3 Jan 2014 37.0 on 19 Jan 2003 45 25.8
Archerfield Airport 43.5 on 4 Jan 2014 43.3 on 26 Jan 1940 39 29.8
Dalby Airport 42.6 on 4 Jan 2014 41.7 on 6 Jan 1994 23 31.7
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 41.9 on 4 Jan 2014 41.0 on 21 Feb 2004 22 29.3
Roma Airport 45.8 on 3 Jan 2014 44.6 on 10 Jan 2013 22 33.2
Goondiwindi Airport 46.4 on 3 Jan 2014 43.8 on 21 Feb 2004 21 32.9
Sunshine Coast Airport 41.3 on 4 Jan 2014 38.7 on 23 Feb 2008 20 28.5



Record lowest summer daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in summer 2013-14 (C)
Previous coolest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Weipa Aero 24.7 on 7 Feb 2014 24.8 on 19 Feb 2001 22 32.4



Highest summer mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for summer 2013-14 (C)
Most recent summer
at least this warm
Years since
warmer
Average for
summer
Texas Post Office 34.7 35.3 in 1984* 27 33.0

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




Record highest summer daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in summer 2013-14 (C)
Previous warmest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Charleville Aero 31.2 on 3 Jan 2014 = 31.2 on 4 Jan 2006 72 21.1
Barcaldine Post Office 30.5 on 4 Jan 2014 30.4 on 2 Dec 1996 53 22.7
Surat 29.4 on 3 Jan 2014 = 29.4 on 9 Feb 2005 52 20.1
Longreach Aero 30.7 on 3 Jan 2014 30.6 on 4 Feb 1968 47 22.5
Mitchell Post Office 29.7 on 3 Jan 2014 29.3 on 10 Dec 2009 46 19.4
Applethorpe 23.0 on 4 Jan 2014 = 23.0 on 21 Feb 2004 45 14.7
Monto Township 26.8 on 5 Jan 2014 26.0 on 20 Jan 1980 41 18.9
Roma Airport 29.2 on 3 Jan 2014 28.6 on 4 Jan 2006 22 20.1
Weipa Aero 28.7 on 5 Jan 2014 28.5 on 7 Dec 2002 22 24.2
Goondiwindi Airport 28.7 on 16 Feb 2014 28.2 on 7 Jan 1994 21 19.6



Record lowest summer temperature
Lowest temperature
in summer 2013-14 (C)
Previous coolest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Coolangatta 12.2 on 7 Dec 2013 12.5 on 28 Dec 1993 28 20.5



Highest summer mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for summer 2013-14 (C)
Most recent summer
at least this warm
Years since
warmer
Average for
summer
Mount Isa Aero 24.3 24.5 in 1993 20 23.3



Record lowest summer mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for summer 2013-14 (C)
Previous coolest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Proserpine Airport 21.5 = 21.5 in 2000 23 22.5

Lowest summer mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for summer 2013-14 (C)
Most recent summer
at least this cool
Years since
cooler
Average for
summer
Palmerville 22.5 22.4 in 1974* 33 22.7

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




Summary statistics for summer 2013-14
Maximum temperatures
for summer
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for summer
(C)
Rainfall
for summer
(millimetres)
Mean for
summer
2013-14
Diff
from
average
Highest for
summer
2013-14
Mean for
summer
2013-14
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
summer
2013-14
Total for
summer
2013-14
Average
for
summer
Rank of
summer
2013-14
Fraction of
summer
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.5 -0.7 35.0 18 Dec 2013 25.6 -0.4 22.4 6 Dec 2013 910.4 730.1 average 125%
Coen Airport 32.1 -0.9 37.4 3 Jan 2014 23.4 -0.5 20.8 6 Dec 2013 806.2 702.3 average 115%
Horn Island 30.9 -0.2 34.4 5 Jan 2014 25.0 -0.3 22.2 31 Dec 2013 1223.8 1075.9 high 114%
Scherger RAAF 32.4   37.2 6 Dec 2013 23.8   21.4 7 Jan 2014 1632.2 1125.6 v high 145%
Weipa Aero 32.3 -0.1 37.1 9 Dec 2013 23.9 -0.3 21.5 7 Jan 2014 1470.4 1324.0 average 111%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 31.0 -0.7 38.0 5 Jan 2014 24.0 +0.4 20.6 6 Dec 2013 1172.2 1000.6 high 117%
Palmerville 33.5 -0.2 38.7 5 Jan 2014 22.5 -0.2 18.2 25 Dec 2013 492.0 687.3 low 72%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 34.5 -0.3 41.2 7 Jan 2014 24.8 -0.4 21.8 19 Jan 2014 615.0 542.8 average 113%
Century Mine 37.0 +0.1 45.1 2 Jan 2014 24.7 +0.1 21.5 14 Dec 2013 579.0 452.7 high 128%
Cloncurry Airport 38.0 +1.1 44.2 31 Dec 2013 25.7 +1.3 20.1 7 Dec 2013 258.0 364.9 low 71%
Croydon Township 35.7 -0.1 41.5 1 Jan 2014 25.2 +0.9 22.4 7 Feb 2014 356.0 516.2 low 69%
Julia Creek Airport 39.2 +1.6 45.4 1 Jan 2014 24.3 +1.0 15.5 7 Dec 2013 185.6 302.6 v low 61%
Kowanyama Airport 33.4 0.0 38.5 5 Jan 2014 24.6 +0.3 22.4 25 Jan 2014 1783.2 880.4 v high 203%
Lake Julius AWS 37.7   45.5 1 Jan 2014 26.0   22.1 16 Jan 2014 205.2
Mornington Island Airport 32.2   37.1 6 Jan 2014 26.1   22.6 23 Feb 2014 567.0
Mount Isa Aero 37.3 +1.0 44.6 1 Jan 2014 24.3 +1.0 19.4 30 Jan 2014 212.6 284.0 average 75%
Normanton Airport 34.5 0.0 40.3 18 Dec 2013 25.3 0.0 21.4 3 Dec 2013 593.2 568.9 average 104%
Sweers Island 32.4 -0.4 36.5 6 Jan 2014 26.6 +0.1 23.0 24 Feb 2014 538.3 865.7 v low 62%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 34.5 +0.2 41.2 30 Dec 2013 23.2 +0.1 20.0 14 Feb 2014 595.8 619.6 average 96%
Hughenden Airport 36.6 +0.9 44.2 5 Jan 2014 23.8 +0.8 18.4 6 Dec 2013 191.4 307.0 low 62%
Richmond Airport 38.0 +1.2 44.6 5 Jan 2014 24.1 +1.1 15.7 7 Dec 2013 198.2 273.3 low 73%
Richmond Post Office 37.7 +0.8 43.9 4 Jan 2014 24.2 +1.6 18.2 7 Dec 2013 225.4 296.8 average 76%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 30.9 -0.5 34.3 9 Jan 2014 23.4 -0.2 18.9 5 Dec 2013 775.2 1021.2 low 76%
Cairns Racecourse 31.1   34.8 1 Feb 2014 23.0   18.5 5 Dec 2013 921.0
Cape Flattery 31.9 -0.3 35.5 2 Feb 2014 24.7 -0.1 19.5 28 Dec 2013 716.2 673.8 average 106%
Cooktown Airport 31.6 -0.3 38.0 4 Jan 2014 24.0 -0.4 18.8 28 Dec 2013 659.8 734.9 average 90%
Low Isles Lighthouse 31.8 -0.3 37.2 5 Jan 2014 24.8 -0.6 21.6 4 Dec 2013 1036.7 1032.0 average 100%
Mareeba Airport 31.0 -0.2 37.8 5 Jan 2014 20.6 -0.6 16.2 24 Dec 2013 273.8 562.1 v low 49%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cape Ferguson NTC AWS 28.4   30.7 29 Jan 2014 25.1   22.0 31 Jan 2014
Cardwell Marine Pde 30.3 -1.1 33.3 4 Jan 2014 23.3 +0.6 19.0 5 Dec 2013 936.0 1098.3 average 85%
Ingham Composite 32.0 -0.1 37.9 4 Jan 2014 22.5 -0.3 17.8 4 Dec 2013 569.8 1096.6 low 52%
Innisfail 30.5 -0.3 33.8 1 Feb 2014 23.3 +0.7 20.4 4 Dec 2013 1315.1 1371.5 average 96%
Lucinda Point 29.3 -0.7 31.5 31 Jan 2014 25.1 -0.1 22.2 5 Dec 2013 388.2 490.7 average 79%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 30.5 -0.5 35.5 1 Feb 2014 22.5 +0.1 17.5 5 Dec 2013 1413.5 1377.8 average 103%
Townsville Aero 31.9 +0.6 35.8 29 Jan 2014 24.3 +0.2 21.0 4 Dec 2013 443.4 707.7 low 63%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.5 -0.6 33.0 26 Jan 2014 24.5 -0.1 20.5 25 Feb 2014 318.6 630.1 low 51%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 31.6 -0.2 35.0 25 Jan 2014 22.2 -0.3 18.2 4 Dec 2013 287.6 558.2 low 52%
Bowen Airport 31.1 -0.2 33.4 24 Jan 2014 23.1 -0.6 18.3 4 Dec 2013 201.4 554.9 v low 36%
Collinsville Post Office 33.8 +0.5 41.3 5 Jan 2014 21.0 -0.7 16.4 9 Dec 2013 197.0 391.8 low 50%
Hamilton Island Airport 29.3 -0.4 31.9 6 Jan 2014 24.3 -0.4 21.5 17 Feb 2014 440.0 732.1 v low 60%
Mackay Aero 30.6 +0.3 35.4 4 Jan 2014 22.5 -0.3 17.4 4 Dec 2013 470.8 807.7 low 58%
Mackay M.O 30.2 +0.3 35.1 29 Dec 2013 23.4 +0.1 18.8 4 Dec 2013 562.6 792.9 average 71%
Proserpine Airport 31.4 -0.1 38.0 4 Jan 2014 21.5 -1.0 16.3 4 Dec 2013 788.2 849.2 average 93%
Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS 27.6   31.1 4 Jan 2014 23.9   21.1 13 Dec 2013
Samuel Hill Aero 30.0 -0.6 35.8 30 Dec 2013 20.2 -0.9 14.3 9 Dec 2013 666.0 713.1 average 93%
St Lawrence 30.9 -0.6 34.3 7 Jan 2014 21.5 -1.3 17.5 3 Dec 2013 348.6 587.3 low 59%
Williamson 30.6   35.0 4 Jan 2014 21.6   17.0 10 Dec 2013 358.6 536.0 low 67%
Woolshed 29.0 +0.6 37.2 4 Jan 2014 20.3 -0.4 17.7 9 Dec 2013 911.4 669.8 average 136%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 28.8 -0.3 35.2 4 Jan 2014 23.0 -0.4 18.6 10 Dec 2013 306.6 416.4 low 74%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 33.8 +0.2 42.0 5 Jan 2014 21.7 -0.5 18.7 13 Feb 2014 237.9 387.9 average 61%
Moranbah Airport 34.3   42.7 31 Dec 2013 20.0   14.9 10 Dec 2013 195.6
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 34.7   43.7 4 Jan 2014 20.9   17.2 7 Dec 2013 114.4
Clermont Airport 33.7   44.3 31 Dec 2013 20.5   16.0 21 Dec 2013 277.0
Emerald Airport 34.5 +0.5 44.4 4 Jan 2014 21.0 -0.8 17.0 7 Dec 2013 126.2 259.2 low 49%
Lochington 35.3   45.7 4 Jan 2014 21.0   14.9 7 Dec 2013 109.6
Rolleston Airport 35.1   43.7 4 Jan 2014 20.3   13.6 7 Dec 2013 123.2
Springsure Comet St 33.8 +0.4 43.8 4 Jan 2014 20.1 -0.3 13.7 1 Dec 2013 147.5 310.8 low 47%
Tambo Post Office 35.7 +1.3 44.5 3 Jan 2014 21.3 +1.5 11.2 6 Dec 2013 201.8 228.0 average 89%
Taroom Post Office 35.3 +2.0 45.3 4 Jan 2014 20.4 +0.2 11.3 7 Dec 2013 118.3 277.7 v low 43%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 35.9 +0.6 44.9 4 Jan 2014 23.9 +1.2 19.4 6 Dec 2013 356.3 228.7 high 156%
Blackall Airport 36.6 +1.3 45.7 3 Jan 2014 23.0 +0.9 15.9 6 Dec 2013 156.6 294.8 low 53%
Isisford Post Office 37.1 +0.6 46.6 3 Jan 2014 23.9 +1.5 17.2 6 Dec 2013 191.4 196.6 average 97%
Longreach Aero 37.9 +1.2 46.3 3 Jan 2014 23.5 +1.0 17.8 6 Dec 2013 98.0 217.5 low 45%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 37.4 +0.2 46.0 2 Jan 2014 25.1 +1.2 18.4 7 Dec 2013 248.2 253.2 average 98%
New May Downs 36.9   44.4 2 Jan 2014 24.9   19.6 6 Dec 2013 206.0
The Monument Airport 37.9 +0.6 45.9 2 Jan 2014 24.8 +1.1 15.8 7 Dec 2013 271.2 199.2 high 136%
Trepell Airport 38.5 +1.0 46.1 31 Dec 2013 24.8 +1.1 16.0 7 Dec 2013 114.6 211.4 low 54%
Urandangi Aerodrome 38.9   47.3 2 Jan 2014 24.7   13.1 7 Dec 2013 158.4
Winton Airport 38.9 +1.4 46.4 3 Jan 2014 24.8 +1.5 18.8 7 Dec 2013 141.0 193.1 low 73%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 39.4 +0.4 48.7 2 Jan 2014 25.0 0.0 16.8 6 Dec 2013 26.6 55.3 low 48%
Windorah Post Office 38.4 +1.0 48.0 3 Jan 2014 24.6 +1.2 16.7 23 Feb 2014 148.3 121.0 high 123%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 30.9 +1.0 35.2 3 Jan 2014 20.4 -0.7 14.7 2 Dec 2013 177.0 460.0 v low 38%
Gayndah Airport 34.5 +1.9 43.1 4 Jan 2014 19.6 -0.7 12.7 2 Dec 2013 64.2 321.3 lowest 23%
Gladstone Airport 30.5 +0.1 37.7 4 Jan 2014 22.2 -0.5 18.4 10 Dec 2013 321.2 437.5 average 73%
Gladstone Radar 31.5 +0.4 38.1 4 Jan 2014 22.1 -0.2 18.3 2 Dec 2013 195.6 426.5 low 46%
Lady Elliot Island 29.3 +0.3 31.4 6 Jan 2014 23.9 +0.2 21.3 1 Dec 2013 115.2 381.7 v low 30%
Monto Township 33.0 +1.3 41.3 4 Jan 2014 18.4 -0.5 12.4 2 Dec 2013 84.6 317.8 lowest 27%
Rockhampton Aero 32.2 +0.4 42.0 4 Jan 2014 21.8 0.0 17.4 10 Dec 2013 420.3 383.7 average 110%
Rundle Island 27.6 -0.4 32.0 7 Jan 2014 23.9 -0.3 20.3 3 Feb 2014
Thangool Airport 33.3 +0.2 41.1 4 Jan 2014 18.2 -1.2 12.3 7 Dec 2013 86.4 287.6 v low 30%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 31.5 +0.7 43.9 4 Jan 2014 18.1 -1.1 10.4 7 Dec 2013 168.2 361.6 v low 47%
Archerfield Airport 30.7 +0.9 43.5 4 Jan 2014 19.7 -0.1 12.0 7 Dec 2013 178.4 416.4 v low 43%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 31.8   44.6 4 Jan 2014 17.9   10.8 7 Dec 2013 82.8
Beerburrum Forest Station 30.3 +0.5 43.7 4 Jan 2014 18.6 -0.8 11.6 7 Dec 2013 211.0 571.9 v low 37%
Brisbane 30.2 +0.4 38.7 4 Jan 2014 20.8 -0.2 15.0 7 Dec 2013 178.8 426.2 v low 42%
Brisbane Aero 28.7 0.0 34.3 4 Jan 2014 20.7 -0.1 14.2 2 Dec 2013 150.4 403.7 v low 37%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.4 +0.8 29.9 17 Feb 2014 22.0 +0.3 17.3 1 Dec 2013
Coolangatta 28.6 +0.8 32.9 4 Jan 2014 20.0 -0.5 12.2 7 Dec 2013 135.4 601.6 lowest 28%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 28.9 +1.3 33.7 21 Feb 2014 22.2 +0.1 18.7 1 Dec 2013 81.0 459.1 lowest 18%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.9 +0.5 33.3 4 Jan 2014 21.3 0.0 16.0 7 Dec 2013 104.4 433.3 v low 24%
Gympie 32.0 +1.1 42.4 4 Jan 2014 18.9 -0.4 12.1 7 Dec 2013 115.8 469.5 v low 25%
Hervey Bay Airport 30.1 +0.3 32.9 21 Feb 2014 21.1 -0.6 14.2 8 Dec 2013 126.8 440.9 v low 29%
Kingaroy Airport 31.4 +1.4 41.0 4 Jan 2014 16.6 -0.9 8.8 7 Dec 2013 61.2 312.5 lowest 22%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 29.7 +0.4 41.9 4 Jan 2014 20.2 +0.2 13.5 7 Dec 2013 162.3 403.9 v low 40%
Maryborough 31.8 +1.3 36.4 21 Feb 2014 19.7 -0.6 14.0 9 Dec 2013 117.2 466.8 v low 25%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 29.7   43.3 4 Jan 2014 19.5   13.0 7 Dec 2013 160.9
Rainbow Beach 28.7 +0.2 36.6 4 Jan 2014       135.2 523.0 lowest 26%
Redcliffe 28.4 -0.3 34.4 5 Dec 2013 21.5 -0.1 15.7 3 Dec 2013 134.2
Sunshine Coast Airport 29.5 +1.0 41.3 4 Jan 2014 20.2 -0.6 13.6 4 Dec 2013 152.2 489.6 lowest 31%
Tewantin RSL Park 28.6 +0.4 41.7 4 Jan 2014 21.3 -0.2 15.9 4 Dec 2013 151.6 608.6 lowest 29%
Toolara (Kelly) 31.9 +0.9 41.7 4 Jan 2014 20.0 -0.4 14.7 2 Dec 2013 175.8 526.8 v low 33%
University of Queensland Gatton 32.5 +1.3 44.2 4 Jan 2014 18.0 -0.7 10.5 7 Dec 2013 151.8 311.4 v low 49%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 27.8 +2.0 37.8 3 Jan 2014 14.5 -0.2 5.5 7 Dec 2013 73.6 278.9 lowest 26%
Dalby Airport 33.3 +1.6 42.6 4 Jan 2014 17.7 -0.6 10.5 7 Dec 2013 36.8 253.6 lowest 14%
Goondiwindi Airport 34.7 +1.8 46.4 3 Jan 2014 20.0 +0.4 9.4 7 Dec 2013 83.0 248.8 v low 33%
Oakey Aero 31.4 +1.1 41.7 4 Jan 2014 17.2 -0.1 10.6 7 Dec 2013 109.6 257.1 v low 43%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 27.7 +0.8 37.1 3 Jan 2014 15.3 +0.2 6.9 6 Dec 2013 121.8 277.1 v low 44%
Texas Post Office 34.7 +1.7 44.2 3 Jan 2014 18.4 +0.3 7.6 6 Dec 2013 106.6 245.4 v low 43%
Toowoomba Airport 28.7 +1.2 39.5 4 Jan 2014 16.8 -0.4 11.5 6 Dec 2013 63.6 366.2 lowest 20%
Warwick 30.9 +1.5 40.9 4 Jan 2014 16.0 -0.6 9.1 7 Dec 2013 68.4 249.7 v low 27%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 34.4 +1.5 43.8 29 Dec 2013 19.7 -0.1 9.0 7 Dec 2013 103.8 239.4 v low 43%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 34.7 +1.8 44.1 30 Dec 2013 19.7 +0.8 9.7 7 Dec 2013 84.8 266.8 v low 32%
Mitchell Post Office 35.9 +2.4 45.2 3 Jan 2014 20.3 +0.9 9.5 7 Dec 2013 68.9 223.2 v low 31%
Roma Airport 35.4 +2.2 45.8 3 Jan 2014 20.6 +0.5 8.1 7 Dec 2013 95.6 238.0 low 40%
St George Airport 35.4 +1.5 47.2 3 Jan 2014 21.5 +0.5 10.5 6 Dec 2013 118.8 198.6 low 60%
Surat 35.0 +1.2 45.7 3 Jan 2014 21.1 +1.0 10.8 7 Dec 2013 116.8 218.4 low 53%
Warrego (district 44)
Charleville Aero 36.4 +1.9 46.1 3 Jan 2014 22.3 +1.2 11.6 7 Dec 2013 141.2 199.8 average 71%
Cunnamulla Post Office 36.5 +1.2 47.2 3 Jan 2014 22.5 +0.9 13.0 3 Dec 2013 150.0 138.8 average 108%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 38.7 +0.7 47.8 2 Jan 2014 24.6 +0.2 14.8 6 Dec 2013 49.6 65.4 average 76%
Thargomindah Airport 38.0 +1.1 46.9 2 Jan 2014 24.4 +0.3 13.9 6 Dec 2013 154.8 119.8 high 129%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 28.2 0.0 30.8 25 Jan 2014 22.8 -0.3 20.6 5 Feb 2014 234.4 519.2 low 45%
Willis Island 30.5 -0.1 32.6 25 Jan 2014 25.7 +0.1 23.1 15 Dec 2013 152.4 516.7 v low 29%

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 1 pm on Saturday 1 March 2014. 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.

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