Queensland in winter 2014: Dry in the south and northwest, warmer than average days in the southeast

Winter was relatively dry in parts of southeast Queensland away from the coast, including areas of Capricornia, western parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett district, and across the Darling Downs. Below average falls were also recorded in parts of western Queensland around Mt Isa in the northwest, and around Birdsville in the far southwest. Winter was wetter than average around parts of the Gulf Country, most of Cape York Peninsula and small areas in the southern interior. The State-wide mean rainfall of 40 mm was 22% below the long-term average.

Dry conditions were experienced in June across the southeast and in the northwest, due to a lack of rain-bearing systems, though the tropical north recorded moderate falls mostly from persistent onshore flow across the northern tropics. In July very little rainfall was recorded in the State. A widespread rainfall event over the southern interior and southeastern Queensland in mid-August and another rainfall event in the southeast at the end of winter resulted in near average winter rainfall being recorded around the southeast coast.

Warmer than average daytime temperatures were experienced across the southeast and inland Queensland and in isolated areas of the far north and northwest. A cold spell during July saw the central coast and the adjacent inland, and far western Queensland experience cooler than average overnight temperatures in winter. On 12 July, Emerald had its coldest winter night in 23 years. Warmer nights were recorded around the tropical north, the central interior and along the southeast coast. Remaining parts of the state had near-average overnight temperatures.

  • Dry in the south and northwest, wet in the north
  • Warm days across the southeast
  • Cold nights around the central coast
  • A warmer than average winter overall

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Extremes in winter 2014
Hottest day 34.0 C at Weipa Aero on 24 Aug
Warmest days on average 31.2 C at Scherger RAAF
Coolest days on average 15.7 C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 9.1 C at Applethorpe on 18 Jul
Coldest night -7.0 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 12 Jul
Coolest nights on average 1.9 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Warmest nights on average 24.1 C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 26.4 C at Coconut Island on 6 Jun
Warmest on average overall 27.5 C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 9.0 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Wettest overall 699.0 mm at Topaz Alert
Wettest day 118.0 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Stn on 13 Jun
Highest wind gust 98 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse
and Double Island Point Lighthouse on 28 Aug

Maps
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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 winter daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in winter 2014 (mm)
Previous wettest
for winter
Years of
record
Wallen 59.8 on 16 Aug 47.2 on 25 Jul 1980 40
Lizard Island Resort 67.0 on 9 Jun 60.4 on 1 Jun 1986 34
Glencoe 54.2 on 16 Aug 53.0 on 29 Aug 1998 22



Record lowest total winter rainfall
Total rainfall
for winter 2014 (mm)
Previous driest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Cloncurry Airport 0.0 = 0.0 in 2009 20 11.1

Lowest total winter rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for winter 2014 (mm)
Most recent winter
at least this dry
Years since
drier
Average for
winter
Yuleba Garden St 10.8 0.5 in 1946* 67 98.9
Jondaryan Post Office 13.2 6.4 in 1977* 35 101.9

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




Record lowest winter daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in winter 2014 (C)
Previous coolest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Horn Island 25.8 on 9 Jun 26.0 on 20 Jun 1995 20 29.1



Record lowest winter temperature
Lowest temperature
in winter 2014 (C)
Previous coolest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Emerald Airport 0.5 on 12 Jul 0.8 on 11 Aug 2012 23 9.7



Summary statistics for winter 2014
Maximum temperatures
for winter
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for winter
(C)
Rainfall
for winter
(millimetres)
Mean for
winter
2014
Diff
from
average
Highest for
winter
2014
Mean for
winter
2014
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
winter
2014
Total for
winter
2014
Average
for
winter
Rank of
winter
2014
Fraction of
winter
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 30.8 +1.1 33.7 23 Jun 24.1 +0.1 22.0 24 Jul 63.4 59.4 average 107%
Coen Airport 29.2 -0.3 32.8 16 Aug 16.9 -0.6 10.3 8 Jul 27.2 7.3 v high 373%
Horn Island 29.2 +0.1 30.8 3 Jun 23.3 0.0 19.6 9 Jun 28.2 29.6 average 95%
Scherger RAAF 31.2   33.8 27 Aug 19.0   15.1 8 Jul 11.4 18.3 average 62%
Weipa Aero 31.1 -0.3 34.0 24 Aug 19.2 0.0 15.1 10 Jun 12.4 11.2 average 111%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 27.5 +0.1 30.2 17 Aug 20.1 +0.5 13.9 23 Jul 114.2 130.5 average 88%
Palmerville 29.7 -0.6 33.0 24 Aug 14.5 0.0 8.5 1 Jul 53.4 20.4 v high 262%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 29.4 -0.1 33.3 1 Aug 14.6 -0.2 8.4 8 Jul 5.4 7.3 high 74%
Century Mine 29.0 -0.1 33.0 1 Aug 13.0 -0.1 4.6 8 Jul 1.0 8.3 average 12%
Cloncurry Airport 26.8 -0.3 31.0 5 Jun 11.7 +0.3 3.5 8 Jul 0 11.1 lowest 0%
Julia Creek Airport 27.9 0.0 32.6 4 Jun 9.2 0.0 -0.1 11 Jul 7.4 25.4 average 29%
Kowanyama Airport 31.0 -0.2 33.8 5 Jun 16.0 +0.1 10.8 19 Aug 6.6 9.1 average 73%
Lake Julius AWS 27.3   31.9 31 Jul 14.1   5.6 8 Jul 0.2
Mornington Island Airport 26.1   30.1 24 Aug 17.1   12.2 17 Aug 1.4
Mount Isa Aero 25.8 +0.2 30.4 31 Jul 9.2 -0.4 -2.2 8 Jul 2.0 15.0 average 13%
Normanton Airport 30.0 -0.3 33.6 5 Jun 16.3 0.0 10.8 8 Jul 3.2 7.4 average 43%
Sweers Island 25.9 -0.1 30.0 5 Jun 18.2 0.0 12.6 22 Aug 9.7 9.6 high 101%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 28.9 -0.1 31.9 2 Jun 13.5 +0.1 4.6 10 Jul 5.0 21.1 average 24%
Hughenden Airport 26.3 -0.2 30.7 2 Jun 10.1 +0.2 -0.8 11 Jul 12.8 40.3 low 32%
Richmond Airport 27.3 -0.1 31.6 4 Jun 9.5 0.0 1.4 8 Jul 11.8 28.2 average 42%
Richmond Post Office 27.2 +0.3 31.8 3 Jun 10.2 +0.7 2.1 18 Aug 17.7 28.9 average 61%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 26.3 +0.2 29.1 4 Jun 17.4 0.0 9.9 19 Jul 117.8 101.6 average 116%
Cairns Racecourse 26.1   29.6 28 Jun 16.2   9.4 19 Jul 71.4
Cape Flattery 26.7 -0.2 29.0 16 Aug 21.5 +0.4 16.2 9 Jul 135.8 98.0 high 139%
Cooktown Airport 26.2 -0.5 28.9 16 Aug 18.5 0.0 11.4 7 Jul 121.2 70.5 high 172%
Low Isles Lighthouse 25.2 -0.8 28.7 25 Jul 21.0 +0.2 19.2 10 Jun 174.8 136.3 high 128%
Mareeba Airport 24.6 -0.9 29.7 16 Aug 14.2 0.0 8.6 8 Jul 80.2 27.2 v high 295%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cape Ferguson NTC AWS 22.5   25.1 27 Aug 17.7   11.8 20 Jul
Cardwell Marine Pde 24.5 -0.8 26.8 5 Jun 15.8 +1.5 8.9 11 Jul 114.5 107.6 average 106%
Innisfail 24.6 0.0 27.9 28 Jun 16.5 +0.9 11.0 11 Jul 423.0 440.2 average 96%
Lucinda Point 23.1 -0.6 25.4 3 Jun 18.7 +0.1 13.0 20 Jul 80.4 82.7 average 97%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 24.5 0.0 28.6 28 Jun 15.9 +0.5 9.1 11 Jul 464.4 352.0 high 132%
Townsville Aero 25.6 0.0 29.1 5 Jun 14.7 +0.4 7.3 20 Jul 109.0 51.5 high 212%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 23.9 -0.8 27.4 4 Jun 14.3 -0.6 6.9 30 Jun 88.0 54.3 high 162%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 25.6 0.0 28.9 2 Aug 12.9 +0.5 4.3 11 Jul 73.2 52.5 high 139%
Bowen Airport 25.0 +0.1 28.2 5 Jun 14.4 +0.3 4.0 20 Jul 59.2 65.3 average 91%
Hamilton Island Airport 22.0 -0.1 26.1 24 Jun 18.2 0.0 15.0 20 Jul 223.2 120.7 high 185%
Mackay Aero 23.3 +0.2 26.7 24 Jun 12.1 +0.2 2.4 20 Jul 82.0 129.4 low 63%
Mackay M.O 22.1 +0.2 26.3 28 Jun 14.1 +0.4 6.5 20 Jul 107.8 132.7 average 81%
Proserpine Airport 24.9 +0.1 29.5 17 Jul 11.2 -0.6 0.2 20 Jul 53.8 86.2 average 62%
Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS 21.3   25.8 24 Jun 15.0   8.7 20 Jul
Samuel Hill Aero 22.8 -0.1 26.4 24 Jun 10.5 +0.5 0.6 20 Jul 108.8 201.5 low 54%
St Lawrence 24.7 +0.6 28.4 24 Jun 10.8 -0.7 1.1 12 Jul 46.2 105.7 low 44%
Williamson 24.2 0.0 27.8 29 Jul 10.5 -0.1 0.6 11 Jul 60.6 100.5 low 60%
Woolshed 22.0 -0.2 25.2 17 Jul 11.3 0.0 0.0 20 Jul 112.0 74.9 average 150%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 22.2 +0.4 26.7 24 Jun 12.8 +0.2 3.9 20 Jul 44.6 122.2 low 36%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 25.3 -0.2 29.4 2 Jun 11.9 -0.2 2.2 20 Jul 35.2 57.8 average 61%
Moranbah Airport 25.1   29.4 1 Aug 8.2   -1.5 12 Jul 49.0
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 24.6   28.8 3 Jun 9.3   -0.6 12 Jul 49.4
Clermont Airport 24.2   28.6 1 Aug 5.7   -4.5 12 Jul 61.6
Emerald Airport 24.2 +0.3 28.5 1 Aug 9.5 -0.2 0.5 12 Jul 35.8 66.2 average 54%
Lochington 24.2   28.6 1 Aug 6.8   -2.6 12 Jul 54.6
Rolleston Airport 23.8   28.6 3 Jun 6.5   -2.5 12 Jul 36.8
Springsure Comet St 23.2 +0.4 27.4 1 Aug 7.7 +0.7 -0.2 12 Jul 39.0 90.0 low 43%
Tambo Post Office 23.0 +0.9 28.0 4 Jun 4.5 0.0 -3.6 19 Jul 62.2 73.8 average 84%
Taroom Post Office 23.3 +1.4 29.4 1 Aug 6.2 +0.2 -2.7 12 Jul 34.6 98.0 low 35%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 24.1 +0.6 29.4 4 Jun 9.9 +1.1 2.1 12 Jul 71.5 62.7 average 114%
Blackall Airport 23.7 +0.2 29.2 4 Jun 7.2 0.0 -2.8 11 Jul 39.8 53.9 average 74%
Isisford Post Office 24.7 +1.1 30.1 4 Jun 7.9 +0.4 -0.5 12 Jul 20.8 53.2 average 39%
Longreach Aero 25.1 +0.6 30.3 25 Jul 8.7 +0.8 -0.7 12 Jul 31.4 46.7 average 67%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 26.6 -0.1 31.4 31 Aug 9.4 -0.4 2.2 11 Jul 13.2 18.1 average 73%
New May Downs 25.4   29.9 31 Jul 11.4   4.3 5 Aug 0.6
The Monument Airport 24.5 -0.5 30.1 5 Jun 7.4 -0.7 0.7 11 Jul 3.6 16.4 average 22%
Trepell Airport 25.4 -0.2 30.6 24 Jul 8.7 -0.2 2.3 2 Jul 0.4 15.9 low 3%
Urandangi Aerodrome 24.9   31.2 12 Jun 6.1   -0.7 7 Jul 21.2
Winton Airport 26.0 +0.2 31.2 4 Jun 9.5 +0.3 1.1 8 Jul 9.0 38.9 low 23%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 23.0 -0.8 30.2 12 Jun 7.1 -1.1 0.9 8 Jul 7.0 28.0 low 25%
Birdsville Airport 22.1 -0.5 27.9 11 Jun 7.1 -0.7 1.4 4 Aug 3.6 15.5 low 23%
Boulia Airport     30.3 12 Jun 9.1 +0.3 4.9 7 Jul 11.6 26.2 average 44%
Windorah Post Office 22.8 +0.4 29.5 24 Jul 7.3 -0.2 0.7 11 Jul 59.6 41.0 high 145%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 23.5 +0.8 27.1 1 Aug 10.7 -0.2 1.7 12 Jul 84.4 126.8 average 67%
Gayndah Airport 23.5 +0.3 28.4 1 Aug 8.2 +0.4 -1.1 9 Jul 42.0 82.1 low 51%
Gladstone Airport 23.9 +0.6 27.2 1 Aug 12.7 +0.2 4.5 12 Jul 62.6 99.8 average 63%
Gladstone Radar 24.3 +0.9 28.4 1 Aug 14.4 +0.4 8.0 19 Jul 47.8 104.5 low 46%
Lady Elliot Island 22.3 +0.7 26.5 5 Jun 17.3 +0.2 8.1 12 Jul 128.8 240.6 low 54%
Monto Township 22.6 +1.0 26.7 1 Aug 6.4 +0.2 -3.0 12 Jul 68.3 99.5 average 69%
Rockhampton Aero 24.7 +0.9 28.1 31 Aug 11.4 +1.0 2.4 12 Jul 41.2 95.2 low 43%
Rundle Island 21.3 +0.4 24.9 28 Jun 16.7 +0.2 11.6 19 Jul
Seventeen Seventy 21.7 -0.1 25.1 14 Jun 14.6 +0.3 9.1 19 Jul 101.3 151.7 average 67%
Thangool Airport 23.9 +0.1 28.2 1 Aug 5.7 -0.6 -3.2 19 Jul 53.8 83.7 average 64%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 22.6 +0.8 29.2 1 Aug 5.6 -0.6 -2.7 9 Jul 78.0 113.4 average 69%
Archerfield Airport 22.8 +1.1 29.7 1 Aug 8.4 +0.1 0.5 9 Jul 110.2 152.5 average 72%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 22.0   28.2 1 Aug 6.2   -3.8 12 Jul 93.8
Beerburrum Forest Station 22.2 +0.1 28.2 1 Aug 9.6 -0.2 1.8 9 Jul 164.4 185.7 average 89%
Brisbane 22.8 +0.5 28.5 1 Aug 11.0 +0.2 2.6 12 Jul 123.6 124.3 average 99%
Brisbane Aero 21.8 +0.5 29.1 1 Aug 10.1 +0.4 2.6 12 Jul 125.2 140.6 average 89%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 20.0 +0.6 24.2 3 Jun 14.5 +0.7 8.9 19 Jul
Coolangatta 21.5 +0.5 24.5 31 Aug 9.9 -0.8 1.0 12 Jul 242.8 268.6 average 90%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 20.8 +0.7 26.6 1 Aug 15.2 +0.7 9.2 19 Jul 246.2 267.3 average 92%
Gold Coast Seaway 21.9 +0.5 25.8 21 Jun 12.6 +0.1 6.9 27 Jun 206.6 226.5 average 91%
Gympie 22.4 0.0 27.8 1 Aug 7.7 +0.6 -1.5 12 Jul 104.0 153.6 average 68%
Hervey Bay Airport 22.4 +0.4 26.3 4 Jun 10.5 -0.3 1.2 12 Jul 253.0 195.8 high 129%
Kingaroy Airport 20.2 0.0 25.5 1 Aug 4.3 -0.2 -5.7 12 Jul 72.8 96.6 low 75%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 22.5 +0.7 29.0 1 Aug 9.9 +0.6 3.5 8 Jul 171.0 154.8 average 110%
Maleny Tamarind St 19.4 +0.1 24.6 1 Aug 9.8 0.0 3.2 20 Jul 268.4 260.2 average 103%
Maryborough 23.0 +0.4 27.5 1 Aug 9.5 +0.1 -0.3 11 Jul 211.4 160.8 high 131%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 22.0   26.9 1 Aug 11.0   3.5 12 Jul 185.5
Rainbow Beach 21.6 0.0 26.5 1 Aug       328.6 280.7 high 117%
Redcliffe 21.3 +0.2 28.3 1 Aug 11.7 +0.2 4.8 9 Jul 144.4 157.7 average 92%
Sunshine Coast Airport 22.1 +0.7 28.4 1 Aug 10.1 -0.2 1.8 13 Jul 260.8 269.8 average 97%
Tewantin RSL Park 21.7 +0.1 27.5 1 Aug 11.8 +0.1 5.3 7 Jul 289.0 292.6 average 99%
Toolara (Kelly) 21.5 -0.7 26.0 1 Aug 12.1 +0.1 6.2 7 Jul 278.6 223.9 high 124%
University of Queensland Gatton 22.1 +0.7 28.5 1 Aug 6.8 0.0 -1.6 2 Jul 81.6 106.1 average 77%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 15.7 +1.0 21.1 27 Jun 2.6 -0.1 -5.5 8 Jul 105.8 123.6 average 86%
Dalby Airport 20.6 +0.1 26.7 1 Aug 4.1 -0.7 -5.0 12 Jul 57.4 80.3 average 71%
Goondiwindi Airport 20.2 +0.1 25.1 1 Aug 5.2 -0.2 -1.9 12 Jul 71.6 94.3 average 76%
Oakey Aero 19.9 +0.6 25.8 1 Aug 3.2 -0.3 -6.1 12 Jul 67.6 86.4 average 78%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 16.2 +0.7 22.0 27 Jun 1.9 0.0 -7.0 12 Jul 102.4 138.3 average 74%
Texas Post Office 20.0 +0.3 25.0 1 Aug 4.6 +0.4 -3.8 11 Jul 101.0 116.2 average 87%
Toowoomba Airport 17.4 +0.1 23.5 1 Aug 6.9 -0.3 -0.2 19 Jul 69.0 96.2 low 72%
Warwick 19.0 +0.3 25.2 1 Aug 3.8 +0.1 -6.1 8 Jul 65.2 88.4 average 74%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 21.2 +0.2 27.2 1 Aug 4.7 -0.5 -4.3 12 Jul 46.2 91.6 average 50%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 22.0 +1.1 27.4 1 Aug 4.1 +0.1 -4.9 12 Jul 43.6 84.3 low 52%
Mitchell Post Office 21.6 +1.3 27.2 31 Jul 3.2 -0.4 -4.7 3 Aug 82.3 90.5 average 91%
Roma Airport 21.4 +0.4 27.5 1 Aug 4.0 -0.6 -4.3 12 Jul 86.6 75.0 average 115%
St George Airport 20.6 +0.1 26.7 31 Jul 5.6 -0.3 -1.9 12 Jul 70.0 77.8 average 90%
Surat 21.1 +0.6 26.9 1 Aug 4.7 -0.4 -4.4 12 Jul 69.2 101.9 average 68%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 20.7 +0.7 27.6 25 Jul 5.4 +0.2 -2.0 12 Jul 59.9 79.2 average 76%
Charleville Aero 21.5 +1.0 27.2 31 Jul 5.3 +0.1 -1.9 19 Jul 97.0 68.9 high 141%
Cunnamulla Post Office 20.6 +0.8 27.2 25 Jul 6.5 -0.1 0.0 12 Jul 82.8 65.8 average 126%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 21.1 -0.4 26.7 31 Aug 7.7 -0.5 3.0 14 Aug 24.8 26.4 average 94%
Thargomindah Airport 20.6 -0.4 27.3 24 Jul 6.8 -0.7 0.5 11 Jul 57.4 39.0 high 147%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 21.1 +0.2 24.6 13 Jun 16.8 +0.3 12.1 19 Jul 144.0 153.8 average 94%
Willis Island 26.2 -0.1 28.2 3 Jun 22.7 +0.5 19.3 9 Jun 107.2 116.7 average 92%

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.

A Climate Summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Monday 1 September 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.

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