Greater Adelaide in spring 2022: very wet with cool days

Rainfall in spring was above average across Adelaide and the Hills, up to double the seasonal average at some locations. Mean maximum temperatures for spring were below average across Adelaide and the Hills, while mean minimum temperatures were generally close to average.

Rainfall totals up to double the seasonal average

Cooler than average days

Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira)

  • Total rainfall for Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) was 208.6 mm, which is 166% of the long-term average of 126.0 mm.
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) was 20.2 °C, which is 1.2 °C below the long-term average of 21.4 °C.
  • The warmest day was 32.9 °C on 25 November, and the coolest day was on 2 September when the temperature reached 13.9 °C.
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) was 11.5 °C, which is 0.3 °C above the long-term average of 11.2 °C.
  • The coldest morning was 3.9 °C on 1 September, and the warmest morning was on 26 November when the minimum temperature was 22.8 °C.

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Extremes in spring 2022
Hottest day 34.1 °C at Adelaide Airport on 9 Nov
Warmest days on average 21.0 °C at Parafield Airport
Coolest days on average 14.4 °C at Mount Lofty
Coldest day 7.7 °C at Mount Lofty on 2 Sep
Coldest night 0.3 °C at Edinburgh RAAF on 3 Sep
Coolest nights on average 7.5 °C at Mount Lofty
Warmest nights on average 11.5 °C at Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira), Adelaide Airport, and Noarlunga
Warmest night 23.6 °C at Parafield Airport on 26 Nov
Warmest on average overall 15.8 °C at Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira)
Coolest on average overall 11.0 °C at Mount Lofty
Wettest overall 476.4 mm at Ashton
Wettest day 54.2 mm at Ashton on 14 Nov
Strongest wind gust 106 km/h at Adelaide Airport and Parafield Airport on 12 Nov

Record highest spring daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Sellicks Beach 42.6 on 13 Nov 42.0 on 31 Oct 1997 31



Record highest spring total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Mount Crawford AWS 359.0 309.0 in 2001 29 159.1
McLaren Vale (Pirramimma Winery) 238.4 234.8 in 2005 28 119.9
Halbury Road Salisbury (Halbury Road) 202.0 167.6 in 2005 23 95.3
Birdwood (McVittie's Hill) 314.8 291.4 in 2016 22 147.2
Cromer Road 406.6 318.2 in 2016 22 159.2
Mt Torrens 332.6 309.2 in 2016 22 154.0
Athelstone (Black Hill Alert) 326.4 313.6 in 2005 20 149.3

Highest spring total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
spring
Edinburgh RAAF 231.6 288.6 in 1992* 111.2
Williamstown 371.5 491.2 in 1992* 168.3
Parafield Airport 208.6 208.8 in 1997 111.1
Adelaide (Glen Osmond) 261.5 263.7 in 2001* 148.6
Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) 208.6 233.0 in 1964* 126.0

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




Record lowest spring mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Mount Crawford AWS 16.0 = 16.0 in 1996 28 18.6
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 16.6 17.1 in 2010 23 19.0

Lowest spring mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
spring
Adelaide Airport 19.7 18.8 in 1992 21.2
Edinburgh RAAF 20.3 19.4 in 1992 22.4
Mount Barker 18.4 17.5 in 1992 19.6
Parafield Airport 21.0 20.3 in 1992 22.2
Noarlunga 19.7 19.6 in 2001 21.6



Summary statistics for spring 2022
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
spring
2022
Diff
from
average
Highest for
spring
2022
Mean for
spring
2022
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
spring
2022
Total for
spring
2022
Average
for
spring
Rank of
spring
2022
Fraction of
spring
average
Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) 20.2 -1.2 32.9 25 Nov 11.5 +0.3 3.9 1 Sep 208.6 126.0 v high 166%
Adelaide Airport 19.7 -1.5 34.1 9 Nov 11.5 +0.6 3.6 1 Sep 184.0 106.1 v high 173%
Edinburgh RAAF 20.3 -2.1 32.6 25 Nov 10.3 -0.1 0.3 3 Sep 231.6 111.2 v high 208%
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 16.6 -2.4 29.3 9 Nov 9.2 -0.3 4.6 3 Sep 336.8 168.7 v high 200%
Mount Barker 18.4 -1.2 30.5 25 Nov 8.6 +1.2 1.5 1 Sep 357.6 191.7 v high 187%
Mount Crawford AWS 16.0 -2.6 28.6 25 Nov 8.3 -0.5 2.9 3 Sep 359.0 159.1 highest 226%
Mount Lofty 14.4 -0.9 27.0 25 Nov 7.5 -0.2 2.5 1 Nov
Noarlunga 19.7 -1.9 33.2 9 Nov 11.5 -0.5 5.5 1 Sep 155.6 99.7 high 156%
Parafield Airport 21.0 -1.2 33.7 25 Nov 10.5 +0.1 0.4 3 Sep 208.6 111.1 v high 188%

Notes

The Seasonal climate summary, usually published in the first week of the following month, lists the main features of the weather in Greater Adelaide 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 Adelaide “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 8 am on Friday 2 December 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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