Adelaide Metro & Hills in winter 2014: A mild winter with a dry finish

Winter 2014 was quite variable, with warmer nights and above average rainfall through June and July, but August 2014 experienced drier conditions with below average rainfall and colder than average nights. Overall, rainfall for winter for Adelaide with 224.6 mm was very close to, if slightly less than the long-term winter average of 225.7 mm, and the driest winter since 2011. 280.0 mm was recorded in winter 2013.

Daytime temperatures overall for winter were close to average, with the end of August seeing a run of days reaching temperatures in the low to mid 20's to finish the season. Minimum temperatures were above average in June and July with cloudy nights, but clearer skies and lighter winds in August saw colder nights. An outbreak of cold air following a frontal system early in August, and clear skies following this, led to a run of 5 days of very frosty nights in the Adelaide region, with the city experiencing the coldest night of the season on 4 August when the temperature dropped to 0.9 °C, resulting in the coldest temperature recorded for Adelaide since the winter of 2008

  • Overall, an average winter, though highly variable
  • Adelaide records the coldest night in 6 years
  • A wetter June and July and drier August results in near average winter rainfall

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Extremes in winter 2014
Hottest day 25.2 °C at Parafield Airport on 30 Aug
Warmest days on average 16.5 °C at Parafield Airport
Coolest days on average 10.5 °C at Mount Lofty
Coldest day 5.7 °C at Mount Lofty on 9 Jul
Coldest night -1.4 °C at Mount Barker on 4 Aug
Coolest nights on average 5.6 °C at Mount Lofty
Warmest nights on average 9.0 °C at Noarlunga
Warmest night 15.5 °C at Noarlunga on 31 Aug
Warmest on average overall 12.3 °C at Noarlunga
Coolest on average overall 8.1 °C at Mount Lofty
Wettest overall 525.4 mm at Uraidla
Driest overall 43.8 mm at Montacute
Wettest day 52.4 mm at Ashton on 24 Jun
Highest wind gust 100 km/h at Mount Crawford (Mt Crawford AWS) on 31 Jul




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
Adelaide (Kent Town) 16.4 +0.4 25.0 30 Aug 8.1 +0.1 0.9 4 Aug 224.6 224.5 average 100%
Adelaide Airport 15.9 +0.3 23.2 30 Aug 7.4 0.0 0.5 4 Aug 157.0 166.5 average 94%
Edinburgh RAAF 16.2 +0.3 24.6 29 Aug 6.2 -0.3 -0.7 4 Aug 153.6 157.6 average 97%
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 13.2   21.7 29 Aug 7.2   1.3 2 Aug 261.8
Mount Barker 14.6 +1.0 24.8 30 Aug 5.8 +0.9 -1.4 4 Aug 320.6 309.5 average 104%
Mount Crawford (Mt Crawford AWS) 11.8   20.7 29 Aug 6.3   2.1 13 Jul 326.4 266.4 high 123%
Mount Lofty 10.5   19.1 29 Aug 5.6   0.7 12 Aug 419.2
Noarlunga 15.6   23.2 30 Aug 9.0   3.4 4 Aug 119.4
Parafield Airport 16.5 +0.8 25.2 30 Aug 6.3 -0.4 -1.3 4 Aug 157.8 166.9 average 95%

Notes

A Seasonal Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Adelaide Metro & Hills 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 20 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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