Friday, 29 February 2008 - Seasonal Climate Summary for South Australia - Product code IDCKGC23R0
Summer rainfall over South Australia was mostly below average apart from the west of the state were it was slightly above average. This is in contrast to the well above average rainfall experienced in the north of Australia, and the eastern states and much of Western Australia. This is likely due to a persistently stronger than usual ridge of high pressure to the south of Australia, and Indian Ocean seas temperatures being cooler than normal for a La Nina event.
The Pastoral Districts reported totals that were generally above average in Northwest pastoral district but generally below average elsewhere.
In the Agricultural areas rainfall was above average in the Western Agricultural districts but below average elsewhere.
Rainfall totals in the Pastoral areas were generally 20 to 40 mm, with higher totals to 60 mm in the Northwest. Moonaree recorded 94 mm, the highest in the Pastoral districts.
Totals in the Agricultural areas were generally between 30 mm and 50 mm.
The highest rainfall for this Summer was 96 mm at Curramulka where the average Summer sees totals of 51 mm.
See a map of total rainfall.
See a map of rainfall deciles.
See a map of mean maximum temperatures.
See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.
See a map of mean minimum temperatures.
See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.
Mean maximum temperatures over the pastoral districts of the state were generally up to 1°C warmer than normal and ranged from 32.0°C at both Yunta and Gluepot in the Northeast district to 37.6°C at Marree Comparison in the Far North district.
The highest recorded maximum temperature for this Summer was on the 10th January of 45.4°C at Port Augusta Aerodrome.
Mean maximum temperatures in the Agricultural districts ranged from 21.3°C at Cape Willoughby on Kangaroo Island to 33.6°C at Hawker in the Upper North district.
Mean minimum temperatures over the whole state were generally up to 1°C above average.
In the pastoral districts they ranged from 14.7°C at Gluepot in the Northeast Pastoral district to 23.7°C at Moomba Airport in the Far North district. The lowest recorded minimum temperature for Spring 2007 in the pastoral areas was 6.3°C recorded at Gluepot on 29th February. The warmest recorded minimum temperature was 31.0°C at Arkaroola on the 11th January.
Over the agricultural districts mean minimum temperatures were also generally up to 1°C above average ranging from 10.5°C at Naracoorte Aerodrome in the Lower South East district to 18.7°C at Port Augusta in the Western Agricultural district.
The lowest recorded minimum temperature for Summer was 1.6°C at Keith on 29th February.
|45.4°C at Port Augusta Aero on 10 Jan 2008|
|Warmest days on average|
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
|37.5°C at Marree Comparison|
|Coolest days on average|
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
|21.2°C at Cape Willoughby|
Lowest daily maximum temperature
15.0°C at Mount Crawford Fire Tower on 22 Dec 2007|
15.0°C at Mount Crawford Fire Tower on 20 Feb 2008
|1.6°C at Keith (Munkora) on 29 Feb 2008|
|Coolest nights on average|
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
|10.5°C at Naracoorte Aerodrome|
|Warmest nights on average|
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
|23.7°C at Moomba Airport|
Highest daily minimum temperature
|31.0°C at Arkaroola on 11 Jan 2008|
Highest total rainfall
|96 mm at Curramulka|
|Highest wind gust||115 km/h at Coober Pedy Airport on 21 Dec 2007|
In this table, key sites have been highlighted to make them easier to find.
|Summary statistics for summer 2007−08|
|Northwest (district 16)|
|Andamooka||35.5||0.0||43.5||10 Jan 2008||20.9||+0.4||12.4||23 Feb 2008||19.4||60.5||low||32%|
|Coober Pedy Airport||35.1||43.6||10 Jan 2008||20.8||13.3||23 Dec 2007||38.0|
|Nonning||32.4||0.0||43.0||1 Jan 2008||16.3||+0.2||9.7||23 Dec 2007||47.2||50.9||normal||93%|
|Roxby Downs||35.1||43.5||10 Jan 2008||20.0||14.2||11 Feb 2008||9.4|
|Tarcoola Aero||34.6||44.2||1 Jan 2008||17.8||9.6||10 Dec 2007||61.2|
|Woomera Aerodrome||33.9||+0.5||43.3||10 Jan 2008||19.2||+0.4||11.6||23 Dec 2007||58.6||48.5||high||121%|
|Far North (district 17)|
|Leigh Creek Airport||35.1||+1.0||42.9||1 Jan 2008||20.1||+0.3||11.3||23 Dec 2007||29.0||69.4||low||42%|
|Marree Aero||36.9||44.5||2 Jan 2008||21.5||13.1||29 Feb 2008||31.6|
|Marree Comparison||37.5||+0.7||44.5||2 Jan 2008||21.4||+0.8||13.1||29 Feb 2008||34.7||54.4||normal||64%|
|Moomba Airport||37.3||43.3||22 Feb 2008||23.7||16.3||8 Feb 2008||14.6|
|Oodnadatta Airport||37.0||+0.1||44.2||30 Jan 2008||22.4||+0.3||14.0||29 Feb 2008||24.0||72.3||low||33%|
|Western Agricultural (district 18)|
|Ceduna AMO||28.0||0.0||43.9||10 Jan 2008||14.9||+0.2||7.9||27 Feb 2008||44.2||45.0||normal||98%|
|Cleve||27.3||−0.2||42.5||10 Jan 2008||16.1||+1.0||9.5||10 Dec 2007||50.2||63.5||normal||79%|
|Cleve Aerodrome||27.7||42.7||10 Jan 2008||15.7||9.5||10 Dec 2007||43.6||53.9||normal||81%|
|Coulta||26.8||39.2||31 Dec 2007||14.4||7.5||5 Dec 2007||35.6|
|Cummins Aero||28.7||42.9||31 Dec 2007||14.7||5.7||10 Dec 2007||48.0|
|Elliston||25.5||+0.3||39.7||19 Feb 2008||15.1||−0.2||7.9||8 Dec 2007||22.9||39.6||normal||58%|
|Kimba||30.5||−0.1||42.2||10 Jan 2008||15.3||+0.1||7.2||10 Dec 2007||52.6||57.1||normal||92%|
|Kyancutta||32.2||+0.2||44.3||10 Jan 2008||14.3||+0.4||7.8||11 Dec 2007||73.8||50.1||high||147%|
|Minnipa DPI||30.9||43.2||10 Jan 2008||15.2||8.1||23 Dec 2007||73.4|
|Neptune Island||22.0||+0.4||33.2||31 Dec 2007||16.1||+0.3||10.2||22 Dec 2007||38.4||43.9||normal||87%|
|North Shields||25.6||43.0||31 Dec 2007||15.6||8.8||11 Dec 2007||49.8|
|Nullarbor||27.0||−0.3||43.4||31 Dec 2007||15.6||+0.5||8.3||7 Dec 2007||45.8||37.8||high||121%|
|Port Augusta Aero||33.1||45.4||10 Jan 2008||18.7||12.1||29 Feb 2008||25.2|
|Streaky Bay||28.5||0.0||42.6||31 Dec 2007||16.1||+0.5||10.4||8 Dec 2007||40.2||38.8||normal||104%|
|Whyalla Aero||29.1||−0.1||43.5||5 Jan 2008||17.3||+0.2||10.6||4 Dec 2007||31.6||55.1||normal||57%|
|Wudinna Aero||31.7||44.5||10 Jan 2008||14.9||6.8||11 Dec 2007||75.6|
|Upper North (district 19)|
|Hawker||33.5||+0.4||42.6||10 Jan 2008||17.9||+0.7||9.3||23 Dec 2007||30.1||62.6||normal||48%|
|Yongala||30.3||+0.6||41.0||10 Jan 2008||13.9||+1.2||4.5||23 Dec 2007||31.0||66.8||low||46%|
|Northeast (district 20)|
|Gluepot Reserve||32.0||43.7||31 Dec 2007||14.7||6.3||29 Feb 2008||22.9|
|Yunta Airstrip||31.9||41.3||1 Jan 2008||15.0||7.3||23 Dec 2007||15.8|
|Lower North (district 21)|
|Clare High School||29.1||40.7||31 Dec 2007||14.1||6.4||11 Dec 2007||26.4|
|Port Pirie Aerodrome||31.8||42.8||10 Jan 2008||16.5||9.5||9 Feb 2008||27.6|
|Port Pirie Nyrstar Comparison||31.9||+0.6||43.0||10 Jan 2008||18.0||+0.8||10.5||22 Dec 2007||28.7||58.8||normal||49%|
|Snowtown||31.3||42.9||31 Dec 2007||13.6||6.3||29 Feb 2008||28.6|
|Yorke Peninsula (district 22A)|
|Edithburgh||24.4||41.5||31 Dec 2007||15.9||7.9||8 Dec 2007||40.8|
|Kadina AWS||30.6||43.1||31 Dec 2007||14.5||7.4||9 Feb 2008||28.8|
|Maitland||28.3||+0.4||41.8||31 Dec 2007||15.6||+0.6||9.0||10 Dec 2007||45.4||62.7||normal||72%|
|Minlaton Aero||28.4||41.8||31 Dec 2007||14.8||7.1||10 Dec 2007||35.6|
|Stenhouse Bay||24.4||41.3||10 Jan 2008||16.0||9.7||22 Dec 2007||46.8|
|Warooka||26.1||−0.5||40.5||31 Dec 2007||15.6||+0.6||9.4||23 Dec 2007||46.6||47.7||normal||98%|
|Kangaroo Island (district 22B)|
|Cape Borda||23.8||35.0||30 Dec 2007||14.1||9.1||10 Dec 2007||51.0|
|Cape Willoughby||21.2||−0.1||41.0||31 Dec 2007||15.5||+0.1||10.9||22 Dec 2007||44.3||59.4||normal||75%|
|Kingscote Aero||26.4||43.0||31 Dec 2007||12.7||4.0||10 Dec 2007||44.8|
|Adelaide Plains (district 23A)|
|Adelaide||29.2||+0.9||42.2||31 Dec 2007||16.8||+0.2||10.2||23 Dec 2007||49.2||61.0||normal||81%|
|Adelaide Airport||27.8||+0.6||40.8||10 Jan 2008||15.8||+0.4||9.9||23 Dec 2007||49.4||60.6||normal||82%|
|Edinburgh RAAF||29.8||+0.7||42.7||31 Dec 2007||15.8||0.0||8.7||10 Dec 2007||33.6||58.7||low||57%|
|Parafield Airport||30.0||+1.3||42.7||31 Dec 2007||15.7||−0.2||8.8||23 Dec 2007||53.4||63.6||normal||84%|
|Roseworthy AWS||31.0||44.4||10 Jan 2008||13.5||4.0||9 Feb 2008||18.8|
|County Light (district 23B)|
|Nuriootpa Viticultural||29.1||41.7||31 Dec 2007||13.7||5.5||10 Dec 2007||26.8|
|Rosedale||30.4||+0.8||43.3||10 Jan 2008||14.8||+0.1||5.7||8 Feb 2008||27.5||59.7||low||46%|
|Mount Lofty Ranges (district 23°C)|
|Kuitpo Forest Reserve||25.1||38.6||31 Dec 2007||13.0||7.7||29 Feb 2008||58.2|
|Mount Barker||27.8||+1.5||41.3||31 Dec 2007||11.2||−0.1||4.8||10 Dec 2007||81.0||86.0||normal||94%|
|Mount Crawford Fire Tower||26.4||39.6||31 Dec 2007||12.8||5.7||29 Feb 2008||41.8|
|Noarlunga||27.3||41.3||10 Jan 2008||15.9||9.6||10 Dec 2007||42.2|
|Parawa||22.9||38.7||31 Dec 2007||12.9||8.1||22 Dec 2007||82.4|
|Victor Harbor||23.6||41.7||31 Dec 2007||13.8||7.2||8 Dec 2007||79.2|
|Upper Murray Valley (district 24A)|
|Loxton Research Centre||31.4||+0.7||42.9||31 Dec 2007||14.4||+0.5||8.2||29 Feb 2008||26.7||54.3||low||49%|
|Renmark Aero||32.0||44.1||10 Jan 2008||15.5||7.9||23 Dec 2007||40.4|
|Lower Murray Valley (district 24B)|
|Eudunda||29.2||+0.9||41.5||1 Jan 2008||13.8||+0.5||6.1||10 Dec 2007||30.2||69.4||low||44%|
|Meningie||25.9||+0.4||42.2||31 Dec 2007||13.5||0.0||7.3||29 Feb 2008||48.2||58.5||normal||82%|
|Murray Bridge||29.3||44.9||31 Dec 2007||13.2||6.4||8 Dec 2007||30.8|
|Murray Bridge Comparison||29.8||+1.3||44.4||31 Dec 2007||13.9||−0.1||7.6||8 Feb 2008||32.3||57.8||low||56%|
|Strathalbyn Racecourse||26.7||43.2||31 Dec 2007||13.4||7.0||29 Feb 2008||46.4|
|Murray Mallee (district 25A)|
|Karoonda||30.3||44.0||31 Dec 2007||13.4||6.8||29 Feb 2008||35.0||60.0||low||58%|
|Upper Southeast (district 25B)|
|Keith||29.6||+0.6||43.8||31 Dec 2007||12.9||+0.2||5.0||29 Feb 2008||36.4||64.9||low||56%|
|Keith||30.1||45.3||31 Dec 2007||11.1||1.6||29 Feb 2008||34.6|
|Lameroo||30.6||44.0||31 Dec 2007||13.4||6.1||8 Feb 2008||26.6|
|Lameroo Comparison||30.2||+0.1||45.1||31 Dec 2007||13.8||+0.9||6.6||8 Feb 2008||28.0||65.7||low||43%|
|Lower Southeast (district 26)|
|Cape Jaffa||24.3||40.3||31 Dec 2007||12.5||6.2||8 Dec 2007||26.4|
|Coonawarra||27.1||+0.8||42.8||31 Dec 2007||10.6||−0.4||2.5||25 Dec 2007||61.0||81.6||low||75%|
|Mount Gambier Aero||25.4||+1.1||43.3||31 Dec 2007||11.5||+0.6||4.4||5 Dec 2007||48.4||89.8||very low||54%|
|Naracoorte Aerodrome||29.0||45.0||31 Dec 2007||10.5||2.0||25 Dec 2007||30.2|
|Padthaway South||28.4||43.2||31 Dec 2007||11.2||2.5||29 Feb 2008||36.4|
|Robe Airfield||23.7||38.8||31 Dec 2007||11.4||3.4||25 Dec 2007||29.2|
|Robe Comparison||22.0||−0.1||34.2||31 Dec 2007||13.3||0.0||7.6||25 Dec 2007||33.6||66.6||low||50%|
This statement has been prepared based on information available at 1 pm on Friday 29 February 2008. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.
Normals 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 "normal" rain.
The Rank indicates how rainfall this time compares with the climate record for the site,
based on the
(very low rainfall is in decile 1, low in decile 2 or 3,
normal in decile 4 to 7, high in decile 8 or 9
and very high is in decile 10).
The Fraction of normal shows how much rain has fallen this time as a percentage of the long-term mean.