South Australia in summer 2014-15: Wet across the northeast, temperatures near average across agricultural districts.

The South Australian statewide average rainfall during summer was 8.4% above the long-term average. Rainfall was highest in the northeast, predominantly owing to a widespread rainfall event between 8 and 11 January which resulted in the eighth wettest January on record for South Australia, and new summer daily rainfall records at some northern locations. Rainfall was near average across central and southeast districts while some western districts recorded very much below average summer rainfall. Rainfall was generally near average during December whereas very much below average rainfall was recorded across much of the state during February.

Both maximum and minimum temperatures were above average, by 1.1 °C and 0.8 °C respectively. Daytime temperatures were near average during December across southern districts, and tended cooler than average during January across much of the state. February saw a hot and dry finish to summer with daytime temperatures 3 to 4 °C above average across large parts of the state.

  • Dry across western agricultural districts, wet in the northeast
  • Warm days and nights across northern districts
  • Near average days and nights across central districts and agricultural parts

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Extremes in summer 2014-15
Hottest day 46.8 °C at Ceduna AMO on 14 Feb 2015
Warmest days on average 38.1 °C at Oodnadatta Airport
Coolest days on average 21.8 °C at Cape Willoughby
Coldest day 12.5 °C at Mount Lofty on 10 Jan 2015
Coldest night 2.9 °C at Robe Airfield on 27 Dec 2014
Coolest nights on average 11.3 °C at Naracoorte Aerodrome
Warmest nights on average 24.0 °C at Moomba Airport
Warmest night 31.2 °C at Marree Aero on 3 Jan 2015
31.2 °C at Oodnadatta Airport on 23 Feb 2015
Warmest on average overall 30.9 °C at Moomba Airport
Coolest on average overall 17.8 °C at Mount Lofty
Wettest overall 198.9 mm at Arkaroola
Wettest day 119.4 mm at Tieyon on 9 Jan 2015
Strongest wind gust 106 km/h at Marree Aero on 10 Dec 2014

Maps
ObservedAnomalyDecile rank
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 summer daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Penola Post Office 81.6 on 13 Jan 2015 79.5 on 28 Dec 1896 134
Booleroo Centre 84.6 on 10 Jan 2015 75.0 on 27 Feb 2000 132
Huddleston (Willow Ponds) 72.8 on 10 Jan 2015 71.0 on 31 Dec 1979 59
Marree (Dulkaninna) 105.0 on 9 Jan 2015 90.0 on 12 Feb 2000 35
Kalamurina 70.2 on 10 Jan 2015 56.2 on 27 Feb 2012 33



Lowest summer total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Years since
lower
Average for
summer
Macclesfield 17.8 6.4 in 1905* 108 84.7
Nullarbor 11.6 2.6 in 1969* 35 40.3

* 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 2014-15
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
summer
2014-15
Diff
from
average
Highest for
summer
2014-15
Mean for
summer
2014-15
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
summer
2014-15
Total for
summer
2014-15
Average
for
summer
Rank of
summer
2014-15
Fraction of
summer
average
Northwest (district 16)
Andamooka 36.0 +0.5 44.9 3 Jan 2015 21.1 +0.4 15.0 26 Dec 2014 78.4 61.4 high 128%
Coober Pedy Airport 36.2 +0.7 45.1 10 Dec 2014 21.3 +0.1 14.4 26 Dec 2014 21.6 46.2 low 47%
Ernabella (Pukatja) 35.6 +1.3 42.2 9 Dec 2014 21.1 +1.0 13.6 30 Jan 2015 83.0 123.6 average 67%
Mount Ive 33.8   43.2 2 Jan 2015 16.0   4.6 3 Feb 2015 34.4 44.5 average 77%
Roxby Downs (Olympic Dam Aerodrome) 36.0 +0.2 45.4 10 Dec 2014 20.1 +0.1 14.7 26 Dec 2014 55.4 47.2 average 117%
Tarcoola Aero 36.0 +0.5 44.7 14 Feb 2015 18.3 -0.7 11.4 17 Dec 2014 11.8 57.1 v low 21%
Woomera Aerodrome 34.4 +0.9 44.7 3 Jan 2015 19.2 +0.4 13.1 26 Dec 2014 101.6 49.8 high 204%
Far North (district 17)
Leigh Creek Airport 35.7 +1.3 43.0 15 Feb 2015 20.5 +0.6 13.9 2 Feb 2015 85.0 72.9 average 117%
Marree Aero 37.7 +0.5 44.6 10 Dec 2014 21.6 -0.2 16.1 28 Jan 2015 90.6 61.4 high 148%
Moomba Airport 37.9 +0.6 43.9 15 Dec 2014 24.0 +0.6 16.8 28 Jan 2015 44.4 59.2 average 75%
Oodnadatta Airport 38.1 +1.2 46.5 10 Dec 2014 23.5 +1.3 16.7 27 Dec 2014 45.0 71.1 average 63%
Western Agricultural (district 18)
Ceduna AMO 27.8 -0.3 46.8 14 Feb 2015 14.8 0.0 6.0 25 Feb 2015 15.6 46.1 low 34%
Cleve 27.4 -0.2 43.2 2 Jan 2015 15.9 +0.7 9.6 17 Dec 2014 58.4 64.0 average 91%
Cleve Aerodrome 27.9 -0.4 43.6 2 Jan 2015 15.2 -0.3 9.5 27 Dec 2014 46.2 58.6 average 79%
Coulta (Coles Point) 26.4 -0.4 40.9 14 Feb 2015 14.8 +0.1 7.9 16 Jan 2015 23.0 42.5 low 54%
Cummins Aero 28.6   44.4 2 Jan 2015 14.5   5.0 19 Dec 2014 47.4
Elliston 25.4 0.0 41.3 14 Feb 2015 15.5 +0.1 8.9 24 Dec 2014 21.6 40.2 low 54%
Kimba 31.3 +0.7 43.5 2 Jan 2015 15.0 -0.2 8.0 17 Dec 2014 62.6 58.2 average 108%
Kyancutta 32.8 +0.7 46.0 14 Feb 2015 14.0 +0.1 5.9 17 Dec 2014 31.0 51.0 average 61%
Minnipa Pirsa 31.7 -0.3 44.6 14 Feb 2015 14.6 -0.8 7.1 26 Dec 2014 19.4 40.9 low 47%
Neptune Island 21.9 +0.3 31.1 15 Feb 2015 16.5 +0.6 14.1 26 Dec 2014 24.4 43.7 average 56%
North Shields (Port Lincoln AWS) 25.9 +0.4 44.8 2 Jan 2015 15.3 0.0 9.6 19 Dec 2014 25.2 48.6 low 52%
Nullarbor 27.8 +0.4 46.7 14 Feb 2015 15.7 +0.4 8.0 17 Dec 2014 11.6 40.3 low 29%
Port Augusta Aero 32.8 -0.4 46.4 3 Jan 2015 17.3 -1.2 11.5 11 Feb 2015 43.6 54.8 average 80%
Streaky Bay     41.7 2 Jan 2015 16.0 +0.3 11.0 25 Feb 2015 18.6 39.8 low 47%
Whyalla Aero 29.6 +0.3 44.3 3 Jan 2015 17.6 +0.5 11.7 30 Dec 2014 89.0 60.3 high 148%
Wudinna Aero 32.6 +0.2 45.3 2 Jan 2015 13.6 -1.3 4.5 26 Dec 2014 30.0 45.5 average 66%
Upper North (district 19)
Hawker 34.3 +1.1 43.5 3 Jan 2015 17.3 0.0 10.0 30 Dec 2014 63.3 63.6 average 100%
Yongala 30.2 +0.4 40.2 3 Jan 2015 13.8 +1.0 4.9 26 Dec 2014 103.8 68.3 high 152%
Northeast (district 20)
Gluepot Reserve (Gluepot) 32.7 +0.2 45.1 3 Jan 2015 14.9 -0.1 7.5 26 Dec 2014 74.4 78.4 average 95%
Lower North (district 21)
Clare High School 28.9 -0.2 40.8 2 Jan 2015 14.0 -0.1 6.8 17 Dec 2014 113.0 84.3 high 134%
Snowtown (Rayville Park) 31.4 -0.3 43.0 2 Jan 2015 13.4 -0.4 6.5 17 Dec 2014 48.2 60.9 average 79%
Yorke Peninsula (district 22A)
Edithburgh 25.0 +0.3 41.1 7 Jan 2015 16.4 +0.2 7.6 17 Dec 2014 23.8 47.1 low 51%
Kadina AWS 30.1   43.7 2 Jan 2015 14.0   5.8 17 Dec 2014 31.2 52.7 average 59%
Maitland 28.5 +0.4 43.1 2 Jan 2015 15.7 +0.5 10.0 28 Dec 2014 53.4 63.1 average 85%
Minlaton Aero 28.2 -0.3 43.6 2 Jan 2015 14.8 +0.1 6.4 26 Dec 2014 37.6 50.8 average 74%
Stenhouse Bay 24.5 +0.1 43.3 2 Jan 2015 16.3 0.0 11.5 16 Dec 2014 25.8 46.0 low 56%
Warooka 26.5 -0.1 39.6 14 Feb 2015 15.6 +0.5 9.8 17 Dec 2014 24.2 49.5 low 49%
Kangaroo Island (district 22B)
Cape Borda 23.9 +0.1 35.4 14 Feb 2015 14.0 +0.1 8.2 27 Dec 2014 29.9 54.1 low 55%
Cape Willoughby 21.8 +0.4 37.9 2 Jan 2015 15.8 +0.3 12.2 17 Dec 2014 52.8 59.6 average 89%
Kingscote Aero 26.1 +0.1 41.7 2 Jan 2015 13.1 +0.6 4.9 27 Dec 2014 44.2 50.7 average 87%
Parndana Cfs AWS 25.4   41.5 2 Jan 2015 12.7   5.8 17 Dec 2014 40.0
Adelaide Plains (district 23A)
Adelaide (Kent Town) 29.4 +0.8 44.1 2 Jan 2015 17.0 +0.3 10.2 26 Dec 2014 48.6 62.7 average 78%
Adelaide Airport 27.8 +0.5 42.5 2 Jan 2015 16.5 +0.9 10.7 26 Dec 2014 33.4 59.8 average 56%
Edinburgh RAAF 29.6 +0.3 43.9 2 Jan 2015 16.1 +0.1 9.1 17 Dec 2014 59.6 63.3 average 94%
Parafield Airport 29.8 +0.9 43.4 2 Jan 2015 16.0 +0.1 8.8 26 Dec 2014 50.0 64.3 average 78%
Roseworthy AWS 30.6 -0.2 44.7 2 Jan 2015 14.0 0.0 5.3 27 Dec 2014 55.2 63.9 average 86%
County Light (district 23B)
Nuriootpa Viticultural 28.8 -0.1 41.8 2 Jan 2015 13.6 -0.2 4.9 19 Dec 2014 42.4 77.8 average 54%
Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre) 30.0 +0.2 43.6 2 Jan 2015 14.9 +0.2 5.0 26 Dec 2014 73.4 61.6 average 119%
Mount Lofty Ranges (district 23C)
Hindmarsh Island AWS 25.0 +0.2 43.9 2 Jan 2015 15.6 +0.1 10.3 25 Feb 2015 52.8 55.8 average 95%
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 25.2 0.0 40.5 2 Jan 2015 13.6 0.0 7.7 26 Dec 2014 48.0 80.1 average 60%
Mount Barker 27.0 +0.6 41.2 2 Jan 2015 12.5 +1.1 6.3 26 Dec 2014 84.2 86.4 average 97%
Mount Crawford (Mt Crawford AWS) 26.4 -0.1 40.0 2 Jan 2015 13.2 -0.2 7.1 26 Dec 2014 73.0 81.5 average 90%
Mount Lofty 23.7 +2.7 37.7 2 Jan 2015 12.1 +0.2 6.4 5 Feb 2015 89.6
Noarlunga 27.5 -0.1 42.3 2 Jan 2015 16.4 0.0 9.6 26 Dec 2014 47.2 54.7 average 86%
Parawa (Second Valley Forest AWS) 23.0 +0.2 39.8 2 Jan 2015 13.4 +0.3 9.1 27 Dec 2014 73.0 90.2 average 81%
Victor Harbor (Encounter Bay) 24.5 +0.2 43.4 2 Jan 2015 14.3 +0.3 5.9 27 Dec 2014 56.2 69.4 average 81%
Upper Murray Valley (district 24A)
Loxton Research Centre 31.8 +0.9 43.2 3 Jan 2015 14.9 +0.9 7.8 17 Dec 2014 35.2 62.7 average 56%
Renmark Aero 32.8 +0.3 45.2 3 Jan 2015 15.7 +0.2 8.3 17 Dec 2014 51.0 64.4 average 79%
Lower Murray Valley (district 24B)
Eudunda 29.0 +0.6 40.6 2 Jan 2015 13.9 +0.4 6.9 26 Dec 2014 88.3 70.9 high 125%
Meningie 26.2 +0.5 42.1 2 Jan 2015 14.5 +0.9 8.8 27 Dec 2014 64.0 59.2 average 108%
Murray Bridge (Pallamana Aerodrome) 29.2   44.5 2 Jan 2015 13.5   5.6 24 Dec 2014 45.2
Strathalbyn Racecourse 26.9 -0.2 43.5 2 Jan 2015 14.3 +0.3 8.3 27 Dec 2014 47.0 60.9 average 77%
Murray Mallee (district 25A)
Karoonda 30.4 0.0 43.4 2 Jan 2015 13.7 0.0 7.7 19 Dec 2014 101.2 62.8 high 161%
Upper Southeast (district 25B)
Keith     44.5 2 Jan 2015 13.6 +0.9 6.2 19 Dec 2014 66.1 65.9 average 100%
Keith (Munkora) 30.0 +0.1 43.7 2 Jan 2015 12.2 +0.7 3.6 24 Dec 2014 25.0 64.5 v low 39%
Lameroo (Austin Plains) 30.9 +0.1 43.2 15 Feb 2015 13.4 +0.1 5.8 26 Dec 2014 74.2 72.6 average 102%
Lower Southeast (district 26)
Cape Jaffa (The Limestone) 23.9 -0.1 38.3 2 Jan 2015 13.5 +0.3 6.5 27 Dec 2014 33.0 57.5 low 57%
Coonawarra 27.2 +0.7 41.8 2 Jan 2015 11.8 +0.7 3.2 27 Dec 2014 105.0 87.6 average 120%
Mount Gambier Aero 25.6 +1.1 42.6 2 Jan 2015 11.8 +0.9 3.7 27 Dec 2014 75.4 91.5 average 82%
Naracoorte Aerodrome 28.9 +0.2 43.2 2 Jan 2015 11.3 +0.2 4.0 27 Dec 2014 74.0 82.6 average 90%
Padthaway South 28.5 +0.4 42.6 2 Jan 2015 12.1 +0.3 4.3 27 Dec 2014 26.2 72.4 v low 36%
Robe Airfield 24.2 +0.4 38.9 2 Jan 2015 12.5 +0.1 2.9 27 Dec 2014 62.4 75.2 average 83%

Notes

A Seasonal Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in South Australia 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 8 am on Monday 2 March 2015. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

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.

The ACORN-SAT dataset is used for temperature area averages.

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