Tuesday, 1 September 2009 - Seasonal Climate Summary for Tasmania - Product code IDCKGC27R0

Tasmania in winter 2009: record wet, record warm

  • Above-average winter rain across Tasmania
  • Wettest winter on record for several sites in the east
  • Nights warmer than average
  • Fewer cold outbreaks than usual

Summaries for the individual months of winter ( June, July and August) have also been prepared. An archive of previous seasonal summaries for Tasmania is available, as are summaries for other states and many other climate summaries and diagnostics.

Details

A wet winter: Rainfall for winter was above average across the state, and many sites (mostly in the east) had their wettest winter on record or their wettest winter for many years. This follows three very dry winters in recent years. There was persistent rain in the north and west from cold fronts in the second half of the season, as well as heavy rain in the north with an active cold front on the 11th to 12th of July and in the east with easterly weather patterns on the 3rd to 7th of June, 25th to 26th of June and 10th to 12th of August. Several sites received over 100 mm in a day during these events, and some sites had their highest winter daily rainfall on record. The wettest day was 142.6 mm at St Marys on the 13th of August. For the whole of winter, over a metre of rain fell in the western highlands, and over 200 mm fell even at the driest locations in the southern Midlands. Several episodes of flooding were reported in most of the monitored rivers, with major flooding in the South Esk on the 13th of August.

Mild nights predominate: Lots of mild to warm nights and few cold ones led to mean winter minimum temperatures about half to one and a half degrees warmer than normal across the state. Several sites (including Launceston) had their highest winter mean minimum temperature on record. The number of daily minima exceeding 8°C illustrates the persistent warmth well: in Hobart there were 22 such days and in Launceston 18, both double the normal for winter. Very cold nights were mostly restricted to July: in that month Liawenee fell below −7°C four times (including −8.6°C on the 17th), but it didn't get colder than −5 °C during the rest of winter. 

Day temperatures close to average: Mean maximum temperatures for winter were mostly about half a degree above average except for a few sites in the southeast which were slightly cooler than usual. The warmest days were in a northerly airstream on the 15th and 16th of August; several sites registered temperatures in the 20s on these days, peaking at 20.8°C at Bushy Park and Dover. In contrast, temperatures struggled to reach 10°C behind cold fronts around the 10th and 15th of June and 6th of July, and on a rainy day on the 29th of August. There were also several extremely cold days in the Derwent Valley during June and at the start of July when fog persisted all day. On the 8th of July the temperature at Bushy Park didn't rise above 2.7°C. Highland snow fell on many days, but only settled below 500 metres on the 10th of June and at the end of August.

A wet start to the year: Not every month has been wetter than usual across Tasmania (for example, January and May were relatively dry in the east, February was dry in the north most areas, and June was relatively dry in the west), but there has been enough rain for the 8 months from January to August as a whole to be wetter than average in most areas. For a few sites (including Oatlands, Dover, Hobart Airport, Strathgordon and Zeehan) it is the wettest start to the year since at least 1975. However, it has been relatively dry for most months since the end of 2005, so even though the surface is very wet the deep soil in some areas may still be relatively dry. The Seasonal Climate Outlook shows a dry, warm spring is slightly more likely in Tasmania than a wet or cool one. 

Further information

Ian Barnes-Keoghan
Meteorologist
Tasmania and Antarctica Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (03) 6221 2043
Email climate.tas@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
20.8°C at Bushy Park and Dover on 15 Aug
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
14.7°C at Scamander
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
3.3°C at Mount Wellington
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
−2.3°C at Mount Wellington on 14 Jun and 6 Jul
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−8.6°C at Liawenee on 17 Jul
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
−1.1°C at Mount Wellington
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
9.5°C at Hogan Island
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
13.6°C at Flinders Island Airport on 4 Jun
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
1202.0 mm at Lake Margaret Power Station
Driest overall
Lowest total rainfall
200.6 mm at Melton Mowbray (North Stockman)
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
142.6 mm at St Marys (Clive Street) on 13 Aug
Highest wind gust
174 km/h at Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse on 31 Aug

Records

Record highest winter daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in winter 2009 (mm)
Previous highest
for winter
Years of
record
Frankford (Rossville) 103.2 on 12 Jul 90.5 on 31 Aug 2005 110
Yolla (Sea View) 119.4 on 12 Jul 97.3 on 5 Jul 1963 103
Mole Creek 123.6 on 12 Jul 97.3 on 4 Jun 1929 93
Bream Creek (Stroud) 140.0 on 5 Jun 114.8 on 5 Jun 1923 91
Railton (Cement Australia) 113.6 on 12 Jul 99.0 on 21 Jul 2000 90
Hampshire (Neena Road) 102.0 on 12 Jul 99.3 on 4 Jun 1929 74
Dover 77.2 on 5 Jun 63.0 on 1 Jun 1964 62
Grove (Comparison) 70.8 on 26 Jun 62.0 on 3 Jul 1990 58
Snug Plains (Cataract Falls) 110.6 on 5 Jun 91.2 on 3 Jul 1990 49
Barrington Post Office 99.0 on 12 Jul 91.4 on 22 Aug 1977 44
Margate (Sunnyside) 82.0 on 5 Jun 56.6 on 3 Jul 1990 42
Copping 134.8 on 5 Jun 89.2 on 3 Jul 1990 41
Huonville (Tutton Avenue) 62.0 on 26 Jun 57.2 on 11 Jul 1967 40
Lucaston (Bakers Creek Road) 58.8 on 26 Jun 54.0 on 9 Jun 1983 31
Mount Wellington 114.2 on 26 Jun 89.8 on 22 Jun 2005 29
Blackmans Bay Treatment Plant 56.2 on 5 Jun 55.4 on 3 Jul 1990 28
Nugent (Twilight Valley) 137.0 on 26 Jun 116.8 on 3 Jul 1990 27
Great Bay (Robeville) 47.6 on 5 Jun 47.0 on 3 Jul 1990 26
Loongana (Serendipity) 107.0 on 12 Jul 82.0 on 18 Jun 1996 26
Triabunna (Freestone Point) 82.6 on 5 Jun 56.2 on 1 Aug 1994 24



Record highest total winter rainfall
Total rainfall
for winter 2009 (mm)
Previous highest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
St Marys (Clive Street) 714.6 676.3 in 1939 103 286.5
Lunawanna 513.8 431.4 in 1975 98 255.0
Grove (Comparison) 373.6 352.3 in 1974 58 212.0
Orford (Aubin Court) 402.4 356.1 in 1967 57 173.1
Hobart Airport 233.6 214.0 in 1974 52 122.6
Memana (Babel Farm) 394.9 391.6 in 1991 45 235.4
Copping 505.2 360.5 in 1967 40 217.5
Geeveston (Cemetery Road) 440.4 434.6 in 1974 38 266.3
Rotherwood 300.2 298.6 in 1981 38 151.8
King Island Airport 479.0 464.2 in 1975 35 326.7
Risdon Vale (Poplar Road) 326.4 221.9 in 1967 28 130.0
Nugent (Twilight Valley) 636.2 380.2 in 1984 27 229.9
Blackmans Bay Treatment Plant 293.6 238.0 in 1990 25 156.2
Tea Tree (The Point) 289.4 197.6 in 1990 24 132.0
Campbell Town (Elizabeth R) 258.2 243.6 in 1970 22 142.7
Cape Grim BAPS 441.2 422.4 in 1996 21 278.5

Highest total winter rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for winter 2009 (mm)
Most recent higher
for winter
Years since
higher
Average for
winter
Oatlands Post Office 280.6 318.1 in 1939 69 136.4
Gladstone (Old Post Office) 478.0 586.9 in 1939 62 264.6
Eaglehawk Neck (Jetty Road) 424.6 531.1 in 1939 60 265.3
Mangalore (Mangalore Farm) 289.3 321.6 in 1946 60 127.6
Bagdad Post Office 294.9 303.1 in 1946 59 140.3
Victoria Valley (Glenrowan) 439.2 470.3 in 1946 59 230.8
Dover 432.6 522.7 in 1946 56 255.2
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 282.2 299.9 in 1954 55 160.1
Bicheno (Council Depot) 318.7 343.4 in 1954 47 164.5
Lady Barron (Franklin Parade) 381.4 616.8 in 1955 45 235.8
Woodbridge 420.6 424.6 in 1946 39 255.3
Savage River Mine 913.2 947.5 in 1968 38 665.5
Zeehan (West Coast Pioneers Museum) 1084.6 1128.5 in 1970 36 782.0
Cape Bruny Lighthouse 448.2 454.6 in 1975 34 279.1
Glenorchy (Glenorchy Reservoir) 358.8 447.0 in 1974 34 217.9
Waddamana Field Study Centre 390.6 475.8 in 1970 34 232.6
Hastings Chalet 646.8 671.0 in 1975 32 425.8
Tarraleah Village 550.8 574.3 in 1975 32 343.7
Taroona (Taroona Crescent) 265.2 275.0 in 1975 31 156.9
Tooms Lake (Tooms River) 450.6 465.7 in 1970 30 167.8
Yambacoona 442.6 443.0 in 1975 30 327.4
Butlers Gorge 732.8 793.6 in 1970 29 510.9
Fingal (Legge Street) 313.6 404.4 in 1981 28 179.5
Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) 549.2 551.1 in 1981 28 242.6
Eddystone Point 354.0 412.9 in 1981 27 223.9
Lewis Hill (St Pauls River) 402.2 454.2 in 1981 27 175.4
York Plains (Handroyd) 270.6 287.2 in 1981 27 139.4
Westbury (Birralee Road) 410.7 432.7 in 1981 26 265.0
Swansea Post Office 251.0 254.2 in 1984 25 149.3
Premaydena Hatchery 372.0 386.1 in 1984 24 231.5
Irishtown 545.0 592.6 in 1981 22 425.1


Lowest total winter rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for winter 2009 (mm)
Most recent lower
for winter
Years since
lower
Average for
winter
Macquarie Island 185.8 166.4 in 1983 26 222.4



Record highest winter mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for winter 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Hobart Airport 6.0 5.8 in 2002 51 4.4
Butlers Gorge 1.2 1.1 in 1980 46 −0.1
Orford (Aubin Court) 5.6 5.3 in 2001 40 3.9
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 4.7 3.8 in 2001 25 2.8
Scamander 6.6 6.2 in 2001 25 5.0
Fingal (Legge Street) 3.4 2.3 in 1991 22 0.8
Wynyard Airport 4.9 4.7 in 2001 22 3.8

Highest winter mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for winter 2009 (°C)
Most recent higher
for winter
Years since
higher
Average for
winter
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 3.0 3.3 in 1975 34 1.9


Summaries

In this table, key sites have been highlighted to make them easier to find. This table is very wide and may not fit if printed.


Summary statistics for winter 2009
Maximum temperatures
for winter
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for winter
(°C)
Rainfall
for winter
(millimetres)
Mean for
winter
2009
Diff
from
average
Highest for
winter
2009
Mean for
winter
2009
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
winter
2009
Total for
winter
2009
Average
for
winter
Rank of
winter
2009
Fraction of
winter
average
Northern (district 91)
Bridport 13.7 +0.1 18.0 13 Aug 6.4 +0.6 1.2 7 Jul 341.3 246.4 high 139%
Burnie 13.7 +0.6 18.6 13 Aug 7.5 +1.3 2.0 7 Jul 393.1 339.0 high 116%
Cape Grim BAPS 13.1 +0.4 16.1 15 Aug 8.7 +0.3 3.4 7 Jul 441.2 278.5 highest 158%
Cressy Research Station 12.4 0.0 17.1 13 Aug 3.4 +1.6 −4.6 17 Jul 326.6 196.8 very high 166%
Devonport Airport 13.4 +0.4 17.2 2 Jun 6.2 +1.4 −0.5 7 Jul 301.2 265.3 average 114%
Launceston 13.5 +0.4 17.7 14 Aug 4.7 +1.8 −2.3 17 Jul 334.7 228.4 very high 147%
Launceston Airport 12.4   16.1 18 Aug 3.7   −3.5 17 Jul 315.8
Low Head 13.2 +0.1 15.8 16 Aug 8.0 +0.9 1.2 7 Jul 319.8 222.3 high 144%
Luncheon Hill 11.0 0.0 16.6 5 Jun 5.8 +0.6 0.3 10 Jun 748.8 543.4 very high 138%
Marrawah 13.1 +0.5 17.2 15 Aug 7.9 +0.9 2.0 7 Jul 533.6 393.3 very high 136%
Scottsdale 12.6 +0.2 16.7 13 Aug 4.8 +0.9 −0.8 31 Jul 428.6 344.4 high 124%
Sheffield School Farm 11.6 +0.2 16.6 13 Aug 4.3 +0.6 −2.5 17 Jul 586.6
Smithton Aerodrome 13.6 +0.1 17.2 19 Aug 5.9 +1.0 −2.4 7 Jul 433.6 327.1 high 133%
Wynyard Airport 13.6 +0.6 18.6 13 Aug 4.9 +1.1 −2.4 7 Jul 461.6 355.6 high 130%
East Coast (district 92)
Eddystone Point 14.3 +0.8 18.2 14 Aug 8.2 +0.8 2.7 7 Jul 354.0 223.9 very high 158%
Fingal 12.8 +0.1 17.3 16 Aug 3.4 +2.5 −4.2 24 Jul 313.6 179.5 very high 175%
Lake Leake 9.2 +0.2 17.1 16 Aug 2.0 +1.6 −5.7 24 Jul 549.2 242.6 very high 226%
Maria Island 13.0   17.2 18 Aug 8.0   4.3 24 Jul 289.0
Orford 13.4 −0.1 19.3 16 Aug 5.6 +1.7 −1.0 8 Jul 402.4 173.1 highest 232%
Scamander 14.7 +0.4 19.2 18 Aug 6.6 +1.5 0.5 18 Jul 339.1 169.7 very high 200%
St Helens Aerodrome 14.1   17.9 18 Aug 6.4   −0.4 18 Jul 362.4
Swansea Post Office 14.1 +0.3 19.9 16 Aug 5.5 +1.4 −1.8 24 Jul 251.0 149.3 very high 168%
Midlands (district 93)
Ross 12.0 +0.2 16.2 18 Aug 3.8 +2.1 −3.8 24 Jul 249.4 128.3 very high 194%
Southeast (district 94)
Campania 13.2   18.5 19 Aug 4.7   −0.9 8 Jul 241.0 130.8 very high 184%
Cape Bruny 12.2 −0.2 19.6 15 Aug 7.0 +0.2 2.6 8 Jul 393.0 245.1 very high 160%
Cape Bruny Lighthouse 12.0 +0.4 19.1 15 Aug 7.0 +0.7 3.0 8 Jul 448.2 279.1 very high 161%
Dover 12.4 −0.3 20.8 15 Aug 4.6 +0.8 −1.9 8 Jul 432.6 255.2 very high 170%
Geeveston 12.4 0.0 20.2 15 Aug 3.8 +1.5 −2.6 18 Jul 440.4 266.3 highest 165%
Grove 12.5   19.6 15 Aug 3.6   −3.5 18 Jul 374.0
Hobart 13.0 +0.8 20.4 15 Aug 6.1 +1.1 0.5 8 Jul 282.2 160.1 very high 176%
Hobart Airport 13.0 +0.1 18.9 15 Aug 6.0 +1.6 1.3 8 Jul 233.6 122.6 highest 191%
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 11.5 +0.3 18.2 15 Aug 7.5 +0.8 3.7 27 Aug 428.6 371.3 average 115%
Melton Mowbray 11.5 −0.5 18.0 15 Aug 3.7 +1.4 −3.3 8 Jul 200.6 116.4 very high 172%
Mount Wellington 3.3 +0.5 9.4 15 Aug −1.1 +0.3 −6.2 10 Jun
Tunnack Fire Station 9.8 −0.3 13.6 20 Aug 2.8 +0.8 −3.3 24 Jul 336.0 163.1 very high 206%
Derwent Valley (district 95)
Bushy Park 12.2 +0.4 20.8 15 Aug 3.0 +1.1 −3.8 24 Jul 219.2 151.4 very high 145%
Maydena Post Office 10.6 −0.5 19.4 15 Aug 3.4 +1.1 −1.3 9 Jul 504.7 363.4 high 139%
Ouse Fire Station 11.8 −0.6 20.4 15 Aug 2.9 +1.4 −4.6 17 Jul 244.0 168.4 high 145%
Tarraleah Village 8.7 −0.1 15.8 16 Aug 1.8 +1.2 −3.0 17 Jul 550.8 343.7 very high 160%
Central Plateau (district 96)
Butlers Gorge 8.2 +0.7 14.5 15 Aug 1.2 +1.4 −6.6 8 Jul 732.8 510.9 very high 143%
Lake St Clair National Park 7.7 −0.1 13.8 15 Aug 0.8 +0.7 −5.5 8 Jul 871.6 625.1 very high 139%
Liawenee 6.2   11.6 20 Aug −0.7   −8.6 17 Jul 560.2
West Coast (district 97)
Hartz Mountain 6.1 −0.4 14.5 15 Aug 1.8 +0.2 −2.2 10 Jun 554.0
Scotts Peak Dam 9.4   17.0 19 Aug 3.9   −0.9 10 Jul 740.0
Strahan Aerodrome 12.9 +0.3 19.4 19 Aug 6.1 +0.7 −1.6 16 Jul 700.2 469.7 very high 149%
Strathgordon Village 9.8 +0.4 17.5 15 Aug 4.1 +0.7 −1.2 8 Jul 1046.1 778.8 very high 134%
Warra 8.8   16.2 15 Aug     −2.7 8 Jul
King Island (district 98)
King Island Airport 14.0 +0.5 18.2 15 Aug 8.2 +0.5 2.1 17 Jul 479.0 326.7 highest 147%
Flinders Island (district 99)
Flinders Island Airport 14.2 +0.6 19.0 6 Aug 7.6 +1.0 −1.4 7 Jul 345.4 231.7 very high 149%
Hogan Island 13.5   18.0 16 Aug 9.5   4.8 26 Aug 306.4
Antarctica and Macquarie Island (district 300)
Macquarie Island 4.9 −0.1 7.7 16 Aug 1.9 +0.3 −6.1 15 Jun 185.8 221.8 low 84%


Rainfall totals


Rainfall summary statistics for winter 2009
Total
for
winter 2009
Average Decile
for
winter 2009
Ranking
for
winter 2009
Rainy days
for
winter 2009
Northern (district 91)
Barrington Post Office 563.6 410.9 9 high 72
Bridport (Sea View Villas) 341.3 246.4 9 high 60
Burnie (Round Hill) 393.1 339.0 8 high 57
Cape Grim BAPS 441.2 278.5 H highest 80
Cressy Research Station 326.6 196.8 H highest 54
Deloraine Railway Bridge (Meander River) 660.6 285.5 H highest 55
Devonport Airport 301.2 265.3 7 average 59
Elliott Research Station 580.0 441.1 9 high 73
Forthside Research Station 413.2 338.9 8 high 46
Frankford (Rossville) 551.0 387.9 9 high 53
Irishtown 545.0 425.1 9 high 78
Latrobe (Coal Road) 433.4 347.6 8 high 54
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 334.7 228.4 10 very high 63
Lilydale Post Office 460.0 343.1 9 high 34
Lorinna 702.6 500.5 9 high 63
Low Head 319.8 222.3 8 high 49
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 748.8 543.4 H highest 82
Marrawah 533.6 393.3 10 very high 74
Meander (Meander River) 532.6 343.7 H highest 65
Quamby Bluff 767.8 570.6 9 high 60
Ringarooma (Fry Street) 647.0 434.6 10 very high 62
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 428.6 344.4 8 high 58
Smithton Aerodrome 433.6 327.1 8 high 77
Three Hummock Island 411.2 351.0 8 high 73
Ulverstone (Knights Road) 419.8 348.9 8 high 60
Westbury (Birralee Road) 410.7 265.0 10 very high 49
Wynyard Airport 461.6 355.6 9 high 62
Yolla (Sea View) 714.6 531.0 9 high 79
East Coast (district 92)
Avoca (Railway House) 288.6 152.0 10 very high 51
Bicheno (Council Depot) 318.7 164.5 10 very high 54
Copping 505.2 217.5 H highest 44
Eddystone Point 354.0 223.9 10 very high 60
Fingal (Legge Street) 313.6 179.5 10 very high 64
Gladstone (Old Post Office) 478.0 264.6 10 very high 53
Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) 549.2 242.6 10 very high 67
Lewis Hill (St Pauls River) 402.2 175.4 10 very high 63
Mathinna (South Esk River) 428.4 203.3 H highest 66
Nugent (Twilight Valley) 636.2 229.9 H highest 67
Orford (Aubin Court) 402.4 173.1 H highest 63
Scamander 339.1 169.7 10 very high 58
St Marys (Clive Street) 714.6 286.5 H highest 62
Swansea Post Office 251.0 149.3 9 very high 55
Tooms Lake (Tooms River) 450.6 167.8 10 very high 58
Upper Esk (South Esk River) 794.4 328.6 H highest 78
Midlands (district 93)
Campbell Town (Elizabeth R) 258.2 142.7 H highest 50
Llewellyn (South Esk River) 253.0 149.1 H highest 61
Oatlands Post Office 280.6 136.4 10 very high 51
Ross (Macquarie River) 237.4 120.6 H highest 53
Ross (The Boulevards) 249.4 128.3 H highest 56
Rotherwood 300.2 151.8 H highest 60
Tunbridge (Austin-Vale) 210.4 98.1 H highest 42
York Plains (Handroyd) 270.6 139.4 10 very high 47
Southeast (district 94)
Bagdad Post Office 294.9 140.3 10 very high 36
Bellerive (York Street) 253.6 117.7 H highest 58
Blackmans Bay Treatment Plant 293.6 156.2 H highest 46
Campania (Kincora) 241.0 130.8 H highest 61
Cape Bruny (Cape Bruny) 393.0 245.1 H highest 70
Cape Bruny Lighthouse 448.2 279.1 10 very high 68
Dover 432.6 255.2 10 very high 71
Eaglehawk Neck (Jetty Road) 424.6 265.3 10 very high 62
Fort Direction 237.8 133.0 10 very high 58
Geeveston (Cemetery Road) 440.4 266.3 H highest 72
Glenorchy (Glenorchy Reservoir) 358.8 217.9 10 very high 59
Grove (Comparison) 373.6 212.0 H highest 65
Hastings Chalet 646.8 425.8 10 very high 67
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 282.2 160.1 10 very high 59
Hobart Airport 233.6 122.6 H highest 55
Lunawanna 513.8 255.0 H highest 57
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 428.6 371.3 7 average 75
Mangalore (Mangalore Farm) 289.3 127.6 10 very high 56
Melton Mowbray (North Stockman) 200.6 116.4 H highest 57
Premaydena Hatchery 372.0 231.5 10 very high 58
Risdon Vale (Poplar Road) 326.4 130.0 H highest 63
Rokeby (Grange Road East) 278.4 130.9 H highest 64
Southport (Huon Highway) 601.0 323.5 H highest 68
Taroona (Taroona Crescent) 265.2 156.9 10 very high 57
Tea Tree (The Point) 289.4 132.0 H highest 59
Tunnack Fire Station 336.0 163.1 H highest 72
Woodbridge 420.6 255.3 10 very high 57
Yarlington (Blacks Pinnacle) 328.0 173.9 H highest 60
Derwent Valley (district 95)
Ashton (Ouse River) 204.2 132.0 8 high 63
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 219.2 151.4 9 very high 62
Maydena Post Office 504.7 363.4 9 high 70
Ouse Fire Station 244.0 168.4 9 high 61
Tarraleah Village 550.8 343.7 10 very high 75
Victoria Valley (Glenrowan) 439.2 230.8 10 very high 40
Central Plateau (district 96)
Bronte Heights 400.6 271.2 9 high 74
Butlers Gorge 732.8 510.9 9 very high 81
Derwent Bridge 670.6 443.5 9 high 80
Lake St Clair National Park 871.6 625.1 10 very high 78
Waddamana Field Study Centre 390.6 232.6 10 very high 35
West Coast (district 97)
Cape Sorell 498.0 450.1 7 average 71
Lake Margaret Power Station 1202.0 899.2 10 very high 46
Low Rocky Point 491.2 420.6 8 high 72
Queenstown (South Queenstown) 1061.2 779.9 9 high 71
Rosebery (Gepp Street) 928.2 686.0 9 high 65
Savage River Mine 913.2 665.5 10 very high 72
Strahan Aerodrome 700.2 469.7 10 very high 77
Strathgordon Village 1046.1 778.8 10 very high 88
Waratah (Mount Road) 1079.4 728.7 10 very high 66
Zeehan (West Coast Pioneers Museum) 1084.6 782.0 10 very high 69
King Island (district 98)
City of Melbourne Bay 522.2 392.5 9 high 74
King Island Airport 479.0 326.7 H highest 79
Naracoopa 465.6 365.1 9 high 76
Yambacoona 442.6 327.4 10 very high 85
Flinders Island (district 99)
Deal Island 391.5 229.2 10 very high 66
Flinders Island Airport 345.4 231.7 10 very high 67
Lady Barron (Franklin Parade) 381.4 235.8 10 very high 49
Memana (Babel Farm) 394.9 235.4 H highest 57
Antarctica and Macquarie Island (district 300)
Macquarie Island 185.8 221.8 3 low 77


Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Tuesday 1 September 2009. 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 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.

Further information

Ian Barnes-Keoghan
Meteorologist
Tasmania and Antarctica Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (03) 6221 2043
Email climate.tas@bom.gov.au