Tasmania in winter 2014: mild and dry overall

Despite cool periods scattered through the season, maximum temperatures were generally well above the winter average across Tasmania. Minimum temperatures were nearer average overall but still slightly above the winter average in most parts. Rainfall was generally below average for the season, especially about the north and west of the State.

Winter began with unseaonably mild temperatures, especially about the north where several sites reported their highest winter temperature or highest winter minimum temperature on record. These generally mild conditions continued for much of the first half of the season, with only a few cold fronts bringing cooler temperatures along with rainy conditions and highland snow.

A strong and gusty west to northwesterly flow, with embedded cold fronts, impacted Tasmania towards the end of July. A cluster of thunderstorms caused wind damage in the northwest on the 28th, while the embedded cold fronts crossing the State brought exceptional winds to many areas on the last three days of the month and caused widespread damage about the northern, western and southern districts. Gusts to 174 km/h were reported at Maatsuyker Island and well over 100 km/h at many other sites. There was also heavy rain near the end of July, causing flooding in several rivers. A significant cold front then crossed on 1 August as a low passed close to the south of the State, with snowfalls to around 200 m reported behind this change.

The remainder of the season was exceptionally dry with only two subsequent rain events for the season as a cold front crossed on 10 August and a low passed to the north on 24 August. Between these systems, the second half of winter was dominated by high pressure systems with generally clear skies and light winds. This resulted in above average maximum temperatures, below average overnight minimums with several frosty mornings, and generally dry conditions. It was an especially dry end to winter about the southeast; Hobart reported only 0.4 mm since 12 August.

  • a very mild start to the season
  • strong and gusty winds, heavy rain and snow during late July and early August
  • mild and very dry end to winter

Separate summaries have also been prepared for June, July and August 2014.

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Extremes in winter 2014
Hottest day 20.6 °C at Low Rocky Point on 23 Aug
Warmest days on average 15.4 °C at Bicheno (Council Depot)
Coolest days on average 4.7 °C at Mount Wellington
Coldest day -3.0 °C at Mount Wellington on 10 Aug
Coldest night -8.7 °C at Liawenee on 9 Jun
Coolest nights on average -1.0 °C at Liawenee
Warmest nights on average 9.8 °C at Hogan Island
Warmest night 15.2 °C at Swan Island on 2 Jun
Warmest on average overall 11.9 °C at Hogan Island
Coolest on average overall 2.4 °C at Mount Wellington
Wettest overall 669.1 mm at Zeehan (West Coast Pioneers Museum)
Driest overall 82.2 mm at Fosterville
Wettest day 111.0 mm at Lake Margaret Dam on 26 Jun
Highest wind gust 174 km/h at Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse on 29 Jul

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 winter daily rainfall
Highest daily rainfall
in winter 2014 (mm)
Previous wettest
for winter
Years of
record
Windermere (Acacia House) 81.8 on 29 Jul 67.2 on 31 Aug 1980 75
Strathgordon (Gordon Power Station) 102.2 on 31 Jul =102.2 on 10 Aug 2007 43
Maydena Post Office 53.6 on 31 Jul 52.0 on 25 Aug 2003 22



Lowest total winter rainfall for at least 20 years
Total rainfall
for winter 2014 (mm)
Most recent winter
at least this dry
Years since
drier
Average for
winter
Ringarooma (Charles Street) 228.0 187.0 in 1982* 31 433.8

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




Record highest winter temperature
Highest temperature
in winter 2014 (°C)
Previous warmest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Burnie (Round Hill) 18.9 on 3 Jun = 18.9 on 24 Aug 2005 50 13.1
Marrawah 18.6 on 2 Jun 18.3 on 31 Aug 1999 44 12.6
Wynyard Airport 19.6 on 3 Jun 19.3 on 4 Aug 2000 28 13.1



Record highest winter mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for winter 2014 (°C)
Previous warmest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Cape Bruny Lighthouse 13.1 12.9 in 1988 90 11.6
Cape Sorell 13.8 13.3 in 2013 74 12.0
Larapuna (Eddystone Point) 15.1 15.0 in 2001 56 13.5
Butlers Gorge 9.5 8.9 in 1967 52 7.6
Flinders Island Airport 14.9 = 14.9 in 1988 52 13.7
Mount Wellington 4.7 4.4 in 1999 33 2.9
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 14.2 13.8 in 2013 30 13.2
Wynyard Airport 14.0 13.9 in 2005 27 13.1
Geeveston (Cemetery Road) 13.6 13.4 in 1993 26 12.5
Dover 13.6 = 13.6 in 2005 24 12.7
Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) 10.0 = 10.0 in 2005 24 9.0
Devonport Airport 14.0 13.7 in 2005 22 13.1
Lake St Clair National Park 8.9 = 8.9 in 1999 21 7.7
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 13.6 13.4 in 2013 20 12.8

Highest winter mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for winter 2014 (°C)
Most recent winter
at least this warm
Years since
warmer
Average for
winter
Burnie (Round Hill) 14.2 14.3 in 1988 26 13.1
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 12.3 12.4 in 1988 26 11.2
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 13.8 =13.8 in 1993 21 12.2



Record highest winter daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in winter 2014 (°C)
Previous warmest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Larapuna (Eddystone Point) 15.1 on 2 Jun 15.0 on 5 Jun 1974 57 7.4
Wynyard Airport 13.8 on 2 Jun 13.7 on 11 Jun 2005 28 3.9
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 13.2 on 2 Jun = 13.2 on 1 Jun 2013 22 8.4
King Island Airport 14.5 on 2 Jun 14.4 on 29 Aug 2005 20 7.8



Record highest winter mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for winter 2014 (°C)
Previous warmest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 8.3 8.2 in 1988 77 6.8
Cape Sorell 8.5 = 8.5 in 1926 73 7.3
Bicheno (Council Depot) 7.3 = 7.3 in 2013 39 6.4
Mount Wellington 0.1 -0.2 in 1999 33 -1.3

Highest winter mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for winter 2014 (°C)
Most recent winter
at least this warm
Years since
warmer
Average for
winter
Macquarie Island 2.4 =2.4 in 1989 25 1.6



Record highest winter mean temperature
Mean daily
temperature
for winter 2014 (°C)
Previous warmest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 10.3 = 10.3 in 1988 77 9.0
Cape Sorell 11.2 10.9 in 2013 73 9.7
Butlers Gorge 5.0 4.8 in 2011 51 3.8
Bicheno (Council Depot) 11.3 = 11.3 in 1988 39 10.4
Mount Wellington 2.4 2.1 in 1999 33 0.8
Wynyard Airport 9.4 9.3 in 2009 27 8.5
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 11.3 = 11.3 in 2002 20 10.6

Highest winter mean temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily
temperature
for winter 2014 (°C)
Most recent winter
at least this warm
Years since
warmer
Average for
winter
Macquarie Island 4.0 4.1 in 1989 25 3.3



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
Northern (district 91)
Burnie (Round Hill) 14.2 +1.1 18.9 3 Jun 7.9 +1.6 1.9 11 Aug 237.0 338.2 low 70%
Burnie NTC AWS 13.4   18.1 3 Jun 8.6   3.8 11 Aug
Cape Grim 13.4   16.9 2 Jun 9.0   2.3 2 Aug 264.8
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 13.6 +0.8 16.7 2 Jun 9.0 +0.6 3.0 2 Aug 267.6 288.4 average 93%
Cressy Research Station 12.9 +0.5 17.0 26 Aug 1.6 -0.4 -4.8 12 Aug 151.4 195.0 low 78%
Devonport Airport 14.0 +0.9 18.2 2 Jun 5.5 +0.6 -0.8 12 Aug 209.2 264.7 low 79%
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 14.2 +1.0 18.4 26 Aug 2.8 -0.2 -2.4 12 Aug 205.9 232.9 average 88%
Launceston Airport 13.0   17.6 27 Aug 2.5   -3.2 12 Aug 172.8 207.3 average 83%
Low Head 13.8 +0.7 17.5 1 Jun 7.4 +0.2 2.6 12 Aug 183.4 228.4 low 80%
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 11.8 +0.8 18.1 3 Jun 5.9 +0.7 0.0 11 Aug 457.2 557.2 low 82%
Marrawah     18.6 2 Jun 7.9 +0.8 2.0 2 Aug 307.4 393.5 low 78%
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 13.2 +0.8 18.2 3 Jun 4.7 +0.8 -2.0 30 Jun 229.0 342.7 v low 67%
Sheffield School Farm 11.9 +0.5 16.8 3 Jun 4.2 +0.5 -1.2 12 Aug 325.4 375.0 low 87%
Smithton Aerodrome 14.3 +0.8 18.3 2 Jun 5.6 +0.6 -0.4 22 Jul 264.8 328.7 low 81%
Wynyard Airport 14.0 +0.9 19.6 3 Jun 4.8 +0.9 -2.4 12 Aug 255.8 356.7 low 72%
East Coast (district 92)
Bicheno (Council Depot) 15.4 +1.0 18.4 4 Jun 7.3 +0.9 3.0 13 Jul 182.4 163.9 average 111%
Fingal (Legge Street) 13.4 +0.7 18.3 31 Aug 1.0 0.0 -4.9 12 Aug 170.6 180.8 average 94%
Friendly Beaches 14.8 +0.6 19.9 31 Aug 6.2 +0.1 1.0 22 Jul 198.0 154.4 high 128%
Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) 10.0 +1.0 15.0 26 Aug 0.4 -0.2 -6.1 12 Aug 170.2 242.0 low 70%
Larapuna (Eddystone Point) 15.1 +1.6 18.8 1 Jun 8.4 +1.0 2.1 11 Aug 163.4 222.2 low 74%
Maria Island (Point Lesueur) 13.7 +0.6 17.8 31 Aug 8.3 +0.7 3.4 11 Aug 126.4 123.9 average 102%
Orford (Aubin Court) 13.9 +0.4 19.7 27 Aug 4.6 +0.6 -0.8 24 Jul 163.9 171.5 average 96%
Spring Bay NTC AWS 14.3   18.0 31 Aug 6.8   1.6 3 Aug
St Helens Aerodrome 14.7 +0.8 18.8 1 Jun 5.5 +0.2 0.2 12 Aug 130.0 172.0 average 76%
Swan Island 14.4 +0.8 17.1 27 Aug 9.1 +0.4 3.2 12 Aug 213.0 190.9 high 112%
Swansea (Francis Street) 14.5   20.0 31 Aug 4.5   -1.0 3 Aug 115.1
Midlands (district 93)
Ross (The Boulevards) 12.6 +0.8 16.9 26 Aug     -6.1 12 Aug 111.0 127.4 average 87%
Southeast (district 94)
Campania (Kincora) 14.1 +0.4 19.8 26 Aug 3.7 0.0 -1.7 9 Jun 112.0 127.5 average 88%
Cape Bruny (Cape Bruny) 13.3 +0.9 18.1 27 Aug 7.5 +0.7 3.4 11 Aug 209.0 239.5 average 87%
Cape Bruny Lighthouse 13.1 +1.5 17.4 31 Aug 7.3 +0.9 0.8 1 Aug 216.8 277.9 low 78%
Dennes Point 13.4   18.2 27 Aug 6.8   2.2 3 Aug 138.0
Dover 13.6 +0.9 19.2 31 Aug 3.7 -0.1 -0.4 9 Jun 277.0 256.0 average 108%
Dunalley (Stroud Point) 13.6   18.8 31 Aug 7.0   2.6 9 Jun 161.8
Geeveston (Cemetery Road) 13.6 +1.1 20.4 27 Aug 2.9 +0.4 -1.7 21 Jul 282.2 270.3 average 104%
Grove (Research Station) 13.5 +0.8 19.6 27 Aug 2.6 +0.4 -2.4 19 Aug 226.9 206.3 average 110%
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 13.8 +1.6 19.9 27 Aug 5.9 +0.9 1.2 9 Jun 162.6 160.0 average 102%
Hobart Airport 14.0 +1.0 20.0 27 Aug 4.9 +0.4 0.5 9 Jun 145.4 123.3 average 118%
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 12.3 +1.1 17.5 23 Aug 8.3 +1.5 3.1 11 Aug 335.6 370.3 average 91%
Melton Mowbray (North Stockman) 12.6 +0.6 18.6 31 Aug 2.0 -0.3 -4.9 9 Jun 123.0 119.9 average 103%
Mount Wellington 4.7 +1.8 12.8 27 Aug 0.1 +1.4 -5.8 11 Aug
Tasman Island 11.8 +0.6 15.8 31 Aug 7.6 +0.8 1.9 11 Aug 230.4 217.7 high 106%
Tunnack Fire Station 10.8 +0.8 15.4 26 Aug 1.7 -0.3 -4.2 21 Aug 132.4 171.7 average 77%
Derwent Valley (district 95)
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 13.1 +1.3 19.6 27 Aug 2.3 +0.4 -2.4 9 Jun 157.6 151.6 average 104%
Maydena Post Office 11.8 +0.7 18.8 27 Aug 3.1 +0.7 -1.0 22 Jul 293.7 360.7 average 81%
Ouse Fire Station 12.9 +0.5 18.7 30 Aug 1.5 -0.1 -4.1 19 Aug 163.6 159.6 average 103%
Central Plateau (district 96)
Butlers Gorge 9.5 +1.9 16.3 27 Aug 0.5 +0.5 -4.3 23 Aug 383.4 508.0 low 75%
Lake St Clair National Park 8.9 +1.2 14.9 29 Aug 0.3 +0.1 -3.9 9 Jun 473.0 615.7 low 77%
Liawenee 7.3 +1.1 12.9 29 Aug -1.0 +0.2 -8.7 9 Jun 293.2 364.1 low 81%
West Coast (district 97)
Cape Sorell 13.8 +1.8 18.3 30 Aug 8.5 +1.2 3.8 2 Aug 323.8 447.8 low 72%
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 7.8 +1.3 16.0 26 Aug 2.6 +0.9 -2.6 2 Aug
Low Rocky Point 13.6   20.6 23 Aug 7.5   3.8 11 Aug 400.2 423.0 average 95%
Mount Read 5.1 +1.0 11.1 27 Aug 1.1 +0.7 -3.9 11 Aug
Scotts Peak Dam 11.1 +1.4 19.5 27 Aug 4.1 +0.5 0.0 1 Aug 442.6 601.4 v low 74%
Strahan Aerodrome 12.9 +0.3 18.4 27 Aug 4.9 -0.6 -2.0 18 Aug 439.0 504.5 average 87%
Warra 10.1   16.4 27 Aug 3.3   -2.0 9 Jun 388.8
King Island (district 98)
King Island Airport 14.2 +0.6 19.5 31 Aug 8.5 +0.7 2.5 23 Jul 309.8 327.8 average 95%
Flinders Island (district 99)
Flinders Island Airport 14.9 +1.2 19.1 1 Jun 7.0 +0.4 -1.3 12 Aug 156.1 230.2 low 68%
Hogan Island 14.0   17.0 31 Aug 9.8   2.6 1 Aug 167.4 211.9 v low 79%
Antarctica and Macquarie Island (district 300)
Macquarie Island 5.6 +0.6 7.5 10 Jul 2.4 +0.8 -3.3 7 Aug 220.0 223.6 average 98%

Notes

A Seasonal Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Tasmania 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 9 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 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.

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