Tasmania in spring 2022: wet in the north and east

Spring rainfall was very much above average across the north and wettest on record for much of the east coast. Floods in northern Tasmania in October were the most significant in the region since June 2016. In contrast, rainfall was below average for the south-west of the state. Daytime and night-time temperatures were generally close to or slightly warmer than average.

Wet in the north and east

  • Spring rainfall for Tasmania was well above average, except in the south-west.
  • For the state as a whole, the total spring rainfall was 423.37 mm, 19.4% above the 1961–1990 average.
  • September rainfall was in the lowest 10% of September records for a large area of the west, while most of the East Coast district had rainfall in the highest 10% of September records.
  • Rainfall in October was more than double the monthly average across most of northern and eastern Tasmania, but below average in the south-west.
  • In November northern and eastern Tasmania had very much above average rainfall, while the south-west had close to the monthly average.
  • The wettest location was Gray (Dalmayne Rd) with 924.2 mm for the season.
  • The wettest day was 188.8 mm at Mount Barrow (South Barrow) to 9 am on 14 Oct.
  • A large number of sites had their highest spring daily rainfall on record.
  • Many sites also had their highest total spring rainfall on record and several sites had their highest total spring rainfall for at least 20 years.

Close to average temperatures

  • Temperatures were generally close to average across Tasmania during spring.
  • For the state as a whole, the mean temperature was 0.09 °C above the 1961–1990 average, while the mean maximum and minimum temperatures were 0.14 °C and 0.04 °C above average respectively.
  • September mean maximum temperatures were warmer than average across the north-west.
  • Overall, nights were well above average for October, except some cold nights at the start of the month.
  • Mean maximum and minimum temperatures were lower than average for November.
  • The hottest day was 30.4 °C at Scotts Peak Dam on 9 November, and the coldest day was -2.6 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) on 12 September.
  • The coldest night was -6.9 °C at Liawenee on 1 October.
  • Campania (Kincora) had its lowest spring mean daily maximum temperature on record and Bicheno (Council Depot) had its lowest spring mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years.

Hobart (Ellerslie Road)

  • Total rainfall for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 227.8 mm, which is 135% of the long-term average of 169.3 mm.
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 16.9 °C, which is 0.1 °C below the long-term average of 17.0 °C.
  • The warmest day was 28.1 °C on 10 November, and the coolest day was on 12 September when the temperature reached 10.1 °C.
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 8.3 °C, which is 0.4 °C above the long-term average of 7.9 °C.
  • The coldest morning was 2.6 °C on 2 September, and the warmest morning was on 11 November when the minimum temperature was 16.9 °C.

Floods across many catchments

  • Heavy rain in October and November caused repeated flooding, particularly in the north and east. Major flood warnings were issued for the Mersey, Meander, Macquarie, Ouse and North Esk Rivers, Moderate flood warnings for the South Esk and Jordan rivers, and Minor flood warnings for the Huon river.
  • There were snow falls to low elevations on a number of days in November with 15 cm of snow at Mount Mawson on the 21st.

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Extremes in spring 2022
Hottest day 30.4 °C at Scotts Peak Dam on 9 Nov
Warmest days on average 18.3 °C at Launceston (Ti Tree Bend)
Coolest days on average 7.0 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Coldest day -2.6 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) on 12 Sep
Coldest night -6.9 °C at Liawenee on 1 Oct
Coolest nights on average 0.5 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Warmest nights on average 10.5 °C at Swan Island
Warmest night 17.2 °C at Cape Sorell on 10 Nov
Warmest on average overall 13.3 °C at larapuna (Eddystone Point)
13.3 °C at Swan Island
Coolest on average overall 3.7 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Wettest overall 924.4 mm at Gray (Dalmayne Rd)
Wettest day 188.8 mm at Mount Barrow (South Barrow) on 14 Oct
Strongest wind gust 133 km/h at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) on 22 Nov

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 spring daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Lilydale Post Office 108.2 on 14 Oct 81.0 on 9 Oct 1992 118
Yolla (Sea View) 103.6 on 14 Oct 101.8 on 9 Oct 1992 116
Ringarooma (Main Street) 96.4 on 14 Oct 91.0 on 9 Oct 1992 113
Hillwood (Hillwoodville) 77.0 on 14 Oct 64.6 on 9 Oct 1992 93
Hampshire (Neena Road) 91.0 on 14 Oct 89.9 on 11 Nov 1924 86
Lorinna 101.0 on 14 Oct 85.9 on 12 Sep 1930 69
Kimberley (Siding) 86.0 on 14 Oct 75.6 on 23 Sep 1998 59
Parkham (Avenue Road) 82.2 on 14 Oct 77.6 on 9 Oct 1992 59
Musselboro (Elverton) 176.6 on 14 Oct 68.4 on 13 Sep 1974 55
Woodbury (Warringa Old Tier Road) 68.0 on 14 Oct 52.4 on 9 Nov 2013 50
Loongana (Serendipity) 144.4 on 14 Oct 90.0 on 9 Oct 1992 39
Three Hummock Island 82.4 on 18 Oct 54.4 on 9 Sep 2016 32
Deloraine Railway Bridge (Meander River) 71.0 on 14 Oct 61.8 on 5 Sep 2010 29
Meander (Meander River) 78.4 on 14 Oct 56.2 on 3 Nov 2005 29
Strathbridge (Meander River) 53.8 on 14 Oct 44.4 on 9 Nov 2013 29
Mount Barrow (South Barrow) 188.8 on 14 Oct 84.4 on 3 Nov 2000 28
Quamby Bluff 133.6 on 14 Oct 114.6 on 23 Sep 1998 28
Nunamara Offtake (St Patricks River) 156.0 on 14 Oct 66.2 on 8 Nov 2008 27
Upper Esk (South Esk River) 107.2 on 14 Oct 100.8 on 13 Nov 2016 27
Sheffield School Farm 112.8 on 14 Oct 76.5 on 23 Sep 1998 26
Targa (Mountain Views) 150.6 on 14 Oct 83.2 on 8 Nov 2008 26
Woodlea Nursery 133.5 on 14 Oct 104.6 on 23 Sep 1998 26
Scotts Peak Dam 68.2 on 15 Nov 62.4 on 27 Sep 2009 25
Upper Blessington 70.4 on 14 Oct 68.0 on 30 Sep 2016 24
Erriba (Jubb Road) 111.2 on 14 Oct 84.4 on 31 Oct 2010 23
Hadspen 61.0 on 14 Oct 50.0 on 13 Nov 2016 23
Liawenee 66.0 on 14 Oct 50.8 on 29 Oct 2021 22
Glengarry (Hundred Acre Wood) 68.6 on 14 Oct 46.6 on 9 Nov 2013 20
Railton (Dowbiggin Street) 87.4 on 14 Oct 65.0 on 31 Oct 2010 20
Tomahawk (Wyambi) 116.0 on 14 Oct 64.0 on 13 Nov 2016 20



Record highest spring total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Eaglehawk Neck (Jetty Road) 448.2 426.8 in 2021 103 212.2
Bicheno (Council Depot) 492.0 378.6 in 2009 95 164.3
Lewis Hill (St Pauls River) 301.0 300.8 in 1952 91 157.9
Bream Creek (Stroud) 367.4 355.9 in 1975 89 183.0
Orford (Aubin Court) 453.4 353.9 in 1976 69 181.9
Dunorlan (Sharmans Road) 449.6 399.0 in 2005 68 244.2
Pyengana (Forest Lodge Road) 643.8 605.6 in 2005 60 328.9
Tooms Lake (Tooms River) 358.6 350.6 in 2016 54 157.2
Loongana (Serendipity) 826.2 702.8 in 2016 30 453.3
Mount Victoria (Una Plain) 747.4 698.4 in 1974 29 421.7
Ross (The Boulevards) 298.2 242.2 in 2005 28 143.1
Golden Valley (Brodies Road) 459.2 381.2 in 1998 25 245.4
Deloraine Railway Bridge (Meander River) 392.6 374.2 in 2005 24 193.6
Meander (Meander River) 443.6 432.4 in 2005 24 247.3
Quamby Bluff 669.8 596.0 in 2005 24 345.5
Erriba (Jubb Road) 721.0 639.6 in 2005 23 389.3
Friendly Beaches 570.8 320.8 in 2001 23 183.8
Kimberley (Mersey River) 391.0 346.0 in 2001 22 206.2
Nunamara Offtake (St Patricks River) 521.8 380.0 in 2013 22 235.5
Sheffield School Farm 572.8 555.2 in 2005 21 283.3
St Helens Aerodrome 442.8 423.4 in 2013 21 210.2
Mount Morriston (Macquarie River) 282.4 232.6 in 2021 20 140.9
Ross (Macquarie River) 299.8 239.6 in 2005 20 143.4
Targa (Mountain Views) 675.2 477.0 in 2005 20 327.0
Upper Esk (South Esk River) 526.4 467.2 in 2000 20 278.0

Highest spring total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
spring
Yolla (Sea View) 654.8 661.3 in 1917* 368.0
York Plains (Handroyd) 266.8 270.9 in 1923 151.5
Lorinna 531.3 634.7 in 1928* 342.2
larapuna (Eddystone Point) 386.0 414.2 in 1976* 192.8
Marrawah 398.6 423.0 in 1979 263.3
Flinders Island Airport 240.8 279.6 in 1986* 176.8
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 370.0 447.0 in 1992* 246.4

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




Record lowest spring mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Campania (Kincora) 17.1 17.2 in 2021 22 18.4

Lowest spring mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
spring
Bicheno (Council Depot) 16.2 15.6 in 1992* 17.4

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




Summary statistics for spring 2022
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
spring
2022
Diff
from
average
Highest for
spring
2022
Mean for
spring
2022
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
spring
2022
Total for
spring
2022
Average
for
spring
Rank of
spring
2022
Fraction of
spring
average
Northern (district 91)
Cape Grim 14.0 -0.4 18.6 10 Nov 9.4 -0.2 3.4 13 Sep 295.2 216.2 high 137%
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 14.7 0.0 19.2 7 Nov 9.4 -0.1 3.6 13 Sep 255.2 199.2 high 128%
Devonport Airport 16.5 +0.4 21.9 30 Nov 7.8 +0.2 -0.2 13 Sep 273.4 193.7 high 141%
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 18.3 +0.1 26.9 9 Nov 7.3 +0.2 -1.0 13 Sep 225.6 167.9 high 134%
Launceston Airport 17.0 -0.7 26.3 9 Nov 5.5 -0.2 -2.1 13 Sep 197.4 154.0 high 128%
Low Head 15.9 +0.3 20.2 8 Nov 9.6 -0.2 2.5 13 Sep 262.6 163.5 v high 161%
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 15.2 +0.3 26.2 9 Nov 6.5 0.0 0.4 13 Sep 489.6 391.8 high 125%
Marrawah     22.3 8 Nov 8.4 +0.1 2.5 13 Sep 398.6 263.3 v high 151%
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 16.2 -0.3 25.0 9 Nov 6.6 +0.4 -0.6 13 Sep 370.0 246.4 v high 150%
Sheffield School Farm 15.2 -0.3 22.7 9 Nov 6.0 0.0 -1.2 13 Sep 572.8 283.3 highest 202%
Smithton Aerodrome 16.5 0.0 22.2 10 Nov 7.1 -0.2 -1.3 13 Sep 311.4 237.5 high 131%
Wynyard Airport 16.2 -0.1 23.6 11 Nov 7.2 +0.7 -1.5 13 Sep 379.2 257.2 v high 147%
East Coast (district 92)
Bicheno (Council Depot) 16.2 -1.2 21.5 31 Oct 9.0 +0.2 3.5 2 Nov 492.0 164.3 highest 299%
Fingal (Fleming St) 16.1   25.7 8 Nov 5.1   -2.0 1 Oct 344.2
Friendly Beaches 17.6 -0.8 25.3 11 Nov 8.3 -0.5 2.7 7 Sep 570.8 183.8 highest 311%
larapuna (Eddystone Point) 16.8 +0.5 23.7 6 Nov 9.7 +0.6 4.3 13 Sep 386.0 192.8 v high 200%
Maria Island (Point Lesueur) 15.3 -1.3 22.1 8 Nov 9.4 -0.2 5.2 14 Sep 301.6 150.7 v high 200%
St Helens Aerodrome 16.9 -0.8 24.3 6 Nov 8.4 +0.1 2.5 14 Sep 442.8 210.2 highest 211%
Swan Island 16.0 -0.2 21.0 26 Nov 10.5 0.0 3.2 13 Sep 199.6 156.8 average 127%
Swansea (Francis Street)     22.9 8 Nov 7.4 -0.3 1.2 1 Oct 376.8 170.9 v high 220%
Midlands (district 93)
Ross (The Boulevards) 16.4 -0.9 25.9 9 Nov 4.4 -0.8 -3.3 14 Sep 298.2 143.1 highest 208%
Southeast (district 94)
Campania (Kincora) 17.1 -1.3 27.7 8 Nov 6.1 -0.8 -1.1 14 Sep 215.2 139.8 high 154%
Cape Bruny (Cape Bruny) 15.4 -0.3 27.7 10 Nov 8.5 0.0 3.0 12 Sep 264.8 196.2 high 135%
Dennes Point 15.7 -1.0 23.4 10 Nov 8.7 -0.1 3.9 12 Sep 209.4 143.7 high 146%
Dover 16.0 -0.3 28.6 10 Nov 6.1 -0.4 0.0 2 Sep 271.4 239.3 average 113%
Dunalley (Stroud Point) 16.0 -1.1 23.4 10 Nov 8.9 -0.4 4.4 14 Sep 293.8 145.7 v high 202%
Grove (Research Station) 16.5 -0.8 27.9 10 Nov 5.2 -0.6 -2.4 14 Sep 220.2 201.5 average 109%
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 16.9 -0.1 28.1 10 Nov 8.3 +0.4 2.6 2 Sep 227.8 169.3 high 135%
Hobart Airport 16.6   27.1 8 Nov 7.7   0.7 14 Sep 187.4
kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) 7.0 -0.3 19.8 8 Nov 0.5 +0.1 -5.1 12 Sep 436.0 258.5 high 169%
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 13.3 0.0 26.8 10 Nov 8.4 +0.8 4.0 12 Sep 278.8 304.0 average 92%
Tasman Island 13.3 -0.6 20.4 31 Oct 8.1 +0.2 4.0 22 Nov
Tunnack Fire Station 14.0 -0.9 24.1 9 Nov 3.9 -0.7 -2.7 5 Oct 274.6 186.6 high 147%
Derwent Valley (district 95)
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 17.8 0.0 29.0 10 Nov 5.3 -0.5 -2.3 15 Sep 130.2 162.5 low 80%
Ouse Fire Station 17.3 -0.9 27.9 9 Nov 4.8 -0.7 -3.6 14 Sep 100.2 157.4 low 64%
Central Plateau (district 96)
Butlers Gorge 12.5 0.0 25.0 9 Nov 2.3 -0.2 -6.1 14 Sep 346.2 463.4 low 75%
Liawenee 11.0 -1.0 21.0 9 Nov 1.1 0.0 -6.9 1 Oct 339.4 245.9 high 138%
West Coast (district 97)
Cape Sorell 16.2 +1.7 27.8 9 Nov 9.4 +0.6 4.4 13 Sep 291.4 312.0 average 93%
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 10.4 -0.7 24.6 9 Nov 2.9 -0.1 -2.2 12 Sep 323.6 277.5 high 117%
Low Rocky Point 15.4 +0.1 28.6 10 Nov 8.5 0.0 2.8 5 Oct 287.4 328.1 average 88%
Mount Read 8.0 +0.1 21.1 9 Nov 1.6 0.0 -3.6 13 Sep 901.6 945.0 average 95%
Scotts Peak Dam 14.8 -0.3 30.4 9 Nov 5.3 -0.2 -0.5 14 Sep 492.6 490.3 average 100%
Strahan Aerodrome 16.6 +0.4 28.4 10 Nov 7.5 +0.1 -0.2 14 Sep 346.2 369.5 average 94%
Warra 12.9 -0.8 25.8 10 Nov 4.7 +0.1 -0.9 14 Sep 332.2 484.8 low 69%
King Island (district 98)
King Island Airport 16.3 +0.2 24.8 8 Nov 8.8 -0.4 2.1 14 Sep 294.6 214.7 v high 137%
Flinders Island (district 99)
Flinders Island Airport 16.7 -0.2 23.0 13 Nov 9.4 +0.5 0.0 13 Sep 240.8 176.8 v high 136%
Hogan Island 15.8 -0.7 22.0 7 Nov 10.2 -0.2 3.9 22 Nov 221.0 147.5 high 150%
Note: From 2017, information about Macquarie Island can be found in the climate summary for the Remote Islands and Antarctica

Notes

The Seasonal climate summary, usually published in the first week of the following month, lists 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. More extensive discussion of significant weather events, along with later information and data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 3 pm on Thursday 1 December 2022. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

In some situations, some or all of the rainfall is in the form of hail or snow. In these cases the totals given are for the water equivalent: the depth of liquid water that results from melting any frozen precipitation. There can be significant 'undercatch' of snow in strong winds, meaning the true precipitation can be higher than that reported.

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.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

Information about Australian Indigenous seasonal calendars is available at the Indigenous Weather Knowledge website.

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