Tasmania in spring 2016: wet and windy with cool days and mild nights

After a mild start, spring in Tasmania was dominated by wet weather, cool days and strong winds, in stark contrast to the warm and dry spring last year.

A wet and windy spring

Cool by day but mild by night

  • Cool days for most of the season after a relatively mild September, with the State average maximum temperature 0.04 °C above average, making it 1.31 °C cooler than the record-breaking spring 2015 and the coolest spring since 2003
  • Frequent strong winds contributed to generally mild nights, with the State mean minimum temperature 0.59 °C above average and a little warmer than spring 2015
  • Some sites dipped well below freezing, especially early in September, but some sites reached into the high 20s during November

Wet and mild in Hobart

  • Hobart's spring mean maximum temperature of 17.3 °C was 0.4 °C above the long-term average (but 1.5 °C cooler than the record warm spring last year) and included Tasmania's warmest day this spring of 29.6 °C on 17 November
  • Mostly mild nights in Hobart, with a mean minimum temperature 0.9 °C above average at 8.7 °C
  • Spring total rain of 242.8 mm in Hobart, much wetter than the long-term average of 168.5 mm and three times the amount received in spring 2015

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Extremes in spring 2016
Hottest day 29.6 °C at Hobart (Ellerslie Road) on 17 Nov
Warmest days on average 18.1 °C at Friendly Beaches
Coolest days on average 7.1 °C at Kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Coldest day -1.1 °C at Kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) on 12 Oct
Coldest night -6.8 °C at Liawenee on 2 Sep
Coolest nights on average 0.4 °C at Kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Warmest nights on average 10.4 °C at Swan Island)
Warmest night 17.5 °C at St Helens Aerodrome on 22 Nov
Warmest on average overall 13.5 °C at Bicheno (Council Depot) and Friendly Beaches
Coolest on average overall 3.8 °C at Kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Wettest overall 1352.2 mm at Mount Read
Wettest day 204.2 mm at Gray (Dalmayne Rd) on 13 Nov
Strongest wind gust 159 km/h at Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse on 5 Oct

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
Bothwell (Cluny) 56.4 on 30 Sep 50.4 on 21 Nov 1975 103
Gladstone (Old Post Office) 73.0 on 13 Nov 58.2 on 13 Sep 1974 80
Pyengana (Forest Lodge Road) 125.6 on 13 Nov 116.2 on 22 Oct 2005 55
Tomahawk (Carisbrooke) 81.0 on 13 Nov 51.1 on 17 Sep 1966 52
Tooms Lake (Tooms River) 80.6 on 30 Sep 50.4 on 12 Sep 2005 43
Surprise Bay 63.0 on 9 Sep 48.3 on 30 Nov 1933 33
Deviot Jetty 83.6 on 13 Nov 61.8 on 9 Oct 1992 29
Three Hummock Island 54.4 on 9 Sep 48.0 on 3 Nov 2005 26
Mount Seymour 56.0 on 30 Sep 45.4 on 14 Nov 2013 24
Bridport (Sea View Villas) 76.0 on 13 Nov 39.0 on 11 Oct 1999 23
Llewellyn (South Esk River) 57.0 on 30 Sep 52.0 on 12 Sep 2005 23
Cradle Mountain Visitors Centre 100.4 on 1 Oct 69.8 on 30 Sep 2007 22
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 64.6 on 9 Sep 51.0 on 23 Sep 1998 22
Mathinna (South Esk River) 92.2 on 13 Nov 56.8 on 22 Oct 2005 22
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 51.6 on 30 Sep 39.8 on 5 Sep 2010 21
Melton Mowbray (North Stockman) 34.0 on 30 Sep 31.0 on 28 Nov 2010 21
Molesworth (Glen Dhu Road) 56.0 on 30 Sep 42.0 on 27 Sep 2009 21
Mount Read 113.2 on 1 Oct 104.6 on 15 Oct 2007 21
Upper Esk (South Esk River) 100.8 on 13 Nov 59.8 on 22 Oct 2005 21
Low Head 66.4 on 13 Nov 36.0 on 23 Sep 1998 20
Smithton Aerodrome 55.0 on 9 Sep 45.4 on 31 Oct 2010 20
Tunbridge (Austin-Vale) 42.0 on 30 Sep 31.8 on 23 Sep 1998 20



Record highest spring total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Burnie (Round Hill) 410.1 406.6 in 1979 71 244.7
Tooms Lake (Tooms River) 350.6 310.0 in 2001 48 152.0
Loongana (Serendipity) 702.8 624.0 in 1988 25 450.0
Three Hummock Island 385.8 297.5 in 1952 24 208.7
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 623.6 541.6 in 1998 21 399.0
Smithton Aerodrome 365.4 356.4 in 2005 20 237.2

Highest spring total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
spring
Lorinna 539.0 634.7 in 1928* 346.0
Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) 387.6 435.7 in 1975* 209.3
Wynyard Airport 429.8 440.1 in 1952* 260.4
Savage River Mine 683.5 702.1 in 1971* 498.6
Lymington (Fattys Lane) 320.4 344.4 in 1988* 211.9
Frankford (Rossville) 350.6 369.8 in 1992* 252.5

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




Record lowest spring temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 3.0 on 13 Sep = 3.0 on 4 Sep 1993 24 9.5



Highest spring mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
spring
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 6.5 6.6 in 1988 5.8
Butlers Gorge 3.2 3.4 in 1975* 2.5

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



Macquarie Island, 1500 km southeast of Hobart but part of Tasmania, had a warm spring, as the tables below show.

Record highest spring mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Macquarie Island 7.1 6.8 in 1999 68 5.9

Record highest spring daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Macquarie Island 7.2 on 31 Oct 7.1 on 27 Nov 2001 69 2.1

Record highest spring mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Macquarie Island 3.4 3.2 in 1999 68 2.1

Lowest spring mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
spring
Burnie (Round Hill) 7.7 7.4 in 1994 8.2

Record highest spring mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Macquarie Island 5.2 5.0 in 1999 68 4.0



Summary statistics for spring 2016
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
spring
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
spring
2016
Mean for
spring
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
spring
2016
Total for
spring
2016
Average
for
spring
Rank of
spring
2016
Fraction of
spring
average
Northern (district 91)
Bridport (Sea View Villas) 16.5 -0.1 26.0 21 Nov     2.0 20 Sep 265.8 178.4 v high 149%
Burnie (Round Hill) 16.3 +0.2 24.0 27 Nov 7.7 -0.5 2.3 12 Sep 410.1 244.7 highest 168%
Cape Grim 13.9   20.6 21 Nov 9.3   3.1 13 Sep 320.6
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 14.5 -0.1 20.7 21 Nov 9.3 -0.2 3.0 13 Sep 295.8 192.6 v high 154%
Cressy Research Station 16.7 -0.8 24.4 21 Nov 6.2 +0.7 -1.4 13 Oct 253.0 168.4 high 150%
Devonport Airport 16.2 +0.2 24.0 21 Nov 7.9 +0.4 1.5 23 Oct 295.5 195.6 v high 151%
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 17.8 -0.3 26.4 21 Nov 7.9 +0.8 0.3 13 Oct 198.2 167.5 high 118%
Launceston Airport 16.9 -0.8 25.6 21 Nov 5.8 +0.1 -1.4 13 Oct 196.8 156.6 high 126%
Low Head 15.4 -0.2 23.2 21 Nov 9.9 +0.1 3.9 13 Oct 233.8 162.3 high 144%
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 14.0 -0.9 24.6 21 Nov 6.5 +0.1 1.7 12 Sep 623.6 399.0 highest 156%
Marrawah 14.9 -0.2 23.0 21 Nov 8.5 +0.2 2.5 13 Sep 363.4 260.7 high 139%
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 16.0 -0.5 26.0 21 Nov 6.6 +0.5 0.2 13 Oct 310.4 247.3 high 126%
Sheffield School Farm 14.9 -0.6 23.1 21 Nov 5.9 -0.1 0.1 13 Oct
Smithton Aerodrome 16.1 -0.4 24.0 21 Nov 7.5 +0.3 0.6 13 Oct 365.4 237.2 highest 154%
Wynyard Airport 16.6 +0.3 23.6 27 Nov 7.1 +0.7 0.0 13 Oct 429.8 260.4 v high 165%
East Coast (district 92)
Bicheno (Council Depot) 17.6 +0.2 24.1 17 Nov 9.3 +0.6 4.8 16 Sep 247.8 159.8 high 155%
Fingal (Legge Street) 16.9 -0.6 28.1 21 Nov 5.5 +0.4 -1.4 19 Oct 273.2 149.7 v high 182%
Friendly Beaches 18.1 -0.2 27.4 17 Nov 9.0 +0.2 3.8 19 Oct 285.8 157.4 high 182%
Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) 13.4 -0.3 25.6 21 Nov 4.5 +0.8 -3.7 13 Oct 387.6 209.3 v high 185%
Larapuna (Eddystone Point) 17.1 +0.9 23.2 17 Nov 9.5 +0.4 3.7 11 Oct 219.0 192.8 high 114%
Maria Island (Point Lesueur) 16.0 -0.7 22.2 30 Oct 9.7 +0.1 5.5 13 Oct 184.6 139.5 high 132%
Orford (Aubin Court) 17.4 +0.1 26.1 17 Nov 7.9 +0.6 2.9 12 Sep 267.1 176.5 high 151%
St Helens Aerodrome 17.8 +0.1 29.2 21 Nov 8.4 +0.1 2.7 19 Oct 288.4 207.5 high 139%
Swan Island 15.8 -0.4 21.5 21 Nov 10.4 0.0 4.8 13 Oct 253.8 171.3 high 148%
Swansea (Francis Street) 17.2   25.7 17 Nov 8.2   2.1 2 Sep 263.4
Midlands (district 93)
Ross (The Boulevards) 16.7 -0.5 25.0 21 Nov 6.0 +0.8 -2.7 13 Oct 199.2 142.0 high 140%
Southeast (district 94)
Campania (Kincora) 17.4 -0.9 27.5 17 Nov 7.4 +0.5 0.1 13 Oct 216.2 137.3 high 157%
Cape Bruny (Cape Bruny) 15.8 +0.2 27.7 21 Nov 8.4 0.0 3.6 13 Sep 198.4 198.1 average 100%
Cape Bruny Lighthouse 15.2 +0.8 26.8 17 Nov 8.8 +0.8 4.0 13 Sep 196.0 239.2 low 82%
Dennes Point 16.2   28.1 17 Nov 8.9   4.4 13 Sep 161.6
Dover 16.6 +0.4 29.1 17 Nov 6.7 +0.3 -0.2 13 Sep 264.6 239.0 average 111%
Dunalley (Stroud Point) 16.8   27.2 17 Nov 9.2   5.1 11 Oct 157.4
Grove (Research Station) 16.8 -0.5 28.5 17 Nov 6.3 +0.6 -0.6 12 Sep 289.0 205.1 high 141%
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 17.3 +0.4 29.6 17 Nov 8.7 +0.9 3.6 12 Sep 242.8 169.0 high 144%
Hobart Airport 17.2 -0.1 27.7 21 Nov 8.5 +0.9 1.9 14 Sep 165.8 132.1 high 126%
Kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) 7.1 -0.1 19.3 17 Nov 0.4 +0.1 -4.3 11 Oct 464.4 251.9 high 184%
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 13.2 -0.1 24.4 17 Nov 8.1 +0.5 4.5 13 Sep 319.0 306.3 average 104%
Melton Mowbray (North Stockman) 16.4 -0.7 27.6 21 Nov 6.2 +0.4 0.1 2 Sep 161.2 132.9 average 121%
Tasman Island 13.7 -0.2 23.9 21 Nov 7.9 +0.1 3.3 13 Oct 143.2 199.5 low 72%
Tunnack Fire Station 14.2 -0.6 22.4 20 Nov 5.1 +0.5 -2.3 12 Sep 238.6 181.0 average 132%
Derwent Valley (district 95)
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 17.8 +0.1 29.3 17 Nov 6.5 +0.7 -0.3 7 Sep 177.0 163.4 average 108%
Maydena Post Office 15.3 -0.5 27.7 17 Nov 5.4 +0.5 -1.0 13 Sep 452.3 345.3 high 131%
Ouse Fire Station 17.3 -0.9 28.3 21 Nov 6.3 +0.8 -0.4 27 Sep 237.6 161.9 high 147%
Central Plateau (district 96)
Butlers Gorge 12.3 -0.1 23.9 20 Nov 3.2 +0.7 -3.0 20 Sep 590.0 467.6 high 126%
Liawenee 11.1 -0.9 22.3 20 Nov 1.2 +0.2 -6.8 2 Sep 404.4 249.9 v high 162%
West Coast (district 97)
Cape Sorell 15.5 +1.1 22.3 17 Nov 9.2 +0.5 4.4 13 Sep 342.0 316.0 average 108%
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 10.5 -0.6 24.3 21 Nov 2.8 -0.1 -1.6 13 Sep 400.2 268.2 v high 149%
Low Rocky Point 15.1   24.9 21 Nov 8.4   1.7 13 Sep 395.2 332.0 high 119%
Mount Read 7.2 -0.7 18.7 17 Nov 1.3 -0.3 -3.0 23 Oct 1352.2 977.8 v high 138%
Scotts Peak Dam 14.8 -0.2 26.6 17 Nov 5.4 -0.1 -1.1 13 Sep 569.6 496.7 average 115%
Strahan Aerodrome 16.1 0.0 28.2 17 Nov 7.8 +0.5 -0.5 13 Sep 524.0 372.2 v high 141%
Warra 12.9 -0.8 25.4 21 Nov 4.4 -0.2 -2.8 13 Sep 589.6 520.4 high 113%
King Island (district 98)
King Island Airport 15.7 -0.3 27.3 17 Nov 9.2 +0.1 2.7 28 Oct 264.0 215.1 high 123%
Flinders Island (district 99)
Flinders Island Airport 16.8 -0.1 29.2 21 Nov 9.4 +0.6 -0.5 13 Oct 223.6 177.8 high 126%
Hogan Island 16.0 -0.5 29.3 21 Nov 9.9 -0.6 3.9 5 Oct 151.0 145.3 average 104%
Antarctica and Macquarie Island (district 300)
Macquarie Island 7.1 +1.2 9.7 8 Nov 3.4 +1.3 -1.4 17 Oct 251.2 226.3 average 111%

Notes

The Seasonal climate summary, generally published on the first working day of each 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 11 am on Thursday 1 December 2016. 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.

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

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