Tasmania in winter 2016: a wet, windy and mild season

Winter was generally wet, mild and windy in Tasmania, with June and July especially wet. Exceptionally heavy rain in June caused flooding and broke numerous rainfall records.

A wet winter

A mild winter

  • Temperatures were above average overall across the State, with the mean minimum temperature the fourth-warmest winter on record
  • At the same time as the heavy rain in early June, many sites in the east had their warmest winter night on record
  • June and July were generally mild, but August temperatures were close to average for most of the State

Strong winds and snow

  • Strong and gusty westerly winds were prevalent with damaging gusts well in excess of 100 km/h recorded on several days, especially in June and July
  • Cold outbreaks brought snow to low levels on a few occasions, most notably during July

A mild, wet winter in Hobart

  • Daytime and overnight temperatures were over one degree warmer than the winter long-term average in Hobart, with June and July especially mild
  • Hobart's winter rainfall of 210 mm was above the long-term average of 160 mm, but only 16 mm of this fell in August
  • There were four winter days with gusts over 100 km/h at the observing site in Battery Point, all of them during July

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Extremes in winter 2016
Hottest day 20.0 °C at Swansea (Francis Street) on 19 Aug
Warmest days on average 14.8 °C at Bicheno (Council Depot)
Coolest days on average 3.8 °C at Kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Coldest day -3.6 °C at Kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) on 23 Jul
Coldest night -9.0 °C at Liawenee on 1 Jun
Coolest nights on average -1.1 °C at Liawenee
Warmest nights on average 9.3 °C at Swan Island
Warmest night 15.9 °C at Flinders Island Airport on 5 Jun
Warmest on average overall 11.5 °C at Swan Island
Coolest on average overall 1.4 °C at Kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Wettest overall 1266.6 mm at Lake Margaret Power Station
Driest overall 142.4 mm at Bothwell (Clyde River)
Wettest day 248.0 mm at Loongana (Serendipity) on 6 Jun
Strongest wind gust 165 km/h at Kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) on 14 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
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Frankford (Rossville) 143.0 on 6 Jun 103.2 on 12 Jul 2009 117
Yolla (Sea View) 248.0 on 6 Jun 119.4 on 12 Jul 2009 110
Oatlands Post Office 77.4 on 6 Jun 54.0 on 2 Jun 1981 109
Ulverstone (Knights Road) 113.4 on 6 Jun 89.0 on 5 Jul 1974 109
Latrobe (Coal Hill Road) 104.0 on 6 Jun 89.4 on 13 Jun 1889 108
Ringarooma (Main Street) 118.0 on 6 Jun 85.1 on 17 Jun 1962 108
Wilmot (Back Road) 180.0 on 6 Jun 83.2 on 6 Jul 1998 107
Mathinna (Fingal Road) 220.0 on 6 Jun 133.1 on 5 Jun 1923 106
Miena Dam 73.6 on 6 Jun =73.6 on 12 Aug 2010 95
Connorville (Lake River) 82.0 on 6 Jun 68.0 on 31 Aug 2005 93
Selbourne (Kirnbrae) 105.0 on 6 Jun 84.6 on 5 Aug 1936 92
Renison Bell 115.4 on 6 Jun 99.1 on 12 Jul 1970 90
Hampshire (Neena Road) 174.6 on 6 Jun 102.0 on 12 Jul 2009 81
Windermere (Acacia House) 82.6 on 6 Jun 67.2 on 31 Aug 1980 77
Dunorlan (Sharmans Road) 124.2 on 6 Jun 86.6 on 31 Aug 2005 66
Lorinna 243.6 on 6 Jun 114.6 on 14 Aug 1962 63
South Mount Cameron (Gladstone Road) 105.8 on 6 Jun 90.7 on 23 Aug 1971 58
Waterhouse(Barooga) 78.0 on 6 Jun 72.0 on 5 Jul 1982 58
Pyengana (Forest Lodge Road) 211.0 on 6 Jun 135.6 on 11 Aug 2010 55
Whitemark Post Office 104.2 on 6 Jun 77.7 on 5 Jul 1963 55
Devonport Airport 90.6 on 6 Jun 77.0 on 25 Aug 1970 54
Western Creek (Somer Hill) 147.0 on 6 Jun 76.2 on 12 Jul 2009 53
Blackwood Creek (Kopanica) 121.0 on 6 Jun 104.4 on 3 Aug 1969 52
Parkham (Avenue Road) 116.0 on 6 Jun 86.0 on 21 Jul 2000 52
Tomahawk (Carisbrooke) 64.0 on 6 Jun 56.4 on 20 Aug 1967 52
Barrington Post Office 164.6 on 6 Jun 99.0 on 12 Jul 2009 51
Savage River Mine 88.2 on 6 Jun 59.0 on 25 Aug 2003 51
Weetah (Weetah Road) 132.8 on 6 Jun 92.8 on 14 Jun 1988 51
East Sassafras (Elphin Grove) 119.4 on 6 Jun 75.0 on 18 Jul 1974 49
Zeehan (West Coast Pioneers Museum) 119.4 on 6 Jun 73.4 on 15 Jun 1994 48
Wynyard Airport 127.6 on 6 Jun 91.0 on 21 Jul 2000 45
King Island Airport 52.2 on 24 Jun 50.0 on 30 Jun 1980 43
Longley (Telopea) 117.0 on 7 Jun 114.0 on 12 Aug 2010 41
Westbury (Birralee Road) 128.2 on 6 Jun 70.2 on 21 Jul 2000 39
Loongana (Serendipity) 248.0 on 6 Jun 107.0 on 12 Jul 2009 33
Strahan Aerodrome 57.0 on 6 Jun 52.2 on 16 Aug 1996 31
Deviot Jetty 73.2 on 6 Jun 66.2 on 21 Jul 2000 29
Maydena Post Office 57.0 on 7 Jun 53.6 on 31 Jul 2014 24
Mount Barrow (South Barrow) 149.8 on 6 Jun 130.8 on 31 Aug 2005 24
Weymouth (Tam O'Shanter) 65.0 on 6 Jun 49.8 on 8 Jun 1995 24
Deloraine (Reedy Marsh) 163.2 on 6 Jun 87.4 on 21 Jul 2000 23
Strathbridge (Meander River) 110.0 on 6 Jun 69.8 on 31 Aug 2005 23
Bridport (Sea View Villas) 42.6 on 6 Jun 42.0 on 22 Jun 2005 22
Meander (Meander River) 100.2 on 6 Jun 89.6 on 31 Aug 2005 22
Quamby Bluff 181.0 on 6 Jun 108.2 on 31 Aug 2005 22
Cradle Mountain Visitors Centre 200.4 on 6 Jun 83.8 on 10 Aug 2007 21
Deloraine Railway Bridge (Meander River) 107.6 on 6 Jun 89.6 on 12 Jul 2009 21
George Town (South Street) 69.4 on 6 Jun 67.2 on 21 Jul 2000 21
Kimberley (Mersey River) 146.0 on 6 Jun 139.2 on 20 Jun 1997 21
Little Swanport (Wineglass Cottage) 83.0 on 7 Jun 67.4 on 11 Aug 2010 21
Mathinna (South Esk River) 121.0 on 6 Jun 84.2 on 9 Aug 2011 21
Upper Esk (South Esk River) 110.6 on 6 Jun 97.6 on 9 Aug 2011 21
Mileara Park 68.0 on 6 Jun 48.0 on 2 Jul 2005 20
Nunamara Offtake (St Patricks River) 151.2 on 6 Jun 73.4 on 10 Aug 2007 20
Queenstown (South Queenstown) 83.0 on 15 Jul 69.4 on 25 Jul 2003 20
Sheffield School Farm 215.8 on 6 Jun 95.4 on 12 Jul 2009 20
Woodlea Nursery 104.8 on 6 Jun 102.2 on 31 Aug 2005 20



Record highest winter total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Yolla (Sea View) 934.3 916.3 in 1947 110 535.3
Lorinna 842.0 809.0 in 1955 59 508.4
Pyengana (Forest Lodge Road) 875.0 768.6 in 1970 52 417.1
Barrington Post Office 719.6 685.5 in 1981 50 414.2
Waterhouse(Barooga) 360.8 352.5 in 1981 50 213.4
Tomahawk (Carisbrooke) 382.0 380.8 in 1981 48 234.9
Weetah (Weetah Road) 634.8 592.1 in 1970 48 378.9
Whitemark Post Office 383.6 365.6 in 2009 48 226.4
Westbury (Birralee Road) 443.6 432.7 in 1981 37 261.9
Maydena Post Office 539.1 534.7 in 2002 24 367.7
Bridport (Sea View Villas) 425.8 360.5 in 2013 22 257.2
Mount Victoria (Una Plain) 1121.6 1099.6 in 1970 22 727.4
Nierinna (Cuthberts Road) 432.8 359.4 in 2004 22 269.4

Highest winter total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
winter
Gladstone (Old Post Office) 490.4 586.9 in 1939* 268.0
Lilydale Post Office 577.4 616.0 in 1947* 343.6
Frankford (Rossville) 645.0 660.9 in 1970 388.8
Pioneer (Main Road) 564.0 596.9 in 1970 318.3
Ringarooma (Main Street) 686.2 737.8 in 1970* 437.0
Wynyard Airport 575.6 636.1 in 1955* 359.4
Northdown (Hamley) 476.0 675.6 in 1974* 278.5
Devonport Airport 443.2 486.5 in 1981* 266.5
Latrobe (Coal Hill Road) 539.4 578.7 in 1981* 347.3
Western Creek (Somer Hill) 594.5 608.4 in 1981* 400.3
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 506.2 543.4 in 1991 343.6
Burnie (Round Hill) 501.4 561.4 in 1991* 338.9
Ulverstone (Knights Road) 524.2 600.6 in 1991* 347.9
Richmond (Brookbank) 175.3 234.0 in 1981* 128.6

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




Record lowest winter daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Sheffield School Farm 4.3 on 23 Jul 5.0 on 3 Aug 2015 20 11.4



Highest winter mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
winter
Macquarie Island 5.8 =5.8 in 1989 5.0



Record highest winter daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 15.0 on 6 Jun = 15.0 on 30 Aug 2005 131 5.0
Hobart Airport 15.1 on 6 Jun 14.3 on 30 Aug 2005 59 4.5
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 14.8 on 6 Jun 13.3 on 8 Jun 1957 56 1.9
Flinders Island Airport 15.9 on 5 Jun 15.2 on 7 Jun 1991 55 6.6
Orford (Aubin Court) 14.9 on 6 Jun 13.1 on 8 Jun 1991 49 4.0
Bicheno (Council Depot) 15.1 on 6 Jun 14.4 on 7 Jun 1991 42 6.4
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 13.4 on 5 Jun 12.7 on 9 Jun 1995 37 3.9
Kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) 8.5 on 7 Jun 7.1 on 1 Jun 1993 36 -1.3
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 13.5 on 6 Jun 13.2 on 1 Jun 2004 34 2.9
Fingal (Legge Street) 14.4 on 6 Jun 13.0 on 12 Jun 2002 31 1.0
Lake St Clair National Park 9.8 on 6 Jun 8.7 on 31 Aug 2007 26 0.2
Ross (The Boulevards) 14.1 on 6 Jun 12.5 on 9 Jun 1995 23 1.8
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 10.7 on 7 Jun 9.1 on 30 Aug 2005 21 1.7
Friendly Beaches 14.7 on 6 Jun 14.4 on 1 Jun 2013 20 6.1
Melton Mowbray (North Stockman) 13.6 on 6 Jun 12.6 on 30 Aug 2005 20 2.2
Sheffield School Farm 11.8 on 6 Jun 11.7 on 6 Jun 1998 20 3.7
Tunnack Fire Station 12.4 on 6 Jun 10.0 on 20 Aug 2011 20 1.9



Record highest winter mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Butlers Gorge 1.2 = 1.2 in 2009 54 0.0
Flinders Island Airport 8.4 8.1 in 1991 54 6.6



Highest winter mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
winter
Macquarie Island 4.0 4.1 in 1989 3.3



Summary statistics for winter 2016
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
winter
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
winter
2016
Mean for
winter
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
winter
2016
Total for
winter
2016
Average
for
winter
Rank of
winter
2016
Fraction of
winter
average
Northern (district 91)
Bridport (Sea View Villas) 13.9 +0.2 17.8 5 Jun 6.4 +0.7 0.0 24 Jul 425.8 257.2 highest 166%
Burnie (Round Hill) 13.6 +0.5 18.4 7 Jun 5.7 -0.6 0.7 25 Jun 501.4 338.9 v high 148%
Cape Grim 12.7   16.9 18 Aug 8.4   3.5 25 Jun 426.6
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 12.8 0.0 16.7 18 Aug 8.4 0.0 3.7 25 Jun 446.0 295.0 v high 151%
Cressy Research Station 12.4 0.0 16.3 5 Jun 3.3 +1.4 -3.8 1 Jun 340.8 198.0 v high 172%
Devonport Airport 13.4 +0.3 16.7 4 Jun 5.9 +1.0 -0.2 24 Jul 443.2 266.5 v high 166%
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 13.7 +0.5 18.2 5 Jun 4.3 +1.4 -2.0 25 Jun 337.1 233.9 high 144%
Launceston Airport 12.3 0.0 16.8 5 Jun 3.3 +0.8 -2.8 25 Jun 267.6 206.5 average 130%
Low Head 13.2 +0.1 16.0 5 Jun 7.9 +0.7 2.8 24 Aug 416.4 234.2 v high 178%
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 10.7 -0.3 15.2 29 Aug 5.5 +0.3 -0.1 24 Jul 727.8 565.6 high 129%
Marrawah 13.0 +0.4 16.6 18 Aug 7.6 +0.5 3.5 25 Jun 467.8 394.1 high 119%
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 12.4 0.0 16.2 5 Jun 5.0 +1.1 -1.0 12 Jun 506.2 343.6 v high 147%
Smithton Aerodrome 13.5 0.0 16.7 4 Jun 5.5 +0.6 -0.2 25 Jun 525.8 337.1 v high 156%
Wynyard Airport 13.4 +0.3 17.1 7 Jun 4.4 +0.5 -2.2 23 Aug 575.6 359.4 v high 160%
East Coast (district 92)
Bicheno (Council Depot) 14.8 +0.4 19.0 31 Aug 6.9 +0.5 1.7 30 Jul 280.0 164.5 v high 170%
Fingal (Legge Street) 12.7 0.0 16.9 6 Jun 1.8 +0.8 -3.8 24 Aug 329.0 181.5 v high 181%
Friendly Beaches 14.1 -0.1 18.9 19 Aug 6.2 +0.1 1.1 1 Jun 316.8 162.1 v high 195%
Larapuna (Eddystone Point) 14.1 +0.8 17.6 15 Aug 8.1 +0.9 2.3 25 Jun 248.2 221.6 average 112%
Maria Island (Point Lesueur) 13.3 +0.2 18.1 6 Jun 7.9 +0.3 3.0 24 Jul 171.2 124.6 high 137%
St Helens Aerodrome 14.1 +0.2 18.1 31 Aug 5.8 +0.6 0.0 25 Jun 263.4 174.5 high 151%
Swan Island 13.8 +0.2 17.1 4 Jun 9.3 +0.6 4.0 24 Jul 254.8 196.2 high 130%
Swansea (Francis Street) 14.2   20.0 19 Aug 5.3   -0.7 29 Aug 205.6
Midlands (district 93)
Ross (The Boulevards) 12.3 +0.5 17.9 5 Jun 3.0 +1.2 -4.7 2 Jun 184.2 128.3 high 144%
Southeast (district 94)
Campania (Kincora) 13.6 0.0 19.6 31 Aug 4.6 +0.9 -1.7 18 Aug 172.0 128.3 high 134%
Cape Bruny (Cape Bruny) 12.8 +0.4 18.4 16 Aug 7.1 +0.3 2.2 13 Jul 269.2 239.6 average 112%
Cape Bruny Lighthouse 12.8 +1.2 18.1 16 Aug 7.4 +1.0 1.7 24 Jul 261.8 277.3 average 94%
Dennes Point 13.2   18.2 8 Jun 7.0   2.2 14 Jul 180.6
Dover 12.8 +0.1 19.6 31 Aug 4.3 +0.5 -0.5 18 Aug 335.6 257.4 high 130%
Dunalley (Stroud Point) 13.3   19.0 19 Aug 6.8   2.7 6 Aug 213.4
Grove (Research Station) 13.1 +0.4 19.4 16 Aug 3.2 +1.0 -3.1 2 Jun 319.8 219.3 high 146%
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 13.6 +1.3 19.2 16 Aug 6.1 +1.1 1.1 2 Jun 209.8 160.1 high 131%
Hobart Airport 13.6 +0.6 18.4 19 Aug 5.5 +1.0 0.4 24 Aug 151.0 123.2 high 123%
Kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) 3.8 +0.9 10.9 6 Jun -1.0 +0.3 -6.5 13 Jul
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 11.7 +0.5 18.1 5 Jun 7.5 +0.7 2.1 24 Jul 401.6 370.6 average 108%
Melton Mowbray (North Stockman) 12.1 +0.2 17.1 31 Aug 3.4 +1.2 -2.6 1 Jun 170.2 121.6 high 140%
Tasman Island 11.6 +0.4 15.8 8 Jun 6.9 +0.1 0.8 24 Jul
Tunnack Fire Station 10.1 +0.1 15.2 6 Jun 2.1 +0.2 -3.6 1 Jun 262.8 173.5 high 151%
Derwent Valley (district 95)
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 13.1 +1.2 19.6 16 Aug 2.9 +1.0 -2.8 1 Aug 210.0 152.1 high 138%
Maydena Post Office 11.0 -0.1 18.2 16 Aug 3.5 +1.1 -2.0 1 Aug 539.1 367.7 highest 147%
Ouse Fire Station 12.5 +0.1 18.7 31 Aug 3.3 +1.8 -2.8 3 Jun 209.0 161.9 high 129%
Central Plateau (district 96)
Butlers Gorge 8.3 +0.7 14.1 18 Aug 1.2 +1.2 -5.1 29 Aug 610.6 508.5 high 120%
Liawenee 6.3 +0.1 13.1 29 Aug -1.1 +0.2 -9.0 1 Jun 465.8 362.8 high 128%
West Coast (district 97)
Cape Sorell 13.1 +1.0 18.1 5 Jun 8.0 +0.7 3.9 13 Jul 514.8 446.2 average 115%
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 6.2 -0.3 13.2 30 Aug 1.6 -0.1 -3.5 13 Jul
Low Rocky Point 12.8   18.6 18 Aug 7.4   2.4 24 Jun 510.2 422.7 high 121%
Scotts Peak Dam 9.7 -0.1 15.9 9 Aug 3.6 +0.1 -1.1 13 Jul 761.6 609.4 high 125%
Strahan Aerodrome 12.8 +0.2 19.6 5 Jun 5.8 +0.4 -0.5 7 Jul 734.0 510.7 v high 144%
Warra 9.1 0.0 15.4 16 Aug 2.8 0.0 -2.6 18 Aug 796.0 511.2 v high 156%
King Island (district 98)
King Island Airport 13.8 +0.2 18.4 18 Aug 8.4 +0.6 2.6 5 Aug 416.0 327.6 high 127%
Flinders Island (district 99)
Flinders Island Airport 14.1 +0.4 19.4 19 Aug 8.4 +1.8 0.6 29 Aug 310.8 231.3 high 134%
Hogan Island 13.4 +0.1 16.9 1 Jun 9.1 -0.1 2.5 24 Jul
Antarctica and Macquarie Island (district 300)
Macquarie Island 5.8 +0.8 7.9 20 Aug 2.3 +0.7 -2.9 29 Aug 304.0 226.6 v high 134%

Notes

The Seasonal climate summary 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. Later information, including data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

A climate summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Thursday 1 September 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.

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

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