Queensland in March 2018: Tropical cyclone Nora; flooding in the northern tropics

Rainfall was well above average in the north and west of the State; with record high daily and monthly totals in the northwest and northern interior. Queensland as a whole had its wettest March since 2012. Tropical cyclone Nora made landfall on the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula on the 24th. Flooding affected much of the northern tropics, and parts of western Queensland.

Record wet in the northwest and northern interior

  • Queensland had its 14th-wettest March on record and its wettest March since 2012
  • Numerous locations had their highest March daily rainfall and highest March total rainfall on record
  • A low pressure centre embedded on the surface trough deepened to the west of Townsville, with heavy rainfall recorded about the north tropical coast on the 1st
  • The low drifted slowly west across the northern interior and then the northwest; Heavy rainfall accompanied the passage of the low and produced record high daily rainfall at Carsland, Ripple Downs and The Monument
  • A deep trough extended from the northwest, through to central and southeastern Queensland and produced moderate to heavy falls across most of the west and southern inland parts between the 4th and 8th
  • Several days of heavy rainfall affected the north tropical coast, with rainfall totals in excess of 700 mm recorded at several locations between the 7th and 10th
  • A developing low pressure system intensified into tropical cyclone Nora on the 23rd, and made landfall on the 24th between Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama
  • The system continued to track along the west coast of Cape York Peninsula before moving inland and weakening to a tropical low; Very heavy rainfall was recorded with some locations in the northern interior reporting their highest March daily rainfall on record
  • Remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Nora and the associated monsoon trough produced extremely heavy falls about the north tropical coast between the 26th and 28th, with 3-day rainfall totals in excess of 500 mm recorded between Port Douglas and Ingham

Cool days in the north; warm nights for much of Queensland

  • Queensland's mean maximum temperature was 0.14 °C below the long-term average, and the lowest since 2012
  • Mean maximum temperatures were well below average in the northwest, northern interior and central west; record cool days overall around the Upper Flinders and Northern Goldfields district
  • Daytime temperatures were warmer than usual along the southern border, with remaining parts of the State reporting near-average mean maximum temperatures
  • Queensland's mean minimum temperature was 1.07 °C above the long-term average, and the tenth-warmest on record for March
  • Overnight temperatures were well above average in the southwest, southern interior and southeast coast; Cunnamulla had its highest March mean daily minimum temperature on record
  • Above average nights were experienced across most of the southern half and east coast of Queensland, while remaining parts of the State were near-average
  • A number of locations in the southern interior had their warmest March night on record on the 2nd or 3rd, as a result of overnight cloud cover; Point Lookout also had its equal warmest March day on record on the 4th

Flooding and tropical cyclones

  • Numerous flood events affected Queensland during March, starting with major flooding on the north tropical coast in the Herbert, Tully and Murray, Johnstone, and the Mulgrave and Russell catchments
  • Major flooding then affected the Gulf Country, most notably the Flinders, where major flooding occurred at Cloncurry and Walkers Bend following heavy rainfall around the 3rd
  • Following this, flooding occurred in river catchments in the southwest and southern inland parts of Queensland, with major flooding at Winton, and moderate flooding at Longreach
  • Flood peaks in southwestern catchments are still making their way into New South Wales and South Australia
  • Tropical cyclone Linda formed well off the Queensland coast on the 13th, reaching category 1 for around 12 hours, before weakening to below tropical cyclone strength on the morning of the 14th
  • Linda produced large waves, with maximum wave heights of up to 8 metres about the southern Queensland coast, and many beaches south of Fraser Island closed due to dangerous surf on the 14th and 15th
  • Tropical cyclone Nora made landfall on the 24th between Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama on the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula
  • The remnants of Nora caused renewed major flooding in the Herbert, Tully and Murray, and Mulgrave and Russell catchments, along with the Daintree and Barron catchments; moderate flooding occurred at Daintree Village in the Daintree and major flooding occurred at Kamerunga Bridge
  • Flash flooding occurred around Cairns on the 26th and Ingham township was inundated by flooding twice during March, at the start and then the end of the month

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Extremes in March 2018
Hottest day 42.2 °C at Ballera Gas Field on the 2nd
42.1 °C at Bedourie on the 1st
42.0 °C at Cunnamulla Post Office on the 2nd
Warmest days on average 36.7 °C at Birdsville Airport
36.3 °C at Urandangi Aerodrome
36.1 °C at Ballera Gas Field
36.1 °C at Bedourie
Coolest days on average 24.4 °C at Applethorpe
25.1 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
25.7 °C at Toowoomba Airport
Coldest day 18.3 °C at Applethorpe on the 6th
18.9 °C at Toowoomba Airport on the 6th
19.2 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 6th
19.2 °C at Applethorpe on the 9th
Coldest night 8.6 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 12th
9.3 °C at Applethorpe on the 12th
9.9 °C at Applethorpe on the 16th
Coolest nights on average 14.5 °C at Applethorpe
14.6 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
16.2 °C at Warwick
Warmest nights on average 26.1 °C at Willis Island
25.7 °C at Sweers Island
25.6 °C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 30.6 °C at Windorah Airport on the 2nd
29.0 °C at Windorah Airport on the 1st
28.5 °C at Sweers Island on the 19th
Warmest on average overall 29.9 °C at Birdsville Airport
29.5 °C at Thargomindah Airport
29.4 °C at Ballera Gas Field
29.4 °C at Boulia Airport
29.4 °C at Windorah Airport
Coolest on average overall 19.5 °C at Applethorpe
19.7 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
21.3 °C at Toowoomba Airport
Wettest overall 1763.6 mm at Russell River
1651.5 mm at Tully Sugar Mill
1430.2 mm at Whyanbeel Valley
Driest overall 0.6 mm at Cameron Corner
2.0 mm at Lochington
2.0 mm at Woorarra
3.8 mm at Bingera Sugar Mill
3.8 mm at Hungerford (Paroo River)
Wettest day 593.0 mm at Port Douglas - Warner St on the 26th
500.0 mm at Reef Park on the 26th
405.0 mm at Abingdon Downs Station on the 27th
Strongest wind gust 115 km/h at Windorah Airport on the 2nd
100 km/h at Kowanyama Airport on the 25th
94 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 29th

Maps

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rainfall
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Mean
daily
maximum
temperatures
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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 March daily rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Port Douglas - Warner St 593.0 on the 26th 446.2 on the 5th in 2008 124
Miranda Downs Station 371.0 on the 26th 224.0 on the 18th in 2012 98
Alni 177.4 on the 5th 148.6 on the 23rd in 1949 94
Gregory Springs Station 155.0 on the 5th 125.0 on the 20th in 2012 92
Abingdon Downs Station 405.0 on the 27th 263.0 on the 17th in 2016 71
Carsland 298.0 on the 3rd 207.8 on the 5th in 1954 61
Wansey Downs 78.0 on the 4th 61.0 on the 30th in 1990 52
North Head 158.0 on the 27th 154.0 on the 9th in 1995 38
The Monument 102.6 on the 3rd 74.0 on the 3rd in 1997 38
Green Hills 222.2 on the 27th 117.0 on the 17th in 1989 32
Ripple Downs 51.3 on the 3rd 48.4 on the 31st in 2017 31
White Cliff Point 349.2 on the 26th 292.0 on the 13th in 1995 31



Record highest March total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Port Douglas - Warner St 1281.0 1114.6 in 1887 128 431.6
Gregory Springs Station 413.0 353.8 in 1950 92 98.9
Hawkins Creek 1297.5 1288.8 in 2011 52 466.6
Greenhaven 1324.6 900.0 in 1999 38 444.3
North Head 371.0 302.6 in 2006 38 106.6
Green Hills 482.8 413.4 in 2011 30 109.3

Highest March total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Croydon Township 510.4 591.4 in 1936 119.3
Mossman South Alchera Drive 1296.4 1350.3 in 1945* 457.7
South Johnstone Exp Stn 1392.4 1434.8 in 1945* 620.4
Alni 277.2 382.2 in 1949 53.6
Meringa Sugar Exp Stn 1092.0 1209.1 in 1945* 415.8
Tully Sugar Mill 1651.5 1745.6 in 1950 758.9
Belmont 209.8 384.3 in 1955* 48.2
Gilberton 289.0 292.0 in 1955* 92.8
Tambo Post Office 282.6 353.9 in 1963 59.2
Mahrigong 173.0 249.3 in 1963* 47.6
Minnie Downs 189.4 239.3 in 1963* 65.8
Toliness Station 186.0 225.3 in 1963* 58.6
Crowfels Station 212.8 296.9 in 1972 66.8
Warnambool Downs 183.0 262.3 in 1973 51.2
Glen Harding 465.0 493.3 in 1974* 127.4
Innot Hot Springs Township 443.8 456.6 in 1974* 154.1
Robin Hood Station 269.0 290.1 in 1972* 103.3
Sunbury 180.5 198.6 in 1975* 38.4
Mulgrave Mill 1032.0 1225.2 in 1945* 423.7
Innisfail 1345.0 1507.3 in 1971* 664.5
Bunda Bunda 167.3 302.5 in 1972* 70.6
Isisford Post Office 179.2 203.7 in 1990 59.2
Walkamin Research Station 517.8 575.4 in 1990 210.6
Low Holm Station 245.9 252.0 in 1990* 86.9
Hillgrove Station 175.6 241.2 in 1997 83.5

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




Lowest March total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
March
Bingera Sugar Mill 3.8 0.0 in 1915* 123.6
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 28.6 27.2 in 1981* 175.4
Mossman Central Mill 29.0 21.8 in 1991* 478.0
Gladstone Radar 12.2 2.4 in 1995 105.4
Kareeya 51.4 23.6 in 1993* 370.0
Bundaberg Aero 10.2 6.8 in 1998 113.4
Warra-Kogan Rd Br 4.8 0.0 in 1998 66.1
Woorarra 2.0 0.0 in 1998 55.0

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




Record highest March temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Point Lookout 33.0 on the 4th = 33.0 on the 18th in 2017 22 28.6



Record highest March daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Surat 25.4 on the 3rd = 25.4 on the 5th in 1980 55 17.9
Injune Post Office 24.9 on the 3rd 23.9 on the 2nd in 2001 51 16.5
Mackay Aero 27.3 on the 5th 26.9 on the 11th in 2015 32 22.0
Dalby Airport 23.3 on the 2nd 23.1 on the 3rd in 1999 27 16.5
St George Airport 27.0 on the 3rd 26.4 on the 4th in 2009 21 18.8



Record highest March mean daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Cunnamulla Post Office 21.7 = 21.7 in 2017 108 18.9



Summary statistics for March 2018

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2018
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2018
Mean for
March
2018
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2018
Total for
March
2018
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2018
Fraction of
March
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.6 0.0 34.1 30th 25.6 -0.1 23.4 21st 415.6 288.9 high 144%
Coen Airport 31.2 -0.3 34.4 31st 23.4 0.0 21.0 14th 101.6 253.3 v low 40%
Horn Island 30.7 +0.2 32.3 2nd 25.1 +0.1 23.5 9th 500.4 354.5 high 141%
Scherger RAAF 31.8 -0.4 34.9 31st 23.6 -0.1 21.8 12th 108.8 331.7 v low 33%
Weipa Aero 31.2 -0.6 33.8 15th 23.9 +0.1 22.1 25th 327.4 409.9 average 80%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Palmerville 31.7 -0.6 34.2 17th 22.5 +0.5 19.9 14th 228.2 180.7 high 126%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 33.3 -1.2 38.1 31st 23.7 -0.2 20.4 14th 225.0 149.3 high 151%
Century Mine 35.0 -1.2 39.9 1st 23.4 -0.2 19.9 14th 56.6 81.0 average 70%
Cloncurry Airport 33.5 -2.4 39.3 1st 23.4 +0.6 20.1 14th 215.0 79.3 high 271%
Julia Creek Airport 32.9 -3.7 36.8 1st 21.9 +0.6 18.0 12th 247.4 78.2 high 316%
Kowanyama Airport 32.3 -0.6 35.3 19th 24.1 +0.3 22.8 6th 331.4 239.0 high 139%
Lake Julius AWS 33.3   38.7 1st 23.1   20.1 13th 237.0


Mornington Island Airport 31.6   34.2 31st 24.8   22.4 14th 548.6


Mount Isa Aero 33.3 -1.1 39.4 1st 21.7 -0.1 16.6 14th 217.4 66.1 v high 329%
Normanton Airport 32.2 -1.9 36.0 19th 23.9 -0.7 21.7 1st 296.0 144.7 high 205%
Sweers Island 31.3 -1.0 34.5 31st 25.7 -0.3 23.0 5th 568.6 244.2 v high 233%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 31.2 -2.4 34.0 30th 21.4 -0.7 17.7 13th 422.6 146.0 v high 289%
Hughenden Airport 31.7 -3.0 35.2 18th 21.6 0.0 17.9 14th 100.4 34.8 high 289%
Richmond Airport 32.8 -3.0 36.3 19th 21.3 0.0 16.7 30th 164.2 66.6 high 247%
Richmond Post Office 32.6 -2.3 35.9 31st 22.2 +1.4 18.7 12th 198.8 62.5 v high 318%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 30.4 -0.2 32.5 31st 23.4 +0.3 20.0 30th 847.8 421.2 v high 201%
Cairns Racecourse 30.4   33.9 30th 23.0   19.3 30th 1000.8


Cape Flattery 30.8 -0.3 33.1 30th 24.8 +0.2 22.2 30th 176.2 400.4 low 44%
Cooktown Airport 30.1 -0.4 32.5 30th 23.9 +0.1 21.8 30th 375.6 385.7 average 97%
Low Isles Lighthouse 30.0 -0.9 32.8 30th 25.3 +0.2 23.5 10th 797.0 438.3 v high 182%
Mareeba Airport 29.1 -0.7 32.7 30th 21.0 +0.4 16.7 30th 324.6 167.1 high 194%
Walkamin Research Station 27.8 -0.3 31.5 30th 19.9 +0.3 16.0 30th 517.8 210.6 v high 246%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 29.3 -1.4 31.4 31st 22.7 +0.7 20.1 30th 735.7 401.7 high 183%
Cowley Beach (Defence) 29.5   31.3 30th 23.3   20.0 30th 1036.6


Ingham Composite 30.4 -0.4 34.0 30th 22.8 +0.5 19.9 12th 965.4 397.7 v high 243%
Innisfail 29.9 +0.1 33.1 30th 22.3 +0.1 20.3 30th 1345.0 664.5 v high 202%
Innisfail Aerodrome 29.9   32.6 30th 22.3   19.0 16th 1262.6


Lucinda Point 29.1 -0.6 32.1 30th 24.5 -0.3 22.7 25th 350.6 172.0 v high 204%
Mount Stuart (Defence) 30.3   33.6 30th 22.7   20.7 13th 287.4


South Johnstone Exp Stn 29.5 -0.4 32.6 30th 22.8 +0.7 19.8 30th 1392.4 620.4 v high 224%
Townsville Aero 30.7 0.0 33.6 30th 23.7 +0.7 20.4 13th 328.8 193.8 high 170%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.3 -0.3 31.6 31st 23.6 +0.4 20.1 13th 250.6 146.1 high 172%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.6 -0.3 33.5 30th 22.3 +0.8 18.8 13th 231.6 154.8 high 150%
Bowen Airport AWS 30.9   33.1 19th 23.5   19.5 15th 103.2


Collinsville Post Office 32.5 +0.5 35.5 29th 20.7 +0.6 16.8 15th 33.0 97.5 low 34%
Hamilton Island Airport 28.6 0.0 30.0 4th 24.1 -0.1 21.4 12th 280.4 257.6 average 109%
Mackay Aero 30.0 +0.7 32.2 30th 22.9 +0.9 19.0 15th 204.0 261.4 average 78%
Mackay M.O 29.4 +0.8 32.4 1st 23.2 +0.9 20.0 15th 115.8 285.0 low 41%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 29.8   33.4 29th 22.2   18.3 15th 161.0


Proserpine Airport 30.1 -0.1 32.4 30th 22.1 +0.5 18.6 15th 227.2 215.2 average 106%
Samuel Hill Aero 29.3 +0.1 34.2 2nd 21.9 +1.1 18.2 17th 161.4 225.3 average 72%
St Lawrence 31.0 +0.2 33.2 20th 22.1 +0.5 18.1 15th 41.6 155.7 low 27%
Townsville- Fanning River (Defence) 29.9   33.3 30th 20.8   16.8 13th 230.0


Williamson 30.4 0.0 33.0 16th 22.1 +0.5 19.3 29th 55.6 132.9 average 42%
Woolshed 27.0 -0.7 31.3 30th 19.7 -0.1 15.2 13th 20.8 145.8 low 14%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 28.6 +0.2 30.2 5th 23.4 +0.9 20.0 12th 93.4 131.5 average 71%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 30.5 -1.5 34.0 30th 21.3 +0.3 17.2 13th 160.5 76.7 high 209%
Moranbah Airport 31.4   35.2 29th 20.4   15.5 15th 13.0


Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 31.6   34.5 30th 20.3   15.7 13th 11.6


Clermont Airport 31.0   34.8 2nd 19.8   14.4 13th 28.6


Emerald Airport 32.2 -0.6 35.1 29th 20.9 +0.5 16.9 13th 4.0 57.4 v low 7%
Lochington 32.0   35.6 20th 19.5   14.1 13th 2.0


Rolleston Airport 31.1   34.8 2nd 19.2   15.5 13th 22.8


Springsure Comet St 30.8 -0.8 34.2 2nd 19.2 +0.3 14.3 13th 11.6 70.6 low 16%
Tambo Post Office 32.0 -0.5 38.4 2nd 18.3 +0.7 12.5 14th 282.6 59.2 v high 477%
Taroom Post Office 31.3 -0.4 35.2 1st 18.9 +0.6 15.3 17th 78.0 63.5 high 123%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 34.0 +0.7 38.8 1st 22.3 +1.4 18.5 13th 47.7 59.2 average 81%
Blackall Airport 32.6 -1.4 39.1 2nd 20.5 +0.3 16.1 12th 118.2 39.3 v high 301%
Isisford Post Office 33.1 -1.3 39.2 1st 21.4 +1.0 18.1 12th 179.2 59.2 v high 303%
Longreach Aero 34.1 -0.6 37.9 1st 21.5 +1.1 18.3 13th 74.2 54.4 high 136%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 35.2 -0.1 39.8 1st 22.8 +1.0 19.8 14th 123.0 55.8 high 220%
Carters Bore 33.3   38.2 1st 23.4   20.3 13th 156.8


New May Downs 32.8   37.6 1st 22.4   19.2 24th 184.4


The Monument Airport 33.8 -2.0 41.2 1st 21.9 0.0 18.7 12th 241.6 44.8 v high 539%
Trepell Airport 32.9 -3.1 40.7 1st 22.1 +0.2 18.9 12th 298.2 45.9 v high 650%
Urandangi Aerodrome 36.3   41.3 19th 22.1   17.3 13th 67.2


Winton Airport 33.0 -2.9 39.1 1st 21.5 +0.1 18.8 13th 268.8 63.4 v high 424%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie 36.1 +0.2 42.1 1st 21.9 +0.1 17.0 28th 73.4 27.0 high 272%
Birdsville Airport 36.7 +1.0 41.9 1st 23.1 +1.2 18.3 15th 18.6 35.2 average 53%
Boulia Airport 35.0 -0.5 39.9 19th 23.3 +1.4 19.5 24th 76.3 36.4 high 210%
Windorah Airport 34.8   41.2 1st 24.0   21.1 13th 44.6


Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 30.0 +0.8 32.1 1st 20.8 +0.7 18.5 16th 10.2 113.4 v low 9%
Gladstone Airport 30.7 +0.9 33.0 28th 22.5 +0.7 19.1 12th 13.0 113.5 low 11%
Gladstone Radar 30.7 +0.5 32.7 28th 22.5 +0.9 20.0 9th 12.2 105.4 v low 12%
Lady Elliot Island 29.1 +0.8 31.6 19th 24.0 +0.5 21.8 12th 80.0 125.2 average 64%
Rockhampton Aero 31.8 +1.3 35.0 2nd 22.1 +1.2 19.1 11th 16.8 105.3 low 16%
Rundle Island 27.7 +0.3 30.5 5th 23.9 +0.2 21.3 10th



Sandy Cape Lighthouse 28.9 +0.4 32.0 3rd 22.2 +0.5 19.4 8th 121.0 157.4 average 77%
Seventeen Seventy 28.2 -0.1 30.6 4th     16.6 25th 101.5 142.0 average 71%
Thangool Airport 31.4 -0.6 34.8 5th 18.3 +0.4 12.5 17th 19.8 63.4 low 31%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 29.3 -0.1 34.8 1st 18.6 +0.8 14.1 16th 57.2 85.5 average 67%
Archerfield Airport 29.1 +0.3 35.1 1st 19.7 +1.3 15.9 12th 74.2 126.9 average 58%
Beaudesert Drumley Street     32.7 4th 18.4 +0.7 12.8 16th 61.0 121.4 low 50%
Beerburrum Forest Station 28.0 -0.6 34.6 4th 19.8 +1.2 16.2 12th 215.0 176.0 average 122%
Brisbane 28.7 -0.4 34.7 4th 20.8 +0.7 18.3 12th 145.0 111.7 average 130%
Brisbane Aero 27.6 -0.4 32.0 4th 20.5 +0.8 16.8 12th 176.6 110.8 high 159%
Coolangatta 28.1 +0.8 32.2 4th 20.6 +0.9 17.9 16th 200.4 184.6 average 109%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 27.0 +0.2 32.1 3rd 22.4 +0.6 19.6 11th 48.8 162.7 low 30%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.5 +0.6 35.1 1st 21.4 +0.6 18.5 12th 180.4 123.7 high 146%
Gympie 28.9 -0.4 33.5 4th 20.0 +1.8 15.0 16th 76.4 144.6 average 53%
Hervey Bay Airport 29.0 -0.1 31.7 2nd 21.4 +0.7 18.9 12th 105.8 130.7 average 81%
Kingaroy Airport 27.1 -1.2 32.6 4th 17.4 +1.2 13.3 16th 41.8 66.7 average 63%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 28.1 -0.4 34.9 1st 19.8 +0.7 15.4 27th 235.2 132.1 high 178%
Maryborough 30.3 +1.1 34.2 1st 20.6 +1.2 18.3 12th 107.2 157.2 average 68%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 27.6 -0.3 33.4 4th 20.5 +0.9 17.9 12th 233.8 272.7 average 86%
Rainbow Beach 28.1 +0.2 30.6 1st      
136.6 148.8 average 92%
Redcliffe 27.5 -0.3 32.3 4th 21.2 +0.5 17.9 12th 154.0 132.8 average 116%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 27.7   33.9 4th 20.1   17.3 12th 181.4


Sunshine Coast Airport 28.3 +0.4 33.2 4th 21.4 +1.3 18.6 11th 145.4 167.7 average 87%
Tewantin RSL Park 27.8 +0.3 32.0 4th 21.8 +1.0 18.6 12th 157.6 218.1 average 72%
University of Queensland Gatton 30.3 +0.7 35.7 1st 18.0 +0.7 14.5 12th 34.2 79.3 low 43%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 24.4 +0.4 30.6 19th 14.5 +1.1 9.3 12th 59.6 71.8 average 83%
Dalby Airport 30.2 0.0 34.3 1st 17.0 +0.5 12.1 16th 12.8 57.4 low 22%
Oakey Aero 28.3 -0.4 33.1 1st 16.9 +1.1 11.8 16th 85.6 51.1 high 168%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 25.1 +0.2 31.6 1st 14.6 +0.7 8.6 12th 40.2 66.8 average 60%
Texas Post Office 32.3 +1.1 37.5 19th 17.5 +1.5 13.6 12th 30.4 56.6 average 54%
Toowoomba Airport 25.7 -0.4 30.9 1st 17.0 +0.6 12.3 11th 51.0 81.3 average 63%
Warwick 27.9 +0.1 34.0 1st 16.2 +1.0 11.2 16th 59.2 68.2 average 87%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 30.8 -0.6 34.5 19th 18.1 +0.2 13.7 15th 15.8 54.3 average 29%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 30.1 -0.8 35.2 3rd 18.3 +1.8 15.7 26th 51.2 62.9 average 81%
Mitchell Post Office 31.4 +0.3 37.2 2nd     13.4 29th 67.2 61.7 average 109%
Roma Airport 31.2 -0.4 36.2 2nd 17.3 -0.1 12.8 16th 92.6 58.0 high 160%
St George Airport 32.6 +0.6 39.4 2nd 19.7 +0.9 15.8 12th 32.2 48.0 average 67%
Surat 32.0 +0.2 37.4 2nd 18.9 +1.0 13.9 21st 41.8 58.9 average 71%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 33.4 +1.3 40.0 3rd 20.4 +2.1 16.4 12th 47.4 49.2 average 96%
Charleville Aero 32.8 +0.7 38.6 2nd 20.8 +2.0 15.4 12th 79.0 58.4 high 135%
Cunnamulla Post Office 35.0 +2.6 42.0 2nd 21.7 +2.8 17.4 12th 37.8 41.2 average 92%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 36.1 +1.3 42.2 2nd 22.6 +1.0 16.6 27th 25.6 25.9 high 99%
Thargomindah Airport 35.5 +1.6 41.9 2nd 23.4 +1.9 18.1 29th 24.2 39.2 average 62%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Frederick Reef 27.5   30.0 1st 25.5   24.0 9th



Middle Percy Island 27.6 0.0 29.9 2nd 23.3 +0.4 20.8 12th 87.6 193.5 average 45%
Willis Island 30.5 +0.6 32.3 3rd 26.1 +0.7 24.0 12th 176.0 206.9 average 85%

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, generally published on the first working day of each month, lists the main features of the weather in Queensland 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 9 am on Tuesday 3 April 2018. 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.

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