Greater Adelaide in March 2018: a dry start to autumn; warm days

Rainfall was below average for most sites in the Greater Adelaide area. Mean maximum temperatures were all above average, while mean minimum temperatures were generally above average except in the Adelaide Hills.

Below average rainfall

  • Monthly rainfall ranged between 5 mm and 10 mm for most sites, and between 10 mm and 20 mm in the Adelaide Hills
  • Light rainfall was recorded on four or five days in the second half of March
  • Several sites in western suburbs and the Hills had their driest March since the 1990s

Above average mean maximum and minimum temperatures

  • Mean maximum temperatures were all above average
  • Mean minimum temperatures were generally above average; sites in the Adelaide Hills were close to average or below average
  • Hottest days were on the 9th or 10th with temperature reaching the mid-30s
  • Parafield Airport recorded four consecutive days with temperature of 35 °C or higher between the 7th and 10th, which was its longest such spell for five years since five consecutive days of 35 °C or higher between 4 and 8 March 2013
  • Mount Lofty recorded the lowest temperature of the month in the Greater Adelaide with 4.0 °C on the 21st, which is its lowest March temperature for 19 years since 4.0 °C was recorded on 29 March 1999

Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira)

  • Total rainfall for Adelaide was 4.4 mm, which is 18% of average
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Adelaide was 27.2 °C, which is 1.2 °C above average
  • Adelaide recorded two consecutive hot days with temperature over 35 °C (35.5 °C on the 9th, 35.4 °C on the 10th), while its coolest day was 20.2 °C on the 26th
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Adelaide was 15.8 °C, which is 0.6 °C above average
  • The coldest morning was 11.4 °C on the 21st, and the warmest morning was on the 9th when the minimum temperature was 24.1 °C

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Extremes in March 2018
Hottest day 36.9 °C at Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre) on the 10th
Warmest days on average 28.2 °C at Parafield Airport
28.2 °C at Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre)
Coolest days on average 22.1 °C at Mount Lofty
Coldest day 14.4 °C at Mount Lofty on the 26th
Coldest night 4.0 °C at Mount Lofty on the 21st
Coolest nights on average 11.0 °C at Mount Lofty
Warmest nights on average 15.9 °C at Adelaide Airport
15.9 °C at Noarlunga
Warmest night 24.1 °C at Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) on the 9th
Warmest on average overall 21.8 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town)
21.8 °C at Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira)
Coolest on average overall 16.5 °C at Mount Lofty
Wettest overall 17.6 mm at Cherry Gardens
Wettest day 10.0 mm at Kangarilla (Saddlebags) on the 18th
Strongest wind gust 85 km/h at Sellicks Hill (Mount Terrible Radar) on the 6th

Record lowest March total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 16.2 17.0 in 2015 20 35.5

Lowest March total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
March
Adelaide (Glen Osmond) 7.6 0.0 in 1994 26.4
Belair (State Flora Nursery) 6.4 0.0 in 1994 32.7
Lenswood 6.4 0.2 in 1994 40.4
Mount Bold Reservoir 12.0 0.4 in 1994 31.9
Williamstown 5.8 0.0 in 1994 25.0
Williamstown (South Para Reservoir) 4.2 0.0 in 1994 29.2
Heathfield Works Depot 9.0 0.0 in 1994* 40.2
Edinburgh RAAF 6.2 4.8 in 1997 24.9
Adelaide (Morphett Vale) 7.0 4.8 in 1997* 25.2
Clarendon 11.8 4.3 in 1997* 34.6
Happy Valley Reservoir 12.2 7.8 in 1997* 28.9
Prospect Hill 13.6 11.0 in 1998 36.1

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




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
Adelaide (Kent Town) 27.5 +1.0 36.4 10th 15.8 +0.4 11.2 21st 5.8 26.8 low 22%
Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) 27.2 +1.2 35.5 9th 15.8 +0.6 11.4 21st 4.4 23.9 low 18%
Adelaide Airport 26.3 +0.8 36.2 9th 15.9 +1.4 10.6 31st 6.0 21.6 low 28%
Edinburgh RAAF 27.9 +1.0 36.1 10th 14.7 +0.2 9.6 31st 6.2 24.9 low 25%
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 23.6 +0.4 33.3 10th 13.1 +0.3 7.0 21st 16.2 35.5 lowest 46%
Mount Barker 25.2 +0.5 35.5 10th 11.7 +1.2 6.0 21st 13.6 31.2 average 44%
Mount Crawford AWS 24.4 +1.0 33.2 10th 12.1 -0.1 5.5 21st 8.2 29.1 v low 28%
Mount Lofty 22.1 +2.8 30.7 9th 11.0 -0.2 4.0 21st 12.2 44.8 low 27%
Noarlunga 26.0 +0.3 35.5 9th 15.9 +0.3 9.2 21st 8.0 20.9 low 38%
Parafield Airport 28.2 +1.3 36.6 9th 14.8 +0.2 10.1 5th 6.6 22.3 average 30%
Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre) 28.2 +0.8 36.9 10th 12.4 -1.0 6.0 5th 9.0 20.2 average 45%

Daily maximum temperatures for March 2018
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Adelaide (Kent Town)29.333.426.623.524.226.334.634.935.836.433.225.324.825.125.427.030.221.223.422.523.830.133.834.722.120.228.123.323.223.0
Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira)29.432.425.924.324.026.234.534.235.535.432.325.324.224.727.430.121.223.222.622.429.033.434.022.120.227.522.622.722.5
Adelaide Airport29.432.024.823.324.026.733.433.736.233.831.325.123.923.124.726.930.620.922.622.520.626.432.131.621.819.326.621.922.022.422.6
Edinburgh RAAF29.933.026.824.324.527.134.834.636.136.133.626.925.825.324.527.433.021.723.323.122.730.033.736.023.420.030.423.423.523.0
Kuitpo Forest Reserve22.529.523.919.519.020.430.131.332.033.323.119.319.123.521.127.528.818.319.617.220.327.530.430.218.617.424.520.620.120.8
Mount Barker25.131.726.520.422.023.932.335.526.522.322.125.523.326.529.521.121.219.521.731.232.520.619.626.025.224.623.026.7
Mount Crawford AWS25.229.926.220.620.322.330.230.331.333.229.021.120.423.822.424.729.418.419.018.720.328.629.531.416.816.826.522.721.420.5
Mount Lofty23.427.222.818.218.120.229.329.530.730.525.419.219.120.820.724.125.716.116.616.319.924.827.828.315.514.422.219.518.418.021.5
Noarlunga27.031.026.522.722.624.433.534.235.534.827.223.123.123.724.128.630.420.722.220.623.127.632.131.321.319.726.421.422.022.223.2
Parafield Airport31.033.227.725.024.827.535.735.636.636.134.126.926.225.725.527.331.722.323.823.423.130.534.135.123.020.827.924.324.123.6
Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre)29.133.528.324.824.127.033.934.235.336.934.026.525.226.526.529.733.821.723.822.524.432.833.236.022.420.030.324.023.823.128.1
Values are the maximum temperature, usually in the 24 hours from 9 am on the day indicated,
and typically occurred in the afternoon of that day.
Temperatures coloured according to their difference
from the long-term average for the period
-10.0 -9.0 -8.0 -7.0 -6.0 -5.0 -4.0 -3.0 -2.0 -1.0 0.0 +1.0 +2.0 +3.0 +4.0 +5.0 +6.0 +7.0 +8.0 +9.0 +10.0 °C Grey outline marks highest
and lowest for the period

Daily minimum temperatures for March 2018
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Adelaide (Kent Town)16.518.516.816.812.914.316.322.523.218.418.714.214.113.912.614.116.816.816.616.311.213.218.421.317.311.511.916.412.915.411.5
Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira)16.518.215.315.212.612.416.722.124.122.317.714.214.211.713.618.216.215.711.413.119.020.816.911.711.916.612.516.311.5
Adelaide Airport16.918.216.816.413.714.117.219.421.719.016.914.815.414.612.513.317.116.617.216.410.913.017.920.517.113.611.617.314.217.310.6
Edinburgh RAAF14.818.214.912.810.313.716.921.622.819.316.513.59.810.710.713.017.716.013.315.711.511.618.320.217.212.610.915.612.012.69.6
Kuitpo Forest Reserve13.514.014.313.811.910.612.916.919.519.415.912.513.012.010.711.914.311.712.712.47.09.917.417.413.28.58.913.012.313.711.0
Mount Barker13.613.215.313.510.810.011.311.513.314.512.712.813.08.511.814.813.712.712.66.08.713.014.08.07.012.510.612.28.9
Mount Crawford AWS11.413.713.912.88.88.211.617.719.021.416.09.49.710.19.910.513.912.010.210.75.58.317.520.212.77.28.012.210.612.39.2
Mount Lofty10.412.012.711.98.87.910.515.916.918.414.39.29.69.88.79.613.710.110.49.64.06.717.117.511.26.47.111.89.711.78.1
Noarlunga16.717.515.615.814.313.716.520.122.119.919.115.216.014.712.114.917.915.616.815.99.212.819.320.916.012.512.017.314.216.912.9
Parafield Airport14.117.815.714.510.113.615.122.123.617.515.812.211.011.410.213.617.416.215.616.111.811.618.319.717.511.312.116.111.313.211.0
Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre)11.417.015.011.06.012.212.019.220.217.513.59.08.28.68.113.216.815.08.813.310.29.715.519.516.68.08.612.99.010.37.5
Values are the minimum temperature, usually in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated,
and typically occurred that morning.
Temperatures coloured according to their difference
from the long-term average for the period
-10.0 -9.0 -8.0 -7.0 -6.0 -5.0 -4.0 -3.0 -2.0 -1.0 0.0 +1.0 +2.0 +3.0 +4.0 +5.0 +6.0 +7.0 +8.0 +9.0 +10.0 °C Grey outline marks highest
and lowest for the period

Daily rainfall for March 2018
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Adelaide (Brighton) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5.4
Adelaide (Glen Osmond) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.4 2.4 - - - - - 3.8 - -

Adelaide (Hope Valley Reservoir) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.0 5.6 - - - - - - 1.0 3.2




Adelaide (Kent Town) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.4 1.0 - - - -
- 0.4 3.0 - - - - -
Adelaide (Keswick) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.4 3.2 - - - - - - - 1.2 - - - - -
Adelaide (Morphett Vale)
















7.0












Adelaide (Salisbury Bowling Club)















4.2













Adelaide (Seaton)
















2.2






1.8




Adelaide (Tea Tree Gully Council) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10.8




Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira)

- - - - - -

- - -

- 1.6 1.0 -
- - - - 0.2 1.6 - - - - -
Adelaide Airport - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.4 2.8 - - - - - - - 1.6 0.2 - - - -
Adelaide Airport Alert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.2 3.4 - - - - - - - 0.6 - - - - -
Aldgate - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0













Ashton Co-op 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.6 4.8 1.8 0.2 - - - 5.8




Athelstone (Black Hill Alert) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.6 2.8 0.2 - - - - - 1.0 3.6 - - - - -
Balhannah (Killara Park) - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - - - - - 0.6 5.2 - 0.6 - - - - 1.0 2.6 - - - 0.2 0.2
Beaumont - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 1.4 - - - - - - 0.4 1.2 - - - - -
Belair - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 3.0 0.2 1.0 - - - - 0.6 2.2 - - - 0.2 -
Belair (St Johns) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 3.2 - - - - - - - 2.2 - - - - -
Belair (State Flora Nursery) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.2 3.4 - 1.2 - - - - - - - - - - 0.6
Bellevue Heights - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 5.2 - 0.2 - - - - - 1.4 - 0.4 0.2 - -
Birdwood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.4 1.2 - 1.4 - - - 1.6 0.6 4.0 - - - - -
Birdwood (McVittie's Hill) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.6 1.0 - 1.8 - - - 3.2 0.4 1.6 - - - - -
Bridgewater - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6.2













Brownhill Creek (Scotch College) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 2.2 - - - - - - - 2.8 - - - - -
Burnside - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.4 2.6 - - - - - - 0.4 2.8 - - - - -
Cherry Gardens - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 9.0 - 1.4 - - - - - 1.2 4.4 - - - 0.6
Clarendon















7.6






3.2


1.0
Crafers West 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 4.0 - 3.0 - - - - 1.6 3.8 - - - 0.8 0.2
Cromer Road - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 1.4 0.2 1.4 - - - - 0.4 3.8 0.2 - - - -
Cudlee Creek (Millbrook Reservoir) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 - - 0.4 - - - - 1.4 3.4




Cudlee Creek (O'Deas Road) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.4 1.0 - 0.6 - - - - 1.2 3.2 - - - - -
Edinburgh RAAF - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4.2 1.0 - - - - - - 0.6 0.4 - - - - -
Felixstow (Payneham) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.6 1.0 - - - - - - 0.2 2.0 0.2 - - - -
Gawler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 1.2 - - - - - - 1.0 0.6 - - - - -
Gawler Council Depot
























2.6




Gould Creek (Hermitage) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.0 0.8 0.2 - - - - - 0.8 1.0 0.2 - - - -
Greenacres - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.8 1.8 0.2 - - - - - 0.4 3.4 - - - - -
Hahndorf - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.3 5.4 - 0.6 - - - - 1.4 3.4 - - - 0.4 -
Halbury Road Salisbury (Halbury Road) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4.6 1.8 - - - - - - 0.6 1.8 - - - - -
Happy Valley Reservoir















0.8 5.4
0.8




4.8



0.4
Harrogate (Mount Beevor South) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 0.8 - 2.8 - - - - - 0.2 - - - - -
Heathfield Works Depot - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9.0











Inglewood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.4 0.8 - - - - - - 1.0 6.0 - - - - -
Ironstone Road - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.2 2.2 - 1.6 0.2 - - - 1.4 4.2 - - - - -
Kangarilla (Saddlebags) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 10.0 - 0.8 - - - - 0.4 2.4 - - - 0.2 0.2
Kanmantoo (Millbrae) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 1.0 - 1.2 - - - 0.2 - 1.4 - - - - -
Kersbrook - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 1.4 - - - - - - 1.0 4.0 0.2 - - - -
Kilburn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.6 1.2 - - - - - - 0.4 2.4 - - - - -
Kuitpo Forest Reserve - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9.8 - 1.0 - - - - 0.6 3.4 0.2 - - 1.0 0.2
Leawood Gardens (Eagle on The Hill) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.2 2.8 - 0.8 - - - - 0.8 3.2 - - - - -
Lenswood - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5.2 - - - - - 7.4 - - - - - - - - - - -
Lenswood (Stringybark) - - - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 2.2 - 1.8 - - - - 1.0 4.2 - - - - -
Lobethal















2.8 1.0 3.8




Lobethal (Maidment Road) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.4 2.6 - 1.0 - - - - 1.4 3.4 - - - - -
Lobethal WTP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 2.6 0.2 1.0 - - - - 1.6 2.0 0.2 - - - 0.2
Long Ridge (Greenhill) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 3.0 - - - - - - 0.8 2.4 0.2 - - - -
Longwood Alert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 6.8 - 1.0 - - - - 0.8 4.2 - - - 0.8 0.2
Macclesfield - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7.2 2.0 - - - 4.2 - - -

McLaren Vale (Pirramimma Winery) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6.4 0.2 - - - 0.6 - - - - -
Meadows - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9.0 - 2.8 - - - - 1.4 3.6 - - - 0.4 -
Mitchell Park (Marion) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 3.4 - - - - - - - 0.6 - - - - -
Montacute - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.4 1.4 0.2 0.4 - - - - 0.8 4.4 - 0.2 - - -
Morphettville - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Mount Barker - - - 0.4 - - - - -
- - - - - - 0.4 7.0 - 1.2 - - -
1.4 3.0 - - - 0.2 -
Mount Bold Reservoir















0.6 8.8 0.4




0.2 2.0




Mount Crawford AWS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.8 2.4 - 0.8 - - - - 1.2 1.8 - - - - 0.2
Mount Lofty - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.2 2.2 0.2 3.0 - - - - 1.4 3.6 - - 0.2 0.4 -
Mt Bold (Scott Creek Alert) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 7.6 - 0.4 - - - - 0.4 3.2 - - - - 0.2
Mt Torrens - - - - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - 1.4 1.8 - 3.0 - - - - 0.2 2.0 - - - - 0.6
Mylor (Biggs Flat) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6.0 - 0.2 - - - - 1.2 2.4 0.2 - - - -
Nairne - - - 0.6 - - - - - - - - - - - 8.0 2.0 - - - - 4.2




Noarlunga - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 6.2 - 0.2 - - - - - 0.8 - - - 0.6 -
North Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.6 - 2.0 - - - - 2.8




Parafield Airport - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.6 1.0 - - - - - - 0.4 1.6 - - - - -
Piccadilly (Woodhouse) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4.4 - 1.4 - - - - 1.8 4.6




Prospect Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8.4 0.6 1.0 - - - - 0.8 2.8 - - - - -
Red Creek (Burwood) - - - 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.8 - 2.4 - - - 2.6 - 0.4 - - - - -
Regency Park - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.4 1.2 - - - - - - 0.2 1.2 - - - - -
Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4.0 2.4 - - - - - - 1.6 1.0 - - - - -
Rosslyn Park (Seaview) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.4 2.4 0.2 - - - - - 0.6 2.2 - - - - -
Sellicks Beach















0.4 6.6






1.4




Uraidla















2.6 5.2






6.8




Uraidla (Sutton Creek) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 3.4 - 1.8 - - - - 1.2 2.8 - - - - 0.2
Verdun - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 4.0 0.2 0.4 - - - - 1.2 2.4 0.2 - - 0.6 -
Williamstown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.4 1.4 - - - - - - 1.6 1.4




Williamstown (South Para Reservoir) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.2 1.6 - - - - - - 1.4





Willunga - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9.2 - - - - 2.8




Woodside















3.2 0.4


2.6




Woodside (Wicks Estate) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 2.6 - 0.4 - - - - 1.0 1.4 - - - 0.6 -
Most values are the precipitation in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated. Days marked with → are part of a longer accumulation, which is shown on the final day.
Values over 100 mm have been rounded to the nearest whole millimetre.
Days marked with - have a rainfall report of zero; days left blank have no rainfall report (which often indicates no rain fell).
Rainfalls coloured
according to the amount
0 1.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 25.0 50.0 100 150 200 300 400 600 millimetres

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, generally published on the first working day of each month, lists the main features of the weather in Greater Adelaide 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.

In September 2017 this summary was broadened to include data from observing sites in or near the Greater Adelaide “Greater Capital City Statistical Area” (GCCSA). The Australian Bureau of Statistics designed the GCCSAs to “include the population within the urban area of the city, as well as people who regularly socialise, shop or work within the city, and live in small towns and rural areas surrounding the city. It is important to note that GCCSAs do not define the built up edge of the city. They provide a stable definition for these cities and are designed for the output of a range of social and economic survey data.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 8 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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