The daily weather log
Most summers recently have had one or two days over 40° and nights over 25°. Not this summer! The hottest day reached only 36.3°, and the warmest night 22.1°. Only 37 days went over 30°: half the usual number. Air conditioners may not have had much use!
The 7-day temperature curves show warm spells in the second week of December, and in the second and fourth weeks of January. Temperatures were then normal. The rest of the time they were well below normal.
Daily minimum temperatures were not so low. This made the daily temperature range small, especially during humid spells.
Humid weather (dew point 16°) came with rain in early December, mid-January, and early February. The air was rather dry (dew point 10°) at New Year and in the very last days of summer.
There were 33 rain days (normally 21). The longest dry spells were eight days from the 22nd of January, and nine days from the 20th of February. February the 6th was the wettest day, with 32 mm, and the summer total was high, at 311 mm.
It was a very cloudy summer. More than half the mornings were cloudy (over 4 octas) and many (18) were completely overcast. Only 13 mornings had a sky clear of cloud.
Comparing summer seasons
Mean daily maximum temperature and mean temperature this summer were the lowest in the nine year record. Mean daily minimum temperature was lower in 1999-2000, which has the next coolest mean temperature. While the cool summer of 1999-2000 had a large daily temperature range (15.6°) related to low rainfall, this summer had a very small daily temperature range (13.2°) related to high rainfall and cloud.
The mean daily maximum this summer (29.7°) is 3.3° below the nine-year average. The fall of over 4° from the very high maxima of the last two summers is dramatic.
Humidity was normal for the time of year.
For rainfall, this short record begins with the 15th driest summer (99-00, 125 mm) and includes the 19th wettest summer (05-06, 319 mm). This summer’s rainfall of 311 mm is 84 mm above the long-term summer average of 227 mm. It is on the 83rd percentile.
At 53% cloudy mornings, this summer season is by far the cloudiest of any season in the nine-year record. No others exceeded 41%.
Data. Rainfall data is from Manilla Post Office, courtesy of Phil Pinch. Dew Point values before August 2005 are from Tamworth Airport 6 am data supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology. Temperatures, including subsoil at 750 mm, and other data are from 3 Monash Street, Manilla.