Kingaroy Airport Met Station

Spring temperatures were mild and bud burst was 1-2 weeks late around mid-September. A late burst of very hot weather in the last week of September pushed vines faster than expected then mild weather again prevailed in early October. October remained mild with modest rainfall. Minimum temperatures (5.2-20.0 oC) averaged 13.0, maximum temperatures (21.2-33.5) averaged 28.9 o; a minimum 1.2 o higher than average, a maximum 1 o higher than average. Rain was 61 mm (7 d), 4 mm above average. November remained mild with less rain. Minimum temperatures (7.6-19.0 oC) averaged 14.2, maximum temperatures (17.7-32.7) averaged 26.8 o; a minimum the same as average, a maximum 2.1 o lower than average. Rain was 37 mm (9 d), 33 mm below average. December also remained mild with many cloud covered, showery days to maintain the green drought. Minimum temperatures (11.6-20.5 oC) averaged 17.2, maximum temperatures (22.4-32.5) averaged 28.3 o; a minimum 0.4o above the average, a maximum 3.0 o lower than average. Rain was 67 mm (16 d), 28 mm below average. The second half of December has been under the influence of a rain depression (997 mbar) situated 300 km off Fraser Island. This brought cloudy skies conducive to powdery mildew infection (some reports), showery weather though some big falls have waterlogged some vineyards but no general flooding. Some water harvesting occurred for two days before the authorities called a halt. The end of the month has been typified by wind gusts of 30-60 km/hr which assisted any humidity reduction.

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