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WINTER IN ARMIDALE
Left: “Best snowfall for 50 years”.
Central Park on 4 July 1984. Image by Col Mulquiney.
This is the
latest temperature and wind information at Armidale Airport. Further
data from the airport HERE.
Note: the airport is 93 metres higher and five kilometres from the city weather station resulting in slightly different weather conditions occurring there. Winds are usually around 10 to 15 kms per hour stronger at the airport. Day temps are about one degree lower, and night and early morning temps can be around two to four degrees higher at the airport.
This Month - July 2014
Total Rainfall up to 9am on the 31st:
20.8 mm (Long term average: 48 mm)
This Year - 2014
Total Rainfall up to 9am on 31st July: 251.8 mm (Jan-Jul average: 447 mm, annual average: 787 mm)
Highest Daily Rainfall: 25.8 mm on 28th Mar
Highest Temperature: 37.1C on 3rd Jan
Lowest Temperature: -8.2C on 9th Jul
Hot Days - Temp above 30C: 21 (average: 14 days)
Cold Days - Maximum below 10C: 7 (average: 15 days)
Cold Mornings with Frosts: 59 (average: 98)
(using information from Armidale City weather station)
JULY RAINFALL: 20.8 mm on 6 days, 27 mm lower than the long term average. Most of the rain fell in the second half of the month with the heaviest daily fall being 10.4 mm on the 26th.
SNOW IN ARMIDALE - Friday 18th July - An intense cold front moved through the region early in the morning with snow showers falling in Armidale between 7am and 9am. The snow did not settle on the ground in the middle of the city, but there was a settling fall at the University of New England on the north-west edge of the city. The last snow in Armidale was a very light fall on 12th October 2012, and the last time snow settled on the ground was on 9th July 2008.
The maximum temperature of 5.5C on the 18th made it the coldest day for six years since 9th July 2008 (5.0C).
Snow also fell in other towns on the Northern Tablelands including Hanging Rock, Walcha, Uralla, Ebor, Guyra and Ben Lomond.
SEVERE FROSTS - 8th & 9th July - Very cold air over New England in the wake of a cold front on 5th July produced low temperatures and severe frosts on the 8th and 9th. The minimum on the 8th was -7.5C followed by an even colder morning on the 9th dropping to -8.2C. These were the lowest temperatures since 25th June 2012 (-9.0C).
JUNE 2014 RAINFALL: 35.8 mm on 11 days, 19 mm lower than the long term average. The highest daily fall was on Saturday the 28th from showers and thunderstorms generated by a cold front passing through the region. Details in the June 2014 Weather Review here.
COLDEST MORNING FOR 2 YEARS - 27th June - Minimum -7.3C. After the passage of a cold front on the 24th, very cold air, clear skies and calm conditions overnight on the 26th/27th allowed the temperature to drop to -7.3C, Armidale’s lowest temperature since 4th July 2012 (-7.4C). The temperature dropped to zero at 8pm and remained below zero until 8.30am with the minimum occurring at 7.15am. The maximum on the 27th was 18.1C with a resulting rather large temperature range for the day of 25.4 degrees.
MAY 2014 RAINFALL - 20.2 mm on 6 days, 23 mm less than the long term average. Most of the rain fell in one day: 13.4 mm on the 3rd while the remainder of the month was mostly dry. Details in the May 2014 Weather Review here.
MAY COLD SNAP - 3rd/4th May - Temperatures plunged to mid-winter levels on the 3rd as a severe cold front passed through northern New South Wales bringing showers, strong winds, low temperatures and some light snowfalls to higher parts of the Northern Tablelands. The Guyra/Black Mountain/Ben Lomond areas all received a few light snow and sleet showers. Walcha had at least one snow shower and a few flakes of snow fell in South Armidale at 10pm. The 3rd was a bitterly cold day with a maximum temperature of 8.6C, but the wind chill temperature was around 0C to -5C for much of the day. The showers which fell during the day and evening totaled 13.4 mm for the 24 hours to 9am on the 4th.
The 4th was Armidale’s coldest May day for 14 years with the temperature reaching a maximum of just 6.9C in bleak drizzly conditions.
APRIL 2014 RAINFALL - 6.4 mm on 6 days, 39 mm less than the long term average. This was the driest April since 2005 (2.4 mm). Details in the April 2014 Weather Review here.
MARCH 2014 RAINFALL - 101.8 mm on 14 days, 37 more than the long term average. Details in the March 2014 Weather Review here.
WETTEST MARCH FOR 12 YEARS - After experiencing the driest summer on record, March 2014 has now been the wettest March since 2002. A low pressure trough which developed over inland New South Wales on 24th March produced good soaking rain to the New England region over the following five days. The total from the 24th to the 28th was 67.2 mm, bringing the total for the month to 100.0 mm (up to the 28th) which is more than the total for the previous three summer months.
SUMMER WEATHER REVIEW - The summer of 2013/2014 was the driest on record, and the hottest since 1958 in Armidale. Details in the Armidale summer 2013/14 weather review here.
FEBRUARY 2014 RAINFALL - 49.6 mm on 9 days, 39 mm less than the long term average, and was the driest February since 2000 (44.4 mm). The total rain for the three summer months December, January and February was just 88.8 mm - lowest summer rainfall on record from 150 years of rainfall records. The previous lowest was 112.0 mm in the summer of 1964/65. Further details in the February 2014 Weather Review here.
JANUARY 2014 RAINFALL - 17.2 mm on 7 days, 85 mm lower than the long term average, Armidale’s driest January since 1981 (13.2 mm). This follows a very dry December, the total for the two months being 39.2 mm making it the driest December-January since 1881-82 (31.5 mm). Details in the January 2014 Weather Review here.
HOTTEST DAY FOR 62 YEARS: 37.1C - Friday 3rd January - A low pressure trough over inland New South Wales directed very hot north-westerly winds originating from central Australia over the north of the state. As a result many areas recorded their hottest day on record. In Armidale the maximum of 37.1C was reached at 4.00pm. This was the highest temperature recorded at the present weather station site (33 years of records), and a check of older temperature records from the CBD indicates it was the highest since 26 January 1952 when the post office recorded 38.4C. The heat lingered well into the night, at 9pm it was 34.5C, at 11pm 30.0C and at midnight 26.5C.
The maximum at Armidale airport was just 0.1C cooler at 37.0C.
IS ARMIDALE’S CLIMATE BECOMING WARMER? See for yourself. Go to the bottom of this page for the 123 year Armidale temperature graph.
2013 RAINFALL TOTAL: 636.4 mm - 151 mm less than the long term average. It was a dry year, but 2012 was even drier totalling just 597 mm. Only two months recorded well above average rain - January with 162 mm and November with 118 mm. Conditions were very dry from April to October with the exception of June. April was the driest month recording only 6.6 mm.
2013 ANNUAL WEATHER REVIEW here.
UNUSUALLY MILD WINTER - The winter of 2013 was unusually mild. Based on maximum temperatures over the months of June, July and August it was Armidale’s third warmest winter in over 100 years. Minimum temperatures were close to the long term average although frosts were mostly less severe than normal. Details in the Armidale winter weather review here.
TELEVISION REPORTING OF ARMIDALE’S WEATHER - Daily temperatures for Armidale reported on the major TV networks often vary from each other. This is because the ABC reports the temperatures from the city weather station, whereas NBN and Prime usually report temperatures from Armidale Airport. The airport temperatures are not as representative of conditions in the city due to its higher altitude. Overnight minimums in particular are often around 2 to 5 degrees colder at the city weather station which is located in the Armidale valley where temperature inversions are common on calm clear nights. More details on the reasons for temperatures differences between the two stations here.
SNOW IMAGES - It’s been six years since the last settling snowfall in Armidale, but there have been many light and a few moderate snowfalls around the Guyra/Black Mountain/Ben Lomond areas since then. Click on the link below to see the gallery of snow photographs taken in various locations on the Northern Tablelands over the last 30 years:
Snow images 1984 to 2011.
EBOR FALLS ICE AND SNOW (Historic Event) - In July 2007, after several mornings of sub zero temperatures, Ebor Falls, 80 kms east of Armidale, partly froze and a mini snowfield was created by spray at the base of the falls. Photographs of this amazing event here.
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Where will it fall, when will it fall, and how much is likely to fall?
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August in Armidale - what can we expect?
The last month of winter is generally dry, frosty, sunny and cold, but a little milder than July, although temperatures rarely reach higher than 21 degrees. Rainfalls are light, and increasing gusty westerly winds often add to the wind chill. Severe cold changes from the south are likely, and there is still the chance of a snowfall.
Average max temp: 14.2 deg
Average min temp: -0.2 deg
Average rainfall: 47.5 mm on 9 days Average fine sunny days: 19
Average days with thunderstorms: 0.6 Average frosts: 20
Average hours of sunshine per day: 6.2
Hottest: 27.4 deg on August 24th 2009 Coldest: -10.2 deg on August 4th 1994
Coldest day (lowest maximum): 4.4 deg on 19th August 1996
National Climate Centre outlook for August
to October 2014: Rainfall lower
than the long term average, temperatures higher than normal.
Photograph: Drummond Park in the afternoon of 3rd July 1984. Image by Simon Smith.
Weather at Nearby Locations
DO YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOGRAPHS OF ARMIDALE'S WEATHER? I'm always on the lookout for a good photo for the top of this page. If you have any which you think look good (interesting clouds, sunsets, hail, frosts, snow, floods etc) in or around Armidale, please email me here.
statistics in these pages referring to Armidale are sourced from the Bureau of
Meteorology weather station in East Armidale, station number 56037. Some data
is also used from the Bureau’s automatic weather station at Armidale airport,
station number 56238.
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The above graph shows the average (mean of average max and average min) temperature for each year from 1891 to 2013.
The dotted line is the ten year average.
Until 1997 temperatures were recorded in Armidale’s CBD. Temperatures recorded since 1997 at the East Armidale site have been weighted to be compatible with the earlier recordings.
The ten year average dotted line shows periods of warming and cooling.