February 2013 was a warm cloudy month with good falls of rain.
The rainfall total of 89.6 millimetres was very close to the long term average. Most of the rain fell in the second half of the month with the highest daily fall being 42.8 mm on the 23rd.
Maximum temperatures were much lower than normal as a result of numerous cloudy days. Overnight temperatures were close to normal, and there were no notable extremes.
There were thunderstorms on five days, no hail, and winds throughout the month were light to moderate easterlies.

Noteworthy events:
21st-23rd - A low pressure system which had developed off the southern Queensland coast a few days earlier, moved inland over the Northern Tablelands on the 22nd and 23rd bringing good soaking falls of rain to the Armidale area and heavy flooding rains to the North Coast. Armidale recorded 46.0 mm of rain from this system over the three day period from the 21st to the 23rd.


FEBRUARY 2013 STATISTICS  (long term averages in brackets)

Rainfall:  89.6 mm  (88.9 mm)

Rain days:  14  (10)
2012 rainfall total Jan to Feb:  251.6 mm  (190.4 mm)

Average maximum temp:  23.1 deg  (25.4 deg)   

Average minimum temp:  12.1 deg  (12.6 deg)   

Highest maximum temp:  27.9 deg on the 10th 

Lowest maximum temp:  17.0 deg on the 22nd 

Highest minimum temp:  15.2 deg on the 1st 

Lowest minimum temp:  5.2 deg on the 3rd 

Fine sunny days:  6  (13)

Ideal weather days:  0  (1)

Days with thunderstorms:  5  (5)

Days with frosts:  0  (0)    

Days with fogs:  1  (1)

Wind direction at 3pm & number of days:  E: 12,  SE: 7,  W: 3,  S: 2,  NE: 2,  SW: 1, NW: 1

Average daily pan evaporation:  3.8 mm  (4.5 mm)

Thunderstorm details:

1st:  1.40-1.50pm - thunder heard in south - no rain
        6.30-7.30pm - moderate storm from west
2nd:  1.30-2.00am approx - slight storm from west
10th: 2.15-3.15pm - thunder heard - no rain
        3.15-7.00pm approx - moderate & slight storms from south - 10.0 mm rain
11th:   5.00-5.30pm - slight storm from south - 0.2 mm rain
12th: 1.50-2.50pm - thunder heard, no rain
        2.50pm-3.10pm - slight storm from south - 0.2 mm rain