Summary of 2002 Weather

( Figures are from the Bureau of Meteorology station at Mount Duneed )

Weather Conditions Temps
(deg C)
Cumulative Rainfall Comments
Jan 1st was the coldest since 1970. 4 days over 30 degrees, incl 37.4 max on 26th. Coolest max was 17.9 on 21st. Average max 23.1 Jan average max. is 25.2. Average min 11.7. Avis 13.6. Mt Duneed 17 mm. Urban area averaged 18 mm. January normal is 34.3 mm. Mt Duneed 17 mm. Urban area 18 mm. Normal Geelong cumulative total (1 month) is 34.3 mm. 1 thunder day on 26th but little rain; heavy mammatus clouds on 11th and 2 funnels seen in Melb on 2nd and 25th. One windy day on 7th. Water level now 88%.
Below average temps ended the coldest summer recorded. Only 4 days reached 30 deg (total 9 for summer cf average 13.3) Top temp 36.6 on 14th. Average max.23.8. Feb average max. is 25.6. Average min 12.9. Average is 14.1 deg. Mt Duneed 58.1 mm. Urban area averaged 45 mm. February normal is 37.6. Mt Duneed 75.1 mm. Urban area 63 mm. Normal Geelong cumulative total (2 months) is 71.9 mm. 4 thunder days; 3 funnel clouds and 1 waterspout. Lightning caused grass fires Bell Pen on 20th. Heavy rain on 8th (Torquay 95mm) caused severe flash floods in region.
Sixth month in a row of below average temps. 4 days over 30 deg. Top 35.3 on 18th. Max temp on 25th reached 27.5 deg at 12.30 am. Average max 23.0
March average max. is 23.5. Average min 11.9. Average is 12.8.
Mt Duneed 6.8. Urban area averaged 12 mm. March normal is 34.6. Mt Duneed 81.9 mm. Urban area 75 mm. Normal Geelong cumulative total (3 months) is 116.2 mm. 1 thunder day with spectacular lightning and rotating wall cloud on 25th. Sun halo on 16th. “Fog cool change” at Leopold on the 7th.
0.6 deg above average. Most of the month dry, dominated by high pressure ridges and southeasterlies. Average max 21.5
April average max. is 20.3. Average min 10.2.
Average is 10.2.
Mt Duneed 26.8.
Urban area averaged 28 mm.
April normal is 39.2.
Mt Duneed 108.7 mm.
Urban area 103 mm.
Normal Geelong cumulative total (4 months) is 155.4 mm.
1 thunder day; 2 fogs. Best rain day was 12-13th: 20 mm plus across urban area.  Otherwise very dry and settled.  El Nino predicted by 7/11 models for later in autumn.
Temperatures average; daily max 0.9 above, min 1.1 below. Average max 18.1 May average max is 17.2.
Average min 7.0.
Average is 8.1.
Mt Duneed 49.6.
Urban area averaged 45.0 mm
May normal is 47.2.
Mt Duneed 158.3 mm.
Urban area 148 mm.
Normal Geelong cumulative total (5 months) is 202.6 mm.
1 thunder day (19th). Strong winds on 16th (to 82 kph at Leopold). Ist half of month very dry. Most Otways areas below average rainfall. Some coastal falls well above.
Lowest –0.2 deg on 19th. Hail on 12th, windy (100+ kph) at Pt L on 7th and 25th. Cold westerlies increased wind chill effect. Average max 15.2
June average max is 14.3.
Average min 6.6.
Average is 5.9.
Mt Duneed 55.4.
Urban area averaged 55 mm.
June normal is 43.3.
Mt Duneed 213.7 mm.
Urban area 203.0 mm.
Normal Geelong cumulative total (6 months) is 245.9 mm.
Otways – Geelong above av rain; other areas to north and east drier.
Features observed: moonbow (25th), blue-sky rainbow (13th), Lightning without thunder, moon corona.
Temperatures over 1 degree warmer than normal. SOI falling (-7.12) and Barwon Water 72.3%. BoM not sure about El Nino. -0.4C on 11th. Average max 15.2 July average max is 13.9.
Average min 6.0.
Average is 5.1.
Mt Duneed 30.0.
Urban area averaged 38.0.
July normal is 41.9.
Mt Duneed 243.7 mm.
Urban area 241.0 mm.
Normal Geelong cumulative total (7 months) is 287.8 mm.
Most areas well below average rain. Features: Sun Dog (photo) on10th, gigantic sun (photo) 6th, mirage (Fata Morgana) on 28th. Strong winds (>80kph) on 6th & 9th. Hail on 5th & 9th
Temps cooler than long-term average. SOI –14.3 decr rapidly. Coolest day 10.8C on 12th. Coolest night -1.2C on 26th. Average max 15.2 Aug average max is 15.1.
Average min 5.3
Average is 5.7.
Mt Duneed 36.2.
Urban area averaged 32.0.
August normal is 47.3.
Mt Duneed 279.9 mm.
Urban area 273.0 mm.
Normal Geelong cumulative total (8 months) is 335.1 mm.
Rainfall generally around 65-70% of average. Snow fell at Beech Forest on 12th. Geelong (Mt Duneed) –1.2 degrees on 26th & 0.7 on 27th. Max 19.9 on 10th.
Slightly warmer than normal. Very windy (gusts >60kph) on 12 days. Top 28.4C on 15th, min 12.4C on 28th. Overnight min 1.5C on 12th. Average max 18.1
Sept average max is 16.7.
Average min 6.4.
Average is 6.8.
Mt Duneed 35.0.
Urban area averaged 32.
September normal is 53.2.
Mt Duneed 314.9 mm.
Urban area 305 mm.
Normal Geelong cumulative total (9 months) is 388.3 mm.
Rain >100% in Otways down to <60% at Geelong due to westerlies rain shadow effect. Sleet at Leopold on 28th (max 12.4C). Light hail on 25th. Water storages at 77%.
I day over 30 deg; top temp 31.1 deg on 18th. 11 days of very strong wind gusts over 60 kph, incl 107 kph on 18th at Leopold. Average max 19.3
Oct average max is 18.1
Average min 7.8
Average is 8.4.
Mt Duneed 27.2
Urban area averaged 27.0.
October normal is 62.0.
Mt Duneed 342.1 mm.
Urban area 332 mm.
Normal Geelong cumulative total (10 months) is 451.7 mm.
Rain in lowest 20th percentile. Otways catchments still at 75% of capacity. Two severe storm days: 13th & 18th.  Intense t/storms on 12-13th killed 2 horses at Moolap.
3 days over 30 deg; top temp 35.2 on 12th. 2 thunder days, 1 hail and 2 days of strong wind gusts >60 kph. Average max 21.5 Nov average max is 21.2.
Average min 9.1
Average is 10.2.
Mt Duneed 27.8.
Urban area averaged 24.
November normal is 51.9.
Mt Duneed 369.9mm.
Urban area 356 mm.
Normal Geelong cumulative total (11 months) is 503.6 mm.
Poor rains of 50% across region. Water catchments now 72%. Most fell in storms between 24-26th. One severe storm with winds >90 kph on 12th caused damage in N. suburbs.
Generally cooler than av. 4 days over 30 deg. Top temp 36.6C on 2nd. 2 strong wind days >80 kph gusts; I hail day; 1 fog on 20th. 1 severe storm. Average max 22.6
Dec average max is 24.0.
Average min 11.7
Average is 12.0.
Mt Duneed 31.0.
Urban area averaged 25 mm.
December normal is 44.9.
Mt Duneed 400.9mm
Urban area 381 mm.
Normal Geelong cumulative total (12 months) is 548.5 mm.
Low rainfall (around 70% of mean). Most fell on 30-31st. Water catchments 65%. El Nino signs diminishing.

New records (extremes) set:
2001-2 summer coldest on record;
Slightly cooler year than normal:
Summer was 2 degrees cooler and winter 0.7 degrees warmer than normal;
Hottest Day: 37.4°C on 26th Jan;
Coldest Day: 10.8°C on 12th August;
Coldest Night: -1.2°C on 26th August;
Wettest Day: 95 mm at Torquay on 8th Feb;
Wettest Month: 55 mm at Geelong in June;
Driest Month: March 6.8 mm at Mt Duneed;

No of Days above 30°C: 20 (Average 24.5);
Number of “Thunder Days” in Urban area: 12;
Number of severe storms: 9;
Strongest Wind Gust: 112 kph at Pt Lonsdale on 7th June.

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