Queensland cyclones and their influence on monthly rainfall

Rimmer, Travis and Hossack, Annie Winifred Worrella Queensland cyclones and their influence on monthly rainfall. Brisbane: University of Queensland, 1939.

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Author Rimmer, Travis
Hossack, Annie Winifred Worrella
Title Queensland cyclones and their influence on monthly rainfall
Place of Publication Brisbane
Publisher University of Queensland
Publication year 1939
Sub-type Research book (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 1
Series Papers (University of Queensland. Dept. of Physics) ; v.1no.2 (1939)
Language eng
Total number of pages 20
Subjects 260602 Climatology (incl. Palaeoclimatology)
Formatted Abstract/Summary


Cyclones bringing rain to Queensland during the years 1925-1936 are classified as coastal, northern, or inland and their influence on monthly rainfall investigated. It is found that with coastal cyclones heavy falls were limited to comparatively small areas so that the cyclones did not cause excess rain at many stations, but they often ensured average rain at the coast when the greater part of the State had poor falls.

Northern cyclones were confined to the first three months of the year; those from the east caused heavy falls on the north coast, rain, decreasing sharply in adjacent divisions. Stationary cyclones and those from the Northern Territory which brought good rain to the country south of the Gulf of Carpentaria, in most cases affected the monthly totals at only one or two stations.

Inland cyclones which were not very intense, the isobars being widely spaced, generally caused widespread rain. Excess rain was experienced at several stations during most months that these cyclones occurred, a large part of the good rain being due to the cyclones.

A comparison of the excess rain brought to the various stations by cyclones with that due to other causes shows that cyclones were responsible for approximately one-third of the good rain that fell in Queensland during the first three months of the year, for much less between April and July, and for very little in the remainder of the year.

Keyword Cyclones
Rain and rainfall -- Queensland
Q-Index Code A1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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