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Year in wild weather 2013

Year in wild weather 2013

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Fast facts about an extreme year in weather.
Fast facts about an extreme year in weather.

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2013 annual climate facts and events

Australia
Northern Australia Unusually early start to the wet season with widespread heavy rain in the second half of November Queensland Below average rainfall for large parts of Queensland and parts of the Northern Territory

Queensland Ex-tropical cyclone Oswald caused heavy rain and flooding along the east coast in late January

Warmest year on record; mean temperatures 1.20 °C above average

Western Australia June rainfall records in the northwest with flooding early and late in the month New South Wales

Western Australia Tropical cyclone Rusty caused flooding in the Pilbara and western Kimberley in late February

Australia’s hottest day (7 January), month (January), and season during summer 2012–13

South Australia 49.6 °C at Moomba on 12 January; highest temperature in South Australia since 1960 Victoria

Early start to fire season during spring; major bushfires in the Blue Mountains during September–October

Northeastern New South Wales Damaging hail and severe thunderstorms in late October and early November Southeastern Australia Extreme heatwave during January saw a number of major bushfires notably in southeastern Tasmania and Victoria

Slightly below-average annual rainfall; 428 mm (1961–1990 average 465 mm)

Major tornado outbreak in the northeast on 21 March; at least 5 confirmed tornadoes Tasmania Flooding in the southeast in early April, and further flooding in the north during winter and spring

Sea surface temperatures second-warmest since 1910 (based on preliminary data)

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