23°S 147°E Peak Vale – Queensland by Degrees

THE POINT

goog

Degree confluence 23°S 147°E, Google Earth

sit

Looking north

e

Looking east

s

Looking south

w

Looking west

The information will be uploaded soon.

 

WITHIN THE DEGREE SQUARE

wall1

brd

 

loc

 

Climate: The closest representative weather station is at Clermont, which is approximately 67 km east-north-east of the degree confluence, and has an elevation of 260 m. The station has been collecting data since 1870.



 

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

YEAR

Mean max (0C)

34.3

33.1

32.0

29.5

26.1

23.1

23.1

25.3

28.8

32.0

34.0

34.9

29.7

Mean min (0C)

21.3

21.1

19.4

15.7

11.5

8.1

6.7

8.2

12.1

16.3

19.0

20.8

15.0

Mean rain (mm)

117.4

114.

73.9

38.8

35.0

34.3

24.9

19.0

19.3

35.5

57.2

92.1

660.9

 

The highest temperature recorded was 45.0°C in January 1994, and the lowest was 1.6°C in July 2004. The greatest rainfall recorded in a year was 1 295.4 mm in 1882, and the least was 121.9 mm just three years later in 18852. These and other climate statistics for Clermont can be found at: Australian Bureau of Meteorology, http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_035019_All.shtml


Extremes of Nature: The area is subject to the impact of cyclones. The database maintained by the Bureau of Meteorology shows that 14 cyclones have tracked within 200 km of the confluence since 1906, although only two of these passed within 50 km (TC Agnes in Mar 1956, and TC David in Jan 1976). These cyclones bring with them potentially destructive winds and intense rainfall. Cyclone information for this area and all of Australia can be found at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website, http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/silo/cyclones.cgi

 

Cyclone tracks within 200 km of point 1906 to 2006 (Bureau of Meteorology web site)

Extreme heat can also be a potential danger. Records show that Clermont experiences 59 days annually with temperatures over 35°C. Such extreme temperatures can cause heat stroke and death if appropriate measures are not taken such as avoiding strenuous physical effort, keeping as cool as possible and drinking lots of water. Heat waves kill more people in Australia than all other natural hazards combined. In addition, with very little rainfall and only 21 days a year on average with any rain, the area is also among the driest in Australia.

Today:

The total population of the degree square at the 2011 national Census was 884. Some of that population is undoubtedly spread across some neighbouring squares.

MEASURE

1996

2001

2006

2011

Total population

571

587

590

884

Total males

295

306

293

469

Total females

276

281

297

415

Under 5 years

52

49

46

67

65 years and over

30

53

37

78

Indigenous

0

0

15

4

 

References to come

Information: Ken Granger

Edited by: Hayley Freemantle