24°S 147°E Avoca – Queensland by Degrees

AT THE POINT

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Degree confluence 24°S 147°E, Google Earth

SIT

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Looking north

e 

Looking east

s 

Looking south

w 

Looking west

WITHIN THE DEGREE SQUARE

Photo's and information: Bruce Urquhart, 2011

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Emus

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Local bird life

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Snake

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Scrub

 

 

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Climate: The closest representative weather station is at Springsure, which is located approximately 110 km east of the confluence, and has an elevation of 345 m. The station has been collecting data since 1865.

 

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

YEAR

Mean max (0C)

 34.0

32.5

31.7

29.0

25.3  

22.3

 22.1

24.0

27.6

30.6

32.9

34.1

28.8

Mean min (0C)

20.9

20.5

18.8

14.8

10.9

7.1

6.2

7.5

11.1

15.3

17.8

19.8

14.2

Mean rain (mm)

107.3

109.2

67.7

40.0

35.7

37.9

28.6

24.0

28.1

47.6

64.3

90.0

678.6


The highest temperature recorded was 44.5°C in January 1994, and the lowest was -4.4°C in July 1965. The greatest rainfall recorded in a year was 1 589.0 mm in 1956, and the least was only 303.1 mm in 1969. These and other climate statistics for Springsure can be found at on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website, http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_035065_All.shtml.

Extremes of Nature: The area is subject to the impact of cyclones. The database maintained by the Bureau of Meteorology shows that 12 cyclones have tracked within 200 km of the confluence since 1906, although only 1 of these passed within 50 km (TC Agnes in March 1956). 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.

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Cyclone tracks within 200 km of the confluence, 1906 to 2006 (Bureau of Meteorology web site)

Extreme heat is also a potential danger. Records show that Springsure experiences 36 days annually with temperatures over 35°C, although very rarely do temperatures reach 40°C or warmer. 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.


Today:

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Cattle

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Grader

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Mount Beaufort Homestead

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View at Homestead

Today:

The total population of the degree square at the 2011 national Census was 995.The village of Alpha had a population of 348.

MEASURE

1996

2001

2006

2011

Total population

787

924

870

995

Total males

423

490

478

518

Total females

364

434

392

477

Under 5 years

79

86

74

81

65 years and over

70

120

110

131

Indigenous

27

25

35

17

 

References to come.

Information: Ken Granger

Edited by: Hayley Freemantle