24°S 150°E Wowan – Queensland by Degrees

AT THE POINT

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Degree confluence 24°S 150°E, Google Earth

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Written information for this square will be forthcoming.

n

Looking north

e

Looking east

s

Looking south

w

Looking west

IN THE DEGREE SQUARE

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Climate: The closest representative weather station is at the Baralba Post Office, which is located approximately 27 km south-west of the confluence, and has an elevation of 100 m. The station has been collecting data since 1926.

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Mean max
(ºC)

34.4

33.4

32.7

30.4

26.6

23.6

23.1

25.1

28.4

31.2

32.8

34.1

29.7

Mean min
(ºC)

21.4

21.1

19.3

15.9

12.3

8.9

7.4

8.6

11.8

15.6

18.4

20.2

15.1

Mean rain
(mm)

93.5

113.6

72.4

45.2

41.8

35.4

29.3

21.1

24.6

56.2

77.1

99.6

709.4

The highest temperature recorded was 45.0°C in January 1994, and the lowest was -2.2°C in July 1984. The greatest rainfall recorded in a year was 1 311.4 mm in 1956, and the least was 349.9 mm in 1969. These and other climate statistics for Baralba can be found at on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website, http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_039004_All.shtml.

Extremes of Nature: The area is subject to the impact of some cyclones. The database maintained by the Bureau of Meteorology shows that since 1906, 35 cyclones have tracked within 200 km of the confluence, one of which passed within 50 km (an unnamed TC in June 1925). 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 point 1906 to 2006 (Bureau of Meteorology web site)

Extreme heat can also be a potential danger. Records show that the Baralba Station experiences 56 days annually with temperatures 35°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. Heat waves kill more people in Australia than all other natural hazards combined.

Today:

The total population of the degree square at the 2011 national Census was 7810.

MEASURE

1996

2001

2006

2011

Total population

6952

7072

7065

7810

Total males

3577

3649

3669

4078

Total females

3375

3423

3396

3732

Under 5 years

498

489

445

498

65 years and over

895

1048

1087

1386

Indigenous

386

423

474

572

The largest town in the square is Mt Morgan which had a population of 2557 in 2011. Of the smaller settlements, Bouldercombe had a population of 703, Baralaba had 261 and Duaringa had 259.


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Geoolgy of the square.

 

 

Compilers: Fank Birchall and Ken Granger

References to come.

Edited by: Hayley Freemantle