AT THE POINT
Looking north Looking east
Looking south Looking west
Observations were carried out 280 m due west of degree confluence (thick vegetation between the road and point).
Point information & photos: Col Grant 2008, Author's email: email@example.com
IN THE DEGREE SQUARE
Climate: The closest representative weather station is at Goondiwindi, which is 90 km south-west of the confluence, and has an elevation of 106 m.
The highest temperature recorded was 44.2°C in November 1996, and the lowest was -4.2°C in July 1992. The greatest rainfall recorded in a year was 966.1 mm in 1996, and the lowest was 321.5 mm in 2006. These and other climate statistics for Goondiwindi can be found at: Australian Bureau of Meteorology, http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_041521_All.shtml
Extremes of Nature: Since 1906 there has been one cyclone to pass within 50 km of the degree confluence (1928, Unnamed), and a further 12 have passed within 200 km. 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 the confluence, 1906 to 2006 (Bureau of Meteorology web site)
Extreme heat can also be a potential danger. Records show that Goondiwindi experiences 36 days annually with temperatures over 35°C, although very rarely does it 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. Heat waves kill more people in Australia than all other natural hazards combined.
The population of the degree square at the 2011 national Census was 5040. Of this total 1324 people lived in Millmerran; 819 in Inglewood and 202 in Cecil Plains.
The spike in the 2001 population was probably associated with the construction phase of gas and power projects in the area.
More to come
Edited by: Hayley Freemantle