Gungahlin misses the rain during mild, stormy February 2008.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during February were dominated by cloudy skies and cooler than normal temperatures.  It was also quite dry, with Gungahlin missing out on several passing thunderstorms that hit areas further south.

Nights were mild, with an average minimum of 12.1 degrees; well down on last Februaryís average of 14.4 degrees.  The warmest night for the month occurred on February 3, when the temperature was a warm 17.3 degrees, while on February 29 it dropped to a cool 7.2 degrees.

Days were generally warm and cloudy, with an average maximum of 25.0; well down on Gungahlinís longer term February average of 27.8 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was just 30.2 degrees, recorded on February 3.  In fact, the temperature reached 30 degrees on just two days for the month, well down on the 14 days recorded last February.  On February 28, cloudy skies, drizzle and cool SE winds combined to keep Gungahlinís maximum temperature to just 18.1 degrees.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 2.2 km/h during February, with the strongest gust for the month 41.8 km/h from the N/NW, recorded on February 23.

Rainfall totals around the ACT were generally above the February average, but unfortunately Gungahlin missed the bulk of the stormy weather, recording just 30.2mm of rain for the month, over 6 days.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were better, with 66.6mm recorded at Canberra AP and 84.4mm at Tuggeranong.  Gungahlinís total rainfall for 2008 now stands at 97.2mm, well up on the 46.2mm which fell over the same period last year.

Gungahlin's March Outlook:  After a generally cooler, cloudier and wetter than normal summer, indications are that the first month of autumn should see weather conditions return to normal.  Overall, daytime temperatures during March should average at around 25 degrees, and nights at 11 degrees.  Rainfall prospects are looking a little mixed, and will largely be determined by the passage of low pressure troughs during the month.  This said, it is more than likely that Gungahlin will receive at least its normal March rainfall of just over 34mm.

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