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  1. These skiers had a big surprise. You have to be very lucky to see a platypus on land. Mt Field National Park about 50 miles to the west of Hobart, elevation 1200-1300m asl.
  2. There is 203cm of snow on the ground at Spencers Creek ( 1830m asl ) in the Snowy Mountains in southern New South Wales, a location used by Hydro NSW to measure snow depth on a weekly basis since 1954. It is near the major ski-fields. Maybe more to come before 'the melt' begins in earnest. https://www.snowyhydro.com.au/our-energy/water/inflows/snow-depths-calculator/ It is the third year in a row for snow depth to exceed the long-term average, which is 198cm, or 186cm median. Interestingly, annual peak snow depth this decade is more than last decade, with a slightly longer season of snow on the ground. I don't think anyone saw that coming. http://gergs.net/gallery/ Worth pointing out though Hydro NSW also measures snow depth at the lower locations of Deep Creek ( 1630m ) and Three Mile Dam ( 1470m ) and its a decade-on-decade loss of snow and shortening seasons at these lower levels. All the charts can be found via above link.
  3. ...20 years ago - crikey - It was overcast in Salisbury with some patchy very light rain, but it was dry during the height of the eclipse. Still a profound experience! I was doing telephone marketing at Anglian Home Improvements in Estcourt rd, but no work shift that morning. I was thinking, the Millennium is approaching and here is an Eclipse and at that point in my young life it all felt a bit spiritual, for want of a better word..
  4. Difficult to quantify how big this snow event is - but in terms of the multi-day widespread nature of low-level snow in Victoria and New South Wales, together with the massive amounts in the mountains - it's definitely one of the bigger events of the century. Unfortunately, the cold polar air has slung up into the mainland to the west of Tasmania so just a wet mushy snowline for us above 800 metres. It is not exceptionally cold anywhere so it's hard to find any cold weather records of any note and the minima in the days ahead don't look particularly remarkable either. Ignoring that though, it's a pretty cold start to August for average temperature would be nice to see a month finish up colder than average.
  5. Snow last fell in Canberra ( 580m ) in August 2015 and last settled in the city in May 2000. South-east and eastern Australia is about to be hit by the biggest winter weather system since at least 2015, with snow levels as low as 400-500m in Victoria and 500-700m in New South Wales ( defined as low-level in these states ). Perhaps a metre of snow above 1500m which is a solid fall by Australian standards.
  6. July - Hobart, Tasmania Mild with a mean temperature anomaly of +1.1 compared to 1981-2010 or +1.4 compared to 1961-1990. Every month since March 2018 has been warmer than average here. Mean maximum: 13.5 ( +1.2 ) Mean minimum: 6.0 ( +1.1 ) Rainfall: 47mm ( average 52mm ) Rain days ( +1mm ) : 11/from 14 Some active weather systems during the first half of the month but quieter and drier in the second half. There was no significant cold weather this month and the snowline never dropped below 600m. Windy with showers on the 1st/2nd as an intense low passed to the south with an associated front crossing Tasmania. 10mm fell on the 2nd and this was the wettest day of the month. Intense high pressure followed bringing a run of sunny days with morning fog and inland frost. The 11th-14th resumed windy, wet but colder as a broad area of low pressure passed to the south with a series of fronts in rapid succession. Snow settled at 600m with heavy snow about exposed western and central highland areas. A further front on the 17th brought more showers with snow settling near 700m. For the rest of the month there was long dry periods with occasional weak fronts bringing only a local shower or two as high pressure extended ridging south. A dusting of snow near 700-800m on the 23rd and 29th to top up a reasonable month for snow up high. Extremes in daily temperature for July ( records since 1882 ) : High max: 17.9.....1st ( record 22.1 in 1901 ) Low max: 9.3.....12th ( record 4.7 in 1888 ) High min: 10.0.....1st ( record 12.9 in 1985 ) Low min: 1.8.....31st ( record -2.8 in 1981 )
  7. Are they checking out the site or just the temperature sensor? Has that been mentioned at all? If it's a manually read site, then verifying if its working accurately by taking comparative readings with another sensor makes some sense to me. It is a potential national record after all so its best to make sure everything is up to scratch. Automatic weather stations are flagged as suspect straight away if the data coming in shows unusual rises or decline.
  8. Can't believe what I am reading. Following events from a distance with a lot of interest. I'll also add the words mild alarm.
  9. A lot of snow in Tasmania this week with police rescuing and searching for stranded bushwalkers. It is the biggest snows since August 2015 and comes after a quiet June. Unfortunately, no low-level snow event so far - the snowline hasn't dropped below 600m which is a little bit unusual. The temperature has been close to slightly above average across the state with a bigger positive anomaly along the coast.
  10. June - Hobart, Tasmania Staying dry with very mild days. A mean temperature anomaly of +0.7c compared to 1981-2010 or +0.8c compared to 1961-1990. Mean max: 13.6 ( +1.2 ) Mean min: 5.5 ( +0.2 ) Rainfall: 19mm ( average 54mm ) Rain days ( +1mm ) : 5/from 9 Not much winter action this month but there was a good stretch of frosts near the end of the month. Chiefly mild until the 18th with high pressure centered over eastern Australia with north-west winds off the continent. Occasional fronts in this mild stream bringing a few showers, locally. Heavier rain in Tasmania's north and west. A cold front on the 3rd brought a brief colder south-westerly wind change with 7mm and settled snow, but only to about 800m level. On the 18th a cold front introduced a prolonged colder period with a few showers between the 18th-21st with settled snow, but only to about 700m level. Sunny days with frost followed - severe inland as high pressure crossed from the west. Much milder but continuing sunny from the 26th as high pressure moved to the east with a northerly wind off the continent. A few showers on the 30th as a cold front crossed from the north west. The wettest day was 7mm on the 3rd. Extremes in daily temperature for June ( records since 1882 ) : High max: 18.1.....28th ( record 20.6 in 1907 ) Low max: 9.9.....25th ( record 4.3 in 1985 ) High min: 11.1.....29th ( record 15.0 in 2016 ) Low min: -0.2.....25th ( record -2.8 in 1972 )
  11. May- Hobart, Tasmania Mild and dry. A mean temperature anomaly of +0.7c compared to 1981-2010 or +1.1c compared to 1961-1990. Mean maximum: 15.8 ( +0.7 ) Mean minimum: 8.2 ( +0.6 ) Rainfall: 23mm ( average 45mm ) Rain days ( +1mm ) : 6/from 13 Continuing dry this year as high pressure dominates across southern Australia. Up until the 26th only 9mm had fallen for the month on fronts coming in from the west. Generally moderate winds but strong and gusty ahead of a front on the 10th. Becoming progressively colder toward the end of the month as a broad deep low passed to the south. A series of cold fronts bringing showers with snow descending to the 600m level. A milder dry westerly wind change followed. The wettest day was 7mm into the 30th. Extremes in daily temperature for May ( records since 1882 ) : High max: 19.7.....15th ( record 25.7 in 1997 ) Low max: 10.1.....29th ( record 6.1 in 1921 ) High min: 12.2.....3rd ( record 16.2 in 2005 ) Low min: 3.1.....29th ( record -1.6 in 1962 )
  12. I would hesitate to use the word rare to describe snow in Queensland. It last fell in 2016 and settled in 2015 ( much more heavily ). According to a snow historian it is likely to fall a couple of times a year and be observed on the ground every few. Almost exclusively, this will be in the mountainous area near the New South Wales border in the far south-east of the state just below Brisbane, where there are small towns, such as Stanthorpe and Applethorpe, near 800m elevation. This mountain area is the far northern end of the Great Dividing Range a chain of mountains which extends all the way up from south-east Australia. The 'Welcome to Queensland' sign is somewhere near 1000m asl ( I am not exactly sure where it is ). I would personally describe a snow event as 'rare' if it is way out of season, is unusually heavy or there's snow beyond a normal range, none of which applied this time, but I guess certain words are open to interpretation. The link below is a fascinating archive of snow events in Queensland with trend line graphs. There has even been snow fall in Brisbane observed from the hills there ( elevation 100-200m asl )! http://www.weatherarmidale.com/qldsnow.htm
  13. Big frosty chill across eastern Australia behind the cold snowy change in the south-east. A May state record for Queensland this morning with a low of -6.9c at the town of Stanthorpe, an elevated town near the New South Wales border. A number of Queensland towns also broke their respective May temperature record this morning, says ABC news. Second month in a row for a record monthly low for an Australian state. BoM forecasting a warm dry winter overall, but potential for severe frost periods.
  14. Fantastic start to wintertime with substantial snow across Tasmania settling 600m elevation with further heavy falls happening tonight. Photos picked from different locations thanks to those who took them. Also substantial falls across mountain areas of south-east Australia as ski season gets off to an early, bumper start.
  15. Haven't seen a picture like this before. Not quite sure what is going on here; maybe some dust in the atmosphere blown in from the continent, adding to the vividness. Or just ideal conditions, ideal positioning, and timing..
  16. Dust storm whipped up by cold front envelopes the city of Mildura ( population 50,000 ) in rural north-west Victoria, at 5pm Tuesday. Described as being unusually intense. It has been a dry start to the year in southern and central Australia.
  17. April - Hobart, Tasmania The equal second warmest April for mean maximum temperature but nights were anomalously cool - cutting the mean anomaly to +0.7 above 1981-2010 or +0.6 above 1961-1990. Overall, it was the coolest April for 4 years. Average maximum: 19.6 ( +1.8 ) Average minimum: 9.0 ( -0.4 ) Rainfall: 32mm ( average 50mm ) Rain days ( +1mm ) : 5/from 10 Predominantly dry with high pressure centered over southern Australia. Occasional fronts brought several milimetres of rain but the weather was quick to clear under high pressure ridging. The wettest days were 13mm on the 6th in an early morning thunderstorm on a cold front, 7mm on the 8th, 9mm on the 18th and just over 1mm on the 26th. The 26th-28th was reasonably cold and windy as an intense low passed to the south. Brief showers in the colder stream on the 26th behind the first of a series of cold fronts, with snow settling near 800m. A dry start to the year here with 84mm ( 47% of long-term average ). Extremes in daily temperature for April ( records since 1882 ) : High max: 28.7.....17th ( record 31.0 in 2014 ) Low max: 12.7.....27th ( record 7.7 in 1967 ) High min: 15.8.....17th ( record 18.6 in 1959 ) Low min: 5.4.....19th ( record 0.7 in 1963 ) Historically high mean maximum temperature
  18. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-20/snow-in-albany-western-australia-record/11032616 The Bureau of Meteorology confirms the historic nature of yesterday's cold snap in south-west Western Australia, in regards to snow. Also pleasing to note that Rocky Gully ( 215 miles south-east of Perth ) had an official maximum of 9.2c yesterday (13 below average ). That is the lowest daily maximum recorded in Western Australia for the month of April. A cold snap is not a real cold snap without a good temperature record! Rocky Gully is 250m asl. The previous low was 10.0c at Mount Barker and Manjimup in 1955 and 1970, both near 300m asl in the same geographical region. Icing on the cake will be for Perth to record its coldest April night tonight.
  19. It's rare to see these cold temperatures in winter, let alone April. Will have to wait til the 9am reset tomorrow to see if the Western Australia record low daily maximum was set. we hope so. Undoubtedly a number of sites have recorded their coldest April day today in south-west Western Australia.
  20. Historically significant cold outbreak forecast for south-west Western Australia tomorrow! BoM forecasting snow on the Stirling Ranges ( 1095m asl ). The only known instance of April snow in Western Australia was in 1970. In winter, it only happens once or twice and sometimes not all. There will be no shortage of snow chasers on Friday night hoping to capture what could be a very rare event. Also potential for lowest April maximum temperature recorded in Western Australia on Friday ( 10.0c is the number to beat ). Sunday will start with a sharp out-of-season frost. Perth's forecast minimum of 5 goes within 1c of the record April low, set in 1914.
  21. I try to catch up when I can but I thought the opposite was the case? Low ice extent across the Arctic is more likely to produce frigid winters in Europe.
  22. March - Hobart, Tasmania A rather warm and very dry month. A mean temperature anomaly of +1.0c compared to 1981-2010 or +1.1c compared to 1961-1990. The bulk of this anomaly was derived from a single day alone ( 2nd ). Average maximum: 21.5 ( +1.2 ) Average minimum: 12.1 ( +0.8 ) Rainfall: 18mm ( average 45mm ) Rain days (+1mm): 8/from 13 March began with record heat in south-east Tasmania as dry air from the Great Victoria Desert was drawn in on a direct north-westerly airflow. After this heat event, temperatures were moderate for the rest of the month and it was generally very settled, with a belt of high pressure extending across Tasmania latitude, broken by weak cold fronts at times, bringing only a shower or two. Near mid-month high pressure was centered to the south for a few days. Winds were light easterly off the sea, with low cloud and overnight drizzle at times. This calm setup was broken by an active front on the 25th which brought colder air, a few showers, and snow settling at 1100m asl in the afternoon. The wettest day was 3mm on the 9th. Extremes in daily temperature for March ( records since 1883 ) High max: 39.1.....2nd ( previous record 37.3 in 2008 and 1940 ) Low max: 14.5.....25th ( record 8.9 in 1925 ) High min: 19.8.....2nd ( record 21.1 in 1906 ) Low min: 6.0.....13th ( record 1.8 in 1926 ) Record
  23. Australia had its hottest March with the biggest anomalies across Northern Territory and Western Australia. This was the third record breaking month of the last four : December and January set a national record as well. http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/month/aus/summary.shtml
  24. Final weeks of Australia's ( quiet ) cyclone season forecast to end with two severe systems crossing the coast at the end of the week. Veronica could reach rare Cat 5. Veronica: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-20/tropical-cyclone-veronica-forms-off-wa-sparking-pilbara-warning/10919402 Trevor: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-20/cyclone-trevor-tracks-across-cape-york-peninsula-as-category-two/10916524
  25. You missed a couple from Australia 47.6 °C Kerang, Victoria on the 25th - a new January temperature record for Victoria (the previous one was 47.2 °C at Mildura Post Office, set on 10 January 1939). 41.6°C Canberra - tie January temperature record ( with 2013 )
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