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A major weather event for the New South Wales coast, from the mid-north to south of Sydney. The east coast depression has brought sustained gale force winds and very high rainfall totals. There are now reports of casualties. The video is from Dungog, 125 miles to the north of Sydney, this afternoon. 



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A major weather event for the New South Wales coast, from the mid-north to south of Sydney. The east coast depression has brought sustained gale force winds and very high rainfall totals. There are now reports of casualties. The video is from Dungog, 125 miles to the north of Sydney, this afternoon. 




They are reporting the town of Maitland in the Hunter Valley received 246mm of rain between 9am and 1pm, this is on top of the aprox 150mm the region received in the previous 24hrs. The Hunter region has been bearing the brunt of some severe thunderstorms appearing in the system with some extreme preceiptation.

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So it looks like most of Sydney region within about 15kms of the coast received around 200-250mm of rain over the last 48 hours, . dropping to around 150mm as you go further west. Rain still on going meant to ease considerably this afternoon but at least the wind has dropped. Some of the Hunter region has recieved over 400mm over the same period of time.Rainfall totals are high but not that unusual  (1 in 10 year event?) but combined with two days of severe winds - gusts up to 145kmph for 48 hours is.

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Sydney Morning Herald. Peter Stoop.


A sad but dramatic image just released. Witnesses run to the scene of a car which swept into the swollen river in front of them. Police are now searching for the car and the two elderly passengers.

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Certainly quite a strong East Coast Low. Heavy rain, high winds, never pretty when it strikes a populated area of coastline like the Sydney-Newcastle-Hunter area. I probably don't need to post much in the way of info, videos or pics this time as there's plenty of media and social media covering it due to it hitting Sydney and neighbouring areas. There'd be heaps on YouTube too.


Significant cold anomalies over much of the country during the past few days focussed mostly in WA, NSW and southern QLD.
Some places have broken their April lowest maximum records, including Marble Bar which had its coldest April day in the combined 114 year history of the Marble Bar site. It reached a maximum of 16.3ºC, breaking the previous April lowest max record of 20.1ºC which was set in 1999. Btw, the average max in April at Marble Bar is 36.2ºC.2015041820150418.gif2015041920150419.gif2015042020150420.gif2015042120150421.gif2015042220150422.gif



Rainfall during the past week from the initial frontal rainband, which was followed by the formation of an East Coast Low off the coast near Newcastle -


The highest total during the past week was 470mm at Brogers Creek in the Illawarra (thanks to orographic enhancement). The next highest totals were in the Hunter, with 454mm at Maitland, followed by 453mm at Tocal, then 441mm at Seaham, and 435mm at Gostwyck Bridge. All these locations are within close proximity to each other.


Daily rainfall over the past three days. You can see the sudden divide along the coast between the area of 100mm+ falls and little/no rain at all on the 21st and 22nd, this is fairly typical for East Coast Lows that form near the coast where areas north of the low's centre can receive very little if any rain -



The highest 24 hour fall during the event was 312mm at Dungog on the 21st. Intense thunderstorms on the 22nd in the Newcastle-Hunter region brought 148mm in an hour at Maitland, with 214mm falling in two hours. Unsurprisingly, Maitland had the highest 24 hour total on the 22nd with 308mm. 113mm at Brogers Creek was the highest fall in the 24 hours to 9am this morning (the 23rd). 135km/h wind gusts were recorded at Newcastle (Nobbys Head), Norah Head and Wattamolla during the event.


Copy of a Severe Weather Warning issued as the system was peaking (the 120km/h gust at Nobbys Head was a typo, it had actually peaked at 135km/h)-



Severe Weather Warning
for damaging and locally destructive winds, damaging winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf
for people in the Metropolitan, Hunter and Illawarra forecast districts

Issued at 2:01 pm EST on Tuesday 21 April 2015.



Weather Situation

An intense low pressure system just off the coast near Newcastle is expected to move gradually southwards this afternoon and evening, staying close to the coast as it does.

At 2pm severe thunderstorms were occurring about the northern Hunter coast causing localised very intense rainfall. These thunderstorms are being covered in a separate Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning which should be referred to for the latest information.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS averaging 90 to 100 km/h with peak gusts up to 135 km/h are forecast for coastal parts of the Hunter forecast district (including the Central Coast) today.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts to about 100 km/h are forecast to continue along the coastal fringe of the Metropolitan and Illawarra forecast districts today.

HEAVY RAINFALL is likely in the Hunter district, but also possible about the Metropolitan and Illawarra districts.

VERY HEAVY SURF which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion is forecast for the Metropolitan, Hunter and Illawarra forecast districts. Beach conditions in these areas are dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

Wind gusts to date include: 135 km/h at Norah Head, 120 km/h at Nobby's Head, 110 km/h at Williamtown, 107 km/h at Molineaux Point, 90 to 100 km/h at North Head, and Sydney Airport.

Rainfall totals from 9am Monday to 9am Tuesday include: 312 mm at Dungog, 259 mm at Crawford (near Bulahdelah), 186 mm at Wallsend, 172 mm at Wahroonga (Sydney).

Rainfall totals between 9am and 1:30pm include: Maitland 243 mm, Seaham 152 mm and Tocal 119 mm (all in the Hunter Valley).




250kms further north of Newcastle around here on the North Coast, there has been minimal rain during this event with just over 5mm falling. On the same day the Hunter Valley was getting soaked with torrential rain and very strong winds, it was a pleasant day here reaching 25ºC as you can see below (person on a paddleboard in the centre left of first photo) -


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Only a few days after Sydney copped the wildest storm of the century, an impressive hailstorm in the city late Saturday. Temperature range of 14-26, then a maximum of 17 on Sunday.


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A flood watch has been issued for here on the northern coast of NSW (the Macleay River is the catchment I live in). The models are still undecided over where they will focus the heaviest rain and how much though.


Issued at 11:52 am EST on Wednesday 29 April 2015


Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding along all rivers and creeks within a nominated valley and is NOT a Flood Warning [see note below].


Onshore winds and rain will increase as a trough deepens off the northern NSW coast on Thursday and Friday. Another East Coast Low is expected to form within this trough on Saturday near the QLD border before moving south to be offshore of the Mid North Coast on Sunday. The northern half of the coast (Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers) will receive the heaviest rain with multi-day falls of 150-200mm, locally 350+mm from Wednesday night to Saturday. Friday and Saturday will see the heaviest widespread falls.


At this stage there is a greater than 70% chance of flooding in the following river valleys developing during Friday and Saturday:

1. Tweed River valley - moderate to major flooding

2. Brunswick River valley - moderate to major flooding

3. Richmond and Wilsons River valley - moderate to major flooding

4. Clarence River Valley, including the Orara River - minor to moderate flooding

5. Coffs Harbour - minor to moderate flooding

6. Bellinger and Kalang River valley - moderate to major flooding

7. Nambucca River valley - moderate to major flooding

8. Macleay River valley - minor to moderate flooding

9. Hastings River valley - minor to moderate flooding

10. Camden Haven valley - minor to moderate flooding

11. Manning River Valley, including Gloucester - minor to moderate flooding


There is still the possibility of renewed flooding in the Hunter Valley (including the Paterson and Williams Rivers) on Sunday and Monday. This will be reviewed on Thursday based on the latest information.


This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks must monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop. Flood Warnings will be issued if Minor Flood Level is expected to be exceeded at key sites along the main rivers for which the Bureau of Meteorology provides a flood warning service. Across NSW over 70% of Flood Watches are followed by flooding within the catchment.



A localised thunderstorm yesterday brought falls of up to 122mm in Coffs Harbour, with 60mm falling in an hour at one of BOM's gauges there.

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Only a few days after Sydney copped the wildest storm of the century, an impressive hailstorm in the city late Saturday. Temperature range of 14-26, then a maximum of 17 on Sunday.



Was pretty amazing amount and of hail in some places, sadly only a light shower at my place, despite people snowboarding on the stuff in the next suburb.

Below is a iceflow on the Parramatta river (air temp about 20 degrees at the time)


Also a good show of lighting Apparently 16311 strikes below showing the plot of them in the Sydney region.



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Very heavy downpours here last night with 132.8mm falling in the 24 hours to 9am this morning. The two heaviest showers brought 41.2mm in 35 minutes and the other brought 27mm in 20 minutes, pretty much raining cats, dogs and elephants as they came over.


Severe Weather Warning update issued earlier this afternoon -


Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf
for people in the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands forecast districts

Issued at 12:20 pm EST on Friday 1 May 2015.



Weather Situation


An East Coast Low is expected to deepen within a trough off the southern Queensland coast later today, moving south to be near the Northern Rivers district by early Saturday morning, and then off the Mid North Coast by Sunday.


HEAVY RAIN and THUNDERSTORMS, which may lead to FLASH FLOODING, are forecast to intensify today over the Northern Rivers forecast district, peaking overnight. Northern parts of the Mid North Coast and eastern parts of the Northern Tablelands forecast districts are also likely to see intensification overnight or early Saturday morning.

DAMAGING WINDS around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are forecast to develop tonight on the Northern Rivers and northern parts of the Mid North Coast forecast district. The coastal fringe is the most vulnerable area. Elevated parts of the Northern Tablelands may also see wind gusts to 90 km/h overnight.

VERY HEAVY SURF, which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion, is forecast for the Northern Rivers and northern pats of the Mid North Coast forecast district later tonight and Saturday. Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas. Water levels could equal or exceed the highest tide of the year during this evening's high tide, chiefly near the Queensland border.

24 hour rainfall to 9am today:

Port Macquarie 104mm

Coffs Harbour 85mm

Wooli 84mm

Alstonville 88mm

Houghlahan's Creek (near Lismore) 90mm

Bilambil Heights (near Tweed Heads) 94mm



Coffs Harbour is currently hosting the Touch Football World Cup. Today's matches have been cancelled: http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-9035-0-0-0&sID=248914&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=34450355

Football fields in Coffs Harbour today -


(Source: Scottish Touch Association - Facebook)

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The latest east coast low gave Brisbane its wettest May day since records began in 1840, with 183mm of rain. The previous record was 149mm. The situation was much worse on Brisbane's northern outskirts with localised falls of over 300mm, most of it in just a few hours. It is here where the rain took its toll - five people lost their lives when their vehicles were swept off the road into swollen rivers. Some may recall the Brisbane floods of 2011 which broke the Brisbane river and caused the inland "tsnumami" in the Lockyer valley. Falls yesterday were similar in intensity. As the low tracked down the coast into northern NSW the low lost its intensity.    

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A sixth person ended up dying during that East Coast Low. On the 2nd, a young child drowned in the surf on the far northern NSW coast at Ballina while he was walking with his father and brother along the beach. Strong surf from the low was still affecting that area.


The Macleay River at Kempsey peaked at 4.9 metres, which is within the minor flood level range. Not much impact at that level of flooding, the 'largest' impact being that it cuts the upstream low-level bridges to the small farming communities/localities. Most of the flooding is contained within the river channel itself at this level. Once it gets above 5.2m at Kempsey it can start causing inconvenience as it can spill over the bank and start cutting off the main highway and other local roads near the river and floodplain. We received 256mm here at the house during the event, mostly concentrated on April 30th when 132.8mm fell and on May 1st when 91.8mm fell. Falls within the local region were as high as about 400mm.

Pictures at Kempsey as the river was peaking, and the last photo is from one of the low level bridges upstream. (for comparison, the bridge at Kempsey during high tide https://www.flickr.com/photos/witnesskingtides/8290270696/ )


(Source of all photos above: Macleay Argus)


In Northern NSW, there was moderate flooding on the Wilsons, Orara, Bellinger, Nambucca and Hastings Rivers. Minor flooding on the Tweed, Brunswick, Richmond, Clarence and Macleay Rivers. The town of Bellingen was cut in two as the Bellinger River flooded and went over the Lavenders Bridge.

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Wow...wow. The coldest outbreak with snow experienced here for the month of May since 31 May 1989. Snow falling as low as 200 metres this morning. The temperature in the city is ranging between 4 and 7C and the mountain summit ( 1270m ) is -4C. The record low maximum temperature for May has been exceeded, and it is likely to warm up overnight, but this is a very dramatic event for the beginning of May.









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Such an impressive event for early May Styx. Would I be right in saying this would be a decent system for your area even in mid-winter? :)


National summary for April. Out of 106 years, it was the 18th coldest nationwide for max temps (Western Australia 6th coldest, and South Australia 11th coldest), and 29th coldest for mean temps nationwide.


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Such an impressive event for early May Styx. Would I be right in saying this would be a decent system for your area even in mid-winter? :)


National summary for April. Out of 106 years, it was the 18th coldest nationwide for max temps (Western Australia 6th coldest, and South Australia 11th coldest), and 29th coldest for mean temps nationwide.



Hi. Yes absolutley. I think it's one of the best coverings on the mountain I have seen over the past 10 years ( for any month ). There was a similar coating last year at the end of July, which came down low, just above the suburbs, like yesterday. There was a bit more snow then, especially lower, but it was the best sight since winter 2004, when there were multiple accumulations together with reasonable cold that built up a base over time ( like it regularly used to do before our winters changed for the worse from 1980s onward ). I would therefore say this was a decent system even for mid winter...eventhough there will be a couple of events every winter ( even in the bad years ) where there will be a light covering in the hillier suburbs itself. A couple of schools closed yesterday too but because the temperatures didn't drop too close to freezing, most of the roads across the island which usually close during winter time events were OK to travel on.


A warm sector came thru overnight. In Hobart it was 4-7C for the entire morning yesterday, then between 6-9C throughout the afternoon, climbing overnight, where it is 13C now at 6am. 



university of tasmania, hobart, yesterday ( facebook ). the environmental and science department is to the left...law to the right.




Yes a cool month in Australia in April. -0.7C cooler than average ( 1961-90 ). Largest negative anomaly since March 2011. One of the few months in the last few years that has actually been on the cool side. Let's hope it continues so this continent can stop reporting on record heat events.

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Autumn complete. Australia has recorded its first anomalously cool season ( 61-90 ) since winter 2012 - but only by the smallest of margins. Compared to the 81-10 period the gap is bigger, near -0.3C on the cool side.


61-90 comparisons

March 2015...+0.8C

April 2015.....-0.7C

May 2015.....-0.3C






Dry. -23% below

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The first month of winter has been quiet in Australia. Almost the entire western half of the country has been much warmer than average, but the south-east has been near normal, or slightly below average. Snowfall has been dismal in the Australian Alps with no natural snow at the highest measuring station ( Spencers Creek, 1850m ). For this time of year, I believe only 10% of years since records began in the 1950s has seen zero or negligble snow cover. The snowfields have had to rely on snow making machines to stay open, fortunately nights have been cold enough to enable the snow guns to work effectively on the common runs.

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Fifth warmest June on record for Australia, so that's another one to add to the list:


........................Mean temperature rank ( records since 1910 )


Nov 2012.........4

Dec 2012.........4


Jan 2013.........1

Apr 2013.........5

Jul 2013..........3

Aug 2013........2

Sep 2013........1

Oct 2013........3


May 2014.......5

Sep 2014.......5

Oct 2014........2

Nov 2014.......1


Feb 2015.......2

June 2015.....5

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Australia's snow drought is about to end in a big way with significant falls likely in the Alps for a number of days beginning over the weekend. 50cm-1metre is possible which is a considerable total by Australian standards. The yearly snow depth average is 198cm at Spencers Creek ( 1850m ). The peak so far this year has been 16cm in May, but last week just 1cm lay on the ground. 


The east coast low will be the catalyst to drive up precipitation totals and spread the snow further west and north at lower levels in conjunction with some deep cold air. This might turn out to be a disruptive event affecting arterial roads and larger communities away from the Alps in NSW and Victoria, perhaps something not seen in terms of extent for several years.



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Unfortunately the BBC got it wrong. I think it's important to correct it. " The coldest weather for decades" claim is way off the mark, and seems to be based on earlier news reports before this weather event began which suggested southern and eastern Australia may experience the most widespread snowfalls and the lowest daily maximum temperatures since 2000. That year saw a severe cold outbreak in May, but no one was seriously expecting this one to match it. In the end, most places have seen their first snows and lowest temperatures for 2-4 years, so a cold change not out of the ordinary except for a bizarre weather pattern which produced it and something that history will forget about in a few seasons. I blame some of the private weather organisations who have sprung up in recent times ramping things up to get attention, and then media outlets joining in with the hyperactivity. Snow depth in the Alps ( Snowy Mountains ) at elevation 1800m may be substantial by the end of the week, but no record likely there either.  The northern part of the Great Dividing Range runs up the eastern side of New South Wales into south-east Queensland at elevation 800-1000m. It's not rare for the township of Stanthorpe ( 800m ) in Queensland to have brief snow flurries/sleet but rare for it to settle there.


I will leave it at that I think, if NorthNSW is still around he may want to add something else.



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Decent snow fell across the northern ranges of NSW from the last cold front/pool of air that came through. The snow fell on 12th, (mainly) 13th and a little into the early hours of the 14th. Impressive amounts on the southern parts of the northern ranges.

Here's a terrain map that shows most of northern NSW (excluding the far NE NSW corner) and adjacent parts of the Granite Belt in QLD (Stanthorpe area). It might help in visualising and locating places. The QLD border isn't shown on this map but just imagine a line and it more-or-less runs Mungindi, Goondiwindi, Texas and midway between Tenterfield & Stanthorpe and then northwards off the map following near the road that passes north through Stanthorpe's "E'

(Source: Australian Severe Weather)

8 centimetres of snow was reported from the town of Guyra (at 1330m ASL). The city of Armidale (980-1080m ASL), and the towns of Glen Innes (1050-1100m ASL), Uralla (1000-1040m ASL), and Walcha (1050-1120m ASL) also received settling snow, varying depths from location to location. The Eukey area in QLD near Stanthorpe around 1000m received falling snow. The airport at Armidale was briefly closed. There were heavier falls on the ranges east of Tamworth around Niangala / Topdale area (between 1150-1350m ASL, between Nundle and Walcha on the map), being a bit further south it picked up more precipitation, and Woolomin receiving 60 centimetres of snow! (http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/3212926/tamworth-road-reopens-after-heaviest-snowfall-in-decades/?cs=159)(http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/3208492/snowed-under-mini-business-boom-in-high-country-hot-spots/?cs=159) and the snowfall in this area has been called the heaviest in over 30 years. Snow drifts of one metre were reported in this area (opens into a PDF doc, http://walchatelecottage.com.au/showadvocate/20150715). Also for the first time in decades, 170 kilometres of the New England Highway had to be closed (http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/3208443/snow-and-ice-close-highways/?cs=159)

The Barrington Tops (1400-1550m ASL) (between Moonan Flat and Gloucester on the map) also received good snow.


Barrington Tops -
(Source: Visit Barrington Tops - Facebook)


Niangala area
(Source: Tamworth & Region Weather  - Facebook)


Hanging Rock area

(Source: Tamworth & Region Weather  - Facebook)


Near the village of Walcha Road

(Source: Tamworth & Region Weather  - Facebook)




(Source: Tamworth & Region Weather  - Facebook) (Source: Higgins Storm Chasing - Facebook)




(Source: Higgins Storm Chasing - Facebook) (Source: University of New England - Facebook)


Black Mountain village (the railway north of Armidale has been closed since the 1980s)


(Source: Above the New England - Facebook)




(Source: Higgins Storm Chasing - Facebook) (Source: Guyra Shire Council  - Facebook)


Ben Lomond village 


(Source: Ben Lomond Snow  - Facebook)

Video of snow falling near Ben Lomond on the New England Highway: https://www.facebook.com/geoffrey.w.gray.9/videos/10153492945042437/?permPage=1


Glen Innes


(Source: Higgins Storm Chasing - Facebook) (Source: Glen Innes From Above - Facebook)


Collection of snow pictures from local newspapers:

Armidale Express (28 + 13 photos) - http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/3207156/gallery-let-it-snow-armidale/?cs=471#slide=1 & http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/3209035/gallery-your-snow-photos/#slide=1

Guyra Argus (95 + 50 photos) - http://www.guyraargus.com.au/story/3206765/mega-photo-gallery-snow-day-magic/?cs=605#slide=1 & http://www.guyraargus.com.au/story/3207427/photos-a-selection-of-pictures-from-around-town/?cs=605#slide=1

Glen Innes Examiner (42 photos) - http://www.gleninnesexaminer.com.au/story/3206441/gallery-snow-in-glen-innes/?cs=422#slide=1

Tenterfield Star (31 + 76 photos) - http://www.tenterfieldstar.com.au/story/3206909/winter-wonderland-gallery/?cs=1514#slide=1 & http://www.tenterfieldstar.com.au/story/3204858/a-snowy-sunday-july-12-2015-photos-video/?cs=1514#slide=1


The snow brought masses of people from outside the region, some from the NSW North Coast and others from Brisbane and South East Queensland. All hotels and motels from Warwick in QLD to Armidale in NSW were reported to be booked out (http://www.tenterfieldstar.com.au/story/3212802/sell-out-town-books-out-for-snow-show/?cs=1514)


In the highest parts (approx 1200m+) of the northern ranges east of Tamworth, some snow still remains on the ground. With several roads remaining closed from snow and ice.
Snow is expected to fall later tomorrow (the 16th) and on Friday (17th) on the northern ranges of NSW and potentially into the adjacent Granite Belt of QLD. BOM are forecasting snow possibly falling down to 600-700m tomorrow and then 500m on Friday!!!

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Supposedly the coldest week for 19 years in Melb. We've had 2 sub 10 degree days this month and a couple sub 11 , as well as days with lengthy spells of cold rain, not too frequent here.

It felt bitter on Sunday with it pouring all daylight hours and a temp of 6-7 degrees much of the day until evening when it warmed up to around 11.

Monday and Tues this week were not much better . Felt like a London winter a bit!

The coldest pool of air slid past Melb and headed from the west to tote north of the country . However there has been a decent amount of snow in the Victorian Alps to kick off the ski season properly, which had got off to a very slow start this year.

Looks like temps are on their way back up to the seasonal average of 14-16 by the end of this weekend. And this cold spell may be the worst of the winter behind us.

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Queensland has biggest snowfall since 1984 overnight with several centimeters of snow in the highland border towns, just across the border with New South Wales. In 1984, there was apparently sleet in Brisbane, and snow settled on the ranges near Mackay in the tropics. Extensive snow in New South Wales overnight too from the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, right up the elevated centre and across the border. We are a bit jealous here in Tasmania, but we had good falls in autumn and early spring it is typically the best time.


Alpine snow - Snowy Mountains, SE NSW

On Thursday, the official weekly snow depth reading from Spencers Creek ( 1800m ) showed 50cm had settled and compacted in the previous week. The accumulated snow depth now stands at 55cm. In order for the average ( 1954-2014 )  peak snow depth to be met this season another 143cm is required - a very tough task. In order to exceed the leanest snow year on record ( 2006 ) another 33cm is required on top of whats already on the ground.


Current snow depth compared to last year........Current snow depth compared to 2006.........Current snow depth compared to 1981 ( Record season peak )



Graphs from http://www.snowyhydro.com.au/waterenvironment/snow-depths-calculator/

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