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2 hours ago, Styx said:

Rinse and repeat...

According to the BoM database Roebourne has records since 1957. It is in the Pilbara region in north-west Western Australia. Other stations in the Pilbara also broke their respective March records yesterday. These included Marble Bar 47.4 ( +0.7...records since 1901 ) and Port Hedland on the coast 47.0 ( +1.1...records since 1913 ). This arid area usually picks up monsoonal rain from time to time during the wet season but it has been very dry for months ramping up heatwave events.  

World record high apparently for March 

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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

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Rabbit Flat in the NT has broken the Australian record for the most consecutive days over 39C. It's currently 109 days but will likely rise as the heat continues.

Darwin could possibly have its driest wet season ever recorded unless it gets another 137mm rain by end of April. With TC Trevor approaching the GOC coastline it's quite possible the monsoon trough could develop over the Top End bringing the required rainfall.

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On 20/03/2019 at 21:43, tropicbreeze said:

Rabbit Flat in the NT has broken the Australian record for the most consecutive days over 39C. It's currently 109 days but will likely rise as the heat continues.

Darwin could possibly have its driest wet season ever recorded unless it gets another 137mm rain by end of April. With TC Trevor approaching the GOC coastline it's quite possible the monsoon trough could develop over the Top End bringing the required rainfall.

Rabbit Flat finally finally totaled 115 consecutive days over 39C before the maximum only managed to get to 38.4C on 26 March.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

 

 

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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..

  

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Winter is FINALLY coming: Unusually hot autumn weather to be brought to a swift end as 'Antarctic' cold snap hits

  • Australia's south-east coast will see sudden wintry conditions as a cold snap hits
  • A series of cold fronts will bring showers and winds to the southeast region
  • The much noticeably cooler conditions are expected to peak by Wednesday 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7066073/Unusually-hot-autumn-weather-brought-swift-end-cold-snap-hits.html

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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.

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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.

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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 

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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.

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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.

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