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37 minutes ago, Summer Sun said:

Heavy snow falls in parts of New South Wales

 

Yes, seen lots of photos of the snow on Facebook.  Pretty impressive and may have to consider Aus for my future snow fix 👍

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

 

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It seems the cool August will continue over the next week or so. Tomorrow could see some pretty low temperatures across Central areas?

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The odd warm day after that until some more cool SW winds come in. It seems August has been a fairly cool month so far in this part of the world.

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Perth recorded its highest August temperature of 30.0c on Wednesday ( 11 above average ) blowing away the 1940 record by +2.2c. Other stations in and around Perth, including Rottnest Island, also set a new record for August ( and winter ). Perth has records since 1897 from two official sites - the present one has been operating since 1993. Appears to be an average month in Perth for mean temperature.

Perth highest August temperatures ( records since 1897 ) 

30.0.....2019 August 28th

27.8.....1940

27.2.....1949

27.2.....1948

27.2.....1914

27.0.....2015

  

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21 hours ago, Styx said:

Perth recorded its highest August temperature of 30.0c on Wednesday ( 11 above average ) blowing away the 1940 record by +2.2c. Other stations in and around Perth, including Rottnest Island, also set a new record for August ( and winter ). Perth has records since 1897 from two official sites - the present one has been operating since 1993. Appears to be an average month in Perth for mean temperature.

Perth highest August temperatures ( records since 1897 ) 

30.0.....2019 August 28th

27.8.....1940

27.2.....1949

27.2.....1948

27.2.....1914

27.0.....2015

  

 

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BoM have uploaded the provisional winter averages for 2019 - ahead of the written summary and media release which should be out on Monday. It was the 15th warmest winter in Australia and ninth driest.  June was +0.26c  July +1.6c and August +0.26c nationally ( anomalies compared to 1961-90 ). Must admit I am surprised by the positive value for August. The fractionally colder than normal month in Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory was not enough to compensate for areas of warmth in Queensland and Western Australia. Shame about that. Australia has not had a colder than average month ( relative to 1961-90 ) since October 2017.

 

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BREAKING...Extremely low temperatures across the entire stretch of Western Australia's inland south this morning. A short time ago, at 4:30am Western Australia time, it was -5.4c at Salmon Gums ( 11 below average ), a record low September temperature for Western Australia, and possibly still on the way down. Salmon Gums has records since 1932. Quite a few negative readings at other places so possibly other individual records. There does seem to be an increasing tendency in recent decades for periods of very low minimums in Australia's south in the colder months, with the southward shift of the subtropical high pressure ridge.  

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21 homes destroyed by bushfire in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales with one fire fighter critically injured. The situation is still unfolding on Saturday afternoon with emergency alerts for a number of towns. A very early start to the bushfire season even though spring bushfires are more common than summer ones in the sub-tropics. Wind has been hot and windy from the arid north west for a number of days with temperatures in the low to mid 30s at low elevation ( about +10c above average ).  If this were last week, many places would be breaking August heat records on both sides of the border. 

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https://www.unorthodox.com.au/fire/#?p=-52.8331,70.7188,4.0771,-162.7188&z=4&s=ct&t=1567832743&v=1

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This is a real sight to behold so early into October - a fairly broad area of forecast temperatures at or above 45c+.... and so far south! For the record, Australia's earliest 45c+ day into spring was on October 9th ( 2014 ) in far north-west Western Australia. The earliest 45c+ day into the season in South Australia state was October 20th ( 1988 ) but in the northern part of that state. I placed the settlement of Oak Valley on the map as BoM shows this as having the highest forecast temperature on Friday, of 44c. Regretfully, after doing my quick copy and paste job with the maps, I discover it has no weather station there, its simply a settlement that gets a weather forecast from the BoM. The next closest weather station is the town of Tarcoola just 400km to the south-east,  presently its not forecast to get as hot, even though it is at the same elevation. The heat dissipates pretty quickly on Saturday.

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Another 20 homes destroyed by bushfire in northern New South Wales yesterday bringing the tally to 60 so far in that part of Australia. Fortunately no one has lost their life but there will be short-term financial hardship and presumably many have lost sentimental assets. Pressure builds too on wildlife communities already impacted by habitat loss due to increasing urbanisation. First map is year to date rainfall showing how critically dry it is in northern NSW and southern Queensland. The second map is the two year rainfall deficiencies showing how extended the dry weather has been in that part of Australia extending into the south-east. 

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Bushfire fatalities confirmed

 

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Australia will be split in two weather wise, with near record temperatures in the north but conditions so cold and angry in the south there’s a risk of thundersnow later this week.

 

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