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Title: Weather In Australia 2020
Post by: mark on January 20, 2020, 07:10:03 AM
Severe floods in Australia after devastating bushfires.

Heavy rain has soaked coastal areas of Queensland and New South Wales over the last few days.
Title: Countless cars and windows damaged as hailstorm tears through Canberra, Australi
Post by: mark on January 22, 2020, 08:16:37 PM

Hail as big as golf balls and ferocious winds of up to 117 kilometres per hour have torn through Canberra in a storm that had residents running for cover.

The storm, which swept across the ACT and New South Wales — including the firegrounds — smashed windows, dented cars and tore branches off trees, causing localised flooding.

More than 1,000 homes lost power, with outages reported in Florey, Griffith, Deakin and Kambah, and dozens more suburbs across the territory.

Since midday, the ESA had received a record number of requests for assistance, more than 1,900, with ACT Ambulance Service attending to two people for minor injuries sustained during the storm.
Title: Oppressive, humid conditions for southern Australia as heatwave
Post by: mark on January 31, 2020, 08:29:11 PM
Oppressive, humid conditions for southern Australia as heatwave combines with tropical airmass
Kate Doyle, Friday January 31, 2020 - 17:12 EDT
ABC licensed image
The tropics are moving south this weekend but don't expect paradise. - ABC licensed
Bust out that Hawaiian shirt and find yourself some fruity refreshments because southern Australia is set to get a taste of the tropics — but all is not calm in paradise.

The dew point — an indicator of how much moisture in the air — is about to soar thanks to a low pressure system dragging tropical moisture south.

It has been combining with high temperatures to bring dangerous heatwave conditions and sticky nights.

Title: Summer snow in Tasmania
Post by: mark on February 03, 2020, 08:19:29 PM

t was snowing in Tasmania on Monday morning, just three days after the temperature hit 40 degrees in Hobart.

A burst of wintry air sweeping over Tasmania in the wake of a cold front is causing showers, blustery winds and highland snow on Monday.
Title: Australia's third warmest January on record breaks prolonged run of drier-than-u
Post by: mark on February 04, 2020, 07:58:24 PM
Australia's third warmest January on record breaks prolonged run of drier-than-usual months
Ben Domensino, Tuesday February 4, 2020 - 11:44 EDT
January was a month of impressive temperature contrasts in Australia. During the opening week of 2020, a pulse of hot air caused a spate of maximum temperature records in NSW. This included a whopping 48.9 degrees at Penrith in Western Sydney, which is the highest temperature ever recorded in any suburb of an Australian capital city.

But while temperatures were soaring in NSW during the opening week of 2020, cooler air combined with a blanket of cloud and rain caused parts of SA and Victoria to experience their coldest January day on record. This included maximum temperatures 15.9 degrees at Woomera and 17.5 degrees at Ceduna, two sites that have data available back to the 1940's.

Despite these contrasting temperatures across Australia, last month's national mean temperature was 1.45 degrees above the long-term average, making it the country's third warmest January in 111 years of records.
Title: Australia's Byron Bay floods after receiving heaviest rainfall in almost half a
Post by: mark on February 07, 2020, 08:21:48 PM

The scenic northern NSW town of Byron Bay has been hit with flooding after receiving almost 300mm of rain overnight.

Up to 275mm of rain has fallen in the Cape Byron rain gauges in the past 24 hours, according to the Bureau of Meteorology NSW.

The nearby town of Ballina also copped 175.6mm over the same period, and Coffs Harbour on the Mid North Coast has received 122.6mm, causing flooding on parts of the Pacific Highway in that area. The heavy rain today also reached Sydney, causing flash flooding in the city as 70mm fell on the CBD overnight.

The rainfall is reportedly the heaviest the town of Byron Bay has received in almost 50 years.

The main streets of Byron were hit with flash flooding, with locals and tourists sharing videos of water up to their ankles and mid calves.
Title: Heavy rain in NSW 'breaking the back' of the horror bushfire season
Post by: mark on February 07, 2020, 08:36:13 PM

Heavy rain is drenching large swathes of eastern NSW, forcing road closures and sparking concerns about the risk of flash flooding.

The rain is good for business and farms as well as being really good for quenching some of these fires we've been dealing with for many, many months," the told the ABC today.

"We don't want to see lots of widespread damage and disruption from flooding, but it is certainly a welcome change to the relentless campaign of hot, dry weather."

The Bureau of Meteorology this morning issued a severe weather warning that stretches along the coast from the south of Wollongong up to Lismore in the north. Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle could all be affected by flooding, the bureau says.
Title: Sydney wet weather means Warragamba Dam levels to surge past 63 per cent
Post by: mark on February 10, 2020, 08:10:06 PM

WaterNSW says storage levels at Warragamba Dam — the city's main water supply — have soared from 42 to 63 per cent after a wet and wild weekend.

The dam has recorded its best flows in three years and WaterNSW said levels could reach as high as 70 per cent.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said, over the past four days, about 391.6 millimetres of rain fell at Sydney's Observatory Hill station in the CBD.
Title: Cyclone Uesi set to bring heavy swells to Queensland and New South Wales coast b
Post by: mark on February 12, 2020, 08:10:55 PM

Wild surf conditions are expected off the South East Queensland and New South Wales coasts as early as tomorrow as Tropical Cyclone Uesi tracks closer to Australia.

The category-three system is currently west of Noumea, but expected to weaken as it nears Australia.

The Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) Helen Kirkup said it would still produce swells of up to 5.5 metres
Title: Rain brings 'huge relief' to NSW farmers amid drought
Post by: mark on February 12, 2020, 08:19:22 PM

Rain has given some of NSW's drought-affected communities a boost and lifted their spirits but it's not enough to break the drought.

From relief to panic: Evacuation orders in place for parts of Sydney due to floodingPlay Video02:11
Heavy rain extinguished a major bushfire, but the downpour has now caused other problems. Source: 1 NEWS
The state's coast copped extraordinarily high amounts of rainfall over the weekend, with Sydney recording its heaviest drenching in three decades and copping gale-force coastal winds.

The rain filled dams, put out bushfires and helped ease drought conditions but also caused flash flooding, mass power outages and millions of dollars in damage across the state.
Title: Australia: Floods in southern Queensland as rivers rise
Post by: mark on February 14, 2020, 06:54:38 PM

he heavy rain continues to fall in South East Australia, with flooding affecting parts of southern Queensland over the last few days. This follows severe flooding in parts of New South Wales after days of heavy rain from 07 February.

Several parts of Queensland's Sunshine and Gold Coast areas recorded more than 170mm of rain in 24 hours to 13 February. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Marcoola recorded 231.8mm of rain during this period, Nambour 200.8mm and Southport 177mm.

Queensland's State Emergency Service (SES) said it carried out 19 swift water rescues and responded to over 300 calls for assistance.

Warnings were issued for communities near the Coomera River at Oxenford, where river levels jumped to 3.02 metres (major flood stage is 2.5 metres).

Queensland Police reported that the body of a person was found in Conondale. The victim is thought to have been swept away by flood water. Police are also appealing for urgent public assistance to locate a woman reported missing near Gorge Falls in the Tallebudgera Valley, an area where a number of creeks have been impacted by recent rain.

On 11 February severe flooding affected parts of Queensland's Western Downs Region, with warnings issued for for Dalby where the Myall Creek broke its banks, and for Jandowae and Warra, where the Jandowae Creek overflowed.

Title: Leaking Talgai dam still at risk of failing, engineers say, with residents spend
Post by: mark on February 16, 2020, 08:57:09 PM

Engineers are continuing to monitor a leaking dam wall on Queensland's Southern Downs that is at risk of failing, with up to a dozen properties still off limits due to flooding fears.

An emergency declaration remains in place for an area surrounding the privately owned 430-megalitre irrigation dam at Talgai, north-west of Warwick, which has been leaking since Friday night.
Title: Snowing in Tasmania – In the summer! – Video
Post by: mark on February 29, 2020, 06:56:25 PM
Snow has fallen in mountainous parts of Tasmania, rounding out a summer of dramatic weather changes in Australia. ummer-of-extremes
Title: Perth, Australia breaks record with 5 consecutive days of summer thunderstorms
Post by: mark on March 03, 2020, 07:44:58 PM

Perth's wild weather over the last week has broken records as the city experienced its first five consecutive days of thunder and lightning in the summer months.

A severe storm hit the metropolitan area on Tuesday afternoon, flooding roads, tearing roofs off homes, uprooting trees and trapping some people in their cars.

On Thursday night came another severe weather warning from Gingin to Mandurah as a freak electrical show filled Perth's skyline.

The Perth area today recorded its fifth consecutive day of thunderstorm activity, which the Bureau of Meteorology said was a record for the summer months.

On average, Perth has around two days of thunderstorms in February.
Title: No active fires in NSW for first time since July
Post by: mark on March 03, 2020, 07:53:41 PM
For the first time in eight months, the NSW Rural Fire Service declared on Monday that there were no active bush or grass fires in NSW.

The declaration of no active fires brings to an end more than 240 days of continuous fire activity across the state.
Post by: mark on March 03, 2020, 07:57:19 PM

Australia’s “Grand Solar Minimum” summer –which brought record cold/heat, drought/floods, fires, and dust storms– had one final sting in the tail: another flurry of rare summer snow.

While summer down-under officially ended on Saturday, Feb 29, another blast of heavy, unexpected snow began burying parts of Tasmania on Wednesday, Feb 26.

Mountainous areas of the isolated island state reported large accumulations to close out the week, with local meteorologists warning yet more snow could settle above 1,000 m (3,280 ft) –including at Mount Field and Wellington– over the coming days.

Title: Widespread rainfall in western NSW gives hope to farmers for strong harvest
Post by: mark on March 05, 2020, 09:12:37 PM

A deluge of wet weather has seen towns in western NSW approach or exceed their total rainfall from 2019.

Rain gauges reached 78 millimetres in the town of Condobolin this week, bringing their 2020 total to 208mm — 60mm more than they received all of last year and half their yearly average, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Title: Ex-tropical cyclone Esther hits Victoria, bringing heavy rain, flooding and dama
Post by: mark on March 05, 2020, 09:14:10 PM
Melbourne has woken up to a month's worth of rain that has caused flash flooding, downed trees and prompted more than 300 calls to emergency services across the state.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) meteorologist Peter Otto said 55 millimetres of rain hit Melbourne overnight — the highest rainfall for March since 1929.
Title: Darling River flows through Wilcannia after three-year dry
Post by: mark on March 06, 2020, 07:12:32 PM

After a three-year wait, the community of Wilcannia in far-western New South Wales is celebrating substantial Darling (Baaka) River flows.

Locals had lobbied authorities to prioritise culture and the environment over agriculture as the river struggled through drought and .

Now, thanks to flooding rain in northern NSW and Queensland and soaking rain locally, the dry riverbed is full again.
Title: Monsoon powering up over northern Australia
Post by: mark on March 08, 2020, 05:42:04 PM

The monsoon trough is gathering strength over the northern Australian waters this weekend, and will start to drift over the continent over the coming week.

Over the past several days the monsoon trough has been strengthening, with increased cloud and moisture developing.

The monsoon trough can be thought of like a global seabreeze, as winds blow from the cooler part of the planet (the hemisphere in winter) towards the warmer half of Earth (the summer hemisphere) to cool it down. In this case, winds are coming from India, southeast Asia, and Indonesia and blowing towards Papua New Guinea, and northern Australia.
Title: Australia prepares for more wet weather as rain breaks records
Post by: mark on March 10, 2020, 07:31:28 PM

Northern Australia will see an increase in rain in coming days as seasonal rains gather strength.

Authorities in the Australian state of Queensland have stepped up efforts to deliver essential supplies to stranded residents in the town of Thargomindah after the Bulloo River peaked at 5.4 metres on Sunday following the town's wettest day in 21 years.

As food and other items were being flown or ferried in to the western outback town, Bulloo mayor John Ferguson said the water had brought plenty of flies and mosquitoes - but spirits remained high.
Title: Melbourne's wettest start to a year in five decades
Post by: mark on March 12, 2020, 07:25:23 PM

Melbourne is having its wettest start to a year in almost half a century, following one of the city's driest years on record.

Melbourne only received 374.4mm of rain during 2019, making it the city's driest year since 1997 and third driest in 164 years of records.

The remarkably low rainfall in Melbourne and many areas of Australia during 2019 was partially caused by a strong climate driver that peaked late in the year: a positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD).

However, once this positive IOD broke down and the Indian Ocean returned to a neutral phase, rain started returning to parts of southeastern Australia at the beginning of 2020.

In January, Melbourne collected 115mm of rain, making it the city's wettest month in just over two years. Then came February's 76mm, which was also more than any individual month in 2019. So far in March, Melbourne has picked up 65mm, already exceeding the long-term average for the month.
Title: BOM rain outlook is good news and the Darling River is flowing, but beware the w
Post by: mark on April 04, 2020, 02:18:29 PM

BOM rain outlook is good news and the Darling River is flowing, but beware the wintery blast
By Kate Doyle, Friday April 3, 2020 - 18:20 EDT
It is raining over large parts of the south-east, there is finally a good rainfall outlook after years of drought, and there is a flood of water heading down the Darling River.

So good news generally, but batten down the hatches if you are in the south-east this weekend.

Rain is still falling after days of widespread falls and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued several .

Blair Trewin, senior climatologist for the BOM, said the days of widespread rain were the result of a trough that initially formed over eastern Australia and developed into a weak low over Victoria.

The trough dragged moist air from the Indian Ocean, which is abnormally warm and therefore providing ample moisture at the moment.
Title: Snow settles in southeastern Australia
Post by: mark on April 07, 2020, 09:03:57 AM

A burst of wintry weather brought snow to parts of Tasmania, Victoria and NSW on the weekend, with some of Australia's ski resorts seeing their first dusting of the season.

Snow started falling over southeastern Australia on Saturday as a mass of cold air swept in from the Southern Ocean.
Title: Record heat for southwest Western Australia
Post by: mark on April 12, 2020, 06:52:56 PM

Record heat for southwest Western Australia
Sam Brown, Sunday April 12, 2020 - 12:37 EST
A heat trough over southwest Western Australia brought significant April warmth to the region yesterday.

Pearce, to the northeast of Perth, reached 40.7 degrees on Saturday, the hottest place in Australia, and its hottest April day in at least 80 years.

Perth itself reached 39.5 degrees, the hottest April day in at least 123 years of records in the WA capital. The previous record for April heat in the city was 37.6 degrees in 1910, with yesterday's heat significantly warmer.

Wandering, to the southeast of Perth, reached 37.6 degrees, which made it the hottest April day the site has experienced in at least 119 years of records.

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Title: Re: Weather In Australia 2020
Post by: Sheldybett on April 13, 2020, 09:31:48 PM
Tomorrow's forecast only to reach 25 degrees.
Title: Huge hail lashes parts of Queensland, Australia amid severe thunderstorm with 18
Post by: mark on April 21, 2020, 07:00:38 PM

Parts of Queensland has been hit by severe storms this afternoon, with giant hail lashing the Capricornia region.

A warning was issued for parts of the Central Coast, Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfield districts, including Rockhampton, Gladstone and Yeppoon, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Weatherzone said over 180,000 lightning strikes were recorded within a 100km radius of Rockhampton, with over 5000 ground strikes.
Title: A taste of winter on its way
Post by: mark on April 25, 2020, 07:23:53 PM

Esteban Abellan, Friday April 24, 2020 - 13:17 EST
A significant cold outbreak will impact the southeast mid next week.

A vigorous front will move up from the Southern Ocean, entering central parts of South Australia on Tuesday night and crossing Victoria, Tasmania, and New South Wales through Wednesday. Widespread rainfall is forecast ahead of the front, with the heaviest falls (more than 40mm) in northern Tasmania, northeastern Victoria and southeastern New South Wales. As the mercury drops significantly behind the front, rain will turn to snow over alpine parts of the southeast, with some large accumulations and blizzard conditions possible.

While the passage of cold fronts is not uncommon in April, such a strong frontal system is unusual for this time of the year. In Melbourne, the mercury may struggle to reach 14 degrees on Thursday, which has only happened three times in the last 15 years in April.
Title: Victoria braces for rain, wind, snow and hail as Melbourne gets ready for a new
Post by: mark on April 28, 2020, 08:39:24 PM

Melbourne is on track for one of its wettest four-month periods since records began with an icy blast from the Southern Ocean and heavy rainfall expected to arrive on Wednesday and hang around Victoria until Monday.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michael Efron said rainfall this year had "just about exceeded what we had for all of last year for Melbourne".
Title: A bit early for weather this cold in Canberra
Post by: mark on April 30, 2020, 07:08:28 PM

The city is forecast to reach a top of seven degrees, although most of the day will feel even colder than this due to a biting wind chill.

If Canberra stays under 8.2ºC on Friday, this will be the city's coldest day on record this early in the season.

Prior to 2020, Canberra's earliest autumn day below eight degrees occurred on May 3rd, 1944, when the mercury only reached 7.2 degrees. Data for Canberra is available back to 1939.
Title: Snow piling up in southeastern Australia
Post by: mark on May 02, 2020, 05:46:29 PM
“Exceptionally cold for the start of May in many areas.”

Snow started settling on Australia’s highest mountains on Wednesday night. By Friday morning, some ski resorts had picked up more than 30cm (a foot) of fresh snow.

Image: Snow at Mount Hotham, Vic on Friday. Source: Hotham Alpine Resort.

More snow is forecast for parts of Tasmania, Victoria and NSW over the weekend. By Sunday, some parts of the alps will have seen more than half a metre of fresh snow, an impressive dump for the start of May.
Title: Perth storm hits with force as fierce cold front cuts power to 55,000 homes in W
Post by: mark on May 07, 2020, 07:20:16 AM

Heavy rain and damaging winds from a fierce cold front which hit Perth and Western Australia's south-west have prompted hundreds of calls to emergency services and left 55,000 homes without power.

The State Emergency Service (SES) has responded to more than 500 requests for help since 5:00pm yesterday, when the cold front moved in from the south.

Winds gusting to more than 100 kilometres per hour toppled trees, damaged roofs and brought power lines down onto property and cars.

Areas affected were spread from the northern Perth suburbs to Merredin, but South West coastal areas including Mandurah and Rockingham were hit the hardest.
Title: Perth's record early-season morning chill
Post by: mark on May 12, 2020, 07:57:30 PM

Cold air combined with clear skies and calm winds allowed the temperature to plummet in Perth during the last three mornings.

With minimums of 5.1 degrees on Saturday, 5.5 degrees on Sunday and 5.7 degrees on Monday, this was Perth's earliest trio of mornings below six degrees on record.
Title: Icy blasts send shivers across Queensland, causing temperature records to tumble
Post by: mark on May 23, 2020, 05:42:57 PM

Weather records for the month of May have tumbled across Queensland as a wintry blast caused temperatures to plummet.

The weather bureau said Blackall and Windorah in the state's south-west each had their coldest May days on record, yesterday.

Blackall reached a maximum temperature of 13.5 degrees Celsius and a low of 5.3C, while Windorah reached a maximum of 14.5C and a minimum of 3.3C.

Yesterday, Longreach also recorded its coldest maximum May temperature in 61 years while Charleville had a 51-year May record smashed.

Brisbane felt its coldest May maximum temperature in 40 years yesterday, reaching a top of 17.9C and a low of 11C overnight.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said maximum temperatures were forecast to be five to 10 degrees Celsius below the May average this weekend.

BOM forecaster Lauren Pattie said North and Central Queensland would feel it the most.

Townsville is due to reach a top of just 17C, Charters Towers 14C, Rockhampton 13C and Bundaberg 15C.

Cold air mass looms over Queensland

Ms Pattie said it would be very cold across the entire state today.

"Thanks to a little bit of rainfall falling into some dry air: and that means we just get great evaporation and great cooling across that entire district," she said.

"Maybe an extra blanket or two — I'm not sure how North Queensland will go — I'm not sure anyone up there even owns doonas."

She said there was an "upper system at the moment that's causing a whole lot of cloud cover across the entire state".

"It's also a very cold air mass that's over the top of us," she said.
Title: Western Australia hit by 'once-in-a-decade storm'
Post by: mark on May 27, 2020, 07:29:57 PM

x-Tropical Cyclone Mangga hits Perth, downs trees and leaves tens of thousands of people without electricity.

About 47,000 of homes and businesses were left without power across the state of Western Australia on Sunday, as a severe storm brought wind speeds of more than 100km/h (60 miles per hour), according to officials.

Wind gusts of up to 132km/h (82mph) were recorded at Cape Leeuwin in the far southwest of the state.
Title: Cold and snowy start to winter in southeastern Australia
Post by: mark on May 27, 2020, 07:33:17 PM

Winter will arrive right on time in southeastern Australia this year, with a cold mass of air set to bring blustery winds, rain, and snow to multiple states on the first two days of the season.

A pair of cold fronts will sweep over southeastern Australia NSW between this coming Saturday and Tuesday, bringing a burst of wind, rain, and snow to some parts of the state.
Title: Sound and snow
Post by: mark on May 30, 2020, 06:07:56 PM

Thomas Hough, Saturday May 30, 2020 - 13:51 EST
Snow transforms landscapes into winter wonderlands, but it also does more than just change the visuals. Have you ever noticed how snow can affect sound?

If you've ever been anywhere after fresh snowfall you may have noticed things seemed quieter than usual. The age and different characteristics of snow can affect how sound waves travel, with fresh snow acting to dampen them. It acts like modern acoustic tiles, absorbing sound leading to quieter surroundings. The deeper the snow, the greater the absorption of sound.

As snow changes over time, becoming more compacted, smoother and harder, so does the way it  affects sound. As it becomes harder and more densely packed, its ability to absorb sound is reduced. Instead, the harder surface helps to reflect sound, making them seem clearer.
Title: Saturday was Queensland's coldest ever May day
Post by: mark on June 02, 2020, 05:17:28 PM
Saturday was the coldest area-averaged May day on record for Queensland, according to the Bureau of Meteorology's preliminary temperature data.

Queensland's combined average temperature for Saturday was 16.95 degrees, which was almost 0.5 degrees cooler than the previous record of 17.44 degrees from May 25, 2012.
Title: No snow at the mo, but it's coming. Aust
Post by: mark on June 07, 2020, 09:07:40 AM
Whilst the long weekend normally marks the start of snow season, this year is looking a little different.

Although the slopes are empty of the usual holiday skiers and snowboards due to Covid-19, they aren't empty of snow. Some early season falls have given the mountains a white coat for the start of winter with signs of more on the way.
Title: Melbourne's lowest temperature this early in the year since 1989.
Post by: mark on June 09, 2020, 05:44:43 PM
A bit early for a morning this cold
Ben Domensino, Tuesday June 9, 2020 - 12:13 EST
Melbourne recorded its lowest temperature this early in the year for more than three decades as temperatures plummeted across southeastern Australia on Tuesday morning.

The centre of a high pressure system moving over Victoria on Monday night created an ideal mix of cold-inducing weather: clear skies, light winds, and dry air.

In addition to the weather, Australia is also experiencing some of its longest nights of the year at the moment, being within two weeks of the winter solstice. These long nights are maximizing the amount of time the ground has to cool down in the dark.

Image: Modelled surface temperature on Tuesday morning, sccording to the ECMWF-HRES model.

Shortly after sunrise, the temperature dropped to 2.0 degrees in Melbourne, making this the city's coldest morning in almost two years. It was also Melbourne's lowest temperature this early in the year since 1989.

Elsewhere in Victoria, it was the coldest morning this early in the year for 30 years at Ballarat (3.5C) and 14 years at Mildura (-1.7C) and Warrnambool (-0.3C).
Title: Hobart's localised chill
Post by: mark on June 13, 2020, 09:40:47 PM
Hobart has shivered through a rather cold day after a slow-moving trough stalled over the region.

Hobart only reached a top of 8.3 degrees during the daytime on Friday, about 4 degrees below average. The cool 7.6 degrees at 3pm was the lowest June 3pm temperature in 4 years..
Title: Heavy rain approaching Eastern Tasmania
Post by: mark on June 20, 2020, 08:34:14 PM

The mix of a Tasman Low and a trough will direct some heavy rainfall to Tasmania’s east early in the week, possibly leading to some flash-flooding.

As a cold front and complex low pressure system crosses over southeastern Australia this weekend, a Tasman Low looks to form just off Victoria’s east coast and slowly track east.

While this low does not look too significant in terms of wind and waves, it will allow a trough to draw moist air from the Coral Sea, past Lord Howe Island, then wrapping around to condense over Tasmania’s east on Monday and Tuesday; a roughly 2500km journey.
Title: Snowy Mountains, Australia – Nearly 40 inches of snow in 24 hours
Post by: mark on July 16, 2020, 06:46:47 PM

uly 14th, 2020

The freshies in Thredbo were best yesterday morning, the snow getting heavier as the day went on. Photo: Thredbo
Mountainwatch |Reggae Elliss

Well, that was an incredible 24 hours for the NSW resorts with 70-100cms of snow in a 24-hour period, the higher totals falling above 1800 metres, but there was also snow all the way down to Jindabyne and beyond.

The first snow fall came through on Sunday with a few centimetres during the day before things kicked in overnight, leaving 17cms on the deck outside my place in Thredbo Village  and 40+cms on the mountain by yesterday morning.

The snow kept falling all day, dumping at times, before it finally eased at around 8pm last night and there’s a few lingering snow showers today. The result is 100% of the terrain  in the NSW resorts now has a good base and more lifts will open this week.


Title: A year of extremes: Bushfire-ravaged towns in Australia now hit by severe floods
Post by: mark on July 30, 2020, 07:14:07 AM

Coastal towns ravaged by unrelenting bushfires just six months ago are now suffering severe floods after days of wild weather.

A low pressure system off Australia's east coast brought 120km/h winds overnight and dumped more than 180mm of rain across several areas of New South Wales.

Dramatic pictures captured the extent of severe flooding, which forced some residents to evacuate and left about 14,500 homes and businesses without power.

The towns in Shoalhaven, on the NSW south coast, had only just began recovering from the bushfires, which left hundreds homeless.

'It's been a shocker. It's terrible we have to go through this all over again,' Shoalhaven City Mayor Amanda Findley told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday.

'This is actually our second flood since the bushfires.
Title: Bega Valley farmers rejoice as record downpour fills dams, raises hopes for La N
Post by: mark on July 30, 2020, 07:17:58 AM

By Claire Wheaton and Joshua Becker, Wednesday July 29, 2020 - 17:08 EST
ABC image
Candelo dairy farmer Tom Otten says the rains came just in time. - ABC
Drought-stricken farmers are celebrating after heavy rains across south-east New South Wales have transformed landscapes and fortunes.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said several rain records had been broken thanks to two consecutive lows off the east coast in recent weeks.

BOM climatologist Agata Imielska said much of the South Coast of NSW recorded more than four times the July average rain.

"Bega had very significant rainfall — recording 299.4 millimetres of rain which is the wettest July since 1922," she said.

"Moruya received 137mm in 24 hours which is a July record for daily rainfall in 65 years," she said.

"We've also seen some significant three-day rainfall totals — Narooma recorded 190mm and Brogo recorded 231mm — both creating new records."
Title: A chilling week expected for Adelaide and Melbourne
Post by: mark on August 02, 2020, 07:57:27 PM

A chilling week expected for Adelaide and Melbourne
Hannah Wilson, Sunday August 2, 2020 - 12:18 EST
Temperatures forecast for as low as 6 degrees below the August average in Adelaide and Melbourne this week, as a cold front leaves a chilling airmass in its wake.

A cold front and trough are expected to cross Australia's south east late on Monday morning, bringing a very cold airmass to the region along with some gusty onshore winds; only to add to the chill. While high pressure looks to build in the wake of this system, a lingering trough may continue to bring some partly cloudy conditions, limiting daytime heating, especially in Melbourne. A top of just 10 degrees is forecast for Tuesday in Melbourne, 5 degrees below the average. With some at times gusty southwesterly winds expected and possible showers and thunderstorms, it may potentially feel 2-3 degrees cooler.

Title: Launceston First snowfall in Launceston Tasmania in almost 50 years
Post by: mark on August 10, 2020, 06:04:41 PM
“I’ve never seen snow,”says 26-year-old resident.

The city of Launceston recorded the heaviest snowfall since the early 1970s, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“The closest event for severity was in 1921 ,” says reader Byron Dawes.

People were extremely excited at the sight of the unusual phenomenon. Kiani Chippendale, 26, told CNN that he had never seen snow in Launceston.

“We stayed up all night, too excited to sleep. It’s never snowed here in this city … at least not since I was born.”

Even wombats were surprised

See video of wombat walking in the snow:
Title: Coldest temperature ever recorded in Tasmania
Post by: mark on August 10, 2020, 06:08:46 PM
Not just for the date and not just for the particular location, but the coldest for any date on record, and for the entire country.

Liawenee, in Tasmania’s Central Highlands and already one of the coldest places in Australia, has just broken its own record.

Temperatures dropped to -14.2C (6.4F) yesterday morning, a new record low for the state.

Michael Lasko from the Bureau of Meteorology said the Liawenee temperature was 2C colder than the town’s previous record low of -12.2C, set back in 2013.

“It looks like that -14.2 is the coldest minimum for all of Tasmania,” Mr Lasko said.

The previous record for Tasmania was -13C at Tarraleah and Butlers Gorge back in 1983.
Title: Wettest August in years for far western NSW
Post by: mark on August 16, 2020, 09:38:03 AM

Wettest August in years for far western NSW
Esteban Abellan, Saturday August 15, 2020 - 11:08 EST
After widespread falls last week, another rain band swept much of NSW during Friday, making monthly totals already exceed the average in some places. 

Bourke and Cobar collected 13mm from this last rain event, which makes the total rainfall so far this month exceed 30 and 40mm, respectively. Although these amounts may sound modest, they represent the highest monthly rainfall for August since 2014 and 2016, respectively. It is also remarkable that these figures are achieved in only the first two weeks of the month.

Wanaaring, on the Paroo River, has now technically had its wettest August on record (68mm), previously set in 1960 with 67.8mm. It is worth mentioning that the measurements in this town started as far back as 1884.
Title: Bureau of Meteorology warns NSW set for 'unusual weather event' this weekend
Post by: mark on August 21, 2020, 07:16:11 AM
Bureau of Meteorology warns NSW set for 'unusual weather event' this weekend
By Alison Xiao, Thursday August 20, 2020 - 14:15 EST
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NSW can expect a "quite an unusual weather event" this weekend. - ABC
Saturday is set to be the coldest day of the year in NSW with high winds, low temperatures and snow expected to hit parts of the state.

Jane Golding from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said a deep low-pressure trough was creating "quite an unusual weather event".

"This could be the coldest day with the windchill factor we've seen all year," she said.

Gusty winds in excess of 90 kilometres per hour are forecast for most of NSW.
Title: 70 percent chance of La Niña forming, says weather agency
Post by: mark on August 23, 2020, 08:36:46 AM
And rare thundersnow in Australia

The weather agency Weatherzone updated its El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) outlook saying there is a 70 per cent chance of La Niña forming before the end of 2020.

La Niña brings colder waters and causes sharp shifts in on-land weather conditions.

The last significant stretch of La Niña in Australia occurred between December 2010 and March 2011 and resulted in the country’s wettest two-year period on record.

Meanwhile, Antarctic air will continue to spread over south eastern Australia between now and Sunday, causing a wintry mix of wind, rain, hail and snow in multiple states,” Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said. “A few places may even witness rare thundersnow (lightning and snow at the same time).”

Hobart, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Adelaide are all forecast to see drops in minimum temperatures into the single figures beginning tomorrow.

Title: Huge snowfalls at ski resorts in Australia - over 2 feet in 3 days
Post by: mark on August 23, 2020, 08:46:29 AM

Ski areas in Australia have reported more than 60cm (two feet) of snowfall over the past three days.

A super storm has been dumping on the country's ski slopes since Wednesday, with increasing intensity in terms of the amount of snow falling every 24 hours.
Title: Snowy Canberra chilling through its coldest day in four years
Post by: mark on August 23, 2020, 08:49:55 AM
Snowy Canberra chilling through its coldest day in four years
Brett Dutschke, Saturday August 22, 2020 - 17:00 EST
Canberra has been experiencing its coldest day in four years, struggling to a high of just 7.5 degrees after spending the middle of the day at about three degrees when rain turned to snow in the city.

Brisk wind which has occasionally gusted in excess of 50km/h has made it feel below freezing at times.

Even with the city warming a bit during the afternoon during glimpses of dry sunshine, a maximum temperature as high as 8.3 degrees would still make it the coldest day since July 2016.

The weather system responsible for this cold is an intense pool of cold air that has reared up from Antarctica way, spun across southeastern Australia. It has been bringing widespread wintry showers, small hail and lowland snow to Tasmania, Victoria, NSW and the ACT.
Title: Canberra's wetter winter a welcome reprieve
Post by: mark on August 30, 2020, 04:07:38 PM
With the second last day of August upon us, Canberra in winter 2020 has recorded more than four times the winter rainfall of 2019.

The total rainfall accumulated over June, July, and August this year tallied to 187.4 mm, compared to 40.8 mm for the same period last year. Even better, the 2020 rainfall was spread throughout the season instead of all dumped in a one or two day event that then left months of dryness in between.

Though certainly not ranking near the wettest winter seasons on record, it is the wettest winter since 2016.

Temperature wise, as is common in modern times, minimums were above average for all months with 10 fewer frost days over the season than the long term average. 

Daytime maximums varied, with July being significantly warmer (1.8 degrees) than average, while August days, so far, were average to 0.5 degrees below average.

Title: Early-season warmth in southern Australia
Post by: mark on September 07, 2020, 07:25:11 PM

Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart just registered their warmest day this early in spring for seven years.
Title: Rain on the way for multiple states.
Post by: mark on September 14, 2020, 07:23:20 PM

Widespread rain and thunderstorms will affect some of southern, central and eastern Australia towards the end of this week and early next week.
Title: Unprecedented spring snow hits parts of Australia as multiple regions suffer col
Post by: mark on September 27, 2020, 08:24:57 AM
Out-of-season snow is burying parts of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales as the Grand Solar Minimum ramps-up its intensification.

The spring snowfall is incredibly rare, even unprecedented in some areas. Lismore and Lake Bolac in Victoria’s Western Districts, for example, saw snow accumulate to as low as 200 metres today–with more to come.

Videos from the piece:

“They don’t see snow this time of year, or at all, very often,” said Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) senior forecaster, Keris Arndt.

Ballarat just experienced its coldest-ever September day on record, registering a max of just 5.8C at 10am on Friday morning — that’s 0.2C lower than the previous all-time record of 6C set on September 15, 1957.

In addition, a record-crushing low of 0.1C was recorded at 1.40pm (yes, ‘pm’), and “surprise snow” even accumulated across the city and surrounding areas.
Title: Record-breaking freeze in Queensland
Post by: mark on September 27, 2020, 08:54:16 PM

Record-breaking freeze in Queensland
Joel Pippard, Sunday September 27, 2020 - 11:50 EST
Much of southern Queensland has woken up to a very chilly start, with temperatures not seen this late in spring in several decades.

Applethorpe fell to a mind-numbing -3.8 degrees this morning. This is the coldest temperature recorded in all of Queensland this late in spring since 1984.

Oakey also plunged into freezing territory, recording -2.1 degrees this morning, its coldest temperature this late in spring in 36 years. Likewise, Warwick hit -2.1 degrees, its coldest late spring temperature in 26 years of records.

The chill was also felt as far east as the beaches, with the Gold Coast recording its coldest late spring temperature in 28 years of records and its 2nd coldest of all spring on record, dropping down to 8.0 degrees. Brisbane Airport also followed suit, dropping to a brisk 7.0 degrees, its coldest temperature this late in spring in 26 years.
Title: Soaking rain and cool days heading to the Red Centre
Post by: mark on October 04, 2020, 05:32:52 PM

Title: Drought - Nullarbor stations are doing it tough, but some adapting for the worst
Post by: mark on October 11, 2020, 07:30:28 PM

The Nullarbor, which stretches from the border of South Australia across the treeless plains of Western Australia to the mining town of Norseman, is in the middle of its worst drought on record.
Title: Bureau of Meteorology officially declared a La Niña event underway.
Post by: mark on October 13, 2020, 06:54:51 PM
Two weeks ago, the Bureau of Meteorology officially declared a La Niña event underway.

To refresh your memory, La Niña refers to a change in the sea surface temperature and wind patterns across the equatorial Pacific Ocean - the upshot of which is a greatly increased likelihood of wetter-than-usual spring and summer weather across much of Australia.

This chart says it all.
Title: Melbourne to surpass annual rainfall average by week's end
Post by: mark on October 13, 2020, 06:57:05 PM

Melbourne is having such a wet year that it will exceed its annual average rainfall total by the end of this week.

As of 9am on Tuesday, October 13, Melbourne had registered 647.4mm of rain so far this year. The city's long-term annual average is 648.3mm.
Title: Spring storms on the way Aust.
Post by: mark on October 20, 2020, 05:57:20 PM
Rain and severe thunderstorms will spread across a large swathe of northern, eastern and southeastern Australia during the second half of this week, likely continuing into next week as well.

Two separate low pressure troughs will produce wet and stormy weather in parts of eastern, central and southern Australia on Wednesday and Thursday. While some of these storms could become severe, this will be an entrée for what lies ahead.
Title: Wintry weather returns to southeastern Australia.
Post by: mark on October 25, 2020, 07:11:28 PM
On Sunday, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra and Sydney are all running around six degrees below what is normal for this time of year.
Title: Hail falls near Toowoomba as severe storms move across South-East Queensland
Post by: mark on October 28, 2020, 08:38:53 PM
A series of severe storm cells continue to impact South-East Queensland from the Gold Coast north to Kingaroy in the South Burnett where the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned of a "very dangerous" system moving south.
Title: South-east Queensland hit by very dangerous thunderstorms as hail up to 14cm pum
Post by: mark on November 01, 2020, 09:51:08 PM
Hail up to 14 centimetres has been reported at Forestdale, south of Brisbane, as parts of south-east Queensland were pummelled by a series of very dangerous and "life threatening" thunderstorms this afternoon.

Hail storms also battered southern Sydney and parts of the New South Wales south coast were warned about flash flooding as an "unstable" weather system moved across the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued warnings for people in parts of Queensland's Wide Bay, Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt regions earlier this afternoon.
Post by: mark on November 07, 2020, 07:33:21 PM
Sydney shivered through its coldest November 5th in recorded history, and one of its coldest November days of all-time.

Sydney saw temperatures nosedive in just a few hours on Thursday morning, from 21C at 4am to 14C by 11am — 10C below the November average.

Temps continued sinking throughout the day, meaning 14C was Thursday’s high–a reading that comfortably busted the previous Nov. 5th record low-max of 15.3C set in 1881 (solar minimum of cycle 11).

According to Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) records, Thursday’s high of 14C was also not far off the coldest November maximum of all-time either, which stands as the 12.6C
Title: Sydney scorcher as parts of city hit 41 degrees
Post by: mark on November 16, 2020, 06:54:11 PM
Summer is just two weeks away and in Sydney this Monday afternoon, it definitely feels like it.

Temperatures in the Harbour City can vary dramatically between suburbs due to the cooling sea breeze effect in coastal areas, but most Sydney suburbs are uncomfortably hot this afternoon.

Just after 2 pm, Penrith in the outer western suburbs reached a sizzling 41 degrees, while temperatures reached the high 30s in much of Sydney's west. Closer to the coast, it was 34 degrees at Sydney Airport at 2 pm, and 30 degrees at Sydney's "official" weather station at Observatory Hill, adjacent to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Penrith is consistently Sydney's hottest location. On January 4 this year, the suburb recorded the hottest ever temperature of any location in an Australian capital city, when it reached 48.9 degrees.
Title: Severe storms hitting NSW: will they reach Sydney?
Post by: mark on November 23, 2020, 06:06:50 PM
A line of dangerous showers and thunderstorms is moving over NSW, with a severe storm warning issued for some central and western parts of the state, including Sydney.

A low pressure trough passing over NSW from south to north has produced a line of intense showers and storms called a 'squall line'.

Earlier in the day, the squall line moved over southern NSW and the ACT, causing areas of blustery winds and heavy rain. Wind gusts reached 95km/h at Cabramurra just before midday, around half an hour before a gust of 93km/h was clocked at Mount Ginini.

Just after 1pm, Canberra copped 12mm of rain and cooled by 7ºC in half an hour as the squall line moved through, along with a 72km/h wind gust.
Title: Heatwave 'just another day' in one of Australia's hottest towns
Post by: mark on November 27, 2020, 07:43:14 PM
With a late-spring heatwave set to impact large parts of Australia during the next week, consider yourself lucky you're not working outdoors in one of the hottest little towns in the country.

Bedourie, a tiny map speck of 140 people in the Channel Country of far west Queensland, is famous for giving the world an iconic piece of steel cookware – the Bedourie Camp Oven.

But throughout November, the town itself has been more like a camp oven.

Bedourie's average maximum for November to date has been 39.7 degrees, which makes it among the hottest towns in Australia for the month.

Many of those days have seen temperatures peak in the mid-40s, while only five days have reached less than 39 degrees.

Title: Contrasting days in Sydney and Melbourne
Post by: mark on November 30, 2020, 07:21:27 AM
The hot topic over the last few days has been the heat in Sydney, and rightly so as Sydney-siders sweated through another day where the mercury went above 40 degrees. However, while Sydney has sweltered, Melbourne had the opposite.

Gusty northwesterly winds developed during the day on Sunday, drawing in heat and causing temperatures to rise in NSW. Bourke's top of 42.9 degrees capped off a trio of days where the maximum reached above 42 degrees, the first time this has happened since 2009. This was indicative of the hot temperatures experienced in NSW.

On Sunday, Observatory Hill in Sydney reached 40.5 degrees after observing a high of 40.8 degrees on Saturday. The last time Sydney saw back-to-back days this hot was in January of 1960, over 60 years ago.

On the same day, Melbourne only reached a top of 18.6 degrees. This was over 20 degrees below what Sydney experienced despite only being about 700km apart. Elsewhere in the Melbourne area, one of the lowest maximums registered was 14.5 degrees at Ferny Creek. The hottest maximum in Sydney was at the Airport, at 42.6 degrees. The difference between these two temperatures is just shy of 30 degrees.