An unseasonable “cold snap” -ha- is still delivering significant dumps of summer snow across the Victorian Alps, as well as rare flurries as low as Mount William in the Grampians.
Many Aussie ski resorts have reported large accumulations of summer snow over the weekend, as the Grand Solar Minimum continues its intensification down-under.
Mount Hotham had a healthy 30+ cm (11.8+ inches) on the ground by Monday morning, with more snow expected throughout the day. Falls Creek registered 25+ cm (9.8+ inches) and Mount Buller saw 21+ cm (8.3+ inches).
“We have had over 25 cm of snow overnight, and it is still going,” said Grace Smith from Falls Creek.
“We did think about reopening, but we thought we might leave this one to the locals, to get the last turns in for 2019.”
The rest of the week is expected to remain anomalously cold across vast swathes of Australia, too — with temps holding well-below the December average.
In Melbourne, for example, residents will likely have to wait until next Sunday for any warm-up.
Despite these real-world observations, the BOM are sticking with their original summer forecast, with stubborn senior meteorologist Michael Efron saying: “climate indicators suggest we’re actually in for a warmer and drier than average December”.
Let me guess, all this unseasonable cold and snow is weather, right Mike? While next week’s warm-up will be classed as climate?
This is beyond a joke.
An email I recently received from Peter, a guy on the ground:
I live in south east Australia, we have been having winter like temperatures all October and November, everyone is talking about it, but to the north of the state of Victoria it is pretty normal, they are in drought and have fires but Victoria and Tasmania are very cold, no drought here thankfully and it is green, Sunday is the first of summer and we are tipped to have snow on he mountains and only 11C 50F here, this is UNHEARD of and there is talk it may break a cold record for the first day of summer, nobody in the media is reporting on this, the BOM blames the SSW and the strong negative AAO, we were thinking perhaps this might become more common during a Grand solar minimum because studies showed south east Australia was unusually colder and wetter during the maunder minimum, ‘through core samples etc.
Just thought you might be interested in knowing in November where I live it was 2C colder than average and places like Falls Creek in the mountains were 4.4C colder than average, but Melbourne was average, people are now questioning whether the heat island effect may be responsible there as everywhere else is 1.5C to 5C colder than average — most here are 1.5C to 5C colder…
The cold times are returning in line with historically low solar activity.
Our future is one of ever-descending COLD — prepare accordingly — grow your own.
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