The term “polar pulse” is doing the rounds in the Australian press today as an Antarctic front sets its sights on the southeast of the country, bringing with it a risk of thundersnow later in the week.
Brutal polar air will sweep across SE Australia this week sinking temps to potentially record-breaking levels — Mt Hotham, in the Victorian Alps, is expected to suffer a chilly mid-Spring low of -2C (28.4F)!
“A cold front will drop temperatures across southern Australia,” said Sky News Weather channel meteorologist Tom Saunders.
“Because of that cold polar air, there will be thunder and hail on the Alps and even thundersnow is possible [a thunderstorm that produces snow].
“It will be cold enough for Alpine snow with some temperatures below 10C, and that’s in the middle of the afternoon — we’re not talking about minimums we’re talking maximums,” exclaimed Saunders.
Temperature departures of as much as 14C below-the-seasonal-average will be felt across southern Australia over the next few days, particularly in the southeast:
GFS TEMP ANOMALIES (widely 4C to 14C below average)
While heavy mid-spring snow will blanket the SE Australian mountains, along with Tasmania…
GFS TOTAL SNOWFALL (cm) OCT 17 thru OCT 19
…adding to the already “historic” accumulations received over the winter months (particularly during August):
The cold times are returning in line with historically low solar activity.
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Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift