SE Australia has been impacted by extensive cooling this week which combined with moisture to bring “surprise” low-level snow to the Great Dividing range in New South Wales.
Caused by a cold front that crossed NSW on Monday, a stream of frigid south-easterlies blew over the ranges through Monday night. Extensive snow accumulated at low levels, snow which Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) simply had not forecast.
According to the BOM, snow was supposed to be limited to 1200+ meters late on Monday evening and perhaps as low as 1000 meters into Tuesday morning. But instead, snow fell in unlikely locations including at Parliament house in Canberra, and down to 560 meters along the southern end of the great dividing range.
Rare snow even cancelled Tuesday’s greyhound meeting at Goulburn (at 700 m elevation):
Extreme shifts in temperature also occurred.
Canberra, for example, plunged from a comfortable 24C to a frosty 0C in just 5 hours — link here.
While Penrith, in Western Sydney, went from 30C to 8C in 24 hours — link here.
The system is now delivering months-worth of rain to the very dry catchment area of Sydney.
Though unfortunately, many of the worst drought-stricken regions aren’t seeing the levels of moisture needed.
This week’s weather pattern has been very unique and one which left almost all observers and forecasters unable to predict or even fully explain the severity of the cold air mass which formed over SE Australia.
And turning our attention to the latest GFS runs, this rare pattern looks as though it might actually repeat itself next week:
GFS TEMP ANOMALIES (C) — SEPT 19 to SEPT 24:
A big thanks to Giles at Youtube Channel cf jingara for a lot of this info.
The cold times are returning, in line with historically low solar activity.
Even NASA agrees, in part at least, with their SC25 forecast revealing this next solar cycle will be “the weakest of the past 200 years” (for more, see the article link below):
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