33 in Sydney, Snowing Elsewhere In NSW. Amazing But True

Lots of cold weather to come this week for south east Australia. Bugger.

10/10/2016 6:19 PM AEDT | Updated 11/10/2016 10:06 AM AEDT
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Yep, the weather's throwing up a bit of everything right now.

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Ah Australia, land of contrasts.

OK, enough of the mock bargain sale TV ad thing. Let's do this straight. Weather is happening across south east Australia. Lots of weather. Weather which is actually quite normal for spring, when winter and summer tend to have a bit of an arm wrestle for supremacy.

In Sydney at 2pm on Monday, the temperature peaked at 33 degrees. At the same time, it was minus 1 at the top of Thredbo, and snowing. Canberra was about halfway in between at 15 degrees, which is such a Canberra place to be.
This is actually the top of Perisher in NSW at midday on Monday. There's still lots of leftover snow from winter, but with a nice fresh dusting on top.

UPDATE: Here are a couple of fresh pics from Tuesday morning.
With fresh snow on top of the leftover winter snowpack, Antons T-bar at the top of Thredbo looks good enough to ski on Tuesday, October 11. Thredbo has a chairlift open for those keen to go and throw a snowball.

Cedarwood Apartments, Falls Creek.
The standard bike pic at Falls Creek in Victoria (which you might have seen before if you read this site regularly) shows about five cm of Spring fluff. More is forecast to fall.


Anywhere south of the capital has been miserable pretty much all Monday, with temperatures struggling to creep up into the mid teens. Both Melbourne and Adelaide are unlikely to top 16 degrees until much later in the week. Hobart and Canberra will be even cooler.

Sydney will also cop the cool air from down south later on Monday, and will likely stay several degrees below the average October maximum of 22 until much later this week.

The good news is there's not a huge amount of rain around with the current systems, so the existing flood problems should not be exacerbated too much.

This has so far been an interesting spring weather-wise in Australia's south east, with an above-average number of cold fronts making their way north from the Great Australian Bight. In fact, the NSW and Victorian snowfields have had some of the heaviest October snow on record -- the week after the ski season ended.

Here's a remarkable graph. It's the official snow depth chart published by Snowy Hydro, which measures snow independently of ski resort marketing departments, so it can monitor likely water inflow into its dams.

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The recordings are taken at Spencers Creek, roughly halfway between the NSW ski resorts of Thredbo and Perisher.

See the red line? It peaks with a maximum depth of 170.5cm on October 6. We're awaiting word on whether this is the latest ever date for a maximum season snow depth, and will update this piece when we find out.

Despite the frequent outbreaks of southerly storm systems, both Sydney and Melbourne are currently registering above average temperatures overall for the month, in yet another clear sign of an overall warmer atmosphere.

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