Australia: Cold weather smashes records

Cold weather smashes records
June 11, 2009

A bumper start to the ski season, Canberra frozen, snow over the Melbourne hills, widespread severe frost and records are falling.

The cold snap is abating slowly, but not before a final icy sting that has seen records fall across the southeast in the last 24 hours. Frost under clear skies last night was severe in much of the inland, notably Canberra’s -5.8 degrees this morning, their coldest for June in nine years.

Yesterday, Thredbo reached a high of -6.4 degrees, the coldest maximum recorded in New South Wales for 31 years. Last night, Cabramurra’s minimum fell to a 12 year low of -6.8 degrees. Coastal locations also felt the cold with Montague Island’s mercury levelling out at three degrees last night, their coldest June night in 37 years.

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Mount Buller has earliest start to snow season ever!

Skiers welcome cold snap
April 30, 2009

The ski season will start five weeks early at Mount Buller in Victoria’s alpine region – the earliest start to the season in the resort’s 45-year history.

Today Melbourne recorded its coldest April morning in more than 50 years.

“It’s dropped as low as minus 2.7 degrees out at Coldstream and the Yarra Valley and in the city itself the temperature dropped to 2.9 degrees, which is the lowest April overnight minimum since 1957.”

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Ski resorts welcome early snow dumps

Ski resorts welcome early snow dumps

The Age
April 26, 2009

The Victorian ski season might still be six weeks away, but the state’s two main ski resorts are already reporting snowfalls of up to 20 centimetres.