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It is officially the fifth day of summer, but it snowed overnight at the Falls Creek ski resort, in Victoria’s north-east.

“We’ve probably seen four to six centimetres on the ground [and] a little more up high,” said resident photographer Chris Hocking.

“Temps are in sort of mid-winter chill and [it's] just amazing to see the ground turn pretty much white all around the resort.”

Mount Baw Baw and Mount Hotham have also had snow.

Gina Woodward from Mount Hotham says it is surprising, given temperatures in the north of the state broke heat records last week.

“[It's] pretty cold, minus 1.6C right now,” she said.

More snow is expected above 1,300 metres.

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/summer-snow-storm-at-falls-creek/22940

Thanks to Paul Fazey and Argiris Diamantis for this link

“These so call rare summer snowfalls appear to becoming more frequent,” says Paul. “The same thing happened about this time last year as I recall.”

 

19 Responses to Summer snow storm at Falls Creek Australia

  1. Laurel says:

    :-) glad someone elso beat me to it:-)
    I was muttering last night about my hands going white and numb in the 5 or so minutes it took to check my horse and feed the lambs, reckoned with windchill it was only around the 5c mark.
    last wednesday we were round the 39 and thursday was over 40c. today i dont think we got 18c.
    they stated we had snow in january this year on the radio but they downplayed it as not uncommon..?
    well a look at past records would be handy because I dont actually think it IS that un-common, especially in dec january timeframes.Mountains or not. andfor the rest of the state?? not! and people I talked to today sure dont think its usual.

  2. kirkmyers says:

    Actually, the the summer solstice (the first day of summer) in the southern hemisphere doesn’t occur until 21 Dec. 11:12 (UTC). In the northern hemisphere, it’s the first day of winter.

    • Rosco says:

      It has been traditional in Australia to regard December, January, February as Summer with the 1st December the 1st day of Summer.

      March, April, May is regarded as Autumn – 1st March start of Autumn.

      June, July, August – Winter

      September, October, November – Spring.

      In my opinion it should be

      Summer – November, December, January, February, March and part April

      Autumn – April, May

      Winter – June, July, part August

      Spring – August, September, October

      But that is in SE Qld where a minimum of 0 degrees C is rare whilst a maximum of 29 degrees C (often more) from mid September to April is common.

      Global average temperature? – Bah Humbug

  3. TomO says:

    I am confused here since I would have assumed – silly me – that the first day of summer south of the equator would be the same day as the first day of winter north of the equator, and that would officially be the winter solstice. I guess I am wrong, but the calendars have always said “first day of winter” on that date, not the first day of December.

  4. Robert Resann says:

    Summer begins in the Southern Hemisphere the same date as Winter begins in the Northern Hemisphere.

    Seasons of 2012: (Northern Hemisphere)
    SPRING EQUINOX — March 20, 1:14 A.M. EDT
    SUMMER SOLSTICE — June 20, 7:09 P.M. EDT
    FALL EQUINOX — September 22, 10:49 A.M. EDT
    WINTER SOLSTICE — December 21, 6:12 A.M. EST

    The fifth day of summer in the Southern hemisphere will be December 26th.

    The article implies that December 1 was the first day of summer. Which is incorrect.

    We’ve got logic and science and reason on our side. We don’t need any exaggeration to make the case that man made global warming is none of the above (logical, scientific or reasonable.)

    http://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-seasons

  5. Jayne says:

    Here in New Zealand ( & Australia as far as I know), the seasons are commonly regarded as starting as follows:
    Summer 1 December
    Autumn 1 March
    Winter 1 June
    Sprint 1 Sept
    This is in the media (& everywhere else), and is referred to as the official start dates for the seasons.

  6. Peter Wardle says:

    Actually it is not incorrect that the first day of summer in Oz is 1st December. We mark our seasons differently here.
    Seasons begin:
    1/12 summer
    1/3 autumn
    1/6 winter
    1/9 spring
    A community can decide for itself when the official seasons begin. This is just as valid as calling 21st December the first day of summer (winter in NH).
    After all the solstices are also called mid summer and mid winter’s days.
    BTW it is bloody cold this morning.

  7. twawki says:

    The seasons in Australia go by the month. 1st December is the first day of summer and runs for 3 months, Autumn is the first March, Winter is first June, Spring is 1st September. It would make sense for them to start on solstices & equinoxes but it is not so.

  8. tango says:

    5/12/12 Canberra Australia had coldest temp 0.3 on record snowing on the brindabella mountainshttp://www.canberratimes.com.au/environment/weather/coldest-december-morning-on-record-20121206-2awjz.html

  9. Robert Resann says:

    Since before the existence of the United States or England or England’s cast-offs banished to Botany Bay, Australia… even ancient astronomers marked the four solstices with quite precise accuracy in several cultures around the world. (For only one example, Stonehenge was used to determine the FIRST DAY of Summer, which is the Summer Solstice… etc., etc.

    The Solstices of the planet earth are a result of the tilt of the earth relative to its orbit and rotation around the SUN. This has everything to do with length of daylight vs. night… IN BOTH HEMISPHERES OF EARTH each and every day.

    Solstices are NOT determined by any calendar…

    NOR by the arbitrary whim of individuals…..NOR BY ANY GOVERNMENT…

    And since when does Government do much of anything right. Politicians deciding scientific facts of astronomy!??!

    If your down with Government deciding what is the source of climate change on earth (almost always concluding that the evil animal Man is responsible) then I suppose you can be comfortable with scientific astronomical facts (empirical facts, not just theory) being “re-defined” by a Government… whether that deciding body is Australia’s or any other government.

    Puhlease!!!

    I am living in an alternate universe, it seems at times…

    Question on a mildly related issue: With respect to the Coriolis Effect applied to draining water swirling counterclockwise In the Northern Hemispher and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere… my question is about bar entertainment in Australia… Do the pole dancers spin mostly clockwise or counterclockwise?

  10. ryan says:

    Well summer in phoenix, Arizona we consider the first day of summer to be the first 100 degree day, usually the first week of May. Every area considers Different dates for seasons. I’ve always heard winter in Alaska starts in October.

  11. TomO says:

    Thanks to all the people for Australia and New Zealand that responded. I now realize the article was referring to local references rather than others. Thanks again for your kind responses. Hope the “summer” becomes more summer like for you!

  12. Twawki says:

    Robert posted the correct info in that summer in australia starts on the 1st December as is a known & accepted fact. You derided him, you were proven wrong. No amount of eye rolling, sighing or elitist grandstanding adds to your case. I thought the honourable thing would have been to apologise for your mistake or is it you are without HONOR?

    • Robert Resann says:

      Twawki,

      Sir, just to be accurate… Mr. Robert Felix did not post that “fact about summer” starting on December 1st in Australia.

      He QUOTED mostly from the article referred to in the above article.

      He provided this link that cites the beginning of Summer being when you say it is. http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/summer-snow-storm-at-falls-creek/22940

      Let me repeat to be perfectly clear… Mr. Felix did not claim in the above article that HE claims that summer starts on December 1st. He may believe that, but I don’t think so. But in any case he QUOTED said “fact” and did not MAKE the statement in question.

      Citing astronomical fact is nothing to apologize for.

      However you do have a point about honor. With numerous declarations I have made online and elsewhere over the years, I have lost my reputation and honor on numerous occasions.

      To paraphrase the ethologist Robert Ardrey… I lose my honor as frequently as trees lose their leaves.

      So in that sense, I guess I am without honor… or at least any that sticks around for an extended period of time.

      Cheers mate…

  13. John says:

    From Wikipedia
    “The indigenous people of Australia defined the seasons by what was happening to the plants, animals and weather around them. This led to each separate tribal group having different seasons, some with up to eight seasons each year. However most modern Aboriginal Australians and non-aboriginal Australians observe the international meteorological definition for the seasons of the Southern Hemisphere: 1 September (Spring), 1 December (Summer), 1 March (Autumn), and 1 June (Winter).[13]”

    Generally speaking, in the populated areas of the Northern Hemisphere, Meteorological “seasons” [which are primarily based upon temperatures] are: Dec, Jan, Feb – Winter: Mar, Apr, May – Spring: Jun, Jul, Aug – Summer: Sep, Oct, Nov – Fall

    The “Soltice” definition is approximately 3 weeks later in each case.


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