Australia Endures More Record Cold, Rare Flakes Forecast For Central Peaks
A polar air mass once again sent temperatures crashing across Australia.
All-time records for the month of June were broken in the West yesterday, at the likes of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport (9C/48.2F) and Rottnest Island (5C/41F)–for example.
Western Australia’s cold extended into this morning, too (June 27) with Perth Airport shivering through -0.6C (30.1F) — its 4th lowest temperature ever recorded. The last time the state capital got that cold was July 2012.
Other notable lows include Jandakot’s -0.9C (30.4F), Collie East’s -2.3C (27.9F), Gingin’s -2.4C (27.7F), and Wandering’s -2.5C (27.5F).
Unseasonable lows and widespread rains (and pockets of snows) are stretching from the Kimberley in WA to Victoria. Day time highs are holding some 10C below average, and are forecast to drop as much as 14C below the norm towards by Thursday.
Bureau of Meteorology’s Jessica Lingard attempts to explain away the record cold, attributing it a natural origin: The cold front pushed cool air into the Perth metro area, she said, and a lack of cloud cover exacerbated the freezing temperatures.
Contrast that with the BoM’s boilerplate go-to whenever anomalous heat arrives: “global warming did it”.
Looking ahead, temperatures in Central Australia are set to plunge to near-freezing levels this week.
It will be “extremely cold,” admitted BoM senior forecaster Billy Lynch.
Incessant rains are also forecast in Alice Springs, with the mercury set to drop extraordinarily low there.
Similarly for the likes of Yulara and Uluru, readings in the single-digits are forecast every day this week.
Even more astonishingly, snow is forecast to dust the desert’s peaks.
“[The weather model] needs to be treated cautiously, but it is indicating that on Friday and Saturday there is a significant cold pool moving across Central Australia,” Lynch said. “As strange as it sounds I’m not willing to rule out the chance of snow.”
–‘Strange’ to AGW Party members only, not to those living with data, logic and knowledge of the solar cycles.
Eyeing the east, NSW’s Canberra is expected to plunge to as low as 0C (32F) on Friday – Sunday, with widespread frosts expected; Brisbane, too, will hold aberrantly cold — as BoM prophecies for a ‘warmer-than-average winter’ continue to be proved a joke, an embarrassing, agenda-driving pile of bosh and bellywash.
New Caledonia Cools
Cold nights have struck many Tropical Pacific Islands this week.
The New Caledonia commune of Konè bottomed out at 6.5C (43.7F) — a reading just 0.3C off the locale’s all-time record low.
Similarly feats were noted along the New Caledonia archipelago, such as in Ile Marè — and also in nearby Vanuatu and Fiji.
The cold even reached subtropical Easter Island with 10.9C (51.6F) logged — a rare low.
Feet Of Snow Still Blanketing Utah’s Peaks
Utah’s Alta Ski Area closed for the season back in April, but the mountain is still covered in feet of snow.
The below video shows the Main Chute, Alta’s iconic trail, is still skiing well:
The Main Chute is a spring staple for backcountry skiers, but such coverage this late in the year is “completely unprecedented,” reports powder.com.
Alta Ski Area posted a historic 903 inches (75.25 feet) of snow last season, and was one of at least 19 U.S. resorts to break their all-time snowfall records.