Antarctic blast for southeast

12 May, 2015 08:39 AM
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Calves sheltering in the Central Tablelands near Jenolan Caves. Photo: Nick Moir
Alpine regions will be experiencing some of the most severe weather
Calves sheltering in the Central Tablelands near Jenolan Caves. Photo: Nick Moir

A POWERFUL cold front is surging across southeastern Australia with damaging winds, small hail and low-level snow.

Early on Tuesday morning the cold front crossed Tasmania and has started affecting Victoria and southeastern South Australia.

The coldest conditions are still almost 24 hours away as the powerful southwesterlies behind the front bring increasingly colder air.

Damaging wind gusts are likely in all Tasmanian and Victorian districts, along with southern New South Wales and ACT districts.


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  • Alpine regions will be experiencing some of the most severe weather, with wind gusts likely to exceed 100 kilometres an hour and blizzard conditions also likely. Already, Thredbo Top Station has seen wind gusts reach 102km/h.

    Melbourne will see its coldest weather of the year thus far.

    The rest of Tuesday should linger in the low-to-mid teens and at times feel close to ten degrees in the wind. Wednesday morning showers are likely to bring small hail, with the mercury falling as low as six degrees and wind chill making it feel more like two or three degrees. By the afternoon the mercury will have crawled to 12 degrees amid the coldest day of the year thus far.

    In Hobart today, conditions will be very windy with wind chill making it feel close to 7-10 degrees all day. Tomorrow will start out even colder, with a very similar day to last Thursday. Snow is likely to settle on Mt Wellington, possibly as low 300 metres.

    From Wednesday night, conditions will slowly become calmer and drier as a high pressure system moves in from the west.

    Tasmanians and Victorians will finally get some reprieve from the wild and windy conditions that have been reasonably consistent for more than a week.

    The calmest conditions will move across the region from Friday to Sunday, with generally clear skies.

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    READER COMMENTS

    Steve
    12/05/2015 11:54:43 AM

    Get ready readers. One or more of those puerile, yet entertaining climate denying buffheads will try to use this cold front as 'proof' that global warming is not real, but a conspiracy. Don't be alarmed by what they say - just enjoy!
    Bill Pounder
    13/05/2015 10:27:03 AM

    Perzackery Steve! As winter gets ever closer, it's bound to get cooler/colder. Who's denying that. Maybe Antarctica will engulf us. http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_inde x/images/daily_images/S_daily_ext ent_hires.png "At the moment Antarctica and the sea ice zone in particular are some of the most data sparse regions on Earth," Professor Worby said. http://www.smh.com.au/environment /climate-change/growing-antarctic -sea-ice-limiting-access-to-conti nent-20150511-ggyy5x.htm
    fridgimus
    13/05/2015 11:40:53 AM

    Well said.
    Oh you
    13/05/2015 1:05:17 PM

    And why is sea ice increasing Mr Pounder? The answer might surprise. https://www.skepticalscience.com/ increasing-Antarctic-Southern-sea -ice-intermediate.htm
    Qlander
    13/05/2015 1:55:19 PM

    Yes, yes ... A bit of cold weather is no big deal, just 'weather'. A bit of hot weather on the other hand, is 'The end of civilisation as we know it' We all know the drill.
    Bill Pounder
    13/05/2015 6:00:54 PM

    The warmistas would have us believe (yes you, Oh you) the absurd notion that all "melting" sea ice is a threat to the locals. Reality. ".. the last ice age, the emperor penguin population was around 7x smaller than now " (ABC) Ditto polar bears, evidence suggests it barely survived the profound sea ice changes associated with the Last Glacial Max. http://polarbearscience.com/2015/ 04/21/polar-bears-barely-survived -the-sea-ice-habitat-changes-of-t he-last-ice-age-evidence-suggests /
    Bill Pounder
    13/05/2015 11:07:31 PM

    The especially cretinous will fall for anything in opposite world. "The entire population of Antarctica's famous emperor penguins could fall by a third by the end of the century because of disappearing sea ice." (Except sea ice extent is at record highs.) Numbers by nation polar bear count is well ahead of busted perfessional guess-timates. http://polarbearscience.com/2013/ 01/08/polar-bear-population-now-2 2600-32000-when-tallied-by-nation /
    nico
    14/05/2015 10:04:18 AM

    The usually well-mannered Pounder is a political activist. (Google) His selected references are always heavily political. For a balanced view on polar bears, see: http://www.polarbearsinternationa l.org/about-polar-bears/what-scie ntists-say/are-polar-bear-populat ions-booming
    Bill Pounder
    14/05/2015 1:27:27 PM

    nico, who skulks in anonymity, will readily decry anything outside the AGW group think. ".. many Inuit communities said the researchers were wrong. They said the bear population was increasing .." there are about 15,000 polar bears across Canada’s Arctic. “That’s likely the highest [population level]there has ever been.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/ne ws/national/healthy-polar-bear-co unt-confounds-doomsayers/article2 392523/ Amstrup of polarbearsinternational pwns himself when he goes counter to the locals.
    nico
    14/05/2015 3:40:41 PM

    Skulking in anonymity, I endeavour to present credible scientific rather than political evidence. I'm no expert on polar bears, but I note that Pounder's 2012 reference to a Canadian newspaper (the Globe and Mail) was corrected by an article in the same newspaper, dated November 2014, which described in some detail the alarming decline in the number of Canada's bears. See :http://www.theglobeandmail.com/n ews/national/polar-bears-declinin g-in-health-numbers-in-beaufort-s tudy-shows/article21621119/
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