Coldest April night in Hobart since 1963

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  1. zar

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    1.9C, lowest April temperature in the city since April 14 1963. On that date Hobart dropped to 0.7C which is the lowest April temperature in 125 years of record keeping.

    -4 to -6 degrees in the Central plateau and the Derwent valley in the south, with a couple of new low temperature records being set for April but the all-time low of -7 for Tasmania for April remained intact.
     
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    Im wondering whether we will be in for an early winter, followed by an early spring.

    Only reason for that comment, is that the systems that have been crossing the bight over recent weeks have had more of a traditional winter system look about them.

    Sandy did some interesting work on pressure at Hobart during winter which gave a good indication of winter weather systems. He might dig that up.
     
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    it was -6 at cooma, dam thats pretty cold
     
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    Been wondering the same thing. Had a pretty early spring last year too.
     
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    Maybe we'll have an early super long winter and a late spring?
     
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    what happened to global warming?
     
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    It was going so well wasnt Sandy. Every body was tip toeing around being cordial and polite to each other.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Frog you old card , you should be dealt with!

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    Off with his legs......
     
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    sorry, couldn't resist.
     
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    And how would you like them sir, fricassee or lightly sauteed.
     
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    I'd like them stewed in their own juices...... [​IMG]
     
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    Stick to the guts of the topic
     
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    Hey!!! that's my line..... :p
     
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    Interesting that the 1963 ski season wasnt anything too special.

    Looking at the snowy hydro site it was similar to the 2003 season. In fact most seasons in the last 5 years have been better then 1963.

    Dont read anything into that statement. It could be a wonderfully exciting year again this year.
     
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    so far its been dry and cold

    so wheres the promised wet [​IMG]
     
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    So far Winter hasn't started.... I wouldn't be worrying too much about what is happening in mid April TC...
     
  18. Taipan

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    Its a bit like christmas. Looks look the goodies are slowly gathering under the tree but its way to early to have any idea.

    4 weeks from now we can start to think seriously. Just keep watching those lovely speckly cloud patterns dashing across the southern ocean.
     
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    Here's the 10 coldest Aprils on record for Hobart followed by what the following winter was like. I only have the temperature statistics to go on here which makes the following interesting, but probably totally irrelevant:

    Top 10 Coldest Aprils

    1. 1944 - A cold May, an average winter but cold in August
    2. 1909 - An average May but a very cold winter
    3. 1965 - An average May-August
    4. 1952 - Average from May but a cold August
    5. 1951 - Average from May but a cold August
    6. 1882 - A very cold winter
    7. 1996 - A mild May, then average winter
    8. 1945 - Cold May, average winter
    9. 1949 - Cold May and June but then mild
    10.1937 - Cold-very cold to June then mild

    From the above only 1937 and 1949 had an early start to spring after a cold April. None of the winters got particually mild ( the only winter month which was more than 1.0 degree above the LT average was August 1937 ).

    April 2006 has a good chance of making the top 10 if temperatures don't get too high in the final week.

    Unfortuently I don't have rainfall statistics for individual months, it would make looking at trends more significant but they're on their way [​IMG]
     
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    [​IMG] post zar. I like Taipan's Christmas analogy. [​IMG]
     
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    It's preety much like that it's probably too early to make any prediction even with rainfall and pressure stats at hand, but got to love crunching thru weather stats and making wild speculations [​IMG]
     
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    Out of interest, what sort of Aprils, ended in good snow seasons?
     
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    warm ones like this one, hopfully [​IMG]
     
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    I can't find any resources re past snow seasons in Tasmania. The BOM and Hydro don't do measurements such as snow depths which is a pity.

    Corralating pressure and temperature at the start of the season would be a good start though
     
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    Strange that Australia is having a cold April, we are (Scotland) also experiencing a colder than average spring along with big dumps of snow, maybe its a global thing. Was skiing on Tuesday at Cairngorm loads of snow high up but it was especially good a week ago. Lets hope this means Scotland and Australia are going to have a run of snowy winters. In my younger days I always wanted to do a season in Australia but never got round to it, hope you guys have a great winter.
     
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    Yeah its also interesting that the Danube has flooded to near record levels this year, last year they had massive floods too, now its much higher. The northern snow season seems to not want to end, and we're experiencing a cold snap since the start of April.

    Let me be the first to welcome the new global ice age, may it stay and strengthen for many years to come. [​IMG]
     
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    That’s why I chose my user name its what I wish for. In the Scottish skiers forum we are always taking about the Gulf Stream shutting down this is what makes Scottish winters and Western Europe milder than what it should be for its latitude. There's talk that the Gulf Stream will shut down due to global warming resulting in a local cooling effect for Western Europe it has already decreased in flow by 30%, bring it on.
     
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    Talking about record snow events (zar i hope you excuse the slight deviation).

    Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (Ski Press)-A massive April storm in Mammoth pushed the California resort past the all-time snowfall record on Tuesday afternoon. As of Wednesday morning, Mammoth Mountain had recorded 632 inches, or 52 feet of snow since October. The previous record of 617 inches was set in the 1992/93 season. The enormous 20-foot-deep snow pack prompted officials to extend the ski season to the Fourth of July.

    Mammoth Mountain, typically known for its sunny days, has had measurable amounts of snow fall 24 of the past 36 days. March was a near-record month with 189 inches of snow, followed by 73 inches of snow in the first few days of April.

    The Mountain Operations crew has done a tremendous amount of digging to allow Mammoth’s 28 chairlifts to run. Recent storms have buried everything from chairlifts to equipment and signage. The snow pack is so deep that at Mammoth Mountain’s Main Lodge, skiers and snowboarders have to walk down onto the third-story sundeck.

    “Because there has been so little sun in the last month the snow pack is not
    settling and snow piles are as high as we’ve ever seen them,†said Clifford Mann, Director of Mountain Operations and long-time Mammoth resident. “All of
    Mammoth’s snow-storage spaces are full and we have to move snow to new
    locations.â€

    Mammoth will be open for skiing and riding on the entire mountain through April
    30. From April 30 until at least July 4, Mammoth will offer skiing and riding
    from top to bottom out of Main Lodge. Season passes for the 2006/07 season on
    sale now will be valid starting May 1, 2006.

    By the Numbers:
    * 73 inches of snow have fallen since April 1
    * It snowed 20 out of 31 days in the month of March for a total of 189 inches
    * As of April 5, the season snowfall total at Mammoth was 632 inches or 52 feet
    * The previous record of 617 inches was set in the 1992/93 season
    * This season has given snow enthusiasts at total of 58 powder days and
    counting
    * The current base depth is 20-22 feet and the resort will operate until July 4
     
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    What about just up the road so to speak on April the 7th In 72hours Kirkwood has received 50inches of new snow, following on from a March which brought over 200inches!! For the Season Kirkwood is now at 757inches of snow fall, now a bit ahead of last seasons record breaker. If the forecasts are correct Kirkwood should bust the 800inch mark by mid-month and thus last seasons record of 804inches looks beatable!!!

    Big snow seasons are not always the best for the ski areas though, this winter has been exceptionally stormy, and Kirkwood is getting about 1 sunny day in 10, you could normally expect 9 sunny days in 10! Kirkwood have had some very stormy weekends, but also had their busiest day on record, so not sure where the season will end up in terms of skier days. Despite some exceptionally stormy days though Kirkwood has not been stormbound one single day, some people have all the luck.


    But what gets you really down, the resort will close on the 29th of April despite all that snow, something to do with their lease. :headbang:
     
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    Here we go, April has come to a close and it's been an exceptionally cold one in Hobart sliding in at position 2 in the coldest Aprils since records started in 1882

    Coldest Aprils in Hobart, average temperature
    1. 10.85 - 1944
    2. 11.15 - 2006
    3. 11.35 -1909
    4. 11.4 - 1965
    5. 11.45 - 1952
    Long term average for April 13.1C

    Lowest average maximum for April
    1. 15.0 - 2006
    2. 15.1 - 1996/44
    3. 15.2 - 1946
    4. 15.3 - 1965/33
    5. 15.5 - 1952/18
    This is the first monthly cold weather record set since 1985 and is 2.3C below the long-term average

    The April 2006 minimum was the fourth equal lowest since 1882 at 7.3, 1.6C below the LT.
     
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    Launceston has just recorded its coldest April since records began Min 5.3 Max 16.5 If winter is like April it should be a big season on the Ben !!
     
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    Does cold weather affect the volume of footy sirens?