High Winds in Melbourne.

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  1. Vermillion

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    I dont know if there is any significance in this, but over the last 5 or so years i have noticed that there is an increase in both intensity and frequency of windy days in melbourne around september/october and again around february/march. Last weekend we had a very strong front (pressure difference-wise) hit on saturday and tomorrow is forecast to be windy again, and in between we havent had a still day. Normally ive noticed that these 'windy periods' last around 2 weeks. What im interested to know is whether or not this influences our weather. Personally i think it signals a change in the seasons to a different sort of weather pattern. Maybe im going crazy, maybe im not, what do u think? is there any data to back up my ramblings?
     
  2. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Must be global warming...........
     
  3. Sandy

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    It doesn't seem much different to me.....
     
  4. The Frog

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    Will be very windy tomorrow and Sunday in Melb and the mountains.
     
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    Gee, what a leading question! [​IMG]

    But I'm with Sandy. Haven't noticed anything myself.
     
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  6. Vermillion

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    take more notice. when you're outside all day working you tend to notice this a lot more than in an office [​IMG]
     
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    I first started taking weather/snow records back in 1984, so I remember back quite far..... :p
     
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  8. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Personally and I have no facts to back this up, but over the past 5-10 years I have noticed or at least imagined that around this time of year that the intensity of the winds are much stronger.

    Again no facts so hard to say!

    The winds around here at the moment are VERY strong, not looking forward to driving to work shortly as the roads that I take are surrounded by large gums trees, after these types of wind events lots of large trees/branches on the road.
     
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    September is always the windy month I thought
     
  10. Alex.C

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    Check out the wave heights off Cape Sorell in Tassie.

    12m (which is an average of the top third, with a likely real maximum being twice that)

    Edit: Apparently was even higher yesterday:

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    (from here)
     
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    August is usually windier than September. August is the month we usually rely on to get the west/sou'west fronts for season building/saving snowfalls. Didn't happen this year and we seem to have had a lot of strong nor'westers in September instead. Even NZ has been under the influence of predominant nor'westers for most of September.
    It's summer again in Sydney today.
     
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  12. POW_hungry

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    Vermin, have you based any of this on any data (of the last 5 years) or are you just going on general observation?
     
  13. Fangin'Wolvy

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    He's flying by the seat of his pantz...
    *sorry someone had to say it*
    :p [​IMG]
     
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    As to your question Vermills, yes I have noticed it more so during these times.
    Just look at fencing industries and how many require repair or total replacement.
    Cheers.
     
  15. mr

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    October tends to be the windiest in Melbourne (30 years + sailing on Port Phillip, caqnt find data). SWs in Melbourne are highly affected by seabreezes, not fronts. As such our predominant winter wind is a northerley, and summer a SW. Actually Verm, the last few summers there has been generally less strong northerleys than usual

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    but yes according to that data there is 20% of wind in august over 30kmh...i'd say its pretty close aug / sept / oct
     
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    watch out for varying scales
     
  18. Azz

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    All I know is my windspeed thingy on the roof just recorded 67.7 kph. Strongest wind I have seen. (???? Felt)
     
  19. skimax

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    I think your observations are generally correct Vermill
    Isnt the phenomenon called mid Equinoxal winds or something like that
     
  20. Templestowstud

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    Isn't there an old saying that if you don't like the weather in Melbourne wait 5 minutes? Templestowe had some tremendous wind gusts 60-70 KPH. Also the temperature changed 15 degrees in under ten minutes.
     
  21. mr

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    So...verm are you rambling that strong winds indicate seasonal change......and skimax at the equinox? Hmmm....I'd say that March in Melb is possibly the least windy month of the year. March / April is when the most 'drifters' (no wind races) occur.
     
  22. BH

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    When I was growing up in Sydney September was kite month, when all the kids broke out there new kites and headed to the open fields and away from the trees which contained the swooping magpies. September is always windy.
     
  23. Vermillion

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    yeah i thought it could be something like that skimax, but like i said i dont have any hard data to back it up.
     
  24. mochon

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    isnt global warnming all about more intense systems but occuring at same rates ,so i would def agree verm,has been windiest week since last winter on m/peninsula ,a little out of whack as actual winter systems all came during april and may
     
  25. Vermillion

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    woah, slow down. this has nothing to do with climate change.

    dont make me look like a fool.
     
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    what other reasons would explain these intense systems.Would love to know