Sunday, December 19, 2010

Global Warming is not Following the Game Plan

           and to Diane one of our members who calls Australia home,we are trying to send you a 'White Christmas' in case your homesick for Verdun...........and right in the middle of your Summer season too..................Yikes !!  Merry Christmas Diane from Verdun Connections

Australia swaps summer for Christmas snow

The 'Lights of Christmas' are featured at St. Mary's Cathedral on Dec. 19, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney celebrates Christmas with dazzling light projections on city landmarks such as St. Mary's Cathedral, Town Hall and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

Photograph by: Lisa Maree Williams, Getty Images

SYDNEY - Snow fell in Australia on Monday, as the usual hot and summery December weather was replaced in parts by icy gusts sweeping up from the Southern Ocean, giving the country a taste of a white Christmas.

Snow has fallen in parts of east coast states New South Wales and Victoria, leaving ski resorts — some of which are usually snow-free at this time of year — with dumps of up to 10 centimetres.

“It’s white, everything is white,” Michelle Lovius, the general manager of the Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel at Charlotte Pass told AFP.

“First thing this morning everything was just very still, very peaceful and every single thing was just blanketed in a thick cover of white.”

Lovius said such an amount of snow was unusual for early December, normally the peak of the wildflower season in the New South Wales mountain region.

“We’re hoping that it (the cold) stays in for five days and we get a white Christmas,” she said.

Further south in Victoria state, Mt Hotham had 10 centimetres of snow on Sunday and Mt. Buller up to five centimetres, Victorian Snow Report spokeswoman Maureen Gearon said.

“It is a blanket of white, which is beautiful at this time of year. People are out in their Santa hats taking photos in the snow,” Gearon told Australian news agency AAP.

The cold blasts carried through to Sydney, where the temperature fell to 13 degrees Celsius early Monday, and dipped to 9.8C in the city’s west while winds of up to 100 kilometres an hour are forecast for much of the state’s coastline.

It was a different story on Australia’s west coast, where the worst flooding in 50 years isolated the town of Carnarvon, 900 kilometres north of Perth.

Weather experts said it was not unusual for Australia to experience chilly weather in eastern states in early December, as cold winds from deep in the Southern Oceans sweep upwards.

“It’s not uncommon to get a dusting of snow along the higher peaks of New South Wales and Victoria every couple of years (at this time),” Bureau of Meteorology climatologist Grant Beard told AFP.

Gearon agreed, saying that in previous years, those on the Victorian snowfields had been “having cocktails in the sun one day and skiing the next”.

1 comment:

Diane Roberts said...

Wish we could have had snow instead of 40C temperatures! Cooking the turkey was idiotic in this climate, but hey, we had to have our traditional Christmas dinner just like my Mom used to made on Third Ave! Perth has never had snow as far as I know. There's a "little" mountain peak called Mt Barker in the Southern region that sometimes gets a light snowfall every couple of years. Hope you all had a White Christmas as there's nothing that compares to the beauty of the Christmas lights sparkling on a clean snowfall!....Diane