Melbourne Australia gets early blast of winter

May 14, 2011MELBOURNE — Winter comes early as Melbourne is hit by a chilly blast. MELBURNIANS have been swamped with enough rain in the past two weeks to last the month of May and more is yet to come. Other parts of the state have seen their coldest start to May since records began, with snow already falling in low-lying areas. Mt Baw Baw has been blanketed with more than 30cm of fresh snow as eager snowboarders take to the slopes well ahead of the official opening to the ski season. Meanwhile, 2cm of snow fell on Mt Buller on Friday night as children flocked to the mountain for the early falls. And Mt Hotham has seen more than 30cm of snow in the past week. Senior forecaster at the Victorian weather bureau, Dean Stewart, said snow was falling as low as 700m in an unusally cold start to the snow season. “To see snow fall at such low levels is unusual for this time of year,” he said. “Temperatures across the state, particularly in southern Victoria, are not expected to rise much in the coming days.” –Herald Sun
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2 Responses to Melbourne Australia gets early blast of winter

  1. Virginia Helies (Gen) says:

    We have had snow in New South Wales as well. Even a little at Barrington Tops which is about 3 hours drive north of Sydney.

    We have some Liquidamber trees growing in the garden and when their leaves turn yellow and red I know winter is just round the corner. Their leaves are still green only just starting to turn so I guess they got a shock this week too.


  2. Sheryl Minns says:

    It certainly is cold at the moment here, but for those readers who don’t know Melbourne I feel I should point out that the snow in the picture really is on the top of a mountain, and that it’s not falling at lower levels just now. It does occasionally snow here in winter, but the snow melts as soon as it hits the ground. While the current cold spell is unusual, it’s by no means extreme, and does happen every 5-10 years here.


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