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Are we in for an extremely cold winter?

By 16 May 2011 46

fog over civic

Is it just me or is Autumn this year extremely cold?

I don’t recall seeing negative temperatures during Autumn last year. We hit -6.7 degrees Saturday night.

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Are we in for an extremely cold winter?
groonsnout 9:13 am
16 May 11
#1

Yep it’s a cold one. Coldest May since 1974.

The Frots 9:17 am
16 May 11
#2

Mrs. Frot and I were saying that it is indeed the coldest we have experienced here. I cannot believe just how chilling it gets. So………………….this winter is going to be a real bitch I think!

Holden Caulfield 9:33 am
16 May 11
#3

Yep, looks like we picked a great time to rip our house apart for renos/extensions. Brrrrrrrr…

Gungahlin Al 9:37 am
16 May 11
#4

Stand by for the usual ill-informed “I thought climate change was supposed toi make it hotter” comments from the usual suspects.

I’ve seen some already from certain ACT Liberal MLAs on FB.

magiccar9 9:46 am
16 May 11
#5

Gungahlin Al said :

Stand by for the usual ill-informed “I thought climate change was supposed toi make it hotter” comments from the usual suspects.

I’ve seen some already from certain ACT Liberal MLAs on FB.

You only see these posts from the Liberals because Labor fails to understand that anything is even happening and the Greens have already run for cover fearing the end of the world.

Thoroughly Smashed 9:47 am
16 May 11
#6

Gungahlin Al said :

Stand by for the usual ill-informed “I thought climate change was supposed toi make it hotter” comments from the usual suspects.

I’ve seen some already from certain ACT Liberal MLAs on FB.

The Frots 9:49 am
16 May 11
#7

Holden Caulfield said :

Yep, looks like we picked a great time to rip our house apart for renos/extensions. Brrrrrrrr…

Ha! You have to be kidding? I recall renovating another house in another land a long time ago where I had the whole back of the house ripped out…………….much to the pleasure of the local cats and other wildlife!

Good luck with it – need any donations of heaters…..? The temp this week is going to be a real monster!

Pommy bastard 10:06 am
16 May 11
#8

I certaily hope we’re in for a cold one, makes me quite homesick.

Mind you I could do without all the idiots driving in pea-soup fog with no lights on, as evidenced this morning…

TVStar 10:06 am
16 May 11
#9

Must be global warming. Where do I hand my money over to fix the temp again?

Holden Caulfield 10:14 am
16 May 11
#10

The Frots said :

Good luck with it – need any donations of heaters…..? The temp this week is going to be a real monster!

Thanks, we should be okay for now. I think we have another week or two before the first wall for the extension comes down. So, as we get closer to winter, hopefully things warm up a little, haha.

neanderthalsis 10:19 am
16 May 11
#11

“I don’t recall seeing negative temperatures during Autumn last year.”

According to the BoM, we bottomed out at -3.7 on 13 May last year and had a solid week of negative minimums. I must add, however, we have already surpassed last years coldest (-5) with our -7 yesterday morning.

georgesgenitals 11:38 am
16 May 11
#12

As a kid I remember a few REALLY cold winters, and each year in Autumn the cattoneasta (sp?) trees would have heaps and heaps of the little red berries on them. On the milder years, there’d be much fewer berries.

This year there were lots of berries. Although what we’re getting now is unusual (antarctic air pushing north), I still think we are in for a cold one.

dpm 11:45 am
16 May 11
#13

georgesgenitals said :

This year there were lots of berries.

Yeah, but we had lots of rain this last summer…?

EvanJames 11:48 am
16 May 11
#14

As others have confirmed, it’s unusually cold. This is exacerbated by our long run of Indian Summers. We’ve had later and warmer summers during recent years, and have grown accustomed to a very gradual descent into cooler temperaturs. No so this year!

we had a cool summer, thanks to La Nina which brought lots of rain and cooler temperatures. The change to cool started much earlier than usual, and we didn’t get so much of a stop/start/stop jolting change-over to the new season.

now we’re having a classic Canberra June/July, with fogs and frosts and sparkling cold days. We’re just getting them in early May instead.

The change out of La Nina is interesting. If it had persisted, we’d be having rain, and so milder temperatures especially at night. If this hard dry continues, you’d be expecting the announcment of a drought.

I threw away probably more than 10kg of perfect green tomatoes on the weekend. heartbreaking.

Mr Gillespie 11:50 am
16 May 11
#15

Makes a change to all the duds we have been through ever since the days of “global warming” and “the greenhouse effect” were renamed “climate change”.

troll-sniffer 12:05 pm
16 May 11
#16

Canberra is allocated 56 days of frost by the BOM. Most years we don’t use up our allocation, and the remainder are stored in a vault ready for release when too many Canberrans complain that the BOM can’t forecast the weather to save themselves. I’m not sure how many they have stored up but the good news is, once we get our annual allocation out of the way, that’s normally it for the year. So think of it this way… all these early frosts are helping to ensure a warmer spring, as long as no-one complains. Get it?

Gungahlin Al 12:49 pm
16 May 11
#17

Yes there haven’t been any ‘real’ Canberra winters for a while.

I remember as a kid and living in typical no-star brick govvies having the blanket on 3 all night, and under so many old-fashioned prickly woollen blankets it was stifling from the sheer weight of them.

Yet in summer we slept out on the bare concrete of the verandah some nights.

But cold really is just a state of clothing and a state of housing (unless you’re renocating – holy moley HC – planned that well!).

That said, surely it’s about time this bloody fog lifted?

Mysteryman 1:11 pm
16 May 11
#18

I don’t mind the cold as long as we get some snow in Canberra! Otherwise, I feel ripped off at having to endure negative temperatures with no pay-off.

SheepGroper 1:11 pm
16 May 11
#19

EvanJames said :

I threw away probably more than 10kg of perfect green tomatoes on the weekend. heartbreaking.

I was starting to do that a couple of weekends ago, my mum took them and left them in her car – the warmth ripened them. They were mostly cherry tomatoes but there were Black Russians and large reds in there as well. The car gets left outside so all day long it is acting like a greenhouse.

gospeedygo 1:22 pm
16 May 11
#20

Holy sheet the sun is officially out. I forgot what it looked like this morning.

astrojax 1:35 pm
16 May 11
#21

invigorating, innit! what’s with the temperature range across the teritoty, though? the airport, BoM’s nominal site for ‘canberra’ weather, is sometimes three, four or five degrees different from belco or tuggers.

that said, goulburn was -8 earlier a couple days ago. so it could be worse… (in fact, it can always be worse if you could otherwise be in goulburn!)

astrojax 1:36 pm
16 May 11
#22

that’d be ‘territory’ [blames cold fingers...]

I live in Macgregor 1:39 pm
16 May 11
#23

EvanJames said :

As others have confirmed, it’s unusually cold.

I threw away probably more than 10kg of perfect green tomatoes on the weekend. heartbreaking.

Can’t you keep the green ones and let them ripen on the window sill? We had a few green ones drop off the vines over the past few weeks and I collected the last of them off the vines yesterday. They won’t taste as good as the vine-ripeed ones, but still better than store-bought IMHO.

if they freeze and re-freze though they will be ruined… so the rest of the tomato trees/vines are going on the compost heap this weekend.

sepi 1:40 pm
16 May 11
#24

“I threw away probably more than 10kg of perfect green tomatoes on the weekend. heartbreaking.”

You can ripen tomatoes on a sunny windowsill.

Or you could have given them away to ANU food co-op or choko bei jol, or the civic soup lady. Or taken them to work?

creative_canberran 1:52 pm
16 May 11
#25

The BoM also seems to be getting it very badly wrong this year. And obviously wrong too.
Day after day of predicting 0 for the overnight and instead it drops to -3 or more… isn’t someone going to wake up and realise something is wrong with their predictions? And predicting 15 as today’s max when it is -7 overnight, foggy and partly cloudy… well that was never going to happen. It’s 2pm and only just reached +7 degrees.

Watson 2:04 pm
16 May 11
#26

Gungahlin Al said :

I remember as a kid and living in typical no-star brick govvies having the blanket on 3 all night

You had an ELECTRIC BLANKET as a kid?! Spoiled, I say! I didn’t even get a hot water bottle, just one blanket. And I grew up in Belgium were -20 wasn’t unusual and lived in a dilapidated terrace house with rotting window frames.

And walked 10kms to school, through the snow, barefoot, etc.

switch 2:08 pm
16 May 11
#27

Green tomato chutney!

isaidno 3:06 pm
16 May 11
#28

Cool! Hopefully we get some snow this year.

The Frots 3:09 pm
16 May 11
#29

Watson said :

Gungahlin Al said :

I remember as a kid and living in typical no-star brick govvies having the blanket on 3 all night

You had an ELECTRIC BLANKET as a kid?! Spoiled, I say! I didn’t even get a hot water bottle, just one blanket. And I grew up in Belgium were -20 wasn’t unusual and lived in a dilapidated terrace house with rotting window frames.

And walked 10kms to school, through the snow, barefoot, etc.

And you were so poor as a family that all you kids would gather around your fathers mouth as he chewed a mint just to get the warmth? (I did – just wondering whether you had to as well!). I spent most of the morning trying to pry the dogs tongue off the back sliding door window due to the cold. I think he’ll recover, but he’ll be eating soup for a few days!

As for that damn cat……………………………….

EvanJames 3:54 pm
16 May 11
#30

I did about 5 kg of green tomato pickle (using the recipe posted here last week)! But then I ran out of jars. I’ve got enough for about 3 years if I eat a LOT of pickle. Still working through the similar chutney from 3 years ago (luckily it improves with age).

I’ve found ripening very green tomatoes in the past a bit hit-or-miss. They often rot before they ripen. The old saw is to pull up the entire tattered wreck of the plant, and hang it up with tomatoes attached, but haven’t had huge luck with that.

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