15 July 2007

Images of Canberra - hunting for snow, find only water

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My wife had her oldest friend visiting from Brisbane yesterday and as she’s never seen snow up close before we took her on a bit of an expedition to find some. Thinking that we didn’t really have time to drive all the way up to jindi to find snow we took the alternative and headed out to Corin Forest in our search.

Braving suicidal kangaroos and plenty of ice on the road we didn’t actually find any except for on the higher peaks around a very very empty Corin Dam. It would seem that all recent rain hasn’t been falling anywhere useful, except as you will see in the next shot, in Lake Burley Griffin where there so much they’ve got to pull the plug.

Corin Dam

Scrivener Dam

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Well actually none of the above. See Corin and Bendora are in effect the one system. Corin is used to fill Bendora by releasing water into the Cotter River, so Corin is down but Bendora is up.

Water is never drawn directly from Corin, and the pipe to Googong comes from Bendora.

wait for the snow on Wednesday

The easiest way to find snow in the ACT – is to google it.

The easiest way to find snow in the ACT is to take a drive up Brindabella road. At this time of year you should be able to find patches of snow up towards Picadilly Circus. If you get there and don’t find snow, then keep going to Mt Coree (probably only if you have a 4WD or mountain bike, or walk the ~5km). I have seen snow on the south side of Mt Coree in late spring!

Gungahlin Al12:40 pm 16 Jul 07

Surreal scene at Selwyn two weeks ago with a roo hopping through the carpark and off across the ski fields. Then sighted a liarbird on the way back down the mountain (saw 6 of them there in one trip in 2001). Very nice part of the world, despite the fire damage.

didnt really have time for that either Gungahlin Al, thats at least a 3 1/2 hour round trip.

Gungahlin Al10:43 am 16 Jul 07

Jazz, as I said back here http://the-riotact.com/?p=5235#comments pursuing snow on the nearby ranges to save time can backfire – better to shoot down to Selwyn.


My empire and its affiliates have nothing to do with the consumption of water from Corin Dam.

It is being drained by a secret undergrond army city…

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt3:47 pm 15 Jul 07

They have been pumping to googong for ages, because it is more than twice as big, and gets less natural rainfall. Check out the ActewAGL site – Corin is the only dam whose level is not on the rise.

-They hope!

I believe they’ve been pumping Corin’s water to Googong for months now. They’re getting Corin as low as possible so the runoff from the melting snow in spring will fill it up.

Interesting. Most of the earlier systems were from the east, and I certainly got more than the ACT. But the later systems, the last lot, were the standard ones from the west. Maybe they fell as snow in the Brindies, but even so, as it melted it should’ve gone into the dam. Most puzzling. And people want to use drinking water to wash cars and water gardens again.

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