It’s been more than a decade since Canberra’s last decent snowfall. But while experts say there’s a good chance of snow this weekend, Marcus Paul isn’t holding his breath.
May 28 back in the year 2000. This, apparently, was the last time Canberrans got a little snow crazy.
Yeah, we’ve been excited by the prospect of some local natural snowfalls most winters… and I swear I’ve been sleeted on more than once in Civic, but they tell me this time, it’s the real deal. Perhaps not the 10cm real deal of powdery white snow our suburbs saw back in 2000 – but it could go close.
My mates at Weatherzone tell me it will feel something like minus five on Sunday – all courtesy of this so called Antarctic ‘vortex’ they’re talking about. Some forecasters have even said our weather might be ‘feral’ in the latter part of the weekend. Feral? What is this meant to mean? Is this some new meteorological term for maybe it might snow, but then again it may not?
I am a little tired of being teased. Each winter I make the trip into the Brindy’s to see how Corin Forest is shaping up. Most often it resembles a winter wonderland of both natural and man-made snow, with kids and oldies alike squealing with delight.
However, it seems someone at Perisher Resort discovered this secret, decided to form a partnership and whack us all with a charge to pay. Bad form in my view, but it probably has something to do with grand plans to build this once free winter tourist spot into something much more, with new snow machines and possibly even some ski areas. I guess they need to pay for it all somehow – and selling hot soup and coffees in the cafe on site just wasn’t cutting it. I do love the open fire place though.
So. Whoever you weather gods might be, please don’t let me down (again). Pay attention … they are now even putting up lots of colourful pictures and graphs of exactly how much snow is expected to fall from this so called Arctic gift!
5cm would be more than adequate. I just don’t want to freeze my butt off without some kind of pay off! As the song says … let it snow.
Marcus Paul is the host of Canberra Live 3pm weekdays on 2CC.