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Warm Winter in Canberra?

By Demosthenes 21 July 2009 60

Is it just me or is it unusually warm this winter?  Everyone bangs on about how ‘cold’ Canberra is but we’ve had but a few measly frosts and a dusting of snow in the far distant hills.  Is this normal, or are people just whiners and like to bang on about ‘cold’ Canberra and dress up in Siberian outfits to make a point about it?

I do think Canberra has the best climate in the country and it never ceases to amuse me how people make a big song and dance about the ‘cold’.

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Demosthenes 5:54 pm 23 Jul 09

it was bloody cold today… few rare days of actual winter we’ve had this year.

astrojax 3:55 pm 23 Jul 09

Danman said :

for all those early risers, you may have noticed that the winter solstice is over, ended around June 21 I think, so the sun is getting up earlier than a month ago, so one can only presume that this will lead to warmer days

i thought that with thermal inertia, there is a lag between days getting longer / shorter and it getting warmer / cooler, so the solstices only mark the change in the length of the day, not the likely warmth or oherwise. but i have been known to be wrong before…

Nemo 6:22 pm 22 Jul 09

It’s been a very mild winter here so far.

We were in Harbin, North China in January – now that was cold!

mutley 6:18 pm 22 Jul 09

Ant said:

I’m germinating grass!

Perhaps a bath is in order?

davo101 5:48 pm 22 Jul 09

OK, stand by for some pointless stats…..

If you count winter as the coldest quarter of the year (ie: 91 days) then winter in Canberra covers the period 28th May to 26 August. So far this winter (28 May to 20 July) the day-time temperatures have been an average of 0.6 degrees Celsius warmer than normal and the night-time 2.1. Over the period 1939-2009 the day-time temperatures are the 22nd highest and the night-time the 4th.

Demosthenes 5:19 pm 22 Jul 09

There you go – it’s definitely warmer and the snow up at Mount Ginini is probably wiped out now too

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDN60902.shtml

0.5 degrees now and 6 degree high

There goes the weekend snow trip.

TP 3000 5:06 pm 22 Jul 09

I don’t think that this winter is warmer. However my Samoyed (snow dog) has started to shed his winter coat already.

bergamot 4:48 pm 22 Jul 09

Our electricity bill is always highest in the anticipated October edition – suggesting Aug / Sept / Oct are the coldest months. The best is yet to come people!!

rosiered 4:37 pm 22 Jul 09

the cherry blossoms (or whatever the name of the trees along Antill St) seem to be flowering earlier this year

ant 3:17 pm 22 Jul 09

I reckon whatever we get will go quick… the ground is already quite warm, warmer than it should be this time of year.

I’m germinating grass!

housebound 3:05 pm 22 Jul 09

There goes the late spring easy skiing up on the range.

ant 2:44 pm 22 Jul 09

housebound said :

And here I was hoping for a decent snow season for the first time since 2000.

I suspect late Aug/into Sept might be the best bet this winter. There should be some decent accumulation then… I think we’ll have a return to more steady winter in August.

But I wouldn’t be booking snow trips late sept/into Oct, spring will be early adn quite definite.

ant 2:42 pm 22 Jul 09

housebound said :

La Nina, El Nino (and there should be a tilde over the second ‘n’ in each), neither of which is a product of climate change, also the cycle could easily be.

We’ve just come through a La Nina event. Notice all the floods we’ve had in the south east? There’s a bit more to it, sadly. El Nino still manages to bring reliable drought, but La Nina no longer brings reliable wet.

Qbn Gal 2:30 pm 22 Jul 09

It certainly is a balmy winter. I have daffodils blooming already. I remember winters a few years back where we rarely had a day about 10 degrees. A frost was a daily occurrence, then the days were sunny, but very cold. Winters in recent years have been quite mild in comparison.

peterh 2:16 pm 22 Jul 09

the marked change between my meeting this morning in turner in sunshine, and the recent foray outside to get something for lunch makes me think that we have inherited melbourne weather… The temps are all over the place. The SOI is in the negatives at the moment, which is not a normal behavior for this time of year – the sea temp should be warmer, not cooler as the currents transport the warmer waters from the US…

housebound 1:17 pm 22 Jul 09

It’s gonna get worse anyway, and possible all because of us:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/22/2632698.htm

housebound 1:15 pm 22 Jul 09

La Nina, El Nino (and there should be a tilde over the second ‘n’ in each), neither of which is a product of climate change, also the cycle could easily be.

Demosthenes 12:45 pm 22 Jul 09

Thumper said :

Oh, you mean like the 1851 Black Thursday bushfires in Victoria that burnt out approximately 5 million ha?

Those bushfires…

Right so you are suggesting I’m being alarmist? I hope so because I like things the way they are, maybe it’s just a decade of drought and el-nina (which I thought was also a product of climate change – but anyway).

Thumper 12:19 pm 22 Jul 09

Oh, you mean like the 1851 Black Thursday bushfires in Victoria that burnt out approximately 5 million ha?

Those bushfires…

Demosthenes 12:13 pm 22 Jul 09

housebound said :

And here I was hoping for a decent snow season for the first time since 2000.

Those days are gone. Mud sliding will be the new sport.

Thumper said :

Are you suggesting that Australia gets bushfires? In summer?

Surely not…

Surely I am and if this winter is indicative it’s going to be a real scorcher and then another year of rolling inquiries and heads and bonuses for investigative journalists.

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