30 May 2018

Winter arrives on the Tablelands

| Alex Rea
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Braidwood’s townscape turned white for an hour this morning as a very patchy cold front came across dumping up to a few centimetres of small hail.

When the forecast predicted just a slight chance of a few drops of rain for Wednesday morning, no-one in the Braidwood district was holding their breath. The area has received less than half the usual rainfall for the year.

Rainfall totals varied up to 10mm in town. For farmers, the cool weather will inhibit any pasture growth, and it was not sufficient for any runoff. Farmers across NSW are facing a tough and expensive winter feeding their remaining stock.

Braidwood has been in Bureau of Meteorology defined drought since July 2017.

Braidwood is at 660m above sea level and rarely gets snow in town, however one local farmer recalls a winter in the 1960s when he helped roll a huge snowball across Ryrie Park, just fitting it in through the doors of the Royal Mail Hotel.

The white stuff certainly brings a smile to those online. The Braidwood Bugle published shots of this morning’s streetscapes to Facebook, which were shared over 1000 times by mid afternoon.

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