Yep, it’s been cold.

johnboy 9 July 2012 56

Just in case the weekend’s sport has not given you enough water cooler icebreakers for easing your human interactions today the ABC is providing a trigger for being the first to mention the cold:

Canberra has experienced its coldest run of temperatures in 36 years, with the mercury dropping below zero for the seventh time in a row.

The minimum temperatures have averaged minus five so far this month.

Meteorologist Ryan White says the warmest night this July so far has been 0.7 degrees.

“The last eight nights in a row we’ve had it pretty much at the minus five degree mark as an average, so it is quite incredible,” said Mr White.

Still aways from the record of 23 consecutive sub zero nights. But the streak is there to be beaten.


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Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 1:02 pm 10 Jul 12

Walker said :

I recall a time back when Helen Razor was at 2xx (whoa now we’re winding back). I would wear gloves, scarves, demisting the toyota was an art form (read hassle), and puddles iced over enough to enjoy smashing them of a morning.

This may be cold now and whatever record in context, but I don’t wear a scarf or gloves and there’s no pond iced over.

So, what gives? Have I just hardened up? Where’s the puddles? Where’s the acres of frost, it melts by the time I drive to work. No white fields…

On Monday morning the 9L green plastic watering can* I leave by the car overnight was virtually frozen solid. There was some liquid in there, but when I tried to pour water out of the spout not a drop came out. I was a bit late leaving that day, too, so this was about 8:45am, I usually leave around 8am and haven’t come across this problem before.

I also drive past the Canturf farm next to the Monaro Hwy on the way to work each morning and I can say that there’s been many fields of white in the last week or two.

Having said that, I agree partly and seem to recall there being many more icy puddles and the like in Canberra when I was a wee lad in the mid 70s, which me and my gloveless primary school mates used to enjoy breaking up and throwing at each other.

But I find it hard to deny the last few weeks haven’t been properly cold.

* /me hopes someone gets and enjoys the reference.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:28 pm 10 Jul 12

No frost on the car this morning. I was quite happy about that, but I’m also wondering if I should complain to Julia that the price on carbon hasn’t worked?

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 10:57 am 10 Jul 12

Friday night I went out to Michelago and emerged from the warm glow of a fire into the cold clear night air. The car obligingly told me it was -4 degrees at 11pm. Upon entering the suburbs of Canberra the temperature jumped to 0 degrees and then 1 – 2 degrees in the heart of the metropolis.

Might have just been a localised pattern but I suspect that inner Canberra is regularly 4 or so degrees warmer than the surrounding paddocks and open countryside. Part of the warming can be explained by the trees, studies have shown that even sparsely wooded paddocks are a couple of degrees warmer than nearby open fields.

Walker Walker 10:11 pm 09 Jul 12

I recall a time back when Helen Razor was at 2xx (whoa now we’re winding back). I would wear gloves, scarves, demisting the toyota was an art form (read hassle), and puddles iced over enough to enjoy smashing them of a morning.

This may be cold now and whatever record in context, but I don’t wear a scarf or gloves and there’s no pond iced over.

So, what gives? Have I just hardened up? Where’s the puddles? Where’s the acres of frost, it melts by the time I drive to work. No white fields.

I love the Canberra seasons. I hope they keep coming back. But things will never be the same.

We are currently at a solar minimum. Think of this as a sort of a decade long season. That minimum is about to expire.

Bookmark this page. Write it in your diary. Revisit every year for a few years.

Walker Walker 9:44 pm 09 Jul 12

p1 said :

johnboy said :

Or maybe it’s really cold here in canberra this week and if we want to talk global trends we need global data over time?

What he said.

Oh now we’re just being sensible!

Still if people want to make the point and ask, so they should.

(but yeah… +1)

caf caf 9:36 pm 09 Jul 12

Here’s a nice looking graph of the cold streak.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 9:25 pm 09 Jul 12

I moved here as a kid in 1976 from a much warmer area and I well remember the shock of the first winters back then. I’ve always said to people that it was colder here when I was a kid, and this reaffirms that belief.

rosscoact rosscoact 8:35 pm 09 Jul 12

great shirt sleeves day walking around the lake at lunch, beautiful just beautiful.

As long as you remember to start the car 10 minutes before you go off to work

milkman milkman 7:13 pm 09 Jul 12

Ahh, cold weather – those still, clear, frosty mornings, blue daytime skies and crisp evenings.

I love Canberra.

geetee geetee 7:09 pm 09 Jul 12

JimCharles said :

it doesn’t see that bad to me. It’s still air, there’s no wind chill, no rain…

Hope you enjoy your first October here! 🙂

Thumper Thumper 6:53 pm 09 Jul 12

Baldy said :

JimCharles said :

Baldy said :

I love the cold. It’s one of the reasons I have stayed in Canberra. Loving the drop in tempretures.

So does this count as “extreme” weather for Canberra? I see it’s the coldest run of nights for 47 years, but it doesn’t see that bad to me. It’s still air, there’s no wind chill, no rain….if you do have to have cold this is a “nice” cold right?
Having only been here 6 months I love it. The rain in March I remember they said included the longest consecutive run of overcast days (7?) for over 30 years.
You do get it pretty good here compared to most other places.

Compared to other places which usually get between -20 and -40 during winter it is cold. Don’t know about being extreme though.

And yes, if you have to have cold, this is a good one as long as you aren’t homeless.

Ah, the homeless.

A serious fail in policy in this town as the government chases the almighty dollar.

Surely in our affluent society we can ensure that no-one is ever homeless.

It is a sad endictment on what we’ve become when all our millions/ billions of taxes cannot provide a basic human need.

Politicians from all ideaologies need to lift their game.

No-one, ever, should have no-where to go and nowhere to live.

Thumper Thumper 6:35 pm 09 Jul 12

JimCharles said :

Baldy said :

I love the cold. It’s one of the reasons I have stayed in Canberra. Loving the drop in tempretures.

So does this count as “extreme” weather for Canberra? I see it’s the coldest run of nights for 47 years, but it doesn’t see that bad to me. It’s still air, there’s no wind chill, no rain….if you do have to have cold this is a “nice” cold right?
Having only been here 6 months I love it. The rain in March I remember they said included the longest consecutive run of overcast days (7?) for over 30 years.
You do get it pretty good here compared to most other places.

Yep. Got agree. It’s fantastic that we have distinct seasons. Yes, it’s bloody cold, but in summer it’s bloody hot.

I love it.

As for extreme, Nope. We have a seriously cold winter in about 88. And really, Canberra winters are always very cold.

The omly difference is that this year we have had a bit less cloud cover and rain, therefore lower temperatures at night and higher temperatures during the day. If it is overcast and drizzly we have warmer over night temperatures and colder days.

It’s Canberra. 🙂

Baldy Baldy 6:21 pm 09 Jul 12

JimCharles said :

Baldy said :

I love the cold. It’s one of the reasons I have stayed in Canberra. Loving the drop in tempretures.

So does this count as “extreme” weather for Canberra? I see it’s the coldest run of nights for 47 years, but it doesn’t see that bad to me. It’s still air, there’s no wind chill, no rain….if you do have to have cold this is a “nice” cold right?
Having only been here 6 months I love it. The rain in March I remember they said included the longest consecutive run of overcast days (7?) for over 30 years.
You do get it pretty good here compared to most other places.

Compared to other places which usually get between -20 and -40 during winter it is cold. Don’t know about being extreme though.

And yes, if you have to have cold, this is a good one as long as you aren’t homeless.

The Traineediplomat The Traineediplomat 6:16 pm 09 Jul 12

Sitting on the other side of the world here, I would love some of that single digit (negative or positive action).

It’s been over 30 degrees as a maximum for at least 2 weeks here….Nothing more soul destroying then seeing the ol “side of the post office” electronic temperature gauge at 32…at 8am in the morning!

JimCharles JimCharles 5:50 pm 09 Jul 12

Baldy said :

I love the cold. It’s one of the reasons I have stayed in Canberra. Loving the drop in tempretures.

So does this count as “extreme” weather for Canberra? I see it’s the coldest run of nights for 47 years, but it doesn’t see that bad to me. It’s still air, there’s no wind chill, no rain….if you do have to have cold this is a “nice” cold right?
Having only been here 6 months I love it. The rain in March I remember they said included the longest consecutive run of overcast days (7?) for over 30 years.
You do get it pretty good here compared to most other places.

Baldy Baldy 5:26 pm 09 Jul 12

Pork Hunt said :

troll-sniffer said :

shirty_bear said :

Six consecutive (or is it seven now?) below -4C … chilly.

Interesting how a week of hot will bring the climate change alarmists out of the woodwork, but a week of cold? Hardly a peep out of the mindless media. I wish I was surprised.

Interesting how the ill-informed make statements that are totally meaningless in the climate change debate.

A couple of minutes research by a competent mind will show that the symptoms of global warming are wider and wider swings in the weather patterns, with more frequent and more viloent events appearing. A record cold snap is just as likely to happen as a record heat wave, however in the long term the tendency will be for average temperatures across the globe to rise.

What should one wear if frequent and viloent events are forecast?

I hear this seasons colours for CLimate catastrophies is Blue with a red double stitch, but I could be wrong.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 4:59 pm 09 Jul 12

troll-sniffer said :

shirty_bear said :

Six consecutive (or is it seven now?) below -4C … chilly.

Interesting how a week of hot will bring the climate change alarmists out of the woodwork, but a week of cold? Hardly a peep out of the mindless media. I wish I was surprised.

Interesting how the ill-informed make statements that are totally meaningless in the climate change debate.

A couple of minutes research by a competent mind will show that the symptoms of global warming are wider and wider swings in the weather patterns, with more frequent and more viloent events appearing. A record cold snap is just as likely to happen as a record heat wave, however in the long term the tendency will be for average temperatures across the globe to rise.

What should one wear if frequent and viloent events are forecast?

Baldy Baldy 4:56 pm 09 Jul 12

I love the cold. It’s one of the reasons I have stayed in Canberra. Loving the drop in tempretures.

However I also realise that there are homeless out there that aren’t enjoying it all that much. I have been giving more money and a few cheap warm clothes to them whenever I see them this year.

Baldy Baldy 4:51 pm 09 Jul 12

dungfungus said :

johnboy said :

Further climate change debate is going to be ruled off topic and deleted. Feel free to share how cold it was though.

It was about as cold as it gets every winter I have been in Canberra for the past 29 years.

Umm…did you actually read the article? I clearly states that it is the coldest July for those said 29 years, not “It has been the same temptrture for the last 29 years.”

Jethro Jethro 4:16 pm 09 Jul 12

astrojax said :

‘s been lovely weather, really – beautiful brisk mornings seeping into bright clear days; my favourite kind of climate, this. and anyway, a bit of frost never hurt no-one…

I agree. I love Canberra’s winters. The days are beautiful, as are the frosts in the morning.

Plus there is something wonderfully romantic about getting all rugged up in scarves and gloves and walking arm-in-arm with your better half along one of Canberra’s lakes in the evening.

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