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Yep, it’s been cold.

By 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 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 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 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 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 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 9:36 pm 09 Jul 12

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

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 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 7:13 pm 09 Jul 12

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

I love Canberra.

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 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 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. 🙂

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