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Monday, September 28, 2009

Canberra's 40-year low

But because it's a low temperature record, it's obviously just weather, and therefore reduced to a tiny story in the dingiest part of the ABC website, whereas if it had been a high temperature record it would have been climate change [oops, I mean global warming] and plastered all over the front page of every newspaper and website in Australia.
Canberra had its coldest September day in 40 years yesterday. The temperature hovered around 6 degrees for most of the day, peaking at 8.1 degrees at 5:00 pm AEST.

Forecaster Paul Corello from the Bureau of Meteorology says it was unusual weather. "We've got a low pressure system sitting off east of Tasmania, a high over South Australia - those two systems dragged up a lot of cold air from over the polar regions and that cold air ended up over the south-east states," he said.

Mr Corello says there was even light snow falls as low as 700 metres on the mountains surrounding Canberra. There was also heavy snow falls on the New South Wales Snowy Mountain ski fields.

Neil Thew from Perisher Ski Resort says it is a remarkable way to finish the ski season which officially ends this week. "We've had 30 centimetres of the lightest and driest snow received this season," he said.

"We've had snow down to 600 metres which is remarkable for this time of year."

Move along. Nothing to see here.

Read it here.

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