“Cold snap” strikes Queensland

“A cold snap has settled across a large swath of Queensland, with the minimum temperature plunging by almost 8C in Townsville overnight.”

Some numbers:

  • Applethorpe: -2.5C
  • Toowoomba: 2.3C
  • Rockhampton: 7.8C
  • Brisbane: 9.2C
  • Mackay: 10C

Another cold morning of 10C (50F) is expected in Townsville tomorrow.

The average minimum temperature in Townsville for July is 14C (57F).


Thanks to Bob Morton for this link

13 thoughts on ““Cold snap” strikes Queensland”

  1. I like the way it is going thus far this year. Global temperatures and overall sea surface temperatures both continue to be lower.
    July is looking quite cold in particularly in Antarctica.
    One has to predict BEFORE it happens if it has any meaning. I say 2018 is the transitional year. I much rather be early then late when predicting. Late has no meaning it is after the fact.
    Of course it is still to early to celebrate and more months have to go by but it has to start sometime if it is going to occur.
    The climate when it does really shift or go to another regime does so abruptly not slow and gradual. Ice Core data shows this to be the case
    The climate post Dalton shifted to the present climatic regime in a period of 10 years and has been in the same climate regime other then the climatic shift in the late 1970’s which was all natural and accounts for all of the rise in temperatures from the Little Ice Age.
    If I turn out to be correct I will be on pretty firm because I would not have only pin pointed the transitional year(before it happened) but also the reasons why and how and my website climatebusters.org backs this up.
    My website being done some 5 years ago way in advance of this potential change.

    • Yes, likely. I think the big El Nino has delayed it by a 18-24 months but now that has gone. There is no reason why the cooling can’t start in the Southern Hemisphere and this is the third cold winter for South America. Records are more limited for the Southern Hemisphere so we don’t know if it started there before. The jetstream change was the first obvious sign of change.

      • It is as cold as buggery in QLD where I live this winter. Everyone is getting sick – unusually so (another symptom of a Grand Solar Minimum as we are more exposed to cosmic radiation, which weakens the immune system). People here are not used to cold weather like they are in the southern states so it is chaotic. I myself have had at least 4, maybe 5 colds this year.

        On the plus side we are growing beautiful violas and sweet peas, these plants think it is spring in their native Europe right now in subtropical Brisbane.

  2. When I was a kid in the late 50’s and 60’s I liven in a Brisbane suburb called The Gap. The Gap is about 22km or 13 odd miles from the coast.

    EVERY winter in June and July the temperature would regularly drop below 0°C overnight.

    The large still shallow pools of Enoggera Creek at my parent’s home would often freeze over with a thin layer of ice – it’d be gone as the Sun came up.

    A few days ago it was 20°C at my home at 7:00 am. The wind blew from the north bringing tropical air into SE Queensland.

    Today it was 8°Cat my home at 7:00 am. The wind has switched to coming from the south bringing Antarctic air into SE Queensland.

    It is MOST DEFINITELY not as cold in winter in Australia as it was 50 years ago.

    I’ve lived through it and I swear by my memories and experience.

    None of the temperatures quoted for Rockhampton, right on the tropic of Capricorn, Mackay, even more tropical, and Townsville, further north again, are unusual when Antarctic air is “funneled” into the eastern states by large high pressure systems centred over central Australia dominate the weather pattern.

    Cold dry SW winds chilling these cities regularly 50 years ago but rarely in the present.

    This was the norm 50 years ago but has become a rare event recently with far more SE winds dominating winter. Coming from the oceans these winds are not as cold as the SW winds.

    As anyone who has read my posts knows I do not believe in the pseudoscience of the global warming alarmists one iota.

    But it isn’t cold in Australia at present.

    • The 50s and 60s were in the previous cyclical cooling period (ca 1938-1976). Present temperatures should be compared with the last warming period (1977-1998) to indicate that the next cyclical downturn is in progress. My backyard temperature records, though only for 7 years, indicates that this year will be below average.

    • 😉 hi Rosco
      yeah i have a personal friend up near emerald and hes bitchin when its still double digits.
      i tell him i sent the cold up to be friendly n share;-)
      and true I havent had Chilblains for many decades
      Im also NOT out at 8am riding to school in unsuitable clothing like i was a kid either;-)
      its weird cos theoretically vic is way colder than sa..
      however in 11yrs ive maybe had thin ice on chookwater 5X?
      old town i had to use a rock to break it

  3. I just looked up Charleville’s temperature – 6°C.

    I lived in Charleville in 1984 and the temperature dropped well below 0°C nearly every night. The water in the hose froze regularly making it difficult to remove the ice from the car’s windscreen.

    But it isn’t cold in Australia at present.

  4. Just understand that Cairns is at 16 degrees south. look at 16 degrees north. What happens next year??

  5. I’m not liking this. I’m old enough to remember the 60s & 70s. That was cold but not as cold as the previous cycles (1880-1910) and the Dalton minimum.

    My greenhouse is almost finished and I’ve insulated everything I can in my house.

  6. I’m a atheist too but the “average minimum” as used in the article has no meaning because it does not give the range. For example, the average of 0, 14, 28 is 14 as is 13.9, 14.0, 14.1. Having worked in the nuclear regulatory sector, one pays very close attention to claimed “averages”

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