First snowfall in Tasmania in almost 50 years

“I’ve never seen snow,”says 26-year-old resident.

The city of Launceston recorded the heaviest snowfall since the early 1970s, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“The closest event for severity was in 1921 ,” says reader Byron Dawes.

People were extremely excited at the sight of the unusual phenomenon. Kiani Chippendale, 26, told CNN that he had never seen snow in Launceston.

“We stayed up all night, too excited to sleep. It’s never snowed here in this city … at least not since I was born.”

Even wombats were surprised

See video of wombat walking in the snow:

Thanks to Alex Tanase in Romania, Alexey Parkhomenko in Russia, Alex Piccinini in Australia and Byron Dawes in Tasmania for these links

“And not just very rare snowfall but heavy snowfall in Launceston, says Byron . “The closest event for severity was in 1921 , and there was a light dusting once in the 1970’s .”

19 thoughts on “First snowfall in Tasmania in almost 50 years”

  1. As the winters get colder, the MSM will over-hype every hot temperature occurring during the summer regardless of how little time it lasts.
    When, finally, the public realize they’ve been lied to it will be too late. By that time the statues will be in place and international agreements made to restrict, to ban, to limit. Most of those hard fought battles for freedom will have all been for nought.

  2. Snow lying at sea level is a rare event in Tasmania though the higher hills get some snow cover each winter.

  3. It’s actually Byron Dawes from Tasmania , Australia and driving through snow drifts on the midland highway at 5:20 A.M. while on the way to work in Launceston was a first for me .

  4. I would like to clarify, that the links mean snowfalls in Northern Tasmania, whereas snow in the mountains of the island is quite usual in winter-months and sometimes occurs even in summer.

  5. Apropos Holmes’ Law, where Mean Molar Mass vs. the Ideal Gas Law derives any –repeat, any– planet’s Global Atmospheric Surface Temperature GAST = PM/Rp: In yet another new paper (Drotos et al., March 2020), researchers have determined that climate sensitivity to CO2 is “practically zero” at all concentrations.

    Because a self-amplifying cloud-feedback mechanism cools the Earth by magnitudes “as large as 10ᵒ K” upon “warming saturation”, an ~ 4,450 (.445%) ppm CO2 concentration induces cooler climates than observed in the pre-industrial 278 (.0278%) ppm era.

    On this basis, a looming 90-year Super-Grand Solar Minimum through c. 2110, following the LIA’s 140-year “amplitude compression” rebound from 1850/1890, bids fair to cause severe disruption. Since the 12,250-year Holocene Interglacial Epoch ended 670 years ago in AD 1350, Planet Earth has entered on a cyclical, plate-tectonic induced, 102-kiloyear Pleistocene glaciation due to cover 60% of habitable landmasses with ice-sheets two miles thick.

  6. It was a big snowstorm, but Tassie is a long way south and snow is common there – including Launceston which has lifts not that far away. Of more interest was the snow in the Flinders Ranges in SA, 500 kms north of Adelaide and >1,000 north of Tassie.

    • Snow is common during winter in Tassie on the mountains and in the highlands but NOT at Launceston’s little more than sea level elevation . There was a brief dusting during the early 70’s and at the other end of the state , Hobart has had snow as recently as 1986 and 2015 . As for the lifts not far away , the nearest ski lifts are 60 kms south east and 1400 metres up the side of Ben Lomond , there is a scenic chair lift in the cataract gorge but the only time since it’s construction that it has had snow on it was last Wednesday .

      P.S. I was born in Launceston , still drive through it 5-6 days a week on the way to work , the last time Launceston saw even close to snow like this was when my grandad was a toddler back in 1921

  7. I live 15 minutes outside Launceston and in my 52 years here I have never seen snow like this around this area. My property copped a LOT of snow and still has snow in the ground almost a week later. This is unprecedented.

    • Yep , I have a fifteen minute drive to Launceston with a further 10 minutes travel through it to get to work , took me almost 40 minutes to get to Relbia alone on Wednesday

  8. Can’t waite in New Orleans, this year. WE just had a very rare front in August.
    I think that is a sign of things to come.
    Our local forecaster just said we won’t have to worry about hurricanes for at least 14 days, that almost gets us out of this terrible year for storms according to the media.

  9. I’m really surprised because I assumed Tasmania was a cold place as far south as it is. Launceston is at -41.4 degrees south latitude and where I live in Utah is +40.4 degrees north latitude by a whole degree! So that makes it closer to the south pole than I am to the north pole. And it certainly snows bunches here! So what makes it so warm? Some type of ocean currents from warmer latitudes? Anyone know?

    • I also grew up in Indiana at about the same latitude, in between 40 and 41 degrees north and the elevation on our farm was about only 700 feet above sea level (213 meters) so that’s pretty close to sea level. And Indiana was colder than a well diggers back side! 20 below zero fahrenheit (-29 Celsius) was not uncommon and man, did it snow at times.

    • There’s (relatively ) warm ocean currents around Tasmania and circumpolar jet stream excursions tend to bring warm air south .whereas Utah and Indiana are both landlocked and jet stream excursions there tend to bring cold air from the frozen landmass to the North of you south to Indiana . Launceston is only 15 meters (49 feet ) above sea level with some of it’s low lying areas built on what once were mudflats of the Tamar river which is a tidal estuary .

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