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Christmas has come early for the Foxaro [Oct. 22nd, 2008|12:38 pm]


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Record cold temperatures bring snowfall
October 22, 2008, 9:23 am
Record cold temperatures have brought snow to the Blue Mountains and southern tablelands in NSW and wet and windy weather to the state's coast.

Temperatures dipped to three degrees celsius near Blackheath, west of Sydney, early on Wednesday morning but wind gusts brought the mercury down further to minus two degrees and pockets of snow fell in Leura and west of Katoomba at Oberon.

The Bureau of Metrology (BoM) said snow was also reported in the southern tablelands at Cooma and in Bombala, near the Victorian border.

An unseasonal cold front from the southeast extends to just beyond the ranges and is moving north.

Thunderstorms and wind gusts of up to 70km/h have brought rain to the eastern part of the state and abnormally cold conditions to most of NSW.

BoM forecaster Jane Golding said average temperatures in the Blue Mountains for October ranged from seven to 18 degrees.

In Sydney on Wednesday, the temperature is forecast to be 15 degrees, an October temperature which has only been seen twice in the past 14 years, Ms Golding told AAP.

Average maximum temperatures for Sydney in October are around 22 degrees.

The rains should ease during the day and turn to showers, but windy conditions will continue until Thursday, when temperatures will rise to 18 degrees around Sydney.

[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2008-10-30 02:35 am (UTC)
The important question: Did you get to see any of that snow?
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-10-30 03:53 am (UTC)
Unfortunately not - it happened in the middle of the week, otherwise I'd have taken a jaunt up to the Blue Mountains without so much as a 2nd thought.

Perri no longer lives there :( So she wouldn't have seen any snow either.
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2008-10-31 11:14 pm (UTC)
Darn, that would have been nice too... :(
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-11-01 12:06 am (UTC)
I don't know why I haven't gone up to Lithgow sometime during July. I must make a point of doing so next year. There's no guarantee of snow, but maybe if I keep an eye on the forecasts I might get lucky.

Last time I went to Lithgow was the occasion I took the photograph of the Zigzag hotel. I'm trying to remember which month that was. I didn't actually put the photo up on the internet until a few months later, after visiting Dubbo, so I really can't recall when it took place. The photo dates say March 2007, which seems reasonable.

DHLawrence shared with me some photographs of Cambridge, and although his city is older, larger and more ornate than Katoomba there are similarities between the two cities if viewed from a distance (at least judging from what I've been able to see). Comfortable little pieces of suburbia surrounded by tree-topped hills, with close-set buildings that are fairly solidly built to keep out the cold. Not like my surroundings which are an odd mixture of high-rise buildings gradually eating up the weatherboard 2-3 bedroom homes.

(My posts will gradually make more sense when I've kicked this fever)
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