It’s been dubbed “the Blizzard of Oz”, and powder hounds could not be happier.
Australia’s ski resorts in the Snowy Mountains, in New South Wales, and Victoria’s Alpine National Park were covered with the white stuff this morning after both reported the best falls of the season at the weekend.
More than 1.15 meters of snow has been dumped at Thredbo from Friday morning to 6:00 am today.
“It’s the best conditions of the season without a shadow of a doubt,” resort spokesperson Susie Diver said.
“The accommodation was absolutely chock-a-block. It’s absolutely stunning, so beautiful.
The conditions made for spectacular photos, with holidaymakers snapping conditions more akin to Europe and Canada.
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Australia Just Got 4.5ft of Snow In What Has Become Known As “The Blizzard of Oz”
Stoke levels are high at Thredbo Resort in Australia as they experiencing a meteorological event dubbed “The Blizzard of Oz.” The storm has dropped 135cm of fresh snow (4.5 feet) and the locals are absolutely slaying. Great time to be a Strayan Skier.
The storms rolled in as two bands of “thundersnow” a rare event where instead of rain falling during a lighting event it’s snow. To make the event even more magical, the lightning was much brighter than during a normal lightning event.
A “thundersnow” event is almost unheard of in Australia.
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How do we keep track of record snowfalls in Australia?
Snow depth measurements taken at a remote location in the Kosciuszko National Park have kept track of the Australian snow seasons and charted record-breaking snowfalls for more than six decades.
In research published earlier this year, the CSIRO noted there had been a significant decline in the past 60 years in the southern slopes and Murray-Basin areas.
It predicted the ski season in New South Wales and Victoria would be shortened by between 20 to 55 days by 2050 under climate change.
However, the CSIRO research also noted that snow dumps varied season to season and could be unpredictable.
That is something Snowy Hydro hydrographer Mic Clayton, who has been taking measurements at Spencers Creek since the early 2000s, can attest to.
“Weekly depths will vary from year to year. It’s a cycle of drys and wets,” Mr. Clayton said.
“Lots of people make their own claims and decisions about it. My job is to measure it and provide the data.”
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