During my recent visit to Australia, I was surprised to come across snow! It was the first time I had seen any in my life and it was quite an eye-opening experience.
Additionally, this is a rare occurrence as Australia is typically unaffected by such weather patterns; however due its unique geography it can be susceptible to certain atmospheric events.
Despite the absence of snowfall during my stay in Australia, I was still able to savor some of its most captivating natural landscapes – including the iconic Sydney Opera House which is situated on Australia’s famous Harbor Island and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area; as well as beaches located along Victoria’s stunning coastline filled with beautiful sand dunes which are reminiscent of those found in Arizona.
These areas also boast ample opportunities for adventure activities like surfing or golfing!
What is the snowiest place in Australia?
The circumstance of the following destinations boasting more than 10 inches of snowfall each year is a remarkable achievement indeed.
Topping the list of Australia’s snowiest places, with an impressive 73.5 inches in just one solitary year – we find that Mount Hotham in Victoria suffered this tremendous amount of precipitation!
What is the coldest place in Australia?
The coldest average annual temperature in Australia is found in the remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia, where temperatures rarely rise above 10°C during summer.
The most southerly point on mainland Antarctica, situated in Queen Maud Land off the tip of the continent’s westernmost tip – at 64°S – boasts an unassuming all-time high temp of -37°C!
What is the driest place in Australia?
To determine which jurisdiction is the driest in Australia, we will utilize averages from the entire country.
Topping the rankings with a whopping 81% of its total area receiving less than 200 mm of precipitation per year, Alice Springs leads this list by far. It is followed by Coober Pedy with an astounding 78% – both cities experiencing annual averages that are almost half the national average!
With the exception of Karumba-Millaa Millaa, all other places on our list have miniscule precipitation totals. For instance, Port Machelson experiences just over 100 mm annually; while most towns and cities along the Top End’s coast receive no more than 30 mm – as little as one-quarter of what even a single location receives elsewhere across Australia.
What month do the best snowfalls occur?
Not just any snowfall is worth celebrating – the heaviest snowfalls are typically experienced in early wintertime. Behold, the most significant snowfalls:
1st place goes to Black Spur at Mount Buller with a jaw-dropping 855cm! This spot offers up yet another record for Snowy Hydro’s highest ever accumulation of snowfall.
2nd place goes to Karijini National Park, where 663cm fell during an incredible storm that culminated in an astonishing 600cm+ accumulation – nearly doubling last year’s record! Remarkable indeed!
3rd place also goes to Karijini National Park, where 527cm was deposited over three days during February’s severe storm event.
What month do the least snowfalls occur?
April is the month with the fewest precipitation days, averaging just 5.12, while November has the most at 12.85!
June reports only 6.34 snowfall days while February and March both see an average of 10 each.
While you might anticipate that snowfall in warmer months would reduce, it doesn’t seem to hold true for Australia.
What time of day does snow usually stop falling?
In addition to being precipitated, snow has a tendency to accumulate into flurries and light accumulations of powder as the day wears on. In most areas of Australia this process begins around midday when temperatures are highest; however, localized events may still occur after sundown.
The majority of the year’s snowfall occurs between late afternoon and early morning when temperatures hover around freezing. This is due in part to its co-occurrence with atmospheric conditions such as high pressure systems that tend to trap moisture within the air masses over which they’re situated – leading to precipitation!
When do the first flakes of snow come down in the morning?
In Australia, snow tends to fall during summertime. For a brief time in February and March on average, temperatures tend to be from 10-20 degrees Celsius (50 -68 Fahrenheit), resulting in an abundance of precipitation!
The majority of snowfalls will occur between 5am and 9am. If you are observing your sunrise with trepidation for the first flakes of snowfall, don’t fret – it may not materialize at all!
When do the last flakes of snow come down in the evening?
Just when your evening activities wrapped up, the temperature drops and snowflakes begin to fall. This phenomenon is known as ‘after-sunset snowfall’ – it usually arrives between 6:30pm and 8:00pm!
After-sunset snowfall happens infrequently, but if you witness such a thing on the wintery coastlines of New Zealand or Tasmania, it could be an unforgettable event.
Can I see snow in Australia?
The answer is, yes! Australia offers visitors spectacular skies and a unique–yet extremely captivating–experience when snow falls.
On the other hand, don’t be surprised if you witness a few flakes floating through your journey; this may simply be due to temperature fluctuations or even rain showers.
It’s a shame that the name of this delightful confection is so similar to its appearance – ‘ice cream’ just doesn’t do it justice. Instead, one should refer to it as ‘frozen custard’!