Strong front with wintery blast: April 10-14

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Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:31 am

A strong front showing up for the coming long weekend reaching western Vic late on Friday, and pushing through the east on Saturday. Is a cold system for April, with 850Ts dipping to around 0C. Not a lot of moisture ahead of it, so will tend to be more a showery system. Is cold enough for some coldies post frontal, which will favour the usual spots (Yarra Ranges, South Gippsland, Otways).

Would be a classic out of season snow chase system, but that’s not allowed ATM :(
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:59 am

A surprise 7mm in the gauge this morning. Not cold and rather subtropical outside.

Weekend looks more like the dry polar-modified airmass type of system.
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:20 am

Nice little top up for you - the Bendigo area must be looking great; very happy for the farmers up there.

Nothing of significance to report here other than an absolute cracker of an autumn day yesterday!
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:13 pm

so I missed the window to put washing on the line..?
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:40 pm

Unexpected torrential shower here earlier with 3 mm in about 20 mins. Beautiful stratocumulus with some crisp edges surrounding us. Feels more like a spring day.
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Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:11 pm

Blackie wrote:
Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:40 pm
Unexpected torrential shower here earlier with 3 mm in about 20 mins. Beautiful stratocumulus with some crisp edges surrounding us. Feels more like a spring day.
We got a heavy shower also, though short lived. Just shy of 1mm in the gauge. Nice outside now, though winds are picking up a bit.

Widespread showers developing overnight, though focusing more in the south. Nice upper trough through NSW giving a decent drop for areas just north of the border.
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Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:16 am

16 c, was expecting it to be cooler, no complaints
Besides being cooked with the winter Donna,
Never can pick the date to do a summer winter Donna change over..
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Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:07 am

Band of heavy showers here this morning. 8mm in the gauge to add to the mm that fell yesterday. MTD is about 150mm now.

Cold blustery one ahead. Showers look pretty sparse on radar atm, but should persist in the south.
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Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:46 am

3.2mm here from the showers overnight and this morning. MTD is now 101mm and YTD 422mm.
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Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:45 am

6.5mm here, 73.5mm mtd... which would normally sound impressive :).

Blowing a gale and 7C - glad I got the outside jobs done yesterday!
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Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:30 am

9mm so far from last night and a heavy band just now. Little bit of small hail mixed in too
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Sat Apr 11, 2020 2:54 pm

And right on que my central gas ducted heating system breaks down. Won't even be able to call someone until Tuesday. Lucky the reverse cycle system is working - in reverse. Some nice heavy showers here after good 10mm overnight. At least the weather is providing something of interest.
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Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:32 pm

Had some cracking showers run up the spine of the Dandenongs this arvo. Real dumpers with a peak rainfall rate of 70mm/hr small hail and temperature dipping briefly to 7C. 6mm more in the gauge. Just added up the monthly total and we are on 160mm :D That’s about 40mm above average or about 30% above average. Cities running around 30-40% above average, so you can see this month is basically running similar but our average is that much greater ;)

Gonna be a cold night.

Decent fall of snow in the alps. Usually would be up for a snow chase but COVID-19 has put a stop to that :(

BTW solid storm surge showing up on the bay. 130cm is the level when it starts to top the bike paths and hit the back fences of the million dollar homes in Brighton. Might get there in the next hour :o

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Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:36 pm

flyfisher wrote:
Sat Apr 11, 2020 2:54 pm
And right on que my central gas ducted heating system breaks down. Won't even be able to call someone until Tuesday. Lucky the reverse cycle system is working - in reverse. Some nice heavy showers here after good 10mm overnight. At least the weather is providing something of interest.
That’s not good.

BTW Tis actually cheaper to heat the house off reverse cycle, particularly if it’s a newer model, and can be free if you have solar panels. We didn’t bother with gas on our new place. We’ve also got a wood fire, which helps drying the washing etc in the middle of winter (having five acreage of trees helps with free wood ;) ).

PS just hit 38.3C in Perth, and new April record :o This time last year they had a huge cold outbreak with snow on the Stirling Ranges.
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Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:14 pm

Only 2.4mm here so far - on the south face of the divide.
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Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:22 pm

Not a lot of rain up here today, just a few blustery showers, not liking this cold windy crap already...☹️
My parents place in Perth's eastern burbs hit 40.4c this afternoon... Incredible for April!!
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Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:20 pm

Perth hit 39.5c today amazing for April so jealous would have been great beach day though cant go to beach so prob good thing

10mm here today had heavy shower just then and sure will get more overnight the wet month and year continues

Real windy outside too winds just howling

Looking forward to run of warm sunny days mid week this week think will be our last mid to high 20s
Bring on the heat and stroms
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Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:30 am

Cold, drizzly and foggy night out here in the Nongs. Decent stream coming up from the bay focussing on the area around Boronia to Mt Evelyn, but wiggling back and forth over the Dandenong. 8mm more in the gauge, to add to the 6mm yesterday. Also scored a couple of heavy hail showers around 5pm last night so mixed it up ;)

Best overnight has been in the middle eastern burbs with a few gauges showing nearly 20mm so far. Nongs have seen 10 to nearly 20mm since 9am with lighter falls further east which is the reverse of what usually happens in swly systems (though this stream has been a bit more southerly than usual). Doesn’t look like clearing that quickly.

Btw those temperatures in Perth are crazy. Hundred year old records aren’t meant to be broken by 2C... :(
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Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:47 am

Another 3.5mm puts us on an even 10mm for the event.

Better than expected... again. It's interesting (though perhaps not surprising) that when we slip back into a wetter climate pattern, the models tend to underestimate rainfall. Makes for a pleasant change from the opposite.

Hard to believe those Perth temps are happening in the same country! Bitter here, mostly 6-8C since Friday night, and lots of wind, though that has thankfully backed off now.
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Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:55 am

0.6mm in the gauge this morning from mizzle and fog. That’s about 22mm for the event.

Been a cold one for early/mid April. Our daytime max on Saturday was just 9.5 and yesterday 8.6C. Gonna have to stack some fire wood ;) (am behind with all the damp weather this year).

Btw just added my annual YTD. Up to 636mm. Appear to be still on record pace, though 1935 turned really wet in April so will fall off pace soon. Suburbs including Moorabbin and Scoresby are also running record wet.
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