The Grasshopper – The Latest Snow Forecast

The Grasshopper – The Latest Snow Forecast

Some say he hatched one summer on a Himalayan plateau. As cold Autumn winds set in, he stumbled upon a scrap of goretex shed by some unfortunate climber and turned it into the smallest snowsuit ever. Then he strapped himself into a nearby leaf and carved his way down the mountains, hitching a ride with some hikers back to civilisation.

Now Mountainwatch’s resident meteorology sensei, this season we can expect a lot from the little critter. His beloved monthly outlooks across Australia and New Zealand as we lead up to opening day will be joined by forecasts three days per week through June, and culminate with a daily forecast throughout all of July and August. No doubt he’ll be run off his feet, so it’s a good thing he has six.

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DETAILED FORECAST
  • AUSTRALIA
  • New Zealand

Tuesday 21 August

 

Synoptic Outlook:

A cold front grazes the Aussie Alps today, with just a wee dusting of snow. The sun pops out later on Wednesday and during Thursday as a ridge moves onto the area. A low goes for a walkabout over South Australia during Friday, and ends up over northern NSW, while a light E-SE flow develops over the Aussie Alps.

 

Image Of The Day:

 

We’ll see a few snowflakes today. Make the most of them because we may not see them again for a while. Source:: Metservice (vandilised by the Grasshopper)

 

Tuesday 21 August:

A fairly cloudy day, with the odd snow flurry. Strong and freezing westerly winds.

 

Wednesday 22 August:

Any remaining snow flurries clear early and SW winds die out, but it’ll remain partly cloudy.

 

Thursday 23 August:

Mostly fine with light winds.

 

Friday 24 August:

Another lovely fine day in paradise. Light E-SE breezes developing.

 

Extended Outlook:

We should have another mint day this Saturday, but it’s looking more likely that the low to the north will push in a wee bit of wet mucky stuff during Sunday and Monday. From then on, things look very uncertain due to the butterfly effect from the movement of this low. We might see a second low take a similar route to the north of the Aussie Alps next Wednesday. It’s early days, so keep checking in as I will be able to give more details closer to the time.

 

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Tuesday 21 August

 

Synoptic Outlook:

A low currently straddles the South Island and will quietly drift eastwards today, while its trough crosses the North Island, dropping trailer loads of fresh powder onto Ruapehu. A second low gets thrown into the mix and crosses the lower North Island Wednesday night and during Thursday, with Ruapehu receiving another trailer load of the good stuff, WOW! As the low pulls away to the east later on Thursday, we’re left with a freezing S-SW flow, which continues through Friday.

 

Image Of The Day:

 

A low and trough are creating quite a mess over Aotearoa today. It’s gnarly up Ruapehu, but there will be epic amounts of snow falling over the next few days. It’s a mixed bag for the South Island. Source:: Metservice (vandilised by the Grasshopper)

 

Tuesday 21 August:

A mixed bag for the South Island, with sunshine, cloud and a snow flurry or two, as well as a light SW breeze. Ruapehu is closed for the day, due to blizzard conditions with gale NW winds and trailer loads of snow coming down!

 

Wednesday 22 August:

A mint day on the South Island with westerly winds, but there’ll be a bit of morning cloud over the Southern Lakes. Snow showers on Ruapehu will be more frequent and heavier in the afternoon. Gale westerlies will ease and turn to the NW.

 

Thursday 23 August:

A fine day for the Southern Lakes, but there’ll be snow showers in the evening as SE breezes turn to the south. A fine start in Canterbury, then it’ll cloud up with snow showers and southerly winds kicking in from afternoon. Heavy snowfalls on Ruapehu ease to snow showers during the morning, and gale NW winds ease and turn SW.

 

Friday 24 August:

Snow showers across the country will gradually clear as southerly winds turn to the SW, but it’ll remain rather cloudy over the Southern Lakes.

 

Extended Outlook:

Freezing SW winds continue to blow over Aotearoa through Saturday, while a cold front brushes the lower South Island with a dusting on the Southern Lakes. After that, a high slowly builds over the country during Sunday and Monday, settling things down and giving the sun a chance to shine. The high then trundles away into the Pacific next Wednesday, while northerlies pick up ahead of the next frontal system.

 

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Who is The Grasshopper

Some say he hatched one summer on a Himalayan plateau. As cold Autumn winds set in, he stumbled upon a scrap of goretex shed by some unfortunate climber and turned it into the smallest snowsuit ever. Then he strapped himself into a nearby leaf and carved his way down the mountains, hitching a ride with some hikers back to civilisation.

Now Mountainwatch’s resident meteorology sensei, this season we can expect a lot from the little critter. His beloved monthly outlooks across Australia and New Zealand as we lead up to opening day will be joined by forecasts three days per week through June, and culminate with a daily forecast throughout all of July and August. No doubt he’ll be run off his feet, so it’s a good thing he has six.