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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Monday 25 June
The big high in the Great Australian Bight moves onto southeast Aussie tonight, then away into the Tasman Sea during Wednesday. Overnight Wednesday and early Thursday, a weak trough crosses the Aussie Alps from the north with snow falling on upper slopes, but rain lower down. A ridge builds again later on Thursday.
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The big high in the Great Australian Bight moves onto southeast Aussie tonight, with a couple of clear crisp days up the hill. The trough lying north to south over Queensland will extend southwards over the Aussie Alps overnight Wednesday and early Thursday. Source:: Metservice (vandilised by the Grasshopper)
Monday 25 June:
A crisp bluebird day with a W-SW breeze dying away.
Tuesday 26 June:
Another stunning day, just some high cloud building from afternoon. A light northerly breeze developing.
Wednesday 27 June:
Cloud increasing throughout the day. Snow developing on upper slopes overnight, with rain or drizzle at base levels. Northerly winds in Victoria, but light elsewhere.
Thursday 28 June:
Snow/rain should gradually clear during the morning, but cloud and patchy drizzle may linger with poor visibility possible. Northerly winds, should drop away during the afternoon.
A weak front should cross the Aussie Alps from the west late Friday and early Saturday, followed by cold SW winds and a dusting of snow. A ridge or high then builds, but the cold air will linger until early next week, giving the snow machines even more chance to pump out the good stuff.
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New Zealand is sandwiched between a deep low just south of the country and a big high over South Australia. These two features inch their way eastwards over the coming week, maintaining a cold southwest flow over Aotearoa with several embedded fronts or troughs, all bringing a healthy dumping of snow to as low as 300m at the bottom of the South and 700m on Ruapehu.
NZ lies in a SW flow, sandwiched between a low to the south and a big high over South Australia, with plenty of snow in store. Source:: Metservice (vandilised by the Grasshopper)
Snow showers throughout the day, some could be heavy on Ruapehu. However, it will be pretty sweet up Mt Hutt where there will only be a bit of high cloud. More substantial snowfall over the South Island, including Mt Hutt tonight and overnight as a trough crosses over, yippee! Strong SW winds, but gale westerlies on Ruapehu.
Snow showers again today, with some heavy falls on Ruapehu around the middle of the day. Mt Hutt will clear around dawn, but cloud will return again for the afternoon. Strong SW winds, gale force on Ruapehu where it’ll turn southerly around midday.
Any remaining snow showers for Queenstown and Ruapehu ski fields should clear early in the morning. Fine spells elsewhere. Strong S-SW winds, gradually easing up Mt Hutt.
Cloud increasing on Queenstown and Ruapehu ski fields with snow flurries from afternoon. Mostly fine elsewhere. S-SW winds.
The big high should finally move over New Zealand during Friday and Saturday, providing a nice window for skiing in the sunshine. A trough looks set to cross the country during Sunday and early Monday, which is likely followed by a W-SW flow.
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