Those of you in the northern hemisphere who suffered through a hard winter may be wondering why we’re all getting excited about a bit of snow.
Despite what people in mainland Australia think, snow in Hobart and the suburbs is still rare enough to generate a lot of excitement. The climate has changed in a generation. People who have lived here all their lives tell me that it used to snow more often and that during winter Mt Wellington would stay covered in snow for much longer than it does today.
All last week forecasters were warning of major snowfalls all around the state today to as low as 100-200 metres which meant that it could snow in the Hobart CBD. I have been trying not to get too excited about this because I’ve only seen snow on the ground at our place once in 13 years of living here. August 2004 to be exact. It lasted just a few hours. Friends who live in elevated parts of the area around Geeveston get more snow but theirs doesn’t last long either.
Make that twice. This morning I got up to find a smidge of snow in the garden. Not as good a coverage as 2004 but it is snow. It’s been heavy elsewhere and the Huon Highway is actually closed from Franklin 10km north of us all the way to Hobart. Facebook friends have been reporting up to two inches of snow.
My friend Allyson just rang up. She has snow at her suburban home a few kilometres north of Hobart and is very excited. She was only a year old the last time it snowed in Hobart. Most people I know are pleased or excited except for the one friend who is flying overseas today and is going to have a major problem getting to the airport. Many places in Geeveston will be closed today, the schools and some of the businesses. The garbage men have not been round yet, they have to come from Huonville. I will take a punt and say that the Rustic Shed will live another day because the guys may not be able to get through until the road opens and the bus is delayed so I may not get to town to see Hubby today. I did warn him about that though.
I asked Ally if I could use some of the photos she and Matt took so here they are courtesy of their Facebook pages.
About an hour ago I went for a short walk as far as Sacred Heart Catholic School which is on a rise and gives a better view of the surrounding area. As the school is closed today I took Cindy who thought that it was great fun to go for a walk off the leash. The low hills near our house had a light cover of snow but by this time it was already starting to melt. Looking out my window now I can see that it is almost gone already. The sky is very black. We had a lot of rain yesterday and it looks as if we’ll have more. It is very cold but probably not cold enough for more snow. Here is how things looked at our place at around 8:30 am.
It’s cold, it’s raining. I don’t know if I’ll get to see any more snow today but if I can get out of the house I’m certainly going to try. If I do there will be another snow day post later.