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Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Pete » Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:33 pm

Saturday 9, June 2012
10:33pm

Yeah a bit late on kicking off the winter thread, been so busy recently. Anyway some significant weather on the way for southwest Western Australia, particularly coastal parts of the southwest and western south coast tomorrow if GFS proves correct. Latest warning from the Bureau of Meteorology:

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for Damaging Winds
For people southwest of a line from Kalbarri to Kalgoorlie to Israelite Bay.
This includes people in, near or between the following towns: Kalbarri,
Geraldton, Jurien Bay, Dalwallinu, Southern Cross, Kalgoorlie, Perth, Mandurah,
Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Bridgetown, Albany, Katanning, Narrogin and
Esperance.
Issued at 10:00 pm on Saturday 9 June 2012

WEATHER SITUATION
Fresh and gusty northerly winds are expected during Sunday, with periods of
DAMAGING WIND GUSTS to 100 kilometres per hour which could result in DAMAGE TO
HOMES AND PROPERTY. Winds will shift westerly and ease a little during the
early afternoon in the north and west of the area. By Sunday evening damaging
wind gusts are likely to be confined to southeast coastal areas.

This is typical weather for this time of year but winds may cause minor property
damage and make road conditions hazardous.

WHAT TO DO
For personal safety FESA State Emergency Service [SES] advises you to:
Trim branches around your home to prevent them falling on your roof or car
Clear gutters and downpipes so they don't over flow after heavy rain
Store or weigh down loose objects around your home or work like outdoor
furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or
injury
Prepare an emergency kit with a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries
and first aid kit.
Organise an emergency plan, including a relocation plan for your family and petshttps://login.yahoo.com/config/login_verify2?&.src=
in case your home becomes flooded.
For SES assistance call 132 500. For more safety tips visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au



The next warning will be issued by 1 am Sunday.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213.


I expect this severe weather warning to remain in place for our area until at least Tuesday evening.
Anyway, today's weather was a mostly sunny morning after a cool start. Cloud started increasing during the day with high cloud developing this evening and thickening later. No rain as of yet but that will change soon.
Currently 12.0 degrees, overnight low 7.8 degrees, today's max 19.8 degrees.
Humidity 94%
Pressure 1014hPa and falling
Winds N/NE at 5km/h
No rain

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Pete » Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:20 pm

Sunday 10, June 2012
10:20pm

It started off overcast with steady rain and moderate winds. The rain increased during this morning as cloud streaming off that low pressure system thickened and we had decent rainfall totals. During this afternoon the wind gradually increased. The low passed near Albany around 5:30pm, with widespread damaging winds across the southwest and southern coastal areas. 98km/h winds were reported at Albany Airport tonight, with 107km/h gusts at Katanning, and 93km/h winds at Walpole. Further west, Naturaliste recorded gusts of up to 139km/h today. Very strong winds, a lot of damage around and homes are still without power tonight. Conditions have eased for a period tonight but a cold front is going to cross the state tomorrow, bringing more wild weather. More wild weather is likely throughout this weekend until an easing trend on Saturday.
Currently 13.6 degrees, overnight low 11.7 degrees, today's max 18.1 degrees.
Humidity 87%
Pressure 993hPa and rising (it dipped to 983hPa this evening)
Winds N'ly at 16km/h
17mm of rain since 9am

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Pete » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:44 pm

Monday 11, June 2012
9:43pm

Been a showery day with brief but squally thunderstorms this evening. There's a lot of minor storm damage around town, mainly large branches down and debris everywhere. Windy with mostly clear skies at the moment. There are showers off the coast. Tomorrow night is going to be wild along the south coast and inland with the worst of the weather expected from late evening to early Wednesday morning. Here's the warning:
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for Widespread Damaging Winds with Locally Destructive Gusts and Abnormally High
Tides
For people in parts of WA southwest of a line from Geraldton to Southern Cross
to Israelite Bay. This includes people in, near or between Geraldton,
Dalwallinu, Jurien Bay, Southern Cross, York, Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury,
Busselton, Margaret River, Bridgetown, Albany, Katanning, Narrogin and
Esperance.
Issued at 8:00 pm on Monday 11 June 2012

WEATHER SITUATION
TUESDAY LATE AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING:
An intense storm is expected to hit the south of the state late Tuesday
afternoon and evening. This storm will be of similar strength to the system that
affected the southwest on Sunday. This storm is expected to cause WIDESPREAD
DANGEROUS WINDS in excess of 125 kilometres per hour that could cause
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES OR PROPERTY.

Winds associated with this storm are much stronger than a usual winter storm and
are likely to be of a similar strength to the winds experienced on Sunday. The
worst conditions will commence late afternoon or early evening in the Augusta -
Margaret River area, reaching Perth metropolitan area later in the evening. By
dawn on Wednesday winds along the west coast will begin to ease and the worst
conditions will be along the south coast and inland.

HIGHER THAN NORMAL TIDES may result in flooding of low-lying coastal areas.
People near Geographe Bay are specifically warned of the potential for a
DANGEROUS STORM TIDE. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal
high tide mark. DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS are likely which could cause
significant beach erosion.

WHAT TO DO
For personal safety FESA State Emergency Service [SES] advises you to secure
loose objects, move vehicles under cover and stay inside away from windows. If
caught outside you should find shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water
drains and streams. If you own a boat ensure it is securely moored. Take extra
care on the roads as flooding is possible. If you are driving through heavy rain
slow down and turn your lights on or if visibility becomes low pull over and
park until it passes. For SES assistance call 132 500. For more safety tips
visit http://www.fesa.wa.gov.au



The next warning will be issued by 11:00 pm Monday

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at http://www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213.


Anyway currently 9.6 degrees, overnight low 9.4 degrees, today's max 17.6 degrees.
Humidity 76%
Pressure 1003hPa and steady
Winds NW at 6km/h
17mm of rain to 9am, 5mm since

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Pete » Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:31 pm

Wednesday 13, June 2012
9:32pm

It's been a very cold, wet and windy day. It started off with thunderstorms and hail, but that eased to just showers and hail today with blustery SW winds. Last night the front hit around 8:30am with heavy rain and thunder around 9pm, and solid rain after that. Strong winds came through around 2pm, though the airport only recorded 70km/h winds. Anyway, partly cloudy skies out there now, winds are easing at the moment and seem to be shifting more W/NW.
Currently 6.8 degrees, this morning's min was 8.7 degres, and today's max was 12.9 degrees.
Humidity 78%
Pressure 1013hPa and rising
Winds NW at 7km/h
25mm of rain to 9am, 5.5mm since

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Pete » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:49 pm

Thursday 14, June 2012
9:49pm

It was another cold day, partly cloudy until rain developed this afternoon and evening. Didn't get any storms despite the threatening cb's around this afternoon.
Currently 12.0 degrees, overnight low 5.5 degrees, today's max 15.6 degrees.
Humidity 89%
Pressure 1011hPa and rising
Winds W/NW at 10km/h
2mm rain to 9am. 3mm of rain since 9am

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Pete » Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:37 pm

Friday 15, June 2012
9:40pm

Started of partly cloudy and cool. We had occasional showers throughout the day. Some were quite heavy, particularly around mid-day. Showers eased this afternoon and have pretty much cleared this evening. Partly cloudy out there now with mostly light winds.
Currently 10.6 degrees, over night low 11.5 degrees, today's max 16.7 degrees.
Humidity 97%
Pressure 1019hPa and rising
Winds W'ly at 4km/h
10mm of rain to 9am, 32mm since

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Pete » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:27 pm

Saturday 16, June 2012
10:27pm

It was a partly cloudy day with some morning drizzle. The cloud gradually cleared during the afternoon to a clear evening. Looks like a return to rainy conditions tomorrow.
Currently 11.0 degrees, overnight low 11.3 degrees, today's max 18.7 degrees
Humidity 95%
Pressure 1022hPa and rising
Winds N/NW at 5km/h
32mm to 9am, no rain since

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Pete » Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:51 pm

Sunday 17, June 2012
9:51pm

Been another mostly sunny and warmish day... N/NW'lies were a bit gusty at times. Didn't get any rain, hopefully that will change tomorrow night.
Currently 11.8 degrees, overnight low 11.3 degrees, today's max 19.6 degrees.
Humidity 90%
Pressure 1023hPa and rising
Winds NW'ly at 2km/h
No rain

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Pete » Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:14 pm

Monday 18, June 2012
10:14pm

Another sunny day another a cool and foggy morning. N/NW'lies were mostly light today, although they did pick up at times. Cloud is increasing rapidly at the moment, shouldn't be long before some rain develops. Tomorrow looks good for rainfall figures, particularly near the southwest coasts. Some quite cold air coming up tomorrow night behind this front, so I'll have a look at snow chances on Bluff Knoll with tomorrow's updated model runs.
Currently 13.4 degrees, overnight low 9.0 degrees, today's max 19.7 degrees
Humidity 67%
Pressure 1014hPa and falling rapidly
Winds N'ly at 5.2km/h
No rain

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Pete » Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:38 pm

Tuesday 19, June 2012
9:38pm

Started off overcast with light rain but that increased to heavier bursts as the morning progressed. Showers eased this afternoon but returned this evening. Winds have shifted NW again. Going to be a cold day tomorrow with storms and hail, looking forward to it.
Currently 9.8 degrees, overnight low 12.5 degrees, today's max 15.8 degrees
Humidity 97%
Pressure 1014hPa and rising
Winds W/NW at 11km/h
4mm rain to 9am, 16mm since

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby mackerelmauler » Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:06 pm

It is cold in Perth tonight. So I am wondering about the likelihood for snow on Bluff Knoll overnight.
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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Fu Manchu » Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:35 pm

I have a feeling its warmer in Pete's fridge.
Geeze it must be similar tonight here as Albany, for once.

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Pete » Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:55 pm

The fridge certainly looks inviting Fu. May not have anything to do with the temperature though, could be all the food that's in there. :lol:
Yeah just had a look a the models, I don't think there'll be much at all on the Stirlings tonight, maybe a flurry or two but not cold enough for real snow.

Wednesday 20, June 2012
10:55pm

The day dawned with thunderstorms and heavy rain which made driving this morning rather hazardous. Showers eased around mid-morning, then more thunder and hail hit just before mid-day. We've had occasional heavy showers all day. A lot of rain as fallen. A lot. We've had nearly 200mm this month.
Currently 8.4 degrees, overnight low 7.3 degrees, today's max 11.9 degrees.
Humidity 96%
Pressure 1018hPa and rising
Winds - NW at 6km/h
Rain 26mm to 9am, 17mm since

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby mackerelmauler » Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:37 pm

With the temperatures yesterday in Perth being so low, I am wondering did any snow fall on Bluff Knoll?
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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby snowbaby » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:58 pm

I believe so but I dont know the extent. I was on the summit till about 2pm.Nothing till then but after I left as I reached the car park a big storm cell came through and I'm certain it snowed then.Wish I'd stayed that bit longer. As I drove out there were other promising looking patches of cells to the south west - so it could have snowed a bit up until 8pm after which upper air temps were set to fall quite a bit.

Then I heard someone today mention a news report about it. I didn't hear it. Cant find any source. If the news source was the couple I passed on the way down(they would've been up there during the big downpour) then it might have been the dusting they would have experienced.

On the other hand if the source was someone going up next morning there might've been a better fall(for it to have still been there). I doubt the second scenario - I think it's more likely there was a dusting in the afternoon maybe added to as darkness came (which no-one would have seen). Might be wrong - would like to know for sure myself.

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Pete » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:05 pm

Yeah I certainly don't doubt the possibility that it snowed up there yesterday. Upper air temperatures were colder than predicted. The soundings this morning showed that the easing in that cold air hadn't been as fast as predicted. Would be great to know for sure. Hopefully the next event will bring cooler air into the 850's and a better chance of snow. Anyway good to see you here posting snowbaby. :)
Anyway today's weather was cool and partly cloudy. We didn't have any rain, though it did become overcast during this afternoon. Cloud is clearing a bit out there now.
Currently 9.8 degrees, overnight low 5.2 degrees, today's max 13.9 degrees.
Humidity 90%
Pressure 1030hPa and rising
Winds W'ly at 6km/h
19mm to 9am, none since

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Pete » Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:46 pm

Friday 22, June 2012
10:46pm

It's been a cloudy day with moderate winds. Drizzled overnight and first thing this morning, but nothing else all day. Cloud has cleared out there now, still a bit windy so the temperature is falling slowly tonight.
Currrently 9.9 degrees, overnight low 8.0 degrees, today's max 15.6 degrees.
Humidity 86%
Pressure 1031hPa and rising
Winds NW at 11km/h
No rain

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Pete » Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:24 pm

Saturday 23, June 2012
10:24pm

It was a sunny day after a cool morning. A bit of high cloud is moving over at the moment, should be a good sunrise tomorrow.
Currently 7.1 degrees, overnight low 5.6 degrees, today's max 15.4 degrees.
Humidity 96%
Pressure 1031hPa and rising
Winds NW at 1.4km/h
No rain

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Pete » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:14 pm

Sunday 24, June 2012
10:14pm

Another mainly sunny day (apart from high cloud about) after a cool morning. Winds picked up at times but it's been mostly light. Another cold night on the way, clear skies and light winds at the moment.
Currently 6.3 degrees, overnight low 6.5 degrees, today's max 16.8 degrees.
Humidity 87%
Pressure 1031hPa and steady
Winds - calm
No rain

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Re: Albany & South Coast: Winter 2012

Postby Pete » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:04 pm

Monday 25, June 2012
10:04pm

It was a cold morning, followed by a mostly sunny morning. High cloud began developing by mid-morning and increased this afternoon. Looks like we're about to get some rain. The wet weather will continue for the south coast for the remainder of this week with fine conditions returning next week.
Currently 12.1 degrees, overnight low 3.6 degrees, today's max 16.5 degrees.
Humidity 97%
Pressure 1014hPa and falling
Winds NW at 11km/h
No rain

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