Snowed under Down Under
December 20th, 2010
11:04 AM ET

Snowed under Down Under

Australians usually can only dream of a white Christmas, but not this year. A freak weather pattern has brought significant snowfall to the eastern states of New South Wales and Victoria (pictured, Mount Hotham), RedOrbit reports.

Various locations reported up to 4 inches of snow, though The Telegraph of London reported as much as 11 inches in parts of New South Wales.

"It's white, everything is white," Michelle Lovius, general manager of the Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel at Charlotte Pass, told the Telegraph.

"First thing this morning everything was just very still, very peaceful and every single thing was just blanketed in a thick cover of white."

Tuesday is the first day of summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

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  1. Karena

    Actually, December 1st was the first day of summer in Australia.

    December 20, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Leo

      Uh, Karena, Tuesday is the Solstice. The solstices and equinoxes mark the changing of the seasons. Those are fixed, regardless of where you live in the world. It has to do with the position and tilt of the earth relative to the sun. So, no, December 1st is a date on an artificial calendar, and is the start of a month, not the start of a season. The seasons are fixed.

      Perhaps people consider December 1st the "effective" start of the summer season, but summer starts on the Solstice. End of discussion.

      December 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grant

      Actually the Solstice should technically be the middle of winter/summer and is considered as such in many countries. So do your research before blasting other posters Leo.

      December 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scat10

      Karena – Leo is correct. Grant is not correct. Perhaps Dec 1st considered the start of summer in Australia like Americans think of Memorial Day as the start of Summer and Labor day as the start of Fall.

      December 20, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davo

      Karena is correct. As an Australian I can verify that summer started on December 1st.

      Snow on the alps (our version of them anyway) is very rare in summer, but it does happen. Now snow in summer on the Dandenongs or the Blue Mountains – that I've never seen or even heard of.

      December 20, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blessed Geek

      Are pre-millennial, mid-millennial, post-millennial, or non-of-that-millennial-stuff?

      December 20, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    People of the World,
    This is like getting snow in New York City in the middle of JULY!
    I hope the North and South Poles are not starting to shift.

    December 20, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. charles

    It all happened b4 when none of us were here it will happen again.

    December 20, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. Richard in Texas

    Hello? Is this mic on? Hello? Where are all of the global change is a myth people? Hello?

    December 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patch

      A myth or not, can Al Gore please turn it back on? Freezing, here!

      December 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • SolarPowered

      I was just have a nice debate about that with a bunch of idiots on another post about this. People that think that Global warming isn't real need to check themselves in to a mental hospital. This right here is PROOF!

      December 20, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • it's a cycle

      so this is proof of global warming but not climate change eh? Never mind that climates on this planet have been changing constantly since it formed. Yeah... let's just forget all about that. Let's also forget that human history is a mere blip in the big picture.

      December 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • sark

      I thought it's supposed to be getting hotter. What ahppened to global warming. Now we are calling it change, just ot make sure no amtter what happens we still ahve a tlaking point.

      December 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    Nothing can stop the earth from becoming more tropical. If you reduce carbon emissions, it will just happen faster.

    December 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Based on what?

      December 20, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Phil, seriously, what brand of science do you practice...voodoo?

      December 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Snowman Hunter

    It's that bloody Drovers fault misses.....

    December 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Snowy Australian

    The rest of the world does not run on your clock. Karena is correct. Dec. 1st

    December 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike Patrick

    Actually the world does run on the same clock. In the Northern Hemisphere the first day of METEOROLOGICAL winter is Dec 1; spring March 1; summer June 1 and autumn Sept 1. The season's first days (21st of J/S/D/M) that most people use are the ASTRONOMICAL seasons. Once again northern hemisphere meteorological winter is the 3 coldest months which are D/J/F. etc.

    December 20, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Richard in Texas

    @ 5 Phil

    I am interested in how reducing carbon emissions will accelerate the climate getting warmer. Please explain or what source did you get that from?

    December 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dlnorris

    Darned global warming strikes again......

    December 20, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jason R

    Don't you know that carbon particles are blocking out the sun? Removing them will give us stronger sunlight, and thus more warming.

    Of course, I am choosing to ignore the fact that the sunlight that actually has penetrated the atmosphere and is trapped by those same carbon particles will get to escape into space, and thus will probably offset that extra warming, but why should I not get to choose the science that helps make my point and ignore that which refutes my narrative. I mean, all other climate change deniers do. I'm sure Glen Beck is using this story right now to deny climate change, and will again say that it's patriot to run his SUV in his driveway overnight, because nothing says patriotism like polluting the nation that you live in.

    December 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dole

    Mt. hotham is a ski resort anyway and it's in the Australian Alps. It's one of the highest peaks in Australia at over 6,000 feet. It's the same as Mt. Washington in the New Hampshire getting snow on the peak.
    Mt. Hotham cams

    December 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      How does that change anything?!?!?!? I live about an hour away from a 10,000 foot Ski Resort in the southwest, but if we got snow on our mountain in June, I would be more than a little bit concerned. We received a significant snowfall up there in May this year and no one could recall that ever happening before.

      December 20, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AlGore

    It hasn't been this cold since the Ice age, must be due to the people.
    Last time it was this cold it was because the people burnt too much wood to cook their meat.

    December 20, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • it's a cycle

      So the little ice age didn't happen? is that what you're trying to tell us? damn i guess we better get busy rewriting history then.

      December 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. canadian

    Enjoy mates!!
    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Everyone!! Xo
    Luv from Canada

    December 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
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