Snow guns to be firing in June
SNOW guns are expected to play a major role this month with clear skies and little moisture dominating long range weather forecasts.
Bureau of Meteorology senior climatologist, and keen Mt Hotham skier, Paul Gregory said June was looking dry.
“There is a fairly strong signal that it is going to be drier than average over the next three months and in particular June,” he said.
“The models are telling us that there will be warmer day time temperatures too but the clear nights are expected to be ideal for mountain-made snow – it will be ideal for snowmaking.
“We are close to an El Nino pattern but that may moderate after June – with the drier, warmer trend much stronger this month.”
The mountains saw the first snow of the year in late February, followed by further falls in early and late April and continuing with some significant dumps in late May.
Mr Gregory said the pattern that leads to blocking high pressure systems would most impact Falls Creek and Mt Hotham.
“Falls and Hotham generally get their snow weather from the westerly and north westerly systems but the models are suggesting that will be below average in June,” he said.
“Those blocking highs are expected to be a feature of the first half of winter but it is less clear what happens after that.”
EARLY SNOW: Mt Hotham’s Karl Gray was out in the early autumn snowfalls at the resort in April.