Snow guns to be fir­ing in June

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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