Australian Weather Calendar - September 2014

September photograph by Trish Leahey

Snow wraps the ACT in quiet beauty

While snow is common during winter in the alpine areas of Victoria and New South Wales, snow in October is fairly unusual. Thursday 11 October 2012 was the coldest October day in Canberra since 1967. The maximum temperature of 8 degrees Celsius was 11 degrees below the October average. A strong low pressure system in the Tasman Sea directed very cold air from the south across most of eastern Australia, causing the spring cold snap. Snow fell in the evening and the following morning along the Great Dividing Range. At Bungendore just outside the Australian Capital Territory, Trish Leahey took many pictures. 'I've never, ever heard such quiet. It was beautiful, too, and peaceful.'