About four months ago I asked the question Has It Ever Snowed in Brisbane?
The answer was no.
But what about Queensland? Has it ever snowed in Queensland?
About 217 kilometres north-west of Brisbane is a town called Stanthorpe. This morning they recorded a minimum temperature of 3.5° C there, and, along with that say the weathermen, came sleet.
Local residents though are convinced it was snow, not sleet, and many have apparently posted pictures of it on Facebook. Well, I had a good search around and couldn’t find any evidence of that, but I did find this quote from Ballandean resident Apolonia Behan…
“If you can imagine rain but falling down a lot slower and seeing white flakes,” she said.
“When they drop to the ground it all melts because the ground is wet from rain and also it’s too warm for the snow to stay as it is … but it’s like a lovely curtain.”
Sounds like sleet to me.
Ballandean is about 20 kilometres south of Stanthorpe and still (just about) in Queensland.
I’m not saying it didn’t snow in certain places here in Queensland this morning, I’m just saying I can’t find any photos to prove it. If anyone can send me some pics, that would be great!
A little further south into New South Wales though, now that’s a different story. There has been widespread snow which you can see in a short video (well worth checking out) over at ABC News which was also my source for the above quote.
But has it ever snowed in Queensland?
I found an interesting website answering that exact question quite thoroughly. It lists all events of both sleet and snow since 29th of July 1878. Turns out Stanthorpe have had quite a bit of snow and Queensland has had well over 100 falls of snow in the last 132 years.
You can read the complete list for yourself over at WeatherArmadale.com
Now, back to that four month old question…
Has it ever snowed in Brisbane?
Yes, turns out it has. My previous post was wrong!
- 27 July 1882 – Snowfalls observed in Brisbane.
- 27 June 1927 – Snow in Brisbane.
- 21 Sept 1958 – Light snow flakes seen by 4 observers at 5.15pm: OIC Met Office Eagle Farm at Moorooka, a New Zealand woman at Wooloowin, Bowen Hills near Cloudland and at Taringa.
I shouldn’t think any of them resulted in enough snow for a snowman, not even a small one, but recorded snow it is.
Stanthorpe has had snow that many times, there’s a video about it…
But what do kangaroos think of the snow? Over to WarblesOnALot from NSW to answer that one…
Last week temperatures here in Brisbane were as high as 35°C; talk about the weather?