Snow Day

I missed the (moderately) heavy snowfall on Sunday as I was in Sydney for the day, but patches of snow lingered in the garden all week, so I felt that I hadn’t missed much.

It has been desperately cold all week with light snow falling on most days.

But last night mother nature decided to give us her best snow performance for many years:

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And while it may look pretty, it has already caused some problems.

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Snapped Tree along the property line

Broadleaf evergreens aren’t really compatible with blizzards.

In the still and silent cold of heavy snow, I can hear many of the Eucalyptus trees crashing down around town…!

If you are in Sydney, sadly you won’t be able to come up to see the snow as the roads are all cut and rail services are affected. These snow-falls are what the Blue Mountains used to get up until about the 1980s.

Happy snow day 🙂

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52 thoughts on “Snow Day

  1. There is nothing as beautiful or quiet as the aftermath of a snowfall. Except maybe the crashing Eucalyptus. In Georgia it was the Loblolly Pines that fell over.
    SnowJam is what we used to call them, stay warm and enjoy your day off!

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  2. Oh, it is heart breaking seeing branches snap under the weight of snow. We made a trip to Crookwell in October (yes, really) a few years back and the week before they had had heavy snow. Most deciduous trees were already in leaf and the damage was incredible. I do hope nothing more creaks under the snow’s weight in your garden. Stay warm!

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    • It is a bit depressing – at least it was only 3 trees (that one was the worst). We had the same thing last October and October 2012. The spring snows are just the worst as the snow is so wet and heavy.
      At least I know what I’ll be doing this weekend – getting out the chainsaw!

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  3. I don’t think I’ve recovered yet from this past winter here. Your picture and the description of the cold and the breaking branches…. Oh boy!!!! I hope you don’t get any damage. Stay safe and I’m happy that in the midst of it you are appreciating the beauty.

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    • Thanks Cynthia – it’s mostly stopped snowing now, and the garden (the trees anyway) escaped with minimal damage and only a couple of hours without electricity, so I’d say we are pretty lucky…a week of snow is nothing like what you guys have endured 🙂

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    • It’s pretty when it’s a dusting, but too much too quickly wreaks a bit of havoc. The very first time I saw snow was in London as a child: it was dirty and black from all of the soot and I wondered why anyone would long for snow when it looked like that!

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  4. Thanks for the update Matt. It’s hard to keep up with what’s happening weather-wise in the world with the few hours a day I spend online and without a TV. Sorry winter is being a brat. 🙂
    We’re being inundated with rain – Most of Finland has received more rain in a day than is common during a month, and there are 31 days in July. We are in a monsoon, it surely will make the history books. Even in June some cities received double their usual rain. I write this as it rains! It also makes for cool days which has everyone pretty pissed off. Oh well, there’s always next year!! 🙂

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    • That’s a good word for it – a brat. It is forecast to be around 10C again next week, so thankfully it will melt.
      I am sorry to hear about the heavy rain. I know how everyone and everything north of Denmark waits for summer so it must be terrible being couped up 😦

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      • It’s a weird summer all around. Just about everyone south of us is sweltering with high temperatures and dry conditions. It’s unfortunate weather cycles can’t equalize to provide what each region needs instead of “too much or not enough” Have a good weekend!

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    • We haven’t had these sorts of (once common) winter systems for many years now which used to cover the whole of the east-coast at least every other year. I’ll definitely be careful with the chainsaw – if the snow ever goes away, it is still calf-deep 😦

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  5. Gosh – I had heard about you getting snow. I hope your tree damage isn’t too bad – we rarely lose branches to snow here, it is more often the winds that get them. Hope you are able to enjoy the beautiful views.

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  6. patsquared2 says:

    I am so sorry your beautiful trees and shrubs are being damaged! Only happened twice in the last 23 years of living here and it is heartbreaking to hear and, in the daylight, to see. Stay warm or come over for a visit. We will be in a heat wave by tomorrow afternoon. And of course, I have all the bugs to prove it and a colander with your name on it!

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    • Thanks Pat! Hopefully they will rebound once spring arrives. I love a bit of bug collecting….even with all our snow there are still bugs outside. They certainly are hardy….stay cool in the heat 🙂

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  7. Oh that’s such sad news about the trees. Snow is deceptively heavy.
    I’m still getting my head around snow in Australia. You must be quite high up. Are you anywhere near Wolgan Valley? It’s one of the places Mike wants to go next year if we make it over.

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    • Is that the Emirates resort? I’ve not been but heard it is very nice indeed. It’s fairly remote (a good 1.5 hrs drive from me); the closest big town is Lithgow: from there you can make some very nice day-trips around some fairly dramatic national parks and pretty countryside further west (like Bathurst)

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      • It is. We’ve been to Al Maha in Dubai and loved it. Doubt we’ll stay long, given the cost, but it’s good to know there are some nice places to visit around it. Thanks Matt.

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    • In the last few years we’ve only had ligh snow falls and one heavy fall in mid-spring, so it’s nice to see it in winter (where it belongs). The kids loved it – the schools were closed here in the mountains. They’re all still out and about today as the snow hasn’t started melting yet!

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    • Not sure how old they are (they were here when I bought the place) but they are probably about 30 years old. The local Eucalyptus are fine, as they can handle snow, but any of the Eucalyptus trees from other parts of Australia seemed to have suffered a lot of snow damage….

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  8. I hope your snow has melted by now Matt, sorry about the tree, sounds quite dangerous, do you find some trees are prone to broken branches more than others, I always find lots of broken twiggy branches around the alders, Frances

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    • The snow is still here after 3 days, but this morning there is drizzle, so hopefully that will start to melt it all away (I loose patience with snow after about 24 hours)!!! That tree wasn’t endemic to the blue mountains, and always lost leaves and twigs. Any of the trees that are local to here fared just fine. But that said, the last of the snow was quite wet and heavy; it has also caused a leak in the sunroom 😦

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  9. Snow is very pretty but when your garden isn’t ready (or used to) for it, it can be disastrous. No snow falling here but it has been a lot colder than usual. I have to say this has been the coldest winter I have known in years. Got to say the “mild winter” that the boffins predicted has me wondering just why we are paying them to predict our weather? Might be cheaper to fire them all and just look out the window occasionally? 😉

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    • Too true about the mild winter, although it has been chilly, we are still running (slightly) above the long term average for the two months!
      We do get a lot of snow here (by Australian standards) but I think this poor tree wasn’t prepared. I guess it’s a case of selecting endemic (vs just native) as the evergreens endemic to the upper mountains showed no damage, but popular aussie natives that are sold in nursery chains snapped left-right-and-centre!

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  10. I totally agree:-) I ride the river during the week and the humidity at 90 percent is a killer out there and you could shovel the humidity-lol….I enjoy winter after a long summer in the garden. But trees falling does worry me for I have two large ones on my small property and that would not be good!

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