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Snow near Albany … on the Bluff!

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There was snow on Bluff Knoll over the weekend. Snow near Albany! All the different types of diverse weather makes Albany such a great place to live. Swimming in summer and surrounding areas snowing in winter! Perfect.

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Original article published on the Albany Advertiser …

Porongurups, Stirlings top WA snowfall list

Snow near Albany - Porongurups, Stirlings top snowfall list
Snow is known to fall on the Stirling Range once a year on average. Picture: Ian F. Duncan

Snow may be a rare event in WA, but two mountain ranges in the Great Southern are the most likely places to receive a dusting this winter.

Peaks in the Stirling and Porongurup ranges receive snow about once a year on average, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Neil Bennett.

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Snow could fall on Bluff Knoll this winter. Picture: Ian F. Duncan

Unsurprisingly, snow is more prevalent during June, July and August; when cold fronts are followed by deep southerly winds.

“That’s when you get air temperatures cold enough to produce snow on the peaks and sometimes on the ground,” Mr Bennett said.

The earliest snow was recorded was atop Bluff Knoll on April 20, 1970, while the latest was on November 19, 1992.

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Ongerup photographer Ian F. Duncan snapped this shot of snow on Bluff Knoll between 1998 and 2000.

That year (1992) was an exceptional case, with light snow recorded in Greenbushes, Wagin, Darkan, Narrogin, Manjimup, Kojonup, Rocky Gully, Boyup Brook and Mt Barker, with heavier falls on peaks in the Stirling and Porongurup ranges, according to the bureau.

Earlier that year, on October 6, 20cm of snow fell on Bluff Knoll.

There are also reports of snowfalls as far north as Wongan Hills in 1923, Bencubbin and Perth in 1956 and Coolgardie in 1966.

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A group of people at the summit of Bluff Knoll in July, 1998. Picture: WA News

Mr Bennett said snow in WA was nothing new, with European records dating back to snowfalls on the Gordon River, north of Frankland River, in August, 1841 and indigenous records of snow dating back to 1824.

Last year, snow fell on Bluff Knoll on August 9 and September 1, while there are no records of snow in 2014.

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Will Marwick, aged eight, saw snow for the first time on the summit of Bluff Knoll in July, 1998.

There were reports of snow on the Bluff in August, 2013, June and September, 2012 and September, 2011.

“There is always a chance it will fall,” Mr Bennett said.



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