August 2005 weather had it all

A mixed bag of weather was experienced across Gungahlin and North Canberra during August with heavy frosts, periods of warm sunshine, fog, strong winds and even some snow.

Nights were cold, with an average minimum of 0.5 degrees (well down on last Augustís average of 2.7 degrees).  The warmest night for the month occurred on August 30, when the temperature was a mild 9.1 degrees, while on August 13 it dropped to a frosty minus 4.7 degrees.

Days were generally cool and clear, with an average maximum of 12.8 degrees (13.2 degrees last August).  The highest temperature for the month was a very pleasant 19.7 degrees, recorded on August 28, while on August 11, cloudy skies and bitterly cold NW winds, combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 4.8 degrees. 

On August 10, a vigorous cold front crossed the region producing strong winds, cold temperatures and heavy snowfalls.  In Gungahlin, the snow arrived around 3pm, but a heavier fall around 7.00pm settled on the grass.  By the time the falls ended around 1cm of snow covered local parks and gardens.  Much of the snow was still visible for a brief period the next morning.  The falls were the heaviest to hit the suburbs since 28 May 2000.

Due to the generally clear night time conditions, Gungahlin recorded 23 frosts for the month, well up on the 10 frosts recorded last August.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 6.3 km/h during August, with the strongest gust for the month 62.8 km/h from the NW, recorded on August 31.

Gungahlin recorded 46.7mm of rain for the month, over 12 days.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were similar, with 46mm falling at Canberra AP, 47mm at Tuggeranong and 81mm at Tidbinbilla.  Gungahlin's total rainfall so far in 2005 now stands at 339.5mm, up on the 217.5mm that fell over the same period in 2004.

Gungahlin's September Outlook:  Current indications are for a slightly cooler and wetter start to spring than normal.  Daytime temperatures during September should average at around 15 degrees and nights at 4 degrees.  Rainfall prospects are good, with falls likely to exceed the longer term September average of 57mm.

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