It’s an al gore christmas

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Last updated on August 8th, 2017 at 03:42 pm

We have snow in Tasmania and also Victoria, which is enjoying its second-coldest Christmas on record.

UPDATE. Merry Christmas, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani!

Posted by Tim B. on 12/24/2006 at 09:43 PM
    1. Luckily you got that snow-driving experience in your visit to the States last year (or two ago?), Tim, so you should be alright even without the snow tires. And Merry Christmas to everyone on both sides of the International Date Line, whether you’re currently roasting your nuts or freezing them.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 12 24 at 10:31 PM • permalink


    1. I remember past Christmases which were stinkers here in Sydney. I certainly remember the sound of healthy crickets chirping away.

      Not this year.

      It’s been a cold summer. Much colder than last summer, and in fact the mildest that I can remember.

      Must be Global Warming, I suppose.

      Posted by Nicholas on 2006 12 24 at 10:49 PM • permalink


    1. Nice and hot in Perth, just below needing aircon. Thanks for asking.

      Posted by phil_b on 2006 12 24 at 10:57 PM • permalink


    1. So, do you guys have snow plows, or do you just spread vegemite on the roads?

      Posted by paco on 2006 12 24 at 11:01 PM • permalink


    1. No, paco. If you showed ‘em a snowplow, they’d want to bolt one on the ute as a kangaroo guard.

      Which might actually work, come to think… one of the charms of driving in rural Australia is “roo bars”. Downright charming to see a miniature Toyota product with a set of bars on the front that cowboys around here would consider excessive on a one-ton dually. This is not sneering. I have experience to realize that they’re quite practical, really.


      Posted by Ric Locke on 2006 12 24 at 11:06 PM • permalink


    1. Is Mt Baw Baw sheep-raising country, by any chance?

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 12 24 at 11:36 PM • permalink


    1. UPDATE. Merry Christmas, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani!

      Another Christmas miracle!

      Posted by bondo on 2006 12 24 at 11:47 PM • permalink


    1. In the Victorian Alps at the moment, firefighters are finding it difficult to access fires due to snow blocking the roads. I have a an uncle on the mountain one over from Mt Buller. It’s 70km/h northerlies and 38C. Mt Buller. It’s snowing.

      Only in Oz would you find it impossible to fight fires due to snowfall.

      Posted by CB on 2006 12 25 at 12:46 AM • permalink


    1. #8 CB,

      Snow on a wildfire is usually a good thing. Here in Southern California, in October of 2003 we had a brush/forest fire that was so bad the authorties evacuated the entire San Bernardino Mountains, including the major resorts of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake—about 50,000 people in all—and as the fire began to jump the highway fireline, it was smothered by an early, and heavy, snowfall.

      About 48 hours after I took this picture, there was about a foot of snow on the ground.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 12 25 at 01:55 AM • permalink


    1. No sign of climate change here in Darwin.

      In nearly 30 years I have seen probably three different Christmas Days:

      *Hot,humid and no rain.
      *Hot,humid and some rain.
      *Heavy rain and storms.

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2006 12 25 at 03:22 AM • permalink


    1. Its Christmas Day and its bloody 9 deg Celcius; there’s snow on the mountain above town.  Its so cold I’ve got the bloody heater on.
      AL GORE!  I know you’re out there!  Have a Merry Christmas, but bloody have it somewhere else, will ya?

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 12 25 at 03:25 AM • permalink


    1. This has to stop, according to this.

      “They told us Santa was considered a Disney character,” he complained. “Their statement to me was that I needed to alter my appearance . . . or I needed to leave the park because I was impersonating Santa Claus.”

      Santa a “Disney character”? REALLY?

      Times UK

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 12 25 at 04:46 AM • permalink


    1. I have just returned form a lazy day scoffing seafood etc. on a sixth floor terrace looking over burleigh heads beach.  32 degreesC this morning, but there was a lovely ocean breeze through the norfolk island pines to cool you down.  Had a good time watching the birdlife etc. too.

      There was snow down south?  Heh. Merry Christmas.

      Posted by entropy on 2006 12 25 at 05:38 AM • permalink


    1. it’s been 26 degrees celcius here in redcliffe- coldest christmas in years- thanks al!

      the past five years have all been 40+ (over 104f for those stuck in imperial)

      still spent a lot of time in the pool 🙂

      Posted by eeniemeenie on 2006 12 25 at 07:20 AM • permalink



      “It’s beginning to look a lot like bullshit,
      Everywhere he goes…”

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 12 25 at 08:49 AM • permalink


    1. #10 Dave Wane, lucky you’ve only had 30 years of Christmass weather patterns in Darwin. 32 years ago was a real doozy, I’ve heard!

      Posted by anthony_r on 2006 12 25 at 08:58 AM • permalink


    1. El Cid: now you know why people around here call the Magic Kingdom “Dis-Nazi World.”

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 12 25 at 09:37 AM • permalink


    1. #10 Dave Wane, don’t tell ‘em anything except Darwin’s hot, humid, crocs, sharks, box jellies, sandflies, mossies, malaria, ross river fever, dengue fever, feral natives, periodic cyclones…Best keep the good stuff to ourselves.

      #16 that was my cousin at the navy weather station who got pissed the night before and didn’t check the weather reports in time.

      These things happen.

      Global warming at Newcastle today reached 21degC, 12deg below average. AL GORE, ARE YOU HIDING IN A CHRISTMAS TREE?

      Posted by mareeS on 2006 12 25 at 10:11 AM • permalink


    1. Al Gore is such a total envirotarded hothead, there’s no wonder that there’s a black cloud hanging over him wherever he goes. Really, it’s just a simple function of atmospheric heat exchange.

      When Al gets going, his head heats up so bad that a convection column of hot air rises high above him, drawing in the cooler surrounding air. Due to the rotation of the Earth, the Coriolis effect creates a rapidly accelerating cyclonic vortex that swallows cars, trees, neighborhoods… even rational thought.

      Love is for fools and all fools are lovers,
      It’s raining on my house and not to the others

      – nick cave and the birthday party


      Time to nail shut the windows on the beach house again.

      Posted by splice on 2006 12 25 at 12:10 PM • permalink


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