Residents of Western Australia woke up to extremely rare April snow on Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges on April 19, 2019. This is the earliest snow ever recorded in the history of Western Australia.
Matt Boterhoven, a meteorologist with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, said snow was an extremely rare occurrence in April.
"It’s exceptional. We’ve only recorded once, in the last 100 years, snow as early as this on top of the Stirling Ranges," he told ABC. "It’s related to a very strong cold air mass moving over the southwest of the state, so when conditions get below freezing and there’s precipitation, snow can form on top of Stirling Ranges."
The last time Western Australia saw April snow was on April 20, 1970. Bluff Knoll receives snow approximately 1.7 times per year.
On April 18, BOM warned residents of southwest WA to expect to be impacted by a cold front in the coming two days. "This will likely bring squally showers and thunderstorms, strong winds and dangerous surf conditions. Temperatures are likely to be well below average behind the cold front, with possible snow on the Stirling Range."
Featured image credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA. Acquired April 19, 2019