Weather goes a bit crazy in Taroom
“THE weather is crazy at the moment.”
Jo Lethbridge spoke for many Taroom residents following a cold snap that hit the area just a week after record August maximums that peaked at 37 degrees as reported in last week's Central Telegraph.
The Lethbridge family woke up to a final winter blast on Monday, with the day only reaching a top of 15.9, with almost no change in temperature following a minimum of 14.1.
The temperature had plunged 14 degrees from the previous day's top of 29.7, and a staggering 20 degrees in a week from the previous Monday's steamy 36.1, and further from a record 37 the day before that.
“You never know what the next day will bring,” Jo said.
“The little cold snap we had just after the small heat wave for August, we got the oil heaters out again for inside and the beanies back on for outside.”
When it hit 37 degrees, Jo's husband Rob had said it was “bloody hot” for August.
“When he walked out the door Rob said 'it's bloody cold outside,” Jo said.
Jo rugged up the couple's four children while Rob had rugged up to go do some mustering on the motorbike.
Tuesday morning saw it dip down to a nippy 5.9 but a normal spring top of 26.
“The weather at the moment is nice, cooler at night and warm days,” Jo told Central Telegraph yesterday.
Wayne Merritt, from Taroom Landmark, agreed the weather had been quite unusual for this time of year.
“Some of the locals think the cold snap last week was what we needed to break the pattern and create a change for the better,” Wayne said.
“There is no doubt that all concern about the economic crisis would soon disappear with a few inches of rain.” Theodore also had a big drop in temperatures at the same time.
Official reports from the Brigalow Research Station show the maximum dropped 11 degrees from Sunday's 32.7 to Monday's 21.4.
The first day of spring started slowly in Theodore with 6.2 but climbed to 26.4 during the day.
Monto copped a similar drop, free-falling 12 degrees in maximums from 32.8 on Sunday to 21 on Monday.
Residents' teeth chattered again when it plunged to a chilly 5.4 on Tuesday but warmed up again to 25.7.