Well we have told you before that the weather in Tassie is not as bad as our reputation! Now here is some proof that it is getting hotter and dryer.
Bureau of Meteorology declares 2014 as hot and dry
It’s official, 2014 was Tasmania’s second warmest year on record — well, since 1910.
The Bureau of Meteorology, in its annual climate statement, found Australia experienced its third warmest year on record, and preliminary data suggests
that, globally, 2014 could have been the warmest year on record.
Tasmania’s overall mean temperature was 0.8C warmer than the 1961 to 1990 average and mean maximum temperatures were the highest on record, at 1.09C above
There were above average daytime temperatures in most areas in most months, particularly in winter and spring.
The state’s hottest days were early in the year, peaking at 40.2C at Bushy Park on January 14.
Overnight temperatures were average or above average most of the year, with the statewide mean minimum temperature 0.52C above average.
On September 28, the Tasmanian Fire Service issued its earliest total fire ban since 1987.
Rainfall was below average in almost all areas, with especially dry conditions on parts of the East Coast, with only July experiencing above average rainfall.
Several stations came close to recording their driest year on record. The statewide mean rainfall of 1164mm was 16 per cent below average.
The state also suffered several days of strong and damaging winds and bouts of cold weather with Liawenee dipping to -8.7C on June 9 and -8.1C on September
Several cold snaps brought snow to low levels in August, which recorded below-average minimum temperatures.
In the first week of January a series of low pressure systems passing south of Tasmania brought damaging westerly winds which cut power to 9000 premises,
caused road closures and significant stone fruit losses.
On February 9, thundery weather with gusts in excess of 100km/h caused at least 70,000 properties to lose power, some for more than 48 hours.
Further 100km/h plus gusts were recorded in southern and North-West Tasmania on August 6. The strongest gust reported was 174km/h at Maatsuyker Island
on July 29.
On August 10 many Tasmanians woke to one of the heaviest dustings of snow with the snowline reaching down to 200m in southern Tasmania and snow piling
up to a depth of 15cm while severe thunderstorms brought hail and flash flooding to Hobart on December 16.
Notable events in 2014
- Exceptionally strong and damaging winds in the south between 1 and 6 January, and again on 28 January
- Several spells of warm to hot weather in January, February and March; the highest temperatures on January 14
- Widespread wind damage on February 9
- Thunderstorms and locally heavy rain on February 15 and 19
- Sharp cold snap on 20 February in the wake of a cold front
- Record late-season warmth: Campania’s 24.1C on March 15 was the first time a day over 24C has been recorded so late in Tasmania
- Record high April temperatures at several sites
- Cool southerly change at end of June
- Exceptional winds at the end of July
- A cluster of thunderstorms and wind damage in the northwest on 28 July
- Warm and windy on 28 September, with an early season total fire ban declared
- Severe thunderstorms bring hail and flash flooding to Hobart on 16 December