The climate within the resort is determined by its altitude, topography and orientation. A weather station is located at the summit of Mount Hotham and comprehensive current and historical weather data can be found at the Bureau of Meterology. The current station number 083085 began operation in 1990 with station number 083081 provides data from 1977 to 1990. Several stations have operated within the resort with climate data available back until 1885.
In summer, the average maximum temperature is 15.7°C whilst mean winter minimum daily temperatures are –3.4°C. The lowest temperature recorded at Mount Hotham is –12.8°C. Average total annual precipitation at Mount Hotham, including both snowfall and rainfall is 1494mm. Thunderstorms with high intensity rainfall are prevalent in summer, although snowfalls during summer months are common. The snowline for Mount Hotham is approximately 1400 metres and the average maximum snow depth is 150 cm at 1845 metres. Snowfalls that create and maintain a persistent snow cover usually begin about mid-June and continue intermittently until early September. The prevailing wind across the Bogong High Plains and Mount Hotham is from the northwest. South-easterly winds often associated with fog and mist, are also quite common.
Keep Winter Cool Initiative
Climate change poses a large threat to the ski industry in Australia. ‘Keep Winter Cool’…what does it mean. Well, by simply reducing energy consumption, you help fight global warming, and therefore assist in the campaign to ‘Keep Winter Cool’. Global warming is caused by a build up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the main contributor to greenhouse gases is carbon dioxide, and most carbon dioxide is produced by burning fossil fuels, such as oil and coal, in the generation of power. So if we want our grandchildren to enjoy the snow and our unique alpine environment, all snowsports enthusiasts are encouraged to do everything they can to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the impact of global warming.
Here are 10 simple ways to help ‘Keep Winter Cool’:
- Reduce energy used for transport
Share a ride or take a bus to the snow and to work
- Turn off lights and appliances when at home or on holiday
It is best to turn them off at the powerpoint
- Purchase energy efficient appliances
Choose the highest energy-efficient star-rating and use compact fluorescent lights
- Insulate your house or lodge
And turn down the thermostat and use draught stoppers
- Cut hot water consumption
Wash clothes in cold water, fit water-efficient shower heads, and install a solar water heater
Purchase greenhouse friendly products from local sources
- Support renewable energy sources
Switch to Green Power with your electricity supplier
- Plant a tree
Trees take up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
- Reduce, reuse and recycle
Reducing waste reduces landfill and thus reduces production of the greenhouse gas methane
- Lead change at your workplace or business
Spread the word - cool global warming and keep winter cool
For more information or to find out other ways to help please visit www.keepwintercool.com.au
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