Hi guys. I'm back home in Belgrave, having returned to Melbourne from Corryong about two hours' ago. Here's my report for today.
The main thing to report about was the weather, which was actually a lot more interesting than I expected! Even the temperature varied a lot on the homeward journey.
In Corryong, the low was about 7°C this morning, with an afternoon top of about 26°C. Perfect!
Leaving Corryong at about 2:30pm it was about 23°C, dropping down to 21°C at Shelley and Koetong further west. Mostly sunny skies, although very, very hazy.
By the time we drove past Tallangatta it had warmed back up to 23°C, and it it almost-completely stayed that way until we reached Beechworth just after 4pm for afternoon tea. The only exception was a "hot spot" in the Kiewa/Tangambalanga area near Albury/Wodonga, where the thermometer managed to hit 26°C!!
Shortly after 5:15pm, we departed Beechworth. The temperature dropped down a few notches to about 19°C at Tarrawingee. Increasing high cloud from the west combined with the smoke haze to produce a brief but beautiful sunset over the Warby Ranges, timed perfectly for our southbound run down the M31 Hume Freeway (Melbourne-Sydney) at Wangaratta!
The temperature struggled back up to 21-22°C west of Glenrowan, before falling back to 19°C when we arrived in Benalla at 6pm for dinner. I noted some faint fog/mist in some of the paddocks outside town, especially in Winton.
At 7pm, we drove south on the Midland Highway from Benalla. It was pitch-dark, with mostly clear skies overhead, and virtually no wind! No sign of the moon either, so a perfect chance to see the stars until we edged closer to Melbourne's light pollution. Most of the high cloud I saw at sunset had broken up.
It was during this final leg of the road trip that the temperature really went crazy! Lol read on please...
Firstly it was 17-18°C by the time we left Benalla, but it dropped sharply as we headed further south. At Swanpool it was 13-14°C, falling to 12°C as we passed Lake Nillahcootie, and finally at Maindample (west of Mansfield) it had bottomed at 9°C!!
It warmed back up to 12°C at Bonnie Doon on the shores of Lake Eildon, then dropped again to 9°C at Merton, climbed up to 13°C at Yarck, and then fell back slightly to 12°C when we reached Yea at about 8:30pm for a quick toilet break.
Heading south on the Melba Highway towards Melbourne, it was 11°C in the Yea River Valley (including Murrindindi and Glenburn). In Castella (the air was heavy and rank with the putrid stench of burn-off smoke here btw) it briefly nudged 12°C, but then suddenly plunged to 9°C as we drove downhill into the Yarra Valley and Melbourne metropolitan area!
Between Dixons Creek and Lilydale, the temperature fluctuated between 9°C and 11°C, and we drove through surprisingly heavy fog in Yarra Glen and Yering, but it was all clear beyond Coldstream. We finally entered the Melbourne metropolitan area just after 9pm.
From Lilydale onwards, the temperature fluctuated even more! It climbed to 13-14°C between Mount Evelyn and Monbulk (our last stop to buy groceries), then dipped to 9°C in Kallista and The Patch. The rest of the way home to Belgrave it warmed back up to 14°C.
Other things worth mentioning:
1. Lots of burn-offs seen today, especially in Cudgewa and again in the Shelley/Koetong region.
2. Still plenty of lovely autumn colours up in Northeast Victoria, including in Corryong, Shelley, Yackandandah, and Beechworth.
3. Also as a surprise treat, I got to see some nice bubbly convection with showers and thunderstorms scattered along the NSW Snowy Mountains from as far south as the Dalgety/Bombala area to as far north as the Brindabella region between Tumut and Canberra!
Unfortunately the storms were heading north, looked weak on radar, and I only got to see them as I was leaving Corryong. But still they were impressive, with the best cells being between Tumut and Canberra btw.
Back here in Belgrave, it's about 13°C at the last check.