Frank remembers '65 snow at Eungella
WEATHER forecaster David Taylor has predicted snow will fall in Eungella this year.
Taylor has had an interest in the weather since he was 12.
His claim to weather forecasting fame includes predicting events such as the exact path of Tropical Cyclone Oswald, 12 days beforehand; hurricanes in the USA in 2017, stating they would be the worst in history; floods in 2012; and the big Townsville wet of 2018.
Taylor runs a couple of social media pages 'East Coast Weather' and 'Brisbane Weather'.
He's studied hydrology and looks closely at numbers and sunspot activity when predicting events.
He's recently relocated to his old home town of Mackay, where he loves the fishing and weather.
Taylor said North Queensland was more prone to cyclones and he enjoyed chasing them.
The potential of snow in Eungella this year has caught his eye.
Due to a lack of sunspots, he said it would be a very cold winter.
He said if a low pressure system comes through, it's going to be "very, very cold and will have capabilities of producing snow in places it hadn't snowed before or hasn't snowed in a very long time and Eungella is in that area".
Mr Taylor said there was a 20 to 30 per cent chance of snow.
As for how much snow, he said that's up to mother nature but "the chance is there for at least a light dusting".
"But it all boils down to the low pressure systems and how far north," he said. "If we get a really good strong powerful one ... I say bring it on, it will definitely happen... we will break records."
He said the last time there was sunspots at an all time low like this, was the 1600s where "that created a mini ice age".
"But it's going to be different to the 1600s because the air based temperatures are higher than what they were then, CO2 is a lot higher in the atmosphere, temperatures are a lot hotter than what it was," he said.
"It's going to be an interesting scenario... pen and paper it looks like bigger and more powerful cyclones and storms and rain events will more likely happen."
The last time it snowed in Eungella was in 1965 and Frank Frazer, 65, remembers the event like it was yesterday.
He was only a young boy around 12 at the time when he finished school for the day at Crediton primary school, which doesn't exist anymore, just west of Eungella along the Clarke Range.
His house sat right on the edge of the Eungella Range, backed on the edge of the Pioneer Valley between Finch Hatton and Netherdale.
"I think it was July, I come home from school and it was a really miserable, cold day. It was terrible," he said.
"It was probably around 5pm - 6.30pm, my dad was milking cows in the shed and I made a comment about how cold it was and he mentioned some lady's name who lived in the area, he said 'Mrs so and so saw those clouds this afternoon and if she didn't know better she would think it was going to snow'.
"I thought yeah righto. I went to the edge of the dairy and I looked out and I could see these white flicks falling down from the sky and there was enough of them that you could actually see them and it wasn't like rain because rain falls fairly rapidly and they were just floating down."
He said once the snow fell on the ground, it disappeared.
"It was cold enough in the atmosphere for them to actually form and to fall but it wasn't cold enough on the ground to retain them," he said.
"I just couldn't get over how bloody cold it was, terribly cold. Winters in Eungella used to get pretty cold, I tell ya."
Just how extraordinary it was, didn't dawn on him until years later when people would say "'Oh it snowed at Eungella' and I would say 'Yeah, I was there when it happened'."
As for Mr Taylor's predictions, he said "anything is possible".
"Put it this way, if this guy was going to say its going to happen and it's the first time ever, we'd probably poo poo him but the fact of the matter is it has happened before, I've seen it happen before I'm quite willing to accept that if he knows enough about it, he might be right," he said.
"If he could be more specific I'd actually go up there and camp there for the night just so I could see it again."
David has predicted events such as:
- The exact path of Tropical Cyclone Oswald 12 days beforehand
- Cold and warm winters
- Hurricanes in the USA in 2017. Stating they would be the worst in history
- Townsville BIG wet event 2018, David was the only weather page to predict this
- 2012 Floods
- Possibly one of Australias coldest winters for 2018