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Cold front brings wind, rain and hail as it sweeps Victoria

Ryan Tennison, Sophie Smith, Andrea Hamblin and James Wagstaff, April 26, 2017 5:50PM Herald Sun

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RAIN, hail and shine, all in one day … welcome to Victoria’s wild weather!

And if you’ve found yourself shivering day or night after the latest cold front hit, brace yourself as there are warnings for more cool weather and rain this week.

The Bureau of Meteorology, the nation’s top weather body, has predicted Melbourne’s drenching* rain will continue and top temperatures are not expected to rise above 18C before early next week.

The wet and cold conditions have been felt around the state.

The underpasses at the Burnley and Blackburn train stations flooded on Wednesday, leaving trains unable to stop at Burnley.

The flooded Burnley station underpass. Picture: Nicole Garmston
media_cameraThe flooded Burnley station underpass. Picture: Nicole Garmston

And snow blanketed the mountains for the second time this month with snow falling at Falls Creek ski resort as temperatures fell below zero.

Geelong was battered by damaging storms and some drivers became trapped in their cars as flash flooding* hit the region on Tuesday night.

SES volunteers attended to hundreds of calls for help, including rescuing more than a dozen people stuck in their cars after driving through floodwater.

SES spokesman Marc Dorey said there were also reports of flash floods, building damage and flooded homes.

“There were a number of cars that became stuck as they’ve driven into flood water,” Mr Dorey said.

City workers on their cold and wet trip to work. Picture: Nicole Garmston
media_cameraCity workers on their cold and wet trip to work. Picture: Nicole Garmston

SES crews were also called to Melbourne, with trees down and flooding on Burwood Highway.

A Ferntree Gully man narrowly avoided being hit by a massive tree but his car wasn’t so lucky.

Cody Averay, 21, was leaving a friend’s house around noon on Anzac Day when the tree, up to 45m tall, came crashing down on his car, damaging the roof and bonnet.

“I saw it fall, I was just about to get in the car,” Mr Averay said.

Farmers have welcomed the deluge*, with more than 100mm of rain fallen on the state’s key grain-growing regions in the past week, perfectly timed for crop sowing.

Kids enjoying the snow at Falls Creek. Picture: Falls Creek
media_cameraKids enjoying the snow at Falls Creek. Picture: Falls Creek

“It’s the sort of start you dream about happening every year,” said Mallee farmer John Ferrier, of ­Birchip.

The most rain was recorded in the Mallee, Wimmera, Western District, North East and northern Victoria, with large swathes* of the more parched* Gippsland recording only minor totals.

GLOSSARY

drenching: strong

flash flooding: water that rises quickly due to weather

deluge: lots of rain

swathes: huge amounts

parched: thirsty and dry

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Activity 1. Follow the weather!

Observe your local weather each day for seven days.

For each day, write down the highest temperature, the lowest temperature, the rainfall and dam levels.

Use the information each day to create graphs that show how temperatures, rainfall and dam levels have changed over the week.

Use the weather page in the Herald Sun or http://weather.heraldsun.com.au/

Time: allow about 10 minutes per day for recording, 30 minutes to construct graphs at the end of the seven days.

Curriculum links: Geography, Mathematics

Extension:

Add wind speed and relative humidity to your observations.

Create graphs for these at the end of seven days.

You can find this information and the Bureau of Meteorology website

http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/observations/vicall.shtml

Write a paragraph that describes the changes in the weather that you have observed over the seven days.

Time: allow 30 minutes for this activity

Curriculum links: Geography, Mathematics

Activity 2.

Although the heavy rain has caused problem for many people, it is also good news for others.

List the benefits that you can think of for different groups of people or businesses of:

– heavy rain

– heavy snowfall

– high winds

Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: Critical and Creative Thinking, Economics and Business

Extension:

In the story you read about the SES having to rescue people trapped while trying to drive through floodwaters.

Write the script for a 30 second radio advertisement or podcast that will encourage people to stop and not risk driving through floodwaters.

Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: Health and Physical Education, English

VCOP ACTIVITY

(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation)

Survival Kit

With all this bad weather, there is a good chance that homes will lose power over the coming days.

Your job is to design a survival kit to be prepared for a potential blackout or being trapped out in the storm.

Once you have thought about what to put in the survival kit, design a poster using persuasive language to convince people to buy your kit.

Remember to include a price and a description of what is in your kit and why they can’t live without it.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Big Write and VCOP

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