A South East Coast Low
This was experienced at Mallacoota (7-9March 2012) and, as it turned
out we saw a lot
of the action from that location. The notion of an East Coast
Low can be hard to understand for people who live west of Traralgon.
The weather system circulates around the lower east coast
a cyclone and brings rain to the far east Gippsland off the sea like a
weather system. We have captured a BOM image, taken as we
for it to subside. It shows the pressure levels near
the rain activity.
The high pressure in the lower right hand side that was interpreted as
a sign of good weather for the weekend has been quickly displaced to
the south of the Tasman Sea and low has formed somewhere near Sydney.
This has formed a kind of cyclonic depression along the East
Coast and a clockwise circling weather pattern (Southern Hemisphere)
bringing heavily laden rain clouds over far east Gippsland and
What did this mean for Mallacoota? Well they ended up with
about 8inches (200mm) of rain in about 8 days.
The lake rose, and rose and rose, here are some photographs taken at
the time that capture a little of the events around the lake system.
picture sums up the stoicism of some fishermen with their intrepid
enthusiasm for trying things out, and never giving up a golden chance
catch fish. Unfortunately we did not wait around to ask if he
succeeded, but we all agreed he definitely was a not a woosey
Above is the Karbethong Boat ramp and the main boat launching ramp.
Both disappearing under water. No problems here with finding enough
water to launch the boat!
However the next day things were clearing a little and people were
observed appearing out the tents and caravans in the camping ground and
regular activities beginning again.
Even though the water was really muddy-coloured this bloke was going to
give it a go with a float in fast flowing water near the end of the
caravan park. Again we did not have time to stay and ask him
he went, but he was probably just enjoying the sun and a bit
fresh air (ie no cabin fever!!).