That's an interesting observation Jeremy. Perhaps we could test it by
organising a snap pelagic the weekend directly after the next significantly
below average spring weather event? Any takers??
On 25/09/2013, at 11:59 AM, Jeremy O'Wheel wrote:
> In the days just preceding the highly successful pelagic we had 3 days of
> significantly below average temperatures in Hobart, including snow
> allegedly falling (but not settling) in the city centre, and certainly
> settling on Mount Wellington. The monthly lowest low and lowest high were
> both set that week and from Wednesday until Friday temperatures were 3.5 to
> 5 degrees below average, this is despite this winter being the warmest on
> record, and September being above average overall. In contrast, the last
> week has mainly be well above average, including 5 degrees above average on
> Saturday and 7 degrees above average yesterday.
> I don't recall seeing any weather maps around the dates, so I don't know
> whether these were local conditions or more widespread, but I would guess
> that it's possible that the abnormally cold weather just before that
> amazing pelagic played a part.
> On 25 September 2013 11:03, Daniel Mantle <> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> As Paul Dodd has already mentioned a group of us decided to try our luck
>> off Eaglehawk Neck on the weekend just gone. This was in response to the
>> very successful trips organised by Rohan Clarke the previous weekend.
>> However our trips were very quiet by Tasmanian standards (indeed also a lot
>> quieter than the trips that quite a few us had been on three weeks earlier
>> - also off Eaglehawk Neck).
>> It will be interesting to see if anything can be worked out from the
>> weather and sea conditions leading up to the successful earlier trips. The
>> water temperatures were nearly identical between both weekends and a quick
>> look at the preceding weeks weather for Rohan's trips does not seen to
>> immediately suggest such a remarkable number and diversity of cold water
>> specialists. But clearly I am missing something. The only thing the skipper
>> had to add was that there were very strong current lines that weekend.
>> Although our weekend was a lot quieter at sea, it was as always great to
>> be offshore from Tas with a fun bunch of seabirders.
>> I have posted the full reports to the SOSSA website. I think the following
>> link should work (Nikolas Haass's trip report for the start of the month is
>> also to be found there).
>> A quick summary of the highlights for the weekend were: 4 Southern Royal
>> Albatross, four Wandering Albatross (2 exulans, 1 gibsoni, 1 antipodensis),
>> one Salvin's Albatross, one White-headed Petrel, one White-chinned Petrel,
>> 80+ Common Diving-Petrel, 9 Northern Giant-Petrel, 1 Southern Giant-Petrel,
>> and singles of both Grey-backed and White-faced Storm-Petrel.
>> Cheers Dan
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