Stawell's breakfast scoop - August 6 2014

Weather: 

Partly cloudy. The chance of fog early in the morning. Patches of light frost in the north early in the morning. Isolated showers from the late morning. Winds northwesterly and light increasing to 15 to 25 km/h in the morning then turning westerly in the late morning. Overnight temperatures falling to around 4 with daytime temperatures reaching around 14.

Top Stories: 

- POWERFUL winds, rain and plummeting temperatures were a reminder to residents last week that winter still has a month to run.

Wild weather blew into the state on Thursday prompting severe weather warnings for damaging winds and blizzard conditions across the region.

There were wind gusts of up to 113 kilometres per hour (km/h) at Mount William in the Grampians and Stawell recorded gusts in excess of 70km/h on Thursday afternoon.

The temperature in Stawell struggled to arrive at double figures on Friday and according to the Bureau of Meteorology, it felt as cold as minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, when it was actually three degrees, at 8.30am.

Snow men were present over the weekend as hundreds visited snow around the Grampians region

Snow men were present over the weekend as hundreds visited snow around the Grampians region

- CONCERNS have been raised about the ailing water level in Lake Lonsdale heading into the final weeks of winter.

Residents living near the lake are concerned about the lack of water flowing into Lonsdale, despite significant rainfall in recent weeks.

The fear is, the level will not reach above 20 percent of capacity by the end of winter and if there are no significant inflows during spring, then the likelihood of Lonsdale going dry in the summer is real.

Lonsdale is currently at just 14 percent of capacity.

Sport: 

GEMMA Horrocks has celebrated a successful return to Speedway after injury forced her away from the sport for several years.

After flipping her car and injuring her back, Horrocks was forced to give up the sport for an extended time before returning this year and having a stellar season with the Horsham Motor Sports Club.

Her year consisted of 12 wins, 13 seconds and 10 thirds, seeing her crowned the most improved driver, modified driving champion and the ladies runner up champion.

What's on: Young netballers from around Stawell will brave cold conditions tonight for their weekly round of interchurch netball.

Actions starts as early as 4.00pm at North Park netball courts.

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