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#1190645 - 23/04/2013 03:16 Snow in South Australia
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A thread for whatever you would like to post relating to SA snow that doesn't belong in our excellent thread "Adelaide Hills Snow" started by _Chris_ http://forum.weatherzone.com.au/ubbthreads.php/topics/107642/1 and that you don't want to start a specific thread for smile


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#1190646 - 23/04/2013 03:23 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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This is a record in The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) of a substantial snowfall in the Mid-North on July 11th 1896.

The article has been electronically copied and then published on the National Library of Australia's wonderful Trove website http://trove.nla.gov.au : "Find and get over 337,248,885 Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more".

The electronic copy of this article has numerous errors and I spent about two and a half hours on the Trove website correcting all the errors I could find. I chose this article to give me a sense of how long it would take one person to correct to a pretty high level of accuracy, every article about snowfalls in South Australia in newspapers on the Trove website. My conclusion is it would take a very long time!

The address of the article on Trove is http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/34552725#pstart2322316

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931)
Monday 13 July 1896 Page 3
THE WEATHER AND THE CROPS.
SNOW IN THE COUNTRY.

LAURA, July 11.—It rained again heavily here last night. It is bitterly cold, and through a glass heavy masses of snow can be seen lying on the Flinders and Never Never Ranges. Yesterday afternoon the snow was lying so thick at Stone Hut that some of the inhabitants were able to enjoy the luxury of a little snowballing.

Jamestown, July 11.—There was quite a heavy fall of snow during the night, but unfortunately subsequent rains obliterated all traces of it on the low ground before daybreak. The hilltops, however, in the Bundaleer Range and Mount Lock in the distance present a beautiful appearance with their snow- clad tops glistening in the sunlight, and the dark foliage of the gums and sheaoaks showing through. The weather is still keen and nipping, and a further fall is expected.

Mannanarie, July 11.—A beautiful sight in colonial experience presented itself this morning, when snow to a depth of 2 to 3 in. covered the ground, and much deeper where it has drifted. Nothing like the present fall has been seen for upwards of 18 years. It is still snowing lightly at intervals.

Watervale, Julv 11.—The weather this morning was intensely cold and a heavy fall of snow occurred on the hills around Watervale, notably, Mount Horrocks, which pre- sented quite a panorama of beauty after daylight, where the flakes were falling thickly until about 8.30. An excursion party of boys went over, and after a game with the snow returned to the village with large lumps formed into various shapes. We have again had a good rainfall, and the country all around looks green.

Whyte-Yarcowie, July 11.—A fall of snow commenced at about 11 pm last night, and the ground for miles around is white. Snowballing is the fun of the hour, and very few have escaped a white face this morning.

Nildottie, Julv 10.—We have been favored with splendid showers which will be a great benefit to some of the late sown crops, which are rather backward on the plain land. Crops sown in the early part of the season are covering the ground splendidly; by all appearance there will be some heavy crops about this year. We have had some very heavy winds lately which have done a great deal of damage to the late sown on the sandhills. Feed is very scarce this year owing to the cold weather and heavy frosts which we have experienced of late. Farmers are busy fencing round their crops to keep the rabbits out.

Melrose, July 11.—There was a heavy fall of snow last night. Mount Remarkable and the Flinders Range are all white, and in places snow is lying a foot deep on the flat ground.

Yongala, July 11.—After several days of intensely cold weather snow began to fall about 10 o'clock last night. This morning there is snow over an inch deep over every thing. The country is looking splendid and snowballing is being extensively indulged in. We had a fall about the same time last year.

Port Pirie, July 11.—Portions of the Flinders Range and Mount Remarkable, viewed from Port Pirie this morning, present a unique and most attractive sight, being covered with snow. Many of the young folks are quite excited to see for the first time even at a distance what they had previously heard of only.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article34552725
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page2322316
APA citation
THE WEATHER AND THE CROPS. (1896, July 13). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 3. Retrieved February 5, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article34552725
MLA citation
"THE WEATHER AND THE CROPS." The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) 13 Jul 1896: 3. Web. 5 Feb 2013 .
Harvard/Australian citation
1896 'THE WEATHER AND THE CROPS.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 13 July, p. 3, viewed 5 February, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article34552725
Wikipedia citation
{{cite news |url=http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article34552725 |title=THE WEATHER AND THE CROPS. |newspaper=[[The_Advertiser_(Adelaide)|The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931)]] |location=Adelaide, SA |date=13 July 1896 |accessdate=5 February 2013 |page=3 |publisher=National Library of Australia}}

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#1190681 - 23/04/2013 11:10 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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18th-19th June 1996 just north of Nairne...Snow in abundance!




Edited by bd bucketingdown (23/04/2013 11:11)

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#1190686 - 23/04/2013 11:51 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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The 27-28 July 1901 event should be a good place to start - haven't gone searching on Trove for it as yet but there should be some good material there.

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#1190687 - 23/04/2013 11:51 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Wow, that was quite a day. Good thread unstable!

Over ten years ago I put together a basic HTML page of old SA snowfalls, including images and MSL maps taken from papers, and images taken from local council histories (in the Mid North, they tend to have a chapter on climate which often has a snow photo or two). The 1901 event is in there too.

They are scans of half tones, so the the quality isn't good, but they do set the scene, and that scene is the one we all know. There used to be more snow than there is now!

Also note how 'front happy' the MSL charts used to be in the early days of frontal analysis!

Anyway here's the link:
http://www.users.on.net/~paisley/SnowWX.html

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Edited by paisley (23/04/2013 11:53)

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#1190712 - 23/04/2013 13:37 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: bd bucketingdown]
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Originally Posted By: bd bucketingdown
18th-19th June 1996 just north of Nairne...Snow in abundance!

That's 18th August 1996, not June.

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#1190715 - 23/04/2013 13:46 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Yer, thats right TE, just my mind changing the months from reading August to then writing June by mistake!
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#1190768 - 23/04/2013 17:44 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Have posted these before, August 1996 snow around Lobethal, Cudlee Ck Rd!






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#1190822 - 24/04/2013 04:52 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Golly those are impressive photos Kgb and Ian. I've only seen snow literally carpeting the ground once, and I was too young to remember any detail or understand the significance of the event. Many of our members would never have seen snow cover like that in SA.

Phil aka Paisley thanks for posting about your website. I'll post a reply later in the week - I've been there in the past but I need to refresh my memory.

Blair I've just taken a quick look on Trove - there's a variety of articles there on the 27-28 July 1901 event. Here's one that caught my eye - looks like at least one of the best if not the best. This is the Trove electronically-copied text as is (looks like no-one has made any corrections). This could have been the biggest snowfall in SA since the last ice age eek

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Monday 29 July 1901
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/4849325

BEAUTIFUL SNOW.
A MAGNIFICENT SCENE.
MILES OF SNOW-CLAD HELLS.
THE HEAVIEST FALL ON RECORD.

Snow in South Australia is somewhat of a novelty. In exceptionally severe winters it has been seen in small quantities in the iiili districts, and occasionally a heavier fall occurs in the higher altitudes of the upper north, but it has seldom, even under the most unusual circumstances, extended con- tinuously over any considerable^ area. The fortieth parallel of latitude Tis, roughly speaking, the boundary line at which snow falls except on hills of considerable alti- tude. As the whole of South Australia is well within this margin, the winter tem- perature is generally mild and some degrees above freezing point. Owing to special conditions, resulting from a disturbance which, travelling from Tasmania, has in- cluded portion of this State in its scope, the mercury fell several points on Satur- day, and the cold, sleety rains of the earlier part of the day were succeeded in many places as' evening drew on by snow. Naturally the Mount Lofty Ranges, where the atmosphere is, under normal conditions, some degrees cooler than that of the city plains, was the iseene of the principal part of the storm's activities, and 'as the night advanced a picturesque prospect was pre- sented in the neighborhood of Mount Lofty and Aldgate.

A snow-clad landscape at all times makes a scene ,of beauty, although under the con- ditions which prevail in ¿ome parts of Europe and America, much of the poetry is eclipsed by the widespread inconvenience and personal suffering entailed by the severity of the Storms. In the British Isles snow is a regular feature of the winter sea- son, but, with rare exceptions the downfalls are of a' comparatively light character. In some parts ot Norch America, however, the annual average reaches from 4 to 7 ft.,_ and the heavy snowstorms of Canada necessitate, sgecial protection being provided for the permanent way on parts of the great rail- way systems. Fortunately South Australia is free from such conditions as these, and a fall of frozen vapor which spreads a car- pet of white to a depth of a few inches over many miles 'of country is an event of a life- time, and as such attracts much attention, and is a source of general comment.

Mount Lofty} as seen from the city, op Saturday night, when the moon found its way from'behind the banks of the clouds, which. vhung heavily over the place was to unaccustomed eyes a source of vast delight. The silvery light playing on the hilltops and defining the most conspicuous land- marks, and showing in phantom^ whiteness the outlines of the trees and -shrubs, was a sight long' to be remembered. Eagerly the children 'of the district, and indeed some who have long since outgrown child- hood, found amusement in the time-honored pastime of snowballing. It was a new experience to many, ano. the' sensation of the crisp, invigorating freshness of the snow was heightened by tlhe sense of novelty.

It was not, however, umtid Sunday morn- ing that' the full splendor of the scene was realised. ' All night long the snow .con: tinned to fall, and as tflue grey -morning light broke over the ranges' a scene of white-; ness, unprecedented wáithin the memory of the oldest imhabiltants, meit the gaze of those whose duty orpleasure called them out at that early hour. Later in the morning it wais discovered "that the extent of the snow-beautified country' was considerable. Indeed, from Mounlt Lofty to within a few miles of Murray Bridge it was -oniiiiterrupt ed, and !the view from the Melbourne ex- press was marvellously beautiful. Indeed, one passenger was heard -to exclaim, "1 have never witae'ssed anything more de- lightful. Switzerland gives you the idea of grandeur, with its* hagh-climbing moun- tains-the home of tthe eternal snow-but for beauty, peaceful, alluringr and'enchant- ing, thsts- surpasses au I have ever seen." Nor was 'the praise extravaganit," for no place could better lend itself to spectacular effect tihan the hills amid meadows,, the ravine's and guiñes, the neat-ling villages, and the cosy homesteads of this district. There is a touch of nature in her somewhat fanciful moods throughout the locality, and this was heightened by 'the pure whiteness which met*the eye in every direction', and on which^the rays of the morning sun scin tîllated, emphasising its purity by a con- tinual sequence of, shimmering, sparkling reflections. Although the entire extent of the white manlüe was attractive, it'was, perhaps, moat imptessive as the train passed tthrough Naiitrne, where'the far-reach- ing prospect of snow-clad hill and valley could 'be taken in at a glarace. '

Seen from the city in the early morn- ing the Tamges made a fine picture. Ridges of snow, varied alt intervals by wider stretches on 'the hillsides, contrasted plea- santly with the .greenness of the lower al- titudes, and little knote of people gathered together at nearly every point where - a view could he gained, and walch the aid of telescopes and head-glasses seanmed the phe- nomenon, and were lavish in their expres- sions of gratification. Excursions were made into the hills by ta. large number- of persons, both by rail arid by road. The drive proved exhilarating and exciting. In many instances young people were looking on a snow-clad landscape for the first time, and the magnificent spectacle called forth exclamations of astonishment and delight. '

From the summit of Mount Lofty the scene was unspeakably beautiful. 'In the foreground .brees, shrubs, and rocks were, burdened with 'feathery mosses -of snow, while roads and open ispaces formed an un- broken dazzling sheet of white.l Roofs'of buildings were covered, while fences, hedges, and all the surroundings of * the homesteads resembled more nearly an Eng- lish Christmas scene than portion of an Australian landscape. ' On some of the bill-* sides the epacris (native heather) was in' bloom, and the spikes of crimlson flowers rising above the snow-laden foliage had a peculiarly charming effect. During the morning snow fell heavily, at times coming down- softly and silently in an almost'ver- tical direction,-at dthers swept as by an Arctic blast it appeared to resent the in- trusion of the excursionist, the wind mean- while shaking from the bending, branches their feathery burden. In 'the background was spread out a magnificent panorama. For miles upon miles on every side to the south and east and west ranges of snow clad hills, separated by white-robed val- leys, stretched as far as the eye could reach. The extensiveness of the scene in itself had in most instances a great attrac- tion, but it Was when the details came under pervue that 'ehe greatest gratification was felt. The trees, whose foliage, white and glistening, hung with graceful contour," the bushes and shrubs, whose fringe-like leaves transformed to correspond with the general purity, swayed easily in the /breeze; the gardens and orchards bleached in a night were new, and fanciful and suggestive, and made a picture never to be forgotten by those who travelled far to see it.

Sir Charles Todd informed us on Sunday night that reports had been received from several places, showing that ehe fall bad -been verv extensive. Yardea, in the far distant Gawler Ranges, reported snow ly- ing on the ground, and Blinman reported snow and sleet and rain. News had reached him from Georgetown that the hills were covered with snow, and over an inch -and a half of rain had fallen. From Williams- town word had been received to the ef- fect that there had been a good fall of snow on Saturday. At Hallett snow had fallen intermittently since Saturday morning, and on Sunday was continuing to fall and was lying a foot deep on the ground. The scene was said bo be un'deseribuble; and Nairne also reported a fall of snow.

Numerous telegrams carne to hand from our country correspondents on Sunday night, showing that the snowstorm had been the"heaviest and the most widespread in the history of the State.

Mr. Walter C. Torode, of Aldgate, writes: -'"A snowstorm started here on Saturday afternoon, ¿jua by 8 pjm. the whole of the country for miles was covered in snow. The effect by moonlight was beautiful in the extreme. On Sunday morning a more ex- tended view could be obtained. Every hill- top and valjey right away to Mount Barker, and all surrounding parts, presented a sight not soon to be forgotten. In the still morn- ing nothing could be more beautiful than the appearance of the trees, shrubs, fences, &c. Roofs of houses, grass, and lawns were entirely cover«! to an even surface at least 3 in. thick, and many snow men and snowballs were pub together. A little sun- shine, while beautifying the effect for a short interval, soon disturbed the more de- licate parts. Snow continued falling at in- tervals during the day, and cattle turned out had
Watervale, July 28. AVe have experienced phenomenal wea- ther this week. Over 2 in. of rain has ... snow, which continued throughout last night. This morning cne district was a panorama of beauty, the Snow lying 6 in. deep. The occurrence has caused great ex- citement amongst the young colonials, ihn fun of snowballing proving KTesi-átjJíie. Mount Horrocks presented a lovely a*/í>ear ance to-day.

Eudunda, July 28. The temperature to-day fell to 32 deg. On Saturday and during last night f*now fell lightly, but this morning it fell heavily, presenting a pretty sight. The hills to Hie south-east are thickly covered.

Mount Barker, July 28. We have had an> exceptionally heavy fall of snow, commencing on. Saturday night and continuing to-day., Snow is lying fully 2 in. thick on the ground*. This morning snow-pelting was indulged in, and some win- dows and street lamps were broken. The snow lay on the ground the whole of to- day, and presented a beautiful sight. It is the heaviest fall in the knowledge of the white man here.

., Riverton, July 28. Yesterday evening the novel experience of a beautiful fall of snow took place, the heaviest ever seen in this district, the grass on which it fell being quite white. It had been snowing during the day a few miles out. This morning hail with some snow fell, tlie hail covering everything thickly, the whole country being quite white for a couple of hours. The Peter's Hill Range for a greater part of the day was covered with white, and it looked beautiful. Since Friday evening a splendid rain has fallen, but the w'eather has been very cold.

Mount Gambier, July 28. Yesterday and to-day unprecedented wea- ther prevailed. The temperature waa ex- tremely low, heavy hail failing. At noon yes- terday there was a light fall of snow in town, but the fall in the country was much heavier. At Glencoe snow fell for some time, and the ground was covered to the depth of an inch'ïn several places. . I

Hallett, July 28. There was on unparalleled fall of 6now here last night and earrly this morning. The surface of the country for miles is covered with a thick carpet two inches deep on level ground, and^ iseveitaQ feet against walls and in sheltered 'nooks. Snowballing is the order of the day.^'A pyramid of snow 10 ft. high and 20 ft.'ji circumferenice has been built.

Terowie, July 28. A heavy fall of snow occurred at Terowie this morning, between three and four inches covering the country for miles around. The i oldest residents of the town Bay they have never seen anything like it here. Two pyra- mids 9 ft. high and 4 ft. thick were built in the main Street, onie by 'Mr. Eagleton under the Terowie Hotel verandah, the other b» Mr. Huatér, and they were photo- graphed during the day by ¡Mr. Thompson, of the Imperial Hotel!

/ Mount Pleasant, July 28. . Hâavy rains fell on Friday afternoon and evening, over an inch and a half being re fistered. A slight fall of snow occurred ... tiring ¡Saturday afternoon, lasting for half an -hour, and at 8 o'clock in the evening an extraordinary fall of snow commenced, con- tinuing all night. The snow now lies from 6 in. 'to a foot,deep over the whole dis- trict. ,The like has never'been Been here before.

. *' .Melrose,, July-28. There has been a heavy fall of teniow. The top of the Mount'-is...covered. 'It was the biggest fall for'many years,. Splendid rain fell last night, registering 1 in., and it is still showery. About 2 in. has fallen in three days. - ' ..«-??

Auburn.-July 28. " This morning -the 'Mils and houses were covered with "sdovv?-There have been splen- did rains. ^ _

,- , SNOW-IN-VICTORIA. Another arctic-'-waive passed over Vic« fcoria yesterday, -and to-diay, as result of which snow fell in. several portions of the hill country. In the' mallee welcome falls q£ ¡rain delighted ihe, settlers.,, , < ' '

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#1191233 - 26/04/2013 05:02 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Here's a photo of a snow-blanketed Nairn and surrounds taken ca 1910. Do you recognise it as Nairn Ian?



"Snow at Nairne
DESCRIPTION NAIRNE: General view of Nairne after a snow storm
DATE ca.1910"
Source: State Library of South Australia, Image Number B 61496
Link to image page: http://images.slsa.sa.gov.au/mpcimg/61500/B61496.htm

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#1191484 - 28/04/2013 04:21 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Re "Phil aka Paisley thanks for posting about your website. I'll post a reply later in the week - I've been there in the past but I need to refresh my memory" Your snow page is really interesting Phil smile I'll put a link to it on loftysnow.com. It would also be good if I could reproduce it (or most of it) onto loftysnow.com, which would preserve your hard-won labors in another place on the internet. I'd need to experiment with how best to do that - there may be a way to reproduce it exactly or I could reconstruct it. When I'd finished you could make any changes you wanted. Would that be okay with you?
PS this is my favorite line on your page: "E-mail Phil with any comments or general abuse..." lol poke

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#1191621 - 29/04/2013 05:44 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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July 28th 1998 - widespread snow along the Ranges - one of the bigger snow events in SA in recent decades.

I didn't go snow-chasing or observe snow on this occasion but I did observe the day from suburban Adelaide and wrote the following diary entry.

"28-7 tues approx approx 6, 10 and a half, very cold.
Moderate to fresh south-west wind. Intense low near west coast Tasmania. A high ridging south right down to Antarctica to west of us. A "polar air mass" over our gulfs. Periods of rain and showers during morning from typical deep south-west cold air middle level cloud, this fell as snow on Mt Lofty and higher parts of ranges from Kuitpo to Flinders.
Afternoon - typical winter south-west type frizzed out cumulus, frequent over hills, less so over plains, several showers here, a couple with small hail as well as rain, some more snow showers in the hills.
Snow reported in Angaston, Nurioopta, covered the ground in Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens, on a plain east of Peterborough. I'd say a 1 in 10 year event. The clouds didn't look different (from here) to typical south-west type snow days, only there were more of them, both the middle level in the morning, and the cumulus in the afternoon, about double what we typically see when there's a bit of snow about. Two bits of thunder heard. No snow reported in Adelaide. Mt Crawford 4 degrees max I think (needs checking). It was 6 degrees approx at 8am, 10 and a half max, much of day around 8 degrees. If this weather map didn't produce snow in Adelaide then what will?" {end of diary entry}
I wrote this diary entry at Payneham (suburb in Adelaide). Apparently I didn't drive into the hills to observe the snow. A few clarifications: "28-7 tues approx approx 6, 10 and a half, very cold" - those are not official minimum and maximum for Adelaide; "frizzed out cumulus" means there were glaciated tops to the cumulus; "several showers here" - the here means at Payneham; "Snow reported in Angaston, Nurioopta, covered the ground in Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens, on a plain east of Peterborough" - those were just a few of the places where snow fell; "If this weather map didn't produce snow in Adelaide then what will?" - by that I presumably meant suburban Adelaide.

If anyone has any photos or records or memories of this snow event, you are invited to post them here! smile

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#1192715 - 04/05/2013 13:54 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Extensive snowfalls in the Mt Lofty Ranges 18th August 1996
This is what I wrote by hand into a weather diary I was keeping at the time, on the 18th August 1996. The only changes I've made to the original text are to change a few shorthand notations to longhand, paragraph the text, and add "am" and "C" to times and temperatures where they were implied but not written, and added "[in Adelaide suburb of Payneham]".

"SNOW!! (Mt Lofty Ranges). Woke at approx 645 am [in Adelaide suburb of Payneham], temp approx 4.5 C, some very iced moderately sized cumulus over hills, looked interesting, at 8am news of snow at several towns eg Nairn, so I drove to Mt Lofty Summit - fog, and a few patches of thin snow or hail on ground. Waited, sure enough, a line of iced-up cumulus, not very big, arrived slowly from south, about 10 minutes of snow, that cleared, some sun, waited for approx 3/4 hour for next line of cumulus to arrive, about 20 uninterrupted minutes of snow, mostly without rain or hail, at times quite heavy, like heavy fall of almond blossum or feathers, eventually the vegetation was lightly covered and some exposed boughs of trees had white patches on them. That cleared, waited another 30 minutes or so, another patch of cloud, about 10 minutes of light rain with a lot of snow and hail. Returned to Payneham successful mission completed."

"There's a high in the southern Bight and there is a very cold southerly airstream with scattered cumulus shower clouds. Weather bureau estimates about a 1 in 10 year snow event."

"During the 20 minute fall my umbrella became completely covered with snow, and it was resting for a while on people's hair and clothes and covered vehicles. It was minus 0.5 degrees C at Mt Lofty Summit at approx 8am."

"TV footage showed snow-covered (1 to 1 and a 1/2 inches) landscape in a swathe I think from about Mt Barker north-east towards or to southern Barossa. This fell I think mostly between 7 to 8 am Sunday."

"Today's city temps approx 4.5, 11.5, a cold day. " {end of diary quote}.

From memory, I was not actually on the summit of Mt Lofty when I observed the falling snow, but on the Summit Road somewhere between Mt Lofty House and the gate to the road that leads up to the true summit from Summit Road, when I observed the first falls I saw, and in the native stringybark woods between the above-mentioned gate and the Summit for the "During the 20 minute fall my umbrella became completely covered with snow" shower. The Summit may have been closed to vehicles at the time as a consequence of the Ash Wednesday fire.

I don't recall seeing any photos of the event in my photo collection so apparently I didn't take a camera. There is a photo by Ian and three by Kgb007 posted earlier in this thread which I think were taken on the same morning - maybe they could clarify the date.

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#1192729 - 04/05/2013 19:04 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Now here are photos I took of a 19th August 1996 Advertiser newspaper clipping of the above big snowfall event on 18th August 1996.





The text of the article is on these two pics:




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#1192775 - 05/05/2013 10:44 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Source: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/45718414

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954)

Friday 20 July 1951

S.A. HAS UP TO TWO INCHES OF SNOW

Falls In Suburbs; More Expected In Hills

South Australia had one of the most extensive snowfalls in its history yesterday, when falls of a quarter of an inch to two inches were recorded in the Middle and Upper North, on Eyre Peninsula, throughout the Mt. Lofty Ranges and in southern districts. Further heavy snow fell in the Adelaide Hills and northern districts last night, and more was expected before morning.

Light snow also fell for the first time for many years in southern, south-eastern and east- ern suburbs. It piled up against fences and was still lying in some streets at 6 30 p.m. Throughout the day south-westerly winds of gale force drove seas high on to the foreshores of suburban beaches. Full force of the gale struck suburban resorts about 3.30 p.m. when gusts of over 60 m.p.h. were registered. Glenelg police were warned that the roof of the Glenelg Town Hall was lifting. However, it held. The extent of the damage could not be determined before dark. Thousands of sightseers visited hills districts last night for the rare sight of houses, trees, hedges and roads covered with snow and bathed intermittently in brilliant moonlight. Hills telephone exchanges were jammed with calls from the city and in some instances extra staff was rushed into service. Telephonists lost count of the number of times they were asked: 'I'm leaving the city now and will be there in about half an hour — but are you sure it will still be snowing?' West Coast falls were light, but in the north and Adelaide Hills snow fell intermittently throughout the day. The heaviest falls were about 3.30 p.m.. 7.30 p.m and 10 pm. Hailstorms preceded the snow in some districts, and residents reported snow piling up on hail more than an inch deep in places. During the afternoon snow along the crests of the ranges and in the foothills was visible from the city and office roof tops were dotted with sightseers. At 4.45 pm. motorists drove bumper to bumper along the Mt. Barker road in heavy snow. At Mt. Lofty trees were covered with snow and families built snow-men and had snow fights. Visiting Victorian golfers, Messrs. C. Moncur and R. Middleton who began a round at Mt. Osmond after lunch, were forced by driving snow to abandon their game at the 11th. On their return to the clubhouse they were amazed to see what looked like a mountain chalet. Snow hung from the eaves and was piled up against walls, windows and chimneys. Greens looked like skating rinks. Mr. H. Cutting, market gardener, of Piccadilly, has lived in hills districts for 70 years and he can only remember one series of heavier falls — 'about 55 years ago.' There would be no damage to vegetables as a result of the phenomenal weather said Mr. Cutting. Only beet and parsnips were in the ground at present. Hills farmers said last night that no lamb losses of any consequence were expected as a result of the snow. Continual rain and cold were likely to have more serious effects, they said. For the first time in 4 years Oakbank racecourse was covered with snow to a depth of about half an inch.

Windscreens Coated With Ice

Motorists driving towards the city from Glenelg shortly before 6 p.m. ran into a heavy hail-storm and found their windscreens completely coated with ice— an experience ex- tremely rare in Adelaide. Caught in the suburban falls while on the way to pick up a patient at Westbourne Park, the Northern Suburbs ambulance had to reduce speed to 10 m.p.h. because its windscreen wipers could not cope with the snow. Snow fell at Golden Grove for 20 minutes for the first time in living memory, but it soon melted. At Pewsey Vale, six miles from Lyndoch, snow at 3 p.m. was followed by a gale. Nearby Gilbert's Peak was 3 in. deep in snow. The temperature at 6 p.m. was 32 deg. At Williamstown snow blanketed the hills to a depth of several inches. Further heavy snow fell early last night and townsfolk gathered in the streets for snow fights. It was the district's biggest snowfall since 1901. Snow on Second Valley range, particularly near the pine forests at Wynart, was the first fall local residents could recall since 1870. Mr E. M Jenkins, of Terowie, said he had never seen a day like yesterday during his 77 years in the district. It had snowed intermittently from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., he said, but the flakes melted quickly except on hilltops. 'I have never experienced two snowstorms in one winter before,' he said.'They follow one of the driest summers on record. The chairman of the Caltowie District Council (Mr. M. Holland) said the snow was the heaviest recorded since 1889. It fell steadily lor nearly three hours during the afternoon, covering the surrounding hills to a depth of three inches. By nighttall, the streets, in which a number of snowmen had been built, were covered with a coating of ice. Mount Remarkable in the Flinders Ranges was snow-capped throughout the day and drifts filled the valleys to a depth of eight inches.

Snow still covered the Bundaleer and Canowie Hills last night, and further falls were expected before morning. Light snow fell at Peterborough, but a fall at 5 p.m. was the heaviest since 1927. Yesterday's Jamestown sheep sale was abandoned because melting snow had made the saleyard too sloppy Rooftops were white when Clare residents awoke yesterday morning. Another heavy fall occurred during the afternoon. The Hutt River was running a banker, but there is no immediate danger ol floods Renmark's shopping centre was carpeted with hailstones yesterday afternoon, and Mount Gambier had its wettest day for three years. Floods Cut Roads in North; Page 3.
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Comments on this copy and the source: The article has been electronically copied direct from an original newspaper, and then published on the National Library of Australia's Trove website http://trove.nla.gov.au Others have corrected this text from the original electronically-produced Trove copy, and I have merely removed some dashes and spaces and blank lines. I copied this from Trove on 5th May 2013. We are indepted to "RevGordonCrabb" who (if I interpret information on Trove correctly) made almost all the corrections - it may have taken hours. Thanks Gordon!

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S.A. HAS UP TO TWO INCHES OF SNOW. (1951, July 20). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved May 5, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45718414

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#1192797 - 05/05/2013 18:27 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
kgb007 Offline
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Remarkable stuff, will have to ask my folks if they remember the 1951 event, Dad would have been 10, Mum about 8! Would have been an amazing sight!

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#1192829 - 06/05/2013 07:01 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Yes, this 1951 snow event is a benchmark. We know a snow event of this magnitude happened once and therefore our "null hypothesis" is that snow events of a similar magnitude will happen again from time to time in the future. We don't know when, and as with severe earthquakes, we presently have no means of predicting when. We might possibly have a couple of weeks notice that something big might be coming, but more likely we will have less than five days notice, or as with cyclone Tracy, even only a few hours notice. So it will pay for us to always be prepared in the snow season eg purchase spare camera battery(s) if we don't have sufficient, make sure our camera lenses are clean, prepare a resignation from work letter to send at short notice - those kinds of things smile

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#1193031 - 07/05/2013 18:38 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Unstable I am hoping with your extensive research that you can find some mention of snow falls around meadows. Particularly the hills to the south of the town moreso than spots like green hill or Echunga or even Macclesfield. I have been unable to find anything.
We have had wet sleet here numerous times but I have never seen or even had reports of snowfall on the ground here.

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#1193070 - 07/05/2013 22:18 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
Jaybee Offline
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Fantastic thread, Unstable! I am fascinated by the prospect of snow in the Adelaide Hills and South Australia in general and love reading these stories.
I went on my first snow chase myself last year in the October event, but to no avail. If I recall correctly, it did snow lightly on the morning of the 11th, but I was there around midnight and missed it by an hour or so. Next time!
I'm cheating my chase for snow this year by taking a trip to Bright, Vic and seeing it there poke Hopefully I won't miss out on a fall here!

One thing that stuck out to me in those articles was the report of snow in 1901 from Yardea in the Gawler Ranges! Blimey! What an event that must have been!

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#1193073 - 07/05/2013 22:33 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Unstable has asked me to re-post my images from the 18th August 1996 here. They were taken by me at Lobethal early that morning.










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