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#1193082 - 08/05/2013 06:06 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Thanks for posting your excellent photos here Tim E. I hope this thread will be one of the longer-term homes for them. The internet is a place where websites come and go and day to day weather threads on forums quickly disappear into the forgotten past, and keeping valuable photos available and findable for many decades is a challenge.

I hope you get to see both some falling snow and a snow carpet over the landscape at B right Jaybee so you can get some practice in the art and science of photoing and videoing snow. The only experience some of us get here in SA is when we're lucky enough to be under a rare snowfall, and I mean rare. The first time I used a digicam to photo and video falling snow was in 2008 and I waited four years till 2012 for the next fall!

Good question Tim T. and I do recall you mentioning probably years ago now, a dearth of snow records from your district. Maybe relatively mild near-surface air from the sea to the south of you hasn't had time to cool enough or fully mix with colder air above it when it reaches your area. One would imagine that if there was a snowfall in your area in 1951 some of the old-timers would remember it. I'll keep an eye out for any mentions in the newspaper articles I read. On July 28th 1998 I recorded in my weather diary "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". I don't recall where I heard or red the bit about Kuitpo though. When the South Australian newspapers for that year are digitized on Trove we may find some records there.

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#1193320 - 10/05/2013 11:13 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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A big South Australian snow event on 21st August 1917

This is a copy of an article in The Advertiser I found on the Trove website here http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5545954

I have made corrections on the Trove website to this entire article except for a section starting at the heading "Floods at the Reedbeds" and ending at the heading "FALL AT TRURO". I could not find the word snow in that section.

I have not thoroughly examined the corrected text for spelling errors and I expect there will be some spelling errors remaining. The image of the original article has many blurred words and some blurred numbers which are difficult to perhaps impossible to interpret with certainty. Please do not use my corrected text as a quote of the original text without further work on correcting the original text. An examination of the article in a copy of the newspaper might help to interpret blurred words and numbers.

I haven't red any other newpaper articles of the time relating to this August 21st 1917 snow event. Judging by this article, it could have been one of the ten biggest events in SA recorded history. It includes this comment "Even from places on the coast, such as Cape Willoughy and Robe, and at Unley and Norwood, light falls of snow were reported, but it melted as soon as it fell." It doesn't include any actual reports from obervers at those locations. Whether any such reports exist I don't know.

Of interest to Hillsrain may be this wording in the article: "Meadows South, August 21. This morning the hills were white in places, a light fall of snow having oc- curred." The words Meadows South are the Trove electronic translation of the words as they appear in the Trove image of the original article, but are pretty blurry in the original image and I'm not certain that Meadows South is the correct interpretation, or whether Meadows South corresponds to today's Meadows town.

Here is the corrected part of the article as it currently appears in Trove (10th May 2013 1015am):

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Wednesday 22 August 1917 P 6

SNOW ON THE HILLS

FALLS IN THE COUNTRY.

The energetic antarctic disturbance which has been controlling the weather in South Australia since Friday last is still located over the south of Tasmania, and covers the whole of the south-eastern part of Austra- lia. The Weather Office reported on Tues- day morning that to the westward a fairly heavy anti-cyclone was noted, and between the two systems mentioned there was a difference of nearly an inch in pressure, re- sulting in steep barometric gradients be- tween the Bight and the straits. In South Australia very cold and squally southerly winds prevailed on Tuesday morning, and from many stations on the highlands snow was reported, the falls having been heavy in parts of the north, such as Burra, Clare, Mintaro, Manoora, and Truro, and in the Mount Lofty Ranges. Even from places on the coast, such as Cape Willoughy and Robe, and at Unley and Norwood, light falls of snow were reported, but it melted as soon as it fell. Rain and hail have been general over the settled areas, and at most places the falls have been from light to moderate, but a few stations in the Adelaide hills received over an inch for the 24 hours up till Tuesday morning. It is officially stated that the prospects still point to more unsettled cold and squally weather over the agri- cultural areas during the next day or two, but with the advance of the "high" condi- tions are likely to improve from the west- ward. The highest shade temperature reading in Adelaide on Tuesday was 51.4 deg. At Stirling West it was only 43 deg.

A Glorious Spectacle.
Residents in the vicinity of Mount Lofty were treated to a glorious sight on Tues- day when snow fell steadily. In the morn- ing there was evidence that it had been snowing during the night. In the fore- noon again the showers and sunshine gave way to more snow, which lasted a con- siderable time, and covered everything un- der a beautiful mantle of white. At Stir- ling West, Summertown, and Carey's Gully snow was also fairly general, and even at Belair snow fell for about 10 minute, but the effects were soon spoiled by the rain.

Snowballing at Burra.
A report has been received that snow fell steadily at Burra from 5 a.m. until after 10 a.m. on Tuesday, and that by that time the snow was quite 1 ft. thick on the ground. Business in the town was prac- tically suspended, and the residents en- gaged in the unusual amusement of snow balling.

{Now there is a section of the article titled "Floods at the Reedbeds." which I have not corrected and not included here. I didn't find the word snow it it anywhere. }

FALL AT TRURO. Truro, August 21.
Heavy rains have fallen, and the creeks are flooded. The weather is extremely cold, and there was a fall of snow this morning at 10.30 o'clock. The weather was so boisterous that the mails were un- able to travel this morning.

THREE INCHES AT PETERSBURG Petersburg, August 21.
Snow began to fall here at noon and continued without stopping for over an hour. Snow was lying all over the road to a depth of three inches, and in some places the drifts were several feet deep. It was the biggest fall for five years. Snow- balling was indulged in by all, including passengers by the trains. Business was completely suspended for a time. In the morning there were several falls, but the rain melted the snow. The hills all round are white.

A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT. Inglewood, August 21.
There was a heavy hailstorm this morn- ing, followed by a fall of snow at 6.30. Th|| was a lovely sight and it lasted for about li minutes.

Clare, August 21.
A fairly heavy fall of snow occurred this morning, in places several inches deep Snowballing waa indulged in. As a result several windows were broken.

Mount Pleasant, August 21.
At sunrise this morning the ground was carpeted with snow, and snow has fallen at intervals during a great part of the day

Meadows South, August 21.
This morning the hills were white in places, a light fall of snow having oc- curred.

Whyte-Yarcowie, August 21.
This morning several heavy falls of snow occurred, and the surrounding hills pre- sent a beautiful spectacle.

Yongala, August 21.
There were several heavy falls of snow here to-day, and the landscape was thickly
covered for hours. Business operations were suspended and snowballing was in-
dulged is.

Littlehampton, August 21.
There was a beautiful fall of snow this morning about 11 o'clock. Creeks are running bankers. Seeding, which has been hampered by the rain, is practically fín-
ished.

Light's Pass, August 21.
The North Parra River has been over flowing since Sunday morning. Snow if just starting to fall.

Watervale, August 21.
A fitting climax to an unusually severe winter was furnished in a heavy fall of
snow this morning. It began to fall at 7.20 and continued until 0 o'clock. Snow balling was vigorously indulged in.

{End of article}

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5545954
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page981290
APA citation
SNOW ON THE HILLS. (1917, August 22). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 6. Retrieved May 10, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5545954

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#1193395 - 11/05/2013 05:27 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Re my observation in my previous post:
"Of interest to Hillsrain may be this wording in the article: "Meadows South, August 21. This morning the hills were white in places, a light fall of snow having oc- curred." The words Meadows South are the Trove electronic translation of the words as they appear in the Trove image of the original article, but are pretty blurry in the original image and I'm not certain that Meadows South is the correct interpretation, or whether Meadows South corresponds to today's Meadows town."

I did a quick search on Trove for "Meadows South" in the SA newspapers between 1900 and 1920. There are numerous news items from Meadows South. I haven't had time to find one which definitively locates Meadows South, but my impression from reading some of the items is that it's either an early name for Meadows or it's a location in the Meadows area. Here's how one report starts:
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/88697028
Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954)
Saturday 10 February 1912
"THE GOVERNOR AND THE FIRES.
Meadows South, February 5.
His Excellency the Governor (Sir Day Bosanquet) paid a visit to the scene of the fire this morning. The h Us present an aspect of desolation. Many farmers in Meadows have lost everything but their houses. It was only by burning breaks to meet the flames and by the opportune changr in the wind that the houses in the town were saved. The- fire came into the recreation ground in the town. There are still many burning logs in the hills, but no danger is anticipated since the cool change."

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#1193407 - 11/05/2013 09:28 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Very interesting US!
not sure what Meadows south refers to. May just be an early descriptive as you suggest. In the beginning it was referred to as "the meadows" as it was such good farm land. In time that was shortened to just "Meadows". I know of an old dairy farmer who's family has been here for almost 100 years. Should quiz him.

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#1193538 - 12/05/2013 03:23 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Here's a reference to a snow fall at "the Meadows" on Friday August 30th 1899. It doesn't give any details about the fall or whether it was in the town or near the town.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/54844714

"South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900)
Wednesday 4 October 1899"

"On Friday evening heavy rain fell in places, whilst light showers reached as far north as Blinman. The weather was bitterly cold, and at numerous places, including Quorn, Mount Brown, Mount Pleasant, the Burra, Lobethal, Woodside, Nairne, and the Meadows, the unusual sight was presented of a fall of snow."

"Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article54844714
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4419316
APA citation
MISCELLANEOUS. (1899, October 4). South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), p. 10. Retrieved May 12, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article54844714"

Now here's another report this time from 1865.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/41029078

"South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900)
Thursday 6 July 1865"

"MEADOWS.

[From our own Correspondent.]

Meadows, July 4."

"The weather so far has been all that could be desired, with the exception of some very severe frosts. On Wednesday last we had some snow, but only to a small extent. It created a con-siderable amount of astonishment amongst the juveniles."

"Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41029078
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page3916179
APA citation
MEADOWS. (1865, July 6). South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), p. 3. Retrieved May 12, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41029078"



Edited by Unstable (12/05/2013 03:29)
Edit Reason: Accidentally hit a key combination which posted the message before it was ready to post.

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#1193539 - 12/05/2013 03:48 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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I didn't do an exhaustive search so wouldn't be surprised if there are more reports in past newspapers of snow falling in Meadows and in the hills nearby. There may have been one or more periods in recorded history when snow was more common and widespread than it has been in recent decades, a point I seem to recall Paisley making some time ago. But if snow in or around Meadows has happened before it will happen again Tim T so it's complete abstinence during the snow season and keep your batteries charged poke

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#1193561 - 12/05/2013 09:28 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Always charged US! Thats rather interesting mate, thanks muchly for the research. I suspect it's occurrence here, specially south of the town and east of the kuitpo valley is extraordinarily rare, almost rarer than hens teeth itself. Would love some photos, must quiz some oldies around here.
It gets cold enough here almost every year, but getting the stream right must be once in a 50 year occurrence.

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#1194112 - 16/05/2013 06:45 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Light snowfall on 25th April 1916 reported at Keswick Barracks, Goodwood and Bugle Range (which is near Macclesfield I think).

In The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Thursday 4 May 1916 Page 9, in an article titled "WEATHER NOTES FOR APRIL."
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/59818439
"[By E. Bromley, Divisional Officer for South Australia. Issued from the Weather Bureau, Adelaide, 2/5/16.]"
"The intensification of the disturbances was at times accompanied by a corresponding increase of energy in the western anti-cyclones, thus producing steep barometric gradients along the south coastline, causing squally conditions and rough seas. This was particularly the case between the 25th and 26th, when a deep depression was centred over Tasmania, with an energetic high over the Bight, the difference in pressure between the systems being over an inch. Cold, wintry weather, with strong and squally southerly winds, resulted, with some thunder and passing showers with hail, more especially over the Mount Lofty Ranges, where a light fall of snow was reported on the 25th."
Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59818439
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4495756
APA citation
WEATHER NOTES FOR APRIL. (1916, May 4). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 9. Retrieved May 16, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59818439

And in the Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 29 April 1916 Page 34
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/87243118
"SNOW IN APRIL
On Tuesday. about 11 a.m., a light fall of snow was observed by a number of officers at the Keswick Barracks. The flakes were few, but large. Snow is also reported to have fallen at Goodwood at the same time. There was not sufficient to make any show of whiteness, as the ground was wet aud it melted as soon as it fell. BUGLE RANGE, April 25.— It is exceptionally early in the year for snow, but to-day there was a light fall about 1130 a.m. The flakes were a fair size, but they soon melted on the wet ground. To-day was the coldest this year. Over four inches of rain has fallen during the last few days."
Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87243118
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page8616863
APA citation
SNOW IN APRIL. (1916, April 29). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 34. Retrieved May 15, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87243118

And in The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Thursday 27 April 1916 Page 6
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/8716549
"THE COUNTRY.
SNOW IN THE HILLS.
BUGLE RANGES, April 25.--It is exceptionally early in the year for snow, but to-day there was a light fall about 11.30 a.m. The flakes were a fair size, but they soon melted on the wet ground. To-day was the coldest this year. Over four inches of rain has fallen during the last few days"
Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8716549
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page975878
APA citation
THE COUNTRY. (1916, April 27). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 6. Retrieved May 15, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8716549

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#1194311 - 17/05/2013 04:53 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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I've noticed that in very cold weather such as during snow chases, my camera batteries are a lot less efficient than in warm weather. I've been taking two cameras which both take the same kind of battery, and I have one spare battery, so I have three batteries in total for the two cameras. But in the snow chase of October 11th last year I was close to running out of battery power by the time I decided to returned to base. If another big snow-shower had arrived I would have run out of power. So I'm about to purchase another spare battery so I have a spare for each camera. And find my battery charger that uses the car battery to charge, and take that as well next time.
As another illustration of the battery issue, a certain member whom I will refer to only as "P" commented after last October's chase: "Having ye olde flat camera battery after taking one short movie didnt help my mood frown" poke

Apart from the extremely cold weather reducing battery efficiency, another factor is that when the first snow arrives, one doesn't know what is still to come - this could be the only snow shower or there could be a few more much bigger ones. So there's a natural tendency to do a considerable amount of filming and photoing early on, which uses up some of your battery power early on. If there's subsequently some heavier showers, you could run out of power if you don't have plenty in reserve.

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#1194457 - 18/05/2013 04:59 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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I went to Teds where I purchased my cameras to see if they still had batteries for them - they didn't but they suggested I try the Battery Bar in Adelaide Arcade in Rundle Mall. They did have them so I purchased one there. Might be a good place to try if you have a camera that's not the latest model in its range
http://www.batterybar.com.au

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#1194551 - 19/05/2013 03:41 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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A light fall of snow reported on Tuesday 4th November 1913

My corrected version of Trove's electronic version - see
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/88776358#pstart8517664

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 8 November 1913
SNOW IN NOVEMBER.

Our Upper Sturt correspondent wrote on Tuesday:— "A very cold snap has been experienced here for two days. Early this morning the frigid atmosphere was responsible for some flakes of snow being seen to fall at Crafers. To-day has been bitterly cold — quite as cold as winter— and it is not calculated to do the fruit any good. It is likely to act as a check and be injurious to all kinds of fruit." Our Norton's Summit correspondent writes: — 'There was a light fall of snow in the hills early on Tuesday morning, though not nearly sufficient to whiten the ground. Several hailstorms were also experienced. Snow during the cherry season is a novelty not welcomed by cherry growers. Cherry and strawberry picking has started, and, provided the weather is favorable, both fruits will be plentiful. The beautiful Early Lyons are just ripening on the trees, and are a picture. So far the inclement weather has not affected the fruit, only that the demand for cherries in cold weather is not so good as when the weather is hot.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88776358
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page8517664
APA citation
SNOW IN NOVEMBER. (1913, November 8). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved May 19, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88776358

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#1195056 - 22/05/2013 11:56 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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http://www.johnnyspages.com/jamestown_files/27_snow_at_jamestown.jpg

Found these photos while perusing my other love, SAR Railways!

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#1195079 - 22/05/2013 13:38 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Golly Kgb now that is snow cover eek Thanks for posting! smile

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#1195237 - 23/05/2013 03:57 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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A snowfall on 27th May 2000

Source: Laurier Williams' website "AustralianWeatherNews"
Part of a news item on the page http://www.australianweathernews.com/news/2000/05/20000527.html

Now quoting from the article:

"Australian Weather News
Saturday 27 May 2000
Polar outbreak spreads from SA into Victoria and NSW 31May00
A massive surge of polar air swept from South Australia into Victoria and New South Wales today, bringing gales, snow, heavy rain and record low daytime temperatures.

South Australians were greeted by the unusual spectacle of snow settling on the ground. At Yongala, in the higher parts of the northern Mt Lofty Ranges 200km north of Adelaide and 515m above sea level, snow fell for several hours around dawn, while snow also fell overnight around Mt Lofty, just east of the capital. 2cm of snow was reported on the ground near Hallett, with 10cm on Mt Bryan, just east of the town. Cold squally southwesterly winds, hail, heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms continued through the day, with Neptune Island reporting gale force winds until around 2pm, and a top wind gust of 115km/h at 7.20am. Hail created icy driving conditions in places, and caused three accidents on the Princes Highway near Salt Creek on the Coorong, while downed trees caused a serious accident on the Millicent to Penola road early Sunday morning.

The Mt Lofty summit automatic weather station set a new South Australian record low May maximum temperature when the sensor only rose to 3.5° during the day. Warooka on Yorke Peninsula and Eudunda in the northern Barossa Valley both recorded record low minimum temperatures for May, despite the windy conditions. Mount Gambier's top temperature during the day was 6.6°, well below its record low May maximum of 8.3 set in 1952. However, the temperature rose overnight to peak at 9° around 4am Sunday, robbing the city of a new record as the Australian weather "day" is for 24 hours to 9am on the next calendar day. Similarly, the Adelaide Bureau Regional Forecasting Centre at Kent Town recorded a top of 11.1, beating the previous record of 11.2 set as far back as 1892 at a slightly different location, but a rising temperature overnight increased the official figure to 12.5°."
{end of quote}

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#1195243 - 23/05/2013 06:23 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Snowfall on July 21st or 22nd 1969

Phil aka Paisley says on his web page http://users.on.net/~paisley/SnowWX.html "A new cold outbreak - July 22nd 1969
I recently discovered a new cold outbreak thanks to the fact my parents had kept the Advertisers published during the Apollo 11 moon landing in late July 1969. Of interest are the dates mentioned by 'old timers' with respect to previous outbreaks." He posted these three images on his page:



"Snowing heavily here and just starting to accumulate. ... on Range Rd. Mt. Lofty Ranges, 600m ASL, July 1998"



"The humble Truimph just after a snowshower! on Range Rd. Mt. Lofty Ranges, 600m ASL, July 1998"

Kgb posted a link to photos of a snow-covered landscape in hills near Jamestown yesterday - the photos are given the date 21st July 1969, whereas Phil gives the date of the cold outbreak as July 22nd 1969. A minor discrepancy which I may resolve in time. The Trove website has only published electronic copies of SA newpapers up to 1954 so Phil's photo of an Advertiser article is the only access I currently have to a newspaper report.

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#1195292 - 23/05/2013 11:40 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: kgb007]
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Originally Posted By: kgb007
http://www.johnnyspages.com/jamestown_files/27_snow_at_jamestown.jpg

Found these photos while perusing my other love, SAR Railways!


Ah, another train buff smile

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#1195351 - 23/05/2013 17:21 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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The newspaper was probably dated 22nd July, therefore the event occurred the day before. Loving these reports Unstable and paisley, hope you find more! smile
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#1195423 - 24/05/2013 06:31 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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Thanks Max smile That does sound like the most likely explanation.
Must have been a really big snow event - I just put july 21st 1969 newspaper into Google and got one and a half million results eek I suppose humans first setting foot on the moon on July 21st had something to do with this as well as the snowfall.

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#1195426 - 24/05/2013 07:38 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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On The Burra History Group's website http://www.burrahistory.info/ there is an annotated list of about 12 times snow was recorded in Burra from 1901 to 1929. "Snow has made an appearance over the years in Burra. The following is a summary from the Burra Record of the various times when snow has fallen:" The link to the article is http://www.burrahistory.info/BurraDisasters.htm#Snow
It includes four photos, and some comments on "1901 July 27. 'White Sunday' - Burra's greatest snowstorm." I quote:
"White Sunday" - July 27, 1901
(Reference: Burra SS Jubilee Year Souvenir Booklet 1951)
Burra had its biggest fall of snow in July 1901. Snow commenced to fall at 9 p.m. on Saturday, 27th July and continued all night and fell intermittently until mid-day on the Sunday, when the sun peeped through and the snow melted. Snow was three feet deep up against some of the buildings and walls and the whole country is described as having looked like a Christmas card.
In the meantime citizens went ‘mad’ snowballing each other and there must have been a regular skirmish in Market Square when 50 persons joined in the fight. Photographers were at work in all directions and some of these pictures are preserved to this day and make historical relics of interest. A local person deplores the actions of the locals on Burra White Sunday. He is reported to have chronicled that ‘a prominent citizen allowed himself to be buried in snow upon a neighboring mountain’ and that Sabbath decorum was at a discount, religious services were poorly attended and one of the collections was the smallest on record. But the highlight of the day was when some of our grandfathers collared one of the local policemen and gave him a thorough rolling in the, snow."

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#1195764 - 27/05/2013 05:01 Re: Snow in South Australia [Re: Unstable]
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1908 June 21st-22nd - one of the biggest Adelaide Hills snowfalls in recorded history

Here's a rather poetic article I found on the Trove website, on a big fall of snow in the Adelaide Hills on June 21st-22nd 1908. This may have been one of the five biggest snow events in the Adelaide Hills since 1850. I'll post more on this event in due course including reports from the Mid-North.

The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929)
Tuesday 23 June 1908 Page 5

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/56868426

SNOW IN THE MOUNT LOFTY RANGES

BEAUTIFUL SIGHTS.

The snowfall in the Mount Lofty Ranges on Monday will always be remembered as one of the heaviest and most beautiful ever witnessed in those parts. The white capped hills were plainly visible from the city, but one had to be on the spot to realise the exquisite effect the white flakes imparted to the landscape. It was intensely cold on Sunday, and as families gathered closer round their firesides they remarked—'Cold enough for snow.' As a matter of fact it was snowing in the ranges on Sunday evening. It began to fall heavily early on Monday, and the representatives of The Register and the photographer of The Observer, who went to Mount Lofty in a motor car, were caught in a magnificent snowstorm at the summit a little after 1 p.m. From Crafers onwards armies of jubilant boys and girls posted themselves, and they pelted the visitors in the passing vehicles with hearty goodwill. When there was a lull in the motor and horse traffic they threw at one another just to keep their hands in, as it were. There is no harm in an ordinary snow ball, but some of the throwers hammered the snow together until it became almost of the consistency of ice, and a ball weighing half a dozen pounds hit one gentleman in the head, and made him feel very queer and dizzy. Numerous snow men, from a few feet up to 7 and 8 ft. high, were built in the various gardens, while snowballs were rolled along the ground until they developed an unwieldy size. These were encountered in several places right in the middle of the road. Residents in the hills say that it was the heaviest fall that has been experienced. It was lying about the ground several inches thick, while hedges, logs of wood, tops of posts, and the eastern side of the tree trunks were mantled with white. It was a glorious sensation to be in the snow. The falling flakes of all shapes and sizes, and thick as thick could be, seemed to warm the atmosphere and make it a joy just to be alive and breathe the pure air. It did not take long for one, especially with a rough coat on, to become literally powdered with snow. It was a lovely sight to see purple pansies peeping up through the pure white covering and robin redbreasts hopping about looking for any trace of insect life. Their little scarlet breasts against the white ground were a thing of beauty indeed. At Mount Lofty a great big St. Bernard dog rolled and revelled in the snow. His long shaggy coat gathered the falling flakes, and when he was literally white he would shake himself, and while the powdery particles flew off in all directions he would bark for joy. The motor car with The Regis- ter representatives went up into 'the mountain,' as visitors call our hills, via the Eale-on-the-Hill—the eagle looked cold and miserable— and returned down the Greenhill road. Creeks, waterfalls, and rivulets raced and tumbled along in all directions. It was beautiful when the sun came out and made prismatic colours in the particles of white. Then a rainbow flung itself through the falling snow and made a superb picture. The black trunks of the peppermint gums set off the white, and the snow fell in blobs from the leaves above. But the eucalypti did not appear to advantage in the snow. They seemed to be weeping for the return of hot sun-shiny, summer days. The laurel leaves gathered the flakes quite lovingly. The bracken ferns were thrown up in bold relief, the heather reared its scarlet head in esstasy, but the vegetation which nursed and caressed the snow most tenderly were the pinetrees. Their foliage was covered in white, and as the snow thawed crystal drops of water which shone like myriads of diamonds fell to the ground. Summertown and Uraidla enjoyed the fall, while looking away east of Mount Lofty a great tablecloth of white could be seen 15 to 20 miles away. During the outing rain, hail, snow, and sleet were experienced. Many times the question was asked—'What is the difference between hail and snow?' Hail is 'frozen rain or particles of ice falling from the clouds.' Snow is 'the crystalline form into which the excess of vapour in the atmosphere is condensed when the temperature is below freezing— not like hail, or sleet, frozen rain, but formed directly by the invisible aqueous vapour condensing in minute spacules of ice round the dust particles that float in the air.' Sleet 'is rain mingled with snow or hail.'

— Snow and Foxes.— The snow and the imported trees and scrubs transformed Mount Lofty into a veritable English winter scene. To give colour to it robin redbreasts were hopping about, and foxes were in the neighbourhood, as the following letter, written by Mr. P. Wilkinson, at Eurilla, the residence of Lady Milne, to the Editor of The Register, on Monday morning, will show:— 'We have snow and foxes at Mount Lofty. Mr. Robert Whittingham, of Arthur's Seat, caught one fox on Saturday morning, and another this morning, both vixens. This morning we have a splendid fall of snow. All the scrub and shrubs are beautifully covered. It is well worth a drive from Adelaide to see the lovely sight. The snow started last night about 7 o'clock, and at 10.40 this morning it is still snowing. This has been the wettest June for the last 13 years. From the 1st until this morning at 8.30 I have registered over 11¾ in. of rain.'
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Acknowledgment: This article on Trove was corrected to a high level of accuracy from the original electronic version by "judithl" smile

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SNOW IN THE MOUNT LOFTY RANGES. (1908, June 23). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 5. Retrieved May 27, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56868426

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