Welcome to "South Australian Snows"
website for photos, videos, reports and discussion of snowfalls anywhere
in South Australia, and on Mount Lofty and surrounds. South Australian
Snow now incorporates the original website http://loftysnow.com and its
The site currently contains only relatively few of the total number of
South Australian snow reports and photos in newspapers and in other
sources. I'm slowly adding to them as time goes by.
All links on this website open in the same window unless otherwise
There is copyright information for the images, videos and text
Created and run by Miles Peachfield (South Australian snow observer on
and off since July 1951 and recently an amateur SA snow historian), and
built with the writings, photos and videos of many enthusiastic people.
My thanks to all of you :-)
Contact email address is: miles at loftysnow.com - replace " at " with
Click on the links below to explore the website. Suggestion: to adjust the print size for a page, use the "Ctrl and +" keys or "Ctrl and -" keys together, to increase or decrease the size. I'm slowly moving the website pages from one host to another at present and it will take me a while to adjust print sizes and change links, so you may find some strange formatting and a few links that don't go where they're supposed to for a while :-)
31st July - 1st August 2014: a few snow-showers on Mt Lofty and vicinity and a brief snow-shower and some snowflakes seen
around Mt Bryan.
Another cold pool, and a teaser for snowchasers, the public and the
media. A report on the event is progressively being created here.
9th July 2014: Amazing Déjà Vu Snowfall On The Mt Bryan Summit.
Above: Photo by Mark Dawson, showing snow cover on the leeward side of the summit of Mt Bryan during a snowfall on 9th July 2014.
Photographer and snowchaser Mark
Dawson from Clare, after keeping a careful watch on the weather charts and model predictions for several days, climbed Mt Bryan in the Mid-North on the morning of 9th July 2014 and experienced a
period of near-blizzard conditions as gale-force winds whipped falling
snow horizontally across the summit!!
Read Mark's full report with graphic photos and videos on his blogging
site "Mark Dawson Photography" here
Deep Low cold pool with snow 9 July 2014. Use your back button to return here. My thanks to Mark for permission to post the above photo here.
I've posted a general report on this snow event including some
meteorological information on the weather system responsible, and
reports of a light fall of snow in Hallett on the same day, here
2014: amazing déjà vu snowfall on the summit of Mt Bryan!!
This is only 9 days since the "End-to-End Minus 1 group" of hikers had
their encounter with snow on the summit of Mt Bryan on Saturday 28th
Snow On The Summit Of Mt Bryan In
Saturday 28th June 2014.
Robert Alcock, President of the 'Friends of the Heysen Trail' sitting in
the stone chair, and fellow members of the 'End-to-End Minus 1' group on
the summit of Mt Bryan on Saturday 28th June 2014. They arrived on the
summit on a scheduled hike along the Heysen Trail to discover it was
snowing and the summit was snow-covered! My thanks to Robert for
permission to post this photo. See
June 28th: Snow on the summit of Mt Bryan in the Mid-North for
more photos and details.
THIRD MOST RECENT KNOWN SNOW
EVENT: Saturday 20th July 2013
Light snow covers the upper slopes of some hills and Mt Bryan in the
Mid-North. A mix of hail and graupel with some sleet and a little dash
of snowflakes covers the upper slopes of Mt. Lofty. Click
Snowfalls 20th July 2013 for more on this event.
Possible snowfall on May 2nd 2014
A very cold pool of air coming up quickly from far to the south-west
moved over South Australia on or about
May 2nd 2014, bringing
some rain and hail showers and some near-record low early May maxima. I
found this comment on the Facebook page
Australian Weather by Tam Schwerdt "Hail in Port Pirie and word
is out they had snow in Wirrabra near Laura." "May 2 at 5:55pm". I
wasn't able to find any eyewitness reports of snow falling anywhere. I'm
inclined to the view from reading the discussion on the Weatherzone
SA - Deep Cold Pool with Front - Showers, Hail and Thunderstorms May
1 - 3 and from my own considerations, that the atmosphere was a
little too warm for snow except possibly in very isolated circumstances
on the highest peaks of the Mid-North and the Flinders Ranges. I'm encouraged to think it may have snowed on the summit of Mt Bryan, given the more recent experiences of Mark Dawson and the 'End-to-End Minus 1' group of Heysen Trail hikers. We'll likely never know for sure.
to some previous snow events in South Australia and on Mt Lofty:
snow shower on the summit of Mount Lofty on 10th August 2008."
snow shower on the Mount Lofty summit on 10th August 2008"
Hailstorms 12th July 2012 Photographer Mark Creed."
Hailstorms 12th July 2012 Photographer Briony Kalleske."
snow event on 10th August 2003."
- records and reports of snowfalls"
Tim Eckert, Kym Burton, Ian Holton..."18th
August 1996 snow-covered landscape photos"
historical snow photos taken in South Australia"
showers on Mt Lofty and elsewhere in SA 11th October 2012"
in the Mid-North and Flinders Ranges 11th October 2012."
in the Mid-North on July 11th 1896"
to 1859 inclusive - the early years of newspaper reporting of snowfalls
to 1865 inclusive - continuing the early years of newspaper reporting of
snowfalls in SA."
to 1869 inclusive - continuing the early years of newspaper reporting of
snowfalls in SA."
EPIC SNOWFALL Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 1901."
- August 29th - blockbuster snow event!"
- a very good year for snow in South Australia."
- Extensive snowfalls Sunday-Monday October 9-10th."
blockbuster snow event July 19th - 20th"
Miles Peachfield..."1951 Thursday 9th August: light snow reported from scattered locations in the South-East."
August 1934 gales, tidal flooding, one snow report"
season snowfall reports".
December 1936 yes December- reports of snow falling in the Mid-North!".
more late season snowfall reports".
showers and snowflakes July 14th 2009"
Bryan and the Razorback Range in the Mid-North.".
Razorback and Razorback Ridge seen from the west side - 1".
Razorback, Razorback Ridge, Mt Bryan and Razorback Range from a
Bryan ascent from east side on Heysen Trail."
Bryan from the west side along the Heysen Trail"
Bryan - views of the summit taken on the summit."
from the summit of Mt Bryan."
Phil Bagust... created the web page
and Snow - Opposites do attract!" some years ago, but hasn't
worked on it for a number of years now. It includes some information
about the great 1951 cold outbreak and some historical snow photos. I've
copied it with Phil's permission onto South Australian Snow
here in case the
original web page should disappear from the internet. To enlarge Phil's
photos, I suggest using your browser's controls to zoom in or magnify
Copyright information...there is copyright information for the images,
videos and text
Some useful links...there are links to sources of information about
South Australian and Mount Lofty weather, the National Park Centre on
the Mount Lofty summit, and about Cleland Conservation Park