Welcome to "South Australian Snows"

A 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 contents.

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 stated.

There is copyright information for the images, videos and text here.

South Australian Snows was created and is run by Miles Peachfield (South Australian snow observer on and off since 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 :-)

The contact email address is: miles at sasnows.com - replace " at " with "@"

Click on the links below to explore the website. Suggestion: to adjust the font 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 font 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.


August 11th 2015 Tuesday: Mt Bryan summit - overnight snow showers and snow carpet.

Experienced by only one person - South Australian intrepid snowchaser Mark Dawson who spent much of a freezing moonless night on the summit. See report here .

July 11th Saturday 2015: A snowshower falls on upper Mt Lofty and vicinity, and snow shower(s) fall more widely on some high country of the Mid-North and Flinders Ranges. Highlights include: a party on a prearranged walk hikes to the summit of Mt Bryan near Hallett in falling snow; several snowchasers observe and film falling snow on roads around the Mt Bryan Range; snow carpets the ground on the upper slopes and summits of higher parts of the Mt Bryan Range and some other high country in the Mid-North and Flinders Ranges, and around the summit of Mt Lofty (mixed with hail); and for ten minutes on Saturday morning a party atmosphere prevails on Mt Lofty summit as snow and other icy flakes fall. I've posted a report on this event here. You can view a collection of videos and photos from this event on a Facebook page I've created called "Snow South Australia 11th-12th July 2015" here.

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. There is a report on the event here.

9th July 2014: Amazing Deja 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 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 9th July 2014: amazing deja vu snowfall on the summit of Mt Bryan!!

This was only 9 days after the "End-to-End Minus 1 group" of hikers had an encounter with snow on the summit of Mt Bryan on Saturday 28th June.

Snow On The Summit Of Mt Bryan In The Mid-North, Saturday 28th June 2014.

Above: 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 2014 June 28th: Snow on the summit of Mt Bryan in the Mid-North for more photos and details.
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 South 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 thread 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.

Saturday 20th July 2013.
Light snow covered 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 covered the upper slopes of Mt. Lofty. Click on Snowfalls 20th July 2013 for more on this event.

Now to a variety of earlier snow events in South Australia.

All snow events from 2000 to 2013 inclusive I could find records of.

Miles Peachfield..."2000 to 2004 inclusive - SA snowfalls."

Miles Peachfield..."Bizarre snow event on 10th August 2003."

Miles Peachfield..."2005 South Australian Snowfalls."

Miles Peachfield..."2006 and 2007: the search for snow reports - none found."

Miles Peachfield..."A snow shower on the summit of Mount Lofty on 10th August 2008."

Phil Bagust..."A snow shower on the Mount Lofty summit on 10th August 2008"

Miles Peachfield..."2008 August 21st-22nd: snow showers on Mt. Lofty and snow also reported from Crafers and Stirling."

Miles Peachfield..."2009, 2010 and 2011. Three years in a row without any snow?"

Mark Creed..."Barossa Hailstorms 12th July 2012 Photographer Mark Creed."

Briony Kalleske..."Barossa Hailstorms 12th July 2012 Photographer Briony Kalleske."

Miles Peachfield..."Snow showers on Mt Lofty and elsewhere in SA 11th October 2012"

Miles Peachfield..."Snow in the Mid-North and Flinders Ranges 11th October 2012."

All snow events from 1990 to 1999 inclusive I could find records of.

Miles Peachfield..."1990 to 1999 inclusive - SA snowfalls."

Tim Eckert, Kym Burton, Ian Holton..."1996 18th August - nine snow-carpeted landscape photos."

All snow events 1986 to 1989 inc. I found by searching the newstext.com.au database.

Newstext was the only reference source I searched for the period 1986-89 inclusive. As far as I know there is no other digital or imaged database of SA newspapers for that four-year period on the internet.

The Advertiser was the only major South Australian newspaper in their database for the entire period. Their weather reports with weather maps (which I think would have been published daily in The Advertiser except on Sundays when a similar report would have been published in the Sunday Mail) were not included in the Newstext database so that is another source of searchable information. Another source would be regional newspapers. And any well-sourced record of snow falling in SA that came to the attention of the Bureau of Meteorology would I imagine be in their unpublished records.

So it's pretty unlikely that the snow events mentioned below I found on Newstext provides us with a full list of snow events for 1986 to 1989 inclusive.

Miles Peachfield..."1986 snow reports found in Newstext database."

Miles Peachfield..." 1987 snow reports found in Newstext database."

Miles Peachfield..."1988 snow reports found in Newstext database."

Miles Peachfield..."1989 snow reports found in Newstext database."

1837 to 1869 inclusive - the early years of newspaper reporting of snowfalls in SA. All snow events from 1837 to 1869 inclusive I could find records of in the Trove database of SA Newspapers.

Miles Peachfield..."1837 to 1859 inclusive - the early years of newspaper reporting of snowfalls in SA."

Miles Peachfield..."1860 to 1865 inclusive - continuing the early years of newspaper reporting of snowfalls in SA."

Miles Peachfield..."1866 to 1869 inclusive - continuing the early years of newspaper reporting of snowfalls in SA."

1870 to 1899: miscellaneous snow events from 1870 to 1899 inclusive (not a full list).

Miles Peachfield..."1879: widespread snowfall during overnight darkness Wednesday 23rd into Thursday 24th July 1879."

Miles Peachfield..."James Butler aged 18 perishes outdoors in South Australian snowfall near Jamestown in 1879."

Miles Peachfield..."Two lists of snowfall dates for Mt Lofty 1868 to 1888, sent to The Register newspaper by Mr. Arthur Hardy."

Miles Peachfield..."SNOWFALLS In Our State": an article by Mr. H.A. Lindsay published August 1935.

1901 to 1904 inclusive - all snow events from 1901 to 1904 inclusive I could find records of in the Trove database of SA Newspapers.

Miles Peachfield..."1901 EPIC SNOWFALL 27-28th July, and reports of other 1901 falls."

Miles Peachfield..."1902: search of Trove for SA snow events - only two minor occurrences found."

Miles Peachfield..."1903: search of Trove for SA snow events - only minor or locally significant snowfalls found."

Miles Peachfield..."1904 Part One - June 30th snowfall."

Miles Peachfield..."1904 Part Two - July 14th snowfall."

Miles Peachfield..."1904 Part Three - August 30th snowfall."

1905 to 1910 inclusive - snow events from 1905 to 1910 inclusive - still a work in progress as at 13th June 2015.

Miles Peachfield..."1905 - August 29th - blockbuster snow event!"

Miles Peachfield..."1908 - a very good year for snow in South Australia."

Miles Peachfield..."1910 - Extensive snowfalls Sunday-Monday October 9-10th."

1917 blockbuster snow event August 21st.

Miles Peachfield..."1917 August 21st: One of our top ten snow events."

1951 blockbuster snow event July 19-20th.

Miles Peachfield..."1951 blockbuster snow event July 19th - 20th"

Miscellaneous snow events from other years.

Miles Peachfield..."Two lists of snowfall dates for Mt Lofty 1868 to 1888, sent to The Register newspaper by Mr. Arthur Hardy."

Miles Peachfield..."SNOWFALLS In Our State": an article by Mr. H.A. Lindsay published August 1935.

Miles Peachfield..."1949 Sunday 17th and Monday 18th July: "The heaviest and most extensive snowfall in the State's history" claims The Advertiser."

Miles Peachfield..."Some historical snow photos taken in South Australia"

Miles Peachfield..."Burra History Group list of snowfalls for Burra 1901-1929 inc."

Miles Peachfield..."Snowfall in the Mid-North on July 11th 1896"

Miles Peachfield..."1951 Thursday 9th August: light snow reported from scattered locations in the South-East."

Miles Peachfield..."15th August 1934 gales, tidal flooding, one snow report"

Miles Peachfield..."Early season snowfall reports".

Miles Peachfield..."3rd December 1936 yes December- reports of snow falling in the Mid-North!".

Miles Peachfield..."October 1899 snow reports.".

Miles Peachfield..."Some more late season snowfall reports".

Chris Handler..."Sleet showers and snowflakes July 14th 2009"

Now to a section on Mt Bryan, Razorback Ridge and the Mt Bryan Range in the Mid-North.

Mt Bryan is the highest mountain in the Mt Lofty Ranges and may have more snow days than Mt Lofty, yet the mountain itself and the Mt Bryan Range are unknown to most South Australians. This section contains commentary and numerous photos taken from and around the Range. It includes the following pages:

Miles Peachfield..."Home page for section "Mt Bryan, Mt Bryan Range and the Razorback Ridge in the Mid-North.".

Miles Peachfield..."Razorback Ridge inc. Razorback Hill and Mt Bryan from east."

Miles Peachfield..."Southern part of Razorback Ridge seen from west side.".

Miles Peachfield..."Mt Bryan ascent from east side on Heysen Trail."

Miles Peachfield..."Mount Bryan from the west side along the Heysen Trail"

Miles Peachfield..."Mt Bryan - views of the summit taken on the summit."

Miles Peachfield..."Views from the summit of Mt Bryan."

Now to miscellaneous items and links.

Miles Peachfield..."Western Australian Snow - valuable info and discussion in report by Graham Barker of Perth."

Miles Peachfield..."Mt Lofty Summit"

Miles Peachfield..."Falling snow photos and videos: suggestions for getting better results."

Copyright information...there is copyright information for the images, videos and text here

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 here http://sasnows.com/LinksUsefulSAS/LinksUsefulSAS.html

Phil Bagust... created the web page "South Australia 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 http://sasnows.com/PhilWebsite/SnowWXPhilWebsitepageMHT.mht in case the original web page should disappear from the internet. It's an .mht archive file and on my computer will only open correctly on the Firefox browser even though I thought those files were also compatible with the Explorer browsers, so you might try Explorer and see if it works. To enlarge Phil's photos, I suggest using your browser's controls to zoom in or magnify the page.

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