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

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Below are extracts from an article in the Chronicle newspaper reporting on an extreme weather event on and about 15th August 1934, when a very deep low "Tuesday's barometer reading at the Observatory at 1.30 p.m. was 29.12, the lowest figure during the 76 years in which records have been kept" caused prolonged gales resulting in a storm-tide flood in some gulf towns including Port Pirie and Port Augusta. I hope all gulf towns have improved their flood-protection infrastructure since then!

I haven't done a search on Trove through all newspaper reports of this severe weather event, but I did find one report in The Advertiser of an associated fall of snow, on Mt Remarkable on 14th or 15th August 1934, and I've copied the Advertiser article below this Chronicle article.

Source: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91066944

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Thursday 16 August 1934 Page 44

Heavy Rain Changes Agricultural Outlook

Bursts Banks At End Of Town HUNDREDS HOMELESS IN DARK Three Feet Of

Port Pirie was thrown into confusion on Wednesday morning when practically the whole of the residential area of the town was flooded as the result of the phenomenal tide driven up by the gale which had been raging since Tuesday.

Hundreds of families have been driven from their homes; the hospital is flooded to a depth believed to be upwards of three feet; the town is in darkness because of the failure of the electric lighting plant, which rendered rescue work difficult; and telephonic communication is only intermittent This was the most serious consequence of the gales which accompanied Tuesday's rain which drenched the State, and completely dispelled farmers' fears of a bad season. There were phenomenal tides at other Spencer Gulf ports. These flooded Port Augusta, where the streets were under water, aud Port Germein. Earlier on Tuesday the high wind had banked the sea up so that it covered the wharfs at Port Pirie, and the water was forced back through the drains to the streets of the town. Then the banks protecting the low-lying areas suddenly gave way under the pressure and inundated homes over a wide area. The residents were quite unprepared, and few escaped with more than their night attire. Accommodation was found chiefly in one of the hotels. It is believed that everyone reached safety, but on Wednesday morning some parents were anxiously searching for children from whom they had been separated in the confusion The areas affected are several feel under water. The most serious storm damage was that caused by the flooding of Spencer Gulf ports. At Port Augusta the sea flowed into the township, flooding shops in the main street. An old couple had to be rescued in a boat from their home in a low-lying area, and sand-bag barrages were built to keep the water back from business premises. However fierce were the gales - and in some parts the wind reached a velocity of 80 miles an hour - the outstanding feature of the disturbance was the rain, which, providing the necessary subsoil moisture, vastly improved crop prospects. Fanners spoken to made no attempt to conceal their jubilance.

Rain recorded in Adelaide for the 14 days of August is now twice as much as that for the months of August, September, and October in 1914. Tuesday's barometer reading at the Observatory at 1.30 p.m. was 29.12, the lowest figure during the 76 years in which records have been kept. The previous lowest was 29.17 on September 18, 1921. Two years ago Adelaide had its highest reading, when the figure was 30.74 on August 16. ... The Divisional Meteorologist (Mr. Bromley) said that indications were for cold and unsettled weather, with further rain, chiefly over the settled areas. Strong southerly winds of up to gale strength were expected. The centre of the depression had passed over Adelaide, and showers should come with the blustering winds fol lowing. A report from Cummins, received by the Weather Bureau estimated the speed of the wind there at 70 m.p.h. It swung suddenly to the south-west and rocked buildings, doing much minor damage. Huge trees were uprooted and a large wheat shed was unroofed at Yeelanna. Telephone lines had been thrown out of order. The bureau estimated that the wind at 8 p.m. in Adelaide was blowing in gusts at times exceeding 40 m.ph. ...

Article identifier http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91066944

Page identifier http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page8670823

APA citation
Heavy Rain Changes Agricultural Outlook. (1934, August 16). Chronicle
(Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 44. Retrieved August 26, 2013, from

Now for The Advertiser article reporting a snowfall on Mt Remarkable on 14th or 15th August 1934:

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Thursday 16 August 1934 Page 19

Source: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/74099152

Snow On Mount Remarkable
MELROSE. August 15.
A wind and rain storm broke over the district late yesterday. Snow fell on Mount Remarkable, extending half-way down the side of the mountain The high winds caused minor damage to many homesteads, and several telephone services were interrupted.

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APA citation
Snow On Mount Remarkable. (1934, August 16). The Advertiser (Adelaide,
SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 19. Retrieved August 26, 2013, from

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