Snowfall in the Mid-North on July 10th-11th 1896.

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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 10th-11th 1896.

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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, July 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, July 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

There's a very similar report in the South Australian Register
(Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) dated Monday 13 July 1896 and titled SNOW IN THE NORTH. Its address on the Trove website is http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/54840650 and again I've corrected all errors I could find.

SNOW IN THE NORTH.

Messrs. D. & J. Fowler have received a telegram from Yongala stating that rain fell on Friday night followed by snow. The country for miles around Yongala was white with snow on Saturday morning.

Wilmington, July 11. A steady rain set in yesterday evening, and up to tho present 0.600 in. has been registered. A heavy fall of snow started yesterday evening, and this morning the ranges here are white. Still very cold, but weather appears to be clearing.

Yongala, July 11. After several days' intensely cold weather snow began to fall at about 10 o'clock last night. This morning there is snow over an inch deep over everything, the country looking splendid. Snowballing is being extensively indulged in. We had a fall about the same time last year. Three hundred and eighty points of rain was registered this morning.

Wirrabara, July 11. Fine steady rain set in last evening, and half an inch was recorded this morning, making a total of over an inch and a quarter for the week. A good fall of snow also took place during the night. The Flinders Range is a beautiful sight this morning. In the forest the fall was four inches deep all over the ground. The pine plantations are a beautiful sight, their lower limbs being bent to the ground with the weight of snow, and many limbs of gumtres were broken off by the weight. The weather is still intensely cold.

Port Germein, July 11. The prospects of the season were never more favourable. Steady rain set in at dusk last evening, and continued throughout the night, recording 0.700 in. The tops of the Flinders Range are now covered with snow, a similar sight not having been seen from here for sixteen years. Crops and herbage are making rapid growth throughout the district.

Orroroo, July 11. A fall of snow occurred last night. The hills are white. The rainfall was 0.270 in.

Jamestown, July 11. Snow commenced to fall at 10 o'clock last night, and continued for some hours. This morning Mount Lock, as well as the Canowie, Yongala, and Bundaleer Hills, were covered with snow. Bundaleer Hills and Forest having a most beautiful appearance. In places the snow is lying very thick, particularly on Yongala summit and Mount Lock. Snowballing was indulged in by many last night.

Hallett, Julv 11. An unusually heavy fall of snow fell here last night and early this morning, although rain was falling all the early part of the evening. The hills and the surrounding country and paddocks this morning presented a most picturesque and novel sight, reminding one most forcibly of the old country. Severe frosts have prevailed for the past two or three nights, and the weather is piercingly cold by day. It is now dull and overcast and raining. So far the season is a promising one, though feed and crops are backward.

Georgetown, July 11. Splendid rains fell during the night. The Bundaleer Hills are covered with snow this morning.

Melrose, Julv 11. Over half an inch of rain fell last night. It is very cold, and snow fell for about two hours last night. Mount Remarkable is partly covered with snow, also the ranges. The children this morning wero indulging in snowballing.

Burra, July 11. The Broken Hill express and luggage train presented a novel appearance on arrival this morning, being covered with snow. The Mount Bryant Ranges presented a beautiful appearance, being covered with snow, which could be plainly seen from Burra.

Mannanarie, July 11. About 2 in. of snow covered the ground this morning. At about sunrise the sight was a novel one, and bcautiful in the extreme. Where the snow has drifted it is much deeper, and it is still snowing lightly. This is the heaviest fall since September, 1878.

Watervale, July 11. Tho weather this morning was extremely cold, and a heavy fall of snow occurred on the hills around Watervale, notably Mount Horrocks, which presented quite a panorama of beauty after daylight. Tho snow was falling thickly until about 8.30. A party of boys went over, and, after having a game with the snow, returned to the village with large lumps formed into various shapes. We have again been favoured with a good rainfall, and the country all round looks healthy and prospects bright.

Whyte-Yarcowie, July 11. A heavy fall of snow commenced at 10.30 Iast night. The country on all sides is covered, and the snow is very deep in the ranges.

Terowie, July 11. This morning we had a magnificent fall of snow, the heaviest that has fallen in Terowie since September, 1876. The whole country had the appearance of one vast white sheet. The fall appears to have come from the north-west. The present fall is quite as valuable as an inch of rain. The season now is all that could be wished.

Quorn. July 11. We have had spendid rains again. This morning the hills are white with snow, presenting a beautiful appearance. Snow in such a quantity on the hills has not been seen for a number of years.

Johnsburg, July 11 Splendid, steady. soaking rain fell last night and to-day in this district, varying from a quarter to half an inch. There was also a light fall of snow this morning.

Port Pirie, July 11. The Telowie Ranges this morning presented an unusual appearance, being snowcapped for miles. The best rain for the season fell last night, about 1 in.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article54840650
Page identifier http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4418722
APA citation SNOW IN THE NORTH. (1896, July 13). South Australian
Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), p. 6. Retrieved April 25, 2013,
from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article54840650

End of "Snowfall in the Mid-North on July 10th-11th 1896".

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