1901 June Snowfalls.

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Snowfalls reported in the SA newspapers for June 1901 (source Trove).

I found no reports of snow falling in South Australia in April or May 1901 when I searched the database of SA Trove newspapers.

Falling snow was reported from at least one location on 5th, 11th, and 17-18th June 1901. None of these falls were widespread, and only one, at and near Hallett on 5th June, was reported as turning part of the landscape white: "For some time afterwards the hills to the eastward were quite white in places".

Now to individual reports.

June 5th: light fall at Hallett and patches of white seen on hills to the east.

Rating on SA-wide 'snow distribution and amount' scale (min 1 to max 10) : 1½

Below: detail of Todd folios chart for 9am 5th June 1901.



On Wednesday 5th June 1901 a snow shower was reported from Hallett, and hail looking like snow on the ground was reported from Lyndoch and Mount Compass.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Saturday 15 June 1901 Page 3.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/161773605

{quoting relevant snippets from a longer article called "THE SEASON"}

"HALLETT, June 6.—The bitterly cold weather of yesterday culminated in a fall of snow about 3 p.m., and it lasted a quarter of an hour. For some time afterwards the hills to the eastward were quite white in places. About half an inch of rain has been registered."

"LYNDOCH, June 6.— We have been blessed with a beautiful soaking rain, which should make the farmers jubilant. One of the grandest hail showers that have been seen by the oldest residents in the neighbourhood passed over Wednesday morning. The fields and adjacent hills were snow white, and presented a pretty picture. Little damage was done."

MOUNT COMPASS, June 6.—On Wednesday we had heavy rain and hail so thick that the whole place looked as though a fall of snow had occurred.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article161773605
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page18982204
APA citation
THE SEASON. (1901, June 15). Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), p. 3. Retrieved February 6, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article161773605

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The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Friday 7 June 1901 Page 6.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/4842279

{quoting snow-relevant text from a longer article called "THE RAIN IN THE COUNTRY"}

Hallett, June 6.
We had a light fall of snow here yesterday afternoon. The fall lasted about half an hour, but was heavier in the hills to the east, where the snow lay for several hours after it had fallen.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4842279
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page905224
APA citation
THE RAIN IN THE COUNTRY. (1901, June 7). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 6. Retrieved February 6, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4842279

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A report of "a very slight fall of snow" at Mt. Barker on what I calculate is Tuesday 11th June 1901.

Rating on SA-wide 'snow distribution and amount' scale (min 1 to max 10) : 1

Below: detail of Todd folios chart for 9am 11th June 1901.



The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954)
Friday 14 June 1901 Page 2.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/147765098

{quoting snow-relevant text from a longer article called "GENERAL NEWS"}

"The weather at Mount Barker during the past week has been very erratic, frost, rain, and shine being the order. ... The atmosphere is perishinglv cold, and it is reported that a very slight fall of snow occurred on Tuesday." [that would presumably be Tuesday 11th - Miles]

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147765098
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page17353085
APA citation
GENERAL NEWS. (1901, June 14). The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved February 6, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147765098

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Report of snow falling at Echunga 17-18th June, and at Petersburg and Narracoorte 18th June 1901.

Rating on SA-wide 'snow distribution and amount' scale (min 1 to max 10) : 2

Below: detail of Todd folios chart for 9am 18th June 1901.



Here's a report of snow falling at Echunga on 17th and 18th June.

The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Thursday 20 June 1901 Page 6.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/56083286

{quoting the snow- relevant part of a longer article}

"ECHUNGA, June 18.— During the past few days we have had hail, rain, lightning, thunder, wind, and snow. Monday was very boisterous with driving showers of hail and rain. There was a light fall of snow about 2 o'clock on Monday, again at about 4 p.m., and at intervals on Tuesday morning. Although the fall was light it was a great novelty for the young folk. Since Saturday 1.88 of rain has been registered. Ploughing has had to be suspended owing to the boggy condition of the soil."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56083286
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4410526
APA citation
A REMINISCENCE. (1901, June 20). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 6. Retrieved February 3, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56083286

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Now a report of snow falling at Petersburg on Tuesday 18th June 1901.

Petersburg Times (SA : 1887 - 1919) Friday 21 June 1901 Page 2.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/124969420

{quoting relevant part of a longer article called "LOCAL and GENERAL NEWS"}

SNOW is reported to have fallen in Petersburg on Tuesday morning between 1 and 2 o'clock a.m. [That would be Tuesday 18th June 1901 - Miles]

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article124969420
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page10672848
APA citation
LOCAL and GENERAL NEWS. (1901, June 21). Petersburg Times (SA : 1887 - 1919), p. 2. Retrieved February 6, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article124969420

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Now a report of light snow falling in Narracoorte on what I calculate is Tuesday 18th June 1901.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Saturday 29 June 1901 Page 4.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/161774563/18982301

{quoting snow-relevant text from a longer article called "THE SEASON"}

"NARRACOORTE, June 20. [Thursday - Miles] —We have had about 5 inches of rain so far this month. During the week the weather has been exceedingly cold, and some residents saw light snow falling on Tuesday." [Tuesday 18th June 1901 by my calculations - Miles]

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article161774563
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page18982300
APA citation
THE SEASON. (1901, June 29). Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), p. 3. Retrieved February 6, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article161774563

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A reference to heavy falls of snow in Victoria and New South Wales on Tuesday 18th June 1901.

The Narracoorte Herald (SA : 1875 - 1954) Tuesday 25 June 1901 Page 3.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/147105607/17329831

{quoting snow-relevant text from a longer article"}

"Snow in Australia.—Last Tuesday [ie 18th - Miles] was acknowledged to be one of the coldest days ever experienced throughout Australia, and in many parts of Victoria and New Sonth Wales there were heavy falls of snow. Ballarat and the surrounding district had a heavy fall."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147105607
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page17329831
APA citation
CLOSER SETTLEMENT AND THE MOUNT BENSON ESTATE. (1901, June 25). The Narracoorte Herald (SA : 1875 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved February 6, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147105607

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Reports from Victoria of heavy snowfalls on Tuesday 18th June including "... away in the far west the Coleraine district had had a heavy fall too".

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 19 June 1901 Page 6.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/10556574

[quoting entire article}

THE WEATHER.
HEAVY FALL OF SNOW.
The biting cold wind which swept the city yesterday betrayed the presence of snow on the ranges, and in the course of the evening reports arrived from the country districts showing that the fall of snow on the middle highlands had been heavy and continuous, while away in the far west the Coleraine district had had a heavy fall too. All the way from Ballarat to Ballan the 7.10 train to Melbourne last evening rushed through falling snow. Mounts Warrenheip and Buninyong, in the Ballarat district, were capped, and in the city itself snow-balling was carried to such extremes as to warrant interference by the police. Mount Macedon was also snowcapped throughout yesterday. The following places reported falls:— Allendale, heavy ; Beaufort, light ; Ballan, continuous ; Balla- rat, heavy; Coleraine district, heavy; Glenrowan, Gordons, continuous ; Linton, Rom- sey, slight ; Scarsdale, light ; Trentham, heavy ; and Upper Macedon, light.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10556574
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page326138
APA citation
THE WEATHER. HEAVY FALL OF SNOW. (1901, June 19). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 6. Retrieved February 7, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10556574

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