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1904 Tuesday 30th August: snow reported from southern Mount Lofty Ranges, the Mid-North, and from the South-East at Naracoorte.

Rating on SA-wide 'snow distribution and amount' scale (min 1 to max 10) : 5

This is the third and last snow event I found for 1904. Snow was reported on Tuesday 30th August at various high places in the southern Mount Lofty Ranges, and a few locations in the Mid-North, and from Naracoorte. I didn't see any reports from the central Lofties eg from Mount Pleasant or Angaston or elsewhere on the Barossa Ranges, or on the Flinders Ranges.

The following snippets from the reports below give a reasonable picture of the extent of the fall as reported in newspaper articles I found in the Trove database: "... although the fall at Mount Barker and surrounding towns was more or less light, at Crafers, Mount Lofty, and other places the flakes covered the ground." "The [Mt Lofty] summit was covered with a white mantle at 9 a.m., and intermittently the feathery flakes fell until after noon." "TARCOWIE, August 31.—There were several falls of snow on Tuesday. It was heavy on the ranges and could be seen several miles away until late in tlic afternoon." "PEKINA, August 30.—This muniiig snow fell, and the ranges were white laitil m'dday." "MANNANARIE, August 30.— A heavy fall of snow occurred during the night in the hills to the west of the township, and continued for the greater part of the day." "It is reported by some of the residents [at Naracoorte] that a light fall of snow took place here about 12 o'clock on Tuesday."

You can track down the relevant "Sir Charles Todd weather folios for 1904" for this event from the index page http://charlestodd.net/Todd_Folios/indexpage/1904.html.

Below is a detail of the chart dated "9 am Tuesday 30th August 1904". We see a low centred near Tasmania and a high centred over southern Western Australia, with a south-westerly airflow over southern South Australia. So we may deduce that the snow probably fell from a very cold airmass advected north-east from the Southern Ocean.



On Sunday 28th August 1904, two days before snow day, a record flood was reported from Golden Grove and Modbury, caused by a thunderstorm "on the ranges above Golden Grove", according to a newspaper report imaged on this page http://charlestodd.net/Todd_Folios/1904/19040830t01_hi-res.jpg. The newspaper report can be found on Trove in digitised form, but it's mostly uncorrected from their image of the original. The details are: The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Tuesday 30 August 1904 Page 8. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/5001395. I haven't explored the meteorological conditions prevailing on that day or to what extent it may have been related to the snow weather two days later. Anyone wishing to do so will find meteorological info on the Sir Charles Todd weather folios by going to the index page I've given a link to above.

Now to individual newspaper reports I found in the Trove database.

The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Wednesday 31 August 1904 Page 4.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/55617257

{quoting whole article}

"SNOW IN THE HILLS.
“Cold enough for snow!" was the exclamation of Adelaide business men as they turned out to catch their morning trams on Tuesday. The exclamation was warranted, for reports soon began to reach the metropolis that snow was falling on Mount Lofty. The summit was covered with a white mantle at 9 a.m., and intermittently the feathery flakes fell until after noon. Between 11 and 12 o'clock, the fall had reached Crafers, and for half an hour the pretty sight of a crystal covering on green grass and leafy trees was promised; but at the end of that time a heavy shower of rain came down and washed the snow away, save where it had been banked by the wind against walls and fences. For some time the sleety drizzle was mingled freely with snowflakes. It was again snowing at Crafers in the afternoon."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55617257
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4417152
APA citation
SNOW IN THE HILLS. (1904, August 31). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 4. Retrieved April 6, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55617257

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The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Wednesday 31 August 1904 Page 8.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/5001687

{quoting only the snow-relevant text from the article}

SNOW IN THE HILLS.
"A light fall of snow occurred in the Mount Lofty Ranges on Tuesday morning, and the effect produced was very pretty."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5001687
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page921474
APA citation
MISCELLANEOUS NEWS. (1904, August 31). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 8. Retrieved April 6, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5001687

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The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954)
Friday 2 September 1904 Page 2.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/146303567

{quoting only snow-relevant text}

"GENERAL NEWS.
SNOW.—The climatic conditions, particularly in the Hills, have been exceptional this winter. The rainfall has been heavy, with brief intervals of sunshine between the downpours, and snow has fallen liberally on several occasions. The latest lot was that which was shaken down on Tuesday {30th August - Miles}, and although the fall at Mount Barker and surrounding towns was more or less light, at Crafers, Mount Lofty, and other places the flakes covered the ground. Seldom if ever before has snow fallen so frequently in the Hills as during this winter, which would seem to confirm the statement that the seasons are becoming colder."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146303567
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page17353758
APA citation
GENERAL NEWS. (1904, September 2). The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved April 2, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146303567

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The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Friday 2 September 1904 Page 2.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/57356531

{quoting only snow-relevant text}

"THE SEASON."

"TARCOWIE, August 31.—There were several falls of snow on Tuesday. It was heavy on the ranges and could be seen several miles away until late in tlic afternoon."

PEKINA, August 30.—"This muniiig snow fell, and the ranges were white laitil m'dday." {I was unable to correct the text fully on Trove as the Trove image of the original article was too indistinct. I'm confident the original newspaper text reads "This morning snow fell, and the ranges were white until midday". - Miles}

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57356531
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4415746
APA citation
THE SEASON. (1904, September 2). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 2. Retrieved April 6, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57356531

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The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Wednesday 31 August 1904 Page 6.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/55617380

{quoting only the snow-relevant text from the article}

"YONGALA, August 30.—Splendid rain set in yesterday. ... Intense cold prvails, and 3 deg. below freezing point was lwnrii ed at the post office this morning. The Mannanarie range of hills is thickly topped with snow. This was the heaviest fall of snow witnessed simu the memorable big snowstorm of three years ago."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55617380
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4417154
APA citation
THE SEASON. (1904, August 31). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 6. Retrieved April 6, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55617380

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Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 10 September 1904 Page 7.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/88377844

{quoting only the snow-relevant text from the article}

"MANNANARIE, August 30.— A heavy fall of snow occurred during the night in the hills to the west of the township, and continued for the greater part of the day."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88377844
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page8471426
APA citation
THE WEATHER AND THE CROPS. (1904, September 10). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved April 4, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88377844

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Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954) Wednesday 31 August 1904 Page 3.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/36013166

{quoting only a description of weather on Monday 29th probably at Burra, and text referring to a fall of snow at Gumbowie probably on Thusday 30th.}

A NICE RAIN.
A Fall of Snow.
{The article doesn't say where the paragraph immediately below refers to but I deduce it's probably a description of weather experienced at Burra - Miles}
On Monday {29th - Miles} the weather was very changeable, and heavy clouds passed over the horizon. The wind rose, as also did the dust, and for half an hour one could not see a yard in front. The wind blew a hurricane, and in the afternoon rain commenced to fall, and the dust was subdued. A steady fall of run set in in the evening and continued until well into midnight, with the result that 69 points were recorded.

"At Gumbowie a fall of snow was witnessed. It fell very thick, and remained on the ground for some time." {there's no mention of the date of this snow fall but I think it's most likely it was August 30th - the day after the dust storm and rain at Burra described in the first paragraph - Miles}.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36013166
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4755813
APA citation
A NICE RAIN. (1904, August 31). Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved April 6, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36013166

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The Narracoorte Herald (SA : 1875 - 1954) Friday 2 September 1904 Page 2.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/147302319

{quoting only snow-relevant text}

"The Weather.—We have been having cold and showery weather. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were exceptionally cold days, the wind blowing with icy ohiiioess. On Monday we had a good fall of rain, and on Tuesday showers of rain and hail fell. It is reported by some of the residents that a light fall of snow took place here about 12 o'clock on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday brought milder weather, but it was still bleak."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147302319
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page17474313
APA citation
PROPOSAL TO SELL AND PURCHASE ROADS IN THE DISTRICT OF NARRACOORTE. (1904, September 2). The Narracoorte Herald (SA : 1875 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved April 6, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147302319

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