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Forward in time to 1904 August 30th snowfall.

1904 July 14th : snow reported from several locations in the Mid-North and one location in the southern Lofties.

Rating on SA-wide 'snow distribution and amount' scale (min 1 to max 10) : 3

Snow was reported from several locations in the Mid-North on Thursday 14th July 1904. There was also one report of snow falling on the 15th, at World's End Creek. As nearby Burra reported snow on the 14th I suspect an error in the date of the World's End Creek fall but I didn't see any corroborating evidence of the date. None of the reports describe a snow cover (but see the last report on this page here Hallett for a possible but very unlikely exception).

I only found one report of snow in the southern Mt Lofty Ranges: "A SNOWSTORM. ATHELSTONE, July 14.—A most unusual sight was witnessed near the Gorge this morning, when the hills became clothed with a mantle of snow, which, however, remained only a short time." I'm wondering if this was hail cover mistaken for snow, as I suggest below. But as with the World's End Creek report, we'll probably never know unless someone ferrets out more information in the future.

The snow was one consequence of a severe Southern Ocean weather system passing south of SA which also produced in SA widespread gales, rain, hail, some thunderstorms, and wind damage and some flooding. If you go to the Todd Folios index page http://charlestodd.net/Todd_Folios/indexpage/1904.html and click on the date July 14 and the days either side of the 14th you can find easy-to-read images of a variety of newspaper items relating to the above extreme weather system.

Now for individual reports, from the Trove database.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 23 July 1904 Page 33.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/88079613

{quoting whole article}

SNOW IN THE NORTH.
Eudunda, July 14.
Since Sunday we have had exceptionally cold, rough, windy weather, certainly the most so during the season. On Tuesday we had a very severe frost, the ground being covered with a white sheet, whilst water everywhere was covered with ice. The wind has been blowing so strongly that the morning train from Morgan was delayed about an hour. Coming round the bend, which is on a steep incline, into the station, the train had to be divided, the engine bringing in one portion and then returning for the other. Between 3 and 4 o'clock snow began to fall, and old and young had a merry time watching and chasing the flakes as they fell. The snowflakes were up to 1½ in. long.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88079613
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page8471114
APA citation
SNOW IN THE NORTH. (1904, July 23). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 33. Retrieved April 13, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88079613

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Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954) Wednesday 20 July 1904 Page 2.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/36015282

{quoting only snow-relevant text}

"FARRELL'S FLAT, July 19.
The Weather.
The weather has been very cold this last week, and we have had severe frost in the mornings.
Snow.
A fall of snow was witnessed here on the 14th, making the second fall we have had during the past three weeks."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36015282
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4755788
APA citation
FARRELL'S FLAT, July, 19. (1904, July 20). Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved April 11, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36015282

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Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954) Wednesday 20 July 1904 Page 2.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/36015240

{quoting entire article}

THE WEATHER.
A Rough Week.
Last week was an exceptionally rough one. The wind blew a hurricane for about 48 hours, during which time roofs of outhouses were removed, while a piece of galvanized-iron was carried in the air a distance of over 50 yards, and found a resting place in a neighbour's kitchen, having broken the glass and the frame of the window just at the time the inmates were having tea. The arc lamp at Henderson's corner was damaged, and a chimney cowl taken away and deposited in a stable. The gale was accompanied by drifting rain, and on Thursday snow fell {14th July - Miles}, being the second fall witnessed during the past month. The ground was very sloppy, the gentle rain of a day or two previous giving it a good soaking. The weather was the coldest experienced in Burra for a very long time. Three years ago on July 28 we had a memorable fall of snow, and residents are anxiously looking forward for a repitition. The hail and snow on Thursday banked up against buildings sufficiently to allow the school children to make a few balls, and pass them on.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36015240
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4755788
APA citation
THE WEATHER. (1904, July 20). Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved April 12, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36015240

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Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Friday 22 July 1904 Page 3.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/108330675

{quoting only snow-relevant text}

The literal interpretation of the date of this fall is Friday 15th whereas there is a report of snow falling in Burra and a few other Mid-North locations on Thursday 14th, so I'm thinking this World's End fall may have been on the 14th.

"WORLD'S END CREEK.
July 15."
"The weather during the past week has been very boisterous. Ever since Monday a terrific wind has been blowing; with a little rain a intervals. To-day we had a light fall of snow."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108330675
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page10566164
APA citation
WORLD'S END CREEK. (1904, July 22). Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951), p. 3. Retrieved April 12, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108330675

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Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954) Wednesday 20 July 1904 Page 2.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/36015290

{quoting only snow-relevant text}

"LEIGHTON, July 18.
The Weather, etc.
Rain, wind and a few feathers of snow have filled a very good programme during the past few days."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36015290
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4755788
APA citation
LEIGHTON, July 18. (1904, July 20). Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved April 11, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36015290

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The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Friday 15 July 1904 Page 5.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/55617652

{Quoting entire article}

"A SNOWSTORM.
ATHELSTONE, July 14.—A most unusual sight was witnessed near the Gorge this morning, when the hills became clothed with a mantle of snow, which, however, remained only a short time."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55617652
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4416791
APA citation
A SNOWSTORM. (1904, July 15). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 5. Retrieved April 8, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55617652

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The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Monday 18 July 1904 Page 7.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/4988686

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

This hailstorm suggests that Thursday 14th was a day when snow could have fallen in the southern Mt Lofty Ranges. Or perhaps the snow cover reported on hills near the Gorge at Athelstone earlier in the day was actually a blanket of hail.

"SCOTT'S CREEK, July 14. {Thursday 14th - Miles}—An unprecedented hailstorm swept over the country, between Scott's Creek and Stirling this afternoon between 4 and 5 o-clock. When the storm ceased the hail lay on the ground more than an inch thick. The country, had the appearance of being snow clad. Even the metal roads were thickly coated with the hail, and where it was washed into small watercourses and roadside drains it froze into solid blocks. Some damage was caused to the roads through the consequent diversion of the water across them. A second fall of hail occurred just before dark."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4988686
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page920631
APA citation
THE PRODUCER. (1904, July 18). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 7. Retrieved April 3, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4988686

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Snow report from Hallett.

I'm mentioning this snow report below from Hallett here because I haven't been able to exclude the very unlikely possibility that it refers to a snowfall observed at Hallett on July 14th. I've been unable to find any reference to a date for this snowfall. I'm very confident it refers to snow falling on June 30th. It matches the kind of snowfalls reported from the Hallett district on June 30th but not from the Mid-North on July 14th. Below is the report:

Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Friday 15 July 1904 Page 8.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/108330566

{quoting only snow-relevant text from longer article, which for those interested in the history of Hallett and its residents, also includes some observations on Hallett and the surrounding district, as it was at the time the article was written}

I've been unable to find any reference to a date for this snowfall, so it could in theory refer to either July 14th or June 30th.

"A Snowstorm
Soon after my arrival at Hallett, the residents were treated to a snowstorm, and as each succeeding flake of snow fell, the complexion of the landscape was altered, and the spectacle presented of sugar gums and other trees and houses, glistening in their damped but natural colors over a floor of pearly whiteness surmounted by fences, and other woodwork transformed seemingly, into masses of swansdown, whilst to the east the Mount Bryan Ranges, lent a background of additional beauty as the snowing ceased, and the sun shone out over fields of glittering whiteness, contrasting with the foliage of the gum trees. The Snowstorm was not of sufficient duration to make a lengthened effect, and the transformation of the landscape to normal was soon accomplished by the wind and sun."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108330566
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page10566161
APA citation
AROUND THE COUNTRY. (1904, July 15). Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951), p. 8. Retrieved April 11, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108330566

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I can't find any other report of snow falling at Hallett on July 14th. But there is a report of snow falling at Hallett on June 30th. It says "HALLETT, June 30.—... . At about 2 o'clock to-day a fall of snow occurred, and snowballing was engaged in for nearly two hours". And also on June 30th there's a report that says "Mount Bryan East ... A fall of snow, lasting about half an hour, took place. The mount and other prominent hills were clad with a mantle of white, which presented a beautiful sight. Excitement ran high. For a time work of all kinds was temporarily suspended, both young and old were absorbed by the novel sight." Back to Top

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