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1906 widespread snow showers Monday 27th August and on Mt Lofty Tuesday August 28th

Rating on SA-wide 'snow distribution and amount' scale (min 1 to max 10) : 6½

On Monday 27th August snow showers were reported from some locations in the Mount Lofty Ranges and the Mid-North and snow was also reported on Mount Remarkable. The snow showers fell to a relatively low level in the southern and central Mount Lofty Ranges, where towns reporting snow including Meadows South (now Meadows), Norton's Summit, Ashton, Marble Hill, and Cherryville, Mt Barker and Nairne, and Mount Pleasant. In the Mid-North towns reporting snow included Eudunda and Kapunda and Burra. In the Flinders Ranges a snow cover was seen on Mount Remarkable. There were isolated reports from the South-East, and on Yorke Peninsula "snow is reported to have been seen by a well-known lady near Maitland."

My impression is that the snow fell from individual shower-clouds rather than extended areas of mid-level cloud. I speculate these may have been cumulonimbus "coldies". Wind direction was reported to be from the south. Hail and sleet were also mentioned in some articles. Several reports mention the beauty of the snow showers witnessed. The ground was generally very wet due to considerable rainfall in preceding days and in some of the towns where snowflakes were observed it melted as it landed or soon afterwards, either due to the wet ground or falling rain, hail or sleet.

There were also snow showers on Mt Lofty on Tuesday 28th. The weather In the city [Adelaide] on that day was described as: "The weather remained bitterly cold on Tuesday, and city residents were not surprised to learn that snow had fallen lightly in the hills. Piercing blasts of wind from the south swept through the streets in a most uncomfortable manner, while squalls of driving rain unmercifully lashed those unfortunate enough to be out."

A report from Mt Pleasant suggests snow might have been seen on the two preceding days as well, but it's ambigous. The report says: "Mount Pleasant, August 28. During the last three mornings we have experienced heavy frosts, followed by piercing winds and snow during the day. Stock of all kinds are feelling the cold intensely."

There is a report of snow on the preceding Saturday 25th August in the Kapunda district. "We have since been inform d that there was snow in places in this district on Saturday."

Below are the snow-relevant texts from most of the newspaper reports I found by doing a search of the Trove South Australian database for 1906 April to November inclusive, using the keywords snow hail. This returns only articles with both snow and hail somewhere in the text. It misses articles containing only one of those words, and articles where there is no correct spelling of one or both of those words. The information in missed articles will sometimes be in other articles on the same snowfall. If the word snow only is used as the search keyword there are a lot of false returns where snow is used in another context eg "white as snow".

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 1 September 1906 Page 43.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/88126754

{quoting entire article}

SNOW IN THE HILLS.

Sunday night was exceedingly cold, even on the plains, and people living in the hills districts retired to bed in full expectation of seeing the mountain slopes and crests snow-clad in the morning. There is a peculiar keenness in the air prior to a snowfall, so that residents on the high levels usually are able fairly accurately to forecast a fall. Those who expected to see snow on the Mount Lofty Ranges on Monday morning [27th August - Miles] were not disappointed. Shortly after half-past 6 o'clock the feather-like flakes began to descend, and by 7 o'clock a large area of country bore a mantle of white. Then in places the fall ceased, but it began again about 7.30, and for half an hour there was a steady shower of snowflakes. Trees, housetops, bushes, and everything else carried snow, and the blending of the white with the varied tints of the foliage made a picture most beautiful to gaze upon. The fall extended along the top of the range from a point some distance south of Mount Lofty station to north of Norton's Summit and eastward, but the snow could not be seen from the city. Owing to the weather conditions being unfavorable the snow did not lie long on the ground, the thawing process beginning almost as soon as it settled.
Our Aldgate correspondent wrote on Monday morning:— "A beautiful fall of snow occurred here early this morning. A slight fall took place about 6.30. and shortly after 7 o'clock there was a heavy one, which lasted about half an hour. It was sufficient to settle thickly on the grass, bushes, fences, and roofs of houses." The heavy fall last year in the same neighborhood occurred on August 29, and it has become quite the customary thing for snow to descend about the end of this month. There was another fall of snow at Mount Lofty on Tuesday morning. Although the flakes continued to descend for about half an hour, the fall was not so heavy as on the previous morning. Shortly after noon a thick fall was experienced on the top of the mount, and a beautiful scene was presented. The snow soon melted, however, under the combined attentions of sun and rain.

Mount Bryan, August 27. The weather to-day has been peculiar and extraordinary. Hail and snow have fallen in quick succession, and a thin coat of snow now covers the ground. At this time last year only one day later, a heavy snowstorm was experienced, the snow in some of the gullies being 14 ft. thick, and several fences were entirely invisible. At that time, however, the fall could be seen for weeks afterwards, but to-day it has been somewhat light and feathery. All the residents are eagerly looking forward to a heavier fall, and snowballing parties are being formed in anticipation.

Mount Gambier, August 27. Snow fell at Mount Gambier West today, which was the coldest day recorded here for 20 years.

Norton's Summit, August 27. For the past four years in succession the Mount Lofty Ranges have been treated to a real snowstorm during either July or August. At an early hour this morning heavy showers of rain fell. Afterwards the atmosphere gradually became dense with snow instead of rain. The early morning storm, however, was of short duration, but of great beauty, calling forth words of admiration from those who were fortunate enough to witness it. though the snow thawed almost immediately.
At Ashton, Marble Hill, and Cherryville the fall was much heavier than it was here, and children on their way to school raced along the roads carrying snowballs, which they had secured further eastward, under their arms, and they treated passing vehicles to a few missiles, but doled the snow out in small quantities as their supply was somewhat limited. A few years ago snow was almost unheard of in this part of the Mount Lofty Ranges, but now we seem to be favored with an annual treat. Last week the rain was so heavy that many landslips occurred, some of them being the largest which have taken place for years. In one instance three large fruit trees, firmly embedded in the soil, slipped into a creek. To the owner it looked like the work of an embryo earthquake.

Meadows South, August 27. Heavy rain has fallen during this last few days, and this morning we had a fall of snow. The crops are looking remarkably well, and there is every promise of a good season.

Uraidla, August 27. To-day we have had a heavy fall of snow, which remained on the ground for some considerable time. The hills around the Mount Lofty Ranges and also the gullies wore the picture of purity, and it was a sight rarely seen. Old and young alike were out in it, and quite enjoyed themselves.

Scott's Creek, August 27. On Monday, at 7.15 a.m., we were favored with a sharp fall of snow. It was lovely while it lasted. Then at 11 a.m. another more beautiful fall came. The local school children revelled in it. It was quite a treat to watch the expressions of some small children from Carrieton, who are not accustomed to rain, to say nothing of snow. The creeks and dams here are running bankers everywhere, and everything points to a most prosperous season.

Echunga, August 27. The weather during the last week has been the wettest and coldest this year. On Friday last a heavy downpour continued all day till creeks and gutters were running a banker. Bridges and footpaths were taken right away, while men were constantly on the watch with shovels and rakes to turn the water from doing any damage. The roads are in a critical condition, and the gullies and paddocks are nothing but a sheet of water. To-day rain, hail, sleet, and snow have been falling at intervals, the first fall being at 7.20 a.m. The snow was not so heavy as last year, and it melted as soon as it came in contact with the earth.

Grunthal, August 27. During the past week the weather has been exceptionally cold and boisterous. Rain has fallen heavily every day, and this morning a slight fall of snow was experienced, continuing for about a quarter of an hour, but it was insufficient to be noticeable after its contact with the earth, as it dissolved instantly.

Mount Barker, August 27. Snow has fallen here to-day, but not in any great quantity.

Burra, August 27. A little snow fell to-day, but not enough to whiten the ground for long.

Forest Range, August 27. Since the heavy rain on Friday, which caused the creeks to run bank-high, the weather has been bitterly cold. Consequently no surprise was caused when snow began to fall this morning.

Nairne, August 27. To-day we had two very considerable and pretty falls of snow and sleet at about 10 a.m., and again at noon, but the rain swept the snow all too quickly out of sight. While it lasted the children of the local school were permitted to watch it. The temperature went down to 33 deg, at noon.

Gumeracha, August 27. A fall of snow occurred here this afternoon, and it is still extremely cold.

Truro, August 27. Snow and hail fell here this morning at 11 o'clock. It was a light fall, but the weather was extremely cold. There were heavy showers of rain yesterday and to-day.

Lobethal, August 27. The weather was bitterly cold to-day, and heavy falls of snow have been occurring all day. The effect of the falling snow was pretty, but owing to the wet state of the ground the snow soon thawed. It is probable that more snow will fall during the night, as the wind is steady in the south.

Riverton, August 28. Yesterday slight falls of snow occurred on the Peters' Hill range, but hail and rain soon obliterated it. The crops are beginning to show an improvement, after having been at a standstill for some weeks.

Eudunda, August 27. To-day between 12 and 1 o'clock we had a beautiful fall of snow. The children coming home from school had a delightful time.

Chain of Ponds, August 27. During the past few days the Ponds Creek has been overflowing its banks. The cricket oval was completely covered. To-day there were a few light falls of snow.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88126754
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page8532161
APA citation
SNOW IN THE HILLS. (1906, September 1). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 43. Retrieved February 14, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88126754

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 Narracoorte Herald (SA : 1875 - 1954) Friday 31 August 1906 Page 2.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/147140688

{only snow-relevant text quoted}
I only lightly corrected this item on Trove to improve its readability - Miles.

"Falls of Snow.—Falls of snow are of uch rare occurrence throughout Australia that when they do occur they are viewed with more than ordinary interest. During the week there have been fails more or less heavy in various parts of Australia. Now and then very light falls of snow have been reported in the Sonth-East, but they have only been uthentisated by the few. It is reported that snow fell at Mount Gambier West on Monday. There were further falls of snow in the Mount Lofty Ranges on Tuesday, and Riverton and Eudunda reports falls of snow on Monday. A remarkable fall of snow - occurred along the whole of the sonthern slope of the Dividing Range in Victoria on Monday. At Ballarat it was the heaviest experienced for 40 years. Business there was partly interrupted, and all telephone and telegraph wires were down. The surround ing comjtry bore a heavy mantle of white, and presented a picturesque spectacle. Owing to the. snow lying thickly on the railway line the Adelaide express was unable to run to time, and for the con venience of local passengers a special was LUn from Ballarat to Melbourne. The Adelaide express reached Melbourne shortly after midday, or over two hours late. In the Bairnsdale district the snow was also lying on the ground to a depth never known before."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147140688
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page17475476
APA citation
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 1906. (1906, August 31). The Narracoorte Herald (SA : 1875 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved February 13, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147140688

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The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954) Friday 31 August 1906 Page 3.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/146310007

{quoting only snow-relevant text}

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICTS.
OUR WEEKLY NEWS-BUDGET.
Public holiday on Monday.

Snow fell in the Hills districts on the 27th inst.

Mount Pleasant, August 28.
During the last three mornings we have experienced heavy frosts, followed by piercing winds and snow during the day. Stock of all kinds are feelling the cold intensely.

Callington, August 29.
Awfully cold weather has been experienced during the past few days, although we had not the snowfall which happened in the Hills on Monday. The severest frost of the season occurred this morning.

Harrogate, August 29.
The weather for the past week has been very variable, rain, hail, snow, frost, and sunshine being alternated. On Monday night 20 points of rain fell, but to the surprise of residents there was a severe frost on Tuesday morning. However, it began to rain again about 7.0 a.m. The weather to-day is delightfully fine, with a frost to start with.

Lobethal, August 29.
The weather during the past few days has been extremely cold, and no surprise was felt when on Monday morning a heavy fall of snow was experienced. Although the fall lasted a good time the snow thawed immediately on reaching the ground, and the fun which was looked forward to by old and young was missed. Last night one of the heaviest frosts for this winter occurred.

Nairne, August 27.
On Monday we had several slight falls of snow and three good falls at 10 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m., but the heavy rains which followed soon destroyed all traces of the snow. The pupils of the local school were allowed to watch the chief falls, and afterwards the formation of snow was explained to them.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146310007
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page17354182
APA citation
THE SOUTHERN DISTRICTS. (1906, August 31). The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved February 16, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146310007

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The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Wednesday 29 August 1906 Page 8.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/5096109

{quoting whole article}

WINTRY WEATHER,
FURTHER SNOWFALLS.

The weather remained bitterly cold on Tuesday, and city residents were not surprised to learn that snow had fallen lightly in the hills. Piercing blasts of wind from the south swept through the streets in a most uncomfortable manner, while squalls of driving rain unmercifully lashed those unfortunate enough to be out. Prospects, however, are more cheerful. The weather moderated during the afternoon, squalls being less frequent, and the meteorological report promises that the approaching "high" will bring more comfortable conditions. Many low-lying districts in the suburbs remain in a partially submerged state, and the main-creeks are still running high. The heavy rainfall of the past few days makes the prospects of the wheat harvest very good.

There was another fall of snow at Mount Lofty on Tuesday morning. Although the flakes continued to descend for about half an hour, the fall was not so heavy as on the previous morning. Shortly after noon a thick fall was experienced on the top of the mount, and a beautiful scene was presented. The snow soon melted, however, under the combined attentions of sun and rain.

Lobethal, August 27.
The weather was bitterly cold to-day, and heavy falls of snow have been occurring all day. The effect of the falling snow was pretty, but owing to the wet state of the ground, the snow soon thawed. It is probable that more snow will fall during the night, as the wind is steady in the south.

Riverton, August 28.
Yesterday slight falls of snow occurred on the Peters' Hill range, but hail and rain soon obliterated it. The crops are beginning to show an improvement, after having been at a standstill for some weeks.

Eudunda, August 27.
To-day between 12 and 1 o'clock we had a beautiful fall of snow. The children coming home from school had a delightful time.

Chain of Ponds, August 27.
During the past few days the Ponds Creek has been overflowing its banks. The cricket oval was completely covered. To-day there were a few light falls of snow.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5096109
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page928697
APA citation
WINTRY WEATHER. (1906, August 29). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 8. Retrieved February 12, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5096109

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Southern Argus (Port Elliot, SA : 1866 - 1954) Thursday 30 August 1906 Page 3.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/96966402/9488870

{only quoting snow-relevant text from article}

"Steady falls of snow occurred in various parts of the State on Sunday night and Mon- day [Monday 27th August - Miles], the Mt. Lofty ranges receiving the bulk of the fall, though at both Mt. Bryan in the north and Mt. Gambier in the south-east slight falls were recorded. Mt. Barker, Meadows, Echunga and most the places on the Mt. Lofty and Willunga ranges report extreme cold, hail, and sleet also."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article96966402
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page9488870
APA citation
LOCAL NEWS. (1906, August 30). Southern Argus (Port Elliot, SA : 1866 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved February 16, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article96966402

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The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954) Friday 31 August 1906 Page 2.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/146309986

This article had been quoted from Trove without any corrections.

{quoting snow-relevant text only}

"Wintry Weather.—The climatic conditions at Mount Barker and the Hills | districts generally during the past week iiarc been exceptionally cold and wintry. On Friday heavy rain fell, and as a result the flood experienced here was the largest for the season, the creeks overflowing and all low-lying land being inundated with I, water. Satiirdayand Sunday were showery, and on Monday rain, hail, sleet, snow, and sunshine were alternated, though the fall of flakes was not heavy. At Mount Lofty and other places in that neighborhood there were plentiful falls of snow on Monday and Tuesday, and in Victoria on the latter day the ground in some places was covered with a mantle of whiteness, and railway and vehicular traffic and postal and telegraphic business was considerably interfered with. The weather here on Wednesday and yester day was beautifully fine, ..."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146309986
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page17354181
APA citation
GENERAL NEWS. (1906, August 31). The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved February 12, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146309986

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Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954) Wednesday 29 August 1906 Page 2.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/37323341

{quoting entire article}

Snow.

On Monday [27th - Miles] the wind was very keen, and though the sun penetrated the clouds rain fell at intervals. At about 10.15 a.m. snow commenced to fall, and continued for about 20 minutes, but it melted as soon as it touched the ground. Later the sun shone out hot, and subsequently another additional instalment of snow was witnessed. Snowballing was not indulged in, though some of the young and old fry did their best to get a ball or two, but the nearest they could get to it was a mixture of mud and snow. About dinner time a shower of hail fell and the remainder of the day was very cold, the evening being particularly so, and residents kept a look out for more snow, but none fell. On Tuesday one of the most severe frosts for the season was seen. In the gardens old Jack Frost did much damage, while at the outside watertaps he prevented the water running until old Sol came on the scene. The remaining portion of yesterday was changeable.

{end of article}

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37323341
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4756592
APA citation
Snow. (1906, August 29). Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 14, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37323341

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Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Friday 31 August 1906 Page 5.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/108378502

{quoting entire article}

SNOW IN KAPUNDA.
Monday was an intensely cold day with rain and hail. About ten o'clock in the morning there was a light fall of snow in the town. Further out it was heavier, and three or four miles distant, near Kidman's farm. to the north-west, it accumulated in places to the depth of nearly a foot. On Tuesday morning there was a hard frost, and the first ice for the season was seen. There was a fall of snow in Kapunda on August 27 last year. We have since been inform d that there was snow in places in this district on Saturday. Snow fell in a large number of places in the State on Monday.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108378502
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page10567159
APA citation
General New. (1906, August 31). Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951), p. 5. Retrieved February 16, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108378502

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Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Friday 31 August 1906 Page 3.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/108378460

{quoting snow-relevant text only}

This item appears to have been written on August 30 - Miles.

"—A Cold Time.—
Eudunda is still upholding its reputation as a cold part of the State. During the past few days the weather has been intensely cold, and we have had rain, hail, and snow at intervals. On Monday [27th - Miles] between noon and 1 o'clock we had a fine fall of snow. The children coming home from school had a merry time catching the flakes. On Tuesday morning we had a severe frost, but the day was cold and wet. Good seasonable weather."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108378460
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page10567157
APA citation
EUDUNDA. (1906, August 31). Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951), p. 3. Retrieved February 13, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108378460

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Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931) Saturday 8 September 1906 Page 13.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/163081669

{quoting snow-relevant text only}
Coomoroo is near to Ororoo.

THE SEAS0N.

COOMOOROO. August 29.—The weather is indeed cold. Yesterday afternoon a fall o snow took place.

MELROSE. August 28.— ... Sunday night was bitterly cold, and it was not surprising yesterday to find that all the top of Mount Remarkable was white with snow. The clouds which hung on the mount obscured the view more or less most of the day, but the snow apparently remained till noon or later. This is the second fall of snow on Mount Remarkable this winter, and it is just within a year that it was completely covered: the snow on that occasion lasted over a week.

YONGALA. August 29.—The weather is intensely cold, with heavy frosts. On Monlav we experienced a slight fall of snow, the first of the winter, and since then there have been several severe hailstorms.

YONGALA ESTATE. September 1.—The weather during the past week has been unusually cold, and on two or three occasions snow has fallen for several minutes together. The wind and rain, however, did not allow of its remaining long on the ground, except in sheltered places.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article163081669
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page19065941
APA citation
THE SEASON. (1906, September 8). Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), p. 13. Retrieved February 14, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article163081669

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Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954) Saturday 1 September 1906 Page 2.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/77583844

{quoting only snow-relevant text}

"SNOW.—There was a slight fall of snow at Peweena (Mr. J. Kennedy's residence), seven miles north of Mount G mbier, on Tues lay [28th August - Miles]. The snow, however, melted as it fell, and there was no opportunity afforded for a game at snowballs."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article77583844
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page7718842
APA citation
The Border Watch,. (1906, September 1). Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved February 15, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article77583844

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Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Friday 7 September 1906 Page 3.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/216734966

{only snow-related text quoted}

"Balgowan
September 3.
THE WEATHER: — Mild weather with soaking rain interspersed with showers of hail prevailed during the past week The air was intensely cold and snow is reported to have been seen by a well-known lady near Maitland."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article216734966
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page24251236
APA citation
Balgowan. (1906, September 7). Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), p. 3. Retrieved February 14, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article216734966

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Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912) Monday 27 August 1906 Page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/201882711

{I've quoted the whole article}

"THE WEATHER. The weather office reported on Monday:
—Further rains have fallen in South Australia, chiefll over the southern areas, and the weather still continues cold, squally, and showery, whilst snow is reported this morning on the Mount Lofty Ranges. The map shows that the "high" which was to the west on Saturday still lies on the western side of the Great Bight, and has increased in energy, whilst the disturbance which was shown off Tasmania appears to have moved in a north-easterly direction between New Zealand and the continent. Heavy rains have fallen throughout Victoria and Tasmania, and the showers have also extended into the Riverina of New South Wales. The weather around Tasmania and through Bass Straits is still reported cold and squally, with hail Further showers may be expected in this State, more especially over the southern districts, with cold, southerly winds. Squally conditions are still indicated from Kangaroo Island eastward."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201882711
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page22452065
APA citation
THE WEATHER. The weather office reported on Monday:. (1906, August 27). Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912), p. 1. Retrieved February 12, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201882711

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Charles Todd folios and weather maps.

Here are the links to the folios for Saturday 25th to Tuesday 28th August 1906:
http://charlestodd.net/Todd_Folios/web/19060825.html
http://charlestodd.net/Todd_Folios/web/19060826.html
http://charlestodd.net/Todd_Folios/web/19060827.html
http://charlestodd.net/Todd_Folios/web/19060828.html

Below are weather maps for Saturday 25th, Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th August 1906. I've copied these from images of newspaper clippings in the folios I've given links to above. It seems weather maps weren't prepared on Sundays then. I haven't studied the meteorologist's reports that accompany these weather maps and they may contain further information for anyone researching this snowfall. If these links should change in the future, it should be easy to find the new locations by tracking them down on the Charles Todd website in whatever form it takes or new address it may have.







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Other 1906 snowfalls.

I found reports of snow being seen on three other occasions in 1906 additional to the substantial 27-28th August snow event (and the two days preceding 27th). As I found only one or two reports of each it would appear that they were all minor or pretty local falls or perhaps one of the other kinds of icy flakes or particles misinterpreted as snow. A more detailed search in the future might find more information on these. Generally speaking I've found that in this first decade of the twentieth century substantial snowfalls seen in or from some towns were enthusiastically reported by some of the newspapers of the day. Here are the reports.

Friday 29th June 1906: Several Naracoorte residents report seeing snow falling.

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

Below: a newspaper weather chart based on the Todd folio chart for 9am 29th June 1906.



Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954) Saturday 7 July 1906 Page 4.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/77582535

"NARRACOORTE.
(From our own Correspondent.)
July 2. [Monday - Miles]
... We have had exceptionally cold and boisterous weather all the week. At times the wind has been blowing a gale, whilst heavy rain has been falling. The country around is pretty well flooded, the creeks being high and the water holes full and overflowing. It has also been exceptionally cold Several of the resident say they saw snow falling on Friday [29th June - Miles] morning."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article77582535
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page7718762
APA citation
NARRACOORTE. (1906, July 7). Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved February 14, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article77582535

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July 19th 1906: "heavy snow" seen on top of Mt Remarkable, "very light" snow at Mt Lofty.

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

Below: Newspaper chart based on Todd folio chart for 9am 19th July 1906.



The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Thursday 26 July 1906 Page 3.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/57021482

{quoting only snow-relevant text}

"MELROSE, July 19.—Steady rain set in early this morning, and fell continuously for hours. The weather for the past three or four days has been in marked contrast to the mild conditions of last week, and it was not surprising when the clouds permitted a view of the top of Mount Remarkable this morning, to find that there had been a heavy fall of snow. The top remained white for some time, but the clouds which hunr about prevented a good view being obtained of more than a portion at once."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57021482
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4424914
APA citation
THE SEASON. (1906, July 26). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 3. Retrieved February 18, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57021482

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The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Fri 20 Jul 1906 Page 8.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/5088411 

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

GENERAL NEWS.
THE WEATHER.

"In speaking of the weather on Thursday afternoon Mr. Griffiths, the Assistant Government Meteorologist, said:—"The disturbance noted yesterday approaching our coast has now reached this State, ... As the disturbance passes to the eastward this rough weather may be expected to advance generally over this State, and especially over the coastal districts, where we may expect fierce squalls and boisterous and stormy conditions. Hail squalls are probable, and snow is not unlikely on parts of the highlands".
There was a very light fall of snow at Mount Lofty yesterday, but it was not sufficient to carpet the ground with white.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5088411
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page928275
APA citation
GENERAL NEWS. (1906, July 20). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 8. Retrieved February 19, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5088411 

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Probably on 3rd October 1901: at Canowie Estate "a fall of snow for a short time".

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

Below: a newspaper weather chart based on the Todd folio chart for 9am 3rd October 1906.

NewsChart3rdOct1906.png

The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Monday 8 October 1906 Page 6.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/56683839

{quoting only snow-relevant text}
Item published on Monday 8 October so October 4 was a Thursday and October 3 was a Wednesday so probably the snowfall was on Wednesday 3rd October - Miles.

"JAMESTOWN. October 4.— ... On Wednesday the annual picnic was held at part of Canowie Estate. A novelty was experienced for picnickers in the shape of a fall of snow for a short time in the afternoon."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56683839
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4426740
APA citation
A ROUGH PASSAGE. (1906, October 8). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 6. Retrieved February 11, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56683839

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