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1907: One event - July 8th-9th isolated reports snow Mid-North wind from northerly quarter!!.

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A search on Trove for snowfalls in 1907 using various keywords found only one snow event, on July 8th, but a very unusual one to be sure!

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

Snow falling while the wind is in the northernly quarter? These two meteorological events would almost be regarded as mutually exclusive in South Australia! It's hard enough getting it to snow while it's in the southerly quarter!

Nevertheless it can happen and it has happened in our recent recorded history, on 10th August 2003. I've written a report about it here Bizarre snow event on 10th August 2003. Below are the two opening paragraphs of that report.

"SNOW!!:10th August 2003 Snow in a northerly?!?!?!" (quote from Tim Thorpe on his website hillsrain.com)

In what may have been the most bizarre and unlikely snow event in SA's recorded history, on Sunday 10th August 2003 light snow was recorded on high ground in many places in South Australia with a north-east to northerly wind blowing!"

So did snow also fall from the northerly quarter on July 8th 1907? There's good evidence that it did although reports are minimal and only name two locations. The details are posted below.

In the Quorn Mercury published Tuesday 9th July it says: "BITTERLY cold weather was experienced yesterday, and snow was lying on the ranges during the afternoon, despite the fact that a good northerly wind was blowing all the time." And in the Register published on 10th July it says "TEROWIE, July 9.—"... We have had bitterly cold north-west winds for the past two or three days. A little snow fell this morning, but the wind was too high to let it remain on the ground."

If my understanding of these two reports is correct then the Quorn report refers to snow on Monday 8th and the Terowie report refers to snow on Tuesday 9th.

The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser published an article on Friday 12 July and under the heading WINTRY WEATHER reported "Hail fell here occasionally, and at Quorn and several other Northern towns on Monday snow was recorded." I searched for other newspaper reports naming the "several other Northern towns" without success.

On the Charles Todd website page for 8th July 1907, there's a newspaper clipping referring to the Quorn snow and another newspaper clipping referring to a very low maximum temperature in Adelaide on Monday 8th. I've pasted a screengrab below. The link to the Todd page at time of writing is http://charlestodd.net/Todd_Folios/web/19070708.html



On the Todd page there's also a weather chart dated 9am Monday 8 July and a newspaper version of the Todd weather map, and below are copies of both.





On the Todd page for Tuesday 9th there's a weather chart dated 9am Tuesday 9 July and a newspaper version of the Todd chart, and below are copies of both. The link to the 9th July Todd page at time of writing is http://charlestodd.net/Todd_Folios/web/19070709.html



Now below are details of the newspaper articles I've quoted from near the top of the page.

Quorn Mercury (SA : 1895 - 1954), Tuesday 9 July 1907, page 2
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/212985445

GENERAL NEWS.
"BITTERLY cold weather was experienced yesterday, and snow was lying on the ranges during the afternoon, despite the fact that a good northerly wind was blowing all the time. The day was very gloomy, and sleety rain started at 5 o'clock, later developing into a good shower. More rain, though not urgently required, will do good, which cannot be said of the severe frosts experienced on Sunday and Monday morning."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article212985445
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page23885946
APA citation
GENERAL NEWS. (1907, July 9). Quorn Mercury (SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved November 11, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article212985445 

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Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), Wednesday 10 July 1907, page 9
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/56529312

THE COUNTRY
TEROWIE, July 9.—
"... We have had bitterly cold north-west winds for the past two or three days. A little snow fell this morning, but the wind was too high to let it remain on the ground."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56529312
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4434056
APA citation
THE COUNTRY. (1907, July 10). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 9. Retrieved November 11, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56529312 

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Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954), Friday 12 July 1907, page 2
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/147865306

{quoting entire article}

WINTRY WEATHER.
The climatic conditions at Mount Barker this week have been the wildest and most wintry experienced locally this year. The change set in on Monday, when the wind was piercingly cold and the thermometer touched 44 deg. Rain fell at intervals in the day, and during the night the elements increased in vigor. Tuesday was a winter's day of the old kind, the wind blowing with great velocity and the rain coming down heavily. Wednesday dawned brightly, but the rain came on again and has continued intermittently since. The total registration to 9 a.m. yesterday was 90 points, and although the figures are not large the rain was so light and drizzly that it made things very uncomfortable for those who had to go out of doors. Hail fell here occasionally, and at Quorn and several other Northern towns on Monday snow was recorded.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147865306
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page17354365
APA citation
WINTRY WEATHER. (1907, July 12). The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved November 11, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147865306 

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Below is a quote from an article in the Border Watch commenting on the very cold Monday 8th July: "A large majority of the people of the district would probably have voted Monday last the coldest day of the present year to date."

Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954), Wednesday 10 July 1907, page 2
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/77556724

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 1907.
"...
Cold Weather.—A large majority of the people of the district would probably have voted Monday last the coldest day of the present year to date. The sky was densely overcast with olouds that promised early rain, and a piercingly cold wind blew strongly from the north-east-ward, and north ward. It felt easily "cold enough for snow," and overcoats, mufflers, gloves, and furs were much in evidence, The lowest temperature for the day was, however, only 36° F. The week before last there were three days on which the temperature was lower than that. Rain set in on Monday night, and it became more endurable."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article77556724
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page7716653
APA citation
PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND The Border Watch, SATURDAY MORNING. (1907, July 10). Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved November 11, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article77556724 

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