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Below: 1910 calendar from July to December, from timeanddate.com



I searched the Trove database for reports of snowfalls, other than the big 9-10th October fall, from 1st April to the beginning of December 1910. I found no evidence of any substantial falls during that period. Here's a brief summary of what I did find, and then I will detail the individual reports.

These are all reports of snow at one or two locations, and on my rating system they are rated one or two. On 23rd October 2017 I reviewed the ratings I originally gave to these five reported events and I verified that the ratings best match my rating categories. Unless any personal accounts of one or more of these events are discovered in diaries or letters we'll probably never be able to verify the reality or otherwise of the reported snowfalls.

Before I continue, here's a brief reflection. A report of snow at one location rates 1 at the bottom end of the rating scale, nevertheless personal encounters with a fall of snow can be a wondrous experience in a landscape where snow falls so infrequently, regardless of wherever else it falls or doesn't fall and whether it rates 1 or 10.

A report that snow fell at Coolanie and Watchannie on Eyre Peninsula on 1st and 2nd of July. More info here.

A report of a little snow at Truro on 4th and 6th July and light snow at Jamestown on either 5th or 6th July. More info here.

A report that a small quantity of snow was seen on top of Mount Remarkable on July 16th. More info here.

A report of a light fall of snow on Mount Remarkable on July 27th. More info here.

A report dated December 3rd of snow having fallen during the past few days at Shannon on Eyre Peninsula. More info here.

End of brief summary.

1st-2nd July 1910: Coolanie and Watchannie (Eyre Peninsula).

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

In the newspaper article below it says "Rain has fallen almost continuously, and at Coolanie and Watchannie snow fell on Friday and Saturday". Not knowing where either of these localities are I looked them up on Bonzle.com on 15th December 2016. They say: "Watchanie is at an elevation of approximately 292m above sea level. The nearest more populous place is the village of Cowell [east coast of Eyre Peninsula] which is 23km away ...". And "Coolanie is about 192m above sea level. The nearest more populous place is the village of Cowell which is 12km away ...".

Both locations can be found on this map http://www.bonzle.com/c/a?a=p&p=15411&cmd=sp&lstt=1#map 

Whether the reported snow was seen at Coolanie and at Watchannie or perhaps in nearby hills we don't know. One thing I can say is that reports of snow on Eyre Peninsula are extremely rare, rarer than reports of snow in the South-East.

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Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Friday 8 July 1910, page 10
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/5273781

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

[According to the 1910 calendar, "July 6th" is Wednesday, and the Friday and Saturday of the text "snow fell on Friday and Saturday" are the 1st and 2nd of July.]

FRANKLIN HARBOR, July 6.— ... . The weather this week has been exceptionally rough and cold. Rain has fallen almost continuously, and at Coolanie and Watchannie snow fell on Friday and Saturday.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5273781
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page945944
APA citation
FIRE AT EDITHBURGH SALT WORKS. (1910, July 8). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 10. Retrieved December 11, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5273781 

End of info on "1st-2nd July 1910: Coolanie and Watchannie (Eyre Peninsula)."

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4th-6th July 1910: Truro and Jamestown (Mid-North).

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

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Sat 9 Jul 1910 Page 16
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/5279876

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

[According to the 1910 calendar, July 7th is a Thursday, Monday is 4th and "yesterday" is Wednesday 6th.]

SNOW AT TRURO

TRURO. July 7.—Boisterous weather has prevailed this week, with plenty of rain. On Monday and yesterday a little snow fell, and it was bitterly cold.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5279876
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page945962
APA citation
SNOW AT TRURO. (1910, July 9). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 16. Retrieved December 11, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5279876 

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Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), Thursday 7 July 1910, page 3
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/57147363

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

[The weather bureau weathermap accompanying the article is dated 830am 6th. The article was published on 7th and I'm uncertain whether the "yesterday" refers to Wednesday 6th or Tuesday 5th.]

Weather Map
... . Light snow at Jamestown yesterday afternoon.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57147363
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4502164
APA citation
WEATHER MAP. (1910, July 7). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 3. Retrieved December 12, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57147363 

End of info on "4th-6th July 1910: Truro and Jamestown (Mid-North)."

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16th July 1910: Mt Remarkable (southern Flinders Ranges).

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

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 23 July 1910, page 15

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/88502726/8513524

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

{Looking at the calendar, "this morning" is Saturday July 16th.}

MELROSE, July 16.—During the past 24 hours an unusually cold wind has been ex-
perienced, and this morning a small quantity of snow was visible on the top of
Mount Remarkable. This is the third year in succession that snow has fallen on
the mount, although this fall has been very light compared with those of previous
years.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88502726
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page8513522
APA citation
THE KAPUNDA ROADS (1910, July 23). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 17. Retrieved December 19, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88502726 

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27th July 1910: Mt Remarkable (southern Flinders Ranges).

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

Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), Friday 29 July 1910, page 4
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/57140433

NEWS OF THE DAY.
SNOW IN THE NORTH.

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

{Looking at the calendar, "yesterday" is Wednesday July 27th.}

The weather office reported on Thursday at 9 pm.:— ... . A light fall of snow was reported yesterday from Mount Remarkable.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57140433
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4502405
APA citation
NEWS OF THE DAY. (1910, July 29). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 4. Retrieved December 19, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57140433 

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Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Sat 6 Aug 1910 Page 16
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/88504745/8513643 

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

{July 28th is Thursday so "on Wednesday morning" presumably refers to July 27th}.

MELROSE, July 28.— There was another light fall of snow on the north end of
Mount Remarkable on Wednesday morning. The sun happened to come out for a
few minutes, when the clouds also lifted slightly from the top of the mount, and
those who were fortunate enough to see it witnessed a beautiful sight.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88504745
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page8513642
APA citation
FRANKLIN HARBOR HOSPITAL. (1910, August 6). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved December 20, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88504745 

End of info on "27th July 1910: Mt Remarkable (southern Flinders Ranges)."

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Late November or early December 1910: Shannon (Eyre Peninsula).

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

Below: Google map showing location of Shannon.


Daily Herald (Adelaide, SA : 1910 - 1924) Tue 6 Dec 1910 Page 6
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/103914080

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

PORT LINCOLN, December 3.— ... . The weather at present is very wintry, and reports of snow having fallen during the past few days at Shannon are to hand.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103914080
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page10493281
APA citation
NEW SEASON'S WHEAT. (1910, December 6). Daily Herald (Adelaide, SA : 1910 - 1924), p. 6. Retrieved December 21, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103914080 

So, "PORT LINCOLN, December 3.— ... . The weather at present is very wintry, and reports of snow having fallen during the past few days at Shannon are to hand." I looked back a few days in the newspapers on the Trove database to see if there was any weather system that may have resulted in snow or at least hail falling at Shannon "during the past few days". The Todd folios don't extend as far as 1910 and as a consequence it's considerably more difficult to ferret out good-quality weather map images for specific periods. I did find a weather map and description of weather that might possibly have resulted in a snow report at Shannon. I stress my search was not thorough.

I found a weather map dated 830am 30th November 1910 which does show a broad-scale surface pattern of weather systems typical of most winter and spring days when snow is reported in South Australia (and also consistent with some of the days when there's a very cold south-westerly wind with scattered showers but it's not cold enough for snow). I also found some commentary in a newspaper article on the associated weather. There's no mention of snow or hail but nevertheless it sounds like fairly typical winter or spring weather for a vigorous cold south-westerly airflow coming up from the Southern Ocean.

Reports of snow on Eyre Peninsula are extremely rare in winter-spring, so one would think it would be even more unlikely in late November or early December. At least the weather map is consistent with the possibility that it really did snow at Shannon.

Below I've posted the 30th November weather map, and then the relevant text in the newspaper article, beginning "The weather was particularly squally in Adelaide on Wednesday night [Wednesday 30th November - Miles], and on Thursday morning heavy showers fell."



Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Friday 2 December 1910, page 8
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/5217071

{quoting relevant text from longer article}

SQUALLY CONDITIONS.
The weather was particularly squally in Adelaide on Wednesday night [Wednesday 30th November - Miles], and on Thursday morning heavy showers fell. The Weather Office reported on Thursday afternoon:—"The disturbance which since Monday has been located to the south of Tasmania was reinforced on Wednesday by an Antarctic disturbance, and during the night unsettled weather set in in South Australia, south from Melrose, with strong, cold, and squally south-westerly winds. The rainfall for the 24 hours to 8.30 a.m. to-day was from light to heavy south from Melrose. In the upper north the falls were extremely light, but coming southward they were much heavier, and over the Mount Lofty Ranges several stations received over an inch, the maximum being 165 points at Houghton. Another disturbance is approaching from the west, but we may expect the weather to become temporarily fine during the next 24 hours, although further showers may first be expected over the southern areas."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5217071
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page955520
APA citation
ROUGH WEATHER. (1910, December 2). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 8. Retrieved March 1, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5217071 

End of info on "Late November or early December 1910: Shannon (Eyre Peninsula)."

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End of report "1910 Other Snowfalls".

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