1944 snow reports in The Advertiser (source Trove).

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I found one report of snow in South Australia in 1944 in The Advertiser.

For information about the search parameters see Footnote 1 at the bottom of this page.

This Advertiser article names one location specifically, namely Summertown in the southern Lofties. An article in the Mail I found in a quick foray into other newspapers gives more information on the Summertown fall, and mentions sleet and hail and snow.

Of considerable interest in the Mail report below is this snowtrail comment referring to Summertown residents: "Residents had to think hard to recall when they had seen it so white before, and local opinion generally was that it was from 14 to 17 years since there had been a comparable fall." Just how many locals reached this consensus we don't know, nor how good their memories were, and another qualification is that much of the white cover was hail.

Wednesday 5th July 1944: snow following hail and sleet at Summertown and perhaps a little more widely in southern Mt Lofty Ranges.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), Thursday 6 July 1944, page 5.

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

"Whitest Morning" For Years At Summertown

A heavy hailstorm, followed by what were believed to be light falls of snow, was experienced in some of the hills districts early yesterday morning. Residents of Summertown said that it was the “whitest morning” in the district for many years. There were heavy falls of hail in several suburbs, and at Fulham Gardens a number of tomato glasshouses were damaged.

The Divisional Meteorologist (Mr. E. Bromley) said that he had not received any reports of snowfalls from country centres yesterday, but there had probably been light snow in some areas. The countryside at Summertown, near Mount Lofty, was blanketed with a thick layer of hail between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., and the ice and snow were deep enough in front of Mr. W. Squire's blacksmith's shop to enable him to build a snowman more than three feet high.

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HEAVY HAILSTORMS IN HILLS DISTRICTS (1944, July 6). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved May 14, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article43211161 


I did a quick partial search of other newspapers on Trove around the time of the fall and found these two reports in The Mail and The News newspaper.

The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954) Sat 8 Jul 1944 Page 7.

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

SNOW.—Early risers at Summertown, near Mount Lofty, on Wednesday saw the countryside surrounding the township transformed from green to white. About 7 o'clock heavy sleet fell, and was followed by a 15-minute fall of snow, some of the flakes of which were reported to be as big as shillings. Buildings, cars, cows, and the roads were mantled in white. There was a second, lighter fall about 8 o'clock, after which the snow and hail lay 2 in. deep in some parts. Local residents promptly built a snowman, reckoned that it was about 17 years since there had been a fall as heavy. Down on the Adelaide plains, southern suburbs were lashed by one of the most prolonged hail-storms in years.

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Cut Out and Post (1944, July 8). The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved May 14, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57690572 


I've copied the Trove digital version of the snow-relevant text in this News article from Trove where I found it on 15th May 2017, without making any corrections on Trove except for the main heading.

News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), Wednesday 5 July 1944, page 1.

Snow Falls In Hills
Snow turned Summertown white today; Heavy hailstorms lashed the southern suburbs; Traffic was blocked at the Millswood tranim subway and glasshouses were damaged; Agricultural areas have received further beneficial. falls. These are features of the break in the weather which reached its peak of intensity early today. Early risers at Summertown saw tho countryside surrounding the township transformed from green to white. About 7 o'clock heavy sleet fell and then snow followed. Some of the flakes were as big as a shilling, and soon the whole area was mantled in white. Cows grazing in the paddocks were white-coated, too. More sleet followed. and then there was a second, lighter fall about 8 o'clock.
Residents had to think hard to recall when they had seen it so white before, and local opinion generally was that it was from 14 to 17 years since there had been a comparable fall. During the 24 hours ended at 8 a.m. 132 points of rain had been recorded at Summertown, but by' then the" gauge had been choked with snow and sleet. Outside his blacksmith shop Mr. •W. Squires and young Murray Squires built a 3-ft. snow man which lasted most of the day. This morning the greater part of the Adelaide Hills were veiled in low, scudding clouds, and a great portion of the countryside was white with hailstones. which filled gutters, collected in sheep tracks, and in the higher parts carpeted the roads. The accumulation of ice set many roofs leaking. In Adelaide the minimum temperature (43 deg.) was recorded at 6.20 a.m. shortly before the most severe hailstorms. (Other storm details and rain figuyes-Pae 3)


SStorm HerefI For Years (Continued from Page 1) Adelaide awoke today to one of the most prolonged. hailstorms for years. Covering many suburbs, the storm burst at about 6.45 a.m. and continued intermittently until about 8.30 a.m. The hail in some suburbs blocked the guttering and poured into rooms and on verandahs. Some tomato glasshouses at Fulham Gardens were broken. Several creeks and drains in the metropolitan area burst their banks. At Murray Bridge the hail was so intense that it banked up several inches over wide areas.

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Snow Falls In Hills (1944, July 5). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved May 15, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article127044773


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Footnote 1. Information about the search parameters.
The search was primarily designed to find the biggest snowfall reported in The Advertiser in each year from 1954 back to 1912, and secondarily to find any substantial snowfalls in each year. I searched with the two keywords snow rain. Rain is included because it substantially reduces the number of false positives in the search results (eg articles where the word snow is unrelated to weather such as "Snow White" or "Miss Daphne Snow"). Both keywords needed to be correctly spelled at least once in as article for the article to be found. Eg an article with the word snow appearing only once but misspeltled as eg enow or snew would not be found. Only The Advertiser was searched but I sometimes did limited searches of other newspapers to look for more information about snowfalls found in The Advertiser.