1945 snow reports in The Advertiser (source Trove).

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I found reports of only one snow event in 1945, on 10th November.

Rare November snowfall in Mid-North Saturday 10th November 1945."

Now here we have a very unusual snowfall, for two reasons.

Firstly, SA snowfall reports are rare in November, and this is one of the latest November falls I've found so far. I haven't attempted an estimate of their rarity but I would guestimate on average it happens about once every fifteen years.

Secondly, on Friday morning's surface chart there's no sign of a surface low shown on Saturday morning's weather map over the eastern states. We can imagine that it may have developed over the Mid-North or North-East of South Australia during Friday night, and perhaps it developed from an upper low present over South Australia on Friday. This may have been the key factor in initiating this snowfall rather than a burst of cold air from the Southern Ocean being the key factor.

Due to the rarity of this snowfall, after completing the search for snow reports in The Advertiser, I did a quick search in the other South Australian newspapers on Trove, and found three reports relevant to this snowfall that I've included below.

Reports in The Advertiser and in other newspapers (source Trove).

News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), Saturday 10 November 1945, page 1.

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article that includes more SA rainfall figures}

Snow Falls In 4 Towns In the Country
Snow fell for 2½ hours at Mt. Bryan today, while there were other falls at Hallett, White-Yarcowie, and Burra.
AT Mount Bryan (110 miles north of Adelaide) it began snowing at 6.15 a.m., and by 8.45 a.m. the countryside was carpeted in white, 2 and 3 in. deep in parts.
At midday the peak of Mount Cone was still covered in snow, but rain melted what remained on the ground.
Falls of more than an inch of rain were general in the lower north, while in the north-east Yunta had 232 points.
Mrs. Stanley Hawker, of Belcunda Station Mount Bryan, said today it was the heaviest fall of snow she had known. The ground was still warm from the hot days earlier in the week, and for the first hour the snow melted as soon as it fell.
However, it then began to collect on the ground, and shrubs and plants were weighed down by it. Between 7 a.m. and 8.45 the snow that collected in the rain gauge yielded 25 points— taking the total rainfall in the last 48 hours to 185 points.
Snow had fallen there in the winter several years ago, but on only one occasion had she known it to fall later in the year than this. That was about eight years ago, when there was a light fall in December.
Moderate to heavy rain fell in the northern agricultural, north-east, and upper Murray in the 24 hours ended 8.30 a.m today.
In the Peterborough district, Paratoo recorded 2 inches, and Parnaroo 210 points, while Pine Valley, near Burra, registered 208 points

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Snow Falls In 4 Towns In the Country (1945, November 10). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved May 11, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128322754 


Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), Monday 12 November 1945, page 6.

The Divisional Meteorologist reported last night:—The development of a depression over southern New South Wales on Saturday morning resulted in widespread rain over the south-eastern portion of Australia. In South Australia rain was recorded on Saturday at 8.30 a.m., mainly in districts east of Spencer Gulf with heavy guagings in the Upper North, North-East and Upper Murray. Amounts of over an inch were registered at many places in these districts with the highest 232 points at Yunta. The continued flow of cold southerly winds caused falls of snow at Whyte-Yarcowie, Hallett and the Burra. Only very light additional rain fell after 830 a.m. on Saturday and the falls were mainly confined to the Lower North, Central and South-Eastern districts. For the time of the year conditions were cold in South Australia during the week-end. On Saturday the temperature at Adelaide reached only 61 degrees, constituting the coldest day in the city in November for five years. Under continued south to south-east winds temperatures in South Australia were again cool, but slightly higher than on Saturday At Adelaide the maximum on Sunday was 68.7 degrees. The depression moved south eastward and by Sunday morning was located to the east of Tasmania. An energetic anticyclone with a central isobar of 30.3 inches was centred over the Bight and covered almost the whole of Australia. This system, which has remained practically stationary for the past two days is now moving slowly eastward. Under its influence generally fine weather can be expected in this State for the next 24 hours with cool to moderate temperatures and south to east winds.

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GENERAL NEWS (1945, November 12). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved May 10, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48676999 

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), Monday 12 November 1945, page 5.

Snow In Mt Bryan District
Further rain fell on Friday night and Saturday morning, mainly in the northern agricultural country and north-eastern pastoral country, with very useful recordings in the Wentworth district of New South Wales. Heavy snow falls in the Mount Bryan district were an unusual feature of Saturday's weather.
Falls of snow are always rare in this State and at this time of the year can be regarded as something of a phenomenom, but the districts north of Burra, including Mount Bryan, experienced a heavy fall on Saturday morning. Mr. Stanley Hawker, Belcunda, Mt. Bryan reported about a three-hour fall. The snow was up to two inches in depth on the plain and six inches in the gullies.

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RAIN IN NORTH AND N.E. (1945, November 12). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved May 10, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48677059 


Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954), Tuesday 13 November 1945, page 1

Heat — Dust — Snow
Burra and District went through the whole gamut of seasonal conditions last week. The first part of the week was pleasant Spring weather as it should have been. Unwelcome duststorms and heat put in an appearance during the middle of the week and a cool change arrived on Thursday afternoon. On Friday morning residents were quite pleased to hear that over a quarter of an inch of rain had fallen during the night. The weather was very cold on Friday afternoon and useful rain showers were received. During the night it started to rain properly and continued to do so for about eleven hours. At about six o'clock on Saturday morning early risers observed quite large flakes of snow falling with the rain. Snow continued to fall at intervals until fairly late in the morning, but was washed away by the rain on contact with the ground. Reports have been received of snow having fallen in quite large quantities at Hallett and Mount Bryan and our Mount Bryan correspondent writes that the hills East of Belcunda looked very nice in their mantle of white. Summer starts officially on 1st December, but despite this fact and also despite the fact that many people are of the opinion that the climate of Burra is hot, snow fell in this locality (on one occasion about nine years ago) about three days before Xmas. [I did some searching - not an exhaustive search - on Trove for any references to snow about 3 days before Christmas about nine years ago and didn't find any, and I think it pretty likely it refers to snow being reported from Mt Bryan and near Hallett on 3rd December 1936 as reported on this page - Miles]

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Heat — Dust — Snow (1945, November 13). Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved May 11, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36154717


Below: weather map and some accompanying text in two parts, from the News newspaper, dated 9th November 1945, probably issued at 830am. Source: News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Fri 9 Nov 1945 Page 3. http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/128322593 

Below: weather map and some accompanying text in two parts, from the News newspaper, dated 10th November 1945, probably issued at 830am. Source: News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Sat 10 Nov 1945 Page 3.


End of report.

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