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1948 August 23rd Peterborough snowfall and table of Peterborough snowfalls 1888-1948.

The article below reports on a substantial fall of snow at Peterborough on Monday 23rd August 1948, and says that "The fall of snow covered a big area of the upper north, ranging from Burra, Nackara, Belalie, Erskine and Cavenagh." The article includes a table with records of snowfalls at Peterborough from 1888 to 1948. I don't know how accurate the table is.

I haven't searched Trove for further articles on this snowfall, as my primary interest was in the table it contains (would that more newspaper articles contained such tables!) but hope to do so in the future.

I've quoted only the snow-relevant parts of the full article. Note that I've switched the order of paragraphs two and three below because of the otherwise puzzling layout of the original article.

I've also inserted at the bottom of the article a screengrab of the table so we can see it as it appears in the Trove image of the newspaper.

The Times and Northern Advertiser, Peterborough, South Australia (SA : 1919 - 1950)
Friday 27 August 1948 Page 4.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/110548993

FALL OF SNOW AT PETERBOROUGH
Lovely Early Morning Sight
156 Points of Rain

Those who were out of bed between 1 and 6 a.m. on Monday morning saw one of the heaviest falls of snow since 1932. It was bitterly cold and blustery all Sunday and some very heavy showers of rain fell after dark. The snow came soon after 1 a.m. and fell almost continually until 3 o'clock and again for about half an hour at 6 o'clock. Many townspeople and the children scrambled eagerly out of bed to see the glorious sight.

The fall of snow covered a big area of the upper north, ranging from Burra, Nackara, Belalie, Erskine and Cavenagh.

We were asked when snow last fell at Peterborough and could not remember just the date and how heavy it was. With the help and information supplied by the Meteorological Departments of Melbourne and Adelaide we have compiled the following data, which we hope will be interesting to our readers.

1888—July 13 Light
1893—April 1 "
1894—July 15 "
1895—July 19 “
1896—July 11 "
1901—July 27 & 28 6 inches, August 27 Heavy
1904—June 30 Light
1905—August 29 3 inches
1908—July 24 & 25 Light
July 31—Heavy (12 inches on nearby hills)
Sept. 14 Light
Sept. 19 & 20 18 inches
1909—Aug. 1 & 2 Light
1910—Oct. 9 Heavy
1911—Sept. 15 Light
1912—Sept. 18 Heavy
1913—July 19 Light
1917—Aug. 21 Heavy
1918—July 13 Light
1919—Sept. 6 & 7 Heavy
1925—July 20 Very Light
1926—May 10 & 11 Moderate
1929—Aug. 30 & 31 Very Light
1932—Aug. 13 Heavy
1933—Sept. 7 & 8 Very Light
1934—Sept. 30 Very Light
1936—June 22 Light, Dec. 3 Very Light and latest fall on record
1941—Sept. 10 Very Light
1942—Sept. 1 Light
1946—Aug. 25 & 27 Light
1948—Aug. 23 2 inches



Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article110548993
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page10716978
APA citation
FALL OF SNOW AT PETERBOROUGH. (1948, August 27). The Times and Northern Advertiser, Peterborough, South Australia (SA : 1919 - 1950), p. 4. Retrieved January 8, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article110548993

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