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1950 snowfalls reported in The Advertiser (source Trove).

I found reports of two snow events in 1950: on Friday 18th August from some scattered locations, and on Thursday 3rd August in Burra.

Friday 18th August: some scattered reports of snow southern Lofties and Mid-North, one or two reports from southern Flinders Ranges.

Although the heading and first paragraph of The Advertiser article reporting on this event (see below) can leave the impression that this may have been a substantial snowfall, my impression from the information I've seen is that while snow was reported from some scattered locations it would not be described as a substantial fall in the overall context of South Australian snow events.

I've added text from three reports I found in papers other than The Advertiser during a brief look at other papers. A detailed search of the other papers would doubtless add to the information on how widespread the fall was.

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Sat 19 Aug 1950 Page 3.

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

Snow, Hail And Rain Make Bitter Day

Low temperatures, with snow in many parts of the Slate, hail, and ice-cold rain driven by bitter northerly winds, made yesterday the coldest day for many years in Adelaide and throughout the State.

Although the day's minimum of 43.2 deg. was not unusually low for August, the daylight maximum of 51.9 deg. in the afternoon was more than 10 deg. below the August average maximum. An unusual feature was that the maximum of 55.3 occurred at 6.25 a.m., followed by a rapid fall in temperature during the day. Snow and sleet were reported from several hills districts during the morning, and snow fell at Clare, Watervale, Quorn and in the Flinders Ranges. A Skymaster from Perth reported snow between Forrest and Ceduna, and a DC3 flying to Melbourne reported icing at 4,000 feet over the Mount Lofty Ranges.
High Winds
Light falls and showers continued generally in the State during the day, with some falls of hail.

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Snow, Hail And Rain Make Bitter Day (1950, August 19). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved May 5, 2017, from 


News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), Friday 18 August 1950, page 1.

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

Further reports from the Weather Bureau have shown that today's daylight temperatures were the coldest for August since 1905. Today's daylight maximum was 50.1 deg. at 1.10 p.m. A similar maximum was recorded in August, 1905. Coldest maximum daylight temperature for August was 49.5 deg., recorded in 1882. At 9 a.m. today the temperature was 44.9 deg. Snow fell in the Adelaide hills today while rain was drenching city-bound workers.

Several hills residents rang "The News" to report falls of snow. Mrs. H. C. Treloar, of Crafers, said rain, hail, and snow came down shortly after 9 o'clock. "Snow settled on hedges and trees, but melted when the sun broke through later in the morning," she said. Rain "useful" Mr. H. L. Sprigg, of Piccadilly, also reported a light fall of snow. Mr. D. Weman, of Crafers Hotel reported a heavy fall, lasting about an hour. Big snowflakes drifted down, but melted as soon as they hit the wet ground.

Mr. Banfleld said this morning's rain was the result of an intense atmospheric depression which developed last night off Kangaroo Island.

Icing reported A Skymaster coming from Perth to Adelaide this morning encountered snow between Ceduna and Forrest. A DC3 bound for Adelaide from Melbourne reported icing at 4,000 ft. over the Mount Lofty Ranges

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COLDEST AUGUST DAY FOR 45 YRS. (1950, August 18). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved May 4, 2017, from 


In brief:

Whyalla News (SA : 1940 - 1954) Fri 25 Aug 1950 Page 1. 

Snow was reported on cloud-capped Mt. Remarkable. [from Melrose on Saturday 19th August if I interpret the article correctly - Miles].


Below: Weather Bureau surface chart dated Friday 18th August 1950 (day of the snow), map issue time 830am (top right-hand corner of map).

Source: News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Fri 18 Aug 1950 Page 6. 


Thursday 3rd August:"very slight" fall of snow in Burra and "quite a flurry of snow four miles down the Adelaide road".

This is the only report I found in The Advertiser of snow on Thursday 3rd and I imagine a search of other newspapers on Trove might find one or more reports from locations in the Mid-North on higher ground such as Hallett.

In brief:

Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954), Tuesday 8 August 1950, page 1.

{quoting whole article}

Snow In Burra
There was a very slight fall of snow in Burra on Thursday, and the weather was bitterly cold. The snow fell with the rain and melted immediately it reached the ground and there was quite a flurry of snow four miles down the Adelaide road yesterday morning when travellers had to stop and wipe flakes from car windscreens. Fairly heavy falls of snow in this district have been experienced in recent years.


End of report.

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