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1952 snowfalls reported in The Advertiser newspaper (source Trove).

I found reports of snow falling on a day in April and a day in May, with a search of The Advertiser on Trove from 1st April to 1st December 1952.

Brief snow reported 29th April from Nelson in lower South-East.

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Wed 30 Apr 1952 Page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/47396766

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

Snow At Nelson
Snow fell for a few minutes at Nelson, 23 miles from Mount Gambier, yesterday morning.
Pine Hill, about 12 miles east of Bordertown, had a severe hailstorm which
damaged gardens.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47396766
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page3180410
APA citation
No Break In Wintry Conditions (1952, April 30). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved May 1, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47396766 

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Below: Weather Bureau weather map published in the News newspaper on the day the snow was reported from Nelson, with the date 29/4/52 and with a not-clearly-legible number in brackets underneath the date which may be the map's issue time of 08.30 am.
Source: News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Tue 29 Apr 1952 Page 8.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/129873067.



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Light snow reported  on Thursday 22nd May 1952 from "Cannawigra".

In the item below, The Advertiser spelling is Cannawigra. There's a location called Cannawigra, 5273, Avenue Range, near Lucindale in the South-East. In the unlikely case it's a mis-spelling then there's Cannawigara in the South-East, about 11 km north-west of Bordertown according to Bonzle.
The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Fri 23 May 1952 Page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/47384486

{quoting relevant text from longer article}

Coldest May Day Since 1946
Four blackouts had to be imposed in the suburbs yesterday, when Adelaide had its coldest May day since 1946 and the demand for power on Osborne was the heaviest since domestic and commercial restrictions were introduced on Monday.
Light snow fell at Cannawigra yesterday [Thursday 22nd May - Miles] during the district's coldest May morning for many years.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47384486
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page3184615
APA citation
Four Blackouts In Suburbs (1952, May 23). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved May 1, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47384486 

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In brief:

News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Thu 22 May 1952 Page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/130279547 

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

HERE'S WHY WE FROZE!
Adelaide shivered with the cold today as temperatures dropped to 48.3 at 12.15—the lowest May recordings since 1946. It rose to 49.5 at 2 p.m., then fell to 49.3 at 2.30 p.m. Showers falling through cold air at higher levels had the effect of chilling the air. This prevented the normal morning rising of temperatures.

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Below: Weather Bureau weather maps published in the News newspaper on the day the snow was reported from Cannawigra and the following day, with the dates 22/5/52 and 23/5/52 and with an issue times which I interpret as 830am. If the date of this reported snow is correct and if it was snow and not sleet then it was a rare example of snow falling in South Australia when the source of the airmass was not directly from the Southern Ocean.

Sources: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/130279679

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/130274066 





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