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1953 snowfalls reported in The Advertiser (source Trove).

I found reports of two snowfalls in 1953 which I've documented below.

August 15th-16th: light to heavy snowfalls reported in parts of the Mid-North, Flinders Ranges and southern Mt Lofty Ranges districts.

Without reading reports in the other South Australian newspapers it's difficult to rate this fall, but I doubt if it would rank among the top twenty-five falls in our recorded history. Nevertheless it may have been bigger overall than any fall in the period 2000 to 2016 inclusive.

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Mon 17 Aug 1953 Page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/48260669

{quoting only snow-relevant text from longer article that includes information on rainfalls}

Snow Causes Sheep Losses
SOAKING RAIN HELPS FEED
End Of Cold Snap In Sight

After a week-end of frosty and boisterous weather, there are signs that the cold snap is coming to an end. Soaking rains in many parts of the State on Saturday have relieved the feed and crop position, which was becoming desperate in some districts. Snowfalls were heavy in the Adelaide Hills and in some of the northern pastoral and agricultural areas, where considerable losses of shorn sheep were reported.
Thousands of motorists drove into the Adelaide Hills during the week-end to see the first snow fall for two years. Roads were icy on Saturday, and dense fog, which reduced visibility to 100 yards, blanketed Crafers and Stirling, where the heaviest falls were recorded. There were further falls on Saturday night and the fine weather yesterday afternoon attracted an even greater crowd of sightseers, particularly to Mt. Lofty summit. Stirling police said there were hundreds of cars in the area. Roads were blocked, and some people had entered private property to collect snow. Many cars had snowmen on their mudguards.
SUDDEN DROP
The snow followed cold southerly winds which caused a sudden drop in the temperatures at 1 p.m. on Saturday. For the next 20 minutes snow fell in the hills and carpeted gardens and roof-tops. At noon on Saturday the Weather Bureau recorded a maximum temperature of 51.3 degrees — making it the second coldest day this year. By 1 p.m. the temperature had dropped to 48.8 degrees. There was a heavy fall on the top of Willunga Hill about 1.15 a.m yesterday, but most of the snow melted as it reached the road. Yesterday's maximum was 53.4 at 2.25 p.m. compared with the average maximum for August of 62 degrees.
The Weather Bureau forecast last night that, with moderating winds, the cold snap was about to end. Nights would remain cold, but day temperatures should get back to normal.
From Eurelia, north of Ororoo, it was reported that useful rains of more than an inch had been recorded throughout the district. The heaviest snowfall in the history of the district occurred on Saturday night, and graziers reported heavy losses among shorn sheep. The heaviest fall for 14 years was still inches deep on Mt. Remarkable (3,158 ft) yesterday afternoon. It covered the Flinders Ranges for 10 miles south to Port Germein Gorge. Peterborough had heavy rain on Saturday and a little snow.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48260669
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page3972588
APA citation
Snow Causes Sheep Losses (1953, August 17). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved April 23, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48260669 

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The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Mon 17 Aug 1953 Page 10.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/48260779

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

MARRABEL. August 16.
There was a light fall of snow as the 74 players in the Marrabel open golf tournament were about to hit off at 7.30 a.m. today.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48260779
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page3972369
APA citation
Governor's Cup Golf In Heavy Rain (1953, August 17). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved April 23, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48260779 

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In brief (source Trove):

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Tue 18 Aug 1953 Page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/48274418 

Large drifts of snow were lying in the hollows on Mt. Remarkable yesterday.

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Below: BoM weather map published in the News newspaper, with the date 15/8/53 and with a not-clearly-legible number in brackets underneath the date which might be an issue time of 08.30.
Source: News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Sat 15 Aug 1953 Page 14.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/134203255



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Below: reasonably clearly legible date and issue time in the top right hand corner, which I interpret as Saturday 15.. Aug 1953 1430 cst?
Source: The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954) Sat 15 Aug 1953 Page 47.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/57837671



Below: reasonably clearly legible date and blurry issue time in the top right hand corner, which I interpret as 16/8/53 and maybe (0830) .
Source: The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Mon 17 Aug 1953 Page 11.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/48260730



Below: In the heading the wording "reported last night" refers to Sunday night 16th August.
Source: The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Mon 17 Aug 1953 Page 11.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/48260730



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Another snow event reported by The Advertiser on or about Saturday 19th September 1953.

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Mon 21 Sep 1953 Page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/48933389

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

Cold Snap Follows Useful Rain
Cold and showery conditions, including snow in the Adelaide Hills and isolated parts of the North, followed the beneficial rain which fell on Friday night and Saturday morning.
Gusts of wind up to 52 m.p.h. swept the city, and snow which melted immediately it reached the ground was reported at Mount Lofty, Crafers, Stirling and Norton Summit. Snow also fell at Peterborough, Belalie North. Yongala and Oodlawirra.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48933389
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page3971245
APA citation
Cold Snap Follows Useful Rain (1953, September 21). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved April 23, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48933389

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