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Barossa Hailstorms 12th July 2012.

Photographer Briony Kalleske.

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Once in a lifetime hailstorms on the 12th July 2012 covered parts of the Barossa Valley and Barossa Ranges with a blanket of hail resembling snow cover. These photos were taken by Briony Kalleske, General Manager of Laughing Jack Wines at Marananga, looking south-southeast towards the foothills of the Ranges southeast to east of Rowland Flat. The high distant peak near the centre of the first photo is Pewsey Vale Peak. My thanks to Briony for letting me post her lovely photos of the hail cover as seen from Marananga :-)

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The following quote is from the Monthly Weather Review South Australia July 2012, produced by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's South Australia Climate Services Centre:
"Significant weather
Severe Thunderstorms across Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges - 12 July 2012
Severe thunderstorms developed across parts of Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges during the afternoon of the 12th July. The largest daily rainfall totals were 50 mm at McVitties Hill, 49 mm at Mount Adam and 42 mm at Mount McKenzie. A report of 53 mm, falling in approximately half an hour, was received from Eden Valley, although this was noted as a mix of hail and rain. Other significant rainfall rates included 24 mm in half an hour at Rowland Flat and 35 mm in 1 hour at Mount Adam. An extensive area of hail covered the hills around Rowland Flat, with some hailstones measuring up to 2 cm in diameter. Flooding was reported in Mount Barker."


Above: Looking towards the foothills of the Barossa Ranges southeast to east of Rowland Flat. The high distant peak near the centre of the photo is Pewsey Vale Peak. Photographer: Briony Kalleske.



Above: Looking towards the foothills of the Barossa Ranges southeast to east of Rowland Flat.  Photographer: Briony Kalleske.

Above: Looking towards the foothills of the Barossa Ranges southeast to east of Rowland Flat. Photographer: Briony Kalleske.



Above: Looking towards the foothills of the Barossa Ranges southeast to east of Rowland Flat. The high distant peak near the upper right corner of the photo is Pewsey Vale Peak. Photographer: Briony Kalleske.

Above: Looking towards the foothills of the Barossa Ranges southeast to east of Rowland Flat. The high distant peak left of centre is Pewsey Vale Peak. Photographer: Briony Kalleske.

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