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Barossa Hailstorms 12th July 2012.

Photographer Mark Creed.

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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.

These photos were taken by Mark Creed, Director at Lyndoch Hill and General Manager at Creed Wines. The first photo was taken down in the Barossa Valley near Lyndoch at Lyndoch Hill Retreat (Cnr Barossa Valley Way - Hermann Thumm Drive), and all others were taken high up in the Barossa Ranges along and near the Steingarten Road which runs from the Trial Hill Road along the crest of a high ridge northeastwards past Orlando's Steingarten Vineyard.

From that lofty vantage there are views of hill country northeastwards where the summit of Kaiser Stuhl is the highest point on the horizon, round to southwards where the summit of Pewsey Vale Peak is the highest point on the horizon.

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The quote below 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: Hail cover on the grounds of Lyndoch Hill Retreat near Lyndoch in the Barossa Valley.

Above: "Time for a quick Ski?— with Mandy Creed and Penelope Schulz". A view looking north-eastwards from the Steingarten Vineyard. The summit of Kaiser Stuhl is just to the right of Penelope's head.

Above: On the Steingarten Road south-west of the Steingarten Vineyard. Kaiser Stuhl is the highest hill on the horizon (far right of photo).

Above: A view looking approximately north-eastwards round to eastwards from the Steingarten Vineyard.

Above: A view looking approximately north-eastwards from the Steingarten Vineyard.

Above: Penelope Schulz on the Steingarten Road.

Above: Looking along the ridge crest that the Steigarten Road runs along.

Above: Another view along the ridge crest from Steingarten Road.

Above: From the Steingarten Road looking approximately southwards. The highest hill on the horizon is Pewsey Vale Peak.

Above: A steep ridge slope near the Steingarten Vineyard.

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