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October 1899 snow reports.

I searched the Trove database for reports of snow falling in South Australia in October 1899, having noticed a reference to snow in October 1899 on the internet. I found reports of snow falling on two or three separate occasions in October. I'm wondering if not all the reported snow dates are correct, hence my uncertainty about the number of snow events. Here are the reports I found.

This reference below appears to refer to snow at (?or near) Penwortham on or before October 14th 1899.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 21 October 1899 Page 29.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/87711890

{quoting only the snow-relevant part of the article}

"Penwortham, October 14. We have had a hot spell and cold, sleety rains and snow ..."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87711890
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page8460562
APA citation
THE WEATHER AND THE CROPS. (1899, October 21). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 29. Retrieved September 27, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87711890

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Snow reported on either Saturday 21st October or Friday 20th October - it's not clear to me which it is.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 21 October 1899 Page 26.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/87712099

{quoting entire article}

RAIN, HAIL, AND SNOW.
Severe and wintry weather has been experienced throughout the colony today. Hailstorms of great violence have been frequent in the city, and in various parts of the colony falls of snow are reported. Tonight it is bitterly cold and squally.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87712099
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page8460559
APA citation
RAIN, HAIL. AND SNOW. (1899, October 21). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 26. Retrieved September 26, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87712099

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The item below refers to snow on either Wednesday 25th or Thursday 26th October 1889.

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Thursday 26 October 1899.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/29518863

{quoting entire article}

"RAIN AND SNOW.
Extraordinary weather is prevailing for October. It is bitterly cold and showery, and snow is falling at several places in the country."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article29518863
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page2486669
APA citation
RAIN AND SNOW. (1899, October 26). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 5. Retrieved September 26, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article29518863

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Refers to snow on Wednesday 25th October 1899.

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Thursday 26 October 1899.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/29518756

{quoting entire article}

"THE WEATHER.
The rain which fell on Wednesday morning is, according to Sir Charles Todd, only a series of coastal showers, with a high barometer. It extended from the Burra southwards, but only a few points were registered at places north of Adelaide, where a quarter of an inch fell during the night and morning. At Franklin Harbor over one-third of an inch fell during the night. A remarkable feature of the weather on Wednesday was the intense cold which prevailed, especially in the hills. Snow fell at Mount Lofty and Stirling West at about midday, the fall lasting three-quarters of an hour, and for a time completely covering the ground with a mantle of white. According to our shipping reporter, a similar phenomenon occurred in the Gulf. When the ship St. Berrin arrived the men were snowballing each other, hail and snow having covered the deck to a depth of about two inches as the vessel was coming up the Gulf. Near the city some light showers of hail fell, accompanied by a chilling wind, quite unusual at this period of the year. Our Victorian telegrams announce that snow was reported from various parts of that colony on Wednesday."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article29518756
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page2486668
APA citation
THE WEATHER. (1899, October 26). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 4. Retrieved September 26, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article29518756

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Two of the three reports of snow in this next article refer to October 25th and one to October 26th. My guess is the Carey's Gully reference should be to the 25th and not the 26th but I have no actual evidence to back this up. All three reports could refer to the correct dates.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Friday 27 October 1899.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/54851370

{quoting only reports from locations where snow is reported}

WEATHER AND CROPS.

CAREY'S GULLY, October 26.—The weather continues cold and showery. This morning there was a heavy hailstorm, and this was followed by a snowstorm.
BASKET RANGE, October 26.—Yesterday forenoon snow began to fall, and hail in abundance followed.
URAIDLA, October 25.— About 10.30 a.m. to-day a shower of hailstones was experien- ced. This was followed an hour later by a fall of snow, which continued for over an hour. The sight was a grand one, especially to young Australians, unaccustomed to the sight of a snowstorm.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article54851370
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4419490
APA citation
WEATHER AND CROPS. (1899, October 27). South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), p. 6. Retrieved September 27, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article54851370

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This article below refers to snow on October 25th.

The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954)
Friday 27 October 1899 Page 3.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/148077021

{quoting only the snow-relevant part of the article}

"Lobethal, October 25.
The weather has been very changeable for the past week. A fall of snow took place to day, the sight being a pretty one."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article148077021
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page17352725
APA citation
THE SOUTHERN DISTRICTS. (1899, October 27). The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved September 27, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article148077021

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This report refers to snow on the 24th.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 4 November 1899 Page 46.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/87709298

{quoting only the snow-relevant text in the article}

"THE WEATHER AND THE CROPS."

"Penwortham, October 28 [Saturday]. It has been bitterly cold all the week, and on Tuesday [24th] we had a few nice showers and the second fall of snow. On Wednesday [25th] we experienced the heaviest hailstorm for the year, some of the hills having a snow-clad appearance for a considerable time. On Thursday morning we had another severe frost. The prospects just at present are not very cheer..g."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87709298
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page8460679
APA citation
THE WEATHER AND THE CROPS. (1899, November 4). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 46. Retrieved September 28, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87709298

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The following reference to snow falling at Tarcowie on the last day of September 1899 was sent by a child in a letter to "Aunt Dorothy". Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 28 October 1899 Page 38.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/87707193

(quoting only the snow-relevant part of the article)

"Bully Acre, Tarcowie, October 9, 1899. Dear Aunt Dorothy. ... It snowed here on the last day of September."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87707193
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page8460619
APA citation
Little Folks. (1899, October 28). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 38. Retrieved September 27, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87707193

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