Snow showers 11th October 2012 including Mt Lofty, Crafers, Hallett, Mt Bryan Range, Burra Hills, Mt Remarkable.

By Miles Peachfield

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Summary

On 11th October 2012 snow showers were reported from the southern Flinders Ranges, the Mid-North and the southern Mt Lofty Ranges. I've found reports or mention of reports of snow from the following locations: Mt Remarkable/Melrose area, Mt Bryan Range, Hallett, Burra Hills, Mt Lofty, Crafers, Stirling, and Forest Range. I haven't seen any reports of snow falling in the central Mt Lofty Ranges or in the South-East.

Primary causes: a complex low pressure system just south of Tasmania combined with a high pressure system in the western Bight to bring a very cold air mass over southern South Australia from the Southern Ocean. The high was ridging south-eastwards which increased the southerly fetch.

Rating on SA-wide 'snow distribution and amount' scale (min 1 to max 10) : 5 or 6

End of summary

My report on the event.

On a Bureau of Meteorology Facebook page entitled "Rare October snowfall in South Australia" by Bureau of Meteorology on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 2:55pm they say:

"Snow in South Australia is a rare event, but snow in October is even rarer! Following a cold front on Wednesday 10 October, a very cold air-mass moved across the Mt Lofty Ranges and into the southern Flinders during Thursday. The air was so cold that snow fell on higher ground. We've had reports of snowfalls from: Mt Bryan/Hallett which were quite widespread and produced a layer on the ground; Mt Remarkable/Melrose area; and around Adelaide at Mt Lofty and Belair.

South Australian snowfall events in October happen few and far between. The last one was reported in the Quorn area in 1995, and the time before that was around Adelaide in 1910. The last time snow was reported in South Australia was on 22 August earlier this year at Mt Lofty, where some light falls were experienced." {end of quote}

A selection of the best videos and photos.

This report includes links to numerous videos and photos taken on 11th October 2012 and some media news reports. It's a lot to go through, so first up, here are links to a selection of the best videos and photos, showing snow falling and snow-dusted and more locally snow-covered landscapes.

A snow shower during early morning darkness on Mt Lofty, videod by snowchaser Mark Dawson near the television towers: Mark Dawson "Snow at Mount Lofty October 11 2012".

Videos of falling snow on the summit of Mt Lofty, filmed by Miles Peachfield during morning snow showers:

video 1 mp4 file 9 mb 9 secs

video 4 mp4 file 14 mb 15 secs

video 5 mp4 file 12 mb 13 secs

video 7 mp4 file 20 mb 21 secs

A lovely video of falling snow at Thorngrove Manor Stirling, posted onto YouTube by "Thorngrovesnow" : Thorngrove Manor Stirling snow Oct 11th 2012 Use fullscreen for best viewing.

If the above link doesn't work, try this one: Thorngrove Manor Stirling avi file 6mb

Local resident Phil Storer (aka 339airborne on YouTube) takes a drive in the falling snow on Mt Lofty, from the summit parking area to the exit onto Mount Lofty Summit Road. It's very smooth for a driving video Phil Storer Lofty 11th October 2012

Or you can play the original video file Phil Storer Lofty 11th October 2012.

7 News : a fine collection of various brief scenes of snow falling on Mt Lofty: On YouTube "Cameraman's Cut - Snow falling at Mt Lofty"

An alternative link is 7News "Cameraman's Cut - Snow falling at Mt Lofty".

A set of photos taken by local residents of snow in the Mid-North, and a few from Mt Lofty, on Yahoo's "7 News" website (Adelaide section). The photo gallery is "Snow falls in South Australia. Yahoo!7 12:58pm 11th October 2012" here Yahoo 7 News "Snow falls in South Australia. If that link doesn't work, try either of the following links

alternative link 1

alternative link 2.

I found this video on YouTube on 23rd September 2017. The publication date of 10 October 2012 is presumably 11 October 2012 South Australian time.
"Snow at Mt Lofty Oct 2012
Scott Petrie
Published on 10 Oct 2012"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axAZM0RvNq0
If that link fails, try this one:
alternative link.

There's an excellent set of 22 landscape photos by Burra Motor Inn taken in the Hallett district, showing the dusting and in some cases the carpet of snow on the countryside and in Hallett, here Burra Motor Inn snow photos 11th October 2012. I don't know when the snow cover was at its peak in the district or when these photos were taken, but looking at some photos from Hallett I think they were probably taken when some of the snow cover was not yet laid down or was melted.

If the above link doesn't work, try Burra Motor Inn snow photos 11th October 2012 to see a selection of 15 of the photos.

End of section "A selection of the best videos and photos."

Now for my full report (includes all of the above items).

Links to SA television news reports of the event from channels 7, 9, 10 and the ABC.

7 News : On YouTube "Snow blankets Mt Lofty".

If the above link doesn't work, click on this link to an mp4 file 7News "Snow blankets Mt Lofty". If you click on the link, your browser may automatically play it or you can right-click on the link and save the file and open it with a suitable player eg Quicktime, VLC media player or Realplayer.

7 News : On YouTube "Cameraman's Cut - Snow falling at Mt Lofty"

Or this link to an mp4 file 7News "Cameraman's Cut - Snow falling at Mt Lofty"

Channel 9
On YouTube "SPRING SNOW - 11/10/12"

Or this mp4 link: Channel 9 "SPRING SNOW - 11/10/12"

Channel 10 On YouTube "Spring snow"

Or this mp4 link: Channel 10 "Spring snow".

Another Ten News report On YouTube "Bitten by the cold"

Or this mp4 file link: Ten News "Bitten by the Cold".

ABC News ABC "Once-in-century October snow across SA". I checked this link on 2nd September 2016, and the original ABC News video "... has expired..." but the article accompanying the video is still at the above ABC link and includes working links to two short videos and also several photos. If the above link doesn't work you can read the text, and see some photos, by clicking these five links:

ABC1

ABC2

ABC3

ABC4

ABC5

The Australian - a news item with several photos: "Snow at Mt Lofty, but worst is behind us" by: Ben Hyde and Michael Milnes From: AdelaideNow October 11, 2012 5:00PM The Australian "Snow at Mt Lofty, but worst is behind us"

If the link doesn't work you can read the text, and see some photos, by clicking these eight links:

TheAustralian1

TheAustralian2

TheAustralian3

TheAustralian4

TheAustralian5

TheAustralian6

TheAustralian7

TheAustralian8

AdelaideNow website: "When snow fell on the Hills" - a photo gallery of 22 photos from Mt Lofty and the Mid-North AdelaideNow "When snow fell on the Hills". When I checked this link on 2nd September 2016 it went to "...Sorry your page could not be found", probably due to "It is an older article that has been removed from the site".

There's a lovely set of photos taken by local residents of snow in the Mid-North, and a few from Mt Lofty, on Yahoo's "7 News" website (Adelaide section). The photo gallery is "Snow falls in South Australia. Yahoo!7 12:58pm 11th October 2012" here Yahoo 7 News "Snow falls in South Australia. If that link doesn't work, try either of the following links

alternative link 1

alternative link 2.

Links to some good videos and photos taken by members of the public, both by local residents and visitors from further abroad.

Where a video has been posted onto YouTube I have given a link to it there. And where I have the original video or a copy of it I've uploaded a copy onto this website and given a link to it below, so you can if you wish watch the original video in your favorite player (unaltered by YouTube processing). Clicking on a link to the original video may open it in your default player or you may need to save it first.

First, local resident Phil Storer (aka 339airborne on YouTube) takes a drive in the falling snow on Mt Lofty, from the summit parking area to the exit onto Mount Lofty Summit Road. It's very smooth for a driving video Phil Storer Lofty 11th October 2012

Phil kindly sent me a copy of the original video file - it's here Phil Storer Lofty 11th October 2012.

Next is a lovely video of snow falling in Crafers, taken by Ann Donald Ann Donald "Snowing @ Ann's in Crafers"

If the above link doesn't work, here are two alternative links to try:
Ann Donald "Snowing @ Ann's in Crafers" 25 Mb mp4

Ann Donald "Snowing @ Ann's in Crafers" 7 Mb mp4

Now to "Snow at Mt Lofty " posted onto YouTube by LivingstoneSJAM, showing two young children playing in falling snow on the Mt Lofty summit, and through-the-windscreen footage of driving through light snow. I suggest starting your viewing at about the 30 second mark LivingstoneSJAM Mt Lofty October 11th 2012

If the above link fails, try this mp4 file (31mb) link LivingstoneSJAM Mt Lofty October 11th 2012.

I have seen two videos filmed on 11th October 2012 at Forest Range in the Adelaide Hills and posted onto YouTube by Eva. They clearly show a light fall of snow, falling slowly from the sky and collecting on the hair and clothing of a person out in the snow. Kerry Gore posted onto Facebook on October 11 2012 at 9:44pm: "My sister in law up at FORREST RANGE claims it snowed on and off all day up there today. And she has video proof."

Another lovely video of falling snow, this time at Thorngrove Manor Stirling among beautiful scenery, was posted onto YouTube by "Thorngrovesnow" : Thorngrove Manor Stirling snow Oct 11th 2012 Use fullscreen for best viewing.

If the above link doesn't work, try this one: Thorngrove Manor Stirling avi file 6mb

Now for two scenic videos of falling snow taken around Mount Lofty House and published on YouTube.

"Snow falls over Mount Lofty House Estate" published by "Mount Lofty House".

An alternative link for above video is "Snow falls over Mount Lofty House Estate" 16 mb mp4 file.

"Mount Lofty House - covered in snow" published by "Mount Lofty House".

An alternative link for above video is "Mount Lofty House - covered in snow" 26 mb mp4 file.

Jason Hywood took two videos of falling snow in the Mt Lofty summit car park at 1245 pm and posted them onto YouTube. The second one, of snow falling in slow motion "(taken using the slow motion capture on my HTC One phone.)", is one of my favorite South Australian snow videos.

Mt Lofty October 11th 12.45pm normal speed.

Mt Lofty October 11th 12.45pm slow-motion.

There's an excellent set of 22 landscape photos by Burra Motor Inn taken in the Hallett district, showing the dusting and in some cases the carpet of snow on the countryside and in Hallett, here Burra Motor Inn snow photos 11th October 2012

If the above link doesn't work, try Burra Motor Inn snow photos 11th October 2012 to see a selection of 15 of the photos.

Here are links to five photos of snow in the Hallett area in the Mid-North taken by local photographer Jacob Elliott.

Image 1: Snow on the ground, Hallett, Mid-North of South Australia (use back button to return here)

Image 2: Snow on the ground, near Hallett, Mid-North of South Australia (use back button to return here)

Image 3. Snow on cars, Hallett, Mid-North of South Australia (use back button to return here)

Image 4: Snow on hills near Hallett, Mid-North of South Australia (use back button to return here)

Image 5: Snow near Hallett, Mid-North of South Australia (use back button to return here)

Now here's a link to a short video of snow in the Hallett area taken by Jacob Elliott. It's an mp4 file and should open automatically when you click on the link or you may need to right-click on the link and save the file to your computer and then open it in one of your players: Jacob Elliott: snow Hallett area 11th October 2012

In the early hours of 11th several people were parked near the television towers on Mt Lofty at various times. Here are the videos three of them took of falling snow. The only sources of lighting bright enough to light the falling snow sufficient to be captured on video were a very bright street light and their car headlights.

The only person who was there early enough to see the first snow shower (as far as we know) was Mark Dawson. From a comment he made on one of his television news appearances, I think the first falling snow he saw was around 1am. Here's a video he recorded during one of the night-time snowshowers (camera time 249am) and posted onto YouTube "Snow at Mount Lofty October 11 2012" Mark Dawson "Snow at Mount Lofty October 11 2012"

If the above link doesn't work try this link Mark Dawson "Snow at Mount Lofty October 11 2012".

Chris Handler was also there early and he made this video. The original video is over 3 minutes long so I've made this copy showing only the last approx half a minute which shows the heaviest and most photogenic snow: Chris Handler: "Snow Shower on Mt Lofty" - seconds 255-329 of original video

If the above link doesn't work try this link Chris Handler: "Snow Shower on Mt Lofty" - seconds 255-329 of original video.

I arrived on Mt Lofty about 3am and this is my attempt to film the falling snow using the street light Snow shower near Mt Lofty summit 11th October 2012.

If that link fails, try this one.

Below are links to my seven best videos taken during two snow showers on the morning of 11th October 2012 on the summit of Mt Lofty. Clicking on any link should open the file in your favorite video player, or if it doesn't open automatically then save the file to your computer so you can play it in one of your video players. There are two versions of each file: best quality mp4 files, and the original files converted to .avi files. I recommend playing the best quality mp4 files if you have the capacity - some viewing quality is inevitably lost with avi files.

The first two of the seven videos are taken from the open observation area looking towards some of the onlookers on the veranda. A feature of the second video is a small child about ?three years old who comes out and does a snow dance :-)

The next five videos were taken from the southern and northern edges of the observation area looking at the falling snow seen against backdrops of darker native vegetation.

First, links to the best quality mp4 files, and their megabyte content and duration.

video 1 mp4 file 9 mb 9 secs

video 2 mp4 file 12 mb 12 secs

video 3 mp4 file 14mb 15 secs

video 4 mp4 file 14 mb 15 secs

video 5 mp4 file 12 mb 13 secs

video 6 mp4 file 20 mb 20 secs

video 7 mp4 file 20 mb 21 secs

Now links to the same 7 videos converted to .avi files (same lengths as the originals and about a third of the megabyte contents).

video 1 avi file

video 2 avi file

video 3 avi file

video 4 avi file

video 5 avi file

video 6 avi file

video 7 avi file

Below are 128km and 256km Buckland Park radar loops for about 1030am Thursday 10th to about 630pm Friday 11th.

See : 128km Radar Loop for Adelaide (Buckland Park), 00:00 10/10/2012 to 10:00 11/10/2012 UTC



The source is The Weather Chaser website http://www.theweatherchaser.com. Times shown for the radar images in the loop are UTC = GMT so you need to add ten and a half hours to the times to get South Australian local daylight saving time.

See : 256km Radar Loop for Adelaide (Buckland Park), 00:00 10/10/2012 to 10:00 11/10/2012 UTC



Here are five Bureau of Meteorology mean sea level pressure charts from 1030am 10th October 2012 South Australian daylight saving time to 1030am 11th (SA is 10 and a half hours ahead of UTC=GMT time during daylight saving time):

The following minimum temperatures were recorded on 11th and 12th October 2012 at the Mt Lofty automatic weather station and the Mt Crawford aws. Source Australian Weather News website page. The mimimums are for the 24 hour period ending at 9am on the days mentioned.

MOUNT LOFTY AWS (023842) 685.0m asl +0.4 and +0.4 degrees.

MOUNT CRAWFORD AWS (023878) 525.0m asl +1.1 and +2.6 degrees.

The Mount Lofty summit is at an altitude of 727 metres (according to Wikipedia) and as mentioned above the Mt Lofty automatic weather station is at an altitude of 685 metres (from the Bureau of Meteorology website).

End of report.

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