1895: Widespread snowfall night of Friday 19th into morning of Saturday 20th July.

Back to home page

Snow at Peterborough railway yard, 20 July 1895.

Above photo: A fine photo of snow at Peterborough (then named Petersburg) railway yard, 20 July 1895.
Source: State Library of South Australia.
Photo B-27341
Permanent SLSA link: Permanent link B-27341

Below is the only newspaper report reporting this fall I've recorded from Trove so far. It's uncorrected.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Monday 22 July 1895, page 6

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/54573407

SNOWSTORMS AND RAINS IN THE NORTH

A REMARKABLE SIGHT.

ALPINE EFFECTS

Saturday morning's weather report was an extremely interesting document. During the rwenty-four hours which ended at 9 o'clock that morning rain fell throughout the colony south of Blinman. At this far northern station there were no more than a few drops — 0.010 — and at Port Augusta the register was only o.100, but south of that the fall ranged from a quarter of an inch to over an inch. One of the most satisfactory features of this general fall is that on the Murray Flats, which have not been blessed by the recent heavy rains which fell over the rest of the colony, about a quarter of an inch fell on Friday night. An unusual feature of Friday night's weather was a general fall of snow on the high lands between Farrell's Flat and Petersburg. Snow fell heavily along the slopes of the Flinders Range. The Stationmaster at Georgetown telegraphed as follows to the Government Meteorologist : — 'The Bundaleer Hills near Georgetown are all covered with snow this morning, the effect being distinctly Alpine as the sun rose. The snow is disappearing now, although the tops of the hills and the higher gullies are still covered.' Snow was also reported from Jamestown, Carrieton,m, Eurelia, Petersburg, Yongala, Terowie, Mount Remarkable, and even as far east as Eudunda, where, however, the fall was light. Sir Charles Todd states that the present winter weather is bearing out exactly what he laid down about Australian weather a few years sinoe at the time of the great drought. He then said that when the barometer is high above the average during the summer and the temperature below the average, it is almost invariably followed by a dry winter, the rainfall, at any rate, being below the average, whilst when the barometer in the summer is below, and the temperature above the average, a good winter rainfall invariably follows. Tne latter conditions prevailed last summer, hence the excellent rains of this season. Jamestown, July 20. Intensely cold weather has prevailed during the last few days. Last night there was a heavy fall of snow, which was about 3 inches deep on the hills adjoining the town. It is a splendid night. Business has been suspended, and old and young are snowballing. It has just started to rain again. Yongala, July 20. A heavy snowstorm occurred here between 3 and 4 o'clock this morning. At sunrise the sight was a beautiful one, the plains and sur-rounding hills being covered 2 inches deep. It is the heaviest fall seen here for years. Snowballing and the making of "snow men" is being indulged in. The weather is very bleak and cold.

Hallett, July 20. A heavy fall of snow took place during the night, and the surrounding hills and country iare covered, presenting a most picturesque ap-pearance. Yankalilla, July 19. Heavy rains accompanied by high winds have prevailed here during the past few days. On Sunday the sea was very rough, and the waves rain higher than has been known for a long time. On Wednesday night, during a thunderstorm, some of the buildings were partly unroofed. The season is on the whole a favourable one. Bute, July 20. During the past evening we have had splendid rains. One inch has fallen during the week, and it is needless to say that every farmer in the district has great hopes of a big harvest in coming season. Quorn, July 20. Stormy weather has been experienced this week. Yeaterday and last night nearly half an inch of rain fell, makimg almost three-quarters of an inch for the week. This morning snow appears on the Blackrock Hills for the first time for nine years, and the winter is said to be the coldest known in the district for fourteen years. Morchard, July 20. Heavy rain set in last night about 6 o'clock, and continued at intervals until daybreak this nomine. O*fiO3 in. having baea regisUred. Che total for the past few days has been 0*ti95 n. Rather a novel oosarrence was wittested thia morning about G o'clook in the orin of a hca7y snowstorm, whioh continued or a lung tim*-. At hslf-pa*s 7 Coomooroo EZill wai half covered. The weather is bitterly :old, and thare i* every appearance of heavy ?ain falling shortly. Terowie, July 20. . There was a fall of snow here last nighd, tbs v bold country being covered as with a sheet. Dca ilunyibbin Hilb presented a lovoly sight ;hi« murniog wilh the sun ahinisg on tha ino*. Eudunda, July 20. An uncommon night in South Australia was ritneued here lass night. At about 11 o'clock iht» ground was white with snow, and for lome ten minutes afterward* snow continued ;o fall freely. This is the second time within iwelve months thas snow ha* fallen here, alhough on tbe previous ocoaaion the fall was r.v.y light. The weather continues exceedngly cold, aad rains are constant and hujvy. k\i lanki aad «i»ins are filled, and the ground lai reooived a thorough *oaking. A heavy lailctorm took place this morning at about ? j'clock. Ardrossan, July 19. If the weather does nos olear f «rmers will soon bo complaining of too much rain. Tbe weather haa beeu very bomerous since jusday, and heavy showers have been falling \ll day. The Fleetwiug hai to put back to Port Adelaide through stress of weather, and inly arrived to-day. Yorketown, July 20. The weather is vory kK-:«t»rou», and ws are baving plenty of rain. Feed is also plentiful. Bxiloroo Centre, July 21. Steady rains have fallen through the night, ind still continue. Melrose, July 20. Rain fell heavily all night, with cold piercing winds. Over an inch was recorded. Snow was visible in many places on Mount Remarkable up to noon to-day.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article54573407
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4242857
APA citation
SN0WST0RMS AND RAINS IN TEE NORTH. (1895, July 22). South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), p. 6. Retrieved October 28, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article54573407 

**************************************************************************

Back to Top

*

*

*