3rd December 1936 yes December - reports of snow falling in the Mid-North!

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Following up a post by Ian Holton in the Weatherzone forums asking me whether I'd seen an article by Dick Whittaker's 1936 snow event column mention in Sunday Mail, I found several SA newspaper articles of the time on Trove referring to snow falling on 3rd December 1936 in the Mid-North. I've copied the relevant sections of most of them below. Thanks Ian and Dick - if you hadn't posted and written about this December fall I probably wouldn't ever have found it because I may never have searched Trove for snow events in December!

Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954)
Tuesday 8 December 1936 Page 2.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/36070179
{quoting snow-relevant part of whole article}

SNOW IN DECEMBER.

Last week we were treated to extremes as far as weather conditions were concerned. Monday and Tuesday temperatures soared in the vicinity of the century, but on Wednesday a change set in with rain. Thursday still more rain with a freezing temperature at between 50 and 60 degrees. Thursday midday, locally, we had a heavy hail shower with sleet and remarks were passed at the time that it was cold enough for snow. However none fell in Burra but just after noon messages came from Mt. Bryan that snow had fallen there continuously for half an hour. Unfortunately it came with the rain so did not settle on the ground as it would have done had the rain ceased. The snow fell more thickly in some parts than others, and Mr. J. L. Connors informed us it was a sight worth seeing. Private messages from Mrs W. S. Murray of Cappeedee station, Hallett, also reported snow with rain. We understand snow in December is a record for South Australia. The rain will invigorate the lucerne. Locally for the week 63 points were registered.

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Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36070179
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4752949
APA citation
SNOW IN DECEMBER. (1936, December 8). Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 3, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36070179

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Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 - 1954) Friday 4 December 1936 Page 1 and 4.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/95898174/9196750

Below are quotes from the article directly relevant to snow.

GENERAL RAIN AND EXTREME COLD
IN NORTHERN CENTRES
GOOD FALLS REPORTED IN RESERVOIR AREAS
WANDEARAH EAST HAD 123 POINTS;
27 POINTS IN PIRIE

and

Slight falls of snow were reported at Canowie Belt and Louden Brae. Snow is almost unique in the district in December, even though the fall melted as it touched the ground.

and

WIDE RANGE OF TEMPERATURES

The following temperature table for 11 days illustrates the wide range of weather Pirie has experienced:—
Max. Min. Monday, November 23. 74 48.8 Tuesday .. .. .. .. 82.9 54.2 Wednesday .. .. .. 85 52.2 Thursday .. .. .. 97 61 Friday .. .. .. .. 104.3 63.2 Saturday .. .. .. .. 90 64.2 Sunday .. .. .. .. 93.7 63.8 Monday, November 30 104.1 74.8 Tuesday, December 1 81.6 69 Wednesday .. .. .. .. 71.5 57 Thursday .. .. .. .. 57.8 50

and

Residents of Canowie Belt and Louden Brae had reported slight falls of snow, but it was light and melted as it touched the ground. Throughout the district it had been remarkably cold all day.

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Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article95898174
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page9196750
APA citation
SNOW AND HAIL IN DECEMBER. (1936, December 4). Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 3, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article95898174

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The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Friday 4 December 1936 Page 32.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/47766689

Quoting snow-relevant parts of the article:

WEATHER EXTREMES

Coldest December Day For 20 Years Two Falls Of Snow

As a contrast to last Monday, which was the hottest November day for 11 years, yesterday was the coldest December day experienced in Adelaide for 20 years. Cold and showery conditions were reported in most of the settled areas, and, at Capeedee Station, Hallett, and Mount Bryan there were falls of snow. On Monday the temperature reached 103.7 degrees, but yesterday it did not exceed 62.7. Following the rain on the previous day, further showers were experienced in most of the settled areas yesterday, hail also being reported in most cases. Hail fell in the city, and, in a sharp storm about 5 p.m., motorists returning from Outer Harbor after the departure of the Strathnaver were forced to pull upon the Marine Drive until the hail stopped. The average falls yesterday were about 20 to 25 points, such readings being recorded at Hallett, Port Augusta, Peterborough. Kimba. Streaky Bay, Riverton, Kooringa, Mount Pleasant, and Mount Gambier. At other points, however, there were heavier showers, Maitland receiving about 70 points, and Gladstone an inch during the night and day.

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Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47766689
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page2899211
APA citation
WEATHER EXTREMES. (1936, December 4). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 32. Retrieved December 3, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47766689

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The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954)
Friday 4 December 1936 Page 30.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/47766835

I quote the entire article below.

Snow At Hallett And Mt. Bryan

KOORINGA, December 3

Rain and hail fell today. It is now intensely cold, with a promise of further showers. Capeedee station, Hallett, reports rain and a fall of snow at midday. Mt. Bryan received 46 points this morning, and snow fell for half an hour with rain. Consequently the snow did not settle on the ground. There was further rain at Mount Bryan this afternoon. Lucern areas will benefit.

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Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47766835
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page2899209
APA citation
Snow At Hallett And Mt. Bryan. (1936, December 4). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 30. Retrieved December 3, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47766835

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News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), Friday 4 December 1936, page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/132033413

{quoting whole article}

FIRST DECEMBER SNOWFALL
Fine Week-End Likely
No record of snow having fallen In this State in December since 1840, before which no data is available, has been found by officials at the Weather Bureau. They believe that the falls at Hallett arid Mount Bryan yesterday are unprecedented. The early records, the Divisional Meteorologist (Mr. Bromley) pointed out today, were sketchy, but it seemed probable that weather history had been established. As far as he knew, snow had never before fallen later than November. Mr. Bromley said he expected the weather to become fine over the week end. There may be clearing showers tomorrow, but on Sunday the skies should be unclouded, and the temperature mild. The heaviest falls of rain during the last 24 hours have been at Melrose, where 150 points were recorded, and Millicent, which received 131 points. Several other falls of more than an inch were reported.

Article identifier http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article132033413

Page identifier http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page11354963

APA citation FIRST DECEMBER SNOWFALL (1936, December 4). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved March 20, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article132033413

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There's a report of snow at Butler's Bridge here http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/47767101

I quote:

Up To Two Inches Of Rain In Pirie District

PORT PIRIE, December 4.

Torrential rains were experienced here yesterday and last night. The gauging at the Port Pine post office this morning was 79 points. Farmers in town today report much heavier falls, and there were snow and hail in some parts of the district. Up to two inches were registered in Telowie and Wan- dearah East received from 170 points to two inches. At Wandearah West the fall varied from 130 to 180 points and round Lower Broughton from 88 points to an inch. At Butler's Bridge 126 points were gauged. Mr. Carhart, whose land on the river there was flooded, cut 75 acres for hay this sea- son, which averaged two tons to the acre. Portion of it went three and a half tons to the acre. At his place yesterday both snow and hail fell.

Article identifier
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page2899242
APA citation Up To Two Inches Of Rain In Pirie District. (1936, December 5). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 26. Retrieved November 24, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47767101

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The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954)
Saturday 5 December 1936 Page 26.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/47767091

I quote the entire article below:

GENERAL NEWS

FINE WEEK-END. MILDER TEMPERATURES

The Divisional Meteorologist reported last night:—Due to the presence of the depression centred over Victoria, on Thursday, rain fell generally over the settled areas of South Australia during the 24 hours ended 8.30 a.m. today. Rain also occurred at scattered places in the North-East and the north-west Interior. The rain was accompanied in parts by hail and a few thunderstorms, and at Hallett and Mount Bryan light falls of snow were reported—an unprecedented occurrence in South Australia for December. The registrations were very light to moderate with a few heavy amounts in the Northern agricultural districts, and the lower South-East. The best recording were Melrose, 151 points; Millicent, 131; Port German, 125; and Port Broughton, 100. The rain extended throughout Victoria and Tasmania and most of New South Wales, where the falls were light to heavy. Skies were more or less cloudy over the settled areas of South Australia today, and, owing to the rapidly rising pressure due to the advance of the western anticyclone, the weather improved quickly. Except for two points at Melrose and one point at Bordertown. no further rain was reported up to 3 p.m. Under southerly winds, temperatures were cool, and the maxima ranged from 55 at Stirling West to 78 degrees at Cook, but were mostly in the sixties. In the city the temperatures rose from a minimum of 46.8 to a maximum of 65.6 degrees. The eastern depression which intensified on Thursday night was centred over Tas- mania at 9 a.m. today, the lowest pressure being 29.26 inches at Hobart. During today, however, the system has moved eastward, and is being followed by an anticyclone which by Saturday should be centred over South Australia. Except for a clearing shower of two in the south and south-east, the weather in this State should be fine over the week-end, under the influence of the anticyclone. Cool southerly winds are expected to tend later to east and north-east with rising temperatures.

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Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47767091
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page2899242
APA citation
GENERAL NEWS. (1936, December 5). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 26. Retrieved December 3, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47767091

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Here are links to weather maps and weather information published in The Advertiser on the days listed. I couldn't find any time stamps on or referring to the weather maps - they might be there somewhere. The maps are pretty basic compared to today's surface charts.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/47765914 Tuesday 1st December 1936

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/47766199 Wednesday 2nd

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/47766375 Thursday 3rd

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/47766824 Friday 4th 

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