(http://www.abc.net.au) Rare at any time, there has been October
snow across some southern areas of South Australia.
weather bureau in Adelaide said the last reports of snowfall in the Adelaide
and neighbouring Mount Lofty Ranges region in October were a century ago.
at Hallett in the mid-north of the state, around Crafers, Mount Lofty, Lobethal
and Belair in the Adelaide hills, Sevenhill in the Clare Valley and Mount
Remarkable in the lower Flinders Ranges have been surprised by snowfalls.
in the agricultural areas have welcomed rainfall that has boosted their crop
grain growers say the falls have come too late for them, but crops in later
districts will get the benefits.
highest measured falls in the state have included 34mm at Kuitpo in the Mount
Lofty Ranges, 27 millimetres at Wilmington in the upper north and 26mm at
have been 21mm at Clare in the mid-north, 19mm at Riverton, 17mm at Auburn, 8mm
at Lameroo in the Murray Mallee and 11mm at Keith in the south-east.
has had about 18mm.
maximum wind gust of 91 kilometres per hour was recorded at Edithburg on lower
Emergency volunteers have been called to dozens of
incidents since the rough weather first hit Adelaide late on Wednesday.
Many of the problems were with fallen trees.
At suburban Brighton, a car was crushed when a
large shopping centre sign fell in high winds.
Raelene Zanker, from Booleroo Centre, said she had
lived in the region for half a century and not seen snow so late in the season.
"Going back I think it was in the '70s some
time we had lots and lots of snow, but we haven't had anything like that for
years now and we've never seen snow in October before, well not since I've been
here anyway," she said.
The October freeze saw Mount Lofty's minimum
temperature hit 0.4 degrees Celsius this morning. It got as low at 0.6 at
Naracoorte and 1.1 at Mount Crawford.
Senior forecaster Tom Boeck confirmed the rarity of
the weather conditions.
"In springtime we do get some quite
significant shifts in the weather in terms of temperature, but I must admit
it's quite unusual to be getting a snow event in October," he said.
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