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An unusually cold storm in southern Australia has dumped a blanket of snow on Mt Lofty near Adelaide, the first October snowfall in more than a century.
Hallett in the state’s mid-north also woke to a blanket of white.
Andrew Watson from the Bureau of Meteorology said the rare weather event was caused by a mass of icy air from the Antarctic.
Snow also whitened the ground along the southern Flinders ranges, east and north of Adelaide, South Australia, the Australian ABC News website said.
Images published Thursday showed snow-covered ground at Hallett, in an upland valley north of Adelaide. Posted videos showed falling snow in the hills east of Adelaide.
The mercury in Adelaide dropped to 4.9C, one of the lowest October minimum temperatures on record, and fell as low as 0.4C at Mount Lofty.
Normal low temperature in Adelaide is about 50 degrees, whereas the typical high is in the lower 70s.
Seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are the opposite of those in the north, so October is a spring month in Australia.
One South Australia resident, from Booleroo Centre, said she had never seen October snow in her half century of living in the area.
Locals 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 the snowfalls.
Hey Oz. How’s that global warmin’ workin’ for ya?
Once-in-century October snow across SA
Thanks to Erwin Chvojan, Oz Steamer, Zoltan Galambos, John Haysman, Denis Ballam, David Krueger, Stephan, Gareth, Miles and Danielle for these links
Yahoo downplayed the snowfall, with their headline reading: “Unseasonal snow falls in South Australia.”
The first snowfall in more than 100 years, and they call it “unseasonal”?
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