July 1900..Record inland snow event in Australian recorded history

On July 5th 1900, the heaviest snowfall in Australian history outside the alpine areas hit the region, with 50 to 100 centimetres of snow falling around Bathurst and the Blue Mountains.

It snowed as far west as Forbes, where 25 centimetres of snow was recorded at only 240 metres above sea level.

Bathurst was hard hit by the falls.

FULL STORY HERE . There is a video documentary as well

weather maps

Thanks to steamtrain13583′ from weatherzone forum for this excellent historical resource


“The only major Australian cities to have received a significant snow cover at any time in the last century are Canberra and Hobart, although Melbourne experienced a heavy snowfall in 1849, and there are anecdotal reports of snowflakes in Sydney in 1836.

The heaviest snowfall in Australian history outside the alpine areas was that of 4–5 July 1900, when 50–100 cm fell around Bathurst and in the Blue Mountains, and 25 cm as far west as Forbes (only 240 metres above sea level). Other major widespread low-elevation snow events include those of July 1901, July 1949 and July 1984.”
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LITHGOW Main st 1910

Lithgow main st 1910


2 comments on “July 1900..Record inland snow event in Australian recorded history



    1836: Snow in Sydney

    Published on 06 December 2011 by Josh Cockfield in News
    Meteorological table published in The Sydney Herald, 30 June 1836

    The burgeoning colony of Sydney was blanketed with up to an inch of snow on a bitterly cold morning in June 1836. This historic event was recently uncovered in a newspaper archive by a volunteer from the citizen science project, OzDocs.

    ‘About seven o’clock in the morning a drifting fall covered the streets, nearly an inch in depth… a razor-keen wind from the west blew pretty strongly at the time and altogether, it was the most English like winter morning … ever experienced,’ reported The Sydney Herald.

    The meteorological table in The Sydney Herald recorded that on the morning of the snow (June 28, 1836) the temperature had dropped to a frosty 3 degrees Celsius (38°F). According to The Monitor newspaper the snow disrupted trading in the colony with vendors unable to transport their goods to the markets.

    The surprised colony members were reported to have made light of the unusual occurrence. ‘Some of the “Old hands” express a hope that their old acquaintances, Messrs. Frost and Snow do not intend emigrating to New South Wales,’ reported The Sydney Herald.

    Gary Cook, an OzDocs volunteer, discovered the first of the newspaper articles describing the historic weather event in the National Library of Australia’s TROVE database. OzDocs is currently looking for more volunteers to help search historical records and uncover further information about Australia’s climate history.

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