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CANTERBURYS PAST GREAT SNOWSTORMS (1945)
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:18:23 PM »
CANTERBURYS PAST GREAT SNOWSTORMS.

 Friday July 13 1945.
 The day began with a clear, clam dawn.
 It will be a beautiful day." people were saying.
 The a Northwest wind began to blow and blow and blow .
 It increased in intensity until it had reached full gale force and gust as high as 90km/h were recorded at Wigram.
 Then as suddenly as they had started the wind began to decrease in force.
 By late afternoon it had dropped to a light Northwest breeze.
 The oddest part of the day was that, during the gale, the skies had remained clear and the temperatures were mild.
 Mr Brown in the best meteorological tradition recorded what happen next.
 " By about 4pm the wind had backed to a moderate West-southwest and cloud had increased considerably
 no front had passed.
 "From 4.30pm the wind freshened again and veered.
 Between 6pm and 7pm a strong wind from the West=Northwest was blowing .
 At 7.15pm the wind decreased and backed to a moderate Southwest breeze.
 The front having passed.
 "By now the sky was completely overcast but no precipitation had fallen.
 Rain began to fall at 9.30pm and for a short period at about 11pm.
 It was fairly heavy and falling from a sheet of nimbostratus cloud.
 "Shortly after 12.30am on Saturday July 14 the rain turned to heavy snow which fell continuously for six hours and a half.
 "The flakes were numerous and unusually large, some observers estimating them to be the size of cigarette papers".

 copied from The star paper August 11 1973.



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Re: CANTERBURYS PAST GREAT SNOWSTORMS (1945)
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2013, 10:35:31 PM »
I was just wondering if the frequency of snow falls has changed over the years for Canterbury?
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