An unusually cold storm in southern Australia has dished out the first October snow in a century.
Snow whitened the ground along the Mount Lofty and southern Flinders ranges, east and north of Adelaide, South Australia, the Australian ABC News website said.
Images published Thursday on the ABC website showed snow-covered ground at Hallett, in an upland valley north of Adelaide. Posted videos showed falling snow in the hills east of Adelaide.
At low elevations, rain fell late Wednesday to early Thursday at temperatures in the lower to middle 40s, weather data available to AccuWeather.com showed.
Normal low temperature in Adelaide is about 50 degrees, whereas the typical high is in the lower 70s.
Snowflakes likely mixed in above about 1,500 feet of elevation, with snow sticking and covering the ground above 1,800 to 2,000 feet. Hallet, for instance, is situated at an elevation of almost 2,000 feet above sea level.
The late-season storm gave wetting rain to a significant swath of the state, including agricultural land.
Some growers indicated the rain "boosted crop prospects," ABC said.
However, the storm came with some "rough edges," as winds in the area reached up to about 55 mph. Trees were felled, and a falling sign crushed a car in an Adelaide area shopping center, according to the ABC site.
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.
The snow and cold rain stemmed from a storm that swept in from the Southern Ocean, which separates Australia from Antarctica.
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The plum rains are known as "meiyu" in China, the "baiyu" or "tsuyu" in Japan, and the "jangma" in the Koreas. The heart of the plum rain season stretches from early June to mid-July, with a tendency to shift south to north across the affected area.
In the wake of the mid-June cloudbursts, most of Pakistan to northwestern India last week saw a return to dry, hot weather typical of the weeks leading up to the Monsoon onset. It was as if the Monsoon withdrew to its "normal" position for the latter half of June.
The 38.5 degree C (101 degrees F) reading Tuesday in Ajaccio, Corsica, may have been tops in Europe.
Monsoon Onset was June 13th, 2013, in Delhi, almost two weeks earlier than average. The June 15th onset at Karachi and Islamabad was more like three week ahead of schedule.
In Pakistan, hit-or-miss downpours missed the Sindh capital, Karachi. One did hit Pad Idan, where it left 60 mm of rain Wednesday. This was more than 20 times greater than the normal June rainfall.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!