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This blog is about the history of the Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp and neighbouring areas, such as Pakenham, Cranbourne and Garfield, and any other historical subjects I feel like writing about. It's my own original research and writing and if you live in the area you may have read some of the stories before in the Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp Historical Society newsletter or the Koo-Wee-Rup township newsletter, The Blackfish, or the Garfield township newsletter, The Spectator.
Heather Arnold.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Hail storms

Here are some reports of local hail storms in the area over the years.

From The South Bourke and Mornington Journal September 16, 1903   At mid-day on Sunday we experienced a severe hailstorm so heavy that the paddocks bore the appearance of being covered with snow.

From The Argus of November 4, 1903  There was a curious hailstorm on Sunday evening. It appeared to come from the north west and the pieces if ice were so large that windows were smashed in all directions. At Kraft’s Hotel (Top Pub) about twenty were broken and the same number at the State School. One of the pieces of ice weighed half a pound. The South Bourke and Mornington Journal also reported on this storm and said that the elements cannonaded the district with irregular chunks of ice, not proper hailstones.

The Argus of October 28, 1911 reported that Mr J.A. Kirwan, store keeper at Iona was delivering when he was caught in a hailstorm and the horse, becoming restive, backed into the canal. The horse, vehicle and driver fell over the steep bank into the water. Mr Kirwan escaped with minor injuries.

December 20, 1911  A heavy fall of hail occurred this afternoon. The hail was as large as pigeon eggs and did a great deal of damage to the potato and onion fields and also caused considerable loss to orchardists.  (The Argus)

February 19, 1913  The heavy hailstorm on Monday afternoon had a disastrous effect on orchards at North Bunyip and Tonimbuk …the hail was almost the size of hen’s eggs and almost cut some apples in two. (The Argus)

In The Argus of July 30, 1920 Mr Horatio Weatherhead of Tynong reported that in February 1887 there was a hailstorm at Daylesford, when jagged lumps of ice nearly a foot long and weighing up to four pounds fell. The damage to windows, roofs and crops was considerable but no-one was seriously injured. (Horatio and his sons moved from Daylesford to Tynong North in 1909)

February 24, 1945 Hailstones that were found to measure two inches in diameter fell during a freak electrical storm that broke over Garfield late yesterday afternoon. In 45 minutes 310 points (80mm) of rain were recorded. (The Argus)

February 27, 1945  With hail still on the ground from Friday’s storm Garfield again experienced a heavy thunderstorm....vivid lightning and heavy thunder were  accompanied by hail and rain, 112 points  (28 mms) being recorded in half an hour. (The Argus)


On the subject of hail storms, there was a big storm on Janaury 18, 1963 - it was the day before my aunty was married, so Mum remembers the date clearly. These photographs were taken at Grandmas in Murray Road, Cora Lynn on January 19th! Almost like snow!


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