Snow depth records

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Australian Snow Depth Records

Snow depths in Australia are measured both by the Resorts themselves and by the Snowy Hydro scheme who monitor them for snow melt volumes. Snowy Hydro began recording snow depths in 1954 and are available for all dates since then.

Falls Creek

Records go back as far as 1935 at Falls Creek although the record is not continuous and the location has moved making standardising between the 2 records a little tricky.

1935 - 1946

Average Snow depth based on 102 snow poles 100ft apart on the Rocky Valley Gauging line from Walace's Hut to Rockey Valley Camp. Depths taken after every snowfall. Digitised version of this date range in csv format here.

1935 to 1938
1939 to 1942
1943-1946

1954 - 1956

Average snow depth based on 10 poles near the 10 gauging stations on Rocky Valley Gauging line from Walace's Hut to the "Harbour Bridge". Depths taken 2 to 5 times each season.

1954 to 1957

1957 - 1960

Average Depth based on 20 snow poles 200 ft apart on Rocky Valley Gauging line from Walace's Hut to Rocky Valley Storage. Depths taken at the beginning and middle of each month.

1957 to 1960


1961 - 1984

Average Depth based on 20 snow poles 200 ft apart on Rocky Valley Gauging line from Walace's Hut to Rocky Valley Storage. Depths taken at the beginning and middle of each month.

1961 to 1964
1965 to 1968
1968-1971
1972-1976
1976-1979
1980-1984

Hotham 1927 - 1979

Biggest ever = 1946, 2nd biggest = 1927, 3rd = 1964, 4th = 1981

1927 Record 1928 Very light
1929 Heavy 1930 Very light
1931 Good 1932 Good
1933 Very light 1934 Light
1935 Light 1936 Long & heavy
1937 Light 1938 Light
1939 Very heavy 1940 Light
1941 Good 1942 Heavy & long
1943 Good 1944 Short & light
1945 Short & light 1946 Equal record
1947 Very heavy 1948 Very light
1949 Extreme light 1950 V. light & short
1951 Late, but good 1952 Very good
1953 Very heavy 1954 Light
1955 Generally good 1956 Long & good
1957 Short & light 1958 Short & light
1959 Short & light 1960 Generally good
1961 Light 1962 Light
1963 Light 1964 Very heavy, long
1965 Light 1966 Light
1967 Light 1968 Heavy
1969 Extreme light 1970 Heavy
1971 Generally good 1972 Very good
1973 Extreme light 1974 Good
1975 Very light 1976 Light
1977 Heavy 1978 Generally good
1979 Late & light

There has been a snow gauge at Hotham Heights since 1925 and the depth has been recorded every day since then. However Hotham RMB only has records going back to the 1980's. The above information is from Snow on St. Bernard: Wangartta Ski Club 1930 - 1980. W.S.C., `980. p. 170