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For the first time in exactly six years snow fell at Waiatarua, in the Waitakere Ranges, this morning. On July 27. 1939, 2in of snow fell at the Waiatarua tea kiosk —the first fall on the ranges within living memory, but not the first in Auckland. This morning the criso, white mantle was much lighter and by 10 o'clock had disappeared from the driveway to the kiosk, although the lawn in a sheltered spot further down the gully was still covered.

The snow lay thick in gutters along the upper part of the Titirangi scenic drive. The last fall occurred during a squall about 9.30, when local residents distinguished a few light flakes. Earlier this morning the roofs of houses were whit.e and in depressions by the side of the road the snow lay several inches thick. Ponga ferns and native trees were also white.

The temperature in the hills early this morning was about 38 degrees.

The fall in Auckland in 1939 was the first since 1894 and came after the coldest snap in living history. It was thought that the fall was the heaviest since there has been a white population.

There was snow on the upper levels of the Mount Eden district in the 1939 fall and the city's volcanic cones were lightly powdered. The fall was reported as far north as Leigh, 50 miles from Auckland.

In the city this morning the air temperature was 43.7 degrees, Yesterday's air temperature was 49.4 degrees, with a minimum on the grass of 33. There was a light fall of hail in the city shortly after midday.

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FALL OF SNOW, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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FALL OF SNOW Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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