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On this day …….. 2nd of August 1997

After three days Stuart Diver is pulled alive from the rubble of the collapsed Thredbo resorts.

For three days after the collapse of the Alpine Way in Australia’s high country in 1997 (see July 30), Stuart Diver, 27, lay trapped between two concrete slabs, under mud, rubble and snow. The rescue operation was made all the more dangerous by the instability of the debris and the land. Heavy rain, melting snow and landfill had resulted in 2000 square metres of liquefied soil rushing down the mountainside. 1350 volunteers and specialists in rescue operations worked in shifts around the clock to clear the rubble and find survivors. The focus changed for the rescue workers when Stuart Diver was found alive. Michael Featherstone, 52, was the paramedic who stayed beside Diver through the twelve hour rescue ordeal. Diver had been buried for 66 hours, and was suffering severe hypothermia and poor circulation. Internal injuries had caused his body to release toxins into his bloodstream, and workers had to ensure that each step of the rescue was taken slowly and carefully: even moving Diver from a prone to vertical position was delicate and life-threatening as it could have caused a toxic shock. When Diver was finally lifted from his concrete and rubble prison on 2 August 1997, a resounding cheer rang across the mountainside, and probably also from the tens of thousands of Australian viewers who had been watching the rescue on television.

 

On this day …….. 20th of December 1910

The weather in Melbourne on this day was quite wintry, and colder than has been for some time. At Ballarat such cold weather has not been experienced in December for about 40 years, snow fell.

 

On this day …….. 2nd of August 1997

After three days Stuart Diver is pulled alive from the rubble of the collapsed Thredbo resorts.

For three days after the collapse of the Alpine Way in Australia’s high country in 1997 (see July 30), Stuart Diver, 27, lay trapped between two concrete slabs, under mud, rubble and snow. The rescue operation was made all the more dangerous by the instability of the debris and the land. Heavy rain, melting snow and landfill had resulted in 2000 square metres of liquefied soil rushing down the mountainside. 1350 volunteers and specialists in rescue operations worked in shifts around the clock to clear the rubble and find survivors. The focus changed for the rescue workers when Stuart Diver was found alive. Michael Featherstone, 52, was the paramedic who stayed beside Diver through the twelve hour rescue ordeal. Diver had been buried for 66 hours, and was suffering severe hypothermia and poor circulation. Internal injuries had caused his body to release toxins into his bloodstream, and workers had to ensure that each step of the rescue was taken slowly and carefully: even moving Diver from a prone to vertical position was delicate and life-threatening as it could have caused a toxic shock. When Diver was finally lifted from his concrete and rubble prison on 2 August 1997, a resounding cheer rang across the mountainside, and probably also from the tens of thousands of Australian viewers who had been watching the rescue on television.

 

On this day ………… 21st February 1931

Unusual and unseasonable would be two words to describe the fall of snow on Mt Buffalo in Victoria on this day in 1931. It was a Saturday in the middle of summer, and four points of snow fell. Temperatures were below freezing again the following day.

 

 

On this day …….. 11th of January 1983

On this day in 1983, the weather in North East Victoria turned to winter. On Mt Hotham, the high winds blowing turned icy and snow began to fall and by lunch time it was heavy enough for the snow plough to be brought into clear the roads.

 

 

On this day …….. 20th of December 1910

The weather in Melbourne on this day was quite wintry, and colder than has been for some time. At Ballarat such cold weather has not been experienced in December for about 40 years, snow fell.

 

On this day …….. 2nd of August 1997

After three days Stuart Diver is pulled alive from the rubble of the collapsed Thredbo resorts.

For three days after the collapse of the Alpine Way in Australia’s high country in 1997 (see July 30), Stuart Diver, 27, lay trapped between two concrete slabs, under mud, rubble and snow. The rescue operation was made all the more dangerous by the instability of the debris and the land. Heavy rain, melting snow and landfill had resulted in 2000 square metres of liquefied soil rushing down the mountainside. 1350 volunteers and specialists in rescue operations worked in shifts around the clock to clear the rubble and find survivors. The focus changed for the rescue workers when Stuart Diver was found alive. Michael Featherstone, 52, was the paramedic who stayed beside Diver through the twelve hour rescue ordeal. Diver had been buried for 66 hours, and was suffering severe hypothermia and poor circulation. Internal injuries had caused his body to release toxins into his bloodstream, and workers had to ensure that each step of the rescue was taken slowly and carefully: even moving Diver from a prone to vertical position was delicate and life-threatening as it could have caused a toxic shock. When Diver was finally lifted from his concrete and rubble prison on 2 August 1997, a resounding cheer rang across the mountainside, and probably also from the tens of thousands of Australian viewers who had been watching the rescue on television.

 

On this day ………… 21st February 1931

Unusual and unseasonable would be two words to describe the fall of snow on Mt Buffalo in Victoria on this day in 1931. It was a Saturday in the middle of summer, and four points of snow fell. Temperatures were below freezing again the following day.

 

 

On this day …….. 11th of January 1983

On this day in 1983, the weather in North East Victoria turned to winter. On Mt Hotham, the high winds blowing turned icy and snow began to fall and by lunch time it was heavy enough for the snow plough to be brought into clear the roads.

 

 

On this day …….. 20th of December 1910

The weather in Melbourne on this day was quite wintry, and colder than has been for some time. At Ballarat such cold weather has not been experienced in December for about 40 years, snow fell.

 

PINK SNOW

12233263_220562904941512_1112275310_nA strange delight fall of the Victorian Alps on the 21st of July 1935. A large area near Mt. St. Bernard and Hotham is covered with pink snow, which meteorologists explain is caused by the unusual dust-storms from the Mallee country carrying red dust high in the air and a stream of dust particles adhering to the snow