The big chill comes early – record winter blast hits Northern Plains

Massive early cold wave –  Nearly an inch of snow at Rapid City. This is the earliest recorded snowfall going back to 1888.

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Source: NOAA

Mount Rushmore from NWS Rapid City Twitter Feed:

Mt-Rushmore-snowA television Meteorologist in Sioux Falls, SD had this to say:

Way too early for this. Even the Presidents look like they are crying…

The national Weather Service in Rapid City posted this on Twitter a few minutes ago, it shows their view outside the window looking at their radiosonde launch station

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According to a newspaper report from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, eight inches of snow have reportedly fallen in the Black Hills area. This beats the previous early snowfall record set on Sept. 13, 1970, when 0.7″ of an inch of snow fell at Rapid City, SD.

Elsewhere, 8″ of snow were reported in Downtown Custer, 6″ were reported five miles south of Hill City, and 4-5″ inches were reported in Hill City, Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported. Mount Rushmore reported 7″ of snow, and Sundance, Wyoming reported 4″. The map below shows accumulations.

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SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

 INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME

 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------

  8.00   DOWNTOWN CUSTER          SD  CUSTER           0800 AM

  7.00   MOUNT RUSHMORE           SD  PENNINGTON       0810 AM

  7.00   1 ENE DOWNTOWN CUSTER    SD  CUSTER           0605 AM

  6.00   5 S HILL CITY            SD  PENNINGTON       0815 AM

  6.00   8 NW TERRY PEAK          SD  LAWRENCE         0750 AM

  6.00   2 SSE DEERFIELD RESERVO  SD  PENNINGTON       0740 AM

  5.00   5 ENE DOWNTOWN CUSTER    SD  CUSTER           0600 AM

  5.00   JOHNSON SIDING           SD  PENNINGTON       0530 AM

  4.50   HILL CITY                SD  PENNINGTON       0852 AM

  4.00   1 ENE SUNDANCE           WY  CROOK            0800 AM

  4.00   2 SSE DEERFIELD RESERVO  SD  PENNINGTON       0400 AM

  3.00   7 SW DOWNTOWN RAPID CIT  SD  PENNINGTON       0800 AM

  2.50   1 W DOWNTOWN RAPID CITY  SD  PENNINGTON       0815 AM

  2.00   6 E DEVILS TOWER JUNCTI  WY  CROOK            0842 AM

  2.00   9 ENE DEVILS TOWER JUNC  WY  CROOK            0840 AM

  2.00   ALADDIN                  WY  CROOK            0835 AM

  2.00   6 W BEULAH               WY  CROOK            0824 AM

  2.00   5 W WHITEWOOD            SD  LAWRENCE         0820 AM

  2.00   2 W DOWNTOWN SPEARFISH   SD  LAWRENCE         0815 AM

  2.00   3 ESE DOWNTOWN GILLETTE  WY  CAMPBELL         0750 AM

  2.00   4 S DOWNTOWN RAPID CITY  SD  PENNINGTON       0600 AM

  1.50   BEULAH                   WY  CROOK            0855 AM

  1.30   12 SW MOSKEE             WY  WESTON           0800 AM

  1.00   FOUR CORNERS             WY  WESTON           0827 AM

  1.00   1 N DOWNTOWN RAPID CITY  SD  PENNINGTON       0815 AM

  1.00   LEAD                     SD  LAWRENCE         0745 AM

  0.90   1 NW PIEDMONT            SD  MEADE            0730 AM

  0.90   1 ESE DOWNTOWN RAPID CI  SD  PENNINGTON       0600 AM

Source: NWS Rapid City

Freeze warnings for many northern U.S. locations have also been issued, including Spokane, WA and Duluth, MN.

I expect we will see many many cold records set.

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164 thoughts on “The big chill comes early – record winter blast hits Northern Plains

  1. Well, the Global warming is causing chaos with the climate, everyone knows that. Obama said so. 😉

      • Not only that, Master Kerry says it is in the Bible, that we must save those nice IS people from Global Warming. If you don’t try to save them, by taking reusable bags to the market, you are a heathen!

    • We should reconsider the Keystone pipeline. Lesson learned: Never piss off the Canadians – the payback is chilling.

      • I live in Vancouver. We get our cold air systems from Alaska. But please do approve Keystone, it will save a lot of oil spills from rail.

    • Shouldn’t countries that export cold air get paid money from UN green slush fund? They help to reduce global warming.
      We could start up a whole new trading scheme based on Cold Air Credits, this would be worth billions of dollars per year and would provide a useful new revenue source for hard pressed banking sector.
      Countries hosting these CAC exchanges would see boost in GDP, it a win-win way to fight global warming and save the planet.

      • Farmers have to take a hit every now and then. They have been profiting from increased yields due to the increased concentration of CO2 int he air in recent decades.

      • I think most of the Cornbelt will dodge the freeze damage bullet tonight. Fortunately, this cold air mass has moderated a bit with its slow track from Canada and soils in the Midwest are pretty moist and warm right now.
        With the marginally cold for frost/freeze damage event tonight(late afternoon dew points are well above freezing, except in ND/SD), I expect the low spots in outlying areas to get close to or just below freezing.
        That is, those areas that clear out by midnight.
        This is around 2 weeks early compared to climatological averages for temperatures to get down to 32 degrees in these areas.
        http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=arx&storyid=104309&source=0
        Speaking of farmers, in case you missed it yesterday. Thanks to one of the best growing seasons/weather ever, along with help from increasing CO2/atmospheric fertilization and technological advances, this years corn and soybean estimates from the USDA were for record production………by a wide margin over anything ever recorded.
        http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/CropProd/CropProd-09-11-2014.txt
        “Corn production is forecast at 14.4 billion bushels, up 3 percent from both
        the August forecast and from 2013. Based on conditions as of September 1,
        yields are expected to average 171.7 bushels per acre, up 4.3 bushels from
        the August forecast and 12.9 bushels above the 2013 average. If realized,
        this will be the highest yield and production on record for the United
        States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 83.8 million acres, unchanged
        from the August forecast but down 4 percent from 2013.
        Soybean production is forecast at a record 3.91 billion bushels, up 3 percent
        from August and up 19 percent from last year. Based on September 1
        conditions, yields are expected to average a record high 46.6 bushels per
        acre, up 1.2 bushels from last month and up 3.3 bushels from last year.”

      • Even worse news for warmests…97% of them believe it’s a very rare and exciting event.
        ( According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.
        “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said. – in March 2000 )

      • Record corn harvest for ethanol and record soybean harvest for export and fake hamburgers. What will happen to the real food crops?

      • Tell me about it, I’m rushing to get my greehouse in order before the big chill. I really hate store bought tomatoes, I thought I might have another month at least.

      • its the poor animals out in it I sorrow for, far too early and they wont have full winter coats or body fat built up.

      • This response is to ozspeakingup who is worried about animals without a winter coat. I’m in the Kansas City area. My old (30 years old) Morgan horse has been growing in his winter coat since July. Earliest I have ever seen him do that, and I have been partially chalking it up to the fact that he is old. He did regret it last week when it was 90 degrees, but not today. He’s not the only one either, he just has the thickest coat. These animals may know something we don’t.

      • Not so, farmers will receive cash subsidies for damages and for not planting anything. It is a win-win for farmers…

    • Yes AW bad news for the farmers indeed. But as you know most of us carry Government (you the taxpayers) crop insurance and although that never pays beck the hrs and hrs put in let alone the damage it does to soils and equipment they are somewhat covered.

  2. Once the snow and temps have been homogenized, it was really a blast of hot, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico that was felt.

  3. 50 miles west of Chicago, tonight predicted to get down to 39F.
    A bad end to a cool and damp spring/summer.
    Bad news for the remaining tomatoes and pepper plants.
    The great lakes had ice late last winter, so the water is still colder than normal, I hope this is not the start of the next (little) ice age. Last winter was tough, two in a row will be depressing. I know it is weather not climate, but with the decadal oscillations shifting to the cold phase and the low in activity we may be in for some cooling.
    That’s why the warmists are so desperate with this latest propaganda push, for the UN meetings coming up next year, they see the window closing as the warm scare will be harder and harder to maintain in the face of mother nature and the truth. Hence the push for the weird or dirty weather meme from all that dirty carbon pollution, can’t sell the warming scare scenario when you are shivering.
    Therefore also a bad time to mess up our energy infrastructure !

  4. As many here know, we had that blast through Southern Alberta on Monday and Tuesday. In Calgary we had about a foot of heavy, wet snow. Tens of thousands of trees were broken, driving around last night we say an immense number of broken branches lying everywhere, and the City has a special collection service to get the debris to landfill sites. (For those not familiar with winter weather, trees handle snow fine unless they still have leaves, which they all do. A large tree can have thousands of pounds of snow stuck to its leaves)
    Many cars and houses are damaged from broken tree branches, many power lines were down including a bunch that were visibly steaming. Crop damage is immeasurable at this point, but will probably be serious. This is a critical time for farmers, they probably intended to be harvesting this week and next, not trying to find the crop under the snow. It was definitely destructive.

    • Three days earlier I flew in from Palm Springs: 41C, down from the previous day of 43C. Several hours after I left the dust storm and 7.5cm of rain flooded the area.
      Looked to me like the offshore Mexican tropical storm pushed a big system over into the Central Valley deserts, and then further ENE, which caused a counter-clockwise movement from northern Canada to swing south-south east, dragging the cold with it. Calgary was colder than Yellowknife.

      • Doug,
        Though large scale/upper level features teleconnect thousands of miles apart and often effect each other, in this case the offshore Mexican tropical storm and this northern stream system hitting with snow and cold are coming from entirely different stream flows(at least that’s my impression).
        This cold wave/pattern had origins going back over a week ago, when northern stream energy and Arctic cold at very high latitudes began dropping south thru AK and Northwest Canada.
        Much like recent northern stream troughs/lows, including the ones that caused one of the coolest July’s in Midwest history and last Winters Polar Vortex’s, this one dropped straight south and brought unusually cold air south of the US/Canadian border.
        The Mother Lode of cold air is still up in N.Canada right now.
        http://www.weather.unisys.com/surface/sfc_con.php?image=na&inv=0&t=cur&expanddiv=hide_bar
        Where will that go?
        Early next week, the northern stream will grab a chunk of that cold and send it southeast into southeastern Canada, with just the southern edge getting into the Upper Great Lakes and Northeast US briefly.
        The new pattern as the week continues and possibly into week 2 will feature a more zonal flow of much warmer air that spreads across the US from west to east.

    • Thanks for sharing your local perspective CodeTech.
      I’m curious:
      Have you seen many damaged evergreens?
      Please keep us updated on the crops.

    • Yes, I will never forget the October 4 1987 storm in Albany/Southern Vermont.
      The earliest measurable snowfall at Albany, where 6.5″ inches fell, with as much as 20″ reported in parts of the Catskills. The storm wreaked havoc on the area because it was a heavy, extremely wet snow, which fell on fully leaved trees. Numerous branches and trees were felled…taking down power lines with them, blocking roads and damaging houses. Albany was described as “looking like a war zone.” Hundreds of thousands of people were without power…some for up to two weeks. It was the most snow that ever fell during the month of October in Albany.
      I remember having to take showers in the morgue at the local hospital in Bennington, VT.

      • I remember that Winter. I was living in Albany, NY at the time. There were many downed tree limbs around the roads of the city. I remember thinking at the time trees have to prepare for Winter like animals and people do and that is the reason they lose their leaves in the Fall.
        It had never occurred to me before the reason why trees lose their leaves in the Fall. It’s because having them during a heavy Winter snowstorm would cause the trees to lose their branches. It’s also the reason pine trees can retain their pine needles, because they don’t hold as much snow as leaves.
        Bob Clark

      • @Robert Clark. Another reason is that tree leaves from non evergreens need quite a bit of water to keep them functional. The tree.wouldn’t be able to support full foliage in winter anyway, because the air is sondry and the ability to get moisture from roots to leaves is greatly diminished in winter – in many places it is like desert conditions as far as moisture is concerned since the water is all locked up in snow and ice.
        Evergreens have smallish leaves with a wax coating and chemicals inside which don’t freeze. The small wax coated.leaves prevent water.from escaping (reduces leaf transpiration) which allows the tree to hold on to the leaves without the water cost. Note that there are a handful of conifer species that do lose their leaves in winter as well.

    • The Calgary snow fall over 3 days was the highest total for the complete month of September ever recorded.

    • all that good wood to landfill?
      why not shred the leaves etc and use it as green mulch immediately to help protect soils, and saw the bigger bits for use next year for firewood,
      looks like bitter cold winters may become the norm, not the exception.
      what a waste to put it in a ditch

  5. Gee, looks like a cold winter coming again. I am in NZ and we are in spring the winter here was mild I thought.

  6. Forecast for Ely, Mn tonight is 27° F (-2.7° C). Glad I’m didn’t plan a late summer canoe trip this year.

  7. Please share some of the cold with us europeans too.
    Asked a colleague today why he believed in CAGW and the response was: it just feels like there should be a problem releasing all this CO2.

    • We never wished for a deep Solar minimum or deep freeze or anything like that. We just didn’t want international treaties based on flimsy science. That the Global Warming models collapse so spectacularly is of course beautiful.

  8. The polar vortex seems to have again hurtled an historic Arctic outbreak out of Canada and into the USA after leaving Calgary reeling from an early season snowstorm earlier this week. At West Yellowstone MT the mercury slid all the way down to 6 F this morning (12 Sept 2014), the first time it has ever been so cold this early in the winter (or is it summer?). And for the first time ever in early September the temperature dropped into the teens at Sheridan Wyoming where the temperature stood at 18 F this morning following an extensive snowstorm yesterday.
    From NWS Billings:
    …RECORD LOWS SET AND TIED FOR SEPTEMBER 12TH…
    SHERIDAN HAD A LOW OF 18 DEGREES THIS MORNING. THIS CRUSHED THE OLD RECORD OF 30 SET IN 1975.

    • Mark,
      “…the first time it has ever been so cold this early in the winter (or is it summer?). And for the first time ever in early September…”
      I think you mean the first time in recorded temperature history. There was very, very thick ice there multiple times in the past. I guess I’m just sensitized to things sounding like the warministas and their “unprecedented” weather claims. 😉
      Bruce

    • Well not really. Temperature have been lower and winter has come sooner many times in the past. The only difference is that man with his thermometers was not present then to record and observe what is happening now.

    • On the Climate Change discussion forum on Facebook someone made the point that it has snowed in September in the northern U.S. states before and gave a list of when this has happened. I found it notable that the highest level was in 1971. This was when we were having unusually cold Winters to the extent some suggested we were heading towards another ice age.
      Bob Clark

  9. It could be so easy for the professional alarmists; just switch to ice age alarmism.
    But they seem to have a 90 degree phase lag to the PDO.

    • That would work for our current head of the White House Office of Science and Technology:
      WORLDNETDAILY EXCLUSIVE
      HOLDREN: ICE AGE WILL KILL 1 BILLION.
      Obama’s science chief blames man-made carbon emissions.
      Published: 10/09/2009 at 12:00 AM
      http://www.wnd.com/2009/10/112317/
      Note: the title here refers to what Holdren said in 1971 when harsh Winters led some to suggest we were headed towards an ice age.
      Bob Clark

  10. A gov. tax payer paid for webcam “photo”, every 20 sec.’s is worth a thousand post “words” on the internet.
    When the low info voters see the snow it sinks in much better than trying to understand earth, sun, moon, cloud, ocean, ect cycles and the statistics from that put into a graph via a compter model.
    The National Park Service , the Forrest Service, heck all the ski areas have web cams.
    Put up a link to them all and invite the public to come by and see the truth for themselves.
    Lies kill.
    Truth is life.

  11. If you live out in the boonies and use propane for heat, you may want to fill up now before the farmers all start drying their wet corn.
    Oh BTW: looks as though Jefferson may have caught a cold as he seems to have an ice cycle hanging from his nose.

  12. No predictions…er…projections here, but I sure hope this won’t end up in another Blizzard of ’78.
    ( I never did get around to buying a snow blower.8-(

  13. Meanwhile, just another fine day in Florida. We even have a weak tropical wave passing over the southern part of the State bringing some needed rain. Perhaps I’ll hit the beach early tomorrow with a cup of fresh brewed coffee and just enjoy the warmth of it all.

  14. We are expecting a record low in Kansas City, and if the clouds that have kept us so cool in the past 2 days clear out, we might even see the northern lights, courtesy of the solar storm! I think I am going to ask for a snow blower for my birthday.

    • It is 37 degrees at my house this morning. The airport always manages to be warmer so it might not hit a record for today, but it did last night at midnight for yesterday. No northern lights though.

  15. Unprecedented climate disasters! Therefore caused by human CO2!
    Don’t you forget that we the true believers own this meme. Heh.

  16. “U.S. corn and soybean production in 2014, already pegged at record highs, will be higher than expected a month ago and somewhat above trade expectations, the U.S. government said…”
    “”We are swamped with grain stocks, not only in the U.S. but in the world,” said Don Roose, an analyst with U.S. Commodities.”
    http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2014/09/11/big-crop-gets-bigger-usda-raises-us-corn-soybean-estimates/
    In Minnesota we are looking for more warm days and a delayed frost. The 10 day forecast looks good hopefully yielding the farmers a bit more income. The nationwide picture shows success. In the face of any extreme weather.

  17. Our CO2 emissions caused this extreme weather outburst. We will be seeing more of these extreme weather outbursts in the future, maybe even year round snow over much of the corn belt as the world continues to warm.

  18. Right … it’s still summer.
    And we didn’t even need a polar vortex to bring a chill to our lives …
    Today’s high in Buffalo was 55°F (equal to the normal low for this date) … about the type of weather we’d expect to see around the 27th … of October.
    What remains is to see if this winter will be a brutally cold and snowy season.

    • Wyoming is a beautiful state. On my cross country trip to the state of New York, Wyoming was my favorite by a lap!

  19. And the US anamoly for the month of September will be positive, and will probably be in the top 10 warmest evah.

    • I am buying a house in Elgin, Oregon (if I am blessed by God that is). About 6 years ago they had a snowmageddon event that destroyed open vehicles, house roofs and car ports. I will be needing to buy a snow blower me thinks. Does that one do the job?

  20. meanwhile, it’s going to be over 100* here in The Valley this weekend, like totally, fer sure!
    i’ll be in the swimming pool, if anyone needs me.

  21. The northeast isn’t too balmy either (44 in Ottawa, ON). I’m beginning to get suspicious of the decline in Arctic ice reported these days.

  22. Here in Nebraska, I had my r-12 refrigerant running last week. This week, I’m wearing a hoody inside. Happy to own a snowblower.

  23. Thx for all the great comments folks. In spite of the cold temps I’m warm just from laughing at the comments… great stuff… keep it coming

  24. Hey maybe the professor in Seattle in the early 70’s was right after all, ICE AGE COMING in three years he said (He’s only out by a negligible 40 years after all), remember him? Anyone?

    • Yep I remember him, think he works in the Administration now I think, remember the Reader’s Digest article too. Think he’s a global we are all going to die sweating to death now. Think I need to lay off the brandy before reading posts especially when replying to them.

  25. Green Bay, Wisconsin reporting area in noaa.gov for Sept 12th had a list of twelve weather stations with new record low highs in central and northern Wisconsin. Most broke old records by several degrees and two of them by eight degrees. Three of the old records dated back to 1902.

  26. On a very sad note that I expect the President to do, is to make all weather data TOP SECRET RUFF.
    That way, the President will be able to prosecute USA citizens, by death without trial, who violate his executive order and maintain absolute obedience in the purity of the President for all time.
    “In the Chain Of Command Their can be NO Ambiguity. Violators will be KILLED at the pleasure of the President of the United States of America.”
    Of this, there is evidence.

  27. So where are the usual suspects to tell us this is only weather?
    David?
    Certainly you can burn one of your sock puppets for this.

  28. I wondered if there was a connection between the polar vortex and the increases in arctic ice the last two years. If there is a connection then we would expect there to be another extreme instance of the polar vortex this Winter.
    Bob Clark

  29. Last night this area (SW MO) broke a 120+ year record for cold temps.
    I would like to nominate Mother Nature for a Nobel. She has done something that all those warmer-mystics could not, or would not, do. She came up with an experiment that falsified GW, AGW, and the idea that CO2 could be a cause for warming… that is, if there were any warming. It wasn’t a difficult experiment. She just let nature do its thing and then didn’t dummy-up the data.

    • South-west? Springfield area? I need to ask a friend of mine how summer is going there…

  30. A very cold winter in the US combined with warm ocean temps makes for a pretty stormy winter season in the UK. Hopefully it will not be as bad as last year.

  31. Well, to us farmers, predicted yields are one thing, actual yields are another. We get more of the first than the second. A lesson that may prove hard for many others too. Brett Keane

  32. Freeze My Be-geez
    Thank God we’ve got global warming for without it we’d simply freeze
    As the temperature climbs we set chilling records lower degree by degrees
    In the bright sunlight you can see ice crystals if you happen to sneeze
    Ice in the air with snow in your hair and now you’ve started to wheeze
    Before we know it we’ll all have a cold or some other chilling disease
    After all winter did start a few days ago and we do have a northerly breeze
    Just yesterday enough snow fell that it’s deep enough to reach your knees
    With snow pilling up it covers the cars by spring it may cover the trees
    It’ll take a while for this snow to melt so we’ll have a late planting of peas
    When spring does bring a warming Sun we’ll no longer have to say please
    The environmentalists will trout out the mantra harping their expertise
    But where the hell is global warming its cold enough to freeze my be-geez

  33. Almost a year ago we had this.

    Live Science – September 20, 2013
    Why Autumn Leaves May Be Dulled by Climate Change
    ……. Several studies have shown that fall color, on average, arrives later these days — and that delay correlates with warming temperatures.
    A 23-year observational study at Harvard Forest has shown that fall hues now arrive three to five days later today, on average, than they did at the beginning of the study……
    http://www.livescience.com/39820-climate-change-fall-leaves.html

    Climate as per IPCC is 30 years or more of weather data, not 23 years.

  34. It would appear that since 2000, whenever there is an extra warm SST or a major hot spot in the North Pacific Ocean (20-65 N), south of Alaska , during the summer and fall, North America including United States may experience a very cold winter . The extra warm SST in the North Pacific happened in 2000,2003,2006, 2010, 2012 and 2013. There were below average winter temperatures in 2001,2004,2007,2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,2013 and 2014. It looks like we may potentially have a below average cold winter as this part of the North Pacific is at its warmest yet. It may be that the extra warm air gets into the high Arctic causing jet stream blocking, SSW events and Arctic vortex distortions. This is what happened last winter.

  35. Late snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.

    13 September 2014
    Snow Falls Early in Northwestern China’s Xinjiang
    http://english.cri.cn/12394/2014/09/13/2982s844053.htm
    11 September, 2014
    Calgary snowstorm cleanup could take weeks
    http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/09/10/enmax-grapples-with-power-outages-in-calgary-on-second-day-of-heavy-wet-snow

    Does anyone know if it’s all melted yet?

    20 August, 2014
    Winnipeg has a problem that just won’t go away.
    A giant, 60-foot snow pile that refuses to melt.
    Every winter, Winnipeg’s street maintenance team goes out and collects excessive build ups of snow from parking lots across the city. Usually, the mountains deplete in time for the following winter season, but this year, there’s a chance it might not.
    http://www.torontosun.com/2014/08/20/winnipegs-60-foot-snow-hill-wont-melt

    Snow and ice is no more due to global warming.

    • The snow is gone in my Calgary neighbourhood – we live at low elevation near the river. The trees are mostly still green, with a few starting to turn yellow. The problem was a heavy wet snowfall when the deciduous trees still had all their leaves – the weight of the snow caused major damage to trees, with large limbs torn off and occasionally whole trees downed. Some power failures occurred as electrical wires were taken down by the trees.
      The city is a mess with all the downed trees, especially in the older neighbourhoods but we will clean it up quickly. We are pretty much recovered from the mid-2013 flood* that inundated the near-river communities and some of the downtown – I understand it was the most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history (we do not count the burning of Toronto by the Yanks circa 1814 – that was urban renewal).
      This latest snow event can be attributed to natural weather fluctuation in Calgary – we are located near the Rocky Mountains and our weather is highly variable. People here say “If you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes…”. Circa 1985 we had minus 40 degrees at Halloween (degrees F or C – faites vos choix) – racing with the kids from house to house for treats, hot choc and rum toddies…
      Although I believe that the global warming scare promoted by the IPCC is hysterical nonsense, based on a ridiculously high estimate of Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity to CO2 (ECS), for which there is NO supporting scientific evidence and ample evidence to the contrary, this latest snow event itself proves nothing – except “Don’t park your car under a tree”.
      * A note regarding the mid-2013 Calgary flood:
      We had tens (maybe hundreds) of thousands of volunteers show up for many weeks to help clean flooded basements of river mud – that saved many millions of dollars and months of time. Our MP (Member of Parliament of Canada) asked me to find some homes to clean up for a work team she had available – it turned out to be Mrs. Stephen Harper (wife of the Prime Minister of Canada), four MP’s and many friends – and they worked really hard in the mud all day – with no camera crews in sight. Finally we have a federal government with decency and competence, after many decades of Liberal thievery and incompetence.
      Love this City and this Country!

  36. Bah, humbug. The map says my area is to be in the 50’s for its lows. That isn’t cold. The long term low averages for us is in the high 40’s this time of the year. I’ll enjoy the warmth.

  37. Too, a long cold hard eyed look at the long term trend if colder , the effect of that on the range of electric cars ect. . Locations that now have days of say 20F will be say as low as 10F or 15F. If the car is left out side and the trip home is say 25 miles, may not work at all.
    Say a suprise cold front drops the temp. fast say around 9:00 when people are just at work. They just did not recharge the night before because the NWS got the next day weather wrong. Stuck half way home just after dark with the out side temp. say 5F. and just when the owner remembers he did not gas up too.
    Things like the real world.

  38. Weather Channel – 28 August 2014
    Global Warming May Lead To Even More Extreme Snowfall Events
    ………He took advantage of simulations that had been run on 20 different climate models (under a scenario where throughout the 21st century) from centers around the world and did a statistical analysis to see what they projected for changes in average and extreme snowfall in the Northern Hemisphere by the end of the century…………

    Yet they told us to expect warmer, less snowy winters. They just forgot to tell us about summer snow in the US of A!!!
    CAGW………………..the hypothesis that bends the data to fit the hypothesis. No matter what happens, they will run and run the models and pick the ‘results’ as they see fit. Future generations will wonder how the human race left science in favour of voodoo and chicken entrails disguised as computer models.

    • Yep, the IPCC said there should be “fewer cold outbreaks” (well they did say during “NH winters” so maybe this doesn’t apply, lol)

  39. Yesterday at dawn 19 degrees F at dawn at my place with 10″ of snow on the ground. Buffalo, WY. In the last 20 years do not recall any such weather this early.

  40. I’m on vacation in the Yellowstone area. First snowfall of the year near Gardiner, Montana — see picture below. Not that I’m complaining. It’s beyond beautiful up here, but everyone says this was a very cold summer. At the next place, the Centennial mountains in SW Montana, it was 10 degrees the night before last.
    Everything is warming up again, but it’s a harbinger of an early winter. That much said, eastern Oregon and eastern Washington have had a very hot summer — record heat in eastern Washington, in fact.
    http://i.imgur.com/i2mU9kV.jpg

  41. I might add that skeptics ought to try not to be drawn into the ongoing conflation of climate and weather that has come to characterize the desperation of the AGW crowd. This is especially true in the U.S., where we have very big normal swings in weather.
    Last year, within a five-month period, I personally experienced a swing of 135 degrees (F) in SE Oregon. This is not a constant occurrence there, yet nor is it unusual. In the region east of the Cascades and south of the Columbia River, there have been temperatures over 80 degrees recorded in every month of the year, and snowfall in 11 of 12 months.
    There have been periods in June and July where there was snowfall in the morning and 90 degrees in the afternoon. Rivers and lakes dry up, and then flood on varying schedules ranging from a couple of years to a decade or more. The United States has a volatile normal climate, and so do many of its individual regions.
    So don’t sit there and gloat over a cold winter, because before you know it there’ll be a record warm one. Let the other side pull that kind of b.s.

    • This is why I love the eastern half of Oregon. It is such a testament to creation! Hot, cold, wet, dry, snow, ice, lava, ash, boiling water, ice cold water, we’ve got it all. Not to mention wildlife. Oh my liven Lord! I have personally witnessed a bull moose fall in love with a cow herd! The only issue now is to rid the territory of non-native wolves.

      • Ah yes, the dreaded Canadian wolves. We had a good laugh about that. No Canadian wolves! Hey, I don’t like wolves at all.

      • It is likely the native wolf population in Wallowa County was an isolated gray wolf group, likely smaller in both pack numbers and individual size than its northern brothers and sisters. Wallowa County had an abundance of game but only if wolf packs and individual animals were small in size (likely a circular feedback loop). While members of the pack would wander off and the come back, the population would tend to become inbred due to the extreme isolation of the county. The present population, if left alone to live or die, will likely follow suit. But knowing our government, they will likely force new genetic stock into the packs, keeping the pack and individuals bigger than they would otherwise be here in NE Oregon.
        It is in that sense that I say the current pack is not native to NE Oregon.
        It is also the case that wolf heads and skin were sought after by native American Indians as head dresses, who thought the hunting ability of the wolf would somehow transfer to the wearer of the head and skin. Whether the Nez Pierce tribe that used Wallowa County as their hunting grounds killed wolves and wore such head dresses I don’t know. But Plains Indians surely did as there is photographic proof of this.
        Finally, it would also be the case that Indians would be keen on keeping ungulate populations up in Wallowa County. Since Indians have a rich history in environmental engineering to support game populations, it is not unreasonable to suggest that wolf populations may have been controlled, IE kept low, in order to keep ungulate game abundant. I would have.

    • Truth – but I don’t think anything would convince the alarmists if indeed it is getting colder. We could get snow in July in Iowa with new glaciers growing and they’d still shout “warming!”

      • Eventually, the facts will prevail. You can b.s. people about lots of things for a long time, but it evenbtually catches up. The answer to b.s. should not be more of it.

  42. Locations that now have days of say 20F will be say as low as 10F or 15F. If the car is left out side and the trip home is say 25 miles, may not work at all.
    As the owner of both an electric car and a one-ton diesel pickup truck, let me say that cold temps (depending on the details) don’t favor either vehicle, although with a diesel you have to get below about 10 degrees before you’re in danger of gelling the fuel if you leave it out in the cold without taking precautions. EV range definitely declines in winter too.
    But “not work at all?” Hasn’t happened in my EV. That was reserved for the night last winter when I left the truck outside in -30F without plugging in the block heater or adding the anti-gel additive to the fuel. Look, I am not any kind of “EVangelist,” but facts are facts.

  43. I was sitting in the warn sunshine on my patio drinking a morning coffee in Vancouver on 9/11/14, thinking of my brother in Calgary, Alberta who was suffering a power outage and a fallen tree in his yard. On TV the mid-day anchor on the CBC news was interviewing a meteorologist and suggested that such a strange weather event must be due to climate change. The meteorologist, based in Yellowknife, rolled her eyes and carried on. Shortly the anchor said, “but the polar seas are now more open and some suggest that this is causing the jet stream shift, don’t you think that climate change is the cause?”. The meteorologist said, “well climate change is always a consideration but I think this situation is just one of those freak weather events”. The Toronto based news anchor didn’t know what my brother is fully familiar with, ‘If you worry about what the weather is doing in Calgary you will quickly go crazy!’

  44. Dame Julia Slingo (head of the UK MetOffice), (for ’twas she) in her lecture at the Institute of Physics (London UK – just) last week, vampishly ‘informed’ us that there was no real warming pause because European summers had been getting warmer – so there!
    Well, I know the EU pretends to be a ‘global power’ (but has anyone noticed?), but claiming the only climate that matters is that over Europe is perhaps a tad rich?

  45. It certainly wouldn’t be happening if the planet was indeed dangerously warming!!!!
    But this snow is actually good news. It exposes the climate change charlatans for what they are… modern day snake-oil salesmen trying to flog a dangerous man-made global warming potion!

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