Unexpected summer snows wreaking havoc on vacation plans

There’s a surprising number of unexpected snows occurring this summer in the northern hemisphere, here’s a compendium of news reports and video from Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, as well as Germany, Austria, Italy, and Slovenia.

26 Aug 2018 – August to end with a taste of winter as snow blankets the Northern Rockies

Winter weather advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service for parts of the Rockies of Montana and Wyoming, where the NWS said a few inches of wet snow is possible early Monday into early Tuesday above 6,000 feet in elevation.

Accumulating snow is expected in the highest peaks of northwestern Wyoming, southern and western Montana and adjacent portions of Idaho.

But don’t worry. That’s normal. “Snow is not uncommon in the higher elevations of the northern Rockies in late August,” says weather.com.

Of course, they’re the same people who keep on harping about “global warming.”

Which is it?


Snowfall a month earlier than usual.

26 Aug 2018 – Amazing photos on social networks show snow in both countries, with the temperature dropping as much as 15 degrees.

Winter landscapes reign in Salzburg. According to WetterOnline, it snowed at an altitude of less than 1000 m above sea level. For example, the inhabitants of the ski town of Bad Gastein, south of Salzburg, sundered their eyes with astonishment on Sunday because green lawns and trees were covered with a 5-cm layer of snow. Caps and jackets had to be taken out by the inhabitants of Obertauern, Rauris, Sankt Jakob in Defereggental or Hintertux, where the first snow dropped a month earlier than usual.

However, the biggest attack of winter occurred in Austria, where 40 cm of snow fell down from Saturday to Sunday,


Cold polar winds bring early snow in Italy

30 cm of snow in Badia valley

10 cm in Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites

From short sleeves to snowshoes,” reads the headline. “This is Christmas time!”


Thanks to geologist Dr Mirco Poletto in Italy for these links

“This after a month of African heat,” says Dr Poletto. “Is little ice age beginning?”

28 Aug 2018 – Snow closed the road to Mangart and whitened Kredarico.

Kredarica has already snow, while rain and snow mix on Vršič. According to the traffic information center (PIC), the road to Mangart is closed due to the snow covered road. Precipitation will get worse during the day

The Triglav Lodge at Kredarica, which stands at an elevation of 8,251 feet (2,515 m), is the highest mountain hut in Slovenia and the highest meteorological station in the country.

Is snow at this elevation in Slovenia unusual? I don’t know. But I’m thinking that Slovenians need not worry about global warming this year.


147 thoughts on “Unexpected summer snows wreaking havoc on vacation plans

  1. If it’s unusual – it’s climate change. If it’s usual, it’s a new form of climate change that needs more money for investigation….

    • If it’s usual …

      … it’s climate change anyway.

      According to this story sea level is increasing by an eighth of an inch per year, just as it has been doing for more than a hundred years.

      Because of people’s perceptions of climate change and sea level rise we now have the spectre of climate gentrification.

      … the concept of “climate gentrification:” As the climate-related calamities become more frequent, certain homes—areas at a higher elevation, weather-proofed neighborhoods—will become more desirable because they are adapted to changing climates. But this may be to the detriment of their coastal counterparts.

      The article posits that there have already been billions of dollars in real estate losses on America’s east coast due to sea level rise.

      Ever since I was a puppy, we have been warned not to build in flood zones. Every time we get flooding, billions of dollars of real estate value are lost. Trying to attribute that to an eighth of an inch per year of sea level rise is risible.

          • Charlie Munger (Warren Buffett’s right hand man) thinks Al Gore is not very smart. Even so, Gore has made a pile of money selling investments in low CO2 emitting companies. link He seemed to be a believer before he started selling investments and I’m willing to accept that he’s still a believer.

            It’s possible to be a believer and not be very smart and make a mittful of money just by dint of good luck and having the right friends. It reminds me of a Charlie Chan quote: “You are right nephew but for wrong reason.”

      • “The article posits that there have already been billions of dollars in real estate losses on America’s east coast due to sea level rise.”

        Did the article provide any actual evidence? I’d say losses in coastal areas, especially Cullyfawnia, are due to erosion.

      • Ah, but it is the degree of unusuality which counts, you dimwit. And this proves it is caused by CO2

      • Climate gentrification?
        Obviously who ever believes in that fabrication is lacking the childhood wisdom that should have been learned from: ‘The Three Little Pigs.’

      • Maybe, CommieBob…

        That sounds more like a story developed by an armchair reporter than surveys of actual beliefs, attitudes and actions.

        Last week, I was looking at shipwrecks near Florida, using Google Earth. Out of curiosity, I tracked along the coast up to the Outer Banks.
        Homes and vacation buildings lined the shore everywhere but where parks or refuges are located.

        Everywhere, that I have looked, coastline housing is sold at a premium.

        My current house, 100+ feet above sea level may gather pools during heavy rains, but it all drains downhill. The local river floods along it’s banks on a frequent basis, with some of the floods reaching houses built pre-Civil War. Houses that have endured floods since they were built.

        Yet, my well above floods house has barely increased in value, while those riverside dwellings have risen in value several fold. Though, recent flooding, i.e. within the last five years does impact values, somewhat.

        Years ago, when I lived in much less desirable housing, which included riverside dives; I learned to not live in houses along rivers.
        Why? Because old sewer systems ‘reverse flow’ when waters levels climb high enough.

        Maybe by now, those neighborhoods have been dug up and sewers modernized. None of the people who lived in those houses were willing to allow of fund such adventures. Those folks who stayed through recurring ‘reverse flow’ events were more content to squeegee their bottom floors, disinfect, while bad mouthing government. Much like Miami, which has been known for many years to flood frequently.

    • Everybody knows that whatever happens, warm, cold, fire, snow, wind, rain, it’s Global Warming and it is all your fault. Jeez!! Rent a movie or watch it on Netflix already.
      You will especially learn this if you watch the one with Dennis Quaid and his son Jake. You know Maggie’s brother. Anyway that one is full of all kinds of good scary sciencey stuff.

  2. Anthony…….Just a note to advise that Salzburg is actually in Austria…….so I don’t see any reference to snow in Germany. Anyway, this just FYI…..thanks!

  3. Gosh, snow in the Rockies in August, oh noes! When I left Colorado Springs in September 2001 it had already snowed before Labor Day and that same year there was a decent snow 21 May. And no one was a bit concerned about it being “unusual” weather for the area. Ditto for Yellowstone and Glacier, both are still covered in snow in late May. Nothing special going on here….

    • You forget we have had runaway catastrophic global warming (cough) climate change for the 17 years since your report. The world is on fire (tm NASA). So these snows would seem to be unexpected – after all children were not expected to know what snow was by now.

      • Ian, shame on you. You’re not allowed to remember any previous claims of impending disaster. What kind of freakish memory do you have anyway, remembering minor details from over 30 hours ago? That’s like practically last week.

        Stick with the narrative please. You are not one of the Annointed. Your place is to murmur that the latest weather (whatever it happens to be) shows that Climate Collapse TM is upon us. All unexpected weather is proof positive of the magical effect of CO2.

          • Even its benefits are now imagined to become bains of a terrible future, religiously accepted as inevitable by the parishioners of The Model Fellowship Of Mann- Church of Omnipotent Greenhouse In Carbon.

        • Maybe it’s “HOT” snow and will cause melting?

          (it’s amazing what you can do with a vivid imagination a super computer and large amounts of other peoples money)

          James Bull

    • good points But it is unusual. And remember in spite of hot summer it snowed late this year into spring and so it is starting early Peace out

      • https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/07/17/oddly-quiet-sun-3-weeks-without-sunspots/#comment-2407423

        “The sun has been blank for 21 straight days–a remarkable 3 weeks without sunspots.”

        I blame global warming! When I was a boy, weather was gentler. Summers were warm but not too hot, winters were cool but not too cold. The wind blew soft upon my face. Then white man come – kill our women, rape our buffalo, burn our fossil fuels, make weather crazy, disrupt our casino business! Oops! Sorry, I was channeling my inner Amerind.

        In 2002, I predicted that natural global cooling would commence by 2020 to 2030, in an article published 1Sept2002 in the Calgary Herald. I am now leaning closer to 2020 for cooling to start, possibly even earlier. I hope to be wrong. Humanity and the environment suffer during cooling periods.

        I suggest that it is long past time for society to prepare for the possibility of moderate global cooling. This would involve:
        1. Strengthening of electrical grid systems, currently destabilized by costly, intermittent green energy schemes;
        2. Reduce energy costs by all practical means.
        3. Development of contingency plans for food production and storage, should early frosts impact harvests;
        4. Develop contingency plans should vital services be disrupted by cold weather events – such as the failure of grid power systems, blocking of transportation corridors, etc.
        5. Improve home insulation and home construction standards.

        The current mania over (fictitious) catastrophic global warming has actually brewed the “perfect storm” – energy systems have been foolishly compromised and energy costs have been needlessly increased, to fight imaginary warming in a (probably) cooling world.

        I suggest this is the prudent path for Western societies to follow. It has no downside, even if global cooling does not occur, and considerable upside if moderate cooling does commence.

        I thank you for giving this modest proposal your consideration.

        My heart soars like an eagle, my son!

        Regards to all, Allan 🙂

        • There are huge cost-savings that would partially or fully pay for the implementation of the above proposals:
          a) Get rid of all biofuels subsidies and use-mandates and re-allocate these resources to food growth and quality storage.
          b) Get rid of all green energy subsidies and use-mandates (including “first into the grid for intermittent power”).
          c) Stop wasting capital on inefficient biofuels projects and intermittent grid-connected green energy schemes.

          These three cost-savings moves would total trillions of dollars.

          Regards, Allan

        • 3. Development of contingency plans for food production and storage, should early frosts impact harvests;

          Or, as happened last spring, late frost, or snow. Exactly like the late April surprise of nearly a foot of snow in the upper midWest that delayed planting by a few weeks this year. When your growing season gets squeezed from both ends there’s a problem.

        • As if any of those things are going to happen ( I don’t mean the cooling). Any cooling will be met with ” it’s global warming ” . Very few are taking even a moderate cooling seriously. Look at some of the comments on the early snow. That’s normal? No, it’s not normal considering that the world is suppose to be on fire and year after year it’s the hottest year ever or we can see ‘climate change’ everywhere.

          • Thank you rishrac,

            I have been watching this possible shortened growing season with some concern, and have asked Tim Ball if he will write about some of the history of the global cooling period circa 1940-1977 – and its impact on crop regions.

            It is not yet climate – it is still weather, but it is of concern to me.

            Best, Allan

        • Allan
          Exactly. As UK former PM David Cameron put it succinctly, “we’ve got to get rid of all this green crap”.

        • 5. Improve home insulation and home construction standards.

          Not much point in that until a way can be found to enforce existing standards.

          I bought a home in Quebec with a five year “new home warranty”. It turns out everything except “major defects” is excluded after three years. I’ve been unable to find out the legal definition of major defects in Quebec. But I learned too late (I took occupancy 35 months into the 5 year ‘warranty’) that the air exchange system is incapable of equalizing temperature between basement and living area within less than 5 Degrees Celsius. Exchanging air with the outside is even more of a joke.

          The house has radon infiltration, and during a recent 5 day absence, the recorded level increased by about 800 percent. High outdoor temperatures and/or ambient humidity prevents airing the house conventionally most days, so it takes weeks go get back down below the official mitigation threshold.

          If one believes the WHO, EPA and Health Canada hype, I’m getting the equivalent of several packs of cigarette smoke per day just by living in my new house.

          I don’t know whether this makes any difference, but the city that permitted and inspected this house is following the 2005 Quebec Building Code, as permitted by Quebec law for private residences. Neither my realtor, my home inspector, nor my lawyer warned me of any of this. And every private home assessor I’ve contacted since claimed complete ignorance about standards of home ventilation or methods of assessing it.

          An assessor for the city dismissed my complaint with “every home has radon”. I conclude that building codes are sham, unless the bureaucrats have it in for the home owner. I can only guess that the sub-slab barrier shown on the plans for my house was either damaged or left out altogether, or that the ducting in the basement slab wasn’t properly sealed. I’ve been told that the former isn’t reparable and haven’t found anyone to advise me further.

          I have no idea how one could be sure of buying a properly built home at any price in this province. And I’m not sure it’s any different elsewhere in Canada.

          • Or in the US. Many homes here probably have the same problem as yours. Or if you live in an apartment and the people below you smoke and you don’t, you can smoke more than they do and never buy a pack or light one up. Or noise, adequate living space. or fires. How does one fire destroy an entire complex?
            ” ..they eat, wipe their mouths, and say ‘ I have done nothing wrong’… “

      • Montana experienced record to near record snowfalls this winter. This year many areas were flooded due to high spring/summer runoff. In July, I observed the Yellowstone river with swift muddy water running bank-to-bank. The Boiling River in NW Yellowstone Park was closed to swimmers because the water flow was nearly 20x the flow rate considered safe. At Ousel Falls near Big Sky, water flow was significantly higher than we observed in June 2016. With early NH snows, Greenland mass accumulation, and tide gauges that are steady, it’s hard to believe sea level rise is anything but normal or over-reported.
        Grew up on a ranch in SW MT at ~5000 ft elevation so I am no stranger to MT snow.

  4. That plaintive scene in the Dolomites is symbolic, the deckchairs being a metaphor for disappointed miserablists still eagerly anticipating the apocalypse.

    • No no no. They are just sitting there, testing whether what they see is real. Nothing like hands-on experience.

      • Id enjoying seeing some warmist bottoms plonked on those snowy chairs;-)
        bit of an icy slap to the cheeks as t’were;-)

    • Well they thought with the MSM reports of sea level rise they were staking out a place on the beach.

  5. In El Nino winters, winter starts first of September. In La Nina winters, winter starts in February.

    • You might be onto something Donald. Here in Argentina when ENSO is neutral, like now, there are slower winds and more polar outbreaks reach up into South America. La Nina produces a more light but steady rain and el Nino produces spectacular thunderstorms and local floods. In south America harvest predictions focus more on ENSO than anything else.

      • CO2, according to warmist minions, is the “demon molecule”.

        CO2 causes global warming AND global cooling,
        wilder weather AND milder weather too,
        it even enslaves innocent little plants
        and forces them to grow bigger and faster, even food crops!

        OMG!!! We’re all gonna burn, freeze, starve, get fat, and maybe even die, all because of CO2!

        CO2, the demon molecule, the anti-Christ of atoms, Carbon, Black Death!

        Be afraid! Be very afraid! The demonic high priests of the CO2 cult have spoken.

        It is too late – we have passed the tipping point! Be prepared for the END!

        [In case any of you are about to do something rash – this was SATIRE!] 🙂

        • “we have passed the tipping point!”

          Oops, they just moved the goal post again, so the tipping point we just passed hasn’t actually been passed yet.

      • It’s been really smoky here in Calgary for the past several weeks due to forest fires to the west.

        We had one really hot day, which the media obsessed about, but now it is rather cold – more like Fall than Summer.

        All the lefties are blaming global warming and fossil fuels, because they skipped science classes in favor of the social sciences – some with a major in gender studies, taught by a gigantic bull-dyke who hates everyone but young females.

        Some people should not vote – they are far too stupid to vote – they elect (nominal) socialists like Trudeau and Notley, who promise them lots of free stuff, and assure them that because of their horribly disadvantaged childhoods (only 2 TV’s!!!), they will never have to actually work for a living.

        These snowflakes love being told that they are victims, and have invented so many new categories of false victim-hood that it’s impossible to keep up.

        The really stupid ones have a new term called “ableist”. When anyone questions their intelligence, they trot it out to show that the other person, who they apparently accept IS smarter than them, is being “ableist” by pointing out their alleged intellectual inferiority.

        There must be some way to accommodate the snowflakes, even for dreadful old “ablists” like me.

        So let’s make a deal, snowflakes – I won’t call you stupid, even if you believe in very-scary global warming and all that nonsense, and you won’t call me “ableist” – and of course you won’t vote because you’re too stupid to vote. OK?

        Regards, Allan 🙂

        • Allan,

          Actually,many of these folk went into some liberal-arts major because they knew that the hard sciences and engineering are hard. You actually have to do your homework and study, and for most problems there is only one, or a small set, of right answers – no room for emotions there.

          Many years ago I worked with a bright, industrious colleague fresh out of university. He was forever saying that ti took him longer to get a job done because he wasn’t very smart. He was joking – he was smart, and didn’t take any longer than expected for an inexperienced newbie. But, of course, he was an engineer.

        • Friday 10 August broke Calgary’s all-time high temperature by 0.3°C (36.4°C). That is to say that it was the highest official temperature recorded at our growing airport (terminal recently doubled in size, new runway added). The previous record was set in 1919 & 1933 (why so hot back then before global warming?). Based on what I have read from Anthony’s weather station placement study, I have 0% confidence that any station can measure to an accuracy of 0.3°C.

          • And Jeff, you can count on at least +0.3C from all that airport tarmac and of course the Urban Heat Island effect that did not exist in 1933, when Calgary’s population was about 84,000, or about 1/14th of what it is today at 1.2 million.

            It is painful to see how the media jumps on alarmist headlines, without putting issues into context. “If it bleeds, it leads.”

      • Hi Boulder boy
        Global warming was good while it lasted, while sol’s batteries were fully charged it was racing ahead, now sun is running it’s activity down, global warming has stalled and over the next 3-4 decades it’s ‘cry baby while careering downhill’ in reverse.

          • “sun’s running down” as in
            It was a beautiful day, the sun’s beating down
            It felt so good like anything was possible
            It changed as the sky grew dark
            It was so cold, no sunshine
            It is runnin’ down a dream.

  6. I hope all WUWT readers have shown their children the sun this summer – pretty soon they won’t know what sunshine is.

    • Yes. I have noticed that the days are getting shorter every day. At this rate we will all be dead by February.

    • Yes – UK railway locomotives can cope with wet snow – it was the powder snow in the colder temperatures that was ingested into them and caused failures – as it was the “wrong kind of snow”

      • A few years ago, a fully brand new Pacific 4-6-2 class, coal fired loco rescued stranded passengers on commuter EMU trains.

      • The wrong kind of snow caused traction problems not ingestion ones.

        Of course, British Rail (nationalised) never realised that other countries never had the problem.

      • Nah, it’s called sleet, and it’s a Scottish speciality.
        Usually driven off the North Sea by a stout easterly wind.
        Not nice to be out in as you get very wet and cold very quickly.
        The sort of weather that makes a warm pub look very attractive,
        three stops on the way home (walking!) is about right.

    • In winter, it’s the wrong kind of snow. Autumn, it’s the wrong kind of leaves. Spring, wrong kind of rain. Summer, wrong kind of heat.

  7. However, the biggest attack of winter occurred in Austria, where 40 cm of snow fell down from Saturday to Sunday,

    Warm air comes from the Mediterranean, carries a lot of humidity with it.

    When ascending the cold alps main ridge, the humidity drops out as snow.

    with clean air regulations and without coronary mass ejections / sunspots / from the sun, the air north of the alps is starry and cloud-free without condensation nuclei: tonight the moon was easy to see with the naked eye: and of course bitterly cold.

    The airport of Salzburg is about 40 km away, the last approaches for landing were clearly heard.

    What is seldom.

    The jets could go down significantly, against the “Föhn”, which falls from the “Untersberg” in the back of the airport.

    and no soundproof cloud cover above.

      • Jeff Alberts
        “coronary mass ejections”

        That sounds painful.

        OK. Nowadays there’s opioids for surgering on the heart. As with

        Set the Control for the Heart of the Sun

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        Little by little the night turns around
        Counting the leaves which tremble at dawn
        Lotuses lean on each other in yearning
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        Over the mountain watching the watcher
        Breaking the darkness waking the grapevine
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        Witness the man who raves at the wall
        Making the shape of his question to heaven
        Whether the sun will fall in the evening
        Will he remember the lesson of giving?

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    • “coronary mass ejections ”

      I’m pretty sure that is something you want to avoid at all costs.
      But then, I’m not a heart surgeon.

      • “coronary mass ejections”
        Some level of “coronary mass ejections” is a good thing. When my “coronary mass ejections” stopped completely for a few minutes in 2015 it started a flurry of activity in the hospital. Later when my daughter asked if getting shocked by the defib unit hurt, I told her “Nope, didn’t feel a thing. I was dead at the time.”

        • OK, that’s a pretty good one-liner. Ronald Reagan’s wasn’t too bad. Just before he was wheeled into surgery after Hinkley’s assault he said to his wife “Honey, I forgot to duck.”

    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957) Friday 28 December 1917 p 5 Article
    … SNOW IN MID-SUMMER. Advice has been received by the Government tourist officer that there is still … conditions are prevailing in Europe


    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954) Saturday 31 July 1926
    The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1931) Saturday 31 July 1926

    Shivery Summer In Europe ROME, June 24.
    The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 – 1954) Monday 27 June 1932

    Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 – 1954) Monday 16 August 1948 p 1 Article
    … that gale», snow and torrential rain have ruined crops in western Europe’s worst summer for years .

    Europe Freezes In Summer
    The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 – 1954) Thursday 4 June 1953
    … Europe Freezes In Summer LONDON. Thursday (A.A.P.) .—Winter returned to Europe yesterday, in the … first month- of summer, with snow and bitter winds

    Summer Freeze In Europe; Crises
    Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) Wednesday 28 July 1954
    floods, gales and snow have swept thousands of square miles of Europe when annua

    • 1871- “We have often noticed that in the tabular statements of those compilers of weather records who write to the Times, useful and welcome as their communications are, every
      season is sure to be “extraordinary,” almost every month one of the driest or wettest, or
      windiest, coldest or hottest, ever known. Much observation, which ought to correct a tendency to exaggerate, seems in some minds to have rather a tendency to increase it. And many seem now to regard three dry hot years in succession as betokening some general change of climate, as if it was not perfectly certain, in the wide range of the table of what we call chances, that with our existing condi- tions of climate such a combination must every now and then recur”


    • 1980s – snowed in Boise, Idaho (high desert) on a Fourth of July. It was much warmer in my friends swimming pool than out. There will always be outliers, something fans of mass media have yet to grasp.

      • I drove through snow on July 4th, 1986, in a high Alpine pass in Austria. I think the pass was over 3K metres. Not a surprise there.

  9. Not snowing yet, but……………..

    In northwestern Ontario, observed yesterday just southwest of Lake Nipigon, birch trees starting to get their yellow fall colours. About a week early, and spring was a couple of weeks late, Not much of a summer this year.

    Almost no mosquitoes in the bush this summer. No ticks in usually tick-infested areas. Less rain than normal. Climate Change!! Oh the horror!!

  10. This was NOT UNEXPECTED. Highlighted on our daily summaries last week as EURO has been showing this for over a week! It is however, well out of season, Brought up analogs to 1969 where snows appeared early in the northwest, ( hurricane gert ran the east coast early September also) Lets see what happens with hurricane season Sept 1-10, Us old geezers used to love when cold showed up up over Canada and the northwest. Forces bigger ridge over the east and the hurricane season tries to light up, MJO is getting active again, so alot of things may be brewing. But my point is, its fine to say its way ahead of schedule, but the ECMWF has been showing this for over a week. Of course GEFS with its warm bias did not pick up till much later.

  11. Melbourne Australia
    Snow expected tonight, tomorrow night at altitudes below 600 m.
    BOM weather forecaster on TV just now said he could not remember in his experience a forecast min of 1 deg for Melbourne.
    Unusually cold weather. Geoff

  12. Not to worry. Spring came late, limped in and lasted about to the end of June, then WHAM!!!! And we got summer – hot enough to make you sit up and take notice and my fridge’s freezer decided to stop working properly the first week in July. That was fun. Threw out all that stuff because I had no way to keep it cold. Then July’s heat slacked off, we had some relief, and then WHAM! another spell of summer heat in early August, and then cooler weather and the trees have started dropping leaves already. Leaves yellowing and dropping early may be a lack of enough solar radiation – dormant sun, that sort of thing – but frankly, you can keep the summer heat. No fun at all. According to inAccuweather’s “month ahead” chart, we may have an early autumn.
    It’s weather. If it happens every year for 20 years, that’s a shift of another kind.

      • Same here in Wyoming. Half the week hot, half cool. From 70’s to 90’s then back to 70’s. We’re into the 70’s (maybe even 60’s) thing for the next two days, according to the forecast, then back to 80’s. Roller coaster rides with weather!

      • I’m in Ontario and although we have had these big temperature swings but my swimming pool is still only at 75 degrees. It managed to get to 80 degrees during the last heat wave but it has cooled again. In 2005 and 2006 I had to purchase a solar heating system for my pool to cool it at night because I could not keep the pool under 90 degrees for those two years. I have been using the system for heating the last few years. I had to temporarily remove the system this year for roof repairs. So my observation is that this year is not that hot in my area.

    • I’m in northeastern Illinois, about 10 miles below the IL-WI state line.

      Also noticed that Accuweather is ignoring the snow reports for those western states, and focusing on “devastating flooding” in Hawaii. Don’t know if early-season chills throw them off. Perhaps Accuweather should change its name to something more appropriate.

  13. It’s Bloody cold this global warming.
    What’s happened to all those who in June and July were saying it would go on for months?
    Ho Hum

    James Bull

    • “What’s happened to all those who in June and July were saying it would go on for months?”

      With any luck, they are wearing jackets and shivering right now.

  14. Already had a couple of snows above 10K feet in the west central Rockies of Colorado this month.

  15. I noticed the winter weather advisory for Yellowstone last night. Our weatherman was commenting he couldn’t remember having 50% of the state in a red flag warning while there was a winter weather advisory. I will note he is not a meteorologist, just the “weekend guy” and has been here less than 3 years. However, it is very common and these two weather phenomena can occur together even in December. As I noted in previous comment threads, in 2015, it froze August 21st or thereabout and then was warm till November. It’s called “weather” and it’s nothing unusual. When I moved to Wyoming in 1982, the first snow was before September 15th. Nothing new with early snow anywhere in the state. It can snow July 4th in the mountains.

  16. Solar minimum is impacting NH jet stream with winter-like storm fronts. Add in a cooling Atlantic and you get both short term regional cooling and declining global UAH at the same time….and for another year for solar and another 30 years for AMO.

  17. Right now we have a “Rex Block” off the west coast that is mixing arctic air with air that just came ashore over Baja California. Result: precipitation

  18. This post and the comments document early snows, following generally hot dry weather across N. America and Europe this summer. Last winter there were unusually cold temperatures across N.America and Europe, as there currently in Australia.

    And check out the hurricane season. So far it has largely failed to show.

    The extremes in temperature and the lack of hurricanes are a symptom of a low level of atmospheric moisture. Low levels of atmospheric moisture are a result of generally cool sea surface temperatures.

    What’s the cause? A quiet sun? Follow-on from last winter’s La Nina? Onset of the cool phase of the AMO?
    Perhaps all of the above.

    In other words the opposite of what happened in the 1990s.

  19. High of 60F forecast today and rain here and N/NW of us here in the Big Horns plus snow in the mountains. Hoping it will put out some of the fires. Can’t wait. Smoke sucks.

  20. When I lived and worked in Yellowstone Natl Park between 1980-1984 (Canyon Village, Mammoth, Old Faithful, Lake Hotel) I experienced snowfall every month of the year while back packing over a 1000 miles within the park. The locals have a saying that states, ‘There are three seasons in Yellowstone, July, August and winter.’ Snow in August is expected and no surprise in the high Rocky Mountains.


    • I worked for the fish hatchery there in the summer of 1954. It snowed on July 4. But that was when you could feed the bears.

  21. Just heard the Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a very cold and snowy winter. Let us see how their algorithm matches up to the Climatologists’.

  22. OMG, you’re all missing the obvious! It has gotten so hot from CO2 and AGW that it wrapped around and became SNOW! We’re all DOOMED!

  23. I am a tad puzzled about the excitement over these forecasts. A satellite photo from 19th of August shows fresh snow on the mountains of western Montana, and in Wyoming’s northwest even onto the eastern Unitas in the southern part of the state. I recall we had several very cool days so I wasn’t surprised about the snow at higher elevations. Seems a bit like August 2010.

  24. This swathe of cold weather and early snow across the NH is a clear sign of the onset of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming, as per the model predictions. It is all down to our CO2 emissions changing the climate.

    The warmer it gets, the more we will be beleaguered with snow, ice and cold weather. It could get so warm that the growing season is shortened at both ends, causing crop failure and civic unrest.

    The Farmers Almanac is chiming in with the CAGW predictions too, with their forecast of a bitterly cold, teeth-chattering winter this year – which will be more evidence, were it needed, of a warming world.

    Here in Scotland, it is so warm that the trees are already showing their autumnal colours, and the unseasonal warmth is causing a bitterly cold wind to whistle across the hills. It is even warm enough this afternoon for a log & coal fire in the grate.

    Oh dear, I think the warmist indoctrination is getting to me… }:o(

  25. I’m still waiting for the usual suspects to show up to lecture us all, on how weather is not climate.

  26. Leaves already beginning to turn in central Colorado, from empire to Silverthorn up to steamboat springs. I just drove up there Saturday for heated grip work on the new can am. It was a random tree or small section of Aspen, sporadic, but I’ve yet to see such early turns. August 25

  27. And the climate cycles continue… Our major Holocene warm period comes to a close, nudging down toward the next cool period “valley.” But looking at the trend (Greenland ice cores), the next one might be worse than the Little Ice Age. Unless the Holocene starts on another uptrend in the next millennium, it may well be on its way out — starting the next glacial period of the current Ice Age. And, despite our technology, (and perhaps because of our fragile infrastructure), civilization may not survive the coming cold. We’re likely talking 5,000 years or more to get fully into the next glacial period, unless psychopaths like former CIA Director Brennan get their wish — cooling down the planet “like volcanoes do.” Their SAI program could accelerate the deadly end of the Holocene. Alarm is only good if it’s based on facts and reality. The Warming Alarmism helped to ruin in real alarm with the “Boy Cried Wolf” effect.

    We need to prepare for whatever comes, but warming is always a good thing — especially in an Ice Age.

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