Nothing to See Here. It’s Only the Weather.

| July 13, 2020

Snow in May. In my yard. Bummer!

If you think the weather is wacky where you are, think again. It’s wacky weather everywhere.

A few examples, such as rain and snow in Idaho, and snow in Montana’s upper reaches. are below.

June 29, 2020 – Heavy rains, some flooding and at higher elevations, snowfall are predicted for Idaho and in the mountains of Montana to the east.

From the article:   Breidenbach said showers will start early Monday and continue in light to moderate showers through the day.

In addition to rain, snow is expected to fall in the mountains above 7,000 feet in elevation. Breidenbach said the Sawtooths will “feel like winter,” while a light dusting is expected in mountains closer to Boise.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Shafer Butte gets a little bit of snow up on the top of it,” Breidenbach said.The cold snap will leave as quickly as it rolled in, Breidenbach said. Temperatures are forecast to be back in the 70s by Tuesday and will continue to rise to the 90s by the weekend.

In addition, the following forecast for Montana’s upper elevations was as follows:

National Weather Service Missoula, Montana

Western Lemhi County-Eastern Lemhi County-Bitterroot/Sapphire Mountains-Butte/Blackfoot Region-

Snow expected above 6500 feet. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches. Locally higher amounts possible with 6 inches of snow possible above 7500 feet.

* WHERE…Bannock Pass, Highway 28 Tendoy to Lone Pine, Lemhi Pass, Highway 93 Sula to Lost Trail Pass, and Georgetown Lake. – article

It is not really unusual to get snow in those northwestern USA states in mid-summer. It depends on how bodacious the loops become in the northern jet stream. It seems that they are getting to be repeatedly loopier and loopier. But do not despair. Just stock the shelves and the pantry and make sure you have plenty of popcorn, beverages, and movies or books on hand in case you do get snowed in this month.

Meanwhile, across the Pond, Norway has been having heavy snows measuring up to what you see in the photo below.

Norway sets a new record for snow:  

July 9, 2020

Never seen so much snow in July,” reads the headline on the Norwegian website nrk/no

We have not had such snowfall as this year, says Knut Kinne, watercourse technical manager at the energy company BKK.

With ten meters (more than 32 feet) of packed snow, it may not have melted in the summer and fall if we had not removed it, says communications adviser Jarle Hodne at BKK.

Ten meters of snow!!! That’s how glaciers begin! When the snow doesn’t melt in the summer and fall.  — Okay, fella, but don’t panic yet. It could get worse!! Ten meters of snow only equal 33 feet!

The article below is in Norwegian, so be not discouraged. Just look at the pictures and smile and nod.

This photo from the Norwegian article should give you an idea of the depth of the snow.

BKK rydder snø i StølsheimenBKK rydder snø i Stølsheimen

There is a map in the Norwegian article that indicates the route requiring snow shoveling.

But not to worry: it’s weather, and nothing else. The heat waves this summer have been unpleasant, but have yet to reach some of the records set in the last 100 years. For example, in 1936, during the Dust Bowl the weather produced one of the hottest summers on record across the country, especially across the Plains, Upper Midwest, and Great Lakes regions. Nationally, about 5,000 people died from the heat. In 1995, Chicago had another God-awful heat wave, which led to 739 heat-related deaths in Chicago, mostly people who were too poor to afford air conditioning and refused to open their windows because of their fear of crime. It was far worse than that a few years ago when Paris and parts of France got hit with an unpleasant heat wave (because no one in France uses air conditioners – le horreur!) and the people who were the most vulnerable were those who lived on the top floors of Parisian apartment buildings.

Just recently, the Siberian town of Verkhoyansk set a new record for a heat wave above the Arctic circle, with the local temperature soaring to 104 Fahrenheit. It’s happened before and will happen again. The Verkhoyanskians like being noticed for such things – their winter weather will freeze a fish solid before it’s off the hook, but the vendors are out there in -60F weather, selling (frozen) fresh bread and (frozen) freshly caught fish. They will also tell you to NEVER EVER turn your car off at night in the winter. They are a hardy folk. Their cars, not so much.

And yes, I did check the ski resort snow depths in Chile (open, up and running), New Zealand South Island (bodacious depth of powder), and southern Australia (deep powder and plenty of it), and all the ski bums and bunnies are busily engaged in pursuing the thing they love the most: downhill in deep powder.

It’s all just weather which changes with whichever way the wind blows. Loops called Rossby waves in the jet stream get to looking like an octopus playing poker.  I figure that since it’s an election year, a large part of it is generated by politicians who just can’t keep their yaps shut.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey, how ’bout that Global Warming?! 🙂

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      We’ll be getting that sent your way in November, right ahead of the snow and blizzards. 🙂

  2. 5th/77th FA says:

    Triple digit heat indices for us this week. Supposed to cool off a bit around 5ish…months from now. Good news is I have 7 tonnes of Trane to ride it out on. And ice cream.

  3. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    BUTbutbut TrumpBushChimpyHitlerHalliburtonCheney conspiracy to make global climate change to starve the minorities out of existence, antifablackmessmatters,…

  4. Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

    Is this “unsettled” weather due to the weakening of the Earth’s magnetosphere (poles about to flip)? The solar sun spot cooling? Both? Neither?
    (and would it be wrong of me to say that this weather is “all over the map”? hehehehe)

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      This is a test. It is only a test.

      The question in question is “Who is being tested?” and it likely isn’t you or me. 🙂

      While you’re sorting that out, the physics of it are what matter, but what part…. when it is indeed, all over the map?

      That was the reason I posted the article a couple weeks ago about the Icelandic volcano Katla showing signs of a pending eruption. Just keep your shelves and freezer and fridge stocked and if you don’t have a 5.0 cubic foot freezer, or larger, then get one. They are not expensive any more.

      I do wish one thing, and that is that I had a woodburning fireplace in my house, but it is not something I could do without an enormous expense.

      • Claw says:

        Ex, you may want to check out wood pellet burners. They come as both stand alone and fireplace models. I heated our entire 3,000 square foot home in northern Wyoming all winter (6 months) with a fireplace insert at each end with only two tons (the pellets come in 40 pound bags, so even little old ladies can handle them) of pellets. Cost about $150.00 for those two tons. Thermostat controlled, self-igniting, 70 pound hopper, double blowers, and you can do a weekly clean-up with a two pound shop vac.

        Just be sure to burn 100% Doug Fir, not that cheap floor sweep stuff you get at the Aldi’s supermarket that says “Made From Recyclable Materials”