Feet Of October Snow Slam The Rockies–Much More On The Way
The Rockies are off to a great start to the season after a weekend storm delivered feet of snow to the range.
Alta, Utah officially received 25 inches in the recent storm, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), which took the area above its October monthly average of 24.4 inches with a week left to run — and with plenty more snow on the way, too.
Significant snow totals fell elsewhere in Utah:
Solitude registered 18 inches, Brian Head and Alta-Collins saw over a foot, Cherry Peak got close to 11 inches, the West Jordan Benches and Tooele Bench each logged approximately 8 inches, with Summit Park noting 10 inches.
This was a sizable event, with the snow not just confined to Utah, of course.
Other states to note impressive totals include Montana and Colorado.
The fierce ‘winter’ storm delivered feet of snow to Big Sky Resort, MT, for example. Big Sky Ski Patrol noted snow drifts well over two feet deep at the top of the Challenger lift (9,600ft), with more than foot noted to have accumulated at the base area (7,500ft).
While in Colorado, record-challenging totals were observed across the state’s higher elevations, including the foot+ that settled at Powderhorn ski area on Sunday:
Storm models show mountain powder returning Wednesday evening, with yet another storm system expected to roll in during the first few days of November.
Moderate snow showers will likely continue Monday into Wednesday, according to a recent OpenSnow report: a “moderately strong” storm Wednesday night into Thursday could bring 10 inches to most Colorado mountains.
“We’ll see multiple chances for snow this week, and temperatures will mostly stay colder than freezing through Friday morning,” OpenSnow founding meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote in a post Monday.
Arapahoe Basin opened on Sunday, becoming the first Colorado area to open for the season. Keystone is expected to be the next, and this week’s colder temperatures and flurries will surely help there, too.
Snowfall isn’t a thing of the past, clearly — that’s the takeaway here.
And with regards to temperatures, even NOAA continue to show us that nothing unprecedented, alarming or even slightly concerning is occurring on that front, either. Their press releases may state otherwise, but the agency’s raw, historical temperature datasets –such as U.S. October max temps, 1895-2021 (show below)— reveal no discernible trend.
Record-Breaking Totals Hit Canada–Including Moose Jaw And Calgary
Heavy, early-season snow has been clipping Canada, too — record breaking, in fact, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) meteorologists.
A Wyoming Low slammed into south-central Saskatchewan Sunday and dumped massive amounts of powder.
Moose Jaw was one of the locales to take a direct hit, and suffered widespread power outages across the area as a result.
“Looks like anywhere from 25 – 40 cm (10 – 16 inches) fell in and around Moose Jaw,” said Terri Lang, ECCC Meteorologist.
“We do not record snow anymore anywhere in the province. It’s always a challenge in the winter to try and find snowfall amounts — we get some idea from our automatic weather station at the airport which uses a laser that points down and measures the depth that way, but of course, in Saskatchewan, it’s windy so the snow depth varies quite a bit in the wind, so we kind of use that as a guideline,” said Lang, adding that the agency uses volunteers and social media to better estimate how much snow fell.
Two Moose Jaw residents shared snow depth from their yards on Sunday, which ranged from 33 – 45 cm (13 – 18 inches). Based on these ranges, the area annihilated its previous snowfall record for October 23, usurping the 6 cm (2.4 inches) that fell back in 1997.
For reference, snowfall records date back to 1943 in Moose Jaw.
I find it curious that an agency purporting to track the ‘Environment’ and ‘Climate Change’ has decided not to officially record snow “anymore anywhere in the state”. How does ECCC expect to calculate the ravages of the cLiMaTe CrIsEs if the disappearing snow isn’t officially documented? Or could it be that the bought-out, treacherous Canadian government doesn’t want the reality of increasing accumulations to confuse the AGW Party narrative? I don’t know.
The weekend didn’t just bring Saskatchewan’s first –and record-breaking– snowfall of the season, it brought Alberta’s, too.
The likes of Twitter and Facebook report that Cochrane received 15 – 22 cm (6-9 inches) Saturday and Sunday, with Kananaskis Valley logging 27 cm (11 inches).
Snowfall records, which date back to 1881, were broken at Calgary International Airport. The area reported a one day total of 19 cm (7.5 inches) on Saturday, October 22, which pipped the previous benchmark of 18 cm (7 inches) set back in 1939.
The entire snowfall event total for Calgary –from Friday night to Sunday morning– has been ‘guesstimated’ (thanks ECCC) to be 23 cm (9 inches).
Also worth noting, total snow mass for the Northern Hemisphere Snow, as documented by the Finish Meteorological Institute (FMI), continues to hold ABOVE the 1982-2012 average (above the SD, too), as it has done for the past 6-or-so years now.
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