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June snowfall in Marmot Basin, Alberta

Marmot Basin on June 20, 2019.
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Marmot Basin on June 20, 2019.
The ski hill's been closed for over a month, but Marmot Basin is covered in snow. In June.

Brian Rode, Vice-President of Marketing and Sales at Marmot Basin says he can't remember seeing this much snow this late in June.

"Never! At least not that I can recall in my 41 years here."

A snowfall warning is in effect with about 10cm of snow expected in areas from Jasper to Banff, especially in higher terrain.


June snowfall hits highway in British Columbia for second day in a row

DriveBC highway camera shows snowy conditions
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DriveBC highway camera shows snowy conditions along the Okanagan Connector at around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
For the second day in a row, late spring snow has hit the Okanagan Connector between Aspen Grove and Brenda Mines.

Shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, Environment Canada posted to Twitter saying there was a "cool airmass" bringing snow to the area.

"Showers/flurries will end this evening," the tweet added.

On Wednesday, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for the area saying there was "unseasonable snowfall." The special weather statement ended that afternoon and another has not been issued since.

On Tuesday, forecasters warned of thunderstorms in the area, and that hail was possible closer to the Alberta border.

Comment: The earlier event: Snow falls on a major British Columbia highway in June

Short video of the first fall:


Snow falls in Montana the day before summer

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Winter intruded into Montana on the day before summer.

Snowfall was reported in the Bozeman area Thursday, the last day of spring.

Watch the video to see this crazy Montana weather.


Yet another very strong earthquake (magnitude 6.3) hits the Kermadec Islands - 5th in 6 days, 6th for region

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2019-06-21 08:37:16

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Comment: Details of the other shakes: Shallow magnitude 6.8 earthquake jolts Kermadec Islands - 4th major event in 4 days, 5th for region

Shallow 6.0-magnitude quake hits Kermadec Islands - 3rd in 2 days, 4th for region

Second strong earthquake (magnitude 6.6) hits Kermadec Islands - third for the region within 8 hours

New Zealand earthquake: Tsunami threat cancelled after 7.2 tremor strikes Kermadec Islands

Strong shallow 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes NE of Tonga

Ice Cube

If "Greenland is catastrophically melting", how do alarmists explain NASA's growing Greenland glacier?

Climate scientist Steffen Olsen took this picture while travelling across melted sea ice in north-west Greenland
Climate scientist Steffen Olsen took this picture while travelling across melted sea ice in north-west Greenland
This photo of a dog sled team going through some meltwater on ice in Greenland has made headlines....but it's just a snapshot of one place, with summer approaching. Nothing really all that unusual is going on.

Melting as summer approaches is natural, and spikes of fast melting due to lack of cloud cover and clear skies are not unprecedented, as some overwrought people (Bill McKibben comes to mind) like to claim.

We've covered it before in 2012 - along with the same level of catastrophic squawking.

Comment: Meanwhile Glacier National Park quietly removes its 'Gone by 2020' signs which stated glaciers were disappearing - because they're actually growing.


Water vapor concentrations in the mesosphere at highest levels

The 2019 season for noctilucent clouds (NLCs) has been remarkable, maybe the best ever, with NLCs appearing as far south as Los Angeles CA and Albuquerque NM. What's going on? Researchers aren't sure, but Lynn Harvey of the University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics has just found an important clue.

"The mesosphere is quite wet," she says. "Water vapor concentrations are at their highest levels for the past 12 years."
Noctilucent clouds
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Noctilucent clouds over Piwnice, Poland, on June 18th.
Noctilucent clouds form when summertime wisps of water vapor rise to the top of the atmosphere. Water molecules stick to specks of meteor smoke, gathering into icy clouds that glow electric blue when they are hit by high altitude sunlight.


Glowing noctilucent clouds filmed over Cookstown, Northern Ireland

NLCs over Northern Ireland
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A UK videographer captured a remarkable display of noctilucent clouds in Northern Ireland in the early hours of this morning (June 18).

Footage shows the shiny clouds moving across the skies in Cookstown.

Noctilucent clouds or night-shining clouds, are cloud-like phenomena that form in the upper atmosphere of Earth.


Angler revives exotic oarfish in rare encounter off Baja California Sur, Mexico

A fisherman who had always dreamed of holding an oarfish—an exotic sea creature from the deep—became one of the few people to see and hold an oarfish that was still living, and he possibly even saved its life.

The extremely rare encounter occurred last week on a Mexican beach in Baja's East Cape as Noah Thompson, 24, and Jacob Thompson, 17, were just getting started for a day of fly-fishing.

The brothers from Austin, Tex., were working their way down the beach on quads just north of Rancho Leonero Resort when Jacob spotted something silvery that had just washed ashore.

Noah told USA Today/For The Win Outdoors that his brother "knew exactly what it was and he was thrilled."

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rainfall causes flooding in the streets of Belgrade, Serbia

Heavy rainfall caused the Serbian capital of Belgrade to rapidly flood on June 19, leaving roads inoperable and some residents without transportation.

Jelena Mladenovic and her boyfriend were standing outside and filmed a bus as it drove through a street surrounded by flooded vehicles, showcasing the high water level.

Credit: Jelena Mladenovic via Storyful

Cloud Precipitation

Evacuations after floods in Lublin, Poland

A heavy downpour caused severe flooding in parts of eastern Poland on 19 June, 2019, leaving communities cut off.

Flooding affected areas of Janów Lubelski County, Lublin Voivodeship (province), in particular the neighbouring villages of Wierzchowiska Pierwsze and Wierzchowiska Drugie, both in the district of Modliborzyce. Local media said the area was cut off by flood water for some time on 19 June and the villages were left isolated. Both villages are situated along the Sanna River, a tributary of the Vistula.

The governor of Lublin, Przemysław Czarnek, visited the area. In a statement he said that 18 people have been evacuated and were staying in temporary accommodation at the local fire station, or with neighbours.