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Abrupt turnaround: After months of dry weather, snow recorded in the Cascades, Washington

There wasn't much of a transitional period between Western Washington's dry summer weather and the inevitable wet fall and winter many of us dread.

After enjoying temperatures in the mid-to-high 70s Saturday, things cooled off Sunday and the rain returned.

Within three hours on Sunday, it rained five times as much in Seattle as it had between July through the first half of September.

By early Monday morning, it was snowing in the mountains.

"FIRST SNOW AT STEVENS PASS! September 18th, 2017!" a message on the Stevens Pass Mountain Resort Facebook page read.


Up to a foot of snow dumps on fire burning in the Crazy Mountains, Montana

© Jade Martin
Reconnaissance flight on Sept. 17 for the Blacktail Fire in the Crazy Mountains
No surprise — recent rain, snow and cooler weather has put a big dent into the Blacktail fire in the Crazy Mountains and will likely lead to lifting of Stage 1 fire restrictions in the area this week.

Eight to 12 inches of snow fell on parts of the Blacktail fire, U.S. Forest Service Public Affairs Officer Kathy Bushnell said Monday morning.

"It was definitely quite the change of weather conditions," Bushnell said. "... There hasn't been a lot of fire activity over the last few days just because the fuel is getting wet from all the moisture."


Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, Oregon sees inches of snow before summer ends

Timberline Lodge had several inches of snow on the ground on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
Timberline Lodge is getting a dose of winter weather - in September.

Several inches of snow have fallen at Timberline Lodge since Monday morning. Meteorologists say this type of weather is unusual this time of year.

Usually the lodge sees sticking snows in October
, not before the first day of fall.

The snow begins about halfway up Timberline Road and it quickly turns to thick, slippery conditions a couple miles from the lodge.


Parts of Spain receive earlier than normal snowfall

© Meteo Aragon
Spanish snow has arrived in September.

A red hot summer has given way to a milder yet still-warm autumn but as holidaymakers continue to flood the Costas in search of sun and sand, those in the north have seen rain and snow.

The Pyrenees and Cantabrian mountains have proved a peculiar sight as they were dyed white in September, much earlier than normal.

Ski resorts in the highest peaks of the Pyrenees have been covered in blankets of snow.


Cold weather arrives early in the Northern Hemisphere

Running coach Paul Lind poses next to first snow on Ben Nevis
Snow pack still remains on Ben Nevis in the UK which just received its first snowfall. Snow pack still remains at Squaw Valley with snow predicted next week, these two areas of the planet will see those pockets grow from here. Record cold in Amsterdam & Texas. August snows in Switzerland and Sweden, Greenland 1C from record as well.

A look at Farmer's Almanac using sunspots to forecast temperatures.


Arrow Down

Chocolate tax soon? - Claim: Chocolate CAUSES climate change

© Wikimedia
Swiss Chocolate.
The Chocolate Climate Worriers have switched tactics, from claiming that climate is going to kill all the cocoa plants, to claiming we should feel guilty about wanting chocolate in the first place.
New Research Suggests Cocoa Trade Fueling Climate Change

Is your chocolate bar damaging the environment?
17/09/2017 8:07 AM AEST

LONDON, Sept 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Your afternoon chocolate bar may be fueling climate change, destroying protected forests and threatening elephants, chimpanzees and hippos in West Africa, research suggests.

Well-known brands, such as Mars and Nestle, are buying through global traders cocoa that is grown illegally in dwindling national parks and reserves in Ivory Coast and Ghana, environmental group Mighty Earth said.

"Every consumer of chocolate is a part of either the problem or the solution," Etelle Higonnet, campaign director at Mighty Earth, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

"You can choose to buy ethical chocolate. Or you're voting with your dollar for deforestation."

Mars and Nestle told the Thomson Reuters Foundation they are working to tackle deforestation.

"We take a responsible approach to sourcing cocoa and have committed to source 100 percent certified sustainable cocoa by 2020," Mars said in an email.


Ivory Coast, Francophone West Africa's biggest economy, is the world's top cocoa grower.

While the bulk of its 1 million cocoa farmers ply their trade legally, Washington-based Mighty Earth estimates about a third of cocoa is grown illegally in protected areas.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/09/16/new-research-suggests-cocoa-trade-fueling-climate-change_a_23211943/

Ice Cube

Larsen B part 2? Massive iceberg drifts further from Antarctic shelf (SATELLITE IMAGES)

Larsen C Ice Shelf, on the Antartic Peninsula.
A mega iceberg four times larger than London continues to drift further out into the Antarctic Weddell Sea, with fears its movement could lead to the demise of another major ice shelf.

Satellite images taken from space reveal iceberg A68, which calved away from the Larsen C ice shelf in July, has markedly shifted its position.

The breakaway made A68 the biggest iceberg on record, weighing an astonishing one trillion tonnes.

Highlighting the massive iceberg's "drifting," climate professor Stef Lhermitte posted photos to Twitter from European Space Agency's Sentinel 1 satellite and NASA.

Comment: See also: New satellite images show Antarctica's 1 trillion ton iceberg in stunning detail


First snowfall in the Tetons, Wyoming

The upper mountain looks better dressed in white!
Fall hasn't officially arrived in Jackson Hole yet despite cooler weather this week, but we're excited to report that we received our first snowfall of the season overnight. So one would think Fall is just around the corner. Atop the Tram this morning we were greeted with 2-4 inches of snow and cold blowing winds that resembled more of January than September.

Temperatures have dropped in the valley and certainly in the mountains and it seems Rendezvous Mountain and Big are getting their first true taste of winter this weekend. Forecasts show snowy weather into early next week and it looks to be about to start #jhdreaming!

Check out the conditions we found atop the tram this morning!


Snowfall in high mountains of Colorado; Trail Ridge Road closed due to snow and ice

© Colorado State Patrol
Snow at Eisenhower Tunnel.
Snow and icy conditions force the closure of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park Saturday morning. Fall River Road also closed in the park.

There were reports that some vehicles became stuck because of the winter driving conditions. It was closed at Rainbow Curve on the east and at the Alpine Visitor Center on the west.

The temperature at the Alpine Visitor Center was 28 degrees at 8 a.m.

Both roads reopened by midday Saturday.

Trail Ridge Road climbs to an elevation of 12,183 feet above sea level. It's the highest continuous road in the United States.


Big snowfalls extend the snow season at ski resorts in Australia

© Perisher Media
Adam Lambert, from Jindabyne, enjoys his time in the snow at Perisher.
Skiers and snowboarders are continuing to hit the slopes in Australia's ski resorts with spring providing conditions that have been described as the best in years.

Three big dumps of snow throughout August and early September have lead to the biggest recorded snow depth since 2000.

The snow depth recording at Spencers Creek, midway between Perisher Valley and Thredbo, was 239.7cm this week, just shy of the 262cm recorded in 2000.

This time last year, the snow depth at Spencers Creek was just 114.7cm, less than half of the current depth and well below the average maximum of 190cm in previous years.