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Surprise storm dumps June snow at Canadian ski resorts - at least 6 inches at Marmot Basin

Marmot Basin

Marmot Basin on June 19, 2023.
Tomorrow is officially the first day of summer, but many ski resorts in western Canada are waking up to multiple inches of snow blanketing the mountains.

Check out the Facebook post below from Marmot Basin, an under-the-radar ski resort located in Alberta.

The resort isn't reporting an official storm total, but there appears to be at least 6-8 inches of fresh snow:

June or January? It feels like I've been asking that question quite a bit this week.

Comment: Elsewhere in North America recently: June blizzard atop Pikes Peak becomes terrifying 4-hours for Colorado ranger: 'A day I'll never forget'


Nearly 100 dead in Indian heatwave

drinking water
© Getty Images / Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

At least 96 people have died following several days of intense heat in two of India's most populous states. Authorities have warned at-risk members of the public to stay indoors to avoid aggravating pre-existing health conditions.

The deceased were primarily people over 60 who had prior health concerns in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and in eastern Bihar, authorities said. All of the 54 deaths in Uttar Pradesh occurred in Ballia district, where hospitals have admitted a steady influx of patients seeking treatment for heat-related ailments including high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, as well as breathing and cardiac issues.

Uttar Pradesh's health minister, Brijesh Pathak, has opened an investigation into the high number of deaths in the state. Local governments have come under fire from opposition for "carelessness" in not warning the public about the potential health risks of the heatwave, the BBC said on Monday.

Better Earth

'Unheard of' marine heatwave off UK and Irish coasts poses serious threat

marine heatwave uk
Water temperatures off the UK and Ireland are as high as 4°C above normal (in black)
Sea temperatures, particularly off the north-east coast of England and the west of Ireland, are several degrees above normal, smashing records for late spring and early summer. The North Sea and north Atlantic are experiencing higher temperatures, data shows.

The Met Office said global sea surface temperatures in April and May reached an all-time high for those months, according to records dating to 1850, with June also on course to hit record heat levels.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has categorised parts of the North Sea as being in a category four marine heatwave, which is considered "extreme", with areas off the coast of England up to 5C above what is usual.

Comment: Whilst up to mid-May meteorologists were saying that the UK's on land weather had been colder, wetter, with less sunlight hours than usual.

Comment: What exactly the cause of the warming is remains to be seen, but there are some contenders: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Oh good, now it's snowing in Wyoming

Burgess Junction
© Wyoming Dept of Transportation
Burgess Junction
Well, if you missed the snow — after all it's been month — good news, it's back.

Snow is falling on Powder River Pass in the Big Horns on Friday morning.

Not a shocker for meteorologist Don Day as the coldest of the most recent cold fronts are moving through Wyoming this weekend.

"Surprised? Not at all," Day said. "July is the only month we get a break in Wyoming."

Day said not to expect any measurable amount of snow from the weather pattern although it will be unseasonably cool for the next two days with a warmup beginning on Sunday.

Snowflake Cold

Bolivia cold snap brings rare snow to tropical farm region

Bolivia's largest agricultural region, Santa Cruz, is bracing this week against a surprise wave of snow and ice, causing lasting damage to crops and killing cattle in other parts of the country.

Vast parts of the region, known for producing sorghum, soybeans and wheat, among other foods, have been covered in sheets of snow.

Torrential rains have also caused flooding in the valleys of Santa Cruz, prompting road closure, air evacuations and one confirmed death, according to authorities.


June blizzard atop Pikes Peak becomes terrifying 4-hours for Colorado ranger: 'A day I'll never forget'

The blizzard forced evacuations due to the heavy snow and winds topping 50 mph.
© Stephen Peterson
The blizzard forced evacuations due to the heavy snow and winds topping 50 mph.
A blizzard Monday at the summit of America's Mountain will be a day one Colorado ranger says he will never forget.

"One of the most stressful days I've had at work in a long time," said ranger Stephen "Pete" Peterson, who captured footage of whiteout conditions in June on Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs. "A day I'll never forget!"

Peterson arrived at the 14,000-foot summit at noon and then, "BAM!" he detailed in a post on social media.

"A major storm erupts, and we're in blizzard conditions within minutes," he said as the storm forced evacuations due to the heavy snow and winds topping 50 mph. "We had 20-30 cars up on and near summit who were all leaving just as the blizzard arrived."

Arrow Down

Massive avalanche hits mountains around Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand, India

A massive avalanche on 8 June hit the mountains around the Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand, however, no damages or injuries were reported.

A video clip shared by news agency PTI shows fumes of snow descending the mountains. The pilgrims and visitors standing in front of the temple were gazing at the snowslide as it took place.

Earlier on 4 June, a similar snow avalanche took place in the state that hit a group of pilgrims en route to Hemkund Sahib. The State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) rescued five of them while recovering the body of one pilgrim on June 5 after the rescue operation resumed.


June snowfall in Colorado

Here were on the footsteps of summer (June 2nd) and its snowing in Colorado.

Here is the view from the Eisenhower Tunnel.

NEWS9 reports trough will continue over Colorado today, but is showing signs of slowly moving off to the northeast as the day goes on.

Not enough to bust out the powder skis but we love seeing flurries anytime of year.


Chanshal Pass receives late heavy snowfall in Himachal Pradesh, India - 17.7 inches of snow

The Chanshal Pass near Rohru in Shimla district covered by a white blanket of snow on Thursday.

The Chanshal Pass near Rohru in Shimla district covered by a white blanket of snow on Thursday.
The Chanshal area near Rohru in Shimla district has received snowfall in the latest spell of precipitation, leaving the local people surprised. Many claim that it's probably the first time the place has received snowfall this late in summer.

"I don't remember having seen snowfall at Chanshal in late May. We can see 3-4 inches fresh snow in Chanshal area. This is something unprecedented," said Sanjeev Thakur, an orchardist from Rohru.

Meanwhile, the weather department said having snow at Chanshal at this time of the year was surprising and rare.. At Chanshal Pass, the department has recorded 45 cm snowfall. "Due to the heavy and continuous rains over the last few days, the temperatures have gone down significantly. The snowfall is the result of such low temperatures," said Surender Paul, Director, Meteorological Centre, Shimla.

Snowflake Cold

90% of Georgia's peach crop wiped out by prolonged cold snap and unseasonably warm winter

© Matthew Pearson/WABE
Al Pearson holds peaches grown on his family's orchard, which as been in operation for five generations.
Summer is around the corner, and in Georgia, summer means peaches.

But horticulturists at the University of Georgia say roughly 90% of the Peach State's crop has been destroyed by bad weather and a warming climate.

The last time things were this bad was 1955, according to Lawton Pearson of Pearson Farm in Fort Valley, Georgia.

"I didn't see it. I wasn't alive," Pearson says. "My dad was only six. My grandfather picked two peaches, and they went to California for the summer."

Peaches require a minimum number of chill hours, below 45 degrees, to set fruit. But the first three months of this year were the warmest on record in Georgia, and chill hours here have been declining over the years. That's due to climate change.

Comment: See also: Little Ice Age triggered by unusually warm period, unprecedented cold struck within 20 years