Calgary – Most snow this early in the season in 61 years

Parts of the city reported up to 40 cm (16 inches) in a 12-hour period. A snowfall warning remains in effect. Wettest Oct 2 on record.

The City of Calgary has activated its municipal emergency plan and called in reinforcements from neighboring cities in response to a massive October snowfall.

Edmonton, Red Deer, Medicine Hat and Okotoks offered to send equipment and operators to assist with snow-removal efforts.

Unseasonably harsh dose of winter (in early fall)

“We’re dealing with an unseasonably harsh dose of winter very early in our season. The fact that winter has arrived earlier than we typically get, with much more snowfall than we typically get, there are preparations and resources that we normally have on standby that have been activated,” said Chief Tom Sampson of the Calgary Emergency Operations Centre.

“We haven’t had this much snow since 1914 and 1957, almost 60 years ago,” said Sampson,

The early blizzard caused headaches for commuters. Calgary police reported 95 accidents overnight, including seven involving injuries.

Wettest October 2 on record

According to Environment Canada data, the storm has given Calgary its snowiest autumn day since Oct. 21, 1957 and its single wettest Oct. 2 since the governmental department began keeping records in 1884.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

8 thoughts on “Calgary – Most snow this early in the season in 61 years”

  1. Quote:
    “We haven’t had this much snow since 1914 and 1957, almost 60 years ago,” said Sampson,
    Both Oct years events are during the Solar minimum period, with the strong likelihood of a SAW event blocking high parked over the North Western portion of the NA continent and the same large long lasting Coronial Holes in the Suns Atmosphere creating the conditions for SAW events.
    1914 During the start the Gleissberg period 1870 to 1940.
    Gleissberg period solar minimum generated some of the wildest swings in climate temperature on a worldwide basis, and ranged from the coldest and snowiest to the hottest events such as the 1930s heat in the US dust bowel.
    1914: during solar minimum between SC7 and SC8 during the early rise to Max
    1957: Very low solar minimum between SC18 and SC19
    In Europe the 1950s were marked by similar Blocking highs of Cold, Warm and Hot events during the period
    1954 SAW event during January to February very cold easterlies
    1955 Very late SAW Winter event 17th May largest snow fall for 100 years, blocking High to West of Ireland
    1956 SAW event very cold period during February to March, Indicating a Block High over central Europe
    1959 A Summer SAW event from May to September similar to 1963 and 2018

  2. OH the weather outside is frightful
    But the fossil-fueled fire’s delightful
    And since we dont rely on renewablows
    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

  3. This is interesting. Still the overall trends for the globe are what matters. I am surprised overall oceanic sea surface temperatures have risen of late but I think it will be short lived.

    More wait and see.

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