Snowfall in the Caribbean islands – In the spring

“This has never happened before in recorded history,” says reader Ronald Baker. “Snow in the Caribbean islands in the spring.  Wait until La Ninã kicks in this fall.”

1 Apr 2016 – “No, it is not an April Fools Day joke, snowflakes actually fell in the neighbouring French island of Guadeloupe.”

The event, described as ‘exceptional’ by French meteorologist Alain Museleque, took place on Thursday, March 31 in the municipality of St. Claude.

Reports from French media indicate that a very fine snowfall blanketed the hills above the town.

Museleque explained the extraordinary phenomenon on Guadeloupe Premiere TV.

“We had a mass of clouds that arrived over St. Claude….  In the mass of clouds, we had the creation of some snowflakes which fell to the ground. This has never before been seen in Guadeloupe. This is an exceptional event that we will never forget.”

Thanks to Ronald Baker for this link

26 thoughts on “Snowfall in the Caribbean islands – In the spring”

  1. wow now that one is pretty hard to believe. I will have to see some youtube vids on this one and what the temperature actually was at the time of this snowfall. Don’t they normally get highs in the 80’s and lows 70’s year round?

    • Highest point: La Grande Soufrière – 1,467 m (4,813 ft)

      that appears to be the highest point on that island. If the temp was close to freezing during that time at that elevation, then it’s not out of the question that some snow could fall. Still would be extremely rare for a tropical island.

      • I have seen it snow at 42f and rain at 7f and this is more proof of a cooling upper atmosphere, cold air is sinking faster because it’s closer to the surface. I was reading old Indian stories a few years ago and one told of ice on the Florida Everglades for ten winters in a row, I’m thinking now it might be true if this is just the start of this garbage weather. 10-15 days til usual corn planting time here where I live and there’s 20s & snow forecast late week. We are already at a loss of heat units for farming here. Trees, bushes& bulbs are 3-4 weeks behind normal.

    • Then I would checkout the recent Meridional cold plunge down the spine of North America. Meridional jet Streams can and do move Cold Air south at Altitude, just the same as they move Warm Air into the Arctic regions. March and April are the main Snow months for the Northern Hemisphere. A severe Meridional cold plunge is about to affect the eastern side of the US, and possibly put Florida into minus temperatures.
      Where the writer talks about hills they are referring to the flanks and ridges of Volcanos in excess of 1000 mtrs.
      Plenty high enough for sleet and wet snow for example:
      28°16′23″N 16°38′22″W
      I add the latter to show how temperature decreases from 17C at sea level to 1C at 4000M

      • Excellent post.
        This is stellar hibernation. Contraction of earths upper atmosphere has been extreme.
        We are far from the bottom of this solar cycle. The continued reduction of incoming radiation will see more atmospheric contraction. The thermoelectric effect is also at work. Cold temperature anomalies are becoming the new norm. Our world is rapidly cooling . Increased cosmic ray flux is causing more cloud cover and less snow melt in summer. The albedo effect is starting a feedback loop with downward spiraling global temperatures. Finish your greenhouses ASAP. This isn’t some far off liberal dream. It’s happening now. Remember what Robert W. Felix wrote about fighting in the streets for food. We are already seeing this.

        • Ron, you are correct, building supplies,growing needs, and seed bank will not be available after crop failure or grid down. Also, need 1 year supply of food til first crop if you can produce anything. Snow on greenhouse roofs is not good for plant growth, I don’t grow anything in mine during winter months, would take 3-4 K watts of light supplement & massive amounts of heat and mine is only 10 by 20 ft. I have some early spuds in 5 gal pails 2 ft. high right now, but you need about 15 LBS.-seed potatoes for every 40-50 LBS produced, outside growing, most potatoes at the store are sprayed with a growth retardant and would rather rot than grow ,learned that the hard way, so first you need spuds that grow. Just doing this for a few years inside I think most will not, takes too much work & knowledge & ingenuity and I don’t see enough awareness yet. This society in US. is way to arrogant and that will bite hard. I always wondered if Americans would be eating from helicopter food drops, we’ve got our current regime to depend on.

  2. That’s pretty amazing me. We get them here infrequently (snow falling heavily from clear blue skies), but the air temp is below freezing and we live near Lake Superior also. If this happens here in the summer, I’ll get back to ya.

    • It has…the Duluth weather service doesn’t want to put it into records but up here in International Falls, MN the locals who spent their lives up here tell people of a snow flurry on July 4th….a northern wind picked moisture up off of Rainy Lake…Duluth weather service wants to bury this as rumor

  3. “This is an exceptional event that we will never forget.”

    Just wait til snow becomes the new normal! Then it’ll be, “More *&^%$# snow! Where’s that *&^%$# shovel?!”

  4. i found the surprise over Hail previously as funny
    anyplace anywhere can have hailstorms
    guess right conditions and snow too.
    is Al on holiday by any chance?

  5. Guadeloupe got snow? Unlikely. At about 18 degrees north latitude, they’re far south of the Tropic of Capricorn at about the same latitude as Belize. The picture in the article doesn’t convince me, and there is no mention of temperature. It seems more likely that this white material was some kind of discharge from a nearby volcano. I remember when Mt. St. Helens blew up years ago, many of us here in the western U.S. who were downwind of St. Helens received a dusting of fine white powder for days afterward.

    Snow on Mauna Kea at nearly 14,000 feet, and snow in northern Mexico and the Mexican central highlands I can buy.
    Snow on Gaudeloupe? Nah.

  6. Made me smile at this “April Fools” story.
    “The Commonwealth of Dominica is 48 km long and 24 km wide, with an area of 754 square kilometers. It is located between 15o12 and 15o39 N Latitude and 61o14 and 61o29 W Longitude. Dominica is an English-speaking island situated in the Eastern Caribbean between the two French speaking islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique.

    Dominica’s location and size makes it vulnerable to features of the Tropical Atlantic. These include; the annual migration of the North Atlantic Subtropical High, the spreading of the Tropical Atlantic warm pool, the Easterly Trade Winds, tropical waves, depressions, storms and hurricanes. This results in Dominica being classified as having a Marine Tropical Climate, with very little seasonal variation. The island is very rugged with many of its mountain ranges located along its centre.”

  7. No snow here at 27 south! ever. minutely possible on some of the hills at about 3000′..maybe…just for interest here in SE Queensland they say its the warmest March ever..I find it hard to believe that too I suspect bad temp records or altered records.

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