Snowfall in Chamonix, France – In July

28 cm (11 inches) of snow in the past 48 hours.


This skiing site’s most recent snow report indicates that 10cm of fresh snow fell on Chamonix on Saturday 22nd July 2017.

The weather forecast on French TV Saturday morning called for snow above 2000 metres in the Alps.

Fresh Snow was reported by 2 French Ski Resorts, including Chamonix and Vars.

Snow Reports and Snow Forecasts for France covering the period from Monday 24th July 2017 show 28 cm of snow fell in Chamonix and 27 cm in Argentière in the past 48 hours.

Thanks to Ben Vorlich for this link

10 thoughts on “Snowfall in Chamonix, France – In July”

  1. Western coastal regions of Europe have experienced a Summer Artic plunge of cool wet weather, a slight frost was forecast in the Scottish Glens during the early part of last week, so the freezing level has probably dropped from 5000M to 2000M. All due to meridional weather systems, they either bring warm wet thundery weather, followed by cool changeable northerlies.
    Given the cool unstable air stream in the UK over the last two days, where Sunday was as dark as dark, and frankly looked like the end of October. That same 12C air stream has now pushed a Low pressure system over to the Eastern Alps with a trailing cold front lying on the northern edge of the Alps.
    Get used to it, summers will get shorter and cooler as the GSM continues right up to 2056, it might settle down then to a similar climate as that from 1880 to 1914 with a series of average to low solar output cycles.
    I’m on holiday as from Thursday it will be interesting to see if the snow that has fallen is noticeable over the Alps from 30,000 ft on the way south, more likely it will be solid cloud raining cats and dogs.

    • So why is this only happening in Europe,and not also in the United States and Canada,i thought Canada would get hit first if there are signs of an ice age,and the Northern and Eastern Tiers of the US.

      • Steve – If you have been following the news, there has been occurrences recently in Canada. For example mid-July snow in Quebec. Record low temperatures in the maritime provinces. etc. Go back through previous posts on

  2. Assuming that we are now in the transition from the warm Holocene interglacial to the next era of glacial advance, the next ice age, mini- or major, it is plausible to assume that we will need all the energy we can get from all sources including solar – wind – nuclear – to sustain an industrial / technological economy for the next few thousands or tens of thousands of years, since our supply of oil and gas is probably not enough to sustain current product for more than another 30-40 years according to British Petroleum.

    The last ice age lasted about 75,000 years, and some anthropologists think the sustained severe cold reduced the human population to fewer than 10,000 people.

    If indeed the next little ice age or big ice age is beginning, massive areas of land will become too cold for agriculture – like Russia, Ukraine, Canada – we can expect social, political, demographic disruptions like nothing experienced in all of human history before now.

    If the next ice age is more or less like the last, vast areas of entire continents will become covered in glaciers and ice sheets, sea level will slowly fall by 400 feet or so, leaving most of the world’s seaports miles away from water.

    We may need to build tens of millions of acres of heated greenhouses to feed North America.

  3. I remember reading, a few years back, that the drop in global average temperatures at the end of an interglacial period can be quite precipitous. In fact, the climate can cool by several degrees in a single human lifetime, leaving us precious little time to build those millions of hectares of greenhouses.
    However, we don’t know enough about the triggers which bring about glaciations to predict when this interglacial will end. It may well be a thousand years away, given our current state of ignorance on the subject. So I suppose we shouldn’t be too quick to assume the worst.
    One other point. Earth doesn’t usually have polar ice caps. It surprises a lot of people to learn that for roughly 90% of our planet’s 4.5 billion year history, there’s been no permanent ice cap at either pole.
    Technically, any time there’s an ice cap at either pole, we’re described as being in an ice age. So having an ice cap at both poles simultaneously, as we have today, means we’re actually in a particularly cold ice age by Earth’s usual standards – right now, as we speak.
    Talking about “entering an ice age” at the end of our current interglacial period is therefore not a correct use of terminology.
    We’re either in a glacial or an interglacial period – simply two different aspects of the same ongoing ice age.
    A small point, I suppose, and so I apologise for my pedantic tendencies!

    • Quote: One other point. Earth doesn’t usually have polar ice caps. It surprises a lot of people to learn that for roughly 90% of our planet’s 4.5 billion year history, there’s been no permanent ice cap at either pole.
      I agree, but only in the last 2.5 million years has a large land mass been situated at or close to both poles with a cold flowing water mass surrounding them, Antarctica is continent, Greenland is one of the largest islands of the world, again surrounded by cold salty sea water but on the Eastern side of a major continent.
      It’s very likely that the previous Snowball Earth periods, that other land masses were in the same positions, even then, over the last 4.5 billion years the Sun is slowly outputting more energy as it stabilises from its ignition.
      But for the Drake passage we would not be in an Ice Cap situation, and probably 6 to 10 C warmer.

  4. Looks like young adults in France will still know what snow looks like in 70 years from now, even if French teachers were screaming in their faces in grade school that they would never see snow again because of their mom’s SUV’s.

  5. Many years ago I was in Chamonix in july. In the evening started a little rain. As I woke up the next day snow was about at half height on the Mont Blanc massif.

  6. It is snowing in Alaska’s Chugach Mountains, with mixed rain and snow at sea level in Valdez this weekend.

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