Snowing in Montana – in August!

1 Sep 11 – Snow started falling during the day Wednesday in the Canadian Rockies and will continue in some areas across the northern Rockies of the U.S. early today, says this article on Accuweather.com.

Snow fell as low as 6,500 feet in Montana’s Glacier National Park and the neighboring higher terrain in Canada.

Between 1 and 3 inches of snow is expected through the early part of today. Motorists should prepare for a slushy accumulation to create slow travel through Logan Pass.

See entire article:
http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/54489/first-snow-of-the-season-1.asp

Meanwhile, a webcam showed snow falling in the Banff area of Alberta, Canada around midday Wednesday.
http://www.skibanff.com/conditions/cams
Thanks to Thomas McHart for these links

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
AUG 31 2011

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6500 FEET REMAINS
IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON MDT THURSDAY.

LIGHT SNOW WILL DEVELOP OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF GLACIER NATIONAL PARK THIS EVENING … WILL BEGIN TO TAPER OFF BY LATE THURSDAY MORNING.

NEW SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES EXPECTED ABOVE 6500 FEET.

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/states.php?state=MT&map=on

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link


10 thoughts on “Snowing in Montana – in August!”

  1. Yes, there will probably be a repeat of this past spring’s Missouri river floods. So, if you are in the flood plains…sell your property and head to higher ground.

  2. I wonder if those upper trails ever got to be snow free before this “winter storm advisory” was issued. We’ve got to get Al Gore to Glacier Park so all that hot air will be able to turn this snowfall into a “summer shower.”

  3. This does answer why there has been a vast increase of Canadian Geese in my area. As I mentioned, the Geese are about a month early. (See below) I suspected the Geese sensed winter coming on and left for warmer climate. Although there was a heavy count in the first part of August, the count has tapered down to about 7 groups. Today 9/1/2011 I saw about 7 groups, but I feel there were many more because I could only see about 50 yards due to the heavy fog. Meanwhile, the grape harvest is about 2 weeks behind schedule due to the “Cool Summer”. This is the third cool summer we have had in this area.
    (See: http://sonomanews.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx)

    The Canadian Geese are here early!

    For the past 4-5 years I have been watching the Canadian Geese that stop off and feed on their travels south. I take note of their numbers as I travel to work. In the past 3weeks I have noticed a vast increase in the number of geese in the fields. Normally, at this time of the year, I would be lucky to see one or two groups (7 to 15 birds per group). On 8/3/2011, there were 5 groups in one field and about 8 groups in the field across the road. About a quarter mile down the road, there were so many groups that I couldn’t count them all. I estimate that there were about 150 to 200 birds in that field. This week, ending 8/12/2011, was also a heavy week with a low of 5 groups to a high of 17 groups.

    Usually, September and October are the heavy bird count months with little to none in November.
    Are the animals trying to tell us something? Is this a sign of impending cold, or am I just lucky to see so many birds? Do you or any of your readers have any insight to what is happening in Canada?
    Thank you
    Marcus
    Petaluma, California

  4. Re: geese… saw them here in NE Kansas last week flying south. We had an 85 degree day and they were headed toward the 100+ degree stuff in Oklahoma & Texas. I’ve seen or heard at least 5 flocks over the past two weeks. This is VERY early here. The last time I remember them being this early was in 1995 when we had snow on October 15th. We shall see I guess… assuming all the other crazy stuff that is predicted to happen over the next couple of months doesn’t happen!

      • Indeed, Robert. I attached the link because of the additional pictures for America and Asia. I think it would be interesting for you.
        I have an impression a harsh winter will be coming soon.

  5. Ahhh, this is where you went. Thank God you left a post on the older link. Keep up the great work Robert! Its a ritual to read your stories everyday. Especially the snow ones. 🙂

  6. Good one Rebort. yes “es ist Kalt geworden” and “wir sind bald in einer Eiszeit” in English would be “it has gotten cold” and “we are soon in an ice age.”

    ^_^

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