“Expect more blizzards moving forward. This is just a taste.”
Why would a record-breaking snowstorm hit Montana this early in October? The creator of this video blames the sunspot cycle.
“We had a huge amount of blizzards in the 1890s during the Dalton Minimum.”
“We had a huge amount of blizzards in the Glassberg Minimum.”
“And now, we’re having a ton more blizzards moving into the Modern Minimum.”
According to the National Weather Service in Great Falls, Montana, this storm was effectively a blizzard in the Havre area, especially considering the severe impacts.
Elsewhere, Zortman, Montana set a new one day record for October with 14 inches of snow reported Tuesday morning.
The heaviest estimated snow amount from this storm was 30 inches in Rocky Boy, Montana. Drifts in at least one location were estimated to be eight feet high, and many areas in Montana, Colorado and Wyoming received a foot (30 cm) or more of snow.
A blizzard occurs when the following conditions are met for at least three consecutive hours: sustained winds or frequent gusts to at least 35 mph and considerable falling and/or blowing snow that frequently reduces visibility to less than a quarter mile.