– “Anomalous” July snowfall in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho (Ice Age Now, July 29, 2015):
‘Exceptional’ cold front blankets Montana, Wyoming peaks with rare July snow, reads the headline in the Washington Post.
“Montana, Wyoming Receive Unusual Late-July Snowfall,” reads the headline on weather.com.
“Anomalous snowfall in the Idaho, Montana and Wyoming Northern Rockies,” reads yet another.
“On Monday, an unusually intense cold front — which forecasters described as “exceptional” — swept through the northern Rockies, setting the stage for a rare July snow event that deposited up to several inches at above 8,000 feet elevations in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.”
“This pattern should not happen in July,” commented the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office in Billings.
Snow was reported at Glacier National Park (8,000 ft elevation) in Montana, as well as the Big Sky (Montana) and Jackson Hole (Wyoming) ski areas. Jackson Hole picked up a few inches of new snow, with more snow forecasted for Monday night at higher elevations.
“(This is) something more typical of the cold-weather season than mid-July,” said weather.com senior meteorologist Nick Wiltgen.
“(This) is a pattern rarely seen in those states before late August or September. Weather anomaly!”
Thanks to Ralph Fato, Ronald Baker and Don Bishop for these links
(Photo was taken at Jackson Hole. Sorry, but I don’t know who to credit.)