Lebanon’s Rare Snow
Lebanon’s higher elevations have once again been brushed with rare April snowfall.
Villages like Bcharre, Laklouk, and Fakra were painted white Wednesday, following similar falls over the weekend.
Boise Breaks Records
Boise doesn’t typically receive large accumulations in a single April snowstorm, but Treasure Valley residents woke to an inch on Thursday, while Bogus Basin received another four inches as the ski resort’s record-breaking winter continues.
Thursday morning’s snow broke the record for April 13, besting the old benchmark of 0.3 inches set just last year.
A low-pressure system delivered “rare” Arctic air into Southern Idaho from the north, said NWS meteorologist Spencer Tangen.
“We had moisture that wrapped around the western side of that low,” Tangen explained. “And a lot of times when we get that pattern, we’ll get the wind coming from the northwest hit the mountains. And that’ll help produce more precipitation in Boise.”
As is the case with most Western states, Idaho has received record amounts of snow this year.
U.S. Ski Resorts Extend Into Summer
Historic snowpack means many western U.S. ski resorts will be open much later than usual this year, but the sheer volume of pack in is also proving problematic.
Starting with the good news, the latest drought monitor numbers reveal that California’s never-ending CO2-enduced 1,200-year mega-drought is all but over, with less than 9% of the state now in drought conditions.
This is down from 25% last week and down an incredible 99% from the start of the water year back on Oct 1.
California’s record snowpack and a very cold/wet spring is to thank — realities the AGW Party, even just a few months ago, deemed impossible.
Mainstream climatologists never believed a winter like the one just gone was still possible, not given their forced marriage to the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis. But watching these weasels squirm and attempt to twist reality to STILL fit their bought-and-paid-for narrative is never gets old: “This past winter told a story of extremes—and served as a reminder that global warming isn’t all rising temperatures” reads the latest programming doing the MSM rounds.
Over the Sierra Nevada range, the University of California Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Lab logged its most snow since 1952.
California’s Mammoth Mountain, South Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly and Kirkwood resorts, as well as Utah’s Alta, Snowbird to Brighton were all slammed with up to over 800 inches of snow this winter, seeing them top an ever-growing list of ski resorts to have posted their largest snowpack in recorded history.
Mammoth has extended its ski season through July; Palisades Tahoe will have skiing on Independence Day; while dozens of other resorts out west are putting extra weeks and months onto the season.
“Driving through town is like a maze, snow is approaching the third story on many buildings, street signs are covered, and locals have to shovel down to their roofs,” said Lauren Burke of Mammoth Mountain.
Understand that the below scene is the exact opposite of what mainstream climate scientist prophesied would occur:
“The strong storms in January were not consistent with a La Niña event and may have been influenced by sub-seasonal drivers of climate variability coupled with a weakening of La Niña around Christmas,” said NOAA climatologist, Michael Anderson, desperately scrambling for answers. “This is an unusual year and fits the narrative of climate change from the perspective of a warmer world that has more energy for storms to work with and as a result, new extremes can be experienced.”
That’s all well and good Anderson, if it weren’t for the record-breaking cold that accompanied the so-called “warm” snow. Taking the most recent month, March, 40.66F was the average temperature across the Lower 48 — 2.91F below the multidecadal norm.
Also, using this expert’s reasoning, any weather event considered ‘unusual’ is caused by global warming; that is, the historically cold and snowy winter just gone, as mentioned, but also, extrapolating the nonsense further, even the onset of the next ice age. In all seriousness, if every extreme event–hot or cold, wet or dry–is a sign of global warming then we’ve lost our ability to decipher the present reality and so in turn predict the future. This is dangerous. We’re entering an uncertain climatic future of low solar activity, migrating magnetic poles and a waning magnetosphere with the blinkers on.
“Historic” Grand Canyon Snow Delays Opening
Record snow in the Southwest has also delayed openings at Cedar Breaks, Great Basin and Grand Canyon national parks.
Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah, is at 217% of its normal snowpack. Drifts surpassing 30 feet are still blocking State Route 148, the main road through the park, making entry possible only to those with snowmobiles.
At Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada, record snowfall will delay the opening of Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, Wheeler Peak Campground and several hiking trails, including the Alpine Lakes Loop, according to a park press release, after more than 7 feet of snow settled here, busting an all-time snowpack record set back in 1952.
And lastly, though by no means comprehensively, the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park typically opens on May 15, but this year, due to unprecedented snow, the North Rim won’t reopen until June 2 at the earliest to allow for safe plowing of State Route 67.
More On The Way From The Rockies To The Great Lakes
Yet more snow is clattering the Northwest and the Rockies this week, while fresh snow in Montana and Idaho on Thursday almost touched a foot — astonishing for the time of year. That low is now shifting into Canada, taking the snow with it, but looking ahead much more is on the way as further rounds of descending polar cold prepare to encase the Lower 48.
I’ll let the latest GFS runs do the talking (see below).
Just, for each mass of plunging Arctic air imagine a BBC journalist frantically Googling ‘why is warming causing cooling?’…
…and for every mid/late-April snowstorm that adds to an already unprecedented snowpack, picture a mystified NOAA meteorologist tearing a clump of hair from their scalp. It eases the frustration.
The truth is impossible enough to decipher without incessant establishment-funded obfuscation.
Enjoy your weekend.