OK, why is everyone looking at me like that? You think that I had something to do with this? Lil’ ole me? Preposterous! I mean, it’s not like I just happen to know the home phone number of Old Man Winter, and it’s not as if the following exchange actually occurred:
SCENE: Monday evening. Old Man Winter is at home, watching “The Mole” and tinkering with the weather patterns over the midwest. The phone rings.
Old Man Winter: Hello?
David: Hi! Uh, is this Old Man Winter?
Old Man Winter: Speaking.
David: Cool! Uh…no pun intended. Um…I’m calling to see if there is any way that you can arrange for us to have some snow in June here in Great Falls…?
Old Man Winter: You know, it’s funny you should mention that. I was just thinking to myself the other day that it’s been too long since I created a June snowfall.
David: Yeah, I’ve been here for nearly six years, and people love to tell me about the big snow in August of 1992, but I’ve never heard anyone talk about June snow.
Old Man Winter: You know, you’re right; it’s been way too long since I whipped up a surprise June snow.
David: So…you’ll do it? I mean, you’ll really make it snow? In June?
Old Man Winter: Sure, it’ll be fun. Give people something to talk about; folks that are new to Great Falls will go crazy thinking that snow in June is normal!
David: All right! Gosh, Mister Winter, I really appreciate it! Is there anything I can do to help?
Old Man Winter: Nah, not really. I’ll sprinkle some hints in the local forecast as we get closer to mid-week, but I’ll be sure to make folks think that the snow will be confined to the higher elevations. But you might want to tease your friends by telling them that there’s a tiny little chance of snow later this week. They’ll look at you like you’re crazy, but trust me: I’ll come through for you, David. I know how much you love snow.
David: Wow! Thanks a lot, Mister Winter. You’re the best!
Sure enough: Old Man Winter did it! It’s coming down pretty heavy now, and it’s a very wet snow. I’d say it’s about two or three inches so far.
And here’s the official Winter Storm Warning statement:
… Winter Storm Warning in effect until noon MDT today…
The National Weather Service in Great Falls has issued a Winter Storm Warning… which is in effect until noon MDT today. This Winter Storm Warning includes the Great Falls area. Moderate to heavy snow will continue across portions of central Montana this morning… including the Great Falls area. Snow accumulations of 8 inches were reported in The Fort Shaw area as of 330 am MDT this morning. Additional snow accumulations through this afternoon of 1 to 4 inches are expected for elevations below 5000 feet including Great Falls… with 4 to 8 inches over the higher elevations. Strong southwest winds of 15 to 25 mph… with gusts to
35 mph… will combine with the snow to result in significant blowing and drifting snow… and visibilities below one quarter of a mile at times.
So…do any of you have strong opinions about snow in June? Heh…
UPDATE: holy cow, what a mess! Traffic lights out, power down for hours in some spots, trees and branches strewn about…gosh, I’m sorry, everyone! I only wanted to see one more dusting of snow – not cause widespread mayhem!