June Snow!

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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.

Snow in June!

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!

ALSO: Mose has some pictures to share. And here’s my pix. My favorite:
June Snow!



  1. So you arranged this???!!! Could you come over and shake the snow off my lilac bush. It is flattened. You’ve only arranged for this snow for one day right? Just one day, right?

    Enjoy it while it is here.

  2. Hmmm, well, I hope you’re happy, Mr Snow-lover. My garden is a mess, my Koi are hiding in the bottom of their pond and I’ve got three limbs down in the back yard.

    …and now I know who to BLAME! Grrrrr..

  3. Well Dave, I know that you had to have a hand in this BUT we have a long history of snow YEAR ROUND so I’m not complaining.

    We needed moisture- we got it. LOL

    Now I have a bit of inspiration for photos!

  4. When I spoke at a gathering this morning, I told them that this was all your fault. I did NOT give them your phone number;)

  5. Don’t sweat it David … with regard to your update that is. This sort of thing happens on occasion, and besides, I liked having the day off for a change mid-week. We got down to the Park-N-Ponder for cheesburgers this morning, where my little Dustin got to meet the swans, up close and personal.

  6. Oooh I was up at 5:45 and saw that. I seriously thought I was dreaming went back to bed and woke up thinking it was really a dream..Until my kids squealed about wanting to go out and play and apparently I took pictures at 5:45 as well! so yeah..it’s all good I don’t have a garden anymore so! Play away..

  7. WOOHOO!! I love it. After 35 years in Texas in the 100+-degree heat, with 90% humidity, this is a gorgeous change. It’s so nice to have four seasons, and even the occasional “surprise season”.

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