Mother Nature sure has an interesting sense of humor. While people across North America were sweating it out this week in an ongoing heat wave, Marmot Basin, a ski resort in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, got about 7 inches of snow on Tuesday. I know things are colder above the 49th Parallel, but snow in July is pretty extreme, even in the Canadian Rockies!
Our very own Sandi Duncan, Philom., was interviewed about the snow by Snow Seekers, a Canadian Ski website. You can read that article here.
That same day, Death Valley, Calif., saw scorching 116° temperatures, while northern Idaho dipped below freezing. It’s certainly been an interesting week in weather here in North America. While snow during the summer isn’t exactly commonplace, it’s not as rare as you might think. There is even some folklore that an almanac accurately predicted a mid-July snowstorm in 1816, during the infamous Year Without a Summer.