Snowfall was reported this week in seven states, according to the map below: California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, and New Hampshire (Mount Washington). But since the (probably automated) weather station at Mullen Pass, Idaho is reporting snow today, we'll add that state as well (even though there aren't any cams there). That's a total of eight continental U.S. states!
But is this unusual? Maybe, but it's no record. Looking at past records for Mount Ranier, Washington (where there is snow on the ground today, per the camera there - see below). It averages about 6 inches in June, but has seen up to 47.5" during the month. Only one year since 2000 has featured no snow in June.
In fact, Mount Washington, along with three other stations did set daily snowfall records this month. However, that's compared to the 18 set this far into June in 2009, or 10 last June 1st-8th. Again, not that unusual.
Elko's reading may be a monthly record, as the NWS NOW data indicates that snow has not fallen there in June before. Dig this though: In nearby Eureka, NV, a record high of 90 was set on Sunday, with a record low of 24 on Monday!
What's really unusual is snow in New York State in June, which I covered back in 2009. Or, more than a foot of snow out west, which I blogged about in June 2007. Or, some of the bizarre events during the "Year Without a Summer" such as snow and ice in Boston and Philadelphia in June 1816, or the more recent "Kind Of Year Without A Summer 2009" when over 3,000 record lows were broken in July.
The flooding situation in China continues to worsen and it may now be the second-worst disaster to ever hit the nation.
This week is the 20-year anniversary of Hurricane Bertha, and I met her at the coast of North Carolina.
Here's a public service announcement poster I've created to ensure that kids are being "thunderstorm safe" with Pokemon GO.
On Friday evening, a line of severe thunderstorms knocked down hundreds of trees and cut power to Wilkes County, NC.
Fifteen years ago, residents in the Southeast had no idea that Tropical Storm Allison would go on a nine-state rampage, flooding communities for over two weeks before finally moving out to sea.
We had a small heat burst last night in Bradford, Pennsylvania, when a collapsing thunderstorm sent the temperature up by 5 degrees around midnight.