There aren't many places you can go to in the United States to see snow in August, and usually, even Anchorage, Alaska, isn't one of them.
But the city is still dealing with leftover snow from last winter in its bordering mountain ranges. The all-time record snowfall of 133.6 inches last winter - just over 11 feet - could give Anchorage an endless winter.
It's a unique milestone set off from the records we've been seeing this summer, with many cities reaching all-time high temperatures when the historic heat wave rolled through in June.
The combination of heavy snowfall and a cool spring caused the lingering snow, said United States Department of Agriculture Snow Survey Supervisor Rick McClure. He said that it's unusual to see snow still remaining in some of the mountains that surround Anchorage.
"Most of the time snow melts in the mountains, unless it's a glacier or snowfield," McClure said. "We've had snow in 4,000-feet elevations that usually melts by early June stay until that time in July. It's very rare to see snow in the mountains that close to the solstice."
May, June and July have all seen colder monthly averages, with July making the cut as the seventh-coldest July in history. There were 24 days in May 19 days in June that fell below the average daily temperature.
Adding the record-shattering snowfall into the mix, it's possible the melt of last year's snow could overlap with new snow falls that can occur as early as September. When this happens, glaciers can form by compressing the old snow into ice, although it would take several years of cold springs like this year's for that cycle to occur, McClure said.
While residents and tourists are taking advantage of the snowcapped scenery, it could create problems for wildlife because the ground hasn't greened, making it difficult for some animals to find food, McClure said.
An unusually strong push of cool air for early September will move southward along the Atlantic Seaboard through the Labor Day weekend before July-like heat returns by next week.
There is a significant chance that Jimena will turn back toward Hawaii and threaten the islands during the second week of September.
As the 2015 college football season gets underway, summertime warmth could lead to uncomfortable games across the Ohio Valley and South while storms roll across the Southeast and Upper Midwest.
The Northwest and Southwest were targeted by gusty, damaging storms, while a rare tropical feat occurred in the Pacific.
Typhoons and building drought will impact more than one billion people in southeastern Asia this fall.
Steering winds could take Ignacio, currently a post-tropical cyclone, into the southeastern arm of Alaska or British Columbia during the middle days of next week.
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