I have been on the road this past week in the western United States. It has been abnormally cold and snowy for this time of year. This year will also go down as one of the warmest in recent years, but that didn’t prevent it from being brutally cold early in the year. Nor did the warm year prevent snow from falling in late May (which is also very unusual). Nothing explains this unusually cold and snowy weather more than the fact that there was snow on the ground for the first 932 miles of the trip, only when we dropped into a long mountain valley with an altitude that was less than 500m (1600ft) was there not snow by the road. That 30 miles stretch of valley was the only part without significant snow on the ground.
The coldest point was reached (according to the cars thermometer) @ N 46’36″2 W 112’57″57 when the car thermometer read -5 F (-21 C). This is probably pretty accurate as the official temperature near us at the time was Deer Lodge, Montana and it set the record low temperature for the day at -9 F (-23C). The average low temperature for that day is 18 F (-8 C).
This is of course weather and not climate, but it does show that even a “warm” year can still have the brutal cold. What would global warming change? It cannot stop weather like this from happening. Even the most absurd projections won’t take away the winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Here are some of the beautiful winter pictures taken during my journey. I know that those in warm climates will especially enjoy them.