Winter made an unseasonably late appearance in Duluth on Sunday, as a meridional jet stream flow (associated with low solar activity) pulled a brutal Arctic air mass anomalously south.
Duluth International Airport recorded 2.4 inches (6.1cm) of snow on Sunday, May 19 smashing the previous daily record of 0.2 inches set in 1963 (solar minimum of cycle 19).
The city also set a new record for the latest date that over an inch of powder has accumulated.
In addition, Duluth’s total snowfall this month now stands at a whopping 13.3 inches (34cm), with the previous record for the month of May measuring at a comparatively paltry 8.1 inches (20.5cm), set in 1954 (solar minimum of cycle 18).
The NWS admitted it was surprised by the amount of snow falling in the North over the weekend.
As much as 5.9 inches (15cm) was recorded in a number of locations.
“As a meteorologist, it’s wild to see snow this late in May. I don’t like snow in May, it’s time for spring,” said Mike Stewart, a meteorologist with the NWS.
Bill Pagel, a Duluth resident, said, “I’ve never seen this. I’ve lived here all my life for the most part. I’ve never seen snow this late. After the last [snowstorm] I thought that it was over but I guess not.”
The cold times are returning.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift