A strong, snowy cold front tore through Wyoming on Saturday, leaving behind 4-foot snow drifts and frigid air which toppled many all-time low temperature records across the Cowboy State.
The cold front produced record and near-record low temperatures across the Bighorn Basin on Sunday morning — records fell in Greybull, Worland, Buffalo, Casper, and Lander, according to the National Weather Service Riverton office:
Note how all of the previous records lows fell within solar minimums (excluding Worland’s 2.2C/36F from 1982, which occurred on the downward slide into SM21):
- Greybull saw a new all-time low of 2.2C (36F) on Sunday, easily breaking the previous June 09 record of 3.9C (39F) set in 2008 (solar minimum of cycle 23).
- Riverton Airport recorded 1.7C (35F), busting the previous record of 2.8C (37F) from 2009 (solar minimum of cycle 23)
- Buffalo’s 0.6C (33F) on Sunday smashed the old record of 3.3C (38F) from 2008 (solar minimum of cycle 23).
- Lander saw -1.1C (30F), pipping 1979’s record of -0.6 (31F) (solar minimum of cycle 20)
- While Casper recorded a new June 09 low of -2.8C (27F), which annihilated the previous all-time cold record for the date of 0.6C (33F) set back in 1995 (solar minimum of cycle 22).
- Worland’s 1982 record was surpassed, with a new low of 0.6C (33F) — with one resident actually reporting -4.4C (24F) six miles south of the Washakie County city (and away from the UHI effect).
Additionally, snow, ice and heavy drifting closed the Beartooth Pass on Saturday morning, June 08 — from the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway intersection to the Montana state line.
A stranded driver on the Pass required rescuing by Wyoming Highway Patrol after getting stuck in 4 foot snow drifts. Both a friend of the motorist and then the responding State Trooper attempted to reach the driver, but were each forced to turn back on account of the deep snow.
Employees from the National Park Service (NPS) were dispatched to plow a path.
The plow and State Trooper reached the stranded driver near milepost 32 on US 212 around 5:14 a.m., where they proceeded to plow and shovel the vehicle out of the drift.
The cold times are returning, as our sun enters its next Grand Solar Minimum cycle.
GSM + Pole Shift