It was the snowiest meteorological Autumn on record in Great Falls, Montana (which runs from Sept 01 through Nov 30) according to National Weather Service data.
A whopping 60.4 inches (153 cm) landed in the city during the three month period, which was more than four times the seasonal average of 13.4 inches (34 cm).
This year’s total also blew away Great Falls’ all-time Autumn snowfall record — the 29.1 inches (74 cm) set back in 1985 (solar minimum of cycle 21).
Atmospheric conditions lined up perfectly at the right time and right place for a snowy fall, said Francis Kredensor, a Weather Service meteorologist, as reported by greatfallstribune.com.
“It’s the way that the overall atmospheric pattern and storm tracks have been going,” Kredensor said. “We’ve been getting this cold air and moisture coming at the same time. It doesn’t always work out that way.”
A string of intense snowstorms buried north-central Montana in September, October AND November, culminating in Thanksgiving week’s 17.2 inches (43.7 cm). Great Falls finished with 24.1 inches (61.2 cm) of snow in November, the second snowiest November on record — just shy of the 2005 record of 24.9 inches (63.2 cm). For comparison, the city’s usual Nov snowfall totals just 8.1 inches (20.6 cm).
November temperatures averaged 31.3F (-0.39C), some 2.9F (1.61C) below normal.
But the real weather story this fall was the snow, the Weather Service said. Great Falls now just needs an additional 3.1 inches (7.9 cm) to reach the 63.5 inches (161.3 cm) mark — the average snowfall for an entire snow season.
“We’re pretty much a lock for an above-average snow season,” Kredensor said.
The record seasonal snowfall in Great Falls is 117.5 inches (298.5 cm), set in 1989, and “we’re off to a good start for sure. We’ll just have to see how the rest of the season goes.”
Furthermore, Great Falls has now received 119.3 inches (303 cm) since January 01, 2019 — which has surpassed the previous calendar year snowfall record of 116.5 (296 cm) also set back in 1989.
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