Stevens Pass recorded 2 inches of snow on Oct. 2, marking the earliest snowfall in at least 14 years, according to data from the Washington State Department of Transportation. This last week’s cooling temperatures marked a dramatic shift from a warm and dry summer –swings between extremes– further indications of a Grand Solar Minimum.
Going back to 2004, the pass has seen just four seasons of snowfall starting in the first half of October.
In each of the past three such instances, total snowfall for the season was over 400 inches, the data shows:
Huge dumpings were recorded in 2007/08, which matches with the previous solar minimum (cycle 23):
Tuesday’s snowfall was due to an anomalous funnel of cold northern air plunging down from Alaska and Canada, said meteorologist Dustin Guy, at the weather service.
Meteorologists are also picking up on signs of a developing El Nino in the Pacific Ocean, a cyclical climate phase that meaning higher elevations will likely see more rain than snow.
Even a weak El Nino can have dramatic implications on temperature and precipitation.
— Stevens Pass (@StevensPass) October 3, 2018
Early season snow continues to fall across the Northern Hemisphere, as predicted — welcome to the Grand Solar Minimum.