The United States has seen record-breaking cold and snow over the last few days. On Sunday, Kansas City and Wichita both had their earliest measurable snow in records dating to the late 1800s.
The National Weather Service office in Kansas City said it recorded snowfall Sunday Oct 14, marking the earliest in the season snow has fallen since records began.
The last time the KC area saw measurable snowfall this early in the season was Oct 17, 1898, when 3.3 inches fell during the Centennial Minimum.
The office has only recorded snow in October seven times around the Kansas City area.
Measurable snowfall is pretty rare during the month of October in KC; only having occurred 7 times since records began. However, yesterday we broke a new record by measuring the earliest snowfall (0.2") which broke the previous record set in 1898. pic.twitter.com/euz0Rafmas
— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) October 15, 2018
Sunday was Topeka’s snowiest Oct 14 on record.
The NWS reported the capital city saw 0.5 inches of snowfall at its office near Philip Billard Municipal Airport, which broke the record set in 1965.
Early Monday morning, the official temperature at KCI Airport fell to -0.5C (31F), which set a new record for coldest temp for Oct 15, beating the previous record of 0C (32F) set in 1943 and 1891.
Another record was set this morning! We beat the previous record low of 32 deg set back in 1943 with our current temp of 31! #Octoburrrr
— Lindsey Anderson (@lnanderson) October 15, 2018
Denver set an all-time cold record Monday morning when the temperature dipped to -7.8C (18F) breaking the 48-year record from 1970 — it has never been so cold on Oct 15 in modern times.
While the temp at the Colorado Springs Airport was -8.9C (16F) — a daily low smashing the previous record of -6.7C (20F) set back in 1969.
Dallas-Fort Worth broke multiple records — a record low minimum of 5C (41F) was set busting the previous record of 5.6C (42F) from 1922. A new record low maximum of 49F tore apart the previous record of 60F set in 1923. And a new daily precipitation record of 2.6 inches was set, breaking 2007’s 1.93 inches.
Waco set a new record low maximum of -12.2C (54F) — the previous record was 18.3C (65F) set in 1937 and 2008.
All-in-all, roughly one third of the CONUS experienced daily record low temperatures on Monday:
The area covered by snow in North America, as of Sunday Oct 14, was 7.77 million square kilometers (3 million square miles), according to analysis by NOAA.
By mid-October no other year has had a snow cover extent that large in records dating back to 2005.
What is interesting to note is that both Kansas City and Wichita saw their first accumulating snow before Fairbanks, Alaska — Fairbanks’ average first measurable snow is Sept 27.
However this is exactly the pattern we would expect during a Grand Solar Minimum.
Looking at NASA’s Maunder Minimum Temperature Reconstruction Map, some regions actually warm during periods of global cooling — the Arctic, North Atlantic and Alaska — although ‘warm’ to the Arctic, for example, is still well-below freezing.
Signs continue to point to the Grand Solar Minimum’s intensification.
Stay tuned for updates.