Late Season Snow
By Scott Stransky
This month, Lead, South Dakota, has been inundated with over 7 feet of snow! This total is just a few inches less than their record for the month, 86.7 inches, set in 1984.
Late-season snowstorms have economic and ecologic implications. Many trees have grown leaves by this time of year, and a substantial snowfall can break off large branches because of the greater surface area created by the leaves. This harms the trees and may cause property damage. The snow might also adversely affect animals that have come out of hibernation, many of which are not used to snowstorms. Since springtime snow is usually wetter and heavier than winter snow (because the temperature is typically higher), it is more likely to weigh down power lines to the point that they break.
Nineteen years ago today, Boston received its latest accumulating snowstorm (1 inch or more) on record, about 4 inches. This year, though, it is quite likely that we will not see snow until October or November. In fact, the temperatures over the next few days will be almost exactly the climatological averages for this time of year. There are no storms approaching the area, so the weekend looks to be dry.
Today: High in the mid-50’s F (13 C). Clear.
Tonight: Low in the mid-30’s F (2 C). Clear.
Tomorrow: High around 60 F (16 C). Clear.
Tomorrow night: Low in the low 40’s F (4 C). Clear.
Sunday: High around 60 F (16 C). Clear.
Sunday Night: Low in the mid-40’s F (7 C). Clear.
Monday: High around 60 F (16 C). Clear.
Monday night: Low in the mid-40’s (7 C). Some clouds arrive.