Newfoundlanders woke up this morning to an unpleasant surprise. A blanket of snow had covered parts of the province and Environment Canada had even issued a warning about road conditions.
So why does Newfoundland get summer snow while the parts of Canada are getting ready for a scorching hot weekend? Turns out the heat may be to blame.
Now this just isn't fair. It's June 26, we're days away from July and SNOW and ICE are making a mess of the roads (and pools) in Newfoundland. These scenes are DISGUSTING. See it, here. WOW! https://t.co/BhlGYUUBDW #nlwx Photo: @townside99 pic.twitter.com/W9pgtdF3Fh— The Weather Network (@weathernetwork) June 26, 2018
In a weird scientific twist, the super hot temperatures in central parts of Canada such as Ontario is the main factor in Newfoundland's summer snowfall. The heat moving across the country dislodges some of that cold air and weather in the north as it travels east.
When the warm and cold air meet it creates a weather system that is capable of dropping major amounts of snow on the east coast. Thankfully since it is summer and there have been warmer temperatures in Newfoundland, this particular system didn't carry a lot of snow with it.
Millertown Newfoundland 4:25am THIS morning.— Andrew Sheppard (@AndrewNL) June 26, 2018
Is it the 26th of June or the 26th of December??? #weather #nltraffic #NL #canada #snow #newfoundland #nlwx #junesnowstorm #NTVNews #cbcnl #ctvnews #cold #nlpoli #juneuary @EddieSheerr @NTVNewsNL pic.twitter.com/ubhhDOXRwZ
This isn't the first time Newfoundland has seen snow in the summer and it definitely won't be the last. The record amount of snowfall in one June day in Newfoundland was 14 cms in 1949.
Newfoundland isn't the only place affected by these weird weather patterns. Alberta has been victim to this kind of weather with a massive September snowfall a couple years ago and even Hawaii has experienced snow despite warm temperatures.
Heat & humidity getting to you? How about some SUMMER #snow during the last week of school in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada? It's the 3rd latest measurable snow on record & 4th measurable this month! (Records back to 1955) High so far 37°. Video from @rcbstormpost pic.twitter.com/WUNoPfpikX— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) June 26, 2018
While the cause of recent snowfall in Newfoundland has absolutely nothing to do with climate change, some people are trying to use it to disprove global warming since their theory is that summer snow obviously means the world isn't getting warmer.
Source: Weather Network