Yes, it is “May Day”, also known as the Celtic / Druid holiday of Beltane that is the official start of Summer on the Druid calendar. A time to celebrate the winter left behind and the warmth that is here.
In a world of Global Warming, we ought be having “fond memories” of back in the olden days when we knew what snow was…
Instead, we’ve got active snowfall.
Colorado snow accumulations from May 1, 2013 storm
Posted: 05/01/2013 06:52:06 AM MDT
Colorado snow accumulations in the northern part of the state for the May 1 storm, according to the National Weather Service, include:
Black Hawk — 6.3 inches
Boulder — 4.1 inches
Breckenridge — 5.8 inches
Cameron Pass — 18 inches
Conifer — 3.6 inches
Estes Park — 13.2 inches
Evergreen — 2.5 inches
Fairplay — 3 inches
E Fort Collins — 8.7 inches
SW Fort Collins — 11 inches
Genesee — 4 inches
Glendevey — 11 inches
Nederland — 6.4 inches
Northglenn — 1 inch
Pawnee Buttes — 1.5 inches
Pingree Park — 24 inches
Yes, up to two FEET of snow in some places. There’s a nice cold snowy ‘winter storm’ blowing through the “Mountain States”. No, not “Climate Change” nor “Climate Chaos”, nor even the newest attempt at re-branding “Climate Weirding”. Just ordinary weather.
That’s sort of the whole point. The weather is absolutely normal and entirely inside historical ranges. Just not hot. Or extreme.
Alaska is letting folks run snow tires longer (guess it’s not warm up there either):
State again extends snow tire deadline
May 1 deadline extended to May 15
Posted: April 29, 2013 – 4:28pm | Updated: April 30, 2013 – 12:00am
By MARK D. MILLER
Alaska drivers will have an extra two weeks to dismount the studded tires from their road vehicles, the Alaska Department of Public Safety announced Monday.
The deadline of May 1 has been pushed back to May 15.
The state’s decision to extend the date by which cars and other road vehicles must not be fitted with studded tires comes days after a late-season snowstorm dumped more than four inches of snow on Juneau last Friday.
Other parts of the state have also experienced significant snowfall, with Fairbanks receiving snow Monday.
Of particular note:
The normal deadline by which drivers in parts of Alaska south of the 60th parallel north must have studded tires removed from their vehicles is April 15. That date was pushed back to May 1 earlier this month.
So a full one MONTH later than usual…
Also whacking Wyoming and other States and headed on toward the MidWest (that is actually in the Eastern Half of the nation…)
Snow storm hits Plains, Midwest, May 2013
The same storm bringing heavy snow to Denver and Cheyenne Wednesday, May 1, has the potential to bring a swath of heavy, wet snow from eastern Nebraska to northwestern Wisconsin and the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan by Thursday. – AccuWeather
Westbound I-70 is closed at the Eisenhower Tunnel in Colorado due to multiple accidents caused by the snow – @breakingweather
49 mins ago by editor
Meteorologists say snowfall in Plains, parts of Midwest could be ‘historic’ – @NBCNews
52 mins ago from usnews.nbcnews.com by editor
28 inches of snow reported in Buckhorn Mountain, Colorado – @breakingweather
1 hour ago by editor
‘Amazing’ temperature contrast in Iowa: 32 in Sheldon, 81 in Keokuk; up to 5 inches of snow in state’s northwest, meteorologist @asoswx says
2 hours ago by editor
Photo: 12-inch snow in Cheyenne, Wyoming pic.twitter.com/BhtP9UZ4s8
Warming? My frosted butt cheeks!
I think what we have here is the sound of the Fat Lady Singing….
There’s also a bit of snow in Iceland and Norway so it’s not just a US thing. (Again, it isn’t ‘weird’ to have snow in Norway now either. It just isn’t warm either.)
We are running above average “climatology” on snow. Not dramatically, but it’s pretty clear snow is not just “a fond memory”…
It’s awfully hard to be “warming” when you are under a layer of snow…