It’s June! Time to go camping! In Fresh Falling SNOW!…

Yes, it’s Canada, but still… Snow falling in June. Wasn’t snow supposed to be a thing of the past?

Here’s Steve Wallis of “Camping With Steve” doing his weekly camping video. But turns out it is snowing.

No, I don’t know how common this is, nor even what part of Canada this was filmed in. Though it is somewhere in the Western Half as he usually hangs out in B.C. or Alberta.

Maybe someone from Canada can comment on what’s happening up there and how common this is in June. Published June 10th, so likely just a few days before that.

Note that Steve frequently does “Stealth Camping” videos where he uses very different ‘kit’ to camp. Sometimes a hammock. One was done with “common household goods”. Another tossed a large tarp over two trucks parked “back to back” as a shelter.

Well worth watching to see various kinds of camping. Just lately he bought a used “Short Bus” that you see in this video. That’s in about every other video now. It is inspiring me to think more about RV Life…


Found the Foresty Forest channel complementary video. It is Alberta. He starts off with summiting a few peaks, then at about 10 minutes gets into the Steve Wallis meet up. Interesting to see the same trip from the other POV:

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15 Responses to It’s June! Time to go camping! In Fresh Falling SNOW!…

  1. u.k.(us) says:

    Snuggle weather :)

  2. p.g.sharrow says:

    I have had to fire up the wood stove to heat this place for 3 days! Even the long haired cats were picketing because they were cold! Tomorrow should see the return of summer here.

  3. YMMV says:

    It’s unusual how they don’t do any name dropping in this video. But he does mention his friend Forestry Forest also has a YT channel, and he did some name dropping in his most recent video. Panther Creek and Dormer Mountain. Which puts it in Alberta, west of Calgary, but not in a park. Which would explain the lack of people for such a nice waterfall. I’m told it can snow (and has) in every month of the year in the Canadian Rockies. The Canadian weather map does show snow in the Rockies now, but they say it will 82°F on Monday in Banff. Nice (summer) photos of that area here:

  4. p.g.sharrow says:

    There is a saying in Modoc county,Calif. that it has snowed every month of the year except August. and has missed August by one day! This is down on the flatlands ,4000 feet, not up in the mountains, as high as 10,000ft where it can snow at any time..

  5. saighdear says:

    Yes it’s June, all over the world and there’s fresh snow all over the world: Today on Mt Etna fresh snow ( in the Mediterranean) at N 37° 45′ 15.84″; In Argentina: Ushuaia are: 54°48’0″S, and had a lot of snow at beginning of month whilst THIS YEAR Inverness, UK has NOT had snow ( nearly) at 57° 28′ 39.9792” N . Within local living generational memory, snow has fallen and blocked roads at various ( to extreme) depths anywhere between Inverness and the Swiss Alps. …. and ‘last coupla days’ our Breath has been taken away by the more than brisk winds: All that excessive May’s Rain has been lost! Flaming June indeed!

  6. John Hultquist says:

    An atmospheric river – aka the Pineapple Express – is about to intersect North America at latitudes from the OR/CA border on northward. The coast ranges and the Olympics of Washington State will get significant rainfall. The timing is somewhat unusual, although such events are common.

    Cliff Mass Weather Blog, and a podcast I have not listened to, has an introduction. There is discussion on the NWS Portland site, mentioning the Low Pressure.
    That system is now (6:30 am Saturday) showing on the earth dot nullschool dot net site. It does not appear to be pulling air directly from the tropics, but might do so (or not) by this evening. The dry interior of the region is forecast to get rain. Where’s my rain gear?

    May was very dry.
    … for Wednesday, June 2nd

  7. E.M.Smith says:


    I added the Foresty Forest video of the same trip, and he does say it is in Alberta. Clearly not more than a day drive from the 3 peaks he names as he climbs them.


    That’s an interesting set of photos (even if it did take a while for all of them to load on my tiny SBC ;-) Interesting to see parrots sitting in the snow on limbs ;-)

    @P.G. & John Hultquist:

    PG, you may need to watch out for that “river” J.H. pointed out! Or at least check the forecast.


    Interesting. Right now that “Live Cam” is showing a LOT of clouds and some snow on the mountain (volcanism not so much). Could be interesting to see when it does “go” again having “fire and ice” together…

  8. philjourdan says:

    I wonder when Ewe-Toob will start banning photos of snow as being anti-science?

  9. stewartpid says:

    Just my two Canuck cents since u asked. Last nights weather cited the June 12th records as -1.7 & + 31.5 and so that is the range in the last 100 plus years in Calgary Alberta. At our elevation, which is around 3,000 to 4,000 feet before u start climbing mountains, it can get pretty cool each night … the night time cool down really surprised me when I moved here in 1980 since I had lived a few hundred feet above sea level most of my life and so the drastic cool off once the sun sets was unknown to me.
    I was joking with the wife earlier this week that when they show the average daytime high and the forecast temps you can see that we are rarely at the average line and spend what looks like 3/4 of the time well above average or well below. I hate it when they call the average “normal” since it is nonsense.
    So it doesn’t take much of a perturbation in jet stream to pump really cold weather down to us when the jet stream gets wavy … a zonal jet stream will keep our weather closer to the average range.
    So in a nut shell …. snow is a fact of life from late Oct to early April. Snow is common in Sep & Oct and in April & May most years but it rarely stays on the ground and especially in the spring we get a lot of rain that turns to snow or snow that turns to rain while usually in the fall when it snows it stays snow to the end of the event. Which leaves June, July & Aug as relatively snow free but I have seen snow in those months too in the 41 years I have lived here but only a couple of times … in the mountains at much higher elevations lots of snow year round is possible but that is at 9,000 feet ie the peaks of the Rockies.
    Hope that helps.
    Only a crazy person would live here ;-) …. two years ago there was a 5 week period (mid Jan to end Feb) when temps fell to the -20 to -30 C range and stayed there the entire time. Lots of the darker skinned immigrants and tesla drivers were freaking out. Electric cars are shit at -30C.
    I have a condo on the ski hill and until May 25th there was lots of snow but then a bunch of days in the high 20’s C really melted the snow and now just the high alpine has serious snow …. most years the snow all melts but every 10 years or so patches of snow last until the first serious snows in Sept start to build the new base.

  10. E.M.Smith says:


    Thanks for that! So every 10 years or so you start the glaciation cycle of persistent snow… but then it gets erased with a little bit warmer in following years…. Makes a fella go “hmmmmm”.

    So we are basically a minor weather change away from “slow and fast” glaciation vs “start and stop” of glaciation.

    In California we’ve got a couple of mountains with permanent glaciers on them. But there’s a whole mountain range of what are clearly glaciated peaks, currently bare. We’ll know it’s the Aw Shit time when the peaks stay white all year.

    Mix in that the recent “quiet sun” period has resulted in a lowering of atmospheric height, and you get lower snow lines… I remember in the ’70s when the reverse happened and NASA had to deal with increased drag on satellites. So higher orbits or more fuel on board. It was a big deal then, but only if you were paying attention to what NASA was doing. That was when The Great Pacific Climate Shift happened (and “Global Warming” was invented about a decade later).

    Now that shift is shifted back. For how long? Nobody really knows. Likely about 30 years. Snow is at lower elevations. Jet Stream is “loopy” (Meridional) instead of “flat:” (Zonal) so weather is more variable. This, of course, is being attributed to “Global Warming” and the pre-1975 pattern being the same is ignored…

    Oh Well…

    I wonder if Glacier National Park is showing renewed glacier growth?…

  11. cdquarles says:

    That system made it to my area a few days ago. Overnight lows were 59F Tuesday night to Wednesday morning, 58F Wednesday night to Thursday morning and 61F Thursday night to this morning (Friday). All way below the usual 70F. But guess what said system is pulling in behind it. Yes, a subtropical/fusion system that formed in the Gulf of Campeche and merged with the tail of that cold front; so I am looking at possibly getting all of the usual rain for June over the next 2 to 4 days. They are talking 4 to 6 inches of rain and possible spin-up tornadoes (mostly at the coast and just inland a bit) for my area. I am well inland, but they are forecasting the core to pass near, to the south and east, heading up toward NW Georgia/SE Tennessee/NW South Carolina/SW North Carolina. Outer bands were hitting SE Louisiana at/near the mouth of the Mississippi River a few hours ago.

  12. H.R. says:

    We’re getting the edge of it all, cd.

    We were whipsawed yesterday and today with modest rain, then heavy storms, and temperature drops and rises of about 10 (F) in the same day; back and forth within hours.

    It is putting an end to the red-eyed cicadas. It has been the largest hatch I can ever recall. They are everywhere and LOUD! When I do my morning walk in the cemetery, the back stretch is all woods and it is so loud they kill my hearing aids. The aids are designed to squelch at 84db so as not to be amplifying sound that is already too loud. I get hit by thre or 4 of them on every lap around the cemetery.

    Oh, at the grocery store, I was loading up the groceries in the hatchback and one flew in. I wasn’t going to fuss with it right then, figuring it would fly out when I unloaded at home.

    I get in and take off, and the cicada gives a “Whassup? Anybody there?” call. That makes me laugh. The cicada hears me laugh and responds with another chirp, which makes me laugh again and that elicits another response.

    Well, we just had a fine old conversation, laughing and chirping all the way home (7 – 8 minute drive). Sure enough, when I opened up to unload the groceries, the cicada flew out and took off.

    I think the next couple of days will be the end of them, given the weather. They were about due to be gone anyhow, but this schizo system is going to end their run about a week early.

  13. cdquarles says:

    The tropical system passed through with just some rain, and fortunately not quite as much as initially anticipated. After it came a mid-latitude type system and, for my area, a “cold” night. The overnight low was 59F, after the solstice. I don’t think that’s going to be a record, though, for the date.

  14. E.M.Smith says:

    I’m hoping to make another Florida Run in a few weeks. Guess I need to start watching the weather again ;-)

    Here in The People’s Republic of Kalifornia, we’re having cool nights and warmish days, with the occasional HOT days and modest nights, then back to the cooler pattern. But we’ve entered dry season without much water in storage. (Politicians flushing it out the bay to create a crisis to exploit, IMHO. We have several years of storage capacity and it is nearing empty after being nearly full last year.)

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