Winter Arrives Early in Alaska, Snow for All Canadian Provinces

October 6th, 2014 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

With up to 6 ft. of snow on tap for Alaska in the coming week…

GFS model forecast total snow accumulation in Alaska in next 8 days.

GFS model forecast total snow accumulation in Alaska in next 8 days.

…one can only marvel at a state that reaches -80 deg. F in the winter, grows pumpkins that weigh more than a Smart Car, and was purchased from Russia for only $7.2 million. I’ll bet Putin is still pi$$ed. is calling today’s event a “winter storm”…but isn’t it still early Fall?

As winter slowly sinks southward, all of the Canadian provinces can also expect some snow in the coming week:

GFS model forecast total snowfall over the next 8 days in Canada.

GFS model forecast total snowfall over the next 8 days in Canada.

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    • Debra Bearden says:

      If you are a real Alaskan you would know that winter comes up here when it wants..regardless of the so called global warming.
      All in all this snowfall date is not that unusual for my state just to set the facts straight. I have seen it snow three feet at the end of no this snowfall is not that unusual.

      • Kenneth Simmons says:

        Please send some of your snow and cold to the lower half of Upsate New York. We may have some 70 degree days next week. I swear it’s hard to get news-making snow events here!

  1. ren says:

    The temperature in the depths of Alaska to the ground in the coming days will drop to about -10 degrees C.

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  3. Fred Harris says:

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  4. Alan Poirier says:

    Hmm, it makes you wonder if there is no missing heat in the system and that perhaps — just perhaps — Trenberth’s energy budget is just a little wonky. Just saying.

  5. ren says:

    The surface temperature of the oceans in the north rapidly declining.

  6. Griefman says:

    It snows in Alask in October every frigging year, a lot of times it snows in September. It is not unusual to see snow in late May.
    And it never never gets down to -80 deg F.

    • Aranhas says:

      “Never” is a long time. It does get down that far according to Air Force meteorologists. And it doesn’t snow in October “every year”. For ever is also a long time.

      • Griefman says:

        I lived in Fairbanks for 15 years and it snows every October and about once every 3 years it snows in September. The -80 temp was a one time event and is so atypical that it would be considered a fluke.

        • John S says:

          Griefman wrote: “I lived in Fairbanks for 15 years and it snows every October and about once every 3 years it snows in September.”

          Does it snow across the entire state and a large portion of Canada every October?

    • John S says:

      Griefman wrote: “And it never never gets down to -80 deg F.”

      The record low temperature for the state of Alaska occurred on January 23, 1971 at Prospect Creek. It was -80 degrees F.

    • allhaileris says:

      I have lived in Alaska for 27 years. I know for myself that there is absolutely nothing remarkable about snow in October. Only 2-3 times in recorded weather history has Fairbanks NOT had snow on the ground by Halloween. The writer makes himself look foolish with this. It’s just something else that makes those of us opposed to the warming hysteria look like idiots.

      • JM in San Diego CA says:

        I spent a summer working in Anchorage, Alaska. I read about the weather and learned about it from the local residents. Their first snowfall is expected between the last week in September, and the first week in November, a span of about six weeks.

        Alaskans have a sense of humor about their extreme winters. They have nicknamed the first snowfall “Termination Dust.” It signifies the unofficial end of summer and it generally appears as a light dusting in the mountains east of the city. I saw it a few days before I left the job site but I don’t recall the date

        The summer weather in Anchorage was quite pleasant, overall. It was a little more cloudy and drizzly than I would have preferred, but not bad. The air was often very clear. Several times I saw Mount McKinley from Anchorage.

      • Sal says:

        Hell, I’ve seen snow in the lower forty eight in October…..what’s the big deal about snow in Alaska in October. As a matter of fact, a friend in Boulder told me it snowed 2 days ago.

  7. James Drouin says:


    Alaska Low, 80 on Jan. 23, 1971 at Prospect Creek Camp

    Needed 5 seconds to find.

  8. Lisa says:

    Didn’t the earth tilt on it’s axis a few years ago when that big Chilean earthquake hit? Would that have something to do with weather patterns in different areas changing? We are feeling it here in CA

  9. john eyon says:

    Griefman says:
    October 6, 2014 at 11:37 AM
    And it never never gets down to -80 deg F.

    i had trouble believing that too (I’m originally from Alaska) – but a search of the “lowest temperatures” eventually brought up a NOAA table at

    Prospect Creek, Alaska, Jan. 23, 1971, 80

    so while i doesn’t regularly get down there – and there’s nothing in the article that states it does – it is capable of it

    • Chris says:

      Be careful when researching your data, I understand that NOAA has been caught doctoring their data. After this “inadvertent” change in data was revealed, the data in question was dully corrected. The point being, you must be sure the data you rely on is the real deal.
      The motivation behind the inaccurate NOAA data was to support an idea, which could not be substantiated using the correct data. Therefore, it stands to reason that “some” sources of data will not necessarily update their information, if it would create a conflict in other material that was based on the corrupt data.

  10. Francisco says:

    For the sake of those of us living in the Great White North, I hope your are wrong… could use a few more weeks of this awesome Fall we are having 🙁

  11. Arche says:

    It was 77 degrees below (F.) in the winter of 1961 in Fairbanks, Alaska. I was there. It was too cold to snow, is my childhood memory.

  12. M2 says:

    I live dead center in Central Canada. What snow?? It’s 17C here today and above 10C all week. Nice weather. I think Global Warming is a bunch of foo-foo too, but someone’s getting their weather forecast from the back of a cereal box.

  13. and2therepublic says:

    It snowed in Northern Illinois last Saturday morning, 10/04/2014, at about 6 AM. It didn’t stick due to no frost in the ground.

  14. John says:

    Just read article about the Atlantic and south oceans have warmed more than twice as much as thought. The heat is hiding out, it’s going to come. But you go ahead and think snow means no warming.

    • rascal69 says:

      Yeah, and next month it will be hiding out in the desert somewhere. You idiots can’t explain why “extra” heat would suddenly move into the oceans and not be balanced by convection (probably) or conversion (possibly). What a coincidence that this reverse inversion process began right when you are trying to make your case for higher “global” temperatures resulting from the increase in CO2. No one is disputing that CO2 has increased, and YET! No increase in temperatures as you stated would occur.

      Better launch a new research program…you’re likely to start feeling the pinch as the lemmings are even catching on to your fantasy.

    • Chris says:

      Again, you people keep referring to things happening, contrary to what “they” thought! Global warming may honestly be happening, in comparison to a contrasting period, this DOES NOT mean that a catastrophic climate event is going to doom us!

      Quit listening to the opinions of THEY, and start looking at the data and the contrasting FACTS!!

      You people would like us to believe nature can be confined, within limited parameters. The truth is that historical climate changes are a natural process involving undefined extremes, but for some reason THIS generation has no business experiencing them. Wake up and stop drinking that kool-aid!

      In my lifetime, I have experienced extremely cold winters with little snow, extremely warm winters with little snow, extremely cold winters with seemingly endless snow fall, extremely warm winters with seemingly endless snowfall. Based on my limited knowledge on earths global climate history, I can acknowledge this ANCIENT planet has experienced far more cycles and extremes than I would want to see.

      The there’s a little matter concerning the sun, its cycles and the impact of the sun’s cycles on every planet in the solar system. You Global warming nut jobs might want to do a little research on that issue?

    • Joseph Toomey says:

      That heat, it’s clever. It knows how to hide. It can blend in with its surroundings. It lies in wait, biding its time. Planning, calculating, scheming, hatching the most devilish plans imaginable. Then when you least expect it: Kaboom, it strikes without warning. Suddenly, before you even know it, it gets warm.

  15. Wayne says:

    New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are Canadian provinces. No snow forecast in next week. Please get it right next time, eh?

    • Paul says:

      Over the next 8 days, at the bottom the map they’re showing shows snow in all the provinces and territories.

      Looks like lots of snow in Labrador which is part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

      • Petey says:

        It’s like summer here in Southern Alberta. No forecast of snow anywhere in the area in the next week that I can see.

        So I don’t know what that accuweather map is supposed to be showing, but if it is indicating snow it is way off base.

        If you want Canadian weather, next time try

    • Eye Can Hear says:

      I agree, but is the writer deaf as well? If this is a print media, why , is it written that your subject is in fact deaf. Makes zero sense.

  16. chuck says:

    It’s HAARP. They have transmitters in Alaska and Baja that, together, are creating a permanent high pressure ridge over California and Oregon that forces the jet-stream north and then down the middle of the continent. This drags the cold air south and creates drought. This is geo-engineering brought to you by the US government. Then blame it all on man made climate change [which is partly true]and create a straw man argument in order to get rich on the Chicago carbon trade exchange owned by…Al Gore and crew.

  17. Alan J. Perrick says:

    Asian countries for Asians.

    Black countries for Blacks.

    but White countries for everybody?

    That’s genocide.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for Anti-White

  18. Rob says:

    This is a non event. I lived in Fairbanks for 40 years. 6-8 inches of snow in mid October is normal. There is nothing unusual in winter coming in Fall in the interior of Alaska

    • McGehee says:

      I can vouch for this. My first winter in Fairbanks the first permanent snow fell on October 10. That was also the year it hit -45° on Thanksgiving Day.

      While this week’s weather doesn’t mean winter’s come “early,” though, it may arguably be “earlier” than the climate-alarm cultists have been promising.

  19. Brian says:

    Winter early in AK? Maybe late, but definitely not early. We had termination dust Aug 17 last year around Anchorage, and I have seen white on the ground in mid September.

  20. Snowbear says:

    We drove the Alcan in June 1980 from Denver to Anchorage…..what a GLORIOUS drive and experience. In our first winter there the approximate high was -27….and the neighbors told us this NEVER happens.

    Riiiight. Then the next summer poor Fairbanks has 100 degree plus on top of the -60 winter….who can live like this?!

    That said? I would go back in a heartbeat
    if we could afford it!

    We left in September 1981 with snow on
    our trip all the way to/thru Tok and into
    Canada. Stayed white the whole drive south till we got to Jasper/Banff area and you could see that it had snowed. What a beautiful drive. I LOVE ALASKA!

  21. Derron says:

    Don’t look now folks, but our northern friends have a lot of globull warming heading their way. Several feet of it in some places.

  22. Sal says:

    Perhaps Al Gore will attempt to explain this. I know…..cooling is due to warming….or some such claptrap

  23. KLANGLEY says:


    Oh, Lord… HAARP? Next, you will be bringing up chemtrails.

    BTW.. The “Centurion”-style aluminum-foil hat works best at keeping the NSA out.

    It is October. Alaska is partly above the Arctic Circle – so snowfall this time of year isn’t really unexpected.

    • moron says:

      All of Alaska is south of the Artic Circle.

      • leon says:

        Buy a new map, moron. I’m at work right now, about 100 miles north of the Arctic circle, in Alaska. There are several hundred miles of Alaska north of me, and well north of the Circle. We’ve had snow on the ground here for at least a couple of weeks, and it will be here until next June.

  24. MissyOgyny says:

    LOL! That “Global Warming” icon in the LH upper corner is just a tad bit risible…Eh?

  25. Grumpy Moose says:

    Depends what you define as “early”. Just going by recent memory, 2007-9 we had first recorded snowfalls here in Anchorage in early/mid September. Last few years it’s been late October. In fact last year was the first week of November IIRC.

    Also, three years ago we set the record for the highest recorded snowfall in Anchorage (>200″ at my house). The year after, we came close to the coldest winter on record, but then last year was almost a record low snowfall.

    The only thing predicatable about Alaska weather is that it’s unpredicatble! 🙂

  26. Roland says:

    I’m pretty sure the sky is falling also. Stay inside, kiddies!

  27. Trent says:

    Never seen -80 , nice here today 45 and sunny !!, Palmer ,Alaska

  28. ak hunter says:

    You are off your rocker and obviously don’t live here. It’s fall for you, winter is beginning for us. Right on schedule.

  29. Jeff says:

    Dr. Roy, average time of year for snowfall here in Fairbanks is late September. Nothing early about this year.

  30. Kasey Renken says:

    Snow in Canada Hmmmmm

  31. tom says:

    So I see we will have another epic winter of shoveling lots of global warming to dig our cars out.

    Biggest scam day the perpetrators and their willing accomplices will hang for their trillion dollar fraud…the public will learn of the trillions taken from their children’s and grandchildren mouths to line the pockets of these modern day snake oil salesman…there will be no noose too loose for these criminals.0

  32. RotalSnart says:

    When TEMPOERATURES RISE ALL OVER THE ENTIRE WORLD (Global Warming) things get colder…….right libs?

    I mean that’s why we put trays of water in our ovens to make ice cubes….

  33. RotalSnart says:

    “snowfalls will soon be a thing of the past”
    East Anglia Global Warming Liar 2000

    • Al Dell says:

      It’s amazing how many people fell for the warming hoax. For all we know, all the stuff man and cattle are injecting into the atmosphere may have started the current cooling trend earlier than nature had intended. If pollutants and water vapor absorb more light and heat from the sun, less is reaching the ground to warm it up. Not only that, more of the sun’s energy is being reflected back into space.

  34. FBX says:

    I’ve lived in Fairbanks, having snow at the end of September/ beginning of October is nothing new.


  35. Fred says:

    Not GLOBAL WARMING……CLIMATE CHANGE….Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall……It happens every year, sometimes in extremes and sometimes non-extremes…..All I can see is man once again is trying to second guess intelligent design and making a mockery of himself…….This is just a play to use the weather as a cash register and put fear into the flock………Just like the Y2K scare. How many generators did they sell?, how many cases of water was sold?, how many MRE’s were bought? and who made the profit?……If you want to know what the weather is like move away from the computer and step outside.

  36. skaren says:

    Actually not really an early winter in (Interior) Alaska, this is pretty standard weather for early October. It may be early fall in the rest of the states, but it’s early winter in Interior Alaska. I live here, and have for 50 years.

  37. Charles says:

    We are having the warmest fall ever here in Nova Scotia.
    Enjoy the Snow Job.

    • Al Dell says:

      Enjoy it while it lasts because you could be in for a very cold winter. It depends on where the polar vortex dips southward and how far it stretches east and west.

  38. Dan says:

    On July 4th in Barrow we had snow flurries in 1995. It can snow any time of the year in Alaska. May not stick, but it can snow.

  39. ren says:

    The distribution of ozone in the stratosphere in the north is similar to last year. Therefore, snow may be similar. In Alaska will not be too cold. Cold is in the north east of America.,102.35,481

  40. Psalmon says:

    Those poor Walrus.

  41. Dennis Quinn says:

    Have been in Alaska for 35 years…I have seen -77F… That is not wind chill….I have also witnessed
    +90s in the long Summer days in the Interior…. – 80F at Prospect is entirely possible…Cold dense Arctic air-masses can sit in low areas and with no wind to stir things up, can get very cold in the dark Arctic Winter…Prospect Creek is North of the Arctic Circle in the Upper Koyukuk River Drainage…

  42. eric says:

    I remember it snowing (2-4 inches) in the Adirondack’s the last week of September back in 1982. Perhaps we are heading back to the good ole days when winters were cold and snowy and Global Warmists kept to themselves.

  43. Eli King says:

    The earth has not warmed in 18 years!!! Google &Youtube The Eli King Show!!!

  44. Al Dell says:

    The leftist taxmongers are panicking because they know we’re in for another brutal winter. All the actual data points to such an occurrence. They also know another brutal winter will further expose the real truth about their warming hoax and kill their plans for a carbon tax.

    Thank you, Mother Nature!

  45. Al Dell says:

    The hoax perpetrators went from calling it “man-made global warming” to “climate change.” When most of us realize the “change” in climate means cooling, not warming, the left will be looking for a way to stick us with an air pollution tax, because that’s the real problem, especially in China and India. Beats me why the left ignored the real problem and perpetrated this warming hoax.

  46. Mari says:

    I don’t think cooling or warming matters except that humans have to adapt to whatever condition exists….but on another topic, why isn’t there more of a push to charge these high levels actors, say Al Gore or the UN IPCC, with fraud. Their have been websites initiated for class action lawsuits and particularly a push to remove this pseudo science from school curriculums. Many many people could and would get behind this to expose the agenda further.

  47. Jsmith says:

    I’m a little behind. Is this early snowfall due to global warming, global cooling, climate change or climate disruption?

  48. NotYou says:

    I’ve lived in central AK and by the 15th of September every year I was there it had already started snowing by then and didn’t melt until late spring. As for -80, never saw colder than -50. Is the author of this story trying to stir something up?

  49. James says:

    Heavy snow disrupted traffic in far northeastern Finland and neighboring Russia. An eighteen year old woman tweeted. “What’s wrong with these people? Why are they so upset? It snows here EVERY winter. Its Finland.”

  50. nutso fasst says:

    Relative to where Roy Spencer lives, Winter arrives early in Alaska.

    But wasn’t that supposed to change?

  51. Jean says:

    I live in Northern Minnesota- we had a small amount of snow here about 3 days ago. It snows early and late here most years. We are in the low 30’s almost every night now and have been for a few weeks and now we might hit 70 next week :). I think MN weather is about as unpredictable as Alaska and if I moved to Alaska I’m not sure I’d notice much difference.

  52. Dav says:

    Repeat after me…. GLOBAL WARMING! (now scream Arrrrgghhhh) then send Al Gore (the inventor of the internet) your money!

  53. Jonny Ola says:

    Snow in all Canadian provinces? Huh? I am in Vancouver and there is not a hint of snow or even fall for that matter as all the leaves are still green.

    Sensational to pick pockets of areas for just a headline. You can even go to Palm Springs and say it snowed there if you take the tram up the top of the only mountain in town.

  54. murphy says:

    It snowed 3 times at Prudhoe Bay in the last three weeks….twice in August, once in June nothing to see here….move along….

  55. Alan J. Perrick says:

    Every White country on the planet is forced to become multicultural and multiracial.

    EVERY white country is told to end its own race and culture.

    No one asks that of ANY non-White country. Immigration and forced-assimilation is for ALL & ONLY White countries.

    Anti-Whites call themselves “anti-racist”, but their words & actions lead to the genocide of only one group: White people.

    The true goal of anti-racism is to genocide my people.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  56. woodenboatguy says:

    And last winter it was mild. There is no such thing as static weather. It fluctuates year to year, and sometimes wildly. It would be nice if people would look beyond their own lifetimes and see that over centuries,..extreme weather is more normal than they realize.

  57. Alaskaninfidel says:

    We have two seasons in Alaska. Summer and Winter. That’s it.

  58. Record cold temperature

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  59. Calvin says:

    Ha ha….Snow in all the Canadian Provinces. Do you realize that the Central Canadian Provinces are approximately equal in length to the distance from Mexico to the North US border? So ya, some snow is possible in every Province nearly every month of the year.

  60. don penman says:

    I hope that we are prepared for a severe winter coming in the uk and are not assuming it will be mild like last winter.

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