UPDATE: It Did Not Snow in Guadeloupe

April 4th, 2016 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

"Residents film the falling flakes on Thursday."

“Residents film the falling flakes on Thursday.”

On April Fools day (April 1), there was a report of snow on the tropical island of Guadeloupe on the night of March 31, 2016. Guadeloupe is an island in the northern Lesser Antilles. The news report even mentions a light dusting on the ground.

I’m calling BS on this report.

It claimed to not be an April Fool’s joke.

Well, the movie Fargo was also supposed to be a “true story”.

If people there really saw something, it wasn’t “snow”.

The high temperature at Le Raizet Airport was 83 deg F, and the low was 72, on March 31.

The elevation of the town (St. Claude) where the snow was reported was, at most, 3000 ft. That elevation could have been 10 deg. F colder….maybe 15 deg. F under unusual circumstances. So, we’re talking maybe the upper 50s deg. F at the absolute coldest. Not cold enough for snow, unless under exceptionally low humidity (which would never occur at this location).

There wasn’t a deep, cold air layer sufficient to cause such an event. It would have to have been an amazingly cold air mass, which penetrated deeply into the tropics. To a latitude of 16 deg. N.

So, I’m calling BS on the Guadeloupe snow report.

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