The summer solstice took place last Thursday on June 21st, but as you may know Mother Nature hates to follow a schedule. A strong coastal storm passed hundreds of miles off the Newfoundland coast Monday night into Tuesday, but its clouds and moisture reached far enough north to bring precipitation to parts of this Canadian region. Combine that with freezing temperatures, and you got yourself a snowstorm.

Now while it wasn’t a blockbuster of a storm, this snow nonetheless was impressive and rather unprecedented. The town of Gander, located in the northeastern portion of the island, received the most snow out of this nor’easter. The June snowstorm has certainly caused some travel issues.

John Lushman, a truck driver, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., ““I got up and I looked out to the window, and I felt like going back to bed again, really. The truck was there with four, five inches of snow all over, and the patio has three or four inches all over the patio, and the driveway has four or five inches, and it’s still falling here yet.” This was the worst snowstorm for this time of the year, Lushman said.

2 centimeters of snow fell Tuesday morning, which might not sound like much, but historically it’s pretty significant. This event featured the latest accumulating snow in recorded history (since 1955), bypassing the now-previous record from June 14, 1976. Thankfully, this snow will melt quickly, as temperatures rise back to normal on Wednesday with highs into the 60s and then the 70s by late-week.

Featured image credit: Ian Adey


Jackson is Head of Content at WeatherOptics and produces several forecasts and manages all social media platforms. Previously, Jackson forecasted local weather for southwestern Connecticut, founding his website, Jackson's Weather, in the March of 2015. He is currently studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Miami.

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