Garret Asks: Has It Ever Snowed In June?

April 24th, 2013 at 9:19 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

I received an email from Garret tonight & he asked me if it has ever snowed around here in June.

I have found no evidence of any snow in June back to the earliest records here or near our area.  It has frosted, but it has never snowed in any record data set or weather data back to the earliest records from Vincennes in the late 1770s (one summer).  Even in 1816, despite tall tails of deep snow in Indiana, such a thing did not happen.  It was a cold summer, no doubt, but the western Ohio records show no snow & no journals nor diaries make reference.  References to snow are made in New England & in the Great Lakes, however (all the way to northern Ohio & central Pennsylvania).  Even in the summer of 1816, the thermometer at College Hill, Ohio still reached the 90s, but June, July & August all had at least one overnight low in the upper 30s to lower 40s.

In weather records, it can be tricky, as all NOAA COOP records all show “T” for “Trace” in the snow or ice column for hail in summer.  So, you may have a high of 93 & a low of 66, but if you have a hail storm, the records will read “Trace”.

We have certainly had late accumulating snows & just snow flurries, however.  Today was no exception.  Today was the latest date for snow flakes since April 24, 2005.  It was also the coolest April 24 since 2005 with 49.

 TOP 15 LATEST OCCURRENCES OF SNOWFALL ON RECORD IN LAFAYETTE/WEST LAFAYETTE:

Latest snowflakes at Lafayette (1857-1879), West Lafayette (Purdue University 1880-1900)………..Purdue Ag Farm (1901-2008)………….WLFI (2009-2013)

1.  May 11, 1857 

2.  May 9, 1923

3.  May 8, 1923

4.  May 3, 1929, 1940

5.  May 2, 1864, 1897, 1929, 1940

6.  May 1, 1888

7.  April 24, 1862, 1873, 1910, 2005, 2013

8.  April 23, 1865, 1910

9.  April 21, 1857

10.  April 22, 1857

11.  April 18, 1926

12.  April 17, 1857, 1870, 1875, 1961

13.  April 14, 1940

14.  April 13, 1869, 1932

15.  April 12, 1946 & 1957

4 Responses to “Garret Asks: Has It Ever Snowed In June?”

  1. Tom says:

    The data set I looked at has a trace of snow recorded on June 3, 1910. The low temp. was 39 degrees that morning. I will look through the papers to see if anything was said about the snow.

  2. I promise you, not in Laffy, but in Kentland (Newton County) there were heavy snow showers on Mother’s Day in 1967. It would get really dark, snow heavily and then the sun came back out. Looked like a day in March.

    MA in REM

  3. Tom says:

    Hi Mary Anne! Mother’s Day was probably on May 9 that year because the low temp. on that day was 37 degrees at West Lafayette. The high on May 8, 1967 was only 58 degrees.

  4. Doug in Flora says:

    If you want snow in June, go to Montana. I speak from personal experience.

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