On Saturday, Sept 28 a brutal cold front engulfed the Mid-Columbia, dusting 3,531-ft-high Rattlesnake Mountain with its earliest snowfall on record, according to the Hanford Meteorological Service.
The mountains previous earliest snow on record was Oct 5, 1957, in books dating back to World War II.
The historic cold front also brought some sleet to the nearby Hanford Meteorology Station on Sept 29 — the first time a wintry mix has been observed there in the month of September, ever.
Furthermore, Hanford set two new all-time daily low temperature records last month, and tied another:
- On Sept 28, a daily high of just 12.2C (54F) was observed, which marked the coldest high for the date on record, beating out the 14.4C (58F) set back in 1977 (solar minimum of cycle 20).
- On Sept 29, the station recorded a chilly high of 7.8C (46F), which smashed the previous lowest maximum temperature for the date of 13.9C (57F), also set back in 1977 (solar min cycle 20).
- And on Sept 30, Hanford tied its previous low-max of 12.2C (54F) from 2007 (solar minimum of cycle 23).
The Tri-Cities are forecast more anomalous cold throughout October, according to the National Weather Service’s monthly outlook.
The cold times are returning, in line with historically low solar activity.
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