It’s snowing again!

It’s spring, for crying out loud, and when I checked the weather forecast this morning there was no snow predicted. Then, a few hours ago, the white stuff started falling again, and not too lightly, either. Here’s what the quad looks like now:

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Is this going to be like 1816, “the year without a summer,” when it snowed in Massachusetts in June?

47 Comments

  1. gbjames
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    God is punishing you for all those mean things you said.

    • NewEnglandBob
      Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:09 am | Permalink

      …or maybe its a reward for all those things he said. God works in mysterious ways.

      • gbjames
        Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:14 am | Permalink

        We should get a theologian to explain.

        • NewEnglandBob
          Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:17 am | Permalink

          Lord, you got some ‘splainin to do.

        • Posted March 23, 2014 at 11:38 am | Permalink

          Get a half dozen, and see if any come up with the same explanation.

      • thh1859
        Posted March 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

        …And climate change.

  2. NewEnglandBob
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    …or like 1977 when it snowed in Massachusetts on May 4th?

    • gbjames
      Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:13 am | Permalink

      On May 10th, 1990 we had an 8 inch snowfall in southern Wisconsin. It pretty much wiped out the apple crop although those blossoms that survived produced large and very excellent fruit.

      • ladyatheist
        Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:46 am | Permalink

        there’s your survival of the fittest for you!

  3. George
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    All lake effect snow – a couple of miles from the lake, no snow. Blue skies in suburbia. But cold – 21F (-6C).

    I expect – actually DEMAND – summer. We have had nothing like the Mount Tambora eruption which caused the year without summer.

    • George
      Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:15 am | Permalink

      That is a hyphen in front of the 21F, not a minus sign.

      • JohnnieCanuck
        Posted March 24, 2014 at 12:39 am | Permalink

        That’s what em dashes are meant for. The en dash — entity #8211 — you ended up with is for ranges, like Sat – Sun.

        So with entity #8212;, we get: But cold — 21F (-6C).

        Still somewhat confusing, so better just to avoid the situation.

  4. Diana MacPherson
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Oh no! I saw a bit of flurries here but that was all. I hope it isn’t a year without summer or I’m moving to New Zealand (so watch out NZ, you’ll be stuck with me!)

    • George
      Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:16 am | Permalink

      Why not just move back to NZ on general principle? The most beautiful place on earth.

      • HaggisForBrains
        Posted March 23, 2014 at 11:26 am | Permalink

        As a Scot I second that. Like Scotland, but with a better climate. Lovely people too, in my experience.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted March 23, 2014 at 11:36 am | Permalink

        Because despite the crappy weather in the winter, I like Canada, where I was born and raised, I have a good job and standard of living that I most likely wouldn’t be able to get there and most importantly my mother would kill me! :)

        • JohnnieCanuck
          Posted March 24, 2014 at 12:43 am | Permalink

          I hope your mother appreciates that you are saving her from homicide charges. Such a thoughtful daughter.

  5. Hempenstein
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Better 1816 than 535-536.

  6. Woof
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Hey, last year it snowed in Arkansas in MAY.

  7. Jesper Both Pedersen
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Breezing along on a decent 12-15 degrees celsius…

    Can’t complain.

    • George
      Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:41 am | Permalink

      I think Jerry should ban you for gloating.

      • Jesper Both Pedersen
        Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:51 am | Permalink

        :-)

  8. John Taylor
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Negative 13 degrees Celsius here in Ottawa this morning! Big snow fall yesterday. :( Two years ago this week my kids were out in the backyard in bathing suits, playing in the sprinkler.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted March 23, 2014 at 8:18 am | Permalink

      -8 here but it’s sunny so I’m okay with that.

      • merilee
        Posted March 23, 2014 at 11:41 am | Permalink

        Just went on a two-hour hike in same “here” as Diana. Quite a bit of snow still, and 12 F, but the SUN was out!!

  9. ladyatheist
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Last year summer was too cool for my taste. I like my summers hot and dry!

    • Pete Moulton
      Posted March 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

      Well, there’s always Arizona, LA. How’s 50C (122F) sound? Our politicians are just as bizarre as Indiana’s, so you’d feel right at home with that.

  10. Kevin Anthoney
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    That’ll stop you going to church!

    I assume you’re going to church having read the World’s Greatest Theological Argument, right?

  11. Taskin
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    -25 Celsius in Winnipeg this morning. Enough already!!

  12. Larry Gay
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    I am not impressed with the snow in the U Chicago quad. When I look out my window (central Maine) I see a good four feet of snow. If this goes on I will have to start burning the furniture, a la Doctor Zhivago.

  13. Posted March 23, 2014 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    I live in Peoria (about 180 miles south of Chicago). No snow, but windy and 22 (-7 C).

    I about froze when I went out for my 10 mile walk.

  14. Posted March 23, 2014 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Still waiting for our (used to be) annual 3-foot dump. Need some serious water here. And poor California is in some deep doo-doo… hate to say it,but we could use a LOT of snow, with a long slow melt. at least in the west. Anything, but the fire & wind followed by short blasts of water that wash entire towns away.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted March 23, 2014 at 11:19 am | Permalink

      I’d give you some of our snow in the East if I could!

  15. Richard Bond
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    In 1975 there was snow over most of the UK on June 2nd. A first class cricket match in Buxton was abandoned for the day. The sun came out the next day, and for about the next three months the UK enjoyed one of the most glorious summers on record. Perhaps Chicago could be as lucky?

    • George
      Posted March 23, 2014 at 10:21 am | Permalink

      In Chicago, summer is always glorious. Just the fact that it is not winter makes it glorious.

      • Richard Bond
        Posted March 23, 2014 at 11:05 am | Permalink

        That made me laugh!

  16. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    I had to go and check that 1816 was the “year without a summer” ; I always associate that phrase with 1815, because that’s when Tambora popped-off.
    Then again, I’ve been known to spend minutes in a strip bar, staring at the beautiful red garnet crystals in the counter top.

  17. still learning
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    May 2, 2013 – 14″ snowfall in SE Minnesota. Bad year for gardening, considering our already-short growing season. There’s a 50% chance of snow tomorrow.

  18. Posted March 23, 2014 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    While all y’all Eskimos are fretting over the possibility of a year without a summer, we’ve already had a year without a winter; indeed, it’s basically been summer for the past month by now. And, yes, it certainly was pleasant as far as that sort of thing superficially goes, it was also a year with damned little rain…and it may very well presage a year with our usual June-through-August season known locally as, “Hell,” with something more like, “Blast Furnace Run Amok.”

    I’ll be astounded if we don’t have our first 100° day in April, possibly even early April, and I’m fully expecting a couple months of 113° ±5°. Whether we’ll top any daily temperature records (120°) I don’t know, but we’ll likely have at least a week or two just a few degrees off of that.

    I’m very definitely enjoying the weather we have right now as much as I possibly can to soak it all up…because I’m most definitely going to have to rely upon these memories to get through the coming months….

    b&

    • merilee
      Posted March 23, 2014 at 11:44 am | Permalink

      so glad you used the proper diction in “all y’all Eskimos”;-))

    • Pete Moulton
      Posted March 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

      C’mon, Ben. It’ll be fun!

      • Posted March 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

        Scary thing is…the way I’m making progress on the various projects, it’s increasingly looking like I’m going to wind up in the proto-garden with a shovel doing all the hardscape stuff during the thick of it. Just my luck that it should turn out like that….

        b&

        • Pete Moulton
          Posted March 23, 2014 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

          Ouch!

  19. Posted March 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Snowball® is very irritated by all the snow too. However, he’s found a unique form of therapy to overcome the blues.

  20. lisa parker
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    It took more than 3 years for the world (agricultural, social and economic-wise) to recover from that one volcanic eruption of Mt. Tambora in Indonesia on April 15th 1815. It temporarily changed the entire global climate that caused world wide famine and pandemics of modern cholera and typhus. (At least you can still go to the grocery store.) In addition to the millions of deaths resulting directly from the eruption (90,000),famine, disease and bizarre weather patterns, it also lead to sweeping cultural and social changes. Not to mention several literary works, most notably Mary Shelly’s ‘Frankenstein’ and Byron’s ‘Darkness’ and ‘The Vampyre.’ Do recall all the whining at European airports after that little eruption in Iceland? (I’m not even gonna try to spell its name.)

  21. Dominic
    Posted March 24, 2014 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    Very spring-like in London :( – jealous of your snow!

  22. John Lennox
    Posted March 24, 2014 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Dr. Coyne, can you tell us what building this image is shot from and what “Quad” is shown?


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