It’s not all that uncommon in mid-October to go from a beautiful, warm and scenic day such as what we had last Sunday (October averages the most clear days per month in CT with just over nine), to a quick chill and chance for the first flurries of the season. I distinctly remember the freak snow on October 4th, 1987, which left more than flurries all the way down to Bridgeport with a half-inch of official snow on record at the airport. The Northwest Hills usually average their first frost late in the first week of October, and we’re already ahead of the average there. The residents of Northwestern Massachusetts also know this well, and it looks more and more likely that the folks at Jiminy Peak Ski Area in Lanesborough pictured here might be getting into the spirit of the coming ski season this coming Tuesday night and/or early Wednesday. Northern New England might squeeze out a during in spots, and if that happens it still won’t be a shock. Here’s a list of some early snowfall records around the region:
Burlington, VT: Sept. 29th, 1992
Buffalo, NY: Oct. 6th, 1991
Boston, MA: Oct. 10th, 1979
New York City: Oct. 15th, 1876
Philadelphia, PA: Oct. 10th, 1979
I certainly hope that you’ve been able to enjoy what appears to have been our shot at Indian Summer for 2014. The times they are a changing my friends!