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Saturday, September 13, 2014

September snow in Wyoming, bad news for beetles if they needed it, good news for trees

9/12/14, "Rare September snow causes damage to trees and power outages in some areas," AP via Casper Star-Tribune

"A late summer snowstorm dropped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of Wyoming.

The rare September snow on Wednesday and Thursday damaged trees and caused power outages in some areas of northern Wyoming.

While the heaviest snow fell in the Big Horn Mountains, the town of Buffalo received as much as 10 inches.

The 3 to 5 inches that fell in Cody is the earliest recorded snowfall there since 1915, when records started being kept. The previous earliest recorded snowfall in Cody was Sept. 12, 1970.

Other snowfall totals included 4 inches at Casper Mountain and 3 to 5 inches at Meeteetsee.

Some roads and highways had slick spots Friday morning, but otherwise travel around the state was not hampered."

Image: "An old Ford pickup is covered in a fresh layer of snow Thursday on Casper Mountain. Much of northern Wyoming was shown the first signs of winter Thursday, with snowfall ranging from flurries at lower elevations to as much as 10 inches in mountain areas. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 60s and 70s over the weekend." Ryan Dorgan, Star-Tribune


They said if man caused global warming existed it would cause more beetles:

4/11/2012, "Global Warming is Doubling Bark Beetle Mating, Boosting Tree Attacks Up To 60-Fold, Study Finds," Joe Romm, Think Progress


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