The one to three inches of snow that fell around Dickinson this past Saturday, June 6, was the first measurable June snow in that area since 1951. According to the National Weather Service in Bismarck, this was the latest snowfall on record for the city. Accumulating snow was widespread in southwestern North Dakota with snow covering grassy areas to within thirty miles of Bismarck. The last measurable snow in that area was on June 1, 1951 when four to five inches of snow fell in both Dickinson and Bowman.
Before 1951 the only reference to measurable snow around Dickinson I could find in June was back in1898. Accumulating snow was also reported in parts of Montana all the way up to Calgary, Alberta over the weekend. The same disturbance brought snow late last week to the mountains of California.
Snowfall in North Dakota or Minnesota in June is certainly uncommon, especially the measurable events like the one that occurred this past weekend.
Pictures courtesy of the Samuel Family in Wahpeton who have relatives in Dickinson.