Finger on the Weather

Snow in July? Why, yes — on Mount Rainier

A screenshot from the National Weather Service on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.
A screenshot from the National Weather Service on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Courtesy image

While Wichita and Kansas swelter this week, they’ll be watching for snow on Mount Rainier in Washington.

This reminds me of when my father was part of the occupation forces following the end of World War II — soft duty after enduring the horrors of combat in France and Germany — and he mentioned in a letter home to Kansas that he saw snow on the 4th of July!

The troop truck he was on went through the Alps as they were transferred from one location to another in Austria, and he wrote about the wonder of going from summer to winter to summer again in the course of the trip.

The troop truck was not enclosed, he wrote, so the snowy part of the journey was pretty chilly.

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