Last Snow of Winter 2017-18 Has Finally Melted in Appleton, Wisconsin, and Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Brian Donegan
Published: July 10, 2018

Winter may have officially ended nearly four months ago, but the final snow piles just melted this week in Appleton, Wisconsin, and Mount Washington, New Hampshire.

April brought record snowfall to several locations in the upper Midwest and Great Lakes, causing an impressive snow pile to remain into early June in Appleton.

In this city of about 74,000 residents some 30 miles southwest of Green Bay, snow that was cleared from a parking garage remained on June 5 in a ramp where it was dumped over the course of the winter season.

Fast forward about a month to July 9, and the snow pile had finally finished melting in Appleton.

"It could easily be back in like four months," the city of Appleton joked on Twitter. After all, Appleton does average 3 inches of snow in November, though it did see as much as 16.8 inches in November 1959, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow pile resulted in large part due to the record-breaking April snowfall – the majority of it produced by Winter Storm Xanto, which dumped 21.2 inches of snow in Appleton from April 14 to 16.

April 2018 broke the record for snowiest April in Appleton with a total of 30.8 inches, well above the April average of 2.4 inches. In fact, April 2018 was also the second-snowiest month on record, with the top spot held by December 2008 at 47.2 inches.

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One other location said goodbye to its final snow pile on July 9: Mount Washington, New Hampshire's Jefferson Snowfield.

An intern at Mount Washington Observatory, the most extreme weather observatory on Earth located at 6,288 feet, made one final snowman before the summer sun melted the last bit of snow.

The observatory noted on Twitter that snow still remained at Tuckerman Ravine, on the southeastern face of Mount Washington.

July averages 0.1 inches of snow atop Mount Washington, so it's not unusual to have snow piles lingering into summer's second month. In fact, in July, the warmest time of the year for much of the Northeast, temperatures have dipped as low as 24 degrees at Mount Washington; this occurred in July 2001.

Just over a week ago, the low temperature on Mount Washington was 60 degrees on July 2, tying the all-time warmest low of any date in records dating to 1932.

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