Monday, October 19, 2009

Camp Minsi Covered in October Snow

Camp Minsi was hit Thursday with one of the heaviest early-season snowfalls on record, and it continued into the weekend when a second round of snow hit the area on Saturday. 2 to 4 inches of snow blanketed Camp Minsi and the surrounding areas.

Unusually cold temperatures, about 30 degrees below normal for this time of year, mixed with precipitation to bring the unusually early snow to the Poconos and northeastern Pennsylvania.

However the snow did not stop Scouts from having fun at camp. Minsi Trail Council's South Mountain District held their annual fall camporee at Camp Minsi this weekend. Troops from Lehigh and Northampton counties came together for their customary fall event. Scouts participated in a variety of competitions and activities as snow continued to fall throughout the day on Saturday.

It is highly unusual for snow to hit the Poconos this early, but light snowfall has occasionally been seen before Halloween. Early season snowfall hit the area last October as well, although slightly later in the month. On October 27-28, 2008 the Pocono Plateau was slammed with 10 to 20 inches of snow! However meteorologists say that this year's October 15th storm is the earliest significant snowfall in the area since 1836.

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