A reverse image search did not indicate that the user’s image of snow in Québec in June 2019 had been shared elsewhere beforehand, although that did not necessarily mean the photograph was unique and new. Various iterations of the same image quickly appeared on Twitter:
— Diane Gervais (@dianejess93) June 3, 2019
Snowfall was also reported in parts of Ontario.
Older materials show that this is not completely unprecedented. Parts of the northeastern United States and Canada repeatedly experienced snowfalls in the second decade of the 1800s, which was thought to have been brought about by temporary (but devastating) climate change caused by volcanic eruptions worldwide:
“So things are already very cold in the early 18-teens,” says Gillen D’Arcy Wood, a professor at the University of Illinois and author of Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World. Then, on April 10, 1815, came The Big One. Mount Tambora, in Indonesia, erupted with unfathomable force, killing nearly 100,000 people directly and letting loose a reverberating boom that could be heard more than 1,000 km away. A dark haze hung in the sky. For years afterward, spectacularly weird red and purple, murky-looking sunsets were observed all around the world.
“The volcanic aerosols formed a blanket around the whole planet, filtering the sunlight. Everything was cast into a deep freeze,” Wood says. “It was the largest eruption in probably five or 10 thousand years. It built on the momentum of the 1809 eruption, and the last years of the 18-teens are the coldest of the entire millennium.”
Year after year of record cold followed. People took to referring to the date as “18-Hundred-and-Froze-to-Death” and dubbed the misery-filled year of 1816, “The Year Without a Summer.”
According to French-language Canadian broadcaster MétéoMédia, snow did fall in Val d’Or on June 3 2019. Regional weather-related accounts also reported the June snowfall:
Snowing this June 3rd morning north of Val D'or, Quebec, Canada. Heavy north of them. In 2018, the last snow there (Chapais Airport) was on May 17th. Also snowed there this year May 27th,. pic.twitter.com/0LyD7Mq2gN
— Jesse Ferrell (@WeatherMatrix) June 3, 2019
A swath of June snow ❄️
Yes, you read that right.
As a lobe of the polar vortex darts across the Northeast on Monday, it could leave a wet covering of snow in Quebec/Ontario/Mt Washington, NH 👀 pic.twitter.com/bKMwxUkCEK
— Ben Noll (@BenNollWeather) June 2, 2019
But stop hogging all the heat Western Canada! There was snow this morning in parts of Ontario and Quebec!
— Jill Taylor (@jilltaylor680) June 3, 2019
There is no reason to disbelieve authenticity of reports about snow in Québec in early June 2019, as multiple credible news organizations reported snow in the area on that date.