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When Calgary was hit with a 'surprise' snowfall after Labour Day

Knowlton Nash compared the scene to a Christmas card, but surely some Calgarians felt less upbeat about the "surprise" September snowfall.

September 1985 snowfall meant it was time to break out snowsuits and winter coats

Snow in September?

37 years ago
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Calgary got hit with a very early blast of winter on Sept. 6, 1985.

Knowlton Nash compared the scene to a Christmas card, but surely some Calgarians felt less upbeat about the "surprise" September snowfall that struck the city in 1985.

"People woke up in Calgary this morning and refused to believe it: Winter decided to drop in early," the news anchor told The National's audience on Sept. 6, 1985. 

Just days after Labour Day, city residents were bundling up and shaking their heads at the out-of-season weather event.

A woman who was using an umbrella to shield herself from the snowflakes deemed the weather "interesting," though it was clear she didn't favour it.

What about the tomatoes?

This Calgary resident called the surprise snowfall that hit the city on Sept. 6, 1985 "interesting," though she worried how it would affect the tomatoes she was growing that summer. (The National/CBC Archives)

"I don't know, as long as my tomatoes and stuff don't freeze," the woman told CBC News.

Nash said snow was still falling as The National aired.

"Tomorrow Calgarians have something to look forward to: More snow," he added.

He appeared to be joking.

The surprise blast of wintry weather left some flowers covered in snow in Calgary on Sept. 6, 1985. (The National/CBC Archives)

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