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As of January 1, 2013, we have more snow on the ground in the U.S then in the past 10 years!

And records only go back 10 years calculating the percentages.

January 1 2013: 67%
January 1 2012: 20%
January 1 2011: 50%
January 1 2010: 61%
January 1 2009: 39%
January 1 2008: 47%
January 1 2007: 43%
January 1 2006: 29%
January 1 2005: 25%
January 1 2004: 29%

More interestingly, while there were only a few local spots below normal for the month of December, most of the nation was ABOVE normal.

Snow cover went from 13% on Dec 1 to 66% of the U.S covered with snow on Jan 1.


Thanks to Ralph Fato for this info

Look at the difference between Jan 1, 2012 and Jan 1, 2013!

Even Texas, Arizona and Arkansas have snow cover, says Ralph.


17 Responses to USA – Current snow cover most in 10 years

  1. ES says:

    Joe Bastardi: Biggest New Years Day Snow cover for US since at least 1996!


  2. ryan says:

    Looks like a piece of Mexico does also south of Arizona. Wonder how rare that is?

  3. FRANK says:

    I live in southern Louisiana. We get snow about once every 20 years. We shut the whole town DOWN when it happens. I sure hope we have some warning when we start getting the white stuff every year. The way it looks more parts of the country that doesn’t normally get snow will start getting it in the coming years or less! :]

  4. Theo says:

    Robert that second map looks familiar!
    The predicted map you showed about a year or so ago….mmmmm very interesting!!

  5. Ross says:

    It would be interesting to see what Russia and surrounding countries look like over the last 10years as well

  6. Dennis Schmitz says:

    However, with a couple of weeks of warm weather coming up the snow cover by mid January will look like Dec. 1st 2012.

    • TomO says:

      Predictions are easy, let’s see if the predicted warming happens before we start the dissing, right?

  7. R. de Haan says:

    Forget Global Warming, Alaska is heading for an Ice Age: http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/forget-global-warming-alaska-headed-ice-age

  8. keith says:

    Its funny reading post on forums saying how this winter is the same as last winter.Because so and so has it rechaeved any snow in there back yards on the east coast.There is more to climate and the winter season then just a few Seletive locations on the east coast.The snow cover you showed Rob proves this winter is indeed different from last.

  9. Dale says:

    I heard on the news this afternoon that 2012 was the warmest year on record in Houston since records started being kept. I wonder if the reason if that is true is that the temperature monitors are all in heat islands, like airports, where there is alot of concrete and asphalt… I think 2011 was the hottest year on record during the drought myself. We are finally getting some much needed rain here. And it’s really cool for a change!!! R. de Haan, I don’t think you need to worry too much about an upcoming ice age… I submit an ice age is along way off…

    • John the 1st says:

      When I look at NOAA’s data on their “Climate At A Glance” web site it shows a couple of interesting things for Houston.
      1st the data only goes back to 1941.
      2nd it shows 1950 as the hottest year on record.
      3rd It shows a downward trend since 1998.
      Pretty interesting site. Very surprising results for some areas.

      Glad to hear you are getting the rain you need and the cool weather you like. Happy New Year.

  10. qf says:

    You poor north americans..sympathies from the southern hemi.

  11. Shane says:

    there isn’t enough data for this to mean anything!!! the USA got a bad winter storm, that is why it’s high, one storm doesn’t make an iceage! present this when June 1st looks like this!

  12. F. Guimaraes says:

    Quite obvious in the list the increase of percentage snow cover after 2008. Just a coincidence with the beginning of the new solar minimum? I don’t think so.
    The oscillation in 2012 was also impressive, but again “coinciding” with the maximum of the present solar cycle.

  13. AndrewS says:

    Except for 2012 there appears to be a trend in those percentages. A trend towards more snow.

    Which obviously means more warming. ;)

  14. Josh says:

    “Historic Snowfall” at Mission Ridge, WA where I grew up skiing: http://www.missionridge.com/news/item/historic-start-to-the-season.html Mission Ridge, on the eastern slopes of the Cascades, gets far less snow than ski areas on the western slopes like Mt. Baker, but it gets much drier snow and more sun. As a little kid I always thought Mission Ridge got a lot of snow but it turns out this season is one of the best!

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