Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Snow Covers Far and Wide

Amazing what four days can do to for a winter’s snow totals.  Two storms and in some cases more than 20” of snow has fallen across parts of the Midwest.

It all started last Tuesday/Wednesday as upwards of 18” of snow fell in parts of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.  Then Friday night/Saturday morning another couple of inches of snow fell.

According to the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center, 76.6% of the Midwest was covered with snow this morning.

(January 2, 2013 Snow Depth - Click image to see larger version)

Compare that to a year ago when only 0.6% of the Midwest was covered.

(January 2, 2012 Snow Depth - Click image to see larger version.)

Even a person not great at math can figure out that is a HUGE increase in snow.

Nationally, as of this morning 65.8% of the continental United States was covered by snow.  Whereas last year only 18.7% was covered.

(January 2, 2012 Snow Depth - Click image to see larger version.)
For those of you that do not like snow, you will like the next 6-8 days as forecast models suggest a quiet weather pattern.  Temperatures may even moderate a little early next week but winter is far from being done.

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