Nearly two thirds of the continental USA gets a white Christmas

I don’t know if this is a record or not for Christmas coverage, but it is certainly reminiscent of the winter of 1977-78 where we had similar bouts of cold and snow. About 99% of Canada has snow cover also, with some parts of the Pacific Coast excepted, and it appears that all of Canada’s Lakes are frozen as indicated by the “yellow ice” in the photo. Here is the latest (Updated for 12/25/09) from NOAA:

From the  National Operational Hyrdologic Remote Sensing Center here is the satellite snow depth map and the hard data on coverage:

December 25, 2009

Area Covered By Snow: 63.0%
Area Covered Last Month: 10.4%
Snow Depth
Average: 5.0 in
Minimum: 0.0 in
Maximum: 889.2 in
Std. Dev.: 7.0 in
Snow Water Equivalent
Average: 0.9 in
Minimum: 0.0 in
Maximum: 437.5 in
Std. Dev.: 1.5 in

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Mark T

It started snowing in the St. Louis area now, too.

I hope many don’t die. It seems it’s worse in Europe, but numbers should be accounted: http://ecotretas.blogspot.com/2009/12/december-2009-cold-death-toll.html
Politicians should be responsible for the winter excess deaths. They keep on speaking about the risks of climate change, but don’t care about these deaths!
Ecotretas

I am in that green area in brown eastern Washington.

Thanks guys!
http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=12908
(and I’m gonna repost this snow map tonight!)

Well, fortunately I’m in Vancouver where it’s not a white snow day today but 2c! One of the very few places without snow or frozen lakes in Canada…
Thanks for including Canada in your report! It is the Great White North for a reason!
pwl
http://PathsToKnowledge.net

Douglas DC

Looks a lot like the 70’s around here-NE Oregon. 23F. and stratus. Now they are saying snow this next week.Back in about 1977/78 I was Chief instructor at a
Flight School in Pasco Wa. Didn’t turn a propeller for weeks-when it wasn’t fog,
it was snow.What runs in 30 year cycles?hmmm?
I won’t even count what the sun is doing(not)….

Henry chance

We will have record snowfall and record low temps this winter. Natural gas is under $5 mcf. Taxing it will cause a lot of problems for people that are already short of money. Thanks for the map. It shows several states that aren’t well prepared and will see frozen pipes.

mhw

track down that station that has almost 900″ of snow and about 430″ water inch equivalent
it doesn’t belong in the data base

photon without a Higgs

animation of snowfall over the last 31 days
give it time to download
http://www.natice.noaa.gov/ims/loop/usa-1mo-loop.html

DirkH

If snow is a symptom of Global Warming, then the Global Warming must have accelerated mightily, just as predicted by the almighty IPCC.

Brent Matich

But the Earth has a Feeva! … Al Goracle

Jon Hutto

First white Christmas in Dallas since 1926.

rbateman

2/3 of the lower 48, but if we add in Alaska do we get to 3/4 of the USA?
So, is this why Cyroshpere Today seems to not have the ‘compare’ function working with any date past 12/09/2009?
We would like to see the whole N. Hemisphere.
Seems to me China got blasted with early snow and Europe is got recently belted with more forecast in the next week or two.
The Weather outside is truly frightful.
Global Warming locked up the tranny, broke an axle, skidded off the road in BumSteer, Ok., and buried itself in a snowbank.
They’ll find the vehicle sometime next spring, whenever the thaw decides to manifest itself.
File it under a Missing Predictor Report.

stan

It would appear that the only states without some snow are Miss, Ala, Fla and maybe La.

kadaka

So, increased CO2 causes global warming, which leads to these freakish bouts of globe-chilling weather, therefore decreased CO2 will lead to global cooling, leading to freakish bouts of globe-warming weather.
Well then, let’s build some large processing plants, use all that miserable dirty oil and gas for feedstocks, convert them to fertilizer, dump it all into the oceans, and wait for sunlight to take care of the problem as all the photosynthesizing micro-critters extract the excess atmospheric CO2. Piece of cake. Freakish bouts of summertime weather in the winter, here we come!

Steve Goddard

October and November both had above normal Northern Hemisphere snow cover.
http://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/table_rankings.php?ui_set=1
Current snow cover is far above normal.
http://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/chart_daily.php?ui_year=2009&ui_day=358&ui_set=2

R.S.Brown

It’s a bit odd… normally storms in the North Hemishere travel west to east. The holds for most storms in our upper midwest/Plains states.
However, today’s big spinning low bucks the trend:
http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/data/us_comp/us_comp.html
Check out the sun glint on the snow fields in Canada !

crosspatch

Looks like there is a wet nor’easter cranking up. It is just now at the Georgia/South Carolina line and it looks like it is dragging a warm front counter-clockwise in front of it. A lot of the snow on the DelMarVa will turn to goop as it is going to rain there. Dover, DE looks like rain on top of about a foot of snow, perfect setting for clogged rain gutters, flat roofs loaded with ponding water, and storm drains clogged with snow causing street ponding.
Stay dry, stay safe.
Happy Holidays!

Invariant

Norway’s capital Oslo is cold too.
Bursting cold inserts during Christmas. Minus 23 in Oslo, warning meteorologists. Colder in the city than on the mountain.
http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?prev=no&hl=en&u=http://www.dagbladet.no/2009/12/25/nyheter/innenriks/ver/9663197/

Scarlet Pumpernickel

I’m going to re watch Al Gore’s Doco, I couldn’t find this scenario in it?

Ray Donahe

We are in Corpus Christi, Texas. Cold today, 50F, but sunny. We weren’t born in Texas but got here as fast as we could. Ray & Kay (ex-Chicagoans)

Mike Barnes

Think how bad this would be if it weren’t for Global Warming.

Curiousgeorge

@ stan (13:00:37) :
“It would appear that the only states without some snow are Miss, Ala, Fla and maybe La.”
Actually, we did get a few flakes/sleet early this morning at my place in NE MS. 🙂 Not enough to show up on the maps, but still. Not all that unusual for here. Snowed about an inch last winter, and I expect we’ll get some this year also.

You think this is interesting, just wait till New Years day…Anyone with the foresight to invest in a snow blower company? Front loaders, dump trucks? Road salt futures?

rbateman

Dec 7, 2009. The leaflets proclaiming “The science is settled” cover the ground.
Dec 25, 2009. The snowflakes proclaiming “Climate gags IPCC prediction” cover the toxic leaflets.

Nigel S

Aurora Borealis shining down on Dallas can you picture that?

Jimbo

Just weather not climate.
Imagine if this was the NH summer and heatwaves spread accross the USA and Europe, there would be alarmists screaming from every rooftop about how it’s a sign of global warming [climate change] we must act now, its worse than we thought, blah blah blah. (It’s happened before – heatwaves & alarm).

Adam from Kansas

The snow started out light on Christmas eve here, then got heavy for the evening.
Now a white Christmas with a few flurries that have just fallen this afternoon, Weather Underground talks a slight chance of snow tomorrow and Wedensday.
They only reported 3 inches here in Wichita but it can be hard to tell with all the snow blowing into drifts.

Eddie

I’m between Indianapolis and Chicago. Map shows us with snow and we have had 47°F temps today with a ton of rain. Air temp is just now (5pm EST) starting to get cold enough for snow. Not sure how the map differentiates between rain and snow but we have had a pretty brown Christmas so far.

Invariant

Richard Holle (13:43:13) : You think this is interesting, just wait till New Years day…
The forecast for Norway’s capital Oslo New Years day is in agreement with Piers Corbyn:

The winds from Siberia are going to make it extremely cold – another Siberian blast.

Michael

I wonder if wattsupwiththat.com should have a “Spread the word and support this article. Share it on Digg!” banner on every article like they do on TalkingPointsMemo.com?
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/12/did-jim-inhofe-manipulate-poll-data-on-climate-change-policy.php

Using very sensitive instruments (Electric&gas Meter) I can say that the last few years have been getting colder.
This winter though, indeed takes the biscuit.
Thank you all.
Dave UK. Who lives not far from the UEA Grrrrr.

Methow Ken

Well: Here in north-central ND right now we have a pretty good approximation of an 3-day blizzard like the old-timers used to talk about; and that I occasionally saw when I was kid 50 years ago. Realize this is in the ”weather is not climate” department, but still:
NWS sez total expected snow in our County thru tomorrow 6-9 inches;
Blizzard warning with N winds 25-35 mph & gusts to 50 mph today;
Temps 5 to 15 above, so wind chill well below zero.
White-out conditions common; ALL of I-29 and I-94 in ND are closed (been a LONG time since that happened, IIRC).

u.k.(us)

the glorious thing about this weather, is that you/we all saw it coming! quiet sun, etc.

Mike B

I’m in St. Louis, and even though we’re “green” on NOAA’s map, it’s white outside right now.

Glenn

Eddie (14:10:33) :
“I’m between Indianapolis and Chicago. Map shows us with snow and we have had 47°F temps today with a ton of rain. Air temp is just now (5pm EST) starting to get cold enough for snow. Not sure how the map differentiates between rain and snow but we have had a pretty brown Christmas so far.”
You aren’t specific enough with your location. But the map does not show all snow between Indy and Chicago. Here’s more detail
http://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/interactive/html/map.html?mode=pan&zoom=&center_x=++-91.20&center_y=+++38.77&ql=station&var=ssm_depth&dy=2009&dm=12&dd=25&dh=12&snap=1&o9=1&o12=1&o13=1&lbl=m&min_x=-91.233333333335&min_y=38.450000000001&max_x=-84.166666666668&max_y=43.75&coord_x=-87.7000000000015&coord_y=41.1000000000005&zbox_n=&zbox_s=&zbox_e=&zbox_w=&metric=0&bgvar=dem&width=600&height=450&nw=600&nh=450&h_o=0&font=0&js=1&uc=0
I’m wondering where 47F temps were to be found. All in the area seems to be freezing. Here is Lebanon, IL:
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.056001090767424&lon=-86.47064208984375&site=ind&smap=1&marine=0&unit=0&lg=en

Ryan C

Hmm, I live in Nova Scotia, East coast of Canada and we had a bunch of snow about a week ago, but it has since rained and mostly melted. There is a bit of frozen snow here and there, and some snowbanks from where the plows pushed it all, but definately not a “White Christmas”. Don’t know why it shows it as white on that map… but it is chilly that’s for sure.

Brian D

Picked up a good foot of snow so far with some more to come here in the Northland of MN. Some places have gotten nearly 2ft. Lots of sleet and rain mixed in, too, so snow totals were down a bit from what they could have been. Impressive system. Look for January to be just as impressive as this month has for the US.

Benjamin

“…and it appears that all of Canada’s Lakes are frozen as indicated by the “yellow ice” in the photo.”
Ewww… don’t eat that yellow ice, Canada! 🙂
I’m right on the tip of Lake Michigan, and this morning there was no snow in sight. It all melted with the previous evening’s/ early morning’s rain. Was pretty decent, temperature-wise, this morning and into the afternoon.
But just looked out the window, and sure enough… it’s white out again!
Oh well. Merry Christmas, Anthony and WUWT readers!

rbateman

u.k.(us) (14:38:56) :
the glorious thing about this weather, is that you/we all saw it coming! quiet sun, etc.

We saw this coming, the literature says this is what we should be expecting, and here it is, quiet sun and all.
The real question is:
What exactly is “Their” problem?
“They” have the no less access to the literature than we do.
“They” had to know what was coming.
Yet, for all that, they stand there and watch as Rome freezes over.
They should ask thier doctor if Reality is right for them.

Invariant

Wrong time of year.
Although 20 degrees below zero are not unusual he chooses to use the term “cold blast”.
– If we see 10 to 15 years back, it is not common that it is so cold at this time of year. Nor that it will remain cold over such a long time. We are still in December, but sees a kind of cold, we usually have in January and February. Therefore, the term explosive cold, says meteorologist Bjart Eriksen.
http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?prev=no&hl=en&u=http://www.rb.no/lokale_nyheter/article4776244.ece

Andrew

Spare a thought for all the climate modellers in 2010.
All the effort required to rewrite algorithms to remove all this inconvenient outlier data.
14C and raining here in Canberra, Australia, down from 35C two days ago.

grumpy old man

Actually a tiny patch of now on the top of Mauna Kea, so even Hawaii has some snow on Christmas. Got to the lower 60’s in town last night. Life is hard here…

PatrickG

Strange weather here in the Chicago area. The front side of this low brought rain that melted all of the snow. Now on the back side of the low we are getting new snow and artic air to turn all of the standing water to ice.

Jim

The Sun is blank again.

enduser

Don’t you folks realize that this is exactly what AGW theory has been prediction all along?
And in case some one wants to ban me AGAIN for being a troll: Guess what, I am kidding.

photon without a Higgs

stan (13:00:37) :
It would appear that the only states without some snow are Miss, Ala, Fla and maybe La.
————————————
It did snow this morning in Alabama.

enduser

oops, predicting, not prediction.

Peter of Sydney

You all have to understand that NOAA, NASA, IPCC, etc. with the help of most of the media are trying their best to cover up all this unusual gold weather all around the world. It will only backfire eventually as the people will start to question how come there’s a massive discrepancy between what’s reported and reality. The longer they do this the worse it will get for them. The thing they always forget is we all have sensors of our own – ears, eyes, touch, etc. So, the longer they continue with the masquerade, the bigger the hole they are digging for themselves. I only hope that one day soon we can have a lot of those at high places put in jail for what they have done.