49 states with snow, 1180 new snowfall records set in the USA this past week – is February Headed For Record Snowfall?

AP’s Seth Borenstein is running a story titled “49 states dusted with snow; Hawaii’s the holdout“. As shown in the map below, every state in the Continental US has snow someplace. As pointed out in the article, this is a rare occurrence:

The idea of 50 states with snow is so strange that the federal office that collects weather statistics doesn’t keep track of that number and can’t say whether it has ever happened. The office can’t even say whether 49 out of 50 has ever taken place before.

Image from: National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center - click to enlarge

It’s been a very busy week for snow and also for lowest max temperature, thanks to our El Nino induced weather patterns, while the Pacific Northwest is seeing warmer conditions, the southeast and eastern US gets lots of snow thanks to the pattern.

click for interactive source

Record Events for Sat Feb 6, 2010 through Fri Feb 12, 2010

Total Records:    2182

Rainfall:    662

Snowfall:    1180

High Temperatures:    9

Low Temperatures:    31

Lowest Max Temperatures:    220

Highest Min Temperatures:    80

Continuing the pattern of top ten Northern Hemisphere snow extent rankings from October, December and January, it looks like February may also be headed for the record books.

North America, Europe and Asia are all showing large positive anomalies in snow cover.

Daily Departure – February 11, 2010

http://128.6.226.99/~njwxnet/png/daily_dn/2010042.png

Source: Rutgers University Global Snow Lab

The record February snow extent occurred in 1978 with an anomaly of more than 5 million square miles.  That may be tough to beat, but from the map above it may have already happened.  February will definitely be ranked in the top two.

http://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/png/monthlyanom/nhland02.png

Source: Rutgers University Global Snow Lab

WUWT reader Marcia pointed to this interesting link

NORMAN, Oklahoma — A University of Oklahoma student is taking an extra interest in this week’s snow storms in the south and northeast and is working to document the events in a very unique way. Patrick Marsh said it’s likely by the end of the week snow will be on the ground in all 50 states

Ten years ago we were told that “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past” Alarmists are now attempting to rewrite history and claim that they predicted record snow and cold all along – but it simply isn’t true.  Everyone from Hansen on down was predicting the demise of snow in the temperate zones, until they realized they were wrong.

People should know when they are conquered.” – Quintus from the movie Gladiator.

h/t to Steve Goddard for the story idea and several content links.

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Michael A

After adjustments it will be the warmest on record.

stephen richards

You should remember that this is not ordinary real snow this is rotten snow. For AGW’s it doesn’t exist in the real snow world. So they were right. We saw rotten snow last year as well beating lots of records but only for rotten snow.
Sorry, no records here, move along

Allan M

“People should know when they are conquered.” – Quintus from the movie Gladiator.
Then perhaps we should be less sqeamish about the people who won’t learn. Perhaps we should pursue them to gaol.

S.E.Hendriksen

Global warming frozen to death ?

Warren Berman

If snow is a thing of the past, and more snow is due to global warming, which is it??
The warming people can’t have it both ways. And…I don’t see from my perspective that there has been any increase in global temperature average during the past 100 years….My question is, are the warmists just making this stuff up as they go along, or are have they gone to Bhagdad Bob University, and don’t know what is real any more and are beginning to believe their own lies?

MattN

Here, just west of Charlotte, NC, we had about 3″-4″ of global warming last night. It REALLY warmed all over central SC last night. 6″-8″ from Columbia to Charleston, which had thunder-warming last night. Probably first time since the LIA they had that….

Snowball warming.

cold hot

Global warming is so powerful, there is nothing it cant do. Hot or cold, snow or lack of it. The only way to stop the climate from changing is to buy carbon offsets from Al Gore.

Dear Sun,
Listen here you lazy ball of fusion. You’ve been resting long enough. It’s freaking cold and snowy. Please come back to life.
Thanks,
Earth

Henry chance

However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.
And only 1 year ago NOAA, Joe Romm and others tells us droughts in the southwest will prevail.
Drought will lead to mental health problems. (Think of the tragedy in Huntsville. It is caused by global warming)
http://climateprogress.org/2009/07/11/drought-news-once-in-a-century-texas-drought-stunting-crops-drought-twice-as-likely-to-lead-to-mental-health-problems/
And misguided Romm says dustbowls are permanent.

Al Marinaro

Why the blanket Nino Climatology graphic? Yes, the subtropical jet has made itself prevelant. But, Nino’s during -PDO cycles are much different then we have seen in the 80’s/90’s during +PDO phase…….

u.k.(us)

The audacity of the travesty, is worse than we thought.

Michael

On a scale of 1 to 10, how strong would this El Nino Year be rated as compared to the previous El Nino years?

RockyRoad

Does rotten snow mixed with dustbowl give you artificial fudge sickles?

Paul M Who

With NOAA’s systematic removal of high latitude weather data from the record it will be interesting to see their next anomaly map. I may just be the smoking gun they shoot themselves in the foot with.

jorgekafkazar

Dr. Robert (13:47:01) : “Snowball warming.”
Arrgh. Beat me to it.

bob sykes

Doesn’t Hawaii have a seasonal snow cap on Mauna Kea?

R.S.Brown

Stephen Foster wrote the original Oh Susanna lyrics in 1847.
It rained all night the day I left
The weather it was dry
The sun so hot, I froze to death
Susanna, don’t you cry
NOAA’s 49 of 50 map as posted late Friday:
http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/ims_gif/ARCHIVE/USA/2010/ims2010043_usa.gif
Steven Foster was an inspiration for the Signal Corps, NOAA,
and the GISS teams.

toyotawhizguy

The most severe snow storm that I can recall was the blizzard of ’69. Traveling on route 13 in upstate NY, we had to turn our vehicle around when we came across a giant county snowplow stuck in the snow. The second worst blizzard that I experienced was in 1978. Yes, we had those whiteish “global warming” events in the 1960’s and 1970’s too, but back then who would have suspected such, after all, the AGW alarmists were still in their incubators, waiting to hatch.
I guess they had global warming in the 19th century too. The grandfather of all blizzards occurred in Truckee, CA, in 1846:
Source: answers.com
“Major blizzards racked the nation during the nineteenth century. In October of 1846 a blizzard struck northern California. Over eight days, heavy snows resulted in forty-foot drifts over Truckee Pass. The Donner Party of eighty-seven was trapped on the mountain, and when spring finally came in April of that year only forty-seven made their way back down. Cannibalism was reported here and elsewhere during blizzards in isolated western regions. In 1873 a major blizzard struck the northern Great Plains, leaving at least seventy people dead and paralyzing the railroad system for much of the winter.”

CodeTech

Actually I have my own theory: the theory of CodeTech’s car.
In 1987 I bought a shiny new Daytona Shelby Z. Every time I washed it, we had precipitation within 24 hours. To test my theory, I would leave it for a few days. No precipitation. Then I’d wash and wax it, and boom: rain, thunderstorm, freezing rain, snow, whatever it took to get it dirty again, within 24 hours. I felt like a God… in control of the weather, I could cause drought just by deciding to leave my car dirty.
With apologies to everyone, I bought a new Caliber SRT4 in late August 2009. Again, I have discovered that I am in control. And for the record, I have washed it every day that it needed washing. In response, the weather has cooperated well.
I have submitted my findings to the appropriate grant providers, and hope to soon build an entire branch of Science around my ownership of vehicles. Remember you saw it here first 🙂

Phil M.

Aah, this must be from the ever-so-ironically-named “weather is not climate” department. My favorite.
There seems to be a deep misunderstanding about global climate change on this thread (and this website, for that matter). I know of no AGW climate scientist that predicted the effects of climate change would be uniform across the globe. Some places may get hotter; some places may get cooler. Some places may get wetter; some places may get drier. Some places may get more snow; some places may get less snow. Get it?
I would also point out that January 2010 was the warmest January in 32 years. One should expect a great deal of moisture to be hanging around the atmosphere, as that correlates positively with temperature. Why are we so surprised about heavy snowfall in winter, when temperatures are cold? Lots of moisture + cold temperatures = snow. Right?
Wake me up when someobody post something here that isn’t an utter waste of time.

Is it possible to calculate/estimate the delta-albedo effect?
The reflected IR radiation from soil and vegetation, that is allegedly “captured” by CO2 thereby causing alleged warming, cannot be of the same quantities as when reflected off snow.

Michael A

Phil M
The problem with your theory is that all these events are not unique, they have all occurred throughout history.

Ben D

The weather outside is frightful…let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

RockyRoad

Phil M. (14:43:39) :
…..
Wake me up when someobody post [sic] something here that isn’t an utter waste of time.
——————-
Reply:
Hey, Phil… quit blogging in your sleep. 🙂

Adam from Kansas

Dr Robert:
The Sun actually is waking up, it’s just most of the sunspots in the past several days have rotated out of view now. The fact that we’re no longer seeing days with no spots on the Sun shows that Solar Cycle 24 is showing at least a minimal amount of progress.

DR

Re: Mike D. (Feb 13 15:01),

Is it possible to calculate/estimate the delta-albedo effect?
The reflected IR radiation from soil and vegetation, that is allegedly “captured” by CO2 thereby causing alleged warming, cannot be of the same quantities as when reflected off snow.

I wonder the same thing. Are the recent very large anomalies in the LT from satellite data for January influenced by the amount of snow cover?

Tom in Florida

Phil M. (14:43:39) : “There seems to be a deep misunderstanding about global climate change on this thread (and this website, for that matter). I know of no AGW climate scientist that predicted the effects of climate change would be uniform across the globe. Some places may get hotter; some places may get cooler. Some places may get wetter; some places may get drier. Some places may get more snow; some places may get less snow. ”
And that is why AGW theory is ridiculous. Some places MAY blah blah blah, some places MAY blech blech blech and some places MAY bing bing bing. AGW predicts nothing that can be pinned down. Pretty slick, if you are a snake oil salesman.

Douglas Hoyt

Snow in all states may have happened in February 1899. Here is an abstract from my chronology of weather records:
In February, 1899, ice floes in Gulf of Mexico; snowstorms from FL to ME with 30 to 40 inches of snow in VA. It is the storm of the century according to the Weather Channel. Between February 1 and 14, 1899, a cold wave caused a massive East Coast blizzard and induced bitter cold temperatures across two-thirds of the Nation, from the Rockies to the Atlantic Ocean. “In a sense this is probably the first and only time true blizzard conditions existed in the state of Florida. In fact, Florida probably experienced their only blizzard in history with this particular storm,” says Paul Kocin.

Ray

All that snow everywhere but here in Vancouver. Amazing how AGW is so selective.

Philip Mulholland

NIC IMS Products
My favorite snow link.
Enjoy.

View from the Solent
Bruce Cobb

Phil M. (14:43:39) :
There seems to be a deep misunderstanding about global climate change on this thread (and this website, for that matter). …Some places may get hotter; some places may get cooler. Some places may get wetter; some places may get drier. Some places may get more snow; some places may get less snow. Get it?
In short, climate change (due to manmade C02, of course) causes everything. No matter what happens, it’s our fault. The theory of manmade climate change is non-falsifiable. Got it.
Wait – isn’t that religion?

AEGeneral

Phil M. (14:43:39) :
Some places may get hotter; some places may get cooler. Some places may get wetter; some places may get drier. Some places may get more snow; some places may get less snow. Get it?

You modified a song by Jefferson Airplane. Got it.

Douglas DC

Nasty in Vancouver in ’08 especially the spring. Oh, BTW here’s the latest SST
anomaly from UNISYS: http://weather.unisys.com/surface/sst_anom.html
Nino’s looking rather sickly and to my untrained eyes the Pacific appears to
be getting a little cooler around him…
Almost impossible to have the biggest, hottest, anything ever! now.
Nino’s gone neutral by April….
Nina before Sept…
500 quatloos on that…

Only 49 States with snow?
Honolulu and Maui isn’t all of Hawaii. Are Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big island snow free this year?

latitude

Phil M:
“There seems to be a deep misunderstanding about global climate change on this thread (and this website, for that matter). I know of no AGW climate scientist that predicted the effects of climate change would be uniform across the globe. Some places may get hotter; some places may get cooler. Some places may get wetter; some places may get drier. Some places may get more snow; some places may get less snow. Get it? ”
Thanks Phil, I needed that…………………LOL
The best humor is ironic.

rbateman

Global Warming: The Wooly Mammoth of Climate, found frozen stiff with a mouthful of Hockey Stick flowers.
Yes, you see, it’s quite elementary. If you have 10x the cold snowy anomalies as you do warm dry anomalies, it’s Global Cooling.
I.E. – AGW ran out of hot air. No need for a massive dissertation on petaflopping GCM’s.
Now, was that so hard to understand?

Robert

“The problem with your theory is that all these events are not unique, they have all occurred throughout history.”
“The theory of manmade climate change is non-falsifiable.”
The world-wide temperature records, including the sat data, showing a degree of warming unprecedented in the last 2,000 years. The warming is easily sufficient to reject the null hypothesis (the globe is not warming) and supported by many independent lines of evidence.
You can certainly falsify AGW, just not with weather events entirely consistent with the predictions of the theory.

RockyRoad

Ray (15:40:09) :
All that snow everywhere but here in Vancouver. Amazing how AGW is so selective.
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Reply:
I feel (*shovel, shovel, shovel*) your pain, (*shovel, shovel, shovel*), Ray (*shovel, shovel, gasp*).

TGSG

Sat data from the last 2000 nyrs..
ironic that

tobyglyn

@Robert (16:17:10) :
“The world-wide temperature records, including the sat data, showing a degree of warming unprecedented in the last 2,000 years. The warming is easily sufficient to reject the null hypothesis (the globe is not warming) and supported by many independent lines of evidence.”
Odd that you claim that when even the now notorious Phil Jones of CRU has agreed that:
“two periods in recent times had experienced similar warming. And he agreed that the debate had not been settled over whether the Medieval Warm Period was warmer than the current period.”

Gerry

Warming is cooling!
Time magazine explains that global warming is causing the major blizzards on the East Coast:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20100210/hl_time/08599196229400

rbateman

It’s astonising how just as soon as another AGW bonfire is lit, NGC moves in and dumps a bowl of cold snowflakes all over it.
Slushy the Polar Bear sez: “Remember, only you can prevent Gore effects.”

TJA

I live on the Canadian border, and about 45 degrees North, and it looks to us like winter went south for the winter. It has been pretty normal, highs in the twenties every day lately, lows in the teens. Spring is in the air. It has been a couple weeks since I wore pajama bottoms under my pants to keep warm.
You know what killed the woolly mammoths? Climate change caused by their flatulence.

Joe

This snow path is absolutely facinating!
In looking at how an Ice Age would work, one would assume the precipataion line would be all across the northern hemisphere at one causing the thickness.
But if going from south cold and working north would keep the cycle of cold air in play to intermix with warm creating mass precipitation the would invade thicker nothward.

George Turner

Robert,
How does satellite data show a degree of warming unprecedented in the past 2000 years? I’m dying to see that data set!

TJA

The world-wide temperature records, including the sat data, showing a degree of warming unprecedented in the last 2,000 years. -Robert

Wow, talk about doubling down in the face of long odds! Now it is warmer today, not just than the Medieval Warm Period, but warmer than the Roman Warm Period when Hannibal crossed the Alps with elephants.
I would start a debate, but it just doesn’t seem like it would be all that productive in this case. Is there such a word as “climate irredentism?

Joe

Dr. Robert (13:47:35) :
Dear Sun,
Listen here you lazy ball of fusion. You’ve been resting long enough. It’s freaking cold and snowy. Please come back to life.
Thanks,
Earth
One day my son, you will understand that unless the sun has an alarm clock for every Ice Age to occur on time, then, you will realize that it is the pressure build-up of your own planet that has set into motion the massive reflectors to sunlight to be opened…Salt crystals and snow.
Thanks,
Sun

Paul Coppin

Lotta silly trollobytes [sic] tonight… The first north pole view I think is pretty meaningless, and probably inaccurate, based on where I sit, but the second one is interesting – it would appear that the reported anomaly is all situated on the same global latitudinal band. This leads me to conjecture that this is, of course, the lower latitudinal limit of arctic cold air flow, perhaps due to decreased solar activity. Since this cold air is more likely to produce snow out the more humid and deeper moist atsmosphere of tropics and subtropics, the pattern is not surprising.
Its further fun to speculate that since we have this apparent propensity to produce lots of heavy snow out of all of this moist subtrop and tropical air, that here is where the ice ages start, if the sun co-operates. At some point there may be a tipping point (eep, did I just say that?) where if the amount of snow falling in these latitudinal belts becomes sufficiently frequent to actually begin to have sufficient albedo effects etc. to enhance the persistence of cold air over these latitudes, eureka! glaciers.
We have a sense of how long it takes an ice age to retreat – I’m not sure we have a good idea of how quickly they form…
Hey, It’s Saturday night and there’s nothing much good on TV.