Over half the USA covered in snow, the most in 11 years

Paging Dr. David Viner, white courtesy phone please

Here is the map from NOAA’s  National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center showing the snow coverage at 53%, the most in 11 years for this date.

December 15, 2013

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  Area Covered By Snow: 53.0%
  Area Covered Last Month: 5.8%

And here are the past 11 years for this date, December 15th:

11years_USA_snow

Image courtesy on NWS Kansas City, MO

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Robert of Texas

Wish the images went further back in time. Could play it like a movie and eyeball for interesting trends. I wanted to see 1998 but the site seems to start at 2003. Too short a period to do anything interesting with the data…and now I am curious.

David Riser

Seems to me to be a good reason to live south of I-10.

Ronald

The fun part is that this wil bring temperature down and so the averige temperature. And yes that means that its not warming up. But stil december wil be 0,6 degrees C to warm. It wis time that someone looks at the raw temperature data to figure out were we realy standing. My bet will be between 10.5 and 11.5 degrees C

More than five years ago Alogore predicted that the North Pole would be ice free in 5 years.
BZ-Z-Z-ZT!!
Wrong.
But thanx for playing, Al. You’ve been a good sport (not). Vanna has some lovely parting gifts for you on your way out…

Thanks for the post. It is interesting stuff. But the official records will still be altered to reflect the political needs of the Team and the State. I am thinking it is time for them to claim “The HOTTEST Year Ever” yet again.
Every time they “adjust” records in the 30s (or whatever) lower and today’s records higher to prove their hypothesis it just says to me they know they are wrong.

Jim

I am curious as to the level of snow cover for the entire Northern Hemisphere.

John

Wow. It must be a sign of AGW.
/s
We all know the chicken littles of this would will claim that.

Steve Lohr

I take this as a sign. A sign that it will be a white Christmas for a whole lot of people. Nothing more, nothing less. But, isn’t this fun!!

Mike Smith

OMG. Just think what’s going to happen when all this snow melts. Sea levels will rise and we’re all going to drown. It’s a catastrophe.

While Viner’s comment deserves top mention, don’t forget Robert F Kennedy’s comment about kids in Virginia in a hit piece on Sarah Palin:

In Virginia, the weather also has changed dramatically. Recently arrived residents in the northern suburbs, accustomed to today’s anemic winters, might find it astonishing to learn that there were once ski runs on Ballantrae Hill in McLean, with a rope tow and local ski club. Snow is so scarce today that most Virginia children probably don’t own a sled. But neighbors came to our home at Hickory Hill nearly every winter weekend to ride saucers and Flexible Flyers.

I suspect more Virginia kids have video game consoles than sleds, but we can’t blame that on AGW.
I will note that most of Virginia didn’t get the snow, as long as Kennedy will note that there are other reasons for rope tows to be (nearly?) nonexistent these days.

john robertson

Is that a snow-white courtesy telephone?

RAH

Well in the opinion of this guy that now drives a big truck for a living and is heading off tomorrow to do 4 stops every day Tuesday through Friday next week in Canada from Toronto to Windsor then back to Romulus, MI. NO! It’s NOT FUN!

I maintain records for monthly and seasonal snowfall and Snow Depth Days for a handful of sites around New England. The main message in the data seems to be that snow data is an awful data stream to use when looking for climate trends. Way, way too variable, even by New England’s “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute” standard.
Still, that’s a lot of snow cover for mid December!

herkimer

Winter temperatures in United States have been dropping now since 1998 as measured by NCDC/NOAA data sets ( Climate at A Glance). As the AtLANTIC SST cools further and both AMO and PDO are negative, the winters will get even colder and more snow will also spread across the land .We are in for 2-3 decades of cooler winters like we had 1895-1915 and again 1965-1975 and even like the late 1970’s. The Pacific and Atlantic Oceans sst cycles are heading for
their cool phase and this will take us to 2030/2045.

philincalifornia

dbstealey says:
December 15, 2013 at 11:51 am
More than five years ago Alogore predicted that the North Pole would be ice free in 5 years.
===================================================
Yeah, it’s 5 years (almost to the day) from when he gave the lecture (or one of those lectures) in that German museum.
Of course the video is long gone from YouTube.
It was another crap scientist, like Viner, who fed him the bogus information, wasn’t it ? Can’t remember who though.

On the Canadian Prairie above the 49th parallel the winter of 1996/97 is still referred to as the ‘winter from hell’, with deep snow pack that came early and lasted longer than normal and yet the winter of 1997/98 was one of the warmest on record(very mild and no snow until after Christmas). You can see that same lack of trend highlighted in this post with this years snow coverage similar to 2007. It is still a useful exercise to point this out to our AGW adherents though, with their wild talk of a future without snow.

Theo Goodwin

Ric Werme says:
December 15, 2013 at 12:46 pm
Today, Virginia kids sled or ski on their ipads. Same as in the rest of the affluent world.

John F. Hultquist

In central Washington State we had some snow 2 months ago. It melted. Repeat. Then we had some Arctic air (cold). It moved on. Now the temp has gone to 55° F and the wind just hit a gust of 53 mph. Irrigation ditches, creeks, and small lakes still have ice. So, we are not in that 53% figure – for what it is worth.

mogamboguru

Cool!
The ice-free corridor between the canadian plains and the northern Rockies, where the first Americans are said to have crossed into America ca. 12.500 yrs before today, after they had travelled from Asia through Beringia to Alaska, can clearly be seen in that picture.
Watching this picture, Roland Emmerich’s “The Day After Tomorow” springs to mind…

Rhoda R

We’re not in the 53% figure either down here in Florida, but I just got my power bill today. I’d rather have warming.

& Northern Forida still gets a couple of snows per decade, just like it did when the world was 0.4° colder*.
*adjusted for inflation, VAT & other applicable taxes not included, 15% restocking fee, only 5 minutes from downtown (at 240mph), Santa will ram his ovipositor down your children’s throats & lay eggs in their chests, not valid with any other offers, please consult a doctor if your anaconda wants some despite her not having buns (hon), 18% gratuity for parties of 6 or more, don’t drink and drive.

Philip Mulholland

For Jim @ December 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm
http://www.natice.noaa.gov/ims/

Mark Bofill

That’s an awful lot of global warming covering the U.S.
/sarc

Peter Miller

The sad thing is this snow is just abnormal weather, possibly of mild academic interest unless, of course, you are looking at your heating bills.
The reason sceptics take notice of this type of thing is to make the point that it’s weather, not that it is proof of man made global cooling.
In contrast, alarmists can be relied on to bleat that “this is firm proof of man made climate change”, whenever there is an occasional batch of unusual hot, or wild, weather somewhere in the world.

Scott M

I’ll start to worry when the climate stops changing.

Teddi

“Paging Dr. David Viner, white courtesy phone please”
That is a classic – still laughing to myself…

CRS, DrPH

…I blame all of that heat, hiding in the abyss. Ye Deniers, just wait until it springs forth and brings blazing death unto ye all! sarc/
Thank God, I’ll be able to go ice fishing this year! I haven’t gone in the past two years, even lakes like Lake Geneva, WI didn’t have sufficient ice cover. Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it.

Jeff Alberts

Ronald says:
December 15, 2013 at 11:48 am
The fun part is that this wil bring temperature down and so the averige temperature. And yes that means that its not warming up. But stil december wil be 0,6 degrees C to warm. It wis time that someone looks at the raw temperature data to figure out were we realy standing. My bet will be between 10.5 and 11.5 degrees C

We don’t know if such a thing will bring temps down or not. There’s no way to tell if any cold trend as a result would have been there anyway.
On my edge of the map (Pacific Northwest) it’s about 20f warmer now than it was a week ago.
I just don’t think albedo has that much of an effect.

Jeff Alberts

David Riser says:
December 15, 2013 at 11:47 am
Seems to me to be a good reason to live south of I-10.

Or west of I-5 😉

Jeff Alberts

Ric Werme says:
December 15, 2013 at 12:46 pm
I suspect more Virginia kids have video game consoles than sleds, but we can’t blame that on AGW.
I will note that most of Virginia didn’t get the snow, as long as Kennedy will note that there are other reasons for rope tows to be (nearly?) nonexistent these days.

I grew up in Northern VA (Front Royal, Manassas) in the 60s and 70s. It was rare to get snow before Xmas. Some years we didn’t get much snow at all, other times we’d get dumped with a couple feet. Nothing has really changed.

Rob

The warmests will sell this a climate change from warming oceans. The oceans are hotter therefore more water evaporates and rises into the jet stream which hits the arctic air which dumps more snow. After last years floods in Alberta the large snow pack and the large rains that quickly melted it causing floods were both sold in the media as excess moisture due to extra hot glabally warmed oceans. I’m pretty sure the Colorado floods later in the summer were sold in pretty much the same way.
Global warming causes droughts and rainstorms, snowstorms and brown christmas’s, warmer than usual winters, colder than normal winters, excessively hot summers, excessively cold summers, you name the weather condition AGW has its fingers in it.

Martin

And the reason that there is a lot of snow in the US right now…
“Accelerated warming in the Arctic is decreasing the difference in temperature between the Arctic and the Northern Temperate Zone. This is causing the polar jet to slow down and become more wavy, i.e. with larger loops, as illustrated by the NASA image further below.
This is a feedback of accelerated warming in the Arctic that reinforces itself. As the jet stream slows down and its waves become more elongated, cold air can leave the Arctic more easily and come down deep into the Northern Temperate Zone.”
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/polar-jet-stream-appears-hugely-deformed.html

Jimbo

Now, was this caused by the INCREASE in Arctic sea ice extent over 2012 this summer? Was it caused by the cold ‘warm’ Arctic this summer? 😉 Curious minds want to know.
Let me say it: Children in the southern United States won’t know what snow is.

jeez

The maximum snow depth on this page is over 110 feet.
http://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/nsa/index.html?region=National&year=2013&month=12&day=15&units=e
But if you look at individual snow depth records, there is none even close to 30 feet.
http://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/nsa/reports.html?region=National&var=snowdepth&dy=2013&dm=12&dd=15&units=e&sort=value&filter=0
Is this an error or do I not understand?

Gareth Phillips

It’s persitantly above normal temperatures in the UK at present, with pretty severe storms caused by the interaction between a cold North American continent and a warm Western Europe. The loops in the jet stream are whipping these storms across western areas of Europe with a real fury. Thats why we have to look at temperatures and weather on a wider basis, it may be cold and calm in North America, but it sure ain’t here.

Absolute proof that manmade CO2 induced climate change is causing wild fluctuations in the weather. All we need to solve the problem is your gold your guns and your gas. You’re welcome…

Jimbo

philincalifornia says:
December 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm
dbstealey says:
December 15, 2013 at 11:51 am
More than five years ago Alogore predicted that the North Pole would be ice free in 5 years.
===================================================
………………..
It was another crap scientist, like Viner, who fed him the bogus information, wasn’t it ? Can’t remember who though.

If I’m not mistaken it was Professor Wieslaw Maslowski. How did this nutcase ever become a professor?

BBC News – 12 December 2007
Our projection of 2013 for the removal of ice in summer is not accounting for the last two minima, in 2005 and 2007,”…….”So given that fact, you can argue that may be our projection of 2013 is already too conservative.”
[Professor Wieslaw Maslowski]

As you can see he thought that 2013 ice free Arctic was just being toooooo conservative.
Now we have another professor who swears there will be no sea ice left in the Arctic in August or September 2016.

Guardian – 17 September 2012
This collapse, I predicted would occur in 2015-16 at which time the summer Arctic (August to September) would become ice-free. The final collapse towards that state is now happening and will probably be complete by those dates“.
[Professor Peter Wadhams – Cambridge University]

Again we see toooooo conservative. Expect his date to be pushed back before he is tarred and feathered, just like Maslowski now pushes his date back to 2019. These people never give up.

In Europe I think they are getting a break, after the awful winter they had last year. However they may experience what we experienced last year, a snow-free first half, followed by a very snowy second half. (Though Philadelphia to Washington got left out, last year.)
The arctic flow has been remarkable to watch, basically coming over the top of the globe from Siberia to Alaska. Apparently this is due to a Pacific pattern. Joe Bastardi has been suggesting that as the Pacific pattern fades an Atlantic pattern, (typical of late winters when the AMO is warm and PDO is cold,) may kick in, and this would exchange one very cold pattern (for the eastern USA) with another. To make matters worse, (or better, if you like awful winters,) Joe D’Aleo has been carefully watching some hints that a “Stratospheric warming event” may be brewing, and they often are associated with extreme arctic outbreaks. To me it looks ominous so far, and a lot like winters of the late 1970’s.
During these severe winters so much cold air is exported from the Pole that we can often have situations like we had last week, where it is twenty degrees colder in Montana than it is on the North Pole. Of course, you can then expect Alarmists to wave data about showing that the Pole is warmer, ignoring the suffering of the poor and the elderly further south who can’t afford much heat, due to Alarmist’s idiotic policies. (Look back through the archives to last winter (February?) for an excellent and compassionate article Willis wrote on this subject.)
I confess to being a bit of an Alarmist myself, for I am alarmed by the way this winter is shaping up. Snow may be a laugh in December, but when it continues week after week after week after week, right to the start of April, the laughter will give way to grumbling even Washington may notice. Indeed, perhaps we should be saying, “And So It Begins.”

TomRude

Snow… that white thing of the past?

Funny last year the warmunists claimed that the freezing weather was due to the decline of Arctic ice cover. This year they claim it’s the increase in Arctic ice that’s causing the cold. Personally, the latter makes a lot more sense, but either way, they are coming off as triple-o looons.

Jimbo

And in old ice news just in……

The Canberra Times – Saturday 23 December 1989
…..Scientists from the Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland, said yesterday that the ice sheet over Green- land was getting thicker but concluded this “may be a characteristic of warmer cli- mates in the polar regions”.
So thicker ice results from higher temperatures?
“It’s consistent with warmer temperatures. It’s consistent with the idea that this century is warmer than the last century,” explained Dr Jay Zwally of Goddard’s Oceans and Ice Branch, who led the Goddard research team……
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/120868415?searchTerm=arctic%20melt%20climate&searchLimits=

H/t Steven Goddard.
http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/1989-nasa-blamed-thickening-ice-in-greenland-on-global-warming/

Hi Caleb. Thanks for your reply to my comment on your blog which I was going to make another reply, but we’ll go with this. By the way, though, I think in a post like this talking about the Arctic air freezing half the world, when you make a long comment, imho, you should include a link to your own blog with its deep & detailed continuing coverage of the Arctic situation: http://sunriseswansong.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/arctic-sea-ice-recovery-advent/

starzmom

For What its worth, our December is currently running about 8 degrees below normal–in the Kansas City area. Its supposed to be warmer this week, and then cool off again, to nearly 20 degrees below normal. We’ll see how it averages out at the end of the month.

glenncz

Jim says:
December 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm
I am curious as to the level of snow cover for the entire Northern Hemisphere.
——————————————-
9 of the 12 months show increasing NH snow cover over the past 10 yrs
http://suyts.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/more-on-our-lost-albedo/

A sign that it will be a white Christmas for a whole lot of people.
Is that a Santa Claus reference?

RJ Tatz

NOHRSC snow coverage for December 9
Even better on Dec 9 : 2/3 coverage for 2013
2003 27.3%
2004 22.1%
2005 58.2%
2006 24.7%
2007 51.9%
2008 34.5%
2009 55.5%
2010 35.3%
2011 35.3%
2012 26.0%
2013 66.9%
Regards,
rj

Brian H

starzmom;
For fun, match a day in the month to that average, and then try and recall it. See how well it represents your month!

Ric Werme says:
December 15, 2013 at 12:54 pm
I maintain records for monthly and seasonal snowfall and Snow Depth Days for a handful of sites around New England. The main message in the data seems to be that snow data is an awful data stream to use when looking for climate trends. Way, way too variable, even by New England’s “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute” standard.
Still, that’s a lot of snow cover for mid December!
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yup, here in etna maine I got a pretty solid measurement of 13-14″ (drifts made it hard to narrow it down further) today while 5 miles away was 11-12.
not too often its snowing that hard (was coming down pretty good) at 5 deg f.
accounting for drifts is a real pita too, have 2 spots not affected much (depending on wind direction) and its still pretty much inaccurate.
wind was pretty bad today, snowblowing the road I was ranging 8″ to 20″ within 20 feet travel.
I also wore at least an inch on my face 🙁

John F. Hultquist

Martin says:
December 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm

The explanation (“accelerated warming”) you offer for cold air going deep into the south would be a lot more believable if not for documented cold and snow in Florida having arrived there well before SUVs. Have a look.
From the document linked to below, there is under the heading
“Notes on Snow and Sleet”
In 1774 there was a snow storm that extended over most of Florida. The inhabitants long
afterwards spoke of it as an extraordinary white rain.’

and this:
1766. John Bartram, the botanist, says the night of January 2 was the fatal night that destroyed the lime, citron, and banana trees in St. Augustine, together with many curious
evergreens up the river that were nearly twenty years old, and many flowering plants and shrubs that were never before hurt. Bertram, who was then camping on the St. Johns River above Volusia, says the morning of January 3 was clear and cold; thermometer 26o, and wind northwest. The ground was frozen an inch thick on the banks of the river.’

http://docs.lib.noaa.gov/rescue/mwr/035/mwr-035-12-0566.pdf
These and others on pages 569-570 (+ 2 entries on page 571)
Source is Monthly Weather Review, December 1907
CLIMATOLOGY OF JACKSONVILLE, FLA., AND VICINITY.
By T. Frederick Davis