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Map: Snow Covers Ground in 49 of 50 States


Wake up to snow this morning? You're not alone. Florida is currently the only state, including Hawaii, without snow on the ground:

"...snow is present in 69.4 percent of the lower 48, which is more than double than December.  This is extremely unusual, though it's hard to put a date on when this last happened because records aren't kept on this kind of event."

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  1. Thank goodness climate change is a myth! Very odd for Hawaii. And I feel cold when San Francisco hits 50 degrees, despite having spent 26 years in DC and Boston.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 12, 2011 8:17:53 AM

  2. What's with the misleading title: snow in 49 of 50 states. Really, 49? How much snow is on the ground in Hawaii?

    Posted by: Kelly Young | Jan 12, 2011 8:36:29 AM

  3. Hawaii has very tall volcanic mountains, and there's always snow up there. Also telescopes taking advantage of the cold, clean atmosphere.

    Florida imports snow daily from Columbia thru Miami International. Just sayin'.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jan 12, 2011 9:02:41 AM

  4. Uh oh, the global warming-denialists are gonna love this map! I know, I know, there's a reason for all the snow coverage DURING this period of global warming BUT try to explain that to one of them. Good luck.


    You actually can snow ski in Hawaii. Google it for details.

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 12, 2011 9:04:14 AM

  5. Uhm, don't you mean 48 states? The blurb clearly states that Hawaii and Florida have no snow.

    Posted by: Peter | Jan 12, 2011 10:07:26 AM

  6. READ THE LINK CLOSELY ... yes, the header is poorly worded.

    There IS snow on the ground in Hawaii!

    Posted by: David | Jan 12, 2011 10:37:23 AM

  7. This happened last year too, but with Hawaii as the hold out. This happens almost EVERY year

    Posted by: M@ | Jan 12, 2011 10:42:24 AM

  8. Are we sure about those big snow-less spots in Illinois? I'm in Peoria right now and there's definitely some inches on the ground. I could be in the area WITH snow, but I'm driving up to Chicago tomorrow so I'll be able to check out the accuracy of this supposed "snow-desert."

    Posted by: Dave | Jan 12, 2011 10:50:19 AM

  9. @Kelly Young: i think you misread the headline. Maybe it's confusing, but it says "including Hawaii," not "excluding Hawaii." The Associated Press is reporting that it's been snowing on Mauna Kea and that the last time this happened in 49 of 50 states (in Feb. 2010) the 49 states were exactly the inverse: All states except Hawaii, including Florida.
    The headline isn't misleading; it's just slightly confusing.

    Posted by: GregV | Jan 12, 2011 11:01:15 AM

  10. When I was a freshman in high school (1976-1977) there was a day or so when we had snow in all 50 states. January of '77 was very cold and snowy. Miami actually had snow flurries one day that year.
    As for global warming, don'tn read to much into the "title". Severe climate change is part of global warming which if you do research includes some areas having colder wetter winters. It doesn't mean just hotter drier weather year round.

    Posted by: Terry | Jan 12, 2011 11:08:47 AM

  11. Actually, I thought we achieved 50/50 last year.

    Posted by: Peterski | Jan 12, 2011 11:34:17 AM

  12. Anyone else notice how the map looks a lot like a map of glacial coverage during the last ice age? 8-O

    Posted by: MajorTom | Jan 12, 2011 11:53:28 AM

  13. We DID hit 50/50 just last year:

    I'm a little surprised that Angela Fritz doesn't remember, though given the context of the quote they are probably referring to the percent of the contiguous US covered instead of the number of states with snow.

    Posted by: levantine | Jan 12, 2011 12:04:16 PM

  14. This map doesn't look entirely right... entire state of Delaware should be covered... the Delmarva peninsula actually

    Posted by: Billy | Jan 12, 2011 1:03:16 PM

  15. We should have snow and ice in winter, otherwise it gets boring.

    Glaciers result from snow not melting in the summer because it's too cold, so it would look exactly like this--in July.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 12, 2011 2:00:35 PM

  16. This is why we call it climate change. And the damage is already severe. Hopefully some of this snow will help offset some of the severe water shortages across the country, though.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jan 12, 2011 8:35:56 PM

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