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."


  1. Paul R says

    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.

  2. Kelly Young says

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

  3. Anastasia Beaverhausen says

    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’.

  4. Rob says

    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.

  5. David says

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

    There IS snow on the ground in Hawaii!

  6. Dave says

    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.”

  7. GregV says

    @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.

  8. Terry says

    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.

  9. MajorTom says

    Anyone else notice how the map looks a lot like a map of glacial coverage during the last ice age? 😯

  10. says

    This map doesn’t look entirely right… entire state of Delaware should be covered… the Delmarva peninsula actually

  11. anon says

    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.

  12. says

    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.