23 February 2015
Snow is on the ground in at least 48 of 50 U.S. states, according to three separate national snow cover maps.
Florida has no snow on the ground according to all of the maps, of that we can be sure. But the three maps I looked at don’t agree on the other snow-free state: It could be South Carolina, it could be Louisiana or possibly Mississippi. Anybody in those three states see snow?
But regardless of whether those three states have snow on the ground now, some snow is forecast to fall this week on all of them. Florida will remain the lone holdout, as no snow is predicted there.
And yes, I had to look at the Mauna Kea webcams in Hawaii to see that a patch of snow is there, atop the high mountain location in the Aloha State.
None of the maps show Alaska, but heck, it’s Alaska and it’s February, so I know they have snow there (though they had to change the route of the Iditarod sled dog race due to lack of snow in parts of the state.)
Though some snow is on the ground in the mountainous West, it’s still rather paltry in states such as California and Oregon.
“There are major water concerns out West when it comes to the snow reservoir in the mountainous West,” said snow expert David Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist.
Overall, NOAA’s site says that over half of the U.S. is snow-covered now.