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Submitted by Tim Buckley on Thu, 01/13/2011 - 10:50am.
They say the misery loves company. Well, if you're not a fan of the cold weather you've certainly been miserable in this edition of a Wilmington winter. But don't worry, Mother Nature's not singling us out here in the Carolinas. Oh no, it's been bone chillingly cold up and down the East Coast and across the Deep South.
How bad you ask? Well today we have the rare opportunity to claim that a stunning 49 out of 50 states have snow on the ground! We've got the maps to prove it.
Above is a satellite estimate of snow depth across the United States as of this morning put out by the NOHRSC. As you can see -- there's a lot of color on the map. The darker blues / purples indicate larger depth in snow, while the light whites show where there's only a light coating of snow (like in our corner of North Carolina). The important thing to notice is that each and every state outside of Florida has at least a little bit of snow right now!
If we zoom-in extra close to the Cape Fear area you can see this tool at work. You can see that the deepest snow right now is northwest of Wilmington in Robeson County - with the deep blues representing 4-8 inches.
This is a really cool map to play with and can be zoomed in extra close and manipulated to snow different fields like water equivalent, and snow melting, and even snow temperature. If you'd like to check it out - just Click Here!
Now that you've had a second to think about that 49 out of 50 states with snow stat, you may be asking "What about Hawaii?" Ahh yes. Hawaii too has had snowfall, but in fact this is not all that rare. The reason being, they have a 14,000 ft mountain top.
Even in the tropics, a mountain as high as Mauna Loa will get snow from time to time. This is also seen a Mt. Kilamanjaro in central Africa which is located on the equator which is covered in an ice cap.
So there you have it! A snowy winter from coast to coast across the US - except for Florida. Impressive stuff so far this winter, and I'm sure we haven't seen the last of it.
By: Tim Buckley