Snow & Ice Cover

February 13, 2010

Inspired by all the talk yesterday about snow cover on the ground in 49 states (drought in Hawaii means the 13,000′ volcanoes have no snow), I decided to probe a bit farther:

So I see that this is the 4th January with above average snow cover here in the USA.  Arctic ice is still way below average of course too, that’s the 1st image.  Click on the images for a better view, unless you have bionic eyes.  And the “bitter cold January”?  Actually the USA was slightly above average temperature-wise in the month of January.

One other note: January was the warmest on record for land areas of the Southern Hemisphere.  It was the peak of their summer of course and it’s been one for the record books.  Rio has been sweltering the last few days with the hottest weather in 50 years…they will probably have to take off even more clothes than usual for Carnival this weekend.  Is that possible?

Anyway, I have some thoughts on all the stupidity I’ve been hearing on talk radio the last few days (related to all the snow back east and global warming/cooling).  I’ve heard some of the dumbest and mis-informed statements blabbered by hosts and listeners on both sides of the issue.  When I get a chance I’ll post some of those.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen