Snow On The Ground In 49 Out Of 50 States
As the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic get battered by yet another winter storm, we’re at one of those points where nearly every state in the country has snow somewhere:
Snow is on the ground in 49 out of the 50 states; only the Sunshine State of Florida is completely snow-free, according to a map produced Thursday morning by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
(This doesn’t mean that those 49 states are snow-covered, of course, only that some part of each state has snow.)
Although this map doesn’t show it, there is snow in Hawaii, where webcams are showing snow on the high peaks of the mountain volcanoes of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.
The map also doesn’t include Alaska, but it’s a given that most of that state is snow-covered this time of year. A quick check with the National Weather Service forecast office in Fairbanks found 19 inches of snow on the ground there.
There doesn’t appear to be much snow on the ground in Texas or Louisiana, and with the forecast of mild temperatures, it doesn’t figure to last much longer there, if it even makes it through the day Thursday.
The map shows how sparse the snow is in parts of the West, as only small parts of Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico are showing snow because of the ongoing drought and warmth.
And, yep, a quick check of the webcam does show snow on the peaks of Hawaii’s two highest mountains.