Lots of snow left in the U.S.March 27th, 2013 at 12:16 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click the images to enlarge. The graphic on the left is snow cover across the U.S. today. According to NOHRSC (National Operational Hydrologic
Remote Sensing Center), 39.3% of the U.S. has a snow cover, with an average depth of 5.2″. The graphic on the right is one year ago (3/27/12), when we had only 8.6% of the U.S. with a snow cover. This year, there is a solid snow cover north of U.S. 10 ( snow cover this (Weds.) morning: 8″ at Houghton Lake and Cadillac, 9″ at Traverse City, 14″ at Kalkaska and 15″ at Gaylord. Snow cover is anywhere from 7″ to 51″ across the U.P. So when we have north or northwest winds, the air will be cool, coming off the snow cover. Lake Michigan and the inland lakes are also cooler than last year. The satellite loop shows cumulus clouds developing as temperatures warm (it’s noon as I write this). Dry and pleasant thru Saturday, rain showers Saturday night could linger into Easter Sunday AM – cooler than average next week. CHECK OUT the Great Lakes Current Map.
It’s been cold and snowy in Alaska. Early morning temperatures included -24 at Fairbanks (the last week was 9.3 deg. colder than average in Fairbanks), -28 at McGrath (where they have 31″ of snow on the ground. They had a record -30 Tue. AM) and +1 at Anchorage (with 26″ of snow on the ground – they had a record daily snowfall on Sunday). Valdez had 16.8″ of snow last Saturday. They have 62″ of snow on the ground. King Salmon AK broke their record low temperature Tue. by 7 degrees. Barrow had a daily record snowfall on Tue.