Cold and SnowDecember 6th, 2013 at 9:32 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
These are two different views of the snow cover across the U.S. and Canada. This (Fri.) morning we had snow on the ground over 46.3% of the Lower 48 states. That compares to just 6% on 12/7/12. Big difference. Hudson Bay is now about 75% ice covered and Lake Nipigon will be next. Look at the snow cover down in Texas and in places like Oregon. Some wicked cold afternoon high temperatures: -14 Miles City MT, -13 Havre, Cut Bank and Glasgow MT (there were a couple of spots across the Canadian border with highs of -20F!), -9 Devils Lake and Minot ND and Cody WY, -7 Alexandria MN, -1 Valentine NE, 7 Colorado Springs (beat yesterday by 1 deg.), 26 Eugene OR, 29 Dallas TX, 31 Junction TX, 42 Las Vegas NV (beat yesterday by one deg.), 48 Brownsville TX. On the warm side, the high was 86 in Fort Myers FL and 85 in Orlando FL. Quite a temperature contrast across the front with New Orleans at 82 at Baton Rouge at 57….Rome GA at 77 and Nashville TN at 37. Cannonsburg Ski Area opens Saturday. Bittersweet will be open this weekend. Here’s Michigan ski conditions.
Also: A summary and graph of Global Tropical Cyclones Landfalls from 1970 through 2013 from Dr. Roger Pelkie Jr. and Dr. Ryan Maue.