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Saturday, February 13, 2021

It’s a stat that only weather geeks can appreciate: Yesterday saw bonafide snow cover on the ground in 49 of the 50 United States.

The idea of 50 states with snow is so strange that the federal office that collects weather statistics doesn’t keep track of that number and can’t say whether it has ever happened. The office can’t even say whether 49 out of 50 has ever taken place before.

As of early Friday morning, 67.1 percent of the U.S. had snow on the ground, with the average depth a healthy 8 inches. Normally, about 40 or 50 percent of the U.S. has snow cover this time of year, said David Robinson, head of the Global Snow Lab at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Not surprisingly, Hawaii is the only flake-less star of the flag, with even its high-altitude mountains free of the white stuff. I guess I’d have to move to those islands in order to safely escape wintry weather…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/13/2010 04:54 PM
Category: Weather
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