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Nearly 50% of the nation still covered in snow

April 3rd, 2013 by Matthew Leach

Although our little corner of the world has enjoyed nothing but sunny skies and unseasonably mild temperatures lately, many areas across our marvelous country can’t quite say the same.

In fact, according to a news release from AccuWeather.com, as of March 25th, nearly 50% of the nation was still covered in snow, which is a dramatic increase compared to this time last year:

It has no doubt been a stormy and somewhat snowy winter across much of the U.S., but not everyone expected it to turn out that way. I’m sure many of you remember the “El Nino scare of 2012,” when many of us (or maybe just me?) started to worry we wouldn’t have a lot of snow and would therefore be subject to drought conditions come summer time.

But the mountain snow pack report as of March 1st reveals there’s actually very little to worry about:

http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/support/water/westwide/snowpack/wy2013/snow1303.gif

It also appears the water supply is right on track:

http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/support/water/westwide/streamflow/wy2013/strm1303.gif

Then again, we also had a very different winter than most of Western Washington. Kitsap County experienced an anomalously snowy first half of winter, with some areas such as Seabeck and Cushman receiving as much as 30 inches of snow in December.

So disregarding our rather lame end to winter, it was a wet, snowy season over much of the country. And I guess at the end of the day, snow fell where it really mattered: In the mountains.

Have a great day,

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

Questions? Comments? Photos? E-mail me at: forecastingkitsap@live.com

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2 Responses to “Nearly 50% of the nation still covered in snow”

  1. Seabeckian Says:

    Great info Matthew! Some folks like me like the data. Helps with our perspective knowing what else is out there.

  2. Matthew Leach Says:

    Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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