With ferocious blizzards pounding the East Coast, and a number of other storms blowing across the western U.S. and plains states, the country now has the presence of snow in 49 of the 50 states. An arctic blast rolled across the country earlier this week, sending temperatures falling in southern states that normally are spared winter's wraith. Only Florida remains free of snow at the moment.
Despite the fact that snow was found in all 50 states
last February, it is a rare occurrence to have so many places in the
U.S. have snow on the ground at the same time. According to CNN,
meteorologists estimate that approximately 69.4% of the lower U.S.
states are currently buried under some amount of snow. Alaska of course
has snow all year round and it is not uncommon for Hawaii's Mauna Loa
and Mauna Kea mountains to have snow throughout the winter either.
The news didn't improve as the week has gone along. A Midwest storm
combined with the one that hit Atlanta a few days back, and created the
massive blizzard that dumped plenty of the white stuff on the New
England states yesterday. Many residents in the Northeast are still
digging out from 10+ inches of snow, and travelers have been left
stranded throughout the country as well.
Here in Texas, where I live, we're suppose to hit 60 degrees Fahrenheit
by the weekend. But for those of you living in less warm conditions,
keep your chin up. We still have several months of winter to go, and
we're probably not through the worst of it yet. Perhaps now would be a
good time to take up snowshoeing or skiing?