This Pic Pretty Much Sums Up the Winter We’ve Been Having

Image: NOAA
Image: NOAA

Taken just yesterday, this satellite photo shows the extent of snow cover in the eastern United States. From Saginaw, Michigan down to Huntsville, Alabama, it’s been that kind of winter.

Back in October, meteorologists predicted wetter-than-average winter conditions for large swaths of the United States. That extra precipitation could have come down as rain, or it could have come down as snow. Looking at this map—yep, definitely snow.

This photo was captured by the GOES east satellite, and it shows accumulating snow across Michigan, Ohio, New York, and many other northeastern states familiar with the freezing fluffy stuff. But it also shows snow in places that don’t often see accumulation. If you look carefully, you can see a faint patch of snow across southern Alabama and western Georgia. Heavier accumulations are visible in parts of Arkansas, southern Missouri, Indiana, and Ohio.


At the same time, there’s barely anything in the Mid-Atlantic, including the Washington D.C. area. That’s because “snow-producing storms have frequently tracked to the north or south of the region this winter,” in the words of NOAA. This winter has seen mix of active weather (you know, stuff like bomb cyclones), and below-normal temperatures, delivering snow as far south as Mississippi and Alabama.

Another 60 days until spring....


George is a senior staff reporter at Gizmodo.

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