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Thursday, January 13, 2011
There's snow in 49 states right now, covering some 69.4 percent of the contiguous United States. Even Hawaii has snow , though it's on a volcano so it's sort of cheating. Can you guess which state is ruining our perfect record?
Florida! Yes, dumb old Florida is snow-free, making it the New York Giants to the snow's 07-08 New England Patriots. Thirty-two states have winter weather advisories! There's snow in Hawaii (on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa), Texas, California and Louisiana! Every state is pitching in to make this a real American snowpocalypse, and Florida is just sitting it out.
Oh well. Forty-nine out of 50 is still pretty good. And pretty rare. CNN's Angela Fritz calls it "extremely unusual," though since meteorologists don't keep track of awesome statistics like "how many states have snow in them," it's hard to say how unusual.
Why so much snow? Well, the CIA weather ray appears to have created two storms a few days ago—one in the Midwest and one in Texas. Both storms travelled eastward on Obama's command and are meeting tonight in the Northeast, where everyone is freaking out.
The map above, via Google Maps and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows snow cover and is shaded for depth. Below you can see maps of snow density and precipitation over the last 24 hours.
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You know say daddy me snow me-a gonna blame
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It sounded really crazy that Hawaii would have snow, but I guess it's not so crazy...
"Q: Does it snow in Hawaii?
A:The answer is "yes". It snows here every year, but only at the very summits of our 3 tallest volcanoes (Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and Haleakala). The snow level almost never gets below 9000 feet in Hawaii during the winter, but since these mountains are taller than 13,000 feet, 13,000 feet, and 10,000 feet, respectively, they get dusted with snow a few times a year. It rarely stays on the ground for more than a few days though." Reply
Holy lighting and thundersnow, Batman. Woke me up twice last night. Caught the lightning after being woken up.
This is a weird badass motherfuckin' storm.
Don't have to go to work here in Boston but do need to venture out for some cold medicine and nyquil at some point.
Stay safe, peeps. Not so much because of the snow, but the wind will burn your face off in two gusts. Reply
A night when 18-24 inches of snow are expected is an awesome night to be jetlagged. Its also an awesome night to leave "that's what she said" notes on all your friends' status updates (YES its still funny. Shut up.) Reply
Beautiful snow falling right now here in Seattle. Sadly, the rains shall make it all disappear in the morn'.
No time for snow angels. ;-( Reply
Everyone get down to Georgia and Alabama as soon as possible. We're gonna shovel snow over the border into Florida and bring this up to a perfect 50. Reply
Can you guess which state is ruining our perfect record?
I'd've guessed Alaska. Even the snow there hates Sarah Palin so much that it spite-melted just to escape. Reply
Remember that scene in The Day After Tomorrow where all the Americans are migrating to Mexico because global warming is causing America to freeze over? I'm just saying, people. Reply