“Snowfalls are just a thing of the past.” Some booger eatin’ moh-ron (I think it was one of the Kennedys) said that about fifteen to twenty years ago.
The two powerhouse storms that swept across the nation over the last week have left behind the most extensive early December snow cover in at least 16 years.
Snow covered the ground on nearly half of the real estate in the Lower 48 states (46.2 percent of land area) on Monday morning, the largest area on Dec. 2 since snow cover records from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began in 2003. Normally, a little more than a quarter of the nation has snow on the ground at this time of year.
Wow! Think how bad this would be if it weren’t for
global warming climate change.
The back-to-back storms instigated miserable pre- and post-Thanksgiving travel conditions, resulting in hundreds of flight cancellations and delays, and scores of highway accidents.
Last Monday and Tuesday, the first of the two storms dumped double digit snowfall totals from the Rockies to the northern Great Lakes, including 22.3 inches of snow in Boulder, Colo. and 9.2 inches in Minneapolis.
But wait! There’s more.
Mountain communities are still digging out from a powerful Thanksgiving storm that caused road closures and power outages.
The heaviest November storm to hit Big Bear in more than 50 years led to road closures, stuck cars and power outages through Saturday.
The area saw 42 to 48 inches of snow fall in two days, according to the Big Bear Mountain Resort.
The resort said the last time even close to that much snow fell in November was in 1964, when 38 inches fell over two days.
“Snowfalls are just a thing of the past.”