What a difference a few days make

February 4th, 2013 at 9:15 pm by under Weather

After 3 days of snow, it is finally starting to look like winter around here.  Above is a spread sheet of snow reports for the area, showing the location, snow amount and who took the snow measurement.  I wish I had more reports to share:  Take at look at this map below:

Current official snow reports in the last 24 hours. (Notice the lack of reporting locations)

Yes, this is a map showing the location of snow reports in the first image.  Why are there not more official snow reports across the area?  No wonder why our forecast models are initialized correctly, we have a very poor idea of how our snow events are even verifying.

Snow depth analysis courtesy National Operational Hydrologic
Remote Sensing Center

A week ago today, we had no snow on the ground and a season total of only 11.7 inches.  (That’s the map above, last weeks snow cover.)  But in the last 3 days, we have had over 4.1″ of snow for a season total of 15.8″:

February 4th snow depth analysis courtesy National Operational Hydrologic
Remote Sensing Center

Even though there is not a huge difference in the two maps above comparing the snow depth from today to last Monday, obviously, looking out your window you know we have a lot more snow on the ground.

I don’t expect our snow to stick around much longer with 40s and rain on tap for this weekend, but hasn’t this been the theme this winter?   Click here to see an animation of snow depth for this winter, courtesy of the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center.

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