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article imageSnow covers 49 states in the U.S., Hawaii the only state left

By Andrew Moran     Feb 12, 2010 in Environment
The United States of America has become the United States of snow after the white stuff covered 49 of the 50 states in the country as Hawaii the only state left without snow.
As of Friday, 49 states in the United States are covered with snow from California to Maine and the only state to not have snow is Hawaii, however, that could change as every winter snow touches on the state’s two tallest volcanoes, according to USA Today. More than two-thirds of the nation’s land mass has snow on it.
Weather forecasters say that El Nino has been the driving force for snowstorms in the south and weather service meteorologist Brian Korty said that it’s extremely rare to have this amount of states with snow. However, the quantity of snow in New England has been quite light.
NPR reports that the idea of all 50 states covered with snow is strange so the federal offices have never kept track and can’t look back to see if it has ever happened in the nation’s history before. The office can’t even say if 49 states of the 50 states have been covered with snow before.
Joe Lundberg of Accuweather.com said, reports the Christian Science Monitor, “By the time the storm ends, we may be looking at a truly historic snow cover map to open up the weekend.”
Patrick Marsh, a student employee at NOAA’s National Severe Storm Laboratory in Oklahmoa., said he’s attempting to get photos from all 50 states, “On Friday afternoon, I'm going to begin asking for photos of the snow. Hopefully I'll get photos from all 50 states, and if I do, I'll put them into a Google Earth map and make a snow snapshot of America.”
Time magazine recently explained that all of this could be part of a global warming trend.
The weather has caused Washington to be shut down and cancel flights in multiple cities across the country.
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