Northern Hemisphere Snow Cover on December 21

December 24, 2005


Provided by: NOAA
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster

The map above showing Northern Hemisphere snow and ice cover was derived for December 21, 2005 (winter solstice), using NOAA visible and infrared satellite data. White and yellow represent snow covered land and ice cover, respectively. The current snow cover extent for the Northern Hemisphere is slightly above the long term December mean value of 42 million square km. Canada and Russia are nearly completely snow covered, and the northern U.S, eastern Europe and central Asia have extensive snow as well. Though Hudson Bay is solid with ice now, none of the Great Lakes in the U.S. and Canada are iced over as of yet.

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