Global Snow – a bit deep and some +75% anomalies

I was catching up on where had snow here:

and got to wondering what the global snow levels looked like. Now this map is the monthly map for October 2014, so doesn’t have the latest November snow in it. See link here:

Notice that the dark blue squares are +75% anomaly compared to 1981-2010 mean. Medium blue is “only” a +50%.

It looks to me like a lot of the Northern Hemisphere has a lot more than “normal” snow. “Global Warming” my galoshes…

Rutgers Global Snow Lab map for October 2014

Rutgers Global Snow Lab map for October 2014

Canada shows it in cm so you can get an idea about actual depth:

Canadian view of Global Snow 4 Nov 2014

Canadian view of Global Snow 4 Nov 2014

Some of those southern Asia snow excursions are big. Looks like 90 to 100 cm to me.

I think we can safely say it will be a cold snowy winter, but it looks a bit worse on the Asian side then here in North America.

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5 Responses to Global Snow – a bit deep and some +75% anomalies

  1. R. de Haan says:

    In the South of Europe we have a so called Genua Depression dumping tons of rain and snow.
    Code red for the south of France, Italy Austria, Switzerland, Corinth and Slovenia.

    In the mean time we have the biggest lava field in Iceland since the Laki eruption with high amouns of SO2 pumped into the air for 2 months now.

    Nothing in the news about this eruption, just AGW clap trap.

    These are interesting times.

  2. R. de Haan says:

    Follow the money, Exposing the green money machine bribing all the frauds to send our civilization back into the stone age.:

    Don´t trust any politician, any MSM journalist, they´ve all been corrupted.

  3. Genghis says:

    I was thinking about that paper mentioned in WUWT about arctic ice emitting more IR than arctic sea water. Is it possible that snow emits more IR than bare land? Hence more cooling? Color (at least to our eyes) has little to do with actual emission or absorption.

    I am now a member of the Question Everything Club!

  4. tom0mason says:

    As my old Aunt would say “It will be cold! We’re due a cold one.” But she would say that most years and sometime she was right. I think that she would be pleased to know that after a long pause she is now very, very right.
    The cold has just starting and so much is already freezing. I wonder how many unprepared individuals will perish as the price of energy has “skyrocketed” away from their means to pay?

  5. David H says:

    I was watching NASA TV the other day.
    One of the SST 125 astronauts was ask what was the life expectancy of the Hubble space telescope and how much longer does Hubble have before it stops working.
    He went into some detail about one of the Gyros being shut down and wear and tear and such.
    But his biggest hope and prayer was that the Sun would remain relatively quiet.
    Thus keeping the atmosphere from puffing up and creating drag forcing Hubble to deorbit.
    This is a quote from NASA.
    The same people who say the Sun has very little to do with warming the earth.
    Boy I am just a regular guy but looking at Sunspot charts and warming trends they sure seem to be connected somehow.
    I am thinking of a bumper sticker (It’s the Sun Stupid)
    Sorry for the digression here’s is the quote.

    “When we did our original orbit analysis for the space station in 1993, we had to take many variables into account,” continued Kos. “The size, shape, and orientation of the space station is critical. When the solar panels are added, for example, it can dramatically increase the frontal area of the ISS and its aerodynamic drag. Solar activity is important, too. Orbital decay is much greater when the sunspot number is high.”
    The solar cycle has a big effect on the thermosphere where satellite drag takes place, agreed David Hathaway. “During solar minimum, the gas temperature in the thermosphere is around 700 °C. That’s high, but not nearly as high as the temperature during Solar Max. When the Sun is active, high levels of solar EUV raise the temperature of the thermosphere all the way to 1,500 °C.”

    Increased solar heating makes the thermosphere puff out as denser layers from lower altitudes expand upward. The density of the thermosphere can soar by a factor of 50 during solar maximum, with a commensurate increase in atmospheric drag on satellites.

    Above: This image, courtesy of Dr. Judith Lean at the US Naval Research Laboratory, shows three extreme ultraviolet (EUV) pictures of the Sun captured by the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory at different times during the current solar cycle. In 1996, near solar minimum, the EUV Sun was nearly featureless. Now, near the peak of the cycle, the Sun is dotted by fiery regions of hot gas trapped in magnetic fields above sunspots and plages. These active regions produce copious numbers of EUV and X-ray photons that are absorbed in outer layers of our atmosphere before they reach Earth’s surface. The red curve in the image is a computer model of the solar EUV flux at 304 Angstroms derived from ground-based Ca K images made at the Big Bear Solar Observatory.

    “The extreme ultraviolet photons that heat the thermosphere aren’t the same as the UV rays that give you sunburns,” says Dr. Judith Lean, a physicist at the US Naval Research Labs. “They are much worse. Sunburns come from the UV-A and UV-B bands around 3000 Angstroms. The photons that heat the thermosphere are at least 10 times more energetic and they vary 100 times more [between solar minimum and solar maximum]. It’s good thing they’re all absorbed by nitrogen and oxygen at high altitudes — otherwise a day at the beach would be no fun.”
    Seems like a puffed up Atmosphere has a lot to do with the Earths warming and cooling IMHO.
    Here is the link.
    Dave H

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