Is it hot snow?

Sometimes I wonder about things. Especially when 2 different claims are made that seem contradictory.

This year, yet again, we are being told it is the hottest ever snd with the least snow and ice cover in the arctic. Then I look at this map:

2017 April 23 Snow Anomaly

2017 April 23 Snow Anomaly


Do note that the red lines do not mean warm. They outline normal snow locations.

I also note that the California mountains look a bit lite on snow cover compared to local news reports of record ever in some places, but who knows…

With all that said, there is s LOT of blue and green, meaning excess snow.

One wonders how it can be so warm when covered in snow… ,

Perhaps it is a very warm snow…

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A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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12 Responses to Is it hot snow?

  1. Wayne Job says:

    Be very careful of this new snow it does not melt until 42F

  2. Another Jim says:

    ice 9?

  3. John F. Hultquist says:

    There are also reports of lowest Arctic ice — but it looks very similar to the last several years and on a standard chart — it is hard to tell. The numbers are “fuzzy”, anyway.
    Such things are hard to measure.

  4. Tim says:

    Warmest? Coldest? Depends where you are. Depends when you are referring to. In NW UK today (oh so mild Morecambe Bay) it is one of the coldest Aprils since around 1979. We’ve had a few warmish days this month, but mostly cold and colder. -2C last night and it was snowing when I brought the washing in. Now the sun is shining but that North wind is icy. But this is spring; we’ve had a mild winter.

  5. philjourdan says:

    Ah, I see you have some Vonnegut fans!

    Yes, warm snow. It happens when temperatures are adjusted in the records, but nature ignores the adjustments.

  6. tom0mason says:

    About time someone at the Truth Bureau within NOAA put an end to all this unscientific speculation. They just need to put some rational thought to the problem.
    Obviously the snow has insulated all the excess winter heat and CO2 to ground level, thus ensuring the warmth never diminishes. When the unseasonally warm weather arrives the snow melt will initiate the release the amplified warmth in catastrophic bursts of infrared radiation. This radiation will be reflected from the upper atmosphere as back radiation thus precipitating extreme weather in the form of floods, waterspouts, and landslides during the next drought.


  7. E.M.Smith says:

    You left out the dry hurricanes and the drenching haboobs!, 8-)

  8. p.g.sharrow says:

    looks to me that much of the red on the map are red magic marker doodles and not part of the real map. Ether that or Mike Mann has a counter part that is inverting the data…pg

  9. Richard G. says:

    Compare your map with this ncdc.noaa map of gridded temperatures. The snowy areas correspond to areas of missing temperature data. Funny that.

  10. E.M.Smith says:

    @Richard G.

    Fascinating observation…

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