(USA TODAY) -- Snow is on the ground in 49 out of the 50 states; only the Sunshine
State of Florida is completely snow-free, according to a map produced
Thursday morning by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
(This doesn't mean that those 49 states are snow-covered, of course, only that some part of each state has snow.)
this map doesn't show it, there is snow in Hawaii, where webcams are
showing snow on the high peaks of the mountain volcanoes of Mauna Loa
and Mauna Kea.
HAWAII SNOW: Webcam from peak of volcano
map also doesn't include Alaska, but it's a given that most of that
state is snow-covered this time of year. A quick check with the National
Weather Service forecast office in Fairbanks found 19 inches of snow on
the ground there.
There doesn't appear to be much snow on the
ground in Texas or Louisiana, and with the forecast of mild
temperatures, it doesn't figure to last much longer there, if it even
makes it through the day Thursday.
See Also: Snow and ice paralyze the Southeast
The map shows how sparse the
snow is in parts of the West, as only small parts of Nevada, Arizona and
New Mexico are showing snow because of the ongoing drought and warmth.
dry and warm has it been in the Southwest so far this winter? January
2014 was the driest January ever recorded in New Mexico, while Arizona
had its second-driest January on record, according to data released
Thursday by the National Climatic Data Center.
As for warmth, both Arizona and New Mexico, along with California, had a top-10 warm January.
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