Snow was big news this week, with storms making life difficult for people across the United States. Parts of the Midwest received record snowfalls for February (it snows here all the time, we’re used to it apparently). Several feet of heavy snow on the East coast closed airports, schools and businesses and even shut down Congress. The South and the Pacific Northwest, not used to snow and ice, were hit with cold temperatures and snowfall, forcing drivers to stay off of slippery roads or risk an accident.
While everyone else was busy clearing driveways and making snow angels, Patrick Marsh, a PhD candidate from the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, realized that the storms blanketing the nation meant that there could be snow on the ground in all 50 states on the same day. As you can imagine, this is not something that happens every winter. To capture this historic event, Patrick decided to create a “snow shot of America.” He posted a call on his blog asking people to send in a photo of snow on the ground in their state for Friday, February 12, 2010 and was hit with a blizzard (ha!) of photos. By the end of the day he had collected at least one photo from 49 of the 50 states (the Hawaii shot was elusive, it only snows at the tops of the volcanoes and even then doesn’t hang around long). He’s now got a slideshow on his blog, Ramblings of a Graduate Student. He’s also planning a Google Earth view to put all the images in context.
Kind of a cool (ha!) idea. Check out the rest of Patrick’s blog too. The 365Project has some interesting and beautiful weather maps with more to come later this year.