Colder Winters Have More Snow Cover

One fact which is obvious to everyone except (1) climate scientists and their (2) useful idiots, is that colder winters have greater snow cover. Mosher (category 2) was arguing this with me last night, before I finally blocked him on twitter.

When winters are colder, the freeze line moves closer to the equator and snow extent increases. During warmer winters, the freeze line moves towards the pole, and snow extent decreases.

North American winter (December-February) snow extent has been increasing for fifty years.

Rutgers University Climate Lab :: Global Snow Lab

US winter maximum temperatures have generally been declining, after some very warm winters in the 1930s and 1950s.


Plotting winter snow extent vs. average winter daily maximum temperature, the relationship is obvious.  Warmer winters have smaller coverage of snow.


The relationship between cold and snow is also obvious to everyone outside the climate science community.

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5 Responses to Colder Winters Have More Snow Cover

  1. Bob Hoye says:

    And cooler summers are part of the equation.
    In order to have an expansion of ice sheets and/or alpine glaciers the key has been that less snow and recent ice is lost in the melt season than is deposited during the winter.
    I posted this one just in case some liberals read it.

  2. David of Aussie says:

    In Australia we do have a climate change conundrum. A cooling Earth is and will be a drying Earth. As the total energy in world weather systems decreases, the extent of monsoonal rainfall will also lessen. With Australia being a relatively flat island continent with an arid interior, it is only the annual summer monsoons that sweep down from the equator that help cool the interior with rainfall. Without this cooling effect, the interior bakes and temperatures soar.

    The resultant generation of high pressures from this extreme air temperature causes the super heated desert air to move toward the coastal regions where the majority of people live and where a brain dead media is only too eager to report record breaking high temperatures without ever thinking to explain the cause. The recent unprecedented high temperatures and bush fires in tropical North Queensland are a good example of this.

    So while global “coldening” is well underway in the Northern Hemisphere, as has been brilliantly exposed by Tony, in Australia we may very well see an increase in summer temperatures off set by much colder winters. But it will only be the hot days that get reported here by the complicit left wing main stream media.

  3. rah says:

    Well we’re going to see just how far the south the snow will go in the Eastern half of the US. It’s looking like we’re in for serious cold here starting about the middle of this month and going right into March. Coldest relative to averages most likely be centered over Kentucky but everyone from the Great Lakes, New England, down into the deep south regions are in for far colder than average temps for what will likely be an extended period.

    Last winter I remember one morning being called into work. When I got in the truck and turned the key the truck thermometer read -15 F. The truck started but would not go due to lack of fuel flow because of icing in the system and because the brakes were frozen. An hour later the mechanics got to me and got the truck thawed out. This happened despite the truck being plugged in to the warmer. I suspect that we will have quite a bit more of that this winter than we did last. This time I’m going to leave the truck on idle management when I park it if the forecast is for extreme cold no matter what the mechanics say.

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