Northern Hemisphere Sees Largest January Snow cover In 40 years

January 2008 has been an exceptional month for winter weather not only North America, but the entire Northern Hemisphere. Images and reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Rutgers University show a large increase of snow cover extent for the northern hemisphere in January 2008. Rutgers Global Snow Lab shows that January 2008 had the largest areal Northern Hemisphere snow cover for the period of 1966-2008, just slightly larger than the previous highest amount during January, 1984. The reason for the increase in snow has been attributed to La Nina, a cooling of the Pacific Ocean Equatorial region.


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