If I told you there would be one day this winter where all 50 states would have snow someplace on the ground would you believe me. Well that was the case on Friday February 12th and an University of Oklahoma meteorology graduate student has documented proof in the form of pictures.
This all started for Patrick Marshall, a meteorology graduate student at the University of Oklahoma, with a tweet on his own Twitter account, “If snow sticks to the ground in Florida tomorrow … every state (including Hawaii) will have snow on the ground.”
After some encouragement from his friends he decided to try and document the proof of every state having snow on the ground with pictures. Using social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook and setting up an email address so he could receive pictures he then started to post them on his blog. (You can see all the snow pictures he received here)
The hardest place to find snow was in Hawaii but Saturday he received an email from a Hawaiian resident who claimed to have taken pictures of several small patches of snow located not far from the 13,796 foot summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. After he got confirmation from the NWS in Honolulu, Hawaii Marshall successfully documented through pictures snow on the ground in all 50 states including Washington D.C.
This is pretty cool. I don’t know how many times this has happened before but to have snow as far south as the Florida Panhandle and through Mississippi and Alabama what an accomplishment.