Daniel J. Leathers and Dayid A. Robinson

AMS: Journal of Climate

Published date July 1, 1993

The Association between Extremes in North American Snow Cover Extent and United States Temperatures

  • Examines the association between satellite-derived North American snow cover extent and United States winter (December, January, February) temperature
  • The results indicate that winter months evidencing extreme positive (negative) values of North American snow cover extent are associated with below- (above) normal temperatures across the majority of the United States
  • Finds that the area evidencing the largest temperature departures during both positive and negative North American snow cover extremes is located across the central United States, roughly from the Dakotas south through the southern plains, and from the Rocky Mountains east to the Mississippi Valley