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||The image to the left
shows the snow cover on December 6th 2002, after an early snowfall
(described below) left several inches of snow over a large swath
from Oklahoma to the Northeast. Click on the image to the left for
an animation of snowcover throughout the month of December.
|An early season winter
storm brought damaging ice accumulations to the Carolinas with
significant accumulations of snow across the lower Ohio Valley,
southern Appalachians and into the Northeast. During December 4-5,
an expansive shield of snow and ice encompassed much of the eastern
U.S., from the lower Ohio Valley, southern Appalachians and into
the Northeast. Snow accumulations of 4-8 inches(10-20 cm) were
common along the northern edge of the precipitation shield, while a
significant accrual of glaze occurred in the Carolinas. The storm
caused at least 17 fatalities, mostly from traffic accidents
After skies cleared on the 6th, enhanced
satellite imagery depicted the extensive area of fresh snow
cover, extending from the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, eastward
into the lower Ohio Valley.
|A major winter storm
affected much of the eastern United States during December 23-25,
2002. Significant accumulations of snow were reported from the
Texas panhandle, through Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and northern
Arkansas during the 23rd-24th, causing 12 deaths (Associated
Press). Springfield, MO reported
33cm (13 inches) of snow, or 52 cm (20.5 inches) for the month,
for a new December snowfall record. Snow spread eastward from parts
of the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast on Christmas Day, with
some locations experiencing the snowiest
Christmas Day ever recorded.
Citing This Report
NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: National Snow & Ice for December 2002, published online January 2003, retrieved on December 11, 2013 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/snow/2002/12.