National Snow & Ice - May 2003


NCDC transitioned to the nClimDiv dataset on Thursday, March 13, 2014. This was coincident with the release of the February 2014 monthly monitoring report. For details on this transition, please visit our public FTP site and our U.S. Climate Divisional Database site.

snow cover Animated image

The image to the left shows snow cover on May 1st and by clicking on the image, an animation displays the general northward retreat of snow throughout the month of May 2003. Sea-ice dimished across Hudson Bay and other inland water during the month and despite a few late season snowfalls across the western U.S., snow gradually melted back, leaving only high elevations with some remaining snow cover.
The 2002/2003 snow season was generally above average along the eastern seaboard. Stations from Oklahoma northeastward to the Great Lakes also received as much as 200% of normal snowfall for the 2002/2003 season. Stations in the West and upper Midwest were mostly below normal for the season although the Rockies' Front Range and parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains had near average snowfall.

Citing This Report

NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: National Snow & Ice for May 2003, published online June 2003, retrieved on October 31, 2014 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/snow/2003/5.