National Snow and Ice - May 2003

NCEI added Alaska climate divisions to its nClimDiv dataset on Friday, March 6, 2015, coincident with the release of the February 2015 monthly monitoring report. For more information on this data, please visit the Alaska Climate Divisions FAQ.

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 Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: National Snow and Ice for May 2003, published online June 2003, retrieved on October 13, 2015 from