National Snow & Ice - October 2002

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The image to the left shows the snow cover on October 31st 2002. In contrast to the generally increasing snowcover through the month across the continent, it was the warmest October in Alaska since 1938, and it is only the 8th time on record that Anchorage has had no snow in October.

The image below shows snow totals for the Midwest for the month of October up to the 24th of the month. Up to 10 inches of snow fell across parts of the Midwest during the several days preceding the 24th.

The first significant snow of the season came on the 21st of October in the upper Midwest, including Nebraska, North and South Dakota and especially Minnesota. Duluth, MN had its 8th snowiest October on record with a total of 6.3 inches for the month. Marquette, MI started its snow season with a monthly total of 17 inches, making it the 2nd snowiest October on record. The large October 2002 total for Marquette, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, follows on the heels of a record-breaking seasonal total for the town last winter (2001/2002). Snow also fell early in October in the west with Ely, Nevada receiving its largest 24 hour October snowfall amount (12 inches) on record on October 1st, shattering the previous record of 6 inches, set in 1991.

See NCDC's snow monitoring page for the latest snow totals and the snow climatology pages for snow statistics for U.S.states and stations.
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Citing This Report

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: National Snow & Ice for October 2002, published online November 2002, retrieved on January 20, 2018 from