There has been lots of cringing in the northeastern U.S. and in eastern Canada this year about the amount of snow that has fallen. So, is the current snow cover — the amount of snow remaining on the ground — anomalous by historical standards?
Well, one way to answer that question is to to go to the Rutgers University Climate Lab, which maintains a nifty map that shows a graphical "diff" of current snow cover from satellite-based norms. And here is the answer as of yesterday, with purple areas denoting surplus snow. Looks like there is an area in the eastern U.S. with more snow on the ground than normal, but, that’s about it — other than a few areas in the Rockies (and lots in Europe) with less snow than usual.