A few weeks ago I noted in this space that the amount of snow over Siberia was well above average at the end of October. That trend continued for the first half of November not only in central Asia, but over the entire Northern Hemisphere.
As recently as 10 days ago, the amount of ground covered by snow in the Northern Hemisphere was about 2 million square kilometers (750,000 square miles) above average. That would be more than three times greater than North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota combined. But during the last week, although the amount of snow over the hemisphere has remained about the same, the average snow cover slowly rises this time of year, so as of Monday, the total snow cover was running right at the average for the time of year.
The one part of the hemisphere that is currently lacking snow cover is in the lower 48 states and that will likely not be changing too much in the next week.