The first snow is just around the corner for most of the United States. Some may be dreading the onset of winter, while others may be wishing for a repeat of snowy wonderlands from their childhood. Based on how U.S. winters have been trending, however, most places are not likely to see anything close to their state’s record snowfall this year — or anytime soon.
In fact, total snowfall has decreased in many parts of North America, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Only six states have snowfall records that were set after 2010.
On the other hand, long term-patterns are not perfect predictors for short-term seasonal forecasts. The popular and longest continuously-running periodical in North America, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, predicts that the 2019-2020 winter season will be colder and wetter than usual.
Climate change is one reason we are on the whole experiencing less snowfall in the United States. Less snowfall is likely the least of our concerns — click here to climate disasters that will get worse if we do nothing to stop climate change. And here are the most common arguments used by climate deniers.
To determine the county with the most snowfall in recorded history in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).